to support a roommate and her mom through their decision to go raw, most of us in the house have committed ourselves to eating raw for the month of october.* i wish we were earlier in the year, since cold soups, salads and juices would be more appealing, say, in august at the height of monsoon season, but october around here is pretty warm - we still hit 100 or higher most days, unfortunately. over the next few weeks we will gradually slide into the 90s, then maybe the 80s if we're lucky, then by halloween we might feel like reaching for a jacket to go trick-or-treating. so, this diet will ease us through the last few oven-hot days, and hopefully by november we'll have a laundry list of healthful recipes to combat the holiday season. to be honest, i am going to miss the stove and oven...a lot.
but so far, eleven hours into day one, it's pretty fair going. i've been promoted from "house cook" to "house raw chef," and have been sprouting, soaking and making nut butter and milk for a few days in preparation. it's been very consuming, but that's ok, since i'm still not working. we have a vita-mix blender on loan (grateful for that, though i've already overheated it and had it go into auto-lockdown on me within hours of getting it), and a champion juicer should be on a brown truck making its way to our house this very moment. or, at least, by the end of the week. i borrowed a dehydrator from my mom and already have made potato "chips" and have little individual crusts of almond, date and coconut...pate?...in the dehydrator for our first dessert. we found four raw salads at whole foods for those days when we have to rely on fast food, but i've stocked the top two shelves of our fridge with things we can grab quickly, otherwise i likely would go insane.
i don't want this to turn into a raw food blog, but a couple of things i'm learning are advance preparation and creativity. i'm already tweaking recipes to suit our tastes, and am trying to stay on top of soaking and sprouting so we always will have protein and fresh almond milk (mylk?). anyway, it's going to be an interesting october, for sure.
*full disclosure: a couple of exceptions to our all raw diet include oktoberfest and tour de fat. 'cuz in the girl house, we really like beer.