Depending on when you started following this blog or my social media accounts, you might remember that I was eating fully raw last summer while I travelled around Europe. I didn’t just jump into that lifestyle straight away, however. I transitioned to a mostly raw diet after meeting Kuba. I ate primarily raw fruits during the day and steamed veggies and potatoes in the evening.
I maintained a raw diet for a few months while in France, Slovenia, and Croatia thanks to the abundance of summer fruit but struggled once I arrived in Ireland. And honestly, I felt trouble brewing a month or so before that. My cravings for pasta and other starches were so intense that I’d crack every couple of weeks and give in to a hearty pasta meal made with gluten-free pasta, spicy tomato sauce, broccoli, and mushrooms.
Then I arrived in Dublin and rarely had a fully raw day. I craved warm, starchy foods so I let myself eat them. At first, it was difficult for me to accept eating foods other than raw fruits but I eventually came to terms with it and started enjoying them once again.
After Dublin, I returned to Scotland and went back to eating mostly raw since that’s how Kuba eats. It’s easy (and delicious) to eat this way when we make meals together. 🙂 We also had a three-week holiday in Thailand and didn’t have any trouble maintaining a mostly raw diet. I took advantage of all the affordably priced cooked food, though, indulging in papaya salads, pad Thai, and the occasional curry. I really miss the food some days!
After Thailand, I planned to revert back to eating fully raw but could never really keep it up for long periods of time. I think I only lasted a week before I ate something cooked, like steamed potatoes or rice.
I can think of several reasons why I’m not able to maintain it, but I really don’t care at this point. Sure, I could force myself to only eat raw fruits and vegetables here, since there’s no shortage of quality fruit (thanks to Tesco), but is that what I really want?
I don’t think I want to be fully raw anymore, at least not at this time in my life. I like the idea of only eating raw produce because it is the simplest vegan diet, but I also like the idea of eating cooked starches. Minimalist problems, I guess! 😛 Oatmeal, potatoes, and rice are cheap, nutritious, and very filling so I prefer them.
So, for now, I will continue to eat starches with abandon. Starches and fruit in unlimited quantities seem to work best for me! 🙂