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Ripe, local, raw, organic
That was my litany when I changed to a high raw, plant based lifestyle.
I searched long and hard and the only organic produce I could find at that time was citrus from a farm about an hour’s drive from home. My old merc was loaded floor to ceiling with pockets of oranges, clementines and lemons each month.
Another farm, more local, came to my attention soon after that. A couple were growing lettuces and herbs of every description. It was pure heaven for me. I had a different variety of organically grown lettuce for every day of the week.
My garden even started producing for me though I had not yet planted an official edible garden. Gem squash and watermelon grew from the seeds in my home-made compost.
It still amazes me to recall how everything conspired to make my new lifestyle a success.
The foremost tip I would give anyone wanting to succeed at a high raw, plant-based lifestyle would be this:
Maintain a constant stock of fruit so that there is always a plentiful supply of juicy ripe and delicious “snackage”.
Just yesterday I had the delight of eating a pear that was firm yet, with each bite, sweet juice dripped down my hand. It brought to mind Nicholas Cage as Seth in the movie City of Angels. He watched Meg Ryan (Dr Maggie) eat a pear and he asked her to describe the sensations of taste and touch and smell as he was an angel and couldn’t experience those senses.
The road is far easier when you can reach for a perfectly ripe offering knowing that:
the starches have converted fully to sugars
the nutrient content has maximised
the carotenoids and flavonoids (anti-oxidants) are fully developed
the flavour has reached maturity so that you will enjoy the eating and,
thus be inclined to reach for more of the same
Live well and find the happy,
Merryl @ GreenSmoothie.com
P.S. Nothing beats tree-ripened home-grown bananas
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