To paraphrase The Smiths, I’m a woman of means (of slender means). That’s my way of saying I’m not loaded with dosh. I would love to eat organic food exclusively but I can’t always afford to. I know it’s the preference of raw foodies, but I also don’t intend to throw in the towel and order a drive thru Happy Meal in preference to eating non-organic produce.
I do buy from markets and green grocers, because I believe in buying fresh, local food. If you are interested and live in Victoria, check out farmers markets near you here: http://vicfarmersmarkets.org.au/
I make sure I wash my fresh produce in water with a dash of apple cider vinegar, which helps to lift off any surface residue.
If, like me, you can’t buy exclusively organic, there are some known offenders in terms of pesticide residues, these I aim to buy organic. Check out this list for foods to buy organic and those that you can get away with buying non-organically grown: http://waterworksvalley.com/food-thats-safe-to-eat/
I think buying my green leafies organic is a good idea, especially in the quantities I’m eating them. Although Australian pesticide residues are supposed to be relatively low, it’s a cumulative effect. It’s somewhat depressing to think that all my good work munching away on raw food could be undone by eating food covered in chemicals.
This also got me thinking about the nuts and seeds I’m buying too. So I found some pesticide-free almonds at the health food shop near work. Score!
It’s easy for me to get disillusioned thinking about this. I tend to be a little black and white about things, a wee bit towards the extreme far right on the perfectionist spectrum. I have to keep bringing myself back to the idea that change happens in increments. I’m learning more every day. And the positive changes I’m making to my eating habits will surely stand me in good stead for the time in my life when I can afford to eat exclusively organic.
And you know what, I feel good. Everything I have eaten in the last few days has been super tasty and nutritious. And my body is thanking me. (My mind, on the other hand, wants a soy latte, but it’s been told that it should sit in the corner quietly and be seen and not heard).
Here’s a happy thought. How divine is Ryan Gosling? That one’s for you Kel. (Sorry folks, private joke).
So I guess you’d be wanting a recipe about now? Well, I mentioned my ol’ faithful, the Rainbow Salad the other day. Seeing as the post today is all about organic vegetables. Here it is. This one I served with raw tomato walnut bolognese sauce (recipe to come – I can’t give away ALL my secrets at once – oh alright then, I’ll give you that one too!) and nut butter (from Day 4). It was to die for!
The great thing about rainbow salad is you can use any vegetables you like. The main thing is getting lots of colour, so it’s actually like eating a rainbow. And the pot of gold at the end, you ask? A very happy body! (You can also buy this pre-prepared if you’re running late for work and don’t have time to grate veggies – just sayin’).
1 broccoli stalk
Thickly grate or put vegetables through slicer/spirooli to produce long thin strips.
Top with nut butter and raw tomato bolognese sauce and enjoy!
Tomato walnut bolognese sauce
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes
1 clove garlic
A few sprigs of fresh herbs (I used thyme, bay leaf and basil)
1/2 cup walnuts
Salt and pepper to taste
Blend tomatoes, garlic, and herbs in food processor. Add walnuts and blend to desired consistency.
So there you go – two recipes in one day. Don’t say I’m not good to you!