Yesterday I ate:
9:00 . . . juice of 10 valencia oranges
12:00 . . 4 oranges + some medjool dates (5 or 6?)
2:00 . . . 1 lb. of cherry tomatoes
4:00 . . . 1 cantaloupe + some dates
6:00 . . . 8 oranges + cherry tomatoes + a few dates
7:00 . . . snacking on more cherry tomatoes + dates
Play: stretching, dance
We are happily snowed in. And I feel well stocked, as you can see, with over 120 valencia oranges and some melons, some bananas, tomatoes, and a pineapple. I also have 5 pounds of juicy medjool dates. We are not planning on trying to get out for several days, so I feel content to know I have plenty of food. I wish I had thought to get more pineapple. . . that one is perfuming the entire kitchen with its' sweet smell. No wonder pineapples are the symbol of a welcoming home.
People wonder if I don't crave warm cooked comfort foods in winter. At this point, I can honestly say that I do not! I do have memories of it, but I also now have even more wonderful memories of gratefully eating lots of oranges through the winter. To me, oranges are a somewhat warming fruit, with their spicy syrup and looking like the sun. Yes, they have lots of sun energy which is needed if one lives in a place that has winter. And dates are warming, as well, if you can get your paws on some good juicy ones.
Actually, I have memories of eating hot food and burning my hands while cooking and my lips and tongue while eating. And hot foods actually cause your body to have to work on cooling itself. And your poor mouth and organs have to deal with this burning substance. Ugh. And the salt. Double ugh. Salt HURTS.
I think that humans have adapted as best they can to the harsh environments they were born into and they use cooked and processed food to make it more enjoyable and "fun." But let me remind myself and you that it is a LIE. It is NOT fun to feel sick, tired, and crazy from eating poisonous junk. It is NOT fun to feel dense and heavy and greasy and dehydrated. It is NOT fun to feel and look old and ugly and be in pain. It is NOT fun to receive a cancer diagnosis or suffer some of the horrible consequences of diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimers, depression, and all the rest. Don't be fooled.
On the other hand, it IS fun to eat delicious fruit and feel healthy and giddy and light and even euphoric from your food. It IS fun to feel young and beautiful and free, like a child. There are no downsides to eating fruit. None.
I love to look at my beautiful fruit sitting out in the open (no hiding it in a cabinet!) and I love it that I do not need to use a refrigerator. At all. I intend to someday have a "kitchen" that has no refrigerator, no stove, no oven, no microwave. . . no appliances! How beautiful and simple and quiet will that be?! ♥