Wednesday, June 4, 2008

why I do raw: food blogger vs. fashionista

ruby red translucence in the raw.......and it's sweet too!


Firstly, we have entered yet my favorite month.

Yes ~ it's my birthday month!

And this week is the first week of pre~celebrations......

Celebratory mode began with a girl's night out at one of my favorites @ The Present Moment Cafe. Probably the only raw food restaurant in town (at the moment) and a delight it was to kick off the month in the raw.

Now what's this raw thing I'm doing?


My newest obsession is watermelon granita: fresh chunks of watermelon, with bits of ice + water drizzled with honey then blended to a gorgeous frenzy of delight.......would love this in a lip gloss color


It's actually been quite enlightening as it's impossible for me to retain my replete food blogger ways and keep my relationship going with pencil skirts + the snug tee's I love, without being raw.

A friend.....*oh the kindness of dear friends* suggested to let it all go and just buy bigger skirts.......

I just can't get myself to do that.......When I kinda try to let it all go.....I really really do not feel well......

But really to say the least ~ to summize why I've decided this route for the most important reason is to be healthier, increase energy level and overall just feel better for the long haul.

Recalling my family health history makes me lean towards the carrot @ the end of the stick, which made me realize I should pave a farm fresh route for myself.

Pencil skirts would just be a cherry on top!

And what would I do with all my stuff from Bebe's and other hankerings that I've spent a fortitude to tailor n' fit just so?!!

I have always been one to love art, design and the placement of the line.....

I went to design school back when to study graphic design here.

I would have studied fashion, which was my second choice followed by culinary. Didn't do both the latter because A. Couldn't sew a button if my life depended on it. B. Culinary school seemed like too much work and I was fresh out of high school and wanted something easy......hah! Figured that one out sooner than later!

Anyways, my daily intake of raw foods to this day is at 70%.

My daily intake of cooked foods is thus at 30%.

For those not as familiar with the raw menu, please be assured it's quite delectable. That is if you like foods that are made from fresh vegetables, herbs, fruits, savory nuts, seeds and all sans~without the additives, repellents, hormones and cloning devices......

It's been about going back to basic for me. I have discovered methods of 'cooking' down raw foods that is crazy fun. It's a perfect liasion of controlled methodry that I love, as well as a retrospective of wildflower teachings gifted to me from the post~hippie teachers I had while growing up in San Francisco's Mission District.

I have also found mass similarities found in raw cooking in relations to Asian cooking techniques, especially in marinating + fermenting. Kinda like Japanese + Korean cookery ~ it's been interesting to see the tie-in here back to days of foraging and farming via the old country type of thing.

Back to topic: So what's weird, yet so good about raw foods ~ once you start, it's hard to kick it. My body has come to crave the nutrients, vitamins and yummy *glow* inducing enzymes from my increased consumption of live foods.

As a fashionista, this works well on waistline, fingernails, hair, skin and thus less make up time.....he he!

I do love Sephora by the way, but now am discovering very cool organic sea veggie mermaid type cosmetics via my raw food connections!

I have been doing this combo since the beginning of January when I saw a picture of myself from Christmas.

I reminded myself of an overtly stuffed sushi roll.

Not only that my blood pressure was leaping and energy level near ka'put.

This was moi.

Now this is just me and I know everyone has their own comfort zone. I'm a critic to myself when I have less energy, not feeling well and find the need to suffice to elastic waist bands that have found their way to the bottom floor of my closet. My mother bought me elastic waist band pants after I had my first child, and I looked up at her and asked "Why?"

My 30% cooked food intake is my instinctual connection with the sensual world that I am absolutely not ready to give up.

I consider myself a sensualist, yet love the energy + intensity that raw + live foods have given back to me. But I consider raw foodists sensualists too from their writings......yin~yang type of thing again.

Basically, I have lost 10 lbs. since this endeavor began this past January.

Other changes I've experienced but not bothered by: increased clarity (of mind + skin too!), way less bloaty bloats (esp. as a woman if you know what I mean, TYG!), major increase in energy and a big one for me ~ less need of meat. I was truly born a carnivore with my Korean descent. Must have been cattle driving with Genghis Khan way back when. I do admit to my monthly filet mignon or bacon need.

I am easing into this and surrendering to find balance with my signature flair for the lush life ~ so we'll see where this goes.......

In turn, I celebrate with all my raw food lifers for their intensity, passion and commitment.

In turn, I celebrate with all food enthusiasts of every race, creed and plate for the lush life of intensity, passion and commitment.

In true Gemini fashion ~ it's always a balance for me isn't it?!

What happens after a granita frenzy.......hey now what?


Now for some girl time and headed for a day of fun in the sun........

And thanks for reading about my latest obsession.

19 comments:

Medena said...

OK, I haven't seen the sun in a few days now, would you mind letting it go so it can enlighten me a bit?!!!!! :)))
Lovely post; you are doing great on raw, all those benefits, and yummy too!
Granita sounds refreshing!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

I look at my site and I look at yours....I look at you and then at myself and it is obvious. You make all the write choices and I, well...I like to indulge. Well done for your perseverance.....
Watermelon is my all time favorite food..

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Nice post. It is fun to see the inspiration behind this new focus of your blog.I totally understand where you are coming from. I enjoy incorporating some raw foods and dishes into my Mediterranean diet - especially in the summer. It is a wonderful feeling when you find the right foods for your body - and watermelon is certainly one of them!!!

foodhoe said...

tastememory girl, that watermelon looks pretty decadent to me! how I wish I could have more discipline in the battle of the size wars... but how wonderful that you have lost 10# in just a few months by incorporating raw foods (and I'm sure smart choices all around). I'm feeling inspired by you!

jd said...

Fantastic post, beautiful pictures, & a food-blogger who can (could formerly) relate to my ever-expanding waste-line!? I love it :)

Also, yay for watermelon - that looks delish!

Good luck with the raw diet, it sounds like you've found something that's really working for you! (10 lbs. lost is nothing to sneeze at...)

Have a great weekend!

kellie said...

Hey, girl--

I actually read this right after you posted but couldn't comment then. Just wanted to say your writing and your love of the luscious life are so delightful! I enjoy your wit and honesty, your beautiful pictures and your sense of ease with yourself and your food ways. It's nice. Fresh! Take care.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Informative write up about the raw food stuff--not something I was super familiar with. As for the granita, it looks really refreshing and I love both of the photos. I can't wait for watermelon season to hit its peak by me!

taste memory said...

medena ~ oops.....here as much as you want! totally understand, did the ohio thing for almost 5 years!

nina ~ your site makes me salivate + break my visual fast ;-). I'm with you I love 2indulge but it doesn't always like me back.....

jenndz ~ mediterranean has such a gorgeous + sunny palate I agree, yes 'combining' is great leaves room for passion + feasting w. ease!

foodhoe ~ thanks so much. that's great about 'size wars', love the choice of words!

jd ~ thanks for kind words of support, means alot....

kellie ~ hi girl! I so appreciate your comments, thanks so much ~ yes I am trying to ease into this....and speaking of 'wit' you had me laughng out loud many occasions ;-)))

mike ~ hey mike, welcome!

Elle said...

My husband and I are very interested in incorporating a few more raw foods into our diet. Thanks for being such a wonderful inspiration!

PS--Blogger is acting crazy this morning! If this posts twice, can you just delete the second one?

cakewardrobe said...

That's funny - I always saw Fashion design as college 1 and Culinary school as college 2... Never did the latter, so Im making up for it now by pursuing my interests. In a way, this way is more fun! I go against the rules. I've been on a watermelon obsession as of late - granita sounds fantastic!

Chef Erik said...

Great article! I actually went raw for 6 years, it was easy for me at the time. I worked for a raw family who showed me many great recipes. I felt so lucky to have done that for so long.

Zen Chef said...

I guess I would have to give up BBQ to go raw. Tough! Hehe. I'm sure your energy levels go through the roof when you start eating healthier. Balancing your diet that way sounds wise. It's probably easier to do in the summer months when your body is not craving sturdy foods as much. Maybe I should give it a try.

Love the watermelon granita. Yum!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

i fancy myself with a glass of this beauty, under a hugeeee umbrella, reading my favorite book, at the beach...wowwww

taste memory said...

elle ~ noticed the same thing 'bout bloggr few days ago. Great to hear that about you+hubs w.raw additions!

cakewardrobe ~ i hear you! lemme know 'bout culinary school if you do. I've been eyeing natural gourmet institute + fci, you're so lucky to b in nyc!

chef erik ~ would love to see your take on raw...

zen chef ~ yeah luv the lush life you live indeed, but it always bites me back, bummr! I don't mind the occassional grill now & then. It's so great to live + let go too......

mocha rita ~ I'm there w. the coconut + shades!

K.C. said...

What great inspiration you have with this. We just cut it in half and dig in, and as you know that get just a tad boring. You are very talented, as you probably also know. Glad that I popped in... KC

Julie said...

I'm right there with ya sister! Raw + fashionista make a perfect team. Love your blog and photos!

Julie K

Nicole said...

Love watermelon! Do you have any tricks or tip on how to pick them though? I feel like it is just hit and miss for me. Sometimes it is great and others it is not ripe enough or mushy and pithy. Yuck.

I should try your raw... my waistline has been on the yo-yo track the last year. I need to fix it but I don't think I like vegetables as well as you do.

taste memory said...

kc ~ thanks for kinds words + welcome to TM

Julie ~ thanks, yeah totally makes glam life easier!

nicole ~ hi there, same here w. hit or miss on Wmelons. Raw is easy if you just ease into it ~ but I noticed you incorporate lots of fresh veggies with your cooking!

Miss Jamie said...

Thanks for all your work and info...........
I have just started a four week raw diet made by my natural path for me to detox nutritionalize and feel great. I love raw now I am blogging my daily experience!
http://4weeksraw.blogspot.com/