Besides feeling in body, mind and spirit like God's favorite child, there are many bonus side effects to eating the 80/10/10 way.
1. I love the beautiful fruit arrangements that are stashed around my house...in the kitchen, living room, and dining room. They smell sweet, look amazing and are positioned near the window based on stage of ripening. They are truly living, edible displays!
2. Less time spent in the kitchen! Can I get a Hallelujah? The kitchen and I have never been tight buddies. so this is perfect, however, the time spent in the kitchen is more sticky than usual based on the fruit sugars that love to ooze and drip. Fewer dishes to wash though...mostly knives and bowls.
3. Less energy consumed by the stovetop, oven & dehydrator which are rarely turned on now. The juicer and blender live out on the counter now.
4. Our daughter is eating more fruit! After 10 years of turning up her nose, she's now a banana fan. She also learned to like grapes. I've eaten fruit & veggies around her all her life, but it wasn't until we went 80/10/10 did she consider fruit (besides apples, watermelon & carrots) worthy of her mouth. She's a "texture" kid and I pray she'll totally outgrow it. Signs are improving!!
6. Less packaging trash, more recycling and MORE COMPOST! Our bugs love living in our compost bin and you know I love sparing the planet of garbage!
7. Quicker stops at the grocery store! No need to cruise the aisles anymore because we buy really only from one department. Can you guess which one? However, shopping trips are more frequent because we eat A LOT of fruit and timing is everything when doing so.
8. Our dog, Coco, loves fresh produce, namely bananas, red bell peppers, lettuce and mango and it's so good for her too! She seven years old and looks and acts like a puppy.
9. I didn't have to learn all those complicated, time-consuming, beautiful raw-food recipes that I had been contemplating undertaking to try to convert my family to mostly-vegan. These recipes tend to be high in fat (lots of nuts, avocados, oil and coconut) so it's just as well that I skipped this step, albeit unintentionally.
10. Overall simplicity! I mean, how hard is it to peel a banana...5, 10, 15, 20 times a day?
11. No more shopping lists! We go in, we see what is available, looks good and ripe and then we decide what to eat.
12. And the best for last...nothing to burn on the stove! Not only did I cause 2nd & 3rd degree burns on my arm from a kitchen fire in 1989, but, as my husband can contest, I am notorious for getting distracted when food is on the stove. It takes so long and is so boring and cooking has never been a creative outlet for me. Methinks I'm a natural born raw foodist!
Here are some photos to enjoy of our new, sweet life....
Above: Fruit stashed around the house.
Above: compost! The compost bowl sits in our sink and sleeps in the fridge, the black backyard compost bin, with lid off and close-up of contents. Ohh, it's so good & smelly!
Above: our fridge stocked with fresh fruit, veggies and nuts (and lots of ignored bread & condiments) and our freezer with frozen grapes, raspberries, bananas, strawberries, soup (and ignored pie crusts, bread and tortillas).
Be well, Carla.
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