Epic Alternatives

by Courtney on June 4, 2008

When I see people here and there trying to eat ‘healthy’, trying to enjoy their pathetic salads with low fat dressings and limp, tasteless lettuce, bland chicken or fish with nothing on it, and whatever else that most people think that ‘eating healthy’ includes, can you BLAME people for having a negative association to ‘eating healthy’? Can you blame them for wanting to stick to what they know as tasty? I can’t.

That’s one of the many things that excites me about raw food – people have NO IDEA how fantastically tasty and amazing it IS to eat raw food! They don’t even know such a cuisine exists, and we get to introduce them to super fresh raw pizza, pasta, all the things they think they can’t have because they’re trying to ‘eat healthy’. The entire paradigm of what people associate to eating well, and what they think they have to do in order to be at the weight they want to, can change, and SHOULD change.

Yesterday I brought my family to the only raw restaurant in UT, which is in Salt Lake City, called ‘Omar’s Living Cuisine’. I actually worked here for about 8 months when I was in college in Salt Lake, and it was my first major introduction to raw food (when I started working there I was vegan and not raw yet, but very interested). Omar’s raw food isn’t like any that I’ve had anywhere else. He is lebanese, and so he brings a wonderful twist of spices to his food. He also uses garlic and onions, something the Tree of Life Cafe doesn’t use, but which I absolutely LOVE.

The dishes we chose to get were his raw pizza, hummus platter, bean burrito, falafel salad (one of his famed dishes), broccoli soup and a few truffles. Oh, it was such a good meal. And my almost 19 year old, 6’0″ and 185 lb brother, whom is a nationally ranked competitive swimmer, was SURE that he was going to need to get a big pasta dish somewhere after we ate, because after all, ‘it’s just vegetables and nuts’…. and guess what? He was STUFFED. He couldn’t even FINISH all of his food. And? Everyone was super surprised at how tasty and filling it was. Love that :D

It’s been rainy and partially cloudy here in UT, and its so strange for me! I should look up what the days of the year that are cloudy in Patagonia, but its got to be like one per month :) It is such an interesting observation that my whole being just CRAVES sun, like the sun I get every day, every minute of the waking hour in Patagonia, and I think its SO important to have that sun. I don’t think I would ever choose to live in a place that was not vastly predominantly sunny to cloudy.

My family is very grossed out by my spirulina salads. In fact, they are almost embarrassed for me when I get the nice green ring around my lips, hussling to get me another napkin, “Oh my gosh Courtney, it’s all over the place! Let me run and get you something to wipe that off with!”…. I know… chill out. You’re the only one embarrassed about it… ;)

Speaking of spirulina, check out this article on NaturalNews.com

Love always,

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