Spicing Things Up

Have you ever discovered that when something is new to you, it begins popping up all over the place? Maybe you bought a new car and suddenly it seems like every third car you see is the same type or color. Or have you ever learned some obscure new fact and suddenly it seems like everyone’s talking about it? Some people call it the Red Car Syndrome (see aforementioned example) but as it so happens, this is a real psychological phenomenon known as confirmation bias, or more colloquially, diegogarcity.

Well, ever since I started this vegan-raw-foodist thing, I’ve been hearing things about it left and right. Even Dr. Oz is talking about it! It’s all got me thinking so I’ve been doing some research to try and find out if other people have tried this experiment. I’ve discovered some pretty neat things. For instance:

Amazing! The part that sticks out the most to me are when one woman says, “I don’t see why the doctors don’t know about this.” My thoughts exactly! The fact that these people, some of whom have been insulin-dependent for over twenty years were able to stop using insulin after FOUR days and had reversed their diabetes after thirty blows.my.mind. Shouldn’t this be making big headlines?!

One thing I’ve learned is that there really hasn’t been a lot of scientific research done on raw food diets so most of the evidence that has been gathered is anecdotal. Then again, it’s hard to find anyone with anything negative to say, and even then, they’re not really saying a raw food diet is bad, just that it’s not necessarily as good as some claim.

If you’re interested and want to read up some more, check out this article. It’s a bit cerebral, but very interesting nonetheless.

In other news, I tried a new dinner recipe tonight. In my spare time I like to go raw recipe hunting (something I used to do for cooked, non-vegan food too) and I’d seen a few recipes for raw pasta. I thought I’d give it a whirl and put my own spin on it. I started out with a raw marinara sauce that I made from tomato, red bell pepper, jalapeño, onion, garlic, oregano, and basil. I blended everything together in the food processor but it came out too liquid so I added a handful of sun-dried tomatoes and two pitted dates to thicken it up. They did the trick! I also added a little lemon juice just for kicks.

The sauce tasted great! It’s actually something I think most people, vegan-raw-foodist or not, would enjoy. The weirdest thing about eating it was that it was cold… It’s funny, the temperature of food is something I’ve always taken for granted and now that it’s pretty impossible for me to eat any hot food, I’ve found myself craving that once or twice.

Believe it or not, the “noodles” were actually just thinly-sliced pieces of sweet potato. I drizzled some lemon juice over the slices to prevent them from browning, but other than that, there was no other preparation that went into them.

I topped the “noodles” with some freshly-chopped spinach and the raw marinara and then topped the whole dish with some lemon zest for color and a little extra zing!

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The weirdest part about eating it was the texture of the “noodles.” At first I was disappointed because the thought of “cooking” pasta had me craving a perfectly-cooked al-dente noodle, warm and starchy and delicious–but I digress. The more I ate, though, the more I actually began to appreciate the dish. The flavors were really good, and after getting past the initial shock, the texture wasn’t half bad either.

I think that’s all I’ve got for tonight, but I want to include a quote that I stumbled upon that I find rather intriguing:

“It is in moments of illness that we are compelled to recognize that we live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom, whole worlds apart, who has no knowledge of us and by whom is it impossible to make ourselves understood: our body.” ~Marcel Proust

Just some food for thought.

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