Friday, February 03, 2012

Raw Food Diet - Wild Edibles!

We try to live our lives as simply as we can. We don't buy things we don't need, we go through and clean/de-clutter our home every six months, and we are constantly looking for new ways to have less physical things so that we can live in the moment, taking responsibility of all aspects of our life. In other words, we do not believe that things in life "just happen" and there isn't anything we can do about it. We believe that our actions are directly related to the events in our life, so we keep our home and bodies as clean as we can manage.

Now, I, for one have not been living like this my entire life. When I met Anthony, he introduced me to The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (she recently came out with The Power and it has been too intense for me to get through so far...). She teaches the Law of Attraction and I have since made great strides in my life. One day we will get into it more, but for now, I will tell you why I have even brought it up.

I am a worrier. I have been for as long as I can remember, and though I have gotten a little better at it, I still worry a considerable amount. My daughter is the number one thing I worry about, day in, day out, but a close second is Money. I worry about money a lot. I shouldn't as I know negative feelings bring negative affects, but sometimes I lose track of myself and end up focusing on the lack of money. Coincidentally, this worry comes around about once a month...if you know what I mean. I work as a nanny 24 hours a week, and run my small business 54 hours a week, but I am still growing my business so I do not take money from it, I work for free. This means that I live off of a part time job, supporting my daughter and myself (Anthony and I do not share finances, we split bills and other home expenses like food).

Anyway, most of my bills are due all at once at the beginning of the month which leaves me strapped until the end of the first full week of the month. This is when I usually look for ways to save money. Living a high raw diet (meaning a high amount of raw food, very little cooked food - we eat brown rice and cooked beans a few times per week) is EXPENSIVE. A head of organic broccoli costs more than a cheeseburger at McDonalds, that is how sick the food system is in America. One way I have found to save money is my subscribing to a year-round local produce delivery program. In our first month of being raw, we spent over $1000 on food (again, split between Anthony and I)! The delivery program is $140 per month and includes produce that would probably cost over $200 per month to buy at the natural foods store or supermarket, so we are saving money there.

I then came across and her Wild Edible Course with Sergei Boutenko (who's diet consists of about 80% raw, wild edibles). Their sales page was telling me that I could forage around in my local parks and forests (not hard to come by in Seattle!) and find FREE food. Needless to say, I had to learn more! I enrolled and the program starts today. It is a 17 week course and I intend to follow it closely. I am also going to include Ella in the course and track our progress by blogging about it here.

If you also enroll, leave a comment and we can track our progress together. I am so excited to share this journey with you!

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