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March 28, 2010

I’m addicted to the raw “Fried Calamari” at Grezzo. Seriously addicted. I’ve headed to Newburyport 3 days in a row just to eat it. It’s made from king oyster mushrooms. It’s in the new book that will be out in October ;)

This is just an update on life as I sit here drinking this gross smoothie that I just made – cucumber juice, blueberries, banana and about a cup of sesame seeds. I’m able to drink anything if it’s good for me though!

So I’ve decided to take dance lessons. They start this week. I’m super excited!! I LOVE to dance and it’s been too long. I’ve decided this year to do everything that I’ve always wanted but haven’t been able to find the time in the last 7 years. I’m also apprenticing with a woman learning metalsmithing, something I’ve always had the desire to do. She is an incredible teacher, been doing this for over 30 years. I feel very fortunate to be working with her. I’m thinking about going to Italy this summer to study with someone there for a couple of weeks also. Making my sculptures again and just being more creative. I guess there are a few reasons that I’m taking this direction now.

One reason is that I’ve been so busy over the last 7-10 years that I started to forget who I was and what I loved to do. What brought me joy and was fun to me. In Living on Live Food, I talk about how you have to have balance and fun in your life and finding out what fun means… to you. I talk about how ‘fun’ changes as you grow and age and your idea of fun should change also.

I needed to rethink what it meant to me to be a whole, complete person. As much as I love raw food and this lifestyle, it’s not solely who I am. I am much more then what I eat. Actually, life … and eating raw… is more difficult when that’s your only focus.

I love, more than anything, living raw and teaching it to others. The emails that I get everyday about how people are healing themselves and changing their lives just blow me away. It inspires me to continue to teach and help as many people as possible with raw food. But, I’ve realized that when this is my sole focus and I’m at the computer working 16 hours a day or stuck in my restaurants or teaching and it’s all about raw food ALL the time, it’s never good.

Now that I have a bit more free time and I’m using that time to be more creative, get outside, have fun with friends, create art,  I notice that when I get back to working within the raw food, I’m so much more productive and inspired, not burnt out. I feel like I have more energy and enthusiasm about the raw work I’m doing because the other things that I’m doing in my life are inspiring me and giving me joy. I notice that when I’m away from the raw work, I start to miss it and want to talk about it again and write and educate.

I also do have some free time right now which feels good. Odd, but good! It’s taken some time for me to begin to step away from the ‘empire of raw food’ that I’ve created. It’s a strange feeling  to feel that there is an abundance of time in your life for play when you’re used to filling every moment with work. It’s an odd adjustment that takes time to let go of the workaholic attitude. I’m liking this new feeling. I’m actually a little scared that I’ll be back on the fast track once the new book comes out, but for now… I’m soaking this up.

My life is still crazy at times, restaurants and books, etc…but it’s nice to be able to breath. Oh, the most exciting news… I found a dog nanny! Yeah! She is perfect. It’s going to be a great feeling not to worry about my boys while I travel.

Just another step toward the abundant flow of free time and raw freedom.

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