At the Wheel of Life Restaurant in Irvine, we had great food and an amazing pumpkin drink with “sweet basil seeds” in it- it’s so good you must try it! The seeds are like little boba balls and sweet.
From so many of my friend’s I hear, “Oh my G-d, that’s so expensive” or “We can’t go to sushi?” As you can see guys, I hear ya, however, we can go out- but to organic places. This is where I usually hear a groan of “Oh no, the food is terrible and expensive!” However, that is a myth. When I searched “Organic Foods Restaurants OC” I immediately got a top ten restaurant site and so many other suggestions from google all from 3-15 dollars. Also, it was less expensive buying my all organic products at Trader Joes than buying everything else because it limits you to a majority of healthy fruits and veggies- sensa the corn syrup. (Though I am learning to put everything in the fridge since our whole wheat organic bread lasted all of two days from there). As you can see these myths hold us back and it’s not so “terrible” that I am not able to go out and eat regular food- not only is it unhealthy but there are tons of environmental and political views as why not to eat the processed meats, dairy, and seafood (I might go into these later when I try the vegan diet and interview the man who inspired it). If anything, it is increasing my life expectancy and my mood which has been top notch since I was vegitarian.
Now, to the non myth part: it is hard to be organic. Why is it hard? Well, culturally in the US it is not widely accepted and is looked at as a “trend.” Most restaurants that are not all for health go organic because it is cheaper not to. When I lived in Italy, this was not the case since major corporations don’t own all of the markets- there are small centros in which have local produce. To live well in Italy is to eat well, here we do not have the same policy. We try to eat as fast and as big as we can- go big or go home, right? One of the people at work brought in a cake with processed suger and everyone had a piece and looked at me as if I was missing out. Which I was granted that I love the taste of process suger- the fact that it is not healthy and that I kept my distance was really hard. So right there I learned it’s easier to diet when everyone around you supports that same diet. However, none of my immediate friends are organic, one is vegetarian who is my BF’s sister’s fiance because he has his doctorate in environmental science and it has changed his life to eat a certain way. If I learned everything he did too, (which I will soon) I would probably eat the same as well. I found that the reason I am on these diets is also to partly educate my friends- that this can be done, its not as costly as they think and it’s not as hard as everyone says though it is hard when your friends are not all about health too.
However, I must step back a second and account for my friends who are cheering on my diets. My BF has been a huge support and is my number one fan- eating all the interesting organic things I come up with. Also a few of my friends have been supportive and say, “Wow, that’s awesome Ana, I could never do that.” So I will say back to them, “You can, just try it, it is easier than you think.” If you can’t join me in this quest, then it’s ok and I understand, but this is where I find the dividing point in western society. The idea of joining the bigger group is injected in too much of our culture, but you all know me, I am a little rebel when it comes to conformity :).