You know, I truly do believe we are Tropical creates and meant to live in the Tropics. Sometimes though, certain things keep us in a cold climate such as family, children, a job we may love that is only possible there, and many other personal reasons.
I currently live in a cold climate in a major city; Toronto. I will see what the Universe has in store for me but I do not always plan on living here. I love it don't get me wrong. I absolutely love Toronto and could live in New York as well. But I want to take my health to the next level and embrace myself in the tropical environment at some point on a full time basis. But again we will see where life leads me.
In this Blog, I want to focus on the positives and things we can be grateful for while embracing the raw diet in the cold.
So here goes. Here is the list of positives I have come up with:
- We have access to the best, top quality, organic fruits and vegetables from all over the World. Now, this may not be true for everyone it depends where you are, however in most areas of North America you will find an absolutely wonderful collection of fruits and vegetables - whatever your heart desires from Costa Rica to Brazil, Mexico and everywhere you can imagine. I know people who live in the tropics and this is one of their complains - in certain times of the year they don't have access to the great greens such as kale or certain things. Some people who have relocated to the Tropics have said one of the things they actually missed most was the amazing variety of top quality foods year round at their markets in the North. We truly are blessed in that regard.
- We can leave an abundance of fruits on our counter tops without worrying about attracting ants or roaches into the home. This is a big one for me. Eating all raw I like to have an abundance of fruits and vegetables at home. I also believe it is healthier to eat them at room temperature and not from the fridge so I try and keep as much on the counter as possible. This is one thing in the tropics which would have to be treated a little differently. And perhaps I am just not aware of some methods they may have that don't involve putting everything in the fridge.
- We have AMAZING places to dine out that are raw or cooked vegan and plant based places. Here in Toronto I absolutely LOVE Thrive Organic in Long Branch and Live Organic in the Annex. There are many more I have not tried and I am sure this trend of restaurants will continue to grow in the future. Most of them are wonderful because they aren't limited to only raw organic so you can still go and dine with people who still want to enjoy some wine or beer or some cooked food. Most major cities and even a lot of towns now have wonderful dining out options that are top rated.
- There are some foods that grow in the North which we can obtain locally that are not really present in the tropics like how they are here. One category being BERRIES! I love berries. They don't take up a great deal of my diet as they go bad quickly and I haven't been out to pick my own. But when I find them i store and they are super RIPE and good...WOW WOW WOW. Nothing like perfectly ripe blueberries. They truly do lift your mood.
- We truly do have some amazing farmer's markets which are filled with so much amazing top quality and fresh food and love.
- You can still grow amazing gardens certain times of the year and also pick amazing foods such as go apple or berry picking with your family.