Believe it or not, one thing that was hindering our raw food lifestyle was the way the fruits and veggies were being stored in the refrigerator. What I mean is, after shopping Friday mornings, we would come home and just kind of stuff every thing into the frig. All the fruits and veggies remained in their plastic bags. When it was time for me to go to the frig to grab something to eat or make a recipe I would get frustrated looking for the ingredients I needed. I couldn’t see what was what in that chaotic mess.
Then it dawned on me one day that I needed to display my food better. If you are eating the standard American diet or SAD diet, you don’t want to do this because whenever you open that frig or cupboard and you see that chocolate cake, pizza or other artery clogging, cancer promoting excuse for food, your eye sends a signal to your brain that says…”eat me.”
So I figured out, that this is actually a good instinct gone bad. An instinct that has been reprogrammed by the evil processed food empire. God had a reason He made fruits and vegetables so beautiful…all the colors of the rainbow displayed. Our eye sees the red berry, the green lettuce, the purple kale, the orange orange, the red bell pepper and duh, we want to eat it!
So now, I take all my fruits and veggies out of plastic bags and containers and display them in bowls in the frig or even on the kitchen table. This serves two purposes. First, it totally reinforces what we are suppose to eat. When are eyes see the beautiful array of fruits and veggies it sends a message to our brain that reinforces these are the foods our bodies need and desire. Secondly, having the fruits and veggies displayed makes it a lot easier to see what you have on hand and what you need to add to your shopping list. It also stimulates my creativity and makes it easier to think about what we will have for our next raw food meal.
I can’t tell you what joy it brings me to open my frig now and not only see it well organized, but most of all to see the breath taking cornucopia of delicious, raw, living foods we have available to feed our living bodies.