Extreme Gratitude for Ubud

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Last night I arrived back in Ubud after a week and a half trip that was mainly comprised of quality time spent with friends and family. It was awesome to see people that I hadn’t seen for anywhere between 9 months and 3 years. I really appreciate how open many of them were to eating my freesh raw food, and in some cases, even taking part in the freeshin. I stuck to the fundamentals, choosing two simple yet delicious dishes; raw nori rolls and raw chocolate, which I made with my Dad and a few of my friends. We did get quite creative with the sushi, using a variety of vegetables that I had never tried before to make the rice, including rutabaga, broccoli, sweet potato and beets. It gave the nori rolls a beautiful look and unique taste, and I will definitely bring this new technique into my classes.


Cilantro Goes Really Well in Raw Nori Rolls and Beet Rice is Delicious!

Dietary Compromises

While I did get to eat some really high vibrational food, a lot of which was raw, I also ate a considerable amount of food that I wasn’t too happy about consuming. While there are certain dietary choices I will not budge on (eating meat being the main one), there are others that I will in certain situations, primarily because I don’t get harsh immediate reactions from any particular foods and I don’t like being a pain in the ass when I’m hanging out with people that have made different dietary choices than me, especially when we’re in places where it’s not very easy to find high vibrational food restaurants that satisfy everyone’s tastes.

So over the past two weeks I ate more gluten and dairy than I had in the past 9 months. Like I said before, I don’t get strong instantaneous reactions to any particular food, but after a few days of eating these foods, I can feel them build up and become a burden on my system, and in particular, my energy levels. For me, it’s worth feeling a bit sluggish for a few days to insure that I don’t ruin the short time I have to spend with my friends and family. Generally I don’t experience the negative consequences until I’ve eaten these foods for a few days, so I don’t have lowered energy levels until after I’ve left wherever I am, hence I feel great when I’m with my friends and family, and am back in Ubud for the rest and recovery period.

Back in Ubud, the Food is Phenomenal and Acquiring it is Super Easy

And being back in this community full of high vibrational, healthy, organic food after navigating the processed garbage “food” jungles of Toronto, New York and various Airports and Airplanes, has me feeling exceptionally grateful. I got back to Ubud at around 8:45 PM last night, and by 9:15 I had a delicious healthy meal in front of me, complete with guilt-free dessert, which is easily the aspect of my Ubud diet that I miss the most when I’m gone. It’s not that hard to find decent vegetarian food at a lot of conventional restaurants in New York and Toronto, but finding healthy desserts anywhere but the raw food and vegan restaurants is a serious mission.

The only difficult part (and calling this difficult is a big stretch) of my daily diet in Ubud is choosing which wonderful restaurant to go to if I eat out. Which is phenomenal. Like I’ve told many of my students, I think that Ubud might have the highest concentration of raw food and vegan restaurants in a 15 minute driving radius in the entire world. Throw in the fact that the prices are relatively cheap, and you don’t even need to freesh your own food to have an affordable, healthy diet. Which is freakin awesome. They say you don’t appreciate what you got until it’s gone, and in this case, I totally agree.

The Most Affordable Place in the World to Eat Organic?

The effort and resources required to eat healthy, particularly organic and raw, in New York and Toronto, appeared to me to be exponentially larger than in Ubud. Maybe I don’t know those cities well enough and this is an incorrect judgment, but after receiving a delivery of multiple days worth of organic produce for $14 while writing this article, I wonder if there is anywhere else in the world that has cheaper, more readily available, fresh organic produce. Much of which is picked fresh the same morning. Which is downright sensational. And I am so grateful for the farmers that make this possible.


Being a Farmer is Hard Work

When I was in New York I went to WholeFoods for the first time. I was blown away. It has everything. It’s also really expensive, at least to me. I think it’s totally worth it to spend lots of money on good food, (the doctor’s bills later on will offset any savings from buying low quality food now) but I also understand that for a lot of people they don’t agree. Being able to buy healthy food without having to sacrifice other luxuries is a privilege that those of us living in Ubud are uniquely fortunate to have. It’s something I haven’t been as grateful for as I would like to have been, and I choose to change that now. From now on when I am afforded the opportunity to buy a kilo of local, organic cucumbers for barely more than a dollar I am going to deeply appreciate it. Every time I buy food outside of Ubud, I am going to appreciate just how little effort and sacrifice eating organic in Ubud requires.

I’m going to freesh up a mango bak choy smoothie now. And I’m grateful for the opportunity to do so.

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