Lorraine Goods

Last Updated:15 June 1999
Created on Thu, 16 Jul 1998

Hi all,

I've been subbed to this list for a whole two days (thanks JR).

Well, here's my introduction:

I've been a (mostly) vegetarian for about 10 years, interspersed with periods of chicken/fish eating and briefer periods of raw-food eating. Each time I did raw I--as you all know--had trememdous energy, creativity, good-will feelings towards humanity and all that other good stuff. What knocked me off of the path? Letting obstacles get in the way of preparing healthy foods: grad school, laziness, blah blah blah.

Well, l've been vegan for awhile but totally overdoing the cooked starches. Been feeling clogged. I felt it was time to whip my butt into shape with a heavy diet of fruit and veggies so I hooked up with this wholistic center here in NY and did a three-week herb tea/fruit and veggie juice fast. Feel great, yadda yadda. But now that I'm done with it I'm finding it hard to stay raw. I'll do fine for a couple of days but I'm still cooking vegan foods for my family and have found myself binging on cooked starches. My system has *not* been happy about this state of affairs. The folks at the health center are nice enuf but they have vey ethnically-specific religious views and the tendency to proselytize which turns me off of attending too many more of their workshops. Help! I need community! I've never been a binge eater before in my life, never dieted to lose weight so I don't know how to handle this overeating thing. I know it comes from a feeling of deprivation ensuing from the fast. Any ideas?

Four more questions: How does one prepare nori seaweed (without toasting it) so that it doesn't take forever to chew? Also, how do you get a finicky two-year-old to transition into raw when he won't eat any leafy greans (except if cooked till the point of death) and barely likes fruit? Also, can someone enlighten me as to why many raw foodists dehrydate foods (I know it preserves enzymes, but it is "cooking" nonetheless, no?

Also, does the Ozone raw food restaurant in NY exist? Can't seem to get a listing for it from Ma Bell...

I'm 33, work as a part-time web producer and have a husband and one son (already mentioned) I need to eat raw so that I can meditate exercise/daily, get off my asthma medication for good and have the energy to get out of the line of work I'm in and and make a living doing something more in keeping with my values. Down with ideology! Up with compassion!

I also want to study physics, travel on the cheap (am going to Africa in August and worry about the food; I've been told not to consume any raw fruits and vegetables), move to a mountaintop, resume singing (used to be a jazz singer but hated being an artist vulnerable to the whimsies of the marketplace and being told by managers to wear makeup), and cram a whole bunch of other things into my time on this earth. I'm really glad to be here!


Roses are red, violets are blue
You think this will rhyme, but it ain't gonna...
-Robert Anton Wilson ***************************************************************************

If you would like to write to Lorraine Goods, you may send e-mail lg96@columbia.edu

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