If I was to list my challenges with eating raw then staying raw (or high raw) when eating out would definitely feature as my second greatest challenge.
To be honest, I didn’t used to eat out very often, so when I did, it didn’t feel like such a big deal if I wasn’t as raw as I would like to have been. When you’re used to making every single meal of the week, just getting a yummy vegan meal that you didn’t have to make is good enough.
But life changes, and I am now spending more time in the city than I did before, which means more lunches out. I am very fortunate because it’s pretty easy to find good cooked vegan food near my office, but since launching rawfoodstockholm.com this summer, I have really enjoyed the challenge of finding nice raw food in Stockholm. Others have shared tips on where to find raw food, and I have a constant eye open for places to eat.
The funny thing is that I originally created rawfoodstockholm.com to help others eat raw in Stockholm by sharing my favorite places, but I think I have probably got more use from it than anyone! Well, they do say that the thing that you try and help others with is the thing you most need help with yourself!
This information has come in really handy when I have been out for lunch with colleagues, but sometimes you just don’t have the option of choosing where to eat. One time we went to a restaurant, which was a very nice place but very traditional, so not only was there nothing vegan on the menu, there wasn’t even a salad in sight. In the past I would have felt really awful about not having anything to choose from, but boosted by my personal challenge to eat more raw when eating out I asked the kitchen to create a lovely big salad for me.
It wasn’t as straight forward as a simple order, and I had to go and speak to the chef, but I was soon served a lovely salad with seasonal vegetables, a simple dressing and fresh herbs and I was very satisfied, both with the food and with daring to ask for what I wanted! In fact, it was easier to ask for a plate of raw veggies than trying to ask for a vegan dish (“no, I don’t eat fish…”).
For another working lunch, I phoned in advance and ordered a salad of raw veggies with avocado and a little lemon juice, olive oil and sea salt. I got just what I ordered (plus some yummy sprouts) and it was delicious. And I felt great afterwards. With that kind of food in you, you certainly don’t need or want a coffee to keep you awake for the rest of the afternoon!
One place I will be adding to the rawfoodstockholm.com is Wagamama. When I lived in London, I went to Wagamama all the time, so when Christoffer saw they were opening next door to Central Station in Stockholm, I was very excited. I knew that you could get yummy Japanese noodles there, some of which are veggie or vegan, but I didn’t know that it would be a fairly decent raw score! It’s not a raw restaurant by any means, but you can choose from a little selection of freshly pressed fruit and veg juice, and order either a simple small salad or larger one with avocado. If you are not 100% raw then you can also enjoy some nutritious miso soup, and there are also steamed edame beans to nibble on. It’s a great place to go with friends as there is something for everyone and they have restaurants all over the world. www.wagamama.com
I really love it when I start to knock down barriers that have previously hindered me from succeeding with things that are important to me.
So, my next challenge? Getting over my number 1 obstacle. And what is that? Getting back into raw after Christmas or summer when I haven’t been able to, or not chosen to, eat high raw. I’ll let you know how that works out…in the meantime, please feel free to share your tips for overcoming these challenges.