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Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.
(Swedish proverb)
Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.
(Sicilian proverb)
Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
(Elbert Hubbard)
You can always tell a real friend; when you've made a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.
(Laurence J. Peter)
Friends are family you choose for yourself.

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15th July, 2005
Fruit in Italy was delicious. I went to a local market and bought watermelon, apricots, peaches, rock-melons, apples, bananas. I enjoyed this dark-red, sweet watermelon. Staying raw in Italy was easy-peasy. As far as the halva and nuts on the plane, I won't do that again. I really do not like nuts and seeds that much. I feel much better eating simply fruit. I was lucky to travel with my colleague who had access to Qantas club, where I could eat a range of delicious fruit. This helped me survive the long 40-hour journey.

Adjusting back to living in a more moderate climate was not easy. I cannot stand the quality of fruit here: (barely pink) watermelon and other fruit  is just not the way it is supposed to be. I do not feel satisfied eating unripe, under-sweet fruit. Locally grown fruit is the best, but the range of what is available is not too wide at the moment. Mainly apples, pears, mandarines and grapes. When I can't stand eating same things over again, I grab cooked stuff, and then feel not so good. So, I really must find some way out of this situation.  And, it must be some 'local' solution, as moving to the tropics is not possible! Help!!!

I have a fantastic job in Hobart, and both Luke and the children love it here. I just dearly miss the Adelaide Central Market....

16th July, 2005
You could ask: "Why do I bother?". If it's not easy to stay all-raw, why do I want to do it anyway? Well, the answer is very simple. It is because I feel best eating all-raw! Those occasional relapses only convince me further about that. For example, one day, directly after having some (cooked) bread, my brain went completely dead, and I could not calculate a single mathematical formula. I had to resort to drinking coffee, like I used to in the past, in order to function at my work. Do I need this sort of stuff? Clearly not. Why don't I then just stop repeating the negative patterns? Perhaps, because I have been indoctrinated for too long, and it takes a while to break up old habbits. But hey, I am doing well. For example, these days my idea of a breakfast is no longer a cereal, but orange juice, or a fruit smoothie. And, I would not want it otherwise. My office is loaded with fruit. I love fruit and eat it all day long. I love greens. It is a gradual process. One step backward, but two or three steps forward after that! My commitment grows.

Recently, Luke suggested that we no longer buy vegies for cooking (for our children) and replace them with salads. So, the last types of cooked food that our children still eat are daily potatoes or rice, sometimes beans, and occasionally pistachios. The rest is all raw, fruit mostly. All day. And, lots and lots of bananas!

21st July, 2005
The solution to my last week's misery (not feeling like eating raw foods) turned out to be cleverly simple: I tried some things that I have not had for a while, and the desire to eat came back! It seems that having some variety and fun with the raw foods is really important. Without it, I get bored and lose my appetite.

22nd July, 2005
There was a time when I thought that not drinking water and eating juicy fruit instead was a bit excentric. Now, it is the most natural thing to me. When thirsty, I reach for mandarines, for example.


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