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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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11th April, 2008
Last month, after two weeks of juicing I felt an overwhelming desire to chew on some greens, and so I did!

I prefer to explain things from the nature point of view, but I do not shy from using scientific arguments either. I think that chewing is the natural way of consuming foods. I tend to think that it is the optimal way as well. From the scientific point of view, there is so-called synnergy effect, meaning that nutrients get absorbed best when we do not seperate them from their naturally occuring, synnergistic form. For example, vitamin PP helps in absorption of vitamin C (which really is just one piece of the very many connections in the chain). So, if I am juicing oranges, this means that I discard albedo (the white skin just under the orange skin) which contains vitamin PP and hence disrupt this synnergy.

Still, I think that juicing from time to time is a nice way of giving my body some rest. I am not going to give it up completely. I like experimenting with new things too, and juicing has been fun, so I am going to experiment with it some more!

28th April, 2008
My life does not evolve around raw. Raw is not my goal either. Rather, raw is merely the means to keep my body able so that I have energy and ability to pursue my passions in life. I so want to be able to pursue my dreams, that I will do anything to make it easier to achieve them! Like for example, I want my brain to be in top gear so that I can create maths patterns and compose music patterns, and I want my body to be in top gear so that I can run with my kids and live for them as long as I can.

Last weekend we went to visit our favourite farmers again (thankfully, we finally had time to do it :) ). Morris the apple man, who grows some beautiful beautiful apples and pears. We bought several boxes of those, at a price a fraction of the supermarket shelves produce, and the taste several times better. Then, from another farmer, not too far from Morris's place, we got some carrots and tomatoes, delicious. I must say that the produce we bought does not look like the supermarket stuff, but gee, looks can be soooo deceiving. Small, irregular apples, sweet like heaven. Huge, irregular carrots, when we juiced them with some spinach, we could tell a dramatic difference in taste, so much more vibrant, richer, nourishing than the other supermarket stuff. Very irregular tomatoes, so red when you open them, and so full of taste when you bite them. This visit was like a visit to paradise, so full of colour and taste. The Italian farmer approached Julia and Maggie (Julia's friend) sitting in the car, and handed them some free apples. When giving me change, he handed some free pears as a bonus, melting my heart (now I love him ha ha!). On the way home, I asked the girls "Who wants a magic apple?" "Me me me!" :) Yes, it felt like magic. :) I love feeling this connection with the soil. I love touching freshly picked fruit and vegies, with the dirt still on them, energy buzzing inside, I bite and the energy flows to my body with every bite. Mmm, heaven...


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