I've been breaking my locavore eating habits and buying bananas en masse to feed my new green smoothie addiction. Yes, I said green, folks! That's spinach with bananas, apples, strawberries, flax seed, fresh lemon juice, cantaloupe, whatever else I want to throw in there, but the main ingredient is spinach! I did a raw cleanse last week, eating a smoothie for breakfast and lunch and a big salad for dinner. In between I snacked on nuts, dried fruit and fresh fruits and veggies. I ate whenever I was hungry, but I ate raw, and I felt incredible! I woke up feeling rested, I had great energy all day... I could never convert to raw food permanently and exclusively, but many doctors recommend a diet of about 80% raw, and I think that would be good for me. Last weekend Dave and I took a getaway (just the two of us!) and I ate a bunch of "regular" food, all of high quality and fresh ingredients--not super processed, but still... I felt so sluggish and bloated afterwards. It was kind of incredible, actually. I became so powerfully aware of how much I'm affected by what I put into my body. I've been getting a lot of inspiration from the happy foody blog by Sara, whose Walk Slowly, Live Wildly blog I used to read a lot. She had a Green Smoothie challenge a few months back, and her first post has lots of great ideas for varying the basic smoothie. I tell you, LOOK OUT! Once you start feeling how healthy your body can be eating fresh, whole foods, you'll never go back to processed "food"! Happy eating!