I love, love, love raw vegetables. I just ate a lunch consisting of raw broccoli and baby carrots, and it was wonderful. Crunchy, fresh, and delicious. I didn’t even use any ranch dip. I was happy to combat yesterday’s feast of greasy bar food with a crisp, clean lunch of raw vegetables.
The best thing about a raw veggie lunch is that afterwards, there is no post-lunch crash. Usually after lunch, I want nothing more than to curl up in a dark corner and take a nap. But after a raw veggie lunch, I have the energy of 10 men! Enough to write this post, that’s for sure.
Further, many raw veggies are a great source of fiber. Fiber is missing from the diets of so many Americans, myself included. This stuff is necessary to keep your digestive system working properly, and I am happy to oblige.
Most importantly of all, though, is that our bodies like raw vegetables. We evolved from raw food eating primates, who’s digestive systems are tuned to the kinds of nutrition drawn from raw fruits and vegetables. Thus depriving ourselves of this natural fuel source is like putting kerosene in a gasoline engine. Sure, it might move the engine, but you’ll run far from peak efficiency.
Ah, I feel great. I need to do this more often, but too often I fall victim to the siren’s song of greasy, delicious meats, in the form of some of my lunch time favorites: Japan Express, Chipotle burritos, Bojangle’s chicken, and the ever delicious Cheeseburger. But these always, without fail, leave me feeling like I’d just been struck by a tranquilizer dart, forcing me to pour yet more coffee down my gullet.
But today, and perhaps tomorrow as well, I have resisted the foods I love to taste for the foods I need to eat.
There is a story, told by our elders, about a hare, which is basically a rabbit, and a tortoise, which is a fancy word for turtle. One day, this douchebag rabbit, also known as a hare, started poking fun at this turtle, which many called a tortoise.
"Tortoise," said the hare, wanting to sound fancy, "You are unbearably slow. I have seen stoned heroin junkies move with more rapidity than you."
The hare hopped around in circles, delighted with his own cutting wit, and to show off how much faster he was.
The tortoise looked up from a bit of clover he was munching on, swallowed his mouthful, and opened his mouth to speak.
"Hare," began the slow talking tortoise, "I would not be so quick to insult, if I were you. I have seen better focus in a New York City crackhead."
"I say sir!" said the hare, again putting on airs, "I take exception to that remark!"
The tortoise shrugged, and went back to clover munching.
The hare continued, "This sleight upon my honor shall not stand. I challenge you to a race--to the death!"
"That isn't a thing," replied the the tortoise, his mouth full of clover.
"I beg your pardon?" said the hare, "did your mother never teach you to never speak with your mouth full?"
The tortoise swallowed his bite and repeated, "That isn't a thing."
"What's not a thing?" asked the hare.
"A race to the death," replied the tortoise, "is not a thing."
"And what would you know about races?" inquired the hare.
"Enough to know that a race to the death is nothing more than a figment of your fur-addled imagination."
"That shows how little you know," said the rabbit, who was also considered a hare, "indeed, we are all in a race to the death, whether we want to be or not."
The tortoise pondered this statement before replying, "So in this race, which I take is a metaphor for life, who is the winner?"
"Why, the being who dies first, of course."
Again, the tortoise pondered the hare's meaning, and replied, "Who would want to win that?"
"Who said anyone wanted to win?" said the hare, who was still hopping and pirouetting around the tortoise.
"Is that not the point of a race?" said the tortoise as he watched the hare do his dance.
"Again, you show how little you know," said the hare. "The point of a race, my hard-shelled friend, is to be the last loser."
"Which I take to mean the same thing as the first winner."
"Have you clover in your ears?" inquired the hare, "or are you as dull as you are slow?"
With that, the turtle, also known as a tortoise, reached in his shell, pulled out a revolver, and shot the hare, which was another name for a rabbit.
"Congratulations," said the tortoise, as he stood over the hare's bloodied corpse, "you win."