A few months ago, I read an interesting book by John Robbins called Healthy at 100 about how to increase your lifespan. Robbins, the son of Baskin-Robbins co-founder Irv Robbins, eschewed the family ice cream business to pursue a life of healthy living that was more aligned with his personal values.
One section of the book describes a 1965 health study that chronicled the lives of thousands of men and women in Alameda, California. This paragraph caught my attention:
“What most astounded researchers about this study was that those with close social ties and unhealthful lifestyles (such as smoking, obesity, and lack of exercise) actually lived longer than those with poor social ties but more healthful living habits. Needless to say, people with both healthful lifestyles and close social ties lived the longest of all.”
Healthy eating and exercise doesn’t guarantee a long life if you’re miserable and alone. Makes absolute sense to me. We’re far more than the nutrients we put into our bodies. We need social interaction, friends and families to support us.
That’s why I’m grateful to my classmates at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition for making my complete career and life upheaval a lot more enjoyable. It’s lovely to be in an environment of intelligent, supportive, like-minded and open-hearted people every day.
So what does this have to do with raw oatmeal?
Well, school is also awesome because my classmates are passionate, enthusiastic foodies with lots of delicious recipes to share.
Like this recipe for raw oatmeal, which comes from my classmate Chris, who eats a plant-based, raw diet.
When I met him, I thought: how on earth is it possible to be a raw food vegan?
Erm…uh… (takes foot out of mouth).**
This recipe is utterly yummy and I promise you will not notice the oatmeal isn’t cooked. It’s versatile as well – you could play around with the fruits, use another sweetener or change up the spices. I threw some almond butter into the mix, too.
Be warned: this is extremely filling. I prepared only half of the recipe and I couldn’t finish it in one sitting. Of course, it was easy enough to polish off later.
What is your food community like? How does your social circle help you physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually?
** (For those of you who are new to my website, I just completed a month-long raw food vegan diet, loved it, and will continue on with it for the rest of the summer).
- 1 cup gluten-free steel cut oats (soaked in water overnight)
- 1 banana
- 1 apple, diced
- 1 tsp honey
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup raisins
- 1-2 tbsp chia gel, (1 to 6 ratio of chia seeds to water, mixed together in a jar, takes about 15-20 min to congeal)
- 1-2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp of oil (flax, hemp, olive, coconut, etc.)
- Drain oats with a strainer and rinse with water. Add to food processor, along with the cinnamon, banana, honey, hemp seeds, chia gel and oil until smooth.
- Add the raisins and apple, then process for another 10 seconds. Enjoy!