I was blessed with a client meet down in Colfax on Wednesday, and decided to take the opportunity following the meeting to explore Gold Country some more. I wandered up towards Grass Valley to stop off at the Briar Patch Co-op, and on my must to-do list for the past 8 months to venture over to the The Fix for Foodies in Nevada City. The Fix is freaking phenomenal. They have such a great space, including an awesome boutique. (They don’t know it yet, but The Fix is so going to be my office when I’m in Nevada City!) Go visit, go eat there! It’s insanely good. A perfect introduction into Raw Food, if you have yet to experience it. I melted into a-very-anal-retentive-veggie-juice concoction (my own creation) of carrot, beet, ginger, kale, and spinach, while ecstatically enjoying a side salad with a tahini dressing, and was completely enthralled with a main course of a slice of their Tuscan pizza (sprouted seed bread topped with a Brazil Nut alfredo, carmelized red onion, goat chevre, pear and arugula with a balsamic drizzle). Holy wow. I spent some time talking with one of the owners, Arianna. She amazed me with her knowledge and provided some insight to eating habits. She explained to me (and I know this for a fact in my life) that when we eat food that’s unhealthy for us, we only stop eating when we’re full. (Yes I can eat about 3 slices of pizza before I’m full and only God knows how much all-you-can-eat sushi). We eat because we’re craving nourishment, so we develop unhealthy habits of eating and eating until we’re stuffed, that’s when we finally stop eating. With raw food, we’re intaking so much nourishment, we won’t eat nearly as much, and we’re full faster. So yeah, one slice of their Tuscan pizza and I was full, of course I had a salad and a veggie juice too. I left so incredibly nourished, I’m ready to jump on the raw food bandwagon, (even though I eat very healthy anyway), and increase my raw food intake to about 80% (Don’t think I can give up smoked salmon, eggs, and some milk products). It’s past time I really start taking care of myself. And what I eat is the first step with this year in my personal transformation. I have so much learn and grow, I’m actually looking forward to making good steps towards my complete health (in body, heart and mind). I know it will be one helluva roller coaster ride this transformation, and I’m so thankful I’m finally gaining the courage to do it. Plus I think something about watching Jamie Oliver’s “Food Revolution” helps too. Oh yeah, anyone in Tahoe or Reno want to venture back out to Nevada City with me to enjoy some really really good food, let me know. I definitely will be trekking it out there much more frequently now, cause now I’m addicted.