The Farm at San Benito - Raw Foodies Heaven
October 10, 2014
It ain't just carrot sticks.
The evolution of raw food has been something I've followed closely over the past few years. Not that I ever thought I'd cook it; or go on a wellness retreat where it was front and center; or become slightly obsessed with it.
But, I suppose that time has come. I'm over in the Philippines right now - at a wonderfully remote sanctuary called The Farm at San Benito. It's an enormous coconut plantation that has been turned into a working coconut farm/luxe getaway from those needing to detox from all things dominant in their lives. Like me - too much work, too little me time, too much wine and dairy and caffeine, not enough treks through the mountains. Things like that.
So, I left. I simply booked a ticket (OMG, using my FF miles, I scored a 1st class all the way ticket for $33 bones - can you just?) and got on a plane. Old school style. Hate to say it, but I did no extra research, planned no other trips. The goal was simply to spend 10 days on the farm. Do a bit of yoga, rock multiple massages and other treatments, check out my blood with the Dr. on staff to see what is going on in my system (mjor allergies to wheat and dairy - I KNEW IT!), detox from constant internet/iphone monitoring, eat super well and clean and just really, grab a fresh sheet of paper and a nice pen + start over.
Simple. I'm almost done with my stay here and I can tell you - though I didn't do their full on detox (all juices), I still feel pretty dang good. I've done all the above and also just really learned lots about raw food. I mean, the coconut crackers and nut cheese they make here rival sour cream & onion chips with cheesy dip. For real! I took the prep class in their open kitchen, bought their beautifully shot Alive cookbook, manage to inahle 3-4 courses at every meal and danggggggg....it's all just so, so, so good. Well, then there's the late night soba noodle fiasco's that happen in my room:)
Just makes me want to go home and lay off. I mean, I eat super good - but really rich. Lots of cream, cheese, dairy - but at least it's all organic. I need way more leafy greens and about 10x as much fiber. Ditch the white stuff (sugar, salt, flour, etc...) as much as possible and instead, focus on more natural foods. Which is really next to impossible when you are a foodie like me. With a great kitchen, to boot. Stick more to wine, less to the perfect old fashioned's I do so love.
But, I've been here and I don't miss a thing - not the coffee, not the bread + butter, not the daily cocktail(s). I'm not saying I wont be right back on that train, but maybe I will be a little more aware - and even more judgemental of where my food comes from (home ain't the prob, it's restaurants).
Plus, it was really nice to be alone with just me and my thoughts. And, to remember what MST real energy is. I will be back!