Our food onboard the PEARL

Our food onboard the PEARL

Our typical weekly shopping from the local market

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Actually Alwin wanted to lose only a few kilos weigth after our stay in Europe in summer 2015.
He loaded down following books from the Internet:
“Daily fresh salads maintain your health” and
“Fresh fruit and vegetable juices” from Dr. Norman W. Walker

I should look also into it. Books on nutrition I thought, how boring!
I read and read and was from each side more and more excited.

There was the diagnosis of my orthopedist from last summer:
Arthrosis in the hip in the first stage, not to heal.

Would it be possible to alleviate the joint degeneration or even stop? Through food?
I read more books and made me smart in the internet. And was always more convinced.
I just had to try it.
Alwin also. He struggles with gout and problems in the joints. If the partner does not follow, it is anyway very difficult.
I am a vegetarian for years (from disgust with meat), and Alwin had simply adapted! (Wow!)
But would he also join the vegan raw food? He finally gave me the books.
Yes, he did! He wanted to lose weight!
Alwins second wife had cancer. Therefore they lived vegan for three years. The cancer regressed. This diet was also very good for Alwin.

So we changed our food begin of August 2015.

No animal protein which also means no dairy products and eggs.
No cereals, also no baking and pasta goods and other "dead" foods.
No caffeine, alcohol and sugar.

That sounds really awful?
No gorgeous fresh baguette for breakfast anymore .... no coffee, no milk, no cheese, no pasta, no cake, no chocolate ???????????

But I found it initially really exciting.

Alwin is always looking for the best tomatoes

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Many things we buy at the local market. But even in the supermarket. How pleasant it is when we only have to go into the vegetable corner there!
Luckily there are also some health food stores in Martinique.
Seeds for sprouts, flaxseed oil, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, chia, quinoa, millet, tahini, all essential for a balanced nutrition.
Unfortunately, there is very often no organic vegetables and generally hardly any fresh leafy vegetables. We take what we can get. Sometimes it is only frozen spinach and broccoli.

Spinach-Broccoli juice with apple fresh from the juicer

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But mostly we are rewarded with fresh tropical fruits! Wonderfully small banana (fig bananas or Ladyfinger) witch taste sooo good!
Mangoes, pineapple and Soursop .... which is particularly delicious!

I love these figs bananas and especially the Soursop

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In German it is also called Sauersack, in other languages it means Soursop, Graviola, Guanábana, Guyabano or Corossol.
And of course the coconut.!

Coconuts should not be missing while shopping at the local market.

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A long time we compared all possible juicers in the internet and found the perfect for us. Now it is the jewel of our kitchen.
We make mainly vegetables and green juices. Sometimes there is a tasty pineapple oranges juice. Ice sorbets from semi-frozen berries and almond milk also makes it.

Delicious sorbet from semi-frozen raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and currants

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For me, the transition was absolutely easy. How good suddenly everything tastes!
We start the day with a glass of ginger curcuma lemon tea, ice-cold of course.
Tastes very exotic!
Then we eat us full of tasty fruits. Before lunch we take a vegetable juice, the main dish is a delightful salad. It tastes different every day and is never boring.

Coconut water fresh from our "coconut man" at the market

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After our daily swim tour in the afternoon we take a glass of coconut water and eat fresh coconut pieces.
At first we ate dinner also raw, but this is not so funny in the long run. So we cook now mostly. But then vegan and very gentle.

Conclusion after about 6 months:
Alwin has been decreased about eight kilos of weight, I fortunately only 2-3 kilos.
Now everything has stabilized. At the beginning was with me the fear of getting too thin.
Today the scale gathering dust under the table.
Alwins gout cartilage at the fingers are almost disappeared. The skin fungus, he had, since I know him, is completely gone; the ugly pedal mycosis also.
I feel completely at ease. As the arthritis develops, time will tell.

My growing sprouts in the galley

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Sprouts soak, rinse, etc. has become routine for me. Not easy at the high humidity and temperature, but it works.
Thanks to the new rain gutter on the roof of our catamaran we have almost always enough water.
The book "The Proviant Bible" of Ralf and Birgit Londe are doing valuable tips and should not be missing on any boat.

We are not among the absolutistic "vegans" or "raw-foodists". When we have guests or are invited, we also eat sometimes quite "normal".
Then we drink a glass of wine with or at the German regulars' table a beer.
I´m personally devoid of anything. I have no appetite for any "old" stuff. Our new food tastes too good!

We love this life on our PEARL. We want to enjoy it as long as possible.
Alwin want to show me a lot of from the most beautiful corners of our planet. For him there is also to discover much new.
And this is only possible if we stay healthy.
It's worth it! Or not?

Christine

Many market women coming into their traditional Martinique costume at the market

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