These screengrabs are from www.energyhome.in, website of a natural health store in Pondy, Tamil Nadu.
The menu looks insane. It makes me want to cry tears of happiness that I can pop in soon
and choose a juice from a list of Flowers juices, select a sweet pongal and specify what I would
like in my vegetable dosa down to the last atom!
.......and all completely vegan, locally sourced food, uncooked/slowcooked from scratch, the
But it also makes me want to cry tears of sadness that this is the only such shop in the locale,
actually the country entire. This isn't a bitch at India, at the very least India has the highest
percentage of vegetarians in the world (42%). In my home country England we only have a handful of such
shops/restaurants, and we are the most progressive vegan country in the whole of Europe!
My beef (lol) is that as human beings we should have progressed to the stage where these restaurants
are as ubiquitous as McDonalds or Cafe Coffee Day. We seem to have fallen into the trap that
if it poisons your body, fattens your waistline, involves the cruel life and early death of some other
lifeform, has been flown across the world at huge cost to the environment, only then will we regard
it as food and form an eating plan around it.
I am not naive, I know the reasons why things are weighted the way they are in the world. It does not
profit the powers-that-be to have a healthier, more balanced and harmonious humanity. Keep them sick
and miserable and aggressive! It has taken me 40 years to drop red meat, white meat, fish, eggs,
dairy etc and only now am exploring the possibilities of raw/uncooked/sattvic food.
I've never felt better or enjoyed my food as much but I had to wade through a continuous cultural
propaganda machine to get here, had to re-educate my brainwashed tastebuds and even with careful explaining
on my part, the diet seems too odd, scary, tasteless and impracticle to my nearest and dearest!
Extra effort is involved, and extra expense of course as it is not the most "in demand" of food......
But hope is at hand! The rise in wheat allergies have seen "free-from" sections appear prominently in all
supermarkets back home. If the demand is there, market forces will kick into action. Maybe the wheat-free
bandwagon will overtake the wheat products and end up being the less expensive and more easily available
option. The same could happen to the types of food that EnergyHome is serving.
And not just for my selfish eating habits - I truly believe these are foods that would benefit any member
We need to get our act together quick.
2012 - time to press re-set!!