Thursday, June 30, 2011

on Hiatus

We leave for pretty much a month long adventure to many different places in just a few days. So I'll be taking my homework...but will definitely be OFF this plan. Wish me luck while I disconnect the "what the hell are you putting in your mouth?" sensories of my brain. Oh, and Happy 4th!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A delicious reminder...

So, I've been having green smoothies...but have foolishly reverted to the thinking that RAW is too complicated. I think it's the cooked food that is making me think that way.

RAW requires no oven - no timed baking and the possibility of burning - no scientific ratios of ingredients to get proper rise or texture.

After reading an insightful little article with delicious looking recipes in this months Whole Living Magazine (pgs 94-101), I felt inspired to make a RAW dessert for myself and my husband.

Strawberry Banana Sorbet Parfait!

1 part cashews
1 part almonds
1 part dates
Some sesame seeds
Sea Salt to taste
Pulse together till coarsely chopped and some larger pieces remain.

4-5 frozen strawberries for every
1 frozen banana
Coconut Milk
Blend together till smooth like a Sorbet
(add a little vanilla if you like...but only a little)

You could get all fancy dancy and layer this in a glass serving dish with fresh berries....but I just put the nut mixture on the plate first and heaped spoonfuls of the sorbet on top.

It was so easy to make, quick, heat free, and absolutely delicious.

The thing I love about RAW is that a dessert like this is so jam packed with nutrients, good fats, antioxidants, vitamins...that it's not just dessert - it's a meal, an extremely nourishing one. NO GUILT!

I tried to steal husband's last bite - he was very protective of it and I did not succeed.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day 34...um ugh err

Ok, so it's been a while since I posted...the reasons are mostly excuses but I've had some setbacks.

Setback 1: The Mouth
I've explained my most recent dental procedure and how it's affected my ability to chew. I get my stitches out tomorrow - yeah! But now I've got another issue. I have a heat/cold sensitiviy on the other side. It's been x-rayed and the results are in-conclusive, other than that I am in for another root canal when it gets to the point that I can't stand it any longer...which is quickly approaching. So, I'll probably be back on a soft foods regimen again soon....blah blah blah, feel sorry for me, ok?

Setback 2: Traveling
I did my best to plan ahead and brought along with me bananas, dried fruits, fruit leather, leaf chips (which I threw out cuz they weren't satisfying), flax crackers, and a refillable water bottle.

I decided that I was on vacation and was going to enjoy it and be grateful for the food I was offered - which I was and did enjoy it very much.

But getting back into things since then has proven to be difficult. I have not been eating raw, maybe 20% raw. Bad bad bad...and my skin and waistline are showing the damage. Ugh.

And over the next 6 weeks, our traveling calendar is very full. So that is going to make this even more difficult for the short term.

Setback 3: Feeling faint while exercising
Each time I exercised in the first three weeks, I'd felt faint within the first 10 minutes of strenous activity. So, I'd revert to just walking on the treadmill for 30-40 minutes. That was no good. I prefer aerobic, cycling, and weight lifting classes that push me. Although I got my fill of HDTV while on the treadmill, I'd like to get back to my routine.

So, during my next start-up round of RAW, I am going to include whole grain bread - up to two slices daily. Plus this helps with my digestion...which though wasn't a setback, it was an issue at times. Hopefully the carbs from grains will give me a more substantial energy flow during exercise.

So that's where I'm at. Wish me luck - I need it now. Re-starting is always harder than the first run out the gate.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Today's green smoothie

This morning's smoothie is super delicious, so I thought I'd share the combination.

6 ice cubes
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 tsp liquid Vitamin B12
1 tsp spirulina
1 handful kale
1 over-ripe banana

I had some apple/carrot/beet pulp leftover from yesterday's juicing, so I threw in about 1/3 cup of that too...so pretty!

Yum. Yum. Yum.

Skin

My skin is clear for the first time in 18 years. I haven't popped a zit in 5 days. Proof enough!

I'm not wearing any skin makeup in either of these photos. Granted, the lighting is different and the bangs cover up my forehead...and they were taken with different cameras...so maybe it's no comparison at all.

But I tell you, there is a real difference in just three weeks.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Oh my...

Do you see that? That is Raw Key Lime Pie my friends. It is the easiest pie I have ever made. And of course, the healthiest.




Raw Key Lime Pie
Crust:
1 part dates
1 part raw nuts (macadamia and cashews are very nice in this)

Chop together in blender till you get a sticky crumby mixture. Press it into your dish to form a pie crust. Place in the freezer.

Filling:
1 avocado
1-2 Tblsp fresh lime juice
grated lime zest
1.5 Tblsp raw agave
1/4 cup coconut oil

Blend together till very smooth. Fill crust and place in the refrigerator for a minimum 20 mins.

This will make a pie the size of a morning cereal bowl - which will serve 4. It is very rich, so the servings are small.

Who'da thunk it? Avocado in a pie! There are many versions of this recipe online, so I won't give credit to any of them...but just know I did not think this one up on my own. I heart the WWW.

(My TriBest Personal blender was the perfect tool for this little slice of heaven.)

The pain, o the pain!

My mouth really hurts. It is still very swolen and the work area on my gums changes color through-out the day, from pink brown to blue to white. From the outside, I look like a victim of domestic abuse. My cheek is puffy and you can see a visible bruise. This sucks.

It's hard to eat completely raw when you can only eat very soft foods. So, I've had to revert a little. It's been pancakes and eggs, roasted tomatoe soup, smoothies, melon, and bananas. But at least it's a little variety. Just smoothies were getting old.

I picked up a crate of over-ripe bananas for 10 cents a pound, and a bunch of strawberries and blackberries for super cheap. So I've got 9 trays of fruit leather and bananas dehydrating right now. We've got a family trip this weekend and I want to be prepared with snacks. Hopefully my mouth will be able to handle the leathery snacks...at least if I can't, the kids will.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sidelined

I spent a few hours in a Periodontist's chair yesterday, having a gum/tissue graft done on two of my teeth. It is hard to eat and I've got chipmunk cheeks. I'm also on an antibiotic and a steriod to keep the swelling down. So.....smoothies it is!

Hopefully this'll force me to come up with some great new smoothie concoctions.

Fun times.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Asain Coleslaw

Tonights dinner was delicous! I came up with my own version of coleslaw, using Asian ingredients, and loaded it onto a bed of fresh kale.

Shredded green and purple cabbage
Shredded carrot
Shredded zucchini
Soaked raisins
Diced cucumber

Dressing:
Sesame oil
Agave
Braggs's Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce
Fresh Minced garlic
Fresh Minced ginger

I am LOVING kale - at first I didn't think I'd like it outside of a smoothie. But now I love it in my salads and have it in almost all of them. And the dehydrated kale chips - perfect when I have a salt craving.


Do the before and after pictures relate to you how good it was?


Another Cacao success!

This morning I felt the need for something a little different than my typical veggie loaded green smoothie. Totally different - I went for the chocolate.

Here is what I came up with - and can I tell you? IT WAS AMAZING. Even the husband drank it - all of it, guzzled it in fact. I get the feeling it'll be a normal thing in our house.

Sweet Cacao Smoothie
1.5 - 2 cups coconut milk
1 tblsp coconut butter
2 slightly over-ripe bananas
6 pitted dates
2 generous tblsp of powdered cacao
1/2 tsp of vanilla
dash of sea salt
10-15 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients till smooth. Add more ice if you want it to be like a frosty.
Enjoy and enjoy again. It is so delicious and creamy!

Day 15 - a new kind of feeling

Two weeks already! This has been way too easy. Seriously!

I've come to a realization that guilt is a part of this plan. Like, I felt guilty for finely shredding three zucchinis and a carrot to add to the family's pot of homemade spaghetti sauce tonight. Guilty that I was going to cook 50% of the enzymes right out of those delicious fresh veggies. Sounds stupid right? But it is real - Raw guilt, and I have it.

I felt bad for those veggies - as if I was cutting off their arms and legs, leaving them quadrapalegic. And then w/o their extremities, they may not be able to find their way into my little boy's blood cells to regenerate and rebuild.

Sick - I am totally sick.