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Monday, September 27, 2010

Thirteen days so far

Well, the first 10 days were a breeze, but now I am starting to crave meat. I think it will pass. I have to say that I am feeling pretty good, but I think I'm detoxing as I have a slight cold, but it's not like a normal cold. It started with a soar throat for one day and then changed into something like a minor cold. So for the last 4 days I haven't been feeling 100%, but before that I was feeling really great. I can't imagine that I wouldn't have some detox symptoms, I think they were just delayed as they didn't happen right at the beginning. My eyes look really clear and my aches an pains are less noticable. I've also been taking a teaspoon of turmeric in 1/2 cup of water twice a day to clear up any inflammation in the body and I think this is really helping too.
One thing to note is that it's quite easy to eat too much sugar on a raw food diet. One day I found myself having my wake up shake (which I'm pretty sure is posted somewhere on this blog, if not I will post it soon) and then I made a cafe Gratitude "Raw Porridge" which consists of a whole coconut with the water and meat blended, then you put it in the food processor and add 1 apple unpeeled but chopped, a cup of pecans soaked overnight and 6 - 8 strawberries, which I must say is simply divine. Then I found myself eating a banana with macadamia nut butter the next time I got hungry and started to feel like all I'd eaten all day was fruit. So I have to be careful to plan my meals, and make sure I eat salads so that doesn't happen. Then I made some almond hummus and a tapenade all from the Cafe Gratitude recipe book, so that I have some extra things on hand to add to a salad.
Today I weighed myself for the first time since I started the diet and I've lost about seven pounds! I wasn't doing it to lose weight, but I felt I needed to lose about five pounds. So that's an added benefit of a raw food diet.
Anyway, I'll post some recipes soon, I just wanted to let you all know how I was doing on this experiment.
The others who were going to do it with me haven't all started yet, so when we have something on video I'll post it.
I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.
Remember, your health is your most important asset - if you don't have your health you really don't have anything.

Friday, September 17, 2010


I've decided it's time to go raw for 30 days.......or maybe more depending on how I feel. I have wanted to experiment with a raw food diet for a while now, and finally I feel ready. Mainly motivated by body pain - I want to see if I feel better. I know that a raw diet has been proven to cure diabetes and many other ailments, so as I've had pain in my body for quite sometime now it's finally bad enough for me to try my version of the raw diet.
I have found four others who want to do this experiment with me and we will be documenting it on video as well as on this blog.
I will be posting some raw recipes and generally letting you all know how we all feel and what is going on with us.
I did my first day of all raw food yesterday. I have to say that I feel really good today. The idea is to do at least 80% raw food every day and possibly 100%. Yesterday I was 98% raw - I had some steamed broccoli with my kale salad last night.
One thing I noticed yesterday was that I didn't get very hungry and this is because when you eat raw foods you don't need to eat as much because the food is so nutrient dense.
There are certain tools you need if you want to do a raw diet and not just eat raw veggies and nuts.

1. A food processor.
2. A high speed blender (preferably Vitamix, but others will do if a
Vitamix is out of your price range).
3. A food dehydrator.
4. A spiralizer (not necessary, but nice to have).

Here is a recipe for flax crackers. You can be as creative as you want once you've made them once just add in different veggies or spices - however you want. Just make sure you have a food dehydrator before you attempt to make them!

Flax Crackers

Recipe By : Chef Shobhan
Serving Size : 6 Preparation Time :26 hours
Categories : Raw foods

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 cup golden flax seeds -- soaked overnight
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds -- shelled and soaked overnight
1 small onion -- chopped
1 jalapeno pepper
1 cup cilantro
1 tablespoon nama shoyu
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Place all the ingredients in a food processor with the s blade attached and blend. Until they a well blended.

Divide the mixture into four and pour onto a teflex sheet ontop of the first shelf in your food dehydrator. Spread with a spatula. This mixture doesn't have to be thin as it will get much thinner once it's dehydrated, just try to make it even.

Repeat until you have used up each shelf in a four shelf dehydrator. If you have a larger dehydrator double the recipe.

Set the dehydrator to 115 degrees and dehydrate for 24 hours. Then turn the flax crackers over and dehydrate for another hour or two.

Once they are done they should come off the teflex sheets easily. Break into small pieces and serve with avocado slices or a tapenade, or whatever you feel like.

"crispy crunchy"

NOTES : Flax seeds are a great source of omega 3's and also wonderful fiber. They scrub your intestines clean.