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