Well, the first 10 days were certainly the easiest, because the detox began after 10 days. As I mentioned before, the detox started with streaming eyes and nose, but the new symptoms are a burning rash on my hands and feet which has moved around to now encompass my wrists and right elbow. It is very unpleasant and wakes me up every night in the middle of the night. I have to get out of bed and either run a hot bath or just run my hands under the hot tap to calm the burning!! Yes it sounds horrible and it is! But it will be worth it. I am getting years of accumulated toxins out of my body. They have been hiding in my muscles and joints. I have to say that the rest of my body feels so much better. Not sure if I mentioned the motivation for the raw food diet, but if I didn't, it was because I was feeling 90 years old......my body was aching, all my muscles felt sore and I had tendonitis in my right achilles tendon and my left knee joint felt very painful. These aches and pains have almost totally disappeared. There is a little pain left in my achilles tendon, but aside from that and my horrible rash, I am feeling amazing and infact better than I have for a looong time. So the raw food is working. Its doing its job and cleaning out my body. I highly recommend it to anyone who is in pain or has health issues. So on that note here is a wonderful Cafe Gratitude inspired Marinated Kale Salad recipe.
Marinated Kale Salad
Serving Size : 6 Preparation Time :0:30
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 bunch kale -- destemmed shredded
1 cup shiitake mushroom -- sliced thin marinated in 2 tablespoons of nama shoyu and the juice of a lemon
1/4 cup arame -- soaked for 15 minutes
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup juilienned cucumber
1/4 cup olives -- halved and pitted
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 1/2 tablespoons nama shoyu
2 1/2 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 jalapeno -- cut into tiny pieces
Put the kale in a large bowl and add 1 teaspoon on high quality salt. Massage the salt into the kale for about 2 minutes or until the kale has wilted. Then add the juice of 1 lemon and massage that into the kale.
Take the shiitake mushrooms out of the marinade of lemon and shoyu and add to the kale, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix together.
Add the marinade to the kale mixture. Allow to sit for 30 minutes before serving.
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NOTES : Kale is a superfood. It contains more absorbable calcium than any dairy product. You can eat this salad as a meal by itself and feel totally nourished. You will be surprised at how satified you will be from just eating a cup of this!