Raw Odyssey
by drpr
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A Food Pyramid for Raw Foodists   15 y  
Anyone familiar with David Wolfe's Sunfood Triangle?
 
I’ve been looking for a food pyramid for raw foodists. As some of you know, David Wolfe, of "Nature’s First Law," has developed such a pyramid; he calls it the sunfood triangle, and it consists of three food groups: leafy greens, plant fats and fruit sugars. Wolfe’s book, " The Sunfood Diet Success System: 36 Lessons in Health Transformation" details his system, which he said will lead every raw foodist to optimum health. I do not own this book, so if anyone does and would like to comment on it, I would be interested in your thoughts. According to some ...   read more



 
Friday, April 21st, 2006   15 y  
Our Bragg's found a new home :-)
 
Oh, I ate too much tonight! I don’t feel ill, I just feel like I could have stopped eating before I actually did.  I had a great salad and then an endless snack of guacamole and flaxseed chips (all homemade, of course). A delicious meal and a movie on a Friday night. The scale may complain about it later, but I enjoyed it without guilt! Today we gave away our big bottle of Bragg’s to a vegan friend of ours who loves the stuff and isn’t worried abou what the naysayers have to say about it. She loves the taste and has been using it for awhile (in fact, we bought ours aft ...   read more



 
Thursday, April 20, 2006   15 y  
A look at Bragg Liquid Aminos
 
(Photo: Bragg’s Liquid Aminos seasoning) Today I ate pretty much the same small meal repeatedly- salad in various forms. I also had a fruit smoothie into which I added about 3 oz. of lettuce (rather than having a green smoothie into which I add some fruit). The photo above is the Bragg Liquid Aminos. It appears in so many raw recipes that we bought some a couple of weeks ago. It’s very salty and reminds me of strong soy sauce. Felicia used it in the nut burgers she made last week. To be honest, I can’t say I like it- it’s way too strong and salty for me. I have no idea ...   read more



 
Hey- why's my blood pressure doing that?   15 y  
I'm NOT happy.
 
(Photo: Buckwheat groats) I am so sleepy I’m going to keep things brief. I went to the doctor today- my insurance provides a walk-in type of visit. My intention was to address the hair loss problem, possibly get my blood drawn, a referral to the nutritionist, etc. Unfortunately, after being called into the doctor’s office I ended up waiting for over 30 minutes for the doctor to show up. No doctor ever arrived. I left in absolute annoyance. They probably still don’t know I’m gone. It’s hard for me to find time to see the doctor, so I don’t know when I’ll go back. Anyway ...   read more



 
Tuesday, April 18, 2006   15 y  
Water does this body good!
 
Today I visited a job fair right before classes. Although I had a green smoothie and trail mix before leaving, I had nothing to eat and little to drink for several hours thereafter. Bad Idea. I knew I wasn’t going to make it through class because I was already getting a headache. I’ve discovered that often when I get my headaches it’s because I haven’t had water in a few hours. These headaches can also come when I’m hungry, but if I remember to try water first, sometimes they’ll go away without my eating anything. Speaking of water, it’s still amazing to me that I drink mostly water ...   read more



 
Sunday, April 16, 2006   15 y  
Pictures of the nut burgers, plus a note to gastric bypass patients
 
                                               (Photo: The surprisingly scrumptious "nut burger" sandwich) My nut "burger" made a delicious lunch today. I had that along with a salad around 3 pm. I wish I could convey through photos how good that burger tastes, but they aren’t the prettiest things you ever saw! F ...   read more



 
Raw Odyssey: I'm declaring my weight loss plateau officially over   15 y  
Today promises to be another good eatin' day~
 
GREEN PROTEIN I had my third green smoothie in a row. Today’s smoothie had 2 kiwi fruit, one banana, and 6 oz. of romaine. I actually enjoyed this one without adding avocado, because using less lettuce made it smoother automatically. I left out the avocado so I could save my fat grams for another " burger"! As you can see from the nutrition label, this smoothie was very healthy. It is even considered a complete protein, with a score of 122 from Nutrition Data.com, meaning it contains the quantity of essential amino acids considered healthy for the b ...   read more



 
I had a burger today - but no- it wasn't a slip!   15 y  
Who knew a burger made from nuts and seeds could be so good?
 
(Photo: raw nut burgers) I admit that the "burgers" pictured on the dehydrator tray might look a little- um- nasty? But if you think that looks bad, you oughtta look at the mixture while it was still in the bowl- I thought I’d spare you by putting that photo further down on the page. (Someone told me that a picture I posted from another recipe looked like the results of a liver flush! Well, this must surely look worse than that). I was really hesitant about tasting this latest creation of Felicia’s, but the girl is on a roll. What she did was make "b ...   read more



 
Raw Odyssey: My First Green Smoothie!   15 y  
This sucker packed a lot of nutrients
 
I made my first green smoothie today. I just "winged" it. My girlfriend brought me some romaine lettuce and a slew of cucumbers. I peeled the cucumber and dropped a few chunks into the blender and processed those first, then started adding torn up romaine leaves. It was much easier than I thought it would be- I expected the leaves to just sit there with the blades spinning uselessly underneath, but the cucumber helped get things started. I alternated romaine with cucumbers, getting a beautiful green color. I liked its wonderfully fresh and healthy flavo ...   read more



 
My Raw Odyssey: Attacking the Hair Loss Problem   15 y  
More ammunition for my battle against hair loss
 
Based on the raw food message boards I peruse, so many people lose hair on raw that it seems to me it really should be made a prominent issue on raw food forums as obvious sign of the change in one’s nutritrients. Hoping for a renewal in my battle to get my hair to stop thinning I went back to Raw Food Talk, one of my favorite forums, looking specifically for causes of hair falling out (not breaking off or failure to grow). Some of the ideas they listed included "your hair follicles are repairing themselves," nutritional deficiency, "too much sebum in the scalp ...   read more



 
Thursday, April 13, 2006   15 y  
I love raw, but it's a lot of work sometimes.
 
(Photo: my wonderful, dehydrated coconut strips. I’m in love!) The macaroons I started making yesterday didn’t look much different today than they did when they went in to the dehydrator. However, they were a bit more stiff and had a harder "shell" on the outside, and are soft on the inside, like the macaroons we’re used to. They dehydrated for about 17 hours. They are very coconutty, which makes me happy. Felicia likes the sweeter macaroons (from the half I made with more dates) and says they remind her of the baked ones she’s had in the past. I still say that ...   read more



 
Today's Dehydrator Project: Macaroons   15 y  
Instructions and photos for making raw macaroons
 
I made the macaroons today. They will be done dehydrating by tomorrow. The ingredients I used were: 1 cup almonds, soaked for 8 hours 4 medjool dates, soaked for 2 hours 1/2 cup the water from the dates 1/2 tablespoon almond extract (probably isn’t a raw ingredient!) 1/2 cup shredded coconut The coconut was difficult to shred using a hand grater, which is what I thought I could get away doing, so I had to switch to a food processor. An entire coconut provided a bit more than 1/2 cup of shredded meat. I combined all of the ingredients at once to the blender ...   read more



 
Tuesday, April 11, 2006   15 y  
The scale is being friendly again
 
(Photo: lemonade made with fresh squeezed lemons and agave nectar) I weighed myself! This time I have good news to report. However, heaven only knows how long this will last, since I seem to be on a plateau. My weight this morning was 289. I started at 341 on January 1st, 2006, so that’s 52 lbs gone FOREVER. I did a little measuring yesterday and found I’ve lost inches just about everywhere, including my neck. Funny- why don’t people measure their faces? Is it just because it’s weird? Well, I can tell from my old photographs that even at a lighter weight than I am tod ...   read more



 
Monday, April 10, 2006   15 y  
Dehydrating coconut is better than incense.
 
(Photo: Himalania Sea salt) I sprinkled a little of the brewer’s yeast onto my salad this evening and I survived. However, I must confess that I didn’t sprinkle that much, and I had a lot of flavor in the salad already which covered up much of the yeast flavor! I’m a wimp, but it was a good start. Next time I’ll sprinkle a little more, I promise! Right now I am dehydrating the meat from the coconut I hacked this week. I had a tough time getting the shell apart- all the hacking away in the world didn’t do me much good, so I ended up scooping the meat out of an almost in ...   read more



 
Nutritional Yeast (blech!)   15 y  
Got a couple of helpful suggestions regarding my yeast post.
 
I got a couple of helpful responses to my Yeast post.  Ren says to try it in orange juice. Thanks, as always, Ren!  Krystal sent a message that not only was helpful, but made me chuckle: "Oh, Honey. Nutritional yeast is not meant to mix with sweet foods. I can’t *believe* the can said you could drink it straight, and personally I wouldn’t recommend contaminating your smoothies with it either. It makes a decent "cheese" substitue, though. I use it on salads or as a "parmesean" flavoring. It isn’t quite the same as real parmesean, but tha ...   read more



 
Sunday, April 9th 2006   15 y  
Could the plateau be over?
 
I hopped on the scale and it finally looks as if I’ve dropped about three pounds. I’ve been going up a pound or two and then going back down, maintaining a steady averweight over the past few weeks, so I’m not going to get excited about possibly breaking my plateau. Still, it was nice to see a bigger change than usual. I didn’t really change my diet over the past few weeks- I’m still eating raw cheese, drinking smoothies and eating avocados. I even put olive oil and pecans on a recent salad. I resolve not to be afraid of fatty plant foods! I know that I may need to try reducing m ...   read more



 
Two experiences (one I'd like to forget!)   15 y  
How a layperson hacks open a young coconut :-D
 
Today I thought I’d show you how I open up a young coconut. Notice I said how I open a coconut. My way is the unskilled version of an actual, legitimate method. A skilled person wouldn’t need a million hacks to get through the shell and then top off the experience by pouring half the water down the drain. Hey- I learn as I go! Oh - here’s another not-so-smooth experience I had today. I decided to try the nutritional yeast flakes we just bought, since I want to increase my protein intake. According to the container, the brand we bought has a ”superior flavor” to that other bran ...   read more



 
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