Wednesday, March 22, 2006 16 y
Someone noticed I've lost weight!
Not much to report. Unless you want to count the comment
someone in my class made to me today: "you look like you’ve lost
weight!" :-D My first unsolicited compliment!
I studied at the internet cafe today and decided
to order the smoothie again, without all the non-raw extras. This time
I actually said, "I only eat raw foods". And guess what the woman
behind the counter said? "Really? Me too!" That was pretty cool. I knew
my smoothie was in good hands this evening. We chatted a bit about what
it’s like as a new person eating raw, ab ... read more
Tuesday, March 21, 2006 16 y
Today I had a raw meal at home worthy of a restaurant!
(Photo: Felicia’s adaptation of several Juliano Uncook Book recipes)
Today my girlfriend
surprised me with Ezekiel bread and taboule. Yaaay- I made a quick
hummus and taboule sandwich and then ran off to school with a banana in
my book bag. She later surprised me with a dinner that was worthy of a
raw restaurant by combining ideas from Juliano’s Uncook book: the
Exquisite Raw Marinara sauce and the Pesto Pasta. She even made garlic
bread by rubbing garlic on a slice of Ezekiel bread. The herbs and
spices really came through, making the sauce fillin ... read more
A New Raw Food Resource 16 y
Check out this new raw podcast!
Today I listened to a new raw podcast that I really enjoyed. The
host, Shelley Abegg, produces the podcast with writer Jane Nelson.
Shelley found out several years ago that she had breast cancer, and
learned from a friend about possibility of a cure through a raw food
diet. She began to experiment with recipes and eventually amassed a
collection of them, which she has since combined into a raw food recipe
book. Her podcasts introduce us to Shelley and Jane, and give some
background information about her journey. What I like about the two
podcasts is that they are down-to-earth, use ... read more
Monday, March 20, 2006 16 y
I watched two videos from TheGardenDiet.com - and trashed the living bread
I got some pain pills when I went to the E.R. last Fall for a flare-up of my ovarian cyst pain. Since the pains have been back recently, I broke down and took one last night. Boy, the side effects got me all day! I felt very nauseated and a little dizzy, so my appetite was pretty much killed. This is quite a contrast from my SAD days when I would still stuff myself when I felt ill (making me feel like a crazy sick person).
Today I watched the DVD ”Breakthrough” put out by Storm and Jinjee. For those who don’t know, the DVD is a documentary about the benefits of a raw food lifestyle, ... read more
Sunday, March 19th - Beginning my 11th week Raw 16 y
I started the living bread recipe today
(Photo: soaked wheatberries on a colander)
was one of those days where I sat in front of the computer for hours
straight, so of course I didn’t drag myself away to make sure I ate.
However, since I had an entire avocado, I managed to almost make my
point requirements (31 now, y’all!).
I did make the living bread
today, though. Right now it is dehydrating, and should be ready by 7
a.m. tomorrow. There is no exact timing when it comes to dehydrating
foods. I adapted Juliano’s rye bread recipe on page 61 of his book. I
didn’t have caraway seeds so I used cardamon, ... read more
Weekly Summary for Week 10 Eating Raw 16 y
I've reached my first Raw Odyssey weight loss goal!!
I’m sorry my scale is so old and cruddy looking but I had to show it again because it says 296!
I have reached my first goal of the weight loss part of my raw
lifestyle: Getting below 300. I reached my first goal earlier:attaining
normal blood pressure (during week 7). My next weight goal is to lose 5
lbs more for a total of 50 lbs lost.
Today I will make the living bread. I realized what that aroma is (it’s
been stronger the past two days): it smells like cheese! Not a
pleasant smell emanating from those wheatberries. They do ... read more
Saturday, March 18 16 y
No living bread today, but I went to a party!
I didn’t make the living bread today. The wheatberries had no
sprouts on them, although they showed the beginnings of sprouting- I
can see where the sprouts will come from. I don’t know if I’m going to
even wait for them to sprout if I don’t see sprouts tomorrow- I’m gonna
be too busy with school to worry about making bread during the week. So
I guess I’ll be making living bread tomorrow with barely-sprouted
Today I went to a party. The hostess is a vegetarian, and most of the
people there (maybe all) are into health- some work out, and most work
at ... read more
Friday, March 17th 2006 16 y
Another successful raw day
tomorrow is supposed to be the big day- making the living bread. When I
rinsed the wheatberries I noticed they didn’t look as disgusting as
they did yesterday. (Hopefully yesterday was just an ugly phase they
were going through). They have the same aroma I noticed yesterday, but
not as strong. No sign of sprouting.
Today I got
a big container of hummus, 6 avocados, and a huge bag of fresh spinach.
Even though I’ll still be eating the same ol’ salads next week that
I’ve been eating for weeks, adding hummus seems to give them new life.
I’m hopelessly in love ... read more
Thursday, March 16, 2006 16 y
Salads and wheatberries...
(Photo: Raw Honey- boy is that stuff expensive!!)
miracle of miracles, I managed to eat 32 points exactly! My first meal
was outside of the house; I had a salad at the university cafeteria.
I have to say it was AWFUL. We are on Spring break so they severely
curtailed the choices, and what was left was not in great shape. We’re
talking carrot slices that were dried out to the point that they were
turning white and curling up. Cherry tomatoes that wrinkled when you
stuck a fork in ’em. Eeew!
When I got home I made myself a decent
salad to make up for the tragedy. ... read more
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 16 y
Time to rinse the wheatberries. Time to rinse the wheatberries...
course I forgot to rinse out the soaking wheatberries. Not a big deal-
They’ve only soaked 24 hours without their first rinse. Someone
mentioned how great growing your own wheatgrass is. I am not actually
planning to grow grass from it, I’m just sprouting it for use in a
dehydrated bread recipe. I’m not sure I’ll ever grow my own wheatgrass
after reading about how easy it is for mold to grow on it. Maybe if I
had the right equipment and space for it, I would, but since I don’t
have a juicer it’s a moot point for the moment. (Note to vtoolsshadow : I do hear great things ... read more
Tuesday, March 14, 2006 16 y
I'm trying something new: sprouting wheatberries!
(photo: alfalfa sprouts)
don’t know what kind of Spring Break this is- all I did was study
again! I didn’t bother going to the café since I’m still annoyed with
them. I just stayed home and ate my salads and fruit. Unfortunately, I
must admit that I didn’t eat much. That is partly because I’m running
out of food. Time to go shopping! Maybe I’ll be inspired to get
some foods I haven’t tried yet, although I’m not feeling very
think my workload from the university is causing my energy level to be
low. I really don’t feel like spending a lot of ti ... read more
Monday, March 13, 2006 16 y
Learned a lesson today: caveat emptor! :-(
I hung out at my new favorite spot and had two smoothies over the
hours that I was there. I decided I’d better find out what is in those
things- assuming they are only fruit just because that’s what the menu
says can get me in trouble. Sure enough, it turns out they add some
kind of powder to it, whose ingredients are unknown (at least to the
staff). What a disappointment. I asked if they can make it without the
milk or the powder and the guy said that would be no problem. That
really shows me that I have to ask the right questions before
I eat or drink anything I d ... read more
Sunday, March 12, 2006- Beginning my 10th Week Eating Raw 16 y
I discovered an organic internet café!
I am having trouble posting today, so I’m keeping today’s layout simple.
I visited a new café so that I could study away from the house. I
was thrilled to find out they are into fresh and organic foods.
It’s amazing how many raw-friendly places might be around me that I
have not yet discovered. At the café I had a smoothie for lunch
that they made from banana, mango, peaches and orange juice (I asked
them to leave out the skim milk). Later in the day I had an
”elixir” made from juiced carrot, beet, apple and ginger. It really
made me miss my L’Equp juicer.
T ... read more
A Summary of Week 9 of my Raw Odyssey 16 y
A week that was successful, but with a major frustrating element
This week I had my first meal at a non-raw/non-salad bar restaurant, and things went really well. I had one of the healthier choices on the menu, made a few adjustments to it, and everything was fine. No cravings, no bingeing, no feelings of guilt or deprivation. That’s success!
I’ve gotten a few pieces of advice on the blogs for how to make my meals more tasty. Ren suggests flavors like chili pepper and wasabi (I love wasabi!) for my sushi. Good idea- I don’t know why I’ve stayed away from wasabi all this time. I was probably concentrating too much on the nama shoyu for all my flavor.
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Dear Readers: What has been the most challenging for you as a "raw foodist"? 16 y
I admit it. I need help!
A RAW FOOD COMMUNITY SURVEY
It would be very helpful for me to know how other people have dealt
with challenges as raw foodists. Perhaps you had nutritional issues or
family opposition. Maybe food costs have been a concern. Maybe you
just keep forgetting you’re supposed to eat raw -like in the old days
when I used to forget that I’d just re-joined Weight Watchers for the
umpteenth time, and wouldn’t remember until after I’d eaten that King-size Snickers bar. But I digress...
I invite everyone to post comments on two things:
1) What has been the m ... read more
Saturday, March 11th, 2006 16 y
I'm pleased to announce that my first meal at a non-raw restaurant went quite well!
was my first visit to a "regular" restaurant since I went raw: Mimi’s
Café. The place was styled as a French bistro but serves mostly
American food. The first thing I did was peruse the menu for the
least-cooked foods I could find. I liked their "Bleu Cheese and Walnut
Salad" - it seemed to be the easiest to adapt to my needs. It comes
with a mix of spring lettuce, walnuts, blue cheese, dried cranberries,
strawberries, bacon, and a vinaigrette dressing. My conversation with
the server went something like this:
ME: "I’d like the Bleu Cheese and ... read more
March 10, 2006 16 y
My scale is messin' with me
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(Photo: Enoki mushrooms)
these mushrooms have a mild flavor, and fresh ones have a bit of a snap
when you bite into them. Before using, you should cut the base off the
bunch and discard it, then rinse the mushrooms. According to Wikipedia,
stores usually sell enokis that have been cultivated in bottles, so you
can often see the bottle imprint around the bottom of them. I’ve used
enoki in sushi because they are mild-tasting and very attractive, but I
think I will try chopping them up so that they mimic rice. Life is cruel. I got on the scale this morning and I
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