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After a long break

1 Oct

After a long breakI traveled all summer, during which time my raw food diet was on hold. I ate whatever was served, wherever I was. This seemed the simplest solution. I felt it best just to fit in. However after about three weeks I began to have bad stomach upsets. It didn’t even seem to matter what I ate. It took my daughter (who had offered to let me use her blender if I wanted to do raw) to offer a possible reason. Maybe, my stomach was rebelling at the non-raw diet! In my research of how to start a raw diet I’ve seen that too much, too quickly can cause an adverse reaction. I must have added raw food gradually enough that I didn’t notice any symptoms. But I definitely had the experience in reverse! Yet, even with this adverse reaction because it was more convienent. I continued to eat whatever and after about a week or so my stomach adjusted. It was certainly a learning experience,
Once I returned to Florida I was trying, again, to go raw. For some reason it doesn’t seem quite a easy as this spring. Maybe partly because I came back fairly exhausted and just didn’t feel like making the effort to restock and prepare. I have been looking at websites, getting ideas, planning menus, etc. This week I started making my morning blended drink. I appreciate the wake up, energizing feeling it gives me. And most days I have eaten a large salad for lunch.
Dinner, however, remains a problem. I often have activities during the afternoons, and come back tired and hungry. I quickly consumed all of the snack items leftover from my trip. I then usually opened a can of something and snarfed it. Or I munched on something in the fridge, only to be left feeling dissatisfied.
Last night as I turned onto my street I smelled the burgers at Wendy’s. I told myself it would be ok, just this once. The reception at the drive up was a little fuzzy and I ended up purchasing a double cheeseburger, small cheese burger and large unsweetened tea. Boy did that burger smell delicious, I could hardly wait to get into my apartment! Since I was so hungry I started with the double burger. It did taste good. But before I was even halfway through my stomach started feeling strange. I told my self–no way–it has to be just my imagination. It couldn’t have an effect that quick. I continued to eat, finishing the large burger and starting on the small one. But after a few bites, into the fridge it went-along with the tea.
By then I wasn’t feeling too bad, just a little burping, and after a bit went to bed. I often wake up at night, so it wasn’t unusual when I awoke at 2am. But the way I felt wasn’t usual. In vain I tried to find my tums. (Did I mention I am not completely unpacked from my trip yet?) Instead I turned to the old remedy of baking soda in water. It did the trick, along with leaving me thirsty. Lol
My smoothie this morning really hit the spot. Yet now at lunchtime I am, again, feeling upset. I don’t even want to think of that half of sandwich in the fridge. It will probably become cat food to one of the strays around here. I’m thinking I will have only the tea for lunch. Perhaps not the healthiest–but my grandma always gave me burnt toast with tea for upset stomach. I’m just omitting the burnt toast!

Raw Food Update

7 Apr

Although I am certainly not 100% raw, I have been adding LOTS more raw food to my diet.  However there have been some challenges.  Since I like variety–in my food as well as in most everything else–I have been searching the web for raw recipes.  There are tons of them!  But many take quite a bit of time to create or use equipment which I don’t have and presently have no room to store.  And unfortunately I have become somewhat spoiled by the abundant availability in this area of resturants where I can quickly get a little something that satisfies my taste buds for the moment.

I have tried a few recipes, with varying degrees of success.  I do ok for breakfast.  Often I will blend up a mix of greens, fruits, and veggies and nuts.  Sometimes I add sprouted grain that I have on hand.  I can’t really call these smoothies (they are more like a thick drink) becuase I am only using my Osterizer blender which I’ve had for several years.   The only other equipment I have is a tiny food processor which does about a cup at a time.  It works for me becuase that way I can eat what I fix in one setting.

Another breakfast I make with my little processor is grated soaked almonds, apples and a slice of ginger root.  Very fresh and filling!  Since I am still trying to use up the un-raw food I have on hand, I have added Grape Nuts cereal to the apple/almond breakfast.   Sometimes I made a wonderful mango pudding, adding a little coconut,  bananas and ginger root.

One of the reasons I have been frequenting restaurants is because I still haven’t broke myself of the habit of buying too much produce at one time.  Some of the raw sites even say to purchase lots of food so you always have something on hand whe a craving strikes.  But this hasn’t worked for me.  I will buy food items thinking I will make some recipe, only when the time comes I either don’t want to take the time to fix it or I’m not in the mood for that food.  Then before I know it, the food has spoiled.  And I am again berating myself for wasting food and money.  Other times I will sprout beans, greens, and grains, but leave them too long before using and they get tough.

At times, I will buy food that I have rarely if ever used–like mangos.  The first ones I purchased were the large kind which seemed to have an aftertaste.  I added them to my morning drink.  But then I discovered the smaller mangos and found they were wonderful.  That is also case with the fresh coconut.  Once I finally got it opened, I found several uses for it.  I ate some fresh and cut the rest up in pieces and stuck in the freezer.  I do this with my ginger and turmeric too.  It makes it so easy to slice off a bit and add to a dish.  So, yes, there have been some successes.

Someone at my last Raw Food Potluck had fixed a great cauliflower recipe.  Although I had never been a big cauliflower fan, I purchased one at my last grocery visit.  And it has set in the refrigerator for nearly a week.  But today I decided I am going to use it.   So I searched for raw cauliflower recipes.  Some where it is chopped into a rice like size and used like rice as a base for sauces.  Other recipes for different salads.  I finally found one on www.food.com titled Raw Cauliflower Korma.  I’m not sure  what Korma means but I liked the list of ingredients.  I’ve been frequenting Indian resturants lately and this recipe seemed to fit right in.

Yes, the recipe sounded good.  The fact that I didn’t have some of the ingredients didn’t stop me.  I hardly ever follow a recipe exactly!  So I went about substituting and mixed up a spice mixture that apealed to me using sumac seasoning, dried mint, dried thyme, coriander seeds, cinnamon, and galangal.  It seemed to need a little more sweetness so added some crystallized ginger.  I used 4-5 cauliflowerettes, about a half cup of carrots, some tamarind paste, two dates–hey I followed the recipe on the dates– a clove of garlic, two green onions.  Oh, tomatoes–no sun dried tomatoes in cupboard.  But I did find a can of garlic herb pasta sauce and a can of tomato soup.  After considering I decided on the tomato soup.  For liquid I used the water from soaking the nuts. Directions always say to discard tries water, but I’ve developed a taste for it.  It tastes a little like the fermented drink rejevenic made from spouted grain.  Anyway, I added that.   And today I created enough (nearly raw) tasty Cauliflower Gaspacho for two meals!  Probably in the time it would have taken to drive to a restaurant.  Plus saving money, I know what all the ingredients are and know it is fresh!  And, hopefully, since the cauliflower didn’t really taste like cauliflower, I will be able to find other recipes that I like and make them before the rest the head spoils.

Another success was the dish I made for the Raw Food Potluck.   I call it Butternut Slaw. Raw grated butternut squash, fresh squeezed orange juice, ginger and turmeric root.  I let the flavors blend overnight.   The recipe, which I changed completely, called for cranberries.  But I liked the flavors of the slaw just as it was.  So I made a relish side dish with cranberries, apples, oranges, olive oil, rice vinegar, a bit of stevia and some of my espresso vinegar.  Both were a hit and the slaw especially was so pretty and fresh looking!

Butternut Slaw with Cranberry Relish

Butternut Slaw with Cranberry Relish

 

 

Raw diet?

16 Oct

I’ve been on many different food kicks in my life.  Enjoying the novelty of new ways of eating.  Wholeheartedly getting into each one, only to eventually lose interest or slip back into more regular, normal eating patterns.  Although my kids and friends would probably tell you that there is really very little “normal” about my eating habits–nor anything else about me, for that matter.  Strangely enough that doesn’t hurt my feeling.  It did, a little, in the past.  But I think I have finally arrived at the place where I know what/who I am and am satisfied with it.  Not that I don’t want to get better, cause I do.  But it’s pretty amazing to find that I like myself!

Back to diet.  I feel like I need an extra boost of energy this fall.  I remember when I was first on the diet to lower my thyroid.  It was hard to stay on.  Indeed at the first slip I was off and couldn’t seem to get back.  And since my thyroid was better by that time, I must admit I didn’t try very hard.  But I remember, and hope I never forget, how I could actually feel my body bogging down.

And now, when I feel I need a boost I am turning to not just adding more fruits and veggie to my diet, but more raw ones.  I have been interested in raw diet at different times in my life, but never gone completely raw.  I doubt that I will this time either, but I guess , with me, anything is possible.

At some of the meet-up groups I attend, there are people who are really into vegan, vegetarian, and I believe a few into raw.  There are even a couple of raw meetups.  But I have enough meet-up groups at present.  So I’m doing this on my own, as usual.  This week I have visited countless websites and You tube videos.   (I will list the sites on a later post).   I’ve bookmarked a lot of them.   I’ve looked at raw recipes–so many look so good.  I’ve checked into the different ways to start on raw foods.  I’ve even made up a grocery list.  Then, last night I stumbled on a site that recommended to just eat simple.  Eat whatever fruits and veggies I want, eat as much as I want.  Enjoy what I eat, truly savor it.   I like that idea.  

That’s when I realized I don’t have to embrace the whole raw food idea (even if that is how I have often worked in the past).   I can just eat what my body seems to need and what I want.  I had to smile at that.  Because even this week, when I was searching out all the raw food info, I have also been experimenting with soy milk and soy burgers–certainly not raw, but at least vegetarian.   That’s not saying I will go all veg, though.  I love a good steak occasionally.  Just last night I cooked the last one in the freezer.  But, surprisingly, I found it didn’t satisfy me quite as much as I had expected.  I found I only wanted about a third of it.  I guess my body is trying to tell me something.  I really need/want to learn to listen to it more.

Even though the idea of a raw food diet still intrigues me, I’m going to try to go about it differently.  To not just jump in and immerse myself, then later, perhaps, lose interest.  Instead, I’m going to take it slow.  To enjoy the tastes of the fruits and veggies.  Not to limit myself.  To keep experimenting with other, cooked foods, if I want.  But to add more fresh, raw foods to my diet.  Which is what the dietary experts tell us is best, anyway.  I want to see where it will lead me.  Because, I realize that in food, as well as every area of my life, its really the journey that I enjoy.  Really, that’s what this life is about–a journey.  As I write this, I realize that is also true in a spiritual sense.  But I will write about that another time.  This post is about food.  (I have to keep telling myself that, or I know I would go off on another tangent.)

I was thinking that my raw diet journey will start as soon as I go to the grocery store, but I realize it has already started.  I’m already a good way into the research.  I am learning now, even though not yet sampling.  Perhaps, that will be all the journey is–just learning.  Just learning–that sounds like I’m devaluating the learning process/journey.  I don’t want to do that.  Everything I learn is important.  Even when I’m learning what doesn’t work for me.

So, Raw Diet. I’m on my way.

 

 

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