Going Raw – Day 18

Great day. Lots of energy and all day I felt refreshed. It’s hard to explain, but it is a feeling like I have just had a nap, or maybe finished a swim or maybe lying in a hammock sipping a cold drink. A feeling of relaxation, of being in the moment and of clarity of thought. It seems remarkable that finding the right food for my body could cause me to feel this way. I am curious to see if it lasts. The combination of raw and cooked vegan food is working well for me, but I am thinking about those canned sardines and eggs and salmon. It will be interesting to see after this month if I can incorporate back some animal protein and still maintain good health. We never did eat much of it, and I intend to keep eating mostly a plant based diet, but a little now and then I would like for variety of taste, a concentrated source of protein and B12. I plan to steer clear of dairy, gluten and most processed and refined food. There are no cravings, and when I am full, my body gives me clear signals and I just stop eating. There is little to no fatigue after meals now, and I am sleeping very well at night. The joints are better, no back pain, my neck still creaks but has not locked into place for a few weeks now, and my knees let me squat and stand up without pain. Digestion is a lot better. This is a pretty ideal state. Here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast:

Millet porridge, cooked then raw chopped apple added, with homemade hemp milk
Cacao cinnamon hot drink with hemp milk

Lunch:

Chopped tomato
Delicious kale chips (recipe below)

Snack:

Mango and water smoothie

Supper:

Leftover brown rice and tomato sauce
Leftover collard
Dahl (quick version with lentils, garlic, curry powder)
Avocado slices
Dates

Snack;

Apple
Pumpkin and sunflower seeds soaked, then marinated in coconut aminos, then dehydrated

Kale chips:

I love kale chips. Since I seem to be sensitive to nuts and lemon, and my favourite kale chip recipes call for these, I invented one today and it was fantastic. I ate almost the whole batch by myself, just reluctantly shared a little with my daughter because I am such a nice person and have to set a good example.

1 or 2 bunches of kale
lots of nutritional yeast (say 1/2 to 2/3 cup for 1 bunch)
1/8 cup Balsamic vinegar (maybe for 1 bunch)
sprinkle of sea salt
1/8 cup of Olive oil (maybe for 1 bunch)

As you can see the measurements are pretty vague. Here is what I did. First wash the kale, then cut out the hard center stems. Put in a big bowl and massage it with the vinegar, olive oil, salt and nutritional yeast until soft. Put in the dehydrator at 145 degrees for a couple of hours, then down to 115 until very crispy. Try to transfer some of it to an airtight container before it gets all eaten up! Best way in the world to eat kale!

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About naturopathathome

I am a licensed naturopathic doctor and certified functional medicine practitioner practicing out of beautiful Regina, Saskatchewan. I have a keen interest in nutrition and learning about the latest and greatest advances in the field of naturopathic medicine! To find out more about my practice, you can check out www.wendynd.com.

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