Monthly Archives: May 2013

Going Raw – Day 20

Today my energy was a little less, and I needed a nap. I thought about what I had to eat yesterday and today that was different, and realized it was the corn chips. I had another time with corn flakes that I noticed a problem as well, but I seemed OK with raw corn niblets. So, was it the cooking process with the corn, or am I sensitive to all corn? Anyway, I will add it to my list of problem foods which now includes: all nuts, lemons, bananas, gluten, dairy and now corn. The good news is that my digestion is entirely normal again. I also ate one non-vegan thing today, some organic chicken broth. My daughter was craving some after her bouts of repeated vomiting yesterday, and since chicken broth is high in the amino acid l-glutamine which is used in repairing the lining of the gut, I thought it sounded like a good idea. I also just felt like preparing one meal, not two. Anyway, here is what I ate today:

Breakfast:

Millet porridge with chopped raw apple

Lunch:

Large salad of lettuce, cucumber, avocado, chives, parsley, coconut amino pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, organic corn chips, Balsamic vinegar, olive oil, olives

Supper:

Organic chicken broth with rice noodles, chickpeas and spinach
Slice of Silver Hills GF bread with coconut butter

Snack:

Lime date chia seed pudding

Going Raw – Day 19

Overall a good day. My nose is a little runnier than usual, however. My daughter did come down with cold symptoms last night, which developed into full blown illness today, so this may be a virus and not a food sensitivity. Between caring for her this afternoon, not a lot of time or inclination to cook a meal, so I ate a little less well this evening. I find it harder to maintain a really good diet during times of stress. I guess one strategy can be to have lots of healthy snacks around that can be grabbed easily. I plan on picking up more kale this week so that I can make more kale chips, and also lots of fruit. Here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast;

Coconut amino pumpkin and sunflower seeds
Orange
Flax crackers with coconut oil

Lunch:

Brown rice with tomato sauce (at last it is finished!)
Dahl
Large green salad of lettuce and cucumber

Supper:

Organic corn chips with salsa
Hemp, cacao, coconut, date balls

Snack:

Dragonfruit

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!

Going Raw – Day 17

Another good day – that’s two in a row! I asked my daughter today if she thinks I have more energy now than I used to and she remarked that I am taking fewer naps, so it isn’t just me thinking that. I like having enough energy to see patients during the day and then still feel active in the evening. I am sleeping really well too, and waking up feeling more restled. Digestion is much improved, but it is still not what it was before May. Again today, I warmed most of the raw food up to room temperature before eating, and I was careful to take moderate portions of everything. If I eat too much at one time, then I risk overloading my digestive enzymes. Here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast:

Smoothie – lettuce, apple, strawberries
slice of gluten-free toast (Silver hills chia, chia) with coconut oil

Lunch:

lentil vegetable soup
large salad of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red pepper, dressing – olive oil, agave, coconut aminos
chia cherry pudding

Snack:

orange
gluten-free bread with coconut oil

Supper:

brown rice with tomato sauce
collard greens stir-fried with garlic and olive oil
sweet potatoes with coconut oil
dates

Going Raw – Day 16

A very good day. It seems this diet has either been about eating foods that taste good, but don’t benefit my body, or eating foods I don’t really like but feel really good. Today all three meals seemed to fit both criteria. My energy was consistent, my stomach was happy. I ate a mix of cooked and raw vegan foods today, and left out anything cold on the counter for a time before eating it. This seemed to work far better. Here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast:

apple, orange, soaked pumpkin seeds, cinnamon processed in food processor

Lunch:

Lentil vegetable soup from yesterday
Chia cherry pudding (recipe below)

Supper:

Steamed sweet potato, mashed with coconut oil
Tomato sauce over brown Basmati rice
Mix from breakfast with brocolli sprouts and red pepper
Chia cherry pudding

Chia cherry pudding:

After I made this, I grabbed the Agave thinking it might need more sweet flavour. It totally didn’t. I ate it and then sat happily waiting as my cells absorbed all the wonderful chia nutrients. Well, ok, I know digestion takes longer than that, but really my body seems to love chia.

1/2 cup chia seeds (soak first for a few hours or overnight0
1 cup fresh or frozen thawed cherries
1/4 cup raisins

Process in a food processor and enjoy. Makes plenty for 2 people to enjoy.

Going Raw – Day 15

I should change the name to “Going nearly raw” now! I am integrating back some cooked foods into the diet. My reason is that I had gone beyond detox and into potentially harming my health with an exclusively raw food diet. I do plan to remain vegan and gluten free with a high raw content. I still felt tired today, but my digestion was pretty good. I really want to keep experiencing the improvement in energy I noticed on some days, and so I will be cautious with how and what I put back into my diet. I also let my salad sit out of the fridge for a few hours today, it was easier to digest when it was not so cold. Here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast:

date, apple, coconut balls

Lunch:

orange lentil soup – carrots, lentils, organic veg. bouillon, celery, garlic, red pepper- nice to have something warm!
dehydrated flax crackers
avocado with coconut aminos

Supper:

Salad from yesterday
Seasoned nori
orange

Snack:

Organic fruit-juice sweetened cornflakes with sunflower/hemp milk – they sure tasted good, but I felt a little bloated and snuffly after with some phlegm, guess I won’t eat anymore of these!

Going Raw – Day 14

Two weeks into this raw food diet, and I have yet to have a normal day with digestion. Today was pretty bad, the raw oats at breakfast set me off. I ate lightly the rest of the day but made frequent trips to the bathroom and my intestines are still rumbling. I have never been a person to have much trouble this way, but now it feels like I have an irritated bowel. I also weighed myself today, and have lost another pound. I am now at my usual “normal weight” and have no wish to lose more. I think I have detoxed as much as I need or want to on this diet, and that it is time to start including some cooked food. I’ll continue to blog until the end of the month, and I will remain on a vegan diet until then. Here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast;

Oat groats, soaked
cherries
hemp/sunflower seed milk
maple syrup

Lunch:

Salad from last night

Snack:

coconut, sunflower seed, cocoa, date balls

Supper:

cup of hot water with fresh grated ginger

Going Raw – Day 13

Gourmet day! I picked up some new foods to try today while I was out shopping. I felt good today, except I have to take bananas off of my food list! I ate two today, each time my nose ran and now I have just a bit of a scratchy throat! The good thing about this diet is that I get immediate feedback from the food I eat. Well, they will go into the freezer, and I will use them up at a future time, maybe with all the bananas and nuts I can make someone a nice banana loaf sometime! New foods for me today were some chocolate kale chips from Dad’s organic, they were good, not too sweet. At the coop I picked up a few little packages of their special infused sea salts, I had bought these a couple of times for other people before, but decided to get some for us this time. Portabello saladAlso I had heard about coconut aminos for some time and that they could be substituted for soy sauce. I bought some today and tried them with my supper – they are very good and make an excellent, not as salty and higher in protein replacement! My stress level has gone down and my energy level has gone up. I feel very present and in the moment now, not in a fog and worrying so much about the future or thinking of the past. I can also get much more done in a day. Physically my little “muffin top” is slowly disappearing, and I have written before about how aches and pains are almost all gone. Here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast:

Mix of hemp, sunflower seeds, date, vanilla and salt leftover from making sunflower-hemp milk

Lunch:

Salad from last night with brocolli sprouts, buckwheat groats and olives
Most of a bag of chocolate kale
Banana

Snack:

Honeydew melon
Rest of the bag of chocolate kale

Supper:

Portabello mushroom marinated in coconut aminos on a bed of sliced lettuce topped with organic red peppers, tomatoes and chives fresh from the garden, sprinkled with green chile infused sea salt (reads like a menu doesn’t it!)
Banana

Going Raw – Day 12

Happy Mother’s Day! I had a pretty good day today, was a little tired, but not excessively. Digestion was good. I tried an orange tonight and it seemed ok, so maybe it is just lemons and not all citrus I have problems with. Not very exciting meals today, I usually grocery shop on Monday or Tuesdays, so all the tastiest stuff gets eaten up earlier in the week. I’ll definitely be picking up some more olives tomorrow, and some more balsamic vinegar, since they add flavour to salads and pates. Here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast:

strawberries pureed with sprouted buckwheat and soaked sunflower seeds

Lunch:

Same salad as last night, with avocado added

Supper:

Salad made from spinach, leaf lettuce, green pepper, dill, chopped orange ,soaked pumpkin seedsand sprouted buckheat with olive oil, agave and balsamic vinegar
dates

Snack:

Strawberries and blueberries with a little agave

Going Raw – Day 11

I’m happy to say that both sprouted buckwheat and sprouted quinoa agree with me. I had really counted on and spent a lot of money on the raw nuts for this month and I am sorry I can’t use them. Many of the recipes I come across use nuts or lemon. Usually I can substitute sunflower seeds and I have been using balsamic vinegar in the salad dressings. I am about 1/3 of the way through the month now. Today my energy level was quite good. I saw patients this morning, then went to Science Rendezvous and the library this afternoon with my daughter, then to see a movie this evening. Typically, I would have taken a nap in the afternoon and then done one thing with her, not three! Digestion was great today, and aches anywhere else hardly noticeable. I was around ice cream and popcorn today, but did not really feel tempted. I haven’t had any cravings for some time now. I am thinking quite happily about canned sardines and sweet potatoes though, and will be glad to eat them in June! Here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast;

Buckwheat pancakes – sprouted buckwheat, apple, cinammon with a sprinkle of agave

Lunch:

Leftover vegan sushi with carrot sticks
Salad of spinach, apple, date, pumpkin seeds

Snack:

Pancake from breakfast

Supper:

Sprouted quinoa salad with lettuce, cucumber and dressing made of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, fresh dill, garlic, agave and ginger
Flax crackers spread with coconut oil

Snack:

Balls made from dates, sunflower seeds, coconut, cocoa, vanilla extract