KALE CHIPS! Om nom nom…

Yes, I really do love them. I’m not just telling myself that I love them because they’re healthy. That’s the truth.

A reader asked me quite a while back whether or not Kale Chips were as good as everyone says, and I told him that I would have to get back to him on it as the grocery store was actually out of kale the very weekend that the question was posed, and I hadn’t yet tried them otherwise.

Since then I have tried several commercially sold chips. And although I have tried several flavours that I loved, I do find them quite pricey.  $4 – $6 for a 100g bag makes them a bit of an extravagance.  However, this being said, they’re also worth it.  Packed full of wonderful nutrients and no chemicals or other crap, the store bought chips provide a wide variety of flavours, which is nice if you like to mix things up or get bored easily.  The store bought chips are also charging you for convenience, but if you’re going to impulse shop a snack, they’re the wiser choice.  I’ve tried a few kinds, from pineapple coconut, to spicy nacho, and cheesy flavour (which are not flavoured with cheese, but get their cheesy flavour from nutritional yeast), so I would say that there’s a flavour combination out there for everyone.

Kale is, itself, very mild in flavour.  It also doesn’t have a precise or overpowering aftertaste, like bitterness or sweetness.  Because of this, the kale takes on any flavour you throw at it and very little ‘leafy green’ taste comes through.  In short, it’s a great canvas for any taste you’re seeking.

If you’re interested in making a nice big batch at home, it’s pretty ‘effort-free’ and definitely less expensive than buying pre-made ones.  Making them with a dehydrator keeps them in the ‘raw’ category, but if this isn’t a pressing need for you, or if you don’t have a dehydrator, they can also be made in the oven.  There are a buh-zillion recipes for them available with a quick search online, so go look for one that may combine some of your favourite flavours.  I didn’t love the coconut pineapple, I wasn’t mad about the ranch flavours, but I was coo-coo for the nacho flavoured and the cheesy flavoured.  So I tried a batch of cheesy ones this weekend!

Provided below is a recipe I found on the WONDERFUL ‘RAW GURU” site.  Here’s a link to the recipe, which includes both dehydrator and oven methods.

Cheesy Chips at Raw Guru

I must report that I made 2 small modifications to this recipe, however….

1) because it’s just little ‘ole me, I used one bunch of Kale.  Two would have produced too many chips (and silly me…I now know that there’s no such thing after making this recipe, but hey…) but I didn’t reduce the coating at all because I’m BIG ON FLAVOUR and I didn’t find that there was too much.

2) I threw in about 3 TBLSP of nutritional yeast as well, because I love the flavour and wanted super cheesy chips.  I have no regrets for having done so…..   Nutritional yeast, if you are unaware, is a flaky yellowish deactivated food yeast.  It doesn’t have the same odour, uses, or flavour as bread yeast.  I buy mine in bulk at Kardish, but I see online that “Bob’s Red Mill” (which is available in many grocery stores) also produces it, so you may be able to find it where it is most convenient for you.

Making the chips was so very easy.  I washed the kale, and tore the leaves of one bunch into bite-sized pieces (discarding the tough stems) and put the leaves into a large bowl.  In a blender I combined all the ingredients, which (once blended) I poured over top the kale and started to massage the mixture into the leaves.  It took a whopping 3 minutes to perfectly coat them all, then I spread them out into a single layer onto my dehydrator trays.  On the whole, 10 minutes tops.

I put my coated kale in the dehydrator around 9pm, woke up at 9am the next day (hey…it was the weekend…) and they were PERFECT (and I don’t use that word very often) crunchy chips.

I now take them to work for a satisfying snack, and they’re my ‘go to’ when lurking about the kitchen, rooting for something to chow down on.  And they’re so wonderfully noisy, they’re the perfect revenge when watching a movie with that special someone who has been driving you bonkers with their nacho chips or popcorn chewing all those years….

Tasty AND revenge enabling?  What are you waiting for?!

Middle of winter…

It is the middle of January in Canada.  It’s dark, it’s cold, and it’s hard to keep a positive outlook.  All I really want to do is give in to the ‘hibernating bear’ impulse that overcomes me until March.  I must report, however, that my “winter blues” have been kept at-bay so far this year and I believe “juicing sunshine” (mango, papaya, pineapple) is helping a great deal.

I find it hard to believe that I’ve been at this blog for over a year already.  It has been such an incredible odyssey, restructuring my diet, which then led to reassessing so many other aspects of my life that related to my health and well-being.

It has been four months since my last post and I’m chagrined to admit that I’m very much in the same place as I was when I last wrote.  I’ve not YET had the success I had been looking for with integrating focused exercise into my daily routine.  I’m not giving up, I’m still working on it.  However, I could have written the forthcoming update earlier, but I also blame winter for my lack of motivation to write.  Sorry ’bout that, we do the best we can! :)

But describing my exercise challenges is not why I am here today.  I am here to report on the integration of ‘the raw food lifestyle’ into my existence.  Yes, I slip.  Yes, I sometimes revert to old habits when it comes to meal preparation.  Yes, sometimes I become too tired, sleep too late, run out of the house with no food, and then have to resort to the cafeteria food ‘with a side of fries’.  And lately I have discovered a new tendency that I haven’t had before:  comfort eating.  It usually takes the form of a chocolate bar.  I can now find myself eating 2 or 3 a week, where before I could go months without one and not notice.  I find this all incredibly interesting and I’ll tell you what I think is happening….

I think my move to primarily raw food and the good it does for my mind, body, and soul, has revealed a whole skein of personal challenges, or long held beliefs that are so well entrenched that I didn’t even recognize that I had them, that I am now unravelling.  This is good.  Really, really good.  I didn’t know that when I made the choice to evolve my diet that I would be healing so much more than my physical body but I’m happy to be going through it.  I’ve uncovered so much resistance to the change, a desperate need to retreat to the comfortable, and the more I persist with raw food/juice/smoothies, the better I feel, and the more I feel better, the more fear of feeling so good I experience.  It’s whacked! But my brain (whatever part of it that is resisting the change – maybe it’s the 10 year old, maybe it’s the Scorpio, maybe it’s the stubborn mule) tries to find a way to cope with that fear by offering me something that it hopes I’ll just love and give up feeling that unfamiliar “good” for, like a chocolate high.  The untangling can be very complex, but the path through the muck is so clear:  keep on eating raw food.  Eventually feeling so good is going to win my inner arguments and I’ll understand that this change is nothing to fear but something to be wholly embraced.

So all this being said, although I have my ‘I can’t believe I just ate that” moments, the integration of raw food into my daily diet has become so much simpler.  And I look forward to it:  sitting down and eating something so incredibly healthy fills me with so much joy, and where it used to taste a little blah at times, now a salad or a fresh juice or a smoothie tastes so luscious.  It is completely fulfilling.  I guess that scares part of me, being completely fulfilled.  Surely I’m not alone with having to deal with these contradictions that swirl within when making changes?  

I haven’t any photos of wild or complex recipes this time around because, truth be told, I am enjoying the simple form of all raw foods so much these days that I’ve had no impulse to try and dress it all up.  I’m just as happy now with a bag of raw nut mixes, a cucumber/celery/tomato salad with herbs and olive oil, ‘as is’ fruits, and fresh juices, raw crackers, seared tuna, spiralized sweet potato, marinated mushrooms, (and the list goes on and on and on) as I would be with a raw tartelette,  or a complex raw lasagna.  Although those recipes are wonderful for a change of pace, they aren’t essential to loving the presence of raw food in your everyday life.

I will leave you with a recommendation though.  I bought “Raw, Quick, and Delicious” by Douglas McNish (available on Amazon – I’d hyperlink it for you but for some reason WordPress says it’s a no-no to link to some commercial sites and I don’t want to get in trouble :) ) and am mad for it.  His juicing recipes and salads are especially easy, balanced, and so incredibly flavourful.  I highly recommend this book for novices and experienced raw foodists alike as it’s good for changing up a few old standbys with some new ingredients that make them new again.  His mixing of spices and herbs are unique and quite lovely.

After living with a Hamilton Beach electric juicer and a manual juicer for wheatgrass and greens, I finally got rid of both and invested in an Omega.  It’s an electric auger style which is great for everything – fruits, greens, veggies – and doesn’t oxygenate the living daylights out of everything by whizzing it through a mesh screen, so the juice retains its nutritional value longer.  I can now ready my veggies and greens the night before, cut the fruit in the morning, as well as juice in the morning, and then take it to work for lunch time.  This pleases me greatly and I’ve found my propensity to become a zombie at 2:00pm has been eliminated.

So there we are then.  If you’ve been following this blog to learn about the raw food lifestyle and adoption thereof, I hope you are seeing that it can be easy, is a bit of an evolution and not an ‘overnight’ transition, and if you are mindful of all the changes it creates within you, you will encounter other opportunities to heal and grow.  Me, I’m back at another ‘kick of the cat’ (which I would never REALLY do, it’s just a saying…) tomorrow morning:  adding the physical fitness component that is sorely lacking from my “whole life” experience.  I deserve it, damnit!  I must succeed! Hopefully I’ll have some good news for you next time I post.  Until then, I wish you health and joy…

Is the autumn leaf…

…a new leaf or an old leaf?  I *always* feel like turning over a new leaf in the Fall – maybe it’s an old throwback from when school would start and it feels like a season for new beginnings.  So I guess I won’t dwell on whether or not the autumn leaf is a new one or old (dried and dying) leaf.  It is what I want it to be.

When I last left you, I was attempting to channel my inner athlete and to move on to a new challenge in my evolution.  It didn’t go so well, I must admit.  My body wasn’t yet up to the “BIG” challenges I gave it that I found so exciting mentally and which motivated me.  So I would go big, then be out of commission for a week because of injuries or immobilizing soreness.  You have to understand:  I’m no Spring Chicken.  My pains are not muscular anymore, they’re skeletal.  My joints feel like they’re grinding glass, my tendons threaten to snap and take weeks to heal, and I seem to have a bone in my foot that likes to pop out of place and then pop back a day later.  Stupid bone.

So there’s all my complaining.  I found I was doing a lot of it, which could be why I haven’t been here for a while – thought I’d spare you.  My challenges led me to do a lot of reading about ‘mental toughness’ and pushing through (and I have to thank my friend Veronica (click her name to go read her wonderful blog!) who made me point my mind towards the topic of mental toughness).  I wondered if I am mentally weak – not stupid, of course, I’m bloody brilliant – but if somewhere along the way I let my fears about my poor level of health (really – although I have had my heart checked, I’m quite convinced that pushing myself past a specific level of effort will bring on a heart attack) make me reticent to push myself even a little harder or to get back to it and give ‘er even if I’m feeling achy or injured….or merely scared.

There’s my two dynamics in play:  I go big and incapacitate myself, but wonder if I should keep pushing myself anyway because I might just be a wimp.  But then I don’t push myself when I probably could.  When I put it in writing, I see how silly I’ve been.  Perhaps I should have come here to complain earlier than now.

I have to admit to myself that I can push, but need to be reasonable about the grandiosity of my attempts.  In other words, I need to push myself harder on my 30 minute stationary bike ride and not worry about the splatter pattern of my exploding heart all over my living room carpet (because it’s not going to happen)  and I need to STOP pushing myself with 1.5 hour power walks that dislocate the bones in my feet or 1 hour lap swims that put me flat on my back for 2 days lest I crack my spine in half.  What a big dum-dum.

In short:  my inner Athlete is going to have to settle the hell down and let my body catch up.  There’s that ‘patience’ thing again…you know – that thing I suck at?  Yah, that.  So off I go – to stop being silly, to turn over a new leaf (again) and start applying everything I know but seem to forget when setting goals.

BUT I can’t leave you without a raw food mention – seriously, isn’t that how this all started?!  My patio garden was wonderful this year, and even now as we head into October, I have large, imperfect but beautiful sunflowers who greet me every morning.  I’m not harvesting them, I’m letting the squirrels have them. I had so many tomatoes that, even after eating a couple per day, I still have bags of dehydrated ones for raw chili this winter, and quite a few frozen whole so I can turn them into puree for turkey chili (not raw, I know) or some other tomato based soup or sauce.  Lots of cayenne peppers, sweet red chilies, and lots of herbs and spices.  I feel good about the productivity of that little garden and it was “just enough” – I’m not enthusiastic about tending to the needs of a garden (I was constantly hoping for rain because I was too lazy to water) but this one wasn’t overly demanding.

Happy face.

Happy face.

I had a brain-storm with the wheat grass.  My conundrum was that I was the only one consuming it in the house, and I often saw partial trays of grass getting tossed as I didn’t juice it in time.  I’ve decided to juice it all at once, pour into ice-cube trays, and freeze.  I’m sure there may be some purists who shake their heads at this, but I think the stasis of freezing is fine and will preserve what nutritional value it contains.  It’ll have to do.

I went looking for a good “Power Ball” recipe this week.  No, I’m not talking about a lottery or Bingo game.  I stumbled across quite a few and found that I didn’t love each one for various reasons, so I combined them and came up with a power ball that is perfect for ME.  Maybe you’ll like it too:

1 cup organic oats

1 cup chocolate protein powder (I used Vega, but I suspect any inferior one that you have will be fine :) )

1/4 cup ground flax seed

1/3 cup dried cranberries (but I’m pretty sure I used close to 1 cup….I love dried cranberries)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 Tbsp hemp hearts

1 cup almond butter (if using natural peanut butter, use 1/3c instead and increase your other liquids slightly)

1/4 cup agave (or 1/3 c honey)

2 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla

Mix dry ingredients together, mix wet together, then combine.  If it’s too dry you can add a splash of non-dairy milk, or a little water, or a little more coconut oil.  I coated my hands in coconut oil and shaped into balls.  Keep them in the fridge or, if you actually think they’re going to last longer than 3 or 4 days, the freezer.

Chocolate Power Balls, mucho cranberries!

Chocolate Power Balls, mucho cranberries!

These are quite yummy and have no artificial sugars so will not throw you into a tail-spin if you eat them first thing in the morning.  This reminds me that most of the recipes I looked at had dark chocolate bars chopped up as well, which I wouldn’t be able to tolerate (from a glycemic index point of view) at various times during the day, so I left them out.  Once these balls are gone, I’m going to make this again with Vega French Vanilla which, mixed with the cranberries and maybe some chopped almonds, are going to be delicious.

One last point before I sign off:  I plan.  I’m good at planning.  I plan meals, exercise, get things ready the night before.  I’m good at it.  But HOLY CRAP I get sick of it and, usually by Thursday, I stop executing and just let it all go to hell.  This will be my next post:  trouble shooting ideas on how to keep on executing when you come to a point in your week when you could really not care less.  Maybe even become resentful….and rip your plans off the wall…and shred them.  I’m an “I hate routine” person in an “I need routine” world…

Wish me luck with the mental strength, lack of silliness, and taming my inner athlete:  must teach her to be consistent rather than explosive to the point of rendering me useless!  

Pack it in…

…no, I’m not “PACKING it in” – I mean I have packed a lot in to the past 2.5 months since my last post!

First off:  YAY ME!  I made it to ONE YEAR SMOKE FREE on May 15th.  I had to claw my way there, but I made it.  It was amazing to me that, the closer I got to the anniversary, the more I craved a cigarette just because it was top-of-mind more often.  But I had also invested so much in my effort, diet, health, etc that there was no way that little demon was going to win.  I made it.

I’ll try to summarize the last couple of months and then grow those points that may be of more interest to readers of this Raw Food Blog.

As my health has improved, and I went off all my medications in February, I’ve been trying a few new things: wanting to mix it up so I don’t get bored.  I attempted an “Insanity Challenge” (Insanity by BeachBody, if you’re curious) with my son and a wonderful woman whom you should follow on FaceBook if you are looking for some new fitness goals and a really down-to-earth person to guide you there.  Her name is Jessica, and this is the link to her official FaceBook page: Eat. Sleep. Lift. INSPIRE.   Unfortunately, it seems my son and I are not compatible work-out partners and we both became rather grizzly bearish towards each other at 6am (when was the only time we both had in common) and found doing an Insanity workout along with the stress of constant arguing wasn’t too terribly motivating.  We blew it after 2 weeks.  It is an intense but totally-doable workout regime, however, and I’ll be getting back to it on my own with enthusiasm.

But everything was not for naught.  While planning for and going through the workout, my diet changed somewhat (again):  I needed more protein and my fall-back is animal meat or products, but I did start actively seeking plant-based and\or raw alternatives and, to be honest, vegan protein shakes have become a big part of my routine.  They are light, refreshing, and are quite sustaining, rather than heavy and sometimes a chore to digest (like cooked eggs or chicken in the mornings).  I do like Shakeologyfor how long it seems to sustain me and I do feel a nice, balanced energy level when drinking it.  The draw-back of Shakeology for me is that they only have one flavour without strawberries (I’m allergic), and it has to be ordered online.  I also really like Vega – they have more flavours that I can consume (4 of their 5 shakes, to be precise), is sustainable plant-based, is available in most local health stores, also makes me feel great, and the company started in Canada.  Go Canada! :)

I have also had some ups and downs with going off my medications.  I am a migraine sufferer and am getting them more often.  As an attempt to ‘reset’, I went on a 12 day cleanse and it helped immensely to get rid of a lot of issues:  serious joint aching, lethargy, bloating, puffiness, and just an over-all feeling of being bogged down with the crap of life.  I have tried several cleanses in my day, but I always go back to Wild Rose.  It is easy to take (morning, night = easy), the diet requirements are easy to follow, and it doesn’t upset my stomach like a lot of the other ones do.  This is the one I use, if you’re interested:  Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox.  It is available in most health food stores and I got mine at, you guessed it, Kardish!   As always.  :)

So a coo-coo workout attempt, a cleanse, and I’m still dealing with some serious headaches.  I think this is where patience and persistence will come into play – not my strongest personality traits.  But I am getting quite serious about exercising, which is giving me so much more energy.  And, of course, when one is committed to exercising daily, there is less room in one’s life for those things that may undermine it, like excess alcohol, crap food, poor sleep habits (this is also a hard one for me), letting work be “Numero Uno” all the time, etc.  I am holding out hope that consistent exercise, a consistent approach to my raw diet, a lot of lemon water, and time will nip these headaches once and for all.  I’ll keep you posted.

When it comes to overcoming the things that get in the way of  daily exercise, good sleep is my biggest challenge now (which means, HEY! I’ve come a long way!  A year ago I had about 10 things that got in the way of daily exercise!)  Making myself go to bed between 9 – 10pm so I can get up around 5am and fit some good work-out and breakfast time in before I go to the office and let the day take over has been hard.  Like many of us, my evenings are the only me-time I have anymore, and I want it to last.  The longer I put off going to bed, the more of that day belongs to me.  I have to realize two important things in order to over-come this mind-set:  I am making quality me-time in the mornings now, and the more I exercise, the more energy I have, so there may come a time that I’ll be able to enjoy a bit more of my evenings without feeling like I’m constantly sleep-deprived and can’t haul my bum out of bed in the mornings.  Maybe.  But for now, it’s a SOLID 8 hours of sleep a night or I’m a zombie.  I have to be more consistent and then, maybe, someday I’ll be able to make it on 6 or 7 hours of sleep happily.  We’ll see.  I’ll keep telling my ‘I resent missing a long evening’ self that just to humour it.

Believe it or not, the above was the “Summary”!  I’ll get to some food-related stuff now.

Wheat Grass!  I’m not growing it all the time, but I will grow a tray once or twice a month and I do love it so.  I just don’t have it on hand all the time because I’m the only one juicing and drinking it and I don’t want it to go to waste.

Picked this up from rawnutrition.ca  and it was everything I needed to get started.

Picked this up from rawnutrition.ca and it was everything I needed to get started.  I am using the coconut-husk mats to grow the seed as I find it less messy indoors.  It can be grown in soil, however, and I may switch over as the husk mats are an itty bit over-priced IMHO.


Here is my first tray, with the first growth peeking up its head. It was nice to have something green sprouting inside while there was still snow outside!


Close-up of the wheat berries sprouting. This is approximately Day 4 since planting.


Day 6 since planting! Ready to snip and juice. It takes about 1/3 of a tray to get 1 ounce of wheat grass juice (manual juicer).


And here it is: 1 ounce of wheat grass with 1 apple. It was so sweet and made my whole body ping. I wouldn’t have been able to call it a juice – more like an elixir :) This is about 50x better than any ‘wheat grass apple juice’ I’ve bought at a juice bar.

I made “Fragrant Vanilla Cake”‘s Key Lime Truffles too.  The recipe called for coconut butter, which I had never made, so had to get to that first.  If you’ve never made it, here is what you do…

Put raw unsweetened shredded coconut into a blender and blend....

Put raw unsweetened shredded coconut into a blender and blend….

Put more raw, unsweetened, shredded coconut into the blender, and blend some more....

Put more raw, unsweetened, shredded coconut into the blender, and blend some more….

And after much blending and pushing down and blending and general uncertainty about whether or not its going to work....VOILA!  Coconut butter.  Put in the fridge to harden up a little.

And after much blending and pushing down and blending and general uncertainty about whether or not its going to work….VOILA! Coconut butter. Put in the fridge to harden up a little.

Then I made the truffles!  (Link was above, with the mention of “Fragrant Vanilla Cake”)

The truffle filling:  lots of zesty lime, cashew, and spinach for the 'green', they were yummy enough to eat on their own....

The truffle filling: lots of zesty lime, cashew, and spinach for the ‘green’, they were yummy enough to eat on their own….


…but I dipped them in the home-made raw chocolate anyway, and it was worth the extra step. These are little bursts of decadence that are good for you too. All food should be this rewarding.

It has been lovely to catch up with you!  My next couple of weeks will involve a concerted effort to exercise, hopefully more than once, every single day.  I’ve told myself that I am now an athlete.  I realized that a casual “Hey, give 30 minutes of exercise a try tomorrow, see how it goes” doesn’t get my butt out of bed at 5am.  I have to “Be Big” about it.  That’s what motivates me.

And on the other goal-front:  I believe I’m hitting 80% raw 90% of the time :)  Fact is, because it is becoming so much easier now to be preparing and eating a raw diet, I’m not keeping track as religiously as I had been at the start of the year.  Meals are raw, snacks are raw, and any non-raw food is organic, whole, non-GMO, healthy, healthy, healthy.  My downfall is grabbing something quick when I grab a take-out coffee in the mornings.  There is definitely room for improvement there.

Hope you are all well, healthy, happy, and moving towards something good for your well-being.  Happy Whole Life!  More soon.

A Change….

“A change is as good as a rest”  or so the saying goes.  As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve taken on a lot of changes in the past year, and one always seems to lead to another.  The key is to make sure the spiral is going upwards….

May 2012, I quit smoking after (gulp!) 30 years.  A cigarette hasn’t crossed these lips in 300 days tomorrow and I feel my restoration on so many levels, but none more than with my sense of self-esteem.

I actually started to get up really early to go to the gym to work with a personal trainer.  This is huge on a couple of fronts.  First, if they were to ever need a study subject for Night Owlism, no one is more genetically inclined to lurk about in the dark and fall into a deep sleep as soon as the birds start to sing than I am.  So using the early morning hours to work out isn’t completely out of character IF I was coming at it from being up all night…..but making myself go to bed at 9pm to get up at 5am was something I had only imagined myself doing if there were $1Million dollars involved.  It was big.  Working out in a gym, period, was even bigger.  I’m not a joiner, and I have seen the ‘sterotypical’ (laughable) people at a gym (that shall remain nameless) previously and I have no patience for the posturing.  So venturing into that subculture again was very brave of me and a test of my patience.  Luckily, a lot of those posturing people are not at the gym at 6am!  Yay.  So concentrating on my health and body image (really, I have to admit it is one of my motivators) is another change I have taken on.  Someone asked me the other day if I had lost weight, which I haven’t, but I believe I’m getting tighter.  Progress.

All of the above then led me to examine my diet.  I have always had a healthy diet and a healthy relationship with food.  The science of food is a life-long interest and one that I have been a student of for a long time.  But I wanted to take it to a new level or new direction.  I wanted to start to experiment with the benefits that food could provide, but in a healthy and safe way.  My motivators are different than others:  I wasn’t looking at “Vegan” or “Vegetarian” because although I am a huge lover of animals and advocate for animal rights, I also believe they have a place in our food chain.  I just don’t always approve of how they are treated as a part of our food chain.  I know there is lots of work to do there.  My motivations for a socially conscious diet revolve around the environment:  doing what I can to ensure my footprint is low, that I support family farms as much as I can (especially these days, when industrial farming gets all the breaks from government policy), and that my food is grown with as much consideration to the earth, the animal, and the health of the consumer as much as possible.  This led me to the raw diet.  As I have written in other posts (and will only quickly summarize here), the science of the raw diet and how it supports the body and over-all health really appealed to me, and the type of food that is eaten lets me do the research into the best places and people to buy from.  And I found all of this so fascinating and such a big deal that I started a blog!! Check!

And then the benefits of the raw diet led me to examine other aspects of my health – specifically, my relationship with Western Medicine, my doctor, and my prescriptions.  After consulting with my doctor, I went off all my prescriptions in January.  Disclaimer:  I wasn’t seriously ill!  My several prescriptions were meant to carry me through to a specific time in, uhem, a woman in her 40s or 50s life, with as little discomfort as possible.  I had started down the prescription path when I was a smoking, sedentary, person and I found the unpredictable sleep, overwhelming “flashes” of heat (which then inflamed my temper), the headaches, and finally the unpredictability of my cycle unmanageable and disruptive.  Now that I’m balancing my body with food, exercise, and consistent awareness of what I’m experiencing and how it makes me feel, I don’t need any medicinal aids anymore.  Taking off the dog collar of medicinal dependence feels wonderful.  Note:  I’ll still be taking my prescription for migraines, but I expect to be having them a lot less often.  I’m intrepid, not masochistic…. Again:  a boon to my self-esteem and sense of personal strength.

What’s next?  Wow.  Good question!  In our lives, we sometimes get spurts of that “anything is possible!” feeling.  When I used to get that feeling it would sometimes scare me.  YES!  Anything is possible!  Am I up for it……..????  No…going back to bed…pass the potato chips.

These days, I am becoming more aware that anything is possible all the time, not in spurts, and am more confident that I am up for it.  Now I’m just daring to let my imagination go, to stop stifling it, and am thanking the fears that bubble up for trying to protect me, but letting them go because I don’t need them anymore.

When they tell you that healthy diet and exercise are beneficial, they don’t tell you about where it can all lead, how BIG it can all really be if you want it to be.  They tell you you’ll live longer and, you know, when you feel like crap, living a crappy life longer isn’t a selling point!  They should tell you that your inner life will get bigger than the universe and you will be able to see to infinity when you look inside, and that the infinity is full of safety, possibility, and profound love for yourself and others.  No.  I’m not crazy or high.  I’m telling you the truth.  All this benefit from a few good choices.

I wish I had known it was this easy and this good 30 years ago.

As February comes to a close…

…I don’t like to wish my life away, but being so close to saying ‘Goodbye’ to February fills me with relief and anticipation.  I can hardly wait until Spring and Summer, at which time I’ll be able to grow some herbs and some potted vegetables in my tiny, dark patio out back, and go to markets that are simply over-flowing with affordable, fresh, locally grown produce.  Soon.

Last I left off, I believe I had a bit of a set-back.  I am happy to report that I have managed to stay within my 80% goal for almost a full three weeks now!  Yes, I’ve eaten some crap, but for the most part I have been making sure I do my food planning and/or preparation so I have the raw meals I need, when I need them.  It is getting easier.

I know we all know this, but sometimes a “reset” is required.  I don’t know where you are from…perhaps you have wild jungle birds cawing outside your window at this moment, but where I come from, it is winter.  Winter around here can be unpredictable:  we never know if it’s going to hover around -10C for a week, fly all the way up to a balmy -1C, or when a week or longer of -20C (feels like -35 with the windchill) will settle upon us.  And I don’t care what other winter dwellers report:  sunshine does not make my life any more bearable in January and February.  So I struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as SAD) and it is a real conscious effort to stay positive, to find energy, and to just give a crap in general.  Since I have moved away from the prairies, it hasn’t hit me as hard, but this year:  with the raw diet, although I have had low and negative times, I’m not a constant dweller in the cave of despair and frustration.

As a matter of fact, I’ve been able to consciously press my reset button a couple of times and have it be successful.  I’ve been able to choose to be positive, to continue to exercise, to make the effort to make sure I eat well, and these are wonderful, wonderful things for someone trapped in winter.

My week days have been better than my weekends.  My diet is only about 40% raw on weekends and I now INSTANTLY notice a difference when not eating enough raw.  I need naps because I’m a droopy, drooling mess, I feel puffy and bloated, I feel stupid and dull.  It is absolutely startling the difference a couple of cooked or junk food ‘meals’ can make and how quickly it shows in my physical feeling and mood.

I called it a controlled experiment: eating raw and well all week, and eating cooked or crap on weekends.  There is no way I can deny now how much my body and mind love the raw diet and how much good I am doing for myself when I stick to it.  I’m so pleased.

And, like I said, it is getting easier to prepare the foods and ensure I continue to eat this way, so this pleases me too.  I find I’m mostly smoothies or raw granola in the mornings, which I will have to diversify or I will get bored.  I always have raw snacks on hand, and raw lunches are mostly salads, but I try to mix it up from time-to-time with raw veggie burgers, guacamole and raw breads, and my dinners are often light raw soups, fruit salad, but I often try to get some meats in there, like seared beef tenderloin, prosciutto and raw cheese, and the like.  I haven’t yet ventured into the realm of seared tuna, or sashimi at home, mostly because the stores where I could get it are a distance away and I’m too busy.  This is another reason I’m waiting impatiently for Spring – easier trips to a market for produce where, nearby, there are both a fish monger and international cheese place where I’ll be able to pick up more foods that I can eat in one stop.

I’m also working hard to keep things diverse for my health, not just out of boredom.  I’m finding that, other than guacamole, I am not a big lover of avocado, so I have to diversify where I get my healthy fats from.  I also need to make sure I continue to pull in decent amounts of calcium, so I am eating non-raw cheese, drinking Keifer, and will occasionally make yogurt at home with organic (but not raw) milk.  I am also still eating eggs (cooked) as I need to make sure my protein intake stays up because of my strength training at the gym.  Unfortunately a lot of the protein powders for athletes (for “repair” – post-workout), although are vegan, are not raw.  So it really doesn’t make a difference to me whether I wolf back a hard boiled egg and a couple pieces of cheese, or throw back an expensive sport powder, and my appetite finds the egg and cheese more appealing and sustaining.

So I’m making progress!  I feel fantastic!  I believe my next steps will be to start trying more intricate recipes, and I certainly have a lot of resources to pick from.  I am THRILLED to have come to realize that I am able to find more recipes than I will ever live long enough to try, where I had initially been scared that I would find it hard to locate resources to take this lifestyle on.  The interweb is a bloody amazing place and I love it to pieces.  It is improving my life. Now if only I could stop myself from reading the ridiculous comments on the news sites, I could improve my state of mind as well!  Two steps forward….

My photos are sparse this week simply because I have forgotten to take them.  :-\  I will admit to a small cheat…or perhaps a better phrase is ‘pragmatic approach’ for someone as busy as I can be…for my lunch salads:  when I’m too tired in the evening to chop and slice and grate and dice, I use the pre-cut “broccoli slaw” or “carrot slaw” as the base for my salads (not a fan of lettuce, remember?).  Into the couple handfuls of pre-cut slaw, I throw my home grown sprouts and whatever else I’m in the mood for:  olives, peppers, chunks of cheese, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, celery…and then I make a home made dressing.  One of my favourite salads to-date had cheddar and apples (in addition to a lot of what I just listed) and I made a wonderful dressing that I’ll list here:

1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 Tblsp raw honey (or less – to taste), juice from 1/2 a lemon, small chunk of ginger, and enough olive oil to make a decent base.  Blend well, pour into bottle, and there you go…ready for your salad when it is time to eat.  I’m finding that ‘winging’ new dressings are the funnest part of my evening these days!  So many choices…so many choices…

Lastly, I had wondered where I could find food-grade lavender now that it doesn’t seem like Epicure carries it anymore, and lo-and-behold, I found it at Kardish!  To the rescue again…..

In the next couple of weeks I hope the garden centres will start populating their shelves with growing trays and bags of soil….I see wheat grass in my future!

Here are my 2 lowly photos.  Be well and talk to you soon!

Sun burgers from the Raw Rose "uncook" book.  They are full of carrot, seeds, and flavour.  Their happy orange colour helped to make a dull winter day a little more bright as well.

Sun burgers from the Raw Rose “uncook” book. They are full of carrot, seeds,  buckwheat, flax, and flavour. Their happy orange colour helped to make a dull winter day a little more bright as well.

The raw chili from the Raw Rose 'uncook' book as well.  It looks a little muddy but tastes divine.  There is just the right amount of cumin and jalapeno to make this warm to your mouth, the sun-dried tomatoes make it rich, and the shredded carrot and zucchini made the texture crunchy rather than gooey.  This is a keeper recipe.

The raw chili from the Raw Rose ‘uncook’ book as well. It looks a little muddy but tastes divine. There is just the right amount of cumin and jalapeno to make this warm to your mouth, the sun-dried tomatoes make it rich, and the shredded carrot and zucchini made the texture crunchy rather than gooey. This is a keeper recipe.


Too impatient for lettuce…

….really, it takes so long to eat.  I’m too impatient.  I have tolerated it in the past, but now that I’m eating salads more often, I can feel the wasted seconds ticking as I fight to get it on my fork, and chew, chew, chew, chew….boring!

As a result, I have managed to make several salads these past few weeks sans lettuce and I’m having a lot of fun experimenting.  Shredded things, spiralled other things, sprouted more things, toss! 

I will admit, salads and smoothies aside, I haven’t been as raw as I should have been these past two weeks.  I have an arms length of excuses to offer up, everything from how the ‘coldest week in eight years’ and getting the flu knocked me down, both physically and emotionally, but just suffice it to say that I fell back to old habits because they were easy.  What can I say:  I’m Canadian but I don’t like beer,  hockey, maple syrup, Beaver Tails and I DON’T DO WINTER.  I’m still waiting for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to catch on and kick me out of the country….

Tomorrow I start anew.  And, again, I am excited. There are changes happening within me that are good.  Despite falling back to old habits in the past two weeks, they DIDN’T make me feel good, they made the downward spiral worse.  Tonight, I had a sprout-based salad and raw cucumbers for supper and instantly I felt happy cells pinging.  My taste buds screamed “Oh yah, that’s what I’m talking about!” and I realized that my body, all of my body: brain, senses, cells, had been loving the wealth of health I had been feeding it before I slipped.

So onward, but this time it feels like I’m going back to what feels right, not what is hard and challenging (like it had felt before).

I also made the commitment and bought the Excalibur dehydrator.  Along with it, I bought another book to pour over that has more recipes that I am really enjoying.  It is called “Uncooking With RawRose” (click the name to see it) and I bought it from RawNutrition.ca which has been an amazing resource site for me.  When I can’t find what I’m looking for anywhere else (locally), they have it.

Like I said, the RawRose book has quite a few recipes I’m excited to try.  I have already made her granola and I simply love it.  I have a double batch on the go right now.  It’s base is soaked flax, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sprouted buckwheat groats, shredded coconut, cinnamon, dates and apples, and I added pineapple and chopped raw peanuts to the mix this time.

Because I kind of blew it these past two weeks, this will be a shorter post.  Just wanted to assure you that I haven’t dropped off the face of the Earth.  Nope, just buried my flu and self pity in a large french fries and pizza.

Just to show I wasn’t a TOTAL slacker these past two weeks….here are a few pictures….

Made the Raw Lemon Lavender Macaroons I mentioned in my last post.  Here they are! And they were amazing.  CLICK HERE to get the recipe.

Lemon Lavender Macaroons.

Lemon Lavender Macaroons.

And I was on the quest for the thinnest cracker that wasn’t all onion.  FOUND ONE!  Click here!

Finnegan admiring how thin that cracker is.

Finnegan admiring how thin that cracker is.

And remember my ‘nudge nudge, wink  wink‘ about Maca and how I thought it must be some inside joke with Raw Foodists because I could never find any?  It came in!  I got it!  Now to integrate it into my daily smoothie to see if I notice any kind of difference in my energy levels….

IT'S REAL!  IT EXISTS!! Whoop!!  Bought the wrong one though:  this one is "gelatinized"  and not the "raw".  At $35 a bag....close enough.  I'll use this one until it's done, then get the raw one next time around.

IT’S REAL! IT EXISTS!! Whoop!! Bought the wrong one though: this one is “gelatinized” and not the “raw”. At $35 a bag….close enough. I’ll use this one until it’s done, then get the raw one next time around.

And the new granola.  This batch uses the gold flax, last batch I used the brown.  I have cranberries dehydrating at the moment – they’ll be plunked into the NEXT batch.  It’s THAT good.  No added sugars, either.

Golden flax and so much more.  Once it is partially dried, it gets broken up....

Golden flax and so much more. Once it is partially dried, it gets broken up….

And my closing note:  tried one more time to make the perfect salt and vinegar potato chip and I just don’t like them.  All I taste is potato starch.  They’re icky.  So I guess I better see what all the fuss is about with Kale Chips instead.  Any recommendations for an amazing recipe?  Are they crunchy? 

Until next time….

Digestive Enzymes! DIGESTIVE ENZYMES!!!

I can’t believe I didn’t mention these in my last post! How remiss of me! Bad Darcie! Bad girl!

So what are they and what do they do? Yes – they help you digest, smarty pants. They are present in your body, but they are also present in food. The more of them that are in your food, the less your body has to use your precious enzymes to digest so it can then use your precious enzymes for other important things.

Great! So why did I yell their name at you?

Because they’re also very helpful in pill form when you first transition to a raw diet and your body is adjusting to being able to “cope and tolerate less” and “use food more”.

How does it help to have more digestive enzymes in your body when first transitioning, you ask? Excellent question, wow, you are inquisitive today!

Do you live in the woods with a wardrobe of nothing but drawstring sweatpants or flouncy dresses and with no one else around for miles? No? Me neither.

I live on planet Earth and I live in a city and work in an office with lots of other people and I’m expected to attempt professional appearance and behaviour. (The appearance part is sometimes touch and go….I never wanted to be a slave to “the man” and sometimes the old hippie in me picks my outfit for the day, but for the most part I’m presentable). (OK, sometimes the professional behaviour is touch and go too….but that’s a whole other blog….)

So my daily interactions make expanding and contracting like the universe, wearing a loose fitting mumu, and constant fog horn noises escaping from my nether-regions a little inconvenient and, sometimes, invasive and embarrassing (for my co-workers. Personally, I couldn’t care less) ;)

When first converting to a raw diet, your body has to take a little time to remember how to digest and process all those raw foods and they’re a little harder to digest just because they are whole and not depleted or softer from cooking.

Because it can take a little longer to digest, your food is breaking down slower, permitting the opportunity for sugars and other things to ferment in your body (and, as we know, fermenting stuff gets all bubbly and frothy), which then will expand you and making you a gaseous anomaly, like the sun or a star….or a dirigible! Just not as pretty and awesome….

Taking digestive enzymes in pill form (available at most drug stores in the vitamin section) for even just a couple of weeks helps break your foods down faster, reducing the fermentation and permitting your body to absorb nutrients. So pick some up! You’ll feel better and your co-workers will thank you.

(Legal disclaimer – please only take pills if you know they are OK for you.  Consult your doctor or pharmacist, and always read the label)

Happy eating!

The Numbers Game…

Here I am, at the end of my first week of my “80% Raw Commitment”  and I find it amazing how ’80%’ can be translated to suit one’s needs….especially when one knows they’re faltering somewhat.  Is it 80% of a meal?  80% of a whole diet?  80% of all the meals in a day?  It all depends on how the day went, I guess!  Uhem…

Here’s an example:  7 days = 21 meals and approximately 10 snacks = 31.  80% would equal approximately 23.25 Meals/Snacks would have to be raw.  2 Breakfasts and 3 Dinners were not raw = 5.  31 – 5 = 26.  WHOOP! I made it!  But what if I know two of those dinners were not only ‘not raw’ but really not good for me either (tempura fish sticks and pizza, sigh).  I do have to consider the good I’m undoing by eating them.  I think I should give myself a few demerit points, but I hate losing, so…

And the good I’m undoing brings me to the next topic:  Detoxing.  I had a, hmmmm – what’s the right word….alarming? Surprising? Frightening?  Impressive? Explosive?!  couple of days in there.

(Fair Warning – a little Potty Talk ahead – but I’ll try to be dignified)

I promised a blog that gives you the warts and all of a raw diet conversion, right?  It’s wart time.

Never in my whole life have I had occasion to speak to a toilet, but this past week I found myself walking in to the bathroom and whispering an encouraging “Be Brave….” in the general direction of the porcelain bowl, and when (with a laboured but enthusiastic gulp) it handled everything I, um…, threw? at it, I actually gave it a thumbs up.  I went through this little routine several times in a day.

It was about this time that I started to Google “how the hell long will this last?!” in regards to my overt detoxing symptoms.  What I read made me cry…“FIVE MONTHS?!” one site proclaimed. Luckily, it looks like I got off pretty easy, because mine lasted two days…the worst of it, at least (I thank an accidental cleansing the weekend before:  Dandelion Greens in my smoothie caused some unplanned colon activity….lots of it) .  I fully anticipate minor to moderate detoxing/bathroom symptoms *forever* since there are always toxins to be expunged from the body.  Thank you Industrialization, you’re swell.

Potty Problems aside, I also felt like I had the flu with body aches, a couple of headaches (one of which was cured with a small cup of coffee and I have resolved that I will not withhold from myself a cup of coffee when that headache appears.  I have a demanding job and life and need to be able to function.  There was no functioning with that blinding caffeine headache (says she of the migraine headaches)).  I fought ‘quitting smoking-like’ food cravings for most of the week, and wailed once “Why, oh WHY can’t there be a french fry tree!!”  but I coped.  I also needed a little more sleep.

But (when I was awake) I also had more energy.  I felt a balance this past week that I haven’t felt for a long time.  My mind was clear, my ambitions renewed, my focus more precise.  And it’s only the beginning of this journey, so I am getting as excited as a chihuahua in a room full of fireworks.  And another interesting change I noticed was that, despite the cravings in my mind, my nose found the smell of cooked food to be strange and unappealing, especially all those instant nuker lunches full of ‘sauces’ and spices that everyone, and I mean everyone, seemed to be eating at the office last week.  Where they used to get my tummy rumbling with hunger, I am now starting to be able to smell the chemicals in them and they don’t smell like food, they smell like danger.

Pitfalls and Drawbacks:  My ‘non-raw’ meals this past week were as a result of a lack of planning or time.  Woke up late two mornings, didn’t have time for a smoothie and picked up a breakfast wrap on the way to work instead.  The dinners were due to being in a rush (plans, visitors, etc) and rather than making 2 meals (one for me, one for my son), I just ate what I was making for him, which was not raw.  So I have to get better at making sure I give myself the time I need to prepare the food that I need.  Because this diet is not yet my habit and I still have to really think about what I’m going to make, being short on time is not my friend.

To assist with the above issue, I also have to adjust how I view a meal.  Yes, dinner CAN be sitting at the table with a tomato, a cucumber, some raw crackers and a piece of fruit, small handful of nuts.  Seems so obvious now that I write it, but it seems strange to put this on the table, start eating, and feel like I’ve had “Dinner”.  Changing how I feel about it and what I think about it is just a matter of making a choice, but it wasn’t a choice that I saw when I was in a rush.  I know better now.

Last bit of house keeping:  I have decided not be dogmatic about all of this and to be kind to myself.  As you may be able to tell, I get a little obsessive about numbers, data, statistics and could drive myself crazy keeping track of everything and, rather than feeling really good about the things I do well, I can easily be negative and self-chastising if I don’t do everything right all the time.  So no dogma, damnit!  Just chillin, experimenting, enjoying, and loving the changes I have managed to make for the better.  I have enough stress in my life, this should be a thrilling awesome thing I’m doing for me!  Weeeeeee!

I contemplated posting a page with my one week meal plan, which I needed so I didn’t feel panicked AND would remember what recipes I bought ingredients for, but a lot of it went to pot as I made meals based on what I was in the mood for rather than how I plotted it.  Perhaps after a few weeks I’ll post a ‘sample’ one week meal plan instead.  I’ll see how it goes.

Finally, my 20% non-raw is going to include a dairy or coconut milk, some cheese, and eggs.  I’m still trying to figure out if I can dehydrate bacon.  I found some with no nitrates or nitrites, so hmmmmm :)

Some food highlights and links:

I’m loving raw miso soup.  I’m chopping up veggies into small pieces (cucumber, red or green pepper, mushrooms, scallions, spinach), putting it in the broth, and chowing down with a side of raw crackers.  I didn’t take any pictures.  It’s soup.

I have tried and failed twice to sprout chickpeas using chickpeas from two different sources.  By day 3 they smell horrible, despite diligent rinsing and covering up to keep bacteria off. So I haven’t managed raw hummus yet.  Wah!

I’m already tired of the dense raw bread, crackers, and pizza crusts I’ve made and am on the hunt for a thin, crispy cracker that doesn’t contain a single sliver of onion.  I think I’ve found a couple candidates – I’ll keep you posted.

I have made The Rawtarian’s Raw Brownies.  I’m madly in love with them!  I made a double batch and froze half.  I also made her raw burger and have found them perfect to freeze and/or take in my lunch to work.  Also good in my lunch this week at work was ‘sushi’ (sans fish) rolls.  I admit to using rice, but they can be made without….if you want to be dogmatic about it ;)

Tonight I’m trying to make my version of the perfect salt and vinegar potato chip, and I also have a batch of Fragrant Vanilla Cake’s raw Lemon and Lavender Macaroons in the dehydrator as well (I purchased my food-grade Lavender through Epicure.  A search of their site seems to indicate that they don’t have it anymore.  Let me know if you find it elsewhere).  Amy, who runs the site with the Macaroon recipe, has some eye-bulging recipes for raw foodists (key lime!  KEY LIME!!), and her blog is a lot of fun too.  Check it out!

This coming week, I’ll be playing with Butternut Squash, Pad Thai, Caesar Salads and I have a fridge full of avocados I have to put to good use.  Still no Maca, nudge nudge, wink wink…

Here are a couple pictures of my week…thanks for reading and I’ll ‘see’ you soon!!

Sprouting, but getting ultra stinky.  This was the 2nd batch of chickpeas I tossed this week.

Sprouting, but getting ultra stinky. This was the 2nd batch of chickpeas I tossed this week.

Raw dinner! Raw cheese, prosciutto, avocado, sprouts, olives.

Raw dinner! Raw cheese, prosciutto, avocado, sprouts, olives.

Rawtarian's Raw Burgers.

Rawtarian’s Raw Burgers.

My temporary answer to a craving for chips.  Crispy Snap Peas.  Good enough!

My temporary answer to a craving for potato chips. Crispy Snap Peas. Good enough!

Salad Dressing: Olive Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 Garlic Clove, ground fennel seeds, and liberal amounts of Turmeric.  It was wonderful...

Salad Dressing: Olive Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 Garlic Clove, ground fennel seeds, and liberal amounts of Turmeric. It was a wonderful dressing for…

Raw lunch! Spiral sweet potato, carrots, cucumber, mushrooms, orange pepper, tomato, pomegranate, cheese, olives, pretty much anything you could want!

…Raw lunch! Spiral sweet potato, carrots, cucumber, mushrooms, orange pepper, tomato, pomegranate, cheese, olives, pretty much anything you could want! Down-side: it took an hour to eat this with a plastic fork :)

All I want out of life is the perfect salt and vinegar chip!  Is that too much to ask?!

All I want out of life is the perfect salt and vinegar chip! Is that too much to ask?!

Lemon Lavender Macaroons headed to the dehydrator.  Once they're done, they get dipped in a raw chocolate.  Om nom nom......

Lemon Lavender Macaroons headed to the dehydrator. Once they’re done, they get dipped in a raw chocolate. Om nom nom……

2013 – The Year of Feeding the Whole

Happy New Year to you all.  With all the elation or low down dirty fights, peace or total discontent, balance and imbalance that a day, week, month or whole year can bring, sometimes staring down the barrel of a new year can be daunting!  But I do hope you and yours have more of the good, quality of good, noticeable good, supporting good than you do anything else.

And why not start with what we eat?  Whole, living food can help alleviate stress and illness while supporting our self esteem and inner peace.  Staying in touch with our whole selves can be challenging on a daily basis – consistently eating well removes one less detail to have to worry about, permitting us to move on to think about growing and supporting other parts of our whole being.

And here is it, January 1st, 2013 already.  The time that I pledged to myself to transition completely to a raw diet (or ‘lifestyle’ as it were).  I’m 97% ready.

As I’m sure you can imagine, and perhaps empathize, I did manage to collect some non-raw foodstuffs this holiday season that I’m still working on ‘eliminating’ (or eating).  But I’m so, so close to being ready, I can taste it (excuse the pun), and I’m excited.  I’m back to work and a regular schedule tomorrow.  I’ll start my days with smoothies, healthy (if not completely raw) lunches, then dinner will consist of what is handy.  Come Monday, January 7th, I’m aiming for a complete transition with my days being raw-by-design, and anything not raw will be a slip or what I consciously decide to make part of my 20% (aiming for 80, remember?)

In the meantime, I’m making pizza crusts to have handy in the freezer, sprouting some chickpeas for hummus and mung beans for crunchy fun.  I have made rosemary crackers, and have a freezer full of options that I have been stockpiling for about a month.  No excuses left.  :)

So there it is.  Hope to see you back here as I kick this transition and period of discovery into the next gear!  Will post again soon.