Saturday, March 02, 2013
I'm so frustrated and disheartened right now. I've work so hard to find what works for me in terms of nutrition and fitness, but they only work when I put myself first and make time for myself. It seems like it should be so easy, to just put myself first, but I have a job, I'm starting a business, I have church and prayer, I have my boyfriend, and I'm always putting everyone and everything else first.
I'm not going to be healthy or lose weight until I stop this really unhealthy habit, but I don't know how. Is there a 12-step program or something for people who always put themselves dead last?
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
I was so excited to try a recipe for creamy coconut rice with cinnamon! It sounded amazing. But then I tried eating it for lunch earlier today, and
it was really gross.
Turns out I'm not a fan of sprouted rice. The taste of the creamy rice was good, but sprouted rice is kind of chewy and crunchy at the same time, it's bland (despite the cinnamon), and it kept getting stuck in my teeth. I found myself constantly taking sips of my water in between bites. For the first time ever, I had a raw meal that I just could not finish eating. I ended up buying some tomato soup that, unfortunately, was not raw, but it didn't get stuck in my teeth either.
Saturday, February 02, 2013
I have low blood sugar, so I have to be careful about what I eat and how often I eat. If it gets too low, I feel like I'm crashing and I just want whatever I can get my hands on fastest with the least amount of energy. Unfortunately, at that point it also has to be "yummy". Now I have a weird sense of yummy. Before going raw, a bowl of bran flakes and skim milk would do the trick. But now that I'm eating raw, one of my best go-to snacks isn't an option. In fact, none of my old snacks are options anymore.
Thankfully, though, after going raw, my crashes have actually been few and far between. I started eating mostly raw back in November, and I went completely raw in January, and I've only crashed once, which is a massive improvement. I read a Sparkpeople article the other day that said cruciferous veggies can really help regulate blood sugar, which explains why I've been doing so much better.
However, I still need some snacks on hand. Cinnamon is good for this purpose, so I made cinnamon buckwheat crispies, and my nutritionist told me that mesquite is also great for regulating blood sugar, so when I saw this recipe for raw double chocolate mesquite cookies, I had to make them!
These guys are the best double chocolate chip cookies I've ever had!!! And their texture leaves one thinking that these cookies were baked in an oven, not dehydrated like they actually were. When I followed the recipe, the "batter" was quite dry, so I did add a half cup of water to the mixture. That was just enough, so that I could roll the little balls and then flatten them with a fork. The recipe doesn't make a lot, so you could easily double it, but the ingredients are not cheap, so you may just want to make on batch to keep them on hand for chocolate cravings or other emergencies.
Also, if you're being careful with high glycemic foods, I think these are okay as they use coconut palm sugar and agave which are natural sweeteners low on the glycemic index.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
My wonderful brother gave me bamboo mats for Christmas, so that I can make sushi. After finally finding some organic raw nori, I made sushi tonight! My first time out, the sushi rolls aren't perfect looking. I need practice rolling, and I need a knife intended for cutting seaweed rather than meat.
Here is what I learned making sushi the first time.
1) One and a half cups of sprouts are plenty. If I try to use two cups like the recipe called for, it's too much, and I can't roll the sushi properly (hence some oversized sushi rolls in the above picture).
2) At least use a paring knife instead of a meat knife.
3) Miso is a must-include ingredient as it gives the sushi a nice flavoring.
4) Don't try to roll the sushi too tightly, or I'll break the nori.
5) Even if the sushi isn't picture perfect, it will still taste amazing.
6) Kombucha is a nice compliment to sushi.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
I love eating cold cereal in the morning, but I've always found finding organic, healthy and tasty cereals to be a challenge. I did eventually settle on Nature Path's cereals, but they were expensive. Then, I decided to go raw. I thought I'd never eat cereal again.
That is until I was flipping through one of my new raw food recipe books, and I came across buckwheat crispies. They're easy to make, they're really tasty, and because I make the cereal, I know exactly what goes into them! My recipe book has only two recipes, a cinnamon version and a cacao version. However, after making the cinnamon buckwheat crispies, I decided that it will be easy enough to experiment with different flavors.
You only need to soak buckwheat for an hour before blending it with other ingredients like cinnamon, agave, and vanilla. Then you can spread it on your dehydrator trays.
I dehydrated mine over night, and when I got up in the morning, I broke it up into small pieces, flipped them over and dehydrated them a little more. This morning I had my very first cinnamon buckwheat crispies with a side of grapefruit.
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