Thursday, March 10, 2011
Tomorrow I finally get my MRI done. The car accident was October 22nd and they are finally caving in and granting the pre-cert for the test. The funny thing is now the Doctor has requested one for my CSpine which is the neck and one for the right shoulder. That is when they approved both, it would have been cheaper for them to have approved the neck one from the get go.
I have been going to Physical Therapy 3 times a week since January because that is how long it took them to approve the Physical Therapy. Now maybe they'll be able to figure out exactly what they need to do in Physical Therapy to "fix it." NJ is a no fault State but as far as I am concerned it is like pulling teeth to get approvals to have anything done. Had I gone through my health insurance it would have been so much easier. Can't do that in NJ, we have to use our auto insurance.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Today is the 1st day of Lent and for a lot of us Catholics that means giving up some sort of treat or eating healthier for the next 40 days. Diet choices seem to be a popular thing to give up and this recipe comes in handy. You do not have to be a Raw Foodie to enjoy as this is good Raw, dehydrated, or even popped in the good old fashioned oven. A Spark Buddy asked me to write up the instructions so here it is:
Raw Cauliflower Popcorn
2 cups Cauliflower florets cut into small pieces
1 Tsp. olive oil
1 TBSP Nutritional Yeast
dash of Cayenne pepper
dash of Sea Salt *
can substitute Bragg's Amino Acids, Namu Shoya, or Soy Sauce to taste
This recipe is super easy and will take less than five min, unless you want to dehydrate it, then it will take longer.
You can do everything to taste, itís easier than following a recipe because you can make it exactly how you like. I like to add a lot of nutritional yeast and cayenne to make it extra cheesy and spicy. You can delete the cayenne and substitute any spice you like such as cumin or garlic.
To add all the ingredients together you can put the cauliflower in a large ziplock bag and pour in the nutritional yeast and other ingredients and shake it all up. After youíve gotten it all mixed up you can taste it and see if you need to add more of anything, and also decide if you want to dehydrate it or leave it raw. I prefer to do mine in a bowl and mix things around with a spoon because I am dehydrating mine rather than eating it out of the bag Raw.
Place the pieces out on the Teflex sheets and dehydrate at 115 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 12 hours. The cauliflower will be soft, but still have a crunchy texture. I like doing mine for a full 24 hours because then it is extra crunchy.
Make extra batches because this goes fast especially if you don't tell them it is cauliflower.
Number of Servings: 1
Already in Spark Recipes in case you want to trACK IT.
**************** Nutrional Yeast is yellow in color and with a nutty cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is a favorite amongst many vegans because of its unique flavor and similarity to cheese when added to foods. Sprinkle some on hot popcorn or garlic bread, or add a generous spoonful to a stir fry or pasta sauce. Nutritional yeast is also the only reliable food source of vitamin B12 for vegans. Nutritional yeast can be found in the bulk foods or supplement section of your health food store. You can look for either nutritional yeast flakes or powder, but be sure you don't get brewer's yeast by mistake.
I buy mine at Whole Foods. Health Food stores also carry it but I find it is more expensive in Health Food stores. You can also buy it online.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Today is Fat Tuesday. One of these years I will get to New Orleans to experience it live. It is on my bucketlist. Mardi Gras starts 47 days before Easter and ends with the last "hurrah" so to speak called Fat Tuesday before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. It is one huge partylike atmosphere that endsall of the abandonment and merriment that precedes the Lenten Season for Catholics. The party stops and discipline kicks in.
There is tons of history behind it, the costumes, masks, the beads, the floats, and the king cakes. Not going to go into any of that except to say there is religious meaning behind the beads. Purple is for justice, green for faith and gold for power. The 3 colors are the same as those of the Church year, green for ordinary time, purple for Lent and Gold for Easter. It is not just pretty beads that are thrown at topless women. In fact the topless part happens on the parade route only in the French Quarter.
Back to being a party pooper. All of my friends wanted to go out tonight as we always do on Fat Tuesday for our last hurrah. We pick a restaurant we all like and it is like one big pigfest for lack of a better word. We make sure we eat anything we want because the next day starts Lent and that means we are giving up a vice of choice during the period of Lent. Mine has always been food related in the past like no chocolate, or ice cream, or dessert for the next 40 days. Lent is a 40-day season of prayer and fasting observed by the Roman Catholics. What ever thing I choose to "give up" can not compare to what our Lord gave up for us which is what Easter is all about but it is what I do. It can be painful for me at times(because I am addicted to food) but nothing near as to what our Lord endured.
Again I digress because I am not trying to give a religious lesson either. It turns out my friends went without me this year with my blessing. I gave them a choice, either I got to pick the restaurant which meant it would have to be someplace that I could order a nice healthy dinner salad or they could go without me. They tried to guilt me out by saying it was just one night but after eating close to 100% Raw for the past 2 months I would have been sick as a dog eating where they wanted to go. Greasy, oily, ooey gooey is just not in my vocabulary anymore. Needless to say my suggestions were not acceptable so they went without me.
I don't feel bad except for the party pooper dig. I don't feel deprived and that I missed out. I made myself a nice healthy Raw Pad Thai. It was yummy! They will all be hung over tomorrow and probably have stomach aches to boot. Me, I will feel just fine and probably lost another half pound as well. Works for me!
Monday, March 07, 2011
I only recently in the past few years have liked papayas. I used to turn my nose up at them and it was only when I started dabbling in eating Raw that I actually started to like them. I now find them very exotic and for me a treat. I canít seem to find them up here unless I travel an hour away to go to the nearest Whole Foods. This weekend I was visiting my Mom in Virginia and we always go to the Oriental Market there. I love that store and can spend hours in there because I certainly canít find those foods up here.
I saw the papayas and I started salivating. It is hard to find a good papaya because they say you are supposed to pick one that is a color between green and yellow. They are supposed to be slightly soft to the touch. If they give to much that means they are too ripe. You are supposed to stay clear of papayas with shriveled or bruised skin which in my opinion is very hard to find. I never can find any that look as nice as the one in the picture below.
Papaya contains many nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, folate, protein, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids. It is low in calories and a good source of fiber.
It is best to serve the papaya a bit chilled. Believe it or not you can eat those round black seeds that have somewhat of a peppery taste.
Papaya Seed Dressing Recipe
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 cup raspberry vinegar
1 Tablespoon salt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 small sweet onion, minced
1/4 cup papaya seeds
Place sugar, honey, dry mustard, raspberry vinegar, and salt into a blender. Process until combined.
With blender running, add oil very slowly in a steady stream. Stop blender. Add sweet onions and pulse 3 times.
Pour dressing into a bowl and stir in papaya seeds.
Refrigerate any leftovers and shake well before using.
Papaya seed dressing is not only good for green or fruit salads, but also as a marinade for poultry and pork.
Yield: about 3 cups
The papaya has many health benefits:
Protection Against Heart Disease
Promotes Digestive Health
Protection against Macular Degeneration
Protection against Rheumatoid Arthritis
Promote Lung Health
Papaya and Green Tea Team Up to Prevent Prostate Cancer
Anti Aging Properties
Great for Diabetes
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