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Remember your Mom told you not to play with food, she was wrong!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The most important thing I have learned on Spark People is one does not go on a diet to lose weight. You have to make a lifestyle change you can live with every day for the rest of your life. If you can't stick with something you will never be successful.

That means you must play with your food. You have to come up with new recipes to support your new way of eating. It is fun playing in the kitchen with food creating new concoctions.

My cousin came over today and invited herself to lunch. She asked if I was back on following a Raw Diet and I said yes and that I never should have gone off it. I am now treating it as a lifestyle rather than a diet but this time I am following High Raw instead of 100% Raw. It means I am eating mostly Raw with an occasional meal cooked. When I crave something cooked I will incorporate some cooked grain or cooked vegetable at a meal. Most days I go 100% Raw. Some people will do a High Raw consisting of 85% Raw and 15% cooked every day.

Anyways, cousin asks if we are having rabbit food for lunch. I said no! (because e I play with my food and create new recipes) Cabbage was so cheap this week because of St. Patty's day , like 17 cents a pound so I stocked up. Cabbage keeps fresh a long time but that 17 cents price wasn't going to last past St. Patty's Day. Every else is stocking up on corned beef but cabbage is what I am after.

I decided to make my favorite cabbage recipe, Cabbage Slaw with a Twist. I have blogged this recipe before but I just love! Here is the link to the recipe:

This recipe came about with me playing around with different ingredients. Spinach salad with dried cranberries, pears and pecans in most restaurants was popular which gave me the idea. I love raw cabbage and it is so good for you so I decided to use cabbage as the base of my salad. I experimented and came up with the apple and dried cranberry paring. The lemon juice instead of vinegar was a wining combo with olive oil as the dressing. I used turmeric, cayenne, and curry powder to spice things up. The salad had some heat to it which was most welcome on this cold windy day. Sometimes I use just one of these spices, depends on my mood. The salad is also good without the walnuts which is how I made it today.

She loved it and wanted the recipe. I laughed and said I thought you didn't like rabbit food. She agreed this was not rabbit food.

Point is, play with your food. You never know what you are going to create. You don't have to eat boring food to lose weight.
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    Your cabbage recipe looks delicious! Here at my folks' house, we have all the ingredients. Oh boy. Thanks.
    1273 days ago
    At 19 cents a lb. for St. Patty's Day, I bought several heads of cabbage. Vitamin U.

    I don't mind just plain old food and tasting it for what it is without dressings and cover ups. When I started a lifestyle change years ago and tasted the foods exactly as they are supposed to taste like right out of the garden, I began to enjoy foods very plain and for what they're supposed to taste like.

    1286 days ago
    I love cabbage too. I usually add it to my salads. I even steam it in my dual rice cooker and as my rice is finishing cooking and the steam is letting off that's when the cabbage gets cooked. Yumm so delicious no seasoning on the cabbage.

    Oh I wanted to tell you that I made Rawmazing's Kale Dijon Salad and it was so delicious the dressing is one of the best I've tasted and this will be my go to salad from now on.

    1287 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    love cabbage too.........
    way to go..............well done!!!
    Happy St Patrick's Day to you....
    blessings and hugs.........lita

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    1288 days ago
    I like cabbage. Thank you for the link.
    1288 days ago
    Playing with my food is a creative highlight to my every week! I loved your recipe, it looks wonderful! (The cabbage is still on sale today so I've added it to my grocery list.)


    1288 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/17/2014 8:25:59 AM
  • ERIN1957
    Exactly!! No one said diet and give up, exchange the poor choices for better choices. No one said stop eating, heck eat and eat all you want of the better choices and rid yourself of the poor choice. No one said starve, heck no! Eat and fill your needs with the right choices and instead of the poor choices, until you figure it out!
    No one said kill yourself in a gym to make up for poor choices, no make the right choices so you can go to the gym to win your movement. Eat what your body needs, not what your mind wants...but play with your food!
    I love no titles, no names, no rules and no schemes, I love the way we learn to listen to what our body wants and needs in healthy clean choices. Craving heck ya! I crave health, life and a whole lotta fun!
    It just happened to be the simplest and the best food choices in how I choose and from a bountiful feast of alive foods.
    So many people get hung up on perfection, I guess I do too...because choosing for me is perfect for me.
    See you got me all fired up today! Love it!! emoticon
    1288 days ago
    emoticon Yvonne!
    Happy St Pat's Day emoticon
    1288 days ago
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    1288 days ago
    Always love reading your blogs. Thank you for sharing.
    1288 days ago
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    1289 days ago
    Keep Sparkin'!!
    1289 days ago
    This is awesome! I need to skim your blog for past raw recipes to play with. Thanks for sharing!
    1289 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    1289 days ago
    LOL, I've never been very good at playing with my food. Glad that you had a nice meal.
    1289 days ago
    It's fun to play with food. emoticon

    The recipe sounds good.

    1289 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    You are SO does not have to be boring! I'm always experimenting and tweaking recipes ;)
    1289 days ago
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