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post #21 of 92
Me too! Had a blackberry peach kefir smoothie with CO and raw egg yolks.

I am really wishing I had a dehydrator right now.
post #22 of 92
What are all your views on the digestiblity of raw grains and beans?
post #23 of 92
Breakfast, herbal dandelion tea, (warm not hot)
flax seed cracker (mexican flavored -dehydrated with onion, garlic, red pepper, cilantro,)
2 bananas

Lunch will be left over raw asparagus soup from yesterday, after our mommy & me yoga class.
post #24 of 92
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Originally Posted by nini2033a View Post
I also make flax seed crackers and season them to whatever the rest of the family will be eating and that helps with cravings. I have italian spiced, mexican spice, greek spice, and am working on a lemon zest sweet cracker with raw honey.

I'm going to make some flax seed crackers too but I have a question: I noticed all of the recipes call for whole flax seed. I've always been told that whole flax seeds are not really beneficial to the body; they need to be ground into order for your body to reap the benefits of flax. Do you use whole flax seed or do you grind it first?
post #25 of 92
Thread Starter 
Yes! This is it!

I'm having a smoothie right now... my mixture is bananas, strawberries, blueberries, spinach, 1/2 avocado, 1 egg yolk, raw milk & a tsp ground flax.

It's creamy like a milkshake!

For myself, I'm not giving any thought to calories, fats, ect. I just have to trust that:

1. its WAY better than what I was doing
2. as my body heals, it will learn to regulate itself

Keep it up, mamas!
post #26 of 92
This morning I had a spriluna smoothie with org blueberries, a little fresh pressed apple juice and ice. For a snack, I will have no bean raw hummus I made, and curry "crackers" (raw crackers I purchased - Lydia's Organics brand or raw food). For lunch, I will go to a raw food restaurant because I didn’t make enough to bring with me to work today. After work, I’ll go to the farmers market and at home start making flax crackers.
post #27 of 92

Flax Crackers

Ther recipe I have calls for 2 cups of flax soaked for 4 hours. I grind about 1/2 of it in the coffe mill then soak it all. After it soaks, I mix up whatever veggies I want in the cracker, usually grated carrots, red peppers, tomatoes, onion and garlic, process it all really fine in a food processor then add the flax until it is all mixed well. Then I spread it on a teflex sheet in the dehydrator and dry at 105 for about 10 hours. I peel it off the sheet and turn it over and dry the otherside until it is crispy.
You are getting flax seed oils from the ground seeds, but you are also getting the roughage from the whole flax which cleans out the intestines of all that dead junk that shouldn't be in there from your SAD diet.
post #28 of 92
Thread Starter 
I'm going to have to try the flax crackers, thanks! I'm making hummus tomorrow so I'll try and make the crackers at the same time.

I bought some flax crackers at WF but haven't tried them yet - they're onion/garlic which is not my fave flavor but it was all they had. My WF doesn't seem to be big on the Raw-prepared foods. But I did also get a raw coconut-cacao bar that was delicious! But at $2.29 ea I don't think I'll be getting it again.

Lunch was AWESOME! Last night I made this really great cashew sauce -

1 c soaked cashews
1/3 c olive oil
1 clove garlic
sea salt
pepper
dill
water as needed

It's this fantastic sweet-salty-creamy combo. For lunch I put it on top of shredded brocolli, carrots, and sprouts and ate it like slaw! I also had an apple with almond butter. Honestly, I even feel a bit over-full, much to my suprise!

I also thought ahead and made my first try at desert - raw brownies:

1 cup dates
1 cup walnuts (not soaked)
1 tbs raw cacao
pinch cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
pinch salt

Blend until a smooth paste.

The recipe says to put in a springform pan, but I just spread it on wax paper and put it in the fridge. It's supposed to "gel" in a few hours. I tasted the batter and WOW it's rich. I think I'll be able to eat maybe a 1" square at a time!

I'm also making myself cucumber waters - blending cucumber, mint, lime, and honey and straining it into a cup of ice. very refreshing!

So far I'm feeling very hopeful that this isn't going to be as difficult as I thought it was! We'll see!
post #29 of 92
Thanks for the flax cracker info! I cant wait to try it.
post #30 of 92
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Originally Posted by darwinphish View Post
I also thought ahead and made my first try at desert - raw brownies:

1 cup dates
1 cup walnuts (not soaked)
1 tbs raw cacao
pinch cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
pinch salt

Blend until a smooth paste.

The recipe says to put in a springform pan, but I just spread it on wax paper and put it in the fridge. It's supposed to "gel" in a few hours. I tasted the batter and WOW it's rich. I think I'll be able to eat maybe a 1" square at a time!
I use almond butter and coconut oil in my brownies in place of walnuts, and freeze them...in case you want some alternative options. They're soooo rich!
post #31 of 92
Well I've increased my raw portions of veggies, yet I think I'm struggling with staying full and with craving sweets (need to check out the sugar-free thread as well, I guess ). I do eat my salads with nut dressings so I get some fat in there. Also I'm open to suggestions on how to maximize food prep time.
post #32 of 92
Thank you for the flax seed cracker recipe. I'm going to try it tonight.

A pp was wanting something sweet. I found this recipe but haven't tried it yet:

Chocolate Cherry 'Ice Cream'

1 frozen banana, chopped
1/2 cup frozen cherries
1 tablespoon raw almond butter
1/2 tablespoon agave nectar
1 tablespoon cocoa or carob powder
dash of sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Process all ingredients in food processor until smooth.
post #33 of 92
Thread Starter 
I'm a little low-energy today and HUNGRY. It seems I keep eating and can't get full. I'm hoping this will stabalize as my body adjusts!

I know this is lame and silly, but can I just rant here that I've gained a pound? Yes, I know, normal fluctuation! But I can't but help feel a little... deflated. I guess I was expecting to drop 2 pounds overnight for all my hard work.
post #34 of 92
Well I am doing much better today than yesterday. Yesterday was actually my day two as I started a day early. I felt so tired and low on energy, I even missed my beloved Nia class because I just needed to sleep. I have been 100 percent raw though. Green veggie juices, raw meat, I have mixed it with raw mayonaise and raw grated Reggio and for lunch to day I had raw fish. I drink a glass of raw milk at night before going to bed, I so look forward to that.! Oh, I sort of caved from the true reducing diet yesterday and had a milk shake of raw milk, raw cream, a raw egg and some raw, unheated honey. I was getting sick of raw meat and veggie juice.
post #35 of 92
I feel the opposite. I get full by eating very little. I do keep my food rich in nuts and oils so that may be the reason. This actually forces me to eat small amounts per meal.

I am having detox reactions already and stayed home for 1/2 day because of it. My diet wasn't even "bad" or close to SAD before but I did need to fine tune it.
post #36 of 92
I just had a most awesome salad, and had to share!

I chopped beet greens, kale and dandelion, and a little burdock root. Sprinkled with celtic sea salt and pepper, and threw on a few crispy (soaked and dehydrated) walnuts.

The dressing was: (I didn't measure anything, I'm guestimating the amounts...)
1-1/2 - 2 T Raw tahini
1/2 T Raw honey
1/2 T Raw apple cider vinegar
1 T Olive oil

Really simple, and amazingly good!
post #37 of 92
For breakfast I had hemp seed smoothie with frozen strawberries and a hard boiled egg (obviously not raw )

Lunch was a salad of sprouts, avocado, homemade raw honey mustard dressing and raw walnuts.


Last night I made flax crackers (grinding 1/2 of the flax seeds). I added some chopped garlic, Celtic salt and some curry and it came out really good and crispy. I have another batch drying in the dehydrator.

I also made some raw pizza sauce using a fresh tomato, some sun dried tomatoes, lemon, Celtic salt, EVOO and Italian seasoning (all organic) in the blender and it came out really good. I spread it on the crackers.

For dinner, I had the above with the left over raw no bean hummus, I sprouted quinoa and steamed that.
post #38 of 92
This is harder than I thought. I am going to just stick to aiming for 50% raw or more for now. I really need to have a plan of action to do this 100%. And my dd is in the picky not eating stage.

The raw egg yolks I had in my smoothie the first day did not sit well with my digestive system and I am not sure why. Anyone know why I might not digest raw egg yolk? I don't seem to have a problem with them cooked.
post #39 of 92
Thread Starter 
Well, if it made you really sick, the yolk could have harbored some bad bacteria! Otherwise, I'm not sure...

Today I am feeling MUCH better than yesterday. That gnawing feeling is much improved, and I don't feel headachey or out-of-sorts anymore. I am still craving junk though!

tboroson - Your salad dressing sounds amazing - I will try that today!

Last night we went out and bought a japanese spiralizer and made angel-hair zucchini with pesto sauce for dinner. It was delicous. My only complaint is that the 'noodles' were a little watery. Any ideas about drying them out? Would a salad spinner do the job, or just pat them with towels?
post #40 of 92
darwinphish - where did you get the sprial thing? Or what brand is it?
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