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post #141 of 262
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Does MSM powder have a taste?



Not like I can even get it in these parts.
post #142 of 262
Are there any of you who don't really bother with recipies? I mean, when I eat raw, I am more likely to do a huge salad with lots of fresh greens and herbs and raw fruit for snacks. I just don't like all that messing around. It seems like I would rather do green smoothies and salads.

If I could just find something to replace those darn tortilla chips - I have tried jicama, which was a pretty good substitute.

Maybe I am just too intimidated by all the food dehydrator choices and all that stuff.
post #143 of 262
That's what we do now -- everything is whole and simple. (My boys eat meat too, though.) I got the dehydrator to help my 6yo feel like he is eating some of the same things others are (cookies, bread, chips). It gives me more options for him, plus I'd rather him eat raw versions rather than cooked ones and the dehydrator will help with that. I did just find a juicer on craigslist. I wasn't going to get one, but then I read Natalia Rose's book and decided to (I'm very suggestible).
post #144 of 262
I am fairly new to raw, and I do a mix of both... I have a dehydrator and use it for flax chips and stuff like that. I love green smoothies and don't use alot of recipes, but I do use some. I am in a family of 5, 2 of whom are diehard SAD eaters, but my DH is willing to eat what I make, he just adds his own stuff and my youngest eats alot of fruit and green smoothies and raw milk but also eats cheese sticks, mac'n'cheese, and some meat. He also loves quesadillas. I use the dehydrator and recipes to try to tempt the others in my family to at least try to add some raw to their diets. The hardest to convince is my special needs daughter who would benefit from it the most, but she basically lives on starches(rice & bread), meat and raw dairy. She won't even try any of it. The only healthy concessions she will make are that she loves blueberries and also Nori.
When I am eating just myself, it is often just a green smoothie or a couple of Oranges.
post #145 of 262
omg i love zucchini hummus! it is the yummiest dip i have ever tasted!

does anyone have any recipes or suggestions for the nut pulp i have left over when i make nut milks? also i keep reading different things about what nuts/seeds need to be soaked and which ones do not need to be soaked and how long to soak them. everything seems to agree to soak almonds but i find mixed info on other stuff any good sources for info on soaking stuff?
post #146 of 262
I don't think msm powder has too much of a taste, my dh says he doesn't taste anything when he puts it in water. I usually take it in a smoothie, so I only taste chocolate. You could put it in almond mylk? Can you order from D. Wolfe's site Calynde? Not that it is necessary by any means!
post #147 of 262
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omg i love zucchini hummus! it is the yummiest dip i have ever tasted!

does anyone have any recipes or suggestions for the nut pulp i have left over when i make nut milks?
Mmm...zucchini hummus.....:

I just made some cultured almond cheeze, and the recipe said you could use the nut pulp from making milk. It is simply almond pulp, ume plum paste, miso, and the recipe called for Rejuvelac, but I just used water. Throw it all in the blender, cover with cheese cloth (I used a piece of linen I had), let it culture for 3-4 hours, and it's a nice cheezey spread great for nori rolls or on crackers or whatever.
post #148 of 262
thanks mary.

calynde, there's onlineshops that carry it (at least they come up when I google it). I'm a little wary of trying new online shops though... stupid I know. I order so much online...

I'm medium percentage raw but I also tend to just grab fruit rather than making something complicated. however, I also have a crappy blender, no dehydrator and am unsure of my juicer
post #149 of 262
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Does MSM powder have a taste?



Not like I can even get it in these parts.
It is somewhat bitter. Not too bad, but I can definitely tell whwen I put it in water. I take it medicinally though...if you are simply using it to charge your water then it won't be an issue.
post #150 of 262
so I started taking spirulina capsules and wonder if it'll help with my tiredness at all. I'm only thinking that because it states on the bottle that it can keep you awake if taken at night.
post #151 of 262
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so I started taking spirulina capsules and wonder if it'll help with my tiredness at all. I'm only thinking that because it states on the bottle that it can keep you awake if taken at night.
Interesting...I've never heard of that with spirulina. I do know for certain that fresh wheatgrass can have that effect!! Great for college cram sessions.
post #152 of 262
I I am just kindof jumping in here to sub and ask a ? I have been reading alot about eating raw. And really want to try it out.. Is having a dehydrator necessary? And where do you get them from and what is the cost?
Thanks! I need to go and read all your thread now
Amanda
post #153 of 262
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Interesting...I've never heard of that with spirulina. I do know for certain that fresh wheatgrass can have that effect!! Great for college cram sessions.
I hadn't heard of it either. we'll see. I'm not necessarily too confident I could actually pinpoint any imrovement on this one food though

mumkenna&lucas,

you do not need a dehydrator. I'd love one because I'm intrigued by raw versions of SAD foods and also because I simply love crackers. I'm not fully raw. many people just stick to simple foods and don't dehydrate anything.

if you do want one, the ones with many trays are pretty expensive. you can also build one, I've seen that here. I wouldn't have the patience, nor the skills necessary
post #154 of 262
Hello lovely raw-ones!

Just now jumping into this thread - I'm pretty new around here anyway... Let me just say that I am so psyched that there are this many of you out there! Being raw, as you may know, sometimes can be a bit lonely, so it's just really nice to be able to connect with some other people who "get" you!

Anyway, I am a raw & living foods chef, and I work for a detox and wellness center in CT. I've been raw for about 3 years, but vegetarian and then vegan for about 6 years before that. My partner is also 100% raw vegan and has been for about 2 years. And we are expecting our first little raw babe in August! I'm also very excited to connect with you other pregnant raw mamas, and we all seem to be due around the same time! So far, I've felt great throughout this pregnancy - but I'm not surprised! Eating & living this way really does make me feel wonderful pretty much all the time!

Also, hi Clover! I knew some of you guys were here on MDC, and I'm glad to see you here in the RAW thread! Please let me know if I can help you in any way with your raw journey - I also have some questions for you, actually!

Best of luck to all... Hope I can offer something of value here... Ciao for now...
post #155 of 262
This weekend I'm going to use my dehydrator for the first time and make apple chips. I'm at the end of my 3 week detox and I'm looking forward to making some things in the next few weeks.

Welcome EdenLove! By any chance can you recommend a recipe for making a bread for nutbutter and jelly? I've found a few recipes that look good to me, but I need something for my son that lets the sandwich flavors shine through.
post #156 of 262
EdenLove, I'm interested in all your wisdom and experiences! awesome that you make a living of your passion.
post #157 of 262
Gabriel Cousens has a few bread recipes in his books - my partner tried making one one time, and it was pretty good, although I would have probably made some changes... He has a couple that sound yummy to me, especially for nutbutter & jelly:

Fruit-N-Nut Bread
2 c. grain, soaked/sprouted
1/4 c. raisins
1/4 c. almonds, soaked
1/8 c. walnuts
5 dates, soaked

Cinnamon-Apple Bread
2 c. grain, soaked/sprouted
1 c. apple, finely chopped
7 dates, soaked
2 tsp. cinnamon

When I make bread-y type things, I usually use buckwheat. I just like it because it's actually a very alkaline grain, and a good protein source. I might add a bit of ground flax seed to these recipes... Or some "coconut flour," which I just make by blending dried shredded coconut in the blender - and maybe some extra spices, or agave nectar if you want things a little sweeter. Anyway, all you do, is just grind/blend these things together and form into whatever shape bread you want. I would recommend using the Champion juicer (with the blank plate) if you have one, but if not, you can use the food processor. I would probably dehydrate at about 145 for 1-2 hours first, then turn down to 108-110 for the remaining time. That helps get the bread dried out more quickly (and the internal temp. of the food never actually reaches 145) and prevents bacterial growth, etc.

Anyway, hope that was helpful - there are so many recipes out there! I guess mostly it's just a trial & error thing a lot of the time. But at least we have one another here at MDC to bounce ideas & questions off of!
post #158 of 262
ok,question,,, before I went raw, I was on blood pressure medication. My blood pressure was mildly high, 136/84 and I was put on Propanalol 80 mg. The medication was chosen because it also helps with migraines which I have had all my life.
I have read other places about how people have healed themselves from all sorts of medical problems....
Well I have also got a history of vertigo, and this morning, I keep getting hit with lightheaded/dizzy episodes and am wondering if maybe I don't need the medication anymore? I have been high raw only 6 weeks or so, wouldn't it be too fast to really see a difference in blood pressure? What do you all think? I have lost 10 pounds in the past 6 weeks on the high raw....
post #159 of 262
Thanks EdenLove. I should have mentioned they are grain free (because of candida). That's part of the reason I'm loving raw recipes, because I can find cookies and other treats that are grain free.
post #160 of 262
In that case, Sarasprings, instead of the buckwheat, I would use more almonds, ground flax or coconut flour... You'd probably just have to play with the proportions. Anyway, I thought something like buckwheat would be okay, even for someone with candida problems. I've done quite a bit of thinking & researching on the issues surrounding candida, high & low glycemic foods, etc etc... What it seems to me is the overarching problem - for any disease or imbalance in the body - is an acid/alkaline imbalance. An acidic terrain in the body sets up the perfect conditions for growth of bacteria, yeasts, mold, fungus, parasites, cancer - you name it. I think that's why raw foods can help so many people - because it is soooo much more alkaline than most people's previous SAD diet. But even with raw, there is some tweaking that you can do to improve things further. And taking in high amounts of probiotics & probiotic foods can really really help. Is it just your son with the candida issues - or you too? Are you guys eating all raw now?

And Nini2033a - It's possible that eating raw could have that effect. Would it be safe for you to ease off the meds or stop them for a day or two to see what happens? Congratulations on the weight loss - that's great for only 6 weeks. But really - when you are finally feeding your body the light-filled, powerful nutrition it really needs, amazing things can happen. I wouldn't be surprised if your blood pressure is going down...
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