Going Mostly Raw – Day 5

Hanging out in the kitchen feeling FABULOUS on this day 5 of my 32 day #Raw4Joie journey.

Watch for the fun details on my journey and to see how to flip flax crackers and Unroast Nuts.

If you want to get started dehydrating right away, here’s my link to the one I highly recommend. ๐Ÿ˜‰

**The verdict is in – Kerwin tried the candied pecans and agreed with me, he likes them both, the sweetness of the chewier ones but the crunch on the others! So we decided we’re going to split the time difference between the 2 versions and go for the sweet spot. LOL ๐Ÿ˜ I’ll keep you posted!

**editing note, I didn’t mention in the video that I do ‘uncook’ the nuts at 105ยฐ and if I’m getting impatient I’ll even up those darn almonds to 115ยฐ but my standard dehydrating temp for majority of items is 105ยฐ. Seems to heat them all the way through, without drying the outside to a crisp.

If Health & Wellness is up your alley, you’re invited to join my Facebook group: Joie To Your Health! Eat. Move. Love. and follow my journey and that of others with the same mindset! ๐Ÿ’–

Radishes & Greens Salad

Can you say DELICIOUS!

Yup, that would be this salad AND the dressing, a combo deal for sure.

Original recipe is from the book


Creative Raw Cooking by Mercรฉ Passola & Edgard Viladevall – thank you for the inspiration!!

Adaptations are all my own. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Recipe:

  • 1 heaping cup lightly pulsed radishes
  • 1 heaping cup peeled and chopped apple
  • Greens – as much as you want. I used a medium size serving bowl and filled it with a mix of Spinach, Swiss chard and Mizuna. More weighty and dense than light spring greens and with good flavor.

Dressing

  • 6 Tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Half a juicy lemon
  • Herbs! ๐ŸŒฟ I used 2 Tbl each of Basil and Thyme, chopped fine.

Combine, shake, pour over the salad and ENJOIE!

Today I Woke Up Happy

Day 3 and due to a super late night I was sleeping ๐Ÿ˜ด in so was woken up by the dogs wanting a potty break. The daylight wakes them up but they usually give us till 8 or 9 after super late bedtimes.

Kerwin let them out (thank you! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜) and as I lay there I realized I was happy. Tired and sleepy yes, but HAPPY and feeling good. Woohooo!!

I recall just a couple weeks back waking up and wondering when I would ever WANT to get up, or feel great upon waking up. Even waking up before my alarm I’d be almost sleep walking and kinda crabby, at least till I woke up. Kerwin would probably say a lot crabby. LOL. Not today. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I expect it’s the off loading of the recent cheese and my body doing a reset but I’m down 2.5 lbs.

What am I eating?

I have been eating practically non-stop these last two days! Nibbling and snacking on whatever Raw was in the fridge, I love leftovers!!, or pantry.

Made a fabulously yummy Nacho Cheeze, ate walnut taco meat with romaine lettuce from the garden, arugula / orange salad is made and ready to go with a very unusual, intensely flavorful tomato based dip type sauce for a “dressing”, fudge balls with coffee and my non-coffee peppermint mocha, oranges and oranges, flax crackers with almond butter and dates alternating with dipping the crackers in the nacho cheeze.

The worst thing you can do when eating Raw, or starting on any eating change I would imagine, is get hungry. So I’m heading that challenge off!

How do I FEEL?

And get this, I feel so LIGHT! Different than how I feel after eating cooked healthy foods. Still way better than the bloat I got from junk foods but not this lightness. I don’t know the right words to express it exactly but I feel beautifully empty inside this morning! Not sluggish or needing a kick start, my stomach woke up ready for whatever fuel I want to give it but I’m okay and not hungry yet.

What’s on the menu today?

I have radishes I’ve been stockpiling LOL, kale, spinach, Swiss chard and a couple other greens in my veggie bag to do something with today. I found a radish recipe I’m going to try out. ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ

And that’s all she wrote. I’m off to LIVE the day!

Until next time- Choose You, Choose Joie!

Larkin is such a good snuggler. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Œ

Nacho Cheezie Dip

Yes you CAN eat Raw and have all the fun flavors you love! And even find new flavors to love.

This recipe is a perfect example of a new flavor. I personally have never liked the neon orange nacho cheese; gas stations have it, it comes in a jar, it’s pourable…always grossed me out. Real cheese doesn’t work that way. If I got nachos at a restaurant I wanted grated cheese that was melted over them.

This recipe is the best I’ve ever made for a “cheese” like flavor and overall awesomeness.

Recipe

  • 2 cups Raw Cashews – soaked for 4-6 hours or overnight.
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 cup Orange Bell Pepper (Red might be even better) – rough chopped
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion – rough chopped
  • 1 Tbl Chipotle Powder (the key secret ingredient. You ‘could’ use Smoked Paprika but why would you? ๐Ÿ˜‰)
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder (or a little less if you don’t want a kick)
  • 2 Tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil (the quality of your oil DOES matter)
  • 2 Tbl Lemon Juice – fresh squeezed
  • Garlic, salt and black pepper to taste. (I love garlic which has a bite so start slow so you don’t overdo it in combo with the chili powder)
  • Water as needed for creaminess. I used about 1/4 cup, adding little by little.

Blend all ingredients in a food processor till as smooth as you can get it. Transfer to a blender and keeping adding water till it’s super smooth and the spreadable / dip-able texture you want.

If you have a Vita-Mix blender you could skip the food processor step. You’ll have to add some water sooner to keep the blender going.

This is a great dip for a cruditรฉs of veggies, on flax crackers, or over your Walnut Taco Meat! ๐Ÿ˜‹ You could even use it as a base and add whatever additional spices or herbs you want to go with the dish you’re making.

I’d love to hear back after you make it! What yummy adjustments did you make, what did you eat it with…comment below and share!

Here She Goes Again!

#Raw4Joie is back!

After several months of sea-sawing between raw and cooked foods I have decided it is time to make another change.

“The Plan” had been to eat all Raw & Living Foods and then that morphed into 80/20 (raw/cooked). I started tracking it and I realized how easy it was to have a whole day go by and not eat ANY Raw foods.

Granted, I was still eating clean, healthy, no meat, no added sugar and no processed white/wheat flours but it was Cooked. And not needing to eat the same quantity of food anymore, I could make one cooked meal for me and my honey and nibble on it all day. Raw Ruh Roh! Feelings of vim and vigor, the spark of LIFE, real Zest and Passion, all start to diminish, incrementally.

I hadn’t gained any weight so the scale was of no help to catch the slide.

I found that an easy way to use the greens in my weekly CSA veggie bag from the local Farm (Quail Hollow Farm) is to saute them up with onions, garlic, seasonings and whatever other veggies I have on hand. Itโ€™s more familiar, right? Yet it feels like sacrilege! Such FRESH, better than organic, life sustaining nutrients, that I wiped out by applying heat. Makes me sad.

What to do?

I go to a BBQ with friends and knowing there will be lots of items I don’t want to eat, even the Vegan Garden Burger is not Raw. I take a raw salad, yummy desert AND my most amazing flax crackers so I can eat them with the fresh guacamole that is sure to be there. I’m prepared! Somehow I CHOOSE to eat slice after slice of processed CHEESE. At one point I’m hearing my body tell me to stop, I still eat a couple more slices before I listen. No joke, right then and there I felt myself starting to get sick, the cheese curdling in my stomach. On the drive home I sneeze and feel my nose start to get congested. Hah! Serves me right! How amazing is my body that it so quickly starts cleansing my system and pushing the mucus forming, inflammatory dairy products out of my system. I’m grateful! It sucks though too. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

I think, what if?

What if everyone’s body spoke to them so clearly and quickly? What if people weren’t already overwhelmed with the load of toxins and environmental pollutants that their liver is unable to handle so their bodies are only able to store them until they build up and disease breaks out?

I answered myself: NO ONE would eat cheese. If you felt immediate effects from eating toxic food, you would stop. (she types as she again sneezes.) Whatever food it was.

Yup, I am stopping. I know I chose to jump off the wagon and eat the cheese due to feeling frustrated with where I was at in not being on target with my “plan” mentioned above. I got the answer I was looking for, time to implement a new plan. LOL

I’ve been learning an incredible amount of applied knowledge on this healing journey and am retraining my brain to think differently, to choose me. I’ve learned a lot more about preparing raw foods, tested recipes to find my favorite go-toโ€™s and “un-cookingโ€ is becoming more normal, full of all the flavors I love and EASY to be doable on an everyday basis. I am ready to be on the path of Raw and Living foods. I know I can do it, I want to do it and Iโ€™ve proven that regardless of what any experts, nutritionists, the infamous โ€œtheyโ€ or trendy diet plans say, I feel most VIBRANT and so full of LIFE when I consistently eat Raw and Living foods; Itโ€™s not debatable.

I’ve also proven that trying to be less than 100% while making it a true lifestyle change doesn’t work for me. It’s like a friend shared today regards her own health journey, you need to be all in, no “Cheat Days”. Still eating 20% cooked is cheating and defeating the purpose. If I believe eating RAW food is the best way to live and isn’t a diet but my lifestyle, what am I telling myself when I default to cooking something?

Don’t get me wrong, anything you do to take a step towards health IS a good thing. One raw meal, one grapefruit instead of a bowl of ice cream are wonderful choices and your body will thank you for them. Keep doing them!

My story has been what feels like a lifetime in the making. Many failures over years and years, with some wins mixed it here and there, until finally 2017/2018 was The Year. Doing it My Way and making the choices to change that worked for me, in a way that worked for me. Now there is no going backwards! There is no standing still, you’re either moving ahead or falling back.

Today marks Day 1 and the new beginning of eating All Raw & Living Foods!

Will I do it for life? Most likely. Why give up what makes me feel so good??๐ŸงThat being said, I am going to document it for the first 32 days and that’s all I’m committing to at this point. ๐Ÿ˜

So here is to the journey and the next 32 days of the rest of my life! Ecstatic only scratches the surface of how I’m feeling! Joyful, confident, proud, creative, filled with anticipation, jumping up and down and giddy with glee are a few more applicable descriptives.

Stay tuned for my reflections as I go and of course all the recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚ Please feel free to ask questions! I’d love for my story and experiences to help YOU on your journey to greater health and vitality.

You are welcome to join my Facebook group for more on this topic and to be around other healthy-minded people: Joie To Your Health! Eat. Move. Love

Until next time, Choose Joie! ๐Ÿ™‚