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Monday, September 6, 2010

The Runner Stumbles

These are my raw pancakes, topped with mashed blueberries with a slight amount of agave nectar
So the last couple of days have been a little more difficult for me. I slipped a little bit but am back on track and doing ok. On Thursday hate I had made, Curry Rice really didn't turn out. I don't think it was so much of fault on my part as it was that soaked rice doesn't soften enough to make it palatable. The rice still tasted raw and ruined the dish. I'm going to try the curry sauce again but next time, only with vegetables. I had planned to use the rest of the meal for the following day, having not planned anything else. Then I was out for a good portion of the day and when out we stopped ay the Apollo Restaurant on Hopkins Street. For numerous reasons, first and foremost cleanliness, I wouldn’t recommend eating here. I ordered a salad. The good news is that it was $2.99, the bad news was it tasted like it was $0.50. The salad and the dressing had absolutely no taste.

So feeling hungry and a little bad for myself. I stopped at wegmans and bought eggplant parm and cheesecake. I went home and ate them all up. I felt crummy too so I guess I got what I deserved! I finished up the cheese cake the next day, but stayed on the diet for the next day.

The really good news in all of this is that my sugar didn't spike up noticeably. On Saturday my blood sugar was 121 and Sunday (today) it was 144. It's not that I think that I could go off of my meds but it showed me that I can goof up and still see the improvements.

Now onto what I cooked today. I finally made the Ani Phyo Sunburgers

Ani Phyo’s Raw Sun Burger

Makes 4 burgers
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1/4 c onion
  • 1/2 c red bell pepper
  • 1 t sea salt
  • 2 t oregano, fresh or dried
  • 1 c sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 c flax seeds, ground
  • slightly less than 1/2 c water

Rather than chopping these ingredients, I threw them all into my food processor and blended until everything was only slightly chunky. Now, simply place on your keflex sheet and form into 4 patties. Her directions didn't say to flip the burgers but I decided to flip them. The recipe didn't say how long to dehydrate but I decided that I'd go for about 12 hrs.

I decided to double the recipe because I really like the other sunburgers that I've made and hope that I will theses as well. We'll see how they taste tomorrow. I also made my first raw cupcakes!

Choccie Cupcakes!

  • 1 cup walnuts, un-soaked
  • 5 Medjool dates, un-soaked, pitted
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil, liquid form
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

 Process walnut and dates in a food processor until mixture sticks together. Add sea salt, vanilla extract and almond extract. Roll small eight balls out of the mixture and place each one in 1 ¼-inch baking cups. Mold the sides of the baking cups around the balls and form into a cupcake shape.

The cupcakes were delicious! I really liked them and to be honest they did remind me of a really dense version of cupcakes. I made the following frosting recipe to go on top. It was very simple and initially tasty but as I licked the spoon a little more I found the oil to be a bit much. We’ll see how it works on a cupcake. I am also a little worried on the amount of oil used. There were a few other recipes available, using less oil but they required me to soak tings over night and I wanted to try these a little sooner then tomorrow. I will try the other frostings next time and see how it goes. I also am not the biggest fan of walnuts so I will try different recipes that use a mix of other nuts. (Well I just ate one cupcake. I do think I will go for another type of frosting. The oil is a bit too much, but overall it was very good!)


 The Raw Food Frosting Recipe

The recipe is from a post on the Raw Freedom Community. While this recipe features lemon juice, you could make the same recipe with most fruits. I have reprinted it below with modifications.

  •  1 C coconut oil
  •  1/4 C agave nectar
  •  rind from 1 large lemon
  •  1/4 C lemon juice

1. Beat the coconut oil until creamy.

 2. Mix in the agave nectar.

 3. Mix in the lemon rind and lemon juice.

The frosting will spread well. However, it will not be thick enough to pipe. After you put it in the refrigerator, it will harden. I liked it much better cold and would strongly recommend serving it that way


 Dinner was nice and easy and very satisfying! I made my version of raw burritos.


 Raw Burritos

  • Romaine lettuce leafs
  • raw salsa (Make your own or you can do what I did and purchased it at Wegmans. I checked all of the ingredients first and I bought the fresh, not bottled!)
  • raw guacamole (Any recipe will do. I just used avocado, garlic, cumin, and a tomato. I forgot to add some lime juice and cilantro, but it tasted fine.)
  • sliced portabella mushrooms
  • black olives
  • carrots, thinly julienned
  • jicama, thinly julienned
  • sliced tomato
  • sliced broccoli spears

I distributed a healthy serving of each item on the two romaine leaves and I then enjoyed. they were very good.

Not perfect for definitely a nice switch and I'll have the rest tomorrow! I might even throw in a little bit of a sunburger to see how that tastes in it!

I'm not sure if I’m right here, but it seems like I might be spending less at the supermarket the longer I am preparing raw. Now the initial out put of money for all of these specialty items is definitely a chunk of change, but i went shopping tonight and only bought what I needed. Which for me is rare. usually I buy all of these other items which I munch on or plan to eat later. They are obviously not raw, so I no longer am interested in buying them. So all in all I'm doing less binge buying. I wish I had kept better track of how much I spent before, but I didn't so it can only guess!

Well That's all for now. TTYL!

1 comment:

  1. Wishing you lots of luck! I think a treat every now and again is okay......a reward of sorts....talking about the cheesecake. I think exercise is a big factor on making those little treats not make any effect. Once your metabolism is up...the high cal treat is blown right away. Ever since I've joined the gym, if I have a bad day or weekend with eating, it doesn't seem to have much of an effect on me. Sometimes there are times we just can't help what we eat- weddings, parties, etc....

    I don't know much about diabetes, but I know exercise is a big factor in keeping tabs on it. I wish my mom would exercise more than she does.