Thursday, July 10, 2008

Day 10.. back to good...

I am feeling SOOO much better! What a huge relief. Tuesday afternoon I started to feel human again and in my body. I was at work and even though it was super hot I managed to feel better as the day went on instead of worse. I had a beet/grapefruit/celery juice around 1pm and all of a sudden I felt in my body again. It was an amazing feeling! I am actually thinking of getting a good quality juicer...although that is extravagant.. Right now my vita mix is great with the paint straining bags for juicing. This winter I want to start growing wheatgrass though... so I'll guess I'll see...

I love feeling good again! Today is day 10 and really it's not that hard anymore. I had some intense cravings yesterday .. but I let myself get too hungry. I think it's important to carry foods or smoothies with you because it seems like you do have to eat more frequently..

Speaking of smoothies.. I could NOT do this without Green Smoothies. They are the best. I drink at least a quart a day.. and more often two quarts. I do make mine pretty thin so there is a lot of liquid in them... but I work in a hot kitchen and need those liquids...

My favorite smoothie is:

2 c organic greens.. baby spinach or kale
2 c water
1 frozen banana
1 T golden flax meal
1 c frozen fruit (strawberries, peaches, mango)

I feel so calm, cool and centered after enjoying one..

I love this salad.. obviously since you see it every time you come to this blog! My recipe is mostly RAW... I use condiments that aren't 100% raw and you can toast the nuts.. or not! Obviously I won't be toasting them..

Baby Arugula Salad with Pecans, Figs and a Tarragon Vinaigrette:

7 oz baby arugula
1 cup red seedless grapes
4 fresh figs, quartered
1 cup toasted pecans *
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 small shallot, finely diced

Place 1/4 bag of arugula, 1/4 cup grapes, 1 fig, 1/4 cup pecans, 2
tbsp carrots and 1-2 tsp of the shallots on each plate. Dress lightly
with the vinaigrette. This is a strong vinaigrette, so use about half
as much as you normally would, adding more as you wish.

*To toast the pecans, place them in a single layer in a dry skillet
over medium high heat for 2 minutes or until they are nice and

Tarragon Citrus Vinaigrette

½ cup white balsamic vinegar
6 tbsp orange juice
2 tsp umeboshi i vinegar *
1 ½ tsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp dried tarragon (or 1 tbsp fresh tarragon)
1/4 tsp ground fennel seeds
1/4 cup fresh chives
4 cloves garlic
2 tbsp dijon mustard
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp flax meal **
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


In the order listed above, place ingredients in a blender and blend
until well combined. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Yield

*Umeboshi vinegar is usually found in your health food store. If you
can't find it, add 1 tsp lemon juice and 1/2 tsp soy sauce instead.

**Make sure your flax meal is not rancid. Taste before making the
dressing if you aren't sure. I store my flax meal in the freezer.

I've been missing bread and tortillas a lot.. so created this raw zucchini/steel cut oat flatbread which has helped with the cravings and given me some substance... I smeared this with my cashew veggie cream cheese, avocado , home grown sprouts and tomato.. I can't wait to start dehydrating cashew cheese for real sandwiches!
I just love sprouting so much. It is such a great feeling to actually grow your own food.. and it's SOO cost efficient. As long as you get into the groove it is pretty easy. I use both jars and strainers (just wire mesh collanders) and so far have had no problems at all..

Work is getting easier. I have settled into the fact that I will be tasting around 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of cooked food a day. I try to keep it on the lower level, but sometimes it is very necessary to finish a dish off and tasting has to be done.... I don't think I've hit a 1/2 cup yet.. but that is my maximum amount I'm willing to taste.

I am so much more mindful with food.
This is a HUGE reason why I'm doing this.
I LOVE almond milk. It is so delicious. The best benefit of almond milk is the pulp it leaves behind! It reminds me so much of Okara, which I used to make burgers out of. You'll be seeing some RAW Pulp burgers in this blog soon.. but I couldn't help but turn the first batch of pulp into Coconut Lime Cookies! They are just delicious and so filling. I can actually only eat one at a time with a glass of almond milk...

I'm starting to get excited about creating recipes again. For the first 8 days I was just feeling so crappy and hungry and sick... Looking back I realize I barely remember ANYTHING about the week... how odd... or not.. maybe it's like the pain of childbirth! ... lol

I am amazed that I am feeling good now and I'm not really craving food...


  1. I am so glad that you're feeling better! I'm also super happy that you posted the recipe for that salad. Every time I see it, I think of how yummy it looks!

  2. Mel, I'm so glad you are feeling back to your old self! What a relief -- nice to know you haven't been doing this whole experiment for nothing!

    I love almond milk, too! I use my soyabella to make mine, and always feel bad tossing the "guts," if you will. Could you post or email me the recipe for the cookies? catherineroseweber at mac dot com


  3. I am SO proud of you, Melody! You are a fighter, that's for sure. I have been enjoying tons of green smoothies lately and homemade almond milk is definitely on my to-make list.

  4. Raw food can really take a toll on you initially - I discovered that on my first raw week about 2 years ago. It also made me very emotional.

    Eventually I decided that completely raw was not right for me but I eat about 30 percent raw every day in case I want to do a raw weekend and because I love raw food so much.

    I never did get into the green smoothie thing - actually I didn't have that many smoothies, just mostly raw fruit. And tons of super charged raw salads.

    All your food looks spectacular!

  5. Sounds like you are doing fantastic - congrats! I have been gradually increasing my raw, and after reading Victoria Boutenko's book 'Green for Life' I am addicted to green smoothies now too!

  6. That salad is so beautiful! Everything you are making looks so delicious! I am glad you are feeling better. Good luck!

  7. I'm so glad you're feeling so much better! I also love green smoothies in the morning, I'm totally addicted!

  8. I'm so glad you're feeling human again! I absolutely love almond milk when I'm aiming for anything creamy - it seems to excel at that. BTW - I'd love to see a photo of your sprouting setup!

  9. That's great that you're feeling better again :)

    And, I love green juices and green smoothies. I drink them pretty much every day, too. I call green juices "Plant Blood" and when I drink them... wow, I feel soooo invigorated and hard core! Love them!


  10. I admire your perseverence! Good work! I'd eat anything you made--everything looks so fresh and vibrant. I hope you're over the hump and the cravings diminish.

  11. I'm glad you're feeling better, and that salad looks amazing!

  12. I am delighted to have have found you via RawFu! Your blog is spectacular!! xo....Penni

  13. I am so impressed by your raw-some-ness and the beautiful, healthy food you make and consume.

    I wish I had your discipline...

  14. Glad you mad it through the rough times okay. The food still looks great!

  15. I'm glad you're feeling better now. Guess you just have to get past a certain point in the detox to feel good again.

  16. Melody, you are so creative and I knew you would be able to keep yourself on track. Your food looks amazing as always.

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