Archive for August, 2008

Carrot Cake Redux


August 23rd, 2008

slice of carrot cake
This post is very special because it is the ONLY post I was not able to recover when my blog was hacked by the New Year’s Eve hacker. So, it’s kind of a re-enactment of the original which was a new twist on an old RECIPE that turned out so much better the second time around that I had to write about it.

first time
The first time I made the cake, I mixed the dough in my food processor. It tasted good, but the texture was a little chunky. I also tried to layer the cake which incidentally came out a little wobbly.

side of carrot cake
This time I was inspired by my recent visit to the CHACO CANYON CAFE to just make one layer of each. Also, I still mixed the dough in the food processor, but THIS time I used the VITAMIX to crush the almonds into a flour before adding it to the dough. I REALLY like how it turned out. The dough was very moist and NOT chunky. It’s too bad that my boyfriend doesn’t like carrot cake because this cake is really FILLING. Though I still managed to polish most of it off myself…

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Seaweed Salad Redux


August 12th, 2008

seaweed salad

This is a new version of seaweed salad that I got from one of my NEW BOOKS.  I tried a different version way back WHEN that also contained a lot of beets.  This was GREAT for detoxing, but it was WAY MORE than my liver could handle at the time.  Though I don’t think I realized that it was my liver that was causing all the problems back then (beets are very cleansing for the liver).  Anyway, this new version is a little spicier (it has a little jalepeno kick) and  more predominantly seaweed (which is apparently really great for detoxing metals from the body).

This was really easy to make and delicious.  I hope it will become a regular staple.  Actually, I just bought some more wakame yesterday so that I would be stocked for it.

Speaking of shopping, I took a picture of my shopping list.  I guess you could say I’ve kind of arrived at a system that seems to be working for me.  I put my ingredients list on the left and the list of recipes I’m aspiring to make on the right.  I’m such a space case that I found that I would come home and a couple days later forget what my initial intention was for buying things.  Then, I would get unmotivated.  So now I put the recipe list on the right.  Then, when I finish making something I circle it.  So it appears like progress.  I realize this is neurotic.  But I’m a virgo (the most neurotic sign in the zodiac).

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Goji Maca Superfood Bars


August 8th, 2008

decorated bars

This was another delightful recipe I got from EVERYDAY RAW.  They are loaded up with superfoods (goji, maca, and cacao).  Aside:  My boyfriend just discovered the secret power of maca.  So, now he’s putting it in EVERYTHING.  Anyway, these bars went FAST.  They really pack a punch.   They’re GREAT for when you’re really hungry and on the go.

goji maca slab

This was the initial slab of ingredients that I dehydrated (on parchment paper).  It’s essentially the superfoods, almonds, cashews, lemon zest, and agave. 

bars

Then, I cut the slab into bars and dehydrated some more before adding the chocolate sauce on top.

I was thinking they would last maybe a month or so.  Since I made 20 of them…I was wrong.  Next time, I’ll make a double batch.

 

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Breakthrough


August 1st, 2008


So, for those who haven’t been following my medical drama, I am smack dab in the middle of a major breakthrough. It’s funny. Because often these things don’t necessarily look like that at the time. To recap, I’ve been sick FOREVER! Well, not literally forever, but for 2 years, I’ve been feeling like CRAP and nobody has really had much of an idea why. Well, that’s not exactly accurate. EVERYBODY has a pretty good idea why. But nobody had a good theory as to why my overexposure to toxic gas and sewage was causing the problems I was having. What kinds of problems you ask?

Well, initially I was having a lot of trouble breathing. And when I say a lot of trouble breathing, I mean asthma attacks that would last for days, strangers on the street asking if I was okay, having so much trouble breathing that I couldn’t even cry, and a cough that was so disturbing that it would melt the heart of even the meanest person. I was also having diarrhea. And when I say diarrhea, I mean 15 MONTHS of diarrhea. The kind that makes you wonder if it will ever end. The kind that makes you so exhausted that you literally are unable to get out of bed for a couple days. The kind that you would rather I did not go into further. I was definitely stuck in a rut.


The doctors were out of ideas. I got diagnosed with IBS because they couldn’t find a bacterial cause for it. Out of desperation, I started reading about ANN WIGMORE and I decided to try her plan of GROWING WHEATGRASS.

harvesting

Well, guess what? It worked! The diarrhea finally started getting better! But then, in it’s place I started having having some visits from a strange type of FLU – a really intense, debilitating flu that would come and go. This went on for several months (4 or 5). Nobody had any idea what was happening. I was exhausted. I had to take 3 hours naps every day, and I had no idea why. I was going out of my way to be healthy. I didn’t understand how this could be? It didn’t make sense. I was ready to give up. Then, something wonderful happened…

hospital

My liver died, and I had to go to stay in the hospital for several days.

I know what you’re thinking. What’s wonderful about that? Well, I admit. It didn’t seem wonderful at the time. Not at all. In fact, it was a wee bit unpleasant. I was having trouble breathing because my liver was so swollen, I was barfing up blood, and the pain in my chest was so intense I couldn’t sit up or stand or lie on my back. All I could do was lie in fetal position. But guess what! It was progress! I think my body was purging some really evil things while I was in there.

It turned out that I had a bunch of viral infections. I had hepatitis A and mono. The doctor told me to take it easy for a while to get my strength back. So I went to Seattle to visit some friends. Somewhere in the middle of that trip, something magical started happening…I started to feel good. Really GOOD! I didn’t need to take naps everyday. I started to feel like a normal person again. I started to have ENERGY!

All this time, I had been taking such good care of myself and wondering why nothing seemed to be happening. Then, all of a sudden, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I think I just needed to reach a critical mass where my body had enough support to do what it needed to do.

All I can say is I’m on my way now, baby! I can’t BELIEVE it! I thought it would never happen. I had given up hope. But, the light is starting to shine through me now. That’s for sure. Now, it’s just a matter of re-equilibrating and catching up. I might have to start a new blog soon. One about a really healthy girl! Because the sick one went away.

Well, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some bike riding to catch up on!

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