This is a journal of my thoughts and recipes as I get back to eating 100% raw foods. If you have questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section, I will do my best to respond quickly. Welcome!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Progress Update

This week's weight loss was not what I had hoped for, only 2 pounds, but on the up side… I had a cooked meal out with my hubby twice this week and accomplished that with only working out once.  So, putting it in perspective… Raw just works!  :)

If you try raw and you don't like the food, have to force yourself to eat everyday, don't show weight loss, or something remotely akin to healthy… don't do it.  It is not for you.

Because I feel great!  Only 6 hours of sleep and I awoke on my own before the alarm.  My skin is almost completely clear… not a blemish in sight except one that is on its way out. :D

19 pounds down and I'm going to keep going. :)  This is fun for me.  I love food and I love the crazy zaniness that is raw foods!  If you are like me, keep coming back for more recipes as I will keep posting.

Have a great day!

Variation of Nouveau Raw's Oatmeal Bread







Ingredients I used:
3 1/2 cups of raw oat flour
1/2 cup of raw pecan flour
1 cup flax-seed meal
1/4 cup raw coconut flour
2 TBSP cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp pink himalayan salt  
2 cups of water
3 TBSP of raw honey
2 TBSP lemon juice

Work into dough, press into pan, pop out.  Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with oats.
Dehydrate on 145 degrees for one hour.  Slice and put back in at 115 degrees for 4 more hours or until as dry as you like.

Oh wow!  This came out so much better than I expected.  

I also made raw donut holes.  (The baker in me is going crazy today.  :D )
That recipe will come tomorrow.  They are currently setting up in the fridge.  I will make a sweet glaze tonight and tomorrow they will be ready for breakfast.

Happy Eating!


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sesame Seed Health Benefits From WHF site

Health Benefits

Not only are sesame seeds an excellent source of copper and a very good source of manganese, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber. In addition to these important nutrients, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin. Both of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibers called lignans, and have been shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans, and to prevent high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies in animals. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage.

Rich In Beneficial Minerals

Sesame seeds are an excellent source of copper, a very good source of manganese, and a good source of magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, molybdenum, and selenium. This rich assortment of minerals translates into the following health benefits:

Copper Provides Relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Copper is known for its use in reducing some of the pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis. Copper's effectiveness is due to the fact that this trace mineral is important in a number of antiinflammatory and antioxidant enzyme systems. In addition, copper plays an important role in the activity of lysyl oxidase, an enzyme needed for the cross-linking of collagen and elastin—the ground substances that provide structure, strength and elasticity in blood vessels, bones and joints.

Magnesium Supports Vascular and Respiratory Health

Studies have supported magnesium's usefulness in:
  • Preventing the airway spasm in asthma
  • Lowering high blood pressure, a contributing factor in heart attack, stroke, and diabetic heart disease
  • Preventing the trigeminal blood vessel spasm that triggers migraine attacks
  • Restoring normal sleep patterns in women who are experiencing unpleasant symptoms associated with menopause

Calcium Helps Prevent Colon Cancer, Osteoporosis, Migraine and PMS

In recent studies, calcium has been shown to:
  • Help protect colon cells from cancer-causing chemicals
  • Help prevent the bone loss that can occur as a result of menopause or certain conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Help prevent migraine headaches in those who suffer from them
  • Reduce PMS symptoms during the luteal phase (the second half) of the menstrual cycle
There is a little bit of controversy about sesame seeds and calcium, because there is a substantial difference between the calcium content of hulled versus unhulled sesame seeds. When the hulls remain on the seeds, one tablespoon of sesame seeds will contains about 88 milligrams of calcium. When the hulls are removed, this same tablespoon will contain about 37 milligrams (about 60% less). Tahini—a spreadable paste made from ground sesame seeds—is usually made from hulled seeds (seeds with the hulls removed, called kernels), and so it will usually contain this lower amount of calcium.
The term "sesame butter" can sometimes refer to tahini made from sesame seed kernels, or it can also be used to mean a seed paste made from whole sesame seeds—hull included.
Although the seed hulls provide an additional 51 milligrams of calcium per tablespoon of seeds, the calcium found in the hulls appears in large part to be found in the form of calcium oxalate. This form of calcium is different than the form found in the kernels, and it is a less absorbable form of calcium. So even though a person would be likely to get more calcium from sesame seeds or sesame seed butter that contained the hulls, there is a question about how much more calcium would be involved. It would defintely be less than the 51 additional milligrams found in the seed hulls. And there would also, of course, be a question about the place of hull-containing sesame seeds on an oxalate-restricted diet.

Zinc for Bone Health

Another reason for older men to make zinc-rich foods such as sesame seeds a regular part of their healthy way of eating is bone mineral density. Although osteoporosis is often thought to be a disease for which postmenopausal women are at highest risk, it is also a potential problem for older men. Almost 30% of hip fractures occur in men, and 1 in 8 men over age 50 will have an osteoporotic fracture. A study of 396 men ranging in age from 45-92 that was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a clear correlation between low dietary intake of zinc, low blood levels of the trace mineral, and osteoporosis at the hip and spine.

Sesame Seeds' Phytosterols Lower Cholesterol

Phytosterols are compounds found in plants that have a chemical structure very similar to cholesterol, and when present in the diet in sufficient amounts, are believed to reduce blood levels of cholesterol, enhance the immune response and decrease risk of certain cancers.
Phytosterols beneficial effects are so dramatic that they have been extracted from soybean, corn, and pine tree oil and added to processed foods, such as "butter"-replacement spreads, which are then touted as cholesterol-lowering "foods." But why settle for an imitation "butter" when Mother Nature's nuts and seeds are a naturally rich source of phytosterols—and cardio-protective fiber, minerals and healthy fats as well?
In a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers published the amounts of phytosterols present in nuts and seeds commonly eaten in the United States.
Sesame seeds had the highest total phytosterol content (400-413 mg per 100 grams), and English walnuts and Brazil nuts the lowest (113 mg/100grams and 95 mg/100 grams). (100 grams is equivalent to 3.5 ounces.) Of the nuts and seeds typically consumed as snack foods, pistachios and sunflower seeds were richest in phytosterols (270-289 mg/100 g), followed by pumpkin seeds (265 mg/100 g).

Description

Sesame seeds are tiny, flat oval seeds with a nutty taste and a delicate, almost invisible crunch. They come in a host of different colors, depending upon the variety, including white, yellow, black and red.
Sesame seeds are highly valued for their high content of sesame oil, an oil that is very resistant to rancidity. Sesame seeds are the main ingredients in both tahini and the Middle Eastern sweet treat, halvah.
Open sesame—the famous phrase from the Arabian Nights—reflects the distinguishing feature of the sesame seed pod, which bursts open when it reaches maturity. The scientific name for sesame seeds is Sesamun indicum.

History

While sesame seeds have been grown in tropical regions throughout the world since prehistoric times, traditional myths hold that their origins go back even further. According to Assyrian legend, when the gods met to create the world, they drank wine made from sesame seeds.
These seeds were thought to have first originated in India and were mentioned in early Hindu legends. In these legends, tales are told in which sesame seeds represent a symbol of immortality. From India, sesame seeds were introduced throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Sesame seeds were one of the first crops processed for oil as well as one of the earliest condiments. The addition of sesame seeds to baked goods can be traced back to ancient Egyptian times from an ancient tomb painting that depicts a baker adding the seeds to bread dough.
Sesame seeds were brought to the United States from Africa during the late 17th century. Currently, the largest commercial producers of sesame seeds include India, China and Mexico.

How to Select and Store

Sesame seeds are generally available in prepackaged containers as well as bulk bins. Just as with any other food that you can purchase in the bulk section, make sure that the bins containing the sesame seeds are covered and that the store has a good product turnover to ensure maximal freshness.
Whether purchasing sesame seeds in bulk or in a packaged container, make sure there is no evidence of moisture. Additionally, since they have a high oil content and can become rancid, smell those in bulk bins to ensure that they smell fresh.
Unhulled sesame seeds can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry, dark place. Once the seeds are hulled, they are more prone to rancidity, so they should then be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

Tomorrow's Planning

Tomorrow morning, I will be rolling up my sleeves and creating some yummy raw bread.  I am planning on two different kinds, banana walnut & apple cinnamon.  I'm so excited to smell this dehydrating!

I am also going to make some raw cheese it crackers!  Today I got a little round cutter with a wavy edge so that the edges of my raw crackers will look a little more like the real thing.

I currently have Jicama cheese and pepper chips in the dehydrator.  They smell great!

So excited.  I'm feeling great!  My skin is almost completely clear.  I ran our trail today and seriously… I ran the whole thing up until the last short portion to cool down.  Wow!  I tried that three weeks ago and struggled the whole way.  This time was so different.  I sailed through it.  So cool. :D

Feeling great!  Eating well.  Exercising and sooooooooo motivated to succeed. Have a rawsome evening everyone!

Raw Stir Fry (Tonight's Dinner)

 Raw Jicama Rice!

 Mixed veggies.

I topped this with a dressing made from Braggs Liquid Aminos, Tahini & Agave Nectar.  Oh Wow.  Really great!

Raw Lasagna

Had lots of stuff out tonight. :)

Decided upon raw lasagna.  

I layered spinach, broccoli, then Jicama shaved thin for noodles and topped each layer with a creamy raw cashew cheese. 

This is in the dehydrator for dinner tomorrow night.  :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Raw Apple Sauce & other such goodies

If you want apple sauce, I'm to sure why people cook the apples for this.  I take raw ones and add them to my food processor (for chunky) or my blender (if I want smooth) add cinnamon and viola!  Easy apple sauce.  Delish and simple.  I guess cooking it would thicken it, but seriously, apples are yummy all on their own.  Raw apple sauce is awesome.


Tomorrow I am also throwing together a raw nut pate for this weeks lunches and some kale chips as they are divine.  :D  I have my personal favs and I stick to them.  After so many years, if it isn't fresh raw, it is something I know and love.

Oh!  Almost forgot, I will slice up the Jicama tomorrow and try to make raw spring rolls too.

Pictures to come this weekend.  Fun!