Day 97: Chocolate Cake Batter Smoothie.

Just a quick one tonight, so I can hurry back to my productive night of laying around in pjs reading Supernatural and watching The Machine on Joe Rogan’s podcast:

My dad’s birthday was on Friday, which got me reminiscing about the good old days when my mom would bake cakes and I’d get to lick the mixing spoon when she was finished. Ahhhh.  Luckily, I was able to come up with a thick and rich smoothie recipe which not only tastes like dark chocolate cake batter, but also contains large amounts of antioxidants and fiber.  You can also eat this like a self-respecting adult:

Chocolate Cake Batter Smoothie

I put all of the above in my Vitamix and blended for about a minute, or until thickened and smooth.  High speed blenders will also slightly warm your smoothie for you!  You could tweak my recipe with cinnamon, almond milk (chocolate almond breeze- YUM), molasses, agave nectar, mint, almond butter… endless and delicious possibilities!

 

 

Day 74: BREAKING NEWS: Raw Vegan Chocolate Milkshake.

I had to put down my POM glass and report immediately that I have discovered the golden recipe for a thick and creamy raw vegan chocolate milkshake.  Sweet, frothy, and nutritious… tastes like nostalgia, without the gas and regret:

Old Fashioned Raw Vegan Chocolate Milkshake

In a high speed blender, combine all above ingredients and increase variable speed. Blend on “high” for one minute, or until shake thickens and becomes frothy.
Beyond amazing.  It honestly tasted how I remember “real” chocolate shakes being, thick, sweet, creamy, and filling:  Fast food status.  If you wanted it even sweeter, you could add more dates, or maybe a tbsp of agave nectar.  For mint chocolate, add a couple sprigs of mint. For double dark chocolate, add 1-2 tbsp cacao nibs.  For chocolate coconut, add 2 tbsp young coconut.  Peanut butter… the potential here is enormous!

Day 15: More on Alternative Cancer Therapy (+ Ice Cream).

I have noticed that some of you are coming upon my blog using searches like, “cancer raw food diet.”  I wanted to give you a little more to go off of than just my entry based on Otto Warburg’s discoveries.

Please, if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, any stage, watch Food Matters.  It will give you an introduction to the idea of vitamin therapy.  Linus Pauling is a name you’ll want to research, as he showed that high doses of Vitamin C kill cancer cells without causing the harmful side effects of surgery, chemo and/or radiation.  Keep an open mind and think critically, remembering that most medical schools do not require separate classes in nutrition, and that the average doctor has minimal nutritional training, if any.  Also remember that good health makes a lot of sense, but it doesn’t make a lot of dollars.

If you haven’t already, read about The Gerson Method.  Hippocrates said, Let thy food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be thy food.  He also recommend, Primum non nocere, or, First, do no harm.  This is precisely the approach the Gerson Institute takes, and the one which all of our doctors should observe.  Use nutrition to help your body heal itself first.  You can read successful case studies here.  Most countries have deemed it illegal to treat cancer using methods other than surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation.  I wonder why that might be?

Question everything. 

If you are aware of more resources for those looking for alternative cancer therapies, please post links in the comment section.

On a lighter note, raw vegan banana “ice cream” was a success! I started basic, but will be making it a little more complex next time.  I can’t express how tasty this was.  First, I sliced my bananas into quarters and froze them in a heavy ziplock.  Make sure to use very ripe (freckled, brown) fruit, and don’t forget to remove the peels!

I think you should at least freeze these babies overnight.  I used a food processor for the next step, which was just processing them to a fluffy consistency.  I was surprised that while it sort of looked like mashed potatoes at first, when I used a scoop, it held together like a thick, delicious ice cream:

Third, enjoy :]

This was a super basic, easy rendition; the first time I’ve ever attempted anything like it.  Next time, maybe some raw cacao nibs, like mint n’ chip style!  And the date/”caramel” sauce!  SOON I will have a Vitamix, which will make experimentation a lot easier.  My amazing cousin Andrew, who will one day contribute some of his expertise on juicing, etc., to the blog, also tried making some today and said it was delicious, even though he forgot to peel the bananas before freezing.  He tried experimenting with sunflower seed butter and vanilla.  You will love it too, and it was so easy.  Try experimenting with other frozen fruit!  I’m thinking strawberries… Enjoy!

Day 14: Weekly Update.

Two weeks down.  I am proud to say that I am thriving and healing on my 100% raw food journey.

I want to make very clear that I am eating A LOT.  On average, 2500 kcal-3000 kcal/day.  I have not lost any weight; that has not been a goal of mine.  However, I do believe that I have lost fat and gained muscle.  As stated before, I use Nutridiary to track my daily intake in order to ensure healthy living.  If you choose to embark on a new diet regimen, it is very important for you to calculate your daily caloric needs on Nutridiary… and fulfill your body’s requirements.  I will be writing this week about the consequences of under-eating, specifically its effect on your brain.

On Friday evening, I began taking milk thistle capsules (four per day), sort of working off the Gerson Method (Charlotte Gerson believes that a detox must occur for healthy nutrients to absorb properly, “you can’t fit two things in one space, toxins and nutrients!”).  I always begin my morning with 48+ ounces of water, adding lemon juice, drinking more during the day.  I have placed a conscious effort on drinking at least twice that each day.  Using water, mono fruit meals (mostly banana), milk thistle, and daily exercise, I am detoxing my system.  I plan on taking this amount or more of milk thistle each day for the coming week.  My reason for this is to address and maximize nutrient absorption.  I didn’t sleep so well last night, actually, due to the detox process.  I woke up in the middle of the night sooo warm; I almost felt feverish.  I am grateful for it, though, because I think my body is cooking the bad stuff out.  I had taken antibiotics recently, for a few months, to address hormonal acne.  As I mentioned before, I have discontinued all pharmaceuticals and OTC drugs, including the birth control pill.  …so there are medicinal residues as well as other toxins my liver needs to flush.  Yay milk thistle!  Although I didn’t sleep well and felt a little achy initially when I got up this morning, I still went for a walk and didn’t feel fatigued during the rest of the day.

As I mentioned, I am going to be making banana “ice cream” this week; in fact, I have frozen the bananas in preparation:

I’ll be posting my recipe and photos of my process :]

Like last week, my mom’s cooking has been a real pain.  It smells delicious.  I have been telling myself to get off on the smell, and have avoided even a taste using this method.  Also, having a whole lot of raw food options on hand has helped immensely (I’ve been loving bananas, mangos, brazil nuts, almonds, pepitas, and dates).  As she is an amazing cook, I think I’ve convinced her to do some raw vegan un-cooking sometime in the near future.  BADASS.  Pics and recipes to follow.

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend… anyone out there?

Day 2: Discovering New Foods.

I can’t believe that I had never eaten a date before.  After eyeing the grossly overpriced trays of Medjool dates at Albertson’s every day the past week, I treated myself to a more reasonably-priced package from a local fruitstand.  My sweet tooth thanked me and convinced me to eat the entire 1.08lbs by sunset.  Luckily, said fruitstand is pretty close, so I purchased another package of Deglet Noor dates with which to conduct smoothie experiments.  I discovered liquid heaven when I mixed banana and dates; super sweet, and almost caramel-like:

1 cup water

2 bananas

2 handfuls dates (remove pits!)

I am stoked to try freezing a few bananas and making banana-date “ice cream!”

Part of the cool part of eating raw vegan is discovering these new foods, and the pleasure they have on my taste buds.  I keep drooling over colorful dragonfruit and starfruit, which is too expensive for me to actually purchase, but looks so exotic and delicious.  Different mango varieties (the yellow ones aren’t as stringy!).  It’s so nice to be able to walk into a store and only need to visit one section…although I have been finding myself spending excessive amounts of time perusing the fresh produce.  I am finding myself spending ~$10.00/day on meals.  I was lucky enough to score 14lbs of ripe bananas at a discount rate ($0.39/lb) this morning from a fruitstand, although I’ve eaten about 13 (bananas, not pounds) today so far (1 banana with my RAW meal this AM, 3 bananas for a morning snack, 3 bananas this afternoon, + 2 green smoothies with 3 bananas each).

I have found myself oddly craving sunshine.  I have always tried to avoid direct sunlight, and have been a big sunblock proponent.  Maybe it’s the complete nutrients I’ve been ingesting, but I’ve spent an average of a half hour each morning sunbathing.  No burns, just a nice tan going!  Feeling grateful, peaceful, and satiated.

xox