Thursday, April 30, 2009

Why the Change?

OK so I realized I wasn't really being honest or maybe I forgot a key element in my interests; I forgot all about my interest in gardening and "sustainable living" (man I'm so sick of that word).

So I have this dream of living in the Golan Heights and having a sheep farm and growing organic vegetables and having chickens and horses, a cow maybe. I don't know, my whole thing about healthy living I think is more on the level of eating things that are made at home, no, not popping hot dogs in the oven rather than eating out but starting from scratch. I'm drawn to raw food-ism because I believe in eating light and maximizing energy, detoxing the body. I'm not into hormones in my food and eating soy substitutes for meat. I don't like processed food, I can taste the chemicals in those foods. So anyway I'm changing the angle here a bit. I wouldn't say this is a raw food blog, I don't know where I'm headed with that. I like meat, I just don't like the business of meat, the industry. Health-wise I have heard all theories. Meat (meaning chicken, turkey and beef... etc) is either poison or healthy, or it depends on what you eat. Healthy animals give healthy meat. Then there is this whole impact on the planet thing. It's all very confusing.
I have been told that if I do a thorough detox then I wont crave meat.

But my religious beliefs, The Torah, tells me that eating meat is permitted and talks at great length about the laws of meat and milk and cooking, which animals are kosher and which are not. I have also heard that in Gan Eden (Garden of Eden) that Adam and Eve were vegetarian and it was only after the Eve ate from the tree of knowledge that we as humans were reduced to barbarians and had to hunt for our food. It's as if it is an imperfect state and when we receive the redemption we will go back to that Gan Eden of eating only from the ground and from trees.
If meat were bad for us why would it be written that especially the Sabbath Day we should eat meat and fish? My answer has always been well, with all due respect to the Torah, animals were raised as grass fed animals and not given antibiotics and hormones to make them better producers and keep the "healthy".

So that's why I wish I could raise my own everything, I would have control of what's happening. I probably wouldn't drink milk though because, for the most part, I am of the school of thought that people shouldn't be drinking milk after weening. Although I am a fan of butter, but milk hurts my stomach terribly and get along much better with sprouted almond milk. I find that for me a diet of at least 70 % raw plant foods and the other 30% mostly cooked grains or root veggies and once or twice a week I'll eat chicken, and rarely a piece of beef (I mean small).
I am really beginning this journey, I was vegetarian for many years while in college, and have been a yo-yo health fanatic/ junk food junkie all my life i think. Meaning sometimes it gets too "hard" to keep up and I go off the deep end of indulgence, gain a few pounds and feel lousy then get back on the wagon.

Some of my creations!

Well I finally uploaded some pics that I want to share (is anyone out there?).

Raw Pizza

Banana Split

Granola with strawberry almond milk

All are raw and vegan and totally good for you!
Should I put up the recipes?

Monday, April 27, 2009

what's up?

Well I took a big break from blogging and raw food over the Passover holiday. I felt the difference in a big way. I felt very cloudy and grouch when eating my SAD food. Ate lots of meat and dairy and sugar :(.
It was that needing to hit rock bottom scenario in order to pick my self up and make a decision if I was going to do this or not. Well I am happy to report that I am back. I would say now that I am doing at least 70% Raw now.
Yes occasionally I will eat some cooked grains and once a week because I am a religious Jew, I keep the Sabbath. We eat bread (challah) and drink some l'chaims (a little wine or beer) and I eat some meat or fish on this day for the sake of the Sabbath to sanctify the day. I am OK with that. I know that I am in transition.
I have gained a lot of really sound advice from Matt Monarch and Angela Stokes that you can be in transition and that's also good. Angela advises just getting off refined sugars and processed starches is the first step, and I have made a commitment to that.
I feel good now about it and don't feel pressure. The proof is just by listening to our bodies. When you go raw and then pollute your body you know loud and clear what's went wrong.
Occasionally I stray, but my body lets me know what it doesn't tolerate. I cant believe that I was walking around feeling unwell for so long. I have a long road ahead, but I'm on the road and that's a good thing!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Raw chocolate

This recipe is from Ani Phyo

I have made it and it truely is amazing, very deep flavor and the best quality chocolate I have ever tasted. She also has chocolate kits.

Ani’s Raw Vegan Chocolate
1 cup cacao butter, shaved
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup mesquite powder
2 Tablespoons maca powder
2 Tablespoons agave, to taste
Begin my placing shaved butter into a bowl. Place that bowl into another larger bowl filled with hot water. Set aside to melt into liquid.
Next, add cacao, mesquite, maca, and agave. Stir well. You can even use a Personal Blender to mix well. Transfer into a squeeze bottle, and fill candy molds with chocolate.
Freeze to firm up. Will keep at room temperature.

Be a Jew!

I just googled "raw pesach recipes" on line this evening and found something I thought was a little over the top. It's Pesach now and food varieties are limited, if you are Ashkenazi (European decent) like me there are basically potatoes, meat , matzoh, dairy and fruit and veggies. I have put the raw on the back burner for now. Frustrated though I am about it. It will have to wait. Pesach is Pesach.

I thought though that I would find some special recipes for Passover that were raw, something new that I haven't seen. Most raw recipes can be made on Pesach, which is great. I have books, yes, but needed some inspiration.

Boy! Are there some flakes out there or what. I mean mock matzoh!, and one article was explaining how this raw fooder made their Seder plate vegan raw style. I cant deal. Be a Jew! It's a mitzvah that happens but once a year and you cant fulfill it by eating a kezayit (olive sized portion) of matzoh and instead cheapen the Yetzias Mitzraim by eating flax!? Did the Hebrews eat flax crackers when the left Egypt? Come on.

Sorry for the negativity but I find flakiness most annoying. Here in Israel we appreciate our opportunity to fulfill a Mitzvah whether raw vegan or not. I am not vegan, nor at this time do I want to be. I have type "o" blood. I tried and was miserable. I feel kind of bad about it in a way because I want that squeaky clean body inside and out that raw vegans have. But I also have a Creator and a Torah which tells me that we need to eat matzoh on Pesach and how the Seder plate is supposed to look. And no you cant replace the egg with a pomegranate because of whatever you think a pomegranate symbolizes, and the shank bone or Zaroah cant be replaced with a roasted leek cut like a fan at the end to symbolize the rays of the sun!
That's not Passover, that is not the gift we were given by G-d. That does not equal the splitting of the Sea of Reeds and the exodus from Egypt. They would have been sitting on the outside of the camp whining because they didn't have sprouted lentils to eat! Buck up and be a Jew at least one day a year.... and be proud of it when you eat your matzoh celebrating that you are free and no longer a slave and that you can eat your flax crackers through out the rest of the year.