Monthly Archives: January 2010

Fermenting Fun: Kimchi Part 2

Enjoy the spicy and dramatic conclusion of the Kimchi Saga. Health never tasted so good… although kimchi and kraut can be a bit stinky.

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Fermenting Fun Kimchi Part 1

This batch of kimchi is a faded memory… except for the smell it leaves behind on the jar lids. Anyway, here’s part 1 of the “how to” video for making a jumbo jar of kimchi.

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Apple Buckwheat Breakfast

unsprouted buckwheat

Sprouted buckwheat is a really magical food. Most people know buckwheat in terms of buckwheat pancakes but sprouted buckwheat ain’t the same thing. Buckwheat isn’t even a grain like the name “wheat” might imply. It’s a “achene” which is a technical term you can investigate. For simplicity sake let’s just call it a seed that is unrelated to wheat therefore having no gluten. Buckwheat flour used for baking and raw buckwheat groats are unsprouted and contain enzyme inhibitors which need to cooked or sprouted to deactivate. Newbie rawfooders may initially have a bad experience working with buckwheat if they don’t sprout it. Buckwheat needs to be thoroughly rinsed, soaked and sprouted. Check out this post regarding sprouting buckwheat.

Once you have sprouted the buckwheat you have a very versatile ingredient for food prep. Don’t be shy when sprouting buckwheat. The sprouted groats can be dehydrated and stored for later use in recipes.

sprouted buckwheat

Buckwheat can have a dominant flavor and texture if not used in the right proportions. When I use it in granola  I typically add 3 times the amount of nuts or seeds to buckwheat in the recipe. You’ll know if you have too much buckwheat in a recipe because it will taste bland and have a chalky feel in the mouth.

Buckwheat is a warming food which makes it a great breakfast option during cold months. It is high in calcium and also a great source of rutin which helps to strengthen capillaries. If you bruise easily or are wanting to rid yourself of varicose veins, add buckwheat to your diet.

Here’s a quick and easy buckwheat recipe. I used apple for this version but banana or pear can easily be substituted. I added hemp oil to give the porridge the satisfying effect when fats are added to a recipe. You can add a thick nut or seed mylk instead or a nut butter. Have fun with the recipe and adapt it to your liking.

Sprouted Buckwheat Apple Porridge

¼ C sprouted buckwheat

3 T shredded coconut

1 apple – cut up

2 T gojis or raisins – mix in at end

1 T maple syrup, honey or agave

1 T sweet cinnamon or 1 t cinnamon

1 T mesquite

1 T hemp oil

1 t maca

pinch of Himalayan salt

Combine in all ingredients except for raisins/gojis in food processor.

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Maple Chia Porridge

Got Snow?

My visit to Canada introduced me to many new flavors and experiences. Aside from the obvious differences between Northern Ontario and North Florida, like the weather and landscape, there was chaga tea, maple syrup and my new favorite ingredient maple butter; a creamy maple product made from cooking down the maple syrup, cooling it and then whipping it. Though maple syrup is a cooked product I feel that it is an acceptable addition to my kitchen quiver of ingredients. I’m already gadgeting ideas in my head of confectionery creations that I can make with maple products. Recently I made this yummy chia porridge using the ingredients listed:

  • 1/2 C chaga tea
  • 3 T chia
  • 2 T gojis
  • 1 T maple butter or agave, palm sugar
  • 1 T hemp butter or your favorite raw nut/seed butter
  • 1 T vanilla water -soaked vanilla beans blended in water
  • 1 T maca blend – maca, lucuma, mesquite, cinnamon
  • 1/4 C hot water
  • pinch of Himalayan salt

For this recipe you can use your favorite tea. Something with a bit of spice to it might be nice. Chaga has a mild and slight vanilla taste. Soak the chia and gojis in the tea or water in a bowl for a half hour. You can set things up to soak the night before and have it waiting for you in the morning. Take 1/4 C of the soaked chia and goji mixture and add it to the blender, add the hot water, hemp butter, vanilla, maca blend and salt. Blend smooth and add mixture to the chia mix remaining in the bowl. Mix everything together. You can sprinkle hemp seeds and cacao nibs on top.

That’s it, a yummy, warming, healthy, vegan breakfast creation that will blow your mind.

Maple Chia Porridge

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Flush Those Stones

Liver Cleanse Gallbladder Flush

The crazy things I do while I’m on vacation… if fasting for 4 days in subzero temperatures wasn’t enough, Heathy and I decided to follow things up with Dr. Hulda’s Liver Cleanse protocol. I’ve done this liver flush 3 times prior to this but it was new territory for Heathy. If you take a moment to read through the liver flush instructions you’ll see that it is written with an air of caution and urgency. For someone who has never done this procedure it is a bit intimidating. Reading through the instructions you may think that you may explode in your pants if you don’t follow the directions to the “T”. If you do attempt the liver flush I highly recommend that you do your own research prior and feel comfortable with the instructions. After 4 flushes and many slight deviations from the “strict” instructions I have yet to have an explosive incident… other than those expected from the flush. I hope you notice the term “flush” is showing up a lot and that’s what you should expect… to be flushing, the toilet, a lot, as in multiple trips to the toilet once things get “moving”.

Heathy and I waited 2 days after coming off the fast before doing the flush. Do not do the flush during or immediately after a long fast. You can become very nauseous and sick by doing so. I’m guessing that it has something to do with drinking a 1/2 C of olive oil. Not the best thing to do immediately after a fast. That is why we ate fruit and drank green smoothies for 2 days prior to the flush. Heathy did get a bit nauseous during the night (3am) but it passed. I didn’t experience any discomfort except for stinky olive oil and garlic burps the next day.

The supplies we used were:

Flush Kit

  • grapefruit
  • orange
  • Epsom salts
  • olive oil
  • garlic

Here’s how things went down for us on Tuesday night:

  • 10 am – 1pm apples, oranges and green smoothie
  • 1pm – no more eating
  • 7pm – 1st Epsom salt drink
  • 9pm – 2nd Epsom salt drink
  • 11pm – Olive oil, grapefruit, orange and 1 clove of pressed garlic, blended and strained

We made the addition of garlic to our drink at the last minute. I’m not sure if it effects the amount of stones that come out. We just wanted our drink to taste like a salad dressing, which it did, a very garlicy dressing.

It took me an hour to get to sleep. Heathy seemed to be having more trouble falling asleep but eventually she did as well. By 3am I was up and taking a #3… that’s a combination of a #1 and #2 which is to be expected. It was just a taste of things to come… so begins the “flush”.

Liver Love Dressing

Tuesday morning:

  • 7am – 3rd Epsom salt drink
  • 8am – Panicked phone call from Heathy’s mom. Her parents’ basement was flooding and the water was out.
  • 9am – Help shop vac the flooded crawl space and take 4th and final Epsom salt drink…. gurgle, gurgle
  • 10:30 – Return to apartment in the nick of time… explosive #3

We returned to the apartment I went to the bathroom 6 times between 10:30 and 3pm. Not much to see floating though I could feel some solids coming out. Typically you get little green floaties smaller or about the size of marbles. Out of 5 trips to the toilet I saw 4 floaties, the rest sinkers. Which is good since the sinkers are true stones. Circumstances didn’t allow me to use the strainer technique to check for stones. In the past I was able to strain and rinse what was coming out and see the stones. This flush was a “faith flush”. I just have to believe that the procedure eliminated stones. For those of you needing a little more than faith to go on you can invest a couple bucks in a cheap plastic pasta strainer from the dollar store. The diameter needs to be small enough to fit inside the toilet with the seat up. Check out the pictures here to see what I’m talking about. The picture has it resting on the seat. Don’t try pooping into it like this, you’ll surely regret it. The picture is for display purposes. You lift the seat and set it inside, then close the seat. Now it’s business time. When you finish blasting off on the toilet, fill a pitcher of tap water and pour it into the toilet over what’s in the strainer. This will flush out all the smaller debris. I realize it sound pretty nasty straining your poop and all but it’s for a good cause: your health. Suck it up and be tough. The stuff came out of your body. You should be able to look at it. Put on a pair of those thick yellow kitchen gloves, goggles and do what’s gotta be done. Flush that gallbladder, heal your liver and give your body the love and respect it deserves.

Here are some helpful tips if you undertake this flush:

  1. Start early and finish early. In hind sight we would have started earlier, gone to bed earlier and would be done with all the “flushing” earlier.
  2. Be sure that the bathroom is available all day and in fine working order. Be considerate to roommates, family and guests and pick a day when bathroom traffic isn’t high and there aren’t any festivities going on.
  3. Make sure you do it on a day that is completely clear. At 8:30pm on the flush day I was still visiting the toilet. At that time it was just wet farts, a regular shart fest… which leads us to tip #4
  4. Be sure to have plenty of toilet paper on hand. If you’re spraying and flushing all day then you’re gonna burn through the rolls quicker than frat boys at a rave.

So if this post hasn’t scared you off, you should be amply equipped to cleanse your liver and gallbladder. Have fun and Keep It Live!

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Coming off the Fast – Do it Right or Don’t Fast

Finish Right - Smoothie

Now that you’ve finished your fast, what do you do? What “not to do” is to return to business as usual. You’ve just honored your body and done some deep healing. Don’t blow the benefits with a thoughtless food binge.

Properly coming off the fast/feast is more important than doing the fast/feast itself. Great care must be taken not to undo all the benefits of the fast. Take an amount of days equal to the length of the fast/feast to reintroduce solid foods into your diet. A 1 day fast requires 1 day of reintroduction. Your stomach will have shrunk during the fast so start with small portions and listen to your body. A fast is meant to reset your body to its optimal functioning. If you force yourself to eat the way you ate prior to the fast you might as well not fast at all. Simple foods in small portions is your key to success whether coming off a fast or just living life. If you can apply this rule to your life you will experience health and longevity.

Heathy and I went 4 days and broke the fast on day 5 with citrus. We’ve continued having juice each day while eating fruit and doing green smoothies. The smoothie above was made with Swiss chard, spinach, strawberries, apple, lecithin and a superfood blend of maca, lucuma, mesquite, cinnamon and bee pollen. It was really creamy and smooth.

My Typical break-fast meals for 7 day fast – no fats until day 5:

  • Start each morning with hot water and lemon or  water and apple cider vinegar

Day 1 – water, tea and green juice through out day

Salud!

  • morning: 1/2 of a ripe papaya
  • mid-day: 1/2 of a ripe papaya or melon
  • evening: green juice or miso soup

Day 2 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: oranges, grapefruit or pomelo
  • mid-day: oranges, grapefruit or pomelo
  • evening: apples, green juice or miso soup

Day 3 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: melon
  • mid-day: green smoothie- apple, berries, spinach, maca, lucuma
  • evening: apples, green juice or miso soup

Day 4 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: diced apples, soaked gojis and cinnamon
  • mid-day: mixed green salad with light vinegar herb dressing
  • evening: miso soup and sea veggie salad with kimchi

Day 5 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: diced apples, soaked gojis and cinnamon
  • mid-day: mixed green salad with avocado and a light vinegar herb dressing
  • evening: blended soup, gazpacho,with avocado

After day 5 you may slowly introduce oils into soups, sauces and dressings. It’s best to slowly reintroduce dehydrated foods, nuts, seeds and nut butters. Any heavy desserts like pies, chocolates and ice creams should be introduced after day 7. If you can’t hold out that long be sure the portion you eat is 1/3 of a serving and listen to how your body responds. Be conscious while eating and establish new health supporting eating habits.

Check out my next post when I share with you the details of our Liver/Gallbladder Flush… never a dull moment in Canada!

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Happy 101 Blog Award

Raw Goddess Heathy bestowed the Happy 101 Blog Award upon me. Thank you Heathy! So with this fine award I’m now obligated to fulfill the rules listed below. The “10 things that make me happy” is the easy part, but 10 bloggers part is tough since I only read a few blogs and Heathy named most of them. If you ask someone working in television what their favorite TV show is they’ll probably tell you they don’t watch TV. Well, I guess that kinda applies to me as well… I don’t read many blogs. So part 2 of the rules (name your top 10 favorite blogs) is next to impossible but I’ll do what I can.

Here are The Rules:

“List 10 things that make you happy, try to do at least one of them today, and tag 10 bloggers that brighten your day. For those 10 bloggers who get the award, you must link back to my blog!”

10 things that make me happy:
  1. East Coast sunrises.
  2. The love I get from family and friends.
  3. Sharing the blessings of the live food lifestyle.
  4. Spending time with Heathy in Canada, Florida or where ever.
  5. Sunset surf sessions on the Pacific.
  6. A solid ground swell with light off shore winds.
  7. Fresh durian with vanilla and nutmeg.
  8. The smell of kale chips in the dehydrator.
  9. Ever expanding global consciousness.
  10. Living in the Barbie Beach House.

Top Ten Favorite Blogs and youtube channels… I’ll just list the ones I’ve been to in the past 3 months

  1. Raw Goddess Heathy
  2. A Drop of Joy – Joshua Pfeil
  3. The 95th The Iron Men of Metz
  4. Yoga Soul Coach – Anna Dajero
  5. GoRawMe – Jensey

Keep it Live!

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