Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Missing/Not Missing

This is different than clown meat, I'm hoping.

Since moving over to plant-based eating, I have been asked if I miss meat. The answer is no, I do not. Sometimes I miss cheese, although some of the raw nut cheeses I've had are pretty okay as a substitute. I miss the idea of bread, but I know that the reality of bread and bread-y food stuffs make me feel less than awesome. My desire to feel awesome usually outweighs my desire for pancakes.

What I ate today:

  • coffee
  • 1 banana
  • apple slices with almond butter
  • 3 carrots w/ tahini (This tahini isn't raw.)
  • jicama
  • salad w/ mixed lettuce, tomatoes, pine nuts, avocado, white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, nutritional yeast
  • 1 zucchini
  • c o f f e e 
  • Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Drink (Acquired taste.)
  • 6 Kalamata olives

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Little Interview That Could

Photo: James Elliot Bailey for Prevention Magazine

Last year, I did the interview published in Prevention Magazine about how I eat, and the positive effects I experienced with that change. The article then appeared in another Prevention quarterly called Eat Clean. Now, the interview has been included in a new book called Eat for Extraordinary Health and Healing. 

The book is a sort of medical dictionary about how the foods you choose to eat can alter your health and I'm all about it. My interview is included on page 460 of this giant book. I'm not getting paid to sell it - it's just pretty cool and I thought you all might be interested. 


What I ate today:

• coffee
• smoothie: banana, almond milk, frozen pineapple, spinach
• salad: mixed lettuce, avocado, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, radishes, white balsamic, olive oil,      nutritional yeast
• raspberries
• strawberries
• 1 apple
• zucchini
• so much more coffee
• red curry: cauliflower, red chard, pea, sweet potato

Monday, June 20, 2016

Re-Raw and Some Health Stuff

Slowly, over the course of a number of months, I fell further and further away from the raw part of my raw, plant based situation. If you need to name it, I'd say I was doing more of an ovo/lacto deal, but really I'd best describe it as Birthday Cake Happens, People.

How did I look? Not so vibrant. How did I feel? Not so terrific. For now, I've come to the realization that raw works better for my body.

And then there's the health stuff.

I was feeling tired most days, getting to the point where I was so fatigued, I had to lay down in the afternoons. Not to sleep always, but just because I couldn't sit up anymore. I chalked it up to peri-menopause/parenting/being 51 years-old/maybe I'm just lazy. Then about three months ago, I started experiencing extreme, migrating (polyarticular) joint pain. One day it was excruciating to put weight on my right hip, hours later my hip was fine and my left knee was on fire, then my right ankle, then back to my hip.

I went to my regular, internal medicine doctor who through a series of blood tests, ruled out lupus, RA, HIV, gonococcal infection, rheumatic fever, sarcoidosis, Lyme, and bacterial endocarditis. He said it was a head scratcher and hoped that it was a weird virus that would run its course. He then referred me to a rheumatologist.

The rheumatologist did more of the same type of tests and found the same type of results. She hoped it was a weird virus that would run its course and asked me to come back in a month. In the meantime, I started working with an acupuncturist and a chiropractor to help relieve the symptoms. It sort of, kind of helped.

I then got a referral to an MD who uses a blend of western medicine and eastern/holistic medicine and who's known for being a good diagnostician. He gave me a complete physical, with an extensive intake interview. He ordered 23 different blood tests. When I returned three weeks later to go over my test results, he greeted me with, "Well, you are VERY interesting." I did not want to be interesting but there it was.

For over an hour, he took me through the thirty pages of results. Diagnosis? I have a lot going on, the most notable problems being Epstein-Barr virus, Parvo virus, and a strain of Lyme not covered in the previous testing. The Lyme causes the joint pain, and fatigue. The Epstein-Barr and Parvo virus both have extreme fatigue as major symptoms. This explained my pain and also my need for coffee at regular intervals to keep me going.

He prescribed a number of medications; some traditional prescriptions and many non-traditional herbs, tinctures, and an IV vitamin mix. He explained that my recovery would be up and down and that I would sometimes feel worse before I felt better. He predicts that I will be back to best in six months to a year. After three week on all these new protocols, my joint pain is all but gone. I feel a whisper of it now and then, but it's nothing like it was. I have energy highs and lows but the highs are a little higher than they used to be. Sometimes I feel like hell, as predicted.

For my part, I am able to exercise again now that the joint pain is relieved. I am back to raw since I felt so great on it before. I'm resting when I can and not feeling guilty or lazy about it.

I am hopeful.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Le Cordon Blog

Please enjoy my dynamic selfie skills.

Today I was a guest speaker at the cooking school, Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena. I got to talk about writing and blogging and raw vegan food and me and me raw vegan food blog writing and  - you get the idea.

My friend Janice is a teacher there and she invited me to talk with two different classes. The classes were full of cool students who asked good questions and wore nifty white chef-y jackets. I did not have a nifty white chef-y jacket but I'll try to get over it.

I admire people who want to cook for a living. Preparing food for others is such a nurturing and creative pursuit. High five Le Cordon Bleu-ers!

What I ate today:

• coffee
• banana
• handful of raw cashews
• apple, raisin oatmeal w/almonds
• almond milk latte
• green salad w/ mixed lettuce, cherry tomatoes, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, olive oil, and nutritional yeast
• of course, more coffee
• 5 green olives
• 1 Fuji apple w/ almond butter

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Eagle Has Landed

We received a Vitamix for Hanukkah last month from Mr. Rosenberg's folks. It is amazing and powerful and ginormous. Our kitchen is so small, (say it with me - how small is it?) it looks as if we drove a sports car onto the counter. My friend Karen gave me a nut milk bag (I know. That's what it's called.) and a lovely glass carafe for storing nut milk.

I soaked a cup of almonds overnight and gave the Vitamix a test-drive with the almonds and two cups of water. I mushed the almond pulp/water/stuff through the bag and what came out was a lovely almond milk. I added a little vanilla at the end. This liquid bore almost no taste resemblance to the store-bought almond milk that only has 9% almonds in it. (Mostly water and chemically-stuff in that.) It was a success all around. More will be happening.

What I ate today:

• 2 bananas
• coffee
• almond milk
• 1 apple
• salad w/ kale, avocado, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, olive oil, nutritional yeast
• green juice w/ kale, spinach, cucumber, apple, lemon, ginger
• salad w/ baby lettuce, herbs, white balsamic vinegar
• carrots and celery

Monday, November 23, 2015

It's No Turkey

On Thanksgiving, this will be happening. I know "Gardein Holiday Roast Day" doesn't have quite the snap that "Turkey Day" has to it, but it will do. I'm trying a different brand this year. (Last year was the Field Roast Celebration Roast.) My expectations will be low and my sides will be many. We're expecting 8 - 12 people this year.

I'm trying out this Bobby Flay recipe my friend Jen sent me because what's Thanksvegan without a little kale? There will be vegan mashed potatoes, and a sweet potato or squash situation that I have yet to decide on. Maybe some green beans. Not a lot of raw, but a lot of vegan-y things. I'm thinking of picking up a vegan pumpkin pie or two from Whole Foods. (The one I got last year at a local vegan restaurant super-sucked.)

*This is not a Gardein Holiday Roast sponsored post. I don't even know if I'll like this little veg-brick yet. I'll let you know.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Fuyu. No, fuYU.

Have you guys ever had a Fuyu persimmon? Until very recently, I had only had the pointy kind of persimmons that have black seeds and are only good if they are mushy because if you eat them before they're ripe you can't get the bad feeling out of your mouth for a couple of hours.


Fuyus are fantastic. No seeds, not even a core, you can eat the whole thing. They have more of a pear-like texture but still taste persimmon-ish. These are my new favorite (raw) thing, and it's persimmon season right now so they're around. You should get some.

That's all. Just have a Fuyu and thank me later.