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Green Poop!

Yep, I said it! Green Poop! Surprised? You may be after you drink green smoothies, go to the bathroom, turn around and see what has come out the next day. Chances are it’s going to be green. Really really green. But please don’t freak out. It’s completely normal and harmless. What you are looking at is chlorophyll (what makes plants green) and is harmless. It’s a good thing! It means you are consuming enough greens (finally!).

But what if you haven’t been eating your greens like good little boys and girls? What then? According to GreenPoop.org (yes…it exists) it could be caused from eating a really poor junk food laden diet or digestive problems, in which case, is not good. So, make sure it’s the good green and not the bad by drinking your green smoothies. Your mama (and me!) will be so proud of you!

p.s. I spared sharing a photo on this subject for you. You can thank me later.

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Flax Crackers

Say hello to my new addiction. Flax crackers! They really hit the spot when you need something hearty to munch on. Nutty and delicious.

Flax Crackers

1 1/2 cups ground flax seed

1 cup water

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. Himalayan sea salt

Grind the flax seeds in a coffee grinder or high speed blender until it is a meal consistency. This should only take about a minute.

The flax seeds should look like this after they are ground.

Next, mix in salt, garlic powder and onion powder. Then mix in water.  The flax seed mixture will become gelatinous and will be able to keep it’s shape. Place mixture onto a telflex sheet (or silicone sheet in my case).

Spread mixture evenly across sheet with a rubber spatula.

Once it is evenly spread out, take the edge of the spatula and run it through the mixture to create cracker sized pieces.

It should look like this.

Pop this in the dehydrator at 105 degrees for 12 hours, then flip the crackers over and dehydrate for another 4-6 hours until they are crispy. I prefer to keep them soft in the center so I only dehydrate them for 4 hours on the second side.

I am addicted to them topped with this fantastic Macadamia Cheese Recipe, compliments of the great Karen Knowler. Another suggestion is to spread mashed avocados on them., but I haven’t been able to get past the cheese recipe.

Coco-Nutty Bananas

I came up with this one night when I was craving something sweet. It’s easy, simple and totally hits the spot.

1 Banana
1Tbsp. Almond butter (or organic natural peanut butter)
2 tsp. Honey
1 Tbsp. Chocolate sauce (recipe below)

Mix almond butter and honey in the bottom of a small bowl and spread to coat bottom of the bowl. Slice the banana and place slices on top of the almond butter mixture. Drizzle with chocolate sauce and enjoy.

Chocolate Sauce
1 Tbsp. Unsweetened baking Cocoa
1 tsp. Agave nectar (or a bit more to taste)
1 tsp. Water

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth.

Giving Blood

Confession: I am a needlephob. So, when I saw flyers around the office this morning advertising blood donations, my first reaction is to take my usual stance of rejection because I despise needles that much. But after thinking about it for a while (and the nudge of a friend who needed moral support) I decided to do it. Why? Not for the free t-shirt (even though it’s cool) or the free zoo passes (bonus for the kids) or even the satisfaction of selflessly giving something of myself to someone who needs it (Ok, maybe a little of that) but because I wanted to have the free blood work results. You see, since I have started on this raw food journey I have not had any kind of blood work done. The normal things relating to the body and the changes that I have experienced fascinate me.

The first things they do for you is to check your blood pressure. Normal.

Second thing they do is check your body temperature. Spot on at 98.6.

Third thing they check is your pulse. 65. Whatever that means.

Even asked about my iron levels. Normal! Hehe.

The other fear I have had with donating blood besides the whole needle issue is the possibility of becoming lightheaded and even fainting after it’s all said and done. I have never fainted and didn’t want to start. I am happy to report that I have had neither incident happen thus far.

However I have noticed an increase in appetite. I must go eat something. Maybe it’s time for some raw brownie balls.

Seasonal Eating

Hi Everybody!

I went to the Farmer’s Market this past weekend and found some great delicious treats such as fresh peaches, home grown tomatoes, several different varieties of watermelon, cantaloupe that are bursting with flavor and a new find being the Irish melon. It’s so important to eat what is in season.

I made a video to show you all what the Irish melon looks like and to talk a little about why we all need to eat with the seasons.  Enjoy!

Tropical Rice

One of the traditional things to do with the family in the summer time is to have a cookout. There is no need to avoid such get togethers when there are delightful dishes such as this that can be enjoyed by all. This light dish is perfect for those hot summer days. The blend of savory and sweet, but not too sweet, satisfy the taste buds while the addition of papaya adds a tantalizing twist.

Tropical Rice

2 lbs. of Jicima

1/2 cup unsweetened Coconut Flakes

1/4 Pineapple, chopped

1/4 Papaya, chopped

1 Lime, juiced

1″ Ginger, finely graded

1 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

Peel jicima and chop into large chunks. Add to food processor and pulse until it is a rice consistency. Add lime juice, ginger and salt. Pulse until blended. Place mixture in a large bowl. Add coconut flakes and mix together. Add pineapple and papaya chunks and gently fold in. Enjoy!

Patience with the process

Dear Reader,

I’ve explained a bit about how my raw food story began in an earlier post and in the emotional eating article I recently had published. What I wanted to tell you today is that I didn’t expect from changing the way I eat is the clarity and deep desires of my soul to emerge. Once I worked past some of the harder surface work, amazing things started to happen to my sense of well being. I became content with myself. Or more relaxed if you will. I had finally started to show love and compassion towards myself and allowed myself to heal. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve only been at this for a little over a year and still have a lot of built up junk to work through. It takes time to heal a lifetime of toxic eating and thinking. But, I have learned to be patient with myself and marvel at the process. Thank you for following my blog!

Sincerely,
Natalie

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