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Samstag, 15. Mai 2010

Perfect Brekkie & simply "YES"

Good Morning!

My fave brekkie these days is: Mango as 1st course followed by Banana and Dates cut in little pieces. I've been seriously falling for Medjool Dates. They are the bomb. Quite expensive though. But well: invest in your health!

Have a fine day and feel free to adopt my motto for this day: Yes.

Yes, right. Simply "Yes". Yesyesyes. :)

Sonntag, 28. Februar 2010

Beat the "Crackao"-addiction

Before going to AWI in Puerto Rico I think I had dark chocolate almost every day. Since Jan 16th I've eaten it just twice (yay!).

Really helpful in drastically diminishing my appetite was this article, that I can hightly recommend to anyone who has a hard time battling the addiction to "crackao":

This one here is also interesting:

Waaay healthier treats are carob pods (introduced to me by John Kohler from - thanks for this. I was truly enraptured while eating it). They taste like candy bars, but beware of the pits inside of them. So far no success in tracking some down in Germany ... grrrr. Yet another reason to emigrate ...

Medjhool Dates also make a neat sweet treat (not everyday maybe, I think they might become addictive too).

Wanna feel comatose? Combine fats & fruits

Originally I started this blog with the intention to immerse myself in raw cuisine. The idea was to post my progress in the direction of creating more and more elaborate dishes (raw "gourmet" stuff so to speak).

I started this blog right after returning from a two-weeks certificate course at Ann Wigmore Institute in Puerto Rico. As one can see on this blog I stacked up on nuts and seeds and created (mostly) nice tasting concoctions that combined fruits and considerable amounts of fat.
What struck me was, that I experienced phases of extreme exhaustion during the first two weeks after my return. Before my detox at AWI I had done up to 8 hours endurance training a week. Afterwards I had to drag myself to get physically active, I felt like sleeping all the time. I have a history of feeling fatigued often, but that was something else ...

I told my "living foods mentor" (hey Mike;-) - and all he said was "fruits". He then explained to me that the combination of fruits and fat has not a healthy effect on the body at all. Well, I immediately abolished those combinations - and felt better almost right away. I immersed myself in the 80/10/10 (80 percent carbs, 10 percent protein; 10 percent fat) concept by Dr. Douglas Graham, and the more I read the more it felt intuitively logical and a path worthwhile to follow. Which I am doing by a reduction of my fat intake and an increased consumption of fruit and hey, it feels right.

I have never eaten much fruit before, as I could just bear it on an empty stomach. Which I now do too, basically, I just have way more. And the more I eat, the more I want to have it. So, no raw cuisine recipes for the time being. As I feel the simpler and closer to their original state I eat my meals, the better for me. Which also means: Raw gourmet cuisine is nothing that I feel like pursuing much more at this point, as most of it is packed with dishes high in nuts and seeds.

Montag, 22. Februar 2010

Broccoli Salad with Red Bell Peppers, Dried Tomatoes, Alfalfa Sprouts and Pine Nuts

Had intended to prepare Chickpea Hummus with soaked dried tomatoes for dinner, BUT chickpeas were not ready yet (they need at least another day of sprouting). So I had to make use of the rehydrated tomatoes otherwise. Which led to preparation of pictured creation. Dressing was made of nutritional yeast flakes, lemon juice and about a tablespoon of olive oil. Made great chopstick-food. Love eating with chopsticks. Will get some neat wooden ones as soon as I can find a nice pair.

Raw Puerto Rican Mofongo German Style

I had raw Mofongo for the first time at the vegan restaurant Zona Naturale in Aguada, Puerto Rico. It was the first raw "gourmet" meal after doing a two weeks certification course on Living Foods at the Ann Wigmore Institute while eating (mainly) papaya and energys soup (okay, I skipped that one during the second week).

Traditionally it is prepared with fried plantains, garlic and all sorts of beefy stuff. As we don't have plantains here in Germany, I used a banana instead (guess the plantains provide a much tastier color ...).

Semi-dehydrate banana cut in thin stripes.
Marinate Zucchini in Soy sauce and garlic (tastes fine like this, but I dehydrated them a bit).
Mash warm banana with fork, add crushed garlic, a dash of salt and (my version) a bit of hot pepper. Eat still warm - er ... and with eyes closed.

Second breakfast

These organic oranges were sooooooooo good! Already looking forward to having some again for breakfast tomorrow morning. Sort of had forgotten how lecker (that's formal 'yum' in German) they can be. It is also a sheer pleasure to cut them with my new (and - oh so - very sensitive) ceramic knife.