Preparing Your Nuts & Seeds For Better Digestion

 
It’s pretty rare to see me snacking or eating any nuts or seeds, mostly because: 1) I kind of never crave them 2) eating too much fat makes me instantly tired and brings back my dizziness and 3) I don’t have the patience to soak nuts for when the craving ever do hit me! 
So eventually I came up with this awesome idea to just do a large batch of soaked and then hydrated seeds to make adding them easy and guilt-free!

But you would’ve thought that with a huge jar with pre-prepared seeds would make me more prone to use them in salads?
Unfortunately, no. But I thought I would share this non-original brilliant idea anyway!
Also, I'm going to get a hair-analysis in the near future, and thought that if I was missing something like zink, I know where to turn.

Want to know why soaking is important? Keep reading…
I trust Isabel enough to ignore the science part: just jump to the Salad Seed Mix Recipe!
 
Why Is Soaking Nuts, Seeds, Grains and Legumes Important?
Our clever Nature has set up an intelligent defense mechanism for the nut/seed/grain which is made up of nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances to ensure its survival until proper growing conditions are formed. This stops it from germinate prematurely or for predators to consume to the point where no seed is left, which equals no future plants.
These nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances are enzyme inhibitors like phytic acid, tannins and goitrogens. Fortunately, they can be minimized or removed by some good old soaking. Naturally a nut/seed/grain would fall to the ground, rain would pour and it would get wet which would then germinate to produce a plant. By soaking our nuts and seeds we’re mimicking nature.

Phytic Acid is one of the biggest enzyme inhibitors that’s on the outer layers of the bran. Every nut & seed has different levels of it and, if eaten raw, their phytic acid may prevent our body from digesting important minerals like calcium, iron and zinc potentially leading to severe mineral deficiency and bones diseases such as osteoporosis. - We don’t want this.

Benefits
So now that we know the importance of soaking, we can reap several benefits from this simple action:

  • Soaking encourage the production of beneficial enzymes
  • Increases the amounts of vitamins 
  • Improve vitamin and mineral uptake
  • Breaks down gluten and easifies digestion
  • Makes proteins more readily available for absorption
  • Helps neutralize toxins in the colon and keep the colon clean
 
By soaking we boost the production of beneficial enzymes like lactobacilli and other helpful organisms to break down and neutralize a big portion of the enzyme inhibitors and toxins in grains. So we also get some good bacterias while we’re at it!

How Long and in What?
A minimum of seven hours in warm/room temperature water will neutralize the seeds natural defense.
You can enjoy your soaked batch wet, or store it in the refrigerator. Usually, to prolong their lifespan, anything soaked should be dried in a dehydrator or oven on the lowest possible setting 40-50°C to remove all moisture. 

Here’s a list on the most common nuts and seeds and their recommended soaking time:
 

Salad Seed Mix Recipe

 
 
Okay, so I just did this on a whim and don't know exacly how much seeds I used. Except I know for sure I used 200g organic pumkin seeds. The rest was done using eye-measurements. I did the pumkin seeds first and in an after thought I made the sunflower and sesame seed mix.

TIME
1-2 Days
 
APPLIANCES
1 1L Jar
1 Bowl
Dehydrater/Oven/Sunny & Dry Weather
A few bags of preferred nuts & seeds

 
1. Add your nuts or seeds in a bowl and cover them with enough warm/room tempraure water (Optional: with some sea salt ). Soak them over night for about 8 hours or time required.
 
 
2. When done soaking, drain and rinse the nuts and seeds.
Either refrigerate the soaked nuts and seeds and consume within 24 hours or dry them in a dehydrator/oven on the lowest setting.
 
There’s a lot information saying you should dry the nuts and seeds for about 12-24 hours. But I’m unsure, it probably depends on your oven. I have a convection oven which means it blows heated air instead of heating radiators from top to bottom. This makes the food dry faster. The pumpkin seeds and the sunflower/sesame seed mixture I had in the oven for about 3-6 hours with open door until they were completely dry. I also went once an hour to stir the seeds up for even dryness. After six hours they were moisture-free.
I then took them out, letting them cool before putting them in the jar. 

 
3. Finish off by storing in an airtight container.
NOTE: It’s very important that they are completely dry before going into a container, just the tiniest bit of moisture can set up mold to grow. Remember also that bigger nuts like almonds can take longer to dry if you don’t hack them up nicely.
 
So tell me, what's your favorite nut or seed?
 
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Ewa Lie Brownies - Made Vegan!

After getting the worst stomach problems and uncontrollable gases from experimenting with gluten-free substitutes last year I then haven’t spent much time at that section. Most brands and products there are crap with tons of additives that doesn’t make any sense. If you’re not in a real Health Food Store then I would tell you to not bother and just go grain-free.

This weekend though, I went by to see if anything had changed.
The gluten-free section in the store has grown since a year back, and there’s now more options to choose from. Still, many crappy product I wouldn’t want my child near... But there was this one organic brand Ewa Lie, that caught my eye and got to follow me home.

But I didn’t realize until I got home that you’re supposed to add: 200g of Butter, 1 1/4 dl milk and 2 eggs. Of course I had to try to make these vegan, which I managed, and they turned out to be really juicy and d e l i c i o u s!
 

Ewa Lie Brownies

1Tbs Organic Coconut Oil
1 1/4 DL Vegan Milk of Choice (I used Organic Rice Milk)

I then used 2Tsp Tapioca pearls with some hot water as an egg-substitute, which I desperately failed with because it was my first time using them. It became just like those silver pearls you can buy as sprinkles... Huge fail in other words.
But considering that the batter already has a thickener, and seeing as the pearls did nothing and the batter still became thick, you can just as well do without!
But I would experiment with some hot water if the batter doesn't get thick.
 
For more product by Ewa Lie and where to buy.
 
INGREDIENTS:
Wholegrain Rice Flour, Ra Cane Sugar, Chocolate Flakes (Raw Cane Sugar, Cacao, Cacao Butter, Emulsifier: Sunflower Lecithin), Cacao Powder, Wholegrain Millet Flour, Thickener: Locust bean gum, Bourbon Vanilla, Sea Salt. May contain Soy. All Organic Product.

Ayurveda Diet Update

 
Maybe you remember back in November, I mentioned I was dwelling into the world of Doshas? Maybe you wonder how it all went?
Well, I learned a thing or two from it and I will begin with the things that Ayurveda has helped me with and which lessons I've taken with me from the journey.
 
(OBS: Put in mind that my opinions are only based on a ~2 months experience. Personally I believe you should stick to a diet longer than that for true results.)
 
1. Listen to Your Body - No brainer, but the whole idea of Doshas and how your superior Dosha differs from seasons to age, and even the time of the day is a lesson learned in feeling out yourself and your body. So when you follow this simple step you will understand why your body thrives on juicy, sweet and cooling foods in the summer, and why it may like the warm and heavier foods in the winter. This brings you closer to yourself and the Universe in general.
 
2. Letting Yourself Feel What You Feel - I noticed pretty quickly the fire I had in yoga during the summer and early fall developed into something more slower and deeper during winter.
I've mostly stopped my immense training that I used to do, to only doing Yin yoga and a lot of meditation. And it's been okay if not even great going inwards. It's the season, it's my body, the fire will come back, I trust myself enough to take this break, gain some weight and focus on the inside for while. It all has just taught me how to be more grounded.
 
3. The Power of Herbs & Neem - I'm not a big fan of supplements, especially not commercial ones or lifetime-takers. But I do think that if you're feeling unbalanced during a period in your life, it's better to turn to some natural remedies of dried herbs in pellet-form. These will not disturb your body by putting foreign objects like the chemical stuff you buy at the drugstore - Book to read: The Healing Code.
My problem seems to have something to do with the digestive track and/or being hormonal. Because diet didn't seem to cut it I figured I'd take help from some Ayurvedic herbal remedies. Together with Triphala I used Guduchi & Neem for regulate the liver and eliminate toxins - excess hormones are taken care of by the liver. Later I switch to Neem & Sarsparilla which helps for healthy skin and the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, acne and rosacea.
There was a significant change in my skin after a month that also lasted off the pill. I still believe Guduchi & Neem was the most powerful one, that gave me detox symptoms in the form of headache and lethargy.
 
And now to the things that I felt did not do it for me...
 
1. The Dosha Diet (subjective) - I tried eating after Pitta for about 2 months very strictly, but it just didn't work for me.
My troubles didn't seem to pass by avoiding carrots, beets and my staple the banana. I actually felt much better when incorporating them back into my diet! But as said before, following the dosha diet objective, looking at the whole picture, goes along fine. I just don't think too much bananas was the devil of my problems. But this could also be because a Pitta-diet is mostly made for the summer.
Now I did agree upon less spice the better for my tummy. And even though arugula is no match for spinach, I did find it making my skin glow somehow more.
 
2. Ghee - It was kind of my way of showing how deep I was ready to try Ayurveda. I didn't cook or eat any other dairy products except for eggs occasionally. In the beginning I thought I saw some benefits, but in the end I don't believe I will make another batch of this. I still think it's just as a good cooking fat as Coconut oil, it's one of the more stable ones so if you're okay with dairy this one should be used. But I have always been pretty much against all kinds of dairy since I was a child (but I'll admit that cheese in my eyes is another artifact...). Just because it's "clarified" doesn't make it Not from another animals breast - iow: not for humans to consume. So in the end, I wasn't that impressed by it.
 
3. Wrong Food Combining - This is not a strike to Ayurveda itself but the book I was following. I think I mentioned this when posting one of the breakfast recipes in the book. Ayurveda in general educate in proper food combining, which is actually an important part of a healthy Ayurvedic diet. So I was a bit sad that they didn't put emphasis on this in the book, because I believe this is one of the things that would help Swedes make better food choices.
If you don't want to change your diet, change the way you eat it.
 
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END NOTES
Short review of the book: It's one of the few books that I have that actually delivers good recipes. Me and my hubby loved all the curry dishes! I also was very pleased to see simple DIY spice mixes and find a few raw food recipes even though they were high fat. I do think this book teaches you the basics of how to incorporate Ayurveda in Sweden, and doing things from the ground.
 
+ I also wanted to add that I got very into Ayurvedic skincare after ones dosha. And maybe this was the most profound thing that helped my skin. By identifying myself as Pitta I learned that my skin is very sensitive and so is my body and mind. If I get upset it will upset my stomach and will then show off on my face. Same thing happens when I upset my stomach with the wrong types of foods. We often times don't see stress in the form of food or what we apply on our bodies. But this lesson taught me to lean towards more gentle and milky cleansers, and also indulge in cooling and moisturizing oils; keeping it simple as possible. Just doing this alone has helped my skin be less irritated and less acne-prone. But what I did feel at the end was that this isn't just something "Pitta's" should do. We all have different grades of sensitivity, but we all should treat ourselves, our bodies, our skin with kindness. Like the gentle glass vase we are. 
 
Do you eat or have you ever tested eating according to Ayurveda?
Any similar or right opposite thoughts on my opinions?
I'd be thankful if you shared!

Frozen Strawberry Breakfast

 
YIELD
About 0.5L/2 Cups
 
INGREDIENTS
2 dl Vanilla Milk (Any nut- or oatmilk will do + vanilla extract)
Frozen Organic Strawberries
Frozen Organic Bananas
Frozen Pineapple
1-2 Organic Kiwi
+ Ripe Banana
 
EXTRAS
Goji Berries
Fresh Shredded Coconut meat
Organic Rolled Oats
Pomegranate
Chopped banana
Diced Mango
 
- Blend all of the ingredients into desired consistency, putting the frozen things first with the milk.
- Pour into a bowl and add the final touches.

TIP
- Let the frozen fruits lay out a few minutes before, so they won't get stuck in the blender. If you have a Vitamix or other high speed blender, ignore this.
- Of course you can add a bit of spinach into this blend to make it even more healthy!



Maybe the weather doesn't really call for frozen food if you live in Sweden, so if you don't feel like the sorbet-consistency, this could of course be done with fresh instead of frozen fruit! Depending on how big your blender or food processor is and how much you want, I usually just take about a fist of the strawberries and then a bit more of the pineapples. Now, I do put a fresh ripe banana in there also to smoothen out the consistency, therefore I will put a little less of the frozen bananas.
The last couple of weeks I've been indulging in this breakfast and feeling quite satisfied and happy. I must warn you, the taste is very addictive! But if you still feel hungry after this, you probably haven't carbed up, so add another banana!
I love having Goji berries in frozen things, they get all crunchy and pulverize in your mouth.
It's kind of a heavy job, but I do recommend making your own batch of fresh shredded coconut which you'll have in the freezer, and at least the shredding part becomes so easy and fast with a food processor!

Pitta Balancing Raw Chia Pudding

 
Here's something to indulge in the weekend!
It's saffron season, so I thought I'de be nice sharing this recipe with you :)
It is in no way good food combing, and for that I don't really know when to recommend eating this, but definitely not in the morning, maybe as a midday snack? Anyhow, it's just warming, filling and plain delicious!

2 PEOPLE
2 tbsp Chia Seeds
1 1/2 water or preferred milk
1/2 pinch of Saffron
1 tbsp shredded Coconut
4 chopped dried figs
1 dl fresh or frozen raspberries

Let the chia seeds, liquid, saffron and shredded coconut mix and sit for about 10 minutes until it becomes a thick-like pudding consistency. Then mix in the chopped dried figs and top it off with some raspberries.

- Here I've used Oat Milk and also topped it off with some pomegranates which is also Pitta balancing.
If you need more sweetness you can always use some drops of flavored stevia or some coconut sugar.
Have a beautiful and wonderful weekend!
 
Recipe taken from the book "Food is My Medicine" by Janesh Vaidya
 Bokomslag Maten är min medicin : ayurveda i ditt kök (kartonnage)

the ayurvedic way.

 
This week I started eating after the Ayurvedic way to see if I can get some kind of... oh what's it called?
Anyhow, I haven't gotten the results acne-wise I've wanted with raw food as I've probably mention somewhere before. It is absolutely better than what it was a year ago, but it feels like something is missing. So I'm inspired to test new things, still holding on to the vegan/vegetarian ways. I've done my food-shopping for the week so I'm all set for eating more "Pitta balanced".
I'm no expert, and doing those Dosha-tests doesn't make me wiser in what body type I am. I think I went mad after doing ten different tests, and everyone came out different! haha The only test that I felt was correct was the one saying I'm Tridoshic, which is said to be rare. However, when I concentrate on the specific problem one could give, too much Pitta can cause skin problems. So with that information I took the conclusion to eat more Pitta decreasing foods.

I won't go all thorough of what I will eat and try to avoid but here's a general list:
Decrease or Avoid - citrus fruits, avocado, sour apples and berries, bananas, peaches and apricots, most nuts and seeds, most oils, salty and spicy foods, white sugar, buckwheat, linseeds, alges, carrots, beets, tomatoes, spinach, leeks and onions.
Increase - kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, fennel, green beans, cilantro, ruccola, corn, potatoes (including sweet), cauliflower, cucumber, celery, squash, cabbage, peas, quinoa, oats, pineapple (if mature), sweet berries and apples, sweet plums, raisins, figs, dates, pomegranate, melons, mango, hampa seeds, kokonut, falx seeds, chia seeds, ghee, coconut oil, most vegetable milks, saffron, turmeric, mint, honey, green juices.

I like to take the avoid-list first, because then when you read the eat-list you realize there's actually much to eat and it doesn't conflict too much with my mainly chosen raw path. Although, bananas is  a staple and right now we have a fridge full of tomatoes... I will try to do my best, I'm even making my own Ghee!
I will probably do this until I feel like I'm not getting any results or until I see some! I will also report back in week!
Right now, after just four days, I feel like doing some adjusting to the diet.
In the book "Food is my medicine", one of the breakfasts for Pitta is this delicious Chia pudding with saffron. Problem is: it's fat in the morning. I haven't had that for a long time, so my body has been spoiled. Also there's no actual lunches or dinners per se in the book and most of them are cooked, but Pitta's should eat their heaviest meal for lunch. I tried that, and after the fatty breakfast and the heavy lunch I was ready to pass out around two o'clock! And suddenly I've become constipated?!
 
I've already found two faults in the diet:
1. Bananas - It is said to eat them in moderation or skip if constipated. The funny thing is that bananas prevent constipation. Makes no sense in other words, anyone who can explain?
2. Food Combining - If you do your research online you'll know Ayurveda is all about good food combing (I'm hoping to do a post on this soon!), but in this book there's none like it. Probably because it's been adjusted for us Swedes.

So I'll do some modifications here on forward, doing fat-free Pitta smoothies or eating melons as usual in the morning and for lunch, and then eat the fattening and heavier foods for dinner or as a snack.
And just L O V E-bomb me with affirmations that I'll have that smooth glowing skin I deserve!
Someday we'll find the answer, but we have to search for it to find it.
 
 
Do you eat according to Ayurveda?
Have you tried this diet? Any thoughts?
 

DIY: Sprouts

Sprouting makes it easier for our bodies to absorb and process the food, if we'd eat them raw we wouldn't get all the beneficial and it would just pass through our bodies leaving very little nutrients behind.
 
 
When talking about super foods, sprouts isn't really something to be first mentioned. But they are in fact one, if not the most, nutritious foods out there and it's so easy to make your own!
When first starting eating clean I thought I'd have to give up my precious Quinoa ('cause cooking is not allowed), and I had just bought a pack of Millet. Luckily I found out that all seeds and grains and legumes can be sprouted, and what more, they will be even more nutritious containing all the enzymes that would be ruined if cooked.
Since then I see sprouting as cooking, only it takes a bit more time than 15 minutes, but it's all worth it!
Examples on what you can sprout (but the list is kind of endless including almonds): alfalfa, lentils, garlic, peas, oat, wheat, corn, rice and broccoli.
 
Quinoa and Millet is one of the fastest grains to sprout, but it all depends on your taste. Quinoa takes about 8-12h - so it's perfect to just lay it in water over night - to 1-3 days depending on how long you want the tails to be. I personally like them at 1 1/2 days when the tails are about 5mm long.
Then we have lentils which are high in protein, which takes almost up to a week to sprout, but you can eat them as soon as the tail come out, they are really crunchy and are probably my favorites.
 
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
Any type of food that can sprout (check out links below)
A bowl or a Sprouting devise/jar (I bought mine at my local garden shop)
Water
Earth (Optional)
 
There's a few ways to sprout, but I do it the rinse and dry-way, and if you've bought a sprouting devise it will probably also come with directions.
First off, I put the sprouts in a bowl with cool water (~21°C) and let them sit over night. Then I rinse and let them dry - you can by now eat them if you are impatient. The first two days they should be covered in darkness. And every 3-8h or so rinse and let them dry, and repeat that process until they start showing their tails and harvest when you feel like it. You can always taste one and see.
 
If you'd like to go pro you can after two days of soaking the seeds plant them and let them grow into grass. This will give you a bigger harvest too. I haven't tried this yet so I'll just direct you to some sprouting sites down below.
 
 
SOURCES
Sprouts - A DIY Superfood
http://sproutpeople.org/
http://www.rawfoods-livingfoods.com/index.html

banana bread.

 
Who said you can't have cravings on a raw diet?!
I wouldn't go completely on attack here and say the diet is faulty, there's just something about Bread as there is about Mary...
 
Here's a really sweet delicious simple bread recipe, it's GLUTEN-free, DAIRY-free, EGG-free and if you want, you can also make it SUGAR-free! I sadly had some white sugar left so I used it up for this one, but now I have no refined sugar to turn to in this house!
 
INGREDIENTS:
3-4 ripe bananas
1/2 cup coconut sugar (or any sweetener of choice, can use less)
4 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar or extract
2 cups gluten-free flour (I used a buckwheat mix)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS:
1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F/175°C. Grease a 8x4" loaf pan or not if you have a non-stick.

2. Mash the bananas with a fork in a large bowl.

3. Add the sugar, vanilla, and water and mix well.

4. In a medium bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt together.

5. Pour the flour mixture into the bananas. mix well (if you want to add nuts, seeds, choco chips, or carob chips, nows the time to do so).

6. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.

7. Bake for 55-65 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the bread comes out clean. Let the bread cool completly before slicing.
 
And for this I also made some Chia Jam, which this beautiful girl that I found today can show you how to make!
Enjoy and don't forget to pin it and share (button on the left)!
 

Metaboost Drink

After reading about the energizing and alkalizing effects of ACV I one morning tried it for myself. I never thought I'd actually like the taste of ACV, and yes it burns your throat, but only the first sip. After a few times I really could say that it "woke me up". And it is such a great substitute for my regular detox tea that I actually don't like the taste of.
Later I found this recipe, tried it, and fell in love! Now I have it every single morning right after I wake up.
 
 
Recipe taken from jessicasepel.com:

Serves 1

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1-2 piece of  fresh ginger skinned and finely grated – ginger helps detoxify the body and aids digestion
  • juice of 1 whole lemon – lemon is high in vitamin C & acts as a cleansing agent for the liver
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar – alkalizes your body and acts as a digestive cleanser
  • dash of ground cinnamon – stabilizes blood sugar levels
  • great dash of cayenne pepper – powerful anti-inflammatory and cleanser
  • 1 or 2 tsp of raw honey/stevia
Mix all the ingredients in a cup and enjoy!
 
Alternatives:
Add all the ingredients to warm water - although wouldn't recommend it if you want the beneficial vitamin C which is very sensitive to heat.
I also add a little dash of the greatly beneficial Turmeric to my drink.
 
- I did not have Cayenne pepper at home and I forgot the honey in the picture, otherwise I use raw Buckwheat Honey to this drink which is the next best thing after Manuka Honey.

B/A & What I Eat

 
 What I eat in a day | RV-edition!

I posted a before and after photo a few days ago on Instagram, and I got some negative feelings from my loved ones, that I was too skinny, that I must have a problem. They saw right through my abs, which I think is unbelievable - because they are like rock solid and always there! Even after a 2 kilo watermelon meal!
And that is what I wanted to show off, my hard work. Instead they consentrated on my ribs, which I can't do much about, I've always been skinny upwards and heavier on my thighs and butt.
You will get toned on this diet, but it won't give you automatic muscles. I started lifting weights a month ago, and from there my muscles grew! I try doing some kind of sweaty activity at least twenty minutes a day, more than thirty I feel is too long. haha
 

Well, so I thought I'd share with you my daily meals.
But okay, I wouldn't necessary eat this all. 3kg melon, 1.5kg oranges and 1kg bananas (which are my staples right now) make up for 2250kcal alone. But this is just an indication of what I would snack on throughout the day and that it all makes up to over 2000kcal. I haven't gained or lost any weight in 2 months, I have tons of energy and focus, even though I'm underweight! (BMI ~17)

Last time I was this skinny, I was in no way this toned. I had no energy, would sleep through most days, my mood was always awful, I was depressed, and I would live on 1000kcal or below to maintain my weight, and was terrified going above or gaining weight. Now I feel healthy, I look healthy, there's only joy and gratefulness in my life, I have the body nature designed for us.

You must know, I did not go into raw foods to lose weight, I was actually pretty happy with my stable weight of four years. I would say I was fit back then, but in no way as toned as I am now. And who would've known the fat I was carrying were toxins, and that they would build up eventually, and maybe in my 30's I would be chubby and don't know what happened!

I turned to raw foods for my acne, nothing else has helped me as much as a piece of fruit. It's still not perfect, but at often times, the things that made us go on the raw foods diet in the first place will also be the one that takes the longest to heal. I've abused my body with accutane and antibiotics, with meat and dairy, and I don't expect to see overnight changes.

I have a better understanding of my body, the earth and life now. I don't feel so stressed about anything anymore. Not the way I used to. I can never see myself going back to the food I used to eat, not in a daily basis at least.
It's crayfish season now, and if I feel like eating it I will, without feeling "bad" afterwards. Because I know it's only once a year - and I try buying Swedish crayfish.
As much I choose to eat like this I also have no choice. If I go back I will probably get my cystic acne back, and I rather eat fruits the rest of my life than eat a typical meal with flavor explosion that will break out my face.
 
And where are my greens you may ask?
I don't believe in them (as in they were made to be consumed by humans) and see them just as a supplement. They are too nutritious to be ignored though, therefore I juice them or make green smoothies.
I can't be bother to chew through a big bowl of tasteless salad. It hurts my teeth and jaw, and since my taste buds been adjusted I get physically ill when I sprinkle on salad dressing, even if it's just lemon! My mood goes down, because there's nothing worse than a disgusting dinner to end the day with. In worst case scenario I will make a fruit dressing or just eat it with berries, but it is not my preferred choice of consuming vegetables.
But let say we lived without knowledge, that the greens pack high in nutrition, would you still eat it? Probably not. I'd stick to the nightshade fruits instead.
 
Nuts, seeds and oil?
I keep them in moderation. 1 Brazil nut for selenium 3-4 times a week at max. Oils are refined, better to eat fatty fruits or nuts than eat a refined oil. Seeds I often forget about, none of the above actually feels like something naturally occurring in the human diet. Nuts are sold year around, but the only time we would have access to them is in the fall. Yet, the ones that are sold is not fresh. I've had fresh nuts, and they are delicious and more watery. And the whole soaking-thingy just gets to my nerve. I want fast food, I can't be bothered to plan 24 hours ahead.
I stopped making frequent raw pies and crisp bread because I realized I was consuming +60% fat, which s not healthy! On my truly raw days I consume about 3-6% fat, and feel great. I've never felt any blood sugar problems.
 
 
Mother Nature had it all made for us, but we slipped away...
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
 

juicepresso

 
 Before going on vacation I saw a Groupon deal on a slow juicer. We've had our eyes on this Hurom juicer, but also wanted to await the latest model 07. But most of all I liked the sleek design.
The Groupon deal was on a similar but of course cheaper version. I did all my research and found it at same price-setting as a Hurom (~$399). The funny thing with these vertical masticating juicers is that all the parts are made by the same manufacturer. That means that you could have a Juicepresso and a Hurom/Omega Juicer switch parts and still working. And because of this I made the decision to hit that deal and paying only 1799 SEK!
 
Everything looked fine, but of course Groupon couldn't deliver in time; they said to deliver in 10 days, but it went to be a whole 2 months!
 Anyway, we got our baby and we couldn't be happier with it! It can be a little pulpy so we still have to strain, but that's the deal with vertical juicers I've read... That is, if you don't mind some pulpyness in your juice.
Comparing this one to mom's Philip's Centrifugal Juicer I would say that the quality of the Juicepresso is definitely like they show in the pictures - where the juice from a centrifugal is divided and the juice from a masticating is full and vibrant.
Yes, it is slower than a centrifugal that will have your juice in just seconds, but that doesn't mean it takes 30 minutes to juice. On average including cleanup, it all takes about 15 minutes (and I'm really fast in cleaning).
Having try both juicing styles I must say that it doesn't matter how easy it is to clean up, Cleaning is cleaning and it has to be done immediately before you'll even have time to taste your drink. And I'm not fond of this even if it takes a minute haha
 
Now, Peter and I have about three homes (Hudik/Sundvall/Summer cottage), so we'll invest in another, probably the new Hurom HU-07 in a near future. So we can enjoy freshly slow pressed juice wherever we are without having to pack this six kilo machine!

Carrot Popsicle & Sweet Bananas