Sunflower “Tuna” Wraps with Mustard Aoli

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“Tuna” filling:

  • 1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked for 4 hours
  •  3 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1/2 carrot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olives
  • 1/4 sundried tomatoes, soaked for 20 minutes
  • 1  garlic clove, minced
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • handful fresh dill
  • Tbs dijon mustard
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper

Pulse to a coarse chop in processor or high speed blender.

Wrap-collard greens with center stem cut out. Each leaf make 2 wraps. Wrap spoonful of filling with sunflower sprouts, veggie strips (celery, carrot, scallions, cucumber, daikon radish, etc, tomatoes, avocado ( any of your preferences.

Mustard Aoli

  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1 garlic clove
  • fresh herbs ( I like dill, but you can use rosemary, thyme, tarragon, whatever you like
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • 2-3 Tbs cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, drizzle into blender until sauce flows freely and liquefies

Place on side or inside wrap

Pasta with Creamy Tomato Sauce

In the video I am using the ingredients that I have on hand. I could have used Roma tomatoes and Italian herbs. the sauce was thinner with the juicier tomatoes but still amazingly delicious. I used cilantro and cumin. You can also use basil, thyme, oregano.

Noodles

  • 1 beet
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash

Spiralize and squeeze out excess water with paper towels.

Sauce

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 tomatoes
  • handful of fresh herbs
  • Tbs dried herbs
  • full fat coconut milk (chill overnight, use just the thick cream on top)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Liquefy in processor or blender

Pour sauce on the noodles and add fresh veggies and olives. I used 1/2 a red bell pepper and green olives from Trader Joes without vinegar or oil.

Thai Fried Rice (not fried and not rice)

My first attempt @ shooting and editing a 2 camera video (of myself no less). I can’t believe I forgot to take the curlers out of my hair, oops. The food was gone (after I ate it) so I couldn’t re-shoot. Next time I’ll look in the mirror first.

Also I need better lighting and sound. All in all I’m pretty pleased with the shooting and editing for my first try. 

Day 20 of my juice feast

Day 21
I had originally hoped to go at least 3 weeks and on the night of the 20th day I broke my fast. I didn’t feel myself all day. Foggy, down, anxious, a tightness in my chest that was disturbing. At my age and lifelong history of bowel issues, i don’t want to take huge chances, especially with my grueling schedule. In most of my past fasts, I would be hungry the first few days then not again for a week or two, flying high and wondering why I had ever felt the need for food. Then one day I would feel weak and starving and just know it was time to add food to my system, so I would. This time though I didn’t feel @ all hungry and was flying high the entire time. I think it’s because of the mass quantities of fruit juice. I also think I may have been consuming too much fruit sugar considering my past health issues. I don’t think I am clean enough yet to consume mass quantities of fruit for such a long time. And the vegetable juice just wasn’t satisfying enough. But cooked veggies… Now that’s satisfying. Cooking vegetables brings out their natural sugars and they become extremely satisfying.
I was also concerned because I am beginning a Pilates class today. Not the mat Pilates which I get bored with. I’d much rather practice yoga. But it’s the original Pilates with the equipment. My daughter has been doing it for a few months now and her body is in its best shape ever, after having her 2nd baby just 8 months ago. She loves Pilates now but in the beginning she told horror stories of how grueling it is, so I have been reluctant to try it. Knowing I had this class today and feeling as bad as I did yesterday I decided to break the fast.
Breaking a fast is perhaps the trickiest and most important aspect of any fast. It is also where most people make their mistakes. In fact, it can be extremely dangerous to your health if you’re not careful how you break a fast.
Fasting, living without solid food, allows the body’s digestive system to take a rest. The body has time and energy now to dig deep into the tissues and pull out disease deposits of toxins, mucus and unbelievable morbid matter. Fresh juices help to loosen and thin this matter, passing it into the blood stream until it is thin enough to pass through the kidneys. The thicker, caked waste that lines the walls of the intestines is also being worked on by the juices. If all of this waste becomes loosened too quickly without a bowel movement it becomes too much for all of the organs to handle. It is important to break the fast with laxative type foods not”so-called nourishing” foods. The sooner all of this loosened disease matter leaves the body, the better.
Breaking it with fruit can be dangerous because it tends to loosen up even more, and if the system is already overloaded with toxins, you must try to eliminate them first before loosening up more. On the other end of the spectrum, if you break your fast with dense foods, like proteins or starches, they can mix with all if these loosened poisons and have drastic reactions, like becoming a brick-solid mass in your intestines that has to be removed surgically. For the average person, cooked veggies is the way to go.
Once I made that decision, I was so excited to eat when I got home from work. I had been planning all along to break my fast with a green salad and some cooked spinach, and that is exactly what I did. I braised some chopped garlic in a tiny bit of coconut oil, added a big pile of baby spinach, a few other greens, a teaspoon of water and covered the skillet. Turned the heat down to low and let it steam for just a few minutes. My salad was chopped romaine, cucumber, celery and tomatoes with grated carrots. The dressing was avocado with lemon. I also had a few roasted beets. It was awesome.
I felt great and slept soundly but not having a bowel movement before bed I had some very disturbing dreams. This morning though I had a hugely successful colonic and am ready to face the day!!! Yay!!!
This fast has been an awesome experience for me. It is invigorating and inspiring for me to up the ante on my diet. I have been cruising along with it and become a little complacent. I am pumped now. The plan is to drink more juice during the day. I’ll add a big fruit juice to my usual big green one. And then a dinner of raw and cooked greens. If I’m still hungry I can add a sweet potato. I’d also like to try Ehret’s suggestion of eating like this a few days alternating a few days of juice fasting. I think that will be the smart and fastest way to cleanse my blood and tissues.
After all, cleansing my body of toxins and foreign matter has always been the goal, not to just go some arbitrary number of days without eating.
On with the journey.

In case anyone is interested, here is the list of what I’ve been consuming:

Day 17
16 oz. celery, cucumber, romaine, carrot, lemon
40 oz. papaya
1 qt. apple, carrot, sweet potato, lemon, cinnamon
1 qt. strawberry, pear, apple, cucumber
12 oz. cantaloup

Day 18
3 qt. apple, carrot, sweet potato, lemon, cinnamon
1 qt. strawberry, pear, apple, cucumber
1 qt. cantaloup
1 qt. orange

Day 19
1 qt. orange
1 qt. apple, carrot, sweet potato, lemon, cinnamon
1 qt. apple, tomato, cucumber, romaine, southern greens
2 qt. apple, carrot, sweet potato, lemon, cinnamon

Day 20
1 qt. apple, tomato, cucumber, romaine, southern greens
2 qt. honeydew, pineapple, cucumber
1 qt. strawberry, pear, apple

Spinach, southern greens, garlic, 1 t coconut oil
Salad: romaine, grated carrots, celery, cucumber, tomato, avocado w/ lemon
Beets

Day 16 Juice Feasting and Still Flying High

This journey has been very uplifting, both physically and mentally. I am on a very emotional high. Sometimes at work I get a little dingy, but that’s normal for me anyway, LOL. There really haven’t been any significant bumps in the road I am on. I am definitely losing weight. I don’t own a scale so I can’t tell you how much, but I feel lighter for sure. My hope though is to heal more aspects of my body than that, like my eyesight and my indigestion issues. I’ll keep you posted on those. But I know one of the reasons that I have maintained such energy and a sense of joy and well-being is that I have done a colonic every day of the fast. Also, I have been preparing for this with a transition diet for a few years now.

I checked out Costco over the weekend. Their produce department was very impressive, but the price difference between them and Trader Joe’s was minimal at best. It doesn’t make sense for me to spend the time and drive the distance for possibly a few pennies. I am extremely happy so far with the quality and choices I have at my local Joe’s.

I still had some sweet potatoes in my cupboard so I made a delicious concoction this morning.

  • 4 large organic Fuji apples
  • 2 lbs. organic carrots
  • 1 small organic sweet potato
  • 1 small lemon
  • Dash of cinnamon

1.5 qt. Wow, Yummy!!!

Day 11
1 qt. carrot, apple w lemon, honey and cinnamon
1 qt. beet, carrot, cucumber ,parsley w lemon n honey
Tea w lemon and honey
1 qt. tomato ,carrot ,cucumber ,parsley, lemon and honey

Day 12
16 oz grapefruit
1 qt. galia melon
1 qt. papaya
2 qt. beet, tomato, cucumber, apple ,parsley, lemon and honey

Day 13
1 qt. pear strawberry, lemon
1 qt. 1 pint strawberry, apple, lemon
2 qt. beet, celery, carrot, cucumber, romaine, parsley ,apple, lemon

Day 14
1 qt. watermelon
1 qt pineapple, galia melon
2 qt. beet, carrot, celery, romaine, cucumber
20 oz. melon, pineapple

Day 15
1 qt. cantaloup
1 qt. pineapple, cantaloup
1 qt. papaya
1 qt. tomato, lemon, stevia
1 qt. cucumber, carrot, tomato, lemon
22 oz. pineapple, cantaloup, papaya