Lemon Cream Pie with Chocolate Crust

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Crust

  • 1 1/2 C raw pecans
  • 1/3 C cocoa powder
  • Tbs coconut oil
  • 2-3 tbs raw agave

Process/blend to a sticky dough. Press into parchment lined springform pain and place in freezer.

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Filling

  • 3 C raw cashews soaked in water 20 mins and rinsed.
  • Juice of 3-4 lemons
  • 10 drops stevia
  • Tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 C coconut water. I use the leftover from a full fat can of coconut water. Refrigerate overnight so the cream rises to the top. Drizzle the water slowly into the blending lemon cream to achieve the desired consistency. Save the coconut cream in fridge for the whipped topping.

Spread evenly over crust and refrigerate or freeze to set.

Thaw before serving and top with coconut whipped cream.

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Coconut whipped cream

  • 1-2 cans of full fat coconut milk
  • Tsp vanilla
  • 5 drops of stevia or 1 tsp agave

Refrigerate coconut milk overnight. Spoon the cream that rises to the top into a chilled bowl. Whip until fluffy.

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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. 

Stop Counting Calories, Fat, Carbs and Sodium

Stop counting calories, fat, protein, carbs & sodium. If you are then you’re worrying about the wrong part of the label. First check the ingredients. Will the body recognize it as food. Will it be digested and assimilated or will it take time and energy for the body to figure out what it is and what to do with it. Keep in mind that water is the key to life and vitality. Our bodies are more than 75% water. Therefore if the foods that we eat are water based and water soluble they are assimilated, digested and easily broken down by our bodies.
Yes meat has more protein than veggies but because of  the time and energy it takes the body to glean the good nutrients from the dense dead matter it becomes negligible and dehydrating. Grains may be rich in carbs but are also dry and dense. The body processes them by converting them directly into sugar in the bloodstream. They actually effect the body in exactly the same way as alcohol. You get the carb high then you crash. At what loss of vitality health and longevity is all this difficult processing?
Raw greens may have less protein and carbs than meat or grains but they are water-filled and break down immediately and go straight into the blood  with no trouble or loss of energy. In fact they create immediate energy  not just a stimulation with a crash later. Meat and grains actually act as a stimulant or poison in the system.
When I check labels of processed foods I do look at fat calories but first I read what fats are there and what else is actually in it. Do I recognize the ingredients as food? Oils are a huge red flag for me. Our bodies do not digest cooked oils and practically all processed foods have been cooked or pasteurized. The only  digestible fats are raw plant based fats. If you see cold or expeller pressed oils on a label of a processed food ask yourself this: is this food cooked? If so what good is a cold pressed oil? It has been heated now right? Heated oils are rancid and poisonous to the body. I will occasionally eat a food with a small amount of oil in it, like certain marinaras. But I try to always eat them with plenty of vegetables.
The body needs fat but the only fats we really assimilate for lubrication of joints, eyes etc are raw plant based fats like avocado or cold pressed olive or coconut oil. Raw nuts and seeds are also digestible fats but they are so dense and  dry that they are dehydrating and difficult to digest so their benefits are negligible in an acidic compromised system. They can also be damaging if too many are eaten at a time. All other fats are stored in the body as fat.
Also in the ingredients list on labels I look for grains. Wheat flour, rice or rice flour, soy or soy flour are gluey and pasty. They are also so dry that they need a lot of energy to digest. They have a stimulating effect because they convert to sugar in the bloodstream. Athletes carb up and get temporary energy but at what cost. Foods that are carb and nutrient rich and still easy to digest are sweet potatoes and other root vegetables.
I also look for dairy products. Cow dairy is extremely indigestible for humans and it is sticky and gluey. You might have trouble wrapping your mind around this but cream and butter are easier to digest than milk, cheese or even yogurt. Cream and butter don’t contain the protein casein which is the indigestible protein in cows milk.
Greasy foods like cooked oils and fatty meats leave residue. Sticky pasty gluey foods like flour and dairy products leave residue. These residues can remain and build up in the tissues our entire lifetime. If we eat these foods we need to eat them with intelligence knowing that we need to help the digestion along with plenty of raw roughage like fresh green salads that will help shepherd the dehydrated and dehydrating foods through our long alimentary tract while basically rinsing and scrubbing at the same time. Then before we eat anything else sticky or gluey we need to drink plenty of fresh pressed green juice that will help rinse out the alimentary tract and flood the body with enough alkalinity to counter balance the acidity of these questionable foods.
Think about it
Foods that move through the body quickly and cleanly and are water-rich and nutrient-filled are the foods that contribute to abundant health and energy.
The best foods for our bodies don’t even have labels or lists of ingredients. You’ll find them in the produce department.

In the Beginning…

The key to success in this way of life is to stay with it. It can be fun and exciting as you see the great progress you are making, but it can be difficult @ times. This journey you are embarking upon is truly a dance. There are many subtleties and you will become more and more aware of the signals your body is sending you. It is important to begin slowly. You do not want to make huge changes in the beginning. Your body will tell you when it is time to take it up a notch and when it is time to slow down a little.
We are so conditioned by this society to eat like everyone else. Big breakfast, lots of variety in our meals for two examples and both of those couldn’t be more wrong or damaging to our systems. People don’t realize just how much energy digestion takes.

You may have noticed in my daily detox essentials the term light to heavy. That works for each meal ie start w/ a salad and end w/ the entre. It also works for the entire day. Little or no breakfast, a very light lunch and a satisfying, comforting evening meal. I know that may sound odd to many of you, but it works. Once you train yourself to eat light during the day you’ll see that your energy increases greatly. You won’t need that afternoon siesta anymore.

Also in this list of essentials is to never mix starch and protein at the same meal. The reason for this rule and the light to heavy rule is that the key to health and weight loss is to eliminate our meals and the remaining waste from past meals as quickly and efficiently as possible. The body digests protein and starches or carbs differently. The stomach acids needed to digest both of these completely different substances will neutralize each other if they are in the stomach together, thereby tripling digestion and transit time. Meals begin to crash into each other in the stomach, the intestines and the bowels and the system bogs down to a near standstill. The residues from these old meals ferments, forms gasses, begins to rot and decay and then it dehydrates as it is packed into the tissues to make room for the next few meals.

Eating the way I suggest and following these few simple rules, you will begin to loosen up these deposits of old dehydrated waste in your body. And as you eliminate them your energy and vitality will increase tremendously.

If you can replace your breakfast with a green juice and have a green salad with avocado and lemon juice for lunch, you will soon see what I mean. Results will begin to happen immediately. For our purposes, avocados may be technically a fruit but they combine as a starch. If this is too much of a change for you right now, if you are used to a big breakfast of starch, protein or both you definitely want to start a little slower. You might want to begin with sprouted grain toast and avocado or an egg with cottage cheese for breakfast. Please don’t combine either of these ideas with each other or with fruit. Variety may be the spice of life but where your diet is concerned, it is a disaster for a lean energetic body. A breakfast possibility for a cleaner stomach could be some fresh fruit or a smoothie made with bananas, berries and throw in a little spinach or romaine and some bee pollen.

After a well combined breakfast, have your green juice as a mid-morning snack then lighten your lunch as much as possible. If you prefer starches, have avocado with your salad. You could add a piece of whole grain toast or a small baked potato (preferably a sweet potato) to this. If you prefer protein, have some grated cheese on your salad instead of the avocado and add a boiled egg or a small piece of fish or chicken if you need more. But remember not to mix starches with the protein.

If you can begin by  abiding with these two simple rules, you will be off to a good start. The next step is to look at your afternoon snack, if necessary, and your evening meal.

I’ll save that for another post.