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I don’t know what is up with me and coconut mishaps lately, but boy am I getting annoyed! Okay, let me back up. In my last post I was sharing how my blender was messed up and caused all sorts of problems in my attempt to make coconut milk. Well, a couple of days ago, I was making raw coconut milk–in my NEW blender–and I was planning on using the pulp from the coconut milk for something else.

blog pictures 686After making this milk, I had the towel that I squeezed the milk through laying on the dehydrater. I was planning on drying the pulp to use it in some raw coconut treats that the ND said I could try. Well, about two minutes before I was ready to put the pulp in the dehydrater, my son walked in. He proceeded to pick up a towel to dry his hands and guess which one he picked?! Yep, the one that had coconut pulp in it! My beloved coconut went ALL over the floor! It was a total accident, but I cried none-the-less. No pictures of the mishap because who wants to take pictures when they are crying! Well, I got over it and my hubby went and bought me more coconuts the next day:) I just have to start over now for the raw dry coconut treats.  I have heard the saying all my life–“Don’t cry over spilled milk” but in my case it was coconut!

Here is another new coconut experiment that I made lately.

blog pictures 677Wine cooler anyone? This isn’t really a wine cooler, but I bet if I drank enough of it, I could get pretty toasted! This is coconut water kefir diluted with plain coconut water and cherries. This kefir is POTENT!! You can read here how to make it and the benefits of it. It does have sort of a wine cooler taste which I am not a big fan of. It’s not bad diluted though because the plain coconut water sweetens it some. There is NO way I could drink this kefir straight! Anyway, just some food drink for thought.

Another experiment:

raw sweet tator chips

raw sweet tator chips

These were pretty tasty, but a little hard on my sensitive gut. If I make them again, I would also try to slice them a little thinner. I put them in a gallon size bag with coconut oil, cinnamon and a little salt and shook to coat. Then dehydrated until crispy.

Lunch yesterday:

raw spinach and sunflower seed 'burger'

raw spinach and sunflower seed 'burger'

This is something else the ND told me about (only she used carrots). I blended up spinach, soaked sunflower seeds, green onions, cumin and I don’t remember what else. Made into patties and dehydrated.  I made these pretty thin, so I actually had two patties in this ‘burger’.

raw 'burgers' with raw cheese

raw 'burgers' with raw cheese

Last, but not least, is my breakfast from this morning:

100% raw breakfast cookie

100% raw breakfast cookie

This is NOT the typical cookie with oats. I have found that I do better when I don’t eat oats–even gluten free ones. This cookie is made with Quinoa Flakes. I know some people (Heather:) are not a fan of these flakes, but when it’s the ONLY ‘grain’ you can digest, you learn to make the best of it:) Quinoa is not even technically a grain. Anyway, I put quinoa flakes, 1 Tbs. hemp protein powder, 1 Tbs. raw sunbutter, raw coconut milk, organic raisins(new food for me–keep your fingers crossed), raw agave,  and cinnamon. I try not to use agave much at all, but felt like this would need it since quinoa does have a distinct flavor. I am allergic to stevia so that is not an option for me. I let the cookie sit in the fridge over night and gobbled it up after yoga this morning! I WILL be making this on a regular basis! You can find the original recipe here.

So, these are just a few of my yummy eats lately! Have you tried anything new lately? I would love to hear about it:)

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I had a really good day today! I was planning on going to the pool with my cousin and her kids, but it was very cloudy and cool. So, we decided to go to an indoor pool instead. That means hot tub!!:) It’s a huge pool with diving board etc. but the only thing I cared about was soaking in the hot tub–and boy my muscles loved it! Okay, let me back up. I started the day off with some juice. I’m trying to drink this twice a day to give my tummy some good enzymes and help with digestion.

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This juice contains: kale, 1/2 cucumber, 2 carrots, parsley, 2-3 stalks celery and 1/2 lime squeezed in last. This is so refreshing to me and a great way to start the day:) Throughout the morning I also had a banana and later some frozen cherries and blueberries.

For lunch I had Classic Chopped Salad from  ‘The Raw Food Detox Diet’

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While relaxing at the pool, I had my second serving of juice for the day and munched on a few baby carrots. Then I had to stop at the store on the way home and found this:

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Oh my heavenly yum!! Now, I don’t normally do well with nuts, but I just HAD to try this. It didn’t help any that I was starving! The ingredients for this bar are: organic dates, organic almonds, organic dried unsweetened coconut, organic walnuts, organic natural cocoa, vanilla extract. Very similar to a Lara Bar–yummo! Hopefully, I can get away with the nuts:) To top it off, the bar only cost $1.25–WooHoo. Okay, enough about my treat for the day.

When I came home, I continued with my R&R by doing some HOT yoga. I’m tellin’ ya–I am HOOKED! I was SO excited today because when I first started doing yoga about 1-1/2 months ago, I could barely sit in hero pose. Now, I can sit in Hero pose AND recline almost all the way back!! YOGA WORKS:) I also had fun showing off to my daughter and hubby my headstand(against the wall of course:) By the time I finished my yoga, I was starving again.

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For dinner I had my last homemade bean burger over spinach with 1/2 avocado and some homemade dijon dressing.

And for dessert

blog pictures 573Organic 70% dark chocolate with Sunbutter–perfect ending to a perfect day:)

Now, you may be wondering what I meant when I put ‘experimenting’ in this post title. Well, I have been reading A LOT about food combining and a high raw diet. I am still NOT going all raw, BUT the food combining has got me really intrigued. You can check out food combining on Gena’s blog. Anyway, I’m thinking that maybe–just maybe, some of my gut issues are aggravated by always eating the wrong things together. Maybe–just maybe, it’s not so much WHAT I’m eating, but more HOW I’m eating. I know there are certain things I HAVE to stay away from(aka. gluten and dairy). Not too long ago, I was not eating ANY raw for fear of it causing pain. Now, I am experimenting with more raw in the right combination’s. I think the juicing is making a huge difference. I have been doing this for over a week now. The enzymes in the juice can only help my body. I have noticed too that when I eat light during the day and then have a bigger cooked meal for dinner, I do have more energy. I think my body has had to work SO hard to digest things that it took all the energy I had! So far, my tummy is responding well to this experiment. I am sleeping through the night(knock on wood:) without waking up in pain. That in itself is HUGE!

I want to make it very clear that I am NOT trying to follow some fad diet or conform to what someone else is doing! This is NOT about labeling myself on any certain diet. It’s all about being healthy and being pain free as much as possible. Like I said, this is an experiment. If I find that my body does not continue to do well eating this way, I will make any necessary changes. Keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer:)

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I just back from my first vinyasa style hot yoga class. Can I just say–I AM HOOKED !! I absolutely loved it! I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t be able to do it. My tummy argued with me ALL day!

blog pictures 558I was SO excited before class, I felt like a kid on the first day of school!

blog pictures 557My hubby was so sweet to drive me to class. It was an hour away and I had NO idea where I was going!

blog pictures 560All sweaty after class! I had the best runner’s high–without the running!

How did I fuel for this class today?

blog pictures 547Pre-breakfast: fresh veggie juice

blog pictures 548Breakfast: Oatgurt with protein powder, soaked sunflower seeds & Sunbutter

blog pictures 550Lunch: Sunshine burger over spinach with 1/2 avocado and kabocha squash with Sunbutter. I also had a sunbutter bar before lunch(not pictured).

About two hours before class, I had a small banana with MORE Sunbutter. I think I’m addicted to sunbutter:)

blog pictures 551Immediately after class I drank coconut water with lime. Coconut water is Nature’s Gatorade.

When I got home, I had a piece of gluten free sprouted bread with organic all fruit preserves (no picture as it went in my tummy too fast:)

I can’t wait to go back to class. It is only once a week but I WILL be practicing at home—with a heater on full blast:)

Have a good night! I’m probably going to sleep like a baby:)

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White Bean Burger with Sprouts

blog pictures 386First of all, I just want to say that sprouts are the coolest thing ever! I recently sprouted mung beans and it was so easy and fun.

blog pictures 326This jar of sprouts started out as a measly 1/2 cup.  To do the sprouts, I rinsed very well and drained the mung beans. Then I just placed them in a jar with a thin cloth over the the top. I put a rubber band around the top to hold the cloth on. I then tilted the jar and laid it in my window sill. You can lay it anywhere as long as it’s tilted. I think I read too that you don’t want to put in a lot of sunlight. My window in the kitchen doesn’t get much sun:) Rinse and drain the beans 2-3 times a day and then tilt again. It doesn’t take long before you see babies! In about three days, you will be blessed with bunches of babies! I ate these with veggies and chicken mostly, but then needed to use them up before they went bad. I wasn’t real sure at the time how to store them or how long they would last.

blog pictures 452Since getting my handy dandy book yesterday, I now know that they can be stored in the fridge covered with water. But, it is still best to use them as soon as possible. My book says to soak the beans for 24-36 hours, but I didn’t do that and they were fine. I KNEW this book would come in handy:) You better believe I am going on a sprouting expedition! In fact, I would like to try burgers using more sprouted beans.

Okay, on to the burger recipe:)

Here are the ingredients:

1 can chickpeas

1 can small white beans

1-1/2 cups mung bean sprouts(chopped)

2 carrots chopped

1 onion diced

4 cloves fresh garlic

2 green chili peppers diced

2 Tbs. organic ketchup

3 Tbs. wheat free soy sauce

3 Tbs. Dijon mustard

3 tsp. cumin

3 tsp. chili powder

1 cup quinoa flakes

4 Tbs. coconut flour

2 eggs (I will leave these out next time due to tummy issues)

salt and pepper to taste

1 Tbs. olive oil

cooking spray or more oil for frying

Whew! That’s a long list, but they are easy peasy!

Put 1Tbs. oil in large skillet to saute’ onions, garlic, green chili peppers, and carrots. Add cumin and chili powder and cook a minute more. In the meantime, you can be smashing your beans and chopping the sprouts and place into a large bowl. Add onion and carrot mixture to beans. Stir in quinoa flakes(you could use oats if you aren’t fond of the taste of quinoa), eggs if using, coconut flour, ketchup, Dijon and soy sauce. Then you mix like this:

blog pictures 385See how fun! Next you form them into patties and cook in a little olive oil or non stick spray. Be careful not to flip them too early. They need to cook pretty good on one side before flipping without breaking. My daughter is the pro at this:) This should make about 12 patties.

blog pictures 437I had one on gluten free bread with soycheese.

blog pictures 440Another day, I had one crumbled on my salad. Yeah me! I can eat raw spinach now! (as long as I don’t over do it:)

I will have to save the recipe for coconut milk yogurt for another post. My post seem to be very lengthy these days! Anyway, I hope you enjoy this recipe! I would love to hear any of your sprouting experiences:) I want to eventually do a post all about sprouting, soaking and fermenting.

Speaking of fermenting–I tried to make a gluten free version of ‘sourdough’ bread. I used oatgurt as the starter. I mixed all the ingredients together and let it sit for 24 hours. I had a basic recipe to kind of go by (except using oatgurt was my idea and I changed the flours I used). Anyway, it looked like it was really going to work and I was so excited when it was time to stick it in the oven this morning. Well, let me just say–DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!! I baked it and it even smelled yummy. It didn’t look half bad when I got it out either.

blog pictures 454I was filled with hope and anticipation as I waited for it to cool. I cut into it and took the first bite. I tried to be in denial and tell myself that it wasn’t THAT bad. It didn’t work! It tasted AWFUL!! Tie me up and gag me with a spoon AWFUL!! I think I’ll stick to no bread and occasionally have the yummy recipe I made the other day. Too much bread is never a good thing for my gut anyway:)

Okay, gotta run now. Hope everyone had a wonderful day!

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This may be a lengthy post–so hang on to your hats:)

Today has been an interesting day. I woke up at 4:30am with my tummy still rebelling from something. The key word there is ‘something’! By 6am, I was starving! So, I had some ice cream. Ice cream for breakfast is always a good thing and this ice cream was SO healthy–I didn’t even have to feel guilty.

blog pictures 448This was inspired by Heather’s green ice cream. I don’t remember exactly what I put in mine. I know it had coconut milk, coconut milk yogurt, spinach, PlantFusion protein powder, carob, honey and guar gum. When I got it out of the ice cream maker, I thought it looked just like mud! Well, it certainly didn’t taste like mud. I had it for dinner last night because I didn’t feel like eating anything else and then had it again this morning.

With my ice cream breakfast, I also had my sprouted bread that I mentioned in the last post. Sorry, no picture! I had to put it promptly in the freezer to keep from gorging on it. It was THE BEST gluten free bread I have EVER made!! I have read that soaking grains makes them taste better and boy am I a believer! I am now experimenting with a fermented (kind of like sourdough) gluten free bread. Guess what I’m using for the ‘sourdough’ starter–OATGURT! WooHoo:) I am trying to get away from using tapioca and arrowroot starch. The fermented bread doesn’t have startches like that. It is also yeast, dairy and egg free–without me having to tweak it. Now, that’s amazing! Here is the link for the soaked bread that I ate this morning.

Gluten Free Sprouted/Soaked Multi-Grain Bread

I had an appointment with my nutritionist today. It was pretty depressing. Basically, she doesn’t know what to tell me anymore. It’s NOT her fault. My body just has a mind of it’s own and it doesn’t want to co-operate. She has told me everything she knows to tell me, and well, things just aren’t working. My food diaries are not very helpful these days because most of the time, there is no rhyme or reason for my pain.  The only good news was that I have maintained my weight since my last visit. So, after THREE years of her trying to walk me through my eating disorder and my Celiac and other food allergies, I walked out without making another appointment. I have been a HARD case for her! I walked out feeling like a hopeless case–BUT I CAN’T let myself stay there! So, what did I do?

blog pictures 452I bought a book:) Have I ever told you what a SUCKER I am for books? Well, I LOVE books! Unfortunately, that is what I want to buy when I’m feeling bummed out. Now, you may be asking yourself why on earth I bought a raw food book. Good question:) Am I going raw? No. I bought it because it talks a lot about fermenting and soaking and sprouting. I am ALL into that these days! Plus, it has really pretty pictures! I love books with pretty pictures even more than boring books:) My hubby will probably shoot me when he sees it, but I figure with all the money I’m going to save by not going to the nutritionist–Hey, this is cheap! By the way, if you are interested in the raw diet, you should check out LovIN my tummy!

I took a spinach smoothie with me to my appt. and then when I got home I had:

Cherries with dark chocolate and coconut milk

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An allergy free snack bar that sweet Marissa recommended. I put just a smidgen of sunbutter on it:)

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So, what’s for dinner? I HAVE NO IDEA!

I need a nap! I AM going to post the recipe I use for coconut milk yogurt and my bean burgers ASAP. This post is just getting too long:) So, stay tuned for recipes! I’m going to crash now! Be back later when I can actually type!

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”  Psalm 62: 5-6

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blog pictures 320I have really been into spinach smoothies for breakfast lately. I have had one every morning for I don’t know how long. Well, yesterday  I finally decided to give something else a try. I think I am developing a slight addiction to oatgurt:) I have been putting it my smoothies, but I wanted to just eat it in a bowl this time–with some yummy stuff on top!

blog pictures 429When I went to the health food store the other day, my daughter found this nut free, dairy free, gluten free trail mix. I almost didn’t buy it because it was just one more pricey thing to add to my already expensive food budget. But, it was on sale and she begged me to get it for myself. She was getting a treat and felt bad that I couldn’t have what she was having. Isn’t that sweet:)? So, I bought it and am SO glad I did. My breakfast consisted of the following:

3/4 cup oatgurt

1/4 cup coconut milk

1/4 cup trail mix

1/2 scoop PlantFusion protein powder

a little stevia

My belly was VERY pleased! I had the same thing for breakfast today–only a tad bit more:) Whew, I’m stuffed. I rarely feel full when I eat, but this did the trick!

I tried something else new this week.

blog pictures 425This is some spinach (gotta get my spinach in) and red bean soup that I made and topped with Miso. I have never had Miso before and I really liked it. I’m all into trying new fermented foods because I think they are really helping my gut to heal. This picture doesn’t look very appetizing but it tasted really good. It was pretty filling too.

blog pictures 435For snack yesterday, I had frozen berries with homemade coconut milk yogurt (more fermented food:) and a little stevia. I just love how it gets all icy. Talk about brain freeze though! Oh, I also had a sunbutter bar. I was really hungry yesterday! Lots of yoga and walking worked up a good appetite.

blog pictures 436Last but not least, I had a very yummy homemade bean burger on gluten free flax bread. I really want to post this recipe–I just keep forgetting! I was a little nervous about eating the bread due to the fact that I don’t digest a lot of grains very well. I was really craving it though and I am happy to report that I had NO tummy trouble last night! Yeah! I think my digestion has been better this week and it feels REALLY good:)

Note added later:) I think the bread got me! Tummy is NOT happy today. Pray that the sprouted bread that I talk about below will work:) I also realized that the bread AND the bean burger BOTH had egg in them. I was hoping I could sneak them in, but evidently  not. Will try bread mentioned below without eggs. Keeping my fingers crossed!

I found a recipe for gluten free soaked/sprouted whole grain bread online last night. My gluten free grains are soaking as I type this. I’m really excited about this bread. It will be like a gluten free version of Ezekiel bread! YeeHaa! I figure if I do so well with fermented oats, I should do well with sprouted bread. I found some really good articles about sprouted bread and why it is good for you, but I’ll have to share more about that later:)

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.” Psalm 40: 3

I am so thankful to God! I have been praying for Him to show me what foods will help me and He is doing that! I have not felt deprived this week. He is helping me to be satisfied.

I hope you have a fabulicious Sunday!

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blog pictures 397I was in the kitchen pretty much all day yesterday with my lovely daughter helping me!  I have a very busy next few days so I wanted to get some things made ahead of time. First of all, I am happy to say that I have been able to put oatgurt in my smoothies without having tummy issues–so far:) I’m thinking the oatgurt is good for my digestion becaue it is fermented and pretty much already ‘digested’ for me. Yummy! It really helps keep me full longer than a smoothie without it. I use gluten free rolled oats instead of oat grouts and it works perfect.

blog pictures 360After my breakfast smoothie, I got a chicken ready to roast. This is not just any old chicken! This chicken was raised by a young teenage boy at my church. There is NOTHING added–hormones, antibiotics etc. He raised them with a movable pen so they got fresh grass to eat every day. This took a tremendous amount of work and I am so thankful to have a ‘clean’ chicken.

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Then it was time to get my first batch ever of homemade Sauerkraut started. Why am I making sauerkraut? Well, I’m not sure. I don’t know if I will even like it but I am learning that fermented and sprouted foods are good for my tummy.

blog pictures 370My mom always told me not to play with my food, but this was fun! I had to squeeze the coleslaw after adding salt to release the juices. This is what makes the brine for the sauerkraut to ferment in. It will take about a week for it to be done and I’ll have more on it then. Stay tuned!

blog pictures 328Time for some sprouts! I sprouted mung beans a few days ago which was really cool.

blog pictures 336I mostly ate them with cooked veggies and chicken. I had some left though that were going to go bad if I didn’t use them. So, I made veggie burgers with sprouts.

blog pictures 386These weren’t done yet, but they turned out perfect! I will post the recipe for these later. These ‘burgers’ were the sturdiest veggie burgers I have ever made. Sometimes homemade veggie/bean burgers don’t want to stay together to well.

blog pictures 384My daughter had fun getting her hands in the mix! She is such a blessing:) She loves to cook! Of course, she doesn’t eat a lot of what she cooks(picky, picky).

blog pictures 390She also made this fabulous looking peach cobbler–which I am very sad that I can’t eat. Her dad will love it though!

I really wanted to make some coconut flour muffins, but I was pooped after all this! Maybe I’ll get to that this evening. I haven’t had a muffin in a while because I have cut out eggs. I tried adding eggs in last week for breakfast (scrambled) and I had some issues, so we’ll see.

Now, for my verse of the day. I was going to have this on a seperate page, but then realized that it doesn’t seperate them by date. I’ll just leave it here for you:)

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”  Psalm  73:26

I’m glad to know that even when my flesh fails me, God is my strength!

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