Raw Onion Bread

I was with ‘the family’ again tonight (as I’ll have to start calling them). It was a slightly chaotic as ‘the Mum’ wanted 24 vegan cupcakes for ‘the daughters’ birthday party on Saturday. The only reason it was slightly chaotic was because not only did she want 24 cupcakes, she also requested dinner, dinner for the next few days and some sort of snack/sauce/dip – all to be made in 3 hours (including prep and washing up time). That wasn’t really the problem though, the problem was that she didn’t have any measuring cups. I needed measuring cups; but there were none. So my only option was to make the cupcakes completely by guessing the ingredient quantity by sight, without freaking out, and knowing that I had also had a big vegan shepards pie to make, something else I’d not quite decided upon yet, and I had to ice said cupcakes, too. Right. Even though I haven’t baked for quite a while now, this was definitely the time to call upon my Grandmothers baking gene that still runs through my viens. I just had to trust my baking-heritage-instinct and hope for the best. Did I succeed? I bloody well did – THANK GOD. It was very nearly a complete disaster. But I can’t take all the credit, I have got my Mum and Grandmother to thank for this baking rescue – without them and all the knowledge they have passed down to me, I would never in a million years been able to knock up these without any measuring cups or scales. Phew. Thank you. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now – let’s get back to RAW, shall we? When I shared the Raw Granola recipe with you, I also said I would shall the Raw Onion Bread recipe with you, so here it is!

Raw Onion Bread

You will need a dehydrator and coffee/nut grinder.

  • 1 cup linseed
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 4 onions (preferably red, but I still had a load of white onions from that £0.25p bag I bought from the reduced section of the Co-op a few weeks back, so I had to use them)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp tamari

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Take your linseed….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…your pumpkin seeds…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and your sunflower seeds… 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and in batches, grind them in your coffee mill. If you don’t have a coffee grinder, you can buy a pre-ground mix of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and linseed (also called flax seed). It’s by Linwoods: http://www.linwoodshealthfoods.com/productdetails/36/milled_organic_flaxseed_sunflower_pumpkin_seeds.aspx. Buy it online or at most Holland and Barrett’s or local health food shop in your area. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Once ground, mix them all together in a large mixing bowl. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Next, take your onions..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…peel them and cut them in half…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…then thinly slice them, like so. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Place the onions in the ground linseed mix…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and give them a good stir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Pour the extra-virgin olive oil…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and the tamari into the onion mix, and mix well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Take a dehydrator tray lined with a teflex sheet and using your hands, spread and press the mixture down until it covers the whole tray…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…like so! Place in the dehydrator and dehydrate at 115˚ for 8 hours, or overnight.

 

 

 

 

 

7. After the 8 hours is up, take the onion bread out the dehydrator and using another tray, place on top of the bread, hold it down and flip it. (I couldn’t take a picture of this exact process as I didn’t have enough pair of hands! You just want to flip it over basically!) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Using a sharp knife, cut the onion bread into squares or whatever shape takes your fancy. Stick it back in the dehydrator for another 12 hours. (Patients is a virtue remember…)

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Ta-da! Your Raw Onion Bread is ready for topping and chomping! I love to mash and avocado and spread it on mine, with cumin, olive oil and salt. Perfecto. 

Raw Granola


Well, hello! Tonight was the first night of my new job as a Personal V’egg’an-Raw Chef (‘V’egg’an meaning: the people who I’m making food for won’t eat meat or dairy but they will eat eggs!). Every Monday and Thursday I will now be making meals and healthy snacks for a lovely family in Brighton. They aren’t ‘raw’, although they are keen to try more and would like to have something raw each time. They are big on superfoods though, and have a draw full of jars filled with maca, purple corn powder, ashwaganda, spirulina, camu camu, and acai – I think we’re going to get along just fine… Tonight I made for them Honey Roast Tomatoes on Rye Bread with Pea Shoots and Alfalfa, served with a Marinated Kale and Goji Berry Salad. For afters we went raw and I made them Creamy Pineapple Iced Box Dessert (an Ani Phyo classic) – it was a hit. I made a big bowl of Quinoa with Courgettes, Spring Onions, Flat Leaf Parsley and Lemon for them to enjoy over the next few days, plus a big batch of Superfood Granola Bars. I would have taken pictures, but I forgot my camera! Next time…

Reet! Seen as though I’ve been reunited with my beloved dehydrator, I think it’s only fair that I share a recipe with you. Since it’s arrived, I have been mainly making lots of my two favourite things – Raw Granola and Raw Onion Bread – the recipes of both I shall give to you. They are my favourites because they are so simple to make, but extremely tasty and super healthy. So – let’s go crazy and start with the Raw Granola! It’s great on it’s own served with fresh nut milk, but I eat mine mainly as a snack. If I’m hungry and in a rush, I’ll often grab a handful of granola as I’m running out the house like a lunatic. Raw Granola is also nice as a topping to chia or chopped fruit. However you decide to eat it though, you’ve got to make it first – so here’s how you do just that!

Raw Granola

  • 2 cup buckwheat, soaked at least 2 hours or over night
  • 4 apples, grated
  • Juice of half lemon
  • 1/2 cup raisins (or apricots, dates, cranberries, cherries, figs or a mix!)
  • 2 tbsp maca
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp crushed cardamon
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Soaked pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax, walnuts and cashew (quantity up to you!)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp agave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Rinse the soaked buckwheat thoroughly in a colander or sieve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Grate your apples using either the grating adapter on your food processor, or a classic bog standard cheese grater. Squeeze in the lemon juice and orange juice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Mix the apple with the buckwheat and add 2 tbsp’s of agave or honey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Add the cinnamon and any other spices you may like to use, eg cloves, cardamon, ginger ect…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Maybe chuck in some superfood’s if your feeling fancy – I added 2 tbsp’s of maca to mine! (I LOVE MACA).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Stir in your seeds and nuts, which ever ones you decided to use. (These are hemp seeds. Great source of omega 3!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Next add your fruity bits! (Talking of fruit, why is that picture so orange?!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Now give everything a good stir, adding a pinch of salt to the mix, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Spread the granola mix onto a teflex sheet. Place in the dehydrator, and dehydrator @ 115˚for 12-24 hours (depending on how dry you want it, or how impatient you are!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. And there you have it! Fresh, wholesome, homemade Raw Granola – delicious! Why not try it as a topping on some mmmtastic chocolate chia pudding? Now that’s what I’m talking about….

Fresh Turmeric Tea!

Finally! I have been searching high and low for this little sucker for years now – FRESH TURMERIC . Why have I been so keen to get my hands on this sunset orange coloured gem of a root? Because it’s so RIDICULOUSLY GOOD FOR YOU. If you want glowing skin, turmerics the root for you. As you know, my skin is the thing I have to really take care of and keep an eye on; all it takes is a tiny bit of neglect and all hell breaks loose on my face. But on the plus side of this sensitivity is the fact that my skin clearly lets me know when something is good for it, and for the rest of my body. In the short time I have been drinking this fresh turmeric tea, my skin has already taken on a much healthier glow, and my eyes have turned whiter, too. I am definitely a fan.

I have been reading for a long time now about the fantastic health benefits of turmeric. Not only is it a great healer for acne, it smooths out wrinkles and is wonderful for soothing chapped lips. Even bigger and better than this though, is its cancer fighting properties. Turmeric contains curcumin, which has been found to block cancer promoting enzymes, and help prevent the spread of malignant cells. Natalie Kling, a Los Angeles-based nutritionist says “Adding this powerful plant to your diet is one of the best things you can do for long term health.” It’s anti-inflamatory properties are extremely potent, which is always good news for suffers of rheumatoid arthritis. In the book ‘Eating For Beauty’ by David Wolfe, there is a section dedicated solely to turmeric due to the powerful health and beautifying properties it contains. You can of course take turmeric in it’s powdered form, but personally I feel you’re going to get the most benefits by eating the root when it’s fresh. I peel mine, grate it and have it as tea with a little sprinkling of cinnamon on top. It tastes like a less fiery, more earthy kind of ginger, and it’s actually very pleasant. It turns the water instantly bright orange, almost as orange as the luminous Fanta you get in Morocco. I’m really excited that I can now include drinking this as part of my daily routine; it’s small additions like this that can make a huge difference to the state of your overall health and well being.

Now, I’m going to chip off as it’s the first time the sun has been shining in Brighton for weeks, and I am gonna soak as much of itup as I can!

So get hold of some fresh turmeric and try it for yourself; add it to curries (obviously), salads, juices, smoothies and teas. But be warned! After handling it, your fingers’ll look you smoke 60 Bensons a day, so make sure you give your  hands a really good scrub, and watch out for your work surfaces too. Enjoy!

Turmeric Tea - full to the brim of healing goodness.

Day 12,13 &14 of My Sugar Free 2 Weeks!

My favourite cuppa...

Well, first let me apologise for putting Day 12, 13 and 14 into one post – disgusting. Although, you could look at it with the attitude of “3 for the price of 1! Why read 3 posts when you can read 1?!”  (..or maybe not). The reason that I haven’t been able to stick to the daily posts recently, is due to the fact that these last three days have been nothing short of MENTAL. So much so that I can’t even remember what I have been doing. Does that ever happen to you? You have a crazy action packed weekend, but then when someone asks you on the Monday what you got up to you just go “….…”?  Actually, I tell a lie, I can remember what happened, especially the bit where I fell off a bicycle onto my back, smashed my elbow and broke my laptop. WONDERFUL. If there is one thing to put a spanner in the works of your blog it’s that (and Mum, I know you’re going to read this and freak out, but I didn’t tell you because, well, I didn’t want you to freak out. But don’t panic – the laptop and me are now fine, fixed and sorted).

Anyway! The fact is I am now at the end of My Sugar Free 2 Weeks! PRAISE THE LORD!!! After living off nothing but white sugar and flour for 3 days in Italy, avoiding sugar for 2 weeks was definitely the right thing for me to do; but I did find the whole ‘no banana, agave or honey’ part extremely difficult. So much so, that I didn’t actually stick to it. Oops. I didn’t touch any honey or refined sugar, but I did have some agave and a few bananas towards end. The thing is I feel really good when I eat bananas. I am prone to dark circles under my eyes and this can be a sign of low potassium. Bananas are packed full of potassium, and I have a feeling this is why my body loves’ them so much. Many people who are into raw foods often avoid bananas labelling them ‘the devils fruit’ (ok, they don’t really call them that, but they may as well do).  I understand that if you have problems with too much sugar in your system, or you suffer from “candida” (I always have to say the word ‘candida’ in an American accent…don’t know why), I appreciate avoiding bananas is probably a wise thing to due to the high sugar content. But if like me, this isn’t a problem, then I say enjoy this wonderful yellow fruit sent to us from the heavens! It’s definitely staying in my daily food fest.

Cutting out sugar for 2 weeks me realise that a life without sweetness is pretty dull. It also made me realise just how incredibly easy and enjoyable eating raw foods is when you don’t have any restrictions like this. There are so many delicious, healthy low GI raw treats out there that I don’t really miss or need refined sugar at all. People sometimes say to me “oh you’re so disciplined, you must have amazing will power to eat raw foods” – but it’s got nothing to do with will power – I LOVE IT! Cutting out sweet things for 2 weeks – that ­takes will power, and actually, I failed!!! I had agave, a few bananas, a small glass of wine and that bit of raw chocolate mousse that accidentally slipped into my mouth. Rubbish! But all that does is prove to me even more just how much eating raw foods is a choice – not a chore (and anyway, I’m not even 100% raw so I’m not entirely sure what the point I’m making here is, but I feel there is one in there somewhere!).

It’s hard on a cleanse or detox to differentiate between a craving, a detox symptom or a cry from your body telling you it is in genuine need for something; but come on – if you’re thinking “I need Ben & Jerrys, I just feel my body needs it” then that’s probably not a reliable voice you should listen to. I knew when I wanted dark chocolate it wasn’t because I needed the phenylethylamine, it’s because I wanted sugar. Simple as. But when I felt I needed a banana, this did feel different. I felt I was lacking in something, and I felt a lot better after I reintroduced them. Ultimately, the most important thing when doing anything like this is don’t feel guilty if you think you’ve ‘slipped up’. Be kind to yourself, and put things in perspective. If you had a bit of dark chocolate when you said you were going to avoid sugar, should you feel like your world is ending? Yes. Yes you should you wicked child... 🙂 

Right enough of sugar and it’s evil ways – look what just came through my door!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pass me a round table and call me King Arthur – it’s my Excalibur!!! Very excited about this – not only have I missed it dearly, but I can now get cracking with some delicious raw, dehydrated treats and get the recipes out to you, too! Brilliant. See you soon!

xxx

Day 11 – My Sugar Free 2 Weeks!

Day 11

What I ate and drank today

  • Spirulina chia with banana, apple, orange, cinnamon and maca. (Seee, told you it’d be interesting today)
  • Super tasty salad of sunflower and lentil sprouts, cucumber, green pepper and mint
  • An apple
  • Heavenly green lentil soup
  • An orange
  • A load of gunpowder green tea. (Probably tttoo mmmuch.)
  • Hummus salad from a take away shop in Soho
  • Pineapple juice with spirulina
  • Nettle and Peppermint tea

 

 

04:30 Wide awake. Can’t sleep. Got a big decision to make and it’s keeping me awake. Go. To. Sleep. GO TO SLEEP. Sleeeeeeep….Now! Now. Sleeeepppp!!!! Sleep. (Doesn’t the word ‘sleep’ look a bit weird to you now? Sleep. Sleep. Weird.)

11:00 After much deliberation and a good few months of uncertainty and mental torture – I am now sure of one thing: I am staying in the UK and not moving to Bali. Call me crazy, call me insane (you’d probably be right). It’s not black and white though, you know. There are many reasons why I am not up and leaving for paradise; but I just have a gut feeling it’s right for me to be here now, for the time being at least. That’s all. And anyway, I happen to think Victoria Tube Station is one of the most beautiful places on the planet – I feel very zen each time I come to London and find myself packed in among the zillion people squeezing through the ticket barriers. This is where I find my still point. 

11:30 Now that I know my feet are staying firmly put on UK ground, I feel the need to have a crazily healthy, raw, superfood breakfast – just to reassure myself that I can. I have Chia with a bucket load of Spirulina and Maca, chopped apple, banana and orange – then finished with a sprinkling of cinnamon. I eat it whilst looking out on to the River Thames, and feel confident with the decision I have made:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Ooo baby I like it RAW”

14:30 Have an AMAZING raw lunch made for me by the hands of Daniel Benzenou – who I have to say right now is an absolutely fantastic cook (and James Hillman, if you are reading this – remember your salad got a shout out too…don’t want to cause any friction in the household). I foresee that Daniel will have his own deli/cafe selling delicious Moroccan and Middle Eastern delights, maybe with a bit of Italian food thrown in there too. I personally can’t wait. He made this salad of sprouts – the ingredients were so simple, but my tastes bud were having a party! The sunflower and lentil sprouts had ground cumin, cumin seeds, lemon, olive oil and salt (I think), and the crisp cucumber with fresh mint really balanced the earthy, rounded flavour of the cumin. Heaven:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15:00 We were still a tiny bit peckish so Daniel made us some of his homemade Lentil Soup…wowzer. It was good:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19:30 Went to see my amazing, gorgeous and extremely talented friend Lucy Beaumont in a stand up gig at the Moonlighting club in Soho. She was hilarious and is gonna be a big comic star! Remember her name and keep an eye out for her. I had to sneak in a box of hummus and salad that I’d got from the kebab shop, though. Felt a bit like a scrubber but I was starving. I snook some spirulina into the club, too, and stirred it into my pineapple juice. Yeah, yeah, I drunk pineapple juice during my Sugar Free 2 Weeks, well it’s not CRACK is it? Calm your boots. 

00:30 A cup of nettle and peppermint tea. Bed. 

Join me tomorrow for Day 12 of My Sugar Free 2 Weeks! 

Day 10 – My Sugar Free 2 Weeks!

Day 10

What I ate and drank today

  • I have absolutely no idea
  • Completely forgot to do my blog
  • Probably a salad or something
  • I’m guessing a bit of green tea, too
  • I definitely didn’t have that cheesecake
  • I wish I had
  • I didn’t have any steamed veg
  • I know I had a salad though
  • And maybe an apple
  • (Sorry)

Join me tomorrow for a far more interesting, highly riveting read on Day 11 of My Sugar Free 2 Weeks!

 

Day 9 – My Sugar Free 2 Weeks!

Day 9

What I ate and drank today

  • Beetroot salad
  • An apple
  • A banana (I was flagging)
  • ½ cup mixed sunflower and pumpkin seeds
  • 1 litre of carrot juice, made using my nut milk bag
  • Sweetheart cabbage rolls stuffed with sweet potato and avocado dip.
  • Cranberry and elderflower tea
  • Apple and ginger tea
  • Green tea (of course), and…
  • …BANCHA tea, all the way from Japan. (Today was a good day for tea. )

 

 

10:30 Had a salad for breakfast this morning! It was lovely though. Mixed leaves, beetroot, apple and celery with shredded carrots and cabbage. That along side a jug of beautiful Bancha tea – yup, I was happy. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15:00 Left it too long before I ate something. I was in the centre Brighton and on my way to see the lads at EkoUk. I was flagging. I’d not come prepared. There was only one thing for it – I needed a banana. So I went to Sainsbury’s and bought one along with an apple – ate them and felt a lot better. I do think this was just what my body needed. It’s important not to get silly when doing ‘detox’s’ or ‘cleanses’. If you’re Hank Marvin, and you need to eat – but by eating you are afraid you’ll ruin your cleanse – just have a think and be sensible. I would rather eat a piece of fruit and risk going against the ‘rules’ of a detox, than not have one and faint.

15:30 Got to Shoreham-by-Sea but still felt hungry. Went into a fruit shop but didn’t buy fruit funnily enough, I bought a pack of sunflower and pumpkin seeds and ate them. They weren’t soaked, so I made sure to chew them extremely well.  Again, felt much better after snacking on these.

19:00 Got home and was in desperate need of a juice. I don’t have any of my equipment with me down here yet, all I have is a small personal blender and a nut milk bag. I’d not made a juice in my personal blender yet, and I had all those chantry carrots that needed eating, so I decided to juice them along with some fresh ginger and lemon, like so (sorry for poor picture quality!) –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ta – daaa!

20:00 A lovely raw dinner of Sweetheart Cabbage Rolls again, stuffed with Sweet Potato and Avocado Dip, and a few slice baby plum tomatoes.

22:00 Got a bit desperate for something sweet again. I seem to be struggling with this time of night the moment. I really did get desperate though, as I ended up make a little bit of porridge with water, ginger and a couple of tsp’s of Green & Blacks organic cocoa. Mmm (not).

Join me tomorrow for Day 10 of My Sugar Free 2 Weeks!

 

 

Day 8 – My Sugar Free 2 Weeks!

Day 8

What I ate and drank today

  • 1 small bowl of polenta
  • 3 sweetheart cabbage leaves (awww)
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1 sweet potato, ½ raw – ½ steamed
  • Handful cherry tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Plate of steamed broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, onion and garlic.
  • Green tea and cranberry and Echinacea tea
  • 2 litres of water with lemon

 

 

 

 08:00 Woke up to my alarm going off. Felt a big groggy after having a dream about living with an actual pig, and my next door neighbour baking chocolate cakes and making omelettes all day. The walls were glass so I could see everything.  I’ve clearly got issues. Meditated for 15 minutes and felt much better.

09:30 Had the most unsatisfying breakfast that’s ever been. A bowl of polenta. I tried to liven it up a bit with allspice, but failed. Someone made me a delicious bowl of polenta porridge for breakfast a few weeks back, with pears, dates, ginger and topped with dairy free coconut yoghurt. It was to die for. I tried to attempt the same thing except without the pears, dates, ginger and coconut yoghurt. Strange that it didn’t work out the same.

It looked a lot better than it tasted...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ate a few spoonfuls and gave up.

10:30 Picked at the polenta again in the vain hope that the flavour may have improved after an hour. It hadn’t.

11:30 Went to the co-op to have hunt round the reduced section. Managed to grab a few bargins – a beautiful sweetheart cabbage for 35p, a bag an chantenay carrots again for 35p and a mahoosive bag of onions for 25p that I will probably never do anything with but still – 25p!!! It’d be rude not to.  Went over the road to the ‘£1.00 a bowl man’ and got a bowl of baby plum tomatoes.

14:30 Went for a run. Nearly passed out on the way home, probably due to the fact that I’d eaten NOTHING. Idiot. Got through the door and wolfed down the polenta in a matter of seconds – and it tasted like a dream….

16:30 Decided to get creative in the kitchen with my bargin buys from the co-op! Can’t make a raw meal out of cabbage, tomatoes, an avocado and a sweet potato? Just watch me. I was feeling a bit defeatist yesterday about the whole lack of money and inability to eat raw thing, but I’m feeling inspired today. The first thing I make is this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raw Avocado and Sweet Potato Dip. It was yummy! I diced half a peeled sweet potato and put it in the blender along with half an avocado, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 tbsp olive oil, juice of half a lemon ¼ cup water and some hot smoke paprika. I whizzed it all up and voila! Gorgeous. The sweet potato blended really well and gave a lovely texture to the dip.

Then I used the sweetheart cabbage leaves to make some little nori style rolls. I steamed the other half of the sweet potato, thickly sliced the remaining avocado and chopped up some baby plum tomatoes, too. I then used these along with the Raw Avocado and Sweet Potato Dip as a filling for the sweetheart cabbage rolls, like so:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Success!

17:30 I really am craving something sweet. I’ve never completely cut out sugar, agave, honey and sweet fruit before. I have no real problem giving up refined sugar, I don’t crave it as I’m so sensitive to it. I can feel it in my system straight away. But I am gagging for some raw chocolate or a banana or just ANYTHING sweet!

I guess I’ll have to settle for a green tea.

21:30 A late dinner of steamed broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, onion and garlic. I add mixed herbs to the pan along with some salt and black pepper. When they are cooked, I drizzle the vegetables with extra-virgin olive oil. My sugar craving seemed to have subsided, for now….

Join me tomorrow for Day 9 of My Sugar Free 2 Weeks!

 

 

Day 7 – My Sugar Free 2 Weeks

Day 7

What I ate and drank today

  • 3 slices of sprouted rye bread
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1/3 bag spinach
  • 1 small bowl of porridge with unsweetened soy, apple, ginger, cacao nibs and cinnamon
  • Green and peppermint tea (just thought I’d mix it up a bit)
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 10 cherry vine tomatoes
  • 2 litres water with lemon

07:45 Wake up with the most horrific headache. Seriously question whether I had gone out last night and got leathered and just completely forgot, but realise – no, I definitely did not. What I did have just before bed was the salted peanuts though, and I’ve got a sneaky suspicion they have played a key role in this hangover like state I’m in now. 

08:00 Meditated. 30 minutes. Lovely.

09:00 You’re probably bored of this by now, but my breakfast was the usual sprouted rye bread with avocado, cumin, olive oil and salt. Yes it was delicious and yes I could eat it all day.

12:30 Small bowl of porridge. I think now would be a good time for me to explain why I’m not eating a huge amount of raw foods at the moment. Two reasons: money and well, money. I don’t actually think eating raw is that expensive – under normal circumstances I usually spend around £30 a week on food, but when the contents of your fridge look like this…

I wish I was joking...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…I have to admit it can be pretty challenging. One thing is for definite though, eating healthily is not expensive, I don’t care what anyone says. For me a high raw diet is optimum, and I thrive most when I am eating this way. However when it comes to raw food, if you’re totally strapped for cash and I mean totally – I admit it is easier to eat more cooked food. A bag of porridge oats is 46p for example, and that’s a lot of porridge! Steamed mashed sweet potato drizzled with olive oil is a cheap and tasty dish, whereas eating a whole raw sweet potato is not so great. You need variety on a raw diet, and variety is one thing I don’t have the luxury of at the moment. I do make sure I have something raw everyday day, I feel pretty gross if I don’t, and I aim to be at least 50% raw. Nut and seed milks are a nice cheap way of getting goodness into your body and alkalinising your system. I think I’m going to treat myself to some almonds or hemp seeds today. Hemp seeds in there shell are great value for money, are packed full of omega 3 and 6, and are extremely nourishing for your skin and hair.

I am hopeful that my situation will change very soon, and when it does I will be juicing and making raw chocolate til the wee small hours of the morning. I know I am happiest on a high raw diet, and I can’t wait to get fully back on it. 

18:00 Finished my project! Go for a run in the sun along Brighton beach.

19:30 Dinner! A salad! Hurrah! There was no way I was gonna have a cooked meal tonight…I needed RAW. It was a very simple salad consisting of spinach, apple, grated carrot, sunflower seeds, tomato and avocado. I drizzled olive oil on, along with some squeezed fresh lemon, hot smoked paprika and garlic powder:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple, but delicious. Thoroughly enjoyed it. 

10:30 The sugar niggle is still there. I go foraging in the kitchen (why I do this I have no idea, it’s just going to be the same depressing out come as it always is). Do you find you ever do this? You go to the cupboard for the millionth time, open it, have a look, move things about a bit just in case you’ve missed that huge slab of chocolate that’s hiding behind the box of vegetable suet that you haven’t used since 1994? But of course, it’s never there. You still have a good look though don’t you? “What can I eat…what can I eat…”. NOTHING.

“Right, well, I may as well just go to bed and give up living then, hadn’t I?”

*sulk* 

Join me tomorrow for Day 8 of My Sugar Free 2 Weeks!

Day 6 – My Sugar Free 2 Weeks!

Day 6

What I ate and drank today

  • 3 slices of sprouted rye bread
  • 2 small avocados
  • 2 apples
  • small bowl of porridge
  • 2 litres water
  • Green tea
  • ‘Large’ bowl of vegan food from Vantra in Soho (which, if you’ve ever been to Vantra, you will know a ‘large’ bowl is actually the size of an upturned thimble)
  • Handful of salted peanuts *hangs head in shame*

09:30 Slept in. Dreamt about mashing Gorgonzola with Emmenthaler, mixing them both together with some finely grated Parmagiano along with some mascarpone, eggs, nutmeg and white pepper then using it to stuff a large, handsome pumpkin. Note to self – DO NOT FALL ASLEEP WHILST READING ‘A THOUSAND DAYS IN TUSCANY’. 

09:45 Up and out of bed, straight into my running gear and out the door. Couldn’t get my head into the right space to meditate this morning (I’m sure there’s some irony in there somewhere. Or maybe not…*correct use of irony paranoia*)

11:00 Yesssssssss. BREAKFAST. My slight obsession at the moment – avocado on sprouted rye bread with cumin, olive oil and salt. 

11:30 Notice my skins looking better again, thank God. Still not back to where it was pre-Italy, but it’s a lot happier:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12:00 I think I’m over my tahini addiction! I looked at the jar today and felt nothing. The fact that it was empty may have had something to do with it, but never the less, I felt strong. 

12:30 Make a pack up to go to London, which consists of an apple, an avocado and small portion of porridge with ginger, cacao nibs and cinnamon. What’s that?.. Will I eat the porridge cold? Come on, I was practically 100% raw over Christmas in HULL – you think I’m afraid of a bit of cold porridge? I don’t think so. 

14:30 On my way to the big smoke for my audition. Tucked into my avocado whilst sat on the train, a little travelling ritual of mine. 

17:00 Have a coffee craving. It’s the constant smell of it pumping out of the zillion coffee houses along Tottenham Court Road. Still can’t quite believe how, after having that one tiny espresso in Italy, my taste for the real stuff has come back… I won’t give in though. Giving up coffee was probably the best thing I ever did (Well, not the best thing, but it’s up there). I might miss the taste, but I don’t miss the energy crashes, the palpitations, the lack lustre skin and anxiety it used to induce in me… 

19:00 Got 3 hours to kill after my audition before my train leaves back to Brighton. Decided to go to Vantra, a vegan buffet restaurant on Soho street. I go for the ‘large’ bowl (which is actually a ‘small’ bowl) and cram it in with as much food as possible. All those years of going to the salad bar at pizza hut as a child paid off…. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just as I was finishing my meal, guess who should walk through the door but non other that Gavin Kaufman! Ha! I love it when random meetings like this happen! Was so good to see him, and a total coincidence that we were both there at the same time. Got to cram in a 20 minute speed talk catch up before I had to leave for my train. 

21:30 On way home, I have huge craving for something bad. I would murder for some dark chocolate right now. I find myself in co-op with that zoned out fog in my brain, the one where you start to shut out the sensible voice in your head so that you can buy whatever the hell you like. It could go either way though. It’s not taken over yet, but I really, really want some chocolate… In an attempt to stop myself reaching for the ‘70% Madagascan Dark Chocolate with Orange Oil’, I quickly grab some ‘Salted Peanuts’. I eat half a bag and feel a bit sick. That was definitely a mistake. I will attempt to grab a bag of greens instead, next time….

Join me tomorrow for Day 7 of My Sugar Free 2 Weeks!