Wednesday, April 21, 2010

OMG - lunch was so good I almost fainted with pleasure

Now I remember why I signed up to learn how to prepare raw foods -- O my god, I took one bite of the sushi with ginger pate and thought I would pass out with pleasure. Rhonda, my dining companion who introduced me to this restaurant, Vida de Cafe, said the key lime cheesecake was a direct hit orgasm.

And the feeling during, and after dining with raw and live foods is so vibrant and uplifting.

I posted a photo of the sushi platter above. It's was raw nori filled with a ginger almond paste stuffed with spinach, carrots, and avocado with an umeboshi dipping sauce. Every bite was incredible.

We each had a juice blend with: organic spinach, parsley, ginger, lemons and apples -- it was crisp, clean and refreshing. I am going to have to try this one at home sooner than later. Yum.

And the orgasmic cheesecake was described as: creamy cashews and fresh lime juice blended to make cheesecake on an almond crust.

Remember - no dairy or animal products with this type of preparation - no cooking. I find it magical how these natural foods can be combined to make such beautiful and flavorful treats.

I took a carry out box for supper and because I knew that this treat was rich in calories as well as flavor (thank you nuts and avocado), I brought a large bunch of carrots in case I get hungry tonight.

When I learn how to make these treats, I will obviously share the recipe!!!

I am curious as to how this dietary delightful day will tip the Toledoes tomorrow morning. I promise to be honest.

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The Story Behind the Garden of Eden Vegan Blog

For those of you who knew me prior to December 30, 2009, I was a veteran of the fast food culinary institute. My son, when he lived with me would ask if I had ordered the "Shabbat pizza" yet as the sun was setting Friday nights.

My idea of a good meal was a McFish sandwich, fries with extra salt, and a medium diet coke.

Everything was better covered in a rich creamy sauce and the idea of a naked baked potato was as foreign to me as walking naked in Manhattan.

In June of 2009 I decided to formally become a vegetarian. Although I had dabbled with this, it was not until I read Skinny Bitch that the gauntlet was thrown.

Now being a vegetarian does not sign you up for good health. I was proof of that. Chubby when I started, I indulged in pizza, french fries, cheese, cheese, butter, cheese, pizza......and became very over weight, tipping the Toledos at 200 pounds at 5'4". And taking an assortment of meds for cholesterol and GERD and who knows what else.

As the decade was waning, and with my 60th birthday approaching in the year 2010, there was a perfect storm that snapped my beak and got me in gear. The same friend who gave me Skinny Bitch, turned me on to the John McDougall website. At the same time, there was a Grand Round lecture at the hospital where I work on the book Eat to Live, and at the same time, I was tired of how I looked and felt and needed to make a change.

I regret that I did not start this blog when I changed my lifestyle, but it is better late than never.

My weight is down about 35 pounds, my size has gone from a tight 16 to a loose 12. And I am on no meds, although my vegetarian doctor and I will review my blood work within this month to see if I need anything (like b12) boosted.

I began as a Vegan Minus. Or what I call a Garden of Eden Vegan.

As you know, a Vegan eats no animals nor animal products - none. But then I subtracted oil, sugar, and processed foods.

That is a big subtraction -- but it is this subtraction that helped with weight loss, lack of cravings, increased energy, health, and vibrancy.

Now I am dabbling in raw foods and have signed up to learn with Russell James (google him).

I like the taste and health aspect of raw foods, but worry about the increased calories. So I will (hopefully) use the raw creations as a supplement to my Gan (Hebrew for Garden -- I am in a Hebrew mood today) Eden Vegan lifestyle.

My doctor said that I should write a book about this since most of her patients need it. I said, "Who, or how many, would want to do this?" We shall see. It has been easy (no cravings) and exciting as life and energy unfold before me, just as it was meant to be. (It didn't unfold over a fried fish sandwich, extra tarter sauce.)

Join me or not. Walk with me the whole journey, day trips, part of it, or not. This is my 60th year -- buckle up life, here I come.