It was a beautiful stormy day here in Florida today. I love listening to the distant thunder and watching the storm clouds roll in. Since I would be inside today I thought why don’t I try out a new recipe. I found an organic 85% cacao bar in the pantry, so I thought I would make some dark chocolate bark. I melted my cacao bar in a bowl and added some finely shredded unsweetened coconut and some ground up pecans from the fridge. I then spread the mixture thinly on some parchment paper and dusted the top with a little more coconut and pecans. I placed the parchment paper on a plate for stability and put it in the fridge to cool until hardened. When the bark chilled and was hard enough I broke it into pieces and put in a small glass bowl…so cute and yummy. I think next time I will add a little coconut sugar to sweeten it up a bit, 85% cacao can be kinda bitter. When picking out your cacao bar be sure to read the label, almost every bar I looked at in the store contained soy, or soy lecithin!
Hippocrates said it best — “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
That quote from Hippocrates keeps popping up everywhere I look nowadays. I thought to myself… is the universe trying to tell me something? The answer to that question is yes! The more I embark on this journey of totally changing my lifestyle it becomes more clear to me. Food has become so abundant, so easily accessible, so instant, that I never missed a meal or opportunity to indulge. Food was not being “my medicine” it was being my entertainment, my pleasure, my vice. I was on a downward spiral of obesity, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and just overall poor health. I was miserable!
Well now I am following the wise words of “the father of western medicine,” Hippocrates, and healing my body with the food I eat. I am losing weight, gaining energy, and getting a new zest for life. I was so addicted to processed foods, sugar and gluten that I thought I would never be able to break free. But an amazing thing happened once I rid myself of those toxins… I no longer craved them! It is ridiculous the amount of toxic ingredients that are in the over-processed foods we eat. I honestly don’t know how the FDA allows such things in our foods. Even our healthy fruits and vegetables are a risk to eat now with all the genetic modifications being done to the seeds. Our bodies were not designed to eat these GMO’s. Choose organic when possible to avoid ingesting copious amounts of pesticides and GM foods. Eliminate processed foods with all their chemicals. I have also eliminated gluten, soy, and dairy. I eat an organic whole food Paleo diet now, this is what works for me now, but as I stated earlier, this is a journey and who knows what the future holds… but now I am listening to my body.
My favorite time of day… cookie time! Well I got my sister to whip up another batch of her yummy Paleo friendly cookies from her secret recipe. This time I helped and even added a few of my favorite ingredients to the mix. I added some unsweetened finely shredded coconut and I chopped up some of my Dark Chocolate Enjoy Life Bar to make little chocolate chips in my cookies. They smell so good just coming out of the oven, hot and fresh — yum yum!
In the spirit of Cinco De Mayo I made Tacos. Gluten free tacos with romaine heart leaves for my taco shell. I started by sautéing some onions, and then the ground beef with my own seasoning mix for my ground beef by using some cayenne pepper, cumin, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. I had some frozen corn in the freezer, so I added a little to beef mix. I also added some tomato sauce and let that simmer for a few minutes. Put the beef mixture in a lettuce leaf and topped with diced tomato and raw onion. Simple, gluten-free, dairy free and delicious. Without adding corn this would be Paleo too.
Hope everyone had a HAPPY EASTER. I made my first raw-vegan cupcakes. I got the recipe from FullyRawKristina on YouTube. It was really fun trying something new, and totally raw-vegan. I am not a vegan at this time, but who knows what the future holds. I am trying different ways of eating to see what actually agrees with my body. I know for sure that anything I do eat will be organic, non-gmo, soy free, and gluten-free. I have also cut out most dairy foods too, but sometimes a little cheese slips into something, but not very often.
What a great way to start the day… a beautiful bowl of fruit salad. I tried a yellow honeydew melon for the first time, yum! It was so sweet and juicy, and made a great bowl for my salad. I added some other fruit I had in the fridge too. Some pineapple, orange, apple, blueberries for a splash of color, and I had to garnish the top with my new favorite thing… a sprinkle of unsweetened finely shredded coconut. This delicious breakfast was gluten-free and vegan.