Sunday, 25 September 2011

Feeling Good

I have started going out with my hubs for an evening walk, I am hoping to get into my morning exercise also but an evening walk is good because I have been lacking in the exercise department for quite some time.
I am feeling good to be getting into all my rota's...FULL STOP! So it's all good!

I am planning to get stuck into the kitchen today and get that ole dehydrator filled up.

Okay, must get on!

Thursday, 22 September 2011


Just to update you all. I have to say, I had a laugh the other day....teehee I am a member of a particular forum and when I posted my cheese photo's some folk were asking for the recipe and so I linked them to the blog page ON THE FORUM and gave folk a choice to click on my blog link that was on the forum so they could get the recipe and watch the video of Matt making the cheese, but then, my post was deleted and the person who helps with the forum said that I cannot use MY photo's to link to my blog....DESPITE the fact I was linking to another page on their forum and giving folk a choice....teehee but then I noticed that this person used MY photo's to link folk to selling places to buy books so the forum benefits, also, she used my photo's to links to pages ON THE forum...HAHAHAHA...I did think that was rather funny and bloody cheeky!!

Here are my meal pics that I took a couple of days ago.

YUMMY salad


Weighed this morning....pfft! I will post it later.

I have been eating loads of fibre rich foods lately because I have been suffering with constipation for about 4 weeks now. I have been eating fresh fruits, fresh veg, pureed fruit sauces, above. I had a couple of glasses of pure orange juice the other day also. I have been taking Chlorella, Physillium and probiotics and still not good. If it doesn't get better very soon then I am going to have to visit my GP, although I am not looking forward to that.


Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Raw Dairy Free Cheddar Cheese

Well, I made the cheese, this is actually the second block I made.
Here are the pics. Have to say, my youngest son, James LOVES this cheese and he is a fussy eater.

A home made block of dairy free chedder cheese

This cheese can be sliced, grated and even melted, could it possibly get any better than this? A raw cheese the tastes like cheese and does everything cheese does.

This is THE book that I got the recipe from. There are many cheeses in this book i.e. mozzarella, boursin, feta etc etc

Agar Agar cooled to 115°F

To make the cheese set the recipe states to use Agar Agar which is used in the raw food world BUT Agar Agar has to be boiled and simmered. I boiled and simmered the Agar Agar but then to keep the recipe raw I allowed it to cool to 115°F before adding the other ingredients so it wouldn't cook anything.
I also had to use tomato paste/pureƩ so instead of using this I soaked a couple of sundried tomatoes overnight. The next day I drained them and chopped them very fine and blitzed them with my stick blender and then used the 2tb in the vitamix as stated in the recipe.

Here is a You Tube video of Matt making this cheese which is where I found it and so I bought the book to make the cheese correctly myself.

Let me know if you make this recipe and what you think?! It's FAB!

I juiced some oranges last night and poured it into a jug and put it in the fridge ready for this morning. I noticed that I didn't have any almond milk made and I wanted some for my breakfast in the morning so I put some almonds in soaking in some spring water from my Eva water filter...I LOVE that filter!! this morning I made the almond milk and I had oats with 5 dates and almond milk for my breakfast....YUM! I then had a glass of orange juice, banana and 2 chlorella tablets. For lunch today I am thinking of having strawberries blended with more dates (constipated, you wanted to know that) then I am going to pour this over fresh figs and more strawberries...DEEELICOUS! I have had this before and it is very nice. I will try and remember where I got this recipe from and I will let you know, actually, I think I have alread mentioned this recipe on a previous blog post.


Sunday, 18 September 2011

The Great North Run

I'm watching the Great North Run on TV this morning. My brother in law with his brother and sister are running it to raise money for Cancer Research. Just to let you know that the run starts off at Newcastle which is about 15 miles (15-20 minute drive, depending on traffic) away from me. We go shopping in Newcastle often.
I'm not sure if the run is televised around the world but if it is then take a look as there are many athletes that come from all over the world to take part in this run, there are also a few celebrities running it.

I've vacuumed and polished my floors and vacuumed my stairs today.
I have eaten 3 or was it 4?.....Umm I can't remember, anyway, I have had a few of the chocolate crispies that I bought from Raw Living and I have also had a banana and 2 Chlorella tablets which are said to help with metabolism, getting rid of toxins and they also have other health benefits. I plan on having a salad with some FABULOUS sauerkraut and avocado for my evening meal tonight - Oh! And I really would like to get the cheese made.

That is my block chedda cheese made and in the fridge, pictures will come tomorrow as it is nearly time for bed.

For my evening meal I had salad consisting of: romain, cucumber, tomato, sauerkraut, mango, avocado, cashews and raw mayo, not good food combining there but I enjoyed it.

Just incase you wanted to know a little about Chlorella then here is a small write up about it:


New research from Japan suggests that this green algae could be effective in fighting major lifestyle diseases. It has been shown to reduce body-fat percentage and blood-glucose levels and help those suffering from Type 2 diabetes, obesity or heart disease. Its benefits include boosting energy, aiding digestion and fighting depression.
What excited the scientists, including the notable Carnegie Institute in Washington DC, was that this green algae proved to be almost a dream food. It is packed with protein – twice as much as spinach – and about 38 times the quantity of soybeans, and 55 times that of rice. It also contains nine essential amino acids, as well as vitamins and minerals.
These are the latest in a long line of health claims – ranging from boosting the immune system in cancer patients to improving the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

Nadia also believes chlorella is highly protective against toxins. "We are bombarded with chemicals in pesticides and fungicides; chlorella helps to get them out of the body. It is a fantastic detoxifier and deodorant."
Tests have shown that chlorella stimulates the growth of probiotic or friendly bacteria, and its cell walls absorb toxins within the intestine and encourage peristalsis – the muscular contraction that moves material through the bowels – preventing constipation and toxic material in the stool being reabsorbed into the bloodstream.
As it is a natural food, chlorella is safe for most people to take; but one exception seems to be those who are prescribed warfarin. This is because chlorella contains vitamin K1, which is important in helping blood clotting – the very opposite of warfarin, which acts as an anticoagulant.

Well, night night and I will be


Friday, 16 September 2011

September Buy

It has rained nearly all day, Autum is pretty much here and it is GLORIOUS!!
Anyway, here is my September buy:

A Flaker

This is FABULOUS! I couldn't get an electric flaker here in the UK but to honest I think this wooden flaker is so much more nicer and it looks rather good clamped to my work island. This wooden flaker is also better because the hopper is removable for cleaning whereas the flaker with the metal hopper isn't removable....ummm thats not good, we need to clean things. This flaker also came with a good quality and very strong adjustable, threaded clamp.
My new flaker wont break down like an electric flaker.....definitely a PLUS!
Here are a few more pics to show you what results I can get. It flakes any type of oats/grains and as long as the oats/groats you buy are raw then you get raw flaked grains.

A few oat groats in the hopper, turn the handle and you get flakes of oats.

Yummy flaked oats groats

 Before and after results

The full package. I received the grains free with my new GORGEOUS wooden flaker.

Now for a few other pictures.

I wanted to try the new Raw Chocolate Crispy Cakes and the new Chocolates from Raw Living and I have to say, they are SOOO YUMCIOUS!

Mimi Kirks new book, 'Live Raw'

When I was at Costco yesterday I decided to buy these Microplanes, I know, I already have Microplanes but I didn't have the box grater and the long thin Microplane.

Well that is all for today but I will be getting my raw dairy free cheese made and a pic put on here, I will hopefully get that done tomorrow or Sunday but I will be back tomorrow anyway.

Oh! I forgot to weigh in on Thursday so I thought I would weigh in this morning...I forgot again!


Thursday, 15 September 2011

A Grocery Day

I did go to Costco today and bought plenty of fresh produce, I also bought another couple of Microplane's, pic tomorrow.
I haven't had time to do my pics today but tomorrow should be a lot quieter so I will have time to do them then.

On our way back from Costco we popped along to visit my dad which was and is always fab!

Well, that is all for now. I know today is short and sweet but it's been a busy day and now it is time for bed. Back tomorrow.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

What A Day

We had to get a new computer today because the new printer was ridiculous with that ole computer we had, believe me, when I say ole computer, I mean VERY old computer but because it worked we just kept it, but! The new printer dictated to us that it was definitely time to renew, so, today has been spent with my other half hogging the computer installing the internet, virus protection etc.

I need to do a grocery shop so I am going to try to pop out to do that tomorrow and then hopefully I will get those pics done and uploaded.

Apart from that I don't have anything else to report. My eating hasn't been great and it is my weigh in tomorrow so I will have to take what the scales give me and make sure that I start and think of my health etc all this next week and beyond and eat better!!
By the way, I am still feeling GREAT!

So, I will say, "night night" and I will be back tomorrow.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Simply THE Best

YEEEAAAH!!!!...I am feeling GREAT lately! The depression has really lifted and I am getting and WANTING to get into my routines, I feel more energised and happier! Oh I LOVE THIS!!! I think that when I have been feeling better on and off over the last few months it hasn't been a deep happier feeling but now it is SOOO much deeper, stronger, I am feeling FAB!

Okay, I need to get a few pics on here and a BRILLIANT cheese pic from a recipe I found. This cheese recipe is a set, firmish chedda cheese that melts and slices and apparently can be grated, so watch this space it will be on here. I received a book today, 'Live RAW' by Mimi Kirk, so I will have a good ole look through that and see what shouts out, "make me"
Oh! I have just remembered that I need to take a my pic of my September buy, so I will get that done tonight or tomorrow, it depends if I will get the pics done tonight because my eldest baby boy is visiting tonight and I love to spend time with him. We have had trouble with him over the years but he has really grown up lately and he also seems happier, he is the BEST! Love, love LOVE him!

I need to come off the computer for a while because we had to buy a new printer and my hubs needs to install it, I don't know how to do the technical things...teehee Our other printer is fine, it's a Lexmark but the inks are SOOO expensive, nearly £20 each and they don't last very long, so a new printer it had to be.

Back later or tomorrow.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Countdown To Christmas

Yep, when September arrives it is countdown to Christmas for me, countdown to get all the Christmas shopping done but I am going to make it a two in one countdown because I am going to do my best to lose as much weight as possible between now and Christmas.

I was thinking today of all my ailments, yes I know, you don't really want to know about someone's ailments but I am going to put it on here anyway so I can keep tabs of any improvements.
I suffer with:
Sciatica - Medication
Depression - taking tablets DAILY for it
Migraines - Medication
Acid Reflux - taking tablets DAILY for it.
IBS - constipation a lot.
Sinus Trouble - Medication

Now then, the best way to try to control all of this is to be and think healthy. I have heard so many times about people suffering with all sorts of ailments and illnesses and being raw has helped and even healed so many.
I have decided to log down my progress daily.

I will be posting a pic of my September buy very soon, it's another good one.
I am going to make a raw cheese tomorrow so pop back to see that one, it's BRILLIANT!

I am going to try very VERY hard to get myself back into my rota's, I have just not managed to get into them at all for quite a while now.

I am going to come back tomorrow, I need to for ME! I need to keep a log!!!!!

I am now going to tidy the kitchen after making the evening meal and then think about getting settled for bed and watch an ole British black n white film with a nice drink in bed me thinks.