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Day 5

HUMMUS!!

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
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calories consumed
kcal
total weight lost / gained
+.8 KG
current weight
55.8 KG
hours slept
9 hours

Anything Interesting Happen?

I’m loving sprouts! I was shocked that my third batch of sprouted chickpeas (my first two failed but honestly sprouting is not difficult at all…sometimes I’m just a bit of a muppet) tasted more like mung beans than chickpeas – but I really like them. They definitely feel lighter and easier to digest than cooked lentils. I’ve often wondered about lentils – yes they are very good for you – great source of protein, low GI, low in fat and salt but they can play havoc with my stomach. But now…well..I have fancy sprouted lentils to play with!

So far I’ve been using them in salads but you can do a lot more with them including making…. HUMMUS! I’m very excited about my rendezvous with old mate hummus. I’m a bit addicted to the stuff (regular hummus) and it was one of the main things I was worried about once I had committed to 28 days raw – no hummus!? But today I made my first batch of raw hummus and I can honestly say it tastes great! (recipe below)

The most common question I have had from people so far is what do I miss the most. I’m sure this will be different for everyone but for me it’s the really simple things. In no particular order if I could eat anything right now it would be:

— a cracker! (maybe 3, or 9, I’m not even fussed what type – just something plain and dry)
— a bowl of rice. Again something plain – I’m really missing the feeling of filling up my belly with something warm
— a cup of tea – English breaky please – with milk.

What can I say – I’m a fairly simple girl but those 3 things right now would make me pretty happy. One of the biggest things I’m struggling with is not ever having the full belly feeling. I keep snacking looking for that satisfied feeling but I’m realising I’m not going to get it so I have to somehow teach my body to come to terms with that over the next 23 days.

Today I bought two coconuts for €5. I was in Thailand last month and for €5 I could have bought 44.2 coconuts. Ha, should have gone raw last month.

What Did You Eat?

Breakfast
— Green smoothie: green apple, pear, banana, spinach, fresh orange juice, ginger. I made quite a bit and sipped on it all day.

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Lunch
— Creamy Celeriac and Apple Soup with Sage (recipe below). Big ups to our chef Caroline for making raw good again for lunch! I think the raw food lunches at work are more popular than I had anticipated – I even have commitment from a work mate that if I’m still feeling good by day 7 he will join in for a week – It’s been blogged about Ben – there is no turning back now! ;-)

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Dinner
— A mismatch of leftovers : asian and Italian salads, tamari marinated mushrooms, raw pesto and the hummus I’ve been banging on about all post.

Snacks
— dried fruit and nuts (standard)
— 3 medjool dates
— hot water with lemon
— green apple

How Are You Feeling?

Fairly good. I got a good nights sleep last night but I still feel tired.  My tummy is feeling a bit better so hopefully it’s getting a bit more used to the fats and oils.

Recipes And Facts

Raw hummus 
Sprouted chickpeas (you need to soak the chickpeas overnight, then rise and leave in a cool dry place for about 4-5 days, rinsing every 8 hours or so. Please see link below for more details on how to sprout lentils)
Raw tahini
Olive oil
Lemon juice
Garlic
Salt, pepper and a little water if needed
Smash together in a blender and magic – raw hummus!

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Lunch recipe: Creamy Celeriac and Apple Soup with Sage

Sprouted lentils:

They definitely taste different than what I was expecting. The theory is that the sprouting process neutralizes the phytic acid which means your body can digest and absorb the nutrients better. More comprehensive information about sprouted lentils vs cooked lentils is here

And here is a step by step guide to sprouting lentils.