Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Thoughts: Today Steph and I made chocolate balls and this time added a new ingredient...psyllium husks! I have never had them before and Steph said they are good for our digestion, so I did a little something something research, and this is what I found:
>Psyllium seeds are harvested from Plantago psyllium and Plantago ovata.
>Plantago is a genus of about 200 species of small, shrub like plants commonly called plantains.
>The plants are commonly grown in India and Iran.
>Its seeds are odourless and tasteless. I could not taste them in the chocolate balls!
>They are commonly added to laxatives, herbal cures, and to certain breakfast cereals.
>They produce a soluble fibre that promotes bowel regularity. Oh I love bowel regularity!
>The fibre is normally broken down in the large bowel. It then becomes a food source for the bacteria that live in the colon. After the phylum is metabolised in the colon, some of it is absorbed and adds some calories to the diet.
>Psyllium seeds are oval and are coated with mucilage. This product is different from wheat bran and other fibres in that, it does not cause excessive gas and bloating.
>It was used topically to treat skin irritations, poison ivy reactions, insect bites and stings. Its other common names are flea seed and fleawort.
>There is no recommended daily allowance. There is no research that has documented the effects of phylum deficiency.
>It can be used regularly unlike the harsh stimulant laxatives, which must only be used intermittently. It is rich in soluble fibre.
>Psyllium is useful for weight loss, relieving constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhoea, high blood pressure, pain associated with haemorrhoids, hiatus hernia, diverticular disease and other intestinal problems.
>It is also effective in lowering cholesterol and controlling diabetes. The phylum seed husks are commonly used in herbal remedies.
Another earth food showing us how the earth provides us with everything we need....perfect :)
Challenges: No challenges today! I feel great and alive and wouldn't want it any other way so I'm in no way tempted to eat chocolate or lollies or processed man made foods, I'm not even craving, which I never thought possible! Turns out anything is possible!
Triumphs: Day 37 on only foods born directly from the earth and day 2 on raw foods! Feeling amazing, alert, and present :))))
What I Ate Today:
Breakfast: a beetroot, carrot, celery and ginger juice. Macadamia nuts, walnuts and goji berries. And 2 chocolate balls (sorry Steph I ate the last ones sneakily!)
Lunch: a pear, goji berries, macadamia nuts and walnuts.
Dinner: goji berries and a raw salad made by the beautiful Steph. Green lettuce, advocado, alfalfa sprouts, with a lemon and olive oil dressing. MMMM I love squishy advocado in a salad ;)
Dessert: 2 chocolate balls
Snacks: green apple, green grapes, chocolate balls.
Cost: For a large bag of organic goji berries (1kg) is around $20. They are a great snack to have on standby if you get hungry!
Recipe: We made our chocolate balls a little different today. All the usual ingredients plus selium husks.
Ingredients: Cocoa powder, water, dark agave syrup, hazelnut meal, whole raw hazelnuts and phylum husks.
Directions: Mix it all together to form a smooth paste consistency to form balls! Eat them right away or put them in the freezer mmmm!
329 days to go!!!