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Some articles to ponder, and new fruit!

What I’m reading today:




It’s drippy, and gray. I have lots to grade, which I suppose is ok; not much else to do anyway with Katie in Belize and the weather as it is, and exercise on hold. My energy’s down again today – not quite as much as yesterday, but still down. It’s strange not knowing what’s going on with my body. I was barely hungry for lunch today – I was hungry all through making it, but when I finally sat down to eat it, I almost had to force myself to eat. I wonder if I’m getting a little too used to blended foods….my smoothie was SO good this morning! Best in a while. Really fresh, ripe fruit: mango, kiwi, and a new one that’s from around here called a chicozapote:

I added chia seeds and shredded coconut and water and it was DELICIOUS.

If you have time to read any of the above articles, I’d love your thoughts/reactions.



Zucchini Socca Recipe and More Clean Recipes!

Looks so good – and totally clean! Not to mention I LOVE baking. Here’s the link for the pictures:
And she has more Clean recipes here! http://www.neetashealthyplate.com/p/clean-recipes.html

I had never heard of socca before but it’s like a garbanzo pancake or crepe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farinata   Yum! (Can you tell I’m hungry after my dinner juice?)

2 cups Chickpea flour ( also called gram flour or garbanzo flour)
2 and 1/4 cups Water
4 tbsp Olive Oil
Fine round slices of zucchini
Half a red onion lightly caramelized in olive oil (optional)
1 tbsp of Herbes de provence (or mixed dried herbs)
sea salt to taste
Fresh thyme (optional)
Lots of black pepper

This makes two trays of Socca. You can half the ingredients and make
just one, but use 1 tbsp of oil in the batter, and 1 and a 1/2 on the tray.

Add water little by little to the flour and whisk till well combined
and there are no granules left. The batter should be totally smooth.
You might need to add a little more water.
Add 1 tbsp of olive oil, salt and the herbs. Mix then leave it to rest
for around 20 to 30 minutes.

Heat the oven to 200 C (400 F) and warm a baking tray or cast iron oven pan
for a few minutes.
Pour 1 and a 1/2 tbsp of Oil on to the tray and move the tray to spread
the oil all over. Pour the batter on the oil till you get around 1/4″ thickness
or even slightly less.
Spread the onions over it then lay down the zucchini slices.
Crush fresh thyme over it and sprinkle some salt and pepper.

Bake it for 15 to 20 minutes till it is set and a knife comes out clean.

Drizzle some olive oil over and eat it warm.

We ate these slices of Socca for lunch with a big bowl of greens
and a yummy ginger and garlic roasted broccoli.

3rd Try

I don’t remember what I’ve said and not said. Jumbled!

In my first message to you this afternoon, the first thing I wrote was thanking you for your warmth and openness in your email, and for your implicit forgiveness of the crabbiness and stressed-ness in mine. Thank you, again. 🙂 Then I talked more about Laurene, and about teaching, education in general, then who knows. Later, there’s always later. I don’t need to go into these things now.

If you want to know about my day with Clean I posted it on the Cleansite….

I don’t even know what to say, love. I’m sorry. I tried to write you twice and both times erased, and your messages to me are in different emails and things, and it’s late. So I’ll just say hello, ok?

I’m glad you went to bed early. Were you able to sleep, or did the thunderstorm keep you awake? How are you feeling this morning?

So glad you’re feeling the “can’t control it, this is life, just dig it” (does that sum it up? 🙂 feeling about obstacles along the way, love. Such a great perspective, orientation to have. Just makes things so much easier, too! Just all part of the journey, the adventure.

I’m taking your (and Amanda’s) advice and skipping the evoo tonight. Excited to get sleep. I did some research online and turns out some people are allergic to olive oil! Did you know that? And nausea/cramping/diarrhea is one of the main symptoms. What’s weird though is that I don’t feel that way all the time with it – only when whatever I’m eating has high concentration of oil and not much else (like pesto pasta, or super deep fried zucchini, or evoo by itself). I can eat olive oil on salads, no problem. I can have pesto in small quantities on sandwiches or whatever. And deep fried foods aren’t usually olive oil but some other oil, right? Strange, no?

How are you doing with portion sizes? Since I’m skipping the recipes and just kinda improvising, I’m thinking some of my last few meals have been too big. I’m confused about what we are supposed to be shooting for. What have you been doing/feeling?

Ok, bed bed bed. Tonight I practiced English with Irving since he’s taking the TOEFL again on Saturday. Man, they’re making it so tough for him and my other friends applying out of the country. Such a shame – he’s such a great guy and would be such an asset! He just found out he didn’t get one of the scholarships he applied to today. It was from Santander Bank, which is based in the UK (where he’s hoping to study). They offer 5 – 10 scholarships to people from all of Latin America (and he said Spain, too) to study in the UK, and he wasn’t picked. Tough chances! I wish there was something I could do to help him. Like write a letter, or connect him with someone. But who? Do I know anyone? ;0

Ok now bed. Goodnight and good morning, love. Hope you had pleasant dreams and wake up with a clearer head and a stabler foot.


Gluten Free Cracker Recipe

Gluten Free Crackers (from Jenny on Clean site)
1 cup gluten free flour (chestnut, coconut, brown rice, buckwheat, millet, etc.)
1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt (or any coarse, REAL non table salt)
2 tablespoons coconut oil (or olive oil or any other clean oil)

Preheat oven to 400
Dust 2 baking sheets with gluten free flour or use a baking stone.
Mix ingredients together by hand or in food processor until combined.
Add 1/4 cup water and continue to mix until it holds together but isn’t sticky, adjusting water as needed.
Roll out dough until 1/4 thick or even thinner . .. adding flour as needed.
Score lightly with a sharp knife if you want to break them into rectangles or squares later on and using a spatula peel up to transfer crackers on the prepared sheet or stone.
Bake until lightly browned- roughly 10 minutes
Cool on a rack and serve warm or keep at room temperature in an airtight container for a few days.

Add any herbs, spices, nuts or seeds for delicious variations. Nutritional yeast and dill are one of my favourites for a cheesy taste!

(Adapted from Mark Bittman’s recipe in How to Cook Everything Vegetarian)


So my soccer Saturday got a little jumbled because 7/8 of the way through the game I rolled, or sprained, or turned my ankle and had to retire.  I was excited to be playing, though the running at lunch time didn’t seem to help me at all.  Since soccer is mostly anaerobic–lots of starting and stopping and turning and sprinting–the endurance is very different than 4-mile runs.  So,  I did the best I could but realized I was fatigued (and when you’re fatigued in soccer, oy vey, it shows and affect your ability to play well).  But I had kinda gotten over that and then, DOH, stepped unknowingly on the outside of my foot.  Maybe it’s God, or the World, telling me to slow down and take it easy.  I’ve done this three or four times, usually playing outdoor soccer.   I think I’ll buy new cleats (and take a few weeks off).

I made the pineapple mango smoothie this morning with coconut pieces but no agave syrup.  My kitchen sink has clogged due to some of the CLEAN blended/juiced refuse, but I poured some liquid plumber down’t–the garbage disposal is broken–and am crossing my fingers that it works (although it’s difficult to type with ifgrsne crossed).

That dream sounds like a whirlwhind, or like the thunderstorm we had last night!  I think I had one bad dream, a scary one a few days ago.  Can’t really remember it, but we were all in danger.  My mood has been a little cranky-oriented at times, when it’s been four or five hours without more than a few nuts, but it rebounds.  Rosanna and Paul are talking to me about the cleanse now at work, and the CAP team knows too (everyone on Friday asked, when I fled to go to the gym during the free pizza lunch, where I was going, but someone said, “Oh!  the cleanse” and frowned sympathetically).  For those who aren’t fully supported, they’re both interested.   A similar look of relief that people had when they found out you and I went to college together and didn’t just meet online across international boundaries, pops up when they find out I can still eat solid foods at lunch and it’s not the master cleanse.  Apparently a lot of people have had bad experiences with friends doing the master cleanse.

I need to read the book more.  Maybe I’ll do that today since I can’t really walk.  Was hoping to pack, but I think it’s too mobile.  Maybe I’ll watch a movie too.  Spent $150 at the co-op yesterday so I have lots of new interesting foods.  Malodextrin is one of the No metals or something?  I’ll look it up.  I got mesquite powder, which they said was white cacao powder, but it was organic and the carob powder wasn’t.  The TPSS Co-op is a whole new world on the Cleanse, love.  they have most of the stuff, and in those DIY containers in the back.  I got a lot of almond butter–so exciting.  I’m not craving sugar as much, and I get full more quickly.  It got to be about 90 and humid during soccer and I though I might keel over and die (but I didn’t).  The cats are being really cute–Leo’s especially being friendly.  I’ll miss them.  They, even being locked out of the room, were making Matt sneeze–he’s allergic–so I thought, okay this move away from them is good, Matt (and dug–who’s coming to visit July 1-4) can come visit and not have to worry about sneezing, running nose, itchy eyes, or trouble breathing.

Psyched to seeee you and talk tomorrow.  What time did we decide?  3pm your time, 4 mine?  I am pumped for the farmer’s market.  Maybe I’ll try to get up to go to the Seeker’s Church http://www.seekerschurch.org/   There are a bunch of them in DC.  We’ll see, I went to one at the Potter’s House and it was okay.

I love this blog.  I love that you set it up.  Should we write everything everything here, or should some things be saved for email?  I ask in order to be PoMo.  😉   Maybe this should be a post comment or reply instead of a new post?  I signed up finally on the CLEAN forum.  They had erased my first attempt because I took too long filling it out.  I could be on there all day.  Need to warm up some of the chicken veggie leftovers from last night.  I am soaking brazil nuts right now to make nut milk.

Hope yoga was good!  wish i was stretchin it with you.  I am happy it’s summer.  Once I leave work, everything’s a little lighter, even during downpours.  Hope your dreams improve!  Maybe I’ll try to meditate or stretch before bed as preventative medicine.  This just came out, I haven’t read it yet but it looks exciting: http://www.healthcare.gov/center/councils/nphpphc/index.html

Gonna sit here now, with my foot covered in a green towel over an ice pack, and my ears hurting for now reason, and feel purrfectly serene and at ease, as Leo seems over on that large plastic bag.  He seems to have reached the third B in Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

See you here soon My One,


Happy to see the morning! (bad dreams)

More bad dreams last night. This time, not teacher dreams, but all sorts of different things popping up – conflicts with my sister, you, a dog pooping on the rug, a girl I knew from grad school who kinda drove everyone crazy, my bike getting a flat and the bike shop wanting hundreds of dollars to fix it, being at my parents house and feeling stuck/time-warped. Emotionally intense, this one! I don’t want to describe it more thoroughly cause just before I woke up I ran through it all in my head again, still half-asleep, and it was so powerful it brought it all back. But the part about you and my sister was interesting, surprising, cause my sister and I had such a nice talk on Skype the other day, and nice texts last night. I’ll just describe that part, briefly. Katie and I had been sharing a bed at my parents house, like we sometimes do. You came to visit, and I was so excited, and it was time for bed and without thinking about it I took you to the room Katie and I had been sharing and we both got in bed with her – it was a reallly big bed, like a triple King size, so there was room for all of us without touching, it wasn’t weird like that. 😉 And I remarked, “Wow! I forgot how big and comfy this bed was!” And my sister nastily, in a tone she never uses, said, “Well YOU certainly have gotten a lot bigger,” and jumped out of the bed and left to go sleep in another room. It doesn’t sound that dramatic here! But in my dream it hit me like if she had slapped me. I instantly felt guilty and stupid for bringing you into the bed with her – of course you and I should have had our own bed, why didn’t I think of that before? And I couldn’t believe how mad she was, and that she would use that tone and insult me like that, when she and I NEVER talk to each other like that. I didn’t know what to do, but my happiness at being with you was ruined, I mean I couldn’t just enjoy it because I was hurt and worried about my sister, and yet I didn’t know what to do, so instead I left, to go fix my bike, while you waited for the pizza we ordered. The bike odyssey was it’s own series of loneliness and craziness, and mostly I was just trying to figure out what to do about my sister (and deal with my flat tire) while feeling guilty about leaving you for so long when you had come all that way to see me. Eventually I went home and you were there, with open arms, and though the pizza had come awhile before, you had kept it in the oven for me, and you weren’t mad at me for leaving, and this part of the dream was comforting, unlike the rest. OK THE END.

The point is, did you read the part in CLEAN about the bad dreams? We’re not even on the cleanse yet, and already I’ve had three that I remember in the past week – more than I usually remember in 6 months! Crazy, no? What is going on inside my/our brains?

I set the time stamp to reflect your time, not mine, so it’s actually an hour earlier than the post says. I’m going to get up and go to Slow Food to get some organic veggies! Yay! And then to yoga, and hopefully also to the eco-tienda to take back my carob powder I bought (has maltodextrin in it :() and THEN maybe down to centro to that health food/supplement store to find some magnesium…what are you doing today, love? How have your dreams been lately, if you remember them? I can’t wait to be walking in Rock Creek with you.

Love, me

Clean links/recipes!

Here’s supposed to be a good replacement for soy sauce and available at Whole Foods: http://www.coconutsecret.com/aminos2.html

Black Forest Smoothie: I c Almond Milk; 3/4-1 cup Frozen Sweet Dark Cherries; 1-2 TBS Chopped Almonds or a TBS Almond Butter; 1/4-1/2 tsp Cinnamon; 1-2 TBS Cacao (or GOOD Organic Dark Cocoa); 1 TBS Ground Flax Seed or Chia (or Move); Chocolate (or Vanilla) Nourish or other Protein Powder – use max amt Cacao/Cocoa if using Plain or Vanilla. (I use Carob as I have a Chocolate Sensitivity.) I do not sweeten, but you may use a packet of Stevia, if you like. Play w/amounts until YOU like it… Enjoy! ;p”’    PS Greens Hide well in this, if you want to add some… (everybody on the forum raves about this….I haven’t found cherries so I’ll prob substitute raspberries or something)

http://www.everydayexposures.com/ Recommended by Dr. Junger, this looks like a great (if rather worrisome) site that gives info on common toxins in our products/homes.

http://www.ewg.org/ Environmental Working Group – looks like they have a ton of consumer safety info & advocacy. Like, which foods to buy organic, which sunscreens to wear, etc.