Monday, February 12, 2007

Chocolate Cravings

I have been mostly raw for 1 month and towards the end of the month, my temper improved. I seldom yelled and my husband even admitted that. Then, one Saturday, I ate a BIG meal of cooked foods at MIL's. The next day, I lost my temper. It was really weird. My emotions flew out of the window and I couldn't control them. So, I resolve to stay with raw diet as much as possible. Being calm and collected towards my children will be my motivation. And of course, I SO hope to fit into my pre-preggo pants ... hehe ...

Every time I shop at the grocery store, my feet always slowed down at the chocolate section. My hands would reach out to caress the attractive coloured packaging ... w/o me knowing, I would salivate and dream of eating them. When I got home from the yesterday's grocery trip, I vowed to look for raw deserts so I wouldn't be tempted again.

I found a nice little recipe:
Carob Fudge --

2 cups raw almonds (soaked for a minimum of 6 hours. Rinse them after that.)
1/2 cup raw carob powder (Carob powder is very expensive so I used regular cocoa since I already have that on-hand. Best to use organic, as usual.)
1/2 cup raw honey
3 Tablespoons raw almond butter (Bought this at the store TJs, since I could never get that smooth consistency.)
6 pitted dates (I had medjool dates on hand.)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon nama shoyu (Couldn't find it. Used soy sauce.)
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
shredded organic coconut, unpasteurized and unsulfured (Couldn't find one unsulphured so I used cocoa powder and turned it into "truffles.")

Put the almonds, carob powder, honey, almond butter, dates, cinnamon, vanilla, shoyu and nutmeg in a food processor and thoroughly process until creamy.
Form the mixture into small balls. Roll each in coconut and place the finished candies in paper candy cups. Serve either chilled or at room temperature.
Makes about 20 pieces
- from Chef Suzanne Alex Ferrara’s, "The Raw Food Primer"

I froze them and just tasted some, it was so yummy. To me, anyway. My cooked-food friend didn't like it. She preferred the good ol' regular chocolate truffles.

I'm dehydrating fruit leather. I hope they'll turn out so the kids have something to snack on.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

L's first Pinkeye / Conjunctivitis

After L got back from school yesterday, I noticed a yellowish discharge from his right eye. It was yellowish sticky and thick. His eye became pink as the night progressed. I called the advice nurse and she confirmed that it was pink eye / conjunctivitis and proceeded to prescribe antibiotic eyedrops which I need to pick up from the pharmacist today.

Pinkeye could be caused by irritants like fumes, smoke, dust etc. In this situation, you should wash the eye frequently throughout the day with regular eyedrops or saline solution (the ones you use to wash contact lens), both obtainable at the drugstore. Discharge is usually watery.

For bacterial infections, the discharge is usually yellow-greenish. That's when they prescribe antibiotic eyedrops. You should wash your eye with the same things above.

For viral, it is usually accompanied with cold symptoms and nothing can be done in this instance.

Usually itch accompanies pinkeye and you should try not to rub from one eye to another b/c you might transmit the germs over. Warm compress to relieve the inflammation and cool compress to relieve the discomfort.

Last night, I looked through my homeopathic book and it was a toss up btwn hepar sulp and puls. Hepar sulph is called when the patient is oversensitive and irritable. Puls when the patient is whiny and discharge is thick and yellowish / greenish. Since L wasn't irritable, I gave him puls 200c right before he fell asleep. Next morning, the discharge was gone but he had a cough so most likely it was a viral infection courtesy of his friends at school. I gave him another dose of puls 30c b/c his eye was still slighty pink and puffy.

I am really glad that homeopathy worked in pink eye situations. There was another time when J's eye was really pink but hadn't developed pus yet. I gave him Ferum Phos 200c since it was an early onset. The pinkishness went away the next day. Yay!

At least L gets to stay home on minimum flex day and coincidently, the weather sucks today.