Guyabano is what Filipinos call soursop. A really nutritious fruit, believed to be anti-cancer. It can be tart but if you pick it fresh from the tree you could hit the jackpot and have it turn out sweet. Here’s a recipe for the majority of us who do not have a guyabano tree. It is adapted from a well-loved Pinoy recipe and adjusted for raw vegans. I hope you try it and let me know how you like it!
Lagkitan is a banana variety that is small and much sweeter than a regular grocery banana.
2 cups deseeded guyabano flesh
1 cup homemade pumpkin seed mylk or pili nut mylk
4 frozen lagkitan bananas
1-2 tablespoons Grade B maple syrup, depending on how sweet your guyabano is
So excited to share to you the food that was brought to our raw plantbased, gluten-free, soy-free potluck held in Legaspi Village, Makati. No guest felt left out, because all dishes catered to food sensitivities.
There were three sweet dishes and one zoodle dish.
I brought this raw vegan pancit dish. For some reason, I couldn’t find my spiralizer, so I manually sliced the zucchini noodles aka zoodles :)
Won’t you join us at the next potluck? The potluck’s theme will be breakfast and held sometime in August in White Plains, Quezon City. I'll likely bring raw vegan pancakes.
(Feel free to ask about how to make these. There are no stupid questions. If you're in the area, I could also demo it to you in case you've never heard of raw vegan cuisine before and want to give it a try. You might also know a loved one who is interested or could benefit from exposure to this cuisine!)
When I was trying to research for ways to address an autoimmune disease I discovered in 2009, a friend shared to me a link on the Boutenko family. One of two siblings, Sergei Boutenko, had juvenile diabetes but healed from it completely due to a change in lifestyle brought about by his mother's research and commitment to finding the best way to heal.
I shared this link to my dad but he was pretty committed to his own regimen for his own type two diabetes. I
don't think he remembers this, and I have given up on trying to convince family and friends to try this.
Imagine my surprise and utter excitement when, after 7 years (on-and-off with lots of backsliding!) of going through the raw, plant-based lifestyle on my own, my dad finally wants to try it for three days straight!
I'll be praying for the right program for him. I don't think giving him the exact protocol I follow would be good because I myself transitioned into raw slowly. I was vegetarian for many years before becoming a junk food vegan, then when I finally decided to go raw, I started with only taking one raw meal a day, then two, then going a full day of raw. Pray with me 🙏
I'm thankful though that he already eats pretty healthy 5 days a week! He also likes drinking lots of water first thing in the morning, and already does juicing. In his 70s, he still looks young and fit, so I'm excited for him to have even more energy! I don't mind at all that it took him seven years to come around.
1 head romaine lettuce
1 head broccoli (florets only)
1. Peel the beet, and cube or slice.
2. Tear the romaine lettuce into bite-sized pieces.
3. Shave the blackened portions of the broccoli. Save the stem for a different recipe.
4. Rinse the wake.
5. Arrange on a plate or salad bowl.
1/2-1 cup buko meat/coconut meat
1 garlic clove, mashed
nutritional yeast to taste (I usually eyeball mine and don’t measure)
2 tablespoons buko juice/coconut water
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
Place all ingredients in the Vitamix and pour onto the salad.
1 pineapple (leave in the core if you’re using a Vitamix)
250 g blueberries (mine were from the freezer)
3 or more seeded dates
optional water or crushed ice (if not using a Vitamix)
a few leaves of malunggay
3-4 leaves of basil
a few leaves of Romaine lettuce
edible flowers for garnish
Irish moss (optional)
1. Blend and enjoy.
2. For the tiny flower with the stem, only eat the petals. The stem tends to be bitter :)
I'm fixing the index for my recipes so that they could be easily found, and I saw this draft that never got posted!
The Banana Run was a race I signed up for back when I was working in Bangko Sentral! Thanks again to the organizers!
I talked to one of the trainers at the gym. I was hoping he would
recommend ab crunches to improve my midsection but nooo. He said cardio would get rid of it.
That’s why I am excited we have a 6-month running clinic at work. It’s
called Banana Run and I am super excited. We get a banana each time we
complete a session. And it’s not going to be just runs. We’ll have
calisthenics (with a bit of ab work, so it’s a blessing. Got my wish!).
Some people think doing calisthenics is tougher than the actual run. I just want those abs!
Since it's not a one time thing, I thought it would be perfect for training
for the zombie run a friend signed me up for. I also have this dress that I
want to wear! And lastly, (though it ought to be first on my agenda!) I
want to correct my running form. One of the speakers at the launch last
Tuesday said speed comes later. Proper form first!
- A friend corrected my arm swing, and another corrected how my feet
land and how I’m supposed to push the foot up so I spring to make longer
strides, etc. Love all my friends who push me beyond what I think I can
handle! Iron sharpening iron!
and I've been getting advice on how to run. Go running!
I woke up earlier than usual today too!
We got our baseline statistics last Tuesday, and my Real Age is 3 years
younger than my chronological age! The gal doing the orientation said we
ought to aim for 5 years younger. So hopefully, at the end of six months,
I’ll be reporting better muscle composition, and two more years shaved off.
There was also a chance to check the levels of our antioxidants but I
didn’t do that anymore. Hopefully, I’ll get to that again.
I forgot to buy some wakame. I’ll need to pick some up because I can feel
some sodium cravings coming up!
Thursday, we'll get to see and hopefully meet Coach Rio.
Kamusta? Here's a smoothie recipe that uses Indian mangoes. I call the recipe Alabango (pronounced Alabang-go) smoothie because the mangoes are sourced from Alabang, Muntinlupa. Their variety is called Indian mango though. These mangoes are soo good, our dog Vaughn (rest in pup-peace) and some of our other pets love to eat them.
These mangoes are green but a few of them are ripe. The texture and smell will clue you in as to their ripeness.
2 ripe Indian mangoes (I know non-Pinoys will find it weird that I included the word ripe, but it's a must because lots of Pinoy looooove unripe Indian mangoes)
the juice of 3 calamansi
1 coconut (juice and white flesh)
1 sprig basil
a few edible flowers for garnish
1. Blend in a high speed blender.
2. Pout into glasses and garnish with edible flowers
14 dates (depending on the type, they may need to be soaked in water first until they are softer, especially if using a regular blender. deseed).
1/2-1 cup berries (freeze them beforehand if you want a cold smoothie)
1 cup water, buko juice, or a combination of the two (add more if using a regular blender)
1 teaspoon Maca powder
#1 You wake up to an analog alarm clock and you don't check your phone first thing in the morning.
I used to wake up to my cell phone but when I switched to a smart phone less than two years ago (yeah, I'm such a late bloomer) I found trouble sleeping again, which bugged me, because I knew that switching to a super healthy diet cured my insomnia in 2010!
It wasn't until I read an article about radiation coming from cell phones interfering with our body's own cellular division during the body's REM sleep that something just clicked.
I tried an experiment: I started sleeping without the phone in my bedroom. I also bought an analog alarm clock (the kind with metal bells!). I wish I could say it was the wind up kind, but that would have cost more. This one was just Php299.75.
The switch made such a difference! I got to sleep earlier and I also woke up earlier. I am liking that I'm back to being insomnia-free.
I could also tell who among my friends and family used their cellphones as an alarm clock or checked their phones first thing in the morning because when I would reply late to their messages, they would assume that I woke up late.
So what do I try to check first thing in the morning? That's another blog post :)
Back in August when I was training for my 42k, I would often bump into someone who was such a blessing to me. Although we didn't interact, I'd see him picking up someone else's trash in the park, and that made such an impact on me.
I told myself (and you guys, for accountability) that I'd tell him so the next time I saw him.
Well, the first time I saw him again, I lost my nerve and didn't push through with it. What a chicken! Bukbukkuk! So the next time, I thought I had to get over myself and fulfill a promise.
I finally did. He said that when he blesses someone, he asks that person to pass it on! So here I am, not knowing how but letting you guys know that the baton is with me.
What are your suggestions? Should I pick up someone elses' trash too? Volunteer to help someone out? Make a raw veg meal for someone with cancer? Or something else? Let me know! I'll make a decision a month from today: February 6.