Blackberry Currant Layered Cheesecake

If you saw my FB post yesterday, you saw my oh-so-yummy noncheese cheesecake! Part of what I am doing this year is a sort of gradual detox to rid my body of harmful chemicals from all the medicine I took last year through my illness. As of the first, I am eating no cooked foods. I made this as a treat for New Year’s Eve, knowing I’d have enough left for a “go-to” if I had to have a treat. I don’t usually have hankerings for particular foods anymore, but it’s not hard to want a piece of this!  And it’s pretty simple too, aside from straining the blackberries through a sieve, you can probably make the whole thing from start to finish in under 20 minutes! To start, you will need 3 cups of soaked cashews.  The best way to do this, is to purchase RAW nuts the day before, and place in a jar or bowl big enough to hold the cashews covered in water, plus an additional cup of water and still have some space left in the container.  I use a 2 liter mason jar to do this, it’s just easiest for me.  The reason you want to do this, is that the nuts will absorb the water and expand.  It’s also important to note, to ensure you don’t get bloating or discomfort,  drain and rinse the nuts and soak again halfway through soaking time.  You want a minimum of 4 hours, but 24 hours is superb.  The longer they soak, the creamier your cheesecake!  The reason you drain and rinse is because nuts have enzyme inhibitors that are released when they touch water.  Those inhibitors can cause intestinal discomfort aside from the fact they will keep you from absorbing all the goodness!  So, the recipe takes a little forethought, but is quickly made! For the pie crust: 2 cups raw nuts (I use pecans mostly, with some walnuts and almonds) 5 tablespoons cacao nibs (can use non-dairy chocolate chips) 2 T. cocoa powder Some himalayan sea salt ½ t. vanilla 5 medjool dates, pitted (room temperature works best)   For the filling: 12 – 20 oz. fresh blackberries This reminds me – I went to Cracker Barrel with my family not long ago, and the only thing on the menu that I could eat was the fruit bowl – fresh blackberries and pineapples. I’m not a big blackberry fan because of the seeds, but o.m.g. . . . . these blackberries were HUGE and JUICEY and so good, I had to ask the chef where he got them from locally. That’s kind of what...

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Authentic in 2015 – New Year’s resolutions??!

  If there is anyone excited about an opportunity for fresh starts this year, it’s ME!! Growing up, we always talked about resolutions, my friends and I did. Usually it was a time for “what can I do that will please me”. Typically, I was known as the friend where you could get anything you need – a shoulder to cry on, help with homework, friendly advice, even the shoes off my feet (on more than several occasions!) My parents called me their “missionary child” because I was always helping someone, including every stray animal that crossed my path! I didn’t really think I needed to up my game in that department, I just needed to keep doing what I was doing. So the typical resolutions that made it to my list: lose weight, run my neighborhood M-F, save $XX before my birthday, etc. But in my mind, I felt incomplete. I spent so much time trying to help others and to be sure that those around me were satisfied that it became a habit to put my thoughts/wants/needs in a little box and on a shelf in the back of the room of my mind. It became such a habit that it had become a very heavy anvil that I carried daily with me. It became easier just to say, “whatever you want” when asked where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do. I would just spit out phrases my parents spoke or others whom I knew I should value. It was too hard to sift through that very full room in my mind of chaotic needs that surrounded me in my life, to the back of the room to the tippy-top shelf to get to that tiny, little box where I put myself. In the book “The Five Love Languages,” Gary Chapman refers to our “love tank” as a gauge to how fulfilled we are. We learn through his text which language we speak, and how often we are “spoken to” in our language is what fills our tank. We have a tendency to naturally lean towards “speaking” our own love language. There is a test in the book you can take that tells you what language you speak, but I think you probably can tell for yourself which language fills you the most (and it can change through the seasons of our life). And it’s not what you want to project, or think is the one you should feel, but what truly makes you feel loved. He labels the languages as: Words of Affirmation Quality Time Physical Touch Acts of Service Receiving Gifts...

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Healing includes rest!

“If you are retaining excess weight, the body is doing that to bind acids away from the organs to sustain life in order to protect organs, particularly the blood. . . . the body will leach minerals from the bones and the muscles to neutralize acids which can lead to stones or the breakdown of the skeletal system or muscular system as a result of the body trying to maintain the alkaline designs of the fluids of the body. . . . the body will form tumors to encapsulate spoiling cells or acidic cells in order to protect healthy tissue to stop a domino effect of one cell spoiling another cell. The way that the body works, is that if we have several cells en masse that are spoiled and are breaking down and oozing out acids, the body will encapsulate that through the cross-linking of fiber monomers forming a tumor in order to protect the tissue outside of that spoiled mass. The tumor is not the cancer, the tumor is the solution to a cancerous condition. To remove the tumor would be like picking at a scab. All you do is irritate that area, open it up for acids to ooze out causing a domino effect and causing what is referred to as “metastatic cancer.” Biopsies cause metastatic cancer.”  ~ Dr. Robert O. Young, M.D. M.S. N.D., D.Sc.   After struggling through an entire year of sickness, I have become soooo frustrated that healing is taking so long.  As much as I love my doctor, as he’s as much a friend to me as doctor, he still leans on the side of prescription for symptoms first and natural healing second. It started last year with an exhorbitant amount of stress leading to a 3 week bout with what felt like the flu. Then 2 months later, my first round with shingles. I went through 5 episodes of that this year, with intermittent infections, allergic responses to medications, reactivation of my Crohn’s condition, systemic poison ivy, 2 run-ins with tick bites that caused a flu-like illness and a myriad of other experiences that kept me in adrenal failure due to excessive stress.  At one point, it was so bad, I just couldn’t walk and spent nearly 4 months in bed. During this time, I took countless medications and lost quite a bit of weight. And then as soon as I got out of bed, the weight slowly started to crawl back on, surpassed my pre-sickness weight and I am now 30 lbs in surplus of where I started. The depression that causes is amazing. I’ll have a day where I...

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What’s the matter with me?

Your body will produce antibodies because certain foods are toxic to your body specifically. You can have symptoms like fever (feels like hot flashes), unexplained rashes and swelling in the joints (arthritis is commonly misdiagnosed), weight gain, headaches, diarrhea/constipation, lack of energy, insomnia, lethargy — much of what is diagnosed as “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” can easily be linked to poor diet — based on food sensitivity and allergic immune response alone, much less the obvious. And so much more.

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