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Day 332: The Raw Deal

Love this cookbook!

Good morning! I am starting to reap the benefits of increased water intake. I sleep deeper and wake up easier and with less pain. I also think that increasing weights, during my strength training is making me stronger and giving me more energy. My brain feels clearer!

 I have, however noticed an increased ravenous appetite. Sigh. My eating! Will I ever experience moderation?  Even in my younger days, I was struck with this irony: lifting weights would make me stronger and fitter, but my appetite would increase, making weight loss more difficult. I would console myself saying,"Muscle weighs more than fat". Which is one of many reasons I allowed myself to get so heavy

 Sigh. But I keep putting one foot in front of the other...

I have been focussing on raw food this week. Perhaps that is also why I am feeling more alive. My cauliflower tabbouli is definitely a keeper. And almond butter stuffed dates are a pleasant snack. I also made cashew cheese. I was surprised at the flavor. Easy to make. I got these recipes from a fabulous book I downloaded on my Kindle: The Raw Deal Cookbook by Emily Monaco.

I think I shall pack some cashew cheese on rice cakes and stuffed dates for my trip to Salem today. I am looking forward to a walk in the capital mall. The high today is predicted to be 76!

So I had better get on with it. My psalm of the day is psalm 26. Verses 4 and 5 echo the first few verses of psalm 1.
Psalm 26

1 Give judgment for me, O Lord:
for I walk the path of perfection.
I trust in the Lord; I have not wavered.

2 Examine me, Lord, and try me;
O test my heart and my mind,
3 for your love is before my eyes
and I walk according to your truth.

4 I never take my place with liars
and with hypocrites I shall not go.
5 I hate the evil-doer's company:
I will not take my place with the wicked.

6 To prove my innocence I wash my hands
and take my place around your altar,
7 singing a song of thanksgiving,
proclaiming all your wonders.

8 O Lord, I love the house where you dwell,
the place where your glory abides.

9 Do not sweep me away with sinners,
nor my life with bloodthirsty men
10 in whose hands are evil plots,
whose right hands are filled with gold.

11 As for me, I walk the path of perfection.

Redeem me and show me your mercy.
12 My foot stands on level ground:
I will bless the Lord in the assembly

 I found an interesting commentary on this psalm here:

This will give me food for thought for my bus ride to Salem. Food for thought! No calories there! Perhaps that will be my new eating plan: The Food for Thought Diet! :)

Happy Wednesday!


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