Rainbow Raw Slaw

June 18, 2009

A friend recently told me I’d probably like the book Sound Bites by Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand.  I didn’t just like it – I loved it and highly recommend it!  In one essay, he talked about staying with a friend who is either vegan or vegetarian (I forget which).  He explained that she used to only eat raw foods, and when she did, her allergies completely disappeared.  I was curious, so I did some reading.  Apparently, a raw diet can cure what ails some people.

I’ve been coughing my whole life, and I haven’t ever been able to figure out what my problem is.  Is it allergies?  Is it asthma?  Is it allergic asthma, as I suspected in a previous post?  No doctor has been able to say for sure.  Chest x-rays and blood work always come back clean, and drugs only work sporadically.  So a few years ago I just gave up – love me, love my constant coughing.  But now I’ve decided to try eating raw foods for one week.

Only of course, like everything else in my life, I’ve been procrastinating that week.  Finally, I decided it might be best to ease my way into it.  (Hey, why buy raw soy sauce when I already have brewed soy sauce in my fridge?  I’ll buy raw when I run out.)  This evening I tried my first raw meal from The Raw Truth by Jeremy A. Safron.  (I don’t agree with everything he says in his book.  For instance, I have no plans to holistically charge my water by letting a quartz crystal soak in a glass of it while sitting in the sun all day.)  I decided on the Cabbage Rolls – everyone loves a wrap, right?  I ended up tweaking the recipe so much, I kinda came up with my own slaw recipe, as the wrap thing didn’t work out (too runny) and the dressing wasn’t to my liking (too sour).  Here’s my version:

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Rainbow Raw Slaw

1 cup shredded green cabbage
1 cup shredded red cabbage
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup mung sprouts
2 tablespoons raw white sesame seeds
2 tablespoons raw black sesame seeds
1/2 cup nama shoyu
2 tablespoons raw almond butter
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Mix cabbages, carrots, sprouts, and sesame seeds in a bowl.  Set aside.  In a blender, combine remaining ingredients.  Pour mixture over bowl of shredded veggies and toss to coat.  Refrigerate 2 hours, tossing every 30 minutes.  Enjoy!

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Allergies? Or asthma?

October 3, 2008

Mornings and evenings I have terrible coughing and wheezing fits.  This morning it was so bad I almost vomited.  The thing is, my whole body itches the entire time I’m coughing.  I know my cough is due to allergies, but no allergy medication lists coughing as a symptom on the box.  I consulted my vitamin bible, and the section on allergies told me what I knew all along: there is a condition called allergic asthma (“restriction of the breathing passages in the lungs as a consequence of inhaling substances to which you are sensitive”), and Vitamin B12 is supposed to alleviate the symptoms.  I can’t wait to try it!

But what could possibly be causing my allergic asthma?

Funny how my coughing fits start after Jonathan sits on my shoulders.


It’s all in the timing.

September 29, 2008

I have bad allergies in the autumn, so this season I’ve been taking a scheduled drug cocktail I concocted myself.  When I wake up, I take generic Claritin RediTabs, which melt in my mouth and are generally delicious.  (For five days only, that’s been replaced with a trial run of generic Zyrtec, which I have to swallow with water like a sucka.  My conclusions?  With Claritin, I can breathe through my nose, but it runs a lot.  With Zyrtec, I can’t breathe through my nose, but it doesn’t run.  Those are the only differences, as far as I can tell.)  At bedtime, I take generic Benadryl.  Since it makes me sleepy, and since I’ve been going to bed around 3am and waking up well after noon and feeling rather unproductive, I tried taking Benadryl at midnight.  I got slightly sleepy at 2am, which happily coincided with the ending of the last episode of season one of 30 Rock I was watching on DVD.  The result?  I woke up at 9:30am.  Well played!