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Eating Organic and Non - Processed Foods for Heart Health (and Whole Body Health too!)

RAJABLOGG.com - The annual non-processed food challenge.  I've taken the pseudo contingent pledge of eating only organic, non-processed foods for a month.  Week One and Two are complete and the details are below.  Week Three is over and Week Four entering its last day.
Week Three Non-processed food challenge - herbal tea from green - lemongrass & roselle (no sugar  or dye)
Today ends week four.  I've followed the non-processed food guidelines for most of the month, with the exception of eating out a couple times in Tampa where I tried to eat non-processed from the menu but found most menu foods are processed to a high degree.
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 08:00 126/60 - 44; 
  • Weight - AM - 176 pounds
  • Breakfast - 2 cups of coffee, 1 boiled egg
  • Lunch - small Coho salmon fillet & one medium portabello sauted in coconut oil
  • Dinner - organic ground beef, chopped peppers, onions and celery sauted 
  • Water - 3 liters
  • Snacks -  almonds, dates & home dried organic apples with lime juice & cinnamon
  • Estimated cost of food: $9
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 08:00 121/55 - 42; 
  • Weight - AM - 176 pounds
  • Breakfast - 2 cups of coffee, 1 boiled egg, dried apples, handful almonds
  • Lunch - sliced avocado and boiled egg with almonds
  • Dinner - organic chicken breast with broccoli and cauliflower
  • Water - 3 liters
  • Snacks -  almonds, dates & home dried organic apples with lime juice & cinnamon
  • Estimated cost of food: $8
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 08:00 116/62 - 49; 
  • Weight - AM - 176 pounds
  • Breakfast - 2 cups of coffee, 1 boiled egg, apple
  • Lunch - guacamole, nuts, sauted root veggies & almonds
  • Dinner - walnuts, steamed rutabaga & eggplant 
  • Water - 3 liters
  • Snacks -  almonds, dates & home dried organic apples with lime juice & cinnamon
  • Estimated cost of food: $9
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 08:00 128/61 - 61; 
  • Weight - AM - 176 pounds
  • Breakfast - 2 cups of coffee, 1 boiled egg, dried apples 
  • Lunch - section salmon fillet, sauted kale, dates and dried apples
  • Dinner - guacamole, almonds, dried apples
  • Water - 2 liters
  • Snacks -  1 cup almonds and cashews mixed
  • Estimated cost of food: $8.50 
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 08:00 131/56 - 49; 
  • Weight - AM - 176 pounds
  • Breakfast - 2 cups of coffee, 1 boiled egg, dried apples 
  • Lunch - one crab cake - homemade, dates and dried apples
  • Dinner - 2 crab cakes - homemade (with coconut flour) guacamole, almonds, dried apples
  • Water - 2 liters
  • Snacks -  1 cup almonds and cashews mixed, dried apples
  • Estimated cost of food: $11 
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 08:00 117/59 - 54; 
  • Weight - AM - 176 pounds
  • Breakfast - 2 cups of coffee, 1 boiled egg, dried apples 
  • Lunch - 2 crab cakes - homemade (with coconut flour) guacamole, almonds, dried apples
  • Dinner - sauted chicken with rutabaga and organic baby sweet potatoes
  • Water - 2 liters
  • Snacks -  almonds and dried apples
  • Estimated cost of food: $8.50 
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 
  • Weight - AM -  pounds
  • Breakfast - 
  • Lunch - 
  • Dinner - 
  • Water - 
  • Snacks -  

  1. Estimated cost of food : 
Organic Kale & Portobello Mushrooms, Day 15, Non-processed food challenge
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 08:00 135/60 - 42; 18:00 117/55 - 49
  • Weight - AM - 176 pounds
  • Breakfast - 2 cups of coffee, tomato & onion chopped over sliced avocado
  • Lunch - 1/2 cup almonds, 2 cups organic juiced veggies
  • Dinner - Chicken fajita stir fry with organic veggies 
  • Water - 3 liters
  • Snacks -  dates, grapes
  • Estimated cost of food: $9

  1. Special Recipes: 
Non-processed food challenge, Week Two breakfast - boiled egg, fresh avocado & wild caught Coho salmon
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 08:00 137/67 - 51; 18:00 112/59 48
  • Weight - AM - 176 pounds
  • Breakfast - 2 cups of coffee, boiled egg  & cup  of juiced veggies
  • Lunch - 1/2 cup almonds, 1 cup fruit juice, 1 cup organic juiced veggies
  • Dinner - guacamole & nuts
  • Water - 3 liters
  • Snacks -  6 dates
  • Estimated cost of food: $9
  • Special Recipes: 
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 07:00 137/64 - 42; 16:00 121/59 - 49
  • Weight - AM - 176 pounds
  • Breakfast - 2 cups of coffee, handful of nuts, sliced avocado & chopped 1/2 sweet onion 
  • Lunch - 1/2 cup almonds, 1 cup juiced organic veggies
  • Dinner - 2 crab cakes (homemade) & one beef patty, cup veggie juice
  • Water - 3 liters
  • Snacks -  1 cup organic dark cherry juice, 1 cup juiced organic veggies
  • Estimated cost of food: $10
  • Special Recipes: 
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - not taken today -  out of town & forgot BP cuff
  • Weight - AM - 176 pounds
  • Breakfast - 2 cups of coffee, 1 cup veggie juice
  • Lunch - Lunch at Longhorn with Jincy, Ruairi & Judy in Tampa.  I had grilled salmon (I am sure it was farm raised) over a lettuce and veggie salad.  Onion ring appetizer (yes! definitely processed)
  • Dinner -  Thai dinner with Judy.  White rice (processed) steamed vegetables and squid.
  • Water - 2 liters
  • Snacks -  handfull almonds
  • Estimated cost of food: $30
  • Special Recipes: 
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - not taken today -  out of town & forgot BP cuff
  • Weight - AM - 176 pounds
  • Breakfast - 2 cups of coffee, 2 eggs scrambled and small amount of browned diced potatoes (I am sure these are not classified as totally non-processed)
  • Lunch - 6 slices bacon, 3 eggs over medium (hungry) - small helping of white grits & gravy (definitely processed food) - breakfast at Cracker Barrel
  • Dinner - saut cut green beans, corn and almonds, 1 cup organic fruit juice & 1 cup organic veggie juice.
  • Water - 2 liters
  • Snacks -  almonds
  • Estimated cost of food: $25
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 0500 120/61 - 43; 18:00 126/61 - 49 
  • Weight - AM - 177 pounds
  • Breakfast - 2 cups of coffee, 1 cup coconut juice, sausage and scrambled eggs
  • Lunch - 1 boiled egg, 1 apple
  • Dinner - almonds, boiled egg, celery & carrot sticks
  • Water -  3 liters
  • Snacks -  handful almonds, 4 dates, 5 pieces dried pineapple, 1/2 cup dried fruit while on my walk at the beach
  • Estimated cost of food: $ 9
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 0600 120/60 - 49; 10:00 151/68 - 52 (at Kidney Doctor's office) 
  • Weight - AM - 176 pounds
  • Breakfast - 2 cups of coffee, 1 cup coconut juice, 1 boiled egg
  • Lunch - cup of coffee and handful of almonds
  • Dinner - sauted corn, carrots and organic chicken sausage
  • Water -  3 liters
  • Snacks -  handful almonds, small package dried pumpkin seeds, 3 dates, 5 pieces dried pineapple

  1. Estimated cost of food: $ 8
Today begins week two of the non-processed food challenge.  Proudly I can say the first week went smoothly, with no processed food in my diet.  Yes, there are some real benefits I've found in a non-processed food diet.

Though I was not really trying to loose weight, the scales say I've gone from 178 lbs. on October 1 to 173 lbs. this morning.  My body type is typical marfanoid and my BMI is self adjusting to what my frame and muscles can truly support.
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 08:00  113/61 - 49;  15:45 87/48 - 52; 21:00 90/52 - 56
  • Weight - AM - 173.0 lbs
  • Breakfast - 2 cups coffee, a boiled egg, sliced avocado and slice of Coho Salmon fillet
  • Lunch - slice Coho fillet, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 boiled egg, 3 dates
  • Dinner - yo como un burrito sin tortilla - carne organica, cebolla y pimiento y salsa verde, uvas verdes tambien (Burritos without the tortilla wrap & grapes)
  • Water - 2 liters
  • Snacks -  small piece of organic dark chocolate, organic coconut milk
  • Estimated cost of food: $10

  1. Special Recipes : 
Non-processed food challenge, ingredients for fresh sliced bacon BLT without bread 
Non-processed food challenge - protein for at least three or four days, fresh cut shark
Non-processed food challenge - sweet carbs!
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 08:00 110/59 - 49
  • Weight - AM - 174 pounds
  • Breakfast - 2 cups of coffee, boiled egg, grapes, apple & slice of salmon fillet
  • Lunch - avocado, chopped onion-ginger-garlic with tomato, almonds
  • Dinner - guacamole, walnuts, boiled egg
  • Water - 3 liters
  • Snacks -  13 dates, orange
  • Estimated cost of food: $8
  • Special Recipes: 
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 08:00  105/55 - 49;  11:45 91/49 - 60;
  • Weight - AM - 174.0 lbs
  • Breakfast - 2 cups coffee, a boiled egg, sliced avocado and onions
  • Lunch - chopped organic onion, tomato & avocado with organic lime juice
  • Dinner - blackened fresh shark saut�ed with ginger slices, green and chili peppers, fresh thyme, roselle calyces & cranberry sorrel leaves
  • Water -  3 liters
  • Snacks -  10 dates
  • Estimated cost of food: $9

  1. Special Recipes: 
Day 10 Non-Processed Food Commitment, chopped organic onion, avocado & tomato
Non-Processed Food Day 10, herbs and spices from the garden for the shark steak
Non-Processed Food Commitment, Day 10 - fresh shark steak saut�ed with sliced ginger, chilies, thyme, roselle calyces & cranberry hibiscus leaves 
Non-processed food challenge - Day 11 - fresh cut lemongrass drying for tea
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 08:00  90/52 - 56; 13:00 95/57 - 52
  • Weight - AM - 174.0 lbs
  • Breakfast - 2 cups coffee, sliced avocado, tomato and onions
  • Lunch - chopped organic onion, tomato & avocado with organic lime juice, slice of shark fillet
  • Dinner - small slice shark fillet, fresh fruits & veggies (carrots & celery)
  • Water -   3 liters
  • Snacks -  couple handfuls of pistachios and almonds, 7 dates
  • Estimated cost of food: $9
  • Special Recipes: lots of fruits & veggies
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 08:00  105/56 - 44; 11:30 105/63 - 42 
  • Weight - AM - 174.0 lbs
  • Breakfast - 2 cups coffee, sliced carrots & celery
  • Lunch - chicken & beef fajitas with onion, peppers, tomatoes
  • Dinner - leftover from lunch - fajitas and veggies
  • Water -  3  liters
  • Snacks -  homemade almond flour & dried fruit bars, 4 dates
  • Estimated cost of food: $10
  • Special Recipes: healthy-Tex-Mex with family over to visit
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 08:00  106/51 - 49; noon- 98/61 - 42 
  • Weight - AM - 175.5 lbs
  • Breakfast - boiled egg, sliced avocado & minced garlic, 1 cup organic carrot juice
  • Lunch - sliced bell pepper, boiled egg, 
  • Dinner - Publix Greenwise no hormone chicken, stir fry with veggies
  • Water -  3  liters
  • Snacks -  6 dates, handfull almonds, 2 glasses lemongrass tea
  • Estimated cost of food: $9
  • Special Recipes: 
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 08:00  131/69 - 73; 13:00- 113/55 - 47 
  • Weight - AM - 175.0 lbs
  • Breakfast - boiled egg, sliced avocado & minced garlic, 1 cup organic coconut milk
  • Lunch - sliced bell pepper, boiled egg, can of sardines in olive oil (slight cheat)
  • Dinner - slice shark fillet, apple, orange, handful of almonds 
  • Water -  3  liters
  • Snacks -  handfull dates
  • Estimated cost of food: $8

  1. Special Recipes: 
Eating non-processed & organic for a month for health
zombie - like pulse rate is typical for me
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 07:00  111/58 - 49
  • Weight - AM - 178 lbs
  • Breakfast - 2 cups coffee, a boiled egg, carrot
  • Lunch - Mako Shark fresh fillet
  • Dinner - homemade guacamole & handful of almonds, boiled egg
  • Water - 2 liters
  • Snacks - 1 cup raw coconut, three organic carrots
  • Estimated cost of food: $10

  1. Special Recipes :
Non-processed food challenge - Fresh Mako with Ginger, Garlic & Cilantro, Day One
Fresh Mako for Non-Processed Food Challenge
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 07:00  121/67 - 45;  09:00 - 147/77 - 42;  9:15 am 109/55 - 48; 9:30 pm 98/49 - 46
  • Weight - AM - 177 lbs
  • Breakfast - 2 cups coffee, a boiled egg, star fruit
  • Lunch - sorrel leaf & calyx salad with almonds, fresh guacamole and star fruit with ginger & garlic
  • Dinner - guacamole & almonds again, another boiled egg
  • Water - 2 liters
  • Snacks - blueberries
  • Estimated cost of food: $6-$7

  1. Special Recipes: homemade salad from the garden - it was actually quite delicious
Day two non-processed food lunch, sorrel, almond, guac salad with star fruit
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 06:00 am 117/53 - 47; 18:00 
  • Weight - AM - 176 lbs
  • Breakfast - 2 cups coffee, a boiled egg, blueberries
  • Lunch - Coho salmon fillet, handfull spinach greens
  • Dinner - boiled egg, more Coho, broccoli 
  • Water - 2 liters +
  • Snacks - blueberries
  • Estimated cost of food: $8

  1. Special Recipes: 
Coho salmon with garlic & ginger, day Three non-processed food challenge
Kevin's dried fruit, almond & coconut flour Num Nums - non-processed food challenge & Paleo snack
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 05:00 am 111/55 - 48; 21:00 (pm) 108/52 - 49
  • Weight - AM - 175.5 lbs
  • Breakfast - 2 cups coffee, three dried fruit and almond/coconut flour Num Nums, boiled egg
  • Lunch - Finished salmon fillets, made fresh guacamole, almonds, num nums, apple
  • Dinner - tired - just walked a bit, not really hungry - ate small bowl guacamole & onions
  • Water - 3 liters
  • Snacks - num nums, coconut milk (small glass), apple
  • Estimated cost of food: $8
  • Special Recipes: mostly leftovers today :)
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 07:00 am 116/58 - 52; 19:00 pm 109/61 - 49
  • Weight - AM - 174.5 lbs
  • Breakfast - 2 cups coffee, two dried fruit and almond/coconut flour Num Nums, boiled egg
  • Lunch -  cabbage-carrot-spinach stir fry with sesame oil (yummy)
  • Dinner -  guacamole and almonds
  • Water - 2 liters
  • Snacks - num nums, afternoon iced coffee, small spoon ikura
  • Estimated cost of food: $7

  1. Special Recipes: 
Non-processed food challenge, Day Five lunch, cabbage-carrot-spinach stir fry
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 07:00 am 119/58 - 49; 
  • Weight - AM - 173.8 lbs
  • Breakfast - 2 cups coffee, almonds & boiled egg
  • Lunch -  wild caught shrimp and fresh avocado
  • Dinner - handful of nuts, star fruit ( I was not too hungry)
  • Water - 2 liters
  • Snacks - apple, avocado
  • Estimated cost of food: $9

  1. Special Recipes: 
Non-processed food challenge - Day Six lunch, shrimp, avocado and cilantro
  • Blood Pressure & Pulse - 08:00  116/69 - 52;  11:00 - 97/55 - 47;  21:00 98/57 - 49
  • Weight - AM - 173.5 lbs
  • Breakfast - 2 cups coffee, a boiled egg, star fruit
  • Lunch -  avocado, 1 cup almonds, star fruit
  • Dinner - avocado, 1 cup almonds, boiled egg
  • Water - 2 liters
  • Snacks - 1 cup blueberries
  • Estimated cost of food: $6


Today begins week three of the non-processed food challenge.  Although I lost over five pounds in the first week, my weight began to increase towards the end of week two.  My waist line and observable ft was decreasing though while it seemed I was building more muscle.  Blood pressure had its up and downs, mainly downs as my body adjusted to the elimination of processed foods and intake of greater amounts of whole foods.

I am finding my diet includes lots of onions, avocados, fruits of all types, almonds, walnuts and other nuts (excluding peanuts).  I've been avoiding grains, sugar and anything in a box.  Water and herbal tea have been my main source of hydration.

I really like this lifestyle and am already thinking in terms of how to sustain this way of eating for a longer period of time.

Day Fifteen, October 15 
20141015 weight  176 pounds - estimate calories -  1900

I really like this lifestyle and am already thinking in terms of how to sustain this way of eating for a longer period of time.

Day Sixteen, October 16 
20141016 weight  176 pounds - estimate calories -  1950
Day Seventeen, October 17 
20141017 weight  176 pounds - estimate calories -  2000
Day Eighteen, October 18 
20141018 weight  176 pounds - estimate calories -  2500
Day Nineteen, October 19 
20141019 weight  177 pounds - estimate calories -  2000
Day Twenty, October 20 
20141020 weight  177 pounds - estimate calories -  2000
Day Twenty, October 21 
20141020 weight  176 pounds - estimate calories -  2000

I'd heard and suspected that traveling can really cause issues with any effort to eat non-processed foods.  Finding out first hand just how true this is was an enlightening experience this weekend as we visited our daughter at her out of town university campus.

Although I really tried to order and eat mostly non-processed foods, I allowed a little 'processed food' slip in here and there.

First of all there are not many if any non-processed food choices available on most restaurant menus.  Second, the food is usually not considered 'organic' and is probably heavily sprayed as a commercial commodity.

Thirdly, eating processed foods is expensive, especially when eating out.  At home I am eating much healthier foods for a third or less the cost.

There are quite a few interesting and informative websites describing how to successfully stay on a  non-processed foods diet while traveling.

I did add a couple pounds of weight over the weekend so I will be walking a little extra and watching my food intake this week to make sure I am feeding my body quality foods in amounts I need to live a healthy life and feel full.  I will also be drinking extra water to help flush out any excess sodium ingested with the restaurant foods.

WEEK TWO - (for Week One details see below)

I have more energy and feel like my body is benefiting from the complete removal of processed foods.  Blood pressure has remained the same and my chronic connective tissue disorder challenges (like muscle pain and bleeding) remain the same though.

But I have really noticed improvements in my sleep!

Prior to embarking on the non-processed challenge I would wake two or three times a night, either to go to the bathroom or look at the clock.  Amazingly now I do not wake up at all.  In fact yesterday I slept through two alarms, something I have never done in all my life.  I think this deep, uninterrupted sleep is allowing my body to refresh itself to a level I have not seen since I was a youth.

Previously I would just tell myself before I went to sleep what time I wanted to wake up.  Presto, almost to the minute I would sit straight up in bed, wide eyed and heart pounding.  Additionally, the slightest sound in the house and I would be repeating the same wake up routine.

The last four or so night's sleep has been totally different.  I feel like I am sinking into a firm but cushioned bed of comfortable feather mattresses, and my breathing reaches deep, deep slow intentional levels.  I have found Zen sleep with this new way of eating.

There are plenty of articles across the web pointing to the presumption that sleep quality is a direct function of diet.  Junk processed food apparently ranks high on the list of causes for insomnia.

So with excitement and enthusiasm I am ready for Week Two!

Day Eight, October 8, feeling refreshed despite the everyday chronic dissection, AFib and Marfan issues

20141008 weight 173.0 pounds - estimate calories -  1700
Food for the next couple days:



Day Nine, October 9 
20141009 weight  174 pounds - estimate calories -  1800
Day Ten, October 10, feeling light-headed today, almost passed out several times - think the supplement CoQ10 is lowering my blood pressure too much - it dropped into the mid eighties systolic and forties diastolic yesterday - laying off CoQ10 today to see if it makes a difference.  Lots of literature across the web suggest CoQ10 can lower blood pressure and caution against taking the supplement with  other medications.

Day Ten, October 10
20141010 weight 174.0 pounds - estimate calories - 1900




Day Eleven, October 11, still feeling light-headed.  Am wondering if the total elimination of processed food for eleven days has had a profound effect on my blood pressure.  Normally my BP runs 110/55 with a pulse of between 48 and 54.  The last couple days systolic readings have been in the upper 80s and diastolic in the upper 40s.

I thought it might be the CoQ10 so I discontinued that supplement for the past two days.

It makes sense that a non-processed food diet could lower BP to normal levels.  The medication I've been taking could be responsible for dropping it to the 80/50 levels from the now otherwise normal pressures achieved with the non-processed foods.  I'll be keeping a watch on the readings and coordinating with all my doctors.

Weight has leveled off at 174.0 lbs.

Day Eleven, October 11
20141011 weight 174.0 pounds - estimate calories -  1900
Blood pressure almost back up to normal - drinking lots of water, added a little salt to my food.

Day Twelve, October 12
20141012 weight 174.0 pounds - estimate calories -  2300
Day Thirteen, October 13
20141013 weight 175.5 pounds - estimate calories -  1800
Rode bike and did PT stretching - shoulder muscle/hematoma area still very sore and tender.  Blood pressure average; been drinking more water.

End of Week Two
Day Fourteen , October 14
20141014 weight 175.5 pounds - estimate calories - 1700

WEEK ONE - Updated through Day 7


I will update this post daily as to diet, blood pressure, pulse, weight and physical therapy.

Steve G got me started doing this back a while with Paleo and Primal eating approaches anyhow, so it shouldn't be too hard to do.  Maybe.  Unfortunately when I wake up with a pulse of 49 (zombie status) I feel the need to find cards in the refrigerator, looking for an energy 'boost'.

But processed carbs, even oatmeal, vegetable or fruit juice send my insulin soaring and though I am 'OK' for thirty minutes the crash follows quickly.  My pulse either bottoms out in the upper thirties or roars sky high into the 130s or 140s.   Hopefully there will be some useful information coming out of this effort.

Let's begin and happy non-processed eating!  Oh, BTW, I told my teen son Ruairi last night we'd be on the non-processed food diet for a month and he just rolled his eyes and smiled.

20141001 weight 178.0 pounds - estimate calories - 1500

The first day went pretty well.  I really enjoyed the Mako fillet, blackened on a very hot cast iron skillet with fresh cilantro, garlic and ginger, and tasting like swordfish.  I felt like a powerful shark swimming in the endless ocean as I ate the great fish.  The carrots and coconut are always refreshing and full of energy!

Day Two, October 2, feeling refreshed despite the everyday chronic dissection, AFib and Marfan issues

20141002 weight 177.0 pounds - estimate calories -  1500
Day two has passed and we are into day three of the non-processed food month!  Yesterday I had a marvelous salad from scratch including; fresh sorrel leaves and calyx (Jamaican and cranberry) from the garden (thank you Judy).  
I've already lost one and a half pounds and it is only day three.  Blood pressure and pulse are holding steady.

Day Three, October 3.  Still feeling refreshed besides the chronic fatigue I am normally accustomed to. Today  I have Coho salmon in the skillet and eggs boiling.  Fresh fruits and veggies await also. I always hope the omega-3s from the fish will help heal my remaining aortic dissection.  I know for sure though the fish tastes wonderful!

20141003 weight 176.0 pounds - estimated calories - 1500
Day Four, October 4.  I start craving sweets yesterday!  Perhaps because I'd just about eliminated most sugars over the past couple days.  My body was in fat burning mode.  But I was really in the mood for something sweet.  Ruairi suggested Oreos but those cookies would have bloom my non-processed food attempt way too soon.

So I made my own non-processed dried fruit Num Nums.

No recipe was followed, I just mixed together what sounded good, including; one cup of almond flour, one cup coconut flour, a half cup raisins, a half cup chopped cherries, ten chopped dates, two eggs, spoon of ground cinnamon, handful of chopped ginger, spoon dried turmeric and about half cup of grape seed  oil.  Mix.

Bake cookies on baking sheet at 375 for twenty minutes.  They are't really overly sweet, more like a healthy, dried fruit sweetened energy bar.  But they are hard to put down.
I'll be eating fresh veggies and the last of the salmon today.  All of a sudden my body feels less polluted from bagged and boxed up, factory processed with who knows what kind of chemicals, food.

20141004 weight 175.5 pounds - estimated calories - 1500
Day Five  of the non-processed food challenge!  Finished up most of my leftovers yesterday.  We will see what today brings.  My appetite has actually decreased a little.  The num nuns are such an excellent snack.  All it takes is eating one to be filled up as the almond flour is very filling (VERY FILLING).  Seems like I am dropping about a half pound a day.  This is strange because my diet before did not have much processed foods in it though lately I had been eating little sweetened yogurts and even a slice of pizza or two with my son.  Hope your Day Five is great!

20141005 weight 174.5 pounds - estimated calories - 1400
Day Six - Going on a week now and still doing fine on the non-processed food diet.  I've successfully passed up a Firehouse sub (hard for me!), Taco Bell junk food my son was craving and packaged food from the grocery store.  Today I've fixed fresh avocado and wild caught shrimp with cilantro as my main meal.  Boiled eggs, fruit and nuts will round out my daily spread.

20141006 weight 173.8 pounds - estimated calories - 1500

Day Seven, October 7, end of a successful Week One going non-processed diet! I have lost five pounds, though I am not going hungry or trying to loose weight.  I prefer to think my body is adjusting my BMI Index to where I should be on a natural foods diet.  I had been sleeping much harder and feel more rested in the morning.  In fact, this morning I slept through two alarms - something I have never done in my entire life.  I think maybe the processed foods may have been interfering with my sleep? IDK, but will keep track of the non-processed diet and sleeping patterns.

20141007 weight 173.5 pounds - estimate calories -  1600
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