Vegan experiment: day 10 of 45

Vegan = plants only.  No animal products.   No milk, cheese, butter, eggs, or meat.  I am minimizing starches (forget bread; grains sparingly) and maximizing whole foods.

Volumetrically, about 60% of my diet is vegetables; 30% fruit;  10% nut and oil.

I eat A LOT.  A 90% vegetable and fruit diet has that effect.   I average about 30 different types of fruits and veggies each day.  I have developed a serious affinity for Curries and Chinese Five Spice.  My body feels great.

Creative cooking is a fun new challenge: using only plant based products, how can I build a complete protein loaded with phytonutrients that tastes spunky?  Innumerable ways, it seems.  I tend to make super-sized supermixes of about 15 types of veg/fruit that I munch on for several days.

Here’s the one I made tonight:

1 c chopped Kale; Squash1/2 c; zucchini 1c, arugula 1 c; can: kidney, garbanzo, soy beans; Mache 1.5c; over ripe blackberries; fresh cut ginger 1T; cut green beans 1/2 c; baby carrots sliced lengthwise 3/4 c; 1 peach, juice from 1/2 orange + 1/2 sliced orange pieces ; white rice vinegar 1/4 c; 2T Chinese five spice; 1T curry; cinnamon 1t; 1/6 c raw sugar; 1 t mustard seeds. s&p

I wonder what systemic chemical changes are going on in my body.  Biochemists, please, chime in.

The goal of this project is to explore potential relations between creative output and health.  So far, I’ve gone through all 595 TEDx music performances. I’ve started playing ukulele (almost there with It’s a Wonderful World).  I finally sent Billy Valentine a demo of my autotune performance from TEDActive (remixxx!).  I’m almost finished completing the corporate wellness program process for Sterling Health.  I’ve learned the basics of Inkscapes, a vector based graphic design program.  I joined Google +.  I’ve started recording brainstorms on the iamtpain autotune app.  The last thing on this list you should definitely try.

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Green Tea + Coconut Water + Vodka

Next time you brew green tea, replace water with coconut water and cozy up to an electrolyte rich softly sweet dose of antioxidants.

Just in time to help you save the day after an excellent holiday party, coconut water combos work miracles on a hangover.  Prevention is the best cure:   mix an Ito En Sencha shot with 5 oz coconut water before bed and you will rise like a champion.

For a truly twisted tea, brew jasemine green tea in coconut water and add Belvedere.  10/10 (Vodka also compliments warm chai – say hello to the new cider)

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Creative Chemistry

Cooking, this time.

I’ve just made pizza.  Here is how.

“Dough” is flash roasted pita rounds dusted with olive oil, salt pepper and oregano.

Quartered cherry tomatoes and crushed red pepper, oregano, onion powder, cumin, dry seared over roasted garlic and sea salt.  No oil. set aside while cooking basil nut mix

Sliced basil sauted in tomato spice splashed with olive and coconut oils.  Sauteed sunflower seeds. slivered almonds, “crunchy mix“.  I call it whole roasted meta-pesto.

Fresh chopped mozzarella.

Scatter crust with tomatoes, mozzarella, roast pesto.  Sprinkle with shaved romano cheese.

Bake until you smell Italian food.

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