Archive for 2012
Today I was messing around with desserts. I confirmed once again that I am the worst baker in the world! I was trying out a "chickpea blondie" recipe that someone posted on the Fuhrman forums. It was okay but, well, I didn't follow the instructions exactly (this is why I'm the worst baker in the world), and it was dry and just not my favorite treat. Then I tried my own variation which was 10 times worse. This had cherries and pinto beans and walnuts and dates. It was a purple gooey glob of so-so. so a few hours later I saw those dates lying around and I can't resist a good date (which is why I don't buy them very often!). So I thought, oh, why not some old fashioned ice cream. Now this turned out good! I didn't measure anything so I'm just guessing below:
juice of one orange
1 medjool date
1 cup frozen sweet cherries
1 cup frozen mango (vary ratio of mangos and cherries to your preferences)
a few walnut pieces (1/2 oz at most)
This video by Neil Nedley was very interesting. He listed the typical nutritional deficiencies that can contribute to depression. He also argued for a plant-based diet in the process. I'm not going to list those arguments but I encourage you to watch the video if you are interested. I'm just going to list some of the nutritional deficiencies that can cause depression for future reference for myself:
- Tryptophan, an amino acid. He also mentioned tyrosine another amino acid. You can find this in sesame seeds, almonds, walnuts, tofu, black eyed peas, and more. Meat has tryptophan too but you can carbs for it to absorb, so don't go on a high-meat, low-carb diet!
- omega-3. best source is seaweed or a supplement. Fish are too contaminated with mercury. Flaxseed and walnuts can be converted to omega-3 but not everyone's body does this conversion.
- folate, thiamine, very abundant in my veggie-based diet
- iron. good sources are avocado, green peas, mangos. Yea, I love all those things!
- B12. take a supplement!
Here are ome things I learned in 2011