No, not pizza you say! Not pizza, but I think it might be soy cheese. I’m not quite sure, because last week I purchased that individual pizza from New Cascadia Traditional Bakery and I thought it had soy cheese on it. However, I didn’t have this reaction after I ate their pizza. I’ve emailed them to confirm that they use vegan soy cheese or their own white sauce. Once I hear back from them I may be closer to the discovery, or ruling out something. The reason I think it is the soy cheese is because I have not changed anything else in the last two days. I had a small bit of the soy cheese on day 15, and the pizza above for lunch and day 16. Day 15 in the afternoon is when my feet started to swell up.
Oh, by the way, the pizza crust I used for this pizza is from Glutino, purchased at Whole Foods. Really good, with a nice crunch and a chewy inside. The flavor tastes like any regular flour dough.
So, stay tuned on the mystery of Lucinda, the swollen woman. *sigh*
Other than trying to stay positive about the recent changes, my body has not shown any other shifts. My energy levels are okay. I can feel that I have raw energy and I’m not sleepy as often in the afternoons as I used to be. But I’d had hoped by now I’d be raging with energy.
I get most of my energy charges in the morning. I know the source is the protein powder in my smoothies. I’ve begun experimenting with ingredients and different recipes, and boy has it been rewarding. The other night I roasted some sweet potatoes to have on hand for options. I decided to Google – sweet potato smoothie. So many options appeared. I chose the Chocolate Sweet Potato Smoothie from Diary of a Vegan. If you’re a fan of baked sweet potato, you’ll love this! She even has a version for raw diets. It’s sweetened mainly with dates, a little bit of honey, and of course the sweet potato. So good!
I’ve also been wanting to experiment more with desserts so I can have a satisfying treat once a week so I don’t feel deprived. When I discovered the recipe for the chocolate mousse, I also found a recipe for Avocado Fudgesicles from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen. Right away I ordered popsicle molds from Tovolo.
She and I talked about going sugar-free together a while ago and we dragged our feet. I finally took the leap and decided to go on this program. Holly is successfully cutting down in her intake. I’m excited to share a sweet treat with her, but I think she’s a little nervous.
We’ll let you know how they taste.