Recipe Directions

To watch me prepare this on video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1fDhHEQxyY

(I have quite a few raw videos, didn’t think to post the links here but will do so with the recipes I post here that have vids to go w/them)

Ingredients:

Sprouts: sunflower and buckwheat; also known as “greens” – Note: Sprouts work great with this but so would WILD GREENS if you like to forage. Dandelion would be killer. I love bitter greens with sweet dressings!

Flowers: lavander, squash blossoms, thyme flowers, fennel flowers, oregeno flowers/bulbs, strawberry blossoms, rose petals, african blue basil flowers, chive flowers (THE BEST!)

Herbs either from flowers above or in their whole state – Sage, shiso (THE BEST!), oregeno, african blue basil, thyme

Dressing: 1 tablespoon ground black seasame seed, 2 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon raw olive oil, 1 tablespoon raw honey (or agave nectar), pink sea salt, fresh ground black peppercorn … fresh squeezed lemon is optional

Ripe avocado – chunked – more ground pepper and so much love I can’t fit it in this box!

TheRawDance's Thoughts

Edible Flower Salad. This really is the ultimate offering from God to the garden, the garden to you and you to your body. This salad has healing detox properties. As Dr. Bernard Jensen says “The Body Molds To What You Feed It” – this is so true. Eat this and your body will THANK you!

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At the very beginning, what helped me the most was Louise Hay's book You Can Heal Your Life. A lot of people think that book is cheesy, but I L-O-V-E it. From reading that book, I replaced some of my OCD rituals with beautiful mantras: "A thought is just a thought, nothing more!" and "I am safe and all is well." After doing that I was able to move out of my head and look at the big picture (this was the healing moment for me!) I realized that I had such a crazy, hectic, sad, anxiety-ridden upbringing that my body was actually used to being in a constant state of anxiety. Now that I am in control of my own life and it is peaceful and beautiful, my mind thinks negative thoughts in order to get the adrenaline rolling and bring my body back to the anxiety-ridden state that it is used to. Of course, I have nothing to prove all of this, I just kind of came up with it on my own, but I TRULY BELIEVE that this is what OCD's reason was for being in my life.

Then, after I figured all of that out, I was able to handle it all. I wasn't scared of myself anymore and I gave myself love and care (esp. loving the hurt, scared child within)... Then things just started rolling! I went back to school, and now I'm studying art. I love it. Art helps me so much. Sometimes I do "OCD" drawings where I draw the same shape over and over and over as many times as I want to-- it's so healing for me and I have created some of my best pieces of artwork using this method.

Another big thing is totally setting boundaries for myself; i.e. not letting OCD keep me from enjoying or experiencing life in any way. This is hard sometimes, but I try to stick to it. For example: a "silly" ritual such as counting my foot steps is okay because it is comforting to me, I've done it ever since I was a kid. However, letting OCD take over and keep me from driving because I am scared I am going to hurt someone-- not okay! I force myself to get out there and drive so that I can get to wherever I want to go. (Well, I bike or walk whenever possible though, lol!)

And my bed :) I read somewhere that your bed is a safe-haven for you too :) I love my bed. I call it my "hulka"- I don't know- it came from some book I read a long time ago where people went into these little caves called hulkas if they needed to recharge. If it all becomes too much, I tell my family I'm going to my hulka, climb under the covers, and stay there until I am feeling sooooo warm and safe. I love that.

So, that's what helps me deal. Sorry if I wrote to much. I love to share though, hoping that someone else who is struggling might read it and find some relief. Hey, we're kindred spirits in that way, huh?

Take care, lots of love, hope you are having a fantastic day :)

~jelli

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Jellibi! Thank you sooo much! Omg, flattered by far. I would love to write a non-cook book. I have had tons of people ask me to do this. I'm highly considering it. Right now I'm collecting my recipes/ideas/thoughts/creative energy/etc. My good friend and I dream of opening our own raw food joint. It's on our list of things to recover for. Smile.

How do you deal with your OCD? I've got it, big time. I'm functional but maybe that is because I've learned to live with some things and still rely on ocd in many ways. I guess I have a lot of issues to work on, one by one, little by litte, step by step.

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TheRawDance, I just wanted to say that I think you are an amazing person. When I saw your picture, I thought, "Who's that cute person in the tutu?!" and I visited your website. I learned so much from reading all that you wrote. I have struggled with obsessive compulsive disorder (which can sometimes lean towards orthorexia), and getting to know you through your website/Youtube videos/what you share on this forum has really helped me to remember to loosen up and enjoy life. You are very inspirational, thank you so much for sharing all that you have gone through.

P.S. Have you ever considered writing a raw food cookbook? Seriously! Your recipes look amazing. You also have a lot to offer in the way of how we can love/nourish/care for ourselves in unexpected ways... sooooo helpful :) xxxooooo!!!

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Thanks you two! Springleaf: I'll fill you in on the dishware story. So I have a lifelong history of eating disorders and it's been a struggle to eat (1. to get me to eat and 2. to keep in what I eat) so presentation has become really important to me. It's also been a way of expressing my artistic self. I buy and eat off of kid's dishware. The "ambiance" of kid's stuff seems less threatening and very comforting. It's also DIRT cheap so you can collect stufF very easily. I stock up from stores like Target and even the thrift store will occasionally have some new or slightly used stuff. The dollar bins at Rite Aid and Walgreens have cute kid sectional plates too!!! and of course, THE HELLO KITTY STORE!!!

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Had a guess with myself that due to the photo showing cool bowls etc that it would be a recipie from RawDance and I was right! RawDance: you gets such cool bowls and plates and takes such good photos!

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Beautiful! Thanks.

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