Friday, July 29, 2011

Day 72

Recovering yet again from another trip. This time camping with family and then to see the in-laws. One more trip to Cali planned in the next week, then to get ready for the kids to start school and start my 21 days to raw.

Tonights dinner:

Three lettuce salad with kale, orange bell pepper, zucchini sticks, red onion, tomatoe, greek feta, sunflower seeds, and balsamic viniagrette dressing.

I took a Flat-Out wrap (not raw), cut it into triangles, and lightly fried it in olive oil, salt, basil, and garlic powder. That was a nice restaurant-like touch to my meal. And though not raw, I feel fine about it.

Dessert: fresh juice elixer made from carrots, a green apple, and 4 valencia oranges.

I've found recently that if I start my day off with fresh green juice and end the day with a carrot + fruit juice, I rarely crave anything but chocolate. And I've got the chocolate craving fix down pat.

With the high nutrient juices and a few slices of whole grain bread each day, along with some cooked foods, my energy level has been very steady and I have been able to make it through my workouts with energy to spare. And everything tastes so good!

Recently I've been thoroughly enjoying Portobello mushroom sandwiches...and the raw goat cheese I bought at Tony Caputos in SLC. My favorite SLC pit-stop before getting on a flight. But I don't like the price of the cheese...wow!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Almond Thai

Tonights delightful dish...


Almond Thai
(serves 1)
1/4 cup cooked mixed rice
1 carrot, chopped small
1 slice red onion, chopped small
1/4 zucchini, chopped small
1/4 green chile, chopped small
4-6 fresh basil leaves, sliced thin
1 tblsp almond butter
1 tsp raw agave
1 splash light soy sauce or bragg's liquid aminos
1 tblsp water

Warm rice.
Mix all vegies together and place over rice.
Mix the almond butter, agave, soy sauce and water in a dish till blended and runny
Drizzle over the meal.

(This photo has organic chicken sausage chunks in it, but I think it'd be great with tofu or softened mushrooms as well.)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

another documentary

So, I wrote this whole long post about my feelings about our food before it becomes our food ... and when I hit publish, Blogger logged me out and I lost it.
"Our" meaning the general public, not necessarily you or myself.

Long story short, this film will open your eyes to what is really happening before your meat and dairy and leather reaches your grasp. It's disgusting, heart wrenching, and eye opening. DO NOT skip the opportunity to inform yourself.

Earthlings

Soon I hope to be watching this new documentary as well...

Forks over Knives

These are good too:

Food Inc.

King Corn

Earthlings documentary

I watched Earthlings today.

Though it hasn't changed, I want to clarify my stance on this.
Though I believe that animals were created for our good...I don't believe in the inhumane treatment of them in order for us to consume or use their products,
in the name of convenience. Our grocery stores have made it a time of convenience.

So, though I am doing this experiment for my own improved health, if I can help spread the word about how we can help improve the lives of our non-human neighbors, I am happy to do so.

Inhumane treatment of animals is wrong. Feeding animals steroids, anti-biotics, and hormones to increase size and production in the name of profit is wrong. Keeping them in an environment un-like the

another change

Breakfast means nothing to me anymore. I no longer think: pancakes, eggs, oatmeal, toast, cereal, etc.

Now, when I get out of bed...
I open the fridge, take out about 8 different green vegetables and two apples, prepare a mound of vegetable medley and grind them to a pulp, then guzzle 24+ ounces of pure green nutrition.

I am usually full till lunchtime, and I feel so good!

BTW - if you have not tried fennel in your juice, you really should! It is a white root like vegetable, and is sold in most stores. It has a mild licorice flavor and pairs very well with all the chlorophyl.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Day 59

My word, it's almost been two months! Totalling it all up, I've really only been following this plan for about 4 weeks though...but hey, who's counting?

Tonights dinner was my own delicious creation. I came up with it while inhaling the delcious vapors of the kids Little Caesars cheese hot n ready on our way home from running around town all day. But knowing what I had coming, I did not even taste test their pizza.

Portabello topped with raw Bruschetta!
serves 3


3 Portabello mushrooms
coconut oil
2 medium ripe tomatoes, or about 1.5 cups diced cherry tomatoes
4 cloves garlic, minced
handful of basil leaves, finely sliced
1/2 cup diced RAW cheese
olive oil
sea salt

Dice the tomatoes and mix in a bowl with the minced garlic, sliced basil, and raw cheese. Drizzle some olive oil over it and sprinkle sea salt. Mix till consistent.

Remove the center stalk and lightly sear the mushrooms in a sauce pan with the coconut oil, till softened and warm. It does not take long.

Place the mushroom on your serving plate, top down. Top with the bruschetta mixture.

Yum!

I found raw cheddar cheese at Trader Joe's today. It's made from cow's milk and tastes more like a mild monterrey jack. It did the job, but I wish I had cut it into larger chunks, just to be able to enjoy the flavor more.

Next adventure

While on our drive to St. George I poured through Natalia Rose's book "Raw Food Life Force Energy". At first I was a little annoyed by the progress of the book. I wanted to get right into the "what to do" part...but I found it very informative and an easy read.

I plan to start the 21 day energy program (page 115) soon.

I have not been exercising enough - so Monday starts a new goal too...more details to come!

Today's Juice

Today's green juice combo is especially yummy!

Kale
Red Chard
Dandelion Greens
Fennel
Ginger
Celery
Green Cabbage
Green Apple
Fuji Apple

I've paired it with an open faced feta and tomatoe with balsamic vinegar sandwich on sprouted whole grain toast. (Someday I will find raw goat cheese in the Phoenix area...or just find a donor goat and try making it myself. For now though, I am happy with Wisconsin Feta from the market - and it's all mine cause the kids won't touch it.)

Delicious!

I found myself craving Kale yesterday. I ran out three days ago and my body really missed it. It makes an amazing tasting juice. My veggie juice yesterday did not have it and though it was especially nutricious, I prefer the kale flavor.

By happenstance, Hot Husband is becoming addicted to fresh juice and is not craving energy drinks anymore. Yeah!!! He is going on a trip to New York for 10 days in less than a week and has given me an ultimatum to find myself another juicer so he can take our little $6.00 thrift store find with him.

It took 5 days, but I feel recovered from all the less than healthy foods from vacation, and I've lost the excess bloat and lbs from it too.

Loving the changes that are happening!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

on heartburn

I've never really had an issue with heartburn, even while pregnant.
So I was surprised that I got it while we were in Montana. In fact, both myself and Hot Husband did.

I know some people deal with it all the time, and for them I feel a great deal for. It's awful tasting and feeling.

But, I can't help but shout form the rooftops that (for most people) it's all about your diet!

When you put foods into your body that require your stomach to product more acid to digest, you get heartburn because you have a build-up of excess acid in your stomach. When you (or your stomach) burp, this acid rises in your esophagus and you taste it in the back of your throat. Fried foods, most foods that come in a bag, those that are made from Genetically Modified Corn (all factory farmed meats) and that are filled with oils that are not naturally occurring in nature, are those heartburn causing foods.

So, that's my soapbox for the day. I know I've read this somewhere too, but I'm too lazy to look it up right now.

So what did I eat while in Montana? Ridiculously good tasting summer party food! Namely:
wild shot venison with a dry rub, chicken thighs with marinade, corn/pepper italian salsa, corn chips, doritos, cheetos, cookies, potato salad, corn on the cob, bbq'd hamburgers, pickles, ketchup/mustard, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, more of that salsa, fish and shrimp tacos with a cilantro/ranch dressing, chocolate cake, smores, pancakes, eggs, cheese, soda, concentrated juice, sweetarts, chinese food, honey raisin oatmeal with butter and milk ...what did I NOT eat? Beleive me, I embraced my "grateful" attitude. That list is a raw foodist's nightmare!

But I am grateful now to be back to mostly raw!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

on sweet and salty cravings

I've found the fix for the cravings that many of us succomb to.
It's similar to the sorbet I made about a week ago.

The sweet craving fix:
dates
nuts, any kind
sesame seeds
sea salt

Mulch together in a personal blender till crumbly.

Put this on fresh fruit.
That's it, it's that simple!

The salty craving fix:
sunflower seeds
a little bit of olive oil
sea salt

Mix together and enjoy by the spoonful
so much better for you than potato chips or anything in a bag!

a tidbit from the vacations

The first trip, we flew to Spokane, WA, then drove to Missoula, MT where my husband's older brother Dusten and family live.


We attempted to fish. We caught a few little ones at a pond in a park, but the river proved to us that we are not fisherman. Dusten is...but not us.
We watched the fireworks from the roof. Enjoyed a day at a water park. Consumed devilishly delicious huckleberry shakes and buffalo burgers...shhhh. Ate way too much summetrime bbq food. Played with their awesome dogs. We practically lost the boys to their cousin's video game awesomeness. Enjoyed fireworks in the cul-de-sac with the neihbors. Had fun reminiscing, rode a carousel, and played on a giant red ryder wagon slide.

The next trip was to St. George, UT where my younger sister and family live. Most of my family met there to enjoy each other and be there for her baby's blessing.
Baby Gordon in the family blessing gown, with his three grandma's and great grandma.
D found a spot to meditate.
Hiking with some of the family near Dixie Rock...yes, that is my 85 yr old Grandmother on the lower left - I want to be like here when I am 85.
Hot husband.
E always finds a special place for himself.
My niece - is she not one of the most delicious little girls you have ever seen?

We also enjoyed a day at Sand Hollow Reservoir...which was great until it got really windy. But according to my husband and brother in law, "that was the best part because the waves in the water were so high that it felt like Hawaii, and was totally awesome!" Even little D did some cliff jumping!

Green as green can get

I've been home for two days and have come up with some juice combos I'd like to share...

Power Green Juice
2 leafs Kale
1/4 bunch Spinach
2 Green Apples
2 blades Celery
1/8 Green Cabbage

Melony Sweet Citrus Juice
1 Cantaloupe
6 Oranges
2 Apples
1 Nectarine
8 Strawberries
1 mango
a little fresh Ginger

I've also found that a base of apple/carrot/beet can be good with just about anything in it.

I leave again in 6 days for another little family get-together...so I'm packing in as much nutrition as I can.

I'm also on the hunt for a better juicer. My $6.00 thrift store find is not quite cutting it.

Drink up!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Juicing between vacays

A day and a half to try and recover between vacations...

Power Juice:
beets
apples
carrots
celery
red cabbage
lettuce
...and anything else in the fridge since I don't want to go shopping for a day and a half.

Husband and I watched Fat Sick and Nearly Dead last night. Husband is now considering a more juice filled diet. He never listens to anything I tell him about health, but if he watches it on film...we get somewhere.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Surprise vacation start!

A great friend came upon some free NKOTBSB tickets last night. So at the last minute I packed up the kids and headed out the door for a girls night! What a great way to start a vacation! New Kids - totally HOT after all these years. It was fun to live-out one of my childhood dreams! "Thank you Donnie!" Backstreat Boys however, though they sounded good, were kind of nasty. They looked older than NKOTB and instead of being charming with quirky dance moves, over-sexualized their movements and gave me the creeps. But is was so much fun! Oh, and Jordyn Sparks opened - she is so delightful, and before her, a newcomer Ashlyn Huff - who was quite spunky.