Monday, May 31, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
But this...THIS is cooling. Well, the salad itself is. Actually, now that I think about it, the dressing has tons of ginger in it, so its probably more of a "warming" salad. Hah! Well, anyway, now that I have gone on and on about that AND discovered that my "hot" theme really doesn't play out--a cool salad with warming dressing, let me just TELL YOU about the salad.
This is my all-time favorite salad to date. Its got garden-fresh organic lettuce (romaine and some other varieties), baby spinach, red cabbage, black olives (MMMMMMMMMMM--they were left over from some black olive hummus I made from Ani Phyo's book), red onions, and cucumbers--topped with a Sweet and Spicy Sesame dressing. You'll notice on Wednesday's blog that we are these salads AGAIN with some raw soup. It was just that good.
Honestly...10 raws (this can't happen. There are only 5 raws on the scale. That's how much I LOVE this salad). MMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yum! I want one now! Look at more pictures of it:
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I cried a few times out of joy and sadness and shock and everything else!
Here's a trailor for the movie:
In other news...we are starting a new blog. It's called Training Titus, and we will be documenting (hopefully with a lot of videos) the training process of our little family doggy, the CATTLE DOG, named TITUS! Here is a link to the new blog. Check it out!
FITNESS UPDATE: I have lost 1 inch, 6lbs. Next month, June, is called "Just Live June" where I am going to work MUCH harder to attain my fitness goals. YAY! So excited to get going with this. WOOT!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
As many of you know, I am looking forward to one day becoming a MOMMY. Of course, (as far as I know) that won't be for a little bit. Not too long, but long enough to have time to PREPARE my body for a little growing baby.
So, what do I, as an almost-soon-to-be-pregnant lady NEED to be eating in order to make sure that I am getting plenty of Folic Acid? There are a ton ton ton of veggies and fruits and leafy greens that include folic acid. Check out this nutrient chart that can help you plan better, more folic acidy meals!
For more information, check out WomensHealth.org's cite about folic acid.
Friday, May 21, 2010
So, I'm changing this blog. That is what the picture represents. Transformation. Um, in the form of robots and cars...but on here, it will come in the form of a new schedule for my beloved blog!
I woke up one day and decided that I am not organized enough on here. No one knows what to expect! Well, I'm changing it! I am just simply changing it. Let me tell you the weekly plan:
Mondays: On Mondays, I am going to write about the food industry or raw news. This way, we can have a dialogue going about what the world/nation (U.S.) is doing in regards to food, sales, farming, pesticides, etc. Perhaps this will give people a better idea of what they put into their bodies.
Tuesdays: Raw pregnancy/momhood/women's health.
Wednesdays: Food/Recipes. Simple enough.
Thursday: Free day! Here I will talk about fitness, my own progress, the garden, etc. Just whatever I want.
Friday: Food/Recipes. Simple enough.
How does this sound!? I think I covered the basics of what I would LIKE to cover, and left enough room in case I want to write about something that just doesn't fit into these categories.
And so, with that announced, check back on Monday for some exciting/horrifying news about the food or raw food industries! :)
PS: You now have the ability to subscribe to my blog by e-mail, so that will be helpful for all you non-blogspot bloggers. :)
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
So, I made Ani Phyo's Lemon Coconut Bars with cocoa sauce from her book Ani's Raw Food Kitchen. I took them to our church Small Group last week and most of them were gone by the end of the study!!! They were SO GOOD, in my opinion, and deserve 5 RAWS! RAW RAW RAW RAW RAW! (Roma roma ma ga ga oo la la...want your lemon coconut barrrrs)...
While I can't tell you the recipe (go look it up in the book), I did alter some things and I will tell you about that. I doubled the recipe, added some water to the bar mixture which helped it stick together, soaked half of my almonds (the ones IN the bars, not the "flour"), and added about two tablespoons of agave to the carob sauce (and I also used cocoa instead of carob). Finally, I sprinkled some extra coconut on top to make it prettier.
The pictures are of the lemon/coconut bars in travel containers since I was making them for the Bible study. Enjoy!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Well, I've been seeing a lot of these "10 things about me" blog posts and decided I would try one out for myself. Here are 10 things you may or may not know about me.
1. I have and love the most beautiful family on Earth. God has shown me amazing grace by providing me with the love and support of Andrew and Titus, my in-laws, and my own mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, father, etc. and THEIR families. My nephew is the most adorable baby ever. My little brother and sister bring me a ton of joy. Titus teaches me patience and rewards me with cuddles. Andrew leads and supports me in a way that is incredibly sanctifying. They are all wonderful.
2. I'm reading a book titled, "Start your Family: Inspiration for Having Babies," to get a grasp on a Biblical perspective of babies. AND why young marrieds shouldn't be afraid of them. :)
3. I'm OBSESSED with food and nutrition. ..but I also love love love to eat things like cakes and loaded pizzas and Mexican food.
4. I crave green smoothies in the afternoons, when I used to crave coffee. Of course, I still have a little coffee in the mornings, but I have cut out a LOT of it.
5. I think Ani Difranco is a genius. . . and very very close to a Biblical understanding of the world. She speaks incredible amounts of Truths in her work--and her talent moves me. My favorite song lyrics/quotes are these:
* So they went and stuffed God down the barrel of a gun and after him they stuffed his only son. (Hello Birmingham)
* Whoever said life is suffering they must have had their fingers on the pulse of joy. Aint the power of transcendence the greatest one we can employ?
6. I yearn for the Vita-Mix, the blender of all blenders that I CANNOT afford. While I love love love my home blender that we got with wedding money, the Vita-Mix beckons to me at juice bars and blogs anywhere I go. :[ It haunts me.
7. I am currently writing free-lance articles for LiveStrong.com
8. I really enjoy my job and I love my boss!!! You can check out her blog here: Justine Dell
9. My biggest guilty pleasure is watching LOST--I love love love Sawyer and Charlie, but please do not tell me ANYTHING about the finale because I AM ONLY ON SEASON 3 RIGHT NOW! Trying to catch up!
10. I want to be a dietitian, but I can't do the required internship, so I can't be one.
Monday, May 17, 2010
So, I must admit, I don't really feel much like I've been on a raw/living food challenge. As of today, our raw intake has fallen to about 75%. I mean, I still think that's pretty good! Because:
1. I feel great
2. I stopped using face-wash to wash my face, and my acne hasn't been an issue
3. I crave green smoothies and healthy stuff pretty regularly
4. I don't feel deprived like I did jumping into 100% raw
5. I have felt freedom to experiment and EAT real food -- you know, like gorging myself on an entire batch of guacamole and not feeling bad about it--because I had a green smoothie for breakfast and a light salad or lettuce wraps for dinner.
6. I have officially lost 8lbs and counting (only 12 left to go!)
7. Andrew and I have almost completely stopped eating at restaurants that don't have local, organic produce and foods.
8. We are eating slower and eating smaller portions.
9. I have incredible power when I jog...power I'm not used to!
10. I don't nap nearly as often.
11. I'm not lethargic.
12. My brain works better.
13. I'm not retaining water like I used to.
14. I have more energy.
I could go on, but I will spare you. Basically, I am most excited about the weight and feeling awake and less lethargic. Its an INCREDIBLE feeling. Speaking of food, though, I am feeling pretty hungry!
At the end of May, I am going to take my measurements (I did it at the beginning of the month) and will let you know if those have budged at all. Surely they will have, since I have lost pounds. We'll see!
This past week, my mother has been in the hospital due to some pretty severe health issues. In addition to Diabetes, she has fibromayalgia, chronic pancreatitis, and some other very debilitating problems. This week, she has been having some new symptoms (seizures and other things) that hopefully will alert the doctors to the cause of her more mysterious problems. Of course, she hasn't much strayed from the SAD (Standard American Diet) ever.
This weekend, Andrew and I visited her in the hospital for about 4 hours. While we were there, we got on the subject of food (her yummy-smelling yet very much NOT raw quesadilla came while we were there--flaky flour crust with cheese, chicken, and some peppers and tomatoes). We discussed the problems with the SAD, the neuro-toxins that are pesticides, what it is we put into our bodies and how that becomes a part of our bodies in our cells, bones, skin, etc. She didn't seem TOO interested in going raw--she loves SAD food MUCHO. Still, I told her about some lemon-coconut bars I made last week and the chocolate fudge cake I blogged about on my cocoa blog post. That got her attention! I think she would LOVE a raw diet, because she does love veggies, huge salads, and GOOD desserts!!! By the end of the conversation, I think she was considering adding more raw/healthy/clean food into her meals.
The best part of our conversation about food, though, was when Andrew told her that his ...erm, well, any bad side effects.. have only occurred when we deviate from raw food. She was pretty surprised to hear that.
I hope that my readers will pray for my mother's health as she battles whatever it is she battles! And, that she would begin to integrate more raw/living foods into her diet to help take back her health!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
So, many of you know Andrew and I have begun a garden at our local community garden plot. Well, you might also be interested to know that I am going to tell you about it.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The other day, Andrew decided he would like to try his hand at uncooking, so he made our raw, living foods dinner! Check out that picture! YUM!!!
Friday, May 7, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Oh yes... Its another day in another week of our crazy, awesome, lovely, married lives. That's a good thing! Andrew and I have noticed a real difference in our bodies, our minds, our moods, etc. since starting the 100% challenge that turned into a high raw challenge. It really is amazing. I almost don't know why anyone would want to eat a SAD. I will say that I have been having some serious cravings for Mexican food so I have been making a TON of guacamole and eating a TON of salsa! I can't get enough!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
As I sit here reflecting on our transition to raw food, it amazes me how EASY the transition to a (mostly) vegan diet has been. While Andrew will ALWAYS love his free-range farmer's market eggs in the morning, we have really shied away from any and all animal products with incredible ease. In just attempting to be healthier through raw foods, we have found NO NEED to use animal products.
Our substitutions include:
*Almond milk instead of cow/animal milk for baking, smoothies, drinking, cereal, etc.
*Honey/Agave/Maple Syrup and Dates for cakes and sweet treats
*Nut Pates and mixtures for meat replacements (Of course, there are also soy/non-meat replacements)
*Nut Cheeses instead of dairy cheese (There are also soy/non-dairy cheeses available)
*Beans instead of beef for taco-like meals
*Green Smoothies instead of Eggs (There are also vegan egg replacements available...I think its tofu or soy, two things Andrew and I avoid)
So, while I think eating healthy, free range meat, eggs, and/or dairy from farms you trust is important if you are not going to go vegan, I will say that the transition is EASY if you are in need of a healthier, more friendly and sustainable diet.
I can't tell you enough how easy it is. It is AMAZING how easy this has been. I mean, really, vegan recipes, even if you aren't raw, are very easy to find and incredibly tasty. If you're into more gourmet vegan recipes, check out THIS BLOG for some yummy-looking recipes! My mouth waters when I read this blog!
For some really great information about ethics/arguments for a vegan diet, click here! I really like this particular blog post re: veganism.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Wait, let me change that.
Ok, so....... we kinda decided that 100% raw just doesn't work for us. After being very hungry our entire first day, we decided to kick it down to 90 or so % raw, because for our household, 100% just isn't practical. Ok, so ... yeah, but it was a challenge, right? That's the idea? Well, we decided the challenge for us is better put to work if we challenge ourselves to eat MOSTLY raw, something that we can actually continue doing into the future. Now, I want to do a juice feast this summer sometime-I think that would be great...5-7 days or something, but 100% raw for 30 days just doesn't do it for us.
Well, don't fret--we are still eating TONS of raw stuff and I am having SO MUCH FUN making new and exciting recipes like this one: