Friday, July 11, 2008
The challenge has begun to set in... WOW I'm so craving something like quinoa, something really hearty.. and cooked. My head is also starting to hurt. I suppose those organic iced coffees have caught up with me!
Pushing through it, had another rootsy smoothie today and have been happily snacking on some amazing sun-dried black olives today. I'm wanting a really big salad this evening.
Ughh.. head hurts.... hurts...to....write...
Never returned yesterday to post what I ate in the afternoon.
My rootsy smoothie:
Big spoonful raw cacao powder
Spoonful of Earth by Healthforce Nutritionals
Spoonful coconut butter
Agave to taste
Spring water and ice
Blend everything but the ice in the Vitamix. The ice will harden the fat of the coconut butter and hemp seeds and it won't blend as well. Add the ice at the end.
In the evening I had this blood-cleansing salad:
Handful spring greens
Handful chopped purple cabbage
Half an avocado, cubed
Olive oil- enough to make everything toss well
Braggs Aminos to taste
Small spoonful chlorella powder
Small spoonful spirulina
Flax crackers (any flavor really) crumbled on top
Hemp seed sprinkled on top
Basically add everything and toss in a big bowl. This is probably my favorite green salad ever. A great addition is cilantro and parsley... I just didn't have any on hand but it will taste even more amazing.
FYI: Chlorella and cilantro are great heavy metal cleansers.... red cabbage has lots of antioxidants. Eat up!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Whoo! I'm so amped to be returning to all raw. Today's the first day. Breakfast was some of our raw Superfood Cereal (yum) and raw milk. It's so weird. I haven't had straight raw milk in a while. I know the probiotics in the raw milk (especially when mixed with some colostrum) is so healthy. It will knock out the candida.
Right now I'm just sipping a water concoction of MSM and chlorophyll... I was out way too late last night and didn't get much sleep, this little tonic was imperative!
I bought all this raw food last night at the store with Brit, but I must say I don't have much of an appetite right now. Well, so be it. I believe it's far more important to listen to what your body wants (or doesn't want) than to be mechanical about your eating habits.
If I'm hungry for it I'm thinking I'll just make myself a green hemp smoothie later and then have red cabbage salad for dinner. I'll post my hemp concoction if it's good!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Sitting here in a coffeehouse, drinking a decidedly not raw iced coffee, albeit organic and fair trade... I love to spend afternoons or evenings in such places and tip tap away on my laptop... this is one of the comforts I've afforded myself in the not-completely-raw lifestyle. But our office rockstar Britney brought it back home for me a couple weeks ago when we decided this would be the week we'd go all raw... no excuses. For Brit it will be the first time.... I'm so excited for her!
For me, well it's not. Over the last couple years I had found my comfort zone in a not completely raw setting. In the times that I've been all raw, now over the last 5 years being fewer and farther between than I care to admit, it's been a struggle of feeling alienated from my friends and making many concessions. Turning down dinner plans or cocktail hour (yes occasionally I love a good martini and Sky vodka is the most alkaline vodka if you're going to go there.) I guess way back in 2003 when I began my raw journey, going overnight from carnivore to raw herbivore was pretty severe. Especially because there were nowhere nearly as many options for raw food as there are now. I really struggled emotionally with some of my full-raw experiences over the last few years and felt burned by them.
But at this point I feel much stronger and readier... given that my diet leans mostly raw anyways I don't think it will be a huge deal. And I'm empowered with so much more knowledge then ever before. Doesn't hurt that we always have nuts around either! But-- I smirk at the ease of pouring ricemilk into my tea in the morning, instead of thinking about soaking almonds for milk or blending up some hemp seeds. This will be good for me... amplifying the value of being present in making my food.
Although for those small details Josh made a good point (he'll be taking the extra 2 steps to all raw with us as well.) He told me I can put raw milk into my tea. Very true. Major health and probiotic benefits from raw milk. I know lots of people are both raw and vegan, but I do allow myself a little be of raw organic cheese in my diet, occasionally a splurge like fresh raw cream whipped up with some clear agave and strawberries and such.... yum. I'm pretty okay with those personal choices, as the products are typically from grass-fed animals, the cheese mostly from goats and I never abuse their role in my diet. I definitely feel it's so important that if you're going to deviate from vegan to have full respect for the animals that you're sharing energy with. And for sure the dairy thing is definitely the Frenchie in me as many know... I can elaborate some other time :-)
My intention is to keep the experience mainly vegan. I'm also going to be mindful of how much dehydrated food I'm doing.... in these hot summer days water hydrating foods are imperative!I will be happy to leave the world of ambiguous food choices to just making the solid commitment. The theme will be balance, balance, balance for this period. I'm definitely excited. Should be a piece of raw cake.
Any thoughts? Lemme know!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
I've wanted to start a blog forever. I need some place I can call home to all my random thoughts and ideas, my observations and unsolicited commentary. I like to live in the world of the arbitrary sometimes. I think we all need this!
Okay so here's my first one. I've been on this kick lately, I mean active KICK of drinking throughout the day all sorts of activated fluids. I'll wake up and do a fresh squeezed lemon-water shot to wake up my body... later in the morning I'll refresh myself with a little chlorophyll tonic... maybe after I'll have some sort of cacao-maca concoction and so forth. At days' end I've been really getting into the turmeric with some agave or local honey. YUM.
There's something about this combo throughout the day (yes there's food in there as well) that has been getting me amped. My mind is operating more quickly, my food cravings are shifting around, I have more endurance in my workouts and yoga and so forth. I think it's massively cleaning out my liver or something... some major detoxing on a new level. I'm not sure. I didn't realize how entirely possible that still was. The cleansing process is so ongoing in our bodies. Every day brings as much opportunity to ingest toxins (even just breathing polluted air) as it does to cleanse it I see. Hmm.
More on this later... ciao~