Friday, December 28, 2007
In addition, we created a spreadsheet to keep track of what we bought, for whom, and at what cost. That way we were able to stay within our budget, avoid charging anything, and finish the season without that sick what-have-we-done feeling that comes from spending more than you should or buying gifts no one will remember. Every present we purchased was something we thought the recipient needed or wanted. We called some friends and said, forget gifts. Let's get together and enjoy each other's company instead, and we made dates to do just that.
What does this have to do with being Raw? Well, for us part of the beauty of Raw Food is it's inherent simplicity. While I'll never give up the occasional Raw gourmet dish, a bowl of apples and figs is a simple pleasure I can't resist. It's wonderful to find that more relaxed and appreciative attitude touching other parts of our lives.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Lately our Raw eating has been down around 75%. I was okay with that for the short term, but I definitely felt the difference: lower energy, needing more sleep, a loss of the feeling of lightness that comes with High Raw. I'm moving the percentage back up starting today.
I've tried a few Raw recipes that I haven't had time to post, including onion bread, zucchini bread and Raw granola. I loved them all, so I'll post more about them now that the holiday rush is behind us.
Hope everyone's Christmas was as much fun and as relaxing as ours was!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
So what's the problem, you ask? Almost everything I prepare in the dehydrator is too delicious to wait out the long dehydration times! Every couple of hours, I find myself taking off the cover and reaching in to sneak a pinch. Worse yet, the girls have developed the habit of doing the same. (Okay, that's really a terrific thing, since it means they're snacking on healthy stuff.)
At this moment, a batch of Kristen's Chewy Bolder Boulder Granola is just about ready to flip. The question is: how much of it will survive the process without meeting my greedy fingers?
When WG asked for lunch, I wanted to give her something yummy that would support her immune system and help her feel better. I settled on Raw marinated collard and mustard greens with onions. (Some Raw folks think of onions and garlic as toxic, but I buy the data that says they have antiviral and antibacterial qualities.) Though she likes lots of my concoctions, she's not a mostly Raw kid, so I was happy that she didn't approach the meal with skepticism.
As I served up her second helping (at her request) Wonder Girl spoke up. "Mommy, I challenge you to make Raw onion rings."
Oh, innocent youth! Doesn't she know I have a small library of Raw "cook"books, not to mention the links to all the best sites for Raw recipes? Soon, and very soon, we shall feast on Raw onion rings!
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I discovered something: it's easier for me to be more Raw when LB's around. He acts as my sponsor when I want to eat something really bad, reminding me of my priorities (health and fitness) and encouraging me to eat the less than healthy stuff in moderate amounts. That's all great, but even more important, it's just more fun to prepare meals for someone besides myself. Even a simple meal of apples and dates, or figs and Raw cheese is more enjoyable to prepare and to consume when I'm not doing it alone. Sure, the girls will indulge in some of my Raw foods, but they don't always have levels of interest or enthusiasm that inspire.
If you're trying to lock in healthy habits, consider partnering with someone, even if all you're doing is exchanging recipes and meal plans by email, or checking in to see who's getting their workouts done. It might give your efforts the boost they need.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
1 small handful Raw Granola
Snack: 1 apple & 2 dates
1 and 1/2 cups coffee (DECAF, non-raw)
Late Lunch: salad of cucumber, onion, garlic tomato & avocado, drizzled with olive oil
1 glass kombucha
Snack: small bowl of marinated broccoli
This was supposed to be my dinner, but I made the mistake of offering the girls a taste, and they devoured most of it. Fierce Teenager said, "In a normal American house, this would be steak we're fighting over...or cookies." To which I replied, "Well, I'm not exactly known for being normal." Both girls nodded in matter-of-fact agreement!
Dinner: 1 apple, 4 dates, Raw Breakfast Crusts with Raw Cheese
Monday, November 26, 2007
Predictably, I can feel myself fighting off some kind of sickness, as always happens when I don't get enough rest over an extended period of time. My throat is scratchy, my head aching. Hopefully, my body's defenses will be strong enough to fend off the assault. I have a long list of projects to tackle in LB's absence, but it's hard to get to them in this state. For now, I'm happy just to meet my day-to-day responsibilities.
We can only do what we can do. Right? Tell me I'm right!
1 very sweet, dense and satisfying cantaloupe
Snack: 1 and 1/2 cups coffee (DECAF -Yeah!, non-raw)
1 large sheet of carrot & flax bread. Yesterday, I had an idea to make a Raw version of my girls' favorite, carrot souffle. I didn't bother measuring-just processed some carrots, threw in ground flax seed, some vanilla, cinnamon & agave. I loved it. The kids not so much. They still want Raw stuff to be very much like cooked counterparts.
Lunch: salad of marinated collard & mustard greens, avocado and tomato
1 glass kombucha
Dinner: 2 cups broccoli
2 tbsp hummus (non-raw)
1 Raw burger patty (I forget the brand, but I buy them at Mother's Market.)
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Are they still munching a piece here and there every day? Packing some in their lunch box? Begging you for just one more lollipop before bedtime? If your kids trick-or-treat, how do you handle the bucket of sugar they bring home?
This year, Wonder Girl was allowed to keep exactly 1 pound of the candy of her choosing. Tough trade-offs were made, but she managed. Out of that pound, she's shared with friends and family, so that she doesn't eat it all. She's also been limited to 1 piece each day. The additional 3.5 pounds, I bought from her at $3/pound.
Yes, I threw it out. Yes, some would consider it wasteful, but I'd rather it be wasted in the garbage than on her teeth, and in her belly. I suppose I could've just forbidden her from making the rounds with her friends, but it seems a bit extreme to take from her something that only happens once a year and which will be a shared childhood experience with most every other kid in the nation. She's homeschooled, which means she won't have 1st day of kindergarten pictures, or field trips on the big yellow bus to remember. I'm glad I let her have trick-or-treat with the other neighborhood kids. Still, I'm even happier that the highly refined and processed, lab created, "treats" are just about gone.
This year the girls and I stayed home. Since LB's traveling, it was just the three of us. The house seemed exceptionally quiet. We watched a video of Fly Away Home, a film about a girl and her dad rescuing a group of baby Canadian geese, as well as a mini-marathon of Run's House, which I love, because it's a silly reality show, but totally appropriate for all ages. We even played Wonder Girl's current favorite board game, CashFlow for Kids. The girls spent as much time in the kitchen as I did, and we prepared many of the foods we love, a few Raw, most not. This year, we only made enough for one round of leftovers, and in some cases, made healthier versions of favorite dishes.
It was a quite, modest Thanksgiving celebration. I loved it!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
After a busy day, I got home at 9:45 at night. I was tired, but I wanted to achieve my goal of two-a-day workouts. Luckily, I had recorded The Biggest Loser. (Okay, so reality tv can be pretty hokey, but beyond the competitive aspect, this show inspires.) I jumped on my stationary bike and pedaled 20 miles while I watched. Mission accomplished!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The cool weather doesn't do anything to shore up my determination to eat mostly Raw. (Mind you I'm filing this complaint from Southern California, where the coldest temperatures so far have been in the low 50's.) I hate being cold, which is one of the main reasons I continue to pay a premium to live here! I've successfully weaned myself off caffeine, but most days I still want decaf coffee, just for the warmth of the mug in my hand and the way drinking it warms my body, however temporarily.
It's important to me that I stay mostly Raw through the winter, because I have no intention of giving up the benefits I've enjoyed thus far. But dang! A few more 70 degree days would make it much easier.
Monday, November 19, 2007
If you're a parent whose family eats a SAD (Standard American Diet) and you're concerned for your children, please don't fall into the trap of thinking you have to perfect their eating habits (and yours) in order to make a difference in their health, fitness, weight, or activity levels. You can make gradual changes, still rely on the occasional pizza, and improve things for your kids.
Why not start with one simple change? When your kids want a snack, they have their choice of fruits or vegetables. That's it. All you have to do is make sure there are fruits and veggies on hands, especially the ones you know they like, and discreetly dispose of the unhealthy snack foods on which they might otherwise rely. For younger children, you might also decide that, for the short term, they must ask permission before serving themselves. That way you'll be aware of what they're eating as their idea of a snack transitions from highly processed, additive heavy, boxed products, to the good stuff that God gave us to thrive on and enjoy.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
2 workouts (am - 1 hour, stationary bike; pm - abs, biceps, triceps) I was very close to missing the mark on this one. At 9 this evening, after a draining day, there were many things I'd rather be doing, but the weight training went well, and I felt much more calm when I was done.
No coffee! This is significant, because I had NO headaches & will likely have decaf at the workshop I'm hosting tomorrow.
Ate very simply.
Not impressed? That's okay. These aren't the most ambitious goals, but if I manage them, they'll improve my habits in the short-term and my self-discipline in the long-term. Health and fitness can be difficult to maintain, not because they're inherently complicated, but because most of American society is constantly tempting and cajoling us away from healthful behavior. I'm fortunate to have people around me (online & a few in the real world) who are constantly learning in this area, and supporting my efforts in the process. Good luck to everyone on a similar path!
1 cup tea
Lunch: same as breakfast
Dinner: dried figs, raw cheese
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
- I will only have coffee every other day (easy to say, since LB always makes it).
- Inspired by Kristen, I'll do 2-a-day workouts 5 days/week.
- More of my meals will be simple.
To some of you, this probably all seems like easy stuff to accomplish. Maybe it will be, but I'm expecting it to help me to develop more self-discipline. Don't get me wrong; I'm no laggard, but I know I can accomplish much more, if I train myself to buckle-down further. Besides, I want to face the holiday onslaught with as much strength as I possibly can.
We told him we were, and he told us of his experience with Raw--100% for a couple of months, a wife who thought it was sort of crazy and frustrating, falling away from Raw, and trying to transition back. We gave each other our recommendations for Raw foods, websites, restaurants and stores. It was a cool, spontaneous conversation with a guy we'll probably never see again. The thing is, it wasn't really unusual. It seems that whenever we're in a Raw restaurant or in that part of a store, friendly conversation ensures. Sure there are zealots out there who want you do do Raw their way or no way, but for the most part, it's a community of people interested in sharing ideas and supporting each other. It crosses race, ethnicity, socio-economic and religious boundaries in the pursuit of health, energy and joy. How cool is that?
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I really appreciate the work that Kandace & Ray put in to building and maintaining this amazing Raw resource. I can't wait until it's back up and running.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I'm trying to break my coffee addiction, so I planned to order tea. It still has some caffeine, but doesn't have the same effect on me. The trouble came when I saw the salads in the cold case. I wanted one!
I set up my laptop and arranged my things, all while debating the salad.s I decided to take a closer look at them while ordering my drink. Good thing I did. Each salad (and the sandwiches, as well) contained a loooooong list of ingredients, most of which you can't pick out of the garden. I left them where they were, though the couscous salad looked , well, not exactly yummy, but desirable.
I just finished one of the very ripe pears I brought along for dinner. It was exactly yummy.
1 cup coffee (non-raw, mostly-decaf)
Snack: a few maple-cinnamon flax crackers
These were my 1st attempt at making flax crackers in the dehydrator and it was super-easy. I soaked the flaxseeds for a few hours, then mixed in agave, cinnamon and a dash of maple syrup (non-raw). Wonder Girl and I loved them. LB thought they'd be good with some Raw cheese, and Fierce Teenager thought they were "boring," yet she somehow couldn't stop eating them.
Lunch: salad of carrots, radishes, celery, tomatoes, avocado and red peppers
Snack: 1/2 persimmon & 1/2 pomegranate
Dinner: 1 pear, Raw Breakfast Crusts, Raw Cheese
1 cup tea (non-raw)
Monday, November 12, 2007
Breakfast: Raw Apple Pie
1 cup coffee (half-caff, non-raw)
Lunch: 1 Raw Taquito with mango salsa and 1/2 avocado
Snack: samples of the mix I threw together for my 1st attempt at flax crackers
Dinner: cole slaw of shredded red & green cabbage, chopped red and green apples tossed in Kristen's veggie marinade
Dessert: 1/2 cup coffee (non-raw, but we're out of decaf!)
1/2 "Mega Oh So Fudgie Raweo cookie" from Blessings Alive and Radiant Food in Berkeley, CA
This was a good dessert, but honestly it was just a big, flat chocolately macaroon. That isn't a bad thing, cuz I like macaroons more than oreos, but I'm just saying.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Mumma was a Home Economics major (and later a lawyer), so she was determined we'd eat from the four food groups. Unfortunately, this usually meant a vegetable that was cooked beyond recognition, as was customary in American cuisine at the time. She didn't even have the decency to throw in some fatback or ham hocks, or top the mushy mess with some cheese--none of that unhealthy fat for her family.
Until recently, I hadn't touched kale since I was forced to at least pretend to eat it, but now it arrives almost weekly in the basket of fresh organic produce we get from a local farm. I've thrown a few leaves in smoothies, but the flavor is so strong, I can only use a leaf or two in a 6 cup smoothie. Luckily, I discovered Adventures of Raw Goddess Heathy, and her Marinated Greens recipe. I left out the tamari (because I don't have any) and the garlic (lately raw garlic is too intense and lingering for me) and cut back on the nama shoyu a bit. Even with these tweaks, the result was fabulous!
The kale marinated overnight, and was served topped with red peppers and avocado. I had to yank my bowl back from Wonder Girl. No more wasted kale!
P.S. I have a lovely photo, which the temperamental Blogger won't allow me to post. Later!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Spurred on by his new knowledge, LB decided to test out a recipe. Since we have tons of squash from our CSA basket, he went with Zucchini Munchies. He's working late, but I couldn't resist trying a few, though they won't be ready for 3-4 more hours. A few turned into half a tray! They're delicious! Trust and believe they're as good as any potato chip you've ever had.
There was a lot of marinade left over (through LB's error, or just because that's how the recipe works), so I threw some shredded cabbage into the liquid. I ate quite a bit of it tonight, and tomorrow I'll throw in some diced apples and enjoy a sweet and spicy cole slaw.
Thanks to LB and Kristen, the Excalibur's back in action!
Friday, November 9, 2007
Going mostly Raw has opened my world to new gadgets--the mandoline, the spiral slicer, the mini-food processor, and the dehydrator. Ah yes, the dehydrator. In the weeks since Lovely Boyfriend generously presented me with the 9-tray Excalibur, the cream of its particular crop, I've used it less than 10 times. Pathetic, no?
I tried a couple of frustrating recipes. I tried a couple of things that required me to figure out a way to sub seeds for nuts, so Wonder Girl, who has pretty bad nut allergies, could partake. It felt like failure all the way around. But failure is not an option, so I ordered a dehydrator recipe book from Kristen's Raw. If all goes well, I'll devote Sunday evening to trying at least one of the recipes she includes. Probably the pancakes!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
A few days ago, I chatted by phone with a friend, let's call her Leslie. Apparently her toddler son was having dinner while we talked. Leslie punctuated our talk with asides to her son. The specific words I heard her use were, "hush puppies," "french fries," and "chicken tenders." Perhaps they were eating a huge salad topped with these tasty extras, but I heard no mention of any fruits or vegetables. (Please don't give me the argument about fries & catsup equalling 2 servings of veggies.)
Reality check, Leslie is overweight, at least as much so as I used to be. Fortunately, her son is still within a healthy weight range, but can that last? Is there any chance he's building a strong and healthy body on that diet? As an adult, will he struggle to correct the damage and break the habit of meals made up entirely of fried food? Should I believe that the meal I happened to overhear was an anomaly in the grand scheme of their daily eating? Is there an appropriate way to suggest change to Leslie?
Leslie is college educated and socially aware. She works during the day, and so can't spend the day preparing a complicated healthy meal. But if we're honest with ourselves, we all know healthy doesn't have to be complicated. Swapping out the fries and hush puppies for an apple and some carrots, or an orange and a banana, or any other fresh, living food would be a great start.
How about you? What are you feeding your kids?
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I spent Monday speaking in whispers. Using my full voice just hurt too much. A lack of energy encouraged me to spend the day in bed, and Lovely Boyfriend took over most of my parental and domestic duties so I could give in to the need for rest. I spent most of the day under the covers, coming downstairs to enjoy the Raw meals LB was kind enough to help me prepare.
This morning I awoke with a slightly scratchy throat, nothing that would qualify as pain. I went about a very busy daily routine with more than enough energy to get things done. The only time my head bothered me was in the early evening, a problem a half cup of coffee easily fixed. (I don't think I'm ready to wean down to the small amount I had this morning.) By the time of this writing, I feel great.
What can I say? I believe my mostly Raw lifestyle helped me fight off whatever was invading my body. It never reached a full-blown cold, or whatever it wanted to be. Perhaps 100% Raw would've prevented even that inkling of illness from taking hold. Perhaps next time I won't need to feel poorly to decide to spend a day reading in bed.
1/4 cup coffee (half-decaf, non-raw)
Snack: kombucha with fresh squeezed orange juice
Lunch: Raw Spinach Quiche from Good Mood Food Cafe
a handful of grapes
Snack: 1/2 cup coffee (half-caff, non-raw)
Dinner: Plate of honey crisp apple, grapes, Raw Breakfast crusts & Raw cheese
Saturday, November 3, 2007
1 cooked sandwich
Lunch: Raw Apple Pie
Dinner: figs, Raw breakfast crusts topped with Raw Cheese
Why did I have a cooked sandwich for breakfast yesterday? Lovely Boyfriend and I were trying to make an early movie, and I overslept. I didn't have time to prepare a good breakfast that I could slip in my purse. Confession: I almost always bring food or drink to the movies. This time we stopped at a coffeehouse to grab a cup of coffee, and the sandwich seemed like my best option. I didn't want to sit through a 2 and 1/2 hour movie without having eaten something. Oh well, I guess I have to keep more grab-and-go Raw food on hand for these occasions.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
1/2 cup coffee (non-raw, half-caff)
Lunch: smoothie of spinach, blueberries, oranges, banana and green powder with MSM
Snack: 3 large figs with a bit of Raw cheese
1/2 bottle kombucha
Dinner:huge salad of mixed greens, tomatoes, Granny Smith apples and pine nuts
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Made this with the usual date-nut-flax seed crust. Chopped 3 honey crisp apples with agave, cinnamon, juice of 1/4 lime and a capful of alcohol-free vanilla.
1 cup coffee (non-raw, half-decaf)
Lunch: huge salad of red leaf lettuce, carrots, celery, tomatoes, red peppers, cucumbers, onions and mushrooms, topped with Raw Warm Currant dressing
Snack: smoothie of strawberries, pineapple, coconut water, dates & spinach
Dinner: apples, raw cheeze
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
1 cup coffee
Although I don't think my coffee drinking is a huge problem, I don't care for the physical withdrawal symptoms (horrible headaches) I get when I skip the morning beverage. Lovely Boyfriend has kindly agreed to prepare it with 1/2 decaf, so I can start to wean myself from dependence and just enjoy a cup when I feel like it.
Snack: 1/2 bottle kombucha
Lunch: salad of mixed greens, celery, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkin seeds, avocado and Warm Currant Dressing
Snack: 1/2 bottle kombucha
Dinner: 1 ambrosia apple
I'd never had this particular apple before, but it was pretty good--nice and crisp, though not as sweet as I'd hoped. The honey crisp apples, which I normally love, have been pretty bland around here.
a bit of raw cheese
You think those models and actresses look thin on television? You should see them in person. I've seen TV stars on stage and been repulsed by the knobs of their spines or the sharp angles of their collar bones sticking out. It would be one thing if these were their natural shapes, but some of these same actresses have complained that they have to choose between eating and working.
Sometimes Black or Latina or other women choose to embrace a standard of beauty that allows them to avoid endless dieting, hours in the gym everyday, and constant "do I look fat in this" worries. Sometimes we take it too far and insist there is beauty in a physical standard that's clearly unhealthy, and that kind of thinking desperately needs to be corrected. But so too does the standard that says we should live off of coffee and cigarettes, implant bags of silicone in our breasts, and inject ourselves with toxins in order to be beautiful. Let's be real. It's not only possible, but all too common to be too thick or too thin.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
1 cup coffee (non-raw) with almond milk
Lunch: Sea weed chowder with marinated & dehydrated mushrooms
Snack: 1 large Raw apple-currant cookie
Dinner: 1 huge salad of mixed greens, topped with sea weed, pickled ginger and ahi
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
2 cups coffee (non-raw) Egads! That's double the normal amount I drink!
Snack: a bit of Raw breakfast crust with Raw honey
Lunch: a huge salad of mixed greens, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots & pumpkin seeds, topped with Warm Currant Dressing
Snack #1: Raw cookie dough from the apple-cinnamon-currant-seed cookies Wonder Girl, Lovely Boyfriend and I made today. These are supposed to take around 24 hours to dehydrate. The mix itself was so delicious, WG and I ate quite a bit of it from the bowl. Can't wait to taste the finished product.
Snack #2: a smoothie of spinach, ground flax seeds, strawberries, blueberries and oranges
Dinner: a medley of roasted squash, zucchini, potatoes, onions and garlic
Yes, I'm afraid dinner was cooked tonight.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
1 cup herbal tea It has half the caffeine of coffee. Let cool & sweeten with raw agave.
Lunch: Raw cereal of chopped dates, pecans and apples, topped with banana mylk
Snack: salad of mixed greens, carrots, cukes, red peppers & pumpkin seeds, topped with Warm Currant Dressing
Dinner: 5 dried figs
1 large piece Raw Breakfast Crust with Raw honey & coconut oil
Monday, October 22, 2007
Breakfast: Raw pear pie
This is basically the peach cobbler recipe made with pears.
Lunch: salad of mixed greens, yellow tomatoes, cukes & red onions, topped with Warm Currant Dressing
Dinner: Raw meatloaf with a salad of mixed greens topped with a spoonful of green beans (the beans were sauteed with onions & garlic)and Raw Warm Currant Dressing
Dessert: 2 dates
1 cup coffee (non-raw)
Post-workout snack: 1 orange
Saturday, October 20, 2007
--from microtrends, the small forces beind tomorrow's big changes , by Mark J. Penn, with E. Kinney Zalesne (emphasis mine)
My sistahs deserve better. While I've always appreciated and benefited from the African-American cultural admiration of the classic coke-bottle figure, as a group we've gone way beyond that. This is no longer about a subjective standard of beauty. This is our health and happiness we're risking. We are the fattest group of people in one of the fattest countries on the planet, and we have black female celebrities telling us to embrace our obesity. Am I the only one who thinks that's crazy?
Should we embrace being out of breath from a walk around the block? Should we embrace avoiding stairs because our knees ache from carrying the extra bulk? Should we embrace a future tainted by diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and depression?
How surprised I was to look at a BMI chart and find out I qualified as obese! At just over 5'4" and 176 lbs (that's where I stopped weighing myself, but I'm pretty sure I added a couple after that), it seems ridiculous that the discovery could come as a shock. I knew I was fat. That was obvious, but I had never applied a medical term, like "obesity" to my state. Fortunately for me, I made the necessary changes, and the term no longer fits.
Looking around at social events, or at a local mall, or a predominantly black church, I can't help but notice it. We're outpacing everyone in growing wider. The good thing is, it's preventable and reversible. If you're in shape, reach out to someone who isn't. Invite them over for a healthy meal or out for a walk. Be the one who brings a delicious but healthy dish to the next family dinner. If you're a little out of shape, decide if you're satisfied, but if you're just plain fat, be real about it. Take a serious look at your habits and address the ones that got you there. Forget the fad diets and other extreme solutions, but seek out help if you don't know where to start.
Life is too short to spend it avoiding dressing room mirrors, so we don't have to face our hips and thighs, or crashing on the couch because getting up and doing something takes too much effort. Black women, believe me, you deserve better.
Friday, October 19, 2007
1 pint strawberries, cleaned and sliced
2 t coconut oil, liquid (optional)
4 T raw agave syrup
1 pinch salt
a dash or 2 of cinnamon
5-6 dried dates, pitted
1/2 cup pecans
1/8 cup ground flaxseed
1 T coconut oil (optional)
a few dashes cinnamon
Blend Berry Mix and set aside. In food processor, combine topping ingredients until crumbly. Spoon topping over berries and enjoy!
Since peaches are hard to find right now, I decided on this twist to the Peace Crumble I enjoy so much. I ate this one before I thought of taking a photo--maybe on the next round.
1 cup coffee (non-raw)
Lunch: salad of lettuce, red peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery & sunflower seeds, topped with Warm Currant Dressing
Snack: 1 small piece Raw Breakfast Crust
Dinner: salad of mixed greens topped with ahi sashimi (Sorry, vegans! Not quite there!), seaweed & pickled ginger.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
This tastes a lot like caramel apples.
1 and 1/2 cups coffee (non-raw)
Lunch: Raw "meatloaf with mashed potatoes & gravy"
Snack: smoothie of spinach, banana, strawberries, blueberries & ground flaxseeds
Dinner: salad of spinach, tomatoes & pecans
4 bites of cooked sandwich
Sunday, October 14, 2007
This was based on a recipe from goneraw.com. Slightly sweet & very satisfying.
1 cup coffee (non-raw)
Lunch & Dinner: Samples from undehydrated Raw "meatloaf & mashed potatoes"
We were using a recipe from Juliano's Raw UNcookbook, but the proportions were waaaaay off, so were spent a lot of time sampling & re-seasoning. The recipe supposedly serves 2, but we ended up with enough for at least 10 people, by the time we were done. It's incredible filling!
Dessert: 1/2 piece of Strawberry cheesecake from Earth Cafe
1/2 cup coffee (non-raw)
The cold weather's really interfering with my desire to cut back on the coffee.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Dinner: 1/2 Raw burger with raw BBQ sauce (which I modified from a recipe in Juliano's UNcook book) and a side of heirloom tomatoes
Dessert: 1/2 apple cookie from Rawvolution and a few bites of Raw ice cream
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I'm sorry to be so repetitive, but this is just one of those dishes I have to eat until I burn out on it.
1 cup coffee (non-raw)
Lunch: kelp noodles topped with Raw tomato sauce and leftover marinated mushrooms
The mushrooms were even better after a few hours in the dehydrator.
Dinner: salad of spinach, carrots, radishes, cucumber, red peppers and celery, topped with olive oil and lemon juice
3-4 spoonfuls of Raw white chocolate macadamia nut ice cream
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Muchisimas gracias to Lovely Boyfriend, who gifted me with the Excalibur! I know it's usually taboo for men to give their women appliances as gifts, but this is more than an appliance. This is the machine that opens the doors to many of the Raw recipes I've been wanting to try. This is the machine that will let me make a Raw meatloaf!It's quite possible to be a Raw Foodie without a dehydrator, but I'm glad to be out of that camp. Today, Wonder Girl and I made zucchini chips (zukes sliced thin with a cheese slicer, brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with a blend of seasonings). We only filled 3 trays, which was a big mistake, because WG, Fierce-as-in-Fabulous Teenager, and I loved them. I had to smack their hands away to save a sample for Lovely Boyfriend.
Now, if I can just squeeze a couple more hours into each day to try all the recipes I've collected.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
1 cup coffee (non-raw)
Snack: a few pecans and 3 dates
Lunch: zucchini topped with raw pasta sauce
Snack: 2 flaxseed crackers with Raw chilli
Dinner: marinated mushrooms, mixed with leftover Raw pasta sauce, over spinach
Three cheers for raw! These were actually even better than the cooked mushrooms we tried last night, and we used a less fancy mushroom for this recipe!
Dessert: a few spoonfuls of Raw white chocolate/macadamia nut ice cream
Monday, October 8, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
For better or worse, I couldn't convince myself that the cheesesteak place gets its meat from a sustainable farm, where the cows roam wide green pastures, selecting their favorite grasses to chew. I couldn't kid myself that they'd then be "humanely slaughtered." Now there's an oxymoron for you. Maybe I could have shrimp, or even scallops instead. No, I wanted that dead cow flesh!
Friday, October 5, 2007
Dinner: 1/2 slice strawberry cheesecake from Earth Cafe
Thursday, October 4, 2007
1/3 cup coffee (non-raw)
Snack: 5 dried figs
Lunch: raw taquitos with a side salad of spinach and mango
1/3 piece raw Key Lime cheesecake
1 cup herbal tea (non-raw) I only put about 1/2 tsp of honey in the tea, so there's much less of the bad stuff than I would have in a cup of coffee.
Snack: smoothie of kale, hempseed, mango, strawberries, blueberries & banana
Dinner: salad of fresh corn, avocado, tomatoes, jalapenos and lemon juice
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
1/2 cup coffee (non-raw)
Snack: 5-6 dried figs
Lunch: corn salad
Snack: 1/4 honey crisp apple (my fave!) with a bit of raw cheese
Dinner: 1/2 cup roasted potatoes (non-raw...duh!) I'm transitioning my non-raw percentage from coffee, and the stuff I dump in it, to whole foods. Admittedly, I did feel a fairly quick energy crash as I was eating this meal. :(
Post workout snack: TBD
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Some conventionally grown produce is more likely to contain pesticides when it arrives in the store. Washing can get rid of surface residue, but the chemicals absorbed by the plant are there to stay. Buy locally grown when you can, and consider the following lists of most and least contaminated when deciding where to invest in organic.
12 Cleanest non-organic foods
- Corn (though most is genetically modified)
- Peas (sweet)
12 RISKIEST foods AKA "The Dirty Dozen"
- Bell Peppers
- Imported Grapes
- Strawberries & Raspberries
A more complete list can be found here.
I love to see a sistah working on her health. Here are my suggestions for starting:
1) Don't be too restrictive with yourself. My friend has started with 2 Raw meals a day, Raw snacks, and 1 meal that's just healthy, but not necessarily Raw. It's an easier way for her to transition. I allowed myself to eat sprouted wheat Ezekiel bread for the 1st week or so, but cut out completely cooked meals. It helps to commit to having something Raw with every meal or snack.
2) Decide how often you want to allow yourself a treat. Maybe once each week. You may find the treats don't taste as good as your taste buds change. After a few weeks, a bite of bagel was like chewing cardboard and paste for me.
3)The essential grocery list starts with the fruits and vegetable that you LOVE! Raw food is generally defined as uncooked, unprocessed fruits, veggies, oils, nuts and seeds. It's not a dumb question,because there is disagreement as to how hot you can dry things before they're no longer considered raw. Often, dehydrated/dried stuff is fine. You want to try for organic when you can, as well as unsulphured for the dried stuff. Oils should be extra-virgin and/or cold-pressed.
4) Don't overdo the dried fruit, nuts and oils, as they are calorie-dense. That being said, a little bit of those can be REALLY satisfying, and are healthy, so don't avoid them.
5) Seriously consider adding green smoothies to your daily menu. They're satisfying, highly nutritious and cut cravings for bad stuff. I don't particularly like kale, but when I put it in a smoothie, I don't taste it. Depending on how powerful your blender is, you might have to blend the greens with a little water before adding the fruit. That way they get well liquefied. Throw in some kind of fat ( a little flaxseed oil, ground flaxseeds, hemp seed oil, etc) if you want to balance the fruit sugars.
6) Buy a few Raw convenience foods. If you're near a good health food store, pick up something that looks great but will be easy to grab when you don't have much time to prep. Larabars help a lot of people transition. Don't invest too much money in Raw treats though, as they can be expensive. If you're not near a good health food store, look online at places like
naturalzing.com. Sometimes, especially when you're transitioning, you may want something more liked cooked food, and these things come in handy.
7) Check out websites like thedailyraw.blogspot.com, kristensraw.com, and goneraw.com for recipes you can make that will mimic cooked foods. They come in handy when you're craving old dishes. Some of these will require a dehydrator, but a lot won't. They also have creative ideas for salads and smoothies. Plenty of free recipes on the Internet, or if you're interested, there are ebooks available and books in most bookstores.
8) Only eat what you enjoy! This is supposed to be about health and abundance, not deprivation.
I hope this helps you. Email me as often as you like with questions or comments or suggestions
Monday, October 1, 2007
Obviously, I wasn't actually starving. It probably hadn't been more than five or six hours since I'd last eaten. The worst case scenario: I wouldn't eat again until morning, but such an idea was unthinkable. There was a physical and emotional urgency to my empty stomach. Eventually, we drove-thru and bought a large order of fries and a soda and everything was fine. Everything except that I'd almost ruined a fun-filled day because I was terrified of missing a meal.
Sometimes, when I fell into a short-tempered mood, Lovely Boyfriend or one of my daughters would ask if perhaps I needed a snack or a nap. Sometimes I needed both! It could mean hurt feelings or other activities pushed aside until I'd taken care of my basic needs. My rational mind knew whatever I required would be provided, but I wasn't thinking with my higher self.
Since switching to a primarily Raw diet, daily naps have become a thing of the past. Generally, I power through the days, and then hit my mattress hard at night. Even better, the desperation surrounding the nagging feelings of hunger has, for the most part, subsided. There's a sense of freedom in knowing that when I sit down to a meal I can eat until I am satisfied, because everything on my plate is good for me. I still savor the flavors and smells and textures of a wide variety of food, but my attitude around it has decidedly relaxed. Now, if I can just apply the same zen-like perspective to the rest of my life...
1cup coffee (non-raw)
Snack: 2 pieces Raw Breakfast Crust with honey
Lunch: peace crumble
Snack: 1/3 cantaloupe
Dinner: salad of spinach, red peppers, onions, carrots, cucumbers & green beans
Post-workout snack: 1/2 smoothie of mango and dates
Friday, September 28, 2007
Snack: leftover Raw tamale with heirloom tomato & avocado
Lunch: 2 raw taquitos & 1/2 mango
Snack: smoothie or spinach, apples, ground flax seed & dates
Dinner: a terrific salad of spinach, yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, leeks, carrots & red peppers
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Lunch: Topaz Pizza, by Jenny's Live, with a side salad of mixed greens
Snack #1: a bit of a smoothie of strawberries, blueberries, bananas, kale & coconut butter
This had become rather gelatinous after a couple of hours in the fridge, so I dumped most of it.
Snack #2: coconut milk blended with a bit of raw cacao
I try to limit the cacao. It seems to be a mood elevator of sorts, but also to play with my energy levels a bit.
Dinner: 1 large mango, 1/2 large heirloom tomato & 2 raw taquitos
Today felt like a lot of food, but looking back, I guess it wasn't.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
1 cup coffee (non-raw)
Snack: 1/2 personal watermelon
Lunch: thinly sliced turnips topped with Raw ricotta made from 1 cup soaked cashews, a bunch of fresh thyme, juice of 1/2 lemon and salt
Dinner: We had a wonderful dinner at 118 Degrees, a new Raw restaurant in Costa Mesa, CA--more about this great place later. I can't say enough good things about this spot.
Entree: corn tamales
Dessert: cappuccino creme brulee
peaches and cream
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The porridge recipe from Juliano's Raw, the UNcook Book consists of oat groats (soaked overnight and drained), dates and blueberries. Instead of the 1 serving the book indicated, it made about 6! It's very filling and takes time to chew. The recipe indicated the groats could be soaked for as little as 30 minutes, but I find them tough and odd tasting unless they've been soaked for hours.
1 cup coffee (non-raw)
Snack: a couple of carrots
Lunch: 1/2 cantaloupe
Snack: Smoothie of kale, strawberries, peaches, bananas and coconut butter
Dinner: corn salad on a bed of spinach
Today was a good day for healthy eating and working out. This week's CSA basket had lots of goodies including: garlic, onions, nectarines, peaches, oranges, kale, apples, potatoes, lemon basil, thyme, carrots, string beans and other goodies --all local and organic.
Eat well yall!
Monday, September 24, 2007
I don't aim to be 100% Raw, because I'm a rebel! Well, not really. I just don't like the sense that I have to eliminate a whole class of food in its entirety. Most days, I'm all Raw, with the exception of coffee or tea, and I'm very satisfied. I enjoy my Raw meals, all the while knowing that I can have any cooked food, should I desire it. I don't doubt that 100% could take me to another level in many ways. I've experienced it before, but I'm fine with not having it right now.
Yesterday, Fierce-as-in-Fabulous Teenager was baptized. (Congratulations, Fierce One!) In celebration, lunch was her choice, and she chose Mexican. I indulged in cooked veggies and black beans, and I can't say that it was tasteless or made me horribly ill. However, it did sit heavily in my stomach, and I found the meal much less appetizing than I used to. Directly thereafter, I crashed for an unplanned 2 hour nap! Coincidence? I think not.
I don't regret the meal, or feel any lasting harm was done to my 90% Raw diet-style. It didn't leave me craving the next cooked dish, quite the contrary. Next time, I'll think twice about splurging on something that can't live up to the taste of a fresh peach, grapes from the local farm, or a thick mango smoothie.