Sunday, February 24, 2008
This morning, I pulled it warm from the dehydrator and topped it with Mock Tuna Salad. What a treat! I don't use walnuts in anything. Wonder Girl is severely allergic, so I just don't bring them in the house. I used all sunflower seeds, and did a few other substitutions. That's what I love about Raw Foods. It's not like waiting for a cake to rise. The formulas are infinitely adaptable.
Today was completely blissful! I met with my fiction writing group. I love these people and their work. Though only 3 of us were able to gather today, it inspired me to delve back into my fiction. Later, I attended a Red Carpet Oscar party hosted my next door neighbor. It's an event I look forward to every year. Friends and neighbors gathered to dish about the red carpet fashions. Fun!
Life is so good! Think my overflowing joy could have anything to do with the fact that LB comes home in the morning?!?! I do love that man!
Friday, February 22, 2008
Cut the cleaned radishes into halves or quarters, depending on what size you want. Mix with your favorite Raw Italian Dressing. I used a modified version of this one. Dehydrate for 3-4 hours at 105 degrees. Serve warm over a bed of spinach, pouring the the excess dressing on top. Add whatever you want to finish the salad. I went with avocados and tomatoes.
I should've taken a picture. The dressing turns a lovely pink color. Try it!
Breakfast: raw peach cobbler
2 cups white/mate tea blend
Lunch: cantaloupe & kiwi
Cauliflower couscous (cauliflower pulsed to bits, parsley, onions, tomatoes, garlic, sundried tomatoes, lemon, olive oil, and sea salt)
Dinner: 2 bulbs of fennel--drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, dehydrator roasted
Dessert: 5 dried figs
- I really do love green smoothies, but the savory ones are best for cold weather.
- Living Foods has to be about abundance for me. When my mind clicks over to a scarcity mentality--focused on what I can't have--I slide into panic mode.
- I need fats to function well.
- Having a dedicated smoothie container makes things much more convenient.
- There's definitely a more intense feeling of lightness that comes with living off of green smoothies. I can only imagine the energy I'd have if I did it for a longer time period, or if I did a juice feast.
- I'm incredibly fortunate to have access to so much fresh, organic, local produce.
There will definitely be more green smoothies in my future--I'll likely invite LB to do a challenge with me when he returns--but I still love fruits and veggies in their original forms best of all.
I'm off to finish my juice of beet greens and apples.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I don't really love kiwi in smoothies. I think this one would've been better without it--still, it's potable. Yeah, definitely no kiwi next time. It's kind of irritating my mouth....seriously, like, burning.
Pre-workout snack: juice of pineapple and celery
That was my 1st go with the new juicer, so I figured I'd stick to something easy. It was quite green and yummy!
1 tablespoon hempseed oil
I usually get lots of healthy fats in my diet (I'm obviously not 80/10/10) but lately I've been getting less than normal. Combine that with a severe shortage on sleep and I'm looking a bit raggedy. Gotta up the fats.
Lunch: smoothie of spinach, avocado, tomatoes, sun-dried tomato, cayenne, sea salt, garlic, onion powder and celery juice
I love having these savory smoothies as soups. I add as little water as possible and enjoy it as a meal. This 2/3 of a blender carafe was more than I could consume in one sitting. Satisfying!
Dinner: The last of the lunch smoothie
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I haven't thought of one of those sandwiches in a long while, but as soon as I'm told to limit myself, my mind goes directly to whatever's off limits. Doing green smoothies has been great, but it's also meant giving up the marinated veggies, dehydrator breads and crackers which have taken the place of some of the cooked foods I loved once upon a time.
But it's only been 2 days!
I know. It's pathetic. Check out this juicy gal who has been juice feasting for 80+ days, shooting for 92. You don't hear her whining about paninins. But I aint her, and I was sitting in my car, ready to head down to the cafe and get my sammich.
Here's how I fought down the craving:
1. Did a quick self-check to make sure it wasn't a demand for emotional eating.
2. Told myself that if I still wanted the sandwich in a couple of hours, I could have it.
3. Asked myself how I would feel if I blew a simple 3 day challenge on one sandwich. How will I know how I could benefit from the smoothies if I didn't give the 3 days a fair chance?
4. Promised myself that if I still want the darn thing on Thursday, I can have it without guilt.
5. Reminded myself that it's only 3 days!
Normally I'd go through these steps with LB and he'd remind me of my goals, while reassuring me that one stupid sandwich won't kill me if I really want it. We have a zero-deprivation rule. But LB wasn't around, so I had to walk through this one by myself. And I did!
Snack: 2 cups of white/mate tea
Early lunch: smoothie of strawberries, spinach, chia seed gel and a couple of dates
This smoothie needed something, but I didn't have time to do more experimenting. It tasted okay, just a bit bland -- especially after my spicy breakfast smoothie.
Post-workout snack: smoothie of apples, an orange, cucumber, cilantro, lime juice, ginger and a touch of agave.
Wonder Girl loved this one. Next time I'll make a larger batch, but this one's just for me!
Dinner: smoothie of tatsoi, strawberries, mango, papaya, ground flaxseed, pineapple and an orange
1 cup white/mate tea
This all seems like a lot of food to me, but I've been putting in serious workouts, and I have to remember I often share my blender-full with the girls. It's hard to turn down kids who're begging you for greens, veggies and fruit!
Monday, February 18, 2008
I know I did some damage with the way I ate in December and January. I'm taking these 3 short days as an opportunity to bombard my body with the goodness of greens to undo some of that damage. The large amount of fiber should help me detox/cleanse to an extent, and blending the food makes it a snap to consume large quantities of greens, while making it easier for my body to digest and assimilate the nutrients.
Honestly, it's easy in some ways. I don't have to wonder what my next meal will be. I leave the blender sitting out on the counter, and soon I'll put the juicer in action as well. An essential part of doing green smoothies is to get a wide variety of greens. Right now I only have spinach, but my CSA basket arrives tomorrow, and it always has lots of different leafy veggies in it. While I was on my hike, I was truly tempted by the wild mustard and dandelion greens growing all along the trail. No picking allowed in the park, though. Too bad.
The only problem with this was that I used frozen strawberries, so it was cold. I sat under a heavy throw blanket while I sipped, but my poor fingertips were chilled to the bone.
Post-hiking meal: Smoothie of spinach, avocado, lemon, garlic, tomatoes and sea salt
After my workout, I really wanted something substantial. This smoothie is based on a recipe in Victoria Boutenko's book, Green for Life. I put it in a bowl and ate it like a soup--all the more satisfying for the little bits floating around for me to chew. I was quite hungry, and this green smoothie quickly satisfied me.
Snack: White tea with Raw honey
Dinner: Smoothie of pineapple, coconut meat & coconut water
I thought I'd have another smoothie after this, but I wasn't hungry. That means I missed my 3rd green smoothie for the day. No worries. I'll plan better tomorrow.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
For the next three days I will consume:
- Three meals per day of green smoothies (which can turn into soups if I opt to use a bowl & spoon)
- Up to one all fruit smoothie/juice per day
- Green juices as desired
- White and/or other low-caff tea as desired
I think that about covers it! Oh, yeah...one tiny detail: I reserve the right to bend the rules. I shouldn't have any problems, but this is a busy week, so if I find myself feeling deprived or lacking energy, then I might eat an orange or something. Heck, it's only 3 days!
Friday, February 15, 2008
Just before we left for dinner, Lovely Boyfriend called me into his room to take a look at something. On his bed there was a large box. Inside that box was a juicer! I've really been into juice lately, but the local juice bar is expensive, and not conveniently located to our home. We shopped online for the juicers all the Raw folks recommend, but they were incredibly pricey.
We'll have to get something else if we want to do wheat grass, but in the meantime, I'm thrilled to have a mid-range juicer than can do fruits and veggies for me. I'm doing the 3-day Green Smoothie Challenge next week, and I'll think of juice as my treat during that phase.
Once again, LB wins the Gold Medal for the Best Boyfriend Ever!
I used to dine at fine restaurants and linger over 5-course meals, but it's harder to do when you're eating Raw. We enjoyed the starter: wild mushroom rosettes on vegetable crackers. A serving amounted to one cracker, which was perfect. It was followed by an amazing cream of asparagus soup. This might've been my favorite dish, as I do miss soup and haven't been able to create one at home that satisfies. LB and I both enjoyed the salad (Wilted Sweet Spinach Salad with Crispy Tomato, Olives & Basil Cheese). We weren't served the oversized portions common to modern restaurants, but after this course, I couldn't eat another bite. In the old days, I would've either continued to nibble on my food or rested a while before diving back in. Instead I had my entree packed to-go, tasted LB's Basil Ravioli, and called it a night.
I enjoyed a glass of organic Cabernet with my meal, while Lovely Boyfriend indulged in Yogi Juice: Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, Berry Juice, Bee Propolis and a splash of lemon juice. We both brought home our desserts, the Famous Chocolate Ganache, and we'll dive into those tonight.
We usually stay home on big ocassion days, avoid the crowds and high prices, but this outing was worth the time and effort.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wild Foraged Mushroom Rosettes on Mixed Vegetable Crackers
Warm Asparagus Soup
Wilted Sweet Spinach Salad with Crispy Tomato, Olives & Basil Cheese
Choice of Entree:
Portobello Terrine with Fresh Garlic Creme sauce or
Basil Ravioli with Creamy Vegetable Filling, Topped with Spicy Tomato Sauce
Blackberries and Creme or
the Famous Chocolate Ganache
Monday, February 11, 2008
So what's the big deal? There are lots of dazzling Before and After pictures on the Internet. They show dramatic weight loss, cleared skin, and enhanced glow--all the result of Raw Food. Here's the thing though. Heidi hasn't yet reached all of her physical goals. In one picture (from quite some time ago) she's clearly displeased with where she is on her journey to health.
Even though there's a glow about Heidi in all of those pictures (a glow from being the kind of person she seems to be--open-minded, generous, friendly, kind and eager to dive into what the world has to offer), and she's cute at every stage, it took some guts to share those pictures with the world. It's not always easy to reveal our struggles (though believe me, she was never what would qualify as fat!).
Yikes! I guess this means I'll have to eventually suck it up and do something similar. Seems only right.
Friday, February 8, 2008
I never read the book, but the movie version of The Secret left me bothered. It seemed to simplify things to a point that I found troubling. I know. It should be a starting point for challenging one's thinking, and more people are apt to sit and watch a movie than they are to read the book, but sometimes a little bit of information can be dangerous. Whether or not you believe in the Law of Attraction, you have to know that it involves an entire shifting of the mind.
This week, Oprah had a follow-up on The Secret, during which she and her panel tried to address some of what couldn't be communicated in the movie. Louise Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life, was the main speaker. I haven't read her book, or seen her new movie based on the same, but a philosophy with forgiveness as an essential part of its foundation is worth checking out.
You Can Heal Your Life movie trailer
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
I'd stride into the market, study the menu board for a few minutes and order the same thing every time: The Detox Shock. You see, this was meant to purge my body of all the toxins I was well aware of taking in. Unless I was feeling particularly polluted, I'd order the smallest size (8 ounces). This I would drink over the course of a couple of hours, taking tiny sips . The taste sort of grew on me, but I never enjoyed it.
Cut to today. I'm ordering the same juice blend of wheat grass, lemon, ginger and apple. But I can't get enough of it. Eating clean, natural, living foods has, for whatever reason, helped me to develop a taste for this refreshing combination. I now order the 32 ounce cup of Detox Shock. Unfortunately, it's $8.50 for that big serving of yummy deliciousness. Looks like it's time to start shopping for a juicer--in the thrift stores!
Monday, February 4, 2008
I froze. How could I argue against this notion? I tried to explain that Raw is only as complicated as you make it. My breakfast of apples, figs and Raw cheese takes less time to make than a microwaved bowl of oatmeal. Preparing my green smoothies consumes no more time than her protein shakes (Blech!!!). How simple is a breakfast of 3 oranges and some flax crackers topped with coconut butter?
I confess. When I first found my way back to Living Foods, I dove into gourmet meals. I invested time in identifying Raw ingredients and searching out reasonable prices. It took me a while to work out a routine that allowed me to dehydrate or freeze ingredients before they went bad. I'm just getting a handle on my CSA basket--making use of what I'm served and not allowing much waste.
At yesterday's Super Bowl party, another friend suggested we host a Raw demo/prep class/seminar. She thought we should have each couple chip in a few bucks to cover our costs and then teach them what we know. I'm no Raw expert, but this is one challenge I'm planning to take on. Hopefully, the Raw for Life dvd I ordered will have a chapter I can use as an introduction. In the meantime, I have to get myself together. If I'm going to represent Raw, I want to be a symbol of all Raw can be: simple, affordable, gourmet, intense, imperfect, glow-inspiring, bliss-facilitating and fun.
It was a good afternoon and the day ended nicely, but this morning I'm tired and not in the mood for sensory input. The television's playing loudly in the other room. Wonder Girl's displaying attitude about correcting her homeschool work. (I'm sure she's tired--to bed late, then up early at her dad's, but still.) After arguing with me about how she should wear jeans and a t-shirt to a college interview, Fierce Teenager left for school without feeding her bird, so the bird's in its cage making plaintive, piercing calls for attention. Someone's landscaper is running his apparatus right near my back window. All this on a morning when what I want more than anything is some peace.
So what am I gonna do about it? After breakfast and more of my Detox Shock, after making sure Wonder Girl has what she needs to complete her school work, after taking care of the absolute must-do's and nothing more, I'm checking out, folks. I'll put on my tennis shoes and hit the streets, or maybe just go up to my room, slide back under the covers and open a good book. Sometimes, I just gotta escape. I'll return, ready for the world--or at least my little part of it.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Well, I will eventually do that, but for now I have an inexpensive machine, which will probably last for a while, since I'm careful not to overtax it. I feed the ingredients in progressively. If I find a better one, I'll pass this one along. Maybe Fierce Teenager can take it away to college.
I'd really like to do a smoothie feast. I know I'm not in a place for a juice feast, but the smoothies have been calling to me, especially since I dropped my Raw percentage over the holidays. It seems like it would be a good way to cleanse myself somewhat. I'm not ready to commit though, because I still have to use everything in my wonderful CSA basket and I have to prepare foods for the rest of the family. Well, I'm still playing with the idea, as I think it would help me go deeper into health--physically, spiritually and emotionally. Right now, I'm journaling a lot in order to better see the connections between my emotions and my spirit to what I'm putting in my body.
I just finished a great juice from the cafe at Mother's Market: apple, lemon, ginger & wheatgrass. It made me want to invest in a juicer and start doing that at home. I think I'll check the thrift stores.
This Hollywood writer doesn't blog as often as I'd like, but his commitment to his craft is a true inspiration. He fights this uphill battle not in the pursuit of material gain but because of a love of the art form and the joy it can bring when it's done well. Oh yeah, he's a Lovely Boyfriend, too!