Friday, October 16, 2009
HOLA Sparksters...it's Friday and I'm feelin' fine!!
Another pound gone now that I'm finding my rhythm in the fantastic world of RAW/CLEAN living! Now that I've settled in after 3 weeks I need to up my exercise time and start some resistance training to tackle these flabby upper arms...down from my highest weight of 201-202 to 178...it's AMAZING how much better I feel!! Whoop da!
Oh boy...tommorrow's the first big day at the Farmer's Market! Let the madness begin!!
I'm excited and stressed at the same time! Excited because now I can grab all of that fab produce which is supposed to be locally grown and brimming with vitamins...and stressed..because this year we are actually going to take 2 spaces and that creates...well..more work!
But it's GOOD work and that's what matters right? This year because we are going into the markets earlier ~~ usually don't start til early November~~ we thought it would be prudent to buy a canapy for rain cover..there is unavoidable rain in October..so we have to set it up today and make sure it's working well so that we don't look like total geeks when we set up at market. It's an 8'x10' so it's a big boy! I had never really liked the idea of a tent because frankly I think it's distracting to the customer, but when it comes to my marketing theory, or the chance of getting soaked...well we bought the tent..didn't we?
I'm finding my style in this RAW/CLEAN world and I think I'm on to something! It feels comfortable and satisfying to me...I eat RAW all day and sometimes into the night, basically about 80% RAW..but.... if I'm craving a hot meal...once a day...or once every few days I go for it...now this HAS slowed down my weight loss..but that's okay..as long as I feel great..the weight will take care of itself and it's totally unrealistic and prob not healthy to keep losing a pound a day in the first place!
Yesterday I jazzed this routine up by having my warm meal for lunch..we thought "what the heck, we'd been working so hard through the day, why not stop in at our favorite local little diner and pick up a Greek Salad?"...my all time fav, with blackend, grilled chicken breast on it. Well...let me tell you I relished every bite of that big ole' salad..it was soooo tasty!
When you allow things to be special..they are. Before I would have mindlessly ate it without stopping to savor each distinctive flavor. Try it...you'll like it. Then last night, because I was still so satisfied from our late lunch I just had some of my homemade crackers with my homemade guacamole dip..perfect and light before bed! You don't have to eat much when you are eating REAL because you are taking in real nutrients and are sooo satisfied with less!
Here's LEVEL 2 by request..if you want LEVEL 1 just let me know and it shall appear like magic!
LEVEL 2: Personal profile:
A level 2 has the motivation and desire to eat a mainly raw food diet but may also have the kind of lifestyle that demands he or she frequently dine out. A level 2 is not necessarily overweight but wants to get as lean as possible and obtain vibrant health. A level 2 knows how to make good choices but realizes that by eating high vibration foods and cleansing the colon they can enjoy a whole new level of health. Level 2 is not afraid to go the extra mile and is not overly attached to mainstream food. Since this is the second most demanding level of the RAW detox diet, it is not for everyone. To be successful on Level 2 you must appreciate the kitchen and shop for fresh produce regularly. You must keep high-quality foods like RAW nuts, dates, dried fruits and raw treats around to help round out your raw meals. A good candidate for this level is a young person raised on natural foods (when does that happen today??) or an athlete who has not used drugs or steroids and has not consumed large amounts of animal protein. If this does not describe you, you should spend some time at the previous levels before starting level 2. Level 2s should also be willing to do some colon therapy if the need arrises.
At this level do not consume fresh fruit until you have had your Green Lemonade (recipe on previous blog). The aim is to keep your body clear (water is fine) until you actually feel the need for nourishment. This may be earlier on some days and later on others. One morning you may be ready for your Green Lemonade at 10:30 a.m.. Another day you may not desire anything until 1:00 p.m. As long as you're not straining or forcing yourself to wait you can wait as long as you feel comfortable before consuming your first fruit or vegetable juice of the day.
You may eat as much fruit as you like, one fruit at a time ie: 3 grapefruits, a couple of naval oranges followed by a couple of bananas. Eat fruit only by itself and wait at least 30 minutes so that the fruit can exit the stomach before another food enters it.
Mid morning or when you first desire something: Green Lemonade (check blog before this one for recipe)
Further along in the day: Fresh fruit as desired
Afternoon meal: RAW rainbow salad with Carrot-Ginger Dressing, Lara Bar
Rainbow Salad: Makes 2-4 servings
1/2 c shredded or finely chopped red cabbage, 1/2 c julienned or chop yellow bell pepper, 1/2 c shredded carrots, 1/2 c alfalfa sprouts, 1 c mesclun greens.
Place the red cabbage, peppers, carrots and sprouts in little piles forming a circle around the greens like a rainbow. Serve with Carrot-Ginger Dressing.
Carrot-Ginger Dressing: Makes 4 cups
1 1/2 c baby carrots, 3 T fresh ginger, 4-5 pkts of Stevia or a T of raw honey to taste, 1/3 c cider vinegar, 1/2 c water, 1 glove garlic, 1/4 c flaxseed oil, 1 drizzle sesame oil (as desired), Cumin, coriander, or curry spice to taste.
Blend all ingredients (using only 1/2 of the carrots) except the spice in the blender. Add the cumin, coriander, or curry to taste. As the mixture is blending, slowly add the additional carrots. You may need to add more water or apple cider vinegar to facilitate blending action. Use on salads or as a dip for crudites. Keeps 2 weeks.
Snack: Green Lemonade
Dinner: Power Soup, Raw Neutral Pasta pesto, 4-6 slices of "Good Stuff" raw bread with extra pesto
Power Soup: makes 2 to 3 servings:
1 c organic alfalfa sprouts, 3 c fresh strawberries, 3 T raw honey or 2-4 pkts Stevia if desired and to taste, 1 large head romaine lettuce, 1/4 med beet (optional for deep red color for the soup) Blend until very smooth. You may want to blend in a couple of ice cubes as well so that the mixture does not heat up during blending. The soup is best served immediately but will last in fridge for 2 days.
Raw Neutral Pasta Pesto makes about 1/2 c
This is the only neutral pesto sauce I've ever seen, as it contains no nuts or cheese. You can put it on anything and mix it with anything except fruit, but, who in their right palate would do that?
2 c fresh basil, 2 cloves garlic, 5 t olive oil, 1 t celtic sea salt (to taste) 1 large zucchini, 2 roma tomatoes, chopped.
Blend basil, garlic, oil, and sea salt in food processor (I use my blender). Turn zucchini into pasta with a Spiralizer, or finely julienne. Serve pesto sauce over the zucchini pasta. Garnish with chopped tomatoes.
Dessert: LaraBar (found in Health food store..or you might try the internet)
If anyone wants Level 1....just let me know your wish is my command.
I'd really recommend "The RAW Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose who wrote all of the amazing (well almost all) recipes I've been giving you. She is a certified Clinical Nutritionist and well...I just really like the way she thinks! She lives in Manhattan..one of the BEST cities in the whole wide world! Whoop da! Shout out to my NYC Sparkies !!!
Now I promised Angel a shopping list and that's hard to do until you determine your level entry. I basically am adding to my supplies just as the recipe calls for. I did get the Nama Shoyu (raw soy sauce), celtia sea salt, I bought some Dulse sea weed to add to salads, 100% pure Maple syrup, raw honey, dates, agave nectar. I bought raw nuts as the recipe dictated, lst press extra virgin olive oil. I stocked up on avocados, went on an adventure hunt to find young coconuts, I already had the various vinegars, balsamic, white wine, sherry and applie cider. I bought fresh ginger root, (add it to your fruit smoothies...YUMMY) garlic, Mrs. Dash, Spike and fresh herbs.
I'm still on the hunt for nut butters, LaraBars, raw tahini and Raw goat cheese. I'll save the higher calorie goodies until I get closer to my goal weight.
Remember if you want to lose weight stay away from really dense foods...there are as many dense foods in the RAW world as there are in the processed world..dense foods like cheeses and pastas clog your system..to lose weight you need the quick exit foods...I've listed them and the food combining combos on an earlier blog...check it.
Sooooo check out this wonderful new and exciting world and tell your neighbor..I'd love to start a RAW revolution..our whole society would benefit from the health and happiness it brings into your being!
Hey I'm living ~~ breathing ~~ proof....another 10 lbs down or so and I'll post a pic to prove it to ya...how's that for viable evidence?
Spark on...Sparksters...you know I love ya!! Oh and tommorrow I prob won't have a chance to blog..but I'll be back..on Sunday or so...ahhhh the real world iinterferes with my Spark schedule...
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Good Thursday a.m. my delightful Sparksters! It's day 15 of my RAW/CLEAN adventure and it's also weigh in day. I'll post my weight results tommorrow. It's still dark out and I don't want to wake DH to step on the scale...could move the scale into another bathroom couldn't I..duh that thought just came to me!! This RAW lifestyle is good for the body...I'm hoping eventually it will fire up more brain cells too..hee hee!
I wanted to share a beautiful orchid (my fav flower) that Josh's beautiful girlfriend Andrea sent to me for last Mother's Day. She knew Josh always went out of his way to make a REALLY big deal over Mother's Day for me and she wanted to make me feel so special so she ordered this all the way from Vermont ..which I think was exceptionally thoughtful and full of
I often wonder if Josh would have made it through life if Andrea had lived closer to us...you know how hard long distance relationships are...and Josh ...who was plenty fickle was absolutely besotted with Andrea..one day he came into the room and said..."You know mom, now I think I know what this thing called love is really all about"....I'm happy he experienced it, everyone should have someone to treasure!
But as always I digress...pardon..this is just a way that I work through the grief and it's very healing to have you to share it with, I appreciate your patience and I appreciate your sensitivity...no one should EVER have to lose a child...it's like losing their future!! Do you know we don't even have a word in the English language for it. We have widow, and widower...but nothing for a childless parent..it's just that incomprehensible to our society!
Here's what I've been noticing with the RAW/CLEAN lifestyle:
I eat what I want, when I want, within the parameters of the food categories. I don't count calories and I don't beat myself up with exercise. I don't have to at this point because I'm losing weight effortlessly. I WILL have to add weight and bump up my aerobics after I adjust to my new menu.
My sleep necessity has dropped DRAMATICALLY...I ALWAYS needed 8 hours of sleep but I'd really take 9 or even 10 if I could get it..that is almost 1/2 of our whole 24 hour day...what a waste of time!!! Now I can easily operate and feel fine on about 7 hours. That is a HUGE life altering difference for me!!! It's all due to more energy from true food fuel power.
My teeth and gumline are looking so healthy. I know this is a weird thing to notice but I've always had puffy looking angry looking gums. Probably because of all of the inflammation in my body. They now look firm and pink and healthy...my teeth (my own) feel tighter too. Weird but true!
I actually think my cellulite is receding... again prob due to the fact that not as many icky toxins are being stored in my fat cells...another aha..and a good one!
My head is clearer..before I'd talk to people, I'd listen to people, but somehow I couldn't focus as sharply..I can now dial in...and really listen and relate to people. I notice so much more and feel like I can be so much more authentic...whereas before I felt there was a veil around everything and everyone. Amazing! I've always been a compassionate person but now I'm just somehow...better!
Last night I fixed a beautiful piece of Ahi Tuna for the DH and I. Now I know that's not the safest fish..it's said to have high mercury levels...but I had a taste for it and it was delightful. I normally have it rare as you should...but I cooked it all the way through just to be on the safety side...delicious with an olive oil wine sauce...yep even used a little splash of wine...then garlic, black and green olives and spices...hit the spot famously...actually it's a Spark recipe. Pan-Seared Tuna with Olive-Wine Sauce...check it. I didn't make the couscous that goes with it..but that sounds healthy too!
I also introduced myself to RAW Rosemary-garlic mashed potatoes...yummy recipe made out of cashews and jicama..which I've never in my life had. Jicama is from the legume family and is known as the Mexican potatoe. It's extremely high in Vit C and low in sodium...DH even liked the 'potatoes' and that's something!!
Several of you wanted my RAW flatbread recipe for crackers...I'm telling you...get out your patience pills...this recipe takes a long time to 'cure' but they are soooo yummy it's worth it..just don't make only one batch as I did..it's too time consuming for the invested cracker return. This recipe is supposed to make 24 crackers give or take. They are incredibly nutritious, bursting with vitamins! Remember you need lead time to soak your walnuts!
~~CUMIN FLATBREAD RAW CRACKERS~~
1 c flax meal, get this at a health food store or whole foods center
1T dried basil
2 Yellow Squash, roughly chopped
1 1/2 c raw walnuts soaked 6-8 hrs
4 t ground cumin
1/4 c olive oil
1 shallot, minced
1 T. nutritional yeast (this is very nutritious and tastes a little cheesey)
2 T agave or raw honey...opps I actually forgot this when I made my batch!!
1 1/2 t sea salt
Fresh cracked black pepper
Place flax meal in a medium sized bowl. Process remaining ingred. in a food processor until smooth..( I don't have one so used my handy dandy blender-- takes longer but works fine), spread on Teflex sheets to 1/3" thickness. (I don't have a dehydrator either but I was bound and determined to try these so I spread them out on a greased (olive oil) cookie sheet...spray your spatula also to spread them as thin but not too thin as you can get them. Sprinkle them with a little extra cumin or salt if you like. Remember not too much salt as the dehydrating process amplifies all spices. Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 608 hours until almost completely dry but still a bit pliable. Transfer bread to dehydrator screens and dehydrate for 24 hours.
I don't completely understand the above process because as I said no dehydrator...I just used my oven on lowest setting 170 degrees and left the oven door open..it took a good 8 hours or so and they never did make it to the truly crunchy stage but were definitely firm enough to hold guacamole dip. Yip!! Also remember you don't need to eat as many of these because they are so full of nutrition just a few are very satisfying! Enjoy!
I still have sample menus of Level 2 and Level 1 if anyone is still interested I'll post them, just let me know okay. Take the quiz to find out what transition level you come in at. I've already posted menus for Levels 3 and 4. Just let me know...I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get you to poke your toes into this RAW and wonderful world of fantastic health!
Lots to do today...have a beautiful day!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Okay, here's my Josher with his Andrea...I just wanted to post this to show you the confidence that child had...(well I shouldn't say child...he was 22 years old) Andrea was a good 3"-4" taller than Josh which didn't bother him (or her) in the least. I always marveled at that height difference...back when I was growing up..(the 50's) height made a BIG difference in who you dated. I posted this pic to prove a point....and I sprinkle Josh's pics amongst all of my blogs to honor him and keep him in my heart during my journey to find happiness and health again...I know it's kinda weird but humor me..okay..okay?
My point is CONFIDENCE...we all need more of it..don't we? I'm slowing regaining it with every pound I'm losing and it is a fantastic feeling!!! I'm posting these blogs...not because I think I hold the golden key to weight control because ... clearly there are many other ways to successfully lose it..I'm just sharing my journey and hoping it might inspire someone who has been unsuccessful before to shake their world up and try something different ~~ heaven knows we all need a SHAKE UP...or maybe even a SMACK DOWN every once in awhile to get us out of our self imposed ruts!!
Yesterday I slipped...by two handfuls..of popcorn...and today I feel bloatey and heavy...( I can't weigh in just yet because I don't want to turn on the light this early and wake up DH) Today will be an interesting day on the scale won't it?
Just two handfuls of popcorn which is clearly not RAW..other than that.. all day yesterday was a RAW day.
Hummm I'm wondering if I feel this way after just 2 handfuls of bad food ... no wonder we feel less than stellar when we eat BAD all day EVERY day ... are you starting to maybe make the correlation ...I'm just doing your research for you in my own little guinea pig style way. so there you have it.
On a high note...I ran into a friend that exclaimed..."Bobbi, my gosh you look like you've lost 5 pounds in your FACE".... hee hee luckily this was before the movie and the popcorn incident!
Heres the sample menu for 1 day on LEVEL 3. You can take the quiz to find out what level you come in at on my 10-10-blog finding your results on the 10-11 blog.
Detox Transition LEVEL 3:
Personal Profile: There's a range of typical Level 3's coming into this lifestyle, but they all attempt to follow a healthful and usually weight loss specific diet. The operative word here is attempt. Level 3's have fallen prey to common diet and health misconceptions. They avoid fresh fruits and carrots because they believe their calorie and sugar levels will make them fat. They may tend towards soy products like tofu, soy chips, soy milke and other widely misunderstood foods like peanut butter and protein shakes. They usually do not consume nearly enough fresh food. They may have started and stopped innumerable trend diets in order to get or stay at their desired weights. Many Level 3's are business people or multi-tasking moms who try to make good choices but wind up giving in to convenience and temptation. Level 3's are usually under 40 years old, and do not have any major health issues.
Menu for Level 3:
First thing in your stomach, whenever desired 8-20 oz of Green Lemonade
Green Lemonade: (I totally LOVE this) it's so full of juicy vitamins and minerals!!!
1 head romaine lettuce or celery
5-6 stalks kale (any type)
1-2 apples (as needed- for sweetness....recommended organic Fuiji)
1 whole organic lemon you don't have to peel
1-2 T fresh ginger (optional)
Process through juicer 1 veggie at a time, the fiber will shoot out of the juicer into one container and eject the fresh juice out of the spout into your glass. Drink immediately before the enzymes dissipate. Notice how the lemon really cuts out the green taste that most people don't like.
Breakfast: Your favorite fresh fruit throughout the morning.
Lunch: Classic chopped Salad with Carrot-Ginger Dressing and Lara Bar..
(BTW) my friend ZAE ZAE who is a raw foodie affection-ado herself says the LARAbars are wonderful! And I take her word for it..she is a researcher extraordinaire!
CARROT-GINGER DRESSING makes 4 cups
2 1/2 c baby carrots, 3 T. fresh ginger, 4-5 pkts Stevia (or agave or raw honey) to taste
1/3 c apple cider vinegar, 1/2 c water, 1 clove garlic, 1/4 c flax seed oil, 1 drizzle sesame oil (as desired), cumin, coriander, or curry spice to taste. Blend all ingred. using only 1/2 of the carrots, except spices in the blender. As the mixture is blending slowly add the additional carrots. You may need to add more water or apple cider vinegar to facilitate blending action. Use on salads or as a dip for raw sushi rolls or crudites. Keeps for 2 weeks.
CLASSIC CHOPPED SALADS makes 4 servings
1 c fresh green beans, 3 ears fresh corn, kernels cut from cob, 1 yellow bell pepper chopped, 2 large carrots chopped, 2 c grape tomatoes sliced in half, 1 zucchini chopped, 3 T fresh chives, minced. Mix all ingred. in a large bowl.
SANCK: 3 -4 hours later Fruit smoothie or green lemonade
Dinner: Gazpacho and Maple-Glazed Salmon with steamed veggies
Gazpacho Makes 4 servings
For the soup base 6 med vine ripe tomatoes halved, 1/2 to 1 c packed fresh basil, 1/2 c apple cider vinegar, 2 T olive oil, 1 t Nama Shoyu soy sauce, 1 clove garlic, 1-2 t Spike, celtic sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. In blender combine all ingred. and blend until desired consistency is reached. You may use the whole tomatoes including skin and seeds.
For the 'meat' 1 yellow bell pepper finely chopped, 1-2 cobs corn kernels cut off the cob (I might use something different than corn..the jury is out on it's safety...I've heard our corn is full of fungus) 1/2 apple, chopped, 1/4 jicama chopped.
To make the 'meat' combine all chopped vegetables and fruit in a large bowl, pour the base mixture into the bowl and mix well. Serve well-chilled. It tastes even better the next day!
Maple-Glazed Salmon: Makes 4 servings
1 c Nama Shoyu soy sauce or tamari, 1 clove garlic, 1 T fresh ginger, 1/2 t toasted sesame oil, 1 c pure maple syrup, 4 fresh salmon fillets, well rinsed. Mix the soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and maple syrup in a blender. Spread the soy mixture over the fish evenly in a baking dish. Marinate the fish in the refrigerator for 1-24 hours. Preheat oven to 450 degrees, Bake the fish for about 18" or until fish flakes easily with a fork. YUM O!!
Dessert: 1/3 bar Dagoba (? must be from Health food store) 75% chocolate
So there you have it..my fingers are tired..hee hee
Oh..and my flaxseed RAW crackers I made a few days ago...AWESOME very, very tasty! I should have taken them to the movies and then I wouldn't have had the popcorn melt-down...oh well, live and learn! That's it for today's blog Sparksters...hope you are enjoying them..I love your comments and your interaction! Have a blessed HEALTHY Wed. and remember NEVER EVER EVER give up...you are too valuable and beautiful to give up on yourselves...!!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Hey Sparkies, it's another day in paradise..or so they say hee hee!
I was up bright and early about 5:15a.m, ish I think..now this NEVER happens..I'm usually up around 7ish but this RAW thing lets me feel happy and healthy with 2 hours less sleep. Isn't that something? Yesterday I was a non-cooking fool. I made a gigantic bowl of guacamole, I even tried my hand at RAW crackers..the verdict is still out on that one. I don't have a dehydrator which are mighty expensive and I'm not going to shell out big bucks until I know I'm in this RAW world for the long haul..but I can't imagine how I could ever go back to processed crap after feeling the wonders of REAL food.
Stop and think about it..when you are eating live..you are eating sunshine..it only makes sense that your health is going to improve. How could you ever expect your beautiful body to perform on fake crap...no one can argue with the logic of that!
Anyhow many of you know this, but I have to keep reminding you, because I like you..was soooo resistent to the logic of it for years. I attended several raw food classes about a year ago..and just couldn't get my head into the RAW concept..it just seemed to be too big of a bother..well guess what..it's no more bother than doctor visits, it's no more bother than driving to drugstores to pick up prescriptions..so really I'm grateful that I finally 'get it'!
Remember the plastic surgery debacle..well I did have the tummy tuck and picked the first doctor I visited..honestly how stupid was that??? I take more time and care with researching a new car..duh!! Anyhow after the surgery ... which by the way is pretty radical.. they cut you from hipbone to hipbone, cut out your belly button...yes you may now say uhhhhuhhhh yuck then take all of the surplus skin.. cut that off.. sew your muscles back together tightly.. then pull the skin back in place and create a new belly button.
This surgery is NUTS on so many levels..smacks of self mutalization we women do....but did I know that back then..heck no...I just wanted to look good and weigh less..another big DUH!!
The doctor said move around so you don't get blood clots..I did that..prob overdid that.but I got horrendously ill and threw up so violently..I was freaked that I was going to tear out my stitches..my DH called the doctor..he was really scared..he might now have a thinner flatter tummied wife..but was she going to be a live one?
Long story short...something happened in the surgery that disabled my voice..maybe they nicked a vocal cord with the intubation, maybe I was violently allergic to the anesthesia but my voice was suddenly raspy, hoarse, and sometimes my mouth would still be going but nothing could be heard...prob a blessing and a break for DH's ears..hee hee!
This stupid mindless surgery...a quick stop way to losing the weight that I should have been losing through diet and exercise changed my life.
I, a Toastmaster (professional speaker) the person in charge of all of our marketing and sales for our business now had no voice!
I chased doctors and cures every where for about 10 years to no avail and finally decided to just live with the condition...on some days my voice is strong and sounds normal and most days because of time constraints and schedules (which causes me to stress) it is pretty hoarse..it's not normal and this pains me greatly.
Sooooo I'm hoping to use myself as a guinea pig and record my voice...continue on with my healthy RAW diet and hope for a miracle that this diet will actually help heal my voice. That's the story and I'm stickin' to it..wish me well!
Here's the menus: They are pretty long so I'll do Level 4 today this is a typical day if you want the full week of menus for each level buy "The Raw Food Detox Diet" by Natalia Rose~~~Level 3 tommorrow and then I'll follow with level 2 and level 1~~
I don't think we had any level 5s but if I missed you let me know okay, okay?
LEVEL 4: typically 45-35 lbs over weight has maintained a largely standard American diet lots of sodas and diet sodas and low quality highly processed foods. May be relatively thin but a junk food junkie who is highly stressed and will eat what can be obtained quickly and easily..this was SO ME! They battle cravings for sweet and starchy comfort foods.
Day 1: Breakfast: Your favorite fruit or fruit juice that you prepare fresh
Lunch: Ambrosia Salad w/gold elix dressing
Salad 4-6 servings
1 bell pepper slice thin, 1 large carrot cut matchstick, 1 zucchini cut matchstick, 1 large beet cut matchstick, 1/2 c chop walnuts, 1 cup apples chopped, 2 T fresh ginger root, 2 cloves garlic diced, 1/2 jalapeno or serrano chili diced, 1/2 c unsulphered cranberries dried, 1/2 c sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes) sliced, 1/2 c packed fresh mint, 1/2 c fresh basil, 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro Mix well
Dressing: Makes 4 cups
2 c fresh lemon juice, 3 whole cloves garlic minced, 3 T minced ginger, 3 T Nama Shoyu (natural soy sauce), 3 heaping T or more if desired Raw Honey, 1 1/2 c cold pressed olive oil Put all ingred except oil in blender blend well drizzle in oil until completely blended. Will last one week in fridge.
She recommends a Lara bar..but I'm not too sold on nutrition bars..I'll have to research more
Snack; 3-4 hours later fresh fruit as desired
Dinner: Classic Chopped Salad, Whole Wheat Lasagna
Salad: Makes 4 servings
1 c fresh green beans, 3 ears fresh corn kernels cut from cob, 1 yellow bell pepper chopped, 2 large carrots chopped, 2 c grape tomatoes cut in half, 1 zucchini chopped, 3 T fresh minced. Tip: I just take my fresh herbs wash them well and snip them with a pair of kitchen sissors..quick and easy! Mix all ingred. in large bowl I'd probably dress it with a little EVOO some red cider vinegar, sea salt, fresh cracked black pepper and a little raw honey or some medejool dates cut up for sweetness.
Whole Wheat Lasagna w veggies:
12 spelt or whole wheat lasagna noodle strips cooked al dente, 25 oz Seeds of Change Pasta sauce ( I didn't see recipe so this must be able to be purchased maybe Whole Foods?), 4-6 oz Alta Dean raw goat cheese, grated, 1 clove garlic chopped, 1 zucchini thinly sliced, 1 eggplant thinly sliced, 10 fresh spinach leaves, 3/4 c packed basil, freshly ground black pepper. Preheat oven to 350. In large baking pan layer the lasagna strips, tomatoe sauce, most of the goat cheese, garlic, veggies, basil and pepper. Then add final layer of goat cheese. Bake 25 minutes. Serve it topped with fresh basil
Dessert: 3 Kollar cookies (?) or 1/3 bar Dagoba 75% choc.
Remember this is a typical transition day Level 4..not the typical RAW diet
Just a little information to help you on your way to health and happiness...I'm no doctor, I'm no nutritionist..I'm just a little chub cake looking to find my way...and by golly I think I'm on the RIGHT path...whoop da!
Ohhh and thanks my buddies for making me a SparkPeople Motivator...you motivate me more than you can ever, ever know...you're what makes my Spark World go round....THANK YOU!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Hi My 'Inquiring Minds want to know' Sparksters. Here's a pic of the little farmer's market where I display my jewelry designs every Saturday. It starts next Saturday and I'm sooo happy I won't be standing all morning weighing as much as I did last season. I was ounces away from the dreaded 200 pounds on my scale. How this happened is beyond me...well, of course it isn't BEYOND me..I ate. I stuffed, I pity partied, and I forgot myself.
You know it takes a certain selfishness to remain really prime don't you? I look at some of my girlfriends and the time that they devote to 'themselves' and I used to think..who can do that? Now I know they weren't being selfish at all...women are the glue that holds households together..if they don't take care of themselves and get ill, or get discouraged everyone loses!
So take the time to meal plan, take the time to exercise, heck even take the time for a little spa time...you are SO WORTH it and recharge that little duracell battery that just keeps going and going and going for your family and your loved ones, then EVERYONE wins.
Okay, so I've done 12 days on the new program and I've loved every one of them. I've had 10 days entirely RAW and 2 days of RAW/CLEAN meaning on those 2 days I've stayed RAW until dinner and then I've grilled a piece of good quality fish. I'm not ready for red meats yet because I think they will slow down my weight loss..and whoooaaaaa baby we don't want that!
Night before last I grilled snapper. I knew that wouldn't be enough to hit the spot so I wanted a 'clean sauce' to add. BTW CLEAN means natural..not processed.
Here's that SNAPPIN' SAUCE..I just made it up as I went along and whoop da...was it GOOD.
I don't measure, I'm a little of this...a little of that but I'll try to guess at them.
2 chopped Portobello Mushrooms sauteed in EVOO
1/4 c chopped red onion
1/4 - 1/2 c sicilian black olives pitted
1/4/-1/2 c diced combo of sweet red, orange and yellow baby peppers
Lemon juice of 1/2
Measure to taste
garlic pepper - garlic pwd. - Mrs. Dash seasoning - red pepper- Chef's Shake blend - sea salt
fresh cracked black pepper
1/2 - 3/4 c Mango Salsa ( I had some of this in the fridge and it was a fresh one from mkt)
Add mushrooms, onion, and peppers to small fry pan let soften then add the other ingred. Simmer over flame for about 10-15 minutes or until all blended and softened.
Pour over any fish....YUM O! The mango salsa is the kicker...sooooo good!
I've now decided to do yet another experiment on my silly self. About 2004 or so..I was starting to feel chubby...I weighed maybe about 150 ish at the time I got this crazy idea that I would just have a tummy tuck..yep...told ya it was CRAZY!
I justified to myself that would surely take care of my weight problem and I also wanted to tighten up all of the yucky skin excess from having Josh...after all he was a mega baby...10 lb. 11 oz. and 22" long..we grow em' big on that corn fed Iowa diet..hee hee! anyhow this just goes to show how crazy our society is.. that women think that plastic surgery solves everything...it makes me crazy how we think a knife can make us better than we already are! I have girlfriends that are absolutely PLASTIC SURGERY addicted...and it ain't pretty..especially since they still go under the knife after they saw what happened to me!
But that's tommorrow's story! Hee hee..you'll just have to come back for the sordid details!
Here's today's lesson on food combining. This is for Quick Exit..easy digesting.
Never mix these four categories with one another with a few exceptions:
Whole grain breads
Avocados technically a fruit but combines with starches and dried fruits
Cooked corn (which I've heard is full of fungus and basically a question mark?)
Young coconut also combines with raw nuts/dried fruits
FLESHES (Flesh Protein)
Eggs (another question mark..do your research)
Meat (beef, lamb, pork, etc)
Raw Cheese~ideally only combine with veggies some can get away with combining with flesh
NUTS/SEEDS/DRIED FRUITS..(Fat Protein)
Raw unsulfured dried fruits combine well with raw nuts/seeds/ but otherwise only be enjoyed alone or with raw veggies, always on an empty stomach
Mature coconut (small and brown)
Bananas combine well with fresh or dried fruits
Remember I'm only a blooming beginner at this RAW adventure. I'm not a nutritionist, I'm not a doctor, I'm no specialist this is only my take on the journey. I'm also the one who wants you to look into the safety of your dairy, your meat supply, and the grains your eating.
The source of the above is a RAW/CLEAN lifestyle not purely raw.
"The RAW food detox diet Natalia Rose
Read "The unhealthy Truth" by Robyn O'Brien she had 4 beautiful children all with horrible food allergies...her super sleuthing on big food will make your eyes pop out of your head..I'm no raving lunatic...sadly this is the reality of our food supply...just a head's up for all of my peeps!
and why the effort...cuz I loves ya!
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