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!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Update: 11 DAYS IN RAW LAND....11 lbs. down how's that for some kind of wonnnerful?
Hi beautiful Sparkies on a soon to be brilliant Sunday..the sun isn't quite up yet. This is a pic of me, one of the most beautiful friends in the world that I had..Marti and her DH Archie. It was taken about 3 years ago. Sadly Marti isn't with us any more she died last year of breast cancer. If I had known what I know now about RAW foods I might have been able to help her save herself.
WHAT??? You draw back in disbelief...yes..her body may have been able to reclaim it's balance if she had used WHOLE, healing, NATURAL foods instead of choking it with 'diet entrees' and other processed garbage meals all in the sake of keeping her weight down. Look at that beautiful face and ask yourself..is she no longer with us because her 'food' killed her?
My belief.. as I'm studying and researching the sorry state of our food...and I use that term loosely...is that cancer is actually a huge exaggerated form of malnutrition! There I've said it and I hope the Spark Gods don't zap me from their beautiful community for railing against some of their advertisers..after all this is a pretty radical statement. I have no proof..because those crafty big food companies are pretty subversive..but look around you and make your own determination. Every year we become fatter and fatter, every year our children have more and more vaccinations that we are pushed to give them...all I say as one little pudgy mom from the great state of Florida/Iowa...is look around you...open your eyes.. observe~~~ and you will be SO much better at the fine art of observation~~ once you come out of your 'processed~~sometimes medicated~~ state of mind.
Okay I'm ducking now..because I do feel some bullets whizzing by my ears..but I am strong and I'm just here to say 'please don't shoot the messenger' it's true.
Another observation: At our Friday nite group last week the girls often break into our own little group to gab and talk while the guys talk about..well...boring stuff.
So last Friday we all went out on the lanai and gathered in this little group..now realize..this week there were only 4 of us women folk at the house...the bigger part of the group was running late and wanted to meet us at the restaurant. Now 4 people in a group should be able to carry on a civilized conversation shouldn't they? This group, including me, could not seem for the life of them to display any kind of manners whatsoever. One person would start talking, another would jump in and interrupt them and throw in their 3 cents, then I'd try to comment..finally I just gave up and sat back and observed the free for all conversation.
You know what and okay roll your little eyeballs...we are all MEAT EATERS..well me now NO but I'm thinking that that poor animal that we ingest had to be so pumped full of hormones and so terrified at the despicable ways that we slaughter animals that the very stuff we are eating makes us aggressive and jittery. I really felt no need to jump into the fray after being on veggies for just a brief 10 days at that point. How's that for an observation...kinda weird cool, scary huh? Would our society as a whole improve if we were all vegans...you bet it would..every vegan I know is peaceful....something else to put in your little bonnet to think about.
Okay enough of the Bobbi World Observations!!
This is my beloved Josher saying..."This is the mom I knew and loved...sometimes you've just got to excuse her when she jumps up on that soapbox..."
Here's the quiz results: If you haven't taken the test it's on WASTE=WEIGHT blog.
If you scored 20+ points you are a LEVEL 5:
You are health challenged. You always thought a salad was coleslaw or that green and red stuff on a burger. You feel heavy and tired most of the time. Embrace a daily diet of 75 % raw foods. You should detox for the health of it. Concentrate on transition and quick exit foods.
I'll post those tommorrow...just to increase our classroom pleasure..hee..hee
1. Focus on fruit alone as your morning meal
2. Eliminate all foods that contain simple carbs, white flour, white potatoes and white sugar
3. Focus on keeping starch foods and protein foods seperate
4. Focus on increasing your % of raw food intake to 70% or more
5. Begin to eliminate dairy products
If you scored 14 to 19 points EKKS this is where I was!!! You are a LEVEL 4
I didn't have this info at the time I started so I just jumped in ALL RAW and I think that's the way to go~~~ it doesn't give you the excuse to dilly dally and maybe not start at all.
You and your body are ready for a change. You may or may not have the discipline to take on a drastic dietary change, but you're at the starting gate and you are willing to try it for a couple of weeks. You're hoping this is the diet that FINALLY makes it happen...and boy oh boy it DID MAKE IT HAPPEN for me. You've tried other solutions before and had your hopes dashed but it makes good intuitive sense to you to eat unadulterated foods. You've been reading the 'Bobbi Blogs' and although you think she may be a little wacky...somehow she makes sense too!
Embrace a daily diet of 80-85% raw foods. This isn't as hard as it sounds. In addition to eating an all fruit/veggie juice for breakfast..just make sure that 1/2 of your lunch and dinner are veggie...like a big veggie salad.
I'm telling you there is NOTHING as refreshing as chopping all kinds of yummy organic veggies together...load it up and make your own dressing..most of the store bought stuff is full of preservatives and chemicals. I think I left a salad dressing recipe on one of my earlier raw blogs...check it.
If you scored 8 to 13 points you are a LEVEL 3:
The idea of cleansing your body holds great appeal to you and your ready to make a fully conscious effort to eat mostly cleansing meals. You like to have some flexibility with your dinners, but you already feel the satisfying, energy that you obtain from mostly RAW foods and you really like that feeling. Why sabotage it, if you don't have to? You are really making the connection between your weight, health, and the elimination of garbage from your system. You can maintain this level for a lifetime and virtually lose all of your excess weight. But when the time is right you will most likely progress to the next level. If level 3 feels good just think of what could happen for you at level 2?
Embrace a diet of 85-90% raw foods ~~ essentially eating "raw till dinner" every day which equates to about 6-8 cooked meals per week. This is the stage in which you really begin to reclaim your power!
If you scored 4-7 points you are at a LEVEL 2: I think I might be here about now.
You are ready for the 2nd most advanced level. It is easy for you to eat 'raw til dinner' every day of the week. You no longer count calories or fat grams and can easily see eating this way for the rest of your life.
Embrace a diet of 90-95% RAW (3 -5 meals a week can be cooked) If you are feeling sluggish or are struggling at this level don't be afraid to go back to Level 3 or 4 for as long as it takes to prepare yourself for Level 2.
If you scored less than 3 points you are at LEVEL 1:
You are ready for the most advanced level, which means that virtually all but one or maybe two dinners each week will be raw. You may eat for days or weeks at a time RAW but occasionally go 'off the rails' for a dinner whenever you desire to do so. You know that it is easiest on your system not to eat cooked dinners for 2 days in a row, but there will be times like when you are away on vacation that you enjoy them. You find it easy to stay on this level because your cellular health is so superior that you don't even crave the junk you ate before. If you do get those cravings for heavy meals it may be that some impaction has set into your system and you might want to see a quality colon therapist to set you right.
Hummm that's a new one on me? This is a highly advanced level and does not work for everyone. Very few people are ready to start at this level.
Embrace a weekly diet of 98% PLUS RAW foods. This should mean that out of 21 meals each week only 1 meal would be cooked.
If you are REALLY, REALLY, interested in a one week meal plan for your level I'll be happy to post if we 3 or more requests. Otherwise grab this wonderful book 'The RAW FOOD DETOX DIET' by Natalia Rose...or check out the many wonderful raw food sites on the internet. You'll find that if you do your own research into this wonderful world you'll be more receptive and willing to do the initial work it takes to get on the RAW WAGON...
The bottom line is...you ARE what you EAT...big hugs and sloppy kisses!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Okay school day on a Saturday! Stop groaning!! Here's the quiz I promised my Sparkster peeps...and it's a good one to help you determine if you want to dip your tootsies into the wonder world of RAW and start peeling off those toxic pounds!
First of all last night with the Friday night group went extremely well. EVERYONE noticed that I had lost weight..YAY! and that's not an easy task because this group (and I love em all) is pretty self involved~~ it's pretty darn hard to stand out in THAT crowd..hee..hee..so I must be doing something wonderful to have it be noticed..right? Right!
So for my foodies that are even thinking about this program...now's the time to think about it seriously. As I've said before you DON'T have to go all RAW food warrior..I think any RAW food is beneficial...and I've been thinking about it and come to the conclusion that in our society of so many processed-artificial food enhanced-genetically modified- less than sanitary preparation from the mega food giants- well...I could go on and on..but I've only got about an hour today on the computer....
Here's my conclusion. So many of us are fat..not because we are all lazy and eat ravenously..we are fat because WASTE=WEIGHT.
Get the waste OUT...Get the WEIGHT OFF...and you know from following my blogs on my detox challenge this is EXACTLY what happens...aren't I brilliant for figuring this out and sharing with you...my lucky little learning peeps? Hey, we ALL win!
Now you may look at a power bar when your starving..and let me point out your starving because you aren't getting any NUTRIENTS out of the crap your eating..anyhow you see the power bar has what...around 200 calories and it prob has about 2-3 g fat...then you consider MY FAV RAW food the avocado..which prob has about 400 c and maybe 14 or so g fat...so you think...I'm going to be smart about this and pick the bar...but guess what your beautiful body cannot be outsmarted. It looks at the power bar and says "What the heck is this..what does she expect me to do with this..I don't know..I'll figure it out later..but now I'll store it in the warehouse (fat)..keep doing this every day and then you get why your having a problem right? I finally just got that myself. The avocado..it goes..hooray..I know EXACTLY what to do with this...I can break this down completely and I'll give her some energy for an award!! Get it....I know you do..... pick any food up..ask yourself is this natural..is it in it's recognizable state ... make your determination then decide if it's edible or fake...BEFORE you eat it.
If you flood your sweet bod with live enzymes..it's going to give you pure and simple...LIFE!
Now here's where I feel a little differently than my Diz girl who has been SO SUCCESSFUL with RAW..I think if you can manage to be RAW most of the time..like all through the day and even probably quite a few dinner meals you can allow yourself to eat CLEAN for a dinner occasionally...maybe it's just my Iowa meat mentality..but I do crave meat or fish protein..I'm going to concentrate mostly on fish. Hey, Diz...know you'll understand this theory.
Here's the quiz: This will determine at what level of RAW you should come in at...I'll post the levels tommorrow...because HEY..I blatantly admit it...I want you to keep coming back to this blog and get your sweet little heads educated that WE are actually choosing our own weapons of SELF DESTRUCTION...and gasp..it's our FOOD!
I just jumped into the full RAW weight loss challenge because I didn't have this info at the time and I still think that's the best way to go..but for the more timid this will give you more flexibility and maybe encourage you to at least TRY this fab new healing diet. So here it is!
Determine your Raw Food Transition Number:
For each question answer yes, no, or somewhat:
1. Were you raised on sugared cereals, TV dinners, and fast food? (Regardless of your current age and lifestyle)?
2. Are you a smoker of have you smoked for over eight years?
3. Are meat, potatoes, white flour, animal fats, cooked oils, and white sugar a part of your normal eating pattern?
4. Do you have a history of drug use or have you taken birth control and/or other hormones
steroids, or undergone chemotherapy?
5. Do you have a history of IBS, constipation, colitis, or other bowel/digestive disorders?
6. Are you over 40 years old?
7. Are you between 20 and 30 pounds overweight?
8. Are you more than 80 pounds overweight?
9. Do you suffer from astma, bronchial infections, chronic colds an flus or other mucosal conditions?
10. Do you have a sedentary lifestyle?
11. Are dairy products (cheese, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.) a mainstay of your diet?
12. Do you eat animal protein more than four times a week?
13. Do you eat soy products on a regular basis (soy milk, tofu, soy chips, soy meats, etc.)?
14. Do you consume more than 3 sodas (diet, or otherwise) each week?
15. Do you suffer from liver disorder, acne, psoriasis, or other skin disorders?
Calculate 2 points for every 'Yes' answer..1 point for every sometime answer and 0 points for every no answer.
Remember I'm no diet guru, I'm no doctor, I'm no specialist..well I do have a degree in business..hee hee..I'm just a fellow traveler..hoping to help my beautiful friends on down this pathway we call life...and I want you to be with me...ya hear me? Not in some hospital ward because of 'food havoc' syndrome..I just made that word up..pretty right on if you ask me!
I'll post the points and the levels tommorrow...wow..too much typing!
But you are SO WORTH IT!!! I'll be your cheer leader too..but of course you already know that now don't you?
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