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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! emoticon

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 emoticon

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! emoticon

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... emoticon 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! emoticon

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!


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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!

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/16/2009 12:33AM

    I like hearing you talk about Josh. You are right...no parent should ever have to go through that and I'm sorry you had to. Thank you for sharing you RAW food experience. I am going to try it but I will have to wait until next month. I'm thinking there might be a Whole Foods store in Springfield, MO and might make a trip up there next month so that I can get everything I need to start this adventure and who knows...maybe I'll even be able to get DH to try it.

Have a good day!
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KAT573 10/15/2009 8:17PM

    Bobbi: Thanks so much for taking time to share with us! I have not been on at all today and mostly in bed but HOPING tomorrow will be perkier for me. So I still have not begun this fast. Had to pick my son up from school not long after he got there; sick again.

I think it is wonderful that you are open to sharing your experiences with us and there are many who have lost children on site and in the world. I am not even going to pretend I can begin to understand the loss.
Take care and keep on keeping on!
Kat

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JULIEW28 10/15/2009 6:04PM

    You are such a wonderful writer and I love reading your posts. I just ordered a raw book to learn more about it and hope I can at least make some changes to feel better. I love how you talk about your son Josh and how he is always on your mind :) Keep up the good work!!!!

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~THERESA 10/15/2009 2:20PM

    The orchid is lovely, as are you! Keep up the good work, Bobbi!
God bless, Theresa
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TX.PATRICIA 10/15/2009 1:37PM

    I guess I need to go and take the quiz you are talking about . . . . find out where I would "fit in".

Love to read your blogs . . . keep them coming!

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MISS_VIV 10/15/2009 10:37AM

    ok... looking at trying those crackers.. and I have just one question. Are you sure that should be 608 HOURS? Sounds like a long time. I know you said it was a test of patience.

congrats on your raw diet.

Hugs


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MS.ELENI 10/15/2009 10:34AM

    Sounds like another good day. Love the orchid.I have several orchids.

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 10/15/2009 9:21AM

    I love "hearing" you talk about Josh. Our son had a girlfriend at the time of his death and they were so happy - it was the happiest time of his life, I think. At least, I had never seen him so happy.

Im still eating the raw produce and enjoying it! Have lost a little - will talk about it all when I blog on Sunday. Thx for the continued info. I dont think Ill need recipes until my 7-10 days is up. I think then Ill begin adding a few other things.

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-DEBY- 10/15/2009 9:19AM

    wooohooo another great blog... Bobbi

You are doing great, and I never would have thought you could get more upbeat, and wala you can... You are such an inspiration my dear spark friend....

LOVE n HUGs ~~Deby

~*~BLESSings~*~ this THOUGHTfilled Thursday ~~0:)

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VALERIEMAHA 10/15/2009 9:13AM

    Hi sweets! And HEY! will you tone it down a notch or two...you're altogether TOO cheery, 'hear?
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Now, I only want you to do this when you're REALLY up to it and it's in the flow, but I would be interested in see the Level 2 information/recipes. As I said in a prior comment, I'm not likely to try it anytime soon, but I am truly interested.

Have a great, but not-TOO-cheery day. Welllllllllll, ok, go ahead and have an EXUBERTANLY cheerful day. Ipromised I won't grouse about it.

Love you girl,
Maha

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ZAEZAE 10/15/2009 8:30AM

    Hey Bobbi,
Good morning to you - you are so sweet I could just eat you up this morning!! Sorry I've ben MIA for a few days...workload/school/life etc. have just been way to crazy to allow myself any quality Spark time.

I took the quiz and I'm at a level 4. I kind of answered it thinking of myself pre-raw but I also do a lot of social eating with family 1-2 times x week so I tried to take that into account too. For me, raw is a choice that I love to make but given where I am in life right now (Mom, full time-employee, wife, grad student etc) It's just not always do-able or practical for me to eat raw. So, it's what I prefer and I what I strive for and on a great day I eat mostly raw with one meal not raw. I do think you get the most awesome results the more raw you are, but for me this journey has been about finding balance...and it's something I'm still working on to get better at.

I was SO touched by your comments about Josh today. I agree, no parent should ever have to live through losing I child. I do also think it's amazing that there isn't even a word to describe the loss. My son is my precious joy and I never ever though I was cut out to be a Mom. But now that I am, I treasure him and I try to think about how lucky I am at every moment. (sometimes this is hard when he's being a typical 2 year old, but I try!!) He is our one and only and likely will always be. Although I would like another my husband just doesn't think we have the resources our time to care for a 2nd child. I worry about him every moment and I miss him dearly when I'm away. Knowing how deep my love for him is now, I can only imagine how deep it will become when he's a young man.

You my dear are very special. Thank you for sharing your journey of grief with us. You give me MUCH food for thought! (RAW food of course!!)

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Day 14 ~~11 Days all raw ~~3 days RAW/CLEAN

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 ~~ emoticon 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!! emoticon emoticon

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. emoticon 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!
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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! emoticon

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...!!











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VALERIEMAHA 10/14/2009 9:53PM

    Hmmm...guess I'm wasn't subscribed to your blogs, 'cause I just cruised by to see what you're up to, and here it is...in all its glory, like you, and like Josh and Andrea!

What wonderful information you're purveying, Bobbi. I'm here to testify that Lara Bars and Dagoba Chocolate are both seriously YUMMM! I didn't realize Dagoba was raw though.

Do you SERIOUSLY love the Green Lemonade? "Rad, man!" Actually I might enjoy it...but raw kale has such a sharpness to its taste...just not sure about that. I made a wonderful kale dish last night (but cooked). Loves me some kale!!!

Keep on keepin' on!

Blessed be,
Maha

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DOBRILLA7 10/14/2009 5:29PM

    Picture is grate Bobbi thank you for sharing, do not fill bad about popcorn , I truly don't think it maid difference on your weight,brisk ten minutes walk will fix it . It is all in our heads , we get to much into something that we think every little wrong doing will ruin everything, .
Yesterday I was trying my old dresses to see how much I am back in time with my weight. Guess what I am size 12 again emoticon all those dresses I saved , I didn't throw them away like I knew that they going to inspire me to kip losing.
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GOING-STRONG 10/14/2009 4:34PM

    You inspired me yesterday so I'm at the store buying some fruits/veggies and they had NO avacado. What is the world coming to? LOL.

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/14/2009 12:25PM

    Hello sunshine! Another great blog...I have several big hurdles in order to do this. 1) Organic is nearly unheard of here in souther Misery, oops, I mean Missouri. emoticon 2) I don't have a juicer nor can I afford one at the moment. 3) I don't know if my little tiny, itsy bitsy grocery store has everything on this menu. What is a LARAbar and do you get that at the health food store? I would love to try that sauce on the salmon but I'll have to see if I can find sesame oil at the grocery store.

I also know what you mean about bloat though. I slipped and had hot chocolate with marshmallows last night. UGH! Won't be doing that again...talk about bloat city!

Keep up the great work!
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KIZIDOG 10/14/2009 10:10AM

    Well another great blog my Spark friend. You know as well as I do that we all have to try to push the limit and see what we can get away with. I for one am glad that you feel icky after eating the popcorn it shows your body is telling you what it wants and what it doesn't.
Here's to a great RAW Clean day.
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FURBALLDTH 10/14/2009 9:49AM

    interesting blog have a great day

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 10/14/2009 8:59AM

    Wonderful info and thx so much for the recipes. I will probably try the juice one soon but need to get some kale (didnt have it at the grocery last week).

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-DEBY- 10/14/2009 8:36AM

    another EXCELLENT blog BOBBI...


have a great day... My inspirational friend...

~BLESSings~ this WHISPERing Wednesday ~~0:)


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KAT573 10/14/2009 8:05AM

    Very nice blog and wonderful pix you shared with us all today! I am curious; Since I don't have a juicer, but have a vitamix, which makes "whole" juices, if that would work with RAW recipes or if you have come across any sites or such that use the whole juice approach? I am JUST beginning to gather info on this.

I am curious what the flax cracks are made with, of course, besides flax! And popcorn in and of itself is a great food.......lots of fiber; it is the additives that make it nasty and I know what you mean about bloat. You are doing super! Keep on keeping on!
Hugs
Kat

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Day 13 10 Days all raw 3 days RAW/CLEAN

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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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:
Serves 6
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!



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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!

  
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VALERIEMAHA 10/14/2009 10:13PM

    http://www.larabar.com/food/larabar
/cashew-cookie -- Check it out, LaraBars are NOT your typical "nutrition bar."

Thank you for sharing your story. WOW -- may your find healing in this journey!

Since I already eat about 90% whole, organic, lacto-ovo vegetarian, and unprocessed, the main attraction for me in a raw approach are the enzymes and other nutrients that are lost in the cooking process. But the time is not right for me. I'm doing my best for now, all things considered.
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LORRIEAK 10/14/2009 3:23AM

    Hiya Bobbi!

I have to admit - I have contemplated a tummy tuck more than once. As a matter of fact, I was considering having it done in 3 years if I can get off the weight and keep it off... maybe I should reconsider that! What a nightmare for you!

Your experience with the vocal chord damage has made me think. I used to sing soprano but lost my voice around the time my son was born - something that has really had an impact on my psyche for years. But I had always thought it was due to hormones - I hadn't considered that they may have damaged my vocal chords - I had surgery the day after giving birth. hmmmm...

OK - I am so intrigued about this raw diet from your blogs that I am going to have to try it! I'm going to find a book today!

Keep on sparking!

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BECKYSRN 10/13/2009 6:32PM

    The lasagna sounds good....

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TRUSTYRUSS 10/13/2009 5:35PM

    Hi Bobs, great blog, just gotta say quick to EmBem, not a thong girl...............Damn, that bubble is totally burst !!!

Anyway, as I was saying, you have done all the things that people do (my mam did the bloobies and tummy tuckle, she was happy), but what is done is done, you have moved on and all is well now I am sure, the voice thing is a normal part of you, but a major hurdle no doubt, have you tried zinc tablets? they might have some effect on the way things go for you, they work for me if I get a bit sore.

This RAW thing is good by the looks of it, I can see it as a veggie thing, which I could easily handle for a meal or two.............. then I would run up and down the street looking in the trash for meaty solids.................

Not a nice thought !!

I am still looking for "the one", I got a Rosemary Conley book today, the GI diet, so that will be the next thing, I understand the low carb thing, but long for a good bowl of pasta some days or some rice, somethings are toooooo hard to change I guess, but in principal I am now maintaining at a better level than ever before, I have kept my weight within 2 lb for the last 4 weeks , that for me is a minor miracle.

I am so pleased to read your joy with this RAW program, it has got you to a good place, we can all feel it, and you are a true inspiration, this blog is causing waves, and that is good !!!

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KIZIDOG 10/13/2009 2:34PM

    Great Job Bobbi,
Keep it up, sorry about the botched surgery but it sounds like you have made the best of it over the years. Be good. Star emoticon

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EMILYBEMENT 10/13/2009 1:46PM

    Thanks Bobbi, for all the good info baby. So sorry to hear about the horrible experience with the surgery. I know what you are talking about with the tummy. Me, 5 pregnancies and big babies and I stand 5' ugh! But I opt the diet/exercise route and tummy support panties...I never was a thong girl. And hate pain. So ya got a May West voice...it truly only gives you character. You are so sweet no one would care. But I will add a few power prayers my sweety and with raw and God who knows. Anything is possible. Hugs, Em

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GOING-STRONG 10/13/2009 1:36PM

    Wow.... wouldn't it just be wonderful if the raw diet does help your voice? I think there is so much we just don't know or understand. Case in point... One article I read recently indicarted that farmed fish is more contaminated than wild. Who would have guessed?

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~THERESA 10/13/2009 10:31AM

    I hope you see an improvement in your voice, I think if anything can bring about a healing it will be this, God bless, Theresa
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KAT573 10/13/2009 10:31AM

    Wowow! THANK you for sharing your experience with cosmetic surgery. Knowing what it entails is nothing compared to hearing how it impacted someone who actually experienced it.

I think it is wonderful you have dealt with this as pro-actively as you have, and I hope the Raw Foods regimen helps heal what got hurt in the process! Regardless, you have a wonderful fundamental constitution that will see you through and UP no matter WHAT!

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 10/13/2009 9:46AM

    Thx for the continued info! Im doing fine, great!!! Double great, great!!!!

Day 3 is today and Im doing as simple as I can by just grabbing several fruits or vegies breakfast and supper. Lunch is a big salad - todays I think will be with pok choi and pineapple! Yumm! Missing things - yesterday bread and cheese, today, nuts. Well, those will make a comeback and I will stay strong and see this through!

So amazed that I am NOT hungry!

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TX.PATRICIA 10/13/2009 8:54AM

    You never know, it may just be the cure you are looking for!

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ZAEZAE 10/13/2009 8:12AM

    Hey Bobbi,
I LOVE Larabar's. They are raw and have very simple ingredients. Most only have 3-5 ingredients. Dates, nuts and sometimes dried fruit. Today I grabbed 'cherry pie' and there are 3 ingredients. Dates, almonds and unsweetened cherries. That's it....

With my 'on the go' lifestyle these really work well for me. Some days I use them as a 'snack' between lunch and dinner if I'm on the road and other days I use them as a 'lunch entre' because it does feel more satisfying since it's nuts.

Here's my menu for today:
1 grapefruit (peeled & sectioned)
2 kiwis
1/2 yellow bell pepper
baggie of fresh green beans
1/4 cucumber
Raw chocolate pudding (blog to come on this one)
Larabar
Celery w/ raw almond butter (if I need it)
baby carrots
apple
orange

I love prepping this much good stuff and bringing it to work because then I have many good choices and can eat what I'm 'in the mood for'. It also keeps me from getting too hungry and I try to graze all day. I also know that I'm going to be on the road this evening with a dr's appt for my son and visiting my Grandma at the hospital, so I wanted to be prepared with 'road food'. Everything cut up and in baggies makes things very very portable.

Thanks for sharing so much personal and private information about your surgery and voice condition, I really never knew something like that was a possible side effect. I think it's awesome that you are going to keep track and record if you see any improvement, I've read some amazing things that raw can do, like turning peoples hair back from gray to their natural color. Ironically, my Grandma just had her thyroid removed (cancer) and while they were in there they found cancer in her vocal chords and wind pipe that they removed too. She can't talk right now at all because of healing and she's hooked up to all kinds of stuff, but when things heal we will never hear 'her' voice again, hopefully we will hear a new one....We're all hoping and praying for the best.

Sorry for such a long comment - oh and I LOVE that you're getting up early....typical of RAW too!!


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-DEBY- 10/13/2009 7:46AM

    GOOOOOOOOOD MORNIN , BOBBI


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o you are up nice and early...
Wishing you a DAY-DREAMy Kind of day my friend

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Day 12 10 days all RAW 2 days RAW/CLEAN Today we food combine

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!
emoticon 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! emoticon 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:

STARCHES:
Whole grain breads
Brown Rice
Sweet Potatoes
Avocados technically a fruit but combines with starches and dried fruits
Legumes
Cooked corn (which I've heard is full of fungus and basically a question mark?)
Young coconut also combines with raw nuts/dried fruits
Pasta

FLESHES (Flesh Protein)
Fish
Eggs (another question mark..do your research)
Chicken
Meat (beef, lamb, pork, etc)
Game
Shellfish
Raw Cheese~ideally only combine with veggies some can get away with combining with flesh

NUTS/SEEDS/DRIED FRUITS..(Fat Protein)
Raw nuts
Raw seeds
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)

FRESH FRUITS
Citrus
Bananas combine well with fresh or dried fruits
Plums
Nectarines
Grapes
Berries
Other 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!


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DOBRILLA7 10/12/2009 8:41PM

    Hi Bobbi , four month ego I started my diet very similar to yours , only thing is that I do not eat meat . Instead I am using hemp protein. I lost over 37 lb so far. I do not fill tired and sick anymore. My lab test is showing that I am very healthy. Best of all I am enjoying my food and new lifestyle. I despise junk food and marketing for does products. Corporate grid and irresponsibility constantly making people sick. Drugs companies love it , more money for them . People have to wakeup and realised that most of processed food is like poison who kills slowly.
Last May I made first organic garden in my backyard, with lots of tomato's , lettuces,cucumbers and peppers next year I am planning bigger garden with more variety of veggies. I wont healthy food on my table , own organic garden is best answer for it specially if you can grove your self. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIZIDOG 10/12/2009 2:47PM

    Thanks Bobbi,
Keeep up the great work of sharing and your new lifestyle. Your jewelry looks great. Too bad I am clear across the country I would love to see it. You truly are an inspiration. Star emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 10/12/2009 2:07PM

    You are developing quite the following Bobbi. Love your uplifting blogs and enjoy your enthusiasm. Keep on Sparkin and I'll keep on reading. Hugs, Rhonda

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TX.PATRICIA 10/12/2009 1:24PM

    emoticon so much for sharing that list.

Keep up the good work, sounds like you are doing and feeling great!!

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MS.ELENI 10/12/2009 1:19PM

    Have a good day my friend. Are you anywhere near Ft Myers. I will be in Ft Myers the first weekend of Dec. emoticon

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-DEBY- 10/12/2009 12:08PM

    emoticon For sharing with us Bobbi

great info... wishing you a great week my friend

~BLESSings~ this Miraculous Monday~~0:)


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SLAYINGDRAGONS 10/12/2009 9:59AM

    emoticonSure appreciate the info and the getting-to-know-ya!

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ANGELCOWBOY1 10/12/2009 9:48AM

    Beautiful jewelry - I also wish you were at our Farmer's Market!

Great blog as usual! Thank you for the recipe for the sauce, we'll give it a try. Are you going to post the menu you mentioned yesterday?

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 10/12/2009 9:19AM

    I wish you were at our Farmer's Market every Saturday. You are one busy artist. What an awesome display! Okay, what is EVOO? The sauce sounds good. Bobbi, one thing I've noticed is that your writing is super-charged on raw. That, and SoulCollages, so you are living the extra energy. Great, hon!

Becky, I'll take some of your snow. Send it to CA!
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EMILYBEMENT 10/12/2009 9:06AM

    Hi Hon, Good one again today! Question what happens when you do mix? I will have to go back and study more. My doc is a specialist in genetic nutrition, found him working with many of the Native American diabetics. Which is out by where we live. Him and his wife are actually our neighbors and she is a dietician. We also watch their dogs when they leave for any length of times. They had bought my parents home a few years back, when my parents went into assisted living. After we had already knew each other. I'll finish that whole story in a personal e mail some time. Have a great day sweety. Hugs, Em

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FLORIDASUN 10/12/2009 7:59AM

    Hey Becky:

You couldn't see the categories because I was still typing while you were reading..hee hee..I had to reformat because our blogs don't do columns...blaaaahhhh more typing..oh well everything else about SparkPeople is totally awesome!!! And...I just keep reminding myself..the price is RiGHT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BECKYSRN 10/12/2009 7:41AM

    Okay, Bobbi, I was able to follow you until the very end. What four categories don't you mix? I can't tell from the list you have at the end there.
I hope you sell lots of jewelry this year and that there's lots of tourists this winter. It's snowing here today....
Blessed be.
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Quiz results to determine your RAW food transition number

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...








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SOULCOLLAGESUE 10/11/2009 9:54PM

    As usual, Josh broughtout the smile that I always feel in reading your blogs.

I'm sorry to hear about losing your lovely friend, Marti. These past few years have been big for you. Your theory about cancer is in the ball park (from the perspective of homeopathy, supported by a heatlhy lifestyle and satisfaction in relationships).

Stay on your band wagons. I'll come every time.

Thanks for your fun, insightful comments on my page.
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CATHYGETSFIT 10/11/2009 9:48PM

    I'm not sure what the difference is between a RAW diet and WHOLE FOODS diet is. I am trying to make fewer and fewer meals with meat in them especially for dinner. I'm not sure if I'm a level 3 or 4 but either way I wouldn't mind hearing the meal plans for 1 week. I'm glad you are doing so well and I applaud you!! Keep up the great work!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LADYIRIS313 10/11/2009 8:53PM

    Interesting .. I"m a level 3. I actually looked into RAW a few years ago, but was discouraged by my physician & nutritionist - one because I was anemic and the other because they warned me that certain vitamins & nutrients are only released when food is slightly cooked. However, I know that eating RAW until dinner would be very easy for me to do, and I'm going to give that a whirl. Truthfully, I almost do that now - but doing it consciously will be an interesting experiment.

Just with tracking my nutrients, I've almost cut out cheese (I do miss it though - hate to say - I think I have parmeggano in my Italiam blood) because of its calorie density, and frankly -- we feel better & save money when I make all our meals. We've really never been 'fast food' types - and now that DH has mild IBS, even eating out can be dicey.

Thanks for sharing and congrats on your journey. It sounds like you've found what works well for you -- and I salute any and all efforts to get back to 'real food,'
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CHRYS13 10/11/2009 7:59PM

    Very interesting, Bobbi! Very thrilled for you that you've done so well. I'm betting that you feel absolutely wonderful!!
I'm at a Level 2, and am thinking that's where I belong.
thanks for sharing and educating....

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KRZYKAT3 10/11/2009 7:40PM

    not sure what raw is all about but i scored 16, right in the middle of your level. I will watch your blogs to learn more!

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DSNYGIRL73 10/11/2009 3:26PM

    Hey girlfriend,

FANTASTIC quiz and results. Thanks for continuing to spread that Raw Sunshine!

For me it was ALL or Nothing. I knew from past experiences (and past failures) with other eating plans, that I had to go 100% from Day 1.

I personally believe that if you do not commit to 100% Raw then it becomes too easy to slip back into old eating habits. But, I do applaud anyone who increases their raw intake to at least 75%. It's better than nothing!

When I reach my goal, I MAY slowly transition and occasionally add some of those foods I miss (but don't crave) back into my diet. We'll see...

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SKILILY34 10/11/2009 1:37PM

    Aaack! I just did the test and I'm a 4! But life withtout bread??? Is it possible???

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SKILILY34 10/11/2009 1:30PM

    When I first heard of raw veganism I thought it was so weird. It never occurred to me that you could start by just increasing your raw food intake. I think I'm going to slowly start looking into this.

To me the cancer industry seems very eager to find a cure (= heaps 'o cash) and not at all interested in addressing environmental causes (= unpopular regulations where no one gets rich).

I'll start checking it out!

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EMILYBEMENT 10/11/2009 12:44PM

    Great info my dear. My doctor believes so strongly, that our generation and the two to follow, are toxic and so much of the chemicals added in growth and in the process of our food consumption is killing us. There is a whole PH study out there [somewhere] about our levels and how to get them back to where they should be [over my head].
But the base to this, is natural foods pure organic. But where he differs from the raw vegan or vegan is that he is a strong believe that we are carnivores and our bodies need and require proteins to function. With healthy meats, seafood, fresh natural fish, & fowl. He also believes that we should Not be eating dairy...'why drink milk?, we are not a calf'. He believes that dairy is not made for human consumption.
I do believe there has to be a happy medium and we should be eating 100% non processed. Have I turned that corner as of yet, no. But am working toward it as much as possible. What is so great is; that even though many of us are not there yet, we are looking at even a small change and anything is a help to better health. Cutting out soda alone is a big plus or cutting fast food. Adding more natural into our regular diets, of fruits and veggies. Take one labeled item and find an alternative, each month. Anything is better than nothing. Anyone that can't or won't do this much at least I hate to say, will probable end up with great regrets. I am not at the age where I will continue to have my head buried in the sand. I personally want to live and live healthy and feeling great. I do believe I am worth it. I may not be jumping in with both feet but have at the least put my toes in the water. We have not had any flour or sugar in our home for almost two years now, and buy 90% of all our fruits and veggies organic and also do not buy processed meats or beverages. I am still using splenda and a few frozen items. But less and less. Pop has not been in our home for a few months now. I have found natural alternatives for our teas and coffees. It is a start and hopefully by the first of 2010 we will have even more steps to all natural. Raw will take some time and work, but I have 2010 to accomplish that.
I would love to see ALL of what you know or are experiences and of course the 7 day program. I salute you for what you are trying to share and respect you so much for doing what you are doing. It may seem frustrating at times and if nothing else look what you are doing for yourself!! I am proud of you!!!
Hugs, Em

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MS.ELENI 10/11/2009 11:38AM

    I think you are an awesome lady and I support whatever you think is best for your health.But when it comes to eating raw we will just have to agree to disagree and still be friends. emoticon

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-DEBY- 10/11/2009 11:36AM

    wooooooooohoooooooooooo I am sooooooo happy for you Bobbi...

You are just glowing, hmmmmm could it be what ya eating...

I think sooooooooooooooooooooooo.....
R> emoticon~BLESSings~ this PEACEfilled Sunday ~~0:)




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VALERIEMAHA 10/11/2009 10:50AM

    WOW Vicki -- YOU GO GIRL! You've got a major cheerleading and support section!

Since I'm over 40 (what's a girl to do) and eat yogurt, I'm a LEVEL 2. I'm managing all right, all things considered (as we NPR addicts say)!

xox

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 10/11/2009 10:37AM

    Scored a 5 and Im starting up today 100% for 7 days! Im gonna do this!

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FURBALLDTH 10/11/2009 9:39AM

    level 3 scored an 8 emoticon emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 10/11/2009 9:14AM

    Eating RAW to a large extent is most appealing...and I DO! But my life is too chaotic to commit to anything right now (well ok, I'll commit to getting out of bed each day...but THAT'S IT! lol).
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I'm so impressed with your focus and success and I agree with you 100% that one of the primary reasons for the incidence of serious disease is THE FOOD WE'RE EATING. Amen Bobbi!!!!!!
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Hmmmm...having lived in Hawaii, I think a lanai is a Hawaiian-style roofed patio, and the term is prolly used in any sub-tropical environment (oh, and it's also the pineapple-growing island of the chain of Hawaiian islands).

Blessed be!
xox
Maha

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SPIRITRUN 10/11/2009 8:40AM

    I'm a three!

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ANGELCOWBOY1 10/11/2009 8:29AM

    Okay Bobbi, you set the hook and reeled me in. I'll be here tomorrow for lesson #3 and I'm looking for the book tomorrow after work.

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Diane

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/11/2009 8:26AM

    Thanks very much, Bobbi. I'm level 3, and pretty open to raw a great deal of the time. We'll see. I've always wondered what a lanai is. (smiling) I mean, what's the difference between that and a patio? And are they only in Florida? Have a good day.

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