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How I am keeping cool on a hot day like today?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Well no rain today. I have been kind of spoiled with a rainy overcast week last week that kept the temperatures down. Today is full sunshine and as far as I am concerned it is hot out today. So today I am staying cool by having smoothies all day long.

emoticon I can't say there is no heat in the kitchen because I am not cooking today because most days I don't cook as I am trying to follow a Raw Diet. But today's food prep is a breeze. Just chop things up for the most part and throw in my blender.

Breakfast was my "Chia Chocolate "Tapioca" Pudding" that I topped with fresh strawberries. The longer you let it sit the chia seeds will turn it into a pudding. If you don't let them soak in the fluids it is a nice smoothie.

I made one of my favorite green smoothies which is my Raw Creamy Cucumber Soup for lunch. I could eat this everyday and be a happy camper.

I also had my Raw Beet Salad with Ginger and Oranges which is a very cool refreshing salad.

Raw Beet Salad with Ginger and Oranges

4 two inch beets, peeled and grated
2 large carrots, grated
2 oranges, zested, 1 peeled and chopped, 1 juiced
1/2 inch ginger root, grated and juiced
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 Tbsp olive oil
salt to your taste

Put the beets and carrots in a salad bowl.

Zest the oranges into a jar or bowl for the dressing.

Peel and chop one of the oranges, and add it to the salad.

Squeeze the juice from the other orange into the jar/bowl.

Grate the ginger and squeeze the juice from the pulp into the jar/bowl as well. Add the olive oil and salt, and shake or whisk to combine.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss, then leave it to marinate for 30 minutes, or up to a couple of hours.

Serving Size: 4

I just made and am sipping a green smoothie I just added to SparkRecipes while I write this blog. The whole pitcher full has only 245 calories.

2 large tomatoes
1 large cucumber (didn't peel mine)
3 cups of spinach or baby greens mix
1/2 lemon, juice of
1/2 red bell pepper
1/4 avocado*
1 - 2 stalks celery
1/2 cup water
celery salt to taste (I used sea salt)

*you can use a whole half of avocado but you will need to add in the extra calories to your tracker.


Blend the tomato, cucumber and lemon juice first, until the mixture is liquid.

Add in red bell pepper, spinach or baby greens, and avocado progressively, pushing with the celery stalks until the entire mixture is blended.* Add in a half cup of water.

Add in the "celery salt" to taste, or any other favorite seasoning.

* i don't have a Vitamix or Blendtec, I have a Kitchenaide Blender which in my opinion is excellent. I cut into chunks my red pepper, cucumber, and celery before throwing them in.

Serving Size: 1 whole pitcher

I am planning on making a Raw Corn Chowder which is nothing more than 1/4 cup of almonds and 2 ears of raw corn blended with some spices. I'll probably add a pinch of sea salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper. I have my almonds soaking now to be used later. I'm hoping a 1/4 cup of almonds will be sufficient to give me the texture I want.

If I manage to eat all of the above my calorie count for the day will be 1310 calories. 1310 of healthy vitamin/mineral packed nutrients. Can't beat that!
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SLIMLILA 8/18/2011 12:20PM

    These sound very healthy, but I guess it will take a while before I can feel like no meat is healthy and meeting all my nutrients. If I did this regularly and saw my diabetes numbers going down, that could help to convince me, couldn't it!

BTW, if the raw diet gives the beautiful, healthy skin you have, that would certainly be another encouragement to get serious about it. still investigating....

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DEFIANTVEGAN 8/18/2011 10:38AM

    Did you add the recipe on Sparks Recipes?


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CATIATM 8/18/2011 8:31AM

    Yum! Some of those recipes sound delicious! emoticon

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SUSAN134 8/17/2011 10:56PM

    My blender is broken - have to get one of those Magic Bullets cause these sound yummy!

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OLDERDANDRT 8/17/2011 6:09PM

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    What a YUMMY blog! Thanks for sharing your day of treats with us. Keep COOL my friend! Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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MRDPOLING 8/17/2011 4:32PM

    I had an orange cream fickle smooth for breakfast. Freshly juiced oranges and vanilla soymilk. Was soy yummy. Hehe

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MJK0430 8/17/2011 4:02PM

    Thanks for posting your menu. I'm still new to raw and need all the ideas I can get.

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DAWN_MIRANDA 8/17/2011 3:57PM

  What a great idea, making smoothies all day long! I have a book with tons of smoothie recipes, but I never think to use it. Here in Florida, it's incredibly hot, and we hate mealtime, because it heats up the whole house to cook anything. I'm definitely going to try your recipes and spend a day with my blender. Thank you!

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DEFIANTVEGAN 8/17/2011 3:56PM

    Wow that's not bad for those amounts of calories.

I love corn and that Raw Corn Chowder sounds Yummy thanks for the recipes.


By the way I wish it was hot out here in Cali as I haven't seen a summer yet I'm very disappointed in the summer this year so far. If it continues it would be 2 years in a row. emoticon don't hate me please. emoticon

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Since when does Trader Joe sell fish?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Seriously does it? I have never seen fish in any of the Trader Joe's I have been too. emoticon

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EGRAMMY 8/16/2011 5:50PM

    None near me

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    We don't have a Trader Joe's in our area so I can't address this. LOVE YOU! -Dawn emoticon emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 8/16/2011 3:57PM

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SUSAN134 8/16/2011 2:37PM

    We don't have Trader Joe's in
Canada, so I have no idea LOL
Sounds like a good idea though as long as it
isn't all jazzed up with breading and deep frying!

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    Thank you for sharing.

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CANBDONE 8/16/2011 1:08PM

    Girl, and to think I almost skipped this laugh! Thanks for the smiles....

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NO_SNOW_BODY 8/16/2011 1:02PM

    Thanks for sharing that

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MRDPOLING 8/16/2011 12:20PM

    I had to pass this one along here at work! Thanks for the laugh I really needed it today!

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DEFIANTVEGAN 8/16/2011 12:04PM

    Oh yeah here in Cali Trader Joes' sells tons of fish.

Halibut, Salmon, Shrimp, Smoked Salmon, and many other types too.

Can't see the video as I'm at work and they block Youtube.. will catch it when I get home.

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WILLOW49 8/16/2011 11:57AM

    I didn't know that!

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Australian Court Case

Sunday, August 14, 2011


A lady about 8 months pregnant got on a bus.
She noticed the man opposite her was smiling at her.
She immediately moved to another seat.
This time the smile turned into a grin, so she moved again.
The man seemed more amused.
When on the fourth move, the man burst out laughing,
She complained to the driver and he had the man arrested.
The case came up in court.

The judge asked the man (about 20 years old)
What he had to say for himself.

The man replied,
'Well your Honor, it was like this:
When the lady got on the bus,
I couldn't help but notice her condition.
She sat down under a sign that said,
'The Double Mint Twins are coming' and I grinned.

Then she moved and sat under a sign that said,
'Logan's Liniment will reduce the swelling,' and I had to smile.

Then she placed herself under a deodorant sign that said,
'William's Big Stick Did the Trick,' and I could hardly contain myself.

But, Your Honor, when she moved the fourth time
And sat under a sign that said,
'Goodyear Rubber could have prevented this Accident!'

.... I just lost it.'


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DATTEBERR 8/15/2011 12:47PM

    Love it

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CANBDONE 8/15/2011 10:58AM

    Thanks for my smile!

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    Oh my I've seen this before. emoticon emoticon

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AHAPPYLIFE 8/15/2011 1:53AM

    Thanks for making me LOL!!!

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    That's cute! emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL24 8/14/2011 11:37PM

    Thanks for a good laugh!!! emoticon

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NO_SNOW_BODY 8/14/2011 9:15PM

    thanks for sharing I needed that

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ASHARON 8/14/2011 8:37PM

    too good!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 8/14/2011 8:19PM

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Thanks for the smile.

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Recent picture of me

Saturday, August 13, 2011

OMG everyone has been bugging me to post a new picture. I do not have the capability to upload pictures from my camera nor can I email a picture from my cell phone to my email. It is not like I did not want to post it, but I did not want to go through the cost of what my profile picture cost me to do. I had to take a favorite portrait I had done to a camera shop for them to make a CD disc out of the picture so i could upload that to my computer.

This is a picture of me with 2 girlfriends on a recent cruise we were on for an overnight cruise to no where. My girlfriend just gave me the picture in a frame and i was like OMG do you have this on your computer? The answer was yes. I asked her to email it to me so here it is guys.

emoticon the pictures I show in my blogs are pictures I find on the internet and not from my camera. In fact I don't know if my camera even works. Remember when I was on a cruise at Thanksgiving with my Mom, well when I fell and broke my foot I fell on the camera. I still haven't checked to see if I smashed it. I didn't smash the outside but I am not sure if I smashed the insides. Kind of don't want to know if I broke it. Silly isn't it. Mom wants to go on another cruise so I will have to test it soon.

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PONYFARMER 8/16/2011 6:23PM

    Was this a pic from your last cruise? It is nice! Thank you for finally getting one up there. Oh, is one of the other ladys your mom?

Ok, now no more excuses, check the camera and it broken toss it out. They are so inexpensive at this point. I bought one a while back for $100.00 and got a color picture printer with it. But you can find one much less than that.

Also, not to bug you about this but we have to talk, I will try to call you either this evening (before it gets to late for you) and we will talk about this, I have some ideas. Unless you would prefer not! Just let me know. I am warning you, I may forget.

Good job on the pix.

Oh and I came by to thank you for your comment to my fitness mins. LOL, saw the blog and like any good ADHD person got sidetracked.

I am working toward building up my mins FINALLY! Will be blogging about a new idea i have and am excited about, so watch for that today/tonight.

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EVWINGS 8/14/2011 7:28PM

    What a lovely picture and attitude, too.

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MRDPOLING 8/14/2011 7:19PM

    The camera sure does love you!

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SUNNYH99 8/14/2011 11:05AM

    Beautiful, Yvonne! You are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this, and DO check on that camera. Falling on it is just one (painful) step on your journey. Don't let it define the rest of the things you do!
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    Love your picture. Thank you for sharing and yes, I do remember that cruise you went on.

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BUTTERFLYAT38 8/14/2011 1:45AM

    lovely pic! emoticon

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FERGSGIRL2 8/13/2011 11:28PM

    Beautiful pic-looks like u have so much fun! You are beautiful inside and out!

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CANBDONE 8/13/2011 8:45PM

    Cruising with friends...what fun!

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EGRAMMY 8/13/2011 7:32PM

    PLEASE don't change your Spark picture. It has all the essence of you. It is so uplifting and lovely. Perfect.

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WILDLOTUS16 8/13/2011 6:41PM

    Lovely!! And what a nice tan! You look great!

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SKYRUNHER 8/13/2011 3:48PM

    lovely photo!

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FUZZYMOTO 8/13/2011 3:23PM

    If you use your phone for pictures you can transfer the images to a micro SD card that you phone has a slot for (most likely) and then they make inexpensive thumb drive card readers you can plug the SD card into. This is what I have to do seeing how I run Ubuntu on my computer and there are no drivers to allow communication between the two.

Hope this helps "spark" some Ideas on how to get around the picture issue. If not, its all good.

Good to see a new picture any way.

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SUSAN134 8/13/2011 3:09PM

    Wonderful pic Yvonne! You look beautiful! I bet it was a fun time.


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DEFIANTVEGAN 8/13/2011 2:49PM

    Awww Yvonne who cares how you look doesn't matter the person I see is the person on the inside.

You are the best my friend and you look great.

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    OMG Yvonne... YOU ARE GORGEOUS!!!!! I LOVE the picture. You're absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing the picture. You look more casual and confident in this picture than the posed one. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SCOUTMOM715 8/13/2011 1:46PM

    Awesome pic... looks like you had fun!! emoticon

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CATIATM 8/13/2011 12:57PM

    ooh! Cruising with girlfriends sounds like such fun! I can't wait until mine are done having babies and have lives again. Sorry to hear about your camera woes, but I'm glad we got to see a new pic of you!

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SWAN47 8/13/2011 12:33PM

    Great pic...looks like a fun adventure! Thanks for sharing... emoticon

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5 Supplements Every Woman Needs Over Age 50

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Yesterday the Doctor Oz show was a repeat from 2010 but it was worth watching again. It is also worth passing on the info I learned from the show. I am a proponent in using nutrition opposed to drugs in maintaining our health. This blog deals mainly with the supplements Dr. Oz recommends. Yes I would rather get the nutrients from actual food but sometimes you just have to add supplements to your diet. I do both just to give me a better edge.

Dr. Oz recommends:

1. Co-enzyme 10 which gives you energy. 200mg daily

2. Chia seeds for weight reduction and Omega 3's. Our metabolism slows down as we age We need fiber in our diet as the chia seeds expand as liquid is absorbed so when it hits our stomachs we feel full. All you need is 1 tablespoon or 15 g's a day.

3. Turmeric for Alzheimer's 1/2 teaspoon a day

4. Multivitamin to prevent chronic disease and overall well being. Dr. Oz told us that we do not have to spend a lot of money and store brands are perfectly fine as long as they do not have more than 2500 units of vitamin A and we do not need added iron.

5. Calcium with Vitamin D and Magnesium for our bones. We need 1000 iu's of vitamin D if you are not getting it from the sun, 400 mg. of magnesium, and 600 mg's of calcium.

Dr. Oz also recommends that we eat a rainbow of prevention daily. He recommended foods such as pomegranates, lemons,papaya, kale, blueberries, and eggplant. Dr. Oz also said we need to incorporate yogurt, sardines, and collard greens in our diet as these foods have both calcium and Vitamin D in them.

Do your body a favor and start adding these to your diets.

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MRDPOLING 8/13/2011 7:13AM

    I wish I got to see more of it shows!

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    thanks for the info

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FERGSGIRL2 8/12/2011 12:29AM

    Great info--I saw this show and taped it but somehow it got "deleted" from my DVR--thanks for sharing--I love his shows!

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DEFIANTVEGAN 8/12/2011 12:20AM


Great I need the Tumeric as Alzheimer's might run in the family..

Thanks for the info.


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    thanks for the info Yvonne. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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SUSAN134 8/11/2011 5:25PM

    Very valuable info Yvonne! Thank you!

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    I will consider them for my feminine side. emoticon

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I use chia seeds, and they actually recommend you let them sit in liquid for awhile before eating them because if you don't, they do absorb all the water in your stomach, which can upset your digestion.

You can also get acai berries frozen, and they have a lot more nutrients than blueberries. And eating them supports a business in the Amazon rainforest that is actually beneficial to the rainforest because as long as people can harvest and sell the acai berries, they are less likely to go chopping down the trees.

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