Sunny? Sunday……

I do hope the sun comes out today. I had so much running around to do yesterday I couldn’t enjoy the beautiful sunny day we had yesterday. I was out of everything, so a trip to the grocery store was necessary.

I have decided that trying to keep up  with a daily blog is taking away from time I could be spending exercising or preparing for my work day. My shift is changing and that is going to require me getting up at 6pm at the very latest to make sure I have time to make my morning juice and make my smoothie and salad to take to work. Now since I will only be working till 7:15pm I’m hoping that at least 3 nights a week I’ll be able to make it outside for a walk. The weather is getting nicer where I live and it will be nice to get some fresh air especially after being indoors all day.

I may blog 3-4 times a week.

Yesterday was a light eating day. I had a banana while shopping and an apple when I got home from grocery shopping. Then I went back out with a friend for tea and to search for wide mouthed 1L mason jars. I didn’t find any however I did find topsyturvey planters to grow tomatoes. I’m hoping this summer I can grow my own tomatoes.

After the afternoon of jar hunting and looking at clothes in second hand stores I had to drop my friend off at her house and head uptown.

Yesterday a group of people had a walk around the town to raise money for the homeless. It was called The Coldest Night of the Year Walk. A friend of mine was in the walk and I promised to take a few pictures. Here is one:

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My goal is next year to be able to participate in this.

For supper last night I had a bowl of salad with mango dressing.

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Then after awhile I started watching a movie and had a bowl of popcorn and then 2 pears.

This morning before drinking my juice I weight myself and I’m down 21.6 lbs.

This morning’s juice was very green and you can see the bits of red pepper flakes. It is like cayenne but not as fine a powder. I got it at an Asian market near where I live. It is used in making Kim Chi….I haven’t made it in awhile but I think I’ll make it soon. I’m still trying to get my large mouth mason jars. I think I’ll be able to get them this coming Saturday.

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Here is a link to the Kim Chi recipe and how to make it. Dr. Kim has a great news letter and you can sign up by email. He is very informative and has some great recipes with step by step instructions with pictures.

http://drbenkim.com/how-make-kim-chi.htm

I did make a great find yesterday at the grocery store and I’m so excited. Raw Organic Cacao Nibs. 1/4 cup has 36% of the fibre a body needs in the run of a day.

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and the back

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The website for the product is  http://www.organictraditions.com

I also made almond milk this morning.

homemade almond milk

 

I’m going to enjoy the almond milk. I think I’ll grind some cacao nibs add that in with a pinch of Himalayan salt and put in the blender with some dates for a little sweetness….mmmnn.

Here is what is in my fridge….I’m the only raw vegan in the house but my food rules!

What's in my fridge 1

 

What in my fridge 2

and warming on the dryer….lots of fruit

 

mmmnn fruit

 

 

 

Thursday’s Child has far to go……..

But I am going to give it my all to get there and enjoy the delicious journey…..

This morning my juice was super duper. It contained, kale, broccoli, parsley, 2 carrots,1 green apple, 3 oranges, celery and a cucumber. I added in 1/4 cup of hemp hearts and a 1 tbsp chia seeds, a little bit of cayenne pepper and a little bit of turmeric.

For supper when I got home last night I had a big bowl of Honeydew melon and black berries. A bit bowl a fruit is a great way to unwind after a long day at the office.

Here is a picture:

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Off to make my smoothie and salad to take to work with me.

Have an awesome RAW FOOD day!

Tuesday February 19th, 2013 – How many days till spring?

Well another work week has begun for me. I’m thankful its a short one as yesterday I was off.

This morning’s juice was very nourishing and I feel alive and ready to face the day. I was at the Hospital at 9am to get my blood test. I am on blood thinners. Maybe someday I’ll be able to go off them, lets hope. My clotting rate is 2.1 in the norm so I don’t go back for a month.

Last night for supper I had the amazing Caesar Salad. It is truly so delicious. If you serve this to those not on a raw diet the too would thoroughly enjoy it. I spent a lot of time yesterday listening to a lecture on fats by Dr. Rick Dina. Here is the youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztXUsSX0CXs that is part 1. There are 2 more parts on youtube.

Here is a picture of the Caesar Salad……..mmmnnn:

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WOW Snowy Monday Feb 18th, 2013

I took a vacation day today. I am so glad I did that. The snow started here pretty heavy yesterday afternoon and continued through the evening and into the early morning hours. There is a lot of snow outside. The snow drifts in some areas are a much as 5 feet high. I sure hope it warms up soon and this is the last of it. I know wishful thinking. There is still a month left to winter. On sunny days you can really feel the strength of the sun.

So I didn’t have any green juice on Saturday or Sunday. I resumed my juice drinking this morning. My juice consisted of several kale leaves, several celery stalks, a cucumber, 4 okra, about a 1/3 cup of parsley, a small head of broccoli, 2 carrots, a green pepper, about a 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp of turmeric and 1 tbsp chia seeds. Chia seeds are thought to aid in relief from the pain of arthritis, which I have in both knees (more in the right) and my left foot and maybe a bit in my ankles. I believe the weight loss will aid in that alone but I’ll try anything natural for a bit of relief now.

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You can see some chia seeds floating near the bottom.

My quinoa is starting to sprout. Hopefully tomorrow evening after work I will be able to have a Quinoa Salad.

Last night for supper I made Zucchini Pasta and Marinara Sauce. I found the recipe here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y_76k1BE8I

Here is a picture of the one I made. It was so delicious. You would never know the sauce was raw. It is truly satisfying.

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Now I want to address how I felt by not having my green juice for breakfast. For breakfast on Sunday I had a large bowl of fruit, melons and strawberries. I went out in the afternoon and had a cranberry pomegranate tea and then when I got home I was so hungry I had a bowl of red grapes. When about hour later I had a huge serving of Zucchini Past and Marinara Sauce and I was stuffed. However about an hour or 2 later I was starving again and really had a bad craving for something cooked and unhealthy. I had a bowl of popcorn and added some olive oil and Himalayan salt and had 4 dates. That satisfied the salty and the sweet. The only cooked food I eat is popcorn. I have it about 2-3 times a week. When I have some its about 4-5 cups. My point is though when I don’t drink the green juice my body isn’t get nourished properly and it is putting into place the natural process of craving. We crave food because our bodies need something we are not giving them. Feed your body with the nutrients its needs and it doesn’t go into the craving mode.

I started dieting when I was 17 years old. My first experience was weight watchers. Back then which was thirty years ago it was a very strict diet. You had to have this amount of breads, and this amount of proteins and this amount of vegetables etc. It worked. I managed to lose a lot of weight and enjoy my last year in high school very much. However the weight came back on and more. When I turned 22 was pregnant with my oldest son Nick. I gained a whopping 80 lbs during the pregnancy. I was able to lose a little but not all of it. In 1992 I became pregnant with my youngest son Josh, again I gained a lot of weight, 60 lbs in total. My weight was close to 300 lbs. In 1994 I became pregnant with my youngest child a girl Kristin, not sure if because it was a girl or not but with this pregnancy I didn’t gain any weight at all. Thank goodness. I always had active jobs as I was a professionally trained cook. I did take a job in a call center in the center of the city I lived in and I lived in the north and walked home every day and managed to lose an impressive amount of weight and also became a vegetarian for about six months.  This job ended and I took a job in a restaurant that served a lot of fried foods. Well the meals were free and of course I partook. So on went the weight again.  However I ran into some health issues with my legs and required a job where I didn’t have to stand on my feet all day. That led to the world of call centers. I began with another call center in March 1999. Being so inactive for most of the day led to more weight gain. In 2002 I weight to weight watchers again. This time things were much more flexible and I lost a whopping 100 lbs. Unfortunately that only brought me down to 297 lbs. I gained a little bit back and then a little more. I went back up about 350lbs probably. Then in the magical summer of 2006 I discovered hiking. We have park where I live right in the middle of the city and it is one of largest parks within a city in Canada. I loved it. I went out every chance I got. I lost weight again went back down to around 300 lbs. I was very inactive in the winter though so managed to gain weight again. Seeing a trend yet? I’m a yoyo. In 2009 I started a diet again with a person trainer. She came into our work place. I guess when I started with her I was close to 370 lbs. I lost 100 pounds and did a lot of hiking in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 the arthritis in my knees got really bad and limited my hiking. 2012 was pretty much a write off as far as activity. So on Feb 3rd I found myself back up to 375.4 lbs. This morning when I got on the scales I was down to 357.4 lbs. So once again I’m going in the right direction. Over and above that I have done a lot of reading about the raw food way of life. I have never heard of so many healthy happy people. There has to be something to this. I feel it myself. Hopefully my knees allow me to get out and get active. If not I am going to join a local health facility that has a pool and at least I can get some low impact exercise.

I guess since I’m kinda snowed in its laundry/blogging day. For lunch I made a smoothie. It tastes good but the texture is a bit grainy. Not something I would want everyday but I wanted to try and use some of the stuff that is left after juicing. It is a lot of fibre. For example when you juice an apple you only eat the juice and the skin goes into a catch container. Well normally when I eat an apple I eat the skin, so I decided to use some of this fibre in my smoothie. I used about 1 and 1/2 cups. I think next time I’d cut it down to 1 cup. I added in 1 cup of strawberries, a banana, 3/4 cup coconut milk, 1/4 cup hemp seeds and about 2 tbls ground flax seeds and some spring water. I ended up with a 1L smoothie. Here is a picture:

High Fibre Smootie

My goal for the rest of the day is to drink at least 2L of water. I’ll need at least that much considering all the fibre I’ve had.

I think Caesar Salad will be on the menu for supper.

Where have I been

Well to answer my question to myself. I have been in a dark place. I have had to give up hiking. I really love to hike. I love being surrounded by nature and the serenity that it provides.

My knees starting bothering me and little by little they got worse. I totally gave up hiking. I pretty much have become a couch potato. Without the couch and without the potato.

I have spent the last year or more watching shows, and reading the internet. Sometimes reading the internet is helpful. During my down time I have managed, quite easily I may add, to gain 100 lbs. That is not good considering I was overweight to begin with. The hiking used to help keep my weight constant and at one point I was on my way to getting to a healthy weight.

So here I sit an almost 47 year old woman faced with the possibility of becoming more over weight and probably lose my ability to walk at all.

I had been dabbling in the Paleo diet theory and yes eating just meat basically and vegetables I was able to lose about 20 lbs or so, but I didn’t really feel all that healthy and my knees were still bothering me.

A friend had posted on her Facebook wall that there were 3 body types and you should eat based on what type of body type you have. Well I didn’t really think I fit into any of the 3 so I did a Google search for eating based on body types. What I found on one website was that there were 4 body types. Again I didn’t really fit one of the four exactly. I started reading about Fast Oxidizer, Mixed Oxidizer and Slow Oxidizer. I took the test on the website and the results came back as Fast Oxidizer. Great I thought maybe there is something to this. So I went on a high purine high protein diet, I like meat but actually couldn’t even face the thought of having another piece of meat. I didn’t feel energized. I soon gave that up.

While reading all this information on many websites I came across this man from Australia named Joe Cross and his journey across the United States. He was drinking green juice and losing weight. This inspired me to watch the documentary. It’s called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Hey exactly how I was feeling. In the documentary Joe travels across the United States and meets a lot of people and tells them what he is doing. He meets a trucker that weighs 429 lbs and gives him his phone number. Later on in the documentary the trucker calls Joe and says that he needs help. The trucker is at a point in his life that he feels he just can’t do on the way he is. The trucker, Phil Staples loses a total of 202 lbs.So I watched it and I cried and I got inspired. Joe Cross’s website is http://www.rebootwithjoe.com.  This led me to other websites like http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/foodpyramid.aspx#.URgkOGfb7Dd. I watched some Youtube videos on juicing. I found a really invigorating video by Dan McDonald. I have now watched quite a few of Dan’s videos. He is very inspiring. Here is his website. http://www.regenerateyourlife.org/ and his Youtube video station http://www.youtube.com/liferegenerator

I bought a juicer on Feb 2nd. I came home took it out of the box and had my first green juice. It was a little overpowering, but I finished it. I got up the next day and had another. Then for lunch I had another. I have have had a salad for supper I don’t remember. I have been drinking green juice for breakfast all week. I take a salad to work. When I get home from work I mostly ate fruit or a bowl of healthy popped popcorn. The popcorn is not considered raw but every else I ate is.

Green Juice

Green Juice

I got on the scales this morning a week later. Yea I’m down 12 lbs. I now crave the green juice. It makes me feel  great. Yesterday I made a Caesar salad. The salad dressing is made out of  raw macadamia nuts, raw pine nuts, coconut water, garlic, fresh basil, dates, Himalayan salt and freshly cracked black pepper. This dressing is amazing. It is 1000 times better than what I would normally have used that comes already made in a bottle from the grocery store.   WOW…..love it. oh and did I mention down 12 lbs. I have to try not to fixate on the numbers rather how I am feeling. GREAT!!!!

Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

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