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!

Wednesday Feb 20th, 2013

I wasn’t feeling very well yesterday and all through the night. The reason simple – the bowel movement that didn’t happen. It’s amazing how much better you feel when the waste is eliminated daily.

To fix that I got up and drank almost 2L of water. Not soon after I was heading for the washroom.

Now I feel fantastic. I think I used a little too much fibre from my juicer the day before.

This morning I had my juice and added the chia seeds and hemp hearts, so they have a longer time to digest.

In my smoothie for work I am only adding the ground flax seed. Today’s combo is Strawberry, Cucumber and Orange. This I will drink on my 1st 15min. break and then for supper a large salad made out of romaine, red pepper and mushrooms with the homemade Caesar salad dressing that is made out of macadamia nuts and pine nuts. 

 

Last night when I got home from work I made a Pineapple, Lime, Fennel and Avocado Smoothie. It was delicious. Here is the recipe :  http://www.youngandraw.com/creamy-pineapple-fennel-smoothie/

Here is a picture of mine:

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and a view from the top:

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Okay I gotta go or I am going to late for work.

 

Have a FANTASTIC RAW DAY!!!

Saturday Feb 16th, 2013

Today was grocery and buy a blender day. I awoke around 8am and read my emails for a bit. Got dressed and headed out to get the groceries and buy a blender. I went to Tim Horton’s first and bought a medium blueberry white tea which I drink black so delicious. No juice this morning. I didn’t have enough stuff left in my fridge to get one so I skipped that.

I drank the tea and then purchased a 1L bottle of water and drank throughout my shopping.

My first stop was Giant Tiger. It seems like an odd place to purchase fruits and veggies but they do have a nice variety at a very good price. I got tomatoes (a lot as I’m going to have Zucchini squash with Marinara Sauce  (mmmm I can’t wait). I got 2 large bunches of bananas, 2 mangoes, a bag of green apples and a bag of red. I got 2 containers of mushrooms, a large bag of oranges, 6 cucumbers, 2lbs of anjou pears, an Asian pear, a bag of peppers ( red, yellow and orange, 2 green peppers, 3 bunches of celery, 2 bunches of green onions and 2 honeydew melons for $60. This is a really good price where I live. If I had gone to one of the large grocery store chains I would have paid at least double.

I did have to go to one of the large grocery store chain stores to get a few items I couldn’t get at Giant Tiger. Which was Kale. I finally got my hands on some kale.

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I also got broccoli it was on for 2 for $3.00 so I got two bunches. I bought some red grapes ( a little pricey but I they are a treat), the strawberries are on sale for 2 containers for $3.00 so I got four containers, 1 nectarine, 4 zucchinis, romaine hearts (I’m making Caesar salad again), fresh oregano and sun dried tomatoes (for the marinara sauce).

Here is a link to the Marinara Sauce http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y_76k1BE8I

For the rest of the day I drank another 2L of water. I just had supper which was a Kale, Honeydew Melon and Strawberry smoothie, It was delicious.

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I got a lot done today beside the grocery shopping I got my bedroom cleaned and am now taking it easy.

Fantastic Friday

Well another work week is almost over. It is payday which is good as my fridge is running low on veggies and fruits. I did have enough left to make my green juice this morning which I am sipping on as I write this. I put more carrots in this time to make sure I had a full litre. I added a tomato as well and 2 lemons instead of the usual one. I didn’t have any apples to add in. I did add a pinch of Himalayan salt and lots of collard greens. Maybe someday I’ll be able to find kale. It is very very limited where I live at least this time of year. In the summer the local farmers come in to the city and set up a farmers market in Queen’s Sq Park. It is wonderful and I can’t wait till it is that time of year again and I can get fresh local greens that I can juice.

Today I will have a mango for snack at work. I really like mangoes. I hadn’t really tried them before. I am more apt to experiment with new vegetables for some reason. I think I’ll purchase some kiwis tomorrow they are supposed to be in season somewhere so maybe the imports will be a little less expensive.

Well off to make my smoothie for work and then off to work…..

Winsome Wednesday

This morning I awoke shortly before 8am. I don’t begin work till 12:15pm. I began my day with 1L of spring water. This got things moving right away which is good. I like to get the bathroom business out of the way first thing. I weighed myself before drinking the water as 1L of water does have weight. I have lost a total of 14 lbs. Yesterday I was up 0.2 lbs. I have been weighing myself daily for a long time so I know that the body weight fluctuates from day to day and I don’t worry about it.

However yesterday started out as a very stressful day. Children can often be the cause of a lot of stress. I don’t like hectic in the morning. I like to be able to awake and do what I need to do. I dealt with the stress pretty well though I think and got to work and had a very stressful day. I ran out of gum which I find is a nice way to cut down on stress a bit. Just the act of chewing and using that little bit of energy is satisfying. I sit all day long and can’t just get up and walk around when I feel like it. By last break at 7:15pm I needed something………CHIPS CHIPS CHIPS my brain screamed…….I went to the work kitchen and got my lunch bag out of the fridge. I took out my apple and enjoyed its crispness. I turned and looked at all those CHIPS CHIPS CHIPS in the vending machine then I spotted the gum. So I put in my $1.35 and bought a package of gum. Disaster averted. Okay I have to stop typing and go make my morning juice. I think I will put in carrots again. This morning I have collard greens to juice as I still can’t find any kale.

This is what I had when I got home from work last night. It was delicious and was a great way to end the day. I did have a banana later about an hour after I ate this.

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Mmmm Honeydew Melon and Strawberries…… I’m pretty sure this is the first time I have tried Honeydew melon……I loved it.

Monday Morning Bliss

Well Monday has arrived right on time. I got a bit early this morning. I want to stop at the grocery store to see if I can get some kale. I haven’t been able to get any so far. The produce manager promised there would be some in this morning. I guess kale have been very popular as of late. I’m down 13.8 lbs.

This morning I had a litre of green juice which consisted of a bunch of romaine, about 8 stalks of celery leaves included, a red apple, a green apple, an orange, a jalapeno pepper, one okra, a cucumber, a green pepper, some spinach, some broccoli, cayenne pepper, turmeric and a little bit of celery salt.

Great way to start the day. Later on I’ll have a smoothie consisting of 1 cup of strawberries, 1/4 cup hemp hearts, 2 tbsp of ground flax seed and 1 1/3 cup of water.

For supper I’ll have a spinach salad with strawberries and fig flavoured balsamic vinegar and olive oil for dressing.

When I get home from work which is about 9:30pm if I’m hungry I’ll have some fruit or possibly a bit of popcorn.

Throughout the day I’ll drink about 2 L of spring water.

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Have a great day and keep smiling!

This is a pic if the Strawberry Smoothie:

Strawberry Smoothie