Monday, December 31, 2007

2008 here I come!!!!

Painted High Five
Some days I keep it simple...
Romaine roll ups. Avo/tomato/olives/peppers

Yum...raw brownie with raspberries

I know that 2008 will prove to be a wonderful year. I am super excited about all that it has to offer. I am battling some personal issues, but they are all making me so much stronger. That is usually what happens when you have to face fears. I don't like it, but it's making me grow in tremendous ways!!

This morning I woke up at 5:08 am with NO alarm. I couldn't believe it. I went downstairs in my home gym and did a great workout. Biceps and back...extra cardio! I hate cardio and I pretty much never do it...I know I know I know. I am going to work on that this week.

In 2008 I have revolutions to live authentically, cry without apology, watch less t.v.(don't watch that much anyway), move my daughter to an even higher raw diet (so hard to do with Autism) and some slightly personal goals that I can't mention here! :-P

If you are ready to walk into your glory as the goddess you were destined to be...join me on this journey towards pure 100% authenticity. Live without abandon, laugh out loud, dance to the beat of your own music. Dream the biggest dreams imaginable and pursue them. I am SO ready for this new year.....

What I'm doing tonite...
Having a few friends over. Kennedy will asleep by about 9:30pm and I am making a HUGE New Orleans cooked/carnivore feast for the guests. I am having Macadamia Cheddar Cheese Ball and Sundried tomato flax crackers from the lovely raw food ebook by Heidi and Justin at Raw Food Right Now. The wonderful organic double chocolate cherry cheesecake from the beautiful Kristen's Raw. I will be drinking fresh apple juice with crushed ice out of my fancy smacy dolphin wine glasses. I am super excited. Off to bring joy into the rest of my day.

What are you DREAMING will happen in 2008??

Sunday, December 30, 2007

If you haven't already...please swing by Give it to me Raw!!! It's a total raw food community myspace kinda thing. I LOVE it. I am on MySpace, but don't really enjoy it. shhhhh. MySpace gets too many people that I don't care to associate with and Give it to me Raw rocks....full of love and full of wonderfully raw people on all parts of the raw journey. Amazing stories and inspiring, uplifting blogs/photos and videos. Check it out!!! Give it to me Raw

Check out my page Jayna' Profile.

I missed my lowerbody workout yesterday due to some crying and not feeling well, but I am better and back on track and today will prove to be a super lowerbody day. I am using my straight BB today and I am soooo excited about it. I am looking to do Deep squats, 200 lunges, calf raises, leg extensions. I have to really rock it out since I missed yesterday.

Quick thoughts on lowfat/highfat raw diets. I have been getting a lot of questions and a lot of judgment (okay stop with the judgment..I'm letting it bounce right off :) I like to do lowER fat raw in the summer when tons of fresh fruits are available and the farmer's market is open here in PA. If I feel myself feeling really bloated or really "lethargic" I ease back on my many nut desserts. But other than that, I love to enjoy my raw food. Gourmet and all. The very lovely Kristen agrees with me! She is super fit and healthy so I totally admire her spirit/body/lifestyle. THAT is what being raw is all about. It's not about following some guru who will tell YOU what to do with your body. YOU know what's best. So my advice is to find someone who you admire...who looks the way you would want to look...who lives the way you want to live and pick the parts that you want to emulate and do it. BECOME IT! LIVE IT!!

Rock this New Year out! I will post tomorrow some of my reVOLUTIONS for 2008!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Friday Thoughts/ Inspiratons

Raw Pecan/Cacao brownies. Find the recipe HERE

This pic is from outside my backdoor balcony

Just a quick note to chat about my upper body workout today which was super arms feel like silly putty, but I LOVE it!

Warm up on treddy 9 mins
Seated shoulder press
Seated bicep curl
One armed lat row
DB row
Tricep dips

I just wanted to leave a note about the blogs that have been inspiring me lately, I know you will love them too.

Kristen's Raw Check out her amazing ebooks!

Rawdorable's blog She has amazing recipes for all your winter childhood cooked favs

Raw Diva Keely I like her smoothie recipes. A great fun site.

Gotta run...Kennedy is finally napping so I am going to grab one too. These morning workouts are exhausting!!!!

In light and love,

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Exercise and Questionnaire

Hey readers! I thought you might like this little questionnaire. I did a killer lowerbody workout last nite at 9 pm. That's right! Nothing is stopping me now. I cranked up the tunes and got busy for 44 minutes. I did....

*75 deep butt squats with 8# bar

*Calf Raises with DBs25'sx20 toes straight 25'sx20 toes

*Lunges with 8# straight bar so as not to

*ABS (mish mosh of all)Bosu, standing twistie ab stuff obliques, laying twisting abs Total = 255

*RDL (all the weights I have for my BB total)52# BB 1x1252# BB 1x1252# BB 1x12

*Leg Extensions Straight 40#x1x10Toes out 40#x1x11Toes in 40#x1x10 could barely do this set...ouchie

*High leg kick holding 20# in standing leg hand1st set 25 each leg2nd set 25 each leg3rd set 25 each leg Total=150

*50 high knees

Hope your day rocks!


1. Favorite home-made nut (non-dairy) milk? Brazil nut mylk....yummy

2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to make? I change this everyday it seems. 1. Rawvolution's nut loaf 2. New kale smoothie 3. Alissa's enchiladas

3. Topping of choice for popcorn? I don't eat popcorn anymore.

4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure? Avocado miso soup. I don't like soup that much...don't know why I made it

5. Favorite pickled item? Raw pickles.

6. How do you organize your recipes? I have a tiny pink notebook on recycled/organic paper. They are everywhere on the net.

7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal? I really need to start composting.

8. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 foods...what would they be? Bananas, spinach, cacao

9. Fondest food memory from your childhood? Watching the women in my family make gumbo.

10. Favorite vegan ice cream? Frozen bananas...whipped with brazil nut mylk, vanilla, pecans and hempseeds

11. Most loved kitchen appliance? Vitamix

12. Spice/herb you would die without? Vanilla ...not really a spice but you get my point. OH cayenne esp in these winter months

13.Recipe (Cook) book you have owned for the longest time? Not sure...I've had cooked ones for a long time, but got Detox Your World early on

14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly? pureed raspberries

15. Favorite raw (vegan) recipe to serve to an omni friend? guacamole; raw brownies

16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh? When I ate cooked it was tempeh

17. Favorite meal to make or time of day to make it? I'm a big smoothie person. It's a great way to get nutrients in. I love massive salads too....all day long

18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator? My husband's sugary cereal junk food garbage.

19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking. Bananas/ strawberries/ raw brownies

20. What's on your grocery list? A lot of greens, apples, frozen fruits/ bananas

21. Favorite grocery store? Whole Foods, but the nearest one is 1.5 hrs away!

22. Name a recipe you'd love to rawify (veganize), but haven't yet. All the ones I love have already been rawified.

23. Food blog you read the most. Or maybe the top 3? Raw Reform, Rawdorable, RFRN, WLIR, okay I read a ton

24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate? Cacao balls

25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately? Humungo Agave Necta

26. Veganaise or Nayonaise? Never ate mayo...before vegan or after

27. What is one recipe, ingredient or cooking technique that you've become familiar with in the last year that you can't imagine you ever lived without? Green smoothies!

28. Do you have a food inspiration in your life? Someone who taught you a lot about making a certain dish, or about food prep in general, or someone who taught you how to truly enjoy food? It can be someone you know or a book author, speaker...anything. No one in my real life. Shazzie got me to fall in love with raw food in a very real way. I admire her more than words could show. Angela Stokes helped me to realize that even after being obese, I could "heal" myself with the power of raw food

"We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons"- Jim Rohn

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Holiday Cheer/ Sheer Madness/ Time

Chia soaked in brazil nut mylk with bananas/mesquite/goji berries and bananas

c Power me Power cup smoothie! Hempseeds/froz blueberries/2 bananas
There is no greater commodity than time for me right now. I am so busy. I do want to apologize for those who look here for in inspiration. I have been extremely busy. Good news is is that I (of course) am still 100% raw and loving it. I haven't NOT blogged b/c I've changed my life! I am back into my weight training with full force and I feel great. I was really sore for a while, but I am back in action.

I don't want to list the zillion menus, but I can tell you that I have been eating tons of bananas (cheap), flax seeds, nutrient dense powders (hemp protein/green superfoods), heavy nut meals etc. I am not getting nearly enough greens lately, but I went to the store at 7 am this morning (yes in 30 degree weather!) and got all that I need for some yummy romaine roll ups. I've been craving them. It all boils down to the fact that it is the crazy holiday season and I have been taking care of others, getting gifts, making gifts mainly and my food prep went on the backburner. I don't always need or want to eat gourmet raw, but I do enjoy it and I love preparing foods I was really missing out. I woke up this morning with a new attitude though! I put 2 trays of corn chips, 1 tray of corn tortillas, and 2 trays of flax/raisin/walnut/mesquite/maca/honey crackers in the dehydrator. Made some brazil nut mylk (I've been making it a thousand times a week it seems!), and made some yummy grapefruit juice to start my day off clean and fresh.

All of the almonds I've been eating have really taken a toll on my stomach and my digestions! Ouch! i don't feel "optimal" at all. I have had limited funds (duh) and haven't had much time to get out to the store and the nuts are so filling. I wasn't overeating them or eating them in any kind of obsessive way, but it just wasn't healthy to consume them as whole meals. I DID soak and dehydrate some so that I can make fresh almond butter tonite...I'll tell you how it turns out.

Workout wise..I have been doing two upper body, and two lower body days with intervals in between. I have to be honest....I haven't been doing pretty much any of the intervals/cardio training that I should. I just do NOT like cardio. I like to walk outside (in the hot months), dance, ride a bike,..but the treadmill or bike (AHHHHHHHHH!!!) So boring, even with the best music. This week I am hoping to focus more clearly.

For those who are interested an upper body workout consists of ....

*pushups til failure
*two armed lat row 15#
*tricep dips BW
*shoulder press 10#
*bicep curl 15# or 20#
*tricep extensions 10# or 15#
*ab knee ups to failure ..ouchie
*lateral shoulder raise (one arm) 10# or 15#

I can make that as easy or challenging as I want to!!

Okay gotta run, but I do sincerely promise to blog at least 4x a week. For those who have emailed me....again my deepest apologies :) All love

OH YEA... I forgot to mention. Christmas came and went and my food was the same as every big deal again. So this is officially my first holiday season without worrying about my food in anyway!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Fit Tip #1 Pushups

I've decided to do a "Fit Tip" every week. I want to talk to you about doing pushups. WOW what a wonderful upper body exercise. I found a great article about them. Here is an excerpt:

"Pushups are a superb upper body exercise that use the body’s own weight to build a sound fitness foundation. They promote strength, balance and stability by developing several key muscles, including the pectoralis major in the chest, the deltoids or shoulder muscles, the scapular muscles and rotator cuff, the triceps located on the back of the upper arm and the upper back muscles. " Read the entire article HERE.

I try to do 20 a day and that doesn't sound like much, it works. If I am training upper body throughout the week...I do my pushups on my upperbody days (normally twice) and I rest for the rest of the week. Hahaha! Muscles need recovery time.

If you want to know how to take your pushups to the next level...invest in pushup bars...check out these inexpensive ones . I personally own these and they allow you to get DEEP into your pecs when doing pushups! Feels like a bench press!

Happy training.....

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Plowing forward.....

I've been enjoying the time inside as winter comes into full swing. I have been asked if the winter makes it too difficult to be 100% raw. Things are made difficult by our outlooks. Haven't you ever had a terrible day? A few days later you can be in the best mood ever and those exact same things could happen to you and it wouldn't be a terrible day then. It's all about perspective. I believe that if we ARM ourselves with positive conditioning I can honestly say that I am NOT at all cravings/thinking about/wishing about super hot or cooked foods. I am enjoying all my new dishes and I've been experimenting a ton in the kitchen.

I have been going out to the library as often as possible....just plugging away at the thesis......arduous, yet rewarding. I am feeling blissful inside....accepting things and walking into change with wide open eyes.

On December 4, 2007 I ate...
16 oz water
smoothie: froz strawberries/brazil nut mylk/water/bananas
2 bananas
smoothie: hempseeds/froz bananas/maca/brazil nut mylk

Oh the Christmas spirit. One of and love. I am so happy that my daughter is "engaged" this year. So into things. I am not doing the Christmas list and OUR Santa doesn't check to see if you've been naughty or nice. He asks if you've been kind and giving. Even then, the judgment doesn't come in terms of the amount of presents that you receive. I will NOT be passing those traditions down. I am starting my own.

On December 5, 2007 I ate...
corn chips 1 avocado
smoothie: brazil nut mikl/soakked chia/pumpkin seeds/maca/fraoz strawberries
walnuts and bnanas
corn chips
12 oz water
hemp/pumpkin seed/raisin tort 1 banana
banana raw ice cream

Ohhhhh so much is changing in my personal life. I can't write about it now...possibly for a long time, but it is challenging me on so many levels. I am proud of how I am responding and being honest with myself about it all. There is so much beauty in truth.

On December 6, 2007 I ate...
8 oz water
raw choc mylk/buckwheat crispie cereal (with 1 banana)
raisin/hempseed/pumpkin sed tort
1 banana rolled in hemp and pumpkin seeds
handful of pecans and 1 banana

On December 7, 2007 I ate....
1 quart kale/lime/apple/cuke juice
tiny bite of banana
buckwheat crispie cereal/choc brazil milk/raisins/banana
1 slice ani phyo's sesame bread with sun dried basil cheese topped with olives
huge piece of Ann Wigmore's banana cream pie

On December 8, 2007 I ate....
cantaloupebuckwheat crispie cereal (raisins/banana)
sheet of banana leather sheet of homemade apple prune leather
corn chips with guacamole
16 oz water
Banana cream pie
pizza with brazil cheese and green olives
peppermint tea
banana leather
apple prune leather
cup of brazilian tea
(way too late)...piece of banana cream pie and extra pecans on top

On December 9, 2007 I ate...
12 oz grapefruit juice
buckwheat crispie cereal with banana milk...ohhhhh yummmmmmmmmmmmmm
corn chips
smoothie: froz straw/ banana/brazil nut mylk/water/agave
pizza with brazil nut cheese and olives

On December 10, 2007
banana leather
smoothie: froz straw/banana/hempseeds/brazil nut mylk
HUGE bowl banana raw ice cream with pecans (so much like butter pecan ice cream)
smoothie: froz straw/1 banana/brazil nut mylk/hempseeds
buckwheat cereal:raisins/pecans/banana mylk
Fruit salad (honeydew/cant/grapes/straw)
buckwheat crispie cereal..raisins/banana

I know it's been a long time since I've posted, but I am doing my best. I will try harder though I promise. I'm off to have a blissfully cold day with Kennedy....we are pretending we are Santa and his reindeer!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


My raw superfood bagels and cream cheese

Whoooaaaa it's cold here on the East Coast and windy too!! I am enjoying the raw process and enjoying exploring how to stay warm while raw in the freezing cold. Okay note: do NOT drink a smoothie and then go out in 30 degree weather. I learned this the hard way. I know it seems like common sense, but hey..... :)

Now's a time for dehydrating and ensuring that I get all of my nutritional needs met. I put some yummy smelling corn tortillas in there. I will enjoy them with raw crunch tacos tomorrow night.

Menu from December 2nd, 2007...
fruit salad
16 oz water
huge chunk banana bread
smoothie: froz strawberry froz blueberry banana/brazil nut mylk, maca
few olives
chia seeds soaked in brazil nut mylk/soaked pumpkin seeds/1 apple cut in chunks/lucuma powder
salad: red leaf/avocado/herbamare/lime/tomato
few olives
16 oz water

I've been working on my thesis and trying my best to make the most out of my days. I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately and I've been "wobbling" off the ecstatic o'meter lately. Time to slow down.....go within and regroup.

Chia soaked in brazil nut mylk with goji berries/bananas/maca

On December 3, 2007 I ate...
blueberry sprout muffins and 1 banana\
4 bananas with walnuts on top
smoothie: brazil nut mylk/froz straw banana
2 huge bowls of chia soaked in nut mylk with 4 apples chopped in
16 oz water
kale/apple/lemon smoothie. I like to "chew" it a little ;-)

On December 4, 2007 I ate...
16oz water
1 apple
smoothie: froz straw/banana/nut milk/water
2 bananas
smoothie: banana/nut milk/TONS of hempseeds/froz banana/maca

Tonite i have a one hour bubble bath planned after Tootise Pop goes to bed.....I can't wait. journal and a hot bath. Beautiful!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Life lessons; Pots, Fire & Patience

Ahhhhhhh life. The glorious, magical, every-changing thing we call life. I have been gone a lot longer than I expected...and boy oh boy has the universe revealed many things to me for which I am eternally grateful.

I went to New Orleans (back home) for Thanksgiving and it was wonderful to see my mom in her house for the first time since Hurricane Katrina ;-) I helped organize and prepare for Thanksgiving dinner. And while I had all these fancy fancy plans for what I could create while I was there. I got so into the spirit of things and family, I totally forgot! I am being 100% honest. I dished up everyone's Thanksgiving Gumbo and food (macaroni and cheese, stuffed bell peppers, oyster dressing...and other slimy, yucky, colon clogging things) and I sat down and realized I had forgotten to make myself something!! Isn't that great!!!???? I thought it was beautiful. I reached over and grabbed a few apples and had a mono meal Thanksgiving dinner. I led grace and we had a wonderful meal. I felt so light and so free and while I watched all of my family "stuff" those bulky, heavy plates of doo doo into their bodies, I didn't feel judgmental, I felt amazing that this holiday will never again be anything other than a day to give grace. And I know for those who struggle with holidays, it IS wise to have raw alternative meals prepared. I can honestly say that I do not. Cooked food (vegan cooked is sometimes pleasing to my sense of smell) is not even edible to me. It seems like foreign food. ....truly....ahhhhhhhh I love it.

While in New Orleans, I somehow wound up on cooking, cleaning, babysitting duty FULL TIME. What I thought was going to be a vacation, turned into an extremely hard, never-ending job. And instead of pouting or feeling like "why are they doing this to me? Why are they using me?", I stepped back and realized that this is all my doing. I have created the situation where I step in and step up and do things for people that they should be doing themselves. I cripple people by always solving their problems and interfering in their lives in order to "help" them. I also always do this at the expense of my own things. I even wound up physically sick..with cold like symptoms. Something that does NOT happen often. The universe was really telling me to ssssllllllloooooowwwwwww down. All of this came flooding to me like the water when the levees broke! I was astonished...overhwlemed....heartbroken and F-R-E-E. I put down the "do gooder" hat and picked up on own tattered, neglected, dingy hat and began to dust it off. And here I stand. I started off doing a great job of keeping my food journal and then it became too much of a hassle. Yet another one of those things for me I put to the side to do things for others. Please by no means misunderstand me to say that you have to be selfish to do what you need to do in life. That is not my message at all!! It's just that if you run yourself ragged doing for others without caring for yourself, you aren't doing anyone any favors. It may seem like you are, but you really aren't.

There is a saying that you "have too many pots in the fire". That means you are trying to do too many things at once. I interpret that to mean if too many pots are in the fire....then no one pot is actually getting cooked. They are all just lukewarm . I had to look at my life and pull some pots out of the fire. I LOVE this fascinating world of raw foods and of getting the message out to others...motivating and inspiring...uplifting. I have a natural talent for it. As most know, I care for a sick small child. Kennedy is three and in addition to her fascinating Autism, she has a host of metabolic, physiological problems as well. I have put SO many things on the side for her care and I would have had it NO other way. Well, I have stepped into the reality of my life and I know that her conditions will be what they are and that I need to focus on my life as well as hers. With that said, I have plunged headfirst back into my thesis. YES. I am a graduate school student studying Community Psych & Social Change. I have decided that what is meant for my life will happen and that I am not in a race with anyone to accomplish my goals. I sat down and took a few of the pots out of my fire. So as for now, this one pot is getting uncooked well done!

So some dreams will be set aside...though only shortly, while I accomplish others. I'll be back tomorrow with my menus...updates. Though my blogs will be a bit shorter if the near future, they will be constant (Tai-Kiah ;-)
In light and love


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