Thursday, August 30, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
I was rather busy in the kitchen the other day and I told my daughter to go and play with some of her teddy bears. She eagerly began to do so. I could hear her uttering sometimes inaudible sentences and I smiled with delight that she was being so compliant. Well, I walked out of the kitchen and saw her standing in front of the bears saying "It's okay bear, we found your mommie". She had put the younger one in the "mother's" lap and had given them both oranges!!!!!!!!! How Buddha is she? She was so happy to have "fed the hungry" I was ready to cry.
I loved Gela's review of Anastasia. It was so precise and dead on, I need not do my own (for now anyway ;-) I normally read very quickly. I actually take in everything, but I am just a fast reader. I have always loved books and loved knowledge. However, I am reading the Ringing Cedar Series with extreme care...it's almost like I'm studying them. I would normally progress through a series with no other "fiction" books in between, but there is a book being read by now across the country that I HAD to pick up. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Let's be honest, I am NOT one of those Oprah book club people. I don't read a book b/c the entire country is reading it, but I am going to read this book because it is supposed to show the inner workings of a boy with Autism's brain! As a mom of a child with Autism, I will support authors that write Autism fiction! Here is a brief review of what the book is about copied DIRECTLY from the Doubleday Books Publishing Website :
"Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. Routine, order and predictability shelter him from the messy, wider world. Then, at fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing. Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer and turns to his favorite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. As he tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, we are drawn into the workings of Christopher’s mind.And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon’s choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotion. The effect is dazzling, making for a novel that is deeply funny, poignant, and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing is a mind that perceives the world literally.The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of the freshest debuts in years: a comedy, a heartbreaker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read"
On another note: Yesterday I ate a TON of food. There was a picnic for my grad school program (Community Psych and Social Change) and I made raw walnut/raisin/date/coconut balls (will post a pic tomorrow) and vegan oatmeal/apple muffins for the kids. I also ate an entire raw chocolate bar....a banana.....and then at 10:30pm a MASSIVE salad. I actually couldn't sleep b/c my stomach was hurting so badly. Note to self: do NOT eat that late at nite!!
Today is a new day full of promise and hope...dreams and intuition. I have raw chocolate/banana ice cream waiting for me...a juicy watermelon....local organic tomatoes, and yoga. My beautiful daughter is ready to take on the day so what more can I ask for?!?!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Steps to Bliss....
Today was another blissed out cacao wow! day. No formal exercise, but tons of running behind Tootsie Pop and playing "horsie". Had raw chocolate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Also, snuck in a MASSIVE salad (lettuce/tomato/red onion/raw pickles/corn/lime/herbamare). I ate some of my onion bread from RAWvolution too. yummmmmmmyyyyyyy
I downloaded Ani Phyo's rawveganradio's interview. It was fantastic! Very short and to the point. What I like most about her is that she is extremely in her approach to raw foods. NO preaching, NO teaching....just a message of delivering ideas/tips on how to create awesome raw foods with minimal ingredients and minimal time. YES there are a few dehydrator recipes and such, but herbook found here and blog are totally worth the time and money. One of the best raw food uncook books in my opinion.
Lastly (for today) I have gotten a few emails from fantastic people and I want to say that I am so grateful to the universe that my blog and story on welikeitraw have inspired so many. I remember when I first embarked on this journey, I was SO alone. If I had someone to contact, it would have made all the difference I believe. So PLEASE feel free to contact me with questions (I'm not a doctor:), comments, concerns and I will be full of happy bubbles to help in any way that I can.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
"Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me"- Sy Miller & Jill Jackson
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Today was an amazingly simple raw day. I went to the farmer's market in the rain and had a wonderful time. I got tons of nectarines, peaches, fresh corn, beets, prune plums...yummmmmmmmmmm I had the most massive, delicious salad today....green leaf/spinach about 15 cups, 1 ear fresh corn, red onion, raw pickles ( a must have for me), cherry tomatoes, lime, 1 avocado and herbamare. I have found that I can eat about 15c of lettuce per salad. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. oh my....yummmmmmyyyyy I am kinda hungry thinking about it.
I also rebounded for 15 mins, did YBB for 20 mins and some serious stretching.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Days where I consume large quantities of fruit are just better days. I feel so clear and so light and ready for the world. Why then is it that I have been eating such high quanitites of raw fat (nuts, olives, avocados) again? I couldn't figure it out until I realized JUST how much energy and attention I give to trying to avoid them. (The Secret is......) STOP concentrating on avoiding them and EMBRACE my love for the foods that love me.
That is what I have done beginning today and for the rest of my life**
MY idea of perfection is having the day pass and knowing that I consumed foods that were healthy for my body and spirit and that I engaged in physical activity (yoga, cardio, ST) and that I felt some of the infinite and abundant love that is present.
Monday, August 13, 2007
To other news....I realized that I can eat a much higher fruit caloric intake and feel just fine..actually better than fine....I feel amazing. Dr. Doug Graham is on to something with 80-10-10. I am fine with eating larger quantities of fruit than anything else. I HAVE to have my green smoothies and salads and know that it is a better balance than the "eat it just b/c it's raw" syndrome that so many fall prey too.
Angela Stokes (one of my inspirations in the raw world) announced her engagement to Matt Monarch and I can feel the love radiating off of her web page. It is so beautiful when two kindred spirits find one another. Blessing to them.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I spent time in meditation and prayer and I journalled heavily. I feel like a changed woman. This detox was the best thing I have ever done. I have decided to try a low-fat raw vegan approach. I will of course still indulge in desserts and eat some messy combonation meals, but not NEARLY as often. I felt so light and airy and finally experienced a true "fruit high"....ahhhhhhhhhhhh what an amazing feeling. I have been indulging in some very delicious green smoothies. I HAVE to drink them really cold and what an awesome experience. I have chillin in the fridge right now (spinach, strawberry, banana)...yummmmmmyyyyy
Today this beautiful Sunday holds love and bliss; sunshine and smiles. Tonite is the new moon and Leo and I am excited about the renewal that this time is bringing for me.
The summer sun has me with an attitude of gratitude these days. I love taking long walks along the river while watching my daughter's curiousity grow and see her bond in nature. I will post some of the yummy smoothies I have been making lately.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
The first day of the detox (all water) wasn't as rough as I thought it would be. I ate well before the fast started, but not too heavy. I feel great today. I ate a mono-meal of watermelon and later one nectarine. The taste of the watermelon was SO sweet and delicious. I never thought watermelon could taste so good. It was nice not to have to worry about what to eat for a day though. Also, I have learned that stopping eat earlier makes my body feel SO MUCH better when I wake up. I know that I consume too much fat and rely too heavily on it throughout my rawsome day.
Also, I have been thinking about why I try to mimic so many of my old food addictions. Do I think it's somehow more psychologically healthy because it's raw? Am I making the "mistake" that so many others make in thinking I can eat anything that I want to just because it is 100% raw?
There will NEVER be a day when dehydrated flax crackers will be more appealing or taste better than a juicy, ripe watermelon. The suffering comes from my mental, emotional connection with the food. Will I never eat my gourmet raw foods? Of course I will eat them... and ENJOY them, however after this 7 day detox, I will be much more aware of the messy combinations that I have been eating and of overeating using avocados and olives as a means to feel "full".
1 down and 6 more days to go, I am excited to embark upon this journey towards better health.
Friday, August 3, 2007
Now that I am reading Dr. Graham's book, I am changing SO much of what I thought about raw foods. This is all a natural progression along the path towards vibrant health for me. I have been consuming too many nuts/desserts/dehydrated flax crackers and although I am eating my fair share of nuts and veggies, I am not impressed with my health lately. I have been bloated, feeling tired easily and overall not well some days. I know that salt, herbamare and seasonings are keeping me "stuck" and this detox is going jumpstart my path towards health and happiness.
Today Kennedy got her first pets...fish!!!!!! She named them Dorothy and Abuela. I was so delighted to see her get into her nuturing role. She kissed the bag that the fish were in and she wanted to hug the fish tank! What a peaceful little angel we are cultivating in this house. She is so lovely and full of joy, it is an honor to parent her...
So, I will keep the blog updated everyday with my emotional, psychological, and physical developments as I proceed with this detox. I am SO ready for change. SO ready to get old habits over with and ready to put new healthy, happy lifestyle habits in their place.