the Fall Festival for kiddos with Autism
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
the Fall Festival for kiddos with Autism
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Today was another busy day. Up at 7.....ran Tootsie Pop to Music Therapy for 8....then home for 9:30. 2 therapist came over until 12:30. Back in the car to an evaluation for Physical Therapy....ah ya ya..... It was super easy to be raw-on-the-go. I grab a few flax/onion bread crackers.....1 avocado....a quick smoothie and some fruit. Out the door I went!
Starting on Thursday-Monday I am going on a green smoothie feast! I am SUPER excited about it and I know know know know I can do it! This is NOT a matter of will power or any other such nonsense.... a person is either ready or they are not. I am ready for this. I am researching great green smoothie recipes and I will blog EVERY DAY and ensure that I keep you all detailed about what's going on. Also for those who emailed me.....starting Thursday with the green smoothie goodness 5 days, I will start to re-post my menu. Some of you mentioned that it really helped you out with ideas and I am hoping to provide inspiration in any way that I can. Because what I have learned from this journey INTO THE RAW is that we pick up snidbits from everyone in the community and compile it to see what works best for us and then we plan our own raw destiny. So hopefully my blog and my menus can help motivate and inspire others. ESPECIALLY moms and people on budgets. The reason that I say that is because those are usually (in my experience) the people who feel like they CAN'T be raw b/c "life" is in the way and I want to assure them that they (and you) can do W-H-A-T-E-V-E-R you set your mind too.
Speaking of which...I am in the process of visualizing some amazing things coming into my life. Though I can't mention what they are yet,,,, please take a few seconds and focus positivity this way for me.....let's all take a few seconds...........ommmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.........ahhhhhhhh
Today I made cacao/flax crackers. When I take them out of the dehydrator tomorrow and taste them, I'll let you know what I think of them and then I promise to share the recipe. ANYway that I can get in superfoods while out and about is a +plus in my book!
I have some new ideas about my raw journey. Well, as I mentioned on Thursday I start the green smoothie goodness 5 day extravaganza....but I am going to ensure that I have one green smoothie everyday for breakfast from here on out. At one point I was really great about doing that, but then I got sooooo comfortable in my raw lifestyle (almost four months at 100% ) that I slowly got back into "breakfast" type raw breakfasts. They aren't anywhere near as fulfilling as drinking a raw smoothie/juice on an empty stomach. Also, I am back rebounding and with a 3 year old kiddo with Autism...rebounding in an open room isn't only nearly impossible, it's dangerous! What I have learned to do is to get rid of any ideas of perfection and just do what fits for my life and lifestyle. There is no one (that matters:) sitting in judgment of everything I do. I DESIGN THIS! I write the pages inside the chapters of the book of my life. With that short monologue behind me, I can get on the rebounder WITH my daughter and put on a few good tunes and get in a good 15 minutes of rebounding (with 10 sec breaks in between). That is pretty darn great I believe! So all of you at home/work/library reading this who normally do NOT have distraction this is your wake up call to get off your butt and just do it!!! Sneak in a few pushups on your knees...reverse over and get in a few ab exercises....dance around as if you are a disco club and just let loose b/c if my family journey through Hurricane Katrina and my daughter's battle with Autism have taught me anything....it is that LIFE IS happening N-O-W! NOT tomorrow....NOT after you lose the 30#......NOT after you get the significant other of your dreams.....but right now. Life is happening in the moments that most miss b/c they are yelling at the driver in front of them for cutting them off while their kids sit terrified in the backseat when they could show compassion for that "hurried" soul and teach their kids ANOTHER lesson. Life is happening when you wake up with a tummy ache 15 minutes late and can't find your keys. Life is happening when an old friend calls while you are swamped with work/home life and you don't pick up. Point is::::: LIFE IS HAPPENING NOW!!!!!!! And I feel so blessed to be living mine. Don't you?
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Last nite for dinner and today for lunch I have enjoyed Shazzie's Sunflower Seed Pate'......oh wow! My Vitamix keeps cutting off on me to "cool" down.....any advice/tips on why that happens and how to prevent it from happening again? Well this pate is made with ....
*2c sunflower seeds (I soaked them and then dehydrated them)
*1/2 red onion
*1/2 red bell pepper
*2 tsps paprika
*1 c hempseeds
Oh myyyyyy....I took 2 organic beef tomatoes and scooped out the insides and stuffed the pate' in the tomato. then...,I cut the tomatoes in half and put sliced olives on top. I enjoyed it with 1 slice of onion cracker. YES it is VERY VERY heavy, but I am looking for tasty, inexpensive ideas to get me through the winter. If you are looking for hempseeds and can't find them...look no more! Pick up a few HERE at Angela Stokes' RawReform store.
Pour into mold and freeze over nite....this is an EASY kid-friendly snack for all year old. Who doesn't love ice cream EVEN in the winter? Also a great way to sneak in MORE superfoods.....
Friday, October 26, 2007
I was soooooo inspired by these I had to share. I've watched them a zillion times (found them a short while ago)...Hope it inspires you too!
Today was a wonderfully chilly October Fall Day on the East Coast. I (as usual) have a zillion things to do and I decided to take 2 hrs "off" and went to the only raw cafe in town and enjoyed a delicious smoothie, salad, pizza, and banana coconut pie....yummmmmmyyyyy.... Of course it was way too early in the morning for all the combinations and I felt TERRIBLE afterwards! Before I went, my first mind told me to just go home and make something myself....note to self: "LISTEN to your first mind!"
I am sore from my workout yesterday. OUCH! My pecs and biceps are screaming. I had been off my program lately, and am back on track now and I am tearing and rebuilding all of that muscle again. The universe is continuously reinforcing that my decision to stay raw is the absolute right thing for ME. I know that a part of all of the turmoil was my constant desire to feel that things have to be done perfectly whatever that even means. Well I do know this: Everything I need to succeed or fail at life is already inside of me. The power is all in my mind. Being raw isn't a test of will and it never has been for me. I don't want to exist in any capacity feeling like I'm winning a battle of some sort. Truth is...cooked food doesn't really appeal to me and raw food doesssssssss...................So I am going to exhale into the beauty of this day.
Right now I am drinking a wonderful smoothie.....do try it...
Burgundy Bliss Drink
*large handful gogi berries
*1.5 c frozen strawberries
*2 tsps E3 Renew Me
*1tbsp of the all powerful maca
This smoothie is fantastically full of superfoods and will make you feel amazing. I am buzzing right now.....which is great b/c my daughter is up and ready for an afternoon of adventure.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I am going to be gentle on myself. I know that my thoughts manifest my life, so I want to stop thinking about cooked food and just try to be as natural as possible. I do NOT want to turn into a womyn who is constantly beating herself up about being perfectly 100% ANYTHING. So I am going to try my new tips and if I really think eating cooked VEGAN WHOLE FOODS is going to make my life in anyway easier....I am going to go for it....ahhhhh.....One step at a time.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
ARGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is the sound of my frustration. I have not eaten anything cooked, but I am seriously entertaining the idea. I just feel HUNGRY! I am not being a healthy raw fooder these days. I am eating too many nuts and too much junky raw food. I am not proud of myself. Why am I feeling so badly about my "decision"? Usually people go off of raw food b/c they fall prey to some alluring cooked food product. Here I am choosing to eat cooked. Am I insane?
I am nervous about losing my "raw high" and I am really racking my brain about how I can eat more raw food to feel fuller without spending more money that I don't have. I can honestly say that I am so stumped. I am not sure what I am going to do. I want to make an informed decision and not JUMP into cooked by grabbing a veggie burger...NO! that would be BAD!.
I'm off to ponder all of these heavy thoughts....and yes I am hungry right now!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I have come up with a list of things to do each day that will help me reach my goals. Today I'll be trying out my new program and will report on how it goes later. I will also begin blogging my food again. I am ready for this next phase and super excited about what life has to throw my way now that I am fully engaged again.
I am back well on my way to becoming an ecstatic superbeing. The only way that I can handle my demanding life (living far away from all my family, writing a thesis, dealing with my daughter's Autism and 7 therapies, my husband's new law career) is to catapult myself into a state of superbeing where I live on the best food on the planet, get enough sunshine (hard to do on the East coast in a few months), exercise, meditate, journal and take time everyday to listen to positive messages from others.
So as you can see I am fully engaged today.....holding my breath waiting for the moment that I can just let it all go.
Today will be a marvelous day.