Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Today I had a great workout at the gym. I was kinda out of it when I went in and just told myself I would do my strength training and go back and do my cardio later, but decided I would get it all done while I was there. I realized in the past few days that my "Friends" at the gym are always stopping me and chatting thereby prolonging my time in the gym and cutting into my high heart rate. I decided that I would go in focused and talk ONLY after I was done. This made a major difference!!
Today's Menu and Food Plan
*green smoothie: spinach, celery, fresh strawberries, orange, banana, sesame seed mylk and chia seeds (2 cups)
*green smoothie: (same as above) 1 qrt
*green smoothie: kale, spinach, frozen mango, frozen banana, sesame mylk, water, 2 tbsps hempseeds
*green smoothie: 1 frozen banana, 1 lemon, spinach, vanilla, ice, water
*kale salad: kale, red pepper, veggie flax crackers, cayenne tahini dressing, yellow peppers
*4 dried figs with 1 c vanilla hazelnut tea
*10 min warm up on elliptical
*21s (bicep curl)
*lat pull down
*intervals on treddy
I worked up an awesome sweat and felt amazing as I chugged my smoothie with Kennedy on my way out of the gym. I have lots of reading to do tonite and may go back to the gym and sit on the Ubike and get some reading done. I am not sure yet, maybe not...hmmm
Okay, some days I go back and eat something before bed other than what I list on my food menu and plan. Last nite I had an orange before bed and a few nights I added sauerkraut and dulse to my salad. No big deal.
Check out this awesome video by my buddy Philip. This is EXACTLY my way of thinking. Simple is best. Yes I do make my flax crackers, tortillas, desserts, etc, but the MAJORITY of my raw diet is S-I-M-P-L-E
Check out his smoothie video too.
You should be inspired to eat and be raw now!!! Grab a green smoothie no matter how large or small... just make one. I used a $20 blender from Wal Mart (yes wal mart :( ) until it blew up!!! I saved and got my Vitamix and I use it 3-5 times A DAY. Just get started. Smoothies, Salads, Fruits... THAT IS RAW FOOD. !!!!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
*hot water with lemon
*smoothie: mango, strawberries, banana, spinach, ice, water
*smoothie: sesame seed mylk (made it today), spinach, banana, orange, lemon, fruits of the earth, chia seeds
*sweet kale salad (kale, raisins, walnuts, sliced banana) dressing (tahini, water, agave)
I didn't like this salad very much. I ate about 1/4 of it and stopped.
*small kale salad with cayenne tahini dressing and veggie flax crackers and 1/2 tortilla
My stomach is feeling too full. I have a very uncomfortable feeling. I am hoping that after a good night's sleep I will feel better.
*20 mins treadmill
*20 min jumprope
*no abs b/c I was bloated
I am off to clear my mind and write in my journal. I promise tomorrow's post will be much more inspiring.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Well, today is amazing....amazing....amazing. I went to bed early last nite. My body was tired and I listened to it. I woke up renewed and ready for Tuesday! It was foggy and cold, but I found enough MoJo to get dressed for the gym. When I got there, I wasn't feeling it. But told myself to jsut get thru my plan and then I could leave. Ha!! I got inot it alright. My MoJo came back and I was so glad that I did it.
Today's Menu and Food PLan (going off memory here)
*Kristen's Raw energizing smoothie...yum
*same smoothie post workout with chia seeds this time
*32 oz grapefruit juice with e3live in it
*a variation of Kristen's Raw kiwi vanilla smoothie (I added strawberries...yummmmmmmm) with chia seeds
*kale salad with red pepper, cayenne tahini dressing, veggie flax crackers, tortillas.
*dried figs and vanilla tea while watching the biggest loser tonite
*10 min warmup on Ubike
*seated calf raises
*sauna 5 minutes
Going back in 45 mins for cardio and more stretching. I felt powerful today.
Onto a topic that I get many emails about... motivation. This email came today....
I know it sounds crazy, but we can be AS afraid of the best parts of ourselves as we can be the bad. Sometimes we fall into a role where we are the "fat" one or the "ugly" one or the "poor" one and we don't know what to do if you don't fit that role anymore.
If you want to take family pictures, use that as your goal. Make an appt at a studio 2 months from now and use THAT as your motivation. Anything that works.
Imagine...if you start today, next week you will have ONE week of eating right and diet under your belt. How does that sound? I am no authority,but I can say as someone who grew up on New Orleans fried chicken and gumbo that me being where I am is anything short of miraculous. If I can do it so can you. Just start today. Walk around the block, drink 4 extra cups of water, do some stretches and jumping jacks...ANYTHING to get you on your way.
I'm rooting for you.
I love you.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Day 8 is breezy. First of all let me talk about yesterday. I felt so great on my juices until dinner. I was light and crisp. I got a ton of my schoolwork done at the library and was soooooooo focused. I didn't' feel true hunger until I got in the car to go home and then I was ravenous!!!! I got home and made a wonderful smoothie. Remember I mentioned yesterday that it was my first time making it? Well, it was sooooooooooooo delicious that I had it again this morning!!!!!
Jayna' Zing-ba-da-Bing Smoothie
Blend and love it up and enjoy!!!
Last nite I did yoga and five minutes of abs and read myself to sleep. Well, before that, I did a warm water enema. I am much better at these now. Thank goddess. It was highly successful. I felt soooooooo full of energy when it was over. I got to bed really late so I was truly dismayed to wake up at 6:30 am to rain and cold darkness outside!! ARG. I wanted to crawl under the covers and sleep the day away, but did I? Uhhhh no!!! I got Kennedy ready for school (finally back in session) and showered for the gym. Yes I did say shower FOR the gym! My clothes were ready to go so I made it there in the storm and was slow to warm up, but ended up having a BLAST.
Today's Menu and Food Plan
*green smoothie (Kristen's Raw Recipe!!) "Senergy Smoothie" celery, banana, cinnamon (plus chia seeds)
*zada-ba-da-bing smoothie: orange, lemon, spinach, kale, banana, chia
*Kristen's vanilla kiwi smoothie (want the recipe?? buy the book!! hahahahaha)
*1 c strawberries, 1 orange (maybe)
*kale salad, red pepper, tahini dressing, cucumber wrapped in my tortilla shells (recipe below), veggie flax crackers (recipe below)
*dessert (I feel like dessert today and I'm a queen so I get what I want) key lime larabar, 1/4c macadamia nuts, steamy mug of vanilla tea
Made it to the gym in the storm and cold for upper body and a little cardio. Will go back after my meeting tonite with Kennedy and do some real cardio.
*10 min treddy warm up
*lat pull downs
*lying tricep extensions
*alternating bicep curls
*jump rope for intervals ...about 15 minutes
I hopped a shower and made it to the next town to the store and was STILL able to get Kennedy early from school! Oh yea oh yea. This is the power of raw and of getting up early. I am truly seeing on this detox now that I have ONE WEEK DOWN! that nothing has changed my life more than greens. I feel truly amazing. The best ever and I won't be as drastic as to say I will eat exactly this way for ever (b/c I love my gourmet raw restaurants) but I can say that this will be the basis and mainstay of the way that I do eat. It has cleared up so much energy for me to concentrate on other things. I am consuming the same amount of calories, most times MORE and I feel great. I truly do. I am curvy in all the right places and fit and strong. I don't give a rat's ass what the scale says or anyone else. Well, I look great so I guess that's easy to say!!!! :)
This week's recipes are....
Veggie Flax Crackers (by Jayna')
*2 c dark flax soaked in 4 cups of water
*1 red pepper
*1 tbsp red pepper flakes
*2 tsps celtic sea salt
Put in food processor and whirl it around! I made some circle shapes, some square and broke the rest into croutons and odd shapes. I put them on 150 for 40 mins and 105 for 18 hrs after that. I store em in the fridge and they can last for a month!!
Tortilla by Raw Chef Russell James
For the tortilla
*3c peeled courgette (zucchini)
*3T olive oil
*2t lemon juice
*1t ground coriander
*1/2c flax meal
• Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.
• Add flax meal and blend again until smooth.
• Pour mixture onto 2 dehydrator sheets and spread evenly into a circle on each.
• Dehydrate for 8 hours at 105 degrees F, or until able to peel of the sheet.
• Once the dehydrator sheets are removed, return to the dehydrator for 30 - 60 mins, until both sides are dry to the touch but still pliable.
* Flax meal is flax seed that have been ground in a coffee grinder or similar, to produce a fine flour.
These two recipes will be able to get me thru my week along with Kristen's tahini dressing and I will make more of that dressing this week...yum yum! I will take the flax cracker that I made into a pizza crust and put veggie guacamole on top. I will use the wraps for marinated veggies and such.... It will be a great healthy week.
I'm already thinking up my next challenge. I can't tell you yet b/c I may change my mind and do something else, but I think I know.
I hope that you all have done something wonderful for yourselves today. If not, stop right now and commit to SOMETHING. Even if it's ten minutes. Commit everyday to taking steps that get you closer to optimal health.
I love you.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Kristen has done it again !!! When her books Easy Raw Vegan Salads & Dressings and Easy Raw Vegan Smoothies, Juices, Elixirs & Drinks arrived in the mail I was jumping up and down!!! Now that is getting warm outside and with my green detox going, I am truly looking for inspiration and I certainly got it!!!!! As you may know, I have moved from a really messy raw vegan to a cooked vegan back where I belong to a raw vegan and this time it's all about being simple. When I was last supper healthy on the raw diet, my diet was really simple and plain. I still love to throw together something messy and fun, but for the mental and physical clarity... veggies and fruits are where it's at. And in that order!
Kristen's Easy Raw Vegan Smoothies, Juices, Elixirs and Drinks gets 2 thumbs up. Oh my goddess...I found so many wonderful fruit AND veggie smoothie recipes. I am really trying to find more smoothie/soup type recipes. You can NEVER have too many veggies in your system. Period. With recipes like Beauty and the Beast, Love Nest Maca Smoothie, and island Oasis Girl. you will honestly get get bored with these recipes and there are SO many other ways to mix and match em!! And another thing I love about Kristen's books are that she always starts off with her Raw Basics chapter. She includes answers about why you should go raw and the top tips for storing and keeping produce. This book is loaded with information and tips all throughout it! I really want to try the Cinnamon Pecan Milk with some dried figs next week for dessert! yummmmmmmm Trust me, if you wanna shake things up this summer and are looking for very ORIGNIAL tasty smoothie recipes that you can make in a cinch, grab a copy of this book. You will NOT be sorry that you did!
Okay on to the next book! As a true lover of salads, I was sooooooooooo elated to read Kristen's awesome book on salads and dressings . Oh my oh my. My creativity went buzzing. Her Cayenne Tahini Dressing is most likely going to be a stapel for me. I love tahini and usually just throw it on a salad with lemon juice and stir, but this will make it last much longer and give it extra zip! I'm so excited to try it. With recipes like Italian Bread Salad, Summer Picinic Slaw, The Best Chopped Salad Ever (favorite of mine), and Latin American Fiesta Vinaigrette how could you possibly get bored!!!??!?! If you think salads ahve to be boring or plain, you are sooooooooooo wrong. Honestly, Kristen has been the only raw chef's whose dressigns I have truly truly enjoyed. Somehow she knows just want to put in em...seroiusly. She catered a CSL event that I went to and I had 5 plates of her salad/dressing recipe. People were laughing!!!
The DVD title reads "Get into Skinny Bitch shape with teh help of this dance based aerobic workout routine, which focuses primarily on tightening your booty. Ballet moves mixed with plenty of bouncin/ around will help you shed pouds, grow stronger and feel awesome."
First of all, I am a Giant Rory Friedman fan. I love all the Skinny Bitch books that I own. I also own their first 2 workout dvds. This one was cute and great, but I didn't even sweat. I think if you are in good physical shape it won't be a hard core workout, but can provide something different and dancy. Perhaps you can do this on your day of rest from working out. Did I enjoy it?? yes. Would I recommend it for someone trying to lose weight if they only have about 20lbs to lose? No. I would however recommend their other two dvds. They are so fun and easy to do!
Lo siento that I couldn't post last nite. Didn't get to bed until MEGA late and didn't wanna get out the comp, etc. So here goes! Yesterday was cool. It has finally gotten warm here in PA and I have decided that in the evenings before dinner if I am really hungry I will eat some fruit... quick exit...no problemo. I did this yesterday and it helped me until I got home. Remember... I am NOT in the business of going hungry... EVER.
Day 5 I ate....
*green juice 12 oz (cuke, celery, apple)
*green smoothie (orange, spinach, banana, chia seeds) 48 ozs
*green smoothie (4 frozen bananas, hemp mylk, vitamineral greens, fruits of the earth powders)
*1 orange, strawberries, banana.
*kale salad with red pepper, tahini, herbamare, sundried tomato flax crackers, cucumber, saukeraut, and 1 mango
*8 oz strawberry kombucha
Yesterday was CRAZY fitness day. I had my MoJo going and I knocked it out. My legs were literally shaking when I left. Oh yea...the only way to do it. Go hard or go home. That's what I tell myself when I walk into the gym!
Day 5's Workout
*abductor machine (first time)
*adductor machine (first time)
*seated calf raises
*standing cable kickbacks
*short 8:30 warm up on elliptical
THEN, I went back in the afternoon for cardio. Some jump rope, few sprints on the treddy, some more abs, chatting with folks, stretches and a few minutes of relaxation.
Today's Plan got off to a great start. Day 6 is rocking and I am so proud of myself. I feel so strong and confident. My cravings are diminishing and that's truly the first time that I can say that...ever. I KNOW it's the green intake.
*water with lemon
*green smoothie: 2 bananas, spinach, fresh strawberries, 1/2 lime, 1/2 cuke, ice water, chia
*8 oz kombucha
*green smoothie: spinach, frozen banana, strawberries, 1/2 cuke, fresh strawberries, hempseed mylk, chia seeds, dulse
*red leaf lettuce, 1 avocado, 1 tomato, sauerkraut, herbamare, dulse. The rest of my sun dried tomato flax crackers
*hempseed mylk with cacao and 1 frozen banana and dried figs
Today's Exercise (already done!)
*6 mins jump rope
*15 mins Ubike intervals (calm)
*weighted abs and obliques
*4 mins jump rope
*15 mins Ubike SS
Today I have tons of schoolwork and it is soooooooo gorgeous outside. Kennedy is gone with her dad and I am inside paying bills and about to get started with my work. I hope that you are finding the beauty and sunshine in this day. If not, go wash your face, take a deep breath and choose to start again. After all, if you don't do it for yourself...who will????
I love you.
***edit*** I decided to have Kristen's Tahini Dressing with my salad...oh my goddess I was licking the bowl. Also, I changed my late nite smoothie to a new wonder. hemp mylk, frozen bananas, carob, dates...oh my
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Today I was hungry. what's up with that???? So I just had extra green smoothie. I made the HUGE mistake of getting home really late and eating my dinner. I kinda overate. And I ate really quickly, which means I didn't realize that I had overeaten until too late. Oh well, tomorrow's a new day.
*green smoothie (spinach, strawberry, blueberries, banana, chia seeds) 12 oz
*green smoothie 30 oz of same as above
*green smoothie celery, strawberry, organe, banana, chia
*green smoothie vitamineral greens, fruits of the eart, chia, orange, 2 bananas, strawberry
*1 mango, kale salad (kale, red pepper, tahini, herbamare, lemon juice), flax crackers and corn chips with nacho cheeze sauce and dill cashew cheeze
*dried figs and water
Today I exercised and felt great. I had tremendous power today for some reason!! Ha! I know why.
*quick warmup on the elliptical
*upperbody circuit...in no order
*alternating bicep curls
*incline pec flyes
Tomorrow I am hoping to see my hunger subside a bit. I have a busy day and will bring along enough smoothie to last and last.
What have you done today to get you closer to your goals>??? What can you do tomorrow? Remember it isn't the big steps that matter most, it's the small CONSISTENT ones that you make that matter the most. I'm not all talk. I have walked the walk. I have been grossly overweight and clueless about raw. You can do this. You CAN DO THIS. Your health and the health of the planet depends on it.
Til tomorrow :-)
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Okay lovely ladies,
Today was effortless again. Wow, this detox is so easy. I am going to try to lessen my fat intake tomorrow nite. I have no interest in going NO fat for this detox though.
*few ounces kombucha
*hot water and lemon
*32 oz green smoothie: spinach, apple, blueberries, frozen banana, chia
*16 oz of the same green smoothie
*green smoothie: spinach, apple, strawberries, 2 bananas chia
*red lead lettuce salad. 1/2 red pepper, tahini, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, herbamare
corn chips, Nacho cheeze sauce, flax crackers
*dried figs and 16 oz strawberry kombucha
I am not trying to feel hungry at all on this detox, so when I am I have a green smoothie. I am also going to do only green juice on Sunday until dinner and do green smoothies at nite. This is going to be great. My energy has been so great too. I did an enema the other day and will do another one tomorrow. The goal is 3 a week. This is a new practice for me. I have had to read TONS of information before I wanted to commit to doing this. I understand philosophically why this is the right thing to do.
Today was only cardio and abs.
*6 mins jump rope
*15 mins elliptical
*2 mins jump rope
*15 mins on treddy (8 min jog, 5 mins HIGH incline, few mins cool down)
*9 mins stairmaster
*50# weighted abs
Tomorrow is the busiest day of the week for Kennedy and I. We may skip a thing or two, but we have tons to do. I will definitely tell you have the detox goes tomorrow and any new insights. Today I thought about how badly I want to get back into my yoga practice. I have been waiting to find the best class (no go so far). The only studio that I tested out that I love is crazy expensive..uh..NO. I am very private with my yoga practice. I love doing it at nite by candlelight. I have yet to truly be in a yoga class without my ego present... or worrying if anyone is looking at me, etc. I got out my favorite yoga tape and will start it tomorrow. However, TODAY, I will be doing 5 sun salutes before I go to sleep with one restorative pose or two before bed.
I am feeling so clear on this detox...so focused, so ON point. I feel great and am thinking that I will definitely KEEP a few days a week where I do green smoothies until dinner time. I have a plan for my day of juice too. I will tell you more about it as the week comes to a close, but this week I have definite plans for getting my schoolwork and fitness plans in this week.
I hope that you all are starting TODAY to take care of yourself. Even if it's one small green smoothie just so that you feel motivated to start today.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Yesterday was a DOR from working out and dedication to my schoolwork. I did 5 mins of abs and ate a ton of food!!! I made so many yummy things for the week and had a nice Sunday Easter meal with Kennedy.
For the week I made Kristen's cheezy hemp nacho sauce. (recipe below). Oh my goddess this sauce is rawmazing!!! I am serious. I had it on corn chips last nite with the fermented dill/paprika cashew cheeze that I made for the week. I also made some corn chips and sun dried tomato flax crackers. I made a HUGE smoothie with celery (my new favorite smoothie green), strawberries and bananas with chia seeds gelled. I was ready to go!!!
This week will be a breeze now. OF course I still have things to do to prepare for my days, but it will be much easier.
Now...onto the real deal.....
Jayna's 14 Day Green Detox
*Green juice and smoothies until dinner time (about 6 pm)
*3-4 L of water per day
That's it! Simple and to the point. Finally getting warm up here on the East Coast (although this morning was 29 degrees) and am just ready for some internal spring cleaning. I am not going to go all out and say that I want to do a juice feast because I don't. Neither do I want to give myself a thousand rules like skin brush 7xs a day...etc. I will report everyday about my progress.
This morning I was still digesting my dinner so I had...
Today's Raw Food Menu and Plan
*warm lemon water
*12 oz celery, banana, straw, chia smoothie
*30 oz kale, banana, straw, chia smoothie
*24 oz juice (cuke + celery + apple)
*22 oz spinach, banana, straw chia smoothie
*kale salad with 1 avocado, red pepper, nutritional yeast, lemon juice with sun dried tomato flax with Kristen's cheezy hemp nacho sauce
*8 oz juice (cuke + celery + apple)
Edit*** Later in the day I had 3 tbsps e3live, 1 orange, and some grape kombucha****
*treddy (jog for 12 minutes)
*hardcore fast paced upper body circuit
CHEEZY HEMP NACHO SAUCE
By Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield approximately 1 1/2 cups
1/3 cup water1 clove garlic2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice1 red bell pepper, seeded, rough chopped (approximately 1 cup)1 cup hemp seeds2 1/2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes1 tablespoon chili powder*2 teaspoons tamari, wheat-free1/2 teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper1/8 teaspoon turmeric powderBlend all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. This can be stored in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Today was a busy day. Rain turned into sun and I started feeling motivated to get things done.
Today I was snacky. What's up with that? Maybe it's the cardio... Anyway, I didn't mention yesterday but I gained 20 lbs on cooked food. YES 20 lbs!! I was so tired everyday, the soy made me feel terrible and heaven forbid when I ate wheat....sprouted or not! Terrible! I have lost 9 of the 20 lbs already and just feel so much more mental clarity and alertness. I love my body though. 11 extra pounds and all. I am not in a race with anyone to look any certain way. My goal is cellular health and longevity of life so that I can properly care for my little gyrl. She is the real reason. When you become a mommie, you have to change. It isn't about you anymore. So, I am very Ghandi with my message to her. I am NOT one of those moms who screams, "Eat your veggies!". I am the mommie who is eating veggies and says, "honey, do you want some?"
I live by example, not by order. I choose to do it this way. And the result is a well adjusted amazing kiddo (Autism and all) who shares, loves music and art and makes her own juices daily. So enough of that...onto the food intake.
* cuke + celery + apple juice and 1 orange
*green smoothie: 1 banana, apple, spinach, water, ice, 3 tbsp chia seeds
*organic freeze dried fruit munchies
*1/4 c kombucha
*pasta and raw marinara
*3 oranges and fresh strawberries
*dried figs and vanilla hazelnut tea + 1/2 c raw organic cashews
*cereal : buckwheat crispies, 1/2 banana slced, 1 c sliced strawberries, agave, 1/4 c walnuts
hemp seed mylk
*25 mins crosstrainer
*10 min jog on treddy (slight incline)
*upper body circuit + abs (dips, alternating bicep curls, shoulder press, tricep extensions, hammer curls, front raise). I was sweating and felt great afterwards.
Tomorrow is Easter Sunday and the Bunny is bringing Kennedy some homemade fermented nut cheeze with hempseeds! She (yes our bunny is a gyrl) is also bringing some teddy bears, oranges, apples, strawberries and a raw chocolate bunny. Kennedy won't eat the raw chocolate. That will be all mine. She will take the fruits over choc or candy anyday! The closest she gets to candy is GF/CF/SF vegan gummy bears and freeze dried fruit! She loves it. She has leaky gut syndrome so the probiotics in the nut cheeze are good for her gut. I am not sure if I can get to the gym tomorrow, but will definitely hula hoop on the Wii with Kennedy for about 30 minutes.
Friday, April 10, 2009
15 jog on treddy
Body Weight lowerbody exercises and abs
smoothie (celery, spinach, blueberries, banana)
2 bananas 2 oranges
26oz green smoothie (2 bananas, frozen berries, spinach)...forgot to put my chia seeds in for bulk
kale salad (red pepper, tomato, kale, tahini, herbamare, lemon juice)
cereal (buckwheat crispies, fresh strawberries, sliced banana, agave, walnuts, goji berries, hemp mylk)
1 mango and 1/4 cantaloupe
Thursday, April 9, 2009
So what have I been up to?? ok... I feel like I opened Pandora's Cooked Vegan box when I started eating cooked again. OUCH. I felt a little like crap too. I think b/c I had been 100% for so long and was kinda bored, not impressed with my muscle definition etc that I thought of cooked foods. One of my lovely readers told me in an email that she could "see it coming" for months. I guess I did too. Well, the grass ain't always greeener on the other side!! I know that eating an 80%-100% raw diet is optimal for our health and that 80% in my opinion is kinda all you need for true health if the other 20% is real food and not lab made chemical shit balls. Long story short, I'm back 100%. About 6-7 weeks of cooked gluten free at some points, soy free at others..etc, I still felt shitty. 2 days back on my green smoothies and it was heaven. So, the lesson I learned from all of this is that whatever I was searching for I am not anymore! I love raw food and I love being raw. I am not eager to go back to 75 ingredient recipes, but I like to keep it simple and delicious like my lovely friend Kristen does. (And BTW for the reader who emailed me and thanked me for sharing Kristen's info here...NO PROBLEM!) She is the real deal. She is one of the first people I consult when I make changes along my journey. Her spirit is amazing and she is truly a gift in this movement. I am soooo lucky to know her ;--)
About the gym.... still going strong. Loving it of course. I've been doing a bit more bodyweight stuff and I actually am starting yet again my early morning routine at the gym or using my myriad of at home DVDs starting tomorrow. Kennedy is out of school for the next few weeks and she enjoys going to the gym, but I don't her to be there long. So if my workout is done I can just go sit in the sauna and read my schoolwork!!!! This week I am a bit beyond in 2 workouts because I have been so exhausted, but I will be going late tonite and tomorrow morning again with Kennedy. I've also been playing the Wii fit a bit more. I'm telling you as the sun shines out here now on the East Coast, I feel a clouded weight lifting off my shoulders. I can breathe again.
My raw food intake has changed a bit from before cooked. Well, let me say what happened on my "cooked experiment". Grains and I do NOT agree. I felt groggy everyday, super fatigued and when I ate soy (cheese, tempeh, seitan, etc)... I was sooooooooo congested. I'm serious. I could hardly breathe. I got a massage and my head felt like it would explode. There was so much sinus pressure, it was ridiculous. I am having NONE of those problems anymore. Quinoa is great steamed, but it left me with heartburn every time I ate it!! Every time!
Now back on raw I'm getting in plenty of green smoothies....fresh fruit....my favorite of all times (kale salad) and some yummy Dr. Cow Cheese. I have a new love affair with tahini and am going to buy Kristen's Easy Vegan Salad Dressings recipe book . I love all of the dressings that she has made that I've tried. In the beginning of my raw journey, I wasted so much money and time trying to make raw dressings, that I quit and only still use lemon, but once I started trying her dressings....I'm NOT kidding, I redefined my thoughts about raw dressings being only olive oil and apple cider vinegar.