Sunday, September 14, 2014

New Design to My New Blog

Hey!!!! I kinda miss blogging here :)

If you haven't checked out my new site please go over to over there!

I worked so hard on the new design.

Come over and see me! Hang out or chat with me on Facebook or Instagram!!!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Visit My NEW Blog! Sorry I've Been Gone :(

Hey!! It feels like forever. I miss Blogspot. I miss you all too.

My life has truly been insane. I have a new website though!! Please come check it out. (link below)

I am no tech expert and am too broke to hire a soul so I hope you like it.

I am in the process of finishing my first ebook (no help there either!), but the rest of the site is there for you to browse. It will take me some time to develop it up like I did this one, but bear with me.

I am in the process of re-losing some weight and rather than sit alone and go through it, I thought I would get you all joined in to follow along or just cheer me on!

Life has thrown some storms my way via Kennedy's last brain surgery/spinal surgery/trach surgeries etc.... but I am working to get back at it consistently and actually with a better and more balanced plan than before. So please join me. Check out the site and send me any and all feedback. If you want, check out Kennedy's Website that tells all about her story.

I miss you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Lessons Learned on my Cooked vs. Raw Journey

Oh man. I've been sick. Like real sick. Like in and out of the doctor's office, blood test, ultrasounds, MRI, meet with a surgeon sick. UGH.

I've been spending some time over at My Instagram Page, but other than that I was focusing on my health and on Kennedy's well being.

After I meet with the surgeon next week, I will talk more about what is going on. (Send prayers please)

Onto serious stuff like veganism and lessons learned :)

The weather here SUCKS. Sucks. Sucksssssss. All I can think about are root veggies and warming bowls of oatmeal. This is one of the reasons I love NOT being 100% raw anymore. Back when I was fully raw, I didn't crave and/or miss cooked foods. But in my mind it made more sense to eat oatmeal and fruit rather than cold fruit when it is below zero.

Something about it just didn't feel right. However in the Summer I always felt like tons of fruit and light salads. After doing this for quite some time (I've been vegan for almost 13 years) and into raw food for 9 years... I have learned a thing or two. And I've also grown in ways that enhance my connection to what I'm eating.

Top lessons learned:

  1. First and foremost, there are more important things than worrying about what you are eating. This planet is in dire need of some help. Environmentally things are a mess. Animals are in serious need of help... so what I'm eating for breakfast on Monday NOT a big deal in the grand scheme of things.
  2. Raw vs Cooked isn't as big a deal as I thought
  3. It is most important to learn from the oldest cultures
  4. There are other parts to the health equation equally as important

There are MORE important things to worry about than what you are eating:
Raw vs. Cooked NOT as big a deal as I thought:
  • Raw food rocks. Unaltered fruits and veggies are loaded with fiber and enzymes. I am not in any way saying that raw food doesn't rock. However, after doing tons of research lately on how to heal my body and hopefully live until forever, I have been studying some of the oldest and longest living cultures. I'm seeing repeatedly where they eat lots of cooked food. hmmmm
  • Green smoothies are my best friend. Even more so than juice. The minerals in greens can't be beat and the fiber from the juice keeps me full. Plus I'm consuming all of the food (Including plant fiber) so unlike juice, I'm not starving 10 minutes after consumption
  • Eating cooked food is cheaper and therefore allows me to be more selective in my picking around food. I can opt for more organic when getting a huge bag of organic quinoa at Costco for $9. Quinoa then becomes breakfast, lunch, or dinner
It's Important to Learn From the Oldest Cultures:
  • Rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, quinoa, steamed veggies, soups
  • Lots of loving relationships (children, partners, animals)
  • Sunshine
  • Sleep
  • Low low low stress (a weak point for me admittedly)
  • From studying them a lot recently I've learned a great deal: Get rest. Eat potatoes. Steam your veggies. Don't sweat the small stuff. Drink water. Laugh daily. Say I love you.
There Are Other Parts of the Health Equation Equally As Important:
  • Low Stress- Daily meditation. Journaling. Therapy
  • Laughing- Read a funny book. Watch a funny movie. Call a friend who you know will make you laugh
  • Balance- There is no point in having healthy good for you food to eat all day if you spent 7  hours in the kitchen and no time with your kids or your pets or spouse. Balance. Put all of life in perspective and know your priorities
I'm working on healing my body so as to avoid surgical intervention. I'm working on resting more and being laser sharp focused during the day as I'm taking care of Kennedy and getting a few things done.

I have yet another reminder: Nothing and I mean NOTHING is as important as taking care of your health.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Vegan Self-Care Rituals (At Home Frugal Mani-Pedi)


Not a new RawFitMama concept. 

Mani-Pedi evenings are awesome.

And cheap.

Here's my (and Kay's) step-by-step at home guide to mani/pedi fun:

  1. Soak your feet or hands in warm water for 5+ minutes
  2. Remove any old nail polish
  3. Rub sugar scrub on hands and feet, let sit for 5+ minutes, then rinse with warm water (see recipe for scrub below)
  4. Trim and shape nails
  5. Paint nails with a clear base coat, let dry for 5 minutes
  6. Paint nails with color of choice (see vegan options below)
  7. Add second coat if necessary
  8. Wave your  hands in the air like you just don't care. Blow on em. Don't touch shit until they dry.
Vegan Nail Polish Guide:

  • butterLONDON – $15 
  • NCLA – $16 
  • a.dorn – $11 
  • Flower – $4.98 
  • American Apparel – $6 

  • Taking time for yourself is a must. Without it, my feminist soul starts to whither up and die. I don't care if it's my 12 minute mani-pedi or taking 15 minutes to journal, take a hot bubble bath or savor a cup of tea. Just make sure that YOU are on your to do list. 




    If you don't care about nails (toes or hands) then take time to apply makeup if you use it, or give yourself a hand or foot massage. It accomplishes the same thing. Makes you feel pampered and fabulous and is evidence that you took time for you.

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    A Vegan Girl's Goals


    We all should have some.

    It's not about NOT loving yourself the way that you are. It's about having something that you are working towards. It helps give your life a sense of purpose. Of meaning.

    Vegan goals?

    How can I be kinder to the planet? To animals? Can I resurrect my letter writing campaigns (where I write companies to congratulate or harpoon them for their environmental/animal rights practices).

    Lately I've been locked in the house. Freezing snow and rain have made it impossible for me to take Kennedy anywhere safely. It has forced me to look within... start to think about goals.

    Life goals. Health goals. Relationship goals. 

    January is a great time to start goal planning. Just because it's the 9th of the month doesn't mean it's too late to plan. It isn't. Let's do it together. I had to hold off on some of my plans starting because I was finishing the wean for Kennedy's narcotics. Ouch. Talk about goals.

    Having my kid drug free and ALIVE is a huge goal. Exhale
    I am a lover of Sundays. Love em. Always have.  I love to prepare for my week using my "Notes" app on my iphone/ipod and I can easily review or change it. I am also a serious paper person, so I also write my week's goals in my agenda. I use different color pens and markers and then I get super excited. And yes I have two agendas.... one for Kay's business and one for my own.
    By planning my week this way I make sure to "allot" enough time for exercise, art projects, cleaning/clearing clutter projects, family game night, etc. Does it always work out? NO way. I have a kid with special needs and new tendency to feel exhausted, but at least I'm trying and designing my life to include all the things I consider important. 

    List are about feeling encouraged and in control. They are about measuring your progress and feeling. Any January goals?

    Monday, January 6, 2014

    Restoring Health Using Detox (Week 7)

    I am just picking up in my 52 week challenge where I left off. I am not giving up. Just restructuring. Which seems to be a theme in my life as of late.

    It's no secret that I haven't been myself lately. I'm under slept, overwhelmed, and just a bit off. I am working daily on using my routines and self-care guidelines to sometimes put one foot in front of the other.

    If I don't have anything really positive to say, I generally stay away from the blog. I am so used to using it to inspire and motivate, but some of the wonderful emails that I have received lately have me thinking otherwise...
    Kennedy is almost done (2 days) with her narcotics wean. Please pray that it goes well. Her body is so out of balance and out of whack. I am designing an alkaline cleanse for her precious cells. She is NOT happy about what I have in store, but it is necessary for the healthy restoration of her body on a cellular level. We've all done that right? Known that we should eat a certain thing (green smoothie) and avoid another (bagel)???

    I've been thinking about cellular health lately as well. About really getting back to the basics. Starting from scratch. What does that look like? It will sound simple, but I'm talking about supplements, fruits, juices, smoothies, salads. In essence, water, fruit, veggies, and supplements.

    The areas of Kay's health (and my own) that I will be tackling in the 90 day period will include (and be heavily documented):

    1. Her sleeping patterns (when she goes; how long she sleeps; is it restful?)
    2. Water consumed. Her goal will be 64 oz per day
    3. Fruit/veggie consumption. Goal is 8 servings.
    4. Supplements: Vegan omega 3, vegan VitD, probiotics (3xs a day), wholefood green powder, spirulina, sub-lingual B12
    5. Creative expression- daily expressions of art journaling or painting
    6. Body movement- dancing with the radio on for a total of 60 minutes per day. She wants to do a hodge podge of yoga, dance, and weights (her words, not mine)
    7. Increase our raw food consumption BIG TIME. Snack solely on fruit and dehydrated fruits. This is another one of Kennedy's recommendations.
    8. I'll be using pH strips in the morning and evening to monitor.
    Off to finish my second massive green smoothie of the day (find it on my instagram) and rest.

    I haven't slept in forever and I am off to sneak a little nap while watching tv with Kennedy. We have a doc appt at 8 am in -15 degree winds tomorrow.  :(

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

    The Power of a Clean Slate- Happy New Year 2014

    Happy New Year 2014

    My prayer is that this year finds my daughter in extreme health and happiness. My focus for the year is on extreme health, mental clarity, patience and peace.

    Lots of people don't believe in making resolutions...well I do. I love fresh starts. There is power is a clean slate. In forgiving  yourself and starting over. That is what the promise of 2014 means to me.

    I have a new awareness. My daughter is alive. She is recovering and teaching me new things everyday. I'm working on losing this chunk of weight I've gained in the best and most healthy way. :)

    Nothing crazy. Plants. Short bursts of intense exercise. Follow all the deets on my facebook and instagram (both RawFitMama).

    My new year advice is:

    • Dream Big...daydream. Wish upon a star. 
    • Forgive yourself for whatever you should, could have done. Just start. It is truly NEVER too late. You are never too old. You are NEVER too fat. You are NEVER behind. 
    • Email me if you want advice/inspiration. 
    Today I did a short at home workout, made some delicious ice coffee, meditated and am about to spend time with Kennedy. She isn't feeling well at all :( My workout was interrupted a few times so that I could cuddle her and give a few head rubs. Ahhh the joys of at home workouts.

    What are you dreaming of this year?????
    Don't forget to like my facebook page so you can see what I'm eating and my instagram to see what I'm doing to workout. 


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