Sunday, February 28, 2010

Happy Sunday!

It has beeen a nice weekend and I have doing good with my eating (for the most part.) I even went with my sister to a little gathering at a friends, actually we played Bunko... a dice game and I won... Yay! So, there was tons of cooked food screaming at me at be eaten... pizza, cookies, you name it... but I refrained and did great. I stuck to some organic rice crackers and veggies... I am super proud of myself.

I have been doing bikram yoga again and boy are my legs sore. I can run and run and they don't get sore but they are from the yoga. Just goes to show you it's good to incoprorate different things into your routine. I am loving it. The hot room makes you suoer sweaty and you can feel any toxins being released... it is nice.

So.. yesterday afternoon, Mackenzie (my daughter) and I watched legally Blonde together and shared a bowl of popcorn dusted with cinnamon and I added some carob chips to mine. It was a yummy snack. Later in the evening after dinner I was feeling like something sweet so I made some vegan oatmeal cookies, not raw but very good. Here is the recipe... (my changes are below the recipe)

1 mashed banana
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 of a cup of regular sugar
slightly less than 1/3 of a cup (about 1/4 of a cup plus 1 teaspoon) of oil
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 of a teaspoon of salt
2 cups plus one my-sized handful (about 1/4 of a cup) of oats
3 tablespoons of water plus maybe a few more drops


Mix the vegan brown sugar, vegan sugar, oil, and water. Add the banana and vanilla. then mix in the already pre-mixed together mixture of flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in the oats. If it is too thin, let stand a bit so the oats can absorb the excess liquid. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 13 minutes. To check if they are done, flip one over and it should be browned. Rip off a chunk to see it it is still raw. I usually let them sit a bit before I take them off the cookie sheet because, well, I do not really know, but it makes me not cook them too long because they finish cooking outside of the oven. I should mention to drop them by the tablespoon.

I followed almost exactly except I did not add any sugar but added maple syrup and agave, just a squirt or so of each. I folded in some walnuts and carob chips... YUM! So, I know I ate too many but they sure were good and not bad for you.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

What I ate today...

Today I ate...

Green Lemonade

Salad with veggies and cilantro almond butter dressing
Romain lettuce with almond butter and honey inside... all wrapped up :)

Carrots/ bell pepper

Avocado Sandwich (avo on sprouted grain bread with lettuce and mustard)
2 more pieces bread

2 small squares dark chocolate
coconut water

I am going to start doing Bikram yoga again tomorrow. It has been a long time but I want to add some variety to my workout routine. It will be hot but I love it!

Raw food detox diet...

As I have mentioned I have been reading Natalia Rose's Raw Food Detox Diet, and wanted to follow her advice for a week and see how I feel. I followed her diet plan yesterday and will post later to let you know what I ate today, following her plan of course.

What I have the most trouble with...

I love almond butter slathered on bread... which she says is a no no. Substitution... Natalia's oh-so-simple romain wraps. I didn't think I was going to like these but they are great and really easy.

Almond butter and honey on a romain leaf rolled up and enjoyed... YUM!

National Eating Disorder Week...

Gena ovet at wrote an excellent post on her blog, which I wanted to share. Please check out blog if you haven't yet, it is fabulous! Here is her post..

Hi guys!

Happy hump day — or Raw Wednesday, as it’s known here on Choosing Raw.

The other day, I was speaking with a client who has struggled—as so many women do—with cycles of dieting, guilt about food choices, and body hatred. Over the course of our session, she had a revelation. “I love to eat,” she said. No sooner had she said it, than she recognized the enormity of those words. “I guess that’s a really big deal for me to say,” she chuckled, “because I’ve spent so much time trying to pretend it’s not true. And it’s something I’ve always felt so ashamed of.”

She’s not alone. For many, many women, nothing is more difficult than to admit to having an appetite. It may be OK to say we’re hungry after a workout, or because we haven’t eaten all day, or because we were super busy doing this or that, but rarely will a woman feel 100% comfortable admitting that she’s hungry for no other reason than that she desires food.

In case you haven’t seen it mentioned on other blogs, it’s National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) week. What does this mean? Well, according to the National Eating Disorders website , it means this:

Our aim of NEDAwareness Week is to ultimately prevent eating disorders and body image issues while reducing the stigma surrounding eating disorders and improving access to treatment. Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses — not choices — and it’s important to recognize the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape the disorder.

According to me, it means this: it’s a great time for us all to pay a little extra attention to the very real and painful consequences of eating disorders, and for us to show extra compassion to those we know who are suffering. It’s also a great time for us to do our part in battling these all too common and constantly multiplying afflictions. How? Well, we can show sympathy or understanding to someone who’s battling the condition. We can bravely and boldly share our own stories. We can set a good example by trying to live healthy lives, in which we seek out and maintain a positive and reasonable relationship with food. We can inspire others to enjoy meals by coming up with innovative, nourishing, beautiful, and balanced meals. Perhaps we can inspire others by taking a fun and joyous, rather than competitive, approach to physical fitness. Whatever your strengths are, whatever you have to give, you can find a small way to give it.

Back to desire. In Hilde Bruch’s The Golden Cage–which is, in my opinion, one of the finest books on eating disorders–the author posits that eating disorders have a great deal to do with the willed suppression of desire. They involve the negation, the defiance of appetites: appetites for food, for sex, for physicality. Women are particularly susceptible to this tendency, she argues, because we’ve been socialized to attach shame to our appetites, especially for sex and for food. Historically, and even now, we’re encouraged to be chaste, restrained, clean, and austere: to express carnal desire or a voracious appetite for food is distinctly un-feminine, at least in so far as femininity has long been dictated by a misogynistic culture. And sadly, we women (and some men) have become all too adept at denying our appetites, our hungers, our yearnings.

While I battled disordered eating, this urge was an enormous part of my illness. I’m often asked if what I wanted from the disorder was to be thin. The answer, naturally, is yes: of course thinness is what I wanted. But it was, in retrospect, only a surprisingly small part of what I wanted. When I look back on those years, I see that a lot of what I wanted was to quash my own needs. Overcoming this–connecting with my hunger for food, for sex, for vitality, for physicality–took a long time. Being able to declare to myself and to others that I not only needed to eat, but wanted to eat–and all that eating implied–demanded that I overcome a great deal of unconscious shame.

Of course, it’s not just women with eating disorders who feel this shame. It’s most women. Sure, we might open the pages of Maxim and read about how much men like a girl who can devour a plate of chicken wings and wash it down with a pint of beer, but this is a rather typecast exceptions to the rule, which is that women are and always have been encouraged to want, but not to want too much. We should to eat, but only in moderation; to desire, but never so much that we behave unseemly, or–God forbid!–slutty; to be assertive, but never so much that we’re bitchy or aggressive. Not that. To utter the words “I love to eat” feels like a shocking confession, a guilty secret.

In my travels through the raw community, I’ve encountered what I think are both the best and the worst kinds of attitudes towards this issue. On the one hand many raw foodists promote what I believe is a truly exuberant and healthy attitude towards eating. On the other, there are some who approach raw foods and fasting with what I believe is too much asceticism. Me? Well, being a vegan and eating more raw food have certainly helped me to realize that there are many things I thought I needed that I really don’t: an endless rotation of cute new clothing, carefully applied makeup, painted nails, and various other accoutrements of beauty. When you live healthily, beauty and vibrance radiates from within. But veganism and raw foods have also helped me, more than ever before, to embrace my appetites: for life, for experience, and, lord knows, for food. I’ve always liked to eat. And when I’m eating foods that I believe are not only optimal for my body, but optimal for the environment and for mother nature, too, I like itmore than ever.

Of course, we should always guard ourselves against excess. Appetites have limits, and food is just food. But let’s also try to embrace the very real hunger that nature has given us, even if it’s sometimes a little unruly. Desire is a part of life–and a pretty great part of it, if you ask me.

So today, in honor of NEDAwareness week, I think we should celebrate our hunger. In good ole AA fashion, I’ll go first:

I’m Gena. I love to eat

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Today's meals..

Today I ate...

Green lemonade
Salad (snow peas, sprouts, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots) with cilantro dressing. Lara bar.
Green Juice
Salad (greens and other veggies)2 pieces sprouted grain bread and a sweet potato. Yum!

Juice Feasting

While browsing online I stummbled across cafe gratitudes challenge of doing a juice feast every first week of the month. I signed up and ama excited and scared to get started on march 1st. If you want more information check out I will try to post everyday to keep you posted on what I am feasting on and how things are going.

On another note.... I realized I have been eating far too many nuts and dried fruits and late at night. I also was not combining foods well. So I pulled out the raw food detox diet by Natalia Rose and refreshed my knowledge on her concepts. I am doing better at keeping in mind what foods to combine and what not to combine.

Do you only combine certain foods?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Kale chips, corn salad and pumpkin chocolate cups

A few yummy recipes I wanted to share...

Kale chips...

1 heaping tablespoon tahini
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
splash of braggs
Kale (remove tough stems)

Mix all together and dehydrate until crisp. YUM!

Fresh Corn Salad

3 ears corn (kernels removed)
about 10 sundried tomatoes chopped (soak them if they are not soft)
juice of one lime
1/4 cup chooped red onion
1/2 chopped red bell pepper
1 tablespoon cumin and corriander

Mix with chopped avocado just before serving.

Pumpkin Pie Chocolate cups... (these are to die for!)

2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
1 tablespoon (or more to taste) agave nectar
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

Mix all and spoon into candy cup liners or just spoon onto a small bowl lined with plastic wrap. Allow to cool in the fridge or freezer. These won't stay around long, they are addictive!


So, I finally ordered a Vita Mix... I can't wait for it to come! So many reciped I can't wait to try.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Raw challenge update...

Yesterday was a good day although I fell like I overate on some raw sweets... but I will give myself a break because they were all raw. I enjoyed a few too many raweos and lemon cookies. I also made some copycat bumble bars (recipe below) and kale chips in my new excalibur dehydrator... It came so quickly, I am very pleased!

If anyone has a recipe for raw gingerbread cookies that they swear by, please let me know as I miss the flavor and want a raw version.

So, if you have ever had a bumble bar you know it a seedy nutty darn good bar. Here is my version...

1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup flax meal
cinnamon to taste
splash vanilla
1/8 cup honey
1/8 cup agave or more to taste
dash salt (optional)
1/4 cup nuts (I used cashews)

Mix all together and dehydrate to desired dryness. Or... just pop in the freezer if you don't have a dehydrator and enjoy once cold.

These are great, and oh so healthy! Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Today is day 3 of my raw challenge.

I feel great! Yesterday I ate mainly raw foods... I had..

Green lemonade
Fruit Salad (mixed fruit)

Raw "chips"

Lara Bar

Zucchini "pasta" with sundried pesto sauce (YUM!)
Carrot renew soup

"Pecan Pie" (Dried date stuffed with a pecan)

I am loggin my intake with the help of my gowear fit armband and their easy program online. I love it. I am feeling wonderful and excited to make a change for a healthier life!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A couple of my new favorite things...

Number one... my new spiral slicer. Wow, do I love this thing. I made zucchini "pasta" last night and I swear it was so good I don't think I will ever crave real pasta noodles again. If you don't have one yet, invest the $25.00 and get one, you won't regret it.

I also started wearing my gowear fit arm band. If you have not heard of it, it is an energy and calories expenditure monitor. It is so cool. It tells you exactly how many calories you have burnt throughout the day... doing normal stuff, not just excercising. It is pretty cool.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Day 1 of 28 day mostly raw challenge...

I decided today to challenge myself to cut out all refined sugars, proccessed foods and eat mostly raw for 28 days. People say it takes about 28 days to start a new habit (or lifestyle in this case) so here I go.

Today I ate...

Green Lemonade

Salad with veggies
Bumble Bar

Flax crackers

Zucchini "pasta" with pesto
sprouted grain bread

Blended banana "frozen yogurt" with a small piece of dark chocolate

I also ordered an excalibur dehydrator... I can't wait to get it!!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010


I got up nice and early this morning and went for a 6.5 mile run... perfect way to start the day! Then I made a recipe from Natalia Rose's book and LOVED it... I had to share...

Carrot renew soup

2 cups carrot juice
1/2 advacado
curry powder

Blend it all together... SO GOOD!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Romanesco Recipe

This morning my sister came over and I made her her first green lemonade... she loved it and is on her way to go buy a juicer now! Yah! This morning I wanted to make something with the head of romanesco that I got in my weekly veggie box delivery... so this is what I did...

1 head romanesco proccessed in food proccessor until it is like rice
1 carrot chopped fine (you could shred it too)
1 green onion
1/2 red bell pepper chopped fine


1 heaping tablespoon tahini (my new favorite thing!)
1 tablespoon tamari
dash hot sauce
squirt of lemon or lime juice

Toss all together well and allow to marinate in fridge. Toss with cilantro or herb of your choice before serving. YUM! Enjoy :)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Out to Harbin...

So I took a drive out to Harbin Hot Springs which is close to where I live. They have a great market full of organic and raw goodies. I tried my first thai young coconut, which the kind clerk opened right there for me. I slurped the water out and boy was it yummy! I also bought some raweos, so good! If anyone has a copycat recipe for these please let me know because they are so good but so expensive!

Some of my favorite recipes so far...

Raw Pad Thai (courtesy of


1 zucchini (spiraled into "noodles" or sliced thin and then julienned)
1 carrot (julienned)
1/2 cup purple cabbage, shredded
1 green onion, chopped (tops and bulbs)
2 tablespoons almond butter
2 lemons, juice of
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce (or finely chopped hot pepper)
1 tablespoon honey (agave or maple syrup)
1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon gingerroot, chopped


1) In a bowl, mix the nut butter with the garlic and ginger, lemon juice, soy sauce, honey, and hot sauce until smooth. Set aside.
2)Mix all of the vegetables in a large bowl (save a few green onion tops for garnish).
3) Right before serving, mix sauce with veggies and enjoy.
4) Chopsticks add a nice touch!


I love my sweets and would feel deprived without them. I found this (and purchased) wonderful ebook, "Just Desserts: Nutritious, Delicious Raw Delights" by Adeventures of a raw goddess heathy. The recipes look wonderful! I can't wait to try them. To see the ebook, click here...

3 days into my raw transformation and strong...

Today is my third day of mostly raw foods. I am feeling great! I have become quiet attached to my green lemonade in the morning! I am waiting for my dehydrator to come in the mail so I can make some raw crackers... I'll let you know how it goes.