Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Tyrah, one of my readers in Australia, asked what I've been eating. I've been eating cashew nori rolls, kale salad, sesame seed milk, and lots of fruit. I know I need to change this up a bit. Green beans were on sale for 99 cents pound, so I got some. The above dish, Asian-Inspired Green Beans is an original.
The sauce is:
red pepper chili flakes.
The sauce is based on Golden Tofu Marinade from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison. (I hate I sold that book. It's a great foundation for anyone learning how cook.) Her sauce had brown sugar in it. I changed it to maple syrup, and just went by taste. It's a great sauce for anything. I'd made spaghetti for the rest of the family and poured that sauce over it. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and you've got a meal.
And these peaches I bought at the farmer's market near my house (minus four already eaten). These are called "Seconds." They are cheaper than regular peaches. They may be a little bruised or highly ripe, but still in good condition. I bought ten dollars worth of peaches for $4.50.
And I've gotten bananas at 25 cents a pound at my local grocery store. Again, seconds. The bananas might be open on the top. I saw two of them like that and asked the produce manager if I could get them discounted. She said, "Sure! I've two boxes of them like that in the back!" I got ten of them for 75 cents. Ask, because they won't volunteer the information.
Friday, July 25, 2008
I believe that I became vegan because I was a part of Sistah Vegan; the pressure was on. I knew dairy made me sick (eventually) but I loved some damn eggs at IHOP. It was a "fad"; I am notorious for that. As so raw food became that way, a fad. The first time I realized that I could eat 2 cups of almonds a day and STILL lose weight, I was hooked. I have done three 7-day raw food fasts in the past couple of months. It was easier than trying to sustain the lifestyle which is where I am now. I cannot tell you that I have experienced the "wonder" of the raw food lifestyle but this is probably because I can go all day and only eat prunes, bananas and almond butter. I just turned 33 last week and I STILL have no clarity or consistency. Now my bowels are all backed up even though I have started taking triphala again. I am taking 5 HTP to sleep at night and will be sipping on valerian tea in about 30 seconds because I am angry and stressed and cannot rest without assistance. I need cleansing. I need ME. That's why I am interested in the raw food lifestyle; getting basic with my living so I can have time to do other stuff.
My determination to tell as many people as I can about the raw food diet is supported by my determination not to develop the usual diseases that seem to occur with aging in this country like acid reflux disease, arteriosclerosis, diabetes, osteoarthritis, heart failure, high blood pressure, and obesity. I believe raw food is the answer and I wish I could get more people to listen. Since I can't, I believe my purpose is to be a shining example of what healthy looks like, feels like and is...for as long as I possibly can.
I am sure that will be until I am 110 years old.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I'm back from Detroit. It was a long and emotional weekend, but I am grateful I got to see so many relatives and friends, so it was all worth it. While I was gone, I got to finish Queen Afua's Heal Thyself, for the hundredth time. This time, I'm reading it with other women over at
Circle of Sisters (http://sistercircles.ning.com/). I'm reading this book and thinking, "You are delaying the inevitable." I love food. I love talking about food. I love making food, but I know live food is where it's at for me. Girl, get on the good foot and heal yourself.
So with that said, I decided to do the near-year long purification Queen Afua-style. It's an 84-day cycle of 50-75% raw food, then 100% raw, then a juice fast, and then a mix of all three. I'm doing it for nearly a year. Why not? Here is the schedule, which I've posted on the right-hand side of my blog. I'm doing all raw instead of the percentage in the first 21 days. And July 24 is my Grandma Pearl's 81st birthday, so I thought that was a good day to start.
Heal Thyself 336 Days of Purification to Perfect Wellness
July 24- begin 100% raw vegan diet
August 12- 21 days
Sept 2- 42 days/begin juice fast & colon cleanse
September 23- end juice fast
October 14 – end 84 day cycle
October 15 – begin
November 4 – 21 days
November 25 – 42 days/begin juice fast
December 16 –end juice fast
January 6 – end 84 day cycle
January 7 – begin
January 27 – 21 days
February 17 – 42 days/begin juice fast
March 10 –end juice fast
March 31 – end 84 day cycle
April 1 – begin
April 21 – 21 days
May 12 – 42 days/begin juice fast
June 2 –end juice fast
June 23 – end 84 day cycle
Did you notice I'll be fasting during Thanksgiving? LOL. That ought to be fun :-). I won't do a day by day, blow by blow of everything, but I do see some good things happening during this time. And the first juice fast I'm doing in September will also combine the colon/liver/gallbladder/kidney cleanse from Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life by Cherie Calbom, which is the book I'm giving away in two days.
Thanks for reading!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
But as I was telling my Aunt Tawana, I'm glad he's pain-free, but I wish he was pain-free and still alive here on earth. That picture above is on my vision board. I'd taken pictures of my grandparents when I was in Detroit this spring, but I didn't want to post any of those again. This picture, with my grandmother Pearl, was taken in 1999 at my Great-Uncle Robert and Great-Aunt Virginia's 50th wedding anniversary party. My grandparents were married for 57 years. (WOW!...I love my husband but whooo, that's a long time.)
The good news is that I get to see my mother for a hot minute when my flight connects to Atlanta. And I get to read "Heal Thyself," "The Secret," and "The Seven Spiritual Principles of Success" while I'm flying around. The other interesting news is that I get to see my father, who I haven't seen in five years. I'm not sure if that's good or bad, but I will have a story to tell when I get back.
The past month has been very emotional, between Grandpa passing, my cycle, the water main break (which I still haven't told ya'll about yet), and the family reunion I feel like I haven't breathed in 30 days. And bringing this all under the umbrella of raw food, I realized that I've got the preparing of the food down. It's the emotional eating part that I have not mastered. I see it coming together in my mind. I feel like I have training wheels on my bicycle as I'm pedaling furiously down the street. I can ride the raw food bike, but with assistance.
Last night, I looked at my life as if I were outside of me looking in. "What does she need to work on?" I asked myself. "Healing herself," is what I heard. The reason why I've been talking about raw food in terms of a journey, rather than a destination, is because The Hero's Journey is a metaphor for life. I haven't met a person who doesn't have challenges. Our task as human beings is to conquer the very challenges that limit us.
I am meant to conquer emotional eating, my feelings toward my relatives, and the sometimes isolation of a stay-at-home mom. Turning the perceived negatives into positives is the key. Everything is mental. But I feel more mentally positive when I am raw, and it's easier to change your life when you feel good. And feeling good is the primary key of the Law of Positive Attraction.
And when a relative passes away, those left are forced to look at their own mortality. We all have different definitions of success, but I would say if you have a life full of love, then you had a successful life. My grandpa certainly had LOADS of love his life. I'd be surprised if the church isn't bursting with people who loved him. My grandparents are the ones who kept me in the "Hughes Family Loop." As a child, when my dad stopped coming to get me for the weekend, they stepped in. If it weren't for them, I might not even be going to the funeral. They had enough love for me to keep me a part of the family.
Now that's love.
I love you Grandpa and I will miss you.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The biggest challenge any of us face with we change our lifestyle to raw and living foods is staying inspired. Here are some suggestions:
Read a book - http://creativehealthinstitute.com/catalog/
Here's a free one - http://chidiet.com/books/whysuffer.pdf
Watch a video - http://chidiet.com/ http://youtube.com/results?search_query=ann+wigmore&search_type=&aq=f
Listen to testimonials and interviews -http://www.chidiet.com/blog/
Try a new recipe -http://rawlivingfoods.typepad.com/1/raw_living_food_recipes/index.html
Read inspiring articles from Backslider's Corner -
Go to a lecture or potluck - http://rawlivingfoods.typepad.com/1/regular_meetings_and_events/index.html
Go to a hands-on training program -
Creative Health Institute in MI,
The Living Foods Institute in GA,
The Ann Wigmore Institute in Puerto Rico,
Hippocrates Institute in FL
or Optimal Health Institute in CA.
Subscribe to Jinjee's Daily Raw Inspiration - http://thegardendiet.com/
Subscribe to Victoria Boutenko's newsletter - http://rawfamily.com/
P.S. Raw Living Foods is a Lifestyle, not just a Diet. There's a lot more to it than just eating lots of fruits and veggies. For more information, the Dr. Ann Wigmore Home Study Program is available again - chiDiet.com. ◦
Monday, July 14, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Where have I been? To a family reunion that was awesome, but too short. And dealing with no water in the house (The underground water service line to our house broke. It's fixed now, but that is a story into itself). I learned a lot, but first...
I received a copy of Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life by Cherie Calbom from her publisher. I've read it, highlighted it and have decided to do a colon cleanse, then liver/gallbladder cleanse, and then a kidney cleanse. All of that should take 4 weeks. I will document it all when I start.
Mrs. Calbom is Nutritionist with a degree from Bastyr University, which is one of the few naturopathic medical colleges in the country. What I loved about the book was not only her science background and obvious knowledge about food, but that she emphasizes vegetable juices and soups, rather than fruit. I have one of her other books, Juicing for Life, and she said that in the past she focused too much on fruit juices, which can make the body acidic.
Like my aversion to salads, I've definitely had an aversion to vegetable juice. I'll admit to avoiding them. My juices and smoothies, if you remember from my 14 day fast, had a lot of fruit in them. I felt great, but I'm willing to go to the extra step to veggie juice with 1/2 an apple or pear or lemon or lime as the sweetener.
The book is divided into:
-The Secrets of Vibrant Health
-Juicing for Life
-Fasting for Life
-Detoxing for Life
-Colon Cleansing for Vibrant Health
-Liver, Gallbladder, and Kidney Cleansing
-More Detox Programs (Skin, Parasite, Candida, Lymphatic, Heavy Metals)
-Mental and Emotional Cleansing
-The A to Z Guide to the Nutrient Content of Foods
-Recipes for Fasting and Detoxing
So there's four copies of the book available to win! Trust me: this is a keeper. If you've got any health issue from chronic exhaustion to diabetes, this book will help you. So the contest question is:
You can be serious, funny, inspirational...whatever you like. You don't have to be 100% raw, just interested. The entries will be judged and I'll notify the winners. If you're okay with having an excerpt of your entry on my blog, please let me know when you email your entry to me at email@example.com.
Next time, I'll talk about the water main break and I'll get back to the steps in your raw journey.