I started this journal in hopes that my life could help or inspire someone else. Enjoy!
Dec. 2008 and Jan. 2009
Raw Thanksgiving Spread
Hi sweethearts I know it has been awhile. I feel like since Thanksgiving to until about a week ago I was just in this holiday daze! I ended up having the most amazing holidays with my friends and family but the stress leading up to the holidays was pretty rough this year. I do host Thanksgiving and Christmas so it can add extra pressure, but for some reason this year was extra stressful.
Raw Pumpkin Pie from Seed
Thanksgiving went smoothly though because I ordered a Thanksgiving box from Seed Restaurant. Look at the pictures to the right if you want to see what I got. The box contained dehydrated sweet potatoes which were very yummy, butternut squash soup, zucchini casserole, Waldorf salad, stuffed mushrooms, veggie loaf, fresh pesto and flax crackers, cauliflower mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, and the grand finale was a sweet potato pie! My family tried a little of the raw food, but since it was too much for me alone, the next day I had a purely raw food Thanksgiving celebration with some close friends. I was so happy with the box I recommended that my friends order the box for Christmas and they were very happy as well. Seed Restaurant also has boxes available every week, not just for celebrations.
For Dog Lover's Only
Raw Thanksgiving Dishes from Seed Box
In between Thanksgiving and Christmas I did something I have never done before. I adopted a dog from the shelter. On Dec 3rd, 2008 I brought home my sweet angel, a 1 year old, 6 and half pound white shorthair Chihuahua mix, named Dancer. I named her Dancer for the Holidays and the fact that she is long and lean and tends to prance; it reminded me of a graceful dancer. She has something fairylike about her. Rescuing her from the shelter was very fulfilling. She had been in the shelter for about a month or so and was very nervous and skinny when I got her. To see her relax and put on a little healthy weight has been awesome.
At first, I was a little nervous about the extra responsibility of a dog, but now I can't imagine my life without her. She has the sweetest disposition and not an aggressive bone in her body. I had been searching the whole month of December at about 5 different shelters for a small female adult Chihuahua mix. I wasn't having much luck until I met Dancer. I could just tell she was my little doggie soul mate and that her energy was going to fit into my family and lifestyle. I even telepathically asked her if she wanted to come home with me! She is goofy, stubborn, sweet, smart, shy, and just a gentle soul like her human mom and dad. Darrell just adores her. She's my walking partner, my copilot, my errand runner, my snuggle partner, and when we're not out, you'll find her either on my lap or cuddling next to me.
My Baby Dancer Home from the Shelter
With 8 million dogs that are homeless and 3-4 million dogs and cats killed each year at shelters, I just don't understand why everyone doesn't get their dogs and cats fixed and why everyone doesn't get their pets from shelters. It breaks my hearts that millions of pets die each year just because people are uninformed. I have been to about 6 shelters in the last few months and let me tell you, the dogs are as sweet and beautiful as any, they just need a little extra TLC and are usually so grateful to receive it. It might take a little longer to bond with a shelter rescue than a puppy, but I've heard and experienced that it only takes about 30 days or less for your new pet to settle in and then they are yours for the duration of their lives. With some patience you can find the animal you are looking for. I dare anyone to tell me that my dog is not as cute or as good as one that didn't come from a shelter.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus
Dancer is my first pet so you have to realize that it is only natural that she is completely and utterly spoiled. I was actually fearful of dogs until recently so this whole experience has been very healing. She has different outfits, a special car seat, toys, treats, and I practically make her food everyday. With raw foods I feel that I know a thing a two, but with taking care of a dog I am just starting and am learning along the way. I'm trying to do things as natural as possible like using neem oil for fleas and staying away from overly processed dog food. My dog is a super picky eater so it's been challenging to feed her as natural as I would like, so right now I'm just learning and trying different things to see what she'll eat and what she won't.
My First Christmas with Dancer Christmas was fun having Dancer around. My friend and I dressed our little dogs up in Christmas sweaters and went around downtown passing out organic lollipops to anyone who wanted one. We also came across the lovely Mr. and Mrs. Claus which was a bonus. We called it Project Reindoggie:) It also gave me a chance to do some Christmas shopping downtown. Because of the economy I decided to support small and local businesses in downtown Petaluma. I believe that supporting small businesses makes the world a better and happier place:)
My sister came up from Chicago and it was awesome to get some sister bonding time. I had an awesome Christmas with my family. For our yearly tradition I had them paint ornaments for my tree. My step mom is an artist so hers was amazing. She painted a mermaid out of a dolphin. I painted my dog, of course! I had a blast decorating the house for Christmas and all those wedding shows I watch on cable really came in handy for decorating the table. (At least they are good for something!)
A New Approach
Christmas Dinner Table
My Christmas dinner was a raspberry spinach salad and a cooked sweet potato. I've been going back and forth on whether 100% raw or 80% raw works best for me. As of now I'm happy with 90% raw by volume. I'm raw all day but at night I have a huge raw salad with maybe some steamed broccoli, peas, or other steamed vegetable on top. I find that this lessons the chance that I'll overeat on nuts or avocado which wreak havoc with my stomach. So as of now I'm pretty happy with this system, but I'm still experimenting with it so I'll have to let you know how I feel about a little later. As of now, so far so good. I decided to try this after a lecture I heard from Dr. Goldhammer the director of True North Fasting www.healthpromoting.com He has fasted thousands of people and sees many vegans and raw foodist's in his practice. He said that the healthiest patients he's come across are the ones who get the most vegetables into them whether it be by blending, juicing, or steaming. He also advocates only getting 10-20% of your calories from fat and he definitely advised all to get their B12 and Vitamin D checked because he sees this to be a common issue, especially in vegans. I just read his book, The Pleasure Trap, and highly recommend it. It will give you insight into what motivates us as a species to eat the way we do and how to avoid the traps that could make us sick.
Speaking of Fasting
Dancer and her buddy Penny
It's the beginning of the year and I know that I'm feeling the urge to do some cleaning externally in my home and internally in my body. Fasting can be a great way to gently cleanse your body of toxins while giving your digestive system a rest. If you want to do a water fast I highly recommend True North Fasting Center: www.healthpromoting.com in Santa Rosa, California.
also just got an e-mail about a green juice fast at the Tree of
Life Rejuvenation Center www.juicefastforpeace.com It looks great!
Happy new year! Lets make it a great one:)