I started this journal in hopes that my life could help or inspire someone else. Enjoy!
Carrot Orange Juice
I'm Bringing Juicing Back! Somewhere along the line I read that juicing was not optimum and that it is much better to blend your veggies to get the fiber. But how can you say anything against juicing when I eat the pulp right after???!!!! I've been juicing with my sprout bags and my blender and I love it because the pulp is still fairly wet after I've squeezed the juice out of it. I usually over buy veggies at the farmer's market and I've found that juicing them is a great way to make sure that they don't go bad in the fridge! I've been juicing mainly tomatoes, carrots, celery, bell peppers, greens, ginger, and lemon juice. The cool thing is that when you use the sprout bags to juice you can juice seaweed! I just throw some seaweed into the blender as well. I put the cucumbers and tomatoes on the bottom and add a little water so that the blender will catch. The best thing about juicing with a blender and a sproutbag is that the juice is so milky because it has little pulp in it. It tastes like pressed juice!
Juice Pulp Salad
After I drink the juice I save the pulp to make a salad later. I take the pulp and then I squeeze lemon juice on it and mash some avocado in and top it with cucumbers, seaweed, sauerkraut, tomatoes, bell pepper, and anything else in my fridge. I then drizzle on Udo's choice Vegan DHA oil and some seasonings. I love it! I really enjoy my juice fiber salads they are so much easier to digest than a regular salad.
As far as juicing I don't think anyone can convince me that juicing is bad. I love the way it makes me feel, I get energy from it, and I love the way it makes my skin look. Juicing is especially great for someone who isn't all raw because it is this awesome boost of enzymes and nutrients. I try to go easy on the carrots because I know they have a lot of sugar when you juice them but I use them sparingly for a little sweetness. I don't recommend juicing fruits though, I still recommend blending those for the fiber, but juicing veggies is fab in my book!
fruit salad with freeze dried blueberries
I've been bringing fruit to work and cutting it up into a salad. It's so easy to throw a few pieces of fruit in a bag and cut them up into a bowl at work. It's autumn now in California and I've been enjoying locally grown pears, apples, persimmons, pineapple guavas, plums, and grapes. Sometimes I'll add a little banana but I prefer to eat most of my food seasonally and locally. It's good for you, your budget, and the environment. I'm so lucky I live in California and that I'm able to do that.
On Saturday I picked some fresh figs off a friend's tree! I wish I had my camera! They were so beautiful. I felt so lucky to be able to pick figs at the end of October and this last week the weather has been up in the eighties. Move to California already people! Just kidding we have enough people, ha ha.
Freeze Dried Mangosteen
My guy and I went to the pumpkin patch and picked out pumpkins to carve before Halloween. Again, I wish I had my camera it was so fun, I felt like a kid. Been so proud of my guy lately he's really made an effort to eat more whole foods and try to be as vegan as possible. He's been really into making this amazing cooked vegetable soup with vegetables we get at the farmer's market and he discovered this vegan coconut ice cream called Coco Bliss at our local coop. It's not raw, but the ingredients are really pure. The coconut flavor just has coconut milk, dried coconut, and agave nectar. I'm going to have to make him a raw version. He's such a sweetie and so super supportive of my raw lifestyle and I'm so proud of him that he's eating better.
Last journal I talked about some of my raw treats. This time I wanted to talk about my favorite snacks. Once and awhile a raw foodist wants something crispy, crunchy, and dry. We did grow up on snacks like popcorn and chips! What I do to satisfy my crispy craving is to eat freeze dried fruit and veggies. On the left are some freeze dried mangosten that I got at Trader Joes and I also love freeze dried mango, strawberries, pineapple, rambutan, blueberries, but my absolute favorite is freeze dried banana. They are the healthy version of banana chips, because they are not fried! I usually buy them from my local Whole Foods from a company called Just Tomatoes. I'm sure you could find them online as well.
Freeze dried peas and corn make a great replacement for popcorn. I also like to munch on baby carrots and as you can see on the right they have started making yellow baby cut carrots which I feel have a milder flavor than the regular orange ones. I also like Samson flax crackers that are made locally in Sonoma county. They are the best tasting flax cracker I've ever had. I like to put avocado and tomato on them for a quick snack.
Samson Flax Crackers
My guy took me on an amazing little weekend getaway to a place called Fort Ross about 40 minutes from Bodega Bay. On the left is a photo from our room window. We were right on the coast and the room was amazing with a fireplace, hot tub, and a beautiful ocean view. The best part was that when you looked up you could see all these tiny little stars that you can't see in larger cities. The sky looked so magnificent. My guy and I spent a lot of time just gazing at them in wonder and amazement. Then the next day we got a massage and did the enzyme bath at Osmosis in Freestone. The enzyme bath is this rice bran and cedar chip mixture that is naturally fermented so that it is hot at 118 degrees. You are buried in the mixture and it feels heavy and warm on your body. It's supposed to be good and detoxifying for you. It was a cool experience but I think I'll stick to the infrared sauna if I want a detox treatment. It was a little too hot for me, but definitely relaxing!
Sunset at Fort Ross
My guy sent me this quote the other day and we both really liked it, and try to live our lives by focusing on what is important like: love, kindness, and really enjoying and appreciating life. What is life if you can't enjoy it right? That is why making time for these little getaways are so important to us. It seem like when we are the most happy and relaxed we attract the most abundance in our lives. Here is the quote he sent me:
A wonderful Message by George Carlin: The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways , but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much , and pray too seldom.
Enzyme Bath Osmosis
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things. We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait.
We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less. These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom.
Speaking of my guy. He gave me this huge life sized bear to snuggle with while he is on business trips. This bear is so huge we use it as a pillow to snuggle with while watching T.V.! Isn't he adorable.
Anyways loves, I know I'm late as usual on this journal thing! Been a huge month of transition for me, must be the changing of the seasons. Thanks for hanging in there,