Learning to eat …

January 17, 2013

Reconnecting with this blog and with raw food (& What I ate Thursday)

Filed under: About Me, FOOD!, Health, Questions, Simply Eating — Tags: , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 6:30 pm

1/17/13
So my Blendtec blender is being sent in for repair and *now* is the time I am feeling the urge to reconnect to the raw food world a bit??? It will be like starting over brand new in trying to eat raw food with only the most basic of appliances.

I hope to update what has happened along this journey more in the midst of some simple “what I ate” posts along w/ reflection on how I am feeling as well as how fitness now fits into this wellness approach.

NOTE — if you happen to be reading this blog and know me in real life — I am intentionally not posting these posts to Facebook for the moment… I need a separate space to continue this learning journey while still in a public sharing forum

So first what I ate Thursday
(my first post on this was somehow deleted from my ipad so no fancy formatting 2nd time around!)

Breakfast was a bowl of smashed up banana, apple, orange, blueberries, chopped pumpkin seeds, ground chia seeds –> yum! I ate it at about 8 a.m. (after a cup of green and tulsi tea) and was truly filled until nearly noon when I was able to come home and start working on lunch

yerba mate tea w/ lemon and honey throughout morning

Lunch –> huge chopped salad of beet, zucchini, summer squash, lots and lots of spinach, sunflower seeds, raisins, sesame seeds, olive oil, coconut vinegar, dijon mustard,

Afternoon snacks/drinks: chamomile tulsi tea and other herbal tea & raw carrot cake bites (carrot, walnuts, raisins, coconut, date) –> would try to post recipe link but to me they didn’t turn out great but that could be poor quality carrots possibly; also had a few cashews while cooking, etc.

Dark chocolate coconut drops (made during the holiday season)

Supper –> “Fruit Ice Cake”!!! Nessa asked for this recipe so it was our supper! — unfortunately this is not on a blog but was send in a newsletter (http://www.facebook.com/rawfunfamily is their FB page). The “cake” includes a crust of banana chips and dates, a layer of mango puree (I used frozen mango) and a layer of blended frozen bananas) and some frozen raspberries! … Basically this ends up like a frozen pie as it is layers of blended frozen fruit on top of a crust of banana chips and dates blended/chopped together

Most interesting thing so far about this is that Nessa wanting to make this recipe is part of what is pulling me to pay more attention to eating raw … that, and coming off of travel where I ate out way more than usual I think 🙂

It’s not that I wasn’t eating green smoothies that last few years — I was. Also salads (large and filled with veggies) were very frequent on the list! But there had been a shift, several actually back and forth and now this is part of it … learning to eat is certainly a process!

February 10, 2009

Food Journal: Monday February 9th

Filed under: FOOD!, Food/Fitness Journal, Today I ... — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 12:52 am

OK, this will be quicker than usual because I’m up WAY later than I would like to be, and I just spent over an hour (!) entering my meals into Nutridiary (!), but to be fair it was setting up the account that took some time too. Now if I could just port that info from there to here — or at least give you all a link to see it! Until I figure that out, I’ll just let you know what info I find out there.

Breakfast today was a green smoothie of 1/2 a cantaloupe, a cup of blueberries, and 4 large chard leaves.

Lunch today was 2 large mushrooms w/ avocado (an entire one) spread on top and some sweet onion.

2nd lunch / snack: blood orange, ugli fruit, naval orange

afternoon snack: Quick soup (I’ll write this up later) of 1 T. garlic infused coconut oil, and some chopped sweet onion in hot water.

Supper was a LARGE salad (4 oz of mixed baby greens and spinach), red pepper, grape tomatoes, mixed sprouts (and they didn’t have this in the nutridiary database!), sun-dried tomatoes, 1 T. olive oil, sprinkles of balsamic vinegar (need to stop having so much of that!),  and a few pea pods (also not in that database).

Dessert was “banana ice cream” — 2 bananas and 1/2 cup walnuts (was going to leave out nuts this time as just the bananas were SO good … but daughter wanted nuts and then she didn’t even eat hers!)

So the stats on today — a day of eating w/out a whole lot of thought was:

  • calories: 1551
  • calories from fat: 747 (avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, walnuts were primary source)
  • total fat — 91 grams
  • saturated fat 21 grams (coconut oil — labled as saturated but still very healthy fat and I eat it on purpose)
  • sodium — 677 mg
  • carbs — 189 g
  • dietary fiber 43 g
  • sugars 117 g (all fruit sugars)
  • protein 30 g

Calorie distribution was 48% Fat:  7% Protein: 45%  Carbs: (note these were all complex carbs)

I would say that is slightly higher fat than I usually eat due to having both nuts and the olive oil (I do try, but don’t always succeed in having coconut oil). I *think* (remember this is all evolving as I listen to my body and continue to research and experiment what raw foods I perform best on) that I would like to be closer to 30% or less fat, 10% protein, and the rest carbs (complex carbs in fruits, veggies, and greens). It will be interesting to see what plays out as I continue to track this. I think it will be a useful tool so I can look back and see what looked best. I’ll share reports when I have a chance, and hopefully this will satisify those that have been asking me for caloric breakdowns. I had a good guess that I eat close to 1500 calories a day, and I guess I do … or at least today. 🙂

I will be writing more soon about various goals I mine, but one immediate one brought to light by this food analysis is that I want to try to eat my fats earlier in the day, and I think I’ll save olive oil (even high quality cold pressed) for more rare occasions than a fast supper — so it’s time to really start getting familiar with blending fruits and veggies to make dressings (already love cucumber, celery and chive … didn’t have any cucumber tonight). Also, if I keep my total fat low enough, I think cutting my internal coconut oil to 1-2 tsp instead of tablespoons shoudl be sufficient for health (will continue to experiement though). I think from a training standpoint, I’m going to try to make the 2 days before my longest run each week to be even lower fat days and see what difference that makes in my performance — so no avocados on Friday!

On the fitness front — today was my rest day after two great runs in a row over the weekend … tomorrow it will be back to the gym! I meant to do my Praise moves DVD today though, but didnt’ get to it — must do it tomorrow so likely won’t be posting tomorrow. I did of course do my 20 minutes on the rebounder this morning … entered that into the nutridiary as 20 minutes of general arobics because I didnt see anything for rebounding.

Felt great all day … too much energy tonight — must get decent sleep tonight!

January 23, 2009

I Finally Tried a Blended Salad (Green Smoothie, Green Savory, Savory Smoothies)

blended salad in blendtec blenderSure I love green smoothies, but a blended salad? C’mon salads are not made to be blended right?

Recently I discovered Savory smoothies, and have been enjoying a wide variety of them thanks to the wonderful recipes available to me from the various Raw Diva programs. I have also been enjoying blended soups for a few months now, and have recently started adding a handful of greens to many of the blended soup recipes to make them more nutritional. It certainly occurred to me that this makes the soup a blended green smoothie — just a smoothie with savory ingredients and taste rather than the sweet taste associated with most green smoothies.

I’ve actually been craving savory more than sweet lately.

I’ve also been more open to experimenting lately. So when I still had a LOT of wonderful salad left over this past Sunday, and after having a lot of it for lunch, I wasn’t interested in eating more of it as a salad. So I decided to see if it would make a good soup. I also realized that by literally blending this salad, I was certainly going to have to admit to eating a blended salad!

dcp_6063So, I blended it up. It contained approximately: a cup of mixed spring greens, 1/2 a red pepper, 1/2 a cucumber, 1 stalk of celery, 1/2 cup of tomato, 12/2 cup of mushrooms, 1/2 cup of broccoli, 1/2 cup of green onions, 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds, juice of one lime, a bit of olive oil, and just enough water to blend. I added a bit of salt and ate a bowl full as a warm soup — yum! It would probably have been good as a cold savory smoothie too. It was quite green, and not red like many veggie juices.blended green soup

After eating my bowl of the blended salad, I decided to dehydrated the rest of it so I could use it later.  Much to my surprise today I wanted to eat the dehydrated blended salad just as it was rather than saving it to rehydrate for another blended soup sometime while traveling! It was tangy and very yummy! What a happy surprise. 🙂

P.S. I originally wrote this early in December — so just over a month ago. I no longer find it surprising that I like blended salads! Now a year ago I was just discovering green smoothies and couldn’t even bring myself to use the blended salad term! So, my eating habits and subsequently my palette have certainly changed. I really did find this soup totally yummy. Of course my 11-year-old, very honest, and much too used to processed food daughter totally disagreed with me — so that is your warning! You may want to use some herbs or spices that you really like in your blended salads at first to bring out those strong flavors that you are accostomed to.

For more great recipes, don’t forget to stop by the Green Smoothie blog!

January 21, 2009

Week One/Day 3 of Round Two Body Enlightenment System (BES) Update

Filed under: BES, FOOD!, Health, Today I ... — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 9:35 am
Week 1: Day 3, Tuesday 1/20
 
I did my fast yesterday so that I was mostly not eating on a Monday rather than a Sunday. Sundays are special at our house and if anything they will be my “feast days” rather than fast days. This will be especially true as I fast for Lent. I’ve decided that my personal goal to fast during lent this year and combine spiritual and physical health takes precedence over any other opportunities so I won’t be participating in the live 90 Day Detox that The Raw Divas and the Ecopolitan are offering together… but for anyone looking for information and healing — it is an opportunity not to be missed! (See the Diva blog for details.)
 
So Sunday night for my last meal I just had a normal salad with mixed greens I happened to have around the house, some avocado, lemon, tomatoes, and red pepper.
 
During the day Monday I did drink lemon water and one cup of herbal tea. Sometime this summer I might try only drinking water, but then again I’m starting to think that for me a slight modification in the fasts might be better — one that focuses on green juices only. I also don’t like breaking my fast in the evening, but would rather break it during “prime digestion hours.” So, I may break the next one with a late lunch and of course then start it earlier. These are all observations due to the feedback my body gives me.
 
So yesterday I broke the fast while staying late at work by eating some dehydrated veggies and a few flax crackers. I should have brought fruit with me but didn’t think through how I would feel staying late at work. When I got home Shawn had salad all ready for me so I ate that with a little olive oil and lemon.
 
I ended up getting a headache and going to bed early. That is the first headache I had in a long time, so I’m not sure if it is related to the fast or not. I should have had fruit or something blended to break the fast though. I also think I may not have been drinking enough water since I had a good work out yesterday.
 
Yesterday in addition to my 20 minutes on the rebounder I also went to a gym (I’m gym shopping) and did 20 minutes on a treadmill. It felt good and yet — ouch today I can feel some muscles I haven’t felt for awhile. Sunday I also do the complete Praise Moves workout (much like yoga moves for much of the workout), and that was also awesome.
 
Today’s Food:
  • Large glass water (w/ alkaline Ph drops)
  • Few sips Dandelion tea
  • Quart green smoothie (1/2 at 7:30 and half at 9 a.m.): 3 small pink lady apples, large bunch dandelion greens, large handful parsley, half a lemon
  • Banana late morning
  • Veggie soup made from dehydrated veggies: I took lots of different dehydrated veggies in a bag to work, including onion and parsley and cilantro for flavor, and added a big handful to a cup of hot water along with a little salt (next time will remember pepper). Yummy! Water may have gotten too hot to be actually considered raw as the veggies soaked but still not processed much and very satisfying light lunch. — had 2 mugs of this.
  • Few flax crackers with the soup
  • large cup of herbal tea (vitamin C blend … lots of good stuff)
  • aprox 26 oz of filtered water
  • Few chocolate covered peanuts***
  • Avocado & Tomato sandwich on dehydrated flax bread (one avocado mashed on top of the break w/ small tomato sliced on top of it and just a little sea salt; the flat bread was simply flax, red pepper, nutritional yeast and water blended and dehydrated)
  • Cup of herbal tea
  • Banana pudding with coconut oil and coconut flakes (just blend ripe bananas in blender w/ T. coconut oil and sprinkle flakes on top)
  • Fruit/Veggie count: 14 servings
  • Specific Greens count*: 3 servings
  • Grain/Seed count: 3 serving
  • Fat**: 6 servings (avocado, flax crackers and bread, coconut oil, and those chocolate peanuts)
  • Oil: 1 servings
 
*This is also counted in the total fruit and veggie count. 
**Includes oils as well as natural fats in seeds, avocados, etc.
***I’m all about the honesty, lol. These were some that a co-worker brought in from a nearby candy store and I allowed old habits to take over and indulge with others (note that I didn’t say “I couldn’t resist” because I clearly know that I could have). They didn’t even taste all that great in the end.
 
 
Today’s Fitness:
20 minutes this morning was the Praise Moves 20 minute workout! So a bit of cardio to get going and then lots of great stretching and inspiration! Did another 10 minutes on the bouncer and some stretching later in the evening. Also walked a bit outside!
 
 How I felt:
For the most part great! I did have a bit of a tummy ache as I was going to bed so I think I shouldn’t have had something so late, especially with oil in it. Also my eyes were itchy, so I think it was those few peanuts I had (I’m sensitive to mold and almost all peanuts have mold spores on them) … so they certainly were not worth it. Energy felt even throughout the day and emotions were good. I felt nourished.
 
Affirmation/Power Thought:
I choose to allow everything to flow smoothly, swiftly and efficiently in everything I do.
 
 
 P.S. This is a committment to record my BES journey here, but not to blog daily. Also, I have officially met the 50 lb mark in weight loss, and will update the weight and inches chart as soon as possible.

January 8, 2009

The weight just keeps falling off! (Do you want to loose weight? Are you? What have you tried?)

Filed under: FOOD!, Health, Today I ..., weight loss — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 10:50 am

Today I’m simply going to ramble a bit. It’s the new year and everyone is all about resolutions and wanting to look better (feel better?) and, of course, loose weight!

How many of you have weight loss resolutions or goals? (Maybe I should set up a poll or survey!)

I have to admit to having those types of resolutions in the past, but honestly not often. You’ll notice that this year I didn’t list any specific resolutions. I will however be posting an “Eating Manifesto” for the year soon. Generally for me it has either been the case that I’m on a healthy path or I’m not. I have never  rarely gone for a typical “diet” or quick fix. The few times I did go with something that was all the rage, like my brief  journey into the Atkins world years ago, I have always regretted it. And counting calories or points is something I knew would NEVER be for me. That sounds simply like it is all about the negative and deprivation — what you can’t have rather than enjoying nature’s bounty and what you CAN have. And typical canned diet shakes such as slim fast??? YUCK and full of YUCK!

You MUST feed your body first! And the more I learn about health and nutrition the more convinced I am that if you take care of your body, then proper weight (and great skin!) will follow.

So when I hear about all of the recommendations or the various things people (especially women?) are trying in order to loose weight it kind of makes me sad because I know that attaining better health is SO doable!

Ahh, but this post is about my own releasing of weight right? Or at least that is what the title indicated!

So, during this past month — aka “the holidays” — I LOST nearly 10 pounds instead of gaining the traditional holiday 5 to 10 pounds! And I did this without much exercise. The lack of exercise is NOT something I recommend. In fact my very specific goals/resolutions for the new year focus almost entirely on exercise and fitness because I know this is an area that I really need to start kicking myself in the butt about and get going and get in shape!

But back to the weight loss …

I will do an official weigh in and measurements this weekend. But so far things are looking good for the past month according to my quick jump on the scale when I got back from my 2 week driving vacation with the kids. I have to admit I indulged a bit (a little is fine unless you are allergic, etc.) — gluten free christmas cookies, and LOTS of tortilla corn chips with LOTS of gaucamole and salsa, and of course a few glasses of great organic red wine. So, see I DO indulge some. 🙂  Then last weekend I stayed raw but indulged in A LOT of raw pizza and then cheese sauce the next day (too much of anything isn’t good … with the cheeses I eneded up with LOTS of nuts in my diet for a few days — high fat and while healthy in general these proportions were a bit excessive).

I also paid close attention to how my body responded to these various foods, and I did indeed notice that I was less than at my best. And who wants that long term? A hangover, even just from food, is really not the way to live life. The same goes for feeling bloated or constipated. My health concerns may make this a bit more extreme than what others experience but we can ALL learn by listening to our bodies MORE than we listen to the scale.

But if you really want to loose weight ??

I recommend starting with the advice from Michael Pollan, author of the Omnivore’s Dilemma: “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

You want more specifics?? Well, stay tuned because I’ll be sharing lots more soon. But in the meantime, get your groove on with green smoothies. If nothing else it will help you get your recommended fruits and veggies (especially greens!!!).

Follow me, in all my every day glory on twitter at: http://twitter.com/tamigroth

And, likely more important when looking to gain health and/or loose weight, follow the Green Smoothie Queen: http://twitter.com/SmoothieQueen

~ Tami

P.S. If I’m right, I’ll be nearing a 50 pound weight loss next week! How should I celebrate?

December 14, 2008

Snap Shot of Simply Eating (cucumber and orange bell pepper)

Filed under: FOOD!, Simply Eating, Snap Shot — Tags: , , , , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 10:31 pm

Simple Eating and Simply Delicious (cucumber and orange pepper)

Simple Eating and Simply Delicious (cucumber and orange pepper)

I snapped this quickly while at work simply because it looked as wonderful as it tasted. It hit the spot to both nourish me and satisfy with wonderful taste and texture!  Who needs dips when the food is simply this gloriously good!

So I believe a new feature is born on this simple blog — snapshots of simply eating. Simple foods that I really am eating. Not foods I created from complex recipes or that I wanted to create simply for this blog. No, this is stuff that I eat just to fill my belly and nourish my body and soul. These may simply be photos with quick descriptions, stay tuned. 🙂

This one if you want a better description is one large cucumber mostly pealed and sliced THIN and a juicy orange pepper sliced, and then great olive oil drizzled over it all and a sprinkle of sea salt on top (do NOT use regular table salt please).

YUM!

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