Learning to eat …

January 19, 2013

No honey in the house means it’s time to cut back on even natural sugars

Filed under: Challenges, Health — Tags: , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 12:36 pm

In the last few years my family has never gone long without honey, and usually lots of honey. This fall we bought a gallon of honey from the farmers market thinking it would see us through the winter. It’s mid-January and even with honey gifted from a family member now keeping bees we are out of honey.

To say we go through a lot of honey in this house seems to be an understatement. On the other side of that statement is the realization that we had gone to using honey almost exclusively as our sweetener of choice for baking. This means if I was doing a lot of baking for my family, we would go through a lot of honey.

But we also used it daily in tea, coffee and other goodies.

I think I need to use this time of not having honey in the house to just go with it and do a cleanse of all sweeteners, even natural ones for awhile. I’m not going to set a certain amount of time right now but just see how it goes.

Already I seem to notice the natural sweetness of foods coming out more and more, and that is a good thing. I will continue to take advantage of the sweetness found naturally in foods as I explore this time of not adding concentrated sweeteners to my food.

What have your experiences with honey and other sweeteners been?

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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!

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?

November 30, 2008

No Wonder My Pants Were Falling Off! (weight loss and more at the end of the Body Enlightenment System)

Filed under: About Me, Challenges, Health, Today I ..., weight loss — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 11:19 pm

groth_34-2Whoa! Time to check in with my Learning to Eat blog because I have certainly been learning to eat! The BES ends tomorrow, and it has been an incredible month. It’s truly the beginning of permanent changes for so many wonderful people. For me personally it has meant a refining of what I eat and how to eat it, AND at the same time it has been full of emotional processing and release. While I’ve lost weight and inches, I have GROWN in the many important ways.

I’ll share the numbers with you first. I want to point out the completeness of the numbers and encourage any of you that are interested in weight loss (remember my primary goal is total health), to measure more than just weight. I’m glad that I have the scale that measures body fat as well. Even if it’s not the most accurate BF calculation possible, it still shows that even when the scale isn’t going down as fast as it seems it should that I am indeed loosing fat. Also I’m SO glad I started the month with taking measurements because now I have concrete numbers to look at about what is changing with my body. For those of you not inclined to take measurements, then simply looking at how your clothes fit can be a great guide as well … my measurements confirmed what my clothes had already been telling me – I was loosing inches off of my hips, butt, and belly!!! This is good because this is where all my fat went the last few years. J So, off it comes now!

Month of the BES (Body Enlightenment System) by the Numbers

  • Weight lost: 7.2 pounds
  • Percent Body Fat Lost: 2%
  • Inches Lost: 11.75
  • Clothing sizes change: -2 (from sizes 18/20 to sizes 12/14! … no more XL!)

Official Measurements on 11/30/08
Waist: 37 (-2)
Chest: 41 (same)
Hips: 43 (-3)
Right Thigh: 21.75 (-1.75)
Left Thigh: 21.5 (-2)
Right Arm: 13 (same)
Left Arm: 13 (-.5)
Belly 43 (-2.5)

Date

Weight

Body Fat %

Inches Total

May 2008

220

10/16/08

194.0

43.7

10/25/08

191.0

42.9

11/1/08

187.6

41.7

245

11/15/08

184

40.8

11/22/08

181.8

40.8

11/30/08

180.4

39.7

233.25

Loss to Date:

39.6

4%

11.75

But I have to tell you that the weight and inches that are coming off is truly only a fraction of what is happening. For me personally I am also gaining so much insight into my health in so many ways, and even more than that my emotions and spirit are evolving in ways that feel really good.

Abundance of greens and veggies!

Abundance of greens and veggies!

So, if I was learning about raw foods, the importance of eating greens, and a alkaline diet before the BES program, what did BES do for me? Well, first there was a HUGE amount of support both personally and as part of a community. That support and sense of community was so helpful at this point because eating such a unique diet can be isolating, especially as the holidays approach. There was also a sense that someone would always be there to reach out to with questions or for support—someone that understood the process I was going through, and likely someone armed with information to help.

BES also has a fitness component and I’m sure that is why my bottom has begun to disappear. As I’ve both done my 20 minute minimum each day and also started integrated more activity throughout my day (squats, push ups, etc. throughout the day). And Tera makes the fitness component SO fun with fun names and challenges for everything. I feel I’ve made a breakthrough with fitness again because I realized yesterday, when I didn’t do my 20 minutes on the rebounder, that the day just didn’t seem quite right. I now know that I feel and do better when I start my day with that 20 minutes (or more) of heart-pumping activity.dcp_5757

And something I had no idea before starting the BES program is that it includes not only LOTS of encouraging affirmations, but also daily worksheets and a commitment to make changes. I found the daily worksheets were very empowering as they showed me daily all of the great choices I did make with meals and fitness, AND they gave me the opportunity to list the things I plan to do, check them off when I did them, and list what to improve on tomorrow.

The most powerful line on the sheet though is the one that lists one thing you could do today that you’ve been putting off. So each day I was encouraged to do something I had been putting off. For me, and especially this month, was HUGE. This alone could have transformed my life this month. It’s a process and there are still a couple of things left for me to list on that line this next week before I even have to think hard about what I might be putting off – but I have accomplished so much. And in the process I’ve let so much of the negative energy attached with procrastinating things! J (Praise God!)

A Wonderfully Savory Green Smoothie

A Wonderfully Savory Green Smoothie

And then there is the hardest thing to talk about – the emotional processes of the BES program. I think it should be called Total Person Enlightenment Program! And I learned how these things go together. I learned that processing emotions and digesting foods are two things that each take a LOT of energy. In fact that can take so much energy that your body often can’t do both things at once – this means you can effectively stop your emotional processing by eating – hmm stuffing our emotions quite literally! This also means that when you don’t eat as much, eat things that are easier to digest, or do a fast (we do water or juice fasts on BES for partial days) – well, then the emotions are free to flow! This can be overwhelmingly surprising for someone that thought the emotions were already dealt with! But no we have many layers of emotions and I think I’ll have to do much more fasting (and then praying/meditating) before I’ve peeled off all of the layers!

The BES program gave me the support I needed to go ahead and start feeling and processing some complicated emotions. Those that know me know that my daughter’s birth/death anniversary is November 10th and November has been a really, really hard month for me for the last seven years … I went into this November with all positive affirmations and feeling really great. I thought I was just going to peacefully remember my sweet girl, but no my spirit, now free to emote away, had other ideas. So, for a few hours I was thinking maybe this was not the time to be doing the BES program, but then I realized that I maybe would not even have been able to access those emotions if it were not for the BES program. Now that is powerful!

Now that the program is over, but the evolution of me continues. I will be part of a continued coaching program with Tera from The Raw Divas, and I will continue to post on the Green Smoothie Blog, and I’m sure I’ll do another live session of BES in the future. Additionally, one of my post-BES goals is to stop ignoring this blog. J I’m going to get back to posting nearly every day simply about what I’m eating no matter how mundane it sounds to me. I want to do this for future reference for myself as well as so that everyone knows what I’m eating. I’ll also occasionally update my fitness activities, and hopefully do some really juicy posts all about vegetables and how I’m continuing to learn to eat!

Yours in health ~ Tami

P.S. Are you joining me on the 24 Day Green Smoothie Countdown to Christmas?

October 31, 2008

Some Goals (Weight Loss)

Filed under: About Me, Challenges, Health, weight loss — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 9:39 am

I mean goals other than feeling well — healthy, vibrant and all that. 🙂

Why wait for New Years?!?

I’ve been encouraged that even during this challenging week when I’ve done very little for exercise and have had a mini chocolate bar or two (mostly fair trade at least), that I’ve still dropped a little weight … and the Body Enlightenment System is just starting this Saturday so things should just get better and better!

So, I started thinking about what could happen if I kept losing weight a couple of pounds a week on average.

And I decided that if that happens, these would be reasonable goals:

  • By Christmas Vacation (December 17th is approximately when we leave) — be at 170 pounds or less
  • By Easter be at 145 pounds or less (April 12th; lent starts Feb. 25th)

Earlier this week I verified via medical records that according to the scale at the clinic I was at 220 in May 2008, so I’m going to use that as my “highest weight” even though I think it may have been a tad higher before that. So, according to that I’ve lost 30 pounds so far!

According my my medical records the weight was slowly starting to come off about the same time I slowly increased my percentage of raw food. Looking back I would guess that it was about August when I became about 95% raw, and started actually paying attention to it closely. I’ve also discovered that I feel the best with primarily fruits, vegetables and greens. This means I do eat some nuts and sprouted grains, but that isn’t my daily diet at this point.

If I meat my goals, I’ll have lost 50 pounds by Christmas and a total of 75 by Easter!!!

After that I think my goal will just be to increase my physical fitness and stay healthy. I think that will mean continueing to eat a high raw food diet, but I’m not sure what percentage that will be. I may include more cooked whole grains in my diet at some point, especially in the winter, but remain low/healthy-fat vegan (wild and brown rice, potatoes, etc. — macrobiotics or McDougal eating plan?),  and still eat a high percentage of raw foods including green smoothies daily. I can’t imagine going more than a short while without green smoothies at this point. 🙂

I’m also thinking very seriously about doing a juice/Green Smoothie fast during lent, but I’m not committing to specifics yet at this point. I do feel very strongly about doing something like this though. Having a juicer at my house before that would be a requirement though. 🙂

OK, now that this is out there in the public world, I just need to make some reminders around my house. 🙂

Looking at it this way sure makes those couple of pounds a week look good!

In Health and Happiness —

October 27, 2008

Saturday morning weigh in … and prep week for Body Enlightentment System (BES)

Filed under: Challenges, Health, Saturday Morning Weigh In — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 3:31 pm

OK, so as you’ll notice I don’t always POST on the same day the information is recorded. My goal is to have Saturday be my weigh in day, and then to post it as soon as possible after that. I may or may not weigh myself between Saturdays, but I won’t be posting it.

The weights and body fat percentages are from my home scale unless otherwise noted. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to do any kind of before or after picture. I will likely do measurements when I get around to it. 🙂

Stats for Saturday October 25, 2008

  • Weight: 191.0
  • Body Fat %: 42.9

Well, now it’s out there for the whole world to see! (I’ve done scarier things though.)

And the exciting news is that this is the prep week for the BES. I’ve very excited about this as I could really use some encouragement and inspiration on this journey to wellness and releasing weight. I have certainly noticed that I feel better when I stick to eating simple fruits, vegetables, and GREENS! I think my body would love me if I lived on green smoothies … but old habits are hard to break.

My big accomplishment this week has been learning to not eat too much. Even with eating only salads, raw soups and smoothies, I was sometimes simply eating too much. So I’m practicing learning to eat simply until I’m not hungry anymore or have enjoyed a small portion of food rather than continueing to eat. For example, I usually would eat the entire blender full of soup that I made, but instead I now eat one bowl full and save the rest for later (sometimes I dehydrate it so I have a fast and easy meal when not at home). I then try to slow down and really enjoy my food. Sometimes this is difficult to do when eating with young kids or at the office, but I’m trying!

Have you checked out the new posts on the Green Smoothie blog? Yum!

September 29, 2008

So now that I’ve eaten it, please tell me what was in it.

Filed under: Challenges, Health, Today I ... — Tags: , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 5:19 pm
 
This is the kind of requests I got from my husband and older daughter over the weekend. I’ve decided to go ahead and hide veggies in more than smoothies. I’m even hiding veggies in their cooked food. 😉 I’ve been thinking about it in theory for awhile, but I haven’t been doing much of the cooking for everyone else as just keeping up with my food has been enough most days. Over the weekend I was inspired to finally try some of the recipes from the cookbook, Deceptively Delicious, that I received for my birthday. Well, I’m impressed. I think I’ll follow a few more of the actual recipes before trying the general theory much on my own.
 
I want to be clear that I want my family to learn to love their fruits and veggies, especially raw fruits and veggies in their full raw glory. But I also realize that this is a transition, and I also have to be realistic. So, I was pretty happy when Nessa (3) dived into her chocolate fondue with fruit with full abandon, and I smiled even more when Megan (11) was shocked to hear me tell our guest that the fondue contained carrot and avocado as well as chocolate and sugar. Now I just have to get them to love it without so much sugar! The yummy muffins and puffy eggs also had veggies in them too. The eggs were the ones that surprised me the most. I’ve hid some things in sweet baked goods before, but never in other types of dishes so I’m looking forward to exploring that aspect of getting kids to eat their veggies. The eggs were wonderful even though I removed the cheese (did add some nutritional yeast and other flavoring) and used gluten free flour in them as well as adding the squash puree.
 
I alwaysalmost always try to include lots of fresh veggies and fruit with the meal as well (we all have not so great days!) And everyone is encouraged to take a “no thank you” bite as I try to be patient to see if introducing them to something more than ten times will have any (positive?) affect at all. In the meantime it is kind of fun to hear them go on and on about how yummy something is while knowing it’s at least a little bit good for them. And it’s especially fun knowing that it contains something that they would *never* eat otherwise. Everyone except the 3-year-old realize I’m doing it so I don’t feel that deceptive, nor do I want to be. The interesting thing is that I don’t think Nessa would even mind if she saw me put orange and green things in her food as long as the final product fit her expectations. With green smoothies she loves putting the greens in, but she won’t ever put unblended greens much past her lips. I don’t know if it’s truly texture or more than that, but there are some things she is convinced that she doesn’t like. And we all know that that argument is useless with a 3-year-old.

September 3, 2008

Today (and yesterday) I struggled really hard with what to eat…

Filed under: Challenges, Health, Today I ... — Tags: , , , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 10:54 pm

During our Labor Day Vacation I ate about 75% raw food, and for the most part felt pretty good. A few times something I ate let me know I probably shouldn’t have done it, but it was pretty good for vacation food. I probably was still following a PH Balance type of diet. Unfortunately, my body is healing and needs even more than that. Every bite must count if I’m going to continue the amazing recovery and be totally rid of my chronic fatigue, fibromalagia, and food allergy symptoms.

For some reason temptation has seemed worse since coming home. It almost seemed harder the last couple of days than it did when I originally turned to raw foods for nutrition. I’m not sure why that is. At the same time I realize that I am on the verge from PMS to actually having my period and in the past that was always the worst for cravings in general, and in the past that always ended in chocolate, lots of chocolate and also something salty. Those items never crossed my mind today so that is significant progress all by itself. Today I was just tempted to grab a coke or other soda when opening the work fridge today, tempted to brew a cup of fresh “rain forest nut” coffee in our break room, and SO tempted to help myself to some Indian sauce (bottled) and rice (white basmati) for supper along with the rest of my family. The Indian sauce smelled SO good and I do miss Indian food (although I do love curried coleslaw on my raw food diet), so I’ll be looking for more raw food recipes that use Indian spices. I know it was cravings though because the ketchup and mustard were nearly as appealing last night (parent disclaimer: they are expensive nitrate and gluten free hot dogs … Applegate I think). Knowing that I beat these cravings once, helps me know I can do it again.

So, with the help of wonderful experts like the Raw Divas and GreenSmoothieGirl, I’m going to make it through just fine, and get back to where I was before vacation. By that I mean back to where my energy levels are increasing as well as stabilizing so I don’t stay up late one night and come home from work exhausted the next day, and my other physical symptoms simply disappear again. Those physical symptoms seemed to include my fall seasonal allergies earlier in August, but today that was being tested so we’ll see. I’m also hoping that this nutrition helps my body heal from my recent accident more quickly than it otherwise would heal. Of course I’ll still have to do the prescribed stretching, exercises and other therapies too, but I know my body needs good nutrition to support that healing.

So — What did I eat today?

For breakfast I had a green smoothie of course (I am so thankful for this fast easy meal — the suburb nutrition is just a bonus!). I used a couple of chunks of frozen banana along with a white nectarine and a white peach, and several chard leaves. I was going to go with only white nectarines, but two of them were going bad already when Shawn just bought them the day before. 😦

Lunch was a HUGE salad with mixed greens, spinach, carrots, olives (probably a no, no but I’ve been craving them and I gave in), banana peppers, peas, and salsa and guacamole (commercial so questionable). I also snacked on some raw Italian-flavored flax crackers.

Supper was a smoothie with raspberries, bananas, blueberries, and kale along with a simple salad of mixed baby greens and more of the sweetest organic orange cherry tomatoes I’ve ever had.

Tonight I also got the dehydrator going again, and filled with with tomatoes that I picked at my parent’s farm on the way back home on Monday. I picked 3 bags of tomatoes and after filling the dehydrator I still have a sink full of tomatoes. The reason I say sink full is because I have to wash these tomatoes very well because they are not organic and after picking them with my bare hands (didn’t even think to find gloves) my hands were raw and itchy. I say that not to complain but just as an example of what every-day pesticides can do even at the skin level, and also to say that with careful washing and preparation non-organic foods can still be extremely nourishing to our bodies. Please don’t let the inability to grow or purchase organic food stop you from eating lots of raw fruits and veggies!!!! With all those tomatoes in the dehydrator my daughter told me I could sell them, but I told her they were for us to enjoy this winter! Well, maybe I’ll have enough to give away a few packed olive oil at the holidays (Shhh).

I also have corn from the farm to enjoy. I’m dehydrating some to make raw corn meal, and I’m also hoping to use some to make corn bread and corn chips in my dehydrator. Making food in the dehydrator certainly helps teach me patience and planning — who would know that a diet could teach so much! 🙂

August 21, 2008

Can you feel my excitement?

Filed under: About Me, Challenges, Health, Today I ... — Tags: — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 8:26 pm

I am so moved and excited by being a winner of one of The Great Green Smoothie Awards!!!

This blog was inspired by the challenge as well, and I knew when I started it that I was still at the beginning of my journey. I can’t even begin to express how meaningful this challenge and the past week has been to me … but I’m sure I’ll find some words eventually.

Thank you, thank you, thank you ….

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