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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!

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Week 1 Days 4 and 5 …. Eating plans and Fitness Log … and more!

Filed under: BES, Today I ... — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 2:29 am

Week 1/Day 5 Thursday January 22, 2008
And I thought Wednesday was busy! Wow, the time flew by.

Today’s Food:

  • Large glass water (w/ alkaline Ph drops)
  • Smoothie: 3 small pink lady apples and bunch of parsley/cilantro
  • 20 oz filtered water
  • Veggie soup made from mixed dehydrated veggies, fresh garlic, and few spices — 2 servings also 1/2 tsp coconut oil mixed in
  • Handful flax crackers
  • Mug “vitamin C” herbal tea
  • Banana Walnut ice cream (2 bananas, 1/2 cup walnuts)
  • Handful raw carrot sticks
  • Large bowl blended veggie soup on top of chopped veggies (tomatoes, red/yellow pepper, cauliflower, avocado, cucumber, celery, carrots, spinach, bit of kale)
  • Large glass water (w/ alkaline Ph drops)
  • Fruit/Veggie count: 12 servings
  • Specific Greens count*: 2 servings
  • Grain/Seed/nuts count:  2 serving (walnuts and flax crackers)
  • Fat**: 4 servings
  • Oil: 1 servings (coconut oil)


Today’s Fitness:

My 20 minutes on the rebounder this morning and a very short walk outside, that’s it. I wanted to do more at night but didn’t get to it. Does typing count as exercise?

How I felt
Great most of the day. A little emotional at times, but I think that was environment and lack of aerobic exercise as much as anything else. I had way too much energy at night as I stayed up way too late. 😦

Inspiration / Power Thought/Affirmation/Quote
I accept my experiences and choose to constantly learn and grow.

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Week 1/Day 4 Wednesday January 21, 2008
Wednesdays are always busy, so it’s a good thing that they are also generally “yoga day.”
Today’s Food:
  • Large glass water (w/ alkaline Ph drops)
  • Pineapple shake (half a pineapple and a stalk of celery, incuding leaves blended on whole juice with the Blendtec) — YUM!!!
  • 8 oz filtered water
  • mug of warm water with juice of one lemon
  • quart of green smoothie: 2 bananas, cup (?) cherries, bunch parsley, 2 handfuls spinach
  • Mug of veggie soup made by re hydrating veggies in hot water — yum!
  • handful flax crackers
  • handful raw carrot sticks
  • Salad made with: spinach, baby greens, red bell pepper, and caramelized onions (left over from raw pizza had couple of weeks ago .. was craving them so pulled them out of freezer and put them in dehydrator to warm) — YUM!
  • Large glass water (w/ alkaline Ph drops)
  • Fruit/Veggie count: 12 servings
  • Specific Greens count*: 4 servings
  • Grain/Seed count: 1 serving
  • Fat**: 1 servings
  • Oil: 0 servings
*This is also counted in the total fruit and veggie count.
**Includes oils as well as natural fats in seeds, avocados, etc.
Today’s Fitness:

20 minutes on rebounder first thing in the morning. Hour-long yoga class at Simple Pleasures in La Crescent.
How I felt:
Even though I feel like I slept well last night (falling asleep close to 11 p.m.) I was still sleepy this morning. But I did wake up on my own before the alarm went off so that is a very good sign. I still felt kind of tired even after a shower, but then felt great after my pinapple shake and got going in the morning quite well!
Affirmation/Power Thought:
I am aware of my feelings and choose to be present to them!

January 21, 2009

January 21 & 22 only! Buy The Live Food Factor and Receive 50 Free Gifts, and Be Eligible for Prizes!

Filed under: Uncategorized — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 2:41 pm

I want to pass this along to anyone that may be new to raw foods (and anyone else). I haen’t yet seen this book in person so I cannot personally endorse the book, but you can read the Amazon reviews and decide for yourself — and look at the great freebies you’ll get if you purchase the book NOW !

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I haven’t spent money on much of anything related to food for awhile as I’m tight with my money, and I can do so much with the information I have from my existing books, online information and blogs, and my Body Enlightenment and Ecopolitan Home Health Seminars… but sometimes it’s nice to have books to hold in your hands — complete with photos. So, I’m seriously considering buying this book, and the free ebooks and possible prizes just may put me over the edge so that I spend my allowance and push that “buy now” button.

If you buy it, please let me know what you think of it!

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?

January 2, 2009

Raw Cravings and The Importance of Greens

Filed under: About Me, Challenges — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 3:32 pm

I have just returned from vacation, and like all vacations it meant vacation eating. It was pretty healthy all things considered, but vacation eating none-the-less. And now that I am home I am craving all sorts of raw food goodies — and especially fresh raw soups. In fact it was interesting to see the broccoli soup as the last post on this blog because creamy broccoli soup sounds so good right now. I’ve also been dreaming up some celery soup as well. I think I’m seriously addicted to celery.

I learned a lot while on vacation. I learned a lot about myself in general and a lot about food and my eating of food, and how it affects me. I will write more about that later; however, today I had one simple little ephinany that I want to share right away — the greens are it when considering the MOST important food type you can eat!!! Much research shows the importance of greens, but I just confirmed this for myself. I think eating an ABUNDANCE of greens is more important than being raw foodist (70% or more raw food consumption), eating vegan, eating low fat (or more importantly “right fat”), or just about anything else I can think. Besides the nutrients involved I know that greens help in keeping the body correctly PH Balanced (alkaline instead of acid), and I’m sure this is also important for my personal health.

So, what led to this ephinany? Well, lots of little things as I looked back at the foods I’ve eaten over the last few weeks and the result of how I feel and look (I have pimples again for the first time in months). Yesterday I decided that I would start the year out 100% raw, and I did. But I was tired and in the evening I went to bed with an upset tummy. Now this is likely due to either plain over consumption (loved those jicama sticks a bit too much), using too much spice (chili powder), or just bad food combining. But … it made me realize that I also hadn’t had any greens all day as I had started the day with a mono-meal of “melon milk” (blended cantaloupe … yummy but no greens). And shortly after that my eyes started to itch the familiar allergy itch that I haven’t felt in MONTHS except for days that I haven’t eaten my greens … so this time it clicked that it was indeed the missing greens as the culprit. Proving again to me that often it is as much what one is NOT eating as what one IS eating.

This is probably why consuming green smoothie daily as my start int raw foodism and PH balanced eating was so important, and how I was able to see such dramatic results.

Someone once said that they start their day with greens because they never know what the rest of the day will bring. I think this is very wise, and something I should do my best to follow in 2009! 🙂

I’ll be off to the store this evening to stock up on the makings for various raw blended soups, green smoothies, green juices, and more. And I’ll be getting ingredients for one more complex raw meal as well, this week likely pizza, as Shawn has practically requested that I experiment each weekend with a raw meal for the entire family because he so loved what he ate that at the Ecopolitan in Minneapolis. 🙂

Looking at recipes and raw food blogs has been a great inspiration for me — here’s to a great 2009!!!

December 14, 2008

Broccoli Cashew Soup (FAST and Super Simple Raw Blended Soup)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 10:53 pm

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This was my WONDERFUL and wonderfully simple supper tonight, and I just had to share it right away.

I had some broccoli to use up, and I knew I wanted soup, and I didn’t want to have to guy buy anything in order to complete my soup. I also didn’t want to have to soak almonds before-hand (plus I think too many almonds disagree with me). So, I thought I would see how cashews worked since I had them right there on the counter leftover from the stash purchased for holiday meals the last few weeks.

First the results — well, it was one of the most beautiful soups I’ve ever made (if you like green, that is!). And it was SO nice and thick! And yummy, yummy, yummy!

I was going to add a green salad to this meal, but felt totally satisfied with this ONE bowl of soup!

The recipe to recreate follows!

Broccoli Cashew Soup

  • raw cashews, scant cup
  • water, enough to blend or to desired texture (I used about 1/2 cup)
  • broccoli , mall bunch or half of large bunch (use stalk and all, but reserve a handful of florets for pulsing in at the end for texture)
  • cumin, large pinch or to taste
  • sea salt, large pinch or to taste
  • black pepper, fresh ground on top

Add all ingredients except the broccoli florets to pulse through at the end for texture to a blender or food processor (I used my Blendtec Blender). Blend until smooth. If you make this thick as I did, you may need to pulse it a bit and stir it around to get it to really start blending. Or, you can blend a little at a time until you have a liquid consistency to start with. Alternatively if you have some cashew milk or cream on hand you could simply use that as the liquid and add broccoli and the spices to it.

You could also steam the broccoli a little bit first to make it easier to blend. The steaming intensifies the broccoli flavor so please be aware of that; however, some people find broccoli easier to digest if it is steamed or lightly cooked in water.

If you make this, please let me know how you like it.

~ Tami

P.S. I’m going into withdrawal because I’ve been out of  celery for a few days! I’m going to change that tomorrow now that I have the fridge cleaned out a bit. I think celery is my favorite vegetable these days! So, I’m going to tell you about it soon … even if I have to write about it while on vacation (I’ll be gone most of the rest of the month). But my trip is good news for readers — because now I’ll have real-life experience to write about traveling while eating healthy raw food! 🙂

Want to know more about why I eat this way? Go to: The Truth About Your Food, and be sure to see the NEW videos, Dr. T in 3, I recommend starting with my favorite: Gluten Sensitivity.

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!

December 9, 2008

Monday Weigh in and Surviving the Holidays (Weight Loss in December with Raw Food)

Filed under: Challenges, Saturday Morning Weigh In — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 12:18 am
Basil and tomatoes in the blender

Basil and tomatoes in the blender

So much to share, and so little time.

First, I did to a quick weigh in this morning, and crossed my fingers that it wouldn’t be higher than last week. Whew! The official stats for this week are: 179.8 pounds and 39.5 body fat%.

So, I can officially say that I’ve lost over 40 pounds n That is the good news. The not so good news, is that that is the lowest amount I’ve lost since I started keeping track. I have been told not to stress about this, and I’m not. Weight loss on a raw food diet may fluctuate a bit anyway because of the water content of  the food. I’ve become pretty good and realizing when I’m actually retaining even just a bit of extra water though, and I try to naturally release all of that before my weigh -in each week. (I release the retained water with foods like cucumber, watermelon, dandelion root tea or other forms of dandelion, and of course lots of great water.)

But this week I would say that the bigger culprit would be the easy spiral that happens when I indulge in a bit of cooked food, and then eat more than I should because I find it harder to read my fullness cues when I eat cooked food. And then there are the times we eat even if we know we’re not hungry — ahh, the holiday parties.

It really hasn’t been too bad, but I have been eating more rich foods (nuts, agave nectar, and so on) than I typically do because I make some special foods to share (and eat!) and holiday parties and gatherings. Just like with cooked goodies, a little goes a long way with these foods! I’ll be posting some recipes soon too, but caution one to remember these are treats and not necessarily to be eaten on  a regular basis.

If I wasn’t continuing to feel energetic, and as if I was continuing to release weight, I may research into other health issues, but I think this is just normal Holiday food issues. 🙂

I just spent the last hour listening to a Dr. T. teleseminar (The Truth About Your Food), so I’m even more inspired now to continue to nourish my body with healthy food! My New Year wish to everyone is that they are able to also nourish their bodies and feel healthy in return!

December 3, 2008

Busy days require simple meals (green smoothies, salads and blended soups)

Filed under: Breakfast, Lunch, Supper, Today I ... — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 2:18 pm

I just want to quickly check in —

 I’m sure I’m not the only one with a hectic and busy December schedule! We have Holiday celebrations starting this weekend, so I’m trying to eat simple and find time for at least 20 minutes of exercise each day so I can start the new year off feeling great (and no regrets!).

My meals can pretty much be described by the title: smoothies for breakfast, salads for lunch, and blended soups (warm, savory green smoothies really) for supper.

Monday —

  • I started by trying to make a warm green smoothie that resembled a chai latte or something, but it just didn’t work warm. So, there is evidence that sometimes even those of us that have been drinking green smoothies for awhile goof on a recipe. Luckily enough of it was drinkable that I still got some breakfast in because I did not have time to make anything else. It included grapes, kale, figs, and some spices.
  • For lunch on Monday I quickly did some raw chilli because I was craving it and last time when I had some extra I had dehydrated it. So I quickly blended it with warm water and put it in a coffee mug to drink.
  • A bit later I had the rest of my left over citrus salad (from Thanksgiving!) — it’s great because it’s yummy without any dressing at all — mixed greens, thinly sliced cucumbers, colored pepper (I used orange this time), thinly sliced orange segments, thinly sliced celery and pomegranate seeds (yum! — flavor and texture), and then the dressing is simply a mix of pomegranate juice, orange juice, and lime juice (all freshly squeezed/pressed using my favorite kitchen gadget — my pampered chef hand citrus juicer). This time I put the dressing on a couple of hours before eating it and I LOVED that the cucumbers soaked up all that yummy citrus juice and became just a little like refrigerator pickles! If you don’t want that to happen, then put the dressing on right before eating it. 🙂
  • I think I may have had a couple of dates in the afternoon, and I know I ate an apple. I remember it being a day that I seemed always hungry, and wondering why (I’m thinking it’s related to my menstrual cycles but more on that in another post someday).
  • For supper I had a yummy lemon soup that sadly didn’t agree with me. I’ve made it before and it was fine, so I don’t know if it was the addition of onions (didn’t use last time), or if the soaked almonds were no longer good (they had been soaking in the fridge for a few days). The recipe includes soaked almonds and water (I’m thinking you could just use almond or other nut milk as well), a zucchini or two depending on the size, juice of a lemon, a little salt, and a garlic clove. This time I added a bit of onion and ate it poured over finally chopped onion for texture. I also ate too much and should have saved half of it! That was WAY too many nuts for me any way I figure it, but I don’t remember raw soaked almonds disagreeing with me like that before (versus other nuts). So, I had embarrassing gas for the first time in a long time (hardly have it at all the way I’ve been eating in general), and some intestinal discomfort — nothing like before I started healing but still no fun! Luckily we had major errand/shopping to do so I wasn’t able to just sit there and instead was walking around much of the evening.

Tuesday —  after the episode Monday night I decided to keep it simple —

  • For breakfast , I truly kept it simply by throwing 3 bananas in the blender with a bit of water and a mix of kale and chard. Yum … sometimes simple, really is wonderful.
  • Before I left for work I threw mixed greens in a bowl and also toted along an avocado, lime, and orange pepper. I chopped the veggies (there is nothing easier to “chop” than an avocado!), and squeezed the lime juice all over it. Then I sprinkled just a little bit of sea salt that I keep at my desk along with tossing some crumbs from basic salted flax crackers that I make onto the salad. YUM! This was one of my salads that I can’t believe how good it is even though it’s so simple!
  • Supper was a simple soup of one large cucumber, a handful of parsly, a handful of cilantro, a small handful of baby spinach, a few mixed greens, a juiced lime, a bit of water, a 1/2 T. of coconut oil, and a little sea salt and pepper blended up until just a bit steamy and then poured over finely chopped red bell pepper. Yum!!! Again I made just a bit too much though — you would think that those things in salad form wouldn’t be quite so filing so I’m going to try to not add as much water next time.
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    Today (Wednesday) I had a wonderful raspberry-banana smoothie because we had raspberries that needed to be eaten before they went bad. I wish I would have had time for photos — the smoothies was not green at all — nearly pink even. And there were 6 or 7 large chard leaves in there! Of course it was the rainbow chard complete with pink stems — so keep that in mind when you don’t want your smoothie too green. If you don’t like the raspberry seeds, try blending the berries with a bit of water for awhile first before making the rest of the smoothie.  Lunch today was a salad similar to yesterday’s but with tomato instead of orange pepper. I think I like the pepper better this time of year (not prime tomato time).

    And even with less sleep than I should be getting I feel really, really good! 🙂

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