Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Along with Marie's MUST READ blog (click on the link above), here are some other great blogs deserving of such an award:
http://www.rmaxinternational.com/flowcoach/ - I loved Body Flow the very first time I did it. It was the very first time that "playtime" was introduced into my exercise as an adult. The experience of laughing through an entire workout (burning loads of calories and sweating like it's raining) because I lacked balance and coordination made me go back for more. Even the instructor fell. I felt like a kid again! It was fun, tough and relaxing all at the same time.
Because of my nail fettish, I have five nail blogs that I visit pretty much on a daily basis. They are the perfect escape for me and my girly indulgence.
The fifth one is actually a general beauty blog, but she's become a fast friend through blogging and her nail tutorials rock my socks!
A VERY large part of my blog is about health. I am continually on a quest to be healthier today than I was yesterday. Most of my success has been driven by two simple things: The Master Cleanse and incorporating raw food into my diet. Making sure that I'm not only getting as much bang for my nutrient buck with raw food, but also absorbing as much as I can with regular cleansing have been the keys to the increase of energy to WANT to exercise and also to overcome sickness. It just IS my life now and I enjoy reading about how it becomes other's lives as well. While weightloss is certainly a lovely bi-product, this lifestyle is really more focused on health and happiness. Here are a few blogs that certainly deserve awards!
For me, the biggest Fun and Mental Changes have come with the realization that one should not take themselves too seriously, no one gets out of here alive. Life is meant to be fun, it was meant to be filled with joy and to be lived. Bad things do happen and there are things that are out of our control, but if we are all too busy being sick, angry and miserable, me miss what life was meant to be (even the bad stuff has a way of being good). I hope that every day I continue to discover that it's always playtime and that I am connected to something greater and higher than myself. Here's a couple of blogs that help:
http://scrapimenta.blogspot.com/ - yep, this is a scrapbook blog, and a great one at that! Scrapbooking is an outlet that gets my creative juices flowing and reminds me of what is important in my life. Scrapbooking brings gratitude!
http://bloggerinastrangeland.com/ - blog about one person's spirituality in life. He talks about my very favorite subject... GOD!
http://chalenejohnson.blogspot.com/ - this is the creator of Turbo Jam. She is also a spiritual lady who perpetuated playtime for me instead of working out. She also has an amazing spirit that shines through her blog and is so deserving of so many awards.
So far, these are my list of favorites. I read blogs every day, so I'm positive that there will surely be more to come. Thank you again Marie... this award means a lot! :)
Friday, August 28, 2009
Lemon Cilantro Dressing
- 3/4 Cup celery juice
- 1/3 Cup fresh cilantro
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 3 Tbsp. raw tahini
- 1 Tbsp. flax oil (optional)
- 1 clove garlic
In Magic Bullet, juice celery (using the bonus juicer attachment). Pour juice into bowl. Remove juicer attachment and celery pulp. Replace juice into blender attachment adding remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth (about a minute).
This recipe is so simple, so quick and so yummy. This would also make a great sauce for grilled chicken or salmon!
***This is a modified recipe from Living In The Raw.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
- 1 medium head of cauliflower diced or processed in food processor (remove anything that isn't white)
- 3/4 Cup chopped yellow bell pepper
- 1/2 Cup finely chopped parsley
- 1/2 Cup finely chopped cilantro
- 3 sprigs of diced mint leaves (remove leaves from stems, discard stems)
- 1/2 Cup sliced Kalamata olives
- 4 chopped green onions (include the green tops)
- Combine above ingredients. Set aside.
- 3 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp. sea salt
- 2 tsp. black pepper
- 2 tsp. dill
*** Recipe is a FitterTwit original adapted from Rawvolution's Cauliflower Couscous recipe.
Sundried Tomato and Herb Crackers
2 cups Flax seeds
2 1/2 cups filtered water
1/2 Cup sun dried tomatoes, soaked in 1 cup water for 30 minutes
1 1/4 cups sunflower seeds soaked (be sure that water covers the seeds) for 1 hour then drained 1 Tbsp nama shoyu (unpasteurized or raw soy sauce)
1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup fresh herbs (I used cilantro and basil)
Soak flax seeds, sun dried tomatoes and sunflower seeds in separate bowls. After 1 hour, the flax seeds and soak water will combine and be gelatinous. Set flax "gelatin" aside.
In food processor combine all other ingredients including the tomato soak water. It's a good idea to save the fresh herbs and pulse into the mixture during the last seconds so that large pieces appear in the crackers. I didn't, but will make sure to do so next time.
In a large bowl mix the flax "gelatin" with the sunflower seed mixture. Spread onto Teflexx sheets (there is enough batter to fill three Teflexx-lined trays) and dehydrate for 6 hours. Peel and flip onto plastic screen and dehydrate for another 6 hours. Once dehydration is complete, remove from dehydrator and break into bite size cracker pieces. My husband and son BOTH agree that they taste like pizza crackers. I'm not surprised... the sundried tomato, basil and cilantro is SURE to give them that yummy flavor without all the fat and calories. What could be yummier than that? Oh, and they are so good for you.
You can make them even better by using all organic ingredients and serving them with a nice homemade marinara sauce. I served them with guacamole because I have been craving guacamole for the last 10 days of my master cleanse. Yep folks... I ate the whole bowl. So freakin good!!!!
***You can find this wonderful healthy recipe in The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Raw.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
- 2 1/4 Cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/2 Cup agave nectar or maple syrup
- 1 small zucchini julienned
- 3/4 Cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 whole egg
- 1 egg white
- 3 Cups mashed banana
- 3/4 Cup raisins (optional)
- 3/4 Cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- 1/2 Cup flax meal (optional)
Here is a great option for your cupcakes! How about a sweet, natural glaze?
2-3 Tbsp room temperature spring water
2 Tbsp organic maple syrup
1/2 Cup sucanat powder
Blend ingredients together (I use the Magic Bullet)until sucanat is dissolved. Dip each cupcake top into the glaze mixture and allow to dry.
I hope everyone enjoys this healthy dessert.
Well, this closet was an easy one and Ms. Betty expressed her amazement that now all of her crafting items are so easily located. She went through a couple of days of some serious organization and purging, but I know that she feels it was all worth it. There's a certain kind of Feng Shui happening in that craft room now, comfy and cozy!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
To start: Defrost 3 cups of frozen organic corn (you can also cut the kernels off of 3 ears of corn), soak 1 1/2 Cups of sunflower seeds in natural spring water for 2 hours and soak 1 Cup of sundried tomatoes in natural spring water for about one hour. Then take a break! Whew! Once the defrosting and soaking is complete, you can begin the corn tortillas and the "beans/meat".
- 3 Cups defrosted organic corn kernels
- 1 Red, Yellow, or Orange Bell Pepper
- 3/4 Cup golden flaxseed finely ground (I used the dark seed cuz that's what I had)
- 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
- 1 Tbsp ground chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 1/2 Cups soaked sunflower seeds
- 1 Cup soaked sundried tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp dark miso
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp chili powder (less if you are sensitive to this spice)
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp agave nectar
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 6 Tbsp spring water
- 1 diced jalapeno
- 3 green onions chopped
- 1 small handful fresh cilantro
Spread out the "bean" mixture onto a Teflex-lined dehydrator tray. It does not have to be perfect... just spread it out enough to fit under another tray (see pic). Dehydrate for 10 hours at 115 degrees flipping the "bean" mixture over about halfway through. Ultimately, you want both sides dry and the middle creamy. When dehydration is complete, break up the mixture into pieces.
The corn tortilla batter can be completed two ways. By spreading the batter out over a Teflex-lined dehydrator tray evenly and then cut into rounds when dehydration is complete.... or you can do them like I did and just spread them into rounds on the Teflex. The book's method makes for a more uniform and thin corn tortilla shell, but I really like the thicker shells, so I'll show you how I made mine. Dehydrate for 6 hours at 115 degrees, carefully peeling and flipping the tortillas at the four hour mark so that the underside can dehydrate for the last two hours. Right after I took mine out of the dehydrator, I hung the tortillas over an empty paper towel tube to cool and to form the taco shell shape.
During dehydration I prepared guacamole and pico de gallo that sat in the fridge until the "beans" were done. Once they were done, it was time for assembly and chow time!
- 3 ripe avocados pitted
- 1 large handful cilantro leaves
- 2 Tbsp lime juice
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- 1/4 Cup diced onion
Process avocados, lime juice and garlic in food processor until smooth. Add cilantro and onion and pulse to combine ingredients. Place in fridge until ready to serve.
Pico de Gallo
- 3 small tomatoes diced with juice
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 small handful cilantro diced
- 2 cloves of garlic diced
- 2 Tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 jalapeno diced
These turned out amazing! My in-laws loved them and I know my house STILL smells like a fiesta is going on in there! Ole!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
For years I have been on a quest to rehab my body from my past poor diet and exercise habits to the toxic chemicals doctors prescribed to me for years after I sustained an injury. These factors and more led to chronic fatigue, and were quickly snowballing into other serious conditions. I was in a very bad toxic way. Can anyone out there relate? While during most of these rehab years I did exercise, it was always a "something I have to do" and not "something I GET to do" because I just didn't feel good. Toxicity can be paralyzing. But a year and a half ago, things changed. I had just completed my third Master Cleanse and decided to incorporate raw food into my diet in a major way. I suddenly felt wonderful. I suddenly WANTED to move because I COULD move. So I joined a gym and made a commitment to exercise daily. And I have, for the most part, and am enjoying the benefits greatly; I became what Jay calls an Intrinsic Exerciser. But I had to get a handle on my health first.
According to Jay there are four stages: personal meaning orientation, mastery, inner synergy and flow. I would like to add my own stage to that, one that I believe needs to be the first step: personal health gauge. You can click on the link above to read how each of the four stages leads to loving exercise (it's sooo good), but here I want to cover the personal health gauge.
While I do advise talking to a doctor before starting any diet/exercise program, and getting a physical, I also advise listening to yourself. While doctors have had many years of medical school and know what you do not, I also believe that you have lived in your body for as long as there has been "your body" and you know what no doctor can because only you are inside. So how do you feel? Are you beyond tired? Is it more like exhaustion? Are you achy and irritable? Those are all signs of toxicity. That alone can keep you from achieving optimum health and there is no pill to correct it. The only way to remove toxins is to cleanse and detox. I personally have found that the toxins can override my will. That's where the Master Cleanse comes in (it is my cleanse of choice). Once I started cleaning out the toxins, I found that I WANTED to eat right and exercise. I got back that child-like energy to want to run and play. I will definitely be doing another blog post on "playtime" as I have added a new "toy" to the toybox. All I'm trying to say here is, get a handle on your health. It may just ensure your love for exercise. Making exercise fun doesn't hurt either!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Now beyond my personal belief that the government NEEDS to be overturned, I have a stronger belief that it is up to ALL of us to STOP being dependent on our government or insurance companies to take care of us. Both are businesses and corruptly run as such. Our personal health care NEEDS to start at home. How can we even begin to talk about the importance of health care when our obesity rate is through the roof, when smoking and drinking are still legal but suicide is not.... aren't they all one in the same? Aren't they all just a difference in timing? And I know... some of you will say, "But studies show that red wine is beneficial." I contend that it's what is in the grapes that is beneficial. You want the benefits... eat the raw grapes. What real purpose does alcohol serve if everyone is focusing on prevention and living a healthy lifestyle? What individual responsibility do we have in the matter? I say quite a bit! We have relied on pill popping and quick fixes that have reduced our quality of life greatly. ALL OF IT encouraged by our government AND insurance companies! Why? Remember, they are a business; they are motivated by YOUR dollar. Most of us are not living, but staying alive from day to day. We have an opportunity to turn things around personally as a nation. This panic over health care reform should be a wake up call that we are looking to the wrong sources for our health. The corrupt government has already shown that YOU (the people of America) are only looked upon to fund their special interests. YOUR health is not their concern.... but is it yours either?
Please America, turn this ship around! YOU will not even pay the highest price... your children will.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
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Monday, August 3, 2009
The first time that I tried The Master Cleanse, I was amazed at how easy it was... and how hard. I obsessed about food the first three days of the fast, but realized that I never felt hungry. There were days of super low energy and days that I felt like I could move a mountain. And I suppose I was moving a mountain because by day seven I was in utter shock that I had gone that many days without eating. But what was really interesting is that I discovered why people fast for spiritual connection.
By day four of the fast, I felt a very odd sense of peace... the only word I can use to describe how I felt was "Zen". I have never felt anything like it and the feeling was enough to make me want to do the cleanse again a year later. The second time I did the cleanse, I traded out my soap, shampoo and toothpaste with all natural (non toxic) products. A year after that, I did the cleanse and afterward Incorporated raw food into my diet. About a year after that, I did the cleanse again, always hitting "Zen" by day four. THIS TIME, on top of everything that I had done in previous years, I will be exercising daily and meditating daily. My meditation time will be devoted to connection with God. I will pray and work to capitalize on the Zen experience. If it has served others before me... I want to learn how. Let's see if the fifth time's the charm! Has anyone else out there done the Master Cleanse? Do you reach "Zen"? Anyone choose the Master Cleanse for spiritual fasting?