Monday, 31 December 2007
Here we go, eyes a bit better now so final reflections for the year.
Thankful for this year
1. My family
2. Great friends
3. My healing from crohns
4. Finding raw, the balance and not feeling condemnation or fear around food any longer
Aspirations and goals for next year
1. Make raw my career
2. Do more raw cheffing
3. Stop being lazy and study more!!
4. Finish that book I have been working on
5. Make a Real impact and continue on the path to happiness
With that, wishing you all amazing 2008. Am so thankful for the transformations and blessings 2007 have brought me. RAW-K ON
Okay so this was going to be a picture of a firework filled sky or something..but alas here I am tucked up in bed for new years eve!! Flu and glue eye..lovely!! Woke up this morning in such pain didnt know what was going on!
Drank a lot of water today..apart from that just slept and slept.
Going to have a quiet one, watch the fireworks on tele and get an early night
Wishing everyone a RAW-KIN 2008!
Sunday, 30 December 2007
Anyway I got myself out of bed and got juicing for the day 4 mason jars
Celery and Apple juice-- bright green and lovely!
Carrot, clementine and ginger juice
Lemon, orange and ginger-- for this throat!
Anyway just drinking slowly, having a little detox tea and resting..bundled in three layers of clothes!
Cake is ready for work, just dehydrating some little cookies now-- banana and coconut/carob balls..
Hopefully I wont fall asleep on the sofa before they are done!
Saturday, 29 December 2007
Friday, 28 December 2007
Preparation for a/ adding more juice to my diet b/ juice feasting
Okay I have two immediate aims
1. to add more juice
juice for majority of meals with 1 mono meal
2. juice feast
Not too sure if I should just jump in and go for it, I am feeling more inclined to. Either way I will get to this goal eventually!
Preparation is key.....
I have purchased some.. and also been collecting them from friends, family and work
I now have about 5 and a couple of small ones, which is a good start
1 B Containers for home-- glasses
I like the idea of treating it as a meal, as a delicious luxury rather then as being denied from food
Having a nice large wine glass or goblet or special cup I think will help!!
So there we go..one set of large wine glasses!
Currently I have the following
I wish to also purchase these
For protein and the mesquite-- sugar balancing and giving the feeling of fullness(also yummy like caramel!)
So these I will pick up along the way as and when needed
Fresh organic produce
2lb greens per day, 3 heads celery
Locally we have a lot of apples and carrots, so I will be using these a lot; but also the recommended greens, oranges and other citrus.
Got some more bits to get so I will take photos and also ones of myself also to mark any changes!
Thursday, 27 December 2007
So the photo says it all......I am so thirsty and dehydrated after 4 days with the family!! It is insane.. I cant wait to get home and drink green juice!!
There was no pure water back at the family home and no way to make proper juice-- just processed syruppy gunk!
All I had for four days was :
Is that all your eating?
There is Apple juice.. Err my reply : No theres concentrated syrup in a bottle..
Do you want a beef sandwich? (I have been vegetarian for over 10 years)
I only cooked those veggies for 20 minutes....
Family eh! lol
Had a lovely xmas..but I have had such headaches from not enough fluid, so that was an issue- I know now I have to take water and or a blender when going to family. I really didnt think...that it was out of the ordinary to drinkWATER or..to have fresh juice..but I was wrong!
I ate a couple banana's, some apples, cashew butter and probably half a carton of blueberries whilst back.
Anyway no appetite and so very ready for juicing..I cant wait, just to saturate my cells in nuturing wonderful juice. Am salivating just typing this!
Got some lovely gifts, lots of raw books, and gourmet cookery books.
Also some make up stuff.. new clothes and some bits for the house..so was very very blessed.
Lesson learnt, go prepared--- dont assume SAD family have pure water..or anything suitable for drinking!! pack something!
You always think have something to eat..but not to drink, my appetite has vanished..but I am craving orange juice, cucumber juice and greens-- tonight I shall feast!!
Bring on the juicing fun.. :)
Raw-k on..will post again later..or tommorow when I have feasting supplies!
Saturday, 22 December 2007
So here we are holiday time upon us!!
I will try to keep up with blogging over xmas..and get some pics of my dinner.
Either going to go with a huge fruit platter and cashew cream..or try and do 3 raw courses-- soup, pasta with sauce and some sort of ice cream desert.
Feeling how I am right now I think I will stick to fruit, my body is crying out for water and orange juice right now so so much!!
Got a little shopping today, cos lettuce, cranberries,limes,oranges,tomatoes--yum yum
Going to sit down and have some more juice and maybe some cranberries shortly.
Feeling good and feeling ready for juice feasting, so I think January will be feast time.
Have been reading up on Mesquite powder today-- really it sounds amazing and perfect for the feast. So going to get that, green powders, my regular coconut oil and pollen.
Ready and excited.. just the holidays to get over with now!
Tuesday, 18 December 2007
Okay so today I have been looking back on the year, reflecting on the changes in myself and my healing from Crohns.
So here are the big changes :
1. Healing from crohns
2. No painkillers
3. Clear skin
4. Freedom from paranoia about what I am eating, or obsessing over calories/weight
5. Freedom from 90% OCD symptoms
6. Freedom from depression
Here is what I ate today
So.... back to the Crohns..
No way could I have eaten any of this food 12 months ago. I was taking steroids daily, anti inflammatory, immunosupressants and a cocktail of painkillers just to be able to get to work. Tramadol, codeine, coated nurofen-- whatever I could to get myself to work.
Some days taking up to 24 tablets just to cope, and even then sleeping for hours and hours, or being in a morphine daze unable to concentrate or keep my head up. Days and days in bed not knowing what to do.
This I had suffered with for 6 years, going to gyno-- having laparoscopy finding nothing, more and more trial and error, then finally gastro-- which gave me steroids and more painkillers. Telling me that was all, there was NO CURE.
Now I take NO MEDICATION
Thanks to the power of RAW and positive thinking, a shift of thinking completely.
I would be lying if I said it had been easy, I hadn't had rough detox, but 10 months on, my life is tablet free.
During the 8 months where I was 80-90% raw I had tough times, my body reacted strongly to fruit and veg at first. My consultant told me I was to stop eating all that veg!!-- even told me I was sick because I didn't eat meat!
I haven't had any flares and I don't touch the medication they told me I would be on for the rest of my life. I am so glad I didn't listen, and kept searching for the right thing for me.
In the past two weeks, two close friends have asked for help with going raw, going vegetarian or adding more raw to their diets. I am so so pleased. I just want to share it with people who I love. Because this kind of bliss, really is too awesome to not have in your life!!
Anyway.. I am just feeling so lucky right now, to have all this love, life, bliss and on top of all that complete healing. Just thankful!!
Anyway.. long rambling. But I think that says it all.
You are what you eat.. live..living..vibrant...beautiful .. pure bliss!!
Sunday, 16 December 2007
So here we go
1 huge salad-- baby greens, kale, mushrooms, a couple slices avo
2 little chocolates I made
1 litre orange juice-- diluted with 500ml water, lemon and a BIG chunk of ginger..it dosent look pretty but it tastes lush!!
May have another juice later or a banana or a little fruit. Feeling pretty satisfied right now.
Looking into the Juice feasting more
I could easily get MSM, Coconut oil, Green powder and bee pollen
just all the other list of supplements.. I will have to buy one every couple of weeks or something..
I have a good juicer, got it from work for £5..it retails at £100! what a blessing!!.. also have a blender and excellent manual citrus press!..which would come in handy for a feast
Anyways.. I am off for more relaxation..before the 50hr working week begins!!
Raw Love... xx
Woohoo my computer is being nice this morning!!
So here we go
Picture of my soup
Mushroom, spring onion, a little ume, a little raw soy
-- I made another after with tomato and avo-- ate this one..was lush!!
Picture of my date fudge
Is so lovely, sticky, just dates, coco oil, coconut- a tiny amount to dry it out and raw cacao
And finally.. I got bored last night..so made raw chocolates for work.. they came out so sweet looking!! cute! -- carob, cacao, cacao butter -- a touch of agave, some of them have dates in also for chewy goodness!
Just relaxing this morning, probably make some orange juice in a bit..
More posts later!
Saturday, 15 December 2007
I love Lazy Saturdays
Milling around the markets.. taking in the atmosphere and just taking a slow walk home..I love it!!
So I tried out a new juice bar today, very good-- just got a large orange juice and lemon..which was gorgeous.. a real nice treat-- have a loyalty card..so may go once a fortnight for a treat!
Apart from that had some gaspacho and avo tonight which was very nice and just simple eating.
Sat infront of the tv with my tiffin and warmed it slightly.. was good -- I tried to take a picture but..my Picasa is being a pain right now!! so maybe later!!
Also made raw fudge-- dates and carob..oh my..it smells so good..sitting on the counter atm..I have to cut it and put it away soon!!..and stop sniffing it!!
Feeling very restful, have been reading up on Juice Feasting
There is the Global Juice Feast 2008 Starting March
Here is the site :
This has got me thinking a lot, maybe time to simplify...however I dont want to wait until March, thinking perhaps January, makes sense, new year, new month, new start.
Thinking anyway, I have to source the supplements first.. but..yeah thinking..!! planning!!
Excited anyway about the Global Juice feast, will be such amazing raw energy!!
Love and Light
Friday, 14 December 2007
Part 1-- Preparation!
Here are some great ones I have been looking at
Getting some inspiration!!
Here we go @ Gone raw : http://goneraw.com/recipes/972-Refreshing-tomato-Gazpacho
Variations galore of this, can be thin, tomato broth with chunky vegetables or a heavier version.
Thinking keep it light, add spring onions,mushrooms and some sprouts in there!
2. Miso with raw dumpling
Miso ...concern not raw..some consider it living??
Not too sure about having it in my diet
Thinking maybe use a little raw soy..ume.... and then just use shredded veg..for a real nice oriental flavour...
3. Energy Soup @ Anne Wigmore
Sold as the diet staple
Guess this works out as Green smoothie in a bowl pretty much with some added extras!!
Really does sound lush!
With all this in mind hitting the markets early to see whats available that I don't have already, get some inspiration..and pick some more unusual bits at the Asian stores.
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
Tuesday, 11 December 2007
Have been trying to get more information and see how I can visit for a week or two next year.
This seems like a great community and enviroment.. to just be blissful, away from stresses and envolved in something really grounded
But on the other hand.. I feel a huge tugging in my heart to start my own mini raw revolution HERE and to use the passion I have ..right here right now..
so.. Idea 2
Stay here and develop a concept that works
that means working with people who feel the same passion for living food as I do
If I can have any part in sharing the bliss that I feel right now..its just unreal..
Maybe I should focus on my little world.. creating a fire here..rather than joining someone elses?
If that makes sense
Anyway food for thought.. thinking out loud..
a little german chocolate cake (raw)
feel drained and not at all hungry
going to drink some fresh orange and lemon juice
Just made these, stuffed peppers
cashew cheeze and zuchini(courgette for brits!) paste to fill.. lovely..but not hungry..so in the fridge they go!
Sunday, 9 December 2007
Stuffed mushroom -- peppers
1 slice of german cake -- I put it in the freezer..its evil..and far too tasty! haha
Had a really long sleep now feeling so refreshed..but also deep in thought
Raw food is everything to me now, I dont want to work or live in a field which does not completly evolve around raw and the amazing energy which is what its all about.
Totally thinking about options there... but yeah will reveal more later..once I process my thoughts!!
Woken up and prepared a huge plate of ripe pears..to me this is buttery and just the most amazing meal....somehow I cannot imagine waking up and eating toast or other SAD rubbish now.. a platter of pears..now thats real love!!
Anyway..rambling..will post again later
Saturday, 8 December 2007
Friday, 7 December 2007
Wednesday, 5 December 2007
Monday, 3 December 2007
Top section we have, bed of spinach, with mushrooms-- marinated well and the greens massaged down.
Tomato salsa-- chunky with a little mushroom, spring onion and crushed nuts
Sunday, 2 December 2007
Filtered water -- could add a splash of white wine vinegar if you allow
Zuchini and Baby Carrots-- into long strips with a normal veggie slicer
Juice of 1 organic lemon
Few splashes of Ume
Mixed up and left for about 5 hours
Voila!! ..shame I went to all that effort..and now have no appetite!!.. ah well shall put it in the fridge and pack the rest for lunch tommorow.
Had a baby hass avo
Just whipped up 4 clementines , organic lemon and a little kale with bit of ginger
4 dried apricots
Been preparing a pasta dish, zuchini..its now in the fridge to marinate..will make the sauce later and try to take a nice picture of it.
Over and out..post back later!!