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Round 2: Cleansing again…

So it’s been about two weeks or so since I blogged last. Just to fill you in, I have been juicing every day, with the exception of this past Saturday. I have kept mostly raw, and mostly vegan. I only had four separate meals during this whole time where I wasn’t totally vegan. When we went to visit my son in Flagstaff we went for sushi one night, then one day we had breakfast with him, which I ate an egg white omelette with fresh veggies such as spinach, onion, tomato, and zucchini. Then this past weekend I had one meal of sushi, and a homemade egg white veggie omelette. Other than that my meals have been on a 90+ vegan (since I eat honey a lot), and only about 8 meals in which the food was heated – so I’ve been a hi raw girl now for a while.

Anyway, I decided to attempt something challenging for myself. I decided that I would cleanse about once a month for about 7 to 10 days, every month,  until March. I just want to see where it will take me. So this Monday I started my second cleanse in my “Reboot” program. I call it “Round 2”. I’m hoping to cleanse for at least 10 days. If not, I will cleanse through this weekend, then break into a juice feast for about 2-3 days, then back on my raw food lifestyle. It all depends on whether or not we visit my son again in Flagstaff, and go fishing. We shall see. For now, I’m already on day 3 of the cleanse.

I’m down 4 pounds already, but I think half of it is from water. I’ve had some challenges with drinking enough of the fluids. I’m just not hungry/thirsty. I’m still drinking plenty to stay hydrated, just not drinking enough of the “energy” fluids, so I’m a bit lethargic and foggy. Hopefully today I can drink more for energy, so that I can exercise. I wasn’t able to yesterday because I didn’t have enough energy. It’s important to drink the fluids that give  you energy, whether it be the lemonade drink, or fresh juices, you need it for the nutrients and the energy.

Well, I don’t know if I will blog daily this time, but I will check in as much as possible. On that note, stay healthy, eat fresh live food, and be happy!

Till next time! Peace!=)

Debbie

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Keeping it 100% raw, and feeling great!

On Saturday, I had a very nice day making my juices, shopping for fresh produce, and making a delicious Arugula Pesto Pasta – all raw! I also prepared a recipe I found on MeganElizabeth.com for apple carrot date bites. Oh so good! So in a nutshell, this is what I ate Saturday:

Green Lemonade

Apple, Carrot Date Bites
Chia crackers with coconut butter and honey
Arugula Pesto Pasta (basically zucchinis, Arugula, and mixed veggies – recipe to be available soon)
Raw ice cream chocolate-vanilla shake
Herbal tea

I did make my husband some delicious carrot apple juice – his favorite!

For Sunday, I picked up my kitty from my friend’s house then got to work prepping food for the week. I froze chopped banana, pineapple, and fresh coconut meat. For meals I had my usual green lemonade, and I had Mango Lemonade – oh was that ever good! Later I had fresh grapes, chia crackers and flax crackers with almond butter, honey, and a touch of pink Himalayan salt. Oh, I remember, I also prepared a fruit pudding.  Here’s the recipe I created:

Chunky Fruit Pudding.

The Pudding.
Ingredients:
1 cup chopped fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup frozen strawberries
2 large pitted Medjool Dates
(Blend in blender till smooth, add water if necessary)

The Fruit Bowl.

Ingredients:
1 banana sliced
5 figs sliced
1 T cacao nibs
1 T dried organic coconut shredded coconut
2 tsp chia seeds

Assemble the fruit pudding:

Place fruit slices in a bowl. Pour pudding over top. Garnish with more shredded coconut flakes and serve.

For today, Monday, I had prepared a super delicious watermelon and black grape juice. It was so perfect. I have some for tomorrow too! I also made my husband the carrot apple, but I didn’t have my usual green lemonade. Instead, today I made a morning green smoothie. Here’s what was in it:

Green Smoothie with Figs.

Ingredients:
2 bananas
4 figs
1 handful of red grapes
2-3 handfuls of Romaine lettuce
½ cup or more of fresh Young Thai coconut water

This smoothie was super energizing and so good! You couldn’t even taste the greens. Just fresh and smooth! This was definitely a meal-replacer, as I was full till lunch time.

For lunch I had made a raw Romaine hoagie – just like what MeganElizabeth.com created. The only difference is I made a small veggie salad mix with greens that I shoved in my lettuce head, instead of cut veggie slices. It was terrific and also super filling! Then tonight I went ahead and indulged in another raw ice cream shake – except no bananas, no added fudge – I still was slightly bloated, but not any more. Obviously, it’s the nuts that are getting to me. We’ll have to work on that.

Tomorrow I’ll be having my green lemonade, the watermelon black grape juice, and then my version of a raw sushi roll (no fish), using seaweed salad, carrots as the rice, and cucumber. It is so yummy.

 

Till next time. Have a great evening, and a Super Tuesday!!!

Blessings! =)

Debbie

It’s Friday and I’m still 99.9% raw!

So if you read my post last night you would already know what I had today. The only thing I didn’t manage to drink again was the carrot apple juice, which I gave to a co-worker. Then this evening I made myself a delicious shake again. This time I used my newly made raw Mexican spicy chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream. All I added to it was some fresh Thai coconut meat, and some fresh Thai coconut water. Oh my goodness was it ever so good!!! The key to this delicious ice cream shake was the fact that the ice cream base was made with Brazil nuts instead of my usual cashews. Wow! You got to try it!!!

As I’m blogging I’m making some more flax and chia crackers in the dehydrator. I’m going through those crackers pretty darn quickly since that is my “chip” of choice. I’m also planning what to make for my solid meal tomorrow. I’ve been viewing several great videos by Fully Raw Kristina. She is so adorable, talented, and informative. Just love that young lady. I’m also looking through several of my wonderful raw recipe books too. I have so many to look at! I’ve decided to make a fettuccine/pesto pasta using up the zucchinis and yellow squashes I have. I’d also like to use the fresh arugula I brought home from Trader Joes too. I think that would be the perfect meal for me tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Tonight was also exercise night. I did okay, but I’m still trying to improve on my energy. The main issue I’m having is “lack of sufficient” sleep. I still very relaxed, and very happy with my progress and the future. I really feel good about things.

Well, I’m going to sign off for now. David and I plan to watch a movie tonight, and get to bed somewhat early (even though it’s Friday). Then tomorrow it’s juice time, raw meal making, a trip to the Asian market, and Kitty-cat play date with my friend’s cat Muffin. I just know Samantha will have fun. Our Samantha is getting so socialized that she likes leaving for visits as long as she gets to come home afterwards…

So that’s it. Hope you all have a super evening, and a super weekend! Till next time.

Blessings! =)
Debbie

Progress!

I’m feeling so good about myself, my life, and my raw food reboot. It’s so nice to be back in this place and space in my life. Eating 99% raw food diet really feels and looks good on me. I’ve been very focused and disciplined – as I continue to drink mostly raw juices everyday with one small salad in the afternoon. Eventually I will add in more smoothies, and such for convenience. But I’m really loving this feeling. I haven’t gained back any of the weight I lost on the Master Cleanse, which means I’ve truly can keep that weight off and continue going down on the pounds.

Yesterday, as always, I started of with my green lemonade. Next up was a delicious apple grape (which you already knew from the post before). I have to make a comment about this though. I made the mistake of drinking two tall glasses in a row because I made too much. This bloated me and made me uncomfortable for a little over two hours. I should have given away the second glass, or saved it for later in the day. Anyway, I learned from that. DO NOT OVEREAT, no matter what it is! Later in the afternoon I had my wild rice salad, but I never had my carrot apple juice I made. I just couldn’t. So I gave it away. However, for dinner I made a superfood shake. It was very delicious, but it did bloat me some. I didn’t use any nuts or seeds, but I believe it was the coconut meat with banana – possibly. The shake consisted of coconut meat, banana, a few cherries, a few chunks of pineapple, cacao nibs, my raw fudge sauce, goji berries, acai powder, ice and water. Perhaps I drank it too fast, not really sure. I’m still trying to determine the bloat issues. Oh, and of course, I ate flax and chia crackers for snacks.

Today I have planned to drink coconut cucumber juice, a fresh batch of apple carrot juice, another rice salad (the last one for now), and of course my green lemonade, and the chia and flax crackers. I’ve made some delicious raw Mexican chocolate ice cream made with Brazil nuts. Maybe I’ll have that in a shake tonight – we’ll see. I’m planning on making some other dishes to have as my solid meal, and possibly start incorporating smoothies into the mix. We’ll see. I started reading Doug Graham’s book The  80/10/10 Diet. I’ve read it before, but this time I seem to be more intuned with the information. I may consider following his recipe guidelines for a week or so. It may be a safe way to incorporate more smoothies and such. My biggest issue is the bloating which comes from my IBS issues. I have definitely improved since I’ve started this reboot. But with each time that I add another type of food into the mix, I start to experience some light IBS symptoms again. So I’m going to take it slow. Hell, I don’t mind losing the weight, I need it bad! Lol!

Well, till next time. Enjoy your Friday, and have a great weekend too! I’ll write soon!

Blessings! =)
Debbie

Reboot: First day to juice and eat 100% raw at work

Well, I did it. I got through my first day back at work, and eating a 100% raw food diet. I woke up this morning and had my green lemonade as always. When I got to work I drank some water, and then around mid-morning I drank my carrot, orange, pineapple juice. Boy was that every yummy. Then for lunch I ate a watercress and beet salad – the same recipe from Going Raw that I made for my Mom and I on Sunday. I really like that salad. Speaking of the salad, I did get a bit of indigestion. I feel that it was probably from a few things, maybe in combination, or just one or two of them. But anyway, the avocado, the onion, and the miso, I believe could have contributed to my bloatedness today. I know that the corn and avocado I ate the day before did not digest well as it was in my bowel movements this morning. So I have decided not to eat those foods for a while to see how I feel.

Throughout the remainder of the day I drank water, and ate a few flax crackers plain. That seemed to satisfy me just fine. When I got home I exercised and drank more water. Then for my last meal of the day I decided to have another cashew ice cream shake. This time I elminated the almond nut milk, but kept the banana. I feel like the  almond milk is giving me issues too, so I’m going to hold off from having it for a while. However, I did discover after having my shake that I still had some bloating. I realized that I was eating a banana with a nut-based food. Nuts and bananas do not exactly go well. So, I won’t be having that combination again for a while either. All in all I feel it was a great day for eating raw.

Tomorrow I have planned my three juices. The first, as always, being my green lemonade. Then next up will be my favorite watermelon and strawberry juice. I made a very large jar of this one. Then I have a smaller juice jar filled with carrot apple for a late day snack. I haven’t decided what lunch will be yet. I’m not sure if I can handle another salad. I might try something like wild rice, broccoli and mushrooms, but I fear that the broccoli may give me issues. Maybe I’ll just bring fruit. We’ll see.

Well, that’s all for now. Have a great evening and a super Wednesday tomorrow. Oh, before I forget. Tomorrow I get to pick up  my freezer! I can’t wait!

TIll next time.

Blessings! =)
Debbie

Reboot: Day 2 of raw foods intro with juice

So I think today will be the last day I use the term reboot, and use whatever title I fancy. The reboot, I feel, has been a success, and I am continuing with juicing and eating a high raw diet. Today I started my moring off with the usual lemon water, and then straight to the green lemonade. I’m really getting used to drinking the fresh green lemonade every morning instead of the old fruit smoothie I used to do. Then, I had a delicious pear, apple, and grape juice for my mid-morning fruit snack.

Because I went with my husband to the doctor, we didn’t get to have a lunch until very late this afternoon. At which time I ate a small avocado salad that included heirloom cherry tomatoes, red onion, zucchini, fresh raw corn, parsley, and I  placed it on top of a small amount of freshly bloomed wild rice – organic wild rice. I also ate a few more of my delicious flax crackers. So I decided, since I’m still full, I’m planning to have a dessert shake instead of another juice. Tonight I plan to have a raw ice cream shake and try out my raw ice cream with raw fudge, and raw nut milk. I can’t wait!

For tomorrow, since it’s my first day back to work, I plan to prepare two juices tonight, and some type of salad for tomorrow. I will drink my green lemonade in the morning, but will take my fruit juice to work. It will consist of pineapple, oranges, and carrots – yummy! For my salad, I have no idea yet. We’ll see about it later. Well, until tomorrow. Have a great evening and a great Tuesday!

Blessings! =)
Debbie

Reboot: First day of raw salads and juice

Last night I finished the 3-day juice feast with a delicious combination of 12 large carrots, 1 red bell pepper, 2 large beefy tomatoes, 6-8 stalks of kale, 1/2 bunch of parsley, and 1 big bunch of spinach. It tasted better than a V8, and was so filling. So my 3-day juice feast was a success, and I couldn’t wait for today to come to start my salads.

So this morning I started my day off with the usual lemon water, and then the green lemonade, less the lemon. This drink has truly become a staple for me.

Today was a super special transition day since I decided to share my first raw salads with my Mom. I wanted to share my raw foods with her so she can see why I love to eat this way – and it worked! Today’s menu included the following items:

Kale salad (flat kale, tomatoes, dried cranberries, my seed mixture, and a light raw dressing)
Beet and Watercress Salad with Sweet Miso Dressing (straight from page 79 of Judita’s book Going Raw)
Raw carrot cake with a lemon cashew creme topping (carrot pulp, walnuts, dates, spices; cashews, agave, lemon, spices)
Flax cracker
Herbed Cashew Hemp Cheese (page 100 of Judita’s Going Raw book)
Apple-Grape Juice

In addition to this marvelous lunch (which I gave my Mom the leftovers), I made her fresh sweet almond milk, and my chocolate-swirl raw ice cream with raw fudge sauce. My Mom was so impressed with the spread, and truly loved the flavors – especially the ice cream. She wanted to learn more. So we spent a good hour or two just talking food – my favorite subject!

When I got home I had some flax crackers with nut cheese spread and some fresh sliced figs. Then I ended my day’s meals with a delicious papaya, pineapple, banana, honey and cacao nib smoothie. It was so yummy and filling. I just need to tell you, when I opened the papaya it had a swarm of sprouted seeds inside. At first I was shocked and concerned. But after reading several forums I decided to indulge, and I’m glad I did. The papaya was so perfectly sweet, it was amazing!

I can’t wait for tomorrow to try out some new goodies. It’s fun starting my raw food journey all over again. This time I’m more prepared, and definitely more focused. Till then. Have a wonderful evening, and a super tomorrow!

Blessings! =)
Debbie

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