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Traveling with my husband, 2 dogs sans fast food

29 Jul

Please forgive me for the long absence from posting! Hot Lips and I were traveling with our 2 pups from July 12 to August 11th and then had to prepare for an overseas move upon our return. It’s been crazy! On a side note, if you ever are planning an overseas move and want to take a month to travel to see friends before leaving, do not return home with only 4 weeks to get everything done. That was not our best move. Additional craziness will be reported in the next post.

While traveling, we did 3 concerts, stayed with friends or family in 4 different states and hotels in another 4. Thankfully, our pups are true road warriors and make themselves at home whether at a hotel:

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Or at someone’s house

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I am excited to report that while traveling, we have been very successful at eating well. The day before we left, I spent 9 hours in the kitchen prepping food, sauces and dressings to pack in our coolers. I packed my Vitamix and Spiralizer, intended to pack a nut milk bag but somehow forgot so I bought one on the road.

I made pint sized jars of the Thai satay sauce and the creamy curry dressing which came in handy more then once. I believe I just doubled each recipe. At one point we stopped at a friends’s to spend the night. She had made a dinner that smelled wonderful but unfortunately I couldn’t eat it because it had gluten. However, she had a garden fresh zucchini which I was able to run through the spiralizer and I had “noodles” in Thai sauce. Even her kiddos tried it and liked it πŸ™‚ Preparation is key.

When we stayed in hotels, it was easy to start our days with fresh smoothies with frozen fruit, greens and hemp seeds. When I wanted juice, I just put all of the ingredients in the vitamix and strained everything through the nut milk bag. I was also able to teach some friends how to make almond milk and one even bought a juicer to start incorporating juice into her diet-I love helping people make healthier food choices! I also brought some raw dessert on the road which was also a big hit with friends. It was the same recipe I used for my birthday cake but put in 4oz Mason jars.

We had a couple of coolers with us and it was worth all the time and effort it took to prepare ingredients and pack those coolers. We didn’t have the need to stop for fast food once….although we did…at a Culvers. I used to LOVE their fried cheese curds and frozen custard. But I had a juice with me so I sipped on that while Hot Lips and our friends indulged in the menu. Of course he just had to order the fried cheese curds :/ Soooo I just haaaad to pop one in my mouth. As soon as I bit into it, I was completely grossed out! I spit it right out. I was glad to know my body was no longer interested in such foods! It’s amazing to me how my tastes have been changed by the juice fast.

So for anyone wondering, it is possible to do a road trip without depending on fast food and greasy spoon truck stops but it does take preparation. Access to organic groceries in some of the places we stopped for a few days at a time was helpful too. If you are committed to keep those toxins out of your body, I encourage you to do so. And if I can be of any assistance or if you have any questions, I am happy to help!

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July 4th Weekend Food and Family-Part 1

8 Jul

It’s been an insanely busy weekend that started with the arrival of some dear friends Doborah & Dan whom we consider “Mishpocha” (family) on Thursday July 4th. We had not seen them in 2 years and it was an absolute blessing to be able to visit with them, especially knowing we will be out of the country for the next 2 years.

I made and froze 3 pint sized mason jars of juice before things became insane…that was a good idea but I wish I had made 2 more. This weekend involved a crazy amount of running around and food preparation and an impromptu 3rd BBQ added to the 2 we already had on our calendar. There were 2 days in the last 5 that I did not have a juice, however, I did have a smoothie every day and somehow even managed to loose a couple of pounds. I’m now only 5lbs more then I was when I ended my juice fast…even with some of my food escapades over the weekend!

One of Deborah’s favorite meals is lamb (which is [was?] also my favorite meat) and I happen to have a pasture-raised lamb roast in the deep freeze so into the crock pot it went. I figured since I was 3 weeks post juice fast, it would be a good time to see about reintroducing some animal products…even though I tried my buffalo chicken dip last week (which used to be one of my favorite foods ever) and really didn’t care for it. Well, the same thing happened with the lamb. I ate a small amount-I think I was trying to really like and enjoy it….but it just didn’t happen. Thankfully, it didn’t make me feel yucky, I just wasn’t crazy about the taste or texture. I was very glad I had made some oven roasted eggplant, squash & green beans (all from my local farmers market) with coconut oil and curry in my stoneware dish. I mention the stoneware because I really notice a difference when I roast my veggies in a stoneware (untreated on the inside where the food goes) baking dish as opposed to my glass baking dishes. Being the Pampered Chef product junkie I am, I get mine through them. I also prepared a most amazing Creamy Curry Kale & Cauliflower Salad that is seriously delicious…I actually made that dressing twice over the weekend! And I even had leftover dressing (that got used on something else at some point between Thursday and Saturday) from when I made it for that night. The directions call for you to massage the kale and that makes all the difference in the world!
Here is a picture of the one I made

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I also used this dressing on a kale salad I made for my BBQ – I ran out of time so I just threw in some cherry tomatoes from my garden and it was a hit. I mean people were RAVING about it!

Friday we went Blackberry picking and I had aspirations to make a cobbler for my BBQ on Sunday. However, the time I planned to spend in the kitchen on Friday evening to make desserts for sunday was thwarted by the opportunity to visit with some friends that were in the area from out of town that are also close with our guests…I had planned on making (and trying) baked salmon with crushed garlic and herbs from my garden for dinner that night…which I did make and brought with us, along with some noodled zucchini (on the spiralizer) which I tossed with some leftover Thai Satay Style Dipping Sauce. I added a a couple of teaspoons or so of brown rice vinegar to the sauce because it was pretty thick. I also made and brought a super easy Baba Ghanoush (sorry no pics because I was in such a rush but here my recipe:
1 cooled & peeled roasted eggplant (with holes poked all over by a fork-oven roasted at 350 degrees for 45 or so minutes or about 35min @ 400-I put it in the oven when I was baking something else)
2 cloves garlic
1 lemon (juiced)
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup olive oil
1-2 tsp smoked paprika
Salt and pepper to taste

Cut off the top and then cut the eggplant lengthwise into 4 sections. This makes it easier to peel (which I did with my fingers) and add the eggplant with all the other ingredients into your food processor, blender or Vitamix (which I used and yields super-smooth results) and process until smooth….garnish with a sprinkle of smoked paprika for color.

Serve with sliced cucumber or your favorite gluten free crackers or dehydrator crackers.

I also found myself making nut milks thought the weekend…which lead to more pulp that needed to be dehydrated. So I also decided to try making dehydrator crackers which did not turn out as crispy as I had hoped even after dehydrating them for over 24 hours. But they are flavorful and go well with the Baba Ghanoush…I didn’t follow a recipe exactly which could have contributed to my problem. I will just have to try again πŸ™‚

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Deborah made a delicious coleslaw with purple cabbage (it was beautiful but of course, I didn’t get a pic) and made enough for all 3 BBQ’s. I also added it to tonight’s salad. Here is her recipe…and remember this made A LOT. I still have a quart or so of it in the fridge which I will happily eat over the next couple of days.
2 small red cabbages (chopped)
1 medium green cabbage (chopped)
2 limes (juiced)
1 small strip of roasted red pepper
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 T light rice vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 droppers of Stevia
1/2 Jalepeno pepper (minced very small)

There you have the first half of my holiday weekend food-wise. There is so much to tell you, I will leave the second half of the weekend to post tomorrow. I found that as long as I brought foods I could eat, I was not at all bothered by the ones that were not aligned with what I want to put into my body. The lesson? Always bring foods you can eat to a BBQ!

A week and a half after ending the juice fast

25 Jun

The last few days have been quite busy-today especially. Today I spent the entire day in the kitchen making new recipes I had never attempted before. Not everything turned out as planned, but in the end, it all worked out great. I’ll go into detail in a minute. First, I have to admit something that I’m not crazy about, even though according to what I’ve read, this is totally normal…but I’ve put on 5lbs…I realize its pretty normal to put on between 5 & 8lbs in the days following the end of a juice fast but I’m still bummed…however, my clothes aren’t fitting any different so that is a good thing. I also didn’t return to my previous meat-eating habits so I thought I might have been able to avoid the weight gain. If it continues to rise, I may have to drink more juice and green smoothies. At the moment I am having one juice and one smoothie, some fruit and some sort of plant-based meal daily. My sugars have gone up slightly but not significantly.

One of the things I missed a lot while juicing is curry…so last night I roasted some cauliflower, summer squash, onions and a couple of jalapeΓ±os tossed in a very small amount of olive oil and curry powder, cumin, turmeric with a touch of cinnamon…it hit the spot! Sorry, I totally forgot to take a pic…but I promise it was delicious πŸ™‚

I read an article about the importance of soaking and dehydrating raw nuts before eating them. I had a bunch of nuts in the pantry so before I went to bed, I soaked my hazel nuts, almonds and cashews. This morning when I got up I rinsed them and put them in the dehydrator. However, not all my almonds or cashews would fit…so I decided to try some recipes I have pinned to my raw boards on Pinterest.

The first thing I made is something that I can’t believe I’ve never made before…as a matter if fact, I feel a little silly for it taking me this long to do…homemade almond milk! Sooo super easy! I used this recipe except I didn’t add the cinnamon. Hubby liked it though and has requested I make some more for him to bring into work and keep in the fridge there for his cereal. I’m glad cause I would way rather him have almond milk then organic cow’s milk. The added benefit to making almond milk is that I can also make almond meal from what was left in my nut milk bag and since I had the dehydrator going anyway, the timing was perfect! It was nice to use my nut milk bag for the purpose it was created πŸ˜‰

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Then I went out and picked a whole bunch of basil…there were 2 recipes I wanted to make that used basil and I have 2 different plants..a regular green sweet basil plant and a purple basil plant. I wanted to use the purple basil to make a pesto for this zucchini roll up recipe. I made the sauces for it and then went to slice one of the zucchinis from my garden for the roll-up “noodle”. However, I realized that my mandolin would not slice the entire length of the zucchini so I figured I would cut it super thin with a knife…that didn’t work either…so I scrapped that idea and then put a green and a yellow zucchini through my spiralizer and made a creamy pesto sauce by mixing the purple pesto and the cashew “cream cheese” I originally planned on spreading on my zucchini roll. I topped it off with purΓ©ed sun dried tomatoes and fire roasted red pepper (from a jar) and some chopped green basil and cherry tomatoes from my garden…even though it wasn’t what I had planned on making, it tasted great. And hubby even liked it πŸ™‚

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I still had enough soaked cashews for 2 more recipes…my birthday is coming up so I decided to try a vegan “cheesecake“. It was Freaking Delicious! (I realize I complained about gaining weight but this is the first time I actually had a dessert and I don’t plan on having it every day) I’ve never made a dish like this before and I wanted to make sure I would actually enjoy it on my birthday. I believe I will πŸ™‚

The last thing I made has to set in the fridge overnight so I won’t try it till tomorrow but I tasted the “goat cheese” layer of this Vegan “goat cheese” appetizer and holy freakin’ moly! I’m totally going to put this out next time I have guests. The recipe made enough for me to freeze some-so I’m ready for company πŸ™‚ This is the recipe I needed the green basil for. I made a layer of pesto (and mine was oil free-I subbed some veggie broth for the olive oil the recipe called for). I’m sorry my dairy free friend Alisa isn’t here to try this one cause I bet she would like it and it won’t make her son break out in a horrible rash!

My kitchen has been cleaned up, hubby’s smoothie is in the fridge for his early morning departure for work and the dehydrator is quietly dehydrating. It’s time for me to go to bed!

Day 7 post juice fast….loving food that is loving me back & what my doctor said

21 Jun

My doctor is very pleased with my results from the juice fast. my total cholesterol went from 209 to 186 which is great but the big news is that my Hemoglobin A1c went from 8.1 (in February) to 6.7. This is huge! This increases our chances of achieving a healthy pregnancy (all prayers in that area are welcome…we’ve been struggling with “unexplained infertility” for years). And what’s even better about reaching that number, I’ve done that on 85% less insulin then originally prescribed! My doctor also suggested I become a nutritionist because she feels that my results can really inspire others. That is something worth looking into. Anyone that has any info, I’m open:)

As fate would have it, (btw i don’t believe in coincidence…Devine appointments, however, are another story;) I am having lunch this week with a woman who I met in the private Facebook group for the 21 day raw food reset who happens to live less then an hour away. I’m looking forward to hanging out with someone of like mind when it comes to health…and I believe in our fb conversation she mentioned studying to become a nutritionist. I’m looking forward to finding out more:)

Yesterday afternoon I finally felt better after having eaten that pinto bean hummus that did not agree with me 24 hours before…yesterday started with juice and fruit and a smoothie and I snacked on some berries, dehydrated kale chips and nori snacks. I also had some kombucha and some home made, fermented sauerkraut. Probiotics can only help in such a situation. Then for dinner I had a most awesome raw meal-all with ingredients from my local farmers market (except 2 of the ingredients in the sauce). This came from the recipe section of my 21 day raw food reset cleanse guide. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly and have some leftovers which is excellent cause I’ll be eating them again today and hubby will have them too. Btw, don’t be afraid to substitute if you don’t have a particular ingredient…I was able to get collards last week from the farmers market but romaine or green leaf lettuce would work too. I’m also going to grate some radish for tonight’s version since hubby and i will get to eat together and he doesn’t like beets. Also, since their recipe isn’t posted online, I’m just sharing what I did – which was too much for a single serving…I don’t want to violate any copy-write laws or anything.

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savory wraps with miso sauce:
collard greens (for the wraps…I used 3)
1/2 an avocado sliced or diced
1 beet grated
2 large yellow carrots grated (totally optional…I had them so I used them)
3 small to medium orange carrots grated
A handful of sprouts (I used broccoli sprouts)

Miso sauce:
2 Tbs of chickpea miso (here is the brand I use…I was able to get it from the refrigerated section of my local health food store…whole foods carries it too)
1 inch of freshly grated ginger
1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1 green onion, finely chopped
Juice of about 1/2 an orange (just squeezed it with my hand…just enough to thin out the sauce-can use other citrus if desired)
I mixed all the ingredients in a small bowl with a fork
The sauce can be used as a salad dressing if it is thinned out even more using extra ACV or the citrus of your choosing

I laid out the collard leaf, broke off the extra stem (and fed it to my pup Layla who loves crunchy greens), put some grated beet down the length of the leaf, topped it with both of the grated carrots and then the sprouts with the avocado on top…I then drizzled about 2 tsp of the delicious miso sauce and rolled up my wrap. I enjoyed every single bite!

I’m seriously loving all of the new foods I get to eat! I don’t at all feel deprived by not having milk chocolate or steak and chicken…I might feel differently at summer BBQ’s but at the moment, all is well.

Day 2 post juice fast

16 Jun

Day 2 of breaking my fast and I’m still feeling great! I had juice this morning and had some more of that delicious tropical green smoothie I made last night. I probably had about a pint’s worth of smoothie today although not all at once…and today, my sugar did not spike at all. My plan was to have juice in the morning and alternate between juice and smoothie for the rest of the day. That went over well.

I feel like I’m slowly waking up my digestive system and my body is responding well to it. I was chatting with my friend Mara earlier and she shared a story she had heard of someone breaking a long term fast with fast food! Can u guess what happened? Yeah…he was super sick and couldn’t keep the food down…bright move, brain surgeon. That’s like holding a gun up to your sleeping digestive system and saying “work super hard RIGHT NOW!” Even eating solid food can make a person sick the first day. For me, this journey is about seeing my body healed. I want to continue to do the best I can for it, not make it sick in favor of eating a particular food. Now, THAT is a very different outlook for me. In the past, my cravings and desire for food dictated what went in my mouth.

I will leave you to think on this:

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Day 1 post juice fast-I almost kept going

15 Jun

Post fast day 1…ended up being a wonderful and completely nutso day. I had an appointment at noon and brought juice with me-thankfully I followed my own advice and brought enough juice for the rest of my day…cause I planned on being home by 3pm the latest and didn’t make it home till after 6. I thought I was gonna blow actually breaking my fast….as in just juice for the day.

I thought I read all of the instructions in Young and Raw’s guide about breaking the fast in a healthy way which means 3 days of juices & smoothies before introducing solid foods…apparently I missed the part that said on day 1 I should juice all day and do a smoothie for dinner…which is exactly what I did because that’s how my day unfolded…as opposed to me actually planning it out that way. I only knew I wanted to make sure that I was home when I broke my fast….just in case. After cooking for my wonderful husband and our friend Christie, I had a delicious tropical smoothie with kale and fruits that I love but couldn’t use during the juice fast because when juiced, those fruits spike my blood sugar.

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Tropical Kale Smoothie
1 banana (frozen)
1 cup pineapple
1 cup mango
3-5 leaves kale
1-2 cups filtered water

It made a big smoothie….I only drank bout 10 or so ounces…I’ll have the rest tomorrow πŸ™‚ the good news is that I still feel great! I didn’t have to run to the bathroom like I was afraid of and I’m excited to have more tomorrow:) My blood sugar did become elevated though (to 177 2 hours after consumption) which did not excite me….we will see how tomorrow goes…I may have to switch to a berry smoothie. So I didn’t break the fast with a carrot as intended but I’m closer to being able to have one πŸ˜‰

Tomorrow is another busy day so I need to get to bed but I wanted to make sure to post that I successfully broke the fast and am still feeling great! I’m so thankful for all of the positive and supportive comments!

Day 60!!!!

13 Jun

Woo Hooo! I made it to day 60!!! I feel fantastic!!! Since my journey began on April 1st (with 2 weeks of raw eating on the 21 day raw reset cleanse)
I’m going to list the victories doing this journey has brought :
-I have shed a total of 45 pounds
-I’ve reduced my insulin By 85%
-I’m back to the “me” I was before my father’s fall in Feb of 2012 and his passing in April of 2012 and subsequent family issues
(Meaning the grief fog, depression and fear that those things were always going to be with me are gone)
-My dandruff issue is gone
-My seasonal allergies disappeared…even when pollen fell like snow-not one sneeze!
-My wedding & engagement rings fit properly
-I learned that my wonderful marriage had new greatness to be discovered
-I’m really blessed to have family in the L-rd and amazing friends that are super encouraging
-I have attended social gatherings that have had foods I could not eat (but wanted to!) and was totally fine not having them (look-it didn’t kill me;)
-I’m craving healthy foods and (at least for now and I hope and pray this sticks) I have no interest in the unhealthy indulgences I used to long for and give in to way too often
-I have a new relationship with food and nourishment
-I’ve learned so much about our food, where it comes from and the best ways to give my body access to the nutrients it needs
-I have talked about bodily functions with complete strangers going through it too (like the liver flush)
-I have found Facebook to be an amazing tool to connect with and form meaningful relationships with others doing this type healing and cleansing for their bodies and also been referred to a ton of resources I never would have known about otherwise
-I have also had the opportunity (and hope to continue to have opportunities) to encourage others in a similar journey to health

And now, for the pictures…the first pic was taken in April of 2012 right after my dad passed…I was pretty much busting out of all my sized 16’s at that point and had to go shopping for larger clothes.

The middle picture was taken a couple of weeks before I started my cleanse on the day my friends Tisha and Kiger in HI prayed for me and the only thing I could think of afterwards was the 21 Day Raw Food Reset. I know that was the L-rd answering my prayer…even though that wasn’t the answer I was looking for. At this point, my size 18 jeans from Layne Bryant (a plus sized woman’s store with generous sizing) had become tight as were most of my other clothes. I also had to increase my insulin dosage to 225 units a day (I’m now on between 25 and 35 units a day).

The third picture was taken today in a dress I bought back in 2010…it’s a bit big on me bit I still love it. I’m now below the weight I was when I got married in 2006 and am wearing a size 14. I still have more weight I’d like to loose, however I’m so thankful for where G-d has taken me so far:)

My journey continues as I transition back to food and a plant based diet. I may not be posting daily but I hope you will continue with me on my journey to health!

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