Reflecting

I got up this morning in a funk, ever have one of those days??

So I headed down to the beach with my dog Spirit and sat and reflected on some things going on in my life.  Now, I don’t know if any of you believe in the spirit world or what happens after a loved one physically leaves this world, but my mom has a way of letting me know she is there for me.  She passed away a couple of years ago, at a young age to cancer.  She usually leaves good signs that she is there, like this am, when I found a piece of beach in the sun, several minutes later I looked up to a tree that sometimes has an Eagle in it, and this morning it had four.  I have never seen that before.  Maybe it wasn’t her giving me a sign, but then again maybe it was!!

One of the things I was reflecting on was my blog, as you noticed I just changed the title over, as I have this thing with food and eating healthy, always have.  Now, I really try not to be too anal, but my husband might dispute that one!!!

One of the things I have realized is that I have always had a thing with food, even when I was younger.  It wasn’t always good or healthy.  As a teenager, you go through a stage of eating lots of junk food, well, most of us anyways, I did, but then I took it beyond that.  I went through a stage of not eating, anything, otherwise known as starving myself or anorexia.  It was short lived, only about a year or so, I believe that my lowest weight was about 87 lbs, now I’m only 5ft 2, but that was still way too low.  My mom knew the signs as she had struggled with that as well, makes me wonder now if that was subconscious learned behavior??

From there, through the help of some close friends, I learned that I could eat, anything and all that I wanted without getting fat!!  I was in, little did I know at the time what path in would take me down and how it could affect my health, but I didn’t care as long as the weight didn’t come on.  You’re probably wondering the name of this diet aren’t you?? It’s called Bulimia and this is the first time I have gone totally open about it.  People know, I don’t hide it, but I’ve never put it out there and I think I should.

I share that info as I know that food, emotional eating, guilt, diet, advertising and so on are so much a part of this cultural these days.  Women are multi tasking more than ever betweens children, jobs, or being self employed, wanting to feel and look good or healthy, having the time and energy for it all.  Sometimes we meet our feelings of overwhelment, exhaustion, emptiness, feeling unappreciated or over extended or putting our needs last by filling our selves up w ith food.

The food we usually choose in those situations is comfort foods or snack foods that we just keep snacking on.  Now, I share this with no judgement as I went down that path for many, many years.  I struggled with Bulimia throughout my late teens and well into my twenties.  It was not fun alot of the time.  It mostly affected me between January and May, hmmm, do you think I could have had SAD at the same time!!??

I sometimes cycled between starving myself and binging, the mind is a powerful thing.  I share this part of me, as I wanted to be real with any of my readers, letting you know that I wasn’t always a health nut, well I was in between, but I was a fake, insecure, sneaking food junkie I guess you could say.  In between I worked out, taught Aerobics (ok yes I am dating myself there), ate fairly healthy when I was eating but oh sooooo confused and insecure inside.

I was part of several studies on women with eating disorders, so I did try and get outside help a few times as I got older as I recognized the insanity of it all.  What I have learned through it all, the most important thing, that I do matter. I am important and so are my feelings, even if it’s just to me.  That is why I choose to be nice to myself now (that and my friends still telling me I am way too hard on myself, hmmm more sub conscious programming, but I have been working on it!!!)  I am learning to trust my gut feelings on things and not question it, it’s being in the flow and being true to me.  That is what has lead me down the road of eating more raw and healthy, plus I need to make up for lost time of those years of abusing my body.  I feel the difference when I eat raw, or just way healthier and when I don’t, my body tells me that also.  I like to drink a glass or two of wine sometimes, and my body is letting me know that it just doesn’t want it anymore.  Alot of food too, which sometimes can be frustrating as it’s not that unhealthy yet it’s what my body doesn’t want right now, so I am listening.

I share this with you as I want to be honest.  I love food, I get inspired by it, I love making healthy things and when I watch Youtube videos read books of people eating healthy and feeling great, and curing diseases I get excited. As silly as that may sound and I can say I am proud now, that I traded in my Shape magazine and an unhealthy way of viewing my body and eating for one that is way healthier.  Yes, I have finally accepted that I am 5’2″ , small boned, bigger thighs and boobless!!!  I just want to feel good and enjoy the day.

So, to anyone out there that is struggling with having a good relationship with food in general, I just want to say there is hope and it can be accomplished.  EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or Tapping is an amazing tool, easy to use and just love and accept yourself where you are and as you are…….you deserve it!!!

And remember, it’s a journey, today does count!!!

Thanks for stopping by

JB

Getting Started in Raw Foods

What is Raw Foods?

– uncooked – it’s not heated above 118F / 42C

– it’s fresh and unprocessed

– organic as much as possible

Why not cooked foods?

Cooked foods actually destroys all the vitamins, nutrients, minerals, oxygen rich & enzymes which is the life force or ‘spark of life’. It becomes dead food, then we need to supplement with usually factory processed vitamins etc and we are then just eating for the sake of eating and not living.  We are all born with enzymes, when we eat cooked foods we diminsh our supply of them as it takes enzymes to help digest our food, so with cooked foods, our bodies are using up our stores of enzymes, that is why we feel sluggish and tired after eating a cooked meal, it takes our energy.  When we eat raw foods, we feel good as the food comes with enzymes and can be digested much easier.

Raw foods are more alkalining which is highly beneficial for our bodies.  Acidic foods create an acidic environment which is much better for creating disease.

Benefits of eating Raw

-weightloss

– more energy

– healthy skin

– the ‘glow’

– detoxes

– need less sleep

– no arthritis

– increased flexibility

– better digestion

– no more headaches

– no more candida

– improved immune system

– prevent & even reverse diabetes or cancer

– reduce risk of heart disease

– no more allergies

– lower cholesterol

– few if any colds or flu

– clarity of mind

– no more PMS

– improved sex life

Isn’t that a good start???

It’s also better for the planet – no pesiticides, herbicides or other chemicals, so we are helping to contribute to a better, safer planet.

There are differences in raw food diets as you will see when you are researching them, some will use some ingredients like Bragg’s or Tamari and some won’t. Some will use raw milk or cheese, some won’t, some are into very simple foods and recipes and some are into more elegant raw cusine, some are 60%, or 80% or 100% raw.  It’s finding out what works for you, and where you are starting at and your health – everyone is different.  There is so much variation and that can be confusing or overwhelming at first, remember to have some fun with it too, and don’t be hard on yourself when starting out, we all transition differently.

The important part I would like to say is that eating ‘raw’ or ‘live’ foods more in your ‘diet’ is always good no matter how much you decide to incorporate.  The more you can, obviously there better.

What’s your why??

When starting with raw foods or anything for that matter, be clear on your why.  Is it to be healthier, loss weight,  look better, whatever it is, when you are clear about your why, it will be easier to stick to it!!

Raw Foods

– fruits

– vegetables

– leafy greens (not really a veggie)

– herbs

– spices

– nuts

– seeds

– sea vegetables

– edible flowers

– spices

– herbs

– oils

– natural sweetners

Kitchen tools to have

All you really need to get yourself started, besides enthusiasm is some good knives, a good blender and a processor.  I have a knack for picking up processors in almost new condition, at yard sales for like $10.  I like to have two in my kitchen.

As you get into using raw foods more, then you will want to invest in a Vitamix, a really good, horse power blender,if that is out of your price range, I recommend a really good, more square base blender.

Dehydrator for making crackers etc, my favorite is an Excalibur.

Spiroli

Coffee bean grinder

You probably have most of those already in your kitchen.

Eating ‘raw’ or more ‘live’ foods or even just healthier does NOT have to be boring!!!

Here is to your health!!

Jodi


Raw 'Meatless' Wraps

Another short video on a quick, easy, healthy and Raw snack or even dinner!!

Enjoy and please feel free to share with friends or leave any comments!!

To Your Health

Jodi

Raw 'Meatless' Meat

I talk about this recipe in the video to follow.  The other night everyonein my house wanted fajita’s, which I do love, but since committing to as much raw or live foods as possible I wanted to get even more creative and this is what I came up with.

I am one that gets ideas from cook books (or I should say “un” cook books!!!) and then play with it.  I love doing that.  Now some people may like to follow recipes to a ‘t’, just remember you can always adjust things to your taste or substitute some ingredients for others for different flavors…….have fun, be healthy and remember, it’s your palate and as you eat fresher, more alive foods, your taste will change.

Raw ‘Meatless’ Taco Meat

In a processor combine

1 cup sunflower seeds (the best for making a meat like texture or more course)

14 – 1/2 cup walnuts

Pulverize till fairly course

Add

squeeze of 1/2 lemon

celtic sea salt to taste

1 clove garlic

1 tsp cumin (optional)

bunch parlsey (or cilantro, basil or other herb)

You can also add any flavorings you like as well, like chili peppers, cayene pepper,curry etc

Mix up well

You can use this to substitute in tacos (whether it’s a corn shell or cabbage leave or a wrap), put in celery, on crackers etc

Watch the video that follows for a quick snack or dinner idea.

Enjoy and please feel free to share with a friend!!

To Your Health

Jodi

At the Coffee Shop

Since having to be in the city for a couple of days and having a little time to check things out in different areas of Vancouver, and yes on ‘The Drive’ again as one of the areas, I am amazed at the amount of coffee shops around.

I sat in one yesterday, actually a Starbucks so I could use my computer since I had a no show for an appointment, grrrrrr, moving on!! I was in there for over an hour on my computer, but paying attention to the amount of people coming in and out. Yes in was in downtown Vancouver, but it was one  of a quazillion coffee shops, ok, maybe not that many but there are alot of them on every corner!!!

It probably also didn’t help that there was a huge line up outside for The Wonder Girls, I think that was there name anyways as there were 100’s of people lined up down the street and around the corner of the Starbucks I was in.

I have to admit, I have this weird quirk that I have always had whether I am in a coffee shop or in a grocery store, I always look at what people buy or put in their cart.  Lately though, I have looked at their face and then in their carts and I can usually connect what type of food will be in their carts before I even see it.  Believe it or not, the face and eyes give it away in most cases.

Back to Starbucks though, I was totally amazed at the number of people coming in and out and this was the second one I was in in the day and it was the same at the first one.  We have become a nation of take out, coffee, lattes, frappacinos and snacks.  Doesn’t anyone eat at home anymore???

I sat just wondering how much some people spend in a week in coffee shops, how many coffees or the syrup, sugary, fatty drinks or snacks people are consuming and how much waste we are creating by all the take out containers.

Then I thought, wow, this is just one (well two today) spots in one city, what about the province? Across Canada? Across North America?  Now the world??

Wow……..two thoughts then came to me, I need to get out more often and make sure I do my part in making the world a better place in ways that I can, like bringing my own to go cups (which I do).  And to really start spreading the word about eating healthier.  Now I know some peopel might say, well once in awhile it’s a treat.  Yes and No……..I will dive into that one later on!!

The best part about it is people watching, I love doing that, people are so interesting!!!

Yup, I need to get out more often, it must just be the city!!!

Hope you’re having an awesome day!!

JB

Pesto Sauce

Raw Pesto Sauce

I was at the market the other day and there was an abundance of Basil and fresh Garlic – perfect for making pesto.

2 bunches basil leaves (no stems)

2 – 3 garlic cloves

squeeze of 1/2 lemon

3/4 cup cold pressed olive oil

nuts are optional, I usually use them, but you don’t have to. Traditional pesto called for pine nuts, but you can also mix them up. I have used pumpkin seeds, macadamia nuts and walnuts, you don’t have to soak them, it is up to you, I usually don’t.

Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend up until mixed well.  You can make it very smooth or a little more course.  You can add more olive oil for less concentrate.  I usually make it somewhat concentrate then depending on the dish I can add more oil if need be.

This is great for pastas, (regular and raw), crackers, dressing etc

Enjoy!!

Raw Kale Chips

Kale Chips

Great alternative to chips!! Easy and quick to make.

1 – 2 bunches of kale

Take the leaves off the stems and put into a bowl.

Here is where you can get creative.

Add

– couple tablespoons olive oil and a few dashes celtic sea salt

or

Instead of  salt or along with it you can add cayenne, garlic, onion or chili powder

or

– couple tablespoons Pesto

or

– couple tablespoons Pesto with some Nutritional Yeast

Mix together with the kale until well coated.

Spread out on dehydrator tray and dehydrate about 4 – 6 hours depending on how crispy you like it.

If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can bake them in the oven, but I recommend using the lowest temperature possible.

If it is above 115 degrees in the oven, chances are it won’t be raw then, but still healthier than chips!!

Enjoy!!

Why Orgnic??

A word on Organic

You are what you eat and your skin is the largest organ of the body, everything you put on it gets absorbed into the bloodstream, so for me, if I am going to eat healthy, raw and organic as often as possible, then I want to put healthy products on my skin as well.

We already get exposed to enough toxic chemicals and if we have a chance to reduce that, why not??

Foods and products that are organic are not gentically modified (GMO), don’t have pesiticides, herbicides and other chemicals.  These chemcials can be detrimental to your health and are usually cancer causing.

Organic foods and products reduces overall toxins in your body further increasing your health and vitality. They are more nutritious, safer, have more vitamins and minerals and are better tasting.

I find everytime I go to the store and try and find a safe, healthy or organic product, reading the labels is quite amusing to say the least!!  I don’t know what the guidelines are but to put on the labels nautral or organic and to find out they still have toxic chemcials in them can be  frustrating!!

These are some foods that have high amounts of pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics etc

– beef, chicken & pork

– dairy

– strawberries, raspberries and cherries

– apples and pears

– tomatoes

– spinach and salad greens

– peaches and nectarines

– coffee

– potatoes

– grapes (imported from Chile)

– celery

– peppers red and green

Organic may be more expensive, but for me, I feel it’s worth it.  A good way of getting fresh, organic and usually well priced produce is through your local organic farmer or at farmer’s markets, buy from organic co-ops, buy in bulk or decide on what you can or will buy that is organic, it’s not always alot more money especially if it’s in season.

I have found that I can actually taste the difference, but I know I am feeding my body better.

Here’s to Your Health!!

JB


Commercial Drive

Lately, I have been loving heading down to Commercial Drive or just ‘The Drive’ in Vancouver. Now I know some people have been hanging out there for years, but some of us have been hanging out in the back woods!!!

I love going down there, it’s alive, full of energy, artists, cultural, outside patios and little store front markets which of course I love seeing the fresh food, but all of it.  Living on the Sunshine Coast is great, I mean it’s beautiful here and so close to being on the ocean almost every day, but getting a little bit of different energy is always good too!!  And the fresh food is oh so cheap.

This past Saturday, I had to go into to the city for a bit and of course I headed over to ‘the Drive’ where I got as much as I could carry, fresh food and I soaked in the atmosphere even to a quiet, while I was there at least, protest for the G8.

For me, I find that when I can find little ways to re-charge myself, get my creative juices flowing again, it’s always good.  I come back  refreshed.  it’s always good to find the little ways to do that for yourself if no ‘big’ holiday is in the cards, squeeze some time out to re-charge yourself, you might be surprised at how good you feel!!

Healthy people find ways to unwind that build them up, not tear them down.

What could you do this week to do that for yourself??

Have fun!!

JB

Quick Snack Ideas

Just a couple quick snack ideas to help you eat a little healthier!!
Enjoy and please feel free to leave any comments!!

To Your Health
Jodi

Raw Ceasar Dressing

This one is great and no one can tell that it is raw, even my husband likes it, actually he loves it!!
It only takes a couple of minutes to blend this up in the blender and remember adjust things according to taste, this
is just a guideline to go on, if you like more garlic, add more, or lemon or anything else, just make it so that you like it
and enjoy it!!

Put all ingredients in a blender

2 stalks clery cut up
2 cloves of garlic
squeeze juice of full lemon
celtic sea salt & pepper to taste
few flakes of dulse (optional but adds flavor
1/3 cup cold press olive oil
1/2 tbsp tahinni

These ingredients are optional as they aren’t raw, but I add a couple of drops to give it more flavor
tabasco
wortshire sauce (or tamari or nama shoyu)
capers

Blend up to smooth and to your liking.
Pour over romaine or any other kind of lettuce, eat and enjoy!!

Here is a recipe for raw croutons which are awesome!!