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Plum Salsa – A Side Dish or a Salsa for Nacho Chips

Plum Salsa

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Plum Salsa

One of the great things with summer is all the fresh foods and the wonderful friends that share with you!!  I had a dear friend share a bunch of plums with me this past week and after eating some I had to create something different – I was pleasantly surprised and got good feedback from the friends that tried it.

Another easy and tasty dish that makes eating healthy easy.  totally vegan almost raw, if you decide to leave out the black beans then it is raw!!

Plum Salsa

–  12 – 16 smaller Plums

–  4 small Cucumbers

–  1 cup finely chopped Cilantro

–  juice of 1 Lime

–  ½ Jalapeno pepper finely chopped

–  ½ finely chopped purple Onion

–  1 Red Pepper finely chopped

–  ¾ tsp Himalayan Sea salt (adjust to taste)

–  1 can Black Beans drained

–  pinch Cayenne Pepper (optional)

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Plum Salsa

Mix well all ingredients together in a bowl

Serve as a side relish dish or use as a salsa for nacho chips.

Thank you for stopping by, Happy Labor Day and please feel free to share this!!

Jodi

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Plum Salsa

Dare to Stand Out

We went up and spent the day in Whistler the other day and this couple really caught not only my attention but many others as well.

I thought how cool and if more of us couldn’t be like that……Dare to Stand out instead of following the status quo all the time or trying to keep up with the Jone’s……who are they anyways??

Sometimes that is going against what everyone else thinks, or playing safe or worrying about what other people will think.

Sometimes it’s really about tuning in to who we really are or need.  Listening to that gut instinct.

I had that recently.  That strong gut feeling that if I did something or went to to this place it wouldn’t be good for me or wasn’t in my best interest or whatever.  See, sometimes our human minds try to figure ‘it’ out, but we can’t always.  Every time I had this strong feeling in my gut and listen to it, it became very clear later on why and when I didn’t listen to it….oh boy lets not go there!!

This time I did listen to it, which I really try and do more and more.  It kept bugging me if we were to go away to this place to meet these people.  It was a strong feeling of don’t go.  So I didn’t, and I soon found out why and was very glad I didn’t go and in the end these people ended up not being such good friends after all.

When it involves other people, it doesn’t mean they are bad people or anything like that, they may just not be good for you or at that time in your life.

Sometimes in your life, it may mean going against what everyone else is saying or doing…..always honor that inside of you.  It’s in all of us, but we get so busy in life or trying to figure things out or in between our 60 000 plus thoughts a day maybe don’t even want to have to think about it!!

Dare to Stand Out if you have to or be different…..you really do win in the long run, no matter what they may say.  It is your life anyways isn’t it???

Obesity…..Curable or Not??

Obesity

Warning some content / pictures may be disturbing!!

Obesity is on the rise and in every country.  It is becoming an epidemic.  Over 1 BILLION  adults are overweight with 300 million clinically obese. 22 million children worldwide under the age of five…..YES FIVE…..are obese……are you kidding me????? NO!!!!

Adolescents and teenagers have doubled and tripled since the sixties and seventies.  Could it be learned behaviors or habits??

With being overweight or obese comes some major health problems……type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular, hypertension, stroke, high blood pressure, and more….oh but wait there is probably a pill for those……sorry for being cynical!!

How does one become obese?  I can’t honestly answer that as I have never been obese, I can only give my thoughts and ideas and information what what I have read, do and don’t do.  I also understand that in some……in some cases there are health problems like thyroid etc.  It still comes back to diet, can it be reversed?  I am not sure.

Here goes….when a person eats foods that are high in saturated fats, sugar, dead, processed, chemcial ladden ‘foods’, and reduced physical activity weight is put on.

So I want to take it even further, as it’s up to each person to be responsible for themselves, which is hard in our society it is always someone else’s fault…..or something like the economy……what one puts in their mouth is up to them….period.  We do get confusing messages from one thing being the cancer cure last week to it being no good next week and so on……….keep it simple and natural, if it’s man made, it’s probably not good……learn and take the time to read ingredients……if you can’t say it or don’t have a frickin clue what it is…..it probably isn’t good!!!

Are you emotional eating? In other words are you eating because you are bored, sad, depressed, scared or any other feeling you don’t want to feel?  Eat when you are hungry.

Are you eating in front of the tv or computer so you have no idea of what or how much you are eating?  Eat at the table with nothing on paying attention to what you are eating and how much, listen to your body and don’t shovel it in.

Stop using the excuse that it runs in the family or it’s in my genes……….create a new / different story, one that empowers you!!!

When we eat alot of fast foods, take out food, package foods they are full of things the body can’t really use or can’t digest.  They are usually full of extra calories we don’t need, and because there are chemicals in these foods, they become addictive and we start craving them and then eating them more often, sometimes every day.  The fat starts piling on, the energy goes down and the cycle begins.  If you don’t believe me, watch Super Size Me.

Another things people don’t think of or pay attention to is the sizes of things now.  When I was a kid, and I know that was just a few years ago…:)……a small was about 6 oz, med 8 oz and large 10 oz.  Now small is about 12 oz right on up to the super gulp 64 oz……really???? Cookies fit in my hand, now it fits into a frisbee……oh I only had one cookie…..yeah who is fooling who?? Actually cut out alot of pop for one thing, that will help tremendously as it’s just chemicals and sugar and very addictive.

Fast foods and package foods are full of cheap fillers…..high corn frutose syrup and palm oil to mention just a couple, empty calories. no nutritional value, high in saturated fat and cheap fillers.

Here are the demographics in the US on obesity, (Canada is not far behind).

Red is the states that have an obesity problem……Scary isn’t it?? That is the most recent I could find and it’s a couple of years old.

So since I’ve done some b#@%ing, I should offer some solutions, as there is no magic pill or potion.

Start the day with a glass of water

Choose live foods more often, (things natural, coming from the earth… fruit veggies, grains etc)

Eat when you are hungry

Stay away from the white stuff……flour, sugar, salt

Sit down with out a ton of things going on around you like eating in front of the tv and eat your food, one mouthful at a time

Carry healthy snacks with you and or have snacks to carry you through the day so when you get hungry you can choose wisely

Don’t skip meals so that you are famish later and eat everything in site

Don’t starve yourself

Stay away from high saturated fat foods

Eat smaller portions

Don’t eat late at night

Start your day with a good breakfast…..don’t skip it

Surround yourself with people / support systems who are making changes, want changes, are committed and are doing it if you really want to make lifestyle changes and can help / support you and on a mission

Face the emotions that you are pushing down so that you can go on and release the weight and feel healthier in many ways

Get healthy extra nutrition in your diet as we need more than what we can get from our food

Move, even brisk walking for 30 mins a day will help get you started

When you put better foods into your body you will feel better and have more energy so that you can move.

In my opinion, obesity is curable, it’s a way of life, it’s a lifestyle that has choices and decisions every day just like everything else. One just needs to take responsibility and action and make better or different decisions, so why not start today as it starts with a single step.

Here’s to YOUR Health.

JBC

Rice & Spinach Salad

Rice & Spinach Salad

This is for thepeople who want to start adding more veggies into their diet, are vegetarian or who just aren’t 100% raw.  This is also great for leftovers (if you made rice) to make for lunches for the next day or two.

This is how I made it, but there are no rules here, add any veggies you like or haven’t tried yet and lots of them!! Experiment and have fun!

Rice

chopped Spinach

chopped Chinese lettuce (or cabbage)

Tomatoes

Green Onions

Parsley

Cilantro

Black Olives (not from a can or jar those aren’t considered raw)

1-2 Garlic cloves minced

Tamari (or Namu Shoyu, Braggs or even Soya Sauce)

Olive Oil and I added some Hemp Oil to mine

Mix all together and enjoy. I always like eating mine with some chili peppers added in and avocado on the side.

Notice there are no measurements, just add a bunch of veggies and you can make a dressing out of these ingredients or one of your favorites and adjust to taste……you should enjoy what you are eating!!! You don’t need very much dressing though.

Enjoy!

J