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Day 2 Eating Healthier during the Holidays

Day 2 of the Giveaways is Goji berries……..they are loaded with lots of great things and are considered a superfood, can be eaten as a snack with some nuts or on it’s own, added in smoothies, granola bars and more .  Through the holidays, we can all use some extra good things to help with our health.

Leave a comment below or just introduce yourself to be part of the giveaways!

Here’s to your health!!

JB

Day 1

Ok, Ok, things didn’t work out as planned today……had some computer glitches, and software glitches, (hence no video) and a little family emergency……..so this is out late and I apologize for that.
BUT
The 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways is still a GO!!!

I am going to keep this one short, todays giveaway is a jar Artisana Raw Tahinni. I had never tried it till a short time ago and couldn’t believe how good it tastes and it does taste different and the best part is, it’s still RAW!!

Whether you make regular hummus or a raw hummus, this will add to your dish.

So by leaving a comment below, you could win todays Giveaway.

All you need to do is put in a couple of words in the comment section for this post summing up why raw or even eating healthy means to you. Only one word.

It will close tomorrow, Thursday evening at 10 pm and the winner will be announced Friday on the second day of the giveaways.

Fingers crossed tomorrow’s better………big deep breath, and remember whatever sh@t is being thrown at you, that this too shall pass!!!

Have a healthy, beautiful day!!

JB

Juicing

I was never a big  juice fan before.  Not even juice you buy in some sort of container have I ever been a big fan of.

I have decided to start juicing more lately in my life and I am really enjoying it.  What a great way to get alot of

extra nutrients, vitamins, minerals but most importantly enzymes.

I have been mixing them up and creating some very good juices that I can feel the benefits right away from.

If you don’t have a juicer, don’t worry, you can blend it up in your blender and use a strainer into a bowl.

Then don’t throw out the pulp, use it to make crackers with or for your dog…..yes dog.  My dog loves it. I don’t give  him cabbage or onions but I mix in some ground flax, some ground organic meat and he is happy!!

Green Juices                                    handful of parsley                                    or                             1/4 cabbage

apple                                                                                                4 – 5 kale leaves

carrot                                                                                              bunch of lettuce

1/4 cabbage

handful of spinach

Drink up and enjoy, just a quicker way of getting more nutrition into your beautiful body.

Organic is the best choice if possible and don’t forget to wash the veggies!!

Drink up!

JB

Kelp Noodles

I have been having a thing lately for Kelp Noodles.  They aren’t easy to find, at least where I live, so I order them on line from Real Raw Food in BC here, but you might have better luck where you live.

I have been creating all sorts of fun dishes with them lately.  They don’t have a strong taste, yet have lots of minerals and they are somewhat crunchy, so you may not enjoy them, but they are raw.  You can always substitute the kelp noodles with zucchini or radish or whatever else you prefer.

What you will probably find over time or are finding, that the more raw meals you make and eat, the easier it becomes.  Not only in the making but also the clean up,  I am beginning to think that this is fast food!!

Kelp Noodle Spinach Pasta

Chop up a big handful of spinach and put in a bowl

Drizzle over spinach cold pressed sesame oil and a dash of salt. Mix together with your hand, sort of crunch the spinach. Set aside.

I will also take out the serving size of Kelp Noodles that I need and put it in a dish of very warm water, so that the noodles warm up a bit and aren’t cold.

Minced a clove of garlic and add to spinach.

Chop up 1 tomatoe, chop several kalamata black olives, I also added some hemp seeds, about 1 tbsp and chopped parsley, you can get creative and add more if you like, for instance red or orange pepper, green inion, mushrooms etc

Add into spinach and mix up.

Drain kelp noodles and put spinach mixture on top.

Enjoy!!

Very little clean up time and preperation time was probably less than 15 mins……..see what I mean!!

Have a super fantastic day!!

JB

The Art of Success

Two weekends ago, a girlfriend and I headed down to Seattle for a weekend with Suzanne Evans and David Neagle for their More Life Tour.    There were other speakers there too of course and they were great, but we have had the priviledge of listening to these two on live calls for several months leading up to this one day event and my friend and I both knew we just had to go.
The cost was beyond amazing, and what we took back with us, besides a little fun at Pike Market, has been huge. Yes it was aimed at business and being an entrepreneur, but I want to take this one step further.
Since being back, I have gone in and listened to David’s Art of Success, and I do mean listened, not once but a few times.  When the student is ready, the teachers will appear.

I highly recommend checking it out, it is FREE but is packed with so much value!!

Maybe you noticed that I have not posted in the last 10 days……..thinking, reflecting, trying not to think too much, learning, patterns, beliefs, changes, programming, my p rogramming…….lots of questions and some changes, not always easy ones but good ones if you (me) are not where you want to be.

Yes this is based around business, to start out, but it really is interwoven with your life, you choices you make in your life and how you are living your life.

Accept 100% responsibility for you life.  Now, I have heard that one before, but I really got it this time.  How do we make decisions, whether it is in regards to our business, the food we decide to eat, how we eat, to loving ourselves to much lighter things like how we wear our hair, what clothes we wear, where we live and well, you probably catch the picture.

Accept 100% responsibility…….wow…….really?? Shit!!

Now, this is something that blew me away….99% of people are coming from a place of need, that is what they base their/we/me decisions on, usually subconsciously of course.

Needing what?  Love, Security and Self Esteem……….

People that truly love themselves aren’t looking for those things because they are already inside of themselves.  They know it and feel it.  So, when they make decisions, they are in line with who they really are, whether it be the car they drive, the clothes they wear, the job or business they have or the food that goes into their mouths.

Give that some thought for a minute and think about how or why you make the choices that you do, you may be surprised!!

Would always love to hear your insight.

JB

Blenders

I just wanted to touch a bit on blenders.

Not everyone can afford or wants to invest in a high price blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec, so what are some hints and those are not any affiliate links there!! 🙂

Here is a photo of the blender I have used and has worked great for me.  It is a Cusinart, not that I am into names but in case anyone wants to know.

You want to invest in a blender that has a fairly good horse power, not one that just to whip up a nut mylk and fruit will struggle.  Horse power is important, the two above have a very high horse power, so for things like cheesecakes, nut cheeses etc they are better, but how often will you be making those?

The base of the blender, the wider the better.  If it is fairly narrow, it will take even longer to blend up or it will be harder.

I also prefer to use glass, yes it is heavier but I try and stay away from plastic as much as possible.

A few or couple of speeds are also good.  Low, medium and high or even pulse.  If it only has one maybe two speeds, I wouldn’t waste your money.

Really think of how often you will be using it and what you plan on making with it.  This blender of mine, got me started and has worked very well for a good 4 years.  The investment, I don’t really know since it was a gift, but I do know it was somewhere between $100 and $200.  That may be a good place to start instead of $400 and up.

Hope that helps and making more smoothies and going raw!!!

Have a great day!!

JB

Raw Foods and Holidays

It is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and as I am writing this I am looking out my window into the rain forest and it is rainy and windy……..and suppose to be like this all weekend.

I am ok with that, as today I am off to the Fall Faire here, where I will have raw foods for people to demo.

The rest of the weekend, w ith this weather, will be spent hibernating and time in my kitchen making some dishes for our feast on Monday with some family and good friends.  I will post next week some of the recipes I made, as you know me, I like to switch them up to my taste, sorry I didn’t do it before the holidays this time!!

In the past I have been able to add raw foods to the festive dinners and they have been quite tasty, I have even been surprised as you can make things to substitute what we have been eating for years, with raw foods and you don’t feel deprived at all.  Of course, that is also a mind set, but your taste buds are all satisfied.

If you decide that it’s the holidays and you’re going just eat whatever (as you may be the only person who is eating raw), then don’t beat yourself up about it.  Sometimes those toxic emotions (guilt, shame, anger etc) do more harm than actually eating the food!!!  I have been the only person before at holiday times eating raw foods, and some people tried it and were surprised at how good it tasted.  And I also found that I didn’t miss the old traditional foods at all.

You may not have the time to be making two dishes of everything, you may choose to spend quality time with people who are dear to you and you don’t see very often.  You may just prefer to be in the moment.  You may not be ready to do holiday raw dinners yet. Or……..

Whatever it is, be present, have fun, enjoy the moment, have gratitude and do what feels right………for you.

Remember, there are no rules……..only self love!!!

Have an awesome day!!!

JB

Being True to You

I got some flack from my last post about throwing my family under the bus……..that was never my intention!!

I guess for some, the point was missed about  being true to oneself, but not in a mean or harmful way.  When it comes to self nurturing, us ladies, espescially moms, can relate about putting our needs last.

I have a great family, some of them even try my dishes, and sometimes it’s a hit and sometimes not, but isn’t that with any way of eating??

I don’t take it too personally as we all walk a different path, have our own beliefs and taste buds.  Some people don’t get the raw food lifestyle and some don’t want to, which is too bad, but that is ok.  I always say, it’s a good thing we are all different.

That is not a reason for anyone to give up, just because the people around you aren’t on the same path.  Now, I could talk about anything here, but I will stick to the raw food diet, we have been trained to believe that we have to eat cooked foods, and if you are liking the raw foods, feeling the difference, then go for it!!!

That is all I meant by that.  My teenagers are pretty normal, or what we have come to believe what normal is, as far as diet is concerned.  As I am typing this, it dawns on me that  in less than 40 years how our diet  has changed so much.  I grew up with having my Great, yes great grandfather and a huge garden in his backyard.  My mom and grandmother would spend hours in the garden picking vegetables and fruits that we ate fresh in abundance, then they would spend hours canning and freezing.  They gave so much away  to other families as well.  We were so lucky when I think back on it.

Boy, how things have changed!!

I am getting way off here, but for me, by staying true to me, as when I got started on this path I was easily persuaded off,  I would let guilt and frustration get  to me plus I wouldn’t feel as good, so……I feel so much better health wise.  But I am hoping to be an example for my kids.  When my kids realize that they just aren’t feeling as good as they could be,and not only can mom keep up with them but last longer, they might think about making smarter choices!!!

That is the bottom line, I just want to be a good example……not only in eating, feeling and looking healthier, but strong enough to stay true to me and having integrity doing it.

Hope that helps!!

Love hearing your thoughts!!

JB

Raw Mom & Cooked Dads

Yes, you read that right…..s on dads.  I have a very interesting living arrangement at the moment, which I am sure would make an interesting reality tv show, but we are not going there and NO nothing kinky is going on either!!! lol

I decided to write about this as I am basically the only one in the house that is transforming my diet and hence my lifestyle and my business.

It is not always easy.

There is always lots of temptation in this house.

They are ruled by their stomachs and advertising.

It’s too hard for them to change or give up some things.

‘Yuk…..too much green stuff on my plate and in the fridge!’ Something I hear often or

‘My friends will think I’m strange!!’…….yes you guessed that right…teenagers!!!

They think I’m nuts, no actually weird.

You know what, I don’t care anymore.  I guess when you get to my age, (and it’s really not that old) what other people think, as long as you act and speak with intregrity and love and remain true to you and your values, doesn’t matter any longer.  I remember the days of being in high school and all of us girls would call one another to make sure we would all be wearing a dress to school tomorrow, someone always backed out at the last minute, my how things have changed.

This is different, for me anyways.  It is an honoring of the real, true self and I have been doing alot of reflecting these last few days (notice no posts) on what is the truth for me.  And you know what, when you hit it on the head, you know it!! And that goes for anything in life……you feel jazzed, you feel good, you feel empowered and it’s almost like a giddy thing.

I am talking so much more than just about raw foods here, but my point is, when you are on track, your track you KNOW it, it feels amazing.  Sometimes, hell, alot of times, when we are moms our needs get put to the side, trust me, I’ve been a single mom, I know!! And that’s ok, but one day comes when the kids are older and it’s not ok any longer, but we are left who are we and what do we want and what happened to us.

For me, they can eat cooked foods, but I am staying true to raw.  If and when they are ready, I will be here, ok yes I do drop hints along the way.  I believe that is important, don’t become the food natzi, yet stay true to oneself, and that is you.  It’s ok to let others do what they need or want to do, but make time for yourself, and let go of the guilt of putting your needs or wants up there to.

You deserve it, don’t you agree??

Love being raw!!!

JB

Raw Crackers

Raw Cracker Recipe

Grind 2 cups of Flax seeds in grinder and set aside (cleaned out coffee bean grinder works well)

Mix together

1 large onion finely chopped
2 – 4 cloves garlic
sea salt

3 stalks celery or other veggies that you like, or pulp from your juicer.
Mix together

Add in ground flax
Mix together and add

1 cup water

Mix together well.

You can add seasoning or herbs at this stage.
Mixture should be firm, but not too sticky or too dry. Depending on the amount of veggies or herbs added you may need to add a little more water.

Spread out evenly on the teflex sheets of a dehydrator to the thickness you desire.
Remember to score it.

Dehydrate (108 degrees or less) for about 4 hours, then flip the crackers over and take the teflex sheet off and dehydrate till the crispness you desire.

Get creative and Enjoy!!!

Addiction vs Comfort

Is there a difference between having an addiction to certain foods or using them as a comfort??

Let me give you a story.  For a long time I didn’t want to give up my morning Americano, only 1 cup.  Ok, kind of big (6oz), with a nice bit of foam on it, a little cream (organic of course!!)  Now, I could give it up,….really….. I went days with out one, with no side effects (but I did notice I felt better without it).  I knew all the reasons why I should give it up, but something kept me coming back.

Honestly, I wasn’t even enjoying the taste any more, so why did I not just stop??  I asked myself that too and explored it a bit.

For me I realized that it was a comfort, can’t call it a comfort food because it’s not a food, and I didn’t really have one of those.  I realize that it gave me a little comfort, it was my story that was attached to it.  What I mean by that is, when I just sat and let go and asked myself why I didn’t want to ( not couldn’t ) give it up right now, I realized it was a comfortable thing in my life when it had been pretty chaotic in some ways.  Let’s see, in 18 months I made 3 major moves (across the country) lost 2 cats, lost 2 grandparents, had some financial difficulties, stopped talking with my dad and made a career move……….and all I was doing was still enjoying that morning Americano.

Hmmmmm

I decided right then and there to let go of the guilt and judgement, that can do more damage sometimes.  I knew when the time was right it would happen and it did…… I stopped.  I didn’t need it anymore.  Now I’m not talking 4 or 5 or 6 a day of Americanos or way more than that on anything.  I think that is addiction, or when you really can’t give up something. What I am talking about here is that little something……..

We eat for health and sometimes (actually many times) we eat for emotional reasons, as long as you are clear about it then you can make changes.

Remember, go easy on yourself, don’t compare. Some people can stop immediately. Some people, even though they know it’s not the best for them still aren’t ready to let go of a food or beverage or way of being .  There is no right or wrong and no judgement, so don’t beat yourself up if you have a story as well.

The day will come when you are ready to write a  new story.

Until then, love yourself, that should be foremost.

Would love to hear your thoughts or your story!!

JB