Join me as a try to feed my family lots of Raw and Superfood. I like to write about the edible garden, exercise, and learning to love my natural expression. I am a Family Practice Physician and believe there are alternatives approaches to feeling your best.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Food Diary March 25

I went to the grocery store and found that matzoh and matzoh meal can be purchased whole wheat. (see yesterdays post)

Today isn't over, but its been all Raw Vegan.
Smoothie with chard and kale stems, blueberries, strawberries, banana and apple.

Dried apricot, fresh rasberries
Left over tabouleh salad

Kale and chard chips. The chives were from my container garden. All my kids ate this.

Big salad with avacado, cucumber, tomato, balsamic and evoo dressing. A few bites out of my nasty flax crackers.

Brewed Lemon tai grass tea. I clipped the tea from my yard.

Doesn't look like I ate much, does it? If I eat something else I'll add it. I've been superbusy today with contractor meeting, running errands, going to place we moved out of and still taking things out and unpacking.

Scott and I walked three miles around the park behind SLMC. We walked the 1 1/2 mile loop twice.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Daily Food

Today I had wild papaya, squeezed orange and grapefruit juice, and a Spring Cleaning smoothie. I wish I had time to post all the links.

For lunch the kids and I had a vegan version of Mac n Cheese (used spelt spiral pasta), from Simple Healthy Tasty and Dinner had a soup and simple salad (bok choy, red leaf, cilantro, romaine). The soup was a cream soup, also from Simple, Healthy Tasty.

I had sprouted sunflower seeds and organic raisins as a snack.

We were at the gym tonight. 30 minutes on elliptical, 15 minutes on arc trainer, and 20 minutes jogging on treadmill at 4.2 mph.

Not a raw day, but a 100% vegan day. I feel good. Let me ask you, have you eaten ANYTHING raw today? Yesterday? Last week? You'd be surprised at how many people tell me they have not in weeks.

Passover is coming up. I used to think of it as a time of self-control by eliminating wheat, oat, spelt, and barley. Interesting that I've barely had any wheat in the past few weeks. I've had oat and not too much of the other grains. Shouldn't be too hard for me to press on (even if not for the exact reasons others are). I've also thought about how I am avoiding refined flour. What's matzoh made out of? Kosher for Passover flour. Isn't that refined? I think there is a SAD version of kosher also. Especially when I consider that coke is kosher (and some foods with gmo's are certified kosher). Hello, coke isn't even food. It's fake. Shouldn't by definition kosher only include whole foods? It's interesting that Passover doesn't seem to be a time of self-control this year.

Despite not having much spelt and barley, I do buy these in bulk. I like how Food Storage is tought by the Mormons, but in Passover tradition you'd have to get rid of the grains out of your house in prep for the holiday. Lots of stuff for me to think through.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Food Diary March 23

Breakfast:

Wildly grown and local papaya (as Scott calls it). Grows near us on the river. No watering, attention or fertilizer. Scott and his friend climbed the tall tree and shook the papayas down. I sat them on my counter to ripen.

Smoothie: Bok Choy, frozen unsweetened blueberries, apple, banana, sipped on it till noon.

Snack: tangerine

Lunch:
3 Kiwi and salad (red leaf, romaine, sprouted sunflower seeds, activated almonds slivered, dehydrated tomatoes I dried them in my dehydrator and they are better than sun dried! and sugar snap peas.)

Dinner:
Tabouleh Salad from Raw Love
Banana hemp shake with fresh mint from Kristen's Raw
Dehyrated flax crackers. Second time I made these. I didn't like them either time.

Scott and I walked for three miles in our previous neighborhood after doing some house cleaning there.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Food Diary March 22, 2010

Breakfast :
Big Chunk Watermelon
4 cups smoothie, green chard, apple, Dekker farms (local, I picked)strawberries, frozen blue berries

Lunch:
salad greens, red leaf spinach, romaine, sprouted and dehydrated sunflower seeds, sprouted lentils. Clemintine orange

Snack(s):
kale chips-lots of them, no portion control :) The boys eat these too!
3 cups banana hemp smoothie from Kristen's raw. Filling a delicious. Much better than a frosty. Scott had three cups also.

Dinner:
Snacking was late, so I made a similar salad as earlier and left over raw cole slaw while my family had pasta and jarred sauce. I did not eat any of that. I don't feel hungry. I feel quite satisfied. I suppose this blog kept me accountable for today.:)

Excercise: I did the cybec arc trainer for 30 minutes, Ran a mile and then went on the eliptical for another 15 minutes, walked back to the karate building from the gym.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Why a new blog?

I've been toying with the idea of creating a food-- exercise journal sort of blog. If I can't post daily on Permission to Mother, I rationalized that I don't have time for another blog.

Why Raw? I started my sugar-free elimination over 2 1/2 years ago. I lost weight while depriving myself of commercial foods without sugar, but did not feel that I was being nourished. In search of sugar-free breakfasts I found out about green smoothies which changed my life. I found green smoothies filling and satisfying and began to appreciate how important every bite of food is to our health. As my energy and well-being improved I realized we have more control over our health than as consumers we are lead to believe. The search for the most nourishing foods always seems to take me back to Raw. I read on the Internet how people are eating high raw and exclusively raw (often all vegan) diets. I am fascinated. That means no preservatives, no additives, no casein, no gluten, no white flour, no refined sugars or meat. Amazing. Whatever dietary restrictions you are challenged, looking into Raw options will expand, not eliminate your choices.

All Raw is not easy. At this point on my journey I often have a smoothie and/or fresh citrus juice to start my day. I have huge salads and marinades for a second meal. I have Raw treats around the house to snack on. I am very comfortable incorporating these lifestyle meal choices. The third meal often is partly Raw (and partly not so great) and is where I am challenged (well, there are other challenges, too, but special circumstances, not daily). For a few weeks in January the third meal was all Raw (except spice and seasonings, perhaps). I felt great. I want to maintain what I am doing and organize my Raw resources. I am motivated by not only how I feel, by but by how easy it has been to get under 180 pounds. Even with sugar-free, I could not get past 180. Now I am at 170 since January, not to mention I gained some holiday weight and was above 180 that too came off easily in the past two months. Doing what I am doing, I am certain, I will see 165 soon. A few years ago and 50 pounds more ago, I wouldn't of bothered making that a goal. I thought there was no chance of seeing 165 ever again. Really my goal is optimal nutrition and fitness and not to focus on my weight (or calories) so much, although I am delighted to see the weight fall off and most readers "new" to eating helathy can identify with weight loss.

Now that I am in a new house on the River, with a new kitchen, fruit trees, veggie garden, gym membership, I decided to start my Journal, Raw on the River, to focus on me, keeping me at my goals, while Permission to Mother continues to focus on my kids and attachment parenting.
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