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{May 30, 2008}   Day 4 on Mostly Raw

Yesterday I ate RAW for breakfast and lunch then caved and ate some cooked foods with my dinner but all in all it’s been a great 4 day’s on mostly raw foods. I’m down to 168.2 lbs.

I have a lot of engry and feeling pretty light and happy. I really enjoy the green smoothies for breakfast. They are sweet but full of veggie-goodness and keep you feeling full all morning. This morning we made green smoothie 1 – but instead of strawberries we used one apple – it was great!

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{May 30, 2008}   Raw Vegan Brownies

My husband and children love these!! Great for a dessert fix!!

“Raw Priestess Brownies”
by Christine D. Winters, the Raw Priestess
Her Link

1 cup walnuts (not soaked)
1 cup medjool dates (pitted, not soaked)
1/4 cup ground cacao or carob powder

Put all in food processor. Blend until the “dough” start making itself into a big ball.

Press into a pan, cut into 16 squares. Gets more firm in the fridge.

My changes:

I use carob chips and used 1/2 cup of them, worked great!

I made them into “balls” instead of putting them in a pan. More fun. You can also make the serving sizes smaller if you want. Roll in coconut or nuts for more fun!

Brownies

food facts

I made the nutrional facts based on 1 out of 16 servings.



{May 29, 2008}   What did I eat today?

I’m not going to post what I eat every single day but today was a great example day so here we go!

Green Smoothie for breakfast

Almonds for a snack

Big green salad with spouts and home made dressing

Snacks – walnuts, dried cherries, an apple

Before my workout – a banana

Workout – worked out with my trainer, did core strengthening, and then did more cardio whew!!

Dinner – The Raw Korma and the raw ice cream recipes I just posted – both very very yummy!!

Almost all raw foods today! (just the almond butter in the ice cream wasn’t really “raw”) Hurray!



{May 29, 2008}   Almost Raw Banana Ice Cream

In a blender:

Frozen Banana

Almond Butter

Almond Milk

2 dates

Blend until it’s like soft serve!

So yummy! I like to top with granola and chopped cherries!



{May 29, 2008}   Raw Cauliflower Korma

Serves 2 (this is the original recipe – but if I did it again I would do a variety of as the base instead of all cauliflower, yum!)

Chop Fine half a head of cauliflower and add 1/4 cup raisins (I used golden raisins) place in a bowl and set aside (if you would like add other chopped veggies!)

Sauce:

Put the following in a blender –

handful shredded carrot
half a small chopped onion
2 tbs water
2 tbs mild curry powder
1 tbs chili powder
1 handful cashew nuts
1 sprinkle tumeric
1 sprinkle cumin
1 tomato chopped
2 dates chopped
1/4 cup or more almond milk

Blend until sauce-like

Pour over your veggies!



{May 28, 2008}   Berry Healthy!

Tis the Spring Season for Berry Flavor!

Nature’s vitamin shop: blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, raspberries and strawberries have been proven to combat free radicals that damage cells and cause disease, and they may even slow the aging process — all for less than 100 calories (for about 2 cups)! And 11 medium strawberries will give you as much Vitamin C as your morning O.J. (with calcium, folic acid and magnesium).  (*information from vital juice daily newsletter)



{May 28, 2008}   Green Smoothie One

There are so many green smoothie variations you can do – mostly I just love to throw things in the blender and flip the switch. Here’s what when in tonight:

Kale, Spinach, banana, 3 strawberries, 2 dates, 1/3 cup almond milk, water and an ice cube to make it thick.

Made a huge thick smoothie! Bright pretty green, tasty! Perfect for dinner filled half the blender – I couldn’t even finish it. Even my husband who stole a taste liked it!



{May 27, 2008}   My first healthy post

I have been on a journey to a healthier life for some time now, in fact for almost a year off and on. I think I started in June or July of 2007 and have gone so far from 204 pounds and a size 22 to 169 lbs and a size 12 (and medium shirts!). I have done this so far from dieting (reduction of calories mostly from the weight watcher program) and from working out. I signed up with a gym and a personal trainer and took up running which I will talk more about later in detail. As I lose more weight and get closer to my goal weight I know it will only get harder – and I know that I will need to refine my diet. Also as I have lost weight and started working out more and more I have found a greater and greater interest in making  my body healthier – providing it with healthier fule. I find that I don’t want to load it fule of saturated fats, sugars, red meats and dairy products any more. 

Through more and more research I am finding that increasing raw fruits and veggies is the way to go, and will be continuing on my diet with “down days” of limiting calorie intake with water, fruits and veggies and “up days” with high amounts of fruites and veggies with incorperated other whole foods (raw nuts and seeds as well as a small amount of other whole foods and a small amount of other healthy non raw foods, eggs, tofu, sea foods and whole grains, etc). Right now I will experiment and not even count calories on my “up” days – the “core food” style of weight watchers only with nuts.  I will continue to workout as well – five times a week minimum.

Today is a down day – and I am in detox mode after a high-calorie long weekend for my birthday. I was down to 169.8 last friday but I was up to 171 this morning. I’m having a lovely low calorie day of drinking raw synery tea (35 caloires). I will have a green smoothie and a raw cashew bar with agave nectar for dinner (290 calories for the bar). The smoothie will be around 200.

For more information about the up day down day diets: Alternate-Day Diet



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