Thank you to everyone for your kind and supporting comments on my last post about Zeus. So far, he’s doing better it seems. He’s basically acting like his old self, but he’s still drinking a lot of water (likely from the hypercalcemia). He goes back to the oncologist Thursday for more blood work and treatment. We’ve been staying at my mom’s this week and he’s enjoying himself… there are 4 other dogs here. He’s eating more but that might be out of competition rather than wanting to actually eat it himself – lol. But, hey, whatever works, eh? In addition to his medicine, I’ve been giving him a few things:
- Chlorella tablets
- Water mixed with Vitamineral Green and Liver and Bile Purification Powder (fed with a syringe). I have some Green Mush and I think I’ll switch the Vitamineral Green with it.
- I ordered E3 Live, and it’ll arrive Wednesday. I can’t wait to introduce that to his diet.
Here’s a great recipe that I’ll be making around the holidays. I included it in a recent email newsletter.
When I was a little girl, my mom used to make date bars for dessert. Oh how I loved them! It was a simple little recipe / mix from a box (Betty Crocker I think), and it was one of my favorites. I remember how they were warm from the oven with a sweet squishy date center and a crumbly bottom and top. Mmmm! So, I decided to come up with a healthier raw version. This one is warm from the dehydrator with a squishy, sweet raw date filling surrounded by a slightly crunchy top and bottom from ground nuts. Perfect! When I shared it with my mom, she couldn’t believe how closely it resembled the old version.
Recipe by Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com
Yield 1 8X8 glass baking dish
Date Filling Ingredients:
25-30 medjool dates, pitted*
1/4-1/2 cup soak water (from the dates)
1 cup almonds
1 cup cashews
1/4 cup Rapadura** (optional)
2 tablespoons raw coconut oil
pinch Himalayan crystal salt
Date Filling Instructions:
Place the pitted dates in a bowl with water to soak them for about a half hour. *If your dates are large, you can use 25 and if some of them are smaller, then use a few more. Once the dates are soaked, place them in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, along with 1/4 cup of the soak water. Process until smooth, adding a little more water as needed. Set aside in a bowl, while you make the crumble.
Place all of the crumble ingredients in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, and process until it starts to stick together a bit when pressed gently between two of your fingers.
Take a little more than half of the crumble mixture and press it firmly into the bottom of your glass baking dish. Spread the date filling on top. Then, sprinkle the remaining crumble on top of the date filling, and very gently press it.
If you have a dehydrator, now is a great time to use it. Place the Date Bars in it and dehydrate them at 115 degrees F for about an hour. Enjoy! Store leftover Date Bars in your refrigerator.
** Rapadura is not raw. It’s organic, whole cane sugar that adds a lovely depth of sweetness to the recipe. If you’d like the recipe to be all raw, simply omit the Rapadura.
I’ve been using a number of products to help prevent stretch marks, so while I’m trying some new products and getting variety… I can’t say for sure which are sure fire for helping – lol. I’m also not sure at what point stretch marks show up, if they do, but I don’t have any yet. I’ve had many people tell me that my diet is also probably helping. In the beginning of pregnancy, I stayed away from essential oils, but I’ve run these products by my midwife and did a little extra research which made me feel better about it. Plus, I’m not using any one of these products daily since I’m switching it up with plain, edible, purely natural products, so I feel safe in my plan. As always though, if you’re pregnant, you should consult your midwife or physician when selecting body care products to use while pregnant. Here are the things I’m using!
Raw Organic Coconut Oil
Simple to use, easy to access since I always have a stash in my kitchen and bathroom, smells awesome, and makes me feel like I’m on a tropical vacation. (My favorite coconut oil and products on the planet.)
Dr. Alkaitis Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil
One of my favorites; this oil has a sultry and hypnotic smell that I cannot get enough of! I will be featuring a lengthy review of their products soon.
Miessence Belly & Breast Balm
Smells nice and it’s specifically for pregnant gals. I will be featuring a lengthy review of some of their products soon.
Sprout Wellness All-Over Cream
Super emollient, which I love. I will be featuring a lengthy review of some of their products soon.
Raw Organic Almond Oil
What can I say? It was in my kitchen so I used it a few times – lol. Smells awesome.
100 Percent Pure Lemon Shea Body Butter
This is decadent and emollient too, and was very happy with it. It’s not in the picture, because I used it up during the earlier months of pregnancy.
Although this post is dedicated to how I’m trying to prevent stretch marks, you can check out information on other eco / animal friendly beauty products I use here. UPDATE! By the way… if I do end up with stretch marks, I will be rockin’ them proudly. No worries about that here!
What products do you like for helping to prevent stretch marks?