Today I had a nutritional blood analysis and I’m really excited to get the results. I always get my routine blood analysis done yearly for things like B12, vitamin D, cholesterol, iron, etc. But, this is a unique panel that will tell me how the nutrient levels in my body are. It’s a micronutrient test for nutritional deficiencies which I think is extra important while breastfeeding. This is the image from SpectraCell’s website. I had the blood drawn at a facility called Any Lab Test Now.
Results will arrive in 10-14 days and I’ll let you know how they turn out.
Food Journal Time! I love that y’all are excited when I post what I’ve eaten for the day. Today is High Raw, Organic (vega is 65% organic), and Vegan. Supplements: B12, D, vegan DHA, chlorella, zinc, iron, probiotics. Read More »
My counter today: all organic goodness… papaya, pineapple, bananas, tomatoes, citrus, apples, garlic, avocado, and melons. Yum! I get so inspired to stay on a healthy raw path when my kitchen is filled with goodness like this, don’t you?!
Here is today’s food journal! Awesome raw deliciousness… today was High Raw (it was basically all raw with some minor exceptions) – All Vegan – All Organic (with exception to the vega smoothie only being 65% organic). By the way, Greg ate along with me. He usually does. He doesn’t eat the watermelon typically or as much fruit as I do, but he subs with more protein shakes. Read More »
Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
I’m so glad to see the excitement surrounding the food combining app for iPhone that I blogged about here. Thanks for chiming in to let me know about your thoughts on it.
As many of you know, one of the ways I stay on track with my eating is to write it all down. I usually use my “notes” app on iPhone, but lately I’ve been tinkering with an app called My Fitness Pal. It’s great for tracking food and exercise, and it helps you count calories. I’m not a big calorie counter, as most raw fooders aren’t, but I do like to make sure I’m taking in enough while breastfeeding. I thought it was neat that the app had the calorie info for Boku bar! Turns out, users input data that’s not in there, so some other Boku bar loving person must have done that. I’ve also found Sun Warrior protein powder in there. :)
Today’s food intake list is big! I just felt hungry most of the day so I kept eating. :) It’s a High Raw, All Vegan, All Organic day
Breakfast: Teeccino with raw almond milk (recipe here). I waited about 20 minutes and then had a few cups of organic watermelon. I’m a total watermelon nut – so now that it’s in season, expect to see a lot of it in my food journal. About a half hour later, I had raw granola with raw almond milk.
Lunch: Watermelon. Waited a half hour and then had cucumber boats with brazil nut garlic cheese sauce and a Boku bar. Read More »
It’s been awhile since I posted my eats. Here we go! It was a day filled with all organic, all vegan, high raw foods.
Breakfast: Apple and grapefruit AND Toasted whole grain, sprouted english muffin topped with raw garlic cheese sauce and raw veg
Snack: 3 brazil nuts (this is where I get my selenium – super important nutrient!) AND 1 date (OMG – so moist and plump…. delish!)
Snack: Sun Warrior protein shake (cold filtered water and 2 scoops – chocolate flavor)
Lunch: Cucumber boats with raw garlic cheese and diced red bell pepper AND Smoothie: frozen blueberries, frozen banana, cinnamon, flax meal (Kamea had a few bites of the smoothie and loved it. Note to self… feed her when she’s not wearing clothes)
Snack: Lara Bar AND Kombucha
Dinner: Big salad of romaine, cucumbers, purple cabbage, red bell pepper and topped with a raw, low-ish fat lemon dill dressing AND Cheesy Corkscrew Macaroni (I made this the other night for my step-dad. It’s one of his favorites. He begged me to make it again tonight – it’s such an awesome transition meal for people wanting to add more raw to their life but not going all the way with it. Recipe available in my latest book, Kristen Suzanne’s Easy Raw Vegan Transition Recipes.)
Saturday, April 2nd, 2011
Welcome to my new blog. She’s had a make-over. :)
Here’s a recent food journal I tracked from two days ago…
- Protein shake with curry made with Sun Warrior protein powder and homemade curry powder (have you made your own curry powder yet? It’s awesome!)
- Grapefruit – fresh picked from my MILs back yard
- Raw lasagna
- 2 small apples
- Beans (cooked) with fresh guacamole, fresh salsa, and chopped romaine lettuce
- Raw brownie with a glass of cold brazil nut milk
- 2 bananas
- 1 grapefruit
Kamea checking Zeus' pulse. "Yep, he's still alive."
I haven’t been blogging a whole lot the past few days because, as many of you know, Zeus took a turn for the worse and I’m spending all of my spare time with him. The vet says it’s a matter of days, but he’s actually doing ok in spite of how he was a couple of days ago. She was going to block off time to come to the house tonight, in case it was “time.” But, last night, after a couple of days of not eating (although he received IV fluids at the vet), he ate 5 jars of baby food and 10 treats last night. Then, he had a couple more snacks in the middle of the night plus water. And, today, he’s been responsive. He’s tired, and sometimes his legs are little wobbly, but he’s doing better than he was the day before yesterday. I realize it’s a matter of days most likely, but we’re cherishing every moment we have.
Saturday, March 12th, 2011
Geesh, where does the time go? Sorry for the lack of blogging, but we’ve been busy. Lots of Kristen’s Raw projects under way, among other things… being a mommy…. taxes (ugh!)… and fun news… we bought a mini van! I’m officially a mom now. ;) I promised my husband that it doesn’t mean I’ll start wearing sweat pants with elastic waist bands all the time. And, my friend said that so long as I didn’t start referring to dinner as “supper” then it’s all cool. I have to say though… I love it! It’s soooo roomy, even with a car seat and a big dog. When we go for outings, which I want to take Kamea everywhere now so she can experience all kinds of sights and sounds, we pack a crap load of stuff. Plus, our Orbit car seat seems to take up a lot of space due to its 360 degree rotation nature. We got a white Toyota Sienna and I’m in love. I feel like I’m driving around my living room it’s so comfy.
Anyway… those things kept me super busy this week so I’m going to quickly post my food for today and get back to work on other stuff. Read More »
Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
Tuesday’s Food Journal
High Raw – All Vegan – All Organic
3 cups Cucumber Cayenne Green Juice – cucumber juice with a dash of cayenne served on ice. I would’ve liked more cayenne in it, but thought I’d play it safe since I’m breastfeeding.
Cheezy Kale chips from Blue Mountain Organics… while I worked on taxes. I ate almost the whole bag.
Chocolate Crunch Frosty
Gigantic(!) Salad with 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing – romaine, red bell pepper, carrot, cabbage, raisins, broccoli sprouts, yellow cauliflower, and cucumber
Chocolate Mint Icee
I thought I was done eating for the day… but I thought again. ;)
2-3 cups popcorn
1 Choco lot Kookie
Exciting Kamea news… today she crawled to me saying “Mama Mama Mama” —>>> heart melts :)
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
Wednesday’s Food Journal
All Raw – All Vegan – All Organic
Homemade granola with homemade almond milk – I recently read an article detailing the increase in non-dairy sales. That’s very exciting. Apparently, almond milk is getting a lot of favor from consumers. I’d have to agree, although I’d add that making my own raw vegan almond milk is the best and most nutritious way to go.
1 large salad of red leaf lettuce topped with red bell pepper, raisins, orange, and 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing (recipe here)
Cheezy Kale Chips
1 locally grown yellow grapefruit
2 locally grown small oranges
2 locally grown small apples
3 cups green juice – It’s been a week or so since I’ve had green juice. I like to take little breaks from time to time. It was such a welcome treat today. Yum! 2 cucumbers, 1/3 bunch celery, and 1 large collard green leaf
2 scoops Sun Warrior Chocolate protein shake with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and a shake of nutmeg
Wizard’s Broccoli (new recipe for my next book)
Chocolate Crunch Frosty
PS. Kamea crawled for the first time! She took two wobbly crawling “steps” yesterday, but here she is today doing it full blown. Talk about exciting!
Monday, February 28th, 2011
Thursday – All Raw
Protein shake (2 scoops Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 t cinnamon, pinch nutmeg, 2 cups filtered water)
2 small locally grown apples
1 grapefruit (from my mom-in-law’s yard)
Kale chips while breastfeeding. This was not an easy task. In bed nursing Kamea and trying to quietly eat crunchy kale chips. It worked though. She didn’t wake up, although I did get kale chip crumbs on her head.
Granola, raw almond milk, and brownie - So, I was really hungry and went for a bowl of GoRaw’s granola and my homemade raw almond milk. As I was leaving the kitchen, I decided I wanted something else in it. So, I grabbed one of Blue Mountain Organic’s chocolate brownies and added it to the bowl. Yum! Their brownies are very dense and rich, and a little dry sometimes, so by adding it to the bowl with the milk. Yum! Perfecto!
Salad - romaine, red bell pepper, blueberries and avocado dressing
Kelp noodles with veggies and cream sauce (new recipe I’m working on for my next book)
2 cups Vanilla Blackberry Frosty
Small bowl granola with almond milk
Friday – All Raw
Organic Coconut water (available in the bottle, raw and organic, in freezer section of Whole Foods)
Salad with carrot avocado lemon salt and pepper
Brownie with almond milk (I used my idea from yesterday, only this time I left the granola out. Instead I just crumbled up the Blue Mountain Organic brownie in a bowl and drenched it with raw almond milk – good!)
Kelp noodles with cream n veggies
Vanilla Blackberry Frosty
Chocolate protein shake with 2 scoops Sun Warrior protein
Saturday – Mostly Raw
Vegan French Toast and Sweet Potato Hash and decaf coffee - I was stoked to find a restaurant, Scramble, serving some vegan options including vegan french toast and vegan scrambles (organic tofu) using mostly locally sourced fresh ingredients. (I found it using my iPhone app VegOut, powered by Happy Cow.) I had to try! It’s been YEARS since I had french toast. It did not disappoint. It was delicious – everything. But, I admit, on the drive home I lapsed into a food hangover – lol. Whew! Cooked food like that can take its toll on me. Next time I’ll get a healthier option, like a tofu and veggie scramble. But, this time, I had to have the french toast. At least once, right?! Drenched in maple syrup! Om nom nom.
The rest of the day I’m EAGER to run back to raw though. That’s how it happens for me. I indulge a little, have a treat, and my body says, “OK, get back to raw girl!”
So, the plan for the rest of Saturday is:
Giant Salad topped with avocado, lime juice, Himalayan crystal salt, and fresh ground black pepper
Granola with raw almond milk
Apple Pear Sauce
Broccoli Cauliflower Dish (new recipe I’m working on for my next book)
And, a trip to the gym!
Oh, and Kamea is 8 months now. So exciting. Her first tooth is coming, too. :) I think we’ll start solids very soon.
Saturday, February 19th, 2011
Today, I learned that my vitamin D levels went up! Yay! I had my blood tested back in July and the result was 41. I increased my vitamin D2 supplement intake so that not only would that number go up for my body and health, but also so I would have plenty in my breastmilk. This week my number was 80.8. Excellent – and especially happy to report that this was done using vitamin D2 (vegan), which is just as effective (clearly) as D3.
Here is today’s food journal – Mostly Raw…
6 oz blueberries
GoRaw Apple Granola with raw almond milk
Cheezy Kale chips
Veg burrito (flour tortilla, black beans, tomato salsa, guacamole, romaine lettuce – this meal was part cooked, part raw)
Strawberry Vanilla Milkshake (I blended 2 cups frozen strawberries with 2 cups raw almond milk, plus a squeeze of fresh lime juice and some vanilla extract – Greg and I split it)
Salad with green leaf lettuce, blueberries, carrots, and 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing (that recipe will be posted on the 20th so be sure to check back!)
Protein shake (2 scoops Sun Warrior Chocolate)