The weather is ripe for enjoying warm raw soups. My inspiration today was from fall ingredients and the Halloween holiday. I whipped up this delightful and flavorful, raw vegan soup, garnished with black sesame seeds (a wonderful “jing” food – more on jing foods for future posts), and it screamed Halloween! It’s mega easy and only has 8 simple ingredients. Check it out…
Although I have a lot of days where I eat all raw food, it’s not always my norm. My schtick is all about balance, keeping it simple, healthy, delicious and doing what you can when you can. Therefore, there are some times that I don’t eat all raw. And, I’d say that although my cooked choices are usually top notch healthy (as far as cooked foods go), I do leave room for the occasional cookie, Coconut Bliss ice cream, Chipotle Burrito, and vegan fair-trade dark chocolate bars. Thankfully, I can officially call it “occasional” – I tell ya, I’ve come a loooong way since my Madame Gluttonia Days that I wrote about during my Raw Reboot.
I know that I’ve mentioned many times how I’m really busy with motherhood (attachment parenting is a busy experience), and spending time in the kitchen preparing food isn’t something I get to do much of these days. That’s OK though, because with easy to prep foods like I’m sharing with you today, you get two bonuses:
It’s been an incredible past few months with Kamea, where we’ve witnessed so much exciting development with words, behavior, learning, playing, and…
Greg has this old pop-up copy of Puss in Boots from when he was a kid. The other day Kamea pulls it out and sees this picture on the cover.
To which she loudly exclaims, “Papa! Papa!”
Now, we really got a chuckle out of that because, well, it is not her Papa and (hopefully) doesn’t actually look like him. But, she said it. So, upon closer inspection, well, there are some similarities. He’s always in his chair leaning back, with food, and drink, and smiling. (He doesn’t have the belly though – haha)
Okay, so we all got a laugh out of it. Poked fun at my step-dad for it. But then…
With the weather warming up in Arizona, we find ourselves indoors more than outdoors. As such, we try to find activities where we can hang out with air conditioning. Oftentimes this lands us in the bookstore. Pictured below we are at Barnes-N-Noble playing with Kamea. She took a liking to the Elmo doll and Cookie Monster doll (it’s amazing the number of toys available in the bookstore), which she carried around for a good half hour before we stealthily distracted her and hid them. A few moments later, as we were making our to the door she sat down for a moment and had this look on her face like… Hmmm… I think something is missing but I can’t quite put my finger on it.
I had actually toyed with the idea on getting her an Elmo doll because she’s very much into the color red and she likes Elmo from her Elmo books (but the doll is anything but eco-friendly by looking at the materials and seeing it hails from China. Still, we do buy such things from time to time. I’m pragmatic in motherhood – I confess, we have our share of plastic shit). Plus, she loves this fork and spoon set (it’s been instrumental in getting her to eat more solids so I have three sets – home, mom’s, and one set for my purse). Anyway, I planned on getting the stuffed toy via Amazon here, but I’m a bit dismayed on some reviews about his eyes breaking. Kamea’s fairly gentle with her things though so maybe all will be good. (On the topic of dolls and eco-friendly ones at that, I LOVE these custom handmade waldorf nursing dolls and plan on getting them this year.)
Potty training in our home has been, oh, I’d say… well, we’ve attempted a variety of things from (various) potty stools to sign language to elimination communication to organic cotton training pants.
I had dreams (big dreams) about doing the elimination communication thing, but I gotta say, I wasn’t cut out for it – at least for the most part. Humbled for sure. However, we did implement some parts of it. Maybe you could call me a part-time EC-er. Part of my problem, I think, is that I read the book while pregnant – with plans to reread my highlighted parts when the time came – but that time never came (I read this book on the topic).
So, basically, it goes like this. I’m home almost all the time with Kamea, and after she started walking (I’m guessing that’s the time but who knows, might have been earlier), I started having her go diaper free in an attempt to potty train using the groovy Elimination Communication method. It never really worked as great as I’d hoped, most likely due to user error, but I suspect it’s helped us a bit. At least Kamea was able to move around without a diaper on all the time, which I imagine is nice for her.
The thing about elimination communication is that it takes diligence in constantly watching your baby for cues before she’ll pee or poo. For the life of me, I couldn’t pick up on any, and after time went by with me staring at her non-stop, I’d go do something and moments later…. we’d have a “miss” where I missed the cue and she went on the floor. Kamea never had set times when she’d go to the bathroom. Some babies always go potty upon waking or while breastfeeding, for example, making elimination communication a bit easier to manage. Not our girl, though. Kamea has never had any designated times for it, which makes EC a bit challenging for me. I admit, I probably didn’t give it a long enough (or concentrated enough) go at it, but for the times I have (and still do)… there’s no magic formula for us yet. I haven’t totally given up, but it’s not the only training option in our arsenal.
Kamea is taking a nap and I’m feeling energized so I thought I’d share a quick blog post of my food for today. It was a Raw Vegan Day – high energy, nutrient dense, and EASY PEASY for this busy mama.
Before that though, I have FOUR things I want to cover:
1) How many of you have tried Living Fuel products? I’m intrigued. I realize some have vitamin D3, not vegan, but other than that… has anyone tried? Thoughts? I found these two reviews on them. Natural News and Evolving Wellness (she also did a 12-day challenge with it and blogged about it, be sure to check that out too. Lots of good details).