Friday, August 28th, 2009
After viewing those videos, I came away with the feeling that, for the first time, I’m just not surprised anymore. The government supporting the people they support… the conflicts of interest… the revolving doors… the problems with things from GMOs to aspartame to high fructose corn syrup and subsidies for crap like that to amalgams to vaccines to – well, the list is so long that I’m just not surprised anymore. And, amazingly, I’m pretty much not upset. As I watched these videos I thought to myself, “Well, I’m glad that I’m a prosumer. I’m glad that I don’t take the so-called experts’ (i.e., doctors, politicians and big biz) word for it when it comes to my health and the environment. I know that I need to keep myself educated on these topics and make my own decisions from there.”
That’s the way it has to be… informed. And, if we stay informed, then we should be safe. Hopefully.
*Update (8/29/09): Here is a blog post from my husband’s blog showing the importance of being a prosumer when it comes to your health care.
Friday, August 14th, 2009
Congratulations CAITLIN, aTxVegan, Veg-a-Nut, and Janine!!! (I ended up selecting 4 winners because I was thrilled with the number of people participating.) Your names were chosen as the winners of my 13th Awesome Giveaway. The prize for each of you is a complete set of my 11 available ebooks – YAY!!!!!! Simply email me so I can email them back to you.
Here is what Caitlin had to say when asked, “What inspires you to eat healthy?“
i am inspired to eat healthy for two reasons. First, the way I feel. Second, I feel it is my obligation. As I learn more about our food and our bodies, and the environment, I can’t sit back and not act, I can’t knowingly put something harmful into my body. Our bodies are wonderful gifts.
Here is what aTxVegan had to say when asked, “What inspires you to eat healthy?“
What originally inspired me to eat healthy was a colitis diagnosis, then a soy intolerance, and then a gluten intolerance. So needless to say, it just feels right to eat healthy. What continues to inspire me is that I just turned 50 and people are always shocked when they find out, which is really nice. But I’m starting to feel some achy joints, so I never miss a session with my trainer, and visiting your blog and so many other healthy blogs keep me inspired and keep others inspired. Thank you for such a generous giveaway, Kristen. There is always so much more to learn about healthful eating.
Here is what Veg-a-Nut had to say when asked, “What inspires you to eat healthy?“
My parents, grandparents, brother and sister are ravaged with heart disease, cancer, arthritis, high blood pressure, and more. I am the only one without any problems and want to keep it that way. I am trying hard to be a good example to my grown children and husband. One daughter has gone vegan a little over a year ago and is raising my grandson as a vegan. Nothing makes me prouder than to see my efforts paying off. For a few months now I have been pondering a very high raw diet, but have been lost with meals. I hope the good fairy is on my side and I win these books!!
Here is what Janine had to say when asked, “What inspires you to eat healthy?“
What inspires me to eat healthy? It used to be for selfish reasons: look good, feel good, amaze my friends and co-workers because I’m NEVER sick, stay slim without trying, the natural high you get after a awesome raw meal. I’d make food for my loved ones, hoping they, too, would eat this way so I would be promised a little more time with them in this life. Then the man I love entered my life. I kicked it up a notch so he, too, would feel the effects from our uber-healthy meals. I was motivated to try new superfoods and herbs so his aches and pains would subside. Watched as he felt better day by day. I dreamed of going to detox clinics with him, laughed together after our first colonic, ate and drank the weirdest things, and finally got him to say “I actually like your green drinks” (ah, success!!).
But until I tried to get pregnant, I never realized how important it was, not just for me, to be healthy. My whole life, my whole being, is now dedicated on eating the absolute healthiest way (w/out going crazy) because I dream of all the steps for my unborn child. I feel my uterus growing stronger, I sense my blood becoming richer, and when I am finally lucky enough that this world blesses me with a baby, that little pumpkin will have, beyond a doubt, the best chance in this world because it gets to develop in a clean, healthy, nutritious environment. Especially with autism, ADD, schizophrenia, and all these “common” diagnoses, I want to give my child the best chance in this world!
That is what motivates me now!! And you, Kristen, have given me strength for all your positive words.
(Janine-39, miscarried recently too and not giving up)
My next Awesome Giveaway is in September, so check back for details!
Thursday, July 30th, 2009
I just had a lengthy call from the doctor who did my transfer (Dr. Chang). The pregnancy is not a good one. The ultrasound shows a sac but no fetus. :( It was most likely a chromosomal defect (as is the case with most miscarriages). We transferred the embryo on day 2 and it was basically luck of the draw with which embryo to choose. For example, after transferring that one, we had 4 embryos growing to day 5, and 3 of those 4 embryos made it… therefore, even one of those embryos didn’t make it. Our day 5 embyros have a much better chance of success because they’ve proven to be strong.
My next steps are to stop medication, and then I’ve chosen to miscarry naturally (supposed to be quite painful). They’ll check my blood next week and possibly the following week. We then decide, based on how the miscarriage goes, whether we want to transfer in the next cycle or sit one out. There’s a lot more to the dialogue, but I won’t get into all the nitty gritty details. My spirits are fine for the most part, although I’m a bit let down obviously (and, honestly, I’m a tad pissy, OK, maybe more than a tad). I’m eager to move on to the next step.
Dr. Chang says we have 3 beautiful embryos (that’s a pic of them) and he’s confident we will have a baby one of these days soon. Most likely, if things with the miscarriage go well (seems weird to write something like that “miscarriage goes well”), we’ll be back in NY by the end of August for a natural transfer (no drugs this time… just following my cycle naturally).
Thursday, July 30th, 2009
Today’s update is somewhat good. My hcg preg hormone went up, although again the doc would like it higher. Yet, it went up so I’m still thrilled :). And, I’ve heard from many women who had low numbers but still gave birth to healthy babies. I had my 7-week ultrasound this morning as well, and I didn’t hear a heartbeat but the tech wouldn’t tell me anything. The radiologist was supposed to send those results to New Hope Fertility Clinic where my doctor is (Dr. Zhang), but they didn’t yet. I suspect I’ll hear more about that tomorrow. My instructions from my doc, based on my blood results, are to continue meds, take it easy, no heavy lifting or anything strenuous… same as before.
I’m keeping up my super healthy diet. We had fresh organic green juice today (carrot, beet greens, cucumber and a dash of coconut oil) as well as fruit, beets, lentils with miso, coconut yogurt, and my “Monkey Oats” – semi-raw dish: 1/4 cup cooked oat groats which are then topped with plenty of raw goodies such as (soaked, sprouted and dehydrated) pumpkin seeds, walnuts, hemp seeds, raisins, either raw hemp milk or a splash of coconut milk (same brand as the coconut yogurt above), and sometimes I add a tiny bit of molasses or chopped banana.
Thank you to everyone for your positive energy, kind thoughts, and prayers! They mean SO much to me!!!! It’s awesome knowing I have such a strong network all over the world pulling for me and my Monkey. Thank you!!! Love you!
Just wanted to let you all know that I’m doing well. I’m in excellent spirits. :) All of your amazing comments have meant so much to me. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and loving energy. We’re staying the week at my mom’s (always good for the soul), and we’ll know more Wednesday. Until then I’m loading up on healthy foods and green juice, watching TV, reading books, and thinking rich fertile thoughts. :)
Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
Over a year ago, I wrote a post about being a mom in the future. Some of you have been asking about various things I might/might not do regarding birth and raising children. While I’ll be writing in more detail over the coming months to answer those questions… check out this old post to see where my mind was/is still at: Future Mom. (Add cloth diapering and baby wearing to the list of things we plan on doing.)
PS I have a big stack of books to read (shown in picture) and that doesn’t even include them all! Not shown here is Ina May’s book (I’ve already read it but I’m asking my mom and MIL to read it before attending the home birth), as well as The Continuum Concept, and Last Child in the Woods… among others! :) Plus, I have plenty of Mothering magazines to read (that’s one of my faves!).
We head back to sunny Arizona tomorrow. It’s been a super fun month in NY. It’s hard to believe that we’ve even been here this long – feels like 7-10 days, tops! Even though the weather has been super crappy the majority of the time, today there is plenty of sunshine, making me quickly forget the rainy days (for the most part – ha!).
Once I return to AZ, it’s back to working on my next book (SUPER excited about the topic!!!) as well as doing some hardcore 100% raw food living. Heaven knows I need it after this trip. Although, I have to admit. I’ve felt pretty darn great in spite of all of the cooked organic vegan food I’ve eaten. It must be the massive amounts of green juices I’ve been drinking. Also… I’ll be making some videos for the blog (fun!), and getting out my next email newsletter (sign up on my website here)! Oh! And, I’m having 2 awesome giveaways for July since I missed June!!! Stay tuned and check back for those.
Yesterday was a neat day. We ventured into new territory, much farther south than our usual expeditions. We met Gena at SproutCraft for some Raw vegan food (that’s Gena above, she’s SO fun!).
I have to start by saying that I loved the kim-chi. I’m still salivating for it. I had three bowls!!!! It was amazing. The best kim-chi I’ve ever had. It had the perfect level of heat that just barely made me break a little sweat on my brow, yet wasn’t too spicy for my mouth. As many of you know, I LOVE unpasteurized fermented foods. They are so good for you! In fact, I made another batch of organic raw unpasteurized sauerkraut the night before we left for NY. Since it’s been a month now, I can go home and immediately harvest it. Awesome. (Read about my first sauerkraut adventure here.)
I also ordered the taco salad which was so-so although the corn chips served alongside were good. I wouldn’t order it again though. (Instead I’d have 4 bowls of their awesome kim-chi!) Gena ordered two of their Chai drinks and she really liked them.
My husband opted for the burrito wrap. His lunch looked impressive, very pretty wrap. But, I wasn’t crazy about the filling. He thought it was alright, and agreed that the actual wrap was the best part.
The decor of this place was quite cool. It’s probably my favorite raw restaurant as far as that goes. It was spacious with interesting table and seating arrangements (unfortunately, this pic only shows a little bit).
After lunch, we walked to Organic Avenue, a neat little store stocked with Norwalk (type) pressed juices, organic and natural beauty products as well as plenty of raw goodies (both things like lasagna and key lime pie as well as packaged nuts and crackers, etc). What I loved about the juices and water is that they come in these groovy glass bottles. I immediately knew I wanted a couple of the glass bottles to take home so I bought a fresh green juice (very good!) and a large bottle of their alkaline water. The jury is still out for me regarding the science of “alkaline” water, but I admit it was damn refreshing and tasty!
We saw Food, Inc. at the Film Forum in New York City tonight. It was amazing. I was moved to tears a couple of times. I was riled up. My blood boiled in parts. I was humbled. I was motivated. And, I was inspired.
After the movie finished, the director of Food, Inc., Robert Kenner, was there for a brief Q&A session, which I recorded for my readers.
Food, Inc. is a MUST-SEE documentary. I’ve heard a couple people say, “Oh, it’s stuff I already know and has already been shown.” It doesn’t matter. Food, Inc. is to be praised. We will effect change only by getting the message put out there multiple times, until more and more people learn about these problems with the food industry. Multiple impressions and repetition work.
Even if you think you’ve heard this stuff before, I’m sure you’ll learn some new things. You’ll be motivated all over again.
Over the next few weeks, the movie will be shown in more cities around the United States, and you can expect the dvd to be available in September/October 2009. I definitely plan on picking up a copy of the Food, Inc. dvd so I can loan it out to people, who I know aren’t going to get to the theater to see it.
Even though the movie had me upset and frustrated in many instances, there is still hope for change. We have to keep pushing. Vote with your dollar. Buy locally. Buy organic. Read labels. Avoid genetically modified foods (GMOs). Go to your farmers’ market and join a CSA. I love my CSA, and after seeing this film, I love my local farmer even that much more! Throughout the film I couldn’t help but feel very protective of him and the food he makes available for my family.
If you’re as fired up as I am about making change, then tell everyone you know to go see the movie, and check out this link: Take Part.
Thursday, June 11th, 2009
Animal Planet sent me the following info about the upcoming episode for the TV series Whale Wars (I’m bummed that I can’t watch it in NY in my hotel room, but my friend is Tivo-ing it for me). Whale Wars had over 1.2 million viewers for the premiere episode last week. Here are a few clips from the upcoming episode tomorrow. Take a look below:
Weak Hull: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQ-7pa6gI9I
Close Call: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siSHXStPnSE
A brief synopsis of the second episode:
A huge weather system moves in and the Steve Irwin is forced to take shelter behind a large iceberg. By morning, they are surrounded by ice so thick they can no longer move. The ice begins to push against the aging ship’s fragile hull, denting it inwards. (That’s some scary sh*t!)
Visit the official site for more info: http://animal.discovery.com/tv/whale-wars/
Whale Wars airs Fridays at 9 PM E/P on Animal Planet.
Tonight, my husband and I were invited (by Dhru of WLIR) to attend a book launch party hosted by Donna Karan at the Urban Zen Foundation. The book is called Clean and it’s written by Alejandro Junger, M.D. I haven’t read the book yet, but I picked up a copy tonight. While flipping through it once we came back to the hotel room, I saw some recipes in the back for animal product-based meals – darn. I know Dr. Junger is a fan of Raw/Living foods (yay!), and he has some recipes for Raw beverages, soups, etc in his book. I really can’t say much more about the book because I haven’t read it yet (I plan to while on this trip). And, although I’m unhappy about recipes that include animal products, it’s possible that the book can serve as a bridge to some healthier eating (including some vegan and raw food) for people who are completely oblivious to alternatives to the Standard American Diet.
They served loads of fresh veggies and hummus dip, along with some fabulous dolmas. Plus, the bar was awesome: green juice, green smoothie, mango smoothie, coconut water, dark chocolate covered (maybe it was even Raw) goji berries & banana chips, and a bowl full of mulberries. Now, let me tell you… that’s my kind of bar! At the end of the night they also had bowls of Raw Revolution Bars for the taking. Yum!
Update (June 13, 2009) – I have started reading Clean and the first couple of chapters have been very good. I look forward to reading more.