I’ve been so busy preparing for my big dinner event (it’s tonight!) that I haven’t been able to post. But, I’ll be back very soon. I’m due to tell 5 things about me that people don’t know…hhhmmmm
Today’s smoothie: Garden Freshness
Parsley, red bell peppers, cucumbers, apple, fresh orange juice, water
Daily conversation question:
If you had to spend one year living alone in a remote cabin, what would you spend your time doing?
Today I’m juicing all day. My body is craving the liquids, the nutrition, and my cells are asking me to do it…so I’m going to listen to them. I woke up and made some delicious juices. They taste so yummy!
parsley, lemon, cucumber, purple radishes, Vitamineral Green powder, celery, apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne
celery, cucumber, apple, carrot, lemon, curry
I feel wonderful today, and I’m exceptionally happy about the class I’m teaching at Whole Foods tomorrow, Raw Around the World. We’re going to have a blast (as usual!). Later today, I’m taking my dog for a long walk (the weather is gorgeous – I just have to get outside and be in it).
Question of the Day:
I’ll be featuring a question of the day on my blog. I picked up these adorable cards where they have one question on each card and they’re used as conversation starters. So, the next time you find yourself meeting new people (whether you’re on a hot date, meeting the parents of your new boy/girlfriend, looking for something to chat about with a co-worker, or simply looking for stimulating and fun conversation with your significant other) these are perfect! (And, feel free to respond to the blog post right here with your own answers…I’d love to hear from you.)
Daily Conversation Question:
Where would you most like to travel?
So…are they? Are you filling your body with loads of fresh whole fruits and vegetables so that the cells in your body are happy and full of joy? How can you tell (some of you might be asking)? Well, you just can! And, if you’re eating a High Raw diet (or 100% Raw) then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
I tell ya what…I KNOW mine are happy. I feel on top of the world! For happy and giggling cells, I started my day with Vitamineral Green powder mixed with water and lemon juice. Then, I gave my cells a health party with a fresh green smoothie of kale, pineapple and lemon juice. Tonight, I’m eating a delicious salad of cucumbers, carrots, raisins, and pineapple topped with a delicious homemade hemp dressing alongside a freshly made green juice (parsley, kale and apples). For dessert? I’ll enjoy a Master Cleanse beverage of water, lemon juice, Raw dark agave, and lots of cayenne (my cells are going to get HOT tonight!) – Whoo-hoo!!!
As featured on CNN:
~ Ultimate safety net for the world’s seed collections has opened in Norway
~ The vault received inaugural shipments of 100 million seeds
~ Norwegian govt. built vault in glacial mountain between Norway and North Pole
And…to celebrate the occasion, let’s have a FABULOUS Raw Vegan smoothie with seeds in it (oh my goodness…this is REALLY delicious! You have to make this.)
1 1/2 – 2 cups water
3 frozen bananas
2 tablespoons raw chocolate powder
1 1/2 tablespoons hemp powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
Blend all of the ingredients together. Enjoy!
Latest on Kristen’s Raw: It’s been too long since my last post. I’ve been busy adding the final touches to my latest ebook…which I’m really proud of. It’s going to have beautiful color pictures and fabulous recipes (of course!). I should have it available for sale on my website in the next week. Ohhhh, I’m so excited about it! Dare I say it’s my favorite? Aahhh, nope, I can’t. I suppose that’s like asking a parent to tell you which child they like the best…not gonna happen. But, I do really really really really love this ebook!
Today has been such a lovely day. The sun is shining, the weather is beautiful and life is good. As cliche as it sounds, I’m taking the time to smell the roses and boy-oh-boy what a difference this can make in everyday life. I know we all have goals that we want to attain, but what fun is that achievement if we don’t take the time to appreciate the little daily occurences in our lives or to simply slow down our minds and just relax. My mom recently told me about a “10-second stress buster” she read about in a magazine. It’s great for helping you relax and be in the present moment. Simply repeat one word, any word, slowly (and silently, if desired) to yourself. Apparently, like meditation, this will help transition your brainwaves from active beta to calming alpha waves. I did this today (my word was “rose”) while I was smelling the roses (literally) that my boyfriend bought me for Valentine’s Day. I felt peace, joy, and appreciation flow through me from head to toe.
For more fun! Check out this amazing short video. This woman found this lion hurt and about to die. She took him home to care for him. When the lion was better she called the local zoo. Check out the reaction she received when the lion saw her.
Tonight, my boyfriend and I are going to my mom’s for a few days where we’ll be juicing up a storm! It’s going to be a few days of watching dvds, playing games, and hiking in the White Tank Mountains. I’m so excited!
Today we went for an amazing hike. It was so beautiful and green (we’ve had some rain the past few days). By the time I arrived home I was famished! Thankfully I had all of our juices made for the day so I could guzzle it right down. I tried something different today. I made all the juices this morning so I wouldn’t have to go back into the kitchen until tomorrow. The exception would be if I’m hungry tonight and I want to mix up a quick master cleanse drink (I make mine with 3 cups water, 1 cup orange juice, juice of 1-2 lemons, 1 tablespoon dark raw agave, and lots of cayenne). It’s really like a treat and so easy to make compared to the normal juices.
I think it’s very important to be flexible and make changes as necessary if something doesn’t seem to jibe right. My overall goal is happiness, health, and enjoying my life to the fullest. Why would anyone want to do otherwise?
The song Don’t Know What You Got Till It’s Gone is the song running through my head yesterday and today. I love food and the thought of not having it for 21-days fills me with a little sadness (no restaurants, no chewing, no wine, yikes!). At the same time, however, I’m reminded of the fact that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone also applies to health, and for this I’m grateful and excited about my juice feast. From what I’ve researched, I am setting myself up for intensely high energy, increased mental clarity and an overall sense of well-being that can only be accomplished with fasting (juice feasting). I’m eager to see if this is all true.
Yesterday at the end of the day I told my boyfriend, “This juice feasting thing isn’t so hard.” He replied (laughing), “Yeah, you slept most of the day!” That was true, I took a long nap in the afternoon. By the time I woke up, made another juice and went to the gym, the day was done and it was time for bed. (That’s part of the trick – stay busy or sleep.)
Things I’m noticing…green fingernails from squeezing all of the juice through the straining bag (straining the juice is my least favorite part of the feast). Every time I clean out the green from underneath my nails, they just get dirty again the next time I juice. My mom and I have probably lost a pound each already. I weighed in yesterday evening at 124.5 pounds after a day of juicing. I don’t want to lose much more weight (maybe 2-3 pounds will be fine) so I’ll probably raise my calories a little with hemp oil and a fruit juice every couple of days. We all have headaches today. We’re not sure if it’s the weather or detox (seems a little early to have detox symptoms). It’s a very gloomy day here in Arizona…perfect for curling up in bed with a book or dvd.