Monday, January 7th, 2008
I’m alive and well! I made it through my first day of snowboarding. BOOH-YAH! We started the morning with organic green smoothies made in my awesome travel blender. Then, we stuffed our pockets full with Raw snack bars to enjoy during the day. I came prepared.
It was so beautiful and picture perfect driving up the mountain. We had a ton of snow overnight so it topped the mountain with lovely, fluffy snow perfect for falling down on my bum (or face!) Fortunately, I didn’t do too much of that. It was exhilaratingly exhausting. Just getting used to attaching the snowboard to my seemingly 20-pound boots, getting up from a seated position, under layers of clothes and snow gear that makes me feel the like the Pillsbury Dough Boy, from delicate snow that you sink into and want to fall asleep on (if it didn’t start to make your clothes wet)… all of that is a workout in itself (not to mention the elevation adjustment). My heart was racing all day. Then, as a beginner in a class, they take you down the bunny slope a little, make you walk back up, go down just a little again, and walk back up. Talk about an arduous affair in the cold and blistery wind when my life is typically basked in the warm therapeutic sun of the desert. I admit, I had moments when I looked enviously upon the skiers, feeling a longing tug at my heart to run back into the lodge and swap out the board for familiar skies. But, I’m all for new adventures. All I can say is…Wow. I kept thinking to myself, this is such great exercise even if I’m only spending 15 seconds at a time actually riding the snowboard. All that hard work topped by a few brief moments of sheer thrill…totally worth it and I’m going back for more.
Next up on the lifetime list: surfing!
Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
Today it was such a lovely day in Arizona. The warm sun was shining in the bright blue sky, and I filled my body with Organic Raw goodness. I was craving Mesquite Carob Banana Smoothies with Sassy Superfood Green Goodness…so I drank like…uhmm, four of them. And they were large ones at that. What can say? I go a little overboard sometimes. *giggle*
When I was not outside enjoying the gorgeous sun today, I was having fun exchanging emails with people all over the world answering great questions about living the Raw lifestyle, swapping cool ideas about athletics, and making friends. I get so excited when I think about all of the new pals I’m making. (Note: This is always nice when you’re traveling and need somewhere to stay, am I right? haha).
Welcome to the center of your life.
Wake up and see the other souls around you. Let them affect you. Live in the center of your life.
~Juicy Living Cards by SARK
Tuesday, January 1st, 2008
Going organic on a budget is not impossible. Here are things to keep in mind that will help you afford it:
1. Buy in bulk. Ask the store you frequent if they’ll give you a deal for buying certain foods by the case. (Just make sure it’s a case of something that you can go through in a timely fashion so it doesn’t go to waste). Consider this for bananas or greens especially if you drink lots of smoothies or juice, like I do.
2. See if local neighbors, family or friends will share the price of getting cases of certain foods. When you do this, you can go beyond your local grocery store and contact places like Boxed Greens or Diamond Organic. Maybe they’ll extend a discount if your order goes above a certain amount or if you get certain foods by the case. It never hurts to ask.
3. Pay attention to organic foods that aren’t very expensive to buy relative to conventional prices (bananas, for example). Load up on those.
4. Be smart when picking what you buy as organic. Some conventionally grown foods have higher levels of pesticides than others. For those, go organic. Then, for foods that aren’t sprayed as much, go conventional. Avocados, for example, aren’t sprayed too much so you could buy those as conventional. Here is a resource that keeps an updated list.
5. Buy things on sale. Pay attention to which organic foods are on sale for the week and plan your menu around that. Every little bit adds up!
6. Grow your own sprouts. Load up on these for salads, soups, and smoothies. Very inexpensive. Buy the organic seeds in the bulk bins at your health food store or buy online and grow them yourself. Fun!
7. Buy organic seeds/nuts in bulk online and freeze. Nuts and seeds typically get less expensive when you order in bulk from somewhere like Sun Organic. Take advantage of this and freeze them (they’ll last the year!). Do the same with dried fruits/dates/etc. And remember, when making a recipe that calls for expensive nuts, you can often easily replace them with less expensive sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
8. Buy seasonally; hence, don’t buy a bunch of organic berries out of season (eat more apples and bananas in winter). Also, consider buying frozen organic fruits, especially when they’re on sale!
9. Be content with minimal variety. Organic spinach banana smoothies are inexpensive. So, having this most mornings for breakfast can save money. You can change it by adding cinnamon one day, nutmeg another, vanilla extract yet another. Make spinach apple smoothies and throw in a date in or some soaked raisins for pizazz. Make salads, smoothies, and soups with ingredients that tend to be less expensive such as carrots (year round), bananas (year round), zucchini and cucumbers (in the summer), etc.
Happy New Year!
Saturday, December 22nd, 2007
Yesterday, my awesome, loving boyfriend and I celebrated our 2-year anniversary. Whoo-hoo! It’s been the best two years of my life; we have so much fun together! I couldn’t have asked for a better boyfriend. I absolutely adore him. This is a picture from yesterday with the gorgeous bouquet of flowers he bought me.
I’m often asked about the kinds of things we do, the places we go, restaurants we frequent, etc. We’re High-Raw Vegans, which means that we eat 100% vegan and it’s Raw most of the time (with many periods when we’re 100% Raw). Since we don’t have totally Raw restaurants in our area, we eat a lot at home (and why not, since I love to prepare food). We enjoy physical fitness activities together: going to the gym, hiking, bowling, bike riding, epic walks in the middle of the night under the stars, and of course this. We’re also huge fans of going to the movies. When we do this, I can be counted on to smuggle in our green smoothies and Raw treats in my big purse.
One of our favorite things to do is spending part of the day at one of the many big, beautiful hotel resorts here in Arizona. I pack up a little bag of organic Raw snacks and we sip herbal tea or wine, while enjoying our books or working on our laptops. The hotels have fantastic lobbies, bars and patio areas that are furnished with big, comfy couches and it doesn’t cost hardly a thing (just whatever we order to eat or drink).
None of our friends are Raw (not yet at least – ha!) but a few are transitioning to a vegan diet (YAY!). Just because our friends don’t completely share our lifestyle doesn’t stop us from socializing with them though. They know we value our health and that we feel great with our lifestyle, so they support us. We bring our own food to gatherings, unless it’s at a restaurant. If that’s the case, our friends are more than happy to meet us at restaurants that offer some Raw vegan friendly items (delicious salads, etc).
We’re very excited about the holidays. I’ll prepare a number of Raw dishes to bring to our family gatherings as we visit each side of the family. Scrumptious fun!
The process of love is exciting, and it fills me with joy and anticipation.
Being in love makes me feel powerful – it makes me feel as if all kinds of wild and wonderful things are possible.
Thursday, December 20th, 2007
This post was supposed to be added yesterday…
Good Day Everyone! I hope you’re doing really great. It’s a lovely day in Arizona, the sun is shining, the sky is bright blue, and I’m feeling wonderful. I’m thrilled to report that Kristen’s Raw was listed in the newest issue of VegNews Magazine (February 2008 issue, page 41). As I posted a couple days ago, this is my favorite magazine. I had no idea they were doing a feature on Raw for this issue, let alone that they were going to list Kristen’s Raw as…well something. Honestly, I’m still waiting for my copy to arrive, so I don’t know how Kristen’s Raw is referenced, but I heard through the grapevine that there is indeed a mention. YIPPEE! I’m honored!
Movie time: I recently saw the movie, Juno; a gripping, must-see! The dialogue is clever, witty, sweet, and funny.
Food Intake: I’m eating clean and light. I love that my food comes straight from the earth; it’s wholesome, pure and sexy.
Breakfast: lots of watermelon (my favorite!)
Snack: more watermelon
Lunch: 2 fuyu persimmons, 2 oranges
Snack: 1/2 avocado blended with 2 stalks celery and used as dip for carrot sticks
Dinner: huge green smoothie with water, 3 frozen bananas, 2 stalks celery and spinach
Dessert: 2 fuyu persimmons, 2 dates
Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
Need I say more? Haha Okay, I’ll write a few words. Living the Raw Lifestyle does NOT stop with the food you consume. It’s a lifestyle, not a diet, so it’s important to incorporate physical fitness into your routine. Unfortunately, many people aren’t big fans of going to the gym. GOOD NEWS! Trade in a trip to the gym for a romp in the hay tonight because FoxNews.com says it does your body good. Whoo-hoo!
I allow myself to connect to my sexual energy: Sexual energy is the creative energy of the universe. It inspires and excites, and sparks passion and enthusiasm.
~ Deepok Chopra
Saturday, December 8th, 2007
I love this.
A great little story about consumption. It really hits home to the “G-Me” (Green). I used to be a big shopper/consumer. When I first moved to Arizona and needed to get directions to go somewhere from someone, I used to say…”Is it near the Borgata shopping mall, Fashion Square shopping mall, Biltmore Shopping mall or Kierland Shopping mall?” THOSE were my points of reference. Sad, I know.
Now, I have a new frame of mind and new behaviors because I’m living the G-lifestyle as much as possible. This is something that a few people in my life “still don’t get.” Well, to them I say, “watch this because this little ‘Story of Stuff’ breaks it down.” www.storyofstuff.com
Today’s Food Intake:
Breakfast: 3 bananas
Snack: 1/4 cup soaked pumpkin seeds
Lunch: Miso soup, zucchini and beet salad, German Chocolate Brownies
Snack: Green Smoothie with E3-Live (Emerald Blend)
Dinner: Undecided, but it’ll be accompanied by Vegan Organic Wine *We’re going out to dinner tonight and I’m donning my sassy red high heels and black cowgirl hat
Wednesday, December 5th, 2007
Hi Everyone! It’s that time of year for me when I get my annual physical and blood work done. Last year my blood pressure was 94 over 64 and my cholesterol was 107. Today, the physical examination was great, my blood pressure was 96 over 62 and tonight I’ll be fasting in preparation for blood work tomorrow.
Breakfast: warm water w/ fresh lemon juice to drink and 2 apples to eat
Snack: 4 bananas
Lunch: 4 cups of green smoothie (water, banana, kiwi, spinach, and 1 bag frozen blueberries)
Snack: 3 bananas
Dinner: fresh zucchini pasta marinara alongside a large bowl of Harvest Blend Soup (recipe available on this blog in another post)
Dessert: German Chocolate Brownies
On another note…I was at the vet yesterday with my dog for his annual checkup (he’s doing great by the way!). While I was in the waiting room there was a gal (waiting to take her dog in, too) who was very friendly, outgoing, and all smiles. The thing that was extra neat and special about her was that she said “hi” and smiled at everyone who came through the door or was passing through the waiting room. She was like a breath of fresh air…especially among impatient customers who were tired of waiting for the vet. She started conversations with people and was very chatty. I loved it! She completely transformed the atmosphere in the waiting room and filled it with positive energy. I took a lesson from her and today I said hello and smiled to almost everyone I walked by on the street, in a parking lot, etc. It felt GREAT and now I find myself on the lookout for people so I can smile at them, say hello, and pass on some positive energy.
Monday, November 26th, 2007
Hi! It’s been a lovely week for me. I took time to relax and enjoy Thanksgiving, I watched a marathon of movies (8 over 2-days!), spent time with my family, and played with my dog. How was your Thanksgiving?
Inside of you are Treasures.
You can wear a tutu. Eat fruit naked. Imitate a sheep or cut your own hair. Drink lemonade barefoot. Discover inner wealth. Climb tall trees and communicate with angels. Multiply love. Eat delicious food. Reinvent how you are. Deliver hope. Make your creative dreams visible. Breathe. Surprise your fears. Travel. Forgive yourself. Design a brand new path.
~Juicy Living Cards by SARK
Wednesday, November 14th, 2007
We live in a world where we’re bombarded with advertising every minute of the day for processed, cooked, unhealthy and addictive food. It’s no wonder that cravings can be hard to deal with. Here are a couple of quick tips for the short term. First, distract yourself with an activity to forget the craving. For example, the next time you want something cooked and unhealthy, take a 4-minute walk. Or, brush your teeth. Or, take a shower. Trust me, these things work!
Secondly, eat some great Raw food (maybe it’s something you consider to be a real Raw treat, such as Raw cheesecake) or drink a creamy, fresh green smoothie. Then, see how severe your craving for cooked food actually is. I’ll bet you it’s gone, or at least reduced big time!
Let’s face it. Odds are that the next time you turn on the TV, you’re not going to hear much about the enormous benefits from living the Raw vegan lifestyle in the mainstream media…(at least not yet). Therefore, to help fight cravings long-term, learn as much as you can about living the Raw vegan lifestyle. This helps you answer people’s questions (because believe me, you’ll be asked what you’re eating and why). So, the more you know the better. It’ll inspire you and motivate you. Read books, websites, and blogs. Attend classes, seminars, expos, and events. Connect with others! Dhru, at We Like It Raw, has been doing a F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S job at keeping us all linked together. We need this Raw Armor of knowledge and community to shield ourselves from temptations and to stand tall, strong, and proud. Thanks Dhru, you rock!
The pain of discipline is easier than the pain of regret.
~ Jim Rohn