Friday, November 9th, 2007

More Love For Hot Peppers

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

You know by now that I love hot peppers. It’s not only the endorphin rush that makes them fun, but they’re healthy, too. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications claims recent lab tests showed capsaicin (chili-pepper-derived compound) can kill cancer cells by attacking their energy source – without hurting healthy cells nearby. Plus, their anti-inflammatory action can help arthritis, and according to herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar, the concentration of vitamins help support immune function. Gotta love nature!

For some laughs, check out this video…looks like something I would do - Red Hot News

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Succulent Wild Woman

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized
YOU ARE A DELICIOUS SUCCULENT HUMAN BEING!

Be Delicious. Eat mangoes naked, lick the juice off your arms. Discover your own goodness. Smile when you feel like it. Be rare, eccentric and original. Describe yourself as marvelous. Paint your soul. Investigate your dark places with a flashlight. Make more mistakes! Tell the truth faster. Celebrate your gorgeous friendships with women. You are enough, you have enough and you do enough. ~“Juicy Living Cards” by Sark

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Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Youth Is a State of Mind – Pumpkin Carving & Costumes

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Staying young isn’t just about what you eat.

Back track two days ago…my boyfriend tells me he wants to carve a pumpkin this year. I think to myself, “Are you serious? That’s cute, but I’m sure we have better things to do, right?”

Fast forward to today: I had a great day. Mom and I taught our fabulous Raw Holiday Class to a sold out crowd. We started the class wearing witches’ hats, as we made BOO! Halloween Hummus. We then traded the hats for Indian headdresses while teaching Raw Thanksgiving recipes, and finished the class wearing Santa hats. Oohhh…it was a sooo fun! Here is what I found myself thinking at the end of the day…Keep your body youthful with Raw food and keep your mind youthful with playful behavior.

After a long day of having fun, I came home and found my almost-40-year-old boyfriend carving his pumpkin. He was even listening to scary Halloween music! When he finished the pumpkin, he put a candle inside, and called for me to see his finished work (and now you can, too, with this picture). I looked up and saw this adorable, big grinning pumpkin staring back at me and I couldn’t help but smile as big as the pumpkin was. I felt like a kid looking at it and imagined my boyfriend must have had a blast carving it. I realized at that moment that we all have different ways of “playing” in trying to keep that youthful state of mind (and it’s important to indulge now and then). For myself, I played “dress up” all day in front of a room full of people. My boyfriend? Well, he kept his youthful state of mind by carving a pumpkin…umm, and yeah, I feel like a kid every time I look over at it. In fact, I just might go and put my witch’s hat on while I’m surfing the web tonight.

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Saturday, October 27th, 2007

What Is Pangea Day?

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

A friend pointed me to this and I thought it was very cool! Watch it and see for yourself what Pangea Day is. After you watch the trailer, be sure to click the “about us” link and watch “Jehane’s Ted Wish.” View World Pangea Day

Here is another great link, Miniature-earth, that is a must see. It definitely gives you something to think about. Once you arrive at the website, just choose your language, sit back and watch.

Have the courage to hold on to your beliefs, even if the world around you chooses to believe differently. Have the courage to change those beliefs that no longer fit the person you have become.
In doing so, you truly become yourself.
~ Daniel Levin

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Friday, October 19th, 2007

Pomegranate Treasure Chest

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

In the Greek myth of Persephone, the pomegranate is called the fruit of the underworld. This legend tells the story that Persephone was bound to hell because she ate a pomegranate seed(s) from Hades. I don’t know about you, but a pomegranate might just be worth it…to me they’re glamorous and sensuous. Cutting into a pomegranate is like opening a treasure chest…inside you find brilliantly sparkling, sweet-tart flavored ruby-like seeds.

The joy doesn’t stop there though. The pomegranate has anti-inflammatory effects and high levels of anti-oxidants. It offers you potassium, vitamin C and niacin, making this labor intensive fruit worth the effort.

To seed - Slice off the top and the tail of the pomegranate. Cut it in half (or quarter it, if needed) and turn it inside out over a large bowl to get out the majority of the seeds. The remaining seeds you pick out and pull off the pith. The ruby red seed is to be eaten whole. *When refrigerated, pomegranates will keep for up to 2 months.

Eating - In my opinion, the pomegranate deserves respect and is to be eaten by itself. I want to feel spoonful after spoonful of juicy seeds burst in my mouth, not a lame one or two seeds that get lost in a forkful of salad. I want nothing to compete with my pomegranate. My ritual of many years is donning a t-shirt that I’m happy to stain with pomegranate juice, as I seed 2-3 pomegranates at a time. I carry my bowl of precious seeds upstairs and I take pleasure in them as I enjoy a long, warm bath.

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Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Some Like It Hot!

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

WHEWEE! This is one hot smoothie I’m drinking. Talk about waking up! No need for coffee when you eat hot peppers. I thought I’d have some fun with my smoothie today and change it up a bit. I’m drinking a mason jar full of this sassy, hot creation: 1 cup water, 3 medium bananas, 1 big handful of Italian parsley, 1 teaspoon minced rosemary, 1 teaspoon minced marjoram, 1/2 of an habanero pepper. Yes, you read that right! I put 1/2 of an habanero pepper in my smoothie and she is HOT and waking me up! (In case you didn’t know, I don’t do anything half-assed. I’m hard-core…and habanero peppers are no exception). I’m sure if I open my mouth flames will come billowing out Smaug-style. I might not even have to go to the gym at the rate I’m starting to perspire (just kidding, I’m still going to the gym, although I’m sure my metabolism has just been cranked into high gear). Endorphins are kicking in and it feels grreeeaaaat! It’s no wonder I can be caught buying many habanero peppers at a time. The cashier always looks at me quizzically…I can’t help it, they’re addicting. It’s a cheap thrill. Who needs drugs, alcohol, or even chocolate for that matter when you can experience the high from hot peppers? Next time I meet friends for happy hour, I’m pulling one of these out of my purse to nibble on.

Keep this in mind about hot peppers…
~It’s believed that the endorphin release can help relieve PMS. Yay! I know in my own experience, they have also helped fight off headaches (both migraine and sinus!).
~Need help kicking your caffeine habit? I find hot peppers work wonders! The endorphins tackle two issues for you. 1) energy so you don’t miss the caffeine and 2) fight headaches from caffeine withdrawal.
~They warm you up in winter, so if you live in a cold climate and you’re trying to stick with Raw food, add some hot peppers to your diet.
~When trying to eat lower fat foods, throw in hot peppers for excitement. You’ll never miss the fat. Trust me. It’s those lovely endorphins…you feel so good. And I mean soooo good. uh-huh. You have to go through a little pain at the onset from eating them, but it’s worth it. The words “glutton for punishment” are floating around my head. Oh well.
~Be careful when working with hot peppers and don’t touch your face (or any part of your body for that matter!) after chopping peppers. Wash your hands immediately. You can rub olive oil on your fingers before working with them. Or, wear gloves. Personally, I have no patience for the olive oil or the gloves. I live on the edge.

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

The Brownies Were a Hit!

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

I just arrived home from Wild Oats where I celebrated Oktoberfest by giving out samples for my newest recipe Easy Raw German Chocolate Brownies (donning braids in my hair and drinking kombucha from a German beer stein). Were the brownies a hit? OMG! Yes! People came back for seconds. I had no leftovers to bring home…oh well…I DID stock up my kitchen with fresh produce. Tonight, I’ll eat a gigantic fresh salad with spinach, cucumbers, red bell peppers, apples, lots of fresh herbs, and Rosemary Ranch Dressing.

I read this today when I woke up. What a great way to start the day!
The Essence Of A New Day
“This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day in your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind…let it be something good.”

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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

"The World Now Eats (And Dies) Like Americans

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

This may be the first generation in which our kids live a shorter lifespan than we do,” Dr. Dean Ornish says.

The good news? These trends are preventable and even reversible through diet and exercise. Check out Dr. Ornish’s 3-minute talk here.

Go Vegan!

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Monday, October 1st, 2007

Living Green

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Living the Raw Vegan lifestyle means I live a Green lifestyle, where my choices positively impact our earth. Everywhere I turn I hear about the necessity of helping our earth, the dire implications of global warming, and the increasingly popular style of living, “eco living.” I’m proud of my efforts, because I’m helping our earth and not hurting it.

If you’re not a part of the solution,
then you’re a part of the problem.


A groundbreaking 2006 United Nations report illustrates raising animals for food as “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global,” showing this creates more greenhouse gases than all the trucks and cars in the world combined.

Going vegan is one of the most effective ways
to fight global warming.


*A must-see video about global warming: John Doerr, Silicon Valley’s legendary moneyman, is discussing his fear of eco-apocalypse. View video.

*After you’re done viewing John Doerr’s speech, check out Yahoo Green to learn more ways you can start living a more green existence.

*Top Reasons to avoid animal products or by-products (meat, dairy, eggs…) and Go Vegan!

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Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Road Trip – Raw Style

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

We decided to hop in the car and take a little day trip to the Mogollon Rim in Arizona (See? It is green in Arizona) and just hang out with nature. There were three of us…..boyfriend, dog, and me… supplied with water, Raw chocolate brownies, green smoothies, bananas and doggie cookies. Yes, an unusual mix for our day’s food I suppose, but we decided this trip last minute and took what was on hand. The day promised big fun and happiness as we drove, my dog’s head hanging out of the window loving every minute of “bye-bye car.”

As we drove to Payson, AZ (Rim Country – founded in 1882 with an elevation of 5,000 feet), we wondered about the relative environmental impact our little day trip had. We try to live environmentally-friendly lives. We realized we were using gas with our automobile, but that we pretty much closed up home for the day (turned air conditioning down, powered off computers, and reduced our electricity usage in general). It’s times like this I wish I had access to Master Google by “crossing my arms in front of me, blinking my eyes, and giving a nod with my head” like Jeannie does in I Dream of Jeannie…but, we didn’t. Nevertheless, I found a resource in one of the magazines I was flipping through on our drive and learned about a place to rent environmentally friendly cars (primarily in the West). Check it out here. Maybe we can do that next time and make our trip even more green.

That’s my dog with me looking out over the Rim. At that very moment, I was thinking about something I read recently, “When the pond is still, the reflection is clear. When the MIND is still, the reflection of life is clear. Reflection brings CLARITY.” When I’m surrounded by such awe-inspiring nature like this, my mind stills itself as things fluidly come into perspective for me. There’s a calm energy that is inspiring, yet relaxing, and I want to bottle it up and take it home with me. I feel refreshed, relaxed, at peace, and happy…I need to do this more often.

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