My friend was blogging about a diet book she was checking out the other day, and while reading her post, I started to take a trip down memory lane of all of the diets I’ve tried in the past… Zone Diet, Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet, Schwarzbein Principle, Cabbage diet, Atkins diet, High Carb diet, Fat Flush Plan, South Beach Diet, etc.
You see, I have an addiction to trying new diets, diet books, and diet type products. I am a diet book junkie – lol!!! Or… I used to be before I found vegan and raw. I’ve since tamed that inner beast inside me. Now that I have found the raw and vegan lifestyle, I have no desire to get back on the diet roller coaster I used to be on. Sure, there were exciting times as I’d page through a new book, thinking of the new foods I’d make, the weight I’d lose, the motivation I got from trying something new (I’m one of those people who loves change)… but I feel so good with Raw and Vegan foods that I can’t imagine changing that for the rest of my life!
Therefore, when I want to change my diet up a bit for some excitement, I go back and forth with different levels and ways of raw (always staying vegan though!). Sometimes…
I’m gourmet raw where I make lasagna, burritos, fancy desserts and such.
I detox and have just green juices.
I load up on the smoothies.
It’s simple raw: salads, smoothies, fresh fruits and veggies.
I eat more cooked vegan foods.
I’m loading up on superfoods.
I might eat out at restaurants a lot.
I can go high carb, high fat, or high protein with it, too.
So many options! And, I feel great while doing it!
Share your diet story! Have you tried different diets in the past? What do you like or not like? What are your favorite ways to follow the Raw vegan diet?
It’s been a busy week with Kamea. We’ve had a few visits from family to meet Kamea. And, of course, taking care of Kamea is a 24-hour job. And… I’m working on some Kristen’s Raw projects (getting my new book done… it’s almost there!).
Here’s Kamea in her first dress. It’s a cute little organic cotton dress with fruits and veggies.
Here’s my breakfast. So delish! Rice milk (not raw), ice, bananas, and raw cashew butter. UPDATE: Here is a link for the cup you see in the picture. It’s eco-friendly, BPA-free. I bought mine at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, but it’s available on Amazon, too.
I’m happy to announce that Sirova (an awesome online store for all things healthy) is celebrating my baby Kamea’s 1st month by launching a 10% coupon off any order, any amount for everyone with the special coupon code:
It starts TODAY, the 26th of July, and ends August 31st. So… SHOP AWAY!
Kamea came down with a rash on her head, so I’ve taken a look at my diet to see if I’m the problem. Therefore, today I went quite bland so I can reintroduce things one at a time and see if I can figure out what’s causing the problem. I can rule things out like detergent, body care products, etc. The rash is only on her head, and I’m not sure if a problem with my breastmilk would cause such a localized rash… but I’m being careful anyway. To do this, my kitchen is limited for bland raw foods currently, so I went mostly cooked today. Her rash is much better tonight.
Here is what I ate today (all organic and vegan)
Tempeh (sauteed briefly with canola oil, lime juice, and wheat free tamari) Oats Green Juice (cucumber, apple, celery, carrot, little bit of kale, lime) Oats Cherries Oats / banana Big Salad (romaine, red bell pepper, apple, hemp seeds, cucumber, mustard dressing) Tempeh (same prep as above) Baked sweet potato Vegan Fig Newton Hemp shake with young Thai coconut water
Anything that could have still been offensive in the list above was still in small quantities…
UPDATE: I want to add that although I’ve cut out the nuts and some berries (and I can try cutting out the soy/tempeh), the thing I’m not sure of is that I’ve been eating those things since she was born and only now did she have some issue. That being said… today (Sunday) and yesterday were much improved. It only looks like a little bit of newborn acne.
I know. I know. I should be sleeping while Kamea is sleeping right now. Heavens knows I’m super short on it right now. But, I did get a little nap in earlier, so I wanted to write a quick post updating you on… well… life? :) All is well. Apart from being short on sleep… Kamea, Greg, and I are doing great. It gets easier every day as she grows stronger and I learn and grow myself.
One thing that has made life easier for me right now is ordering my organic produce online from Boxed Greens. What a life saver. Sure, I could have my husband go buy the stuff, but he’s also tired and needs some rest (plus, he doesn’t know his way around the produce section totally… although I did some training with him before I delivered – lol). Anyway… even though Boxed Greens costs more, the produce is amazing and they offer things I can’t get at Whole Foods. Plus, it’s usually fresher. I have been buying it every week since Kamea joined us, and it’s delivered on Fridays. Yum – this was the produce I bought this week (although I forgot to put the bananas and watermelon in the photo).
And… other GREAT news. Remember when I told you about the new book I was working on, Raw Vegan Transitions (details here!)? Well, I’m excited to announce that it’s in the final formatting phase now and it’ll be going to the book designer (fingers crossed) in the next week. From there… maybe another month or less until it’s available!
I was so excited (and appreciative!) about the participation in this giveaway that I’m choosing THREE WINNERS! Congratulations Bitt (you won with your tweet entry), Michaela, and Violet! Your names were chosen as the winners of my 24th Awesome Giveaway.
When asked, “What is the best new parent advice you have for my husband, Greg, and myself?”… here is what they had to say:
Bitt:“advice from a teacher: read to your child! it makes a huge difference later on who was read to and who wasn’t as a child.”
Michaela:“Hallo my advice is very simple LOVE, love your girl, hug her anytime, telling her how much you love her, how much she means to you,may be she doesn´t understand words, but she understand the way how you telling her. I have 1 year old girl, I love her, she is the essence of my life I have wainting for her a lot, praying for her to become….but sometimes(not often) its happened that she cries and I don´t know why, then I still keep in my mind how much I love her, she is my and my husband, she is absolutelly dependent of us, we have to guard her fight for her, LOVE her. So when you will be tired, when you will don´t know what´s happen to her in that time, she will need even more hugs, more cuddling more love……….so just LOVE her!!!”
Violet:“Chill out! With your first you’re SOO concerned about doing everything just right, and often about what everyone else and every book and expert thinks is right. After you’re broken in you find your kids just want to feel loved by parents who are happy to have them. If a goal or expectation you have is stressing you, dad or baby out, you need to step back and be sure you are choosing your battles. Everyone can see you are a thoughtful parent who cares a great deal and is well informed, so just be sure to let the love you have for your little one be your first priority. You guys will do great, even though the 1st few months (okay maybe 6 months to 2 years to some degree) feels endless and like you can’t do anything right :). Sorry so long!”
Thanks to everyone for such amazing participation!!!
You’ve said it since day one – shipping – yuck! Well, it took awhile but we have worked out a deal with both our regional and national shippers which will now allow you to save TONS in shipping costs!
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When you make an order, we will always do our best to ship the very next day so you can satisfy your craving as soon as possible. We ship regional orders Monday through Thursday each week and national orders from Monday through Wednesday. So if you order Sunday, we’ll ship on Monday and before you know it your delicious fresh food will be waiting for you on your doorstep!
This documentary looks awesome. I love watching things like this – always pumps me up and motivates me. Forks Over Knives… “The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.”
One of the things that I haven’t been able to pay much attention to is making meals right now. And, as a breastfeeding mama, I need those extra calories. So, I’m keeping things on hand for easy eating and snacking like protein bars, avocados, nut butters, fresh veggies that are cut and ready to dip into hummus, and I’m a superfood smoothie making mama! My smoothies these past couple of days have been loaded with things like: fresh (or frozen) berries, frozen banana, nut milk, probiotics, brown rice powder, hemp powder, hemp seeds, flax meal, chia meal, goji berries, greens, prunes, etc. They vary each time but they’re definitely filled with calories and nutrients! My goal is keeping my protein around 55-65 grams so the protein powders are helping in that department. Sooo…. Yay for smoothies! Here is a recent post I wrote 3 Problems Smoothies Solve!
Hi! I'm a chef, author, homeschooling mom, and I love to eat and cook super healthy food. I'm a former vegan, now real-food omnivore, who enjoys coffee(!), dark chocolate, rebounding, and researching the latest tips for optimal living.