Thursday, November 5th, 2015

My Travel Oral Care Bag

by Kristen Suzanne in beauty, Kristen Suzanne
My traveling oral care pack.

My traveling oral care pack.

I use a pretty extensive oral protocol to support having the best oral health ever.

I follow Nadine Artemis’ Living Libations 8-step routine (plus oil pulling many days a week). When I went to the dentist recently, I had “an awesome plaque score” according to the dentist.

Sweet. It’s working. My effort is paying off.

You can read more about the 8-steps in her great book and on her Living Libations website. (<– it’s under the tab “Beauty Care Articles”)

But, when I travel, I don’t take everything with me. That’s why you see just a handful of things in the picture. I have a small bottle of salt water solution (or sole) and I spray it in my mouth or on my tooth brush. I like the Wild Child drops because I share them with my daughter. Of course there is a tongue scaper and floss. Finally, I have a little bottle of oil I mixed together for oil pulling and a spoon to go with it.

For the tooth brushing part, something I use a dry, plain toothbrush. Other times I use the Wild Child drops. Sometimes I brush with the oil pulling oil. Just depends on my mood… I like changing it up.

This stuff works. I’m living proof. I have been using Living Libations tooth serums for a few years now, but ramped up my protocol to include her multi-step approach this past year. It creates a meditative and zen experience for me. The oils and products taste great and just feel so good on my teeth and gums.

I feel empowered knowing that I’m taking excellent care of my mouth… which means great care for my body since they’re connected. (It’s not all brushing and flossing though… I eat a LOT of fat soluble, vitamin-rich food. Ummm grass-fed butter, anyone? And, I don’t eat a lot of sugar.)

Yeah… I’m a big fan of Living Libations.

Living Libations for Beautiful Skin and Teeth. #Habit

Living Libations for Beautiful Skin, Hair, and Teeth. #Habit

 

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Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Pictures From Kauai Hawaii – Travel

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne, travel
Na Pali Coast Kauai. Breathtaking.

Na Pali Coast Kauai. Breathtaking.

We went to Kauai this year for an amazing vacation. I can still remember the fish tacos from Al Pastor Taco Truck… oh and the cold-pressed green juice… oh and the Art Cafe Hemingway breakfast I had almost daily, and so much more. The lush verdant island is haunting me to go back.

Best fish tacos in the world. Al Pastor. Kauai.

Best fish tacos in the world. Al Pastor. Kauai.

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Get Zen In Your Kitchen For The Ultimate Cooking Experience And The Best Food Ever.

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne, longevity, Meditation
Ommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Ommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

I strive to live a life that is Zen (mindful, non-judgmental, and in the moment).

And… I’m a work in progress.

To tell you the truth, I started thinking about this stuff about 7 or 8 years ago, but didn’t become serious until a few years ago, when I made meditation a top priority.

Fast forward to today, and I’m pretty damn Zen. Most of the time.

I create a mindful presence in the kitchen as often as possible, because it makes for the best kitchen experiences.  And, would you believe? It helps me create the most delicious food ever. You’ll hear a lot of people talk about putting “love” into their food. I try to create “calmness” and infuse that into my food. (I put some love in there, too.)

Here are some tips to help you quickly get Zen in your kitchen starting today.

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Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Recipe: Low Carb Fatty Green Smoothie. I Love Fat.

A "healthy" green smoothie.

A “healthy” green smoothie.

This delightfully fatty and low carb smoothie is a regular in my life. Who would’ve guessed that people would start going all gaga over fat?

The day has come. Fat is a star (healthy fats, of course).

You should make this smoothie.

It’s amped with nutrition… check it out.

  • Broccoli sprouts. Those are powerful.
  • Ginger —> anti-inflammatory.
  • Avocado is fiber, fat, nutrients, and helps us absorb the other nutrients in the smoothie.
  • Spring water is a no-brainer for me these days. I finally bought into that whole thing. Literally. I ordered a pallet of it.
  • Cucumber is hydrating and good for the skin.
  • Celery is tasty and has potassium and folate.
  • Lime is fun. (vitamin c, bioflavonoids, etc)

Go make one!

Recipe: Low Carb Fatty Green Smoothie

  • 1 to 1/2 cups spring water (I like Castle Rock)
  • Fresh ginger
  • Sea salt
  • Lime (peel and all)
  • Avocado (no peel… or pit)
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Broccoli Sprouts!

Blend it up in a Vita-mix (<– A Vita-mix is worth the hefty price tag – I’ve had mine forever).

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Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Surviving the Holidays. Seriously Good Tips. Plus Recipes.

A 2014 Drambuie Christmas Toast with my husband.

Drambuie would “not” be in the healthy category (I don’t think). “BUT IT’S THE HOLIDAYS!”

 

I’m sharing with you some key holiday survival tips. What do I mean survive?

Well, basically, some tips to help feel well during the holidays by not eating too crappy. It’s easy to succumb to the excuse “It’s the holidays” and make it a free-for-all, right? (Guilty.) But when we let our hair down too many times and go crackers (that’s another way to say “cray-cray”) then, sadly, we welcome a weaker immune system and lower energy. Sigh. Am I a buzz kill already?

No! I’m not! I promise.

We still need to have fun. After all, “It’s the holidays!”

Here are few tips to help you survive.

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Sunday, October 18th, 2015

A Hospital Tour For Those Planning Home Birth

by Kristen Suzanne in kamea, kids, Kristen Suzanne, Motherhood, pregnancy
Questions to ask a hospital on a hospital birth tour.

Questions to ask a hospital on a hospital birth tour.

No. I’m not currently pregnant.

But, as I wrote in a post recently that talked about all about breastfeeding, I’m sharing some other posts from my old Green Mommy Blog. This is another one… taking a tour of a hospital even though I originally had planned a home birth for my daughter.

Well. As some of you know, I did end up in the hospital for the delivery of Kamea, but it wasn’t the local one I toured. 

Here we go….

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Friday, October 16th, 2015

My Life: Naked Dolls, Qigong, Lemon Water, Matcha, Hot Yoga

Lemon water did more than I realized.

Lemon water did more than I realized.

Here’s a day in my life.

700 am Wake up naturally. Sometimes I oil pull at this time.

715 am Drink some spring water with organic lemon juice squeezed in. I’ve heard about people doing this forever. I never got into it… til now. I read recently that drinking it on an empty stomach does something to help digestion, which helps you better absorb nutrients from your food later. Interesting. Okay, I’ll try. (The rule is that it’s on an empty stomach and you don’t eat for about 30 minutes.)

717 am Rebounding to start moving, getting the kinks worked, blood flowing, and because it’s fun. (Bellicon is the best rebounder.)

740 am Brew Upgraded coffee in my groovy Technivorm coffee pot. While that’s brewing I get other ingredients ready to make Greg’s and my Bulletproof Coffee (Greg likes his in a cold shake form), or I grab my Bulletproof Frozen Cubes.

745 am Make Kamea’s breakfast (usually gently scrambled eggs – something like this)

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Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Unconventional Ways to Celebrate Halloween

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

As a mom who doesn’t give her kid candy unless it’s dark chocolate, Halloween is a tricky situation (pun intended)… until now.

To tell you the truth, we have a lot of things we do to celebrate Halloween and all without the traditional trick-or-treating.

HALLOWEEN DECORATING!

For starters, we begin the celebrating with decorations at the beginning of October. This includes wall clings, scary music, carving jack-o-lanters, hanging skeletons from the ceiling, and more. This starts at the beginning of October to ensure a healthy dose of Halloween-ness.

Halloween is a whole month celebration for us.

Halloween is a whole month celebration for us.

Kamea painting a small pumpkin for decoration.

Kamea painting a small pumpkin for decoration.

 

HALLOWEEN HUNT!

When the actual day of Halloween arrives, we have a Halloween Hunt where we hide dark chocolates and little trinkets, toys, stickers, etc around the house (or where ever we are).

 

HALLOWEEN TRAVEL!

Another thing we often do is travel during this time to make it extra special… with costumes, of course.

Travel to Flagstaff, AZ. A spooky town.

Travel to Flagstaff, AZ. A spooky town.

 

What kid wouldn't want to go to DISNEYLAND for Halloween?

What kid wouldn’t want to go to DISNEYLAND for Halloween?

 

16 months old as a fairy while traveling to Sedona, AZ for Halloween.

16 months old, as a fairy while traveling to Sedona, AZ for Halloween.

 

WEAR COSTUMES MANY TIMES!

We don our costumes many times(!) during the weeks before Halloween. Myself included.

I wear this costume pretty much every year.

I wear this costume pretty much every year.

 

Halloween Headbands are awesome.

Halloween Headbands are awesome.

 

HALLOWEEN STORE!

We check out the crazy Halloween stores that pop up every year. Sometimes we go more than once. #FieldTrip

Trying on a witch hat. "I'll get you my pretty…"

Trying on a witch hat. “I’ll get you my pretty…”

 

HALLOWEEN PARTIES!

We go to Halloween parties… like this one at her Karate Dojo.

Halloween Party with a light show and dancing.

Halloween Party with a light show and dancing.

 

MONEY FOR CANDY!

I remember growing up, my mom gave us money for the candy we collected trick-or-treating, which we always preferred over eating the candy. That’s another idea.

 

A walk down memory lane with Kamea’s first Halloween.

This was Kamea’s first Halloween costume. She was a Chipotle Burrito.

Baby as a burrito: Halloween

4 months old Kamea as a burrito: Halloween

We swaddled her in an organic blanket, first, and you can see the rest. Foil. Organic lettuce. I actually thought she’d hate it because she’s not big on the swaddle thing, but she was a real trooper in her costume as Greg took photos.

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Halloween as a SCIENCE EXPERIMENT! From Mothering.com…

I loved candy when I was a kid, but when I became a mother, I worried about my kids eating too much of the stuff. Still, I’ve never banned it from our home. Now, when my children come home on Halloween night, examine their candy, and go to bed without asking to eat a single piece, it’s not because I’ve forbidden it. It’s because they have better ideas about what 
to do with it.

It began with a simple question three years ago, when I was overwhelmed by our collection of Halloween candy. An afternoon with too-generous coworkers, a church Trunk-or-Treat (i.e., collecting candy at every car in a full parking lot), and a subsequent trick-or-treating expedition up our street had provided my four-year-old princess and two-year-old cowboy with mountains of candy. But since the candies had been the gifts of kind friends, and of elderly neighbors on fixed incomes, I didn’t want to throw them all away. Instead, I decided to dole them out one piece at a time. Handing out pieces after lunch was painful—the bowl loomed enormous atop my fridge, and I knew that at this rate we’d be eating candy for months.

Then, as my daughter Katherine poured out a box of Nerds, she asked the life-changing question:

“What would happen if I put these in water?”

I almost missed the moment. I was cleaning up the lunch dishes, and didn’t want to get out another one. Besides, the experiment sounded messy and wasteful (even though I’d just been agonizing about how to get rid of the stuff). I brushed her question aside, hoping she’d forget it. Instead, she asked again. I got her a white, unspillable mug, filled it with water, and set it down in front of her. She poured in her strawberry Nerds, examined them, stirred them into something the color of raspberry lemonade, and examined the cup again. Then I dumped 
it down the sink.

That was our first candy experiment.

Now, that’s a good idea for candy.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN SEASON!

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Saturday, October 10th, 2015

BREASTFEEDING! A Big Post. It’s Important Stuff.

Happy breastfeeding baby.

Happy breastfeeding baby.

Some of you don’t know there was a time when I was crazy writing two blogs. There was (and is) my blog you’re reading now, Kristen’s Raw.

I was also writing a Green Mommy Blog where I shared my “green mommy” ways.

Shortly after I entered motherhood, I realized that it was a wee bit nutz to maintain two blogs so I stopped writing the Green Mommy Blog.

Fast forward to today and I decided to (soon) close that blog, but not without sharing some of the gems of posts. I’ll be updating the information, as well as including some of the helpful comments people wrote. Here’s the first article.

Let’s talk breastfeeding.

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

My Kid Eats Frozen Food, But Only When I Do This…

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, grass fed butter, kamea, recipe
Some damn tasty frozen food that I doctored.

Some tasty frozen food that I doctored.

My kids eats frozen food.

You probably wouldn’t expect me to admit that, but here I am… admitting that. Frozen food? Ewww. But, yeah.

Here’s the short of it.

I’m a mom. I make most things from scratch three times a day. I’m effin’ tired. The end.

There, see? I need a break and I need something at least somewhat decent to feed my kid because she’s just not into green smoothies or protein shakes that much (<– those are quick things that’s why I mention them).

Enter: Amy’s Frozen Mushroom Risotto

Frozen. Food.

Frozen. Food.

Here’s the thing. It doesn’t have any canola oil in it. (<– you know how hard it is to find frozen food without canola?). And, although this particular frozen food has a cheese in it that is probably not grass-fed, I’m not freaking out about it.

Here’s how I make Amy’s more acceptable. I add things to it, like grass-fed butter, and I don’t microwave it.

I get a little soup / sauce pot. (I adore that little pot. I use it to heat water for tea, make sauces, and, well, as you can see, I use it to warm up frozen food from the store.)

Isn't it adorbs?

Isn’t it adorbs?

I add a few splashes of homemade bone broth and a couple tablespoons of grass-fed unsalted butter. The bone broth adds nutrition and helps it cook in the pot, and the butter adds good fat and nutrition.

–> Learn how to easily make your own awesome bone broth here. <–

 

Small pot. Bone broth. Butter.

Small pot. Bone broth. Butter.

 

Frozen food puck. I try not to cringe when I see it.

Frozen food puck.

Ooh. Idea. I could add Amy’s frozen foods to my camping list I wrote about here.

 

Nifty glass lid on cute little pot on induction hot plate. Love induction.

Nifty glass lid on cute little pot on induction hot plate. Love induction.

I should note that I cook this thing over low heat. (BTW induction hot plates are great. I transformed my kitchen with them.)

 

Ta-Da. Frozen boxed food made partially acceptable with butter and broth.

Frozen food made more acceptable with butter and broth.

 

PS. There seem to be some decent frozen options out there these days, with grass-fed meats, no canola oil, etc. I haven’t tried them but it’s interesting to see the options coming to market.

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