Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
I officially grew out of my “go-out-in-public-pants” and had to get some new duds. I tried to wear my pre-preg pants for as long as I could, but after the holiday eating, the growth of my belly, butt, and thighs this week… it was time. So, here I am in a new outfit. Can I just say that maternity jeans are sooo comfy?! :)
Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
Here is my food journal for today. Yum Yum! Everything is organic. :) I separated the meals below with the dotted lines so you can see what I ate at different times.
1 bowl GoRaw’s buckwheat cereal (apple cinnamon flavor) with rice milk
Cucumber Wheat Grass Refresher (yield 3 cups)
Awesome. Delightful. Super nutritious. I juiced it with my Hurom juicer (one of the greatest juicers ever).
1/4-1/2 cup water
2 large cucumbers
2 small apples
Miso soup made with my favorite brand of organic miso, South River Miso. This particular soup was made with one of their soy-free miso options. It was deliciously warming for my body on this chilly Arizona winter day. I love miso soup. It’s wonderful for digestion.
Large salad of romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber topped with one of my all time favorite dressings, Cayenne Tahini Dressing. I love this simple dressing so much that I can’t wait to make salads and find things to dip into it. I always lick the spoon after dressing the salad and I lick the bowl after eating the salad. I’ve been eating it for about 5 days in a row now. :)
Hhhmmm…. I bet you want the recipe, huh? Well, guess what? You can get it in my salad and dressing book. That’s kind of mean of me though, you think? Here I am teasing the heck out of you by telling you how delicious it is, and I’m not giving you the recipe. OK, OK, I’ll give it to you. I’ll include it in my next email newsletter. If you’re not signed up for it, sign up here and expect my New Year email newsletter to arrive in your inbox sometime in the next 1-2 weeks. Oh, and by the way, I also made a super wonderful kale salad recipe last week and I’ve made it three times since. It’s sooo good. My husband LOVES it! I named it Must-Make-Kale-Salad and will be sharing the recipe in my next email newsletter, too.
The salad was so good that I had earlier, that I made another one, but this time it was simply romaine lettuce with my scrumptious Cayenne Tahini Dressing on top.
Protein Bar – GoMacro (Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip) - These are not Raw. They are vegan, macrobiotic, mostly organic, non-gmo, and even though they are probably not the healthiest bar on the planet, they are darn tasty. Four main things I like about them. 1) Taste – as bars go, I really enjoy these (my mom even loves them). 2) Convenience – packaged foods like this can be a life saver when I’m on the run or simply a starving pregnant woman. 3) High protein – protein grams aren’t something I really count when I’m not pregnant, but when I’m pregnant, I take stock of my protein every couple of days. And, 4) crap, what was the 4th thing I was thinking about?… mmmm…. mommy brain taking place right now…. OH! It just came to me! They fill me up like no bar ever has before now. I like having foods available that can keep me satisfied for extended periods of time. I tried my first one at Whole Foods, where I paid over $3 for it. I found them online, through Amazon (linked above), and bought a box, which makes them less than $2 each.
Another… large salad! This time it was romaine, cucumber, and Cayenne Tahini Dressing.
2 Raw Tacos – my husband and I chowed down on these – yum! It’s a new recipe of mine, but somewhat similar to the one in my entree book. The main difference is that I created a new “taco meat” recipe – and it’s easy, amazing, and fun! The cheese sauce you see in the picture is none other than my Cheezy Hemp Nacho Sauce! (Y’all know by now where to get that recipe; I’ve written about it enough – lol. For newbies to my blog, it’s here.)
1 bowl GoRaw’s buckwheat cereal (apple cinnamon flavor) with rice milk. I was still hungry after my salad and raw tacos that I gobbled up a bowl of raw cereal.
2 pieces of Raw chocolate candy, more specifically it’s Mother Earth Chocolate (recipe available in my book, Kristen Suzanne’s Ultimate Raw Vegan Chocolate book and ebook. It has Vitamineral Green Powder in it (one of the best green powders ever), as well as chia seeds, dulse, and many other yummies. When I was biting into it, I said to my husband, “Thank god for raw chocolate candy that is already made and waiting to be eaten in my freezer!” It saved me from going crazy. :)
Today’s exercise: I walked for about 45 minutes today. I started my walking program a few days ago and have not missed a day. I decided that walking 5-6 times a week is a priority for my mind, body, soul, and baby. Now that I simply “decided” this, I’m determined and I look forward to it, rain, cold, or shine. It’s now as important to me as eating healthy is.
PS. Here is a picture of the Must-Make-Kale-Salad I’ll be featuring in my upcoming email newsletter. Yum!
Monday, December 28th, 2009
Drumroll please… ta dah! Here it is –> the long awaited for 1st baby bump picture. :) We took this a little over a week ago. And, all I can say is… I’ve grown (in many places) since! I think I’m a little bigger everywhere – LOL – face, butt, belly, legs, you name it… it’s all good though because I’ve got my little monkey growing in me.
My weight gain is normal according to my midwife (I’ll introduce her to all of you in a future post soon – she’s wonderful). I haven’t been doing much exercise during this pregnancy, but that is going to change now. I’m committing to a 1-2 mile walk 4-6 days a week.
As of this writing, I’m about 15 weeks, 6 days along. I’m past the all-day-nausea (whew!) but I have had some headaches (on and off) during the past 10-12 days. At first I thought they were from allergies because many others had them, but they just didn’t feel like that. They feel hormonal, almost sick-like… hard to describe. My neck and upper back have been cracking a lot, too, so maybe my posture hasn’t been very good. I’ve heard that many women (naturally) find themselves hunching over a bit when they’re pregnant, in a protective way. I’ll work on reminding myself to sit up / stand up straight.
Sunday, December 27th, 2009
It’s that time! Whoo hoo! Just when you thought the holidays were over… It’s still gift giving time with a giveaway, sponsored by Sirova. Here is what they’re giving away to one lucky winner:
2 bags of GoRaw’s FlaxSnax (3oz) – not sure which flavors, perhaps one of each?
1 bag of GoRaw’s Chocolate Super Cookie (3oz)
Here is how you can enter for a chance to win. Go visit Sirova’s website and take a look around at the products they offer. Then, come back here to the comments section of this blog post and tell me what other things you’d like to see Sirova offering. It’s that simple! The deadline for entering is January 2nd, 2010 at 11:59pm. I’ll announce the winner on January 3, 2010. *Contest is limited to participants using an address within the continental United States.
WOW! 2010 is almost here! I have a feeling it’s going to be a GREAT year!
Sunday, December 27th, 2009
I’m enjoying the holidays with family right now… excited to experience them pregnant. :) I’ll be back with regular blog posting in the next few days, starting with a blog post where I have another awesome giveaway!
Cheers and Happy Holidays!
Monday, December 21st, 2009
I wrote this blog post last year, but thought it was relevant to post again, although I did add some stuff. :)
It’s that time… New Year’s Resolutions are at the forefront of many people’s minds, including mine. I love this process – thinking about the future, planning, getting excited about the projects and things I want to work on. It fills me with hope and vigor. And, now that we have a baby on the way… whoo hoo! This year will be even more exciting!
Every year, my husband and I stay “in” for New Year’s Eve. We light candles, play fun music, turn on the Christmas lights and write our resolutions. I do it BIG style though. I take the opportunity of the new year and really take a look at my life and what I want to accomplish for the coming year. So, I take the practice of setting “resolutions” and kick it up a notch.
First, we get out last year’s boards (I’ll explain “boards” in a moment) and we go through everything we wrote about last year. We talk about how far or close we came with certain resolutions/goals, cross off the accomplishments, and use this info to help formulate plans for the following year.
We each get out a big piece of poster board (hence, the “board”) and work on our resolutions for the coming year. I separate my life into facets such as: Health, Leisure, Relationships, Finance, Career, etc. Then, I write individual short term and long terms resolutions/goals in all of these categories. I make the whole process really fun and go all out! I use colored pens, stickers, glitter, and highlighters. I guess it’s kind of like a vision board, but without pictures.
When I’m all done with it, I hang it on the wall by my desk so I can see it every day and be reminded of all the Big and Little Resolutions I set for myself. This REALLY helps me stay on track and MOTIVATED! And, it’s fun building my New Year’s Resolution Picture (i.e., the poster board). And, let me tell ya, it sure works for me! I get so much more accomplished this way.
Here’s a neat thought… The lady who does my prenatal massages told me the other day that her husband believes the way you spend your New Year’s Eve says a lot about how the impending year could be for you. Hhmmm… interesting to think of it that way. We keep it nice, relaxed, and calm, and I definitely welcome a year like that. Bring it on!
Want to get started on planning goals yourself? Here’s a popular site to help you – myGoals.com.
What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Do you write New Year’s Resolutions?
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
I recently had someone email me through facebook asking the following:
Hi Kristen. I am ready to do some kind of detox at the first of the year, but I can’t spend a ton of money on a “program.” I know there are natural ways that don’t cost an arm and a leg, but wanted to know if you could recommend one that you may have done before you were pregnant. I’m a big fan of yours and trust your opinions. Thank you so much.
As the new year approaches, I suspect this is something on many minds. The new year is a great time to start over, try something new, or intensify what you already do, and take your health to new levels.
So, I’ll get straight to my answer… There are many ways – for free (other than the cost of organic produce and equipment needed such as a juicer or blender). I’m only touching on them briefly in this post, but if you have specific questions about any of them, then feel free to post the question in the comments section. For great tools, books, and resources to help your health journey, visit here for links to my favorite products. Note* I’m not a doctor or nurse or medical professional of any type, so I have to tell you that you should consult one before embarking on any major diet changes… okay, now that that is out of the way… here are some ideas:
1) Go Vegan Cleanse
If you’re not already, then adhering to a delicious all vegan diet is a great place to start. By eschewing all animal products and by-products you’ll not only do your body a heap of good, but you’ll also make animals very happy, and help save our earth. Be careful though, it’s possible to eat a junk food vegan diet, and while that might help animals and the earth, it’s not going to do much for your health. Keep it clean, organic, and fresh! If you want tips and ideas for foods, let me know in the comments section. You can do this for 3 days, 5 days, a month, or the whole year. Just get started, take it day by day, and enjoy the awesome journey.
2) Go Raw Cleanse
If you’re already vegetarian or vegan, then step it up a notch and go RAW! Whoo hoo! Get ready for some major energy when you do that, too. By eating all of your vegan food fresh, and uncooked, you’re getting the most out of your food by way of nutrients and enzymes. As I wrote in the vegan section above, you can do this 3 days a week, or a week at a time, or heck, set yourself a goal for one month of all Raw. Don’t be surprised if you want to make a long term lifestyle out of it, most people do. You’ll be amazed at how awesome you feel.
3) Smoothie (Greens and Fruit) Cleanse
Want to go a little more hard core? Consume all of your meals in a liquid form with smoothies. This is a nice, gentle, and fun approach to cleaning our your digestive tract with blended foods. Basically you drink green smoothies all day (this can include blended salads, green smoothies, and even all fruit smoothies). Green smoothies are great because they’re EASY to make, you can store them for a couple of days at a time if you can only prep them a few days a week, they’re satiating with plenty of diverse options, and they’re totally delicious! You could start with going for 3 days and then seeing how you feel. Or, you could do it every other day, and eat raw vegan the opposite days to get started. You’ll need a blender (regular or high powered will work) for this plan – I’ve written about my favorite blenders here.
4) Green Juice Cleanse
This is for the more ninja folks out there who want to go all the way with cleansing and renewal at an accelerated pace. Essentially, you only consume green juices all day (once in a while you can do an all fruit blend, but it’s recommended that you primarily guzzle down the green goodness). This is harder than a green smoothie fast so maybe you would want to start with just a couple of days and see how you feel. You can set up a program for yourself where you juice 3 days a week. Or, you can go truly hardcore and juice fast for a week or more at a time. Or, you could drink green juices one day, green smoothies the next and go back and forth, too. Keep in mind that on days where you only juice, you should aim for 4-5 quarts of juice a day. You’ll need a juicer for this plan, and I’ve written about my favorite juicers here.
You can do a mix of all of the above plans day by day, or you can go vegan for one week, then raw another week, then green smoothies another week, then graduate to green juices the final week. It’s important to: Be flexible. Have fun. Enjoy the journey. Give it a chance. Remember to watch how you’re body responds and make sure you get enough calories so you don’t lose your energy. Also(!), you might get a little sick in the form of detox (headache, flu like feelings with a snotty nose, skin eruptions, etc), so it’s really important to carve out some resting time for yourself.
5) You can try a program that my friend, Gena, is part of leading (it’s not free, but the price seems reasonable). The program has three levels. I’m not a huge fan of the first two levels, because they include animal products, but for the third level (Gena’s), she’s doing it all vegan! I have not gone through her program or seen specifics/results, so I can’t write about how good it is. But, Gena is an awesome coach, so I have high expectations. You can get more information here.
Monday, December 14th, 2009
I planned this menu last night before I went to bed. Read here about why planning your daily food is a great idea and how it can help you stick to your healthy eating goals.
Organic Green Juice
I started the day by making 5 cups of green juice with my Hurom juicer. I drank 3 cups and stored the other 2 cups for later in the day. The juice had cucumber, celery, collard greens, lime, orange, and apple. It was fabulous! I tell ya… so many women say that they get constipated with pregnancy. I have to say… it’s not happening with me. I attribute it to my super healthy diet.
This bar wasn’t Raw, but it was vegan, macrobiotic, had non-gmo and organic ingredients, and was high protein. It was darn tasty, too, as it should be when one of the ingredients is organic brown rice syrup, huh? Lol
Organic Salad, Crunchy Buckwheat Biscuit, and Raw Sauerkraut
Oh… yum… this lunch was so awesome. I made a fresh salad with romaine lettuce and red bell peppers from our CSA, along with cucumbers. The dressing was refreshing – organic lemon juice, Raw olive oil, Himalayan crystal salt, black pepper, and dried Italian seasoning. Alongside the salad I had one of my Crunchy Buckwheat Biscuits and topped it with my homemade organic Raw sauerkraut. The juice of the sauerkraut seeped into the biscuit, making it a little soft in spots. SO GOOD!!! I promise to get the recipe to you very soon (maybe this week!). These biscuits are full of flavor and nutrition!
Green Juice – 2 cups
Here is where I had the rest of the green juice I made from this morning. I drank it while doing a little dance to Nelly’s Tilt Ya Head Back (featuring Christina Aguilera). I can’t help but get up and BOOGY DOWN! Seriously! :) I can’t wait to have this baby and dance around the house holding him/her. :)
Savory Veggies, Crunchy Buckwheat Biscuit, and Raw Sauerkraut
I made a batch of this popular marinade recipe of mine, and I’m topping the following vegetables with it: organic portobello mushroom, carrots, red bell pepper, and broccoli. I’ll have another Crunchy Buckwheat Biscuit topped with my Raw sauerkraut with it, too.
Frozen Organic Banana Protein Smoothie See recipe here.
I’m adding extra carob for this so it’s more dessert like. I sure do love RAW FOOD!!!!
Sunday, December 13th, 2009
Mmmm a day full of healthy, energizing, GREEN, nutrient dense, delicious, EASY, fun, texture filled, Raw, Vegan, Organic food!!!
Plant Blood (a.k.a. Green Juice) – 2 cups
celery, kale, cucumber, cabbage, and lemon
Green Smoothie – 3 cups
1 mango (are those a doozy to cut up, or what? with that pit and all you have to cut around!), fresh cut sunflower sprouts, fresh cut pea sprouts, and 1 frozen banana
Tropical Spicy Protein Smoothie – 3 cups
1.5 cups water, 2 frozen bananas, 1/2 cup mango (or more), 1/4 cup hemp seeds, 1/4 cup hemp protein powder, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, dash vanilla extract
LOTS of Salad!
I’m crazy for romaine salads lately… like I eat 3 bowls in a row! Must be the Monkey growing in me, eh? The usual easy, simple combo: romaine, cucumber, red bell pepper, and topped with a dressing of lemon juice, raw olive oil, Himalayan crystal salt, and black pepper.
Dinner is not here yet, but here is my plan! Kale Salad and Crunchy Buckwheat Biscuits
Marinated kale salad topped with avocado, cucumber, red bell pepper. Crunchy Buckwheat Biscuits have a wonderful cheesy flavor (I use nutritional yeast – not raw, but everything else is). I dehydrated thoroughly where they’re a thick, crunchy biscuit. Yum! I will post the recipe soon!
Yum, I love prunes. Deliciously sweet and packed with antioxidants and nutrients.
Update: My kale salad at dinner was a bit different from what I posted above, and let me tell you… We LOVED it! My husband said three times, “Wow! This is soooo good!” I’ll post the exact recipe another day, but the ingredients were marinated kale, garlic, avocado, pineapple, and orange. I’m calling it Pineapple Orange Kale Salad.
Thursday, December 10th, 2009
Wowee! What an honor! I found out from Gena of Choosing Raw that I was nominated for various categories in the Best of Raw 2009 voting thing. So, here I am… humbly asking you to hop on over to this website and vote for me. :) (I have to say though, there is some great competition – so many awesome people have been nominated.)
The categories where I’m nominated:
- Raw Vegan Educator
- Raw Chef
- Sexiest Raw Vegan Woman
- Raw Blog
- Raw Vegan Website
- Raw Vegan Book
- Funniest Raw Vegan Woman
- Raw Vegan Sweet Treat