Monday, February 18th, 2008
Today has been such a lovely day. The sun is shining, the weather is beautiful and life is good. As cliche as it sounds, I’m taking the time to smell the roses and boy-oh-boy what a difference this can make in everyday life. I know we all have goals that we want to attain, but what fun is that achievement if we don’t take the time to appreciate the little daily occurences in our lives or to simply slow down our minds and just relax. My mom recently told me about a “10-second stress buster” she read about in a magazine. It’s great for helping you relax and be in the present moment. Simply repeat one word, any word, slowly (and silently, if desired) to yourself. Apparently, like meditation, this will help transition your brainwaves from active beta to calming alpha waves. I did this today (my word was “rose”) while I was smelling the roses (literally) that my boyfriend bought me for Valentine’s Day. I felt peace, joy, and appreciation flow through me from head to toe.
For more fun! Check out this amazing short video. This woman found this lion hurt and about to die. She took him home to care for him. When the lion was better she called the local zoo. Check out the reaction she received when the lion saw her.
Tonight, my boyfriend and I are going to my mom’s for a few days where we’ll be juicing up a storm! It’s going to be a few days of watching dvds, playing games, and hiking in the White Tank Mountains. I’m so excited!
Understand that the journey is as important as the destination.
Enjoy every moment, and live life fully. This is Zen.
~Daniel Levin of Zen Cards
Monday, February 18th, 2008
I’m thrilled and so happy! A follow up to a previous post:
Check this out!!!
Sunday, February 17th, 2008
Today we went for an amazing hike. It was so beautiful and green (we’ve had some rain the past few days). By the time I arrived home I was famished! Thankfully I had all of our juices made for the day so I could guzzle it right down. I tried something different today. I made all the juices this morning so I wouldn’t have to go back into the kitchen until tomorrow. The exception would be if I’m hungry tonight and I want to mix up a quick master cleanse drink (I make mine with 3 cups water, 1 cup orange juice, juice of 1-2 lemons, 1 tablespoon dark raw agave, and lots of cayenne). It’s really like a treat and so easy to make compared to the normal juices.
I’m not usually one to conform. I like to research, learn from others and then weave my own blanket for life. I’m an extremely healthy gal and I don’t have any weight that I need to lose. So, I’m considering a juice feast type diet for the next couple weeks that I am happy about and excited to do, because right now, the juice feast, as it is, isn’t really working for me. I always tell people, “listen to your own body” and so I want to make sure I practice what I preach. I don’t want to feel guilty because I make my own “Kristen Suzanne’s Juice Feasting Program” and it doesn’t follow the status quo. I will still reap many benefits for all the juice I’ll consume and the times I allow my digestion to rest.
Another thing I must take into account is that I’m active and I like physical activity so I am very eager to up my hemp protein powder intake. The plan I’m starting to create that I’d like to try is something like 2 days on, 1 day off. The 2-days on would be juices during the day (so I’ll be juice fasting all day) with a healthy dinner in the evening (or possibly more juice) – I will gauge it daily with respect to whether I continue juice and skip the meal. The 1-day off will be juices and/or smoothies during the day (meaning it’s still all liquids during the day) with a healthy dinner in the evening (again, I’ll gauge on a daily basis whether I eat the dinner or continue with juices/smoothies). It might turn out that I juice for a few days straight, then do a day of smoothies and then a day where I have juice and smoothies and then a healthy meal. The point is, I’ll have many times where I’m getting some great cleansing and fasting time in, but I’m still really excited about it and not in the kitchen juicing 2 gallons a day (my boyfriend will support whatever program I put us on…am I lucky or what? I love him so much!). Long term, my plan is similar to how it was before the juice feast…living a very high-raw lifestyle that is mostly smoothies and juices for breakfast and lunch (with some days having fruit and salad for breakfast and lunch respectively) and some sort of dinner (usually Raw, but sometimes I opt for a healthy, low-fat cooked vegan meal). I love this lifestyle because it offers me so much flexibility, I’m very happy, and I feel amazing on it. There were times in the past when I needed to be all Raw because I didn’t tolerate cooked vegan food, but these days I tolerate it great (on the few occasions that I have it). So, I just take it day by day.
I think it’s very important to be flexible and make changes as necessary if something doesn’t seem to jibe right. My overall goal is happiness, health, and enjoying my life to the fullest. Why would anyone want to do otherwise?
Live Your Succulent Wild Life
Choosing succulence is a deliberate act of personal revolution. It means waking up! Embracing your true self, studying your patterns and letting out your most alive self. We all have one.
~Juicy Living Cards by SARK
Sunday, February 17th, 2008
Did I say I was going for 2 days or 21 days? I think I said “2!” Well, that about wraps up my juice feast – haha…just kidding…I think. I’m almost done with day 3 and here are my thoughts:
I’m not sold on the MSM supplement. I’ve been using it for well over a month and I’ve not noticed any improvement in my skin. Now, whether it’s helping my joints and such, I’m not sure. I’ll stick with it a little longer before giving it the boot.
I’m tired of juicing. I love the juice combinations I’m making (especially when I add cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne – delicious!) and I’m not really hungry. But, I feel an emptiness in me. A hollow feeling. And, frankly, I’m really really tired of making the juices already. Keep in mind I’m making them for two people and that’s a lot of extra work. It would definitely be easier if I were only making it for one person. Even still, the thought of focusing my culinary skills on juices only for the next 21-days is not as appealing as I thought previously. I love food, especially healthy food. I really miss it and have to ask myself every couple of hours…why am I doing this? Have I gone long enough?
I’m quite tired. I had some energy this morning, but I’m back to being tired, and somewhat weak. I’m losing weight (probably too much) and, yes, I’m drinking tons of juice. This afternoon I was 122, probably less as of this blog post. The headaches my boyfriend and I suffered yesterday are gone. My mom is still experiencing a bad one. Both my boyfriend and mom have lost more than a few pounds each since we started.
Apart from feeling tired and weak, and being sick of making the juices, I feel pretty great. I feel a cleansing taking place and that is cool. It’s enough to make me keep going…at least for now.
Friday, February 15th, 2008
The song Don’t Know What You Got Till It’s Gone is the song running through my head yesterday and today. I love food and the thought of not having it for 21-days fills me with a little sadness (no restaurants, no chewing, no wine, yikes!). At the same time, however, I’m reminded of the fact that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone also applies to health, and for this I’m grateful and excited about my juice feast. From what I’ve researched, I am setting myself up for intensely high energy, increased mental clarity and an overall sense of well-being that can only be accomplished with fasting (juice feasting). I’m eager to see if this is all true.
Yesterday at the end of the day I told my boyfriend, “This juice feasting thing isn’t so hard.” He replied (laughing), “Yeah, you slept most of the day!” That was true, I took a long nap in the afternoon. By the time I woke up, made another juice and went to the gym, the day was done and it was time for bed. (That’s part of the trick – stay busy or sleep.)
Things I’m noticing…green fingernails from squeezing all of the juice through the straining bag (straining the juice is my least favorite part of the feast). Every time I clean out the green from underneath my nails, they just get dirty again the next time I juice. My mom and I have probably lost a pound each already. I weighed in yesterday evening at 124.5 pounds after a day of juicing. I don’t want to lose much more weight (maybe 2-3 pounds will be fine) so I’ll probably raise my calories a little with hemp oil and a fruit juice every couple of days. We all have headaches today. We’re not sure if it’s the weather or detox (seems a little early to have detox symptoms). It’s a very gloomy day here in Arizona…perfect for curling up in bed with a book or dvd.
WATCH water drop onto the rock beneath it. One drop does nothing, but many drops over time create a hole in the rock. Such is the POWER of patience.
~Daniel Levin (Zen Cards)
Thursday, February 14th, 2008
Kristen Suzanne in vegan
Hola! I was in Mexico last week and it was very fun. The weather, beach, sunsets, hotel and food were all delicious, exciting and relaxing. We had many vegan and vegetarian friendly restaurants from which to choose, so being vegan was easy! Was I Raw? For the most part, no. When I travel internationally I keep a few things in mind…the quality of the water, the quality of the produce (how it’s washed, whether it’s peeled, etc) and the culture in general (I love experiencing other cultures so I try to immerse myself as much as possible into their lifestyle). I will always stay vegan because that is my hardcore ethic and value, but when I travel to other countries, I don’t freak out about staying Raw. Therefore, I typically stick to cooked vegan for health and safety reasons. It’s too risky to eat some of the raw fruits and vegetables in some parts of the world, when I’m not accustomed to their resources, so I play it safe. I did have a fresh coconut on the beach while I was there…had to do that! (I also packed my Vitamineral Green Powder and we drank that every morning, so I still had my daily green drink.)
Today is day 1 of our juice feast. My mom, boyfriend and I are embarking on this journey for 21-days. For those of you who are not familiar with juice feasting, please visit Juice Feasting to learn more. I’ve been planning this for well over a month. I’ve taken notes, written down juice recipes and followed my fellow friends’ juice feasting blogs. It was really those blogs which inspired me. I saw them experiencing so much energy, excitement, and feeling an overall health that was taken to new levels. I was intrigued so I started planning my own feast. The main things that attracted me to this: 1) I could easily use my blender to make the juices (strain them through a 1-gallon paint strainer bag) and 2) no one seems to experience much hunger, if any. It’s truly a feast so drink, drink, and drink more juice, and 3) I’m eager to see how this affects my physical performance in the gym. Lucky for me, my boyfriend and mom want to join me, which will make it even more of an mazing experience. My mom is such a spunky little pistol…last night she told my step-dad not to bother her for 21-days and to ignore any swearing or foul words that come from her mouth – haha. We’re doing this for only 21-days because, in March, I’m teaching a Raw food class and I have a fantastic Raw dinner event (I have to taste the food!). After that, we might get back on and do another one. Until later…ta ta!
Thursday, February 7th, 2008
Kristen Suzanne in Hemp
I love holidays…I’ll take pretty much any excuse to celebrate something. And, what could be more exciting than celebrating LOVE?
Where there are celebrations there are gifts! I’m not one to wait to give a present, so I gave my boyfriend his Valentine’s Day gift a month early – haha – I simply can’t help myself. If I buy it early, I give it early. Yes, I could buy it closer to the date but that wouldn’t be fun! As you can probably imagine, I’m not too crazy about waiting for my gifts either, so it’ll be no surprise to you that I sniff around the house for my gift well before I’m supposed to get it. Fortunately, I have a boyfriend who doesn’t mind indulging my neuroses and he gives me my presents early :)
As Valentine’s Day approaches, I’ve been dreaming in the true colors of romance (pink, red, white), and I was inspired to make something in the kitchen. Here is a delicious Cherry Vanilla Hemp Shake. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day by loving yourself with nutrition and health, and if you have a partner in your life, then make extra and share the Cherry Vanilla Hemp Shake love with him or her. I’ll send the recipe to this fabulous treat in my February email newsletter (subscribe here).
You might be asking what I’ll be doing on the actual day of Valentine’s Day if gifts are already exchanged and I’ve been drinking Cherry Vanilla Hemp Shakes all week prior since I’m celebrating early? Well, we’re actually starting our 21-Day Juice Feast on Valentine’s Day (how exciting), and this. Duh!
I embrace the world with love.
I live my life knowing that love is a universal force that permeates everything.
Monday, February 4th, 2008
…this is terrible.
As most of you know, I’m usually happy and this blog is a reflection of that. However, after watching this video and reading this Washington Post story, I feel like the wind has been knocked out of my sail. And, I mean hard. This is shameful.
If this bothers you as much as it bothered me, then let your voice be heard. Urge the USDA to tighten its enforcement by following the directions after viewing the video link above.
Friday, February 1st, 2008
We made it to the cabin. We’re having such a glorious time out here in the woods, green smoothies and all! The Internet connection is slow (dial up), but the beauty is that I simply look out the window, relax, and bliss out with nature as each page takes its time loading. I’m relaxing and loving it.
Awe-inspiring Stars: I love looking at the stars with my boyfriend, and this is one of the best places to see them. We’ve been enjoying them every night as we relax in the hot tub on our deck while listening to a gorgeous river rushing by just yards away. Being surrounded by nature like this causes me to pause and simply be still, soaking up the calm, yet invigorating energy and clearing my mind.
Yesterday it snowed. Even though I love living most of my life in the hot Arizona sun, it sure is lovely to witness snow – light, delicate, and graceful as it falls and floats to the ground.
Well, I’m off to our nightly hot tub and star gazing. Talk to you all soon!
Sunday, January 27th, 2008
Today, I taught a Raw food prep class (Raw Entertaining & Party Favorites) at Whole Foods. I’m so happy because it was another amazing turnout (sold out) and we had a blast! I love teaching people about Raw food; it’s so rewarding, inspiring, and gives me a “high” that lasts for hours well after the class ended. Who could ask for a better career than that? My mom, always the entertainer, cracked us up with stories about…guess who? Yep, me. I can’t help but laugh along. I won’t even try to retell the stories because I wouldn’t do them justice. Let’s just say…you had to be there! Okay, I’ll give you a little taste. She aired some laundry of mine (and I’m not talking about the kind you actually hang up to dry), as well as letting everyone know the way I kept my bedroom as a kid (those of you who attended know what I mean). Again, very funny stuff, but you had to be there to appreciate it.
Next class is March 8, Raw Around the World. Join us as we go on a global adventure tasting deliciously unique flavors from different parts of the world. Or, maybe you want to stop by because you want to hear more of my crazy childhood stories or insight into my love life. Either way, it’ll be lots of fun!
The excitement isn’t over for me yet. Tomorrow, we’re going on a trip to a lovely, somewhat remote, cabin (yes, Zeus is coming along – he LOVES “bye-bye car!”). And, I can’t wait to get there because they have horses near the cabins. If you know me by now, you know that I love animals (big time!) so I’m stoked about this trip! If my boyfriend can drag me away from the horses, then I’m sure we’ll be spending some time reading (I have a stack of books I aim to get through), playing games and cards, relaxing, working on my next ebook, taking long walks (Zeus has doggy booties now – so freakin’ adorable – especially when he walks), watching dvds (we’re taking a few classics – Northern Exposure anyone?), and just having some relaxed fun. This is much deserved R&R.
As I pack for the trip now, I’m trying to figure out where I’ll be sitting in the car – haha. The car will be filled with 2 coolers full of fresh, organic produce, my blender (and some other kitchen tools), plenty of raw organic food and snacks, Zeus with his toys and food, laptop, books, dvds, clothes, pillows, etc. This is going to be interesting. Are we there yet?
Let your dreams lead the way. Your creative genius is a star shaped kite that flies high and far.
Juicy Living Cards by SARK