Wednesday, March 19th, 2008
Back in January I woke up one morning with such horrible neck pain that I literally couldn’t move. It was very scary. Fast forward to today…it got gradually better, but still bothered me enough that I’ve been taking it easy this whole time (some days better than others). Moreover, I have not been doing much in the way of physical fitness.
Last week I decided to seek help and found an amazing chiropractor in Scottsdale who specializes in Active Release Therapy as well as acupuncture (he works with athletes). He’s helped tremendously, but I’m still not 100% (patience, I know). What’s pretty bad is that he thinks it’s the result of a car accident I was in almost four years ago. Yikes!
As I continue therapy (acupuncture might start tomorrow – wish me luck! I’ve never had it done), I’m really bummed about not being physically active. Exercise is such a huge part of my life. The thought keeps running through my head that you don’t know what you got til it’s gone. Remember that friends…get out and move, stretch, exercise, run, jump, and don’t take for granted if you’re physically capable of all of those things.
I can feel it in my body – the lack of sweating and not getting my heart rate up, the limited range of motion and movement I’m confined to. Even though the accident wasn’t my fault, I still feel bad and decided to make some extra strength green juices today in an effort to help heal my body.
The thing about today’s juice is that I used a bunch of dandelion greens, and truth be told….I can’t stand them! They’re so bitter. When I’m drinking them, it feels like some sort of penance . Here’s what’s kind of funny – while reading about them in my copy of Food Lover’s Companion, it says, “they can add interest to salads.” hhmmm…Interest? I’d say that’s quite generous!
Daily conversation question:
What’s the most beautiful drive you’ve ever taken?
*For those who don’t know, I’m adding a “conversation question” to my blog posts. They’re from these cute “conversation starter” cards I found at a little boutique. Sometimes it can be uncomfortable when meeting new people, or if there is silence while around co-workers, or maybe you’re meeting your boyfriend/girlfriend’s parents for the first time and you want to ensure stimulating conversation. These are fun and made for just that!
Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
Whew! I’m still addicted to Prison Break and just finished another mini-marathon streak of episodes. We’re into the second season and it’s keeping me on the edge of my seat.
Onto Raw things: To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I did what I suspect many with this lifestyle did…I had a green juice. As usual, it was delicious and energizing. I felt so many wonderful nutrients fueling my cells when I drank it down. It didn’t stop there however. I also had a green zucchini and parsley salad topped with chlorophyll-filled hemp oil and lime juice salad dressing alongside a granny smith apple dipped into hemp seed butter (this is green-ish, too). For dessert, well it wasn’t green, but it was so good. I blended a frozen banana with some water, raw chocolate, and a vanilla bean. I tell ya…Raw desserts ROCK!
For those of you asking about my soup recipe from the Mandala Dinner event last week (BTW – thank you to everyone emailing me to say how much you loved the dinner – all of your emails are so very much appreciated)…I think I’ll show the recipe in my next class. If you’re going to be in the Scottsdale area on April 26, you won’t want to miss this amazing special event.
Daily conversation question:
Would you rather be the best player on a losing team or the worst player on a winning team?
I suspect some of you know these about me already. I’ll keep it short and sweet since that is the style of blog I like to read…ohhhh, does that count as one? haha
1. I have an amazingly talented, brilliant older brother who is a musical genius, an engineer, and studies nanotechnology.
2. If I were on a deserted island and could only take three cds with me, I’d take something from: Earth, Wind & Fire, Christina Aguilera and Enigma.
3. I graduated from high school early and didn’t go to my senior prom, because they wouldn’t let me attend the senior prom as a junior.
4. When I was in the corporate world, I spent time working in Hong Kong. Also, I was licensed with Series 7 & 66 licenses.
5. One of my dreams is to have a farm with animals and my own huge organic garden.
I have some catching up to do with blogging. I’m hooked watching the dvd series of Prison Break (We watched eight straight episodes last night). Have you seen it? Pretty clever show.
Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
I’ve been so busy preparing for my big dinner event (it’s tonight!) that I haven’t been able to post. But, I’ll be back very soon. I’m due to tell 5 things about me that people don’t know…hhhmmmm
Today’s smoothie: Garden Freshness
Parsley, red bell peppers, cucumbers, apple, fresh orange juice, water
Daily conversation question:
If you had to spend one year living alone in a remote cabin, what would you spend your time doing?
Today I’m juicing all day. My body is craving the liquids, the nutrition, and my cells are asking me to do it…so I’m going to listen to them. I woke up and made some delicious juices. They taste so yummy!
parsley, lemon, cucumber, purple radishes, Vitamineral Green powder, celery, apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne
celery, cucumber, apple, carrot, lemon, curry
I feel wonderful today, and I’m exceptionally happy about the class I’m teaching at Whole Foods tomorrow, Raw Around the World. We’re going to have a blast (as usual!). Later today, I’m taking my dog for a long walk (the weather is gorgeous – I just have to get outside and be in it).
Question of the Day:
I’ll be featuring a question of the day on my blog. I picked up these adorable cards where they have one question on each card and they’re used as conversation starters. So, the next time you find yourself meeting new people (whether you’re on a hot date, meeting the parents of your new boy/girlfriend, looking for something to chat about with a co-worker, or simply looking for stimulating and fun conversation with your significant other) these are perfect! (And, feel free to respond to the blog post right here with your own answers…I’d love to hear from you.)
Daily Conversation Question:
Where would you most like to travel?
Thursday, March 6th, 2008
So…are they? Are you filling your body with loads of fresh whole fruits and vegetables so that the cells in your body are happy and full of joy? How can you tell (some of you might be asking)? Well, you just can! And, if you’re eating a High Raw diet (or 100% Raw) then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
When you make your cells happy, life is so damn good! And, if you’re not doing it, then why not? This is what’s waiting for you when you make your cells happy…You feel the energy, you feel the vibe, you feel the electricity coursing through your body and making you happy. You feel the life inside you from head to toe.
I tell ya what…I KNOW mine are happy. I feel on top of the world! For happy and giggling cells, I started my day with Vitamineral Green powder mixed with water and lemon juice. Then, I gave my cells a health party with a fresh green smoothie of kale, pineapple and lemon juice. Tonight, I’m eating a delicious salad of cucumbers, carrots, raisins, and pineapple topped with a delicious homemade hemp dressing alongside a freshly made green juice (parsley, kale and apples). For dessert? I’ll enjoy a Master Cleanse beverage of water, lemon juice, Raw dark agave, and lots of cayenne (my cells are going to get HOT tonight!) – Whoo-hoo!!!
Go Make Your Cells HAPPY!
I’m excited to announce that my latest ebook, Kristen Suzanne’s Ultimate Raw Vegan Hemp Recipes, is now available. In this totally unique, one-of-a-kind ebook, which includes 21 beautiful photographs, you’ll find some of the most amazing recipes I’ve ever developed, all based on hemp seeds, hemp oil, or hemp protein powder. For more details and to purchase this ebook, visit KristensRaw.com.
How cool is this!
As featured on CNN:
~ Ultimate safety net for the world’s seed collections has opened in Norway
~ The vault received inaugural shipments of 100 million seeds
~ Norwegian govt. built vault in glacial mountain between Norway and North Pole
And…to celebrate the occasion, let’s have a FABULOUS Raw Vegan smoothie with seeds in it (oh my goodness…this is REALLY delicious! You have to make this.)
1 1/2 – 2 cups water
3 frozen bananas
2 tablespoons raw chocolate powder
1 1/2 tablespoons hemp powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
Blend all of the ingredients together. Enjoy!
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
Latest on Kristen’s Raw: It’s been too long since my last post. I’ve been busy adding the final touches to my latest ebook…which I’m really proud of. It’s going to have beautiful color pictures and fabulous recipes (of course!). I should have it available for sale on my website in the next week. Ohhhh, I’m so excited about it! Dare I say it’s my favorite? Aahhh, nope, I can’t. I suppose that’s like asking a parent to tell you which child they like the best…not gonna happen. But, I do really really really really love this ebook!
Juicing – Kristen Suzanne Style: We’ve been maintaining a lifestyle the past week with plenty of juicing still. Most days we juice for breakfast, snack and lunch and then we have either a Raw vegan or a cooked vegan dinner (it’s usually Raw). We still have days that are all liquid too (yesterday, we did all juice and smoothies). I love my lifestyle – extremely healthy, some versatility and flexibility with the style of our food, and fun. We feel wonderful!
Blood Red Sunset: Yesterday I made a gorgeous smoothie that reminded me of the sun just as it’s finishing its set for evening, where the sky is filled with a beautiful red and orange (like in this picture we took where the orange and red are touching the Pacific ocean), so I’m calling it Blood Red Hemp Sunset.
Blood Red Hemp Sunset
Yield 3 cups
1 cup water
3 oranges, peeled
1 (10oz) bag frozen cherries
3 tablespoons hemp powder*
2 teaspoons raw carob powder
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
Blend all of the ingredients together. Enjoy!
* The only brand of hemp that I use for my hemp oil, hemp seeds and hemp powder is Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils
. It’s the freshest and most nutritious available. For more details about this amazing company, click here
Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
We’ve been staying at my mom’s for a few days and I’m up to my armpits in fresh produce. Not hard to imagine when you think about 3 people juice feasting! My boyfriend and I have been sticking to juice all day long and then having something very small for dinner (and then more juice for the remainder of the evening). My weight loss / maintenance has been perfect as a result (very manageable) and I feel wonderful.
Tomorrow, when we return home, we’re going to have smoothies for the day, instead of juice, so I can take a break from juicing. Mom has stayed with just juice the whole time and has lost 7 pounds in a week. She’s had tired days, headache days, and some days where she feels okay. She’s committed to sticking with it longer so she can drop some more pounds.
We went hiking yesterday and our dog had on booties. Love those (especially when we first put them on him! hilarious and adorable). He was definitely the coolest dog on the trail as everyone who passed by complimented him on them. The hike was beautiful and lasted about 1 hour…just enough to get a little workout in before we headed to the gym to lift weights.
Kristen’s Raw Update: I’ve been working on my next two ebooks. They are truly amazing, and I mean truly amazing! You’re going to love them :)
Here is the recipe for tomorrow’s delicious breakfast smoothie I’ll be enjoying…want to join me? I promise it’s fabulous! (There are no greens in it….God knows I’ve had enough of those lately – haha!)
Blueberry Cardamom Breakfast Smoothie
Yield 1 large or 2 small servings
2 cups water
2 cups frozen organic blueberries
2 frozen organic bananas
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Give everything a whirl in your blender and enjoy this fabulous breakfast of real champions.