Monday, January 5th, 2009
It’s been such a great weekend. I went to the farmer’s market and loaded up with plenty of fresh, locally grown, organic, Super Qi produce. I played Mah Jongg with my family today. And, now it’s time to start a new week, all fresh and energized! It’s going to be a great week, I can feel it already. In fact, I think it’s that time again… for another one of my Awesome Giveaways! Check back this week for details.
I wanted to share a new blog with you, Living A Whole Life. A friend of mine started it and I’m enjoying it very much. Check it out!
News to Peruse
FDA to Reconsider Plastic Bottle Risk – It’s about time!
How Certain Veggies Combat Cancer – YEEHAW!!!
Celebs Resolutions Include Going Veg, Raw Foods, Dropping Smokes – Yay Fergie and Eva!
Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
A great friend of mine showed me this video and I had to share it with you (I’ve watched it twice already). My friend said it best – Such a great example of a gifted teacher and public speaker with a message that today could not be more felicitous.
Trust me, you’ll enjoy it from start to finish.
Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
Eating organic food is important – we all know that. Eating locally grown organic food is even WAY BETTER! For years, I’ve longed to taste fresh, organic produce grown on land local to me in Arizona. Unfortunately, every time I went to a farmer’s market, there wasn’t anything that was both local and organic. So, I ended up opting for Whole Foods (I’m a real stickler for organic). Even though I shopped at Whole Foods, I made it a point to choose foods that traveled the shortest distance, for both environmental and nutritional benefits.
Well, all that has changed for me now. YIPPEE! A short while back, a friend of mine turned me on to a local farmer, Doug (of Lewis’ Hen House & Veggie Farm), who sells his locally grown organic produce at a nearby farmer’s market. Doug’s farm just became certified organic this past February of 2008. Congratulations to you, Doug, and THANK YOU!!! (That’s Doug weighing my broccoli in the picture.)
So, off I went to the farmer’s market to meet Doug and try out his fresh organic goodies. I purchased all kinds of produce: oranges, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, baby bok choy, carrots, cabbage, yams, romaine lettuce (the biggest and most gorgeous ever!), and more. I was like a kid in a candy store… smiling from ear to ear. I couldn’t get home fast enough to make some delicious Raw vegan dishes with my treasures.
What happened was a little unexpected. With my first bite, I was quite moved in an emotional way. I was so proud and excited to be participating in something that is so important – supporting a local farmer, tasting food grown by his very hands, minimizing my carbon footprint, and experiencing nutrition at its very best. I swear it tastes so much better than what is bought at the store, and why wouldn’t it? It’s local and organic! There is more nutrition in it because it’s picked fresh, maybe a day or two before being brought to the market to sell. There is a saying in Traditional Chinese Medicine that a food’s Qi (pronounced “chi”) decreases the farther it gets from its source or origin. Qi is known as life energy, which is thought to be intrinsic in all things. Pretty important stuff. So, I lovingly refer to my locally grown organic fruits and vegetables as Super Qi Food!
When you buy food from the grocery store, it’s usually been packed and waiting in the refrigerated area for many days, even weeks, plus the travel time and distance (Qi-loss). That’s not the case for me anymore though. Now that I’ve found Lewis’ Hen House & Veggie Farm, I’m blessed to have Super Qi fruits and vegetables year round – local, organic, and awesome. I can’t wait to go back this Saturday.
Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
Whoo-Whee!!! I’m excited to announce that my 6th book is now available in print - Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Soups! This book is filled with super delicious, EASY, and satisfying soups.
Here are 3 reasons I love Raw vegan soups!
I can whip up a delicious Raw soup fast (anywhere from 5-15 minutes) and have enough servings to last a few days. Raw soups are a quick, nutritious, and hearty solution. Plus, they’re easy to transport and consume. When I’m running errands, I simply drink my Raw soup straight from a glass mason jar.
Raw vegan soups are a staple in my diet because they give me loads of energy. (They’re a blended food so they’re easier on digestion).
These soups can be an entire meal, a mid-day snack, or complement a meal as an appetizer or side dish. They also can be enjoyed all year long. During the summer months, I enjoy cold and refreshing Raw soups, and in the chilly winter months I simply warm my Raw soups up a bit to give me that cozy comfy feeling (without cooking them of course).
Which photo(s) do you like best? I’m taking a survey and would love your opinion. Check out the photos here: Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Soups (photos) (Be sure to view the larger image.)
Next up: My 7th book should be available in print from Amazon as early as next week – Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Smoothies, Juices, Elixirs & Drinks
Saturday, December 27th, 2008
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.
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.
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).
Want to get started yourself? Here’s a great site to help you – myGoals.com.
Monday, December 22nd, 2008
If you’re struggling to add more Raw to your life or you’re having some challenges sticking with it, here is a tip that can really help! Have your menu totally planned out for the day before you start your day. By listing everything you’re going to eat, you give yourself something to really look forward to, as well as a reason to stick to it. After all, it’s already planned out – much of the work is already done!
In the past, I’ve written about the important role a food journal can be. But, this kind of journal is a little different from what I’m mentioning above. A food journal is usually filled out after you eat. Some people fill it out after each meal and some people wait until the end of the day. I also keep a food journal of this sort, but I do it for a different purpose (and, I don’t do it all the time). This kind of tracking is useful for attaining certain goals, such as when I want to lose weight or when I get pregnant I will track my food intake to ensure I’m getting enough calories, nutrients and protein. Again, though, this kind of journal usually gets filled out as the day goes on. It’s different from a “pre-planned day’s menu” which can be a driving force for staying Raw and keeping motivated and excited to do so.
Therefore, while it’s only 2am on Monday, I’ve written down the food I’ll be enjoying. Today’s menu is filled with DELICIOUS, high-energy, Raw vegan food. Oh, I can’t wait! (See? I’m totally stoked about my food plan for the day and this will help keep me on track for sure!)
Here is my menu for today:
1 quart Plant Blood (kale, celery, orange)
1 quart Plant Blood (broccoli, apple)
Huge salad (romaine, cucumber, carrot, prunes, King Garlic Hemp Dressing)
Creamy-n-Soft Cauliflower Soup
Huge salad (romaine, cucumber, carrot, prunes, King Garlic Hemp Dressing)
Creamy-n-Soft Cauliflower Soup
Sunday, December 21st, 2008
I am always eager to read more books and watch more movies / documentaries on the subject of plant based nutrition. I find it tremendously motivating, encouraging, and inspiring.
Step in: A Delicate Balance. My husband and I watched this online (only $4.95) and we both thought it was fantastic. Grab a pen and paper while you’re watching it to take some notes because it’s filled with information and facts worth throwing around at your next party. This is the kind of stuff that is perfect when answering the many questions like “Why do you eat the way you do?” Better yet, gather some family and friends around your computer and watch it together. I kept thinking while I was watching it… “So-and-so should see this. Oh! And, so-and-so should also see this!”
It featured some of my heroes:
~ Dr. T. Colin Campbell (author of The China Study – The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health)
~ Dr. Neal Barnard (author of many books, including Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons Behind Food Cravings—And 7 Steps to End Them Naturally)
~ Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease – The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutritionally-Based Cure )
Here is a description from the main website:
A Delicate Balance documents the latest discoveries of some of the most prominent experts on nutrition in the world. Over 50 years of research is skilfully woven into what feels like a detective unravelling the mysteries behind the disease epidemic which has struck affluent countries with a vengeance – disease has been escalating over the last 50 years resulting in 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women being diagnosed with cancer.
Watching this film will help you make informed choices about your health and the environment around you and how to reduce your personal impact.
Saturday, December 20th, 2008
Congratulations MANDA!!!! You won!!! Your prize: 2 body care gifts from Terressentials: A 2-ounce bottle of Organic Real Soap for Hands – Lovin’ Lavender (this smells amazing!) and a 3-pack of Exfoliating Loofah Complexion Rounds (for a glowing, clear complexion).
Simply send me an email with your address so I can get your gift to you right away.
Here is what Manda had to say when asked, “What is one of your New Year’s Resolutions for 2009?”
Goodness.. everyone’s resolutions are beyond awesome! I think I have a little bit of all of these goals stirring within me. However, my resolution is to learn how to do what I can within reason. I am slowly learning that quality work in college cannot be done when I am trying to do everything (ex: 2 jobs, seven classes, exercising, eating as many raw foods as possible, seeing my family and trying to relax a little). I will most definitely be working on prioritizing or modifying how I do things this coming semester.
My next Awesome Giveaway is scheduled for January. Check back for details. Thanks to all of you who participated!
Thursday, December 18th, 2008
I already had one giveaway for the month of December, but tis the season for giving so I’m having another one! Yeehaw!
This giveaway includes two body care gifts from Terressentials. If your name is drawn, you’ll win a 2-ounce bottle of Organic Real Soap for Hands – Lovin’ Lavender (this smells amazing!) and a 3-pack of Exfoliating Loofah Complexion Rounds (for a glowing, clear complexion).
Excited? Want the chance to win? Simply answer the following question in the comment section for this post. At the end of two days (Friday night, Dec. 19th @ 11:59pm) I’ll enter everyone’s name who answered the question into a drawing and announce the winner on my blog Saturday. (Please note: While I would love to hear from everyone around the world in answering this question, I have to limit the winner to someone living in the continental United States.)
What is one of your New Year’s Resolutions for 2009?
Wednesday, December 17th, 2008
Vilsack might not be a bad choice for Secretary of Agriculture after all. According to Michael Markarian (featured through Wayne Parcelle’s Blog of The Humane Society):
Vilsack has a solid record on animal protection, and he was the top choice of HSUS and HSLF to lead the USDA, the agency that oversees our federal laws on animal welfare, humane slaughter and transport, horse protection, animal fighting, and others. Nearly 90,000 animal advocates contacted the transition team through our website, expressing how important it was to pick an animal-friendly Agriculture Secretary and recommending Vilsack as an excellent choice. The Obama Administration listened to your views, and this appointment demonstrates what an important voice animal advocates can have as a political constituency.Read more here.
And, according to the Washington Post… Vilsack pledged that the agriculture department would play a role in “providing American leadership on climate change and making America a nation truly dedicated to health and nutrition.”
I’m relieved he’s animal friendly – that’s for sure. I just hope he smartens up about organics, too. It’s his job to follow Obama’s lead, which according to his campaign – Obama is pro-organic!