Monday, December 3rd, 2007
Your social life does not have to end simply because you now eat the healthiest cuisine in the world. Have a fun Raw food party!
One of the reasons people (this includes your family and friends) are intimidated by Raw food is because they know literally nothing about it, such as how to make it, what to eat, and most importantly, “why.” By now, you might know it’s really simple, but your family and friends probably don’t. A Raw Party gives people a chance to actually taste the food (and takes the mystery out of making it)! Sounds obvious, but people really have no idea what the heck you’re talking about until they try some of these delicious recipes. That’s when the light bulb goes on. Prior to that they assume you mean veggie platters and fruit plates.
One of the best ways to get them involved is to have a party where you teach them how to make Raw food (whether it’s 3 people or 10 or more). I find it hard to believe that anyone would turn down an afternoon or evening of eating the healthiest food in the world (maybe alongside a glass of organic, vegan wine). Promise your friends loads of fun and delicious food to eat.
Here is what you do:
Set the date, invite your guests, tell everyone to bring an apron and a few pieces of Tupperware for leftovers, plan a fantastic, easy and fun raw menu, buy the ingredients, print the recipes so everyone has a copy to take home, put out your favorite Raw books for optional browsing, play fun music, drink organic vegan wine (optional, but I offer it at my parties), and have a great time. Your guests will make the recipes, taking turns with the steps, while you guide them and talk about all the amazing benefits of eating Raw.
This will be a party that everyone will remember because everyone will have a great time.
Thursday, November 29th, 2007
Check out today’s feature on Yahoo: 4 Healthy Superfoods and why you should add more of them to your diet…Raw, of course, or you risk destroying the very nutrients you’re trying to get! Here are some easy ways to get more folate (lowers homocysteine levels), sulforaphane (cancer fighter), lycopene (not from tomatoes!), and lutein and zeaxanthin (retina protection).
Today’s food intake:
Upon waking: warm water with fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice
Breakfast: 3 large bananas
Snack: 1/4 cup soaked pumpkin seeds (getting more zinc in my diet)
Lunch: 2 cups Lemon Mint Zucchini Bisque with 1 cup chopped beets
Snack: small Green Smoothie (water, swiss chard, banana)
Dinner: 1 cup Lemon Mint Zucchini Bisque, large Perfect Salad
I’m doing a few minutes of jump rope every couple of hours. Tonight, I’ll take one of my epic walks.
As we look deeply within, we understand our perfect balance.
There is no fear of the cycle of birth, life and death.
For when you stand in the present moment, you are timeless.
Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
Did you know that Americans spend an estimated $2.7 billion annually on ribbons, paper, and bows, and almost all of those goods end up in the dumpster? That’s purely wasteful.
It’s no secret that eating a Raw vegan diet makes a difference for our planet, whether you’re 100% or not (every little bit counts!). But, I don’t stop with just my diet. I “live“ the Raw vegan lifestyle…so I incorporate food and the environment as priorities in my life and you should, too.
With the holidays coming upon us, let’s help save our home, the earth, by taking a look at gift wrapping (and all year for that matter, i.e. birthdays, anniversaries, etc.).
This year, try re-purposing stuff. Eco-stylist Dany Seo, author or the new book, Simply Green Giving, wrote, “It’s amazing what you can find at Goodwill. Vintage fabrics, wallpaper, and sweaters all make great wrapping – just look for rich textures.” Sometimes the wrap will serve as part of the gift, as in the case of a belt or scarf used as a bow.
Here are some more ideas that you can use for wrapping: Magazines, newsprint, comics, and so on make cool gift wrap. Get creative and find ads that “speak” to the person you’re giving the gift to; this makes it extra special, fun and personal. (This is a picture of a book wrapped for a friend using ads from Fast Company magazine.) You can also reuse gift wrap from previous years or use brown paper bags you get from the grocery store.
If anyone looks at you funny, just say, “I’m doing the Green thing.” People not only get it, they usually appreciate it, or comment on how they might consider doing it themselves.
Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
I’m getting ready to send my email newsletter detailing The Perfect Salad… you don’t want to miss this. If you’re not subscribed, you can do so by visiting Kristen’s Raw.
Monday, November 26th, 2007
Hi! It’s been a lovely week for me. I took time to relax and enjoy Thanksgiving, I watched a marathon of movies (8 over 2-days!), spent time with my family, and played with my dog. How was your Thanksgiving?
Inside of you are Treasures.
You can wear a tutu. Eat fruit naked. Imitate a sheep or cut your own hair. Drink lemonade barefoot. Discover inner wealth. Climb tall trees and communicate with angels. Multiply love. Eat delicious food. Reinvent how you are. Deliver hope. Make your creative dreams visible. Breathe. Surprise your fears. Travel. Forgive yourself. Design a brand new path.
~Juicy Living Cards by SARK
Sunday, November 18th, 2007
We had a terrifically successful Raw Thanksgiving holiday celebration dinner at the Mandala Tearoom this week. My 4-course Raw vegan dinner was sold out (way in advance) and we had tons of fun. In fact, we expanded service out onto the patio to accomodate over 70 guests! This is a picture of my Raw Pumpkin Pie…it’s all the rage! I’m still getting wonderful emails from customers raving about the food and asking for the recipes. Well, guess what? They’re available (plus many more) in my ebook, Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Holidays (available at www.KristensRaw.com) where there are plenty of recipes, as well as the best tips and tricks for getting through the holidays…Raw vegan style!
Here is what one customer wrote me today:
I had the pleasure of meeting you at Mandala Tea Room at the most recent raw foods event. I don’t generally eat exclusively raw but I am now more intrigued to explore this lifestyle change. I thought your pumpkin pie was the best pumpkin pie I ever had. ~Suzan P. of Phoenix, AZ
Wednesday, November 14th, 2007
We live in a world where we’re bombarded with advertising every minute of the day for processed, cooked, unhealthy and addictive food. It’s no wonder that cravings can be hard to deal with. Here are a couple of quick tips for the short term. First, distract yourself with an activity to forget the craving. For example, the next time you want something cooked and unhealthy, take a 4-minute walk. Or, brush your teeth. Or, take a shower. Trust me, these things work!
Secondly, eat some great Raw food (maybe it’s something you consider to be a real Raw treat, such as Raw cheesecake) or drink a creamy, fresh green smoothie. Then, see how severe your craving for cooked food actually is. I’ll bet you it’s gone, or at least reduced big time!
Let’s face it. Odds are that the next time you turn on the TV, you’re not going to hear much about the enormous benefits from living the Raw vegan lifestyle in the mainstream media…(at least not yet). Therefore, to help fight cravings long-term, learn as much as you can about living the Raw vegan lifestyle. This helps you answer people’s questions (because believe me, you’ll be asked what you’re eating and why). So, the more you know the better. It’ll inspire you and motivate you. Read books, websites, and blogs. Attend classes, seminars, expos, and events. Connect with others! Dhru, at We Like It Raw, has been doing a F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S job at keeping us all linked together. We need this Raw Armor of knowledge and community to shield ourselves from temptations and to stand tall, strong, and proud. Thanks Dhru, you rock!
The pain of discipline is easier than the pain of regret.
~ Jim Rohn
Monday, November 12th, 2007
It’s a lovely day, and I am so happy. I LOVE BEING RAW VEGAN!
Here’s the thing…I recognize the importance of eating locally (for my health and the environment). But, here’s my question: How do I really know if my local “un-certified” farmers are organic just because they say so? The last time I went to the farmer’s market I was discouraged because no one was certified organic, although they tried to assure me that they follow organic farming practices. They blamed the cost of certification as the reason for not having the label. I was bummed because I wanted to buy local and organic. I left with my canvas bags empty and opted for Whole Foods Market. I later asked a small grower in California and he stated that it’s not that expensive to get certified. Hhmmm. I would love nothing more than to buy the most locally grown produce, but I’m a stickler for organic. I know they “say” they are….but how do I truly know (apart from visiting the farm)?
Breakfast: watermelon (I love watermelon!)
Snack: Dr. Oz “Fresh” Green Smoothie with 3 figs added (large)
Lunch: Big salad of celery, carrots, red bell pepper, cucumbers, and olives topped with Tahini Gingered Carrot Dressing
Snack: Spinach-Banana smoothie (large)
Dinner: Same as lunch
Back and Bicep weight training
Long-ass walk tonight under the stars (6-miles) for my “double” workout
*These double workout days feel so great! I love them.
Sunday, November 11th, 2007
One of my favorite experiences when going Raw was the cleansing and detox aspect. Not everyone agrees with me on this. Sure, it can be a painful experience for some people. I was no exception. I had my share of headaches, pain, snotty nose, skin rashes, lethargy, and horrible pimples (my face suddenly looked like sandpaper with all the little bumps). I instinctively knew it was detox. I felt enormous relief and satisfaction at seeing it expelled from my body, while also experiencing gratitude for being smart enough to eat healthier (especially now that I saw what I was carrying around inside).
Frankly, I was a little shocked that my detox was as tough as it was. I had, after all, been vegan for about 2 years when I started incorporating more Raw. Wasn’t that enough? Apparently not. Hhmmmm…I guess I needed something stronger (Raw vegan) to shake loose the abundance of toxins I ingested prior to my vegan lifestyle (protein shakes for competitive bodybuilding, overloaded amounts of caffeine, prescriptions, cholesterol, conventionally grown produce full of pesticides and herbicides, and meat (even though it was grilled, broiled, or poached made no difference, it was unhealthy).
Bottom line – My detox was liberating, exhilarating, arduous and glorious. It was worth it. I felt free!
Goddess of Truth
I make my highest ideals real by my actions.
Use this thought when you notice that you or someone else is not living up to the standards you have set. Forgive them and yourself for this and appreciate the fact that you noticed. We must be agents of the changes we want to see happen in our world. Realize the truth of the old saying, “A good example is the best sermon.”
~Gifts of Goddess Affirmation Cards by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber
Saturday, November 10th, 2007
3 Green Smoothies
2 Perfect Salads I wrote about the other day that I’ll include in the next Kristen’s Raw email Newsletter (sign up here)
4 dates and 2 bananas
Yesterday’s Physical Activity:
Swam 20 minutes (a.m.)
Weight lifting at the gym (Back and Bi’s)
60-minute walk under the stars at midnight
2 Green Smoothies
3 tablespoons of Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto (Recipe here scroll to Aug 23)
2 Big chopped veggie salads with a smashingly-delicious-never-to-be-duplicated-dressing-recipe. I took a couple tablespoons of the pesto and blended it with water, olive oil, garlic, basil, onion powder, Himalayan crystal salt, lemon juice….I think that was it. No recollection of amounts, but it’s so lovely. Damn proud of myself, but then again, when you’re working with nature’s fresh organic ingredients, it’s hard not to make something scrumptious.
Today’s Physical Activity: Want a reason to exercise? Read this great article.
Swam 2o minutes (a.m.)
90-minute walk under the stars
Joy is inside you. Not in attainment of things desired, nor in the achievement of goals made. But in the simple feeling that lies within you. Know that this JOY is unaffected by outer circumstances, and joy will be yours forever.
~Zen Cards by Daniel Levin