Friday, December 14th, 2007

Bill Mahar – Holiday Turkeys

by Kristen Suzanne in holidays

I’ve been behind on my blogging, but I’m getting back on top of it now.

Even though it’s past Thanksgiving, it’s still before Christmas so this definitely applies. Check out what Bill Mahar has to say: George Bush – Pardon All The Turkeys. Thanks to VegNews magazine for pointing out this story. If you didn’t know, VegNews is my all time favorite magazine. It’s all about living the vegan lifestyle with an ever increasing portion detailing Raw. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you should. I love it!!!

Give yourself your own smile of approval.
~ Maxwell Maltz, M.D.

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Monday, December 10th, 2007

The EASY Way to Get Started & SUCCEED with Raw Food

by Kristen Suzanne in ebooks, Kristen Suzanne

My latest ebook is now available, Kristen’s Raw – The EASY Way to Get Started & SUCCEED with Raw Food.

This is the ultimate introduction, instruction manual, and guide for living the Raw Food lifestyle. Whether you’re totally new to Raw or just looking for new ideas, this is the perfect ebook for you. In this ebook, I cover what Raw is, why to do it, and most importantly, how — in a way that makes it easy to SUCCEED, by addressing or avoiding the obstacles that most people encounter as they introduce more Raw food into their lives.

A true lifestyle guide, this ebook includes topics such as mental tricks for sticking with it, dealing with cravings for cooked food, tips for handling family and social situations, sample meal plans (recipes not included), thorough instructions on equipping the perfect Raw kitchen, traveling Raw, growing your own sprouts, and more.

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but to be someone.
~ Coco Chanel

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Saturday, December 8th, 2007

The Story of Stuff

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

I love this.

A great little story about consumption. It really hits home to the “G-Me” (Green). I used to be a big shopper/consumer. When I first moved to Arizona and needed to get directions to go somewhere from someone, I used to say…”Is it near the Borgata shopping mall, Fashion Square shopping mall, Biltmore Shopping mall or Kierland Shopping mall?” THOSE were my points of reference. Sad, I know.

Now, I have a new frame of mind and new behaviors because I’m living the G-lifestyle as much as possible. This is something that a few people in my life “still don’t get.” Well, to them I say, “watch this because this little ‘Story of Stuff’ breaks it down.” www.storyofstuff.com

Today’s Food Intake:
Breakfast: 3 bananas
Snack: 1/4 cup soaked pumpkin seeds
Lunch: Miso soup, zucchini and beet salad, German Chocolate Brownies
Snack: Green Smoothie with E3-Live (Emerald Blend)
Dinner: Undecided, but it’ll be accompanied by Vegan Organic Wine *We’re going out to dinner tonight and I’m donning my sassy red high heels and black cowgirl hat

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Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

My Annual Health Stats, Smiles, & Today’s Food

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

Hi Everyone! It’s that time of year for me when I get my annual physical and blood work done. Last year my blood pressure was 94 over 64 and my cholesterol was 107. Today, the physical examination was great, my blood pressure was 96 over 62 and tonight I’ll be fasting in preparation for blood work tomorrow.

Today’s food:
Breakfast: warm water w/ fresh lemon juice to drink and 2 apples to eat
Snack: 4 bananas
Lunch: 4 cups of green smoothie (water, banana, kiwi, spinach, and 1 bag frozen blueberries)
Snack: 3 bananas
Dinner: fresh zucchini pasta marinara alongside a large bowl of Harvest Blend Soup (recipe available on this blog in another post)
Dessert: German Chocolate Brownies

On another note…I was at the vet yesterday with my dog for his annual checkup (he’s doing great by the way!). While I was in the waiting room there was a gal (waiting to take her dog in, too) who was very friendly, outgoing, and all smiles. The thing that was extra neat and special about her was that she said “hi” and smiled at everyone who came through the door or was passing through the waiting room. She was like a breath of fresh air…especially among impatient customers who were tired of waiting for the vet. She started conversations with people and was very chatty. I loved it! She completely transformed the atmosphere in the waiting room and filled it with positive energy. I took a lesson from her and today I said hello and smiled to almost everyone I walked by on the street, in a parking lot, etc. It felt GREAT and now I find myself on the lookout for people so I can smile at them, say hello, and pass on some positive energy.

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Monday, December 3rd, 2007

RAW PARTY TIME!

by Kristen Suzanne in entertaining

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.

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Thursday, November 29th, 2007

4 HEALTHY MUST EAT SUPERFOODS

by Kristen Suzanne in exercise, superfoods

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

Today’s exercise:
I’m doing a few minutes of jump rope every couple of hours. Tonight, I’ll take one of my epic walks.

Exhale
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.
~
Rodney Yee

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Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Are You Green Wrapping? You Should!

by Kristen Suzanne in holidays

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.

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

The Perfect Salad is Here!

by Kristen Suzanne in dressing, raw recipes

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.

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Monday, November 26th, 2007

Treasures and My Week

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

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.

Here’s Why:
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

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Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Super Raw Thanksgiving Holiday Celebration

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne, raw recipes

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

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