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.
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)