Monday, October 1st, 2007
Living the Raw Vegan lifestyle means I live a Green lifestyle, where my choices positively impact our earth. Everywhere I turn I hear about the necessity of helping our earth, the dire implications of global warming, and the increasingly popular style of living, “eco living.” I’m proud of my efforts, because I’m helping our earth and not hurting it.
If you’re not a part of the solution,
then you’re a part of the problem.
A groundbreaking 2006 United Nations report illustrates raising animals for food as “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global,” showing this creates more greenhouse gases than all the trucks and cars in the world combined.
Going vegan is one of the most effective ways
to fight global warming.
*A must-see video about global warming: John Doerr, Silicon Valley’s legendary moneyman, is discussing his fear of eco-apocalypse. View video.
*After you’re done viewing John Doerr’s speech, check out “Yahoo Green“ to learn more ways you can start living a more green existence.
*Top Reasons to avoid animal products or by-products (meat, dairy, eggs…) and Go Vegan!
Friday, September 28th, 2007
Raw is a lifestyle, not just a diet. This idea can intimidate some, because they never entertained the idea of an entire “lifestyle” relating to their food choices. For others, like myself, I love referring to it as such. It makes my life easier and keeps me focused because there are no contradictions.
This is my life’s…style. I immerse my entire self into it. Everything is effortlessly connected…from the Raw food I eat to how I feel physically as a result (I feel energized for working out) to whether my mind is calm (I’ll watch the beautiful sunset) or focused and alert (I’m ready to go play in the kitchen) to what I can do with Raw food to control these aspects to affecting things around me such as our home, the earth. All of this matters.
My Raw lifestyle is a part of everything I do…physically, mentally, spiritually, socially, and globally.
Today’s Exercise and Food:
It’s my day off from the gym so I put on my bikini, went to the pool, laid in the sun and swam a few laps.
Breakfast: fresh energizing smoothie (1 1/2 cups water, 3 bananas, 1/2 bunch Italian parsley, 2 tsp minced rosemary, 1 tsp chopped fresh ginger, peeled, and a pinch of cinnamon
Lunch: 2+ cups chopped veggies (carrots, zucchini, red bell pepper stirred into Savory Pecan Pate) same as last night’s dinner
Dinner: zucchini pasta marinara, pumpkin pie
Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
I just bowled a strike in this photograph. I love bowling!!!
Following my exercise and food consumption?
Cardio: Treadmill 40 minutes
Music: Beastie Boys, Carrie Underwood, Tori Amos, White Zombie, Depeche Mode (ecclectic mix, I know)
Breakfast: 3 cups fresh energizing smoothie (water, bananas, rosemary and dill)
Lunch: 2 heaping cups veggie salad (new recipe featured in my upcoming ebook, Kristen Suzanne’s Raw Holiday Survival Guide), 1/4 cup sauerkraut
Dinner: 2 cups chopped veggies (carrots, zucchini, red bell pepper stirred into Savory Pecan Pate)
Dessert: Pumpkin pie
“Nothing is worth more than this day.”
Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
Ouch! That’s what I say about this workout. My legs were shakin’ and I almost couldn’t walk out of the gym (in a good way of course!). My workout was hard and intense…just the way I like it. If you’ve read my website, Kristen’s Raw, then you know I was a former competitive body builder. As a result, I’m definitely hooked on weight training for fat burning, staying in the best shape, and building strong bones (yes, there’s a place for cardio, but weight training takes the cake in my opinion).
Weights: Legs; 4 straight sets for each exercise; low reps, heavy weight
*Walking lunges with 15 lb. dumbells, leg press, lying leg curl, and one set (each leg) of single leg squats
Cardio: Treadmill 15 minutes > combo of run (zero-incline) and fast-paced walk (7-incline)
Music: Fergie, George Michael, Linkin Park, Lucy Woodward
Post-workout Smoothie: 2 bananas, water, 2 packed tablespoons (mixture of minced dill, rosemary, & mint) YUMMMMMM! I felt amazing after drinking it, and ready to take on the world (after my legs rested of course).
Sunday, September 23rd, 2007
Organic edible flowers are not just for salads and garnish. I love using them in smoothies, too! Did you know that organic edible flowers are rich in nectar and pollen (studies have shown pollen to be nutritious with minerals and vitamins). Roses, especially rose hips, are very high in vitamin C. Dandelion blossoms (and yellow flowers, in general) have plenty of vitamin A, while the leaves are loaded with iron, calcium, phosophorous and vitamins A and C. Marigolds and Nasturtium have vitamin C.
I made a magnificent smoothie from fresh organic peaches and edible flowers. You definitely want to try this.
Dazzling Daylight Flower Smoothie
Yield 3 cups
2 large white peaches, pitted
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup organic edible flowers
Blend the peaches and lemon juice until smooth. Add the flowers and pulse briefly. You want to have gorgeous flecks of colors showing. Enjoy served in a sassy wine glass or goblet.
Thursday, September 20th, 2007
I kicked butt at the gym today and took names! If you’re not exercising by now, what the hell are you waiting for? Remember…to be considered optimally healthy, you must be physically fit. The longest living cultures in the world have excellent diets, yes, but they are physically active daily! Are you?
Weights: Biceps; 4 straight sets for each exercise; low reps, heavy weight
*Barbell curls, Hammer curls – lifted til my arms felt like falling off
Cardio: Jump rope between weight training sets, run on treadmill for 10 minutes, walk at high speed on treadmill for 5 minutes
Music: Linkin Park, Kelly Clarkson, Apryl Electra, Joe Budden
Does anyone really care what I’m eating? Should I bother blogging about it? So far today, a gigantic salad of cucumbers and carrots dressed with my Deviled Mango Dressing…which you don’t have in your hot little hands….yet! It’s coming though! I’ve been eating it on veggie salads for three days now, so clearly….it’s a winner!
Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
I just blended up a delicious and refreshingly aromatic green smoothie. It’s almost decadent, if you can imagine a green smoothie being decadent.
Fragrant Peach Green Smoothie
Yield approximately 5 cups
2 cups water
2 large white peaches, pitted
1 banana, peeled
1 large handful spinach
1 small handful fresh basil
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth and creamy (making sure the rosemary and basil get blended in nicely).
I’m posting more easy Raw recipes this week, so check back soon. In the meantime, enjoy this one. Cheers!
Saturday, September 15th, 2007
We decided to hop in the car and take a little day trip to the Mogollon Rim in Arizona (See? It is green in Arizona) and just hang out with nature. There were three of us…..boyfriend, dog, and me… supplied with water, Raw chocolate brownies, green smoothies, bananas and doggie cookies. Yes, an unusual mix for our day’s food I suppose, but we decided this trip last minute and took what was on hand. The day promised big fun and happiness as we drove, my dog’s head hanging out of the window loving every minute of “bye-bye car.”
As we drove to Payson, AZ (Rim Country – founded in 1882 with an elevation of 5,000 feet), we wondered about the relative environmental impact our little day trip had. We try to live environmentally-friendly lives. We realized we were using gas with our automobile, but that we pretty much closed up home for the day (turned air conditioning down, powered off computers, and reduced our electricity usage in general). It’s times like this I wish I had access to Master Google by “crossing my arms in front of me, blinking my eyes, and giving a nod with my head” like Jeannie does in I Dream of Jeannie…but, we didn’t. Nevertheless, I found a resource in one of the magazines I was flipping through on our drive and learned about a place to rent environmentally friendly cars (primarily in the West). Check it out here. Maybe we can do that next time and make our trip even more green.
That’s my dog with me looking out over the Rim. At that very moment, I was thinking about something I read recently, “When the pond is still, the reflection is clear. When the MIND is still, the reflection of life is clear. Reflection brings CLARITY.” When I’m surrounded by such awe-inspiring nature like this, my mind stills itself as things fluidly come into perspective for me. There’s a calm energy that is inspiring, yet relaxing, and I want to bottle it up and take it home with me. I feel refreshed, relaxed, at peace, and happy…I need to do this more often.
Thursday, September 13th, 2007
Food is important to a healthy lifestyle…but so is physical fitness. You will get much more out of Raw when you add physical fitness to your lifestyle. These together strengthen your body from the inside out.
Two days ago, I went to the gym and that damn jump rope kicked my ass. It was really tough! But, yesterday, I kicked it’s ass and owned it! My heart was pounding, pulse racing, body sweating, and it felt GREAT!
For a really super workout, I have to listen to music ranging from “this gets me moving and pumps me up” to tunes that make me wanna say “gggrrrr“… so I have all kinds on my mp3 from Linkin Park to Trick Daddy to Seal to Madonna to Rhianna and more. Sometimes I just start doing a little dance right there in the gym….okay, not usually in front of people – ha ha…but I just love music and can’t help myself sometimes!
Weights: Chest; 5 straight sets for each exercise
*Flat dumbell press, Incline dumbell press, Decline dumbell press
Cardio: Jump rope before weight training, between many of the weight lifting sets, and after lifting.
Weights: Back; 3 straight sets for each exercise
*Chins, Seated cable row, Reverse bent over flies, Wide grip pull downs
Cardio: Jump rope and get on the treadmill for a short journey while I read VegNews magazine.
“A strong body makes the mind strong.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
Monday, September 10th, 2007
Think: Delicious, Floral, Chocolatey, Creamy. One of my creations, this recipe is simple (less than 10 minutes to make!) with only a handful of ingredients. Enjoy!
Orange Blossom Chocolate Mousse
Yield 1 1/4 cup
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons orange blossom water*
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons raw agave nectar
1/4 cup raw chocolate powder
2 tablespoons raw carob powder**
3/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 avocado pitted, peeled
Blend all of the ingredients in your blender until creamy. It’s wonderful to eat right away or chilled in the refrigerator or you can freeze it in an ice cube tray for Frozen Orange Blossom Chocolate Bites!
*You can easily find this at most Middle Eastern Markets and some Whole Foods Markets, or purchase it online here: Dayna’s Market (while you’re there, pick up a bottle of rose water, which I use in some of my Easy Raw Food Recipe ebooks). The orange blossom water provides the unique floral and orange essence to this recipe. You can, of course, replace it with plain water, but it will be plain chocolate mousse (delicious still, but certainly not the same).
**The only place I have found “true” raw carob is at NaturalZing.com.