One of the things my boyfriend and I did to celebrate the holidays was to attend the Luminaria Holiday Lights at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. It was gorgeous fun. Basically, you walk through the gardens at night where they’re lit with fabulous holiday lights. Along the walk at different spots they have live music playing and snack/drink bars. The highlight of my evening was when we were drinking a sassy Hot Apple Pie made from warm apple cider and tuaca liqueur beverage (not Raw, but definitely festive). The drink normally comes with whipped cream, which we passed on since we’re vegan. We took our warm drinks and sat by a fire with some other people and we were “oohing and aahhing” about how delicious our drinks were. This caught the attention of others and they inquired as to what we were drinking. We told them what it was and made sure to tell them it was without whipped cream, because I’m always looking for a reason to talk about being vegan (hoping it conjures up vegan conversation)…which it did! Here’s the highlight…a teenager joined the talk and volunteered that he was vegetarian. When I inquired as to why, he replied, “because eating animals is mean.”
Yesterday, my awesome, loving boyfriend and I celebrated our 2-year anniversary. Whoo-hoo! It’s been the best two years of my life; we have so much fun together! I couldn’t have asked for a better boyfriend. I absolutely adore him. This is a picture from yesterday with the gorgeous bouquet of flowers he bought me.
I’m often asked about the kinds of things we do, the places we go, restaurants we frequent, etc. We’re High-Raw Vegans, which means that we eat 100% vegan and it’s Raw most of the time (with many periods when we’re 100% Raw). Since we don’t have totally Raw restaurants in our area, we eat a lot at home (and why not, since I love to prepare food). We enjoy physical fitness activities together: going to the gym, hiking, bowling, bike riding, epic walks in the middle of the night under the stars, and of course this. We’re also huge fans of going to the movies. When we do this, I can be counted on to smuggle in our green smoothies and Raw treats in my big purse.
One of our favorite things to do is spending part of the day at one of the many big, beautiful hotel resorts here in Arizona. I pack up a little bag of organic Raw snacks and we sip herbal tea or wine, while enjoying our books or working on our laptops. The hotels have fantastic lobbies, bars and patio areas that are furnished with big, comfy couches and it doesn’t cost hardly a thing (just whatever we order to eat or drink).
None of our friends are Raw (not yet at least – ha!) but a few are transitioning to a vegan diet (YAY!). Just because our friends don’t completely share our lifestyle doesn’t stop us from socializing with them though. They know we value our health and that we feel great with our lifestyle, so they support us. We bring our own food to gatherings, unless it’s at a restaurant. If that’s the case, our friends are more than happy to meet us at restaurants that offer some Raw vegan friendly items (delicious salads, etc).
We’re very excited about the holidays. I’ll prepare a number of Raw dishes to bring to our family gatherings as we visit each side of the family. Scrumptious fun!
Being in love makes me feel powerful – it makes me feel as if all kinds of wild and wonderful things are possible.
Movie time: I recently saw the movie, Juno; a gripping, must-see! The dialogue is clever, witty, sweet, and funny.
Food Intake: I’m eating clean and light. I love that my food comes straight from the earth; it’s wholesome, pure and sexy.
Breakfast: lots of watermelon (my favorite!)
Snack: more watermelon
Lunch: 2 fuyu persimmons, 2 oranges
Snack: 1/2 avocado blended with 2 stalks celery and used as dip for carrot sticks
Need I say more? Haha Okay, I’ll write a few words. Living the Raw Lifestyle does NOT stop with the food you consume. It’s a lifestyle, not a diet, so it’s important to incorporate physical fitness into your routine. Unfortunately, many people aren’t big fans of going to the gym. GOOD NEWS! Trade in a trip to the gym for a romp in the hay tonight because FoxNews.com says it does your body good. Whoo-hoo!
YUM! YIPPEE!!! WHOO-HOO! I’m like a kid in a candy store because….WAIT! Can we change this statement? A kid in a candy store? That’s awful! How about…I’m like a kid in an open field, running, playing with flowers, animals and making mud pies?! Ah, yes, that’s much better. Okay, where was I? Yes, I’m just like that kid in the field (sounds pretty good for an adult too, if I do say so myself – haha). Why am I so giddy? Well, yesterday, I received my organic produce delivery and I’m rolling around in giant Fuji apples, 10 pounds of bananas (even baby bananas – very cool!), golden beets, Meyer lemons, Persian limes, Satsuma Mandarin Oranges, spinach, avocados, watermelon and my ever-loving….drum roll please….fuyu persimmons (6 pounds…very nice!). I’m in heaven. When I bite into one of these delicious fruits, my mind is immediately transported away to that big open field of flowers, animals, and making dirty mud pies with my hands (it should be no surprise that I love to eat with my hands, too).
I started my morning with a giant green juice made with my fresh, organic produce. It had a little of everything in it and tasted just the same (which was delicious!). Gone are the days of having to “plug-n-chug” (picture this: plugging my nose while chugging down thick, disgusting, chemical tasting protein shakes from my bodybuilding days). Those are gone! Yay! Now, I’m only fueled with head-to-toe energizing goodness from fresh organic fruits and veggies. Life is damn good.
Then, I ate 3 fuyu persimmons. Simply delicious. Yikes! The 6 pounds will probably only last me a couple of days. Oops, I should have ordered more.
For lunch I’ll have warming, organic miso soup alongside a brilliant root salad of golden beets and carrots topped with chopped dates and a delicious Raw dressing. After which I’ll snack on more persimmons. Dinner? Not sure yet. It’s Saturday and a new Irish pub opened near us. Even though we’re very high Raw, my awesome loving boyfriend enjoys a beer once in a while. So, we’ll probably venture over there where he’ll drink that while I sip on a glass of organic wine. After all, it is a “Happy Holidays” time (imagine me saying it as Oprah does…dragged out, “Haaapppy Hoooooolidays”) and I love celebrating the holidays.
My two favorite places to buy organic produce online: Boxed Greens and Diamond Organics.
Today is definitely a SARK – Juicy Living Day. Here’s a good one…
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!!!