365 Raw: Day 64 & 65 with “Perspective”

A change of perspectiveI’ve had a difficult time keeping perspective these last few days. My mind keeps wandering to junk foods (especially fatty), which is probably why I’ve had more nuts and avocado than usual. I’ve also found myself getting agitated by things. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve had multiple aggravating things hit me at once, or if it’s because I’m dealing with PMS… or both. When I got home from co-op (and helped the kids finish shoveling the driveway, sidewalks and patio), I could think of nothing but trying to escape. So I went to the store to get a snack for myself and the kids. I was in line at the checkout behind a woman, I placed my few items and reusable bag on the conveyor belt with one of those dividing bar things; because I noticed a young lady behind me in a hoodie with two boxes of hair color. Since it was taking a bit for the woman’s items to be bagged, I stepped three feet to the side and pushed my basket into the corral. As I’m walking back to my spot, the girl in the hoodie says, “excuse me, ma’am, but I was in line.”  I looked at her like “huh?” and said, “um, that’s my stuff right there (pointing to the conveyor belt). I just walked over to put away my cart.” She rolled her eyes and said, “Ok, I guess I’ll let you go ahead of me.” The woman in front of me looked back at the girl like she was nuts and the cashier just kept scanning and smiled at me. The more I stood there, the more upset I got. It bothered me that anyone would think I would cut in line. Clearly, that girl’s perspective was skewed. From my perspective, she needed to pay better attention to what was going on around her. From hers, I was a jerk who thought my time more important than hers. Although she was wrong, it didn’t change that she saw it the way she did.

It made me wonder how often I have the wrong perspective in dealing with others. Did that man really cut me off in traffic the other day? And if so, what was his perspective of what took place? I was too tired to think of it any longer though. So, when I got home from the store, I plopped down on the sofa with two “nut bars” and a small bag of “energy bites”. Then I turned on Antiques Road Show. Yeah, I wanted to “escape”, but one thing was very different than my usual escape behavior. For starters, I didn’t turn on a stupid sitcom, and I didn’t grab a bag of chips or run through the drive-thru for french fries. I still ate raw, albeit, not the best raw choice, but it was raw. This isn’t to say that I didn’t want those, because I wanted them badly. Unfortunately, I still stuffed down those feelings to some extent. Rather than fully processing them, and seeking God’s Truth on the matter, I pushed it aside to be dealt with later.

Well, later came when I pulled out my drawing supplies. Earlier in the day, in my drawing class, I had my students work on a puzzle where they wouldn’t know what they were drawing until they had completed it. I didn’t even know what the image would be, and this was on purpose so I wouldn’t be tempted to answer their questions about it. Well, after realizing that my two kids (also in the class) couldn’t tell what it was when they reached the half-way point, I decided to give it a go. I began following the puzzle. I was more than half-way and was still thinking, “what on earth is this”. And then my fifteen year old son walks in, from standing a few feet away he says, “I think you have it upside down.” Sure enough, I turn it around and I could tell what it was. It had occurred to me in class that it might be rendered upside down, but I hadn’t thought of it again until that moment.

“Perspective,” I whispered to myself.

I love this song about “Perspectives” by Kutless. I do believe that freedom is just another perspective away. I wonder what could be accomplished if we allowed God to change our perspective to His viewpoint.

Are you looking to make some changes in 2013? Check out The Journey for more information.

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What I read: Numbers 23-27

What I ate:

  • Breakfast – 64&65: Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 3bananas, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz spinach, 6 oz strawberries)
  • AM Snack – 64&65: 2 bananas
  • Lunch – 64&65: 9 oranges juiced
  • Afternoon Snack – 64: Two Moms in the Raw Gojiberry Nut bars + raw energy bites; 65: Date Rolls
  • Dinner – 64: Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 3bananas, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz spinach, 6 oz strawberries); 65: Leftover Spaghetti Bolognese
  • PM Snack – 65: 2 pickles

What I did: On my feet all morning at co-op + shoveled snow + TKD class (1.5 hrs)

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 64 & 65:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 62 with “Calories”

caloriesI really want to join the Banana Girl challenge for March, but they require calorie tracking. I don’t want to be a stumbling block for anyone there, as I do understand that, for most people doing this lifestyle, calorie tracking is essential. I won’t be tracking calories though. It reminds me of dieting. I become too obsessed with the numbers and will spend more time worrying about that than listening to my body’s cues. Not only that, I tend to gradually move toward restriction when counting calories.

I’ve thought about trying it again, but I’m pretty sure I would just end up right back where I’ve ended up every time before. They say that to continue doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. For me, calorie counting is insanity. I’m glad it works for others. I’m glad most people don’t have the hang-ups that I do about it. I’m also glad that I don’t have to track calories to succeed.

Are you looking to make some changes in 2013? Check out The Journey for more information.

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What I read: Numbers 18-20

What I ate:

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 3bananas, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz spinach, 6 oz strawberries)
  • Lunch – 3 bananas, 8 oranges juiced
  • Dinner – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 3bananas, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz spinach, 6 oz strawberries)
  • PM Snack – dried strawberries & bananas, AJ

What I did: TKD class (55 min) + 1 hour in skates teaching preschoolers

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 62:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain

365 Raw: Day 61 with “Blizzard”

2013-02-24_14-11-29_409It’s been snowing all day (blizzard warning). In fact, we woke to several inches and elected to stay home from church this morning. I’m rather glad we did as it’s just kept piling up and the plows didn’t come through the neighborhood till quite late… pushing a foot and a half of snow to the end of our driveway.

We have some drifts in our yard that were 2-3 feet deep. We really need the precipitation… and I love snow, so I’m good with it. I just wish our vehicle was 4-wheel-drive. We did make it to the store mid-day, but it’s only about a mile and a half from our house. We did do some sliding about, but thankfully we were the only crazies on the road… and praise the Lord we didn’t get stuck. We decided not to venture out again.

The tomato soup tasted lovely on such a cold day. I ran it through the blender an extra time just to make it slightly warmer but not heating it to the point of harming the nutritional value. Yum.

Are you looking to make some changes in 2013? Check out The Journey for more information.

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What I read: Numbers 16-17

What I ate:

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 2 bananas, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz spinach, 6 oz strawberries)
  • Lunch – leftover raw tomato soup, last piece of “love bite” cake
  • Afternoon Snack – 8 oranges juiced
  • Dinner – Large veggie/fruit wrap (giant collard leaf, mango salsa, red bell pepper, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, 1 mango, 2 cuties)
  • PM Snack – Kale chips

What I did: Shoveled snow – will probably get to do it again tomorrow morning.

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 61:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain

jeans, oh how I’ve missed you

jeans022013I’ve been doing this “raw thang” (811rv) for 60 days now… and to mark the milestone, I tried on a pair of jeans I haven’t been able to wear since before I stopped dieting 5 months ago. Right after I stopped dieting, I knew I gained a few pounds, but I could tell that I’d stopped gaining before I started doing raw.

Well, today I got the jeans on. No, I don’t consider them ready for public wearing yet, but soon! I took a photo of them laying on top of the jeans I’ve been wearing (left). The darker pair is “stretchy”, whereas the lighter, and smaller, pair really doesn’t give at all.

At my largest, the bigger pair was actually tight on me. That was back in January of 2009. Even though I grew back into them last year, they were never as tight as they were back in 2008/2009. Back then, I was painfully close to moving up another size (shudder). So, I know I didn’t regain all the weight I lost while on WW in 2009 (75 lbs).

The smaller pair of jeans pictured were purchased after losing 75 pounds. They were somewhat roomy on me then (would wear them when bloated and unable to wear the smaller ones lol). So, I know I will shrink even more than this.

Other articles of clothing that I’ve gotten into are my favorite PJ bottoms (wearing them in my birthday cake post), and my running tights/tops.

My hope is that those who have been skeptical of whether or not I’m losing weight… since I’m not weighing myself, will be convinced that my body is indeed changing. I really don’t know what I weigh, nor do I want to guess. For now, I’m just excited about the prospect of wearing my jeans again very soon.

365 Raw: Day 60 with “Birthday Cake”

Yes, it’s my birthday AND day 60 of my raw journey… No, I did not plan that 🙂 A few days ago, my little girls began asking what kind of cake I was going to have. Normally, it would be something chocolate… with chocolate on top. I wasn’t going to have a cake, but I remembered Kristina’s FullyRaw Valentine recipe and thought perhaps we could give that a try. She calls them “love bites“, but we left them in “cake” form.

gooeyI am certain her food processor must be more powerful than mine. My processor had a difficult time processing the figs and dates, so I added a tiny bit of coconut water. Another factor, might be the fact that I live in a very dry climate and at 7K feet of elevation… while Houston is definitely more humid and closer to sea level. Whatever the reason, mine needed a bit of moisture added to it. It became a deliciously gooey mass of yum. I couldn’t help but lick my fingers. The girls helped me pit the dates, and the son snapped photos… because after all, it is my birthday.strawberrylayer.. even if I had just gotten out of bed, still in PJs, and had “bed head” (as you will see below).

I should have put more strawberries on the second layer. I really liked the bites with fresh strawberry in them, so more would have meant more opportunity for that. I used an egg slicer to slice the strawberries. It’s funny, but even when we ate eggs we rarely used the egg slicer for eggs, we actually bought it to slice fruit.

coconut I bought two young coconuts, but we discovered that one was bad when we opened it. This is not a pleasant discovery since these things aren’t cheap. Here are some pictures to help you see what a coconut should NOT look like when you open it. I needed the meat from both coconuts to do the recipe (because the one that was good didn’t yield quite enough – pictured left), but I made it with what I had and It turned out fine. I had to add some extra strawberries to the “icing”, which made it a bit more “runny”, but it still tasted nice.

jcakeAfter garnishing with a strawberry and some blackberries, we put it into the fridge and went to lunch at Salsa Brava, where they made me my special salad. I don’t think the kids have eaten at Salsa Brava since going vegan 17 months ago. At first they were a bit intimidated by trying to figure out what to order (especially the grain-free kid), but with our help, they were quite pleased with their dishes. Salsa Brava is very accommodating when it comes to dietary needs. We have never had a problem with them substituting or altering dishes to meet our vegan (and even my raw) standards.

We came home and had “cake”. I was surprised by how enthusiastic they were. They wanted seconds… and more after dinner too. It was really good and I would definitely give Kristina’s recipe “two thumbs up”.

Are you looking to make some changes in 2013? Check out The Journey for more information.

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What I read: Numbers 14-15; Psalm 90

salsabravasaladWhat I ate:

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 2 bananas, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz spinach, 6 oz strawberries)
  • Lunch – Special Salad @ Salsa Brava (greens, mango, pico de gallo, avocado, lime juice)
  • Afternoon Snack – “Love Bites” Cake
  • Dinner – 8 oranges juiced
  • PM Snack – “Love Bites” cake

What I did: It’s my birthday

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 60:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain

365 Raw: Day 59 with “Sea Crackers”

Sea-Cracker-Box-Pesto_grandeI really, really like the Sea Crackers by Two Moms in the Raw… until they hit my bowels that is. They slow down digestion, causing gas and bloating. At least that’s the effect they have on me. It could very well be that I eat far more than a single serving (which would be like one or two crackers). The cause is probably the fat content, which is higher than what I generally eat. I’m sure the salt doesn’t help either. So, I’m going to have to limit my intake of these things (note I didn’t say I would avoid them altogether). I like having them with salsa. Unfortunately, this is the closest thing I’ve found to “chips and salsa”.

I also have to be careful with raw nuts and avocado, as they slow down digestion too. I don’t like for things to get backed up. I feel so much better with smooth sailings.

Are you looking to make some changes in 2013? Check out The Journey for more information.

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What I read: Numbers 11-13

What I ate:

  • Breakfast – 8 oranges juiced
  • AM Snack – 4 bananas
  • Lunch – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 2 bananas, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz spinach, 6 oz strawberries)
  • Afternoon Snack – Kale chips
  • Dinner – Tomato Soup
  • PM Snack – Salsa & sea chips (really need to eat less of those)

What I did: Grocery shopping

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 59:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain