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Baby Step #11 ~ Reduce/Eliminate Salt

We’ve been on a trip to Ecuador, so my apologies on the late posting!

It was interesting that I was less bloated in my face while in Ecuador. I noticed that even the plantain chips (chifles) that I was eating had way less salt than our American chips!

Thankfully I did not get sick there, although many family members got sick.

I didn’t eat the meat at all, but there was some dairy in my food. It interestingly did not cause me any trouble though, where in the U.S.A. I would have been nauseous, congested, and messed up!

So my message for this Baby Step is simply to become aware of your salt intake, and reduce your levels. This will help you be less bloated.

I’ve watched videos from experts that say that salt holds 100 times its weight in water. So imagine how much water your body is holding in order to detoxify the salt that it doesn’t like.

Salt probably wasn’t something ready made in the Garden of Eden either, so I don’t think it was part of the original eating plan 🙂

KeepitFruity 🙂

Links about salt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRba8COJxGM#aid=P-cm4OSE-nQ

…and here’s the American Heart Association’s link on salt if you don’t like my other links :

http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@hcm/documents/downloadable/ucm_300625.pdf

Some pictures from Ecuador:

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Avocado as big as my head!

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Beautiful sunsets over the Pacific Ocean!

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A great bay to swim in.

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Dragon fruit.

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43 – Zero Overt Fats March

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Out of necessity, I decided to do a month of zero overt fats on the 80/10/10 lifestyle.  Too many bodily pains happening after the cruise and a couple weeks of high fat eating.

I felt good about the decision, and so far the first half of March I’ve felt very good.  Some headaches and hormonal issues initially.  

I had 2 “cheat days” where I went back to cooked food, mainly vegetarian/vegan, but I feel fine about that.  In fact, I have a lot of hope that I could eat like this forever… mainly 80/10/10, with low fats, and then an occasional cheat day when some occasion comes up.  

My desire to exercise has increased, and my stamina has increased.  This week I did Zumba dancing for 60 minutes and took a 1.7 mile walk in the drizzling rain.

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I can see myself continuing on for several months like this, perhaps adding in one avocado per week or so.

I don’t want to rush the detoxing, since it can be a bit painful at times.  I think slow and steady is a good idea for me.

My daily food logs are posted at http://www.rawjenni.wordpress.com for those curious about what an 80/10/10’er eats every day.

To be continued…

Love,

Jen

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41 – Back Up Plans

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The past week or so I have been sticking with the fruit during the days, but indulging in high carb cooked dinners in the evenings (quinoa with lentils, potatoes, etc).

The cool thing about this is I’m staying pretty close to the 80/10/10 mark (80% carb, 10% protein, 10% fat) and my weight loss is maintaining nicely.  I haven’t lost any more weight, but I’m happy I’m not gaining any back either!

Digestion is still functioning as if I were mostly raw.

My energy and desire to exercise is still there.  I’m alternating between the Peak 8’s on the trampoline, Zumba, and skating.

Overall, I think this is a great fall back until I’m ready for the next fully raw 80/10/10 push.

The downfall is this week ended in a fully cooked, eat at restaurants day yesterday.  So congestion is really high right now, and that is super motivating to get back on track!

Here is a Back Up Plan I quite like for transitioning to a raw vegan lifestyle.

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38 – New Year Goals 2013!

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Up between 8am – 9am daily (earlier as my energy increases).

Exercise first thing most days (favorites below to rotate):

~ Zumba                    ~ Trampoline (peak 8)              ~ Resistance training                                    ~ Biking                         ~ Skating weekly

Stabilize at a healthy lean weight (thinking between 120 and 135).

All major ailments gone.

If I fall off 80/10/10, may it be falling on vegan/vegetarian (without cheese)!

Loads of energy!

Enjoying God, family, and life!

Stable moods.  Hormones balanced.

And hey, a pregnancy would be great!  (We’ve tried for over 10 years and zippo so far.)

Community center start up goals with friend.

~ Zumba certified would be AWESOME

~ More fostering

Be healthily contagious to family and friends.  (Can we please have a raw/vegan holiday next year?  I need fruit in my stocking 🙂 )

More song writing on teams 🙂 and more worship/prayer rooms.

Time for the tropics yet?

Get the fruity calories up… beyond 2500, 3000, and more?

Keep the water intake up – 3L.

Good sleeps and lots o sunshine.

Tell me some of your goals in the comments!

Keepin’ it fruity,

Jen

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37 – Holidays

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Oh the holidays…

I had planned to take off from my 80/10/10 raw/vegan diet for a couple days this week, but alas, it is turning into the whole week off.  Oh well.  I’m ok with this mainly.  I did 3 and a half weeks straight on 80/10/10 this last round and am very happy with the healthy results.  I kept hearing from family and friends how young I looked.  This surprised me, since I’m not even dying my hair right now… at all!

I like seeing what choices I actually make when not on the diet, and what no longer looks good to me.  I’m seeing that meat is generally not appealing now, unless it is mixed into a casserole.  I went out for breakfast with a friend today, and normally I would order bacon or turkey sausage with a cooked breakfast, but today… nope.  I ordered vegetarian, and that’s all I’m going to say about that 🙂

I did try to bring veggies and fruit to all the parties I’ve gone to.  In fact, these are samples of what I brought…

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The veggies and hummus were eaten up, but the fruit trees were only half eaten.  So for the next party, I would do a much smaller fruit tree, if at all.  I also found that the base of the fruit tree works better if it’s a cantaloupe with a flat bottom cut out.  The first tree was made of an apple (base) and carrot, and it kept toppling over.  We propped it up with a clear fork 🙂  However, the cantaloupe based tree never toppled.

I imagine this would be a very fun project to do at home with kids.  It took me a lot longer to create though than I expected.  Thankfully, the second time I had help 🙂

I’ve seen some ladies in the Banana Girl Diet Challenge staying on fruit and greens through the whole holiday, and I’m very impressed!  Maybe next year I can give that a go.  Even their families are becoming vegan or raw/vegan.  It’s contagious!

Health is more contagious than disease,

The Light more than darkness, and

Truth more powerful than any lie.

~ Merry Christmas and Happy New Year beautiful people ~

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Love,

Jen

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36 – 80/10/10 the Banana Girl way

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I started freaking out recently while eating 80/10/10 as much as possible.

Why?

Because I got a uti (urinary tract infection).  Every possible worrisome thought entered my mind…

“I’m dying,”

“It’s my diet,”

“I’ll have to give in and go get antibiotics, even though I never wanted to go that route again!”

I looked online for natural remedies and comfort for what was happening.  At first, I found a few recommendations for Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, so I followed those prescriptions.  The urgent symptoms ended after a bath in the stuff (not so bad) and starting to drink the vinegar with water (ick).

I was very relieved.

However, the minor symptoms were still lingering… on… and off.  Shopping was really difficult, because my mind was always on ‘where is the nearest bathroom?’

So, I was praying… a LOT!  “Which way should I go Lord?”

I kept hearing, “Rest, and trust.”  I felt like it just was going to take time to flush the real issue out.

So I started drinking more cranberry juice, and more and more!!!

A week later, still not completely gone,  I joined the Banana Girl Diet Challenge (A Banana Boy one exists as well, fyi).  And there I found more help.  People there confirmed for me that it’s going to take a little longer than just slapping some antibiotics at it to “heal” it quickly.  I felt comforted again, that it’s not going to last, it just has to heal naturally.

I heard that it’s from adrenal fatigue and I need lots of rest and water, and continue on the fruits, making sure to get all my calories in.  So that’s where I’m at now.  I feel like the worst of the battle is over, and I’m on the mend.

It’s been a roller coaster week, but I’m so thankful for the new friends at the Banana Girl Diet Challenge.  Thank you for your help and comfort!

Love,

Jen

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35 – Raw Vegan Salad Dressing – Almond Butter Bliss

Check out my favorite dressing I’ve created for our 80/10/10 raw vegan salads!

Click on picture for video.

Almond Butter Bliss Dressing

~ 1 T raw almond butter

~ 1/2 lemon (juice) or lime

~ 2 ounces of coconut water

~ optional – add 1 tsp of ginger

~ optional – slice of red pepper for some ZING!

Blend all ingredients together and pour over your salad.

This dressing is INCREDIBLY delicious with or without the ginger, so go whichever way sounds better to you!

I like it on a salad of romaine alone, or add butter lettuce, kale and arugula.

Link to more pictures of the dressing:

Almond Butter Bliss Dressing

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34 – Loving 80/10/10 Raw Vegan

Check out my video update (click on picture below) on living and loving 80/10/10 raw vegan!

I have been on the 80/10/10 raw vegan “diet” for 24 days now (the first week or so I was still transitioning over).

A few reasons why I’m LOVING it:

~ I have a list of health issues I wanted to clear up.  My digestive issues have almost completely cleared up on 80/10/10… in less than one week of doing this faithfully.

~ Clean living:  no cooking necessary 🙂

~ I have a sweet tooth for a reason, and it’s for FRUIT!

~ I feel more satisfied at a deep level.  My vitality and love for life is forever increasing.

~ Family seeing me, and joining in.

~~~~~~Daughter getting steady on the fruit and feeling better.  She has lost 5 pounds so far.

~~~~~~Husband getting on the salads in the evenings and increasing his fruit smoothies in the mornings.  He says he’s feeling better.

~ I’ve started exercising again, because my energy levels are increasing.

~ My weight loss total… so far is 7 pounds.  I lost the first 5 or 6 rather quickly.

~ My BMI (body mass index) is reducing.  Not that long ago I was up around 29% body fat… and now I’m at around 25%.

So, what do I eat now?

~ 80% fruits all day long (amazing smoothies, or just whole fruit, plus some “veggies” that really digest as fruit – see below)

~ 10% protein through greens and veggies, and some nuts or seeds

~ 10% fats – mainly in my salad dressings (see my Recipe tab for these)

Proper food combining made a huge difference for me with digestion.

For example, I’ve found that cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, and bell peppers are really fruits.  So they digest better with other fruits.

See my Recipe tab or click here for some of my recipes 🙂

Love,

Jen

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32 – Simplify and Lentarian Chili (Vegetarian Lentil)

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Really getting to a minimalist attitude here…

How little do I need to live on, both with food and clothes (for people who know me well… this could be a shocker! As I love to shop for deals.)

I don’t really like to do too many complicated raw food recipes anymore.  I’ve been away from these for a while now.

I do love my dehydrator and Vitamix, and do not mind taking the time to whip up a smoothie or some fruit leather or raw corn chips.  I would still consider these simple.

I’d rather do a simple trail mix of seeds etc., than make a raw dessert out of nuts etc.

I have even been practicing some “mono days” and “mono meals”.  I’m hearing that it’s easier on the digestive tract, and gives it a break!  That sounded really needed and good to me!

My Daily Raw Food Journal tells more about this…

http://www.rawjenni.wordpress.com

Below is a recipe I love making in the crock pot.  So, it’s not raw, but it is vegan.

My body loves it and so does the family, so it’s a regular for the chilly chili weather.

My Lentil Chili Recipe:

~ Lentils (3 cups)

~ Carrots (3 peeled and chopped)

~ Celery (2-3 stalks with leafy tops)

~ Onion (1/2 chopped)

~ Garlic (4-5 cloves)

~ Chili seasoning packet

~ Potatoes – optional (1 – 2 chopped)

Vegetable broth (Full box) or Tomato sauce (I often just use whatever pasta sauce is in the house – secret ingredient)

I throw random leftover things into this chili sometimes, like spinach or mushrooms.

Cook in crockpot for 8 0 9 hours on low.  Season with sea salt or herbamare.

Another idea for Fall…

SIMPLE Butternut squash with maple syrup:

~ Butternut squash

~ Vegan Butter

~ Pure maple syrup

~ Herbamare to season

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Make slits in squash all around.

Bake squash for one hour plus?

Split in half, remove seeds.

Spread some vegan butter on both halves.

Sprinkle pure maple syrup over each half.

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31 – Hummus

 Hummus Recipe:

~ 25 – 30 ounces of chickpeas (I like to buy the ones in little boxes, instead of aluminum cans)

pour both in to your Vitamix (or other food processor/blender), pour the liquid of one of the boxes in as well

~ 1/4 cup raw tahini (or raw sesame seeds)

~ 1 Tablespoon of olive oil (first cold pressed/extra virgin, of course)

~ 1/4 cup lemon juice

~ 2 garlic cloves (this is a tinge spicy, use less if you need it mild)

~ 1 teaspoon cumin

~ Sea salt as desired

I place everything in my Vitamix and blend it on the Frozen Desserts program, and add the salt as needed afterwards.

Chop up raw veggies to dip (red, yellow, orange, green peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms, etc.)

Also dip with the raw corn chips from my week 30 post.  So good!

The recipe will make more than the portion shown, but it goes super fast if you are in a household of several people, and this is all I have left 🙂 !

For 100% Raw Hummus:

Sprouted lentil hummus:

~ 3 cups of soaked sprouted lentils (using the liquid from the soak in 2 of the cups)

pour all in to your Vitamix (or other food processor/blender)

~ 1/4 cup raw tahini (or raw sesame seeds)

~ 1 Tablespoon of olive oil (first cold pressed/extra virgin, of course)

~ 1/4 cup lemon juice

~ 1 – 2 garlic cloves (this is a tinge spicy, use less if you need it mild)

~ 1 teaspoon cumin

~ Sea salt as desired

I place everything in my Vitamix and blend it on the Frozen Desserts program, and add the salt as needed afterwards.

Chop up raw veggies to dip (red, yellow, orange, green peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms, etc.)

Also dip with the raw corn chips from my week 30 post.

This has a bit more of a raw taste to it, but you know you are doing your body good!  This bag of sprouted green lentils has the following:

~ 7 grams of dietary fiber,

~ 10 grams of protein,

~ 20% Iron (DV)

per 1/4 cup dry lentils!  Super nutritious!

Other options:  

1.  Either soak and sprout chickpeas or you can use zucchini (green or yellow) instead of the chickpeas.

2.  You can also buy raw hummus at health food stores, to give them a taste.

3.  My husband puts a lot of basil and rosemary from the garden into his hummus to bring out different flavors.  This is really delicious.

So if you have a favorite raw hummus, please do mention on the comments!

Some awesome health benefits of chickpeas – (according to Alissa’s book that I mention below)

“according to researchers, the mineral and protein content of chickpeas are of a level so high, that they
may actually lower the risk of cancer and heart disease.  Chickpeas also contain elements that prevent
the wrinkling of skin!”

http://www.amazon.com/Living-Live-Food-Alissa-Cohen/dp/0974896306/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350757743&sr=8-1&keywords=alissa+cohen+living+on+live+food

Note to those starting to make hummus:  you can buy a small food processor if you only want to make a small portion, or just for one person.

My journey to high raw continues:

I made a spontaneous decision to take a big break from hair dyes and the chemicals, so…

this is the result.  A bold move to the pixie look and going natural for a while.

I just had a sense it was time to take a break from those chemicals, and then later I found some research on it, saying,

“The most problematic hair dye ingredient is a family of chemicals called Arylamines. Arylamines are a known risk factor for bladder cancer and have been found to cause cancer in experimental animals.”

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/022575_hair_color_chemicals.html#ixzz29rer1FW9

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I’ve been reading Alissa Cohen’s book again (link below)…

http://www.amazon.com/Living-Live-Food-Alissa-Cohen/dp/0974896306/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350757743&sr=8-1&keywords=alissa+cohen+living+on+live+food

…and remembering all the reasons why raw seemed so good in the first place… people have been healed of so many problems, and just enjoy better health overall.

I’m getting more and more committed and inspired to be as high raw as possible.  I believe I will still allow for exceptions like parties, but I hope one day to just stay all raw, so the full detoxification process can happen.

UPDATE:

My new daily raw food blog, including what I’m eating each day and how it goes:

http://rawjenni.wordpress.com/

Love,

Jen

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