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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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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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29 – God is So Good!

Instead of bondage…

Enjoying life…

I just really feel like the Lord is getting me where I want to be… especially when I’m not focused on the goals.  Counter-intuitive, but true.

Lord help me put the focus on enjoying life instead of food and weight.

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Things I’ve wanted to do…

…dancing on the beach – one of my dreams or bucket list items… always seemed like it would be fun – and embody LIFE!  (I had to fiercely ignore the people watching.)

Other zany shots:

Just relaxing…

Sailboat at the end of the rainbow…

I’m excited to wait for hunger each time now.  I feel like my focus IS shifting off of how much I can stuff my face, and onto healthy, energy producing food when I’m hungry!  Yay!

I’m still about 80/20… 80% choosing fruits, veggies, and healthy stuff, and on the weekends eating fries and things I’m craving.

I also really enjoy doing zumba moves when I’m just waiting for something to finish at home, etc.  It seems to loosen up any neck or back kinks, which I wouldn’t have thought it could do.

Kind of funny 🙂

Keep me posted on how you’re doing.

Love,

Jen

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28 – Moderation

Burger & steak time (pic above) – I just so enjoy a good burger once in a while.  What do you raw foodies eat when you are craving this?

I’m also needing some substitutions – for pizza – it locks up my system, unless it’s the burger from the other day, which I guess it could be, because cooked food can take up to 48 hours to digest!

Lord get me there.  I’m not where I want to be, but I’m better than where I started.

I’ve heard what some people do to stay a certain weight, from only eating breakfast and nothing else all day, to exercising extremely hard daily.

I would love to stop eating at 4pm or 7pm each day.  But the discipline can’t be of my own doing anymore.  It just doesn’t last.

On a different note,

so happy I ran into this deliciousness!  Chocolate banana smoothie mix!

These glasses just make me happy 🙂

Another thing we found – honey infused goat cheese – it added so much to our omelets and salads!

For my birthday, I actually wanted to just stay on the beach, relax and eat the good stuff we bought at the grocery store!  This is soooo new for me!  I always wanted lots of pampering in the past, being taken out to eat, etc.  Now I’m happy to just relax here at this gorgeous place.  God is so good!

And now, ponderings about moderation:

Whether or not you agree with the Bible, it’s where I get my wisdom from.  And here’s what I see on this topic of moderation.

Psalm 34:10
The young lions lack food and suffer hunger, but they who seek (inquire of and require) the Lord [by right of their need and on the authority of His Word], none of them shall lack any beneficial thing.

1 Corinthians 6:12
Everything is permissible (allowable and lawful) for me; but not all things are helpful (good for me to do, expedient and profitable when considered with other things). Everything is lawful for me, but I will not become the slave of anything or be brought under its power.

1 Corinthians 10:23
All things are legitimate [permissible—and we are free to do anything we please], but not all things are helpful (expedient, profitable, and wholesome). All things are legitimate, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life].

Colossians 2

In Him all the treasures of [divine] wisdom ([d]comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God) and [all the riches of spiritual] knowledge and enlightenment are stored up and lie hidden.

I say this in order that no one may mislead and delude you by plausible and persuasive and attractive arguments and beguiling speech.

For though I am away from you in body, yet I am with you in spirit, delighted at the sight of your [standing shoulder to shoulder in such] orderly array and the firmness and the solid front and steadfastness of your faith in Christ [that [e]leaning of the entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness].

As you have therefore received Christ, [even] Jesus the Lord, [so] walk in union with Him.

Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.

See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men’s ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding [the teachings of] Christ (the Messiah).

For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].

10 And you [f]are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].

11 In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but in a [spiritual] circumcision [performed by] Christ by stripping off the body of the flesh (the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts).

12 [Thus [g]you were circumcised when] you were buried with Him in [your] baptism, in which you were also raised with Him [[h]to a new life] through [your] faith in the working of God [[i]as displayed] when He raised Him up from the dead.

13 And you who were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (your sensuality, your sinful carnal nature), [God] brought to life together with [Christ], having [freely] forgiven us all our transgressions,

14 Having cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us (hostile to us). This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and cleared [j]completely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross.

15 [God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross].

16 Therefore let no one sit in judgment on you in matters of food and drink, or with regard to a feast day or a New Moon or a Sabbath.

17 Such [things] are only the shadow of things that are to come, and they have only a symbolic value. But the reality (the substance, the solid fact of what is foreshadowed, the body of it) belongs to Christ.

18 Let no one defraud you by acting as an umpire and declaring you unworthy and disqualifying you for the prize, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels, taking his stand on visions [he claims] he has seen, vainly puffed up by his sensuous notions and inflated by his unspiritual thoughts and fleshly conceit,

19 And not holding fast to the Head, from Whom the entire body, supplied and knit together by means of its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

20 If then you have died with Christ to material ways of looking at things and have escaped from the world’s crude and elemental notions and teachings of externalism, why do you live as if you still belong to the world? [Why do you submit to rules and regulations?—such as]

21 Do not handle [this], Do not taste [that], Do not even touch [them],

22 Referring to things all of which perish with being used. To do this is to follow human precepts and doctrines.

23 Such [practices] have indeed the outward appearance [that popularly passes] for wisdom, in promoting self-imposed rigor of devotion and delight in self-humiliation and severity of discipline of the body, but they are of no value in checking the indulgence of the flesh (the lower nature). [Instead, they do not honor God but serve only to indulge the flesh.]

Conclusions:

You (God) have given us all of Your favor as Your children.  We lack no good thing.  All that You have is ours!

You want us to know You and be known by You.  To enjoy You and be enjoyed by You.

You invite us to join You in cool things, exciting things that You have destined us for, and to walk in.

Not so much the American dream, as far as striving to get rich and then enjoy life… but enjoy life, because You are with us always, You pour Your fountain of grace on us daily, Your goodness daily.  Help me be on the lookout for Your goodness each day.  Let me catch You in the act!

You are not wanting…

– us to submit to high levels of discipline that don’t serve to curb indulgence of the flesh

– us to be a slave to anything, brought under its power

– us to focus on moderation as the end goal

but focus on You and enjoying You, and receiving Your goodness every day.

Make it so Lord!

Love,

Jen

Bible verses are mainly from the Amplified Version.

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27 – Stop the Criticism! Enjoy Life!

A wise woman once said that if you’re craving tons of chocolate (or anything), just go ahead and have it.  Pretty soon, you’ll be over it and move on.  I think this just happened to me.  After several days in a row of bacon and potatoes, I’m over them, and back to high raw.

Yay for choosing healthy delicious foods again!

WEEK 6 – High Raw

Watermelon!

I really like watermelon.  I have a new passion for it.  It so helps me to eat better when I run into raw foods I like just as much as unhealthy options.

We are back at apartments now while travelling.  We have a kitchen and a fridge, so we bought all these healthy things:  watermelon, pico de gallo (tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapenos, and lime juice), the smoothie juices, and added some dark chocolate to the raw seed/nut mix we had from the other day.  I whipped up some eggs (cage free/organic, hormone free) with the pico de gallo – YUM!

Added some dark chocolate bites to the Raw Energy mix below.

Body happy again!

Washington D.C. 

We have been splitting appetizers for dinners and walking walking walking!  Today we walked and went on a bus tour in the rain!  I guess you do what you have to do to see what you want to see, despite the circumstances.  This was my fashion statement today 🙂

Williamsburg, VA

Amazing salads – Watercress salad with dates, blue cheese, candied almonds, and mustard dressing!

Beet salad with feta, candied pecans, mustard vinaigrette!

North Carolina on the beach

Bought kale and lots of greens, veggies and fruits.  The house we are staying at has a strong looking blender that I will be putting to the test with smoothies!

Yay for the blender in the house rental!!!

Mango Tango Smoothie

Couldn’t find raw cacao, so did the next best thing… coffee.

The view of the ocean from the house rental 🙂

A friend of mine posted this about Kale!  Have you had yours today?  I have 🙂

(I haven’t checked the validity of each of these claims, but I know Kale is a superfood!  If you know anything different, let me know!)

Digestion has been very happy!  Been having fruit smoothies every morning and a salad each day.  Besides that, just moderate amounts of meat, rice, and sweets 🙂

Here’s to moderation!

Love,

Jen

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25 – Gray Areas

MY THEORY:  There is an early feeling of “I could stop eating now, and be satisfied.”

Then there is a continuum of gray area where I could stop, but if it’s tasting amazing, I’m going to keep going.

Then I approach the “Alright, if I don’t stop now, I will be in pain, have heartburn, and digestion is going to be awful!

And then finally, “I’m in PAIN!  Why did I do that to myself!!!?

I would love to stop at the “I could stop now” mark 99% of the time.  And then occasionally, when something is particularly tasty, stop in the gray area somewhere.  That is my goal.

Currently, I stop most often in the gray area, generally right up to the “I better stop now, or I’m going to be in pain” spot.  Occasionally I go over the line into the “Why did I do that to myself section?”  And once in a while when conversation is amazing, or something else distracts me, then I stop at the “I could stop here” point.

Years ago, I would stop at the far right all the time in the “PAIN” section.  It took a lot of surrender to let go of filling myself with food instead of facing why I want to use food to fill the emotional pain inside.  More on this later.

Week 4 of the Raw High Life

Day 22 – Hummus in the Vitamix

I made the recipe in the Vitamix cookbook for hummus (all raw except the chickpeas, but they were organic).  It was so warm and wonderful!  Had two bowls of salad with lots of romaine lettuce, broccoli sprouts, ground flax seeds, red onion, avocado, Bragg’s vinegar and olive oil (first cold pressed).  Sooo good!  Especially after a weekend of parties!  My body rejoiced!

I wanted to stop at an Arby’s on the way home from seeing my family up north, but thankfully, that exit was blocked! Woo!

I am really craving good healthy stuff!  Heading back to my Vitamix to blend some more!

Day 23 – Ugh!

Bummed that I had a piece of cake and gummy bears last night.  Up 2 pounds.  Sorry body!  I don’t feel sick this time though.  Maybe those two salads and hummus cleared a nice path in my system for the cake to slide by 🙂

Plus, we are about to go on a trip.  So I’m focusing on preparations for that, and less on the eating the healthiest.  I’m counting on God for showing us healthy choices on the trip everywhere.

Day 24 – Splitting

Running around is my excuse for eating not as healthy.  But in my defense, I split the burger and fry with my step-daughter.  So I don’t feel bad in my body or mind about it.  Do I wish I could give up the burgers and fries forever?  YES.  Do I hope I get there one day?  YES!

For me, splitting food is a great way to share the calories and not so great stuff.  If I “gotta have it,” I might as well share it and have less of it.

Day 25 – Progress Report

Sometimes it’s just good to remind myself of the improvements, since I’m not where I want to be yet.

  • Coffee – basically off coffee.  Had it one or two times in the last couple weeks.  Finding the raw chocolate drinks available in more places.
  • Vitamixing – for me and for the family.  We are incorporating way more fruits & vegetables into our daily lives!
  • Weight – going down.
  • Cravings – are changing.  I crave fruits and veggies much more.

Day 26 – Little Cabin in Virginia

Our first stop of our trip was a weekend in a cabin.  We were able to buy groceries and eat pretty healthy.  I felt so good about preparing food and getting creative.  This is a new thing for me to be so happy about cooking on vacation.  In the past, I really just wanted to eat out all the time.

My favorite thing I made was a sandwich with sprouts, hummus, eggs, and onions.  I was just using what we had to put a quick picnic lunch together, and it turned out delicious!

We got out on a lake with a paddleboat, and just “anchored” for a while, enjoying the sunshine and quietness in the middle of the lake.  So good!

I felt great about our food choices in the cabin.  Now we are headed to a conference and lots of eating out.  There isn’t even a fridge in the hotel room.

Day 27 – Wine Tasting

We were part of a group tour to a winery today.  It was super fun.  Definitely the best wine tasting event I have been to.  There were about 25 of us tasting about 10 different wines, from dry to sweet.

Then we had a superb meal.  I was thankful I skipped breakfast and only had some juices, because the day was filled with food.  I did stop eating before too full.

The group tour took us also to a Fudge Factory where I proceeded to load up on 2 pounds of fudge (not eating 2 pounds, just buying 2 pounds).  I’m not sure what I was thinking, except, “I love fudge.”  I bought 8 different flavors!  Oh my!

I didn’t really need dinner, but I went for it anyway.  I stuck with a vegetarian meal – eggplant and risotto.  The loaded baked potato soup put me into lactose hell for part of the evening.  We went for a brisk walk to burn off some of that overload.

Day 28 – Petite Red Robin

Well, I always wanted to try Red Robin, so today I did.  I gathered up the spouses that were not in the conference that we are at with our husbands, and we went out to tour (ok, shop).  I did find a banana chocolate shake made with honey earlier in the day at least 🙂

Red Robin was very good, and I found out that they do a petite size of any of the burgers and they give a discount then.  I tried the mushroom swiss petite burger.  Just about the right amount.  I feel like I need salads for a week now.

Conclusion of week 4 of High Raw – This week did not end very raw at all.  My body is mostly happy with me at least as far as digestion.  But I do feel full and like I’ve had more food than necessary.  I’m hoping husband will split the rest of the meals with me!  And a big hike to a waterfall sounds good for tomorrow!

Let me know how you are doing!

Love,

Jen

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Where Do We Go Now?

WEEK 18 – Where Do We Go Now?

I’m sitting here at lunch, eating a few bites of salad with kale, lentils, sprouts, etc.  then a creamy tomato soup, and a KitKat awaits me.

Since I’ve been just “going with the flow” I’ve been feeling well, not sick at all.  I’ve been eating about half raw, and half whatever.  But this leaves me wondering, what do I blog about?

I’m not on a “gung ho” raw feat anymore.  And how often can one blog about balance?  I suppose my blog could be all about balance.

I DO still wonder about the “amazing health” 100% raw people brag about.  I wonder if it’s true, and will it bring crazy, wonderful amounts of energy and make me more productive, less cranky, and whatever?

I still have hope that I will get motivated to get there, without forcing myself or depriving myself.

Is there ever really a GOOD time to go 100% raw?

I would think it would be summer…  when people naturally eat less, lose a few winter pounds, are out exercising more just for fun.  There’s not too many holidays to contend with.  Oh, but the weddings, and tailgating, and grill outs… Hmmm… Thoughts?

Well, for now, I am motivated to eat healthy in the mornings, generally raw bars or Lara bars.  (It’s just too early to think about comfort food.)

Lunch is still some salad, some soup, and sometimes fries.  An apple in the afternoon if I remember, otherwise the old standby – chocolate.  Dinner could be quinoa, veggies, grilled meat, and whatever dessert is around.

Well, raw foodies, if you have suggestions, I’m listening 🙂

Love,

Jen

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16 – Balance

WEEK 16 – Balance

I have finally come to a place where I feel truly done with extremes… done with forcing myself to be all raw or such.  I’m enjoying just listening to my body and if I’m craving salad or fruit, going for that.  And if I’m craving pizza (which I am right now), eating that.

My theory now is that I will get to a really healthy balance if I avoid the extremes.

As shown from my gallbladder flush week, after a week of a “special diet” I go to the opposite extreme of fast food every day.  I’m definitely tired of swinging from one end to the other, and am now ready to flow into a balance now, no matter how long it takes!

I prefer the gluten free food whenever possible, but I can handle a little gluten if it’s what’s there.  I do crave raw food and snacks, so I’m not worried that I will only want junk food anymore.

The same goes with exercise.  I find it practically impossible to work out 5 times a week at an aerobic pace for 30 minutes or more.  But I love to skate for an hour once a week, and then throw in a walk or bike trip here or there.  Whenever I have tried to workout 5 or more times a week, I end up working out zero times the week after that, from being completely exhausted!  Anyone else find this to be true?

I’m actually enjoying this balance idea tremendously.  I’m happy when I’m fitting in my clothes, eating healthy, but not restricting myself from some “fun” foods and drinks when they are around.  This way I don’t go into “binge-mode” because I haven’t had any fun for a while!

Ah yes, back to all things in moderation idea.

We will see if I end up all raw or all gluten free from this, or if weight loss will just happen over time.  Any which way, I’m excited!  I’m definitely comfortable where I’m at, and feel like it can only get better.

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