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48 ~ Fourth Month Raw Vegan

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CLICK ON PIC ABOVE FOR VIDEO OF 4TH MONTH UPDATES, LIVE FROM THE GRAND CANYON!

Highlights of Month 4:

~ Left the gray “au naturale” look, just shy of one year, for hi-lites and low-lites.

~ Much more vegan (and raw) now.  Better at holding the vegan line, even when eating dinner out.

~ Adjusting better to travelling and staying raw/vegan.

~ Feeling closer to nature and the real me, finding more purpose.

Dipping my toes in the Colorado River (it’s 47 degrees! Brrrrrr! but feels good in the hot sun)

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Hiking the Grand Canyon!

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Going back up!

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Chillin’ with the sunset after quite a workout!

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More Videos:

Colorado River tour – quick video:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKmolZ4yYCo

Overview of our Grand Canyon hike (video):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdF1so4oLOk

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45 – First Month as a Raw Vegan!

Come on over to the “fruity side” 🙂

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Click on the picture above for my latest video on the first month of raw vegan!

I’m doing a six month trial as a raw vegan, just finishing my first month on the 80/10/10 raw vegan diet, and my weight is already down almost 10 pounds! Woo!

I’m already noticing the asthma, allergies from the Spring blooms everywhere, and arthritis are GONE. My digestion is happy and thanking me with no more constipation 🙂

Gardening has begun! I have new flowers in the front pots, veggies and lettuce planted, and flowers on the roof.

Backyard flowers

As the lettuce springs up, I will move it to our new lettuce planters we are building in the back. They will look something like this… hopefully 🙂

Tiered lettuce garden

Something Investigating:

I’ve learned that an apple a day can help dental health, especially of a raw/vegan person. As well as coconut oil for gum health.

From http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Do_apples_clean_teeth ~

Apples are a mildly acidic fruit. Because of their slightly astringent quality, they are an ideal food for cleansing and brightening teeth. The acidic nature of an apple is not enough to make a person’s teeth pearly white. The acid needs the help of the fiber-rich flesh of the apple.

Crunchy foods, including apples, celery, and carrots, act like mini toothbrushes when they are chewed. The crunchy bits actually help scrub away stubborn stains. This does not happen in a day but will take a while. The cleansing effect may be noticeable, even if it’s very slight, particularly if the apple eater is a coffee drinker who hadn’t been eating apples every day to begin with.

After eating an apple, it’s still important to brush your teeth. The apples still have sugar and acid in them which can damage the teeth. Leaving the sugar and acid on the teeth will reverse the benefits that eating an apple gave the teeth. Also, it’s a good idea to brush away the loosened plaque from the teeth so that it cannot become reattached to the teeth. If a tooth brush is not available after an apple, rinsing the apple down with some water may be the next best thing.

See this link on my Raw Jenni blog for awesome uses for Coconut oil.

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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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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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33 – Pura Vida – 80/10/10

PURE LIFE!

The Lord has just bumped me and my family up another level!

We have stumbled upon the 80/10/10 way to eat, and it is pure satisfaction!

I was having major digestive issues in the last few weeks, and started eliminating meat, gluten, dairy, soy, and cooked food from my life.  I was researching some blogs and found this way of eating that sounded like pure Heaven to my digestive system!

I have been logging my daily journey with it at this blog link:

http://www.rawjenni.wordpress.com

I’m not perfect at it yet, but the funny thing is… I’m more raw now than ever before!  Because I’m aiming so high, I’m landing in a really heavenly raw zone!  I love it! 🙂

I feel so satisfied eating this way.  My food cravings have disappeared!  I’m not kidding!  My cells and body feel so satiated that even if I get hungry at the end of the night a little bit (like after 11pm), I don’t need to eat anything.  It’s so wild!  I’ve been looking for this answer my whole life.  I always felt so hungry so quickly after eating cooked food.  Even if I would eat a huge meal, the hunger would return, and I never knew why.  Now I know why.  My cells were never satisfied with that food.  It was lifeless, nutrient drained and deficient.  My cells were malnourished in a big way!

There’s a quote that says, overweight people are actually starving to death (from malnourishment)!  I believe it!

I would have trouble losing enough weight and keeping it off, yet I was always so hungry eating crappy food.  It never made sense.

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Sure, there are more things to learn on this “diet” but it has been the easiest transition for me yet.  My body loves the fruit.  I have wonderful smoothies all day long, then a big salad of greens and other goodies, limiting the fat to reasonable amounts.

Going raw in the first place was a lot harder than this, perhaps due to all the gourmet recipes I was trying to test and learn.   This plan is much simpler.  Few ingredients, or even just one ingredient sometimes 🙂

I’m so thankful this has come my way.  I feel like a new Jenni is emerging!

Two Moms in the Raw bars, in the shape of a heart 🙂

Beautiful kale in the garden

Links explaining 80/10/10 if you are interested:

http://www.fitcurvyraw.com/raw-food-diet-811-ch2.html

Link to the book by Dr. Graham:

http://www.amazon.com/The-80-10-Diet/dp/1893831248/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352055170&sr=8-1&keywords=80%2F10%2F10

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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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