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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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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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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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9 – Raw Chips and Christmas Lists

Week 9Raw Chips & Christmas Lists

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Raw chips come jam-packed with great benefits!  You are doing yourself a favor by munching on these chips!

Start by buying a pack or two of chips to taste what flavors you like best.  You may be able to sample some at a health food store or raw food cafe.

Some flavors I have found & their benefits to these foods (benefits to foods as mentioned in Alissa Cohen’s book – see below):

  • Kale – reduces cataracts, cancer, muscular degeneration.
  • Beets – help eliminate kidney stones, intestinal, liver and gallbladder cleansers.
  • Flaxseeds – supply an essential fatty acid (ALA) which is converted by the body into the type of omega 3 fatty acids found in many fish.  Richest sources of lignins, which provide fiber, flaxseeds prevent constipation.
    • I always feel so good when I’m eating flax seeds, flax chips, etc.!!  I know what good I’m doing to my body.
  • Buckwheat – is in lots of these store-bought chips.  It has a high portion of all eight essential amino acids and lysine.  Additionally, buckwheat contains up to 100 percent more calcium than other grains.  Buckwheat is botanically not a grain but a fruit.  Use only raw buckwheat, not toasted (kasha) or whole buckwheat groats.

Party idea:  buy few different flavors and colors, and mix together for multi-color appeal.

I like eating my beets and kale best in Brad’s raw chips:  Brad’s Raw Chips Link

I have perfected making some versions of raw chips myself, and will show you how to do that in later weeks with a dehydrator.  This will bring the price down for you as well, as some of these chips may seem high priced at first.

NOTE – BE THINKING ABOUT A DEHYDRATOR AND/OR FOOD PROCESSOR FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST, IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ONE.  You will enjoy them incredibly for the upcoming future recipes.  

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8 – Raw Chocolate Moccachino

Week 8 – Raw Chocolate Moccachino

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I can’t keep from sharing this one!  This drink replaces coffee for me on most days.  It has the caffeine if I want it to, or it can be made without caffeine, using carob powder.

The simplest version contains:

1-2 Cups of coconut water (I buy this in bulk)

1/2 Tablespoon of raw cacao powder & 1/2 Tablespoon of raw carob powder (can use one or the other also – 1 Tblsp)

1 – 2 Tablespoons of raw agave nectar (can substitute with raw honey if you prefer)

1 – 2 Tablespoons of sesame seeds

1 (or half) Frozen or regular banana

(Optional:  1 – 2 Tablespoons of coconut butter, for some almost crunchy chocolate chips inside)

Blend the ingredients together.  Chill for 1 hour, or overnight for a morning drink.

Pour it into a “to go” cup, and you won’t need to drive through anywhere for a drink.

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7 – Kid-friendly Smoothies or Shakes

Week 7 – Kid-friendly Smoothies or Shakes

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This week you will need

– your agave nectar

– some coconut water (can buy these in bulk now)

– frozen bananas (1/2 banana per smoothie)

 – fruit:

Red – strawberries or raspberries

Purple – Blueberries

Orange – Peaches

Ask your kids what color smoothie or shake they would like, and blend the above ingredients.

Pour & add a straw!

This is one of my favorite ways to get my fruit quota for the day.

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6 – Freeze Your Bananas – Raw Ice Cream Flavors

Week 6 – Freeze Your Bananas  – Raw Ice Cream Flavors

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Frozen bananas make banana “ice cream”.   It’s amazing how close to an ice cream consistency this becomes!

So, don’t throw away your over ripe bananas, freeze them.  After they have been in the freezer – even for one hour –  take them out and peel them.

Blend them in the blender to an ice cream consistency.

Strawberry flavor – Blend a few strawberries into the mix.

Chocolate or carob flavor – Blend a tablespoon of raw cacao powder or carob powder (if you don’t want caffeine) into your mix.

Make it a shake – by adding a little coconut water or even rice milk or almond milk (still better than what I used to eat)!  If you need it sweeter, add some of your agave nectar.

Make it a sundae – by adding any of these:

– cacao nibs (similar to chocolate chips)

– real strawberry slices

– pineapple chunks

– nuts

– strawberry sauce made up of 1 tablespoon of raw honey blended with real strawberries

– a cherry on top.

Keep it as simple as you like, or get creative.

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5 – Raw Agave Nectar

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WEEK 5 – Raw Agave Nectar

Agave nectar is a natural sweetener from the Agave cactus plant, boasting a low glycemic index.

We used the raw agave nectar week 2 and 3 to make delicious desserts.  I wanted to make an extra note on agave nectar this week, because I do believe it deserves a week of its own.

The other day, my husband used raw agave nectar as a syrup on his gluten free waffle.  He felt it was just as sweet if not sweeter than regular syrup, but no sugar crash happened after eating it.  My mom and I also tried it on her silver-dollar pancakes, and really liked the smoothness and sweetness of it.

I also added raw agave nectar to my gluten free spaghetti sauce to sweeten it a bit, and bring down the level of spiciness.  I loved the sweetness.  It was just as good as adding brown sugar to my sauce.  This nectar is a nugget of goodness.  A friend of ours uses it in his coffee even, instead of sugar, so my mom and I tried that as well in the video.

This is such a great example of a baby step towards going raw, even if you are using it randomly and not on all raw items!  I give you permission to go for it!

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