Juicy!

With Simon and Zachary away this week I only have two meat-eaters to cook dinner for. It seems that with the absence of two of my men, I have slipped into juice for dinner. And, as I write, I am enjoying my fourth one in a row.

Fresh vegetable juices on wooden table, on green backgroundCool!

When Simon and I did our cleanse last fall I made it very clear that there was no way I could have juice for breakfast and for dinner because I would starve! Well, I’m certainly not starving and juicing is making me extraordinarily happy!

Here is tonight’s delicious experiment;

  • 2 carrots
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 brocolli stalks
  • 2 beets
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 thumbs ginger

I gotta say…I’m just lovin’ this juice thing!!!! 🙂

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Super Snack

I am still absolutely loving David Wolfe’s book entitled Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future and am trying to incorporate as many superfoods as possible into my daily diet. I am pleasantly surprised at how many I have easily made a part of my day and it has now become a fun challenge to feed myself super-bly.

images (42)I am just about to call it a day but wanted to share my before-bed-super-snack before I hit the hay…

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp chia seed
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • 1 tbsp cocao nibs

Stir all the ingredients together in a short glass or bowl, cover and leave in the fridge overnight. The chia seed is gelatinous so the concoction becomes a creamy pudding. And, it offers up three of Wolfe’s ten superfoods; coconut milk, cocao nibs, and goji berries. In tonight’s version I am also going to add some hemp seed (a fourth superfood!!!)…I’ll report on that addition at a later time.

Enjoy…and sweet dreams! 🙂sweet-dreams1

Super Juice Me!

I have always been a food recipe lover and I have even been known to take cookbooks to bed with me as my evening reading. When I discovered raw food four years ago, my cookbooks just weren’t cutting it anymore so I went out and bought a few un-cookbooks. I also surfed the web and found some raw foodies that appealed to me and subscribed to their sites.

russell-jamesOne of my favourites is Russell James. He is known as The Raw Chef and is based in the UK. He shares awesome recipes, tips and raw food tricks and I never miss one of his e-mails. Thanks to Russell James, I am just about to attempt making my own raw chocolate. I will share that new journey when I finish acquiring the necessary tools. Very exciting!

As I drank my Sunday dinner last night I opened an e-mail from Russell. He had just spent part of his weekend at a premiere for Jason Vale’s new documentary entitled Super Juice Me and recommended it highly. I felt like a little bit of raw food entertainment while I drank my dinner so I thought; ‘what the heck‘.

download (49)I was sucked in within the first sixty seconds and just cannot wait to finish it tonight.

It is the story of eight people who are on massive amounts of medication for their multiple diseases (including medications for the side effects of the medications). Jason Vale and his team take them away to Juicy Oasis,  his health retreat in Portugal, to see if he can impact their health with 28 days of juice, exercise, rest and sun.

The film is free for the next week and I highly recommend checking it out. I am only about a third of the way in and just can’t wait to have time tonight to finish watching it…I am pretty sure I know where it is going but I just gotta see the end!

Think I’ll make a lemon, beet and celery juice for my viewing snack tonight… 🙂

Here’s the link…enjoy!

http://superjuiceme.com/

 

Sunday Dinner

When I was growing up, Sunday dinner was my favourite meal of the week. More often than not, at least one set of grandparents was with us which always made it feel like a party. We ate in the dining room on the good china and there was always dessert.

download (48)Sunday dinner was roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy, roast chicken, pork roast or lamb chops. I would be hard-pressed to pick my favourite because each meal had its own particular character and yummy-ness!

With Simon and Zachary away for a week, I am down two men in my house which makes dinner 50% easier. I made Max and Michael a nice steak dinner with the requested trimmings. And while their dinner was cooking I was preparing my own Sunday dinner. But instead of roasting, steaming, boiling, baking or frying, I was juicing my dinner.

Green JuiceAnd here it is…(with enough left over for my breakfast!)

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 thumb ginger
  • 2 small celery stalks
  • 1/4 tray of sprouts

My recipe is borrowed from my raw foodie friend, Loren, and it is absolutely delicious. I maybe went a bit overboard on the ginger but it’s got a good little kick to it.

And to finish? Rather than pie, cake, cookies or ice cream, I am going to indulge in an heirloom tomato that I bought at a local farm today with an avocado and some cold-pressed olive oil.

Not sure what my grandparents would have to say about this Radical departure from tradition, but I know what I say…yum!

Happy Sunday! 🙂

 

All-Nighter

I take extremely good care of myself. I sleep eight hours a night, I exercize , I meditate, and I feed my body exceptionally well. Over the past two months I have seriously upped my game on the latter. And since David Wolfe came into my life a few weeks ago, I have discovered a food and nutrition gear that I didn’t even know existed!

sleepI feel awesome! And…it’s just getting better by the day!

One of the key components to my wellness strategy is sleep. I am an eight-hour-a-night kind of a girl. Even on the weekends I am in bed by 10:00 and awake by 6:30. I love sleep and I am a total wimp if I don’t get it.

Two nights ago I pulled an all-nighter to get my taxes done. I decided that I wanted to file on time and didn’t want them hanging over me like a big, black cloud any longer. So I worked until 2:30am and then fell into bed. The problem was, I was so wired-up that I couldn’t sleep properly and felt more tired by the time 6:30am rolled around and it was time to start my day.

images (41)The by-product of my all-nighter was that yesterday I felt like I had been hit by a bus! I dragged my butt around all day and felt terrible. My energy was low, I felt weepy and sad, and all the wonderful food that may have helped me to feel better felt like far too much work. Even the bag of goji berries sitting on the counter felt enervating to even contemplate eating.

And the result of my lethargy? Polishing off a half-eaten bag of potato chips standing over the sink. And then feeling totally crappy afterwards…not just physically, but emotionally as well. And guess what? That made me want to eat even more chips. Thank goodness there were no more half-eaten bags in the cupboard or I just might have been unable to resist the siren song of Miss Vickie and her wicked chips.

I feel more like myself today but have had to be very mindful of my food choices. It has not felt easy to feed myself today and I am still craving potato chips.

So here’s my startling observation resulting from my all-nighter…

download (46)We are a culture of sleep-deprived people. There are very few of us who consistently choose to put aside eight to ten hours and night for rest. So does that mean that all those sleep-deprived people are moving around in the fog that I felt yesterday? Does it mean that they feel sad and overwhelmed by life? Does it mean that they are simply too tired to make good food choices? Does it mean that they feel that it’s all just so hard that a bag of potato chips over the sink is the answer?

I couldn’t possibly answer any of those questions without a significant amount of research. However, my hunch is that I actually already know the answers.

Here’s my Radical proposition…that for one month every year we choose to leave the invention of electricity behind. That, after dinner,  when it starts getting dark, we do not turn on lights, use the TV, sit at the computer, or play on our devices. We give ourselves an opportunity to tune-in to those Circadian Rhythms that kick-in after dinner that tell us its time to go to bed.

And to navigate around after dark, especially in the winter when it gets dark at 4:30, we could use candle light the way our ancestors would have just over a century ago.

But, really, reading by candle light is the fastest way to put yourself to sleep!

Just sayin’… 🙂download (47)

Quirky

When I was in high school I had this quirky habit of cleaning up my room on a Friday night. I would get in from whatever party I had been at and, no matter how late it was, I would clean my room. I used to tell my bemused siblings that I would have a better sleep-in the next morning if my room was clean.

images (44)I got teased mercilessly but I always slept like a baby!

Last night felt like a return to my high school days. At 11:00pm, still hip-deep in paper in my dining room, I decided that I was going to finish getting my taxes together and have the dining room returned to normal before going to bed.

And so, after filing the very last receipt, I proceeded to move furniture, shine up the table and even put the candles in their place. I fell into bed at 2:30 this morning with the deep satisfaction of a job well done.

And, as I dropped the whole neatly presented package to my accountant this morning, I felt a nice little kick-back to that quirky girl with the clean room that I was in high school. But now, instead of bearing the teasing from my siblings, it is my family of men that never quite understand that it really can be deeply satisfying to clean.

Oh well…maybe in my next life! 🙂

Different Next Year

It is April 24th. The sun is shining, there is not a cloud in the sky and all I want to do is to be outside basking in the glory of it.

download (44)But where do I find myself instead?

Sitting at my dining room table completely surrounded by hours and hours of work. A year of receipts, unopened mail and scraps of paper that could potentially save me hundreds of dollars on my taxes.

Every year I promise myself that it will be different. That I will stay uber-organized so that tax-time is a breeze. I promise myself that receipts will be filed in their appropriate places and it will just be a matter of handing my neat little piles over to the accountant.

But, somehow, by the end of May, the urgency fades and the impetus to keep to my system feels less sexy and compelling.

Maybe this year will be the one that I stay on top of…hmmmmmmm! 🙂