Raw Up

I have been decluttering every area of my life from my living space to my work habits, from my social media presence to my simplistic existence, and it’s taught me what’s really important in life! All this decluttering has led me to downsize my cookbook collection. This year I gave cookbooks away as Father’s Day gifts to my sons along with a pound of unique coffee that represented their personality. But the ones I’ve saved I vowed myself to go through and Raw Up my favorite recipes within those pages and make them raw alkaline vegan for the 50 Day Cleanse and beyond. 

Velvety Beet Soup is the first one. 

Velvety Beet Soup

  • 4 small beets, scrubbed and chopped
  • 2 cups diced Italian plums
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon or mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon Middle Eastern spice blend (recipe below)
  • 3 Tablespoons Apple cider vinegar 
  • 2/3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt 

Garnish

  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced

Directions 

  1. Whirl first 7 ingredients in a high powered blender or nutribullet. 
  2. Pour into favorite bowl. 
  3. Garnish with onions and celery
  4. Enjoy

Middle Eastern Spice Blend

  • 1 teaspoon each: sweet paprika, black pepper, cinnamon, coriander, and cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: allspice, cloves

Mix together, store in glass jar for six months. 

Variation: Add a dollop of cashew sauce over the top and sprinkle on a bit more spice for heat. 

Alkaline Pad Thai

We all have those moments in our lives that make us stop and rethink our decisions. Or maybe we don’t and it’s just part of my life in the second guessing game I’ve been playing all my life. I only know from my experience; I second-guess myself all the time. Always wondering if I said the right things or did the right things. Always wondering if what I’m doing is right or just right for me. The only time I never second guess my decisions is when I’m standing at my cutting board with a knife in hand ready to tackle yet another meal. My Alkaline Pad Thai is one of those meals where color comes alive in both taste and eye appeal.

Alkaline Pad Thai

This is the salad or meal I take to every big gathering. It’s kind of like my signature dish, but it wasn’t my own, to begin with. This is one of the biggest recipe tweaks I’ve done because I loved the color. I wanted to make for all my allergy prone family and friends where soy, nuts, or sugar isn’t allowed but flavor is still welcomed. The original recipe comes from Oh She Glows, it contains a lot of soy which I believe is bad for our health plus, my husband and I are highly allergic to it.

Totally Raw Alkaline Pad Thai

Yield: 12 large servings

  • 4 medium zucchini, spiralized
  • 4 large carrots, spiralized
  • 2 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 6 green onions, thinly julienned (easier to use scissors)
  • 2 Tablespoons sprouted golden flax seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 2 teaspoons unhulled sesame seeds

For the dressing:

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup raw organic sprouted sunflower butter
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons coconut amino acids
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 half raw peeled apple pureed
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  1. Prep vegetables. Combine all the veggies in a super large bowl. I usually take a pair of kitchen scissors and cut into the salad to make it easier to serve and eat.
  2. Prepare the dressing by processing all dressing ingredients in a mini processor. Do not pour dressing over salad until ready to serve.
  3. When ready to serve pour dressing over top. Mix and sprinkle on the seeds.

Enjoy!

Changing the Legs of Our Relationships

How often do we think about food on a normal day? I used to think about eating, what I was going to make for dinner, for my husband’s lunch, and dessert all the time. I used to think about making sure our cupboards were overstocked with food items that I picked up really cheap because it was on sale and I had a coupon for it. Since I started the 50 Day Cleanse my thinking about food has changed. I now look at all that food I stocked up over the years as an anchor that was holding me down. This Cleanse is changing the legs of my relationships. 

I know “What on earth is she talking about?” Change the legs of a relationship?

Let’s take food, for instance, We all need to eat it to survive. We all have a relationship with food. We are making choices, thinking, eating, regretting, indulging, satisfying, giving in to our cravings for food. These are the legs in our relationship with food.

As someone who for most of her life has tried to lose weight or maintain weight loss to no avail, I have never tried to change these legs with this relationship. How many legs does my relationship have? It takes at least three legs to make a stool stand up. But my relationship to food has had at least seven legs at one time.

Food Relationship Legs

  • Craving
  • Rewarding
  • Thinking
  • Indulging
  • Satisfying
  • Dreaming
  • Stocking up
  • Buying
  • Eating

While at least four of these legs are still with me today. I need to eat. I need to buy food. I need, at times, to stock up. And in my case, I need to dream about recipes. But do I need the other ones? No. All my cravings for food are gone. I used to crave chocolate all the time. Now it hits me once in a while and I can talk myself out of it. I know that when a person craves chocolate, they are usually deficient in magnesium. So I take a couple magnesium tablets and the craving is gone.

Same with indulging. I just don’t do it anymore. The 50 Day Cleanse has given me the tools to listen to my body and give it what it needs instead of rewarding myself with a toxic, sugar laden treat. The first 5 days of this cleanse takes your mind off thinking about food all the time and helps you see where you need to change.

I used to spend hours weekly coming up with menus and grocery lists. While I still use a menu and grocery list, it no longer takes hours just about 10 minutes and I am ready to go. Eating raw alkaline meals and only once a day has dramatically cut our food bill down to almost nothing and we’re not eating only salads every day but they are yummy.

I’m also changing the legs on my other relationships as well during this time. Saving things to use someday is a leg I’ve used in rationalizing my skill of holding onto things I don’t need. Or how about this leg, “My kids might need/want it some day!” Ask the kids if they need or want whatever IT is. If they want IT and they’re old enough give it to them now or put it in a hope chest for them for when they move out. If they don’t want it, get rid of it. Family heirlooms are another leg. I’ve been going through my home with the eyes of my kids thinking about what they would keep and what they would toss after I’m gone. It’s eye opening. They probably don’t want the bottle collection with all the president’s faces you got from your mom. They’re not going to need or want 100 paper towel tubes or all the used gift wrap you’ve saved for the last ten years (which you never use anymore). Save the important things. Today is someday.  I am hoping that my children and grandchildren will want all the recipes I’ve conjured up over the years, like this one below.

Recipe of the Week

Taco Meat

Raw Sweet “Taco Meat” 

Always use organic

  • 1 sweet potato, shredded
  • 3 carrots, shredded
  • 1 mall red onion, shredded
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked four hours, drained well
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds, soaked four hours, drained well
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 – 1/4 ground habanero pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Place the first five ingredients in a food processor and process until it looks like the texture of loose cooked ground meat.

Empty into a large bowl and add spices.

Serve in a wrap with mashed avocado or on a salad with an avocado dressing.

Enjoy

Makes about 6 cups.

 

 

 

50 Day Cleanse

For the last 26 days, I have been documenting my progress on my 50 Day Cleanse on Facebook and Twitter. Many have been interested, asked questions and given their support in this cleanse. Several people have embarked on this journey with me and the 50 Day Cleanse has changed their lives as well.

In these 26 days, I have lost 27 pounds and regained my life back from instead of living a life of extreme pain and uncertainty when it came to my health. I have no more pain points anymore. It’s all gone. My skin issues are gone. One issue that has really cleared up is the rosacea I have had for many years is gone. My skin tone evened out so much I have been able to go out with no coverup or foundation on. It feels like I’m getting younger by the day.

My 50 Day Cleanse sounds like a long time but if you read all the about habits and how many days it takes to replace a bad habit with a good one, you’ll learn that it takes 66 days, not the 21 we’ve all been fed for so many years.  The 50 Day Cleanse is a not a diet. After the 50 days, you can’t go back to eating the way you did before. This is a lifestyle change one that may add years to your life, may reverse disease, may help you lose unwanted fat and turn your body into a fat burner.

In doing this cleanse for the last 26 days, I have tweaked it a bit and then was told that several people how much how much they like this cleanse because it’s so adaptable. By that I mean if you feel like staying on the water fasting for longer than the initial 5 days then you can do it. If you feel like you can’t handle juicing and want to turn it into a veggie smoothie the second week, you can. You live in your body, I don’t. If you’re on medication or take supplements, please continue to take them. If you need to take them with food, then have a quarter cup of cashews when you need to take them.

Will you see results in the first 5 days?

Yes. And they might be profound, too. I lost 10 pounds in five days. Others have reported they have lost 13 pounds during the 5-day water fast. It’s motivating to see the scale moving down while doing the fast. And it’s good to know that you’re losing fat and not muscle like we’ve been told these many years. Fasting does not make you lose muscle. 

Here is the tweaked version of the 50 Day Cleanse.

First Five Days:  Drink water (electrolyte, ionized, distilled or reverse osmosis), green tea, Smooth Move tea, and other organic herbal teas no sweetener. If you choose to, you don’t have too, but it worked for me. First thing in the morning, have a serving of Himalayan Sole Water followed by a cup of warm lemon coconut water.

Lemon Coconut Water

Lemon Coconut Water

  • Juice of half organic lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon unrefined virgin coconut oil
  • Warm water (see above)

Drink as soon as you can while coconut oil has melted.

This drink will help in eliminating (#2).

Days 6 – 12: Have two raw alkaline juices a day (4-6 ounces each) along with the water and teas. If at this junction you feel good enough to digest the fiber from the juice you can make a veggie smoothie. My favorite is beet, carrot, kale, and sweet potato. Another one that’s good is celery, carrot, kale, and half an apple. If you choose the smoothie route, only have one of them.

Days 13 – 20: This was a two-parter in the original cleanse. It’s now been condensed into a simplified version. The next seven days you’ll be adding a good raw vegan protein powder to the veggie smoothie. (I like SunWarrior’s Warrior Blend the best. ) You also want to treat this like a meal. Now you’ll be having one veggie smoothie and one protein veggie smoothie.

The timing of this is vitally important. This is where the intermittent fasting comes into play. You’ll want to make sure you are eating in a four-hour window. Example, at 1 pm have a veggie protein smoothie. then at 5 pm have a veggie smoothie.  Work out the timing for your schedule but try to maintain a four-hour window.

If you’re too full for two smoothies, you can tweak the plan by having a veggie protein smoothie as your second meal at 4 pm. I did this because I just wasn’t hungry.

Days 21 – 50 Eliminate the plain veggie smoothie and add a raw alkaline vegan meal, salad, wrap (organic raw coconut wrap). Continue eating in the four-hour window. If you are still too full, you can also have just one meal a day. I do this now. I only eat at 4 pm. And it’s whatever I am hungry for nutritionally. Some days it’s the protein veggie smoothie some days I’m having a salad with cashews, olive oil, lettuce, onions, and pineapple.

This is the 50 Day Cleanse. It’s helped my husband and myself gain back our health and energy while losing weight, saving money, and helping others.

 

This is the disclaimer portion of the plan.

The information listed above and on this is based on my own experience. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of trained medical or mental health professionals. The reader should regularly consult a physician, therapist or counselor in matters relating to his/ her physical or mental health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention. In the event, you use any of the information listed here the author and blogger assume no responsibility for your actions.

 

 

Recipe Dreaming

I have only met a couple of people so far in my 54 years here on earth who are like me and dream in recipes. Sometimes it’s a curse and sometimes it’s a blessing. I always find it fascinating to have the different flavors running around in my dreams colliding and becoming the “best thing you’ve made” dinners, cakes, muffins, and ice cream.

With every dream, I am awakened from a deep sleep only to find myself writing down the ingredients and formulating the steps as I saw in the dream. And so it goes with this one particular raw vegan meal. It has many stages something I am definitely not accustomed to. These flavors come alive together and compliment each other well.

I just wish I could share them all with you, oh wait I can. The 50-Day Cleanse has a Facebook group. We’ll be sharing our experiences and triumphs here. We’ll also be open to comments and questions. If you want to learn about this cleanse or have started the journey with me please join, we gain so much more when we’re helping each other.

The meal in my dreams

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Vibrant Veggie Tostada with a Radish Cucumber Salsa

Tostada

  • 1  16-ounce package Trader Joe’s organic cauliflower rice (or you can use a cauliflower and rice on a cheese grated to resemble rice)
  • 3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 6 ounces sundried tomatoes (soaked in good water overnight)
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 small shallot, sliced
  • 2 Flax Eggs (2 Tablespoons ground golden flax seeds mixed with 4 T good water, let sit 15 minutes)

Whirl it together in a food processor.

Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out a portion and flatten in your hands. Place it on the rack of a food dehydrator and dehydrate at 115 degrees (the maximum for being considered raw) for 5 to six hours depending on how thick each “tostada” is.

Remove and assemble for tostada’s or let them sit out on the counter overnight for a pliable tortilla shell.

Makes 12.

Lettuce Filling

  • 4 large lettuce leaves
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1 green onion, thin sliced
  • 1 red, orange, or yellow pepper, fine diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro for topping

Mix together in a bowl. Set aside until ready to use

Avocado Spread

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1/8 – 1/2 teaspoon Habanero pepper flakes

Whirl together in a Nutri bullet or ninja. Set aside.

Radish Cucumber Salsa

  • 1 English Cucumber, thinly sliced and quartered
  • 1 bunch radishes, shredded
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, ends removed sliced
  • 1/8 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • Juice of half a lemon

Mix all together in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to eat.

Mango Mint Topping

  • 1 mango, chunked
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 cup good water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup cold pressed Spanish green olive oil

Whirl it together in a Nutri bullet or blender.

Plating

  1. Place Cauliflower Tostada on a plate.
  2. Spread Tostada with Avocado Spread
  3. Top with Lettuce Filling
  4. Top with another layer of Cauliflower Tostada
  5. More Lettuce Filling
  6. Drizzle Mango Mint Topping
  7. Garnish with Cilantro
  8. Scoop a side of Radish Cucumber Salsa
  9. ENJOY!

Makes 3 servings (2 Tostada stacks each).

 

 

 

 

50 Day Cleanse Week 3: Intermittent Fasting Revisited

Two years ago I wrote about intermittent fasting and had great results with it. But like most things, if you’re going it alone it’s difficult to maintain. This time around it’s different. Both my husband and I have had wonderful results thus far with the 50-Day Cleanse that we’re motivated to keep going. Last week he revisited intermittent fasting all on his own, realizing he felt better if he only ate one meal a day and drank water and herbal tea until he had his salad.

It’s interesting to see how both of us are having wonderful benefits from doing this program. My husband has lost almost 28 pounds and myself 16, now mind you it’s only been 14 days. My husband’s always lost weight quickly and it really makes me peeved but this time is different. I am so thankful I was able to take all the knowledge I’ve learned from all the health summits I’ve attended, books I’ve read, notes from the conversations with doctors, and podcasts I’ve listened to and put them altogether into a plan that works for us and now for others who are also participating in this 50-Day Cleanse

Timing is important!

Clock Face

One thing we all need to figure out is when to begin our first meal/veg smoothie and when to end our 4-hour window with a salad. Try not to have anything 3 hours before you retire in the evening and at least 3 hours after waking. Try to pare yourself down to a four-hour window. You’ll have your veggie smoothie at the start of the four-hour window and am an alkaline salad at the end.

For instance, My husband gets up for work at 4 a.m. he has his morning water with his supplements then drinks water and herbal teas until 12 noon when he has his first meal (wheat grass smoothie). At 4 p.m. he a huge salad with an olive oil lemon juice vinaigrette takes another round of supplements and his medication. Then nothing but water the rest of the evening.  He also walks three miles 3 times a day.

I wake up at 4:30, exercise (mostly Pilates and some light weight training), Then I have my Himalayan Sole Water followed by my cup of lemon coconut oil water (Juice of 1/2 lemon and 1 T coconut oil and almost boiling water). Then water and herbal teas until I get hungry for my veggie smoothie which isn’t until 2 pm. Most days I am not hungry the rest of the day. but will have a small salad with my husband to make sure I get my alkaline greens. Then it’s water the rest of the day. I also go for two walks totaling about 7 miles a day.

Because you’ve already done the water fasting for 5 days and a juicing for seven more, adjusting your timing of when you take in your first veggie smoothie should be easy at this point. You’ll also be seeing results by now which will make you want to keep going and the intermittent fasting will help you get to where you want to go both nutritionally, mentally, and physically. You can experiment with the timing of your first meal (veggie smoothie) to match your schedule. Not all are the same, find out what works for you and stick to it you’re future self will thank you!

The importance of intermittent fasting

Like all my other posts, I’m not a regurgitator of info. Here’s where you’ll always find my list of resources to help you make an informed decision about this plan and your wellness.

The combined effects of intermittent fasting and eating an alkaline diet can have life changing benefits if you are open to doing the cleanse and following the simple and somewhat easy guidelines. Revisiting intermittent fasting was one of the best things we have done for our lives.

 

Art of Contentment

When I started thinking about the subject of contentment a couple of weeks ago, I began to notice the questions that began surfacing in my dreams. My subconscious mind told me there’s an art to contentment and I needed to concentrate on it to have it in my life.

  • What is contentment?
  • Is it the same as happiness?
  • Am I content with what I have and where I am in life?
  • How do I contribute to the contentment of my family?
  • Is my family content?

In my dream, the questions ran on like a ticker tape one after another waiting for my answers. But as I’d answer one question another appeared more in depth than the one before until I got down to the truth of the matter. For me, this is remarkable because my word study for this year has been “Truth.” The truth is I am not content with everything and I believe none of us is content with everything in our lives which is why we are always striving to do better in the areas of discontent.

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With my areas of discontentment all around me, I’ve decided to go on a fast and change two big areas in my life and that of my husband’s. It’s interesting to note that whatever change I want to make my husband is always on board with and tells me so, “I guess I will have to follow your lead on this!” The two big areas in my life, I think, go together. Health and Wealth. For 50 days we will follow variations on fasting for health and wealth. How do you fast for wealth? You join the Buy Nothing movement. Fasting for health is easy if done correctly and with a bit of medical and common sense.

My 50 Day Health & Finance Cleansing Plan

Health is first because being healthy is a wealth all its own

First 5 Days: A water fast (Preferably electrolyte water or distilled water that has Himalayan Sole solution added to it). Drink as much as you want and as often as you want. These first five days will prove interesting as you’ll be cleansing your body of harmful toxins and turn your body into a fat burning machine instead of a carb burning one. (I plan on doing a 5-day water only fast while my husband who is on medication plans on doing a 5-day fast with one fresh veggie juice once a day so he can take his medication.) This beginning phase is to help switch our bodies into burning ketones and gently move the toxins out of our bodies.

6th – 12th day: Add two alkaline veggie juices to your day along with all the electrolyte water or Sole Water you want a day. Notice you are having veggie only juices. The only fruit that’s helpful at this point is lemons and limes. You can also heat up some water with the juice of one lemon in it first thing in the morning. This will also help when not fasting as it will alkalize your system.

13th – 20th day: This is a two-parter:

  1. Add one piece of alkaline fruit.
    • Lemons
    • Limes
    • Avocado
    • Tomatoes
    • Coconut (oil, butter, water, milk) *No sweetener or chemicals added to the water or milk
    • Pomegranate
    • Watermelon (pH neutral)
  2. Try to have your first meal, veggie juice five hours after you get up in the morning your second meal, alkaline fruit, four hours later, and your last veggie juice four hours later. Try to have all your meals within a 6-hour window and use water for fasting the remaining 18 hours as necessary.

21st – 27th day

Along with what you are already doing add 1 fresh made, plant-based alkaline veggie salad to your meals and omit one veggie juice. Also, add 2 ounces of alkaline, organic, raw nuts. These include almonds, pistachios, pecans, cashews, Brazil nuts, Macadamia nuts, and hazelnuts. (I also recommend soaking nuts in fresh non-tap water overnight to aid in digestion.)

28th – 50th day

Continue with the eating plan as is and turn your veggie juice into a veggie smoothie with a scoop of plant-based protein powder. (SunWarrior makes the Warrior Blend that I like the best, but it does have some sugar in it. They also make Illumin8 blend which has brown rice in it. It’s a personal choice we have to make. I like both of them for different reasons.)

The Finance Cleanse

It’s simple. It’s easy. It’s enlightening.

Simple as this Buy Nothing. If you don’t need it, don’t buy it. Here’s what’s allowed: Food, medications, paying existing bills, and meeting your needs. Gone are multiple trips to the grocery store, cafes, fast food and everything we don’t need. When you go to the store, make a list ahead of time and only buy what’s on your list. If you’re in need of something and don’t want to purchase it outright, head to your local Buy Nothing Facebook group and ask if anyone has one that is willing to let go of it. I’ve done this with several items. I recently noticed that my four lonely wine glasses don’t cut it when I have a crowd of people over so instead of buying them, I found a set of 12 of them on my BN group on Facebook and asked if I could be considered for them. I’ve also found a 2 drawer filing cabinet for my tutoring business. I’ve even asked for a couple of items on there and people are willing to give up what they can in order to help. I had a friend who didn’t have a TV and I was able to get her a working one with a DVD player, so now she can watch her movies from the comfort of her recliner instead of an office chair. I’ve also given away the items I no longer use.

Besides buying nothing I need. I’ve also asked myself if I continually need the things I have. Do all these things make me content? Saving only those items that give me joy has helped us let go of the things and clothes we no longer wear.

Changing our health status has also allowed us to be more content with what we have. Change is a process it doesn’t end in 50 days or 50 years. Once we reach our goal we set another one and another one. The art of contentment comes from knowing we are progressing to what is of most importance to us. Find out what’s most important to you and work towards it.