Raw Cream of Purple Carrot Soup

I love everything purple. My phone is purple, my bathroom is purple, even my hair has streaks of purple. I find myself gravitating toward everything purple even in my food choices. Purple cabbage, purple radishes, purple cauliflower and even purple carrots I love these varieties. You never know what you’re going to get when you create a dish. These colors bring out the artist in me. I’m the colorful side of my marriage relationship, my husband is all black and white. Yet, he truly liked this Raw Cream of Purple Carrot Soup.

My husband is a landscape photographer, he does everything in fine art quality black and white in Ansel Adams style. You can view some of his photos here and you’ll see what I mean. I on the other hand I bring color to his life, at least that’s what he always tells everyone! He also tells our friends he never know what I’m making for dinners or what’s in his food because I don’t use recipes. It’s true I don’t, I wrote a whole blog post about how I dream in flavors. I don’t anyone who does this.

Most people will have a dream and get up to write….Nope! I get up to cook what I’ve dreamed about. This soup was in my dream last night. I was serving it to guests and they were really liking it. So here it is.

Raw Cream of Purple Carrot Soup

  • 2 Purple carrots, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1/8 cup chopped shallots
  • 1/2 of a large avocado, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1/4 t Himalayan salt
  • 1/8 t ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon coconut amino acids
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut cream
  • 1 Tablespoon avocado oil for the topping
  • Toppings: pumpkin or sunflower seeds, cauliflower croutons, or chopped mint leaves

Blend the first eight ingredients in a nutribullet or blender. Top with remaining tablespoon of the avocado oil and a topping of your choice. Makes 1 large serving or 2 smaller servings.

Eating a raw, alkaline, keto, plant-based, vegan plan does take some creative out-of-the-box thinking but it’s so worth it in the end. Trust me. Your body will thank you. And maybe you’ll start dreaming in the flavors of this soup.

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Willpower Begins the Journey But Discipline Helps You Stay on the Path!

It’s been some time since my last post and the many reasons fill my head now as just excuses. But time is of the essence, it’s fleeting, and there are just 24 hours in a day. The business is flourishing, and I’m writing curriculum which takes the place of writing about my health challenges…practices. Time is incremental when I look at the health of both us…myself and my husband. My health is like a rollercoaster lately running the gamut of hills and valleys – sunny days and cloudy disparity. While my husband turned his willpower into the discipline he needed to stay on the path.

Willpower, is it a power of wills? Is it a will of power? Do you have control of your will? Dictionary. com says willpower is the control of one’s impulses and will. Well, what it doesn’t say is that my husband has an abundance of it when he finally makes up his mind to do or not do something. Dictionary.com says this about discipline. It’s a training, activity or a regimen that develops or improves a skill. Well, this explains a lot of why the two nouns go together. You have to possess the willpower to discipline yourself so you can improve your life or a part of your life.

Starting Point

So what’s the point of talking about willpower and discipline?  You see, back in January of 2017 my husband had bilateral pulmonary embolisms, his left leg had a blood clot from his ankle to his groin. The doctors at the hospital told us how lucky he was because normally they don’t give this diagnoses to men over 50 – they find it in an autopsy. So, yes, he was lucky,  but I liked to think that he was blessed.

Over the last year and a half, we changed diets, we changed lifestyle and we changed our health outlook. My husband spent only 6 months on the meds and with my research help and finding the right naturopath he transitioned to supplements. But he had a strange inflammation issue in his left leg that would worsen if he moved or sat still. Nothing would work long term. Diuretics (prescription and natural) only work when you’re taking them, they don’t address the cause of the inflammation. So back to the research I went.

About three months ago, my research took me to a place I never thought about, but wow it’s changed our lives. Health research more precise alternative health research is my forte, in being a holistic life coach. I had exhausted every avenue I knew but I was coming up short on answers. I remember it was about 2 a.m. one morning back in March,  I laid it all out on my desk before God and asked God to direct me. I got an answer three days later when my husband was talking to our friend who’s a doctor. “Have you looked into the lymph system?” I had never thought about that. I was thinking food allergies, side effects of the meds, scar tissue from the damaged veins,  wrong exercises, not enough exercising, etc.

The lymph system

We have more lymph fluid in our bodies than we do blood. And the lymph nodes in our abdomen area control the lymph movement in our legs. The lymph nodes in our neck control the lymph movement in our chest and arms. (Organic Lifestyle Magazine) This is fascinating stuff to me, and I’m talking about it constantly to my husband but, as is his usual,  he just wants the cliff notes. To make a long story shorter, I found a lymph cleanse for my husband to do. I used my knowledge of intermittent fasting and combined a raw, plant-based, high-fat, low-carb, low protein, alkaline plan to help my husband lose the inflammation.

First Three Week Regimen

A gallon of Cranberry Cayenne Flush

He also ate one huge salad every day made with alkaline veggies especially the red ones: beets, red cabbage, red carrots (nightshades excluded because they cause inflammation). I make salad dressings for him with avocado oil, garlic, cucumbers, ginger, blackberries, lemon juice, avocados and Himalayan salt.

The calorie count during this the first two weeks was 300 and 400 calories every day.

During the third week, we added a veggie smoothie to his huge salad. It was filled with full-fat coconut milk (no gums added), kale, carrots, beets, celery, avocado, cucumbers, cherries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries (I would alternate the fruit for him), maca powder, our favorite raw vegan protein powder (Sunwarrior’s Warrior Blend has no sugar, soy, or grains in it, it’s raw and it’s our favorite) and some water.

Fourth week and Onward

We added raw organic nuts but only the high fat, low carb, and low protein varieties: macadamias, pecans, and walnuts. We also added coconut oil fat bombs. I make my own with coconut oil, coconut butter, sunflower butter, maca powder, and carob (recipe below) which my husband calls fudge chunks because of their texture. Coconut Mama has a pretty good recipe that I started with and then started tweaking to make my own recipe with ingredients we can eat.

And he continues this plan now at the 8-week mark.

As you can see he doesn’t eat much only about 600 – 800 calories a day. He cut out all sugar even high sugar fruits and veggies. He doesn’t eat any grains. He eats all raw veggies, nothing steamed. He drinks a gallon of lemon water daily. He walks about 3 miles a day and does about 50 squats a day (squats are great at getting our lymph fluid moving). He also spends time on his spinning bike when it’s raining out.

2-month stats:

  • 50 pounds lost
  • Down 4 pant sizes
  • Lost 6 inches off his waist
  • Demeanor changed, he’s calmer and happier
  • Tons more energy
  • He’s got laser focus now
  • He doesn’t get overheated anymore. He had an issue since he was a teenager (he was a runner and very fit then) where he would overheat when the temps rose above 70. It was 87 degrees a couple of weeks ago and he was fine, even had on a long sleeve shirt.
  • His recovery time from hikes and workouts is getting shorter and shorter. As a landscape photographer, he hikes all over the place on different types of terrain. His first hike of the season was last week where the grade was steep at 19%. Yes, he was sore and what used to take 3 – 4 days to recover only took 24 hours.

This plan is a cleanse that will clean up your lymph system and your whole body. It will balance your hormones. It will reset you on a health journey by cleaning out the toxins that not only clogged your arteries but your life. This plan is not for the faint of heart. If you don’t have the willpower to start and the discipline to say “NO” to food that’s sitting right in front of you or all around you at your office and social gatherings then it’s not for you. It’s not for everyone. But, if you are at the end of your rope, and you need to make a change that’s going to save the quality of your life, then you may want to take a look at some of the links I’ve posted above.

My husband’s willpower led him to say yes to this journey but it’s his discipline that keeps getting stronger every time he says “NO” to food that’s not right for him.

He can say yes to these!

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Carob Fat Fudge

  • 1/2 cup each coconut oil, coconut butter, and sunbutter (no sugar or salt)
  • 1/4 cup carob powder or raw cacao (cocoa and cacao have caffeine)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 10 drops liquid stevia
  • 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 Tablespoon organic maca powder

Melt the coconut oil and butters in a small saucepan over very low heat. You only want to melt it without boiling it. Stirring till melted. When totally melted, immediately remove from heat. Let it sit for a couple of minutes to cool. Then add the vanilla, almond extract, and stevia. Whisk till blended. While whisking, add in the carob powder, salt, and maca powder. Whisk until smooth and incorporated. Pour into a 2-cup glass measuring cup for easy pouring. Pour into small candy molds or a mini muffin pan with paper liners. Only pour to about 1/4 to 1/3 full. Refrigerate about two hours to set. Remove from molds or pan (I removed the paper liners.) These can be stored on the counter or in the fridge. Makes 20 pieces of fudge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Green Smoothie 

At the end of my 5 days of water fasting, I’m always thinking about my first “meal” after the fast. I have found it’s always good to break a fast with fresh raw alkaline veggie juice or smoothie! My husband always reminds me that naming my smoothies a smoothie is misguided because they are more like a “juithie” (he makes up his own words). He’s right, though. My smoothies don’t have the usual basic ingredients. I’m always on the hunt for a more nutritious ingredient to opt out those nutrient devoided imposters. This Great Green Smoothie is a juithie not a smoothie in the conventional sense. It’s the best way to break an extended fast because it won’t raise your blood sugar like a veggie juice will.

Juithie deconstructed

Cucumbers:

It’s the skin that holds many of the nutrients which is why organic, non-waxed cucumbers are the best for you.

Nutrients

  • Flesh: Vitamin A, C, and Folic Acid
  • Skin: Magnesium, Molybdenum, Potassium, and Silica

Health Benefits

  • Regulates body blood pH and neutralizes acidity
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Contributes to the proper structure of the connective tissue in our bodies (muscles, bones, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons)
  • Normalizes body temp especially in hot summer months
  • Diuretic properties prevent kidney stones
  • Counters the effects of uric acid preventing arthritis, asthma, and gout

Carrot

Nutrients: Vitamin A, C, K, B8, Pantothenic Acid, Folate, Potassium, Copper, Manganese

Health Benefits

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Relaxes tension and lowers blood pressure
  • Antiseptic and Antibacterial properties which boost immune systems
  • Stimulates white blood cells
  • Fiber: stimulates peristaltic motion and secretion of gastric juices which boosts elimination of excess LDL cholesterol from arteries and blood vessels
  • Stimulates gums and induces excess saliva (saliva is alkaline and first line of defense when combating bacteria and foreign invaders)

Celery

Nutrients:

  • Vitamins: A, C, D, B6, B12, K, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Fiber
  • Minerals: Calcium, Sodium, Copper, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Potassium, & Fatty Acids

Health Benefits

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Antiseptic properties in seed eliminates uric acid and stimulates urination
  • Keeps joints healthy
  • Anti inflammatory capabilities: reduces swelling and pain in joints & can increase the regrowth of tissue in inflamed joints.
  • Improves immune system function

Avocado

Nutrients

  • Vitamins: C, B6, B12, A, D, K, E, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin
  • Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper, Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc
  • Antioxidant: Xanthophyll
  • Fatty Acids

Health Benefits

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Enhances the absorption of other nutrients when eaten together with other healthy veggies
  • Keeps eyes healthy
  • Aids in digestion
  • Reduces liver damage
  • Anti inflammatory properties
  • Decreases signs of aging
  • Helps level out blood glucose levels

Wheatgrass 

Nutrients

  • Vitamins: A, C, E, K, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, B6, Pantothenic Acid,
  • Minerals: Iron, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium, Potassium
  • Protein
  • Fiber

Health Benefits

  • Aids in weight loss
  • Corrects bowel problems and gastrointestinal issues aka IBS
  • Detoxifying properties
  • Nullifies cancer causing agents
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Extremely alkaline

Plant based protein powder 

My favorite is Warrior Blend from Sunwarrior it has all the amino acids, it’s made from pea and hemp protein and has only 3 grams of carbohydrates.

Essential Seed Mix 

I make this myself, it’s just an extra boost of minerals that we need while going through the cleanse and afterward. It helps me personally in knowing I am getting nutrients even though I may not be eating as much. Click the name to find out what goes into my seed mix.

Water

I only used reverse osmosis water, it has everything, including the minerals, stripped out of it like distilled but it’s also ionized, this way I can add back natural minerals if I choose too.


Great Green Smoothie

  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1/2 large carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 1/3 cucumber, chopped
  • 2 ounces wheatgrass (not the juice, the wheatgrass cuttings)
  • 1 T Essential Seed Mix
  • 1 Scoop Warrior Blend protein powder
  • 10 drops liquid vitamin D 
  • Water to fill line on Nutribullet large cup

Whirl together

Enjoy

Wishing you many more glimpses of health.

 

Research 

Cucumber info

Carrot info

Celery

Avocado

Wheatgrass