MO Raw is Mo Better ~ after the cleanse

Wow ~ I just love doing cleanses. It’s such an amazing way to re-boot the digestive system and the emotional/mental system! I feel so tremendous and I had such ginormous break throughs on limiting thoughts and beliefs that I had that were holding me back. I began to think about how I had drifted so far away from eating mostly raw and remembered how when I tried the 80/10/10 diet that it really threw me off. I don’t want to say that everyone would have the same experience as me, but the fruitarian diet was not for me. I really believe that my lifestyle is just too active for it. Anyways, now that I’m back on board with raw, I was playing with PINterest and finding some awesome links!

Nouveau Raw Nutritional “Cheese” Puffs and Curls

I’m also really enjoying not drinking coffee. It’s so refreshing to know that all of my energy is my own. *Esp if you are a naturally anxious person. I found a affordable dehydrator on Amazon too! Check this out!!!Click this Click this

Ok, and here are some cool Raw food snack links:

Nouveau RAW

Healthy Raw Snacks

PB Banana Stacks

Spicy Kale Chips

YUMMY! Eat more Raw 😀

Breaking the Fast ~ 30 Day Banana Girl Challenge

So, I lasted 13 days and then I had to break the cleanse. I can’t tell you how hard it was to let myself end the cleanse,  because I’m a very strong willed person and there’s not fast or cleanse that I can’t do! I even tried to make it to day 14, but ultimately decided that my energy was just too low. I believe that intuition is key with everything and, I was getting very clear signs that my body was not doing well on this challenge.

I want to stress to everyone reading this that this may not even apply to you. I teach HOT Vinyasa Flow Yoga and I believe that I was unable to balance the delicacy of eating large “meals” and teach yoga. It was very complicated to eat at the proper time and make sure I had the energy. Then, I would burn off so many calories with the teaching of the classes, not to mention all the water that I needed to ingest. I normally average 2-3 liters of water a day, but the Banana Girl Diet stresses the importance of at least 3 liters a day. So, with the Hot Yoga, I need an average of 5 liters a day!

I can’t say enough good things about the support group on Facebook! They were so informative and helpful and encouraging. However, only you know your body and listening to that should always be a priority. Bottom line, I had no energy, felt hazy and was very spacy. I kept reading everyone else’s posts about  feeling great and high energy and I knew, that my body was not adjusting like I’d hoped.

You better trust that I was following the dietary guidelines religiously too! I was counting all my calories and averaging 2700 Calories a day. Sometimes falling a bit short on my water, but getting my 8 hours of minimum sleep. No matter how hard I tried, I woke up lethargic and started feeling a little depressed.

I intentionally hung in there for as long as I could, hoping to see a turn around in my energy because it’s perfectly natural to have a lull in energy for the first few days of any dietary change. Again, I can not stress how fabulous Freelee is and I have no doubts in the dietary lifestyle, however, I question if it is conducive to MY lifestyle.

Since, I ended the cleanse, I ate more poorly in 5 days than I have in the last year. I also had a tremendous emotional release. I am stunned by the power of this cleanse and am still analyzing what it means to me. My energy was back to it’s normal high range as before the cleanse too. I also find that I really am enjoying more fruit in my diet now.

At this point, I don’t plan on trying this cleanse again unless I begin to teach less yoga. However, I will be doing other cleanses 🙂

The 30 Day Banana Girl Challenge

So, I am on my 4th day of the 30 Banana Girl Diet Challenge, AKA High Carb Raw Vegan (HCRV), aka 80 10 10. LOL! And, I gotta say, I feel fabulous. It’s amazing how much energy I have and I how satisfied I am. I always knew there was a eating lifestyle that would permit me to eat as much as I wanted!

The transitioning wasn’t too hard for me considering that I’ve been working my way through so many dietary changes that before this, I was 80% raw vegetarian and I believe that I was making the common Newbie RAW mistake of eating too many nuts. I was so confused why my fat layer wasn’t dissappearing and now I feel like it’s melting away. I can’t wait to see what happenes at the end of 30 days!

Here’s a tally of my day yesterday:

Day 3
B ~ 3 bananas, 1000g of watermelon, 1.5 cups oj, .5 cups almond milk, 3 dates =
1106 CAL
L ~ 1 nana, 1 orange, 5 dates, 1 lg apple = 622 CAL
D ~ Spiraled Zucchini (2), .5 diced tomato, 1 sweetcorn/// sauce ~ .5 tomato, red
bell pepper, cilantro, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, .5 avocado = 434 CAL
X ~ instructed 2 vinyasa classes, 20 min brisk walk
W- 3 L
Dessert ~ 2 bananas, 4 dates, 2oz of pineapple

YUM!

If you want to learn more, check out 30bananasaday.com! Such an informative and helpful group.

LifeStyle MakeOver 2012 Part 3 ~ First Cleanse of 2012!!!

Hello Hello HELLOOOOO BlissFULL Hearters 😀 Hope this video and blog post finds you feeling joyous and super pumped up about participating in the ‘mini’ cleanse that will be starting Sunday Jan. 15th. Now, I want to make sure to express to those of you that work a standard  M-F 9-5 job may want to do this cleanse the following weekend (Jan. 20th -23rd) I say this because it is recommend to do any kind of cleanse or significant dietary change in a space where you won’t be too hectic or hurried. I happened to work on weekends, so a Sunday is a good day for me to start and I REALLY REALLY REALLY WANT YOU to  join me, but if not DO IT THIS MONTH and find 3 days that will work for you.

I am seriously looking forward to this. We’re going to feel so amazing ….well, MORE amazing!!!!

First things first… You SHOULD NOT be starving on this cleanse! If you’re hungry, eat a healthy raw snack, drink water, drink tea, make some juice, have fruit, have dried fruit…just as long as it’s RAW and try to avoid too much sugar. It’s a common misconception that when you detox or cleanse that you starve. The only thing that starves are the nasty addictions you have to sugar, greasy foods, caffeine and starch. lol. We WANT to starve those bad habits to death….make em disappear 😉

Watch this 🙂

So, here’s the outline (recipes to follow) * Make sure you get some form of daily exercise however small, DRINK LOTS OF WATER and Make sure Scrape your tongue and GET A FULL NIGHTS REST every night 🙂:

DAY 1

  • Wake up ~ drink a large glass of pure water (alkaline if possible) with lemon (can be hot or cold)
  • Breakfast ~ Green smoothie or bowl of yummy fruit
  • Lunch ~ Super Amazing Salad
  • Snack ~ Laxative tea with Lemon (such as Smooth Move) and fresh fruit
  • Dinner ~ Taco Salad

Day 2

  • Wake up ~ drink a large glass of pure water with lemon (can be hot or cold)
  • Breakfast ~ BIG Green Juice (*take a nice 15 stroll or other form of exercise)
  • Lunch ~ Waldorf Salad
  • Snack ~ Herbal or Green tea with Lemon and/or Sexy Elixer
  • Dinner ~ Simple Salad with Avocado and Delicious Miso Soup or Raw Soup

Day 3

  • Wake up ~ drink a large glass of pure water with lemon (can be hot or cold)
  • Breakfast ~ BIG Green Smoothie
  • Lunch ~ Any of the amazing salads
  • Snack ~ 30 minutes of exercise and Sexy Elixer or herbal tea for a treat
  • Dinner ~ Amazing Salad with Steamed Broccoli and onions

I know that it doesn’t look so exciting there, but wait till you see the recipes AND let me remind you that greens will super power you!!! It is seriously the purest and cleanest energy high you can have. Once you experience a energy high from eating lots of greens, you’ll laugh at things like 5 hour energy. I’m not kidding. You might even feel so amazing after 3 days that you’ll want to stay on cleanse and continue with a healthy raw lifestyle 😀

Lifestyle Makeover 2012 ~ 3 day Cleanse Menu

* just a quick word about this menu…I kept it simple yet exciting. I think that too many choices can be overwhelming, but don’t let that stop you for diggin up different recipes on your own if these one’s don’t turn you on the net is full of info. here are a couple of my favorite sites:

www.rawfoodrehab.com (huge inspirational source for this cleanse)

www.rawon10.blogspot.com (go here everyday 🙂

K now for the recipes

Green Juices:

Green Lemon Ginger Blast

  • bunch o spinach
  • 3 granny smith apples
  • 2 lemon
  • 1 to 6 inches (3-10cm) ginger root
  • cayenne pepper

Super Energy Green

  • bunch o spinach
  • 3 stalks of kale
  • 1 golden delicious apple
  • 1 red fuji apple
  • 1 small orange or 1/2 large orange
  • 1 cucumber
  • *opt ginger root for a little sweet spice

SMOOTHIES

Yummy Green Smoothie

  • 2 handfuls of spinach or kale (de-veined)
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen berries
  • 1 tsp of coconut oil
  • 1 cup cold almond milk or water
  • *optional TBS of chia seeds

Rockstar Morning Smoothie ( I drink this everyday)

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup of Almond Milk
  • 1/4 cup of raw cashews
  • 1 tsp of Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbs of raw Shredded Coconut
  • 1 Scoop of Spirulina powder (or WheatGrass Powder or 1/2 bunch of Spinach)
  • 1 TBS of Raw Cacoa Nibs
  • 3 -4 Dates

SALADS

Super Amazing Salad ~ This is a creative freebie! Get wild have fun use raw fresh ingredients. Dressing can be olive oil, lemon juice with sea salt or some Bragg’s liquid Amino’s with olive oil. Here’s a example of my sassy salad.

  • bunch of spinach
  • fresh sprouts of any kind (whatever looks great at the market)
  • 1/2 or 1/4 of Avocado
  • fresh tomatoes
  • onions
  • bell pepper
  • hemp seeds

Waldorf Salad (from www.rawfoodrehab.com)

  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 2 Fuji and 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 C red seedless grapes
  • 1/2 C raisins
  • 1/2 C walnuts, soaked
  • 1 C Almond Mayonnaise (recipe below)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss well.

Almond Mayonnaise
from Rawsome! by Brigette Mars

  • 1 C almonds, soaked overnight & rinsed
  • 1/4 C water
  • 1/2 tsp Celtic salt
  • 4 dates, soaked 20 minutes
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 C extra-virgin olive oil

Combine all ingredients except the olive oil in a blender and blend until ground and thoroughly mixed. While blending, slowly drizzle in the olive oil as the mixture thickens.

Taco Salad ~ Raw Vegan Recipe (from www.rawon10.blogspot.com)
serves 2 ~ $3.55 per serving

ingredients
•    1/4 cup walnuts ($1.00)
•    1 large tomato ($1.00)
•    1 teaspoon cumin
•    1/2 teaspoon salt
•    1 head romaine ($2.30)
•    1 medium onion, thinly sliced ($.20)
•    1 small jalapeno, sliced
•    1 ripe avocado ($.1.00)
•    black olives ($.50)
•    green olives ($.50)

•    4 tablespoons cashew cream ($.60) {recipe below}

directions
•    Make the walnut taco meat first and set aside.
•    In a food processor fitted with an “S” blade, pulse the walnuts, half a tomato, cumin, and salt until chopped but still a little chunky.
•    To a bed of chopped romaine, add the walnut taco meat, the other half of tomato (chopped), sliced onion, a bit of sliced jalapeno, chopped avocado, and olives.
•    Top with a couple scoops of cashew cream.

cashew cream

•    1/2 cup cashews ($2.00)
•    1/2 cup water
•    1 tablespoon lemon juice ($.20)
•    1/2 teaspoon salt

Blend all ingredients in small blender until very smooth. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

nutritional information

calories: 398      fat: 30 gr      carb: 26      protein: 13

Soups

Simple Miso Soup ~ I love Miso Soup. It’s the best and you can pretty much put all kind of veggies in it! So have fun with this too. I use white miso but you can use red or yellow or a combo. So to keep it mostly raw, I boil the water and miso, then turn off the heat and add veggies. They get warm enough to be soft and not soggy 😉

  • white miso and hot water
  • 1 small zucchini (spiraled)
  • 1 carrot (spiraled)
  • green onions
  • red bell pepper

Simple Raw Soup

  • 1 Red pepper
  • 1 Ripe avocado
  • 1 Sprig oregano
  • 
1/4 cup fresh cilantro and parsley
  • mixed
2 cups water

Blend all of the ingredients together and serve.

Sexy Elixers

Basic Elixer

  • 1/2 cup of Kombucha
  • 1/3 cup of any fresh juice of your choice
  • fresh lime or lemon
  • *optional fresh mint
  • 1/3 cup of sparkling water

Raw Mojito (from www.rawfoodrehab.com)

  • the juice of three organic limes
  • a bunch of muddled fresh mint
  • a good squeeze of agave nectar
  • 16 ounces of rejuvelac or kombucha

Place all ingredients into a martini shaker and gently mix. Pour into chilled martini or wine glasses. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. Savor and allow the tensions of the day fall away.

I bet you’re feeling really excited now! I know I am 🙂