Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What's in your Green Smoothie?

I ask that question to a lot of people, and I mostly get answers like yogurt and fruit, but no actual 'greens'. 

Hmmm... herein lies the problem: a 'green' smoothie should be mostly greens, like spinach, kale, lettuce, etc., I think you get the idea.

Above is a picture of my typical green smoothie, and it has 2-3 cups of organic spinach and/or kale, almond milk, 2 scoops of dōTERRA Chocolate Trim Shake powder, 1 scoop of dōTERRA TerraGreens, 1 Tbsp of ground flax seed, and 1 cup of frozen organic blueberries. Delicious, and it keeps me going until lunch.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Raw Asian 'Noodle' Salad

Easiest raw 'noodle' salad EVER!

First, get a spiralizer, (spiral slicer) which turns solid veggies into 'noodles'. The one I used is called Veggetti, it costs $15 and you can find it at WalMart, Target or on Amazon. I got mine at a kitchen store in Gilroy Outlets.

So here's the recipe:

1 carrot spiralized on small 
1 zucchini spiralized on small
1/8 of white onion, very thinly sliced and diced (or you could use green onions)
1/4 cup of finely chopped raw almonds


Drizzle the following on veggies to taste:

Rice vinegar
Sesame oil
Toasted sesame oil (go light on this one... strong flavor!)

Mix well in bowl, and season with sea salt to taste.

I love this recipe as it gives the feel of eating a cold noodle salad, with none of the heavy carbs.


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Dark Chocolate, Cranberry and Almond goodies!

These are super easy to make, and they are delicious! 

Only 3 ingredients:

Dark chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand)

Organic dried cranberries, sweetened with fruit juice (bulk)

Raw almonds (bulk)

No quantities given, as you can make a small batch of just a few at a time, or as many as you like. I used about half of the bag of chocolate chips, which made about 12 clusters. 

Melt the chocolate in a pot that is set inside another larger pot of boiling water. (You could also use a glass bowl inside the pot of boiling water.) Once chocolate is melted, remove the pot from the water, then add the cranberries and almonds. Mix well until everything is coated with the chocolate. Drop by teaspoonful onto wax paper and let chocolate harden. I slid the wax paper onto a cookie sheet and put it in the fridge. 

These are the dark chocolate chips I used. Non-GMO, GF, dairy, nut, soy free, etc.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Raw eating update...

This morning after 2 full days of raw only eating, I was down 3.2 lbs! 

Woo hoo!

Amanda said she was down 5 lbs, Fred of course was down 5 lbs (he's a guy, and they ALWAYS lose weight faster than women, IMHO, except for Amanda!), and I felt great! Lots of energy, just felt 'lighter', if that makes sense.

I really like the all raw thing, but I have to admit that it's a LOT OF WORK! 

I'm not complaining, it's more of a realization that I need to plan way better to keep it going longer than just a couple of days. 

While eating raw we also drank Kangan water, which slides right down your throat very easily... I added a drop or two of lemon oil, and/or metabolic blend, and it's even better. 

I feel great eating this way, but I'm getting 'weak-willed'... it's winter, and cold, blah, blah, blah... enough said.

I'm just happy to know that eating like this works great for me to take off the weight... only 35 lbs to go... HA HA HA!... I will get there... eventually! 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Going Raw for a Few Days...

So I decided to join Amanda in doing a mini-cleanse and detox with raw foods. We (Fred and I) started this morning with a strawberry smoothie, which included spinach, hemp hearts, almond milk and some plant based protein powder. One of my favorite raw, non-GMO, plant based protein powders is by Green Smoothie Girl - GSGLife.

For lunch it was a big chopped salad made with spinach, kale, celery, red onion, carrot, Brussels sprouts, baby bok choy, chopped almonds and goji berries. Dressing was a simple apple cider vinegar and olive oil vinaigrette.

Dinner is going to be some pineapple, celery and carrots with cashew 'cheeze' dip. I'm not that hungry so it should be fine. 

I'm soaking some quinoa so I can make a little salad with that too... maybe I will sprout them. Hmm...

And I found a recipe for some cauliflower 'popcorn' made in a dehydrator... I'm really thinking about trying it. It's on the Rawtarian website. I'll let you know how I like it. 

Contact me for more information on Green Smoothie Girl protein powders, here's the email link: Marti's email

Have a good evening! 

Monday, July 22, 2013

30 Day Challenge

I'm starting the 100 squats a day for 30 days challenge!  I did 50 squats this morning to get ready to take on the 100 and wow do I already feel it!  So has anyone done this before?  Anyone want to join me?  It seriously only takes about 3 minutes a day.  Here is a quick video on how to squat properly.  You can totally do this!  I will update you on my progress over the next few weeks so check back!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Holy Grail!

It's not a shock that Fettuccine Alfredo is probably one of the most fattening things you can eat.  So for years I haven't even considered it an option (not to mention all the cheese and cream - yikes!) .  But at last there is a new product that is amazing, it's mung bean fettuccine noodles.  It has amazing texture and taste (Keith had no idea we weren't eating regular pasta) and at about $4.00 a bag we got several dinners out of it.  I made it with grilled mushrooms and peas and made a cauliflower vegan Alfredo sauce that was amazing!  You can get the sauce recipe here.  So you can finally add those classic pasta dished in with no guilt!  Tonight I'm making it again with homemade pesto, sun dried tomatoes, and pine nuts. Let me know your favorite recipe.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Dad and Penny enjoying the sun.
Have you ever been the one in charge of helping a family member after a health crisis?  If so, then you know what I'm talking about - not fun.  It's been almost a year since my dad had his stroke.  Don't worry he is fine, in fact he is out in the ministry almost every day and even riding his bicycle around the   property.  But it was quite a road to get him here.
When we found out about dad's stroke Keith and I both knew I was going to be the one to handle this.  I'm one of eight children (four of which were already living on the compound with mom & dad ) but you know it always falls on one and it was my turn especially since I was the health researcher of the family.  So Keith and I moved back to California from our beautiful Kentucky.
When dad got home from the hospital (which they did absolutely nothing for him other than confirm the stoke and feed him bad food) I had a plan.  First of all I immediately started giving him DMSO with a little fresh squeezed orange juice.  You can read more about DMSO for stroke here, which by the way it should be absolutely criminal that the medical industry as a whole ignores it's incredible power to heal but that's another thread for later.
Second, I had to make sure he was not going to take any of the medications the hospital tried to put him on, and I mean none!  For information on how dangerous pharmaceuticals are watch this amazing and short health video to see what you're really dealing with when you go to doctors or take prescriptions. 

You obviously have to make your own health decisions, but have you ever seen anyone get better once they start prescriptions, chemo, are any other toxic "treatments" they're pushing.  I really feel sorry when I hear family or friends talk about their health problems and how they blindly trust their doctors.  I know once they get on that standard medical treadmill their life is over, whether is be all the medication side effects or unnecessary and harmful surgeries.  You are literally going to pay with your life while they take your money and steal your health - wake up!!!

Now to my third point of action - diet and supplements.  I have written many posts over the years about diet and if you just scroll back a bit you'll quickly get the point.  So once I made sure dad was on his daily green smoothies and not eating all the junk he so badly wanted (sorry dad, that muffin just isn't worth it) I set about getting him on the perfect combo of supplements to get him healed as fast as possible.  I know most people would just go down to WalMart or GNC to get some vitamins and think all is good.  But not all supplements were created equal and some are just plain junk.  So I set about researching both on line and by giving them to dad and watching the results.

After spending literally hundreds of dollars and countless hours I'm amazed at the very simple place we've come to now with dad's supplements.  I would load up dad's little weekly pill container and have to remind, nag, and fight with him to take the hand fulls of pills twice a day, and he wasn't too thrilled about it either.  I also gave several liquid supplements a try and we were seeing some results.  He was improving, losing weight, eyesight getting better, and his hair was growing like crazy.

But I knew to keep this up I would have to find a simpler way.  That's when I came across this amazing video!  I strongly recommend you watch this and share it.  Yes, it's over two hours long but well worth the time invested.  It was this very powerful information on why we need all 90 vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that led me to ordering  Beyond Tangy Tangerine for dad.  The results were amazing and very fast.  He is far more alert, confident, and way less emotional.  And it is not a hassle now, all dad does is mix the powder in water and he can even do it himself!  
Like I said earlier, I'm the one here in charge of dad's health.  We can all see the results but I wanted more proof that what I was doing for dad was the right decision.  I booked him an appointment with a local doctor who specializes in natural medicine to get dad a Zyto scan, you can check out where we went here.  If he was lacking in anything or if there was something I was missing the scan would show it.  Well the results are in!  Dad is great on all his levels and the only minor issue is he needs to get back on digestive enzymes (my bad) and crank up the omega 3 (my bad too).
So with a little adjusting I think Dad is on the right track with his diet and supplements.  Now if I can only get him to exercise!  I would say if you don't know where to start just order the Healthy Start Pack here and judge for yourself.  Yes, these products are not cheap.  But do you really want to take cheap vitamins or eat cheap food?  Remember - results are everything!

I am not trying to sell you anything, just trying to save you all the time and money I went through to come to this conclusion.  Let me also be clear, these supplements aren't the only ones in the world and I'm sure there are a few other good ones out there.  Do the research and prove it to yourself.  And please write us and tell us what you found and what your results are, good or bad, we can take it.

The more I research and learn I am convinced most if not all our health issues are the result of lacking minerals, vitamins, and nutrients.  We are a country that is over fed and under nourished.  Yes eating good is critical and cutting out all the processed junk pushed on us today is going to help, but you still need to supplement.  My next post will be a fun one - my new favorite kitchen stuff!  So stay tuned!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I promise.

I will work on me for you.  Let me repeat, I will work on me for you.  Have you ever thought of it that way?  Have you ever said "I care about you so much that I promise to make myself the best I can be in every way."  We tend to think of focusing on ourselves as selfish, especially in the busy and demanding lifestyle of today.  But did you ever stop to think of the incredible benefits of working on your self?  How much more would your family and friends enjoy and benefit from you if you take care of yourself?  Wouldn't your husband love to come home to a wife that is happy and told him about what a great day you had instead of complaining about everything wrong with you or why you can't do something?
That means never being sick, in pain, tired, depressed, overweight, or messed up in any way.  You at your best all the time!  How many events have you been to when all you think about is how bad you felt or how fat you looked - what a waste!  Just think what you could offer to your marriage, children, friends, etc.  We spend waaaay too much time with sick days, depressed days, or just overall not being 100%.  Granted perfection is not possible in this system but could we be better, a lot better?  Isn't it worth it, both in time and money, to be at your best all the time?  

So what does that mean?  Just like we have experienced, you have to prove it to yourself.  I've had friends ask me over the years to just tell them what or how they should eat or what supplements they should take.  Almost every time they will do it for a short time and then go back to their old habits.  If they don't take the time to learn and prove it to themselves it won't stick.  

So I'm asking you, why don't you take the time to make yourself better?  I'm going to be presenting some information that I have not only learned about but have taken the time to do it and see the results.  I love experimenting on myself first so I can be confident about what I'm telling you.  I encourage you to look into what I'm saying and feel free to challenge it or try it yourself.  As I've said before, I am all about results - period.  If you're still sick, fat, depressed, tired, or in pain you're doing something wrong!  So let's jump in!  

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Getting to Healthy... one step at a time!

Kendra and I have been discussing lately how there's so much confusing and sometimes conflicting information out there regarding 'healthy' diets and supplements... it can be overwhelming and exhausting. I get to the point sometimes when I can't even think about it anymore, and I just stop for a while, and let my mind and body rest.
Here's something that's really important to remember: You need to be responsible for your own health, and make the best decisions for YOU regarding what you choose to eat or what supplements to take. Each person's body is different and responds differently to what you put in it, so please pay attention to how your body is responding when you make changes.
Obviously cutting out the junk is good for everyone. And eating fresh, organic and non-GMO REAL FOOD is also good for everyone.
The tough part comes in choosing the type of food we choose to eat: fruit, veggies, grains, nuts, dairy, meat, fish, oils, etc., and we will be posting some interesting information regarding these choices, and WHY it's how we are choosing to eat this way now.  
We have been doing a lot of research and testing things on ourselves lately, so we're excited to share what we've learned and read, so stay tuned! We have a long list of topics coming your way... thanks for reading! Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Still on the Path!

It's been a long time friends. In fact this is my first post since moving back to California in May.  A lot has changed and evolved over the last few months (no worries - still meat free)! 

I have some serious health info you need to know, especially for anyone you know having health problems.  We've been on an amazing new way to eat!  But I have to warn you it's super indulgent, guilt free, and burns fat. Interested? Also some major time savers and tools that will turn your kitchen upside down.
Stay tuned for some posts that I think are serious game changers in time, diet, keeping that weight down, and best of all feeling happy and full of energy ALL the time!  Let's make this spring amazing!  

Oh and before I forget, along the way I'm probably going to challenge everything you currently know as reality.  Ready to walk with me for awhile?

P.S. Sending love to all my Berea friends during this sad time.  Take care of Linda for me.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

7 Days of Juice... Was it worth it?

This morning I broke my juice feast/fast.  I made it 7 days, and I am SO glad I did! I will say, yesterday was my hardest day. I was tired of juice, I wanted food - badly. Not that I was hungry, I just missed the texture and taste of food. And the more I tried not to think about food, the more I thought about it. I'm going to take it easy with foods, probably just stick with a raw diet for the next few days and then ease back in to cooked food. But I'm resolved to stay vegan now that I've hopefully flushed most dairy residue out of my system.

From the way I feel and look, I would say that the last 7 days was well worth the effort. My allergies are vastly improved. I know I didn't get to completely detox, I think that would take 60 days of juicing, but I do feel I did a lot of good for my body. And I've lost 10 pounds! But what I really notice is how slimmed down my body is. A lot of my 'squish' is gone!  Which makes me VERY happy.

Through this process, my husband was pretty understanding and helpful but a bit skeptical. But now that's he's seen my results for himself, he's decided he'd like to do a juice cleanse! We'll need to modify it some because he's a chronic pain patient, but I think he'll get good results. So I'll probably start this process again in about a month along with him, and hopefully it will be a bit easier because I'll know what to expect and how to cope with detox symptoms.

OK, I'll keep you guys posted on how I'm feeling over the next few weeks as I resume normal life!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Still Juicing...

So when I started juicing last Wednesday, I truly only committed myself to 5 days. That's it. So with that goal in mind I started the process with determination to make it through Sunday. And I did! And I'm STILL JUICING.

Friday morning, my third day, I woke up feeling SO much better than the 2nd day. The horrible headache I had the afternoon and evening before was pretty much gone. I had a lot more energy. So the 3rd day was pretty easy for me. I was convinced the 5 day goal was not going to be problem. And for the most part, it hasn't been. What REALLY spurred me on was the improvement in my allergies and the physical changes I started seeing with my body.

One of the first things I noticed was that my neck looked thinner. Once I noticed that, I started seeing other changes. My stomach was flatter, my face a bit thinner, my rings were looser, as was my clothing. So I am happy to say that as of this morning, I am down almost 10 LBS! Yes, in 5 days of juicing, I have broken that weight barrier that has been frustrating me for the past two years. And now that the ball is rolling, I decided I can do AT LEAST two more days of juicing.

One thing I did battle with over the weekend was the desire to eat. I love food, I really do. I watch cooking shows, read cookbooks and I really enjoy cooking. And eating. Because... I love food. So this weekend was kind of empty for me. After working all week, I look forward to preparing and enjoying a few good meals that I don't have time for during the week. So I had to keep my mind off food the best I could but it was tough. And being around people who were eating was tough. But I pushed through and I am SO glad I did.

So with the exciting results I've already seen and with maybe a few more to come, I'm going to stick with juicing at least two more days. That way it's a full 7 days of detox and healing for my body and maybe a few more lbs shed. I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Juicing, Day 2 - Why did I want to do this again?

As I drink my lunch of green juice, I am thinking of why I wanted to start a juice fast/feast. There are a lot of opinions of whether this is a healthy or safe process. Some people think you're crazy, some join in and support you. But why did I decide on and commit to this process?

One of the main reasons I wanted to do a juice feast/fast was to jump-start my weight loss again. I will say I think my diet is fairly healthy, vegetarian/borderline vegan with doses of raw. When my husband and I made this change from the SAD in 2009, I expected and hoped to lose a decent amount of weight. To be fair, I did lose 13# a few years ago, and my weight has only fluctuated a few pounds up and down from that point. But since I work (sit) in an office and have a very full schedule like most, exercise usually takes a back-burner to other matters. And I will admit, it gets discouraging when you try your best to eat healthy and lose weight and don't see results as you'd hoped to see. So I hope this process will help my body decide to lose some weight and then give me the motivation to make other positive changes to keep the ball rolling. Of course, my scale decided to quit working a week ago so I can't give any weight loss numbers yet, but I'll try to get a weigh-in by the end of this process to give you all an idea of how successful this was for me.

Another reason is my nose. It seems to always be sniffing, sneezing, running or blocked up. It's not my favorite body part by any stretch. Now I've dealt with allergies pretty much my whole life. Not that makes it any better of course, it's just part of my life. When I've been driven to the point of insanity by it and desperately want relief I've asked Kendra for help, she's always told me it's because my liver is backed up with toxins and I need to do a detox. But even after hearing that several times, I've continued to turn to my trusty allergy meds because they suppress the symptoms and get me through the day... until the spring of 2012. My allergies have been SO bad this year I decided I need to give my poor body some help. A detox via green juice seemed like a fairly straight-forward way to accomplish this. Unfortunately, it has to get worse before it gets better. So here I am, day 2 of the process and my poor abused nose is red and raw from many a Kleenex. But I will say it has improved from yesterday to today.

OK, I have to admit something about myself. I like the idea of flushing all the 'ick' out of my system. Once I know there is something gross or weird going on, I have to get it taken care of. I don't tolerate zits, ingrown hairs, stray eyebrows or any mysterious bumps or blemishes. I'm a picker, and I pick until it's gone. Usually I end up with a bloody spot on my body but at least the offender is pretty much gone by then. And I'm the "Eww, gross, let me see that" kind of person. My poor husband has suffered many preening sessions - against his will - because I just have to remove any unacceptable blemishes. So the idea of getting rid of toxic build-up in my liver and intestines and wherever else it may be lurking holds a strange fascination for me. So there, now you know I'm kinda weird.

So how am I feeling on day 2? Surprisingly, not hungry. I've been satisfied, but not full on green juice and lots of water, so I'm OK there. But as stated above, the nose continues to run, I've also experienced draining in my ears (gross, wonder what's in there?), itchy mouth, and itching on various parts of my body. As expected, I also have a decent headache which I am attributing to my abrupt end of daily coffee drinking. Doing OK overall and feeling good about the next few days!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Adventures in Juicing

Wow, my first official post to the Veggie2Raw website. Although I have faithfully read all posts and even added a comment here or there, I have not felt the need to 'blog' until this morning. Today I started my first (big day for me with all these firsts) official juice feast/fast. I will for sure make it through 3 days but I'm hoping to hold out for 5, longer if possible... I have Kendra on speed dial for encouragement (she's like a drill sergeant) and advice, and I have Marti's beautiful Champion juicer on my kitchen counter. I have a good feeling about this, despite the rocky start I had this morning.

Last night I purchased lots of lovely organic produce in preparation for today. As a working woman, I only have so much time in the morning and I wanted to have everything on hand. This morning I walked towards the kitchen with 20 minutes for juicing and clean-up, feeling confident and sure. Now in my defense, I have used the Champion juice before, while at Marti's house with her right beside me. So I felt I could juice away with ease - big mistake. I wrestled with the juicer for about 10 minutes, trying to get all the parts in place to begin juicing. I began to panic as I watched the time tick away. After one last attempt and watching the little juicing screen spring across the kitchen, I quickly turned to my back-up plan - VitaMix. I have made juice with it in the past with the help of my husband, so I thought I still had time to get some delicious green juice to go. I quickly pulled my produce from the fridge, frantically began washing and some VERY rough chopping. I filled it up, turned it on and continued my prep work, confident that the VitaMix was happily making juice for me. Until I noticed it wasn't. The combination of too little liquid and big chunks of cucumber and romaine lettuce was going nowhere. So I made several attempts to shake the stuff loose and finally got 'the plunger' out to assist in the process. While I know the VitaMix was doing its best, my poor planning and bad chopping failed. I took the lid off (turned off, of course) and began hacking at those poor vegetables like a mad woman. I stabbed and hacked until I felt nothing could have survived, then switched it on again. SUCESS! The blending was beautiful. But by this time I had 2 minutes until I was supposed to be at my desk and I hadn't even strained the juice. I quickly got a mesh bag over a large container, secured it with a produce rubber band so it wouldn’t hang in the juice and started pouring. I quickly went back to more blending (with better chopping) as I was taking breakfast and lunch to work and needed 2 quarts of the green goodness. I was able to strain and squeeze the first quart out and get it into a jar without too much of a mess. I quickly re-secured my mesh bag for quart 2 and started pouring, feeling good, but I was already 5 minutes late by this point. A quick but not totally thorough clean-up was accomplished while I waited for the juice. But once that was done I had to speed up the process to get on the road. Doing my best to carefully remove the rubber band that precariously held a very full mesh bag over the hard won juice; I held my hands on the edge of the container to secure the mesh bag. And of course the rubber flew across the kitchen, creating a beautiful green rainbow of pulverized vegetable and fruit froth in its wake. Now I will say, my husband is tolerant of a lot of my food adventures but if he came home to find that, my juice feast/fast would quickly lose support. I squeezed and mushed that mesh bag with all my might, getting every bit of juice I could to fill that second quart jar. I closed it up and turned to the mess... 12 minutes late for work, by the way. I wiped up what green I could see in the wake of the rubber band, rinsed that wretched mesh bag and all other utensils and ran for the door. So not the ideal start to my day, or days of juicing, but I did eventually get to work with two quarts of juice and green cuticles. I am hoping for a much better start to tomorrow. I will keep you posted!