Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Asian Raw 'Noodle' Salad Recipe - Super easy!

Easiest raw 'noodle' salad EVER!

First, get a spiralizer, (spiral slicer) which turns solid veggies into 'noodles'. The one I used is called a Veggetti, and it costs $15 -$20, and you can get an even better one on Amazon here: Spiralizer

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, July 18, 2017

Gut health = immune system health

Did you know that most of your immune system is in your gut?
Yep, and scientists are now recognizing that we have what they are calling a ‘second brain’, as they have discovered we also have millions of neurotransmitters in our digestive system!

Digestive health is super important, and that’s why TerraZyme is for everyone!
TerraZyme is a digestive enzyme supplement to help break down and digest food properly. Raw food has the digestive enzymes intact, however, when we cook food, the natural digestive enzymes are mostly killed off.
TerraZyme contains the following ingredients:
Protease & Papain – breaks down proteins
Papain – breaks down starches into simple sugar
Lactase – breaks down lactose (milk products)
Lipase – breaks down fats into fatty acids
Alpha Galactosidase – breaks down complex carbs
Cellulase – breaks down fiber
Sucrase – for sugar metabolism
Betaine HCL – helps balance stomach acid
Glucoamylase – breaks down carbs
Anti-gluten enzyme blend Peppermint leaf, Ginger root and   Caraway seed as digestive support.
Each bottle contains 90 veggie capsules, for a 30 day supply.

Another product I recommend is DigestZen Digestive Blend essential oil. I love this oil, and use it whenever I’ve eaten something that doesn’t quite agree with me, or maybe I’ve eaten a little too much… it happens. I will put a drop or 2 on my tongue, or in a small glass of water, or I rub a drop or 2 right on my stomach, and I get relief within a few minutes. Works fast and tastes great, a little like licorice, as it has Fennel oil in the mix.
Other oils in DigestZen: Ginger, Peppermint, Caraway seed, Coriander, Anise, and Tarragon.
This is a complete digestive enzyme support system, and can help you alleviate the pain and discomfort that comes from a meal high in fat, animal protein, a ‘less than healthy’ diet, or for those who eat a lot of processed or cooked food. And let’s be honest, that’s probably most of us!
You gotta eat, so you might as well give your body a boost in digesting all of it, and help heal your gut. You’ll feel better! Vegan friendly, non-GMO and gluten free!
TerraZyme Retail price is $50.00, Wholesale price is $37.50.
DigestZen Retail price is $41.33, Wholesale price is $31.00
US orders only.

These products are not sold in stores. 
Contact me to order, or to get your own Wholesale account… it’s super easy!
Marti 408.500.5566     marti@indigomartini.com    indigomartini.com 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

You don't eat meat? Correct!

Funny how people react when you tell them you don't eat meat... like it's the strangest thing they've ever heard. I was talking with a business friend last week, explaining to her that I'm basically vegan, and she said she couldn't imagine not eating meat. Really? Why not?

There's so much recent information on how 'not good for you' meat is, how damaging meat production is to the environment, and it goes without saying how awful it is for the animals involved, so my question is really this: Why would you choose to eat meat when there are so many other amazing foods to eat? 

I recently watched the movie 'What the Health', and was reminded again why I stopped eating meat several years ago. I had kinda slipped back into some old habits in the last couple of years, mainly for convenience, and this movie was the wake up call I needed to get back on track. 

That being said, yes, I have been negligent with this blog for a while, however, that is changing today. I will be focusing on helping you make gradual changes to your food choices, helping you transition to a plant-based food plan. If reducing meat and animal products in your diet is one of your goals, I will help you with real world information, things you can implement right away. 

I'm not a diet coach, or a doctor, but I do care about the food I stick in my mouth. I'm not perfect by any means, but I'm doing my best to make better choices on a daily basis, and I'm feeling better and losing weight. 

I will say that for me cheese and butter are the hardest things to give up on a vegan diet... I don't even miss the meat, seriously. I've lost my taste for it. But I'm always on the lookout for good non-animal substitutes, and I will post about the ones I really like. 

Thanks for hanging in there... we will get this dialed in again, and the blog updated with new posts and info.

Take care,


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.

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!