Thursday, September 1, 2011

E2L (Eat to Live) - Day 3

Good afternoon,

So I decided to make the Dijon Date Dressing/Dip from E2L, found on page 256. I have to say it's really good. Usually the dressings I like have a lot of olive oil in them, and while that's considered a healthy fat, too much of it is just too much fat.

This dressing uses cashews for the fat, and is spicy/sweet. I think I like dressings a little tangy-er (not sure if that's a word), so next time I'm going to use 3 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar and 1 Tbsp of red wine vinegar instead.

Here's a picture of the salad I had for lunch today, which has baby lettuce, spinach, green onions, carrots, red bell pepper, mushroom and kidney beans. I love beans so eating this way is going to be fun for me.


Eat to Live - aka E2L in my future posts

Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss If you have not read this book yet, go get it now!

Finally, a common sense approach to health and weight loss/management that makes sense!

This book is by Dr. Joel Furhman, MD, who was also featured in the movie 'Sick, Fat and Nearly Dead', which chronicles the transformation of Joe Cross, from an unhealthy, sick and really fat guy who was taking several prescription medications, to a healthy guy off all medications.

Initially, Joe weighed over 300 lbs, and he did a 60 day juice fast, to 'reboot' his body and save his life. If you haven't seen the movie, get on it. Very insprirational and eye-opening, as it shows how most people in the US think eating or drinking just fruits and veggies is crazy. Really? 

What's also interesting about this book, is that it's not just pro-vegetarian or pro-vegan eating, as there is a limited amount of animal products allowed. I'm vegetarian/vegan (it's the cheese that's hardest for me: Parmesan specifically, and I will have an occasional bite of fish or prawns), so I won't be eating any of the lean meat choices this plan allows. However, you don't have to be a strict vegetarian or vegan to benefit from this book.

Anyway, back to my story: I've decided to change my life and be serious about getting healthier and thinner. I'm down 24 lbs from my all time high weight (no, I'm not gonna tell you what it was), but I still have a ways to go. I was also inspired to write this blog post after reading Valora's updates below... welcome back GF, we missed you!

I'm not going to commit to writing every day, but I want to include updates and photos of what I'm eating, and how I'm doing with my new lifestyle. I'll admit, it's not going to be easy, but I know I feel so much better physically and mentally when I eat this way. OK, so here goes my first blog post on E2L.

Have fun, be healthy and join me!

Marti :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Made it to and thru day 10 juicing

I made it through Wednesday juicing, but for now that was all I had in me. The last two days of juicing and exercising were wearing me out. So Wednesday evening through today I've still had 2qts of juice and/or smoothie and added in some fruits to snack on and dates as well for energy. Today I had my first salad and I will see shortly how that "sits" with my digestion. I'm trying not to act like a kid in a candy store, or should I say vegan at a Farmer's Market!! That's what I feel like, today I hit 3 produce stands. I have gobs of produce along with 3 huge cantaloupes and 2 watermelons, about 15 lbs of grapes, 50 lbs of tomatoes, and the list just goes on.. LOL!!!

One of my friends jumped back on board juicing and she is on day 5 today and is 6lbs down!! I will see her tomorrow and get more info on her progress then. I hope to resume full on juicing, but don't have an exact date (am expecting TOM soon and don't like juicing during TOM, personally, I just am tooo drained then). How about you, are you juicing or adding in juices? What's your favorite? Let me know..

Monday, August 22, 2011

I'm back from the dead

Hi All~
Sorry I've been MIA for a loooong time. Well, no beating around the bush..It was a looong, haaard winter, then the day after my children got out of school (end of May) we took off to the country of Panama for 6 weeks. Once we returned it was C.O., then sisters came from Minnesota for a week, then Convention, then school started back! Whew.. So here I am catching my breath from our whirlwind of a summer. Anyway...

I am currently juicing, am on day 8, and am feeling great. Before juicing (and upon return from Panama), I started working out at a Chiropractic office here by my house. I go 2-3 times a week and after just 3-4 weeks I could see soo much definition in my body. Then I decided to look into the routine we were doing and found that the chiro is implementing moves from P90X and Insanity. So I got the videos of Insanity (that's mainly what we are doing) and have started the 2 month/60 day program. It IS Insane!! (if you know what it is, you KNOW what I'm talking about:) Anyway, I am 14 days into the specific Insanity program, and my body is changing sooo much. I highly recommend this workout if you don't have a bad back or knees, etc..

Now about being vegan and working out.. One day while I was at Whole Foods in July, as I had just been curious about being Vegan and working out so rigorously..I stumbled upon the book THRIVE by Brandon Frazier who is a vegan triathlete. Now I'm not looking to be a marathon runner or a triathlete, I just wanted some direction on what to be conscious of to stay nourished and super healthy while working out. Meaning, I didn't want to be sabotaging my progress by not eating the right things after working out and such. (have you seen at your local 'Whole Foods' grocer -or such- the products/powders by the brand name 'Vega'? that's Brandon's line..) Anyhow, I won't go there, but his book Thrive is PERFECT for vegan gym junkies or couch potatoes, and everything in between to have a well balanced, nutritious, delicious, fun Thriving diet!

Moving on. So naturally I can't leave well enough alone, so I decided that I wanted to juice AND workout. As of yet I haven't come across a book that merges the two perfectly, so here is what I came up with to do.. 2 green juices a day, 1 sweet juice, 1 recovery drink (after working out), and 1 "raw meal" (it's a type of powdered drink by Garden of Life) drink a day (an hour and a half after working out, and all these juices are pint size). Wonderfully enough I have had sustained energy, my detox wasn't anything like what it's been each time of juicing before, and my stamina in ALL things has greatly increased. I can't say enough about how well I feel physically and mentally. All I can say is, wish I would have done it sooner!!

About juicing.. Like I mentioned before, I am on day 8 and my original goal was 10 days, now I'm thinking 21 days (ending Sept. 4th). If I can continue sustained juicing and intensely working out for 13 more days, then that's what I will do. I will keep you posted. I have been enjoying as my green juice, 1 cuke, 1 heart of romaine, 3-4 celery stalks, 1 lemon, and 1 apple. I like the mix, it's just right! For my sweet I've changed it up a few times (got a recipe from my mother-in-law, ex, who after watching "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" with her husband, they bought a Breville Ikon and embarked on a juice fast/feast, they are on day 12 of 30, will talk about this more in a different post another time), but a juice she recommends is a 1/2 inch to inch of ginger (peeled) with 2 golden delicious apples over ice. She says it tastes like sherbet, I don't know, it just tastes plain good to me:). Also I may do plain cantaloupe or watermelon juice (don't forget to drink watermelon juice within a few hours of juicing it or it WILL be nasty!). Too, I like 2 handfuls of organic grapes with one apple, that's always a winner! So is orange and grapefruit, but I've yet to have that as it's not on-sale here now and watermelon and cantaloupe is sooo abundant right now, here.

Well I don't mean to go on forever.. I hope this email has helped someone in someway. I will write more later tonight or tomorrow. I'm going to soak up a few minutes in the sun while I do some studying, then workout.. Yay!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Raw 'live fries' made from jicama!

12 Steps to Raw Foods: How to End Your Dependency on Cooked Food Found this book by Victoria Boutenko at an awesome 2nd hand bookstore last week and made the Live Fries on page 231. OK, so they're raw, and not potato fries, but they were actually pretty good. I also added garlic powder and some pepper, and we dipped them in organic ketchup, and they kinda taste like French fries... I said kinda. Anyway, this is actually a good finger food, and yes I would make it again. The recipe is very easy and quick to make.

Everyday Raw  Found this book at the same store last week, and there's a recipe for rosemary-garlic mashed potatoes made from jicama and cashews that I want to try tonight, along with portobello steaks, that are 'cooked' in a dehydrator for 1-2 hours. I will let you know how it all tastes. This book is very pretty inside, lots of pictures, nice paper, and the front cover shows a wrap made from mangos and young coconut meat that's been dehydrated. Looks very interesting.

Lots of cool recipes in this book, the only problem is that some of them take DAYS to make in the dehydrator. So if I know I want raw blueberry pancakes on Friday morning, I need to start the process today. Not sure I can hang with that, but hardcore raw foodists will have no problem. It takes time to prepare foods that are replacements for familiar cooked foods, and create ways to add flavor and texture without destroying or minimizing the benefits of eating raw foods.

Eating raw is not easy, especially if you want to go beyond sliced fruits & veggies, salads and nuts. Gourmet raw food is out there, and I'm always looking for new recipes to try out on Fred. Here's the Raw Gourmet for one.

My goal is to learn the process and slowly add more raw foods into my daily diet, and not try to overwhelm myself in the process. I don't have hours to spend in the kitchen every day preparing healthy meals, but I'm taking small steps and slowly making changes, heading in the general direction towards raw.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Mango Salsa Recipe

This is the best mango salsa on earth! IMHO... ha ha!


1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
1 green onion, finely chopped
1 fresh jalapeno, seeded, finely chopped
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl, mix well, cover
and let stand at least 30 minutes before serving.

You're welcome, Kendra! :)

Friday, June 10, 2011

It's all the same disease!

I was recently reading a medical report that said doctors are having a hard time diagnosing all the diseases people have today because so many of the symptoms are the same in each condition.

Here's a news flash - they are all the same disease!
I know people claim to have fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, even MS, etc. But seriously, do you really think you just happened to catch or develop these diseases? Isn't it amazing that everyone I know that has fibromyalgia also has chronic fatigue and is very over weight? What a coincidence!

Or is the answer more likely that their fat choked, fiber-less, sugar filled diet is causing their bodies to express these symptoms that doctor's like to make sound like some exotic and mysterious diseases!? Think about it, did you just happen to be unfortunate enough to get all these illnesses like they fell out of the sky on poor innocent you? I've even had people tell me their baby has acid reflux because they have it! Really! Could it be that your babies poor little body is just reacting in the body's natural way to protect itself from the chemical soup you call "formula" that you fed them in fluoride water and a toxic plastic bottle?

The answer is always the same - stop eating processed garbage and try some fruits and veggies! And no, eating one apple this week isn't enough! Once you really switch to a plant based diet you will watch most, if not all, of your symptoms disappear.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Return of a Healthy Habit

As I've mentioned before I tend to cycle through things, although my rock solid daily habits don't change. One of the very first things I learned when I began trying to take control of my health was also one of the weirdest, the practice of oil pulling.

Now I know many of you have never even heard of this and neither had I but I cannot say enough about it. When I first read about it I thought "I am not doing that, it sounds ridiculous!" but for some reason I knew it would help. The idea is very simple, take a couple tablespoons of sunflower oil in your mouth and swish it around like mouth wash and then spit it out.

When you do this the oil becomes foamy and white, full of bacteria and all kinds of nasty junk in our mouth. After you do this for a few minutes just spit out the oil and brush your teeth like normal (except never use toothpaste!) Here is a great link to the oil pulling site that gives a lot more detail and explains exactly why this work.

When Keith and I first began doing this we noticed amazing results right away. First my teeth felt really strong and all cold and hot sensitivity went away. I've always had problems with a couple of my teeth with spots that just didn't feel right, in fact I was sure I would eventually have problems
with them. Now all that has cleared up, and no more bleeding gums. It has
made my teeth whiter and breath better, not to mention just the over all
great clean feeling that stays all day.

If that isn't enough reason to do it, my sinuses have also completely cleared
up and I can breath clear all the time now. So with spring allergies coming
on, now is a great time to make this part of your daily routine. And the oil
really doesn't have a bad taste, after a few days you won't even notice it.

So as I said this is the return of a good habit, yes I had quit doing it for quite
a while and don't even know why. But now that I have started again I
can't imagine my mornings without my oil!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Kale chips

One of my favorite things to make is kale chips in my convection oven, on the dehydrator setting.

In a food processor, mix garlic, olive oil, a red pepper, cashews or other nuts, and spices. Break up the kale into small pieces, coat it with the mixture, spread them out on a cookie sheet and dehydrate until done to desired crispness. I use a Silpat so nothing sticks to the cookie sheet. I flip the chips over after 8-10 hours to help speed up the process. I do mine at 118 degrees.

Here's another tip: taste the kale with the coating on it, and if it tastes good to you before you dehydrate it, it will taste good when it's done.

There are several recipes floating around on the web, so find one you love.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Check out - Great free website

If you haven't checked out you should. It's a great free website that will help you take 'baby steps' to your fitness and weight management goals.

It has a food tracker, exercise tracker, goal tracker, water and veggie trackers, etc., and is customizable to fit your needs. Lot's of motivational stories, great free videos about exercise and lifestyle. Lot's of goodies on this site.

There are 'teams' you can join for extra motivation and tips. I'm on the 'veggie' team...

I've added a big button on the left, so use it!

To find me as a Spark Friend, my ID is MartiniBellini, and Amanda is ABLITS.

Get on it and get moving and feeling better!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

What's wrong with this picture?

Are you kidding me?
This label on a butternut squash that I just bought from Sunny Farms gives 'cooking' instructions, if you can call them that, and says
'micro on high, flesh side down...'

So now farmers and the government's label-requiring-quacks are advising people to consume fresh veggies by microwaving all of the nutrition out of them first.

Well, that's one way to keep people sick and supporting the drug and medical industries. Way to go...

I just wonder, how did people 'cook' butternut squash before there were microwave ovens in every house?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Curry Quinoa Salad

I have a bad habit of getting on a kick of certain foods or recipes and making them nonstop until Keith & I are both sick of it and then I don't make it again for a long time. Well this time I am happy to say one of my favorite foods, quinoa, is making a come back after I ran it into the ground last year! So here is an easy recipe for a fabulous curry quinoa salad that I came up with today and love it so enjoy!

1 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup raisins (I like the golden but you could also used dried cranberries)
1/2 cup chopped pecans ( you could use sunflower seeds)
1 grated carrot
1 can garbanzo beans drained
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tsp curry (I love the Frontier brand)
salt & pepper to taste

You can adjust this to your taste, more vinegar or honey, but you really can't mess it up.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Is cow's milk really good for you? Don't believe the hype... read this!

If you've done any research on your own about cow's milk and what it does for you or to you, then you know the scoop.

If not, maybe you should...

I just found this article that debunks the 'milk does a body good' propaganda that we're fed constantly by the mainstream media.

Click the link to read it here: Milk?

Remember, do the research and find out for yourself. Trust no one... especially anyone that pays to get a message out there to sell a product.

Unfortunately, the article referenced above does not give any alternatives to cow's milk, however, there are plenty, including Almond Breeze almond milk, coconut milk, hazelnut milk, rice milk, hemp milk... you get the picture, all of which come sweetened, unsweetened, or flavored, and many are fortified with Vitamin D and other goodies, so shop around.

And by drinking alternative milks, you're not dealing with consuming animal proteins or hormones, regardless if they are grass or grain fed.

Almond Breeze vanilla is my absolute favorite for cereal. Yummy!

The Importance of Vitamin B-12

The last few weeks I've been feeling a little spacy, out of it, and I couldn't focus on my work. I felt like I was losing my mind, and couldn't figure out what the problem was. I've been taking Vitamin D, and didn't think I was depressed, but I felt like something wasn't quite right.

For some reason I started thinking about the B vitamins, and that I hadn't been taking any for a couple of years. Since I stopped eating meat almost 2 years ago, and have been eating a lot more fruits and veggies, I figured I was getting enough vitamins from my food. I did a search on B vitamin deficiencies and symptoms, and the list had about 20 things on it, most of which I was feeling or experiencing. Could it be that I was deficient in B vitamins, especially B-12? 

So I did the most logical thing to get the quickest answer: I called 'Doctor K', I mean Kendra. I asked her if she was taking any B vits, and she said "of course, I take liquid Vit B-12 complex every day".

Again, info that would have been good like maybe 2 years ago!!!

So after I stopped yelling at her, I asked her what brand she takes... she uses Solgar brand drops. I went to Sunny Farms in Sequim and they have NOW brand, so I got the B-12 Ultra drops. NOW Foods - Ultra B-12 per Teaspoon 5000 mcg. - 4 oz. I started taking the drops right away, and didn't really feel anything for about 3-4 days. I take it first thing in the morning, about 1 teaspoon, and I hold it under my tongue for about 30 seconds before swallowing it.

So it seems that this may have been the problem... I'm feeling much less cranky and moody, and I can actually focus on my work again. I have to say that I still sometimes feel that I'm losing my mind, but I think it's manageable now, and not overwhelming.

We all have a lot of stress in our lives just to survive, but if you feel that you can't handle it, you should do some investigating, maybe visit a doctor and get a blood test done, and see if Vitamin B-12 and the other Bs may be what you need to feel good again.

It really helped me... take care, Marti :)