How’s your summer going?

It’s been called to my attention several times that I haven’t blogged in a while….I’ve thought of it….just haven’t done it…..but it’s nice to know that people care : ) I’ve stayed bout 80% raw all summer. I went a little crazy on Pepsi Max….I could easily drink a 2 liter bottle all by myself. At first it was fun, motivating, it definitely got me moving….and feeling good. Later though I found that I was having trouble sleeping, having anxiety and could get more aggressive than I intended….I read more about aspartame and found that the “excitotoxins” in it where what was giving me that “high” that “rush”, a euphoric feeling with a kick : ) In exchange for it though I was giving up brain cells…I thought that was a bit expensive….and the big kicker was that I was ravenously hungry 2 hours after I would eat….the entire process was having a hay day with my blood sugar. I haven’t had any since July 3rd…and am fine….of course it was hard at first, but it passed. My hunger level is back to normal, I drink green tea and have had a couple of regular diet pops and Yerba Mate’….I also take ginseng….it’s an adaptogen and helps the adrenal glands recover along with extra vitamin C and B vitamins. My digestive system isn’t working as well as it was before….but it’s on the mend.

A little while ago I watched “Food Inc.” It’s another show about the effect of food on us and the environment…..and we need as many of these documentaries as we can get….or until people get the message that we are what we eat….literally….and food can be our medicine or our poison. So many processed foods are loaded with MSG and other excitotoxins that actually make us crave more….it’s a drug. On the movie “Super Size Me” they even talked about eating at fast food restaurants as “using”. The question was, “how often do you “use” these foods as apposed to “eat” them. They also showed a family, on Food Inc., that was stuck in the cycle of eating off the dollar menu. The said that it was less expensive than to eat healthy. It showed them going into a produce section of a grocery store and seeing that broccoli was $1.29 I think….so that was over the $1.00….how sad!!!! They were feeding their children drugged up garbage and pop to save money and time….and that’s what many people believe right now….and they are really hooked on this new drug the excitotoxin. They could have purchased that head of broccoli, 1 lb of high quality ground beef, 1 box of organic whole durum wheat pasta, a jar of sugar free spaghetti sauce, a head of lettuce, a cucumber and tomato and a bottle of healthy salad dressing….that they wouldn’t have used all of….for about $15…and not on sale. Drinking anything more that 4 oz of liquid during a meal dilutes the digestive enzymes…so it would be better to leave the drink out anyway….or they could all split a lemon and squirt it in 4 oz of water to help with digestion too.

We have some family meals on the sight, but my goal….passion….is to get a lot more. The goal will be to feed approximately 4-5 people and be under $20….some right up there….some way less. There are so many planning tips to make it affordable and time efficient…..and isn’t taking care of our health and the health of our family’s worth investing time into anyway? I’m not pointing the finger at anyone. I was feeding my family cheap easy….and what we thought was good food too….but now I know better. Our food effects our energy, our moods, concentration, self-esteem, health, etc….everything to do with how we function and experience life. I want the best for my family….and my community…..and anyone who gets drawn to this site….we are a community….even if you’re on the other side of the world….and as sappy as this is going to sound….lets make the world a better place : ) If we can just make a difference within the circle that we touch….then the people effected do the same….just by the way they are living and the improvements that others see in their lives….and the next people effected do too….wow….what a difference that would make!

Lots of Love and Light to you!


Shopping Day

Eric likes to go shopping with me now…and I love it. We went to Horrocks to load up on the veggies…where else can you buy 4 bags of groceries for $30…it doesn’t have to be expensive to be healthy….and 4 other store with me…he’s such a good hubby!

I got one of my old workouts….Kathy Smith’s Fat Burning Work Out…from the library today for my daughter…I want to see if she likes it before I buy it again…it’s from the 80’s…and they look the part : ) I did it a little while ago and forgot how good it makes you feel…I just feel like I did something really good for my body…I hope she likes it…I may buy it again for myself anyway….I do Yoga and The Firm…but this one has a such a nice feeling…if you’re new to working out I don’t think there’s a better one to do, she shows and tells you what and why you’re doing the whole time…you feel stretched and strengthened.

I took a day off spring cleaning and watched DVR episodes of “You are What You Eat” instead. Another British show…I think that I need to visit London….this one is a Dietitian who gets in peoples faces about what they’re eating…but they always get on the right track. They all seem like Simon Cowell on American Idol….the stars of this show and the clean house….they tell it like they see it with no bones about it…Kim, Aggie and Gillian end up being nice and caring though…some times Simon is too : )

I started some garbanzo beans soaking so I can sprout them over the next couple of days…they are my favorite spouts of all time…and so healthy. I had a 75% raw dinner too after getting the beans ready…it inspired me….I had a zucchini in the saladacco….it makes me feel like I’m eating an enormous plate of pasta…with 1/2 C spaghetti sauce and an ounce of Parmesan cheese…really satisfying and healthy…raw zucchini is great for your hair and bones and all of the vitamins and enzymes are in tact….I also had a huge dark green organic salad with spinach, grape tomatoes, onions, sugar snap peas…good healthy me today : ) For Easter tomorrow were going to a family dinner…with lots and lots of goodies and food…stuff I can’t eat…and I’m contributing to the food I can’t eat…when stuff like that comes up I make something on the indulgence end for myself…along with my vegetables…that I’ll make party style and corn chips…also party style…I’m mixing stevia into 1/2 C ricotta cheese and drizzling 2 T of Walden Farms blueberry syrup on it….it tastes like cheese cake with blueberries on it….and does the trick for me! Ok, now I’m off to make the Chicken salad and color Easter Eggs.