Hey guys! It’s humpday, which means tomorrow I leave for Tucson!! I’m so so so excited
This morning, I decided to have a Laraball –aka raw donut hole- before walking the puppies with the pilot.
When we got back, it was bfast time! The pilot had Puffins and eggs, while I made some juice:
Once again, it was a putrid shade of brown but still tasted amazing. I guzzled it down and had a very full juice belly
I got ready for work, and when I got to school I found out that the teach I TA for canceled classes—I only had to work for 1 hour!!!!
With my extra free time I went to Publix for some necessities and snacks for our trip, the new health food store, and snacked on a Larabar:
I picked up Megan and drove her back to my house because she left her car here last weekend when we left to Orlando, and she got me a little gift:
ORGANIC CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT
YUMMMMMMM! I’m excited to experiment with it- it would be a great dessert garnish or perhaps we’ll put some in raw ice cream? Hmmmm….
Lunch was super amazing today!
I decided to whip out the new spiralizer and make some raw pesto pasta
I got this idea from Megan –aka raw food extraordinaire and coconut ninja- when she made it for me a few months ago. I spiralized the zucchini into thin angel hair “noodles” and made the sauce out of a palmful of raw walnuts, juice of 1 lemon, sea salt, fresh garlic, lots of basil, nutritional yeast and a drizzle of EVOO.
On the side, I had some raw flax crackers:
It was a delicious lonchi
I’ve got tonight’s dinner quiche in the oven, just received a package that I can’t wait to open!!, and am off to write my organizational behavior paper, make new cds, teach spin and Zumba, then meeting with my group at school. Crazy day!!!
Hope you have a happy humpday!
Q & A sesh: I received this email earlier today and thought I’d answer it on the bloggy for ya’ll:
I was just wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing your spanish rice recipe? It looks so good.
Also, I was wondering, Lately I have been feeling pretty blah…I think it comes down to the fact that I have been consuming more red meat than usual. I can’t really explain how I’ve been feeling, I’ve just had more stomach problems(I haven’t been getting sick or anything though) I’ve been bloated and don’t have as much energy as usual. I don’t think i’m fully ready to commit to the raw/vegan world yet. But I want to head in that direction. I’ve been doing a lot of reading on it and I’m feel so overwhelmed with everything. You can’t do this you have to do this. You have to eat organic. No coffee. I’m just wondering if you have any tips or could give me some direction on how to transition. My family (like yours) eats alot of meat and youre right making 2 meals every night gets to be so time consuming and hard. So that is another obstacle.
I hope you have a great Wednesday
Thanks for your help. Your blog has been so useful.
Oh yeah, I’ve been meaning to ask you if your friend Megan has started a blog or is planning on it? It seems like you two have such great times together…..and her cooking sounds A.mazing.
First of all, thank you so much for reading my blog and for your email! Hopefully I can help you out a little…
1) The spanish rice is SUPER easy to make- I call it my cheater spanish rice. I boil 2.5 cups vegetable broth, reduce the heat and add 1 heaping tbs of tomato paste, then I add 1 cup sticky brown rice, cover and simmer for 45 minutes. When the rice is done cooking, I add 1/2 can diced tomatoes with green chiles and onions, lime zest, cumin, salt and pepper.
2) I used to feel the exact same way! It started in September when I first started teaching so many aerobics classes in addition to working out on my own. By mid-afternoon, I was exhausted and couldn’t make it through teaching without feeling like I was going to be sick. At the suggestion of a few friends, when I told them about how nasty I was feeling, they advised that I cut out meat during the day to see if it helped my evening energy levels while I was teaching. It made ALL of the difference in the world. I told myself that when I stopped eating chicken, turkey and pork –I’ve stayed away from red meat since I was 8- that if I changed my mind and wanted to go back to eating meat it was no big deal. It was something I was willing to try to see if it made myself feel better and I haven’t gone back.
Changing eating habits is something that needs to be done GRADUALLY to avoid burnout, feeling deprived and overwhelmed. Within the span of 2 years, my eating has changed full turn. I went from eating “healthy” (lean meats, smart carbs, fruits, veggies, lowfat/nonfat dairy), to avoiding processed foods and chemicals, to eliminating meat (except fish, eggs and occasional dairy), to adding more raw food into my diet, to eating raw until dinner. Baby steps, friend. Why don’t you try having some raw versions of your favorite foods (Gena has great tips for this here) and reducing the amount of meat in your life and see how you feel? Maybe red meat once a week (or less) and stick to occasional white meat for now? Then, when you’re ready. ease out the white meat and see if it helps. It’s the all or nothing approach with ANY eating plan that can make you discouraged and want to quit—if you do it gradually, your body will adjust, you’ll become more creative with your food choices to avoid boredom, and you’ll be able to better assess how you’re feeling.
Just because you eat a certain way doesn’t mean your family has to follow suit. I know my husband likes meat –LOVES meat- and I would never stop making it for him. I found that it’s easier to make meals for dinner that we both enjoy and can eat –we both love fish- and if it’s vegetarian/vegan, I make him some roasted chicken/pork tenderloin/something meaty on the side. There’s no reason for him not to stock up on fruits and veggies, so you can bet your booty that when I make those as part of dinner, he eats them too
3) No, Megan doesn’t have a blog… yet We actually have an online project we’re in the workings of right now (more info when we get it rolling). Yes, we have a blasty together and she is a seriously incredible cheffer
Hope this helps a little! Shoot me an email if you need ANYTHING! You know I’m cheering you on