Monday, January 27, 2020

January 26, 2020 - Day 4 of Hoppiness and Plants

January 26, 2020 - Day 4 of Hoppiness and Plants

Breakfast:  We had to leave home at 8:30 this morning in order to be able to attend church with our daughter and her family this morning.  I only had 30 minutes for my meditation time this morning, and breakfast was simple and fast....almond butter and grape jelly toast with a banana and coffee.
Almond Butter and Grape Jelly Toast, banana, and coffee plus a few vitamins and a digestive enzyme.

Angel Drops - a flower essence made by Star Essences.  I had a couple of drops this morning.

Lunch:  We went to church with our daughter and her family today, so I did not prepare any food at home today.  After church the family all went to Chepe's Mexican Grill in Benton for lunch.  This place is a family favorite.  Everyone filled up on chips and salsa before the meal arrived.  I ordered the vegetarian plate with a bean burrito, quesadilla, and chalupa.  I requested no cheese, but the chalupa had cheese.  Molly and I split a margarita.  Everything was good, but I could only eat the quesadilla.  The rest went home to eat for dinner. 
Vegetarian Plate from Chepe's Mexican Grill.

After lunch, we watched old movies at Molly and Ken's house from when the kids were little.  Oh my goodness.  They were adorable. 
Watching old family movies with Zac, Emily, and Bella the cat.

Dinner:  Dinner was the leftovers from the restaurant...the bean burrito and the chalupa.  I had a Kombucha after dinner.

Travis gave me a present...a beautiful blue topaz pendant and earrings.  I love them.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Red Lentil Shakshuka - Day 3 of Hoppiness and Plants

1/25/20 - Saturday - 3rd day of Hoppiness and Plants. I'm working on my funk with some supplementation. I put MCT oil in my coffee, started taking my Life Extension vitamins, digestive enzymes, CBD oil, and MSM drops for my eyes.
Today is the Chinese New Year. It begins the year of the rat, the sign in which I was born. The year of the rat is a time of new beginnings.
Did you know that trees connect and communicate with each other through the mycelium network in their roots? Someone told me the other day that if we will sit with a tree for at least 45 minutes we can also link into their mycelium network and perhaps learn something from them. I'm going to try that.
Breakfast was a green juice called Lemon Ginger Blast that Dan McDonald and Lou Corona made famous. It consists of green herbs ( I used parsley, cilantro, kale, and romaine), lemon, ginger, jalapeno, cucumber, celery, and apples.
I was meeting some girl friends at noon for an outing so lunch at home was a quick hummus sandwich made with store bought hummus, tomato, onion, avocado, sauerkraut, and mustard on organic whole wheat bread.
I spent the afternoon in Hot Springs with a friend and we came back to my house for dinner. I made a PlateJoy dish called Red Lentil Shakshuka that was served over couscous. And, of course, we had sourdough bread spread with Earth Balance. I liked this dish a lot so recipe is below.

Red Lentil Shakshuka
1/2 yellow onion, peeled and diced
2-1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup minced garlic
4-1/2 cups crushed tomatoes
1 tsp cumin
1-3/4 tsp ground coriander
1-1/r cups red lentils (dry)
1-1/4 cups couscous
4-1/2 cups spinach
Cook diced onion in olive oil in a deep skillet. Cook until soft. Add garlic and cook a minute more. Add crushed tomatoes, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Add dry lentils with enough water to cover the lentils. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Prepare coucous in a separate pan according to directions on the package.
Stir spinach into the lentil mix until wilted.
Serve over couscous. Sprinkle with parsley. I used dried parsley.

After dinner I had a Kombucha and my homemade electrolyte drink. The electrolyte drink is Calm Magnesium, potassium chloride, sea salt, lemon juice, and water.

Sourdough Bread - Day 2 of Hoppiness and Plants

Friday 1/23/20 - 2nd day of Hoppiness and Plants.
 Breakfast was oatmeal with diced apple, dried cranberries, and coconut. And coffee.
Travis picked up the whole wheat sourdough bread that we ordered yesterday from Sweet Cheeks Bakery.
Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread from Sweet Cheeks Bakery

For lunch I made a soup with brown rice, onion, vegetable broth, water, frozen English peas,leftovers from the Pho Noodle House, tamari, salt, and pepper. It was good with the sourdough bread and a baked potato.

Here is the soup.

For dinner I made baked tofu that had been marinated in soy sauce and maple syrup and then sprinkled with sesame seeds. Served it with baked sweet potatoes and more sourdough bread. I spread the sweet potato with a little Earth Balance spread. So good. I had a kombucha after dinner.

To hoppiness and health...

Tofu Scramble - Day 1 of Hoppiness and Plants

On Facebook I have requested to change the name of my blog page from "Simple Raw and Natural" to "Hoppiness and Plants". Facebook denied the request as they feel it changes the focus of the blog, but I have appealed that decision. I think the new name better reflects the things I want to talk about now.
January 22, 2020. Day 1 of Hoppiness and Plants. A plant based diet helps your body to be more receptive to light, and love, and energy. I call it eating the light. Eating simple plant foods can be a part of a purification both of the physical body and consciousness as we live in harmony with Nature and Nature's God. Plants absorb sunlight, and although the sun is not the ultimate light of creation, it is the light source for our planet, and eating a light based diet can be a step towards a better way of life.
I stopped by Sweet Cheeks Bakery this morning and put in an order for 2 loaves of whole wheat organic sourdough bread. It will be ready tomorrow after 11 AM.
I started the morning with gel water (water, lemon juice, chia seeds) and coffee.
1st meal: Tofu Scramble and baked potatoes.
Travis and I went to Hot Springs with our friend Joyce to get water from the hot springs and to have our dinner at the Vietnamese Noodle House - Pho Hoang My.
We ordered a pot of tea to share and vegetarian egg rolls with peanut sauce to share. I ordered a vegetarian dinner, the Vermicelli bowl with tofu and stir fried vegetables. I forgot to take a picture.
We drove by Kollective Coffee on the way home, but sadly it was closed.
Tofu Scramble
1 pkg organic firm tofu
1 onion, diced
1 pkg frozen spinach (8-12 Oz)
1 can Rotel tomatoes, drained
1 tsp coconut oil
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Drain the tofu and dry with paper towels or a clean tea towel. Crumble the tofu in a large bowl. Set aside.
Heat the coconut oil in a cast iron skillet (or any ovenproof skillet) on the stove top over medium heat.
Saute the onions until they are soft.
Add the frozen spinach and saute until heated through.
Add the crumbled tofu on top and lightly stir to incorporate into the mixture.
Pour Rotel tomatoes on top.
Place in the oven and bake for fifteen minutes.
Remove the pan and stir the ingredients.
Return to the oven and bake for another 7 minutes.
Serve right from the skilled with your baked potatoes.

Tofu Scramble

My dinner plate
To hoppiness and health...

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Gel Water and Macrawbiotics

Hydration at the cellular level is something to be aware of.  Chronic dehydration has an effect on our cells, and healthy cells require adequate hydration.  Last night I dreamed I was extremely thirsty, and that I needed some water with lemon juice and chia seeds to make myself better, but in my dream I was too exhausted to go upstairs and make the water so I remained asleep and thirsty.

Chronic dehydration can cause a number of symptoms including allergies, asthma, colitis, constipation, arthritis, and chronic pain.  Cellular dehydration is a major cause of disease.  Hydration is an important part of maintaining a healthy body, because minerals in the water maintain the proper levels of electrolytes and hydrate your cells.  Balancing fluids and electrolytes is necessary for the electrical charge and pH of the cells.

Some people may have on oversupply of electrolytes.  They may have high blood pressure or edema and stress on the heart and kidneys, and they are most likely dehydrated.  They should avoid tap water that is treated with fluoride and chlorine.

Other people may have an under supply of electrolytes.  They may have low blood pressure and kidney problems.  An electrolyte insufficiency could be due to a lack of certain mineral salts, so these people will not do well on reverse osmosis water or distilled water.  They must hydrate with water and electrolytes.

There are a number of studies out now that support hydrating with gel water as the best way to hydrate at the cellular level, better than just drinking plain water.  We can make our own gel water quite easily at home.  Take 32 oz of a good quality water, squeeze in the juice of one lemon or lime, and add 2 tbsp of chia seeds.  Let it sit for a few minutes, keep it stirred, and drink.

Another way to include gel water is to have a green smoothie every day.  You can make a healthy green smoothie with water, leafy greens, frozen berries, banana, chia seeds, lemon, cucumber, and an apple or pear.  Cucumbers, apples, and pears supply gel water and fiber to help you absorb the water.

This morning, when I finally woke up from my thirsty dream, I did make a large glass of gel water using water from the hot springs, juice of one lemon, and 2 Tbsp of chia seeds. 

Everything it takes to make your own gel water.
Here is my dilemma.  I  have somewhat conflicting diet elements that I am drawn to.  I like the raw living foods, of course, but I am intrigued with macrobiotics, lower sugar, higher fat, and higher fiber.  When I try to go wholeheartedly in one direction, I soon feel unwell, and irresistibly drawn the other direction.  Rather than continuing to try to be other than I am, why not pay attention to how I feel after eating such foods and make adjustments as I go.  
This much I know, I feel really good with a high percentage of the raw living foods.  The best way from me to achieve that is with my chia lemon water, lemon ginger blast green juice, veggie cocktails, apple juice, fat chunky smoothies, blended salads, and other salads.  I am including fruits that are lower on the glycemic index, less tropical fruits, fewer nightshades, more fats, such as avocado, MCT oil, coconut, and flax seed oil.   
Ready to make a lemon ginger blast juice.

For the macrobiotic element I think some cooked leafy greens, hard and root vegetables, beans, sea vegetables, and fermented vegetables will do the trick.  Here are the vegetables I can find here in my small town - 
Leafy greens: bok choy, napa cabbage, collards, dandelions, kale, leeks, mustard greens, parsley, scallions, turnip greens.
Vegetables: winter squashes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, pumpkin, onion, red cabbage, rutabaga, turnip, carrots, parsnip, radish
Fermented vegetables: Bubbies pickles, Bubbies sauerkraut, kimchi
I can find the other things I need on Amazon:  azuki beans, garbanzo beans, and lentils.  Nori sheets, wakame and kombu.
Tonight I have a garbanzo stew and kale greens to accompany the raw foods.  There are no grains, by choice, and nothing too mucus forming.
I don't think anyone has copyrighted the term macrawbiotics...I did a search...but that is what I am calling this diet. I only see one YouTuber who has used this term in his videos.  
I have signed up for a 7 week online class with Jeff Foster called Ending the Inner War.  The first session was yesterday.  This back and forth with the food is possibly part of this inner war.  It doesn't necessarily need to be stopped in a violent way, but rather integrated and accepted.  There is more than one way to stop a war, and everything doesn't have to be perfect in order to enjoy what is here now. 
What is true meditation?  Pure fascination with this moment, exactly as it is." - Jeff Foster
My phone and the internet are both a blessing and a curse to me.  More a blessing, than a curse, as the internet opened up the world to me by allowing me to ask the questions I did not have the courage to ask anyone face to face.  But, on the curse side, I want to be able to hear for myself, from within myself.  For that channel to be open, it must not be jam packed with other peoples ideas.  First hand knowledge is better than passed on information.  The life force comes directly from source, and that's what I want for myself.  We know that an original is much preferred to even a good copy.
Today I have no appointments. Yay!  I love it when that happens, so I can focus on my routines that mean so much to me.
To health and happiness. (Hydration is key to happy, healthy cells.)
Janis and Travis

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Studying the Microbiome & Recipe for Raw Taco Salad

Genes make proteins which carry out the work of the cells.  How many genes does it take to make a human?  Given that a mouse has 23,000 genes, wheat has 26,000 genes, and a worm has 20,500 genes, how many genes would you guess a human would have?  As it turns out, the human genome is not much bigger than that of the worm, coming in at 21,000, less than that of a water flea!

The interesting thing about us humans is that the 21,000 genes are not the only genes that are running our bodies.  We are a community of organisms that live together and cooperate to run the body that sustains us all.  

Our human cells, although larger, are outnumbered ten to one by the cells of the microbes that live on or in us.  There are 100 trillion microbes that make up our microbiota, mostly made up of single cell bacteria, but also viruses and fungi.

The microbes living on the human body contain 4.4 million genes - this is our microbiome.  These genes collaborate in running our bodies alongside our 21,000 human genes.  We are just 10% human.

The raw foods group met at our house last Wednesday, and it was a large gathering of 20 people!  What a blessing to have such loving people in our lives...people who understand the beauty and power of the living foods.

I made a taco salad with walnut meat.  Delicious.  I made frozen Yonana nice cream with bananas, raspberries, and blueberries, served with chocolate vinegar from a local shop in Hot Springs called EVILO.  I also served my goodie ball trail mix, chunky smoothies, and turmeric tea.
Yonana frozen banana nice cream.

Wendy Fargo from Crooked House Herbs was our speaker who talked about the wonders of herbs and left us with her top 5 herb recommendations:  cayenne pepper, garlic, plantain, burdock, and comfrey. To order products or to receive a free consultation from Wendy Fargo please go to her website at Crooked House Herbals.  I bought her Skullcap Tincture and the PhytoSympathy.  Today I ordered The Intense Mouthwash from the website to address a dental problem I am having.
Wendy Fargo of Crooked House Herbals

Recipe for Taco Salad:
Salad:  Romaine lettuce, purple onions, tomatoes, olives, avocado slices and jalapeno.
Taco Meat: 2 cups walnuts, 2 cloves garlic, salt, 1 tsp cumin, paprika, and dash cayenne.  Pulse in food processor until the consistency of taco meat.  Put on top of the salad.
Dressing:  Lime juice

Food prep today:  I made lemon ginger blasts, orange juice, veggie cocktails, and chunky smoothies.

Breakfast:  lemon ginger blast, orange juice
Lunch: chunky smoothie, peanuts
Dinner:  Veggie Cocktail, fruit, dandelion chicory burdock tea

To health and happiness.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Where Do You Get Your Protein? From Seeds!

"Where do you get your protein? "  That is a question vegans, vegetarians, and raw foodies get asked ALL THE TIME!  Of course, the answer to that question is....from plants, but nevertheless, protein is of interest to me as I am aging and losing muscle tone. So I did some research, and here is what I learned.

Amino acids form proteins and they are important as they regulate the biochemical reactions in the body. They are the building blocks of life.  75% of our body weight, 95% of our muscles (including the heart), and 100% of our hormones, neurotransmitters, and neuropeptides are made up of amino acids. Neuropeptides are used by the neurons to communicate with each other.

There are 20 amino acids that make up the proteins the cells need to function and maintain good health.  The body can create 11 of the 20, but the other 9 must come from the diet.  The nine essential amino acids are: leucine, isoleucine, lysine, methione, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, valine, and histidine.

Everyone, of these amino acids can be supplied in a raw food diet by including chia seeds, pepitas, and sunflower seeds daily.  Isn't that amazing....chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds!  The next time someone asks me, "Where do you get your protein?", my answer will be, "From seeds".

A raw food diet can easily meet the requirements for these amino acids by including the following foods:

Leucine - seeds, nuts
Isoleucine - cashews, almonds, chia seeds
Lysine - chia seeds, spirulina, parsley, avocados, almonds, cashews
Methione - seeds, chia seeds, Brazil nuts, figs, onions, cacao
Phenylalanine - spirulina, seaweed, pumpkin, avocado, almonds, peanuts, figs, raisins, leafy greens, most berries, olives, seeds
Threonine - nuts, seeds, watercress, spirulina, pumpkin, leafy greens, hemp seeds, chia seeds, almonds, figs, raisins.
Tryptophan - chocolate, almonds, sunflower seeds, pepita, spirulina, bananas, peanuts
Valine - nuts, spinach, broccoli, seeds, chia seeds, figs, avocado apples, blueberries, cranberries, oranges, apricots
Histidine - chia seeds

Food for the day:
Morning:  32 oz water with 2 Tbsp chia seeds, pepitas and sunflower seeds

Lunch:  banana, coconut, chago mushroom tea
Tao Wild Harvested Canadian Chaga Mushrooms

Dinner:  Salad (romaine, asparagus, onion, mushrooms, mung bean sprouts, lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper); dressing made from coconut yogurt; nori sheet; Bubbies dill pickle, kimchi; dandelion-chicory-burdock tea; peanuts

Coconut Yogurt Dressing recipe:
1 cup coconut yogurt (purchased from Whole Foods)
1 garlic clove
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh dill
1/2 tsp rosemary leaves
1 tsp salt
coconut water or water to consistency
     -Blend in Nutribullet  
Dandelion, Chicory, and Burdock

I am looking forward to reading this book that arrived today!  We have a lot to learn about the microbiome. For every one of the cells that make up our bodies, there are nine impostor cells hitching a ride. The microbes influence our weight, immune system, and mental health. Many of our modern diseases have their root in our poor relationship with our microbes. The book is written by biologist Alanna Collen.

To health and happiness.