Monday, October 11, 2021

Imperfectly Raw - Day 50 - 10/11/21 - Pasta with Lemon Pesto and Spinach

Imperfectly Raw - Day 50 - 10/11/21 - Pasta with Lemon Pesto and Spinach๐Ÿ

Good morning from Travis and me.๐Ÿ

Morning Juice:  Fresh orange juice๐Ÿ

I started some mung bean sprouts for a salad I can make five days from now.๐Ÿ

Lunch Smoothies: Yogurt and Berry Smoothie (These were super good.)

Recipe for two large smoothies: 

2 cups almond yogurt; 1 11-oz can of coconut water plus water to make 4 cups of liquid;  6 cups of fruit. (I used 2 cups fresh strawberries, 2 cups frozen blueberries, and 2 cups of frozen strawberry and banana blend.);  2 Tbsp goji berry powder.๐Ÿ

I made a raw carrot soup, but I did not eat it today.  It will be good for tomorrow.  We'll do the recipe tomorrow.๐Ÿ

Travis and Lucy.  She is not usually a lap dog, but she had a moment today where she was!๐Ÿ

The dinner salad was salad left from yesterday with an added cucumber, avocado, and cherry tomatoes with Bragg's vinaigrette dressing. ๐Ÿ

The cooked food tonight with Pasta with lemon pesto and spinach.  Recipe follows:

Pasta with Lemon Pesto and Spinach:  Cook 16 oz. pasta per the package directions.

Make pesto in a food processor.  Juice a lemon, add a drop of lemon essential oil, 4 tsp minced garlic, 2 Tbsp dried basil, 1 jalapeno deseeded, 1-⅓ cup of sunflower seeds.  Pulse until combined.  Add in 6 Tbsp olive oil.  Blend until smooth.

Drain the pasta.  Stir in a 6 oz package of baby spinach and let the warm pasta wilt the spinach.  Stir in the pesto.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

xoxo Janis

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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Imperfectly Raw - Day 49- 10/8/21- Nobody's Diet is Perfect

 Imperfectly Raw - Day 49- 10/8/21 - Nobody's Diet is Perfect

I slept late and was short on time for food prep today. The best thing was having coffee in my new Kate Spade Francophile mug.  “Pardon my French -Tres chic”.

Kate Spade Francophile Mug - Side 1

Kate Spade Francophile Mug - Side 2

Coffee in my Kate Spade Francophile Mug

We had veggie cocktails leftover from yesterday, and Travis still had his smoothie from yesterday.  

Veggie Cocktail - Beets, Carrots, Celery, Apple

Lunch:  I made myself a double helping of rolled oats with maple syrup and fresh strawberries. Also had a Kind Bar and Lara Bar.  I did not want my veggie cocktail today. I can’t say I got the results I wanted from this meal.  I felt overfull and sluggish.

Rolled Oats with Maple Syrup and Fresh Strawberries

My broken root canal tooth is bothering me, and that may be part of the reason I am not feeling so well.  I see the endodontist on Monday.

Dinner was a delicious Taco Salad.  

The salad:  lettuce, chopped onion, diced tomatoes, drained and rinsed black beans, shredded cheese

The toppings:  Morning Star Meatless Crumbles heated up with a package of taco seasoning, avocado, and taco sauce

Served with whole grain Tostido Scoops

Taco Salad

I am deconstructing rom the wellness community in an effort to avoid conspiracies and false claims.  Grounding in reality can certainly include concentrating on improved sleep, eating nourishing foods, reducing stress, self-care in conjunction with mental health, and moving the body in order to feel better and stronger.  This is not a competition. Nobody’s diet is perfect.  We can stop fighting ourselves to fit into an ideal that is not truly wellness.

xoxo Janis

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Friday, October 8, 2021

Imperfectly Raw - Day 48 - 10/7/21 - Finding Balance in an Aging Body

 Imperfectly Raw - Day 48 - Thursday - 10/7/21 - Finding Balance in an Aging Body

This morning I made the green juice without ginger.  I can't get ginger at Walmart curbside pickup any more.  They probably still have it in the store, but I am loving curbside pickup.  I like not going in the store.  I used some of my liquid turmeric in the juice.  It was good.  I also made veggie cocktails for later, but we did not drink them today.  We will have them tomorrow.

Breakfast:  Coffee in my mug - Gather here with grateful hearts - and the green juice.

The sprouts were ready to harvest today.  They will be good in smoothies and salads.

Lunch:  Smoothies - bananas kiwis, sprouts, spring mix, a little frozen banana nice cream left from the raw foods potluck, fresh strawberries that Alice brought me, wheatgrass juice powder, collagen, frozen blueberries, coconut water, and water.

I had a follow up appointment to review my lab work with Dr. Xu.  Everything looks good, sugar is stable, thyroid, liver, and kidney function are all good.  Triglycerides, LDL, and HDL are barely out of range, but doctor says not to worry, they are fine.  I talked to him about diet (of course, I did).  He is not a fan of low carb and pointed out that people around the world live on carbs and have throughout the years.  We are more likely to have issues from excess protein.  We talked about my raw foods.  Dr. Xu thinks it is important to cook some foods including some of the greens we eat.  I agree with him about that.  It is probably possible to live a healthy life on only raw foods, but it is still an experimental diet.  That is no record of any long lived people living on only raw foods, but it is my experience that I healed on raw foods, and when I get to feeling poorly, I have been able to feel better when I eat mostly raw foods.  So even though it is an experimental diet, it is worth experimenting with it.  For me, it is not about being 100% anything, but finding the balance of a good life in a healthy, aging body.

Afternoon snack:  Whole grain chips and salsa before going to the nail salon. 

Dinner:  Salad leftover from yesterday with ranch dressing and saltine crackers.

Dessert:  Lara bar, Kind bar, kombucha

xoxo Janis

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Imperfectly Raw - Day 47 - 10/6/21 - Free Produce

 Imperfectly Raw - Day 47 - Wednesday - 10/6/21 - Free Produce

No appointments today!  But started off with coffee.  Travis picked up some Joffrey's Disney coffee, Apple-y Ever After, so we made that for breakfast today.  I feel like I wasted the whole day sitting around and looking at recipes and such.  I got to chat with my brother a little while, though. Maybe he will come to see me sometime soon!

First thing today I prepped food.  I made the lemon ginger blasts green juice, green smoothies, some veggie cocktails, and a dinner salad.  I already have made a raw green soup, leftover spaghetti for Travis' dinner, some lima beans I cooked in the crock pot, some rice, and my raw seed crackers.

 My friend and neighbor, Alice, came by the house with a box of fresh produce that was donated from local grocery stores.  What a great surprise.  The produce needs to be used right away, as it is a little past its prime, but it is awesome.  I forgot to take a picture.  Ugh.  The box had lettuce, tomatoes, cauliflower, green onions, kiwi, avocados, 4 lbs of strawberries, about six big colorful bell peppers, and a cantaloupe!

Breakfast:  Coffee and lemon ginger blast green juice

Lunch:  Green Smoothie.  I was still hungry so I ate the leftover rice we had on hand.

Dinner:  Travis had spaghetti.  I had a salad with goat cheese, the raw green soup, my veggie cocktail, some of the lima beans, seed crackers, and a Lara Bar.

After dinner we watched PBSNewHour and I had popcorn and kombucha.  PBSNewHour covers interesting stories without the drama.  Tonight we learned about the starvation taking place in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.  It is a man made famine that has about 6 million people starving to death.  It is the saddest thing imaginable.  I hope there are people in the world that can find a solution to this.  We also learned about the pop artist named Richard Indiana, the creator of the the word Love made into art.  His death at his home in Maine has a bit of mystery attached to it. 

xoxo Janis

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Imperfectly Raw - Day 46 - 10/5/21 - Veggie Cocktails

 Imperfectly Raw - Day 46 - 10/5/21 - Veggie Cocktails

Breakfast:  Coffee in my new mug, a gift from Travis!  I love it so much.  "Women belong in all places where decisions are being made."

Also, had the green juice.  I bought some beets for veggie cocktails this week.  The tops were so pretty and healthy looking that I included them in the juice today.

Recipe for the veggie cocktail: 

Juice a beet (I used 1/3 of a beet because I only have two beets for the week), a 1 lb bag of carrots, 4 large stalks of celery, and an apple.  I divide this into two glasses, one for me and one for Travis.

For lunch we had our normal green smoothies.  I included some protein powder and collagen in them today, and I had a Lara Bar.

I am still listening to the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  I usually listen while I am driving and today I had to go into Hot Springs twice, once for my flute lesson and once for flute ensemble rehearsal.

Dinner was a big green salad with bean sprouts and goat cheese with my raw seed crackers and a veggie cocktail.  I also had some of the raw veggie soup I made on Monday.  There is plenty of that to last all week.

After flute rehearsal I had popcorn and a kombucha.

xoxo Janis

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Imperfectly Raw - Day 45 - 10/4/21 - Weekend with the Family

 Imperfectly Raw - Day 45 - 10/4/21 - Weekend with the Family

Sometimes you just get out of your routine, and that is okay.  We celebrated Travis' birthday with the family at Grateful Head Pizzeria on Friday evening.  Harris, Amy, and the kids spent the week-end with us at our house.  It was so much fun.  We had a "tailgate" party at the neighbors house where he had the big screen set up in his garage.  We watched Arkansas play Georgia and enjoyed all the food.  Saturday evening we roasted marshmallows over the firepit with the grandkids.  We went to church on Sunday, had lunch at church, and stayed after lunch to sing acapella songs.

At the Grateful Head I had the tree hugger pizza.   I made veggie burgers for the tailgate party.  I made a salad to take to church on Sunday.  

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Friday, October 1, 2021

Imperfectly Raw Day 43 - Eating Disorders

 Imperfectly Raw Day 43 - Eating Disorders

I am fascinated with reading about eating disorders right now.  I asked a therapist one time if he thought I had an eating disorder and he said I did not.  The main symptom I have that indicates an eating disorder is racing thoughts about food.  This probably stems from periods of food insecurity when I was young.  Calorie restriction is a real problem in our culture which can lead to eating disorders.  I read a book back in 2016 called The Great Starvation Experiment:  Ancel Keys and the Men Who Starved for Science by Todd Tucker, and I wrote a book report on it at that time.  I still find this post relevant for me today.

"I read a book a while back called The Great Starvation Experiment - Ancel Keys and the Men Who Starved for Science by Todd Tucker.  This book is a good read for anyone struggling with weight issues.

During WWII, beginning in 1944, thirty-six volunteers, conscientious objectors, were hand-picked to participate in a year-long study conducted by Ancel Keys on the effects of starvation.  All were men, about 5'10", about 145 lbs, and in excellent health.  This experiment took place in the basement of the football stadium at the University of Minnesota.  The men were told this study would help with the relief efforts in Europe following the war, and most were eager to do something meaningful in the war effort that did not conflict with their pacifism.

I was amazed to learn at what level of caloric intake the body goes into starvation mode.  A graph on page 85 of the book charts the caloric intake of the men compared to their weight.  The normal caloric intake for the men was between 3000-3500 calories.  They were fed at this level for three months to determine what number of calories were needed to maintain weight.  The second stage of the experiment lasted for six month.  During this time the caloric intake was cut in half while activity levels remained the same.  During this stage the men were fed about 1500 calories per day. The third stage of the experiment, the re-feeding,  lasted three months.  During this time the men were divided into three groups.   One group received an additional 400 calories, one received 800 calories, and one received 1200 calories.

The most important thing I have learned from this experiment is that 1500 calories a day is not a sustainable diet.  These men looked like POW's by the end of six months on that amount of calories. Not only were they skin and bones, but all sorts of mental and emotional issues manifested.

Have you noticed that most diet plans recommend 1500-1800 calories a day?  That diet is not sustainable, and when you try to live on a starvation diet by choice, your will power will only take you so far.  The body's need for glucose and calories will win out every time.  That's when people binge!  Has that not been our experience?

Don't ever think for a minute that the people selling you diet plans are not aware of this study!  They know you can go on their restrictive diets and lose weight until you fail and go on an eating binge.  You never blame the diet, though.  You blame yourself for being weak, undisciplined, and lacking in will power.  So then you go back again to try another restrictive diet with a metabolism that will make it even harder to lose weight.

The truth is, women need to be eating about 2500 calories a day and men need about 3000 calories a day minimum.  After years of restrictive eating, you will probably gain weight during the re-feeding stage, but the weight will normalize over time."

Food blog for today: Thursday 9/30/21

Morning:  Coffee and Lemon Ginger Blast green juice

Smoothie:  banana, mango, frozen mango, radish microgreens, spring mix, plant protein, coconut water, water.

Snacks:  1/2 avocado with coconut; goodie balls, and a bag of peanuts

Dinner:  I made a salad with spring mix, green onions, cherry tomatoes with Bragg's vinaigrette dressing and Gouda cheese.  Also had leftover lentil soup with crackers and a Heineken non-alcoholic beer.  Did you know non-acholic craft beer is popular and gaining in popularity in the US now.  It is already huge in other countries.  I read about it in the New Yorker magazine and wanted to try it.  My Walmart only had the Heineken and Anheuser Busch' so I got the one from the Netherlands!  It's good.

Dessert:  Sandies Shortbread Cookies  while we watched PBSNewshour



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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Imperfectly Raw Food Blog - Day 42 - September 29, 2021

 Imperfectly Raw Food Blog - Day 42 - September 29, 2021

Morning:  Coffee and Green Juice

Green Juice:  parsley, cilantro, ginger, lemon, jalapeรฑo, red apple, green apple, broccoli, cucumber, celery

Smoothie:  2 bananas, 2 kiwi, spring mix, radish microgreens, 1/4 cup ground flax seed, 1/2 cup almond yogurt, 1/4 cup peanut butter powder, frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries and bananas.

Snack:  package of peanuts

Dinner:  Leftover lentil soup and saltine crackers  I ate a lot of this!  So good!

After dinner:  Bengal Spice tea and a kombucha

I made a batch of raw energy crackers to go into the dehydrator tonight. Recipe is 1 cup chia seed, 1 cup sunflower seeds, 1 cup pumpkin seeds, 4 cups water, 2 tsp minced garlic, salt to taste. Whisk together and let sit a few minutes to thicken up. Divide onto 4 dehydrator Teflex sheets. Dehydrate overnight. Flip the next morning, peel off Teflex sheets, and continue dehydrating until crisp.

Picture is a tray of energy crackers ready to divide onto dehydrator trays lined with Teflex sheets.



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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Imperfectly Raw Food Blog - Day 41 - Tuesday, September 21, 2021

 Imperfectly Raw Food Blog - Day 41 - Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Someone asked me why am I doing this food blog.  My why is mainly to hold myself accountable, to pay attention to what gives me the results I want and what does the opposite, and to share my experience with whoever might be interested.  It is a form of self-care for me as well as a way of loving all of you.

No headache this morning, but woke up thirsty.  I had the apple juice left over from yesterday and some water, followed by coffee.

Smoothies for two today:  Bananas, kiwi, radish microgreens, spring mix, pineapple, flaxseed, almond yogurt, peanut butter powder, frozen mixed fruit, coconut water, and water.

I am back in the sprouting and growing microgreens game.  Today I started some red acre cabbage which should be ready to harvest in 8-12 days.

I made a chickpea salad today.

Instructions:  Juice a lemon into a large bowl.  Add 4 Tbsp mayonnaise and stir to combine.  Season with salt and pepper.  This is your salad dressing.  Combine into the bowl with the dressing1/3 cup chopped walnut, 2 sticks of diced celery, 1/2 - 1 chopped apple, 3 green onions diced, 1 can of drained and rinsed chickpeas.  Stir together.  Serve on a bed of spring mix or other salad greens.

I also made a lentil soup.

Instruction.  The hardest part is chopping the veggies.  So dice 1 onion, slice 5 carrots, chop 2 sticks of celery.  Heat 2-3 tbsp olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add the chopped onion and carrots and 1-1/2 tbsp minced garlic and cook 4 minutes.  Add the chopped celery and cook 4 minutes longer.  Add 1-2/3 cup dry green lentils, 2-1/2 tsp smoked paprika, 2 tsp cumin, 2 tsp dried oregano, a 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes, and  a 32 oz box of vegetable broth (plus more water as needed). Simmer 30 minutes until lentils are softened.  Season with salt and pepper.

I cleaned the  house before going to work at the Gaines Candy Bar from 1-6 and from there I went to flute ensemble rehearsal. It was a busy day.



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