Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Imperfectly Raw- Day 57 - Tuesday - 11/30/21

 Imperfectly Raw- Day 57 - Tuesday - 11/30/21

Good morning!

Breakfast: Coffee and Lemon Ginger Blast

Lunch: Green Smoothie with Vanilla Bean Happy Viking protein powder

Dinner:  Nori rolls with leftover carrot mix, peppers, and cucumbers

Snacks:  Goodie balls, Brazil nuts, Lara Bar, Kombucha

What do I hope to gain by upping my game with raw foods?   I want to be able to participate in adventures and stay active.  I want to do fun things with my people.  I want to travel. I want to learn and grow and experience the world more fully.  I want to be educated and remember things. I want to look good. 

I want to feel good and be free of excess baggage both physically and emotionally.  I want to take only what I need and use what I take.  I want to give back. I want to be an influence for good.  The practice is my activism.



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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Imperfectly Raw - Day 56 - Monday - 11/29/21

 Imperfectly Raw - Day 56 - Monday - 11/29/21

Good Morning Ya’ll.

Breakfast:  Coffee and a Lemon Ginger Blast.

Lemon Ginger Blast

Lunch:  A smoothie made with the Green Colada Happy Viking vegan protein powder.  Recipe for two large smoothies:  2 bananas, 2 sun gold kiwi, 2 tsp wheatgrass juice powder, broccoli sprouts, 4 scoops of the green colada protein powder, 1/2 cup almond yogurt, frozen mixed fruit to fill up the blender, 1 can of coconut water, 1 cup almond milk, and water to 3/4 of the carafe.

Snack - 2 goodie balls some Brazil nuts.

Dinner: Leftover carrot nori rolls and a new Tannyraw slaw recipe.

Sauce for slaw:  2 mangos, 8 oz cherry tomatoes, juice of a lime, and cilantro to taste.  Serve the sauce on a bag of slaw with some tomatoes and jalapeno.

Dessert:  Lara Bar

The Raw Reset starts tomorrow.  The raw reset is like therapy to me because it incorporates both mental planning with physical activity.  The best selling book The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk is about innovative treatments for traumatic stress in cases where talk therapy is of little benefit. Trauma is stored in the body and it produces changes in the brain which is why talk therapy and the rational mind may not be the right approach. Other therapies involving the body with touch, movement, and breath are quite effective. So the foods are an important pillar in this lifestyle but equally important is the rebounding, the steps, the growing the microgreens, the staying on plan, doing it as you go through it no matter what comes, arriving wherever you go as yourself and leaving with your integrity intact having kept the promises you made to yourself. It really is a wonderful and complete program.

Travis pulled all the decorations from the attic and we began decorating.  I decorated the Christmas tree, hung the wreaths, and put out some decorations. Travis hung the Christmas flag and blew up some lawn ornaments for the outside.  



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Monday, November 29, 2021

Imperfectly Raw - Day 55 - Sunday - 11/28/21

 Imperfectly Raw - Day 55 - Sunday - 11/28/21

Good Morning.  Good Vibes,

I am signed up for another Raw Reset with Tannyraw which will begin on Tuesday, 11/30/21.  I am excited about this one which is being called The Gift of Clean, Clear & Bright.  I am sure I will be the oldest one in the group, but that's okay. I do want to be clean, clear and bright, and I want to do it in a way that is sustainable for me.  I like to learn from other people, but I have learned that I can think for myself.  Tanny does a great job of teaching about planning ahead to get the results you want and then working the plan.  

Breakfast:  Lemon Ginger Blast and two oranges.

Travis and I saw King Richard at the movie theater last Tuesday.  It is the story of Venus and Serena Williams' rise in the tennis world from the ghetto to Wimbledon.  I am obsessed with this film, so much so that I ordered the Happy Viking protein powder from Venus Williams.  It comes in four flavors:  strawberry, green colada, vanilla bean, and chocolate.  I ordered all four!  Go big or go home!

 For lunch today we had smoothies made with 2 bananas, 4 scoops of Happy Viking strawberry protein powder, broccoli sprouts, 2 tsp of wheat grass juice powder, 1/2 cup of almond yogurt, frozen mixed fruit, 1 can coconut water, 1 cup almond milk, and water to the 3/4 mark on the blender carafe.  5 stars.  So good.

For dinner I made a modified Tannyraw recipe for nori rolls. 

I used a 10 oz package of grated carrots and made a sauce to go over the carrots.

The sauce:  1/4 cup walnuts, 3/4 cup celery, 1 large peeled lemon with most of the seeds removed, 2 tsp minced garlic, 1/4 cup water, Mrs. Dash Table Blend seasoning, and 2 tsp Gomasio.  Add this sauce to the carrots and mix well.  

Spoon some of the carrot mix onto a nori roll with some thinly sliced mini cucumbers and bell pepper.  Roll up and eat.  This is really good.  I have some left for tomorrow.

Dessert:  Leftover Nice Cream from several days ago and a Kombucha.

The evening tea was Traditional Medicinal Detox tea.

I am still reading/listening to Braiding Sweetgrass.  

I am starting a new jigsaw puzzle for when I need something to do that will keep my mind centered on my own sphere of influence.  I really do want to make the world a better place, but I don't want to get sucked into the rabbit hole, ya'll.  The struggle is real!!!



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Thursday, November 4, 2021

Imperfectly Raw Day 54, Thursday, November 4, 2021

 Imperfectly Raw Day 54, Thursday, November 4, 2021

Breakfast:  Coffee and a Lemon Ginger Blast minus the Blast (jalapeno) - parsley, cilantro, ginger, apple, lime, cucumber, celery.

Travis and I went to three sales today.  We didn't buy much, but it was fun.  I found some  pillowcases and some mugs I liked at an estate sale.  Total cost:  $5.75!

Lunch Smoothies for 2:  2 bananas, 1/4 pineapple, 1 kiwi, spinach, radish microgreens, 1/2 cup almond yogurt, 1 Tbsp chia seeds, frozen strawberry banana mix, leftover Bengal Spice Tea, 1 can of coconut water, and water to 3/4 line of blender carafe.

Snacks for 2:  4 oranges and radish microgreens.

Keeping the promises I made to myself:  practiced my flute and walked my steps.

I made goodie balls this afternoon.

For dinner I made a salad of spring mix, coleslaw, tomatoes from our garden, and purple onion.  Served with Braggs vinaigrette dressing and pickled veggies.

The cooked dish tonight was Vegetarian lo mein from the PlateJoy app with a few modifications.  Vegetarian lo mein recipe:

Cook 9 oz spaghetti per the package directions.  Chop 6 cups broccoli (I used a package of frozen broccoli), 1-1/2 red bell peppers chopped, 3/4 red onion chopped, 1 small package snow peas trimmed.  In a wok or skillet heat 2 Tbsp sesame oil.  Cook the vegetables for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly.  In a bowl, mix together 3 Tbsp soy sauce, 1-1/2 tsp minced garlic, and 1-1/2 tsp minced ginger.  Add soy sauce mixture and the noodles to the pan.  Toss to coat and cook for another 2-3 minutes to warm the noodles.  Top with sliced green onions to serve.

Also had kombucha made by my friend Bonita.  She makes the best kombucha.

The sprouts and microgreens are doing well.  I started a flat of broccoli microgreens today.

Evening tea:  Celestial Seasonings Country Peach Passion

We watched the news on PBS Newshour.  There was an interesting piece about a couple in Columbus, Ohio that are both paleoclimatologists with Ohio State University.  They collect ice cores from glaciers all over the world that are kept frozen at The Ohio State University's Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.  Many glaciers are disappearing right before our eyes and these ice samples are all that is left from which researchers can study the records of the gaseous composition of the atmosphere.

9158 steps today.

xoxo Janis

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Saturday, October 30, 2021

 Saturday -  10-30-21 - Growing More Sprouts and Microgreens

I spent my entire morning and beyond planning on ways to maximize my space to grow more sprouts and microgreens.  I decided to dedicate my baker's rack as a growing center.  I ordered a metal rack that is 40" long x 12" wide that will fit on my bottom shelf and enable me to grow four trays of microgreens on that shelf.  The tile top of the baker's rack will hold two more trays.  The next shelf up will hold the small trays that I use for growing microgreens.  The very top shelf holds the seeds.  I have four jars with sprouts growing on the shelf above my sink, and I can grow sprouts in my green trays on my kitchen counter or on the shelf on the baker's rack.  I think it will work.

It was a busy day and I forgot to make the juice this morning.  So only coffee.  When I realized I was hungry I ate some Brazil nuts.

We had smoothies for lunch (bananas, kiwi, frozen mixed fruit, radish sprouts, spring mix, wheatgrass juice powder, almond yogurt, prebiotic powder, chia seeds, coconut water, and water).

Travis and I went to Walmart pharmacy this afternoon for our flu shots.  We will go back next week and get our Covid boosters.

Dinner was all leftovers for me.  (I made Travis spaghetti, which will last him a couple of days.) 

I had some of the leftover Harvest Soup and Pear Drizzle.  Yesterday I made a broccoli & carrot salad that I did not eat since we ate dinner out last night.  I had some of it tonight with some sauerkraut, pickled beets, and a hot and spicy pickle.  

Recipe for the Sauce for the broccoli-carrot-salad greens salad - modified from a Tannyraw recipe

1/4 cup walnuts, 1 lemon juiced, 3 radish, 1/2 cup bell yellow bell pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/4 cup water. - Stir the sauce over chopped broccoli and grated carrots.  Pour over salad greens.  

After dinner:  Banana Blueberry Yogurt Nice Cream and Strawberry Hibiscus Tea.

I am reading (listening on Audible) to Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari.  It's interesting.



Thursday, October 28, 2021

Imperfectly Raw Day 52 - 10/27/21

 Imperfectly Raw Day 52 - 10/27/21

Started off with 27 ounces of water before coffee.  I worked at the boutique today and had Lemon Ginger Blast for breakfast.  

For lunch I made a living green smoothie with banana, kiwi, fresh strawberries, kale,  sprouted lentils, wheatgrass juice powder, almond yogurt, vegan protein powder, dates, chia seeds, coconut water, leftover Bengal Spice tea, coconut water, frozen mixed fruit and water.  The sprouts are growing.  I used some in the smoothies today.

For snacks I had a Lara Bar, a pear, and an orange. The peanuts at the shop were tempting, but I resisted!

My problems began when I got home.  I was hungry and tired.  Travis suggested Domino’s Pizza, and I was all for it. I got the vegetarian option and had it with a salad with Bragg’s Vinaigrette that I made at home.  Also had a kombucha.  Fatigue plays a factor in exercising willpower!  Will try to do better tomorrow.



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Imperfectly Raw Day 51- October 26, 202 - More Raw

 Imperfectly Raw Day 51- October 26, 202 - More Raw

I am wanting to include more raw foods in my diet as an experiment to see if I will feel better.  So here we go…

Morning:  Oranges are 25 cents each at my Walmart this week!  Started off the day with an orange and 27 oz of water.  Made a little pot of coffee, and had a banana. I made Lemon Ginger Blasts for our green juice.

The rest of the day was tricky.  I was late to my hair appointment, because my brain is not functioning as it should.  I got the time mixed up, but Eddie at Lox made it work.  I need a diet and lifestyle that supports brain health.

My lunch was my Lemon Ginger Blast, another banana, and some Brazil nuts all eaten while running late and stressed out.  

The key to successfully following a plan to eat healthy is to stay ahead of the hunger game.  I fell off plan today because
was starving and stressed when I got home and went for the whole grain chips and salsa with a kombucha.

Dinner was leftovers from my perfectly raw day yesterday.  I had made a raw broccoli dressing to go with my salad (spring mix, slaw mix, cherry tomatoes, and goat cheese), and served with sauerkraut, a goodie ball, the rest of the sour cream dip left from the raw foods potluck and some seed crackers.

The broccoli dressing was a Tannyraw recipe.  At first I didn't think I like it, but when eaten with the salad and the other sides, it was pretty good.  The recipe and photo is on her Instagram a few days back. You might try it with salt instead of the dulce if you don't like the seaweed taste.  Here is the recipe;

3 cups broccoli florets, 3 tbsp lime juice, 1/4 cup walnuts, 2 Tbsp Lucuma powder, 2 tbsp dulse flakes, 1 tbsp garlic and herb seasoning, 1/2 cup water or more for consistency.  Blend until smooth.



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 Spinach🍁

Good morning from Travis and me.🍁

Morning Juice:  Fresh orange juice🍁

I started some mung bean sprouts for a salad I can make five days from now.🍁

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.🍁

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.🍁

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

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

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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