Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Transitioning into the future,,,

Well here it is, almost 2012, and yours truly has officially stepped into the world of technology by going from a crappy do-nothing phone to a touchscreen LG do everything-droid phone. (sigh) I tried to save myself from making this leap for a very long time but alas, I was starting to feel like an 80 yr. old woman when people handed me their fancy-schmancy super phones and said, "here, do this, or call this person..." and I'm fumbling with it like,"...uh....I have no clue how to use this [new fangled contraption]!" Lol

Here is the first photo I took (that I texted to my parents):

That's the other advantage over my do-nothing phone...I've never had a "camera" that would fit in my purse easily before, only a big bulky (albeit nice) one, but I rarely liked to take that with me to parties, etc. Plus, on my old phone I could'nt even receive picture messages so I was a little left out of the loop. Not anymore! I'm not justifying getting one of these fancy "plugged-in" things, but I do have to say...I am enjoying being part of the technological present again. It is already amazing me by providing a calendar that I can fill with my busy schedule...that I can also access online. I feel uber connected. I think this will also come in handy when I start my business. Apparently, you can have 2 different numbers (one business, one personal) that both go to your one line! Sounds intriguing...

On & on...I just received in the mail the other day a new cookbook I ordered that I'm so excited to try out!

It's full of tons of delicious-looking, mostly vegan recipes that sound tantalizing!I'll keep you updated on what I make. With that in mind, I have a new recipe to share for some delicious Savory with a *hint* of sweet crackers I made the other day! 

10-15 Dates (pitted)
2-3 C Sunflower Seeds (soaked overnight)
About 3 C Flax Seeds (soaked 20 min. before using)
Mellow White or Yellow Miso (to taste, approx. 4-5 T)
Braggs or Nama Shoyu (to taste, approx 4 T)
1 White or Yellow (sweet) Onion
4-5 Cloves Garlic

Mix all in food processor, dehydrate for 1 hr. @145 degrees, then turn down to 115 degrees and dehydrate until crunchy. 

That's all for today. Does anyone read this? Haha

Check out my new facebook page:

There's not much to it yet...but it is a work in progress. Also, I hope you are all enjoying the new look of my blog. It looks a little more like my home state of Oregon now and I'm loving that.

Have a beautiful week! 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Kreativ Blogger Award - Prepare to know more about me than you ever wanted to know!

A dear friend of mine, who also happens to be the smart, beautiful and uber talented author of the hilarious and interesting blog Babique, has linked me in with some other very interesting/cool bloggers for the Kreativ Blogger Award! Thank you Erika! of course I gladly accept this honor and opportunity to tell you all a little bit more about myself. Let's brew some tea and get a little personal! :) Babique, btw, is a very funny and informative account of Erika's experiences as a first time mommy as well as with marriage, playing music, working, and tying it all together. I highly recommend you check it out by clicking the link above.

 So here goes!

Name your favorite song: 
Oh geez, I knew this was going to be Being a musician myself my head is constantly rattling around all kinds of songs, mostly ones I love, sometimes ones I wish I could delete from memory...but above all I have a REALLY hard time just picking one to state as my favorite. So in light of that I will have to throw a few out there for you to chew on, maybe just the first ones that come to mind...

Subterranian Homesick Alien - Radiohead

Exit Music For A Film - Radiohead

(now maybe guess one of my all time favorite albums)

Dondante - My Morning Jacket

Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

So many songs by Bob Dylan...including this one: Don't Think Twice, it's Alright

Also so many songs by John Lennon (Real Love)...and the Beatles...Let it Be (and many many MANY more)

And of course, not leaving out the women here...

Lived in Bars - Cat Power

Many many songs by Regina Spektor, Portishead, Ani DiFranco, & St. Vincent...more more more...

Name your favorite desert:  Vegan Cupcakes from Sweet Life :)

...yummmmm. Nuff' said.

What pisses you off?: WAR, corporate and governmental control over people, money, people who show no compassion to other people, people who harm the planet and animals with no regard, smugness

When you're upset, you: write in my journal, write music, play music, cry, breathe deeply

Your favorite pet: my 2 amazing kitties:

PBJ (orange) & Lula Bell (white)
...they are the best.

Black or White?: how about rainbow? :-) I definitely look better in black than in white...and I can manage keeping clothes black but white ones usually eventually end up in my tie-dye pile once I've managed to stain them.  

Best feature: Hmm...I like my eyes cause they remind me of my mom. All the women on my mom's side of the family have very similar eyes and so do all of her sisters. I feel like they tie me to my past.

(this pic was actually originally taken for my crochet business. I wasn't just trying to look cool. Lol)
Everyday Attitude: inspired to grow & do more...alive, awake, nostalgic, hopeful, dreaming.

What is Perfection?: Perfection for me depends on the day, but I think would always have to include: sunshine, being outdoors (possibly deep in the woods somewhere, but more likely at the beach), being with loved ones, making music, hot herbal tea, staring into the ocean while the sun shines down on me, reading a book on that beach, dreaming up my future and traveling to exotic places. To live without the burden of money, now that would be perfection. Perfection is realizing that I am already amazing and that my life in incredible. Perfection would be living where I want to live but still being near so many of the ones I love that I've moved away from. Perfection is TIME to myself, not spent "working for a dollar" but spent fleshing out my passions and indulging in my interests. I do believe this is attainable. Working on it.

Guilty Pleasure: Ok so by far my guiltiest pleasure at the moment has to be: Glee. I watch every episode and while I don't necessarily like every song they do, I can't stop watching and loving some of it. I myself was a show choir kid and dancer with music, dance, and theater dreams and this show just seems to fit somehow. I know, I know, super lame sauce. Lol My other guilty pleasure as of late is watching Alley McBeal on Hulu. For this I have no excuse, save my love for female driven dramas and shows about lawyers and court cases.

7 Random Facts: 

♥ I am a Leo sun with a Scorpio moon. Apparently this could be the reason I've heard so many people say, "But you don't seem like a leo..." While I do exhibit many of the common traits of leos (social, outgoing, love to be on the stage) I am still quite a bit of an introvert. Supposedly people with moons in scorpio are very deep and emotionally intense people who crave deep emotionally intense relationships. I would say this has rang true for me in my life. There's a really good book to check out that actually Erika, who tagged me for this, referred to me a long time ago that's great for reading into your different planetary signs called, Do it Yourself Astrology, which I really like to get a good well rounded feel for your astrological and very specific sign.

♥ I have a mouth full of amalgam mercury fillings from my childhood that I desperately want to have removed. I checked in with a local holistic dentist not too long ago for an estimate of how much this would cost me. Turns out: $1500 per tooth! That said, I need almost $10,000 worth of dental work. You do the math. So yeah, that's going to be a goal that sits on my shelf for quite a while.

♥ I used to take and teach dance. I took jazz, tap, & ballet from a small studio in my town for about 15 years, and then took a tiny bit of modern (& modern with partner) dance in college. It was such a big part of my childhood that I am forever attached to it mentally and spiritually. I still dream about it all the time and miss it all the time, and my exercises usually center around stretching my body and limbering up enough to move and dance however I feel like it. It is for this reason that I am especially drawn to the exercise classes of Nia. I love how free you can be in these classes and how much you sweat and actually get an amazing work out while having a blast dancing around the room and yelling at times. It's great. You must try it.

♥ One of the first songs I ever attempted to write, with my childhood best friend, went like this:

"Let's talk about you baby,
let's talk about me baby,
let's talk about you, let's talk about me, let's talk about uh-uh-us, baby!"

Complete with hand motions for the entire thing, my friend and I thought we were so very awesome for coming up with this. Hahaha, oh yeah and our "band" name was "Two Hands & a Voice" and our symbol was peace over power the hand one hand in a fist facing you with the other laying on top of it facing out. Yup, awesome. Anyway, a few years later we were completely shocked and awed when the band Salt-n-Peppa came out with the song, "Let's Talk About Sex" which was not only the same rhythmic pattern as our tune, but also a VERY similar fact it seemed like they took our childhood innocent love song straight out of our little notebooks and turned it into something way more adult! It was so crazy though! It sounded so much like the song we had written, it still baffles me to this day how that even happened. Luckily, I didn't let that stop my song writing efforts as I grew up.

♥ I have never broken a bone. The closest I've ever come was spraining my arm in dance class after attempting to be impressive (admittedly there was a cute boy watching our class from the lobby) and doing a jump known as a Tour Jeté. I tried to be all huge and impressive and ended up falling flat on my arm. Lol, oh yeah.

♥ I am obsessed with the ocean. I dream about water constantly and so wish I knew how to surf. Actually the idea of being eaten by something in the ocean is scary enough to me that I just gaze in awe at amazing surfers. I think I fear the ocean and it's mystery/power almost as much as I love it. I really do want to try surfing someday. And while I may never be as epic as this:

...a girl can always dream. :)

♥ If you haven't already figured it out from my blog posts so far, I am currently working on getting my nutrition consultant certification, which basically is a nutrition educator. I want to take this certification and interweave several other healing modalities and body therapies into one total preventative wellness facility. More on this in coming posts...

So that's about it folks, whew! I think that's the most personal information I've ever put into one blog post...thanks again for linking me miss Babique.

And now go ahead and check out these other fantastic bloggarama-mamas who can now consider themselves...LINKED! :D 

Blog on!!!

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The Audacious Intricacies of a Garden Girl.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ideas For the Very Near Future

Ok, so I have a few plans up my sleeve that I just want to bounce around here for a minute...I am planning my own website right now, which will be similar to this blog, only you will also be able to purchase things like juicers, essential oils, and much more from my site! In addition, I will continue to post, but in a more informative fashion, including articles about health/nutrition and lifestyle. It will be a bit more business and less journalish than this, specifically so that I can start sending my future clients to the site to have a one stop place to find recipes, information, and resources for things I recommend to them already! Sound good?

So I guess the only issue I'm having now is the name...I like the title of my blog, but I'm not sure if it's off-putting to males who are interested in health & nutrition. I don't know, what do you guys think?? Goodnessmegoddess...does the "Goddess" part make you think it's only for women? Or do you get the sense that it is only because the information is provided by a woman, and that there might be information for both sexes therein? I will certainly have information for both sexes...and I do like the idea of keeping my name as I move into this next step. Comments? Suggestions? I am open to all, thanks for your help! Much love! :)

Ps- Here's a song I just started covering that I have always loved, enjoy!

Look at Jeff Tweedy's suit! Haha, great!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Green Juicing + Show Tunes = Happiness

Hi there! I'm not sure if anyone even still reads my blog, as I haven't posted anything in quite a while, but here goes!

I have been oh so busy as of late...I went and got myself a second job that has been keeping my schedule so super tied up. In fact, my last day off was the day Corey and I went to see My Morning Jacket in Bend, OR (which was so amazing!) June is now July 20th. (deep breath) :)

So let me explain: My new job is as a receptionist at a local wellness center complete with 2 naturopaths, a colon hydrotherapist, massage therapist, dental hygienist, esthetician, and possibly more to come. It's a new business that is starting to pick up steam, and so far so good on my end. I wanted to take this job to better immerse myself into a health and wellness environment, and surround myself with people (co-workers and clients) that actually care about their health or are actively trying to help educate people on how to live a more vibrant life. In doing this, I have needed to cut back my days working at the bar to only 1 a week, and so far this has not happened...the first couple weeks of this (after having only worked 3 days a week for over a year) were really really difficult for me, but this week seems much smoother as I can feel it getting closer to something that will resemble a normal working schedule. The other thing is my school...I have been super slacking on getting my work done as I have been doing nothing but working everyday! Ok, enough of that will all be balanced soon.

On the up side, I started my day off today with the most delicious green juice, I had to share! Sometimes it can be a little scary trying to create a super chlorophyll breakfast juice, because you want it to taste, well, tasty and not like you are eating the lawn. This one was a super pleasant surprise...sweet and cooling. Fantabulous!

GMG's Delicioso AM Green Juice:

2 Red Apples
1.5 in. Ginger
3 Stalks Celery
3 Pieces Kale
1/2 a Lime
1/2 Cucumber
*all organic ingredients (of course)

Juice all, and sip up the goodness!!!!

Oh yeah, did I mention the clean up process was soundtracked by music from Les Miserables, original London cast? Well, it was...and it was lovely! Have yourself a beautiful day and think of me on your days off! ;-)

Much Love!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Dealing with Stressors~ The Emotional Rollercoasters of Life!

Some days I feel motivated to take on the world...others I feel overwhelmed and bogged down by the things holding me in my place. Today is one of the latter.

The fact is there are plenty of things stressing me out right (at the bar, nuff said), extracurricular work that is "building toward my future" but currently not paying in cash or check (emotionally fulfilling, yes and time consuming, very), school work (of which I have tons that needs to be done and not enough days in the week to devote to it as much time as I should),  keeping the house clean (which I am not super awesome at staying on top of), starting my online crochet store, meal planning, garden planning, planning for the future, trying to stay positive, and last but certainly not least, money. Having enough, needing more, trying to build a future that will provide enough, as well as be fulfilling in every sense of the word.  Phew. It's enough to make a girl's head spin. ;) (wink to Alice)

But seriously, there are plenty of times where we all get overwhelmed with the stressors put on us and sometimes they can get us down. All the while I am doing all of this, my amazing boyfriend is juggling school (a very heavy, and constant, load of reading and paper writing) and working part-time, leaving him only 1 full day off a week while he also helps me balance out cooking/cleaning/and everything else a couple has to do to keep things in order, not to mention time to relax (which usually happens late at night)!

I'm sure to anyone else who has a crazy schedule right now, this seems familiar. Trying to juggle all that life is throwing at you while remaining sane, finding time to sleep, and occasionally doing things for fun! It's all a bit of a rollercoaster right now, but I think the things to remember are hiding in the wings: staying focused on the goals I am shooting for, keeping up with good nutrition to aid in stress relief and mood swings, finding that all important "me time" to do things like dance around the living room, watch something that nobody else wants to watch with me, play guitar/write songs, and make fun raw food recipes that I am always wanting to make...taking time to remember the importance of breath. Deep breathing alkalizes the body is an oh so  important tool in dealing with stress. Yesterday I took some time to take a bath with "Peace & Calming" essential oils and listen to Air. That really helped calm down the stressors and get me back to a state of peace. I find that I have always needed lots of "me time" to de-stress and deal with the millions of things I try to do all the time. Sometimes it can be too much and it takes some stepping back. Other times, I say to myself go! go! go!! and am actually able to manage this.

Anyway, this whole thing might seem a bit trite to other bloggers or readers out there, and possibly a bit over-dramitic compared to those people dealing with generally much more stressful things in their lives, like job loss, kids and babies, deadlines, disease, family crises, work pressure, trauma, etc. and I do send my compassion to those stessors as well, and hope that peace is brought to any and all dealing with such things. This day is doing nothing if not showing me that stress has many faces and can be seen, in some form, in all of our lives...and should be recognized as such and hopefully dealt with in a calm and loving way. That is the hard part. Remembering that we all have stressors and that we are all working with and around each other as we deal with these things day in and day out...and trying to remain compassionate and loving to one another in the face of stress. Stress is how we react to the world, not just how the world burdens us. I am trying to control my reactions to stress in a more constructive way, instead of getting bogged down and hopeless. Remaining aware of stress and it's effects on the body, as well as how what we consume effects how we deal with stress.

Whew, I feel better already. I think just seeing those monks on a rollercoaster helped to lift my spirits! :)

Ok then, and on with our weekends! Here's to all of us dealing with stress and here's to the motivational cocktails we must consume to keep our heads straight! --and no, that does not mean a literal cocktails! Lol

Here's some brain munchies, have a listen! :) and a beautiful day as well! 


Saturday, April 30, 2011

Healing Soup & New Toys in the Kitchen (again!)

Hey there folks! I have been a little lax on the blogging lately as I have been SUPER busy in my day-to-day these past few weeks! So anyway, I now have tons to write so let's get to it!

To start with, I was feeling the seasons change a couple weeks ago and I caught whatever bug was going around around. It was body aches, sore throat, and general icky-ness for about 2 weeks as I continued to do my millions of things without stopping, working, riding the bus everywhere (because our car was out of commission for a little while), not taking time to prepare healing foods, etc. So at the end of the 2 weeks, I had to work at my job-job on Thursday, and my part-time gig half the day Friday, and then I was beat! I took the evening to rest, but Saturday I was still feeling bad, but slightly better, so I decided to get someone to work for me Sunday so I could have that extra day to heal my immune system.

I was looking for something I could do to aid my immune system in the healing process, so I did some research and discovered some key ingredients that I wanted to get into my system.

1. Garlic:
     This age old superfood is a member of the Allium family of veggies, along with onions, chives, shallots, and leeks, and is known for being a powerful antioxidant as well as being antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-coagulant, and helps to maintain healthy blood circulation. Need I say more? I could probably do an entire blog on how awesome garlic is and, luckily, I love the stuff so this was no problem getting into my diet! :)

2. Lemon:
     High in Vitamin C and full of phytochemicals, which are chemical compounds found in plants that help boost the immune system and keep cells healthy!

3. Ginger:
     Known as a "warming" herb that is good for the digestive & circulatory systems, as well as being a good treatment for colds, aches & pains, and coughs...and it's yummy to boot!

4. Honey
     For sweetness, yes, but also good for the throat, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, & anti-fungal

...and so I brewed a tea. Hot water with all of the above (except the garlic which I chopped up and swallowed) Another really good tea/ingredient for sickness-healing is Astragalus. I have a really delicious blended tea with this in it and I swear it helped me get over my cold as well. It contains virus-fighting complex sugar molecules called polysaccharides, which help to boost the immune system, and also contains antioxidants as well as being antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

So, with this tea in hand, I decided to also make myself a healing soup for lunch. Something I could use to beat up any bad bacteria or virus in my system...which led me to remember my probiotics! Probiotics are friendly bacteria that thrive in the colon and help your body fight off sickness and dis-ease. These can be found in things like kimchee, yogurt, kefir, miso, tempeh, and kombucha. I happen to love most of these (with the exception of the dairy yogurt) and have actually been really wanting to make my own coconut kefir, but that's for another day. Again with the phytochemicals - caratenoids found in yellow, red, and orange veggies - I decided carrot would be good, as well as some sea veggies for a mineral-rich kick and a good source of iodine, B vitamins, iron, and calcium...for which I had some Pacific Nori in my cabinet. This was an impromptu dish but it turned out amazing!

Here is the approximate recipe I used for the soup:

3-4 T Miso
1-2 Carrots, shredded
1 peice of Nori, torn into shreds
Pinch of Cayenne 
(a pepper with powerful mucus loosening & immune boosting properties)

I boiled the carrot & nori until soft, but saved the water containing all the nutrients that boiled out. Then it was time to let the water cool. You don't want to cook miso in water that is too hot or you will kill the friendly bacteria that live inside, and for sure you never want to boil it. You want these guys to survive and make it to the ecosystem that is your gut. :-) You can do the finger test, put your finger in the water and if you can hold it in there for at least 5 seconds, it should be ok for the miso. 

The good news is, it totally worked! I was feeling way better in no time after I ate this soup, and combined with my extra day of rest, I was back to good! :)

Ok so, on to other things...

LONG POST, I know! 
I have a new best friend in my kitchen...again...and it's name is Breville! 

It was still drying from being used this morning, so I just took a pic of the box but, oh! I am in love!! This baby makes a mad juice like you neva' seen! :D
Here is the deliciousness I made this morning: Apple, Carrot, Ginger, Strawberry ♥♥♥!!! So yes, the days are warming up, and the juicer is here to make me cooling, nourshing, fanfreakintastic drinks and I couldn't be happier!

On the note of being happy, I have to say I am thrilled to announce that I am also now working (volunteer for now) at a local wellness center doing multimedia work and helping out with office duties, and absolutely loving it! I may not be making any money at it, as of yet, but I am thrilled just to be working in a place that makes people happier and healthier and it is a definite breather from my normal job as a bartendress. (:

I am still focusing strongly on working through my nutrition training, which is going super well, and I am glad just to have an opportunity to stretch my wings and gain a little experience in the wellness world. I am loving it so far, and it is also making me realize that I wish there were more hours in the day to do all the things I wish I had time for! But, one thing at a time. It's good to be busy doing things that make me happy. I find that it's all about working and living toward finding our own happiness. It is so important to be moving in the direction of getting paid to do what you are passionate about, because you are selling hours of your life, and you want to make it worth your time and least that's how I see it.

So, hooray for future planning and hooray for spring! The weather has remained fairly cool, here in Oregon, but with several sunny warm-ish days popping up and certainly TONS of beautiful flowers blooming all over the place! I will leave you now with some pics of the beautimus live things we have planted in and around our house this spring...followed by a funny video parody about plastic bags.

Have a lovely day! :)

Bought these guys on Earth Day

and made them friends! :)

had to give the leftovers their own home

This is our kitchen basil and spider plant, doing well! 

and Dark Eyes, also purchased on Earth Day

they had lots of different colors of these, they were all so beautiful it was hard to decide!

That's it for now, hopefully I will have garden pics to post soon! 

Enjoy the video! :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Vegan Choices Help the World, and You! :)

I am not saying that everyone should be, or needs to be 100 % vegan, but I think it's important to understand the facts and implications of our actions and be conscious in our decision making, remembering that all of our choices have implications on our bodies and the world around us. Choose to respect yourself and others as much as you can, even if you are not a vegan. I am not completely 100% vegan, but I know that my actions and choices are powerful and I think that just by choosing to eat vegan more often, and demanding vegan options of our merchants, we are helping to save energy and water while also helping our own bodies by lowering the intake of acidic animal fats that, in large amounts, can lead to problems like heart disease and cancer.* Even if you are not a vegan, it is important that we all be aware of these issues. Hope you are all having a beautiful week and I will leave you with this video:

*Plus, vegan foods are yummy and chocked full of vital vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to thrive!

*Send out some love to your local organic merchants. Buy or grow some of your own delicious foods! :)


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Road Blocks

I have to say that it is certainly true that inspiration ebbs and flows. For the past couple of weeks I had been feeling just not nearly as motivated as I usually am to pursue! pursue! pursue!! (my passions that is) But finally again I am feeling the itch to get moving and get growing! :)

By the way, I hope you all had a safe and fun St. Patrick's Day earlier this week. I started my day off with this magnificent beauty of a green smoothie:

and a beautiful morning yoga routine to get my blood flowing and my head straight for what I expected to be a very busy day (I am currently a bartender). *On a side note, yes I do see the irony of studying healing and nutrition while serving beers and drinks containing chemical colorings and fermented sugars, but it's what I can do for now so, if you are ever looking to have a convo about health and wellness while having a brew, I am your gal. haha Anyway, I spent the morning looking up fancy green drinks I could make, expecting a day full of, "can you make me an Irish drink??" and Irish car bombs, but alas  I was very very slow all day. I did get to have some fantastic corned beef, cabbage, & potatoes (minus the corned beef and plus one small salad) for an "Irish dinner" though, which was great. I used to LOVE corned beef but I found just the cabbage with potatoes and a salad to be super satisfying while filling my silly traditional need to consume something of this nature on this holiday. Afterwards Corey and I went home for some video-games and chill time.  :) It was lovely.

So, back on track...I am starting to get the itch again to get busy cracking on my goals! In the meantime (of being less than motivated), however, I have been getting a lot of school work done, which is going splendidly. I started reading a book, that I will possibly, eventually do a book report on called, "The Second Brain," by Michael D. Gershon, M.D. that was suggested to me by a colon hydrotherapist friend of mine. So far, I am really enjoying it. It is about how the digestive system has it's own separate functions independent of the autonomic nervous system and how that can effect health and basic immune function. Good stuff. So, more on that later. For now, I will be spending tonight (and every other night) studying, crocheting (trying to keep active with this as much as possible), cooking/non-cooking, and meditating/dreaming about the goals I am working towards. 

Super Easy/Yummy (& properly combined) Green Smoothie Recipe of the Day:
2-3 C Spinach
1-2 C Organic Apple Juice (fresh if you have a juicer)
1/2 Container of fresh organic blueberries (or frozen)
2.5 Organic Bananas
2 Heaping Tablespoons Maca
2 Heaping Tablespoons Vitamineral Green
Filtered Water (if needed)

Blend all together & top with fresh blueberries. Makes enough for 2-3 people but you can alter ingredients as you need to.  Enjoy! :) 

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Experiment is Over

Ok, so, not much to say today except that corey and I have now both been eating the flax crackers, an experiment in motion, and had no bad reactions to them. So, the good news crackers are safe for consumption!!

I guess maybe once the brown rice has been fermented in the brown rice miso it is ok to mix with the proteins in the nuts and seeds of the crackers. Either way, these crackers are DELICIOUS and I like to dip them in my very favorite black bean dip by De Casa Fine Foods, but you can dip them in anything you like.

So anyway, feel free to try the recipe if you are looking for a good cracker mix, or try whatever combo you like...there are many recipes out there~  Enjoy! 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Adventures in Food Combining: Flax Crackers vs Gas Crackers, an Experiment in Motion

Hello out there, and happy Saturday! I have vowed to spend the entire day in my pajamas and do some catching up on my homework, blogging, and vegging out. This has been a fantastic week as I have had the time to dive back into my school work, which I am totally loving. I finished my anatomy & physiology section this week, which I still need to study again and again, but at least I can move on to a new section of study...hurray!

Ok so, moving on...the Raw Miso Soup I made the other day turned out a-maz-ing! It was so super yummy, you must try it if you are looking for a cold day, winter warm up...which I always am this time of year! :) Here is mine:

I used carrots and daikon to make the noodles instead of zucchini or sweet potatoes (as I've seen others suggest), and it was oh so tasty! You can also make it with any ingredients you have lying around such as celery or nori. I will definitely be making it again soon!

Ooh, I also just need to post this pic of the delicious green smoothies I made for Corey and I the other day:

I believe they were: cucumber, spinach, apple juice, pear, avacado, vitamineral green, & coconut shreds :)  delish.

I have really been trying to stick very closely to the rules of food combining, as much as possible. If you are not yet aware of these rules for digestive health, the basics are this:

♥ Eat Fruit Alone or as a Fruit Meal, on an Empty Stomach - the idea being that fruits are easily digested by the body and move through the system fairly quickly (about 30 minutes to pass through the stomach), so when you combine them with foods that take longer to digest, they can get caught up in the stomach for longer than they need to be there, which can cause them to ferment. This is why you definitely do not want to eat fruit as a dessert while there is still other food digesting in your stomach.

♥ Eat Proteins (concentrated) With Non-Starchy Vegetables and/or Sea Veggies or Cultured Veggies - this is because there are different digestive enzymes needed to break down proteins than the ones needed to digest starchy carbohydrates, and combining them can be hard on the digestive tract, causing gas, bloating, and flatulence.

♥ Eat Grains & Starchy Carbohydrates (concentrated) with Non-Starchy and/or Sea Veggies or Cultured Veggies - same reason as before, combining starches with proteins is a recipe for a bloated and uncomfortable tummy and gas in the system.

♥ Cultured Veggies are Good With Everything! - even fruit! These bad boys are great for the internal flora of your colon and help everything else you eat to break down.

There is a great deal more to this idea of food combining for better digestion, which includes cutting out all processed foods and eating a diet of 80 percent alkaline-forming food, and 20 percent acid-forming foods. You can find more about this type of thing by looking up the man who came up with the idea in the 1930's, Dr. Howard Hay. There is also a lot of great information about how to properly food combine in the book, The Body Ecology Diet, by Donna Gates.

So, I have basically been trying to stick to these principles as much as possible, but I think I may have recently made a mistake that has turned into a food-combining experiment. I made some savory raw crackers yesterday that included the following ingredients:
-Onion (red & white)        -Nama Shoyu
-Garlic                              -Basil                        
-Pumpkin Seeds               -Miso
-Flax Seeds
-Sesame Seeds

Sounds good, right? Well, yes...they are SUPER delicious, so I was munching down on them yesterday and feeling really happy about it. Later, and for about 3-4 hours, I was feeling VERY uncomfortable and bloaty, and wondering what I could have eaten to cause this reaction in my body. (It should be noted that since taking on a whole foods diet and paying close attention to how I feel after eating anything, I can usually pin point, with some accuracy, what causes me to feel good and what causes a standard ol'tummy ache) So, then I had a major realization! The miso I used in the crackers is Brown Rice Miso, ingredients: Cultured Organic Brown Rice, Organic Whole Soybeans, Water, & Sea Salt. This means, within my delicious savory flax crackers lies a combination of several concentrated proteins, in the nuts/seeds, and some concentrated starch, in the whole grains of the brown rice, making them what I have unhappily coined as "gas crackers." Boo. Now, there is a chance of course that this was just a fluke, and as any good science experimenter should, I am planning a re-test of this theory. My lovely, and supportive of my crazy foodie-ness, boyfriend has apprehensively agreed to partake in some of my savory crackers in the next couple of days to see if they have a similar effect on his system as they did to mine. I will also be nibbling on them a bit with him, just to see what happens. All in the name of experimentation and observation! :)

Just curious though, has anyone else ever had any similar experiments/experiences with food combining and/or cultured brown rice miso in flax crackers? I wasn't sure if the same rules of food combining even applied to rice once it has been fermented...I mean, should this even effect the concentrated proteins once it has been cultured? I am oh so curious...and I want some more info on the subject if anyone has any. Anyway, I will get back with the results of this experiment and we'll see how it goes. Who knows, maybe that was just a quirk of a day. There are so many other reasons one might experience these symptoms on any given day. That's why I need to find a small group of willing participants (for science, buddies!) to eat these and see how they feel...hehe. Oregon buddies, I'm lookin' at you. Or my other buddies are welcome to ask and I can send you some in the mail to with the experiment AND get to try delicious crackers! (can you tell I am reaching here?) haha Talk to you all soon! Have a great and healthful weekend! Much love! :D


Monday, February 21, 2011

Music For the Soul

Ok, so, one of my favorite bands of all time, Radiohead, has just released their new album, called King of Limbs. I am totally loving the trip-hoppy-ness and spacey-ness of this new album. Anyway, check it out if you get the chance. Meanwhile, dig this. I hope you enjoy it. :)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

One For the Animals

I've been super busy for the past month getting myself and my crochet things ready for the craft show, and now that it's over, I can get back to all the other ten million things I am up to! :)
First things first, I have decided to quit eating cows, pigs, and chickens all together. I am basically giving up meat, even the lovely grass-fed free range kind, because I am just at the point where I think I am done with it. That, and, I cannot consciously contribute to the nearly 80 percent of American farm land being used to grow feed for animals consumed by Americans anymore. Just the fact that it takes up to 16 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of meat is enough for me to sit back and look at how much valuable land we are wasting not growing food for people, but for animals they will eat that will fill their bodies with saturated fat and make them sick! We could be growing healthy, organic, life saving foods in these places...and I personally think people should be supporting that as much as possible. Either way, I still plan to eat eggs and wild fish, and perhaps  wild game if I get the opportunity now and then, maybe. Not putting any major staples into it except that I will no longer be eating the ever so popular and ever so overused precious cows and chickens and pigs (oh my). I think I have had my fill of all the above, and to a disgusting and over processed degree. Child of the 80's here, and of the happy meal hay day. Phew. Now, a disclaimer: This is not to say that I think badly of or am looking down my nose at anyone who still chooses to eat these animal products. What it is, is that I, personally, just cannot do it anymore with a clear conscious.

I am, however, pretty certain this will be a fairly smooth transition for me as I am already not eating dairy, and have not been for a while now, and already eat a fairly fruit/veggie/whole grain based diet. So, yay for food~ and I thank all the furry and feathery fellows I have consumed over the years for their help in keeping my appetites satiated and my taste buds satisfied! I leave them now in hopes of somehow, in some small way, making my country a better place, and in a very big way making my body a happier and healthier place. Bring on the veggies!! :)

I have made so many strides this year in terms of my personal growth, and I look foreword to another blissful year of growing and hopefully ACTUALLY growing (food that is!)!! So cheers to new adventures and new recipes! 

Tonight's menu: California Miso Soup with a Yummy Side Salad :) Onward!
We'll see how it turns is where I found the recipe I'm using, it looks like she's got a bunch of other great ones on here I might have to try as well! Peace!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

New Happenings in 2011

Hello out there!

The new year has started off with a bang for me and I've been chasing my tail to keep up! There are many things in motion right now and more on the horizon, but for now I can think of only a few simple concepts that hold me together...being still, confident, and compassionate. I have been following my heart into a much deeper relationship with the whole self. Trying to exude passion & thirst for life all wile remaining focused on centering and living in the present, staying positive, and pushing toward a fuller self.

Breathe girl, this day has been so beautiful. We watched a documentary last night about the universe and beyond...narrated by Alec Baldwin, and after everything I expected him to say, Lemen, haha. But it is absolutely humbling to see how tiny we are and to think about the galaxies beyond...and then to go inward, and to see your blood pumping and your neurons firing and your bones moving, and the DNA in your cells creating microscopic ropes of who you are and how you will be...phew.

With that, I hear one of my favorite George Harrison songs echoing in my head...

Nevertheless, I am happy and life is good. Planning on making some raw crackers and cheezy kale chips tomorrow, which is awesome, and plenty of crocheting to do to get ready for the craft show I am doing with my fellow crafter buddy, Christiana, as one of the "Craftslingers" hehe. Anyway, just sending out a message of positivity. Take a minute to look at someone else and really see them this week. Really listen, and really care. It's amazing what that can do you for them, and for you.