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A Lesson Learned

This was an extremely interesting week for me and I have learned some things I hope not to forget. First I want to say even though this is a continuation, of sorts, from yesterday’s post what I have to say here does not necessarily have to do with intuitive eating. Some of the conclusions I came to this week have come from thinking over the ideas and principles of intuitive eating, but like I said yesterday, I am not necessarily following all the principles.

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Yesterday in my introduction I mentioned that I have been worrying about my body and the food that I was eating. I also mentioned that I have been beginning to feel peace around my body and food. Well, last week I was feeling frustrated again because my clothes were not fitting so I finally began to pray about all of my frustrations. I began to just tell God that I was frustrated with my clothes not fitting and that I really didn’t want to buy new clothes, but that I also wanted to feel good about my body. I finally came to the conclusion that I would do a five day juice cleanse and I felt complete peace.

So I went about stocking my house with beautiful fruits and veggies. I planned four juices or smoothies (I couldn’t waste produce I already had) a day and most of the recipes were from Fully Raw Kristina. Her juices are full of good fruit carbohydrates and I wanted to feel full and satiated. I also got out Jason Vales 5lbs in 5 days app and watched the videos each day, which were very inspiring. In one of the videos he points out that we should have an attitude of gratitude. To realize that you can eat whatever you want to eat and to do just that, for the purpose of the video I only wanted juices so “stop moping around for something you hope you won’t have” and “either eat it and shut up or don’t eat it and shut up, but shut up.” In other words eat what you want and don’t judge yourself for what you ate.

I really enjoyed juicing for these five days. I didn’t feel like it was difficult and I didn’t want anything, but juice. My mind was finally ready to drink nothing but beautiful juices for five days. On the last day God taught me a very important lesson. People say that juice cleansing helps your mind to not be so clouded and I don’t know, maybe I was ready to learn this lesson on the last day.

Most mornings I have my little ritual; I pray, meditate, and read the Bible. Sometimes I write when I pray, its good to remember the things I talk about and ask about. On this day in particular I started searching the word eat in the Bible. I don’t remember what I was looking for, but something else really stood out to me: Matthew 6:25  “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” I realized that I had been thinking a lot about what I would eat and what I would wear, but I wasn’t thinking about the things that really mattered right now. I was living my life, but I wasn’t enjoying it, because I was too worried about my food, clothing and what my body looks like. us portrait

Later that day I had an experience that really made me realize how truly God takes care of us and that we don’t have to worry. Sometimes he even takes care of other people through us and we don’t realize it at the time. There are so many ways for him to fulfill his promises.

I also realized the things that we do to look good can sometimes be completely ridiculous. I was listening to a report on the radio, they were interviewing a holocaust survivor and one of the things that really stood out to me was when he mentioned food. He said they were allotted 500 calories a day and they were starving. He said when someone is starving all they do is think about food and there is not a time that food is not on their mind. We do this to ourselves instead of living our lives with intention and enjoying ourselves we get so caught up in needing to look like what the media tells us we should look like we decide that starving ourselves is a good idea. It’s no wonder we can’t keep from eating tons of food all of a sudden, all at once.

I decided then not to worry about what I was eating and to love my body and enjoy this season of my life and how I am living it.

 

 

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Raw Food Dinner and Demonstration

Its been about a month since we did our Raw Food Dinner and Demonstration. I had a lot of fun with this demonstration and bought way too much food. We learned a whole lot about what to do, what not to do, and how we can improve for next time. I am excited about doing another demonstration again soon. My mom and I are also thinking about doing a day long Fitness Camp, maybe some meditation, and a Raw food dinner. I am kind of excited about this possibility.

The dinner lasted three to four hours. We had about about fourteen people come and I think everyone had a good time. There was good food and I think a lot of good questions (I couldn’t answer all of them, but I tried). My goal for this dinner was to teach people that raw food can be very tasty so that people could start adding more raw food into their diet, even though I am not sure I got this across to people. I am not here to convince everyone to eat all raw–just to eat as healthy as you can for you. The menu was a bit much and next time I will make less food, but I will share the links with you here and I also wanted to share the pictures of the dinner, just to make you jealous and excited to come for our next dinner 🙂 Oh, and all the pastas–I made the sauces and we made zucchini lasagna with them instead of putting the sauces on noodles.

Green Flex Juice (This is just a version of most green lemonade recipes out there, if you want me to post the recipe leave a comment and I will post it)

Sweet Grapefruit Juice

Mango Red Pepper Salad Dressing (I got the idea from Doug Graham’s 80/10/10 book, but made a couple simple changes–recipe to come)

Fully Raw Minestrone Soup (Fully Raw Kristina)

Raw Sun-dried Tomato Bread (Inspiration from Ani Phyo’s Raw Food Essentials–Recipe to come) 

Sun-dried Broccoli and Tomato Pesto (I put in real olives instead of olive oil and the pesto was really yummy!)

Raw Fettuccine Alfredo (Fully Raw Kristina)

Spaghetti Sauce (Megan Elizabeth)

Simple Yummy Blueberry Tarts (Megan Elizabeth)

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Making Green Flex Juice

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Using my mom’s Blendtec 🙂 to make Blueberry Tarts

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Using my gracious hostess’s Vitamix 🙂 to make Mango Red Pepper Dressing

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My beautiful mother getting ready to make a yummy smoothie that is part of her 30 day detox plan.

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Book table–I gave away Megan Elizabeth’s Easy to be Raw in a drawing for everyone who came. And what you see in the middle of the table is the AMAZING lotion I make (contact me to buy some–I make samples!)

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Full Smoothie Blender!

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Zucchini Noodles–Soo much fun to make!

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Yummy Soup!

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Ready for Raw Lasagna!

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Making the lasagna!

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This is fun!

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Ready to eat!

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Raw Bread

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Dinner and Dessert! 🙂

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I hope you enjoy the Recipes and the pics. Look for the bread recipe soon and another dinner hopefully at the end of the summer, I think this one will be in Loveland.

Also I have some exciting news! My mom will be joining me on my blog! She will be posting about once a month to give you some of her tips and I will have a page just for her so you can find out more about her Coaching. She is a Holistic Health Coach, has taught aerobics classes for over twenty years and has been a personal trainer for around 10 years (just guessing on that one). Her nickname at the gym where she teaches is Sergeant Susan! She has taught me so much about health and I am so lucky to have her as my mother! I am so blessed that she is willing to share her expertise with you on my blog!

Happy Juicing!

 

 

 

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