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On our drive back down from Canada… from the recent wedding we went to in Orangeville, Mike and I stopped off at this great little farmers market in Pennsylvania. It was a smorgashborge of raw foods…and we were really in the mood to get all the raw foods possible. During the wedding, a man dropped dead of a massive heart attack. All the guests and wedding party was there watching as medical professionals from the crowd started delivering CPR to no avail. It was a wake up call and a shock to everyone there.!

So, we decided to make a change in our lives… and we went crazy at the market buying up tomatoes, english pickles, peppers, butternut squash, onions, sweet potatoes, yellow beans, etc. And once we  arrived home, we  started making these wonderful meals. At the wedding they served a roasted butternut squash soap, that I tried to emulate. It was great!!!

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:

2tbls extra virgin olive oil

1/2cup diced onions

1/4cup diced celery

1/4cup diced carrots

1 cinnamon stick

sea salt

4cups vegetable stock

1/2tsp coriander

1-1/2 cups roasted winter squash(put in oven to roast for 1-2 hours at 250 degrees)

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat until hot. Add the onion, celery, carrot and cinnamon stick and saute until soft but not brown, about 10 minutes. Season with salt.

Add the vegetable stock and the coriander, and bring to boil. Simmer for several minutes. Stir in squash until smooth, then simmer gently to let the flavors meld, about 10 minutes. Discard the cinnamon stick.

Puree the soup in a blender until smooth. The soup can be made ahead of time, cooled, covered and refrigerated for several days. It will thicken as it cools and may need thinning with stock or water when reheating.

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I’ve successfully went over a year mark(Sept. 1, 2010) and I’m still eating raw and keeping weight off !. I have to admit though, I do fall from the wagon and when I do it’s not a pretty site. I go on these binges for dairy, fried foods, and the only one who suffers is ME!  And as I have mentioned in earlier blogs, I started eating fish in my diet.  Not every day, maybe once or twice a week. I make sure not to overload, because of the mercury scare.

Recently, we went to my cousins wedding in Orangeville, Ontario. That’s about an hour of so outside of Toronto, and it was so beautiful. I have to admit, I’d never been to Orangeville. My family spent most of our time in the Welland, Ontario area… and traveled to Toronto and Montreal only on special occasions. But getting back to the wedding, there was more than enough beer and wine flowing, and the way my nerves were rattled from the ride up to the resort, I indulged in 1 or 2 extra glasses of wine than I should have.

When it came to dinner… I was so amazed at the service from the resort! We missed the R.S.V.P. time slot, so we weren’t able to check what kind of meal we wanted. As it turns out, that was not  a problem. The wait staff were so generous and kind in there knowledge that I was a vegetarian, that they literally bent over backwards getting me the vegetarian meals on the menu. That was very nice and thoughtful on the part of our individual server… she was really great!!!!

Then in August, we went to another wedding. This one was from Mikes side of the family and it so appreciative of my eating habits. We were able to R.S.V.P. well in advance, but there was no selection of vegetarian meal.  So, I selected the Salmon and it was a really good meal, except for the cream sauce it was served with. 😦

And when you are hungry, your stomach and your eyes take over the fight and I pretty much lose the battle everytime.!

Even though I am working out…. walking and doing my pilates, I still have to be vigilant in what and when I eat. In an effort to not be starving, I have to remember to eat healthy snacks throughout the day, and be mindful of eating as much raw food as possible at a meal.!

Even as long as I’ve been eating raw, it’s unbelievable to me that my body still craves bad foods. Seeing fried foods, cheeses and other dairy foods are toxic to me the vegetarian as well as me the human. Because these foods really do a number on my system…. but I still feel compelled to eat them regardless of any aches, pains, and backups!

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