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I made a promise to myself, that I would eat only good raw foods. It’s been like a roller coaster ride since September 1st, 2009 when I initially made the decision. And looking at the calendar, it’s nearing my June 2nd goal date and I’m not losing anymore weight, in fact I’ve gained.

So, now it’s down to the wire to curb my spontaneous and bad eating style. Being back in Florida, I’ve been monitoring what and how much I’m eating.  My juicing is a staple two times a day and I’ve been taking my Barley Max once a day. I’m actually thinking of beefing that up to two times a day.

Since Tuesday, I’ve eaten Minestrone Soup and Salad at Olive Garden for lunch and then I made a Layered Vegetable Salad for dinner.  Wednesday I had lunch with Mike and his daughter at a pizza shop and of course I had Pizza with a twist. I asked for two slices of pizza with Onion, Broccoli, Mushrooms and NO CHEESE with a Greek Salad with NO CHEESE. s at Carrabba’s Restaurant where I had an Insalata Furilluci Salad with Grilled Eggplant, Roasted Red Bell Peppers, Olives with an Oil and Vinegar Dressing. I also ordered Rigatoni Martino with no meat and cheese (Mike and I shared that!).

Carrabba's Green Salad

Carrabba's Green Salad

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Layered Vegetable Salad

Layered Vegetable Salad

Thursday I ate the left over Layered Vegetable Salad for lunch and then it was back to another Carrabba’s Restaurant where I had the Insalata Furilluci for dinner and we ordered Bruchetta for appetizers. 

Bruchetta

Bruchetta

I have to admit, I did indulge with four pieces of bread and both evenings I had a small carafe of wine.:(

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Last night I made a Colorful Marinated Salad and a Butternut Squash that was great. I didn’t boil the Butternut Squash enough, so I think it was a little harder than expected. 

Colorful Marinated Salad

Colorful Marinated Salad

Colorful Marinated Salad:

Ingredients:

1 Orange Bell Pepper

1 Small Red Onion

1 Avocado

1 Small Bunch Broccoli

2 Carrots

1/2 Lemon Juice

Directions:

Chop up all the vegetables and mix with Vinegar & Oil Dressing. Cut one lemon in half and squeeze into vegetable mix. 

Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash:

Ingredients:

1 Butternut Squash

1Cup Bread Crumbs

Directions:

Peel and de-seed squash. Chop into smaller pieces and boil in water until tender. Mash the butternut squash and layer into pan with bread crumbs, making sure to top with the bread crumbs. Put in the oven at 350 degrees and bake for 15 minutes.

I ran over to the Farmers Market this morning to get all the veggies and I need to keep me through the week. I also got a bunch of Beets to add to my Juicing.

Since Thursday, I’ve been walking in the mornings which is great, but I feel hungry more throughout the day. And today after my lunch of left over Colorful Marinated Salad and TWO pieces of Cheese and Onion Pizza (ugh!!!) I ate a Special K Protein Bar Double Chocolate. It says the calories from it are only 180, but all the non-natural things in the bar are what worry me.:(

Special K Protein Bar

Special K Protein Bar

Coating(sugar, partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, cocoa precessed with alkali, whey, nonfat milk, soy lecithin, sorbitan monostearate, salt, polysorbate 60, artificial flavors), soy protein isolate….etc. These are just the first couple of ingredients. The bar sounds boxed and chemically processed, not natural at all!. Not to mention made with animal products.

I was going to have a Yogurt; because it turns out I’m not eating enough beans to get my protein and alkaline balance. Unfortunately, Mike threw out the containers because he thought they were expired. I asked him, next time look at the expiration date before you throw it away.

So I drank my second Carrot Juice…., which I love, because it tastes like I’m drinking something with sugar. It kinda kills the mid afternoon sugar urge. For dinner, I ate the remaining Colorful Marinated Salad and I’ve been snacking on the Roasted Pepper Triscuts. But I think I’m done with them, so I’m just drinking water. I hope I’m able to keep out of the Chocolate, because last night I ate two pieces of Dark Chocolate. 

Tonight we’re watching the “Hope For Haiti Now” fundraiser…. it’s really spectacular. But still waiting to get through to make my donation.!!! 

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After a replay of Saturday Mornings breakfast… we visited a bit longer.  We talked about how each of us is doing after having the Ear Candling done.

Sitting Around Table

Sitting Around Table Ear CandlingFirst Time Ear Candling

She said, she felt good and didn’t have her sinuses bothering her and claims she slept better. I admitted I slept pretty deep as well and am not blowing my nose every 5 minutes to wipe my runny nose!!!

I also talked with Liz about how she’s doing on her Raw Eating Plan and she told me, she’s not doing as well as she sees me doing on it. She admits, she’s not as strict with it as I am, because she’s cheating a lot on sweets and cheeses and meets. But I told her I cheat too! And it’s a struggle to get all 3 servings of the Barley Max and drinking the Carrot Juice. I really do miss my Juicing.!!!

Before you knew it, it was time for everyone to hit the road again. My girlfriend had to be back at work Monday morning, and she too enjoys watching Sunday night on ABC!!!!

After they left, Mike and I went to go pick his son up from the mall, where he was dropped off. From there we decided to take a drive. We got back to the house around 3pm again. This time, Mike and his son ordered some Persian Kabob’s on the way back for food. I stayed strong and waited to get home to make my Better Than Tune Recipe… I hadn’t had it in a while and it was worth it.

 

 Better Than Tuna:

Ingredients:

2Cups Carrots

1Medium Ripe Bell Pepper

2Stalks Celery

1/2Medium Red Onion

1/2Cup Parsley

1/2Tsp. Kelp

1/2Tsp. Sea Salt/Celtic Sea Salt

4Tbls. Rhonda’s No-Oil Dressing

Directions:

Finely Chop the pepper, celery, onion and place in a bowl. Finely grate carrots, resembling carrot pulp and add the carrot to the vegetable mix. Combine 4Tbls. of Rhonda’s Dressing, Salt, Parsley and Kelp and add to the above chopped vegetables. Mix well and allow to marinate for flavors to blend. May be served on a bed of lettuce, on a sandwich, or to stuff a pita.

My Version of Rhonda’s No-Oil Dressing:

Ingredients:

1Cup Raw Almonds

1Cup Distilled Water

Soak almonds in water 24 hours or overnight, drain, and discard water. Place almonds in blender with the 1Cup of Distilled water and blend about 2 minutes until creamy. Stop the blender and add the following ingredients:

2Tsp. Nutritional Yeast Flakes

1Tsp. Kelp

2Tbsp. Lemon Juice

1/4Tsp. Sea Salt/Celtic Sea Salt

1Tbsp. Minced Parsley

2Tsp. Garlic Powder

2Tbsp. Dried Onion Flakes

1Tsp. Dill Weed

Pinch of Cayenne Pepper

1Tbsp. Raw Unfiltered Honey or 1 1/2Tbps. Chopped Dates

Blend to Mix… pour onto the vegetables and ready to serve.

Better Than Tuna

Better Than Tuna

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Happy New Year… it’s finally 2010!!!! No more preparations or resolutions to contend with. Because, I’m not much of a new year’s resolution person. I’ve learned not to make any promises I couldn’t or wasn’t going to keep. So, these days, I begin everyday with the hope and inspiration of improving myself and the world I live in from the day before.

With that said, I suggested to Mike, lets go out and take in the first day of the New Year. In the car, Mike and I decided to drive down Highway 7 to see where the road took us. We ended up at Whole Foods, where I loaded up on some ingredients I remembered from a grocery list I made for some dessert recipes out of my cookbook. I didn’t have the list with me, so I hope I got all of them. Because I don’t remember where that Whole Foods is!

From there, it turned out to be a day of shopping. We went to the Dollar Store, Target and finally, Leesburg Outlet Mall. But before we went to the outlet, we needed some nutritional sustenance. Panera Bread filled that void, where I usually get a soup and salad meal. But today, I opted for the Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich on Tomato Basil Bread with my standby Garden Vegetable Soup.  

After lunch, we stopped at Calvin Klein, then I headed into Coach and we pretty much wrapped that spree up. For no other reason then my shoes, they were not the shoes to be wearing for a day of shopping. On the way home, I was thinking about eating the Vegetable Salad from the night before and that’s exactly what happened.

I did finally manage to drink my Barley Max before this meal. Lately, I’ve been doing really badly with taking my Barley Max 30 minutes before my meals. I’m lucky if I take it a few minutes before I eat. Truth be told, since I’ve been on the road during the holidays these last two months, my schedule and dedication to “RawtoLose 40 eating plan” has really deteriorated. It’s a totally different eating plan than what I started September 1, 2009. Hopefully, going into this New Year, I can get back on track with the Juicing, Barley Max, and preparing more of my own meals.

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