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It keeps getting difficult to say no to sweets at the end of every meal. Especially when I start thinking oh, I worked out or did some physical activity to say it’s O.K. to the sweets.

Last night we went out to the Olive Garden Restaurant down in Port Orange. After visiting with my girlfriend at the Daytona Mall… she reminded me that the Port Orange Pavillion was open. Her husband was the engineering firm behind the project, so she got a tour of the place when it opened. So Mike and I decided to check it out.. and as luck would have it there was an Olive Garden.

I had my usual… Minestrone Soup and Salad with no Cheese. I did have ONE glass of wine for dinner too. But afterwards I was having a craving for something sweet… and ultimately denied my craving.

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Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa

OMG!!! I can’t believe that I did this.

Mike and I went to my girlfriend Robin’s house for a house warming she was having Saturday Afternoon.  So, I got up with every intention of making some salsas with the VitaMix to take to her party!

I made the Tropical Avocado Salsa – Again. Which turned out even better the second time???

Plus, I made a Pineapple Salsa:

Ingredients:

1Can Cut Pineapples

2Tbls. Olive Oil

1/2Small Onion, Peel

1/2Orange Bell Pepper

2Tbls. Cilantro

1/2 Lime, peeled

1/2Tsp salt

1/4 Jalapeno Pepper

Directions:

Oh they tasted soooo good. I also brought along some Tortilla Chips and some Ritz Crackers for dipping. After finishing the dips and running some last minute errands, we arrived at Robin’s house around 1pm.

I met Robin’s parents, her in-laws; it was such a lovely time. And Robin had out her appetizers (my salsas) and then a lunch which consisted of grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, shrimp gumbo, and a big Strawberry Salad. I had every intentions of eating. In fact I was snacking on my dips that I had brought. But as the afternoon went on, my glass of wine kept getting filled (Not once was my glass of wine empty for more than 10 seconds) and before I knew it, it was around 7 or 8 pm in the evening. 

Well, Mike had to pull me away from the festivities which had winded down to an almost screeching halt and drive home. Needless to say, I jumped right into bed and passed out when I got home.

The next morning, I woke up feeling sluggish and brandishing a headache from the night before. I didn’t do much, but watch movies and drink some Fruit Smoothies, Juice and water. I did have enough energy to get up and make my own version of a Strawberry Salad for lunch and for dinner, Mike got take out from The Outback Restaurant. I ordered a Baked Potato and had some more of my Strawberry Salad.

Barbara’s Strawberry Salad:

Ingredients:

Baby Green Lettuce

Spinach

1Cup Cut Mushrooms

3Green Onions

1Carrot

1Small Bunch Broccoli

6Strawberries Fresh Cut

Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Directions: Wash, cut up all vegetables and fruit and mix into salad bowl. Pour Oil & Vinegar on individual serving.

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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

Dinner wa

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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We went up to Philadelphia Tuesday… got an early start… and spent the entire day on the road.  But that didn’t mean the Raw Eating went out the door… I did start with Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte with Soy, which I didn’t finish. And I had a couple morsels of the Apple Bran Muffin I bought for Mike.

But, I turned all that morning calories into something healthier for lunch. We did manage to find a Whole Foods Grocery Store, where both Mike and I indulged on a great green lunch. I had a Green Salad loaded up with Bell Peppers, Red Onions, Raisins and Oil & Vinegar Dressing. Plus, I saw an Asparagus and Sun dried Tomatoes Salad and a Cucumber and Tomato Salad, which I loaded into a small Togo box.  Both of my boxes came up to a pound at the register, because I paid less then the $7.99/lb. price for the Salad Bar.

Too tired to go home and make something for dinner…. Mike suggested we go out. So I picked the restaurant Wildfire in the Tyson’s Two Shopping Center. Where, I did have two Glasses of Kendall Jackson Riesling. For dinner, I had a Waldorf salad with an Oil & Vinegar Dressing and a Baked Potato. I did munch on a couple bites of Onion Bread. But I kept my restraint for the Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream that Mike ordered for dessert. I was so proud of myself for not even taking a bite; I had my glass of wine to keep me company. 🙂

For the most part, I think I did really good and I felt good afterwards.

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Vegetable Salad

Vegetable Salad

Finally here… I decided in the afternoon to go get a mani/pedi and my hair washed and styled, while Mike went to a business meeting. I ended up having Mike pick me up from Macy’s because I wanted to pick up a little half jacket to wear with my dress.  Hair styled and final touches made to my outfit, I was ready to leave. Well, it was still raining outside and I asked Mike to pick me up from Macy’s instead of where I was dropped off. And the only place he could find to pick me up required me to walk in the rain to get to the car. Men they don’t get it. 

Not eating anything all day, at around 4:30pm I made this great Vegetable Salad with an amazingly fresh Oil & Vinegarette  Dressing. I had to chop up the remaining veggies in the bowl, because they started going bad.

Vegetable Salad:

1 Red Bell Pepper

1Orange Bell Pepper

1 Small Head of Broccoli

1 Tomato

1 Avocado

1/4 Can of Chick Peas

Oil & Vinegarette Dressing:

Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegarette

Paprika

Dried Onions

Sea Salt

Both Mike and I were eating the salad (he was by the way was on his 3rd glass of wine)and I asked what are we doing tonight.?  Well that led to continued arguing about the festivities of the night. And I was getting pissed because all of our options were selling out fast and I really had my heart set on The Kennedy Center. There was a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra and then the Ball Drop Party to follow.

But his indecision didn’t stop me from getting ready, afterall, I bought not one but two dresses, got my mani/pedi, had my hair styled and I didn’t want it to be all for nothing! Given he was drinking already, I had to wake him up off the sofa and make him get ready.

New Year's Eve 09

Dressed for New Year's Eve 09

We both put our indifferences aside and got ready… Here’s picture of me in my dress for the evening. After we took pictures, we headed out the door! Mike was on the way to the Ritz-Carlton (where dinner and ball drop were sold out) I said, I want to go to the Kennedy Center!

It was quarter til 8pm and the N.S.O. started performing at 8:30pm… we were cutting it close. It didn’t help that Mike got lost and took a couple of wrong turns(blowing my top at this point)! We made it to the Kennedy Center, I got out and ran to the box office to buy two tickets to the sold out performance. After 5 minutes of waiting, they rangled up two $90 dollar tickets  and I called Mike to park the car. We were 15 minutes late by the time we finally sat down in our seats to a performance we both ended up enjoying.!!!

Both so hungary, we went upstairs to the Terrace Restaurant and realized it’s 11pm and the New Year’s Eve Menu was a 4 course meal. After we sat down at the table with my Frangellico on the rocks in hand I ordered at the bar, we decided we were never gonna make it back downstairs in time for the clock to strike midnight.  So, we opted for the cocktail lounge for something quick. Mike ordered the Seafood Martini, I ordered a Salad and the Vegetable Ratatoullie (which was great!) and had 10 minutes to spare before the clock hit 12. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!  

Kennedy Center

Enjoying Kennedy Center

Waiting for CountDown

Blowin' My Horn

Kennedy Center

Ball Drop 2010

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Bright and early Tuesday morning, we got up to California time and living. It’s been six months since we were here and it felt good to be here in Santa Monica. Mike and I got up somewhat early and started doing our laundry, hit the dry cleaners and ran around Santa Monica doing errands.

We came home to have Mike’s sister waiting to visit with us. It was nice to catch up, the last time we saw her was the summer and her youngest daughter was getting married. We caught up over a traditional dinner of Soup, Green Salad and White Rice. Afterwards, I was so full, still from the night before that I needed to get out and walk. So Mike’s sister agreed and we walk down to 3rd street and back. It was very energizing and got the juices flowing, so to speak.

Wednesday, I continued the momentum with a brisk run along Ocean Avenue. It was great!!! I followed my almost 1 mile run with another 1mile plus walk around the neighborhood and managed to clear my head from all the negativity others have been talking to me about my new way of eating.. For dinner we went to Mike’s cousins house in Tarzana and we ate Green Salad, Veggie Stir Fry with Tofu, and a Persian dish Gormazabsi with Beef but I picked out the meat. No Wine, I just drank Green Tea. Which wasn’t good, because of the caffeine. But at least at his cousins house, my raw food eating plan was met with excitement and positive encouragment. Simply, because she’s cutting down on her meat intake as well. Boy it’s funny how many people I’m running into who are changing there eating habits, from eating meat to not eating meat anymore!!!!

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I hurried home this afternoon…. because I had my Raw Veggie Salad on the brain. I finally made it home around 1pm and drank my Barley Max mix. It just so happened, Mikes son was over for lunch, so I sat with them on the balcony after I served the Veggie Salad and ate my Salad. It was so worth it!!!

Raw Veggie Salad

Then after lunch I tapped into the Flaxseed Cereal Mix….. it’s really sweet tasting so I think there’s some sugar in there that I can’t find on the box.

Later, Mike and I went shopping up in Saint Augustine… and we stopped in for dinner at Carrabba’s Restaurant. I had the Mediterranean Salad with Oil and Vinegar Dressing and the Rigatoni Martino without the Alfredo Sauce and Cheese. Plus, a glass of wine. It was happy hour afterall. But this evening… I’m drinking water. I’m on my first glass and hope to drink at least 2-3 glasses of water before bed. I’ve realized I’m not drinking nearly as much water as I should.. I’m drinking liquids, but not water by itself.!!!

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