"By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail"

It’s going to be a long day of yoga and errands. Packing a lunch and snacks ensures that I’ll eat as healthy and as raw (alkaline) as possible.

In my lunch bag:

  • Banana
  • Pear
  • Salad: Spinach, Kale, Bell Peppers, Grape Tomatoes, Alfalfa Sprouts, Balsamic Vinaigrette 
  • Veggie Bag: Bell Peppers, Brocolli, Blueberries, Green Onions (to wrap around the Broccoli) 
  • Trail Mix: Raw, sprouted Sunflower seeds, Dried Apricots, Dried Cranberries, raw Hazelnuts 
  • And of course a liter of water :) 

This meal is much more affordable than anything remotely healthy that I could get on the go. Eating healthy and raw is easy, tasty and good for you! 

3 Juicing Recipes for Beginners

Ingredients:

  • Body Cleanser: 4 carrots, 1/2 cucumber, 1 beet
  • Clean Sweep: 2 celery sticks, 4 carrots, 20 green grapes,
  • Sweet Juice: 1 apple, 3 carrots, ½ cucumber

Directions:

  1. Rinse your produce
  2. Cut into appropriate sized pieces. Cut out any bruises or rotting. Cut out seeds and stems. 
  3. Run alternate pieces through the juicer
  4. Enjoy! 
6 Reasons to Drink Water

It’s no magic bullet, but the benefits of water are many.
By Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD

Here are six reasons to make sure you’re drinking enough water or other fluids every day:

  1.  Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. When you’re low on fluids, the brain triggers the body’s thirst mechanism. Drink water before you’re thirsty.
  2. Water Can Help Control Calories. For years, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help. Food with high water content tends to look larger, its higher volume requires more chewing, and it is absorbed more slowly by the body, which helps you feel full. Water-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans. Eat more raw produce and drink ONLY water.
  3. Water Helps Energize Muscles. Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. Drinking enough fluids is important when exercising. During exercise, they recommend that people start drinking fluids early, and drink them at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by sweating. Drink water before, during and after exercise.
  4. Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good. Your skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. ”Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration,”  says Atlanta dermatologist Kenneth Ellner, MD. You can also help “lock” moisture into your skin by using moisturizer, which creates a physical barrier to keep moisture in. Stay hydrated for supple skin.
  5. Water Helps Your Kidneys. “Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate,” When you’re getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions.f you chronically drink too little, you may be at higher risk for kidney stones. Drink enough water so that your pee is clear.
  6. Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function. Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration — and the result is constipation. ”Adequate fluid and fiber is the perfect combination, because the fluid pumps up the fiber and acts like a broom to keep your bowel functioning properly,” says Koelemay. Stay hydrated for healthy bowels.
A Raw Foodist's Weekly Grocery list

My ask box is being weird… but Annasricosuave asked me if I have a weekly grocery list. My response:

Hey girl! I posted My Weekly Grocery List a long time ago, so it’s hidden in my blog. But you can view ALL of my raw posts here! This list is enough for me to have smoothies, salads, fresh juice and snacks all week! Hope it works for you :)  

-SB

Hey friends, followers, subs! Don’t be shy if you’ve got questions or just want to say hi! I love all of you like this: 

Super foods = Super body 

Eat more raw foods! Especially this time of year your body needs all the living enzymes it can get to fight off the various infections and winter blahs. I know I feel better when I eat more raw foods, the more raw I eat the less I get sick! 

This smoothie recipe is a good start! Simple, delicious, and nutritious. I have all of these foods in my kitchen RIGHT NOW. I’ll blend it with some of the berries I got today =)

But don’t forget about your veggies my friends, try munching on raw veggies for a snack - you could even dip it in homemade guac. Just some ideas :) What are your raw favorite snacks or go-to meals?

New State, New Home, New Job, New Diet!

I’ve been a little quiet since the move, but that is because we don’t have internet yet! I actually kind of like it though, it’s pretty peaceful without wifi. 

I absolutely love our new apartment! I’ll upload pictures once we furnish it completely, but it may take a month… We’ve got our Tempur Pedic Cloud Supreme but we’re eating dinner on the floor. We knew we would have to make a couple sacrifices in order to begin our whole new life, and I’m as happy as can be :) I’m having fun buying little things here and there to make our apartment a home. 

Back in MN i was a yoga instructor and model. My income was pretty inconsistent, and at my last shoot for Lifetime Fitness I realized that I was over it. Over the last 8 years I’ve met so many incredible people, made some great connections, and learned some life lessons that have forever shaped me into the person I am. I’m happy I modeled for the time I did, it was a great experience, but I’m even more happy to be done :)  My new job has become an absolute dream! I’m a chiropractic assistant for a doctor who totally inspires me. I’m getting trained on healing lasers, spinal decompression machines,  and X-ray processing. I’m also developing specialized therapeutic yoga sequences for specific body conditions! I feel challenged, inspired, and motivated! My office is full of healthy, happy people who I look forward to seeing everyday - and my fridays are a half-day! I’m elated about this opportunity and all of the potential. 

Oh and I’ve gone paleo! I’m doing a low FODMAPS Paleo diet to help heal my UC flare. Being raw has been tricky throughout this whole moving process and to be honest I was getting bored after 3 years, I’m excited to be trying something new :) I’m pretty pleased with the reduced symptoms from this low inflammation plan and I’ve had a few indications that I’m healing :) Eating well in Colorado much easier than in Minnesota. There are so many like-minded people out here! There are tons of independent stores, bars, and restaurants and there are tons of places to eat organic local food. I truly feel like I belong in Colorado. I’m so happy we finally moved! 

Does anyone in CO have any recommendations for places to shop, eat, or hike? 

sleepsoundlittlegirl said:

this might be a silly question but i was just looking at your pictures and did you get in the shape that you are in from yoga or did you go to the gym as well? by gym i mean, running, weight trainging, cardio, the usual exercise regimen for some. i know diet has a lot to do with it also but i was just wondering what your work out was like.

Hi there!

First of all, thank you :) I’m flattered to have received this question. I have to credit my physical shape to a balance of yoga, working out, and diet. 

Yoga: I practice daily. I do this for my mental and physical health. Yoga makes me truly strong and stable, as well as calm, grounded, flexible and lean.

Work outs: I work out 3-5x/week. I experiment and change up my workouts constantly to keep me from boredom. Right now my workouts consist of barefoot style jogging (vibrams & forestriking), bodyweight HIIT workouts (BodyRock)  and lifting free weights. I’m using the Nike Training Club for awesome real time workouts. Literally I’ll jog 5-10 minutes to the gym, do a NTC workout in the free weights area, jog back home, and practice yoga for 15-20 minutes to cooldown. 

Diet: I eat clean, whole foods. I was a serious Raw Foodist for a couple years, then experimented for a while with adding some grains and meat. Recently, I did Paleo for a few months (fastest abs transformation ever!) and right now I eat a combination of all of that. My current diet consists of mostly produce, some legumes & rice, meat, and nuts & seeds. I don’t count calories or macros, I don’t eat any bread whatsoever (Gluten intolerant), I don’t have much dairy (Casein intolerant) and I only “party” a few times a year, other than that the only alcohol I drink is an occasional glass of red wine.

I’m not perfect. I do indulge, skip workouts and if I’m hungry past the point of no return my ego will decide what I will eat next. So if you see me noshing on fries and a lettuce wrapped burger just keep walking ;) 

breath-balance said:

I read the RAW post and I couldn't stop thinking about the proteins, cause in the food you mentioned I didn't saw any meat (fish, chicken or any at all) and we should consider that the humans are omnivorous. Taking proteins from vegetables or from nuts could be a solution but the grams of protein in 100gr of meat are more than the ones in 100gr of peanut or beans, the diference is really import. So what to do, how do you solve that problem????

My experience has been opposite of any deficiency since I’ve started eating raw. A lot of MMA fighters are going raw vegan for the competitive advantage, Tony Gonzalez was going to retire and then he went high raw, vegan and now he’s playing (some say) the best he’s ever played in his life. And that guy is pretty jacked! Most bodybuilders and myself believe that cooking destroys a good amount of the protein (and enzymes) in that food. If you want to understand why so many vegetarians, vegans and raw foodists are thriving in their lifestyles then read The China Study

. Look a little deeper and you’ll find the protein myth.

Every body is different. I feel that it is most important to understand your body, your body type, food combinations, complete proteins, and how you digest different foods. If you’re looking for a protein powder to supplement your raw food/vegan diet I highly recommend Sun Warrior Ultimate Raw Superfood Protein Powder

 the chocolate flavor. I used this when I was lifting and oh my gosh, it’s delicious! 

Above all, try it for yourself :) 

The Trick To Maintaining a Raw Food (or just healthy) Lifestyle

is finding foods and recipes that you truly enjoy!

Love melon? Make a fruit salad with melon and berries to start you day. Find smoothie recipes you love and get excited to make. Experiment with salad and dressing recipes ideas until you find something you love, then write your own recipe! The internet is chock full of raw food recipes, you just gotta do a little hunting ;)

And if you’re interested, I recently created a page where you can browse through every raw post I’ve ever posted, including all of my favorite recipes! 

Constantly Sniffly?

Try cutting out dairy for 2 weeks. Just 2 weeks. You know you can do it.

When I went raw 3 years ago I was at the peak of my health. Slowly I experimented with adding some foods back into my diet and I was able to observe how my body reacted. It has become a journey just learning what different foods do to my body! The last few months I started having Kefir regularly, I loved how the probiotics were affecting my digestion, but I also noticed that the sniffles & congestion from my cold lasted weeks. Thinking “This is no way to live” I decided to cut out any and all dairy once more. What happened? The sniffles and congestion disappeared. Wanting to test this theory I had some raw cheese… within hours I was phlegmy. Lovely.

I dare you to give this a try. Cut out ALL dairy for 2 weeks then let me know how you’re body reacted. Don’t worry about the calcium.. you’re not getting much from cooked/processed dairy anyways. Just add any of the following to your diet: 

  • Spinach
  • Rhubarb
  • Collard Greens
  • Okra
  • White Beans
  • Brocolli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Sesame Seads
  • Bok Choy
  • Almonds

Dress your greens with 1T Vineger (Balsamic, ACV, or Red) and 2T Extra Virgin Olive Oil for optimum nutrient absorption. 

I’ve got an Excalibur dehydrator, an Omega juicer, a food processor and small blender. I thought, why would I need a Vitamix? After using my friend’s vitamix to make smoothies and looking through the “whole food recipe book” I was in love! Some day I will have my own vitamix :) and my raw kitchen will be complete. 

Now if only I could have these Farmer’s Markets year round… we starve in the winter. But this winter should be a different story! Big things are happening this year!! By the end of this month I’ll be teaching 7 yoga classes a week. 2 of which are through my own class called OMroom - donation based classes. <-which is growing like a wildflower!

I’m so happy. Understanding and applying different laws of the universe has brought me so much joy :)

More on Raw

Raw food is completely unprocessed and uncooked food. Like myself, there are several people that are on the raw food diet who consume raw meat, cheese, milk, and eggs. I would suggest researching more about raw meat/animal products before you try it. 


Humans are the only species that cook and process our food. We suffer from thousands of diseases and illnesses including most types of cancers that aren’t seen in nature outside of human activity. There is a direct connection between what you eat and the diseases you get. Also, obesity in animals is only found with human pets, not in nature. This is because all the animals in nature eat raw. If you are looking for science check out The New China Study, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and Skinny Bitch or Skinny Bastard (depending on your sex)

A very brief summary:
When food is cooked all of the natural enzymes and nutrients are destroyed. Your body can produce most of the enzymes that are destroyed through the cooking process. However, this is a very tiring and energy depleting process. This shows us two things: 1. It explains why people feel so exhausted/sluggish after a heavily cooked meal 2. It explains why the first thing all raw foodists say is how much energy they have, the food that raw foodists eat have all of the enzymes and nutrients preserved, our body doesn’t need to use energy to produce more enzymes. 

This site helped me a lot when I first got started: www.therawfoodcoach.com

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