Posts Tagged: raw food lifestyle

  • When is the best time to buy budgies? When they’re going cheap ! haha, I thought I’d break the ice today with a bird joke in honour of the thousands of birds I saw today when I was out and about. There were hundreds of them just hanging out and flying around together

    Who leads these packs? Is it all instinct or is there a leader?

    I know the perched on the ledge, cone head man would have LOVED to chase those birdies!

    Ha. Today we dropped the videos we made in LA off at Stormtech! They previewed them all and loved them! Woo hoo. It sure was a great trip. Just may have to go back soon….

    Today was day 3 of my Green Smoothie Cleanse. It is going well. NOT a breeze, but I am pushing through. Day 3 already? Well that’s sure good… I made a video about what I’ve been up too…Enjoy!

    Eating coffee? Tastes Magical? Mistakes left in and all. tee hee.

    While I was out and about running errands, I picked up a couple tea’s. The “cleanse” one has Nettle in it and I heard it is good for the skin. (It also says on the box-’to purify your skin”)

    When your on a cleanse, tea’s are like a treat. I have been enjoying them.

    Busy voiceover day in the morning, so I better rest up. Hope you are all doing fantastic. Tis the season!!

    xo

  • Hello!

    Today I went exploring outside for an episode of The Nature of Things with Amanda Suzuki. Hauling my camera around “ain’t no big thang”… but it’s still kind of a obstacle, especially with a crazy dog.

    The annoyance factor gets REALLY high when you go to take your first award winning shot and the memory card is sitting back in your computer at home. BOO.

    Well, thank goodness for iphones….

    I took Painter on a big stroll around the neighbourhood. It was such a beautiful day.

    old orchard park

    Our stroll through the park turned into a mud slopping, sand kicking, rock hopping good time!

    bug puppy water

    Ha, He was trying to catch the water splashes with his mouth. cute

    After a good Kilometre running along the muddy shoreline. My dog was wet, tired and DIRTY!

    As soon as I got home, he was thrown into the bath…

    It’s been a good weekend. I have relaxed quite a bit these last 2 days, which is great. I am usually go, go, go. I’ve had a lot on my mind lately and am trying not to get too stressed out….Of course the wedding plans have been a big brain space filler, and my upcoming surgery next week is another weird force that fills up your brain with too much thinking.

    Thoughts in my head about my surgery:

    -why am I even worried?

    -what if they find something really bad?

    -why did I get this?

    - am I feeling sorry for myself?

    -what right do I have even feeling bad for one second when so many others are going through way worse?

    -I know I need to eat a plant based diet, but sometime I just don’t want to care about what I eat?

    -how will this change my life?

    -I want to have kids, but maybe not right this second, but if I don’t do it this second will it be too late?

    -is this even a big deal?

    And on and on and on…

    To the right of my computer I have an oracle card that states I am a powerful healer, but then my appointment card hits me in the face, I try to remind myself that this VERY MOMENT, is all that counts. Yoga is good.

    Hmmmm….as Gwen Stefani says…”I’m just a girl in the world….”

    In non-emotional news I also went to Costco today. We have a HUGE family of 2 humans plus 1 dog to feed, so we NEED a Costco card, haha…

    Anyway…I picked up some nuts..

    What? Nuts in the fridge?

    kirkland walnuts, almonds

    Yep. Something I have learned in the last 6 months is that we should keep our nuts in the fridge. They do go bad just like any other perishable food. So I fill my handy mason jars for my day-to-day use and I keep the fat bag of nuts in the crisper…

    keeping nuts in the fridge

    Tomorrow I am thinking Brownies with the walnuts and almond milk with the almonds! OW!

    I got 2 boxes of the arugula/spinach mix of greens. Making green smoothies all week baby!


    I wish I could have got local greens, but these California greens will work.
    costco arugula spinach greens
    And some “sulfite flavoured” olives, lol… costco olives
    And a lifetime supply of cotton pads.costco cotton pads

    We got some other stuff too, I just can’t remember….

    Anything exciting happen for you over the weekend? Fill me in!

    Oh, and here’s to a kick ass week filled with pure potential!!!

    xo

  • Hello!!!

    Happy Monday!!!

    2 things I’ve been asked about via email lately and I was inspired to write about them today. First off, someone asked me about my vision boards. They are super easy to do and they are a wonderful tool to bring you closer to your goals/dreams…. How do you create a vision board?

    YOU SIMPLY:

    1. Get a wack load of old magazines

    2. Cut out things that you are drawn to and that inspire you

    3. Glue or tape them to cardboard or a frame

    4. Put it up somewhere you will see it daily

    5. Look at it everyday and envision the things on it as yours. Imagine it. Feel it. See it.

    This one below is an older one Mike and I made together…. (I kinda cut off Mike‘s side to respect his privacy. You can see mine though, lol…)

    Then while I was attending raw chef school. We were to fill out these ones as a homework assignment. This is what I came up with…

    reaching goals, treasure mapping, brian mayne's goal mapping, vision board

    This particular map has a specific way of charting it out: (I didn’t follow it though)

    reaching goals, treasure mapping, brian mayne's goal mapping, vision board

    HOWEVER! If you want a little help creating your goal map. Check this out that I found for you!!! It’s some instructions and templates that you can print out and make you own!! Or you can just do it the way I explained at the top. (magazines and scissors baby!) Again, here is an awesome, helpful Goal Mapping Link (by Brian Mayne)

    I really want to have a vision board party like these ladies did at Travelmamas.com (Wine and vision boards? Sounds fun! Anyone in?)

    OK, the second thing I’ve been asked lately are tips on losing weight. I really don’t know much other than what has “worked” for me. I use the term “worked’ loosely because I am NOT perfect or even close to eating perfect 100% of the time, but since I’ve been into raw foods- I have definitely noticed results.

    RANDOM TIPS:

    1. From the stuff I have been learning, it says that so much of our food consumption is emotional. We are mentally addicted to the foods we eat, even though so many of them do nothing for us nutritionally.

    2. In order to have something we’ve never had before- we have to do something we’ve never done.
    I’ve lost 10 pounds since I started incorporating more raw foods into my life.(and that is just a bi-product- my energy and mental clarity is really amazing right now)

    3. Don’t beat yourself up, or do anything drastic, just make a decision in your mind that you are going to do it and you WILL do it.

    4. I love writing down my thoughts, goals. You could write, “I am sooo happy and grateful that I now fit into all my skinny jeans”, Or “that I know weigh x amount” Invision yourself at that weight and see and feel it. The more you feel it, the more it will become your reality.

    5. Try to have a shake for breakfast, reach for fruit, or something like carrot sticks and homemade hummus for snack,
    If you like salads- make one everyday!

    6. It’s really important to stay away from white foods (I know it’s hard! My mom was just in town and it was cinnamon bun central over here! lol) But white foods (sugar, flour, rice, bread) ONLY make us more hungry. Their is NO nutrition in them, and our body is starving for nutrients, so it just gets hungrier. Most of these overly processed foods are actually toxic to our systems and that’s why we gain weight. Our fat cells store these acidic toxins and our body won’t let them go.

    7. Basically just try to eat as many “whole”, real foods as possible. Whole grain rice, legumes, fruits, veggies, (free range meat? if you eat meat), steamed yams..stuff like that.. .

    8. Of course, exercise too. That is a given. We not only need to move our bodies to keep our weight down, we need to move our bodies to starve off diseases (such as the damn cancer thing).

    9. Be happy! I try to eat well, but I don’t get upset if I eat cookies, nachos, or beer now and then. I’m always striving to be as healthy as possible and make the choices that count, but we are on earth a short time, so you gotta have some fun. Have a good life. Be happy! Smile….

    Try this quote below in your elevator or in line at Starbucks tomorrow morning!!

    And those are my super random tips. What would you add?

    Keep in touch eh!? Lots of love, light and smiles!

    xo

    PS> Day 5 of my 30 day yoga challenge in the bag!

  • Hey there!

    We woke up in a cloud, how about you?

    Port moody fog

    I just wrote a poem for you:

    “The Port Moody fog faintly flows through fair pine patches” ha

    port moody fog

    This is me, after my 4th day in a row doing Birkram’s Yoga! Here we go again!! (This is my 2nd year in a row doing a 30 day yoga challenge)

    Day 4 of my Bikrams Yoga Challenge

    It’s hard to dress for Hot Yoga, well basically it’s wear as little as you comfortably  feel wearing. Since I choose not to wear the panty looking shorts that some gals sport, I am LOVING these flex yoga shorts from Stormtech. They are the perfect hot yoga shorts.

    stormtech yoga shorts

    I sometime just wear a sports bra on top, or a sports bra and light tank top… I still drip buckets of sweat no matter what I wear though!

    In other headline breaking news, I washed my makeup brushes today. The were a bit muddled from doing makeup for 5 girls yesterday.

    washing makeup brushes

    I dab the brush in a bowl of baby shampoo, then wet it a bit and move the brush back and forth on my hand until I feel it is clean. Then rinse it off in water (I just keep a small stream of warm water running)

    baby shampoo for washing makeup brushes

    Shape them back to the shape they should be in and place them flat to dry, preferably with the tip hanging over the edge.

    washing makeup brushes

    Then I moved on to taking these awesomely ripe bananas (when they are spotty is the best time to consume them because all the hard-to-digest starch has turned into an easily absorbable masterpiece for the body)

    brown bananas

    I peeled them and put them into the freezer to throw into my green smoothie in the morning.

    Remember THIS green shake? Have YOU made it lately?? xo

    Eww, I dislike that old kitchen…. But the shake is a game changer!

    I need to fill this awesome fruit bowl back up (bowl was a gift from my mom- good score hey?). Going to get groceries after yoga in the morning:)

    pier 1 fruit bowl

    Here’s my little fruit cake.

    Hope you guys had a great Sunday. I think this week is going to be outstanding! Keep putting the positive energy and it will keep on coming back!

  • Hey!

    How was the weekend? I am reporting back to you as a certified raw food chef! I am so excited! Who’s coming to my first class? I am thinking I will set something up at the community centre to start… and I’ll go from there. Out of the whole “raw food” lifestyle, what are you most interested in learning?

    Today we ate our dehydrated pizza’s that we made the night before… YUM

    Raw, vegan pizza, raw food foundation

    It tasted like it could have been a real pizza, but I didn’t have that thug full lethargic feeling after!

    Raw, vegan pizza, raw food foundation

    A little stuffed mushroom to garnish our plate of raw chili!

    Raw, vegan stuffed mushrooms, raw food foundation

    Raw chili is sooo good. When I am not so tired, I will share more info and post recipes and what not!

    Raw, vegan chili, raw food foundation

    Burgertime! (yes, we ate a lot of food this weekend!)

    Raw, vegan burgers, raw food foundation

    We talked and I need to cut back on my coffee consumption. Going to transition to some matcha tea to start (and TRY to cut back on the java)

    A really cool aspect of the class is where WE the students each have to get up and teach a recipe! We picked out of a hat the recipe’s we would have to make, I got the Mock Salmon Pate… It went really well. Here are my Mock Salmon Pate ingredients..

    Raw, vegan mock salmon pate, raw food foundation

    I brought my own apron from home to add the Amanda flair I thought my presentation needed, haha.

    Raw, vegan pizza, raw food foundation
    Just got home to this little bugger who was desperately wanting me to tell him about raw food attention and liver treats..
    Such a doll!

    I am shooting (and starring in) a video in the morning with SKN clinic! So I NEED my beauty sleep…Even though I mioght not get as much sleep as I would like tonight….

    Even I look like crap in the morning, I will put on some confidence! lol

    Get ready for an amazing week! xoxo

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