Saturday, July 5, 2014

Visit My NEW Blog! Sorry I've Been Gone :(


Hey!! It feels like forever. I miss Blogspot. I miss you all too.

My life has truly been insane. I have a new website though!! Please come check it out. (link below)

I am no tech expert and am too broke to hire a soul so I hope you like it.

I am in the process of finishing my first ebook (no help there either!), but the rest of the site is there for you to browse. It will take me some time to develop it up like I did this one, but bear with me.

I am in the process of re-losing some weight and rather than sit alone and go through it, I thought I would get you all joined in to follow along or just cheer me on!

Life has thrown some storms my way via Kennedy's last brain surgery/spinal surgery/trach surgeries etc.... but I am working to get back at it consistently and actually with a better and more balanced plan than before. So please join me. Check out the site and send me any and all feedback. If you want, check out Kennedy's Website that tells all about her story.

I miss you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Lessons Learned on my Cooked vs. Raw Journey

Oh man. I've been sick. Like real sick. Like in and out of the doctor's office, blood test, ultrasounds, MRI, meet with a surgeon sick. UGH.

I've been spending some time over at My Instagram Page, but other than that I was focusing on my health and on Kennedy's well being.

After I meet with the surgeon next week, I will talk more about what is going on. (Send prayers please)

Onto serious stuff like veganism and lessons learned :)

The weather here SUCKS. Sucks. Sucksssssss. All I can think about are root veggies and warming bowls of oatmeal. This is one of the reasons I love NOT being 100% raw anymore. Back when I was fully raw, I didn't crave and/or miss cooked foods. But in my mind it made more sense to eat oatmeal and fruit rather than cold fruit when it is below zero.

Something about it just didn't feel right. However in the Summer I always felt like tons of fruit and light salads. After doing this for quite some time (I've been vegan for almost 13 years) and into raw food for 9 years... I have learned a thing or two. And I've also grown in ways that enhance my connection to what I'm eating.

Top lessons learned:

  1. First and foremost, there are more important things than worrying about what you are eating. This planet is in dire need of some help. Environmentally things are a mess. Animals are in serious need of help... so what I'm eating for breakfast on Monday NOT a big deal in the grand scheme of things.
  2. Raw vs Cooked isn't as big a deal as I thought
  3. It is most important to learn from the oldest cultures
  4. There are other parts to the health equation equally as important

There are MORE important things to worry about than what you are eating:
Raw vs. Cooked NOT as big a deal as I thought:
  • Raw food rocks. Unaltered fruits and veggies are loaded with fiber and enzymes. I am not in any way saying that raw food doesn't rock. However, after doing tons of research lately on how to heal my body and hopefully live until forever, I have been studying some of the oldest and longest living cultures. I'm seeing repeatedly where they eat lots of cooked food. hmmmm
  • Green smoothies are my best friend. Even more so than juice. The minerals in greens can't be beat and the fiber from the juice keeps me full. Plus I'm consuming all of the food (Including plant fiber) so unlike juice, I'm not starving 10 minutes after consumption
  • Eating cooked food is cheaper and therefore allows me to be more selective in my picking around food. I can opt for more organic when getting a huge bag of organic quinoa at Costco for $9. Quinoa then becomes breakfast, lunch, or dinner
It's Important to Learn From the Oldest Cultures:
  • Rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, quinoa, steamed veggies, soups
  • Lots of loving relationships (children, partners, animals)
  • Sunshine
  • Sleep
  • Low low low stress (a weak point for me admittedly)
  • From studying them a lot recently I've learned a great deal: Get rest. Eat potatoes. Steam your veggies. Don't sweat the small stuff. Drink water. Laugh daily. Say I love you.
There Are Other Parts of the Health Equation Equally As Important:
  • Low Stress- Daily meditation. Journaling. Therapy
  • Laughing- Read a funny book. Watch a funny movie. Call a friend who you know will make you laugh
  • Balance- There is no point in having healthy good for you food to eat all day if you spent 7  hours in the kitchen and no time with your kids or your pets or spouse. Balance. Put all of life in perspective and know your priorities
I'm working on healing my body so as to avoid surgical intervention. I'm working on resting more and being laser sharp focused during the day as I'm taking care of Kennedy and getting a few things done.

I have yet another reminder: Nothing and I mean NOTHING is as important as taking care of your health.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Vegan Self-Care Rituals (At Home Frugal Mani-Pedi)

Self-care.

Not a new RawFitMama concept. 

Mani-Pedi evenings are awesome.

And cheap.

Here's my (and Kay's) step-by-step at home guide to mani/pedi fun:


  1. Soak your feet or hands in warm water for 5+ minutes
  2. Remove any old nail polish
  3. Rub sugar scrub on hands and feet, let sit for 5+ minutes, then rinse with warm water (see recipe for scrub below)
  4. Trim and shape nails
  5. Paint nails with a clear base coat, let dry for 5 minutes
  6. Paint nails with color of choice (see vegan options below)
  7. Add second coat if necessary
  8. Wave your  hands in the air like you just don't care. Blow on em. Don't touch shit until they dry.
Vegan Nail Polish Guide:


  • butterLONDON – $15 
  • NCLA – $16 
  • a.dorn – $11 
  • Flower – $4.98 
  • American Apparel – $6 

  • Taking time for yourself is a must. Without it, my feminist soul starts to whither up and die. I don't care if it's my 12 minute mani-pedi or taking 15 minutes to journal, take a hot bubble bath or savor a cup of tea. Just make sure that YOU are on your to do list. 

    Every.

    Single.

    Day.

    If you don't care about nails (toes or hands) then take time to apply makeup if you use it, or give yourself a hand or foot massage. It accomplishes the same thing. Makes you feel pampered and fabulous and is evidence that you took time for you.

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    A Vegan Girl's Goals

    Goals. 

    We all should have some.

    Seriously.
    It's not about NOT loving yourself the way that you are. It's about having something that you are working towards. It helps give your life a sense of purpose. Of meaning.

    Vegan goals?

    How can I be kinder to the planet? To animals? Can I resurrect my letter writing campaigns (where I write companies to congratulate or harpoon them for their environmental/animal rights practices).

    Lately I've been locked in the house. Freezing snow and rain have made it impossible for me to take Kennedy anywhere safely. It has forced me to look within... start to think about goals.

    Life goals. Health goals. Relationship goals. 

    January is a great time to start goal planning. Just because it's the 9th of the month doesn't mean it's too late to plan. It isn't. Let's do it together. I had to hold off on some of my plans starting because I was finishing the wean for Kennedy's narcotics. Ouch. Talk about goals.

    Having my kid drug free and ALIVE is a huge goal. Exhale
    I am a lover of Sundays. Love em. Always have.  I love to prepare for my week using my "Notes" app on my iphone/ipod and I can easily review or change it. I am also a serious paper person, so I also write my week's goals in my agenda. I use different color pens and markers and then I get super excited. And yes I have two agendas.... one for Kay's business and one for my own.
    By planning my week this way I make sure to "allot" enough time for exercise, art projects, cleaning/clearing clutter projects, family game night, etc. Does it always work out? NO way. I have a kid with special needs and new tendency to feel exhausted, but at least I'm trying and designing my life to include all the things I consider important. 

    List are about feeling encouraged and in control. They are about measuring your progress and feeling. Any January goals?

    Monday, January 6, 2014

    Restoring Health Using Detox (Week 7)

    I am just picking up in my 52 week challenge where I left off. I am not giving up. Just restructuring. Which seems to be a theme in my life as of late.

    It's no secret that I haven't been myself lately. I'm under slept, overwhelmed, and just a bit off. I am working daily on using my routines and self-care guidelines to sometimes put one foot in front of the other.

    If I don't have anything really positive to say, I generally stay away from the blog. I am so used to using it to inspire and motivate, but some of the wonderful emails that I have received lately have me thinking otherwise...
    Kennedy is almost done (2 days) with her narcotics wean. Please pray that it goes well. Her body is so out of balance and out of whack. I am designing an alkaline cleanse for her precious cells. She is NOT happy about what I have in store, but it is necessary for the healthy restoration of her body on a cellular level. We've all done that right? Known that we should eat a certain thing (green smoothie) and avoid another (bagel)???

    I've been thinking about cellular health lately as well. About really getting back to the basics. Starting from scratch. What does that look like? It will sound simple, but I'm talking about supplements, fruits, juices, smoothies, salads. In essence, water, fruit, veggies, and supplements.

    The areas of Kay's health (and my own) that I will be tackling in the 90 day period will include (and be heavily documented):

    1. Her sleeping patterns (when she goes; how long she sleeps; is it restful?)
    2. Water consumed. Her goal will be 64 oz per day
    3. Fruit/veggie consumption. Goal is 8 servings.
    4. Supplements: Vegan omega 3, vegan VitD, probiotics (3xs a day), wholefood green powder, spirulina, sub-lingual B12
    5. Creative expression- daily expressions of art journaling or painting
    6. Body movement- dancing with the radio on for a total of 60 minutes per day. She wants to do a hodge podge of yoga, dance, and weights (her words, not mine)
    7. Increase our raw food consumption BIG TIME. Snack solely on fruit and dehydrated fruits. This is another one of Kennedy's recommendations.
    8. I'll be using pH strips in the morning and evening to monitor.
    Off to finish my second massive green smoothie of the day (find it on my instagram) and rest.

    I haven't slept in forever and I am off to sneak a little nap while watching tv with Kennedy. We have a doc appt at 8 am in -15 degree winds tomorrow.  :(

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

    The Power of a Clean Slate- Happy New Year 2014

    Happy New Year 2014


    My prayer is that this year finds my daughter in extreme health and happiness. My focus for the year is on extreme health, mental clarity, patience and peace.

    Lots of people don't believe in making resolutions...well I do. I love fresh starts. There is power is a clean slate. In forgiving  yourself and starting over. That is what the promise of 2014 means to me.

    I have a new awareness. My daughter is alive. She is recovering and teaching me new things everyday. I'm working on losing this chunk of weight I've gained in the best and most healthy way. :)

    Nothing crazy. Plants. Short bursts of intense exercise. Follow all the deets on my facebook and instagram (both RawFitMama).

    My new year advice is:

    • Dream Big...daydream. Wish upon a star. 
    • Forgive yourself for whatever you should, could have done. Just start. It is truly NEVER too late. You are never too old. You are NEVER too fat. You are NEVER behind. 
    • Email me if you want advice/inspiration. 
    Today I did a short at home workout, made some delicious ice coffee, meditated and am about to spend time with Kennedy. She isn't feeling well at all :( My workout was interrupted a few times so that I could cuddle her and give a few head rubs. Ahhh the joys of at home workouts.

    What are you dreaming of this year?????
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    Don't forget to like my facebook page so you can see what I'm eating and my instagram to see what I'm doing to workout. 


    Monday, December 16, 2013

    Zen Habit's Why Living a Life of Gratitude Can Make You Happy- Week 6


    I highly suggest you ready Zen Habit's Why Living a Life of Gratitude Can Make You Happy

    Just a few reasons that Leo Babuta says to be grateful: 
    • Because it reminds you of the positive things in your life. It makes you happy about the people in your life, whether they’re loved ones or just a stranger you met who was kind to you in some ways.

    • Because it turns bad things into good things. Having problems at work? Be grateful you have work. Be grateful you have challenges, and that life isn’t boring. Be grateful that you can learn from these challenges. Be thankful they make you a stronger person.

    • Because it reminds you of what’s important. It’s hard to complain about the little things when you give thanks that your children are alive and healthy. It’s hard to get stressed out over paying bills when you are grateful there is a roof over your head.

    • Because it reminds you to thank others. I’ll talk about this more below, but the simple act of saying “thank you” to someone can make a big difference in that person’s life. Calling them, emailing them, stopping by to say thank you … just taking that minute out of your life to tell them why you are grateful toward them is important to them. People like being appreciated for who they are and what they do. It costs you little, but makes someone else happy. And making someone else happy will make you happy.

    How to Live a Life of Gratitude
    The thing is, simple acts of gratitude don’t cost you much (especially once you get over the initial discomfort some people feel with thanking others). But they can make a huge difference.
    If you’re interested in living a life of gratitude, here are my suggestions:
    • Morning gratitude session. Take 2-3 minutes each morning to give thanks, to whoever or whatever you’re grateful for. You don’t have to do anything, other than close your eyes and silently give thanks. This one act can make a huge difference.

    • Say thank you. When someone does something nice for you, however small, try to remember to say thank you. And really mean it.

    • Call to say thanks. Sometimes you might think about something nice that someone did for you. Perhaps you remember during your gratitude session. When you do, pick up the phone and call the person, just to say thanks. Let them know what they did that you’re grateful for, and why you appreciate it. Takes a minute or two. If it’s too early to call, make a note to call later. Even better is telling them in person, if you happen to see them or if they’re on your route. Almost as good is a thank-you email — keep it short and sweet.

    • Give thanks for “negative” things in your life. There’s always two ways to look at something. Many times we think of something as negative — it’s stressful, harmful, sad, unfortunate, difficult. But that same thing can be looked at in a more positive way. Giving thanks for those things is a great way to remind yourself that there is good in just about everything. Problems can be seen as opportunities to grow, to be creative. See the prayer below for more on this.

    • Learn a gratitude prayer. There are many prayers, religious or not, that can remind you to be grateful. Find one you like, and print it out or make it your desktop wallpaper. Here’s a religious one, and here’s a collection from a multitude of religions. You can find many others on the Internet, or write your own. If you’re not religious, make one that doesn’t include the concept of God. A good one is below.

    Let me leave you with a prayer of gratitude that I’ve always found … well, perfect:
    Be Thankful
    Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
    If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
    Be thankful when you don’t know something
    For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
    Be thankful for the difficult times.
    During those times you grow.
    Be thankful for your limitations
    Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
    Be thankful for each new challenge
    Because it will build your strength and character.
    Be thankful for your mistakes
    They will teach you valuable lessons.
    Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
    Because it means you’ve made a difference.
    It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
    A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
    also thankful for the setbacks.
    GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
    Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
    and they can become your blessings.
    ~ Author Unknown ~

    Simple Plant Based Foods We Can Be Grateful For (Grocery List)- Week 6

    On my 52 Weeks til the best version of me thing I'm working on, I started Week 6 off by talking about gratitude.  Ah yes. That word that crops up every year around this time and is heard over and over, but does anyone truly stop to think of its meaning?

    As I am being eternally grateful for Kennedy's life right now after her near death experiences, I am spending an inordinate amount of time thinking about, meditating on, and journaling my gratitudes. Both large and small.
    This program I put myself on to focus on one thing per week and grow on that to become the best version of myself hasn't found me perfect. Quite the opposite. Focusing this way on my own personal development has made me truly aware of my flaws...those spaces in my daily habits and personality that I would like to improve. Rather than dwell, I acknowledge...journal and move forward. I am imperfect and that is okay. Most importantly, I am being gentle with myself. Forgiving. Something I have never been good at. 

    In the spirit of that, it came to me last night that I should post about all the many easy to find, inexpensive plant-based foods that are hearty and healthy this time of year. This a great time of year to get fancy in the kitchen, but it can also be a great time of year to get back to the basics.

    Here is a list of simple, easy to shop for items will up your plant food intake, but keep your budget in check:
    1. Gluten Free rolled oats
    2. Bananas
    3. Spinach
    4. Frozen fruit
    5. Carrots
    6. Onions
    7. Sweet Potatoes
    8. Russet Potatoes
    9. Vegetable broth
    10. Mixed Greens
    11. Nut butters
    12. Gluten Free bread
    13. Quinoa
    14. Wild rice
    15. Beans/legumes
    16. Brown Rice Wraps
    17. Tempeh
    18. *chia/hemp/flaxseeds
    That simple list can make: 
    1. Soups
    2. Sandwiches
    3. Salads
    4. Green smoothies
    5. Fruity oatmeal
    6. Hearty oatmeal
    7. Stir fry
    8. Burritos
    9. Quesadillas
    Things I am Grateful for Today:
    • The Make a Wish foundation who is coming today to make Kennedy's one true wish come true :)
    • Waking up knowing the kitchen is clean. It's the simple things, but I can go down there and prepare a huge feast with no muss and no fuss
    • Afternoon appointments for Kennedy. This means a pajama filled morning and french toast for Kay and green juice/then coffee for me :)
    Today's Goals:
    • Crafts with Kennedy
    • Balance bank account
    • Make a deposit at the bank
    • Get Kay to therapy intake
    • Gather all paperwork for Make a Wish
    • Exercise for 15 minutes (gee I know:)

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