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Going Raw

So in my never ending search to find the best diet for my body, I’ve made a commitment to move toward a raw diet this summer to see how it goes.   I have no desire to go 100% raw, I just plan to incorporate more raw foods into my diet and see how it goes.  This is so easy to do in the summer with all the fresh fruits and vegetables, so it just makes sense.  I’ve begun getting my farm share, so now have all the greens I can eat (along with amazing goat cheese and eggs..a few of the reasons I have no desire to go 100% raw!).  I also watch my garden as it grows every day.  It’s so fun to watch, and it just amazes me that I’m able to grow real food!  I’ll have to take pictures to share with you next week.  The peas and beans are starting to climb up their respective trellises, the broccoli is awesome, the mesculan greens are probably past their prime as they looked like they could have been eaten before I even put them in the ground!  The only thing I’m worried about is my watermelon.  I’m hoping they’re just waiting for the heat to start growing, as I really want some watermelon!  Pepper, tomatoes, zucchini, spaghetti squash, cucumbers, kale, all growing, believe it or not.  I’ve been carefully removing the bugs and eggs from my pole beans, as they weren’t looking so good in the beginning, but now they look great, so I think it worked.  I really have no idea what I’m doing, but trying my best.  The rain has helped too.  Now we just need some good sunshine.  So that’s my garden, will keep you posted and post pictures.  I don’t know if I have any lessons learned yet, but will share them as they come.

So, even if you don’t have a garden, you too can begin eating with the seasons.  If you’re not sure where to start, just go to your local farmers market (in RI check out www.farmfreshri.org) and see what’s there.  If they’re selling it, it’s in season. 

A few ideas:

Most nights we tend to make a huge salad and then have a protein.  Tonight it was grilled shrimp and a pretty standard salad with a balsamic dressing.  Last night it was grass fed steak from a local farm with a bok choy, onion, apple salad with honey dijon dressing.  The night before it was grilled salmon, marinated in a soy ginger sauce with a salad with a umeboshi plum paste and tahini dressing.  This is my new favorite discovery.  I think I just took about 2 tbsp tahini, 1 tsp of umeboshi plum paste, 1 tsp honey and some rice vinegar.  Great on steamed kale too! 

Ok, I’ll post some complete recipes next week, but feel free to experiment, dressings are so easy, you just keep adjusting and tasting until they’re good! 

Happy eating,

Jess

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Time to be Fabulous!

Hello my dear readers!

I am sorry to have been away for oh so long! Unfortunately, we had some major technical difficulties that took us offline for quite sometime, but thanks to our amazing techman behind the scenes, the great Andy Olson of ozonedesign.com, we are back and better than ever.  I have to give serious props to Andy, he is always there to keep us moving forward with our mission, even when life  seems to get in the way.  New jobs, lost jobs, babies, marriage, new houses, the whole bit.  But here we are, still with a purpose that won’t die.  To support others in their journey toward wholeness, balance and health. (thanks to you too Ryan!)  We are so honored to support you in any small way we can.   

And with that, I am recommiting myself to you, to myself and to my journey toward fabulous. This entry will be short and sweet, but you will be hearing from me weekly with updates on my personal path (in the hope that you may glean insights from my experiences), as well as tips, tricks, and recipes to help support you on your personal path to wellness, one we all tend to hop on and off as we move toward an unknown destination.  Isn’t that so true?  If we really have no clue where we’re going, but only know where we are, then doesn’t living conciously in the present moment just start to make complete sense.  It’s the only thing we have any control over, so why not take it by the horns and…what?…wrestle it to the ground?  Ok, why not give it a huge hug and tell it how much you love it.  Or cry on it’s sholder, or go have coffee with a friend and it, or take it to yoga?  Why not treat the present like it’s its birthday every day, all day?  Doesn’t that seem like a nice way to live? 

Let me guess…you’re all hung up on “reality”?  Well, I hear you, believe me, I do, but I can’t help but believe that we all create our own reality.  Even if it really sucks.  And more importantly, we are the only ones who control our reaction to that reality.  So take those lemons, and make some lemonade, its high in vitamin C, will boost your immune system, and made with natural sweeteners can be a healthy sweet treat.  So look there, what once was a crappy situation is now a sweet treat that you can franchise and make millions on every street corner in America.  Using industrious children happy to push your creation on every passer by.  Life is good.  Yes, life is good.

So for this week, be present, feed your body and soul and spare the quarter for a cup of lemonade, would you?

Be well,

Jess

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