“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” -Mahatma Gandhi
I’m a little bit behind on posting. Last night was the first night I really had detox symptoms. Caffeine withdrawal headaches can be a bitch. So I just laid low when I got home.
Today, I feel amazing. I had crazy, vivid dreams last night. There were green hills to climb. There were smiling cows and old friends. I didn’t want to wake up. All day I have felt an incredible high. I’m so positive. I want to feel like this forever. I have been very productive at work and came home to spackle the bathroom walls (renovation project ongoing), edited b-roll for an actor who has been requesting it forever and I kept blowing him off, emailed a friend back because I promised to, did all the dishes, played with lulu and made a green soup which is now chilling in the fridge. i will soon enjoy its deliciousness. I am emotional in the best way today. Easy come, easy go. I love my friends old and new so much. I am full of love. I love josh. I realize how lucky i am. i want to see my nieces and spend time with them before they get too big. It’s kind of already happening so fast that it scares me. I just want to enjoy this. My skin feels silky smooth. I feel beautiful from the inside. I’m glowing.
I’m listening to Beach House’s new album right now and it is PERFECT for this moment. I can’t explain. Just swoon.
“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” -Hippocrates
Yesterday was Day 2. Going to work was hard without my morning coffee. Luckily, I am not experiencing the intense caffeine withdrawal that my friend Laura is. She had throbbing headaches all day yesterday and left work early. I pre-made a 52oz juice the night before to take with me. It actually lasted me all day along with my water. My energy levels were great as was my focus. Work was crazy, I was multi-tasking and was able to stay super focused and on top of it all. With a feeling of overall joy. Added bonus. When I got home I was feeling hungry for something savory so I made the suggested snack smoothie which included avocado, tomato, lemon juice, cucumber and spinach. I topped it off with cayenne pepper and ate it like a soup. It really hit the spot. Later I also ate a couple teaspons of hemp seeds. Their nutty flavor satisfied my craving. Then, I took Lulu for a walk, watched 2 very intense episodes of Breaking Bad (trying to catch up), and took a long, hot shower. I slept very well and woke up early with energy. So far, feeling good.
“Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering – an image of death.”
So it began today. Well, really this evening. All day I ate only raw foods as part of the prep. I was supposed to be prepping all week but I was in Vegas so you can guess how that went. I went to Mother’s Market in Brea today and got the 16oz “liver cleanse” juice. Beets, apples, ginger yumminess. That kicked off my day right. But, I do admit it was the first time I started feeling nervous about this whole cleanse. My thoughts were made up of fears that I won’t have willpower, that I will give up, that I’ll be too hungry, etc. My imagination went wild as I watch Josh eat his Tempeh Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Tomato sandwich with a generously portioned side of lemon-quinoa (one of my favorites!). Boooo!
Later, at home, I juice up 32 oz of a green blend which included spinach, celery, zucchini, parsley, mint & lime. I added lemon, too, because it was pretty bitter. I liked the drink overall. I am letting myself be proud for also prepping my veggies to take to work tomorrow so I have enough for a recipe. I also pre-juiced my breakfast and left it in the fridge. I’m not sure if it’s ok to do that but I feel like the morning will be hard if I don’t. Then, I cleaned the juicer out and packed it up to take to work tomorrow. Laura and I plan to juice in the office! I wonder how she’s feeling tonight. I’m feeling a little bit more optimistic than earlier. I feel alert and awake. Josh and I rode our bikes around when it cooled off this evening then I took a hot shower and am now ready to relax until I fall asleep. Who knows what tomorrow may hold. I am supposed to go to the dog shelter early in the morning to see about adopting a puppy. I know the timing is probably bad but I can’t control that we found the cutest little pup today and he will be available tomorrow. It’s first-come first-serve so I plan to be there before they open at 10am. A puppy will throw my world into chaos but I want our Lulu to have a little pal. Maybe drastic change will actually be good this week – will keep me busy and focused.
Not gonna lie. Would have loved to have a cold beer tonight.
“How do you build up your bank account? By putting something in it everyday.Your health account is no different. What I do today, I am wearing tomorrow. If I put inferior foods in my body today, I’m going to be inferior tomorrow, it’s that simple.”
– Jack Lalanne
Tomorrow I’m starting a 10-Day Juice Cleanse. My friend at work had signed up for the cleanse on Tera Warner’s website. I had done one of her detoxes before and I said “Hey, I’ve always wanted to do a juice cleanse! I will do it with you and together we will succeed!” I’ve done other cleanses but never 10 days of strictly juice and this one is mostly green juices. This particular cleanse makes it easy as it gives you a shopping list, juice recipes & a menu planner. The juice recipes explain why each juice is good for you/what it does for your body. I am excited but I also am worried about my willpower as a vegan foodie with a habit lately of making the most delicious vegan ice-cream! It’s summertime, dammit! Anyway, I just got back from a gluttonous, alcohol-fueled trip to Las Vegas (first time I was able to eat vegan food at a buffet thanks to Steve Wynn-more on that later!) & my birthday is next month so I think this is a great time to try a cleanse.
Why do a juice cleanse? My first answer is to detox all my partying away. Secondly, it’s an adventure. But let’s be serious. Fresh, living juice is rich in nutrients (vitamins, minerals, living enzymes and phytochemicals), which all have incredible healthful and beneficial effects on your body. It is safe. You still consume the calories needed to continue your normal routines. It can also be life transforming (as I found a raw vegan diet to be for me a few years ago). Some of the benefits of juice cleansing include an increase in energy, improved mental clarity, improved skin, losing excess poundage, feeling more optimistic and many other great things.
I did shopping today for Days 1 -4. I love filling my basket with greens. I sometimes think if I ever get married I would want a bouquet made up of kale, chard, fennel & mint. 🙂 I plan to journal my way through the next 10 days.Probably nobody will read it but it will keep me sane.
Cancer is not caused by bacteria, faulty diet, inadequate exercise, environmental contaminants, ionizing radiation, tobacco, viruses, nor heredity. Cancer is caused by a series of genetic mutations in DNA which may be either germline (inherited) or somatic (acquired during life). However, the chances of these mutations occurring in sufficient number to result in cancer is affected by all of the preceding factors.
DNA is the critical target molecule in carcinogenesis (1). Although DNA has various repair mechanisms, some types of damage persist and become the basis of the defective molecular biology that is cancer. Oncogenes (tumor genes), tumor suppressing genes, and aptotic genes (causing programmed cell death) normally interact to build normal cells, to prevent excessive growth, and finally to kill the cell before genetic mutations cause it to malfunction.
Table 1. U.S. cancer rates.
Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States, where over 1.3 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed annually, with 550,000 deaths. Current United States incidence figures for the ten leading types of cancer are shown (2). Women have an approximately 1:8 lifetime chance of developing breast cancer, and men have an approximately 1:5 chance of developing prostate cancer. Rates above are per 100,000 in 1992. Both Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are included under lymphoma.
There are three categories of evidence suggesting that a veg*n (vegetarian or vegan) diet reduces risk for various types of cancer.
Epidemiologically, the intake of animal source food correlates with the country-by-country incidence of six types of cancer. Although none of the reporting countries can be assumed to have large vegan or even vegetarian populations, it appears that the less animal source food per capita, the lower the cancer rate.
Do you have to choose between a healthy, fun, modern lifestyle and a fair, sustainable, compassionate lifestyle? No, you can have it all! Have a look at the Vegan Society’s film, ‘Making the Connection’, to explore the reasons why people choose to become and stay vegan:
What is a vegan?
A vegan is someone who tries to live without exploiting animals, for the benefit of animals, people and the planet. Vegans eat a plant-based diet, with nothing coming from animals – no meat, milk, eggs or honey, for example. A vegan lifestyle also avoids leather, wool, silk and other animal products for clothing or any other purpose.
Some of the main reasons for choosing a vegan lifestyle:
It’s a healthy choice
A balanced vegan diet (also referred to as a ‘plant-based diet’) meets many current healthy eating recommendations such as eating more fruit, vegetables and wholegrains and consuming less cholesterol and saturated fat. Balanced vegan diets are often rich in vitamins, antioxidants and fibre and can decrease the chances of suffering from diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers. Well-planned plant-based diets are suitable for all age groups and stages of life.
Many people become vegan through concern at the way farmed animals are treated. Some object to the unnecessary ‘use’ and killing of animals – unnecessary as we do not need animal products in order to feed or clothe ourselves.
Public awareness of the conditions of factory-farmed animals is gradually increasing and it is becoming more and more difficult to claim not to have at least some knowledge of the treatment they endure. Sentient, intelligent animals are often kept in cramped and filthy conditions where they cannot move around or perform their natural behaviours. At the same time, many suffer serious health problems and even death because they are selectively bred to grow or produce milk or eggs at a far greater rate than their bodies are capable of coping with.
Regardless of how they were raised, all animals farmed for food meet the same fate at the slaughterhouse. This includes the millions of calves and male chicks who are killed every year as ‘waste products’ of milk and egg production and the animals farmed for their milk and eggs who are killed at a fraction of their natural lifespan. Choosing a vegan diet is a daily demonstration of compassion for all these creatures.
It’s better for the environment
Switching to a plant-based diet is an effective way for an individual to reduce their eco-footprint. Vegan diets can produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than meat-based diets. A University of Chicago study found that the ‘typical’ US diet generates the equivalent of nearly 1.5 tonnes more carbon dioxide per person per year than a vegan diet. The livestock industry is responsible for 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than the entire transport sector (which produces 13.5%), including aviation.
Plant-based diets only require around one third of the land and water needed to produce a typical Western diet. Farmed animals consume much more protein, water and calories than they produce, so far greater quantities of crops and water are needed to produce animal ‘products’ to feed humans than are needed to feed people direct on a plant-based diet. With water and land becoming scarcer globally, world hunger increasing and the planet’s population rising, it is much more sustainable to eat plant foods direct than use up precious resources feeding farmed animals.
Farming animals and growing their feed also contributes to other environmental problems such as deforestation, water pollution and land degradation.
There are mouth-watering plant-based dishes from around the world: from India, vegetable curries and dhals; from the Far East, tofu stir fries; from Italy pastas and salads; from Turkey, hummus and babaghanoush; and from Mexico beans and tortillas… the list goes on!
Many familiar foods have vegan versions – vegans can enjoy pizza, vegan sausage and mash, casseroles and even chocolate cake. The variety of vegan food available in shops and restaurants is growing all the time – eating a vegan diet has never been easier.
Choosing to live a life free from animal products means choosing a path that is kinder to people, animals and the environment. In fact, there are so many good reasons to reject meat, eggs and dairy products and so many delicious animal free alternatives that the real question is not ‘why vegan?’ but ‘why not?’.
Please read up on vegan nutrition. If you’re going to do it, do it right. Nothing promotes the benefits of veganism like extremely healthy vegans!
I used to call them “little trees” when I was a wee one. I loved to eat them raw, enjoyed the crunchy bite. Here are some fun things to know about BROCCOLI from wikipedia:
1. From the Italian plural of broccolo, referring to “the flowering top of a cabbage”
2. Broccoli is high in vitamins A, C and K, as well as dietary fiber.
3.It also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties, such as diindolylmethane and small amounts of selenium.
4. Broccoli is rad. My dog Lulu likes it too. This part was from me, not wikipedia.
So whether you are steaming or munching on it raw, eat up! It’s super good for you and I think delicious dipped in a tahini dressing such as Annie’s Goddess Dressing!We also enjoy broccoli on hearty pasta dishes and in big yummy salads!
Vegan MoFo Day #4 or What I Ate in Ireland Part Two
Ok so Day 3 slipped away from me. i forgave myself, i hope you forgive me too. i’m going to continue my vegan jaunt around dublin, ireland and tell you where i ate when i lived there several years ago. i was beside myself when walked out of george’s arcade to discover this gem of a place called Blazing Salads! i felt the place was meant for me. i LOVE salads and i LOVE the mel brook’s film Blazing Saddles. i remember being a little girl watching that movie with my family and laughing so hard at the scene where they are sitting around the bonfire eating chili and farting up a storm. i love fart humor! i love Blazing Salads in Dublin!
Blazing Salads is a take-away deli type place which offered a salad bar as its centerpiece. you pick from a couple different size take out boxes and start filling them up with delectable salads of which there were many to choose from. they had potato salads, chickpea dishes, mixed greens, you name it. there are always vegan items and the food was seriously fresh and flavorful. after you fill up your box, it gets weighed and you pay. they also have a fridge full of ready-made meals. i think now they also offer frozen meals. Blazing Salads was a winner in my book because it was fast, wholesome, delicious and cute. i even bought their cookbook! check out their website.
i lived in the beautiful country of ireland for most of 2002. i was working in dublin at an internet cafe where many younger people worked. i made friends. more importantly, i made friends with people who liked food as much as i do. i have to admit i was totally shocked at the amount of veg goodness i found in that city. i was in love.
the first cafe i remember going to was Cornucopia. i remember walking there with catey and seeing a sign on their window that read “give peas a chance”. (you can’t resist a good play on words) i smiled. i looked at catey. she smiled. we wanted to go to there!
they are not 100% vegan but always had vegan options. the hip bohemian crowd that works there are in constant hustle mode. everyday there are new dishes. the place was busy all the time and had a happy vibe. i fell in love with running out of the rain into this place and being instantly comforted by the warmth and totally delicious smelling food. they often had lentils and curries.
Cornucopia is set up cafeteria style so you go in , pick up a tray and saunter down the line pointing at yummy and interesting things while some sweet hipster ladles it onto your plate. further down you can pick breads, soups, drinks and then pay.
i think this place has expanded since i have been there last. check out their website where you can check out the menu.
i was planning on also telling you about a few more dublin places in this post but i will have to do part 2 tomorrow. it will be a gas! (that is foreshadowing!) Happy MoFo-ing!
Sweet Leaf Cafe is a solar powered kitchen that serves an organic menu at festivals, concerts, and street fairs. Salads, Stir Fries, Sandwiches, Wraps, Smoothies – the Cafe menu is fresh from their farm! These people have a cool attitude! I want to run away and work on their farm.
In the hot as hell California desert, this place was an oasis of fresh juice, produce and overall deliciousness. They were serving tempeh & tofu wraps, huge salads with homemade dressings(i hear they contain honey so make sure to ask) & smoothies & juices galore. Seriously, we were so happy with the veggie food options at Coachella. I have never been to a festival that was so vegan friendly. I never even had to partake in the old standby of a boring veggie burger made by a greased up carney. Coachella, we hate you for the heat, the over-crowded Saturday, and general douchey-ness but we fookin’ LOVE you for the FOOD! Thank you also for:
Homemade Granola Bars (on campgrounds) & Iced Coffee from SuperLove Coconuts from 118 Degrees NY Style Vegan Pizza (SO TASTY!) from Pie for the People Vegan Pad Thai with Peanut Sauce and Veggie Stir-fry over Brown Rice from a place I thought was called Eggroll King but I’m still researching this. Tofu Masala Burgers from Cowboys & Turbans
Apparently, the VIP area had a booth from Jenny’s 118 Degrees which is raw delicious-ness and I should know because I am a customer at her restaurant in Costa Mesa not because I am a richy-rich cool kid who got into the VIP section. I hope Morrissey and Sir Paul McCartney tried her food! Go Jenny!