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Nice Cream. Thank me later..

Hi Fruity Family!

I’m alive and well.  Raw Food 365 is in full swing, and I’m happy to say I am thriving in month 5!  The things I eat day to day vary quite a lot, but nice cream seems to always be on the menu at least every couple of days.  I change up the recipe depending on who I’m making it for.  This recipe and method is for the family, but easy to clean up and raw-ify for myself. Here is how I turn bananas into pure love..

What you’ll need..

2 bunches ripe spotty bananas

almond milk

natural peanut butter (optional)

cocoa powder/carob powder (optional)

pure maple syrup (optional)

Vitamix/any high speed blender/food processor

What you’ll do..

The day before: Peel bananas and break each into 2-3 pieces. Freeze them in a sealable reusable container.  Also, pour your choice of almond milk into an ice cube tray. Freeze overnight.

The day of:  Place 4-5 frozen bananas and 2-3 almond milk cubes into the blender.  Add a splash of almond milk to help get the blender started.  Use the tamper tool to press down the bananas, it’s an aggressive arm work-out don’t be afraid to show that blender who’s boss.  This will be your base.. from here you can add any flavour combination you like! Frozen fruit for a sorbet feel, cocoa powder, peanut butter, vanilla extract, etc.  You can be as creative as you like!  Our favourite is maple syrup and natural peanut butter, or throw in a few spoon fulls of cocoa powder and you can satisfy any chocolate craving.  Top with organic cacao nibs or a home made sauce.  Check out my Instagram for sauce recipes!

Enjoy in abundance.

The best things in life are certainly, cruelty-free.

N

 

RAW FOOD 365

Update Time!

It’s been a long time coming, this is something I have been wanting and dreaming of for the last 5 years.  I’ve never tried and failed in the past, but I have tried and continued learning, plenty of times.  However, the time has finally come and the roller coaster has begun.

I’ve embarked on a 365 Day Journey with nothing but raw food.  Yes, raw food.  No cooked food, no alcohol, no coffee, no processed food, no baked goods, I think you get the picture.  Simply food, real food.  Fruit in it’s whole form, including frozen fruit.  Vegetables (including all greens) in their uncooked birthday suites.  And to drink?  The only acceptable liquid is water or home made fruit/veg juice.

The journey began on July 1st, 2017.  So far, it’s been a joy.  I was expecting the first couple of weeks to be the hardest, but in fact they were the easiest!  I prepared myself mentally, this was the key.  I’ve practiced on and off for 5 years, so this is NOT uncharted territory.  I have many raw foodist friends to consult with and confide in should I need some guidance or support.  Community is key!

If you want to know more of what I am eating day-to-day please follow me on INSTAGRAM!

I don’t want it to seem that I am pushing others to join me or that this is the one and only way to thrive.  However.. I certainly, unapologetically, encourage people to always research where there food comes from, encourage them to make improvements no matter where they are starting from, and to simply care, try, and experiment!  The way we feel, think, and perform in this world is directly related to our diet.  Our diet influences our physical being and metal state, this is who we are.  You are literally what you eat, everything is connected.  You and I are living breathing organisms, made up mostly of water.  We need living food for our living bodies.  I would not do this if it didn’t mean the world to me.  You cannot compare life on this planet on raw food vs processed cooked food (even vegan).  It’s day and night.  And I prefer.. day.

Please contact me directly for questions!
I am always looking to coach and guide so don’t be shy, I’m here for you.

Much love,

N

LOVE is LIMITLESS

Our commitment to Peace begins with our willingness to feel for ALL who feel, to see the world from the eyes of another soul, to act accordingly (beginning with the fork), and to speak for those who suffer and cannot be heard.

“Why should I care about animals, when there are people who are in desperate need of help and compassion in this world?”

Why?

Because LOVE is LIMITLESS.  Caring about the welfare of animals takes nothing away from anyone fighting for human rights.  One doesn’t cancel out the other.  When our second child came along.. we didn’t love the first any less.  The ability to love is truly limitless.

Do you have limits on love?  Does compassion and love actually have limits?  or have you placed them there?  or maybe someone else placed them there?

Even if you aren’t capable of loving animals, or even other humans different from yourself, do you support harming them?

Food for thought..

2017, Bring it.

Hello Fruity Family!

We are well into January 2017 now, and have you kept your resolutions so far? How many have you broken? 😉

 

It doesn’t matter because today, and every day, is just simply that.. a new day, a new moment.  Never get down on yourself for “failing” because it’s all in your head.. whatever failure you say you had, it’s only because you have labelled it that way.  Flip it around and say.. “I’m either winning, or I’m learning.”  If you are learning a lot, that’s great!  Every negative thought you have about yourself or your actions, are because of you.  Look inward, change your vocabulary, change your attitude, and the actions will follow.

So yes, the worst thing that you can ever do is get down on yourself, it only furthers the spiral downward.  I don’t believe in hitting rock bottom before climbing up.  If we can change our thoughts, and our perception of what’s actually happening, we can change the result.

No matter what, never give up.  Hold your goals, hold your desires, hold your dreams!  If you want it badly enough, you will make it happen.  It may take longer than you expect but who cares.. if you want it enough the only sure way of getting it is to devote all you have.. trust me, the years will pass anyway!

Go get em’

N

The Calcium Choice

True Story,

Calcium is a mineral found in the earth.

Calcium is present in plants that grow from mineral rich soil.

Animals eat these plants and obtain calcium, cows eating grass is a perfect example.

Calcium is then transferred to the mother cow’s breastmilk, same goes for zebra milk, giraffe milk, rabbit milk, etc. Nature knows.

Here’s the kicker.. you have a choice.

1. Obtain calcium and other minerals by eating nutrient rich plants.  OR   2. Drink the BREASTMILK of the animal who ate plants.

😑 hhmmm (Insert Jeopardy theme song)

If you chose #1 and you prefer to obtain your calcium directly from the source, dark leafy greens are a great place to start!

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It’s very important to not only obtain calcium regularly, but even more important to keep it in your bones!  Eating an alkaline diet rich in fruits and vegetables is the best way.

A diet high in processed food and animal products (including dairy) is highly acidic, and your body will leach calcium from your bones to remain in an alkaline state.  Alkaline = health

You didn’t think all those calcium supplements in the supermarket were for vegans did you?  And have you ever wondered why a society that virtually eats dairy at every meal, would have even the slightest instance of osteoporosis?  

I remember doing a project on osteoporosis in grade school, and my conclusion was.. eat and drink as much dairy as possible for strong growing bones.  😝  Thank the heavens for today’s information age – the internet – where you can find sources of information outside of what is driven by the dairy industry.  I’m still a little hurt that I was lied to – can you tell?  My only regret about my lifestyle change, is that I didn’t do it sooner.

I encourage you to clean your slate.  To read both sides of the story.  Unlearn and relearn.  Never stop investigating.  Experiment with yourself.  Get some blood work done.  Don’t take my word for it.  Read read read.  Ask ask ask.  Try try try.

And most importantly.. never, ever, listen to the TV.

✌🏽✌🏽✌🏽✌🏽

 

Falafels for Days

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share our falafels with you all because they have been a huge hit around here, and I thought you may enjoy them as well!

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Recipe

1 can of rinsed chickpeas

1 small onion roughly chopped

3-4 cloves of garlic roughly chopped

1 cup chopped fresh parsley

3 tbsp flour (wheat or GF)

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 cup panko bread crumbs

Vegetable oil for frying

Directions

Add everything to a food processor and pulse until all ingredients (except the bread crumbs) are well combined, but not completely smooth.  I used my vitamix blender and it worked very well, I used the lowest setting and mashed everything together using the tamper.

Form into balls or patties by hand, and roll them in the bread crumbs.

Fry them until the outside is golden brown.  Bake them for about 10-15 minutes at 375F.

For SOS free falafels, omit the salt and skip the frying! A much healthier option!

Toss them into a salad, or eat them for lunch in a wrap.  They are a great alternative to meat and can be eaten hot or cold.

Enjoy my friends!

N

 

“The most dangerous phrase in the language is: We’ve always done it that way.”

“The most dangerous phrase in the language is: We’ve always done it that way.”             –  Admiral Grace Hopper

One of the things that makes me most happy in life is the fact that I have been able to unlearn, and relearn.

It’s not something many people know is possible.  But it is such a beautiful thing!  You can actually change your habits, change your entire life, based on new information and application.

This is actually what we are supposed to learn from decades of schooling! We are supposed to take the tools of proper research and critical thinking, and apply them to our lives.  Instead though, most of us continue to live in the ways that have been taught, not ever questioning or considering that perhaps there is another way.

Maybe the newsman is lying? Maybe there is more to life than paying bills?  Maybe health is in our hands, not our doctors? Maybe we can live on plant food alone?  Maybe we can prevent and even reverse heart disease, diabetes and cancer?  Maybe education has nothing to do with school?  Maybe toddlers need breastmilk as much as babies do?   Maybe our bodies don’t need cow milk as much as they don’t need giraffe milk?  Maybe being rich has nothing to do with money?  Maybe happiness is a choice?  Maybe I will no longer care what other people think?  Maybe God doesn’t eat animal flesh? Maybe God gave up on humanity after he saw that we still kill each other (and children!) in the name of religion, destroy forests to build parking lots, poison lakes and oceans with oil, murder billions of animals for taste and greed.. maybe He found another planet and started again?  Maybe He’s right here?  Maybe Buddhists are onto something?  Maybe we should think for ourselves?  Maybe I can live on fruit?  Maybe I will live on fruit.  Maybe I can do a triathlon every year for the rest of my life?  Maybe I will live to be 132?  Maybe my kid

The questions are endless… as they should be.

The answers we find aren’t what’s important, but it’s that we never stop asking them!!!  It’s never too late to explore what you believe to be “absolutely” true.  Because there is one thing I can guarantee.. is that there are many people out there who believe the EXACT OPPOSITE to be ABSOLUTELY TRUE!!

Unlearning can be a tough pill to swallow.  It’s hard to take a truth that we have believed all our lives, and then all of a sudden say.. well that doesn’t make sense.  But unlearning is beautiful.  It’s like a veil being lifted.  The more you ask, the more you change, the more veils come off.  Soon only your truth is left, and it’s yours, not anyone else’s.

For more logic see www.skoolofvegan.com

cheese

 

 

Welcome to.. The Club

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Welcome to the Mom Club!

Yes, yes, there’s an unspoken club that we all belong to.   A deep understanding, a common language we all speak, it’s really a thing.

It’s that gentle no judgement look we give each other when one of our kids is melting down, saying “You’re doing a GREAT job” without actually saying it.  It’s the extra firm blink, and head nod, we give each other when one of us is trying to convince our child to simply get in the car.  It’s the “meehh.. good enough” mantra we all adopt, as our kids walk down the sidewalk with no shoes on and gum in their hair…

The other day, I witnessed a new mom enter the club, all on her own.  I badly wanted to go over to her, and literally say.. “welcome to the club..” but that wouldn’t be right.  To enter into the club, one has to let themselves in.

Picture this.. I’m at a coffee shop with a mom friend (I still hang out in them yah know), reminding myself what it’s like to actually speak with an adult other than my husband and my next door neighbours 🙂 . Not too far from us is a new mom sitting, sitting, with her little baby (7 weeks old was my educated guess).

How did I know she was a new mom? And not a mom with older children in school or daycare?

Because second, third, fourth time moms don’t even bother going to coffee shops with 7-weekers, bringing and opening up a laptop, putting a fiction book on the table, and taking the lid off a hot brew to let it cool down, as if they would be able to drink it there.  They already know..

It’s like that scene in Frozen when Olaf is singing about summer, and Kristoff says something like, “I’m gonna tell him..”  and Anna says.. “don’t you dare!” ~Exactly.

Her face said it all.. I just wanted to give her a hug!  And the baby wasn’t even crying, he was just being a baby, doing what normal babies do. I witnessed in her the moment of realization that nothing, nothing would ever be the same.  Her simple joys of running a quick errand, replying to an email, putting her shoes on and going to the coffee shop to catch up on Facebook and read a chapter or two were.. gone.

Welcome to The Club.

But I’m here today to tell you friends that there is actually ANOTHER club.  An even more secret inner circle, only open to those who are truly looking for another way.

You can’t get into this club, without going through the first one though..

Here are the main differences..

In the first club, the only way out, is waiting it out.   “Scary Mommy” #scarymommy articles are Gospel!  But there’s no way out other than letting the kiddos grow out of each phase and stage..

The second club however has another way out – bare with me..  High five to you for hanging in this long.

The secret is.. You don’t have to wait for the kids to grow up, you can free yourself NOW.  It begins with acceptance, true acceptance.  Acceptance of the new way of life, the new normal. It’s a wonderful beautiful thing, trust me!  There is nothing “wrong” with your baby, it’s you resisting the change, and not wanting to let go…

The secret to happiness in the present is adaptation!  Find joy and happiness in the present, no matter how different it is from the past.  Doing this is no easy task, it takes a lot of practice and patience.

It’s an embrace, an embrace of the new.  And LOVE, love of the NEW YOU.  It doesn’t mean you give up what you used to love, but you learn to love your current life much more than the old, and you find crafty ways of attaining everything you ever wanted and more.

If you are interested in more about how to actually put all this into practice please comment below!  I would love to share more.

Hang in there mama’s! You’re ALL doing an amazing job!!!

xoxo

N

 

How To Get Your Kids To BED!

Dear Parents,

We all have our routines and methods for getting our kids to sleep.  Everyone’s an expert, but completely clueless at the same time.  We all need to admit we could use more tips and help! I am no expert, and I certainly don’t have any secrets, but I can share what works for me.  Here goes..

  1. It’s not your kid, it’s you.  The sooner you realize this, the sooner bedtime becomes easier.  Let go of all your expectations, and you suddenly have nothing to worry about.  Because let’s face it, it’s not about actually getting your kid to sleep, it’s about the process being calm and stress free.  If you expect bedtime to be what it used to be before kids.. tv, a good book, hot chocolate, foot massage, clean and tidy kitchen..  good luck my friend.  Don’t fight it! Accept it and embrace the craziness.  Laugh and smile with them.  Play their silly games. You have kids now, it’s a package deal.
  2. Lay off the processed food, animal products, and greasy fast food during the day.  This will dehydrate them, and add to the millions of “I need water” requests.  Removing these will decrease their odds of stomach aches and constipation.  You are only providing them with empty calories, but their bodies are still hungry for nutrition.  Provide them with an abundance of hydrating, fibre, vitamin and mineral rich fruits and vegetables instead.  Healthy kids =  healthy sleep.
  3. Get them to sweat.  Daytime hours should be full of free play!   Activities such as bike riding, swimming, playing at the park, etc. will make for a calmer bed time.
  4. Give yourself some “me time” during the day, so you’re not desperately waiting for it after they fall asleep.  When you have had a few moments to yourself throughout the day, you aren’t as stressed out waiting for them to fall asleep.
  5. Sleep is just sleep, it doesn’t matter where it happens.  Only in recent history have we had homes large enough for young children to have entire rooms strictly for them.  It is a foreign concept to the majority of the world!  And throughout history!  You really aren’t crazy for thinking it’s normal to have children sleep in the same bed as you, or in the same room.  If it makes the process easier and calmer, do it! Every hour counts.  Your kids are more relaxed when falling asleep, and are likely to sleep for longer stretches if they know mom and dad are always there if they need them.  There’s nothing wrong with having kids in their own beds, some kids thrive with more wiggle room!  But make sure they know their room/bed is a happy place, not a stressful place of separation.  **Read up on co-sleeping safety tips when it comes to newborns if you’re a new parent.**
  6. Let go of the strict routine, because in a day, week, month, year.. it won’t matter if they had a bath, heard the end of the story, or wore clean pyjamas every single night.  If you missed a step, no worries.  There’s always tomorrow.
  7. Regarding little babies…“Cry it out” Nopety nope nope nope. Not a method I recommend or suggest.  I believe it causes more stress for both parents and baby.  But that’s a whole other post..
  8. Read #1, again.

Good luck Parents!!  🙂

Sweet dreams!!!

Zoodles for Days RECIPE

What do you do when you see Organic Zucchini on the reduction rack at your local grocery store? You buy them ALL!!! And you make Zoodles, lots of them.

Zoodles are noodles, only made from raw zucchini.  You will need a spiralizer, this handy piece of equipment can be purchased off amazon for an affordable price, and turns zucchini into noodles!

I don’t like formal recipes, so here is how I created this masterpiece..

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5 medium zucchinis peeled and noodled using a spiralizer

2 large cucumbers peeled and noodled using a spiralizer

chopped tomatoes, raw corn, chia seeds (you can add ANYTHING you like, whatever is in the fridge!)

carrot ‘noodles’ made with a vegetable peeler

THE SAUCE

The sauce is everything.

I blended one large perfectly ripe avocado, 1 peeled small zucchini (this doubles the volume), generous handful of herbs from the garden including basil and chives, a small tomato, and lemon juice.

Salt free. Oil free. Gluten free. Guilt free. Dairy free. Sugar free.  Just a big bowl of LOVE and hydration, fibre, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Everything your body needs, and nothing it doesn’t.  You’ll want to run after, not nap.

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And yes, it’s KID APPROVED!