Are You Ready for Some Raw Fu?

>> Thursday, July 31, 2008

Try singing the title of my post to "Are you ready for some football?" Too weird? Too silly? Get used to it. hee hee!

I am about ready for the start of this challenge tomorrow. I'm not too worried about how it'll go. Or maybe I should? I did have more than my fair share of cooked food prior to the lead up which isn't good nor was it my intention but I am ready to put it behind me for at least 100 days. You know that seems like a long time but how quickly time will fly no doubt.

Special thanks to my
sis who has been supportive of my and Yardsnacker's healthful ways and to support us even more she is doing her own personal 100-day challenge alongside us. And it goes without saying that hubby is also very supportive. To all of you who are on board with Raw Fu or are cheering me and the others on from your corners of the world, much appreciation goes out to you. Having all of this support and encouragement will go a long way in this challenge.
It's been fun being a part of the Raw Fu community at the very least because everyone is just so happy and excited for this. Huge difference with this forum is that everyone has the same purpose; not necessarily the same challenge or goals but the reason we're there is the same. Major kudos go to Bunny Berry for being our Raw Fu-earless (?) leader and organizing this challenge to be encouraging and fun. Woo hoo! Contests!

Now, if only I could get the two people I work with to jump on board with me - they think I've gone completely bonkers. Heh, they thought I was a little bonkers to begin with (ha!) and then I told them last year I was eating a lot of living foods (insert crickets here) and then the other day I told them I was going all raw, all vegan. I got in return "better you than me" and "why" with plenty of shakes of the head. They have no idea what to think of me. But it's all good. They're actually very supportive in their own way even if they don't understand it. We tease each other about all of this. Any time they have to travel someplace I ask them if they want any raw restaurant recommendations.

My exercise challenge so far has been pretty good. I started Monday and worked out on Tuesday but missed yesterday so I'll be sure to workout tonight. Trying to transform this body of mine inside and out. Can't imagine what it'll be like combining raw foods with exercise. Not at the same time of course. ;)

Here's to the 100-day Raw Fu Challenge! Cheers and HI-YA!

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Poetry and the Bus

>> Wednesday, July 30, 2008

On my bus to and from work, I get the wonderful opportunity to read some incredible poetry submitted to Metro by their riders. Of course, I mean this somewhat sarcastically because there's so much of it that's not good or possibly too deep that I have zippo clue what they're talking about. Anyway, this stuff is legit - not things etched into seats or anything like that. Every year Metro asks its riders to submit their written poems, usually centered around a theme, for display on the buses. I have a good friend who tried submitting one once and was declined. Whatever. Hers was totally good too, unlike some of the others.

The other day I spotted a poem that really hit close to home, which I'll explain after the poem. Here it goes. Ahem.

We are the Bobbleheads
by Candace Jarrett

We sleepy bus riders have such small desires:
a window seat, the hope of no unfortunate sounds.

We drowse upright, uptight,
nod and bob next to strangers.

Here, friends would be loved and so useful.
We'd lean on them, sleep and dream we're cephalic toys for sale at Archie McPhee.

To this poem I'd add no unfortunate smells also. Ugh!

If any of you have had the luxury of taking public transportation of any sort you most likel
y can relate to this little diddy. You see people fall asleep on the bus all the time, their heads bobbing all over and sometimes their bodies sway from side to side. In fact, I fell asleep the other day and jerked myself awake! That's attractive. hee hee!

This morning a girl sat next to me and promptly fell asleep. Little did I know she considered me her friend as mentioned in the poem. She leaned on me quite bit on our ride into work. I felt like I was in a people version of bumper cars, or bowling with guards because she kept bouncing off me and her other neighbor but mostly she was leaning on me. Hey girl! Can I get you blanket? Read you a story? Sheesh. Poor girl nearly fell over when the guy next to her left. After I got off and with no one there to be her bumper I wonder if she made it to her stop without falling over. I wonder if she even woke up.

The bus is a crazy place to be sometimes.

The end.

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Shtuff

>> Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The traveling blood bank was in my building yesterday and today. I thought about donating a pint of my good-enough-for-me blood but after what happened last time, I decided nope, not gonna. I didn't want another "I tried" sticker so the gallon pin has eluded me once again. Actually, I might have been able to donate with flying colors - although I thought that last time too - but I'm going to wait until possibly next time they come around to try. I need to improve my iron levels (future post on iron maybe??) and then go with confidence. Oh yeah.

Okay, this is super cool: today my boss and I were talking about a variety of stuff and I had mentioned how Sam goes to the garden on his bike almost daily to water and check on things I don't go because 1) it's too much gas to drive out there everyday and 2) I don't have a bike to tag along. He said you wanna bike? Me, uh yeah! It's his grown daughter's bike that's probably hardly been used (a mountain bike no less) that he was going to give to charity or to some random kid on the street. I guess I'm charity. :) Now, I have no idea what it looks like so I hope it's not lame but hey, it's free! I am actually very grateful for it. He's going to check it out for me to see if all's okay with it then I'll go pick it up. I can't wait!

I have a motto I'm going to adopt for the challenge that starts Friday:

"What the mind can imagine and believe the body can achieve"

Well, I got to get this body of mine moving. Time for exercise and projects to accomplish at home.

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Breakin’ a sweat

>> Monday, July 28, 2008

As most of you know the Raw Fu challenge starts Friday. Woo hoo! In four days. In my earlier post I mentioned that besides going all raw for the challenge (or at the very least, being 100% vegan) that I would also incorporate exercise. Not usually my favorite thing to do but I need to workout.

My plan is to workout 4-5 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes (requirement: have to break a sweat) and then taking weekends off to do whatever. Since the Raw Fu challenge starts on a Friday I decided to start my exercise commitment today.

I don’t have any set plan to do this or to do that for my routine but I’ll do whatever depending on the weather or availability of equipment. So today, I opted to stay indoors and use the treadmill. This is usually my first choice when working out in the exercise facility.

I got a little gung-ho at first that my pace was a little too brisk! I slowed things down a little so I don’t end up like this guy (warning: there is swearing in it):



With my whole exercise routine, I have to start out somewhat slow since I’m not in shape. I mean I’m not exactly ready to climb Mt. Everest but more like the bunny hill. I just wanted to make sure I was getting an adequate workout and breaking a sweat so I kept a fairly brisk pace (controllable) and steeper incline to get movin.

As I was working out, things were fine. I didn’t feel sick from toxins being stirred up nor was I huffin n’ puffin but just felt kinda blah or bored with what I was doing. Interestingly enough though, at the 30 minute mark was when things really started to go great. I fell into a comfortable flow and ended up working out for about 45 minutes. Not too shabby.

Before I left for my workout I made sure I had some fresh watermelon cut up chillin in the fridge for when I return. The perfect refreshingly sweet treat for hydrating.

Well, I managed one day of exercise so far. Now, the challenge is to keep it up…maybe invest in the Wii Fit too.

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Leg Cramps and Me

>> Sunday, July 27, 2008

So the other day for dinner I gave into temptation and ate from a place I hadn’t been to in quite awhile. I won’t name the place but it’s a stir-fry grill restaurant. You fill up a bowl with noodles and/or fresh prepared veggies and a choice of meat if you so desire. Their motto “all fresh ingredients...grilled in front of your very eyes!” And “Where the food is always healthy.” Yeah, well call me a fool! Even though I had been there a million times with no issues before last July (about the time we started going raw) I went a few days ago and paid the price. :(

This is my story…

I had stir-fry with hot chili sauce (mmm) and teriyaki sauce
I went home.
I ate it.

Now, I’ve had teriyaki meals from time to time. Not often but once in awhile I will for lunch. I’m always left quite parched, you know from all the SALT! Ugh! But aside from that all is usually well.

What was different this time? Let’s break it down:

I ate late
I ate too much
It had a lot of teriyaki sauce on it, maybe? I dunno.

The result?

I had the worst leg cramps in.the.world. Ever. Twice. In the same night. Fortunately, leg cramps for me happen so rarely these days but this time they hurt like nothing I’ve ever experienced except that one other time I had this particular type of leg cramp. The kind that seem to paralyze. It starts in my calf and goes to my foot (or feet in this case) where it flexes it so I can’t move it unless I try to with my hands. At one point as I was trying to manually stretch out my leg/foot it completely locked and turned into stone. I’m not exaggerating. My leg was rock solid.


Hubby tried helping by massaging my legs, stretching them and icing. He offered to run me a hot bath but I declined (I was afraid to have to move). Massaging did help but there were times the cramps would come back. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! Hubby then made me a special brew of a big glass of filtered water (approx 24 oz), a few generous shakes or more of cayenne (approx 1/4 tsp), raw agave (a TBS or a tiny bit more) and 6-7 shakes of Celtic sea salt (aka Doc Sam’s Fixer-Upper). Believe it or not this really helped! And it tasted yummy.

So after the second round of spasms died down we wondered why this happened. It had to be the teriyaki I ate. Here I was thinking it was pretty healthy with all the fresh veggies I had added, minus the teriyaki sauce but I’ve had T.sauce so many times before with no problem so why now?

Leg cramps can be caused by different things such as excess weight or overexertion of the muscles (FYI - if you get leg cramps more often for no apparent reason it could be a sign of a more serious problem which should be checked out). But a couple of other causes stood out that were most likely the culprits for me: dehydration and low potassium/electrolyte imbalance.

Dehydration is pretty obvious. I consumed a bunch of salt. Possibly
MSG in the teriyaki sauce, and never mind the fact it probably also contained HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), something I rarely have these days. I didn’t even think about how MSG is in just about everything you eat (in the SAD world) and if you click on that link I provided it also talks about how it’s disguised as other things. Anyway, dehydration. I ate this meal way too late in the evening to be able to drink enough water to help with anything. Oops, my bad.

Updated: the special water drink hubby mixed up for me that I mentioned a few paragraphs before helped me with my symptons. He added in the mineralized Celtic sea salt to replace the MSG and the cayenne acted as a vasodilator, which causes expansion of the blood vessels/capillaries.

Now with the other culprit, low potassium I’m not real sure if that was it or simply sodium being out of whack but it’s what I zeroed in on to get back on track. Figured it could at least help. Low potassium/electrolyte imbalance I’m sure is the same result as the dehydration issue. Salt. I had too much. MSG or not, salt consumed in large amounts can’t be good for you. My body was telling me loud and clear what a horrible crime I had committed.

The next day my legs weren’t sore from the cramping except for a little tightness in my left calf. I made sure to keep hydrating throughout the day and stretched. I also filled up on foods that would be good for me, that would help me with my potassium levels and keeping me hydrated so cucumber, papaya and bananas were on my list.

So I’ve learned how important is to be well-balanced and well-hydrated. If you’re interested in learning about which foods are high in potassium here is a
list.

You know what the good news is from this whole experience? I didn’t gain an ounce! How’s that for cool? Ha ha! But after rehydrating and eating properly since then I’ve dropped 3.5 pounds. Uh, water retention ya think?

Now every time I drive past that old fave restaurant of mine my cat claws come out and I hiss. I won’t be eating there ever again. Lesson learned. I just can’t handle some things anymore. I have a strong feeling that I’ll be adding more to the list after the 100 days. Just no more leg cramps please.

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So About That Challenge...

>> Thursday, July 24, 2008

As you're probably aware I recently signed up for the upcoming 100-day raw fu challenge. Many of you have signed up also (there's almost 700 people last count!), which makes me really excited and motivated about this challenge. I'm looking forward to making new friends, giving and receiving support, learning from each other and just having fun.


For today's post I want to document how I got to this point and my plans for the challenge.

I'll admit I was hesitant to join the challenge because I thought I had to be 100% all the time. Actually, to be truly honest, I didn't think much about it therefore, I had no plans on joining because I figured I was good enough where I was at. Well okay, for the most part but I'll explain that later. It took Lindsay's question of "Are you gonna come sign up to do the 100 day challenge? If just for the community??" that got me thinking about this challenge. Of course, I love to socialize (duh) so what's another raw community to sign up with?! :) We love the ning network right guys? hee hee! Anyway, if I joined I'd see all my friends there and could cheer them on but I also started thinking about what to accomplish in the 100 days.

Even though I was thinking I was fine where I was at with my raw food journey so far (med-hi/high raw on average) challenging myself to do better was what I needed to do. So my goal is aiming to be higher raw or possibly all raw while being 100% vegan* for the 100 days. Now, that is something I've never done before. I also plan on following LolaBloom's footsteps of incorporating exercise or some sort of physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day. I plan on doing this 4-5 times a week (and no, I won't be biking with Sam - I don't have a bike yet but when I do WATCH OUT!).

*I am excluding honey from this, also I will still be using all forms of spices and balsamic vinegar, which is cooked. I figure these are consumed in such small quantities no sense in eliminating them plus I'm just not that hard core.

What I expect to accomplish from this challenge is finally reaching goal #1 I've had in place for awhile of losing some excess weight. I've basically plateaued or sometimes I fluctuate between a few pounds so nothing's really moving much. GOTTA BUDGE THE PUDGE! Once I've reached my goal, which is about 10 pounds, I'll work on my next weight goal. I don't want to say I have to lose x amount of pounds because I want to be more focused on being healthy and not what the scale tells me so I'm doing it in stages.

In the end I hope to be more fit and healthy inside and out. I also want to learn more about food and their properties and master more yummy culinary dishes (we just bought The Best of Raw Freedom Community ebook). Making new friends in the process is a BONUS!

I want this to be a positive and fun experience for me. No guilt, no anger if I oops. Flexibility, forgiveness and patience instead. I'm hoping this challenge will enable me to make some positive, permanent changes that will help me now and in the long run.

Raw Fu challenge, here I come! Let's go with the flow!

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And the Award Goes to...

>> Wednesday, July 23, 2008

ME! (applause-whistles-and woo hoos!!). So what did I win? Well, I won a Brillante Weblog 2008 award! What does this mean? I'm not sure exactly but it's fancy and sparkly and means someone loves me and I love it! Special thanks to Lauren at Ginger is the New Pink for even considering me for this honor - thank you thank you!!

Gosh, I don't know what to say. I wasn't expecting this so no speech is prepared. I'm not even dressed up for it (no pictures please)! ha ha! I did toy with the idea of titling this post "My Plan for World Domination is Successfully Underway" but since I'll be sharing the joy I didn't find it appropriate this time around. ;)

Now the rules state, which I'll post below, I'm to nominate seven new people. At first, I thought EASY but after looking at my list I ended up have a difficult time choosing because as far as I'm concerned YOU ALL HAVE BRILLANTE BLOGS! Lauren also had this same problem so she nominated eight people (can I nominate 50+ people?). I did consider those who would appreciate the sentiment but not necessarily want the obligation of passing this along or posting the award on their blog. I hope I didn't offend anyone.

The Rules:

1. Put the logo on your blog (you can click here for it).
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. Nominate seven other blogs (good luck with this one!).
4. Add links to those blogs on your blog.
5. Leave a message for your nominee on their blog.

The Nominees:

1. Sara Beth at
Eatin' Raw
2. LolaBloom at
LolaBloom
3. Violet at
Punk Raw Kitchen
4. Bad Ash at
Raw Food Climber
5. Danieal and Shalee at
2 Raw Sisters
6. Lisa at
Pixywinks
7. Michelle J at
Raw Cool
8. IsleDance at
IsleDance

Okay, I cheated too and nominated eight but seriously I could keep going.

Thanks again Lauren for my lovely award. Now to find a special place to show it off...

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Remember This Little Guy?

>> Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Just wanted to give you all an update on Sweet Pico. Aw, I just want to scratch under his chin-y-chin-chin. But alas, he is not ours to have. :( Sad I know but on the other hand I'm not terribly sad because I truly believe that he is/will be sent to a good home. Our role was to get him help, which we did and I can't imagine that it was all for naught. I also believe that if Pico was meant to be with us we would've found him. So Pico? Enjoy your new family wherever you are. You're a good kitty!

The vet was able to stitch up his arm and neuter him (no baby Picos!) while in their care.

We did try looking for him (thanks hon) both at the vet and at the pound. Hubby made one last try at the pound today but Pico wasn't there. When he was at the vet and hubby was calling on him, we started to get the feeling that they believed us to be the actual owners of Pico who were trying to scam them out of free or cheap medical care. We were even told after the 2nd or 3rd phone call that he had developed an infection and it would require more care and basically more money to bail him out. Okay that could very well be true but we were suspicious of what we were being told and how we were being treated. I have to say I can understand where they're coming from though. No doubt stuff like this has happened to them many times, which again is very sad.

I want to give a special shoutout to
LolaBloom for helping me understand all of this a little bit more too as she's had experience with these sorts of issues. When we're ready for a new kitty LolaBloom, we will definitely be coming to you to adopt.

Many thanks to all of YOU for your support and advice and to my
sweet sister who was willing to pay for Pico if he was found.

Bye Pico.

UPDATE and GUEST BLOGGER!!!

Hi all, this is Yardsnacker. Curiosity got the better of me so I called over to Animal Emergency Services East located in Kirkland, WA.

I called at 11:25 PM because I couldn't go to sleep without knowing the full story. Luckily their hours are from 6PM to 8AM so it's no biggie. Well I talked to the receptionist and I told her that we had dropped off a cat that we found injured at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA, and were really curious as to what happened. She asked if it was Pico! I love that they are using that name now! She was really nice and said that the cat was still on anti-biotics, but that the Vetrinarians friend had adopted him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (my typing teacher just rolled over in her grave and bumped my english teacher)

Now, how rare is that? You know, you would think that vets ran out of friends to give up cats to about a week into their career, but we are so happy, a little misty eyed but so happy that the cat is going to such a high quality home. She really spoke fondly of the cat. Well, we really couldn't ask for anything more. Farewell Pico De Guyo. May you have a long life full of clean litter boxes and small bugs flying right in front of you...just out of reach....

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Hiii Yah!

Okay, I did it. I decided to challenge myself for 100 days beginning August 1st alongside many of you.


View my page on Raw Fu

I'm scared. :)

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Busy Summer Days

>> Sunday, July 20, 2008

Love summer! It seems every chance we get we’re out in the sun or in the garden just enjoying life. Here in Seattle, there is beauty all around. You’ve heard of our rain. Everyone thinks it rains all the time (it doesn’t, maybe just half the year-ha ha!) but sometimes it’s just cloudy, which can be a drag. However, when the sun is shining you just can’t dispute how gorgeous it is here. It’s been so sunny lately I LOVE it! You won’t hear me complaining about the warmer temperatures either. I’d rather be hot than cold any day; I just love hot weather anyway and we don’t get it enough for me to complain. I will complain about my office building turning up the air conditioning way too high! Holey moley! I work in an icebox. Anyway, Sarabeth’s recent post reminded me of a picture I took recently of Mount Rainier while riding in the car. It’s the best I could do.

Summers = busy. I’m sure your summers are no different. Hubby and I try not to be chained to our computers too much but I find it hard sometimes and experience separation anxiety I think! This week we’ve been busy with work and a family wedding so I have a lot of catching up to do on all of your blogs. So if you’ve wondered where HiHoRosie has been and why she’s so quiet lately, well don’t worry, there’s always a reason. Just been here and there so I’ll be by very soon.

Summers also mean weddings (yay!). One of my nephews just got married! From my husband’s side of the family I have a bazillion nieces and nephews but from my side I have only two nephews – my sister’s two “boys” and it’s her youngest that just got hitched. My new niece and her sweet son are welcome additions to our family! They certainly fit right in. The bride was gorgeous, the groom was handsome and me? Well, I cried. I always cry at weddings. Hubby was photographer. A handsome one too (wink). It was just great to be there and meet up with family I don’t get to see often enough.

So the burning question: was I raw? No. I was a naughty girl and had a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I did make sure my plate had plenty of raw fruits and vegetables (and yes, I ate them). Hubby was 100% good on that point.

I have some pictures I took at the wedding and reception but not sure yet if I will share; I want to get permission first before I do.

Of course, our summer this year also includes gardening. And lots of it. Due to rising gas prices (bleh) I don’t typically go out to the garden during the week. I leave that up to hubby who has a bike and can just peddle out there to water and whatnot. I’ll go help out on the weekends instead. Maybe by next summer I’ll have a kickin’ bike then the both of us can bike out there. That would be fun.

When at the garden yesterday we were just watering and chatting when another gardener, whom we hadn’t yet met, came up to us and offered us this gorgeous looking summer squash and introduced himself and his wife. SWEET! Guess what we’ll be having for dinner?

Okay, so now check this out. Those who know me best know I do not like raspberries. Never have. They’re gross. And while I can handle strawberry seeds (love love love strawberries btw) I don’t like raspberry seeds. Anyway, we were at the garden and there’s this huge, out-of-control raspberry bush that has ripe berries all over it so many people passing thru love to snack on them. Hubby’s always told me I have to try a REAL raspberry picked off the vine. So he picked one for me to try. Uh…okay, I’ll be a big girl and try it. Of course, I had to carefully inspect the berry for anything foreign and Bessie who was there too said something about a worm (mmm…protein) but I knew there wasn’t any worm so I didn’t freak out like she had hoped but she certainly wasn’t helping! I ate it. I, Heidi, ate a fresh off the vine raspberry. I have to admit it was okay. I didn’t love it (seeds) but it wasn’t offensive, which is normally what I think of them. It was actually kinda tasty. Hmm…guess the ol’ taste buds have changed again. Just have to get over my issues is all.

Speaking of taste buds, we picked up some honeydew, which I’ve never been a fan of either. Well, have to say that I really really liked it. Not sure if it’s just because we lucked out with the perfect honeydew or if maybe my tastes have changed yet again but no matter it was yummy.

We’ve been harvesting our romaine lettuce lately. It’s amazing the taste differences between homegrown and store-bought. Homegrown has a much stronger flavor. Hubby might even think a little too strong at times. Seriously, it tastes so much different and healthier. Unfortunately, the ugly slugs find them very appetizing so we’ve had to put down some slug bait. Organic of course. It’s really disgusting to find slugs camped in between the leaves.

The various stages of our romaine:

Exciting isn't it? :)

Let’s see, our tomatoes are starting to kick it into high gear. I think we’ll have some tomatoes before the season is over. We’re behind everyone else right now on that. Our cucumbers that we tried growing again, this time with success, two of the four plants disappeared. Eaten by somebunny I’m sure. In the areas where stuff either didn’t sprout or was eaten we’ve begun again with different things. We’ve planted spinach, beets, radishes, and snap peas. Oh we did try the sunflowers again and this time most of them seem to be okay this time around.

I like to show off our yummy lunches we have at the garden from time to time so here’s some more. Peaches are in season so I ate all those pictured and hubby had some delicious cantaloupe (something I still haven’t acquired a taste for but I’m working on it).
The beautiful sky and clouds viewed from the garden. Knitted Kitty recently posted some cool cloud pictures from Texas you should check out. I love clouds.

I’ll be seeing you all on your blogs over the next day or two. Hope everyone has a great week!


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Dippin'

>> Thursday, July 17, 2008

A couple of you asked about the balsamic dipping sauce I mentioned in an earlier post. Since it was my hubby who tweaked and perfected the recipe I'll leave it up to him to share his recipe with you on his blog, which hopefully will be soon. It's yummy, especially with fresh tomatoes!

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Special Day

>> Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Just want to send a special congratulations to my husband, Yardsnacker, who celebrates a special milestone today. Today is his one year anniversay as a super-rockin raw foodist! Woo hoo! As some of you know this can be very challenging (I know!) but he was motivated, determined and enthusiastic about each day. Way to go! It's been so great to see him change and accomplish so much over the past year. It's funny, once he started changing his eating habits early on I knew with him there was no looking back. It wasn't going to be anything temporary but an actual lifestyle change. And hey, thanks to him I've also reaped the rewards of this healthy lifestyle. Congratulations sweetie! Ya done good. Mwah!

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My Current Fave

>> Tuesday, July 15, 2008

I'm sure we all have mile long lists of food faves consisting of some staple items and some depending on the season. To add to my list of fun things I add sugar snap peas. I normally don't eat these or haven't in a very long time but lately, uh yeah! Good stuff!

We just got back from Costco where we picked up a couple bags of pesticide-free sugar snap peas. I ate 1/3 of the bag as soon as we got home!

CORRECTION: these are preservative-free. Thanks hubby!

This was my dinner for tonight. Mmmm...some fresh roma tomatoes peppered and snap peas and a side of balsamic dipping sauce that hubby made. Super good and very filling.



A one cup serving provides 1/3 of your daily value of vitamin C and 3 grams fiber. Peas are in the legume family and are rich in protein and low in fat. They are also a great source of vitamin K. You can view more info here and here.

Now excuse while I go snap up some more peas. YUM!

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Jail Birds

>> Monday, July 14, 2008

If you’ve ever gardened you know the various challenges you face. It’s a gamble really. Some things just don’t sprout, some things fall to disease from bugs or get eaten by them. And of course, there are voles, squirrels, deer, bunnies, birds, etc.


Some weird bug:


Some weird bug crawling up a blade of grass:
With the birds, it’s easy to blame the crows for everything because they’re always hanging around. They squawk and squeak to each other because they’re watching your every move. They know when/where you’re planting. They’re smart and crafty even though when I’m frustrated I call them stupid birds. One of them dug up one of our newly planted squash seeds and ate the inside of it. Just left the evidence lying around for us to discover. Nice. These guys need to be locked up.
Well, how about this little guy? Isn’t he sweet and cute? Just an innocent robin right? Wrong! This guy is on my Most Wanted List. I actually caught him in my neighbor’s strawberry patch pecking away at a berry then has the noive (nerve) to run thru our garden and stop at our strawberry patch to eat a berry! In front of me. He’s looking at me. Does he think I don’t see him? Or is he just taunting me? Neener neener! You can’t catch me! Grr. I don’t even know how many strawberries we lost to robins. I agree those strawberries were tasty but I was hoping they’d be all for us and that we’d harvest a lot but so many were gnawed on by the robins and slugs. Thanks guys! Just help yourself! The thing is they don’t finish them off. They just leave this nice looking berry with a gaping hole in it. And of course, when they come back they find the other good ones; they don’t finish off the ones they started. A robin also helped himself to our one lonely tomato. Could’ve at least finished it instead of wasting a lot of it. Stupid bird.

Before robin:
After robin:
It’s so hard to be mad at the bunnies. They really are so stinkin cute! Even the mature ones. I haven’t caught one in either of our gardens – I’m sure they’ve hopped by but I don’t think they’ve done anything to our gardens. I mean some of the rabbit faves like lettuce, untouched. They could’ve snacked on some of our earlier seedlings that seem to have gone POOF! But these guys I always end up forgiving. I get so excited when I see bunnies and like to take lots of pictures of them so here you go:

How cute is this? The bunny is cleaning himself before dinner.

WARNING! Nudity! ha ha! Just bunny buns. So cute!

Now, hummingbirds are NOT jailbirds. They are wonderful to see whether in flight or hanging out. I love watching them chase each other. We’ll be working on putting up a couple of hummingbird feeders soon. They are amazing.

How about them eagles? Again, not a jailbird. They’re not interested in our raw veggie garden that’s for sure. But anyway, we saw a bald eagle fly overhead. I tried taking a picture but he wouldn’t stop and say cheese!

I have more garden updates to do so I hope to get around to that this week. Maybe I’ll make it Garden Week.

And to update you guys on the Pico situation, we still don’t have him but we are going to check with the pound this week in hopes of adopting him. Pray for Pico!

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