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Still today I am feeling quite miserable, had a bad sleep last night AGAIN due to pain and discomfort. On and off nausea today. Hopefully it will all go away soon.

Week 3 of Winter Shape Up came out today and I wasn’t too thrilled with it, sorry! So I just created something on my own, simple and easy to do at home since I haven’t been feeling much like leaving the house. All I need is the chin up bar and resistance bands. This way even if I don’t leave the house, I can still get in a good weight workout.

It’s been snowing here, again! Took long enough for it to actually start coming down, soon enough it will be Spring again and I will be jumping for joy. I can’t wait to start running outside.

Here’s the aftermath of our snow storm last weekend:

Snow storm


Most streets are cleaned, thank goodness! But since it’s been snowing again, its getting pretty messy out there again,  but I doubt it will be quite like the storm we just had.

On to the next thing, I borrowed some of my mom’s chocolate moulds, I want to experiment with making some regular chocolate, vegan chocolates and raw chocolates. I am so excited to do those and see how they turn out. Maybe this week I will start whippin’ up some fancy treats. My dad told me I have to bring samples out, because he’s the "Official Taste Tester". So I’ll be sure to make some of his favourites, my dad is spoiled!

Well until next time! Have a good night.



PINK! Uhg that only time when I don’t like this color is when it happens to my eye. I have pink eye right now. So I am stuck in my glasses, and I am feeling kind of crummy.Since I am stuck in my glasses I won’t be going to the gym, because I just can’t seem to function quite normally with these things on my face.

I was watching a little bit of The Doctors today, and just about at the end of the show they talked about conjunctivitis (pink eye), how weird is that!

Since I was pretty much stuck inside I watched a little television of course, as well I work on my meal plans. I basically finished Week 1, just need to update a few calories in there, and now I am working on Week 2 and 3, which includes Raw Wednesday. I definitely feel its a great idea to at least incorporate at least one 100% Raw day into my diet.

Lately I discovered like basically the best thing since sliced bread. Plain yogurt and granola mixed! I don’t know why I never thought of this earlier. I am obsessed!




And just another picture for fun. The beautiful Saskatchewan sunset from Sunday night (January 10th) on our way home from the lake.

Sask sunset

I am excited about making Raw Juices with my juicer and using my new book the big book of juices. There are some good detox juices and smoothies in there that I will be trying. I want to start to practice yoga with my beginners yoga DVD.

What I want to do to get Healthy:

Do my best to eat High Raw and Vegan, and if I don’t I will not beat myself up over it.

One juice a day.

One smoothie a day.



Here is one day of me focusing on eating right, this is what I want to obtain in the long run and do on a regular basis. But remember it takes time, and it definitely helps if you get as much support as possible. If everyone around you in not eating healthy and not supporting you of your choices, things will be much more difficult. So it’s best to let people know what your plan is, and hopefully they will join in or at least make an effort to help you out in your journey.

Breakfast: Capple Kiwi juice made in the juicer (from the big book of juices), which consisted of 3 carrots, 1 apple and 2 kiwis.

Capple Kiwi

Cardio workout: 4.29 miles

Lunch:  2 Kiwi and Giant green smoothie – 2 bananas, 1/2 cup frozen fruit, 1/3 cup frozen cranberries, 1/2 cup water, 3 handfuls spinach (cooked) and 3 ice cubes.

kiwi Green Smoothie

Early afternoon snack: 20 almonds


Late afternoon snack: 2 kiwi and 1 macintosh apple

Supper: homemade bean chili

bean chili

Snack:  Banana soft serve with chocolate syrup – 2 frozen bananas mixed until smooth in food processor.  syrup was made up of agave and organic cocoa powder.

banana soft serve with chocolate syrup

Evening Snack: 10 plantain chips and a macintosh apple

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Eating raw until supper was easy and I didn’t feel the need to snack a lot today, my stomach seemed satisfied with what I ate. I have had a migraine most of the evening. My body is getting used to eating right and it is just having a little bit of withdrawal I think. Christmas sabotaged my eating habits and my body needs a little time to adjust.

Best of luck in your journey!

Taking a quick look back at my RUN page for December, my total mileage was 56.22 miles compared to my 32.99 miles in November. So again January I need to bump it up. My RUN page is always being updated so keep an eye on it.

Our New Year’s Eve consisted of a lot of food. I am still eating quite lousy and I have been getting constant migraines. I can’t believe how people can eat like that day in and day out. Starting Monday we are going back to our normal ways, the food is almost gone! Its going to feel so nice to not have these constant migraines and just plain yucky feelings of lack of energy and exhaustion. Starting Monday, will be the start of high raw and mostly vegan. I need to start transitioning slowly, otherwise I will never manage to keep it up. Also again starting Monday I will resume my running and start my yoga.

This year is the year to change things in my life, getting fit and healthy are on the top of my list. I want to be more adventurous in my cooking and un-cooking. I do not intend to become 100% Raw, but I do intend to become Vegan and have a lot of Raw food intake. My main reason for wanting to go Raw and Vegan is the fact that the food is so much cleaner, I don’t want to ingest any more additives or junk into my body. I want to flush those impurities away and treat my body with respect and help it perform at its best. That’s what this year is all about.  By doing all of this I am also hoping that my IBS will be under control and I will hopefully have no more flare ups and I will essentially be "cured" that would be a dream come true to feel normal, for once in my life. I have already felt the benefits of a clean lifestyle, and just from these pasts couple weeks of not eating clean, I have definitely discovered that my body does not want to eat like that anymore and it is time for a huge change.


1) Copy this list into your blog or social networking site profile, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out or italicize any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment on this post linking to your results.

The Vegan Hundred:
1. Molasses
2. Cactus/Nopales
3. Scrambled Tofu
4. Grilled Portobella Caps
5. Fresh Ground Horseradish
6. Sweet Potato Biscuits
7. Arepa
8. Vegan Coleslaw
9. Ginger Carrot Soup
10. Fiddlehead Ferns
11. Roasted Elephant Garlic
12. Umeboshi
13. Almond Butter Toast
14. Aloe Vera
15. H and H Bagel NYC
16. Slow Roasted Butternut Squash
17. White truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Freshly ground wasabi
20. Coconut Milk Ice Cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Orchard-fresh pressed apple cider
23. Organic California Mango (in season Sept-Oct only)
24. Quinoa
25. Papaya Smoothie
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet or Habañero pepper
27. Goji Berry Tea
28. Fennel
29. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie
30. Radishes and Vegan Buttery Spread
31. Starfruit
32. Oven fresh Sourdough bread
33. Sangria made with premium fruit and juices
34. Sauerkraut
35. Acai Smoothie
36. Blue Foot Mushrooms
37. Vegan Cupcake from Babycakes nyc
38. Sweet Potatoes and Tempeh combo
39. Falafel
40. Spelt Crust Pizza
41. Salt and Pepper Oyster Mushrooms
42. Jicama Slaw
43. Pumpkin Edamame Ginger Dumplings
44. Hemp Milk
45. Rose Champagne
46. Fuyu
47. Raw Avocado-Coconut Soup
48. Tofu Pesto Sandwich
49. Apple-Lemon-Ginger-Cayenne fresh-pressed juice…with Extra Ginger

50. Grilled Seitan
51. Prickly pear
52. Fresh Pressed Almond Milk
53. Concord Grapes off the vine
54. Ramps
55. Coconut Water fresh from a young coconut
56. Organic Arugula
57. Vidalia Onion
58. Sampler of organic produce from Diamond Organics
59. Honeycrisp Apple
60. Poi
61. Vegan Campfire-toasted Smores
62. Grape seed Oil
63. Farm fresh-picked Peach
64. Freshly-made pita bread with freshly-made hummus
65. Chestnut Snack Packs
66. Fresh Guava
67. Mint Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
68. Raw Mallomar from One Lucky Duck, NYC
69. Fried plantains
70. Mache
71. Golden Beets
72. Barrel-Fresh Pickles
73. Liquid Smoke
74. Meyer Lemon
75. Veggie Paella
76. Vegan Lasagna
77. Kombucha
78. Homemade Soy Milk
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Lychee Bellini
81. Tempeh Bacon
82. Sprouted Grain Bread
83. Lemon Pepper Tempeh
84. Vanilla Bean
85. Watercress
86. Carrot you pulled out of the ground yourself
87. Vegan In-Season Fruit Pie
88. Flowers
89. Corn Chowder
90. High Quality Vegan Raw Chocolate
91. Yellow fuzz-free Kiwi
92. White Flesh Grapefruit
93. Harissa
94. Coconut Oil
95. Jackfruit
96. Homemade Risotto
97. Spirulina
98. Seedless ‘Pixie’ Tangerine
99. Gourmet Sorbet, not store bought
100. Fresh Plucked English Peas

I definitely haven’t eaten much of that. Maybe in another year’s time it will be a different story. As for crossing anything out, I’m sure I would have no problem trying everything on this list at least once.


Tonight we did some New Year’s cleaning. We switched the bedroom and the office rooms around. So now the bedroom is smaller and the office is much bigger! Only took about 2 hours to do all the moving and setting everything back up. The Christmas tree and decorations also came down tonight. Everything is all tidy again and feeling a lot more organized this year. I am off to relax for a bit before bed! New week starting, changes to be made. Stay Tuned.



So I just want to start with the first part of the title of my post, IBS and Holidays. It always seems that when you have IBS and think things are under control, a holiday comes along and you have a major attack that puts you out of commission and it doesn’t allow you to spend time with the people you love. It really gets in the way. It has always been that way for me. But this past year, I actually got passed it. I’m not exactly sure if I figured out how, but I think I know what did help. I started eating more Raw foods a couple weeks before the actual holidays came around. The week of Christmas I was still eating Raw and drinking green smoothies with lots of spinach. I also tried some Aloe Vera juice. I think that stuff is fantastic. It definitely calms my insides and makes me feel better in a matter of 10 minutes. I have had good success with it so far, and I will still be experimenting with it on worse days to see if it REALLY works. Over this Christmas season, I ate everybody else’s cooking, treats, snacks and of course cookies. Eating that way would normally reek havoc on my insides, and for some reason it didn’t this year, and I was ecstatic! But then after 5 days of eating like that way I just started feeling like crap from the unhealthy, cooked, processed, full of sugar foods. Every night before bed during Christmas I took fibre pills to keep me some what regular, because I knew my body wasn’t used to this way of eating and I didn’t want to get plugged up! (It’s true) The day after coming home, my stomach wasn’t doing so well, it finally caught up to me, I was feeling extremely sluggish and was getting constant migraines. I thought to myself, how in the heck did I used to eat like that on a normal basis? Since becoming mainly vegetarian and part Raw, I have definitely noticed the benefits of eating healthy and eating fresh foods. Today for supper I cleansed my soul with a giant Green smoothie. I almost instantly started feeling better with that boost of vitamins and good wholesome greenness.

So I am getting back on track, I bought a load of bananas and a huge bag of spinach, so I have no excuse. I need to get back to eating right so that I can feel energized again. I skipped the gym today because  I was feeling so lousy, but I will be back at it tomorrow. I went on Tuesday to the gym and used my new Polar F7, that thing is so awesome (Thanks Hunnie!) It is so easy to use, the chest strap isn’t a nuisance and it uploads easily onto the computer.

Before Christmas came I overhauled the fridge, I took out the old crispers and left that bottom space open, and I added an extra shelf for more room. I got some cheap white storage bins for all my fruits and veggies in the fridge. It brightened it up in there and made it a lot more organized and easier to be Raw!

Now for the second part of the title of my post – 10 in 2010. These are the 10 things that I would like to do in 2010.

1) Run a 10K marathon

2) Glass etchings

3) Grow some of my own veggies

4) Become High Raw/Vegan

5) Achieve goal weight

6) Assemble a cookbook

7) Practice Yoga

8 ) Donate Blood (Iron has always been too low)

9) Better my photography and food photography

10) Chocolate making


I hope that everyone has a good New Years! Be safe and stay healthy, as much as possible. I look forward to talking to everyone in 2010 and sharing all my new experiences in this next year. I can’t wait to do a post at the end of 2010 and look back at everything I have accomplished. Ooo its so exciting!



150 Days Left!

One week until Christmas Eve. Can you believe it?!

Last night went really well eating raw, I snacked on some Organic raspberries. I wish I could eat them more often but they are way too expensive on a regular basis.

I did really good all day eating Raw, I ate Raw until about 9:30pm and I was feeling so hungry and decided I would have a bowl of mushroom soup and a Luna Bar S’mores flavour. So all ‘n’ all I did pretty good at eating mostly raw.

Starting out this morning, I had an apple and an orange for breakfast before heading out to the gym. I did a killer workout at the gym, since I have been kind of slacking lately. 70 minutes of cardio and just over 9 miles total! Check out my RUN page for details. I am feeling so energized.

I went out to visit my mom for part of the afternoon around 3pm, I needed to drop off some presents. I brought an apple and a Raw Organic Food Bar – Chocolatey chocolate chip. I missed my brother and dad because they were heading out to the farm to bring one of the cars back for my brother to use. So soon after I arrived they left. I visited with my mom for a few hours and ate my snacks. The Food Bar was pretty good actually. My mom had a Food Dehydrator hiding in the basement and she gave it to me. Yay, I was so excited. Once my mom sat down for supper I decided I would get back home. I figured I would go home and start dehydrating something or at least figure out foods to dehydrate and get ideas flowing. I just on the road when my brother called me. THEY FORGOT THE CAR KEYS! He called and was like, "Hey we forgot the keys for the car, can you come bring them?" I just laughed, its over an hour drive to the farm and it was already 6pm. So I hightailed it back to mom’s and grabbed the keys and then I was off on my little lonesome road trip. Once I got there, I visited with my dad and brother for awhile at least! Needless to say, I was home by 10:30pm, I was pooped and starving, so we ordered a pizza and called it a night!

raw choc

(picture from Google images)

…You look at your grocery receipt from Superstore and notice that the next time you go there you get $30 free groceries, and you drool over the thought of how many fruits and veggies you can get.

…Also, when your dear boyfriend mentions how we should attach little hooks from the bottom side of the cupboards to hang bananas on.

Today started out with an apple and a Christmas orange. Then I did a 2.4 mile ride on the stationary bike. After that I showered had another orange, a banana and some almonds and was off and ready for the day! I am excited for lunch because it is left over Broccoli salad, I added a few dried cranberries, that made it extra great.

Earlier this afternoon I went out for a bit, I wanted to go scan a few Health Food stores for what they might have to offer me. I came home with a couple Blue Sky sodas, and then went to a pet store and picked up some food for the cats.

Mid afternoon I had a banana and then made a Raw Green Sludge, two handfuls spinach, one banana and some filtered water for blending. Who needs milk anymore? Not I.

Supper is as follows, left over zucchini noodles with raw alfredo and broccoli salad. Yum. And for the evening I will be taking it easy and snacking on fruits and nuts. Maybe more Green Sludge.

Today I tried a High Raw day. It was pretty difficult since I am not totally prepared.  To start off the morning I had an apple and a Christmas orange. I went to the grocery store and got some veggies for tonight’s supper. It is still very cold out today. It is supposed to be nice tomorrow, I can’t wait. I’ve been snacking on some almonds. For lunch I made a Chocolate Banana and Chia seed smoothie. It consisted of 8oz skim milk, 1 tsp Raw Chia seeds, chocolate syrup and 1 Banana. Not completely raw but I’m working at it.

I made Broccoli Raisin Sunflower Seed Salad, my first Raw salad and Dressing that turned out really good! I was pretty impressed with myself and with the recipe. And the main course of tonight’s supper was Fettuccini squash noodles in Alfredo sauce from Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen. I must say it was a pretty good meal with those two dishes. Pretty proud of myself for my first Raw meal. And there is lots of leftovers for tomorrow. yipee.

Broccoli Raisin Salad on Foodista

Broccoli Salad recipe(this is the recipe that I referred to when making it)


165 Days Left!

I apologise for not posting for awhile, but in these parts its been COLD like -50C the past couple days, soon it will break. So since its been so cold we’ve been basically glued to the couch playing video games!

But anyways, last week Ryan and I had our 2 year anniversary and he got me a Raw Food book! Ani’s Raw food kitchen. It is such a good book, I was so excited when I got it. And he also got me a small box of Chocolate covered Strawberries, they were fantastic.

Since its been cold I have pretty much wrapped all my Christmas presents, the are underneath the tree. Only 10 more days until Christmas. I can’t believe how soon it is coming up. Very excited.

Over the weekend I happened to buy some Aloe Vera juice to try it out. I had it in some Green Tea/Pom juice, but it has a kind of funky taste, so I think I will be putting it in smoothies that have a more powerful flavour to cover it up.

Today is it still very cold out! So all I have been doing is making Raw food meal plans, it takes a heck of a lot of work! I can’t believe it, I thought it would be much quicker. But I have stumbled upon some pretty tasty sounding recipes that I cannot wait to try. My meal plans aren’t completely in place, but I will be starting my High Raw diet now, sort of start my transitioning, because I know Christmas won’t be Raw foods. And once Christmas is over I will be full force into the Raw diet.  My plan is to be very High Raw, I will have the occasional Non Raw meal and snacks, especially while transitioning.  I am even packing up unopened boxes of food in our cupboards to donate to the Food Bank. That way I will have less temptations, and someone else will be able to have something on the table.

I made some Raw Apple Sauce today. It was a nice snack. I can get used to this!


4 apples, cored and chopped – not peeled

a sprinkle of cinnamon

1 tsp Raw agave syrup

I mixed it all in a blender and immediately dished up some. It makes a pretty decent amount. So make as much or as little as you would like. Adjust accordingly.


Tonight supper features Raw Butternut Squash Soup. It was… I’ll say different. It wasn’t gross, but It was really for my taste buds. However, It was super easy to make. Back up supper was some left over Organic rotini alfredo with shrimp. It wasn’t Raw but it was Organic. And for dessert  I had a helping of Raw apple sauce.

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Holy Smokes! It’s December already, where did the first 11 months of this year go?

Today I am going to try my first Raw Food day. For breakfast I had an apple, peeled, and a topped it with a little natural peanut butter, and as soon as I did like I was like, Ah Crap is that raw? I don’t think it is, so that’s my first boo-boo today. I went for my 2.8 mile cardio workout after breakfast, it went well again. Right after I went to the grocery store and picked up some veggies. Then for lunch I whipped up a Raw salad of peeled and sliced cucumber, and grated carrot.

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It actually started to snow lightly around 11am, and the plan for today is to deck the halls!

I was still hungry after my salad so I made a mostly Raw green smoothie, it consisted of spinach and fruit and I only have skim milk so that’s why its not all Raw. I will get the hang of this Raw stuff yet.


I had a handful of Raw almonds and then started decorating the tree and the fireplace!


I ran to the dollarstore as well this afternoon and picked up a couple plastic Christmas dishes, and skirt for underneath the tree to hide the stand.


How cute are those? especially that penguin bowl, eating out of his belly.


I ate basically Raw until 5pm, and then I had a S’mores Luna Bar and for supper I made Vegetarian Bean Chili.

Biggest Loser is on tonight! So that will be occupying 2 hours of my evening.



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