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The Raw Truth

I hope that headline was enough to get you reading today!

The raw truth is that both Noel and I love to eat.  We love to eat large quantities of starchy, sweet food. We love bread, cake, donuts, cupcakes, pasta….see a theme here folks?  We also both complain about being tired, lethargic, and foggy-brained too much of the time.  With her studying for the BAR and me, well, trying to establish some new goals for my future, I thought it was time to try a new approach to eating.

As I’ve said, I believe my recently-deceased mother is possessing me because I’ve become consumed with cooking healthy foods, planning meals and grocery shopping, all of which I used to abhor.  This is coming in handy, because although I was the poster child for gastric bypass surgery for nearly 4 years, my weight climbed alarmingly high this winter as I packed on 20 unexpected pounds (as did Noel).

Then, over the last week, several synchronous things happened (including a mind-blowing hypnosis session with healer-extraordinaire, Scott Whittaker) and more conversations with my cousin, Gwen (who I’m only just now getting to know) who is a raw-foodist.  Raw food you ask?  What?  Ick!

Let me tell you where I am just for today.  Just for one week, and for today, before I put something in my mouth, I’m going to ask myself, is it alive or is it dead?  If it’s alive, I’ll eat it.  If not, I won’t.  That simple.  (Dead being anything cooked over 118 degrees, or processed foods).  This leaves me with veggies, sprouted grains (for now, I’m still including cooked emmer, wild rice, cooked beans, and coffee during the initial stages of this transition – it’s all about balance, folks), nuts, fruits, raw juices, and much more.

Yesterday I ate two huge salads with lime & olive oil dressing, a whole grain rice, bean and raw veggie salad, lots of coconut juice, green drinks/shakes, almonds, homemade hummus and sprouted Ezekial bread with coconut oil (in the place of butter).  I had so much energy, that I was up very late, then woke up at 5:30am, ready to face the day…

Life begets life.  It’s that simple…so wish us luck on this journey…I won’t tell you our starting weights, but I expect us to lose significant weight (anticipating our “after pics”), improve our skin (we’ve both been having breakouts), reduce respiratory allergies (mine have been going wild), increase mental clarity, and generally improve our outlook on life.  I’ll keep you posted on our progress…spiritual, emotional, and physical…

Meanwhile, here are a few pics of us at our best (in recent years!), to keep us inspired…

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Philip is a really inspiring guy…he’s worth watching.

LovingRaw with Philip McClusky



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Solo endeavors…for now…

Hi all!  Still a BAR widow and trying to make the best of it.

I’m gaining weight by the day as I try my hand at new recipes, such as a delicious mango and shrimp salad yesterday, and Thai curry veggies over emmer, this morning for breakfast (and soon to be, a late lunch).

I also was working on a collage that didn’t seem to have any focus, until I realized it was all about my mom, who died last Fall…it’s entitled “Call me”.

Our relationship since I was age 12 was primarily over the phone.  We saw each other something like 8 times in 35 years…she was a shut-in between moves, and I think traveling to see us or preparing her house to welcome guests was just too much for her.  But I truly enjoyed our monthly phone calls (well, except for the part where she perseverated on her health issues in magnificent detail).  But she did instill in me a love of beauty, spirituality and faith, a love of wholesome foods, curiosity (she was always researching something), politics and more.

I’m missing her right now.  The other day I wanted to call her to tell her something about Jack, and she wasn’t there, and there was no one else who would have appreciated so much what I wanted to share.

I miss you, mom.  And I miss you, Noel!  Looking forward to August (when perhaps the sun will come out again???)

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I’m a BAR widow

No, not that kind of bar widow – that was my 20’s~

My honey is studying diligently for the Washington State Bar exam and applying for jobs in Seattle, and I’m very supportive, but at the same time, missing my creator in crime.  (She’s licensed in California, but is hoping to stay and work in Wa.).

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Meanwhile, how am I occupying my time?  Getting back on a bike for the first time since my crash 10 years ago (I made it around the block!  I bought a cute little bell!  I’m planning my costume for the Fremont Solstice Ride on Saturday!), I’m helping Jack scrape and sandpaper the hull of his new skiff (but oh, the neck), photo-journaling Jack’s refinishing project, gardening, sitting on my sunny porch, reading books on all-natural cooking, and helping Noel develop a nutritious meal plan to get her through the next 6 weeks!

Discovered a great new grain last night – Emmer (from Bluebird Farms in Winthrop)!  It’s like really chewy rice, and the cooking ratio is 1 part Emmer to 5 parts water, so it goes a long way!  It was delicious served with my lemon-curry chickpea dish, with a dollop of Greek sour cream!

Can’t wait until August…when I’m looking forward to our upcoming swimming trip to Lake Washington on the anniversary of our meeting last year.

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