Monthly Archives: July 2010

It takes all kinds of minds

A must watch for anyone, especially parents!  Temple Grandin is a remarkable lady.  My kiddo is a visual learner and probably somewhere on the “spectrum”.  Her TED talk gave me a lot of insight into how he thinks, and made me feel a lot more empathy for the areas where he struggles.

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At last!

At last, my honey has finished her bar exam and is here with me for the weekend!  We watched the mindless and delightful movie “Whip It” last night…anything with Ellen Page is great by me.  It was so good to relax, laugh, and enjoy one another without that exam hanging over our heads…now, it’s a new chapter!

We’re feeling inspired by our friends’ blog, Married with Luggage.  Warren and Betsy are ditching jobs and house, to set out for a three year global traveling adventure.  They write a lot about their goals and dreams, and share their accomplishments (Betsy just ran a half marathon, and Warren just rode butt-naked in the Fremont Solstice Bike Parade!  (Well, he actually painted “the world” on his body, but still…)

Anyway, Noel and I are in a completely different place of actually looking forward to putting down some roots and creating a life together in the coming year.  It’s an adventure!  Where will we live?  Where will we work?  What new friends will we make (together and individually)?  The slate is blank and we are consciously creating a life together, building a strong foundation, talking through our dreams and goals, and are simply enjoying the unfolding.

As for me, I continue to eat largely raw foods, although I think I’ll settle somewhere around vegan with lots of raw and the occasional sushi!  I really miss cooked foods, although I continue to enjoy the juicing, abundant fresh fruits, nuts, and seeds.  We share the goal of becoming more fit, and finding fulfilling, challenging, lucrative work this year.  I’m about to start advertising for my intuitive reading service which I may do via email and/or telephone (how I work best, believe it or not).  A friend has a gorgeous office in downtown Seattle where I could conduct my hypnotherapy practice, and so I ought to take her up on the offer to share her space, already!   (Click on link above to see where I trained and how I practice).

Alisa’s goals for the remaining year:  Expand or find new work which will be stimulating and lucrative, love myself, appreciate myself, support Jack in having a great semester at school – but also step away a bit so he can spread his wings and become more self-sufficient, start my intuitive counseling/hypnotherapy business, live as consciously as possible, moment by moment, improve my fitness, lose 20 lbs., expand my social network, make some new friends with shared ideals, put more energy into my Buddhist practice and community and continue be a loving and supportive partner.

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Juicing – it ain’t just for humans~

Still carrying on my little raw foods experiment in the absence of the company of my lovely lady who is still cramming for the BAR exam (it’s this week, woohoo!)  Good luck, honey!

Meanwhile, the BAR widow remains at home eating mostly raw, juicing lots, making yummy smoothies, and finding all kinds of “normal” foods that happen to be raw, like ceviche and tabbouleh!   Again, I tell you that almost anything is delicious with the right  condiments, in my case any variation of fish sauce (I usually make some mixture of fresh lime juice, fish sauce, garlic, honey or agave, a bit of water, maybe some ginger, soy and/or hot chili oil).  YUM!

This morning I made a fantastic green papaya salad using the above-mentioned sauce…so simple!  I julienned green papaya, carrots, cucumbers, and onion.  I tossed them in a bowl with the sauce and a handful of sesame seeds, and voila!  Living health in a bowl.

So about juicing…when I clean out my juicer, I usually run a bunch of water through it between uses each day (rather than taking the darn thing apart after each and every use…I DO have better things to do with my time!)  But I was feeling guilty for throwing away the enzyme-rich veggie tea away…so…I started watering my veggie garden with the stuff…I’m growing snap peas, eggplant, tomatoes, and Anaheim peppers (oh, yes my honey will be making me MORE chili rellenos when she’s freed up from studying in August!)

So here is my monster tomato plant, that seems to love his veggie tea dose each day!  Bet these will be some killer tomatoes…little shop of horrors’ got nothing on us!  Not to mention, my snap peas are the best I’ve ever tasted.  I pluck them right off the bush and eat them right there!

Here’s a pic of my plant and some of my raw food meals lately…delicious fruit salads every morning, with pineapple, banana, blueberries, and mango.

Oh..and here are a few of the benefits I’ve seen so far (would I be doing  all this just for no reason at all?)….my skin looks fantastic..I haven’t even been wearing makeup lately, my restless leg syndrome seems to have passed, I’m sleeping much better at night, my mood is much improved, & I have a lot more energy.  Oh, and I’ve lost 8 lbs or so.  I’ve had a few days where I felt like CRAP and I suppose I was detoxing, but overall, I feel better than ever, and I’m excited to stay on this journey of eating mostly raw, and otherwise vegan (well, except for the occasional plain Greek yogurt (to make cold cucumber soup and tatziki) and raw cheese when I can get it as a treat.

Oh, and the best dinner ever!…..I julienned some yellow squash to make noodles.  Then I tossed together some finely chopped fresh tomato, onion, sun dried tomatoes, capers, Himalayan sea salt, garlic, and olive oil.  I poured it over the noodles and had the MOST SATISFYING spaghetti dinner ever.  Delish!

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Keeping it raw!

Noel and I enjoyed a breakfast consisting of a fresh fruit salad, and Ezekial bread with almond butter!  A great way to start the day.

On my way home from Seattle, I stopped at Uwajimaya – the fantastic Asian grocery store, to find some Burdock Root – which is, according to David Wolfe (the Raw Food God), one of the best things you can ingest.  When I asked the Chinese produce guy if they had some, he got so excited, told me all about the magical healing properties of the root, and told me how to make tea, and how to cook it…he said, “I don’t normally do this, but you know, this is medicine!”, and I told him I knew…take a look at this great tasting tea….yum!  I drank two glasses after my lunch of seaweed salad, a delicious green drink, pickled soy sprouts, and a shrimp spring roll with peanut sauce.

Yummy, bright green burdock tea is a great blood purifier, full of antioxidants, vitamin Bs, and more.

I’ve been craving dehydrated flax crackers (being the carbo craving chick I am), since I first got turned on to raw foods, but unfortunately, I haven’t gotten my hands on a used (that is to say, cheap) dehydrator.  But being the master of invention on a very hot day, it occurred to me that my car would be the perfect, bug-free dehydrator…so here begins my experiment…

I combined the following ingredients on the slow option on my blender (I’m way too hot and lazy to dig out all the parts of the yet-unused food processor, to figure out how it works).

1 c golden flax seeds

a hand full each of sunflower seeds and raw sesame seeds

1/3 cup of brewers yeast

1/2 tsp of sea salt (what can I say, I love salt)

1 tsp raw garlic (or one garlic clove)

1 c chopped up raw tomatoes

1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes

I gently blended it all up, spread it out on a pizza pie pan, and set it in my car on 100 degrees (or so, haha)….I’ll let you know how it all turns out…

OH, and I’m sprouting my first beans today…mung beans and garbanzo beans…yum!   In case you’re disgusted by now, just remember, anything is delicious with garlic, ginger, lemon, soy sauce, lime juice, raw apple cider vinegar, Kirin, cold-pressed olive oil, flax oil, Braggs, salt, Brewer’s yeast, and/or raw honey tossed with it!  I kid you not.

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How a little black cardigan became a coat

It all started with a spontaneous visit to the Seattle store, Goods for the Planet.  I drive by it whenever I have to go to my office in South Lake Union, but I’d never stopped.  On Thursday, I had 1/2 an hour to kill, so I dropped in.  Loved the place and picked up some bamboo picnic utensils, plastic cups (Where did the boy put the 20 we used to have, along with all the forks?  It’s a mystery.)  And a hanging fruit basket for my newly abundant mangos, tomatoes, bananas, limes and lemons.

While in the store I noticed a huge pile of rolled up fabric, each large satchel containing about 6 different but complimentary fabrics and colors.

Enter the “Great Coat Challenge”~  So I grabbed a free bundle of cool fabric, a bunch of buttons and some trim.  This morning I pulled an old black cardigan I bought for something like 2 dollars at Value Village, and I re-imagined it as a coat.  Enjoy the pics…not done yet, but getting there!  Any ideas???

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Raw, raw, ah, ah, ahhhh, La, La Oo La La..

A nod to all the Lady Gaga fans out there.  But speaking of raw….

Scored a $230 Acme juicerator and a vintage (and very powerful!) Osterizer blender at the Rotary Auction last week.  Got both for $40!  Noel got herself a juicer, and we both got a bag full of great clothes (including flip flops and a great leather purse) for $10 each, I might add.  Love our annual auction – takes up the entire middle school grounds.  I’m loving eating mostly raw (with some Ezekial sprouted bread and tortillas tossed in for variety).  I’ve discovered raw almond butter, raw cheese, raw honey, and last night, found cold pressed (raw), Turkish olive oil at Seattle’s open studios night!  I feel like I’m always on a scavenger hunt for the hidden raw foods in a store…it’s great fun.   Noel’s feeling much better, drinking a variety of green smoothies, and feels it’s helping her prepare for the BAR exam coming up on the 26th.

I haven’t had any of the negative side effects people describe when going on a raw diet because I think my diet was pretty clean already…although a couple of nights this week I slept 10 hours!  However, I’ve had tons of energy during the day, my sinuses have cleared up, and I have a lot more mental clarity – the BRAIN FOG is gone!  And I’m sleeping much better – waking up during the night much less frequently.

Followed the auction with attending Heather and Sean’s most amazing wedding ever…a bunch of us were asked to prepare foods which created the most amazing vegetarian feast….lots of baked polenta, fresh green salads, a cheese and bread/cracker bar, roasted veggies, sushi, and home brewed beers and wines (I don’t suggest drinking a lot of honey wine on an empty stomach after sitting in the sun for 4 hours, though!).  I have the feeling that wasn’t the typical 12% alcohol you find in most wines?!  Heather?  Sean? Had a blast with our extended family, Larry, Jillian, Maya, Eli, and Noel joined us later in the evening after studying all day.

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