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The 90 Day Challenge

There comes a point in one’s live, or I can only speak for myself ……..when I look at things and see what is working or what is not, what needs changing, tweaking or eliminating.  You know the saying……keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll keep getting what you’ve got or you keep doing what you’re doing but expecting different results!!!!

Part of living, I believe anyways is about challenging oneself to do or be better.  Since learning my iron was low and taking the steps to turn that around, I am feeling oh so much better, my energy is coming back and I love that!!!  Also a few extra pounds since I did spend a fair bit of time on the couch……….and if anyone saw my video, I have more jiggle to my wiggle…..if you know what I mean…….and that made my friend giggle……..Ok I will stop!!!

Anyways, it is feeling finally like spring time here, so it’s a good time to start this challenge and I encourage anyone who may want to join me on this 90 Day Challenge to do so as so many people have already benefited from this…….feeling and looking better and losing weight.  For me it’s more than that, it spills over in so many other areas of one’s life, it’s like it’s a domino effect……when you start feeling better, you start looking better, then acting better (usually anyways), doing better and so on.  For me life is about creating new experiences, meeting new people, feeling and being healthy,  inspiring people to be the best they can be and when we feel and look good, that is done so much easier.

So……..I got started yesterday, my goal is to lose 10 lbs, tone up, get back into shape by exercising and creating and posting many new recipes to also help in the transition.  I did get on the scales……. something I haven’t done in a long time as before numbers used to play with my mind, but my pants were tight and I was prepared to see it, and you know what, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.  I am where I am and that is ok, as I am excited at where I am going and the changes I am going to see!!!

When I am done the 90 Days I will post my before and after photo, yup took a picture of me in my bathing suit and took my measurements……..only one area that I don’t need to lose anything weight off of and that is my chest!!!

I’ve gathered a few friends to do this with and there are also new friends I am meeting that are part of this, there are so many people looking to look and feel better with results and a community.  So if this is something that may interest come join us as we all shed some weight, get into shape and have some fun, and oh stick around for some good recipes too!!!

I will keep you posted on my progress and I would also love to hear from anyone who is creating results too!!!

Why??

Join me in the 90 Day Challenge

Herb Salad

Herb Salad

Quick, Easy & Tasty

–  1 head of Red Leaf Lettuce

– handful or more of finely chopped Parsley, Dill & Basil (I used Cilantro here but use any herbs that you love)

– 1 Red Pepper cut up

or

-1 Tomato  cut up

or both

Squeeze fresh Lemon juice and sprinkle cold pressed Olive Oil

Depending on how many people you are going to serve is how much you will add (if you use a whole head of lettuce or part of it).  Make extra to take for your lunch the next day if need be.

Enjoy!!

Chocolate Strawberry Macaroons

Who said you can’t eat sweets and they be healthy as well.

Chocolate Strawberry Macaroons

–  2 cups Dried Coconut

–  1/2 cup Brown Rice flour

–  1/4 cup ground Flax

–  1/2 cup Honey

–  1 tsp Vanilla

–  Pinch Sea Salt

–  1 cup diced Strawberries

Mix all ingredients together except for diced Strawberries, when well mixed stir in strawberries.

Roll into balls and place on teflex sheets on shelves in dehydrator and dehydrate for 5 – 7 hrs.  Remove the teflex sheets after approximately 3 – 5 hours.

Chocolate

–  1/4 cup Cacao Butter

–  1/2 cup Cacao Powder

–  1/2 cup Honey

–  1 tsp Vanilla

pinch Sea Salt

You can either dip the macaroons in the chocolate or drizzle over them.  Chill and keep in fridge for best results.

Enjoy!!

Quinoa & Collard Greens

Quinoa & Collard Greens

Quinoa is an ancient grain from South America used for many years by the Incas.  It is high in protein, a complete protein, which is great for vegetarians or vegans and a very good source of iron. 🙂  This is a Quinoa salad that can be eaten on it’s own, as a side dish or wrapped with greens like Collard greens which are full of many nutrients and health benefits.

–  1 cup Quinoa  (1 cup that has been cooked in 2 cups of water so the end result will be more than 1 cup of cooked Quinoa)

–  3 oz cold pressed Olive Oil

–  1 – 2 oz Bragg’s, Tamari or Nama Shoyu

–  juice of 1/2 Lemon

–  2 Garlic cloves minced

–  pinch Sea Salt

–  1 cup Spinach chopped up

–  handful of Parsley finely chopped

–  1 grated Carrot

–  1 grated Beet

–  1 Green Onion finely chopped

– 4-6 Black Olives chopped

Mix all ingredients together well.

Collard Greens are usually a fairly good size so they work very well as a wrap.  The stem though is quite big and course so I recommend cutting it off up into the green somewhat.  When you wrap it around the salad to make it hold better you will probably have to fold one side of it, as you will see in the next photo and the thicker part of the stem will break.

These make a great lunch and are packed full of good things, so eat and enjoy!!  I even sliced up a little avocado in one of mine which was even yummier!!

Getting Through a Slump

Ok, I admit it, I’ve been in a slump and  I’m back and getting my jive going again!!! lol  This low iron thing has not been fun, I was shy about wanting to admit it, even though I blog about eating, living and being healthy – I too am human.  I also got to thinking I wonder how many other people, women in particular go through this.  Especially around that time of the month, then things get back to normal, well for some of us, actually quite a few of us it’s not that simple!!!

All the things I am doing and eating to help me increase my iron as much as possible –  as there are days I am ok and then there are days I hit the couch and getting there was a struggle – has my husband convinced I was a witch in a previous life and probably burned at the stake!!! lol

I have so much more empathy for people with Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalgia, it is not a fun way to feel!!

Slumps are  also known as ruts, rough patches, blah phases,   *%#@! I feel crappy lately.

One thing going through this period of being tired, and ok I will admit it, also frustrated, maybe a little angry, and even depressed, ( yes I have been tapping on all of that)  I am used to doing lots, having lots of energy and being busy, and oh yeah we had a ton of rain here in April……..that didn’t help either!!!

Spring couldn’t be here at a better time.  Sometimes when our health isn’t so good, it gets u down, then before we know it we are in a slump and in order to get things flowing again  we have to make some changes.    AS Tony Robbins says Change your state…….now I can’t get up and start running right away (which when I can’t exercise affects my moods and what I eat and wow there is a cycle there), but I can do some other things to break the slump that I got into.  (if you didn’t notice the posts got down to very few lately even my creativity slowed waaaayy down).

The things I  am doing to help increase my iron and energy levels are adding Spirulina in my diet, it is a great source for us non meat eaters.  I have been juicing beet roots daily as that is another great source of iron and a blood cleaner.  I’ve been simmering Nettle leaves and Pau d’arco and drinking the liquid both of which are great for the blood. I’ve been eating foods higher in iron as my main focus.

I was reading the other day that oysters are very high in iron.  We have a cool little oyster bar sitting right on the dock  in the bot harbour and I though that would be a great reason to go out and eat some oysters, but then well, I would probably have to have some wine to go with them…..ok not right now!!

I’ve added Matol KM from Univera that helps with iron and cleanses the liver……after all it is springtime.

I also re-read, (since I’ve been spending time on the couch I might as well do something valuable) Louise L Hay’s book You Can Heal Your Life…….and it has been very interesting.  Mind Body connection is huge, and I had to look in the mirror and make a few adjustments and yes some more tapping!!! lol…….all without attitude or making it mean anything.

I open the doors more (when it’s not raining) to get the fresh air in and shake it up, I love tulips this time of year, so I am buying some for the house.   Spring time is also a good time to change and clean things in the house really shake up the old blah energy and let in the new……most importantly I am being in my body fully, taking my dog on walks no matter how short or long they are, being present and doing some deep breathing and most importantly loving myself and accepting where I am at and knowing I will feel better tomorrow, even if it’s a little bit.  The mind is a powerful thing…….as much as the food, herbs and tonics help so does what I say to myself, my thoughts and most of all my attitude.

You never know what tomorrow may bring, so make today your best one yet……..eat desert first if you feel like it!!!

So what are you doing to shake up the energy or shake off the slump or just get into springtime??

Beet Salad

Every once in awhile I tend to lean towards low iron, which I have lately but it was quite low, so much so that I felt drained, tired and walking up a flight of stairs took it out of me.  Not how I like to feel, but I am thankful it was not something worse.  Since I had been feeling so drained and tired most of the time, when I got my blood work back and found out I needed to increase my iron, I thought it might be a good idea to jump start it with something, so I got some ferrous sulphate from behind the pharmacy counter………it was suggested I eat more greens…….interesting I thought.  It did help somewhat but it also started to upset my stomach and stained my teeth, I looked like I had been eating blackberries and hadn’t brushed my teeth in a good week……..nice…….NOT!!

Needless to say I have greatly upped my intake of foods and herbs to get as much iron as possible, nettle and pau d’arco tea has been simmering on my stove, lots of beets and beet juice, sea vegetables, dandelion greens and I just found out collard greens are very high in iron as well, so if you’re thinking you might be seeing recipes with a high iron theme you are right!!!

All of us women could be eating more high iron content any time but even more so if you are experiencing any fatigue or tiredness especially around that time of the month.  Here is the first on several to come!!

Beet Salad


Depending on how you cut up, chop or grate the beets, you can have this cooked or not.  Of course raw has more nutritional value, I have had it both ways and both are good.  I recommend grating it or chopping it into smaller pieces if you are not cooking it, otherwise you can slice or chop them.  I used a mandolin type gadget for this, this one is not for sale, but is part of Salad Master which is high end cookware.

–  2 Beets grated or sliced

– 2 Green Onions finely sliced up

– 1/4 cup Parsley finely chopped

– 2 tbsp Hemp hearts

– 4 oz cold pressed Olive Oil

– 1 oz Balsamic vinegar

– juice of 1/2 Lemon

– 1 – 2 Garlic cloves minced

– pinch celtic sea Salt

Mix all together and enjoy.

This makes 2 good servings, so I decided to have some for dinner too, but I changed it up a little.  I added a bed of mix greens, and dandelion greens as well, some wakame mixed in with the beet salad and some chick peas for a little more protein.  Adding just grated Beets to your salads often is a good idea and colorful too!!

Veggie Seaweed Pasta

Here is another idea to use the Zucchini Pasta Noodles. This is great as a dish itself or a side dish for even those non vegetarians!!  Be creative if you want and use other veggies too, or even let in sit for a little bit and marinate in the oil before adding to the pasta.

Veggie Seaweed Pasta

1 tsp Wakame dried and put into a bowl with water to plump up

I got this package in Chinatown, but most health food stores carry it as well.  Here it is dried and then once it has soaked for about 5 minutes, so it doesn’t take long.  This is the seaweed that comes in miso soup and has a lot of nutritional value, for instance Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, C, E, K, folate and soluble/insoluble fibre, and has among the very highest nutrient-to-calorie ratios (from a vegetarian source) of anti-inflammatory Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid (EPA). The salty taste is not just salt but a balanced, chelated combination of sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron and trace minerals.

–  1 Tomato chopped

–  1 cup Spinach chopped up

–  2 mushrooms chopped into small pieces

–  1 Green Onion thinly sliced

–  1 Red pepper chopped up into small pieces

–  1/4 cup Parsley finely chopped up

–  1 Garlic clove minced

Put all ingredients in a bowl and add approximately 4 Tbsp of Toasted Sesame Seed Oil and also cold pressed Olive Oil and mix together.

Add in the Zucchini Pasta or put on top and enjoy!!

Please feel free to leave a comment or share with a friend if you like this.

Here’s to your health!!!

Zucchini Pasta

Zucchini Pasta

Short little video on how you can make Zucchini noodles instead of using store boughten pasta.  The Veggie Slicer or Spiroli makes this quick and easy to do.  Not only is it healthier for you, an easier way to get more veggies in your diet, quicker and easier on making dinners and cleaning up, less garbage, it’s kind of fun too!!  I will post several types of sauces that are raw, vegan and healthy over the next few days, so make sure to come back and check out the recipes and leave a comment or share!!

Why I Dropped the Raw……

Well ok, not completely. If you haven’t noticed I have changed from Healthy and Raw to just Life with Jodi. I wanted to be able to share more with you than just raw dishes. Sometimes it could be vegan or healthy thoughts or healthy being instead of all food.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love food, I love healthy food, creating healthy dishes, but, and I am going to be honest here, I am not 100% raw for a bit.  I’m not sure if anyone really is, what I do know, for me personally, with my history of when I was younger having disordered eating, that being too restrictive does not work for me. Maybe you are considering that or are aware of that for you? Don’t get me wrong, now I believe that we all could improve our eating and or be adding in more live foods, but sometimes at what cost?
By that, I mean, if you are feeling deprived, or restricted in any way, feeling guilty about eating something that is not raw or as healthy as it could be or eating something you really hate just because it’s healthy when really you want to be eating something else……..how much fun is that not too mention what it can do to us emotionally? We all know that our body and minds are connected right? And if you’re hating every mouthful you are taking, well the body will respond and not well over time.
Please don’t take that as it’s ok to eat all the potato chips or junk you want, but I am really learning for me that what may work really well for me, my body, my lifestyle may not work as well for you.   but one must listen to their bodies, themselves and how they are living to be able to do what is best for them.
Some people really want or need to eat meat for example, so in that case, maybe try buying as much organic as possible and still maintain a good balance of fresh, raw live foods. Take it to the hunter’s and gather’s way of eating. Another person may love having some dairy in their diets and choose organic or raw there.
It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, whew, doesn’t that take the pressure off right there!!??
When we are in tune to our bodies, our thoughts and our emotions and have cleaned up the junk, you may be surprised at what your body does want……..most of the time.
So for today, let go of the restrictions, the guilt, the denial, the shame or anything else that isn’t for your best way of eating, being or living.
Be in the moment, Enjoy the day, Taste your Food and give a lot of Gratitude.

If you can think of anything else make sure to leave a comment.

Here’s to YOUR health!!!
JBC

Mango Coconut Smoothie

Mango Coconut Smoothie

I love smoothies, they are such a great way to get good things into our bodies especially when we’re busy!!  Young coconuts are a treat where I live and they have such good nutritional value in them.  it’s good to mix up your smoothies for the greens, which this time I didn’t put any in but you can!!

–  1 1/2 Bananas

–  1 Mango

–  1 young Coconut – the water and the flesh

–  1 tbsp Hemp seeds

Through all ingredients in a Vitamix or blender, process till smooth, pour and enjoy.  Like I said earlier you can add greens to this to if you like.

Almond ‘Feta’ Cheese

Almond Feta Cheese

I love Greek Salad with  Feta Cheese or Almond ‘Feta’ Cheese, either way it is good!!.    This is another thing you can do with the left over Almond pulp from making Almond Mylk if you want to stay away from dairy or eat more raw only.  Can’t wait till these veggies are more in season, but for now it’s a treat.

Cheese

Take the pulp from the Almond Mylk ( approx 1 cup) and mix in

–  2 – 3 tbsp cold pressed Olive Oil ( or hemp or flax or any other kind of cold pressed oil)

–  1 – 2 cloves minced garlic

–  pinch celtic sea salt

Mix all together until still somewhat crumbly, adjust oil, salt or garlic to taste, add to salad like you would feta cheese, just note it is not as firm as feta would be.

You can take this further if you like by adding in chives, or basil or other herbs chopped finely.

You can also add with that a little more oil and make it more of a spread for crackers and celery, which is very yummy.

Get creative and enjoy!!

Greek Salad

–  1 – 2 Tomatos chopped up

–  2 Red Peppesr chopped up (you can always use a different color or mix the colors, I stay away from green usually as to be it doesn’t taste as good as the others red yellow or orange)

–  1/2 English cucumber chopped up

– 1/2 Red onion chopped up

– Kalamata Olives (which with pit in and not in jars or cans are still somewhat raw) how many depends on you

–  2 cloves minced garlic

–  1/4 cup finely chopped Parsley

–  1/8 cup finely chopped  Dill

–  1/8 cup finely chopped  Basil

Mix well together, I sprinkle on cold pressed Olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, or you can use the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon which is quite nice.

( approx measurements for those are 1/4 cup or less)  I try not to add a lot of dressing at all to this salad as it is so flavorful

Mix up well and add in feta cheese

We will make this our whole dinner sometimes as it is so tasty and filling and healthy.