Let’s stay calm here…

I come from a long line of emotionally conservative English and Scottish people.  Growing up I was part of a large group of hippie hating spiritually conservative anarchic atheists. When the idea of “meditation” or yoga ever came up I was always mildly revolted and needed to suppress my eye rolling in order to not offend the company I was with.

So it came as a great surprise to me to suddenly find myself a little interested in meditation. I have been told time and time again that you can get sick from stress and from holding in your emotions. Over the years I began to believe this was entirely possibly. But at the same time, I didn’t think I was THAT stressed out.  I’m a pretty positive person, no matter what life throws in my path, and laugh a lot during the course of each day. I don’t take things incredibly seriously unless they warrant it, and I’m always hopefully. But I’m beginning to believe I have no tools to manage stress and so I deal with it like I do with my emotions – just sweep it under the rug and don’t think about it. It’s probable that unlike my mind, the rest of my body is dealing with it!

Another month of pain in my shoulders, that I had been seeing different therapists off and on for a few years for. Two emails regarding breakdowns in groups I belong to. A sudden specialized chocolate order. Suddenly I’m fretting and grumpy and thinking my chocolate business is never going to make it. It was that day when I thought “Holy smokes! What the heck?! I need to calm down here! There’s no reason I should feel so overwhelmed, out of control and gloomy!”

So that evening, with the help of a pro, a took some deep breaths and sat on a cushion for 15 minutes trying to only focus on my breath.

Despite it being totally hard, with my multi tasking mind wandering, I really DID feel more calm after that sitting! So I’m going to start trying to “meditate”  two times a day and see what happens.  Part of my brain still screams “You’re turning into a hippie!” but I think the gradual calmness I will start to feel will override this, and even that part of my brain will start giving the peace sign and dressing in tie dye (ha ha ha just kidding!)

Again with raw food (I just love it!) – here is possibly the best raw dish I have ever had. A faux chicken salad on onion bread. It’s available at Rawlicious in Toronto. They just opened a new location in Yorkville – so congratulations to them! All those richies sure have enough money to spend on good food like that 😀 I use to live pretty close to the junction location, and was sad to move from the neighborhood for that reason alone. They don’t serve up the sandwich all the time, but I bet if we all keep asking for it they might permanently put it on the menu!

PS. Don’t forget to try your luck and win a cookbook from last post!

Raw Vegan Chicken Salad Sandwich from Rawlicious

Broken Heart Vegan Tip #19: Read the above post. AKA Sit in a quiet room and try not to think about anything for 15 minutes!

Broken Heart Song #19

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November 7, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . entree, raw. 6 comments.

And then there was light…

The longest darkest tunnels have an exit. There is always an end that heads back out into daylight. Spring WILL follow Winter (unless Global Warming changes all that!) and you WILL smile again.

It’s Burger Time!

More raw food for you. This one is again from Raw: The Uncook Book. Listen, Juliano is a weird guy. The pics in the book are sometimes down right hilarious, and the quantities and serving amounts are almost always frustratingly wrong. (Take the carrot cake. Serves 2? No it MAKES TWO CAKES!) But despite this his recipes really rock. If you know how to cook you will know where the mistakes are and can adjust.

(Cheese) Burger #1

Blend the nuts etc. Yes it looks like ALPO.

Form Patties and put on Dehydrator Sheet

This is my dehydrator. Yes it's Excaliber. You really must be a spend thrift if your eyes go wide. It's only $100! Stay away from the bars for a month and you'll have enough to get one too! Sheesh!

1 cup walnuts, soaked

1 cup almonds, soaked

1 cup portobello mushrooms, chopped

1/2 c grated carrot

1 tb miso

1/4 c minced onion

2 tsp salt

1 tsp corriander, ground

1 tsp chili powder

2/3 c water or veg juice (I used beet)

Form 11 patties and dehydrate for 8 hours at 90 degrees F.

I topped mine with rice cheese and ate on a gluten free bun with tomato and a bit of avocado. I made some kale chips a few days before (the BEST way to eat kale I kid you not!) And some nice soul gave me a butter tart whose buddies were heading towards Sadie’s Diner for tastin’. It was a damn good butter tart I must say!

Broken Heart Vegan Tip #13: One day you will settle down for a good nights rest and it will suddenly occur to you “Oh! I didn’t think of my heart breaker at all today”

Broken Heart Song #13

July 12, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . entree, raw, Uncategorized. 4 comments.

in the beginning…

Things start off hunky dory. Then… sometimes the world grows dark…

If you’ve had your heart broken it’s pretty common to want to drown your sorrows in crappy food like chips, ice creem, donuts, cinnamon buns, soda… Lucky for me I had been planning on doing a fast. So when the sky darkened that day I had a choice of eating chocolate chip pancakes for 5 days straight, or sticking to the fast idea. I decided on the healthy option. If you have it in your spirit to choose the healthy option do it! The pint of butter pecan ice creem will fill good for the first 10 minutes but then you’ll probably end up feeling  :p

The fast is something I got from a popular book found at most health food stores “Prescription for Nutritional Healing“. You do 2 days of raw food, 5 days of watered down fresh juices and 2 days of raw food. While doing the juicing you also take extra fibre and plenty of water. I found psyllium husks in capsule form to be the best way to  do this. (Honestly straight psyllium in water is seriously gross and really trying to get down!)

With the gorgeous colours of carrot and beet we start off with Juliano’s Raw Borcht from Raw: The Uncook Book

Swirl of amazing colours - carrots and beets!

And to those amazing colours we're adding even MORE glorious colours! I used golden beets - just to make things even more eye popping.

Thinny sliced apples tops it all!

3 medium beets (for 1 cup beet juice)
1 pound carrots (for 1 cup fresh carrot juice)
¼ cup chopped green onion
½ cup green cabbage, shredded
1 teaspoon dill
½ cup beet, finely grated
1 large avocado, spooned out into chunks
½ apple, thinly sliced

Put beets and carrots through a juicer so that you have a cup of juice from each.

Place beet juice, carrot juice, green onion, cabbage, and dill into blender and blend.

In a serving bowl, mix grated beet, avocado, and the blender contents. Chill the borscht in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve it.

Garnish the borscht with apple slices and serve.

Broken Heart Vegan Tip #1: Find at least one friend you can spill your guts to. Someone who’s ready to hear  everything and lend a shoulder for your tears whenever you need them.

Broken Heart Song #1 (my favourite part is the women in the background!)

April 25, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . entree, raw, soup. Leave a comment.