Thursday, October 1, 2009

Welcoming Autumn with Activity

September is gone and October is here! Here in the South the weather is finally lovely! Last week we had a bunch of flash floods so all the bridges had to be closed down (I live almost right next to two of them) which made getting around town quite difficult. But now the temperature high is in the upper 70z, there is sunny and breezy weather with clear blue skies, and almost zero humidity. Yesterday was the same and I spent a couple hours outside doing my CSNN studies while drinking a decadent Spirulina Smoothie of my own spontaneous concoction!

So I haven't really written anything for a few weeks but honestly I've been quite busy adding things into my schedule. I now swim for 30-40 minutes at Johnson Park about 3-4 times a week and I've started attending my brothers karate studio to finish my advanced brown belt training and hopefully test for my 1st degree black belt by nest Autumn. At the house I've been trying to cram as many hours of CSSN while still keeping the house clean, the laundry done, keeping my brother and mom fed, running errands. . . just life in general.

Despite all this life for me is going alright. Just yesterday the two books I ordered from came in, the 2010 Poetry Market and Sarma's new raw food book! I love buying
raw food recipe books for when my mom or I has company to blow them away with the delicious
and nutritious wonder of raw food. I bought the Poetry Market book because I am hoping to publish
my book of poetry that I have been working on for 4 years now.

This is what I want to encourage everyone in, stay busy! I find whenever I start feeling depressed
or alone that if I go for a swim, a walk, or pick up a book, start a project, just do SOMETHING productive,
I can temper or even completely eliminate the down feelings I have. We are human and we crave stimulation.
When people don't receive physical and mental stimulation we don't form any new muscles in our
body, and the synapses in our brain don't create new connections. This result in a deteriorated mind and body,
who would want to live like that? I can't think of anyone.

When life is dull and you wonder what's the point, that is the moment you need to reach out
and make something out of nothing. We are the dominant species of this planet. Why? Because we
are smart and resourceful and we have zest for LIVING not just EXISTING. We what to do things better,
we want to do things better, we want to learn, and we want to discover. Society today wants to shove
us in a box with a label and have us stay there for the rest of our lives. Not me, and hopefully not you!

Peace out everybody! Until next time. SMILE!! :)

P.S. And here are some recipes and pics:

My New Book!! I really admire Sarma.
She is an amazing woman.

A kiwilicious breakfast. Did you know that kiwi, along with blackberries, are actually a great source of zinc?

My mom wanted pudding so she asked me to make her a raw pudding. We only had the bare minimum of food left since it was the end of the week, but a managed to whips this up for her breakfast.

Tropical Mousse
1 large ripe banana
1/2 cup of fresh coconut meat
1/4 cup of dried coconut flakes
1/4 cup cashews (pre-soaking is optional)
1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple, chopped
1 tbs. agar agar flakes soaked for 10 minutes in hot water
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 tsp. real salt
juice from 1/2 a lemon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbs/ coconut water

Blend the 1st five ingredients until smooth, add the rest and blend until smooth and refrigerate overnight.

Serve 4

I made this smoothie as a little treat for my breakfast that same day. Not much left in the house but I'm a resourceful raw smoothie loving girl! ;)

Coco Cacao Beauty Smoothie
1 cup coconut water
1 cup chopped frozen banana
1 rounded tsp. raw cacao powder
1 rounded tbs. raw cacao nibs
1 tbs. raw honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Blend until smooth

Serves 1

While studying this last Thursday afternoon I got really hungry. It was quite warm out so I decided to invent a new smoothie. OMG, I made this tried it, had my mom tried it, and we have both had this every. single. day. for the past three days. This smoothie tastes amazing, is incredibly satisfying, and gives me the most incredible burst of energy and mental clarity that I have ever experienced.

The Green Peachy Keen
1 large peach (about 2 cups)
11 frozen strawberries or 7 fresh strawberries
2 frozen bananas
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp. Hawaiian Spirulina
1 1/2 "scoops" of stevia ( I use the Now brand)
1/4 cup water

Blend until smooth

Serves 1-2

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