Monday, September 29, 2008

One week!

We made it through the first week! I knew we would. The children seem to be *much* happier, despite a few rough moments that I am attributing to detox. They have struggled a bit to find their new favorite foods, but before the first week was over, they seem to have settled in quite well. Here are their current favorites:

Gus-Rawlmond Joys

Abe-apples with almond butter, cinnamon and agave

Emmet-cashews with tamari and onion powder

Addie Mae-pineapple with cinnamon and agave

Justin-EBTKS Smoothie (Everything But the Kitchen Sink Smoothie)

Shannon-my forever favorite is a GREEN SALAD in any form.

They also love having carrot cake with cream cheeze frosting for breakfast, strawberry mylk, and Make Your Own Salad (MYOS) with lots of Honey Mustard Dressing. Here is a pic of Abe and Addie Mae hamming it up for the camera. Here is a list of everything you see pictured: romaine, cashews, almonds, pecans, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, walnuts, hemp seeds, avocado, celery, carrot, red onion, cucumber, red pepper, horse radish pickles, apple bread, honey mustard dressing, and strawberry mylk . They LOVE this meal because they can put any combo on their plates that they wish. We actually had this meal 2 nights in a row and Emmet decided to have it for lunch and a snack too!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Who ARE These People?

Where are my children? These happy, energetic, mature, kind, helpful little people have taken over my cranky kids. Can't say as I miss 'em much! LOL!

Day 2 went off without a hitch and today is Day 3 of the Evolution Revolution. Only problem is-we are out of FOOD. Ha! They ate 5 bunches of bananas in 3 days. I mean we do have a biggish family, but holy crow! We are also out of nuts, most seeds, and nearly all the dried fruits. Right now I am doing my best to feed them dense raw foods, such as dehydrated treats, and nuts and seeds. I don't want them to get too hungry right now. I don't mind how much they are eating and they have pretty much devoured everything I've made.

Monday night we had a tweaked version of Alissa Cohen's Rawvioli and a side salad. Last night we had Snowdrop's Cheezy Corn Chowder (found at and Mattye's Liveburgers! (from Frugal Raw, Raw on the Cheap) . They liked both.

We also made Gus's Rawlmond Joy-which is a recipe my son created a year or 2 ago after he had a hankering for his old favorite-Almond Joy.

They children do seem to be naturally shying away from fats, so I have been adding them to their morning smoothies.

This morning they had Chocomylk and hashbrowns. (you can find the recipe for hashbrowns @ search under garshbowns). The chocomylk is just sesame mylk (our favorite), cacao, sweetener, and a dash of salt. Abe chose to add frozen strawberries to his and have a chocoberrymylkshake.

The biggest change is that they seem to LOVE this new level of taking care of their own bodies. Once you go raw it really takes the guess work out of what and how much of something you can eat. When you are raw you can eat anything and everything you desire.

Also-there has been a shift in old fears. My daughter has never been fond of the outdoors. She is actaully a little afraid, after her big brother filled her head with stories of Forest Ghosts, rabid black bears and hungry mountain lions. But the other day she went outside, cheerfully and found a toad hopping under the apple trees. Half jokingly I said "Go get 'em Addie!" to which she replied "OOOOkay!" and she chased that little toadie down and scooped him up. She waited until I ran back with the camera and took these shots. It may seem small but this is the only child that you have to BEG to stop doing school work and go outside! LOL! Here she is with her new found friend....or captive, perhaps.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Today is the 1st of many!

Today is the 1st day of our new journey. The entire family has decided to join me in going 100% raw. They have committed to 6 months. Each person has their own personal goals and reasons for doing this.

Justin wants more energy and patience.

Emmet wants to lessen his autistic tendencies and get off his meds.

Gus wants to get off his meds and build muscle.

Abe wants to feel happier and eliminate his allergies.

Addie wants to be strong.

I want the best for the family and to lose the last 10-20 lbs.

Today's breakfast:

Me: grapes and a bite of suncheeze, and smoothie

Justin: smoothie made from strawberries, bananas, cacao, gojiberries, OJ and hemp powder

Gus: suncheeze rollups and some of J's smoothie, 1 meatless ball

Emmet: salad of romaine and mexican gerkins, smoothie, 1 meatless ball

Abe: 2 bananas with agave and cinnamon and smoothie

Addie: 1 banana with agave and cinnamon, cashews, and OJ

Lunch for the children at school consists of: their nuts of choice, fruit of choice(2), raw bar, and water bottle. This will remain the same just about everyday-unless they venture to take leftovers.

Lunch for Addie is always celery plus something else of choice. Nut butter, raisins, and frozen bluberries are usually what she chooses from.

Lunch for me is always last nights leftovers or a big salad.

Dinner's always an adventure. Tonight it will be Rawvioli and sauce with a side salad of romaine, red peppers and mexican gerkins.

Yesterday the children spent time with their granparents so Justin and I took off for the day and went hiking in Becket. We took lots of photos with our new cameras. It was a wonderful time. We discovered a new natural foods market in Great Barrington called Guido's. Well, I don't know how long it's been there, but it was new to US!

Our fridge is stocked and I am full of purpose.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I'm baaaack!

I've been without internet for a year. It's been a bummer-but I back and plan to blog much more. So stay tuned for an update!