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We thank Thee for Thy Abundance

We thank Thee for Thy Abundance
Genesis 1:29

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I am SO grateful!!

September 29, 2011
 



I have 4 children ages 16, 13, 11, & 7.



I have been doing a typical raw food diet since Oct. 2008.


My children eat a mostly vegan diet since 1994 when I was pregnant with my first child & sick with constant UTI's. My friend told me about the book "Fit For Life" and I immediately read it in 3 days, threw out all of the crap in my kitchen and within a week I lost 10 lbs. my UTI went away and I have NEVER had one since!


My diet was a junk food vegan diet for sure! Everything was free game as long as it didn't have meat or dairy.


Then as years went by....we started including fish, chicken and occasionally a little bit of basically everything....


What happened?? Well, on July 20, 2008 my expiration date came up!


My body kept wanting to pass out...I did all I could to stay conscious...my heart would race...I had numbness in my face, arms, legs. Chest pain. I had a cold foot and a hot foot...I was dying...and the doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong. They just gave me anxiety meds and sent me home.


I later learned that I had Lychen Schelorsus, high cholesterol, and dangerously low levels of cortisol.



I read Breakthrough by Suzanne Somers and doped up on $$$$$Supplements....I went to $$$$$doctor after doctor, $$$$$$snake oil scamers after snake oil scamers, more $$$$$$, then a neurologist who had an acupuncturist in her office who put me on more $$$$$supplements...



By October I was looking for an herb my acupuncturist told me to take called Eleuthero. I went all over town to every health food store and herb shop there was and NO ONE had any??



I ended up at a place I'd never been to before and a delightful, radiant woman asked if she could help me. I told her I was looking for Eleuthero. She told me that they sold no herbs or supplements and asked me what was wrong? I told her what was going on and she said, "Well, I had Hodgkin's Lymphoma and I healed myself with food."



Seriously...at that moment it was like the Heaven's opened and a surge of electricity went through my body and told me that that was it! This was it! Food. Plain and simple. :)


She gave me Paul Nisson's book "Raw Life" and I became raw overnight!



10 months 100% and then emotional/family issues had me eating cooked again in July 2009.



I have since then been STRUGGLING to stay raw. On the wagon....Off the wagon...over and over. Always CRAVING bread, pasta, rice...carbs.



I did a 60 day juice/water feast in March of 2010. Only THEN did I start to see improvements in the Lychen Schlerosus...but I developed an eating disorder towards the end of the feast. I still had to cook food for my family and I started to chew and spit food. I KNEW I had to stop the feast...sadly...



After that it was backed to eating bread, pasta, rice and trying desperately to be raw....



This last attempt to stay raw started in August 2011. I didn't want to keep track of the day because I was tired of counting days...


I don't even know how I found out about 80/10/10??? (I'm so bummed about that..) But I think I've now been doing it for 4-5 weeks.



The greatest thing has been the amount of detoxing. I never experienced that before. Detoxing with ENERGY! I am also seeing improvement in the LS!!


But...the topic of this discussion was suppossed to be my KIDS, so I will explain..


When I would make all of the HFRV gourmet meals my kids would gag..except for some of the treats I would make.


They didn't like vinegar, they didn't like the nuts, they didn't like seaweed, they didn't like any of the supplement/superfoods, they didn't like a lot of the vegetables.......



But they LOVED fruit!


Hmmmmm????? Why didn't I PAY ATTENTION to that?????????



My oldest son would pig out on bananas and other fruit and I would be all worrying that he was getting too much sugar, that he would be acidic, that he wasn't getting enough nutrients, etc. etc. etc.!!!!!!!!!!



I sat him down the other day and said, "I was wrong...eat ALL THE FRUIT YOU WANT!!!"


How could I have been so disconnected to Nature??


All of the things I complained about are now gone:


"It's too hard."

"It takes too much time and effort."

"It takes too much planning ahead."

"It's so expensive to buy all these nuts and seeds and supplements and super foods."

"Why are so many of the raw food gurus not eating 100% anymore and are now using animal products?????"

Why don't they LOOK better??"

"Why I am not thin?"

"Why can't I stay raw?"

"Why am I not cured yet?"

"Why am I craving carbs??"

I GET IT NOW!!!!


I should have observed my children better...they KNEW it all along! :)


I am SOOOOOOO grateful to have read 80/10/10!

I am SOOOOOOO grateful to Dr. Graham.

I am SOOOOOOO grateful!!







Monday, September 12, 2011

80/10/10


September 12, 2011

I know why I've struggled to stay 100% raw now! I know why I was craving bread. I know why I was not losing weight. I know why I was not feeling as good as I wanted to.



I'm reading 80/10/10 by Dr. Douglas Graham. It has opened my eyes! I've learned so much!

The regular raw vegan diet is so full of FAT!! So full of SALT!! So full of dehydrated foods!!

I needed to eat more CARBS! MORE FRUIT!!!

Stop reading this right now and go to www.foodnsport.com and order 80/10/10!!!

 I am so grateful to Dr. Graham! The truth is so simple I could not see it!



 " And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." ~ John 8:32

Saturday, September 3, 2011

I Feel Good!!


September 3,2011 



 Just letting you know that...cue music....  

"WHOA-AH! 
I FEEEEEL GOOD! NA NA NA NA NA NA NA! 
 I KNEW THAT I WOULD NOW! NA NA NA NA NA NA NA. 
 I FEEEEEEL GOOD! NA NA NA NA NA NA NA!
 I KNEW THAT I WOULD NOW! NA NA NA NA NA NA NA! 
SO GOOD! UH UH! 
 SO GOOD! UH! 
I GOT RAW FOOD! DA DA DA DA DA DA! 
SO GOOD! UH UH! 
SO GOOD! UH!
 I GOT RAW FOOD! DA DA DA DA DA DA! SO GOOD! SO GOOD! I GOT RAW FOOD!" 

 Hold for applause....


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Dear Me,

August 21, 2011


Dear Me,

I LOVE you! Please remember how GOOD you feel eating raw these past 3 days! Please stay strong! It's not worth it eating those cooked, processed, junk foods! Remember how bad you feel when you do? How sick you get? How hopeless you feel? Keep on having faith! Remember that your Heavenly Father led you, brought you to raw foods after all your prayers, asking, searching, doctors, pain, fear, anguish...remember when you met Katherine? Remember the powerful witness of the Spirit?? Don't EVER forget it!! Remember the girl who had psoriasis and after 3 years on a raw, vegan diet she was cured?? You TOO will be cured!! You must have faith. Be strong! Keep eating raw! Trust in the Lord. You will be able to show others with Lichen Schlerosis the way to cure this terrible disease. You can resist the temptations that surround you every day, everywhere! You can because you can remember how it was when you gave in. You can remember how awful you felt. Remember, remember, remember! You feel so good right now. It is so wonderful to feel this good! It's just going to get better!! Have faith, and trust in God. Lean on Him for strength. You can do it! You WILL do it! I love you so much and want youbto be happy and whole! I am always here for you!



With all my heart,
Me


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Struggling..

August, 18, 2011


I haven't blogged. I've been struggling. Emotionally. Seems like I just want to forget about everything and do what's easier. Eat like my family does. Unfortunately, doing that makes me feel bad..all around. So. Here I am. Blogging about it....I'm in a phase of "Who cares! Nobody does!" , "I won't ever get better anyway.." , "I'm tired of fighting.." Waaaaaa! Poor pitiful me. Anyway. I'm sure you really want to hear me whine. Worst part is, I know what I should say to someone like me..."Buck up little camper! Just keep swimming. Don't lose sight of your goal! One day at a time! You will make it! Never give up! You know what's right so just DO IT!" Well. I will pull myself up again, as many times as it takes. Stop betraying myself. That's my goal for today. Be true to myself. I can do that. Today.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I'm doing great!

May 25, 2011

It has been a long time since I have blogged. So sorry! So much going on right now. I will be performing my very first concert! I am so excited!
I have had ups and I have had downs.
But I have weathered the storms. :)
I am, in patience, following the course that I know will lead me to complete healing.
I am learning about myself and leaning heavily on the Lord when I need strength to overcome. He has strengthened me and he has shown me that He hears my prayers and has not left me alone. I sometimes see the things He is teaching me and it is so cool!
I am no longer counting my raw days anymore. I just AM raw. I became raw in October of 2008 and that is that. I chose raw and I still choose raw. :)
God is good. He lives and He will lead us and guide us, IF we ask. I am so grateful for the truth and knowledge He has shown me.

Thank you Lord.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Raw General Conference



Conference Tradition: FRUIT LEATHER!

My APPLE PIE!

Raspberry Chocolate Pie from Omar's RAWTOPIA!

A Yummy Green Smoothie!

Zucchini Angel Hair Pasta with Dulse that was soaked in a little water and Nama Shoyu

Raw BREAD/Crackers:
Carrot Pulp, from juicing
2 c. flax seed. Blend in high powered blender.
2-3 medium tomatoes. Blend in Blender.
1 t. Himalayan Salt
1-2 t. Garlic Herb Bread By The Spice Hunter.
Filtered Water until desired consistency. (Spreadable on Teflex Dehydrator Sheets.)
Mix in bowl. Spread onto Teflex Dehydrator Sheets.
Dehydrate at 105-110 over night until desired dryness. Softer for bread. Harder for crackers.


April 5, 2011

So, I LOVE General Conference! Being at the feet of the Prophet and Apostles and General Authorities and Presidencies of the Church. Feasting on the words of Christ.
Surrounded by my family, in our home. Comfy. Cozy. Focusing on the Gospel and being together. Preparing and feasting on a LOT of food! Now, usually, that meant a lot of JUNK food and then having ornery children and feeling drowsy, fighting off sleep during the talks. Not good. Not happy to admit.
THIS Conference was different! :) For the second Saturday morning session we had delicious, sweet, and juicy red grapes to snack on. For the Sunday sessions we snacked on strawberry and mango fruit leathers and dried apples. I think this will be my new tradition. Fruit leathers of all flavors to savor during Conference. For a special dessert I made my own recipe for Apple Pie. It was incredible! ALL of my family LOVED it! I will post some pics and here is the recipe:

My APPLE PIE
Crust:
1 1/2 - 2 C. Pecans
7 Medjool Dates, pitted
pinch of Himalayan Salt (H.S.)
1 t. Cinnamon
1 t. Vanilla

Food process and press into a pie plate.

Filling:
4 Organic Granny Smith Apples, thinly sliced in a food processor
2 Organic Fuji Apples, diced and added to blender
1 C. Organic Raisins, soaked for 30 minutes, then added to blender
Juice of 1 lemon
Pinch of H.S.
1 t. Vanilla
1 T. Cinnamon
1 T. Raw Agave or Raw Honey

Blend the Fuji Apples, Raisins, Salt, Vanilla, & Cinnamon. In a bowl, combine apples, blended mixture, lemon juice, and drizzle with Agave and mix well. Add to pie plate.

Crumble Topping:
2 C. Walnuts
7 Large Medjool Dates
1 t. Vanilla
Pinch of H.S.

Food Process until crumbly and top the pie.

Serve with Cream Sauce:

1 c. Raw Cashews, soaked at least 30 minutes
1/2 c. Filtered Water
Juice of 1 orange
1 t. vanilla
Pinch of H.S.
1/3 c. Raw Agave or Raw Honey

Combine and Blend until creamy.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

100% Raw Even on a CRUISE!!





















March 22, 2011

60 Days Raw!!!!

Got back! LOVED my cruise and the sun and the beaches and celebrating my anniversary with my HOT and amazing husband!
Sad about everything that has happened DURING our cruise. Japan. Earthquake. Tsunamis. Nuclear meltdowns. A death and an 11 week early delivery in my ward. Flooding in Australia. War in Libya....
Something catastrophic ALWAYS happens when we go on vacation. THIS beats them all. I think we won't ever go on vacation again....
I will post pictures of all of the wonderful foods I ate.
I went to 2 raw food restaurants in Miami. Escopazzo and Lifefood Gourmet.
they were amazing!

60 days! Yay me! YAY! YAY! YAY!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Off to the Caribbean!!!


One of my delicious salads!

Yummy macaroons!

March 10, 2011

I am off to cruise the Caribbean and bask in the warmth of the sun and the beauty of God's beautiful ocean, islands and beaches! I am still 100% RAW!! 48 Days and NEVER STOPPING!! I LOVE it TOO much!! I will be feasting on all of the wonderful tropical raw fruits and all of the delicacies that are raw foods on my cruise! I'm taking some GONE NUTS with me, 2 salad dressings and spirulina, sprouted pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and goji berries. We plan to eat at 2 raw food restaurants in Miami! I'm so excited! I will let you all know how it all goes!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

ALL IS WELL!







March 2, 2011

I'm so happy that Spring is on it's way! I get all TWITTER PATTED at this time of year!! I am planning our 20Th Wedding Anniversary vacation. I just recorded a song for a top secret thing... I teach my exercise classes 3 times a week. I play the piano in church. I hold a raw food support group each week in my home. I am anxiously waiting to hear back from distributors for my albums and working on forming a group of musicians for my CD release concert and firesides. My mind is clear and focused on all of these good things and more ESPECIALLY growing my amazing children and LOVING my wonderful husband! All the while FILLED with hope as I heal my body! I am so thankful for my Father in Heaven who is tenderly caring for me and leading me on this journey and wonderful life! Losing myself in the service of everyone I know all the while filled with the great JOY! I am doing FABULOUS! :)

I have to blog about a "Girls Best Friend". I knew "she" was coming soon...but didn't pay attention. She came 2 days early. Again. Like last month after going 100% raw??
Best thing about it was that I had NO PMS symptoms! I usually get emotional and my appetite increases about 1-2 days before. I had NONE of those! :) Just a coincidence? I don't think so! I know I say this a lot, I love being raw!

ALL IS WELL!

I posted pics of a coupon I can ACTUALLY USE! Some Smoked Paprika and Chipotle Kale Chips. A Cinnamon Vanilla Almond Milk Chia pudding with oranges, blueberries, goji berries and walnuts. And some of my juice ingredients, including wheatgrass.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I just AM raw.






February 22, 2011

Day 32 of 100% Raw!!

I'm in a good place.

I feel at peace.

No struggle, no remorse. No temptations, no resentment. Not missing cooked food.

I just AM raw.

I am grateful to have all the foods I want to eat.

I don't crave anything. I even forget to eat.

I don't overeat or binge anymore.

My body is satisfied.

I know that God has blessed me. He has helped my weakness become my strength.

I want to be the one who heals from Lichen Sclerosis and can tell the world,

"I healed myself with raw foods!"

"I did it! And so can you!"

I pray everyday for this.

I am so grateful.