Category Archives: Health

Chipotle-Lime Sweet Potato Soup and Corn Fritters

It’s time for some sweet southern soul food! Simple, easy, spicy, low-fat, and vegan,  this recipe will have all y’all comin’ back for more. It’s the perfect transition to go raw, my family ate it up!

Sweet Potato Chipotle Lime Soup

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 baked sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (or other non-dairy milk, rice milk is an even lower fat option)
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • lime juice (to taste, I used 1 whole lime worth)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (nooch)
  • Optional: orange zest, salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Bake sweet potatoes until soft
  2. Combine ingredients in blender and blend until desired consistency
  3. Add into a pot and heat
  4. Stuff your grateful face
Low-fat Vegan Corn Fritters

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chives
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups frozen organic corn
  • 1 shallot
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flower
  • 1/2 cup corn meal, stone-ground
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Dice chives, shallots, and garlic and let the corn thaw
  2. Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl
  3. Slowly add coconut milk or water until there is a paste like consistency
  4. Heat a pan coated with an extremely thin layer of oil
  5. Add your mix, cook and flip
  6. As always, stuff your grateful face!

Option: make the two recipes together and dip the corn fritters in the soup. You will not regret it!

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Banana Mamey Pudding

Mamey (pronounced mah – may) is similar to an avocados texture, but tastes like dates, persimmons, and pumpkins all in one. This is a fantastic recipe for a raw vegan pudding and has only 2 ingredients. All you have to do is take half a large, ripe mamey and blend it on a low setting with 6-7 ripe bananas. If you want to spice it up a bit, you can add in some cinnamon. ENJOY!

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28 Documentaries to Change Your Health and Conciousness

1) Forks over Knives
2) Earthings
3) Vegucated
4) Food Inc
5) Food Matters
6) The Ghost in Our Machine
7) Hungry for Change
8) Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death
9) Blackfish
10) Simply Raw Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days
11) The Beautiful Truth
12) A Connected Life
13) Making the Connection
14) The Beautiful Truth
15) The Gerson Miracle
16) The Cove
17) Fat Sick and Nearly Dead
18) Peaceable Kingdom
19) Gary Yourofsky
20) Meet Your Meat
21) Holocaust on a Conveyor Belt
22) Speciesism: The Movie
23) A River of Waste
24) More Than Honey
25) Death on a Factory Farm
26) Behind the Mask
27) Animals Should Be Off The Menu: The St James Ethics & Wheeler Centre
28) Meat the Truth

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It’s workout time! Workout Plan week 1 & 2

I recently started a new workout and wanted to share it for any of you looking for a new program. This program is from my fantastic personal trainer who I see twice per month when she gives me my next workout and walks me through the exercises. I keep myself accountable doing the workout three times per week. I also run/cycle three times a week and do yoga twice or more a week. Some weeks I take two days off, but generally only one.

This is the first two weeks’ exercises. All of these exercises can be done at home with minimal equipment. It’s awesome how quickly I started to see improvements. By the end of week two I was finishing the whole loop in 34 minutes (the first time it took me almost an hour).

Tips:

  • Do this three times per week
  • Walk around when you need a break, don’t bend over or stop
  • Try to move quickly between exercises, keeping your heart rate up
  • Drink water in between sets and a ton of water after the workout
  • Eat lots of bananas, alongside water, this will help soreness be a minimum

Warmup (4-7 minutes)- jog in place, jumping jacks, side to side hops (one foot), high knees (30 seconds each, repeat)

Set 1

  1. 25 Burpees with jump at top, no pushupburpee
  2. 25 “x” press with weights in hands (with feet slightly wider than the shoulders, squat, touch the floor with your hands, then extend back up and straighten your arms diagonally upwards to make an “x” with your body)
  3. 25 plyo jacks with hands to floor (Begin with feet together and jump up, taking feet out to the side, landing in a low squat.  Jump up and bring feet back together.  Swing your arms overhead to add intensity.)
  4. 25 lateral hops landing in curtsy squatcurtsy
  5. 25 wide pushups
  6. 25 side planks (each side)

Set 2

  1. 20 burpees with pushups
  2. 20 “x” press with weights
  3. 20 hands to the floor wide leg squats
  4. 20 lateral gliding curtsy squat (stand on hand towels on a smooth surface and use them to glide your foot back into your squat)
  5. 20 wide traveling pushups side to side
  6. 20 thread the needle side planks

Set 3

  1. 15 gliding burpees – stand on hand towels on smooth surface and complete the burpees with sliding rather than jumping
  2. 15 clean and press with weights – feet hip width apart, squat with hand weights to the floor, extend up doing a clean at shoulder height, then pres the weights overhead
  3. 15 ab getup – laying on your back, hold weight with both hands and extend overhead, above your bellybutton. Then situp, slightly lifting the weight at the top of the situp
  4. 15 lateral hopslateral hops
  5. 15 wide pushup pumps/15 quick tricep pumps
  6. 8 thread the needle side planks with weight in top hand, each side

Set 4

  1. 10 gliding burpees
  2. 10 clean and press with weights
  3. 10 lunge jumps
  4. 10 side hops with knees in front
  5. 10 walking side pushups (5 right/5 left)
  6. 8 thread the needle side planks, each side

Set 5

  1. 5 gliding burpees
  2. 5 clean and press with weights
  3. 5 lunge jumps
  4. 5 side hops with knees in front
  5. 5 wide pushups
  6. 5 thread the needle side planks, each side

If you have any questions, please leave a comment or send me an email (kelly.ann.caldwell@gmail.com). Thank you for reading. For email notifications of new postings, please click the “follow” button at the bottom right and corner of the page. For exclusive tips and tricks on health and lifestyle, sign up for our email list on the page titled “Free Updates!” in the upper right hand corner.

I will post exercises for the next 2 weeks soon!

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Raw 80/10/10 Strawberry Slushy

It’s getting hot outside and this syrupy sweet treat is just the refreshment you need. All you have to do is add sugar, strawberries, ice and water to your blender, pulse until the desired smoothness and stuff your grateful face!

While driving through North Carolina I was passing roadside stands for fresh produce and kept seeing the signs for strawberries. What fruitarian isn’t going to make at least one pit stop?! I walked up, saw the big gallon buckets, grabbed one and walked to the counter. The sweet, gritty old man in blue jean overalls looks up at me with a grin and tells me to try one. I melt into a sweet, succulent, strawberry, sugar retreat. I promptly turned around and grabbed another bucket! Check out how deliciously red these are:

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For a couple meals I had strawberries, sugar, water, and ice. This is such a tasty treat and great for detoxing. Having just one ingredient per meal is known as a monomeal. Monomeals can be extremely helpful in detox and streamlining digestion. If your body is only breaking down one thing, it becomes very efficient. This is why any mono-island (like previously shown, banana island) works so well. Strawberries, in particular, are rich in nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants, but not very high calorically so to get your calories, you have to really pack them in.

Fun tip:  Leave the green tops on for extra nutrient boost!

You can also freeze them and make a sorbet, or freeze already blended mixture into a frozen strawberry gelato!

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Take your slushy to the pool or park and enjoy in the sunlight!

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Raw Till 4 Paella!

Buenos días mi amor! So, you love Spanish Cuisine? Are you absolutely pumped about paella?! I am! And I have made it low-sodium, low-fat, and carbed up for all you crazy high carb cats out there. This dish is sure to make your taste buds scream, ARRIBA!

My dad is famous for his paella and he loves eating it too! He has been moving slowly towards a vegan lifestyle , but he struggles with how to cook without oil. So, I offered to make this tasty treat as a birthday dinner for him with no oil, and very low sodium.  Traditional paella is typically done with seafood, lots of olive oil, and chicken stock, but we used none of those things in this dish and it still has a very traditional aroma and taste.

First you will need:

  • onion
  • garlic
  • bell peppers
  • saffron
  • paella rice (any rice will work if you can’t find the traditional stuff)
  • canned crushed tomatoes
  • any other veggies you would like to add (we used okra, mushrooms, peas, corn)
  • low-sodium veggie stock

Chop up all  your veggies to prepare.

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Then in a paella pan, iron skillet, or stovetop pan, add in your onions and get them going on medium heat. Add in a little low sodium veggie stock to sauté them in. When cooking with no oil, a good technique is to always cook onions and mushrooms first as they will release their own juices (but you can always add in some low sodium stock or water if it starts to stick). Cook the onions for 2-3 minutes and add in your mushrooms (optional), garlic, crushed tomatoes (with juice), and some low sodium veggie stock. Bring this to a heat where the liquid starts to evaporate off of it.

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While it’s cooking down, heat up some veggie stock in a pot and add in some saffron sprigs. Take it off heat after it comes to a boil. Once the tomatoes and broth have cooked down and becomes condensed/translucent, add the saffron infused veggie stock. Then add your rice.  Make sure the rice is patted down and surrounded by liquid (you can add water if it needs more liquid). After it has cooked for ten minutes, add your chopped veggies on top. Let it cook for another (approximately) 30 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked. If you are using a paella pan, be very careful when the rice starts to pop and crack. You can get the crispy bottom just as if you used oil, but this is the part that can be easy to burn. Ours turned out perfectly. What we did: as soon as we heard the popping and cracking noises, turned down the heat to low, and took it off about 4 minutes after. You will be left with a beautiful, delicious, and colorful creation!

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Up next: my love affair with strawberries and how to make a sweet, succulent, strawberry slushy!

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86 Pounds of Bananas Eaten in 1 Week!

Benefits so far:

  • shinier hair
  • velvety soft skin
  • clearer skin
  • great energy
  • more time from not having to plan meals
  • Slimmer looking from excess water weight releasing
  • overcame mental blocks and learned more about myself
  • I have a ton of new recipe ideas from fantasizing about other fruits and veggies
  • No puffiness
  • More flexible
  • FANTASTIC digestion
  • Saved money

Downsides

  • I freaking want a mango

Eaten poundage of bananas in 1 week: 86 lbs

Money equivalent (organic price): $0.64/lb = $55.04

It’s really amazing how much your digestion improves on any kind of mono-island (eating one fruit exclusively for x amount of days). It is so streamlined and quick, you continue to feel light and energized. The beauty of doing something like this is that your body gets really efficient at absorbing all of the nutrients, so I don’t feel weak in any areas other than my own personal desire for other tastes. Because I have been a fruitarian for 2+ years now and have gotten so clean, I can tell immediately if my digestion changes, and it has been night and day.

The two biggest changes for me were, no cooked starches, and no salt, which kind of go hand in hand anyways as I don’t salt my salad or fruit. When I was mostly (99%) raw before I experienced this same kind of consistent, painless, gas-less digestion. But about 6 months ago, I started incorporating more potatoes and rice for budget savings and warmth in the winter, so I started using salt. I also was eating more fat than I realized at times because of eating in restaurants, which can really mess with my digestion.

I went to the far infrared sauna today and felt absolutely incredible afterwards. My muscles were relaxed, I felt dehydrated, but clean and fresh, especially after the shower after the sauna! It was the perfect thing to do at the end of week 1, because I know for sure my body is at a healthy place with sodium. The way to tell if you are harboring water weight and excess salt is if your sweat tastes salty. Today in the sauna, there was no taste, and that is your sign, you are in the clear! Of course, it’s okay to have some sodium, especially if you are working out a lot and you are consistently sweating it out. However, it has a huge effect on digestion. It slows everything down because it is removing water from your cells, causing your efficiency to decline. So I prefer natural sodium occurring in fruits and veggies, which is enough to fulfill the necessary amount we need.

I keep thinking I am going to quit, and then when I get hungry, I go for the bananas. I thought about cooking some rice or potatoes tonight and that just seemed so heavy feeling, so now I’m eating bananas again. I don’t know how much longer I am going to keep this up, but it will probably be until I see a mango or some organic grapes. I am also really craving a salad, so I foresee a big salad tomorrow night.

I am really satisfied with a week, and I already maintain a fruitarian/vegan lifestyle and have for the past 2+ years, so it’s not as if this was intended to be a fast or weight loss gimmick. I really did this for my own spiritual reasons, but as well to help me get back off salt, and it worked! So, I may end up going another week, but I really see no point in pushing hard to do a month.

I do know that I will be avoiding salt and continuing to eat low fat when I come off of this. It makes such an impact on my digestion, how I feel, and how I look.

Banana count: 31

Total count: 243

Calories: 3944

Water/Coco-water: 7 liters

Sleep: 9 hours

Dreams: expanding

Exercise: interval run/walk 36 min

Before breakfast: Liter of water

Breakfast: 1400 g bananas, 72 g coconut sugar, water

1 liters water

Lunch: 1335 g bananas, 108 g vegan cane sugar, water

Dinner: 7 bananas

How I am feeling:   this is bullshit

Energy level: jump

Poop count: 4

Snarky comment: Tell me again about your canines…ANATOMY

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I’m Giving Up!

Banana count: 40

Total count: 212

Calories: 3924

Water/Coco-water: 6 liters

Sleep: 8 hours

Dreams: louis-ck-nope

Exercise: hour of yoga

Before breakfast: Liter of water

Breakfast: 5 bananas

1 liters water

Lunch: 1219 g bananas, 50g organic coco sugar, 1 liter water

Dinner: 1400 g bananas, liter water

Late night snack: 10 bananas,with peal 2 lbs 14.8 oz estimated at 700g

How I am feeling:   Zach

Energy level: thumbs up

Poop count: 6

Snarky comment: 1544483_10154155175905473_1599422396261624319_n

Giving up? Well, maybe. I am considering cutting the bananas only experiment to 14 days (two weeks) instead of 31. I am not sure. I will let you know. It’s not that I am not enjoying how I feel, or eating the bananas themselves. I just really miss my other fruit friends. Like mangos… and grapes… yum… and I don’t see the point in depriving myself past two weeks. I’ll keep you updated.

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Time for the hot box

Firstly, I apologize for missing a day of blogging, I had other projects I needed to work on last night and didn’t get to updating everyone on my banana progress.

Yesterday was good, but I ate less than usual, I only had 27 bananas. I felt really good until the evening. Then I got into a weird headspace where I was like “I’d rather not eat than eat bananas right now,” which I guess is fair on day 5 of just eating bananas. It’s also a symptom of not eating enough, getting undercarbed, and therefore whiney.

I try to have a health focus every week that rotates, I write it up on my bathroom mirror so I am reminded everyday of what my goal is. Last week was water, and I did really well with getting enough every day. This week is exercise. Yesterday, I did a 40 minute interval run, and today did 1 hour of yoga. I was planning to take my bike out, but as it is 93 degrees outside, I am going to pass and try to get up early on Thursday for a ride. MWF I usually run and do weights so that is the plan for tomorrow. I am also going to go the infrared sauna tomorrow.

An infrared sauna uses infrared heaters to emit infrared light experienced as radiant heat which is absorbed by the surface of the skin. Traditional saunas heat the body primary by conduction and convection from the heated air and by radiation of the heated surfaces in the sauna room. So, you basically start sweating and detoxing from your core immediately. It’s unbelievably detoxifying. I usually lose many liters of water in just 40 minutes so I try to replenish with coconut water after. Drinking extra water tomorrow will be crucial. The times I have gone to the sauna consistently, I crave all kinds of crazy things. Maybe it’s the detox or has something to do with dehydration, but it definitely brings up a lot every time I go. It’s a very relaxing experience and I highly recommend checking it out! They are usually pretty cheap. If you are in Greenville, SC, check out creativelivingwellness.com. They run a solid business and have a beautiful sauna for just $25 per session. I am not paid to endorse them, it’s just where I go and have had a wonderful experience. 

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