Sunday, September 12, 2010

Raw foods dinner party

So the band behaved at the raw foods dinner party last night. I was certainly full full full with all of those veggies however. There's a real emphasis on incorporating protein in a raw foods diet so a lot of the dishes had nuts and were really quite good. My favorite was a really creamy, ground up pumpkin seed garlic dip that was just divine! I'd certainly make that for non-raw friends.

Another favorite was the almond milk, made with just almonds, water, vanilla and agave, a natural sweetener. Not sure what type of vanilla as the processing of things is important. From what I learned not only do raw foodists believe cooked food isn't as good for you, but some people think it's toxic to the body to consume things that aren't living.

Above is what I made, a raw "linguini" with a macadamia tomato sauce. It was actually quite good but time consuming. If I had a mandoline, I think it would have been much faster though. The "pasta" is really softened strands of parsnips and carrots.

Only one person at the dinner party actually eats raw, part-time, but to most of us it was just a very interesting exercise to learn more about the lifestyle and to experiment a bit. I wouldn't go that route diet-wise but I can certainly see the benefit of adding additional, healthier green foods to my diet!

In general, my band has been extremely sensitive lately, but somehow I managed to get through the whole meal without getting stuck.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Off to a Raw Foods Dinner Party

I was invited to a raw "living" foods dinner party. It's been enlightening and fun to research. More soon on what I'm bringing. I am a bit worried about how band friendly it'll be. My recipe is a raw linguine and it has a bunch of raw carrot and parsnips. I dont think I've ever eaten a parsnip before.

Fingers crossed the band behaves!

More on how it goes later...

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Life Coach

I went to an interesting event tonight. It was a dinner party but there was a presentation by a member of the group who happens to be a life coach.

I always imagined life coaches to be like cheerleaders creating S.M.A.R.T. plans, but she was clearly more thoughtful and seemed more like a really great therapist with LOTS of good advice.

Not sure what her rate would be, expensive I imagine, but it's something I'll think about. Really, I'd love to get Alex some sessions as he really seems to be at a crossroads in his life with the move and his professional situation etc.

Have any of you ever been to a life coach. I'm curious to hear about other people's experiences.

Tighter Band

So as I've mentioned in recent posts, I've gained a bit of my weight back, and in recent weeks I've been noticing I'm tighter than usual and have more difficulty in eating certain foods and get stuck more often.

I think I recall hearing that weight loss causes a looser band, so does that mean that weight gain has the opposite effect? Hopefully it'll have positive results!