Review of Give Your Tyke What He Likes by Karmyn Malone

It almost seems like some sort of fairy tale, or maybe if you watch the news, a nightmare. Children eating mostly fruits and vegetables, is barely an accessible idea to many.   There are certainly some bad stories out there, and most people have only heard the bad ones, so it’s no surprise that it is completely unheard of by many.  Karmyn’s raw vegan recipe book makes it look completely easy, normal and popular though.

The recipes have great names, simple ingredients and look extremely attractive.  Which is great for children who love to eat by sight…aka picky eaters.   I’m the kind of person who likes to make very simple foods and they don’t always look pretty, however with a 3 year old, that doesn’t really work well.

I read this book with my kids last year and immediately they were asking to make the recipes in the book.  There are great pictures, and pictures of Karmyn’s kids who helped “write” the book.  Several of the recipes have become regulars in our routine and my 6 year old likes to make these recipes herself.  The ono dogs and ono cucumber sandwiches are my kids’ favorites.

This is a great book and well worth the price.  If you want your kids to eat healthier, eat more fruits and veggies or if you’re looking for help transitioning your kids to a high raw or all raw diet, this is definitely the raw vegan recipe book for you!  If you’re an adult with picky eating habits or you’re just into pretty raw foods this will not fail you either.

I am not exaggerating when I say this book really helped me, permanently, with making foods for my kids.

You can purchase the book here: Feed Your Tike What He Likes

What I Ate Raw Vegan, Early Spring 2013

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bananas (Photo credit: Fernando Stankuns)

As you can see…the last few weeks I haven’t written anything.  I’ve been much higher on the raw vegan fruity spectrum and it becomes more difficult for me during those times to want to write about what I’m doing.  I’m not sure why.  Maybe it’s the blog format.

Anyway, I’m just going to let you know what I’ve been eating this week and how I’ve been feeling. The past couple weeks, I think I had salt maybe 1 or 2 days.  So I’m eating much less salt than usual.  Which is a great thing.

I’ve been eating really simple for the most part and I’ve been eating mostly mono-meals and mostly, like even more than usual…raw vegan.   I may have had potatoes or cooked veggies for about a week, during the past 3 weeks.  I also had some cashew butter recently.

I am low on fruit right now and I am trying to stick to a budget, since I spent a lot this month already. (I bought a lot of nuts which I don’t usually do)  I’m just speculating about what I’ve eaten because I haven’t really recorded all this, but since I’ve eaten really simply.  It’s pretty easy to remember.

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Sunkist oranges, bananas, pears, apples, and a watermelon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sunday: bananas all day, probably a little over 20…haven’t had a huge appetite

Monday: bananas all day; salad at night…ditto

Tuesday: bananas for breakfast & lunch(approx. 18), grapefruit/cucumber/tomato salad, cucumber w/ cashew butter

Wednesday: bananas for breakfast & lunch, soup: cooked broccoli, zucchini, carrots, sweet potato

Thursday: bananas/pineapple, grapefruit/cucumber/pineapple salad, cucumber/cashew butter

Friday: banana/strawberry icecream, salad w/ beets, spinach, who knows what else, salsa & raw vegan hummus w/ zucchini chips

My kids don’t exactly eat what I eat.  They snack on or eat a lot more nuts/seeds than I do.  I actually don’t eat nuts at all. They also require shnazzy exciting meals sometimes, if it was just me, I’d be on some fruit island all the time.

They also prefer to eat potatoes for dinner most nights, because in our house, there are much worse cooked food scents buzzing around, so I give them cooked potatoes or sweet potatoes most nights.  Things have changed a lot this week though, I haven’t really needed to make breakfast or lunch for them.  They’ve been mostly feeding themselves with bananas, apples, kiwis, citrus, dried fruit- and nuts/seeds.

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English: Different potato varieties. – The potato is the vegetable of choice in the United States. On average, Americans devour about 65 kg of them per year. New potato releases by ARS scientists give us even more choices of potatoes to eat. Deutsch: Verschiedene Kartoffelsorten (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My nose was snotty and I was sneezing a lot on Sunday and Monday I think.  Now I am a tiny bit sniffly.  I think it is from decreasing my salt to zero, but I can’t be sure.  It doesn’t matter…I feel fine.

I did have a slight fever for a very brief period one night.  But I went to sleep and I was fine the next day.  So all in all this is a pretty satisfying way to eat although I tend to love the way I feel a little more without salt and with more fruit and less cooked stuff…also more juicy fruits usually equals more fun…but again, overall, I’m satisfied.

Extended Breastfeeding Vegan: Still Nursing

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Breastfeeding symbol (Photo credit: Topinambour)

The breastfeeding relationship can ebb and flow over the course of a natural duration.  Natural duration, is commonly called extended breastfeeding, but it is not extended when it comes to the history of humanity across cultures.  The natural duration of weaning is between ages 4 and 7. With all the breastfeeding controversy I wanted to share a particular report I read last year.  I think it would be great to add some stories here and my breastfeeding inspiration to paint a vivid picture of the breastfeeding diorama.

One story:

A woman could not breastfeed.  Her nipples were inverted and she did everything she could to try breastfeeding her daughter but it didn’t work.  She used her love and passion for the “womanly art” to write a guide for mothers participating in WIC in her area about breastfeeding.  I hope this woman is a Lactation Consultant or working in the birth/postpartum, maternal/child health field today.  We need more people like her in the field!

Story two:

I did a breastfeeding counselor training while pregnant with my first daughter.  I was inspired by the disaster of Hurricane Katrina and the fact that babies were suffering because they didn’t have clean water for formula.  I thought they could find out which women were lactating and make sure the babies were fed.  Breastfeeding was something I’d never thought of before.  5 years later my two daughters are still breastfed. I know that I was able to keep this up through support and accurate information.   I can understand how easy it is to not breastfeed or to not stick with it if you don’t have qualified support or accurate information, and sometimes it really is impossible.  However breastfeeding is a powerful act and unfortunately I see so many times that people criticize women who breastfeed for an “extended” period of time, by saying they’re doing it for themselves.

I believe this is the farthest from the truth.  I believe that mother’s who continue to breastfeed their children after whatever is thought of as reasonable in their inner circle, do so for the children.  I literally think there are zero women out there who are clinging to their children and forcing them to breastfeed.  I literally think there are zero moms who don’t look forward to having their bodies back.  Yes, it is awesome to snuggle up and watch your children so closely while they nurse…but its not always so pretty.  You may have to go through stages of biting, quick snacks, wrestling, twiddling, non-stop nursing marathons, and so on.   Children learn more about empathy through these stages, when they are patiently corrected and shown the impact they have on mommies.

So without going through the whole list of benefits for the child, the parent and communities, let’s just say that no one is breastfeeding strictly for their own benefit.  It’s a team effort.

UPDATE May 2017:

I stopped breastfeeding my kids about ages 6 and 4.5.  I now have a new baby.  One person I talked to about extended breastfeeding is Sophie Emma Rose.  She dedicated herself to normalizing extended breastfeeding also known as child-led weaning.  Check out her Youtube Channel here.

Consider donating to her son here: https://www.youcaring.com/sophieemmarose-819142

Datorade Island Cleanse: How and Why To Do It

MMMmmmmm Datorade, lovely, creamy, sweet, intoxicating drink, you… people want to know you and I can’t keep our secret any longer…

I’ve been getting lots of search results on how to make datorade.  I think there are basically 2 ways to make it and it really depends on your preferences. First you need some good dates… get dates that have no preservatives in them.  They should be soft and juicy.  If your dates are dry you will need to soak them in water, perhaps overnight.  The best dates are organic and naturally grown dates.

Update:  This post is now not just about making a great datorade, but using datorade daily, for a period of time to achieve a higher level of health, happiness and simplicity in your life.

My favorite varieties are medjool and khadrawy, two of the juiciest types of dates.  Deglet noors are the driest dates I’ve ever had.  I prefer to get dates from the date farms, but sometimes I’ll get the bulk variety from grocery stores, or very carefully picked packaged dates from the store.  Pitted dates are not raw and contain sulfites.  There are several companies that mail in dates, but the most well-known are www.thedatepeople.net and www.7hotdates.com

Best datorade quality dates

Best Datorade Quality Dates. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Quantity of dates.

Purchasing: If you’re trying dates for the first time or for the purpose of this recipe a pound is alright, I’d go with 3-5lbs. if you’re not convinced you will like them.  Otherwise get as many pounds as you can handle.  I usually get at least 20 lbs. when I order them.

Creating: I think it’s a really good idea to make a blender full, even if you have to store what you don’t drink right away because it makes it easier to blend and datorade a day later is all the better.  For smaller dates I put in 20-30 dates.  For medjool dates I put in 10-20 dates depending on the size.  It looks like the blender is about 1/4th to 1/5th full of dates.

Water.  Do you want your datorade to be thick like a milkshake or thin like a latte?  If you want it thick you might put a few less dates in and fill the blender up with water until it’s half full for a 48 oz blender.  If you want it more latte-like, fill it up 3/4 with water.  You could also add in ice.

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What you get… Depending on your blender and your dates, it might be difficult to get the dates to blend up completely.   You might want to start with a few at a time, and continuously add more.  Sometimes I blend in batches.  I might start with all my dates and water in and then pour some off, adding it back in when I’ve got a batch completely blended and stored in a container.

If your datorade is thick you’re going to end up with a drink that looks like caramel and basically tastes like it as well.  The thicker drink is sweeter, drink it like a dessert drink.  If you go with the latter expect your drink to look more creamy, with a white foam at the top and taste sweet, but palatable enough to drink a gallon’s worth.  It will look more like the smoothie to the right.  Now once you get the hang of it, you’re probably going to experiment and pick a ratio you prefer which is why I haven’t given any direct measurements.  Datorade is pretty flexible, but it can be a disaster until you get accustomed (addicted) to the taste and texture.

What I mean is that your comfort level will increase when you’re more confident that you know what you’re doing when you make it.  I have seen others afraid of datorade, it may not mix well with other foods, especially if you’re drinking the thicker, sweeter blend in large quantities.  I usually eat datorade as a meal.  Being hydrated is also important with dates or any dry fruit.  For this reason the more watery variety is better as a meal and if it’s not sweet enough for you add a few more dates to it and more water to decrease the sweet.

Datorade is a great food for energy and extremely filling.  You can also add other fruits to it such as bananas, strawberries, or apples.  You could also pour datorade over sliced apples, bananas, strawberries, cucumbers or whatever other fruits you want to try.  This is a great staple for a fruit cleanse, eating a raw diet or eating fruit for breakfast.

Troubleshooting:  There are no exact measurements here, because it’s all about personal choice and being intuitive in your eating.  If your datorade is too sweet, add more water.  Datorade is not like your everyday smoothie, that’s why it’s not typically called a date smoothie.  Most people prefer it to have the consistency of Gatorade or just slightly thicker.  That’s why it has it’s name, it’s a nice Gatorade alternative, that’s a lot more natural and tastier.  

If your datorade is not sweet enough there’s many things you can do.  You can definitely add more dates if you have good quality dates.  In the U.S. you can order fresh dates from September until approximately March.  If you order a large quantity you can keep them in your refrigerator throughout the summer.  If you don’t have fresh dates you will probably need to soak your dates.  The taste may not be satisfying with store bought dates, it might be a good idea to add other fruits to your datorade.

Recommended ripe fruits are: apples (if in season), pineapple, bananas, mango, pineapple, raspberries, peaches, cherries and nectarines.  I recommend learning how to guage and encourage ripeness in fruit.

You can also add vanilla, mint, coconut water, coconut, cucumber or tomato to create a different flavor, if you don’t want it sweet or can’t get it sweet enough.  Another issue might be your blender.  If your datorade is chunky, try blending it for longer, on pulse, starting and stopping.  You might also want to try a stick blender or food processor.  The best blenders for meal quality blends though are high-speed, heavy duty blenders like the Vitamix, Ninja, Omni, Cuisinart, Healthmaster, etc.

Benefits

As mentioned earlier, Datorade is a natural Gatorade alternative.  Go for datorade if you’re looking for a post work-out drink.  You can also use it as a meal if you have enough dates and I often have it for breakfast because it gets me going for the day much better than most breakfast foods.

Dates are full of many nutrients but the most important part to me is that they are easy to eat and very filling.  I don’t believe in calorie-restrictive dieting.  I think it’s more important to get most of your calories from healthy foods, so eating a lot of fruit, with low-fat and high value will be beneficial to those with a sweet-tooth or who have trouble overeating.  Dates are high in fiber, good sugars, potassium and many more nutrients including iron.

Cleanse:

Datorade Island makes a great cleanse.  Any fruit island is great for digestion and sensitizing taste buds.  Datorade Island also helps if you need to recover from any previous or current illness.  It is super easy, simple, tasty, filling and rich in nutrients.  Datorade is often used as a replacement for energy drinks and coffee in the morning, because it will fill you up with energy.  It will not cause a crash later because of the high fiber and high level of minerals.   Start a datorade cleanse if you’re ready to refresh your taste buds and your sense of health, energy and nutrition as a whole.  If you’re ready to be fulfilled and excited by a simple eating process go for the Datorade Island Cleanse.

Step 1:

Secure the best quality of dates you can find.

Step 2:

Decide how long you’re going to do the cleanse 3 days to 14 days is recommended.

Step 3:

Make sure you have plenty of dates to get you through your cleanse and a good blender.

Step 4:

Get goaling.  Don’t worry about weight loss or weight gain, you’re doing this to improve your digestion and increase your nutrient uptake.

Step 5:

Make sure you have extra ingredients to add to your datorade, in case you get bored.

Step 6:

Prepare ahead if you’re taking Datorade to work, school or anywhere like that.  (Get containers)

Step 7:

Plan your meals.  Calculate how many calories you will need and be generous, make a little more than you think you’ll need.

If you’d like support doing The Datorade Island Cleanse or other cleanses, with exotic fruit and simplifying your digestion, eating with abundance and prioritizing the emotional/spiritual side of achieving your health goals join me here.

Wasting Too Much Time And Money Deciding What To Eat?

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If you don’t make meal plans, you probably are…

If you eat out on a regular basis, you probably are…

If you only shop for groceries when you have nothing left and have no choice…you probably are wasting too much money and time on food.

You’re probably wasting the things you have in your refrigerator, and causing yourself stress. You’re probably staying hungry too long and eating the wrong things when you finally eat.

So how do you change this:
1. Make or obtain* meal plans for each week.
2. Make an on-going grocery list in the kitchen and do your shopping at least once a week.
3. Label the things in refrigerator with dates, ingredients and in categories, such as fruit, snacks, veggies, dessert, side dishes.
4. Monitor what you eat on fitdiary.com or chronometer.com find out what you’re not getting enough of easily and add foods that can help you to your grocery list…when you see those items in your refrigerator on your ingredient lists you will be more likely to eat them.
*If you need help I create weekly grocery lists, meal plans, recipe lists and more that you can customize on my website www.fruitaliniyogicare.webs.com

4 Myths About Losing Weight

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The weight loss industry, is just that, an industry. The industry makes millions of dollars a year and that happens because of repeat customers. Those customers are yo-yo dieters, gullible and manipulated by marketing techniques and the general lack of accurate information in the media and even in schools about health.

Even worse is the common knowledge that people think they have about health. Who do you trust?

You trust those who have proven to be healthy over long periods of time. You choose those who are engaged in ethical business and who are not being paid directly or indirectly to promote someone else’s message. In other words, you don’t trust the mainstream media. You don’t trust grocery stores and magazines, and you don’t trust me! Unless and until you really know me.

Trust your friend who has improved his or her health and is consistently showing you and telling you how great they’re doing. When your friend’s health is improving find out what they’re doing and look into the people they’re trusting. Is their success a fluke, or are the people they’re trusting really trustworthy?

You trust people like Dr. Neil Bernard, Dr. McDougall, Dr. Doug Graham. Dr. Dave Klein, Herbert Shelton . Trust Freelee Fruititionist, Durianrider, Dr. Bragg, Shari Lieberman, Jack Lalanne , Anne Osborne, Chris Kendall. Trust people only after you can see that they know what they’re talking about and they are following their own advice. Trust the people who can show without a shadow of a doubt that they are healthy.

Don’t trust in gimmicks. Don’t trust in overcomplicated or oversimplified ideas. Trust your own intuition. The weight loss industry is based on a temporary fix. Temporarily you can lose weight, usually by compromising your health in some other way or your confidence/self-esteem when you invariably gain that weight back.  If you stick to the plan and you gain the weight back that means something was not sustainable.  It was either your lifestyle, or the plan itself.  If the plan didn’t include any lifestyle techniques, it was not sustainable and therefore you were doomed to failure.

Setting yourself up for failure is one of the worst things you can do for your self-esteem.  When we fail and we don’t know why, we internalize the feelings, adopt unconscious attitudes and behaviors and label ourselves as failures.  We begin to think we can’t succeed or meet our goals.  We begin to see things as too hard or impossible.  What you really need to have a healthy body is a healthy lifestyle, healthy habits and belief patterns, a healthy knowledge of your situation and the things you’re trying to do, and support.

More than anything, trust your body.  Give attention and awareness to how you’re body feels and follow the path that makes your body feel the best, on its own, naturally.  I want nothing more than to give you the support, encouragement and direction you need to own your health, trust, know and love your body!  If you have a question about your health ask me now.  This will give you the ability to get to know me and decide to trust yourself and seek others you can trust.  I will answer your questions and if you decide you’re satisfied and want to take this journey with me, you’ll be invited to join my program.  First, let me just give you an introduction to myriad of lies that need to be busted.

There is so much that you are probably unaware of about your health, if you have tried to lose weight before.  I can only let you in on a few because it takes a lot of knowledge and it needs to be given bit by bit, in conjunction with behavior modification techniques and all the other success factors for really getting(and staying) healthy.  I have designed a plan to help people really get what they need to take control of their body, their mind and their lifestyles.   I’ve studied lots of techniques, doctors, teachers, movements and health concerned people over the years and these are things that I think need to be put out there first.

Myth 1:

You are overweight... this is incorrect.  The media oversimplifies this issue thereby causing confusion, obsession and distraction from the truth and focusing on numbers.  When you tell yourself you need to lose weight, you’re essentially saying, “I don’t really care about anything except having a certain number pop up when I get on the scale.”  Focusing on numbers greatly diffuses the motivational steam that many have when starting to get healthy.  They wait and wait for the weight to drop and when it doesn’t go fast enough they get discouraged and stop.  The truth is you will probably need to gain some weight to get healthy, if you need to lose FAT.  Fat is flabby, light and actually can be lost pretty fast.  To lose fat you need to gain muscle…muscle is heavy, tough and solid, it is not lost easily.  That is a good thing.  You don’t need to worry about being too muscular.  You can become as muscular as you want, as long as you have a healthy body image and expectations, but you can’t just lose weight and think that’s all there is to it.  You want to focus on a healthy body composition and body fat index decrease.

Myth 2:

You’re over-eating…this is also faulty logic.  For the most part, the body dictates the amount of food a person eats.  If you eat when you are hungry, you will eat until your body is full, exhausted or has enough energy.  Your body needs to eat in order to function, and it will take what it can get, if you’re willing to feed it.  Processed foods are addictive because they lack the nutrients the body needs.  When you eat processed foods you trick your body.  Your body is expecting to be nourished by the foods consumed and this is not the case.  It causes you to be hungry, never get full or get tired and/or disgusted with the quantity of food you’re eating.  If you were to eat healthier foods, you may still need a lot of food, but the foods you eat would actually nourish you.  This would cause your body satisfaction and balance and you’d be able to experience satiation.  You can’t overeat on a good thing.  Your body will stop you, by feeling full.  You just need to know what is good and what is not so good to eat.  It may be a lot different than you’ve been told.

Myth 3:

You should eat a low-calorie or low-carb diet.  Calories are an energy source that we obtain from our food.  Calories are good.  In order to have energy to handle our day, exercise, and just exist in our living state, we need sufficient calories.  If you need to lose fat, you need to eat a lot of good calories to give yourself the energy to be active and gain muscle that will lead to losing fat.  Carbohydrates are the building blocks of life.  Carbs are present in grains, potatoes and fruits in high quantities.  They give us the immediate energy we need and fuel all of the cells in our bodies.  We need carbs more than anything else we consume besides water.  I’ve heard many uninformed fat loss candidates talk about how too much sugar is bad for you, how one fruit or another has too many calories.  Sugar, glucose is exactly what we need to function most, that is why everyone has a sweet tooth.  The problem is not sugar its the type of sugar that is being eaten.  If you a eat a whole large watermelon, versus 2 slices of grocery store bakery cake, the watermelon is going to fill you up, give you energy, digest easily and provide hydration and other nutrients that are easily assessed by the body.  The cake will provide your body with sugar and some energy, but then it will make you tired and create a sluggish digestive system.  I won’t even mention the rest of the negatives of the cake.

Myth 4:

If you exercise enough you’ll lose weight.  Exercising a lot does not make a person healthy.  True health comes from a myriad of factors.  Nutrition, adequate sleep, sunshine, fresh air, low-stress, hydration, and proper exercise.  Proper exercise is a mix of aerobic, anaerobic and flexibility.  You need to gradually increase your activity level and you need to give your body recovery time.  Over training can result in injuries and create a prolonged plateau in bodily strength and fat loss.  Over stressing your body can put your hormones on kilter and create an imbalance and skewed self-esteem about your capability of success.  It is important to have active fun, rather than stressing yourself to exercise all the time in ways you don’t enjoy.  There are so many things that affect your health, and without a healthy balance just exercising could do more harm than good.

Disclaimer: I am not giving medical advise, I am simply engaged in education, support and coaching people to self-empowered health.  With positive reinforcement, a clear path, and the motivation to seek out quality health advise from quality health professionals, clients can come to a place of balance, strength and confidence in their health.