Sunday, January 23, 2011

What I'm Eating

So, as I mentioned here, this website has inspired me! I made modifications to most of them and even made some of them non-vegan. In the end, they were all delicious and I'm basing this week's menu around more of Lisa's creations.

Here are some pics of the recipes I tried. Pics were taken with the cell cam. Recipe deets can be found on the site.

Mango Pudding
Deviled Avocados
(I used Greek Yogurt in this recipe instead of the Macadamia Nut Mayo)
Grapefruit Pear Salad
Ingredients for the Fruit Cereal
(I added apricots)
Fruit Cereal without the Almond Milk
All ready to eat!
 I ate many of these dishes for many meals and was very content. Already have my list ready for this week. Can't wait!

- Kareen, RD

The Stats - Weekly Weigh-in Returns

So, it's time to put it all out there. I started the weekly weigh-in blog in 2009 but fell off as I became discouraged with the slow progress. I'm in a much better frame of mind and have found a way of eating that helps to minimize the IBS flare-ups.

I'm still following the Turbo Fire class schedule and LOVING it! The music, Chalene. . . it's a great program. About two or three days a week I sneak in a second evening workout. 

Without further ado. . .here are my stats!


Height: 5'1-1/2"

Starting Weight: 168 (11/2010 - weight before beginning my high raw diet journey; lost 6lbs then regained 2+lbs over the holidays)
Goal Weight: A STRONG 110

W1: 164.6 (01/01/11) 
W2: 163.4 (01/08/11) -1.2  
W3: 164.0 (01/15/11) +0.6 
W4: 160.0 (01/21/11) -4 WAAAAHOOOOOO!!

That's it! See in you a week.

- Kareen, RD

Monday, January 17, 2011

Complete Blog Love

I've searched and searched and I cannot remember which blogger featured this blog but I love it! I have yet to try any of the recipes but the concept and the pictures are just too much to ignore! Check it out:

Photo Credit: Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or Less!)

Cannot wait to try that recipe this week! I'll be posting pics of my own attempts.

- Kareen, RD

Sunday, January 9, 2011


Is the title reminiscent enough of a World Cup soccer player scoring a goal? Hope so; because that's how I'm feeling right now. A week into 2011 and I remain motived! I don't have the rose-coloured glasses on so I recognize that there's going to be a lot of work to do. 

I have three areas of focus this year: faith, family/friends and fitness. I won't go into much detail with the first two. Following Chalene Johnson's challenge, I created a 2011 goal list based on my top three. From that goal list, I've identified weight as my push goal. Reaching my goal weight will allow me to push through to accomplish my other goals.

How will I accomplish my push goal? Exercise and eating right? Of course! My first program of choice is 20-weeks of Turbo Fire! I started with the 5-Day Inferno Plan but was thwarted by my operating system. Linux didn't like many of the CDs. 

I've updated to Windows 7 and  all the CDs work now! I thought about re-doing the Inferno Plan but decided to proceed with the regularly scheduled program. I'm following the class schedule. Today was Day 1 and I loved it! The music is great and Chalene's energy is motivating!

On the eating side, I'm moving forward with eating a high raw vegan diet and still following a vegan diet. There's not much to detail there as I've discussed it here, here and here.

That's a wrap. Hope you're enjoying your Sunday!

- Kareen, RD

Monday, January 3, 2011

One Third of 9 month olds and 2 year olds Overweight or Obese

This article from is sobering: A Third of 9-Month-Olds Already Obese or Overweight

And if you think there is any exaggeration, please don't. I can attest to this phenomenon personally. In my practice, I see children five years and under (yes, including infants) who have already been diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and disorders with their blood lipids. Their weights are completely off of the Centers for Disease Control growth charts.

A major part of the issue it is education on the part of the parents. Many parents do not see the harm in overfeeding their kids because they want to make them happy. Most of the parents I see are genuinely shocked to learn that their toddlers have health problems usually reserved for adults.

The other part of the problem is the type of food that is available. Our food has changed in the last 20 years and we need to recognize that fact. This video on sugar describes some of these changes excellently. Please check it out.

I've got to get going but wanted to share this link. Let me know your thoughts!

- Kareen, RD

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy 2011!!

Hope you enjoyed a safe and wonderful start to the New Year. My husband and I rang it in quietly which was perfect!

I am so ready for 2011. Just ready to be done with the 'same old, same old' and ready to move forward. The main issue from the past is my weight. This is the year the battle is done. My journey is not just starting today. As corny as it may sound, I have been working towards this very moment. I can't explain it well or again, without sounding corny, but it's different.

Over the past few months my desire to make a life change has grown exponentially. No longer focused on weight but rather on health, I am ready to throw off this heavy mantle!

As I mentioned in this post, I am taking part in Chalene Johnson's 30 Day Challenge to build the habit of organization. My 2011 goal list is ready but I am going to wait until I have completed the initial steps of Chalene's challenge before sharing some of them. Health and fitness is, of course, but it is not my number one priority.

I'd love to hear some of your hopes and dreams for 2011.

- Kareen, RD