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Sunday, June 21, 2009

What's in my Refrigerator #2

Yes, you will find cool whip, vanilla ice cream (that I tossed out after making this video)and take out of Vietnamese. We are not perfect and I don't want to mislead anyone. My son was turning 13 and really wanted a pizza party. I went through some turmoil and then just said, "Fine, this is his party and it's once a year. If he thinks this is what he wants, then I'll let him make that choice." As a parent I know I have to let my kids make their own choices. They need to know what's out there and why we are choosing to eat this way.

I doubt you'll find those things in our fridge again considering how junky we felt after eating that. My son was bent over the toilet and everyone saw what happens when we eat junk. Some people that aren't raw think that when we feel sick from junk that "it's all in our head". I highly doubt this is how Alex wanted to feel on his birthday. That is part of going raw, your body really screams at you when you make a poor dietary choice. I think of it as a good thing, because most people are not sensitive enough to know the differences in food and how it makes them feel.

I want to make it clear that we are not 100% raw 100% of the time. We are high raw. Sometimes we will go several days even weeks 100% raw, then we will eat some cooked meals. Since we are on the go sometimes I don't take the time to prepare or pack food before we leave home. So we will eat vegan dishes at ethnic restaurants since lots of places don't use dairy and have lots of vegetarian options. My goal is to limit eating out since I really don't know what's in the food. In the winter we eat lots of soups, baked yams, and steamed veggies. It's hard to take down a smoothie when you are bundled up in the winter. I noticed that grains and beans do make me puffy and bloated. So, this winter I will be making more veggie dishes, even if they are cooked. I feel eating at home is far superior to food in a restaurant. So, that is the direction we are headed. And to think we used to eat over half of our meals out in restaurants about 5 years ago.

Our life was very different. Rather than focusing on the fact that we aren't 100% where we want to be, I like to focus on how far we have come. It encourages me to keep going. If I think about how we still eat out or cooked or whatever, then I feel guilt or shame and that is VERY UNempowering. It makes me feel like a failure, So,I change the focus to PROGRESS. I look at our fridge now and smile. I don't know anyone in my town who has a healthier fridge than mine right now.

We like to focus on hydration, greens, lots of exercise and sunshine. Overall, we are eating better than we did years ago and I am happy with that. Oh, and Alex wants only healthy food on his next birthday...See, I don't have to be the controlling mom. He figured it out himself. That's empowerment!

OK, so I am curious...what's in your fridge? Make a video, take some pics, post your link in my comment box. I wanna see what you've got going on in your fridge! :)

P.S. Yes, I am going to superglue my broken fridge drawer!


thecanary said...

Hi Lori: You videos are always fun and informative. I also really like the quality of the picture and especially the sound. What kind of camera do you use?..thanks

Ann Lihl said...

Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing! I am not raw or quite vegan myself, but I'm in the process of eliminating foods that are not healthy. I do cheat and I have learned not to be hard on myself, but to go with the flow and learn from it as my body reacts to the foods that it's not suppose to have. I will eventually get there like you and I thank you very much for your video.

Lori Painter said...

Thecanary- Thank you. I am using a cannon powershot. It does take good video, but my editing software messes it up. (see the quality on the co-op..)the quality is not as good due to the transfer, but this one was just uploaded straight from the camera.

Ann Lihl- that's what it's all about...making better choices, not so much about being a vegan or raw foodist. YAY for you!

Rob said...

Just imagining the uses for the whipped cream...I hear you can make 'raw' whipped cream using cashews or almonds...something to keep in mind for the next birthday!

Isle Dance said...

Good job. I'm trying to focus on the same. The only "junk" food I had today: Organic Tater Tots (baked), which I'm sure my liver cleanse won't thank me for. :o)

paigearoo said...

Hi Lori!
This post inspired me to do an inventory of my own fridge, which you can see here;


Kim Fyler said...

I just found your blog today and I love it! I'm looking forward to going into the archives and seeing how you did with the 100 Day Raw Challenge. I'm thinking of doing it the next time around.

Those bananas in your freezer that are a little too ripe would be excellent in smoothies. I love smoothies! :)

DivineJoy said...

Use duct tape on the refrigerator shelf ... it'll fix anything!

I have a great ice cream recipe.
1 frozen banana
1/2 frozen cherries OR blueberries OR strawberries
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup almond OR walnuts (soak 20 minutes and rinsed)
food processor

Serves 2 ... approx. 238 calories each.

I like Pacific Brand almond milk. So yummy.

Lori Painter said...

Rob- I def want to try to make a raw whipped cream! I have a few recipes on it too!

Isle Dance- you reminded me I should get more dandelion & milk thistle in my diet for a little liver cleanse. Thanks.

Kim- so glad you found my blog. I hope you enjoy going through my videos and blogs. :) I didn't make it 100 days 100% raw, but it did put me on a very high raw diet lifestyle. Best of wishes on your journey. :)

Divine Joy- thanks for sharing your yummy recipe :)

Lori Painter said...

Paige- I saw your blog! Your fridge looks great! I tried to post a comment on your page, but it didn't let me.

Anonymous said...

heya Loren i am just curious what kind of things you are making with all those greens

jess said...

Thanks for the inspiration, Lori!

paigearoo said...

---thanks for letting me know about the comments...not too sure why it isn't working ;0

Anonymous said...

haha i love how it says "Dairy" in the shelf that the tomatoes are on. Dairy? YEAH RIGHT! :D

mykgerard said...

I've broken parts of my fridge before. Just type in the manufacturer and model number in Google and you can ususally find a replacement. Often from Sears or whoever.