Tuesday, May 31, 2011

How Do I Get My Family To Go Raw?

I get this question in my email box so often I decided it was high time to write a blog post about it. I think it's great that so many moms out there are looking to improve their family's diet and I understand what a challenge it is to make changes when you're busy and not sure where to start. I hope the following recommendations are helpful but please feel free to chime in with comments. I'll update this post with feedback from any of you moms who have been successful at this and can offer additional tips.

First off, let me tell you how NOT to get your family on board. Make a proclamation like Moses on the mountain that the family is now officially raw and from here on in everything will be uncooked unless approved by mom. This will put fear and trembling in the heart of anyone within earshot so let's not go overboard here, OK? 100% raw diets are not the goal here, healthful eating is, so don't feel like if the Boutenko family did it you should be able to convert your family without a hitch, too. I believe the best way to change your family's diet is to do it:
*with excitement
*and possibly without letting the other family members know what you're up to

1. For starters, add in raw and healthy foods gradually while crowding out the unhealthy junk.

2. Take the family to the farmer's market and let the kids pick out colorful fruits and vegetables that they would like to try.

3. Find recipes that are easy that kids can get involved in making. An internet search for "raw food for kids" will give you a plethora of websites. Here's an ebook to check out.

4. Plan ahead what you want to make for the week. Do the food shopping and make components like salad dressings, raw flax crackers, granolas, and snacks on the weekend when (if) you have more time. Make enough to last a couple weeks.

5. Don't put a lot of extra pressure on yourself just to be raw. Do your best and get the healthiest alternatives if you have to buy pre-packaged/prepared foods.

Here's a few ideas to get you going on your game plan.

Instead of saying, "Let's eat healthier!" say "Let's try some new, fun recipes!" For most, the word 'healthy' translates into 'not tasty'. If you've tried raw foods you know that it can be crazy delicious especially the desserts. Switching out processed sweets for raw desserts is easy and no one has to know the better. Get Jennifer Cornbleet's Raw for Dessert: Easy Delights for Everyone

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Healthy Heyday At My Book Release Party

Here's a post from my new friend, JodyLynn, who came to Au Lac Sunday night to celebrate the release of my book. Her blog Healthy Heyday is a great collection of healthy living and raw lifestyle. Check it out!

Going Raw with Judita Wignall (Raw Judita)
By JodyLynn, on May 2nd, 2011

Last night, the hubs and I went to Au Lac Restaurant to attend a quaint soiree for the book release of Raw Judita‘s new book “Going Raw.” I was extremely excited, first of all, to go to Au Lac (my most fave raw restaurant) and secondly, to finally meet Judita “live” in person. Since going raw in 2009, I have followed her blog, Raw Judita. This red-headed, red hot, raw food vixen is a soulful gem that exudes pure, raw, organic wholesomeness. Bluntly, she is absolutely gorgeous!
Judita and I


Entering the room, the vibe and energy made beautiful music together as they danced on my senses. The tone was set for a “rawsome” evening. Just as Judita promised there would be spinning beats (pretty cool tunes, I must say), samples to taste (and they were, oh, so yummy!), and her new book “Going Raw!” The samples, recipes from her book, were delicious! We sampled the Orange-Cranberry Oatmeal Scones, Trail Mix Energy Bars and Mexican Spiced Brownies. My favorite was the Mexican Spiced Brownies…do die for…I mean it – just shoot me! The book…well it should be wrapped and put on the top shelf just like Playgirl. Seriously, the book contains “food porn.” Not only are the recipes tantalizing to the taste buds, the photography is exquisite – true “eye candy.” The content of this book is lethal to your health…you must get it, read it and I guarantee you will live happily ever after! After perusing this 192 page treasure, which also comes with a bonus DVD featuring raw food kitchen skilled included, I was so inspired to try a new recipe, continue on my journey to eating “clean” and live my life deliciously. :-) Judita makes it easy peasy for anyone to delve into the “raw food world” without inhibitions only abandon…GO FOR IT! I am highly recommending this book to peeps that are curious about raw, wanting to add more veggies to their diet, and/or wanting to make a change in their lifestyle. Although I have been raw since 2009, I gained great ideas and knowledge from this well-thought out guideline to “eating well and being well!”

From rockstar to rawkstar, Judita is a model, actress and musician – as well as a Certified Associate Chef and Instructor AND a Certified Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Educator. WOW! From whatever angle … creativity is flowing and glowing from this vibrant veggie vixen.

The hubs and I, as usual, savored our meal at Au Lac – so insanely delicious! As you can see, once again, I dove into my grub without taking a photo of it’s beautiful presentation. Not to fret, I got the last dregs of my Humanese Soup. This soup literally makes my innards sing! SOOOOOOO good! We devoured the Chimichurri bread – just melts in your mouth. We split the Chips and Salsa. Everything is raw, but tastes amazingly like cooked food. For our hour plus ride home we each ordered a drink – the hubs got the Chocoholic and I chose the Hawaiian Blend. yum. :-)

It was nice to mingle and talk to Judita and like minded peeps. I also got to meet Julie Morris. What a doll! Julie has a book coming out late spring called Superfood Cuisine. It is a definitive guide to cooking with superfoods. Can’t wait! :-)

As you can see I had quite the “rawsome” time…check back as my “rawsome” weekend continues.



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