but I don’t know where to start

Hey Evelyn I need you help I want to start eating much cleaner but I don’t know where to start.

That was the start of my day yesterday. What followed was a conversation with my cousins I would never have dreamed of.

I started gently because I really did not know how much they really wanted to know….

Being aware of what you are eating is the first step

My cousin mentioned drinking something called diatomaceous earth to cleans her system of things that she used to eat that the body doesn’t want anymore. And that other day she was served a plate of food with some salad and she accidentally tasted it  and it tasted so good she ate the whole salad.

That brought back memories of when I started eating raw foods and how the taste of greens changed for me.  At a Christmas party a month later I caught myself snacking on the salad instead of the sweets!

So below is the rest of what I shared about how I eat …

Food should be made from simple basic ingredients that you recognize and could cook with yourself

Better to make long term simple changes
that keep you clean,
than to rely on a cleans
Cleans are good
But every day, every meal
You choose to poison yourself
Or heal yourself

No corn syrup
No white sugar

So I would also like to know what do you usually eat?

Please keep in mind I’m vegetarian
Mostly vegan

Yes you are vegetarian that’s why you’re the perfect source

I eat rice, beans, veggies, veggy meats (mock meats made from soy and wheat) Soy MUST be non GMO
Qinoa
Rice noodles
Tofu
Oatmeal
Nuts

No corn oil
I use sunflower,  coconut or olive oil

I make my own nutmilks from almonds, cashews, walnuts

oh yea, watched a video on how to make it. made and it tasted really good.

No white flour

Its more about what I don’t eat
Milk, butter, cheese is once a week
I eat ginger with the milk items
To assist digestion

No soda
No juice drinks
No juices from containers
No name brand boxed cereals.

I filter all water
For drinking and cooking

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this will help us a lot

The mock meats are optional

The soy and tofu is optional

I don’t eat salad

I eat dark greens like spinach, kale, swiss chard, Broccoli, Bok choy
raw in smoothies or cooked in dishes

Breakfast:
20 to 32 ounces of….
Fruit and green smoothies. I use raisins and dates to sweeten it
2/3 fruit 1/3 greens with 1 to 2 cups water
No yogurt, no nutmilk in the smoothie only fruit and greens. No carrot in the morning smoothie
Or
Master cleanser lemonade…. 40 onces water plus 1 lemon and 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave ( never honey) and as much cayenne pepper as you can stand with it.
Or
Oatmeal nut milk…. 1/4 cup raw oats plus 1/4 cup nuts plus 1/4 cup agave plus pinch sea salt plus 2 cups water. Blend till smooth
You can add vanilla or cinnamon or cocoa powder or nutmeg and cinnamon to flavor it

On waking I’ll drink 4 cups water
Lots of water all day

So breakfast is raw

Lunch and dinner are cooked …

Its grains and veggies
Rice or qinoa or rice noodles ( no pasta) with mixed veggies cooked in ginger with lots of spices of your choice.
Can be stir fry or soup or side dishes eaten together
Can add beans .. Red, black, garbanzo, lentils, what ever you like or have on hand
Or
can be one of the items listed in breakfast

snacks are …. fresh fruit, water, master cleanser lemonade, nutmilk, compote (fruit cooked in water)
the compote is a Russian dish/beverage … you take the fruits that are too spoiled to eat… too mushy, brown, and boil them in water. the liquid is a sweet fruit drink and the fruit mush is like an apple sauce type of thing

side dishes….. lentils with onions and mushrooms

I don’t generally eat sandwiches, less than 2 per week
I am reducing the bread and wheat in my diet

side dish… avocado cacao agave blended taste like chocolate pudding

I do eat eggs but less than a dozen per month, usually eating out or as egg sandwhiches
,
candy is … dark chocolate 70% -85%  cacao (fair trade, no milk, no butter)
or
cocoa powder mixed with agave/honey to make a fudge syrup
or
chocolate covered nuts
or
raisins
or
dates
or
nuts
or any mix of the above
or grapes, frozen grapes are great treats

no candy bars, no chips

I get or make vegan brownies
and vegan donuts

Drinks….  water, tea, ginger tea, turmeric/ginger
sweeten with agave or honey or maple syrup
or
coconut water
I do not’s drink coffee. I will have 1 cup once a month or less

I will have pizza or Mac and cheese once per week or less made with organic milk and organic cheese.

at parties I will eat cake. but otherwise no
I make my own vegan cake
but only a few times a year

other meals…..
burritos… I use tofu or mushrooms or cactus instead of meat. I don’t use the cheese, I use lots of the avocado

I wont eat anything cooked in any meat oils or drippings… so
no beef or chicken stock or fish stock.
no beef or chicken flavor bullion.

not eating meat gives me more energy

recipes are in my notes section on facebook

The Garden of Eve

I used to have a black thumb. I could kill any plant. Many of my mom’s plants where a victim of this black thumb.

Then in the late 1990’s I signed up to be a Garden Guide at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and was required to take 6 months of training that were equivalent to college level botany.For me that really helped. It also reconnected me to an event in my childhood.

We were in class learning about soil and how to not call it dirt. I got my hands in it, and remembered being a little girl in 1st grade planting in the schools garden program and how I loved it. I loved the feel of the soil and the smell of the soil.

I laughed as I remembered the high school test to determine what we would be happiest doing.  My test results said I should work on a farm! I had been outraged at the test results. I wanted to major in Math, in geometry. I wanted to map the world and every object in it. But yeah, soil, felt so, so good.

I loved numbers, I loved soil and I was about to learn to love plants. There was a scene in the movie POWDER , (I own it on laser disc), where the trees in the entire forest are described as being one single plant, living and breathing.  That scene stayed with me. The connectedness of life astounded me. It was a reminder of how things really are that has been forgotten.

But I’m  a city gal! born and raised in Manhattan. Central Park was my only source of green.  And then I went to Convocation in 1993 and visited Lake Shrine and Mother Center and Encinitas. I came back every single year for 14 years in a row.  The trips got longer from 1 week to 3 weeks at a time. La Joya was a treat on one of the years as was Hidden Valley in Escondido.

The Coastal Vacations Travel membership, which I got so I could work from home, had been appealing because being out in nature, traveling out of NYC was indeed what I wanted to do. I had gone to Puerto Rico a few times by then and I loved it there.  My mom had been spending the entire winter there, only returning to NYC in the spring.  What a great way to live!

But I am still in NYC, and I have no outdoor garden space.  But I do love soil and plants and I have a love affair with seeds.

I eat it, I like it , I plant it.

Yeah that is pretty much how I have been. My window sill is a testament to that.

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The Avocado, Mango, Date Palm, Lemon, Lychee, Clementine were all started from seed. And yes I know it will be 5 plus years to get fruit, but I would have had fruit already if the ones from 2009 had not died in the frost in the Poconos.

Lenny makes compost, and I plant seeds. It’s a great combination.