Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Demise And Resurrection Of Mel-Mel

This is my little friend, Mel-Mel.
Or, so I thought.

In a recent conversation with a sales clerk, she happened to mention
that my "Mel-Mel" was actually a very popular cartoon character.
WHAAAAT?!! Say it isn't SO!!
But it is.

Knowing this, I can't let her play in my blog anymore. :(
And that makes me really, really - really sad.

We've had many fun adventures together!

Some, more fun than others.

We've met some very interesting characters along the way.

She's had her share of junk-food.

And she's been very helpful...

on several occasions.

But, now it's time to let her go.

"I wish you a fond farewell. Go forth and be a STAR!"

(But you'll always be little "Mel-Mel" to me.)

As she drove away and I wiped a tear from my eye, a thought occurred -


Signing off for now,
gabriele & Mel-Mel

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Raw Food vs The Standard American Diet-S.A.D.

As some of you know, I've been visiting my family in Oregon.
A lot of family. A lot of friends. A lot of food!
It was my awesome granddaughter's thirteenth birthday!!
There was cake. Great cake!

Even though I've been a raw-foodist for about two years now (with the occasional slip)
I made the decision to eat what everyone else was eating - "just to make it easier".
(Yeah, right!)
There were usually people in the kitchen and I needed room for my raw food preparation.

That was my reasoning. I think deep-down, I just wanted to see what it would feel like to eat whatever I wanted in the Standard American Diet again.
So I ate what everyone else did, but I took it - not "a step" further - I took it "a mile" further!
I ate junk food, more junk food - and even MORE junk food!!
(Much to the dismay of my family.)
My sugar-addiction raised its ugly head!!

During those two weeks, THIS is what it felt like:
Headaches or migraines daily
Facial swelling
Stuffy nose
Sinus pain
Ringing in the ears
Liquid in the ears
Bloodshot eyes
Blurry vision with and without glasses
Gum irritation
Sensitive teeth
Trouble concentrating
Trouble stringing a sentence together
Heart burn
Acid reflux
Water retention
Weight gain (Duh!! No surprise there!)
Hand and finger cramps
Achy joints and stiffness
Tingling in hands and feet
Trouble getting up from a lying or sitting position
Extremely tired
Needing naps daily

And THIS is what it looked like.

Even my grandson!
This is what he looked like, the next day, after just ONE visit to a restaurant!
While he and my granddaughter were staying with us, and eating only raw-food for two weeks, they did SO well! That restaurant visit and eating S.A.D. only once, had its effect!

Here's what we usually look like.

(Both of these screamin' brats are home in Georgia now and we miss them SO much!)

Back to my Oregon trip -

Here's more stuff that got me!

And more.
My gorgeous seventeen year old granddaughter took me here -
a fabulous place with chocolate-concoctions I've only dreamed of! Yum!!

And more.
A nice greasy batch of scrambled eggs with all the trimmings.

But wait - there's more!
A Reuben that could choke a horse. (Yet SO dang tasty!!)

But here's the GOOD news!
I'm back to my raw-food ways!!
Beginning with...

A green-smoothie for breakfast.

Maybe some raw Celery Dill Soup with raw dehydrated Flax/Carrot Bread for lunch.

Or a bowl of raw Tomato Basil Soup with raw dehydrated Onion Bread.

Maybe a raw Jicama Potato Salad.

For dinner, maybe I'll have some raw dehydrated Flax Bread Pizza.

Maybe even with some raw Cheese topping.


I'll have some of this raw Strawberry Cheesecake for dessert!!

Or a slice of this raw Chocolate Strawberry Torte.
(I didn't say a 'small' slice.)

Then there's always the raw Strawberry Banana Cream Pie.

Or the raw Chocolate Raspberry Torte.

And the not-to-be-sneezed-at (please don't) raw Apple Pie!!

But if I get that sudden sweet-craving and don't have a raw pie made,
here's my old stand-by...

A deeelicious, raw Chocolate and Vanilla Mousse, topped with ground nuts!
Ohhh yeahhh.

I'm not preaching to others to "go raw" (OK, sometimes I do:) but that's what works for me - what my body craves. Obviously.
And by the way, that list of symptoms - those were the exact symptoms I had, before I decided to go raw! After just a few weeks of eating raw foods - they went away!!
I spent years going from doctor to doctor trying to find out what was wrong with me, so that I could feel better!! None knew and just sort of dismissed me - or prescribed antibiotics!
Oh goody.

So, even though I'm home now and miss my wonderful family all across the country, like crazy (already!)
I'll be eating raw and healthy - and starting that awesome, killer P90X exercise routine again!

Signing off for now,

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

To all the Dads, the single Moms,
and everyone that also has the role of "father" in a child's life -

Thank you and God bless you for all that you do!!

Enjoy your special day!

Signing off for now,