Last week headaches and side effects caused by clinching my teeth took me out of the loop!  Misery loves company, but not in this case, I just curled up and babied myself so when I went to the pool today, I did not expect much from myself, thinking I needed to gradually obtain my previous benchmark of 16 laps.

To my delight, swimming was easier than ever and I hit 22 laps, all free style except the last two backstrokes I threw in just for fun.  Hot tub, steam shower, and sauna finished with a lavish coating of coconut oil made my pool experience better than an expensive day at the spa!

Since we started healthier eating about 6 weeks ago, I lost 18 pounds and hubby lost  21 pounds.  SO FAR!  We generally lose about 1/2 pound per day, then stabilize for a few days, then start losing again. Making this change in our eating has not been difficult at all, except  learning HOW to uncook standpoint.

We start everyday with Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie

I pack a vegan salad for hubby’s lunch and include a packet of Chia seeds, Flax seeds, and nutritional yeast.  I add a small container of Grapeseed oil and Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar, a glass of tea (sweetened with Stevia), and a small packet of homemade trail mix

After my workout I cannot wait to get home and have a spring, lettuce, or nori roll with a smidgen of Tamari, spiralized veggies and avocado!

I take recipes from Amber Shea Crawley’s cookbook Practically Raw and Ani Phyo, Kimberly Snyder, and a multitude of vegan bloggers.  For more complete list of great chef’s and nutritionists and foodists, visit me on Pinterest


To your health,





I borrowed this great picture from random pictures of Acai Smoothies, but it looks just like my combination.

We often think citrus needs juicing, but blending (especially in a  Vitamix, is a great way to make it quick and full of fiber and nutrients often discarded in juicing.

2 cups coconut water

1 whole organic grapefruit, peeled (fresh or frozen)

1 whole banana (fresh or frozen)

1/2 – 1 packet Sambazon frozen Acai

1/2 organic lemon juice

Sweetener to taste (liquid Stevia or dates, for example)

Ice cubes (about 1 cup if mixed with frozen fruits, more if fruits are fresh)

Put everthing except ice cubes in blender and increase speed to High and add ice cubes.   Blend in Vitamix about 45 seconds, other blenders may take longer.


My Cookbook « Almost Vegan


My Cookbook « Almost Vegan.

After my moaning about Meal Planning on my earlier blog, I got this in the mail!  It is less than $15 with shipping through Amazon.  (Amber needs to raise the price!)

What I already love is MEAL PLANNING, with several examples how to put a meal together, then there are explanations about choices we all have to make, including sweetners!

I am off to the kitchen to make dinner and a special surprise, RAW dessert, and that does not mean an apple!

Go to Amber’s site and when you order her book, tell her Carecia sent you!

Bon appetit,