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Last night was the final performance of Seussical the Musical. Lianne did an amazing job in her swing role as hunter/hunch/fish. I was beaming with pride as I watched her perform on stage.

Today is mother’s day and of course my girls wanted to spoil me with a special breakfast – they usually make me a big breakfast in bed – but this year they made me my morning smoothie instead. I guess they had it pretty easy this year, in a matter of a few moments my “breakfast” was done. It was still the best smoothie ever because my girls made it for me with that special ingredient of lots of love. Yum!

I still am amazed at how quickly and easily the week went by. I am feeling fantastic and I know that I don’t want to stop here, I am ready to give this whole raw food thing a go. There is an option with the Raw Food Challenge to continue on for another week and I will definitely be doing that.

And now I am going to go have a nice long bath and then put my feet up and relax with a good book. Mother’s Day only comes once a year and I want to make the most of it. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there.

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take – Cardinal Mermillod”

The reason I am doing this raw food challenge is of course for myself; so that I may experience better health and happiness. But, always on my mind, is how I can be a person worthy of imitation for my daughters. I want them to know that it is okay for a mother to put herself first at times. I have done the whole “sacrifice myself for the sake of others” thing and that serves no one in the end. Leading by example really is the best way.

Last night’s supper was a raw chili and it was so delicious (and spicy). To my surprise, my husband and daughter both wanted to try it. Of course I was only too eager to give them each a bowl, and guess what…..they liked it. I didn’t go into this journey into raw foods with the intention of changing my entire family’s eating habits, not at all. I did this with the thought that I would always be the odd person out at the dinner table. But just the fact that they are so open to “try” these new foods fills me with such happiness.

I received an early Mother’s Day gift yesterday — this gorgeous vase from Kiera and Jayla just had to fill it up with white lilacs and fragrant crab apple blossoms. What perfect timing for this beautiful little pick-me-up. Thanks so much girls; I love you.

Another blessing I received yesterday was my parents coming to the rescue and offering to bring Kiera home so that I wouldn’t have to drive out there to get her. Yea! They stayed and visited for the day and so my mother was a huge help to me; doing dishes & preparing food for everyone, so that I could just focus on making my blended meals. What is the saying? “Ask and you shall receive”. Well, I certainly did receive yesterday. Thanks mom and dad.

My morning smoothie yesterday began as a complete disaster — my advice, do not substitute cantaloupe for watermelon in a smoothie recipe. It was actually undrinkable. I dumped in out into the compost pile and began again with the alternate recipe. Yes, this raw food challenge has alternate recipes, and the alternate smoothie recipe was delicious!

It had predicted rain for yesterday, but the rain held off until the evening and so we had the entire day of sunny warm weather to enjoy. Perfect for lifting the spirits. Sun, warm weather, wonderful company and lovely gifts — what more could I ever ask for?

So, today, even though I woke with a tiny bit of a headache and I still have this fogginess, I am feeling so very grateful for all the many blessings in my life.

Last night I listened to the second coaching call for the raw food challenge. Lots of questions were answered during that call, including mine: I asked “can I use organic canned coconut milk in place of the young coconut meat in the recipes”? — Kevin Gianni answered that it would be better if I replaced the coconut meat instead with soaked flax seeds or even better soaked chia seeds instead of using canned products. The reason is that there have been some studies that have shown BPA leaking into foods in cans because they coat aluminum cans with plastic. I am so glad I asked that question, because I didn’t know this about canned foods. I don’t buy a lot of canned foods, but now I will really be aware of the health risks involved in purchasing foods in cans.

Kevin gave so much great advice last night, but the one thing that really stood out for me was asking myself this one question each morning: “What can I do today that will make me healthier than I was yesterday?” I think this is a wonderful approach to health and one I will definitely adopt for myself. Thank you Kevin Gianni.

So, I begin day four of this raw food challenge with an attitude of gratitude and a focus on the goal of being healthier than I was yesterday.

What an incredibly gorgeous weekend we had. Sunshine every day and such warm weather, it felt like summer had arrived instead of spring. We spent so much time outdoors in the backyard. I designed a special garden plan for this year and Jean marked it out for me with string and stakes. Next weekend we are renting a rototiller to break up the soil and create my massive garden beds. I am dreaming big these days, and it looks like my garden dreams are going to come true. How exciting.

I spent some time starting more seeds in pots. I worked outside – barefoot. What a lovely feeling; and so healing, connecting with the earth in that way. I have recently been reading about the tremendous healing powers of grounding yourself to the earth in this way – bare skin touching the earth. Here is a better explanation about the importance of grounding yourself.

Our kitty Will spent some time outside too. He was a bit nervous at first, so that is why he is in his crate in the photo above. We opened up the door and after a while he was brave enough to venture out in the open.

What a wonderful feeling, being out in the open air, in our yard, actually spending some quality time together instead of each of us separately in front of one screen or another. All of us were so eager to get outside into the sun after the long cold winter indoors. Our hibernation is officially over. Just in time for Easter (what perfect timing), a time for new beginnings.

Last year at this time I was just beginning to get up enough energy to go for 10 minute walks. This year I feel so energized and raring to go. What a difference. I am so grateful for this increase in energy. This is what prompted me to step up my garden plans. Last year we did a tiny little garden bed. Just big enough for Jayla to look after, with my help. This year I am not holding back. Jean said he will help me with the initial set up of the gardens, but then it will be up to me to look after them. Hopefully with a bit of help from Jayla.

On thursday — April 1st — we celebrated Lianne’s fifteenth birthday.

So many memories came flooding back to me about that day fifteen years ago and the days leading up to it.

The pregnancy before ended in a miscarriage at 18 weeks. I was devastated. I had never before experienced anything like that. As soon as I was able I became pregnant again. I found out that I was pregnant on the same day that would have been the due date of the miscarried baby. I saw this as a sign. A good sign. I knew in my heart that everything would be okay this time around. This pregnancy was so completely different from the other two. I hardly had any nausea at all. I felt great. I did yoga every day. I started swimming and swam throughout my pregnancy. I walked every day. And I started reading different books. Books about natural childbirth. I wrote up a birth plan. I bought a sling. I planned to do extended breastfeeding. Co-sleeping. Cloth diapering. During this pregnancy I went into a health food store for the very first time. I began learning about alternative health.

Lianne has challenged me in so many ways; right from the very beginning. She was and is my “challenging” child. Always so independent. Never asking for help, just helping herself instead. I remember finding her standing up on the kitchen counter at 2 years old, stretched up on her toes trying to reach a glass for herself, determined to get it herself. Lianne is the one that pushed me to go further, learn more, try to do better, open up my mind to new possibilities. It has been frustrating at times, to say the least, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I really believe that the universe gives us exactly what we need, when we need it. Lianne, my little april fool’s day baby, was exactly the remedy I needed for my broken heart. She mended it many times over. I am grateful for this beautiful gift.

I want to share with you an excerpt from a newsletter article I recently received:

“There are so many different types of diets out there, and also so much confusion what to do. And because you have to take care not only about yourself, but also of your children, things become even more important.

One part of this problem is, that we are all so much separated from our natural environment.
This separation is causing a lot of insecurity and confusion.

The more closely and in harmony we live with mother nature, the more easy it is to feel and know what is good and healthy.

And it is about getting this natural feeling back to you. It is not about following all these different diets, books and systems, it is about taking the power and confidence back to yourself.
You do not need expensive programs, doctors and gurus. It is all within you.

In order to access this “lost” knowledge, which is actually not lost, just buried, you need to go back and connect with our ancient mother nature.
The more you walk this path and go outside, spend time away from houses and big cities, and connect with nature, the easier you will build up your natural awareness and confidence in what is right and wrong.

And here comes the raw food diet into game again.

Raw food is the most direct way to connect with these energies and powers. It purifies your mind, body and soul on such a profound level, that you will start to think and feel clear again. And this is what you need to do, to become clear. Become clear not only for yourself, but for the health of your children!

You do not need to focus again on some kind of concept being a 100% raw , and suffer from not reaching this goal.
You do not need another strict concept. It is more about slowly increasing the amount of vital, living foods, and start listening to your awakening feelings again.

When you connect with nature, you will automatically eat better, and decrease highly processed and unnatural junk food.
These awakening feelings will guide you. They will tell you what is right to eat, where you should live, and how you need to nourish your children and your family.

You will only discover these feelings, if you look within you, which is again great news. No program, guru or concept needed.

Just you.

I even urge you not to stick to the label “raw food diet”. It is only a label. It can easily produce “box thinking” which is again not helpful to connect with your higher guidance.
It is not about eating, or following the “raw food diet”. No.
It is about reconnecting with a natural way of living and feeling life. This is what you need to do to find the best way for you, your family and your children.

Please think totally out of the box.

Do, eat and feel more what feels good to you. Be honest. You need to define what truly feels good from the bottom of your heart, or what gives you pleasure on a physical or emotional level only. True pleasure feels good on all levels, not only on one!”

Raising their raw food family, Katie and Ka want to share all the simple secrets and insights to help your family becoming more healthy. To learn how to live a well balanced and enjoyable raw food family life, register for their free articles at www.TheRawfoodfamily.com

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I'm Colleen. I am a wife and a stay-at-home homeschooling mother of 3 daughters, living in Canada and beginning my journey towards becoming a raw food vegan. My new mantra is "transition slowly and gradually", which is where I got the name for my blog. Thanks so much for visiting and feel free to leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by for a visit.
"You are not a human being, you are a human becoming." - Og Mandino

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