I'm back! Boy, its been a very hectic few weeks. I reside on the Jersey Shore, and as you know, Sandy was not nice to us here. I was one of the few fortunate ones who did not get any damage. I did however lose power & heat for over 10 days. I lost all my food and there was some damage to the floor under my fridge where water leaked. I can't complain though because I personally know some people who lost everything. It was a dark, trying and cold week to say the least. During such devastating times, it can often make you realize what you have in your life. I feel so fortunate to have my supportive family, friends, and a roof over my head. I hope all of you are safe and warm wherever you are! Always count your blessings.
Bowie and I trying to stay warm during the power outage.
My friend's and I served homemade hot food/drinks to people in need in a local beach town that was hit hard. My tray of quinoa wasn't too popular. No one knew what it was! Everyone played it safe and ate the pasta with sauce :)
We also set up a charging station for people's phones and laptops.
A lot of people were appreciative of this!
If Sandy wasn't enough, we got then hit with a Nor'Easter. Luckily my honey and I had a little getaway planned prior. What perfect timing! I don't get to travel as often as I used to so I was really looking forward to getting away for a short little trip...especially away from a cold house without power!!!
I was so excited to be staying right across the street from this place but they had odd hours and was never open when we were around at the cottage.
One of my favorite places we stopped at was the Butterfly Conservatory. It was an AMAZING experience. Hundred's of butterflies fluttering around you with colorful exotic birds, flowers, trees, turtles...I wish I had one of these in my backyard!
These little partridge looking birds were along the path everywhere - so cute!
Overall we had a great trip. By the end though, I wasn't feeling too well. There were little Vegan/raw options for me and the amount of cheating I was doing caught up with me. My body gets stressed when I'm on a plane and also when I'm away from home. With Crohn's its tough to be away from your comforts. I knew I had to be strict with my eating when I returned home.
So I ate high raw most of the week, upped my probiotic intake along with my turmeric & boswelia and bounced back to my old self. This was my dinner one night - a plate full of raw veggies, flax crackers with hummus that was topped with raw pumpkin seeds.
I brought salads to work all week. What a fun way to pack up a salad! Everything stays fresh too this way. A very easy grab and go kinda meal.
That little jar can be deceiving!
Huge bowl full of artichokes, tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots.
I made a bunch of raw sweet potato mushroom "sliders" for the week. They were really easy to make and very yummy! Heat them back up in dehydrator before serving for a warm chewy burger.
I had a major sweet tooth one morning so I went to Organic Avenue and bought a raw Cinnabon and a Vanilla Cashew Shake. Both, were the BEST I ever had. I think I will be buying some more this week. :)
My friend Lauren has been drinking this Longevity tea and swears by how good it is. I had to buy some. It is super-yummy! Supposed to help with anti-aging. I have been drinking it with Manuka honey which is very healing.