Monday, May 14, 2012


I have been MIA.  Bad Blogger, no cookie! 

Remember how I talked about FOMO?  My friends are off partying.  I hear all the cool things they are doing.  I tag along to a couple.  Then I hear about what I have missed out on and I am disappointed.  I say I can't attend more than what I already am for fear for getting sick or sore.  So I convince myself I HAVE to go.  Recongize any of these arguments within yourself? 

I am bummed with myself for overcommitting again.  Yet, I cannot do anything about the past.  I can set new limit/parameters for myself and pray I hold true.  My new commitment to myself is one event a week unless it's a special occassion.  This means I will need to be choosy about what it is. 

In other news, our garden is coming together.  Tim has been working like crazy.  The radishes are almost all up.  I have to keep my schematic handy to remember what is where in the garden.  My family gave me fruit trees for Mother's Day and I hope to go pick them up today. 

Today I hope to take it easy and relax a lot.  Allow my body to heal from my lackluster decisions on my activities recently.  I am healthy.  I make healthy choices!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Fear Of Missing Out

Leo Baubata recently published an article on the fear of missing out.  I will attach said message at the end of this, no worries, those of you that are afraid of missing out on it ;).  If you do a search for this topic you will find blog after blog writing on this which might lead one to believe this is a recent thing. 

FOMO or fear of missing out was actually coined in 1985 by by Kelley J Watson and Diane E. Meyer nee Wells according to Wikipedia.  This was well before the advent of the iPhone, tweeting, facebook, instagram, and all of the latest craziness. 

Here is Urban Dictionary's top definition:
fomo6186 up, 1739 down
April 14, 2011 Urban Word of the Day
"fear of missing out". The fear that if you miss a party or event you will miss out on something great.
Even though he was exhausted, John's fomo got the best of him and he went to the party.
I have to admit to an aha moment when I received Baubata's article.  It explains so much about myself.  I am driven by this fear and it often leads to unhealthy decisions on my part.  It also leads to huge time sinks.  How often do I really need to check Facebook?  Need to?

I have taken leadership positions because I was afraid of missing out.  I have held on to leadership positions for longer than what was healthy due to FOMO.  I have had troubles deciding what I want to do with my life because I've wanted to do it all for fear of missing out.  Overcommitting (for what is healthy for me) is how I became so ill.  A tick or a bad back or e coli might have helped, but it was my habits that allowed my health to deteriorate so thoroughly and so rapidly. 

I would guess that FOMO is at the root of many people's problems with time management and responsibilities.  And so many parents are passing this on to their children which cell phones, scheduling them for tons of after school activities, tutors, etc...  When do our children get to be kids?  When do we get to rest?  Or re-create? 

When is enough enough?  For me, first I need to become aware of the issue and I cannot express the relief I felt when I learned of this.  Now I can see where I went wrong and why.  I can see how pervasive this issue is.  And I can see why I continue to question my direction. 

Here is Leo Baubata's article for your consideration: 
The 39th Lesson
Post written by Leo Babauta.
Today (April 30) is my 39th Un-un-birthday, and as usual, the day is a good day to pause and reflect.
Last year I wrote 38 Life Lessons I’ve Learned in 38 Years, and people seemed to find some use in it.
This year, I thought I’d share an additional lesson I’ve learned:
You’re not missing out.
Our lives are often ruled by the Fear of Missing Out, or FOMO. (Never heard of FOMO? You’re missing out.)
Some ways we let the fear of missing out rule us:
  1. We check email, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks often, in case we’re missing something important.
  2. We try and do the most exciting things, and are constantly in search of exciting things, because we’re worried we might miss out on the fun that others are having.
  3. We constantly read about what other people are doing, and try to emulate them, because it sounds like they’re doing something great that we’re not.
  4. We often want to travel the world, because it seems that other people are living amazing lives by traveling all the time.
  5. We miss what we don’t have, miss places and people who we aren’t with.
  6. We work constantly, because we think if we don’t, we might miss out on opportunities other people will get.
  7. We feel like our own lives are poor in comparison with the great lives others are leading, and so feel bad about ourselves.
I could go on and on, but I have a birthday breakfast to eat (Eva and the kids are baking something delicious), so I’ll stop there.
We fear missing out, but why?
The truth is, we could run around trying to do everything exciting, and travel around the world, and always stay in touch with our iPhones and Crackberries, and work and party all day long without sleep … but we could never do it all. We will always be missing something.
And so, if we cannot help missing out, what is a saner alternative than letting this fear drive us? Let go of it, and realize you have everything right now.
The best in life isn’t somewhere else. It’s right where you are, at this moment. There is nothing better than exactly that.
Pause for just 10 seconds, and notice where you are, what you’re doing, who you are, at this very moment. Notice that you are breathing, and how lovely that is. Notice that you can smile, and feel the joy in that. Notice the good things around you. Give thanks for the people you’ve seen today. Celebrate the perhaps not altogether insignificant fact that you are alive.
This moment, and who you are, is absolutely perfect.
You are missing nothing, because there is nothing better.
You can breathe, and let go of all that fear of missing out, and be happy with what you have. Be grateful, and each moment think not about what you’re missing, but what you’ve been given.
This past year has been my best ever, because each day I have celebrated my Un-birthday with a smile and warmth in my heart. Today, I celebrate my non-un-birthday, and it is perfect. This moment I have spent talking to you is a gift. Thank you, my friends.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Urban Homesteading

Remember how I said my ADD is fritzing?  Yeah well, the recent thing to hyperfocus on is small space/urban/backyard homesteading.  As I continue to learn more or brush up on my various skills (I've got chicken rearing skills, bow skills, nunchuck skills...)  I am amazed by how many people are also interested in this subject.  For many reasons as well. 

Fresh Food From Small Spaces added another reason for me to homestead.  Most people know that gasoline is subsidized.  Do you know why?  Gasoline costs around $10 a gallon without those subsidies.  It is believed that within our lifetimes there will be a food crisis.  When shipping costs will rise to the point of making things like bananas too expensive to import.  Think about that!  I realized how important it is to teach my children how to provide for themselves. 

I have always loved the older art forms from grinding my own wheat to make bread (real bread with healthy ingredients, even the healthy stuff on shelves don't compare to fresh ground baked breads) to preparing my own fiber, dyeing, spinning, and weaving it into something wonderful.  I am so thrilled to try out some new things and only finances are keeping me from trying it out all at once.  I didn't know I could take my fresh, raw nut milks and turn them into yogurts.  I knew I could make cheese from them. 

I love the idea of making my own foods.  First, the pride in having done it myself.  Second, I KNOW every single ingredient. 

So... anywho... I have been reading like mad crazy.  Here are a couple of books I've finished that I wanted to make small comments on and not a large review:

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals: I don't know why its called a backyard homestead other than the first book (The Backyard Homestead) actually covers a backyard.  I read the chicken section, skimmed the rabbit, goat, and bees section.  This book does not apply to the average backyard. 

Chickens are the only livestock animal that I am allowed to raise where I live, except rabbits but I don't really consider them livestock.  Most cities do not allow much else.  Let alone the average urban household does not have enough acreage to support a goat let alone a cow. 

Having said that, I found this book to have a pretty decent overview of information on each animal.  If it ever does come to the point of food being a real hardship for the average American and if my family continues to eat meat I would seriously consider raising rabbits for meat.  I would also consider fencing my front yard and raising goats for milk and meat.  I guess we would learn to butcher or my family would choose to become vegetarians if they couldn't handle that. 

The average urban family would gain more from single purpose books.  Check out books on chicken rearing, apiculture, or rabbit raising if that interests you.

Cubed Foot Gardening is a decent book on intensive gardening.  This is along the lines of Square Foot Gardening without quite as many "rules."  I actually recommend reading this book and All New Square Foot Gardening.  I am combining the information.

I liked Bird's bed design and soil infomation more so than Bartholomew's.  Bird uses 12" beds with double digging for plants with deep root systems.  Bartholomew uses 6" beds except for root bed when he recommends 12".  Also Bartholomew is a bit gimmicky in his bed designs, grids, and soil mix. 

Maybe Bartholomew's soil is all that and a cupcake, but I feel like he's selling something (which he isn't other than his book). 

Anyways, read both of these books and decided for yourself.  I won't purchase Cubed Foot Gardening.  I am 2/3rd through All New Square Foot Gardening and I'm considering picking up this book.  Bartholomew's book is a bit more dumbed down (woot for simplicity!) and I appreciate saving brain capacity for other things.  :)

Here are a few more resources:

An inexpensive greenhouse that I am considering building later on, it will work perfectly for my new raised beds and would allow for winter gardening:

Mother Earth News has an email newsletter for free as well as a magazine.  I haven't tried out their magazine, but I enjoy their newsletter:

Backyard Farming blog:

A Garden for the House blog:

If you've found something you love, let me know.  I have about 30 books I am reading/skimming from the library and will let you know what I think of them as I go through them.  I am almost finished with Bartholomew's book and then I will be reading The Backyard Homestead

Have a blessed Beltane!  If you are local, we will be celebrating at 6 p.m. with a traditional maypole dance and some fertility magick.  Blessed be!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Fresh Food From Small Spaces: A Review

I found Fresh Food From Small Spaces by R.J. Ruppenthal an inspiring overview of small space homesteading topics.  Container gardening, vertical gardening, chickens, bees, sprouts, fermenting foods, mushrooms, and more can be found within these pages.  I found myself considering topics I hadn't considered before. 

Ruppenthal discusses in simple terms the above subjects with either enough information to draw an interest to a basic understanding in technique.  This book applies more to those in apartments or very tiny lots.  I live on a 1/4 acre and found encouragement to learn more about quite a few of the subjects. 

Here are some of the things I took from this book: different fertilizers for different crops and containers, test soil ph, add in whole cornmeal to soil to enrich it, types of crops to consider for crop rotation/containers/hanging, compact orcharding, sprouting a larger portion of my families foods, making a raw vegan yogurt from nut milks, kefir, sauerkraut/kimchee, worm bins, etc...  I actually took a page and half of notes which is uncommon for me.  And it is the first paper book I've read in a long while (hardcore Kindle user here, though this book is available on Kindle :) ). 

I checked this book out from the library.  While I gained a lot of information and inspiration from this book, I don't feel the need to purchase it.  I found that it is an excellent spring board with books recommended for learning more about individual topics.  Check it out from the library yourself to see if you can be equally inspired or pick it up for yourself.  Unless you are a learned homesteader, I am sure it will introduce you to a new topic.  :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I Am So Bad!

Spank me!  I'm a naughty blogger!  It has been a weird time at our house and that's all I can say in my defense for not blogging.  So let me catch you up:

Today I get to eat real food again.  I need to go slow... TMI Warning: skip to the end of this section if you want to avoid the discussion on defecation.  :)  Let's talk poop for a minute.  It was really interesting watching the consistancy change while I was on the cleanse.  And disturbing.  Why are there any solids in my poop after 10 days of not eating?  And some say that carrying excess waste in our system is a wives tale! 

Ok, so continuing in the poop talk while I have ya here: I am not a regular person.  I am lucky if I go once a week and twice a week is a celebration.  (My girls even got me a large pin that says "I pooped today" lol!)  I read somewhere that if you set a time and make sure to sit on the toilet at that time every day it can encourage your bowels to become regular.  If you can elevate your legs a bit, it will help.  It works!  Between that and the kombucha I am now having daily bowel movements for the FIRST time ever!!!

Back to cleansing and defecation: when returning to regular foods it is common to become very constipated as your digestive system takes a bit to kick back in.  I need to pick up some more smooth move tea to help it along for a bit.  And that's the end of the TMI section.  Our regular talks can resume :)

Looking back I am very thankful for having done the cleanse and very thankful for the progress I have made in my health to be able to have done it.  I seriously doubted that I could pull it off, but remained optimistic. 

My ADD has been on the fritz lately.  I am supposed to be writing a new 8 week curriculum, but NoooOOOoooo, I have to read everything else from diet to chicken rearing to gardening to....  I don't know if I should break from the curriculum writing for a couple weeks and ride the homesteading efforts or to push through.  There is a time and a place for everything.  And I've been bashing my head against the yoga wall when I really want to get out and garden which would get me exercise and assist with loosening up my muscles.  (Gotta say it like mussCulls.)

Condundrum.  Chicken News: we decided to return to chicken rearing.  I am not sure where I sit on animal products.  Because of that and because my husband and children still consume them (although in much smaller amounts, yay!) we decided to raise layers again.  We got 3 golden sexlinks (cross between Rhode Island Reds and Whites), 2 black sexlinks (cross between Rhode Island Reds and Barred Rocks), and a buff orpington.  We named the last one Buffy and of course the kids like her best as she can be easily picked out from the rest. 

Money is tight.  Duh!  But I've earned some money lately in my business and since my business owes us so much I am using that money towards the homesteading/gardening/moon garden efforts.  No, it isn't enough to cover everything I want to do so I need to be selective.  I also am going to ask/check around to see what I can pick up for free. 

Moon Garden: here's what I need/want: build the stick fence I just need time.  I believe we have all the supplies we need.  Ground work: weed and level out the ground.  Then I need a ton of sand.  I want the large particle sand/small particle rock for the ground.  I also want a pedestal for the Moon Goddess to sit on.  I want a levelish 2-3' stone for an altar.  And a bunch of small quartz to scatter in the sand.  Not too much there. 

For the compact orchard: 3-4 varieties and season apple trees and 3-4 varieties and season cherry trees.  I would love to put them in raised beds, but Tim doesn't.

For the garden: 3 raised beds so that I don't need to lean over too far.  They will be approximately 4' by 6' but I haven't measured yet.  1 of them will be a potato bed and the other 2 will be for a variety veggies.  I would like to put a walkway to the temple and some sort of arches that can function as trellises for the 2 garden beds as well. 

Along the west side of our house I want to put in a strawberry bed and maybe some blueberry bushes if they can be in the same bed. 

I will write up a review of Fresh Food From Small Spaces later, but it really has inspired me to try out some new things!!!   

And I'm spent.  See ya'll tomorrow when we return to the mad mutterings of a crazy mama!  :p

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Amidst a Cleanse

I have been a slacker.  I left my phone in Seattle on Saturday by accident and since it was on vacation I guess I took a slight one as well.  Not fully true as I have been active, just not as much as lately. 
Today is Day Six of my cleanse.  I am doing The Master Cleanse.  I decided on it as 1) it's a common one for raw foodists 2) readily available materials and 3) the information on the cleanse is simple and again readily available. 

Here is my favorite site for information on it: .  There are several books on this cleanse as well.  I read the samples of two of them on Kindle and decided that I had enough information at this point to move forward without reading the books and more important books to read at that time. 

I have not been as active as I should and I don't know how to feel about that.  I haven't detoxed as much as I thought and I think its because of the reduced activity.  Maybe that's a good thing and maybe I'm not getting the most benefit from the cleanse as I could. 

Today isn't the best day for me.  Fatigue and a sense of disconnect is prevalent today.  It's been the only day so far that I have felt like this.  Writing this and focusing on this is difficult.  I might try a walk after I'm done to see if it helps.  I tried my light therapy for an extended period of time and it didn't help (unusual!).  There are a number of signs of detoxing and fatigue is one of them.  So that's good.

Here are some things I've noticed so far that are side notes of this cleanse:

(hold on, I forgot....)  Oh yeah, I have a big sweet tooth and probably a raging candida problem, but I haven't craved sweets at all.  Doritos, fritos, shredded beef, sour cream, etc...  I am quite surprised.  I might buy myself a bag of doritos once or twice a year.  And fantom taste is sooo real.  I've heard of it, but until Day Four when I was sitting in the tub and I could taste a frito clearly.  I haven't had one in probably a year. 

Freedom and pride.  I feel lighter in my body and I don't mean weight loss.  I don't feel as clogged, I feel like the energy is flowing better through my meridians.  And pride, not everyone can have the discipline to follow through and I definitely haven't most of the time, but I am developing that within myself and I'm doing it NOW, not someday! 

Emotions and negative patterns: I have read and heard several people say recently that they are in a healthy place where they don't have to take shit from other people, that they have the power to stand up for themselves.  Stay with me here as I'm going to get to my point in a round about way...

In studying the Havamal (from the Elder Edda) we learn that Odin teaches that a man's true character comes out with drink.  So true.  Well, I have had a thought running through my head that takes it a step further: that a man's true character comes out in times of conflict. 

When a cashier is being snotty why does that require an equal response on my part?  Why is that standing up for myself?  I don't need to take on or spread that snottiness like its a virus.  I can be confident in myself (who I am at the center of my being) and at peace with myself and be removed from the situation.  I do not need to become attached to the actions of others. 

There has been a lot going on in my life recently and some of my true character is coming out and some of it I don't like.  It's amazing the excuses that we make: that person was an ass so therefore I had to...  You know what I mean? 

I am very blessed to be around so many people that are willing to draw out my true character so that I can refine who I am.  What a beautiful thought, eh? 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Day Three

Today is day three of my cleanse.  I have made it further than I thought I would, but I am hoping to go the full 10 days. 

Most people go off their medications for this cleanse.  Meds can carry a lot of metals and other stuff that can develop into their own set of problems.  Not that I'm telling you anything new. 

Yesterday afternoon I realized I hadn't taken my meds for that day which really surprised me as I am usually very aware of it within a few hours.  I hadn't planned on going off my meds but now I am curious.  In the evening time I ended up taking a half dose.  This morning things were hurting bad enough that I took a full dose, partially because I'm going to be in various offices throughout the day and those chairs are hard enough as it is. 

So yes, definitely feeling the pain, BUT not nearly as much as usual. 

Day Three, Four, and Seven are supposed to be the worst.  Day Three and Four because of healing crisis.  Fingers crossed it isn't too bad.  So far its just sneezing and running nose....

Isabella is getting braces today.  Madalyn is getting spacers and then braces in a week.  So fun!  :p  And Lily is home sick and my immune system is taxed to the point with this cleanse that I am more than usually susceptible.  Joy.  :)

See yas laters!

Thursday, April 12, 2012


First off: I mentioned The Food Revolution the other day during my review of Diet for a New America.  Today it is Amazon's Daily Deal for Kindle for $1.99.  Obviously I was meant to read this one as well :). 

My family is sick again.  Public school and work places are the bane of a mother's free time.  Tim is home for the third day in a row.  Check this out though: I am not sick.  <knocks on wood quickly>  This is the second illness that is passing me by.  I blame it all on raw foods.  It really has helped out my immune system. 

I think I am ready for a cleanse.  I am going to start it out on Saturday and see if I can make it a full 10 days.  I am going to try out the Master Cleanse.  I've thought about it for years, but now feels right. 

In a week and a half I go back in for a therapeutic sleep study.  I have mild to moderate sleep apnea.  This actually makes me happy as it means my sleep can get even better.  Yeee! 

The house is stalled at the moment with Tim being sick and my schedule being so booked.  Hopefully we will be able to finish the last few remaining things in the laundry room and begin the garage.  I think I might need to block out some time like I did in February.  We got a lot more done in a shorter amount of time that way. 

My E.L.F. cosmetics are supposed to arrive today.  Hopefully soon I can do a write up on those and let you know what I think. 

Short blog today, lots to do, so little time.  Wish I could say today that it was People to Do, Things to See, lol.  xoxo

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Time Management: Simplified

Time management is a hobby of mine.  I love reading up on it, trying out different techniques, trying out different products.  The most significant thing I have learned is that there are a gazillion different methods out there for a reason.  No one system seems to work perfectly for everyone and often times, a blending of systems seems to work best. 

Personally I love Leo Baubata's system.  It is my favorite at this time.  However, it may be the very worst thing for you.  You really do need to research several methods and try them out before you begin to learn what will and won't work for you.  Assuming can lead to more frustration.

So I thought I would list out what works best for me on determining where to begin.  First is becoming aware that you are out of whack or feeling like you could improve.  If it aint broke, or you believe it aint broke, you are more resistant to change.  I believe most people can improve.

Just don't make a lifestyle of trying to get more done with your time.  Learn how to use your time more efficiently so you have time to enjoy it, not work more.  Preach it sistah! 
click on this picture for two downloadable time logs

Second, we've all probably heard of food logs.  When you go on a diet, it is recommended that every drop or morsel that goes into your mouth is logged and the time is noted.  We often consume more than we think with a little nibble here and a little nibble there.  Same thing with our time. 

Time logs can help us to see where we are spending our time.  How many times are you checking your email?  How many hours are you surfing the net?  Soltaire anyone?  Record your time.  If you follow the same pattern every day then a few days may be all you need.  I usually log for a week as my schedule varies depending on the week and the days.  I have one week a month when I am in the classroom more often than usual. 

Record everything you do and the time spent.  The above photo leads to a site with two printable time logs.  I use a notebook.  You could use your phone, moleskin, steno, etc... For those with delicate sensibilities, a moleskin is a very nice option.  I used them for years, but now my fav is Levenger's Circa system or Rollabind's lesser quality version.

Once you have a basic understanding of your schedule you can move on to step Three: prune back the unnecessary.  If you don't know how to do this or if you feel you could use some help here, check out some books, classes, or online websites.  This is the area that most people need help.  Here are some tips that quickly come to mind for me:

Email: don't check it first thing in the morning or at the end of your day.  This habit has totally ruined my day and my sleep.  Get your most important things done, then check email.  You can check it twice a day if you need to, but do you really need to check it more often? 

Internet: many of us need this for work, however how many times does a simple task that takes 5 minutes turn into an hour or more because something else caught your attention. 
Facebook: along the same lines as above, many of us business owners need to keep up an online presence to help promote our business, but an hour of facebook a day?  Or more?  I am struggling with boundaries with this one.  I either don't check it or I spend too much time on it.  So in this case I will need to structure it more, like I do with email.  Check it once a day and consider how much time do I want to spend on it knowing that it takes away from more enjoyable things such as playing with my children, going for a bike ride, reading fiction and nonfiction, etc...  Facebook isn't comparable to that and neither is the internet or email and yet how often do we allow things of this ilk to use up our time. 

One of the things I have found when assisting others with managing their time is the practice of overscheduling.  The desire to maximize your time can lead you to trying to schedule as much into it and underestimating the time required which leads to burn out, frustration, and failure that leads to falling back into previous habits.  This also leads people to believe that time management isn't for them.  So what to do?

Fourth:  once you have a trimmed down schedule sort them into order of priority.  Because I don't like to schedule my time I like to list out my to dos and work on one task until complete or until the portion I wanted to get done for the day is done and then move onto the next task.  Block out your time for meals and appointments and then work around that.  If you haven't overbooked yourself, you should be done at a reasonable time and can move onto the fun parts of life or if you are lucky work counts as one of those then move onto family and friends. 

Fifth: chances are your schedule still needs some tweaking as either you overscheduled, underestimated time needed, or you still have some trimming needed.  I like to continue my time log until all the tweaking is done.  How do you know you are done (for now)?  If after a week of time logs and you don't notice an area that needs adjusting, then you can let go of the time logs. 

Sixth: from time to time grab your time logs and check how you are doing.  Have you slipped?  Have you added in more things?  Are you ready to cut back some more on emails, internet, and social media? 

This is a pretty simple form of time management.  If you need something more structured, let me know and I can either write something up or recommend a resource.  SWAK!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Um, so April is Yoga

At some point I will begin yoga.  It is the 9th and I haven't started.  This is so weird for me!!!  I think I need to rethink my whole schedule.  I would like to do yoga in the morning and I should definitely have time, but right now I am running late on everything and the morning runs through my fingers and next thing I know I am eating lunch later than I should and carries on from there.

I think I am doing too much of unneeded things.  Such as: facebook.  Facebook can take up to an hour to read through my friends updates and comment.  Blogs: I love reading them and some of them motivate me, others inspire me, but this can take over an hour.  Email: something is going wrong with it as it can take a couple of hours.  Blogging: I consider this part of my job as I expand, learn and grow as a writer, however should this take a couple to a few hours?  A day? 

See what I mean.  So I think I will put yoga to the side for the next few days as I consider my schedule and how to fix it.  If I tried to force yoga in, something else would fall out and that would be ok if it was unnecessary, but life doesn't usually work that way.  The junk has a tendency to hold on.

So here is my plan: grab a notebook and write down how and where I am spending my time for the next few days so that I can see where I am mismanaging my time.  Then hack at the fluff and plan out my day a bit better.  I don't do well with a rigid structure.  I do better with do 1 till done, then move onto 2, then so on and so on.

I know that shower/bathing at night hugely helps my time in the morning, so does laying out my clothes, and knowing my morning agenda is.  Hopefully by the week's end I will have this schedule whipped into shape and yoga back on schedule!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Diet for a New America: Book Review

Diet for a New America by John Robbins is recommended reading by many health professionals and raw foodist authors.  John Robbins definitely gives a biased view of the meat, dairy, and agricultural practices of today.  I think the first section of the book is enough for people to set it down and not even consider the rest of it.

At first I didn't understand what Robbins goal was in writing Diet for a New America and I would not have recommended it until I was over half way through.  Robbins begins with a deliberately emotional account of animal cruelty in the modern animal factories.

From some of the negative reviews I've read of this book, it seems this is where the reader stopped and didn't get the full picture.  I was tempted of leaving off as it is difficult for me to process that amount of suffering and lack of compassion.  Robbins also describes the forgiving and loving nature of animals whether they are chickens, pigs, dolphins, etc...

After completing this book I understand how everything ties into each other.  Our current food processes is unhealthy for the animals, humans, and the planet.  The standard practice of animal cruelty is appalling.  Next, eating sick animals is not good for humans at all.  And the majority of meat in the markets today comes from animals that were mildly to grossly ill at the time of slaughter.  Our forests are being turned into animal factories.  Our ground is being poisoned with pesticides.  Robbins does do an excellent job of tying in each point into a thorough argument against meat, dairy, eggs, and pesticides.

The meat, egg, and dairy industries have taken a page out of the tobacco companies books and have learned how to mislead, lie, conceal, and manipulate the government and Americans into believing their propaganda.  We take in the chemicals that are used in the animal industry and in farming via pesticides and we are a very sick population.  Robbins points out the cost on our environments continuing in this manner.  If we consumed far less meat or no meat at all, we could produce healthier foods for us and also have enough to assist in world hunger.

Robbins gives a lot of information and his footnotes are extensive.  At the moment I am not consuming any animal products other than honey due to dietary choices.  This gives me a bit of comfort, but I have to consider my family and the health cost for them now and in the future.  I am toxic and am now digging myself out from under the years of harming my body and my environment with my choices.  Am I creating the same legacy for my children?

I have to take Robbins with a grain of suspicion as he is clearly biased and even if half of his information is stretching, I don't know as I haven't done any studying his sources, I am stunned at how deceived I have been on nutrition. 

Having looked into this book a bit further, most people are recommending reading John Robbins The Food Revolution.  I haven't read it.  It appears to be an updated version of Diet for a New America

If I had known about The Food Revolution, I would have picked this up instead of Diet for a New America.  I would recommend this book to anyone questioning the current nutritional "facts".  I am unsure of my stand on meat vs. no meat for everyone, but I am sure that animal cruelty, sick animals, and deathly pesticides has no place in a conscientious diet. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Way of the Peaceful Parent

This article was so well expressed that not only am I going to put it somewhere to remind me often, but I also wanted to share with you all if you aren't a Baubata junkie like me :)

Posted: 20 Mar 2012 10:31 AM PDT
‘… and she loved a boy very, very much– even more than she loved herself.’ ~Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree
Post written by Leo Babauta.
There is no such thing as stress-free parenting.
A reader requested that I share my thoughts on stress-free parenting, as the father of six kids. And while I have learned a lot about being a dad, and finding joy in parenthood, I also know that stress-free parenting is a myth.
Parents will always have stress: we not only have to deal with tantrums and scraped knees and refusing to eat anything you cook, but we worry about potential accidents, whether we are ruining our kids, whether our children will find happiness as adults and be able to provide for themselves and find love.
That said, I’ve learned that we can find peace.
Peace isn’t a place with no stress, but a place where you take the stress as it comes, in stride, and don’t let it rule you. You let it flow through you, and then smile, and breathe, and give your child a hug.
There is a Way of the Peaceful Parent, but it isn’t one that I’ve learned completely. I’ll share what I’ve learned so far, with the caveat that I don’t always follow the Way, that I still make mistakes daily, that I still have a lot to learn, that I don’t claim to have all the answers as a parent.

The Way

The Way is only learned by walking it. Here are the steps I recommend:
  • Greet your child each morning with a smile, a hug, a loving Good Morning! This is how we would all like to be greeted each day.
  • Teach your child to make her own breakfast. This starts for most children at around the age of 3 or 4. Teach them progressively to brush their teeth, bathe themselves, clean up their rooms, put away clothes, wash their dishes, make lunch, wash their own clothes, sweep and clean, etc.
  • Teaching these skills takes patience. Kids suck at them at first, so you have to show them about a hundred times, but let them try it, correct them, and let them make mistakes. They will gradually learn independence as you will gradually have less work to do caring for them.
  • Older children can help younger children — it’s good for them to learn responsibility, it helps the younger children learn from the older ones, and it takes some of the stress off you.
  • Read to them often. It’s a wonderful way to bond, to educate, to explore imaginary worlds.
  • Build forts with them. Play hide and seek. Shoot each other with Nerf dart guns. Have tea together. Squeeze lemons and make lemonade. Play, often, as play is the essence of childhood. Don’t try to force them to stop playing.
  • When your child asks for your attention, grant it.
  • Parents need alone time, though. Set certain traditions so that you’ll have time to work on your own, or have mommy and daddy time in the evening, when your child can do things on her own.
  • When your child is upset, put yourself in his shoes. Don’t just judge the behavior (yes, crying and screaming isn’t ideal), but the needs behind the behavior. Does he need a hug, or attention, or maybe he’s just tired?
  • Model the behavior you want your child to learn. Don’t yell at the child because he was screaming. Don’t get angry at a child for losing his temper. Don’t get mad at a kid who wants to play video games all the time if you’re always on your laptop. Be calm, smile, be kind, go outdoors and be active.
  • When a stressful time arises (and it will), learn to deal with it with a smile. Make a joke, turn it into a game, laugh … you’ll teach your child not to take things so seriously, and that life is to be enjoyed. Breathe, walk away if you’ve lost your temper, and come back when you can smile.
  • Remember that your child is a gift. She won’t be a child for long, and so your time with her is fleeting. Every moment you can spend with her is a miracle, and you should savor it. Enjoy it to the fullest, and be grateful for that moment.
  • Let your child share your interests. Bake cookies together. Sew together. Exercise together. Read together. Work on a website together. Write a blog together.
  • Know that when you screw up as a parent, everything will be fine. Forgive yourself. Apologize. Learn from that screw up. In other words, model the behavior you’d like your child to learn whenever he screws up.
  • Patiently teach your child the boundaries of behavior. There should be boundaries — what’s acceptable and what’s not. It’s not OK to do things that might harm yourself or others. We should treat each other with kindness and respect. Those aren’t things the child learns immediately, so have patience, but set the boundaries. Within those boundaries, allow lots of freedom.
  • Give your child some space. Parents too often overschedule their child’s life, with classes and sports and play dates and music and clubs and the like, but it’s a constant source of stress for both child and parent to keep this schedule going. Let the child go outside and play. Free time is necessary. You don’t always have to be by her side either — she needs alone time just as much as you do.
  • Exercise to cope with stress. A run in solitude is a lovely thing. Get a massage now and then.
  • It helps tremendously to be a parenting team — one parent can take over when the other gets stressed. When one parent starts to lose his temper, the other should be a calming force.
  • Mom and dad need a date night every week or so. Get a babysitter, or better yet, teach the older kids to babysit.
  • Sing and dance together.
  • Take every opportunity to teach kindness and love. It’s the best lesson.
  • Kiss your child goodnight. And give thanks for another amazing day with your beautiful, unique, crazy child.
‘You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who’ve never had any.’ ~Bill Cosby

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Raw Food, Real World Review

After I finished this book I looked up the authors online and what I found wasn't pretty.  I don't know why, but for some reason for me, this reflects on this book for me. 

In 2005, The New York Post reported on Matthew and Sarma's break-up. 

"While Melngailis claimed Kenney is in her debt to the tune of $500,000, Kenney countered that she had physically attacked him and bedded down with one of their restaurant's managers.

Kenney, 40, has since started sleeping with his hot 20-year-old assistant, Natasha - leading one observer to quip, "Maybe there's something to this raw food after all."

On Tuesday morning, after Kenney found out Melngailis would be moving furniture and her two cats out of the beautiful East Village apartment they used to share, Kenney, who still lives there, had NYPD detectives on hand to bust her for assault.

Kenney had previously filed police reports charging she'd punched him more than once and thrown "stools, grapefruits and phones" at him. She'd also left threatening notes showing knives stuck into vegetables. "

I know that some will not care about the above quote and will only care about the content of the book.  I returned this book to Amazon because of the domestic violence aspect and unless something changes I'm not sure I could support Sarma Melngailis in any way.  Same reason why I don't care for Samuel Jackson. 

On to the book...  This book contains more information and science behind why eating raw foods is good for you than the average recipe book.  The writing style is easy and enjoyable.  This makes it somewhat recommendable. 

If you LOVE to cook, this book is for you.  It is written by trained chefs and is more for the hobbyist, trained chef in my opinion as they use techniques and ingredient to create a more professional presentation. 

I really enjoy cooking, however, I do not have much time that I can set aside for it.  So for that reason alone, I wouldn't be able to use the recipes very often, nor do I have skills for some of the recipes. 

I think for the average beginner raw foodist there are two necessities to look for in a book 1) good information to back up the why of the diet and 2) easy recipes and ideas for super quick fixes for the average busy person.  This book kind of has number 1 down and not so much on number 2. 

I was really disappointed as my personal go to book for fun recipes is Going Raw by Judita Wignall.  She says that Raw Foods, Real World is her raw foods bible.  Wignall is a trained chef and she does have several recipes that are similar (inspired?) by Raw Foods, Real World.  However, the big difference between the two is that Wignall has created simplier recipes with step by step instructions with photographs. 

If you can only afford one book, I would recommend Going Raw.  If you don't care about the authors' history and you are a trained chef/hobbyist, you might prefer Raw Foods, Real World.  :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Weleda is a No Go

I spent two days window shopping online and in Marlene's and Whole Foods to find an all natural skin care line that is inexpensive.  After all the work, I had settled on Weleda.  I had plans to pick it up when I had some extra money.

Thank goodness I was researching cosmetics cuz I found Skin Deep .  Unfortunately, not all companies and not all products are listed here.  Even without that though you can look up each component and get a quick understanding of the products. 

I have a trial tube of Weleda's Pomegranate Hand Cream and it is DIVINE.  My skin feels so good.  I love the smell.  And because I'm getting older I was planning on using Weleda's Pomegranate line of skin care. 

Skin Deep does not list many of the pomegranate line, but they do have the hand cream for us to take a look at:

Look at how wonderful the ingredients appear: Ingredients (INCI): Water (Aqua), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Panicum Miliaceum (Millet) Seed Extract, Ruscus Aculeatus (Butcher's Broom) Root Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Petal Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsaponifiables, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene *, Linalool *, Citronellol *, Geraniol *, Citral *, Eugenol *, Coumarin *.* from natural essential oils

Nice huh?  Well, several of those natural essential oils are banned by the European Union.  Banned!  Not only that, but they are toxic to the immune system.  The LAST thing I need. 

Here's the link:

and if you scroll past the comments you will see a brief summary of each ingredient that you can click on for more information.

To be fair Weleda's almond line scores very low and I could go with that line, however I would like something that is more anti-aging.

I think for now I will stick with some of Burt's Bees 100% natural products that score low on Skin Deep (low score is good). 

If you know of some good skin care, hair care, and cosmetics or information on those, please let me know.  I love make-up and have so much fun with color and exploration and the older I get the more experimental I get with different looks.  I don't want to give that up for my health and I don't want to compromise my health for the fun of fashion.  KWIM?

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Kelp Noodles

I mentioned kelp noodles earlier today.  I have texture issues and thought these would not pass the muster, but they are crunchy and not slimy. 

Here is a great article on the benefits of kelp noodles:

Phenoxyethanol, Chaco Canyon, And Healthy Living

Phenoxyethanol, Chaco Canyon, and Healthy Living... Oh my!  Bet you can't say that 10 times fast.  Hell, I can't get past the first word.

Parabens: I have no clue what they are or how bad they are for you, but I can guess they are pretty nasty.  Phenoxyethanol is its "healthy" replacement and are in a ton of natural beauty products.  I found it in body, hair, and face products of all sorts of types and brands. 

I'm getting smarter so instead of trusting that the health foods stores in my area would double check products for customers I sat down in the store and checked it out on my phone. 

The FDA says: "Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that is primarily used in cosmetics and medications. It also can depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea."

*sobs* why does healthy living have to be so difficult.  I decided to slowly switch over my health and beauty products to all natural sources and at the moment I have so much to do I don't have time to research making my own.  I do have a cool book on Kindle on green products you can make yourself, but I will have to wait. 

After I am done switching over my beauty products, I'd like to choose healthier choices for the household products as well (i.e. cleaning, candles). 

Seriously though, why do Marlene's and Whole Foods carry so many products filled with crap? 

Here are some of the choices I have made so far:
Tate's Miracle Conditioner was $20 for 18 oz at Marlene's and while it is pricey, I chose it because of the ingredients and its uses.  It has over 100 uses for the hair, face, body, and bath.  I use it for a shaving cream (duh!  I have been using conditioner as a shaving cream for years), moisturizer in the bath (doesn't leave that dangerous residue in the tub that others have), hair conditioner, and leave in conditioner so far. 

It doesn't work for me as a styling product.  Hair is too frizzy and fly away.  Too bad though.  Here is the ingredient list: mountain spring water, apples, strawberries, rose, lemons, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, boysenberries, oranges, cloves, ginger, pineapple, blackberries, celery, cherry bark, oak bark, orchid, marigold, hazel nut, pine needles, coconut, chamomile, jasmine, calendula, parsley, thyme, papaya, eucalyptus, passion flower, cinnamon, geranium, nutmeg.  It's organic as well.  Nice, huh?

Beautiful Curls Curl Activating Cream.  I didn't like the ingredient list of several of Beautiful Curls products but this one seems ok.  If you notice a no no ingredient please tell me.  The ingredients are: comfrey extract, arnica extract, shea butter, aloe vera leaf gel, agave nectar, emulsifying wax, guar hydroxyproplytrimonium chloride, panthenol, coconut oil, raspberry and ylang ylang extracts, potassium sorbate, guar gum, xanthum gum, citric acid. 
auromere Ayurvedic Herbal Toothpaste.  Here is the ingredient list:
Fine Chalk (a gentle cleanser), Glycerine (from vegetable oil), Water, Herbal extract blend: [Peelu (Salvadora persica), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Indian Licorice root, Pomegranate rind, Commom Jujube, Rose Apple, Clove, Persian Walnut, Barleria prinoitis bark (Vajradanti), Indian Almond, Bedda nut, Asian Holly Oak, Prickly Ash, Zanthoxylum alatum, Sappan wood, Catechu, Bengal Madder, Acacia arabica bark (Babul), Sarsaparilla, Cinnamon, Medlar bark, Mayweed, Bishop's weed (flower extract)], Silica, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (from Indian coconut oil), Carageenan (from seaweed), Cellulose (plant) gum, Clove oil, Anethol, Geranium extract.

And since I have a client arriving in an hour and I'm still in my bathrobe I best wind this up quickly. 

Chaco Canyon.  The food was good (not great), the juice was wonderful.  The raw fudge bar was decadent!  It was like ganache with an almond crust.  So yummy. 

The food: I had the ginger sesame bowl.  I didn't feel it was very gingery nor very sesamey.  I got to try kelp noodles for the first time and even picked up a package at Whole Foods I liked them so much.  However, the food arrived in the same amount of time it would have taken for me to make this dish.  It tasted exactly like a hundred other dishes I have made for myself.  Their menu online was not updated so the raw pizza was no longer on the menu.

When I think of eating in a restaraunt, I think of treating myself.  Eating something that takes more prep time than what I would eat on a daily basis.  And that wasn't the case. 

Kind of a bummer, maybe it would be better with a different menu selection than what we had.  BUT, if you are going, snag a raw fudge brownie for me please.  The best I've ever had!  Fo sho!  Ciao Bellas!

Friday, March 30, 2012

4 Weeks Raw

I went 100% raw 4 weeks ago.  How do I feel?  Better than I have in a long while!  Hold on just a sec....  <you hear a chair creak and footsteps away, some talking in the distance, footsteps drawing near again, and then someone flopping into a chair>

K, I'm back.  So I went and asked Tim what he would say if I was going back to my usual diet.  He said, "why?  You are losing weight and feeling better so why would you want to do that?"  He has made a few unsolicited comments about how I look better and look like I have more energy.  A man did that!  And get this, Anna, a TEENAGER, said that I looked like I was feeling much better and she noticed how I am more active now.  So you know something is up when a teenager notices something other than themselves or their boyfriends...  hehehe. 

I don't have a metabolism.  It quit.  It called me nasty names and walked out on me a few years ago.  I sobbed and pleaded for it to come back.  I left out treat to try to coax it.  I read up on some of its favorite foods and activities and nothing...  someday I hope to get a new one, but first I think I shall create a healthier environment for it and it will stick around longer.

Ok seriously, prior to Isabella I even thought of losing weight and I did.  I lost baby weight very quickly, quickly enough that the neighbor ladies would all shoot daggers of envy at me.  Seriously, one won't even talk to me any more.  Let's be realistic: it is no longer baby weight when your kids are in college!  No, I didn't say that to her... hehehe.

OK, really seriously.  Over the last few years Tim and I have gone on diets together and he easily loses twice the weight that I do.  I haven't lost weight like I would have in the past, but I am really happy with my weight loss for who I am in this moment. 

In 4 weeks I've lost 10 lbs.  The first 5 was in the first 3 days.  Then monthly which held up weight loss for 2 weeks and since then it has been slowly sliding off. 

I am not raw to lose weight though and I don't want to give that impression.  I am on a raw diet to help my immune system and other physical issues.  I am on a raw diet as I feel healthier, lighter, more blissful than when I'm not. 

This year is about setting habits that will make me happier, healthier, and more successful.  Next month's habit is yoga.  I chose yoga because it can be tailored to my ability to move from moment to moment.  It isn't high impact and shouldn't use up all of my resources like other forms of exercise at the moment.  I also will be studying the beliefs behind what we think of yoga for a more holistic approach, but that's for another post. 

If you remember I said that I would reassess my diet goals at the end of the month.  I have decided to stay 100% raw for a while.  I will reassess at the end of April.  To be honest I can't believe I almost said that.  It's like I lie all the time and have to preface when I'm not... sheesh.  Ok, so I am thinking that I will be 100% raw for a while.  I have a lot to heal in my body and the more nutrient rich foods I can give it the quicker the healing will take place.

What is Raw Foods?

I have been asked this a lot lately and it keeps getting repeated and I think its cuz I haven't slowed down to truly answer that question.

Raw foods are fruits, vegetables, sea vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains that are eaten uncooked or "cooked" with temperatures under 98-118 degrees.  There is debate on the temperature. 

Why?  The main reasons are simple: to retain minerals, vitamins, and enzymes.  Plant foods contain the enzymes needed to digest them.  Those enzymes die when heated.  The aging process and ultimately death and enzyme loss are correlated.  When you are requiring your body to break down the foods you eat without the assistance of the plant's enzymes you create a  burden which your body has to reroute its resources in order to consume those foods instead of its natural function of restoration, repair, etc... 

What about protein?
Did you know that plant foods have between 5-10% protein.  And some foods even higher.  The ADA recommends that our diets should consist of 6% protein.  Not only that, but plant proteins are easily assimilated and readily used by the body.  Can't be said of animal protein at all.  Animals are a poor source of protein. 

What about dairy/calcium?
Don't get me started, lol.  Humans are not meant to breastfeed past our infancy.  We are not meant to pack around our bah bahs as adults.  Lactose Intolerance?  Did you know that humans are allergic to milk?  Not some humans, all humans.  You know the phlegm that builds up in your throat?  No?  Ask a singer.  Drinking milk before a performance is a big no no.  That phlegm is an allergic reaction.  The protein in milk is considered invasive by our bodies and it strikes out at the intrusion. 

Calcium?  Many foods carry calcium in them and some foods in much higher doses than dairy.  Did you know that milk drinking countries (US, Sweden, etc...) have higher rates of osteoporosis than non milk drinking countries?  Milk isn't healthy and it isn't a healthy source of calcium. 

If you HAVE to have dairy, goats milk is much easier on the human body.  Do some research.  It is quite upsetting what we are told.  And I am not happy how subsidized foods that are poor sources of nutrients are compared to nutrient dense foods!!!  <stomps around shaking fist at the gov>  :)

So, do you eat salads all day?
You certainly can.  Some raw foodists have rules on what to eat when, how much of certain types, etc...  However most raw foodists are laid back.  Here are some simple tips:

Juiced and blended foods give your digestive system a break.  This can be very helpful if your body needs extra healing. 

Eat a variety.  If you make sure to switch your foods up you won't need very many supplements or no supplements at all. 

Eat sprouts often.  They really give you an enzyme boost. 

Check out some books, websites, on further information and some fun recipes.  If you are not a chef and you don't like to cook as it is don't expect yourself to fix fancy raw foods that take hours or days to whip up.  Keep it simple. 

If you do love cooking, add in a few recipes that take more preparations. 

I find it very helpful to have some foods on hand that don't require work.  I get tired easily and sometimes its the choice of grabbing a piece of fruit or not eating at all. 

Here is my normal foods I eat:
Juice and or
Smoothie: I like 2 frozen bananas, 1 cup water, a handful of pumpkin seeds, a couple of dates for sweetness, and my superfoods (spirulina, maca, bee pollen, raw cacao nibs atm) or
granola and almond milk (lots of raw recipes out there, try a few and raw almond milk is super easy)

fruit or
salad or
granola and almond milk when I'm really lazy

Salad or
hummus and crudites
sandwiches such as yesterday

I try out a couple of new recipes a week to keep it fresh.  I like having a "uniform" meal, but I also will eventually get bored and dissatisfied with my diet if I don't try out new things. 

Something to Consider
Consider eating more raw than what you are now.  Are you eating 50% of your foods uncooked?  How would you do on 70% raw?  Do you have a serious medical issue?  Consider transitioning into 100% raw.  More and more naturopathic doctors are using 100% raw diets to heal major illnesses and diseases. 

Did you know that many people have healed themselves with raw foods?  Diabetes, arthritis, cancer, structural issues such as scoliosis, asthma, etc... 

Something Else to Consider
One belief in our health issues today is that our bodies are acidic.  We are meant to have an alkaline system and yet many/most of the average American's diet is made up of acidic foods.  Did you know that almonds are the only alkaline nut?  Good to know, eh? 

Did I not address your question?  Have more questions on recipes or what to see more posted here?  Just let me know!

How about some inspiration?  Check out these befores and afters:

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Running Late Today

Running late due to changes in  They are removing all features except the journal portion.  I loved it as I could take notes and put in tasks into one app that I could access from the laptop, cpu, Kindle, and phone.  *sobs*  And now I have to find something else before they delete all my tasks.  <pulls hair>

Today I have some errands and some clients and if I don't get a move on I won't make a very good impression with my first client, a new one. 

So we'll keep this short!  I will share my dinner yesterday with you.  I ate two of these babies and rolled away from the table!
This is simply romaine for the bread, avocado for the mayo, tomato, and a basic patty.  These patties were unplanned as I decided to have juice for lunch yesterday last minute (btw, if you add ginger to your juice, a small slice is just fine, not a big ole frickin knob!!!).  This recipe comes from Rejuvenate Your Life by Serene Allison:
Basic Burgers
1 cup carrot and beet pulp (I had pulp from carrots, beet greens, and ginger)
1 cup almonds, ground in coffee grinder
3 Tbs. ground golden flax meal whisked with 1/4 cup water (I used regular flax as I had a tiny amount leftover from a different dish)
1/4 finely minced red onion (used yellow)
1 big stalk of celery, finely minced
1/2 cup of parsley, finely diced
1/2 red pepper, finely diced
1 tsp. sea salt
pinch of cayenne pepper (oopsie, guess I didn't read too closely as I left the last two out)

Mix together.  Form into patties.  Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 4-8 hours. 

Tim came and stole a bite these were so yummy.  Guess what I'm having for dinner?  mmmm....

If you don't have a juicer you can use shredded carrots.  It will take longer to dehydrate and will change the consistency and flavor a bit, but its always good to work with what you have. 

I am blessed in that I have been studying healthy diets for 19 years now and slowly have built up some nice tools.  Some of them I've even got used.  I got a $150 Excalibur dehydrator for $5 at a garage sale.  :)