Thursday, July 24, 2014

Come Visit my New Blog! No Longer Blogging Here!

Just a friendly reminder that I am now blogging at NaturallyLauren.com You can "like" on facebook at Facebook.com/naturallylauren and you can subscribe for a once a week newsletter with all my blog posts from the week on the side bar of NaturallyLauren.com! Hope to see you there! :)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Changes!

Hi everyone! I've been working on something since I've be out of the hospital and it's time to share...

I had an idea of starting a new website and it's up and going. You can read my first post "welcome" to find out more of what I'll be doing. For now I am retiring Ginger is The New Pink. But it's not goodbye because I'm going to be blogging on my new site and it's going to have broader stuff.. Not just my meals. So I will keep this page up for reference but everything I post will now be on my new site. I hope you will all join me there!  It is a work in progress so right now it's very basic. Any way, please come visit me at: 


Xoxoxo thanks for reading all these years!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Surgery Prep and What I do After

Hey everyone! I am finally out of the hospital!  Even though this was the easiest of the 3 surgeries, the pain was just as intense! I'm still in a lot of pain because the surgery was less invasive, they weren't giving me the strong pain meds I had previously. So that made this surgery just as rough as the other 2. Sigh. My pain is still not under control. :( 
Anyway, I wanted to write a post about preparing before surgery and healing after. So here are some things I did:
(NOTE: I am not a doctor, I did what I thought was best for my body and I suggest talking to your doctor being doing any of my suggestions).

A lot of what I did involves strengthen my immune system because number one, if I got sick before surgery, I would of had to postpone it. And two, I didn't want to pick up any nasty hospital germs..

-Took higher doses of vitamin C. 

-Drank fresh squeezed OJ for two days leading up. This is higher in sugar so I had about a cup a day for two days before surgery. I tried to have zinc when I had vitamin c so they work together to do their thing. 

-For 5 days leading up, I had crushed garlic a swallowed whole like a pill, with raw honey. This fights off any bad bacteria. 

-Speaking of bacteria, probiotics, I take vsl3 which is great for preventing illness with a jpouch. I take this at all times 2-3x per day. 

-I drank lots and lots and lots of water! I always drink a lot of water, but I really do it up for 3 days before my surgery. I run a high risk of dehydration with having a jpouch so I made sure I was well hydrated. Also, I added a dash of real salt to a few glasses for minerals

Since I was having stoma surgery I already had a bag, I didn't need to do any sort of prep or fasting.  I was told, nothing by mouth after midnight. But I did make sure I had lots of nourishing foods that help promote healing. 

-My favorite is my cup of miso (1 or 2 tbsp chickpea miso, a dash or two of coconut aminos, cayenne pepper and turmeric with warm water). I also drank a lot of warm water with lemon, cayenne, and turmeric. Turmeric is great for inflammation. 

-I also had vegetable soups. 

-Lots of fermented foods. 

-Sunwarrior protein shakes. 

-A lot of raw food (not the day before though). 

-Tea! I made a big batch of nettle sun tea daily with fresh lemon that T, Little A and I would share. Nettles are good for building strong blood, just what I needed. I also drank Longevity Tea and Organic Echineca tea. 

I was not allowed certain vitamins a week ahead so I made sure to take..

-Oregano oil (for getting rid of bad bacteria). 

-Gaia Immune Support drops.

-Arnica Montana homeopathic pills that are said to help with scars and healing deep cuts. 


I wanted to go into surgery with a relaxed mind..

-Calm Magnesium powder I took before bed (I try to do this regularly). I wanted to be nice and calm when going into surgery. 

-I meditated as much as possible. Even in the prep room. I used the Insight Timer app on my phone. This was great for picking the amount of time I wanted to meditate. I also followed my surgery doing this. 

I made sure I stocked up on a lot of food to bring to the hospital. My room has a mini fridge so that helped a lot. Hospital food is so bad and even when I say I eat a vegan diet, they bring me chicken broth and fish! 

-I made a big pot of homemade vegetable broth with kombu and chickpea miso added in. I drained it and put the broth in mason jars. T brought it to me warmed up in a thermos. This was great for adding rice and gluten free noodles to as well.
 
-I made sure I had low fiber snacks: raw macaroons, Jana Sweet raw cookies, bananas, white rice, brown rice ramen style noodles, fresh pressed organic almond milk, fermented coconut yogurt, lots of electrolyte water and raw coconut water. 

I always bring things for comfort..

-My healing crystals, hand cross, charms that friends have given me for courage. 

-An eye mask (I need zero light to sleep.  I even cover up my clock at home). 

-iPad to watch episodes of Once Upon a Time and other stuff on Netflix. 

-Organic natural Lip gloss. 

-Lots of lotion because the air is so dry. 

-Nectar by Ami (I feel good even in hospital scrubs when I have her Angel Wings on). 

-I always bring comfy slippers and pajamas that make me feel good. Usually something colorful to get some color in my life. Ha ha!

Little A usually give me a toy or blanket of hers to bring. She usually makes a card too and of course I put her picture up on my bulletin board as soon as I get there. I can see her face from my bed. :)

Once I'm off of all the pain meds..

-Oregano oil to strengthen my immune system. 

-I spend a lot of time rebounding, walking as much as I can, body brushing and getting my lymph system moving to flush out all the bad stuff it was bombarded with. 

-Lots of fresh green juice. 

-Fermented foods and probiotics ( VSL3).
 
-Tons of water of course. Fresh spring water or filtered with lemon or cucumbers. 

I like to clean the air in my house from any sick energy too.. 

-I open all the windows. 

-Light healing incense. 

-Walk around each room burning sage. 

-Bees wax candles are great for cleaning negative ions from the air. 

-A few new plants always help. Even fresh flowers absorb negative energy and you can throw the energy out with them once they die (thanks to Dara for informing me of that). 

-Decluttering is great at this time too. I find moving furniture and cleaning under stuff that doesn't normally get cleaned to bring out old emotions that I want to discard (of course moving furniture doesn't come until I'm all healed allowed to lift). I did a lot of decluttering this year thanks to Dara. I've gotten rid of anything that I don't feel serves me in my home. Anything that doesn't make me feel good when I see it. It's very freeing and opening to the soul. Allows the good stuff to come in. 

-Grounding. Spending time on the beach, in the woods, in the sun or just in my backyard in the grass. So completely healing. 

So I hope you all enjoyed this. I'll be back as soon as I can. Right now I'm really taking it easy and doing as little as possible. Thanks for the love and support. Xoxo

Monday, June 23, 2014

Guest Post: Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto

Hey all! Today we have a yummy recipe guest post from Chris Wimmer is from HealthSmartLiving.com. Check out his website for inspiring health goodness! :)

Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto

We love spicy food and jalapenos are our favorite pepper.  They have such a perfect blend of spice and flavor.  This was a new invention/recipe for me but it was a hit the first time.

Ingredients

   Cilantro Jalapeño Pesto
   1 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
   2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and quartered
   1 clove garlic
   1/4 c. pine nuts (You can substitute raw almonds if you prefer)
   1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
   1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
   Salt + pepper to taste

Directions:
Combine cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, and lime juice in food processor.
Pulse until smooth and season with salt and pepper to taste.


Uses:
Mix into a cold vegetable salad for a bit of heat
Make an adventurous pasta dish
A spread on toasted bread
Scope it straight onto tortillas chips (my favorite but a bit hot!)

Chris Wimmer is from HealthSmartLiving.com where he blogs about nutrition and juicing as ways to improve your health.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ready for The Final Chapter!

Hey Everyone! I am posting today because tomorrow is my surgery!!!! :) I have so much to do and I only have one guest post lined up for next week! So if you want to submit a guest post email me it: LaurenGingerRose@gmail.com
I starting eating a little cooked food here and there again, but I am still eating more raw then ever. This was lunch one day: cucs, kraut, heirloom tomatoes, flax crackers and avocado. YUM!
Little A's dinner one night: chickpeas roasted in coconut oil, Real Salt, turmeric, and garlic powder; kale salad with Nutritional Yeast, olive oil and olives, millet cooked in coconut oil and sprouted pumpkin seeds.
My dinner was the same kale salad with capers and kraut tossed in.
I also had these amazing wraps on the side: Turmeric Pumpkin Seed Pate from Choosing Raw on Rainbow Chard with kraut and Bubbies pickles.
All rolled up! Mmmmm!
Last weekend on the beach, this was my snack. I love Thunderbird Bars!

This was my lunch from when Little A and I had a juice date the other day: organic kale chips and a green juice from Fresh Pressed Juice Co.
Another one of Little A's dinners (lately she is loving millet and chickpeas as you can see): avocado sprinkled with Real Salt, roasted chickpeas (made the same way as before), millet, Rainbow chard cooked in coconut oil and sliced yellow bell pepper.
More wraps for me! This time with avocado, kraut and heirloom tomato and a raw bell pepper stuffed with the same pate.
Little A and I have been enjoying eating mulberries from our tree! THE.BEST!
This was dinner last night: kale salad with kraut and heirloom tomatoes, walnut "meat" and grilled asparagus.
I am all set for my surgery! Here are some of my favorite healing goodies!
And I will end on this note that my lovely friend Treesa sent me. I just love Lori Portka's art work! :)

Have a great day! XO

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday! I have been really busy with my upcoming surgery on Friday, so I don't have much blog time! But here is what I am loving this week..
I love heirloom tomatoes! These organic beauties were on sale last week at Whole Foods.
I love recharging my crystals under the full moon.
Little A has a new obsession... MagiClips! I love when she really gets into something.
Love my parents' puppy, Jeter!
And of course, my own pup: Ginger!
I love this PERFECT card we found for T for Father's Day! Even looks like Little A!
Found this raw Maple Water at Whole Foods in NYC, LOVED IT!
Also, loved this spicier raw drink by Switchel!
I am bringing these Jana Sweet cookies to the hospital. They are low fiber! Perfect post surgery treat!
I love that Trader Joes has raw and fermented sauerkraut!
I love juice dates with my little love. We shared a green juice and she had a banana whip with raw granola.
I love that my mulberries are almost ready! Nothing like picking fruit right from your tree!

What are you loving this week?
XO

Friday, June 13, 2014

Keeping it Raw

Happy Friday! One week from today will be my final surgery! I am so excited to be done with this all! I never want to see a colostomy bag again. I will be doing a low fiber diet again following surgery so any vegan and gluten free suggestions would be great! Still keeping it raw and real..
This was a yummy lunch one day: cucs, kraut, flax crackers and avocado. 
We fermented organic radishes from our garden a few weeks ago and they are done! They came out really good. 
This was a green "soup" lunch one day: I blended parsley, celery, Swiss chard and seasonings. I stirred kimchi in too. 
More zucchini pasta topped with walnut "meat". See my other post for how I make it.
Yummy after dinner smoothie: bananas, water, cinnamon and a scoop of chocolate Warrior Blend
Tonics are so lovely during the day. This one was Gynostema tea, coconut oil, stevia, reishi, carob and maca
This was left over zucchini pasta and raw tomato sauce mixed with avocado and kimchi. 
Little A's lunch one day: millet with coconut oil, black beans with dulse flakes, raw orange pepper and Swiss chard cooked in coconut oil and real salt. All organic. She ate everything! Swiss chard is her new favorite!
And finally, nothing better then opening up the perfect coconut! Made some coconut yogurt this week. :)

Have a great weekend! XO