Baked Apples (For a Chilly Morning Treat!)

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This morning, I had a little cooking bug. My friend Emily and I had just finished watching Julie & Julia, and that put me in the mood to make a little something special! 

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I pulled out one of my favorite cookbooks, and decided to try Baked Apples. It’s a very simple recipe, and I happened to have all the ingredients in my kitchen! 

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Baked Apples

Ingredients:

- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

- 3 Apples

- 3 Teaspoons of Butter

- 4 Teaspoons of Brown Sugar, mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

- 2 TBPS Water

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1. Place the chopped walnuts on a baking sheet and toast them in a 250 degree oven for about 5 minutes. Set aside.

2. Wash and core the apples. Place them in a baking dish. 

3. Combine the butter, sugar mixture and toasted walnuts.

4. Fill the cavity of each apple with the mixture. Pour the water in the bottom of the baking dish.

5. Bake the apples at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve Warm!

 

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Absolutely, Divine! 

 

(Also pairs well with a warm Peach Detox tea from Yogi! One of my favorites!)

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Yum Yum! Eat Up!

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- Mrs. Hughey

 

Detox Bath in a Jar | Great for Gifts

Why a Detox Bath you ask? Because its AWESOME! No seriously. Taking a 20-45 minute detox bath does wonders for your body, and here’s why:

1. It helps to draw out those yucky toxins.

2. It lowers stress related hormones.

3. Balances PH Levels

4. Soothes Irritated Skin. 

5. Increases Circulation.

6. Relieves Aches and Pains.

7. Makes you feel better after a weekend of wrath. (A.K.A Junk Food Frenzy or Drinking!)

Need I say More…? 

 

A detox bath recipe is super easy and affordable to make. You can keep a big jar on hand for yourself, or you can even dispense into smaller jars to give as gifts to friends and family!

Recipe:

Ingredients:

- 2 Cups of Epsom Salt

- 1/2 cup of Baking Soda

- 1 TBSP of Ground Ginger Powder

- 10 Drops of Essential Oil of Choice (I love using lavender, eucalyptus, or Chamomile) 

* Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container! 

(Note, this recipe makes enough for 1-2 baths.) 

***Make sure you drink plenty of water before and afterwards to replenish!***

A detox bath is my favorite way to relax and treat my body before bed! 

 

So start your bath, light some candles, put on some soothing music, grab and good book and a cup of tea! Enjoy!

- Mrs. Hughey

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A Wife of Noble Character

“A wife of noble character is her husbands crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.” – Proverbs 12:4

I don’t know about you, but I think I’m correct when I say that as wives, we would much rather be someone that lifts up our husbands, rather than one that tears him down. (I would prefer to be a crown than decay. Just Sayin’.)

Being a “Wife of Noble Character”, seems to be a theme for wives throughout the Bible. So I thought that today, we will take a closer look at some verses that point to what it means to be a Wife of Noble Character.

“A Wife of Noble Character”

The most well-known passage about being a Biblical Wife, is of course, Proverbs 31: The Wife of Noble Character. This verse gives us a pretty simple outline of what the characteristics of a noble wife are. “Proverbs 31:10-31″ I suggest reading and reflecting on this passage, and seeing if there are any aspects in your life as a wife and home manager that you would like to ask God’s help on.

Being a Proverbs 31 woman is not about being “perfect.” It’s about living life with purpose, diligence, forgiveness, and repentance.

1. Faith - A Virtuous Woman serves God with all her heart, mind and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows His ways. (Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 31: 29 – 31, Matthew 22: 37, John 14: 15, Psalm 119: 15

2. Marriage – A Virtuous Woman respects her husband. She does him good all the days of her life. She is trustworthy and a helpmeet. (Proverbs 31: 11- 12, Proverbs 31: 23, Proverbs 31: 28, 1 Peter 3, Ephesians 5, Genesis2: 18)

3.  Mothering - A Virtuous Woman teaches her children the ways of her Father in heaven. She nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go. (Proverbs 31: 28, Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 22: 6, Deuteronomy 6, Luke 18: 16)

4. Health – A Virtuous Woman cares for her body. She prepares healthy food for her family. (Proverbs 31: 14 – 15, Proverbs 31: 17, 1 Corinthians 6: 19, Genesis 1: 29, Daniel 1, Leviticus 11)

5. Service - A Virtuous Woman serves her husband, her family, her friends, and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable. (Proverbs 31: 12, Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20, 1 Corinthians 13: 13)

6. Finances - A Virtuous Woman seeks her husband’s approval before making purchases and spends money wisely. She is careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. (Proverbs 31: 14, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 18, 1 Timothy 6: 10, Ephesians 5: 23, Deuteronomy 14: 22, Numbers 18: 26)

7.  Industry – A Virtuous Woman works willingly with her hands. She sings praises to God and does not grumble while completing her tasks. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 24, Proverbs 31: 31, Philippians 2: 14)

8. Homemaking – A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates and inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses hospitality to minister to those around her. (Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20 – 22, Proverbs 31: 27, Titus 2: 5, 1 Peter 4: 9, Hebrews 13: 2)

9. Time - A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 19, Proverbs 31: 27, Ecclesiastes 3, Proverbs 16: 9, Philippians 4:8 )

10. Beauty – A Virtuous Woman is a woman of worth and beauty. She has the inner beauty that only comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty in her life and the lives of her loved ones. (Proverbs 31: 10 Proverbs 31: 21 – 22, Proverbs 31: 24 -25, Isaiah 61: 10, 1 Timothy 2: 9, 1 Peter 3: 1 – 6)

Other Biblical Verses that I Love:

“Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.” - Colossians 3:18

“Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.” - 1 Peter 1-2

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves.” - 1 Peter 3:3-5

“To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.

But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?” - 1 Corinthians 7:12-16

So whether your husband is a believer or not, be a wife of noble character, and allow God to work through you and in you.

 

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What Does 80/10/10 Mean? | Low-Fat Raw Vegan

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The numbers, 80/10/10, represent the relationship of ideal daily caloric intake: a minimum of 80% of daily calories from carbohydrates, a maximum 10% of daily calories from protein and a maximum 10% of daily calories from fat. The ideal foods to deliver this caloric ratio are raw, organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

 The term “caloronutrient ratio” describes calories obtained from raw, organic carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Different people with different caloric demands (sedentary people vs. professional athletes) will thrive equally on the 80/10/10 ratio though their overall calorie intake will vary widely.

 It is important to understand the caloronutrient composition of individual foods in order to best utilize the 80/10/10 method of eating. For example a banana has a 93/4/3 ratio and almonds have a 14/13/73 ratio. (Carbohydrate/Protein/Fat)

 When starting on the 80/10/10 method of eating, it is also important to understand that unprocessed fruit sugar is the ideal source of fuel for the body. This sugar is digested, absorbed and utilized easily and readily by the body. Blood sugar accumulation occurs only when there is too much fat present in the blood. The fat blocks the sugars from being ideally processed and a lag in the sequence occurs, much like as with a greasy, clogged water pipe.

 An average mainstream human diet typically falls around a 42/16/42 ratio. Raw vegans (who consume many nuts, avocados, coconuts and olive oil) tend to be upward towards 60% fat. Getting to 80/10/10 requires dedicated work and understanding of food chemistry. When fats are reduced and fruit carbohydrates are increased, the body can metabolize, digest, rest, rejuvenate and repair with greater ease and efficiency. By consuming only raw produce and nuts with food enzymes intact, the body’s digestive enzymes are spared where by creating less energetic demand on the body from digestion, freeing up energy for other tasks.

 It is typical on the 80/10/10 diet to feel not only energetic, but clear of mind. Wounds tend to heal faster, chronic illnesses tend to dissipate, skin clears, eyes gleam, muscle tone improves, fat is lost, medications are weaned and an overall appearance of vitality is enjoyed. Eating according to the 80/10/10 method seems to slow the aging process by providing for the body highly oxygenated, abundantly hydrated macronutrients that are perfect for instant, clean and pure fuel that serves the body as nature intended.

 

And that, is the science behind raw foods!

Our Fully-Raw Kitchen | Kitchen Stations

So, we’re doing it. Tomorrow. It will be our first day of being completely 100% Low-Fat Raw Vegan. We’re going cold turkey, Overnight, 80/10/10. (What is 80/10/10? http://thehumbledhousewife.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/what-does-801010-mean-low-fat-raw-vegan/ )

And we. are. so. Excited!

Tonight, I tackled the project of turning our kitchen into a raw foodist’s dream! I deep cleaned, sorted through the “Cooking Items” I wont be needing now, and set up little “Raw Stations” all along our countertop.

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We have our Smoothie & Juicing Station. Including, a large blender, and and individual sized blender, straws for juices and smoothies, and our Jack LaLaine Juicer! 

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AND…. this cute little piggy! Don’t eat him, eat fruits!

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Our Prep-Station. Cutting boards in all sizes, our Calphalon knife set, and some cutting tools. It’s right by our sink too, so that is nice for washing!

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And of course, our fruit section! Banana, anyone?

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So that’s our newly organized kitchen! From our own experimentation with raw foods, its so important to make your preparation space as convenient as possible. To have all the tools you need at your reach, and everything easy to find and use.

If you haven’t already, subscribe to my new channel on YouTube, Brittney in the Raw, to see updates on my raw food journey! I’ll be posting daily!

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDbL8JUYjo1NKj59lWPrrFA/feed

Raw Food Combining & Tips | Health & Fitness

As I have stated in my previous post, I am currently vegan, and very high raw. My ultimate goal, is to be fully Low-Fat Raw Vegan. My husband and I are slowly transitioning into this new lifestyle. (We’ve been walking this journey for about 8 months so far.)

First, we started by cutting out meat, and then very shortly afterwards, we cut out all dairy products as well. We started seeing great improvement in our health and physical appearance just by going vegan! Our skin cleared up, our energy rose, our stomach problems disappeared, and we overall felt much better.

Next, we started trying to consume a “High Raw Vegan Diet”. Basically, we were still on your typical vegan cooked diet, but we tried to keep most of our snacks raw fresh fruit and vegetables, with some fresh juices as well.

Currently, we’re working on slowly transitioning to a completely Low-Fat Raw Vegan Diet, by replacing our meals with raw fruits and veggies. Starting with breakfast, and as time, continue to replace all meals, even to dinner!

If your new to the Raw Vegan Lifestyle, this all may sound completely crazy! But let me tell you, its totally doable, and the results are worth the journey! We still fail sometimes, but what matters most is that you get back up, and continue down the path to reach your goal. (This statement is true no matter what your goal is! Health related or other!)

As we continue towards our goal of becoming completely 100% Low-Fat Raw Vegan, I wanted to share occasional updates with you on what we’ve learned, experienced and so on.

The purpose of this post today, is to educate you on what being fully raw means, and to share with you newbies like me, some tips on making your transition a pleasant one!

First, here is a brief overview on what a Low-Fat Raw Vegan is:

This is a summery from FullyRawKristina’s informational page about Raw Food. (All credit goes to her.) I chose sections from her information on raw foods, that I felt was most beneficial to those who are unfamiliar with raw food, and also answers to the top question that is most commonly asked. Check out the link below to visit her website: http://fullyraw.com/

What is a Raw Food Diet?

 A raw foods diet is made up of fresh, whole, unrefined, living, plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds, which are consumed in their natural state, without cooking or steaming. People who adopt this diet are often referred to as “raw fooders” or “raw vegans.”

The diet we recommend is called the “low-fat raw vegan diet.” Although the diet is not new, the term for it was coined by sports nutritionist and chiropractor, Douglas Graham, over twenty years ago. This diet has been used successfully by many amateur and professional athletes as well as many non-athletes to achieve top performance and health. Dr. Graham also refers to this diet as “The 80/10/10 Diet” or “The 811 Diet.” The numbers refer to the percentage of calories that are ideally obtained daily from the three food elements: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Put another way, 80% of your calories will come from simple carbohydrates, 10% from protein, and 10% from fat. So in a 2000 calorie per day diet, 1600 calories will come from carbohydrates, 200 from protein, and 200 from fat. This works out naturally if 90 – 95% of your calories come from sweet fruit, 2-6% from leafy greens, vegetables and non-sweet fruits, and 0 – 8% from nuts and seeds. This is generally accomplished with two or three large fruit meals during the day with a large salad in the evening.

The first benefit is that you stop abusing your body each meal with toxic residue that it must deal with, leaving it free to cleanse and heal itself. Next, the proper raw diet eliminates constipation, and the transit time of waste matter shortens to 24 hours or less, avoiding the buildup of toxemia from the recycling of toxins from the colon. Most people on the standard American diet experience transit times of 72 hours or more during which time their food ferments and putrefies. The resulting foul gas and unpleasant smelling feces highlights the fact of fermentation and putrefaction taking place in the colon.

So, What’s the Deal with Cooked Foods?

Applying heat to foods provides no nutritional benefit to the food and is detrimental to the person ingesting the cooked food. There are reported instances where, by heating food, certain nutrients are more easily released, like lycopene from tomatoes. However, this ignores that hundreds of other nutrients in that heated tomato that were damaged or destroyed; and also assumes that more of a specific nutrient is better, instead of trusting that the body has learned to extract just the right amount that it needs for optimal health. Many nutrients are deadly toxic if we overdose on them, more is definitely not always better. Many foods that are cooked would otherwise be unappetizing or inedible to humans, such as meats and grains, thus bypassing sensory safeguards that would normally protect the body from ingestion of unnatural and unhealthy substances. Studies have shown that the immune system often reacts to the introduction of cooked food into the bloodstream the same way it does to foreign pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Cooking food denatures the proteins, carcinogizes the fats, and caramelizes the carbohydrates; most other nutrients are damaged, deranged or destroyed by the heating process, leaving mostly empty calories. The regular consumption of cooked foods results in the detrimental enlargement of the pancreas.

People thought the world was flat for a long time. In order to progress with science, we had to come to grips with the false nature of that paradigm. As humans moved away from the tropics, they began eating the flesh of animals to substitute for missing fruits and vegetables. The farming of grains, the hunting of animals, and civilization’s reliance on eating them cooked, came within the last 10,000 years, the same length of time man has been using fire to prepare food. As such, cooked foods are considered to be a major contributor to what are called the diseases of civilization: cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Eating cooked meat creates excess uric acid and ammonia in the body, both of which are toxic to the system. The proteins in cooked food become denatured, and, as a result, the polypeptide bonds cannot be broken down into amino acids. These polypeptides are treated as foreign invaders and must be excreted through the kidneys. The kidneys don’t allow for easy transport of these substances, causing the distress that leads to kidney stones and eventually to kidney failure. Cooked grains cause fermentation in the body that produces gas, alcohol, and acetic acid; protoplasmic poisons that kill every cell with which they come into contact.

To read more about commonly asked question such as, diabetes, protein intake, and how to start transitioning into the Low-Fat Raw Vegan Lifestyle, please follow this link to read the rest: http://fullyraw.com/be-fully-raw/what-is-fully-raw

 

So, onto today’s main topic! Proper Food Combining!

When Matt and I first starting eating more raw foods, we did a lot of research alongside of it. Reading books, watching YouTube videos from the Raw Foodist Gurus in the community, watching documentaries, and such. Along the way, I discovered some very important information about “Food Combining.” I never realized how important proper food combining is for comfortable digestion, and how even timing is crucial to your digestive cycles!

Below I have created a simple chart and basic rules on food combining:

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Click the pictures to expand and print!

I also wanted to add two other charts that I found from Kristina’s Facebook Page! I thought these were very helpful as well!

I hope you enjoy following me on this grand journey, and possibly even join me!

Below are some other resources I greatly recommend:

BOOKS:

 80/10/10 Diet by Dr. Douglas Graham

 12 Steps to Raw Foods, How to End Your Addiction to Cooked Foods by Victoria Boutenko

Documentaries: 

Forks Over Knives

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Hungry For Change

Food Matters

Vegucated

YouTube Channels:

http://www.youtube.com/user/FullyRawKristina

http://www.youtube.com/user/EasyToBeRaw

http://www.youtube.com/user/FoodnSport

- Mrs. Hughey

My Health Journey Progress| My Fitness Faves

For the last 4 months, I have been trying my best to take care of my body by eating nourishing things, and getting adequate amounts of exercise.

In the past 4-5 months, I have discovered many things related to health and fitness that I really enjoy, so I wanted to share that with you today!

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First, lets start of with a mini health history overview, if your not already familiar with mine, since every body is different! (I’ll try to keep this short and to the point, feel free to comment below if you have any additional questions.)

1. I have been almost fully vegan for 8 months. (I say almost, because I do cheat occasionally, but for the most part, every meal I make is vegan.) My husband and I plan on continuing down this Vegan path, and our ultimate goal is to one day be fully Low-Fat Raw Vegan. I highly recommend reading Dr. Douglas Grahams book, 80/10/10 Diet. For quick information, check out FullyRawKristinas Channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_cOrj8dlCqYnGgp0xdkxow

2. I am already naturally thin, because I have a very high metabolism. This is genetic. I get this from my dad. (Thanks, Dad!) 

3. I have an Anxiety/Panic Disorder, which I have sought a doctors help for, and I am currently working through and I am seeing improvements! (I am also an Emetophobic as well, which can contribute to my panic disorder. Click here to visit my old blog to read more about that: http://thehilarioushugheys.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/emetophobia-what-it-is-and-how-i-deal-with-it/ )

4. I am a grazer. I like to eat small meals consistently throughout the day, in order to keep my blood sugar up and energy pumping! I am a big fan of healthy snacking!

5. I used to weigh 130lbs, and I now weight 120lbs. I tend to fluctuate between 125lbs-120lbs. I’ve been steady at this weight for about 3 years now.

6. My goal in all of this is not to loose weight, but to tone up, build strength and endurance. Eat the right foods to fuel my body, so I can live a healthy life.

So that is my mini health history, and the reasoning behind what I do!

So, this journey of excising regularly, and trying to stick our vegan-ism over the last 4 months has actually made some visible difference!

This was me in April (Month 1)

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This was me in July (Month 4)

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You can see that my waistline is smaller, and I definitely have some toning slowly coming in!

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Annnd…. a bicep. I wasn’t trying to have biceps, I got that from yoga though, since yoga uses a lot of upper body strength. 

So there are my before and after pictures for the last 4 months!

On To My Fitness Favorites!

Little meals. Love this. Especially meals from the Tone it Up Nutrition Plan. There delicious, nutritious, quick, cheap and simple to make!

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Click here to watch my review of the Tone It Up Meal Plan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWgYM3pQ9aQ

Buying fitness equipment from Ross, or T.J. Maxx. Their stuff is super inexpensive, and great quality gear! I bought a really cute pink cheetah printed yoga mat, matching Pilates gloves, pink boxing gloves, a jump rope, pink 3lbs hand weights, and a exercise ball, all for under $45. Insane!

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I love tone it up workouts, and all of their mobile apps. They are amazing! The workouts are fun, quick, and you can really gain muscle with these workouts. I love to print out the free printable’s and put them in my fitness binder.

http://www.youtube.com/toneitupcom

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For the rest of my favorites, please check out my video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzgXmZ-wVCk

What do you do to say fit?

- Mrs. Hughey

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