Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Slave Food...


Today was quite an interesting day...

I got a phone call this morning from the extended fam saying they were heading into Detroit and asked if I wanted to come. Of course! With me leaving to go back home in just a few days this would be my last chance to experience my (only) favorite place here in Michigan.

So she comes through, scoops the Seed and I up and long story short, the task at hand come to find out was to swing through the Eastern Market to purchase some.....

........wait for it.......:


Yes!!! *retch*

Oh My Gawd it was like walking into a morgue. Hog maw, pig heads, pigs feet, and every other unidentifiable body part scooped out of the deceased was all out for display and it was PACKED full of people (mainly older folk) trying to squeeze through the crowds and place their order.

To me it didn't reek too much in there. I guess because it was such a big building and it was very open, and plus I'm used to the smell of death (sadly). Had I been pregnant I would not have made it through the door.

However, tucked all the way in the corner of this one particular section of the market was a very cozy and quaint health food store. I was elated! I hung out there for a bit while the fam made their purchases. I bought some aloe vera gel (woot!), coconut water to drink on the way home and some coconut oil for my hair.

Unfortunately I did have to ride an hour and a half in the car with like 10 lbs of chitlins in the trunk (in an SUV so the funk just flowed freely throughout). 0_o

What is it about slave food that our people hold on to?

I mean these folks were excited to get their hands on these chitlins. Who wants to spend 3 hours out of their day cleaning fecal matter out of their food? I just cannot fathom that.

Is it that they believe they are paying homage to their ancestors who didn't have a choice in what they ate? Or is it that they have yet to have been liberated? I mean, the people around here are seriously about 25 years behind. You would think the elections might have unlocked some 'freedom' within these folks but obviously not. Must've been the wrong key.

They still talk about who has good hair/bad hair or what parent gave their child his light 'skin-did' complexion on a daily basis. The concept of 'Asiatic', 'Original Man/Woman', or 'Supreme Being' has not permeated any town north of Detroit. It's a damn shame. We're still battling amongst ourselves after all this time.

I wanted locs done before I left and I asked this girl if she knew how to start them and she looked at me completely puzzled.


......................dreadlocks?........'oh!!!!! no.......sorry.'

Of course I'm asking a chick who is rocking a wig on top of a wig (word is bond) so I should've anticipated her answer but who doesn't know locs?

But I digress.

I never grew up with slave food, nor anything that could be constituted as 'soul food' neither. It's a heart attack on a plate. I don't know what's so good about it.

Watch people indulge in this type of food and how their body reacts shortly thereafter. It's like that scene in Sugar Hill when Roemello and Raynathan's father took that very last hit. A slightly dramatic analogy but shit, this slave food is just a slower method with the same end result.

Break free from the shackles of oppression and let that mentality (and awful eating) go!!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Supplements-yes, no?

Peace Fam,

Today I wanted to briefly touch on Supplements and see how they fit into your daily routine.

Some Raw Food Purists will be the first to cry out, 'omg THAT'S NOT RAW!' but let's be honest, a lot of raw foodies drink hot tea (me included!-I'm not waiting all day to let the sun do it), coffee, and burn Equality (weed). I know quite a few. No matter how hard you try, nothing is ever 100% raw, unless you have your own organic garden growing in your backyard and live entirely off the Earth without any need to go to your local grocers.

Keeping it real, I hate raw food purists. They're like Bible Thumpers with a menu in their hands instead. There is no one right way to do Raw. They want you to be like them, but you don't share the same body so how can that be justified? You have to do you and listen to your body. Not these retards who don't remain dogmatic for very long; they will always fall and fall hard. Boy is that fun to watch (LOL).

The supplements I currently take are: Vitamin B complex (tastes retched), Sunny Green's 'Total Greens' (which is a blend of Organic Kelp, Wheat Grass, Barley Grass, Alfalfa leaf, Chlorella, Spirulina and vitamin/minerals), and Vitamin E (doing a natural healing experiment on myself). And technically speaking, any powders (purple corn woooot!) can be considered supplements as well since they are adding on to what you already consume.

I do intend on switching my source of B Vitamin in the very near future with bee pollen; that pill turns my pee a fluorescent yellow and I can imagine going to do a pre-hire drug test and the whole building shut down once they take a look in that sample cup. =^_^=

So what's your view on supplements, and if you do use them, which ones?

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas and Jeebus

Fa la la la la la la la lot of crap.

In my 'old' age (or age of awareness I guess), I've gotten out of the habit of celebrating Christmas. I mean, let's use Dec 25th to celebrate my birthday even though in all actuality it was 6 months ago. That's what the 85ers are doing.

Christmas has never been about Christ and his 'birth' for some time now. If it was, then why do people become so agitated during the Holiday season and trample over innocent store workers because of discounts? With the way our economy is now, the shit that has been on sale since Black Friday still is, maybe even more than it was a month ago.

People like to pull out the 'Baby Jesus in the Manger' card when it gets heavy but there are no thoughts of Jesus when that credit card is being swiped. I'm not stressing myself out to buy an assload of gifts specifically for this day when it could have been bought the day before or day after and still hold the same meaning: at the end of the day it's something new to play with (or flaunt) and there's nothing more or less to it.

When I have a Toys R Us toy catalog flapping in my face (every morning!) at 8 am (while still resting!!) with little red circles, stars and check marks all over it from my then 5 year old daughter, I knew it was getting out of hand. I stopped getting into the Xmas swing of things 3 years ago but only put up half a front for my daughter since she was already accustomed to it.

But my lil' Moon is wise beyond her years so I was able to break it down to her. She's cool with not celebrating this season anymore at home, but if the rest of her 85 family wants to spoil her and buy a pink Nintendo DS then go right ahead. That's $129 I get to keep in my pocket for a little bit longer. Everyday is a holiday in our home.

For your viewing pleasure, I have included a YouTube video going into this post further and in more exact detail. Peace!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Aloe Vera Juice!!!

That's about as creative as it's gonna get. lol

Peace Fam!!!

A lonnnnnnnnnnggggggggg 24 hrs later I have the info in which I know you crave. =^_~=

Aloe Vera Juice!

When I was living in Florida a daily ritual of mine was to take a shot of Aloe Vera juice both first thing in the morning and right before bed. It's an acquired taste, that's for sure but the way I look at it, it's more beneficial than those shots I took of Bacardi 151 in my hey day, right?

Ok, so why is Aloe Vera Juice so good for you?

  • Improves circulation
  • Regulates blood glucose levels
  • Promotes healing of bones and joints
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Defends the body against bacteria
  • Heals ulcers
  • Detoxifies your body
  • Cleanses the colon
  • Improves/eliminates constipation
  • Aids in weight loss

The recommended dosage is only 2-4 oz. a day. If you suffer from Crohn's Disease, colitis, appendicitis, or are dealing with any other type of intestinal issues, please consult your holistic physician.

I've even seen some sites where they do not advise using aloe vera juice while menstruating, yet with other sites, it's recommended. I can say for the few months I did take it to the head, I had no problems, even while nursing. Just listen to your body.

I do not remember the brand that I purchased, but it was in an opaque bottle and needed to be refigerated. Again, like with the coconut water, I do not purchase anything that is in an aluminum can or isn't 100% natural.

In other news, I have been reunited with my smoothie/blender cup. I feel so at peace. I was so lost without my smoothies. lol

This song is dedicated to my blender/smoothie cup. I love you...

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Smoothie!? (or lack thereof)


I've been without any smoothies for 2 days.

Before you even ask why, I'll tell you. =^_^=

I left my blender/smoothie cup at someone's house and am completely snowed in. (ok it's more like a foot of snow, but that's more than enough for me at this moment).

If I'm lucky I will be reunited with it tomorrow but that's entirely too long to go without my smoothies. Everytime I open the fridge I have these coconuts, pomegranate juice, greens, and such just staring at me waiting to be used. And unfortunately I'm not in a creative enough mood to do something else with them other than eat or drink them as is. Just salads, simple fruit and more salads.

16 days left and I'm out of here.

But I was going over my most recent Twitters and I found a smoothie recipe I posted that I never dropped here so....this is for Eternal Earth and her cipher of Earths to try out and let me know what you think. I think this one I ended up having as a 'nightcap' of sorts and it was off the glass:
  • Lemon juice
  • Watermelon
  • Banana
  • Oj
  • Honey
It's got that tang almost like a pink lemonade or something....mmmmm

Now I want one.


I'm going to live vicariously through whoever drinks and enjoys this.

Tomorrow: Why Aloe Vera Juice is....just so beneficial! (I'll come up with a more creative title by then).


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Theme Salad: Mardi Gras!


Something random reminded me that I had a picture on file on SoulVegFolk of a salad I used to make during the summer that was so good I ate it three days in a row. My 'Mardi Gras' salad.

Why Mardi Gras?

No reason in particular.

I like to take it to the next level with my salads by creating color themes. In this case it was Green, 'Gold', and Purple. This will ensure that I'm incorporating the variety I need in my daily routine. I've also made an 'Irie' and 'Italian Stallion' salad focusing on red/green/yellow and red/white/green respectively.

So what's in the Mardi Gras salad?

From what I remember:

  • Spinach
  • Dandelion greens
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Green and yellow bell peppers
  • Red cabbage
  • Red onion (about as purple as I'm going to get)
  • Grapes (didn't think of it at the time but would pair well)
  • Dulse flakes
  • Agave/Dijon dressing with regular dijon mustard, olive oil for consistency, sea salt, cracked black pepper, and agave for sweetness.
There you go!

Get the babies involved too; maybe they have a favorite colorful character on tv that you could emulate and morph into their favorite salad.

I think that'll be on the menu for this upcoming weekend. Try it and let me know what you think!


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My Kitchen Must-haves


I don't know why I haven't posted something like this earlier but it hit me while I was in the grocery store about a half hour ago. I want to drop a list to show y'all the staples I have in my fridge or fruit bowl at all times (or I will go crazy). I'll also show you what I would normally have, but do not have access to at this time. *frown*

  • Lemons
  • Cucumbers
  • Red Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Limes
  • Clementines/tangerines/oranges
  • Apples (mainly for my Seed)
  • Spinach, green leaf lettuce, shredded lettuce, romaine
  • Cilantro, parsley, dill
  • Sprouts (alfalfa)
  • O.N.E. Coconut Water or a young thai coconut
  • Bananas
  • (Emergency vegan salad dressing for when I'm too lazy to make my own) =^_^=
  • Red, white, and/or sweet onion
  • Garlic cloves (fresh)
  • Bell peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Honey or agave (I likes mah honaayyy)
  • Cinnamon
  • Purple corn powder
  • Pineapple
  • Broccoli
  • Green Tea or Yogi Teas (try their Detox kind...really really good for you)
  • Avocado
  • Sea Salt, cracked black pepper and Mrs. Dash

Now what I can't wait to get my hands back on and 'DO WORK' with like Big Black says is:

  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Red grapes (I love Sam's Club's grapes..mm mm mm)
  • Frozen fruit like Mamey, Guayabana, Morada, and Guava (Goya brand)
  • Coconut butter (need to place another order)

At some point in the near future I will be experimenting with cacao, MSM, E3 Live, and all that good stuff.

I think that's about it...but I know for a fact that list will be expanding soon. I'll have a bigger family to feed. *grin*

Hmmm...I haven't dropped any tunes in a while; I'm going to dedicate this one to all of the Queens and Earths that read this blog. Peace and Thank you for your support and friendship.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Why Dill is so ill (great!)

Peace Fam,

I haven't dropped any Science in a bit and I want to briefly talk about one of my favorite herbs: dill!!

When I first starting using dill it was to marinate my salmon many years ago (yeah my Citrus Herb Salmon was the real deal), but since those days are long gone I don't eat a salad without a handful of minced dill in there. I just can't live without it.

Here are some reasons why you should start incorporating dill into your daily routine:

  • The components in dill oil neutralize the effects of cigarette, charcoal, and trash incinerator smoke.
  • Dill seeds are highly effective in curing bad breath.
  • The essential oil in dill also helps aid in digestion by activating secretion of bile and other digestive juices.
  • Helps with hiccups.
  • Relieves insomnia.
  • Cures diarrhea symptoms.
  • Great for improving lactation in nursing mothers.
  • Dill can help improve and maintain menstrual cycles.
  • It is also anti congestive and anti histaminic and will help with allergy issues and congestion.
  • It's a diuretic.
  • Enhances the libido (hello!)
  • Excellent source of Calcium.

Whodathunkit? Some of these I wasn't even aware about until doing some research. All the more reasons why Dill is so bad ass. (LOL)

I've been craving a salad since midnight and I think I'm gonna make good on that craving now.

For an extra green and nutritious salad boost, mince up some flat leaf parsley, throw it in and hook it up!!


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Motherhood-Not for the Weak


I spent all day yesterday trying to flush out my baby's sensitive system and catching baby vomit. He wasn't keeping anything down, not even my milk. (Thanks Grandma Bumpkin!). It really ticks me off that they can feed him whatever they like (against my wishes) and not even care that I have to go through this process for about 2 days until things are right and exact again.

She called yesterday wanting to pick him up and that was not going to happen. Your unsupervised visitation rights have been revoked!

I had some Pedialyte on reserve but was really trying to alleviate his issues as naturally as possible. We started off giving him some room temperature lemon water (per the suggestion of my amazing hubby to be heehee) which he didn't entirely keep down but got some in. Then I made a smoothie for myself of:

  • Coconut water and meat (I found some coconuts @ Meijer's the other day!!!!)
  • OJ
  • Banana
  • Spinach
  • Cinnamon
  • Purple Corn Powder
Very simple.

I blended up a juice for him of sorts...not all of the ingredients (mainly b/c there was too much OJ and coconut water), and some banana.

He spit it up a few times but I continued to feed it to him in small sips for a span of an hour or two. Then he started to keep it down. Yay!

Later in the afternoon he had 2 bowel movements so we're now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Phew...you see what I have to deal with!???

Oooh and he slept like Rip Van Winkle last night. I couldn't wake him up if I wanted to so that was a relief to me, even though I went to bed late he was still knocked out.

So after that is said and done...I did enjoy a bangin' salad last night.

  • Shredded lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Red cabbage
  • Red onion
  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Sesame Ginger dressing (not raw, but vegan and bangin'!)
And I ate a clementine.

I would've made another smoothie last night but I was wiped out. So I just downed a large amount of water (about a liter maybe?).

For today I'm going to soak some goji berries for about an hour until they plump up and throw them in the blender with some blueberries, strawberries, turnip greens, and maybe some honey or dates.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Country Folk

(I can't resist)

Peace Fam,

One of the reasons why I am so glad to get out of Michigan and head back home is that I have to deal with these country folk far more than I would like to. None of my family are from the country nor do they practice anywhere close to a similar lifestyle.

So last night, my almost 9 month old goes to spend time with his paternal grandparents. I provided some baby food and that mesh feeder thinking they would put some apples in there, or an orange...

Someone had the ingenious idea of sharing some fried catfish with him.


First of all, my Seed is Vegan. Second, even if he wasn't, you don't give fish to a baby. FRIED???!!!! He is not a country boy: he does not and will not suck on the bone of anything that has a face.

C'mon, look at him:

He doesn't want that foolishness!!!

Anyway, the Green Smoothie thing is still in effect. I wasn't really in the mood for much creation though, but I will definitely tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Yum yum yum


I'm feelin' so good right now. That's all I can really say. LOL

So today I began my Green Smoothie Feast. Surprisingly today I haven't been that hungry so on the menu for will just be two smoothies and a salad. Since the keyword in this challenge is Green, I opted to supplement my meals with salad instead of fruit.

I made a Cucumber Melon smoothie today that tastes really clean and fresh. I think I added too much lime juice; which turned out to be a good thing because I got to use more of my honey =^_^=

Cucumber Melon:

  • Equal parts cucumber, watermelon and cantalope
  • Flat leaf parsley
  • Fresh squeezed lime juice (to taste, but I added half a lime to my 14 oz serving)
  • Honey, agave or sweetner of choice (optional)
You know cucumbers are a really good food to help flush toxins. You could use lemon too if you want, I already had a lime out waiting for me. *grin*

Yesterday I did my grocery run and got a lot of good stuff at the 'ghetto' Krogers. I'm tellin' you I don't know what's so ghetto about it, I think it's the nicest one in town. But of course in true Ravynn fashion, I forgot my coconut water.

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Watermelon, cantalope and honeydew (pre cut)
  • Turnip greens
  • Lemons
  • Avocados
  • Lara bars
  • Flat leaf (aka Italian) parsley
  • Radicchio
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Shredded red cabbage
  • Veggie stirfry mix (aka pre chopped veggies)
  • Red onion
  • Craisins
That's a pretty heavy grocery list right?

This will be my first time using turnip greens in a smoothie. I tried kale a few times and found it very fibrous. But I will be saving up for my Blendtec after my move to NY because I'll be making smoothies for a lot of people in my household. If it can shred an iPhone, it can shred some serious greens.

Tonight's smoothie will most likely have strawberry, OJ, watermelon, banana, and turnip greens. No stems (I hate those).

Until tomorrow, Peace!!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Green Smoothie Feast


The past couple of days I've really been banging out some crazy delicious smoothies. Last night I had one (drool) that consisted of watermelon, banana, orange juice, lemon and a lil' bit of honey (tryin' to use it up before I leave Michigan-imagine me trying to get past airport security with that). The smoothie I made that morning was kiwi, orange juice (i'll touch on that in a second), pineapple and spinach. What?? Yesterday was fantastic.

Ok so Saturday night I made a grocery run to pick up a couple of things and we went to two stores. The first store's produce department was MIA by about 2/3. It was the most desolate and depressed thing I had ever seen. The only thing I could buy (that I needed anyway) was organic spinach (you know the ones in the plastic containers? $1.79), bananas, and orange juice. It was the only thing they had in that entire store that I could've used as a base in my smoothies. No Bolthouse Farms or anything. *SmH*

What I was really looking for was a bit more variety of fruits (or just any of them rather) to get creative with. In the second store I was able to get a mini watermelon, kiwi, and pineapple. Now this was the store that's right by me which never disappoints but I don't know-maybe they were expecting a shipment or something that had not yet arrived.

And yet in both stores the meat dept was fully stocked.

Anyway, since I'm on such a smoothie kick, I figure it's time to up the ante for about 2 weeks and end this year with a Green Smoothie Feast. My goal is to consume 2-3 green smoothies a day and supplement with the occasional salad or simple fruit if needed. I would love to give you a list of ingredients I'm looking to buy, but I have to cross my fingers first to make sure they even have anything in stock at all. *frown*

Tomorrow I will post my grocery list and a recipe for a cucumber smoothie that will serve as a good cleanser for your body first thing in the morning.


Sunday, December 7, 2008

Smoothie Recipe


I just wanted to post a quick smoothie recipe for y'all. I'm in the midst of packing and getting ready for my move to NY in less than a month so I'm being pulled in 10 different directions at once. Pure Craziness I tell ya'.

This smoothie I'm actually sippin' on now:

  • Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Orange juice
  • Coconut Butter
  • Banana
  • Big handful of flat leaf parsley (if using curly use less remember it's stronger in taste!)
  • Honey, Agave or sweetner of choice

Sooooooo goooooooood. I would've used pineapple too but I didn't feel like cutting it up.


Thursday, December 4, 2008



You know you're progressing on your raw food journey when you begin to crave fresh foods.

For instance, since yesterday I've been craving a salad with sprouts and avocado. I made good on that (which I'm actually eating now) by mixing some alfalfa sprouts, avocado, fresh sweet corn, dill, broccoli florets, lemon juice, Ms. Dash and a sprinkle of sea salt in a bowl and calling it a day.

I know to the 85ers looking at what I'm diggin' into right now they would not be able to comprehend nor would they even try to. Cause to be honest, it's not visually very appetizing. But it's fresh, delicious, and alkaline so I could care less. No bubble guts for me!!! =^_^=

The only thing that I still crave on occasion that is not raw is Papa John's Veggie pizza with no cheese, no olives, extra sauce and pineapples. I haven't gotten past that yet; in due time I'm stop salivating over it. =D

So I realized that I don't really post what I'm eating on a daily basis. Initially that was the premise of this blog but once again the science takes over and I just have to share it with you all.

Ravynn's Rundown 12-4-08:

Lara bar
Pomegranate Plunge (from Tropical Smoothie)
Sprout and Avo salad
Green Tea

Note to self: drinking a frozen ass smoothie in 20 degree weather is probably not a good idea when you're out running errands all day. I was very very cold.

Here's my music drop for y'all-it's played in a continuous loop in my head since this morning. Pharrell and the Yessirs's remix of 'Take it Off (Dim the Lights)'. It's ill!!!! I sent this to my hubby to be and it's stuck in his head now too (love you!). LOL


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

All about Sprouts


Today I want to touch on the topic of sprouts.

I remember before I went raw and I would get a veggie wrap or sandwich somewhere they always had sprouts in there and I hated them. Looking back, I don't even know why. (I'm telling you, once you go raw your whole palette changes. Now I love them!)

This is an amazing food; alkaline and nutrient dense as well as rich in vitamin and protein.

Eating sprouts in your daily routine can increase your bone density thus preventing osteoporosis (especially if you're already eating alkaline), and will help alleviate both PMS symptoms and hot flashes for those going through menopause.

Remember too, that sprouts are abundant in oxygen. You can't lose with sprouts!

So everyone is already familiar with alfalfa sprouts and mung bean sprouts. But you can change it up with onion, red clover, broccoli, wheatgrass, cilantro, sunflower, etc.

I wish I could touch on the topic of how to sprout but I have not tried that yet. In due time I will most likely get one of those sprouters that will do it for me, but I hear that sprouting at home ol' skool style with the jars and such are pretty easy.

Check out Sproutliving.com for all the wondeful amazing looking sprouts I've ever seen and they also have sprout powder and edible blossoms. (yes, I know!)

Here's a video that Philip McCluskey did last year on his sprout salad and I'm so jealous. I'm going to one up him and enjoy my Big Daddy Sprout Salad in Central Park so haha take that! (the pic up at the top is a close up of his beautiful dish).

Monday, December 1, 2008

Grocery Shoppin'

Peace Fam,

Decided to drop some late night love to y'all before I call it a night. I've kinda been all over the place mentally recently; been caught up in the rapture like Anita Baker so to speak but...it's all good! I'm happy it's Love and it inspires me more to bring some knowledge to you.


Ok so today I hit up the grocery store to pick up a few things (what I really wanted to get, I actually forgot-water).

Off the top of my head my purchase was as follows:

  • Bolthouse Farms carrot juice (I love using this in smoothies)
  • Strawberries
  • Fresh corn on the cob (an occasional thing)
  • Avocado
  • O.N.E. Coconut water and Acai juice
  • Clementines
  • Lara bars
  • Bananas
  • Alfalfa sprouts (containers on sale .79 each!!!)
  • Blueberries

Yeah...I bought all that and didn't even get my damn water. lol

Funny thing is, the grocery store I went to (Kroger's), was referred to as the 'ghetto Krogers', and yet they had a lil' health section where I was able to find some other goodies-but on my side of town they don't have it. What's up with that?

Tomorrow I'm going to drop a post on Sprouts and how beneficial they are in your dietary routine. I'm not big on mung bean sprouts like I was when I was vegan and threw them in my stir fry, but those alfalfa sprouts are on point!

Ahhh, so I used my last fresh coconut the other day and was fiendin' for another one. Sadly I can't get them anywhere closer than Detroit so I settled for a store bought version. I do not buy canned coconut water, or the kind that is not refigerated. My personal preference is the ones in the cardboard looking containers b/c they seem to have the best quality. No preservatives, all natural and are really good.

Before I drop my song of the day I will give you a quick smoothie recipe to try so you can flex some creativity and experiment on your own.

  • Coconut water
  • Carrot juice
  • Banana
  • Strawberry
  • Purple Corn powder (i use no more than one spoonful)
  • Honey

Tomorrow I'm goin with the Acai, blueberry and strawberry.