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Friday, March 15, 2019

What I Ate On Day 15 of My Challenge


Hello all! Vegan mama Dee here! Now, I have not been giving you a lot of updates on my 40-Day Raw Vegan Intermittent Fasting Challenge because there was nothing to report back. Yes, I know, it's still an excuse. Until recently, I was basically eating the same foods every day, which was getting boring (except for my smoothies, lol). At the same time, I was making new creations for my family and they said my meals were delicious. I can't wait to remake some of the meals after the challenge. Here's what I ate on day 15:



During my fasting time, I drank citrus water... It's about 2 1/2 cups of 9.5 alkaline water, which I get fresh from my machine. If you want an alkaline machine, visit www.enagic.com or call 1-833-579-7559 and use sponsor number 7318992. For the citrus, I sliced up half an orange, half of a lemon, and half of a lime. I also added colloidal minerals, which is liquid minerals. Here's a pic of my citrus water:

To break my fast (aka breakfast), I drank a green smoothie, which I always look forward to. Click here for the recipe. 


For what you would consider lunch, I had a salad with avocado sauce. It was delicious, as well:

For dinner timeframe, I ate a kind of burrito or taco or something, lol, using seasoned and marinated veggies and guacamole in a marinated squash skin. It was so good. I ordered some raw coconut wraps, which will get here next Friday. So looking forward to that. Anyway, here's my dinner...

I was busy for most of the day. The citrus water kept me in check so I'm going to keep drinking it.

If you enjoy my food blogs, please let me know. Next Friday, I'll have my raw coconut wraps so I'm looking forward to sharing that experience with you. Until then, talk soon. Much love!

P.S.--my natural hair is currently loc'd. I started my loc journey in July 2018.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Three Green Raw Vegan Meals

Three Green Raw Vegan Meals

Hey, it's Dee! As you know I'm still doing this 40-Day Raw Vegan Intermittent Fasting Challenge. A few of you on Instagram said you want to go raw vegan, but you don't know where to start, so let's start with 3 literally green meals. Keep in mind, I'm a vegan, not a raw vegan. After the 40-Day Challenge, I will be incorporating some cook foods back into my diet.

Meal 1
Since the challenge, I've been breaking my fast with a smoothie (after 12 for the first 10 days of my intermittent fasting challenge). So, technically, that would make it breakfast. So, start your first meal of the day with a healthy green smoothie. Earlier in the day, of course, I drank my Raw Dee Tea (that's what I'm calling it; you can call it whatever you want), but I don't count my tea as a meal because it has no calories. I'm actually going to give you 2 green smoothies to choose from for breakfast because they are so similar. Watch the videos below:

Ingredients:
(All ingredients were frozen due to meal prep)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 to 1 serving of a mango
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/4 stick of large celery (or 1/2 a stick)
  • 3 tbsp of omega-3 rich seeds (seeds are also a source of protein)
  • 2 or more raw dates
  • 8-10 oz coconut water
Main Tools: 
Directions: Put everything in a small mixer, like a NutriBullet, and blend for up to 3 minutes.


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 bananas, frozen
  • 1 cup or 140g tropical fruits, frozen
  • 1/2 stick of celery
  • 3 tbsp of omega-3 rich seeds (flaxseed, chia seed, hemp seed; also protein source)
  • 2 tbsp plant derived mineral liquid
  • 16 oz coconut water
Main Tools:
  • Vitamix
  • Measuring cups
  • Knife (I love my knife set)
  • Cutting board
Directions: Put all ingredients in the Vitamix starting with the cold items first and ending with the liquids. Blend on smoothie setting of Vitamix.


Meal 2
This meal can be eaten for lunch or dinner. It's a nice, rich, healthy salad with homemade avocado and cashew dressing. Eat as much as you want, but don't overdo it with the avocado and nuts.

Ingredients:
  • Favorite salad vegetables (make it colorful)
  • 1/2 large avocado (healthy fat)
  • Optional: 1/4 cup soaked raw cashews (more protein and it has healthy fat)
  • Liquid (water or another type of liquid)
  • Seasonings
Main Tools:

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • NutriBullet or Ninja

Directions: Put the avocado, cashews, liquid, and seasonings into a small mixer, like a NutriBullet, and blend for about a minute. Keep adding more liquids if you want it to be thinner. Add the avocado sauce to your salad.

Meal 3
Our last meal is going to be a spiralized meal. Spiralized meals are a great way to add a different texture or style to an otherwise boring fruit or vegetable. Plus, with a great sauce, they're delicious. You can make them colorful, but for the sake of this blog post, we're going to keep it green.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cucumber or zucchini
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored (and/or 1/2 of a large Hass avocado; will make it creamier and add healthy fat)
  • 1/2 cup cashews, soaked (the more you add, the creamier it will be)
  • 1/2 cup liquid (water or another type of liquid)
  • Seasonings

Main Tools:

  • Spiralizer (big or small device)
  • Measuring cups
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • NutriBullet or Ninja
Directions: spiralize your cucumber or zucchini and set it aside on a plate. Mix all the other ingredients together in a small mixer, like a NutriBullet. Add more cashews if you want it to be creamer or add more water if you want it to be looser or waterier.

That's all I have for you today. I truly hope you enjoy your green, raw vegan meals. Please don't forget to support my project at www.HerStolenTears.com. Thank you!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Raw Vegan Intermittent Fasting Challenge


It's 2019 and some of you have already fallen off the wagon for your New Year's health and fitness goals. Don't worry, I'm not judging you, lol. It's quite normal actually. Life happens. So, now what?

One of the things I like doing online is group challenges. The cool thing about these challenges is that they go on at various times throughout the year and you have accountability built-in if you want. So, like previous years, I'm doing a few of my own this year. One of the upcoming ones that I'm excited about is my 40-Day Raw Vegan & Intermittent Fasting Challenge. Yes, I said raw vegan. I know, I know, the thought of eating raw vegan sounds depriving and boring, but with all the recipes I've got, it's going to be awesome! We start on March 1, 2019. Click here to join the challenge.



What is a raw vegan diet?
A raw vegan diet is a combination or two diets or lifestyles--a vegan diet (veganism) and a raw food diet (raw foodism). A raw vegan diet includes whole foods only, which consists of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains or seeds/beans. Foods must be raw and not heated over a specific temperature to destroy the nutrients.

Like with a vegan diet, a raw vegan diet excludes consuming anything that comes from an animal as well as the animal. It doesn't matter if the animal lives on land, flies in the air, or swims in the sea (this is for people that ask "what about fish"). If it eats, have sex or reproduce, and poop, it's an animal. So, like a fully vegan diet, no meat, dairy, or eggs.

A raw food diet excludes cooked food; it should be raw. There are different rules to this raw foodism. One rule says temperatures should not be over 107 degrees. Another says if you're dehydrating, the temperature should not be above 115 or 117 degrees. The goal is not to destroy the nutrients.

You can blend, dehydrate, or refrigerate your food. Absolutely no processed foods. The picture below is a raw vegan dessert:



What is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and periods of fasting. It is solely based on when you should eat, not what you should eat. Go to the event to see what methods to choose from for this challenge.

Why am I doing this combined raw vegan and intermittent challenge?

Well, from experience, I know that intermittent fasting works and it's great for your health. I've always wanted to tackle raw veganism and I've read a lot of great things about it (as well as controversies for those who don't agree). Besides, I'm already vegan so it's the next step on the ladder. My ultimate goal is to mainly eat a raw vegan diet afterward, but also incorporate some cooked vegan foods like beans. This challenge will give me that push that I so needed to reach that goal.

Health and fitness wise, I haven't been exercising for a while now and it's mainly because of my back injury from my car accident and when I was younger, from various duties in the military. Yes, my vegan diet keeps my weight in check, but, I want to be toned with lean muscles and have a completely flat stomach. I'm older now and I need to take extra care of my body.

What exercises will you be doing along with this food/diet challenge?
In addition to this food/diet challenge, I've signed up to do a yoga class near my home. I've also committed to doing a 40-Day Meditation Challenge (privately) for balance and more. If time permits, I want to also add a new app for target exercising. I'm extra excited about the yoga though because it's something I've always wanted to do and possibly teach later down the road. I think it would be good for my back. I'm also super excited about my meditation challenge.



Are you going to be sharing your journey and progress?
Oh, here's something else that's cool that I want to share with you... I am going to upload videos on YouTube of my journey so you can follow me and do what I do. So, follow me on YouTube, okay. I'm going to show you my food hauls, the types of food I'm eating, how I'm feeling, and more. I'm not sure if I'm going to share my yoga world with you, but if you want me to do that..., comment below and let me know. Click here to go to my YouTube channel.

Okay, let's do this!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Her Stolen Tears Project

Her Stolen Tears Project


Today I want to talk with you about a project that is close to my heart. I'm very passionate about it and that's why I'm putting myself out there to share it with you. It's a project based on my upcoming poetry book, Her Stolen Tears. This is bigger than me so I'm asking you to join me and be a part of the #herstolentears community. It's not just about the book's pre-sales, it's about allowing voices to be heard and mobilizing a community.

To me, writing poems means freedom. I love to express my emotions through the written word, in the form of poetry stories. I love the relief, the rhythm, and the artistic release of everything within. Though my poems are personal, a significant part of my work is also expressing the emotional journeys of others. I want my readers to understand that they're never alone, and I want them to see themselves in my words. My poetry is all about connecting people.


Her Stolen Tears is a poetry book dedicated to the emotional struggles that too many women have had to endure. It's a cathartic release of emotions through their stories and journeys in the areas of grief, abuse, neglect, bullying, and much more. Hear poetry stories from the silent voices of those whose tears were stolen and have your own story written, as well. #HerStolenTears

As a contributor to this project, you can join our #HerStolenTears Facebook group and help shape the project, as well as follow the book's progress. The release date is set for June 21, 2019, which is also my birthday. Since 10% of the donations will be given to a charity, it's only fair that the contributors help decide which charity is worthy of this gift. In addition, contributors that opt to get a copy of the book will be sent their copies first. For more information and to learn how you can contribute, visit https://www.gofundme.com/her-stolen-tears.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Health Benefits of Alkaline Water

Health Benefits of Alkaline Water

Water is life! Water is energy! Water is interdimensional! Water is timeless! Today, we're going to talk about alkaline water. Specifically, the awesome benefits of ionized alkaline water machines.


What do you know about alkaline water? What have you heard? Okay, let me back up a little bit. What is alkaline? Alkaline water has the pH level higher than 7. In nature, there are countries around the world and natural alkaline water and they are known for longevity and good health. Here is a list of a few of those countries where antioxidant alkaline water flows naturally: 

  • Vilcabamba, Equador
  • Nordenau, Germany
  • Hita Tenryosui, Japan
  • Tiacote, Mexico
  • Zam Zam, Saudia Arabia

7 Benefits of Ionized Alkaline Water:
  1. The molecules in alkaline water are smaller, which makes it easier to be absorbed by cells in your body. That means your body will hydrate faster. That is also why teas steep faster whether the alkaline water is hot or cold. It helps with the flavor when you cook with it.
  2. It boosts your immune system by helping to neutralize the acidity in your body from a poor diet, stress, or environmental toxins.
  3. Minerals like calcium and magnesium in the water are important to bone health.
  4. Alkaline water's antioxidants help prevent the cell growth of free radicals in the body that would cause rapid aging. It has anti-aging properties.
  5. Studies show that alkaline water is a treatment for reflux disease.
  6. According to a study, drinking alkaline water results in significant weight loss in those considered obese.
  7. Unlike tap or bottled water, when you soak your fruits and vegetables in strong alkaline water with a pH level of 11 or 11.5, it removes dirt, pesticides, and wax. Your fruits and vegetables will taste way better!

NCBI Independent Study


Demonstration Video

Questions and Answers:
  • Are there any dangers to drinking ionized alkaline water? No. To date, there are no adverse effects recorded or proven. There are people that speculate, especially with the upward trend of drinking ionized alkaline water from a machine, but they have no scientific proof to back their claims.
  • Is the chemistry of the ionized water in a machine the same as getting it from a spring? Yes. Both get their alkalinity from alkaline mineral hydroxides. 
  • How soon after it comes out of the machine should I drink it? You can store it in a dark bottle to keep the pH levels up, but if not, drink it from a regular container within 24 hours after it comes out of the machine.
  • Were there studies conducted to back up the health benefits? Yes. As seen in the links above, independent studies were conducted in various countries. In fact, Japanese hospitals are equipped with alkaline machines that produce different pH levels of water. Over 20% of Japanese homes have ionized alkaline water machines.
I hope I've helped you have a better understanding of the benefits of alkaline water. Visit me on Instagram to see pictures and videos of me using my machine and the many benefits. Once you buy a machine, you have the option to be a distributor, if you want. If you're in the US, buying a machine is tax deductible.

Now, the number one ionized alkaline water machine in the world and the one that I use is Enagic's Kangen Water Machine. For more information about the company and to buy their products, visit www.enagic.com. Use my sponsor ID 7318992 and my business name J&D Marketing Group LLC so I'll get credit for providing you with the information and sending you to their website. 

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Comment below with your email and I'll send you a PDF copy with all their machines and descriptions. In addition, after you purchase a machine using my sponsor ID and name, comment below and I'll send you a PDF with all the different ways to use each pH levels for things like acne, eczema & psoriasis, armpit odor, bruises, alopecia & baldness, constipation, urinary tract infection, and so much more. I'll also provide you with my contact information and links to my groups so everyone can help you. Talk soon!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Pancake


Good morning fam! Today, I'm going to share with you, my Vegan, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Pancake recipe. ‘Tis the season for pumpkin! And you’re going to enjoy this vegan recipe, even if you're not a pumpkin eater or a vegan—it’s simple, healthy, and delicious!

Last year, during the fall (autumn) season and after I was done with my vegan clothing line, I was playing around with using pumpkin in a lot of my recipes; this was one of many that I came up with for the season. Pumpkin is a great ingredient to add to any food for health and for the holiday season. While creating my vegan pumpkin spice pancake recipe, I decided to make a gluten-free version, which required a slight adjustment, even with a 1 to 1 gluten-free flour. In this recipe, the ingredients consist of:

  • NO Animals (Meatless)
  • NO Dairy (Dairy-Free)
  • NO Eggs (Eggless)
  • NO Gluten
  • NO Granulated Sugar
  • NO Honey
  • NO Oils
  • NO Tree Nuts

Simplicity and taste, as well as health, were my focus in creating this recipe. We understand that not everyone aspiring to eat a vegan or plant-based diet is doing so for ethical reasons—at the end of the day, we’re all vegans and we're making the world a better place. To achieve that, teaching people how to make tasty foods is always helpful. 

To go a step further, my recipe goal is to keep the vegan/plant-based recipes as simple as possible with a short to medium list of ingredients that are easy to find and pronounce. So, if you don’t have these items already, get to the store right now and start shopping for them. You can also order your ingredients online.

Your Shopping List (4-7 ingredients)
  • Gluten-free 1 to 1 baking flour
  • Pumpkin puree (the only ingredient in the can should be pumpkin)
  • Rice milk (unsweetened; can have vanilla)
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Baking powder (not needed if you use gluten-free self-rising flour)
  • Sea salt (optional)
  • Maple syrup (optional)

Tools You Will Need
  • Nonstick griddle or frying pan
  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • 2 Bowls (1 Medium and 1 Large)
  • Measuring cups & spoons

Directions:
  1. Turn the non-stick griddle on to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.

  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl:
    • 1 1/4 cups, gluten-free baking flour
    • 2 tsp, pumpkin pie spice
    • 2 tsp., baking powder (optional if have self-rising flour)
    • 1/4 tsp, sea salt (optional)

  1. Add the following ingredients to the medium bowl and use the whisk to mix well:
    • 1/3 cup, pumpkin puree
    • 1 3/4 to 2 cups, unsweetened rice milk
    • 1 tbsp., maple syrup (optional)

  1. Add the pumpkin mixture to the large bowl with the dry ingredients, then mix well with the whisk.

  1. Using 1/4 cup of batter per pancake, pour the batter onto the hot griddle or frying pan to make 10-12 pancakes.

  1. Serve with your favorite toppings and/or syrup. Enjoy! 

I hope you enjoyed this delicious vegan gluten-free pumpkin spice pancake recipe, which is great for the autumn holiday season—Halloween and Thanksgiving (and even Christmas). ‘Tis the season!

Let me know if you want more pancake recipes and if you enjoyed this gluten-free, vegan one. For more vegan recipes and/or ideas, check outthese books or check out my book. Have an awesome day and talk soon! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Vacation For Free and Get Paid


Hey! Daniella here. It's Travel Tuesday... How are you doing today? How are you feeling today? I'm so excited to share something that has made a huge difference in my life. I'm excited and grateful to be here and to be able to share this with you.

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be able to take more vacations each year with your family and/or friends? Have you ever wondered how it feels to vacation for free or at wholesale prices? Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to get paid to travel?

Would you like to vacation more? Would you like me to share with you how you can get paid while you vacation? If you answered yes to these questions, then keep reading.



In a moment, we’re going to talk more about vacationing more and getting paid while you travel, but first, if it's okay with you, I would like to share a personal story with you.

After my siblings and I permanently moved to Miami, Florida to live with my mother, life was like a roller coaster ride. We were happy to be with my mom, but we struggled financially and at one point we lived in a minivan. One summer, while living in that van, we drove south to go stay with different friends. One worked at Disney World. 

During our summer there and even though my mom's friend had free tickets to Disney, we never went to Disney World because my mom was always working. Even though we never complained, I think she felt guilty about not taking us. Strangely enough, both my parents have been to Disney World prior and traveled to various countries. In fact, my father flew from Jamaica with a new girlfriend to Disney World while we lived in Miami. He later said his girlfriend at the time paid for the trip and he didn't know my mother hadn't taken us there yet. So, we didn't do traditional vacations in my family, unless you count visiting relatives or friends or going to Jamaica for funerals. However, we did visit local or traveling amusement parks whenever possible so to me that meant something.

After graduating from Air Force Basic Military Training (BMT) and technical school, my mom's boyfriend at the time paid for us to go to the Bahamas to spend a whole day. It was a gift because my mom felt bad about not being able to afford to bring my family to see my graduation. However, everything her boyfriend did was connected to gambling. We stayed in a casino hotel where it was legal to gamble at 18. Since my younger years with my parents were in Jamaica, it didn't feel like I was somewhere new, plus, he spent the whole time in the hotel gambling. I started walking through the local streets to explore, but then I realized that I didn't know whether or not the local area was safe. I went back to the hotel. Later, I went to the beach by myself. I briefly watched the movement of the waves, inhaled the scent of the clean ocean air, felt the warm sand between my toes, and dipped my feet in the ocean to clean them off before heading back to the hotel. Since the Air Force barely paid airmen enough money back then, I wasn't going to waste my money gambling, so... my mom's boyfriend would occasionally give me a few bucks to gamble.



It wasn't until I was 20 years old and in the Air Force that my mom was able to take us all to Disney World and Universal Studios. I can remember the happy look on her face. I remember her hugs feeling warmer and tighter than usual. I remember the smell of the foods and the loud laughter of everyone while we sat together as a family and planned out our fun-filled day each morning. We were able to relax in a hotel without worrying about cleaning up after anyone. We went on terrifying rides then laughed and poked fun at who screamed the loudest. As I sit here I can imagine how proud my mom must have felt to accomplish the goal of finally taking us all to Disney World. Not only that, but she paid for it all by herself. After that, Disney World became my definition of taking a vacation.

I married a man that also thought of Disney World or Disneyland and visiting relatives as taking a vacation. Even while we were stationed in Japan, we didn't take off; we just worked, hung out or played video games with friends. However, I got pregnant. Oh, and us being sent off to war was no vacation. When our youngest was old enough, we took our first trip as a family to Disneyland after visiting family in California. We took our first trip to Disney World as a family a few years later. Last year after a business conference in Orlando, we were going to take the kids, now teenagers, to Disney; however, they asked to go to Universal Studios instead. That was their second time there. Their request felt like that day when they asked us to please stop taking them to the zoo; it wasn't fun because they felt sorry for the hot, tired, sad looking animals.

Not too long after our Universal trip last year, something new happened. A friend of mine from various entrepreneurial training I've embarked on for the last two years asked if I wanted to join her travel club. At first, I said no, but then she started to tell me more and even showed me some new tech the club was working on. It wasn't just a travel club, it was a lifestyle change. I took a leap of faith and I joined. Ever since then, my family has been doing so much more and at low prices. Visiting fun and exciting places, staying at beautiful resorts, enjoying our dining outs, having adventures in the air, land, and sea. Making new memories and accumulating new travel friends. And, to top it off, I get paid!

Next year, we're visiting the continent of Africa. You should join us!



Here are five reasons why you should join my travel club:
1.    Wholesale prices for vacation packages. This include stays at 5-star hotels or resorts with a host at most places.
2.    Affordable monthly membership dues that turn into equivalent dollar amount in points. Refer 4 and pay no more.
3.    Dine, entertain or go to the spa and a discount and/or a percentage of what you spent turns into travel bucks to use on vacation packages.
4.    Optional business opportunity to be paid initially and monthly commissions for each referral that becomes a member.
5.    Optional business opportunity for a smartcard. Use it, if someone wants one, give them your link to purchase. Get a commission from each purchase and regular use of the card.

(Income possibilities range from $6,000 to $1,000,000+ per year.)

Here's how I can help you be successful:
1.    Goal Setting
2.    Mentorship
3.    Training
4.    Celebrating

If you want to learn more, come talk with me at https://m.me/DaniellaMCardoza or send me a friend request at https://www.facebook.com/DeeCardoza1