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Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Life is pretty full lately, with lots of changes and transitions coming. I’ve had many years of emotional eating under my belt and the last 10+ have been changing the pattern a bit. In some ways, I’ve come full circle: when I used to raid the fridge if I was experiencing sadness or anger or frustration, etc, now I find that I can’t eat if I’m feeling a big emotion. That’s both good and very foreign at the same time. It’s good because I think this is how “normal” people react: they hear awful news and they can’t eat until their insides are settled down. It’s also very foreign: there is a loss of what to do when something big happens. I have many tools in my toolbelt and I’m still learning how to take inventory of mind/body/spirit when change happens or stress happens or excitement happens, etc. There’s always much to learn and I don’t think I’m totally out of the water yet for emotional eating.

Since we got the big Vitamix order, I was super excited and stressed (good stress) to make sure we had all our ducks in a row. Coincidentally, I had had a physical/blood test that showed some hormones that were extremely low – almost not existant. Could be my age, and doc suggested I try DHEA to help bring some hormones back. I did a little bit of research on DHEA and found a full spectrum of information ranging from no bad side effects to terrible side effects. I did some experimenting with it and on the one hand, I felt more “myself” in my body and there were other things that happened too, namely: having difficulty sleeping, getting BIG pimples on my face and gaining weight.

In retrospect, I can’t say for sure if it was solely the DHEA that made me gain weight, or the stress of the big order, or the problems experienced in relationship. I recall that I felt pretty darn hungry when I was taking DHEA – I typically don’t wake up very hungry, for example, and when I was taking DHEA, I was waking up pretty darn ravenous.

Whatever it was (and probably a combination of the three), I put on weight – about 20 lbs, which is a lot. This has been the norm for me, though. It’s been rather easy for me to put on and take off the same damn 20 lbs for the last 10 years. What a habit. I’m longing to break this. It’s a mental and emotional habit, I’m sure of it. (My 20 lbs is like average size people’s 10 lbs. I’m six feet tall, which is why I don’t refer to myself as average size. So I mean to say where it is easy for some folks to gain/lose the same 10 lbs, for me it has been 20.)

Anyway, I went off the DHEA after 3 months or so of being on it. The major difference is that I’m sleeping better and the mad pimples are gone. The weight, however, is still there. Holding on. The good news is that I’m doing strengthening exercises and using weights to try to up my testosterone naturally. I’m able to hold the plank pose (yoga pose) for well over a minute now! I do feel stronger and so my overall health and well-being is good. I don’t, however, feel good when it’s time to wear my clothes and I no longer want to have a “fat” wardrobe” and a “thin” one.

So, it is time yet again to step into this eating pattern and weight-holding-habit and see what I can do to get down to a healthy weight AND STAY THERE LONG TERM! I’m going to be working with Lauren Walker with this, she does energy medicine and so much of this for me is like a habit in the mind/spirit. I eat very well and I exercise. There is the mind of a fat chick in there, though. And the mind of a non-deserving person. These are the things to work on.

I’ve been contemplating this for a while now and it occurred to me that the last couple of weeks I’ve been pretty stumped about what I want to eat, how I want it to look like. In the past, when I felt the best, I did a green juice in the morning, a green smoothie in the afternoon and a BIG salad at night with some added cooked stuff like brown rice and some Rhapsody tempeh. It’s time to reboot the system here – the salads at night have turned into more cooked than raw and ending with desserts. I’ve also been snacking on raw chocolate during the day and that’s also not a good habit for me to get into.

Recalling the 10 days or so of eating lots of fruit this past summer, I remember how attractive fruit is. I remember how nice it felt to eat fruit (I had so many guilty feelings associated with fruit from books and raw foodies in the past that I associated fruit as being BAD!) I tend to have to gear myself up to green juicing (don’t ask me why) and so I thought I would start the day with a fruit smoothie today and see how that feels.

In the Vitamix pitcher (64 oz), I threw in:
4 ripe bananas
3 mangoes
4-5 honey dates (FRESH! What a treat in January)
1 blood orange

Whirled it around in the blender and then poured into 3 glasses: 2 16 oz glasses and 1 32 oz glass. I had the 32 oz glass. It was yummy and a light yellow color. Very pretty.

Thanks for reading. Let me know if you have similar experiences and what things work for you to get out of your own way to living your best healthy life. (I’m referring to energy and mind/spirit aspects of food here please!!!)
Love,

Linda

this week’s ASK LINDA: top 10 foods

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Great question this week: What are your 10 top foods in YOUR diet?

Answer: This is a very fun question in that it helps me to reflect on what I love to eat each day plus it helps me to notice where I’ve come from and where I’m headed. Here’s the list in the order of importance as it is to me presently. Please note that this list will probably change as I do. This list also is very different than the list of my top 10 must haves when I first started on this raw/living food journey. For example, raw nuts and flax seeds would have been first on the list in the beginning along with avocados. Raw nuts and seeds are #10 now and I almost didn’t even include them although there are some good ones that I like to eat each day. The myth that people have (I think because I used to have it) is that you have to eat lots of nuts/seeds to survive and thrive as a raw vegan and that’s not true. In fact, I think it’s the sure fire way to get yourself fat and unhealthy if you kept eating lots of nuts/seeds each day. The myth is also that you have to find a way to exchange all that animal protein you once ate with vegan protein alternatives and while that is probably true in the beginning, it’s not the way you’ll be eating 10+ years from now for sure.

1) Greens, greens and more greens.

This means green sprouts, kale, collards, spinach, lettuce leaves, wild greens (in the spring and summer), chard, etc. Anything green so this also means broccoli, celery, cucumber, too, to name a few. For me now, a meal doesn’t feel like a meal unless I have greens in it. I have greens with every meal. The idea is to vary your greens each day, each week but if you can’t then use a rotation of every week or two to incorporate different greens in your diet. Remember: variety is the spice of life and that includes greens! Eating loads of greens is what has helped me release around 50 lbs and got me back to walking/exercising after 7 years of pain and inflammation. I eat a LOT of greens. The entire plate at dinner is packed with greens and then I add other things on top of it. I’m serious when I say that if I eat something that doesn’t include greens, it’s not a meal to me – it is considered a snack. 🙂

2) Seaweeds. Otherwise known as sea vegetables.

This includes: irish moss, spirulina, blue green algae, dulse, nori, kelp, kelp noodles, kombu, alaria, arame, hijiki, wakame, sea lettuce, VM Green, etc. One or two meals per day contain some form of seaweed. I make crunchy, delicious nori snacks, I have blue green algae and other seaweeds in my morning smoothie, I make desserts with irish moss, I’ll add dulse to meals, and so on. I don’t do a lot of seaweeds but I do include a little bit of them each day. Seaweeds help my thyroid, help to get the junk out of my body, helps to give me iodine and other minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium and other good stuff (including Vit C and Vit K!)

3) Cultured Veggies/Fermented Foods:

The list contains: kombucha, coconut kefir water, kefir puddings/yogurts (non-dairy), miso, sauer krauts and kim chis. (I’d add tempeh to the list but they are all pasteurized unless you make them yourself. Same for miso. Best thing to do is MAKE YOUR OWN CULTURED VEGGIES AND FERMENTED FOODS!) My morning smoothie contains some kind of fermented drink: when I make/have coconut kefir water, I use that in my smoothie each morning. If I don’t have that, I use a bit of kombucha in my smoothie. I have some kind of cultured veggies in my meals each day. Lunch and dinner will have some kim chi in it. I learned how to make kim chi a few years ago and have been so overjoyed to make so much of it that I now sell it and use it in my cafe. Cultured veggies help to give me not only probiotics for healthy gut flora, but also to provide me with a slew of B and C vitamins and other things to help me digest all my food well. Each meal must have some natural probiotic food in it for me to call it a meal.

4) Fruits.

Fruits are the cleansers and greens are the healers. That’s what I learned and while I’m much more inclined to eat more greens than fruits, fruits are so freaking delicious, beautiful to eat and definitely part of the top 5 list. My smoothie contains fresh and frozen fruit each day. I can’t tell you how amazing a big, crisp, crunchy apple tastes or a perfectly ripened pear. Gorgeous mangos and avocados and dates are proof that there is divinity in and all around us. I love dried fruits, too, but tend not to have a lot of them in a day or week. Fresh ripened fruits are where it’s at.

5) Water

Though technically not a food, it has to be in the top 5 for me. When I first started eating raw foods around 10 years ago, I noticed that I didn’t need to drink my gallon or so of water each day because so much of the food I was eating was so hydrating. It was actually difficult for me to drink water because I wasn’t ever thirsty (amazing to note because when I was eating my local/organic/cooked/whole foods about 10+years ago, I was always SOOOO thirsty.) I drink now at least 64 ounces of water a day plus my smoothie in the morning is 32 ounces and I use water in my smoothie vs. other types of liquid. I drink more water when I am exercising more. We have great water here but if you don’t, it would be good to invest in a good water filter.

6) Bee Pollen & Coconut Oil:

I add bee pollen to my morning smoothie each day. It is a perfect food, an excellent traveling food and so super nutritious. I’m grateful to the bees for attracting the stuff to their legs and bodies and for the safe way to get it off them so we can have some to eat. I found that when I ate bee pollen by itself, it is rather intense nutrition. I think that that’s why it makes great travel food. A tablespoon eaten a day is a great pick me up. When I add it to my smoothie, it feels like I’m taking a multi-vitamin.

Coconut oil is something that I find myself eating a little bit each day of, too. I take about 1 TBSP and add to my morning smoothie. Fats help to make things taste better and typically it’s good to have fats from their whole foods vs. eating refined fats (meaning fats pressed out of the whole foods.) Coconut oil is a pressed oil so it is not a whole food fat as a nut, olive or avocado would be and yet I eat it and love it just about every day. Coconut oil helps me feed my brain and I also use it as a moisturizer every day to feed my skin both internally and externally. When I make a smoothie and forget the coconut oil, I can taste the difference. The smoothie goes from being good to f*&#ing incredible. (Pardon my language but it really does make a difference.) P.S. I should say that I love young coconuts: I love the water and the meat from them, however I don’t live in a place where they are readily available to so I eat the coconut oil until I am able to get fresh (so I can make coconut kefir pudding and water. YUM!)

7) Green, Veggie Rainbow Juices.

I am being honest when I say that I go in and out of the habit of making juices each and every day. When I am doing great, I am having a big satisfying smoothie in the morning and a juice in the afternoon. Of course the juice has a boat load of greens in it, a beet, a couple carrots and some ginger. Green & veggie juices are so nutritious. Whenever I drink them, I feel as if I have just had instant nutrition into my brain, body and blood stream. I don’t think it could get any better unless I could some how have the green juices go in intraveniously! LOL Why do I get out of the habit? I don’t know, to tell you the truth. I love my “rainbow” juices and yet I love smoothies more. I’m more apt to make an afternoon smoothie to drink than a juice. I’m working on it though. I want to have at least one 12-16 juice per day as my life long habit… and then I’ll go from there. I can tell you that when I have one juice per day, I’m feeling so vital so it makes my top 10 list even if I might go a week or two without a juice.

8) Cooked Grains/Beans.

About 3 or so years ago, I started incorporating some cooked grains and beans back into my diet and it was a super great inclusion to make. My meals became much more varied and satisfying. I was able to drop nuts/seeds from my dinner and that felt very good for weight maintenance. For those that are worried about the protein myths that abound in US culture, eating cooked (or sprouted) grains and cooked beans are jam-packed with protein. They also have good fiber in them and thus a little goes a long way to filling you up. I started adding 1/2 – 1 cup cooked grains in my dinner (wild rice, brown rice, quinoa, etc.) and 1/2 cup of cooked beans (black beans, chick peas, cannelini beans, hummus, etc.) I don’t eat anything cooked before dinner. Right now that’s what works for me. There are some nights when I eat all raw but I enjoy having a choice of adding some cooked things. Plus this also ensures that my kids and I will eat the same things at the dinner table and I don’t have to make meals just for myself and meals just for them. I never imagined them being 100% raw, particularly as they are growing.

9) Cooked Veggies.

There are a few vegetables that I enjoy and so I eat them. This includes sweet potatoes and broccoli and other potatoes too. I know how to make raw versions of everything cooked so I will marinate veggies to resemble a stir-fry and it is satisfying and delicious. However, I do NOT enjoy eating lots of raw broccoli, sweet potatoes or regular potatoes (and same goes for squash like butternut squash or acorn squash.) I don’t mind a few nibbles of raw broccoli or raw sweet potato but I don’t like a meal of them. I’ve tried many ways of doing them and it just doesn’t suit my taste buds. SO, I will cook the broccoli and add it to my greens on the plate. I will bake a sweet potato and add it to my greens on the plate. I will bake some squash and other root veggies for a change and add it to my plate piled high with greens. These things don’t make up the majority of my meal. Remember, my meal is mostly greens and a little of these added things go along way. I also don’t do a cooked grain with a cooked root veggie together in the same meal. That’s something I learned from Dr Fuhrman and it works for me. One 1/2 cup to 1 cup serving of a grain —OR— a cooked root veggie a day. Notice I didn’t say in a meal! 🙂 Grains and cooked roots don’t make up the majority of my daily intake. They are small sides to ONE meal and for me, that’s dinner.

10) Nuts and Seeds.

Like I wrote above, I almost didn’t include nuts/seeds to the top 10 list however there are some seeds that I love to eat every day. The love list is hemp seeds and chia seeds. I will have 1 TBSP of either hemp seeds or chia seeds each day because they provide for me the omega fatty acids that are sooooo key for a woman my age. They are essential for everyone (hence the name: essential fatty acids!) I also include 1 tbsp of nut butter in my morning smoothie, particularly in the winter time. I make a lot of items in the cafe that have nuts/seeds in them. They are fun to make and they are very versatile. Nuts give texture and flavor to foods and they are brilliant and beautiful. Cashews contain Vit E, walnuts are good for the brain, almonds give you good magnesium, to name a few. So nuts/seeds are good to eat, but eat them sparingly. Make yourself a grand nut pate, dessert and share it with others or freeze into small portions to eat later.

p.s. here's what chia seeds look like!

p.s. here is what chia seeds look like!

So, that’s the top 10 list. It will be fun to look at this list in a coupla years and see how it has changed/grown. Thanks for the question! I love questions that make me think. <3 <3 <3

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Ask Linda! Please feel free to submit your questions to linda AT vt-fiddle.com. Questions don’t have to be completely raw food related but please bring questions on health, recipes, diet, weight issues, nutrition, parenting, nursing, pregnancy, spirituality or whatever it is you’d like to ask. I’ll do my best to answer and will most certainly learn from this as much as I can give.

this week’s ASK LINDA – about green smoothies

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

This week’s question: Would you be willing to share your fav greens smoothie recipe? I’m trying to do better 🙂  —M

This week’s answer: Hello there M! First here’s a basic green smoothie recipe is: (serving one)

a good couple handfuls of greens (lettuce, kale, chard, spinach, edible weeds in the summer, green sprouts, etc – stay away from the more bitter greens for green smoothies like arugula as they dominate the flavor.) so it would be about 1 cup packed or 2 loose cups.

1/2 cup of fresh or frozen berries (can substitute with pears, peaches, apples, oranges, pineapple, mango or any fruit you like) – feel free to add more if you want.

1 banana

1 1/2 cups water

Blend up and drink. This is the basic green smoothie and can be added to and varied. To make it my favorite (and particularly as it gets colder out), I like adding a heaping TBSP green powder like Vitamineral Green to get a whole lot of green nutrition added. I’ll sometimes add a TBSP maca. I’ll typically add some coconut oil to mine, some vegan protein powder during colder months, hemp or nut milk instead of water sometimes to make it really creamy. Sometimes I’ll add a sweetener if the fruit isn’t sweet enough (particularly when kids and husbands are sharing with me. Sometimes we can tolerate new things better when they are sweet. So that would be a tsp of agave or honey or maybe a date or two.) Also, I add some chia for those lovely omegas! And last but not least, every couple/few days, I’ll add a little sprinkle of cacao nibs to the smoothie too.

But that’s the basics. They are yummy! Also good to note that lettuces like romaine won’t turn the smoothie totally green so it is a good “starter” smoothie for people who get weird about the color. Also note: REMEMBER TO CHEW YOUR SMOOTHIES! (Chew your drink and drink your food!)

Have fun!

I also just have to say that my favorite smoothie is the one that I’m drinking! They all taste great. This morning’s smoothie had: banana, local org blueberries, local greens, Vitamineral Green, coconut oil, chia and some medicinal mushrooms like reishi. OH and I put in a bit of sunflower seed butter this morning because I was hungry!! I drink about 32 ounces of green smoothie throughout the morning.

Take care,
Linda

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Ask Linda! Please feel free to submit your questions to linda AT vt-fiddle.com. Questions don’t have to be completely raw food related but please bring questions on health, recipes, diet, weight issues, nutrition, parenting, nursing, pregnancy, spirituality or whatever it is you’d like to ask. I’ll do my best to answer and will most certainly learn from this as much as I can give.

this week’s specials are up! come in and enjoy some good eats

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

http://www.vt-fiddle.com/rawfood/fiddle_heads_cafe.php

our cafe

Fiddle Heads Cafe! We are finally open!

If you’d like to place an order, please call it in at 802-223-2111 or email us here. Thank you!

Our Specials this week are:


Lunch Items

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Good EFAs Milky Shake – $5.75/ 16 ounce

banana, coconut milk, sprouts, chia seeds, water, agave

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Pink Smoothie (Calcium Rich) – $5.75/ 16 ounce

banana, strawberries or raspberries, sprouts, lemon juice, raw tahini, raw agave, filtered water

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Chocolate Smoothie (Calcium/Magnesium Rich) – $5.75/ 16 ounce banana, blackberries, sprouts, vanilla, raw tahini, raw cacao powder, raw agave, water

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Green Smoothie (Calcium, Potassium, EFAs) – $5.75/ 16 ounce banana, berries, green sprouts, VitaMineral Green, chia seeds, raw agave, water

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My Favorite Juice

12. oz. 16 oz.

$5.75 $6.75

carrots, apple, ginger, green leafies, lemon

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Get Your Brain On Juice

12. oz. 16 oz.

$6.255 $7.255

carrots, apples, Brain On E3 Live shot

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HEAVENLY Layered Cake – $4.00/ slice

walnuts, raw cacao powder, cashews, almond butter, coconut oil, agave, avocados, vanilla, orange oil, filtered water


HEAVENLY Desserts

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The Dipsters – $6.00/ plate – all organic!

Choice of Dipsters: Italian Garden Cheeze and Cheddary Cheeze. Ginger Crackers will be what you use to do the dippin’! ginger crackers: flax seeds, bragg’s liquid aminos, ground ginger, garlic powder

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RAWsome Wrap – $7.00/ 2 wraps – all organic!

Pick your potion: Italian Garden Cheeze or Cheddary Cheeze. The wrap is kale or collard leaves.

The filling: dollop of your choice of salad or cheeze, house kim chi, carrots, sprouts, dulse and some of the best black olives ever.


RAWsome Wrap Sandwich

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Ingredients of the Cheezes

Italian Garden Cheeze: sundried tomatoes, red bell pepper, carrot, cashews, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, onion, agave, sea salt, italian seasoning.

Cheddary Cheeze: raw cashews, red bell pepper, lemon juice, water, nutritional yeast, raw tahini, garlic, onion, sea salt

inside the cafe

YIPPEE!! Our hours are:

Tuesday – Friday from 10 am until 6 pm
Saturday from noon until 4 pm

Come in for:

  • juices – made with many local ingredients and always organic
  • smoothies – made with many local ingredients and always organic
  • elixirs and herbal products – both local and extended local
  • hot teas, cacao & coffee
  • cacao (raw chocolate) – big selection of raw chocolate products
  • lunch (weekly specials)
  • WiFi
  • bulk foods (nuts, seeds & way more) –
  • both local and extended local
  • bulk herbs (medicinal, chinese, ayurvedic, culinary)
  • prepared foods to go
  • house special fermented foods (kim chi, sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir soda)
  • superfoods
  • books
  • DVDs
  • artsy-fartsy stuff – both local and extended local
  • soaps, lotions, oils – both local and extended local
  • candles – both local and extended local
  • incense
  • essential oils
  • jewelry made by Worcester’s own Dryad Design, Paul Borda!
  • household products
  • gifts
  • and lots lots more

Let me make you a green smoothie!

Eco-Happy Packaging in the store and when we ship!

RAWliday Greetings and many new things happening at our store/cafe

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Hello Fiddle Heads People!

Happy RAWlidays to you! This is a crazy time of year but a fun time of year. We’ve had lots of snow here and it’s been C-O-L-D the last couple of days. I’ve got my layers on and I’m making lots of good food to keep our tummies full and our bodies healthy. I wish you could each come out to our cafe so’s I could make you some good food.

I also have more products in. My FAVORITE things – YIPPEE! I have local soaps, lotions and massage oils from Honey Bee Farms in Morrisville VT. I also have more Sea Chi skin care products. They are from Matt’s hometown so they are extended local! 🙂 I have the most amazing meditation cards ever from 2 beautiful peeps. They are called Cloud Dancing Cards. I have BEAUTIFUL, fair trade, palm wax, aromatherapy Chakra candles that are flying off the shelves and I have Sandra Lory’s Mandala Botanicals – her elixirs are so glorious – I felt they were made just for me… More new things below…

Hours of operation

Tuesday – Friday: 10 am until 6 pm

Saturday: noon until 4 (unless you see the open sign out – if you see the open sign/flag, then come on in!)

NOTE: Next week we will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We’ll re-open the week of January 4th at our regularly posted hours. (Although you might see an open sign up next week. Call first to be sure.) HAPPY NEW YEAR TOO!
Now for the specials: http://www.vt-fiddle.com/rawfood/fiddle_heads_cafe.php

This is my UN-Pizza! My Original Recipe!

The crust is dehydrated but everything else is fresh.

My motto is to keep the water in the food as much as possible…

Hydrating food makes for the best eats!

Menu Items for this week and next:

Drinks:

  • Good EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids) Milky Shake

  • Pink Smoothie (Calcium Rich and full of sprouts)

  • Chocolate Smoothie (Calcium/Magnesium Rich and yes, full of green sprouts!)

  • Green Smoothie (Calcium, Potassium, EFAs – green nutrition!)

  • My Favorite Juice

  • Drink Your Facial Juice

  • HEAVENLY Chocolate Mousse Pie

  • Kefir Soda

  • Kombucha

  • Hot Cacao

  • Hot Teas

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Lunch Items:

  • The Dipsters: 2 choices of NOT Tuna, Sunshine Salad, Sunflower Seed Cheeze or RAWvarti Cheeze. Ginger Crackers will be what you use to do the dippin’! ginger crackers: flax seeds, bragg’s liquid aminos, ground ginger, garlic powder
  • RAWsome Wrap: Pick your potion: NOT Tuna, Sunshine Salad, Sunflower Seed Cheeze or RAWvarti Cheeze. The wrap is kale or collard leaves. The filling: dollop of your choice of salad or cheeze, house kim chi, carrots, sprouts, dulse and some of the best black olives ever.
  • UN Pizza – wheat and dairy free! crust: sprouted buckwheat, flax, ground ginger, italian seasoning, garlic, mild chili powder, sea salt, lemon juice. Sunflower Cheeze. raw pizza sauce: sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, mild chili powder, agave, sea salt, italian seasoning, cayenne. marinated veggies: onions, mushrooms, red peppers, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, agave, Bragg’s liquid aminos, italian seasoning, cumin, sea salt and garlic.

another picture of the UN-Pizza and oh! I made the plate, too! 🙂

Have you seen the inside of our cafe/store yet? Well, here it is!

The inside of our cafe. For more photos, check out our Facebook page here!

ALERT! We are adding all our cafe products online so you can order them “to go” – give us a lunch order or a bulk order and we’ll fill it for you. Let us know the approximate time that you will be picking it up and we’ll have it ready for you. For now, call us or email us if you’d like to place a lunch order…

Still have time for the RAWlidays:

Along with the new products mentioned above, we have gifts from Dryad Design, incense, soaps, lotions from Sea Chi and Pacifica, gorgeous handbags by Offhand Designs, essential oil perfumes, candles, books and more

• Dryad Design – a local wood carver and artist, Paul Borda, turns his gorgeous creations into statuary, placques, jewelry and more

Pacifica Perfume – my absolute favorite for essential oil lotions, soaps, perfumes and candles. I fell in love with them immediately and if you’ve ever tried these lotions or perfumes, you’ll know how incredible they are. My favorites are Tibetan Mountain Retreat Body Butter, Tahitian Gardenia Body Butter and Waikiki Pikake Body Butter (and I love/have the essential oil perfumes, soaps and candles, too!)

Vermont Fiddle Heads t-shirts – made from organic cotton and low impact dyes, these shirts look hella cool and feel even better.

Reusable Tea Kit – let us put together a gift for you of some of our favorite teas and two of our Reusable Hemp Tea bags. We have it all together in little boxes that make perfect little gifts for folks at work or home.

Sea Chi – the only lotion I use on my face. It feels like silk and you can eat the ingredients (but your skin eats them instead.) Many people comment on my skin and I thank them profusely. I think my diet plays a key role but I also think this Sea Chi helps a great deal, too. It has kombucha in it.

Offhand Designs Bags – My friend introduced me to this wonderful company. I love the bags and I have several to choose from.

Everything that I sell are items that I personally use and love. That’s my whole “shtick”. We pride ourselves on being a “green” business (which means biodegradable/compostable packaging, among other things) and for selling local and “extended” local items! Come in and see/feel the fun colors and feel of the place. We are getting lots of compliments and thanks from many for being here in Worcester. Thank you!

What else is new?

HERBS, GLORIOUS HERBS! Medicinal and Culinary Herbs are now available in bulk. We have chinese herbs, ayurvedic herbs, medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, herbs for making incenses. They will get posted online soon, we are having fun just getting them into the jars and labeling them at the moment. Stop in to see the colors and gather some for your home apothecary.

Bulk herbs – OH I’M IN HEAVEN!


Still on! A few of my paintings are still up for the entire month of Decemeber at the Shoe Horn. These are hand dyed silks. Here is one that I did below: it is 4 feet by 6 feet.

You can check my Facebook page for more pictures. I have to take some good close ups. There are many other silks to look at. Some I hand sewed glass beads on and some I didn’t. A lot of the silks are based on some medieval paintings that have inspired me.

NEED A NUT MILK BAG? Get your wholesale/retail nut milk bags here. Check out our hemp and nylon filtering bags. GREAT NEWS! We now have 100% compostable bags to package our bags in! As you know, it is our mission to be a sustainable company and that’s not just for our business sales, but for our business practices, meaning our packaging and shipping materials. MORE GREAT NEWS! We now have OVAL shaped bags in both nylon and hemp! YIPPEEEE!!!!
NEED SOME

HOW-TO’s?

http://www.vt-fiddle.com/rawfood/how_to_make_nut_milk.php – at the top of the page, you’ll see links to do various things with your nut milk bag and VitaMix. Recipes included! YAY!

Thank you for your RAWsome time and energy! Please contact me for information or other raw goodies (both bulk and prepared.)

In joy and in health,

Linda

Vermont Fiddle Heads

18 Worcester Village Road

Worcester, VT 05682

802-223-2111

802-408-1000 (fax)

http://www.vt-fiddle.com

Please check out our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Worcester-VT/Vermont-Fiddle-Heads/63781489465?ref=nf –  Become a fan and check out photos, events and notes. MM-kay?
P.S. Keep checking back on the shop. Adding products as we speak! http://vt-fiddle.com/shop/

P.P.S. Need some bulk food items? Or great reading/educational material? Hella awesome skincare products? We’ve got: Healing Cancer from the Inside Out DVD, Pacifica Perfume Products, Candles and Lotions, WiseWays Herbals, Sea Chi skincare, The China Study book, Joel Fuhrman books and audio, heavy duty dehydrators, new products by Health Force Nutritionals, really raw oats, raw nori sheets, chia seeds, turkish mulberries, dandy blend (a dandelion coffee substitute), wasabi powder, kelp noodles, dandelion leek miso by south river, garlic red pepper miso by south river, Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe, Naked Chocolate by David Wolfe and Shazzie, Sun Warrior Biofermented Rice Protein powder (in natural and chocolate flavors),  marine phytoplankton, lucuma powder, yacon slices, really raw cashews, artisana coconut butter and goji berries. Please contact me if you are interested in getting any of these items.

With everything we sell, items can be picked up or I can mail them to you.

week 2 at the cafe!

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Hello Good People!

Week 2 of our cafe opening! It was a lovely week last week. I have a couple fun pictures below. This week the hours are a bit shorter because of the holiday at the end of the week.

Hours that we will be open this week:

Tuesday 1 – 6 pm

Wednesday & Thursday 11 – 6 pm

Address:

18 Worcester Village Rd, Worcester, VT – just 8 miles north of Montpelier.

Some of what’s on the menu this week:

• Chocolate green smoothie – this was a hit this past week. I’m sneaking the greens this week.

• Pink Smoothie – the 2nd top hit for smoothies this week

• Get Your Greens Juice

• Pear and Ginger Cheezecake by the slice with a chocolate walnut crust

• Chocolate & Superfood Truffles

• Raw Fudge

• Kefir Soda

• Hot Herbal Elixirs & Superfood Concoctions

We are stocked with all the things we personally love and use (we only sell what we use and love.) This is a healthy food store so expect all things to uplift you, help you feel good, and (hopefully) inspire you. We have artsy-fartsy stuff, books, DVDs, incense, bulk medicinal and culinary herbs, super foods, bulk nuts/seeds, appliances, beauty products (only that I love and use), tinctures, remedies, candles, a small section for household products, soaps, essential oils, our LOVELY and very happy, organic t-shirts, and much more. Of COURSE we have our variety of nut milk filtering bags and reusable tea bags for sale here!
Now for the pictures:

We had a super nice visit with my dad and step mom this week to go along with our opening! We’ve been promising my step mom a ride on the back of Matt’s bike for a while and here she is finally taking it! She hasn’t been on a motorcycle she said for 50 years! You Go Gwynne!!
Here is Gwynne sampling the gorgeous Pacifica lotions…
We took a trip to Shelburne museum. it was a really wonderful visit and my favorite thing there was the apothecary store. Hmm… Go figure! 🙂
At the front of the Fidde Heads Cafe! Yes, we’re open! FINALLY!!!  🙂

Come in – get yourself something hella good to eat/drink and soak in the sunshine of the place. I’ll post up more pictures next week. I wanted to send a great big thank you to my dad and step mom for being my models this week!

NEED A NUT MILK BAG? Get your wholesale/retail nut milk bags here. Check out our hemp and nylon filtering bags. GREAT NEWS! We now have 100% compostable bags to package our bags in! As you know, it is our mission to be a sustainable company and that’s not just for our business sales, but for our business practices, meaning our packaging and shipping materials.
NEED SOME

HOW-TO’s?

http://www.vt-fiddle.com/rawfood/how_to_make_nut_milk.php – at the top of the page, you’ll see links to do various things with your nut milk bag and VitaMix. Recipes included! YAY!

Thank you for your RAWsome visits to our store! Please contact me for information or other raw goodies (both bulk and prepared.)

Happy Halloween, Day of the Dead, & Samhain,

Linda

Vermont Fiddle Heads

18 Worcester Village Road

Worcester, VT 05682

802-223-2111

802-408-1000 (fax)

http://www.vt-fiddle.com

Please check out our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Worcester-VT/Vermont-Fiddle-Heads/63781489465?ref=nf –  Become a fan and check out photos, events and notes. MM-kay?
P.S. Keep checking back on the shop. Adding products as we speak! http://vt-fiddle.com/shop/

P.P.S. Need some bulk food items? Or great reading/educational material? Hella awesome skincare products? We’ve got: Healing Cancer from the Inside Out DVD, Pacifica Perfume Products, Candles and Lotions, WiseWays Herbals, Sea Chi skincare, The China Study book, Joel Fuhrman books and audio, heavy duty dehydrators, new products by Health Force Nutritionals, really raw oats, raw nori sheets, chia seeds, turkish mulberries, wasabi powder, kelp noodles, dandelion leek miso by south river, garlic red pepper miso by south river, Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe, Naked Chocolate by David Wolfe and Shazzie, Sun Warrior Biofermented Rice Protein powder (in natural and chocolate flavors), marine phytoplankton, lucuma powder, yacon slices, really raw cashews, artisana coconut butter and goji berries. Please contact me if you are interested in getting any of these items.

With everything we sell, items can be picked up or I can mail them to you.

traveling in the raw

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Drove down from VT to NJ this weekend. Was in the car yesterday and so I thought I would write what I ate and how I survive being raw vegan while traveling 🙂

So basically on the drive yesterday, I just kept things easy and simple. I had plenty of water for the drive. I had some nuts (I brought some gourmet spiced raw nut thingo-mo-bobbers) to munch on in case I wanted some but I didn’t really want any. Matt made us all green smoothies for the road although the kids had theirs before we left. (Thanks Matt!) So I had about a quart of a green smoothie to drink during the ride. It keeps nicely in the cooler. TIP: you can make a green smoothie and take it to sip on during the day at work. Smoothies will last longer than a juice will. I brought some goji berries for the kids and yacon slices for the kids to munch on. I munched on blueberries too.

We arrived in town early enough that I could go to my favorite little healthy food store here and get us some dinner. (I planned it this way. Otherwise, I would have brought dinner with us to have in the car.) The kids had stuff from the vegan salad bar and I got my daughter a modified green smoothie from their smoothie and juice bar. (At the moment, my daughter tends to do better with the greens in her smoothies – she hasn’t been wanting big salads and so this is the way I get greens in her.) I had a large green juice and sucked it down. I also had some spinach and some of these macrobiotic nori rolls that they have. Oh and they had some seaweed salad at the store so I totally chowed on that. (I like to eat seaweed just about every day.) 🙂

I didn’t bring my blender with me this trip. I realized that mostly I enjoy eating what is local to the place where I’m at. In the past I typically would bring the entire contents of my fridge and then still end up buying the local produce, etc. because it’s here and looks appealing. So I finally realized that I enjoy seeing the new foods that are in the place I’m at and thus didn’t bring much food with me this trip. I brought some small sample bottles of green powder with me to add to the juices or smoothies I’ll be getting at the healthy food store. There’s always fresh fruit to eat which is lovely. I also brought some coconut milk for the kids to have. At the store yesterday, I got some raw buckwheat granola (although I could have easily made some for myself and brought it with me) and the kids had that for breakfast with the coconut milk and some blueberries that I brought with me. (My nephew even ate it and enjoyed it, too!) 🙂

This probably sounds like sparse eating but it’s very filling for me. I fill up on greens during the day, drink a lot of my food and then have something to chew on for dinner. It works for me and it makes things pretty easy to do just about anywhere. My advice if you are traveling is to know where there is a good healthy food store in the vicinity of where you are going to be. Or access to farm stands or farmer’s markets or amish markets, etc. These things are in abundance in most places and there’s more awareness around raw foods now, so in places where populations are bigger, you’ll find a lot more options for prepared raw food items. If you find yourself at a juice or smoothie place, ask them to modify the smoothies – these places will often use apple juice as their base. Ask them to use filtered water and add some greens. They’ll look at you like you are crazy but just smile and repeat your request. For juices, get more greens than things like beets or carrots. Keep yourself hydrated with decent water while traveling and be relaxed knowing that there’s more than enough food around. 🙂

Nut Milk Bags Abound! Talking about VitaMix and our Nut Milk Bags

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Greetings! I’m back in the kick of keeping up with my blog. Keep your fingers crossed that I make a point to do this each day! If I keep it short and sweet, this will probably be the key to getting this done.

Today I wanted to send props out to the GREAT GREAT companies and people that are carrying our nut milk bags. As you may have understood from yesterday’s post, we’ve been selling our nylon 9 x 12 bags and 12 x 12 bags to Matt Monarch and his Raw Food World for a year or year and a half now which is totally RAWSOME!

We’ve got our bags out there to a lot of places and I’ll mention them each separately so’s I can give them their due. They are all great people and great companies. Today I’m talking about VitaMix.

Matt just sent me an email saying he finally found the link to our bags from the Vitamix website. YIPPEE! So I thought I’d post it for yas: https://secure.vitamix.com/acb/stores/4/Accessories-C3.aspx – Makes sense the bags would be under the Accessories page! Here’s the direct link so’s you don’t have to scroll down and aggravate the carpal tunnel in your wrist! 🙂 https://secure.vitamix.com/acb/stores/4/NEW-Vita-Mix-Nut-Milk-Bag-P894C3.aspx

VitaMix is my absolute favorite appliance. I use it every day. I sell the basic model because that’s what I use and love. I know people love the old ones they have and the even more fab new models. I haven’t met a person yet who has disliked their VitaMix. So we were totally pleased as punch to work with them!

If you’ve never used the VitaMix, you are totally missing out, man! Ask anyone who has finally decided to get one and they will tell you they don’t know why they’ve waited so long. You can grind up nuts and seeds – even small seeds like flax – into fine flours, you make the CREAMIEST of dressings and smoothies. The VitaMix masticates greens so it’s the only way to blend up greens. You can use the VitaMix along with our nut milk bags to make your own juices. You can use the VitaMix to make ice creams AND soups. If you keep the thing running for 4 minutes, you’ll boil whatever you have there in the pitcher so for raw food dudes, you run it for a minute to heat things up. Let’s see, what else does the VitaMix do – well, it won’t change the oil in your car but it’s my main tool that I use for everything I make in the raw world and it’s a quick way to make me my healthy meals. OH yes, I make fruit leathers with it, dressings, puddings, smoothies, crackers, shakes, ice creams, flours, pastes, pates, condiments, sauces, soups. I’ve even made skin care products with it – blends up the CREAMIEST moisturizers! VitaMix is the muscle car of blenders. Very powerful. LOVE IT.

SO YAY! Thanks Matt, for finding us on VitaMix! And YAY to VitaMix for their killer blender. Happy Day everyone!

Take care,

Linda

p.s. look at the new and improved V-Shape bag – it’s looks like our fair state so we are calling it the Vermonter! http://vt-fiddle.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3&products_id=7

Check out our NEW V-SHAPE BAG! We lovingly call it The Vermonter

Check out our NEW V-SHAPE BAG! We lovingly call it The Vermonter

SOME ADDITIONS: Added 8/14/09

http://community.vitamix.com/_nut-milk/blog/510942/22442.html – isn’t that cool? They included a little recipe in there for you!


pain free, asthma free! plus a recipe, food deliveries and other raw food haps

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Hello Good People!

I hope this newsletter finds you well and happy. Things have been busy busy with our nut milk bags! May has been a wonderful month so far. We made our first delivery of our 12 x 12 hemp nut milk bags to Vita Mix in the middle of April and are just so excited about that. Vita Mix is a great company and we’re totally thrilled to work with them. We’re selling our nut milk bags to lots of people/companies/places and SOOO happy to offer high quality bags so people can make their own juices, nut milks, seed milks and easy sprouts. And let me honor them now: Cafe Gratitude, our first wholesale customer; Matt Monarch, VitaMix, SimplyRaw, Rainbow Grocers, Catch a Healthy Habit, the Green Umbrella, Raw New England Community, Essene Health Bread/York Raw Food Group, and loads of other individuals, groups, stores. In fact, I really need to put a page on the website with this to show our deep gratitude and support. Great news also is that we’ve found a source for biodegradable bags! So all our products will be in biodegradable packaging – not just our food! YIPPEEEEEEEEE!!!!

I have to tell you that I’ve had some serious spring fever (which is why you haven’t heard from me in a month!) We’ve been having great weather (yay! Sunhine!) and I’ve been walking between 4-7 miles each day. This is major for me as even last year, I didn’t have the ability to do this without great pain. I had an injury to my hip about 8 years ago and went to different health practitioners for it. One doctor told me that I was going to be in pain for the rest of my life. I said, “NO I’M NOT!” and went to a different doctor. In this past year, I’ve made great strides (literally and figuratively) with regards to my hip/leg pain and I’m WALKING AGAIN! I am so very grateful to have mobility, flexibility and to be pain-free, I can’t even begin to tell you. For me the missing link was exercise and I can tell you that my *whole* self is happy to be doing this again.

Other great news is that Matt’s asthma is soooo gone! He’s had asthma since he was a young kid and he said the other day that he’s very happy to feel as if he has normal lungs again! This is great news. I always knew his lungs would be healthy and clear.

This is a testament to the vegan diet – raw vegan with lots of healing greens. Low-fat, minimally processed, whole vegan foods. That’s where it’s at, baby! We’re both just looking and feeling great and soooooo grateful in the process. Baby steps! This is a journey and it takes as long as it takes. It’s all good stuff!

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RAW FOOD HAPS THIS WEEK AND BEYOND

• Raw food deliveries made to Hunger Mountain Coop and a St. J’s Food Coop yesterday. .We now have our raw food in St. Johnsbury! Wonderful wonderful! They are even carrying my gRAWnola! Please support your local coops and ask for more raw food!

• Our downloadable recipe book –  over 70 smoothie, juices and soup recipes:

http://vt-fiddle.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=52

• NEW IN STOCK: Healing Cancer from the Inside Out DVDs are here as well as their RAVE Diet books and EATING DVDs. This Mike Anderson guy is another guy that I’m happy is around doing what he’s doing. Advocating for a low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet is great. I saw his DVD on cancer and immediately wanted to support him. I’ve gotten calls and emails from people who want a copy for themselves, so I’m very happy to have that available for you. The China Study books are also in stock and are a must-read in my opinion…

PACIFICA PERFUME, CANDLES AND LOTIONS ARE HERE!!! I’m sooooo excited for these. They smell great and the lotions are beautifully emolient. WiseWays Herbal products are also in stock! Sea Chi skin care products are here and are as gorgeous as ever!! And more new items are coming… Books and audio books by Dr. Joel Furhman as well as heavy duty 9-tray dehydrators in white. Please contact me if you are interested in getting any of these items. With everything we sell, items can be picked up or I can mail them to you.

ALSO IN STOCK: Health Force Nutritionals, bulk nut butters, Artisana butters, Fruits of the Earth superfood powder, Maca Force Vanilla Spice,  really raw oats, raw nori sheets, chia seeds, turkish mulberries, dandy blend, wasabi powder, kelp noodles, dandelion leek miso by south river, garlic red pepper miso by south river, Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe, Naked Chocolate by David Wolfe and Shazzie, Sun Warrior Biofermented Rice Protein powder (in natural and chocolate flavors),  marine phytoplankton, lucuma powder, yacon slices, really raw cashews, artisana coconut butter, tibetan goji berries and Vitamix pitcher replacements. If you have an old vitamix blender, you might want to consider a new plastic pitcher to replace the one that was made with bpa plastic – it also comes with a new lid that stays on so your hand doesn’t have to rest on top when you blend.

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FUN THINGS TO READ

• What are pea shoots? (They’re in my recipe below) Well Mister Peter Burke can tell you about soil sprouting and how to grow them yourself! He’s the man! http://www.thedailygardener.com/snow-pea/

Matt has been updating the website: http://vt-fiddle.com/shop/index.php?main_page=products_new – althought this is tax week so bear with us… I updated the how-to use our nut milk bags pages:

http://www.vt-fiddle.com/rawfood/how_to_make_nut_milk.php – how to make nut milk

http://www.vt-fiddle.com/rawfood/how_to_make_nut_milk.php#nut-mash – nut mash recipes

http://www.vt-fiddle.com/rawfood/how_to_make_juice_with_nut_milk_bag.php – how to juice

http://www.vt-fiddle.com/rawfood/difference_between_nylon_hemp_bags.php – pros/cons of using hemp vs nylon filtering bags

http://www.vt-fiddle.com/rawfood/care_use_of_nut_milk_juicing_bag.php – care and use instructions

The recipe page is up but doesn’t yet look pretty so you’ll just get a teaser on that one! :-p Also the sprout page will be updated SOON, when I come back from my little vacation…

Please check out our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Worcester-VT/Vermont-Fiddle-Heads/63781489465?ref=nf –  Become a fan and check out photos, events and notes. MM-kay? Also, check out the blog. It’s pretty again! http://vt-fiddle.com/blog/

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AND NOW FOR THAT RECIPE
So yesterday, I got a facebook message that someone wanted a heavy duty green smoothie. She wanted greens because I think she waas feeling under the weather. So this is what I made her (and Matt and myself.)

So Green it’s Black Smoothie

• 1 huge bunch pea shoots (check out link above to grow your own)
• 2 bananas – very ripe
• 3 shots wheat grass juice
• 2 small pears
• 1 rounded cup red raspberries

• 1 rounded tsp VitaMineral Green (tons of greens, minerals, enzymes, probiotics)

• 1 rounded tsp Spirulina (she said she wanted protein)

•  filtered water

•  1 tsp agave (optional)

In the VitaMix, place ingredients in the pitcher (you may have to pack the greens down) and fill with enough filtered water to fill to the 6 or 7 cup line. Blend for about 30 seconds or until everything looks to be very well blended. This will fill up almost the whole pitcher. Pour into your favorite glasses and enjoy! The red raspberries and the green greens make the smoothie turn very very dark in color. So it’s not the prettiest smoothie ever but it’s hella delicious and nutritious!

TIP: Chew your drink and drink your food! Remember that digestion starts in the mouth and even though you are drinking, practice “chewing” your smoothie. Enjoy!

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Have a great week and Please contact me for information or other raw goodies (both bulk and prepared.)

in joy and in health,

Linda

Vermont Fiddle Heads

18 Worcester Village Road

Worcester, VT 05682

802-223-2111

802-408-1000 (fax)

http://www.vt-fiddle.com
P.S. Keep checking back on the shop. Adding products as we speak! http://vt-fiddle.com/shop/

P.P.S. Need some bulk food items? Or great reading/educational material? Hella awesome skincare products? We’ve got: Healing Cancer from the Inside Out DVD, Pacifica Perfume, Candles and Lotions, WiseWays Herbals, Sea Chi skincare, The China Study book, Joel Fuhrman books and audio, heavy duty dehydrators, new products by Health Force Nutritionals, really raw oats, raw nori sheets, chia seeds, turkish mulberries, dandy blend (a dandelion coffee substitute), wasabi powder, kelp noodles, dandelion leek miso by south river, garlic red pepper miso by south river, Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe, Naked Chocolate by David Wolfe and Shazzie, Sun Warrior Biofermented Rice Protein powder (in natural and chocolate flavors),  marine phytoplankton, lucuma powder, yacon slices, really raw cashews, artisana coconut butter and goji berries. Please contact me if you are interested in getting any of these items. With everything we sell, items can be picked up or I can mail them to you.


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