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Veggie Olympians on this Wicked Smaht Monday

You know what I think is wicked smaht?  Vegetarian Olympians!

I don’t know about you, but I love the Olympics!  Seeing the world come together to celebrate our amazing athletes and to watch them compete and share their stories with us is just so inspiring.  It’s magic, really.

As I plop down on the couch (don’t worry, I have been getting outside for some exercise each day too) to watch my favorite events which include swimming, tennis, beach volleyball, track & field, diving, gymnastics … oh, I love it all … I started wondering about how many veg athletes are out there representing their countries, & I was able to find all kinds of goodies which makes my heart sing!  La, la, la!  :-)

This list includes some of the current and past Olympians who are veggie.  Pretty Cool, huh?  I’m a BIG fan of the Williams sisters who try hard to eat a raw vegan diet.  RAWK ON, GIRLS & congrats to Serena on the GOLD!  And I love Britain’s Silver Medalist Lizzie ArmitStead, a cyclist, who took the country’s first medal of the games after an 87 mile trek. Check out the list & some of these rawsome links I have for you about vegetarian and vegan athletes:

Lizzie Armitstead holds silver medal

Olympic Vegetarians:  an article from the UK’s The Guardian

Vegan & Vegetarian Athletes on Big City Vegan

Olympic Athletes Thriving on a Veg Diet:  article in VegNews

Radio Show & Blog Post on vegan athletes on Vegan Option

Venus Williams talking about her raw vegan diet

List of vegan/veggie athletes on veganathlete.com

Now I am going to pause the waterpolo match & go out for a long walk with my dog!  I don’t want to become an Olympic couch potato.

RAWsome Tip Tuesday: YOGA!

RAW food and Yoga have a lot in common: They nourish our health and spiritual bodies as well as honor the bountiful energy that Mother Earth offers.

Kids are naturally so flexible and bendy that adding yoga into their day is a perfect fit. In fact, you have probably seen your children taking Downward Facing Dog, Pigeon and Bridge Pose during their normal play.

Kid's bodies are made for yoga!

Children are in tune with their bodies. They don’t have the stress of a mortgage, work and car payments blotting out the whispers (and screams!) of our bodies asking for a little TLC. Unconsciously, they flip, wiggle and bend into poses that compliment their play and counteract hours of bending over bugs and searching for fairies.

And admit it, you need more yoga in your life, too. It isn’t realistic for many of us to drive to a studio and spend (albeit blissful) hours om-ing away the afternoon. But you can have structured yoga time with your kids. Start the morning off with grace and gratitude with a modified Sun Salutation. Stand by an Eastern-facing window with your sleepy heads. With feet together, inhale both arms over your head. Exhale as you slightly bend to the right, envisioning your torso is between two panes of glass so it stays aligned. Inhale back to center, then exhale and slightly bend to the left. Inhale back to center and exhale rolling down towards your feet, knees bent. Let the weight of your body wake up the back of your legs. Slowly roll back to standing. With hands in prayer position in front of your heart, say “Today is a beautiful day. Each step I take keeps me on my intended path. I live with compassion, truth and light.” Or some such positive prayer.

Greet the New Day with Yoga.

 

Breath work is an intrigual part of yoga practice. When your child gets anxious, mad or frustrated, help them focus on their breathing until their emotions settle. Sit or stand facing them. You can hold their hands to deepen the peaceful connection. Together, take an inhale to the count of four. Hold the breath in for a count of four. Exhale to a count of four. Hold the breath out for a count of four. Repeat this patten until your child is calm and you can talk about what upset them.

A friend gave my son a deck of Teresa Anne Power’s cards called “The ABC’s of Yoga for Kids.” Each card has a whimsical illustration of the pose with an instructive poem on the back. Each morning we pull a card and practice the pose throughout the day. It is so fun for him and get bonding time. Children are much more likely to keep healthy habits if you are also taking part.

 

Kids Love Yoga! This Deck of Poses is a Perfect Guide for Your Practice.

There are also family-friendly studios that offer age-appropriate classes. In Portland, Kids Heart Yoga (http://www.facebook.com/KidsHeartYoga) holds classes on the Eastern Prom during the summer.

When children learn how to respect the miracle of their bodies from a young age, they are much more likely to carry that into the rest of their life, including what they eat. When you connect within, you only want to eat the most nourishing, vibrant foods!

Do your kids like yoga? Share pics with us!

 

Watermelon Wednesday

Hey, it’s Wednesday somewhere, right? I didn’t want to overshadow our RAWkin’ article in yesterday’s Portland Press Herald, so I pushed this back a day. Here is the link to the Raw Power by Avery Yale Kamila article in case you missed it: http://www.pressherald.com/life/foodanddining/raw-power_2012-06-27.html

Raw Power with Kale Chips!

This weekend, make a date to take your family on a hike. We are incredibly fortunate that no matter where we live in Maine, there are plenty of trails for all abilities.

Even the youngest kiddos can go. When my son was a baby we just plopped him in a wrap and away we went.

The most important thing when hiking is to have good shoes. If you go on easy, flat terrain, your sneakers will be fine. But if you start to play on inclines, you definitely want to invest in a good pair of hiking boots. The experts at EMS, LL Bean or other outdoor specialty shops can help you. Make sure you break them in before you go. Nothing is worse than having blisters when you are 3.4 miles from the car!

Every age will enjoy a good hike.

And now the fun part: SNACKS!

When I was young the only reason I liked camping and hiking was because of GORP. And Gorp has chocolate chips in it. My father was beyond anti-sugar (he scraped the frosting off our birthday cakes), but for some reason, tiny chocolate nibs when surrounded by almonds and raisins were OK.

Here is a quick recipe for your own camping Gorp:

Combine in a large bowl

1 cup raw almonds

1 cup raw walnuts, halved

1/2 raw pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup chopped dried apricots

1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped

1 cup dried banana slices

1/2 Goji berries

Raw cacao nibs or Vegan chocolate chip

Sometimes I like to add chopped crystallized ginger for warmth if it is a cool day.

GORP! Will keep your energy up for your hike.

Place even amounts of gorp (with even amounts of chocolate) in stainless steel tins for each camper.

Don’t forget water, sunscreen, camera, a bag for trash, wipes for sticky hands and to check for ticks.

Here are a few of my favorite places to hike with my four-year old.

 

Pineland: http://www.pinelandfarms.org/recreation/index.htm This is really one of the best kept secrets around. Just a gorgeous area with views of Mt. Washington and trails that are easy for kids.

Bradbury Mountain: http://bradburymountain.com/trail-maps.html I have been to the top with five-year olds! There are inclines, but overall it is an easy hike and a beautiful place to spend the afternoon.

Rattlesnake Mountain: http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/Rattlesnake_6403.asp This trail gets very steep at the top, but you can stop halfway up and still get a good 45-minute walk in. The views from the top are amazing! You can see Sebago, Panther Pond and Crescent Lake.

For more trails please visit: http://maineoutdoors.com/hiking/hike_info_trails.shtml

Share your favorite places to hike with us!

The Practice of Gratitude

In the spirit of giving, Kids Gone Raw is giving away RAWsome “PLANT STRONG” green bracelets!  Wooo-hooooooo!

Simply “LIKE” Kids Gone Raw on facebook & leave a comment, share a picture, a relevant link or something fun on our page.  Once you have liked us & placed a comment, e-mail us your snail mail address to info@kidsgoneraw.com & we’ll send you a bracelet!  We have adult sizes & kid sizes, so let us know how many you need.  It’s that easy!  :-)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  We are Grateful for you!

What are you grateful for?

Dempsey Challenge 2011

We were set up at the Dempsey Challenge in Lewiston making rawsome SUPER HERO smoothies & rawkin’ applesauce in the KidZone on Oct 8th & 9th & we had so much fun!  It was great to connect with Dempsey Challenge participants & their families over a celebration of healthy living through nutrition & physical activity.


The rawsome snack shack was a big hit!  There were lots of adorable green smoothie mustaches going on & lots of smiles over the apple sauce.

The Dempsey Challenge is an INCREDIBLE event!  WOW … it is so organized & thoughtfully put together & the staff & volunteers were out-of-this-world!  We were in awe of all that happened here & grateful to have been a part of the festivities!  THANK YOU!

Click HERE to see more photos from the weekend.