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On The Move!

Hey! Hey! I’ve been hard at work attempting to become a self-hosted site and the time has come. This blog is now moving to BananaBuzzbomb.com. Although I still have some work to do, it is now live and kicking. 

Please update your readers, favorites, subscriptions, or what have you. I hope you continue along on my journey!

Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)

Banana Ice Cream

I know that when I posted about the Party Potatoes I said, “Don’t expect recipes on this blog.”  That may be changing.  I’m still not a person that cooks, nor do I see it really happening in the future, but I have a few things I want to try out.  So, you MAY be seeing more.  No promises!

Over the past several days I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with the overabundance of my bananas.  I had 2 shelves, 4 filled bags, and 2 cookie sheets of frozen bananas in the freezer. That was my normal inventory….and that was even without buying any this week.  Needless to say I needed to start moving them.  Although I do not plan on giving up bananas 100% (I love them far too much!) I seriously want to cut back in the immediate future. 

What can I do with all of these bananas?? 

I attempted to call the local soup kitchen/food bank to see if they’d be interested.  I could only find one in our hometown and they are closed on the weekend.  What?!  The next closest place is 25 minutes away.  (Although I can’t do anything about this now I’m making mental note of that…maybe I can change that in the future, even if it’s 10 years from now.  Dunno how, but maybe. What would you think about that?  A vegan soup kitchen?  Now there’s an idea!)

Thankfully I had a couple people say they were willing to take some off of my hands.  As for the rest…I was able to combine the cookie sheets and thanks to my cousin Jacki’s idea of mashing them and freezing, I used my food processor to blend a bunch to store in bowls and freeze. 

Now, here’s a “recipe” for you!  Banana ice cream!!

There are a few ways you can do this:

-Either way, start out with RIPE (banana bread making ripeness) bananas.

-You can freeze them whole and when you want “ice cream” throw them in a blender, add water or your choice of milk, and blend.  (You need the liquid in order to get things moving). Make sure to not use too much liquid or it won’t be ice creamy enough and more like a smoothie.

or

-Throw your fresh ripe bananas in a food processor (no additional liquids needed).  Allow them to process for several minutes.  Stop the processor and pulse it a bit to reduce the amount of chunks that are left.  Pour into a bowl and freeze.  Now you have ready-made banana ice cream!

-In either of these circumstances you can throw a bit o’ cocoa powder in for a chocolate covered banana taste.  Or use agave, honey, or other fresh fruit as a topping when served.

Yum!

Be Grateful and Keep Smiling =)

Update: Thanks to a friend on Facebook I was directed to our local homeless shelter (I knew there was one but didn’t know where) and they said “yes” to my donation in a heartbeat! The bananas are delivered and I know someone’s hungry tummy will be filled with yummy, banana, goodness.

Will This Require A Name Change?

It’s been awhile since I’ve given any poo updates.  Yes, feces.  I haven’t posted an update because, well, there really hasn’t been one.  Following my colonoscopy that found no abnormalities I went 100% low fat raw vegan.  The first few days were grand.  Defecating just like I had been early on in my adventure into living a LFRV life.  However, within several days that quickly came to an end.  My stool wasn’t moving as regularly as it should, bad gas, and thin stools….again.

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I’ve been having some serious heart to heart talks with myself in regards to this for the past several months.  Alas, I believe it is time for this leg in my journey of life to end.  After 2 years it is with sadness that I will walk away from trying to live a 100% LFRV lifestyle.  I can hear the arguments on both sides of the coin…especially those that doubted the lifestyle to begin with.  All I can say is don’t knock it til you try it.  I’m an advocate for finding the lifestyle that fits you and your body.  What works for me won’t necessarily work for you.  And vice versa.  I truly believe this is a lifestyle that many people can/will thrive on….even myself.  It’s been proven to be successful for me, but something has recently changed.

I will admit that I was much more loyal to the lifestyle early on, however I repeatedly gave it a go (100%) most recently only to be met with issues.  Advocates for this diet recommend 3000+ calories a day and not limiting your calories.  In other words eat all of the raw fruits and veggies you want.  Of course there are more specific guidelines, which I’m not going to go into, but I will say I followed those guidelines.  Once again, it worked….in the beginning.  I thrived greatly.  But something has changed.  I’m retaining my feces for far too long, have wicked gas, and am gaining weight like I never have.  I’d be lying to say that weight isn’t a concern.  Chances are this may be water weight, but it’s still a concern.  After coming off of weighing myself day in and day out prior to following this lifestyle, I haven’t weighed myself regularly in a long time.  I did so today only to find that I’ve gained a significant amount of weight recently.  Nothing on the lines of obese, but significant and I take note of that.  I knew this just in my body structure and the way my clothing fits.  The most important thing though, I don’t feel like I’m thriving any longer. And as I head toward my biggest training and racing season to date (still small by some standards) it’s most important that I’m healthy and thriving. 

Although I’m going to step away from the LFRV lifestyle, so many ideas have been invaluable, and there are many things/ideas that I’m taking with me and will continue to do. For instance, the ideas of simplifying your life and eating whole foods.  There’s so much more I’m taking with me, but I’d be here for a while if I wrote them all down.  Heck, remember, it’s through this part of my life journey that I had the guts to quit my job and move on!

As my blog states, we are ever-changing.  This is just another leg in my lifelong journey.

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A few questions people will ask, I’m sure.  “What about living shampoo/product free? Will you continue to do so?” Yes, I’ve been shampoo/product free for 7+ months.  It will be interesting to see how my hair does being away from LFRV.  It is my hope to continue caring for my hygiene in the same way I have been. 

I’m sure many people will also ask, “Well, what about veganism? Are you staying vegan?”  Yes, that’s a non-negotiable issue.  I’m vegan for health issues, but more importantly, it’s a moral issue for me.  This will not change.  Also, I am not closing the door to the idea of living a low fat raw vegan lifestyle.  There may be a time when I revisit the idea.

“What about my nickname ‘Banana Buzzbomb’?  Will this change?”   ‘Buzzbomb’ is for sure staying. As for ‘Banana’? Dunno yet.  I have been told by many people that when they think/see a banana, they do think of me.  It’s kind of my trademark. And I can’t just be plain ol’ Buzzbomb since I’m looking to purchase my own domain and Buzzbomb.com is already taken. 

What are your thoughts on my nickname?  Should I drop “Banana”?  If so,  what word should replace it?

Be Grateful and Keep Smiling =)

Quickie Holiday Recap

I hope everyone has had an enjoyable holiday season, no matter what/how you celebrate.  I have a few blog posts in the mix but figured I’d acknowledge the holiday weekend with a quickie post. 

Good times were had.  Gifts were exchanged.  I received some goodies to add to Sparky, my triathlon bike. 

I also received new running shoes and had to take the obligatory picture of me taking a whiff of the new shoe smell.

I’m lucky in that my family not only understands and accepts me being vegan, but also thinks of me when it comes to holiday food.  For instance, my MIL made a fantastic rice pilaf.

One of my favorites, roasted veggies.

And even finished up with peanut butter and chocolate “Buckeye Bars”.

Yep, ALL vegan.  Obviously I didn’t eat 100% raw through the weekend, but I’m okay with that.  I appreciate the willingness of my MIL to take the time to research and make something special to make sure that I’m included. 

Enjoy this last week of 2011!

Be Grateful and Keep Smiling =)

Party Potatoes

Something you won’t see very much on my blog is cooking or recipes.  I don’t like to cook, so it’s no surprise that I eat 95% (if not more) raw. Of course that’s not the only reason, but must admit that it does have something to do with it.  With all of that being said, I’m posting a recipe today!  Please note, I definitely lump this dish into the comfort food category and wouldn’t consider it healthy.

For years my mom has made a dish we’ve called Party Potatoes for darn near any family gathering.  Basically it’s a casserole-like dish of potatoes. D has loved them from the get go. I must admit I was never a fan, but then again I think that’s mostly because I just never tried them.  A few years I gave them a try and they were YUMMY!  Upon going vegetarian my mom tweaked the recipe to make it lacto-ovo compliant.  Since going vegan I just pass on the potatoes since they contain dairy products. 

Recently party potatoes sounded good and I wanted to do something nice for D by making him something yummy that he loved.  As you can guess, this doesn’t happen too often.  Remember, I’m a horrible cook.  Most people say, “Since you’re vegan what do you feed D?”  My answer: Nothing. D and I work opposite shifts.  He’s responsible for what he eats. I’m responsible for what I eat.  No, I may not sound like Heidi Homemaker.  Give me a break, I do what I can.  Although D has dabbled in vegetarian/vegan lifestyle he still eats meat.  If and when the time comes, when I make a dish for D, it’s got to be vegan and he’s cool with it.  Unfortunately, oftentimes my dishes don’t work out how I have planned.  I don’t blame this on them being vegan, but my lack of cooking ability. (Although I can make a kick butt chocolate cake….blog post for a later date). So, I gave veganized Party Potatoes a whirl.  I apologize for my lack of photos.  This is my first recipe/food post and of course it wasn’t until it was in the oven that I thought about taking photos.  Whoops! Here’s my result:

The verdict?  Winner!!  Very, very yummy and I got lots o’ “Mmmms” from both D and my MIL. 

Want to try them out?  Here’s the regular recipe with my veganized changes in parentheses.

Party Potatoes

1 bag frozen cubed hashbrowns (NOT O’Brien)

1 can cream of chicken or cream of celery condensed soup (Neither are vegan – I used this recipe minus the poultry flavoring or celery)

1.5 c. grated cheddar cheese (Daiya)

16 oz. sour cream (Tofutti sour cream 12 oz – I used 1 and ¼ containers)

1 tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

¼ c. minced onion – used 2 white onions – each approximately 1.5″ in size

1 stick of butter (Willow Run Soybean Margarine)

2 ¾ c. crushed Corn Flakes (more or less depending on taste)

Mix potatoes, condensed soup, cheese, salt, pepper, onion in bowl.  Once mixed, spread into casserole dish.  Top entire mixture with crushed Corn Flakes and drizzle with melted butter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes until bubbly and golden.

Note: Upon research I found that as of 2011 Kelloggs Corn Flakes are no longer vegan as they are produced with lanolin-based Vitamin D3.  I chose to use an off-brand cereal and cannot say if it is truly vegan.  

Be Grateful and Keep Smiling =)

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