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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 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 =)

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.


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.


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 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 =)

You Can Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle Through The Holidays

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through the holiday season can present it’s challenges. As I go through the holiday season this is how I’m maintaining my lifestyle and keeping sanity. I’ve also thrown in a few tips to help you too!

Be Grateful and Keep Smiling =)

Colonoscopy Follow-Up

I wanted to give you a quick update on my GI situation. Shortly after my blog post on the topic I was scheduled for a colonoscopy. For those who follow me on twitter, you were kept abreast of my colonoscopy preparations. Ha! Everyone warned me that the preparation would be the worst. Thankfully, and honestly, I can say it wasn’t that bad. I was able to use a preparation kit that I only had to drink two 16 oz cups. Much better than the the other option of the 1 gallon solution. My doctor’s office had a free sample of the solution I used and they graciously offered it to me. Otherwise, chances our my insurance wouldn’t have covered it and I would’ve had to use the gallon deal. Whew! I really wasn’t all that hungry either. I attribute that to my usual diet, which so often consists of smoothies. I’m used to drinking a lot of fluids too, so my body still felt “full” with all of the liquid I was drinking.

The actual colonoscopy went well too. Nothing all that exciting. However, everything was normal. Not that I wanted anything to be wrong, but I was hoping to have an answer. So, once again, what to do now? If I understand correctly, I am to go back to the specialist in two weeks. I’m figuring at that time we’ll be able to discuss a gameplan. In the meantime it is my goal to stay as low fat raw vegan as I can.

For the past 2 days my bowels have been more regular. Hmmm. Of course that makes me thrilled, but still doesn’t explain anything. Not that I’ve ever advocated colon cleanses or anything, but it does make me wondering…did I just needed to be cleared out??

As always, I’ll continue with updates as they come.

Side Note: I’m amazed at how high functioninh I was after the procedure. Especially given I was still heavily sedated. I VAGUELY remember waking up, eating toast and drinking juice, then getting dressed and being taken to the car. I don’t remember the car ride. When I got home I proceeded to make vegan mac and cheeze and made a VLOG (see my last post). I even uploaded the video. Yeeeeaaahhhh. Obviously that happened, because I have proof, but I was definitely in another world. Ha! Kind of scary….but funny!

Be Grateful and Keep Smiling =)

Poop Problems

This post is dealing about feces and defecation.  Some may be grossed out about discussion of this topic.  Obviously, from a previous post, you can tell I’m not.  I believe one’s feces can tell a lot about their health and body.  I often post about my low fat raw vegan journey on here.  This is just another part of that journey.  If you don’t want to read anymore…stop here.

Since going raw defecating was real easy.  I’d go many times a day, it’d only take as long as urinating, and I’d be on my way.  Fast, easy, smooth, and clean. Unfortunately, those days are gone. What?!

Let’s go back a bit.  I’m on a supplement called potassium citrate for my kidney stones.  Unfortunately my body doesn’t make enough citrates to inhibit the formation of calcium oxalate stones.  I’d been on the tablet form of the supplement 3 times daily for approximately 2 years (this past spring), when I noticed I was defecating out entire non-dissolved pills.  In other words my body was not absorbing them.  I made a quick call to my urologist and he changed my prescription.  I was put on the crystal form of the supplement…same dose, 3 times daily, added to water. That’s when I started to have issues defecating.  I was becoming severely bloated.  Although I wasn’t constipated I wasn’t defecating enough for what I was putting in.  My feces was pencil thin. I had no idea what the issue was…kidney stone complications?  Endometriosis complications?

I made an appointment with my obgyn and found that more than likely it wasn’t endo related and he recommended probiotics.  I went directly to the health store and not only purchased probiotics but enzymes too.  I began to take them and things seemed to get a little better, but not perfect. I wasn’t happy, but thought it’d get better with time.

Next, it was time to check the pH level of the urine to see if the potassium citrate was doing its job.  We found that I needed to seriously back off of the supplement….down to once a day. (Hmmm, so maybe my body really wasn’t absorbing the pills, hence why I was taking them 3 times a day in order to normalize my citrates…). My hope was with backing down on the potassium citrate, I’d go back to normal.  Nope.

At that point in time I was not 100% raw and I began to eat even more cooked foods.  I was hoping that maybe cooked food would help move things along.  I was also beginning to question if my body all of the sudden had decided to object all of the fruits and veggies I was eating.

Most recently, I am back to almost 100% raw.  Again, I was hoping by going back raw that things would work themselves out.  No such luck.  Although the fruits and veggies should provide enough fiber I’ve even added a fiber supplement.  I’ve even removed all potassium citrate, other medications/supplements. Still no better.  I don’t weigh myself, but can’t help but realize how bloated my belly is.  Before I would eat and defecate within 20 minutes.  Now, I’m lucky if I go once a day.  I know this is normal for some. Not me.

So what do I do?  I spent this morning at the doctor’s office.  He agreed with me that a colonscopy is in order. I am now waiting to hear from the specialist in order to schedule the procedure. 

My fear?  They won’t understand my lifestyle and their sole “treatment” would be to change it to a standard American diet.  Not an option.  Although I’d be willing to go away from raw, I will always stay vegan. However, I think my experimentation shows cooked food didn’t help me.  I’m sure many will say, “See, you’re eating too many bananas!” Ah, but I truly don’t believe that to be the problem.  Why was I doing so well previously?

I can’t help but think that noticing I wasn’t absorbing the pills was a sign of something that I overlooked, and everything else is just a coincidence .

Of course I had to do my own research on what this could be….

Rectal polyps, cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease are the most likely that are listed.  People that drink alcohol, eat processed meats, eat high fat foods, and don’t exercise are more likely to have polyps/cancer.  None of those apply to me. But then again, polyps run in my family. As for cancer, I’d like to think that at my age I wouldn’t have it, but you never know. And IBD, well that would just be a pain in the butt.

Never a dull moment, but I guess it’s all part of my journey…hence why I’m documenting it here.  My body has never gone by the rules previously, what makes now any different?

Be Grateful and Keep Smiling =)


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