Sunday, November 26, 2017

Green Smoothie Raw Blog 11/26/17

Sunday, November 26, 2017

[Disclaimer: the below is sharing by an artist, not advice from a medical professional. Using wisdom and caution you are solely responsible for yourself and your health.]

Hi!
I'm the author of the previous Green Smoothie Raw Blog on MySpace and the print and ebook Expanding Your Capacity for Joy: a Raw Vegan Comfort Book, Sourcebook & Journal (2009), as well as creator of raw vegan and inspirational YouTube videos.
I'm a first generation American of West Indian (Haitian) and Chinese heritage with the following health challenges:
* Obesity
* Hypertension (High blood pressure)
* Bipolar 2, Eating, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorders
* Homelessness and chronic under-employment/under-earning

I am a survivor of childhood sexual and physical abuse, and am using raw foods to reach my personal and professional goals as a multi-media writing and performing artist with these challenges, many of which are common among child and sexual abuse survivors.

For more information please visit http://cassendrexavier.wordpress.com

And now for our soon-to-be regularly scheduled program!

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Today's weight: 230 lbs / 104 kilos / 16 stone
Last week's weight: 234 lbs / 106 kilos / 16 stone
Goal weight (subject to change): 140 lbs / 63 kilos / 10 stone

EATINGS/FOODSTUFFS
Typical SAD diet (Standard American Diet, including meats, candy, ice cream and gelatin desserts, but no soft drinks nor salty crunchy snacks) plus:
* Green smoothies (collards, kale, bananas)
* Raw kale salads (kale, onion, garlic, onion powder, lite salt, raw apple cider vinegar, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil)
* Brown rice (Fiber rich and nutritious)
* Brown (whole grain) pasta (also fiber rich)
* Cooked collards and other fresh steamed, sauteed and stewed vegetables
* Kidney and black beans
* Sharp and extra sharp cheddar cheese (calcium rich, calcium allegedly helps lower blood pressure)
* Sardines (Rich in Omega 3 essential fats, allegedly known to be helpful in maintaining good mental health)
* Oatmeal prepared with unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk and honey
* Batatas (a type of sweet potato allegedly known to balance blood sugar) boiled in almond milk and sweetened with honey

MEDICATIONS
* Blood pressure-  calcium channel blocker
* Blood pressure-  diuretic

VITAMIN & MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS
Women's multi daily vitamin
Vitamins B12, C, D, and E (I get plenty of K in my greens)
Calcium
Lithium orotate (mental wellness plus other alleged benefits)
Magnesium

HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS
Valerian (allegedly sedative)

FEELINGS/MOOD UPDATE
I feel so much better since beginning my green smoothie regimen on Monday! I've lost 4 lbs, I feel less stiff, less achy, I can bend, kneel, and squat more easily now, and my thoughts are more empowered and positive. I feel hopeful in a new way and determined to keep green smoothies in my life for as long as they are serving me, no matter what the challenges are!

~CX.

© 2017 by Cassendre Xavier. All rights reserved.  http://cassendrexavier.wordpress.com









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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Friday, November 24, 2017

Why green smoothies are the best way to lose weight!

A quick and informative video from YouTube GreenSmoothieGirl https://youtu.be/ZAztZRlkOLE

(Remember I have my green smoothie videos at my channel, too! Search "green smoothie" at http://Youtube.com/cassendrexavier


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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Monday, November 20, 2017

My Amazon Wishlist!

I finally created it :) 



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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com

Monday, November 13, 2017

Choose Today

To get to where you want to be tomorrow, choose where you are today.

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Become the First Example

Don't wait until you see past or present examples of who you would like to be. Decide to become the first example, and see yourself as such along the way.

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


You Are Always Strong Enough to Change Your Life

by Cassendre Xavier 

(The following article will appear in the January 2018 online edition of Wisdom Magazine.)

Sometimes it is not so easy to take action on dreams, goals, or making positive changes in life. We may observe so many things we wish to accomplish, and see so much to do we don't even know where to start. We may suffer from depression, aftereffects of trauma, or other physical or mental health challenges. Or perhaps we are in a period of transition or major life change. In either case, we are feeling significantly limited in our usual strength, abilities, and talents.
In such situations, starting anything may seem or feel impossible. But there is hope! There is a window of possibility.

One of the best ways to get moving in your life is to realize you already are. You are always moving.

Right now as you read this, you are moving:
* physically/physiologically
* mentally, intellectually, and emotionally
* in the spirit of your intentions
* with the motivation of your thoughts, beliefs, and expectations
* from either love(faith) or fear(s)
* consciously or unconsciously
* voluntarily or involuntarily towards the results and consequences of your actions ("Dr. Phil" McGraw says, "When you choose the behavior, you choose the consequences.")

If you feel you are not moving right now in your life, or you would like to do more but can't seem to get a move on, or muster up the gumption to start a new or better activity in your life, don't feel discouraged. You are already there - you are a persun taking action in your life, in fact, taking millions of actions of thought and physicality every single day!

Here are some ways to begin taking action towards your goals and dreams, even when you feel depleted of energy and direction:

* take a moment every day to feel good about yourself. Healthy self-esteem is the base for most successful people.
* recognize your progress and accomplishments
* create a support system, which includes:
1)action plan: life management guidelines (incorporating nutrition, medication, and fitness), 2)seeking and using the advice and resources of people who specialize in treating and/or living with the same issues and struggles that you do
3)supporting others in a way that works with your talents, abilities, limitations, and is pleasant for you to do
* take baby steps every day towards your goals

May these all assist and support you on your journey!

Cassendre Xavier is a $15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-winning self-described "multi-media healing artist" who writes, records music and guided meditations, and creates community cultural arts events. She has written for Wisdom Magazine's webzine since 2009. Visit her storefront of recordings, and books of poetry and inspiring essays  at http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com




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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com


Friday, November 10, 2017

Time, Lessons, and Regret

If you learned an important lesson, it was not a waste of time.

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com