Join me in taking on the Welfare Food Challenge next week!

Raise the Rates has launched a new challenge, the Welfare Food Challenge. The challenge is to live for a week on the food that a single, able-bodied person on welfare would have – spending only $26. Sign up to take the Challenge below!

Of the $610 a month the BC government provides for a person on welfare, after paying for accommodation, bus tickets and cellphone (necessary to look for work), and basic hygiene only $109 remains for food – less than $26 for a week. There is nothing for clothes, haircuts, or any social life.

The challenge will start on October 16, World Food Day, and will finish on October 23. The week includes World Poverty Day on October 17th.

via Welfare Food Challenge

I am going to document what I eat each day, how much I end up spending, how I feel and anything else that comes up! I am staring mine a but late, likely on the 19th or 20th because I am volunteering at Vancouver We Day and will be up from 6AM to midnight for three or four days in a row so I won’t have time to plan my challenge until after the event.

I am going to try and do it low fat raw vegan style (fruit based) but am looking into the cost of organics vs conventional etc.

 

Food Stamps

Interested?

Check out their website:

http://welfarefoodchallenge.org/

Facebook Event:

http://www.facebook.com/events/394656377273971

Vegan High Tea

Recently I had the pleasure of attending Vegan High Tea at Indigo Foods in Vancouver. I got a great deal on Ethical Deal so it was super affordable (thanks to my friend for the great find!) and DELICIOUS! I’ve been eating about 90% raw food since returning from California this summer so it was nice to try some new things like a collard wrap (picture below) and lots of chocolate and coconut desserts : )

My friend and I accidentally purchased two coupons so we tried to find more people to come eat with us. Luckily my new vegan friend Allison was available. We are both studying in the School of Interactive Arts + Technology at SFU and met in one of our classes this semester. I’m so grateful to have met her because 1) She is awesome and creative and I love it  and 2) I wanted to expand my network of vegans and it’s totally manifesting!

It was nice to sit and talk about thing but talk about everything at the same time. Mmmm!

Oh, and the place itself was really cool too! Kinda out of the way for me, but I hear they have an Opera Singer and Belly Dancer on the weekends! Fun!

Jenni goes RAW!

My relationship with food has shifted recently. Since being back from California I have been super committed to eating RAW organic vegan food. I was vegan before my trip but being around the community in San Francisco and LA really presenced me to the power of raw food.

SOOOO What is raw food?

There are many books and websites about it but basically, in my understanding, a raw vegan diet is based on the science that all living foods (vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruit) are full of digestive enzymes (so when fruit rots, it is basically eating itself). When food is cooked these enzymes die. Therefore, raw food is more nutritious.

I eat lots of abundant salads, smoothies, and other amazing dishes. Almost anything can be replicated in raw form with some adjustments.

I did a raw cleans last summer and at that time I decided it was too challenging to continue to eat that way, due to my student schedule and frequent dinner outings with friends.

Yesterday, I noticed something I have been making up that has been stopping me from embracing this lifestyle. I think I heard it on TV or in a movie but I was being stopped by this thought that “real girls don’t eat salads”. The idea that a “burger and fries” are what fun, friendly people eat. I think I was also making up that ordering a salad makes me undesirable or that other people might think I have an eating disorder (she must be hungry with only that salad!)

I now see that eating salad is empowering. When I feel great and love what I put in my body I am fulfilled and happy. I get to choose! Other people probably don’t judge me as much as I make up that they do… but even if they do, it doesn’t matter! I cam free to choose what I eat and when and how much! I get to choose. And right now, I choose raw : )

 

PS: At my 8:30 class on Monday I was so AWAKE and ALERT! No zombie-like morning state for me! Raw food is energizing! And I read online about one guy who only sleeps four hours a day. Think of what I could do with that extra time! I am grateful I nourish myself. It allows me to love, nourish and serve others : )

Link: YOU CAN DO THIS! by liferegenerator

This guy is amazing. He makes me laugh so much. I agree so much with what he has to say! Nutrition is SO IMPORTANT for living a healthy and happy life. And there is so much to learn!

I’ve been jumping up and down trying to stimulate my lymphatic system like he recommends, I found it doubled my sprinting ability on the first day! And it’s lots of fun! I’ve been practicing the We Day dance : D

Green Juices: so soothing and cooling!

Love yourself, love your health!

Jenni

My First Parfait!

t too long ago I was linked to this blog called “Sweetly Raw” by raw food chef Heather Pace. I subscribed to it and i’ve been totally amazed by all the raw parfaits she has been putting up. This morning I tried making my first raw vegan parfait (well actually my first parfait period). I took a peach and a banana and blended them with a splash of almond milk and a touch of water. This made a pudding which I layered into the bottom. Then I put in some pecans and sprinkled them with maple syrup. I added the rest of the peach pudding and then another layer of pecans + maple. The I cut a strawberry up and put it on top. I am eating it now and it is very delicious. Next time I think i’ll chop up the pecans first so they layer better. Also everything kind of smushed together and didn’t get that nice layered look. I think i’ll have to experiment more hehe. MMMMMM.

The Garden Diet

I just finished doing a 21 day raw cleanse with my Mom called “The Garden Diet“. It cost some money but they sent us all the recipes to follow and there were a bunch of other people doing it at the same time as us.It was created by this really cool raw family that is super healthy looking and fun having (the website talks all about them). I started it the same day I started working at summer camps so it was really nice to not have to make decision about what to eat… you just follow the recipes! A few of them were kinda gross but from the most part they were delicious and helped me to try new things and learn which flavours I prefer, This cleanse was completely raw and didn’t use a dehydrator at all. I was amazed there were so many recipes using just nuts, seeds, fruits and veggies.

I stuck to it pretty religiously except for the last few days…

I did it because I wanted to support my Mom doing it, anything that puts more vegan food in our house is a good thing, and I am also very interested in raw eating.

The first few days I was EXHAUSTED and this could have just been from starting a new job and not being used to working with kids all day. Wednesday the energy started coming and I felt unstoppable. Everything was great until Thursday of week two, “Water Day”. On thursday itself I was fine not eating and just drinking water. I went to rehearsal and had a full day without really being hungry at all. The next morning however I woke up and was too weak to move, my Mom had to drive me to work and make me some juice and almond milk. I felt like Mimi in RENT when she’s been “doing lots of drugs and not eating any food for three weeks”. Apart from that is was really good though, I’m glad I experienced it and it was a fun/tasty adventure.

If you don’t know what raw food is it basically entails not cooking anything and eating lots of fresh juice, soaked nuts, seeds, veggies and fruits. YUM! Of course this is gluten free and vegan (some recipes used honey but I substituted fruit and dates in those cases).

MMMMMM.

FREE Wheatgrass!

image via “A Bitt of Raw“.

One of the raw vegan themed blogs I read, “A Bitt of Raw” is having a wheatgrass givaway! The deadline is Friday. From the limited reading i’ve done on it, wheatgrass is a superfood with tons of health benefits. You should check out the contest and enter, or just explore what wheatgrass could potentially do for you!