Readjusting to Life – Not Living in A Van & A Raw Till 4 Snack

by Jennifer

Sometimes in life it is the simple things that count.

Like being able to relax on a couch.

With a hot cup of coffee and fresh produce throughout the day, prepared in a tiny, albeit working, kitchen.

Simple pleasures in Topanga include fresh produce chopped up and a cup of coffee.

Splurging on a cruelty-free, natural, non-GMO, sulfate free, oil free sunscreen from Derma E

Unrestricted to a 7′ by 2′ footprint of a camper van.

I quit the 10 Billion Tour job (I’ll explain later) and am staying with my parents and friends for a couple weeks before heading out to Vegas, and then Thailand for a few weeks.

It will be 5 weeks of sorting through the blog, adding tags to YouTube videos, getting to know my parents and CA friends better, and then enjoying and getting back in rhythm living with my husband.

I am loving the quiet sanctuary that living in Topanga Canyon provides. It takes 20 minutes down from the canyon into Woodland Hills to get any – more than General Store – shopping done. One is so removed from others, and yet so close, as though I visit only once a year, the neighbors here recognize me when they see me hunched over petting the many dogs that roam the street in front of their homes. 

Hiking and jogging the canyons provides a steady reprieve from the claustrophobia of having lived in a van and now in a small apartment. 

The air is fresh and the front yard littered with hummingbirds and bluejays at the feeders.

Whole Foods Haul – Stonyfield Soy Yogurt and Unsweetened Soy Milk

No longer limited by a teeny tiny fridge…that couldn’t keep things very cool…and eventually broke, I was excited that I could pick up some food that requires refrigeration!

Unsweetened Soy Milk – for my morning coffee. In the van, as the fridge was slowly losing its ability to cool, my soy milk would start to sparkle with bubbles when poured and spoiled within a few days of opening, so having cold, fresh soy milk is a welcome pleasure.

Stonyfield Soy Yogurt was on sale this week at Whole Foods at 5 cartons for $4, comparative to usually costing $1.39 each.

Eating this is a welcome break in a Raw Till 4 Diet because it is low enough sodium (Vanilla has the least sodium) and fat to eat on this regimen, but still a sweet break with a different texture than the raw produce and cooked rice/potatoes.

  • Plus Stonyfield is organic, GMO free, and vegan + cruelty-free!
  • The whole container can be recycled.

 

YUM Couldn’t wait to get home to eat this, so snacked on this in the parking lot

 

A Decent Raw Till 4 Snack – Low Sodium, Vegan, Organic, and Lowfat

If it weren’t for my pricey sunscreen, this would have proven a pretty cost effective purchase.

Whole Foods Receipt – Coupons and Items on Sale!

Derma E – a Natural, GMO-free, Wind Energy Based, Oil Free, SPF 30 Sunblock that doesn’t ruin my skin

While this is expensive sunscreen, I love how environmentally/animal/human friendly this sunscreen is! It is an oil free formula that does not make my skin breakout the way most other natural sunscreens do.

Derma E- Cruelty free, Gluten-free, Wind Energy, GMO-Free, Recyclable – what every product could be

Smart & Final Extra! Receipt – so much food for under $16

Dinner was about 3 servings of a bowl like the one in the picture below. Chopped up three potatoes, a tomato, a few carrots, and some kale. Threw a little salt free ketchup on top, and I had a pretty filling Raw Till 4 meal, with oatmeal mixed with Sun Warrior Raw Chocolate Protein powder and chopped dates for dessert.

Simple Raw Till 4 Dinner – Potatoes, Tomatoes, Kale, and Carrots w/ some Salt Free KetchupProcessed with VSCO with c2 preset

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