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Raw Commitment

It all depends upon your state of mind. I really feel that if you want something bad enough, you can make it happen. The same holds true for your health. It all begins with your STATE OF MIND. Do you want to create a healthy body? If so, you need to start with a healthy mind.

This includes clearing out and removing the toxins from your life. Your thoughts, created by your environment, friends, co-workers, workplace, career, spouse, kids, etc. Every time something happens that energetically doesn’t “Feel” good to you, how do you react to it? If you continually react to everything in your world that isn’t to your liking, your body will tense up and you will create stress within your body. I’m no doctor, but this is an easy prescription. Clear out the crap that is sucking the life right out of you. You may need some counseling to learn to let go of the things that are harming you most, but once you do it, you will look back at your deep intention and realize that you, and only you can make a change for the better. You have the right to say NO to the things that are controlling you. Do it today and as your mind becomes healthier, so will your body because you will be able to make better decisions.

Blessings,

RawMa

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Fundraising: Want vs. Need

Today I was feeling compelled to talk about the things we find that we really want and we work hard to get. You get so close to acheiving your goal, then something comes up and changes your direction.

Want vs. Need. This is where I find myself today. I am very close to having raised all the money I needed to get the Almighty Vita-Mix dream machine. As it turns out, my husband needs some work done on his truck…so, there you have it. I found myself in a dilema. Should I start another fundraising venture for this need? I didn’t mention to him the money I had set aside for the Vita-Mix and I was feeling guilty, then I suddenly realized that I was the one who created this additional money and I could do it again. “Givers gain.” “Money flows to me easily and often”. This is an abundant Universe and I certainly will see the money flow back to me. We need to have the repairs done, but I Want the Vita Mix.

This brings me to the relevance of The RawMa Blog, Raw Food Nutrition and you. You WANT to be Healthy. You NEED to be Healthy. Your body is calling to you to create a sustainable environment for your health to live. You also WANT to enjoy the food that you eat but do you NEED to enjoy it that badly? Ahhh…now we’re getting somewhere.

You have a deep connection to food and it has taken control of your life. More to the point, you have allowed your mind to take control of your decisions. Ouch! That hurts. I know, because it happened to me.

Let me break it down for you. Here is what happened to me and maybe to you also:

Taste Buds and Mind automatic reflex –
WANT: Tasty Food, Chocolate, Sweets, Breads, Pasta, Alcohol, etc.
Feelings: Comfort, Safety, Peace
Results: Momentary bliss…then
bloating, guilt, weight gain, more guilt, discussions about it.

VS. NEED
Nutrition
Balance
Happiness
Peace
Resolved inner conflicts

Do the right thing for yourself. You deserve to live a long, happy life. The sacrafice you make today, could result in years added to your life and a ton of happiness and self-satisfaction knowing that YOU…ALL OF YOU – BODY-MIND-SOUL control your actions. You do not need to REACT to events around you. simply observe and let the good stuff stick to you as the bad passes you by. Do Not Engage in the Drama and it will not seek you out. Think about your wants and your needs then apply them to your life. Success can be yours.

Blessings,

RawMa

 

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Raising Money Part II

I’m still working on raising money for the almighty Vita-Mix. I’m doing pretty well with it. I’m up to $210 so far. I’ll be making better Green Smoothies and Almond Butter in no time!

Speaking of SuperFoods, I have the dehydrator working overtime this evening. There is a tray of Sun Burgers, a tray of onion bread, a tray of Almond Bars and A tray of Apple cookies. All Raw of course. I can’t wait to eat tomorrow.

These recipies were really simple and only took a few minutes each to prepare. The key to staying raw for me is to make it as easy as possible for those moments when I am really hungry. If there are a few items prepared ahead of time, I am more likely to grab them instead of something un raw and unfood like. No nutrition, heavily processed food shoved into my mouth unconciously used to be my way of life, but I am living much more mindful these days and I sincerely hope you are too. Times are a changing and we must as well if we will intend to have a bright future that we control.

Blessings,

RawMa

 

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Karen’s GREEN SMOOTHIE

 

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Raw Food Coach

I am so excited this morning. I was lucky enough to attend a wonderful Raw Business Class last night. I learned some really great things to help me in my business. Shout out to Karen. You Rock!

This morning, although I am excited about my future in the Business of Raw, my body feels very tired, so off I go to create a wonderful green drink. I’ll be blending:

Spinach
lemon
banana
water
to create a powerful burst of energy for myself. My cells will thank me in about 20 minutes!

Have a fabulous RAW day!

~RawMa

 

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Coconuts & Coconut Oil Superfood Rage

A co-worker recently mentioned that they wanted to learn more about the benefits of Coconuts. That got me thinking. I’d bet the general public doesn’t know the wonderful things a coconut can do for them.

Here are just a few of their many benefits. Coconuts can:

Enhance thyroid function
Lower cholesterol
Accelerate weight loss
Balance your hormones
Stabalize moods
Boost overall energy
Super hydrate you

Coconut Water has been found to be 10 times more hydrating than water, tastes great in smoothies, or drinking alone and can be used on your face as refreshing tonic like they do in the tropics.

Our skin is made up of connective tissues. These tissues give our skin strength and elasticity. When we are young and healthy the skin is smooth, elastic and supple. As we age, we all know what happens to the outer appearance of our skin. Coconut oil can add many benefits to aging skin.

Unrefined “Virgin” Coconut Oil applied directly to the skin will soften and enhance your natural beauty. It can be used all over your body as a softener and the added benefit will be your skin “drinking” it up to support your system and fend off free radicals. Coconut oil will not only bring temporary relief to the skin, but it will aid in healing and repairing. It will have lasting benefits, unlike most lotions. It can help bring back a youthful appearance. The coconut oil will aid in removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother. The skin will become more evenly textured with a healthy “shine”.

It will help to reduce chronic skin inflammation within days and be soothing and healing to wounds, blood blisters, rashes, etc. It is an excellent ingredient to use in healing salves and ointments.

I use it for everything. I put it in my smoothies, use it on my body especially around my eyes to reduce the “wrinkle effect” and on my hair/nails/feet. It’s an over all great skin smoother.

Add it to your dogs food. My dog LOVES it.

Drink it, eat it, slather it! You’ll be glad you did.

~RawMa

 

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SUPERBOWL BLUES TRUE TEST OF STRENGTH

So today was SUPERBOWL SUNDAY and in the past I have made very merry of myself. This year though, I had moments of clarity and what family and friends really mean to us. Here I was watching the not so creative (in my opinion) commercials and my mother hands me a plate of mini-pizzas, fried mozarella and greasy chips with cream cheese/chilli dip.

I think the look on my face must have scared her a little, but she still didn’t stop for one moment to think about what she was trying to feed me. Here I am her baby girl and she is showing her love by filling me up with artery stopping, pore clogging, weight gaining fatty “food”. HELP! I love my mom, but I really think she has selective hearing and maybe her vision isn’t so great either since – 1. I am Vegan and 2. I am always showing her healthier ways to eat. Is this a Test? Is it oblivion? I don’t know for sure, but I do know that I am happy to report that only a slight bit of this badness entered my body today along with a lot of water and enzymes to wash me out. I don’t mean to put you off by saying that I never eat this way. Many people do and that it their choice. I’m just saying that if one has spent a great deal of time educating and explaining her position to those around her, maybe, just maybe out of simple respect, someone could serve up a salad…or anything else resembling food?! Ok, enough about me…how was your SUPERBOWL?

 

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