Raw Food Diet or Lifestyle?

After you take the time and awareness to give the Raw Food “Diet” a try, you will very quickly notice that it’s not a diet at all. In fact it is a very sexy version of a lifestyle enhancement. After being in SAD situation with the SAD diet of most Americans, my body was beat up. I really took for granted the luster of my youth and invincibility of my body when it came to eating and exercise. Fast forward several years and back injuries later, I’ve found that the only thing that helps my body regain a sense of balance is good old fruits and vegetables. Boring you say. I think not! If you have ever felt like the pain in your body was too much to overcome that you, in your out of your mind state reached for the prescription drugs, or over the counter pain killers, then you owe it to yourself to get back to the basics.

Slow it down and think about it for a minute. It’s healthy, cheaper and good for you and the planet if you eat your greens. Yes, there are debates over Organic vs. non, but the bottom line is that your body needs REAL FOOD, REAL FUEL. If you filled up your cars tank with sugar, the tank would rot out. I heard people used to do this to their enemies. That’s not nice, but it does show a point I’m trying to drive home here. Sugar and all the over processed foods are slowly killing you. The proper nutrition is needed to function. Every day our lives are filled with toxins and we can’t see them, or taste them, but we are feeling the impact on our bodies. I want to feel GOOD for the rest of my life, and I want you to feel good too.

If you hate veggies, juice them, or blend them with fruit to make them taste better, but just get them into your body and let them do the work they were meant to do.



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Posted by on January 18, 2011 in Uncategorized


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SPINACH and Green Smoothies

Green Smoothies are all the rage. If you’re going to have a smoothie and your committed to getting healthy, why not include some greens. The best part of making a smoothie is the “sneaky factor” You can make a regular fruit smoothie and add in the green but the flavor won’t change. That’s part of the fun. The look on people’s faces when they see this green drink…it’s always the same look of disgust, but then they take a drink and they’re shocked at how good it tastes. Looks can be deceiving, so drink your greens!

I bet you didn’t know that Spinach contains an impressive range of active substances which are indispensable to the body. In its structure we find mineral salts (sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, iron, zinc, manganese, iodine, copper), vitamins (C, B1, B2, B6, PP, E, K, folic acid, vitamin A), chlorophyll, amino acids such as arginine and lysine, but also lipids, protides, glucdes and fibers. With only 17 calories, 100 grams of spinach supplies the body with 5 mg of iron, 500 mg of potassium, 170 mg of calcium, 23 mg of vitamin C, 2 mg of vitamin E, 150 micrograms of folic acid, 3500 micrograms of beta-carotene and 7 grams of alimentary fibers. Because of this, an alimentary diet which contains spinach, leads to the strengthening of the body. The magnesium contained in spinach helps prevent diabetes; iodine helps treat skin diseases and strengthens the immune system; vitamin K contributes to bone resistance; vitamin B improves cerebral activity, helps in maintaining the firmness of the skin and controls insomnia; potassium stimulates the cardiac muscle; beta-carotene prevents sight problems and sulfur increases hair attractiveness. Alimentary fibers, vitamins and minerals contained make spinach a good depurative and detoxifier. The toxins originating in nourishments that are rich in fat and proteins of animal origin are thus eliminated quickly. At the same time, alimentary fibers prevent constipation and colon cancer. They interact with the absorption of fat and adjust the level of cholesterol in the body. Moreover, spinach can help eliminate intestinal parasites. All of these are sufficient reasons to start a diet based on spinach or at least for introducing it more often into everyday nourishment. By being nutritive, tonifying, mineralizing, calming for the nervous system.

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Posted by on November 10, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Drying herbs

What’s in the fabulous Excalibur Dehydrator today?

Well, the house smells wonderful. It’s a true fall day with winter on it’s way here in Ashland, Oregon. We had a rain storm last night with some wind and now the air is clean and leaves are falling. I needed to bring my herb garden indoors so I decided to cut back my basil to use in the future.


In the dehydrator I have basil, dill, chopped fresh cranberries, banana chips and red peppers. I love making good use out of the time the dehydrator is going, so it’s nice to have all these things going at once. It still amazes me that the flavors never cross over to each other.

I made a new version of the Cauliflower Cous Cous as a side dish for later tonight, and am working on a raw granola breakfast bar recipe to try out for the morning. I want to hear what you dehydrate and what you make with it. I’m also calling for all unique but tested raw recipes.



Raw Food Birthday Wishes


Tomorrow I turn 42! I made my family promise they would not make or buy a traditional cake for me. I could make a great Raw Living Food Cake, but I’ve been craving a Watermelon all day!

My dad had his 73rd birthday yesterday and we indulged in a piece of his cake. I already had a sore throat and my taste buds were going on me, but I ate it all gone. Boy, was I sorry. Even today, just the thought of that cake makes me sick to my stomach. It was really beautiful but not what my body is used to, so this is what we are having tomorrow to celebrate my big day.


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Crohn’s Disease and Raw Food

Many people seek alternative treatment to the symptoms that are controlling them through their digestion. Many don’t know what’s happening until it’s too late in the stages and other complications gather to make a full feast of disease  upon the body.

Before I became interested in Raw Foods, I read Jordan Rubin’s Book. Patient Heal Thyself. I was both intrigued, shocked and amazed by the cover photos. Naturally, I wanted to read it cover to cover to hear his story. I was deeply moved and thus began my own self discovery of natural healing for my many symptoms.

Even now, at almost 43 I find each day brings new feelings in the body that weren’t there before. It’s a cycle that needs to be on a routine maintenance program for purging toxins and filling the body with loving foods, minerals, vitamins and self acceptance. I HIGHLY recommend you read this book if you, or someone you know is experiencing Crohn’s or a similar disorder.

Many Blessings,


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Posted by on September 20, 2010 in Crohn's


Top 10 Raw Food Questions Karen Knowler Interview

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Posted by on September 12, 2010 in Uncategorized


Raw Food Chef Certification

So, here is my latest kick. I know sometimes I sound like I have ADD, but go with me on this one. Since I’m always whipping up something in the kitchen and having my family give me their honest feedback. Hahaha. Sometimes a little too honest, but I do appreciate it. I figured why am I spending all this time loving this process and spending money on the ingredients just for us? If I’m going to invest a large amount of time on something, shouldn’t I be getting paid for it? Actually, I do a lot of things just because I love to and don’t even think about a return in any manner. To me, it’s just not good Karma to expect something in return, but…the bottom line here is that business can be slow at times and it would be nice to fill the gap with a new venture. I decided to look into a Raw Chef Certification where I could learn additional skills and possibly get the knowledge and credibility I want to take one of my many ideas to market. Since I live in Southern Oregon, I am looking at Living Light in Fort Bragg, CA. Just a few hours drive time away, or Julliano’s in Santa Monica where I can stay with family while getting Certified.

I don’t really want to be a chef at a restaurant. If I did, I think true culinary training with an understudy of vegan/raw cuisine would be in order. I guess I really need inspiration and sense of direction. This would allow me to be in the moment and place one foot in front of the other so new doors (or windows) can open for me. I love the energy and excitement hosting raw events, and I know I don’t need to go this direction, but this is what’s on my mind and I ponder what new business ventures I can begin after this training.

I would LOVE to hear your feedback and suggestions.



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