Thursday, December 9, 2010

How to Adopt a Family for Christmas |

How to Adopt a Family for Christmas |

This is what my daughter and I are going to do this Christmas. It not only teaches our little one's how to give and share but it also shows people that there is hope and that anything is possible when you BELIEVE!

Friday, August 13, 2010

"RAW" in Los Angeles

Juliano Brotman's restaurant "RAW" in Santa Monica, California...

I had a dish called "CHEESY KELP" which is so much like Fettuccine Alfredo it was amazing and I want to know how they did this! It was so incredibly tasty, even the vegetables and the salad had flavors out of this world. I would highly recommend anyone trying RAW food for the first time to go to "RAW"on 6th Street in Santa Monica, you will not be disappointed! "RAW" the restaurant is definitely not the bland alfalfa tasting testers one might expect from a healthy eating place such as this one, it's more like a scrumptious retreat you can't wait to go back to so you can have the dishes you've been craving since your first me!

You can buy Juliano's "RAW The UNcook Book at the restaurant, online or at your favorite bookstore.

Monday, August 9, 2010

My RAW Journey in California this Summer...

Lots of Raw Scruptious dishes made at my friend Alejandra and Doug DeLuca's in Zuma beach this Summer!!!
Raw Mushrooms being prepared for Raw Calamari --- Raw Calamari --- Raw oats and berry cereal --- Soaked Kamut for Raw Kamut Bread ---  Raw Felafels

Monday, July 19, 2010

In California for the Summer and just spent the weekend at my friend's Alejandra and Doug's. We made lots of RAW goodies! Pictures and more info to come... :)
One of the most important things you can do to be healthy is to drink good water. Because of industrialization and pollution, quality water, wheather bo
ttled or from the tap is not good, and getting worse. Try to find alkaline, electron-rich water!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010



Juicing is an excellent way to make nutrients from vegetables more accessible.  Juicing traumatizes the vegetable's cell wall enough to release the nutrients but not so much that you're destroying the whole enzymatic protein structure. Whenever you juice a vegetable, you're traumatizing it's cell walls without destroying the enzymes because you're not heating it. In a good quality juicer such a vita mix or a blend tech, the juicing process doesn't seem to destroy the enzymes at all.
Once you've blended the veggies you should drink the juice right away because as soon as it's blended it releases the enzymes from the cellulose, the juice comes into contact with oxygen in the air and the oxidation process begins, chemically changing the juice and neutralizing certain vitamins.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Why RAW? Eating for Beauty...

"It is much more than a fad of the moment," says raw nutrition expert and author David Wolfe in his new bookEating for Beauty. "A raw food diet is now considered a viable way of life for serious health seekers around the world." The living food movement, led by Wolfe and other high-profile raw foodists, has begun to replace the vegetarian movement as a healthy alternative to the fast food, pre-packaged, fat-laden meals most Americans eat today.

The raw-food culture is a mix of alternative health devotees, spiritual seekers, and hot trend spotters. Hollywood is not new to the raw lifestyle - Wolfe has personally counseled actors Alicia Silverstone, Alison Lohman and Woody Harrelson, motivational speaker Anthony Robbins, and model/Playmate Rebecca Scott. Wolfe and his chef staff have prepared raw feasts for The Grateful Dead; k.d. lang and Lisa Bonet have attended seminars.
To anyone who eats cooked food, the idea of eating only raw food might seem extremely restrictive, too taxing on your body. Yet there is solid evidence that a living plant food diet eases digestion, boosts energy, and eliminates carcinogens.
As the nation embarks on their New Years' resolution goals, Wolfe urges people to seriously look at the safety of the Standard American Diet (also known as the SAD diet.) "Fifty percent of the U.S. population dies of heart disease," he notes, "which is caused by poor diet and is therefore preventable and even reversible with proper diet, as tens of thousands of cases have shown.
"In the next ten years, cancer will surpass heart disease as the number one killer in the United States. We know that the best way to prevent cancer is to limit our exposure to carcinogens. The number one way of exposing ourselves to carcinogens is through cooked commercial food. Raw plant food actually contains anti-carcinogenic nutrients, so it's an obvious better choice."
--article from

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Lettuce, Kale, Sun Dried Tomato, Avocado Salad

  • 6 leaves of romaine lettuce
  • 5 leaves of kale
  • 4 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 3 scallions
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 lime
  • Sprinkle of sea salt
  • Cayenne to taste
  • Remove kale from stems and massage down with sea salt.
  • Finely cut up the romaine leaves.
  • Slice up sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Cut up red pepper, scallions and avocado.
  • Dice up garlic.
  • Put into small container and add coconut oil, lime juice and sea salt.
  • Shake up and top salad.
  • Sprinkle with cayenne.

Friday, June 25, 2010

William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer?

Dreaming About Donut Holes by Ani Phyo

[Recipe] Ani Phyo's Donut Holes

*You won’t be able to eat just one donut. So I recommend tripling this recipe. Donut Holes will keep for over a week in your fridge.*

Donut Ingredients

1 ¾ cups almonds

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 vanilla bean, scraped

2 cups dried pineapple, chopped

2 cups pitted dates

1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup shredded coconut

Donut Directions:

In food processor, place almonds, salt, and vanilla.

Process into a fine powder first.

Slowly add chopped pineapple and dates, mix well.

Place in a large bowl. Mix in 1/3 cup shredded coconut.


To serve, use an ice cream scooper or spoon to form donut holes.

Roll holes in ¼ cup shredded coconut.

Will keep for over a week in the fridge.

From the book Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen by Ani Phyo. Reprinted by arrangement with Da Capo Lifelong (, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright © 2007. Buy it here.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

When you cook foods, the colors and textures change and all the precious water is burned off. Eating RAW food keeps you closer to the earth and connects you to the original product, the real thing. Eating food that is alive keeps you feeling alive.
Living on raw foods enables you to effortlessly shed not only excess physical weight; other, less tangible burdens are lifted. For some, it's that overall "unhealthy relationship" with food. For others, it's the persistent and lingering fear of disease which we can begin to let go of with the reassurance of knowing that good health is our natural right and we are now armed to claim it. Further, there can be an indescribable happiness, along with the sense of communion, that comes from not eating animals anymore, being less taxing to the enviroment, and reducing the weight upon the medical community - in short, living in a way that lessons the burden on the rest of the world.

--Excerpt from Raw Food Real World--

Monday, June 21, 2010

"The more you eat raw foods, the more your body starts to crave them, over anything else."

--Matthew Kenney (Raw Food Real World)

Did you know...

A RAW diet filled with antioxidants can improve vision and even help in prevention of future diseases.  The more living enzymes you consume, the more you eradicate disease and cleanse your body. On a RAW diet the color of your irises can even change, becoming lighter with more reflection of many hues. Your glowing eyes reflect the improvement of health.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

RAW Food Cleanse Juice

The following is a healthy addition for a  RAW food lifestyle from the book from "Raw Food Cleanse" byPenni Shelton:

My Daily Green 

Spinach is one of the easiest greens to start with when juicing because of it's mild flavor.  It's also high in iron and coenzyme Q10.  Celery has an abundance of organic sodium, of which most people are painfully deficient.  Cucumber is an important player in beautifying the skin, and parsley is an intestinal purifier and deodorizer. 

2 cups fresh spinach
6 stalks  celery
1 medium cucumber
1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley

Run all ingredients through juicer and enjoy!

Sunday, June 13, 2010


Herbs and how they can help with your health and comfort: 

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)  -- Rich in chlorophyl, which reduces gas.  Avoid using if you're on blood thinning medication.
Anise (Pimpinella anisum) --  Edible seeds remedy bloating, flatulence, poor appetite, and indigestion. Member of the parsley family.
Bay (Laurus nobilis)  --  Aids digestion, relieves flatulence. This culinary herb can be used to flavor many dishes. Remove the sharp edged leaves from food or tea before serving.

Caraway (Carum carvi) --  Seeds are often used in European cuisine. Relieves belching,  flatulence and intestinal cramps and spasms. Aids in the digestion of starches. Excellent for children's digestive issues.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp.) -- Stimulates digestion. Effective in treating appetite loss and
flatulence. Add spice to dairy foods to make them easier to digest.

Dill (Anethum graveolens)   --   Edible seeds to help prevent heartburn, nausea, and indigestion.  The
edible flowers and leaves are rich in vitamin C and other nutrients.

Fennel (Foeniculum spp.)    --  Edible seeds and leaves enhance digestion, ease flatulence, heartburn and stomachache. Serves as a digestive aid for fatty foods.  Member of the parsley family.

Flax (Linum spp.) --  Soothes inflammation of the GI tract. Consume 1 to 2 tablespoons of seeds with plenty of fluids to ease constipation. Seeds may be eaten RAW or cooked. French citizens were required by law to consume this healthful plant.
Gentian (Gentiana spp.) --  Helps breakdown proteins and fats. Improves absorption of iron and
vitamin B12. Take tincture 10 to 30 mins before mealtime for maximum effectiveness.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) -- Soothes indigestion, bloating, flatulence, irritable bowel, nausea, and stomach pain. Root is most effective in dried form for digestive ailments. Safe for children. Pregnant women should take no more than 1 gram daily.

Juniper (Juniperus communus) -- Eat up to seven of these berries before a meal to stimulate stomach
acid. Helps with digestion and flatulence. Possesses antidiarrheal properties.

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) -- Eases acid indigestion, constipation, cramps, spasms, diarrhea,
heartburn, stomachache and irritable bowel. Use deflycyrrhizinat licorice (DGL) to reduce potential side effects such as high blood pressure. Avoid in cases of nausea and vomiting.
Not recommended during pregnancy, nor for prolonged use.
Linden (Tilia spp.) --  Eases indigestion.  This herbal tea should be consumed in moderation as large doses may cause nausea.  The tea is suitable for children.

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)  -- The plants menthol oil relaxes muscles in the stomach and small
intestine, relieving cramping.  Useful for flatulence, diarrhea, indigestion, nausea and stomachache.  Pregnant women should not drink more than two cups of peppermint tea daily.

Psyllium (Plantago spp.)  --  High in fiber, psyllium makes an excellent laxative. Because it also
provides intestinal bulk, it can combat diarrhea. Useful for acid indigestion.  Best taken without food, either before bed or immediately upon waking.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)  -- Aids in the digestion of fats and starches.  Excellent herb for

Sage (Salvia officinalis)  --  This common culinary herb stimulates digestive secretions,  improves digestion of fatty foods, and can help treat diarrhea, flatulence, and indigestion.  Avoid large doses during pregnancy.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

RAW fact-

Cooking food disrupts its molecular structure & kills the enzymes. Enzymes are catalysts enabling the body to utilize vitamins & minerals. Also raw foods are full of oxygen, especially green leafy vegetables which contain an abundance of chlorophyll which detoxifies the bloodstream.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

My Articles on Beauty Snob

Check out my weekly articles on beauty snob!! Beauty snob is a site where they feature articles about health and beauty tips, along with new products coming out and products they themselves test out and let you know whether they are "snob worthy", it's a very fun site at the very least! :)

Coconut. A Super Fruit!

According to Hindu mythology, coconut water is meant to cure all the ills of the world.
The primary minerals or electrolytes in coconut water (coconut juice or milk as some others call it) are essentially the same as those found in human blood. Now that is amazing!

Many people like to not only drink the water as it is, with all it's amazing health benefits, but they also like to ferment it, turning it into what is called a coconut kefir. Coconut kefir is made from the water of young coconuts, these are the coconuts you get in the store that are white in color and have a pointy top, as a posed to the mature coconut which has the rough brown texture and is round. The water is fermented either by using a kefir packet or water kefir grains. This converts the sugars in the water/juice into probiotics and makes a new bubbly drink.

Kefir is a blend of several different bacteria and yeast - this is great for women who suffer from Candida/ yeast infections. Beneficial yeast is full of B vitamins which many RAW foodists lack in there diet if they don't supplement.

Whether you ferment it or not coconut water has many benefits, it's a superfood filled with minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, and growth factors. It's also low in fat and sugars compared to other fruit juices!

There are a few different ways to make coconut kefirs depending on who you ask or which book you refer to. Here is a step by step instruction page with pictures on the Body Ecology website on how to create coconut water kefir:

Let me know how yours turns out! :)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Bee Pollen

Bee Pollen is granulated pollen gathered by bees and is one of nature's most complete, nutritious foods. About 40% protein, half of which is free amino acids, bee pollen supplies humans with almost every essential element we need to survive.  It is also marked highly in folic acid , vitamins and nucleic acids, and is thought to help clear chronic digestive and autoimmune diseases. For Women... Not only has bee pollen been tapped to stimulate the production of eggs from ovaries, it also plays a roll in preventing and treating such cancers as breast and uterine. In this case, a spoonful of honey just might save your life!

This valuable nugget of info has come from the cook book: Raw Food real world by Sarma Melngailis and Matthew Kenney pg. 87

Friday, June 4, 2010

Jordan Rubin of the "Garden of Life"

Jordan Rubin is one of the most recognized and respected health experts in America. He has walked the walk as far as overcoming life threatening health issues. His doctor diagnosed Jordan with "the worse case of Crohn's" (a chronic digestive illness that affects the immune system) he had ever seen and did not expect him to live. He was in excellent health until 19, when his health declined dramatically, lost over 80 pounds and at one point was bound to a wheelchair and only 104 pounds.

After conventional medicine and numerous hospitalizations his family  sought out over 70 alternative nutritional therapies throughout the world. Their search concluded with a California nutritionist who suggested Jordan eat the same whole foods consumed in ancient times: RAW, organically grown whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and fermented dairy, grass fed beef, and free range poultry. Jordan also added a daily regimen of probiotics rich in beneficial bacteria and soil-based organisms. Within this process he gained 29 pounds in 40 days and by his 21st birthday he weighed in at 180 pounds, free of the digestive problems.

Jordan' was so grateful for his return to health that he dedicated the rest of his life to sharing what he's learned with the rest of the world. He wrote the books, Patient Heal Thyself and Restoring Your Digestive Health. In 2004 he wrote The Maker's Diet that spent a total of 47 weeks on the New York Time's best seller list. In addition to these, Jordan has also written 19 other health books. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs, including Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Fox News, Inside Edition and the Food Network. In his spare time Jordan travels as a motivational speaker.

If you would like to read articles by Jordan Rubin and other members of the Garden of Life team, visit

Jordan's Garden of Life label has come out with an all RAW line. I've used some of his vitamin and supplement products in the past and I'm now trying his RAW protein powder in my smoothies. So far so good!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Cancer in the RAW - From Acidic to Alkaline.

Cancer cells thrive in an acidic enviroment and cannot survive in an alkaline enviroment. Cooked foods, as well as animal products and most grains make the body chemistry more acidic. Therefore it is vital for the body to have a whole food, plant based diet in order to overcome cancer, cancer cells.
There are RAW fruits, vegetables and nuts that are particularly good for alkalinity because they contain beneficial enzymes for the body.
Dr. Otto Warburg, a German scientist won a Nobel Prize in the 1940's for discovering that cancer cells thrive on a process called fermentation, which requires simple sugers and no oxygen. Chlorophyll-rich leafy vegetables facilitate oxygen circulation at the cellular level. Oxygen supresses cancer cells growth while enhancing healthy cells. Some of these foods include collard greens, wheat grass, garlic, aloe vera, papaya and papaya seeds, pineapple, millet, apricot kernals, blackberries, rasberries, lima beans, and curcumin spice. The fiber in foods binds with and removes cancer promoting hormones. Animal products and refined foods have no fiber, and promote a cancer friendly acidic enviroment.
Converting your diet into a RAW foods or mostly RAW diet is a great start to fighting cancer and keeping the body in optimum health. The goal is to make the body more alkaline, enzyme and oxygen rich and less acicidic so that cancer, in it's various forms cannot survive!

Out to Lunch...

I ordered a whole avocado, sliced and some sliced tomatoes, also had a mixed green salad with onions, tomatoes, shredded carrots and cucumbers with lemon on the side. Brought my own salad dressing and celtic sea salt. DELICIOUS :)
ooh...and I also had some blueberries for desert!

Avocado-Tomato Salad

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Nuts via RAW

When it comes to nuts, the walnut is the king. It's a great source of the healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids, which have been found to protect the heart, promote better cognitive function, and provide anti-inflammatory benefits for asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, eczema and psoriasis.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Traveling RAW!

Getting some RAW snacks ready for Memorial Day weekend out of town.
Lots of different kinds of nuts (you can even find flavored/seasoned raw nut mixtures in some health food stores).  Some flavored RAW crackers. RAW chocolate Green bars(my fav!).  Nori energy wrap-has dehydrated nuts oats and favorite is the one with wasabi-SPICY and YUMMY!

A quick snack to fill you up and get you going!

RAW Organic Nuts and Filtered Water...
....not only is it a great snack, especially when you combine different ones for different flavors, but it's nutrient rich and full of protein which will fill you up and give you energy. Water is good for just about everything and it helps speed up metabolism!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Saturday's RAW Cooking Class with Chef's Mia Dalene & David Hempseed

Cauliflower Samosas
from Raw Food Real World by Sarma Melngailis

These were amazing tasting with some spice in the wrap which I love!

Not only do they taste good...they LOOK good!

Wow!! These are Sooooo good!! :)

Oooh! Now Chef Mia is chopping baby bok choy to put into her latest Chop Suey recipe.

Mmmm..... Looks good!  But wait!  She's not done!

She wrapped it in a sheet of Nori (dried seaweed).

Another great recipe! It's light, fresh and crispy. Perfect on a hot Summer day... :)

Chef David Hempseed is showing and telling us the easiest way to get a mature coconut and a young coconut opened. In my experience....  not an easy task!

Here's the young coconut.... He says to take the knife to the top of the young coconut, where the point is and start on one side using a cutting motion and follow with your knife completely around, then put the young coconut on the chopping board and apply pressure to where you just cut and, pop! It comes right off. He makes it look easy but we'll have to try this at home! ;)

My favorite part!!! Chef Mia is making her wrap for the Chocolate Sushi!!! I can't wait to try this one!

OMG!!! It relly is as good as it looks. The outside is made from nuts, coconut and cacao. The inside is sliced strawberries and mango. The chocolate sauce ...well... I believe one of her specialties are her chocolate sauces, YUM!..  and that's all I have to say about that!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Balanced pH is the First Step to Good Health - from

What is your pH? Everyone has one and it fluctuates daily and many times during the day, at that. pH stands for potential of Hydrogen and is the critical measuring tool that indicates the body’s ability to restore and maintain health.

Proper pH is not just a mere goal, but rather a tool that can evaluate the body’s health status. Balancing one’s pH is the first step to successfully re-establishing normal physiology and opens the door to opportunities for real rejuvenation, total detoxification, optimum hormonal balancing and the ability to achieve outrageous health into and throughout our elder years on all levels—physically, mentally emotionally and spiritually.

The path to a balanced pH is not a quick fix, but an adventure that involves the resolution of overall tissue acidity and is more than simply taking a mineral product, as you will see.

The initial goal that you are striving for is a pH measurement of the mineral levels in the first morning urine after rising. Using a roll of pH Paper, tear off a 2” strip and run it through the urine stream. This simple measuring tool will give you the current reading, which, ideally, should fall into the 6.4 to 7.0 range. This reading indicates that there are adequate minerals to handle the current workload of the body/mind.

Your mineral storehouse is your reserve account, much like your personal checking account. A checking account is used to cover on-going living expenses. Money comes into this account through income from various sources and is supplemented during a shortfall by borrowing from savings accounts, ideally, or credit cards, loans, lines of credit and the like, if the resources are not there.

Based on the above analogy, good financial planning will always allow you to have adequate reserves in your account and poor planning just the opposite, while no planning at all leaves you with an endless financial drain that disallows you the opportunity to get out of your predicament. Now, in this analogy replace “money” with “minerals” and “living expenses” with “health” and you will begin to understand that the mechanism of maintaining good health, rather than reacting to illness unprepared, is key to avoiding becoming a victim of disease and its consequences.

Minerals are the tools needed to perform health-building/enhancing functions. In protecting your health, there is a correlation between mineral intake and pH level. You can increase mineral intake by choosing healthy foods with a diet high in quality fruits, vegetables and nuts and quality mineral supplements, such as a high quality Quantum Greens Mix and a pure Vitamin D3.

When evaluating your mineral intake (checking account), consider your overall diet. Is it full of processed foods? Or are you primarily eating organic foods that have a higher mineral compliment? Are you eating conventionally grown foods that are subject to lower mineral content, pesticides, irradiation, chemical additives, preservatives, etc.? The answer to all of these questions reveals that the poorer quality of food requires higher amounts of minerals to process through the body. If the mineral content is not adequate then your health will suffer.

What causes mineral deficiency? In addition to initially not consuming sufficient amounts of minerals, everyday we engage in activities that help deplete our existing supply. These include, but are not limited to: lack of sleep, outbursts of anger, air/EMF pollution, processed sugar/flour, time pressures, unrelenting stress, chemicals, illicit, OTC and prescriptions drugs, lack of sunlight, out gassing of synthetic materials, lack of exercise, poor quality water, pesticides and food additives, dental issues, infections, fear, anxiety, abuse, lack of forgiveness and love, toxic thinking and disease.

To conserve existing minerals think of smiling, charity, being happy, singing, being positive, teamwork, hugs, forgiveness, walking and massage to name a few. Are you beginning to see that the mineral issue is more complex than you first thought?

Once you have mastered the morning pH and kept it in the 6.4 to 7.0 range for 60 days, you have mastered the ideal tissue oxygenation. For each tenth of a point outside the ideal range, there is an exponential decrease of tissue oxygen by 10X. The lower the tissue oxygen, the better the environment for the proliferation of any and all infective agents. The greater the tissue oxygen, the poorer the environment for these agents to thrive.

Supplementation: When evaluating your mineral intake, in addition to making dietary changes that include eliminating acidic foods such as meat, soft drinks and sugar, one would do best by moving toward organic fruits and vegetables, juicing when possible and including a basic supplementation of a high quality Greens Mix, such as Quantum Greens Mix. This Mix is “beyond organic”—it is composed of non-hybrid grasses and contains every known vitamin, mineral, amino acid and enzyme necessary to sustain life. The finest, pristine grasses and greens from the best sources worldwide have been grown in rich South American soils without pesticides, harvested and air dried to retain their potency. Unlike American grown grasses, the water source does not contain toxic/chemical resides and fluoride and the top soils remain chemical free. Additionally, no dried juice extract is used, as that is really a processed food with no fiber and no “natural flavors” aka MSG are added either.

Vitamin D3 is the Sunshine Vitamin. In conjunction with the regular use of Coral Legend and Aloe Vera Juice, D3 will be an important player in upregulating your Vitamin D levels (which can be verified by a blood test). These days, with all of the talk about the dangers of sun exposure, as well as the realities of our busy work schedule, most of us have little time to devote to getting the Vitamin D that we need in the most natural way, as it has been done in generations past. The food sources of Vitamin D3 are very few, and fortified Milk delivers only D2, so although our bodies are designed to manufacture Vitamin D by exposure to the sun, we, as a nation, have become D deficient.

Vitamin D is best known for its immunity giving properties, promoting nerve function and health, supporting healthy mood and mental function, heart health and bone metabolism.

So…remember, your pH balance is your first line of defense in promoting long term wellness for you and your family. Just as you put financial resources aside for a rainy day, so should you help you family store mineral resources for the life-stresses to come.

by Elle Reinhardt, Traditional Naturopath

If you would like to contact Elle directly to ask your most pertinent questions, you can reach her at 909-946-9391 to arrange a consultation.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

RAW chocolate sushi from Chef Mia Dalene and Chef David Hempseed's cooking class.
The outside is made with pine nuts, coconut, cacao and agave. The inside is filled with strawberries and mango!  The sauce is a Chef Mia's specialty. I think it's RAW cacoa powder, cacao nibs, coconut water and agave. Very YUMMY!

more RAW to go...

More RAW food snack ideas for on the go... 

RAW to go...

Here are some RAW goodies you can keep with you in the car or when traveling out of town or anytime you don't feel like making something.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

RAW foods cooking/uncooking class :)

Off to a RAW foods cooking class. Will share what I learned afterward.... stay tuned! :)


Friday, May 21, 2010

Making my smoothie and a fresh salad..yum :)

Smoothie: handful of RAW almonds (soaked in filtered water for at least 4 hours), 2-3 cups water, some RAW agave, Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries and a slice of Apple for sweetness.
Salad: Organic Red Leaf Lettuce before putting marinated Portabello on top:)
See last post for dressing recipe and Portabello marinade :)

My lunch...

This is a RAW Portabello Mushroom Truffle Salad
Made wih red leaf lettuce and RAW portabello mushroom marinated in Nama Shoyu ad olive oil. Dressing is olive oil, lemon, Nama shoyu, Truffle oil, cold pressed raw garlic spray and some lemon....with some cracked black pepper :)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Conclusion to "Meeting non-RAW friends for lunch

So my positive outlook about eating at a non-RAW food restaurant with non-RAW food friends didn't quite work out for me after least it didn't yesterday. For the record, it wasn't anyone's fault but my own, I wasn't prepared and I was late on top of it!  Since I was already running late to meet my friends for lunch I decided I'd just go straight there and they'll have something I can eat...I'll improvise (that is a word I've used often in RAW food lingo)! When I got there, my friends already started eating, I asked the woman if I could have a simple garden salad, some olive oil and a fresh cut lemon on the side, simple enough right?  She looked at me as if I were speaking another language. So I waited a little, gave her some time to absorb what I had just asked for, maybe it threw her for a loop because it wasn't on the menu? I'didn't think that what I was asking for was that far out but apparently in this particular restaurant, it was. When she finally spoke, she said they didn't have olive oil and that if I wanted fresh cut lemon I'd have to get it from the jar sitting next to the complimentary water. To make a long story short, after letting me look at their ingredients in their salad dressings (something I've never done before) and seeing ingredients like sugar and high fructose corn syrup etc. I had a pre cut fruit was RAW and it was good but little, and afterward I was still feeling hungry so I ran over to the local health food deli and got a fresh veggie and fruit juice and along with a raw nori wrap and some other snacks and because I was hungry I eneded up buying all kinds of healthy RAWgoodies that ended up leaving me with a healthy RAW bill.

My point to this story is to be prapared, unlike I was yesterday. I'm not going to candy coat it and say eating RAW is easy and convenient because it isn't, at least it isn't unless you're at home and you already have everything you need there. Having a new born baby is wonderful, and it's an amazing life changing miracle but it's not easy. Going RAW, being RAW, staying RAW is a process. Just like anything else new that you encorporate into you lifestyle that's worth it.  It's a learning process, learning what works for you. If you give it a chance enough to stick with it until you find your groove with it it also is an amazing, life changing miracle that will give you more energy, a better outlook, clearer thinking, better intuition, tantalizing taste buds, free from dis-eases and eventually you (I) won't have to think about how we're going to have a meal somewhere that doesn't serve RAW food. :)

Thanks for reading raw for u


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What to do when you're meeting "non" RAW friends for lunch?

I'm meeting some non-RAW eating friends for lunch today and had to give some thought to "what" I was going to do? This is the first time this has come up since going back to eating RAW. I mulled it over in my head while I was at the gym this morning, then I realized I'm making it a bigger deal that it has to be. There's a great health food store in the neigborhood (there's usually one in most cities so if you plan ahead, you can pick up a RAW sandwich or snack to go) where I can just go get something and bring it with me. I can order a small plain salad with some extra veggies and fruit on the side at the restaurant...simple enough.  I can also either bring my on dressing or ask for some olive oil and lemon and viola...I have my RAW lunch along with my non-RAW friends at a non-RAW restaurant!
If you're a person that's good at planning ahead (which I'm not) you can always bring other goodies along with you which you've prepared at home to have along with your RAW salad, or even a smoothie :) And always keep RAW snacks with you. I keep a bag in the car with RAW snacks when I go out, like raisins, RAW raps that don't need to be refrigerated, RAW crackers, and green bars!

I'm off to lunch!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

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RAW creations...

RAW Nori sheets, mixed greens with lemon, olive oil and sea salt, diced portabello mushroom marinated in Nama shoyu, onion ringlets marinated in Nama shoyu. Put parts of all ingredients into nori wrap and roll. When you get to the end put some water on the nori to seal the roll.

RAW nori wrap

RAW fajitas!

My RAW fajitas: Radicchio cup, marinated(over night) portabello mushrooms cut up in Nama unfiltered shoyu,  Onion cut into rings marinated (over night) in Nama unfiltered shoyu, purple cabbage cut up and marinated in lemon, olive oil and sea salt, diced orange and yellow sweet peppers.

Fresh coconut water

Cook Book "RAW" by Juliano Brotman

Cook Book by Juliano Brotman of the restaurant Planet RAW in Santa Monica Ca.

Just went shopping for fresh produce and RAW honey

RAW Chunky Spicy Guacamole: avocado and tomato cut up chunky, diced purple onion, diced or minced fresh garlic, cilantro, green habanero pepper diced or minced, lime, and sea salt.

RAW creations...