The Cure For Addiction is Exercise

As explained to me by a scientific researcher…

1.) Dopamine is a chemical our body manufactures that makes us feel pleasure and “reward”.

2.) People who have what we call “addictive natures” have what scientists call “down-regulated systems”.

A person with a down-regulated system is a person who has fewer dopamine receptors than is normal. Therefore it takes more of any substance to get them feeling the desired pleasure. So they do more of the substance(s) than other people would, they get more addicted, and they become more easily dependent on the substances.

3.) Another scientific fact is that exercise increases dopamine receptors.

4.) Therefore a person with a down-regulated system can become regulated by exercising. This would cause them to not be “addictive” by nature any more.

How much to exercise?

Just like no one diet fits all, no one exercise plan fits all. You may have to try several plans and possibly even adapt them to your own needs before you find a plan that works for you. You may have to try many sports and activities to find your exercise calling!

Here’s what the CDC recommends

And here’s a great workout from Jillian Michaels that I am enjoying on Youtube!

In Joy!

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Gut Microbes

Interesting article from Wired Magazine “The Surprising Gut Microbes of African Hunter-Gatherers”:

Comments after reading: I think the difference is in what they don’t eat! Perhaps those supposedly disease-producing gut bacteria aren’t producing disease in the Hadza because they don’t have the refined sugars, hydrogenated fats, and numerous other poisons that can cause our guts to be unhealthy and thereby more susceptible to the bad bacteria.

What do you think?

“Bernard was right; the pathogen is nothing; the terrain is everything.” — Louis Pasteur’s deathbed words

In Joy!

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Deepak Chopra’s New Model of Self Care, Top 11 Steps

sceneryAccording to Deepak Chopra, we are following outdated models of self-care, and a new model of self-care would include the following priorities:

- Making happiness a high priority.

- Making sure your life has purpose and meaning.

- Living according to a higher vision.

- Expanding your awareness in every decade of life.

- Devoting time and attention to personal growth.

- Paying attention to the fate of the planet.

- Following at least the minimal regimen of good diet and physical activity.

- Allowing the brain to reset by introducing down time several times a day.

- Getting to know your inner world through meditation, contemplation, and self-reflection.

- Practicing gratitude and appreciation.

- Learning how to love and be loved.


It sounds right on to me.

What do you think?

Check out the whole article here on Deepak’s site

In Joy!

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Raw eBook Giveaway, 3 Keys To Lasting Weight Release


With a new 21 Day Cleanse session beginning on Monday and lots of new friends signing up to take part in this adventurous journey, I wanted to give a little something back in the form of some uplifting weekend reading! So, here are three eBooks you can click on to download now!

Raw eBook Giveaway:

1. 3 Keys To Lasting Weight Release, by Jinjee Talifero

2. How to Stick to Any Diet, by Jinjee Talifero (password: rawrep)

3. 7 Strategies for Staying Raw, by Storm Talifero

If you would like to participate in our Go-Raw programs with unbelievably delicious raw recipes and ongoing raw support like a raw retreat you can do in your own home, it is not too late to join in the next session that starts this coming Monday!

Registration is open until Sunday at midnight here:

In Joy!

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Letter to a Diabetic

Raw Food Diet Before and After Picture

Here is an email I just received last night from a gentleman….(not the one above – he is just a lovely example of a man who completely changed his habits and his life!)

Good afternoon Mrs. Talifero,

I purchased one of your raw empowerment programs a couple of months ago that allowed me some free email access. I need to use one now ;o)

My issue is willpower. All of you and Mr. Talifero’s points on raw foods are on point along with the awesome powers that it can yield as a result, but willpower to stay halfway consistent with this diet is just as important.

I’m a type 2 diabetic and I’m frustrated. I know what I need to do, as my life literally depends on it- but I still eat meat; I still eat sweets, and I still drink very little water at all. Why is that? Do I need essential oils like Majoram to help with an addiction issue? or is my mind just not that strong when it comes to diet.

I can’t sleep at night because of my diabetic nerve pain. I know that I could just add two to three green juices to my diet, and yet I don’t. Please advise.

- LJ


Here is my response to LJ….


Hi LJ,

My intuition is telling me that you need to get in touch with your intuition.

Rather than getting advice from others solely, you are ready to seek within for advice from your higher power, the part of you that has access to all the wisdom that you have gathered in your experiences so far.

Only you know your own body, your history, your mental state, your emotional state, your spiritual state, your beliefs, your preferences, your addictions and how you best overcome them, and only you know your goals, desires, and destiny!

I believe that you will find the answers within. Yes, follow that intuition and use the Marjoram essential oils. (I love the Oregano Oil!) Follow your intuition that desires to strengthen your mind. What would be the best way to do that? Reading, studying, doing yoga, having a daily ritual or practice, giving up one toxin a day or a year, writing a book, standing up to someone, taking a trip? Something completely different? Only you know!

And that intuition that you should add 2 to 3 green juices to your diet daily; is there a way that you can make that happen, perhaps starting with 1 green juice a week? Is there a place locally that makes green juice? If it helps you get started with this habit, it may well be worth the extra money. Do you have a good juicer, one that is fast and easy to use like the Breville? Do you have some yummy juices (see for my tasty green lemonade recipes!)

Should you go from 1 green juice a week to 2 a week and then from 3 a week to 1 green juice a day? Should you also drink an almond milk a day to help regulate blood sugar? And have a big salad a day for fiber, with apple cider vinegar for B12. Maybe. If that resonates with you.

Perhaps the research you have done on health and diet in your life is perfect for you and includes everything you need to know to start you out on a breakthrough path right now, simply by planning and intending to do what you know is the right thing for you, and then exploring for the directions within to find out how to navigate to and on that unique path!

Please don’t think I’m trying to avoid giving you a consultation. I could have just told you what I think you should do in a much shorter email. But as I was reading your email I felt very clearly from your words that you do already know what to do! Maybe you just needed to hear that!

One thing that I can add to the picture is that I think you are too hard on yourself. Humans don’t generally have willpower consistently. Humans are generally lazy. So we find ways to trick ourselves in to doing what we know we should do. Usually, to be successful, we just have to trick ourselves into good habits, making our lazy creature-of-habit natures work for us instead of against us.

For instance, one thing that has worked for me is not allowing myself to think of foods that aren’t on my “allowed foods” list. Another thing is the “Seal” game, which is the 100% raw game, in which you don’t allow yourself anything not 100% raw. You keep a seal on your raw diet. Some people prefer the “fruitarian” game. These are forms of “being on the wagon” with food; ways in which you don’t have to use willpower, because you are creating a new habit instead. This helps a lot if you have food addictions.

Rather than using willpower, try making it fun to eat raw and to exercise. Throwing yourself completely in to this lifestyle can be really fun! It is fun to see major shifts and to feel great!

And remember, brain science has taught us that it only takes 21 days to form a new habit or to dissolve an old one. Just knowing this can motivate us to face the difficulties involved in changing how we do things, as we know it will get easier! Soon it will be second nature, a habit, almost automatic, so no willpower or creatively tricking ourselves will be required any longer.

Our Spring session of the 21 Day Raw Cleanse begins Monday! We can help you make the raw lifestyle into a habit with our 21 Day menu planners and shopping lists, and daily motivational emails with both physical and emotional exercises to keep you inspired and excited!

I hope this helps!



NOTE:  The Program starts Monday, but the early bird special ends Friday at midnight!

In Joy!



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Raw Vegan Cream of Coconut Soup Recipe

soup2This is one of Storm’s newest creations…

Ingredients for Base

- 1 coconut, both the coconut water and the coconut meat.

- 1 avocado

- 1 and a half cups cashews or macadamia nuts

- 1/4th cup nutritional  yeast

- 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

- 2 cloves garlic

- 1/4th cup olive oil

- 1 lemon

- your favorite herbs (optional)

(See additional ingredients below)


- Blend all above together in Vitamix (Add enough water to fill to the top of blender).

- Pour into serving bowl and stir in these Ingredients:

1/4th finely chopped red onion

1 bunch cilantro finely chopped

1/2 cup wakame seaweed

Serve with Kale Chips on top (1 pack)

OR, as in this picture, 1 a cup shelled snow peas

- Serves 4

More Recipes from The Garden Diet

Storm’s New eBook


In Joy!

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Find Out Why Storm Isn’t Aging, Next Level Raw

stormnextlevelrawStorm has just published a new eBook of his latest insights and secrets in to his next level raw system that has helped him turn back the hands of time and get in to the best shape of his life!

The eBook is called “Raw Vegan, The Next Level” (or “Next Level Raw” for short)

It has 61 pages including full color pictures of Storm, his recipes and his workouts!

The Contents are…

Section 1 – Designer Body

Section 2 – Healing with Raw Foods

Section 3 – Care and Feeding of the Colon

Section 4 – Anti-Aging System

Section 5 – Workouts The Next Level

Storm includes his new menu of main meal recipes as well as his overall system of eating!

Garden Diet readers may see some recipes that look somewhat familiar but this version has beefed-up recipes suitable for raw warriors who are working out daily and need extra protein and filling richness in their diets! There are also a few brand new recipes.

Who is this eBook for?

There are absolute gems for the long term raw vegans out there (all five of you!) LOL! Obviously!

But there are also inspiring and motivating jewels for those perennial students of everything raw and even those of you just considering giving the raw diet a try might be compelled to take the plunge and dive in to one of our Go-Raw Programs! 

Get the eBook Free!

In fact, if you sign up for our next 21 Day Raw Cleanse  or 2-Program Lifetime Membership Special now, you will receive Storm’s new eBook “Next Level Raw” for absolutely free! (See more options below)

In this brand new information from Storm, Storm shares intimately what it has taken for him to stay raw for over 40 years with health and vitality as a raw warrior.

“This Ebook is designed to help you fine tune a long term raw vegan diet system so that you can be in total control of your weight, your fat to lean ratio, and the type of muscles or muscle tone you wish to achieve.” – Storm

This eBook covers…

Section 1 – Designer Body

Weight Loss Weight Gain

The Shrunken Stomach

Circadian Rhythms and Raw Food

Gravity and Food

Early Morning, Fresh Juices

Accounting for the Food in Your System

Section 2 – Healing with Raw Food

The Un-consenting Body

Cellular Health

Brain Chemistry

The Concept of Critical Mass

Raw Combo Cure-Alls


Importance of Sea salt in Hydration

Why Dehydrated Food is Dangerous

Hydration and the Spine

Healing Juice Recipes

Healing Almond Milk Recipe

Section 3 – The Care and Feeding of the Colon

What Causes Clogging of the System

What Happens when the System is Clogged

How The Raw Diet Helps

When to Eat for most Effective Elimination

What to Eat for Colon Cleansing

Cleansers and Building Blocks

What Healthy Bowel Movements Look Like

Disease and an Acidic Environment within the Body

Hydration and the Colon

Section 4 – Anti-Aging Sytem

Aging at a Natural Rate

What Causes Aging

Aging is not due to Passage of Time

Defying Gravity

Quantity of Food

Quality of Food

The Fountain of Youth, my experience with Aloe Vera

Connecting the Dots

Cellular Regeneration

How to Not Age

All about Atrophy

Dangers of Sitting

Driving in to Accelerated Aging

Accumulation and Inflammation

Herbal Nut Milk Tea

Recipes for the Big Meal of the Day

Section 5 – Next Level Workout

Storm’s insane Workout Schedule

Building Workouts in to Your Lifestyle

Winning the Battle of the Bulge at 64

Using the Elements of Nature


The book is full of surprisingly simple (though not all of them easy) tools and tricks that have helped to make the raw lifestyle a joy for Storm.

If you’ve ever wondered why Storm isn’t aging, in this eBook you will find out why!


Three options for ordering, with instant access to “Next Level Raw” eBook by Storm….

1.) Order “Next Level Raw” eBook now, just $29.95

2.) Order the 21 Day Cleanse, $97 and get the “Next Level Raw” eBook, free, instantly!

3.) Order the 21 Day Cleanse and 28 Days Raw Transition Program Lifetime Membership Special, $137 and get the “Next Level Raw”eBook, free, instantly!

I know you’ll enjoy this next level raw information!

Customer Service email

In Joy!

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Too Much Raw Energy

stormswim63bA surprising problem that many people have with the raw diet is that it gives them too much energy! Even if they don’t realize it, they will go off the diet if it gives them more energy than they require for their lives. Having more energy than you need can be uncomfortable, and you may naturally reach for some cooked food to bring your energy down to a manageable level.

One of our Raw Rumpus members posted in the Rumpus Community…

“I’m starting to feel a lot of energy.. like never before!! I sometimes feel like When you drink too much caffeine! Except I don’t drink any coffeine!

Is this normal? In the evening, after spending all day at work, coming home, cooking my dinner and my luch for the following day, entertaining my 6 months old boy, feeding him, putting him into bed, and eating my dinner, I feel like exercising, so I do the 12 minute workout. And wow! I feel like doing the marathon! It’s almost like I’m possessed by someone very active, and for me it’s a first as I’ve always been a lazy couch potato!

Any ideas to channel all this energy?

Thanks MM

Here is what I wrote back

Dear MM,

So glad you are having this problem!!! :)

But seriously, this is one reason people go off raw, unconsciously.

You are right the energy needs to be channeled or your body will not want to keep eating this way!

There are many options for channeling your energy….Through Physical, Mental, Creative, Spiritual, and Social energy!

1. physical —
cleaning, have your house always be clean
get an active job
do active volunteer work
helping people with physical work (gardening, moving, hauling, renovating, etc…)
become an athlete
take up sports
go into training
run a marathon
find a new workout you love
become a dancer

2. mental — (you burn more calories thinking hard than exercising!)
problem solving
goal setting
get your phD
take on more responsibility at work
learn about quantum physics

3. creative
follow your bliss
do your creative work in the world
dance, sing, write, paint, knit, sew
create your new career / business
be innovative
re-invent yourself
do a big project
find your mission in life
fix up your house
make furniture
write a book

4. spiritual (uses energy but also calms your energy, balances your energy, helps you manage it. And like mental energy, spiritual energy probably uses significant calories too, I’m guessing)
spiritual practices
spiritual study
going in to nature

5. social
Do things with friends
Make a new friend
Make friends with everyone
Do something in your community
Go dancing
Teach a free workout class in the park
Organize social events
Organize a raw weekly potluck, movie night
Start a band or choir
Develop closer more meaningful relationships with family members
Spend quality time with people you love
Often when people go raw they experience / make profound life shifts and I think in part this can be in order to channel the higher levels of energy raw food gives them.
I hope this helps!!!

In Joy!

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True Stories from Wild Raw Women

I was just cruising the Wild Rapid Raw Weight Release Rumpus
community this morning in search of feedback on our latest session.
Here is what these Wild Raw Women have to say about their
challenges and victories!

Traveling can be so challenging. I envied you with all that fresh
fruit and eating it in a country where it was local.
Congratulations for doing so well. The RRWR certainly has instilled
some good habits into us. What a success to now be craving these
foods too. I now look at leafy greens being a staple. If I have a
variety of greens in the fridge I know I can always throw something
together…a smoothie, a salad or a green juice. I’m going on a
road trip for a few days to visit a friend. Thankfully she also
eats simply and similarly. I’m making green smoothies to last a few
days and just taking some salad ingredients. No anxiety for a
change about food prep. Keeping it simple and knowing I will be
nourished. Yay for us! – P

It’s been soooo cold and wintry here in North Georgia. Like
Dolphin, the best I could do yesterday was to do my best. I had a
slice of toast and some candy. Felt very, very gross afterwards.
I am RENEWED today! – W

I’m not able to get every ingredient for the recipes, so my focus
is going to be on the rawness of my meals, not following the
recipes to the tee. It’s a start! – M

How can we possibly fail……with such a wonderful, articulate,
positive, supportive, encouraging, amazing group of like-minded,
beautiful people?I feel truly blessed, my friends, so here’s to
sharing many victories! Thank you – V

I’ve just read the previous posts including Lanette’s from the
prior month. Thank you everyone for thinking out loud. Lanette
(from the last round) was saying that she is staying 100% raw
following the form of smoothies, salads, nut milks and green drinks
and not necessarily the recipes but feeling all the benefits: I
don’t stick to the menu but I have been keeping to drinking
smoothies for breakfast a salad for lunch, the milks and then
either the juice or salad for dinner. Snacking on fruits when in
between meals. – D

It’s a good reminder to be kind to myself for staying raw. A great
step towards recommitting. The weather is finally warming up. But I
head out to travel this weekend and have not enough time to fully
prepare for it. I will do the best I can and bring my own dressing
and even some food I prepared to share. – F

Small insights: I definitely love drinking a green juice in the
morning with celery and cucumber.

A celebration: my husband is willing to make them for us. He too
finds that being raw gives him more energy. I prepare the rest but
he often helps. This is something I’m very grateful for. We’re
learning how to feed each of us the way we need it. Trail and error
and refinement taking place.

Insight: I like my smoothie for supper when I am not with other
folks sharing a meal. A salad suits better then. But I still have
trouble not partaking in healthy vegan cooked when offered. As
Jinjee helped me see when I first started, it is a matter of
quantity – just a couple of tablespoons of the best of the dishes

A celebration: I really am good about not choosing what I consider
to be unhealthy. It is still about fine tuning. – L

Yesterday was my day one and it went great. I really enjoyed the
smoothie and the salad dressing was very tasty so I’ll be using it
frequently. I tried to stick to the exact menu… I didn’t have
oranges for the smoothie so I left it out and I used half the
amount of avocado. I made a double batch so my husband could join
me. I added tomatoes to the salad and I didn’t have the Pumpkin
Mylk but I’ll have it today as I was really looking forward to it.
Last night, a group of friends had an Oscar viewing party and I
sort of wanted to cancel because of all the wine and tasty food. I
decide to go so I took my Green Lemonade in a big mason jar and
drank it from a wine glass all night. I felt so emotionally and
physically great that I was hardly even tempted by the food and I
stuck to my juice. This was a huge deal for me as I would usually
have indulged heavily. The best part was that everyone wanted to
taste my juice and they loved it. Two of them want to do a cleanse
with me now so I’m going to help them. – S

Thanks again for coming up with this program. Its simplicity and
group support has been by far the best way to get started or jump
back into raw. I’ve really enjoyed the various salad combinations
on the menu plan. Love my afternoon nut mylks too. – Z

Joining the Raw Rumpus was definitely a major step of me, I love
the bond we seem to have going. – O

Thank you, again for making the RRWR an ongoing option… it has
been a blessing in many ways and so very helpful in keeping me
moving forward in my endeavor for optimal health through a raw
diet! All the connections with the other participants helps in so
many ways….a place to go and read inspirational successes when
the temptation starts to creep in to go “off the wagon”, a bunch of
great ideas and strategies that others are using to make the raw
diet work for them that are helpful for me as I address my own
challenges, and just a place for sharing and support along the way!
Thank you! – A

These points besides fun were a brilliant idea. If one didn’t
journal tallying up points were just a great way to bring
awareness to how we were doing each day. Also having a small
group participants to communicate with was very supportive. Most
of all really feeling your presence and support was an integral
part of RRWR.

As I mentioned before I immediately felt the difference when I
started on this raw cleanse. I woke up on day two feeling alert
and not lethargic or bloated. The smoothies and salads were
delicious and I felt so nourished throughout each day. Feeling this
mental clarity, improved energy plus watching the scale gradually
but consistently move downwards made it so easy for me to stick to
the program. Feeling this way is just too valuable to give up.

This simple raw program has been perfect for me to get back into my
raw regime. – M

First, THANK YOU! This experience has been a lot of fun, very
motivating, and super satisfying! I would not have thought that
keeping these points, blogging with “our team” and all the other
aspects would have been as rewarding! It truly was and I am
grateful to you and those who have done the work to make this
happen! I am looking forward to joining this next session as well
and hope some of the others from the Super Strawberries will be
involved also! A few have expressed plans to, so hopefully they
will be able to continue! – C

For more true stories and info on The Rumpus starting up again
April 14th, check it out here…

In Joy!

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Unrealistic Goals and Expectations

Why not shoot for healthy/balanced instead of fitness model. If you’re trying for 100% raw and 4-hour workouts it might take more knowledge and prep than you think. And you might become discouraged as these things are hard to achieve. Why not instead shoot to live a healthy lifestyle – to eat as well as you can and make as many healthy choices as you can.

The Wild Rapid Raw Weight Release Rumpus is an online program that is like a game. You earn points for each healthy choice you make. You can individualize the point system and assign your own points. You then pool your points with your team’s and one team comes out on top. That team receives a package of raw food eBooks and recipes.

This system has been incredibly effective in helping people release weight and increase their well-being through creating a fun incentive for rewiring our brains to make healthy choices in a light-hearted and easy way, without punishing ourselves for times when our choices don’t support our highest good.

As human beings we are naturally forgetful and lazy. It takes work and luck to overcome and to compensate for these tendencies in our struggle for survival and thrival. I’ve found that it takes a certain spiritualization of our natures. And this seems to happen most naturally for me with spiritual practice such as prayer and meditation.

However socialization also plays a key role, and our Rumpus community provides an intimate forum for association with like minded individuals on the path of healthy living.

I’ve found that these people are not perfect, but they have much wisdom and caring. They understand the challenges inherent in the journey to healthy living and some have actually made positive changes and share the doorways to their breakthroughs.

Our next Rumpus session begins April 1st, 2014 (4/1/14) and we invite you to be a part of this! The registration price for this program is exceedingly low and the time commitment is only 2 weeks! Find out more at

I just realized the Rumpus ends on the day our next 21 Day Raw Cleanse ( begins. So this time The Rumpus can also be a great way to prep for that program!


The body is like a piano, and happiness is like music. It is needful to have the instrument in good order. – Beecher


In Joy!

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