Eat Your Kids’ Leftovers, Gain 20 lbs.

dageatingThis is part of a letter of introduction that one of our 28 Days Raw participants sent her Program Pal and cc’d me…I’ve taken out the personal parts and just left in the parts that were relevant to the issue of eating leftovers that I’ve responded to below this….

I’m up late tonight printing my menu and getting ready to go shopping after I get the kids off to school in the morning. These last years have been all about trying to get the girls healthy, but I’ve found that without being healthy myself, that’s a silly goal.

I’ve been a full time Mama for 8 years and am struggling with that job now, since I lack the energy I need to be in a good mood around kiddos who are now really good at tuning me out! Looking forward to getting back to a normal weight again. I feel good around 145 pounds and I’ve been at around 190 for 6 years or so. I think much of it is stress combined with finishing up too much mac and cheese. I have chronic foot pain now for the past year so that’s an inflammation problem and I’m concerned since I’m moving down a slippery slope here to diabetes and early death!

I would love to live into my 90s like some of my slimmer relatives, a great aunt and my great grandmother. I noticed my heftier grandmother and aunts had strokes or dementia by their mid 70s or early 80s and I definitely link it to diet/exercise/weight. My Dad was overweight and suffered many cardiac problems, eventually succumbing to a major heart attack at age 70.



Hi Anabella,

Thanks for sharing your story. One thing I wanted to comment on since I’ve had a similar experience is the eating of leftovers. I used to consider eating leftovers as a part of my kitchen clean-up duties!

But one day when I was fasting I put all the leftovers in a corner of the kitchen counter. At the end of the day I was absolutely horrified to see how much food was in that corner!!! It had to have been about 5 lbs of food!!! – food that would usually have ended up in my tummy!!!

My Father was a Hungarian-Jew who had gone through the holocaust in Hungary as a young teen and he had a lot of food issues because of his experiences. So wasting food, not finishing your plate, etc were not acceptable in my home growing up. And I seemed to have inherited this “discipline” of not wasting food, even if it meant force-feeding myself when I was already full! But ever since that fasting day, I have disciplined myself instead to do three things with leftovers…..

1. Leave the food on the table for a couple/few hours (until the next meal, even). My kids as homeschoolers can seem undisciplined and unfocused and they like to run around and do all sorts of things and then come back for a bite of their food, and then go back to running around, crafting, drawing, whatever they are into. So, in order to get them to eat their whole plate, it is more likely this will happen if I leave it there for them, realize they are grazers, and allow for that, – allow them to eat their food over time.

2. If I need to have the kitchen clean, I put the food in a bowl, cover it with plastic wrap or with just a plate, and put it in the fridge. (At that point I first sometimes have to toss the older bowls that are already in the fridge to make enough space). I keep stickies on the fridge door and label the food with the child’s name. Then I have these bowls of food handy as snacks or leftovers for the kids (or myself when I’m actually hungry and it is time for the next meal!)

3. If it is something I know nobody will eat, or if it isn’t enough to bother leaving on the table or storing in the fridge, or if it is too perishable to last, I TOSS IT!!! This was the hardest habit to develop, and I still make sure to give myself a pat on the back every time I do it. One day I’ll have a compost again and a lot of it will go in there and I’ll feel even better about it. But I still have to talk to myself as I’m tossing the food in the trash, saying something like: “Good, you see I am not a garbage container, I am not using myself as a trash bin, because I have too much self-respect for that. I’m loving myself right now. I am doing the right thing”. It is like reprogramming myself from my upbringing.

I would estimate that not eating leftovers results in being about 20 lbs. lighter.

Regarding signing up late for 28 Days Raw:

If you want to join in the 28 Days Raw Program that started yesterday you can just sign up any time and email me your email receipt with the subject “I would like to Join in Current 28 Days Raw Session”.

In Joy!


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Eating Raw and Healthy at Work


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An email I received from a reader yesterday…

Hi Jinjee,

I recently started a new 9-5 job after being off work for about a year. During that year I was able to find a nice satisfying, healthy way of eating, and one that didn’t involve tons of willpower and denial. Now that I’ve started working and with the pressures of work, being stuck at a desk all day— are driving me to consume food all day long!!! It’s only been one week and I’ve notice weight gain. Ugh!!!

Any suggestions as to how to stay in a healthy pattern of eating while dealing with mind-numbingly detail finance work stuck in a cube? I need to work!

Thanks in advance for your help!



Hi Kimberly,

Any time we have a lifestyle change we have to adapt our diet and exercise habits too. That is always challenging of course and can take time to figure out. Just be patient with yourself, keep trying different things until you find a way that works, and don’t give up! Find out what other healthy people at your job are doing – where they are eating and working out etc….Some ideas:

- chair yoga

- getting up to walk around to the bathroom and/or water cooler once every 20 minutes

- bring a personal blender to work and keep in the kitchen (the bullet, magic bullet, or nutribullet)

- find places where they have good salads nearby

- pack your own raw dressing

- pack veggie sticks

- pack fruit

- bring a gallon of green smoothie to work every day

I hope this helps!




— Do you have any solutions, tips, tricks, or ideas for eating healthy and staying active at work? Reply in the comments below!

I also had several emails today from people who wanted to know if they can join in the 28 Days Raw Program late. Well, if you sign up before midnight tonight (Monday Nov 17th), you’ll automatically be included in this session. But if you want to join in any later, and it doesn’t matter how late that is, just sign up any time and email me your email receipt with the subject “I would like to Join in Current 28 Days Raw Session”.

In Joy!


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Raw Thanksgiving Special

thanksgivingplentyI’m excited to share that I’ve put together an incredible Raw Thanksgiving Special for you!

As you know, the 28 Days Raw Program with easy-to-follow menu plan and shopping lists begins on Monday!  (This Monday, Nov 17th, 2014!)

And since this is our Thanksgiving Session, I’ve piled on a lot of stuff to be thankful for!

It all starts when you purchase the 2-Program Lifetime Membership Special which gives you ongoing raw support with the 28 Days Raw Program and 21 Day Raw Cleanse which run continuously back-to-back!


There’s already an enormous amount of information, inspiration and support that you’ll download and have access to when you order the 2-Program Special.

But here are the Bonus Gifts I’m including when you order right now that you’ll also be able to download immediately….

The Raw Thanksgiving Package:


- The Raw Vegan Holiday Survival Guide (eBook)


- The Feel-Good Feast (recipe eBook with everything you need for a delicious Raw Vegan Thanksgiving!)

- The Raw Chef Dorit 6-Course Raw Vegan Thanksgiving Feast Video Demo

The Raw Empowerment Program (Designer raw menu plans tailored to your needs)


The Vital Force Diet System (Raw for Boomers and weight loss)

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The Rapid Raw Weight Release Rumpus (compete for the Raw Cup!)


Next Level Raw eBook (Fat burning, workouts, anti-aging, healing, cleaning the colon)

Keep in mind the prices go up and the Bonus Gifts come off at the beginning of the new year, so even if you don’t plan on going raw until after the holidays, you’ll want to treat yourself to this special package deal now! – Click for complete details!

Or click here to order directly with this link:

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Buy this 2-Program Lifetime Membership Special and all of the Bonus Gifts listed above right now for only $167!

In Joy!




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Last Day for Lowest Rate Ever on 4 Week Raw Transition Program!


“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult” – Seneca

The 28 Day Transition-to-Raw Program is starting up on Monday! (It’s a 100% raw program)

It is immediately followed by the 21 Day Raw Cleanse. (also a 100% raw program)

These are our holiday sessions, to get you through Thanksgiving and Christmas with a yummy raw menu plan to focus on and enjoy to save you from decadent holiday temptations. (This year, bring the light inside!)

Prices go up in the beginning of 2015, so I seriously hope you’ll nab this opportunity to get in on our Lifetime Membership to one or both of these flagship programs you can do again and again to stay motivated and inspired to live your healthiest life! 

The 2-Program Lifetime Membership comes with ongoing raw support, and right now as a Bonus you’ll get all our other raw programs with extra raw menu plans full of our latest and greatest recipes for you to enjoy any time: The Raw Empowerment Program, The Raw Rumpus, and The Vital Force Diet System!

Plus you’ll receive our Raw Thanksgiving package with three different festive raw vegan holiday feasts to choose from and enjoy for yourself or to serve to friends and family!

You’ll also receive “Next Level Raw” which is 5 new eBooks in 1, covering the latest in Next Level Raw Healing, Next Level Raw Workouts, Next Level Fat Burning, Next Level Raw Colon Health, and Next Level Raw Anti-Aging!

Everything is available to download instantly as soon as you order!

The Early Bird Special ends at midnight tonight! (Friday November 14th). Even if you don’t plan on doing the program until the New Year (the 2 Programs run back-to-back continuously) you’ll definitely want to invest now to get our low rate Lifetime Membership Special!


Click here to sign up and join in the fun!


See what people are saying about the programs here:


“It’s never too late to be what you might have been”
- George Eliot

In Joy,
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When Healthy Eating Calls For Treatment

Screen shot 2014-11-13 at 11.57.04 AMThe WSJ put out an article, video and radio show episode called “When Healthy Eating Calls For Treatment, A Desire to eat Clean Food Can Become an Obsession” by Sumathi Reddy  (pictured).


In observing these articles and reports over the years dealing with “Orthorexia Nervosa” (which is NOT included in the manual for mental health professionals as a classified diagnosis/illness) I can’t help wonder if the whole reason for the conversation might not be to make people feel self-conscious about reading labels and to shame people for being selective about eating food that is organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, grass-fed, etc….


Is the processed food industry trying to pressure everyone into just eating the unhealthy, processed, toxic garbage that they would have the US population consume, and stereotyping anyone who questions the status quo as a mentally ill extremist? In the video the interviewer calls “eating healthy” a “slippery slope” and the expert agrees.


Wow! That’s just completely inaccurate. Correction: This so-called “orthorexia” affects maybe .001% of healthy eaters; most people simply get healthier when they eat healthier! To be really responsible reporting, any article about orthorexia should end with a closing statement to that effect.


As a raw vegan author and educator for over 20 years, I have seen thousands of people’s health improve by adopting a raw vegan diet ( True, not very many people stick with it, because it is socially difficult to maintain. Many people end up using the diet as a weight loss or rejuvenation diet for a few weeks or months at a time, periodically. And other people end up eating a “high-raw” diet, basically including more raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds in their daily diets while also eating some cooked foods.


And some lucky few are thriving on a 100% raw vegan diet long-term. And these people seem to slow the aging process and enjoy incredible health into their old age. I’m thinking of the likes of Karyn Calabrese, Cherie Soria, Annette Larkins, Dr. Fred Bisci, Teresa Jordan, Storm Talifero,  Dorit Dyke, Aris LaTham, Mimi Kirk, Lou Corona, Chef Ito, Rev. Michael Beckwith, Tonya Zavasta, Dr. Gabriel Cousens and the list goes on and on.


Sometimes they do end up like hermits to avoid the temptations of the social fabric of society. But others have successfully integrated into a social lifestyle while maintaining their dietary standards, sometimes even without offending others with a healthier-than-thou attitude! In fact, more and more people, sick and tired of being sick and tired, are actually interested in hearing about these successful raw eaters’ dietary philosophies.


But every once in a while you see people who take things to an extreme in some way. In fact, there are whole branches of the raw food diet that exclude an entire macronutrient (fats) completely, and a lot of people who follow those plans long-term end up with deficiencies.


I have met a couple of “orthorexics” in real life and both of them seemed to be making an attempt to self-medicate an untreatable condition by basically starving themselves. Although perhaps there are enough of these cases to warrant further study of the “condition”, discussion of it seems to be doing more harm than good because many within the media manipulate the concept into bashing anyone interested in healthy eating. Perhaps they get bonus points with their advertisers (junk food and pharmaceuticals….hmmmm, anyone care to connect those dots?)


I’m also guessing that some if not all of these people who are “diagnosed” as “orthorexic” (remember it isn’t actually an officially designated condition at this time and that was good of Sumathi Reddy to point out in her article) had OCD before they started eating healthy.


What do you think? Comment below!


In Joy,

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The Lean Times are Coming

Since the change of seasons (even though not as noticeable here in Southern California) and the time change, my primal Scandinavian DNA has been screaming “AAAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH! The dark (lean) times are coming! EAT EVERYTHING IN SIGHT!!!!!”

After several days of this escalating behavior and feeling my jeans getting tighter, I’m thinking about implementing one or more of several strategies…

- Eat more avocados (yay for yummy healthy fat!)
- Drink more nutmilk (yay for yummy easily digestible protein)
- Make a big green smoothie every day to sip when cravings hit
- Make a big salad every day to fill up with low-calorie, high-nutrient bulk
- Go all raw for the holidays to avoid temptation
- Do youtube workout videos if outdoor workouts are no longer attractive

If you are experiencing anything like this, I encourage you to invest in the 21 and 28 Days Raw Menu Plans for social support, delicious recipes, and inspiration! We have an awesome special on with lots of Bonus materials!

The 28 Day (100% Raw) Transition-to-Raw Program starts Monday! Early Bird Special ends Friday. Sign up now at

In Joy!

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Alicia Silverstone Not Clueless about Vegan Health

As incredulous as Alicia Silverstone is about the amazing difference a vegan diet makes, the difference between a vegan and raw vegan diet to your health, rejuvenation, and energy levels is exponentially even more astounding!

28 Day Transition to Raw Program, Thanksgiving Session, starts on Monday, Nov 17th!

Read here about all the incredible bonus gifts you’ll receive and why you would be doing yourself a huge favor to sign up for this now!

The Early Bird Special is on until Friday!
Check out the Before and After pictures and testimonials here….

In Joy!

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Raw Holiday Program Announcements

1. The new holiday and post-holiday RAW Program sessions schedule….
28 Day Raw Thanksgiving Program
November 17th, 2014
Mid-Holiday Raw Rumpus Celebration
December 1st – 14th
21 Day Raw Holiday Cleanse
December 15th, 2014
28 Days Raw Post-Holiday Weight Release Session
January 5th, 2015
2. We are still offering a ton of Bonus Gifts with the 2-Program Lifetime Membership at including The Raw Thanksgiving Package, The Raw Empowerment Program, The Raw Rumpus, The Vital Force Diet System, and the Next Level Raw eBook! 
So when you sign up for the 2-Program Lifetime Membership now, you can participate in all the above Program sessions, plus our New Years Session and all our future sessions, which run continuously back-to-back. It’s our LIfetime of Raw Support Package! – The most comprehensive raw survival package out there!
3. I think it’s only fair to let you know that we will be raising our Raw Program rates at the beginning of the new year! So purchase before the end of the year to get in on a lifetime of raw support at our current low rates or order right now at to get the even more spectacular early bird special!
4. I’m hoping that by making this investment you might even make better choices for yourself during the holiday season when so many people gain back all the weight they released the previous summer. By purchasing now you will know you have a post-holiday plan in place for yourself and I think that’ll make your holidays a lot less stressful no matter what happens.
Click here to find out more and sign up for the 2-Program Lifetime Membership at


In Joy,
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16 Cancer Causing Foods

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This is the list compiled from an article on HealthOn…

1. Microwave Popcorn

2. Non-organic fruits

3. Canned tomatoes

4. Processed Meats

5. Farmed Salmon

6. Potato chips

7. Hydrogenated Oils

8. Foods highly Salted, Pickled or Smoked

9. Highly Processed White Flours

10. GMOs

11. Refined Sugars

12. Artificial Sweeteners

13. Diet Foods

14. Alcohol

15. Red Meat

16. Soda

You can read a bit about how and why each of these substances causes cancer here…


Schedule of Upcoming Holiday Programs…

28 Day Raw Thanksgiving Program
November 17th, 2014

Mid-Holiday Raw Rumpus Celebration
December 1st – 14th

21 Day Raw Holiday Cleanse
December 15th, 2014

In Joy!


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Raw Recipe for Nursing Moms

mpp5AlmondMilk1Sometimes women who are nursing a baby may experience a drop in their milk supply when they first go raw and/or as they are fine-tuning a raw diet for their and their baby’s changing needs.

Here’s a delicious raw recipe that always helped me to increase my milk supply quickly…

Raw Tahini Milk


- 1 tbsp. raw tahini
- 1/2 tbsp. honey or 4 pitted Medjool dates
- pinch Celtic sea salt
- dash olive oil, flaxseed or hempseed oil
- 3 cups water


Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Starts this Sunday Nov 2nd!

In Joy!

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