Very interesting Dr. Robert Morse ND promoting Raw Foods

dr-robert-morseA friend of mine just turned me on to Dr. Robert Morse, a ‎NaturopathicDoctor who promotes a raw vegan diet. I just watched the first 20 minutes of this one video of his and am blown away!

The first video I checked out that she showed me I was skeptical because he was overweight. But although he has aged a bit since that video, he actually looks better looking, healthier and lost a bunch of weight too. So he must be optimizing his diet for his changing situation and age as he goes along. It can take time to dial our diets in again when we go through changes.

Besides all that he has very interesting information! (over 800 youtube videos!)

Here are some gems I got (took notes) from his video today:

Ground yourself — sensitivity could drive you nuts and negative forces could have a field day with you. Get outside of that mind. The mind and emotions, chakras, energy centers. Endocrine glands are energy centers / chemical centers (hormones, steroids, neurotransmitters, enzymes / co-catalysts)

….don’t take on other people’s karma.

Enjoy your life!

Don’t interfere with others / control others….

Enjoy your own journey, your own world….

If you are having emotional problems then you have to detach yourself from things.

You have to get into yourself and enjoy yourself for what it is as opposed to letting your emotions send you into a tiffy if you don’t get what you want.

It gets deeper, and I started writing a list of how I feel I’m not getting what I want. This has been a really enlightening list and I can see how I’ve been getting emotional about things instead of dealing with them, and how doing that does negatively impact ones health.

You can see the video here:

On another video he talks about his Black Salve and shows it clearing up breast tumors….
I can’t find which video it is now, but the salve is on his site here:

At the bottom of that page you’ll see his photo (the one at the top of this post too) in which I think he’s starting to look a bit like Dr. Norman Walker, another mostly-raw ND who lived to be 119.

In Joy!

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From Ze-raw to He-raw!

By “From Ze-Raw to He-raw”! you probably know I mean “From zero to hero” with raw foods! :)

Yes, it’s admittedly one of the more annoying things we do as raw vegans….turn every possible word into a word containing Raw….From “Rawsome!” and “PaRAWdise” to “Rawmazing” and “RAWtreat”, no word is safe from this barbaRAWian practice!

But getting past this wording issue, to the main issue – If you feel like the biggest geek in the realm of health, like you just can’t put it all together, can’t figure it out, and you’re just falling apart, — there’s a simple way to get the jump on everyone else! —- Going raw!

It isn’t easy, but at least it is simple! You don’t need to count calories or know how to do a circuit rep, you don’t need to know the difference between good fats and bad fats, which grains have gluten, and how and when and how long to work out to blast fat.

All you have to do to experience and quickly achieve true, abundant health, beauty, energy, rejuvenation and all the other wonderful things that go along with healthy living – is to eat a raw vegan diet!

From the perspective of a total nerd, (me), I find it an exciting life-hack, – that even though I’m totally bad at most of the physical-world stuff (shopping, finances, cleaning, exercise, etc…) — (I’m much more at home in the creative, intellectual and spiritual realms)….I can bypass all the knowledge, understanding, discipline, – all the things that people who seem to naturally and easily be in great shape all the time do — and I can by doing this one thing enjoy all the benefits of the rigorously disciplined set!

Find out how to go raw and live healthy at
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Joy of Minerals, Raw Cup Tournament Starts Tomorrow

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Every month we hold a Rapid Raw Weight Release Rumpus that includes a Raw Cup Tournament. The March session starts tomorrow, Monday March 7th. Sign up for one or six sessions at or for the 2-Program Lifetime Membership Special at and get the Rumpus as a Bonus.

Minerals, the same ones from which our very planet is made, are taken up by plants through the soil so that we can eat them. These minerals; iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, etc… they make your bones strong, your hair and nails strong, your blood strong and vital. — They taste strong, and they make you strong!

Yes, you can taste the bitterness, a slightly metallic taste sometimes, and if you eat your greens and veggies without any dressing, you can even develop a taste for them! Imagine being able to appreciate a whole new flavor to round out the flavor palate: sweet, sour, tart, salty, and bitter! And by eating bitter foods, think how the other flavors will pop in comparison!

Enjoy a variety of green foods and vegetables in mild dressings and increase your palate’s sensitivity to enjoy food more than ever on The Raw Rumpus at

In Joy!

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21 Day Raw Cleanse starts Monday, Easy Way to Go Raw

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If you are joining in on the 21 Day Raw Cleanse on this coming Monday February 29th, I hope you’ll get your first shopping list printed up and go shopping for the ingredients this weekend!

There is still time to sign up at if you’d like to go raw, get healthy, release weight, get in shape, and rejuvenate the easy way!

What’s easy about the 21 Day Raw Cleanse….

– It is made up of 100% raw vegan meals

– You get to eat three meals a day every day, plus optional snacks

– All the meals for three weeks are lined out for you so you never have to wonder what to eat

– They are quick and easy to prepare (7 minutes on average) with clear directions

– The menu plans are balanced so you don’t end up with
cravings or deficiencies

– They come with shopping lists so you don’t have to think about what to buy

– You can do this cleanse at any age, location, health or fitness level

– It is doable even if you have a long work day, or an active or demanding job

– It is doable even if you are pregnant or nursing

– Most of the ingredients are easy to find at any grocery store, with the exception of young coconuts which can be left out of the recipes easily if necessary

– If you can’t find an ingredient, email me and I’ll recommend a substitution

– You can email me with any questions any time

– You receive daily instructions, motivation, and workout suggestions via email

– You receive daily inner work exercises to counter the emotional stress of changing your diet

– You receive access to the 21 Day Cleanse community where participants connect and share

– You can have a Program Pal to stay accountable daily via email

– Even if you’re not perfect, you will enjoy great results!

For details and registration see


I just ran into this beautiful quote today, an acronym for hope…I hope it helps someone…

“H.O.P.E. – Hold On, Pain Ends”


In Joy!

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Little Plant Helps me Drink Water…

Plant Nanny, drink more water!My beautiful daughter Shale has been drinking more water thanks to a little app on her phone called Plant Nanny. So I asked her to put it on my iPhone too. And I’m absolutely amazed that this little animated plant is actually helping me to drink more water! Well, I can’t let that cute little plant die, can I!?

You might think it is odd that I care more about a plant made of pixels than I do about my own health. I think it’s odd too. But I understand that’s just the human nature some of us are made of. We are care-givers, nurturers, and the like, and it is just much easier for us to tend to someone or something other than us than it is to nourish and nurture our sweet little selves.

I have always had trouble drinking enough water. I’ve found various ways to trick myself into the water habit but I go in and out of being consistent with that. Well, the nice thing about Plant Nanny is that it alerts you on your phone when it is time to water your plant. And after you drink your water, you hold down the button to water your plant, and your plant gets happy and ultimately grows.

When you first download the app it prompts you for your weight and activity level. Next it asks you to input the size of your water glass or bottle. And then it tells you how many glasses of that size you need to drink per day. Then you pick a plant, name it, and that’s it!

It’s nice to be reminded consistently to drink water. I bought a 20 oz water bottle for this new water-drinking lifestyle. I think I’ve already lost a little belly fat (day 3 of having this app) although Shale said I might bloat a little at first because your body might retain some water until it is convinced you are really going to be getting enough regularly now.

Plant Nanny is available in the app store (iOS and Android). It is free! Happy watering! :)

I hope everyone on my Programs uses Plant Nanny to help them drink the right amount of water for optimum health. It really helps with your cleansing, digestion, energy and weight loss, and drinking water even helps you think more clearly!

The 21 Day Raw Cleanse begins this coming Monday, Feb 29th! Leap into raw this leap day at (one day left in Early Bird Special!)

In Joy!

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How to Gain Weight on Raw Food Diet

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One of the problems with the raw vegan diet is that eventually many people lose too much weight! It seems like men in particular have a hard time keeping enough weight on with raw foods. Of course, they seem to want to be bigger in general than women, many of whom don’t think there is any such thing as too thin.

I received an email today from a man who wants to do the 21 Day Raw Cleanse coming up but wants to gain weight rather than lose weight. Here is my response to him:


Hi Dan,

You can do the 21 Day Raw Cleanse and gain weight with the following three modifications:

1. Exercise 20 minutes after eating (either lunch or dinner or both) with weight-bearing exercise like push-ups, sit-ups, or weights. Raw food digests quickly and this ensures that your body will call on the nutrients while they are still in your system and build muscle with them.

2. Add as much food as you want between meals if you are hungry on the program. This can be any raw foods (fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, seaweed) or any of the recipes on the menu plan.

3. During Week 2 of the Program you should use the Protein Packed menu from the Raw Empowerment Program (REP) instead of the 21 Day Cleanse Week 2 menu plan. (The REP comes with the 2-Program Lifetime Membership Special as a bonus). The Week 2 menu plan on the 21 Day Cleanse is the Deep Cleansing week and has much fewer calories and protein than the other weeks.

Note: The next 21 Day Cleanse session starts Monday February 29th!


In Joy!
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Monday Motivation – Your Own Truth – Oprah’s most inspiring talk ever!

oprah, motivation, inspiration, finding your calling, following your blissIt’s funny how I sometimes hear exactly what I need to hear when I most need to hear it!

Last night I stumbled upon this incredible talk that Oprah recently gave at UCLA for her SuperSoul Sessions. Wow! She has really unleashed a whole new level of motivational, inspiring message-giving, stepping into her full power as a spiritual teacher!

You know that I often write that nobody taught us how to think for ourselves, and how to trust our own feelings, thoughts and experiences! And that this is lamentable when people experience the healing power of raw foods but then stop eating this diet because some professional person told them it wasn’t good for them.

Well, this talk is that class that I wish we all had in childhood on how to listen to and trust ourselves! I’m so excited to have found this and to pass along this beautiful and empowering message to you!

I took copious notes so I will post those below along with the video for people who prefer to speed-read through those for the most pertinent points!

Here’s the Video: Best motivational talk ever!!! Oprah Winfrey: Your Own Truth

And here are my notes, basically transcription of Oprah’s exact words from the parts of the talk that had the most meaning for me…

Claim the essence of the phenomenon that is your life!

My life is phenomenal not because of what I have but because of whose I am (God’s). I am where I am because I know whose I am. and I know who and what holds the future (God).

How you know it’s time to move: You can feel the energy of your life pulling you in another direction.

Life is unfolding according to each of our truths.

You are creating your reality as you think and as you act upon those thoughts (every thought and action and feeling, all the time).

And the universe is constantly reflecting that reality back to us all the time.

My reality starts with my intention to do well, to be a force for good in the world…

And in return I get this phenomenal, forceful life where I’m constantly shown goodness and mercy.

The way to have this phenomenal life is to: Just be yourself

That’s what God wants. That’s what the Creator wants.

The goal: To become more of who you really are.

You want to grow in grace and become more of yourself. (because you are unique! You see your life through your prism. Your being here matters. Every single contribution that you have to make, the world has been waiting to experience from you…the very fact that you are HERE …on EARTH… is ENOUGH!!!! You don’t have anything else to prove.)

Your life and what you are meant to do IS special and DOES matter.

What can I do and what can I offer? The answer is: Your SELF.

My prayer is “Use me!”

The path to your truth is to ask God “How can I best serve and be used in the service of my highest good and the highest good of the planet. How can that happen?” –  The answer is: Being your true self. That’s the only requirement that actually matters.

This is the only thing I’m going to ask:

Stop wasting time!!!!  

You have a limited amount of time to do the good that you’ve come to do.

Understand what’s the truth of your life…. and get about the business of living it.

Leave here with that decision today. That I’m going to step into what is the truth of my life.

You know what it is because you really know what it isn’t.

If you aren’t living in your truth space, no matter what, live what is true for you. Just be yourself.

There’s a flow, a power, a stream, a vibrational field and frequency with your name on it.

Your real job is to find that flow and let it carry you to the next level and the next and the next. 

If you can’t figure out what’s going on, what’s wrong, you are out of flow and your #1 job is to get yourself back in flow.

“When your personality comes to serve the energy of your soul, that is authentic empowerment”. – Gary Zukav

Your job here on earth is to use your personality to serve the energy that is your soul. Your soul that’s going to go on forever.

How do you find your flow, your truth? Because it FEELS right! So you  move in the direction of what is the right thing to do, and you do the right thing, because that is moving in the direction of love, because love is what is gong to lift you to the highest possible vibration. Love. Harmony. Reverence for life.

What makes you feel alive is your truth!

What makes you come alive is your truth!

being able to understand what that is, is what allows you to do what every human being is here to do.

We are here to try to fulfill the truest, highest expression of ourselves as human beings.

I’m seeking what is the highest manifestation.

You cannot be all that you were meant to be unless you develop a spiritual practice.

You need a spiritual practice.

You cannot be all you were meant to be unless you are willing to give yourself some time to nurture the spirit of you! (the spirit that is you)

Beneath the surface of all things is the true thing. 

In all circumstances, look for the truth of what is REALLY happening.

Crisis will come. Ask it: what are you here to teach me?

It mitigates the loss. You get clarity about why this is happening.

Failure is just a red flag saying “wrong way”! Thank it. Let it show you the new direction.

If you don’t know what to do, do nothing. Get still. Until you do know. Because nobody knows but you! Only you know the path to your own truth. You always know the answer when you are willing to hear your own truth. And listen to your own truth.

You are the master of your fate

You are the captain of your soul

You are in the drivers’ seat

When you are following the path of truth, you can trust that you will be strong enough to stand in it. 

Why? Because your greatest power doesn’t come from you, it comes from The Power Source. That’s what meditating, praying, yoga, being in nature, being still, taking some time for yourself, does..It allows you to fill your tank, to go directly to the source of all energy, where you are sustained by the energy that comes from the Divine Source of all Things.

Go directly to the Divine Source of All Things. Surrender to that power, energy, forcefield, and you will live the truest dream for you. Surrender your fear. Let go. And Let God align with the spirit that is you, and you will experience the miracle, the phenomenal, majestic, graceful life that you are waiting to claim for yourself.

– Oprah


Thank you, Oprah! What a gift! To see the complete talk on video click here:

In Joy!

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Self-Love Exercise

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Have been struggling a little with positive inner self-talk lately…But then today found myself going on a bit of a rant about how amazing I am!

I was loading laundry into the washing machine and suddenly was thinking “I love how I’m doing laundry and working and relaxing, exercising and how I went for a walk this morning and did my dishes and getting this laundry pile down and how good I’m feeling and….”

It kind of amused me to see how long I could go on adding to this mental list. And I thought, this is a good thing to do a couple of times a day, just shower myself with some appreciation for everything I do! :)

So, I challenge you to start the world’s longest run-on sentence starting with “I love how I….”

In Joy!

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Strange Reason Raw Foods Help You Lose Weight!

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A new article that came out yesterday on Tech Insider called “The Link Between Weight Loss and Raw Foods” states:

Calories are stupid.

Or, put more elegantly, they’re not a very good measure for understanding how much energy is stored in food, and consequently, how much energy you need to expend in order to lose weight relative to what you eat.

The science is complex, and it’s hard to know just how many calories you’re absorbing whenever you eat something.

One thing that nutrition scientists have discovered: food has a lot of potential energy to give, but it doesn’t all get to you. The more broken down a food is (as in, the more that it is cooked or processed), then the more energy gets to your body.

At first I thought the article was suggesting that we eat cooked foods in order to get the “energy” from the foods, especially after reading this quote…

“Cooking unlaces microscopic structures that bind energy in foods, reducing the work our gut would otherwise have to do,” report Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley. “It effectively outsources digestion to ovens and frying pans.”

So at this point I’m thinking, hmmmm so cooking helps us get energy out of foods.

However, the author went on to explain that it is the work of digestion that burns calories!

The article concludes:

The implication for dieters: don’t eat foods that come predigested by ovens or frying pans. Eat raw.

You can see evidence of this in nuts.  According to Graber and Twilley’s reporting, raw walnuts actually deliver 33% less calories to the body than would be listed in the nutrition facts. For walnuts, that’s 21%.

“All the nutrients – the fat and the protein and things like that – they’re inside this plant cell wall,” says USDA research physiologist David Baer.

For that same reason, it’s crucial to stay away from processed foods. Since they’re made of gunk that’s been made into cookie or chicken shapes, all those calories have been predigested by the industrial food process, so they deliver the maximum caloric load to your body.

Which is both gross and fascinating.

So, in trying to wrap my head around this twist, I think what is happening is that cooking helps deliver “energy” in the form of “calories” to our bodies. Cooking delivers a lot of calories with the least amount of work to our digestive systems. And although that sort of sounds good in a way, what is happening is that our body isn’t working for its calories. So in eating raw food, when we digest we are burning calories as well as getting calories from the foods we eat. It’s like a fair trade.

Look at cooked food as giving you energy for free. If you don’t use all that energy up, where is it going to go?

And what kind of “Energy” is “Calories”? Calories aren’t nutrients, macro-nutrients (protein, carbohydrates or fats), micro-nutrients (electrolytes, enzymes) or vitamins, minerals, or fiber. These are all useful nutrients and components in food. But what do calories do?

I looked it up in Wikipedia and although a lot of what they say is very complex, this sort of sums up the practical application of calories…

The human body uses the energy released by respiration for a wide range of purposes: about 20% of the energy is used for brain metabolism, and much of the rest is used for the basal metabolic requirements of other organs and tissues. In cold environments, metabolism may increase simply to produce heat to maintain body temperature. Among the diverse uses for energy, one is the production of mechanical energy by skeletal muscle to maintain posture and produce motion.

So, calories help us think, exercise amd regulate our temperature. But if we get more than we need, this excess “energy” is stored as fat, presumably/hopefully for later use if needed.

Raw foods are lower in calories than cooked foods and yet have much more nutrition per calorie, making them nutrient dense and thus ideal foods for anyone seeking to lose weight. Plus, according to this article, you actually burn calories breaking raw foods down in the whole digestion process.

What do you make of the Tech Insider article and my analysis of it? Do you have a different take?

Here is a link to it…

Please comment below!

In Joy!

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Why Your Raw Diet isn’t Working

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I’ve been on and off the raw diet for 22 years! I’ve encountered many pitfalls and taken many wrong turns along the way! My greatest successes were the 2 years at a time that I was able to do a 100% raw diet and experience wondrous rejuvenation and being my most beautiful and energetic self.

Some of the reasons I would fall off or not be able to stay on the diet were:

– limiting raw fats and protein

– not eating a balanced raw diet

– not getting enough nutrition

– not eating enough calories

– not eating enough greens

– not having enough variety of good recipes

– not having quick and easy recipes

– spending too much money on packaged raw foods

– eating unhealthy raw foods that caused me to crave cooked foods

– not keeping the 100% raw seal on my diet

– not understanding the detox process

– not knowing how to avoid uncomfortable detox symptoms

Over the years I found solutions to these problems and found ways of staying with the raw diet joyfully! The tools that were most helpful were some wonderful inner work practices, daily exercise, and having support. Also, having scientific proof that a raw diet could be really healthy provided me with the confidence to continue.

In my 28 Days Raw Program available at I bring all the tools together in one seamless format that gives you a delicious and nutritious menu plan, daily instructions, workouts, raw education, and daily inner work practices from a wide variety of modalities to inspire and motivate you and keep you easily on the path to health, beauty, fitness, rejuvenation and greater energy and vitality than you’ve ever felt before!

Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for this session that starts this Monday, February 1st at

Afraid you won’t stick to it?

“Dream big and dare to fail” – Norman Vaughan

I failed at staying raw at least 50 times over the last two decades! But, do you know what? Because I kept trying and never gave up, I ended up spending about 5 years at 100% raw, and about 10 years at 80% raw. And now, at age 48, I can see the benefits that all my raw efforts have given me. Those totally raw and high raw days, weeks, months and years were days, weeks, months and years that I didn’t age, my skin didn’t age, my organs didn’t break down, I kept my weight down, my joints stayed healthy, and my face was happy and rejuvenating.

So I guess what I learned is that even if you fail, the benefits acquired by just trying are so worth it!

In Joy!


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A Raw Cuppa

raw cup of teaI don’t think there could be much wrong with a nice hot cup of herbal tea with honey. But after several years raw I didn’t feel the need for it any more, and sun-steeped tea in room temp water, blended with honey was just as nice. But if I do want a strictly raw but almost hot cup of tea here’s what I do….

1. boil the water

2. let the water cool down to just a little hot

3. put the herbal tea bag, loose herbs, or bag of green tea in the hot water

4. steep for 5-10 minutes

5. add honey if desired

Now you have not damaged the herbs or tea leaves with cooking-temperature water. But you can still enjoy a warm drink on a cold day!

Make sure you read the ingredients. Many teas contain just tea leaves or just herbs. But some add preservatives or chemical flavor enhancers like “natural flavors”.

In Joy!


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15 signs your raw diet is out of balance

balanced raw food diet, avoiding deficiencies on raw, problems with raw food diets.If you are experiencing any of these issues below then you may not be getting everything you need in the way of nutrients, balance, or pleasure from your current raw diet….

1 You worry constantly about how clean/fresh/pure your food is
2 You are always worrying about what to eat next
3 You are stressed about what to eat and what not to eat
4 You continue to restrict more and more foods within your raw food diet
5 You are losing or gaining too much weight on your raw food diet
6 You don’t enjoy your food, nothing tastes good
7 You are bored of raw foods
8 Your hair is thinning
9 You are having trouble with your teeth, losing teeth
10 Your eyes look sunken
11 You skin looks grayish and dull
12 You feel stiff, aching, and old
13 You can’t stop craving salt, sugar, or cooked foods
14 You feel hungry all the time
15 You never feel satisfied or full

There are many ways to get off-balance with a raw food diet. The good news is, that doesn’t mean you have to stop eating 100% raw! There is a way to be healthy and thrive long-term on a 100% raw food diet; by having a delicious, nutritionally balanced and easy to prepare raw diet that is doable on a daily basis in real life!

You can try a balanced raw diet with our 28 Days Raw menu plan support program that comes with:
– complete menu plan
– all recipes
– full directions
– complete shopping lists
– online support forum
– daily email instructions
– weekly conference call
– program pal
– email support
– inner work, journal exercises, happiness exercises
– workout schedule with online videos
– and more….

— Find out all about it through pics, testimonials, and how to join in at…

— Next session starts Monday Feb 1st!

— The early bird special ends this Friday so I encourage you to sign up now and treat yourself to an incredible experience with a really good deal, and enjoy all the benefits of a healthy raw vegan diet that you can do long-term without fear of deficiencies, cravings or imbalances!
In Joy!

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38 Best Diets in the World

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#1 DASH Diet
#2 (tie) MIND Diet
#2 (tie) TLC Diet
#4 (tie) The Fertility Diet
#4 (tie) Mayo Clinic Diet
#4 (tie) Mediterranean Diet
#4 (tie) Weight Watchers Diet
#8 (tie) The Flexitarian Diet
#8 (tie) Volumetrics Diet
#10 Jenny Craig Diet
#11 (tie) The Biggest Loser Diet
#11 (tie) The Ornish Diet
#13 (tie) The Traditional Asian Diet
#13 (tie) Vegetarian Diet
#15 (tie) Anti-Inflammatory Diet
#15 (tie) Slim-Fast Diet
#15 (tie) Spark Solution Diet
#18 (tie) The Flat Belly Diet
#18 (tie) HMR Program
#18 (tie) Nutrisystem Diet
#21 (tie) Abs Diet
#21 (tie) Engine Diet
#21 (tie) South Beach Diet
#21 (tie) Vegan Diet
#25 (tie) Eco-Atkins Diet
#25 (tie) Glycemic-Index Diet
#25 (tie) Zone Diet
#25 (tie) Macrobiotic Diet
#28 (tie) Medifast Diet
#30 (tie) Acid Alkaline Diet
#30 (tie) Super-Charged Hormone Diet
#32 (tie) Body Reset Diet
#32 (tie) The Fast Diet
#34 (tie) Atkins Diet
#34 (tie) Raw Food Diet
#36 (tie) Dukin Diet
#36 (tie) Paleo Diet
#38 Whole30 Diet

The 38 Best Diets Overall was originally published on U.S. News & World Report.

Try one of the top 38 Diets, the Raw Food Diet, in its easiest, safest, most delicious format starting on Monday February 1st, 2016 for 28 Days!

In Joy!

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Instant Raw Salad Dressings

raw food diet, salad dressing recipes, raw salad dressingIt’s surprising how some very simple raw dressings can make an instant salad taste instantly delicious.

Here are some examples…

It seems amazing but just a little olive oil and salt can make a salad rich and tasty. 1 teaspoon or tablespoon of olive oil per serving should be enough depending on your taste.

Another very simple way to flavor a salad is to squeeze some lemon or lime over it. Add some fresh herbs like dill, chives, cilantro, parsley, thyme, savory or oregano and you really won’t need any more flavor than that.

The next really easy dressing is to just mash up an avocado (with salt if you like) and mix that the into the salad.

Here is a recipe from the Rawsome Sauce ebooklet that takes this avocado a step further and makes it a scrumptiously delicious and creamy dressing that will make any salad delightful.

Creamy Avocado Dressing
1 ripe avocado
1-2 tbsp honey
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or Juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic, cored and minced
1 tsp celtic sea salt

Mash avocado
Stir in other ingredients

Of course the easiest dressing in the world is oil and vinegar which you can do on a raw diet using cold pressed olive oil and apple cider vinegar quite easily. This is one that is available in most restaurants in some form too.

I like to add a little honey to that dressing to make it sweet like a Vinaigrette. Sometimes I enjoy vinegar and honey as a dressing without any oil.

There are some fancier creamy dressings in the Rawsome Sauce e-booklet but these take a little longer to make. You can prepare enough to store in a jar in your fridge to make instant salad for a few days to come.

Some raw vegans like to bring a jar of salad dressing with them when they go out to eat. One can always order a dinner salad and discreetly use your own dressing so you can be raw on the go.

If you enjoyed these tips you might like to purchase the Rawsome Sauce ebooklet at:

You can also get on board the 28 Days Raw program that starts on February 1st at now, take advantage of the early bird special, and join in the optional prep week that starts this Monday!
In Joy!

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Instant Salad

Simple Raw Salad Dressings, Raw Food Diet, Raw food recipes, It can be hard to go raw or even to eat healthier if you are used to having instant food! It is also harder to go raw if you don’t have a lot of minerals in your diet. This is because without minerals you’re going to still have a lot of cravings for junk foods.

But what if instead of going raw you start out with an “Instant Salad” today. It’s easy. It’s cheap. And you will mineralize your body, which will make it easier to go raw or even just to kick junk food.

What about getting a pack of pre-washed organic salad (romaine lettuce, mixed greens, or baby kale for instance) from Trader Joe’s for about 2 bucks (and maybe just slightly more at your local supermarket or health food store).

And get a fairly healthy salad dressing; one without sugar and without any really bad oils (stick to olive oil if possible).

If you know how to make your own raw salad dressing, that’s even better. You can make enough to keep in a jar in the fridge for a few days to a week so you’ll be able to have “instant salad”.

Tune in tomorrow for some great raw salad dressing recipes!

Or order The Rawsome Sauce eBooklet of Guilt-Free Decadence: Raw Sauces, Dips and Salad Dressings! – Full of yummy dressings, dips and sauces here:

Rawesome Sauce!

An eBooklet of Guilt-Free Decadence: Raw Sauces, Dips and Salad Dressings!
Price: 5.00 USD


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Focus on Positive Eating

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Thinking about what you can’t or should not eat is coming from a place of lack, restriction, and deprivation, essentially a negative place. It’s a focus on what you can’t have.

Focusing on what you can/should eat is coming from a place of positive action, creativity, expansion, newness, learning and excitement.

And once you start eating healthy food (what you should be eating) you will slowly and naturally let go of the foods that are bad for you, and that don’t serve you.

You won’t have room for harmful foods in your life, or in your day. And as you become healthier you will literally stop craving them because your body will be so nourished that it doesn’t seek nourishment from empty calories any longer.

You will have established good habits without any of the trauma of cutting out whole food groups or imposing harsh restrictions on yourself.

So, without saying you are going 100% raw, without restricting cooked foods, I invite you to try my 28 Days Raw Menu Plan.

Having a raw menu plan to follow, you will be focused on what you have to eat, getting the ingredients, making sure you make all three meals every day and on the excitement of experiencing and enjoying a huge variety of new and delicious recipes!

Find out more and sign up now at — The next session starts in 2 weeks, on Monday February 1st!

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Revving Up Your Raw Metabolism

jinjfitI was reading “11 Ways to Rev Up Your Metabolism” in Shape Magazine this morning, and here I have excavated the tips that my raw vegan readers can use….

– Include a lean protein source at each meal.
For raw vegans, this means nuts, seeds, raw almond butter, soaked garbanzo beans, or dark leafy greens.

– Drink green tea.
You can brew it without heat. Just soak a green tea bag in a glass of room temperature water until the water looks tea-colored. Putting the glass in a sunny window will speed the process up.

– Use the fitness machines at the gym.
Ask a trainer at your gym to show you how, and suggest a workout routine to help you.

– Use olive oil.
Was happy to hear this after reading so much on both sides of the olive oil issue. Shape says: Believe it or not, some oil is good for weight loss. Olive oil is a healthy fat, which actually “turns on” your metabolism and helps you burn more body fat, according to Eric Broser, professional bodybuilder and Planet Muscle Magazine columnist.

– Stay away from processed, high sugar junk food.
But you already knew that.

– Don’t forget to eat fiber.
It binds with metabolized fat and removes it from the body. Where do we get fiber? Fruits and vegetables of course!

– Give your body a detox.
Don’t worry; if you are raw, you are basically living on a detox. You can always do the 21 Day Raw Cleanse now and then for some additional detoxification.

– Drink, drink and drink some more.
Water really does a body good. “Drink lots of fluids,” says Ariane Hundt, a New York City-based personal trainer and nutritionist. “A dehydrated body will slow its metabolism and increase hunger and sluggishness.”

– And Oh, Drink Water with Lemon.
Improves digestion and energy.

– Eat smaller meals more frequently.
I’ve read both sides of this issue too, and I think it’s a personal choice. Seems to work for some people.

The Wild Raw Rumpus Starts this Monday, January 18th…

Join in the fun and get daily motivation from me and the new wild bunch! This is a great session to get you started doing my Raw Menu Plan Programs. If you like it, you can go straight into the next 28 Days Raw Session on February 1st, the day after this Rumpus session ends! Find out more at


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Must-Watch for Your Health! – Leading Causes of Death

If you are anti-profit-at-all-costs-corporations and you want to improve your diet, watch this video to the end for the ultimate motivation!

Dr. Greger, in a very entertaining manner, presenting only scientific data, shows how 14 of the top 15 killers in America could be prevented, often treated and sometimes even reversed with a plant based diet.

It is really interesting and fascinating to see how this research was performed, and you will learn a lot about health and wellness in general by watching this video!

Dr. Greger connects the dots between a host of different scientific studies comparing the effects of plant-based diets vs. the Standard American Diet on all the most common chronic diseases.

I think he missed one of the dots though when he took a statistic that over 100,000 deaths a year are caused by side effects from pharmaceutical drugs and tried to wedge it in between “accidents” and the next leading cause of death on the list. I’m pretty sure that these deaths from side effects are already being lumped in as and being called “accidents”. This makes all 15 leading causes of deaths preventable with a vegan diet, since most of the reasons for taking pharmaceuticals in the first place are preventable by a vegan diet.

I love Dr. Greger and his incredible work with his website and would love to get his feedback on my Programs, so if anyone can link us up, I’d be grateful!

So, enjoy this video as it may well help you to live a longer and happier life!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this video in the comments below!

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Why a Happiness Program is important for Weight Release

jinjeerelaxingThe 21 Day Raw Cleanse that starts on Monday has three components:

– Diet

– Exercise

– Inner Work / “Happiness Program”

Each day this past week I wrote a segment of the new Prep Course for the 21 Day Cleanse and I want to share with you Part 7 of the Prep Course which is all about How to Use the Inner Work Module of the Program.

This will give you an overview or big picture of what the Inner Work Module is all about, and why inner work is so important to your health and weight release journey!

So, enjoy below this sneak peek into my new Prep Week and specifically into the Happiness Program part of the 21 Day Raw Cleanse.

If this looks like something you could benefit from, you can still join in the 21 Day Cleanse that starts tomorrow (Monday Jan 11th, 2016) by signing up at before midnight tonight! (Sunday Jan 10th)


Prep Course Part 7 – Using The Inner Work Module of the Program

The inner work module or part of the program is very dear to my heart.

I will tell you why. At one point when I was having trouble staying healthy on a raw diet and going off the raw diet and indulging in food addictions I realized that I did better staying raw or staying on a healthy diet when I was happy.

I realized that it is really difficult to choose life as in making healthy decisions if you are miserable with your life. So I started really doing some inner work over the course of many years and learned that it takes some effort to cultivate happiness.

I was really fortunate to have certain highly effective modalities, practices and philosophies fall into my lap through various books and people I met.

For this program I have pulled together some of the most helpful exercises, practices and motivational reading that helped me on my path.

Some of these modalities include:

– The work of Byron Katie which is dedicated to sanity through questioning your own thoughts. It is a process called “inquiry” and it can easily restore instant sanity to a mind stuck in negative thought-forms.

– Emotional Brain Training (EBT) which helps you to really get in touch with your own feelings, identify them and process them effectively to reduce your stress level and to bring your default emotional brain state closer to joy. The practice is fun and has an instant stress-reducing impact!

I also touch on the essence or basics of several different practices from meditation to deep breathing to tapping to release technique and more.

I have shared practical tools for achieving some of the most useful things that I found in my healing journey including forgiveness, positivity, gratitude and self-love.

There are several journal exercises that are used to help you to get to know yourself better and to get you to spend time thinking about what makes you happy, what you enjoy, what you want, and more.

My hope is that by trying many different varieties of inner work that you will find something that resonates with you and that you may continue to use this as a daily practice.

I also hope that the wonderful array of practices, motivational reading and journal exercises that comprise the inner work mode module of this program will give you great momentum and excitement as you grow on your inner journey that will also support you in easily making the healthiest choices for yourself.

I think of it as a critical mass of positive changes taking place on on all levels of your life; diet, exercise and happiness all contributing to each other and giving you a great momentum in which you feel so much better really quickly so that you’ll be inspired to continue on and thus experience a huge change on every level in your life.

The inner work module is contained in the daily instructions and mini e-books. The daily instructions will let you know when to read the various mini e-books. Some days the inner work will consist of a journal exercise or some motivational reading (either through the mini e-books or some article contained within the daily instructions email).

Some days the inner work will consist of a practice to do during your day such as a breathing exercise or a list to make or a way of thinking and noticing things about yourself or your experiences in the day.

On some days there may be two or more inner work components; perhaps something to read and something to journal about. This is all of course totally optional. I hope that you will avail yourself of the inner work module because I believe that it can be very beneficial in helping you attain your health goals.

There are three keys to healthy living:




They act as a cycle, each one supporting the other. And you can tap in at any point in the cycle to start building momentum.

Momentum is when you start doing something very difficult, very heavy, such as changing your habits, and at first it takes a great deal of your energy to push it, to get it moving, but as you keep pushing you gain momentum and the thing itself takes on an energy of its own and continues to accelerate without almost any energy on your part!

Picture a flywheel. It is very heavy to start it moving but its own weight keeps it moving once it gets going fast enough. Or picture a rocket ship. It takes tremendous energy to get it off the ground. But once it blasts out of the gravitational pull, it levels out and coasts at incredible speed in orbit with no fuel at all.

Your weight release or healing journey is similarly heavy and difficult to start, but if we can launch with enough momentum, the journey can become easy and almost effortless  – in fact, even fun – very quickly!

That’s what this trifecta of Modules (Diet, Exercise and Happiness) in this Program is designed to do. It’s a triple-threat, three-engines of “change” – which is the fuel that is going to power us to another dimension!

When you improve your diet, you have more energy to exercise. When you exercise, you get happier. When you are happier, it is easier to eat healthy! And thus the cycle takes you on a positive upward spiral, a thermal wind that you can coast on up to lofty heights!

Or you can start with exercise. Then you’ll find you get happy. So suddenly you are making positive food choices. And now you are able to exercise more because you’re healthier. You’ve tapped into the same spiral from a different starting point.

Or start with happiness. You get happy. Then you make positive food choices. Now you have the energy to exercise! And you’re on a Positive Health Cycle!

With this program, we are going to start all three engines at once. You’ll be eating the healthiest diet on the planet. You’ll be moving your body for at least 30 minutes a day. And you’ll be doing some inner work, nurturing your emotional body / spirit for a block of time each day.

Any one of these three changes would be enough to launch you, but all three together are going to give you so much momentum that you will be literally unstoppable – no matter what roadblocks you are used to throwing up for yourself and no matter what factors come along to try to derail you, you are going to be able to blast through and continue on your journey to health, happiness, and wellbeing!


See what a world of good you can do yourself with a little attention focused inward on yourself each day, along with a delicious, healthy menu plan and 30 minutes of exercise a day! Today is the last day to sign up for the next session!

Join in the 21 Day Cleanse now at!

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Program Participants Feedback

bnacollageI really appreciate it when every once in a while someone posts some feedback about my Programs on my Facebook page. Here are some of them…Thank you so much for posting!

I am signed up and excited to begin. I am venturing out in the sub-zero temperatures here along the Minnesota/Iowa border to make my purchases. I did both the 21-day Cleanse and the 28-Day Transformation Diet for many months, several years ago, but then, for a reason I can’t seem to remember, I stopped. It was the best I’ve ever felt, so it’s time once again to re-commit to that feeling. Thank you! – Lynn DeBuhr Johnson
I suffered for years with IBS and after going raw for two years with your program, I have completely cured myself of this disease. – Mimosa
Since purchasing the program, and participating in the various sessions offered, it has changed my mindset and view of foods that I consume. I’ve lost 9lbs, and now able to wear some shirts & pants I have not worn in ages because they were too tight.  – Julian Mullings‎
The program ( was great the second time around, to date I have released 23 pounds. I did this with very little focus of just weight loss, but being totally committed to this, being aware of what I was eating and why. This program is simple to follow and empowering, mainly because of the phenomenal support system it offers. – ‎Rita Washington‎

The next 21 Day Raw Cleanse starts on Monday.
Sign up to join in the fun at

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