On not giving up…

flowersI find that not giving up is a habit that takes persistence. It sounds redundant because I’m basically saying not giving up takes not giving up. It’s true. But there are so many layers to this that it’s easy to forget. Especially in the midst of struggle.

For instance, you may be trying to lose weight by establishing a regular workout habit or a new dietary lifestyle. Maybe you have tried and failed numerous times. Maybe sometimes you don’t even feel like trying anymore. Maybe you’ve given up on yourself. It can be a long uphill battle, so that’s natural to feel that way sometimes. Maybe you think that because you have never succeeded before that you will never succeed in the future either. This is the crucial time to not give up. If even one part of you has given up, if you can keep going somehow with some part of yourself, that is enough.

For instance if you aren’t able to eat right but you can manage to exercise, load up on the exercise for now. Maybe you are feeling sedentary but you can manage to do some inner work; do it! You can make progress in one area and at some point it starts to spill over into other areas!

Suddenly a breakthrough happens . And it is because you didn’t give up. It was worth it, all those tries and failed attempts. Sometimes that’s what it takes. Some mountains are really high. You might think they’re not. But they are. We don’t really know how much effort it is going to take to make a breakthrough until we get there. And only when you get there do you realize that it was your work, your persistence, your attempts, your false starts, your failures, and especially your determination to not give up that got you there.

So stay positive, celebrate every little victory, notice and give yourself credit for all of the trying and struggling and all of the efforts that you are making.

I felt a breakthrough this past week; I’d been praying more and that usually triggers needed breakthroughs for me. Then today I was standing there brushing my hair and I thought of putting on a video while I was brushing, as has been my habit lately. And I suddenly realized I didn’t want to put on a video. I was perfectly comfortable just being in my own head. That was real proof for me that I’ve made a shift in my consciousness, and of what was the problem before; I had been in a stressed out headspace that made being in my own head uncomfortable and something to be avoided, hence the video watching.

Progress can happen bit by bit over time, almost un-noticeably, so stop and take stock of your journey from time to time. Or progress can happen all at once in the form of a breakthrough – whether it’s a breakthrough in consciousness, attitude, or energy.

So develop the habit of not giving up! Keep a little flame of hope, faith or trust alive and it will light a path through the worst of times.

In Joy!

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In Defense of Food


Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 3.44.30 PMMy Mom sent me a link to a documentary called “In Defense of Food” but the video wouldn’t work on my browser. So I searched for it on youtube and found this talk by the same name, by the author of “In Defense of Food”, Michael Pollan, that was super interesting!

What I learned from “In Defense of Food” talk by Michael Pollan:

1. We in America are puritanical in our view of all foods as either good or bad. This is perhaps because of our Puritan roots. We eat for nutrition rather than social connection and enjoyment.

2. In the 50’s when the link between saturated fats and heart disease came out, the FDA put out a Public Service Announcement to “Eat less beef”. The cattle industry lobbied and had that changed to: “Choose more meats that are lower in saturated fats”.

This set a precedent to talk about all future scientific findings about food without mentioning actual whole foods but only the  nutrients concerned. Instead of “eat more fruits and vegetables” which were found to fight cancer, they put out “eat more vitamin C, anti-oxidants and beta carotene”.

This was all very confusing for the average person. And it was also the birth of “Nutrientism”. Nutrients are invisible abstract things to fear or covet, making nutrientism almost a religion.

We always have to have a nutrient good-guy of the moment, and a nutrient bad-guy of the moment. And they often change!

3. Processed foods masquerade as healthy foods because the food industry changes their make-up to reflect the latest fads, slapping a label on them announcing “Low-Fat, High Fiber” or “Gluten-Free, Fortified with anti-oxidants” thereby making it look like these empty calories are the healthy foods to eat. Meanwhile the true healthy foods, the fruits and vegetables, sit quietly in the produce section like unsung heroes.

4. It’s clear that humans can adapt to many different kinds of diets and the variety of diets around the world are pretty healthy. The one diet that we have not been able to adapt to is the processed food diet of America. Our diet causes heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

5. The rules of healthy eating are simple….

– Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

– Shop from the perimeter of the supermarket, not the aisles (The perimeter has the perishable foods. The aisles have the foods that don’t go bad, because not even the micro-organisms that break foods down are interested in them or recognize them as food).

– Only buy things your great-grandmother would recognize as food.

If anyone finds the documentary by the same title as this book to watch online, I’d love it if you could post a link to it in the comments! I’m going to read the book too eventually, as it sounds both important and inspiring!

You can find the book “In Defense of Food” on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and other book sellers online.

More about the book!

In Joy!


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Why a Raw Diet is the Answer

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Benefits of a balanced raw diet

The raw diet has…

– relatively no toxins

– a ton of plant fiber

– high water content

– high nutrient density

– living enzymes

– energizing nutrients

– healing phytonutrients

– healing anti-oxidants

– anti inflammatory properties

– low in calories

– no trans-fats

– no cholesterol

– zero gluten


Hence, the benefits of a balanced raw diet are…

– increased energy

– greater mental clarity

– clear skin

– healthier hair and nails

– clear eyes, bright and youthful

– wrinkles seem to disappear

– skin on face and body becomes more firm and youthful

– faster recovery time after workouts

– faster healing

– improved immune system

– resistance to disease

– improved strength, flexibility and stamina

– improved sleep

– less need for sleep (sleep fewer hours and feel rested)

– better smelling breath, body odors and eliminations

– more regular and easier bowel movements

– feeling less stressed

– feeling more emotionally balanced

– corrects chemical imbalances

– less need for food

– less aches and pains

– feeling positive, hopeful and joyful


The raw diet is probably the best health insurance that money can buy!

For a detailed menu plan with directions on how to go raw safely and easily, and shop for and prepare each delicious 100% raw vegan meal every day for three weeks, sign up for the 21 Day Raw Cleanse that starts this Monday!

Find out more and register now while there is still time for this perfect time of year to go raw session at 21daysRAW.com

In Joy!


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Tiki’s awesome Before and Afters…


So excited about Tiki’s Before and After photos!

Tiki wrote:

“Before and after the 21 Day Garden Diet Challenge Raw Natural Foods Diastasis Recti improvement and overall toning of skin yielded great results! I decided to look for lifestyle changes because of my teeth developing cavities. I didn’t know it would help with my diastasis and improve the appearance of my stomach. I was looking to get a tummy tuck but I think over time it could get even better! I was always physically active but the sagging belly would remain. I noticed an improvement in my sleep and now have peaceful dreams. I was an insomniac and had horrible nightmares and always tired. I am non-stop now, my 3 year old cant even keep up! He used to run circles around me. The Program made it easy to shop and follow, I LOVED simplicity of it. No calories to count, nothing to figure out. Easy, effortless and tasty meals. Its not a true diet! This is what I was looking for. Thanks so much for this new way of living!” – T


To see more BnA’s and Testimonials and find out how to join in the fun starting Monday, click here now:


In Joy!


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Better than stimulants…

Truly stimulating pic from thegoodshoppingguide.com

Truly stimulating pic from thegoodshoppingguide.com

Are you using stimulants to get through your day or to give you the energy you need for your life? Whether it’s coffee, caffeine, sugar, nicotine, pharmaceutical stimulants or other drugs…there is an alternative that doesn’t have the down-sides and is much more effective! — It’s called health!! 

The first time I felt the kind of health that comes with increased energy was when I first started eating a raw vegan diet.

Getting a good flow going in your life with healthy eating, exercise, sunshine, water, sleep and happiness can induce such a level of health that your energy becomes abundant, and your being is in chemical balance which makes you physically vibrant, emotionally stable and mentally at your peak.

What results from true health is change on every level and in every area of your life!

I have a program that I’ve developed over many years that not only shows you how to eat raw and live a balanced, healthy lifestyle, but that actually walks you through every step of the process from what to buy at the store to how to prepare every meal of the day, how to deal with the challenges that come up, the workouts, and even the inner work to deal with emotional detox and get yourself happy!

If you’re tired of the ups and downs of using stimulants like caffeine and sugar to make your life work and sick of the toll they are taking on your health and vitality over time, you are going to love this truly energizing way of life!

My next program is the  21 Day Raw Cleanse that starts on this coming Monday, July 25th. You can find out all about it at http://21daysRaw.com where you’ll see Before and After pictures and recipe/food pics too.

Register before the end of Friday to get in on the fabulous 2-Program Lifetime Membership Early Bird Special!

Sign up now at 21DaysRaw.com!

In Joy!


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The Real Overpopulation Problem

feedlotYou may have heard the statistic that cow farts are the biggest cause of global warming. According to Huffington Post, that’s just a part of the way farming for meat is taking a toll on the environment and endangering life on earth.

Truly Einstein knew what he was talking about when he said “Becoming vegetarian is the single most important thing that people can do to ensure the survival of the human race”. Because we all know when we talk about saving the planet, that it is the people that are in danger of wiping out themselves through making the planet uninhabitable, and that the planet itself will be fine for quite some time.

Here’s how the Huffington Post article starts…

There’s an overpopulation problem alright, but not the one you might think. There are seven billion people on our planet, but times that number by 10 and you get the 70 billion farm animals driving the worst environmental crisis of modern times.

The impact of increased human numbers will come under renewed scrutiny this World Population Day (11 July). Rightly so; the faster we grow, the faster we are knocking down forests, killing off species and using too much water. Climate change is no longer a distant concept, but a tangible force already affecting so many people all over the world.

Overpopulation is too often seen as a standalone issue. This seems overly simplistic. Should we not rather address the specific things humans are actually doing? There is little doubt in the scientific community which single activity is to blame: the rise of animal agriculture, responsible for at least 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. This is more than all of the world’s transport – cars, buses, trains, planes, boats, ships – combined.

Read the rest of this very interesting article at…


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The truly natural diet

passionfruitYou see the label “natural” applied to a great many foods. If a packaged food has a drop of natural flavoring (MSG) and is full of other chemicals you’ll still see the label “natural” applied to it.

Is it because the marketers know that we realize that natural equals healthy?

But what foods are really natural? If you define natural as from nature, grown in nature, food that grows and is alive, and that hasn’t been altered by processing, then I think the foods that are truly natural are fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Of course grains, beans, and legumes are natural too. But they can’t really be eaten in their natural state. They require cooking.

So the only really natural diet is the raw vegan diet. What does it feel like to eat a totally natural diet? Well we start to feel naturally energetic and happy. We return to our natural state of well-being. Our bodies feel good. We return to health. We also start returning to our natural shape. Our  natural shape is healthy and fit with glowing skin and hair. Like a perfect fruit or tree or waterfall our natural state is as beautiful as nature itself.

You only need to try it for a day to realize how true this is.

In joy,


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Science shows Fruits and Veggies make you Happy!

I knowScreen Shot 2016-07-12 at 3.36.10 PM you already know this, of course – it’s obvious! But now scientific studies are showing people who can’t figure out the obvious on their own that eating more fruits and vegetables (about 8 servings a day) actually makes you happier!

What’s more amazing to me is that a biology teacher commented that this was impossible and that a plate of veggies doesn’t make you any happier than a plate of meat. Well, this is a person who is thinking of pleasure in the moment vs. long-term happiness derived from long-term health!

And the really cool thing is that many of us who are into raw/vegan foods get just as happy (or happier!) in the moment sitting down to a fresh, colorful, crispy plate of rainbow salad which just bursts into flavor in your mouth….mmmmmm (eyes roll back in head)…..than any other food on earth!

Here’s the article to back up your healthy lifestyle choices! Forward to your friends who are working at increasing their happiness!


Note: How about eating all fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds? Make it yummy and nutritionally balanced! 21 Day Raw Cleanse begins Monday July 25th! See http://21DaysRaw.com

In Joy!

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Keep Calm and Earn Points

If all the stress in this country is getting to you, there is something you can do to create more peace in your body, and so in your own life, and we all know that the power of the ripples of your  peaceful energy is beyond measure!

Keep calm and earn points with The Raw Weight Release Rumpus that starts on Monday! This is a whole new approach to losing weight with raw foods in which your focus is on rewarding yourself with points for each healthy choice you make, each healthy meal you eat, each healthy snack you choose, and each workout you do!

Check out the system at…

You can join in the program or do it on your own!

For ongoing raw support from me and our amazing support community, consider a 2-Program Lifetime Membership at http://21daysRaw.com which will put you in The Raw Rumpus starting Monday as well as the 21 and 28 Day Raw Programs that follow this session! Can you imagine 9 weeks raw and what a difference that would make to your life, to your health, and your wellbeing?

Wishing you health, happiness, and peace today and always!

In Joy!

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Wrong (and right) reasons for going raw….

Image courtesy of start08 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of start08 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

This is a little tongue-in-cheek, but there may be some truth to it…


– So I don’t have to exercise (true, you can lose weight on raw foods without exercising, but you can’t be truly healthy and well without exercising, and your body will eventually lose its tone!)

– So I don’t have to get my teeth fixed (true, raw foods won’t aggravate your cavities into tooth-aches, but you should still get those fixed!)

– So I can feel superior (one of the most annoying things about raw-vegans, especially when they are trying to get one-up on each-other! These people will exclude whole food-groups just to win at being the most restrictive)

– So I can be more spiritual (you might have an easier time connecting to your spirit, but you are still going to get lessons and have to go through challenges like anyone else trying to grow)

– To be more pure, clean, perfect (it ain’t gonna save your soul!)

– To save time (time-saving in many ways, if you do a simple/doable version)

– To heal (this is actually the best reason to go raw! It doesn’t heal everything, but it heals so many things that it’s worth a shot!)

– To not age (do it right and you rejuvenate; wrong and you can actually age more quickly!)

– To live forever (not gonna happen – maybe an extra 20-30 years at best, if you get it right!)

– To be annoying (to make people go to more trouble for your dietary considerations. Yes, sometimes it does seem like young people do it to be rebellious. Hey, there are a lot worse rebellions they could go through!)

Funny Alert! – I want to share this funny video called “If meat eaters acted like vegans”. it’s laugh-out-loud clever and funny, but gross because of the raw meat. But if you don’t think this is funny, you might need to take yourself a little less seriously! :)


New: The 28 Days Raw Program started today with a new group going raw together. Late registration is now open through Wednesday at http://28DaysRaw.com


In Joy!

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Become a Diva About Your Health

healthdiva2How to adopt the Diva Mind-state…

If you are suffering from bad health habits, you can get some relief by switching to a Diva Mind-state!

Have you ever met a health diva? Someone who is always tuned in to exactly what they need and actively going about getting it? These people can be quite annoying but serve as good role-models for those of us who put our health needs on the back burner. It will be easier to adopt a Diva Mindset if you’ve witnessed one first-hand.

Either way, here’s how to do it….

You know how you are beating yourself up all day long for not drinking water, not eating right, not exercising, not getting enough sleep, working too much, etc?

Well, here’s the simple task. Every time you notice yourself berating yourself for something, instead of getting down about it, do something about it right away! Like, in that very moment, do the thing you are noticing you need. Get a glass of water. Do a stretch or a 5-minute workout or 10 sit-ups. Walk around the block. Take a break. Take a nap. Put away that food and write down your feelings. Call a friend. Take care of your wellbeing…now!

Here’s the mindset that will help in your task. Be tuned in to your needs and wants. Not the food, entertainment, escapist wants, but the true desires of your heart and the more immediate needs of your mind and body. If you feel thirsty, be a diva and ask for some water. Put your thirst above whatever project you are doing for whomever at the moment, even for your kid. If you really need a workout right now, be a diva about that and tell everyone you will be back in an hour and a half, and go take care of yourself. Put it on the daily calendar and be a diva about that sacred time for yourself. Make everyone else work around your schedule. Be a diva and ask the waitress to hold everything off your order that you don’t want to eat and replace it with more of what you do want to eat. Demand your healthy treats on the shopping list first. Demand your rest, your relaxation, your sleep, and your emotional wellbeing.

Instead of the usual mindset of discipline, deprivation, self-blaming, self-pity, martyrdom, depression, overwhelm and giving up, you can shift your reality and your experience by being more demanding. It’s a whole different energy; powerful, badass, loving towards yourself, caring, valuing your body and your emotional state, taking care of yourself so that you can be more useful to the world and enjoy being in it too!

Try it for a day! — Be a Diva and Feel Better!

Memo: 3 Days left in Early Bird Special for 28 Days Raw Program that will start on Monday! http://28daysRaw.com

In Joy!

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Exciting 28 Days Raw Program starts on Monday

Photo by Trevor, 28 Days Raw Participant

Photo by Trevor, 28 Days Raw Participant

Get Ready now by signing up at 28daysRaw.com and downloading the Prep Week ebook  for everything you need to prepare yourself mentally, physically and emotionally for this exciting lifestyle upgrade!

See 28daysRaw.com for details, pictures, testimonials and the incredible early bird special!

If I learned anything listening to the Hamilton soundtrack on Youtube it is that to achieve great things you must use all your resources, all your gifts, all your intelligence.

If you want to change any area of your life, and you know the raw diet gives you increased energy, happiness, focus and vitality, then use this resource to help you accomplish your dreams, whatever they are!

Register today at http://28daysRaw.com!

In Joy!


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How to prepare to go raw and thrive with these easy tips

I’d love for you to think about joining in on the 28 Days Raw Program that begins on June 27th, a week from this coming Monday. (http://28daysRaw.com)


If you’ve had trouble taking the plunge in the past, you might consider joining in an optional Prep Week that starts this coming Monday. This is the week that you prepare on your own for going raw. If you order the program and download the materials you’ll find PrepWeek.pdf in the PDF folder called 28days.


This document has a variety of ideas for preparing yourself to go on a 100% raw diet for you to pick and choose from based on what resonates with you.


You can cut out one toxin a day, or cut out one or more or even all of the major toxins like caffeine, alcohol, sugar, artificial sweeteners, MSG, animal products and processed foods for the whole week.


In addition you can undertake some detox-prevention practices like increasing your cardio and stretch workouts, drinking more water, and eating more fresh fruits and vegetables for fiber.


You can prepare mentally and materially by getting your kitchen cleaned out and gathering the raw equipment you need (listed on http://28daysRaw.com), looking over the menu plans and shopping lists and determining where you will buy your ingredients.


All this and more is covered in the Prep Week eBook that comes with the 28 Days Raw Program at http://28daysRaw.com


Preparation can make all the difference in helping you feel ready and eager to take that giant step into a new stratosphere of health, fitness, energy, beauty, rejuvenation, wellness, and well-being!


Find out more, see Before and Afters and recipe pics at http://28daysRaw.com


In Joy!
Inspiring Raw Articles…
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Use this trick to develop healthy habits


How to make better choices…

Most of the time you kick yourself for the bad choices that you make while you barely notice the good ones. We all have a lot of this kind of subconscious negative reinforcement going on.

But what if every time you made a healthy choice you gave yourself a big heap of points on actual paper, and whenever you made a choice that was not healthy for you, you deduct just a couple of points from your score chart on paper.

Do you think that would make a big difference? You bet! That’s what the Raw Rumpus is all about. Yes it’s a raw food program with a menu plan, shopping lists, an exclusive online forum and daily instructions to your inbox.

But the main tool of The Raw Rumpus is the score chart and giving yourself points for all your healthy choices.

The fact that your points count towards your team winning The Raw Cup Tournament can be an inspiring and motivating factor also.

To see the score chart click below and find out all about The Rapid Raw Weight Release Rumpus / Raw Cup Tournament and how to join so you can start with this fun and life-changing game this coming Monday!


In Joy!

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Raw Weight Release Rumpus Starts Monday!

This coming Monday, the Wild Rapid Raw Weight Release Rumpus begins again! Join in this fun way to go raw and get in shape that includes The Raw Cup Tournament, in which you give yourself points for every healthy choice you make…This mind-set changes everything! Find out all about it at http://RawRumpus.com

The Rumpus is a wonderful Prep Program (2 weeks) for the 28 Days Raw Program that starts on Monday June 27th! We just put up the Early Bird Special so you can sign up for the 2-Program Lifetime Membership Special that includes the Raw Rumpus as a bonus gift at 28DaysRaw.com today!

If you sign up today you also have the option to participate in the current 21 Day Raw Cleanse session that started this past Monday if you are eager to go raw right away! :)

Need more inspiration to take the plunge, go raw, rejuvenate, release weight, gain energy, get in shape and thrive? See my recent blog posts at JinjeeTalifero.com including:

– Why Cleanse with Raw Foods
– Curse of the Empty Calories
– Skin-Firming Detox Recipes


- The greatest wealth is health!

In Joy!

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Why Cleanse with Raw Foods

greensmoothiearugulaMany cleanses involve liquid diets and fasts of various sorts and can be very effective. However, when you come off these cleanses you have to be careful to eat clean and only gradually introduce the more toxic foods in your regular diet or you can get really sick because your body looses its tolerance for toxins while you are cleansing.

The 21 Day Raw Cleanse (http://21daysRaw.com) can be a good solution for someone coming off a liquid cleanse or any kind of fast. You’ll still be consuming toxin-free food but you’ll be eating three delicious meals a day and can snack on as much fruit as you’d like in between meals too.

By doing a raw cleanse instead of a liquid diet you get a lot, if not all of the benefits of a liquid cleanse, without a shock to your system.

You are still eating, getting lots of fiber and nutrients so you feel really energized. You can still work, exercise, and carry on your day as usual.

Your body will slowly and gradually release toxins over the 21 Days and you’ll notice that your skin looks healthier and more toned, fat is melting away, and your aches and pains vanish.

Instead of going back to a standard diet after the cleanse, you can transition to the 28 Days Raw Program which starts right after the 21 Day Cleanse, or you can repeat the Cleanse menu plans for as long as you like.

The Raw Cleanse can easily be a lifestyle that you can adopt to experience the benefits of a long-term raw diet; rejuvenation, longevity, disease prevention, improved athletic recovery time, increased flexibility, and all the ways that great health can impact a life on every level!

Many people buy the 2-Program Lifetime Membership and stay on the 21 and 28 Day Programs for many months at a time. We’ve had some people release 100 lbs. and more by staying on the programs for a year. You can see their pictures at http://21daysRaw.com

Find out more at: http://21daysRaw.com and join in the fun with our new group going raw together starting Monday!

In Joy!

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3 Week Raw Menu Plan Starting Monday

saladfromprogramWish going raw was easy?

If you’ve gone raw before, you know how good it feels, how lovely it is to have more energy, to feel lighter, to look your best, to rejuvenate, to feel excited and fresh when you get up in the morning, and to feel comfortable and happy in your own skin!

If you’ve felt all this before, why is it so hard to get back on the raw diet?

Well, maybe because you were missing something in your raw diet before….Maybe you weren’t getting enough protein, fat, or calories and your body is holding you back from going back to that….Or maybe it didn’t bring you the pleasure or taste satisfaction that you need from your daily meals. Why would you want to go back to that?

But what if I told you that I have a Raw Menu Plan that is nutritionally balanced, satisfying, tasty, and easy to make? Would you believe that? What if I could show you hundreds of testimonials from people who have tried this Raw Menu Plan and have released weight, healed, and felt better easily! And what if there were even photos to show you the results?

OK, I can give you all of that! Just go to 21daysRaw.com and see for yourself! :)

The next session starts on this coming Monday, June 6th. The Early Bird Special ends tomorrow, Friday, at midnight!

Quote of the day…
Double Duty: When you engage in good habits you have less time for bad ones!
– Jinjee

In Joy!

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Curse of The Empty Calories

Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

How do I describe the devilish crimes that empty calories are responsible for….

The Double-Trouble with empty calories is…

1. They take up space that could be used for healthy food, healing food, energizing food, and nourishing food which is what that space/time/money/energy is for.

2. They hurt you.

Or put it this way….

1. They harm you.

2. They crowd out the foods that could heal you.

What are Empty Calories…

Empty calories are the calories in foods that have pretty much no nutritional value, as in no nutrients, nothing beneficial for your body. Eating empty calories is like eating flavor without eating food.

Empty Calorie Foods are things like junk food, many processed foods, candy, soda, and even bread, pastry, pasta, crackers, cookies, cakes, etc…These are foods that are high in calories and low in nutrients.

On the opposite end of the spectrum we have Nutrient Dense foods. These foods have very few calories and are very high in nutrients. They have very few calories per nutrient. They are foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. They pack a lot of nutrients per calorie.

You can only eat so many calories a day without gaining weight. And your body has to work to process the foods you put in it, and that creates waste, which uses energy to get rid of.

So, are you providing your body the nutrients it needs to be able to do the work of digestion? Or are you just providing the work of digestion without paying your organs the coin they need to do their work – nutrients!

[A diet exclusively of] refined sugar is lethal when ingested by humans because it provides only that which nutritionists describe as empty or naked calories. In addition, refined sugar is worse than nothing because it drains and leeches the body of precious vitamins and minerals through the demand its digestion, detoxification, and elimination make upon one’s entire system. – François Magendie 

Develop a taste for more than just sweet foods or salty foods. There are subtle flavors in bitter herbs that are really delightful! Develop your palate, like an aficionado of fine wines, for the delicate bouquet of vegetables of all kinds. Your body only needs so much sugar, the rest it turns to fat.

When you choose empty calories (say, ice cream) over nutrient-dense calories (like a salad) you are using up your eating-time and your eating-space and your eating-money (your resources). You are drawing on your resources without putting anything back in the system. You are creating an addiction or a habit of eating empty calories. And you are draining your system of resources, which will first make you tired and then, if you continue down that path, sick. (Plus, without feeding your brain nutrients, you will continue to make poor decisions about what to eat!)

If it all sounds too complicated and difficult, it doesn’t have to be! It really is possible to have a satisfying and delicious diet made from foods that are nutrient dense! One of the most nutrient-dense diets in the world is the raw food diet. And the menu plans on my raw programs are as balanced and easy as a raw vegan diet can be! – and more delicious than most people expect or have ever tasted in the world of raw food before! Details: http://21daysRaw.com

In Joy!

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Skin-Firming Detox Recipes

beachThere are so many benefits that come from eating raw and they keep accruing with time the longer you eat a raw vegan diet, but with summer almost here I’m going to focus on one particularly joyous benefit; the effect eating raw seems to rapidly have on your skin — from head to toe!

One of the first things the raw diet did for me was clear up my acne, leaving a healthy glow instead. As the years passed on a 100% raw diet, I noticed my skin tone stayed youthful, both on my face and my body. I saw this with other older raw foodists too, with the exception being some of the older low-fat raw practitioners who often aged more quickly, and had prematurely wrinkled skin on face and body.

I am assuming therefore that part of what gives skin its healthy firmness and glow is fat. But with a balanced raw vegan diet I’ve seen people frequently age in reverse and look 10 or 20 years younger even after just three or four weeks.

I believe this is because the raw diet actually increases the health of your cells, and makes healthy cells which are not clogged with trans fats (caused by heating fat molecules). Trans fats clog the cell walls so they can’t eliminate toxins or take in nutrients.

Healthy, unclogged cells nourished with fresh food can detoxify and take in nutrients more efficiently. Healthy cells make healthy tissues which make healthy organs. The skin is our largest organ. Cells are self-regenerating. With the right building blocks we can build new healthier cells which means we can make new healthier bodies! The most visible sign of this is going to show in our skin.

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In Joy,

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Take it down a raw notch!

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Stop being such a perfectionist! Did you know if you try to keep all the balls in the air — everything you’re trying to change – your diet, exercise, work, housekeeping, water, sleep, spirituality — that you can succeed at some things and fail at others in the same day and actually still feel good about yourself – so that you can keep on trying your best at everything!

But if you obsess and expect perfection in one of these areas you’ll be neglecting your overall balance, and you will not always achieve the perfection you are expecting of yourself, which can really get you down!

Take it from a previously 100% raw fanatic! – fanatical in that I expected myself to be and stay 100% raw all the time, year after year, and beat myself up whenever I fell off the wagon.

Seek balance instead of perfection, and you’ll find happiness and – yes, even greater health!

Remember, health isn’t just your body….You are a mind, body, and spirit — You have a brain, a personality and a soul. You have an emotional life. All of these parts of you need to work in harmony and have their needs met to live a healthy, productive and fulfilling life.

In Joy!

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