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

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 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 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 ( 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

Find out more at: 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 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

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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:

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.

Find out more benefits of going raw and get 3 weeks’ worth of skin-firming detox recipes at

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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How Two: Create Peace on Earth

hats-300x201In their new book “How Two: Have a Successful Relationship” Phil and Maude talk about how if we want to create peace on earth we must first make our own life peaceful.

Once we have peace within, we can the better have peace in our relationships. And as peaceful relationships proliferate around the world, we create models for peaceful relating between diverse groups and even nations.

Specifically, Phil and Maude give a step-by-step process for creating a peaceful relationship with your significant other.

Although this information can be used to improve any relationship, the authors have used their own unique experience of finding themselves blissfully in an unusually peaceful long-term relationship and explored and examined what they were doing so that they could share this with other couples.

As a friend and editor on their new book “How Two: Have a Successful Relationship” I have been thrilled to learn the nitty-gritty details about how Phil and Maude interact to create a profound level of peace, complete acceptance of each-other’s individuality, and problem-solving that actually brings them joyfully closer together.  

I highly recommend this book for anyone who wishes to experience greater peace, joy, presence, consciousness, and fulfillment in their relationships and in their lives! Also, if you are an advocate for world peace, this book will help you in your mission as a light bringer!

You can order the book or eBook online through Amazon at:

In Joy!

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Raw Vegan Carrot Cake Balls Recipe

Carrot-Cake-Balls-2Welcome guest blogger Sara from Carob Cherub! I am excited to share here what Sara is generously sharing with us….

Normally, people eat cake on their birthday. That wasn’t an option for me in 2014.

From January through June 2014 I was living abroad in Spain. I spent the majority of my time in a humble apartamento in Getafe, an outer suburb of Madrid. The kitchen was compact and didn’t include an oven.

Despite the lack of an oven, Rob and I tried to bake. Mainly whole wheat bread. But it never worked. Our results turned out semi-edible, but never ideal. After spending all of March trying to bake bread in large pots and a pressure cooker, we gave up on baking.

We were stuck with just a stove top.

April rolled around and I wondered what to do for my birthday. España wasn’t a vegan-friendly country. There was a slim chance we would find a restaurant or bakery that sold vegan cake.

And a party didn’t make sense. I was only close to two people whilst living in Spain.

I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money at a restaurant either.

All in all, I had no clue how to celebrate my birthday.

I thought about it often, but never came up with any appealing ideas. The more I thought about it, the more distressed I became.

April 14th arrived.  I emotionally admitted to Rob that I didn’t know what to do for my birthday. He quickly came up with an idea to make my birthday fun and special without a cake or spending too much money.

There were 3 components to my birthday that year:

1. Balloons

2. Homemade sushi

3. Carrot cake balls

The balloons were a creative source of entertainment without spending much. We bought the balloons and a few markers from a nearby store. Then we blew them up and drew on them whatever our hearts desired.

For the sushi, we cooked rice and sliced various vegetables that we had. Celery, carrots and red bell peppers made our first attempt at brown rice sushi colorful and delicious. It was the best sushi we’d made up to that point.

For the carrot cake balls, we modified a recipe Rob found online.

The original recipe called for grated carrots. We had carrot pulp left over from juicing, so we used that instead. The recipe also rolled the carrot cake balls in desiccated coconut. We bought carob from a local health food store to replace the coconut.

Since that day, we’ve always preferred carob over cacao and cocoa.

Though I was distressed leading up to my first birthday abroad, this birthday turned out to be unexpectedly eventful. I didn’t receive any presents or spend lots of money, but I got more than most people. I spent the day hanging out with my best friend and amor.



Celebrate your birthday (or any occasion) with these light and sweet carrot cake balls. They’re less work than a cake and more nutritious, too.

Vegan and free of added salt, sugar, oil, gluten, soy and seeds

Reasons to love this recipe: raw vegan, simple, chocolatey, uses “waste” ingredients

Serves up to 8


• 1 c. carrot pulp

• 20 fresh pitted dates* (around 160 g or 5.5 oz.)

• 1/4 c. pecans, chopped

• 1 tsp. cinnamon

• 1/2 tsp. ginger

• 1/4 tsp. nutmeg

• Dash of turmeric

• 3 tbsp. carob powder


Add the carrot pulp, dates and spices to a food processor. Process until smooth**.

Transfer the carrot and date mixture to a bowl. Add the pecans and stir.

Form balls out of the carrot mixture***.

Add the carob powder to a small bowl. Roll the balls in the carob powder to fully coat them. Don’t be shy about it.

Refrigerate for at least an hour. Enjoy!


*If you don’t have fresh dates, soak the dates overnight in 50 mL of hot water.

** This can take a few minutes depending upon the power of your processor and the dryness of the dates.

***It’s best to first form the balls and then coat them in carob powder. Your hands won’t get as messy transferring between the wet carrot mixture and the dry carob powder.



Sara is a health and nutrition coach at Carob Cherub. She lost 70 pounds through a lifestyle change and advocates eating whole, plant-based foods. Sara’s passionate about showing the world how to lose weight healthfully.


In Joy!

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Stop Compulsive Eating with Your Own Distraction Box

Distraction Box crafted by Raven Talifero

Distraction Box crafted by Raven Talifero

Here’s a fun and easy way to combat habitual eating, emotional eating, compulsive overeating, mindless snacking, etc!

When you are tempted to eat unhealthy foods/snacks when you’re not hungry, take a card from your Distraction Box and do that thing for 15 minutes!

You can start now by making your Distraction Box. Use a shoe box, an old container of any kind, or a special handmade wooden box. If you use a cardboard box or paper bag, you can decorate it with magazine clippings, fabric scraps, old photos, or anything you like. Make it pretty and fun!

Now get some index cards or pieces of paper to make your Distraction Cards. Write down things you enjoy doing on the distraction cards….If you can’t think of anything now, every time you think of something you really want to do, write it down on a piece of paper or card and put it in your Distraction Box.

Here are some of the things I’ve written down to put in my Distraction Box….

  • get ingredients for a new raw recipe I want to try
  • walk around the park
  • have a prayer in the park
  • bike ride to the mission
  • write in your journal
  • make a list of your dreams
  • make a wish list
  • draw your dream home
  • map out your life decade-by-decade
  • do a 5-minute HIIT training (10 pushups, 10 sit-ups, 10 squats, 10 burpees, repeat)
  • do 5 minutes of arm weights
  • drink water with lemon juice
  • learn a new song on piano
  • practice Love Song on piano
  • practice Secret of Life on piano
  • pick out a new song by ear on the piano
  • read a book in French
  • read a chapter in The Urantia Book
  • write a blog post
  • write a children’s story summary
  • study how to write a story outline
  • read an article about relationships
  • listen to a TED talk
  • listen to an Oprah interview
  • read about a musician, writer, or motivational speaker’s life
  • watch a youtube vocal class with Felicia
  • organize a drawer
  • organize a closet
  • write a bizdev proposal
  • write a business plan outline
  • write a love song
  • write a love letter
  • call a friend or family member
  • do a collage
  • do a drawing
  • browse clothes online
  • play mad libs with yarrow

I share many other fun, easy and helpful tools to change your relationship with food and reprogram your healthy lifestyle practices on my 28 Days Raw Program. (Early Bird Special on right now!)

In Joy!

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Why The Conspiracy Theorist “Illuminati-Haters” may be more dangerous than any Illuminati….

beyonce-600x600I just watched a conspiracy theorist on Youtube who had only seen the trailer for Beyonce’s Lemonade tearing it apart as an Illuminati conspiracy. He said Beyonce is trying to bring demons in from beyond the veil into our world now while the veil is thin in these days before Beltane.

OK, if I hadn’t seen this video, which is total garbage (he has no idea what the Visual Album Lemonade is about because he didn’t even bother to watch it before doing his commentary on it) I would not have known about Beltane coming up or there being a thinning of the veil between the worlds.

These conspiracy theorists are the ones who believe in all that. Otherwise why would they fear it. I loved Lemonade. But I have no demons or pagan holidays or fear of evil in my consciousness.  And I can clearly see what this powerful Visual Album is about. Sure, it was a battle with some personal demons; jealousy, revenge, power….

But more than that it was a loosening, a sharing, an unleashing, an unveiling, a revealing, a celebration, an affirmation, and a validation of the female emotional psyche! And that is something the patriarchy has always feared. So, this Illuminati conspiracy theorist is as anti-feminist, as backwards, and as harmful as the supposed Illuminati is.

He is also making people aware of the occult, getting people interested in it. If he is really against all that, he should quit promoting it by paying it any attention or giving it any promotion. He is the problem he is afraid of; not Beyonce! Beyonce is an artist coming into her own power, growing as an artist and a human being, actualizing herself through sharing her creativity completely, and giving to the world thereby. As each of us becomes more of who we really are, we empower everyone to become more of who they really are.

I wanted to comment on the Illuminati Conspiracy Theorists’ blog but he had disabled comments. I won’t promote him by sharing the original link; it isn’t worth your time and would merely insult your intelligence.

(The Urantia Book assures us that the fallen angels from the war in heaven are cosmically incarcerated and awaiting adjudication. They have no power here. There is nothing to fear. We are all children of our loving Father in Heaven).

Lemonade was Beyonce’s way of turning a lemon (suspicions her husband was having an affair) into lemonade (a huge creative project drawing on her emotional experience). What I was struck by is that this was another example of a woman deciding to put her creativity, her life’s work, before her love life.

When we have a life’s work, we are so much more attractive, exciting and interesting. When we are dedicated to our own creativity, or have invested some time into developing it, we have a refuge when life’s hardships hit us. We have a release for our emotions, a way to express them. We have a purpose beyond our role as girlfriend, wife, mother.

Again, in this instance, the medium is the message. What a wonderful example of feminine strength and courage Beyonce has shown in this video album. I’m enjoying seeing many pop musicians develop over time into serious artists. I am renewed in my belief in the power of music and the arts to transform our world, to uplift the vibration of the planet.

I enjoyed Lemonade, was empowered by it, and would recommend that you sign up for a free Tidal account so you can watch it too! It is the video link at the bottom of the album “Lemonade” by Beyonce”.

In Joy!


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Lifting Yourself up is a Muscle…

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 6.57.12 PMYou have to practice lifting yourself up when you are down.

You can get good at it. You start out weak but with practice you get stronger.

How you lift yourself up is up to you; prayer, meditation, yoga, exercise, dance, music, friendships, service, work, change, journaling, nature, setting goals, reading, creative expression etc…

But the sooner you do it, the more consistently, the more often – the better. By taking action on keeping yourself uplifted, you develop the muscle needed to lift yourself up, whether out of a depression, an addiction, a physical condition or a slump or whether to achieve a goal or make a change in your life.

Practice, practice, practice! — And never give up!

In Joy!

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Feeding Your Inner Child

innerchildThis morning I was making an almond butter treat and remembering the first time I was pregnant and how I had to force myself to eat PB sandwiches for protein. I thought, I wonder if I could ever take care of myself with the same kind of care and attention I put into eating when I was carrying my babies.

It made me think of the cute little plant in my water-drinking-reminder app, Plant Nanny, and how guilty I feel when it starts to die from not being watered. And could I ever have that kind of compassion for myself when I’m withering from dehydration or lack of self-care.

A friend recently visited me and had taken herself through a spiritual process of healing her inner child from some childhood wounds. She simply did whatever her inner child needed. It was very deep; I couldn’t possibly explain it all here and shouldn’t; I’m sure she will write about it soon. Anyway she was remarkable changed, physically and emotionally, and I’ve started thinking about embarking on a similar journey, especially as my inner child has since made an appearance to me in a vision.

But for now, what about treating my own body as a child in my care. My cells are my children, my trillions of children depending on me to feed them and water them with love and care, so that they can give me back health. It’s a loving cycle I can embark upon any time, one that can lift me higher and higher in self-love and joy that can then ripple out through my life and my work to others in my life.

If this resonates with you, give it a try, and let me know how it goes. If this sparks any ideas or if you’ve had similar thoughts, or have something to add, please comment below!

In Joy!

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Book Report on “How Two: Have a Successful Relationship”

howtwoAs an editor on this wonderful book I’m very proud to announce the pre-launch of my dear friends’ second and even more fabulous book on peaceful relationships that have the power to change the world!

Book Report
Pre-order ebook is available now.
Get it at the special price of $3.95 — goes up to full price of $7.95 on May 3.

Click here to pre-order!

Phil and Maude share a simple step by step process that is easily accessible to everyone. Read their personal experience of how it’s possible to have a loving passionate relationship without conflict and alienating arguments, one based on shared core values and a complete acceptance of each other’s individuality.

They have outlined an effective process for creating mutual solutions. Their strong desire to make their direct experience available to all couples shines through their writing and will renew your faith in what is possible and attainable. What is offered is a path to transforming your relationship.

In this book you will learn:
* How to find mutual solutions to decision making and problem solving
* How to remain an individual within the relationship
* How to break the vicious cycle of anger and recrimination
* How to avoid the pitfalls that create separation and estrangement
* How to keep that original loving connection to your partner

This book is a gem. It’s short, it’s practical, it’s based on real life experience. If you want a great relationship, this is the book for you.

Click here to pre-order!

“Phil and Maude know what it takes to have a successful and fulfilling relationship. In their new book, ‘How Two: Have a Successful Relationship’, they use honest, real life examples that actually work for couples wanting to create harmony and deep satisfaction in their relationship. If you are looking to finally establish true acceptance, intimacy, and a lifelong connection in your relationship, their book is a great read.”
Michael Fiore, Digital Romance

“Phil and Maude actually live in a conflict-free relationship. Now they’ve written a book that offers up their secrets to the rest of us. I laud and celebrate this generous gift to me and to couples all over the world.”
William Weil, host of the Conscious Couples Conversations podcast
Click here to pre-order!

In Joy!

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Last day to sign up for incredible Raw Spring Menu

cantaloupemilkThe energizing raw spring cleanse begins tomorrow!

Why is a 3 week raw cleanse the ideal way to go raw?

— 3 weeks is doable!

You feel like you don’t have to do this for an interminable amount of time.
You can get through this
Especially because it’s actually delicious and satisfying!
It’s also easy to shop for and quick to prepare!
You get daily support to stay motivated and focused
Before you know it, you are half-way into it, so you know you can finish this!
You are inspired to take care of your health in every way!
It’s Spring – your body is naturally ready for this right now!

For more inspiration to go raw tomorrow see for food pics, before and afters, feedback from participants, and more!

In Joy!

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Letter from 21 Day Cleanse Participant…

tabouliLetter from 21 Day Cleanse Participant on the last day of the previous session….

Hello Jinjee,

My name is Donna and I have been taking part in the 21 Day Raw Program. I just want to thank you for creating such an easy to follow diet. At first I was a bit nervous because I didn’t know how complex the foods would get. Some raw diets call for really elaborate ingredients that are not always easy to find. You kept this transition really simple and practical for a “newbie” such as myself!

I also appreciated the level of support that came with the daily messages. The emphasis that you made in regards to doing your best and forgiving yourself, even if there are off moments or temptations to stray was probably the most meaningful message for me. It kept me wanting to continue moving forward and made it feel more like a learning process instead of just another diet.

Before doing your Raw program, I was struggling to loose weight and was a bit frustrated because I have never been a “bad” eater so to speak. I’ve always incorporated vegetables and salads into my diet and refrained from a lot of food including fried foods, sodas, and meats including beef and pork among other things.

Besides it being hard to release weight, even with my regular Zumba exercises and running, I was beginning to notice that when I ate “solid meals” like turkey brown rice and cooked veggies, I would come away feeling heavy and sluggish. I also dealt with the occasional constipation.

Doing this diet has helped me to figure out how I should choose my foods and how they affect me physically. I have come to the conclusion that I may in fact need to become vegetarian or raw vegan depending on what foods best work with my system. Since being on this diet I have noticed an increase in energy, a loss of that bloated feeling that I constantly had, a decrease in skin eruptions (particularly in my scalp), better sleep and weight loss. On this final day of the 21 day diet, I am eager to continue on to see where this process will take me.

Thank you again and I look forward to continuing the Raw process,

All the best,



Join in the fun on the next session of the 21 Day Raw Cleanse that starts this  Monday April 18th 2016 at


In Joy!

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People React to 21 Day Raw Cleanse….

imanibeforeandafter2These are actual posts from the participants in the last session of the 21 Day Raw Cleanse Forum that you can see on the forum blog if you become a member. The names of the members have been changed to protect their privacy outside of the exclusive members’ community.

What I love about cleansing is all around me simplicity comes in view.  With springs renewal I have been tearing shelves apart and packing up my little house…simplifying, huge giveaways and changes.  I am always in awe of this process as it is so internal.  What’s inside reflects the outside.  Life with a simple wooden bowl and wooden utensils…is a poem and a magic place i love visiting. Finally got on the scale and have dropped seven pounds and what I usually use as barometer of weight gain/loss is that tight ole pair of Jeans, almost feeling sassy…shedding the winter fluff, but more than that the twinkle in my eyes…there you are Tiana!  Happy Day! – Tiana

I am really enjoying the centered focus of this program, learning and loving new recipes.  Self love and awareness the best gift of all. – Josette

Today was a wonderful day! That I made the intention to sit with the river was glorious within a busy life…we must make ourselves priority’s, a revolution really from human doing to a human-being! – DeeDee

Still here, I have had one or two ‘give ins’ and not really down to anything apart from lack of self control. Still I am not dwelling on them and am back on track for the fluid day! – Mary

Well I’m about to close the fabulous fruit day. I had lots of energy earlier in the day then feeling really tired. I feel open and happy and connected. I liked the happiness exercise about love today. Just trying to keep the love going. Sending some love and good vibes out to all of you – Julianne

Still enjoying the food, feeling a little weak still although on Friday managed a 4 mile run and felt fantastic running!

Also have noticed how much more motivated I feel about everything in fact! – Julianne

So I’ve been so busy . Day 2 was a blur no time to post. The recipes are really good. I must say I am enjoying them. Yesterday my body kicked into cleansing mode… I was literally in the bathroom every 30 min. Today,  I have a lot to do with work, and Barr class tonight. I think I will skip the peppermint tea until I am home for the night. So far no real challenges other than finding the time to work out but today I have Barr class and I have a plan to fit things in tomorrow, so I think I will be fine. I’ve tired this sort of thing before and never made it past day three… it was such a challenge. This time is different. I know I will complete the program. It does not feel forced at all. I am never hungry. I guess the timing is just right to cleanse and release the weight. I also like the structure of this program. Even though I haven’t spoken to anyone… just knowing the community is here and getting the daily emails makes a world of difference.  – Stacy

So i woke up feeling a little wobbly or weak but not hungry or empty. I am finding it is enough just to stick to the food side of the raw cleanse and i am going to take it as a bonus if i fit in the exercises, but am a pretty active person so I would say I get enough movement into my day.  Loved all the meals today! And will use them again just to feel good. – Laura

Hello everyone I made it through day 1 it wasn’t bad at all. The food was really tasty. I probably drink way too much tea but it got me through the day I’m looking forward to the rest of the week hopefully it will be as smooth as today was.  – Iya

Wow! We made it through day 1.  My husband and I really enjoyed the breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’ve never really been a big fan of tabouli but this recipe was delicious!  I’m really enjoying the structure of the program as I can be impulsive and noncommittal at times.  We feel really good about the program and most of all OURSELVES!!! – Maryanne

Wow, almost made it through the day, and not hungry!  I feel really good. I realize more and more each day how much of what I do is related to my mind – Powerful.  I had some very stressful things to deal with yesterday and today, and usually I would be down under for weeks…..I was able to handle it in 2 days! I think the way I am eating is really helping more than I would every know!

I am starting to wonder if I am going to keep feeling this way after the cleanse and also if I will be able to maintain this great weight loss I have experienced!!

It pays to have a buddy, she kept me on track today when I wanted to give in with the water fast! Thanks Donna! – Bharti

Day 4, well I found some brown rice in the refrigerator and I ate it.  But it’s all good, I still count myself a success.  It’s a good day and I’m moving forward with raw food for the remainder of the day.  Yesterday was all raw.

An occasional vegan side trip is still much better than what I have been putting into my body.

Just the fact that I am aware of what I’m allowing into my body tells me that I am moving in the right direction.

It is a journey not a race. – Aliya

Although I’ve done this cleanse many times, I’ve always been a bit timid to write a blog post here.  I’ve written blog posts for my business, as well as for others.  I think it’s because the other posts have to do with items of the mind, but this has to do with the meanderings of the heart.  This is where my perfectionistic feelings come in.  I know I don’t need to worry, though, as I have read others, and feel a community here that will be supportive.

I am following the diet plan as given to us.  I realize there will be days I won’t be able to do that due to availability of certain produce items.  But I’m confident enough in my knowledge and skills that I can substitute something else and I will still receive the nutrients that I need.

Today I juiced the grapefruits. I love grapefruit!  Grapefruit is a rich source of bioflavonoids and calcium to support the immune system and flush toxins out of the body.  At this time of year, I am doing all I can to support my immune system to avoid any of the germs that seem to be floating around.  My body also has the signs of immune insufficiency from blood tests, so grapefruit is good.

I had the kale wrap for dinner.  Kale is another vegetable I enjoy.  Kale is high in specific alkaloids that protect against viruses such as Epstein Barr Virus.  Another reason to include it at this time of year.

The part I have not been as good on as the movement.  I know it’s important, but I haven’t done the regimen yet.  Maybe running up and down stairs with laundry, etc., will count.  I do have a rebounder, so maybe I should put that somewhere I can just go and jump on it. – Carolina

Love sharing the love that abounds in the program community! You can read more testimonials from participants who have completed the programs, see pics of the food, and read all the benefits of the cleanse and what to expect in every detail on the 21 Day Cleanse website at

Sign up by midnight Friday to take advantage of the incredible Early Bird Special rates, especially on the 2-Program Lifetime Membership Special, the best deal in ongoing raw support available!

“The harder you work, the luckier you become.” – Roger Penske

In Joy!


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Can you say Phthalates?

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Can you? I didn’t think I could, but it is kind of fun if you try. Phthalates is a diphthong puzzle of a word severely deficient in vowels, and apparently as dangerous to your body as to your tongue!

Phthalates are the latest thing to be afraid of in fast food. Leaching from certain food packaging that some fast foods are shipped in, these harmful industrial chemicals were found in surprisingly high levels in people who had recently eaten fast foods.

I know my readers do not eat fast food so we don’t have to worry about this! But I know that many of my readers are the go-to healthy living person in their tribe, and as such you would be the person to warn your social group about this new finding.

According to Ami Zota, ScD, MS, an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health at Milken Institute SPH. “Our findings raise concerns because phthalates have been linked to a number of serious health problems in children and adults.” (looking this up I see phthalates are an endocrine disrupter and there seems to be a potential link to breast cancer).

– from the Environmental Health Perspectives Journal

On a brighter note, there are still three days left to get in on the early bird special for the 2-Program Raw Lifetime Membership to the 21 Day Cleanse and 28 Days Raw Program which start up on this coming Monday April 18th! Check it out at

In Joy!

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External Solutions vs. Going Inward…

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I was just thinking today…..I can choose to eat because I’m nervous but that’s not really going to help calm me down. I can calm myself down better with my thoughts. Like I do with my kids…

“It’s going to be OK. Everything’s fine. It will all work out. Take a deep breath. Relax. Feel calm. Focus on something happy. What can we do about this? Let’s talk about the best way to handle it. What do you really want and need?” etc…

These are the kind of coping skills that healthy people learn to manage their emotions, to take care of themselves. External solutions will only distract you from your troubles for a short period of time and won’t solve anything, often make things worse, and train you and those who look up to you to continue to go to external solutions for soothing.

Going inward to solve your troubles creates a new habit that is much more sustainable and contributes to your own growth as a person.

More inner work as well as complete nutritionally balanced raw menu plans and all the tools you need to go raw and thrive are available on The 21 Day Raw Cleanse and 28 Days Raw Program! The Spring Sessions start on April 18th.

Prep with The Raw Rumpus starting April 4th!

Details and schedule of upcoming programs:

- From The Daily Raw Inspiration

In Joy!

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Last Day to Sign up for 28 Days Raw Spring Program

blossomRaw Spring Menu Plan Program Starts Tomorrow…

Today is the last day to sign up for 28 Days Raw that starts tomorrow. (I will open up a late registration sometime Mon-Wed).

What a great time to go raw! March 21st, the first day of Spring 2016! The Spring Equinox, where the day and the night are equal length, has been a time of new beginnings for people in touch with nature since times of old!

Spring is a time of new life in nature. Baby animals are born. New buds are bursting forth on trees that have been leafless all winter.

And our Spring traditions; Spring Cleaning, getting ready for what the new warmer seasons will bring, making room for what we want to create this cycle.

Spring Cleaning the body after the winter when many of us tend to put on a little winter weight…. Getting outside more and becoming more active again…. We are rebirthing our own bodies in this time too .

Come out of your winter womb and spring into life! Let’s do it together with the 28 Day Raw Transition followed by the 21 Day Raw Cleanse, all starting tomorrow!

Find out more and register now at


“Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?”
- Sun Tzu


In Joy!


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