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Transforming your lifestyle and body the natural way! | superrawlife.com

“How I lost 72 lbs in 75 days!” 1 0 0 D a y C h a l l e n ge

“ A t o u c h o f C h e f T i n a Jo S t e p h e n s ”

“N o n e

the less”

t h e m ov i e, go e s g re e n

“living the simple lif e” “G a b r i e l e A g u s t i n i ” w ra p yo u r s e l f i n l u x u r y Issue #2 March 2011 I

Letter from Editor -n- Chief As I sit here contemplating what to write, my stomach and my head ache. I know why, plain and simple. The last 2 days I have chosen to eat my old normal diet: cooked and processed foods. For me it seems like ‘an all or nothing’, call it the old emotional eating habits that formed my lifestyle for years. The times I go back to normal processed foods reiterate why I love eating raw. Since being introduced to the raw lifestyle over a year and a half ago more often than not I eat a 100% Raw Vegan Diet. My body loves me for it. On top of losing many pounds and changing my outward appearance, my energy level, my patience, my countenance and my whole being functions better when eating all raw. It works for me, and that is why I am here. Sharing my thoughts, ideas, passion and enabling others to do so as well. I am not here to preach the ‘Raw Vegan Lifestyle’ as the only true path to happiness and health. Everyone has the ability within themselves to heal, from the inside out. You just have to take the time to listen to your body and put what you hear into motion. There is no right or wrong in the choices that you choose, which is why they are called choices. Each choice does hold a consequence whether it is positive or negative. I encourage you to continue to learn, grow and expand your thoughts every day. Find that which resonates inside and brings you peace and go with it. When you are in that moment and that feeling I know things will flow for you in your life. Just take the time to silence things long enough to listen, to listen to yourself! Photo by Bayli Shelton Silk Scarf designed by Gabriele Agustini

Much Peace Love and Light,

Michele Marie Jeppson ‘a person striving to make a difference!’ Founder of Super Raw Life Magazine www.superrawlife.com

super Raw Life Transforming your lifestyle and body the natural way! | superrawlife.com

Editor -n- Chief Michele Marie Jeppson

Art Director Jesse Cruz Salas

Story Contribution


Sharon Shiner Jane Karuschkat


Thyme to Cook

Kaci Christian


Are you getting enough Protein?

Mila Ilina


Traveling in the Raw

Tina Jo Stephens

11 Chocolate and Wine

Craig B. Sommers

13 A Touch of Chef Tina Jo Stephens

Carmen Shelton

Philip McCluskey Crystal Hutchens

19 What makes a house a home?

Beau Stine

22 How to make Superfood Puddings

Beverly Dunford

25 Raw Food and Cleansing 101

Karine Ionesco Betsy Bragg

27 Workout Program

James M. Dyer

33 Solarized Drinking Water

Helen Hooper Gabriele Agustini

37 Living in the Raw Directory

Erskien Lenier

40 Karine Ionesco

“None the less” the movie

43 Feeding our kids a healthy future 49 Realizing Eden

Photography Contribution Brett Baxter

Jody Fenton Photography

Bayli Shelton

Mark Richford

Brian Ypperciel

Mary R. Voyt

57 Wrap yourself in Luxury

Cheryl Rankin

Michele Marie Jeppson Scott M. Liddell

65 Raw Transformation

Gary Choppe’

71 Natural Body Detoxification

Jesse Cruz Salas

73 Freeing the Captives...

Book Reviews

75 “None The Less” the movie

SUNFOOD DIET INFUSION-transforming health through raw food veganism. By John McCabe BEYOND THE FINISH LINE by Steve Warren

55 Living the Simple Life

89 A Rawsome Cafe Launches in Pasadena Super Raw Life Issue 2- Mar 2011 Super Raw Life is published quarterly www.superrawlife.com ©2011 by Super Raw Life, LLC

95 Book Reviews

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Raw Winter Gazpacho

Sharon Shiner

(Serves 4)

Photography by Jody Fenton www.thyme-to-cook.com

Ingredients •  1 pint cherry tomatoes, 2-3 reserved, the rest rough chopped •  4 tomatillos, tough skin peeled off, rinsed and rough chopped •  1 cucumber, peeled and seeded, then rough chopped •  1/2 - 1-cup coconut water from young Thai coconut •  1/2 cup packed coconut meat from young Thai coconut •  1-2 garlic cloves

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1/4 sweet onion, rough chopped 1 red pepper, rough chopped 1 handful cilantro Juice of 1 lime 1 tsp Sea Salt

Garnish Reserved cherry tomatoes, finely diced •  1 jalapeno, minced •  1/2 red pepper, finely diced •  1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced

Technique Place all ingredients for Gazpacho (tomatoes->salt) into a high speed blender or food processor and pulse to liquid texture. Give it a taste and correct seasoning if necessary. Pour Gazpacho into a bowl and add the ingredients from the Garnish section (corn->cucumber) and stir them in. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Raw Sesame Kale Salad (Serves 2)


haron Shiner, sole proprietor of Thyme To Cook has always loved to cook. As a young girl she would create new and interesting dishes for her family and friends to eat. Sharon carried the passion for cooking delicious food with her throughout college and graduate school, and into the corporate world. Sharon earned her Masters of Science in Biology from New York University. On a brief hiatus from the pharmaceutical world, Sharon attended the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, but chose not to cook professionally and returned to working in Biotech and Pharmaceutics. After 15 years of the daily grind, Sharon decided to follow her passion for food and left corporate America to form Thyme To Cook. Sharon joined the United States Personal Chef Association as a premier member and in conjunction with the Culinary Business Academy, earned her Personal Chef Diploma. Fitness and health are extremely important to Sharon; she is a certified Mad Dogg

Athletic Spinning Instructor and has been teaching indoor cycling (Spinning) since 1996. In January of 2008, Sharon was certified as a Personal Fitness Chef by the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA); in April, 2008, Sharon was certified as a Fitness Nutrition Coach and Children’s Nutrition Specialist, also by NESTA. This past June of 2010, Sharon was certified as a Health Educator in the Hippocrates approach to Optimum Health, completing the Life Force Energy course. She prepares food, teaches, coaches, and gives talks on healthy eating and snacking to both adult and child audiences around Boston, Ma. Contact Sharon at 617-699-5998 or at [email protected] Check out Chef Sharon’s blog: thyme-to-cook. blogspot.com.

Ingredients •  1 head of kale, cut into thin strips •  2 carrots, grated •  2 handfuls arame, soaked 20 minutes and rinsed •  2 lemons, juiced and juice divided •  2 TBS tahini, room temp •  2 tsp unrefined sesame oil •  2 TBS sesame seeds Technique Take your kale and put in a bowl. Pour juice of 1 lemon and a pinch of sea salt over the top. Mix the juice and salt into leaves and then start to rub the leaves between your fingers, massaging them for a couple minutes, until wilted. Add in the carrots and soaked/rinsed arame then mix so all ingredients are incorporated. To make dressing, whisk the room temperature tahini, sesame oil, juice of lemon and a pinch of sea salt until combined. If necessary, add a touch of warm water to thin out. Pour over the kale mixture and combine to dress the salad. Garnish with the sesame seeds. www.superrawlife.com

Thyme To Cook

Raw Carrot Cake Cookies Yield: Approximately 50 cookies Ingredients •  1 cup raw, sproutable oats, soaked overnight, then drained and rinsed •  1.5 cups dates, pits removed •  1.5 cups almond meal (I used meal that was •  dehydrated and processed to a powder in the food processor) •  1-cup carrot pulp from making carrot juice •  1 TBS pure vanilla •  1 tsp cinnamon •  Pinch fresh grated nutmeg •  Pinch sea salt Technique Add oats and dates together in a food processor fitted with the S blade and process until well combined; add a few drops of water if it appears to dry. Add in almond meal, carrot pulp, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and pinch of salt and process until well combined; the dough should be moist, but not sticky, to form into cookies. Form into cookies using a small ice cream scoop or melon baller, or just roll into 1-inch balls. Place onto a dehydrator sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Dehydrate at 105º for 8-10 hrs.

Raw Chia Energy Bars Yield: Approximately 16 ½ inch bars Ingredients •  1 cup, raw, sproutable oats, soaked overnight, then drained and rinsed •  1 – 1.5 pitted prunes or dates, soaked for 30 minutes •  ¼ cup chia seeds •  ½ cup raw cacao •  1 TBS pure vanilla •  ½ tsp Celtic Sea Salt •  ¼ cup raw cacao nibs

Funky Monkey Smoothie (Serves 2)

Technique Add oats and dates together in a food processor fitted with the S blade and process until well combined; add a few drops of water if it appears to dry. Add in chia seeds, raw cacao, vanilla and sea salt and process until combined; transfer into a medium sized bowl. Mix the cacao nibs into the bowl with the processed ingredients. Turn the mixture out onto a sheet of wax paper, then cover it with another sheet of wax paper. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough into a flat, uniform thickness. Wrap the wax paper containing the dough in plastic wrap and place in fridge overnight so the chia seeds can absorb some liquid and solidify the dough into bar consistency. Remove from fridge and cut into bars; store wrapped in wax paper in the fridge or freezer.


Ingredients •  1-2 bananas, froze n, cut into chunks •  1 ½ cups raw almond milk •  2 TBS raw cacao •  2 TBS raw almond butter •  1 TBS raw honey •  1 tsp bee pollen •  1 scoop Sun Warrior Raw, Vegan, Vanilla smoothie powder (optional) Technique Place all ingredients into a blender, starting with almond milk and blend until combined. Drink and enjoy!!!


Are You Getting Enough Protein? by Kaci Christian

* Adding more protein but not more calories or exercise to your diet won't help you build more muscle mass, but it may put your other bodily systems under stress.

Maybe you’re curious about a raw diet or perhaps you know someone who is already eating raw and having incredible results. However, when you mention this type of food plan to the average MD or to a traditionallytrained nutritionist or to your neighbor who has been working out lately and eating a “healthy diet,” the question of getting adequate protein arises.

* Eating more protein and increasing total caloric intake while maintaining the same exercise level will build an equal amount of additional fat and muscle mass, according to a study published in 1992 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.”

It’s probably the biggest myth around: the concept that getting enough protein is difficult or even impossible on a raw, vegan diet.

Butterfield warns that sacrificing “carbohydrates for a protein-dominant diet…may force your body to fight back. [She says] that's because a diet in which protein makes up more than 30% of your caloric intake causes a buildup of toxic ketones. So-called ketogenic diets can thrust your kidneys into overdrive in order to flush these ketones from your body. As your kidneys rid your body of these toxic ketones, you can lose a significant amount of water, which puts you at risk of dehydration, particularly if you exercise heavily. That water loss often shows up on the scale as weight loss. But along with losing water, you lose muscle mass and bone calcium. The dehydration also strains your kidneys and puts stress on your heart. And dehydration from a ketogenic diet can make you feel weak and dizzy, give you bad breath, or lead to other problems.”

First of all, have you ever (I mean, EVER) heard of anyone dying or even having his or her health affected by a lack of protein? Of course not. This is because green plants have plenty of protein for the optimal health of the human body. And this plant-sourced protein is more easily assimilated, is better for your health, is protective against onset of diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, all the while being better for all living creatures. Miriam Nelson, in her WebMD feature article, reviewed by Gary D. Vogin, MD for MedicineNet.com, tackles the topic of protein in the diet. Contrary to what you might expect, instead of pointing out potential protein inadequacies, Nelson instead exposes the risks of eating too much protein. She reveals that consuming too much protein is a problem that affects a significant amount of the American population that consumes animal products. Have bad breath? Have urinary or kidney problems? Can’t lose weight? These are just a few of the symptoms of eating too much (and the wrong kind) of protein.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) stresses that diets that are rich in protein (especially animal protein) are known to cause people to excrete more calcium than normal through their urine and increase the risk of osteoporosis. http://www.pcrm. org/health/veginfo/vsk/protein_myth.html Excess protein has not only been linked with osteoporosis, but also with kidney disease, calcium stones in the urinary tract, and some cancers.

For her research, Nelson turned to protein expert, Gail Butterfield, PhD, RD, the director of Nutrition Studies at the Palo Alto Veterans’ Administration Medical Center. “Medical research shows that consuming too much protein—more than 30% of your total daily caloric intake—could actually harm your body,” explains Butterfield, who also lectures on nutrition at Stanford University. Vogin’s review goes on to say that Butterfield “says that a diet containing excess protein can have the following adverse effects:


When people are diagnosed with cancer or heart disease, the first advice from physicians is, “Change your diet. Eat a plant-based diet.” Those affected by such serious, often terminal, illnesses are traumatized, first by the shock of the diagnosis and then by having to give up the foods they’ve grown up with and enjoyed and often equated with love and comfort. Of course, it’s difficult to maintain a change of diet with that mindset. Of course willpower won’t be enough to follow the doctor’s advice, especially if you’re craving love and comfort and that’s what food represents to you. But if you were to read the book, Why

We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs & Wear Cows by Melanie Joy, PhD, or watch the documentary, “Earthlings,” I believe you’d be shocked by what you’d unwittingly been a part of, as you realized that you’d inadvertently been part of the perpetration of a great hoax against mankind for reasons of profit: that people should eat animals because it’s nutritious and because they can. Go into the grocery store. Look in the meat section. Every package of ground beef or steak or tri-tip or any other name that isn’t “dead animal flesh” disconnects you from the reality that this product came from a living creature that was raised in terrible conditions and treated with such disrespect and cruelty and ultimately murdered with incredible savagery and insensitivity. There should be a face and a name on every package of meat. You wouldn’t buy it then, would you? Your children would never forgive you. The PCRM also addresses the protein needs of athletes. “For a long time it was thought that athletes needed much more protein than other people,” says the PCRM. “The truth is that athletes, even those who strength-train, need only slightly more protein, which is easily obtained in the larger servings athletes require for their higher caloric intake.” The truth is raw food diets are optimal for athletes. Just ask world-class competitor, Tim Van Orden. In November 2005, Van Orden made a decision that would transform his life. He chose to pursue the answer to the question, “Can one be an athlete while eating a 100% raw vegan diet?” He followed a plant-based diet consisting of “living foods” in order to test his strength, his speed, his stamina and his agility. In his audiobook, Diet & Peak Performance, Van Orden not only gives the question a resounding “yes!” but also explains how his decision to eat living foods helped him consistently win race after race. Van Orden tells me he gets plenty of protein from the greens he consumes. And at the age of 42, the world record holder says he feels better than ever, and attributes his health and his athletic success to eating a raw vegan diet. But don’t just take my word for it, or Tim Van Orden’s or Dr. Butterfield’s or medical writer, Miriam Nelson’s. Ask. Google. Read. Learn. I promise: if you make the change to a plant-based vegan raw diet, you will never, ever have to worry about not getting enough protein. The information is out there. The myth has been busted. Word.

About the author: Kaci Christian is an award-winning television news anchor/investigative reporter. She transformed her life when she made the choice to eat a raw vegan diet and tells everyone she lives a life of outrageous joy as a result. She was recently chosen first runner-up in PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian/Vegan over 50 contest and attributes her vibrant health and youthful appearance to eating a compassionate, plant-based diet. Christian grew up in a meat-eating household, and in college decided to become a vegetarian. In 2003, a holistic health practitioner encouraged her to embrace a vegan diet, explaining that “hidden allergies” from dairy products were causing a significant drain on Christian’s energy levels. Research quickly made it clear that “cow milk is for baby cows.” Recognizing she wasn’t a member of the bovine species, she immediately eliminated all remaining animal products from her diet. She credits acclaimed raw food chef Liam McDermott and holistic nutritionist Chloe Conger with educating her about the benefits of raw “living” foods. Christian is passionate about educating people and helping them reframe their relationships with their bodies and with food. She is one of the keynote speakers at an upcoming women’s conference in southern CA slated for fall 2011. http://www.kacichristian.com

Traveling in the Raw Text by Jane Karuschkat Raw Chef Jane on Facebook e-mail: [email protected] Photo by Mark Richford

Is it really possible to maintain a raw diet while on a cruise ship?  Yes, it is . . .


wo weeks before my cruise, I was informed by the liaison with whom I had been in communication for two months, that the cruise ship would not be able to accommodate my raw food (and preferably organic) diet.  If I needed to speak with anyone further, they were going to give the assistant maitre’d the heads up that I would meet with him when I boarded the ship.  I made sure that I would be able to have bananas and avocados daily and was assured that I would.  So, on to plan B . . .

buying bottled water all the time.  Yeah, ok, I know the water doesn’t necessarily taste 100% like spring water, but it’s purified, and that’s the most important factor and I didn’t have to rely upon room service to deliver a bottle of water at several dollars a pop plus a service charge.  I also packed almonds in small snack-sized baggies, as well as two additional cups of almonds, two cups of cashews, raw cookies, sunflower seeds and two large plastic bags of dehydrated crackers that I had just made for the trip.  Also packed were sufficient amounts of my olive oil and raw apple cider vinegar, a container of nama shoyu, raw honey and raw agave. I figured all of this would get me through the trip, especially if I were to have an avocado daily with my crackers (my usual meal if I’m on a car trip).   I also pack my ceramic knife, with a spatula, and a cutting board which is in the case with my blender.  I find the knife comes in handy to cut up avocados and other fruits that I use for my morning smoothie.  My knife was promptly confiscated from me within moments of boarding the ship.  This upset me, because now I didn’t have a way to cut things up to prepare any food I might be enjoying for the duration of the cruise. Most of us are aware of the fact that the Universe provides us with exactly what we need at any given second in life, even though it may sometimes seem otherwise.  Temporarily forgetting how amazing the Universe truly is, I became upset.  I was supposed to be on vacation, and instead, I was finding the beginning of my journey to be stressful.  As I approached the elevator with a distressed look on my face (actually, I was almost in tears), this handsome gentleman in a ship’s uniform observed the forlorned look on my face and asked if he could be of assistance.  For some reason, I began to tell him my saga and how I was not able to speak with the assistant maitre’d, as he was not available until almost dinner time, and he said” Well, you’ve come to the right person.  My name is John and I am the head of food and beverage.  Follow me and I will call the Executive Head Chef and have him meet with you so that you can explain to him your dietary requirements.”  Within five minutes I was sitting beside the Executive Head Chef who completely understood what I was saying and was willing to do whatever he could to prepare meals for me while on board.  The chef asked if a salad would be alright for me for dinner the first night, and I said that it would be fine – just dark green, leafy lettuce, no iceberg lettuce, please.  Good little girl scout that I am,

Packing my food.  Since I wasn’t going to be able to eat on board the ship, I packed a small suitcase (about 40 pounds of food) so that I would be guaranteed my nourishment for the next two weeks.  One thing that I always pack is my personal blender.  I take it with me everywhere, as I have a green smoothie in the morning for breakfast every day.  At home, it’s a little easier – I use my fresh greens, a banana and maybe a peach or kiwi.  If I’m traveling by car, it’s pretty easy as well, as I can bring a load of bananas with me.  But on a cruise ship, I had to depend on my daily bananas being delivered to my room every day.  For greens, I use either a container that has to be refrigerated or individual packets of greens (both are readily available in pretty much any health food store).  I also bring a steri-pen with me so that I don’t have to worry about 7

a couple of days earlier I had written out several of my favorite (and simple) raw recipes.  We set up a meeting the next afternoon so that I could give him the recipes and some of the 40 pounds of nuts and seeds, nama shoyu, raw honey, etc., that I brought with me for use in the preparation of the raw meals.  I walked away with John’s direct extension and the direct extension for the Executive Head Chef as well.  I was starting to feel much better. Every morning, my husband and I would enjoy breakfast together on our balcony, I with my green smoothie and he with his non-raw food.  Throughout the cruise, I received delicious, gourmet raw meals for dinner.  The maitre’d tasted everything I was eating, as well as everyone at my table, and when I had run into the chef, he told me that he too was enjoying sampling this new found way of food preparation.  So you see, it is possible to maintain your raw lifestyle while traveling, not without some preparation and planning – even on a cruise ship that’s accommodating thousands of meals every day!


“Love is a force that connects us to every strand of the universe, an unconditional state that characterizes human nature, a form of knowledge that is always there for us if only we can open ourselves to it.” -Emily Hilburn Sell “Love is the most positive, life-affirming energy a person can feel. It permeates all, is the strongest power of all, and is the only superpower. Because it can be generated from within, love is available to us at all times.” -John McCabe’s book, Igniting Your Life


“No matter how we have lived or what we have experienced, I believe that we can choose to live in a way that heals us. Luckily the brain continues to form and rewire itself throughout our life, thus living healthfully at any stage of life allows us to become the healthful beings we were meant to be - and that we strive to be. To heal our brains from unfortunate experiences, we need the healing energy of love present in our daily lives. Even better if this love is combined with the best-quality foods available to us, intellectual stimulation, daily exercise, the use of talents and intellect, and intentionally goal-oreinted living.” -John McCabe’s book, Igniting Your Life “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” -Oscar Wilde “Too often we underestimate the power of touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” -Leo Buscaglia



Recipes by Mila Ilina Article by Carmen Shelton [email protected]

How to taste wine and chocolate?

Since the ascent of Eros and Cupidon, from time immemorial, young lovers await with insuperable longing to unveil their passionate, tender love on this Valentine’s day.

Observe, then smell the aroma or ‘bouquet’, and finally taste. Start by tasting a piece of chocolate and then follow by the wine. Neither chocolate nor wine should really dominate the other.

Chocolate and wine have been the lover’s ultimate redeeming feature. These sinful divine creations are delightful in nurturing a new love or soothing a broken heart, a ‘coeur brisé.’

Which combinations of chocolate and wine have a ‘rocky’ courtship? ‘Vins verts’ such as Sauvignon, Muscadet or Vinho Verde do not like to ‘share a bed’ with chocolate. Neither do ‘mineral wines’ such as Rieslings.

As with any courtship, the relationship of chocolate and wine can be difficult at times. The chocolate rules and will only tolerate a courtship that will go his way!

Chocolate & Wine

Chocolate &Wine

Contrary to general belief, do not drink champagne with chocolate. This means anything with ‘bubbles’ does not marry well with chocolate. Let not your ‘chagrin d’amour’ overcast your longing for champagne. We may only break the rules, in this instance, for our deserted lovers.

What wine do I match with chocolate? A white wine or a red nurtured in oak barrels? It is subjective to each lover’s sense of smell and taste. You need to have an innovative spirit and taste a selection of wines to find the one most accommodating to your own preferences.

The sweet wines such as Sauternes or Monbazillac are fine with fruit-based desserts, but they are not too happy when matched with chocolate.

Rule of thumb – try to select a wine that is sweeter than the food. According to a Parisian sommelier, the wines should have a certain sweetness to ‘fight’ with the chocolate. The rule can be broken if there is a minimum of 75% cacao content in the chocolate: a marriage may then be consented with red wine.

Mila Ilina is a certified Gourmet Raw Food Chef & Instructor with the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. She is the founder of Raw Radiance LLC, teaching the art of raw cuisine for healthy radiant living. For info please visit www.raw-radiance.com 11


Chocolate Truffle Mousse

Mexican-Spice Chocolates (From the Raw Chocolate & Wine Recipe ebook! www.raw-radiance.com)

(From the Raw Chocolate & Wine Recipe ebook! www.raw-radiance.com) •  •  •  •  •  •  •  • 

1/2 cup cashews (soak 2 hrs) 1/2 cup raw cacao powder 1/4 cup water 2 dates, pitted (soak 20 min) 1 Tbsp raw honey 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil 2 tsp vanilla extract Pinch Himalayan salt

1/2 cup melted cacao butter 1/2 cup raw cacao powder 3 Tbsp raw honey* 1 Tbsp coconut oil/butter* 1 Tbsp lucuma powder 1 Tbsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp cayenne (or more to taste) Pinch Himalayan salt

2 cups fresh strawberries (for dipping) Soak cashews for 2 hours, rinse and drain. Set aside. Soak pitted dates in 1/4 cup water for 20 min. (Do not discard the water.) Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blended (including the water dates are soaking in) until smooth and creamy. Add more water if needed for desired consistency. Serve with fresh strawberries

WINE PAIRING 2009 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir (Pink) Organic/Biodynamic – Los Carneros Robert Sinskey Vineyards. USA www.robertsinskey.com 2009 Benziger Grenache Rose (Pink) Sustainable/Intransition Biodynamics (Demeter) – Benziger Family Winery. USA www.benziger.com 2007 Grande Maison Cuvée Antoinette AC (Bergerac) (Red) Organic/Vegan – France www.vincermos.co.uk 1978 Cuvee Aime Cazes AOC Risevaltes Millesime (White) Organic/Biodynamic – Domaine Cazes, France www.cazes-rivesaltes.com 13

▪ Using a fine sifter, sift dry ingredients into a glass bowl (cacao powder, salt, optional superfoods), and set aside. ▪ Melt cacao butter to a warm liquid (see Recipe Instructions section). Add coconut oil/butter along with raw honey, allowing everything to incorporate and melt together. ▪ Pour the warm liquid into the bowl of dry ingredients while stirring the mixture. Continue to whisk until well incorporated. ▪ Pour the chocolate mixture into flexible candy molds, and place in the freezer for a minimum of 2 hours. WINE PAIRING 2007 Zinfandel Old Vines Russian River Appelation (Red) Organic/Transition to Biodynamic – Porter Creed Vineyards, USA www.portercreekvineyards.com 2006 Sonoma County Port (Red) Sustainable/In-transition to Biodynamic – Benziger Family Winery, USA www.benziger.com 2004 Syrah Russian River (Red) Sustainable Organic//Biodynamic – Patianna Organic Vineyards, USA www.patianna.com 1995 Gewurztraminer Sélection de Grains Nobles (White) Organic/Biodynamics – Domaine Josmeyer Alsace, France www.josmeyer.com


A Touch of Chef Tina Jo Stephens


Portobello Macadamia Nut Ricotta Cheese Tomato and Basil Tower This layered fresh and delicious tower is delectable in flavor, aroma and texture. It’s the perfect dish for two. (Servings: 2) This layered fresh and delicious tower is delectable in flavor, aroma and texture. It’s the perfect dish for two. (Servings: 2)

Ingredients: Marinated Mushrooms •  3 portobello mushrooms, cleaned with stems removed •  2 tsp garlic minced •  1 green onion minced •  1/2 cup olive oil •  2 Tbsp nama shoyu •  1/8 tsp course black pepper •  2 Tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed •  1 tsp lemon, zest Macadamia Ricotta •  1/4 cup macadamia nut milk •  1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed •  2 Tbsp olive oil •  1 1/2 cups macadamia nuts, soaked 4 hours, drained, rinsed •  1/4 cup cashews, soaked 4 hours, drained, rinsed •  1 tsp Himalayan pink salt •  1 tsp garlic, minced •  1/4 cup nutritional yeast Heirloom tomatoes layers •  3-4 whole beautiful Heirloom tomatoes or, if not available, your favorite ripe tomatoes, seeds removed, then slice Basil leaf layers •  1 whole fresh bunch, leaves only Procedure: Marinating the mushrooms 1. Remove stems and wipe the mushrooms clean with a damp towel. (Save the stems for a treat later.) 2. Add the marinade ingredients to a large re-sealable bag or mixing bowl as listed. Toss ingredients

together, carefully insuring that the mushrooms are completely covered with marinade. 3. Set aside for 30 minutes to 8 hours. The mushrooms can be marinated a day in advance, then stored in the refrigerator; the longer you marinate, the better the flavor. Creating the macadamia nut ricotta 1. Add all the nut ricotta ingredients as listed in a high powered blender. Process ingredients until smooth and creamy. Creating your tower 1. Remove mushrooms from marinade. (Save marinade for a fantastic salad dressing.) Begin by adding the first “cheese” layer to the Portobello, stem side up. This means the top of the mushroom will be face down on the plate (makes cutting a snap!). Next layer is sliced tomatoes, then basil. 2. Now add your second layer of cheese, top with portobello, third layer of cheese, basil layer, tomato layer, fourth and last layer of cheese. Now top with the final portobello. Stacking Tips 1. When adding 2nd Portobello, add cheese to stem side of mushroom first, then lay on top of the basil (it’s nearly impossible to spread cheese over basil leaves). Then simply spread another layer of cheese onto the top of mushroom and begin adding another layer of basil and tomato. For the 3rd and final Portobello, add cheese to stem side of mushroom first, then add to stack. This leaves the top of portobello face side up.


Chocolate Hazelnut Lava Cake

Cucumber Cups With Watermelon Salad

These little bundles of chocolate goodness are simply Heaven-on-a-spoon! The combination of chocolate and hazelnut liqueur will have you hanging on by your fingertips. (Servings: 4)

This beautiful appetizer may be tiny in size, but it’s big on flavor! Each cup is a perfect bite. (Servings: 12) Ingredients: •  2 lb watermelon, cut into 1/4 inch cubes •  3 Tbsp sweet onion, finely minced •  1/4 cup olive oil •  1/8 cup apple cider vinegar •  1/8 tsp Himalayan pink salt •  1 pinch black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste •  1 Tbsp basil, minced •  2 cucumbers, large seedless Procedure: 1. Peel and cut cucumbers into 2 inch rounds. Scoop out the center flesh, leaving a bottom for your cup(keep for a refreshing snack). Set cucumber cup aside. 2. Cut the flesh from the melon and dice into tiny bite size pieces and set aside. 3. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, salt, and pepper, then whisk until salt is dissolved. Slowly whisk in the olive oil, a few drops at a time. Add in the minced basil, taste, and adjust seasonings, if needed. 4. In a large bowl, combine the melon and onion. Pour the dressing over the melon mixture and toss gently until everything is coated and evenly mixed. 5. Now stuff the cucumber cups with watermelon salad and garnish with basil sprigs. 6. Any extra watermelon salad makes a great snack for later!


Ingredients: Chocolate Cake •  3 cups hazelnuts (unsoaked) •  16 whole medjool dates, rough chopped •  1 tsp vanilla extract, optional •  2 tsp hazelnut liqueur •  2/3 cup cacao powder •  1/8 tsp Himalayan pink salt •  1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice (blend of cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, star anise, fennel, black pepper) Chocolate Ganache •  1/4 cup agave nectar •  1/4 cup cacao powder •  2 Tbsp coconut oil •  pinch himalayan pink salt Procedure: To make the cake 1. Place the hazelnuts and salt in the food processor and process until nuts are finely ground into a nice meal. 2. Add the dates, then process again until the mixture begins to hold together. 3. Add the cacao powder, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice and hazelnut liqueur. 4. Process again until the cacao is well blended throughout the entire mixture. To make the chocolate ganache 1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and creamy.

2. Pour the glaze over ice cream, fruit, chocolate cake, brownies, the list is endless. 3. The ganache can be stored in a sealed glass container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. 4. To warm, place in a dehydrator on 105 F for 1015 minutes or place in a double broiler to warm. Putting it all together 5. Place 1/3 cup of the cake mix in each of the ramekins and press the mixture down with your fingers to compact. 6. Add 2 Tbsp of the chocolate ganache to the top of each cake-filled ramekin. 7. Top the cakes with the remaining cake mixture evenly among the 4 ramekins; approximately 2 Tbsp of the cake mixture in each ramekin. 8. Again slightly press down to encase the chocolate ganache. 9. Dehydrate at 105F for 15 hours. Tips: •  If you do not have hazelnut liqueur, you may use brandy, Kahlua, Irish Creme, Amaretto or. •  If you prefer not to use alcohol, you can easily add hazelnut milk or coconut milk. •  I always double or quadruple the ganache recipe, as it is delicious and saves in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. I always find yummy uses for it!

What makes a house a home? by Craig B Sommers ND www.rawfoodsbible.com


ating, digesting and assimilating the optimal diet for your body type and lifestyle is a key part on the road to optimal health. Healthy lifestyle with all its components is also very important. Indoor air pollution, being a major component of a healthy lifestyle, affects us in ways that most people never realize.   At least fifty million people in the United States suffer from respiratory illness and asthma is at an all time high. While diet pays a roll in these diseases, indoor air pollution also plays a major roll.   There is a wonderful alternative to a conventional house and the chemical cocktail it likely contains. Recently there has been a resurgence of building homes from natural materials. Strawbale, adobe and cob are coming into vogue in many places, and if built correctly, they don’t off gas at all. The modern home can sometimes be chemical gas chamber made of thousands of toxic synthetic materials that are dangerous to builders, homeowners, and the environment. Houses are not just made of wood

and brick. They are wrapped in plastic and Styrofoam, have tiles glued down with adhesives, vinyl flooring, Formica countertops, plastic carpets, formaldehyde soaked insulation, fire retardant synthetic furniture, poly-vinyl-chloride water pipes, and the list goes on. In fact, probably the majority of the components of a home are toxic. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that indoor air pollution from chemicals such as those released by paint are responsible for more than 11,000 deaths from cancer, kidney failure, and respiratory collapse each year. There are alternatives to conventional paint. Some companies offer zero VOC paint as well as sealers to stop existing paint from off-gassing. Other common household sources of chemical vapors, (VOCs), include ceiling tiles, draperies, floor coverings, gas stoves, plywood, particle board, stains and varnishes, upholstery, wallpaper and there are more. Some of the harmful chemical vapors that off-gas from these items include ammonia, benzene, chloroform, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, phthalates, and xylene/toluene. These vapors can cause Sick Building Syndrome. The symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome include allergies, asthma, eye, nose and throat irritations, fatigue, headache, nervous system disorders, respiratory congestion, sinus congestion and many more. I live in a cob house. Cob homes can be built entirely from natural materials from the foundations to the paints. Cob is a style of earthen building developed in the harsh wet environs of the British Isles. It is similar to adobe, being made of the same natural ingredients, but where adobe is formed into bricks and sun dried cob is applied directly to the foundation by the handful or by the shovelful to create hand sculpted free flowing walls. Building with cob is a creative experience similar to sculpting with clay. Cob is stronger than adobe and more resistant to wet weather because it has a higher straw content and because it is monolithic. In other words, cob is not made into individual bricks, but rather the whole building is one single brick. There are no seams for the walls to crack along. Cob is made from the same sand that is used to make cement,


but instead of mixing the sand with Portland cement to hold it together, it gets mixed with clay. And instead of using rebar to make sure that the walls don’t crack, cob uses the woody portion of grain producing grasses called straw. Cob is said to be the oldest and strongest natural building material on the planet. If does not burn, termites don’t eat it, and it does not rot. Two of the greatest benefits of a cob home are that not only will it not be poisoning you, but it can also be very inexpensive. Thus you can spend less time in a stressful work environment and more time participating in the life of your family and community which will certainly also keep you healthier and happier. Earth is the oldest and most common building material on earth! A very large portion of the world’s people live in homes built of the earth and many of us who have not grown up with these traditional buildings are beginning to see the need to revive them in the Western world. Earthen buildings in one form or another have been built for thousands of years all over the world, in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Parts of the Great Wall of China are built from earth as well as large parts of the first great cities, Babylon and Ur. In Yemen there are cob buildings five stories high built in the middle ages and still inhabited today. In Southern England tens of thousands of cob (earthen) homes between 500 and 700 years old remain in use today as hundreds of new ones are being built with the encouragement of the Queen. In North America there is the Taos Pueblo, one of the oldest constantly inhabited buildings in the U.S., built entirely from earth. Even in the northeastern US many colonial era homes are built of earth, most of the wooden ones having long ago burned or rotted away. There are at least forty adobe homes in New York over 100 years old. There are cob and adobe homes in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Even Paul Revere’s home in Boston is built of adobe bricks. While there is not a plethora of contractors in the USA that offer natural buildings, there are many. There are also workshops available where one could learn how to build such a home. I suggest exploring the internet for more information.


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How To Make Superfood Puddings by Philip McCluskey


hilip McCluskey is a sought-after motivational speaker, author, and raw food expert who inspires and educates thousands worldwide about the raw food lifestyle, or, as he calls it, “the world’s sexiest diet.”After thirty-failed diet attempts and the looming prospect of gastric bypass surgery, raw food saved Philip’s life, transforming him from a morbidly obese 400 pounds to a fit, energized, and glowing 185 pounds.

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  Passionate about the vibrant health and energy he gained when he lost his poor eating habits and emotional hang-ups, Philip has made it his mission to spread hope and health to others. He has appeared as a guest speaker at the Raw Spirit Festival and CBS show The Doctors, and has also inspired half a million viewers who have followed his journey on YouTube. He is the founder of LovingRaw.com, a source of advice and inspiration about the raw food lifestyle, and is also the author of three books,

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including the upcoming World’s Sexiest Diet as well as Raw Food, Fast Food and Raw Food Salad Bar.   When Philip switched to a 100% raw food lifestyle in 2006, he lost over 215 pounds as well as the depression, anxiety, embarrassment, lethargy, and illness that had nagged him most of his life. In their place, he found renewed energy, vitality, and happiness – as well as his fitter, healthier self. He inspires others to begin their own healing journey and not only lose extra weight, but gain vibrant health, mental clarity, a sense of purpose, and a renewed passion for life. His message to them is: “I believe in you.”   When he’s not writing, speaking, or concocting fresh raw recipes, Philip enjoys spending time outdoors in the sunshine, hiking, camping, and rediscovering nature. e. [email protected] | w. lovingraw.com

different types of food.  Some mono-meal and have little to no fats. Others get into eating raw dairy, or even raw fish or meat products. Others get into extended juice fasts and always seem to be doing a liver flush or master cleanse. And some of us, well, some of us do it all...  Why?  Cause it’s fun, it’s a journey, and we live outside the box.   I found that a new phase for me was making Superfood Puddings.  What are superfood puddings you ask?  Basically like a smoothie, but with little to no water, and lots of superfoods added in.  The more the merrier, and toppings usually work great on them too. Note: If you are using lots of powders, make this an occasional snack. I would prefer to see you include higher water content foods than lots of dehydrated powders on a regular basis.

Most people find that their raw food journey begins with smoothies and salads.  Then they discover gourmet raw, buy a dehydrator, and they find they can make treats at home. Then they juice fast, lose the taste for heavy foods, and switch to juices, salads, and usually spirullina.

  Remember the taste of cotton candy melting in your mouth? Being at the fair? Riding the rides, the taste, the rush, the excitement...

Raw Cauliflower Popcorn Ingredients: •  Cauliflower (1 whole chopped in popcorn size pieces) •  Nutritional Yeast (a whole lot, just pour it in, maybe 4-8 heaping teaspoons) •  Sea Salt (1/2 teaspoon or more, to taste) •  Black Pepper (just shake it on) •  Olive Oil (1 teaspoon) •  Water (just a splash) •  Optional: Spirulina (make it green, 1-3 tablespoons) •  Optional: Coconut Oil (just a teaspoon if you want some coconut flavor) •  Optional: Cayenne (only if you are hardcore)

Directions: 1.  Measure and prepare all the ingredients for the Raw Popcorn and put in a gallon size zip lock bag. 2.  Now shake that bag until your arms hurt.  3.  You can make it cheesier by adding more yeast, greener by adding more spirulina, and sticky by adding raw honey (only do that if you are going to dehydrate). Note: You can eat the Raw Cauliflower Popcorn as-is, which I usually do, or you can dehydrate it overnight and it will shrink up into yummy little crunchy pieces. Be sure to go easy on the salt if you dehydrate, as the flavors will intensify

  Well take that and triple it. That is what this Superfood Pudding is all about.  A bit sugary, but perfect for a post workout treat.  Here’s how you make it:

  Right around that point is when long-term raw foodies branch out into different areas, experimenting with

Note: If you are using lots of powders, make this an occasional snack. I would prefer to see you include higher water content foods than lots of dehydrated powders on a regular basis. Remember the taste of cotton candy melting in your mouth?  Being at the fair?  Riding the rides, the taste, the rush, the excitement... Well take that and triple it.  That is what this Superfood Pudding is all about.  A bit sugary, but perfect for a post workout treat.  Here’s how you make it:

Cotton Candy Pudding Ingredients: •  2 frozen bananas (peeled) •  1 cup frozen blueberries •  3 tbs lucuma •  1 tbs honey •  1 pinch sea salt •  1/2 cup water •  1 handful freeze dried strawberries (Trader Joes) •  1 handful goji berries (optional)

Directions: 1.  Blend all except strawberries and gojis in the blender.  Use as little water as possible, start off with 1/4 cup.  The idea is to keep it a pudding texture. 2.  Pour into bowl and crunch together strawberries into small pieces and sprinkle on top.  (The Trader Joes brand really tastes cotton candy like when wet, but hopefully any freeze dried brand should do.) 3.  Top with goji berries. (optional)




Raw Food and Cleansing


A few months after my son was born I started to suffer from the Atkins diet I was using to lose weight. I had chronic headaches, bad skin (worse than usual which was never very ideal), poor digestion, heartburn, lethargy and depression. I’d hit the wall on my weight loss. I was eating predominantly meat and getting by on coffee and advil for the headaches and other pains. Before I got pregnant I had adopted a vegetarian diet but I craved meat something awful during the pregnancy and later found out I was anemic. Unfortunately, my cellular memory hadn’t known to crave iron pills so I ate total garbage during the pregnancy and following that up with Atkins put me in pretty bad shape. A vivid dream about an energy being telling me I had cancer (and her advice to use a series of numbers and letters which upon waking I learned from Google was a chemotherapy) woke me right up. I had a pap smear done, which came back as displaysia, the beginning signs of cell abnormality, which leads to cancer. Always being kind of holistic minded, I started looking online for natural cancer cures and found the alkaline diet whose message was pretty clear; cancer can only grow in an acidic environment so get your body alkaline and you will heal all sorts of ills. There was no meat on the alkaline chart. A “coincidental” viewing of an animal testing video solidified the whole awakening and I went vegan almost over night.


Crystal Hutchens is a musician and filmmaker living in Alaska where she is working on a life altering film about spirituality and raw foods. After a couple years on gourmet raw foods she is now happy on mostly fruit and fasting towards breatharianism. She is available for consultations to anyone at any level on a healing journey. With the raw food cleansing came a heightened awareness of energy and intuition and she locally performs intuitive energy sessions to enable people on their healing path. She is the author of “Crystalism-Why We Die and How We Can Stop” available on her website RACrystalPalace.com. Links to her music, blog and Youtube can be found at CrystalHutchens.com 25

after reading many healing testimonials I realized this could be the answer and I committed to trying it. It wasn’t easy at first. Detox symptoms of toxins being released were harsh. I had no energy and a turpentine headache that held on for more than a week. Eventually the initial worst of it passed and I became the star of my local raw vegan potlucks with my amazing recipes. I started making a decent living making food for people and teaching classes. I got really into the superfoods and was hooked on raw cacao. It took me a long time to realize I was addicted to it and even longer to break the addiction. Most importantly I felt great, lost weight, my pain became minimal and many things I’d suffered from and accepted as normal went away. Sweating, dandruff, chronic runny nose, painful periods, insomnia and nightmares all dissolved. I had energy, passion and a heightened intuition. Eventually I couldn’t tolerate oils, coconuts, cacao butter and most nuts, especially cashews. My body had become so clean that fats gave me acne and I was gaining back weight. I started to see the whole process (even back to the veganism 2 years before going raw) as my body evolving off food and discovered many other people who had my same experiences and had become breatharian or liquidarian.

I felt better, but after my son was on solid food I went back to work waiting tables and my lifelong mild back pain complaints became progressively more severe. This eventually led to an opiate pain medication addiction. It started out innocently enough, being prescribed by doctors and led to me finding multiple underground drug dealers when I couldn’t get enough medication to cover the pain.

This led me to a water fast which taught me a lot about where I am on my journey and eventually led me back to eating mostly fruits, greens and juice. After all those complicated recipes and superfoods that I thoroughly enjoyed, I can honestly say my favorite recipe is a ripe chilled papaya cut open and eaten with a spoon. A bowl of cherries or blackberries is a close runner up. I gave up cacao when I gave up all fats and at the same time I lost weight, mood swings, the acne and the lethargy that came when the cacao crashed.

When I came to terms with my addiction I realized the only thing I could do was get off the oxycontin by sweating it out. This was a week of hell of which I will spare you the details. Words cannot describe how horrible I felt. When I was able to get up for short periods I was googling for a pain cure. I learned about myofacial tension syndrome, fibromyalgia and somewhere along the way I stumbled on the enzyme connection. This led me to raw foods and

I’m into my second water fast now and this is where the deep healing begins. I can see this all as a beautiful process that starts with a crisis and takes us on a journey of discovery about ourselves and what we truly need to be nourished which I now believe is nothing but love… love for ourselves, compassion for others on the journey and gratitude to the creator for making this incredible journey possible.


WorkOut Program by Beau Stine Chest, Team Beachbody Coach [email protected] http:/www.beachbodycoach.com/beaustine (801) 694-3742

Back, and Shoulders

Tip of the Day: Pick a weight that works for you. 8 to 10 reps builds muscle mass. 12 to 15 reps will make you lean.

This work out requires dumbbells or bands, a Pull-Up bar, water, and a towel.

Warm Up: 30 seconds of knee to hand touches, 30 seconds of jogging in place, 30 seconds of high knees, 30 seconds of butt kickers, 30 seconds of jumping jacks, 30 seconds of cherry pickers. Stretch: Neck stretches left and right 10 seconds each, 6 to 8 huggers, 6 shoulders rolls forward and backward, cross body arm stretches, arm circles small and big/forward and backward 20 seconds each, Wide arm chest stretches 3 or 4, 15 seconds of shakers. Rest: Take 30 to 60 seconds of rest in between each move. If needed, take more rest.



This is a repeat workout. First round is chest, back, and shoulders. Second round is reversed shoulders, back, and chest. If needed take it easy on the first round and then turn up the heat on the second round.

Round 1

Mid-Pushups: Max Reps Chin-Ups: Max Reps In and Out shoulder lifts: 16 Reps Wide-Pushups: Max Reps Wide Grip Pull-Ups: Max Reps One Arm Switching Shoulder Press: Refer to Tip of the Day. Close-Pushups: Max Reps Close Grip Pull-Ups: Max Reps Upright Rows: Refer to Tip of the Day. Decline Pushups: Max Reps Bent Over Dumbbell Pulls: Refer to Tip of the Day. Seated 90 Degree Shoulder lifts (Forward and Upright): 16 Reps. Diamond Pushups: Max Reps Seated Bent Over Dumbbell Pulls: Refer to Tip of the Day 2X Weighted Arm Circles: Forward and Backward, 10 seconds each. Rest for a minute, now its time for Round 2! www.superrawlife.com

Round 2 Round 2 In and Out shoulder lifts: 16 Reps Chin-Ups: Max Reps Mid-Pushups: Max Reps One Arm Switching Shoulder Press: Refer to Tip of the Day. Wide Grip Pull-Ups: Max Reps Wide-Pushups: Max Reps Upright Rows: Refer to Tip of the Day. Close Grip Pull-Ups: Max Reps Close-Pushups: Max Reps Seated 90 Degree Shoulder lifts (Forward and Upright): 16 Reps. Bent Over Dumbbell Pulls: Refer to Tip of the Day. Decline Pushups: Max Reps 2X Weighted Arm Circles: Forward and Backward, 10 seconds each.



SolArized Drinking Water by Beverly Dunford

S Beverly Dunford is a dynamic individual. She has overcome many adversities and has been through her own “trial by fire,” and is now, truly a Diamond, sharing her light with everyone she meets. Beverly completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Growth and Development from Utah State University in March of 1996. She became a Reiki Master in December of 2000 and graduated from the Utah College of Massage School in October of 2001. She earned certificates for Medical Massage and Infant Massage Instructor in May of 2003.

Beverly had been dealing with chronic fatigue since a 1997 car accident and was sick and tired of being sick and tired, so on January 10, 1999 when she got word of a marathon that was going to be held in her area for the first time that September, she wanted to train for and run it to see if she could “run out” the chronic fatigue she was experiencing. When she voiced her desire to her neighbor who was a long time marathon runner, he suggested that she train this year and then run the 2000 marathon. That didn’t suffice Bev, as she desired to run the first marathon and then continue running each Top of Utah Marathon thereafter.


His doubting that she had time to train well enough to be able to complete the first marathon only encouraged Bev more so as to prove to him that she could. She told him she didn’t have to win her division and that just to be able to finish under 5 hours would make her happy. He offered to let her run with him on Tuesdays and Thursdays once she got to where she could run several miles without being winded. She started going out for a walk every day and would jog what distance she could, doing what was comfortable for her body. By the first part of April Bev was confident enough to start running with her neighbor and knowing that she didn’t want to...

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olarized drinking water is kitchen tap water which has been poured into a glass bottle, set on the counter overnight without a lid on it so the chemicals in the public water system can dissipate, then set in the sun during the day to be energized by the suns solar rays. This process makes the water taste more pleasant. Many people are filing their stomachs full of store bought beverages that have toxic chemicals and acidic sweeteners in them which not only fill their bodies full of toxins, they also fill our landfills full of empty toxic containers that contaminate our soils. Some containers leach toxins into food especially when exposed to high temperatures like when you leave a bottle or a can of liquid in the car on a hot summer day or heat it up in a microwave. No one knows for certain the complete history of how our food has been cared for during the process of producing it and getting it to the grocery

store shelf. Many have heard the story of the American soldiers serving in Iraq who died of toxic chemical poisoning because of drinking soda pop that had been left sitting in the hot sun. When certain containers get hot they leach toxic chemicals into the food or beverage we are going to eat or drink. This is why it is not good to heat things up in plastic containers or cook in a pan that emits metal. Personally, I store the food in my pantry and fridge in glass jars. I cook my food on the stove or in my oven using glassware or a surgical quality stainless steel type of pan. Using a glass bottle to make your solar water in is very important as you don’t want toxic chemicals leaking through into your drinking water. Green or blue bottles are neutral colors so they are my personal preference. They also represent the colors of the heart and throat chakras. If I could find a non lead glass colored bottle in each of the colors of the chakras, I would drink

solar water from each color just for the added benefit of how the different colors affect every system and cell of my body. To make a solar water bottle find a glass bottle you like. An empty wine or juice bottle makes a great container for the solar water. Soak the bottle in a sink full of water over night to soak off the labels. With a scouring pad and some all natural goat milk soap scrub off the sticky glue that held the label on. If you don’t have the cork or the lid the bottle came with, just fold up a paper napkin and stick it in the top of the bottle. Make sure the water level is low enough from the top so that the napkin isn’t absorbing up the solar water. It is nice to have about 12 bottles soaking in the sun at a time so that you have plenty to drink and some to share. Once they have been in the sun for a day I leave them on my kitchen counter to drink from.

Disease thrives in an acidic state. Drinking alkaline solar water helps to keep our muscle tissues hydrated which is necessary for our vital organs to be able to function as they were intended to do so. It is good to consume at least one half your body weight in ounces of solar water each day, so if you weigh 140 pounds it is good to drink at least 70 ounces of water each day. If you are athletic and or sweating a lot, you may want to increase your water consumption to be one ounce of water per each pound of body weight. Therefore if you weigh 140 pounds you may want to consume 140 ounces of solar water per day. The earth, our body and our brain are all approximately 70% water. We may be able to live five weeks without eating food as long as we drink water; however we can only live 5 days without water and suffer grave consequences when we go without water for very long. Water is vital to our existence and most people are dehydrated to some degree most of the time. If you are thirsty you are already slightly dehydrated. Drinking a big glass of solar water whenever you feel hungry and before a meal or snack fills the stomach briefly and makes you feel fuller and stop eating sooner. The water in your system briefly increases metabolism as the body then has to work to process it. Breaking down body fat during weight loss produces wastes that must be eliminated through the kidneys. Drinking enough water is important to keep the kidneys functioning to remove these wastes.

I recommend that you drink 16 ounces of solar water each morning with a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in it to help flush out your system and then wait 30 minutes before eating. It is very important that water taken in is in balance with body salt – electrolytes. Drinking too much water without taking in salt dilutes the salt in your blood tissues and presents the risk of hyponatremia, an electrolyte disturbance in which the sodium (salt) concentration in the serum is lower than normal which could cause heart attack and even death. This is why the consumption of a good healthy salt like Redmond Real Salt Mineral Sea Salt is so important to our well being and why drinking lots of solar water and using mineral salt is such an important part of my Strength From Within 21 Day Body Detoxifying Cleanse. Cleansing our bodies of the toxins that we consume from the air we breathe, things we ingest, and the chemicals we put on our bodies for personal grooming that are absorbed through our skin (the largest organ of the body), helps our bodies to be able to function at more optimal levels so that we may enjoy good health and vitality. I highly recommend that everyone do a natural body detoxifying cleanse at least once a year. To learn more about my Strength From Within 21 Day All Natural Body Detoxifying Cleanse visit my website at www.strengthfromwithin.biz.

Bio slow him down edged her on even more quickly. She ran 5 miles every Tuesday and Thursday with him, and then did a long run alone on Sundays adding another mile each Sunday. Fortunately for Bev, her niece had just completed massage school and needed to give practice massages while building a clientele and was offering a family discount of $25 per massage. Bev decided she couldn’t afford to pass up such a great opportunity and started going in for a weekly massage. At the age of 40, with the aid of a weekly massage and the helpful tips from her running partner, on September 25, 1999 Bev crossed the finish line in 4:51.40.4. She had planned to stay conditioned and run the Top of Utah Marathon every year from then on however a car accident on November 19, 1999 left her with headaches, and back and knee pain and she found it too painful to continue on with her running. During this time Bev was providing professional day care services and had a state licensed family group daycare center in her home where she hired teachers to

help so that she could provide the children with a 1:4 teacher student ratio. After the accident Bev found it difficult to lift and care for the children and the noise agitated her headaches so she decided she would need to find something else to supplement her income as she needed to hire more teachers to replace the lifting required of her job. By December of 2000 Bev had become a Reiki Master. She learned of a 21 day Reiki healing session where you do a Reiki healing session for 21 days on a client. Bev tried it out on a friend who was on kidney dialysis and her friend said it was the only hour of the day that she didn’t experience pain. Word had it that it might become required to have a massage license to charge for Reiki. Realizing it would be a great skill to have, Bev decided to attend massage school and become licensed so that she could share massage with others and do professional trades for her own bodywork needs. Bev graduated from massage school in October of 2001 and began doing massage after daycare hours. She soon realized that

massage took a lot of physical exertion and that she was not strong enough to do massage full time either. Finding it necessary to close down her daycare and unable to support herself Bev lost all the worldly possessions that she had worked so hard to accumulate over the years and became very depressed. To aid in her own healing, Bev began reading everything she could about natural holistic health and over the years kept adding to and revising the 21 day healing sessions to encompass the new things she was learning, which she now calls her Strength From Within 21 Day Holistic Body detoxifying Cleanse. Bev also invented some chakra balancing color therapy Personal Power Pillowcases which she feels have aided tremendously in her healing process. Life experiences have developed Beverly into a gifted, compassionate leader in the healing arts. To learn more about the services she offers please visit www. StrengthFromWithin.biz


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Karine Ionesco is a certified Health Coach, Raw Food Chef, and Health Educator from Hippocrates Health Institute. She is passionate about helping people live better, healthier, and happier lives. Karine teaches classes and workshops on raw food and travels around the world to spread the healing power of living foods. You may schedule a free consultation by going on her website: http://www.karineionesco.com” www.karineionesco.com www.superrawlife.com

tells you what it needs to function at it’s highest potential. Just give yourself some time to explore your own perfect laboratory, and you will be surprised at your body’s intelligence and sophistication. That way, you will cultivate the ability to eat intuitively, trusting and honoring your body throughout the process. Here are some tips to guide you on your own journey to optimal health and vitality:   Chew your food – Did you know that about 90% of your immune system is located in your gut? That means there is more brain in your gut than in your head! A quote from Mahatma Gandhi condensed all wisdom into one sentence: "Chew your drink, and drink your food." That is, chew your food until it turns to liquid in your mouth. Good digestion begins in the mouth and is linked to a strong immune system, better moods, and fewer cravings.   Drink more H20 – Our body is composed of over 70% water. Every cell in your body depends on water in order to function properly. Most people are chronically dehydrated and mistake hunger for thirst. A good rule of thumb to indicate how much you need: drink half your body weight in ounces. Try drinking a tall glass of water with some freshly squeezed lemon first thing in the morning to hydrate your cells and jump-start your day.


oday, health awareness and nutrition are at an all-time high. Unfortunately, so are the myriads of diseases and health problems. The world of nutrition has become incredible complicated. We are overloaded with information by the media about what and how much to eat. No wonder we are all so confused. By now, most of us might even be ready to throw up our arms in despair. So how much of this information really matters? How much of it do we understand and how much is just clever marketing?

genetics, and ancestry all greatly influence which foods will and won’t nourish us. Ever heard of the saying: one person’s food is another person’s poison? Well, this statement is based on the reality that we all have very different bodies and dietary needs.   So, how are you supposed to know what is the best food for your body? What’s going to make you thrive, be healthy and feel good? Fortunately, we have free, 24-hour access to the world’s most sophisticated laboratory for testing how food affects you and your health. Your body! Yep, you are a very sophisticated bio-computer. It’s only by listening to your body that you’ll discover what is best for you. You are free to find out what gets you the results you want in your own body. You are your own dietary scientist and you are your one-and-only test subject. What a great way to measure results! Our bodies process thousands of chemical reactions every second. It’s a smooth running machine and the foods you are eating are the fuel you’re putting into it.

  Everyday, people are implementing a new diet with the hopes of losing those last 5 or 10 pounds. All the popular diet books aim to be best sellers instead of being based on truth and scientific evidence. They grab our attention by giving us quick ways to lose weight and promises to look and feel younger. All the diet theories out there are missing a huge part of what nutrition is really about: the individual. Most nutrition books tell you what to eat without any reference to gender, age, and constitution.   The truth is, there is no one perfect way of eating that works for everybody. This is called bio-individuality. The roots of this philosophy go back to a mid-century scientist, Roger Williams. In his book, Biochemical Individuality, Williams explains a basic principle of nutrition that was sorely overlooked: no one diet works for everyone. We are way too individualistic to eat the same exact foods. Our age, constitution, gender, size, metabolisms,


  Take a look at nature, for example. Just as plants and trees lean toward the light, humans and animals know instinctively what food is best for them. Gorillas don’t worry about where they get their protein, and they certainly don’t read any nutrition books. Animals are instinctual, and we have those very same instincts. The problem is, most of us have ignored the messages that our bodies are sending for so long and have lost touch with our natural cues. It is possible to foster a deep relationship with your body in which it naturally

  Experiment with cooking – You don’t have to be competing for the title of Iron Chef to cook healthy, delicious meals. When it comes to healthy eating, you just can’t beat your own kitchen. Keep fresh vegetables, fruits, and nuts on hand. Skip the pre-packaged and preprepared food and shop at your local farmer’s market or favorite health food store to load up on some fresh produce. Love your herbs and spices. Find your favorites, and try combining them in novel ways. Try out a new vegetable or fruit each week and have fun in the kitchen!   Eat when you’re hungry – If you are like most people, you eat when you are stressed, bored, sad, happy, or all of the above. Listen to your body’s hunger signals and needs. Pause before you eat, and put your fork down between bites. Feed your body what it wants – wholesome, fresh, nutritious foods full of enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Finding other ways to nourish yourself, whether learning to meditate, taking a hot bath, or going for a walk, can help you separate the need for food from the need for comfort and relaxation.   Get enough sleep –When you aren’t getting enough zzz’s, your body’s levels of leptin (hormone that signals that you’re full) fall while ghrelin (hormone that stimulates your appetite) increases. This means that you end up feeling hungrier without really feeling satisfied by what you eat, causing you to eat more and, consequently, gain weight. Try getting at least 7-8 hours of beauty sleep a night, and notice how much more productive and alert you feel throughout the day!   Get moving! – Exercise improves your mood, detoxifies the body, improves digestion and assimilation, increases blood circulation, oxygenates the blood, and makes you feel great! Getting adequate exercise is essential to your physical and emotional health. Harvard Medical School psychiatrist John Ratey, author of the book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, states: "Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning.” What are you waiting for? Lace up those sneakers to reap the benefits of exercise!   Cultivate an attitude of gratitude – Start counting the blessings and miracles in your life, start looking for them and you shall find more. What’s there not to be grateful for? You are alive and breathing! As you realize how lucky and blessed you are, you will begin to see the magic of everyday life.

Feeding our Kids a Healthy Future by Betsy Bragg, Executive Director of Optimum Health Solution


y dream has always been to provide children the many opportunities I’ve found to improve my health through conscious lifestyle choices. I’ve been so touched by the great inroads now being made to fight obesity and chronic diseases that I’ve wanted to dedicate my life towards this mission. And so, to bring this to those who need this most I launched “Optimum Health for Kids" on October 26, 2009 at the Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School (MLK) in Dorchester. Optimum Health Solution (OHS) is a 501c3 non profit organization dedicated to eliminating obesity, chronic disease and mal-nutrition in children. “Optimum Health for Kids”, based on the Hippocrates approach, addresses the most important aspects of physical health: clean food, exercise, psycho-emotional support and detoxification. As part of the program, the teachers received pre and post personal health assessments which showed improvements in their own health while following the program. They also received training to implement the program within their classrooms and earned 30 Professional Development Points. Their lesson plan, posted on www.optimumhealthsolution.org , give access to teachers for use in classrooms worldwide.


This program was made possible by the generosity of internationally renowned speakers, such as Dr. Brian B. Clement, Director of the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida and Brenda Cobb, The Director of The Living Food Institute in Georgia donating their time and expenses to come to Boston and speak at OHS Fundraisers. Further funds were raised through the total tuitions after expenses of the 10 week Health Educator certificate courses, “Life Force Energy – The Hippocrates Approach to Optimum Health” which are offered quarterly. For details see http://www.optimumhealthsolution.org/

projects_hippocrateshealthinstitute.htm. Each week the MLK teachers benefited from hands-on learning to plant sprouts, juice them, prepare and enjoy eating delicious raw plant-based recipes which were later replicated with their students. During each class guest volunteer speakers shared their life stories of how by practicing the “living food lifestyles” they reversed diabetes, cancer, crones disease, obesity and much more. And were able to do this in an economical way. Excalibur Food Dehydrators donated 5 Dehydrators for classroom use, valued at $1250. Lariccia Media Productions, host/producer of the children's TV program "Jo Jo's Dreamcart " TV for kids 5-10, filmed the entire course and lessons in the classrooms at their cost. Funds are now needed to make a TV documentary from this extensive footage in order to use this successful program as a model for other schools.


Learning To Sprout

Making It Happen Health Assessments

Here I am with the two key people who have made this program possible. On my left is Magnolia Monroe-Gordon. She is a graduate of Life Force Energy class and a 3rd grade teacher at the Martin Luther King School. She carries the mission of "heal yourself, heal the planet" into the classroom and co-facilitated Optimum Health for Kids in order to spread the mission throughout the school and the city. To my right is Mrs. Jessica Bolt, the principal of the Martin Luther King School. She fully supported and welcomed the program into her school. Mrs. Bolt fully embraces the whole idea of the Hippocrates healthy lifestyle. Here's a photo of Randy Jacobs, owner of Life Force Growers, teaching some of the staff the benefits of and how to grow wheatgrass. sunflower sprouts and sprout mung, adzuki and lentil sprouts (from left to right - Valerie Arthurton, Ivonne Donovan, Randy Jacobs, Magnolia Monroe-Gordan and Richard Salmon, Assistant Principal.) As part of the program, OHS arranged for the teachers to have their health assessments at the beginning and end of the program to show their progress. Here, Kate Acton, the microscopist, is showing and explaining a photo of his blood to Tom Rose, one of the teachers. Watch this suberb video taken by Joanne LaRiccia (known to us as Jo Jo) www. LaRicciaMediaProductions.com. http:// blip.tv/file/2898346

Students of these teachers have now planted sunflower sprouts in soil in their own classrooms, are excited day by day, watching them grow and are energized by chewing on bunches of grass.

A Lesson Plan by 2nd grade teacher, Mrs Wendy Tobin on – Writing –“How to Dehydrate Awesome Apple Crisps”

What’s Next!

Purpose: This lesson helps the students plan and compose the first draft of a whole group expository writing piece (A How to Book) about dehydrating apples.

"how to," the writing must include every step.

Students discuss the materials needed to dehydrate apples.

The whole class begins with the discussion of the materials used to dehydrate the apples. Create a list of materials on chart paper. Then write in complete sentences and draw pictures about those materials needed for the first page on the How-To paper.

Objective: Students will write with a clear focus, coherent organization, and sufficient detail. ELA General Standard 19-Writing

Sequence is important. Brainstorm with the students sequence words that can be used in this type of expository writing (i.e. first, then, after, next, last, and finally).

Materials: *pencils *crayons *How-To paper *markers *chart paper *How to Make Peanut Butter Written by Sue Howard, Photographs by John Paul Endress *Washing the Dog Sloan

Write and draw each step in the process of dehydrating the apples on the How-To paper. Include those sequence words in the writing.

Written by Peter Sloan and Sheryl

Tying It All Together: The students certainly enjoyed learning about the dehydrator and using it in the classroom to create a healthy apple snack.

Preparation: Determine a "how to" topic to write about that relates to the dehydration of apples. The students need to have prior experience in the process of dehydrating apples in the classroom so that they are able to write about it.

The students will complete a first draft of the dehydration of apples experience. Since this is a work in progress, the final product will be a published piece of writing (A How to Book) by Mrs. Tobin's Second Grade.

Procedure: Remind the students that expository writing has to be explicit. Revisit the How to Books used: How to Make Peanut Butter and Washing the Dog to review the characteristics of A How to Book. When explaining

The students prefer these apples to cookies and candy. 47

To more effectively change the lifestyle of children, I came to realize that the entire family needs to be educated. According to a recent study by the University of North Dakota, School of Nursing, “obese parents have obese children, and warrant intervention”. Therefore, OHS is planning a research study of parents who are struggling with obesity who have a child in kindergarten or first grade who is also obese. OHS is offering a 10 week (30 hour) educational program for parents and will then work to further support families by conducting a monthly “Healthy Eating Family Club” for the kids. Parents need to be educated about healthy nutrition and healthy living in order to properly guide their children. Part of the education they receive addresses real life challenges such as how to keep the living food lifestyle going on a limited income. OHS plans to enlist: 1) A graduate student to do the statistical analysis and write up the research study. 2) A medical facility to do pre and post blood tests along with a six month follow-up. 3) Funding for the study and for Community Supported Agriculture shares of food for the families that can’t afford them. If you wish to help, please call 617-835-2913 or email [email protected]


Realizing Eden by James M. Dyer


elf-inflicted mental suffering is sadly a growing trend in our world.  The lack of knowing our true selves has created a world full of addicted and unhappy people, living in a reality that is of their own creation.  I know this well, because I was one of them.  A path of self-realization, lead me to realize the ability to create heaven on earth was possible.   I truly believe anyone can follow in my footsteps, if they wish to find peace with themselves and the world as a whole.   The extent of suffering in each individual varies; and the source of most suffering is the ego.  This suffering manifests itself in many ways; chronic depression, ADHD, sleeping disorders, eating disorders, anxiety, and many more.  These are all due to a psychological disconnection from our true selves.  We have either not found what we love in life, wander through life aimlessly (trying to get by), or we have found what we love, but our fears prevent us from pursuing it.   The first step for anyone wanting to make a new reality for themselves is choosing a path of self-realization.  Self-realization allows us to raise awareness of the thought processes which we have developed that create our suffering.  For the most part, most of our distress comes from the ego, be it egotistical desires and the fulfillment, or the judge that creates self-loathing to cynicism.   Another very common manifestation of our suffering is an addiction to food.    For me personally, I always looked for any excuse to eat, my life was dominated by food. Be it to celebrate, or to make myself feel better. I came to the realization I was not only addicted to food, but certain types of foods, specifically fast food and processed foods. After that realization I made a decision to make all processed food and drinks to be a non-food option, and instead decided to use a book that listed the healthiest foods on earth.


  This decision proved to be the correct one, and after persistence and time I found I had broken a real addiction to the food I once loved.  I was capable of making decisions, not based on cravings, but on the true needs of my body.    I must say this was quite liberating. At 400 pounds, and addicted to junk / processed foods, a decision was made to find my true self. Originally starting with the determination to eliminate all junk and processed foods and drinks, I later learned of the raw food lifestyle. After living 100% raw for a year, I am confident in my belief that raw food is the fountain of youth. I have lost 225 pounds while gaining many years of healthy life. I believe that I understand a great deal of people that are going through life today, that are just trying to get by, and it’s my hope to raise awareness of ways to live a more healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. My blog is currently my outlet for this. When not being passionate about saving the world, I am a married father of 2 soon to be 3 children.


  The second step in creating a new reality is living in the present moment.  Depression and anxiety are symptoms of living in the past or the future and much of our inability to find inner peace can be directly tied to this.  One very useful tool we have available to help us control our thoughts and ensure we are living in the present moment, is meditation.  Meditation has unlimited benefits and is really healthy and beneficial to everyone.   Regaining control of our thoughts is imperative. www.superrawlife.com

  A third and very important step is our persistence and ability to imagine.    In order to create anything new you have to have imagination, and you have to have persistence even when faced with opposition.   Whatever you can imagine, if you focus the energy you have on what you imagine, you will find you can create anything.   It is important that you do what you love in life, because love raises your ability to imagine.   Following these steps, I came to realize that I was the master of my destiny.  I have developed a love for pure raw foods, which is the fountain of youth for this Eden I now live in.   Each and every person on this planet has a gift; it’s typically creative in nature, from writing to singing to helping others.    We sense this within ourselves; however in some cases we have limited our experiences in a way where we are unaware completely of our potential gifts.  Regardless, we all have them. They allow us to create more love in this world and are truly important for us individually and as a world as a whole.   I truly believe this world can ‘be the change’ everyone simply needs to find inner peace.  We can envision and create a beautiful world where there is no pain and suffering, nor fears.  However we need to find our way to express love, our gift, and share it with the world. It will be at this point we will also find we feel complete and at peace with ourselves, it will feel like we have gotten our youth back.   The beauty of love is that it allows us to imagine and create.   It fills us with energy and creativity, combined with the energy of a raw food diet; I truly believe that realizing a new Eden is not only possible, but imperative.  Raw food and Love is the future and we are the creators of it, through love and finding our true selves, we can create one without suffering.

Seeker of truth, Spreader of Love, Consumer of Raw Foods. www.realizingeden.com

“One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul.” --Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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Living the Simple Life

My philosophy on life is a straight forward one – ‘keep it simple’. I like uncomplicated, stress free living that takes the tears and tantrums of everyday life out of the equation and leaves you with the time and the space to enjoy each and every second that you have.

My daily practice varies. I love Ashtanga for its flow and breath work and some days my practice will see me working through the primary series. Some days I work on problem areas – years of long distance running means I have tight, tight hips that need gentle yet constant work to loosen them up. Some days I will just do some sun salutations and I have shared this simplest of sequences with you here.

Which is why, I currently find myself living in a caravan with my husband and three adorable and very spoilt cats. We are traveling around Europe and are spending the winter down in Southern Spain enjoying some sun and a truly laid back way of life. You can follow our travels on my blog here: - www.helensrawfood. wordpress.com

A ‘salute to the sun’ is just the best way to start the day, to stretch out limbs and backs that have been motionless over night. It gets the energy flowing, the blood circulating and sets you up for the day ahead.

Our time spent traveling is not only the result of a long held dream and a healthy dose of wanderlust, but, it is also an experiment into ‘living simply’, without all the possessions and paraphernalia that existing in the modern world seems to bring. Going back to basics and freeing up energy to enjoy our journey feels like a very good place to be right now.

Firstly, find somewhere to practice that inspires you. Dedicate an area for your yoga/exercise and fill it with things that you like so that you will want to come back there again and again. After doing my morning yoga I will normally have something light and simple for my lunch. Usually this is a large leafy salad with whatever produce is available or it may be a soup. One of my favourites at the moment is this ‘cream of tomato’. It is so simple to make and so delicious.

Being passionate about this life we are living also means being passionate about my health. I am a certified Personal Fitness Trainer and soon to be qualified yoga teacher. A vegetarian of some 24 years I started adding a large amount of raw food into my diet about 5 years ago. My current diet varies from between 70-100% of raw food on any given day.

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CREAM OF TOMATO SOUP Ingredients – serves two or one large bowl if extra hungry!!

My website www.thefitoption.com is where I bring all of this together to offer advice on living a healthy lifestyle. My aim for 2011 is to offer ‘Raw Food and Yoga Retreats’ in amazing locations across Europe in a bid to show people the amazing powers of both raw food and yoga.

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For me combining these two means I can live my life in the simple way that I desire. Food preparation is minimal and I need nothing more than to roll my mat out to enjoy and reap the rewards given to me by yoga.

Simply peel the tomatoes and then whizz all the ingredients together with a hand blender and serve.

I love the effect yoga has on me. I love the tone and shape it gives to my body – yoga shoulders and arms are the best!! I also love the time it gives me to centre myself and recharge – to go within. I have pretty much tried all sorts of exercise over the years but I have to say, it is yoga that I have got the most from and it is yoga that now stands up front and centre in my exercise repertoire.


4 large tomatoes 1 ripe avocado ½ red pepper Juice of ½ lemon Small squirt of namu shoyu sauce Pinch of Himalayan rock salt ½ - ¾ pint of water – warmed if required.

So, there you have it. Two of my most favourite – yoga and raw food. I feel very blessed to be able to explore this way of life and see how it fits. Having the time and energy to spend on ‘manifesting’ my business, playing with yoga and creating simply yet delicious raw food is truly precious. I think there is a lot to be said for this living simply……….it rocks!


Roll out your mat and you are ready to begin.


By Helen Hooper www.thefitoption.com

• Come to within about a foot of the front of your mat. • Bring your hands to prayer, close your eyes and take a few moments to calm your mind and prepare yourself for your practice. Do this every time no matter how short your practice may be for that day. • When you are ready take your arms to your sides and open your eyes. Make sure your core is engaged (pull belly button through to spine) and hold it here throughout. • On an in breath raise your arms above your head, bring hands to prayer and take eyes up to thumbs. • Exhale and fold forward bringing hands to floor in front of feet. Bend knees if you need to in order to get the whole of the hand flat on the floor. • Inhale, look up and straighten out the legs still keeping hands flat on floor. • Exhale and step right foot back and then left. • On the same exhale lower body into a plank position and then down to the floor. If you need to drop your knees at this stage then that is ok. • Inhale and raise chest looking upwards. • Exhale and turn toes over coming into downward dog. • Stay here for five deep breaths. Whilst here checks that the core is nice and tight, shoulders are relaxed and away from ears and heels are being worked down to the floor. • On an inhale step right foot through to hands and then left foot. • Exhale and drop head towards knees in a forward bend • Inhale come up to standing bringing arms back over heads, palms together. • Exhale hands back to sides.

Repeat this sequence as many times as you want. If I am only doing this part of the practice then I would aim for 10 salutations in total.


One of my absolute favorite comments about my work, came from the late, "Mr. Blackwell", fashioncritic. (Annual Best & Worst Dressed List) I was nervous, to say the least, when I presented him with his hand- painted silk pocket-square. He looked at and it said, "I love it! I LOVE it!". And gave me a big hug! Can I tell you how relieved I was?! THE Mr. Blackwell loved my work?!! Nice!!


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Silk-Painter/Fabric Designer Specializing in Silk and Velvet Accessories and Yardage Born in Europe to artistic parents, Gabriele, herself, became an award- winning oil painter. By the time she arrived in the United States, at age nine, she knew that she wanted to become an artist, and never wavered from that dream. Her mission with her art is to "Add luscious colors and sensual textures to your wardrobe."™ She switched mediums after leafing through a silk-painting book she intended to buy for a friend. Gabriele knew immediately that this was what she had to do! The book went home with her, and the friend was given something else for Christmas. That was in 1996 and she has never gone back to her oils. Gabriele describes painting on silk: "When the brush touches the silk and the dyes begin to flow, the feeling is as delicious as cake frosting or a baby's kiss!" Visit her blog: So Many Things To Love


abriele Agustinis studio is in her home, in Southern California. Every inch of it is filled with things that inspire her- books, colors, textures, and antique fabrics from her favorite designers. And of course, her supplies themselves. Just glancing at the brushes and dyes makes her want to create. Gabrieles studio represents how she feels about her work- Passionate!

“One of my favorite surface designs is silk painting,” Augustini says. There are many steps in creating a hand-painted silk scarf. A quick glimpse of the main steps is as follows: The design begins as PURE WHITE, 100% silk, and is attached to stretcher bars. Her design is outlined with a resist to keep the dyes from running together. Gabriele applies the vibrant French silk dyes, one brush-stroke at a time, until the design is completed. She then begins the lengthy dye-setting process, to make the scarf wash- fast. Even though some designs may be similar, no two pieces are ever completely alike!


"Gabriele Agustini's scarves are exquisite, wearable works of art. I am the proud owner of one with bright, decadent sunflowers. Makes me so happy to look at, and even more happy to wear." Elaine Hendrix Actress/Singer "The colors of the beautiful scarf truly reflect my spirit." Kathy Smith Your leader in total fitness "I am so happy and proud to have your beautiful artwork on my body. Thanks again for being my friend!!!" Ruta Lee Actress, Singer

Q&A What do you personally do to be more eco-friendly? I recycle. Buy in bulk to cut down on packaging. Use my recycled bags when I go grocery shopping. Use eco-friendly cleaning products. Use re-usable glass water bottles, instead of plastic. Take short showers. Turn all lights off, if not in the room. What do you do professionally to be more eco-friendly? Use cloths that I launder after use, instead of paper towels. Save things on my computer, instead of printing everything. Where do you find inspiration for the art you do? Everywhere!! I'm inspired by colors, flowers, abstract shapes, antique fabrics. And a ton of things in my studio! Even just looking at my brushes, inspires me! I have more ideas than I have time. How long have you been painting? Painting on scarfs?) I drew and painted from the the time I was a little kid. It kept me quiet for hours.( A mother's dream!) I was an oil-painter most of my adult life. I discovered silk-painting in 1996 - and that's all she wrote!! I've been hooked ever since! What is your concept towards fashion? I love bright, jewel-toned, colorful things! Things that make a woman's complexion come alive. But, on the other hand, I love black too. I'm a contradiction. Blog: http://SoManyThingsToLove.blogspot.com Website: http://GabrieleAgustini.com www.superrawlife.com

The Silk Painting Process: The silk scarf blank is hand-washed. ________________________________________ And hung to dry. ________________________________________ While the scarf is drying, I decide on my design. ________________________________________ I choose the colors from my silk color-chart. ________________________________________ I test the colors. ________________________________________ I stretch the silk blank onto the stretcher-bars. ________________________________________ I sketch on the design, with a disappearing-ink pen. (Not to be used on checks.) ________________________________________ I do a linear underpainting. ________________________________________ I outline the design with a resist, to keep the dyes from running together. ________________________________________ After the entire design has been outlined in resist, I begin to paint... ________________________________________ And paint... ________________________________________ And paint... ________________________________________ And paint!! ________________________________________ I love my little bowls of dyes! After the scarf has dried, I roll it in newsprint. ________________________________________ Then it gets steamed in this steamer, on top of the stove, for three hours. ________________________________________ It's always exciting to unwrap the scarf, because after steaming, the colors are much more vibrant! ________________________________________ The scarf gets hand-washed until the water is clear. ________________________________________ It gets hung to dry. ________________________________________ And ironed.

____________________________________ The finished piece. "Raw Food, So Good!" ____________________________________ "Raw Food, So Good!" 14" x 70" Hand-painted Crepe de Chine Scarf



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Raw Transformation By Michele Marie Jeppson Founder/Editor-n-Chief Super Raw Life Magazine




ave you ever been so lost that you just need to get away? I know it’s not healthy to feel that way but what is to follow will explain how I got lost in order to find myself. What started out as a break to get away and just have time to clear my thoughts turned into a major life changing transformation for me. I started the 21 day cleanse with the attitude I could try it out and commit myself for the 21 days. What else did I have to lose, right? I was gaining three weeks in Idaho with my mom and boys and in the process I would get to relax with bodywork and soaking in the hot springs. I told myself I would do everything her cleanse outlined for the 21 days. It was not a lifetime commitment or change, just trying something new out. Within the first several days I started to get really sick. I had a cough, lost my voice, got diarrhea and my body and head ached. I just felt down right miserable. It was my body’s way of releasing all of the toxins that had accumulated over the years. After day ten I sat down to eat another raw salad with the infamous olive oil and herbs salad dressing. Just the thought of tasting it again made me want to throw up. How could I continue eating the same taste day in and day out for 21 days? I picked at my plate and took a couple of bites. I looked over at my mom and told her I am done; I cannot do this anymore! Can’t we get creative and come up with some other ideas for meals? If we could just change the texture and taste to emulate something else, I could trick my mind into liking the taste.

You really can make meals all raw to emulate almost any recipe. I even found one for Raw Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies. Around day fifteen I woke up feeling refreshed and alive. I felt so healthy and good. My body had spent the last couple of weeks detoxifying and was now able to function at a higher optimal capacity. I was happy, laughing and full of energy. Still to this day it is hard to explain the way I feel when eating completely raw. It is like experiencing something I had never experienced, feeling something I had never felt before. Through research I realized the benefit of the living enzymes verses when the food is heated above 118 degrees. Internally I felt so alive and my system appreciated it. To me, my body was working hundreds of times less to process the food and in return it thanked me with the way I felt! My hope with Super Raw Life Magazine is to share and inspire and enable a platform for others to do so as well. I am so thankful for what raw foods have done in my life and I want to assure you, that you have the power to heal yourself in whatever aspect that may be. :] xo MMJ

I brought up the idea for lettuce wraps and raw guacamole. Why not, it was just assimilating the food in a different manner. So we tried it, they were heavenly. Oh, I still remember our reaction to the taste as if it were yesterday. Mmmmm, so divine it almost melted in my mouth. I came to the realization that sticking to eating this way would be a lot more manageable with meals like this.

“At my heaviest, I weighed over 300 pounds. It took me years to realize I gained weight as a subconscious protection mode. What once protected me now bound me! When I resolved things emotionally I was finally able to break past the plateau and free myself from myself!” - Michele Marie Jeppson

I started to research and found the term Raw Vegan and Living Foodist. There were thousands of recipes on-line available. Just the thought of these raw food recipes started to excite me and make my mouth water. 67

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“Over the course of 21 days I lost 23.5 pounds. I decided to proceed with the raw lifestyle and steps I learned during the 21 day cleanse. In return I lost 72 pounds in 75 days and found myself again. Not that I was ever completely lost but for years I had built a protection wall and way of comfort through food. What once protected was now binding and inhibiting me. I was able to completely let go and in the process find myself and set myself back on track to a happy healthy lifestyle!” - Michele Marie Jeppson

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Natural Body Detoxification

ing increased energy and vitality so you may enjoy a healthier happier lifestyle.

by: Beverly Dunford Cleansing Coach www.strengthfromwithin.biz/

Many people are getting extended colons. Central obesity has become the main cause of disease because the vital organs are being overworked from excess weight and are not getting the nourishment they need. Personally I do a 21 day weight loss body detoxification colon cleanse at least once a year. Like most people, I have a hard time turningdown all the candy that goes on sale after each of the holidays. It always seems like sucha good deal and I eat too much junk food and gain weight over the winter. Doing a yearly 21 day cleanse helps me keep my weight where I want it to be.

You can get where you want to be by following my 21 day all natural body detoxifying colon cleanse weight loss program. Approximately 95% of all diseases start in the gut from toxins getting stuck in our intestines, turning putrid and making us sick. Toxins are the foundation of degenerative diseases and reduce the quality of our lives by aging us, making us fat, lowering our intelligence, destroying our fertility, causing allergic reactions and destroying our immune systems. My all natural holistic cleanse weight loss program can help clear the toxins out of your body giv-

By cleansing at least once a year I lose 10 - 15 pounds, even though I am not over weight. This way I don’t let so many toxins build up in my body causing the pounds to creep on over the years. My vital organs continues to function as they were intended to do for good health. Most people suffer from health issues caused from all the toxins in their bodies and they continuously put on a few pounds each year as they age then die in an obese state of health. This doesn’t have to be your verdict, start a 21-day all natural body detoxification colon cleanse weight loss program today! Call me and I will get your workbook emailed out to you as soon as I verify payment.

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Freeing the Captives….Two Barefoot Soles at a Time by Erskien Lenier


up on running, until I got a notion out on a run to find out how the Barefoot Ethiopians managed to run so far even without shoes injury free.

ifty-three year old Corona resident Erskien Lenier has gained quite the local reputation for his unconventional mode of transportation for the last three and a half years—Barefoot Running. In fact, people everywhere he goes stop him and ask, “Why no Shoes?” I usually take time to give them my minute and thirty second snap shot of how “Natural Running” works from the ground up.

As I Googled “Ultra Marathon Running” I began to pull up blogs telling others stories of pain, what they found to be the cause and their solutions. Most of them pointed to the wearing of shoes as being the culprit. Stating that shoes weaken the feet no different than wearing a cast. I’d always thought shoes protect and cushion feet! Many had literally run away from their shoes only to discover pain free running for the first time in their lives. I thought this sounds to good to be true!

I came from 23 yrs of Bicycle Road Racing before becoming a Barefoot Ultra Distance Runner. That provided me with a very developed heart and set of lungs and 2 really oversized thighs that were not designed for long distance running.

About 3 nights after glimpsing that kind of path I woke up at about 2 AM with an urge to go running. I headed out with my shoes on, but something told me to just take them off but bring them,. Three blocks from home, I was “feeling things in my feet that I hadn’t felt since I was a little kid!”

“About three and a half years ago—kind of like in the movie Forrest Gump where he’s running across the U.S. back and forth and one day he realizes he’s done it enough and he stops—I had one of those moments on the bike,” said Lenier. My Training Logs indicated I’d raced and trained over 750,000 miles in my career as a Cyclist!

“My knee suddenly didn’t burn or ache and I thought, ‘I must be onto something here,’”

After taking a three week break to see what came after cycling I woke up one morning knowing I was going to return to my high school sport of Running: something I hadn’t done since high school after developing a bum right knee, discovering I had scoliosis of the spine, and being diagnosed as having a right leg that’s half-inch shorter than my left.

“Most people think that the soles of the feet are too sensitive to be doing what I’m doing. But my words to people are if you were to wear a blindfold for decades and then take if off, you would say your eyes are too sensitive to the light. But once you’d see all the colors that the world has, you would never want to be blindfolded again,” he said. My next goal is to run over hundred miles in a day barefoot. I have another goal beyond that one and that will be the Grand Daddy of my Running Goals: To Run Barefoot Across America. My real objective here is to show people everywhere that they have abilities far beyond the normal and to be BOLD and explore their limits. Use what life has given you to both live wide and deep in life and inspire others to do so too.

I ran a mere mile that night with the biggest GRIN on my face you can imagine! For the next 5-6 months I’d go out barefoot and bring along some light weight “Minimalist Running Shoes” (no padding or arch supports) and go as far as felt good barefoot then put on the minimalist shoes to get me back home with no further tenderization to my soles.

I looked at the fact that I still seemed to have all these problems that would predispose me to pain and suffering along the way and one night simply asked God to show me how I was to over come all this if running was truly his will for the next season in my life. As most other people do when starting up running, I bought a pair of running shoes. Within three weeks, I was running distances of up to 17 miles a day. Every night I would come home in pain foot, shin, and at least knee pain. Two and a half months into that path I was seriously questioning whether to give

Now a days I do my 14 mile a day commute back and forth to work Barefoot Running and on weekends I run anywhere from 30 to 50 miles in a day just for fun. And the best part is that I runs painlessly—all of his knee, foot problems, and scoliosis have gone away! Yes, as a fellow Barefoot Runner once told me “Barefoot Running forces one to adopt proper posture and movements” 73

To learn more about Erskien Lenier and Barefoot Running, you can visit his blog, at http://www.erskien. blogspot.com.


The misconception about going green is that it tends to be more expensive. Nothing is further from the truth.

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Michele Marie Jeppson

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by Jake Bolinder & Brandi Lynn Anderson Co-Creators of “None The Less” www.nonethelessmovie.com

s it just us, or do movies seem like they’re telling you the same story again and again? Different actors, different locations, different genres, it doesn’t seem to matter. We wondered what would happen if we collected the most passionate, talented, and creative cast and crew, then gave them all the freedom to make a film in whatever way they wanted. Letting the depth and layers of the characters act as a foundation; we have created scenes and jokes as a group of filmmakers, writing the story collectively throughout the production. Everyone on set has a voice that is valued, and the respect we have for each other’s abilities as comedians and filmmakers makes for an incredible atmosphere. No matter if you’re operating a camera, holding a boom, or acting as a background extra, if anyone gets a funny idea, or a better suggestion, we adjust the scene. The effect has been the most enjoyable and exhilarating movie set experience possible. This movie will be a collection of magical moments, as result of the actors committing fully to each other and trusting everyone around them, most importantly… themselves. The experience of being on set is only the beginning. What you experience when you watch is a connection to the characters and story like never before.

Very Punny What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. What’s got your goat? If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Lets bury the hatchet. Those are just a couple of examples of puns (clichés, old sayings) that everyone seems to use multiple times during the course of a day. Why, oh why do we say these things? It’s an entire language within a language. It gets frustrating when someone uses a pun incorrectly while trying to explain something. On the other hand, there are puns I don’t understand, but won’t hesitate to deliver when I know those listening wont understand either.

With so many talented actors, it was important to challenge them in a way that kept them raising the bar to new heights. To do this, we agreed that clever comedy takes much more work and focus to achieve than bathroom humor, and ends up being funnier anyways. This makes “None The Less” a movie for everyone. You’ll be amazed at how this actually elevates this project, instead of watering it down like we’ve see so often in movies made for the whole family. The egos and diva attitudes are non-existent. The collective passion and creativity of “None The Less” is noticeable in every character, and every scene. You’ll enjoy the way “None The Less” makes you feel, and it will be obvious to the audience within seconds that this was the film’s top priority.

“None The Less” examines puns on a massive level. Puns are layered throughout each scene. We have puns on top of puns. We have puns that overlap each other, multiple times. Don’t expect to get them all the first time you watch “None The Less”. It actually becomes a game to find the hidden puns, clichés and jokes. You will look at the most common puns differently, and you can take that to the bank. “None The Less” doesn’t just look and sound pretty; it has a depth and warmth to it that will keep you watching again and again. 75


WHAT WE’VE SCENE BY GOING GREEN At first, we thought that if we mix yellow and blue we could have a green movie. That actually created quite a mess, so we opened the floor to suggestions. The Mime seemed to have a suggestion, but the charades only added confusion. All we had to show for our transition to green was a hole in the floor and green equipment. The truth is, the last thing our cast and crew wanted was to leave a huge carbon footprint. We needed to put the shoe on the other foot. It just doesn’t make sense that “None The Less” waists a lot. “None The Less” has turned over a new leaf, and that leaf is indeed green. As a matter of fact, it makes so much more sense for us to be a green film. By saving and reusing everything, we save money as well reduce the amount waist. We have suggested that the cast and crew car-pool when possible. Along with disposing of batteries correctly, we’ve decided to bring a recycling container with us to every shoot. The misconception about going green is that it tends to be more expensive. Nothing is further from the truth. Not only can we say it has benefited our budget, it has strengthened our credibility and opened doors of opportunity for the film we could never have had a chance to open before.




“Michael Jorgensen (Hugh Woodbee) Is currently striving to get a recycling trash bin in his mansion…ok, so its just an apartment complex, but that in itself is green not having a yard to water. He is attending one of the most green universities in the united states, and takes public transportation often on his way to classes. Hugh unfortunately has a long way to go when it comes to green. He likes to have his cake and eat it too (if you know what i mean). I am striving to change these habits, but if there was one person in the cast who needs to work on some things, Hugh Woodbee!” Michael Jorgensen ”Hugh Woodbee”

“I'm all for being as green as possible. Unfortunately it seems most people think you have to be some sort of crusader for the planet to live a green life. I do it whenever I can because it makes sense to recycle to help keep costs down. And even on a small production that makes a difference so imagine the savings on a big production. I think the word "green" should be replaced with" smart". It would send a clearer message.” Dave Hales ”Officer Chris P. Bacon” www.superrawlife.com


“I love being green. Green looks good on me and on the planet. The only thing I love more than being naked is being green. Do you know what would look good on you (besides me of course) is green. When I'm blue I'm sad when I'm red I'm angry but, I'm totally cool when I'm green.“ Chris Provost ”Dr. Dan Saul Knight” “As a camera guy in Utah, I love capturing the beauty of the outdoors. Nothing ruins a shot faster than trash floating down a mountain stream. That’s why I’m proud that we’re doing our part to go green on this project, “None The Less” Brad Olsen ”D.P.”

Brianna J Bennett

“I started drinking green smoothies in March of 2010 by the encouragement of my daughter Natalie. Since then I have been off my blood pressure and cholesterol medications and have lost 10 very stubborn pounds. I have incorporated a lot more raw foods into my diet and am still in the learning process. So living green from the inside out is what I do! I am so indebted to my daughter for introducing green smoothies to me, who eats a raw vegan diet, lost 40lbs in 5 months, feels fantastic and looks simply radiant. GO GREEN!” Cathleen Mason “Mom Hamm”

“My walker is made from recycled tin cans.” Walter Platz “Al Timer” “They” say going green is a good idea.” Carleigh and her husband have a 1 year old daughter whom they put in cloth diapers. “We are remodeling our house and are using environmental friendly paint and materials.” Carleigh-Jo Naylor “May They”

“Green is the best sounding color of them all!“ Bob Melanson “Sound Mixer/Boom Op/Location Scout”

“Justin Tyme drives a natural gas taxi cab, and always recycles his rubbish from the back seat of his taxi.“ Billy Holden “Justin Tyme”

“How has Corey Dunnett the "Worlds Most Successful Thief 2001, '02, and '07" gone green you ask? I'm constantly on the lookout for the newest technologies that keep our cozy little planet green as the dollar. Cheers.” Andrew Jackson ”Corey Dunnett”

“Allez verts!!!!!“ Phillip Davis ”Perrier”

“Wind turbines were my idea.” Jann Hales ”Wendy Wind”

“I sing songs that have been sung before, isn’t that recycling?“ Angela Anderson ”Carey Oakey”

“I’m so green, I only use paper for my books that is made from recycled tires that were only used on electric cars.” Brad Anderson ”Walter Crime”

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A Rawsome Cafe Launches in Pasadena by Kaci Christian

It’s pouring down rain, yet lots of people are braving the weather and sharing the love at the grand opening of Rawsheed’s Living Foods Café in Pasadena, California. The owner, Rawsheed-Stone Coyote Patton, is beaming. The brand new business, which shares space with Frozziyo frozen yogurt, is packed with people who love Patton and the culinary creations he lives to share. Patton beckons me into the back so we can get a few minutes away from the crowd. He’s been vegan for 18 years, he tells me. “I stopped eating any animal products in 1993,” Patton says. “Before that time, I was mostly vegetarian, but still occasionally eating turkey. My spiritual teacher and dear friend, Jihad Curtis, challenged me. He asked me, ‘Why go halfway when you can go all the way?’ I listened carefully as Jihad began teaching me about casein, whey, hidden sugars, salts. It took me fewer than three days to consciously get it. And at the time, I happened to be reading a book about River Phoenix and his family, and that’s where I first learned the word vegan. That’s where it began.” His brother, Alvin “The Deuce” Patton, Jr., bought him his first VitaMix blender. “We became vegan together,” Patton remembers. “Alvin was a diabetic. Everyone in my family, except for my mom—and my children—is diabetic. We did it to help lower Alvin’s need for insulin and to boost his spiritual psyche. He passed away at the age of 35 in a car accident at 2001, but he was living a healthier life.” Patton’s transition to raw was sparked 9 years ago. “I weighed 280 lbs at the time,” Patton admits, “and it was just too much for my 5’10” frame. I was on my way to becoming a diabetic. I didn’t want to go down that path. I started fasting and meditating, and got interested in water and juicing and started making some raw recipes. I was blessed to get to know Dr. Ruby "Zitari" Stoner. 89

She’s 80 and is one of the people who worked with Dr. Ann Wigmore [co-founder of the Hippocrates Health Institute], and she helped inspire me.” At the same time, Patton was working with Doctah B. Sirius, an herbalist, and was going through several detoxification procedures to flush his colon, liver and kidneys and to eliminate parasites. He found eating living foods gave him more energy and helped him slim down, and he started experimenting with food preparation. “I’ve been honored to share the raw path with other talented living food chefs including Juliano Brotman, owner of Juliano’s in Santa Monica and Ani Phyo,” Patton smiles. And right on cue, Phyo walks into the kitchen, hugs Patton and congratulates him on the launch of his café. Another longtime advocate of plant-based foods, Abbie Jaye, better known to her fans as Chef Aj, is also on hand with her husband to celebrate the launch of Rawsheed’s, applauding Patton’s success as he addresses the crowd. Chef Aj is the pastry chef at vegan restaurant, Santé La Brea, and serves as the consulting chef at Exsalus Health & Wellness Center (featured in the documentary, Forks Over Knives). Patton tells me he’s not worried about opening a business in challenging economic times. “The time is right,” says Patton. “It’s what people need. I’ve always been able to thrive on willpower and walk into my strength. I can do this. I will do this. I am able to succeed in any environment, and that means each of us can do it. Always.” This is by no means the first time Patton has offered his love of food with the community. He founded Sun Power Natural Café in Studio City, California, a thriving raw food restaurant, and created the Sun Power brand of kale chips, cookies and whole foods that can be purchased in local health food stores. “I journeyed through getting living foods into stores

like Erewhon, Wild Oats and Whole Foods. I’ve taught over 150 raw food classes. I’ve prepared delicious living foods for celebrities including Alicia Silverstone, Woody Harrelson and Angela Bassett,” Patton continues. “Now it’s time for me to be able to share my creations with people on a daily basis. I’m delighted to be partnering with Michael Mikaelian, owner of Frozzi-yo, and feel privileged to be able to provide delicious, healthy fare for the people in Pasadena and in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. We’re open seven days a week.” Patton already has some of his recipes featured on Mario’s mobile café and says he is already considering plans to launch a mobile living foods café. He’s also working on a book entitled Breaking the Chain: The Tribe of the Divine Brings You Healing Foods Back to the Earth (the Way Mother Planned It).

Rawsheed’s Café, inside Frozziyo 1771 E Colorado Blvd Pasadena CA 91106 (818) 383-6291 http://www.rawsheeds.com Hours: open daily 11a-11p Attire: casual Payment: cash or credit card Price range: $$ Reservations: no Table service: no Delivery: no Take-out: yes Parking: street Wheelchair accessible: yes Alcohol: no Outdoor seating: yes About the author: Kaci Christian is an award-winning television news anchor & investigative reporter. She has been vegan since 2003, and has thoroughly researched the significant health benefits of a plant-based diet. She does extensive public speaking, has authored numerous articles and is currently working on her first book. 91

“Any place that we love becomes our world.” -Oscar Wilde


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Book Review by Beverly Dunford – all natural body detoxification cleansing coach www.StrengthFromWithin.biz In the book SUNFOOD DIET INFUSION: TRANSFORMING HEALTH THROUGH RAW VEGANISM, John McCabe, a lead author on raw food books shares his personal story of when his kidneys malfunctioned and doctors wanted to prep him for dialysis and removal of his thyroid - and eventually, a kidney transplant. He also had a bad back that was the result of many small injuries and was in horrible pain. Every time he went to see a doctor they simply wanted to prescribe more painkillers and do more types of surgery. Never did the doctors consider the incredible ability of the body to heal through diet, exercise, and positive thinking. So, instead of all those invasive and risky surgeries the doctors were telling him to undergo, he started taking care of himself through diet and exercise. When he was 45 he was offered a free physical at a heart institute and when the testing was done the doctor asked him what he was doing to care for himself because he had a heart as healthy as a twelve-year-old. The doctor wanted to know what types of foods he ate and what books to read to learn more about the raw vegan diet John had been telling him about.

John explains that the key to following a raw food diet is to actually follow a diet that consists entirely or almost completely of raw fruits, vegetables, and with some sprouts, raw seeds, raw nuts and maybe some water vegetables added for a variety of nutrients. It is even better if a majority of the foods eaten are those grown in home gardens, or on nearby land and organic farms. To follow a raw food diet, you don’t need to be eating what amounts to packages of raw junk foods, which may not be heated, but may be so processed in their own way that they lack some of the most basic nutrients you would obtain if you simply ate a variety of organically grown fruits, vegetables, sprouts, germinates, nuts, seeds, and maybe water vegetables.

what many people still today don’t seem to understand, that raw foods contain a nutrient that cooked foods do not: biophotons, or galama.”

Below are some of my favorite paragraphs from the book:

“When people follow a diet that is lacking in raw plant enzymes, their cellular activity begins to vibrate at a lower frequency, and their health degenerates into dis-ease.”

“Decades of scientific studies have shown that consuming raw fruits and vegetables and fresh sprouts is beneficial to human health. We also know that a plant-based diet is most beneficial to the environment, to wildlife, and to global health - especially when that diet is based on organically grown local fruits and vegetables.” “The more your diet consists of a variety of enzyme-rich raw plant matter, the better health you can experience.”

The reason John wrote this book is because he wants people to learn about raw food veganism and understand that following a diet consisting totally or largely of raw plant matter will help them avoid many of the health problems that are becoming increasingly common among people living in an industrialized society. Diabetes and obesity are two health conditions common in people following what has become known as the Standard American Diet, which is called “the SAD diet.” Other health conditions that are more common among people who follow the junk diet low in Omega 3 fatty acids, rich in rancid oils, lacking in biophotons, heavy in animal protein, filled with bleached starches, abundant in clarified oils, saturated with synthetic chemicals, and lacking in raw fruits and vegetables include high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney disorders, liver toxicity, visual degeneration, colon cancer, and various organ issues including erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer in men.

“Enzymes are substances that make life possible. They are needed for every chemical reaction that takes place in the human body. No mineral, vitamin, or hormone can do any work without enzymes. Our bodies, all our organs, tissues, and cells are run by metabolic enzymes. - Dr. Edward Howell, Enzyme Nutrition” “Biophotons are little specs of light that go away when a plant is cooked. In his 1956 book, The Sunfood Way to Health, Dugald Semple wrote, “Cooking devitalizes food, as when we kill seeds by boiling them, and thus causes the sun energy or galama in the plant cells to be dissipated.” Semple was using the words of George Julius Drews, who wrote about galama in his 1923 book, Unfired Foods and Tropho-Therapy. I believe the modern-day term both Drews and Semple would have used for that sun energy galama they spoke of is biophotons. They also understood 95

“Enzymes are necessary for life, and all living things form and contain enzymes. There are more than 2,500 different types of enzymes in the body. They are made up of protein molecules that are paramount to all chemical reactions within the body. They act along with minerals, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and all other necessary components of the body tissues to produce living functions throughout the body. Enzymes are central to the formation, repair, restoration, and revitalization of all tissues.”

“When a person’s diet is lacking in raw plant matter, the digestive enzymes degrade and begin to draw on the metabolic enzymes. This series of events weakens the body, causes sluggishness, and paves the way for illness to set in. The standard American diet of low quality foods is responsible for a human who is not living a quality life. The body is alive, but the system is weakened, and eventually is susceptible to limited physical and mental abilities, to unhealthful and damaged body tissues, to all sorts of illness, and to premature death… The best way to prevent disease is to avoid doing things that help create the terrain for diseases to take hold. Following a vibrant diet consisting largely of raw fruits and vegetables is one major key in maintaining vibrant health.”

until the chemical companies began producing the toxic chemicals that are now used on farms.” “To absorb the most high quality nutrients available from plants, seek out organically grown, nongenetically modified food. Organically grown food should be the first choice above any chemically “conventionally” grown produce. Naturally grown local foods will provide the best nutrients, ground you, integrate and adapt you with the environment, and tune your energy to be more in alignment with nature… They have a powerful way of beautifying and bringing a vibrant health frequency into the body.” This book is an information-packed reference and recipe book all wrapped into one nice, beautiful 6”x9”paperback book consisting of 293 pages. It is a great read and resource for anyone who cares about their health and the health of our planet.

“Foods that damage enzymatic activity within the body include meat, milk, eggs, and products made with them. They also included fried foods, foods that contain artificial dyes and flavors, as well as other artificial ingredients. Eating these deadened foods clutters the system and puts the body out of tune with nature.” “The most ecologically responsible and most healthful way to grow food is to use organic methods - which is how all crops were grown for many thousands of years,

For additional information on Sunfood Diet Infusion and John McCabes other books please visit his website at: www.ignitingyourlife.com

Beyond the Finish Line Novel by Steve Warren Book Review by Michele Marie Jeppson

Photo by Corrine Warren

I am going to be completely honest and warn you. Beyond the Finish Line will grab your attention and make you question: your inner self, the integrity of your being, and how far you could be pushed over the boundaries that once confined you. It will keep you on your toes and up all night. At least, that is what it did for me. I had no desire to sleep. I wanted to find out what happened next in this novel by Steve Warren.


Thus, the one night I started reading Beyond the Finish Line, my head never hit the pillow. Front cover to back over all in one sitting. It is a heart wrenching novel about honesty, love, family, passion, freedom, exceeding limitation and going against what seems socially acceptable in order to find peace, settle an unjust cause and find true love. I absorbed into the story, playing it out in my mind. By the end, it had me wondering if, no, not wondering, knowing I could train and run a marathon. Not only was it a story that caught my attention and kept me intrigued, but it made me question. Question myself, question what I would do in a similar tragic situation, it made me relate certain aspects to life and inspired me to run and push past my self-inflicted limitations. I encourage you to read Beyond the Finish Line, enjoy this book, learn from this book and of course, start reading it after a good nights rest!

Steve Warren is a native of Oregon who has lived in West Valley City, Utah, since 1984. He and his wife, JaNiece, have three adult children. His full-time employment career, which ended in 2008, included 13 years as a government employee at all four levels (city, county state and federal) and, most recently, 20 years as a copy editor/headline writer with the Deseret News in Salt Lake City. His occupations have ranged from a three-year white-collar job (clerk-typist) in Phoenix, where he received flowers during National Secretaries Week to a three-year blue-collar job (garbageman) in Salt Lake City where the man he replaced had been a bouncer at a night club, a man he worked with was a professional heavyweight boxer and the man who replaced him was a 7th-degree black belt in karate.

Beyond the Finish Line is not available in stores. To obtain a paperback copy, please email the publisher at: [email protected]

Steve’s free-lance writing background includes 1. winning statewide writing contests in Utah and Idaho, 2. selling articles to Popular Mechanics, True West, Sports Parade, Utah Holiday and a few other publications, 3. writing and publishing Drat! Mythed Again, a 183-page look at myths, miscalculations and downright awful predictions in Utah history, 4. writing and producing The Last Seminar, a 47-minute spoof of the get-rich-quick seminar industry, and 5. writing Beyond the Finish Line, a 304-page novel that has received favorable comments from Midwest Book Review and from the editor of Runner's World magazine.

Beyond the Finish Line can also be downloaded for $6 as an e-book at: lulu.com/content/2224265

In 1973, he received a bachelor’s in communications from BYU and still roots for the Cougars but sometimes finds himself cheering with equal—and occasionally more—enthusiasm for the Utes. His side interests include golf, playing the accordion, volunteer work and running a 10K every year. He has run in 10 marathons, with a best time of 3:00.52.


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