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Fruit Kabobs

This was a fun variation from having a plain fruit salad. The kids loved eating off of a stick..and yes the boys wanted to sword fight with the sticks afterwards, but it was a fun change.

Any fruit
Kabob Sticks

For this one I used: Pineapple, Granny Smith Apples, Gala Apples, Orange Slices, and Bananas.

Raw Chili

This was a hit for my chili-lovin' husband :) It has enough chunkiness and a lot of great spice to it!
If I were to spotlight a kitchen tool to use in this, it would be my Pampered Chef Chopper, I used it for half  of the ingredients.

4 oz. (1/2 package) white mushrooms, chopped small
(I have also used zucchini in place of mushrooms-great texture!)
1/2 C Celery, minced
1/3 C Red Onion, finely chopped
1 Red Bell Pepper, finely chopped
1 C Carrots, finely chopped
1 tomato, chopped (opt)
1 C fresh or frozen corn (opt)
 Put all in a bowl.
Add 1 C blended Almonds, don't blend to a powder, just until small chunks. A food processor may work best for this, or use the chopper.Then add almonds to bowl.(Made it without almonds and it's still great.)

In the Blender:
1 1/2 C Sundried Tomatoes
2+ C Water
1 T Olive Oil (or oil from tomatoes if using bottled)
1/4 C Nama Shoyu
1 Clove Garlic
2 T Dried Oregano
2 tsp. Chili Powder
1 T Apple Cider Vinegar
1 T Agave
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt

Blend until smooth and keep blending for warmed if you like. Add to the bowl and mix together.
*If you like it more soupy, then add more water and you can warm it on the stove, just until it is warm to the touch.
Great with Raw Sour Cream and Corn Chips.

Simply Mexican -Raw Taco Salad

This dish is a combo of recipes. I thought it would be too simple, but the flavors all combined made it light, refreshing, spicy, and crunchy all in one meal. It instantly became a family fave!

1 Head of Romaine, Chopped
1/2-1 whole head of iceberg lettuce, chopped (though any will work)
 2-3 Avocados to make Guacamole
1 Jar of Salsa
1 Recipe for Raw Sour Cream
A Plate of Golden Corn Chips
Arrange how you like. My daughter likes each thing separate on her plate to dip in, I like it all mixed together.
Enjoy and feel light!


I can't believe I haven't posted our favorite quick and spicy guacamole recipe...maybe because we like to add different amounts each time. We keep these spices in the front of the cupboard for quick access. Here it is and add more spices if you like. This will be a 1 person version.

1 Avocado
1/2 T Lime juice from a Lime
1 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
1-2 tsp. Onion Powder
1-2 tsp. Garlic Power
1/4-1/2 tsp. Cumin
1/4 tsp. Cayenne
1 tsp. Chili Power
1/8 tsp. Oregano

Mix well, and adjust to taste. We like ours spicy!

Raw Golden Corn Chips

This is a great, and a little spicy, variation of corn chips. We all loved them!

1 Bag Frozen corn-thawed (abt. 4 Cups)
1 3/4 C Golden Flax seeds, ground to meal
1 1/2 C Water
2 T Olive Oil
1 T Cumin
1 tsp. Onion powder
1 Clove Garlic, pressed.
1/2 tsp. Sea salt, and a little for sprinkling on top.
Dash or 2 of Cayenne Pepper
2 tsp. Chili Powder

Blend flax seeds into meal. Pour into a mixing bowl with chili powder, and set aside.
Put the rest of the ingredients into the blender and blend on high until it is smooth.
Stir mixture in with flax meal and chili powder.
Spread 1 C of batter onto a dehydrating teflex sheet, or parchment paper, smoothing it out very thin, no more than an 1/8 inch. thick.
Continue this three more times onto different sheets.
Score into chip shapes, and sprinkle with a little sea salt if you want.
Dehydrate about 4 hours, then flip onto dehydrating trays and dehydrate until desired crunchiness is achieved. I like them  really crunchy so I did them about 6 or more hours. The longer you dehydrate the crunchier they become.

Great with salsa and guacamole!

Updated Raw Journey

My Journey to Raw Foods, April 2009-May 2011
            For some time now I have felt that I should share one of the many journeys that have changed my life. I have always believed that we can learn, be inspired, and find answers to our prayers through other people and through whatever tools the Lord provides us with. In this particular journey I felt inspired to turn to Raw Foods.
            It was the end of a warm September of 2008 when I first noticed I was a little stiff behind my knees. That year I had found a love for running and had been actively working out a year at the aerobics group I go to. At aerobics we stretch, lift weights, work all the core muscle groups, do all types of dancing, exercises, and Yoga.
            I had run on a Thursday and later that day I remember doing cartwheels in the yard with my small children. The next evening I took them to a school carnival and when it was over we go in the minivan and as I sat in the seat my knees felt sore. “It’s probably just sore muscles from aerobics, or maybe I stretched them too much running or doing lunges.” Then I didn’t think much of it.
            The next day I went to a BYU football game and noticed when I went to sit on the bench my knees again were stiff and going up and down the bleachers actually hurt a bit.
            So the next week my husband and I decided I should go to an Orthopedic Surgeon, surely he could help me with my knees. He did x-rays, pushed on, and looked at my knees, concluding that I just had fluid in my knees and to just take some Naproxen for the swelling.
             I went home and to my disbelief within the next week I gained 13lbs. and had pain and stiffness in every major joint. Needless to say I called the Dr. and he said to stop taking the Naproxen because I was probably allergic to it. I had come to the same conclusion, but he had no other advice for me.
             So here I was; swelling and pain in my feet, ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, and hands. My hands had swollen 1-2 ring sizes and my wrists now had big bumps of fluid on them...and no one to help me. Okay, that’s not true. I said many prayers and I cannot tell you of the thousands of prayers my three little children said to “Bless Mommy’s hands to get better.” Finally my family Practitioner gave me some Prednisone for month and finally told me that it looked like Rheumatoid Arthritis and it would be best to see a Rheumatologist.
            The next place we turned was to our Chiropractor. I wanted to try anything but another “Specialist.” The Chiropractor looked at my knees and adjusted them and said I probably had meniscus tears, releasing fluid. My Dad had also had that and told me it was a minor surgery with three little holes in the knee. It did not sound right. Surgery, just from swelling in the joints? I did not want to go that route unless I had to.
            As a result, about 2 months later, still in pain each morning and taking medication daily, I entered the Rheumatologists’ office. I became unmistakably aware that I was the only one in the room under the age of 60. I was only 26 years old! “What am I doing here? Does this really happen to people my age? I am active. I try to eat well. Is it still a reaction to that Naproxen and it’s just lasting a long time? How did this even start?” As I thought on these questions my children played with the toys that looked like they hadn’t been played with in years. Finally, my name was read and I went back. After another examination of the knees and hands he concluded the only answer was medication for the rest of my life...and there were about four main types I could choose from. My mind started swirling at the thought of taking medication for pain the rest of my life. I had never even liked to take a Tylenol for a headache in the past... However, our main concern was that we wanted to, and felt we would have more children. He told us that taking medication while being pregnant could cause all sorts of birth defects, and then went on about the kinds of medication that were less likely to cause illness when I get “older.” We left feeling stumped and that I should never return to that place. In my mind I thought “Isn’t there something else?” “Couldn’t I get help, or even get better, without being given medicine?” Well, the answer was, not likely, when I was going to “Medical” doctors and specialists.
            Again I felt there must be something that could help me and I was determined to get off the Prednisone, knowing it too could cause future illness. My test results for RA came back negative at that time, but I was told the blood tests often come back that way even when you have the illness. That was just more confusion to me.
            We went back to our Chiropractor since he had started natural allergy testing (NAET) and we thought maybe this was all just a reaction to some allergy I had before the Naproxen.
            Months went by testing and “passing” allergies. I wanted to believe it was helping, but truly I still woke each morning with sleeping hands and arms, stiff knees, and barely able to walk. One day I remember thinking, “the medicine doesn’t do much, and I just won’t take it today.” I felt the regular stiffness that day. However when I laid down on the couch that evening, I soon realized that I could NOT get up. All my joints hurt so badly. Finally my sweet husband helped me over to our counter where I ate some food, bawled my eyes out in pain, and resorted to the necessary evil: medication.
            I prayed many days and nights. It hurt to bend, to sit. I could not kneel to pray with my family, they knelt around me while I sat on the couch. Functioning as a young mother of 3 was not the easiest, though I tried my best to keep a positive attitude. I couldn’t often pick up my children and changing a diaper put my hands to sleep. As did many things, such as holding my toothbrush, brush, or weights. My hands could not open all the way, nor could they close. I would wake in the night crying because my hands were so asleep that they burned! I had no idea if it would end, or I would be this way the rest of my life.
            I did have hope though, and a testimony of The Gospel of Jesus Christ that never wavered. I knew I would learn something from this trial, I prayed to know what I was supposed to learn. I had faith that whether my current trial ended the next day or not at all in this life, I would be the best I could and never give up searching for answers. I was given many blessings and one thing that resounded in my head was the blessing that I would be lead to the “right help.” Whatever that would be, at the time I had no idea.
            More months passed and I slowly tried to cut down on ½ mlgs. of Prednisone at a time. Oh the pain each time I tried. I did go down a few mlgs. over the next few months, but not without much pain. I continued working out; having been told keeping my joints moving would be the best help besides meds. Some days I felt the workout was too hard; I could not put my hands straight on the ground to do push-ups or yoga, and my hands fell asleep until they burned while lifting weights and I often had to put them down. Yet, I kept working out.
            Little did I know that April 1st 2009 was about to be the day my life would change. I went to aerobics like usual and afterwards we had our monthly potluck. Our instructor, Lara, had inspired me a lot the year before in terms of getting in shape and running. I held her in high esteem and thank her to this day for her uplifting words.
            This particular day she was talking about something she had been into that last six months, a few of those I had not been able to work out at all, thus not hearing about it previously, she said she had “gone raw”. I truly had no idea what that meant other than she seemed to be eating exceptionally healthy, and looked great. She told me that she had some kind of illness and had gone to get some herbal remedy to help when the lady in the store told her that she had cured herself of cancer through food. As she spoke I felt goose bumps all over my body and got tears in my eyes. She continued to tell me how great she felt, all the while something inside of me started to get a nervous feeling. Like something was about to change, and that I needed to go home and ponder on what she said. A couple of girls were going over to her house to try some “Raw cookie dough” after aerobics, and she invited me. Well, I always liked the raw cookie dough I had eaten before baking cookies, so I thought “why not.” At her house she quickly whipped up a batch of this “dough” using almonds, vanilla, salt, and something that came from a cactus...agave? What was that? It tasted great though and I thought, I guess I could eat this stuff instead of real cookies, but something in me was still luring me to come contemplate the matter.
            That night my children all went to bed perfectly, a rare occasion, and my husband had a church meeting to attend to. I was alone and ready to ponder. I started out writing in my journal. Then I prayed long and hard if this “Raw Food” was the answer I had been waiting for. Before I even had to speak the words aloud, I knew that I was suppose to do it..whatever “it” was. I then went through many scriptures, about foods and how God sent  foods on plants, (fruits and vegetables) and seeds and grains for us to eat, and they were used for healing. I searched The Word of Wisdom in Doctrine and Covenant section 89 to see if this was in line with what I already believed. It was, and as I read and pondered, my knowledge that maybe the body really could heal itself came full bloom. I knew I had to try, yet I knew very little about it.
            I wrote down everything I had learned that day. What I could eat: fruits, vegetable, nuts, grains, and seeds, nothing cooked, canned, processed, white sugar, white flour, and nothing from animals; meat, dairy, eggs, fish, etc.
            Growing up and to this point in my life I thought being healthy was adding some iceberg lettuce to a turkey sandwich, maybe a small salad on the side of my plate of meat, dairy, and canned foods, drinking so much cows milk per day, and eating a few fruits, exercising, and drinking water.
            I had a lot to change, but once the confirmation came for me, I knew that the Lord would help me in the changes I needed to make.
            The very next day I ate fruit for breakfast, a salad for lunch and a big green smoothie for dinner. Over the next while I felt hungry, then moody, (part of detoxing the body, I now know) then light, but overloaded with information I was reading mostly from the internet, and recipes. I liked the raw desserts right away, and kept them a staple from the start.
            A couple weeks into this I was still making “normal” meals for my family, while I ate differently. It was a bit challenging, I wasn’t tempted by the food, it actually started making me sick to smell, but it just felt odd eating differently from the rest of my family.
            One night my husband realized that I was changing, not only my body was shedding unneeded weight, but I felt happier and clearer in my mind, and he thought it would probably be easier for me if he climbed aboard. So he decided to pray about it for himself, and we did together. Once he received the confirmation to join in, it was much easier for us to have the "raw lifestyle", as we started to call it, because we weren’t just going to make these changes for a “diet.” The more we learned, and continue to learn, the more we know we are supposed to have a vegan/raw lifestyle.
            Over the next few months I put all my faith and trust in the Lord as I continued eliminating prednisone out of my life. Finally, one day it was almost gone and I just threw it away. Now, I still had pain. But by then it was bearable. I tried to run again and the first time it felt like running through a wall of thick mud, but I kept at it. I was not going to give up the battle.
            I wish I could say I have stayed raw the last 2 years. But it’s not true. I did eat meat again..but it tasted harsh and actually not very palatable at all. After we tried our old “comfort foods” and things we use to eat, we found that not only did they taste weird, we felt bloated and even sick afterwards. Many prayers were said on where to go from where we were at.
            About 8 months after starting the Raw food lifestyle, I was able to become pregnant without risk of any drugs in my body. My swelling had reduced dramatically over the months and I did not hurt in my joints. I can’t say exactly when it happened, it’s not like it was over night. But I do know it was a process to get to that point. Once I was pregnant I began throwing up, like I usually do, however this time it seemed worst than ever...for about 3 weeks...then it stopped, all my joints were normal, my wedding ring fit, and I had no more swelling at all. The sickness stopping was a miracle for me, because my 3 previous pregnancies I was sick at least once a day, most of the 9 months.
             Well, we were overjoyed and incredibly grateful to be pregnant and to have this blessing of healing. I went on to have the healthiest and most “normal feeling” pregnancies I’d ever experienced. We continued to eat a high percentage of raw foods, mixing in a few vegan cooked vegetable and grains and felt that was a good place for our family to stay.
            While pregnant, there was of course a slight worry that the “swellings” would return after I had the baby, as I was told those with Rheumatoid can sometimes have symptoms go away during pregnancy only to come back by 6 weeks postpartum.
             However, I am now happy to announce that I had my baby 9 months ago now and he and I are so healthy. I do not have swelling in my joints at all. On a rare occasion I feel tingling or a small about of tightness in my hands from holding something a long time, or keeping them in the same position a long time, but not even comparable to what it was. Actually I hardly notice anything pain wise, and there is no swelling at all.
            We now continue very high raw lifestyle, having few meals of cooked or processed vegan foods, however with some weeks all raw just because we like it and feel better.
            What I mostly feel is gratitude. I am grateful that I was lead by my Heavenly Father to move to the amazing place I live in, in a Stake that has an aerobics program that put specific people in my life at the perfect time, so that I could expand my knowledge, and through my Savior Jesus Christ, my life could be changed for the better.
             I am grateful for my amazing, supportive husband who is my best friend for eternity! He also tries all my crazy new creations.:) I am grateful that we were given so many incredible foods from the earth and I now love experimenting with new ways of eating them, but I am also happy just eating an apple. Once again, I am so grateful for the guidance by my Heavenly Father, for me, to turn to Raw Foods.

Raw Almond Milk with Honey

Almond Milk with Honey
1 Cup of almonds,
3 Cups water,
1 TBSP of raw honey.
All in blender until smooth. Strain through a nylon.
(You can keep the almond pulp for pie crusts, cookies, and raw breads.) Chill.

Raw Ginger Spice Cookies

Since I am still learning about Ginger and do not buy it too often-yet, I thought I would take advantage of it in some new recipes. These new cookies were a hit with the kids who like Ginger-Snaps... sweet, spicy, yet chewy.

3/4 C Raw Almonds
1/4 C Raw Walnuts
2 1/2 tsp. Agave
1 1/2 T finely diced Ginger (or 1/2 tsp. Ground Ginger)
1/4 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
Pinch of Ground Nutmeg
8 Pitted Medjool Dates
1/4 C Raisins

Put 1/4 C Almonds in the blender and blend to a fine flour. Set aside for later.

Put the rest of the Almonds and the other ingredients in food processor or blender. Pulse until all are chopped up and the mixture sticks together. It should still be  a little chunky.
Scoop out a Tablespoon and roll in your hands.Flatten out and roll in Almond Flour until it is coated.
Continue until all the dough is used. Chill in the refrigerator 30 minutes. They can be stored in the freezer for a few months as well.

Raw Honey-Almond Crackers

Crackers have been a staple for years, but they've always been processed saltines and graham crackers. Recently I have been experimenting with flax crackers and here is a healthy sweet cracker that reminds me of a thicker wheat thin.

Honey-Almond Crackers
1 C Flax Seed Meal (Flax seed ground into meal in the blender)
2 C Almond Pulp (left from making Almond Milk) OR use Almonds blended to a flour
1/3 C Honey (Add more if you want sweeter)
1/8 tsp. Sea Salt,  plus some to sprinkle on top if you like.
1/2-1 C Water

Blend Flax seeds into meal, transfer to a bowl. The blend Almonds if using whole almonds, into a flour. Add to flax meal and stir in the rest of the ingredients. Add the water a little at a time and mix until it is thick and resembles a hard dough, not wet.
Roll out dough using extra flax meal or nut flour to roll it out on, until they are about 1/8 inch. thick or thinner.  Score into 1 inch squares or use cookie cutters for fun shaped crackers. Use a pancake turner to scoop crackers onto 2-3 dehydrating sheets.

Dehydrate 6-8 hours or until desired crispness is achieved.

Option 2: Herb Crackers
Add tsp. Sea Salt, Thyme, Oregano, Onion Seasonings and A clove of garlic-pressed instead of honey.
Sprinkle with salt before putting in dehydrator. Great for dipping or with cucumbers inside.

Ginger-Lemon Juice

We have been wanting to try more juice lately, since the nutrients don't have to be digested, it's a great way to start the day. We also found a fruit-veggie juicer at a yard sale for 6$, how do you beat that?!
So today I tried this and the ginger (that I would never have thought to juice) gives it a refreshing after taste.

 Put all through a juicer
1 Inch Ginger
1 Granny Smith Apple
6 Long Carrots
Then add 1 whole lemon-juiced (my juicer doesn't do citrus, so I added this last with a hand juicer.)

Stir to mix and drink.

Raw Food Basics


What is Raw food?
Raw Food:Raw food also known as fresh food, living food, sun food and all healthy food.
Raw food consists of the following;
1. Fresh Fruits. Organic fruit is best, yet can be pricy and not always available. Plant a garden! There are hundreds of fruits out there for us to try. Eating fruit is a great way to get energy and kill cravings for sweets. Try a new fruit each time you go grocery shopping.
2. Fresh Vegetables. There are also many varieties of vegetables to try.
3. Fresh Greens. Spinach, kale, collards and romaine are among the best nutrition wise. Greens are filled with chlorophyll and rebuild your blood. If you can't stand eating salad all the time. Start with a little handful of spinach in a smoothie. Even the kids will drink it.
4. Nuts. Okay to consume raw, but soaking nuts with skin breaks down the enzyme inhibiting coat, making them easier for your body to digest. You don’t need to soak white nuts unless you want a creamy sauce. Nuts are high in good fats, but put fourth on the list for a reason. You can consume as many fresh, whole fruits, veggies, and greens as you want, and feel great, and never put on a pound. Nuts should be secondary to those. However, people differ in their needs and for me, I can tell when I need to eat more nuts.
5. Seeds -Same as nuts, but sprouted can be highly nutritious! Sunflower and bean sprouts are great for you. I once grew sunflower sprouts and my little kids couldn't wait for them to sprout so they could eat them.
6. Grains. Grains are best when sprouted by soaking, planting, or ground up. Grain is most nutritious when sprouted into a living food.
7. Natural oils. Coconut Oil and First Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil are among the top pure oils to consume. Coconut oil has some amazing benefits. Use in making foods or for your skin!
8. Natural Sweeteners. These are used mostly when making a raw dessert. Agave, Raw Honey, Pure Organic Grade B Maple Syrup, fruits like dates, figs, raisins, and other dried fruits, as well as fresh fruit all make great sweeteners.

Consuming Raw Food, or Living food, gives your body all the enzymes and nutrients it needs!

NOT Raw Food
Meat -Raw or Cooked
Dairy -cows milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.
Canned Foods
Processed Foods
Refined Sugars
Anything cooked or processed over 118° degrees

Why 118° degrees? That is the heating point at which a foods chemical make-up starts to change from raw and living food to a cooked and dead food. The more you heat it, the more it is altered, changes, and dies. The heating process starts with boiling down to baking, then frying, broiling, and grilling being the best way to kill any life out of a food.

Raw foodists use low temperatures (Under 118°) to dehydrate and warm foods. Freezing foods changes it little. You can make raw soups by blending different veggies and spices. You can heat this on the stove until it becomes warm to the touch. If it starts to boil, you know it's been heated too high.

Why not meat or dairy?
Meat protein is actually hard for the body to digest and most of it goes strait to your stool or clogs up your arteries.
We can get every nutritional need met through consuming a good variety of raw foods

Milk: Humans produce milk for baby humans, cows for baby cows, goats for baby goats. They don’t drink our milk, why should we drink theirs? Also, animals are given so many hormones that we don’t need to consume, a lot of which cause allergies, eczema, and sickness. Milk and milk products line your body with a coat of mucous, protecting your body from the milk. 

If you love milk, try almond or rice milk. These are both great alternatives without the added fat, mucous, and hormones. Canned and Processed foods are packed with preservatives, and are not real foods.

What your body needs vs.  what it is addicted to:
We all eat some amount of raw foods. It is up to you to decide how much you eat. The more raw food you consume, the better you will feel and the less you will crave cooked foods. Eventually your body starts to crave what it needs. Instead of you wanting to stuff yourself with what tastes good to your tongue, you will feel satisfied. 

I have learned that we are generally raised to be addicted to cooked foods. Especially salty and oily foods.  Have you ever wondered why people want to go to sleep after a Thanksgiving feast? The FOOD (meat, bread, butter) has addictive qualities and act as "drugs" to your body making them tired. (Read 12 Steps to Raw Foods for more on this.)

Also,  I have learned that after being raw for a while and then you binge or "cheat" on junk foods, they don't actually give you anything you are truly craving. It is just another sign that one is addicted to those foods. When people emotionally eat or are bored, they are usually seeking a feeling of love, acceptance, or escape, none of which are actually achieved by eating unhealthy foods. You may gain only a temporary state of relief, followed by a guilty feeling or a sick tummy. Deciding to eat all healthy all the time is easier talked about than done, but it can be done if you have a true goal. Making lifestyle changes can be hard, but having a supportive spouse or friend, or even a online support group to help encourage and even join you, is also a huge help.

*Eating at least 75% Raw food is recommended. I personally feel best at 99.9% Raw!

Most people find "Raw Food" when searching for better health, healing, or alternative “medicine” (I did) It was a process to come to Raw foods, and continues to be, sticking with it.

What are some of the health benefits of eating raw food?
Reversing, improving, and curing diseases such as (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, auto-immune diseases, skin irritations, etc.) 
Weight Loss
Clearer Skin
Whiter Teeth
Stronger Nails
More vibrant health
More Energy!
More in tune with the spirit, clearer mind.
More in tune with what your body needs

Isn’t it expensive to buy so much produce?
Price Match your produce to Super Wal-Mart and get the best prices around. Also-Bountiful Utah) Check your local produce co-ops.
Shop the farmers markets.
Use the money you would normally use to buy meat, dairy, eggs, and other canned or highly processed foods, to buy healthy delicious raw fruits, vegetables, greens, nuts, and seeds.
Make your own lunches and dinners and eat out less.
Think of it as “health insurance” or an “investment” in your long term health-it really is!

How Can I get my Family to eat more raw foods?

My Tips
* Pray about what is best for you individually, and as a couple/family. Go with YOUR inspiration!
* The stronger you are as an example, the more others will want to follow. Spouses, support each other.
* Plan Family Home Evenings around the Word of Wisdom and what you choose to do in your family on top of the basics.
* What were Adam and Eve given to eat when placed in the Garden of Eden? Fruits, Flowers, Seeds, Vegetation of all sorts...Living food.
* Plant a Garden! Eat from the ground!
* Temptations: If it is not in the house, you will not eat it. Make a raw dessert instead!
If you are trying to cut down on something, resist the temptation to buy it again. Pray for help.
* Your spirit is stronger than your flesh!
*Ask yourself, "Is this a real/raw food, or a made up food?" Apple? Real food. Pretzels? Made up food.
Kids even like joining in on this question and can be a game for them, to help them realize when they are eating real or "made-up" foods. If it grows from the ground or a tree, it's real/raw food. If it has to be processed, cooked, added to, or something taken away, it is not a real food.
*Introduce one new thing into your normal meals.
* Add a salad every dinner. *A fruit or two with every breakfast or lunch. *Greens in a smoothie.
* Have fruit and veggies out for you and others to snack on.
* Have fruits and veggies cut up in containers in the fridge so they are ready to grab for snacks or to have with meals.
* Go to the fridge before the pantry!
* Write down what you learn.
* Log what you eat for a couple days and decide what you want to change.
* The more Alive a food is when eaten, the more Alive you will feel.

I am asked "Don’t you get bored eating salad, carrots, and apples all the time?" I do like those, however; there are hundreds of different fruits and vegetables to try, and many many ways to prepare and have fun with them. 

* HAVE FUN! Make "boring" fruit into shapes or try it with something you've never thought of trying it with.

How I think of it:
It is not a diet-it’s a lifestyle.
It’s not about eating less; it’s about eating more of the right kinds of foods!

For Raw food starters try eating only raw fresh foods for one meal. You don't have to limit yourself to one apple for breakfast. Try 3 or 4 peaches and 2 bananas! Or try a green smoothie! You shouldn't feel hungry. Then try it for a week. See how you feel. Then try 2 meals. Eventually work your way up to where you want to be. Whether it’s 25-50% raw or 75-90%. Eat often! Eat mono meals.
*Don't let yourself get hungry! When you let yourself get hungry, that is when you are most tempted to give up and eat the first thing you see or smell!
*If these are all new ideas and seem too far from where you are at,  start by going away from processed white flours and sugars to whole grains and natural sugars like fruit, agave, and honey. Whole wheat/grain bread. Whole grain pastas. Brown rice, Lentils, Beans, Quinoa, or other grains. Then add vegetables like mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes where you would add meat and so on.
 *Experimenting with Raw Foods can be fun. Try a new raw food raw recipe today!

Detox- If you decide to go full throttle in one day, like I did (I was desperate for help and healing!), and even if you already eat mostly fresh and go all the way raw, you will most likely feel some sort of detox symptoms. 
Such as:
 A headache-don't give into that processed sugar now, you can do it!
Side ache- your body is working to get rid of what you have stored inside and that which you do not need. 
Tired- This is new. Eat more than you think you will need!
More bowels than you are use to- again, your body getting rid of what it doesn't need. It will even out eventually. 
*Usually after 3-4 days of all Raw I start to feel the "light, happy, and energetic" benefits of eating Raw and remember that I want this feeling to last forever.
 But, Yes I've go in and out of high raw/vegan and all Raw. You do best for you and your family. Fresh is Best!

Tips with kids
Read books about health with them. (I like The Adventures of Junk Food Dude)
Teach them about what different foods do to your body, good and bad.
Plant food together!
Get books at the library- though I insert my opinion when "my plate" and such come up. :)
Your body is a temple, just like we shouldn’t have graffiti on the outside, but we should exercise and be fit, what we put inside matters too.
Let kids (or one at a time) go grocery shopping with you and pick one new fruit or vegetable they, or you, might have never tried. Try it together or as a family. It’s OK if you don’t like it, try, and try, again.
If you only have raw (or healthy) food in your house people will eventually eat if they are hungry.
It’s OK for someone to just have an apple...or any fruits or vegetables alone, even for a meal.

I hope you find some of this helpful to you. We love eating fresh food here and hope it finds its way into your home and refrigerator soon! I wish you a Happy and Healthy Eating journey!

Helpful sources:
The China Study-Campbell and Campbell
Green for Life-Victoria Boutenko
The 80/10/10 Diet -Dr. Douglas Graham
Every Day Raw-Mathew Kenney
Disease Proof Your Child-Joel Fuhrman

Forks Over Knives 

Websites: (My Recipe blog) (about reversing diabetes)
Google: raw food and read to your hearts content.

Green Smoothie Pops

This has been one of the best ways for everyone in my family to eat fruits, vegetables, and greens. Just take leftover, or make a new batch of fruit smoothies or green smoothies and pour them into Popsicle holders. Everyone loves the frozen treat!
The bigger the Popsicle holder the better! 

Strawberry-Apples n' Cream

This is a little twist and extra sweetness to the Apples n' Cream. I just added Strawberries in! I think next time I'd even add a few chopped nuts, like almonds, or a nuts and dates mixture.

Raw Loaded Veggie Wrap

There are so many variations of vegetables you can put in a piece of Lettuce or Romaine with different spices. Here's one that came out tonight with things on hand.

Head of Lettuce,

1/2 Cucumber
1/2 Zucchini
1 Tomato
1 Avocado
1 C corn, frozen-thawed or from the cob

Pull the bottom of the lettuce head off so that the rest stays in tact and makes nice rounded shells.

Chop all veggies and mix in a bowl.with your favorite spices, for this one I added
1 T Olive Oil
1/2 tsp.sea salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 T Lime
a couple dashes of Cayenne Pepper to give it a kick. Mix it all together.Yum.

Put spoonfuls into the lettuce shells and roll up. I used toothpicks to keep them together. If you have bigger shells, you can tuck the ends in for a cleaner dish. However, have napkins nearby when you devour these :)