Holiday Tips for Staying Raw

Friends, Thanksgiving is just 2 weeks away and Christmas is only a short 6 weeks away and I don't know about you, but this is the always the busiest time of year for me!  When I first started eating raw foods over 10 years ago, I panicked at the thought ...

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There are 3 Maria's in my immediate family: my grandmother, my younger cousin and me. We are named after our grandmother Maria, as is the custom in Italian families for the first born girl to take her grandmother's name. Also typical, is the shorter name "Mary", which family members ...

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month and I'd like to focus on spreading the word about prevention and a REAL cure; a healthy lifestyle! Over 1.5 BILLION DOLLARS has been invested in finding a cure for breast cancer and after decades of research, there are hundreds of thousands of ...

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6 Foods to Help You Catch Some ZZZZZZZs!

Did you know the foods we eat affect how much and how well we sleep? We all know that sugar and caffeine will most likely, keep us awake at night, tossing and turning, fluffing that pillow, then tossing some more. Just as there are foods to hinder a restful night's ...

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The Bucerias

Everyone has the same reaction to this soup: "What?! Warm avocado?!"  Oh yes, warm avocado and roasted garlic soup is heavenly, just like the small town of Bucerias, in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, where I was inspired to create this soup. One of the many wonderful things about Bucerias is the ...

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How I Make My Fermented Veggies!

All kinds of veggies are suitable for fermenting, so experiment with what's in season and see which ones you like best. Some of my favorite fermenting blends are sweet or sour pickles, mellow ginger carrots and good old sauerkraut.  Once you have your vegetables, all you need to get started ...

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Xylitol, Friend or Foe?

My bff stopped by the other day as I was busy playing in the kitchen and was shocked to see a bottle of xylitol on my counter. The conversation went something like this... Deb; What the heck is that?! Me; It's organic xylitol made from birch bark. I's completely natural. Deb; Natural, ...

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12 Delicious Alternatives to Sugar

Staying away from processed white sugar and using alternative natural sweeteners is one way to create foods that support good health. However, "natural" doesn't mean that these sweeteners can't be as detrimental to our good health as that white stuff. Being aware of the glycemic index and how these natural ...

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Cancer Fighting Foods

Eating the wrong foods may cause cancer, we know this for an absolute fact. Even the National Cancer Institute acknowledges that poor dietary choices may contribute to the increased risk of certain cancers.  Well thankfully, Mother Nature has a solution! Eating a variety of natural raw vegan foods, such ...

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It's been awhile since I've had to deal with the first day of school, but recent social media posts have been reminding me that it's that time of year again. Well, that got me thinking of the raw college crowd. A little internet research shows that a number of universities ...

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