Friday, November 22, 2013

Semi-Raw Apple Berry Cranberry Relish

The 3 little ones have been enjoying fall very much. Down here in southern Florida we don't have the pleasure of enjoying the leaves changing colors and cool, crisp weather, so we try and create the burst of fall color inside by way of decorations and garlands made with artificial "fall leaves". Hey, it works for us, so that's all that really matters. They had a great time helping me decorate the house a few weeks ago and one of their favorite things to do at night is turn out all the lights and have Mommy light the candles. They have coined it with the term, "Dark and Stormy Night". Don't ask me why, I don't know. So this is what we have been doing each night, enjoying the season and peacefulness that night seems to bring.

We also have been enjoying many glasses of Carrot Lemonade.

 Today I started making some recipes in anticipation of Thanksgiving. We are going to celebrate a little early this year. Here is the relish recipe I made today. It is fantastic!! And super simple to throw together. I really like how it turned out. Hope you can give it a try.
I made a semi-raw version but have also included the recipe for a fully raw version. Enjoy!

Apple Berry Cranberry Relish (*Semi-Raw w/ raw option)

by Elizabeth @

Serves 6

  • 1 pound fresh, organic cranberries. finely chopped in food processor
  • 2 organic Fuji apples, peeled, cored, and finely chopped in food processor
  • [1/3] cup 100% Fruits of the Forest jam (365 brand from Whole Foods)
  • 1 tablespoon of 100% pure maple syrup[1/3] Cup of frozen Very Cherry Blend, thawed and drained (from Trader Joe's)
  • Squeeze of fresh lime juice

In a small food processor, pulse chop the cranberries into fine pieces, empty into a mixing bowl. 

Next chop the apples in food processor into fine pieces, empty into mixing bowl. Squeeze the lime juice over apples. Next process the jam, frozen fruit that has thawed and the syrup. 

Pour this sauce onto cranberry apple mixture.

 Mix ingredients in large bowl until well-combined, chill.

*To make this recipe 100% raw, simply omit the jam and sweeten with 1/2 cup of date paste. Here is the link to my recipe:;postID=7088923288671236845;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=10;src=postname
To make date paste, simply soak pitted, Medjool dates in coconut water or filtered water overnight and then whip till smooth and fluffy in a small food processor. 

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for snuggle time reading with the 3 youngest at night.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Is There an 100% Cancer Cure Guarantee?

I have some great videos that I wanted to share. The first one is Dr. Graham's answer to this very important question. The second video is an interview with a Mother who helped her daughter along her journey of ridding herself of brain cancer by detoxifying their home and diet. 

I love the simplicity of Dr. Graham's answer in this video and wanted to share it.
I have his book, 80-10-10 and really agree with much of what he wrote in that book. Simplicity is key for success and he clearly shows this with his many, many years thriving as a low fat, raw vegan athlete.
Here are some more of his thoughts and links to his information and books. Plus the video below that answers the question. Enjoy!

Published on Oct 14, 2013

When your body is exhibiting symptoms of disease, the only place to go is to health. Toxins, drugs, stimulants and all other irritants cannot bring about true health, but merely a temporary illusion conjured by the suppression of symptoms. As long as vitality is in sufficient supply, we can expect anyone who adopts healthful living practices to improve in their health.

Too often, when we face illness, fear trumps rationality. The medical profession is trained in utilizing this fact to insure the treatment process 'goes smoothly', or without much patient resistance to the doctors suggestions. It certainly serves us well to be educated about the art and science of health creation; for the benefit of our lives and those we care most deeply for. It's never too late to educate ourselves, but it certainly becomes more difficult as pain and suffering are introduced to the equation.

The only way to sustainable health is through healthful living. The only way to truly regain our health in times of sickness is through uprooting the causes of illness and providing a healthy, hygienic environment for the flower of health to flourish within.

Dr. Graham offers supervised fasts twice each year. For more information visit

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What do you get with The 80/10/10 Diet?
-peak performance for any athlete
-perfect weight no matter what your body type
-off-the-charts wellness
-success with a low-fat vegan raw food diet
-simplicity in your lifestyle
-a healthy relationship with your food
-and enviable vitality

Order your copy of The 80/10/10 Diet at

Published on Sep 7, 2013
Maria Sherow shares her touching story of raw food recovery. For her daughter, diagnosed with an aggressive and rare brain cancer, raw foods/The 80/10/10 were essential in her return to health. Please share this video with anyone you may know struggling with cancer.

And here is the full length interview led by Chris at

 Truly Ripe Bananas--eat this way only!
 Green Juice as often as possible.
 Look at the size of this organic pear!!!
 My wheat grass is so dark green now that I supplement the soil--more on that later.
 My clover sprouts taking their sun bath.
Had to move the wheat grass outside--more on that later.

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for actually writing down my first health declaration.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Halt the Signs of Aging

3 Ways Citrus and Vitamin C can Help Reverse Signs of Aging


November 15th, 2013
Updated 11/15/2013 at 1:53 am

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Everyone ages different as they get older. While some people are comfortable growing old gracefully, there are others who think there’s nothing graceful about it, fighting wrinkles and sagginess with everything they’ve got. Fortunately, you may have some worthwhile solutions to halt and reverse sign of aging in your refrigerator right now—in the form of citrus fruits, juices, and even vitamin C supplements.
Citrus fruits– including oranges, lemons, and grapefruits—are loaded with vitamin C. This powerful antioxidant protects cells from damage by free radicals in the air and in our bodies. One way we can get the most benefits from citrus fruits is by eating them to increase our vitamin C consumption. Linked to numerous health benefits including improved brain health, fertility, heart health, and more, you should always keep a good supply of vitamin C rich citrus fruits around.
Vitamin C can also help by preventing wrinkles and fine lines from the inside out. As we age, the collagen under our skin begins to lose elasticity and begins to decrease in volume overall. This leads to wrinkles and lines. Vitamin C, like that found in citrus fruits, can help combat this process.
In addition to eating them, these fruits can do remarkable things when used externally, or topically.
Using lemon juice on age spots, you achieve a desirable, even skin tone and reduce those dark marks on your face or on the back of your hands. Simply dab the juice on daily and let sit for several minutes before rinsing off. The citric acid inside will help gradually fade the discolorations.
You can even add vitamin C to your skin cream. Many moisturizers already contain vitamin C, but you can up the amount in your favorite moisturizer simply by adding a couple drops of lemon juice before massaging it in. This can help boost elasticity and collagen production in a matter of weeks. You only need to apply once daily for optimal benefits.
All of these solutions will help to lessen:
  • 1. Age spots
  • 2. Wrinkles
  • 3. Saggy skin
Lemons in particular are a good citrus beauty treatment, and can be used on everything from acne spots to warts and dandruff (here are 10 ways to use lemons for beauty). Citrus, whether eaten or applied to the skin, can deliver numerous beauty and anti-aging benefits.
For further tips on reversing signs of aging, check out NaturalSociety’s other post outlining 7 ways to stop aging in its tracks. You may also utilize exercise, turmeric, and aloe to halt the aging process.

I found this article very interesting and informative as well. It is so ironic that it appeared in my mailbox the morning after I had just made my killer citrus punch; maybe I'll call it Hunger Killing Punch!! I made it as my pre-dinner fruit meal and it satisfied me so much that I actually never ended up eating my salad last night. The nutrients in the fresh juice gave my body what it needed nutritionally that I never felt hunger after it.  

Here is how I made my juice:

Hunger Killing Citrus Punch

by Elizabeth @

1 Ruby Red Grapefruit, peeled and seeds removed
4 tangerines, juice by hand
1 organic lime, unpeeled!!
Run the grapefruit and lime through an electric juicer.  Hand juice the tangerines and add juice to the grapefruit and lime juice that you have run through the electric juicer. Enjoy!

+JMJ+Today I am grateful for my little helper. Our 9 year old offered to go with me shopping yesterday and I must say he really makes shopping enjoyable. Generally speaking I despise grocery shopping....I need to get over it but I just can't. I am happy at the Farmer's Market and that is about it.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Clean Your Arteries with Pomegranates

It's pomegranate season!!!! We adore these beautiful, jewel like fruits. I have been munching on them all week, sharing them with our oldest son. I think between the two of us we could eat 2-3 of these a day...and I mean the entire fruit!!
I like to eat them right out of a bowl or blend them into salad dressings. But just look at what this amazing, God given fruit can do for your health! I'll share a recipe after the article. This article is from
One of my favorite, reliable sources for health information and medical studies on the web. 

How To Clean Your Arteries With One Simple Fruit 

by: Sayer Ji 

Posted on:

Monday, May 6th 2013 at 2:00 pm
How To Clean Your Arteries With One Simple Fruit
The future of cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment will not be found in your medicine cabinet, rather in your kitchen cupboard or in your back yard growing on a tree.
Pomegranate Found To Prevent Coronary Artery Disease Progression
A new study published in the journal Atherosclerosis confirms that pomegranate extract may prevent and/or reverse the primary pathology associated with cardiac mortality: the progressive thickening of the coronary arteries caused by the accumulation of fatty materials known as atherosclerosis.[i]
Mice with a genetic susceptibility towards spontaneous coronary artery blockages were given pomegranate extract via their drinking water for two weeks, beginning at three weeks of age. Despite the fact that pomegranate treatment actually increased cholesterol levels associated with very low density lipoprotein-sized particles, the treatment both reduced the size of the atherosclerotic plaques in the aortic sinus (the dilated opening above the aortic valve) and reduced the proportion of coronary arteries with occlusive atherosclerotic plaques.
Remarkably, the researchers also found that pomegranate extract treatment resulted in the following beneficial effects:
  • Reduced levels of oxidative stress
  • Reduced monocytie chemotactic protein-1, a chemical messenger (chemokine) associated with inflammatory processes within the arteries.  
  • Reduced lipid accumulation in the heart muscle
  • Reduced macrophage infiltration in the heart muscle
  • Reduced levels of monocyte chemotactic protein-1 and fibrosis in the myocardium
  • Reduced cardiac enlargement
  • Reduced ECG abnormalities
How can something as benign and commonplace as a fruit extract reverse so many aspects of coronary artery disease, simultaneously, as evidenced by the study above?  The answer may lie in the fact that our ancestors co-evolved with certain foods (fruits in particular) for so long that a lack of adequate quantities of these foods may directly result in deteriorating organ function.  Indeed, two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling argued that vitamin C deficiency is a fundamental cause of cardiovascular disease, owing to the fact that our hominid primate ancestors once had year-round access to fruits, and as a result lost the ability to synthesize it.  [see Linus Pauling vitamin C lecture on GreenMedTV]
Pomegranate Found To Prevent Coronary Artery Disease Progression


This study adds to the already extant body of clinical research indicating that pomegranate can help unclog your arteries.  For instance, back in 2004, the journal Clinical Nutrition published the results of a three year clinical trial in an Israeli population, finding that the daily consumption of pomegranate juice reversed carotid artery stenosis by up to 29% within 1 year.  Remarkably, the blockages in the control group increased 9%, indicating that pomegranate's artery unblocking effects were even greater than at first apparent. [ii]
Pomegranate's value in cardiovascular disease is quite broad, as evidenced by the following experimentally confirmed properties:

  • Anti-inflammatory: Like many chronic degenerative diseases, inflammation plays a significant role in cardiovascular disease pathogenesis. There are five studies on indicating pomegranate's anti-inflammatory properties.[iii]
  • Blood-Pressure Lowering: Pomegranate juice has natural angiotensin converting enzyme inhibiting properties, [iv] and is a nitric oxide enhancer, two well-known pathways for reducing blood pressure. [v] Finally, pomegranate extract rich in punicalagin has been found reduce the adverse effects of perturbed stress on arterial segments exposed to disturbed flow.[vi]
  • Anti-Infective: Plaque buildup in the arteries often involves secondary viral and bacterial infection, including hepatitis C and Chlamydia pneumoniae.[vii] Pomegranate has a broad range of anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
  • Antioxidant: One of the ways in which blood lipids become heart disease-promoting (atherogenic) is through oxidation. LDL, for instance, may be technically 'elevated' but harmless as long as it does not readily oxidize. Pomegranate has been found to reduce the oxidative stress in the blood, as measured by serum paraoxonase levels.  One study in mice found this decrease in oxidative stress was associated with 44% reduction in the size of atherosclerotic lesions. [viii]

How about a recipe:

Pomegranate Vinaigrette 

 by Elizabeth @

Juice of 1 tangerine
1/2 C of fresh pomegranate seeds
1 T raw Apple Cider Vinegar or fresh lime juice
2 T of fresh or frozen organic raspberries, thawed
1 T Barlene's Flax oil, optional
Blend all ingredients in a small blender, strain out remaining seeds if desired. I eat it as is, I don't mind the crunch from the center of the pomegranate seeds. Enjoy over top of your favorite greens!

Here is a great video showing you how to open a pomegranate without making a mess. This actually is the exact technique I use. 

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for God's abundance! So many choices we have when choosing fruits and vegetables to eat  following a raw, vegan lifestyle. I don't think I could ever get bored with the possibilities.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My First Post from June 9, 2010

It is so hard to believe that it has been 4 years this month that I began my journey as a raw foodie!! And it was 3 years, five months ago that I began blogging. It took me 7 months to listen to my sister-in-law who kept telling me, "You should start a blog so you can post your recipes." I remember saying, "What the heck is a blog???"  I had actually never heard of one or read one at that point. Yes, I guess I am a bit sheltered, but that is fine by me. So I began my research on blogging. She of course helped me along the way with all of my silly questions. I thought to myself, what the heck, I'll give it a try and if I cannot master it, oh well. It was surprisingly easier than I had anticipated. I just had to get my rhythm down and figure out just "how" I personally liked to share my posts/thoughts. It has morphed over the years and I have had such a wonderful time doing it. There is so much more I would like to do and improve on but my primary focus is raising and home schooling our amazing 5 children. But who knows what the future may hold, right?!
I took the time to look back over my entire blog today and I cannot believe all of the recipes and "things" I have done and experienced in these last 4 years. Man, if I say so myself, I have made some pretty darn good recipes over the years; I say that humbly of course ;).
Whenever I discover a new blogger I immediately go to their very first post. I like to see where they started and how they have grown since then. It really gives me a good sense of what the person is like. It is very exciting to see how people mature and grow throughout each and every new post.
I am truly blessed and oh so grateful to have stumbled upon this amazing and beautiful lifestyle 4 years ago. I am still a work in progress as I have said before but I enjoy learning each day and I enjoy sharing a little bit of my personal life with those who choose to read. I have met some amazing ladies and men through the blogging world and I hope to have many more years sharing and exchanging recipes and personal thoughts, wishes, dreams, and experiences with them.
I guess you could say November is my Raw Birthday month. Shame on me for not celebrating it each year. I am truly grateful for this lifestyle and all that I have learned throughout the years about health, wellness, and healing. But what I am most grateful for is the impact it has had on my spiritual life and my family. My eyes and mind were opened in ways I never thought imaginable. Praise God! God is so good!! +JMJ+

My First Post (from June 9, 2010)

I am happy to start posting on my new blog. I should introduce myself first. I am a wife and a mother of five children. I home school all of my children for religious and academic reasons. I choose to eat a raw living food diet. I love raw food and how this living food makes me feel. I have been eating raw living foods since November, 2009. My goal is to consume foods as close as possible to the way they appear in nature, the way God created them to be. Here I will share my experiences with the raw food lifestyle and great recipes I make/create each day. I will share raw food recipes, my sprouting adventures, square foot gardening and container gardening, favorite raw food book titles, raw food products, kitchen appliances, and tools that have helped me with food preparation. From time-to-time I just might share some homeschooling thoughts, experiences, ideas, and tips. I will also take time to reflect back on my days and find all the ways I can experience gratitude. I will share one of the many things, each day that I am grateful for.
Today has just begun and I am already grateful that God has allowed me to wake up to a new day surrounded by my 5 beautiful wonderful children. Also I am grateful for my sister-in-law whose wonderful blog inspired me to begin one myself. You know who you are hot mama!! (more about her later) I will share her blog site with you as well as her husbands'. My brother is an extremely talented man who designs and makes his own Teardrop Campers. (more on that later too.)
I am also grateful for my simple raw breakfast today:

+Several slices (about 8) of fresh, ripe, organic watermelon.

It had seeds, I don't eat the seedless variety anymore. I waited an hour before I had the rest of my breakfast because when eating any melons you should not eat anything else with them. For proper digestion melon needs to be eaten alone. Learned that this year! NEVER knew that before. For a great food combining chart look here:
You can learn a great deal from this food combining chart. It will help you when beginning or improving your present raw food diet. If you experience various GI problems or bloating/gas when eating certain foods, perhaps it is the combination of foods you are consuming. I know what I personally can and cannot combine, so my recipes may show foods that should not realistically be combined, but they don't cause me problems with digestion, therefore I eat them together. Boy, how's that for a run-on sentence??!! You will have to adapt recipes to your individual situation and health.

Here is what I made about an hour after eating the watermelon.

Blueberry Cobbler w/ Banana Hemp Kream
1 C soaked organic raw walnuts (soak overnight, rinse & drain, air dry)
1 T pine nuts, soaked 1 hour
1/4 C raw dried coconut
5 Organic Deglet dates, cut up
pinch sea salt
1 t organic vanilla extract
a pinch of cinnamon
1 C fresh organic blueberries
1 organic banana, cut up
2 T nutiva organic shelled hemp seeds
fresh sunflower sprouts, to garnish
sprinkle w/ cinnamon

In a small food processor, process the walnuts, pine nuts, sea salt, cinnamon, dates, coconut, and vanilla. It should resemble course crumbs and begin to stick together. Press this mixture into a bowl, top w/ the blueberries. Now process the banana and Hemp Seeds. It will look like a thick cream. Drizzle this over the blueberries and garnish w/ a few fresh sunflower sprouts. Enjoy!

I soak all of my nuts, seeds, and even raisins. Soaking nuts and seeds gets rid of the enzyme inhibitors and makes them "come alive" so our bodies can properly digest them and benefit from all of their nutritional properties. You can find soaking guidelines online and also in many raw food books. I also sprouted my own sunflower sprouts. If anyone wants me to share my experience with those, just ask. I sprout mung beans, yellow peas, lentils, broccoli, red clover, quinoa, buckwheat, chia, and hard wheat berries. I made my first raw bread in my brand new dehydrator last week from sprouted hard wheat berries. It was great. I will post that next time. I hope to give you inspiration to begin sprouting yourself. It is the easiest raw living food to grow yourself and it grows right in your kitchen! How easy is that? A very simple way to start improving your health right away.

In another post I will also be sharing my book reviews for several titles I have purchased. Hopefully it will help you in deciding on a raw food recipe book.

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for my sister-in-law, Cynthia, who led me to the wonderful world of blogging!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Autumn Apple Dip

Autumn for us down here in the tropics doesn't mean changing leaves, or cool, crisp days. Our days feel cool to us if it is in the low 80's or high 70's. I'm not complaining that's for sure but I do like to make recipes that remind me of Fall days growing up in Michigan. One of those is caramel apples. Unfortunately today's caramel apples are still just as unhealthy as the ones I enjoyed as a kid. So I decided to create a caramel apple type dip for the children. Let me tell you, it is better than any caramel apple I have had. And a bonus is it doesn't get all stuck in your teeth like biting into those sticky and hard caramel apples that I remember. It is very quick to make and uses simple ingredients.

Autumn Apple Dip

by Elizabeth @

6-8 large Medjool dates, remove pits
1 T raw Almond Butter, salt free!
1/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1-2 T filtered water if needed for processing
Organic apples, cored and sliced into thin rounds

In a small food processor, process the dates, almond butter, and spices until thick and creamy, adding small amounts of water as needed. It may take several minutes of processing to achieve a smooth consistency depending on how fresh the Medjool dates are. If your dates are dry, soak them in filtered water for 30 minutes prior to processing.

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for memories of making tall piles of leaves in my Grandparent's yard in Western Michigan and jumping into them over and over. We never seemed to get tired of it. Great memories!! I can still smell the scent of those moist, cool leaves to this day and the smell of dry leaves being burned throughout their neighborhood.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Green Mango Mamamamamamadness

Green Mango Madness

Keeping it super simple these past several months has really helped me avoid burn out while continuing my journey down the path of a low fat, raw vegan. Learning how to improve each and every day is one of my many goals. I tend to get agitated when things become complicated and soon after the agitation comes major stress. Well, I am doing all I can these days to kick stress out of my life. I am such a more joyful person when I can stare stress in the face and make it run away. This has been a long road for me. As each year passed it seemed as if I kept getting more and more stressed; okay, totally flipped out over the silliest of things is more like it. It made my health very toxic and I just had to get serious and work on fostering the virtues of patience and charity. I have been working on this for many years and I am still a work in progress, to say the least.
Three things have helped me the most with this difficult task lately are:
  1. Offering up each new day as a prayer and praying consistently throughout the day as much as I can. +JMJ+
  2. Exercising 5 times per week.
  3. Keeping my living foods diet simple and as clean as possible.
Along the lines of simplicity, allow me to share a two ingredient, living, green, drink for you to enjoy.
I like to call it Green Mango Madness. It is insanely good.

Green Mango Madness

by Elizabeth @

5 fresh, ripe mangoes
4 Cups of any green leafy vegetable of your choice

Blend the two ingredients in a high speed blender until thick and smooth. Enjoy the mamamamamadness!

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for a sweet e-mail from a beautiful soul in Portugal. Hi Ana :) May you continue to be showered with roses.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Raspberry Bok Choy Smoothie

 Lately I have been craving baby bok choy. It happens about two times per year and I am so thankful that I can find it at exactly the same times that I crave it. I get mine from Trader Joe's. Love the price and love the flavor. The children love it too so that is a major bonus. 
We try to focus on foods that give us the highest health protecting nutrients as possible and cruciferous veggies are on the top of my personal list! Check out this page with medical studies showing the cancer fighting properties of cruciferous veggies.
Here is one of our favorite recipes using an entire package of baby bok choy plus a secret extra cancer fighting powerhouse, cauliflower. Enjoy!

Raspberry Bok Choy Smoothie (serves 4-5)

by Elizabeth @

12 oz frozen, organic raspberries
1/2 of a small Haas avocado
1/2 C raw cauliflower
6.3 oz of baby bok choy
5 ripe bananas
1/2-1 C filtered water
Blend all of the ingredients in a high speed blender until creamy and smooth. Enjoy the goodness!

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for cool breezes in the evening. We FINALLY are getting some cooler weather. 

Banana Cream Pie Smoothie Lately I've been blessed with fresh, green, Florida coconuts from my neighbor's trees. We enjoy drinking...