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2012 Here We Come

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The beginning of 2012 is only days away. Are you ready? Do you have your RAW 2012 Calendar? It’s loaded with 13 raw recipes from me.

It’s likely that 2012 will be the most over-hyped year I will see in my lifetime, second only to the uneventful year 2000 and all the Y2K foolishness. Anyone living above ground and keeping up with headlines is well aware that things are heating up on all fronts… economic, political, social, agricultural, spiritual… if you can name it, it’s likely that it’s changing dramatically for better or for worse. We all must do our best to see the big picture regarding the changes that are occurring. In isolation, the news headlines can be a bit scary and I believe that’s the whole point, to scare the public. We need to look beyond the manufactured headlines and try to see the whole picture. I see antiquated, exploitative, unsustainable, unbalanced, unhealthy, unfair and unethical systems being dismantled. The news media isn’t going to point this out because they’re an important part of this dysfunctional system that is on the way out. So it is our responsibility as conscious and accountable individuals to read between the lines and move in the direction of positive change. If you’re reading this then what I’m saying most likely resonates with you, and life is all about resonance and the vibration of things.

One of the best ways I’ve found to raise my vibration is by my food choices. We eat food for energy and energy is vibration so the foods with the highest vibration are the best sources of energy. These foods are fresh, naturally grown, whole foods which include fruits, vegetables, sprouts, nuts, seeds and sea veggies. Fermented foods like miso, kombucha, sauerkraut and kimchi are also high in vibration.

Things to avoid are low vibration foods or foods with dissonant vibrations. These foods stress the body and create imbalances that eventually lead to disease. To be avoided are flesh foods (meat, fish, eggs), dairy, fried foods, processed foods, white sugar, white flour, corn syrup, hydrogenated fats, synthetic drugs, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, soft drinks and anything made with genetically modified ingredients. I like to say, “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.” Stress is a dissonant frequency that should be avoided as well. This is often easier said than done being that almost anything can be a potential stressor. Just remember to breath and be grateful. We are truly blessed. Thoughts and intention have been shown to have an effect on the vibration of things. With this in mind think positively and bless your food and drink with intention when ever possible.

Speaking of being blessed, I recently toured Los Angeles, California and visited an array of raw food restaurants. Here’s a rundown of some of the spots I visited:

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1521 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 / tel: (323) 667-1551

Silverlake is a hip section of LA which is home to Cru, a raw vegan cafe featuring some fine raw cuisine.The decor inside Cru is minimal and sparse but the food is full of flavor and color. I dined that evening with my friend Robyn who was nursing a broken jaw. She ordered a fresh green juice while I enjoyed a young Thai coconut and ordered the evening special – Jicama Raviolis. The presentation was divine, price was right and the portion ample. Oh yeah and it delicious as well.

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I followed up the entree with a slice of blueberry/strawberry pie which was great… not a religious experience like pie at Cafe Gratitude, but good. In keeping with the minimal decor, the slice was decorated with a strawberry fraiche.  I’m not one to pass on dessert and I didn’t pass on this one, plate was licked clean.

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Nice Slice

Better Life Cuisine

717 Broadway Ave. Santa Monica, Ca 90401 / Tel: 310-458-7620

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Gigantoid Burrito

Better Life Cuisine is home of the “big a$$ burrito”. Enter with an appetite and leave satisfied and with a “to go” container. I enjoyed not only the fried bean burrito but also a durian smoothie, cinnamon bun and kale chips. Everything was fresh, tasty and well priced. The only challenge was finding the place. We had blindly followed the directions from the GPS which had us driving in circles in Venice. Fortunately we didn’t give up on our quest. Check out my video review below and remember to Keep It Live!

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Writing Project

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Raw Resources

Greetings everyone. I hope you’re enjoying the end of your summer. I have been traveling about these past few months, but unfortunately I haven’t been doing much teaching. It’s quite draining not to teach when you’re a teacher. I have been spending most of my time on a contract writing project. Yeah, this is bigger than a self-published memoir recipe book. It’s a paid project… at least in theory. The publisher has yet to deliver a check even though I have over half of the book complete. This paid writing gig is for The Complete Idiot’s Guide… not to be confused with the “Dummies”. You can tell the difference between Idiot’s and Dummies because Idiot’s books are orange and blue while Dummies books are yellow and black. If only you could distinguish idiots and dummies that easy in the rest of your life. The official book title is The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox. I have to give thanks to Kelly Jad’on of Basil and Spice and Mark Reinfeld, coauthor of Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw… and Facebook as well. This triangle of thanks is partially responsible for me getting me this writing gig.

So the writing project has taken up most of my time these days. I have still been able to squeeze in some traveling and raw food mischief like potlucks and visits to The Present Moment Cafe. Next week the mischief continues at Raw Spirit Festival and then in San Diego where I’ll be doing a demo and teaching a class. After San Diego events and projects are a bit scattered at the moment. I’m planning on moving out of the lovely Atlantic Beach guest house I have been living in for close to 2 years. Wow, time flies when you’re living in the Barbie Beach House. I’ve been told I’m crazy for leaving what I like to refer to as my “Magnum P.I.” set up complete with ocean front guest house, Ferrari and drooling guard cat. But you’ve got to make room for expansion and personal growth and that’s what has to happen. Where will my new home be? Will I remain in Jacksonville? I plan on it, but nothing is solid at the moment. And like a good friend likes to say when I talk of “plans,” he says “making plans” is the best way to make God laugh.

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Present Moment Cafe

Enough about making plans, let’s make some raw food. Here’s a fun video that shows you how simple it is to make a collard wrap. Enjoy and Keep it Live!