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Raw Update from Camp Rawnora and Chef Adam

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Greetings to all you health crusaders out there.

There’s a lot going on in these parts… workshops, retreats, potlucks… oh my! And don’t forget the Saturday farmer’s market in St. Joe, MI.

The Herald Palladium, a local paper here in Michigan, did a feature this month on raw foods. They interviewed me regarding my experience with raw foods. Here’s the link: http://heraldpalladium.com/articles/2012/06/12/features/10257118.txt They also did a counter point interview with a “dietician/nutritionist” from a local hospital. I have yet to find a medical facility that has a decent grasp on nutrition. Read her interview and decide for yourself. I’m a little at odds with her recommendation of soy and canola oil… my stomach turns just thinking about it. This isn’t surprising considering many medical facilities give products like “Boost” to their patients considering it “healthy”. Here’s a snap shot of this “health” drink’s label… you decide.

Is this nutritious?

Second and third ingredients are sugar plus 5 obvious GMO ingredients and a whole chemical cocktail to follow… health drink? More like sick drink. Moving on…

I’ve been busy planting the gardens at Camp Rawnora and at Ronora Lodge. Half of the large greenhouse is planted with kale and tomatoes. I also constructed a couple of raised beds for tomatoes, kale, collards and tobacco (ceremonial).

The fruit tree crop was devastated here in Southwest Michigan due to warm weather in March which got the fruit trees blooming early only to get nailed by freezing temperatures in April. The berries are still in full effect along with melons that will be ripe in August… just in time for the Abundance Vortex weekend August 3-5. Mark your calendar, buy your ticket and pack your tent. This should be quite an event.

Here’s a tasty recipe and video to hold you over until your visit in August… Tropical chia fruit salad.

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Camp Rawnora Spring 2012 and Juice Recipe

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The Juice - video below

Greetings Boys and Girls,

Chef Adam Graham here. I’m still up in Michigan running a lovely retreat center and I invite all of you health fans to join me for an event in 2012. Get in your car, jump on a plane, catch a bus, hop a train, walk on your hands… whatever it takes.

We’re closing in on opening day at Camp Rawnora here in Watervliet, Michigan. For those of you unfamiliar with Camp Rawnora, it’s a raw/living food learning center. We’ve got all kinds of fun stuff here at Camp Rawnora… over 350 acres of woodlands, wetlands and trails, a private lake, lodging, gardens, horses and a raw foods teaching kitchen. If you’re interested in what we have to offer please take a look at our upcoming schedule.

Third Tuesday of the month raw/vegan potluck – Every third Tuesday is a raw vegan potluck at Camp Rawnora @ 6:30pm

Earth Day Opening – (April 21-22) Opening day overnight event with some food, foraging and fixing in the gardens

Spring Cleanse and Detox – (May 18-22) A 5 day guided raw food detox with hands on learning and more…

Weight Loss Workshop – (June 1-5)  Lose weight by eating nutrient dense raw/living foods. It’s easy, we’ll show you how.

Mindful Eating Workshop – (July 27-29) Take time to honor the food that feeds your soul with Dr. Hunter Leggitt and Cindy Starry.

Abundance Vortex 2012 – (August 2-5) A four day family friendly vegan celebration that embraces the gift economy.

Here’s a fun, tasty and easy juice recipe I came up with while I was out in Los Angeles nursing a friend back to health who had her jaw wired shut. Who would have thought cabbage, pineapple and pomegranate would make a great juice? But it does! Enjoy the video and please take a look at the upcoming events at Camp Rawnora, I’d love to see you here!

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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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Off to the North

I’m leaving Florida for a visit to family and friends up in Chicago and Michigan. There are a couple of great events coming up. The first is a Juice Feast at Ronora Lodge in Watervliet, Michigan starting August 16th and going until the 19th. I recently was sent the preliminary schedule which looks to be really fun and informative. Immediately following the Feast is a Fest, Green Synergy Fest. It’s a raw food celebration featuring all sorts of raw food inspirational peeps from Aug 20-22nd. As in the past, each time I’ve left Florida during the summer we’ve had some hurricanes and tropical storms that kicked up some good surf. I’m hoping Mother Nature can hold off until I get back at the end of the month.

Enjoy this recipe which combines some unlikely summer produce, The Mango Okra Salad: