Party time!

It’s getting hot in here!

80 degrees and some requests for a raw-themed party was all I needed to get the creative juices flowing…starting with the drinks.

The pics for the food creations will come later on. But first here are some of the ideas I put together for the drink portion of the “juicy and raw” fun.

All I needed was some Mason jars of various sizes, some eco-friendly paper straws, icing-made bees for a little decor, colorful cupcake wrappers, and a hole puncher (technical term?).

 

Mason Jar prep

 

 

Then, it was all about fun and games…the sky is the limit as to the many versions of Mason jars drinks you can create. Awesome bonus: thanks to the cupcake wrappers, no bees or other bugs in your drinks!

 

 

Mason jars party pics

 

Mason jars 2

 

Good times!

 

 

Open letter – It’s Not About Raw Food

Since I started my company two years ago, spurred by my own healing journey and my desire to help others on the same path, I realized that my services appeared to be all about raw food, detox, and health.

And while I DO offer detox programs and raw food coaching (because it works), I need to come clean here and let you know that I really don’t care about what you had for dinner, and whether or not it should be raw, include kale, or contain heathy fats.

Because from my very personal experience, raw food, vegan, paleo, or macrobiotic can only take you so far. Yes, a raw food diet and a lot of juicing ended my diagnosis of Hashimoto and thyroid disease, and brought me back to a more vital life. But it didn’t cure me, or change the fact that I have a gene mutation that gives me a run for my money almost on a daily basis. There are still many bad days among the glorious days, beyond what I do or do not eat.

Most people who run into me and are familiar with what I do immediately feel like they should justify their food choices, tell me how good they were today with making their green juice, or are quick to hide the month supply of Diet Coke in their car.

So I want to set the record straight here: I don’t care about what you eat.

I’ve come to realize that the real success in my business has nothing to do with how many programs I sell and everything to do with how many people actually COMPLETE them and continue to thrive and change much past the end date.

I have turned down many potential clients because they were so intense and obsessed with the “perfect” way to eat, creating so much stress in their bodies and lives that they were unable to really open their mind to the other parts of thriving and living a life you love. Not to mention that it doesn’t make for a fun family member!

The truth is that what a person eats is not the only key to how happy they are. I have met many people following very strict diets that were probably the most unpleasant and rigid souls out there.

Yes, I promote raw food because it works, will simplify your life, and can help you reach your goals faster and with less effort, but another juice detox isn’t going to change your life if you have failed over and over to change your habits, patterns, or beliefs.
It comes down to self-sabotage and an unwillingness to change, pure and simple.

I know. The most frustrating part of my quest to better health has been the realization that there is a very strong part of me who does NOT want to heal, who is looking for drama, and who thinks that life is not worth living. She won’t let me BE. I’ve known this unconsciously for a while, but watching this documentary
really solidified the knowing in a very painful way.

Your body will always offer you a way out, or an excuse not to live your life to the fullest, if you are looking for one.

There are many layers to addictions, unhappiness, disease, or emotions. Although an important one, food is only one of them.

That’s why raw food is only a small part of my work now, and the French lifestyle has taken on a bigger role. Everything is energy, either something feels good and energizes you into action, or it feels bad and sucks the life out of you.

By connecting back to YOU and what makes you feel super delicious, while eliminating resistance at the same time, is where the gold is. This is how you will meet confidence, success, and power. The rest is just a journey. It’s up to you to take the decision to be vulnerable, to be yourself, and have the courage to keep looking deeper for answers. And to ask for help.

The Dos And Don’ts Of Raw Food

Since discovering raw food and using it to heal myself of an autoimmune disease, thyroid disease, and a myriad of other unpleasant symptoms, I have been constantly researching and experimenting with the raw food lifestyle. I can claim to own most raw food books out there, have attended many conferences, and have had the privilege to eat at many great raw food restaurants.

The raw food movement, just like the gluten free movement, is gathering momentum, and more and more people are curious and eager to jump on the bandwagon.

However, an attempt at a raw food diet can be your BFF, or more like a crazy old boyfriend, the one that leaves you emotional, frustrated, and feeling like a loser.

It can be the key to success you have been waiting for to finally lose the weight, ditch your gut issues, or crank up your libido, or another diet failure. It can be used short-term as needed (such as a cleanse), or long-term as part of your lifestyle. You need to make it work for YOU.

The goal for me was never to be 100% raw, although I was pretty close when I was healing.

Whatever your goal might be in trying out a raw food diet, here is the dirt on “going raw”:

  • Don’t overdo nuts, seeds, and fruits. Many recipes call for a huge amount of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits such as dates. There was a time when I would order nuts and dates by the case. It is too much fat and sugar combined. Although I am a big advocate to bring healthy fats back into our diets, too much fat is hard to digest, can make you feel sluggish, and won’t help your weight loss goals. Too much sugar from dried and fresh fruits will lead to blood sugar imbalances, and will turn to fat if not used up by the body. You will need to exercise more to burn this extra sugar.
  • Be careful that you don’t deprive your body of carbohydrates. Raw vegetables and salads are very rich in alkalizing nutrients but contain very little carbs, your fuel for the day. It may seem great for weight loss but if you are tired, you need more energy.
  • Do blend your greens. For some people, greens can be hard to digest, especially if not chewed properly, so to get the most nutrient bang for your buck, blend or juice your greens regularly, by making smoothies, green juices, or raw soups.
  • Know your body. It’s not about labeling yourself (raw, vegan, paleo), or doing what someone else tells you to do. It is about recognizing what is working and what is not. If you are tired, putting on weight (or losing too much), cold, uninspired, or famished, it is NOT working for you. Find someone who understand what you are trying to achieve and can help you get there. Just because nuts and seeds are on the healthy list doesn’t mean YOUR body can assimilate and thrive on them.
  • Know the HOW, WHY, and WHEN. Our bodies have their own biorhythms  and are constantly changing. There is an optimal time and an optimal way to consume the various foods in a day. This knowledge will make a significant difference in your results. Once you understand how your body works, you will be more empowered to make changes as your body won’t fight you.

Bottom line, if you have been consumed consuming mostly cooked foods and too much animal proteins, are lacking in energy, vibrancy, and libido, or are plague by health issues, you could benefit from introducing more raw food into your life.

Experiment, keep it playful and curious, and let your body lead the way.