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Gluten-free Raw Falafel Recipe – That Even Your Family Will Love

Gluten Free Raw Falafel Recipe

It’s not always easy to repeatedly come up with new recipe and meal ideas, day in and day out to keep your family happy – and more importantly – healthy.  Try making this raw falafel, gluten-free recipe for (or better yet - with) your family for a fun, nutritious and delicious raw food meal.

Raw Food Kitchen Equipment

For this raw falafel recipe, you’ll need a food processor and a dehydrator. I use and recommend the 14-cup Cuisinart Food Processor, but if this is too big to suite your needs and you’re looking for something smaller, consider the 7-cup Cuisinart Food Processor, it’s a smaller and more affordable model. As for dehydrators, if you don’t yet have one, I recommend the 9-tray Excalibur - I’ve had mine for years and it’s still working great.  Owning a good quality food processor and dehydrator are two of the top 4 raw food kitchen tools I recommend stocking your kitchen with.  [Read more...]

5 Plant-Based Homemade Facial Remedies for Radiant Skin

Learn how to make your skin glow and shine with these all-natural homemade and plant-based remedies. For many, clear and young-looking skin is the Holy Grail – and people are willing to spend their hard earned money for the promise of radiantly looking skin. The good news is you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on expensive skin creams to get amazing looking skin – and I believe that it’s better if you don’t. Homemade facial remedies can be just as, if not more effective for common skin troubles. Many of the expensive store-bought skin creams are chock full of chemicals – exactly what your body is trying to get rid of, ironically enough, through your skin.

Over the years, I’ve had many people comment on how clear my skin looks, and people always ask me what I use. I love to tell them: I rarely use anything; I never use soap on my face and the only topical skin treatments I use are all-natural homemade facial remedies that involve 100% plants. My general rule for skin care is that if I wouldn’t eat it – I won’t put it on my skin. [Read more...]

Raw Strawberry Jam Recipe with Figs

Raw Strawberry Jam Recipe - With Figs

Love strawberry jam but don’t want all the processed sugars and preservatives that store-bought jams come with? Making your own Raw Strawberry Jam is so quick, easy and versatile you’ll never want or need to buy processed jam again.

I’m always having fun creating new raw food recipes that include local, organic produce. Summer is the best time to pick up organic strawberries for a great price so I’ve been having fun with an old favorite recipe that always brings a smile to my face. Today, I’m going to show you how to make a low-fat Raw Strawberry Jam in under 5 minutes and with less than 5 ingredients.

Raw Food Kitchen Essentials

For this raw food recipe, you’ll need a food processor. I use and recommend a 14-cup Cuisinart Food Processor, but if you’re only making small bathes of food for you and your family then you might want to go with the 7-cup Cuisinart Food Processor, a similar model, but smaller and more affordable . Having a good-quality food processor is one of the top 4 raw food kitchen tools I recommend stocking your kitchen with.

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15 Tips to Get Back on Track When You’ve Fallen off the Wagon – The Dietary Wagon That Is.


Fallen off the wagon? Here’s my top 15 tips to help you get back on track when you feel like you’re stuck in a food rut. 

I normally advise people away from all-or-nothing diet mentality. I usually say that it’s not about being “on or off” the proverbial wagon but rather finding a balanced lifestyle approach that is sustainable, not too rigid, nourishing and aligns with the long-term vision of your health goals. Thinking in terms of “on” or “off”, especially when confining yourself to a dietary box (when you call yourself “raw” for example, and then eat something that’s not raw, it can induce feelings of guilt and shame) and can cause extreme swings in eating behavior.

This past week, however, I got reacquainted with “off the wagon”, while the proverbial wagon continued in the direction of my health goals – without me on it. This experience gave me a renewed recollection of what it’s like to be feeling great and then take a sharp left turn, off the dietary path that aligns with my goals and values, towards foods that make me downright unhappy. (The irony is that in the moment, these “hyperpalatable” foods are what we think we want because we have some unconscious belief eating them will make us happy.) Yes, it has indeed been many years since I’ve experienced “off the wagon”, and it’s amazing how easily it can be to get “hooked” all over again – especially for those of us who are familiar with food addiction and habitual patterns of chronic overeating.

But rather than getting down on myself, freaking out and turning to more food to make me feel better (like my old self would have done), I used what I’ve learned in the past 10 years to get “unhooked” and “back on that wagon” ASAP – because I now know (and I used this as an opportunity to remind myself once again) that struggling with food is not a place I want to be.  After all, I am human and I never claim to be perfect – and in fact, embracing my imperfections is actually one of the top tips that helped me get back on track and get a grip before I let myself spiral down that familiar slippery slop any further.

15 Tips to Get back on Track When You’ve Fallen off the Dietary Wagon

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Top 7 Health Benefits of Turmeric

Top 7 Health Benefits of TurmericAs the saying goes: “Let Food Be Thy Medicine” and when it comes to the health benefits of turmeric, it’s certainly a potent medicine!

The health benefits of turmeric, a member of the ginger family, cannot be understated. This potent medicinal herb tops my charts of most beneficial and far-reaching plant medicinals – a must have for any herbal first aid kit or any long-term medical plan!

If you’re a lover of Asian or Indian Cuisine then you might already be familiar with turmeric, a common spice used in these colorful and delicious culinary traditions.

It’s one of the main ingredients in Curry powder; a flavorful spice blend with more to offer than simply a musky taste and beautiful shade of yellowish orange. Turmeric is widely grown in South East Asia and India, and lucky for me, in Pacific Islands including Hawaii where we call it olena. A couple of months ago I planted my first bunch of turmeric and I can’t wait to harvest it!

This potent spice has caught the attention of western researchers only fairly recently despite having a long reputation as a natural remedy for a wide variety of ailments in many traditional cultures. Now people are calling turmeric a ‘super-food’, ‘the spice of life’ and natures ‘ultimate healing herb’. It’s also becoming widely recognized as ‘one of natures best skin foods’.

Why does turmeric have so many health benefits? Most research keeps pointing back to one of the main active ingredients in turmeric called curcumin, a curcuminoid responsible for the yellow pigment color of turmeric. Curcumin has been identified as the agent responsible for most of the biological activity of turmeric, which according to Dr. Mercola has been shown to influence over 700 genes. This is yet another reason to eat all the colors of the rainbow! Read More: [Read more...]

Top 7 Natural Ways to Improve Quality of Sleep and Have More Energy

Top-7-Natural-Ways-to-Improve-Quality-of-SleepIf you’ve ever experienced sleep deprivation then you surely know how important it is to improve the quality of your sleep. For some of us, consistently getting good sleep is the holy grail. Anyone who’s gone through a period of poor sleep or not enough sleep, will tell you the terrible impact is has on daily living – it’s enough to make you feel downright crazy!

Sleep deprivation doesn’t just make you feel crazy, lack of sleep is also linked to weight gain. Getting good night’s sleep is one of the top ten things that healthy people do on a consistent basis. Follow these helpful tips to improve the quality of your sleep and start sleeping like a baby. [Read more...]

Mindless Eating: Increased Food Variety Causes Overeating

Mindless Eating: Increased Food Variety Triggers Overeating

Mindless eating: we all do it to some degree, each and every day. Even the most subtle things can prompt us to keep eating, without even noticing it. Would you believe that if you were to sit down to a bag a Skittles with a variety of colors, you would most likely eat more than if you sat down to a bag of just red or just orange Skittles – subtle right? But it’s little things like this that food manufactures are well aware of to help “encourage” us to keep eating, sometimes eating hundreds more calories on a daily basis than we actually need.

If weight loss is a priority for you, and especially if it’s been a challenge for you, you might want to consider exploring mindless eating habits and subconscious triggers that prompt you to eat more than you realize.

One of the more common mindless eating triggers: food variety. The more variety that you see when you sit down to a meal, the more likely you are to overeat. Most people can intuitively sense the truth behind this statement. But sometimes it’s trickier to catch then other times – like with increased color variety. Read More: [Read more...]

Dragon Fruit

Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit has got to be one of the most spectacular and exotic looking fruits on the face of this planet – actually, it looks like it could be from another planet!

Want to immerse yourself for a whole week in exploring, tasting and eating exotic fruits like this? Check out our group or private raw food retreats here in Hawaii.

This far out fruit comes from a veining cactus growing around the tropic and subtropics. It’s native to Mexico and grows in South America but is largely grown in Asia where it is known as pitaya or pitahaya. You can find this unique dragon fruit in local grocery stores throughout North America, as their thick skin makes for easy shipping.

Dragon fruit comes in three main variety of colors; bright pinkish-red that when you cut open you’re either mesmerized by a deep fuchsia, a pure milky white translucent flesh. There’s also a yellow variety with the same whitish color inside (like shown above). It’s leathery skin is covered with beautiful green ribbon-like protuberances. All varieties come packed with a multitudes of edible, crunchy black seeds which lends this fruit it’s higher-than-average fat content. [Read more...]

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