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I have never met anyone who doesn’t love banana bread. But, I have met many who don’t like to eat bread, and they miss the flavor of one o their favorite foods. This recipe will satisfy the taste and desire for cinnamon, maple and banana all at once. Walnut, the ultimate brain food also have fat fighting oils and nourish the body. Try thee as soon as you can….
4 cups Whole Raw Walnuts, soaked 2 hours
3 Ripe bananas (the more freckles the better)
½ cup Maple Syrup
1 tablespoon ground Cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
Soak walnuts, rinse, drain pat dry and place in medium mixing bowl.
Place bananas, maple syrup, salt and spices in high speed blender and blend until pureed. Pour mixture over nuts and toss until completely coated. Prepare Dehydrator tray with and teflex sheet laying over mesh grid sheet. Pour mixture onto 2-3 trays and spread evenly. Place in dehydrator for 3-5 hours at 105 degrees. Remove trays and transfer mixture from teflex to grid sheet only and continue to dehydrate for 12-24 hours, until mix is crunchy. Will keep in airtight container for up to a month.
This milk is sweet and rich; it may be too good to share. I would even serve this milk slightly warmed with some fresh nutmeg sprinkled on top.
Raw pumpkin is full of B vitamins, beta-carotene, and iron. The juice from raw pumpkins is reported to help improve liver and kidney function.
1 cup pecans, soaked for 2 hours, rinsed, and drained
4 cups of water
1 cup sugar pie pumpkin, diced
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
¼ cup raw coconut nectar or maple syrup
A pinch of sea salt
Combine all ingredients in your high-speed blender. Blend on high until nuts and pumpkin are thoroughly broken down and liquid is smooth. Place nut-milk bag over mouth of a large pitcher or hold it over a large bowl. Carefully pour liquid through nut-milk bag. Squeeze the nut-milk bag repeatedly until all the milk is released and the pulp is dry.
Store milk in jar(s) in your refrigerator for up to 5 days.
One bite of this special dessert and you’ll say, “No way is this dairy free! No way is this free of processed sugar and gluten and wheat! And it’s good for me?” Yes, it is! It’s full of “good” fats that can actually lower your cholesterol and help your body burn fat. (Check out “Everything You Need to Know About Coconut Oil” for more information.) Plus you’re getting all the nutrients of raw pumpkin, raw nuts, and carrot juice. It’s a super-delicious super-dessert!
3 cups raw pecans
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 cups raw cashews, soaked
2 cups pumpkin, cubed
1 1/2 cup carrot juice
1/2 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 cup agave nectar
1 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup raw cashews, soaked
1 1/2 cups coconut milk (1 young coconut)
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoon lecithin
1/4 cup coconut oil
Pinch sea salt
Process all ingredients until they start to stick together. Pour ingredients into a 10-inch non-stick springform pan. Spread evenly and press down slightly with hand until gently packed.
Blend all ingredients in high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Pour mixture into pan on top of crust. Using spatula gently spread toward edges of pan until even. Place in freezer while making next layer or for 1–2 hours.
Blend all ingredients in high-speed blender until light and fluffy. Carefully spread on top of cheesecake filling. This should be at the very top of the pan. Place in refrigerator for 4–6 hours until completely set.
Use thin knife to scrape around edges of pan before removing cake from pan. Cut into slices and enjoy!
Who is your best choice when it comes to a doctor?
Generally, we don’t go to see a doctor until we are sick. And we are sick because we don’t use the #1 best doctor known to man.
Modern medicine has elevated doctors to a status of gods. When our body breaks down, we turn to doctors for answers. When we don’t feel right, we ask doctors for advice. We have relinquished our trust, our health, and our lives to the hands of the MD gods. And they provide us with the appropriate pill to address the problem.
But what if the #1 best doctor could prevent the problem before it happens? What if you consulted your #1 best doctor daily and you were provided all the answers you needed before turning to medications? What if that #1 best doctor was on call for your health needs 24 hours a day?
Perhaps then we could place our #1 best doctor in a more god-like status.
I was once dependent on my doctors to fix me. In fact, there was a time when my days were filled with doctor appointments. I knew that I didn’t have to feel that way. I knew that I could feel better. The problem was that I wasn’t listening to the #1 best doctor; instead, I was going to medical practitioners for help. It wasn’t that they weren’t trying to help — they were. They provided nice Band-Aids for my booboos so that I wouldn’t have to look at them. That was all they could do. But the “ouchies” started getting bigger and bigger until the Band-Aids no longer helped, but hurt me even more.
If doctors can’t fix you, who can?
“We are always looking for the answer in others because we don’t trust ourselves.”
This quote is from a recent conversation we had on the Naked Challenge, my 10-day detox program. Our daily conference calls create magic and synergy that bring us a greater understanding of health, life, and love. I can feel the light turn on in people when they realize who is in charge of their health.
“A lot of people don’t know there’s something different. All they know is going to the doctor. They don’t realize there’s another option out there, that there’s something better that can be done. When I was a kid, you got sick, you went to the doctor, you got some medicine and you got better. And that’s all I knew. Until my sister got something that couldn’t be healed with a pill. And I looked and looked for what was wrong with her until the day when I came across the answer and it hit me in the face: her food was making her sick. So I took over and said, ‘No thank you’ to the doctors. They weren’t going to make her better. Only she could make herself better.”
~From the June 2013 Naked Challenge
Many years ago, my sister was diagnosed with a tumor the size of a grapefruit. Her doctor told her that surgery was imminent. The doctor planned the surgery 1 month from diagnosis, and my sister was settled into that plan. But she decided to get “healthier” during her wait. She placed herself on an anti-inflammatory diet to help eliminate toxins in her body. She basically ate the Naked Lifestyle: no dairy, no wheat, no sugar, no meat, no caffeine, no alcohol. And a month later, during the surgery, the surgeon had a difficult time finding the tumor. It had shrunk to the size of a walnut. My sister shrunk her tumor and, given another few weeks, she may have eliminated the tumor altogether.
Herein lies the magic of healing.
As Hippocrates once said, “Let Food be thy Medicine, and Medicine be thy Food.”
The #1 best doctor is YOU.
You are the god of your own health. But you can only see as far as you wish to see.
“I gotta have meat.”
“I can’t live without wine.”
I would die without my coffee.”
“I like fast food.”
My response to all those comments is, “Fine, enjoy it.” I am not here to argue with people’s desires. Because I can’t make them see what is behind their poor health until they are ready to see it.
“The most freeing day of my life was finding out I have MS. The freeing part of the illness was that it made me bold. All my doctor said to me was, ‘You have MS. I hope you’re comfortable with this diagnosis.’ This told me that I was on my own. My healing, ultimately, was in my hands.”
~From the June 2013 Naked Challenge
Some people wear their diagnoses like a badge of honor. They list out their prescriptions with pride. They speak of their doctor as their best friend, their confidant, their savior (as I once did). But realize that there is another way. Some people are empowered by their healing choices. They are proud of their health. And they rarely see a doctor.
I honor whatever works for you. And I encourage you to find a path to wellness that meets your needs. If you have been using one method and it’s not working, try another. Try eating for health, vibrance, and beauty. Learn to trust the #1 best doctor: yourself.
Join the Naked Challenge and see the changes that occur in your body. You are 10 days away from a better, stronger, healthier and happier you.
In health & love,
Pill bottle image source: http://chronicdiseaseprevention29.blogspot.com/2012/12/why-you-cant-trust-medical-industry_1791.html
With each Naked Challenge I lead (I do one almost every month), I experience the reasons why we cleanse our bodies. With each Challenge, I meet a new group of people who want to have more energy, lose weight, learn how to live a healthy lifestyle, or simply look better in their clothes. On the other spectrum, I also help Challengers with chronic ailments related to diet, a life-long fear and struggle with food, or a stifled spirit.
People of all ages and many parts of the world join for many reasons, all equally valid. And every single person who follows the Challenge sees benefits.
These are the top five reasons you should detoxify your body (and why should join the Naked Challenge to do it!):
1. You have so much energy
Detoxing makes your body run efficiently by cleaning out the buildup of toxins. The toxins that accumulate in your intestinal tract and liver compromise your system. Your body runs slower, setting the stage for chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. Once you start eliminating these toxins, you free your body from the weight of all the toxins, which gives you way more energy for activity, fun, and adventure.
2. You look and feel fantastic
>Clearer eyes and skin
>More restful sleep
3. Your digestive system feels awesome
A detox gives your body a much-needed break. The nutrients from juices, smoothies, and salads are so pure and highly absorbable that they take the work out digestion. Coupled with my Digestive Bitters, which help stimulate bile production and aid digestion, your body will feel truly lighter and cleaner.
4. You’re lightened AND enlightened
My favorite aspect of the Naked Challenge is the overall feeling of enlightenment. What you think will be a purely physical transformation manifests itself spiritually. Each month we have Challengers express how clear-headed they have become, how much they learned about themselves through the discussions and exercises, and how much more focused and happy they feel.
5. Your life is rebooted
The Naked Challenge detox is the ultimate life changer. Not only does it give your body a complete re-boot, it takes the guess work out of eating healthfully. Many people who join the Challenge have bounced from one weight-loss plan to another and are frustrated with all the conflicting advice they receive from well meaning people and programs. They are sick of it!
Some people on the Challenge are tired of taking medications and wish for a natural path to health. Many Challengers have weaned themselves from medications used for a variety of ailments.
Some Challengers want to convert their family’s eating habits. And they do, one meal at a time, giving them the ultimate gift — health.
This is the truest reward: to give my Challengers a sustainable way of living, a clean body and spirit, and healthy habits that last a lifetime.
How to choose a detox program
Not all detoxes are created equal. A true and worthwhile detox should not leave you miserable and hungry. It should not make you feel alienated from your friends and family. A truly effective cleanse will leave you feeling positive and should be something you look forward to doing again.
>Clean out your liver from extra toxins
>Aid in weight loss
>Include digestive enzymes to allow your body to eliminate completely
>Include a manageable diet plan that will restore your body’s nutrients and leave you satisfied and full
>Provide a full support system that provides insight and clarity
The Naked Challenge meets all these requirements. It is a fully guided program that removes the mystery behind cleanses and detoxes.
The next Challenge starts June 9th and is the perfect way to get in your swimsuit and feel cleaner, younger, and more vibrant. More importantly, this detox is an active process and hopefully a life changer for every single Challenger. Do it with your spouse, your siblings, and your friends. I will guide you through it, every step of the way. Now is your time.
This woman thanked her with this lovely letter.
I’m sitting here at the kitchen bar, post-workout, sipping on my Easy Almond Date Milkshake watching Doug sip his portion while making a salad of kale, orange, walnuts and chicken. Almonds sit soaking on the counter. Doug has a grocery list of one thing for today: Coconut Bliss ice cream. What have you done to us?!
I have to say, when we arrived in Barrego I was feeling something less than sexy having hit the 6-month mark of my marriage, free from the threat of a small wedding dress in public. Just think– honeymoon, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Valentines Day– no wonder. Anyway, back-to-back nights of Mexican food in Barrego sent me over my limit and as soon as Doug and I arrived back in Napa I was on the raw food bandwagon. Conveniently, I had a raw food cookbook at the studio and tons of free time with my unemployment and all. We hit the ground running (Doug had no choice, I was making the meals) and within a week I started feeling back on track… then a suspicious package arrived.
You have completely outdone yourselves with that box of goodies! I have read Diana Stobo’s cookbook front to back, been cruising websites and have started making my way through the recipes. Lucky for my mom, she is getting Diana’s cookbook for Mother’s Day (she has no idea what she is in for). The first batch of almond milk is underway as the almonds soak today and will get strained tonight. I have my handy pitcher ready when it comes.
Thank you for the wonderful box and the inspiration to make a big change in our lives! We are both better for it, that’s for sure. And did I mention that “Wilson” bowls are now a staple of our diet? Next up will be a dehydrator and swiping Laura’s top-secret cookie recipe to go with my Coconut Bliss.
The gift of health is the most loving and exceptionable present one can receive. Thank you so much for sharing this touching message, it really made my day.
So far? What a ride. I won’t lie to you folks, the first couple of days were challenging (hence the name Naked Challenge). I experienced exhaustion and mild mood swings, all of which I attribute to 33 years of toxic build up. None of it was unbearable and I actually a welcomed it. This was a sign my body was cleaning out the build up.
I am currently on day 8. I have not had sugar, coffee, booze, or bread in 8 days! I am feeling amazing and strong. My clothes are fitting better, I have an astounding amount of amount of energy, and my skin is clear and smooth. All the while, I am never hungry. I use the Nutripro every other day to maintain an ample supply of fresh juice and keep my fridge stocked with fruits and veggies. Instead of dwelling on what I can’t have, I relish in what I can. I bought some super ripe mangoes, heirloom tomatoes, and some fancy-shmacny chamomile tea. I am not wasting money going out to eat, instead I am filling my home with whole foods that make me feel good.
The biggest benefit I have seen so far is NO PMS! I usually experience the stereotypical PMS symptoms; cramps, headaches, fatigue, demon possession. In the past, I have seen an acupuncturist for this, it was that bad. This month has actually come without any incident. Those near and dear to me can now thank cleansing, for I am a new and far less grumpy little lady.
Now this is life changing stuff. My new sunny attitude is enough to make a convert out of me.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing to my attention the things that I CAN change. Sometimes the universe speaks so loudly that it is impossible to ignore it.
Words are powerful … and everything we say has a direct effect on us and the people around us.
I talk a lot. Mostly I speak truthfully and with inspiration. And sometimes I speak from my shadow. My story rears its head and my pain comes to the surface. I can feel it when it happens, but the words are already out there. I know you know what I mean. Because we all make mistakes — we are human.
Well, here is the blessing of living a conscious lifestyle. You can’t hide from your shadow. When it appears, you have to address it head on. There have been many messages in the past week that have inspired me to write this blog.
5 minutes into the interview I declare that, “I’m 48 years old, I don’t think you want to see me naked.” A beautiful and aware woman pointed out to me that it did not sit well with her. That a woman is beautiful at any age and, as a role model for healthy living, why would I say that out loud into the universe?
My answer was that it was partly humor. But I dug deeper into the question because, truthfully, it didn’t feel good when I said it, and it didn’t feel good when I heard it in the interview.
The answer is:
I was shrinking.
I shrank to make the other people feel more comfortable. I shrank so I didn’t seem full of myself because being confident may intimidate others. But the truth is that I am confidant, secure with who I am, and completely comfortable in my body. I have worked hard to get here and I should never skrink from my successes, my comfort, or my light.
For those who saw the interview and had the same reaction, my heartfelt apology. We are here on this Earth to be all that we can be.
Let your light shine … as I will keep shining as brightly as I can.
If you would like to come and join me and many others at the Raw Living Expo on February 22–24, 2013, in Sedona, Arizona, I will be on stage most of the weekend making you smile and laugh. Go to www.rawlivingexpo.com and buy your tickets today. There is bus service from various locations to get you to Sedona.
And if you have a moment and are so inclined, please vote for me in the following People categories:
- Raw Educator 5+
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- Sexiest Raw Woman
- Funniest Raw Woman
In health & love,
Well, it’s not always easy deciding what to eat while you are on a trip, holiday or vacation. The first instinct is to throw caution to the wind and eat everything in sight. When in Mexico, eat Mexican, when in Rome, eat Pizza, when in France…well hello? Bread, cheese and pastries. But what if you indulge slightly and then have a few days of eating well so you can fit into the wonderful cute clothes you purchased for your travels?
I’m in Mexico surrounded by temptation because one of my favorite things to eat EVER is refried beans. I know, it’s weird, but I really love them. Something comforting and familiar about them, makes me go a little overboard. But feeling good is my biggest addiction, so I focused on what I was going to eat today.
I’m on a beach, glorious waters, beautiful sunsets, frolicking and playing in the surf which builds an appetite. I think- what can I do to maintain this playful energy and still enjoy the taste of Mexico. Everything on the menu has beans, meat, cheese, sauce, tortillas, and tequila. So, I go to the kitchen and asks the staff if they will oblige me for the day. The waiter offers me a smoothie, I see a Vitamix… aha, I think….lets have some fun.
Upon waking: Fresh Coconut from the Tree on the property ( I asked the staff to cut it down, no problem…and by the way it was FREE)
After Yoga: mango, banana and Spinach Smoothie (They make smoothies here with boxed fruit juice and yogurt, I asked them to make it with just fresh fruit and add the greens)
After paddling in the ocean: Freshly blended cucumber, pineapple and cactus over ice. (I didn’t even come up with this, the staff was drinking it, and I wanted in…it was FREE too)
Sitting by the pool, TRUE hunger strikes: a mixed salad of any fresh vegetable ( the kitchen has tossed in lemon juice and olive oil…and a BIG FAT scoop of Guacamole -my idea…On the menu they have a wedged salad with Blue Cheese and a Caesar with creamy dressing. So, I asked them to just keep it simple and light.)
A dip in the pool: I pull a banana from the tree, (no kidding, they are every where , and by the way, it was FREE too)
To keep hydrated : Fresh Lime Juice and Water ( The limes here are so ridiculously sweet that they fill the glass with half lime juice and the other half water, this is very alkalizing, I’ve had this three times today. And, they only charge me for the bottled water)
After a walk on the beach and just because it sounded good: Melon juice -Fresh Melon blended with ice (Another Staff drink, sitting in a big bucket in the kitchen to keep the staff hydrated. They ladle me a big serving of this amazing liquid- for FREE)
For some reason I was really hungry at dinner: Guacamole tostada (This was actually on the Menu, and I felt that after a day of mostly FREE liquid, I should order a meal. I thought it was going to arrive with refried beans, but it really was a Corn Tortilla smothered in guacamole, layered with lettuce tomato and red onion. There was some Cotija cheese crumbled on top, but I just brushed that aside.
My girls wanted dessert: Banana Splits, Cinnamon battered banana’s, and ice cream ( I know what your thinking, but it wasn’t that hard at all. The bananas were really good, so I joined them and had a couple bites of the bananas while they indulged in the decadence… Sometimes it’s just fun to watch others enjoy their moment)
I guess what I’m trying to say is that, we all get caught up in the moment. And we certainly let our guards down when we are on vacation…I mean isn’t that what “vacating” is all about? But, do we really have to let ourselves go all the way into a food spiral that leaves us feeling the post holiday bloat?
Don’t be afraid to ask your waiters to make you something special. I have done this before and have been known to create signature dishes on my travels. By the end of this trip, everyone in this boutique hotel will be having green smoothies for lunch.
Most people want to eat healthy, they just don’t know how.
If you would like to see what to pack while traveling go to the Members Area
Also, in The Naked Zone is a 3-day Post holiday detox.
In health and Love
YOU ARE THE MIRACLE
I’ll bet many of you watch Dr. Oz, or at least are familiar with the structure of his show to bring light to certain health topics, dispel myths, and help the average American’s education of health and wellness. But lately Dr.Oz is getting on my nerves.
I can’t say it’s Dr Oz himself, because I don’t watch much TV or if it is his mass marketing and the apparent need for the miracle cure for weight loss.
According to the many marketing emails, On the Doctor OZ show weeks ago, there was a discovery that the Green Coffee Bean eats fat away. Cool, I believe that to be true. In fact according to the head of a study by Dr. Joe Vinson:
“Based on our results, taking multiple capsules of green coffee extract a day — while eating a low-fat, healthful diet and exercising regularly — appears to be a safe, effective, inexpensive way to lose weight.”
But, lately I have received about 24 email blasts reminding me to ACT NOW and buy this Miracle Bean before it runs out. Coffee mean prices will skyrocket, and soon it will be hard to get, is what they are saying. I found myself getting anxious. I was almost convinced to buy it at one point, just because my brain told me it truly is going to keep my fat cells from expanding. And then I came to my senses…the key to the weight loss is the “while eating a low-fat, healthful diet and exercising regularly” part of the study. We all want to believe in miracles, so I understand the excitement.
Here’s the scoop.
There is no Miracle Pill. There is no miracle herb. There is no miracle anything that is going to bring your body to the place that it is the healthiest ,happiest and most vibrant.
The only MIRACLE- is YOU!!!
And nothing can change your body, your mind or your life but YOU.
Join me on the next Naked Challenge and experience how miracles truly happen.
In health and Love