Welcome to the VIBRANT LIVING NEWSLETTER

Happy Holidays! I wish you all the best Holiday Season ever and a new year full of Peace, Joy, and Wonders. I’m very grateful for your friendships and support, and look forward to deepening our connections over time.

It’s the time of year that we gather with friends and family to celebrate, appreciate, and just have fun. This celebratory season can be challenging on many different levels, not the least of those involving food. I hope the main article below will help ease any stress you might have around holiday meals and allow you to relax and enjoy your holiday gatherings with family and friends.

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“One of the first and most important steps to take in working to correct health problems and to increase longevity and quality of life is to balance, and keep balanced, the pH of one’s body chemistry.” – Ron Gardner, Bed, Msc, ND

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Here’s a Great recipe sent in by Gretchen Koles from San Anselmo, CA.

I had this salad and it really Rocks. This would be a great salad to take along to a holiday gathering and share with others.

Coleslaw

napa cabbage, coarsely chopped (1 small head or half a large) carrots, grated (several, or approx. 1 pound) raisins (half cup) hemp seeds or chopped walnuts (1 oz.) meyer lemon, juiced italian parsley, chopped (half bunch)

Toss all the ingredients except the parsley together and let the raisins plump up. Right before serving, mix in the parsley. Makes a large meal for one hungry person, or can be shared as a side dish. All amounts are flexible, so feel free to adjust to your taste. Enjoy!

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Your Raw Food Recipes

Send us one of your favorite original raw food recipes and it could be selected to be posted in the next newsletter.

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“When we kill animals to eat them, they end up killing us because their flesh, which contains cholesterol and saturated fat, was never intended for human beings, who are natural herbivores.” – William Clifford Roberts, M.D., Editor in Chief, American Journal of Cardiology

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Raw Success During the Holidays

A little planning can help you keep ahead of any crisis moments while visiting with family and friends over the holiday season. I’ve found that having food with me during my usual days and certainly during the holiday season is a way of heading off poor food choices at the pass.

Many people are on solid ground with their raw diets whatever the percentage, however when they become hungry and or tired they become easily seduced by choices they would otherwise never make, sometimes caving in completely and falling right out of their model of acceptable food choices.

Mix this with the added pressure of the holiday season in the form of wanting to fit in, peer pressure, and wanting to calm concerned family members who are worried about your weight loss and the new diet that brought it on, and you are walking on the proverbial slippery slope.

When headed out for a long shopping day or holiday gathering think ahead to what you’ll be eating and when. You may be planning on a salad out, but what if things change during the day, as they often do. What will you do then? It’s easy enough to put together a small “survival” kit before you leave home. Grab a few apples, oranges and a banana or two. Dates fit easily into a handbag or coat pocket. Cut up some celery sticks to have with a bag of mandarins. A small handful of fresh walnuts is a great finish to one of these meals providing not only the essential fats, but the sustaining feeling they provide.

As far as visiting someone’s home where there will be a buffet or sit down dinner, well, bring your own yummy salad. Let the host know ahead of time that you’re on a special diet and would like to bring your own food. It’s been my experience that almost everyone will understand and be supportive. However, there are those less awake who may take issue. And though I believe honesty paramount to living a happy and fruitful life, sometimes bending this principle a tiny bit may allow you to remain on your path and have your dietary choices be more readily accepted by friends and family. On occasion I have told people, mainly waiters at restaurants, that my doctor has me on a special diet, and that seems to make all the difference in the world in having my food choices respected and fulfilled in a loving way. And this is not really bending the principle that much since we’ve all read or listened to the many doctors in the raw movement that promote exactly what we are living in our daily lives. So in essence our doctors do have us on a special diet, and we are simply following their nurturing guidance.

Be open, make an extra salad or raw dish to share, and let people know this is your path, and that you’re not looking to convert people. It’s a personal choice that each individual needs to make for themselves. Of course by being an example you model for friends and family what is possible without the need for any words. Answer questions and offer support if there’s interest, while trying not to become evangelical (which is what I did early on and perhaps scared a few people off.) lol

In the event you do slip up and stray from your diet, don’t beat yourself up, but rather try to learn from the experience. Think about how straying from your regular diet made you feel physically afterwards and the next day. And remember, it’s just one meal or day or whatever. You can start anew with the next meal and get right back on track. Let the previous meal go and love yourself. You did the best you could do at that time and that represents only a miniscule blip in your life. No big deal. Move forward, and get back on track and flow with nature.

The main point is that by thinking ahead you can always be prepared and enjoy healthy holiday meals where ever you are and who ever you are with.

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If you're enjoying this newsletter please share it with a friend....you never know, they might find the one thing that brings their life into balance and allows them to experience true health and harmony. :-)

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So where does a vegan get their B Vitamins?

Each of the following foods contains the entire group of B-complex vitamins: Alfalfa leaf, Beans (especially pea), Leafy Green vegetables (all), Nuts (all), Brussels sprouts, Brown rice, Nutritional yeast, and Whole grains (all)

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“The real doctor is the doctor within. Most doctors know nothing of this science and yet it works so well.” - Albert Schweitzer

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If you would like to share one of your favorite original raw food recipes please send one in and yours could be selected for the next newsletter. I value your opinion so please feel free to send your comments or questions to hugh@raw-foods-diet-center.com

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Be Well and Wonderful, Hugh

http://www.raw-foods-diet-center.com/

hugh@raw-foods-diet-center.com

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER

The contents of my website and my newsletter are gleaned from my experiences and observations, meant only for educational purposes and not intended to replace medical advice, consultations, or treatment of any kind. I recommend you see your professional health care provider if you suspect you have an illness or disease of any kind. I’m not medically trained, and I would never suggest or imply that I know what is best for someone else’s body or overall health, ultimately each of us is the only one who knows what’s best for us.


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