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Vibrant Living, Issue #145 Tips for Traveling, Food Substitutions, Testimony & Recipes
September 10, 2013
Greetings Health Seekers,


As summer winds down here in northern California our Indian summer takes off. We’ll still enjoy and two to three months of nice weather before the winter rains set upon us. I hope wherever you are that the weather is to your liking and that the fresh raw bounty is plentiful.

In this issue of Vibrant Living I’ve listed some trips for traveling and keeping your raw on, and given a list of substitute foods for acquiring the exact taste and consistency that you’re looking for in your recipes. I share a Wonderful testimony to the power of raw foods, which everyone should read and share with loved ones. There are a host of new raw recipes for your enjoyment and rating….and of course some amusing quotes from people more knowledgeable than I. Enjoy!


“If you think we can’t change the world, it simply means you are not one of those who will.” ~Jacque Fresco


This is a Wonderful raw testimony sent to me last week from a gentleman who was able to recover from a stroke many years after the event. This is one that should be spread far and wide so that loved ones and strangers alike may benefit from it. Recovery from Stroke


Tips for Raw Travel

I know I’ve mentioned traveling in the raw in the past, but I just want to briefly go over how Gretchen and I handled traveling to Colorado from California for a five day stay while maintaining the raw diet. Sticking to your raw diet while traveling can be a challenge if you don’t do a little planning, but with just a little pre travel planning you can take the stress and concern out of traveling in the raw.

Figure out which meals you’ll need on the days of your travel and what they’ll be. Then think roughly about what you’ll be wanting once you arrive and where you’re going to procure those delectable food items. Will you have the use of a refrigerator at your destination? If not can you store things in a cooler with ice, or perhaps outside if the weather is cool enough. Even the trunk of your car will work if the climate is right. A little brainstorming before you leave will give you multiple options once you arrive.

Whenever I make plans to travel I spend a little time on the internet to find local grocery stores where I might find organic fruits and veggies. On our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park we had located a Whole Foods store in Boulder which made for only a slight detour and provide the mainstay of our food for the trip. Prices were slightly higher for the most part compared to California, but we were able to get everything we needed for the next few days, and all organic. A MapQuest from the airport in Denver to the Whole Foods store and then on to our destination made our journey quite easy.

I did bring a few items from home that I didn’t want to leave to chance carefully packed in my carry on bag. I brought three nearly ripe avocados, a package of Lydia’s Raw Italian crackers, a small container of chia seeds, a small jar of barley grass juice powder, several pounds of dates, 1 pound of dried apricots, and about 8 pounds of lemon cucumbers. These items combined with the food bought in Boulder provided just about everything I needed for the trip. Gretchen brought along similar items to suit her dietary needs.

Near the end of our stay we were able to visit a Safeway store in Estes Park with a very nice organic section to pick up some spinach and fresh Valencia oranges.

As for the airplane flight I brought my lunch food with me both ways. As it happens it was fresh figs and cucumbers both directions. I always try to bring moist water rich foods because they help keep me hydrated in the very arid environment of the airplane cabin. Much of jet lag or flight weariness symptoms are associated with dehydration.

We were quite active during our days hiking the beautiful mountain trails of the Rockies, so our appetites were up and we were not disappointed in our food choices and selections. The evenings were relaxed and social as we were there to celebrate the wedding of G’s cousin. We were able to specifically order a large raw salad from the caterer for the wedding dinner ahead of time, but did bring along some of our own food to supplement the meal. Most people just don’t realize what you mean when you say a very large salad…lol. We were fortunate to be sitting with our backs to the wall and were able to keep our grocery bag between us dipping into it to supplement as needed.

All in all our entire trip was very nice and our food supply was never an issue for stress. We were able to completely enjoy ourselves, even at the southwest BBQ mixer the night before the wedding.

As a side note I would recommend a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park to all those who have not yet had the good fortune to take in its beauty and splendor. It was so beautiful, invigorating, and relaxing that we both left thinking about a cabin there or in some other mountain location. Perhaps this is the rocky mountain high that John Denver sung about those many years ago.

In the past 14 years I have traveled around the US, into Canada, and across the globe to Australia and have never really wanted for fresh produce for my raw diet. To me it is one of the easiest ways to travel. With a little forethought and planning your raw travels can go just as smoothly as our recent trip to Colorado and my ventures around the planet.


“When the power of Love overcomes the love of power, this is when the world will know peace.” ` ~Jimi Hendrix


Food Substitutes

These substitutions were initially put together for salad dressings; however they apply to recipes of all sorts. If you would like your recipe to taste more salty, but don’t wish to add salt try adding some of the ingredients below:

• Celery

• Spinach

• Dulse (a seaweed)

• Miso (not technically raw, but has live cultures and is a living food.)

If you would like to create a more acidic taste add one or more of these or their juices:

• Lemon

• Lime

• Grapefruit

• Orange

• Pineapple

• Mango

If you would like to thicken up your recipe add one or more of these ingredients:

• Chia seeds

• Flax seeds (ground)

• Okra

• Dried fruit like tomatoes, raisins, apricots, or peaches

• Raw dehydrated crackers (crumbled)

• An avocado


“If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as the souls who live under tyranny.” ~Thomas Jefferson


There are a number of new raw recipes on the website, here are a few that I think you will really enjoy.

Spicy Asian Salad w/ Kimchi

Light Bright Cuke Juice

Sunshine Breakfast Juice

My Go To Juice

Tahini Lime Coleslaw


Most days I’m posting health information, recipes, testimonies, etc on the facebook page of RAW-FOODS-DIET-CENTER.COM, so if you’re interesting in checking that out you can do that here.


Discount Super Foods and Such

Although I believe strongly in a diet comprised mostly of fresh raw foods, I do supplement with super green powders, nuts, seeds, sea vegetables, and the occasional dried fruit such as goji berries. If you’re like me you’re always looking for a good deal on quality food whether it’s fresh from the farmers market or purchased online, so I thought I would share with you where I make most of my online purchases.

You may already be aware of the Raw Food World and their “at cost” specials, but if not here you go. When you go to purchase supportive foods like those listed above you can save money and get “at cost” special pricing by going to the link below and clicking on the “at cost” specials tab. This also allows you to save up to 14% on every order of their already good deals. The important thing to remember is that fresh is best and these products are supportive and should not be your mainstay. Enjoy!

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Continuously Updated Web Pages:

There are a number of new testimonies at the website which I hope you will read and pass on to others when you feel they would benefit. And please feel free to leave your own story if you feel moved to do so.

You need not be 100% raw to share a testimony; the fact is most people on the raw diet are not 100% anyway. Your story may inspire someone else, perhaps from the other side of the globe, to give the raw food diet a try.

Success stories.


Please send me your health questions, they can be submitted anonymously if you prefer, and you may help someone else improve their health and quality life. Your questions.

Please contact me with other questions, feedback and comments here.

Be Well and Wonderful, Hugh



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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