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We held off for years from getting a Costco Card. For so many obvious reasons. You have to pass mountains of non-foods to get to the few things you can use. And of course we prefer to shop small and local and we love and belong to our Coop. But we finally gave in when the cost of organic carrots leaped up overnight. We need a boat load of organic carrots for workshops and Raw Food Meet-up pot lucks. So there you have it. We surrendered and got the card, even though their giant dump truck grocery wagons scare me.

So while I was in there, I spotted a five pound duffle bag of raw, organic frozen mangoes, and I am still on my deep passion for mangoes, so I grabbed it up. What a bargain! During the summer we are crazy for thick, raw, creamy, cold fruit drinks.








Mangoes are the king of fruits, and not just for their flashy color. They rock when it comes to health benefits. Nutrient packed, extremely rich in minerals, antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and best of all, digestive enzymes. Raw mangoes contain compounds that are involved in fat metabolism and appetite control. We love them for that.

The antioxidant compounds in raw mango fruit has been found to protect against colon and prostate cancer as well as leukemia. Such good news.

This morning I made this fabulous smoothie for us that you may want to try if you too want a thick, raw creamy cold fruit drink.


1 cup raw coconut milk

½ cup organic frozen bananas (I keep some cut up frozen at all times to use quickly)

½ cup organic frozen mango chunks

1 tablespoon organic raw agave nectar

Simply put everything in a Vita-mix or a high powered blender and blend till super smooth.

Makes 1 serving and drink right away .

The Best To Your Health


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I learned how to can food on a wood cookstove back in my deep hippie days. It was fun. Yet the food was cooked hard, then canned in a boiling water bath for 20 to 30 minutes, cooking the life out of it. Before refrigeration, this labor intensive effort kept many a pioneer family alive through the winter. But back then the average life span was only 45.

Today we have our eyes on long and healthy lives. We now know without a doubt that vitamins and life force in our food fights disease and maintains our quality of life.

Raw Chutneys are a great way to make a yummy pickle without cooking. A virtually limitless number of chutneys can be made from almost any combination of Raw fruits, herbs and spices.

Traditionally, chutneys are ground with a mortar and pestle made of stone. I think while you hum OM or recite the one hundred names of God.








I chose to use the mortar and pestle to grind only the chili peppers and salt, then mix the rest of it in a glass bowl while humming OM.

Monsoon time is mango season, so I made an easy, super, super, yummy Raw Mango SWEET onion Chutney. I hope you are getting excited and will give it a try. Chutney goes well with everything.


½ cup raw organic ripe mango (1 small yellow mango)

½ cup sweet white onion grated

2 tbsp raw agave nectar

2 dried chili peppers

1teaspoon of sea salt

Take your two chili peppers with the sea salt and grind them in a mortar and pestle till the salt turns a warm red.

Then sift any of the pepper chunks out and set aside.

Cut up the raw mango into small cubes. Grate the onion and mix the two gently in a glass bowl with the agave. Add your chili pepper and salt mixture and gently stir again.

That's it, you have made chutney. Put it all in a pint jar with a sealed lid and put it in the fridge for at least thirty minutes to allow the flavors to marry. Serve to friends and love ones.

The Best to Your Health


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My fibroid tumor began in my early 40's. It sat above my pelvic bone the size of a walnut. "No need for concern" said the gynecologist.

As the years passed it grew to the size of a pear, then a grapefruit. "These things generally resolve themselves" said the professionals. "It will shrink and disappear after menopause, no need for concern". So I took the 'ignore it' route.

I finished menopause around 54 years old, and all hell broke loose. The tumor grew rapidly to cantaloupe size with no sign of slowing down.

Studies suggest that the incidence of cancerous fibroids increases in women in their 50's and 60's. Post menopausal fibroids are cause for concern. When the tumor begins to grow rapidly at this time in life it is, 'yes, time for concern'.

To make a long story short, the only way to have a biopsy was to remove the tumor. I was no longer playing with concern, I felt panic.

It was not difficult for me to find the dedicated intention needed to cleanse with raw fruits, vegetables and fresh juices. I felt like I may be in big trouble. I was 100% committed. In three months the tumor had shrunk to naval orange size and in 8 months it was gone. Who needs an examination to determine abnormality when there is no tumor to take tissue samples from. I live in humble gratitude.

That was six years ago. I changed my diet and it changed my life. With my husband we started Diet For Living Center. We teach Raw Food educational classes. We also offer career training as a 'Raw Food Chef/Holistic Health Coach' for anyone looking for a career that changes lives. Look us up at http://dietforlivingcenter.com .











This weekend is our 'ABQ Raw Food MeetUp'. We have been hosting a monthly pot luck for the last five years. Find out more at http://www.meetup.com/abqraw. We hope you will join us.

The best to your health!                  

Paula/Lead Instructor


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The American Institute of Cancer Research reports that people whose diets are rich in onions have a lower risk of contracting ovarian, prostrate, breast, kidney and colon cancer. Onions have also been found to slow the growth of cancer cells. Like many raw vegetables, onions contain powerful antioxidants that block highly reactive free radicals from damaging cell DNA. Remember, antioxidants can't tolerate heat, so onions have to be eaten raw.

You may be thinking, 'I was so excited about all this fabulous cancer protection, but raw onions may be harsh on my social life'. I have to agree. I can't afford to offend or lose any friends, so what can we do? Be brave.

The secret is shallots. This petite onion is a member of the lily family, with a delicate, mild taste. This mellow little onion is chockfull of the same anti-cancer chemicals as its big yellow, red or white buddy.

Shallots are the new gourmet onion and a key ingredient in the modern green kitchen. Sliced paper thin and added to baby greens, you'll have the perfect salad. You'll be able to enjoy them daily, all week long. Topping your salad with a raw, rich and creamy salad dressing is key to rounding out the experience. Here is an easy dressing, packed with the healthy probiotics that we love at Diet For Living Center.


Our Raw Miso Dream Dressing                          

¼ cup raw tahini

¼ cup raw agave nectar

2 tablespoons filtered water

2 tablespoons unpasteurized mellow white miso

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Add all the ingredients to the blender. Start blending on low, then finish the process on high.

Store any extra in a glass jar in the fridge.


The best to your health!


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Cherished and adored in India, a basil patch is common outside the doorways of many homes. It is used in morning prayers to insure personal health, spiritual purity and family well-being. Strings of beads made from the plants stems are used in meditation to give clarity and protection. For three thousand years, Holy Basil has been considered one of India's most powerful herbs. Everything associated with the plant is Holy, including the water given to it and the soil in which it grows. All are part of the great blessings of life.

So often we now find that ancient wisdom proves out 100% in the modern laboratory. It is now medically proven that the antioxidants in basil provide powerful anti-cancer protection. Basil also contains flavonoids that help shield cell structure from radiation damage. So if you have a friend or family member who is in the middle of cancer treatment, they are  going to want to load up on Holy Basil.

Keep it Raw. This plant hates the cooking process. Cooking changes it's chemical properties and  turns the leaves brown. We at Diet For Living Center grow big tubs of it. We nip the sweet tender top leaves off for fresh salad greens. The bigger leaves make yummy fresh Raw Vegan Pesto.










Many greens hate the middle of the summer, but Holy Basil enjoys the heat and sun. Its soooo easy to grow. You don't need to be a big time farmer to enjoy the monster benefits of this super food. Just grab a few plants from your 'Trader Joe's' for $2.99, or from your farmers market. Set them in decorative pots on the patio or window sill. Bam, your ready to go.


Your going to get so excited you will want to make your own fresh raw vegan pesto. Here is our recipe.


½ cup raw pine nuts soaked over nite

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

3 cloves fresh garlic

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

A hearty handful of fresh basil leaves

a pinch of sea salt

In a small table top processor, add the garlic, lemon, salt and olive oil. Pulse until the garlic, lemon, salt, and oil are one. Drain your pine nuts and add to the processor. Pulse again until the whole mixture is creamy. With kitchen shears, cut up your basil leaves and add slowly. You may need to add a bit more olive oil to keep it going. When everything is thick and green you have got it. Store in a glass jar in the fridge. It also stores well in the freezer if you can't eat it all right away.

The best to your health!


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