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Kathleen Ruhl
  • Grosse Pointe, MI
  • United States
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About Me: (at least a couple of sentences; ex: family, interests, hobbies, favorite quote, personal mission statement, etc
I am a mother of a wonderful 24 year old who has been studying in college as a music education major.
I live with my animal rescue dog, Hank, who is part Irish Wolfhound and part Yellow Lab and a rescue cat named Pi. We live in my first "tiny house" and I am learning to live with less. I've wanted a tiny house for a long time and one day I will own my very own.
I enjoy creating fine art, graphic design, learning web design, teaching myself piano, knitting, reading, biking. I used to ride my bike 6 days a week to work, no matter the weather (ice/snow are the exception), and it adds up to 50 miles per week. But last year I was hit by a car and I am on the mend.
I want to lose weight and live healthy throughout the last half of "my century".
For a year, I switched my career to working in "flexitarian" and raw food cafes where I've learned and shared the medicinal benefits of food created from scratch, with love and healing intention while keeping our carbon footprint on a sustainable path. I have never been happier.
Now I'm back to my graphic design freelance and I love working with clients who are on the same journey as I am, to make the world a better place through our gifts. I am also taking courses in textile design with a goal of pursuing a career in that industry.
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How did you hear about our community?
from the raw food for $10/day blog
What dietary interests do you have? (clean eating, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, weight loss, etc?)
What is your motivation for joining Real Food Rehab? (moral support, education, recipes, inspiration, fitness tips, etc.)
moral support, transition advice, recipes, inspiration, fitness
RFR Oath: I acknowledge that everyone is at a different point along their health & wellness journey and I will respect the individual progress and needs of others as they make lifestyle choices and changes of their own. I promise to do my best to keep this community drama free, and solicitation free. I understand that posting inappropriate material, personal attacks, personal or business solicitations or spamming of any kind can result in administrative action and/or removal from this community. I pledge to be respectful even if I do not agree with another member's opinion. Agreed?

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Kathleen Ruhl commented on Heather L.O.V.E.'s photo

Before and During

"Heather, I think of you a lot and it is so wonderful to see this amazing post and to know that you have made huges strides on your journey. You INSPIRE <3"
Aug 3
Kathleen Ruhl replied to Penni's discussion January Mind Body Reset Starts Tomorrow!
"Oh the snow here is delightful and much more to come to Detroit. They are calling for 9-12" and we've already got 8" from last week. We're also to expect -10 windchills and my prayers are going out to those who are expecting…"
Jan 5, 2014
Kathleen Ruhl replied to Penni's discussion Celebrating the Season & You!
"Dearest Penni, may you be joyful, may you be peaceful, may you be happy! Your message resonates with me in so many ways and I thank you for that. About aging, changing, riding the ups and downs. I am in a good place too even though these holidays…"
Dec 24, 2013
Margery Hinebaugh commented on Kathleen Ruhl's photo

Victoria Boutenko in Detroit

"Lucky you.....want to meet Victoria, Penni, and all the others someday.  :-)"
Nov 30, 2013
Kathleen Ruhl replied to Penni's discussion Needing a Fresh Kiss of the Fruit & Veggie Love?
"<3 Hi sweet Penni! I've been sticking with you here and on FB for years. I've done several initiatives with RFR and missed some too. I sincerely understand that it takes a true commitment which I've not given to myself. Although I…"
Nov 30, 2013
Kathleen Ruhl commented on Penni's photo

Pumpkin Spice Chia Porridge

"yummmmmmmmmmmmy. Love the chia. I use it in my dehydrator crackers/bread too. Thanks for sharing this yummy idea and photo."
Oct 15, 2013
Kathleen Ruhl replied to Penni's discussion Someone You Should Know - Sarah, The Bee Girl
"Honey bees are absolutely brilliant! Watching them is awe inspiring and knowing how they function in a colony of other bees is fascinating to me. Thank you Sarah and Sergei for this great video. I really appreciate the information. Knowledge is…"
Oct 15, 2013
Kathleen Ruhl replied to Susan : )'s discussion Someone is Having Another Birthday : )
"Happy Birthday Penni! I feel so fortunate to celebrate another birthday with you. Sending love and light! Namaste, my friend. <3"
Oct 1, 2013
Kathleen Ruhl replied to Susan : )'s discussion How To Sabotage A Healthy Diet in the group Media Room
"I really enjoyed this video. It ties in with a book that I have in my library called "Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Woman's Guide to Healing From Breast Cancer" by Nan Lu, O.M.D., L.Ac. In the book, he talks a lot about stress and…"
Aug 21, 2013
Kathleen Ruhl commented on Penni's photo

Eggplant Bacon

"ohhhhhh this looks tasty :-) And.....someone is front and center in the Extraordinary Health publication (Garden of Life) that I just picked up at the health food store. I so needed to see that beautiful smile with Penni in the kitchen. What a great…"
Aug 4, 2013
Kathleen Ruhl commented on Heather L.O.V.E.'s blog post 35 lbs In 45 Days...and MY COW What Days They Have Been
"Congratulations Heather on your weight loss. That is fantastic and very inspiring. I am sending love and light to you and your mom."
Jul 20, 2013
Kathleen Ruhl commented on Seth Feldman's blog post Back Into the Light
"Hi Seth! I began my raw journey almost 5 years ago. I've been up and down with maintaining it but I am diligent about juicing and making almond mylk. Then dehydrating recipes to use the leftover pulp...and making great nut hummus. I enjoy raw…"
Jul 19, 2013
Kathleen Ruhl commented on Amahla Johnson's blog post Being grateful for things that are hard
"Thank you for your heartfelt sharing Amahla! While going through tough situations, it's not easy to be grateful but looking back...they are definitely life lessons. You're strength to do that gives me inspiration.  Thank you."
Jul 19, 2013
Kathleen Ruhl replied to Penni's discussion Chia Seeds - Miracle Food of the Aztecs in the group The Pantry
"GT's synergy kombucha makes a Black Chia that is to die for!"
Jul 4, 2013
Kathleen Ruhl replied to Penni's discussion Chia Seeds - Miracle Food of the Aztecs in the group The Pantry
"I love a bread/cracker recipe that I found. It incorporates juicer pulp, flax meal and chia seeds, plus other things. Even my dog loves it broken into pieces for snack treats."
Jul 4, 2013
Kathleen Ruhl replied to AChangeAMonth's discussion Maca in the group The Pantry
"I love maca! I use it in my smoothies with banana, almond mylk and fruit or raw cacao etc. I did try a recipe once that called for a tablespoon of maca and I just want to digestive system went very haywire for a while. So I stick to 1 tsp.…"
Jul 4, 2013

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Free online courses on health and nutrition for anyone around the world

Posted on June 13, 2013 at 9:00am 6 Comments

I'm a believer in knowledge is power. There are some free online courses that I'm going to be taking through Coursera and I'm sharing them in case anyone else is interested in learning too. I love that they also cover all kinds of topics from engineering to art and music and that they are FREE. Coursera is an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take. There are no strings attached and all you do is sign…


When a storm brews...there is always light afterward

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 10:23am 2 Comments

It's nice to be back with my RFR friends and I've missed everyone. I realized it's been  February since I last posted something.

I really enjoyed the most recent Cleanse America 2 and I've become more excited about juicing again. I even got out my hand crank…


My favorite prose poem...Desiderata - something desired as essential

Posted on June 1, 2012 at 11:12am 0 Comments


by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,

and remember what…


Holding your spirit high

Posted on February 12, 2012 at 2:00pm 4 Comments

It's been a while since I've been on RFR and it was nice to hear Penni say that she is making time to support her spiritual journey. I wish for everyone to do the same...including myself. There's that saying that if you don't take care of yourself, no one else can take care for you. 

There's a lot of things going on for many of us. Some good and some not so good. There are some days when you can take on the world after you've had your wheatgrass, smoothie, or a nice glass of freshly…


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At 8:46am on March 3, 2013, Penni said…

You message comes at a perfect time and is so deeply appreciated by me. You are a bright shining light and I know that you are being divinely used to lift my spirits today after a night of turbulence and no sleep. I know you are no stranger to the stresses and attacks that can come in this life. now is one of those times of storm for me. So bless you for your intuition and your loving kindness (as you always are).

You are loved and cherished xoxoxo

At 3:58pm on July 15, 2012, Susan : ) said…

Hugggggggggggggggggggggggs : )

At 2:06pm on June 17, 2012, Susan : ) said…

Clinking my glass to yours! : )

At 11:03am on May 24, 2012, Susan : ) said…

Come take the RFR Mansion Tour!  

Click here for each room's index!

At 10:33am on April 27, 2012, Susan : ) said…

Having FUN!  Wanna Slide Down The Banisters With Me?

Take the Stairs!! : )

At 12:09pm on April 15, 2012, Susan : ) said…

Simply, Make the Next Bite Raw!

At 9:52am on March 22, 2012, Susan : ) said…

A fresh Spring Bouquet just for YOU! : )

At 3:22pm on February 14, 2012, Susan : ) said…

Happy Heart Day to you too!

At 7:41am on February 14, 2012, Susan : ) said…

Keep hangin' at the Hab!  Best Place to Be!!!

At 11:33am on February 7, 2012, Susan : ) said…

Enjoy your lunch!


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