About Me: (at least a couple of sentences; ex: family, interests, hobbies, favorite quote, personal mission statement, etc
I have always been passionate about food and my parents share that I had a “sophisticated palate and was a gourmet foodie” from very early on in life. Due to some fairly dramatic health challenges, I started searching for natural ways to improve my symptoms and began to explore alternative healing, diet and lifestyle changes. It was 6 years ago when I became enlightened to the vibrancy and healing aspects of raw food, changing my diet nearly overnight, and marveled that the majority of my health symptoms disappeared within days. Jumping into this way of eating with both feet quickly re-educated my palate, which ultimately created an overall reality shift for me. My new appreciation for real, whole, fresh food brought forth a beautiful perspective on the culinary world for me, but the food was simply the catalyst that opened the door to what has become the most exciting journey of learning, growing, healing and sharing.
My personal story of life transformation was first published in super-model Carol Alt‘s book, The Raw 50, and has since been shared in a variety of publications, online journals and websites. I’m blessed to be the author of a number of books, including Raw Food Cleanse (Ulysses Press 2010), Raw For the Holidays, Revealing Your Inner Rawk Star, Falling Into Raw, Resolve to Evolve and Go FRESH.
I am the creator and Program Director of the international virtual holistic retreat center and web community, RawFoodRehab.com, which is what keeps me most busy these days. I consider myself a social architect, as my passion is fueled by helping to connect others and building a sense of community for health conscious raw food enthusiasts.
Besides my love for creating beautiful raw food and drive for cultivating a meaningful, supportive community, I am a daughter, wife, mother, sister, step-grandmother and passionate about helping to inspire others to live their best life possible.
How did you hear about Raw Food Rehab?
It came to me in a series of dreams.....
What percentage of your current diet would you estimate is raw foods? (this answer many change over time)
85-99% on any given day
How are you hoping this community can best support you in your journey? (moral support, transition advice, recipes, inspiration, fitness tips, etc)
All the above and more!
RFR Oath: I acknowledge that everyone is at a different point along their health 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. I understand that posting inappropriate material, personal attacks, unapproved 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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Hello Penni <3 I've decided I need to stay away from FB as it seems to be depressing to me. I know that RFR is where I need to be...even if it is "just for today"...but I'm sure I'll be in and out more often. I invested in a Hurom juicer which I LOVE and I'm continuing to make dehydrator bread/crackers with the tons of pulp I have in my freezer. I'm not losing any weight and I'm beginning to feel an urge to get checked for thyroid problems. With all my bike riding and healthy eating, I don't know why my body isn't changing. One day at a time. I think of you often Penni. Thank you for being a constant health warrior in my life. <3<3 <3 <3
Hi Penni...it is nice to join an internet social support group with those having similiar passions on their physical well being. Thanks for the friend invite. I will be starting a seven day juice fast tomorrow (Monday). With regards to fasting, several sources that I have read indicated the criticality of taking enemas during the fast to aid elimination of toxins. One book in particular (Back to Eden) recommends four quart enemas during the fasting process. Silly question, but is the colon even able to hold four quarts of water? Several sources say yes, but was just curious on your thoughts. Thanks for any guidance that you can provide and I hope your day is going well. Steve
I eat one cooked meal a day to keep my weight up because the last time I went raw vegan for a year and lost too much weight. Not the fault of the lifestyle, but I was/am too busy to get enough calories from 100% raw. Brown rice/mixed grain or legume is my one meal. That's it; no oil, salt, or anything; pure and simple. The rest of the day is fresh juices, smoothies, fruit on the run. I found a product at Whole Foods which is called "Raw Meal" which is a host of raw sprouted grains, green stuff, fruit that is rich in natural occurring protein, B12, and pro-biotics. It's a raw product, and I going to give it a test drive for calories on the run. I went to a "Vegan" forum, but was disappointed with some of the stuff they were into. Margarine, microwaves, etc. I'm okay with this, but raw forum has a different vibration. I define myself nutritionally as a raw foodist who has one cooked meal a day, instead of a vegan who eats mostly raw. I've lost a little weight, but it's not missed. Thank you for this website, it's appreciated.