A Traveler’s Guide to Raw Food

Many who transition to a vegan or raw vegan lifestyle express-”It’s not easy eating out!” Deli food and bakeries are immediately omitted from your tour, and even the menus of many vegetarian restaurants and cafes contain dishes which are still animal-based and tend to have a very narrow selection of plant-based foods. Many of these dishes, even if there are vegan and raw options, also tend to be loaded with oils, and too much nuts and dried fruits, making them sugary and fattening. If you’re traveling, you are also subjecting yourself to days or even weeks of these meals, which can wreak havoc on your body.

Here is a guide to travel so you can keep your healthy raw vegan lifestyle!

Look around online to find out if there are any markets, health food stores, or restaurants that appeal to you and your needs. A great place to start is www.happycow.net. I highly recommend brilliant author, John McCabe’s book Sunfood Traveler: Global Guide to Raw Food Culture. You could even base your trip around places that have plenty of raw food destinations. There are many destinations that are ideal for “raw foodists”:

Almost anywhere in Central and South America is an excellent choice, as the variety of fruits and vegetables is impressive. My husband is Colombian, and every time we’ve been to Colombia I feel like a Queen with all the delicious fruits and veggies at the markets, with a variety that’s hard to beat. I love nispero, mamey, tree tomato, guayaba, maracuya (passion fruit), the most amazing papaya and so much more!

I lead my “Love Raw Food & Yoga Costa Rica Retreat” in the mountains of San Salvador near the Pacific Coast. My friends living in Costa Rica have fruit trees and lush gardens, and the markets are so colorful with all the huge variety of fruits and vegetables. Here is a youtube video I did for my Costa Rica Retreat March 6th to 14th, 2015. There are still a few spots left if you’d love to go to Costa Rica!

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I was also blown away by the superb raw food restaurants and cafes in London. If you go, you’ve got to try Wild Food Cafe. It’s the most gorgeous cafe with big open windows onto a narrow street and the food is fresh and vibrant. Everyone in the place is smiling! The fruit and vegetable markets in London (and I’ve heard also in other parts of England) are abundant, surprising since it’s a northern climate which we wouldn’t necessarily think would be so endowed with fruits and vegetables. Some of the best and largest fresh figs I bought at a large market in downtown London. Here is a youtube video I did when I spoke at the London Vegfest in September 2014. At the next table was a man who imports fruits and vegetables from Colombia to London! What a small world.

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Wild Food Cafe in Covent Garden, London


California we would expect is a great scene for raw living foods, and that’s why it was the chosen location for the 2014 Raw Living Expo. I so much enjoyed the farmers markets all over. My friend in northern California has fig trees in her yard…I was out picking them every day! And of course Hawaii is another mecca for amazing fruit and vegetables. I’ll be going to the Woodstock Fruit Festival in Hawaii this April on the island of Oahu and am looking forward to all the amazing fresh fruit grown right there.

I was surprised to find during my trip to Russia in 2012 that Moscow had six restaurants which catered to raw vegan food. We went to eat at an Italian restaurant which had half of a traditional Italian menu and the other half of the menu was raw food Italian. I had a zucchini linguini with marinara and a borscht, absolutely delicious. I spoke at a health congress organized by the Russian Association of the Raw Food Movement and Naturopathy.

If you’re going out with family or friends to a restaurant that doesn’t have food available for you on the menu, make it a point to call ahead of time and find out if the restaurant would mind if you brought your own food. This is especially important for individuals with families who have different eating habits and don’t feel they have to choose a restaurant to accomodate your needs.

Some restaurants are very accommodating and allow people to bring salads or other foods as long as the other members of the party eat the food available. They would also be more receptive to someone who called ahead of time and explained his or her lifestyle choices, and surprisingly many restaurants today will be more than happy to have their chef prepare a dish which you will be happy eating. I have gone to restaurants with a list of vegetables I would like in my salad and have gotten some of the best dishes I could have ever imagined.

More and more restaurants are aware of vegetarians, vegans, and raw vegans, and often go out of their way to present excellent options. Do not be afraid to ask for substitutions. If a restaurant has organic or healthful foods and simply does not have dishes with a combination that satisfies your needs, ask them if you could put together your own meal with the ingredients listed in various dishes.

Research applications if you have a smartphone! Apps such as Vegout are amazing because they have a guide to restaurants that have vegetarian options. You can see which ones are in certain areas by typing in locations as well.

Bring Appliances

1. Nutribullets and other variations of them are very portable and powerful, so smoothies, dips, and spreads are easy to make in a hotel room.
2. Miniature spiralizers, such as the Spiral Slicer or Vagetti, are compact and handheld, so you can enjoy veggie pasta anywhere without sacrificing precious packing space. Veggie pasta also only takes minutes to make. There would be little time spent preparing food, and more time sightseeing.
3. Tupperware is great for packing also. Quickly spiralize a large amount of zucchini and whip up a sauce in your blender to have food for days.

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Bananas, apples, nuts, etc are all easy and safe to travel with. Bananas don’t do so well on very long trips. I love bringing celery, as it’s nutritious, loaded with water and lasts well. While citrus fruits are not allowed across international boarders, apples and bananas are. They will keep you energized throughout your trip and keep you on the raw vegan track.

Consider Fasting

There isn’t much activity being done during long car rides or plane rides, and studies have even shown that jet lag can be avoided all together by not eating during a flight (Veganbackpacker). If you have the willpower to delay eating during rides, you could save yourself from the toxic and irradiated foods offered on planes or the road foods found at rest stops. While this may not be for everyone, it is a good healthy choice.

Eating healthfully is important, and although it may be temping to eat foods that you wouldn’t normally eat due to convenience or cravings, you should resist pressure to give in to foods that could be harmful. There should be options! Appliances, advance research, packing what you can, and fasting are wonderful alternatives to succumbing to cravings or the pressures of your surroundings. Also, instead of primarily focusing on meals, you can focus on having fun and enjoying your trip if you follow even a few of these tips!

Karen Ranzi, M.A. with Ramapo College Intern Jaclyn Keenoy

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Is Raising Vegan Children Dangerous?

I recently received the following question from a mom needing clarification from all the confusion out there on how to raise healthy well-nourished children. This is a question I frequently get. This one came from Kelly M in a Facebook message:

Hi Karen,

I’m hoping that maybe you can help me based on your own experiences. I’ve heard several interviews with you over the years on how strongly you feel that our children should be raised on a raw food diet as much as possible. I definitely push the raw food as much as I can. I’ve been a vegetarian/sometimes vegan for the last 20 years. I have two young children, 1 and 4, and I’d originally wanted to raise them vegan but they’re vegetarian. I’d always been so confident about it, but lately I am receiving information that’s making me second guess myself and my choices, basically that vegetarianism and veganism are unhealthy for children and somewhat dangerous, that our ancestors all ate omnivorous diets and that we are experimenting with our children when we raise them this way because no indigenous cultures or hunter-gatherer societies have ever thrived on purely vegetarian/vegan diets. What do you have to say about this? Do you have any science to help support raising children without meat and/or all animal products? Please share some of your wisdom if you can. I appreciate your time.

Blessings, Kelly M.

Hi Kelly,

What I’d like to know is “Where is the science to the contrary?” How do you define “Thrive?” It’s true that stupid veganism can lead to problems but so can a meat and animal food diet. It’s a neverending war of scare tactics intending to bring people into one’s own camp. We absolutely must follow compassion and prevention of the devastation of our environment. You can’t give your children animal flesh and heal the planet. We know the vegan lifestyle is best for the future of our children and the earth. Please view the film documentary COWspiracy to understand the scope of this health and environmental issue.







Some vegan parents have B12 deficient children and this gets a lot of rap from those promoting an animal food diet, even though B12 deficiency is seen across the board in all diets. In earlier times, our children would be getting enough dust and some tiny insects in their plant food and the parents wouldn’t be washing the food obsessively like today, so the children would be getting adequate B12 in their food.

A vegan diet for children must be made of organically grown whole plant foods, whereas most family vegan diets are made up of conventionally grown and processed foods which are unhealthy for child development and often contain genetically engineered ingredients, harmful pesticides and mono sodium glutamate.




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According to anthropology professor Dr. Robert Sussman of |Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri: “The idea of early man as a carnivorous hunter doesn’t jibe with evidence. You wouldn’t know it by current world events, but humans actually evolved to be peaceful, cooperative and social animals, not the predators modern mythology would have us believe.”

In his book, Man the Hunted: Primates, Predators and Human Evolution, Sussman goes against the prevailing view and argues that primates, including early humans, evolved not as hunters but as prey of many predators, including wild dogs and cats, hyenas, eagles and crocodiles.

Dr. Sussman says early man was not an aggressive killer: “Our intelligence, cooperation and many other features we have as modern humans developed from our attempts to out-smart the predator. (This information was presented at a press briefing called “Early Humans on the Menu” during the 2009 American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences annual meeting.)

I hope this helps you get a more clear understanding of the historical, health and environmental aspects of raising healthy children. Thank you for your important question.

Karen Ranzi, M.A.
Author: Creating Healthy Children: Through Attachment Parenting and Raw Foods
Raw Vegan Recipe Fun for Families: 115 Easy Recipes and Health Tips for 
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Tips to Bring Health, Calm and Love to Your Family during the Holidays

1. Exercise daily – moving your body burns up stress hormones, leaving you feeling relaxed
and refreshed.

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2. Seek support in your life by reaching out to others. Get the help you need especially at
holiday time when daily life can be more stressful.

3. Eat an abundance of nutrient-dense raw vegan foods to energize and keep spirits up.

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4. Get adequate sleep to feel more relaxed. When overwhelmed with chores and shopping
to do, this is most important.








5. Breathe deeply -inhale slowly, letting your stomach rise for five seconds. Hold, and
exhale slowly for five seconds. Practice five times each day for a total of five minutes.

6. Develop acceptance – “Accepting whatever you cannot change” will provide a peaceful
feeling in dealing with the world.

7. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation of your life. When you and your
loved ones have a disagreement, focus only on the current situation. Do not bring up the

8. Pleasing melodies, especially Mozart, have great value for the entire family, a form of
meditation that calms as well as uplifts the spirit.

9. Meditate – Sitting in quiet meditation even for 15 minutes a day will create a more
focused and rested mind. Silence creates an avenue for dealing with all of life’s








10.Have fun! Make sure the preparations and stress that come along with the holidays
don’t affect your family life. The wellbeing of each individual is a more important focus
than the preparations involved for a beautiful holiday table. If the preparations are easy
and fun then even the youngest child will want to be involved.

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The Psychological Benefits of a Raw Food Diet

Following a raw food lifestyle, many see not only a physical difference but a mental and emotional difference as well. Some of those differences include mental clarity, psychological endurance and increased alertness.

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There are many aspects in transitioning to a raw food diet that may improve your psychological health. One of these benefits is better regulation and control of blood glucose levels. A raw food lifestyle focusing on whole plant foods contains no white sugar, therefore there are fewer swings in blood sugar levels. Some believe this helps their mental health by avoiding the ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ often associated with eating too much sugar.

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By avoiding additives, preservatives and chemicals you avoid any chemicals that may potentially trigger mental problems.

Many say that one of the first and major mental benefits of a raw food diet is how you are able to get clear and motivated about life’s goals. Somehow, clearing your body of junk also clears your head of its junk, and you are inclined to focus again on what’s important in your life and have the energy to go through with it!

Being raw has helped people concentrate and focus for longer periods of time. Answers to problems come much easier and in more creative ways than before. Another benefit is an increase in happiness. Because the raw food diet has a stabilizing effect on blood sugar levels, this allows people to have stable moods. There is a period in the beginning of maintaining a raw or high raw food diet when you may have to adjust to your newly clear and open-minded brain activity. However, your emotions come out strong and accessible because there is nothing there to filter or block them out.

One aspect of the raw food diet that’s only rarely discussed is that it can bring forth mental health issues that are hidden in someone’s daily life. For example, if a person is self medicating with comfort foods or alcohol, he or she may be numbing deep emotional pain by eating chocolate or ice cream all the time, or drinking too much. On a raw food diet, none of these foods are consumed so the mental problems may surface. Deep emotional issues that were “medicated” by overeating may come to light because the overeating has stopped.

Raw food offers a sense of cleanliness not only physically but mentally, emotionally and spiritually as well. You perform at your highest level when not weighed down by the overconsumption of processed, unnatural food.




By Karen Ranzi, M.A. with Intern Nicole Ramirez

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The ThanksLiving Celebration: 23 Years of Honoring the Life of the Turkey

Every year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, I host the ThanksLiving Celebration. When this party began, it was a vegan celebration for the first couple of years, with a potluck of mostly cooked vegan food. There were only a few of us present. We joined in a circle and took turns expressing our gratitude for the day, and especially how grateful we were that we weren’t going to eat a dead turkey at a time when millions of beautiful turkeys are being slaughtered for Thanksgiving meals.

The following years after I had transitioned my children and myself to a raw vegan lifestyle, the gratitude circle remained but the food changed to a wonderful raw food potluck. Over the years, the attendance at this potluck has grown so dramatically that one year we had 122 people in our home, all ages and all economic and social backgrounds. The two important messages we have in common are our compassion for animals and love of raw vegan food for health and wellbeing.

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We start the day with the gratitude circle. Each year my children (who are now 27 and 24) and I adopt one or two turkeys from the Farm Sanctuary. The $30 we pay for each turkey will pay for food and shelter for that turkey at the Sanctuary. We encourage others to do the same so that organizations such as the Farm Sanctuary can continue to do their work saving farm animals from factory farms and slaughterhouses, giving them a safe place to live the rest of their lives.

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To develop spiritually, we must stop the unconscious violence done by eating animals. The Golden Rule of each religion is focused on the teaching of kindness and love of others as the essence of the message. The vegan message must come into being, or there is no Golden Rule. We hope that you will adopt a turkey to represent all the millions of turkeys who will not survive this Thanksgiving. www.farmsanctuary.org

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A raw vegan potluck for the holidays can help you to stay healthy at a time when so many others will be getting sick after eating plenty of animal food, processed food and mostly cooked food. It will give you excellent energy so that you will not feel heavy, drowsy, or bloated after eating. You will feel abundance and your body will feel loved.

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When I was growing up, I recall my family members falling asleep following the holiday meals. The digestion of the food was so cumbersome that the adrenals became exhausted. Even vegetarian and vegan foods can cause this digestive exhaustion if focused on heavy complex carbohydrates.

I grew up loving pastas and breads that were a big part of our holiday gatherings. Cooked complex carbohydrates, especially those that are highly processed, cause a chemical reaction in the body that act like a drug and cause a sedating effect. When I made this discovery and switched to a whole food raw plant diet, holidays became a time of uplifting energetic fun!

When I found that I could live on fresh raw vegan foods, I learned that there is no need to be tired and lose energy following a meal. It’s quite empowering to be in control of what you eat and how you feel through this knowledge.

We must be models for our families, especially for our children, of the raw vegan health and compassion message. This is the way to improving the physical, emotional, spiritual, environmental and planetary health of our world.

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Let everyone start his or her own ThanksLiving Celebration no matter where you are! This peaceful and humane festivity, with all delicious raw vegan loving food, will start a cycle of hope and comraderie with all beings. The interconnectedness of all creatures is what we preach at The ThanksLiving Celebration.

By Karen Ranzi, M.A.

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The History of Raw Plant Food

Humans started out eating only raw foods. We began to cook only after we mastered fire. From the beginnings of recorded history, in countries like Iran and India, there have always been cultures subsisting only on raw vegan foods.









In ancient Greece, Pythagoras founded a philosophical and religious school where the students were required to be vegetarians. Hippocrates, a student of the school, is considered the father of medicine. Pythagoras and Hippocrates are believed to have eaten primarily raw vegan foods.

Foraging for berries, leaves, fruits and nuts was how humans ate for tens of thousands of years. Since the dawn of time, we humans have been raw foodists, and are now the only animal species that cooks its food. Throughout history, ancient cultures have adopted a predominantly plant-based diet. One example is the Brahmins, the priestly class in India who have a rich vegetarian history. Many Brahmins are known to have lived long lives through a plant-based lifestyle.

In 1930, Dr. Paul Kouchakoff, at the Institute of Clinical Chemistry in Lausanne, Switzerland, found that our bodies “normal” toxic reaction to eating, know as “Digestive Leukocytosis,” occurred only when cooked food was eaten. He found that ‘Digestive’ Leukocytosis, the immediate increase in our white blood cell count, did not occur if plant foods were eaten in their natural, unheated state. Leukocytosis is the stress response found normally when the body is invaded by a dangerous pathogen or trauma. He discovered that we have no stress response when we eat Purely Raw foods.

In 1966, Arshavir Hovannessian published Raw Eating in Iran. He had healed his sick child with raw food. They both went raw, guided only by intuition, without any outside information or support. His book declares that raw food is the proper diet for us all, and cooked food is our biggest health problem.

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In America, Viktoras Kulvinskas worked with health pioneer Ann Wigmore, discovering what eating raw can do for very ill people. They eventually began curing people of ‘incurable’ diseases, by feeding them wheat grass juice, and other raw foods. They opened The Hippocrates Institute in the late 60′s in Boston, which is still going strong today in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Arnold Ehret is the author of The Mucus-less Diet Healing System and Rational Fasting. He cured himself of Bright’s Disease, which is a type of kidney disease, with his methods of fasting and a predominantly raw vegetarian diet, occasionally even living as a fruitarian. In the early 1900’s, he opened a healing clinic in Switzerland and later in California. There he cured many people with his focus on long and short term fasting, and a combination of raw and cooked vegetarian foods. He considered fasting nature’s ultimate healing method.

Arnold Ehret’s The Mucus-Less Diet Healing System affected my own family life through my grandmother’s early healing of asthma and emphysema in 1921 through a vegan and raw vegan whole plant lifestyle after she read the short but fascinating paperback book by Ehret. It was my grandmother Celia’s early healing through raw vegan food and healthy lifestyle that motivated me to transition my children and myself in 1994 to a raw vegan lifestyle to heal my son’s asthma, chronic ear infections and multiple food allergies.










Dr. Max Otto Bircher-Benner (1897-1939) is the author of The Prevention of Incurable Disease. He cured himself of jaundice with a predominantly raw vegan diet. Seeing how successful this was in his own life, he then began healing family and friends. He eventually founded the Bircher-Benner Clinic in Zurich, Switzerland where he had incredible results healing many of the so called ‘incurables.’ He frequently referred to Pythagoras and his teachings on diet and lifestyle.

Dr. Max Gerson (1881-1959) is the author of the widely acclaimed study, The Cure of Advanced Cancer by Diet Therapy: a summary of 30 years of clinical experimentation. His healing approach emphasizes a diet of raw foods, including organically grown fruits and vegetables. Many of these are juiced for maximum nutrition. Dr. Gerson’s method is now known to have helped cure people of heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. His most famous patient is Dr. Albert Schweitzer, whom he cured of diabetes. The ‘Gerson Therapy’ method is still successfully used today in several clinics throughout Europe and Mexico.

Edmond Bordeaux Szekely (1900-1979 was fascinated with longevity. He wanted to discover the secrets of the healthiest and longest-lived humans. He spent time studying with the Hunzas, a tribe in the mountains of Pakistan who boast many people that live to over 100 in excellent health with very few diseases. With his wife, Deborah, Szekely opened a clinic in Mexico focused on curing people with organic living foods. Many of these people were told their conditions were incurable. This retreat is still open today and is the world famous Rancho La Puerta Resort in Tecate, Mexico.

Herbert Shelton (1895–1985) revitalized a historic approach to healing known for over 150 years as the Natural Hygiene method. Natural Hygiene advocates an essentially raw food lifestyle and emphasizes creating balance in all aspects of life. In fact, it is an easily attainable approach to nutrition and inspiration behind many diet systems, including Fit for Life by Marilyn and Harvey Diamond.

Norman Walker (1886—1985) is the ultimate nutrition and juicing guru. Countless people have benefited from his knowledge of the healing qualities of fresh fruit and vegetable juices. He is the author of Raw Vegetable Juices: What’s Missing in Your Body? He lived to the old age of 99, and was a perfect example of the benefits of healthy living. He was a strong proponent of raw foods, feeling that cooked foods drained life from people. His juice formulas are still as powerful today as when he conceived them and can be used in any home having a quality juicer.

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John Henry Tilden (1851 – 1940) was a United States physician. He first studied medicine under the supervision of his father. He graduated from the Eclectic Medical Institute of Cincinnati on May 21, 1872 and began his own practice at Nokomis, for eight years. While there, in the spring of 1877, he took a post-graduate course at the American Medical College at St. Louis, Mo. It was during the early years of his practice in Illinois, that Dr. Tilden began to question the use of medicine to cure illness. His extensive reading, especially of medical studies from European medical schools, and his own thinking, led him to the conclusion that there should be some way to live so as not to build disease. In 1926, Dr. Tilden published a book regarding his extensive research into the underlying cause of illness, Toxemia Explained: The True Interpretation of the Cause of Disease. Dr. Tilden’s views on health are summarized as follows: “Food is a stimulant. Overeating is over-stimulating. Add to this excess one or two other stimulants—coffee or tobacco—excessive venery, overwork and worry, and one subject to that amount of drain of nerve-energy will become decidedly enervated. Elimination falls far short of requirements; consequently toxin accumulates in the blood. This adds a pronounced auto-toxin stimulation to that coming from over-stimulating habits, and completes a vicious circle. This complex stands for a disease-producing Toxemia, which will be permanent except as toxin crises—so-called acute diseases—lower the amount of toxin, again to accumulate and continue until the habits that keep the body enervated are controlled.”

Raw food is not a new idea. For years many have discovered its incredible benefits. The movement has come a long way with many contributing to it.





Karen Ranzi, M.A. with Intern Nicole Ramirez

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The Hidden Environmental Benefits of Going Vegan

The benefits of going raw vegan, vegan, and even vegetarian go farther than most people think. It absolutely promotes a healthier lifestyle and a humane way of treating animals, but one huge benefit goes unnoticed: How much it helps the environment.

The raising of animals and production of products from them contribute to most of our food systems’ carbon dioxide emissions. Eliminating animal flesh and products from everyone’s diet would result in the major cut needed in the human carbon footprint and therefore have a huge impact on the environment, as is so clearly presented in the chart below focused on production emissions before the product leaves the farm.

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It comes to no surprise that the transportation of food makes an impact on the environment, but what is surprising is just how much damage is done BEFORE the trucks are even loaded. Lamb produces 39.2 kilograms of C02 emissions per kilogram of food, as opposed to a kilogram of broccoli, which only produces two kilograms of emissions. Also, according to the Environmental Working Group article “Climate and Environmental Impacts,” “Lamb, beef and cheese have the highest emissions… because they come from ruminant animals that constantly generate methane through their digestive processes.” Methane is also 25 times more toxic than carbon dioxide, immensely depleting the ozone layer.

The graph below demonstrates a clear differentiation of embodied food emissions from three diet classes. “Two Simple Steps to Really Reducing Your Carbon Foodprint: Go Vegetarian and Walk or Bike to the Store” shows the differences in carbon dioxide emissions between omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans. There is clearly a large gap between each diet. However, the largest difference is between omnivores and vegetarians. There is over a 1,000 pound a year difference between those who eat meat and those who do not. This is outrageous, considering that a plant-based diet does not prohibit one from consuming essential nutrients.

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According to Tara Garnett, “…a pulse-based vegetarian meal offers the same nutrition as one based on pork at considerably less GHG expense,” (277). We do not need these foods in order to lead healthy lives. In fact, “…a reduction in meat and dairy consumption may confer health benefits,” (Garnett, 2009).

Our “need” for livestock is not actually a need at all. We can go on to benefit the environment and lead healthy lives by adopting diets free of animal products. We can cut carbon emissions in half or even more by simply choosing fruits and vegetables over beef, chicken, cheese, and other animal products. The benefits of going raw vegan, vegan, or vegetarian are not simply for personal health and animal welfare. It is for the world’s welfare.



1. ewg.org. Environmental Working Group, n.d. Web. 7 Nov. 2014. http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/two-simple-steps-to-really-reducing-your-carbon-foodprint-go-vegetarian-walk-or-bike-to-the-store.html.

2. Garnett, Tara. “Livestock-related greenhouse gas emissions: impacts and options for policy makers.”sciencedirect.com. Elsevier Ltd, n.d. Web. 7 Nov. 2014. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901109000173.

3. McDermott, Mat. “Two Simple Steps to Really Reducing Your Carbon Foodprint: Go Vegetarian + Walk or Bike to the Store.” treehugger.com. treehugger.com, n.d. Web. 7 Nov. 2014.



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The Power of Raw Food Group Coaching

Two years ago, I began teaching raw food group coaching programs.

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Many people I had worked with privately later “fell off the wagon” and went back to diets of highly cooked and processed foods and even animal flesh and products. The weight they had lost and the illnesses they had healed returned. I’m finding that the support received in a raw food group coaching program is what it can take to keep inspired, health conscious individuals on track.

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This is not to say that private raw food coaching isn’t important. Some of the raw food group attendees have chosen to do both, a private session to review their personal history of food choices and to receive recommendations for their own health journey, while also participating in a group class which motivates and gives the ongoing support needed from me and their peers coming to learn how to lead the healthiest raw food lifestyle.

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I have been amazed at the accomplishment of physical goals made by attendees in my 5 week raw food group coaching programs. Many of these people have experienced significant weight loss, others have healed from illnesses ranging from arthritis to fibromyalgia, to chronic fatigue, to sleep apnea, to candida, to skin disorders, to cancer and more. There were many areas of healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. I could see clearly that part of this healing involved becoming educated in order to be able to understand why animal food does not belong in our diet, also understanding the processing and chemicals of packaged and processed foods as well as highly cooked foods, and the stress placed on the kidneys and liver by following this mainstream Western diet.

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The first part of each class in the program focuses on the science and benefits of raw plant nutrition. The second part of each class emphasizes the preparation of simple and delicious recipes with only a few ingredients to incorporate immediately into the daily lifestyle. The attendees have the opportunity to ask many of their own questions and get to know the others in the program. Some of the students choose to take the class again for both the information and the delicious food.

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To find out more about how easy it is to get on a healthy track with raw food information, a review of your current food diary and questions, and simple and delicious recipes and meal plans, give yourself the gift of raw food private or group coaching. My coaching page is at www.superhealthychildren.com/Coaching. With further questions, you can contact me at Karen@superhealthychildren.com


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Book Review of The Raw Cure


The Raw Cure

by Jesse J. Jacoby




Book Review of The Raw Cure: Healing Beyond Medicine

The Raw Cure: Healing Beyond Medicine is the best book I’ve read on why we absolutely must stay with a raw vegan lifestyle for our physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and planetary health. The reasons are mapped out methodically in this excellent volume of research done by author Jesse J. Jacoby.

As the author of Creating Healthy Children, I am one who knows for sure that the principles and guiding research in The Raw Cure if started out early in life will lead to a fulfilling and long life of health and happiness. The ignorance seen today in abuse of animals, consumption of animals as food, and intake of fake, processed and refined, chemical-laden foods is sky-rocketing into epidemic proportions everywhere imaginable.

Jesse Jacoby in The Raw Cure takes us back to where we need to be, in a world where animals are treated with respect as the creatures who share our planet, and to a place where we can return to health by following Nature’s plan. I recommend this book to all my raw food coaching clients and thank Jesse for the phenomenal labor of love he has put into this masterpiece.

I found The Raw Cure to be extremely thorough, encompassing the toxins in the foods we are eating, from animal flesh and products to processed foods such as pizza, to why these foods such as cheese are so addicting, and to why cooked oils are so bad for us.

I love when Jesse delves into the positive side, including all the nutritious foods we should be eating, how to eat our way to optimal health, how we can reverse disease, how we can gain purity within, and all the many wonderful solutions to health and happiness, all starting with understanding the subtitle of the book: “How Self Empowerment, A Raw Vegan Diet, And Change of Lifestyle Can Free Us From Sickness and Disease.”

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Jesse’s wish is to one day live in a compassionate world where people no longer eat animals; wild animals roam free without hunters trying to shoot them; oil is obsolete and remains underground; logging is banned; dams are removed from the rivers; fracking does not exist; GMOs and food chemicals are erased from the food supply; prescription drugs, vaccines, cigarettes, and alcohol disappear; cleaning chemicals, herbicides, and pesticides are banished; hemp and bamboo are the only natural resources used for production; all corporations and industries collapse and we resort back to small family-owned businesses; war is a fairy tale; mainstream media delivers the truth; wealthy people actually care for the underprivileged and use their resources to end poverty; indigenous tribes live free without corporations threatening their survival; sonar testing is not allowed in the oceans and humans do not impede on marine life; and money does not rule our lives. Amen.

Thank you, Jesse, for this powerful message and all the research that went into it. I highly recommend The Raw Cure.

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Growing Up with A Candy-Free Halloween


Halloween Basket 








My children are grown now, ages 27 and 24. I still remember every year how I dreaded the thought of my children trick-or-treating with their friends on the Candy Holiday…. Halloween.

It was never easy for me, as I so wanted to raise healthy children. I learned that one cannot raise a healthy child in today’s processed and refined food world unless some incredible imagination and motivation are used. Think of all the parties our children are exposed to during the year. Halloween for me was the most intense of all.

There are the Halloween parties, at school and out with friends, and the trick-or-treating which often involves eating massive amounts of health-destroying, chemical-laden, highly-marketed candies of all sorts. I did not want to isolate my children. I wanted them to enjoy the beautiful costumes and the fun spirit, but I knew that once they started eating the toxic candies they would quickly become addicted.

I had to create a gift that would be motivating to replace the candy. When they returned home with bags filled with candy, I dumped it immediately and presented their gift or a gift slip with a special event written on it. So each year I came up with a new idea. One year it would be a desired book, the next it would be a sports toy, or a special trip we would take that week.

I piled a tray with coins, toys and other items as my trick-or-treat offering and let my children hand them out. When we as parents set this healthy model, we are helping our children to understand the harm of such poisonous food substances.

The children who visited our house for candy were surprised and often pleased to receive attractive colored pencils, coins, spider rings, fake witch nails, mini basketballs, masks, colorful necklaces and more. Many children looked forward to visiting our house above all. My youtube video dressed in my bumblebee costume will show you some of the fun trinkets I pass out each year.

Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXnaOLcJl24

These are a few of the positive comments I received:

Mango Mama

Great ideas Karen! This is the first year that I won’t be giving out candy, and honestly this is so much more fun!


Love the outfit, and I think you delighted in those necklaces as much as the littlies will have done! :-)

Awesome Rawsome Lifestyle

You look delightful in your costume! Thanks for the non-food ideas! I’ve been giving out boxed raisins and fruit leather for many years.

When we prepare healthy treats for Halloween, our children can join in, enjoy and remain vibrant.

I see children who eat candy followed by demonstrations of erratic behavior, poor concentration, and hyperactivity. This was me as a child, bringing home five bags of candy after trick-or-treating. No wonder I ended up with a mouth full of mercury fillings and experienced years of brain fog.

My intern Nicole searched for healthy and fun raw Halloween treats. She got some excellent ideas but changed them to create her own healthy raw versions. These treats would be fun and healthy to prepare with our children for Halloween….”Apple Mouths” and “Pepper Pumpkins.”

Halloween Apple Mouths with strawberry sauce








Apple Mouths

Sliced up apples
Organic strawberries, blended
Raw almond butter (can be used instead of strawberries as a variation)
Raw sliced almonds

Spread blended strawberries or almond butter on the bottom apple slice. Stick almond pieces toward front section of each apple section to create the teeth.

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Pepper Pumpkins

2 large red peppers
2 large zucchinis

Slice top off peppers. Scoop out seeds and carve to resemble a jack-o-lantern. Stuff zucchini linguini inside. Kids will enjoy eating the veggie noodles out of the pepper pumpkins.

Article by Karen Ranzi, M.A.

Food Photography by Nicole Ramirez

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