Brainwashing Children to Eat Animal Foods through Toys

As my own children were growing up, there were many products, toys, and commercials focused on marketing to them with the intent to get them to purchase and consume animal flesh and products. It became even more intense when they became teenagers. I believe now, a decade later, that the word “teenager” is a marketing word for the meat, dairy and processed food industry.

Many children are right out lied to about where their daily foods originated. When my daughter was nine years old and I was driving her and a nine year old girlfriend to an event, I had the opportunity to experience an eye-opening reality….that the torture and truth of factory farming and slaughterhouses are hidden from most children. This nine year old girl disagreed with my daughter that the bacon she ate over the weekend came from a pig, insisting instead it was made at the supermarket. Many children have no idea where their food comes from.

Children today are targeted by much meat, dairy and junk food advertising, and many countries have adopted these foods which go along well with accompanying medications. This is often seen on television, a commercial for meat, dairy or processed foods followed by all the medications that will be necessary at some point if eating this toxic diet. Consequently, children’s health and nutrition worldwide is worse than ever.

My recent video takes you on a tour of one of the largest toy stores in London, looking at some of the toys there focused on “Brainwashing Children to Eat Animal Foods.”

Click this link:

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3 Daily Practices to Achieve A Healthier Lifestyle

We’ve already explored on this blog the benefits of a raw vegan lifestyle. Karen’s whole website, in fact, goes in depth about the seemingly unending rewards of an uncooked plant-based diet. But whether you are 100% raw vegan or aspiring toward it by incorporating more plants into your life, your diet isn’t the only ingredient to a healthy lifestyle. No matter where we are in our journey to a better version of ourselves, here are three other important health factors we can practice to improve our overall wellness.

  1. Get Enough Sleep


It seems simple and you’ve heard it many times before. But, not enough of us are getting the recommended amount of sleep. Our culture is fast-paced and society expects us to continually produce, produce, produce. But there’s only so much our body can do before it needs rest. Anyone who has ever stayed up late only to get up early in the morning knows the immediate effects of not getting enough sleep: headaches, dizziness, soreness, impaired mental ability, and of course, drowsiness. But continually not getting enough sleep can lead to other side effects which we don’t always associate with our sleeping habits. Hormone stability, for example, or even weight control, moodiness, brain cognition, risk of injury and immunity are all linked with sleep. Think that’s a lot? Well, sleeping can also curb inflammation that can lead to heart disease, strokes, diabetes and premature aging. It will also lower stress and help you avoid depression. The benefits of sleeping are many and not all of them have been explored yet. But it is known that diet and sleeping habits are closely linked. If you improve one, you will help improve the other!

  1. Exercise

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Exercise has many of the same benefits as does healthy diet and sleep: It improves mood, combats sickness and disease, controls weight and boosts energy. If you aren’t athletic or you dread the idea of hitting the gym, don’t panic! Exercise includes any activity that gets your heart rate going. Maybe for you that’s running, maybe it’s joining a local sports team with your friends, maybe it’s dancing the night away or running around with your children at the park. While rest is important, so is getting off of the couch and exerting your body. Your body is strong and meant for physical activity. Get your heart rate up and not only will you release endorphins which will improve your mood within seconds, but you will strengthen all the systems responsible for body and brain function. If you are working to improve your diet and your sleeping habits, you will also find you have more energy to work out. After an activity filled day you will also sleep better and feel encouraged to fuel your body with better food.

  1. Meditate

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Meditation can mean many things to many people and this blog isn’t going to argue what meditation is or isn’t. But it will explore its benefits. For many people, meditation comes with yoga or something similar to yoga. Yoga is a great way to incorporate meditation and exercise into one’s life. It improves strength and flexibility while also promoting a peaceful state of mind. Meditation can also be something spiritual, a way to connect one’s soul and mind to its surroundings or to a higher being. What are the benefits of meditation? The same as sleep, exercise and a healthy diet: reduces stress, lowers risk of sickness and disease, improves brain function, releases endorphins, slows aging and increases overall happiness. A society or a person encouraging meditation (and healthy eating, and sufficient sleep, and exercise) will also encourage acceptance, love and peace—benefits that surpass personal goals and contribute to the healing of our planet.

By Heather Debel, Ramapo College Intern to Karen Ranzi, M.A.

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Food and Medicine

Advil, Tylenol, Benadryl, Aspirin—most of us living in America have taken over-the-counter medication for headaches, backaches, muscle aches, colds, fevers, you name it. Any sickness out there has a company claiming it has the cure. And this only briefly covers the common household medications. Let’s not forget the many prescription medications, individualized for each person’s severe ailments. Living in the Western world, we’ve been bombarded by so much medicine that when we think of medicine, we think of little pills wrapped up in a box or a prescription bottle.

On the contrary, when it comes to food, we’re shown images of a cheeseburger served at chain restaurants, a cheeseburger we all know too well will leave us sluggish and bloated. The food we are served makes us sick and then companies sell us pills to make us better.

But what if we prevented sickness instead of just treating it with pills? What if there was a way to put only good things into the body as a way of perpetuating life, energy and happiness? Well, there is a way and not many people know about it, or are willing to try it. When most Americans think about veganism, they think of restricting their diets that they think they love. They think of all the “don’ts”: don’t eat meat, don’t eat dairy, don’t eat animal products.

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But this lifestyle isn’t about the “don’ts” at all. It’s about health, morality, a longer better life, and for so many people, it’s about healing.

Edible plant foods contain healing properties. This is nothing new. Before the many pharmaceutical options of modern medicine, civilizations for thousands of years used plants to heal life threatening diseases. Today, we have a more difficult time with that concept. GMO’s have been introduced into our food supply, the soil isn’t as enriched with nutrients as it one was and chemicals are found all around us and in the foods we eat. However, organic leafy plants are as close as we can get to healthy, natural medicine.

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Meat and dairy products on the other hand, are treated with hormones, ammonia gas, additives, and other chemicals and can lead to many diseases. It has been proven to harden blood vessels, lead to diabetes, and cause cancer. That being said, uncooked greens have unlimited benefits. Generally, vegans live longer, they get adequate amounts of vitamins and nutrients that can do everything from maintaining healthy eyes, hair and skin to reduce heart disease and prevent deadly diseases. This is only speaking generally. Many books have been written about the specifics.

Kale, for example, is packed with calcium and potassium. Turnip greens are full of vitamins A, C, K and calcium. Spinach contains foliate and cabbage has its own cancer-fighting compounds. Instead of splurging on the typical American diet which has been shown repeatedly to cause life-threatening illness, we should try eliminating meat and increase fruits and greens, or should we just call them medicine? If we want to dedicate ourselves fully to our body’s health and wellness, then we should do what many people have done to heal themselves in the past—choose the low-fat raw vegan lifestyle.

By Heather Debel, Ramapo College Intern for Karen Ranzi, M.A.

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The Iodine Issue

At our last raw food coaching class, we were able to Skype with the director of the Health 101 Institute and Disease Avoidance Specialist, Don Bennett. For a half hour Don Bennett talked to us about the importance of Iodine and Iodide in our diets. As some of you may know, Iodine is important for the thyroid. In the early 1900’s a lack of Iodine in the American diet lead to a rise in goiters. To fix the situation, Iodine was added to table salt and health officials stressed the importance of iodine to the public. As a result, goiters became almost non-existent. However, the problem of iodine deficiency has not been fixed.

Iodine is used for so much more than goiter prevention. The thyroid needs sufficient iodine to balance hormones which prevents both hyper- and hypo- thyroidism. It is also required for a normal basal metabolic rate. A slower rate results in overweight. Don Bennett says:

“Enough iodine is also required for proper brain development, to fight infections, to protect from and to deal with cancer, for healthy skin, and to prevent fibrocystic breast disease and mental impairment as we age. After the thyroid, the other glands, organs, and systems with high iodine uptake are the breasts, ovaries, cervix, blood, lymph, bones, stomach mucosa, salivary glands, adrenals, prostate, colon, thymus gland, lungs, bladder, kidney, certain areas of the brain, and the skin.”

In even simpler words, the entire body depends upon sufficient iodine intake. Doctors are now using iodine in the treatment of children with Down Syndrome and Autism with positive results. Also, there may be a connection between Parkinson’s disease and iodine because Parkinson’s is associated with a certain section of the brain where iodine concentrates. And Iodine also helps support the human body’s natural cancer fighting mechanisms, called apoptosis.

In our class we discussed why the Western world has such high levels of iodine insufficiencies. Our soils are no longer iodine rich. This could be from overpopulation and overuse of the soil, or it could be another reason. Either way, our plants aren’t as enriched with iodine as they once were. We come into contact everyday with elements that interfere with the proper utilization of iodine, like chlorine, fluoride, and bromine – a chemical element used as a flame retardant, gasoline additive, pesticide, vegetable oil additive and as a swimming pool disinfectant. Bromine is also used to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants. And it’s in most products that contain flour, like bread.

There’s a long list of symptoms which suggest an iodine deficiency, including fatigue, brain fog, cold hands and feet, sore joints, sub-clinical depression, weight gain, difficulty becoming pregnant, dry skin, muscle weakness, constipation, and other symptoms associated with hormone imbalances. These symptoms are so common, yet it seems no one associates them with iodine. The information was hard to hear. However, the issue of iodine should no longer be avoided.

But before you jump into a do-it-yourself iodine fix, Don Bennett says that you shouldn’t do this on your own. Because there are so many supplements out there, so many misunderstandings about iodine and so much false information, it is best to talk to an iodine literate health professional. You can start by being more conscious of the importance of iodine and don’t believe everything you hear in society. There are ways to heal an iodine insufficiency. That’s the beauty of the body, its ability to heal.

More information on iodine can be found on Don Bennett’s website at

Article by Heather Debel, Ramapo College Intern to Karen Ranzi, M.A.


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Where Do You Get Your Protein?

Nonmeat-eaters often get hit with the question: “Where do you get your protein?” With the rise of the heavy-lifting workout fad, more nutritionists and fitness experts are stressing the importance of protein. Diets like the Atkins Diet focus on the so-called dangers of carbohydrates and push for diets high in fat and protein. Flexible dieting says that people need to eat, at minimum, 35% of protein in order to build muscle and any kind of protein is acceptable, as long as it keeps within the ratio.

Protein is important. Protein builds and repairs tissue. It makes enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals. All in all, protein is a building block and it is essential for bones, muscles and skin. As a result, you may hear from many people: “Eat your lean meats – fish, turkey and chicken – and occasionally have some fatty meats – ham, steak and burgers.”

But before you listen to that advice, know that animal protein is harmful. According to a Healthline article*, a diet of animal protein can be as harmful as smoking. They found that “people who ate moderate amounts of protein during middle age were still three times more likely to die of cancer later on than low-protein eaters.” This wasn’t their only find. They also noticed that it was the animal protein, not the protein from vegetables, which caused the harmful effects.

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Among other effects, high animal protein diets have been linked to neurodegeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney problems, constipation, stomach pain, heart disease, liver problems and cancer. While not delving in here on the extreme abuse of animals, animal protein bought from stores and farms are treated and processed with unhealthy additives and cooked processed meat contains HCAs and PAHs (cancer causing elements) and will clog the bloodstream with other unwanted compounds.

But don’t dismay. As vegans will tell you, many vegetables are packed with protein. The protein in vegetables will not harm your body the way animal protein will. Not only are vegetables packed with essential vitamins and minerals, but they will reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes – the very illnesses caused by having diets high in meat.

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Many don’t even know that vegetables contain protein. One cup of kale has 3 grams of protein. So does 100 grams of spinach and 100 grams of broccoli. One head of cauliflower can have up to 16 grams of protein. Legumes and seeds such as lentils, peas and pumpkin seeds are all packed with healthy, disease- fighting protein.

And let’s not forget about our nuts. Nuts are also full of protein and healthy fats. Small amounts of nuts, such as almonds, have the kind of protein that improves energy and health. However, unlike vegetables, too many nuts can lead to a diet high in fats. This can also be dangerous. So, while we stress the importance of a handful of nuts over a slice of steak, we also stress the importance of a diet high in fruits and vegetables.

So, where do vegans get their protein? In their plant-based diet of course! The real question we should be pondering is: Where is a better place for meat-eaters to get their protein?



Article by Heather Debel, Intern and Karen Ranzi, M.A.

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Sample 3-Day High Raw Food Meals for A 3 Year Old

Below is a sample of raw food meals for a 3 year old. I don’t usually create meal plans because every child is so different in the way he or she eats. My son preferred mono meals whereas my daughter liked to create simple raw food recipes, so the following meal plan is only a representation of what is possible and you would need to modify any meal plan to meet the individual needs of your child.

Bringing your family to a raw food diet, or one that is very high in raw food, can be fun and creative. If going 100% raw is your inspiration but you don’t feel quite ready to introduce it, adding some steamed vegetables are a good transition from more mainstream ways that parents feed their young children. Ideally we would like a couple hours between meals or snacks for better digestion, but I don’t at all try to schedule times with young children, as they should be able to follow their own schedule.

Day 1

Morning: Big bowl of watery fruit (mango, apple, pear) – as much as desired.

Late morning: Pina Colada Green Smoothie: big chunk pineapple, 2 bananas, leafy greens like Romaine lettuce, 2 cups water

Green Smoothie with recipe by Rosanne

If this is too green and she doesn’t like it, then try the Yummy Collard Summer Smoothie with:
1 cup raspberries, 1 frozen banana, 2 or 3 collard leaves (or maybe start with only one), 3 ripe nectarines, 2 cups purified water. Blend until smooth.

Midday: Banana Fig Pudding: Bananas and Figs (fresh or rehydrated). Blend them together to make a pudding. Or your child can eat them fresh in bite-sized pieces. Bananas are high in potassium. Figs are high in calcium. Let her eat as much as she wants.

Snack: Creamy Avocado Dressing or Dip with chopped fruits and veggies such as bite-size pieces of peeled cucumber, celery (if she’s able to chew it), carrot, red bell pepper, etc.
Creamy Avocado Dip: 1 avocado, 1 red bell pepper, 4 Tablespoons lemon juice or less, 1/2 cup water. – Blend until smooth and creamy for dipping.

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If your child likes a fruit sauce better, you can make a mango-raspberry sauce by blending mango and raspberries, and serve fruits and veggies to dip in it.

Early evening meal: Start with some fruit like cantelope or watermelon, then wait a short time.


Then if you are wanting some serve Steamed veggies such as carrots, cauliflower, and sweet potato. If he or she would prefer this as a midday meal, the fruit meal could be the later meal.

Day 2:

Morning: Bowl of chopped watermelon

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Shortly after, B.A.T. Cereal: 2 bananas, 1 apple, 1 teaspoon raw tahini
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Mash two bananas, mix in a small scoop of raw tahini, and top with small, coarsely-chopped apple pieces. My kids ate this yummy cereal replacement for many years. In summer, we would substitute the apples with peaches or nectarines. Let your child eat as much as he or she wants even if adding more bananas.

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Midday: Zucchini Linguini with Marinara Sauce. Do you have a spiral slicer to make zucchini linguini? If not, you can purchase one at This is great for kids and if your child has tried pasta then this would be a good transition. This can be chopped up for her or him and a simple raw marinara sauce can be used by blending 1 tomato, 8 soaked sundried tomatoes, 2 dates and some fresh basil.

zucchini linguini and marinara by Rosanne

Snack: a variety of organic berries, organic grapes cut in half, bananas

Evening meal: Steamed veggies depending on what she likes: steamed broccoli, avocado, tomato as much as she wants

Day 3:

The below Pumpkin Seed Milk and Chia Seed Pudding or Cereal are in Raw Vegan Recipe Fun for Families: 115 Easy Recipes and Health Tips for raising the healthiest children. Available for purchase at

Pumpkin Seed Milk: 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (presoaked 4 hours, rinsed and drained)
2 cups filtered water
3 large pitted medjool dates
a little ground vanilla or 1/2 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract (optional)
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender. Strain milk through a nut milk bag into a separate bowl.

Chia Seed Pudding or Cereal

4 Tablespoons chia seeds, soaked in warm water to cover
1 cup pumpkin seed milk
1 cup fresh juicy fruit

Chop fresh fruit into a bowl. Add milk and chia seeds and let it sit for 10 minutes. Blueberries and/or raspberries make a nice addition.

Chia Seed Pudding

Later Midday Meal: Cucumber Dogs: 1 cucumber, 1 mango, diced, 1 tomato, diced.
Slice the cucumber in half lengthwie and scoop out seeds to make a hollow area in each half of the cucumber. Fill the indentation with the mango and tomato mixture. (At 2 years old, it may be better to also peel the cucumber as the skin on some cucumbers can be tough).

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Snack: Bananas (As many as desired), chopped papaya (not Hawaiian Papaya as they are GMO) as much as she wants


Early evening meal: Avocado and steamed veggies of choice: steamed zucchini, steamed cauliflower (See which vegetables your child is attracted to. Cauliflower can make some children a little gassy. I make a delicious raw Cauliflower Spanish Rice in Raw Vegan Recipe Fun for Families that kids love: The cauliflower is ground down in a food processor.)

The meal could also be Pinenut Lasagna, which is just tomato slices with pinenut cheese (pine nuts ground down to a cheese in the food processor). The pinenut cheese is spread on top of the tomato as a couple layers and sliced in bite-size pieces.

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If your child ate a lot of the early day meal, he or she may not want a high fat avocado or pinenut meal later in the day. You really need to look at how much the child eats and what he or she wants to have. Our food should always be about what’s fresh and alive, what attracts us most at that specific time, and how we want to eat it (in mono meals or simple combinations.). There are some children who prefer eating only mono meals, one food at a time.

All of this meal plan has to be catered to the individual child, and a lot of what I gave my kids was highly dependent on their decisions. When they were having growth spurts or were more physically active, I did note that they were eating more of the overt fats like nuts, seeds and avocado.

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Marketing Super Healthy Raw

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My name is Philip Rocha and I am a marketing major at Ramapo College of New Jersey, interning for Karen Ranzi, M.A., author of Creating Healthy Children. My purpose as a marketing intern for Karen was to assist in any internet marketing that would be beneficial to Karen Ranzi’s business. Ranzi has written Creating Healthy Children with inspiration from her own personal life raising two children of her own to pursue a vegan lifestyle. In addition to writing books, Ranzi hosts nutrition classes to raise awareness and improve the quality of lives in those who wish to become vegans.

Karen’s passion for a healthy lifestyle and vast research have made her a reliable source to those seeking to find information and/or guidance about raw food nutrition. Interning for Karen Ranzi has helped me realize that not only does an author need to advertise their books, but their image as well, so their target market can find them to be a reputable source.

For example, creating flyers needed to be carefully organized for upcoming classes for Karen Ranzi’s students. The flyers needed to be informative about the details of the classes as well as showing Karen’s prowess in her field, in attracting even more attendance. When making advertisements for an event, book, or upcoming project, it was important that the advertisements were concise. Also, the advertisement’s attractiveness and neatness gives a better image to the purpose as well because I wanted the advertisements to have a friendly and open feeling to them, much like the image that Karen herself gives to her followers.

Furthermore, networking Karen Ranzi through personalized emails to vegan institutions and events was important to gain speaker opportunities for her. My methodology involving outreaching for email was time consuming, however, it was essential for these organizations to give consideration to Karen. The first step to outreaching via email was to create a template showing each organization Karen’s credentials and experience to be considered as a featured speaker. Every email was then personalized further to include the business name in which the email was being sent to as well as links and attachments to her pages to gain even more attention. Giving vegan businesses a personalized email with valuable information showing Karen’s strong qualifications helped Karen in being able to travel to numerous Vegan festivals this year.


Lastly, my biggest challenge for interning with Karen Ranzi was to revamp her social media accounts with my main focus being her Facebook and Instagram. My strategy was to tie all of her accounts together. Her accounts being the following: personal Facebook page, Creating Healthy Children company page, Instagram page, and Twitter. I created a marketing campaign where Karen would give away an E-book to a select few followers who would visit her Facebook page, follow her Instagram account and visit her Twitter page as well. The campaign also involves an interactive aspect to it where users of social media sites can take a picture of themselves participating with raw food by using the hashtag “firststephealthy.” Building an incentive for users gets people involved and creating a community building activity that is fun and focuses on Karen’s business in a positive setting. Having a philanthropic approach in giving away a recipe book in which Ranzi finds to be a good way to promote healthy living is an easy first step in having more people support her valuable cause.


Overall, incorporating an author’s image with their written works can help gain more outreach to the product itself. My experience with Karen, assuming the responsibility of her internet marketing and outreach person, has shown me that being ethical and passionate about one’s work can prove successful in marketing.

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Warming and Cooling Raw Vegan Foods: Adapting to the Changing Seasons


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Watermelon is a wonderful Cooling Fruit for the Warm Weather!



Pecans are a wonderful Warming Food for the Cold Winter!

We all have those chilly winter days when we want to eat something that gives our body a warm sensation. While on a raw vegan diet, we start to wonder what foods will warm us up in the winter, and keep us cool in the summer. Eating raw foods, we aren’t steaming our broccoli or cooking our greens. We are simply living on the food given to us from the Earth. Living in the northeast, it is very difficult to have an abundance of delicious, ripe fruit all year long. We face significant snow fall, harsh temperatures, and the thought of going outside makes us want to run back indoors, wrapped in a warm blanket.

So how can we live a raw food lifestyle and get that sense of warmth after we eat our fruit and vegetables in the chilly winter months?

Raw vegan expert Gabriel Cousens, M.D., did research in Alaska, according to The Best of Raw Food. Not only is it possible to eat raw food year round, but over time, the feeling of being cold will lessen as your transition into raw foods continues. He found that 95 percent of raw vegans were successful during the winter months, and here’s how:

The raw vegans suggested exercise. Getting the blood to circulate and the body moving is not only beneficial for raw vegans, but for everyone’s physical health. Yoga, Pilates, and even bouncing on a rebounder for a half hour to an hour outside increase circulation and keep your metabolism boosted.

Putting a cold salad in the dehydrator to warm it to room temperature is another suggestion meant to give off the sense of warmth. A dehydrator does take out water content so it is best to do this only if necessary.

Adding more spices to your food is also a way to give a little warmth to your dish. Garlic, pepper, and cayenne are some examples. Remember, these added spices and condiments can be irritating and should be used in small amounts if at all.

There are various foods readily available to grant the wish of warmth to those who want it. According to the Thermal Properties of Food chart by Dr. Craig Sommers in his book Raw Foods Bible: basil, burdock root, cabbage, collard greens, cauliflower, cherry, cinnamon, parsley, and pecans name just a few of the foods that provide warmth. These can be added to a meal to create more warmth.

To provide a balance between warming and cooling foods, apricots, beets, carrots, fig, grapes, green beans, lentils, pineapple and raspberries are various foods listed on the Thermal Properties of Foods chart that can be eaten during any season as they are neutral in warming/cooling.

There are various foods that can keep the body cool during the warm summer months of May to August. Some include: avocado, blueberry, watermelon, celery, zucchini, strawberry and mango.

Keep in mind, the healthier your body is, and the more used to raw food it becomes, the warmer your body will naturally become.

By Lisa Rino, Ramapo College Intern to Karen Ranzi, M.A.

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The Good Karma Diet

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I’m so excited to introduce this wonderful new book on the good Karma that will come your way through healthy plant-based living. My longtime friend and mentor, Victoria Moran, is the talented author of 12 excellent books. She has written the best-selling Creating A Charmed Life, which is an all-time favorite of mine. Victoria is also the author of the extraordinary Main Street Vegan, which is the crucial work that ushered veganism into the mainstream and brought vegan living to light around the world. Others of Victoria’s books that I have read and loved are Fit from Within, Younger by the Day, and Shelter for the Spirit.

Victoria has appeared twice on the Oprah Winfrey Show and she’s one of the celebrity coaches for the PCRM 21-Day Vegan Kickstart.

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I initially read Victoria’s book Shelter for the Spirit, How to Make Your Home A Haven in A Hectic World, published in 1998, and it changed the way I looked at my home, in terms of my relationship to the objects that had meaning for me and those who I brought in to share my special space. I met Victoria around that time at an event where she was the featured speaker. I was mesmeried by her inspiring words back then and continue to love listening to her wise words today…words about spirituality, and taking care of one’s body while loving and respecting animals and being mindful of our precious planet, all through excellent plant-based nutrition.

Victoria Moran’s new book, The Good Karma Diet, is just that…a book filled with words that bring us to a positive place: Filled with valuable information, engaging stories and healthy recipes for making a happy and smooth transition to a vegan lifestyle.

I’m thrilled to introduce Victoria’s new book here, The Good Karma Diet: Eat Gently, Feel Amazing, Age in Slow Motion. That’s exactly what you’ll do if you read and follow the empowering message in this positive and uplifting guide for better living for ourselves, the animals, and the planet.

By Karen Ranzi, M.A.


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Raw Food Testimonial Stories

People of All Ages Who Have Experienced Powerful Healing and
Positive Life Changes through Raw Food Nutrition

Rosanne Susan Ponchick:

Rosanne Ponchick shows her Before & After Photos below. Roxanne was a high starch vegan before taking Karen Ranzi’s 5 Week Raw Food Group Coaching Program. You can see from the first photo that she has a full rounder face and much more weight even as a vegan. After the program, Rosanne became a high raw food eater, eating simply of leafy greens, fruits and vegetables and all whole plant foods, and made an extremely impressive transformation that you can see clearly in the second photo of her below!

Rosanne Before Photo




Rosanne After Photo #3



  • Teachers teach. Right? But teachers also learn! Right? Well, I as a teacher and learner began to learn about health over 25 years ago from a custodian from Jamaica, named Mr. James Smith, who worked at the school where I taught. At that time I was overweight, lethargic and very pale. This was the first step of my health journey. Very gently, Mr. Smith began talking to me about a healthy lifestyle, starting with not eating meat, chicken or fish. Each day for over 11 years we would share health information together. He introduced me to Noni juice, herbal teas and attending “The Lifestyle Center of America” spa in Oklahoma, and so much more. On Sunday July 11, 2004, I sadly attended his funeral. I think of him every day. It was apparent that I became a vegan as a result of Mr. Smith’s inspiration. I had always exercised, so that was not an issue. As the years went on I maintained my vegan lifestyle. After I retired (after 48 years of teaching) I decided to go on a Vegan Cruise. This was the second step of my journey. I attended the Holistic Holiday @Sea Cruise and was introduced to many educators in the plant –based diet field such as Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. T. Colin Campbell. Chef AJ   introduced me to the need to avoid all processed foods, especially processed salt, oil, and sugar. Upon my return I noticed some dark spots on my face. I asked a friend at a vegan meet up if she knew a holistic dermatologist and she suggested I call Karen Ranzi to set up an appointment with a doctor she was hosting. This was the third step on my journey. I went to my appointment and met Karen Ranzi for the first time. I bought both of her books and then I signed up for her 5 week raw food group coaching class. Oh, my goodness! Taking her classes was a turning point in my life. I have learned so much from Karen. In fact, I took her raw food coaching class for the fourth time. Thank you Karen! This teacher will continue to learn from you!


Parents of Manikya Sanghi, Age 5

Manikya Sanghi_Raw Vegan Recipe Fun For Families by Mrs Karen Ranzi


Manikya with Karen Ranzi’s Recipe Book Raw Vegan Recipe Fun for Families

  • Our son was hospitalized for Hirsch Sprungs disease at birth. Operated thrice with colostomy near the age of 1 year, and 1/3rd of his intestine was removed. At 2 years 3 months, hospitalized again with sudden high fever, febrile seizure and blood infection for several days. Started pre-school at 2 years, 8 months, accompanied by mother. Increasing cough, colds, fevers and stomach infections till the age of 3 ½ years. During this time he was on a lacto-vegetarian diet, eating packaged foods, outside in restaurants and parties. Cough and cold improved within 2 days of shifting him on completely organic foods. After 2 months, India’s top most surgeon cum homeopathic doctor suggested Autistic symptoms. (Injections had been recently administered). Shifted to a gluten and sugar free vegan diet next day. Autistic symptoms completely gone within 3-4 days when family goes to visit other doctors to seek advice. Mother finds Mrs. Karen Ranzi’s book ‘Creating Healthy Children’ and gets the inspiration, knowledge and courage to make him 100% raw vegan. He improves significantly after receiving consultation from Mrs. Karen Ranzi. Vitamin D3 is improving first time in life. He is a raw vegan by his own choice. He is a very active and socially confident child. His creativity and imagination have increased. He is very vibrant and many people are mesmerized by him when they get to stay with him longer. Many kids and adults have taken to a 100% or high raw vegan diet after meeting him and are truly benefitting. Thank you Mrs. Ranzi for all your love and support. You are one of the greatest blessings in our lives, you are a gift to the world. We are very grateful for you. Thank you for being our mentor and guide on this natural path.

With reverence and love:
Parents Manikya Sanghi (Age: 5 years)
New Delhi, INDIA


  • I am feeling a lot better than the day I spoke to you and I have been following what you told me to eat. We got your books, my mom and brother were basically screaming with joy. My mom said blessing has come to my house and these books will make my life so much easier. I like the party foods, it looks delicious. Tonight is my Dad’s night to fixe dinner and guess what I will help him make? Pizzetts from your recipe and a big salad, Yum! On Friday my mom, baby sister and I made a little indoor garden with kala, cherry tomatoes and lettuce and today the lettuce came out, we are so excited. Thank you sooooooo much for helping me. It feels like my heart has been fixed. Thank you.



Hortencia of Karen’s Raw Food Coaching Program

I began the raw food coaching and I love it. I tried this in the 90’s and it was so cumbersome, and I couldn’t see myself buying so many gadgets and buying so many things to create one meal that it totally turned me away. But once I found Karen, who makes it seem so easy and it is easy, and delicious, I have been doing this since June and I have lost quite a bit of weight. I have felt so much healthier and alive and vibrant, and awake. I am sleeping much better, I was having issues with sleep and went for studies for sleep apnea, and once I started doing raw food, all of that went away. So, thank you Karen!

 Jessica of Karen’s Raw Food Coaching Program

Since I started raw food, I have lost 18 pounds in a little less than two months. I am doing about 80 percent raw, so it’s not even 100 percent raw. I feel great, and it is extremely beneficial to my family including my 18 month- old daughter. It has been a phenomenal experience and it has been a great learning opportunity with Karen. Thank you Karen!


Sonia’s Rash Heals at Karen’s Love Raw Food & Yoga Retreat

I loved the Costa Rica trip! I had a terrible rash on my hands for a few months before coming to the retreat. Nothing I did helped it to heal. Just in a few days at the retreat it’s completely healed with raw fruits and vegetables, sunshine, and being out in Nature.

   Ranee Weinstein

I am well on my way to embracing a raw food lifestyle, thanks to you. I have learned so much from your consultation, classes and recipes. I can’t get enough! I look forward to each and every class. There is no turning back. I know too much about the benefits of eating Raw. A shift in my consciousness has taken place. I’m equally as excited that both my daughters (ages 18 and 20) had the opportunity to meet with you and explore incorporating raw foods into their diets as well.


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