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I started this journal in hopes that my life could help or inspire someone else. Enjoy!


May 2008


New Raw Food Restaurant in Santa Rosa, California

miniature arame salad

New Raw Restaurant in Santa Rosa

On May 2nd a new Raw Food restaurant in Santa Rosa opened and I was lucky to attend the opening party. We were served miniature sizes of some of the dishes they serve. On the right is a miniature Arame Salad over Cucumber. I also sampled spicy carrot ginger soup, tostada with spicy jalapeno creme, and the chocolate caramel pudding amongst other tasty bites. I really enjoyed the food, it was light and not overly nut dependent and spiced just right. I think the restaurant is 95% raw and 100% vegan and has gotten great reviews so far.
Here is the address:

Seed Restaurant
465 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa California 95401

Definitely call for hours because they have unique hours and are sometimes closed for private parties.


Gabriel Cousens Book Signing

strawberry pie with carob

Strawberry Pie with Carob Sprinkled on top

I was really fortunate to hear Gabriel Cousens talk about his new book and movie about reversing diabetes on a low glycemic raw diet. The movie is called Simply Raw Reversing Diabetes in 30 days and will be showing at the Newport Film festival June 5th. I have seen the preview a few times and it looks excellent. I also purchased Gabriel's new book, There is a Cure for Diabetes


I started reading it and I was amazed at how much information was in the book, I highly recommend it. I learned some interesting facts at the lecture including how widespread diabetes is and that meat can raise blood sugar as quickly as sugar. I actually asked a question to Gabriel Cousens about Agave. He said point blank that Agave nectar is not raw and that it is not low glycemic. He said that he tested people's blood sugar after eating it and that it is definitely not low glycemic no matter how it is advertised. It would make sense to me that no sweetener would be low glycemic and I always felt that they should be used sparingly. He said Stevia was okay though, the powder is not raw but it has no effect on blood sugar.


Soap Nuts and Other Favorite Cleaning Products


greens from garden

Fresh greens from the garden

Last year I discovered soap nuts at a local natural foods store and I finally tried them! They are wonderful, they really work by cleaning my clothes and leaving them fresh without using any chemicals or fragrance. Soap Nuts are the dried fruit of the Chinese Soapberry tree. They contain saponin, a natural cleaner used for thousands of years to clean clothes, You just put a few in the cotton bag they give you and put it in your wash.


Another one of my favorite cleaning products is called Bon Ami. Bon Ami Polishing Cleanser is made from calcite & feldspar mineral abrasives, and biodegradable detergent. It does not contain chlorine, perfume, or dye. It works just like Comet but a non toxic version. Here is the website for more info: www.bonami.com/products/ I use it for cleaning my sinks and bathtub.


me and gabriel cousins

Gabriel Cousins at a Book Signing Event

Another product I like is from Mrs. Meyers they are called non toxic surface wipes and they are awesome when you need a quick clean-up and they come in yummy fragrances like basil and lemon verbena. They are good for quick counter top and sink clean-ups.


For the toilet I like to use oxygen beach by Bio-Kleen. It prevents the toilet from getting dingy looking and is another non toxic product. You can also use it as a carpet stain remover and in your laundry to keep whites brighter.


Raw Family in Need


I found out that there is a raw family in need who needs our support. They are temporarily homeless and could use any donation you feel you can give. The mother has actually compiled some raw recipes her toddler likes and is selling them as e-books. Buying the e-books would be a great way to support the family. Here is the the address to her raw mom blog.


Finally Exercising


pineapple gazpacho

Pineapple Gazpacho from Raw Food Real World

I know in the past I've made resolutions to start exercising and I'm proud to say for the past 2 months I've kept to my word and have been walking running on the treadmill, swimming, lifting weights, and my boyfriend and I have taken up tennis and have been playing every weekend. It feels wonderful, so far I haven't lost any weight but I feel like I have more energy and strength. So long for now, hope to see some of you at my potluck it should be a big one!


Much Love




starwberry apple cobbler 

Strawberry Apple Cobbler

with Vanilla Ice Cream

live bluegreen algae in cucumber juice 

E-3Live in Cucumber Juice


soap nuts 

Soap Nuts

zucchini pasta 

Zucchini Pasta 



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