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Probiotics, the friendly bacteria that keep our intestinal health in balance, are not made in the body. We must extract them from external sources, our food and drink. The problem is that modern food is mostly pasteurized, killing these beneficial work horses in great numbers. Captain James Cook, the famous eighteenth century explorer, was so aware of the serious need for live probiotics foods that he packed sixty barrels of kraut for twenty seven months at sea for his crew.

Probiotics are important components of our immune system. Seventy five percent of our immune system sits in the intestines. Probiotics work by sitting at receptor sites, blocking unhealthy invaders, protecting us from illness. When our probiotic bacteria level is low, they are not available to sit at these sites. The result is an abundance of pathogens that create conditions for disease. Poor gut health leads to headaches, migraines, anemia, bone health, chronic fatigue, cancer........the list goes on. We cannot remain healthy day after day, year after year, without them.



Raw fermented foods are literally alive with flavor, nutrition and necessary probiotics. In the Raw Food Diet we know live fermented foods are the best way to keep these little sumo wrestlers up and going strong. Pasteurized yogurt will not do the trick. Probiotic supplements not stored in the fridge contain no life force to get the job done. I blogged earlier on making small batches of sauerkraut on your countertop. So easy.

Here's a recipe for making super easy Rejuvelac, a fermented drink rich in healthy microorganisms and lactic acid. It's an inexpensive drink that you can sip daily as a tonic.


1. Using a quart Ball Jar, soak 3 tablespoons millet in fresh water for 8-10 hours

2. Drain and rinse seeds with fresh water three times a day for 2 days (I like to keep mine by the sink or I may never think of them again)

3. Rejuvelac is made using your sprouted grain and one quart of filtered water. Allow to sit on your countertop for 48 hours to mature. When ready, pour yourself 6 ounces and drink up. You may add a little fresh lemon for flavor and as a preservative to keep the Rejuvelac fresh longer. Store in fridge for up to three days.

Abundant health from us at Diet For Living Center!



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Out of the blue I have become totally crazy about eating radishes, growing radishes, sprouting radishes, researching radishes.......Turns out I am not alone.

The radish was once so valued in Greece that gold statues were fashioned in it's image. In parts of Mexico, Christmas is celebrated with, 'Noche de Los Rabanos', 'The Night of the Radish'.  The birth of Jesus is celebrated with radish carving contests!

Golden radishes! Mexican parades with a radish Queen. What did they know that we need to know?

Turns out the cleansing radish is known to be effective in cancer prevention, fighting oral cancer, colon cancer, and intestinal cancer as well as kidney and stomach cancer. The natural juice in the radish helps soothe the digestive system and detoxify the liver. How did this all important little guy get by us? I seldom see a radish on an American plate, and, if so, only a few slivers on the top of a salad.

I am always on the lookout for new tastes for my Raw Foods Diet, but I may not have found my way to this medicinal food, common since ancient Egypt before the pyramids, if it wasn't for the super cute 'Easter Egg Radish'. They are so colorful; pink, red, purple, sometimes white, and you can't just walk by them at the local 'Co-op' and 'Whole Foods' produce section. You have to try them!

This is a new spin on the radish. Plump,SWEET and juicy, I was hooked. Eating them can be as easy as cutting up a bunch on salad or cutting them in half and dipping them in a little sea salt and popping them in your mouth. Takes care of the need for crunchy, salty snacking while keeping it raw and lite.



Since my discovery, I have started sprouting radish seeds. Easy for growing micro greens for salads. Check out your health food store, Co-op or Whole Foods for the colorful Easter Egg Radish and the China Rose sprouting seeds.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CLEANSING FOODS FOR CANCER PREVENTION AND GOOD HEALTH, join us for our next 'Certified Raw Food Chef/Holistic Health Coach Program' on March 7, 2014.

The Healing Miracle Of Coconut Butter!

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Years ago when we lived on a rural farm in Tennessee, we milked a high fat Jersey cow and I made raw unpasteurized butter weekly. We didn't have refrigeration, so we would keep it cool by placing it in a jar and dropping it in the water of the spring head, where the waters kept a constant temperature of 55 degrees. The spring head was down hill from the house, so when you wanted butter, you would need to trek down and get it. It was a lot of work for butter, but it was the pioneering 'Back to the Land" period, and back then who wouldn't walk a mile for sweet butter?

Today at Diet For Living Center we know all that butter fat is no longer the best for us. We teach and serve a plant based menu, so that the body may cleanse, repair, and rebuild. We love, love  Artisana Raw Organic Coconut Butter. Fresh made from whole coconut flesh and the oil. You may want to read 'The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil', by Bruce Fife, N.D. For centuries people in Asia and the South Pacific have consumed coconut oils without experiencing the degenerative diseases so common in the West.

It was one of the first Raw Foods I was introduced to when we began the Raw Foods Diet. My first response was, 'Now here's a lifestyle I can be content with'. Raw coconut oil is so one of the most delicious foods, it makes you want to weep. I also give a teaspoon to our dog Lillian everyday to keep her skin healthy. It seems to be working, she looks great! But of course, I am very biased when it comes to Lillian.

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"Known for decades as a liver protective food, beets may not be the newest kid on the block, but mounting research is showing why you should take another good look at this root vegetable in juice form," says Our Man in Scrubs, Dr Oz. After the holidays we all need liver love.

I can't imagine a world without beets. One of the reasons is that raw beets are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Studies have shown betalains provide a power house of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support.

I know some of us are used to popping beets in the pot to boil, but I beg you to reconsider. Unlike some other food pigments, betalains undergo very steady loss as the length of cooking time is increased. This is serious if we want to reap the true benefits of this Superfood.


Recent laboratory studies on human tumor cells have shown tumors lessen when exposed to betalains. These tumors include colon, stomach, lung, breast, prostate, uterine and testicular. I have no intention of my tumor returning, so I am totally on board for a big dose of betalains. We buy beets ten pounds at a time because they store so well in the fridge.

At Diet For Living Center we love the deep pinks and reds as our juicer presses the rich Raw liquid out of our Omega 8005 Juicer. Naturally sweet, low in calories and high in nutrients, we add raw beets daily to our juicing regiment. Here's our simple favorite.






All Raw, All Organic:

3 carrots peeled

½ large beet peeled

1 Granny Smith green apple

3 Romaine lettuce leaves

¼ fresh lemon with peel

Feed all of the above through the juice hopper. Pour into a glass and drink right away while fresh.

The Best to Your Health.


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Raw chocolate goes well with chiles and red peppers. The added heat, not red hot, gives a little zing of surprise to the tongue. Rich truffles made of raw cacao are both gourmet and healthy, taking care of your needy holiday sweet tooth. We use heart healthy raw coconut oil instead of heavy cream. This gives them a rich moist flavor you seek in the perfect truffle. Rolling them in shredded coconut or chopped nuts creates a simple finish.








I also like to give them as gifts to our forward thinking friends and family this time of year. To package, I use mini cupcake liners to cradle these little yummies. I have never found anyone who did not bite into one and smile. "Wow!" they say!

We purchase our raw cacao from the 'LiveSuperFoods' store on the Product's Page on our website. We buy in ten pound bags. We take our raw chocolate seriously. You may want to buy a one pound bag. It's raw, organic, packed with magnesium and has the highest antioxidant source known.

Here's our easy recipe:                                     

raw organic cacao powder

Our Chili Pepper Raw Chocolate Truffles

2 tablespoons raw coconut butter, melted

1 tablespoon raw agave

2 tablespoons coconut flour

2 tablespoons raw cacao powder

5 finely chopped dates

1/8 teaspoon red pepper

1 teaspoon pure vanilla

Simply mix all the ingredients in a glass bowl and form into balls. Roll the balls into finely ground coconut flour. Set into mini cupcake liners. Using a recycle box, arrange the chocolates. Give them to friends and family with love.

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