Baby Step # 31 ~ Blood Test Results ~ for a Highly Raw Vegan


A few months ago I was getting my blood work done, and since I have been mainly vegan and highly raw now since 2010, I wanted to check all of my levels including B12 levels.

My good news was that the doctor and nurse were even jealous of how good my blood work was!  My cholesterol and protein levels, everything was in fabulous condition.

The ONLY thing that was not in perfect range was my B12, which we expected.  And it was only a few numbers lower than the perfect range.

I have become more diligent about taking B12 supplements now.  And I have learned that methycobalamine is the better source for B12 (both in my nutrition class at school, and from many other raw vegans that I follow).

I have been meaning to report this fun and good news now for a while, and am happy to finally get it out there!

Blessings on your journey to better health and better you!



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Baby Step # 30 ~ MSG Awareness

Headaches, nausea, diarrhea, mood changes, sleep problems, flushing of the skin, excessive sweating, chest pain, facial pressure, and hyperactivity… damage to the central nervous system, endocrine organ disorders, cardiac distress…

What do these have in common?

These are a few of the reported affects of MSG.

In my Nutrition class at school we read and discussed some of the shocking facts about MSG and it being a common ingredient in many of our processed foods.

MSG doesn’t even have to always be listed on our labels if it falls under certain categories.  Here is a list of some of the names it can be called under our current system…

~ Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
~ Hydrolyzed plant protein
~ Natural flavor (great!  that’s in almost everything pre-packaged these days!)
~ Kombu extract
~ Autolyzed yeast
~ Sodium caseinate or calcium caseinate (hydrolyzed milk proteins, often found in frozen dairy products, like ice cream and yogurt, hot chocolate mixes, breads, and processed meats.)

These are added solely to enhance flavor.  They add no nutritional value to the food.  They are common and have spread to many processed foods and restaurant foods, including sauces, soups, salad dressings, etc.

Even more disgusting, “Hydrolyzed protein is a natural flavoring from animal blood or other decaying protein sources.”  This substance then is subjected to a process where they add Sodium hydroxide (which is commercially sold as Drano) to neutralize the solution.

It’s these synthetic versions that wreak havoc according to my sources.

We also learned that you can ask your pharmacist for test strips to insert into your food to see if it contains MSG.  The strip changes color if it is present in the food.

A lot of times eating out, you may feel worse after eating, compared with eating at home.  My sources say to suspect MSG as a potential culprit.

So please be aware as you make your informed choices out there!

Blessings abundant!


*All of my quotes are from my Nutrition class and these sources…

In Bad Taste:  The MSG Syndrome, by George R. Schwartz, M.D.
~ Alfred Scopp of the Northern California Headache Clinic
The Edell Health Letter, Vol. 10, No. 19, October 1991
Let’s Live by Bonnie Liebman, April 1992
Tufts University Diet & Niutritional Letter, Vol. 9, No. 12

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Baby Step # 29 ~ I Don’t Wanna Feel Like Crap Just Because I’m 40!!!

Can anyone relate?


I finally got an oomph of motivation to do a serious detox again!  I’m doing a clay detox that I learned from my chiropractor and massage place.

I already am feeling loads better!  I can feel the toxins leaving!

I just had so much going on in life lately, I think I needed to just stay status quo for a while.  Taking on school for this year has been so awesome, but definitely changed what I focus on.

My spiritual beliefs are to rest in the Lord, wait on Him for strength and motivation/empowerment to move forward in these directions like detoxes that would be healing to me.

I’m happy to report I’m on Day 3!  And I’m not very hungry surprisingly!  So I know this was the perfect time to do this.  It’s all liquids, for however long I can keep it going.  At least 3 days, but perhaps longer 🙂

I got really inspired lately from Gary Young (Young Living Essential Oils), who did a year long detox of the Master Cleanse!  That is AMAZING!!!

And he had MAJOR health improvements with that and his quest for improved health!  He even healed out of a wheelchair!  SERIOUS stuff!

Well, blessings and good cheer to you!  All healing to you healthy minded friends!

Love and peace this season!


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Baby Step #28 ~ Benefits of a Good Massage

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I’m currently in school for a special kind of massage, and I’m learning an incredibly long list of why massage is soooo good for us.  I just had to share some of these amazing benefits and encourage everyone to consider a good massage 🙂


~ increases circulation
~ reduces toxins
~ tones muscles
~ increases tissue nutrition
~ delays atrophy
~ heightens tissue metabolism
~ has a calming effect on the client
~ stimulates organs
~ releases tension
~ gives a sense of euphoria to the client
~ provides exercise to injury restricted muscles/body parts
~ stimulates the whole body
~ aids in preparation of athletes for an event
~ reduces recuperation time for overworked muscles
~ increases flexibility of tense muscles
~ helps muscles work longer and more efficiently

I would definitely say getting a massage as often as possible (once a month, or more if possible), is a great baby step to a better us!



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Baby Step #27 ~ Time for a Raw Cleanse?


With all this talk of serious diseases going around, I’m wondering…

Is it time to boost that immune system?

For some reason, I am drawn to more totally raw eating as winter approaches.  I enjoy eating fruits, smoothies, and salads all summer, but somehow Fall and Winter achiness make me crave more and more fresh, ripe, whole fruits and veggies.

And now with all this talk about contagious viruses and such entering our country, I’m leaning more and more toward some immune boosting ideas.

It may just be time for a 7 day or longer cleanse!

We may seriously want to consider this instead of “treating” ourselves to junk food…

Just sayin’…



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Baby Step #26~ Adding In

I’ve shifted my focus…

I’m at school for this year, and life is busy and changing often.  So…

Instead of eliminating foods and condiments, I’m focused now on adding good things in.

I’ve added something recently into my diet called “Barley Life” that helps people get enough amino acids (protein builders) into their daily diet.

Barley Life also helps lower cravings for junk food and overeating… and has a long list of things it has been known to help with.

When I’m focused on eliminating something from my daily diet, I just want it more.

So by focusing on adding in instead, it gradually eliminates by default the offensive food choices and condiments.


What new things have you tried lately?

Share in the comments below 🙂


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Baby Step #25 ~ Why Vegetarian?

Here’s my story on what led up to me becoming a Vegetarian (and Vegan and Raw)…

Click on the video for my story.

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Baby Step #24 ~ Love Languages

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I just love that there’s information in the world today on topics like this…  

Love languages are super helpful to know about.

Gary Chapman wrote an amazing book on this.  I totally recommend this book to help understand yourself and those you have to and want to – relate with!

Here’s my little summary:

There are five basic love languages to think about – how do you give love and like to receive love… which ones make you feel the most loved, or keep your love tank full?

1.  Acts of Service

2.  Touch

3.  Words of Affirmation

4.  Gifts

5.  Quality Time

There is much more to say on each of these, and how they relate to children, etc.  I recommend reading this book!


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Baby Step #23 ~ Receiving


I think a LOT of our “RECEIVERS” are BROKEN.

If a receiver is broken in terms of stereo equipment, then it cannot do its job.  It can’t transfer the awesome musical sounds out of the speakers to be enjoyed.


One small example in personal life:

When people give a compliment, can you just say, “Thank you?” (…taking it into your heart… letting it affect you… positively…)

Or do you say, “No… you’re wrong… and here’s why?”

And try to negate the nice thing someone is trying to offer you?

Then, this can be so much deeper and stronger… If you are trying to love someone over and over again for a long time, that just cannot receive that love…  They aren’t affected by it.  They aren’t touched by it.  They are just… numb.  Or maybe walled off.  Incapable of seeing or feeling the good thing coming their way.

It is very sad.

Reminds me of the U2 song… You’re So Cruel… 

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I personally want to be someone who stays tender-hearted.  I WANT to be affected.  I WANT to feel things.  I want to learn.  I’m curious.  I explore.  I enjoy.  

I’m not so afraid of getting hurt or broken-hearted anymore.  I know how to process those things.  And if I let someone in enough, and risk the broken-heart, then I know they are WORTH it!  Yes!  Worth even a broken heart!  

I DO have hope for people that are walled off… (the hopeful person that I’m designed to be).  

I just may not invest all my time in them anymore.  It’s too disheartening (and NOT so worth that broken-heart).  There’s very little joy in having so much to give and being met with total resistance.

I love being around self-aware people.  People that are moved deeply.  People that are affected by me and by the world around them.  

These people are my “tribe”.  


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Baby Step #22 ~ Timing

“In God’s Time” I think there’s some truth to this phrase, but I think God honors “our time” our process, what we need – to be ready for what’s next… I don’t think it’s JUST about HIS timing. It’s also OURS.

I looked up these words in the Bible – “God’s time” or “God’s timing” and guess what? They AREN’T there!

Now in Ecclesiastes… there is a “time” for everything…

To Everything There is a Season
3 A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up. 4 A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance. 5 A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.…

There are also many many references to “appointed times,” especially in the Old Testament.

In the New Testament, I see phrases and concepts as “signs of the times” and “harvest time”



This is really all I have to say about this topic.  What do you think?  Add your comments!


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