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Liebster Award Awesomeness!

Dear Anne, of Maple Avenue Juice,

Thank you for nominating me for the Liebster Award!  You’re Awesome!

Thanks for the nomination and passing on the fun courtesy of the Liebster Blog Award. I appreciate it.


So what is it?  The Liebster Blog Award is actually not an award, but rather a good way to build community, connect with other bloggers and generate attention for newer bloggers. Here are the rules:

▪   Acknowledge the nominating blogger
▪   Answer 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you
▪   11 random facts about yourself
▪   List some bloggers with fewer than 200 followers that you really feel deserve a little blogging love!
▪   Let all of the bloggers know you have nominated them. You cannot nominate the blogger that nominated you!
▪   Post 11 questions for the bloggers you have nominated to answer

Answers to Anne’s Questions:

What was the last meal you had?
7 mangoes!

What are 2 or 3 your favorite non-fiction health/wellness books?
80/10/10 by Dr. Douglas Graham
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell
Health at 100 by John Robbins (reading now!)

What is a post on your blog that you are really proud of?
Lightening fast metabolism and digestion or Bananaland video.

Who/What inspires you most on your ‘healthy living’ journey?

The Holy Spirit.  Although I love watching videos and reading books from others, I continually have to rely on the Holy Spirit to move me forward and keep me inspired.

What is your favorite kitchen appliance?

So hard to pick!  Amongst my Vitamix, my spiralizer, my mango slicer, my food processor, I guess I’d have to pick the Vitamix for first place.

Name your top 5 favorite fruits and/or vegetables?

Mangoes, cherimoyas, persimmons, Khadrawy dates, and avocados.

Where do you feel the most relaxed/still/at ease?

In the sun!  How I miss it!

What is your favorite holiday and why?

Thanksgiving!  I love the food.  Not the turkey – I’ve never been a big turkey fan.  It’s all the sides I love!

What is the most funny/silly/embarrassing thing you’ve said or done?

Ummm, skating the limbo backwards and falling on my face…

What is your favorite workout/physical activity/exercise routine?

Peak 8’s because they are so fast!  8 minutes of whatever I want to do, hard and fast!  But to play, I love skating!

What is your main ‘healthy living’ goal for 2014?

To hold the vegan line, be as raw as possible, but go slow and steady, without trying to do extreme quick fixes.  I would love to be my goal weight by my 40th birthday this year!

11 Random Facts About Me

1. I’m desperate to move to the Tropics!

2. I was born bigger and with more hair than all the boys in the nursery.

3. I can eat more mangoes than anyone I know.

4. I lived in Spain in college.

5. I backpacked through Europe with 4 other girls, on so little money that I lived on crackers and jam.

6. Numbers usually stick with me.

7. I have worked in probably every job category there is… Factory, fast food, hotel/maid service, Marketing, Computer Software, Sales of cosmetics, and on and on 🙂

8. I loved reading Harry Potter books.

9. My favorite season is anything but winter!

10. I am always meeting a new relative from my husband’s HUGE family!

11. I LOVE roller skating!

Blogs I Nominate:

The Health Room

Average Vegan Dude

Life is Rawsome

Fruit and Family

The Raw Vegan Project

The Veggie Green

11 Questions for the Nominees:
1.  What super power would you want if you could have any?
2.  What’s your favorite fruit?
3.  What’s your favorite exercise?
4.  Where would you live if you could live anywhere?
5.  Who/What inspires you most?
6.  What makes you laugh?
7.  What makes you cry?
8.  What’s a pet peeve of yours?
9.  What is the most funny/silly/embarrassing thing you’ve said or done?
10.  What is the strangest job you have ever had?
11.  Where is the strangest place you have been?



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♦♦♦ Happy New Year!!! ♦♦♦ Corn FIESTA Soup!!! ♦♦♦

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Click on the corn soup photo above for video

♦♦♦  4 cups of organic frozen corn
♦♦♦  3 ounces of guacamole (or just use 1/2 avocado or amount you like)
♦♦♦  few big leaves of basil
♦♦♦  1/2 cup water

Soak frozen corn in warm water until thawed.
Blend 3 cups of corn and the other ingredients, leaving 1 cup of corn aside.

Top with 1 cup of corn.
Could also top with red and green peppers chopped small for bright colors.



Baby steps challenge starts tomorrow!  (New first step will be posted then!)

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Bananaland Reggae

Fruit lovers come to Bananaland

There’s plenty of room for you here!


High on Carbs, Low on Fat

We’re keepinfruity in Bananaland

No longer get burned,

We only get tan…

We’re ripening here in Bananaland

Dates abundant n persimmon jam

We’re keepin’it fruity in Bananaland


We aint missin’ nothing in Bananaland

It’s pura vida chica in Bananaland


You look better now than you did before

1 by 5, instead of 5 by 4

Will my fruit all day and my greens at night

Everything flabby – getting real tight


We all good here in Bananaland

All friends here in Bananaland

We’re keepinitfruity in Bananaland

We all good here in Bananaland


Was feeling like I’m 80

Now I’m back in my prime

Was ready to retire

Now I’m feeling so fine

Ocean up to here bare feet in the sand

It’s pura vida chica in Bananaland


Eating more greens than ever before

No longer sick in Bananaland

It’s so sweet here in Bananaland

We aint missin’ nothing in Bananaland

It’s pura vida chica in Bananaland



Constipation…  No

Arthritis… no way

Asthma… uh uh

Allergies… Gone

We all good here in Bananaland!

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50 ~ 6 Months as a Raw Vegan, Summary

6 month cover

✿   ✿   ✿  Click on photo above for video update from Lakefront Chicago!   ✿   ✿   ✿ 

Even though I’ve been aiming at being Raw Vegan for a year total, and having success for certain amounts of time, here and there this past year…

I did these one per month videos these last six months, to motivate myself and perhaps help others that were new to this lifestyle.

This is the final video and post for my six month challenge.

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Will I continue to be Raw Vegan (or high Raw Vegan/Low Fat)?


I’ve been healed of too many health problems to go backwards!

✿  Asthma gone!
✿  Allergies gone!
✿  Arthritis gone!
✿  Digestive issues and constipation gone!
✿  Hormonal issues ~ 75% better.

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Will I continue to post monthly videos, checking in about it?


I may focus more now on exercise updates and other insightful things about the Raw Vegan, 80/10/10 lifestyle.

We’ll see how the response goes for this video and post.

What would you most like to see in the future?

✿   ✿   ✿  Comment below on your thoughts  ✿   ✿   ✿

Love & Hugs!


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Grand Canyon Training and 30 Day LEVEL UP Challenge ~ Day 14 ~ Stairs at Work!

Grand Canyon stairs

✿   ✿   Click on pic above for video version  ✿   ✿   

✿   One of my training plans and exercises is taking the stairs at lunch time, one day a week at work.

✿   21 floors down, and 21 floors back up.

✿   I take short breaks in between a few flights going up (similar to the Peak 8).

When I first started this, I could only make it down, not back up.  I gradually increased my going up to the full 21 flights.

It helped break up the monotony of sitting in a chair all day and working with a screen!  ✿   ✿   ✿   Got my lymph system pumping mid-day, and got me ready to go back to the editing 🙂

How are you doing?

✿   ✿   ✿   Love & Hugs!  ✿   ✿   ✿   

~ Raw Jenni

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Making Raw Vegan Diets Work at Work?

Ban Island

✿✿✿  Click on pic above for video 1 ✿✿✿

How does a raw vegan deal with taking their food to work?

✿   If you’re gone from 8am in the morning (or earlier) until 6 pm or later… What do you do?

✿   I have over an hour commute each way to work, taking buses and trains.

So I tried 4 different things.  Let’s see what you think…

Raw veg work

✿✿✿   Click on pic above for video 2   ✿✿✿

1.   Fasting

✿   A day of fasting, led to a night of bingeing…  not so great.

2.   Taking abundant smoothies (see video 2).

✿   Requires lifting a REALLY HEAVY wheelie bag up and down the Elevated train steps, and onto trains and busses, no thank you!  (Although I guess it’s good Grand Canyon training prep!)

3.   Cheat day

✿   Not really a good idea.  Insta-hemmhorroids, etc.

4.   Banana Island in the daytime?

✿   This kind of worked.  I found it super convenient!  I brought 14 bananas and a smoothie.  It was nice to not have to bring anything home.

✿   It was hard to make it through ALL those bananas though.  By banana #11, I was gagging!

My Conclusion… maybe some combination of banana island and just 1-2 smoothies (not so heavy) would be the best for me.

How about you?

Do you work outside the home?  How do you handle being a raw foodie or a raw vegan at work?

Love n hugs!

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What DOES a Raw Vegan Eat?


Click on picture above for video.

This was a typical day for Fall/Winter.

Breakfast ~

~ 1/2 to 1 pineapple
~ 4 oranges, juiced
Blend in Vitamix with 1-2 cups of water

Lunch ~

Raw moccachino:
~ 6 bananas
~ 16 dates (soaked in water, then pitted)
~ 2 Tablespoons of carob powder
~ 1 cup of romaine lettuce (didn’t feel like having a big salad tonight)

Cover with water
Blend in Vitamix (add ice if you like)

Pre-Dinner ~

~ 7 figs

Dinner ~

~ Corn pasta – 8 ounces, with low sodium marinara sauce

Total Calories for the Day = 3159

This was a low-fat day and included Peak 8 exercises on the bike.  My calories have gone UP since starting my exercise challenge.

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30 Day ~ LEVEL UP ~ Exercise Challenge!!! Join In!!!


Click on picture above for video


I wanted to issue myself a 30 day challenge to UP MY LEVEL of exercise a notch or two.

~~~   THE GOAL:  30 days alternating Peak 8 exercises* and 100 squats.

I put up my picture of me today at 164 pounds, and putting this out there, so I keep accountable to doing the full 30 days.

What are the Peak 8’s? 

*Peak 8 exercises can be any exercise I choose, but pushing it as hard as I can for 30 seconds, then resting until I recover completely.  Then do again (8 times total).

So in this 30 days, I will alternate between…

15 days of Peak 8 exercises (every other day) in the following formats:

~ Stairs in preparation for my Grand Canyon hike training
~ Stationary cycling
~ Skating (roller :)) because I LOVE IT!  And I’m a product of the 70’s and Xanadu!!!
~ Possibly some rebounding (jumping on the trampoline)

And 15 days of 100 squats on the days in between



1.     I’ve been curious to see if what my chiropractor says is true.  He tells me that I only need the Peak 8’s every other day for my body’s optimal health (as far as exercise is concerned).  I’ve never quite gotten to that point of keeping it up faithfully.

2.    NOW, that I’m pretty stable on a high raw vegan diet, I’m ready AND CRAVING to up my exercise and see what happens!  

Even though I’ve been high raw vegan for over a year, my weight has lingered around the same 160’s lately, perhaps because I don’t have a consistent exercise routine, perhaps because I haven’t been raw/vegan long enough, etc, etc.  But I’m ready and motivated to up the exercise to what I believe is a healthy minimum (more than what I’ve been doing).  I don’t think it’s overdoing it (I’m not out running for hours or something, no offense to those who like that).

3.    Plus I love Freelee’s 100 squats a day (and the other people who started it).

So I’m combining these two minor things, and seeing what results come in a month!  I’M NOT AT THE POINT OF DOING ANYTHING REALLY STRENUOUS YET… I think a lot of people relate to that and where I’m at, YA?

So JOIN IN with me if you like!

Comment below if you are IN!  I’ll check in occasionally on a post and/or video, and definitely at the end of the 30 days (around Thanksgiving)!  LET’S DO THIS & LET’S SEE HOW WE DO!


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What Kind of Person THRIVES on a Raw Food Diet? Can Anyone Do It?

I don’t think everyone can.

Click on my picture/video below to find out why:

000who thrives on raw food

I believe 1 or more of these factors have to be present to really THRIVE on a raw food diet:

My thoughts:

1.  You are sick and tired of being sick and tired.

2.  You just KNOW this is the BEST way to eat.  It feels clean.  It feels natural.  It fits our design (for me that means designed in a garden… given fruit trees and greens to eat).

3.  You have a “NOT give up” mentality.  You are in it for the long term.  If you fail and fall off the wagon, you shake the dust off and move forward in this direction.

4.  You try it, and realize you feel better than ever before.  You’re digestion improved (once you figured out food combining), your skin improved, your stamina and endurance for whatever sport you like got significantly better over time!  Your enjoyment of sex improved, your libido is up.

5.  You are open minded, not closed to alternatives to all the medicines, doctors, and t.v. ads out there!

6.  You do your own research.  You don’t need a Ph.D. or Scientist to tell you how to live your life, or how to eat right for optimal life.  But if you find a good one that supports your raw food beliefs, great!  You go with it, making sure it’s really what you believe as well.

7.  You are sick of side effects of medicines, that have not cured you (most of the time), but cover up the pain of your symptoms.

8.  Perhaps you have tried every thing else.  You have tried every other diet, and they haven’t helped you maintain your weight for the long term, or help you really THRIVE in your life with optimal energy and health.

9.  You may HATE exercising at first when you start a raw food diet, but as your energy improves, you CRAVE it, and you find what you love the most.

Share with me in the comments what you think- what it takes to live successfully on a raw food diet?



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Does Raw Food Make Arthritis Worse? If It’s Cold Where You Live?


Click on the picture above for my video to find out 🙂

I was a dancer in my younger years through adult years.

young dancer with frame

By age 18, I was diagnosed with pre-arthritis in my knees.

I was living on fast food, canned foods, processed foods, doughnuts, etc.  The dancing probably helped me keep the weight down, but lots of exercise did NOT keep every ailment away.

In the last 10 years, the arthritis grew very menacing!  The pain spread to my neck, back, legs, feet, etc.

We definitely have a winter season here in Chicagoland, and the pain was the worst in winter, from November to March or April.

I initially took Ibuprofen to mask the pain, until we were trying to get pregnant.  Then the doctors told us to stay off of Ibuprofen, because it could hinder fertility.

In 2010, as you may already know, I began my raw food diet, eating mainly gluten free and dairy free as well as raw food.  Very quickly, ALL arthritis symptoms were gone gone gone!

In 2012, I became raw vegan.  The healing continued.  I’m off all medicines now for arthritis and everything else!

If you come from a Biblical perspective, or are interested, as I am, you will see in Genesis, we were designed in a garden 🙂  We were given the lay of the land of fruit trees to choose from.  The greens were given to the animals.  So to me, this means this was our perfect food and is our perfect food.  My testimony of healing I’ve received supports all I need to know!


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