Gracious Living Lifestyle Inc. http://www.gracevanberkum.com You are what you eat. You are what you think. Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:12:51 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 2 EASY, OUT OF THIS WORLD, GRACIOUS LIVING LIFESTYLE SALAD DRESSING RECIPES! (raw, vegan) http://www.gracevanberkum.com/2-easy-out-of-this-world-gracious-living-lifestyle-salad-dressing-recipes-raw-vegan/ http://www.gracevanberkum.com/2-easy-out-of-this-world-gracious-living-lifestyle-salad-dressing-recipes-raw-vegan/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:26:49 +0000 http://www.gracevanberkum.com/?p=14940 DELICIOUS GRACIOUS LIVING RAW, VEGAN CEASAR DRESSING 1/4 cup cashews garlic to taste fresh lime juice from 1-2 limes 1 tsp dijon mustard or powder 1/4 cup avocado oil 1/4 tsp sea salt 1/2 medium cucumber Blend till smooth. If ...]]>


DELICIOUS GRACIOUS LIVING RAW, VEGAN CEASAR DRESSING

1/4 cup cashews
garlic to taste
fresh lime juice from 1-2 limes
1 tsp dijon mustard or powder
1/4 cup avocado oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 medium cucumber

Blend till smooth. If it’s too thick, add more lime juice. Also can be used as a dip. Will keep for 3 days in fridge.

CREAMY GRACIOUS LIVING RAW, VEGAN BASIL DRESSING

1 ripe avocado
1 handful basil
garlic to taste
ginger to taste
sea salt to taste
fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice water for desired consistency

Blend till smooth and creamy. Will keep in fridge for 3 -4 days.
(**variation: add Tamari soy sauce, or Nama Shoyo sauce instead of salt)

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How to Make Kimchi, Saurkraut, & Cultured Vegetables http://www.gracevanberkum.com/how-to-make-kimchi-saurkraut-cultured-vegetables/ http://www.gracevanberkum.com/how-to-make-kimchi-saurkraut-cultured-vegetables/#respond Sat, 04 Mar 2017 21:10:38 +0000 http://www.gracevanberkum.com/?p=14826 Every culture has a long tradition of fermented and raw foods — foods that provide for healthy intestinal flora and decrease the load on your pancreas and liver.  The modern equivalents of age-old fermented foods are nutritionally empty when compared ...]]>

Every culture has a long tradition of fermented and raw foods — foods that provide for healthy intestinal flora and decrease the load on your pancreas and liver.  The modern equivalents of age-old fermented foods are nutritionally empty when compared to their historical counterparts.

Take grains, for example. Did you know that traditional societies either soaked, sprouted, or fermented their grains prior to consuming them? While the reasons our ancestors practiced this level of grain preparation are debatable, we do know that sprouting, fermenting, and soaking grains can increase vitamin and mineral content availability by 300-500%.

Cooked and over-processed to the extreme, the average American diet lacks the vitamins, minerals and enzymes natural to fermented and raw foods. Compare this to traditional diets around the world where raw and fermented foods make up 60-80% of their food intake.

People who start eating a diet high in raw & fermented foods reverse the course of cancer, stop diabetes in its tracks, and notice an increased level of heart fitness.  Fermented vegetables add valuable probiotics and enzymes to your body, which help stamp out Candida, boost your immune system and curb your cravings for sweets.

The simple key to successful vegetable fermentation is to make sure your vegetables are submerged in liquid. That’s it, the big secret. Usually the liquid is salty water, also known as brine, but fermentation can be done without salt, or with other liquids, such as wine or whey.

Typically, when fresh vegetables are chopped or grated in preparation for fermentation—which creates greater surface area—salting pulls out the vegetable juices via osmosis, and pounding or tamping the vegetables breaks down cell walls to further release juices, so no additional water is required. However, if the vegetables have lost moisture during long storage, occasionally some water is needed; if brine hasn’t risen to submerge the weighted vegetables by the following day, add a little water. In the case of vegetables left whole (cabbage heads, cucumbers, green tomatoes, string beans, okra, zucchini, eggplant, peppers—try anything), the vegetables should be submerged in brine.

Pretty much any vegetable can be fermented. Use what is abundantly available and be bold in your experimentation. Seaweeds are a wonderful addition to ferments.

Kimchi typically includes red chili peppers, garlic, ginger, and scallions. Sauerkraut might include caraway seeds (my favorite), juniper berries, apples, or cranberries. New York–style sour pickles are spiced with dill, garlic, and sometimes hot peppers. To keep cucumbers crunchy, add to the brine some grape leaves or leaves of horseradish, oak, currant, or cherry.

Traditionally vegetables have been fermented with lots of salt. In addition to pulling water from the vegetables, salt hardens pectins in the vegetables, rendering them crunchier, and discourages the growth of bacteria other than lactobacilli. By inhibiting competing bacteria, salt enables the vegetables to ferment and to be stored for longer periods of time. Since preservation has historically been one of the important motivations for fermentation, ferments have tended to be quite salty. But for health-conscious people interested primarily in flavor and nutrition, less salt can be better. Salt lightly, to taste. It is easier to add salt than to take it away, but if you oversalt, you can dilute by adding water and/or more vegetables.

There is no magic proportion of salt the process requires—it’s just personal preference. As a starting point, try 3 tablespoons of salt per 5 pound of vegetables. More salt will slow the fermentation process; less (or none) will speed it up. Ferments with less salt may be more prone to surface molds. You can leave out the salt or use various mineral-rich substitutes such as celery juice (my favorite salt-free variation) or seaweed. Just be sure the vegetables are submerged in the liquid.

What kind of vessel should you use to hold your ferment? Avoid metal, as salt and the acids created by fermentation will corrode it. Heavy ceramic cylindrical crocks are the ideal fermentation vessels, though they can be hard to find and expensive. Glass containers work well, especially those with a cylindrical shape or with a wide mouth, and so do nesting bowls. Crock pots with ceramic interiors make effective fermentation vessels and can often be found in thrift stores. In a pinch, you can use plastic, but even food-grade plastics leach toxic chemicals.

If the vegetables float to the top and remain exposed to air, they are likely to develop mold. Sometimes, especially in hot weather, your ferment may develop a film of white mold on its surface. This is very common and will not hurt you or the kraut. Scrape off the mold as best you can, don’t worry about particles that mix into the vegetables, and enjoy the delicious, healing ferment beneath.

Whatever type of vessel you use, pack the vegetables into it with some force (unless they are whole), in order to break down cell walls and release juices. I use a blunt wooden tamping tool. You can improvise with a piece of wood or your fist, or you can manually massage and squeeze the vegetables.

Sour flavor—from lactic acid—develops over time. Longer fermentation translates to tangier flavor. This happens more quickly in warm temperatures than in cool ones.

When you are first experimenting, taste your ferments early and often. Serve some after three days, then three days later, and again three days after that. Familiarize yourself with the spectrum of flavors that fermentation can create and see what you like.  How long you let it sit is up to you and your tastes, but for most vegetables 2-5 days seems to do the trick.

How to Make Kimchi, Saurkraut, & Cultured Vegetables…
So How Do We Do This?

In a nutshell, raw cultured vegetables are made by shredding cabbage or a combination of cabbage and other veggies, and then packing them tightly into an airtight jar or crock. They are then left to ferment at room temperature for several days or longer. Easy.

During the fermentation process, friendly bacteria grow, multiply, and thrive in their new environment. They convert the sugars and starches to lactic acid and partially digest the veggies, softening them or “pickling” them in the process.

Try dark leafy greens like kale and collards. Soak, drain and chop up sea vegetables like dulse, wakame, hijikii and arame. Add either fresh or dried herbs such as dill, caraway, juniper berries, garlic, and ginger root. Let your imagination run wild!

Fermented vegetables can keep in your fridge for months. They become even more delicious with time. You can pull one of these living salads out whenever you’re hungry for a nutrient boost.

(**Information gathered from Sandor Katz and Donna Gates)

Cucumber Kimchi

3 English cucumbers, thinly sliced
6 inches fresh ginger, grated
2 daikon radish, grated
4 scallions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 Tbsp cayenne
1 Tbsp sesame seed

Spicy Pink

3 heads red cabbage, shredded
6 carrots, grated
3 inches fresh ginger, grated
6 cloves garlic, chopped

Sweet Kraut

3 heads green cabbage, shredded
6 inches fresh ginger, grated
2 beets, grated
3 carrots, grated
1 Fuji apple, grated
1/2 lemon, juiced

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6 Tips For Sprucing Up Your Veggie Eating
by Grace Van Berkum, R.H.N.

We all know that we need to eat more vegetables to increase our vitality and health. But let’s face it, no one wants to munch on boring salads or steamed veggies all the time. Here are 6 easy tips to spruce up your veggie eating, whether raw or cooked.

1) Quality of your salt. The quality of your salt is so important for increased nutrition and absence of chemicals found in table salt. Rock salts, Himilayan sea salts, Celtic sea salts, offer 80+ trace minerals which help to energize your body and actually help to keep your blood pressure balanced. Table salt on the other hand, has been stripped of its minerals, contains additives and chemicals, and will contribute to imbalances of the body over time. The beauty of a rock salt or sea salt that is not over-processed is that it is not only healthier BUT it has a stronger flavour and you don’t need to use much. Depending on where it originates, real sea salt will be either grey (off-white), or slightly pink in colour. If your salt is white it has been over processed! It’s true.  A little sprinkle in your salad dressings or steamed, or sir-fry veggies goes a long way and really changes your veggie eating.

2) Garlic. If you enjoy the taste of garlic and can digest it well, a little bit of diced up, fresh garlic (not bottled sitting in oil) with a sprinkle of a good salt and a drizzle of 100% extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil, raw, organic coconut oil, hemp oil, or avocado oil is delicious over a salad or steamed veggies (drizzle the oil on when finished steaming). It is so simple but divine every time. And as we know, a little bit of garlic is such a powerful immune booster.

3)  Herbs and Spices. Sometimes just a little rock salt with some fresh herbs or spices, a sprinkle of garlic, and a drizzle of raw coconut oil, or hemp oil is my fave. Each herb or spice adds a totally different flavour plus they are all nutrition and digestion enhancers that contribute to better health. My favourite herbs are cilantro, basil, parsley, and rosemary. My favourite spices are cumin, cayenne, paprika, ginger, and Chinese 5 spice. These are just my personal faves but there are so many to choose from and play with. Have fun trying new things!

4) Tamari or Nama Shoyo. Both of these are healthier replacements for soy sauce which is typically very high in sodium, soy, and gluten from wheat. Tamari is becoming much more common to find in supermarkets now. Tamari is gluten-free which means it does not contain wheat and tastes just like soy sauce. Nama Shoyu is raw, unpasteurized soy sauce that contains living enzymes and cultured organisms. It is fermented soy (the fermentation process makes it a healthier choice than regular soy sauce) and it tastes great, too. Both of these are salty in taste (just like soy sauce) and tastes great in your salad dressings or on top of steamed veggies. I like to use a little bit of Tamari or Nama Shoyu with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. Salty spiciness!

5) Tahini. Tahini is a sesame seed butter made from sesame seeds. It is high in calcium and protein. From a taste point of view, it is very creamy and thick so it makes wonderful sauces for raw or cooked veggies. You can make salad dressings or sauces that are so delicious and satisfying. Blend tahini with a little bit of water, garlic, cilantro, tamari, and fresh lemon juice to make a salad dressing or sauce. This is so easy, so tasty, and so satisfying!

Here is another great sauce or dressing recipe for you using TAHINI: Gracious Living Creamy Cucumber Dressing: http://www.gracevanberkum.com/gracious-living-creamy-cucumber-dressing/

6) Nutritional Yeast. Nutritional yeast is a microorganism known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae and grown on sugar cane and beet molasses. Once it is harvested, it undergoes heat treatment to deactivate it and then it’s crumbled or flaked. Don’t be put off by the name or the description because this one is a tasty winner! It has a nutty cheese flavour that is vegan (that’s right….a natural cheese flavour that is not cheese!) Nutritional yeast is often used by vegans to create yummy vegan “cheese” dishes and “nacho” type sauces. Don’t confuse it with baking yeast, active dry yeast, or brewer’s yeast that are typically bitter.  Nutritional yeast will definitely spruce up your salad dressings, or as a sauce for your steamed veggies. (It is also really good in soups and rice).  Not only does it taste delicious but it contains vitamins, minerals, and even protein, it is low in fat and sodium, and free of sugar and gluten. They are little yellow flakes that you can buy at the supermarket or bulk food store.  Nutritional yeast doesn’t have to be reserved just for vegans as it is tasty and flavourful for anyone! It definitely needs a better name though.  😉

Try out these 6 easy tips to increase your veggie eating. The more vegetables you eat the better you will feel from increased vitamins and minerals, enzymes, chlorophyll, fibre, and water content. Take care of yourself and have fun doing it. Life is too short not to!

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Enjoy this nutrient dense smoothie with skin protecting properties!

1 serving Sunwarrior “ILLUMIN8” Vanilla Protein Powder (green, hypo-allergenic, plant-based protein powder with 8 superfoods to help protect skin)
1/2 peeled cucumber (helps to soothe and soften skin)
1/2 cup berries of choice (protects against oxidative stress)
handful fresh basil (improves blood flow)
1/2 lemon, seeded and peeled (for extra lemon flavor, grate 1 tsp. of lemon rind in blender)
1/2 an avocado (for soft skin)
1 tsp chia gel (aids skin hydration)
2-3 cups coconut water (contains plant growth hormone, cytokinins, that has anti-aging effects on human tissues)
1 cup ice

*optional: 2-3 soaked dates without the pit for a tad more sweetness

Blend till creamy perfection. Garnish with lemon slice.
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Stunning Raw Lasagna (Vegan, Plantbased, Gluten-Free) + 5 more RAW Recipes http://www.gracevanberkum.com/stunning-raw-lasagna-vegan-plantbased-gluten-free-5-more-raw-recipes/ http://www.gracevanberkum.com/stunning-raw-lasagna-vegan-plantbased-gluten-free-5-more-raw-recipes/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 01:57:53 +0000 http://www.gracevanberkum.com/?p=14557 ALWAYS A HIT at Gracious Living Lifestyle Retreats or Dinner Events (and one of my absolute fave raw dishes)….RAW LASAGNA! No bloat, no gluten, no cheese! Filled with chlorophyll and enzymes. Absolutely delicious! (Adapted & Modified from one of my ...]]>

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ALWAYS A HIT at Gracious Living Lifestyle Retreats or Dinner Events
(and one of my absolute fave raw dishes)….RAW LASAGNA!
No bloat, no gluten, no cheese! Filled with chlorophyll and enzymes.
Absolutely delicious!

(Adapted & Modified from one of my raw faves FULLY RAW KRISTINA)

Ingredients for Zucchini Pasta:
Mandolin sliced 5-7 zucchinis (or yellow squash)

Ingredients for Pesto Filling:
3 cups of arugula
1-2 cups parsley
1 bunch cilantro or basil
1-2 diced green onion
1 small bunch spinach
3-4 de-stemmed Swiss Chard leaves
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or raw coconut oil
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/3 tsp celtic sea salt

(Process all ingredients in a food processor until it becomes as shown in the video).

Ingredients for Raw Chard Marinara:
4 cups of tomatoes
Remaining stems of Swiss Chard
Oregano
Basil
Thyme
Dill

Blend all ingredients until smooth like marinara.
*Optional: fold in chopped olives.

Ingredients for Cream Sauce:
1 zucchini
Half cup of walnuts or cashews
1 bunch cilantro (or basil)
1 small clove of garlic
1/2 juice of 1 fresh lemon
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/3 tsp celtic sea salt
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Blend and make delicious cream sauce.

Layer lasagna and let sit in glass pan in fridge for a an hour to set.
Top with sliced cherry tomatoes, sliced olives, thinly sliced green onions, and/or baby sunflower sprouts. DIVINE!

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Honoured for another Gracious Living Lifestyle article AND SMOOTHIE RECIPE
in the Sept 2016 Issue, Sweat Equity Magazine:

“5 Easy Ways To Improve Digestion & Boost Metabolism” by Grace Van Berkum, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

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5 Easy Ways to Improve Digestion and Boost Metabolism Today
Sweat Equity Magazine, Sept 2016, page 28
by Grace Van Berkum, R.H.N.

Little tricks to bring more awareness to your eating style and how you are digesting your food. These tips are easy and can be implemented right at your next meal! Of course there may be some other important things that may need to be addressed with your health professional as to why your metabolism may be sluggish, but these tips are so easy and have a big impact on not only how you are digesting your food, but also how you are assimilating your nutrients, and eliminating toxins. Try them out and pay attention to how they make you feel. Pay attention to your energy levels after eating. Digestion should be effortless and if it is not, it needs to be looked at right away, because you are not only what you eat, but you are what you digest. Without good digestion, our health, and also our ease through life, becomes compromised. Good digestion = good metabolism!

1) Don’t drink liquids with meals. For optimal digestion, drink your hydrating liquids before your meals, ideally at least 15 min.  Do not drink water for at least an hour after your meal. Let your body focus on digesting the meal with full power rather than having your digestive juices be diluted, which compromises your digestion. It is also not recommended to ever drink coffee after a meal as it impedes digestion greatly. Drink liquids away from eating = better metabolism!

2) Chew your food thoroughly. Digestion starts in your mouth, not in your belly! Liquify your food by chewing well for maximum enzyme release in your mouth to help boost your metabolism. Good news is the more time you spend on focused chewing, the slower you will eat, and most likely you will eat less foods, too. It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to signal your brain that it has had enough food. Pre-digestion in the mouth and less food = better metabolism. Chew on that!

3) Eat more raw food. Try implementing more live food and raw food into your meal plans. Superfood smoothies, fresh juices, rainbow salads, raw dips, raw soups, raw desserts…these are all delicious and filled with live, raw food! If you are eating cooked foods, make sure to eat something raw with your meal, and even better yet, eat it first! The enzymes of the uncooked food will help you digest your food better (not to mention the high water content from your raw veggies, plus the fibre, will help keep you full). Enzyme rich food = better digestion = better metabolism!

4)  Don’t eat sugar, or even fruits after a meal. Although many people, try to eat fruits after a meal as a healthier choice to avoid sweets, it can actually slow down your metabolism. Fruit after a meal (especially a heavy meal) tends to ferment in the belly causing gas. Any sign (or smell) of gas after a meal is an indication that your metabolism is not working efficiently. Best bet for best health is to wean yourself off of all sweets after a meal. Focus on eating more veggies and protein at your meal so that you do not even want something sweet. Eating something sweet after a meal is just a habit we have created and it is not ideal for a fast metabolism. Drink a sweet herbal tea if you really must have something. No sweets after a meal = better metabolism!

5) Eat more throughout the day, eat less in 1 sitting. Eating smaller amounts of food throughout the day, instead of not eating for long periods of time and then having a much bigger meal in 1 sitting, will help keep your metabolism revved up, burning calories and fat all day long. Not only that, but your appetite will be smaller because it will become used to eating smaller meals. Consistency through consistent, regular eating and eating moderately (not over-eating) are keys to a better metabolism. Smaller meals =better metabolism!
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Raw Raspeberry Lemon Cheezecake Recipe http://www.gracevanberkum.com/raw-raspeberry-lemon-cheezecake-recipe/ http://www.gracevanberkum.com/raw-raspeberry-lemon-cheezecake-recipe/#respond Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:59:04 +0000 http://www.gracevanberkum.com/?p=14538 The recipe you have all been waiting for! Easy, delicious, raw, and vegan! Recently prepared by Gracious Living Brand Ambassador Cathrine McCormick in the Bahamas at a Private Detox Retreat. (Cathrine and Grace are co-teaching a fantastic week together in ...]]>

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The recipe you have all been waiting for!
Easy, delicious, raw, and vegan!

Recently prepared by Gracious Living Brand Ambassador Cathrine McCormick in the Bahamas at a Private Detox Retreat. (Cathrine and Grace are co-teaching a fantastic week together in a brand new location in Nicaragua Jan 2017…..check out the deets at the end of this recipe…..it is NOT TO BE MISSED!)

*Read: “10 Natural Sweeteners That Are Good For You”  HERE.
*Part 2 HERE.

Raw Superfoods Raspberry Cheesecake

Base

  • 1.5 cups of raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of dates ( soaked)
  • 3 TB raw coconut oil ( liquid)
  • 2TBL sea salt
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut

Lemon Cheesecake Layer

  • 2 cups raw cashews ( soaked for a min 2-4 hours, drained)
  • 3/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Zest of 3 lemons
  • 1/4 cup Lucuma Powder
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1 TBL real vanilla extract
  • Dash of sea salt

Raspberry Cheesecake Layer

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup cashews ( soaked and drained)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1/3 cup Lucuma powder
  • 1 tsp acai powder

In a food processor, place all ingredients for the crust except for the dates. Mix until it has a crumb consistency. Add the dates and mix until well combined.

Press into the base of the spring form pan. Place in the freezer while you prepare the cheesecake filling.

Lemon cheesecake Filling:

Place all ingredients into a blender. Put on high speed until it is silky smooth. Pour onto the base layer and return to the freezer.

Raspberry layer:

Place all ingredients for the raspberry layer in the blender. Blend on high speed until you have a creamy consistently, pour the raspberry layer on top of the lemon cheesecake and return to the freezer for 4 hours or overnight.

To Serve, sit out at room temperature for 10-15 minutes, carefully remove the sides of the spring form pan and transfer the cheesecake onto a serving platter.

Scatter berries on top with pommegranite seeds or fresh mint leaves, and enjoy!

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Gracious Living Lifestyle Red Pepper Walnut Pate (raw, vegan, gluten-free) http://www.gracevanberkum.com/gracious-living-lifestyle-red-pepper-walnut-pate-raw-vegan-gluten-free/ http://www.gracevanberkum.com/gracious-living-lifestyle-red-pepper-walnut-pate-raw-vegan-gluten-free/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:47:21 +0000 http://www.gracevanberkum.com/?p=14449 A delicious peek into one of the 17 HEALING recipes in the Gracious Living Raw, Vegan Faves Video Recipe E-book (Book #3). Super easy, super delicious, super nutrient dense: RED PEPPER WALNUT PATE, page 36. Want more HEALING recipes? I ...]]>

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A delicious peek into one of the 17 HEALING recipes in the Gracious Living Raw, Vegan Faves Video Recipe E-book (Book #3). Super easy, super delicious, super nutrient dense:
RED PEPPER WALNUT PATE, page 36.

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Want more HEALING recipes? I know your body does!

*Check out the Gracious Living Raw Vegan Faves HERE (with videos)
*See the Gracious Living 10 HEALING RECIPES HERE (with videos)
*Enjoy the Gracious Living 7 Day Vegan Plant Cleanse HERE (with 7 day meal plan, 298 recipes, 101 pages)

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What you put into your body not only affects your health, it also affects how you perceive the world, handle stress, and relate to people. It even impacts the health of the planet.

Everything you choose to eat influences the approximately 100 trillion cells that make up your tissues, organs, and systems of the body. Wouldn’t it make sense to start eating in a way that feeds our cells, rather than focusing on calories or deprivation? What if we began to understand that each cell thrives, or becomes damaged, from everything we eat (and everything we think), and that our bodies’ cells continuously replicate in a direction based on the cells that currently exist?

Balanced, raw, vegan eating helps our cells thrive so we can perform and look our very best!

The Gracious Living Lifestyle Easy & Healing Raw Vegan Faves eBook contains recipes that are super easy, delicious and nutrient dense. These recipes were chosen to show you that healthy eating does not have to be complicated or require hours in the kitchen. The beauty of these recipes is that they are versatile and include ingredients that help your cells thrive and work to the best of their ability.

We are living beings made up of cells, so it only makes sense that we eat live foods that maximize the performance of our cells.

The Gracious Living Lifestyle is all about fresh foods, living foods, whole foods, raw foods, plant foods, superfoods and real foods for peak performance and abundant energy. The cleaner we eat, the better our bodies and brains work, giving us clarity and focus to move in the direction of our limitless potential and better handle life’s stresses.

If you’re not interested in becoming fully raw or fully vegan, that is okay! Simply eating MORE raw foods will help reduce inflammation in your body, and maximize cell health and detoxification.

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10 DAYS, 10 RECIPES, 10 AFFIRMATIONS

Each of the 10 raw healing recipes within this eBook take 10 minutes to make, use 10 ingredients or less, and cost $10 or less!

  • Are you suffering from a health issue or disease and want to improve your health right away, but don’t know where to begin?
  • Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the information and recipes out there?
  • Do you want to try eating more raw food because you have heard others testify to how healing it is?
  • Do you feel intimidated or confused trying new things in the kitchen?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, the Gracious Living Lifestyle Healing 10 Recipes eBook is for YOU!

All recipes within this eBook are plant-based, raw, vegan, chemical-free, immune boosting, and help the body work as efficiently as possible. The result is optimal immune health, abundant energy and peak performance. Each quick, delicious recipe is designed to reduce inflammation and increase healing energy within your body. By following the tips and recipes within this eBook, your body work more efficiently and harmoniously.

This little book of plant love is for anyone looking to improve his or her health in a fast and easy way. Simple recipes and a simple plan! No need for stress here. These recipes are excellent for helping the body heal from cancer and chemotherapy, and ideal for those with diabetes. These nourishing, nutrient-dense recipes are also an incredible way to keep your immune system strong enough to prevent imbalances or diseases of the body.

The Gracious Living Lifestyle Healing 10 Recipes eBook is loaded with foundational recipes and insights to help you take your health to the next level!

Your body wants to function at its best! That’s what it was designed to do. Let’s work with our bodies, not against them. Now is the time to take back our health and our power so we can live a quality life with ease, positivity and happiness.

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