Gracious Living at MD Anderson Cancer Centre

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Grace Van Berkum-Gracious Living-nutritionist

I believe some of the key principles to living a life filled with health, happiness, and healing:

  • Having the strength and the courage to live your truth and listen to your heart.
  • Having the strength and the courage to embrace change and be open to new things.
  • Having the strength and courage to take risks to live your best life possible.

….and all of these principles apply IN THE KITCHEN, TOO!

Grace Van Berkum-Gracious Living-nutritionist

Grace Van Berkum-Gracious Living-nutritionist

Grace Van Berkum-Gracious Living-nutritionist

Honoured to have presented one of my fave healing and delicious recipes that is always a crowd pleaser (Chocomole) to 120 Breast Cancer Survivors at MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Orlando, Florida! i got to wear a microphone! lol.

My heart is bursting with gratitude.

See short video clip here:

love your body. love your food. love your life. love who you are.

love Nicaragua.

love Sunwarrior.


It will change your health AND your life!

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You are what you eat.
You are what you think.

~Gracious Living Lifestyle  XO


  1. Author

    Hi Kathleen,
    Thanks for asking.

    If you’ve never eaten aloe before, be sure to take only a small amount at first. I’ve never heard of anyone having an allergy to aloe vera, but you never know until you try it.

    In any case, after taking large amounts of aloe vera, you may feel some difference in your digestion for a few days. If you’ve been constipated, aloe will likely reduce its severity, and you may notice a far easier time passing stools. If you’ve had stomach pains or intestinal pains, you’ll likely notice them easing or vanishing completely. Aloe vera is the best internal medicine for the treatment of colon polyps, in my opinion. It soothes the intestinal tract and helps heal pre-cancerous lesions or growths. In fact, a raw juice diet using vegetable and fruit juices combined with aloe vera gel is practically a miracle cure for early-stage colon cancer. Think of it as a raw juice fast + aloe vera. It’s a very powerful cleansing recipe.

    Because aloe vera contains many beneficial long-chain polysaccharides, I have often wondered whether blending the gel in a Vita-Mix might cause some of the polysaccharides to be broken. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s best to add the aloe vera as the LAST ingredient so it gets blended the least, thereby minimizing any potential shredding of the polysaccharides.

    So whether you’re using raw aloe vera gel or a dried aloe vera powder, blend all your other ingredients first, adding aloe vera as the last ingredient. Try to blend the aloe for the shortest time necessary.

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  2. oh wow. would love your chocomole recipe. just found you on the internet, watched your YouTube video and made the green smoothie tonight. AWESOME!

    1. Author

      Yay! The beautiful internet! You are here for a reason and it starts with chocolate and green smoothies 🙂 More recipes and videos coming shortly…please join my blog and you tube channel (and facebook) for inspiration in the kitchen and in life. Nice to meet you Kathleen!

      1. I’ve had multiple people ask me about Aloe. There is a lot going around about is it healthy? Is it dangerous? Would love your input on that. Do you put in the aloin also?

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