Apple Cider Vinegar to the rescue

Day 27 Nutritional Tip: Use organic apple cider vinegar as a catalyst in a host of healthy natural remedies


On this 27th day of the National Month of  Nutrition, I want to highlight the benefit of organic apple cider vinegar as a catalyst in a host of healthy natural remedies! It’s antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. What more could you ask for? This one bottle holds the key to nutritional meals, natural healing and even super duper cleaning!

Read some of apple cider vinegar’s many uses under #2 on the label in the photo.

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Love & RAWspect,

Thai slaw with peanut & ginger sauce

Compliments of Backyard Gardners Network of New Orleans, via Tamara Carter; altered by me slightly
Here’s what you need
For the salad:

  • 2 cups shredded cabbage (any variety, preferably a mixture of them)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup green onions, finely chopped
  • ½ cup cashew halves or peanuts (honey-roasted is good)
  • several squeezes of fresh lime,  for a bit of tang
  • Optional: 1 cup edamame or chickpeas
  • Optional: 1 cup peas (fresh or defrosted at room temperature)
  • Optional: 1 cup cooked quinoa

For the dressing:

  • ¼ cup all natural peanut butter
  • small knob freshly grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoon Tamari sauce (gluten-free  soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (can substitute with agave)
  • 1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Water to thin, if necessary

Here’s what you do

  1. Cook and fluff quinoa.
  2. Put all of the ingredients for the sauce in a high-speed blender (like a Vitamix) and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.  If you want a thinner dressing, simply stir in an additional teaspoon or two of water or olive oil.
  3. Add as much or as little dressing as you’d like to the quinoa first, if using quinoa in your dish. Alternatively, you can save the dressing for later and add when you are ready to eat.
  4. Next fold in red pepper, onion, cabbage, carrots, and cilantro into the quinoa. Garnish with cashews and green onions. Serve chilled or at room temperature with lime wedges if desired.
  5. Stores nicely in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The cabbage will give off water the longer it’s stored, so the sooner you eat it, the better.

5 Simple Ways to Prevent and Treat High Cholesterol

Day 13 Nutritional Tip: Preventing and treating high cholesterol can be done simply and effectively with these 5 methods…
What Is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a substance that is much like wax in appearance and texture and it is located in all the cells of the human body.
Good cholesterol is needed for the body to function properly and the body makes all the required cholesterol that it needs. It is used for making hormones, substances that help you digest food properly and for Vitamin D.
Cholesterol can also be found in many fatty foods and therefore some people suffer from a high risk condition known as high cholesterol.

Anatomy Of Cholesterol

  • LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein and is the “bad” type that causes heart disease.
  • HDL stands for high-density lipoprotein and is the “good” type.

Too much LDL cholesterol in the blood can be quite serious and can lead to cardiovascular disease. One of the problems is that high blood cholesterol does not cause any symptoms by itself, which is why a lot of people are unaware of their condition. In order to detect high cholesterol a blood test is required that can be ordered by your doctor or nurse practitioner.

High Cholesterol Facts
According to the Centers For Disease Control:

  • Those who have high cholesterol are 2 times more at risk for heart disease, which, is the leading cause of death in the United States.     
  • 71 million American adults, which, equates to 33.5% of the population have a high LDL count.   
  • Only 1 out of every 3 adults with high cholesterol manage to get it under control.   
  • Less than 50% of those with high LDL counts seek treatment or incorporate the necessary lifestyle changes required to lower their levels.

5 things you can do today to prevent or lower high cholesterol
There are a lot of things that each person can do to lower and prevent high cholesterol. This article will review some of these methods, and what diet and lifestyle changes are necessary to prevent high cholesterol to begin with.

  1. If you are an obese or overweight person then losing excess weight is a great way to prevent and lower high blood cholesterol.  Losing anywhere from 5-7% of your bodyweight is enough to see significant change for the better. The best way to lose weight is to focus on foods that are low in calories, such as, fruits and vegetables and also by increasing physical activity.
  2. Start eating oatmeal for breakfast. According to the Mayo Clinic, the high amount of soluble fiber in oatmeal reduces the amount of cholesterol the body is able to absorb. It is recommended that one consume 25-35 grams of soluble fiber daily to have a positive effect.
  3. If your goal is to prevent or stop high blood cholesterol (LDL) then saturated fat is not your friend, and so its consumption must be kept to a minimum. Many animal products, such as, red meat, cheese and whole milk are the main sources of saturated fats. It is recommended that saturated fats account for only 7% of your daily calorie intake. So, if you eat red meat regularly then you need to replace it with soy protein products, lean proteins, like salmon, cod or perch. If you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol then seek the advice of your physician as to your consumption of saturated fat products.
  4.  Men who regularly drink green tea have a lower level of blood cholesterol than men who do not, according to the University Of Maryland Medical Center. It has been found that polyphenols in green tea might have the ability to block cholesterol from forming. It is best to enjoy green tea in pure form, without added sugar or artificial flavoring. Brew it at home and enjoy with mint leaves, lemon and lime juice.
  5.  Regular exercise is another great way to prevent this high risk condition. Aerobics, jogging and walking are all effective workouts to increase the levels of good cholesterol and therefore reduce the bad. 30 minutes a day is enough to have a positive effect. If you are out of shape then you can begin with three 10 minute sessions daily and work your way up to a full 30 minutes.

The National Cholesterol Education Program recommends adults get a blood test for cholesterol through their doctor each and every five years. This is the only way to know whether you are affected or not and in this case knowledge is half the battle.

If you are diagnosed, then it is really important that you follow your doctor’s orders and the methods provided above to get it under control. Lowering your cholesterol can reduce your risk of having a heart attack that can lead to premature death, and the need for bypass surgery or angioplasty.

The above are some of the best ways to avoid a completely preventable condition and to ensure a healthy and long future. Also, the good news is that it is never too late to make a change and there are many ways to lower cholesterol levels. Certain lifestyle changes are all that is needed to see a positive change and often very quickly. 

Love & RAWspect,
Terri, aka T-raw

In need of some delicious recipes to help lower your cholesterol? Click below for the perfect solution. 

5 Important Things to Consider When Taking Blood Thinners

Day 10 Nutritional Tip: There are natural foods and herbs that thin the blood effectively and safely


Recently, I answered a question for a girlfriend of mine inquiring about a good plan of action in regards to natural well care for her mother who is taking a blood thinner, called Coumdin. My first question was what is her reason for taking this drug ?Her reply was Hepititus C.  

So, here are good strategic plan of action consisting of FIVE important things to consider when your doctor puts you on blood thinners: 

1) Find out from the doctor specifically why the blood thinners were prescribed. Sounds like a crazy thing to ask, but many times the side effects of these anticoagulants are worse than the risk of any blood clotting. So, for instance, if it’s being prescribed as purely a precautionary measure, there are far more effective, and safer, actions to take! Blood thinners are given to people at risk of stroke, high blood pressure and such; when dietary changes can safely and effectively correct those very conditions.

Bottom line, a patient should NOT be afraid to ask the doctor at least 10 related questions–or do the research themselves–before they allow themselves to take that, or any, prescription! One of the main questions to ask (after the obvious question of “WHY am I taking this?”) is if the doctor has a plan of action for the patient coming off the medication? Or does the doctor expect the patient to just take this forever?

2) Learn how blood thinner medications work.  Most people think they actualy thin the blood (which seems logical), but they don’t.

Here are the workings  of the blood thinner, Coumadin:

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3) Learn what causes blot clots in the first place. Usually, it can be traced back to dietary issues, obesity and a sedentary life–all which can be corrected within 7 to 30 days WITHOUT medication!

4) Educate yourself on all the side effects of the blood thinner medications. The main common side effect is decreased white blood cells. What does that do? That increases the chance of excessive bleeding. Following are all the side effects associated with Coumadin–both common and rare, along with their severity level according to WebMD. 
Common side effects of Coumadin:

  • Decreased White Blood Cells     Severe
  • Diarrhea     Less Severe
  • Feel Like Throwing Up     Less Severe
  • Gas     Less Severe
  • Hair Loss     Less Severe
  • Stomach Cramps     Less Severe
  • Taste Problems     Less Severe
  • Throwing Up     Less Severe

Rare side effects of Coumadin:

  • Abnormal Liver Function Tests     Severe
  • Allergic Reaction caused by a Drug     Severe
  • Anemia     Severe
  • Bloody Urine     Severe
  • Calcification of Cartilage in the Bronchus     Severe
  • Calcification of Cartilage in the Windpipe     Severe
  • Deficiency of Granulocytes a Type of White Blood Cell     Severe
  • Gangrene     Severe
  • Hemorrhage     Severe
  • Hepatitis caused by Drugs     Severe
  • Hives     Severe
  • Inflammation of Skin caused by an Allergy     Severe
  • Inflammation of the Liver with Stoppage of Bile Flow     Severe
  • Itching     Severe
  • Life Threatening Allergic Reaction     Severe
  • Obstruction of Blood Vessel by an Atheromatous Embolus      Severe
  • Tissue Death     Severe
  • Vasculitis     Severe
  • Yellowing of Skin or Eyes from Liver Problems     Severe
  • ChillsLess      Severe
  • Loss of Skin Color     Less Severe
  • RashLess      Severe
  • Swelling of the Abdomen     Less Severe

5) Consuming whole, plant-based foods can do the same for the body as blood thinner drugs.  Eating in a healthy manner is the best prescription for your body to allow it to heal from or prevent all the diseases that are dietary related: diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, cancers of various types, fibroids, auto-immune issues, and the list goes on and on. However, mixing plant-based foods with some drugs such as blood thinners, may cause a negative reaction within the body.

Typically, your doctor won’t tell you the reaction is due to the fact that when eating the green leafy vegetables and other plant-based foods, the body is getting everything it needs from that food to repair itself. So combining that food with the medicine means you’re taking double doses of medicine every day, and yes, that would be a problem. So, what does the doctor tell the patient faced with this dilemma? Stop eating the vegetables that are interfering with the medicine. I know for a fact, they do this. My beloved friend, Juana’s, doctor told her to stop eating her vegetables and stop drinking her green juice while she was going through chemo therapy. My beloved friend was then dead within three months. 

So, there you have it. Just a few things to consider when your doctor says you must go on blood thinners. It doesn’t have to be that way! It SHOULDN’T be that way! Juana would still be alive today if she was confident enough to believe she knew what was good for her body more than the doctor knew. I’m not blaming her, because  it’s very common for people to make that mistake. I’m here, though,  to encourage you to STOP making that mistake.

I just spent about an hour of my time researching and writing this blog. No doctor is going to do that for you–there’s simply not enough hours in the day for them to do that. So, guess what? YOU must research and read. YOU must learn. Empower yourself with the knowledge to stay alive!

Food IS God’s medicine; and this medicine has NO SIDE EFFECTS!

Love & RAWspect,
Terri, aka T-RAW
R.each A.nd your transformation to a healthier you!

Can you name the herbs in the image above? If so, then congratulations! You can now self-medicate if ever your doctor says you need blood thinners. Better yet, start consuming these herbs and the foods mentioned above on a regular basis and you will never have to hear the doctor tell you that!


Juice Plus+ (JP) is a product I would take in place of blood thinners. JP is whole, plant-based food in capsule, gumnmies and powered shake form. Even when consumed while you’re continuing with your regular way of eating, JP will begin to make a huge improvement in your quality of life. For more information, contact me or click the image. 

Juice daily to take in lots of nutrients

Day 7 Nutritional Tip: Juice daily to take in lots of nutrients.

Green juicing is best for weight reduction because it increases the amount of oxygen needed for your body’s metabolism to function at its optimum level.

Kale or spinach are the best greens for juicing. With either you can take a short cut and save time by buying them from Costco or Walmart (no judgment, pls) in a large bag already cut up and washed.You can’t go wrong when there’s only one ingredient listed on the nutritional label!

In my juices and smoothies, I use a wonderful whole food protein shake mix to boost my veggie, fruit, berries & grain intake for the day by 100%. The product has been backed by board certified physicians and medical professionals for almost 30 years.

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​Leave a comment if you have any questions or  want to know more about the product I use!

Love & RAWspect,
Terri, aka T-RAW

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