Mexican RAW Dinner-Hubby takes the Plunge!

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I posted this link in the past, but I want to rave about my RAW Mexican Dinner last night which I made using Amber’s recipes!

My hubby is a former meat and potato man and raw to him meant rare, as in beef!  However, he lost so much weight and feels so much better since our Almost Total VEGAN journey began about 2 months ago, I hoped he was primed for the next step.

I made Fiesta Taco Roll-Ups, Salsa, Mexican Cheddar Cheese and Zesty Corn Chips (those took 2 days in the dehydrator!)

Practically Raw

When he came home and saw my preparations, his first reaction was a snarl and, “You know I don’t like change”. Besides the idea of RAW VEGAN taco meat, he was doubtful I blended his tomatoes, leaving chunks of the poor fruit for him to bite into.  He would rather eat bugs!

I even had a backup plan should he protest and I braced myself for his critical review, reminding myself it was not personal.  🙂  Then, reluctantly, he ate a chip, dipped another into the salsa, and put salsa on his roll up.  Finally, a bite of  Taco.  He liked it!

After 3 roll ups and plenty of chips and salsa, he was pleasantly full and content.

 He also thinks Amber is a pretty “girl”-geez, we are getting old!

To your Health,



How to open a young coconut made possible by

Young Cocnut

I really do not like to drink water except when hot sun parches the earth and all who walk upon it, then an ice cold glass of water is gratifying.  When the buzz got out that drinking 8 glasses of water does not mean WATER and drinking water with a meal is counter productive to digestion, I was smug.  Servers grow frustrated that he/she cannot bring me water and if they do, I send it back unless I think I will need to sneak a corner of my napkin into its wetness to clean my fingers.  

A few weeks ago I posted a picture of my favorite bottled water which is one of the more expensive variety with a beautiful bottle and pretty picture.  I liked the fact that the alkaline was .8 and the whole ph pitch; I am every marketer’s dream.  However, my daughter teased me about the cost and boasted she only paid about $3 for a case of her favorite water and when I visit her, she meets me at the airport with one bottle in hand and a spare in the car.

Okay, $60 – $90 a month on water is a little over-the-top, and I was not drinking it except during workouts and  using it in smoothies.  I also worried about the plastic, although my bottles were free of the bad stuff and recyclable, I still felt I was damaging the planet.

I decided to test my tap water, and the alkaline was 7.5 and everything else was great, so I made my glowing green smoothie with tap water. Blasphemy!  I cannot believe I did that!  No, this was not going to work for me.

The next step was to buy another water filter pitcher, which I did. My Brita is round and bulky and I just do not like it.   I was in Williams-Sonoma and what called my name?  A pitcher.  I bought it because the lid was red and the sides were flat, really, that was a selling point.  The Mavea looks nice in my fridge and is easy to handle and refill, but I do not drink water from it.

Not to worry!   I found my hydration source.  Young coconuts!  Yep, I finally did it.  Bought it and let it sit in the fridge about four days, intimidated by the opening process.  I do not like corks, caps, lids, or covers that are hard to remove, so the little guy on my counter posed a huge challenge in my mind.  I remembered Kimberly Snyder’s video where she took a mature coconut to her patio and with one hand safely behind her back, she wacked the coconut four times with a cleaver and was so pleased she was on target and did not embarrass herself.  I opted for Ani Phyo’s method and scored the top with a knife, making a boxed pattern.  I gently lifted the “lid” and presto, my coconut was ready to drink.  That method is better illustrated on the link above.

Boxed coconut water is expensive, but I buy it on occasion.  Young coconuts at WF cost about $3.  There is no comparison in taste and lasting hydration!  I put my straw in to taste and I slurped it all down, guzzled it like I was dying of thirst.  And I was


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I cannot download the picture, but the link above will take you there!


Thank you Somer!