Friday, August 23, 2013



Article By Christopher Wanjek
Published August 21, 2013
Live Science

What's the best diet for maintaining a healthy weight and warding off chronic diseases? Is it a low-carb diet, a high-carb diet, an all-vegetable diet, a no-vegetable diet?

Researchers say you'd be better off just forgetting the word diet, according to an editorial published August 20 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Two researchers Sherry Pagoto of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass., and Bradley Appelhans of the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago call for an end to the so-called diet wars, because they are all equally as good, or bad, in helping people fight obesity.

In the end, patients only get confused thinking that one diet is superior to another, they said, when in fact changes in lifestyle, not diet types, are the true ways to prevent weight gain and the associated ills of diabetes and circulatory disease.

"The amount of resources that have gone into studying 'what' to eat is incredible, and years of research indicate that it doesn't really matter, as long as overall calories are reduced," Appelhans told LiveScience. "What does matter is 'how' to eat, as well as other things in lifestyle interventions, such as physical activity and 
supportive behaviors that help people stay on track [in the] long term."

The researchers cite numerous studies that demonstrated only moderate success with various types of diet that focus on macronutrients: protein, fat or carbohydrates; but regardless of diet, without a lifestyle change, the weight comes back.

Conversely, several large and recent studies such as the Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study and the China Da Qing Diabetes Prevention Study found lower weight and lower incidence of diabetes among study participants many years after the study's initial completion because the subjects were taught how to lose weight through lifestyle interventions.

Lifestyle trumps diet
Pagoto described lifestyle interventions as three-prong: dietary counseling (how to control portions, reduce high-calorie foods and navigate restaurants), exercise counseling (how to set goals, target heart rate and exercise safely), and behavioral modification (how to self-monitor, problem solve, stay motivated and understand hunger).

"The 'diet' used within a lifestyle intervention can be low-fat, low-carb, etc. It doesn't matter," Pagoto said. "In fact, at least one study compared a low-fat lifestyle intervention with a low-carb lifestyle intervention, and it made no difference. The diet itself [is not] instrumental to the lifestyle interventions success; it is the behavioral piece that is key."

Pagoto agreed that a vegetarian diet is associated with a lower risk of weight gain and heart disease. A massive study involving more than 70,000 Seventh-Day Adventists, published in JAMA in June, found that dedicated vegetarians and pesco-vegetarians (who eat fish) live longer than meat eaters. But that doesn't mean a vegetarian diet is all it takes to help you stay healthy.

"Adherence is key, and the way to destroy adherence is forcing foods on someone they do not like, do not know how to prepare, or can't afford," Pagoto said.

Why diets go wrong
Indeed, the authors wrote that the only consistent fact in all the diet studies is that adherence is the element most strongly associated with weight loss and disease risk reduction.

Pagoto described five challenges to any diet that she sees with her patients:
  1. having no time to cook or exercise
  2. being too stressed out
  3. having family members bring junk food home
  4. not having anyone to exercise with or feeling awkward exercising
  5. and feel hungry all the time 
The ratio of fat to carb to protein doesn't come into play.
Most her of obese patients understand which foods are healthful and unhealthful, she said. So she works with her patients to find ways to make healthy behaviors more routine, regardless of the patient's type of diet.

Pagoto and Appelhans call for more research on diet adherence. The authors described the amount of adherence research as miniscule compared to that on studying the large fad diets.

Similarly, the general population knows more about nuances of these diets (Atkins, South Beach, the Zone), and such, than they do about the basics of adherence; and that, the authors said, is central to the obesity epidemic.

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HI Folks, I thought this was a VERY interesting article.  The main point is - persistence wins - no matter what kind of plan we follow - 50% raw or 100% raw.  Intellectual constipation and paralysis about 'what' diet is best become irrelevent if we can't stick with it.  We need to just adhere to a healthy plan and change our behaviors for good.

xoxox michelle joy  

Thursday, August 22, 2013



BR: steel cut oatmeal, 1 nectarine, 1 peach, blueberries 
SN: 1 vegan yogurt, 130 cals 
SN: some tastes of raw mock toona 
LN: guacamole and raw corn crackers 
DN: 2 homemade veggie burgers, lettuce, tomato, raw brazil nut pate', raw ranch dressing

Binge free for 11th day, yay, but today was not without significant challenges.

I was bored today and boredom is one of the biggest challenges to overcome and to not eat when one is a binge eater.  I saw it and said, "I am so bored, all I want to do is compulsively eat!"  I don't know how I managed to walk away from it relatively unscathed.

Cliff wanted to take me to work today.  So picking me up avoided any possibility of an after-work binge, that I might have succumbed to had I driven myself.  God must be cradling me in his arms to have arranged that.    

The truth was the boredom was mixed with a seriously healthy does of fear.  I am injured and experiencing significant physical distress.  The feeling I was holding water in my legs?....was not water. It is a tendonitis of sorts, exactly what I went through at Dr. Arcillas.  I have apparently overtaxed ligaments or tendons in my knees again.

Anatomical illustration of knee

But how? Starting a walking program again?  Stopping my heavy duty workouts with my trainer because I ran out of money and had to get my car fixed?  Being on my feet too long at work?  Showing a friend that funny walk Dr. Arcilla taught me that seemed to hurt my knees before?

I think all of the above have played a role in my present incapacitated predicament.

My first thougtht was to feel terribly sorry for myself and blame the Enemy, in Judeo Christian terms, Satan, and to ask why he is attacking me, (literally) "cutting me off at the knees," when I am finally doing better?

Struggling to get around, I had to ask God for help several times today to get through the day without leaning on food.

My second thought was that I am experiencing a detox, and that whatever toxins I'm releasing, are pooling in my knees (?). Is that irrational?  I may be only 50% raw, maybe less, on some days.  Dr. Arcilla seemed to think the tendonitis before was caused exclusively by detox and had nothing to do with injury or weakness or the funny walk he taught me.    

All I know is, I can barely walk and my legs want to buckle.  My knees feel like the tightest rubber bands, I am limping, and in pain.

Furthermore, I have been experiencing alot of all over body stiffness lately, come to think of it, and maybe that is from acids detoxing?  Could my diet be MORE ACIDIC NOW than it was BEFORE?  Too much fruit and grains?  

I don't know what's going on.

Tonight I am going to take Dr. Morse's HEAL ALL TEA, that my wonderful friend, Joy, sent to me.  I will mix that with the Chinese pooping tea Dr. Arcilla prescribed.  Maybe all of that will help clear whatever is inflaming me.

Unfortunately, I have to be on feet all day again tomorrow...

xoxo michelle joy        

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Howdy on this beautiful day!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

BR: Green Smoothie: banana, spirulina, 2 pear, peach, pineapple, one date; steel cut oatmeal with fresh blueberry and ground up apple 
LN: Lunch Out - big salad with chick peas, roasted artichoke, roasted red pepper, fresh cukes, tomato, carrot, red onion w/ a little balsamic, 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp. russian dressing 
SN: fresh juice - 1.5 apples, pineapple, 1/2 lime, 1/2 lemon 
DN: cooked whole foods vegan dinner - 2 homemade veggie burgers, a little leftover mushroom mix with quinoa
Walk: good 40 mins walk at the zoo and at the mall.

I had a good but very trying day, emotionally.  Today was day 9, no binges, (YAY!!) but I felt ALOT of uncomfortable emotions and fears surface, namely discouragement and fear I wasn't losing weight fast enough, through much of the day.  I am absolutely positive this diet is GREAT for my binge eating (not compulsive).  But I was left feeling very worried about how it would affect my WEIGHT.  I did get weighed and there is a good loss, but I've lost ALOT more on more RADICAL diets.

Knowing my eating is under control (THANK YOU GOD) and that this eating plan is moderate and thus SUSTAINABLE helped pull through the discouragement about slow loss.  Better to lose slow and keep it off, really changing my habits, than to lose super fast and gain it all back in a week.

Cliff and I decided it is best to weigh myself no more than 1x/month.

Food wise, it was another good day.

I tried to eat less meals, but was unsuccessful.

We took a walk at a mall.

After our big breakfast, we were hungry around 3pm.

We went to this great pizza shop near the zoo we know that serves awesome salads.  I got a huge salad with such good fixings.  That was the best salad I've had in a long time.  Can we say ROASTED ARTICHOKE? OMG, wanna give up SOY?  Just roast up some canned or jarred asparagus.  I swear, those artichoke hearts had the meatiness of wheat meat or soy meat, without being BAD. They were so the bomb, I just got back from the market with two jars of what-do-you-think?  Artichoke hearts.

No processed fake-meats anymore.  Yay.

We went for a good walk at the zoo.  p.s. I pet and fed the giraffe....and pet Ollie, the goat :-) Luscious!!!!!!!!!

When we got home from the zoo, we were so parched from the heat, I made a quick cold fresh juice using a method I learned in Victoria Boutenko's raw cooking video the other night.  You just throw everything with water into the Vitamix, add a little ice, blend, pour through a nutmilk bag, and oila', fresh juice faster than any juicer I've ever used.  Fabulous!!

The veggie burgers I made for dinner are awesome but came out bland because i'm being very judicious with the salt, though it pains me.  But they ARE good. I did them 4 at a time in a teflon pan.  I made a lot, like 12. I was on my feet all night (and worked all day).  I was pooped.

Curiously, my feet did NOT hurt at work today.  (Interesting because i was on them the previous day all day AND night).

Next time i eat fish or dairy, i will let you know if they hurt.

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For vegan homemade veggie burgers, i follow a format - veggie / nut / grain / bean.  I learned this from my friend Talia.  She had the saddest look on her face when i told her I loved boxed veggie burgers. Now Talia smiles when I tell her what I've made.   
Using this format, you can make literally thousands of veggie burger flavors!

Last night I made:
veggie: redbeets, onion, thyme, mushroom, carrot, celery, garlic (food processed, raw)
nut: cashew (food processed, raw)
grain: quinoa/barley/oatmeal (left whole, cooked)
bean: red kidney beans (left whole, cooked)  
I mishmoshed it all together and formed patties.  It is actually SO much easier to bake them, which I will do next time.   duh!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Br: no breakfast: iced green tea, unsweetened 
Sn: smoothie: banana, almond milk, vanilla
Sn: starving: 4 oz. raw mock chick'n salad 
Ln: very big garden salad with 8 oz. raw mock chick'n salad and raw ranch dressing
Dn: cooked vegan whole foods dinner: 1 homemade veggie burger, 2 slices sprouted grain Ezekiel bread, sliced tomato 
Sn: late night hunger - 1 veggie burger, 3 peaches 

I woke up this morning not feeling hungry!  I guess dinner was heavier than I thought!

Boy, when it finally hit me, it hit!  The banana smoothie (only about 1 banana in it) did little to fill my belly. The raw mock chick'n salad I'd made quieted it for the moment and was good!!

It was so good, in fact, I had a lot more for lunch. MMMMM!!!

I thought I could perhaps get away without any dinner tonight, but around 5pm, I felt famished.

And I didn't plan on having bread, but the sprouted Ezekiel was staring me in the face after Cliff's dinner.

And then 9pm, I was starving again!  Oh my.....

No walk tonight.... :-((

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I don't have real amounts, but here's how you can make a phenomenal raw mock chick'n.  Guestimated amounts!

  • about 4 cups almond pulp
  • scallions, maybe 1/3 cup sliced
  • herbs chopped: fresh rosemary, thyme, dillweed, and some dried poultry seasoning
  • chopped celery, maybe 2 cups, fine
  • lemon, a few Tbsps
  • salt, maybe 1/2 Tbsp
  • garlic, one clove crushed
  • cashew cream, about 1 cup

My legs felt heavy and my knees really bothered me today....feels like I'm holding water again. So frustrating. Despite my best efforts, there is salt everywhere and my poor tounge calls for it.  The salad out-to-eat must have had alot of hidden sodium in it.

And the mock chick'n salad has salt.  But I couldn't resist, I was so hungry.

Good 10 binge free!

My co-worker at Raw Can Roll said I am indeed looking better.  That makes it all worth it.

xoxo michelle joy

Monday, August 19, 2013



Today was my 8th day of in-control whole foods eating with no binges!


Dinner: Dad's Birthday Dinner - very small salad with russian dressing on side, "Seasonal Vegetable Platter," a cooked veggie platter containing broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, string beans, asparagus, and potato; a few bites of fish, less than 1/2 cup of birthday ice cream cake dessert.

Notes:Dad's Birthday Dinner - I thought hard about what I would do last night when we took my parents out to dinner to celebrate my dad's 79th birthday.  I asked God to help me make sane choices.  I was so pleased with how I did at dinner.  I felt totally in control.  I ate no bread because I didn't want any.  I enjoyed salad and the Vegetable Platter very much.  I had a little bit of fish, probably about 1/3 cup, because I was still hungry after my veggies, and both Cliff and my mom, who both ordered fish, were having a hard time finishing theirs.  I had very little dessert.  Just enough.  It was a perfect treat night.  A little bit of something but nothing veered out of control.  Thank God.  I had no binge impulses after coming home and enjoyed my meal and the company and celebration!

Consequences - My feet hurt at work badly.  I wondered if it was from the salmon or the dairy in the icecream cake?  My feet didn't seem to hurt last week eating no fish/dairy.  Something to keep track of, which will inform my choices in future.  My feet hurt soooo bad!!  So now we get to the crux of it all - what is worth it when I truly realize/come to terms with the consequences.  The only way to do that is to journal how I feel after I eat!  So, hello there!!!  I also had a hard time singing in the morning with some reflux, but was okay soon enough.  We listened to the LOVE STATION on Serius Radio and I enjoyed singing along to love songs ALL DAY!!!!


Today I worked at Raw Can Roll Cafe.  

BR: steel cut oats in car before work (less than 1/2 cup cooked), 1 peach, 3/4 cup blueberries
SN: protein smoothie: almond milk, banana, peanut butter, cacao
L: raw lunch salad: large salad with scoop of dry mock chick'n, and my salt free cilantro cashew dressing
D: cooked vegan whole foods dinner: 3/4 cup mixed quioa and barley, cooked cauliflower, cooked mushrooms, rinsed canned red beans, cashew cream.   

Walk: 2 miles up hills to Pretzel Park, down to Main Street, up Baker Street, whew!  Good walk.  

Steel Cut Oats Breakfast - I make a big pot of them the night before.  I served myself a serving in a tupperware and slice fruit over it and ate just before work.  The peaches were so SO sweet, I didn't miss the agave...or honey!!!!!

Protein Smoothie: Felt very hungry about 12:00.  My breakfast at 8am was not that oatmealy, more fruity.  I decided for the Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie at Raw Can Roll Cafe. Definitely not as yummy without the agave, but still good.  Tasted more like Peanut Butter Mylk.

Raw Lunch Salad: I didn't eat my big veggie salad until about 3pm.  My salad was so huge but did little to cut my appetite - the only thing with calories was the thin cashew cream and about 1/3 cup of almond pulp. When I got home at 4pm, I started cooking dinner right away.

Cooked Vegan Whole Foods Dinner: I was dreaming up this amazingly delicious conconction in the car after I ate my salad and was FULL of low cal veggie roughage but STILL HUNGRY!

I had a small serving and it was enough!  I stopped as soon as I was no longer hungry.

I wonder why I am so in control lately??????  With no bread, no sugar, no cooked oils, I feel remarkably steady and not the least bit compulsive!  Or is it God/Spirituality that is making it happen (prayer, etc...)?  Or is it the combination of BOTH???  It occurs to me this kind of a food plan is similar to OA HOW GREY SHEET - no white flour, no sugar, nothing processed.


Here is the cooked vegan recipe that I created for dinner.  It was so VERY VERY delicious I wanted to share it with you!!!  

Un-Creamed Mushrooms and Beans with Cauliflower over Quinoa and Barley   
First I processed 1.5lb of cremini mushrooms in the food processor with the slicing blade, and put them on the stove with 1/2 cup of water and very little celtic salt to cook.  They rendered their juice and then the juice completely cooked away.  I added fresh thyme from my garden and a can of well rinsed red beans.   
I made raw cashew cream in the vitamix with about 3/4 cup cashew, same amount water, 4 cloves garlic, 1 date, 1/3 cup scallion, juice of 1 lemon, and a little celtic salt.  I added the cashew cream to the cooked mushroom mix, stirring in, with the heat off.  (OMG, it tasted just like the best very thick un-cream of mushroom soup.) 
I served myself a nice spoonful of the creamed mushroom mix over a bed of cooked cauliflower/quinoa/barley that I'd made all in one pot with water, no salt.  
This meal contained NO OIL and needed nothing it was so good.  
For garnish, I snipped fresh chives, scallions and parsley on top.  Pretty looking dish, and seriously delish. But delicately flavored!  Not 'kapowey' like I usually make, because I used ALOT less salt than I normally would.      

great day!

Michelle Joy

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Hi there!

I've been having a WONDERFUL week!!  I've lost weight and regained control over my eating.  No binges, yay!  And I'm feeling so much better!  That is not to say this week has been without challenges.....

Read about my Thursday through Sunday here.

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THURSDAY, August 15, 2013

Good day today!  Day 4 of doing better!  Walked 30 mins last night, too.

Felt a very apparent surge of energy this afternoon at work as a raw chef at Raw Can Roll Cafe' that felt very new...totally energized!

Apparently, my better diet and lifestyle is working!  Truly feeling better and have more energy!  My feet also didn't hurt as bad at work today as they usually do, and my athlete's foot is almost gone after only 4 days of eating better.  Amazing.

BR: oatmeal and fruit - 1/2 cup steel cut oats dry, cooked.  1 cup blueberries.  1 peach. 
SN: green smoothie - kale, mango, banana, orange, almond milk 
LN: raw salad - big raw salad with romaine and lots of veggies and the same cashew dressing i made yesterday.
DN: cooked vegan whole foods dinner - 3/4 cup cooked lentils.  3/4 cup Bob's redmill TVP rehydrated.  steamed broccoli with lemon and flax oil.  
SN: smoothie - 2 big mugs smoothie: banana, peach, blueberry, cashew

EXERCISE: Only walked 5 minutes today.  Was dreadfully overtired from two nights of only 6 hours of sleep. Took a nap after dinner and fell asleep early.

Drinking a lot of water, especially in evenings.  Feeling absolutely parched.  
Though I am only eating maybe 50% raw, I am seriously detoxing.  I've experienced THIS EXACT THIRST before when I first went raw.

It "is" a processed food, but so yummy and so low in calories and zero fat and almost zero sodium that I thought it was a good choice.  It is however, 
NOT organic, and thus, made from genetically modified soybeans.  Not okay.  I'll finish the bag, and I just checked online, I can order an organic version online.   

It would be so GREAT if i could NOT eat at night.  However, I was just freaking...STARVING.  


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BR: green smoothie - spinach, banana, pineapple, blueberry, apple, brazil nuts 
SN: rice and tvp - 1 cup white rice, 3/4 cup Bob's Redmill TVP, rehydrated 
SN: banana whip - banana, berries, carob, coconut 
LN: 2 nori wraps - low salt raw mock toona and veggies in nori 
SN: smoothie - blueberry, hemp, banana, agave 
DN: raw "garden burger" dinner - celery, raw bread and raw garden burger pate'

Felt so starving an hour after my morning smoothie.

I'd just made the white rice for Cliff.  Not optimal, but we all make less than optimal choices when we are hungry and faced with food!  Pobody's Nerfect!  Gotta have brown rice made up, ready and waiting.

I have no idea how many calories I'm eating.  I'm just eating when I'm hungry.  The problem is, I felt hungry 6 times yesterday.  I am probably not drinking enough water.

My resolve to eat low glycemic and no bananas has flown out the window.

Here's the Garden Burger Recipe I created!

Raw Garden Burger
In cuisinart with s blade, process:
3/4 cup brazil nuts
1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro
1/8 cup fresh rosemary
3 medium carrots
2 stalks celery
half bunch of scallions
1 tsp powdered sage
juice of 1 lemon
6 medjool dates
1 tsp himalayan salt

I worked today as raw chef at Arnold's Way.  What a busy day!  Even though I had so much green smoothie this morning, I was so hungry again midmorning, thus the white rice before work.  It's so important to have food ready for myself lest I make choices that are not best for me.

After my whip at work, I was still starving.  I decided to have Anna's low salt toona, although my goal was NO salt.  You know what?  It is okay for goals to MORPH, isn't it?  My water retention is HUGELY improved and sometimes we make 2nd best choices when we are very hungry.  The problems start to come when we make 75th best choices, way, way, WAY down the list of worse and worse foods.

SO amazingly inspired tonight.  We watched a talk by Victoria Boutenko at Dinner and a Movie Night.  I actually brought the movie, which I haven't seen in YEARS since i was first raw....some 6 years ago.

Now, after listening to Victoria's cautionary advice, I am feeling like going back on all raw tomorrow!

Victoria talked about stomach acid, and how we create 2 gallons on cooked, compared to 1 cup on raw food.

This adds to feeling lousy when we become hungry on cooked.  We begin to feel irritable and depressed and frantic.

She says this is BECAUSE cooked is an addiction that triggers that reaction.  We are not hungry.  We are in withdrawl!

She says on raw, hunger feels like a dull thud that can be easily delayed.

I seriously identified.

During this past week, I've been feeling absolutely STARVING and MISERABLE and IRRITABLE when i get hungry.  Everything she explained.

But tonight at Arnold's Way after my raw meal, I did NOT feel that way when i got hungry.

And as I look back, when I was at OHI with drastically reduced calories of raw food, I do not recall feeling awful, miserable, irritable hunger.

This hunger the last few days has TRULY been terribly uncomfortable and scary.

I choose foods, and feel worried.  Am I doing okay?

I am trying to TRUST I'm making if not good, better, choices for myself.

I fear/think raw feels much better.

Victoria also talked about denial and how none of her students could stay raw until they admitted they were cooked food addicts and came out of denial.

When I went raw, I believed cooked food was addictive.  And that is what kept me raw for 3.5 years.

For the last 3 years, I have been fighting the idea that cooked food is addictive.  Maybe I've just been in denial.  

My catering partner, Susan, was a very big influence on me to be more liberal with my diet when I began to eat cooked again at her house after 3.5 years raw.  She is beautiful, normal weight, and completely in control of food.  And she also eats some cooked.

We were doing catering and I began eating at her house frequently.  She and her husband were high raw, and ate cooked beans and brown rice.

At the time, on my 811 diet, beans and brown rice seemed to be alot less fat than nuts.  How could a little bean hurt me?  I remember the conversation.  "Beans have like zero fat...and nuts have so much fat!"

With all of Doug Graham's focus on eating no fat floating around in my head, I had my first cooked beans after 3.5 years raw, at Susan's house.

After that, everything unraveled.

Was it FEAR driving me?  Or a cooked food addiction?

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The last 3 years OFF of raw, I've been trying to create balance (mostly highly unsuccessfully) between cooked and raw.

Victoria says that balance CAN'T exist.

Yet, I look at all of the people at Arnold's Way who have lost weight eating healthier food, doing HIGH RAW, while still eating whole grains, and beans, and even fish, and they have made it work.

Not everyone who eats cooked food is veering out of control all of the time.

And last I heard, Victoria Boutenko was said to be eating cooked greens.

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Awesome article on FOOD ADDICTION

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We went down the shore to Cape May!  Gorgeous wonderful day!!  We quickly forgot about the horrific 3 hour drive there stuck in traffic after the luscious wind and waves and sun!

I packed food and I ate all raw.  I ordered a salad out like I used to "No cheese.  No croutons" and used my own dressing.  I felt good. Hunger felt easy and not crazed.

Br: green smoothie: greens, few brazil nuts, banana, peach, pineapple, blueberries 
Sn: snack in car: 8 Medjool dates
Sn: snack in car: 1 apple
Ln: lunch on the beach: brazil nut pate, lettuce, carrots, celery with cashew dressing
Dn: restaurant salad with raw additions: salad with a few olives and balsamic vinegar and olive oil, my pate and cashew dressing 
Sn: snack back home: 2 peaches

Walked over 2 miles with Cliff down the shore!  Delightful!!!

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Br: fruit smoothie: blueberries, peach, banana, date, carob smoothie 
Ln: cooked vegan whole foods lunch: 1/3 cup lentils, 1/2 cup brown rice, 3/4 cup Bob's Redmill TVP, 2 Tbsp raw cashew dressing, 2 medium tomatoes

Lots and lots of questions in my mind this morning about raw and cooked.

We are going out to eat with my parents tonight.  What will I do?  Raw or cooked?

Lunch time, I felt starving and didn't feel like more garden burger or cashew dressing after twice yesterday.

Did I "give in" or just make a healthy "choice" for my lunch?

I'll continue to watch and see how I feel.

After lunch, indeed, I do feel lousy, and a perceptible shift in my attitude.  Feeling kind of miserable.

Is that from eating cooked food....or from reacting to a perceived mistake?

I seem to feel better about an hour after now.

Tonight out to dinner out with my parents, I have three choices:

1. Order a huge salad for dinner
2. Get something vegan like spaghetti.
3. Get salmon.
No wonder I so often give in and just start binge eating.  The mental processing and mental focus needed to stick to or create a plan for frankly....exhausting.  LOL!!!  But I am looking and feeling so so SO much better, so it is worth it!!!

Thank you for joining me on this journey and for your support.

Chef Michelle Joy    

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Hi Again :-)

Back to blogging!

Just got home from work as 'Creative Chef' at Raw Can Roll Cafe in Devon, PA.
My legs felt ALOT better today.

Today was the third day off of added salt and back to a more wholesome basic diet.

I'm working with Margaret, a Lifestyle Coach, associated with Dr. Arcilla (  Dr. Arcilla runs the mostly raw retreat I went to last winter.

Margaret is helping me to reconnect with a lot of the principles I learned at the Better Living Lifestyle Center. Specifically and most importantly, she has been encouraging me daily to reconnect spiritually first and foremost to overcome binge eating and lose weight.

It is feeling so right and good and finally I see a change in behavior after 2 weeks of praying for one.

Things kind of came to a head on Monday, when I could barely bend my knees.

After 3 days of improved diet and drastically reduced salt, I have let go of a fair amount of water retention, and am feeling much better, and much more energetic!  Thank you, Margaret, for your continued support and encouragement!


Margaret gifted me an Encylopedia on Natural Healing (link coming in future blog) that has been incredibly insightful and so helpful in lassoing my recent mostly out-of-control-vegetarian-sometimes-salmon-eating diet...into it's present whole foods vegan shape.

For the last 3 days, it looks like this: 
  • raw veggies
  • green smoothies
  • raw fruit, low glycemic fruit best (berries, apples, etc...)
  • raw nuts and seeds
  • 2 Tbsp daily uncooked oil - flaxseed oil, e.e.v.o. and coconut oil, unheated
  • steamed veggies
  • cooked beans 
  • whole grains ONLY (steel cut oats, brown rice, quinoa, barley, etc.)
  • no added sugar, honey, agave
  • no added salt
  • no bread, even whole wheat, no white foods like crackers, white rice, no processed foods or veggie burgers
Please pray for me and send loving, positive energy for my success!


I feel like I have a new understanding of why I binge, to boot.

At the most basic level, my out of control destructive behavior means that I am not connected to God, my "Higher Power," Source, etc..., or I'm not allowing Him to take charge of me.  Being in connection with God and receiving His Grace (through daily prayer, reading spiritually uplifting material) (and with Margaret's prayers, daily text support and bi-weekly meetings) has enabled me to effortlessly again put aside the worst part of me, the out of control binge eater, and to allow the strong, capable winner to succeed.  That energy / ability is always there. It just feels like it dissappears when I'm not "connected" and God is not in control of me.  We are pure ENERGY RECEIVERS and we're either being controlled by bad or good.

It's only 3 days, but I'm off to a promising start with my eating back under control, and my walking regiment back on track.

The Natural Healing Encyclopedia also explains that most overeating and binge eating is caused by undernourishment.  A loaf of bread and butter may stuff me, but it's a processed white meal that's depleted in minerals and vitamins and will have me back to the kitchen looking for more, more and more, soon enough.

The proof is in the pudding.  Better food, less cravings and binge eating.  Worse food, more cravings and binge eating.    

What's more, the Encyclopedia rightly states that vegetables eaten in their RAW state are BEST for the obese. Mind you, this is NOT a RAW book, so the advice seems to impact more coming from a source non partial to raw food.

And the book stresses that anything PROCESSED is just too lacking in nutrition for the malnourished obese binge eater.  Bye bye boxed veggie burgers and bread....

This information actually confirms WHY I had my best success so far (for 3.5 years as a raw foodist on all raw veggies and no processed food), and why I had my 2nd biggest success all of those years ago in OA H.O.W., maintaining a 140 lb weight loss, eating a whole foods diet with whole grain Wasa crackers, and oatmeal, and huge raw salads, and fruit multiple times a day, and brown rice, and no sugar and nothing white.

It makes sense now WHY the times I've had success, I've had success.  Higher quality food, higher quality life.

Now, hopefully, with God in my court, I can go all the way!


415 lbs TO 195 lbs in ONE YEAR!
Watching Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition Tuesday night revved my motivation engine even further!  If Mike Epstein, a fellow East Coast Jew from New Jersey, can do it, so can I.  

weight loss
Mike Epstein - 415 lbs to 195 lbs in ONE YEAR!!!!

Watch Mike's amazingly inspirational episode here:


I'm off for my daily walk!  30 mins a day every evening is a good start to creating a routine.

Breakfast: 1/2 cup dry steel cut oats cooked.  1 cup fresh raw blueberries.  Large green smoothie with kale, almond milk, mango, orange, banana.

NOTE: Much more satiating than the Starbucks bagel and cream cheese and large sweetened tea habit as of late. No nagging cravings or sudden binges later with the oatmeal/fruit/green smoothie starting my day.     

Lunch: big romaine salad w/carrot, tomato, onion, cucumber and a delicious raw dressing.

NOTE: That dressing was SO GOOD, I ate what was pooled in the bottom of the bowl....with a spoon!  Recipe below!

Dinner: small can of chick peas rinsed thoroughly, cup of Bob's Red Mill TVP, leftover veggie salad dressed in lemon and flax oil.

NOTE: It was a BIG MEAL.  I was STARVING, and it was HEARTY and FILLING and DELICIOUS and NUTRITIOUS and I feel satiated still 3 hours later. 

I am averting my eyes for the moment as to the question of the healthfulness of grains (mucous causing? inflammatory?).  Life is a journey and I'm okay with this beginning leg of my trip.

I'm also back to following hunger/fullness.  It's the only thing that makes logical sense.  That said, I must remember: the more water one drinks, the less hungry one is!

The Health Encyclopedia also gave several interesting ideas of how to curb hunger: psyllium husk mixed with water, or grape juice diluted in water - 30 mins before a meal. I'll let you know when I try!

And I'm also not weighing myself.

I also pop in a Paul McKenna dvd now and again and find him as inspirational and motivating as ever.  For mind-set, Paul really teaches how to keep the focus on what we want...and not what "is."

I'm using my pedometer again.  So motivating.  Every step...equals a new success.

ALL IN ALL: It's more about maintaining self control, and finding sustainable balance in my diet, and life.

Remember: Self control is a gift!  Thank you, God!!!!

Common Sense Approach
The more I stay connected to God, take "Good Orderly Direction" and control my diet and exercise....the WEIGHT will take care of itself....


Here's that dressing from my lunch salad.  It was SO GOOD, I'd consider making a SOUP!!!

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In Vitamix:

  • 3/4 cup cashews
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 
Blenderize until smooth.  Terrific over a romaine salad!  Delish!!!!

Hope you try this recipe and enjoy!!!

Keep in touch!

Raw Chef Michelle Joy

Monday, August 12, 2013


Water retention is always an issue with me.  My mother says my diapers were dry as a child, so it's an issue I've had since birth.  Fluid goes in, it just doesn't want to come out.

There must have been a lot more sodium in the salads I ate yesterday from Whole Foods than I thought.  My legs felt like lead weights today, working at Raw Can Roll Cafe.

Deciding to go raw and salt free this evening to help alleviate the water retention, I came up with a surprisinging delicious dinner that I thought I would share with you.  It's something similar to a salad I once demo-ed for a raw cooking class, so, starving this evening, the idea came back to me since we had all of the right ingredients on hand, many fresh from our summer patio garden!!!

I can't express to you how exciting it is to just go outside on the patio and pick organic home grown tomatoes and herbs, and come in and make dinner!!

Question: Where is anybody getting fresh organic corn from these days?

NONE at Whole Foods EVER this summer. We keep checking and calling.  Nada.  

We got ours from a wonderful organic farm in Lancaster County that a friend told me about.  If you need the info, let me know!!  They don't have a website.  

For this recipe, if you don't have organic fresh corn on hand, use the frozen organic.  Next best thing.

I really do hope you make this salad!!  Very vibrant colors and fresh flavors, accented by the lightest of dressings!  You really get to just appreciate the veggie and herb flavors the way God made them!  Very nice mouth feel with the crunchy celery and peppers...and the soft of the avocado and cashews...and the squirt and tarty sweet of the tomatoes.  Really very good.

Mmmmm, super natural, super yummy!  Make it!

Add ingredients to a big bowl, toss, and enjoy! Cover and refrigerate leftovers.
  • corn kernals from 4 shucked corn
  • handful fresh basil, sliced thin 
  • 2 mint leaves, sliced thin
  • handful cilantro, torn
  • 10 fresh raw cashews, whole
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced thin
  • 2 radishes, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup scallion, sliced thin
  • 3/4 cup sweet red pepper, small chunks
  • 1/2 avocado, small chunks
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, very small chunks
  • 2 small carrots, shredded
  • top 1/3 of a bunch of baby asparagus 
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
I didn't put any salt or agave or garlic, but season as you wish, although it honestly didn't need a THING!  
My salad sort of looked like this pic (from the food network), but much more colorful with the radish rounds and asparagus tips and shaved carrots and the avocado chunks!

Really, people, this was a very delicious and nutritious summer salad, inspired by things growing in a home garden.  I hope you try it.

Let me know!

Michelle Joy