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811 WILD SQ FT SPROUTI’ve been a low-income divorced single-mom vegan since 1990, raw-vegan since 1999, and high high-carb low-fat fruity-raw-vegan since 2010; so here is my response to the question, “How much does it cost to be raw vegan?” I use cronpmeter.com (set to LFRV) to make sure I eat enough calories. Bananas are only $.50/lb (50 cents per pound). There are about 4 bananas per pound. 1 banana is 100 calories so 14 bananas (2 bunches or two 48 oz blender full) have 1,400 calories for $1.75 (14/4=3.5lbs x $.50) multiplied by 7 is $12.25 per week. (Dates cost $4/lb which have 1,279 calories. $28/week.) Walnuts are $5.49/lb(32T) and I eat 2T/day which have 82 calories and costs $.34/day or $2.40/week. A bag of three organic romaine hearts or organic celery or box of organic baby spinach or arugula is about $3 and half pound of organic hemp seeds or organic pumpkin seeds is about $3. I add whatever else I can afford for variety; ie: melon, mango, papaya, tomato, raisins, cucumber, yam, oats, legumes, wild rice, etc. Wild Autumn Berries grow in my yard for free! :) The book, Edible Wild Plants, helps me find free edible wild plant foods. The Sprouting Book helps me grow my own sprouts very affordably. Square Foot Gardening helps me grow some of my own food. The book, The 80/10/10 Diet, and the online community, 30 Bananas A Day, provide valuable information and support. The high-carb low-fat fruity-raw-vegan or vegan lifestyle is affordable, nutritious, and sustainable! :)

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811 The 80/10/10 Diet: Balancing Your Health, Your Weight, and Your Life One Luscious Bite at a Time If you have struggled with maintaining your natural weight and wellness or would like to change your life for the better, look no further than this groundbreaking book. In his book, The 80/10/10 Diet, author Dr. Douglas Graham gives “voice to what has proven to be the healthiest choice in the world of food and nutrition” and says, “I believe it is time that we all started loving ourselves a lot more … by nourishing our bodies with foods that love us back.” He addresses cancer, diabetes, heart-disease, obesity, adrenal fatigue, candida, and more with a simple formula of 80% minimum carbohydrates, 10% maximum protein, and 10% maximum fat.

Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods by Thomas Elias and Peter Dykeman Already a huge success in previous editions, this must-have field guide now features a fresh new cover, as well as nearly 400 color photos and detailed information on more than 200 species of edible plants all across North America. With all the plants conveniently organized by season, enthusiasts will find it very simple to locate and identify their desired ingredients. Each entry includes images, plus facts on the plant’s habitat, physical properties, harvesting, preparation, and poisonous look-alikes. The introduction contains tempting recipes and there’s a quick-reference seasonal key for each plant.

All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew Sure, there are ten new features in this all-new, updated book. Sure, it’s even simpler than it was before. Of course, you don’t have to worry about fertilizer or poor soil ever again because you’ll be growing above the ground. But, the best feature is that “anyone,” “anywhere” can enjoy a Square Foot garden. Children, adults with limited mobility, even complete novices can achieve spectacular results. But, let’s get back to the ten improvements. You’re going to love them. 1) New Location – Move your garden closer to your house by eliminating single-row gardening. Square Foot Garden needs just “twenty percent” of the space of a traditional garden. 2) New Direction – Locate your garden “on top” of existing soil. Forget about pH soil tests, double-digging (who enjoys that?), or the never-ending soil improvements. 3) New Soil – The new “Mel’s Mix” is the perfect growing mix. Why, we even give you the recipe. Best of all, you can even “buy” the different types of compost needed. 4) New Depth – You only need to prepare a SFG box to a depth of 6 inches! It’s true–the majority of plants develop just fine when grown at this depth. 5) No Fertilizer – The all new SFG does not need any fertilizer-ever! If you start with the perfect soil mix, then you don’t need to add fertilizer. 6) New Boxes – The new method uses bottomless boxes placed aboveground. We show you how to build your own (with step-by-step photos). 7) New Aisles – The ideal gardening aisle width is about three to four feet. That makes it even easier to kneel, work, and harvest. 8) New Grids – Prominent and permanent grids added to your SFG box help you visualize the planting squares and know how to space for maximum harvest. 9) New Seed Saving Idea – The old-fashioned way advocates planting many seeds and then thinning the extras (that means pulling them up). The new method means planting a pinch- literally two or three seeds–per planting hole. 10) Tabletop Gardens – The new boxes are so much smaller and lighter (only 6 inches of soil, remember?), you can add a plywood bottom to make them portable. Of course, that’s not all. We’ve also included simple, easy-to-follow instructions using lots of photos and illustrations. You’re going to love it!

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SUPERFOODS I first met David Wolfe in 2000 (RAW2K) at a talk he gave at Organic Garden Cafe in Beverly, MA where he signed my copy of his book, The Sunfood Diet Success System, 1st Edition, that I had read slowly and intently from cover to cover. He asked me what my favorite fruit is and at that moment it was tomatoes, hence one of my nicknames. I especially liked his “Remedies” and “Inverse Paranoid” which upon reading was a turning point in my life. I enjoyed his “Sunfood Triangle” concept; however being dyslexic found the math to be challenging because it goes by dry weight and I either missed or misinterpreted his small paragraph on how much food to actually eat. I was on this diet for natural-wellness and success using my slightly incorrect math from 2000-2010 until I read The 80/10/10 Diet, by Dough Graham, which has similar concept but math that is easier to understand especially with help of 30 Banana’s A Day Durianrider’s YouTube videos and I added more fruit and less fat. I was photographed with David Wolfe at Rhode Island School of Design on April 15, 2008 with my signed copy of his book, Amazing Grace: The Nine Principles of Living in Natural Magic, which I enjoyed very much! As an Assistant Organizer of The Boston Raw Food Meetup Group, I helped organize his talk in Waltham on April 21, 2009 when his book, Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future, was published. I also have his book, Eating For Beauty, which has beautiful Kirlian photographs of raw fruits and vegetables showing their life force energy “auraw” intact. :)

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2008.04.15: David Wolfe & I @ RISD

2008.04.13 Vanessa Barg & I @ RISD

2008.04.13 Goji Girl, Jerome, & I @ RISD

2009.04.21: David Wolfe in Waltham, MA

2009.04.21: Chris, I, Jethro @ David Wolfe Talk, Waltham

2009.04.21: Chris, I, Jethro

My copy of Sunfood Diet 1st Ed. was signed by David Wolfe @ OG, Beverly in 2000