Sunday, January 18, 2009

Link Love And Raw Foods

Hi. I hope everyone is having a glorious day. Sorry if you are tired of hearing me say that but glorious is one of my favorite words. I have had a glorious day myself.

I have been, most of the afternoon, on my computer playing catch-up with all of the blogs that I want to read but haven't had the time lately to do. What blogs have I been reading?

Stephen Hopson at

Phillip McCluskey at

Liara Covert at

Lance at

Teresa Silverthorn of Confessions of a Mystic at

Matt Monarch of Raw Success at

Dinesh of Spiritual Drifts from The River of Karma at

Stephen Hopson does these interviews of other bloggers that I just love but haven't been able to keep up with lately. The interviews are brilliantly done by Stephen with a set of questions that he has the person being interviewed answer. Some of his questions really put the person in the hot seat. For example, Stephen asks the person what their dark side is like. I also like Stephen's gratitude articles that he does most Friday afternoons. They inspire me to remember to be grateful and be a better person for it.

Stephen is also the person that is responsible for me deciding to change my eating habits to eating raw foods again. On his blog, Stephen recommended a book by Natalia Rose called "The Raw Food Detox Diet". I bought and read that book plus a second one by Natalia called "Raw Food Life Force Energy." I started reading these books before Thanksgiving and sampled some of the recipes. My efforts were only half-hearted. I wasn't ready to give up my coffee, hot soups, cheese and bread yet. I still haven't completely. At Thanksgiving, with family visiting my house, I didn't eat any raw foods, not even the salad that I made because my brother-in-law doesn't consider it a meal if you don't have a salad on the table. The result was I ate too much of foods that I knew weren't good for me. As soon as everyone went home from Thanksgiving, I got a really bad allergy attack. It might have been bought on by the corn bread dressing that I ate. I am allergic to corn.

Two weeks ago after reading Stephen's blog articles about his own raw food journey and also checking out other sites that are written by raw foodists, I decided to make a commentment to go at least 80% raw in my diet. Today as I sat at my computer cutting up vegetables for a big salad, I sat and listened to videos on raw eating that Stephen sent me to in one of his articles. You can find these videos at the following website of Philip McCluskey at Loving Raw: . While you are visiting the site, check out Philip's blog on his amazing 200 pound weight loss eating raw foods. I just started reading Philip's blog today.

Here is a list of some of the books on raw foods that I now have in my library in my home:

The Raw Food Gourmet, Going Raw for Total Well-Being, written by Gabrielle Chavez

The Raw Truth --- The Art of Preparing Living Foods --- , written by Jeremy A. Safron

The Raw Gourmet, written by Nomi Shannon

Living in the Raw Gourmet, written by Rose Lee Calabro

Green For Life, written by Victoria Boutenko

Rawsome, Maximizing Health, Energy, and Culinary Delight with the Raw Foods Diet, written by Brigitte Mars

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Raw, written by Mark Reinfeld, Bo Rinaldi, and Jennifer Murray

Here is one on Juicing:

Juicing for Life, A Guide to the Health Benefits of FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLE JUICING, written by Cherie Calbom, M. S. and Maureen Keane, M. S., C. N.

Here are two on Sprouting:

The Sprout Garden, The Indoor Grower's Guide to Gourmet Sprouts, written by Mark M. Braunstein

The Complete Sprouting Cookbook, written by Karen Cross Whyte (I have had this book a long time and it does actually cook most of the recipes but it gives me information about sprouting that is useful.)

My favorite book is Green For Life. It has some delicious smoothie recipes in the back of the book that will keep me experimenting for a long time. It also contains information on nutrition that I haven't read before.

Deb Estep of the blog Deb_Inside has given me some link love today with an article that she wrote about my article "Kindness---Why Is It Easier To Be Kind To Strangers?" Thanks, Deb, you are truly one of the kindest people that I know online. Her article called "Stop Shooting Arrows - Words" is found at:

I have gotten some really good comments on my article that you can click on the following link and read: .

Thanks to all of my commenters on my blog. I am truly grateful to you. Your comments add more richness to my articles with your humor and your wisdom.


Health Tips said...

Green for life is good book,, i have too

Lance said...

Hi Patricia,
Thank you, so much, for the link. And as well, for the time you've taken from your schedule to stop and visit my site, and to read my words - that means the world to me! Thank you!

Teresa Silverthorn said...

Hi Patricia, just wanted to let you know that I added you to my blogroll. Thanks for dropping by today.

Patricia Singleton said...

Lance, you are welcome. I enjoyed what I have read so far on your blog. I like your upbeat and authentic attitude.

Patricia Singleton said...

Teresa, thank you. I will be back to read more of your very interesting blog.

Patricia Singleton said...

Health Tips, thanks for visiting. Before I found the Green For Life book, I was juicing and hated throwing away all of that pulp. With smoothies from Green For Life, there is no waste.

svasti said...

Thanks for the links - I'm unfamiliar with most of these sites so I'll check them out :)

Patricia Singleton said...

Svasti, you are welcome. Some of them, I just discovered either today or this week so they are new to me also.

Stephen Hopson said...


Thank you for your ever continuing string of kindness and link love. I am grateful to know my work is making an impact on your life, especially in the area of health and wellness.

I am eager to partner with you in spirit as we move into 09 and not only heal our bodies but also heal Mother Earth.

DeStouet said...

Hi Patricia,

I'll keep this list at the back of mind because right now I am focused on other things. But eating a diet which consists of 80% of raw foods sounds really healthy to me.

Patricia Singleton said...

Stephen, You are welcome. I know that 2009 is going to be an extraordinary year in so many ways. The Universe has filled my life with so many extraordinary friends and you are one of them.

Patricia Singleton said...

DeStouet, Glad that I could be a help in you getting healthier. I have learned that it doesn't matter what life brings to you if you aren't healthy enough to enjoy it. The information will be here when you have the time to use it.

Davina said...

Hi Patricia.

I can recommend an awesome juicing book for you. "The Big Book of Juices and Smoothies," by Natalie Savona. It's the best book on juicing I've ever come across.

Patricia Singleton said...

Davina, thank you. I will check it out. I am more interested in the smoothies than the juicing for now. We will see what the future brings.

Deb Estep said...

Hey Patricia,

I am honored to be included
with the wonderful folks on your list. YEAH to link ~LOVE~...

xo xo
Deb ;)

Liara Covert said...

Patricia, your words are always inspiring. Readers appreciate gaining personal insight into a person's reasons for certain life-changing choices. No single diet or perspective would be embraced by everyone, but the more people learn about your own, the more choices they realize are available to them for future reference.

Patricia Singleton said...

Deb, it was all your fault. You gave me the idea with our emails yesterday so of course you are included. Thanks for giving me the idea to spread a little kindness around to my online friends.

Patricia Singleton said...

Liara, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Diets have never worked for very long for me. I think most people are like that. We will see how I do with the raw foods. I have been a vegetarian for over 10 years and my health has been much better because of it. Some inner voice tells me that raw foods is the next step for me to even better health. I do believe that with the proper source of energy that the body can heal itself of all illnesses. This is also a further step on my spiritual journey.

philbolsta said...

Hi, Patricia! Very nice blog! I hope you'll check out my blog at I write about spiritual topics. i also was a raw foodist for more than three years. The only non-raw things I eat now are whole-grain rice and steamed veggies.

I think you'd really enjoy my book too! "Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything" is collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people I interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh,and Neale Donald Walsch.

Keep up the good work!

All good things,

Phil Bolsta
Author of "Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything" (

Patricia Singleton said...

Phil, thanks. I will check out your blog.

Spirit Yoga said...

Hello Patricia: I just found your blog and it gave me more courage to be open and honest in my blogging. I feel as though I am a Lightworker, but have been a closet Lightworker until recently. Yesterday, I let it out of the bag on my blog, and I received feedback that I was being "weird". It made me feel a bit vulnerable, but I'm glad to know that I am in good company...
I'm new to blogging --

It appears that I have had some similar experiences to you (esp. from childhood)....

Blessings and light on your journey,

Patricia Singleton said...

Janice, welcome. You are not being "weird" just because someone else may have different beliefs than you. There are many of us who share the belief that we are lightworkers. We are all spiritual beings, some of us are just more aware of it than others. That is ok. We are all on the same path.