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Heal Yourself In 10 Steps – Check Out This Series!

Check on the videos on my youtube channel, based on the book by Dr. Lissa Raskin, Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.

Here are the first 4 parts and the other 6 parts will be posted weekly on my channel

Heal Yourself in 10 Steps – Part 1

Heal Yourself in 10 Steps – Part 2

Heal Yourself in 10 Steps – Part 3

Heal Yourself in 10 Steps – Part 4

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What is Coconut Kefir?

Are you interested to consuming more fermented food products?

Have you/Are you eliminating dairy, soy, gluten and other allergens from your life?

Fermented foods are “Alive” and provide you with living active probiotics that are important for the health of you gut, digestive & immune system and overall health and you can be certain you are actually consuming the “good bacteria,” as opposed to supplements in pill/powder form which has no guarantee that you are getting any benefit at all, no matter what it says on the bottle, as it is not food and is not living. Don’t waste your money on these products and instead consume cultured foods like: miso, tempeh, soy sauce, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, yogurt, kefir, kvass, etc.

Learn more about Coconut Kefir from GT’s Living Foods in the video review I did on my youtube channel. Their products are truly some of the purest on the planet!

GT’s Living Foods – Part 2: CocoKefirโ„ข

Check out my channel here for other videos: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal
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So What Exactly is Kombucha and Why is it Good for You??

Check out my video review of GT’s Kombucha where I explain all about kombucha, what it is and the benefits of it and consuming fermented products. If you like the video, please give it a ๐Ÿ‘ and also, subscribe to my channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal and share a link with others. Please leave any comments or questions you have, as well, on my channel.

GT’s Living Foods – Part 1: Kombucha

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Review of Hesta Organic: Organic Cotton is the best on your skin and for the health of the environment & planet

Hesta Women’s Organic Cotton Basic Panties/Briefs Underwear 3 Pack (Apparel)
This review is posted on Amazon.

Why would I choose to spend more money on my undergarments, when I could buy ones that are much cheaper?

There are many reasons – here are a few:
1- NO chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, GMO’s are used to grow the cotton and cotton is one of the highest laden pesticide crops on the planet
2- For the health of my own body – as what is on my skin (clothes I wear, soaps,lotions and creams I use) leach out through the pores into the body, especially when I sweat, so if it is conventional cotton, then the chemicals are going from the skin into my body and directly into the bloodstream. Most important are the garments that are closest to the skin, especially when it comes to more sensitive and private areas, that goes for bras or tank tops, as well.
3- For the health of the environment & planet – what is planted in the the ground and grown in the soil, affects the health of all of nature, including people, plants, animals, bees, air, etc. If we can all do one more thing to help change the status of the earth, it would he to use more organic products, whether textiles, food, skin care, etc. We can turn the tide by demanding more organic because are using it more and will create more need for organic farms and farms. This all leads to a more sustainable environment that benefit all creations.

This is a great product and the company does everything right! They understand the importance of organic and are GOTS certified, which is the highest standard for textiles. They do not use any dyes, bleaches and toxic sustances to make their products. They are environmentally friendly and cause no harm to your body.

I like that it comes in a 3 pack, so can use and then wash and have another to wear. I also very highly recommend that you use a mild soap like Dr. Bronner’s that has no sodium lauryl sulfate or other sulfates that are not good for you and hand wash and let it air dry. You may not have thought of this, but it makes sense, as why would you buy something organic, whether clothes or food and then use chemical detergent or tap water to clean it and then you are defeating the purpose!

The material is super soft, fits comfortably and is breathable and I am happy to support organic products (for my health and the planet) and this company.

Please do check out my youtube channel: TheRawsomeVeganGal, as I will have a video review of this product on there, as well.

For more information, go to: http://www.hestaorganic.com

Products are available on http://www.Amazon.com

Pink box from Hesta Organic

Bottom of box from Hesta Organic

3 Pack of Black Organic Undergarments – Size Small from Hesta Organic

Organic Black Undergarment – Size Small from Hesta Organic

Tag attached to the product from Hesta Organic

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this review, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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Company Review: S.W. Basics of Brooklyn – Truly All-Natural Sustainable Skincare, Part 2

S.W. Basics of Brooklyn – Truly All-Natural Sustainable Skincare, Part 2 in business since 2009 under the name โ€œSprout Wellnessโ€ and the current brand name since November 2012

For part 1 of my review of this company and products click on this link:
https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/company-review-s-w-basics-of-brooklyn-all-natural-sustainable-skincare/

I was thrilled to hear from MacKenzie, the media gal, a couple of months ago via this blog to do another product review and also offer you an exclusive sale that expires on Wednesday night 11/20/2013, so make sure to read this post to the bottom of the page.

This company has taken a strong stance in what ingredients they use in their products and refuse to ever use any synthetic chemicals, toxic fragrances or cheap fillers. If you eat the best organic foods, you ought to most definitely do the same for your skin! The skin absorbs whatever you put on it immediately with no barrier directly/express into the bloodstream. Then if the body recognizes it as an “invader” or foreign substance, that is when the immune system kicks in, in an accelerated fashion and the “army” of antibodies has to come in to destroy what it does not like.

There is no logical explanation to keep taxing the immune system and is better to keep it calm and balanced/equilibrium. The immune system ought to be reserved for when it is absolutely necessary, why add “fuel to the fire!” It is like when you see a sign that says, “Danger! Do not enter! Minefield!” Are you going to be a “hotshot” and think that I know how to get around them and will be ok? Why put yourself in harm’s way for no reason, when you have already been warned of the likelihood to be injured? Now, you ought to understand what I mean!

Make it your New Year’s Resolution to change what you put on your skin and do the research to find the best and cleanest products. Since I have had the opportunity to reviews products and companies with high integrity and purity, you can feel confident that I am not out to sell you “a bill of goods.” I would not ever even consider reviewing a product before I research it and make sure it meets my incessant hardcore standards. This company. S.W. Basics of Brooklyn is without a doubt, one of those companies!

Here are the products I review for this post.

Eco Cotton Rounds

What an awesome idea for a product! There are enough cotton balls and rounds being sold, even though there are certified organic ones, too, they still get disposed of in the trash (they are no compostable or biodegradable ones that I am aware of). This company found a mother-daughter team that made these organic, unbleached reusable cotton rounds. They are nice and thick and very absorbent. I use it to apply toner and can also be for applying cleanser, makeup remover, etc. After use, put them in the washing machine in the little laundry bag that comes with the product. Now you will save time and money (because you do not have to drive to the store and keep buying new cotton balls/rounds) and also do something wonderful for the environment (less being disposed into the landfill). They also feel very soft against the skin (maybe next, the company will think about some other new product(s) using that same organic cotton, like a hand towel or wash cloth because it is such great quality and the best natural material).

Cream

Before I try any product on my skin, I always like to smell it. First, I read the contents, of course and with this company, there is no doubt about the purity of the ingredients (I would say that if S.W. Basic of Brooklyn, sent me a new product that had no label on it to try out before it goes to market I would not need to ask what is in it because I see their track record with all their products, so far – that is a bold statement to make and I will stand by it and take the dare/challenge, if the company want me to prove that they are truly natural by doing a “blind” product testing, I’m game! I will also record a video while doing it and try to figure out what are the ingredients – don’t forget everything is not more then 5 ingredients, so chances are I may figure some/all of them out).

This cream smelled very yummy, like coconut butter. It has only 3 ingredients: shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil. Since it does not use any water it can penetrate deep into the skin and stays there without evaporating. The shea butter is wild harvested from a Fair Trade women’s cooperative in Ghana.

When I applied it to my face, it was very thick, rich and concentrated, so I did not need to use much. These ingredients are very pure and do not clog your pores, like other commercially prepared products that “claim” they are natural and put it on their label (What a joke! Usually they have a list of ingredients a mile long and you can not pronounce them and maybe there is a drop of something that is quasi-natural because it actually is chemically derived).

Body Oil scented with lemongrass essential oil

I mentioned above that I like to smell products (one of my 5 senses, I like to use) and I also am very visual (using my sense of sight). I say this about the body oil because when I looked at the bottle it has such a beautiful vibrant and lively color. It is a deep rich yellow with a slight greenish undertone. Before I even opened the bottle, I felt nourished simply by the sight of it. Then when I took a whiff of it, the aroma was invigorating. It is also aromatherapeutic (free added bonus!) when you inhale the natural essential oils through your nasal passages.

I know they have a few different versions of the body oil that are scented and they must have known telepathically (ok, maybe I am “pushing the envelope” here, so play along and humor me!) that the scent of lemongrass takes me to an other world. A world that is filled with clean oxygen-rich air, sunshine, happiness, peace, serenity, rolling hills/mountains with fresh natural spring water free-flowing, fragrant flowers and herbs growing wild, tall grasses that I can run through and an abundance of organic wild berries that I can pick and eat to my hearts delight (I hope you enjoyed this visual escape/experience/journey I took you on simply from smelling this product).

Now, lets get back to the product. This body oil is great when you come out of the shower and best to put on your skin when it is still wet to lock in the moisture. It is made with sesame oil, grapeseed oil and avocado oil (also scented versions with either clove, peppermint or lemongrass). I loved how light it is going on, absorbed into my skin and made it feel soft and smooth.

Thanks to Adina, Adam and MacKenzie for the opportunity to do another review and I hope to do more in near future!

Please check out their website http://www.swbasicsofbk.com for more information about all the skincare products and their fantastic story. You can also Scroll down this page and on right-hand side you will find the link there, under the column titled Blogroll.

The company is offering an exclusive sale on their website to my blog viewers so don’t delay, especially if you have some holiday gifts in mind. Anything you buy from this company is a good investment for the health of you skin and your body (as the skin is the largest organ and whatever we put on the surface gets absorbed into the body immediately!). The code below is for 15% off products and will be good for ONLY 3 days, until Wednesday, November 20th 2013 at 11:59pm EST on the button.

Code: RAWSOME15

I also did a video review on my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal
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Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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Have you checked out my YouTube Channel?

Check out the latest videos on my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

Sugar isn’t a Food Group!

Have you read any good books lately?

Books I mentioned in this video:

FREDERIC PATENAUDE – “the Raw Secrets”and other titles/products available with special offers listed below

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If you prefer to call and place you order (you can peruse the website to read all about the products first), you can do so 1-866-STAY-RAW and please mention you were referred by Mindy Goldis

Products from Tonya Zavasta I recommend are:
1- Skin Rejuvenator (the rolling bed of pins that you use on your scalp and skin to increase circulation)
2- Siberian Pin Chewing Gum to clean teeth after eating and improve the health of your gums
3- Facial Exercises E-book which is a program I have used to improve the tone of my facial muscles and you can read the journal I wrote of my 3 week experience doing the program on the website (you will need to search around for the area where the program is discussed)
4- Facial Cream and Facial Mask โ€“ and also purchase the facial brushes. There is one to use after the mask and another that is used for exfoliation of the facial skin.
5- Tonyaโ€™s Books โ€“ they are all great and if you are ready to get into the more advanced program, then Quantum Eating book is great, and the other 3 books are also wonderful.
6- Other E-books written on dental health and 100 Days to 100 Percent Raw
7- Other beauty products: shampoo, conditioner, scalp tonic, bentonite oral balm
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Most of these are probably available online at http://www.amazon.com
Recovery from Cancer by Elaine Nussbaum
Power Eating Program by Lino Stanchich
Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko – also at http://www.rawfamily.com
Miracle of Fasting by Paul C. And Patricia Bragg – also at http://www.bragg.com
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD
The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn
My Beautiful Life by Mina Dobic
Don’t Drink Your Milk by Frank A. Oski, MD
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn, MD
Forks Over Knives – Documentary film
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Cleansing/Fasting I mentioned in this video:

You can read about my fasting/cleansing experiences on my blog. Here is the link with a day-to-day journal about my 42 day coconut water cleanse I started in December 2009.

Here is the link:
https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2009/12/30/40-days-2-of-cleansing-and-beyond-a-journal-of-my-personal-daily-experiences/

I also have a post on my coconut water cleanse using a combination of two different coconut water โ€“ the first one, raw and organic (Harmless Harvest coconut water) and the second one, pasteurized (O.N.E. coconut water) There are some interesting results I had by using both of them.

Here is the link:
https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/company-review-harmless-harvest-raw-never-heated-certified-organic-coconut-water/
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My chewing bliss experiences:
https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/my-chewing-bliss-or-how-to-keep-warm-in-the-berkshires-of-massachusetts/
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Dry fasting experiment/experiences:
https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/my-experiencesexperiment-dry-fasting-4-and-34-days-not-for-the-faint-at-heart-2/
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Water fasting experiment/experiences:

https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/my-cleansing-repertoire-using-volcanic-mineral-refresher-water-reactions-and-results/

https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/my-cleansing-repertoire-using-mineral-rich-carlsbad-water-reactions-and-results/
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My review of Swayze Foster’s book:
https://rawsomegal.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/book-review-the-science-of-eating-raw-by-swayze-foster/
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Company Review: S.W. Basics of Brooklyn – Truly All-Natural Sustainable Skincare, Part 1

S.W. Basics of Brooklyn: Truly All-Natural Sustainable Skincare, Part 1 in business since 2009 under the name “Sprout Wellness” and the current brand name since November 2012

I met Adam Poor, VP of S.W. Basics of Brooklyn at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim during the month of March 2013. The company was introducing their products at the Organic Marketplace (features only certified organic products). I am always searching for the best products that are also of the highest quality and integrity. I don’t want you, my readers, to settle either. I hope you do your research as diligently as I do before you shop for any and all products you use – food, household, body and skincare. If you are lazy, they you came to the right place because I do the “legwork” for you. When I find a product I don’t simply use it because the company makes the “claim” that it is healthy, natural, good for me. Those words are used too commonly and matter-of-factly in the world today and have lost their true meaning (back in the day products were made by your grandmother/great-grandmother from natural ingredients you had in home like oils, vinegar, beeswax, essential oils, herbs, flowers, etc). I research the ingredients used, check out there site, talk to them in person/on the phone and them I am ready to test it out for myself if it meets my “hyper-high” standards of purity, integrity and environmental consciousness.

You may say, it is nice to talk about this, but are there really companies creating/producing products that are truly natural? Yes, there are! There are those people who are “fed up” with all the “garbage” sold in the supermarkets, drug stores, retailers and even health food stores (sad ๐Ÿ˜ฆ to say, they aren’t immune from it and sell products that used to be authentic, but now have “sold out” to BIG companies that are only looking for profits as their “bottom line!”)

S.W. Basics of Brooklyn is definitely in the category of doing it right! They only use 5 or less ingredients in all their products. On top of that, they are organic, fair trade, American-made, ingredients sourced from small family farms, made from scratch without synthetics or cheap fillers. You get the whole potent product that isn’t watered down. Too many products claim to have in them, for example, an essential oil and either has a very minuscule amount in it or is a chemical derivative and doesn’t even ever resemble the natural ingredient in smell or look. To put the “icing on the cake,” they even have the “nerve/chutzpah” to put a beautiful picture on the bottle/container of the herb used to create the essential oil to trick the consumer/customer to believe it has that ingredient in it. Most of the time, if you took it to a chemist to analyze, there may not even be a trace of what they claim. I wish there was more “police-ing” of the health and beauty industry to filter out all the crap from what is truly made with integrity and care for the people and the planet.

Adam was nice enough to send me the 4 varieties/flavors of the beeswax lip balms to test out and review on my blog. As I said before, their products are made with 5 natural ingredients or less and that holds true for there lip balms, as well. If you don’t believe me (ok, so if you are a new follower, you may be skeptical and if you are a “regular,” then you know I am not fooling you because you have probably already tried other products I recommended in my posts), then check the website for yourself (link is on the right-hand side of the page under the column titled Blogroll.

Each one of the lip balms has a distinct taste to it. Yes, that is what I said! Remember when you put any lip gloss, lipstick or lip balm on your lips, ultimately you will taste it in your mouth from licking your lips or after you bite into some food while it is still on. If you are eating the healthiest and best organic food, why would you want to also “consume”chemicals by way of what you put on your lips? Maybe you never thought of that, but it is absolutely true! You don’t have to worry when you use these lip balms, as they will not harm you.

The most basic of the 4 lip balms, is the Cocoa variety that only had 3 ingredients. It goes on smooth and has a silky feel. I can smell (yes, there is the added benefit of aromatherapy when you breathe in the ingredients) the cocoa butter. It brings back memories of when you could detect the aroma at the beach as people slathered it on their bodies. With all 4 varieties, my lips stay moist and healthy. The next flavor, Peppermint has 4 ingredients and makes my lips tingle – it lasts for a while so enjoy the sensation. It perks you up, too when you breathe in the peppermint. It doesn’t have that “fake” unnatural scent. I know because I am a vegan/raw food chef and use lots of fresh herbs to add flavor and accent to my dishes. The third flavor, Citrus has 5 ingredients and I can smell the citrus immediately. Again, their is the aromatherapeutic affect (you can put it on your lips and also smell it!) which you may not realize. This is one of my favorites. I will give you the RVG (Rawsome Vegan Gal)rating at the end. The final one is, Cinnamon that also has 5 ingredients. As soon as I take the cap off of it, I can smell the cardamom. It has a strong and powerfully distinct aroma.

The RVG Rating (Rawsome Vegan Gal) for the four lip balms (in order of like – Disclaimer: this may be different then on my YouTube video, as I made that first and don’t remember what I said ๐Ÿ˜‰

1- COCOA: I like the simplicity of ingredients, subtle flavor and the creamy texture
2- CITRUS: I love citrus and it is also aromatherapeutic – added bonus
3- PEPPERMINT: Nice tingle, smell isn’t offensive or overbearing and it perks you up
4- CINNAMON: Strong aroma and to me has a more masculine appeal

Please check out their website http://www.swbasicsofbk.com for more information about all the skincare products and their fantastic story. Scroll down this page and on right-hand side you will find the link under the column titled Blogroll.

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

I also did a video review http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KARSWDd32Ro
and had FUN doing it and my disclaimer/preface is: โ€œdonโ€™t mind my mannersโ€ and I repeat it in the video, as well (youโ€™ll see why). You can check out my YouTube channel for this and other videos: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

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