Category: Foods To Avoid

The Big Apple, A Story

I have a great story to tell you. Well, I don’t know if it is that great because it is a very serious subject. But today I got such a meaningful affirmation, a perfect fit for a story.

A year ago, more precisely in September 2009, I grabbed an apple out of a bowl on the service desk of a hotel  In New York to have something to eat on my way to the airport. I was hungry but for some reason the shiny dark red apple didn’t attract me. It was perfectly shaped, as every other apple in that bowl, almost looking like clones. No apple was shaped bigger or different than the other. So I put it away in my purse ‘for later’.

When I got home and unpacked, I found the apple, looked at it and put it on my kitchen counter ‘for later.’ After a week it was still just as shiny and showing off its beauty. I am so disappointed now that I didn’t take a picture of it, made a study of it. But who could have suspected that…

…this  very same apple was still staring me in the face a few weeks later. My fruit bowl had been filled up and eaten several times and I had to throw out a rotting apple from time to time. But no sir, not my apple from the Big Apple. It was standing up against time, beating coming and going fruits and facing my amazed looks with pride. Sometimes I would take the apple, push it a little to feel if something was happening inside but nope. Nothing happening there either, not one spot or imperfection, everything as firm as freshly picked fruit.

This apple became the center of my growing stupefaction. I even talked to it, encouraging it to start rotting. Or asking it how long it would stay this stubborn. Nope, it didn’t rot. It didn’t start moving, no maggot interested in its red cheeks, the fruit flies who were attacking my fruit bowl in summer flew around it. I didn’t even have to store it in the refrigerator. Amazing! I was intrigued! But after a while I started forgetting from time to time. A few months later I found it back, pushed away and lost in the back of my counter. And guess what! It was just as fresh and shiny as the first day I took it!

Now THAT drew my attention! I put it on a spot I could keep an eye on it. Just in case. No need. It was the perfect apple. You could keep it for months. What am I saying? For… no not yet.

I kinda started loving my apple. I got attached to it. It was a subject for discussion with a friend who was just amazed as I was. But I also got very happy I didn’t eat this apple. What was on there? Or no, what was IN there?  What happens to all the people who are eating a few of those every day? Will they be conserved just as well? Or will they… I should have then taken it to a lab and have it investigated. I didn’t think of it then. I do now.

My Big Apple fading after one year!

Halfway September  I looked at my apple. It was its birthday; Happy Birthday Big Apple. You are one year old and you look so much younger, only like a day or so! Still not one spot, a perfectly firm shaped body, no bumps, no cellulite, no nothing.

We are now October 14. Last week I looked at my apple and saw something was happening. Oh no! My apple! It started to wrinkle, it got a little bump and it started to feel soft. I was moved. I told my friend. We looked at my apple in silence. I took a picture and said; “I have to write about my apple”. After all this time together…

Today I felt the end is near. All of a sudden it is soft, bruised, dented, still standing out, but fading. My poor apple. I put it on a place where I can watch  it closely.  I must be cruel, watching it die slowly. But I can hardly imagine my intriguing, beautiful, poisoned apple will be gone soon now.

Happy Birhday To My Big Apple!

Something else happened today. I got a message from my friend; “You will laugh at this, but read the Huffington Post…” You can too,

The title of the article; “McDonald’s Happy Meal Unchanged After 6 Months.”

HOW do I start?

Why do you want to go raw?

What is your ultimate goal?

When would you like to be there?

Do you FEEL ready to go for it?

Going raw is not as difficult as it seems to be. Once you found your reason WHY, excitement will take over from your doubts and fear. Simply because eating raw will open new possibilities, a new world, your new YOU. And just admit that you want CHANGE, so why hesitate one more minute? You need one more push in the back? Just think of the sparkling energy that will lift you up, think of the new body you will receive, think of losing pain and complaints, think of your “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!” moment, think of looking radiant, think of feeling ravishing, think of living longer and HEALTHY!

Freshly Picked...

Freshly Picked...

Being raw is not about being 100 % raw overnight. It is about adding as much healthy, ORGANIC food as possible gradually and leaving out the food that takes away your energy and health. Many, many issues or complaints will disappear as snow in the sun as soon as you eat 50% raw. From the moment on that you can reach and hold on to 80 %, your body will renew its cells and blood. It will become strong enough to heal itself from illness or uncomfortable symptoms you are suffering from but don’t know what to do about them.

Let’s have a look at what will make you feel so much better in no time, just by LEAVING OUT of your current diet what slows your body down. If you do this one by one, you will feel very clearly what has been affecting you all these years without realizing. Simply because we are brought up in need of our daily bread, that comforting sugar, milk as our white motor, alcohol to loosen up at parties, fish and meat for proteins, coffee as socializer in the company of a cigaret and cookies.

Don’t be scared. You won’t miss anything. Well you will at first, mentally, but when you dive into raw food you will be surprised by the great tastes and the wealth of nutrients that makes a difference in only a week. So yes, leave out following products and your healing process will start that very moment by a natural cleansing. In this transitioning phase, start incorporating as much green, organically grown, living foods and your body will ask for more soon and reject what is not good for you.

Raw Muesli with Almond Milk

Raw Muesli with Almond Milk

  1. First start to eliminate DRUGS, ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, SUGAR, WHITE FLOUR, SALT, MEAT & FISH, COFFEE, all processed foods. It might seem as an impossible thing to do and very radical. But you can take it slowly so you won’t experience the transition as “What is there left for me to eat?” TAKE THE TIME YOU NEED. For instance, if you eat meat every day, start skipping every other day and replace your usual menu by  vegetables, nuts, seeds and fruits. Then decrease to two times a week and so on. Do this with each of these products and you will get there sooner than you think. The cleaner your body gets, the cleaner you WANT it to be. And remember that you are not giving up anything, but changing for the better, you are choosing for a gorgeous body and for your health!
  2. Now that you came this far, you will certainly want to leave out MILK, BUTTER, EGGS, YOGHURT, CHEESE, ALL ANIMAL DERIVED PRODUCTS. Why? All dairy products are mucus forming foods. Moreover milk is delivering more chemicals to your body than calcium. “But I love milk and yoghurt! I can’t give that up!” You will still be able to drink milk, eat yoghurt. But they will be made of raw nuts and seeds. You can make the most delicious milk in one minute! It will deliver you all the proteins and calcium you need for that day. So don’t worry. You will find easy, fast, delicious alternatives for every one of them AND feel better.
  3. If you are really motivated to GET RID OF TOXINS and you want to expedite elimination of toxins in your body, now is the time to start a DETOX WEEK on juices, smoothies, simple salads and mono fruit meals. No, you won’t be hungry because you will receive more nutrients than ever who will feed your cells and blood thoroughly.
  4. Now you can eliminate grains, crackers, bread and pasta, granola, stop cooking your foods by adding raw meals. An easy way to go is: START EVERY DAY RAW AND HOLD ON TO EATING RAW AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. Dinner is usually the meal that you will leave out as last one. But each day you have come that far is a great day already! You can’t hold on to raw at dinner? Start with a lovely varied salad before you eat your cooked food.


I bet you will feel energized already next morning. A FEW MORE TIPS to go through your transitioning phases smoothly…

  • The GREENER you start you day, the easier it is to hold on to your healthy lifestyle! The first taste or food your body receives is the one it will be craving and asking for during the rest of the day.
  • If you cook or steam vegetables, do it as short as possible.
  • Take the time you need and don’t force yourself. It has to feel comfortable, nice, challenging, encouraging, motivating. It has to be FUN!
  • Make some juices and/or smoothie(s) every day. It is the best way to get used to all the greens, receive more nutrients you ever had and to detox your body in a very natural way.
  • If you want to eliminate toxins faster, fast a few days on fresh juices (as many as you want or need) and add a simple but yummy salad to every drink as a meal.
  • If you want to take it slower but still effective, fast one day a week on juicy juices.
  • Make your meals as nice as possible, make them pretty, sit down in peace, and take your time to chew very thoroughly.
  • Have fun with looking for recipes that can tempt you.
  • Make some lovely chocolates and have them stored in your refrigerator so when you are craving, you won’t be drawn to old habits but to your very own creations.
  • When you feel hungry, eat a raw chocolate: it will satisfy you and stop your hunger.
  • Throw out all junk food and replace it by lovely fresh greens and fruits.
  • Always have enough healthy ingredients in the house.
  • Make a little bit more of special treats and store them in the refrigerator so they are within reach on difficult moments.
  • Try to read and gain knowledge as much as possible.
  • Start finding out about food combining (also on this blog) and use more foods that are easily digested.
  • It would be just GREAT if you would schedule some colonics to get rid of many pounds of lifelong plaque in your intestines. It will clean your colon, energize you, make you feel lighter (lose weight) and make you leap forward in this great adventure!


If you think you can’t make this on your own but YOU DO WANT THIS VERY BADLY, I will be very happy to help you. Find out more on the ‘About You!’ page on this blog and feel free to email me for an appointment.

Ravishingly Yours,