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About Me

Hey there. I’m Gena (spelled like “Gina,” pronounced like “Jenna”). I’m passionate about vegan and raw food. On this blog, you’ll find some of my favorite recipes, as well as some occasional musings about health and wellness, body image, and animal rights.

In my old life, I was a book editor. In my new life, I’m a pre-med, post-bacc student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.. Loosely translated, this means that I’m a humanities person who decided a little later in life that I want to be a doctor. I’m also a certified clinical nutritionist (C.C.N.). When I’m not busy with school or blogging, I can be found creating recipes, reading, practicing yoga, or eating my weight in raw kale.

I’ve written about plant-based lifestyle for VegNews, O Magazine, Whole Living Daily, and Food52, among other online and print publications. Here at Choosing Raw, I write about the foods that capture my heart and fuel my busy lifestyle, my eating disorder history and my recovery, and my journey into health care. I’m so happy you’ve found this community, and hope that you’ll be coming back often.

The Way I Eat

The title of this blog is “Choosing Raw” because I adore raw food, and I think everyone has something to gain from adding more raw, plant based foods to his or her diet. But as you’ll see from flipping through my recipes, I’m not a strict raw foodist. I had a wonderful raw honeymoon phase four years ago that changed the way I think about food and informed my style of eating forever, but I think that a healthy vegan diet includes raw and cooked foods. No matter what, my diet is 100% vegan.

You can read more about my relationship with raw foods here. And you can read all about my veganism here.

My journey

I grew up in a Greek family where lamb and cheese were the order of the day, but I can’t remember a time when the mainstream diet—especially meat—felt right to me. I believe that many girls who become susceptible to eating disorders feel disconnected from the prescribed way of eating in their lives; this was definitely true of me. At the age of twelve, I realized that eating healthier foods would help me lose weight. That summer, I lost almost twenty pounds from my already petite frame. The intervention of my mom and my pediatrician stopped the weight loss in its tracks, but for the next thirteen years, I would struggle with restrictive eating and body dysmorphia. I relapsed into anorexia twice: once as a junior in college, once early in my career. I recovered with time, patience, and outpatient therapy, but I was left with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and a very sensitive digestive system.

After my recovery and two subsequent relapses, I started to take a plant-based diet more seriously. I, like many other women, found that eating plant-based food contributed immensely to my healing process. For the first time, I ate, cooked, and studied nutrition with a sense of enthusiasm and confidence. Exploring a cruelty free, eco-friendly, and body-friendly way of life made me proud of my food choices for the first time in my adult life, and gave me the capacity to take pleasure in mealtime again.

Today, seven years after becoming vegan, I enjoy strong health and profound love and appreciation of food. I don’t, however, take for granted the long struggle that came before this, and I write often about disordered eating, plant based diet, and the intersection of the two on my blog. If you’re interested, check out my Green Recovery series, which highlights stories of ED recovery from a vegan perspective.

Whether you’re here to get inspired about raw and vegan food, to feel healthier, or to find a supportive community in which you can openly share your thoughts about food, I’m glad you’ve landed on CR.  I hope you’ll have a chance to connect with other people who are conscious and thoughtful eaters like you. Welcome!

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Dani August 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Just found your site and love it! I am vegan but starting a 30 day raw food challenge so your blog will be a huge help : )

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Crisa Kessling September 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Hi! I found your site through Kristen Suzanne. I am new to raw vegan diet. Started about 30 days ago and I absolutely LOVE it!!! I am so happy that I was introduced to your site!!!

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Antoniette September 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I’m enjoying your terrific recipes! Thanks so much for sharing them!

Even though I’m not 100% raw vegan (nor do I aspire to be), I’m trying to consciously convert 70% of my diet that direction. I’ve been a “whole foodie” for many years – and am now just taking it to the next level. Recipes like yours certainly makes the journey more enjoyable!!

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Suzanne September 14, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I was so excited you find your website.

I am 95% raw and just a typical vegetarian the other 5%. I just don’t like the taste of meat.

I find it exciting to see a nutrition major with your interest because I truely believe american greed has taken over our nutritional guidelines and to many chemicals are added to food. Lots of food is even made from chemicals alone and that is why so many americans are overweight. Our bodies just don’t know how to process the chemicals so we gain weight and get a tremendous amount of illnesses. We need professionals like yourself to help in the educataion of a better lifestyle.

Thank you for your contribution!

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Jennifer September 16, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I recently discovered your blog. I am interested in moving towards a plant-based diet. Where do you find non-GMO soy?

Thanks!
Jennifer

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Emily October 3, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Hey! Just found your website and I plan on following it for sure! I come from a very similar back-story, and I’m in the process of getting my own food blog up and running to help with my healing process. I was stumbling around the internet looking for things to write about and ideas and found your blog, read your story and it sounded so familiar!
Thanks for sharing, hope to read more soon.
Emily

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Cathy October 4, 2011 at 9:10 am

Hi Gena,
I really enjoy reading you blog. I’m putting many of your recipes to good use and love them. I’m want to purchase a new food processor, can you tell me what model you use?
Thanks,
Cathy

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Stephanie October 8, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I recently stumbled across your website and I love it! I have been vegan for a couple of years now and am finding myself wanting to incorporate more and more raw foods into my diet – and have a feeling I’ll eventually wind up going more this route. Coincidentally, I just finished up a post-bacc to apply to med school. It’s nice to see someone else going into medicine who advocates this way of eating – best of luck!

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Nic's Notebook October 10, 2011 at 4:45 am

So glad I came to your blog – I have been trying to eat pretty much exclusively raw for the last couple of weeks. I feel so uninspired about what I can eat and I think I’m being too strict with myself. Can’t wait for a good read through your blog xx

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Lara October 13, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Gena, It looks like your e-mail mailbox is full. Do you have another? Thanks!

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Gena October 28, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Hey Lara! It’s fixed (it was broken). Gena@choosingraw.com

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Wren October 15, 2011 at 10:44 am

I got here by searching for “raw vegan cauliflower mashed.” I love your statement on why you’re not completely raw. I, too, had the honeymoon stage with raw foods over and over. This time, I’m actually going to be able to stick to a mostly raw foods lifestyle because I’m mindfully avoiding my tendency toward extremism . . . that is, if I can’t do all raw, I’ll just eat a bunch of processed vegan food instead, and vice versa. Even with eating a few cooked and/or processed (yet very simple) foods, I’m feeling & looking tremendously better. I’m going for overall (physical, mental/emotional, spiritual, etc.) health, and staying away from the extremes is the first step! Thanks so much for your words!

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Gena October 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Thank YOU, Wren!

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Susie November 17, 2011 at 6:59 am

I have been eating vegan for a while and have never felt better! I have been intrigued with raw roofs and i am so glad i found your site! I really appreciate your balanced approach :)
Thanks for the great recipes! I live in the DC area and the cauliflower soup is perfect for these rainy gray days!

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Gena November 17, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Thanks Susie! I love meeting readers who are close by.

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Lisa betesh December 13, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Hi do you know a raw recipe for sesame seed cheese or sesame pate.?also do you have any experience with food sensitivities?
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Elaina Love December 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

Hi Gena,
I just read about you in the January edition of Oprah. Great job! I am a raw food teacher, so it makes my heart soar to see articles such as this and people like you making a difference in raising the food bar!

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Debbie December 30, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Hi Gena,
New to your site and I just want to say I absolutely love your philosophy and attitude, relaxed and realistic. I agree that labeling ourselves strictly one thing or the other is harmful, mentally, physically and spiritually….I’m going to thoroughly indulge in your site, and I loved your salad posted today. Looks amazing and simple (:
god bless

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Raederle Phoenix January 2, 2012 at 6:07 am

I used to suffer from IBS, leaky-gut, stomach ulcers, candida, etc, all those combined (or they are all part of the same thing, depending on how you look at it) and it was horrific. I was so sick and ill at the age of 16 that’s when I began my research. I went raw (100% at first, but relaxed down to 92%-96% now) over a year ago now, and it’s been the second best choice in my life. (The best choice in my life was to marry my wonderful husband!) Thank you for your awesome recipes and for sharing your story! ~ Raederle

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J Atreides January 8, 2012 at 10:04 am

Hey,

Found your site through your post on Juicing vs Blending. You have an interesting perspective and I’ll definitely be reading your posts over the next couple months as I attempt a cleanse and then mostly vegan diet.

Also, btw you have a double “and” at the end of “The Way I Eat”, just a heads up.

Keep blogging!

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Kellie January 9, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Your link to your services in the second paragraph is broken…

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Gena January 10, 2012 at 11:37 am

Kellie,

I no longer take clients, so I fixed it to reflect that.

G

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Emily @LivingLongfellow January 14, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Your story is really inspirational. I’ve been feeling out of sorts physically for awhile now, and have always felt better when I’m not eating meat. I’m thinking about doing a 30 day vegan challenge, mainly as a way to see if I like the way it makes my body feel. I plan on using your site as a useful source and a way to keep me motivated. Thank you!

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Alicia @ Treble Tart January 19, 2012 at 6:58 am

Hi Gena! I just found your blog and I absolutely LOVE it!! I’m currently a vegetarian, but have been in the process of moving towards a 100% vegan diet (and lifestyle, eventually). I love all of your recipes and tips — they’re so practical and lovely! I have noticed, however, that many vegan choices (and even some vegetarian options as well) tend to be a little pricey, seeing how you can usually only find them at specialty grocery stores and farmers’ markets, etc. I was wondering if you had any tips on saving money while still finding quality foods? Thanks so much for all of your inspiration and words! You are wonderful. :)

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Gena January 19, 2012 at 7:40 am

You are wonderful! Thank you!!!

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Taylor January 28, 2012 at 10:07 am

Gena,
Thank you for this wonderful resource and sharing your story! I also battled an eating disorder but once I overcame (slowly but surely) I found a new passion for food and cooking. I was vegetarian for about 7 years and went vegan in August. Some people consider veganism a limitation, but I have found so much joy in learning and my own inner peace. You are a wonderful example of the love that nature and veganism brings people. :)
I am also a pre-med student and wish you luck in your journey!

Taylor

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Aaron February 8, 2012 at 4:14 pm

hippocrates videos…was it you that was giving them away? Did you? I found that post today, and I would love to have them. I know I am finding the post really, really late.

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Candice February 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I totally agree. My family and I aren’t 100% vegan, but I’d say about 99.4%. We incorporate a lot of raw foods into our diet as well. Good for you for studying nutrition and becoming the strong, independent woman you are today! Best of luck with medical school. I’ll be stopping in again soon.

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Elaine February 10, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Gena,
I was surfing other blogs and came across yours and I can relate to you in so many ways! I have been 100% vegan for one year as of February 27th, and over the last five weeks have been eating 50% raw. For years though I have been an advocate of whole foods that are closest to their natural state. I have just naturally progressed to where I am now. I do still struggle with anorexia nervosa at the age of almost forty (in June) but have come very far in recovery. I have struggled with this for years but it was a result of a traumatic event (unnecessary hysterectomy and loss of both ovaries and a difficult adjustment to surgical menopause at a young age; I now have osteoporosis; I hope as an aspiring doctor you are able to advocate for less drastic means for women to deal with reproductive related problems like endometriosis and I only wish I had changed my way of eating before I was pushed into drugs and surgery) coupled with a type A personality and long history of depression. I do believe that a disconnection with food, body, spirit, nature, all contributed to my struggle, as you pointed out. and like you I do not intend to go 100% raw. I tried and nearly froze to death (I live in northeastern Minnesota by Lake Superior). But the awareness of not only where my food comes from and what’s in it but how I process it has fascinated me and made me more aware of how it affects my health and the way I eat. It is so refreshing to read a blog like yours that is not gung ho raw all the way or die of misery but that respects that choice. I wish you the best in your studies! I finally started going back to school last Fall after twenty years majoring in Health Information Management. I love learning about health and disease processes but I am an extreme introvert and patient care scares me too much.Thanks again for sharing and I will bookmark this site!

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Gena February 11, 2012 at 11:59 pm

I am so grateful for this comment, Elaine. Good for you for pushing toward recovery, then and now. I’ll be rooting for you, and am so glad you’ve found some community here at CR!

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Rebecca April 9, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Gena, I really love the way you word your feelings above. I feel the same way about basically everything you wrote. I have been vegan for a couple of years and really feel the difference when I make it a point to incorporate raw into my diet. Thank you for this blog; I am happy that I came upon it in my search for a vegan enchilada recipe :)

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CourtStar April 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Amazing post! I eat some meat but am glad to hear that you are like me and encourage eating as many raw foods as possible! Its so important for any diet vegan or not!

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Vanessa @ Project Zen April 27, 2012 at 1:18 am

Hi Gena!

My vegan potluck group is interested in experimenting with a raw theme next month so here I sit tonight googling for some really delicious raw recipe bloggers when I came across your blog… and it seems like an awesome one like that!

Thank you for feeling brave enough to share your personal story. It takes a big amount of courage to put yourself out there so publicly like that – but you have a mission and it’s a great one at that. There’s so many food bloggers out there but not many of them have an educated and knowledgeable background like you do about food… especially a easily misunderstood subject like veganism. Some people see a vegetable and obsess over taking a picture of it. You probably see a vegetable and I have a feeling I can learn not only how to cook with it but why I would want to use it and how it can help treat my body right. I look forward to reading more!

Feel free to pop on over to my blog some time.

Peace and love,

Vanessa @ Project Zen :)

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Wajeeha April 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I just found your site, lucky me! I have been vegan raw, high raw since Oct. 2011. I can’t get off your website :)
Looking forward to the journey!

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andrea May 8, 2012 at 8:34 am

Hi Gena!

I just saw your posts about Portland!! How amazing is Prasad!!! I am from Fl and considered moving just so I could eat there all the time! Portobello was fantastic as well. You have such great info and access to the ultimate lifestyle. good luck with med school and all of your ventures.
peace,
Andrea

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Deborah May 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Hi Gena! Just found your blog/website and love it! I am not a vegan but I have a blog/facebook page about all things yoga, nutritionally and wellness involved. thefoodyogi.wordpress.com Coincidentally, I was living in DC for college and moved to NYC a few years ago and now doing post-baccalaureate pre-requisites for a master’s in nutrition (going for the R.D.) :-) Looking forward to more of your writing! Good luck on finals! (I have an anatomy and phys next Saturday!)

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Elaine (Get RaWcous!) May 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm

I just want to say I really love your blog and attitude towards raw food. I feel very much the same as you, and I can really relate to what you are saying. Best of luck with everything and I’ll be checking the site regularly! Elaine

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Leah Ebrahimi May 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I recently discovered your blog and I LOVE IT!!!! :-D You’re simply amazing and your recipes are wonderful!

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Anne Marie May 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Actual Yum! Very pleased to have found your CR page. As a label resisting vegan/raw enthusiast, I love learning new creative ways to make awesome meals that never fail to delight and satisfy, healthfully. Many thanks!

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Anonymous June 9, 2012 at 7:36 am

great site Thank-you for taking the time

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Nikki June 10, 2012 at 9:40 am

Gena,

My boyfriend went vegan six months ago. We live together and are raising our 3 children (my 2 girls and his son) together. I have become about 50% vegan and 25% vegetarian…by osmosis and we are now looking more into eating raw. You have some amazing recipes. In fact, we are trying two this week! Thank you for your dedication to alternative eating lifestyles.

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Emma June 29, 2012 at 10:55 am

Gena,
This blog is AWESOME! You are an inspiration and because of that I am going to read this like everyday! lol, I just found it when googling a recipe and I am glad I did! I am looking forward to your stories and your recipes, I have been vegan for a year and a couple months now and there is noway I am turning back! Can’t wait to hear more from you=)

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Kathy July 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I just found your site from Gluten Free Goddess. I also follow a blog called This Rawsome Vegan Life and am super excited to learn all I can about raw/vegan diets. I am currently a vegetarian and am thinking about becoming vegan. My diet is mostly raw, although I do love bread and other baked goods on occasion. I am studying to be a registered dietitian (2 years away!!) and am always looking for new ways to become a healthier me! Looks like you have a great blog here; any advice on how to become raw/vegan??

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Kenneth July 4, 2012 at 8:03 am

I think that is one of the best discussions about the benefits of raw foods that I have ever read, I too have been exposed to the jealous, self promoting raw foodies who tout their lifestyle and food choices over others. They use it to judge others and make themselves look superior and criticize anyone who does not follow their beliefs 100%. Food should be enjoyable and it is not a crime to eat cooked food. I love steamed veggies, they are hard to beat. A good risotto is fine too. Thank you for your comments.

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Melissa R July 21, 2012 at 9:47 am

Hi Gena,

I am a new reader and am from the DC area. I stumbled across your blog and think it is great! i have been suffering from IBS for about 6 months now and am wondering if you would have any time to talk to me in more detail about your recovery ie. how long did it take, do you think this discomfort will ever go away? I know you are quite busy so just let me know! I love your blog and want to try so many of your recipes!

Thanks,
Melissa

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Gena July 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Thanks for the kind hello, Melissa!

Recovering from IBS was a long process that took quite some time; years, in fact. Food was one part of the picture, but I also did hypnotherapy, avoided all carbonation and artificial sweetener (I can do carbonation now, but not a lot), and lots of probiotics. I don’t take on clients anymore, but email me if you need some tips, and hope to run into you in DC sometime!

Gena

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Colleen July 23, 2012 at 6:16 am

Where did you get certified as a clinical nutritionist ?

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TL July 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Hi Gena,
I’m so glad I found your web site. I have become vegetarian but do try to eat vegan some days. I’ve always had a question that I didn’t know who to ask as I don’t see a nutritionist. I’ve had bulima and anorexia, mostly bulima for over 20 years. It still can be a daily problem but more out of habit but I am trying to eat healthy and have started making green smoothies because I wonder if eating raw is even good for my system right now as it takes a full day to digest vegetables and sometime I end up purging in the evening, vegies I had at lunch, so that’s why I know my digestive system is bad. How long does a bad digestive system take to mend if you start eating raw vegies, it just makes me so bloated which is a condition that will lead toward binging and purging. I hate the bloated feeling but I want to feel good and my whole body does not recover from exercise well. Would I be better off at first to do more blending and juicing to get nutrients then will this help my di. system mend.

Thanks for any advice you can give me.
TL.

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Frankie August 4, 2012 at 11:05 pm

I just read this and cried… which is a little embarrassing as I’m in the local library! I recognise your story almost entirely as if it were my own. Only I haven’t discovered the raw vegan bit yet. I am suddenly feeling more hopeful, and I cannot wait to start exploring the raw vegan world.
Thank you for sharing your story and giving me hope.

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Danielle August 23, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Hi Gena, I’m a Dietetics student at university of MD and I’m wondering where you went to school to be a CCN? Also, can you tell me the difference between an RD & CCN? Does one have an advantage over the other ? I’m very curious about this considering I have been in school for two years now and haven’t ever heard about a CCN!

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Gena August 25, 2012 at 8:48 am

Hi Danielle,

You really want to stick with the RD track! It’s more respected, the education is far more rigorous and scientific, the options for health insurance are better, and it’s more likely to yield a viable career. MY CCN was fine for part time counseling, but would not have sustained a career. It is a holistic degree from a holistic school, and I also needed more education to proceed full time: had I not done a post-bacc, I’d have needed an RD sooner or later. Hope this helps!

G

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A Crafty Gourmet September 2, 2012 at 1:28 am

love your site! I think we have a bit in common except I’m from a Russian family, but also grew up with lots of lamb and cheese. Congrats on furthering your education, I’m starting with IIN this month and then planning on going to Acupuncture school in a few years. I’m blogging at http://www.acraftygourmet.com
I’m going to add you to my blogroll.

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Anne September 6, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Hi, I am trying to get a friend connected to receive your daily emails. I have attempted to contact you directly with no response. If someone can tell me how to subscribe to this site, I would appreciate it. I think when I subscribed I just stumbled upon it and don’t recall how I did it. Thanks

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Elena September 9, 2012 at 12:17 am

Thank you for serious and interesting work!

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Tom September 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Gena,

Wow, great site! I am a personal chef specializing in cooking for folks with food allergies and sensitivities, working directly with a local nutritionist. I just picked up a client whose young sons are in a program through Stanford to desensitize them to nut allergies (I know that nuts are pretty acidic and have a good amount of fat, but one step at a time). Part of their protocol is to ingest a minimum of grams per nut each day (one son has five different nuts, the other three). Figured out that if I can prepare ‘building blocks’ for the parents (both excellent cooks) and give them portion recommendations for each kid, they’d all be in much better shape (cheeses, sauces, spreads, etc.). So, finding your blog and all of your deelish recipes is wonderful. Thank you thank you. And your pointers on soaking and fermenting for both digestion and flavor are invaluable. I will return often. Although their diet is not strictly raw, the nut recipes will give them variety in taste and texture. Thank you so much.

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Cynthia Winfield September 28, 2012 at 6:59 am

Hi Gena,

I’m a Holistic Health Coach trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (www.cultivatehealthnow.com) and I came upon your site when looking for a good almond milk recipe to share with a client. Thank you for your comprehensive post on the topic (It was much better than that found on a recipe site!); I will be bookmarking your site for future use. Since I understand that all almonds processed for sale in the US must be irradiated, I’m wondering if you have a source for RAW almonds–such as a direct link to a grower.

Also, as a nutritionist, I’m sure you’re well aware of how depleted our soils are, such that no matter how healthfully one eats one cannot hope to obtain fully adequate nutrition from foods alone. As such, what do you recommend in the way of nutritional supplementation? Not so very long ago I was introduced to the NutriSearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplemtnts, and from there I discovered USANA Health Sciences, Inc. ( http://www.cynthia_winfield.usana.com/ ). After trying USANA’s multivitamin (the Essentials [TM]), I did some fairly extensive research–and then signed on as an Independent Associate for the company. I am fully convinced that their product is the best on the market (watch http://www.cultivatehealthnow.blogspot.com for my stories) and am now eager to share the good news with everyone.

I would love to continue this conversation with you and, again, I thank you most sincerely for your thoughtful, informative, and well-written site. Keep up the good work!

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elizabeth October 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Hi Gena, I have just discovered your website and I am thrilled, excited to explore it and overwhelmed by the amount of amazing information! I am on a quest to cut back on my brown rice consumption and went to the store today and purchased millet and amaranth, neither of which I have ever even tasted. Can you recommend a good / quick and tasty way to prepare these. I like to make a batch of grains on Sundays so that I can use it in different meals throughout the week. I already use a lot of quinoa. Thank you for your time reading this and for your incredible website! Elizabeth

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Limonada October 14, 2012 at 11:14 am

Oh, Gena, you are a true blessing, having been recovering from an eating disorder myself and decided to go vegan a month ago. Is that the law of attraction (i.e. you ask and it’s given) that I’ve just found you? Anyway, there’s a lot to read through your blog, so I’d better start straight away. ευχαριστώ

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DSparro October 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Gena
1 year ago I started my conversion to becoming 100% raw vegan, I was inspired by an ex-family member, I had type II diabetes, was a size 8 and on medication which was making me gain weight, getting lazier by the day, I was not happy nor did I want to go down the road like most of mysiblings/ family members.”.just accepting the disease”. I am a fighter and very determined and have been in health care most of my life. I can proudly say I am now a size 2, free of diabetes, off all medication and full of energy,my doctor is amazed!!!
I run 3-5 miles a day, P90X most days and are just loving life. I am 44 years old and a (single) Mom of 4. ( 3 of which are adults) I have 200+ employees report to me daily and have been an inspiration to many. I choose this life style for many reasons but most of all I feel like a new person, If I cheat which is extremely rare it is definatly 2 bites of a burger lol. I found your blog and just love it. Thank you and keep up the great work!!!
~ Doreen

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Joann December 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

love your site. Can’t wait to read everything. Made your zucchini salad dressing but tweeked it up a bit to my families tastes and it is delish!

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Gary Neame December 30, 2012 at 7:38 pm

The Essential Nutrition For Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free Is A Whole Plant Based Diet:

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Ashley February 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

Beautiful, Gena! xo

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Gena February 5, 2013 at 9:21 am

Thanks Ash :) So kind of you to read it!

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Charlie Morrison February 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I have been fully raw for over three months now. I look at food totally different than I did before discovering the benefits. I don’t eat soley organic because that option isn’t that available here. My health has changed for the better quite a bit. Much of the staff at the VA was questioning me. They thought what I was doing would hurt my health.I was a diabetic and had many health issues. Most of those issues are gone and they love the way my labs look. My doctor was concerned about the weight loss till she saw that my frutosomine levels were normal. I get this test instead of an A1C because I have beta thalisemia trait It is quite the adventure.Raw is the way to go!

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hannah February 5, 2013 at 8:58 pm

This is such a beautiful introduction to your self and your blog and your views. So proud to know you :) x

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Joelle,Wellness Coach February 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Gena,
So glad I found your site, as I am a wellness coach and find your article most inspirational. Will definately return for updates.
Thanks So Much,
Joelle

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Kloe @ Running Shoes & Chocolate Mousse February 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

Hey Gina,

what an inspiring story! I’m so happy for you that you were able to overcome your ED, and find a healthy lifestyle that was able to heal you, make you happy and is sustainable in your daily life.
I’ve always been interested in vegan ism, and although I couldn’t give up eggs and dairy for good, I’d love to experiment with maybe introducing one or two vegan days of eating into my week.
I’ll be sure to use some of your delish recipes when I do!

keep up the fantastic work.

Kloe :)

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Gena February 23, 2013 at 7:40 am

Thanks Kloe! Enjoy your experiments with veganism!!

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Billy Ruddy February 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Delight reading about your background. I myself am not a vegan nor vegetarian, but I find the elimination of certain foods a creative alternative that pushes me outside my comfort zone cooking. I look forward to reading all of your posts.

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Finlay March 2, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Fantastic post however , I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject?
I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Many thanks!

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Pulmonary Solutions April 12, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Thank you gena your story of how the way you eat inspires me and i find it very interesting I must try that too maybe together with my family. Thanks for the recipe and for very inspiring story.

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Terri April 19, 2013 at 9:09 pm

I just saw your sight after having a super sick week. I try to eat healthy, but I love meat, and I have an ultra stressful job, and after a particularly loaded 5 months, I just got sick. Suspecting the worst I started on juice and raw foods 3 days ago. Sure enough. The xrays show I am filled with fecal matter.(no wonder, and how gross) I have not been taking care of it and I knew that. Thanks for the recipes, cooking is my passion and I am hopeful these will help me fulfill my no-cooked-food for-30 day commitment, so I am most grateful for your generosity in sharing the recipes.
Terri

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Korsakov April 23, 2013 at 5:58 am

Hello Gena! How can I get in touch wirh you privately?
Thank you!

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Lynne May 3, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Hello Gena,
I am so very pleased I have found you as find your story and others here very moving and very inspirational. I’m a farmer’s daughter and was brought up on meat and huge cooked breakfasts, dinners etc and having done many years of athletics in my younger days, my health is in decline as in heart, lung, and kidney disease as well as numerous other complaints (I’m 55yrs old). I have been juicing and eating more fruit and vegetables and almost no meat for over 6 months now as have always tried to look after my health since having left the farm and huge meals many years ago. Then I, shall we say, rediscovered the beauty of raw food (as I used to eat raw vegetables straight from the garden when I was a little girl) and have found all this is starting to slowly repair some of my body. I am absolutely thrilled as you can imagine and now to find you here with all of your fabulous recipes, is like a dream come true to me as you actually know what you are talking about.
Thank you so much, all of your wonderful stories and information means so much, not only to me, but to many others as well.
Thank you :)

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Tonka May 7, 2013 at 5:15 am

Hi Gena,
I just discovered your website and facebook page…. I love it!!!
In January 2013 I became vegan over night and recently wanted to explore more rawfood recipes. I feel better then ever, and beleive that vegan/rawfood life style is the solution to a much happier and healthier live style for all of us.
You like to know how I became vegan overnight?
watch http://www.gary-tv.com/en (the best speech you will ever hear)

Thanks Gena,
Great work!

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Ashley June 2, 2013 at 11:51 am

I find your story really inspiring! Mine is quite similar to the one you shared. I am very newly trying out going vegan and blogs like yours are a great support for my decision. Thank you for sharing your story and I’ll definitely be reading!

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Gena June 3, 2013 at 7:09 am

Thanks Ashley! Welcome to CR!! I’m happy you’re considering a vegan lifestyle :)

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frenee June 3, 2013 at 12:49 pm

you are beautiful, inspiring young lady, and i value and appreciate your passion, your knowledge, your attributes and your attitude is amazing!

take it easy and be happy!

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Mollygg June 7, 2013 at 12:08 am

I just discovered your website while searching for new raw flax cracker ideas the other nite and I can’t stop reading all of your beautiful recipes! I’ve already made 5 of them in last couple days! Your philosophy is lovely and inspiring and makes me excited about starting a raw and vegan lifestyle. Will be on your site everyday! Thank you so much! :-)

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Lindsay @ VeganYumminess June 8, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Hi Gena,
I just found your website today, and I really enjoyed reading this page. I appreciate your candor about eating disorders. I too have had some food obsessions in the past, and I work every day to keep myself balanced and healthy. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Gena June 9, 2013 at 7:46 am

Thanks for reading, Lindsay!

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Alexander June 24, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Amazing. There is so much to learn! I’m so glad to find a great support website, especially when dealing with oppression to this way of eating (as you described in your bio). I, too, seem to have some problems with digestions and a family history of colitis. Are high-fiber, raw foods supposed to be monitored in this case?

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Sammie June 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Eeeek, I’m super excited to have stumbled upon your site!!! Found you through a simple google search of “can I juice avocados”!! Will be back to read and cook more!

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Gena June 27, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Ha! Glad you found me, Sammie :)

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Anna July 7, 2013 at 10:49 pm

I’m so excited to have found your site! I’m 15 years old and have been really interested in becoming vegan even though I do not know a single person who is vegan and your website really looks so interesting and helpful! All the recipes look super yummy too :)

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Gena July 8, 2013 at 9:14 am

Welcome, Anna! Glad you like the page.

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Amelia Katz July 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Gena,
Thank you so much for your inspirational blog. I am a sixteen-going-on-seventeen year old recovering from anorexia. I became vegan this year, and it is really helping in my recovery. I absolutely adore the food I am putting into my body, and it feels so right to eat it. I love the vegan lifestyle; it is so incredibly rewarding for all parties…the planet, the animals, and me!
Stay well,
I wish you the best,
Amelia

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Gena July 13, 2013 at 5:58 am

Amelia,

You have no idea how much it means to me to know that my blog resonates with you. I hope that you continue to have a strong recovery, and that you’ll feel free to reach out to this community, and to me, if you need support and encouragement. It gets easier. All my best to you, and here’s to a wonderful future with food for you ahead!

Gena

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Jonnie July 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Gena, I started about two weeks ago to change my eating and health ! For most of my life I was normal weight for height, then some where in my 40′s due to personal problems ( marriage ) I started over eating and mostly junk ! I used food the way people used drugs and alcohol ! I put on about 80 pounds . Then marriage broke up and due to money problems , went to live with parents. After my mother’s death came more weight. Then I had breast cancer and conquered that , will be 5 year survivor in Sept. 2013 !! But turned to food again after cancer and losing my job !! Now I have blood pressure problems and heart disease and about 150 pounds over weight !! I finally decided I needed to change my life before I got any bigger and sicker !! my brother ‘s doctor told him to read and follow ” Eat to Live ” by Dr. Fuhrman because he needed to lose weight for health !! I too, got the book and read it !! Made sense and now I hunt for sites like your’s to help me stay on track with recipes , tips and support !! I’m so excited about this site , thanks for sharing, hope to check every day with ya for a long time to come !! Bless ya for posting and hope you become a great doctor !! Looking forward to reading your thought and gaining from your wisdom !!

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Gena July 16, 2013 at 10:24 am

Thanks so very much, Jonnie! Welcome!

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Claire August 10, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Hey there!

I’m a med student raw vegan too! I eat a fruit-based diet, about 80/10/10.

How are you pre-med studies going? I’m 2nd year at med school. I wasn’t a vegan in my 1st year and my health fell through my boots! I took a year off and became low-fat raw vegan, and now I’m healthy againand back studying. I find I can think clearer too now. No more energy drinks required!

Good luck and keep up the good work <3

Claire.

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Olivia August 26, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Hello!
You are so beautiful, inside and out. What a wonderful thing you are bringing to peoples lives, your blog, simply your words.
Question, what do you wash your face with every night?
Thanks Olivia xoxo

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Johanna September 4, 2013 at 11:56 am

Is this website as old and neglected as it appears? Lots of potential; nice site : (

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Anthony October 17, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Hello Gena. I have just been reading through your blog, and I find it very inspiring. I’m not actually a Vegan, but I would like to become one eventually. At the moment my diet isn’t really that great. Don’t get me wrong, I am fit. But I could definitely be way fitter. I like some RAW foods such as inspirals Ho Shou Crackets. I was wondering if you would recommend products such as that?
Also, I would like to share a recipe with your readers for any of them that use a juicer.
It’s not really my own, so I can’t take credit for it. I discovered it @ Wagamamas one day. It consits of:

Apple, Celery, Mint (herb) and Lime.

Not really sure how much they use, but I use

6 apples; a packet of Celery; 2 Limes; and a packet of Mint.

Then put it in a juice jug, which last for a few days.

Anthony

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Amazon Latest Products November 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Hi Gena I have tried vegan before and the taste won’t get through me. I am actually meat lover so find it very interesting to know your story. I think I have to deal with it seriously so I could also love it. thanks for the inspiration.

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Kristen November 18, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Hi! Just found your blog and I am glad I did. So much inspiration for someone who has gone through an ED and still struggles. Thank you!

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Payne December 7, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Great blog!

I have struggled with weight all of my life (including two recoveries from bulimia). Last year, while recovering from a torn ACL and rotator cuff, I gained nearly 130lbs. In that time, my ex and I split up after 15 years, I lost my business/job and my home of 15 years.
In January, I made the decision to begin a vegan (I had quit eating red meats years ago) diet. In the process, I began a raw diet. I have never been healthier! Having lost 127lbs, I feel that I have a healthy lifestyle that is completely manageable.
Thanks again for the great blog!

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Tracey January 31, 2014 at 5:26 pm

So happy I found your site.
Thank you Gena

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Tracy February 15, 2014 at 12:11 pm

I just subscribed – I love the way you incorporate a total healthy lifestyle.

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Dutch Martin February 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Hi Gena,

You and I met today at The Studio DC Yoga Center, and you passed me your card. For someone like myself who is transitioning to a plant-based diet, your website is a wonderful resource for me. I will visiting this site quite often. It was a pleasure meeting you today.

Cheers!
Dutch

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Gena February 23, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Dutch,

So lovely to meet you, and I’m delighted that the site resonates. I’ll see you in class, no doubt :-)

Gena

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Bec - Sunfood Junkies April 3, 2014 at 2:36 am

Hi Gena, You have a fantastic blog. I’m always looking out for new recipe creations and other people on the same wave length. Thank you for the inspiration. Bec :)

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Gena April 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

Bec, you are so kind to say hi. Thanks for reading!

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