I was nominated to post one picture that makes me proud to be a dog owner on Fb. This is my reason !

 

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Proud Dog Owner

So I was nominated to post a single picture that makes me proud to be a dog owner! You are probably wondering why this is relevant to my blog? Well let’s just say both my dog and I spoil each other rotten!! My Kobi has taught me unconditional love and loyalty. This is my story behind my picture.

Growing up I was never really allowed to have a pet in the house, unless it lived in a tank filled with water, rocks and some sort of silicone plantation. My parents thought it was too demanding and dirty. So luckily, back in the late 80’s, the hottest toys were pound puppies. One of my fondest memories as a kid was opening my gift, Christmas Eve and uncovering a miniature, light brown pound puppy! I was so ecstatic that I was too eager to give it a name. I treated that stuffed animal as if it were real. I remember bringing my dog everywhere, especially to school. But it wasn’t until one day I arrived home from school and noticed I have misplaced my pound puppy!!! OMG!! I went ballistic!! I was crying like there was no tomorrow. I went on a desperate man hunt to find my dog but I never ended up finding it. I was so sad, crying everyday wanting my toy back. My mother tried to distract me by teaching me how to sew to get my mind off things but it steered me into making my own version of a pound puppy out of cloth, somehow it just didn’t ease the pain. I had all the toys at my disposable, Barbie dolls, other stuffed toys but it wasn’t the same. I think it was the first time I ever went through a depression lol.
Months passed and I was celebrating my 8th birthday. I was handed a big box as a gift having no clue as to what it was. I unwrapped it and to my surprise I saw a big, dark brown, stuffed, pound puppy with droopy eyes. My mom bought me a bigger version so I wouldn’t lose it again. My heart melted and I became overjoyed. I remember I named it “Sparky”, a simple 2 syllable name. I even wrote it on the back of his heart collar, along with my phone number. Lol !!! I easily became attached to my new dog because I finally got a second chance in owning a pound puppy. I loved my dog, it guarded me from the monsters underneath my bed, and it protected me from the lightning storms I was once afraid of. I felt safe having my puppy around me at all times. I loved it so much that I brought it with me to my high school grade 9 trip to Toronto, and kept it by my side all way in my 20’s. As I grew older, I used my toy more as a head support then what I originally used for. I think after I moved out at age 25 that was the last thing I left behind at my parents place and I never questioned it until…..
Fast forward to my late 20’s, early 30’s, I never had a feeling or even a thought about owning a pet. It was also during the time Facebook was slowly getting recognition and I signed up for it in early 2007. I was consumed by this network of personal news that I was merely looking at posts of pics of babies and pets. And I remember I was truly annoyed at looking at these images that I never understood why owners would treat these animals as if they were their child. I just couldn’t grasp it, I thought it was crazy. But it wasn’t until November 2012… I felt disconnected and incomplete. I started to do research on cute, small, dogs. I saw more and more pics come up on my news feed that I became attached. Back then I lived back home with my mom so I had to convince her in owning a pet. Besides, I was old enough to make my decision in owning a dog, I figured why not give it a try. And so, I asked my mom several times, every time I pushed her she turned down the idea. So I left it at that.
It wasn’t until January -February 2013, my life changed in an instant, I met my BF and his companion Kobi.

Kobi, back then was a 2-year-old Rottweiler full of energy and spunk. The first time I met Kobi he left a trail of pee in front me because he was so excited of my presence. But it wasn’t till Kobi followed a series of commands that completely changed my thought process on big dogs. With a few simple words , “Up, Down, roll, paw and kiss”, Kobi sealed the deal. To my amazement Kobi followed through and obeyed without hesitation. This was the first time I saw this kind of interaction between master and dog. I immediately fell in love with Kobi (as well as my future companion/BF lol) and life slowly became to unfold itself.
It wasn’t till one day, Kobi laid flat on his stomach, head down, with his eyes very droopy staring at me that it hit me. He looked exactly like my pound puppy. I couldn’t believe it. It was like it all came together. Before I met my BF, I originally wanted to own a small, miniature dog but it never fell through. Just like when I got my miniature, stuffed, pound puppy as a kid, I never really held on to it for more than a month. And now here I am owning my very own big, pound puppy. (Well Rottweiler ) it’s funny how life catches up to you and makes you realize that ” it ” (it meaning your job, life lessons, your goals, or your past ) is always there to guide you through your next lesson in life.
After I discovered that theory, I immediately went to my moms place desperately searching for my old pound puppy. My mom later told me that, (like everything else that meant the world to me ) she threw it away because it was old and it had a hole. I was disappointed and in disbelief but can you blame her? I was in my 30’s there was no point in keeping it lol. In the end I merely wanted to find it so I can take a picture of it, show its resemblance of Kobi and then disregard it. Besides I have my real version lol’ and I’m thankful for that !
So now that you know my story on how I became a dog owner, lets cut to the chase. The picture I chose that made me proud to be a dog owner is the picture above. It was June 2013 and it was the first time I ever took care of Kobi on my own. I eagerly took him to the park that day and made the best of it. We walked around the block, ran to the park, played fetch and took a selfie to capture that moment in time. As I look back at that picture, Kobi and I have come a long way. He made me so proud to be an owner because he literally taught me how to be a dog owner through trial and error during the time we spent together (especially when we transitioned to his raw food diet). With patience and guidance he showed me unconditional love even during my off days. His grand stature would sometimes scare others who were afraid of dogs in the beginning, but as soon as they met with My Kobi, they immediately fell in love with him. We call it “the Kobi Effect”. He turned many dog haters into dog lovers, one of them being my mother. My mother till this day is his number #1 fan, her protector and is known to him as “Nonna”. She loves him as if it her own. He just exudes so much happiness and admiration.
Fast forward to 2016, and Kobi is presently 5 years old still having that same spunk the first time I laid eyes on him. His intelligence has surpassed my expectations since he now knows how to hug, how to fetch his own collar (especially if he wants to go for a walk ) and he knows a few tricks up his sleeves . But I slowly see his white hairs merging through. His age is slowing catching up to him since a dog’s life span is just a couple more years. Hence he has taught me to try to make the best of everything. His days consist of waking us up, eat, walk, play, smile, hug, eat some more and fall back to asleep. If only life were that simple, or maybe it is and we just take life for granted. I now get what is all the fuss in owning a pet . It literally is an extension of yourself . I am so thankful to have Kobi and my BF still by my side guarding me from the monsters underneath my bed and protecting me from any danger.

I hope you have enjoyed my little story on Kobi! I’ll probably make a section on dogs since he’s one of the biggest pleasure that spoils me RAW’tn!!

Feel free to comment below!!

FYI, I managed to find an image identical to my first, miniature and my second, large pound puppy, and took a picture of my Kobi . The resemblance is un canning!!

Pound puppies

Pound Puppies

 

5 Survival tips on Growing Out your Grey!

 


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So you decided to grow out your grey naturally!! So now what? Well let me be the first person to congratulate you on your transition! Enjoy the journey and explore your new self. The transformation is very lengthy and not an easy one at that. So through my experience, I am here to share with you my very own top 5 survival tips and tricks to ease the process .

ONE – Be Mentally Prepared

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To be mentally prepared means you can visualize the outcome and you accepted it. You acknowledged the fact that every month your roots will grow freely and that you will soon face your critics. If you have your mind set on this then it will be smooth sailing . You are probably wondering how do you mentally prepare yourself. It’s all about confidence and believing that it will turn out ok, besides, in the end it just hair. In all honesty, I gained most of my confidence by googling  the “grey hair trend”.  I was fascinated on how it was trending so freely. I felt secure and reassured that grey hair was no longer going to be associated with aging, but rather than just another common hair color all thanks to the web. Remember these images on the net are there forever, so go ahead take that step and go crazy !!

 

TWO-Create a Grey Hair Board 

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With the amount of different shades of grey, hair styles and cuts, that are on the net, I was impressed. So I was inspired to create a “vision grey hair board ” (as seen above). I loved it so much I made it as home screen on my phone.  It was kind of like a pick me up, especially in the in between stages of growing out your hair. And you know what, it helped me tremendously, especially when I had to face my critics. (See my next survival tip)

 

THREE-Tell your Family & Friends First 

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Ok the above pic is an exaggeration of how my family and friends reacted after I told them about my hair goals . However, it was actually the nae-Sayers, strangers  and critics who actually made that face. This is why it is important to tell your loved ones first, they will be your first critics, so you might as well hear it from them. In my experience, I told my family and friends, right after my last henna hair dye. I was mentally prepared for my outcome. Surely, I got some shocked looks, gasps and a bunch of “why’s”, but in the end they supported me. They knew I could pull it off due to my ever changing looks in the past. And as I shared my story  more and more, it eventually got easier explaining it literally to anyone. And believe me, people will ask , especially after your roots will show just under 1/4″ in length. They will probably hint it to you by suggesting a hair salon ever so diplomatically. And this is where your

✌🏻visual grey hair board✌🏻️

will come in handy to defend yourself amongst the haters. 👉🏼in my case, I persuaded my critics hinting IT to them that grey hair is here to stay . 💁🏼🎤 <dropped the mike>  Boom!

 

FourTake lots of Selfies

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Not to be a narcissist or anything, but taking a lot of selfies helped me through my transition.  I did it so I could share my evolution on social media. And in doing so with Instagram (@spoiled.raw.tn) I made a couple of friends going through the same process as I was. We ended up exchanging stories, giving tips and especially supported one another.

And to add, growing out your roots takes a long time, extremely long time, so it’s nice to have something to look back upon .

So grab your phone and take that first shot, who knows maybe someday you will post about your transition and inspire someone else to do the same!

 

Five Find yourself ! 

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Yes! Yes ! Yes! Discover yourself! Remember you are not only changing your hair color, your improving your lifestyle and everything around you.
In my case, I went from wearing contacts to wearing big, cat eye frames and bold jewelry necklaces to distract my critics ! And it worked !

If you need some sort of inspiration, creat another “vision board” of how you want to see your new self! .( see above pic) Gather images of hairstyles, cuts, your new wardrobe or color palette! In doing so you will feel more relaxed and optimistic with your new look!

I loved changing my unconventional look. The more I updated my style, the more confident I became . So much so my critics started to accept me for who I am .

 

I hope you find these tips helpful !! Feel free to comment and add your tips below!

Thanks again and don’t forget to spoil yourself Raw’tn!!

This is a “S’well” idea!!

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LET’S PLAY SPIN THE BOTTLE…who should I buy this for??

If you are in need of searching for the perfect gift for someone special or you would like to treat your self to something, well this is the gift for you. I would like to present to you (with no pun intended on the gifts and presents) the S’well bottle.

Ok your probably thinking….what the…..???

It is not just any ordinary water bottle, it is THE WATER BOTTLE of the century. Throw away all your existing bottles and get this one. I am telling you it will change your life (ok not really) but you will be glad that you did!!

I have no idea how I discovered this bottle. (ok maybe I should start documenting the beginning of my researches) But I was doing a lot of Bikram yoga back in the days (a form of hot yoga done in a heated room of 40C). You see when you do yoga in extreme heat you sweat a lot. You have to stay hydrated before , during and after. So drinking water was very essential for me, it was my fuel to my every class. However, whenever I would bring my bottle to class, the water would be warm. Your probably wondering, why not put ice in it or freeze your bottle. Yes eventually that is what I succumbed to. But even then, drinking cold, brisk, water in a hot yoga room, breathing uncontrollable is a shock to the body. So I had to find something better. I searched many websites for water bottles, until I landed on the S’well website. I thoroughly did my research and I noticed it got rave reviews. I mean even Ellen and Oprah gushed over it (hello need I say more..).

What made this product so different from the others is its 18/8 double-walled stainless steel.  (This means that it has high-quality stainless steels and it contains 18% chromium and 8 or 10% nickel, making it non-toxic). This also provides great durability and insulation, it keeps drinks cold for up to 24hrs and hot for up 12 hours. And so I was sold! I bought my S’well bottle at a health food store in Montreal called “À Votre Santé” . They had so many colors to choose from. I was a kid at a candy store.

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S’well Bottles at “À Votre Santé”

As mentioned it comes in many colors but in 3 sizes, 9 oz (250ml), 17 0z (500ml) and 25 oz (1 liter). (I actually purchased 2 bottles, one that is 9 oz and the other is a 17oz).

First of all whoever is in marketing is a genius. From the look of the bottle, to the colors, right down to the material that they used to make this worth while.  Every bottle comes with it’s own, nice, cylindrical box and a small message.   (There is literally a small message in every bottle). The message is a strip of paper describing it’s contents and care as well its charitable affiliations.

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message in a bottle

 

After I purchased my bottle I was so exciting to use it that I left my S’well bottle of hot tea in my car in -32C weather for up to 8hrs. Eight hours later (because of my forgetfulness) I opened to take a sip thinking it was ice cold, to my amazement it was warm. Wow!! Revolutionary!! I then took it to all my hot yoga classes, and it had answered all my questions! This is an amazing product! It does more then expected. As mentioned from their site.

  • Keeps your drinks cold for 24 hours, hot for 12
  • 18/8 double-walled stainless steel, non-toxic, non-leaching and BPA free
  • 9oz & 17oz fit in a standard sized cup-holder
  • 25oz holds an entire bottle of wine
  • Bottles do not condensate
  • Mouth is wide enough for ice cubes and drip-free sipping
  • Vacuum sealed
  • S’well has teamed up with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to help provide clean drinking water to children around the world

I can to attest to all of the above. But I would like to add my own PROS and CONS

PROS

  •  this could be great to keep milk warm/hot for newborns
  • fits in any purse or cup holder
  • easy to clean with warm water and soap
  • very sturdy with no dings (even though I bang mine into things)
  • no after taste when drinking from the bottle
  • it comes in cool designs, making it very stylish to bring with you
  • keeps liquids cold for 24 hrs and warm for up 12hrs -definite check
  • great for teas, coffee and soups
  • great to bring on vacation (especially if you want to keep cervezas in them!) or campgrounds
  • great gift idea
  • affordable for its size
  • motivates me to drink more water
  • using less plastic bottles

CONS

  • my bf keeps stealing mine
  • paint does get scratched overtime (but that is common with anything nowadays)

 

Ok so your probably wondering…

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST $$$$???

WHERE CAN I PURCHASE THEM??

You can purchase them online via their site S’well,  or you can buy them at Indigo’s website. Or if you live in the Montreal area you can physically buy them at the Indigo bookstore or at “A Votre Sante” Health Food store.

As for price, let’s just say it is less than $100. Which is a good thing! Depending on the size, the smallest can range from $25+, the medium and the large can range from $34-$50+, which is not bad if your giving it as a gift.

So I hope you enjoyed my post and my review.

Go ahead spoil yourself Raw’tn!!!

 

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REFERENCES

first picture photo credit:http://www.swellbottle.com/swell-bottle-lookbook

stainless steel information-http://planetarydesign.com/411-304-stainless-steel-french-press/

 

☞I’m RAW’tn but not forgotten 📰 says the Blogger-Slacker 👓📝

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I know, I know…I’m soooo raw’tn! I have abandoned my readers, my site!!  But I’m back blogging after a short hiatus. (ok not so short more like a 6 + month absence). Your probably wondering why I still have the site open since I haven’t posted anything yet! Well I’m here to tell you that I’m back and I’m here to stay forever!!

WHERE AND WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING?

Much has been going on behind the scenes at Spoiled RAW’tn. I have been working for the most part since it is my busiest season being a seamstress/entrepreneur and all. I had many projects in creating custom-made wedding gowns, veils, prom & cocktail dresses,  as well as performing alterations.  You can see all my work on my facebook page CARM’N DINA.

While working full-time as a designer I also dabbled in a couple of raw’tn stuff behind closed doors. I made many purchases that has improved my life greatly leading a healthier and abundant lifestyle. The proof is in the pudding! You can see a couple of my purchases below.

I will write about how a simple water bottle can sustain heat in a bottle for up to 24 hrs as well as other benefits!
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It’s a S’well water container

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I will boast about “How being fit counts every bit” using my fitbit!
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fitbit

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I will post about some items that I have bought that would aid in making my very own deodorant, toothpaste and make-up for a fraction of the cost!
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ingredients for feminine products

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 I am also going to write about how I said Goodbye to contacts, hello Glasses! I will show you the new way in getting the most fashionably and affordable frames that will make a statement!
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Fashionable, affordable glasses

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And last but not least the splurge of the century, my Blendtec. I will write a review on the pros/cons and whether it was worth every penny. When I mean every penny, I mean I got my blender for half the price with a full warranty. Find out HOW in my next couple of blogs it will be worth the wait!
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I heart my Blendtec

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Now you know why I took so long to write my blog. Stay tuned, I have many more subjects that I am eager to share! I Thank you for your patience and see you in my next post!

 

 

Note bene: note the milk cartoon is simply a parody on me and only me! If I offended anyone in this manner I apologize in advance . Missing people is not a joke and it should be taken seriously . They are still out there and we will never stop believing otherwise . If you have any information on missing loved ones or any news or questions about missing people please advise this link ,
http://www.canadasmissing.ca/index-eng.htm

Have faith, and never loose hope.

Fashionably Converted 🔄 -5 Ways to do it👗-

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Short Story on my new clothing line

I’ll make this short and sweet!

You: “Where’s the raw recipe this week?”

Me: “Yes it’s a food blog but out of a million other raw food blogs I am making this a unique site by incorporating sustainable clothing, jewelry and beauty DIY!

When I was young I would design multi purpose, reversible clothing, which I enjoyed wearing.

Forward 25 years later, I am designing convertible clothing called “Fashionably Converted””

It’s spoiling yourself raw’tn from the inside out!

 

The Long story with an “Awwww…. moment”

You are probably wondering why I am posting a dress and not my weekly raw recipes. Yes it is a food blog, but somehow since there are sooo many other food blogs I had to make this site stand out. In my “About” page I mentioned that I am also a fashion designer. I make custom clothing and I do alterations for my local clients. But somehow through my raw food journey I discovered many facets about living a natural, humble lifestyle. I used to spend so much money on many items that I hardly wear or consume and I end up throwing it out. So I went back to my roots. Wearing clothes that serve a purpose and that will maintain longevity. I went back to basics.

Ever since I could remember, I grew up having my clothes made by my amazing mother. While kids would get spoiled once a week in toys stores, my mother would treat me by going to our local fabric store down the street. I would be in awe and I would run from one fabric to another knowing exactly what I wanted from each textile. And it wouldn’t be a simply apparel, I would make sure it would be practical and one of a kind! I would design clothes that were used in multiple ways so I wouldn’t make my mother break her budget. I remember one of my first designs that came to life was my “New kids on the Block” green reversible coat. I was in love with an all boy band named “New Kids on the block” and so I made my mother make a reversible coat with the name of the band on the hem of the coat. The coat itself was interchangeable, I can wear it inside and out.  I also designed many jumpsuits which back then wasn’t very modern or stylish but deep down I believed that this was going to be the norm some day.

Fast forward to 25 years and I am designing pieces that are back to basics. Multi way clothing that will accommodate your lifestyle, your body shape and your bank. It’s everyday apparel that can be extended in a weeks worth of clothing. I believe in clothing that serves a purpose, yet still be fashionable. So here I am posting my love for convertible clothing called “Fashionably Converted”. Eventually you will be to purchase my line! Stay Tuned!

So enough about me, here’s my first apparel post! A dress that I frequently wear long, but somehow, I made it versatile wearing it in many ways. Because of it’s single side slit, and stretchy material I can wear many ways See below!

Converting: A Long dress to short, 5 ways to do it!!

Description:
V-neckline
Fitted, stretchy fabric,
Long dress has a slit on the left side.

This long dress can be warn as is or you can play with the hem and make it any length you desire. Love this dress, since it’s great when traveling and it can be styled up or casual!

(1) Long Look: Leave as is

(2) Ankle fitted look: Take the bottom hem and tie it on the side

(3) Knee length look: Take the hem, and tie it to desired length

(4) Short look: To make it into a short look, fold the hem all the way up to your waist from the inside to make it your desired length.

(5) Angular gem look: Start from the hip level and take the fabric and pull up until desired look.

 

 

 

RAW..huh yeah……… What is it good for?

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Raw, huh yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely anything, oh hoh, oh
Raw huh yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely everything, say it again y’all

Oh, raw, I’m surprised
‘Cause it means encouraging many lives
Raw means opening up your taste-buds and eyes
To something healthy, energetic and alive

Here’s a little play on words on Edwin Starr – War Lyrics

 Make raw not war !!

Back to reality. So why raw? What is it all about? Is it healthy? Your probably thinking, “great healthy=expensive”  and the preparation time is tiresome. In my defense, we invest in many materialistic things like our car, our house, our electronic gadgets, why not invest and educate ourselves. I am not going to sugar coat it, it is tedious, preparation time is lengthy and yes it may be expensive, but in the end the results speak for themselves. Eating raw kills many birds with one stone. I eat healthy and the latter you just have to keep reading below. Let’s just say this is the one investment I get a return on. So go ahead make raw and not war with our bodies.

What is “raw foods” you ask?

It is basically what it states, foods that are uncooked and/or unprocessed. It consists of a plant base, organic foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains, herbs, spices, seaweeds, as well as eggs, meat, fish and dairy products. There are several techniques to prepare many edible raw dishes. The foods are either prepared cold, warm, fermented, soaked, sprouted or dehydrated, so as long it cannot be heated over 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Foods heated over a certain temperature may destroy its natural enzymes and its nutritional value.

What are its benefits? I can give you a list of what it has done for me, and so I shall

  • It has improved my digestion (yes I regularly go to the little girls room)
  • Overall improved my skin’s appearance (I no longer have acne)
  • I maintained weight loss (I no longer have food cravings)
  • It has improved my senses ( My taste buds are suddenly heightened)
  • I discovered food intolerance (I can no longer eat bread or dairy)
  • It got me educated and disciplined on nutrition, health and chemical free DIY beauty tips/routines

So now you know what raw foods entitles, I will focus on recipes with fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains, herbs, spices, seaweeds and some dairy (Dairy? I thought you are intolerant to dairy? Yes you just have to wait and see).  So if your still reading my blog it means that you are still interested. Great! On my next blog I will discuss food preparations, the basic  tools and staple foods I use in the kitchen.

Until then go spoil yourself Raw’tn!!!

 

References:

Lyrics to Edwin Starr – War Lyrics | MetroLyrics

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/vegetarianlifestyle/f/rawfoods.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raw_foodism

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