Raw Food & Essential Oils

For 2 years now, I have been using Essential Oils on a daily basis.

I joined Young Living Essential Oils, primarily to get my own oils at a discount.

I LOVE the oils so much, and I have had so many blessings from how the oils have supported different issues, that I decided to start sharing about it!

This oil, called Dragon Time is for the ladies!  It supports a lot of what we go through in a month.  Click on the video below for all the ways this oil supports our “Dragon Times” 🙂

Like my Facebook Page here ~ Oil Adrenaline!


Baby Step #17 ~ Getting New Perspective


I have another blog called Baby Steps to Better Me, and this post accidentally ended up here on Raw Jenni.  But it does give a good update and includes some healthy things that apply here as well.  So I will leave it to update my Raw Jenni followers 🙂


This isn’t really a “baby” step, as it ended up for me, being a VERY GIANT LEAP!

Sometimes the only way to improve health, is stepping out and away from what you know.  Getting far enough away to re-evaluate everything.  Suddenly, everything becomes more and more clear.  Hindrances to your health and life, mind, body, and soul, become more clear, and you can start to become more yourself again.  Especially, if you were losing sight of who you were and are.

I stepped away from my current world, for a few months, to regain this perspective.

I originally thought there was only one reason to step away, but really, there were so many reasons.  More than I could have expected!

This journey isn’t over.  I’m still in a state of flux.  But clarity and hope is returning, and strength builds up each day.

I found out in this time, who could care and be a friend to me, in the hardest season (so far) of my life.  Who could “put up with” some crazy thinking and talking, and emoting, while I kept it real and honest!  To those friends and family members, I say, “Your strength and character have proven themselves to me.”  I am forever grateful to you, your love, grace, and strength!



See more Baby Steps to Health over at my other blog – www.babystepstobetterme.wordpress.com

❄ ❄ $10 a Day ~ Low Fat Raw Vegan ❄ ❄

❄ ❄ ❄  What I Spend  ❄ ❄ ❄

I’d rather spend money on fun travels and adventures these days, so I like to keep the food bill low!

It’s possible to do $10 – 15 per day, or $70-105 a week on 80/10/10, buying bulk, organic farmers markets, and Mexican or Asian markets.

Rawveg on 10

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Almost everyone I know says how expensive it is to eat a raw vegan, somewhat organic diet.

So I was on a mission… to find out if it’s possible to do it for $10 a day!

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✿ Total Cost for the Day = $9.99 ✿
(U.S. Chicagoland Prices, rounded up)

Calories for the Day ~ 3171
✿ Carbs ~ 91%
✿ Fat ~ 5%
✿ Protein ~ 4%

✿ Breakdown for the Day ✿

4 oranges = $1.48 (Bought from my Fair Share store at 37 cents each)
17 organic dates = $2.72 (Bought online from 7hotdates.com in bulk, 12 pounds = $4.80 per pound, including shipping!)
13 bananas = $1.59 (Bought from Fair Share, about 12 cents each)
1/2 pineapple = $0.75 (Bought from Fair Share, $1.50 per pinapple)
1 head of butter lettuce = $1.56 (Bought from Costco in a 3 pack)
1 Tbsp carob powder (organic) = $0.23 (Bought from Raw Food World in a 16 oz package, lasts me about 2 months)
3 celery stalks = $0.25 (1 package was 99 cents at Fair Share)
1 tomato = $0.21 (Fair Share)
1 mango = $0.69 (Bought at a Mexican store nearby)
1/2 avocado = $0.50 (Bought in a package of 5 from Costco)
grape/cherry tomatoes = $ free from the garden 🙂
herbs and chives = $ free from the garden

Today only the dates, carob powder, tomatoes, and herbs were organic.

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✿ Menu for the Day ✿

Breakfast ~ pineapple orange juice
Lunch ~ raw moccachino = 13 bananas, 17 dates, 1 T carob powder and lots of water
Dinner ~ big salad = 1 head of butter lettuce, 3 celery stalks, tomatoes (1 from store, lots from garden), chives/herbs, 1/2 of avocado
Salad dressing = 1 mango blended (could blend with the tomatoes, herbs, and celery if desired)

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It CAN be done! At least in Chicagoland, U.S.A.


Days 121 – 140

Day 121 – 140 Included our trip to the Grand Canyon.


Highlights of Month 4:

~ Left the gray “au naturale” look, just shy of one year, for hi-lites and low-lites.

~ Much more vegan (and raw) now.  Better at holding the vegan line, even when eating dinner out.

~ Adjusting better to travelling and staying raw/vegan.

~ Feeling closer to nature and the real me, finding more purpose.

Dipping my toes in the Colorado River (it’s 47 degrees! Brrrrrr! but feels good in the hot sun)


Hiking the Grand Canyon!



Going back up!


Chillin’ with the sunset after quite a workout!


More Videos:

Colorado River tour – quick video:


Overview of our Grand Canyon hike (video):


Day 55 ~ Mulching

It was a big exercise day for me today. It was nice to have that kind of energy again!

Exercise ~ biking and gardening

I mulched all the food in the garden, to keep the moisture in and the weeds out. I also mulched a few flowers that were getting weed constricted.

Food of the Day

B… Wasn’t hungry
L… Pineapple oj
D… Banana date carob moccachino
S… Guacamole salad with half an avo

Total cals… 1838
Fat… 6.7 %
Feeling… Good that I had enough energy for biking and gardening!
Water… 3L
Sleep… 10 hours, broken up


Day 53

2nd month raw vegan


Click on the picture above for my video updates of my second month as a Raw Vegan 🙂

Food of the Day

2 bananas
Banana date carob moccachino
Quinoa with bits of salmon and marinara sauce

Didn’t count the cals today.
Wasn’t feeling that well. Cramps started heavily after the salmon meal.
No exercise.
Sleep 8 hours