Author Archives: Joan Jackson

Gluten is only one kind of a Lectin???

Just so you know, gluten is a lectin. There are others. Lectins are a class of molecules called glycoproteins (molecules that contain a protein and a sugar). Lectins can be found in whole grains, legumes, nightshade vegetables and animals fed foods rich in lectins. Below is an excerpt from my book, The Raw Kitchen Magician, […]

Vegan Sources of Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is not readily found naturally occuring in plant-based foods. Most vegans and raw vegans rely on nutritional yeast for B12. Nutritional yeast does not naturally have B12, it is supplemented with it, or fortified. But don’t assume that all brands of nutritional yeast are fortified with B12. Do your research or select Red […]

What’s the Best Blender?

I recommend the blender which has enough power to do what you want without frustration. If you’re doing heavy duty blending like large amounts of seeds to grind, or frozen fruits into smoothies, then I recommend getting a heavy duty blender (Vitamix or Blendtec). There are other blenders the Ninja and Montell Williams to name […]

God Help me – I’m on a 30-day Juice Cleanse

Okay, so now I’m going through it. Withdrawal. From food and chewing. I started my juicing cleanse yesterday, on Monday. All good diets start on Monday or the first of the month or the first of the year. Why? Because we need time to get adjusted emotionally to our new state of consumption. Going 100% […]

Escaping the Gravitational Pull of My Conditioning

I peeked at the scale today, one day early. It was Sunday morning and I’d committed to weighing myself only on Monday mornings. I was shocked. I’d only lost 1.4 lbs. since my weigh-in last Monday. I’d started exercising, walking 5 days last week (sometimes twice in a day). So I just knew the scale […]

Sleep tight, don’t let the …

This is a strange confession coming from a raw-food lifestyle teacher but.. After class I have the urge to go out to eat cooked food – and most of the time I used to indulge. Last night after class, the urge hit me. I wanted something that was savory and substantive and ethnic. Visions of my […]

Why did I stop eating 100% raw?

Oh, yeah – my life interfered. This post is another twist from the past.  I had already lost more than 150 lbs. (getting down to 170+ lbs.) and had 50 more to go.  Getting from 320 down to 210 was accomplished merely by going nearly all raw, vegan and organic. The next 50 lbs. was accomplished after […]

My Soul’s Address

So I completed my first week of 100% raw with no problems or temptations. Having made the decision to act like I’m worth it, I have been able to stay the course. The satisfaction and self-esteem that I’ve gained from keeping my promise to myself has allowed me to stop dreaming about food. (I’m praying that this continues […]