Category Archives: Alakazam – Answers from Joan

These posts answer the questions that I receive from website users. If one person has a question, then probably others do too – so, I’ll share the questions and the answers.

What is Raw Foodism?

Would you build a house using lumber that was harvested after a wildfire? Prolonged exposure to high heats damage or destroy the nutrients, vitamins and the enzymes in food. The value is diminished and the cost of use (toxic byproducts) is increased. Raw foodism, or eating a high-raw diet, involves eating the majority of your […]

Raw Kitchen Bible – The Printed Word

This book is a compilation of all the Living Raw educational products – and an absolute necessity for any person who wants to sustain a high-raw diet. Developed for people suffering with poor health, it delivers a broad array of complex information with masterful organization and layman’s simplicity, illustrated with gorgeous photos and clarifying charts. […]

Keeping My Nuts Fresh

This question was answered for Cindy Laughlin who indicated that her nuts went bad faster when they had been soaked and dehydrated. She wanted to know what to do to keep from wasting such precious foods. I recommend soaking and dehydrating brown-skinned nuts and large seeds (sunflower and pumpkin) in advance of need. They form […]

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 […]