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Raw, Naked and Beautiful

Raw, Naked and Beautiful

 

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Raw, Naked and Beautiful Project

Most people do not see their beliefs.

Instead their beliefs tell them what to see.

This is the simple difference between clarity and confusion.

    – Matt Khan

 

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Our ‘Reality’ is not as real as you may think!

I am also pretty sure that the title Raw, Naked and Beautiful could have some pretty interesting thoughts or images dancing around one’s head 🙂

I took on and named this project almost 2 years ago – it’s been in my thoughts constantly yet I struggled with a few things – with the direction and within me – now much more is becoming clear and it’s truly the time to move forward with this!!

Raw, Naked and Beautiful stands for Real, Authentic and Truth – and I may, actually I hope 🙂 as the deeper I dig, I realize how little I know or understand about the real energetics of living and being yet my journey and inquestable thirst for truth (ahh being a true Sagg) I would love to share what I am finding as our ‘reality’ that seems so real is not what you nor I think or have been taught it is!!

Our so called ‘ reality’ is such a man made construct based on anything but truth,  We are multi dimensional beings that view and live life through our 5 senses which is extremely limiting as we cannot keep up with how much information is in our awareness or fields each moment therefore we have beliefs, programs, patterns, judgments, points of views etc that everything gets censored through – kind of like that telephone line game as a kid – remember how distorted the information was by the time it hit the last person – no where near how it started out usually.  Funny in the game but not always funny in the game called life!

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Real Foods – what the body needs!!

Raw is about real – real foods, real emotions, real conversations, real ways of living and being.  Where can we be more real in our lives?  I will dive more into all of this in upcoming posts!!  We are turning more into who we are and living from the heart more not the head. (psss – there will be a little gift coming out soon so check back in shortly)

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Raw, Naked and Beautiful Project

Naked is about being Authentic – whether that is having your photo taken in the nude, semi nude or not it’s who are you truly and how do you want to be seen being the real you!?  And speaking of naked – what is wrong with the human body, your body? Do you love it? or not?  It’s time to let go of negative self talk, self abuse and another twisted thoughts about nudity being pornographic etc  Our bodies are the place our Souls call home – love it and a big part of that is being the real you! I will share my journey of my relationship with food, my body and self and why now this is my mission.  Some major deprogramming for some of us for sure!!

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Celebrate YOUR Awesomeness!!

Beautiful is about Truth – the truth of who we are!  I so love using the snowflake analogy as it seems to work – we are each like a beautiful,unique snowflake that when we come together we all play an unique role but when looked t separately we look different, are unique and beautiful – so why try and be like anyone else!!?? Loe your unique, quirky, beautiful awesomeness!!! 🙂

We all came into this world pure, innocent and full of love – somewhere along the line the story got distorted.

The journeys to come home, back to self, back to love.

When we leave planetEarth we may be asked of our time here – how much were you able to love and how much were you able to receive love………

So I leave you with this question – where in your life can you be more, raw, naked and beautiful??

Eat Real

Live Authentically

Love Yourself

Laugh Often

Be Awesome!!!

Jodi

xo

PS To find out more about the Raw, Naked and Beautiful project click here.

If you are struggling with Emotional Eating or sense of Self – 21 Days Food & You is a great starting place!

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Me Being Me – Photo by Ted Peters

 

 

 

 

Here are a few examples  – judgment vs non-judgment or anyone or anything, ease vs struggle, love & self love vs hatred and self hatred, happy vs sad and so on.  It’s ok to move thru different emotions s that is part of the human experience down here but to stay in a lower state for extended periods of time is not real living or being as each decision we make – even how we feel is based on coming from love or fear.

Conscious Eating

Conscious Eating

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Conscious Eating brings more Light into the Body!

What is Conscious Eating?

Instead of eating mindlessly, putting food into your mouth almost unconsciously, not really tasting the food you’re eating, sitting in front of the tv or computer or the phone … you notice your thoughts, feelings, and sensations. You learn to pay attention to: Why you feel like eating, and what emotions or needs might be triggering the eating if it’s truly not hunger!

In todays world of over 200 ‘diets’, many products, processed foods,  fast foods, entertainment, advertising there is so much emphasis on food and body and yet health problems, obesity and eating disorders keep rising.

If you are a Vegetarian, that’s not good enough for the Vegans, if you’re a Vegan that is not good enough for the Raw Foodies and if you’re Raw then that is not good enough for the Breathatarian.

What if you’re an Emotional eater?

Food Addiction is prevalent these days – just look around.

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Selling Coconuts in Cuba

Addiction is something that every one of us has experienced at one point or another to something!! We’re quick to point to the “big” addictions as being the obvious saboteurs in our lives, like drugs, alcohol,  smoking but what about the gradual and socially acceptable drug of choice—food?

It’s the number one killer of our bodies and thief of our joy, that causes heart attacks, obesity, diabetes, certain cancers, dementia, depression, eating disorders and so many other diseases.

Through my cycles of an eating disorder, emotional eating / not eating, becoming a Raw For Chef then letting all points of view go to come to a balance that truly works for me – I’ve learned a lot!! 🙂

This is some of what I feel I know since I cleaned up many of my emotional triggers I didn’t need to use food to fill the hole in myself that I was feeling or stuff down (over eating or binge eating) the emotions I didn’t want to feel.

That I need to eat what is right for me and my body – it’s easier to listen to it when the food is clean.  My body does well eating mostly fresh or real foods yet it goes through stages of wanting more protein and sometimes cooked foods depending on where I am – big difference between living in Mexico and Vancouver for weather!!  I enjoy what I put in my mouth – if I don’t or my body doesn’t like it I don’t eat it – I don’t care how good it is for me!!  I have cleaned up my body and taste buds so that I know the difference – not like eating highly processed foods then having a wheat grass drink and hating it – no not that way!! 🙂

Once we get rid of the highly processed foods we can actually tune into our bodies better and what they truly desire  and when not what we think we should eat.  The SAD pyramid way of eating has done a lot of damage in many ways!  As with many other diets – we need to learn to trust ourselves and what OUR body is telling us NOT diets or measurements or times!  There is nothing better than conscious eating – being conscious and doing anything  really – compare it to like sex – are you on your phone or watching tv while having sex? If so maybe it’s not the right relationship!! 🙂

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Be Present in the Moment

When I eat I am present – no tv (I never watch the Tel LIE Vision anyways), no computer or on my phone – I have no idea then what I ate or how it tasted!

I slow down when I eat and I also try to pay attention to my conversations – if I’m upset or angry I don’t eat then.  Why? If everything is energy why take on more of that??

I try to bless my food, ask that it provide the most nutrition it can to my body and give thanks – again if everything is energy – Dr Emoto proved it with the water – Gratitude and Love – highest vibes!!  (still working on this one as I don’t always remember yet I do while creating the food in the kitchen).

Not to push my beliefs or my ways onto others – I am not in their body and I have no idea truly what is for  their highest good – I can only make suggestions to possibly wake up someone to a better or different way, a more natural or cleaner way yet with no attachment.

I’ve learned to love myself just the way I am and my body – my only regret with this one is why I didn’t do it sooner – it’s so much easier and freeing.

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ALL Shapes, Sizes & Colors!!!

Being back on the beach here in Mexico I so love people watching – so many bodies – so many sizes, shapes and colors – many in very small bathing suits  🙂 – they obviously love themselves no matter what.  Beautiful to see!!

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A guy dancing in the streets of Havana

Pay attention today to when you are eating, if you are truly hungry and how it all tastes – being fully present in each moment raises our consciousness big time.  When you eat it should be like a party in your mouth – live in joy, health and bliss!

Jodi

xo

PS If you are struggling with food issues or emotional eating my new 21 Days Food & You – Stop the Insanity is well worth the time and small investment on YOU!!!

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A man in a local coffee shop in Cuba

 

Raw, Naked and Beautiful Update

Raw, Naked and Beautiful

 

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Raw, Naked and Beautiful

 

This was the project I started earlier this year, but with travelling and moving it didn’t stay in the front of my projects.  Also trying to find locations as I don’t have a studio hasn’t always been easy to shoot mostly nudes.  Now that the weather is rainy, grey and cold well lets just say it ain’t beach weather!!

I’m shifting gears a little with the project as I am moving forward with it no matter what – it’s like my Sou’s urging, one of them, to do this – I know it is needed now more than ever with 40% of 9 year old girls either have been or on a diet and that is just in Canada…..WTH??  I think back to what I was doing at 9 years old and I was playing with dolls or out climbing trees.  I was not dieting, I was too busy out side playing to do that, it’s a big sign of how the times have changed and what is going on in our culture.

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Raw, Naked and Beautiful

 

I’ve only had the honour of shooting a handful of ladies so far, who have also shared their stories for the book that it will turn into – and the body issues, self esteem issues and even one’s relationship with food as I know many, many women struggle with this.

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I must say they are brave, bold and beautiful as I know myself personally what comes up for me when it’s time to expose my body.  It is much easier now as on purpose I have gone to the nude beach to over come any issues.  When being photographed and attention is really directed on me, I pay attention to what I am feeling and have started asking why? Why do I feel ashamed, shy or embarrassed?

Dam, I’m almost 51 years old, you would have thought I would have been over this, yet the lingering effects of disordered eating and not feeling good enough most of my life……..the programming.  Much stats with television and the commercials – which I just recently heard this and love it

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Raw, Naked and Beautiful

 

Television – Tells Lies to YOUR Vision……..

Magazines – OMG the ads in there  and I could go on!

Anyway, as my new journey begins there will be many photos and stories of beautiful women and their stories on overcoming body issues, self esteem issues and food issues.

Raw, Naked and Beautiful is not about nudity – it’s about being real, authentic and of course beautiful no matter when in the nude, bathing suit, fully dressed or anything in between – it’s not vanity or ego driven!

Everything is Energy.  These ways of living, feeling and being lower our vibration, create much self judgment, low self love and when we heal this within ourselves and can help other’s do the same we come closer to who we truly our – Energy of unconditional Love having a Human experience.

It’s time to raise the vibration within us and on our planet – the world needs us to step up and start shining our light so we can light someone close to us and keep it going so it’s bright bright bright!!

So, I so look forward to bringing photos of beautiful women and some great stories starting soon!!

 

Create that feeling within of being beautiful, empowered and full of self love!!

Jodi

xo

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Raw, Naked and Beautiful

Raw, Naked and Beautiful

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Raw, Naked and Beautiful

 

 

Have been on the Sunshine most lately and this past week I had no internet, a great time and way to decompress (well sort of, helped a friend move), connect with nature (found an Eagle feather – always a great sign), hang with my dog and really think about the project that I have been talking about for way too long and not doing much about it – until recently and now it is becoming my focus.

Raw, Naked and Beautiful (read more about it here) the project!!

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Raw, Naked and Beautiful

 

In the past couple of weeks I have been able to connect with and start photographing some beautiful and amazing women and am looking to do many more.

Since overcoming my eating disorder AND my body image this has become such a powerful force for me to help as many other women as possible be free too!!

These are just a couple of the photos I took being playful, being comfortable in their bodies, being bold, being beautiful and showing up as themselves and truly embracing being that – body and all!!

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That is what this is ALL about.

Advertising, Media, Fashion and more has created such judgment of self and others, competition, exercise but not for health of it or the joy of doing it but to manipulate the body or punishment of eating something we shouldn’t.

The craziness and insanity has to stop.

There are no two bodies alike and we need to all embrace our beauty and our uniqueness.

I look forward to bringing many more photos, thoughts and insights on this!!

 

Love

Jodi

xo

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Raw Superfoods Chocolate

 

Raw Superfoods Chocolate

Raw Superfoods Chocolate

Raw Superfoods Chocolate

Who says eating healthy has to be boring or all just veggies??

I truly believe that things in moderation and of course the healthier versions are always better options!!

Raw cacao before highly processed and cooked (ie all our chocolate bars etc that we can buy at check outs or in grocery stores) have no nutritional value what so ever and have a ton of processed white sugar – something that brings no nutritional value to the body and literally takes from the body as well!

It’s incredible too when you can sneak in superfoods  – tasty yet healthy and nutritious like none other!!

There are healthy alternatives – I hope you experiment with the recipe and create what truly tantalizes your taste buds or just enjoy as is!!

Jodi

 

–         ½ cup raw Cacao Butter

–         ¼ cup raw Cacao Powder

–         1 tbsp Spirulina

–         1 tbsp Rice Bran Solubles (optional – Purium)

–         ½ tsp Cinnamon

–         1tsp Vanilla

–         ¼ cup Hemp

–         ¼ cup Agave (or Honey)

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Raw Superfoods Chocolate

Melt the Cacao Butter over a double boiler on low heat.

Once melted stir in remaining ingredients and mix well until all is dissolved and smooth

Pour into chocolate molds or into a glass square baking dish and store in fridge for best results (may soften if out at room temp) and to keep longer.

Raw Superfoods Chocolate gives you the chance to enjoy sweets without the guilt. It’s really a healthy way to savor the goodness of chocolates.

For more healthy guilt-free sweet food alternatives, see our list of original collection of desserts and vegan food recipes.

Super Smoothie

Ok, I finally got hit with the flu bug that has been going around our house for the last 10 days……ugh!!!

Someone usually says to me ‘Oh but I thought you ate so healthy?’………there is always room for improvement, I’m not perfect.

As I was reading Louise L Hay’s book this morning ‘You Can Heal Your Life’, under Influenza, I finally saw it…… influence.

What has been having obviously negative influence in my life??  Response to lots of negativity and fear.  Hmmmm, got me thinking, yup going through some  stuff right now…..how interesting, obviously I need to deal with it better!!!

Anyways, when my body isn’t feeling so good, I am a firm believer in listening to it and giving it foods, teas, juices etc to help it heal faster, and very little food.

This morning I had the pleasure of having a young coconut.  When I get into Vancouver and Commercial Dr. I bring back a few as I can’t get any here and they are so good for you.

I’ve added some photos of a young coconut as it’s not the one’s you usually see.  It is also easy to take the top off, if I can do it, so can you!!

Super Smoothie

coconut water of 1 young coconut

flesh of one young coconut

1 banana

1 pear

1 kiwi

big handful of spinach

small handful of parsley

approx 1/2 cup blueberries

1 tsp Maca powder

1 tsp Spirulina

1 tsp Bee Pollen

2 Tbsp Hemp seed

Blend up, makes about 2 big cups, drink and enjoy.

It did help me get through the day!!

JB

Healthy and Raw

Healthy and Raw……

What does that mean to you?

Do you think of eating just carrots sticks and salads all the time?

Giving up everything you like to eat?

Being hungry a lot?

Some people even ask  ‘meat too’?

I wanted to share with you what I think that healthy and raw mean to me and why I choose those words.

Healthy – to feel good, no great, to look good, have that sparkle in the eye, to have a presence that is confident, calming, energetic, grateful, peaceful, inviting, inspiring, motivating and happy.

Raw – for me that is real food, simple, easy, alive, BUT also me…..(ok maybe not simple) but alive, real and authentic.

Yes this is about eating raw foods, because I believe that what we put into our bodies, our food choices, does affect our thoughts, our emotions, our moods.  So, when we clean up our diet ( and what works best for you may be different than me) and make that more of a lifestyle, we can become clearer.  We feed our bodies, and clean our bodies.  With a clean body we have a cleaner mind and we can become more real, more raw, more authentic.

To me being raw means being real.  I had to go through a lot of dark nights to learn that.  My food choices over the years has played a huge role for me.

When one decides to bring in more real, live,  raw foods into their life, they have more time…….really.

How much time do you read labels looking for carbs, fats, calories, proteins etc?  How much time do you waste weighing yourself and fretting over the numbers on the scales?  Looking through magazines for the latest ‘diet’ or pill or whatever else is new?  How often are you tired and just don’t have the energy?

I could go on.

Is that the real you?

Healthy and Raw – alive, energy, sparkle, beautiful, confident, happy, real

Love to hear your thoughts!!

Here is to your health and being real!!

JB

Pesto Sauce

Raw Pesto Sauce

I was at the market the other day and there was an abundance of Basil and fresh Garlic – perfect for making pesto.

2 bunches basil leaves (no stems)

2 – 3 garlic cloves

squeeze of 1/2 lemon

3/4 cup cold pressed olive oil

nuts are optional, I usually use them, but you don’t have to. Traditional pesto called for pine nuts, but you can also mix them up. I have used pumpkin seeds, macadamia nuts and walnuts, you don’t have to soak them, it is up to you, I usually don’t.

Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend up until mixed well.  You can make it very smooth or a little more course.  You can add more olive oil for less concentrate.  I usually make it somewhat concentrate then depending on the dish I can add more oil if need be.

This is great for pastas, (regular and raw), crackers, dressing etc

Enjoy!!