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  • 75 Simple Living Strategies for an Ideal Life

    Raw Food Pioneers Living A Life They Love mountain
    I first met Jackie in Costa Rica. As soon as I met this lively character I bombarded her with questions like no one had ever done before. I was so curious and excited by who she was and how she lived with her family in the jungles of Costa Rica!! And over time I got the chance to know her better and after several requests, she finally allowed me to share with others a window into her world. As a family they live in the heart of the jungle making it out to the neighboring towns and cities about once a month as a family. The rest of the teim, they bask in what is for them a blissful, natural life.

    At the crack of sun, the family jumps to their feet, sharpens their machetés and gets on with the busy day of life on the fruit farm. By the time most of us are getting up to wipe the sleep out of our eyes, this lively bunch has already put in a good 3 hours of hard physical
    labor. When you talk about eating well, being fit, getting proper sun and rest… well, you realize what a struggle it is for most of us because we no longer live in a natural environment.

    Jackie, her husband Doug and their children; Julianna (17), Olivia (15), Giovanni (13),  and Aureliano (7) live about as close as you could get to a natural, pioneering lifestyle. We trust you’ll appreciate her tips wisdom and time. (In her writing, she calls me their “adopted cub” because she really has done a lot to “take me in” and offer me a great deal of support and kindness throughout the time we have known each other.)

    Tera (our adopted cub) has asked us to give an idea of our lifestyle and diet.  We’re very reluctant to do so, for most people think we are too extreme.  We think of ourselves as Pioneers ~ Old Style ~ working and loving the land!  Also, we’ve been creating our lifestyle for the last 26 years and don’t honestly believe that if we jumped into it as is, we’d necessarily like it.  So, why would anybody else?  We can give some guidelines to live up to!

    Our diet is constantly improving!  We’ve been 80% Raw from Ann Wigmore, Viktorus Kulvinskus and The Biogenic Society since ’81 when my husband and I met at a small Natural Health College.  We’ve lived in Costa Rica on about 60 acres for over 15 years with plenty of wild greens, fruit trees and bamboo.  We’ve been 100% Raw for two years and are now about 90%, which is more comfortable for us at this time.  kids

    We truly believe in self-sufficiency, have no workers other than our four children ages 16-10,
    who were all born at home with only family attendance.  It would be reasonable to assume that we grow all our own food ~ would if we could!  Unfortunately, our climate will not allow for most veggies.  So, we have organic friends in the mountains who bring us a weekly delivery ~ we also provide this service to neighbor friends.  A horse, goat, chickens, banties, bunnies, Russian hamsters, parakeets and a mouse complete our family right now.  We take care of our farm all morning ~ have school all afternoon.  To Some This Is Boring ~ To Us Bliss!

    Life is a fantastically, wonderful journey of joy and lessons, which when learned should be seen for the blessings they are.  Quick fixes don’t usually work!  Everybody is different and needs to find out what works for themselves.

    Hopefully the list below can give some ideas of where to start!

    If you’d like to know more information you are welcome to contact us.

    Love, Jackie

    1. Take Responsibility For Your Health and Lifehouse

    2. Make Home A Sanctuary ~ Don’t Bring “Bad Stuff” Home
    3. 100% Pure/Organic/Whole Foods
    4. Eaducate Yourself ~ Trust Your Wisdom!
    5. 80% Live/Vital Foods Minimum ~ Some “Raw” Foods Are Junk
    6. Read LABELS ~ Understand What You Are Eating!
    7. Simplify. Always Simplify
    8. Cook With Minimal Temperatures ~ Avoid Frying
    9. Vegan/Vegetarian? ~ Your Conscious Decision!
    10. No Processed/Refined Foods ~ Avoid All Chemicals
    11. Follow Food Combining Rules ~ Limit Items Per Meal
    12. Moderation In All Things ~ Very Wise!
    13. Soak All Grains, Seeds, Nuts And Beans 8 Hours Before Using
    14. Juices/Smoothies: High Nutrition ~ Easy Towaterfall Digest (Drink Within 20 Min)
    15. “Follow Your Bliss!” ~ Joseph Campbell’s Wisdom
    16. Sufficient Greens In The Diet “Green Inside= Clean Inside
    17. No Microwaved OR Irradiated Foods
    18. Natural Sea Salt In Moderation ~ No Aluminum Silicate
    19. Don’t Eat When You Are Angry, Sad, Scared OR Anxious
    20. Only Stainless Steel OR Glass Cookware ~ No Aluminum OR Teflon
    21. No Negativity ~ Only Love ~ Pure Love!
    22. Detoxify Home ~ Throw Away Anything Questionable
    23. Daily Music Therapy ~ Bach Not Rock
    24. Extra Virgin Olive Oil OR Coconut Oil – No Vegetable Oils
    25. Intention Is Everything! ~ Evaluate Intentions!


    26. Green Clean Only ~ Use Borax, Bicarbonate, EMA, Lemon & W.Vinegar
    27. Daily Pet Therapy ~ Pet Your Pets!
    28. Organize Your Living Spaces ~ A Place For Everything…
    29. No Chlorine Bleach In Drinking Water, Toilets OR Swimming Pools
    30. Hot/Cold Water Alternating Therapy ~ Stimulating/Healing
    31. No Artificial Sweeteners LikeNutraSweet, Equal,  Saccharine OR W.Sugar
    32. Beauty Therapy ~ Surround Yourself Only With Things You Love!
    33. Pure/Clean Water ~ Drink Plenty!
    34. Always Be Willing To Change For The Better!
    35. Limit Radiation ~ Limit TV, Computer, Cell Phones & Towers, X-Rays
    36. Full-Body Sunshine Daily ~ Closed Eyes “Looking” At The Sun
    37. Plenty Of Unmedicated Sleep
    38. No Fluoride In Drinking Water, Toothpaste OR Mouthwash


    39. Laugh & Hug Several Times Each Day
    40. Avoid Metal Contact With Skin ~ Rings, Watch, Necklace OR Earrings
    41. Cotton OR Natural Fiber Clothing ~ Not Too Tight
    42. If It Feels Right *** It Is Right ~ Trust Your Heart!
    43. Only Glass Drinking Bottles, Plates, Bowl & Glasses
    44. Use Alternative Energies If Possible
    45. Non-Toxic Soap & Shampoo, Essential Oils ~ No Deodorant OR Perfume
    46. Avoid Piercings And Tattoos
    47. Reconcile Any Broken Relationships That Bother You
    48. Chew All Food Well ~ Fletcherize
    49. No Aluminum Foil OR Plastic Wrap
    50. Walk Barefoot On Grass In Early Morning
    51. Natural Contraceptives ~ Abstinence, Rhythm, Withdrawal OR Condoms
    52. Love Your Work ~ TEST: No Need For Vacations!
    53. Deep Breathing ~ Abdominal Vacuum Yoga
    54. No Sunglasses ~ Sunlight To Eyes Is Extremely Important


    55. Replace ALL Metal In Mouth ~ Fillings, Crowns & Bridges
    56. Avoid Air Travel ~ Hidden Radiation
    57. Color Therapy ~ Utilize Colors For Health
    58. No Immunizations ~ Degrades Immune System
    59. Organic Garden Therapy ~ Get Dirty!
    60. No Caffeine, Alcohol, Tobacco OR Other Drugs
    61. Walk Daily Everywhere ~ “The Best Exercise!”
    62. Meditation ~ Thinking About Good Things
    63. Shower Before Bed ~ Just Good Hygiene
    64. Nobody Is Perfect! ~ Do The Best You Can!
    65. Minimize Medications ~ Substitute Natural Remedies If Possible
    66. edtime: Eight O’ Clock ~ Up With The Sun!
    67. No Synthetic Vitamins, Minerals OR Hormones


    68. Wash New Clothes Several Times Before Wearing
    69. Gratitude ~ Everything Is A Blessing!
    70. Most Things In Health Food Stores Are Not Healthy ~ Be Aware!
    71. Periodic Cleansing/Detoxification Programs
    72. Value Family Above All ~ Realize Everybody Is Family!
    73. “Make It Go Right!” ~ My Dad’s Favorite Blessing
    74. Easy Ideas That When Incorporated Into Your Daily Schedule Make An Enormous Difference ~ Use Whatever Is Logical To You.
    75. Create A Healthy, Authentic Lifestyle That Works For You In Your Home And Work Place ~ Which You Live 95% Of The Time.  This Is What Counts!
    76. When You Are In Unusual Circumstances ~ Enjoy Yourself!

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