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Going Beyond Raw: Why I May Eat Cooked Again, Oct. ’15 Newsletter

I’m writing you from high on a hill, up in the sky from a 15th century medieval stone village, in Italy’s central land of Tuscany.  It’s so ancient and reminiscent of romance; as the old shares its story with the new through aged architecture, cobble stone streets, grape vines, and olive trees.

If the stone could speak, it would surely tell tales that would melt our hearts – fables of folklore, of spiritual quests and quandaries, of love and longing, hopes and fears, and everything in between.

In the old times, those living especially close to Earth, would probably be called a witch, and shared their information with only the most trusted.  Still in these times, we may be considered odd and even threatening for stepping out of conventional ways of eating, living, medicating, and being.

Do you ever feel persecuted, judged, or even rejected for your “witchy ways”?  Lately this topic has led me into a deeper self-inquiry that’s been a life and game changer – as I know life happens for me, not to me.

A few years ago, feeling quite restless and discontent with a rawfoodist label and how it was affecting me, I found myself – after 9 years of 100% raw, and intensive fasting – sitting in an Ethiopian restaurant in Amsterdam.  I felt so content that no one knew me, and “normal” – like everyone else.  I had a glass of wine, and thoroughly enjoyed my first cooked food in many years, though the old guilt and fear of “doing something wrong” returned.  I knew this meant a deeper self-inquiry was being called for.

That day started an intensive investigation within.  “Why do I eat raw food, why do I “teach” this topic, and what’s happening within me”?  After living something for a long time, have you had a version of this conversation with yourself?  It was quite disturbing, as my personal identity and constructs were shattering.  Absolutely everything in my life, and in my mind was up for inquiry and questioning. In this period, I let go of a negative partnership, stopped working like crazy, and released a lot of self-pressure around how I “keep myself together.”  It’s been an amazing journey that’s helped me to break out of a self-imposed box, gain courage to grow beyond certain concepts, expand into something else, and find true love for who I am, rather than what I do…  and to eventually find love with a different type of man, I never thought I’d be with.

Do you love someone who isn’t into raw food, cleansing, health, etc.?  Yes, many of us do. Is finding integration with your witchy ways/health choices, loved ones, and the world on your radar?

Beyond a need for belonging, and at times lonely due to my food and lifestyle choices – this grand experiment into intensive self-honesty has shown me how I actually alienate myself, by defining who I am with labels such as raw food, detox, doctor, teacher, partner, boss, this, that, etc.  One thing is sure, there’s so much more to life, you and me, than how we label ourselves. Uninvestigated, we may get stuck – or feel trapped – in some of the preordained ideas we find shelter in to feel safe, secure, and “good enough”.  Been feeling restless or the need for change and growth?  Maybe you’ve outgrown some identities or definitions of yourself that no longer fit?

I’ve also learned that typically the need for love and connection – over time – is often far greater than “making the right food and lifestyle choices.” If my heart isn’t fully met, common interests and health habits can only go so far.  Inviting love based on who I Really Am, rather than how I label myself – wow, I attract different people into my life.  For example, as a self-identified raw foodist, I would only be with a man who eats and lives within my same habits.  More integrated into my own needs, heart, and true sense of self, I’ve actually fallen in love with a man who often has very different food and health choices than my own.  I learn much through our differences, and my heart has never been happier.

Why do we develop such identities?  For me it had to do with attempting to keep my wild and crazy nature  “on the straight and narrow,” and to free myself from “societies sicknesses.” Eating only raw was natural and effortless for a long time.  Though once it wasn’t, if I didn’t let it go, that identity would rule my life, rather than my own truth leading the way. Self-growth practices help me tremendously – and when I realize I’ve become unconsciously attached and defined by them, I’m reminded to let go again – and instead choice to be true to myself, rather than loyal to a persona.  Do you use “spiritual” practices to tame the tiger of desire, while wrestling with the bigger questions?  To what extend do practices help you?  To what degree do they incur an identity?

Beyond raw food identities, I’ve gotten back to why I started this path in the first place, almost 20 years ago. From the beginning, it completely regenerated my health, prevented early stages of uterine cancer from developing, and freed me from many negative habits.  It’s also been a catalyst that continues unlocking other ways of thinking, and has led to greater states of self-love, healing, and thriving.  After experimenting with some cooked vegan food again in the past few years, for me the recalculation is very clear. Eating a high raw, to all raw diet, with regular fasting is foundation in how my body best responds for excellent health.  It’s been highly reflective and educational to not feel as well as I usually do, to have had a couple of little colds (I hadn’t been sick in years), and in general witness my vitality drop to some degree. As I refocus on what works best for me, enriched with a panoramic view and awareness of how labels keep me from me, I realize I no longer need identities as coping system to “control” myself, or keep on track.  What’s most important is that I’m honest, real, and myself – moment to moment. Though not always easy, and often at high stakes, I’d rather dig deep within myself for truth, than be superficially content with coping mechanisms masked as the Real Me.

It’s brought me all the way back to me, just me. Not Dr. Amy, this person’s teacher, or that “raw food” person.  After much break down, tear down, and now in a regeneration phase, I have much more understanding and compassion for what people go through who want to make healthier choices, and the struggle it can be.  Most important, I feel unguarded and without defense for the first time in my life, and free of how I’ve used food and detox to protect myself. I’m very thankful to re-approach these tools in a different, more well rounded way.

My true witchy self is just fine if she doesn’t eat all raw, or if she does.  It feels good that my self-worth is no longer wrapped up in what I eat or don’t eat, what I do or don’t do, etc.

Love from Me… wherever this may find you on your path.

Need some support on this topic?

To go beyond raw, detox, and any person, place, thing or belief you may be attached to as “right”, “the way” (or may keep you from you and love), here are some questions:

•   do I labeI myself? If so, how (“I am a raw foodist”, “I am a doctor”, etc.)?

•   what are my true needs (need to feel safe, to be healthy, etc.) beyond labels and identities (“I choose to be healthy”, rather than “I am a raw foodist and that is most healthy”)?

•   am I FULLY honest with myself?  What does this mean to me?

•   if I’m not fully honest with myself, is there something within I don’t want to look at?  (Be gentle and easy with yourself, self-acceptance and self-forgiveness are key… they open doors to full honesty and healing).

•   fully honest with myself, what are my values… beyond labels or self-imposed identities…. that support my health and well being?

•   am I attached to food, substances, people or a place that I defend or feel the need to justify?

•   do I experience attachments that show up in my life?  If so, what are they? What do they look and feel like?  How do they affect me, and those in my life?

•   do I pay a price for being attached to certain choices in my life?

how can I best honor and take care of myself, beyond attachments, identities, or ideas I have about what is most healthy?

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Pure Raw Courses, Now and Ongoing

Holistic Nutrition & Detox Coach Course, Online (bonus 10 day Bali retreat included). Take Anytime from Anywhere. Personal to Professional.

10-Day Raw Food Chef Certification & Detox Training, Nov 5 -16, 2015, Bali – 2 SEATS LEFT

Learn in person with chef Jillian & Pure Raw founder Dr. Amy Rachelle, ND

NOTE:  THIS IS THE LAST RAW FOOD CHEF TRAINING WE WILL OFFER. NEXT YEAR’S 10 DAY BALI TRAINING WILL HAVE SOME FOOD PREP, THOUGH THE FOCUS WILL CHANGE.  MORE TO COME.

Internship Program – 1 SEAT LEFT

Learn how to run your own retreats while working with us in Bali for during our 10 Day Raw Food Chef Certification & Detox Training, Nov. 5-16. About this training:

-come 7 days before Nov. 5th

-stay 2 days after

-work hands on, as needed – before, during, and after retreat (be prepared for long hours, though you’ll have time off, and you can join the retreat as well)

-you’ll receive instruction as we go with meeting before the event, during, and after to talk about direction, what’s needed – and you’ll learn how to run a retreat.

$2,900

Includes:

-intern program

-participation in retreat as possible

-food and juice during 10 day retreat

-Holistic Nutrition & Detox Facilitator Course (2nd online program)

-working closely with Dr. Amy, and chef Jillian Love

To apply, please ask for a questionnaire.

Helpful Links

Travel & Bali Info

Dr. Amy’s eBook 

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About Dr. Amy

Based in New York City and Bali, Indonesia   Amy Rachelle is a naturopath specializing in raw and whole food nutrition combined with detoxification, and understanding oneself, science to spirit.  She created Pure Raw in 2005 and has since coached thousands in living and eating healthier. Her work is a successful and proven formula that helps people to:

• develop lifelong habits for eating and living healthy, physical to emotional, personal to professional.

• balance body weight

• heal skin imbalances (acne, psoraisis, excema, etc)

• be free of digestive difficulties, colitis, constipation, bloating, headaches, candida, gas, headaches, dark circles under eyes, back pain, & fatigue

• regain skin elactiscity, feel fresh and whole with more energy, greater vibrancy, and a vibrant presence

• feel purposeful, be free of depression, balance mental stability, heal relationships, gain clarity

www.amyrachelle.com

amy@amyrachelle.com

US:  646-643-1286

Bali:  08 123 916 5702

 

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Detox Q & A w/ Dr. Amy Rachelle

Detox Supplements and Common Practices –  Q & A

Amino acids/protein (when do you know you’ve had enough for any given day)
>Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.  You’ll likely know you’ve had adequate amounts in a day because you’ll feel naturally strong, healthy, can calm.
Flax oil 
>2-3 tablespoons per day, Udo’s 3,6,9 Brand
Bentonite Clay
>Bentonite is too potentially congestive for someone with a digestion that’s probably only working to a limited degree.
Coffee enemas
>For someone with a sensitive system and compromised digestive system, I would only recommend water with a bit of sea salt… many of these cleansing practices are too abrasive for the colon wall for someone with limited digestive capacity likely like yourself.
Clay & psylium husk
>very much the same as bentonite and coffee enemas.
Magnesium absorption is an issue
 >taking high amounts of pharmaceticuls can greatly rob magnesium… vit D is said to help magnesium uptake, so I’d suggest looking for a good whole food supplement to help with this – try the company Innate.
Iron binding capacity is issue
>well, yes, of course it is given your condition, and this is back to eliminating toxicity from the blood, and rebuilding it.
Cold symptoms 
>cold symptoms are just the bottom kicking in its natural way to heal – which is to eliminate the excess in the way, which we call “cold symptoms.” In my anyway, the solution is always working with how the body naturally works to heal itself, which is through fasting.
Arise and shine formula
>don’t suggest formulas and packages per se for you right now…. a simple cleanse would be much easier on you
Back issues from a lot of laying down
>soak in a hot bath with epsom salts. Infrared sauna.
Nightmares
>very common given a compromised state health…

About Dr. Amy:
Based in New York City and Bali, Indonesia –  Amy Rachelle is a naturopath specializing in raw and wholefood nutrition combined with detoxification, and understanding oneself, science to spirit.  She created Pure Raw in 2005 and has since coach thousands of individuals in living and eating healthier.

Her work is a successful and proven formula that helps people to:

  • develop lifelong habits for eating and living healthy, physical to emotional, personal to professional.
  • balance body weight
  • heal skin imbalances (acne, psoraisis, excema, etc)
  • be free of digestive difficulties:  colitis, constipation, bloating, headaches,  candida, gas, headaches, dark circles under eyes, back pain, & fatigue
  • regain skin elactiscity, feel fresh and whole with more energy, greater vibrancy, and a vibrant presence
  • feel purposeful, be free of depression, balance mental stability, heal relationships, gain clarity
For more about Dr. Amy and her work, please see amyrachelle.com, or contact her directly to discuss a protocol for your health needs:  amy@amyrachelle.com.
Bali 2014 Events

-10 Day Raw Food Chef Certification & Detox Training, & November 5-16, 2015

http://www.amyrachelle.com/info/10-day-raw-food-chef-certification-detox-training-nov-6-16-2014/

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Helpful links for preparing for your Bali trip and Pure Raw course:
Travel & Bali Info
Accommodations – Hotel Suggestions
Flight info
Dr. Amy’s ebook
Continuing after the program:
Want to get a feel for your retreat and Bali?  Watch this video:
http://www.amyrachellle.com
amy@amyrachelle.com
US:  917-306-9977
Bali:  08 123 916 5702

Become A Holistic Nutrition & Detox Coach – 5 Reasons Why

Do you dream of living from what you love?  Yes…  and having lived this full time for the past 13 years, I’m happy to share these hints – inspiration for going for – your hearts dream, in service to all through taking good care of yourself, and helping others to eat, live, and be healthy.
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Why Become A Holistic Nutrition & Detox Coach?

1) Keep Yourself On Track

You know what they say:  “we teach what we most need to learn,” and “teach to master.”  Being a Holistic Nutrition & Detox Coach is an excellent way to reinforce what’s important to you, to build a self-support system that takes care of your health, while being in service to others.  To ensure taking good care of yourself, do what you love that supports your own self-care and growth as priority.

2) Help Transform Lives
Imagine yourself contributing to others while feeling on track with your own health and well-being.  Your witnessing others benefit from your experience and education – and feeling supremely satisfied knowing that your self-care, dedication, and actions are helping others – while building your business.  There’s not much that’s ultimately more satisfying than contributing to others, especially given from one’s own self-love.

3) Create Livelihood From Purpose & Passion
Having benefited tremendously from your own health path, the natural urge is to share your passion with others.  Whether you choose to make money from coaching or not, to realize one’s true power in the world as a healing force in service – is to live great and with purpose.  Take care of yourself not only in body and being, yet financially, while helping others.

4) Cultivate Your Own Voice & Expertise
Learning from others, life, studies – our body – sets the stage for our own voice to emerge, and unique expertise.  Coach to gain access to the teachings within you.  Tap the fountain of your own knowing, and keep it flowing!  Give expression to what you naturally carry within you, and grow it while opening the pipeline to your highest potential.

5) Coach Family & Friends, Start Your Own Business, Or Augment Your Current Practice
Practically speaking, coaching enables you to feel confident in sharing your passion and purpose with others, whether you create income or not.  Your holistic nutrition and detox education offers you a solid foundation to casually contribute to others, build your own business, or add nutrition and detox into your current business model.

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Like to study Holistic Nutrition & Detox in depth?

Holistic Nutrition & Detox Teacher Training Program                                                                                                                                                                                  Coach, Teach, Facilitate.. Personal to Professional. Self-Growth to Self-Employed.                                                                                                                           http://www.amyrachelle.com/amy-rachelles-holistic-nutrition-detox-training-details/

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The Road of Receiving: 7 Tips for Getting What You Want

The Road of Receiving
7 Tips for Getting What You Want

Heading into the fall season in the west, and summer in the east, I’m writing you on a plane that’s about to land back home in Bali, after 5 months of constant travel.  As I’ve journeyed, the different seasons, cities, climates, and terrains bring to mind the continuous cycle of life and death that’s constantly shedding – and simultaneously recreating itself.

Staying in balance and harmony with this natural force within myself, probably like you, I’m constantly challenged to truly take care of myself, and therefore self-reinvent – especially when I’m constantly on the go, and I realize the need to allow time and space to integrate (to receive) all the changes taking place.  I ask myself, “Am I really taking it all in, instead of racing to the next car, train, or plane?

Most important, beyond objectives, plans, and desires, are we truly receiving each moment, all we experience – no matter the contour or color – right now?  Many of us pray for health, abundance, love, etc., though do we actually receive it – as if basking in the sunrays? If only we soaked in all that we work so hard for, longed in anguish over, and hoped for with intensity.

Here’s 7 tips – a writing exercise if you choose – in opening the doors wide for receiving your heart’s call, love, and life in general.

  1. Check Your Inner Awareness Barometer – Take A Self-Reading.                                          
  • “Am I fully present within myself – to my heart?”
  • “Am I receiving the deeper calls of my heart?  What are they?”

      2.  Find Out What You Need

  • “What deeper need is being fulfilled beneath my hearts call?”
  • “What do I need to stay in continuous touch with it and what does this look like?”
  1. Reinvent: Your Self-Vision
  • What are the habits of receiving and reinvention, based on your true hearts calling?
  • Day to day, how do you feel living the habits that allow you to truly receive your hearts call, life, and others?
  1. Account for Challenges
  • How are you challenged in developing new habits that allow you to receive?
  • A support system helps hold you accountable for receiving your hearts call, love from others, opportunities, etc.  What is yours?
  1. Receiving Opportunities
  • Is receiving a key component in getting what you want?
  • What are the potential opportunities that exist for you by truly and fully receiving what life is offering you?
  1. Plan of Action
  • Suggestion:  create a map, or a vision board, depicting your vision for receiving.   Meditate on it daily.  Note:  Prayer is the act of asking, and meditation is the act of receiving.
  • Outline how you’re inspired to start.  Example:  receiving a smile from a stranger, taking time instead of doing more, allowing others to help you.
  1. Activation
  • Act on the messages, and therefore direction you receive.  Acting on how you are guided from within strengthens and completes the circuit.  You know the expression, “use it or lose it.”J
  • Keep reinforcing habits that position you to receive – allowing you to build, rather than expend energy and resources.

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Bali 2014 Events
http://www.amyrachellle.com
amy@amyrachelle.com
US:  917-306-9977
Bali:  08 123 916 5702

NYC, 9/20, Amy’s Naturopathic & Intuitive Readings + Bali!

Hey Friends!

I have 4 private sessions open this Saturday, September 20th in NYC, before returning again next May (see below for more about my sessions).

Otherwise, love for you to come visit in Bali this October for our Women’s Detox Retreat, or this November for our 10 day Raw Food Chef Certification & Detox Training (more below).

May your self-care give you love and energy!  Know we’re here for you should you need some inspiration and guidance!

Love to you!

Dr. Amy

Dr. Amy’s Naturopathic & Intuitive Life Direction Readings
Internally “scanning” a client like an x-ray, Amy intuitively reads a clients health and well being, from the emotional to the physical – while using her naturopathic skills to assess the condition of one’s health.  She helps the client to work through physical symptoms that are often a result of unresolved emotions, and uses dietary and cleansing protocols, along with lifestyle suggestions to improve health and gain clarity on life direction. Special emphasis is placed on eliminating candida and parasites as well, along with understanding emotional health as the basis for feeling good physically.

About Sessions:

  • Sessions are 1.5 hours in duration, and $150
  • Located on the lower east side, NYC
  • A one time session is recommended for personalized attention in evaluating health and life direction, ascertaining gifts and talents, working through blocks, and outlining a plan of action.
  • A series of sessions is recommended for deeper emotional therapy, release, and rebuilding – and during cleanse periods for expert guidance.

About Dr. Amy:
Based in New York City and Bali, Indonesia –  Amy Rachelle is a naturopath specializing in raw and wholefood nutrition combined with detoxification, and understanding oneself, science to spirit.  She created Pure Raw in 2005 and has since coach thousands of individuals in living and eating healthier.

Her work is a successful and proven formula that helps people to:

  • develop lifelong habits for eating and living healthy, physical to emotional, personal to professional.
  • balance body weight
  • heal skin imbalances (acne, psoraisis, excema, etc)
  • be free of digestive difficulties:  colitis, constipation, bloating, headaches,  candida, gas, headaches, dark circles under eyes, back pain, & fatigue
  • regain skin elactiscity, feel fresh and whole with more energy, greater vibrancy, and a vibrant presence
  • feel purposeful, be free of depression, balance mental stability, heal relationships, gain clarity
For more about Dr. Amy and her work, please see amyrachelle.com, or contact her directly to discuss a protocol for your health needs:  amy@amyrachelle.com.
Bali 2014 Events
-5 Day Women’s Detox, October 3 – 7, Ubud Bali
http://www.amyrachelle.com/info/5-day-new-you-detox-retreat-bali-october-3-to-7-2014/

-10 Day Raw Food Chef Certification & Detox Training, & November 6-16,
http://www.amyrachelle.com/info/10-day-raw-food-chef-certification-detox-training-nov-6-16-2014/

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Helpful links for preparing for your Bali trip and Pure Raw course:
Travel & Bali Info
Accommodations – Hotel Suggestions
Flight info
Dr. Amy’s ebook
Continuing after the program:
Want to get a feel for your retreat and Bali?  Watch this video:
http://www.amyrachellle.com
amy@amyrachelle.com
US:  917-306-9977
Bali:  08 123 916 5702