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How I Got Turned on Again to a Fabulous Diet!


There are many reasons to eat well, we all know that. It is actually vital to a healthy existence, and we know that too. But, let’s just think about the stress we put on ourselves with regards to diet. I can think of several stresses food and diet put on us that don’t even involve taking a bite of food. This is what I want to speak to in this post, because choosing a path and sticking with it has alleviated so much stress from me. And, the best part is that I have had enormous pleasure in doing just that. Yes, it takes a little more time in the kitchen, but by being nourishing and delicious it creates a stress free feeling overall. Below is a little bit about the path I chose and some of the reasons why I don’t feel a bit stressed over my diet anymore.

Most of you know by now that I am a foodie and after all, I do call myself “Chef Teton”. My foodie path all started with my advocacy work (hyperlink to book) and then I ended up using all of that knowledge in the kitchen. For a good part of my life diet and nutrition partnered with agricultural practices and policies has been the passion behind my work. I tell you this because even with all of this dedication and study, it could be that I am as confused as you might be. There have been so many diets birthed in the last 20 years that one might wonder, what’s next? The Acorn Diet?

Adding to the challenge of choice, we have the task of feeding ourselves and our families with budgetary constraints and fresh food availability. Then mental beliefs, judgements and sometimes guilt are all thrown into the body along with every bite we take, or don’t take. The whole idea can be stressful, not to mention confusing.  Out of sheer desperation at the onset of my mystery illness I had to pick and path and stick with it because honestly, I had lost my way. I was cutting corners and not nourishing myself with what my body needed for the demands I was placing on it. Additional stress was happening on various levels.

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I had been to the ER four times with these short episodes of my heart pounding, shortness of breath, and dizziness. Each time the episode would come on I would become terrified. I felt silly going to the ER again, so I would sit in a few minutes of fear based confusion until I had to make a decision to call a friend, an ambulance, or ride it out. The doctors had already ruled out any life threatening situations so what should I do? I did not have a clue how to heal or reverse the situation.

A friend recommended I read the Medical Medium (MM), by Anthony William. I had heard of him and his book, but never read it because I thought it was just another ‘slant’ on the same old stuff. Desperate for anything to help my “mystery illness” I purchased it on Audible and began to listen. I was blown away. I found the MM to shed an intriguing light on autoimmune diseases - not what I had at all expected, and I felt like he was speaking directly to me. He spoke about the symptoms of autoimmune diseases attacking so many people today, and the case studies that he shared resonated like nothing else. He blasted some of the current medical myths wide open and gave me confidence that all these problems were reversible. His message landed in my like truth. I believed him, and began to practice his dietary protocol and supplementation with grateful dedication.

The MM gave me clarity and hope. Anthony William is not a doctor, nor a nutritionist. He is a man who has been gifted with the voice of “spirit” who speaks to him. His story is actually quite fascinating.  Could we call this “spirit” God, or a divine angel that has come to help us with an area of life we obviously need help with? Some may laugh at this, but the path he laid out made sense to me. Adrenal Fatigue and/or Chronic Fatigue were included in his chapters, which I intuited as my problem.  I was in.

I began juicing daily, eating (and I must add enjoying) fruits, dates and a wide variety of vegetables and plant foods like never before. His protocol for healing is basically an abundance of fruit, vegetables, squash, potatoes, beans, coconut oil and/or olive oil, and animal foods (if desired) once a day. He stresses more of a low fat diet, no eggs, dairy or grains. Did I have some rice or a piece of toast now and then? Absolutely. It took me awhile to adjust, particularly with regards to fats, and I also included bone broth. His recommendation to lower animal food consumption was mostly due to the high fat content. This protocol was a big shift for me for the following reasons:

  1. I had to lower my fat consumption. I was consuming a lot of butter, especially in my morning coffee and/or Yerba Mate. It might work for some, but not for me while healing. No more stimulants, and no more massive butter contributions, yet I still enjoyed a bit of butter here and there on veggies.

  2. Nourishing myself became the focus. It was not about what I did not eat, it was about what I did eat.

  3. The creativity was fun. I began to make wonderful fruit salads, and soups, which I had not enjoyed for a long time. I munched on dates, dried figs and nuts for a snack often throughout the day.

  4. Enjoying fresh fruit was so liberating. I had adopted the belief somewhere in me that too much fruit was not that great because of the sugar content, which influences candida, parasites, and more. I so enjoy fruit now and the small little problems I had with my skin are gone.

  5. At first it was an adjustment, but once in the groove of feeding/nourishing myself, it became easier, and I began to feel lighter and more clear headed.

  6. There were no complex recipes to follow, which is what I advocate in my teaching. Rather, you prepare the food raw, or cooked and consume it as it is with just a few condiments as needed. There is really no need for a ton of ingredients to make a dish. The method of combining raw and cooked together is actually what started my cooking/teaching career. Keep it simple and fill up with plant foods.

  7. As for the supplements he recommended, well, there were a lot of them. I took it slow in that department and integrated them over a bit of time.

The MM dietary and healing protocol was humming along nicely for me for a few weeks when the Shingles attacked me. For this I am very grateful because the MM also had an entire chapter on Shingles, so I was somewhat prepared with a path I felt would support me. I understood it would take some time. Even though I had fallen into the mindset of immediate healing or transformation, I could feel in my body that this would not go away with a couple of good nights sleep. I rested in knowing I was on a new journey that would require layers of space and change.

Why I recommend reading MM is not only for the food and diet but to understand and/or get a new perspective on autoimmune conditions, the fatigue and stress symptoms, and the potentially misleading information we are getting. I mean, if there was true healing for Thyroid Disease, Chronic Fatigue and/or Lupus, as an example, from the medical establishment, then great. But, from my own understanding, there is not. Medicine may alleviate symptoms but it does not truly heal and reverse most conditions. The MM explains that the EPV (Epstein Barr Virus) is the root cause of many of these conditions. I am sure there is much more for us to discover, but we know that there is a problem brewing in many of us, and shedding a new light of wisdom and a protocol that brings healing is what we need.

During my 2 months of Shingles trauma friends delivered tons of fresh veggies and fruits to me. One day there were three people in my kitchen washing and prepping everything so all I had to do was juice, cut and/or cook. What a dream that was. When people offered to bring food, I had a clear idea of what to ask for. There is more I will share in the future about getting help and some of the ways my tribe here has learned to help one another in a way that is easy and organized for all.

It has taken a bit of a learning curve in how to make nourishing myself “simple”, especially now that I am up and integrating into the world again. It was easy when others were doing the shopping and my only task each day was to prepare food for myself. I continually asked myself, “How do people do this who work. How will I do it?”  I will be sharing my recipes and methods on my Blog as I journey along. I am already seeing how easy it is to get back into the stressful mode of short cuts and hurry, or sheer laziness.

To tie this up, I am going to make a strong recommendation to you, and that is to do everything you can to put fresh organic plants (fruits and veggies) into your body. If you are inclined, read the Medical Medium or listen to it on Audible - if only to get inspired as to the power of these foods, some of the myths we have come to believe, and how food can bring your body and soul back into balance. You will be inspired by the case studies and I guarantee your will drop some confusion, if you have any about your diet.

Lastly if you want to lose weight, I think the MM protocol might be the best way possible because it is not a fad, and you will not go hungry. I felt like all I did was eat, and I still lost weight. This diet is a lifetime practice for nourishment and well being. In my opinion it is in alignment with “Living As a Spiritual Practice” in that it is in alignment with what the Earth provides for us at her best. Do it!

You can purchase the Medical Medium on Amazon.

Coming Up:

The wonderful world of pain meds, marijuana and CBD’s.

How to enlist your family and friends for the help.

How to identify the stress in your life, and how to get rid of it.



Raw Apple Beet Salad w Sesame

Beet lovers will love this simple, fulfilling and delicious beet apple salad with sesame powder and walnuts! It is practically a meal in itself and all you need is a grater to prepare it. This salad inspires great digestion and we all know that beets are a great blood purifier. So, get out your grater and make this luscious salad for breakfast!


1 medium size beet – washed, but no need to peel

1 medium size apple – washed and cored

2 tbsp. of sesame seed powder (ground hulled sesame seeds)

2 tbsp. of walnuts (soaked and rinsed preferably)


Soak a small handful of walnuts in a dish of filtered water. Even if they don’t have much time to soak, the effort will at least rinse them clean. Drain and rinse when ready to use.

Grate the beet and the apple on the smallest grate on the grater. Use the side of grate where the holes are slanted. This is important because the beets need to be grated quite fine. The same goes for the apple. When the apple is grated on this small grate it actually turns to applesauce, which makes this dish nice and juicy. If you use the larger slanted grate, the beets will be more like little beet chips. This will not be nearly as juicy.

You might be wondering if you can use a food processor instead. The dish does not work nearly as well because most processors won’t grind veggies like beets and carrots down like you can with a grater.

Think about the sweetness you want to achieve when choosing the size of beet and apple. If the beet is large you will most likely want to use two apples.

Mix grated beet and apple together.

Grind hulled sesame seeds (the white ones that have the hulls removed) in a coffee grinder or Vita Mix. I like to grind enough ahead of time so I always have some powder readily available in the fridge.

Sprinkle the sesame powder on lavishly – don’t be shy. Top with chopped walnuts. Enjoy immediately or chill before serving. The salad keeps fresh if kept cool in the fridge for a few days.

YUM. This salad is alkaline, which makes it go down so easily. It is full of good fats so it is as satisfying and filling as it is yummy!


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Mixed Vegetables

This dish was actually my breakfast one morning. Most people don’t think of eating veggies for breakfast, but I often have them and enjoy them immensely. A heavy first meal does not work for my tender digestion, so veggies set me up great for the day.
As you can see this tantalizing dish contains a variety of veggies. When you have a variety of small amounts of left over veggies, that is the perfect time to steam them all together. Or, you could be more intentional and buy a few of your favorites, then rustle up different combinations for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
My favorite topping is simple:
Ground sesame seeds, Barlean’s High Lignan flax oil, and Celtic Sea Salt.
If you don’t have sesame seeds or flax oil, drizzle a little olive oil on top, or pasture butter. Trust me, you will love it! Don’t forget your cultured vegetables!
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Alkaline Recipe's - Frothy Green Smoothies

Frothy Green Drinks – Keep Alkaline Another great tip for the holidays is to keep yourself alkaline as much as possible. A wonderful way to do this is to drink a green smoothie (without fruit) every day. In fact you may want to start your day with one. This way you will set your system to tolerate those choices you might feel guilty about later on!






My favorite recipe:









Coconut Chutney - For All Holiday Dinners

Coconut Chutney  (video clip for making Coconut Chutney) Above is the link for a video clip for how to make Coconut Chutney from my new DVD series on Healing Foods. You will love this simple dish that combines raw and cooked foods, healing herbs and coconut oil to make a delicious condiment addition to any holiday meal. Whether you are a raw food vegan or Turkey lover, this digestive dish will go with all. It is simple, oh so tasty and healthy!


Recipe for Coconut Chutney


1/2 jalapeno pepper

1 inch fresh ginger diced

2 cups fresh or dried coconut

1 cup water or enough to make thick slurry

1 tbsp Ghee or coconut oil

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp black mustard seeds

4 curry leaves

pinch of hing

salt to taste

fresh lime


Blend jalapeno, ginger, coconut meat and water in a blender or Vita Mix. Let sit while you cook the following:

In a hot skillet add the Ghee or coconut oil. When the Ghee or coconut oil is hot in the skillet, add the herbs, curry leaves, hing and salt. Cook them long enough to let them sizzle and pop. Do not let the oils burn. When the ingredients have infused sufficiently remove from the heat and add the entire mixture to the coconut slurry in the Vita Mix. Blend until creamy but still lumpy. Top with fresh lime juice.

Serve on anything and everything for an exciting taste explosion!





Live Fermentation Class: Cultured Veggies, Coconut Kefir & More

Come Learn to Make the Most Powerful Foods on the Planet!

A "luncheon" Fermentation Class with Chef Teton! 

Probiotic Rich Foods for:

Great Digestion * Flexible Joints * Radiant Skin * Immune Building

Plus Fabulous Tastes & Textures to any meal!

Cultured Veggies, Coconut Kefir, Coconut Yogurt, 

Beet Kvass, & Ogi (fermented millet).

Let's Get Cultured! 

Chef Teton's Fermentation Class -  Sept 22nd - 11 to 5 Waiehu Beach

Come learn how to make easy and affordable foods brimming with probiotic bacteria. The foods we will make are staples where people live to be a healthy 100 years old. Enhance your digestion, and enhance your life!

Together we will make these powerful foods!

1. Culture/Ferment Vegetables (think Sauerkraut)

2. Ferment fresh Coconut milk into Kefir

3. Ferment fresh Coconut meat into yogurt pudding

4. Ferment Beet for Beet Kvass (delicious probiotic beverage)

5. Make Ogi, fermented millet grain (a staple of Africa, delicious for cereal) porridge.

We will eat like Royalty with a Raw Lunch, and everyone will go home with a jar of Beet Kvass and their own Cultured Veggies!

Class will be held at a beautiful estate on the ocean front in Waiehu. 

 Cost: $87.50 plus $15.00 for food

Space is limited. Call now for reservation. Payment in full needed to hold your space.  All credit cards accepted.

Read about the power of Cultured Veggies - Why they are a must in your diet!

Learn more on this video clip of my DVD on Cultured Foods

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Coconut Cilantro Ginger Sauce

I really don't have to say much more than "Coconut Cilantro & Ginger". This sauce is simple and so delicious that you will be spooning it from the fridge when ever you think of it. It is fabulous on Kitcheree, wonderful on veggies or grains, and has the perfect flavors to wake up a white fish. All you have to do is blend the following ingredients together: 1/4 to 1/2 cup water

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/2 to 3/4 cup fresh cilantro

1 tsp of freshly chopped ginger (or squeeze the ginger juice from finely grated ginger)

salt to taste

Blend all ingredients together. I like to keep it somewhat coarse, yet blended well. Store in a glass jar and enjoy on a variety of veggies. If you want to use it for a white fish or veggies, then drop a tsp or two in the saute pan with a little coconut oil. Add a dab of water. Cover and let simmer.

The flavors are to live for!



Rosemary Tofu Toast & Avocado

After a long day of moving, packing and cleaning I sure don't want to be in the kitchen long, and yet I am starving for something fulfilling, crispy with lots of flavor, protein and good fats.  This is one of my favorite quick meals that satisfies me completely. Here is how simple it is:

Snip some fresh Rosemary from your garden of herbs. I hope you have a little herb garden. Having fresh herbs handy helps to make almost any food come alive.

You will also need some Ezekiel Bread. That is bread that is made with only sprouted grains. In other words, it is flourless. There are many different brands and varieties of grains. Make sure it is Organic.


Rosemary - about 1 tbsp chopped fine

1 piece of toast

2 slices of firm tofu - raw (it is surprisingly good raw when served this way)

2 tbsp olive oil

1/3 of an avocado

sea salt


While the bread is toasting, heat some olive oil is a small sauce pan. Chop the rosemary fine and put in the pan with the olive oil. Let it sizzle and infuse in the oil. Turn off the heat. The idea is not to cook the rosemary/olive oil mixture,  but just to infuse it into the oil. Add a little salt.

Smooth a tablespoon of the rosemary oil on the toast. Pile on the tofu and spread the remaining olive oil mixture on top of the tofu. Place slices of avocado on top, and sprinkle with sea salt. Enjoy!




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Cultured Veggies, Coconut Kefir and Sea Veggie Mineral Mixture

Now we're talkin! Here is Irene's beautiful collection of cultured foods. She has been taking the Essential Cuisine Dietary Makeover and I think she made over her whole kitchen. Wow, everything she made is delicious. The Tumeric Tonic? As soon as I learn more I will tell you! Isn't this beautiful. Way to go Irene. I tasted most of it and, wow!

Learn to make yourself "Chef Teton's Kefir Kitchen DVD"



Here is what Irene said, "My Coconut Kefir, made from fresh coconut and drank in, of course a coconut bowl!"

Love living in Maui, so lucky are we.