" The doctor of the future will give no medicines, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the causes and prevention of disease." -Thomas Edison
Karen A. Di Gloria (born and raised north of Boston, MA) is considered by friends, family and peers to be the "eternal nurse."Although she has left the field of conventional medicine behind her, Karen's passion for helping others live a quality life has never shined brighter. Her years of experience as an oncology nurse and desire to achieve abundant health were the catalyst for a radical career change.
Karen currently co-owns and operates Rawk Star Cafe, Inc. - a raw food cafe and superfood marketplace. She is a Quantum Reflex Analysis (QRA) Practitioner also trained in Quantum Biofeedback using the SCIO device. She has earned her Raw Nutrition Certification through BodyMind Institute, and is well qualified to offer nutritional coaching to those READY for a lifestyle change."
"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." -Maria Robinson
"My goals as a raw food and wellness coach are to help clients create nutrition and lifestyle habits that have the ability to turn on health-promoting genes, and turn off genes which can make you susceptible to illness and disease. How can someone make a positive shift and gain control of their health naturally? The solution is proper daily exercise, yoga and meditation; a diet based primarily on fresh, organic fruits and vegetables; the highest quality plant-based proteins and fats; medicinal quality superfoods, superfruits and superherbs; and 100% excipient free nutritional supplements. Your genes are just a blueprint, and only you influence what you build from that blueprint."
"We are not victims of our genes, but masters of our fate." -Dr. Bruce Lipton
This book is your guide to restoring foundational health and well-being. I will take you through my personal journey into the raw lifestyle and share a plethora of my research, resources and tips:
Quality above all! Learn why the quality of a food can be more vital than the food itself. Meaning, the place of origin (where it grows), growing and harvesting conditions (grown organically or wild-crafted) and post-harvesting practices (methods utilized for food-processing and preservation).
"You are what you eat!" Gain a better understanding of the biochemistry of food and how it directly affects the biochemistry of the human brain and body - health-lifting versus health-leeching.
Live youthfully! Discover the best of the best in superfoods, superfruits and superherbs; including the absolute "must have" ingredients you will need in your kitchen for preventing and reversing all that contributes to aging. It's never too early, and it's never too late.
Have fun with whole foods! Learn how easy it can be to create living and raw food alternatives to conventional classics. I share well over 250 tried and tested recipes and quick tips to kick-start your journey to rejuvenation. All are as tantalizingly delicious as they are transformative to your health.
Take control of your life! Obtain the knowledge required to truly respect your body and take responsibility for your health. Stop poisoning your mind and body, and don't allow yourself, or someone you love, to fall into the trap of synthetic substances and pharmaceutical drugs.
Nature intended for us to consume foods in their whole form - and for good reason. Each and every whole food comes packaged with its own set of raw ingredients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, etc.) which our bodies recognize and welcome, absorbing and assimilating as a life giving energy. In other words - as a whole - raw ingredients work synergistically to give our body what it requires for optimal health.
Going raw is not just about making some healthy dietary changes, clearing up a few food sensitivities or allergies, or even healing and preventing disease in the body - which are all huge and life changing in and of themselves. Going raw is truly about transforming your entire being. Your skin glows and your eyes sparkle, your joints feel juicer and more flexible, and your energy, endurance and stamina increase. You reach your optimum weight naturally, your reflexes are faster, you look and feel more youthful, your immune response is swifter and stronger, your mind is sharper, your thoughts are clearer, you feel more productive and you smile a lot more. You discover the true meaning of gratitude and love and what it really feels like. I could go on and on! Many people reveal that when they start truly respecting themselves by putting the right raw nutrients into their bodies a switch is flipped, and suddenly their whole world starts to take on new meaning. They become more in-tune and aware of what their true purpose is on this planet. Synchronicities are noticed, accepted and taken more seriously, opportunities are accepted and conquered with a fearless attitude, and better choices are made with positive outcomes that follow. Going raw the right way is truly about balancing one's physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being; because when the whole person is in a state of balance, health, healing and continued growth can happen more naturally and with ease.
What good is there in consuming a substance that has been manipulated beyond its original intent? What good is there in taking a large amount of one nutrient if all the other components necessary for its proper breakdown and utilization are missing in action? This is why self-medicating with a bunch of isolated synthetic supplements, over-the-counter drugs and prescription medications doesn't work - especially if we are in for the long-haul. More times than not, they actually complicate matters by creating further imbalances and additional problems. This is also why a lifetime of processed, refined and cooked food does not work. There are so many essential vitamins, minerals and enzymes that are fragile and heat sensitive. When unnecessarily messed with, these necessary nutrients become damaged or cooked out, leaving us with an incomplete tool box.
I cannot tell you how many times I have heard "I eat a good diet, but I still don't feel good." Then I find out that the person eats most all of their foods cooked to death, they rely on taking a bunch of isolated supplementation in the hopes of filling in the blanks, they don't get enough variety, they eat more processed and refined foods than they were initially aware of, and don't put much importance on eating organic and GMO free. It may appear on the surface that people are eating better and making better choices; but if the essential building blocks, phytonutrients, enzymes, catalysts and cofactors (which are all necessary for proper brain and body function) are getting stripped away or destroyed, then guess what? None of it makes a bit of difference.
How should this book be read to best obtain its message and purpose? A customer of Rawk Star Cafe asked this question, and because I felt it to be profound and relevant I decided to answer it for all. Although this book has many recipes, its intended purpose is to serve as a supportive guide - one that can shift the focus back towards the importance of health, quality over quantity, and true longevity. Therefore, this book is best read from beginning to end. In many parts of the book, my writing style is more casual and conversational. I will deliberately go off on a tangent, with the hopes of getting a point across. I also share many tips and tricks that cannot be appreciated if one is to skip and skim through. At first I was disappointed by not having an index, but in retrospect I now appreciate it. It will cause my readers to do a bit more digging and research, which ironically is exactly my intention.
If you are eager to start on the recipes, I ask that you at least read all of Chapter 6: Tools of the Trade and specific parts of Chapter 7: Rawlicious Recipes. Please be sure to read Blending Herbs and Spices (at the beginning of Chapter 7), as well as all the quick tips that precede each set of recipes.
Thank you again to all of you who continue to put your trust and faith in my passion and dedication to research. If you have found my book to be helpful on your path and journey to improved health and wellness, please be sure to leave a testimonial here and on amazon.com.
To all of you who have already bought a copy of my book, thank you so very much! It is a labor of love and I truly appreciate all the enthusiasm and support from everyone.
-Karen A. Di Gloria
"Karen Di Gloria's clinical experience combined with her own ability to research and verify nutritional information is second to none. As a holistic health practitioner and coach, I have high standards for what I eat. If a food is good enough to make it past her high quality standards and make it onto the shelves of her store, it's good enough for me to put into my body. I trust her with my nutritional health. I have been going to the Rawk Star Cafe since it was recommended to me in 2011 by a holistic coach whose opinion I trust. When it comes to helping others set the occasion to achieve holistic health through raw nutrition, Karen Di Gloria is the real deal." - Michael Deaver
"This would be one way I would tell anyone about Karen and her passion for what she does. If it wasn't for her passion and caring about the health of others, I would not be where I am right now and the way I think about my everyday living. I am able to live a better life having my health issues under control or gone!! Now I have the pleasure of a wonderful book to follow each and every day. It is like having a safety net! Meeting Karen has been a blessing. Thank you for such an informative and beautiful book that will continue to help me.~ It's almost like having you there all the time!" - Pamela
"SuperNaturawl Newtrition" rawks! Karen has written a treasure of information for anyone who is interested in their health and longevity. She not only gives the science behind the "superfoods" but shares her research and where to find the best product. The research is there, the choice is yours.... one small step at a time! This book is a must read!" - Linda Hafner