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Angela Stokes, well known and loved by many in the Raw Food Community, was interviewed on CNN back in September. The story was so popular that it has been mentioned on CNN, again! So, I'm reposting my original blog entry about the interview, below, for anyone who missed the interview or this blog entry.

Below you can see the interview of Angela Stokes that originally ran on CNN:

For those of us already knowledgeable about the raw food diet, we understand what happened to Angela when she made the shift from a cooked diet to one of raw, living foods. For many others, however, they may be asking this question: "Did a raw food diet REALLY help her " I'm sure they'll have all kinds of reasons they'll come up with to show that it wasn't that the foods were raw. I know this because I've heard it about my own success with weight loss. People have said: "It wasn't that the foods were raw, it's that you were eating less calories;" "It's because you stopped eating out at restaurants;" "It's because you cut out pasta and bread;" etc.

It's understandable that many find it hard to believe the simple fact: Eating only raw, living foods allows the body to eliminate stored toxins, heal any dis-ease, and run more efficiently. But, food is food, right? A little heat doesn't do THAT much harm. There are still lots of vitamins and minerals left, or else we wouldn't be able to survive. Right?

No, that's not right. As a cooked society, we are dying a slow, painful death. We are the most overfed society and yet we are literally starving to death. Our bodies are stressed out, overworked, and unable to keep up with all that we ask of them. As a society of cooked food eaters, we are getting sicker at younger and younger ages.Our children are medicated and dying from what used to be adult diseases. Can the cure for all of this dis-ease in our society really be as simple as eating a raw food diet?

Yes, it can! It just sounds too good to be true, right? It sounds too simple, doesn't it? It's not, though. Angela Stokes really did regain her health by eliminating cooked foods, embracing raw, living foods, and many other people are doing the same thing. The more of us who stand up and show the world what raw foods has done for our lives, the more we'll be able to inspire others to make the change, as well.

It's painful for most of us who have recovered our health to see the sadness, dis-ease, and lifelessness in those who are eating a cooked food diet. That's why we are reaching out, spreading the word, and trying to show you that there IS a way to become healthy and vibrant again.

So, spread the word, everyone! Angela Stokes was on CNN and showed the world that a raw food diet can help cure the body of ill health. Many more of us are out here proving the same thing. It wasn't just a fluke, it can happen for you and everyone around you, as well. A raw, living foods diet can save your life! Try it and see! Once you live the truth of it, you'll be here beside the rest of us, encouraging others to join you in a truly vibrant way of living!

I've started an All Raw Directory of all possible links/resources about the raw food diet. It's a community-driven site, so it's still growing. Be sure to check out the Stories of Success category on the for other inspirational tales of what can happen on a raw food diet. We also have the very popular "My Raw Story" series here on the blog (you'll find it on the right side of this blog). If you know of other raw food success stories, please add them to the directory to inspire others! If you'd like to be featured in the My Raw Story series here on our blog, send me and email.

Lots of love and vibrant living to all of you!

Wendi Dee


Original Comments

Below, we have included the original comments from this blog post. Additional comments may be made via Facebook, below.

On September 26, 2008, debbie wrote:

Wendi Dee: Thanks for this, Angela deserves big props and so do you!

I am planning one day to tell everyone that raw food stablized my leukemia..I still have "abnormal blood" but one day.. I will be "normal" and I will tell the world.

We all have to spread the word.. I was told I have 7 to 10 years to live around 1 1/2 years ago, HELL NO I will not take that and I am planning my 100th bday , every day as I grow healthier and healthier on RAW Foods and Juicing...My blood is now the same it was when I got sent to the onc, 2 years ago December.. so I am stable and getting better all the time.. I know if I stayed SAD, i would be telling quite a different tale right now.

love you , keep up the good work!


On September 26, 2008, earthmother wrote:

I'm a believer! And, folks like you and Angela are my inspiration. Since transitioning from SAD to Raw: no more debilitating headaches, chronic heartburn, constant fatigue, joint pain. 50 pounds of stored toxins - gone! And, it hasn't even been three months...imagine a year from now.

On September 27, 2008, hihorosie wrote:

I agree with Debbie's sentiments. You and Angela are two very inspiring people in the raw community. Thanks for all that you do and to Angela for sharing her story. You are both very lovely.

On September 28, 2008, Pixywinks wrote:

You and Angela are my homegirls!


Pixy Lisa

On October 15, 2008, WendiDee wrote:


Maybe one day we will all hang out together. ;-) That would be fun!

Lots of love to you!


On October 15, 2008, WendiDee wrote:

Thanks so much, Heidi!! The love and support I am receiving from the raw community inspires me to be even more of who I am.

I love you!


On October 15, 2008, WendiDee wrote:


If you have a blog entry where you tell about your healing on raw, please add the link to the entry for the's Stories of Success category! The more we share our successes, the more we can inspire others!

Lots of love to you,


On October 15, 2008, WendiDee wrote:


I will be here to help spread your story of healing!! You are a beautiful, shining light and I love you!

Thank you so much for your love and support. It means so very, very much to me!!


On April 20, 2009, meenakshi wrote:

Hi Wendi,

I tried the raw food thing, but after a good high for two days felt quite drained out the third. So gave it up. I am doing juicing (organic) every evening with spirulina and turmeric powder and trying to not eat a dinner to detox the system. This is working well. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you superwoman.

On April 20, 2009, Joanna_Steven wrote:

Hello Meenakshi,

Were you eating enough calories? It can be a bit challenging for people new to the raw diet to get enough calories, but we need them for energy. I don't think it was nutritional deficiency as those take a while to manifest themselves, but it is a possibility if your previous diet wasn't very good. If you like, you could e-mail me what you ate for 3 days, and I'll do a nutritional analysis of your diet (for free, of course)! I hope this helps you a bit :)


On April 20, 2009, Lois Kubota wrote:

Hi Wendi. Thanks so much for showing this again. I didn't see it the first time. It is so hard mentally to stay focused on raw foods. Without your constant encouragement, I would have an even harder time.

I want to tell everyone, but most people aren't in to "giving up" their SAD diet. So I just tone it down and tell people about it a little at a time.

My biggest challenge is my sister who is 50 pounds overweight and having more and more health issues. Everytime I talk about the raw food diet she tells me it has nothing to do with her bones and hypertension, high cholesteral and now pre-diabetes. This sister I love so much is one her way to self destruction and all I can do is watch for now.

I guess I just can't understand why she won't at least try this, even one meal a day.

On April 21, 2009, purejeevanblog wrote:

Thanks for your comment, Meenakashi!

My advice is to follow your instincts. If you feel like a raw foods diet will work, then eat more
raw foods. If you don't feel like it will work for you, however, find something that feels right
for your body. :-)

Lots of love to you,


On April 21, 2009, purejeevanblog wrote:


I'm so happy that all that I'm doing is helping you with your raw food journey!!

Don't worry about educating anyone else. They will see the changes in you, your vibrant nature,
and they'll begin to ask questions and want help. When you try to explain things and they aren't
asking, they block the information most of the time. ;-)

We can only love others and hope that they will find a way to help themselves live healthier,
happier lives. We can't do it for them.

Lots of love to you,