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Hi there PureJeevan readers! We wanted to let you know that Jim's new novel CHROO is available on Amazon. It's a crazy adventure involving a billionaire heiress, her Chihuahua BFF ("Chroo") and a host of human and animal characters. Find out more on Amazon! Here are some links:

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We're here to inspire you...that's our overall focus here at Pure Jeevan. So, when we ask you what you'd like us to do more of, less of, or to consider doing here on the blog ... we take your responses to heart. Of course, it's impossible to please every single person since we all have different personalities and needs. However, we'll always do our best to create a balance in order to inspire as many individuals as possible.

Below are suggestions for what some of you'd like to see happening here on the blog, along with some responses from us. If you have more suggestions, please send them our way anytime. We read everything that comes in and will always give your suggestions serious consideration.

  • More "Makin' it Monday" videos would be good, or recipe series videos, like the dressings would be nice. I don't mind reading recipes, but when you see someone make them in just a few minutes, it takes the overwhelm away and puts in a feeling of "I can do that."

Excellent point! We agree that seeing a recipe prepared makes it much more do-able when creating it yourself! We love creating "Makin' It Monday" videos, and will continue doing so! We encourage all of our Pure Jeevan family members (that's all of you who read our blog!) to submit a "Makin' It Monday" video to share with others, as well! Click HERE for a link to "Makin' It Monday" guidelines. You can submit more than one video for the series, too (we do!).

  • I'd like to see your RSS feed be full rather than an abstract. I don't like being forced to come to the site, it's more convenient to read your post in my feed reader.

Ah, this is something we spent a long time considering over a year ago. We do see the convenience in having the full feed visible, rather than an abstract. However, we decided it's very important for us to create a strong sense of community here at Pure Jeevan. The extra effort it takes on the part of others to come directly to the blog creates a stronger sense of connection, and allows for more communication through comments. Some people will feel drawn to Pure Jeevan and not mind coming over to the blog to view the full blog posts, some will only come once in a while, and some will never come. We put our hearts and souls (and a lot of time) into Pure Jeevan to inspire others.We love and appreciate that so many Pure Jeeevan family members spend a little extra time to stop by the blog and sometimes leave comments.Those who come will feel a stronger connection with us, and us with them.A sense of community is very important to us; it inspires US to inspire others even more!

  • I'd like to get new posts emailed to me or in my google reader.

New blog post abstracts are available through email or an RSS feed. Many people subscribe to either the email or RSS feed updates, so they know when a new post has been put up onto the Pure Jeevan blog. It makes it more convenient than repeatedly checking back to see if a new post is available. Here's a link for the RSS feed that can be used in blog readers, and see the right sidebar for a box for subscribing to email updates that are sent when a new entry has been posted to the blog. (Scroll down just a little bit once the page loads and there's a form with a heading "Get Pure Jeevan Blogs by Email" and then a red "Subscribe" button.)

  • I would like to see more content directed toward those of us are in the beginning to intermediate stages of transitioning to a raw food lifestyle, personal insights as to some of the stumbling blocks you & Wendi faced (and others you know of as well) when you both were switching over, and remember that there are some of us out here that are not seasoned (non pun intended) veterans in not only going raw but staying raw!

We received many emails saying something very similar. We've never been quite sure about the percentages of those coming to the blog: Are there mostly those new to raw, or mostly those who are seasoned raw foodies? Since we received many suggestions similar to this one, it may mean that a larger majority are new to raw and still stumbling a bit. So, we're going to focus on including even more helpful information for you ... and please let us know if there are specific subjects you'd like to have covered and we'll do our best to help you out. We've started a list with all of the suggestions that have come in, so far, but don't be shy ... send some more if you'd like to see something specific covered here on the blog! We'd love to help you along your raw food journey!

  • Transitioning hasn't been easy. I'm not sure what you would do differently though. The time that you (Wendi) wrote me and let me know that you yourself took your time transitioning really helped me to stop beating up on myself for losing control and giving into cravings. Maybe it would help to be reminded every now and then what you guys went through in the beginning.

Sure! This topic falls under the suggestion above, as well. We'll give more attention to transitioning to the raw food diet, to continue helping all of you who may be finding it a bit overwhelming at times. I'm so happy to hear that I was able to help you through my email responses.

  • I'd love to see more of the psychological issues of raw food explored, the aspects of energy as they pertain to health and more interviews with raw foodies who can share a new perspective. Surprisingly enough the written essays of people's journeys to raw foods are not so inspiring for me, however the interviews are fabulous. I appreciate the work of Pure Jeevan--it's motivated me more times than I can count. Thank you.

So happy to have motivated you;? you're very welcome! We'd love to include more about the psychological issues of food and lifestyle changes! It's something that's very fascinating to both of us. We're also happy you're enjoying the interviews of other raw foodies. We find them inspiring and informative, as well. We also love the My Raw Story series, which doesn't seem to be a favorite series for you. Don't worry, though, we'll keep a nice balance between the two types of inspirational stories/interviews!

  • Loading time of the site is taking a bit too long. It still takes a moment or too longer than it should for me. But it is much better than it was before, maybe a month or so ago. But your site is definitely worth waiting for!

So happy you think Pure Jeevan is worth the wait. We're still not happy with the lag time, however, and we're continuing to work on it. We want the site to load as quickly as possible, because we value the time you spend in coming to be a part of our lives! [Note from Jim: I think we're at about 4 seconds now, on average, which is way better than the 12 seconds we were at a month ago. I just worked on that last night, too -- shaving away another second or so!]

  • How did Jim "click" with the raw diet, and how did Wendi manage in the meanwhile. Did you make separate meals? Did you each make your own meals

We've added these questions and others to our list of questions to answer. These will become part of our entries focusing on transitioning to raw, which many of you seem to be asking for more of here on the blog. ?

  • I'd like it if you talked about why some people are able to lose weight fast and others of us struggle with losing even one pound.

Sure, we'll talk about our thoughts on this. Please know that the main point is going to be: we're all individual! ;-) Hang in there, though, because we can *all* regain health and a balanced weight!

  • Can you talk more about your own stories and not share so much about other people? I like to hear about your family but I don't know the other people you talk about here on your blog sometimes.

I'm so happy you'd like to hear more about us, and we're happy to share more with you! We will, however, continue to include information about others, as well. The more you are exposed to others living this lifestyle, the more you'll see that it's very do-able and not such a difficult way of living. Not only that, there are some truly fascinating people we'd like for all of you to meet. Our small Pure Jeevan family is connected to a larger raw food community that some of you don't know about, yet. We like to introduce you to memebers of that larger community from time-to-time. You never know, you may find even more inspiration when you check out some of the other people we introduce to you.

  • I like how your posts are sometimes long and sometimes short, since I don't always have the same amount of time to read your blog every day. It's nice to see the mixed lengths of your posts.

Thanks for noticing! We do try to put some thought into keeping the posts different lengths. This one, as you can see, is one of the longer ones. ;-)

  • Can you share more pictures of the foods you make? I like to see pictures of the raw foods, because it makes me want to eat them more. When I just read recipes, it doesn't inspire me.

Sure! We agree that it's more inspiring to see pictures of the foods we're creating from recipes. We'll try to focus on sharing more pictures and recipes for things we are eating here at Pure Jeevan.

  • I love your blog! I wish you could write back and forth with me all day, answering my questions! I can't believe how much time you give in helping me every time I send an email. Thanks!

You're very welcome. We love helping others. If it's at all possible, however, it's sometimes better to post questions and comments on the blog, rather than through email, so that your question and our responses can easily be shared with others in the Pure Jeevan family!

  • I'd like it if you added a Blogroll to your site, to show what blogs you read.

As you can already see, our blog sidebars are already quite full. However, we do want to support other raw foodies and the blogs they keep! We've created a blog entry to capture links for all of our Pure Jeevan family member blogs, so please be sure to add yours to the list: Click here to add your blog.? Also, our biggest support of the raw food community is through the All Raw Directory that we created to house all possible links relating to the raw and living foods lifestyle. There's a blog section there, and so much more! Be sure to check it out and add your favorite blogs to the list!

  • I'd like to see more of the new health information you're teasing us with!

I saved this request for last because it made me smile. I'm super excited to share what we've been learning with all of you. It's important that we wait until we feel more comfortable sharing the information, however, because we don't want to make mistakes or confuse anyone with what we share. It's complicated stuff, so we need to take some time before we share it in a way that is most helpful for everyone! Thanks for the interest, though. You won't be disappointed! ?[Jim's note:? Just wanted to add that, by the time we unleash a lot of this information, it's going to represent probably in excess of 500 hours of intense study. If you want to know how we've been spending our evenings, just picture two people sitting in a library happily surrounded by health text books and clinical research reports.]

Thanks for all of the comments both here on the blog and through email. And, thanks for being a part of the Pure Jeevan family; you all mean so much to us!

*Blows kisses*

Original Comments

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

On January 7, 2010, bitt wrote:

thank you for being so attentive to us readers!

On January 7, 2010, Kasi S. wrote:

I, for one, love the "My Raw Story" series. Keep it up!
I would also like to hear more about the emotional aspects of eating raw and particularly of transitioning to raw. I've found the emotional aspects to be the HARDEST!

On January 7, 2010, Gary wrote:

Dear Wendi & Jim, Thanks a lot for taking the time to not only ask your PJ followers what issues they would like to see addressed (regarding going & staying raw), in future Blogs, as we head into 2010, but also for discussing so quickly your approach in addressing those requests. It's quite clear to me that while the two of you may not always be able to meet Everyone's needs or concerns all the time (who could ), that you both are trying exceptionally hard to do so...! You're love, energy & selfless devotion to help all of us is not only appreciated, it is.. in and of itself inspiring.. Thanks! Gary (P.S -your Blog & Website both load up just fine on my end here in Oregon..)

On January 9, 2010, TerriDactyl wrote:

What he said!

You're both the most awesome bloggers I've ever read, and next year I will be campaigning for you to win Best of Raw Blog.

Love, Terri

On January 20, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

You're welcome, Aimee! Thanks for being a part of the Pure Jeevan family! We love you!


On January 20, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Kasi, I've added this to our list. The emotional detox was hardest for me, too. :-) XOXOXO

On January 20, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Thanks so much for your sweet comment!

*blows kisses*

On January 20, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Thanks, Terri! :-)