A Healthy Gut


Listen in on this two part informative audio with Kristen Taylor as she interviews Elaina Love of Pure Joy Academy. In Part A, the discussion is “A Healthy Gut”. In Part B, you’ll learn even more about the healing powers of coconut — including that it can improve cognitive functions in the same day! Lots of golden nuggets in here so grab pen and paper!

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PART A – Healing Your Gut

PART B – Healing Your Gut, Boosting Your Brain and More.

Coconut oil can improve cognitive function within the SAME day of taking it!!

To access the written information, resources, and recipes that were mentioned in this audio, you will need a password. This also gives you instant V.I.P. entry into our private class forum for more interviews, Q&A, pep talks and inspiration from a panel of dedicated instructors.

To obtain a password, CLICK HERE to join our program. It’s not too late! We’d love to have you.

If you are already a member, CLICK HERE for your private webpage and curriculum.  You’ll also find out all about coconuts for health!! Your password is in your Welcome email. 

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Seaweed Veggie Salad by Chef Franky G

Chef Franky G kicked off our Vitality Masters Series at the one year anniversary potluck of my Raw Food Meetup Group here in Tucson, Succulent Raw Tucson. The abundance of top notch raw food brought by this juicy tribe is ALL*ways sure to please.

Pictured to the right, Dan Desmond, Succulent Co-organizer, shows off his colorful plate with pregnant me staring over his shoulder — I was eying a certain treat 😉

We had all kinds of yummy entrees: Lori’s Onion Bread topped  Bruchetta style with diced tomatoes and basil, Tiffany’s No-Fish Sushi Rolls, and Kathy’s Fresh lettuce wraps stuffed with yummy goodness. Our desserts left us salivating… Retta made Ice Cream, Benedict brought chocolate/coconut silver dollars … ah, and so much more. Stay tuned as Succulent members continue to post their recipes. *We’ll also have more photos up soon from our event photographer, Jim Palka with Digital Visions.

In lieu of the Radiation exposure from the Fukushima Meltdown, Frank Giglio gave us an in depth discussion on sea veggies: which ones are best, where to get them and how to use them. We sampled the demo recipe, Seaweed Veggie Salad, and it is one that works for everyone… even if not a fan of sea vegetables. The bulk is veggies in a creamy dressing with seaweed mixed in. It is simple, as you acquire a taste for kelp and dulse, increase the amount you add.

The salad is so simple that my eight year old son got in on the action. He sliced all the cucumbers on the madolin, shredded all the carrots by hand and had a blast soaking the seaweed and watching it E-X-P-A-N-D. His favorite part was picking out the tiny shells that were still on the dried seaweed – we’re talking sealed freshness from sea to YOU!

*Why do we LOVE cucumbers soooo much???

They are super hydrating and one of the most alkalizing foods on the planet. This mandolin makes slicing fun, quick and easy — just watch those fingers!

Seaweed Veggie Salad

1/2 pound shredded carrots

1/2 pound thinly sliced cucumbers

about 3 -4 pieces of kelp, reconstituted and chopped thin

handful of dulse, torn into small pieces

handful of raisins

handful of chopped scallions

tablespoon chopped parsley

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Toss all ingredients in a medium sized salad bowl.

Creamy Raw Vegan Dressing

1/2 cup Brazil nuts, soaked

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tablespooons miso

1/4 teaspoon turmeric


dash of black pepper

2 tablespoons brown sesame seeds

2 tablespoons lemon juice

handful parsley

spring water, as need to blend, start with 2 tablespoons

Blend all ingredients in a HIGH SPEED BLENDER until a mayonnaise-like consistency.

Then stir into salad until it is all evenly coated. In*joy!

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During the demo, Franky shared with us a few tips and tricks of the trade — as well as some of his favorite products.

Everyone has been asking for that product list, so here it is:

His favorite miso: South River Miso – he recommends chick pea or adzuki

Rallis (truly raw) Olive Oil and Mushroom Powder are both from Longevity Warehouse.

Grater: That stainless steel/titanium high tech grater he impressed us all with was THE SALAD MASTER.

Spread the love and tell them FRANK SENT YA 🙂

And… of course his amazing spices that we sampled are found on his own website.

He offers TONS of  FREE RECIPES and YouTube VIDEOS.










For the JUICY details of this ongoing event, watch our YouTube Video:


Creating life in this last trimester of pregnancy has not only renewed my total
faith in a HEALTHY DIET AND LIFESTYLE but it has jump started my creative juices…
When I began pulling together The Vitality Masters Series, it was in celebration of
our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY POTLUCK. Then, the experts in this field were all saying
YES and while brainstorming, we realized there was NO WAY to fit in SO MUCH FUN into one night!

I’ve already got enough guests and curriculum to cover MONTHS of our calendar…

already lined up and waiting on confirmation of dates and locations. I’ve also got loads
of goodies and freebie stuff they are sharing with us! WooHoo! I’ve already started
working on our folders for the 29th and feeling the sense of generosity of our
guests – abundance!!

Our ANNIVERSARY POTLUCK is this weekend. We’re keeping this potluck true to our
roots of high-vibe social gatherings.

For those of you that wish to get some kitchen
inspiration, we’ll be showing a recipe demo video that Chef Franky G, author of RAW
FOR ALL, made especially FOR US. He has addressed the questions our members sent in.
He’ll also address the current hot topic of sea veggies – which ones are best and
how to use them in a tasty way! We’ll also get his SMOOTHIES 101 crash course in
making the most out of your budget- conscious ingredients. He has sent los of
samples and I’ll be making a few of his recipes to tantalize our taste buds.

By the way… NOW is the time to plan your potluck dish for Sunday night. We have
been MEGA impressed by the quality items we feast on at these gatherings.

In need of recipe ideas? You’ll find loads of them on this website’s RECIPE SECTION.

We already have some dates posted. Check out the LIVE INTERACTIVE STREAM with MATT
MONARCH and ANGELA STOKES. At our June Potluck, we will have Special guest,
Rehmannia Dean Thomas, back by popular demand.

I am bursting with excitement! To see OUR CALENDAR, CLICK HERE!

*B&W photo by James Palka with Digital Visions Photography.


Succulent Style

EMPOWER and ENHANCE yourself with this ongoing series of educational workshops.


Kristen Taylor, Frank Giglio, Matt Monarch, Angela Stokes-Monarch, Rehmannia Dean Thomas  …plus many more!

Now you can access the information necessary for achieving your ultimate health goals in a light-hearted community environment. Are you ready for a health curriculum that is empowering and educational — as well as entertaining and juicy?

Owner of Bee Green Foods and creator of Succulent Raw Tucson, Kristen Taylor,

is ecstatic to announce this budget-friendly, educational series of vitality masters.

SIMPLIFY and SPICE UP your kitchen life

with a budget-conscious flare.

RECIPE DEMOS and LESSONS taught by TOP RAW CHEFS, including Frank Giglio.

All brought to you in cutting edge style by video, live stream and/or guest appearances.

Each event will be coupled with a H IGH INTEGRITY MARKETPLACE – offering the best, hand selected, premium products at member discounts.

We invite you to join us on this informative journey. Seating is limited.

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For detailed information, to view the calendar, and to reserve your spot, please visit our Meetup group page, Succulent Raw Tucson.

Join Succulent Raw Meet Up Group, created and organized by Kristen Taylor, in Tuscon, Arizona today.  Meet Up Group is free to join!




Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Anniversary Potluck with Franky G

Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 4:00 PM

SUNday Gathering with Matt Monarch and Angela Stokes-Monarch



Vitality Masters Series Speakers

Matt MonarchMatt Monarch

Matt Monarch is 100% raw vegan; his diet consists of only raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and seaweeds. He has been eating this way for eight years and enjoys extraordinary good health, bountiful energy, clarity of mind and a deepened connection to nature.

He is committed to the raw lifestyle and passionate about spreading this message of health to others. Born and raised in California, he now travels all over the world, lecturing on raw foods and exploring the delights of fresh raw produce in different locations. He inspires audiences with his enthusiasm and simple, accessible approach to going raw in a healthy and sustainable way and is sought after as a speaker at raw gatherings.

Owner of Raw Food World.

Angela StokesAngela Stokes

Back in 2002, Angela was 23 years old and morbidly obese.

She was lost in miserable cycles of a non-existent love-life, uncontrollable overeating and complete denial. But that all changed when she was lent a book, The Raw Family, by the Boutenkos that revolutionized her life. She began eating raw and the improvements in her health over the next weeks were astonishing.

She said, “You could almost see the weight burn off me. ­I will never forget seeing my collar bone again for the first time in years; my skin and hair quality improved dramatically, my energy soared and I was filled with vitality and a new hunger ­for real life.”

Since her discovery of raw food, Angela’s journey has continued and not only has she found happiness, but she has also shared it and made a point of helping others who struggled as she herself struggled. She now lives an almost completely sustainable lifestyle in Equador with her husband Matt.

They chronicle their raw food journey and experiences, at Raw Reform, inspiring the health-seeking community and reminding everyone that no one need face such change alone.

  • Completed and documented a 92-day juice feast
  • Recognized by the Raw Spirit Festival with the Golden Chopstick Award as an “Up-and-Coming Raw Food Leader”
  • Author of titles such as A Juice Feaster’s Handbook, Raw Emotions, and Raw Reform: How to Go Raw for Weightloss
  • Featured on CNN News, Get Fresh Magazine Pear Magazine, First for Women Magazine, and many more


Rehmannia Dean Thomas Vitality MastersRehmannia Dean Thomas

Rehmannia Dean Thomas is a Taoist Tonic Herbalist, trained for 8 years under Master Herbalist Ron Teeguarden, serving as his personal “Teamaster”, where he learned the precepts of the oldest and most sophisticated official health system in Human history, which employs the use of herbal substances for health. Rehmannia is the reincarnation of a Taoist Shaman herbalist from a Shaolin Monestary in the 1500’s. It is said that this herbalist vowed at the end of his life to return to Earth when mankind was ready to receive the true depth of Taoist health philosophy.

Rehmannia has done many lectures on the precepts and mechanics of the Taoist health system, and has now written a book on this here-to-fore secret modality. “Healing Thresholds” brings to light a philosophy of health that has never been exposed in the west, and now appears more valuable and timely than ever, as the wisdom it holds may represent an essential component of the new consciousness that is rapidly emerging- a consciousness that enfolds physical purity with spiritual insight. He has given many lectures at locations including the Tree of Life, Longevity Now Conference November 2009 and the Eden Retreat with David Wolfe.

Rehmannia’s return visit to Succulent Raw Tucson has been highly requested by members that discovered life-changing health wisdom during his lecture last September.

Frank GiglioChef Frank Giglio

Frank Giglio is a classically trained chef from the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, VT and a graduate of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC. Since the age of 15, Frank has fully immersed himself into the culinary world. Young and intrigued, Frank went on to apprentice under some of the countries top chefs where he was able to find a deep understanding for the creative process of working with food, as well a learning the fine art of tastes and flavors.

As the years past, Chef Giglio sought after a deeper connection to the theories of raw foods and cleansing, which led him to the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, AZ. With a strong passion for using food as medicine Frank works greatly to produce sustainable cuisine, which to him, means seeking the highest quality foods grown locally and in alignment with the environment.

The base of Frank’s culinary offerings lie in classic technique and traditional foods preparation. Frank’s merging of herbalism, superfood and raw food nutrition with fresh, seasonal and local foods create a cuisine, that is wholesome,pure and full of vitality!

*Additional speakers will be listed as event dates are confirmed.

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Sign Up

For detailed information, to view the calendar, and to reserve your spot, please visit my meetup group page, Succulent Raw Tucson.

Join Succulent Raw Meet Up Group with Kristen Taylor in Tuscon, Arizona today.  Meet Up Group is free to join!