So many reasons to eat raw fruits, veggies, and nuts. So, why don’t we all do it more often? It usually comes down to convenience and know how. I don’t want any of you to miss out on the scrumptious vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytochemicals, and antioxidants this natural medicine contains. And a raw smoothie is the perfect post-surgical meal. Cool, easy to digest–you can feel yourself healing from the inside out!

I don’t believe in “Food Rules” per se. Life is messy. Pasta is yummy. Dinner with our friends and family also has multiple social and health benefits. But, I have continued to eat at least one raw meal a day for many years and I really look forward to it. This is how I usually do it:

I was actually on a 99% raw vegan diet when I conceived the Cosmetic Concierge practice. At the time I had just completed a five year surgical residency program in a very toxic environment and felt the need to cleanse, heal and detox as I started my solo surgical career. I expected the weight loss, but there were numerous other benefits that surprised me including increased patience and intuition, improved mood, no afternoon drowsiness or sugar spikes and lows. It impressed on me forever the power of what we eat.

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Dr. Hope’s Raw Breakfast Smoothie:


2-3 frozen bananas
1-3 oranges (peel with sharp knife leaving pith on)
½ lemon (peel with sharp knife leaving pith on)
Pure water or ice (vary amount according to desired thickness)
Other fresh or frozen berries or fruit as desired:
(kiwis, strawberries, blueberries, mangos, peaches, plums, pineapple, cantaloupe, watermelon)
Greens (kale is a favorite and lasts forever in the fridge)

For nutty taste add seeds or nuts:
(sesame seeds, flax seeds, brazil nuts)
For increased vitamins, minerals & fiber add more greens:(spinach, romaine, arugula, endive, parsley, sprouts, seaweed, etc.)
I often add carrots–they also last forever!

To freeze bananas peel them when ripe and layer them in Tupperware or large plastic bags in the freezer (I break mine into several pieces before freezing).

Think about this…
• Raw greens contain highly absorbable amino acids which your body can use to synthesize all the proteins you need.
• Raw greens contain a small amount of essential fatty acids.
• Every other species on the planet eats 100% raw foods.