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If you are reading what I write this holiday season, chances are you are also thinking about what healthy and sustainable gifts to give your friends and family. What products can both make your recipient smile with satisfaction and be truly healthful, sustainably created, ecological and of great value to our continuing legacy of real down to Earth health and joy that more and more people (especially ourselves) are cultivating these days and wish to share with our loved ones?

We vote with our money and send a message to what we want our world to be like tomorrow when we share our word, deed and gift! Paradise on Earth is possible, and is already here when we take our solstice spirit to its appropriate outcome of investing in and giving only those gifts that represent the highest health of our times.

Below, you will find most of my favorite companies whom, just like you, CONSISTENTLY CHOOSE to share the cutting edge, most healthful products to the world. These products – from WildBars to Vitamixes – are of great variety (under $10…to a grandiose Santa gift; small stocking stuffer…to the giant wrapped package with the big red bow), so enjoy my top picks to serve your gift giving needs and have the Best Holiday Season Ever!


WildBar: My original Superfood formulae, WildBar, produced with Ancient Sun Nutrition is available with free shipping on orders over $200 and 10-15% discount on select items. I have made WildBar a stocking stuffer every year since its debut Christmas 2006. Hint: The Mountain Mint flavored WildBar tastes just like chocolate candy cane fudge and the Mayan Spice tastes like cinnamon winter tea-flavored chewy goodness.

Superfood Beauty Elixirs Spiral Bound Book! Finally, our high demand eBook (still available as an instantly downloadable eBook or for your Kindle) is now available as a physical, in color spiral bound (perfect for opening flat on your kitchen counter with holiday guests) book through Amazon.comGive the gift that keeps on giving, blessing your recipient with the ability to make herself or himself the most rejuvenating elixirs ever possible! Learn how to create mouth-watering liquid nutrition for immunity, weight loss and longevity in 5 minutes flat!


New Raw Holiday Recipe Book: I’m a contributing author to the breaking new Raw Bay Area’s Healthy Holiday Survival Guide (eBook or printed version).

Surthrival Pine Pollen and Medicinal Mushroom Extracts (Reishi and Chaga): Saturate your friends with adaptogenic phytonutrients from the cutting-edge superfood pine pollen and the immune-system modulating polysaccharides of the time-tested medicinal mushrooms. The gift of helping someone to feel really good and NOT have a cold or flu this winter is worth infinitely more than the investment price on the bottle.

RawGoddessBeauty.com! To receive 10% off (plus free shipping on orders over $99) of RawGoddessBeauty.com, enter the coupon code: RAWGODDESS. The perfect gift for “her” or Mom: The absolute Best Ever topical skincare ever, with no toxic or filler ingredients, made with the finest superfoods, healing cold-pressed oils, and cutting-edge (and edible) ingredients. Don’t go a day without putting something on your skin, somewhere. You know who needs this.

Mountain Rose Herbs: Choose from hundreds of the highest quality herbs, spices and other superfood favorites. Note that the more pounds of herbs and spices in your cart, the higher discount you receive (up to 40% off!)

Vita-Mix: The best blender in the world gets better and better every year. ClICK HERE to receive free shipping ($25US, $35CAN), using the code: 06-005784. Now, choose from multiple colors: White, Black, Red and Brushed Stainless). 7 year warranty on all new machines. Payment plans available.

I am completely enthralled to announce the *official launch* of the Superfood Beauty Elixirs eBook! Bethanne Wanamaker and I have been poured 6+ months of love into this creation and we are ecstatic to announce that it is ready for the world!

Click HERE to purchase my 1st eBook, Superfood Beauty Elixirs. Thank YOU!

We were blessed to have David Avocado Wolfe write the foreword and you’ll find his amazing introduction to our eBook will strongly encourage you to immerse yourself in the world of liquid nutrition.

CICK HERE TO SEE OUR FULL-COLOR COVER with shots of 6 of our favorite elixirs: Kids Orange Elixir, Shilajit Coffeechino, Ginger Orange Soda Pop, Master Cleanse Kefir, Dark Vanilla Cherry Elixir, Chocolate Tonic Blendie, and Pink Limeade!

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Superfood Beauty Elixirs, 90 pages
Mouth-watering liquid nutrition for immunity, weight loss and longevity in 5 minutes flat!

THE BEST TONIC ELIXIR BEAUTIFYING DRINKS FOR THE WILDMAN OR EDIBLE GODDESS IN YOU!

Table of Contents

Foreword By David “Avocado” Wolfe
Introduction: Q & A With the Authors

BASE INGREDIENTS AND TOOLS

The Importance of Your Water Source
Ingredient Glossary and Sources
Appliances and Tools

The Coconut Water Kefir ‘How To’
The Super Tonic Herbal Tea ‘How To’
The Tonic Herbed Nut n’ Seed Mylk ‘How To’

KEFIR ELIXIRS
Ginger-Orange Soda Pop
Master Cleanse Kefir
Orange Marine Phytoplankton Kefir Slushy Soda
Spicy Ginger Ale
Vanilla Crème Cider

SPRING WATER ELIXIRS
Aloe Noni Healer
Blue Manna Icy
Blue Manna on the Fly
Cherry Bright
Citrus Sea Cooler
Green Supreme
Immortality Cooler
Kids Orange Elixir
Liquid Butterscotch Candy
Morning Beauty
Orange Snow Breeze
Pink Limeade
Tropical Quench

TEA AND TONIC HERB ELIXIRS
Ancient Wisdom
Dark Vanilla Cherry Elixir
Lustrous Beauty
Magic Forest
Shilajit Coffeechino

JUICE ELIXIRS
Celery Garden Paradise
Cucumber Carotenoid Creation
Wild Grass Dream

CHOCOLATE DRINKS
Cacao Party Elixir Bowl
Chocolate Tonic Blendie
Nostalgic Hot Chocolate

BONUS RECIPES
Chocolate Tonic Ice Cream Dream
Autumn Earth Tonic Soup
Tonic Sourdough Onion Bread

DAILY MENU IDEAS
Daily Menu Ideas: Sample Day 1
Daily Menu Ideas: Sample Day 2

Conclusion
About the Authors

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From the foreword by David “Avocado” Wolfe:

“Anytime I imbibe an elixir created by Christian and Bethanne, I know I am experiencing The Best Day Ever! Christian and Bethanne are relentless students of the best health ever and are themselves health educators. Their knowledge of superfoods, and superherbs and how to mix them into delicious beverages is extraordinary. Yet even more extraordinary is that they somehow got these delicious, healing recipes onto the pages in this book in a way that makes it easy for you to understand and apply their knowledge. Over time, their knowledge will become your knowledge leading you to an awesome level of health and expanded awareness…

Superfood Beauty Elixirs will do everything the title promises. You will learn all about superfoods and superherbs and how to liquify them. This book contains an underlying theme of liquid nutrition. Turning a healthy portion of your nutrition into a liquid saves you time, money, and most importantly, energy — liquids are easier to digest than solids. How do you get the best nutrients ever into your body in the fastest and easiest way possible? Liquify them! Superfood Beauty Elixirs shows you how you can use your blender and teapot to reach heaven.”

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Click HERE to purchase Superfood Beauty Elixirs. May it be key to your healing and ever-growing level of health!

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P.S. Do you know people with whom to share the powerful message of liquid nutrition? I invite you to sign up for my lucrative affiliate program!

Have you noticed the attention to detail in raw food, superfood, and drinking water lately? We are in a health journey now where we are putting together the more refined pieces of our nutritional protocol and in the way we live with the Earth.

It is no longer about “I eat healthy,” “I workout on the weekends,” “I recycle,” or “I donate to charities” anymore. There is a much deeper call now, one that demands a paradise level of health, and a Utopian connection with what each of our personal missions and visions for ourselves and the world are.

I have noticed that my attention to detail in quality about the raw foods, superfoods, and water that I drink has each year become more refined, so much so that I wonder how I ever managed before, given what I now understand about both the amazing (and fun!) aspects in food and water quality and about the hidden abominations in quality of the food, water and environment we eat, drink and live in.

When I first became extremely interested in truly healthy food (and “went raw”) years ago, I had my fair share of rancid walnuts in the bulk section of natural food stores, superfoods that had fillers in them, and I drank tap water. I thought I was so pure, but I was falling for many of the booby traps.

One of the most important evolutions I had was that I updated to poorly filtered tap water. I thought I was on the cutting edge by doing that. Then, with some updated knowledge, I upgraded to aquifer water and spring water bottled in plastic which was definitely a step up. And now finally I only drink fresh spring water bottled in glass.

I have since even more recently discovered that many springs out there are actually holes dug into the Earth next to naturally occurring springs, and thus they are an aquifer water, which is like a cross between a natural spring and a human-made well. Compared to a wildly-flowing spring, aquifer water seems to lack a certain amount of magic and can sometimes contain bad calcium (lime).

Most bottled “spring” water is actually bottled aquifer water. They might taste good to your average consumer, but if you have stumbled onto my blog you might have questioned the actual healthfulness of shelf-sitting, light-and-heat-exposed bottled spring water. (Just so you know, there is a unique brand of true unprocessed spring water that still has magic in it: RawLivingWater.com)

Can I find natural, cold drinking springs near my home?

There are many naturally occuring springs where I live, on Mt. Tamalpais. A few gush right out of rock – perfect for filling up a glass jug – and many trickle out of dirt and are not potable. Most of the springs are a brief hike away. The most important water sources for us at this time are the ones alongside a road near one’s home (or for the few: the one’s on your or someone’s property, feeding into the house). This way you can fill 20-40 gallons or more at once into your car, so as to only have to fill up a couple times per month (I fill up once per week), and of course to have the leverage of your vehicle.

Red Rock Beach Spring with some of my corked glass jugs

There are three springs on the road that I am aware of in my county, Marin, which is just north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge. I enjoy filling up from just one of these springs every week: Red Rock Beach spring. It is not a true ancient spring as it is actually a horizontal hole drilled into the cliff side to relieve erosion pressure on the cliff next to the one flowing natural spring beside it. The “spring” is therefore almost an aquifer water, but, fortunately, there are many naturally occurring trickle springs right next to it, so in this unique case the water is actually excellent, and low tds (about 70 ppm, no “minerally” hardness like that of your average water well.)

The issue with this spring is that, in a Utopian society, we would have “boxed” this spring a long time ago. The water gushes at a few gallons per minute out of clean rock, so it does not have to be boxed, but it would be so much nicer, as I would no longer need to bring my own copper pipe to channel water from the fissure, or “eye” of the spring, to my jugs.

What is boxing a spring anyways?

Boxing a spring implies correctly placing a stone or concrete wall in front of or just downhill from the spring, sanitarily trapping all the water behind the wall so that it all flows out one pipe cemented through the wall. Correctly done, it directs the water right into a fill up zone (a water fountain) thus increasing the flow rate into your bottle (so that you don’t have to spend all day at the spring filling from a trickle spring – not that there is anything wrong with that), keeps away erosion, helps keep away rodents from contaminating the water, and – my favorite – if the box is made with some nice craftmanship, it looks like and becomes a beautiful fountain, the perfect centerpiece for any town or park.

There is a second spring in our county – one on the road – that was extremely popular prior to the 1980s when at some point it was privately left to neglect (or purposely closed down.) All over the world, springs that become popular get shut down, just as in this example near New York City: Longislandpress.com/2010/06/17/residents-fight-to-keep-spring-in-cold-spring-harbor.

Neglected Fountain on the Fairfax-Bolinas Road, Mt. Tamalpais

The third spring-on-the-road that I am most interested in, has been abandoned. (See my video below for footage of me at this spring.) This spring was boxed but has been (purposely) neglected until moss covers the fountain; the box trap has eroded and filled with sediment, letting bugs and slugs contaminate the trapped still-flowing-after-thousands-of-years water. The actual spring water is still perfect, but impossible to drink from sanitarily do to the erosion, partially caused by the road.

Beautiful craftmanship, covered over by time

I am currently searching for all the historic knowledge on this drinking spring, so that I can find the logistics for restoring it. As you can see from the pictures, this spring has two parts: the fountain and the box. The fountain is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship now covered in moss. You can see that beside the main fountain pipe are two concrete turtles who have small copper pipes coming out of their mouths. If this fountain were successfully connected back to the box, the fountain would have 3 spouts of water coming out all at the convenience of a large car pullout, under the canopy of redwood trees. What a vision! How good it will feel when we restore this spring. And, to restore other abandoned springs just like it all around the world!

Broken down spring box

This spring’s box is uphill from the once-piped-to fountain, as the perfect place for the box (needs to be near the eye of the spring) is different from the perfect place for the fountain (situated closer to the car pullout). The box is eroded, full of sediment and dead slugs. It needs to be completely redone. It is flowing though over two gallons a minute. If officially approved and contracted, this spring could be restored very quickly by specialists.

With the exception of FindASpring.com, your local spring information is often NOT a Google search away. We get to ask the locals instead, people who have been around for a while, especially the local 50 years of age or elder folks, will be key in giving you clues so that you can be the mystery unveiler on the past and present of springs in your neighborhood. Start asking. Chances are you will find that your neighborhood has lots of micro climates, landscapes, hills, mountains, forests, summits and valleys where springs dwell.

Most creeks have a spring head that fuel them where water comes from out of the Earth pristine, not just from topical rainfall. Take an off-trail hike up a creek and see what’s up there. Just note that if you find a spring that is a trickle spring coming out of mud, I don’t recommend drinking from it as it may contain rodent fecal matter (water born disease.) But if you find a spring coming right out of rock, and the spring has no development above it, then its a good chance the water is perfect right out of the ground. Visit the videos on FindASpring.com on ways to test spring water for its drinking quality.


You may find springs that were once boxed but have been abandoned. The non-profit nature of springs combined with municipal profit, control, and “liability issues” makes it so that springs get legally halted so that the local people are forced to drink for-profit toxic, denatured municipal tap water. As well, you may find wild springs that are just asking to be boxed into an awesome fountain, but the powers that be combined with the local population’s lack of awareness about the cruciality of spring water halts the quick progress for such a vision!

Here is why this is a public service announcement: I am asking you to spread the word on how to take back our birthright of having gushing, convenient and pristine springs always nearby.

There are three public health hazards:

1. Tap water is just about always contaminated with chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals and anti-metallic substances, lime and nano-bacteria. Even when filtered, the water isn’t living via its crystal structure, and thus a filtered water drinker is filtering over 70% of their bodily consciousness, if you know what I mean. Start where you are at, and step by step make audacious changes for the better.

2. Whenever I am filling up at my spring and someone comes by to ask what I am doing, I always say excitedly that I am drinking the best water ever! They then proceed to fill their small bottle just downhill from the spring where the water might be contaminated with sediment or parasites. I quickly tell them to go to the spring’s fissure. We must spread the word and educate people on the value of drinking water that is always bottled inches from the spring head.

Gushing out of rock! Fern Creek Spring (Fed the SF Bay Area people and ports for decades!)

3. We get to gather together and influence the people and the officials to approve the boxing and restoring of every public area’s viable springs. Certain laws or watershed profit and control obligations must be changed by popular demand and Utopian logic so that all springs will be optimized. “For the people, by the people…”

These are the first three steps. BONUS Step four is to box springs with water enhancing technologies. One way to both eliminate sediment from getting into the spring water fountain pipe or fissure, as well as to concentrate the healthful monoatomic minerals in spring water, is to create a vortexing unit within the spring box and the water outlet. This technology can be reviewed on www.subtleenergies.com. This is a tall order for now and can be done in the near future after we just get the basic spring boxes and fountains installed everywhere.

I know I create the changes I want to see for myself and the for the world around me with what I do as a habit. A habit is what counts. So please, go out and spread the word on the real clean water issue. As more people respect, appreciate, hold sacred and demand the best springs ever, spring restorations will come of it. May this message have served you and given what you needed to know to take the next step to better and better uncompromised health!

This blog post has been written exclusively as a Guest Blog for The Edible Goddess. Read the full post.

“Hi Edible Goddess fans! This is Bethanne’s love, Christian Bates.I love boosting my health through therapeutically nutritious elixirs, superfood drinks, and tonic herbs and occasionally doing a fast or cleanse on them, and I really hope you do to or will start to today.

Christian and Bethanne

And yet I see so many people doing the second best thing, which is trying get their trace nutrients from green vegetable juice only.

May I be frank and bold? There are countless…..”

Read the rest here!

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Although I am the type of person to focus on positive superfood-lifestyle solutions and ask really positive questions, I recently put up a questionnaire on Facebook asking my conscious foodie friends what their greatest frustration and greatest fear is regarding their health and nutrition quest. I was actually looking for personal issues like frustrations in the kitchen or fears about actually healing certain issues. Issues that I can gear my content to in a more “How to do this for this in your own home” style.

Interestingly, people posted more external frustrations like how can anyone find quality food when farming techniques are not fully disclosed even if certified organic, fears about wide spread GMO contamination via pollination of crops, frustrations that their conscious foodie community and family generally can’t afford a complete healing-with-food program, or fears that the world or even the raw food industry just won’t keep up with their leading edge nutrition and lifestyle quality. It seems people have a strong notion of how these exterior burdens feel like a more personal oppression against one’s freedom to pursue an uncapped state of health.

Now to the inspirationally positive content….

I can totally relate to my Facebook questionnaire friends and have had all of those thoughts. They are all worth considering so that we don’t live in a “lala land” of innocence, ignorant of the gloomier possibilities or darker forces that can affect our path. This being said, there is a part of me – in fact the principle part of my heart and my destiny of knowing my power and everyone else’s innate and developable power – that knows:

That when there is no way, then there is a way;

That when things look down, nature can’t help but bring things up;

That when struggle and hopelessness darken one’s site, then a solution of light is right under our feet;

That when you feel like your vision of living in paradise will be forever compromised, then you have found your mission and you will now forever live with your vision.

Inspire people about what you know everyday ANYWHERE (including corners of the Grand Canyon)

Next time you are going along in your healthy day and a frustration or fear comes up about how health-upside-down the outside world is, immediately start expressing your personal positive passions that are underneath the fear. Express your passion to someone – anyone – or on facebook or anywhere. You will probably have just the perfect words to inspire people, as well as to pick your own self up. Tell those people that you can find food that is grown with quality that is only getting better over time; that nature will always cleverly outdo crazy things like GMO’s and that we humans are clever enough to only get better at knowing exactly which foods are not tainted; that we are all doing our best to acquire the abundance of nutrition that we deserve and that the more you act in alignment with your mission and vision, then the more abundance of a complete nutritional protocol will come your way; and that food quality within the ever growing “raw industry” will only get better and more diverse. I can barely wait for the certain day when we go into a supermarket and there are literally tens of thousands of raw brands to choose from, all with the most exquisite flavors and deluxe nutritional content.

In fact, that is the world I do my very best to live in as our kitchen slowly turns into a supermarket of superfood-rich conscious foodie creations. I am writing this blog on my laptop out in the afternoon sun in a lawn chair that I built myself from bamboo and local wood (having never built furniture before in my life, but I trusted my insight), with a grounding pad underneath my feet, having recently eaten superfood chocolates and coated my skin in Edible-Goddess-style body butters, affirming in my actions what is possible despite what loony-tunes things are happening in the world today. And through my computer I am telling people about my vision and mission, inspiring people all over the world, as well as keeping my own contentment up as I trust my own discernment.

Simply put, in my opnion, the top 2 necessary keys to be a content conscious foodie in the world we live in are:

1. At least once a day, inspire someone with your words of wisdom on how the variety of ways the planet is changing for the healthier.

2. Live the change you see, like its already come to its fruition in your world. And when you do, most importantly, your vision of the highest nutrition and most fantastic natural lifesytle is already actualized within you.

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