About




Hi, I'm Lisa Viger (pronounced Vee-jhay ... it's French :). I'm a vegan artist, photographer, author, gardener, and food blogger. I love all the animals with whom I share this beautiful planet, and enjoy showing others that a healthy vegan lifestyle can be economical, simple, fun, and delicious, too.  


A vegan and high raw diet has helped me in every way possible. The physical, mental, and emotional benefits have been huge. Since becoming vegan in 2008 I've lost weight, my cholesterol has gone from 230 to 150, I'm more flexible and have more stamina than I remember having in my 20s, and I feel wonderful about what I'm doing. I know I'm doing the best for my body, animals, other people, and the planet.


I've often heard, "I'd really like to eat that way, but it's way too expensive!" I started Raw on $10 a Day (or Less), to see just how much a raw lifestyle might cost.


I shop almost exclusively at the one and only grocery store in my rural Michigan town, which is the Country Market, in Brooklyn, MI. And occasionally I buy from farmer's markets, and grow my own. Those are the prices you see listed in my recipes.







I'm passionate about health, kindness, creativity, animals, and the environment. I live in the country ... up on a windy hill in a twisty house that we built ourselves ... situated between a wild creek and a lazy berry patch. 








Raw on $10 a Day (or Less) proves anyone can go raw and vegan without going broke and includes a weekly menu, recipes, and cost and nutritional information.


My recipes, articles, art, and whatnot have been appeared in One Greet Planet, On Nonhuman Slavery, The Brooklyn Exponent, and The Huffington Post.


My first raw food recipe book was published by Quarry Books in 2014.


Order HERE

 




http://www.lisaviger.com





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More about me ...








Here are a few of my favorite things ...


photography ...






... art, creativity, and {especially} painting ...





 

... gardening and growing things ...

 ... this is part of my garden last year ... which included a labyrinth!






... and I especially enjoy the harvest!








Indoor gardening is fun {and productive}, too!!







Alex and Ledger are {often} my kitchen and garden helpers ...








"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
~ Mahatma Ghandi


"Whatever enchants, also guides and protects. Passionately obsessed by anything we love - sailboats, airplanes, ideas - an avalanche of magic flattens the way ahead, levels rules, reasons, dissents, bears us with it over chasms, fears, doubts."
~ Richard Bach




 


"I'm concentrating on staying healthy, having peace, being happy, remembering what is important, taking in nature and animals, spending time reading, trying to understand the universe, where science and the spiritual meet."
~ Joan Jett


There's not much that makes me happier than helping others live a healthy, compassionate, sustainable, and affordable life. I appreciate my readers a great deal and each of you is an integral part of what I do!
 So, thank you and ... 




 Who are YOU? Tell me below!!

45 comments:

  1. It's so fun to put a face with the food! Thanks for your beautiful creations--I look forward to them every week!

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    1. You're very welcome, liveyourbliss! Nice to meet you :)

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  2. Thank you for the great recipes! I just found your site off google and am starting a juicing diet for a month tmrw. With some of your recipes, Im sure i can make it through... they look yummy!!! Thank you!

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  3. Hi! I love your website, really helpful stuff especially for a college student :) I'm just wondering though because I'm new to this whole raw thing...is toast allowed? Your chocolate toast includes french bread....and I didn't think this was raw because it had to be cooked to be made...

    Thanks!

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    1. No, toast isn't raw. But the chocolate toast sure is good ... :). It could probably be made with some raw bread, as well. I'll see if I can come up with a recipe.

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  4. i think you just saved a students life here. thanks for the easy recipes :)

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  5. Hi, Lisa,
    I am very impressed with your recipes and menus! I would like to try them all! I have been tiptoeing around raw food for quite awhile, but just couldn't see actually doing it. Your recipes seem like regular food.
    Also impressive you breaking down the costs and providing nutritional information. Thank you!
    Gail

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  6. What a lovely blog. I will definitely check it regularly! Thanks for the lovely menus, recipes and photos. I especially appreciate that you've taken the time to include the nutritional info.

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  7. These recipes are amazing! I am so happy I found your blog. Plus you are a vegan from Michigan which is cool. Traverse City is my home town.

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  8. Hi Carmon :). Always nice to hear from a fellow Michigander!

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  9. Hi. I'm thinking of starting to include more raw food into my diet starting with breakfast. I notice that many smoothie and breakfast recipes have almond milk. Do you use store-bought almond milk, or do you make homemade raw almond milk? Thanks!

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    1. Hi :)

      I usually make my own almond milk. It's easy to do.

      And if you'd like a mixed nut and seed milk, you could try this one:

      http://www.rawon10.com/2012/01/best-nut-milk-recipe-ever-really.html

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  10. Totally diggin' this site! Looking forward to trying out some of these recipes. Keep up the fabulous work!

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  11. I have 3 boys under the age of 6. Really trying to get my family off the S.A.D. diet. Would LOVE to see more kid friendly recipes. So glad I found your site. I think alot of people WANT to be healthy but just don't know how. Your site has really given me some great ideas and tips. Keep it up!! Thanks ;-)

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  12. You are a grandmother!

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  13. Just starting my journey toward an eventual vegan diet, I guess, and found your blog. With the economy challenging everyone to save and healthcare costs becoming a national if not a personal crisis, those of us who get it need to share the word. Diet is the key. A Healthy diet is your insurance against illness. And eating raw on $10 a day sounds impossible until I read your column. Thanks

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    1. Hi Frank ... good luck on your journey to vegan. It's a wonderful way to live. If I can help in any way, just ask :).

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  14. Hi Lisa! I have gone Raw the 2nd week of Nov 2012 and feel great! My motivation? To be as beautiful and healthy as I can be :) and my little beautiful girl and two grown handsome sons. I love your menu ideas, your photography is also very inspiring, I like to see what I am making :) this way I know I made something new right :D. I can't wait to sit down and read more on your recipes, thank you so much for sharing and blogging! I can't wait to make the mushroom burgers, they look so yummy!!

    Marie

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  15. Oh my goodness you're amazing! And I'm slightly obsessed with your blog :)

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  16. Hi Lisa! I was wondering...has anyone lost weight using just your recipes? I'd like to try.

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    1. Hi Anon, I've lost weight using these recipes. I find, too, there are a few things that I eat all the time ... like I'll have one particular smoothie every morning for weeks or a certain salad for a while. If you do try, let me know how it goes!

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  17. Thank you so much for this great recipe. I made it a couple of weeks ago and it was gorgeous. I have featured it on my blog if you want to have a look? http://www.greenthickies.com/creamy-filling-dairy-free-chocolate-chia-smoothie
    Many thanks

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  18. Hi Lisa I'm George and your blog is great! Sarabeth my wife and I just went Vegan at 65 We are finding it to be quiet easy and also easier in the food budget too. I put your css feed on my site. www.fitnessprogramsforyoutoo,com. if you will let me I'd like to add some of your recipies on My site. You see i was born with Ceberal Palsy and want to share my life with others to encourage them.

    God Bless

    George

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  19. Nice website Lisa. I'm Laurie, live in Raleigh, NC, trying everyday to eat healthy. I enjoy learning about (and eating) vegan. Good to see lightworkers such as you inspiring, helping, and guiding the world. Thanks again

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    1. Hi Laurie, thanks for the comment! Glad I can be helpful and yay for you for eating vegan :).

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  20. Hi Lisa! I just checked out your website since we last spoke at the Fitness Center this week. I can't wait to try out your Valentine's Day menu! Especially the Cheezcake. I never thought of using cashews as a base for this kind of dessert. We love traditional cheesecake, but I am always trying to find healthier options that taste just as good (or better!). I am so excited to try your recipes. :) Thanks!!! ----- Charity

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    1. Hi Charity!

      It was so nice chatting with you the other night! The cashews work out really well because they're so creamy. They make an amazing cheese, too. Glad you like the recipes! See you soon at the Fitness Center!

      Lisa :)

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  21. Hi Lisa
    Just came across your blog and love it! I started a vegan raw food supper club last year and love experimenting with new recipes and can't wait to try some of yours! We're also in MI. My daughter and I volunteer every other Friday at Sasha Farms, is that near you? Sincerely Sonja

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    1. Hi Sonja :)

      Glad you like it and find it helpful! Yes, I live near SASHA Farm. I'm about 20 minutes away in Brooklyn. I'll be volunteering there soon, too. Maybe we'll meet!

      Lisa :)

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  22. Hi I'm wanting to buy your fab book. Has it been published yet? I can only seem to open recipes on your website but I would like to use the weekly planner. Lx

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    1. Hi anon,

      Thank you! My book will be out August 1 of this year. You can preorder, though, at the link above! :) Will have more meal plans soon as well!

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  23. Hi Lisa,

    I began my Vegan journey eight years ago, and since the beginning of 2014 have started eating 90% raw. I love your passion and dedication to this lifestyle for health, animals and environment. I can feel your passion which is so aligned with my own. My friends always tell me that when I share a recipe with them, or tell them about the health of our food and environment, after reading various articles or watching documentaries, etc., my eyes light up. I truly believe that a plant-based diet for all humanity would create a utopia! Thank you for sharing your love and awesome recipes. I very rarely write to someone about their blog/website; however, your site plucked a heart-string. Warmly, Eleni

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    1. Hi Eleni, so nice to "meet" you! I agree that this is a wonderful and exciting passion to have! xo!

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  24. Thank you so much. I've been needing you for a long time to help me with my raw food vegan budget. I did my first full day today and am so impressed. I was a gourmet cook before so I easily get bored and end up spending too much money then falling off the program when the budget gets tight. With you I will always have a culinary adventure to go on without breaking the bank. I'm just so very grateful to you. I'm so glad I finally found you. Thank you so very much for your help.
    Dalia

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    1. Yes I am. I just finished eating some plum pie. I made some blackberry purée and used store bought coconut ice cream since the ice cream maker I ordered hasn't come yet. So so yummy!! What a sweet lovely thing to sit down to some evening TV with. I like the strong emphasis on friut. I feel happy when I'm eating a lot of it. I could go on and on about the scrumptious things I've been tasting while watching my grocery bill go down and my taste buds being pampered. I'm a total convert and devotee now. I will buy any books you write. You're absolutely brilliant.

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  25. Lisa - I was wondering if you snacked between meals, and what you ate if you do? Or do these meals fill you up enough? Some of them look filling enough for me for sure. I just saw the BBQ recipe you posted, and I love love love BBQ - more specifically, I love BBQ sauce! I can't wait to try this. Hope to see you soon! Miss seeing you at the Fitness Center!

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  26. Hi Lisa, this is Alison. I met you at the store the other day I was the vegetarian cashier haha. Love your blog all the food looks amazing! Going to try soon :) Maybe I will see you at the store again and I can tell you how it goes.

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    1. Hi Alison, it was nice to meet you! Always cool to meet other vegetarians and vegans. Yes, do let me know how it goes. BTW... when I say, "I get all my ingredients from the little grocery in town," I mean the Country Market ... :) !

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  27. Hi Lisa, I write from The Netherlands. I came upon your website by chance through Google. I have big health issues and I hope raw food will help me solve them. I love your recipes and your art too! Love, Patrizia

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  28. A few days ago I was searching for the recipe toast on google. and I found a blog that reviews many inspiring recipes. I hope this blog will continue to grow. Thank you!!!

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  29. I found out about you from Fredrick Patennaude's Book on eating raw for $10 per day. You are truly a gift from God. You provide recipes, caloric content, real cost figures and beautiful photographs! Finally I can show my doubting family and friends that raw food (in my opinion,God's plan), on a budget. I would appreciate it if you could come up with a diet that emphasis raw food but not totally raw for a family of four. Replace store bought or cooked desserts and snacks for home prepared raw dishes. For example, replacing breakfasts of bacon, eggs, toast and coffee for less expensive green fruit and Greens smoothies. Finally, please emphasis the fact that fruits and vegetables relatively more expensive than the SAD diet because of government policy. By heavily subsidizing the huge corporate corn, rice, wheat and by extension, animal meat industries, food costs have been turned upside down.But that's another issue I suppose. Getting back to the more manageable individual and family universe, that you so much.

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