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Dreams really do come true…

Posted on: November 6th, 2014 by Rolene Jaffe

Dreams really do come true…
My mom Leba always encouraged me to DREAM BIG, and DREAM OFTEN. With this fertile environment nourishing me from a young age, I did just that.

For the last ten years I have had one persistent dream – to tell my story. My clients, family and friends all echoed that desire.
I celebrate how we all have a story to tell; we have all lived life, risen above the pain, moved on to bigger and better things – we transform, awaken and truly live.

Well, my time has finally arrived. The time to tell my story. This decade-long dream is finally becoming a reality, because I’m busy writing my book.

Next to giving birth to my two boys, Alexander and Sascha, this has to be the next-best birth I’ve experienced so far. I can’t vouch for the pain as yet I’m still in the early stages; excited about being pregnant with this precious dream. It also looks like it won’t take longer than the prescribed 9 months…

As a true believer and practitioner of collaboration, my book will be another extension of the wonder of co-creating. I am blessed to have Fox & Raven’s Marius du Plessis onboard as my publisher, and I am inspired daily by the publisher’s confidence in me. My art director and food stylist is Janis Anne Hopley Lane and my photographer is Dirk Visser – both masters of their work. Such an amazing team! I’m so proud and honoured to be working with them.

So, my dear RAW friends, I’m thrilled to declare the pregnancy! Our plan is to launch three mini eBooks over the next couple of months so that you can get a ‘taste’ of what the book will be about. And then, in April 2015, The Book, the Dream, will be Birthed … I mean Launched.

Thank you all for your support. Please keep me in your prayers over the next five months as I write, gestate and create my DREAM.


Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by Rolene Jaffe

Welcome to RAWlean’s team building program where working together becomes a pleasure!

RAWlean has created an excitingly unique program specially built around raw food preparation in groups, for both the small and large corporate markets.

Rolene Sher has been teaching and guiding people of all dietary persuasions how to introduce raw food into their diets, thus promoting health, vitality and nutritional wealth, for the past 4 years and has now extended this into a team building program.

You will find this an amazing opportunity for growth, not just in good nutrition and health, but also in group cohesion, as the group learn to work together in order to create magnificent and exciting raw meals. Their creativity will be sparked and your teams working abilities will be enhanced and heightened.

This is a hands-on application where you will be gently guided (and sometimes challenged!) into unveiling your creative abilities, learning appropriate ways of asserting yourself in a group, communication, boundary setting and all the skills required in order to function as a cohesive and productive unit.

Rolene uses role playing and teaches problem solving, conflict management and appropriate communication skills in this unique program.

Not only is this a fantastic opportunity for personal growth and creating balance in your life, you will also learn how to care for yourself, up your game with regards to your OWN health and also and how to improve your team and communication skills with your co-workers. Confidence abounds after this workshop with your Team.

Learn to like YOU through learning to work as a high functioning group, dealing with all the ups and downs that every group inevitably goes through.

Confidence is built in individuals which impacts and benefits the group. At a corporate level, this obviously will hugely benefit the company, boosting employee output and making your company the one everyone wants to be working for!

Become a leader in your life by understanding group dynamics and your role in promoting cohesion and full functionality to everyone’s highest good!

And the bonus is good health as you understand the essential value of complete nutrition in your life and how lack of nourishment not only starves you physically, but mentally and emotionally as well!

Turmeric – Amazing Health Benefits and Uses

Posted on: September 4th, 2013 by Rolene Jaffe

Turmeric is one of the best spices in south Asia. It is been part of Asia’s cooking for almost 4000 years. There is hardly a dish served without turmeric being part of the ingredients. Even though some will not find the Turmeric as “great” spice (after all, not everybody has the same taste for food), it does portray certain health benefits.

Turmeric - Amazing Health Benefits

A 2009 World Alzheimer’s Report states that the percentage of people suffering from dementia is way low in South Asia (3.6 per cent over the age of 60) compared to people in Western Europe (7.2 per cent over the age of 60) and Australia (7.2 per cent over the age of 60). In addition to this report, the World Health Organization states that the cancer rate in India is far lower from the cancer rate in the developing countries.

Researchers have different opinions about the anti-cancer effects of the Turmeric. For example, Ralph W. Moss believes that the Turmeric has natural anti-inflammatory acting as powerful antioxidant, whereas Aloysa Hourigan from Australia believes that this one antioxidant is not enough to “pick a fight” with cancer.

Turmeric - Health Benefits

Nevertheless, the Turmeric has made nutritionists think serious about implementing it in healthy food consumption. The Turmeric is able to fight cancer when it is combined with vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli. The most likely cancer to get beaten by this combination is prostate cancer.

There are indication that Turmeric can prevent skin, pancreatic, multiple myeloma, childhood leukemia and even breast cancer.

Curcumin, the ingredient found in the Turmeric, is able to lower the cholesterol levels and at the same time fight the building up of LDL, also known as “bad” cholesterol. By preventing bad cholesterol, the arteries perform their duty without blockage, ergo no strokes or heart attacks.

People with digestion problems can find comfort with Turmeric – again, the Curcumin is able to stimulate the gallbladder to digest fat and reduce the symptoms of gas and bloating.

Viral infections and bacterial infections are reduced with the help of the turmeric. Season colds, flu’s and diabetes are also part of its fighting agenda.


Your Quick Guide to: The Great GMO Debate

Posted on: June 27th, 2013 by Rolene Jaffe 1 Comment

If you’re connected to any social media or have read the news lately, you are bound to have come across the Great GMO debate.

Perhaps after reading a few articles you firmly decided to boycott products that have GMOs in them.

Alternatively, you might have done what I did and carried on eating your favourite (GMO packed) foods while eyeing them suspiciously.

After having an arsenal of people hiss at my GMO shaped indecisivenessI decided to do a bit of research. There is no way to even dent the controversy around this topic, but if you are uncertain or simply confused then carry on reading-

What are GMOs?

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms.

Genetically modified crops have had their fundamental genes changed to produce a more efficient crop.

The great GMO debate is really about what the term ‘efficient’ means to the public on the one hand and the large corporations developing the seeds on the other.

Companies dealing in the agricultural biotechnology industry want to produce crops that have a higher tolerance to a wider range of environments and greater resistance to plant pathogens while offering larger harvests.

In short, efficiency is equated with high yielding crops that cost less to maintain.

GMOs offer remarkable solutions to our problems but the public definition of efficient includes health and safety.

Drought resistant super crops are all well and good, but we require our foods to be healthy, sustainable and environmentally friendly. While corporations are celebrating short term solutions the public are looking at the long term effects of GM foods on our bodies and the environment.

GMOs and your health- are there side effects?

There is a distinct divide in information (and beliefs) when it comes to the effects of GMO’s.

Against GMO consumption

Certain scientists have found that eating GM foods can lead to a dramatic increase in food allergy symptoms and bodily toxicity. Negative effects to reproductive organs as well as digestive systems have also been linked to the consumption of GM foods.

These effects relate to the genetic alterations made on GM foods as well as the increased use of pesticides and herbicides.

If you are interested in learning more click on the links below;

For GMO consumption

Conversely, WHO and the European Food Safety Authority have not only approved of GM seeds but they have approved of the seeds used in South Africa. These risk assessments have concluded that GM foods are not likely to present health risks as they have been tested by multiple organisations who have all found GM foods to be as safe as conventional foods.

However, a key issue to take into account is that the companies creating the super seeds are the very same companies that conduct and present the studies that disprove the public’s scepticism.

How can we know if the GM tests are valid if they are not objective in nature?

If you are interested in reading more follow these links;

South African-grown GMOs

In South Africa approximately 79% of the white maize crop, 77% of the yellow maize crop and 85% of the soybean crop are GM.

In addition our universities and various research institutes have begun exploring the potential of drought tolerant maize as well as GM tobacco.

Soya Beans

The USA and South Africa do not conduct food safety tests on GM soya because it is considered to be substantially the same as natural soya. Meaning that approximately 70% of South African food is genetically modified and un-tested.


South Africa began using Monsanto’s GM insect resistant maize in 1997. The majority of our maize crops are GM, and most South Africans have no clue that both we and our livestock are consuming GMO’s.

What do you think?

Most South Africans eat maize and wheat in large quantities because these products are cheap and play a large role in our national dishes.

The majority of our population are eating GM foods and don’t even know it.Between 1998-2008, South Africa has benefitted by 507 million US dollars, due to the increase in yields but at what cost?

Now that you are aware, what do you think?

Where do you stand?

And what do you believe the solution/alternative is?