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Get Fresh!

Autumn 2008

Contents
Main Features
Rejuvenation special 20 24 30 34
Tonya Zavasta: Why I love being 50 Eat less, live longer Active aging’s promised jewels 10 years younger in 10 days

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38 Interview with Viktoras Kulvinskas 46 The way we used to eat 50 Why does a hamburger cost less than an apple?

In This Issue
14 16 18 44 54 56 58 62 68 82
Raw Spirit Festival in pictures Can fruit make you fat? Ask Alissa! Choosing the right kitchen equipment Say goodbye to night-time binges Clean on the inside? Colonics – the key to healthy detoxing A week on juice Challenging your raw beliefs Can’t gain weight on raw? A Day In The Life Of Kris Carr

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Food
70 Russell James with an Indian meal for two 75 Cherie Soria’s ‘Secrets of a raw culinary artist’ 78 Three ways with figs, by Brigitte Mars

Regulars
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Editor’s letter Meet our contributors What’s new?

10 Book reviews 12 Events 66 Consulting room

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Welcome
My grandmother turned 90 this August but she has the skin of someone much younger. Despite her advanced years, she is not completely grey either: her hair retains more than a smattering of her original brown colour. It is remarkable considering that few reach this age, let alone look so well on it. So what is my grandmother’s secret? Well I like to think that good genes play a role, since I inherited them. But I believe the main reason is that she has always eaten healthily and – just as important – lightly. Moderation is something that previous generations were very good at, but that is much harder for those of us born in the age of cheap food and supersized portions. I’m very excited to introduce our rejuvenation issue, packed full of articles on achieving the benefits we associate with youth – chiefly: being healthier, feeling better and looking younger. This is not about pretending to be an age you are not, but simply about being the best you can be whichever age you are. Much of what we associate with aging – including lack of energy, declining strength, “middle-aged” spread, arthritis and Alzheimer’s – is either solely or primarily caused by certain lifestyle choices. And a great many of those choices have to do with what we put in our bodies day after day. This kind of aging only looks normal because so many people are making the same choices. But make no mistake – there are “aging” symptoms people in their 40s commonly suffer that are perfectly avoidable even to those in their 80s as long as they are living a healthy lifestyle. Our beauty writer Tonya Zavasta turned 50 this year and it would be hard to find a more radiant, glowing and youthful-looking advertisement for this lifestyle. Starting on page 20 she shares her secrets. We are also excited to bring you an exclusive interview with leading living foods expert Viktoras Kulvinskas, who reveals that he feels better in his seventieth year than he did in his twenties. Finally, on the subject of grandmothers again, in an article entitled “The Way We Used To Eat,” new contributor Charlie Wilson takes a look at the valuable lessons we can learn from previous generations when it comes to eating healthily and living naturally. To your rejuvenation and vibrant good health!

Sarah Best Editor

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❥ How old are you and how old do you feel? I recently turned 40 but I feel like I am 10. Health feels like love. has worked in the raw and living foods field for over seven years and is a trained live blood miscroscopist. where he also has a clinic called An Oasis of Healing. spirit and emotions. Florida where she is about to open a whole foods restaurant. a cat and lots of chickens in Mesa. Charlie first trained in traditional French cuisine. Originally from England. In this issue he shares his experience and offers insightful advice for those encountering this problem. what is the first thing you would change? I would eliminate vaccinations for humans and animals and make it illegal to kill animals or eat their carcasses. An accomplished chef. Pete. It encourages each reader to seek. I have travelled around the world but eating raw food opened doors to places within that I had never travelled to before. Autumn 2008 Published by Charlie Wilson writes about how we have lost touch with real For her first appearance in Get Fresh! magazine. ❥ If you were elected US president. what is the first thing you would change? I would change the SAD (Standard American Diet) diet for the ACE (Accepting Conscious Eater) diet. Thomas Lodi. learn and discover what works best for them as an individual. having more energy. 13-year-old daughter. When he first went raw he encountered a common problem. six dogs. who lives in Exmouth. Thomas lives with his 15-year-old son. living more consciously.co. The Fresh Network. MD appears in the Consulting Room slot in Get Fresh! answering readers’ health and nutrition questions. while retaining a rational and realistic worldview. she now lives in a “small. Arizona. ❥ How old are you and how old do you feel? I have 34 years of knowledge and life experience behind me. or are already living the lifestyle. the laughter Vitamin”.com advertising enquiries +44 (0)845 833 7017 info@fresh-network. suBsCriBe CALL +44 (0)845 833 7017 SEE PAGE 9 FOR DETAILS OF OUR SPECIAL OFFERS AND GIFTS. Norfolk NR11 6SZ editorial enquiries sarah@fresh-network. Unit 4. while focusing on diet. Get Fresh! is for you! Disclaimer All recommendations featured in Get Fresh! magazine are for information purposes only and not intended to replace appropriate care from a qualified practitioner. The Get Fresh! Philosophy Get Fresh! is the international voice of the raw food movement.com This magazine is printed on environmentally friendly paper produced from a sustainable source. body. He combines extensive training and experience in both orthodox and holistic medicine. and I have more energy. ❥ What is the best thing about raw rejuvenation? I haven’t had to consider botox yet ❥ If you were elected US president. Devon. especially among men – excessive weight loss. no depression. acknowledges that true health is about much more than food. motivate and inspire. later graduating to vegetarian. but perfect” apartment in Key West. vegan and then raw. Its aim is to educate. The Get Fresh! philosophy. No aches and pains. what is the first thing you would change? The agricultural system. The future of food needs to be focused on ecological farming methods and the support of small-scale farmers worldwide to avert the current food crisis. and real life stories and interviews with those living a raw and living foods lifestyle. plenty of energy… ❥ What is the best thing about raw rejuvenation? It is the only path to health – very narrow but very wonderful.Meet our contributors food and says her mission is to change the way people think about what they put on their plates. drive and thirst for life than ever before! ❥ What is the best thing about raw rejuvenation? The opening of the mind. Aylsham Business Estate. on all levels – mind. ❥ How old are you and how old do you feel? I am 57 and feel like the “me” that I have always been since childhood. Pete Vincent is the CEO of Raw Humour and calls himself the “main discoverer of Vitamin L12. If you’re interested in including more raw foods in your diet. thefreshnetwork Director Cary Kikis Editor Sarah Best Design MarcusMacaulay. ❥ If you were elected US president. 5 .com/druvo Contact details Get Fresh! magazine. featuring viewpoints.uk Printer Warners Cover istockphoto. Aylsham. teaching and philosophies from some of the most prominent natural health authorities in the world.

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With listings from the obvious (raw food) to the more obscure (raw accountant. aromatherapy. Manna. anyone?). avocado and spirulina . and a surprisingly spacious and well-appointed seating area in the back.com is the world’s first fully searchable online raw food directory. making it attractive to newbies and long termers alike and making it super-quick and easy to find what you’re looking for in the ever-expanding world of raw food. The owners of Manna . GalaxyOfVitality. food preparation and washing up. cookies and ice cream (Booja Booja’s fabulous Vanilla M’Gorilla and Hunky Punky Chocolate were the choices of the day). If you would like to submit your movie for consideration. essene bread. If you’re in Brighton for the day. 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Please send UK submissions to Jeni Cook. “For all raw parents who want to have a chance to share their experiences.Kyle Vialli and Andreas Demetriou of pioneering Brighton-based company Galaxy of Vitality . News this issue is that you can now sample Dragonfly’s delicacies at the Thursday organic market on London’s Portobello Road. sustainable and healthy ways. including any supplements. reflexology.com/Manna brainchild of popular Get Fresh! columnist and former Fresh Network director Karen Knowler. cakes.uk. Details Holly is especially interested in include specific diet. Manna uses this purified. 24 Coombe Road.com for guidelines. live “sandwiches”. this international directory has all bases covered. Currently open from 10:30-18:30 Monday to Saturday. including those who can help with its running and/or promotion. what benefits you noticed. raw chocolates and raw cakes. Those who want to enjoy Gem water at home can make use of the low-cost refill service on offer. On the day we visited. sun burgers. and a range of raw deli products including onion bread. “This website will bring together the best of what raw food has to offer. It is the receiving submissions for the 2009 event to be held from March 13-15 in Los Angeles (more details on page 12). The Green Lifestyle Film Festival is now uK raw food writer and speaker Holly Paige is collating accounts of people’s experiences of bringing up children on raw food for a book which is. structured and energaetically-optimized water in all its teas. contact holly@rawcuisine. massage. walnut and thyme cutlets. 8 . Fancy a stint in spain? Ecoforest is a non-profit vegan permaculture project in the south of the country set up to provide education about living and working in natural.WHAT’S NEW? Raw bites at Highgate organic eatery Dragonfly Wholefoods. she says.” she says. and for all those who want to learn from the experiences of others. 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and 15 per cent protein for a fortnight.5kg or 3. none other than Janet “I have no idea what I am talking about” Street-Porter. This is true. a long way from the headline. The intended target was also known as The Juice Master. The lesson for all of us is always to read beyond the headline and be assured fresh raw foods are not only not fattening. and nor will it make them fat. as with most headlines of this nature. I can guarantee the results would be massively different. An episode of Gordon Ramsay’s ‘The F Word’ made me want to throw many things at my TV. The sub-heading read. Fresh fruit contains relatively low levels of fructose – and the risks are outweighed by the health benefits. nor any rationalthinking person.” (There are many in the medical profession who believe ‘intra-abdominal fat’ is the most harmful and is more linked to heart disease and diabetes. The Daily Mail reported that: “Scientists at the University of California put 33 overweight adults on a diet comprising 30 per cent fat. which wraps around their internal organs and causes pot bellies. For a further ten weeks they were moved to a diet in which a quarter of their energy came from either fructose or glucose. I would have. However. heard ‘fructose was bad’. you would be under the impression that some scientific study had been conducted which proved fruit was the cause of obesity. Jason Vale 16 . Until the next issue. Many people said.Can fruit make you fat? Jason Vale gets on his soap box about pseudoscience and lazy journalism. I am talking about the large arse in her hands. the same type which gets into many junk foods. the words.com. could ever know.” The fruit sugar in the ‘scientific study’ didn’t come from fruit at all. “But I thought smoothies were good”. this doesn’t mean that the small amounts of natural fructose found in fruit will do anyone any harm. Which is why. And when I hear of a powerful sugarusing “soft” drinks firm sponsoring a study to see if the sugar in fruit made people fatter than the sugar found in their own products. confusion soon turned to utter disbelief.3 pounds. If I thought somehow the items of furniture would somehow magically go through the TV and get to their intended target. volunteers on the fruit sugar diet put on more intra-abdominal fat. Janet decided to go on the streets of Britain. For more info see JuiceMaster. it came from pure fructose. ”Experts point out that this does not mean we should stop eating fruit.” Now. it came from pure fructose. ”No they aren’t and you will get fat if you drink them. to which Janet would reply. 55 per cent complex carbohydrates such as bread and rice. heard smoothies contain fructose and so decided to go out and tell the world. you eat less and so lose weight if you need to. but many of their drinks and foods do contain enormous amounts of other sugar. I would actually agree that high fructose corn syrup. I felt a little further investigation was required to uncover the truth. In case you think I am being rude. is a best-selling author and one of the UK’s most sought-after speakers on the subjects of health and nutrition. The weighty rubber behind she had in her hands was to illustrate that this is the amount of weight a person would gain if they had just one smoothie a day. I would love to see the same experiment done with fruit and not a high concentrate of pure fructose.” Indeed. not in her trousers. I get just a little suspicious. perhaps. bag of smoothies in hand and of course rather a large arse. it wasn’t a surprise when a spokesperson for PepsiCo said. It transpires that the study in question was sponsored by none other than PepsiCo. is potentially more harmful than white refined sugar. Yes. “Natural sugar in fruit is ‘fuelling the nation’s obesity epidemic. “Both groups put on the same amount of weight – 1.’” If you only read the main headline and the subheading (as many people do). However. I know she is talking complete claptrap. but because they contain genuine nutrition. What possible evidence she had to back this up neither I. I have seen many. or the like. the same type which gets into many junk foods. many obese people and worked with thousands from all over the world and I have never met one whose problem was caused by a fruit addiction! The F Word This wasn’t the only piece of fruit-related journalism that got my back up. It is interesting to observe at the very end of the article. Confused? So was I when I started watching. may the juice be with you. “This is a very interesting and important study. T he headline above is taken from the Daily Mail newspaper. However. as someone who was fat when I was eating sugar-loaded crap and am now slim by having at least one large smoothie a day and plenty of fresh juice. I think she read the above Daily Mail headline. as an example.) It is interesting to note that the fruit sugar in the ‘scientific study’ didn’t come from fruit at all. one smoothie a day will apparently make you gain shedloads of weight in one year. But it does not reflect a realworld situation nor is it applicable to PepsiCo since pure fructose is not an ingredient in any of our food and beverage products. However.

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I want you to have the same successful experience they’ve had. This is a fantastic question and one that I get asked frequently. if you haven’t learned how to make a few raw dishes you may begin to think that you can’t continue on the diet. strainers. Too many people – people who have heard about this diet from other sources – have told me they thought it was “boring. bowls. high-speed blenders. Almost all of the 300 recipes in my book. For more information visit AlissaCohen. because it makes the difference between taking ten minutes to prepare a meal or two hours. Consider it an “insurance policy” towards the protection of your new healthy diet. None of my clients ever say that! Not after they work with me and learn how to prepare food and balance out their diets. have been made using an inexpensive food processor that sells for under $40. spiralizers. ice cream makers and all the wonderful kitchen aids the raw food enthusiast can use. Do not let a lack of any of these items stop you! When I first started eating raw. this is important to you.Alissa Cohen is an internationally recognized writer. to satisfy a craving. is where I start most people. far too often. I would suggest a Green Star. chopping. At that point. If. I drink raw juice daily which I buy at my local natural foods store but that is working out pretty expensive. As important as being able to juice high vitamin and mineral greens and fruits is. Samson or Omega twin-gear juicer as these juicers do not get hot enough Kevin Dear Kevin. or you’ll simply want something different to eat. However. Many people start off buying a juicer first. healed themselves of a myriad of diseases and swear by her simple and fun approach to fantastic health. Therefore. ranging in price from about $30 to $600. a juicer and a food processor. long time. You will be able to whip up delicious gourmet raw food within minutes as opposed to not having a food processor and spending hours chopping. mixing and shredding of nuts and veggies required for making recipes. vegetable peelers. if you like to juice. Although it’s great to have certain pieces of equipment and there are some special tools and apparatus that can absolutely make it a lot easier to prepare raw foods. Don’t put off the diet until you’ve assembled all the gadgets. it’s also important to educate yourself on the fun and filling dishes you can prepare. I have a little money to spend on this. Having a food processor will make all the difference in the world. dicing and blending. I strongly urge you to learn how to make a few different meals. you’ll need more food. That’s brilliant! When people want to start eating a raw and living food diet. I want them to experience how easy. It is wonderful that you have already incorporated having a juice every day. etc. pie plates. Alissa’s fans include hundreds who have maintained successful weight losses. you don’t need to start off with all of them at once. Stock your refrigerator with healthy foods and have the ingredients available to whip up a dessert or something filling if needed. if you feel great from it and if this is more important to you than preparing meals. so I was wondering. This diet is mostly about freedom! While it’s true that the easier you make this diet. You are at an advantage. If you can afford both of these items.com Dear Alissa. Now let’s get back to your daily juice. I have seen. There are many different brands of juicers on the market. You’ll need one for all the grinding. This usually keeps the majority of people who are starting a raw food diet happy for a long. You don’t need all of them. The trick is to identify what the most important aspect of this diet is for you. food processors.” and “unsatisfying”. blending. people investing in an expensive juicer and no other equipment only to feel deprived within days or weeks because they are not able to make raw food meals and more filling foods. Living on Live Food. fun and filling this diet is. The reason I do not suggest a juicer over a food processor is because many people who are just starting to change from an unhealthy diet to a healthy diet need more substance. I’m a student and I don’t have much money so I’m wondering which equipment you think is necessary for the beginner? At the moment I only have a cheap blender. On other days. which do you think I should invest in now and which can I do without?” in a food processor. Even if you eat very simply – mostly fruits and salads – the day will come when you wake up really hungry. all I had was a simple food processor and an inexpensive blender. You needn’t spend a lot of money on a food processor. Having a good supply of raw foods. along with a food processor. Just make sure it has a large enough cup size. I’ve been reading about juicers. On some days. that there isn’t enough variety in it for you. however. Listen to your body! Be prepared to give it what it needs. the better. Most kitchens already contain the basic necessities for a raw and living diet: knives. Juicing can be a bit overwhelming and not so much fun for some people at the beginning when they are confronted by some of the high-end juicers that are now available. than I would say that is the perfect start! These are definitely the first two pieces of equipment I would suggest. or you’ll have a sudden desire for something more at night. “I have recently started experimenting with a raw diet and I’m feeling great. It sounds as though you already know that fresh juice is important to you. dehydrators. as you have already started eating raw. I tell them to invest 18 . I just can’t afford all of them. But. you won’t be hungry. They begin to think that a raw food diet is hard to do because they try to make delicious dishes by hand and it ends up taking them hours instead of minutes with a food processor. It’s almost essential. then I would say this should be your first piece of equipment. I like people to have a good experience when first going raw. Alissa is author of the bestselling Living On Live Food book and DVD set and is a regular on American TV. speaker and consultant on raw and living food.

thereby preserving the enzymes. It is used to make cooked soups and cooked products also and after a couple of minutes it begins to heat and then boil your food. easy and fun. foods can take on a crispy. Once you acquire a smoothie-like consistency. Most models without temperature controls have thermostats starting at 140 degrees or higher. A coffee grinder is great for grinding small seeds. It’s great for making smoothies. and other vegetables. Again. it depends on your goals and preferences. So it’s difficult to make desserts such as nut heavy dishes in these as there will not be enough liquid and it will therefore cook your food before it gets blended properly. The basic blender you already have will do for many recipes and smoothies. ripe. you pour that into an ice cream maker (like you would with a dairy-based mix for conventional ice cream) and you end up with a delicious raw ice cream that is truly remarkable in texture and taste. It can also grind nuts and seeds to a fine powder. but it’s nice to have and can cost less than $10.while juicing to heat the juice. There are a lot of raw ice cream recipes now which involve blending nuts. There are two settings. Next is the dehydrator. Once you start a raw food diet and get a feel for what your specific tastes and wants are. pizza. This can be important. I suggest starting out with the highest quality raw and living food available to you. They can be pricey but they are well worth it.” I use mine often to make all kinds of delicious meals. change it and create something new and exciting when a fresh. and soups: they’ll come out very smooth and creamy. These will destroy all the life-giving properties you are trying to maintain. You just need to be careful when using a Vita-Mix that you don’t leave it running too long. Many of my clients love the Vita-Mix. Though certainly not a necessity. like real crackers. A blender would be your next best bet. So as you can see. dips. It’s very inexpensive and it’s so worth the price just to be able to make fine. while the other setting is for paper thin slices. You can use your dehydrator to give foods a thicker. yams. including those who are on a budget. especially when you’re first starting out. You can certainly eat raw food without any of these items. cookies and breads. zucchini. Best. like flax and sunflower. Alissa 19 . Some people swear by this as the only piece of equipment they need. It’s an expensive. coconut water and other items such as cacao and agave in a Vita-Mix. a dehydrator will allow you to prepare a much wider variety of items that will have the “taste” of having been cooked. They are definitely worth the investment and once you use one it’s hard to go back to a basic blender. There are other pieces of equipment that you mentioned. If you live on smoothies. they last a very long time! I know people who have had their original stainless steel ones for over 20 years. dry texture. firmer consistency and can have fun experimenting with nut burgers. you will have a better feel for what you need. Important: make sure your dehydrator features a temperature control to enable you to maintain temperatures below 112 degrees. blended greens. lasagne. You may find you don’t need too much equipment in helping this food taste its best! Sometimes it’s surprising to people how great raw and living food in its natural state can be. Do you love smoothies and blended items? Do you need to have more gourmet meals prepared for yourself or your family? Do you crave crunchy food? Do you love fresh fruit and vegetable juice? All of this will dictate what the most important pieces of equipment are for your specific needs. high-powered blender. I personally love this little gadget. You can make beautiful salads with it as well. soups and simple recipes this could be it for you. Not a necessity. angelhair-type strands which can be used for beets. heavy-duty. It is fun to have options but also just remember to keep it simple! If you have a lot of money to spend on fun and exciting gadgets and helpful appliances that’s fantastic. Your dehydrator will be your “raw food oven. I also love mine for making potato chips and ravioli shells. When left in your dehydrator longer. Of course an ice cream maker is wonderful if you are an ice cream lover but certainly not a necessity. which you cannot do in the food processor. One lets you make very fine strands. juicy mango can be better than any elaborate meal we can concoct ourselves. therefore saving money on the amount of produce that is needed to juice. You can make delicious simple ice cream in your food processor or juicer with just frozen fruit. This is a very fast and powerful machine that whips recipes together very quickly and gives foods a texture not easily accomplished with other appliances. Although these blenders are expensive at $300-$400. like the spiralizer. They extract more juice then a cheaper version juicer. We want to alter it. that can be difficult to grind in a food processor. some of these tools are very helpful in going and staying raw. but the first few pieces of equipment can make eating raw foods simple. But this diet also fits perfectly into anyone’s lifestyle.

“Many women who’ve “gone raw” have told me they stopped using make-up because it made them look older!” .

Such a long life of misery lay ahead that I wished I were eighty. but one character. Besides the fact that Marcia doesn’t eat raw.. glowing complexion. Looks. just eleven years ago. I remember thinking: I’m only 37 and I’m dragging like an old woman already. I was facing reconstructive hip surgeries so I could walk without excruciating pain. Looking at his work. rankly it’s embarrassing sometimes. Marcia Cross. Nick: “I think it would be a good idea to include a new banner on your website: ‘Tonya celebrates turning 50 years young this month!’ I just think 50 is a big milestone and you could make a big impact on people since you look so young and healthy at that age. I was a complete loser in his teenage eyes.e.” I was only vaguely familiar with the works of this famous impressionist. My health. a reader sent me this email: “You have the most amazing skin. Women. has skin like yours – poreless and porcelain-looking. but I would have to be living on an island not to know what Bree. Not to me…and not at fifty… Thirteen years ago. I might have dismissed the comparison as an exaggerated compliment. Jr. Bree is in her late forties. whether they are housewives or professionals. “I love to look at your face. At day’s end came yet another email. I decided the lady was complimenting my complexion (and sincerely hoped I was not reminding her of one of his horse paintings). On my 50th birthday. aren’t far behind – have you seen the statistics on the increases in cosmetic surgeries being done on men? I looked up Marcia Cross’s site and found stunning images of the 46 year-old. You’ll not see me under  21 . Success. What a lovely 50th birthday! Eleven years of raw foods have changed everything for me. Here she explains how raw foods combined with a simple beauty regime are the secret behind her youthful. I thought. You remind me of Degas’ paintings. One caption read: Marcia Cross reveals how she maintains her porcelain complexion. are all desperate to achieve beautiful complexions.. and I know she must be doing something and I don’t think it’s raw food! I don’t believe it’s all in the genes. I hated the way I looked and felt. Backto-back compliments on my 50th! I must be doing something right. This praise perplexed me. Anyway. I work twelve hours or more a day and. Nick. a lady told me. there’s another thing I do differently. But just hours later. shielding herself from the sun with an umbrella on her way to the Los Angeles set of Desperate Housewives on Thursday. And he wasn’t bashful about pointing it out. He proudly calls himself a house-husband.F Raw and beautiful at 50 Our raw beauty columnist Tonya Zavasta celebrated her 50th birthday earlier this year. my husband works for me. Bree. In fact. this one from my 27 year-old son. Happy Birthday again!” Maybe your children dish out compliments regularly. It could not be happening. Not mine. so at that moment I just felt grateful she didn’t say I reminded her of a Picasso. I don’t know whether you watch Desperate Housewives. looks like.” I’m about as far from “Desperate Housewives” as one can get. when I gave up my PhD studies in mathematics. just an idea. i. not desperate. So I thought you guys might be doing something similar. and I owe it to other women to respond. I’ve never watched a complete episode of the show. and he’s happy. I was thrilled to have such an enthusiastic compliment from my pragmatic son. as I left my Bikram yoga class. I googled Edgar Degas out of curiosity. And men. is my most demanding critic. since last year. truth be known. I keep him busy. so my life would be over sooner. He liked to paint dancers and horses.

skin takes on a dull cast. and even that old advice about faithfully drinking eight glasses of water daily. I have reached the half century mark. Try to imagine a wall in your house. flexing and absorbing the paint you’ve rolled on it. E and C. One familiar example of the distinction between specular and diffuse reflection is glossy and matte paints used in painting interiors. When your skin is healthy and vibrant. Regular exfoliation removes skin-dulling dead cells. No friction. lifeless. are not going to bring any dramatic results.” Light from a single incoming direction is reflected in a single outgoing direction and it’s reflected at exactly the same angle. it must be bright. And once you’re accustomed to the revitalizing effect brushing provides. any surface must be polished. the surface of good skin wears a shiny or glossy appearance. It has a lot to do with how light is reflected. sallow complexion tells your age like nothing else. plain to be seen. vitamins A. Hated it in school? No worries! This time it will be fun. A raw foods regimen not only replenishes the muchneeded moisture. A good brush with natural bristles offers just enough friction to do the job.com 22 . Combining a thoughtfully-crafted raw foods regimen and surprisingly simple beauty techniques can give you the same joy for as many birthdays as you’d like. would glowing skin be so rare? Think about hydrating dried prunes. If your skin doesn’t reflect light optimally. No point now wishing for those high cheekbones. How long would such a “glow” last? Anyone whose house foundation has shifted and cracked the paint on the walls understands this concept. I’m having the time of my life. What actually is this “glow” or “radiance” that we often use to describe good skin? To answer this question we need a refresher course on physics. paper. The younger and healthier your complexion. But this article is not about luck. you’ll miss it when you skip it. Consider – if they did. and a measure of gentle forgiveness. For more information see BeautifulOnRaw. This effect will be completely destroyed by makeup. Reflection off of rough surfaces – clothing. Would you have studied it harder at school if the teacher had told you it would help your looks? See…my knowledge of physics has come in handy. and the world is drawn to that light. No wonder we call a great complexion “spectacular. arming myself with raw foods research. Nothing says old quicker than a lack of radiance. Light striking a rougher surface is scattered in all directions. When this kind of reflection occurs. But we face one impossible problem. the smoother your skin. Who doesn’t long for the bright. A splotchy. after all. i’m having the time of my life. Not me! I definitely don’t mind fifty. Young skin has a luminous rosy or pinkish glow – the result of light both at its surface and in the sub-layers beneath absorbing colour from pigments such as melanin and haemoglobin. As a result. You need a measure of friction. They will never look shiny and fresh-picked. no matter how much water you give them. not shovelling a Milwaukee winter sidewalk. I gave up wishing I were blonde. you look older. and not a bit more. It works. Somewhere along the line. I earned it through raw foods and an everyday beauty regimen. we tend to stop longing for certain things. of friction.” a parasol. We vertically challenged folk sooner or later abandon our aspirations to be tall and leggy like runway models. Reflection off smooth surfaces such as mirrors or calm water is what we call specular reflection – literally: glass-like. A person’s age is estimated by skin tone and radiance. Your skin is not a wall you can just top off with a glossy finish – it is a living organ. Me? I took a harder road. That is the reason behind one peculiarity in the raw foods community: many women who’ve “gone raw” have told me they stopped using make-up because it made them look older! The most desperate beauty question posted on the internet is: Does anyone know a real skin supplement that makes your skin glow? Bad news: Supplements of omega oils. It’s there – acres and acres of it. or wrinkles on aging skin – creates a diffuse reflection. breathing. error and experience. Wrinkles react like shattered mirror pieces that do not reflect as much light because of their uneven edges. After 40. no matter what its base colour. In my case. What we call “glow” really does deserve the name. no exfoliation. achieving skin balance and decontaminating skin tissue – all of which helps to retain the smoothness that creates “glow. Light appears to be coming from a point behind the skin. necessarily.” Radiance is the quality of being bright. but also helps eliminate toxins. I welcome the sun. the more it behaves like a mirror. let me point out: There is such a thing as a genetic predisposition for clear skin. Marcia Cross might have luck. of sending out rays of light. ensuring better light reflection. The good news: living raw foods will restore that fresh look.“i definitely don’t mind fifty. To reflect light truly well. And I’m delighted to know I look like I’m having a good time. radiant glow of youth? Now. Some might call it old. Cosmetic companies are labouring to produce makeup or foundation “glossy paint” that will give this glowing effect. and the kind of knowledge that comes from trial. Physics to the rescue again… Exfoliation is the result. For your skin to glow. it suggests an internal flame smouldering inside you. before we go any further. Now. But we all do – and we should – want to enjoy that “baby” glow. ■ Tonya Zavasta is the author of Quantum Eating: The Ultimate Elixir of Youth. I recommend face brushing for this reason. Only the superior elimination and circulation that the raw foods lifestyle provides will create this effect on the outside. Your Right to Be Beautiful and Beautiful On Raw. Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It’s about something every one of us can achieve. Some people are born lucky. I do not advocate gouging or scraping – we’re removing old skin cells. I try to spend at least 20 minutes in the sun every day during summer time.

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while meeting nutritional needs. junk food doesn’t figure and red meat is a rarity. Much is made of the importance of “nutrient-dense” calories and meals. let alone a food diary which has raw foods as the foundation of the meals being painstakingly documented. however. Either way. She is one of a growing group of hard-core health enthusiasts following a “Calorie Restriction with Optimum Nutrition” (CRON) diet. exactly. So from that point of view Lara and others on similar regimes are definitely onto something.Eat less. don’t try it on your offspring as it is also shown to stunt growth. But there is no reliable scientific evidence that anything besides calorie restriction is capable of retarding biological aging nor extending maximum lifespan. nutritional supplements and a variety of drugs. The average CRON diet is certainly streets ahead of the standard diet: empty calories are low to non-existent. Take breakfast as an example. one method shows more promise than all the rest put together. But browse the many “CRON diet” journals posted online and you’ll discover a strange paradox. So what. life-span increases of up to 20 per cent have been observed in mice that began restricted diets as adults. rule number one is to eat your food raw. Yet you’ll E struggle to find a mention of anything unfired being consumed. and destroys 70%-90% of water-soluble vitamins and phytonutrients and 100% of enzymes. But the results from many short-term studies are in and they are conclusive:  if you want to meet all of your nutritional needs in the fewest calories possible. Why? Because cooking makes 50-70% of protein in food non-bioavailable. is the evidence that restricting calories makes us younger.400 calories. Many things. it is hard to understand why those on calorie restricted “optimum nutrition” diets would be switching their ovens on at all. it interferes with the body’s absorption of minerals. Her daily total will come out at a carefully calculated 1. or a bowl of mixed raw berries. prisoners of war and others who subsist on fewer calories than their bodies require over prolonged periods do not live longer. and humans live so long. It’s clear the world of calorie restriction could benefit from learning about raw nutrition. Lara. healthier and longer-lived? It all began with a 1934 Cornell University research study. Clive McCay and Mary Crowell were researching the effects of calorie restriction on rats. and found that when the animals were fed all the necessary nutrients but the calories in their diets were drastically cut. dairy and pasteurized fruit juice favoured by most CRON enthusiasts. it is the disciplined practice of calorie restriction with optimum nutrition. A multivitamin tablet chased down with a 150ml glass of pomegranate juice (out of a bottle) completes the first meal of the day. it denatures essential fats. 25 . very morning Lara Williams sits down to a breakfast of cottage cheese on rye bread. rule number one is to eat your food raw. Meeting nutritional needs on 2050% fewer calories will extend lifespan. and that now includes everything from insects to apes. but the reverse is also true. Similar results have been observed in all species tested. they lived substantially longer. live longer Despite many attempts by modern medicine to develop a drug or intervention that will turn back the clock. In all species studied. Another interesting phenomenon observed by some researchers: calorie-restricted animals who were still bearing offspring even when all the regularly fed animals in the study had grown old and died.e. that has been a mere side effect. the most astonishing results are obtained if calorie restriction begins in infancy. Sarah Best investigates. Lunch is usually a chicken breast with half a cup of brown rice or pasta and a carefully-chosen selection of grilled vegetables. Many raw fooders experience less than optimal health and energy because they consistently overeat. Study after study has shown it is not only the mean lifespan that increases but also the maximum lifespan: i. Since this science is relatively new. human growth hormone. There is a considerable body of scientific evidence suggesting that reducing calorie intake by 20-50% below the recommended amount. there are no human studies proving conclusively that calorie restriction will have the same effect on humans. Nor is she on this regime for the weight loss. Occasionally she rings the changes with a stir-fry of greens and beansprouts on soba noodles. they perish sooner.. Given these figures. But the “optimal nutrition” part of the equation is just as important as the calorie restriction component. is the best thing we can do if rejuvenation and longevity are our goals. is around 15% under her ideal weight but she is not anorexic. Anorexics. dessert will be no-fat yogurt with strawberries. who is 43. are claimed to be “anti-aging”. including stem cell therapy. A woman of her height should eat at least 2. But if you want to meet all of your nutritional needs in the fewest calories possible. It’s not a magic pill you can swallow nor a treatment you can be given. if you are a parent.000. or an infinite number of variations on the raw smoothie – any of these would be a much better choice than the combinations of wheat. A big green juice loaded with nutrient-packed sprouts. Still. some of the study animals lived longer than previously thought to be possible for the species in question. Dinner is fish with different vegetables (this time steamed or boiled) and a side salad.

the mitochondrial damage theory and the molecular cross-linkage theory. Animals on calorie-restricted diets do not show the age-related drop in immune system strength seen in their counterparts on regular diets. so it is not possible to make your body into a free radical free zone. 18 people who had been practicing calorie restriction for three to fifteen years showed dramatically reduced risk of developing diabetes or clogged arteries. Among the main findings was that calorie restriction led to decreases in insulin levels and body temperature.000 age-related genes in animals. protective effect against diseases associated with aging. Sub-theories include the waste accumulation theory. had the blood pressure readings of 10-year-olds. which literally means “self-eating”. but they certainly have a much longer life expectancy than average because they’re most likely not going to die from a heart attack. gerontologist Richard Weindruch and geneticist Tomas Prolla found that 70 per cent of the major changes in gene expression associated with aging were totally or partially prevented by calorie restriction. This can interfere with the proper functioning of the cells and is thought to become a vicious cycle: slower autophagy = more rapid accumulation of junk = further damage to the functioning of the  How does calorie restriction turn back the clock? Every aspect of the aging process appears to be slowed by calorie restriction. The team members also exhibited enhanced immunity and an increased capacity to fight off illnesses. aging occurs when free radicals damage the structures of living cells by a process known as oxidation.” A six-month study of 48 people who reduced calories by 25 per cent or more was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Wear and tear theories are based on the view that aging is caused by damage done to our body cells and systems over time. is by breaking them down and then recycling them. For example. Louis. blood sugar. We don’t know how long each individual actually will end up living. the resident physician. this process can become less efficient. and the one that encompasses all of the others. One noteworthy human study is the famous Biosphere II experiment. including growing all their own food. But to understand why. One way in which the body copes with the waste by-products of cellular life. Using microchip technology he proved that the expression of many of these genes was actually reversed. And the best news is that animal studies suggest that calorie-restricted diets have the potential to offset both kinds of aging. such as oxidized fats and cross-linked proteins. and following such a diet himself. car exhaust fumes. Blood pressure. These theories are not mutually exclusive. with an average age of 50. 26 . This in turn will benefit all systems of the body. one of the biggest generators of avoidable free radicals is overeating. However. cigarette smoke. since an earlier study found both traits in long-lived people. leading to cells becoming overloaded with garbage.calorie restriction reduces all of the biomarkers for aging and lowers the risk of chronic diseases. unsurprisingly a unified consensus about exactly how calorie restriction counteracts it has yet to be reached. The damage continues to accumulate until it eventually manifests itself as some form of degenerative disease. in fact the latest research suggests that aging is caused by a complex mix of internal and external factors. The study subjects. While antioxidants have been much touted for their ability to mop up these destructive molecules. stroke or diabetes. Since there is still much disagreement about this among the medical community. But normal metabolism causes free radical production. for the same reason. alcohol and various beverages and processed foods. Commenting on the study Holloszy said. The group had to do everything needed for survival. who had been studying the effects of calorie restriction on longevity. the faulty reconstruction theory. spent years studying the effect of calorie restriction on 11. During the two years between September 1991 and September 1993 eight scientists lived inside this enclosed ecosystem. calorie-restricted diets do something much better: they ensure there are much fewer of them circulating in the first place. Free radicals are so reactive they can attach to and damage molecules that usually don’t take part in reactions. In a University of Wisconsin study on rodents. and that both theories are partially correct. But as the body ages. Dr Stephen Spindler. Many raw fooders experience less than optimal health and energy because they consistently overeat. and that gene expression changed rapidly to a pattern associated with lower mortality and better health. When it was not possible to grow as much food as anticipated within the Biosphere. A University of California professor. Those findings were reported in 2001 and currently researchers are using the latest analytical methods to determine what’s happening at the genetic levels in human calorie restrictors. Modern aging theories can be divided into two main categories: wear and tear aging theories and programmed aging theories. But the most widely accepted wear and tear theory. cholesterol and triglyceride levels all fell by at least 20 percent to extremely healthy levels. a professor of medicine at Washington University in St. The results were astounding. “It’s very clear that calorie restriction has a powerful. is the free radical theory of aging. Over 80 degenerative diseases are now known to be linked to free radicalinduced oxidative stress and all are manifestations of the same underlying process. In a human study by John O. Both are considered signs of longevity. reduced oxidative damage to the immune system means greater resistance to disease. Holloszy. until eventually we “wear out” completely. Much of the damage is preventable if we avoid potent free radical generators such as pesticides and herbicides. Walford convinced his fellow inhabitants to adopt a calorie-restricted diet. One of the eight. was none other than UCLA gerontologist Roy Walford. including cellular DNA. Programmed aging theories stem from the idea that certain changes associated with aging are programmed by a genecontrolled “biological clock” – the same clock that programmes other life stages such as cell differentiation in the embryo and sexual maturation at adolescence. A final fascinating effect of calorie restriction is on the bodily process of autophagy. Research has also shown that calorie restriction may prevent changes in the brain caused by aging. which allowed no contact whatsoever with the outside world. According to this theory. we have to understand what causes aging. Another observed benefit was a decline in DNA damage.

80% of your food intake will be made up of these foods on this list. alcohol and carbonated beverages 4. But remember: science has only begun identifying all of the nutrients and co-factors essential for optimum health.Calorie restriction with optimum nutrition – the raw way 1. Don’t even think of reducing your calorie intake until you have completed the steps above. It is best to finish drinking half an hour before a mealtime. 4 5. but in short. find a suitably qualified practitioner who can guide you through this whole process. and not to start again until at least an hour after. 2 3. This is an article in itself. so you want them releasing into your bloodstream at a manageable rate. This is a good insurance policy against any deficiencies. Neither of these will help you in your quest to look and feel younger and to live longer. organic fruits – especially berries Sea vegetables Smoothies. Consume in abundance… For real optimum nutrition. A word about food combining 7 7. smoothies and juices. quinoa. Don’t mix concentrated proteins with concentrated carbs. If you end up with a cocktail of these juices. Next. com. and never as dessert. • • • • • • Sprouts of all kinds Leafy greens Fresh. Experiment with the free online diet analysis tools. if you’re not already doing this. nutridiary. Or better still. and you’ll stabilize at a lower weight. as this dilutes digestive juices. 5 6 6. some guidelines about what to eat (and what not to eat) to get there. make sure you take it slowly and keep any weight loss gradual. so it’s worth learning a few simple principles of food combining. raw plant foods. If you decide to go to the next level. • • 27 . juices and energy soups made from the above Lightly cooked vegetables and home-made vegetable soups and stews (not raw. ripe. This greatly increases the energy the body needs to expend in processing what you eat. millet Baked sweet potatoes 2. so the two foods can be mixed in salads. Animal experiments into calorie restriction have shown that sudden weight loss can actually shorten lifespan. and meet your nutritional needs with that number of calories. White flour. The exception to this rule is that fruits mix well with green leaves. In the early days at least. at least half an hour before consuming your next meal. with a salad and/or vegetables. ripe. and to have the tests re-done every six months or so to monitor progress. fellow raw food fans included. Our fat stores house many toxins. fresh. and no more. With all the groundwork done. Try not to drink at mealtimes. different foods require the production of different digestive juices. It is a good idea to supplement with a high-quality multivitamin every day. Thanks to your body’s metabolism slowing down your weight loss will eventually stop. • • Eat fruit on its own. but green light on these as long as you consume the other foods on this list in greater quantity!) Most people on calorie-restricted diets seem unaware of another important distinction: the health benefits of combining food properly. Go easy on… These are all great foods to include. or you risk malnutrition. When you start cutting calories. 3 Say goodbye to… • • • • • • These are the number one baddies to banish from your diet. you can stop here and you’ll still experience superior health and boost your chances of living longer. • • • • • • Oils Avocadoes Nuts and seeds Agave and other raw sweeteners Brown rice. 1 The best way to get started on the road to longevity is to ascertain the right number of calories for your build and activity level. it is a good idea to get blood tests done before you start to check your level of health and identify any existing deficiencies. Have one or the other at each meal. you are going to need help calculating the calories and nutrient content of your food. so no amount of pillpopping can ever replace whole. and also leads to the creation of many toxic by-products. white sugar. but a little goes a long way. Do just this and you will be doing better for your health and longevity than almost everyone around you. they cancel each other out and digestion grinds to a halt.com and fitday. white rice and all other refined (aka empty) carbs Processed foods of all kinds Fried foods Meat – especially processed Pasteurized dairy Coffee.

The Anti-Aging Plan. and little raw food. Clearly. The longevity pill? In laboratories around the world scientists are toiling away attempting to come up with a drug that mimics the effects of calorie restriction. talked of living to 120-140 as a reasonable expectation for anyone doing the same. Calorie-restricted diets work to avoid an internal “garbage catastrophe” in two ways: first of all. the damage your cells are not suffering as a result. rejuvenation and longevity. Basically. the greater the effects. no doubt thanks to his healthy diet. the average person alive today in the western world eats substantially more calories than they need but is malnourished. This has been termed the waste accumulation. Broccoli tops covered with melted ultra (1%) cheese and a glass of skim milk makes a surprisingly filling breakfast. yet there would be few who would not take the pill that delivers its amazing benefits. For example. Lara discovered calorie restriction five years ago when a routine medical examination revealed her blood pressure and cholesterol to be elevated. Walford stayed healthy and lived longer than most after a diagnosis of this disease. and the scientific evidence mounts. Secondly. it is about the metabolic stress you’re not putting it under. live longer” lifestyle? It’s just not going to happen… Calorie restriction meets raw nutrition If you think you’d have to resign yourself to feeling hungry for the rest of your life in order to benefit from this body of scientific knowledge. more and more health seekers of all ages are shunning the “all you can eat” mentality and making mealtimes an exercise in mathematics. For all its apparent complexity. Since few people would contemplate a calorie-restricted regime. For example. theory of aging. comes with no guarantees. Fiber One. various combinations of meat. fish and dairy with refined carbohydrates and cooked vegetables. the waste products that are therefore not being generated.” A leading life extension expert shares calorie-restriction strategies on his blog. because what they eat falls far short of meeting the nutrient intakes required for optimum health. Roy Walford. But on balance. Sadly he died at 79. in Alzheimer’s there is a build-up of plaques in the brain. Both readings were in the normal range by the time of her six-month follow-up appointment. But we will have to wait a long time before there is inspiration in the form of large numbers of humans on this programme celebrating their 120th birthdays. the UCLA gerontologist and Biosphere II’s calorie restriction pioneer adhered strictly to the lifestyle for several decades and in his book. ■ 28 . electron-deprived scavengers zipping around your body than if you’d consumed 400 calories worth of raw spinach and avocado salad. It is a continuum. Always health-conscious. to extend remaining lifespan by 42% and to substantially reduce tumours as a cause of death. or garbage catastrophe. there is simply less garbage to process. think again. Today. Calorie restriction works because of what you are not putting into your body. The frugal fare of the calorie restricted is not for everyone. the reason calorie restriction works can be summed up in very simple terms: it is about giving your body what it needs and very little of anything else. The results achieved in human calorie restriction studies are especially astonishing when you consider that the average subject was consuming a diet very like Lara’s. For example. And perhaps the most important thing to bear in mind is that no studies have yet been done into calorie restriction combined with optimum raw nutrition. As word about the effects of calorie restriction spreads. On the previous page is our guide to getting started and finding your place on the “CRONtinuum”. and obese people are known to be at a higher risk for developing the disease. This means that it has all the nutrients and co-factors necessary to maintain health. including autophagy itself = even slower autophagy – and so on. Dr Spindler and his colleagues showed that calorie restriction acts rapidly. it is safe to assume that someone eating a raw or predominantly raw diet could achieve even better results – or the same results on a less rigorous regime. if you eat 400 calories worth of pasta with chicken – typical “CRON” fare –you’re going to have many more of those crazy.cell. But logic suggests that if there is a diet for health. Restricting the diets of mice has been shown to reduce the build-up of these plaques. most nutrient-rich raw and living plant foods. Only time will tell what results may be possible by combining a low-calorie regime with the purest. If such remarkable results are being achieved from those practicing CRON the cooked way. and as little as possible of the toxic wastes and by-products that destroy health. it’s not surprising that drug companies are tripping over each other in the race to get there first. So it is worth remembering that this practice. I adopted several coping techniques to deal with hunger and to eliminate overeating of high-calorie foods. whom we met at the start of this article. How not to eat “My judiciously chosen cereal (a mixture of Cheerios. even in old mice. ensuring good traffic in my colon (reduced cancer-risk). The pill that allows you to eat the SAD way and enjoy the benefits of the “eat less. compelling though the scientific evidence is. or eating the standard diet and reaping the standard results. you are taking in fewer substances which can cause cellular damage which interferes with the normal functioning of the body’s waste disposal system. free radical damage is one of the leading causes of the changes we call “aging”. human and animal studies consistently show that the longer the period spent on the diet. GrapeNuts. Unsurprisingly. Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative disorders. of complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease. But it is never too late to start. To put this in perspective. Every step you can make towards meeting your nutritional needs in fewer calories is a step in the right direction. Bran Buds & some multi-grain flakes) is low in fat and high in fiber. she has more energy than ever before and is constantly being told she looks years younger. But we predict this is one scientific quest that is doomed to failure. this is it. but this is not a choice between existing on subsistence rations and laughing all the way into your second century. This is the very same reason the raw diet works so well – and it works even better if we can curb our tendencies towards overeating. It has been found that the toxic build-up that results when autophagy can’t keep up with garbage disposal is especially pronounced in those with Alzheimer’s.

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immediately consumed after extraction. My understanding of this shift in mentality is a heightened sense of Self born out of an inherent instinct to fulfill our lives at maximum levels. of which we are all a part with our elevated knowledge and deeper understanding via the role of diagnostic science. non-bio-organic Limited activity Recovery and renewal Healing Frustration Timidity Anger SHADOW Lacto-vegetarian and bio-organic fare Flexibility and increased strength Scepticism Sarcasm CLOUDS Mostly bio-organic living food. the closing statements made by the President of the host organization were. When one ingests super nutritious foods. that food consumption and its amount was the one governing factor that determines who would live longer and who would suffer less disease. Although there has never been a human clinical study specifically looking at raw vegan food consumption. “The one distinguishing scientific phenomenon adding years to your life is the consumption of living foods consumed in conservative quantities”. will break through the veil of the last generation. Norman Walker. we are on the front lines observing how the vitality within this dynamic nutrition rescues people back from the grips of demise. including power-juices and algae daily weekly fasting Full aerobic and resistance exercise maximum strength and flexibility complete health and optimal rest Activity Acuity Insight Knowledge Comprehension 31 . Those caught in a cycle of self loathing are destined to desire demise. When one is imbibing fresh raw juice. Throughout history. development and writing project which manifested into my book Longevity: Enjoying life without limits. they require less. Recently in Monte Carlo. it is propelled by one’s own self image. For the first time in recorded history the population is striving to maintain youthfulness and thriving like they never have before. baked goods. will shorten a life and increase disease potential. dairy. Conclusively each had found. we have many raw foodists who have led the way: as examples. Here at the institute. greatest methods and technology available to conquer aging. fresh juices Full initiation of aerobic and resistance exercise Clever Trusting Functional LIGHT Predominantly bioorganic living food. Overconsumption of any food. all of the important work done to date leads one to know that the nutritional value of these charged foods would further contribute to long life. synthetic “food” Inactivity Negativity Injuries llness Negativity Fear Hostility Restriction ECLIPSE Lacto-ovo vegetarian “food”. it quite often can replace a chewable selection. cooked “food”. oday we are not going quietly. Cheri Dipur. Elma Nisson and Ann Wigmore. Your mind has more to do with how many years you will survive MENU THE BODY THE MIND T DARKNESS Meat. Several years ago. wheatgrass juice. forging their own path. Long life is not a matter of genetics. sprout juice Flexibility Resilience Athleticism Endurance Confidence Creativity Courage Calm BRILLIANCE Pure bio-organic living-food diet. The next generation. including raw/living food. leading European anti-aging physicians gathered.promised jewels Dr Brian Clement gives his best advice for turning back the clock and enjoying superior physical and mental health at any age. After three exciting days of exhibits and conferences on the latest. Dr. I concluded a three and a half year research. Most often the baby boom generation is suspected to be the impetus behind this. Among the most interesting discoveries were 27 international scientific publications reporting research on the subject. Those making contributions and living a life of passion have a reason to live. It only makes perfect sense that this powerful cuisine would prolong the life of those committed consumers.

Its span of remarkable qualities make it valuable for those suffering arthritis. osteoporosis and some forms of arthritis. It is for each of us to cherish life at such a refined degree that we can’t wait for the next morsel. memory and consciousness. I speak of the many cycles I’ve observed in the current human condition and I reflect them in a chart on the previous page. Fennel-seed sprouts Strengthen the oesophagus. cancer. mutagens and pathogens. cancer. Valerian root This mild sleep aid helps people receive the necessary rest to accomplish greater physical and emotional health. Elderberry seeds Strengthen and multiply brain neurons. 32 . Uva ursa sprouts Act as an astringent. extensively portrays his and the institute’s research on how to achieve and sustain health and vigour throughout life. helps to balance hormones and squelches the biggest culprit in premature aging: hormonal imbalance. and acts as a natural thermostat regulator. Here they are: Alpha-Lipoic acid (ALA) Discovered by the Italians as a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect the brain and body from free radical damage (the cause of all premature aging and disease). yet body and mind are equal partners in the phenomenon we call longevity. these sprouts help to prevent cysts. Allow pure food to fuel you. where I have the gift of spending time every day with people at a crossroads. attitude. GABA This amino acid activates human growth hormones. Zingiver officinale (Jamaican ginger root) Helps to combat ovarian cancer. curcuminoid. Longevity: Enjoying long life without limits. The British Journal of Medicine reported that onions are 25% more effective than pharmaceutical medicines in strengthening bone and tooth density. It also improves circulation and strengthens the tissue of the cardiovascular system. Dr. Over the last several decades. promote sperm and ovarian secretion and strengthen both male and female sexual hormones. Onion sprouts With their exceptionally high sulphur content. String beans Rich in many minerals and help to protect the nerves. I spend much time labouring the importance of brain health and mindful progression. It is this very consciousness that broadens our horizons and permits us to see ourselves in our mature years as productive. Horsetail (Silica) This dynamic herb builds bones. Cabbage sprouts Combat digestive and eliminatory disorders and help to maximize nutrient absorption. Brian Clement has directed Hippocrates Health Institute for 30 years. Yellow squash Improves vision and helps to regulate menstruation. diabetes. as well as digestive and eliminatory problems. when sprouted. aliment and astonishing activity will assure one of greater life span and gorgeous moments. helping to reduce blood sugars and providing ample minerals essential to both body and brain. In my Longevity book. food plays a massive role in quality and length of life. is one of the most powerful known to man at the beginning of the 21st century. among other things. and also help to combat kidney. Jerusalem artichoke This root vegetable member of the sunflower family provides a wide cross section of minerals and blood-balancing nutrients. It is one’s birthright to establish a life that is both abundant and long. Indian hemp Rich in omega 3 and 6. contributory members of the worldwide human community. ■ than any other single factor. fibroids. memory loss. wisdom is gleaned. this nutrient strengthens and multiplies neurons (brain cells). helping the liver to cleanse blood cells. On page 57. Quinoa sprouts This seed’s mineral and protein content make it a fine body builder and disease-preventing food. Positive people in a passionate pursuit tend to live far longer than people entrapped in a negative cycle. Kohlrabi This member of the cabbage family with its high sulphur content is anti cancer. rich in minerals. bladder and lung concerns. determining whether or not it is worth the effort to fight on or just give up. dementia. Meanwhile. also improving circulation and cardiovascular health. Rutabaga greens Help to maintain respiratory and sinus function. whole food supplementation and herbs that build the brain. 2008. it passes through the blood-brain barrier enhancing thought. erectile dysfunction and loss of libido. Also help to relieve bladder and kidney congestion and enhance prostate relief. strengthen the eyes with their lutein content. Pea green sprouts With their high enzyme count they help to diminish microbes. combat digestive concerns (including ulcers). See page 12 for details of his London lecture hosted by The Fresh Network. His recent book. helping to prevent premature aging. As you see.Laminaria Asian kelp strengthens glandular function. heightening efficiency. cleaning unwanted debris and mucus from the body. but most important. I have established a wide gathering of foods. allow clear and determined thought to guide you. pro bone strength and helpful in digestive disorders. So in summary. abundant complete protein builds muscle and cell structure. Daikon radish This Asian radish is a blood purifier. Clement will return to Europe on a lecture tour the first week of December. It is within our capacity to achieve such a goal. Also multiply the white blood cells and strengthen overall immunity. rhinoviruses (colds. Dr. flu). clarity and energy. It is also used to pacify light to moderate depression as well as anxiety. Bilberry This herb helps to preserve vision and prevent eye disease. Turmeric Its active ingredient. Watermelon seed sprouts These succulent complete protein plants build tissue. In my position. the birthplace of mind and consciousness. Milk thistle This function regulator is essential for long life. enhances skin and promotes hair growth and health. They also contribute to strengthening bone density and preventing many forms of cancer. This reduced taxation on the liver anatomically promotes long life.

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your body thinner. Are you ready to go for it? Isn’t it worth 10 years? You are not alone in this. They complained about poor skin tone. D • • • • o you look in the mirror and see a body you don’t recognize? Do you wake up with aches in muscles and bones you didn’t know you had? Are you just too tired by the end of the day to do anything but plop down on the couch? And are you beginning to believe that there isn’t anything you can do about it? What makes you look and feel old? I asked this question to many people in different age groups ranging from late 20’s to late 80’s and the answers were. but you do have control of how you are 34 . puffiness and dark circles. What have you got to lose? Fat. flab and lack of energy is what. Ten days is nothing. DAILY PROGRAMME Preparing for your day Wake up early! Make your morning relaxed and make time to prepare for a great day. (fresh. raw fruits and green salads). and stop giving it the things that are keeping you looking and feeling old. You can change all that. sagging muscles and aches and pains that they had never had before. think about your day and how great it is to be alive. surprisingly. your jawline will sharpen. get to bed early. focused program. your eyes will brighten and you’ll begin to get rid of drooping eyelids. Your skin will look firmer. but for the first few days. and in only 10 days see a different you. They felt a lack of energy and a lack of enthusiasm. eat only enhancing foods. When you wake up. You are doing the program with Shaila. By the third day of the programme you will have more energy and wake up more easily. a 28-year-old counsellor and your personal guinea pig. You can do this! I’ll show you how your body can transform in a short period of time if you give it what it needs. I’ll give you tips that will help make this programme as easy as possible. Let’s get started For the next 10 days you will make simple changes that take off years. Your muscles will start to firm and strengthen and your energy will soar. Try this brief. The key to looking and feeling younger is taking great care of yourself from the inside out.10 years younger Roe Gallo outlines a health plan that will leave you feeling revivified and rejuvenated in just over a week. very similar: People were concerned about their weight making them look older. You will exercise. Check out her before and after pictures (overleaf) and her brief account of the highs and lows during her 10 day programme. it’s true! You will look and feel younger. and really pay attention to what you are thinking. in 10 days going to deal with them and how you take care of yourself. They felt the stress in their lives showed through. Yes. You may not have complete control of things that happen in your life. They felt dull all over. I usually think about one of my core beliefs when I wake up: “Every day day above ground is a great day!” Wake up happy! I have great news.

9. I know you learned something!) that you can apply to the job you would love to do. depending on how hungry you are. Adding more enhancing foods will make your healthier inside shine through. so do you. If you have children. A visit to a local spa is part of your 10-day plan. Visualize a great day Start your day with a positive attitude and a smile. a “good morning” and an “I love you” (and anything else you have time for) is a great way to start another day of being together. Indulge in an in-SPA-rational visit A relaxing facial can make a big difference in keeping that fresh young glow. Hauschka for mascara and Jane Iredale for eye pencils and lips. Staying active. move it Get your energy levels back to an all-time high with simple exercises to keep the spring in your step. sing. Several times during the day Exercise your eyes. You’ll feel great and you’ll notice your hair. 2. 8. Skin care should be about keeping your skin clean and feeding it with nutrients through your diet. 5. • • Some time during the day Read something current and interesting and talk about it with a friend. Dress the part Clothing styles and colour can add unwanted years to your look. Add a bit of colour and shine to your lips and a little drama to your eyes by lining them (but go easy as eyeliners can be harsh). C. Clean it up How you care for your body on the inside will show up on the outside. see a movie. listen to a fun or uplifting book or music and if you don’t have a radio or an ipod. Making it up as you go A little bit of mascara goes a long way to make your eyes look brighter. My favourite brands are Dr. Move it. Work your eyes and they will keep working for you. E and K. Let him/her know how happy you are that you are together. Positive thoughts only! Plan your day. this is it. Breakfast • • • 16oz. Visualize the end of the day and how happy you’ll feel. Preparing for work • If you drive or walk to work. Fresh fruit is high-water. Pay attention to the fashion and grooming tips on the right. If you don’t love your work. Do something special and fun Make dinner plans.The 10 simple secrets that dissolve away the years 1. family member or colleague. Think about what you love about your work and why you are doing what you do. then immediately look at something at least 10 feet away. think about what you have learned from what you do (come on. but powerful. Take the opportunity for eyebrow shaping and unwanted hair removal while you’re there! The skinny If your skin looks old. Lack of rest adds years to your appearance. D. go dancing. high-energy food and will get you going. of freshly-squeezed orange juice (squeeze it and drink it immediately) 1-3 pieces of fresh fruit. Pick out something wonderful to wear. If you are with a partner. a kiss. 7. Now get out of the house – this is enough food! You are getting plenty of nutrients. Do this 10 times. You don’t need to be a gym rat. Have a free consultation with a personal shopper to get ideas for your body type and colouring. Just 10 days on fresh. And remember – you can always update your look with smart accessories. Over the next 10 days you’ll see and feel the difference. skin and body looking better for it too. stretch your entire body for about five minutes. Sleep on it Make sure to get your rest. be sure to get plenty of essential fatty acids and vitamins A. or go for a picnic or a family bike ride. think of the things and people you are grateful for and how fabulous your day will be. just make sure you move your body every day. On the 10-day programme you will get a full night’s sleep every night. focus. Shower and get ready for your day. a kiss a “good morning. Yes. a smile. 3. Here’s a simple. If you work at home take at least 15 minutes preparing for your day in the same way. 6. See yourself at the end of your work day with your list complete and feeling great. Break that comfortable pattern. involved and interesting gives you a youthful energy that shows. While showering. something that makes you feel happy and look great.” an “I love you” and possibly a tickle is a wonderful way to get their day off to a great start. 35 . Dress to impress yourself. List your goals for the day and prioritize them. 10. So if gorgeous skin is your goal. focus. The tips in the daily programme will help you cut down on the stress that makes us all look and feel older. raw organic fruits and vegetables is all it takes to jumpstart your body’s own recovery system. one: Look at something close. As you get out of bed. 4. Smile When you are happy you will look and feel so much younger. a smile.

Shalia’s journey Day 1 Highlight Feeling positive and excited about trying something new for 10 days! Lowlight Not quite sure if I am satisfied with my assigned foods. Day 8 Highlight My taste buds and cravings are changing. Day 2 Highlight Only 9 days to go! Feeling proud that I made one whole day with fresh fruits and salads. I can’t see this as a failure. but I was so angry with myself. I went from a fresh. Where I usually tap out at 45 minutes of cardio I was able to go an hour easy. She was far from the picture of youth and health so I dismissed her criticism as a bit of jealousy. Day 9: Highlight All my clothes fit better! Lowlight It’s not time to get a new wardrobe……. and that before I would have had a whole slice not just a bite. Over the course of the last five years I have noticed a rapid shift in my body inside and out that I am not happy with. my hair feels better and I am visibly more confident. I used to smell cooked things and think about how much I would enjoy that dish when my 10 days are up. Lowlight Went to a sushi restaurant with Day 7 Highlight Woke up naturally today for the first time. just a bump in the road on my way to seeing positive results. and will probably go to bed early.m. Lowlight Realizing that while 10 days will show me some positive results I am still a long way away from the person I ultimately want to become. For example. My husband complimented me on my sunnier disposition.I am 28 years old but I feel and look much older. Day 4 Highlight My appetite has noticeably shrunk and I am starting to learn that my body’s cue for when I am hungry is different from when I just see something appealing and want to indulge. I asked the waitress if they had any salads or fresh fruit and sure enough she brought me a cucumber salad. without even thinking about food (I had 32oz of OJ in the morning). So here I am. Day 5 Highlight Feeling great about being half way through and starting to notice my skin clearing up and my clothes fitting better. slim 23 year old to a dull and pudgy 28 year old. Lowlight I cheated! I was shopping for my groceries when I was lured to a sample table giving away bite-sized samples of pizza. my skin looks improved. but now I can associate it with how bad I felt before I started this. Day 10: Highlight I looked at my after picture and was amazed! It may not be much only 5 pounds . Lowlight None! Day 3 Highlight I noticed more energy and heightened endurance during my workout this morning. Day 6 Highlight Was able to raise all my workout levels with ease and made it until 2p. and joined in with the party. It was only a bite. some friends and felt bummed about not being able to pull things from the boat. usually I am a bit of a grouch in the morning. Roe reminded me how far I had come. I am so happy with the results and feel inspired to keep going! Lowlight Realizing the work has only begun and I have to keep going. I work in a job that keeps me sedentary where 5 years ago I was an active college student. My job is not to blame – I am! There are many ways in which I can infuse activity into my life. Lowlight I am feeling tired and a little weak. about to see what 10 days of raw foods and healthy activity will do for me! Do I expect to look 18 after I am done or even 25 for that matter? No. much energy. but my hope is that I will start to resemble the 28 year old that I know I can be. Luckily I thought to fill up on fresh OJ right before I went to my party and once I arrived they had a fabulous green salad that did the trick. I couldn’t have slept in even if I wanted to because I had so 36 . orange slices and watermelon cubes. Lowlight I had lunch with a friend and she lectured me on how unhealthy my “diet” was and that I needed protein. Most people subscribe to the myth that what I am experiencing is just normal aging but I know the cause is lifestyle and therefore in my control. I was more than satisfied. vibrant.but I can see my jawline better. My body feels satiated but my brain still wants to order a pizza! I’ll resist the urge for now.yet! Lowlight It’s 4th of July and there are temptations everywhere.

or chocolate. bike. and for companies wishing to revitalize their workforce with healthier diet. I usually like my salads without dressing but you could use a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and/or a drizzle of olive oil A word about detoxing When you stop eating non-nutritious substances. but doing it makes you feel like a million dollars. kiss. Or perhaps you would prefer something active like taking a walk. There are different ways to take a break. So when you begin a new. If you choose fruit. take time to rest from the day. Maybe a quick email or call to someone you love just to tell them you love them.you will need more than 10 days to do that – but it’s a great beginning. zucchini. 37 . No excuses! That great body is inside you. have two to three pieces and if you are still hungry after that wait an hour and have more. For more information see roegallo. I also suggest you make an appointment with either a personal shopper or make-up consultant. even if they are raw. Read a romance novel. make love. take a spin class. sex and personal power. your body starts to detox. use your body as a gym. crunches and yoga. Whatever makes you feel happy. There’s always time to work your muscles. If you have a partner. Laugh. so the symptoms will not be too bad. Go to my website for more ideas and sign up for the free web version of the “10 years in 10 days” programme. even work you enjoy. Example: avocado and mango over a bed of rocket (arugula) is a delicious salad. Give yourself (or treat yourself to) a facial. This is not a fast. or work out with Billy Blanks (I love his “Boot Camp” workout). Hang out with people that you love and enjoy. Walk (briskly). Have walking meetings and take the stairs. During this 10-day program make sure to get out at least twice for play time. fitness. gives you more energy to do an even better job. will give you indigestion and will hinder the assimilation of necessary nutrients from your food. Don’t forget your weight-bearing exercises. fresh and younger looking you. dance. Down time from work. Or listen to music. run. waiting in line – basically anywhere. pull-ups. healthier dietary regimen. You can also do isometrics (isolating muscle contraction without the use of weights) in your car. nutrition. Work Work with passion. Go to sleep happy. but to feel great by the fourth day! Go for it! This program is not designed to change your behaviour permanently . you have time for this. tea. Lunch and dinner Choose either an all fruit meal or a salad. or some other raw fruit or veggie. On the 10-day program. hot bath with candlelight.Breaks and snack 1-2 pieces of fresh fruit. cuddle and talk about positive and loving things. Tell them you want a new. Before you go to sleep. don’t miss the opportunity to let it out! Roe Gallo. A break should be pleasurable and relaxing. motivational speaker and life coach. a manicure and/ or a pedicure. a great jump start! It’s a small commitment of your time so that you can see and feel significant results quickly. Do pushups. When you stop ingesting stimulants. your body takes the stored caffeine and theobromine out of the cells. If you don’t have passion for your work have passion for how you do your work and start planning to transition into work you have passion for! Rest and sleep It is so important to get adequate rest. Do things that are fun. PhD is an author.com. to “clean house” on a cellular level. throwing them back into the bloodstream for elimination. You time This is time just for you. Eating a mish-mash of food combinations. at your desk. but make sure that you take at least two every day. carrots. No matter how busy you are. You don’t need a lot of money to make yourself feel special. I recommend a good exfoliating and hydrating facial. If you can’t or don’t want to go to a gym. such as coffee. and ask them to make a couple of recommendations. tomato. Play time Remember to allow for play. A good night’s sleep can definitely make you look and feel years younger. Meditate. exercise and attitude. read a chapter of a great book or just take a few minutes to centre yourself and quiet your mind. Lunch could be a few pieces of fruit and a brisk walk or a spin class. You’ll feel rejuvenated and you’ll love how good your skin will look. ■ Eat simply It is best to eat as simply as possible: preferably one type of fruit at a time or a salad of leafy greens with one or two other ingredients. Take a long. Think or talk about all the good things that happened throughout your day and what you are grateful for. Exercise Make sure that you allow at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise. This may happen to you on this 10-day programme. For a salad choose organic greens with one or two of the following: raw and organic avocado. She is the author of Perfect Body and Overcoming the Myths of Aging. it is common to feel worse before you start feeling better. She also offers health coaching for individuals. Get a massage. She lectures and writes on health. This chemical imbalance usually results in a headache. It is quite common to feel headachey and tired by the second or third day.

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hair dropping out. Today. Ann and I started the Hippocrates Health Institute. his battle with bulimia. the M. founded on the true principles of the Hippocratic oath: Do no harm. Later. we began using a new breed of chemicals called nutraceuticals: whole food concentrates and superfoods. Please speak a little about your early years. I was born in pre World War Two Lithuania and grew up on a very primitive farm. I also had a great deal of childhood trauma. but it’s not always plain sailing. I used deep levels of meditation as a way of quieting the mind. I consulted with Norman Walker and other naturopathic practitioners. In your book Survival In The 21st Century. There was no electricity and we grew most of our own food. Use the least invasive treatments. It integrates the two hemispheres of the brain and contains a substance called PEA which affects how you feel about yourself and gets rid of addictions. Two foods we really relied on were cooked grains and dairy and the combination of those two foods laid the foundation for a tremendous amount of physical weakness. The benefits of the living foods lifestyle are hard to dispute. the hypothalamus creates protein complexes that reflect the thought.  The father of 39 . diet and exercise. and we’re getting great results.T. and thank God I found my way to this path. But I have a type-A personality and by the age of 29 I was forced to retire due to physical disability. I was insomniac so started to experiment with relaxation as an alternative to sleep. With every thought that you have. But I never became severely enzymatically depleted. which is a common problem among bulimics. I graduated in theoretical mathematics and worked in the computer field for five years. we emigrated to the US and I immersed myself in the dietary habits of the day. How did you go from that to the world of living foods? Medical doctors wanted to give me nasal surgery but I achieved great relief from my problem by stopping dairy products. I had migraine headaches. In 1958. because I had the knowledge and the good sense to take enzyme supplements. Focus on rest. I felt much better when I ate undesirable cooked foods since they stopped the cleanse. Blue-green algae turned me around within a month. observing everything and experiencing psychic insights and euphoria. During my teenage years. very advanced arthritis and tremendous psychological difficulties.I. My grandmother also had this ability. By the age of 17 I was acidified. My symptoms included the loss of sensation in one leg. That was usually around 16-20 hours a day and it was all volunteer work. you talked about the eating disorder you suffered for many years after going raw. Could you speak about that now? When I started detoxing on raw food I was a basket case. I became very inwards and I didn’t speak until the age of 16. severe backache. I put together Ann’s first book Be Your Own Doctor and went out on the road with it. But I’d feel so sick afterwards that I would throw up. The Smithsonian Institute and Harvard. It’s just as polluting as eating meat or being in a polluted environment. I lived the life of a mystic. the programme that healed him. This led to radical changes in my concentration and ability and I won all kinds of awards in maths and physics. wrinkles all over my face and other signs of rapid aging. I started to realize I could get a lot further by changing my diet than by listening to doctors. including Bernard Jensen. no other spa has the facilities or educational environment of the Hippocrates Institute. For 10 years I was close to death from bulimia. I worked on high-profile contracts with the Apollo Mission. Use chemicals as a last resort. At this time I also took a vow of chastity for seven years because I wanted to commit not to another human specifically but to humanity as a whole and I didn’t want to be distracted from that. How did that come about? She created a position for me where I could work the hours I wanted. All that emotion was coming to the surface. Then I met Dr Ann Wigmore and started working for her. I learned carpentry and gardening and I also did a lot of writing. I had a black iris when I started and Dr Jensen said I was a walking zombie.living foods Viktoras Kulvinskas tells Sarah Best about his journey from sickness to health. and why he feels better now than he did in his 20s Your story is an astonishing example of the power of raw foods to transform a life. Negativity has such a paralysing influence.

She died in a heroic fashion. Love Your Body. Yet fast food eaters are the most rigid of all about their diet. including the death of close friends and also animals that were close to her. That took a lot of time out of her day. But she was living a day at a time and she didn’t want to deal with it. She was joyful and happy until the end. When she finally went to the doctor she was told she only had a day or two to live unless she had surgery. She is sorely missed. we agreed that 100% raw seems to be very important for the duration of any healing or cleansing/ detoxification programme. which is defined as an unhealthy obsession with being healthy… There is this notion that anyone that’s intensely involved in perfecting themselves must be sick. She was very dedicated. ballerinas and Hollywood stars are all sick. You’ll see more raw fooders willing to eat opportunistically. she would probably still be here now. There is a time for everyone to go. Many people around the world were shocked and saddened when your wife Youkta passed away last year. There was not enough warning. don’t put it off. Show them an apple or a salad and they’ll say. She administered darshan to doctors and nurses. But they weren’t able to make any promises that that would do anything so she decided not to. and raw restaurants are appearing everywhere. So the best athletes. When she got into the living foods lifestyle she had been in a coma with liver damage. at which over a dozen nations were represented. We were both suicidal as children. They came to see her because she uplifted them. All that emotion was coming to the surface. until it kicked into action. Our so-called “compulsion” is creating younger. to dive into a pizza or a veggie burger. health-enhancing products but at the same time the multi-national drugs companies and agribusiness conglomerates are also expanding their reach. At the same time fast food is exploding and disease statistics are exploding. longevity and increased quality of life. Holistic practitioners are not very good at diagnosis but you can find out what’s wrong with you first and then go there. We have more businesses than ever producing ethical. There’s a raw food spa in every country right now. Like me. still continuing to give love. and also the unhealthiest. It has been said that we live in a time of great polarity. Use the medical community for diagnosis. If you feel discomfort. even if we live to 70 or 80 or 100 that’s not long.You have said some interesting things about orthorexia. “Get that away from me”. you can thrive on a plant-based diet that contains at least 80% raw foods and up to 20% vegan whole foods – by which we don’t mean whole wheat pasta. We have access to the healthiest food ever. Youkta had a much more sensitive system than I. Then she read my book. Youkta came out of a very dysfunctional family with severe childhood abuse. If she had found it earlier. She had students everywhere and she gave a lot of gifts during this incarnation. When a pet who’d been Youkta’s constant companion for 18 years died that had a massive effect on her immune system and her desire to live. She was a woman of great drive and energy and she helped a lot of people. She accomplished an unbelievable amount considering her limitations. you’d eat the whole grain that the pasta was made out of. Get it looked at. Could you speak to this? The raw food movement is exploding. She used to only have a bowel movement once every two weeks and for several years after getting into raw foods she had to do enemas twice a day. That must have been an unimaginably difficult time for you both. Sooner or later we all say I’m done with this and I’ve done what I wanted to. more virile bodies. Raw food has a very high volume of saturation right now. How important is it to be 100% raw? At the last Raw and Living Foods Summit. She had issues in her gastro-intestinal tract and eventually it gave out. including macrobiotics. If that’s a disease I want to have some of that disease! I’m the prophet child of orthorexia! There’s also this perception that raw food is not fun but people who are healthy on raw foods are having the most fun of anybody. plus legumes. She was subjected to a tremendous amount of stress during her last couple of years. As a young woman she tried different programmes. None of us live long. She ended up living for two months and we were able to make the transition and have all her close friends come. vegetables and so on. I had stronger genetic material so it had less of an effect on me. healthier. Outside of that. We’re 40 . in 2007. They won’t eat anything spontaneously. morning and evening. When I started detoxing on raw food I was a basket case. than fast food eaters slipping into raw food eating. She was like a love ball. She was and is seen by many as a shining example of the living foods lifestyle and I know many are anxious to know what caused this tragedy. It’s breaking up families and breaking up relationships because individuals are becoming polarized into more dead or more alive.

Mental disease is a toxic condition. After my workout I’ll have a green juice and/or wheatgrass juice. It will also taste sweeter because they break the starch down into sugars. The Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine has over 3. Apes. All futurists say we’re due for a massive plague that will wipe out 2-4 billion people. Our physiology. I grow wheatgrass hydroponically with sea water. 50 million people died due to an epidemic of infectious influenza. now we’re heading towards 7 billion. I add soaked sesame. Everyone needs what is being offered here. and all disease lies in faulty enzymes or lack of enzymes. Let’s talk about enzymes. Doctors using enzyme therapies are getting close to an 80% success rate in turning around cancer. The most prescribed product in Germany is enzymes. so if you want to be around in 2012 you will become a vegan. Green foods and fermented foods are the keys to building your immunity against infections. raw greens every day. the animals most similar to us. or water with lemon and cayenne and a bit of sea salt. this is the next Apple. But the Moscow Psychiatric Institute treated all forms of psychiatric disease through fasting for 30 days. After going up against me in that debate he said he’d never appear on TV with a vegetarian again! I had spent years in the Harvard Medical Library finding the evidence to substantiate everything I was saying. What do you eat on a daily basis? I base my diet around enzyme-rich and alkaline greens and sprouts. It’s a grass roots revolution – the “wellness revolution”. longer and get fewer injuries. some dulse and a sweet onion. and yet another reason to adopt a raw and living foods lifestyle. buckwheat. You won’t be able to pour it but sprinkle enzymes over it and soon you will. the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that the average alternative practitioner was earning more than the average family care physician.looking at penetrating the mainstream. Many coaches are putting athletes on enzymes and finding they train harder. Thinking in terms of investment. Pancreatic cancer is the most serious form of cancer. Close to 80% of Americans are sick with “incurable” diseases the medical profession can’t do anything about. If readers email me I will send them the protocol for making sauerkraut and growing wheatgrass. but if you are interested in the science you can visit enzymeuniversity. I’ve taught and still teach enzymatic theory and therapy all over the world. There are no incurable diseases. IBM or Yahoo stock. eat a 90% green diet. often training medical staff. only incurable personalities. I used to love McDonald’s and the fact I could get three meals a day there for less than $1 each.com. physiognomy and anatomy are that of a plant eater. People are usually told they have between six weeks and three months to live. In 2000. a flax cracker. Sprouted grains are very tantric. It is available on prescription there and it is a drug without side effects. There was very little recurrence of disease as long as they followed the vegan diet and continued fasting for two weeks a year. Now we are much more compromised. you will exercise and you will eat fermented foods. It was a blessing that I collapsed when I did. Take a bowl of cooked oatmeal. if you are taking immuno-suppressant drugs or have a stomach ulcer. So in your opinion. cancer and doctors. This flagship nutrient of the raw food movement is broken down first when exposed to heat. I get up between 3am and 4am when at home in Montezuma. taking the position that not only is a vegan diet adequate. I often start the day with a workout. that’s a good indication you’re on your way out. Negative stuff is what’s causing cravings for comfort foods that make you feel more comfortable because they suppress emotional complexes. but anything contrary to it is contrary to good health. a very important part of your life’s work… The raw food movement’s gift to the medical community is enzymes. They increase the libido. There were 1 billion people on the planet when I was born 70 years ago. I’ll have green tea. The Physicians’ Desk Reference lists eight kinds of enzymes. In 1918. If you are filthy and rotting inside because of corpses you’ve consumed. in which case sprinkle it on your food. But even pancreatic cancer has been cured using enzymes. relaxation and a vegan diet. 100. I have that with a little sea salt.000 medical doctors as members. Dr Max Wolf has been treating cardiovascular disease with enzymes and achieving a 95% success rate. The three leading causes of death are cardiovascular disease.  41 . Many years ago I appeared on TV with a medical doctor who was saying we need meat. It’s all about the level of sanitation inside the body. 1 and 2 respond to enzymatic intervention.000 people a year die of influenza and other infectious diseases. adequate exercise. Just like an alcoholic or a smoker. Dr Oz went on the Oprah show and said a body that is alkaline will never have disease and that everyone should have a serving of fresh. The only contraindications are if you’re haemophiliac. It’s the next trillion-dollar market. In the US. can everyone thrive on a vegan diet? If you have the will to go through the detox you can thrive on a vegan diet. Thank God I did! I feel better now than I did in my 20s. You have said some alarming things about infectious disease as a major threat to humanity. sunflower and pumpkin seeds and mix it with one cup of water and a carrot and blend it to a cream. oats and quinoa are my four favourites. I have cereal made of sprouted grains – wheat. some cold pressed olive oil. You don’t need a laboratory. which has all known minerals and is the ultimate fertilizer. There is also a very interesting research project going on in California right now: 550 bodybuilders are on a raw food diet with enzyme supplementation. The power of enzymes is very easy to demonstrate in any kitchen.

But if you’re sick it’s not something that’s part of any healing programme. Now I see young 60 year old ladies romancing 25 year old men. 3. Sometimes I’ll have a fruit meal – maybe papaya. It’s not just that it contains methylxanthines. it is also very irritating to the system. This is our rejuvenation issue. seeds and nuts. I have an avocado soup with greens. People are getting younger at older ages. the direction of the future. My grandmother had Alzheimer’s but I gave her five supplements. alternately being called the superfood of superfoods. Start sprouting. Always ripened fruits. Cacao has caused much controversy in the raw movement. What is your personal take on it? Cacao is a food of entertainment. This is a nutritional revolution. Make fermented food. exercise. 5. Forgive yourself for all failures. Just remember this is the right direction. bluegreen algae. Photographs of Viktoras Kulvinskas by Jennifer Girard and Jeni Cook respectively. If you’re not sick you can use it as part of your comfort/recreational eating and it’s perfectly fine to be using it that way. How much food is the right amount? If blended up it should never equal more than three cups in size. eat smaller meals. Touch your body. and is loaded with enzymes and B-complex vitamins. Change is not easy. and plenty of joy and laughter. Don’t judge yourself. Support all the education going on in your neighbourhood and read good books. we see people all the time who come on the programme then slip back into their old ways for a couple of months and start losing vitality so they come back again.org. The body can handle about 20% acidic foods and all fermented foods are also acidic. 4. More than that causes spoiling of food in your system. But it’s certainly not an essential as far as being healthy. Cultures that are long-lived always include at least one form of fermented food on a daily basis. and a druglike toxin that is the most damaging raw food we can consume. so everyone needs to take an enzyme supplement. At the entry level everyone is severely depleted of enzymes and many have difficulty digesting raw food. This gives the body a chance to have good chemistry and expel waste.New to raw? Viktoras’s seven secrets of success 1. practice zone therapy and acupressure. and pray for the right answers. low in acidity. Jesus said to love others and love yourself and I would add love your body. and chew your food thoroughly. There’s nothing you can’t do if you do all this. 42 . Start eating more and more raw foods. including cayenne capsules for her circulation. Big things that help are: eat only when hungry. Later. plantain or pineapple. We need to listen to the body. We all of us know everything we need to know to be healthy. At the Hippocrates Institute. People who bring you down or are into self abuse are people you can help as a coach if you feel moved to. 7. Suffering and pain are our greatest teachers. ■ For more information see Viktoras. it nurtures friendly bacteria. It contains high levels of antioxidants and other valuable nutraceutical components. Because of social conditioning we do bad things and we become addicted to these. Nurture yourself with live foods. If I’m on a bodybuilding programme I’ll have more sprouted grains. small meals. Try to have one meal a day that is all raw and then try to have one day a week that is all raw. Fermented foods provide protection against pathogenic micro-organisms and microbes – you’ll become invulnerable to infectious diseases. Do it gradually and support yourself with supplements and it’s very easy. Spend time with people who are uplifting. The least acidic fermented food is sauerkraut. happy life? You’re on the right path – just keep on doing it. what are the top pieces of advice would you give our readers for leading a healthy. 6. I’ve seen young ladies in their 70s having relationships with guys in their 30s. know where all the meridian points are. 2. And it is almost always eaten with a large amount of sweetener. People are getting younger at older ages. Most people need to drink at least an ounce of water per pound of body weight. 2-3 cups each time. With the benefit of all of your experience and expertise. so that throughout the day I will have 400600 calories every 2-3 hours. but don’t hang out with them as a friend. and within four weeks she was out of bed with full mental capacity taking care of a family of five. Take blue-green algae and enzymes and a mild herbal laxative at bedtime because the digestive tract is very sluggish. What comes to mind for you when you think of raw rejuvenation? I remember when 60 was considered old. supplements. This is a nutritional revolution.

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W e all know that as we age it is common to also expand. once considered odd. Without changing any food in your diet. says Paul Nison. or at least cut back and eat less as the day goes on.Breaking the nighttime eating habit For optimal health have your last meal of the day earlier and say goodbye to evening snacking. The amazing discovery I made was that one of the best things we can do for our health is to stop the habit of eating at night. You will lose weight. But being overweight. and have better digestion and more energy. has become the norm. just try making this simple adjustment and experience for yourself the great results. 44 . sleep more soundly. We can’t be healthy and youthful and overweight. Nothing takes our youthfulness and energy quicker than gaining too much weight.

BlackBerries. now many cities in the world never sleep and people never stop eating. but the interesting thing to me was the date these symptoms were first identified: right at the time when television became a popular household item. scientists believe 1. Who is responsible for this? Technology is making our life so simple. The most popular habit we have as a society is eating too much and too often. so they are eating meals later. According to my observations. Cell phones. doctors created a new disorder. Once you do that. Because so many people are now eating late at night. You see. you are on your way to curing the issue. speaker and raw food chef. including depression. They consume most of their foods between the hours of 8pm and the following morning. Plan in advance what you will watch. Now doctors are saying NES may run in families. It’s time to change our addictions into habits and break them. People are working later at their jobs and getting home later in the evening. I have heard every excuse in the book. Albert Stunkard. According to reports. these foods are now made with more addictive chemicals and excess sugar than ever before. you will find it much easier to shed any excess weight. Cutting out that night-time eating is not something that can be easily done in a short time. There is great wisdom in this old saying. your overall health will improve and you will look and feel younger. professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. And the most prevalent food addiction of all is also one of the least talked-about: eating late at night. and watching it right before going to sleep seems to affect the quality of sleep a person receives. Obviously this would lead to weight gain. or limit yourself to one hour a night. People who suffer from the late-night eating syndrome are prone to stress and poor sleep and may wake three to four times a night to get Eliminating those night-time binges • Breakfast like a king. start by making your last meal of the day lighter. I would look at people around me and watch what they were doing. They often fall asleep with the television on and the remote in one hand and food in the other. but it’s a great goal to strive for. just trying to help you break what may be your most harmful addiction. the more I thought it was okay and “normal. The Raw Food Formula For Health. But most of humanity is still stuck thinking. but the addiction to it is worse than I ever imagined. So the answer is simple: just eat less at night and the problem will take care of itself. When you’re comfortable with this. It’s no wonder these people can’t sleep! They are on drugs and stressed out. they will all suffer from the same disease. I remember as I was growing up. This man told me he would rather take insulin than have to live without being able to enjoy those foods. We can be leaders. For more information see PaulNison. nor for the results. They call it “Night-time Eating Syndrome” (NES). cakes. chips. they may consume on average 500 calories a day more than normal eaters. said the condition was not merely a habit but a real clinical illness marked by changes in hormone levels. Become a leader! ■ is an internationally recognized writer. This article is based on the concept from his upcoming book. Either stop watching television completely. His latest book. Eat the bulk of your food earlier in the day and make dinner a fruit meal or light salad. then bring it forward. You’ll sleep better. there is no reason to worry. In suggesting that people introduce some simple changes. But this is about behaviour more than genetics: if they all have the same eating pattern. Night-time eating has become one of the most underrated causes of obesity. If you can stop eating each day before 6pm. The first place to overcome an addiction is to admit you have a problem. • • • • something to eat. and you’ll also notice a massive improvement in your energy. who first spotted the symptoms in 1955. there were a few foods he’d need to avoid. pizza and popcorn. and what do we do when we can’t sleep and we are depressed? We usually sit in front of the TV and eat! If you are like most people who suffer from this issue. The more people I saw that were doing something. is reviewed on page 10 of this issue. I’ve been telling people that obesity. I soon realized that getting people to stop eating at night would be a lot harder than getting them to include more raw foods in their diet! It reminds me of when I once told someone who suffered from diabetes that if he wanted to get off insulin. I have made many connections over the years between television and overeating – especially overeating unhealthy foods.com Paul Nison 45 . computers. TV addicts are not usually to be found raiding the fruit and vegetable drawer. Night-eaters are known to take in fewer calories than other people during the day and often skip breakfast. While they do not always gorge themselves. waking periodically to take a bite. eat at 8pm. Naturally overeating at night is going to affect hormone levels. and when it is over. And they don’t find the time to eat during the day so they get out of balance and overeat late at night. from work schedules to restaurant hours to wanting to fit in socially.I’m not selling any magic potion here nor putting you under any spell. lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper. lung disease and other issues all run in the family. “Well everyone else is doing it so it must be okay. move it to 7pm. Now they have given people an excuse to enjoy that late-night snack.” It has taken me many years to move away from this thinking. but when and how often we consume them that holds the key to achieving our goals. If you decide to experiment with the “no-dinner diet”. They almost invariably choose snacks high in refined carbohydrates – foods like cookies. right? Wrong! It is making us lazy and keeping us more occupied than ever before. But we do not have to be followers. I now use my personal experiences as a guide as to whether something is or isn’t good for me. The No Dinner Diet. people just don’t have time to think. They react and follow what everyone else is doing. New York City was once the city that never sleeps. So if you usually eat at 9pm. Instead of explaining this. it’s not just the foods we consume. On a side note. I would say it is more like 95%! Dr.5% of the general population might be sufferers.” Living in this way provides the perfect excuse not to take responsibility for our actions. lack of sleep and many other issues. and so on. switch off and get up! Break the link between TV viewing and mindless snacking by adopting a “no eating” rule when you are watching TV. or even a smoothie or juice. Breaking this pattern should be simple. doctors tell people they have a serious disorder and give them drugs to deal with it. For years. TV is very stimulating.

The way we used to eat Why we can learn a thing or two from our grandmothers when it comes to diet. . By Charlie Wilson.

t was a lovely, warm, sunny afternoon in early spring and I was sitting in the garden of my parents’ house on a recent trip back to England. My grandmother was sitting next to me, my great aunt to her left, my brother and sister-in-law were opposite me and my little two-year-old nephew was running around the yard chewing on a brightly-coloured packaged snack. My parents were busy in the kitchen preparing tea and coffee. As I regretfully watched my nephew enjoying his “treat”, it struck me that there were four generations present that day and how absurd it must be for my 85-year-old grandmother and 90-year-old great aunt to even imagine eating such a treat when they were two years old. So I began asking them about the food they ate when they were growing up and as I listened intently, this article was beginning to unfold. Somewhere over the past four generations we have forgotten how to eat. We have lost the ability to taste real food; in fact most people have forgotten what real food is. I asked a child the other day if he knew where the beef came from that was in his burger. His answer was the supermarket. We have simply lost the connection to our food. Food has become a substance that has to taste good to fill an empty void and rarely is a second thought given to how and where it was grown, how it was manufactured or what it is doing to our body. In my grandmother’s generation, almost all food was naturally organic. They didn’t spray large amounts of pesticides on the crops, cows were not injected with growth hormones, chickens were not given antibiotics, and animals were left to graze and roam outdoors. Food was grown and eaten locally; you didn’t eat apples from Chile back then. Most people actually grew some of their own vegetables and all the meat and milk came from local farms. In fact the majority of fresh food never travelled further than two or three miles. Meals were made from scratch and eaten in moderation. Lunch seemed to be the biggest meal of the day, meat was more of a condiment, snacking was not the norm and dieting was never heard of. My grandmother summed it up perfectly when she said, “We were brought up with the philosophy that you eat to live, not live to eat.” So what changed? Why now, only four generations later, are we having to pay a premium to eat “organic” food? Why have we become a world obsessed with food and eating; a world where cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity have become the norm? A world where many grandmothers are in better health than their grandchildren? The end of the Second World War brought with it a lot of social and industrial changes. Demand for faster, more convenient food grew rapidly which then led to the largescale commercialization of farming. To keep up with the demand, farmers introduced single-crop systems as opposed to the traditional rotating of crops. This meant the farmers could concentrate on just one crop and mass produce it. However, this was only possible with use of chemical agents to increase yields and annihilate pests. The soil was no longer being replenished by the rotation of different crops and pests that once had difficulty establishing a foothold, as they only thrive on one type of plant, were now able to flourish. Using us as the guinea pigs for any harmful side effects, farmers now sprayed billions of pounds of synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilizers on their crops annually. To make it worse, the government subsidized many of these crops so small genuine farmers went out of business and today the food supply is controlled by a relatively small number of very large corporations.

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In animal agriculture, cows, pigs and chickens are now confined to cages in massive indoor facilities, most never seeing the light of day. To ward off the disease created by these dirty, unsanitary conditions they are fed antibiotics and to increase growth or milk production they are fed hormones. Once slaughtered this meat that used to be ground and packaged by the local butcher who knew exactly where it came from now gets mixed with meat from dozens of other factory farms in huge central processing facilities. Advancements in transportation meant produce could now be flown all over the world and suddenly we are eating apples from New Zealand and tomatoes from Mexico. Though food trade has been around for hundreds of years, it was previously kept to specialty products that couldn’t be grown locally, like tea from India, coffee from Ecuador and spices from Morocco. Now, even in the height of summer when there could be an abundance of local tomatoes, most tomatoes available in a store will have travelled hundreds of miles. And because food is travelling so far it needs to be preserved for longer, so yet again it’s sprayed with another layer of chemicals.

In my grandmother’s generation, almost all food was naturally organic.
As the food industry grew and profits began to soar, the quest to produce food more quickly and more cheaply created major advancements in food production technology that caused greater harm to the environment and our health than ever before. It cost more to manufacture ingredients that offered superior health so, looking to make the most profit, companies tended to use the cheapest ingredients without consideration for the possible effects on our bodies. These included such things as high fructose corn syrup, sugar, salt, hydrogenated oils, artificial flavourings and colourings and bulking agents. “Food” became nothing more than calories and chemicals wrapped in a pretty package. Most of us became addicted to this, and now it’s proving to be detrimental to our health. As the company’s pockets grew to supersize, so did the food portions, our waistlines and our disease rates. No longer satisfied with regular-sized portions we now began to eat double what we did before. In the past 20 years coke bottles have gone from 8oz to 20oz, bagels from 3 inch diameter to 5 or 6 inch, coffee from a small cup to a “grande” topped with whipped cream. Junk food – which is, of course, best not eaten at all – has never been consumed in the quantities it is today. It is quite normal for one person to consume an entire family-sized pack of popcorn or tortilla chips as a snack. A meal may be a whole pizza washed down with a litre of soda and “rounded off” with a slice of cheesecake: portion sizes in each case being so large that this spread would quite easily have served a whole family not so long ago. The problem with all this food – apart from the fact it is loaded with salt, sugar and harmful fats – is that it contains zero vital nutrients so leaves us malnourished and starving for more. 

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The rapid growth in the organic and health sector of the food industry proves people are searching for something that will make them feel well
In addition, all these chemical substances and food-like ingredients cause unnecessary stress as our bodies work overtime to eliminate the toxins. After many years a resistance is developed in the form of ill health and disease. As the accumulated damage spans such a long time, and health problems may not arise until later in life, most people will not trace these problems back to the food they have been consuming all these years. To combat our increasing ill health the drug companies jumped on the bandwagon and started creating drugs to fight any and all kind of illness imaginable. There are pills for headaches, pills for heartburn, pills for allergies, pills for weight loss, pills to make you sleep. You name it, you can probably find a pill for it. Thanks to our ill health and our desire to feel well, the pharmaceutical industry became a multi-trillion-dollar business. Now over 51% of the US is living on over-the-counter drugs to try and fight the damage created by other toxic substances they have consumed. If my grandmother was sick she was confined to bed on a liquid diet; she never took any pills. My mother was given antibiotics for a serious infection otherwise it was bed rest and starvation. Me, I reached for the Advil as soon as I had a headache, which was usually most afternoons. Any infection more serious than a little cold and it was off to the doctor for an antibiotic prescription. My nephew has already been on antibiotics three times and that was before he even reached the age of six months. It’s no wonder we are living amongst an epidemic of disease. Just look at some of the US statistics. Currently, more than 64% of the adult population is overweight or obese. By 2010 over 50% of our children will be overweight. One in three people will develop cancer, now the second leading cause of death in the US. Number one? Heart disease. Meanwhile, 18.2 million Americans have diabetes, and nearly a third of those people are unaware that they have it. We have surely reached a crisis point. But it’s not all bad! Let’s think about this realistically. The bulk of all this has happened very rapidly, in a very short space of time. We are talking about 60 years or so. This leads me to believe that it won’t take much time to rectify some of the damage we have done to the health of our bodies. It will just take conscious effort from everyone as some of the hardest things to counteract are the habits that have been ingrained in us since childhood. The rapid growth in the organic and health sector of the food industry proves people are searching for something that will make them feel well, that will give them energy, and that will make them feel good again. People are beginning to realize that something is not right. Much of the problem lies with misinformation. Most people have a TV and watch it on a regular basis. Television is full of commercials and programs advertising all sorts of products containing toxic ingredients. We are constantly bombarded with information about the latest health claim: one minute you can eat this, the next you can’t, one minute you need more of this, the next less. Food writer Michael Pollan calls it the age of “nutritionism” and for the consumer it’s overwhelming Our bodies have the innate ability to heal themselves and with the right nourishment and mental attitude many diseases can be reversed and certainly prevented. Our bodies are also remarkable machines. They carry us around through our daily activities for the whole of our lives. When pain occurs, or something stops functioning correctly, it’s our body’s way of telling us something’s not right. The trouble in today’s society is that every day we are continuously filling our bodies with more and more of the wrong fuel, and every day our bodies have to work overtime trying to process and eliminate these poisons so that eventually our body gives out and disease is formed. Or if we are lucky enough to avoid disease our bodies are just so exhausted old age creeps up on us more quickly than planned. By simply changing our choices we can begin to undo the harm we have done. It’s really as simple as that. And, as so often happens in life, perhaps we needed to go through this disconcerting period to bring us to our senses and reach an even higher level of health and awareness. We certainly know more about health and nutrition than we did before, and we have access to a whole array of health-enhancing produce and ingredients that have never been available before, giving us new options for eating real food in interesting and tasty ways. One of the best health lessons I heard came from grandmother and real food advocate Joan Gussow. At 80 years old, Gussow is a living example of what it means to eat local, organic, seasonal food that is predominantly home grown, home prepared and eaten in moderation. Her lesson when it comes to food is simply to, “Trust nature not science”. ■

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Charlie Wilson is a whole foods chef and the owner of the Help Yourself! restaurant in Key West, Florida. For more information see charliewilsonsraw.com.

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How is it that something with an inordinate draw on fossil fuel can cost the consumer so little?

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Brendan Brazier on the subsidies that are keeping the population and the planet sick.
s I write this article, in summer 2008, the oil price has just hit a new record high of $147 per barrel. Never before in history has fossil fuel cost so much. Of course, gasoline cost is among the first to rise in reaction to the escalated price of crude oil, yet that’s only the beginning. With oil at an all-time high, the end consumer will pay more for everything. Since absolutely everything takes energy to produce, products that require the burning of copious amounts of fossil fuel will cost considerably more. Or at least they should. So why are we still seeing hamburgers on sale at fast food restaurants for under $1? When a locally-grown organic apple that uses a fraction of the energy to produce costs the same, or more? How is it that something with an inordinate draw on fossil fuel can cost the consumer so little? The short answer: government subsidies. In the US, these happen through legislation known as the Farm Bill – the government’s chief food policy tool. While it was introduced with the best of intentions, the Farm Bill has veered off course and no longer benefits the people as a whole. It was originally brought about with the aim of achieving food security and helping struggling famers make enough money to stay in business. However, the subsidies became misdirected. They began chiefly flowing to the meat and dairy industry. Had the government not stepped in and bailed out this exceptionally inefficient industry with subsidies, meat and dairy would be cost-prohibitive to almost all consumers. Instead it turned these products into cheap commodities, causing consumption to skyrocket – and with it pollution and disease. Such is the fossil fuel usage involved that almost no one would be able or willing to pay the true price of these products. Experts have estimated, for example, that a hamburger in a fast food restaurant

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would cost anything from $12 to $30 if the true costs were reflected in the price. However, with subsidies structured as they are, the meat and dairy industry continues to consume resources at an everincreasing rate. What some may find most disturbing is that we, the tax payers, are footing the bill for this inefficient industry which is so destructive to both human and environmental wellbeing. The most health and earth-friendly diet is one comprised of primary-source nutrition, minimally processed. Primary-source nutrition means eating solely plant-based foods, without adding the wasteful extra step of feeding plants to animals and then eating the animal. By doing this, a considerable amount of energy is conserved – about 30 per cent in fact. 30 per cent is huge. When energy gains measured in the one and two percent rage are termed “significant,” 30 per cent is absolutely massive. Imagine if North America reduced its energy usage by 30 per cent? If every North American were to eat a diet that was based on primary nutrition that is exactly what would happen. As we know, meat and dairy consumption have also been linked to numerous degenerative diseases. Health costs due to poor diets have been estimated to be $250 billion per year in the US alone, and the US National Institute Of Health has predicted that obesity will lower Americans’ life expectancy by up to five years over the next few decades. From obesity, to type-two diabetes, to osteoporosis, to cancer, to the number-one killer in North America, cardiovascular disease, nearly 100 percent of these cases can be prevented and reversed by eating a whole food, plant-based diet. The so-called “diseases of affluence” are one problem that we can eat ourselves out of.

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37 per cent. Subsidies began in times of hardship – during the Depression in the United States and after World War Two in Europe. no matter what the price tag may say. You don’t have to do much investigation to uncover the fact that our governments are supporting the production of the very foods that are responsible for the biggest problems of our time – poor health. the financial assistance flowing to businesses producing foods that are bad for health and bad for the environment is 200 times that received by businesses producing the foods that are best for health and the environment. to the meat and dairy industries cost less than an apple? Sarah Best on why meat and dairy are anything but cheap. And flow they do. with an increasingly unsustainable price paid by smallscale farmers. So why is it that the present system does just the opposite? Two of the most heavily subsidized crops in the US are corn and soybeans. pollution and poverty. the majority of the harvest is turned into animal feed. muddle by with an almost non-existent 0. What is going on? Who is this actually benefitting? In what will surely be looked back on as one of the biggest scandals of our time. Today they are a wasteful and destructive anachronism. either directly or indirectly. grain and water. Why? Because of Big Agribusiness’s influence over government policy. either directly or indirectly. 51 . Most of the remainder is processed into junk food mainstays such as high-fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated soybean oil. which receive $7.50 a day in subsidies – more money than half the world’s population has to live on? As Jessica Williams pointed out in the book 5o Facts That Should Change The World. Vegetable and fruit growers. meanwhile.Almost three-quarters of US government agricultural aid goes. but a host of other benefits such as heavily subsidized land. Western countries are drowning in food surpluses. third-world countries and the environment. That prize goes to Japanese cows. We are told that agricultural subsidies are necessary to guarantee a fair income for farmers and ensure food security. In both cases. These powerful interests do not only have millions to spend on propaganda campaigns to ensure that the average person thinks these products are essential to health. Yet the world’s wealthiest nations continue to give more than $300 billion of subsidies to their farmers every year. Did you know that each European cow attracts the equivalent of $2. But the US government is far from alone in demonstrating a profound disconnect between its health and environmental policies and its agricultural policies. enabling meat and dairy to flood the market as cheap commodities. not by a lack of it. But if these subsidies were really “for the greater good”. For example. At epidemic proportions are the diseases caused by an excess of cheap food. the biggest food producers have steadily gained the lion’s share. to the meat and dairy industries. In other words.50 every day. it costs the US taxpayer $1 billion a year to keep animal feed growers supplied  A ccording to recent estimates almost three-quarters of US government agricultural aid goes. a system that was originally introduced for the good of the many is now good for only an elite few: those with a financial interest in “Big Agribusiness”. And in the past few decades. “What makes this even more remarkable is that the EU’s cows aren’t the most heavily subsidized in the world. They also have seemingly bottomless budgets when it comes to lobbying activities designed to ensure the handouts continue to flow. they would be focused squarely on rewarding farmers growing healthy foods using sustainable methods – thereby (a) encouraging more farmers to grow these foods and (b) ensuring these foods are affordable for everyone. This is a phenomenon that exists throughout the western world.” The unfair advantage enjoyed by livestock farmers includes not only direct payments. Confused? You should be.

. and more. is a highly complicated. including cancer. let alone export their produce. a package of Twinkies. and therefore the ones that get consumed the most. many themselves elaborately manufactured. as well as the packaging and a hefty marketing budget. the environment and the taxpayers. The privileges don’t stop there. The China Study. water and grain that factory farming relies on.200 calories of cookies or potato chips and 875 calories of soda. Poverty is one world problem the current system of agricultural subsidies has to answer for. obesity researcher Adam Drewnowski discovered that a dollar buys 1. “Current agricultural and public health policy is not coordinated. But while most industries have been required to adapt their “More people die because of the way they eat than by tobacco use.“ 52 “Meat-industry subsidies emerge from what one would think was an impossible dilemma: how to remake what has always been a luxury good – with its high production costs – and turn it into one that is universally consumed. How could you put a dollar figure on the exemptions [the livestock] industry enjoys from the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act?” The west’s agricultural subsidies create massive surpluses of both grain and animal products. We heavily subsidize the growth of foods (e.” The 2006-2007 Annual Report of the President’s Cancer Panel. “Compared with a bunch of carrots. So how can the supermarket possibly sell a pair of these synthetic cream-filled pseudocakes for less than a bunch of roots? For the answer. New York Times. if it simply had to pay its own clean-up costs it would cease to be economically viable. so livestock producers can enjoy the kind of bargains usually only seen in the January sales all year round. But did you know these gluts are often dumped in the third-world at rock bottom prices? Farmers in developing countries can’t compete. corn.” Pamela Rice. grain-fed cattle) are known contributors to obesity and associated chronic diseases. “There is no way to put a dollar figure on it all.” Michael Pollan. but that doesn’t mean that they – and we – are not paying dearly for these foods in other ways. so are unable to operate in their own markets. As Pamela Rice writes in her book 101 Reasons Why I’m A Vegetarian. hightech piece of manufacture. you need look no farther than the farm bill. and we know what to blame: diet. but only 250 calories of carrots and 170 calories of orange juice. Our governments are supporting the production of the very foods that are responsible for the biggest problems of our time with irrigation water. soy) that in their processed forms (e. high fructose corn syrup. Leaving aside the subsidized land. “butter mountain” and “milk lake”. In many supermarkets you can buy a whole chicken for less than the cost of a bag of organic kale. has led to the coining of the phrase “welfare ranching”. involving no fewer than 39 ingredients.g. The heavy burden is transferred back to several victims that are unable to fight back: the animals. It simply cannot be done without an extremely efficient PR engine that sees to it that this industry’s costs are externalized onto society as a whole. Cheap as chips? Several years ago. accidents or any other lifestyle or environmental factor. 101 Reasons Why I’m A Vegetarian. but extend to exemption from the environmental legislation other industries have to comply with by law. Some campaigners argue that there would be no hunger or food scarcity in the world if the affluent west did not artificially cut the prices of its agricultural products. All this. .g. You’ve probably heard of the EU’s fabled “grain mountain”. We know that the incidence of obesity and diabetes is skyrocketing and that Americans’ health is slipping away. to take one iconic processed food-like substance as an example. hydrogenated corn and soybean oils. Subsidies have turned the unhealthiest and least ethically produced foods into the cheapest foods. Pollution is another.Colin Campbell. So shouldn’t the government be leading us to better nutrition?” T. “beef mountain”.. The purchaser may appear to get the mother of all bargains at the cash register.

“The European Union spends enough money each year on farmers to pay for a round the world trip for all 21m European cows. agriculture remains a blind spot in most governments’ climate protection policies.91% Grains 13. And despite a 2006 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations which found that livestock production is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions (dwarfing transportation’s 13 per cent contribution).” Charlotte Denny and Andrew Clark. How many people – even in America – would go and spend that amount of money on meat? We can’t afford roads. while avoiding social fragmentation and irreversible deterioration of the environment. the cows could touch down in London. fruits. US government’s subsidies for food production. just a restructuring of the subsidies that have turned these foods into cheap commodities. . The Polish government stopped propping up the country’s meat industry in 1995. Current average consumption in the UK is considerably higher at 4. that our American Medical Association support efforts (1) to reduce health disparities by basing food assistance programs on the health needs of their constituents.23% Meat.ways in response to concern for the environment. Siem Reap. Dairy 73. the irrigation water.” Salvatore Arico. and (3) to ensure that federal subsidies encourage the consumption of products low in fat and cholesterol.” Howard Lyman. The same hamburger meat would cost over $12 if it were not for the American taxpayers subsidizing the grain. or schools. Hong Kong.6kg (3. Brisbane. Hanoi.80% “RESOLVED. the grazing on public lands. livestock farmers are curiously exempt from measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The result? An almost immediate 25 per cent drop in the incidence of cardiovascular disease. The recommendation follows a four-year study by the group of the impact of food on climate change thought to be the most thorough of its kind.69% Nuts and Legumes 1. (2) to provide vegetables.21 for every $12 of something that is helping kill one out of every two Americans today. ” 53 “Modern agriculture will have to change radically if the international community wants to cope with growing populations and climate change.2 litres of milk and 1. 1995-2005. Thanks to the generosity of Europe’s taxpayers. Source: Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine Vegetables. It is calling for a radical restructuring of agricultural subsidies and the introduction of emissions taxes and environmental duties for livestock farmers. vegetarian foods. Alcohol 10. or only after. and author of Mad Cowboy. Shanghai. ■ “In the US we can buy a hamburger for 79 cents. The Guardian. Starch. And it wouldn’t take a fallback to wartime-style rationing to achieve the necessary drop in meat and dairy consumption.5lb) of meat.37% Sugar. Scientists who studied the phenomenon declared it “without precedent in peacetime”.1lb) of meat is necessary to avoid runaway climate change. These costs would be passed on to the consumer in the shape of vastly increased prices for meat and milk products. the electricity. Los Angeles and San Francisco and still have enough left over for £400 spending money each. legumes. and healthful nondairy beverages in school lunches and food assistance programs. and yet we are paying $11. Anyone who thinks this would be a bad idea can take heart from the example of Poland. grains. For example.” The American Medical Association in a resolution passed by the AMA House of Delegates in 2007. Oil. But a Germany-based organization called Foodwatch is determined to see all this change. or health care. cattle-rancher-turned-vegan. And in September of this year the UK-based Food Climate Research Network urged that rationing people to one litre of milk a week and 500g (1. The only question remaining at this stage of the game is whether government action to achieve a massive drop in the consumption of animal products will be taken in time to prevent the major environmental catastrophe the planet is heading for. Fruits 0. Raratonga. UNESCO biodiversity expert. agribusiness gets special treatment. Singapore.

to dramatically reverse this degeneration of the bowel. It seems that there is a basic denial of the question on both sides.Clean on the inside? Dao Earl investigates a little-understood paradox and explains why colon cleansing is an important part of your health regime. chances are you have experimented with colon cleansing. much toxic waste is produced as they proliferate. I was determined to get to the bottom of this (pun intended). and then another – so the popular wisdom goes – until the inside of your colon is covered. dark matter sometimes referred to as “mucoid plaque”. And the resulting expelled matter attests to the condition and its resolution. The idea is that with each ‘less than ideal’ meal. the metres of ropey. The failing of this explanation should not overshadow the many thousands of people who have found benefit from the practices. calcific spurs on bones. Once truly aged and hard. stressing the immune system. So surely we must arrive at an evolved understanding. Having helped hundreds of colons relieve their troublesome burdens. Bernard Jensen and Victor Irons designed a process of putting fibre back into the bowel in a big way. IBS. and even the brain is subject to the accumulation of certain metals and toxins. My searching for an answer revealed something much worse than a conundrum. fasting and detox. this grim coating inhibits the uptake of nutrients. However. With the creative and enquiring minds of a couple of maverick colonic hydrotherapists. As this toxic load is a regular event. and so on. and giving rise to candida. and all I can offer them is my own hypothesis. But let’s keep this in context. This explanation so graphically illustrates the symptoms of a congesting diet and failing immune system that it is still the basic argument behind many of the colon cleansing products available today. and is then combined in such a way that inhibits the body’s own digestive secretions. and indigestible fibre to sweep the contents out. bowel muscles are more prone to this than other muscles. along with its many symptoms of ill health. or at least come across the concept of it. Variations on this theme. Because the muscle structures of the bowel wall are very susceptible to tension. which incorporates the new information from colonoscopies with the undeniably amazing results people have achieved through cleansing. which incorporates the new information from colonoscopies with the undeniably amazing results people have achieved through colon cleansing. then the process of colon cleansing is pointless and useless. The medical profession has always denied the existence of such materials because their modern diagnostic techniques do not reveal it (but then. is that there is a heavy toxic load on the bowel. and informs much naturopathic lore with regard to food. the alternative therapists know there is something wrong with the bowel that affects the whole body. Because the colon spends much time drawing out water from the mix.” We know that food that has had its inherent enzyme content destroyed through cooking. as all organs do: In the kidneys and gall bladder this saturation would become stones. it is possible to cobble together a likely explanation. slows the passage of material through the bowel. So. As this benefits detrimental bacteria (more on this in later articles). will tend to ferment rather than digest. they used a combination of powerful digestive enzymes to soften the unwanted material. “We must arrive at an evolved understanding. I spoke to numerous people in the profession who (in my opinion) “should” know why we see no physical trace of such materials in these semi-invasive medical procedures. each subsequent layer of mucus gets overlaid by another. unless you follow an ideal diet and detox regularly. we can now see that the old matter at the root of this theory does not actually exist inside the bowel! So many now veer in the opposite direction. along with a juice fast and colonics. stinking mess continue to pour from my clients. are still generally accepted as the fastest and best means of relieving the condition. and being one of the first (it seems) to admit this minor hiccup in our founding premise of colon care. They give little heed to the fact that there is something troubling the bowel long before a patient presents a ‘drug-worthy’ symptom to them. 54 . It was around a century ago that geniuses like Dr. despite irrefutable medical evidence to the contrary. I f you have an interest in optimum nutrition and holistic health. the bowel wall becomes saturated and collects what material it cannot cleanse itself of. plus my own experiences over the years. But it is supposition until proven in any way. coated and impacted. You have also probably heard the rumour that. claiming that if the hardened mucus does not exist. your colon will be coated with a layer of sticky. Either way. with colonoscopy. Instead of being swept away by the next meal of fibrous green matter. Meanwhile. acids in the muscle and fat reserves. and that it is also reversible. and houses the detrimental bacteria that give off endless waves of toxic materials. But many are so stuck on Jensen’s old model that they don’t question why the alleged material does not feature in colonoscopy footage. and this inhibiting of blood flow aids the toxic build-up. a layer of extra mucus is secreted to protect the bowel wall against the ferocious effects of fermenting bacteria. they were denying it before these techniques were developed). the real situation. and then other components to sweep it away. tar clusters in lungs. a system of colon cleansing must incorporate some components to urge the cells to release their toxic baggage. it seems. So. With great success. but it is held in between and inside the cells of the bowel wall rather than as a coating on the wall. this material become like tyre rubber. which was unavailable to those proposing the above principles.

food intolerance testing. ■ runs week-long detox retreats in Devon.O. This is undoubtedly the single most important thing you can do as a follow up. The diligent use of both prebiotics and probiotics for around a month after a cleanse cannot be stressed highly enough. and leave you exactly where you were. this is no bad thing. Dao Earl 55 . and throws off toxins too in this process. then even if their next colonic still produces nothing. acidophilus. And on the prebiotic front.S. So. The psyllium husks (ancient India seed husks used by Jensen) then absorb the toxic mucus and carry it from the bowel. There was no digestive (absorbing) work to be performed in these ‘meals’ and so all available energy goes in the direction of detoxification (expelling). However. we lose much of the bacterial content. However. If one is eating normally. Many herbal and “natural” medicines are poisons employed to provoke a response. or at home using their herbal formulas. and form part of the holistic approach achieved by his team and their expertise in awareness meditation. without recognizing that the bulk of the material leaving them was just the psyllium that went in yesterday! Its darkness is the stuff to be celebrating the release of. the bowel sheds extra lubricating mucus. So. As a final note on that I would say that the probiotic we all know. the one following that will be an avalanche worthy of photos! So. UK. To remove these irritants. many people celebrate their large. and there is a danger that the bacterial vacuum left behind will just get filled with more detrimental bacteria. and bulk for a week. while others use oxygen processes. dark expulsions during a retreat with me. it is the combined factors of eating only irritants (sorry if that is an unsavoury term. Some systems use herbs to do the provoking. His daily nutritional talks are usually the high-point of each person’s week. not the vehicle in which it sits. that ensures that all of the material leaving the bowel is loaded with toxic junk. But as we now live and eat so far from the source. there is comfort in the knowledge that if they are continuing to put the psyllium in. we have lost many of the key factors in our health. and the relaxing beauty of 5 star rural Devon. Lastly.Jensen’s system uses digestive enzymes. for those who got nothing from their previous colonic. getting a simple F. and there is no provocation to promote additional detox. then surely the material released in a colonic session is just stuff that would come out anyway. whenever the colon is washed in this unnatural way. supplement will work wonders for feeding those inhabiting armies of yours. As most people’s bacterial balance is in favour of detrimental bacteria in the first place (thus the need for colonics). Fructo-Oligo-Saccharides are the sugars that your body effectively spoon-feeds into the bowel to boost the bacteria it likes. homeopathy. but let’s be real here). cleansing the colon really means ridding it of the by-products of detrimental bacteria. regardless of how well-meaning and professional the therapist. Replacing a few of the more important ones – even with products sometimes – can make a real difference. Of course we would be getting a constant top-up of these things from the jungle diet we evolved on. massage. Look for a probiotic that has a wide variety of strains. which may well provoke the bowel through mild irritation. replace the good guys in serious abundance. It is simply the easiest and cheapest to produce. under this new paradigm. is not actually that useful for successful digestive processes. yoga.

In this light. scratch that. Thanks to years and years of poor eating…no. body odour leaves. Often. At some point. we have evolved into walking trash cans. If a 100% raw food lifestyle and periodic colon cleansing are continued. you will become more beautiful your skin will become silky smooth and it will shine and glow.” Without additional cleansing. I am of the strong opinion that if you eat a raw diet without periodic colon cleansing. they run into issues. which until now have been getting gradually packed with more and more waste. the raw eater who refuses colonics is unconsciously forced to compromise their diet in order to slow down detoxification. However as time goes by. someone who eats a very cleansing diet should do colon hydrotherapy more often than someone who does not. The people getting the best results on raw diets are those who understand the “lifelong fast” concept and adopt the regular practice of colonic hydrotherapy. This cleansing and detoxification process doesn’t take two to three months or a few years to complete. says Matt Monarch Y ou probably know that water fasting is the ultimate in cleansing. When we adhere to a raw food lifestyle. breathing becomes easier and deeper.. ■ is author of the books Raw Spirit and Raw Success and a popular speaker on the subject of raw food. and optimal health. When you choose a raw or high raw lifestyle. a raw lifestyle can be considered a life-long fast. Ironically. Matt Monarch 56 . They begin to release all that accumulated. your cells start to drain this waste. regardless of the changes they make.thanks to generations and generations of poor eating.The missing link Colonics are the single most important tool you can use to enhance the results of your raw lifestyle. vegetable juices. When these issues arise. In conjunction with a raw diet. but do you know why it is so cleansing? It’s because you are leaving everything out of your diet except water. due to the fact that such a diet means the cells are constantly throwing off a higher volume of waste matter which needs to be helped out of the body. It will continue until the day we die. In my experience. at some point they end up with issues again. food residues and accumulated gaseous waste from your cells for the rest of your life. colon hydrotherapy is the most powerful tool that anyone can utilize for detoxification. resulting in continual cravings and loss of energy. For more information see RawSpirit. the body cleanses a lot more than we might think. cleansing. Why? Because when you choose such a diet. adding certain things (more greens. three times a day. A very high percentage of people who attempt to “go raw” do not stay on this path. All foul odour will leave your body. then you are setting yourself up for failure. Even if you are having good bowel movements. infections disappear. toxins are stirred up faster than they are eliminated. toxins from stress (adrenaline). you will rapidly seem to become younger. “I am of the strong opinion that if you eat a raw diet without periodic colon cleansing. you stop taking into your body those “foods” that are the most damaging and obstructive to it. toxic matter into your system. A raw lifestyle detoxifies the body because all food is omitted except raw food. In fact it is a miracle! Rashes. enzymes or other supplements) and cutting down on others (usually fats and/or sugars). psoriasis and other skin blemishes clear up. defunct cells and other by-products.org. not all the waste is coming out! Colonic hydrotherapy helps us to clean our system of this accumulated waste and move onwards into more vibrant health.. unless they are helping the body to remove the waste products that this lifestyle causes the cells to offload. and you will experience greatly heightened spiritual receptivity. then you are setting yourself up for failure. the brain functions better. Your cells. So make no mistake: if you adopt a cleansing diet you are going to be detoxifying environmental toxins. finally get a chance to “exhale”. they may tinker around with their diet. for optimal health it is necessary to do a minimum of one colonic every month. and you are catapulted onto what I call the “super-sonic jet plane” pathway to health.

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The point is. I hauled myself and my bags through creepy underground areas where I didn’t see a single other person. I had trekked through the scary terminal dungeons for no reason and now I was running late. New York.m. just juice. and I’d never done a juice fast. the piece described a week-long cleansing juice fast getaway. tossing out random hypotheses. Finally at Gate 12. I looked around for some kind of confirmation that I was in the right place. juice fiesta. Meanwhile. don’t claim to have conclusively figured out much. In this dirty and disturbing environment. I quickly understood why everyone had been questioning my choice of transportation: “You’re taking the bus??” I had actually never taken a bus in my life. and on-staff masseurs. weight loss. Yes…a juice fast. There was a seven-day programme starting in just over a week. cilantro. a serious rest and relaxation deficiency to repair! I wanted to go there. “Oh. now. S ome people call themselves experts or even gurus on nutrition. As per my usual pre-travel style. I had to organize and haul with me all kinds of research notes. “Gate 12” and directed me all the way to the other side of the terminal. my entire 380page printed manuscript draft. nor any kind of fast. your bus leaves from gate 62! That’s back where you came from!” Oh how wonderful. relaxation and raw juice. pine sauna. made me designate this as Plan B. and I turned to figuring out a Plan A. like an overloaded donkey. The expense of flying overseas. I’ve spent more than five years living on mostly raw foods and immersed in the world of raw foods. and most of all. An old janitor who I recognized having seen on the other side of the terminal came walking by. Arriving at the NYC bus terminal at 5 o’clock in the morning. They write and/or speak publicly about conclusions they’ve arrived at through years of experience and diligent research. It also reported that guests experienced an average weight loss of ten pounds along with the clearing of emotional blockages. enlightenment. I packed a lot. raw foods. nor do I have time for hours of detailed investigation. bus. Perfect! According to the photos online. The latest trial? I finally did a juice fast. I had a lot to prepare for. call it whatever you want. chard. He smiled at me and asked what I was doing all alone all the way over on this side of the terminal. I stayed up all night long before I was to leave on a 5:30a. only a four hour drive from Manhattan. I don’t recommend going to the NYC bus terminal at 5 o’clock in the morning. Especially if you’re a girl in a summer dress – made extra vulnerable by having far too many heavy bags strapped on. It was more than nine months overdue and I was feeling pregnant with a book that I desperately wanted to give birth to. and more. I. After only a few minutes of searching online. 58 . or all of those. I just try things for myself and write about it while I’m sorting it all out. lime and pineapple. juice feast. plus the fact that their next availability was not for a couple of months. blockages to clear up. I had pounds to lose. It included mention of the retreat’s heated indoor pool. I showed him my ticket and he said. With photos of lovely-looking stone cottages in the sunny and green English countryside.” As soon as I read this. I imagined that I would be having loads of free time during which I could finally finish writing my book. Then I looked up flights to England. that’s just perfect. I plopped everything down and pulled out a fresh green juice from my bag. on the other hand. and didn’t understand what the big deal was. and that they “tend to sleep more than they’ve ever slept in their lives. it was like I’d opened a bottle from which rays of sunshine and chirping happy birds poured forth. I immediately went to the website and sent them an email. It was sweet and bright tasting – a mix of cucumber. But late one Sunday night I was sitting on my couch reading a recent issue of Get Fresh! and trying to think of what to write for my next installment. Ouch. it looked like a sweet and comfortable place and was run by a pretty woman named Katherine. It was called Gentle Earth Retreats and was in Ithaca. but found nothing.The no-food diet Sarma Melngailis leaves Manhattan behind and heads to rural upstate New York for a week of rest. I came across a feature on Sura Detox in Devon. A security guard examined my ticket and finally mumbled. I found a place that sounded comparable. Like a guinea pig with a notepad. I started to cry.

the bathroom on board (yeah right). I looked over at my once surly seat companion and she looked back at me with a lovely smile. and the driver sternly reprimanded me while I tried to throw my bags in before he slammed the luggage doors shut. for iPods! I started listening to an audio book and I was so sleepy that somehow I dozed off listening to the odd and very loud cacophony of voices. The driver announced we were making a fifteen minute stop. I barely made it to the right bus on time. a serious rest and relaxation deficiency to repair. There were trees everywhere and loads of lush and freshly rained upon greenery all around. While sipping it slowly. In fact everyone looked peaceful. The sun was shining through the clouds. protruding man-bellies that looks like it may pop at any moment.I strapped myself up like a mule again and started the trek back. And there were no sounds from the robot lady. as if a completely new person. trying to race-walk steadily enough so as not to strangle myself with the bag straps criss-crossed around my neck and across my torso. He had one of those big. and the weather forecast. and stout woman-that-looked-morelike-a-man a few rows behind me ignored his discouragement of cell phone use and began loudly shouting into hers in Russian. He advised us to use the bathroom quickly and to order our food “to go” since we would be leaving again shortly. I had pounds to lose. We pulled off the highway into a Burger King. Then something remarkable happened. now slightly warm but still so good. I woke to see we were no longer in Manhattan. It was oppressively hot and humid with dark clouds. Thank you. It made me 59 . No wonder he was grumpy. and everything suddenly felt peaceful. the rules about cell phone usage. I became morbidly fascinated watching everyone eat Burger King’s “French Toast Stix” and French fries at 7 o’clock in the morning. in a Dorothy-in-Oz kind of way. which was a bit unnerving. and the bright blue sky and everything else out there looked magical. blockages to clear up. old. It occurred to me I might be dreaming. I was a bit concerned about his role as our chauffeur in this giant metal box that would soon be speeding down a highway surrounded by other speeding metal boxes. Universe. Everyone was quiet. I was among the very few passengers that did not buy any food. Instead I pulled out another green juice. drizzling rain and an overall air of major dreariness. A short-haired. the driver barked into the speaker about the duration of the ride. and most of all. As we pulled out of the station.

While the logic supporting it seemed sensible enough. Katherine’s reply surprised me. A juice fast under these comforting conditions feels easy. where Katherine’s two lovely children washed vegetables and juiced pretty much all day long. But by my third day I sat in my room sensing that there was a wildly deprived crazed junkie inside of me that wanted to chew on the bed frame. I may have ended up having a rebellious sip or two once alone in my room. We brewed the coffee. The truth is. Talking to Katherine on the journey from the station was easy and comforting and before I knew it we had arrived. Physically. I figured. Katherine was extremely knowledgeable. there wasn’t anything tempting to eat lying around. you can’t do that!” After thinking about it for a while. Arriving in Ithaca was a welcome relief. and like a relief. I was tempted to yawn aloud and brag that I’d already been through this ho-hum drill before. Despite the total absence of physical hunger. why not give it another go? The following day we were given big jars of freshly brewed organic coffee. During the rest of my stay. I felt very lucky to be there.look forward to my week of fresh organic juices even more. plus a glass of tangy rejuvelac in the afternoon and frozen fruit sorbet in the evening. I never picked up my daily “coffee” again. I didn’t need to prove it. sat on the floor together to assemble the bags. I was having visions of a giant bathtub (literally) full of my favourite salad 60 . Pulling into the driveway. I realized that if she had said the latter. I met the eight other guests. it all felt idyllic—like I was staying at a friend’s country home. and we’d never repeated it after that one time. It felt more awkward and disturbing than cleansing or refreshing. it’s been five years now. I was in a relationship with my then collaborator in business and we were both totally new to raw food and full of eager enthusiasm – so much so that per someone’s recommendation we bought “his and hers” enema bags. I just really wanted to eat and I had the strong sense that this particular urge would not be satisfied and relieved by a reasonable small quantity of food (since I wasn’t really hungry anyway). Once more. but they were good company and really nice to get to know. I had only done it once. I was feeling highly nourished on the juice. No. It smelled good. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d seen corn fields and grazing cows. It was during my early days on raw food when I would pretty much do anything anyone suggested. But since she’d just pointed that out. and I was never asked about it. Then I noticed the driver outside. This vacation from food was also a relief in many ways. and five years earlier. “Sure. The coffee is meant to help stimulate the liver and speed up detoxification. We made our own tea in the kitchen. What if he has a heart attack while driving? Or slips into a food coma? What about his large cup of coffee? Is there a point to having both? Perhaps they kind of cancel each other out? One sedates and the other stimulates? And what must French people think of the overuse of their country’s nationality and signature breakfast pastry in our culture’s fast food fare? These questions and more filled my mind as we set off for the rest of the trip. I remembered having found the whole process very strange. Overall. Juices were made fresh every two hours. it was an entirely comfortable and peaceful environment. She didn’t lecture about what we could or couldn’t do. Of course. I had forgotten what crickets at night sound like. I still wanted to drink it. there was no schedule. My concern over his being our driver only grew as I watched him through the window sitting at a picnic table consuming a Burger King “Croissan’wich” with alarming speed. I felt really good and like my body didn’t even want or need any solid food. While Katherine explained to the bewildered (and now slightly anxious-looking) group how to assemble the bag with the tubing. and then retreated to our own bathrooms where we called each other from our cell phones to sort out the rest of the confusion along the way. and I wondered out loud if anyone ever took it back to their rooms and drank it. not force it into the other end. which made it that much more comfortable. Besides the lack of structure and formality. None were of a raw food or vegan persuasion. this sort of freedom was much appreciated. I concluded that the coffee enema was indeed not for me. Aside from the totally optional daily group discussion and yoga class. Over the course of the day. “Oh no. it was her home. But by my third day I sat in my room sensing that there was a wildly deprived crazed junkie inside of me that wanted to chew on the bed frame. I wanted to stuff myself. Still. Daily coffee enemas were part of the suggested daily cleansing. as well as the proper insertion method. warm and engagingly helpful. and all had very different backgrounds. Everything was just offered. in the spirit of asserting to myself the fact that I can do whatever I want. I felt so relaxed and noticeably not hungry. it also helped that. aside from a few melons and bananas here and there (that I couldn’t help eyeballing). you can drink it if you want to!” I instead expected she’d say. what I loved about all of this was the feeling of being cared for. What a relief! My second try at the coffee enema ended much like my first. or should and shouldn’t do. In fact.

then anything else (anger. owner and executive chef of premier New York raw restaurant Pure Food and Wine. In fact. and that when we’re ordered around or constrained. right? Safely back home. I wasn’t sure what I was afraid of. I wanted to be a machine of creative efficiency! Instead. I needed this so I could finish my book.com. I should be able to calmly self-regulate what I put in my mouth. chewable variety). I drank plenty of juice. By the time day five rolled around. Couldn’t someone please design the reclining keyboard/ monitor set-up that I have envisioned so many times in my mind. I’d once more been fascinated by all the consumption of fries and fried onion rings for breakfast with soda and milkshakes. I felt too lazy to even sit up and write. She is also co-author of Raw Food. I watched one man walk back to the bus with a big bag of fried potato crisps and a 2-litre bottle of orange soda. and I was convinced that I’d return to New York and stay on liquids for some time. This time the stopover was an Arby’s next to a Mini-Mart. And I couldn’t even fall asleep. while distracted and anxious with work or something else. organic juice to keep you from going hungry. and Pickled Radish. so all I could do was lie down and do… nothing. I thought about the ride back to Manhattan from Ithaca (it was the same driver again. even on raw foods. sitting in the garden at Pure Food and Wine.” Yay! I was going to be healed! As the film recommended. Or at least to help change the selection of what is available for breakfast along the highways. and what a nice way to ease back it was. With that I eased my way back into solid food. A wise lady once told me that there is nothing but love and fear: if it’s not love. I want to focus on my food. I didn’t even last a full day. I felt an awkward and uncomfortable sense of… sobriety. I was still waiting for the clarity to set in. and enjoy it without that anxious awareness of a compulsive factor: either trying to control my eating. I was definitely going to need practice at this. as well as all sorts of other comforts and nothing to be stressed out about. but of course that wasn’t it. Your mind opens up and massive productivity ensues. I concluded therefore that it had to do with the actual filling of something. Like I wanted to reach for a blanket to hide under. finish this article. right? My brain and my heart had long known that a juice fast would be good for me and I couldn’t wait for how it would feel.com and OneLuckyDuck. But any time I had imposed on myself a sentence of juice-only at home. having no solid food to eat could be reason enough to shed tears. Baby White Asparagus. but there were also new dishes on the menu to try. though I could imagine on some level that facing reality without the insulation of food in one’s belly could be scary. It feels too good and I really liked the extra glow. like the Golden Chanterelle Mushroom and Yuzu Ceviche with Heirloom Cherry Tomato Salsa and Avocado Pineapple Purée. which operates an online boutique offering selected products for the raw and organic lifestyle. It probably comes as no surprise that I was crying quite a bit throughout the week. solid foods felt very unappealing because I was feeling so great and didn’t want to lose that clean lightness. appreciate it. Tasting these was nice. Sarma Melngailis 61 . it generally induces anxiety and resentment. Yes. So where is the happy medium? At thirty-six years old. do they know that it’s possible to feel much better? Whatever issues I still have to sort out. Recognizing this is easier when you put yourself in an environment where there is no food but meanwhile there is ample fresh. At thirty-six years old. is the co-founder. and outline grand plans. Real World and founder and CEO of One Lucky Duck. These are some of the old habits that don’t die easy. or slipping into being controlled by it. my plan of staying on just juice didn’t last too long. My crazy urges to eat did pass. Or the Summer Truffle and Parsnip Ravioli with Horseradish Vanilla Cream. by the way). depression. And I was no longer craving solid foods. but there was no blanket (figuratively). finish all my emails.and chowing down on the whole thing. but I didn’t have any urge to have more than just a few mouthfuls. etc) is just a manifestation of fear. How is it that everyone gets so easily used to this way of feeding themselves? Even if they’re feeling okay. There is a tendency for some people (myself apparently one of them) to form addictions and attachments to food (and I’m talking food of the solid. Eating numbs the emotions because when your body is eating you can’t actually feel anything else. this trip only reaffirmed my determination to do what I can to help change the world. I wondered if this was remotely akin to what a heroin addict feels while in rehab. such that by the end of the week I was even thinking that I could just live this way forever. It seems very natural that people (and animals) just want to be free. I only felt the overwhelming desire to sleep even more. Where was it? I’d heard it strikes around day four. I knew I could feel so much better without them. I should be able to calmly self-regulate what I put in my mouth. but I wasn’t sure what. I also realized I don’t want to eat mindlessly any longer. At least my visions were of healthy food. and then only ease into my favourite green shakes. I spent time staring into the mirror trying to say “I love you” without feeling awkward. For more information see PureFoodAndWine. which would allow me to work while lying down? Instead I watched a DVD called “You Can Heal Yourself.

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this is pretty common. Karen Which ones stood out to you about cooked food specifically? Karen Do you actually feel sexy with cooked food in your belly? Susan Nope – quite the opposite. There were definitely some themes in there around both cooked and raw foods. Well. Susan Definitely the comfort thing and the wanting to be “normal” and accepted. (Her answers to the questions were published in the last issue. So let’s look at that for a second. quite a few actually. I just want to be my own person really. thank you for completing the questionnaire I sent you. it’s just the other stuff that’s holding me back. Congratulations! It’s so freeing and exciting to get over a previously invisible roadblock and I hope you will keep those questions and refer to them often! In this issue we continue with coaching client Susan (name changed). I am fairly vibrant already. more compact and agile. With a cooked body the “fit experience” just isn’t the same. Karen Great. Karen So Susan. Since then I have received a lot of positive feedback.) Just to remind you. first change your mind says Karen Knowler. tell me about strong. However. Karen presents an actual coaching call she did with a client who wanted to go raw. Susan was 31 when I coached her and had been trying to go raw for five years. That said. This dialogue begins at the point where we started getting into the actual coaching session: If you want to change your diet. you can probably tell from my form and some of what I’ve said already that what others think of me does have an impact. especially by my family. specifically created for those who struggle to go or stay raw.Challenging your raw beliefs I n the last issue I shared some powerful coaching questions. I would ask you to ask yourself now. Susan Strong means a couple of things to me. to make sure you really got it. much more than is probably healthy.. OK. My thinking is that with a raw body I would be more attractive and hopefully that might compensate somehow. strong to me means emotionally being tough enough to deal with life and to go after what I want. many of which I hadn’t consciously realized before. so I think that to them eating raw isn’t very sexy. Did you have any “aha” moments as you worked through it? Susan Yes. Karen Before we start. but needed a helping hand to do so. they wanted to “treat me” to something a bit more exotic and all I wanted was the salad. First of all. sexy. In the third and final part of her series on identifying whether your beliefs around food are helping or hindering you. When she finally felt enough was enough and wanted to get to the bottom of why she couldn’t stay raw for more than a few months she came to me. I think I’m sold! Thanks! Karen Quick work! Well you can dig a bit deeper with that question later if you like. Karen And what about the raw food themes? Susan Well it’s very clear on paper that it makes complete sense to me.. but I know that on raw the volume is turned way up! As for sexy. I was constantly making compromises. literally speaking I know that when I exercise on raw foods I do feel stronger. now you’ve got me! I guess it’s just about fitting in. Deep down in my heart I know it’s what I want. strong. I want to talk about the final question. not what others want for me or think would be best. well I guess part of me has a fear that many men might find raw food a turn off.” Please could you share more about each of those words and why you chose them? Karen I would agree your answers so far definitely would suggest this. absolutely. maybe sharing a meal and that bonding thing. I definitely let others’ opinions of me carry a lot of sway. question 22. I know it affected me a huge amount in my earlier years. Where do you think you’re not your own person at the moment? Susan Well. Susan Sure. all those kinds of things. what would they be?” was: “Vibrant. So. which I suppose can be sexy. Certainly I have dated a few men who have seen it as a bit of a pain in restaurants when I have been in an all-raw phase. Your answer to the question. Does that make sense? Karen Yes. “If you had to give three words to sum yourself up if you went fully raw and your most beautiful vision came true. in hindsight I realized that sometimes I 63 . “How does cooked food make me sexy?” Susan Oh. It certainly was very interesting reading. On another level. who kindly gave me permission to print extracts from a coaching call I had with her after she answered these same questions. with many experiencing epiphanies and insights they hadn’t been conscious of before. vibrant for me is all about living life to the full and having tons of energy and passion for life.

your heart wants it. Karen Can you share one with me? Susan Sure. Well it’s no coincidence Karen Would you like what you see to become your reality? Susan Gosh. And your soul… they are. “What do I really want?”. I had a lot of inner work to do. You need to decide that that’s what you want for yourself. and I feel amazing! I like it here!! Susan If you don’t mind me asking. That’s a good point – ugh – you’ve got me! Thanks. From the moment we are born we are taught to identify with our name and the family we are born into. All I can say is that they must have a super powerful mind or a will of iron! For me it took five years to stick with raw. what would it be? Susan Raw food. because I don’t want other people to yo-yo and feel as lost and confused as I did! Susan Wow.. which is why I now coach. well the first is to buy a home just like the one I described to you earlier. the food just complements it. who we really are. Your body clearly feels best on raw. My job is to help you excavate deeply enough so we can get to the real truth. but for most people it is who they think Karen Yes. Susan Wow. What I am inviting you to consider is that to date. I do like cooked food. lots of fruit and greens. Underneath the dross of all the thoughts. the identity we take on to function in the world. So what do I need to do? Karen I think the first step is to take a big step back from your life and ask yourself. it was just easier to blame other people! Do you think there might be any of that going on with you? Susan Hmmm. like most if not all of us are prone to do. in some ways it is and in many ways it’s not. I think some raw cakes feature in there on occasion. if you were the only person on the planet and could eat whatever you wanted without any judgement from yourself or from others. the part that can embody our soul if we choose for it to do so. I love it here. created from a combination of experiences. while you may see yourself as Susan Jones. one that has been there for many years now. I think so. Most people have varying ideas about what a soul is or isn’t. is that what you had to do to go raw? As much as I’d love to say “just eat salad” it really does extend way beyond that let’s talk about your soul for a moment. Susan Do you mean like my whole life? Karen Yes. My salads are amazing – there are flowers in there and everything! Everything tastes so good because I am so conscious about what it is I am eating and I only eat when I’m really hungry. It is the part that strangers see. It’s not really where I want to be. it’s still raw. I see you as way more than that. So let me ask you. But how do I get from here to that place I just saw? Karen It starts with a decision. Do you have any dreams or goals you want to go after? Susan I have a few but I haven’t done anything about them. Where do you see yourself. rather than the actual truth. and important too because then you are in that strong position you aspire to. are you saying that I need to bring more of my soul into my personality? Karen Kind of. beliefs. well. Does that seem fair to say? Susan Yes absolutely. maybe? Karen That’s not too far off. Karen Are you 100% sure? I want you to really “go there” and feel what’s really the truth for you there. you have been operating from a limited perspective of who you are. long-lasting work can be done and it will act as your rock and foundation moving forward. It’s very liberating! I’m pleasantly surprised! Karen I’d love to hear more about what you see and feel. yes. Even though the food is very simple I am getting so much pleasure from it. I see your potential rather than your current reality. But it seems a bit of a step from where I am right now. Is it that part of us that is more spiritual and that is our highest self. but my understanding is that it’s the part of us that is eternal. it’s so quiet and peaceful and I get to do whatever I want. unsupportive things about going raw and the people around you and they have been holding you back. That’s interesting. behaviours and so forth. the bit that gets us through. I had to do a lot of deep inner work.used other people as an excuse to make compromises. I’ve moved around a lot in my life and have tended to live mostly in cities or big towns. do you have an understanding or idea about what your soul or spirit is? Susan Yes. The conviction needs to be full and complete. Our personality is the part that we show to the world. Karen Right. so unless we are very aware and awake we run the risk of living our life from this limited “boxed up” perspective believing this is who we are and playing to that. It’s already in your heart but your head has been overruling it with a whole plethora of stories and fears. the part that lives on after we “die”. Only then can we change them. Karen Absolutely and it’s good to be that honest. and I’m not talking about food here. juices and smoothies. Some people can simply make the decision and they’re done. but these people are definitely the exception rather than the rule. It’s important to recognize that most of your experience of life is about perception and choices that you make based on that perception. From that place the real. but your head is not convinced – it has a lot to say on the subject as we know. it’s who we often come to believe we are. I have to own that one. There are some cases of people who have gone raw overnight and stayed there. My food is actually very simple but very imaginative. Sometimes when I wanted to eat cooked food. First of all. worries and day-to-day life experiences there is a pure message trying to get through to you. that is the truth of who we are and goes way beyond our personality. For example. Karen Do you have an idea where we might be going with this? Susan Um. it’s just I know I feel so much better on raw food. My life is very exciting. Karen Well. and have made decisions and choices based on more “earthly” perceptions. To date you have been perceiving many 64 . Susan Yes. We have to take responsibility for our actions even when we’re not proud of them. probably! I mean. yes. what are you eating exactly? How does it make you feel? Susan I see myself living in a little cottage in the country – it’s a place I have thought of many times before although I have no clue where it is. I guess it is pretty easy to blame other people when they’re not very supportive.. but generally it’s super clean salads. from every aspect of yourself. That’s interesting.

. “Where am I making this decision from?” I’d like you to write that question down please because you’ll find it incredibly useful. at least for the staying raw part. Karen You’re welcome. I can’t believe it. Karen You’re right. heart-led manner. this is different. video demos. providing you approach it in a compassionate. I think I’m going to cry. Karen Don’t worry – that’s normal! The thing is. I’d definitely love to. colourful and vibrant for it. yes it really does. “Am I ready?” I’ll give you some time to think about that. it does make complete sense. Karen Knowler 65 . then everything changes. I just never would have guessed this. combined with comfort. yes I think I can see that. as this is one of the most important for you. well. It’s like the caterpillar preparing to enter the chrysalis.that that’s the first place you went when I asked you that question earlier! That is your soul’s chosen place to be. doing things which genuinely make you happy and stepping into however love. gentle and compassionate place that you can. Now I’d like you to really feel into your body here and have the whole of you united in answering that question. But when you know what you’re dealing with then you can check in with yourself each time you get the urge to do something that doesn’t feel good and ask. I’m so grateful that you shared this with me. So what I’d like you to do is become the you that only eats raw food and that lives in that country cottage and lives the life of her dreams and answer the question from that place. truth and integrity show up for you. I didn’t realize there was so much to going raw. sacred space. I believe we are all meant to live our dreams. I know this isn’t always what people want to hear.. From this place it is a no-brainer. Karen Do you know why you’re feeling this way? Susan Because it’s what I really want but I have never held myself to this standard before. but that would have acted like a band aid... That.well. where did all that come from? Karen From your raw self! Congratulations! So what’s going on for you right now? Susan Well. I’ve been trying to live someone else’s life. so don’t feel pressurised. they felt real. So what do I do? Karen Well. Gosh.. I mean. Susan Wow.. that’s what I’m seeing too. Close your eyes and feel deep into yourself and ask the question to that deep. Karen Good. It means showing up as the true you. It’s like trying to force giving birth! It will hurt if you push too hard or too soon! So just be honest. Karen What does that mean to you? Susan It means that all the reasons I gave have been excuses.. but as I said. Susan Well no wonder I have been struggling! (laughs) is the question. Thank you. This is. For anyone to stay raw. otherwise you will fall off the wagon over and over. at least for the short term. It’s about people-pleasing I think. and I know if I say yes. Susan Okay. It doesn’t happen overnight. “You’ve always been ready”. Ooh. but I so want to try.com or call +44 (0) 1223 860688 for more details. people actually love me for it. they admire me and think I am so much better for it – happier. It’s so clear to me now why I couldn’t go raw before. The good news is that although there is so much further to go it only gets better. for most people this is what needs to occur for deep and lasting change. I can say for sure that you’re going to need a lot of support at this time. I believe that you have to go to the soul level. Susan I’m still in shock. unwavering. This Karen Knowler is The Raw Food Coach. When you say “yes” to raw you say yes to life and that can and often does mean huge change. Susan Oh my goodness. It is no small deal as you can see. to not do so would not have helped you long term. a revelation! I’m in shock. The question is: Are you ready? Now bear in mind that sometimes people reach this place many times before they can answer yes to this question. but they’ve all been excuses. so are you saying that in order to go raw I have to do this? Karen Yes. Karen You and many thousands of others Susan. It’s about stripping away all that isn’t real and leaving pure authenticity. Are you prepared to go after that? Susan Goodness. what’s coming up for you? Susan Well I can see right away that they’re mostly about other people. most soulful path. it does. you’ve got me thinking now! I’m feeling very odd! Karen As you probably have realized by now. hence the reason addiction is so prevalent in our society. but really.. what you really want and the highest and brightest vision that you hold for yourself and your life. We could have talked about salads and smoothies and fancy recipes. Things have to change. life-changing coaching articles and information and the world’s only Raw Coach Training at TheRawFoodCoach. Karen Good. It’s just something I do. Does that sound good? Susan Yes it sounds great! I can see I’ve got a lot of learning to do. A lot of changes are going to occur now and it might feel scary a lot of the time as you let go of old stuff that hasn’t been serving you. It is really something of a hero’s journey. Visit her web site for masses of free raw food recipes. and this is a place that we’ll be going to in all of our coaching sessions. that’s big! Okay. This is the place I’ve been avoiding for years and now I’m here and it feels scary as hell. More myself. it’s a continual journey of unravelling and exploration. depending on how far you have strayed from your true. Susan Oooh. I actually have tears in my eyes. Strong in my decision. going raw is about way more than eating raw food. It is one of the least talked-about aspects of going and staying raw and yet it’s totally foundational..” Taking a fresh look at your answers now. it’s no big deal. an inspiration. healthier. to be in that place of vulnerability and surrender. without this essential understanding it’s like building on sand. So my question to you is: Who do you need to be moving forward so that you can honour your desire to eat raw? Susan Stronger I guess. but I suggest we spend the last ten minutes or so looking again at your answers to question number one. more joyful. As much as I’d love to say “just eat salad” it really does extend way beyond that and that’s why we absolutely have to start with the truth of who you really are. as the vibration of raw food is too high to sustain in your present life circumstances. Karen What’s happening? Susan I am ready and what I heard was. Karen I know you have a lot to be thinking about. It has actually made things incredibly clear. Just ask yourself from the most loving. Congratulations on being brave enough and open enough to go there. “When I think of cooked food I think. Most people are scared stiff of going to that place. Does that make sense? Susan Well as surprised as I am to say this. so I’m on aboard for the ride and looking forward to seeing where it takes me. but as far as I’m concerned it is the truth and your journey will be all the more exciting.

with lime juice. when you sprout grains and kick-start their enzyme activity. while others claim you need to supplement. cavello nero. He runs a private clinical practice and health consultancy called Natural Solutions. In the plant kingdom we have some wonderful food sources of B vitamins. He regularly features in national press and on radio discussing nutrition. B12 is the only water-soluble nutrient that our body can store. What is your position. as these have the highest concentration that I have come across. the foundation of his practice is detoxification and teaching people how and what to eat. swamped all over your kale salad? A Dale Pinnock is a degreetrained medical herbalist and nutritionist. and the ones that I rely on more than any others. This pool lasts anything up to six years. many of the common intolerance issues are taken out of the equation. nutrition. However. chelation therapy and orthomolecular medicine. when eaten raw. ready for use as and when it is needed. raw foods. for a detailed look at the dangers of B12 deficiency and how to avoid them. or reaching for a brand such as Solgar. what should I be looking out for when selecting a good B-complex supplement? Consulting Room Q here would be pumpkin seeds. natural healing modalities. once it is depleted. This nutrient tends to be found predominantly in animal foods. Summer 2008. Eating and juicing these every day will provide you with highly bio-available (i. Now. Greens Virtually all green foods are rich sources of many of the B vitamins. For more information see DalePinnock. And being sprouted and highly enzymatically active. DP 66 . nuts and seeds Aside from being mineral powerhouses. Bragg’s liquid aminos and garlic. which raw foods are the best sources of B vitamins. and are available in almost every major food group in varying amounts. There are plants out there that have been shown to contain B12 – such as spirulina and various sea vegetables – but evidence to date suggests that we can’t actually remove it from its complex chemical bonds within the plant. with some saying it is not at all difficult as long as you eat a variety of foods. My preferred source sprouted grains If you are happy consuming grains. things can begin to go awry very quickly. He continued his training by qualifying in a range of holistic modalities including homeopathy. Dale has been following a 70% living foods diet for the past 12 years. vegan form of this nutrient. And. and it can leave us feeling completely washed out and susceptible to opportunistic infections.com. Is it possible to get enough B vitamins on the raw diet? There are differing opinions on this. and if you recommend supplementation. Nothing could be further from the truth. spinach and broccoli. is vitamin B12. oxidative medicine. but simply my favourites. because the physiological impact of becoming deficient is too unpleasant not to! I’d recommend using a high-quality food-state supplement. After completing his formal training 22 years ago. then I’d go for it if you want to up your B vitamin intake. their bio-availability is incredibly high! Plus. and these are often of a far higher quality than the heavy animal-derived foods that many people in the nutrition world insist we need to eat for our B’s. I’d recommend a B-complex supplement in all circumstances. and biotin (alternately referred to as B7 and H) are all found in high amounts in greens such as kale.) Lastly. he worked in conventional medicine for 10 years before returning to his holistic roots in search of more effective and less toxic treatments. B3 (niacin). B1 (thiamine). plus can you think of anything more divine than a smooth luscious pumpkin seed butter. be it raw or otherwise. In addition to the holistic modalities he offers his patients. Why? Because the B vitamins are water-soluble nutrients and are highly sensitive to extremes of temperature. B2 (riboflavin). One daily with food will suffice. the real issue for anyone following a vegan diet. (See last issue.e. nuts and seeds can be valuable sources of the B vitamins. The only exception to this rule would be light stir-frying. MD practices integrative oncology and homeopathic medicine in Arizona. easily absorbed by the body) B vitamins. It is a common misconception that the removal of animal foods from our diet will suddenly leave us depleted and emaciated.Thomas Lodi. so cooking would very quickly leach them out. these foods will actually provide you with more than if you were to eat them cooked. Anaemialike symptoms can set in rapidly. Grains like brown rice and quinoa are bursting to the hilt with all the B vitamins. so I feel its definitely worth considering. and herbal medicine. Absolutely!! The B vitamins are abundant throughout nature. B6 (pyridoxine). which provides an exceptional-quality. and has been researching natural health and nutrition for the past 14 years. bar B12.com or call (001) 480 834 5414. It is held in a pool in the liver. Below is by absolutely no means an exhaustive list. For more information see AnOasisOfHealing.

But as my system is so pure and it reacts to cooked foods so badly. Table salt is mainly sodium chloride and not salt. We humans. so I presume this is what people are referring to when they talk of “organic sodium”. As you have come from a history of M. My problem is that I have become very sensitive to eating cooked foods – just a few bites can bring on headaches. Strictly speaking. The liver is one of the hardest-hit organs when an anaesthetic is administered. be those lifestyle extremes or dietary digressions. seawater has 84 chemical elements – all of the minerals and trace minerals found in the human body.E. and due to the safety issues applies only to local anaesthetics. To cut a long story short. that require a much higher metabolic and energetic output in order to be digested. better still. constipation and depression. my advice here will be really rather generalized. The body recognizes table salt as an aggressive cellular poison and wants to excrete it as quickly as possible. In terms of anaesthetics. Secondly. a day or so after the dental work. On the same note. or excess fluid in the body tissue. TL Q that the anaesthetic is not such a shock to my system? I’d appreciate any advice you can give. Anyone who has ever been around horses knows how important salt is to their wellbeing. Now. Chronic fatigue does not suddenly come on overnight. for a considerable period of time. and most importantly. absorb. The result of consuming common table salt is the formation of oedema. many of your body systems have been completely fatigued and struggling to carry out many of their straightforward daily metabolic functions. or. I tend to steer people in the direction of liver support. not an organic compound. Now. which changes the salt’s chemical structure. whilst you may be feeling notably better consuming foods that require little digestive output. So it can help to minimize the negative impact this chemical drug will have upon this vital organ. Some say that the only healthy form of salt is the “organic” sodium found in vegetables like celery. there is no such thing as “organic sodium”. your body may not quite be at the stage where it can happily work on dense. but its ability to strongly increase the activity of phase two detoxification pathways in the liver.” Chances are. be this alcohol abuse. As our lifestyle becomes more conducive to a state of vibrant health. Rather than just sodium and chloride. our body often becomes far less forgiving of our misdemeanors. is St. Johns wort. medications. An excellent book to consult. A A “I don’t really want to jump on the bandwagon that would have you believe that the tiniest of traces of cooked food will send your body into toxic shock. cooked foods. But salt consumption is also causing much disease and even death. because quite frankly that is total hype and misinformation. Should I ask my dentist to give me a much smaller dose than usual. you are still very much in a state of recovery. high-strength milk thistle extract. I have to have major dental work soon and my dentist says that it won’t be possible without a strong anasethetic. is Water & Salt: The Essence of Life by Barbara Hendel and Peter Ferreira. However. Hope this helps. The reasons we need salt are complex and there isn’t space to provide a full discussion here. as it is the one that has to break it down and excrete it from the body. Having come from a history of M. Firstly. If you have been on a very clean eating plan for a several years. which in turn adversely affects the human body. The best salt sources for humans are these natural crystal salts. this will speed up the rate at which the drug is cleared from the body. But studies have shown that the average American takes in two to three times more table salt than their kidneys are capable of excreting. What is your view? All vegetarian animals in the wild seek out and find salt to lick. I am concerned about how this may affect me. this has nothing to do with its antidepressant properties. but even necessary for optimal health. vegetables and small amounts of nuts and seeds. it is the end result of a host of continual negative influences overly taxing many systems. However. at nearly 60 I feel better than ever eating this way and people tell me I look better than ever. and other serious medical problems.Is there such a thing as healthy salt? I’m confused because there seem to be conflicting views on this. which is also a cause of cellulite.E. and I don’t really want to jump on that bandwagon that would have you believe that the tiniest of traces of cooked food will send your body into toxic shock. and metabolize the food. Carnivores get their salt needs met by drinking blood. and green vegetable juices. So. Both Celtic and Himalayan salts contain all of these elements. This will support you in two ways really. without knowing if it is a general or local anaesthetic. milk thistle gently supports the natural biochemical pathways involved in liver detoxification. raw foods deliver energy and goodness without demanding a large amount of energy expenditure in order to digest. it can be made more bio-available when part of a plant due to chelation to organic molecules. The second herb I’d recommend taking. Major salt-producing companies dry the salt in huge kilns with temperatures reaching 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. whatever. Others claim that Himalayan crystal salt and Celtic sea salt are not only much better than table salt. it helps to protect the liver from environmental damage. environmental pollutants. is there a natural method of pain relief you’d recommend? Or do I need to start introducing other foods into my diet so Q 67 . need salt. I’d recommend taking a good. too. you will find that you are more sensitive to many influences. as we all know by now. the form our body needs. For every ounce of sodium chloride that cannot be eliminated. the body uses 23 times the volume of its own water to neutralize the salt. I’m not 100% convinced that this is true in your case. Sodium is a metal. DP For several years I have been eating a diet centred on fruits. complex. it is not a condition that heals overnight. That is because regular table salt no longer has anything in common with the original crystal salt. should you wish to find out more.

take heart. However. 6ft 4. I was a 32-year-old. he whole question of weight often gets reduced to talking about how people look. some are grappling with the opposite problem: they are stuck to the south of their healthy weight rather than to the north. While over half of adults in developed countries are dangerously obese. but I was a lot thinner than I had ever been and everyone around me was convinced that I was sick. Within a year I had not only lost all the weight I’d gained. Pete Vincent has been there and he has sage advice. In this article I want approach the subject a bit differently and get people thinking about it on a deeper level. This is a very common issue among those who go raw. I can sympathize with this because I was always slim and it took me 13 years in the RAF to eat and drink myself up from 11 stone to over 15 stone. one important factor to bear in mind is that with obesity having reached epidemic proportions in the western world and with almost everyone suffering from a serious protein and/or fat overdose. of course. This. My health improved and my energy levels and stamina went up and up. After all. didn’t do my health any good so I knew I had to make some lifestyle changes.Guide to gaining weight If a raw diet has slimmed you down so much you look in danger of wasting away. we have forgotten what “normal” looks – the healthy way T 68 . weight is merely a symptom of problems happening on the inside. 15½ stone firefighter when I began my pursuit of 100% rawness.

As a man.E. If it remains the same there is no reason for new muscle to grow. processed foods my digestion left a lot to be desired. For maximum muscle gain. Muscle fibres are broken down during resistance training. That is all well and good if that volume comes from muscle. • • • • • like. Pete Vincent Pete Vincent is creator of RawHumour. there is such a stigma attached to being “too thin” that it is one of the leading reasons men who try a raw vegan diet give up and go back to the standard diet. 69 . Take the excess fat off the average man and you’d be left with the kind of physique normally only seen on prisoner of war camp inmates. The “ideal” male physique. Remember. The night before I appeared on the LK Today show (in autumn 2002) to extol the benefits of the raw diet. including sprouted grains. I only reached a weight I was happy with when I introduced some old familiar cooked food back into my diet on a regular basis. Get this right and it will enhance your internal health as much as it will your external appearance. Surplus fat is never a good thing. Personally. and to do that your body needs to be digesting and absorbing nutrients properly. know that after 30-plus years on a diet of mostly cooked. add a good probiotic supplement to your regime. in each case at the weight that makes the last two reps challenging. this is not about the raw food itself. So if you are struggling to gain weight on a raw diet. I didn’t know any of this. we are led to believe. and re-build while you rest. Bulked up. Include more protein-rich sprouted foods in your diet. then a high-raw rather than an all-raw diet may be the best way forward. Beware of slipping into this mentality and be sure to keep your mind on the real goal or your body’s attempts to tell you that things aren’t working can get ignored. the only recourse was to load up on the densest raw foods – nuts.com. Work all major muscle groups and do 3 x 8 repetitions of each exercise. They’re loaded with enzymes. After all. It did not. many bodies do have deep-rooted imbalances which means they can’t be expected to immediately switch back into perfect functioning just because they’ve been fed a 100% natural (and initially very alien) diet for a few days. When I first went raw. seeds and dried fruits – in the hope this would lead to the desired weight gain. due to many years of incorrect nutrition. We live in a society where it is not easy for a woman on a raw diet to get to a size where she’ll be seen as “too thin”. So if you think a raw diet has made you underweight or “too thin”. after which I would return to my healthy weight. the site that focuses on two vital ingredients that work synergistically with each other: raw food and humour. not fat. It’s not the fault of the raw food – of that much I am certain.com. as muscle growth does not happen while exercising. If you can’t get hold of a daily source of fermented foods. You can contact Pete by emailing pete@RawHumour. and was unanimously assured that after the initial detox period everything would be okay and my body would begin to rebuild. If these strategies for gaining healthy weight do not work for you.MY TOP TIPS FOR GAINING HEALTHY WEIGHT – I. Take a good digestive enzyme supplement with every meal. but very easy for a man to. nuts and seeds. This will help your body break down the food you are eating and absorb the nutrients in it. no body has a “cooked food deficiency” but. the weight your muscles bear during your workouts has to progress upward on a continual basis. Include fermented foods in your diet every day. probiotics and other factors which enhance nutrient uptake. so if a raw diet has caused yours to melt away. and consider starting on a top-quality raw protein supplement. but just possible. Every time this process occurs. that is cause for celebration not gloom. Gaining healthy weight is about adding muscle. muSCle • Make a good resistance workout a part of your schedule every other day. is stocky. Very often the desire to be “100% raw” takes precedence over the desire to achieve better health. But in most cases it does not. I turned to raw food diet books and websites for answers. But there are so many complex variables at play here that this approach won’t work for everyone. first ask yourself whether this is really true. I looked at the skeletal image staring back at me from the hotel room mirror and next thing I knew I was in the local fast food joint devouring a chicken burger. it is about what happens to that food once you’ve swallowed it. or whether you are just conforming to society’s conditioning about what is normal? This tends to be much more of an issue for men than for women. As if this infusion of “proper” protein would somehow have me looking ripped and robust for the TV appearance the next morning. for one. The golden rule here is simple: never work the same muscle group two days running. When that didn’t happen. It comes from fat. weeks or months. Solid. I can identify with this. I. Remember that your days off are as important as your weight training days. they re-build stronger. then enzymes and probiotic supplementation together with adequate weight-bearing exercise and protein intake may turn things around for you. it happens during the rest period afterwards.

and there’s no reason why that should change after. so you can print them out. so it doesn’t need to be really daunting. A cosy evening in with a DVD and a curry is part of many people’s lives before they go raw.Indian Meal For Two Russell James with a raw feast from the East. I’ve made these recipes available as a free download. You actually don’t even need to make the whole meal. Just visit therawchef. can be made in advance. The difference is that this is going to take a bit more planning than nipping out to the takeaway.com/indianmeal. As a special treat for you. as a Get Fresh! reader. the samosas are really great finger food. 70 . But be assured. a little bit of planning goes a long way with this. and will provide a real treat if you should decide to stay in and watch that film.

Mushroom Curry with Parsnip rice and spiced Mango Chutney Marinated vegetables • • • • • • • • • 1. Spread onto a dehydrator sheet and dehydrate for 2 . 2. broccoli and tomatoes in lemon juice. 1 Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. spiced mango chutney • • • • • • 1 medium mango 2 pinches salt 2 teaspoons lemon Juice 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon minced ginger ½ teaspoon cumin Chop and dice one mango and set aside. Set aside. 1 1. and offers raw food catering for events small and large. curry powder. peeled & diced small 1 cup peas ½ cup broccoli.3 hours at 105 degrees F. dehydrated vegetables with the sauce and return to the dehydrator in a large covered bowl to warm before serving. cut from the stem into 1cm mini-florets 6 medium tomatoes. simply leave out. Combine the blended mixture with the diced mango. Russell James has been hailed as “the UK’s leading raw chef” by The Times. aubergine.com 71 . 2 Parsnip rice • • • • • • • • 2 cups peeled fresh parsnips 3 tablespoons macadamia nuts 3 tablespoons pine nuts 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 teaspoons agave nectar 1 teaspoon lemon juice 2 pinches salt 1 tablespoon white miso 2. diced small 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons curry powder 2 teaspoons salt In a large bowl mix the mushrooms. Mix the softened. 2 Pulse in the food processor until rice-like. and salt. Blend all remaining ingredients in a highspeed blender. peas. depending on whether your curry powder had salt in it. Curry sauce • • • • • • • • • • 1 red pepper 1 clove garlic 1 teaspoon lemon ½ tablespoon tamarind pulp* 1cm cube of fresh ginger ½ cup fresh coriander 1 tablespoon curry powder (try to get curry powder without salt in it) ½ cup fresh coconut from a brown coconut ¼ cup water Salt to taste. 3 cups portabello mushrooms 1½ cups aubergine. 1 1. Get your free raw recipes at TheRawChef. 2 2. 3 3. You may need to add more water. olive oil. Start with ¼ teaspoon. as well as raw food classes in West Sussex. * Tamarind paste can be made by soaking tamarind in water until it goes soft (the seedless type you can buy in a packet is fine for this) and straining through a sieve. If you don’t have any tamarind available.

you can substitute for pine nuts. 1 2. • • • • 4. Dehydrate for 8 hours at 105 degrees. If you want to stay away from nuts completely. to produce a fine flour.vegetable samosas with Cucumber & Mint raita samosa wrappers • • • • • • • 1. minced 2 teaspoons fresh ginger. minced 2 tablespoons garam masala ¼ teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon agave 8 sun-dried tomato halves ½ teaspoon salt 5 cups peeled courgette (zucchini) 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 teaspoons lime juice ½ teaspoon chilli powder 2 teaspoons garam masala 1 teaspoon salt ¼ cup flax meal* Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Pour mixture onto a dehydrator sheet and spread evenly into a square. You can choose the size. almonds or macadamias. until both sides are dry to the touch but still pliable. 3 samosa filling • • • • • • • • 1 cup courgette (zucchini). 4 5. return to the dehydrator for 30 minutes. peeled 3 tablespoons water 1 cup sunflower seeds 1 teaspoon dark miso 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 clove fresh garlic. Once the dehydrator sheets are removed. use soaked sunflower seeds. * Flax meal is flax seed that has been ground in a coffee grinder or similar. or until able to peel of the sheet. Add flax meal and blend again until smooth. 2 3. 72 . for the ones in the photo the mixture was spread 26cm x 26cm square. 5 * If allergic to cashews.

1. Some food processors actually have a pulse button. step 5 step 6 Fill with the mixture. The samosas can be eaten as they are or can be returned to the dehydrator for as long as you like. Folding the samosas 1 2 • • • • • ½ cup tightly-packed spinach. chopped small 2 sliced spring onions (green onions) ¼ cup diced tomatoes ¼ cup coriander (cilantro). 1 2. Add the following ingredients and pulse in. 3 & 4 Fold the pointed end created by the first fold as in step 4. 5 6 steps 2. 9 & 10 Start folding the remaining part of the wrapper around so it forms that familiar triangle shape. 7 8 step 7 Tuck the corner in so it doesn’t stick out. and fold over the corner of one end. Cucumber and mint raita • • • • • • • • • • ¼ cup cashew nuts 1 cup cucumber 2 teaspoons agave nectar 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar ½ teaspoon salt ¼ cup mint ½ clove garlic ½ teaspoon cumin powder 1 teaspoon lime juice pinch cayenne 9 10 11 12 Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender. I like to do this as they will be warm and ready to eat in a few hours. Pulsing is done by switching the on/off switch several times in short bursts. finely chopped ½ cup peas 3 steps 8. steps 11 & 12 Wet the remaining corner of the wrapper and fold into place to seal the samosa. You will now be able to open the wrapper up into a cone. leaving plenty of texture. leaving some texture to the mixture. to chop the ingredients. 4 step 1 Cut the wrappers into strips approximately 7cm by 25cm. 2 Grind all ingredients in a food processor. 13 14 73 .

1 Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. stones removed ½ cup mango. Filling • • • • • • • • • ½ cup cashews 3 tablespoons coconut oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons vanilla extract pinch salt 2 tablespoons water 1 teaspoon agave ½ cup cherries*. You may want to have some chunks of mango or cherry stirred in at the end so you get little bursts of flavour. 74 . or freeze in a tub then pass through a juicer with the homogenizing attachment on. 2 3 3.Cherry & Mango ice-Cream Cup Base • • • • • • ¾ cup cashews 1 tablespoon agave 1 teaspoon vanilla extract pinch salt 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut Grind all ingredients in a food processor. Pour into an ice-cream maker. Dehydrate for approximately 3 hours until the shells are strong enough to hold together without the case. flesh only 1 1. 2 3 3. and then remove from the case to dry for a further 6 hours or overnight. *You can substitute cherries for any other fruit. 2. Press into 2 small individual cup or cake moulds of your choice that have been lined with plastic wrap. Fill the shells with the ice-cream and garnish with slices of mango. such as pineapple or bananas. 1. depending on what you like and what’s available. 2.

The bottom line? Unrefined fruits (the first two items in the table overleaf) are the hands-down healthiest choice for sweetening our foods. This is the primary reason most of us avoid using processed white sugar. such as agave syrup. and we are kidding ourselves if we think we can eat all we want of foods like agave. In this issue. light. but also our health. Also overleaf is a recipe for a raw Apple Baklava that is sweetened with a mixture of whole fruits and agave nectar. Processing. The two topics are not typically combined. we have explored three important topics relating to culinary arts: flavour balancing. texture. They digest quickly and can cause blood sugar to rise and then fall dramatically. and their health effects. Foods with a high GI often trigger a dramatic upward spike in your blood sugar. Fructose is metabolized very differently from glucose. The GI of fructose and high-fructose foods. these foods cause only a small rise. ripe fruit. other simple sugars extracted from plant foods generally contain few nutrients and rank high on the glycaemic index. At Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. and how long your blood glucose remains elevated. which tends to be followed by a drop in blood sugar. Unlike glucose. Foods rich in fibre rank lower on the GI. We must understand all of these in order to create foods that are pleasing to the palate. and dried fruit has a higher GI than fresh fruit.of a raw culinary artist Cherie Soria with sweeteners that celebrate health. just because they are raw and low on the glycaemic index. the vitamins. and antioxidants nourish us. responsible culinary artisans must keep in mind how sugars affect both health and the specific recipe. we use this handy chart to show at a glance the differences in sweeteners used by many raw food chefs. we have a desire (and responsibility) to create foods that support good health. and the use of binders. usually we read about health separately from culinary art. is considerably lower than that of other sugars. excessive isolated fructose intake may contribute to increased calorie intake and weight gain. However. One would naturally assume that this makes fructose and highfructose syrup the preferred sweeteners. such as grinding whole grains into flour. as in a syrup. texture. fluffy breads score higher on the GI than heavy breads. including weight gain. n past issues. we discuss sweeteners – a subject that affects not only culinary art. Lemon juice added to recipes reduces GI. However. These types of sweeteners should be limited to celebration foods. This article discusses the glycaemic index and its health implications and also recommends specific sweeteners for particular culinary art applications. typically raises GI. density and ripeness. and make raw food taste more amazing than cooked. also affect GI. many of the concentrated sweeteners are nearly as detrimental to our health as common white sugar. and flavour – in combination with the other ingredients used. how much it raises your blood glucose. Eat refined simple carbohydrates in moderation. However. However. the sweetener. and the fibre modulates blood-sugar response. or on occasion (or in accordance with the advice of your health practitioner). especially when a food component has been refined (separated from a whole food) and concentrated. The GI reflects how quickly the carbohydrate in a food enters your bloodstream. At Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. We encourage you to select the sweet treat. it’s important to look beyond the glycaemic index. Many other factors. we teach students how to choose sweeteners based on their characteristics – colour. In addition to fructose-based sweeteners. Let’s learn how we can support good health and make raw foods that taste better than cooked! Secrets I The Glycaemic Index The glycaemic index (GI) is a way of classifying foods according to how they affect your blood sugar. minerals. fructose does not stimulate insulin secretion or enhance leptin production. 75 . Because insulin and leptin help to regulate appetite. The quantity of the sweeteners we use is as important as the ones we choose. Foods with a low GI tend to gently and gradually supply the carbohydrate needed to fuel your brain and body. consuming large quantities of concentrated fructose (such as in soda and other processed foods) creates predictably negative health consequences. and the serving size based upon the healthiest choice. As raw food chefs. such as acidity. the desired outcome. When we eat fructose as a natural sugar in a whole.

it is a natural food. figs. pineapples. appetite. and does not elevate blood-sugar levels. intensely flavoured syrup or sugar that remains after processing of beet sugar. Maca powder and maca syrup The powder or syrup of a root-like vegetable shaped like a radish. and cookies. Maple butter and maple sugar are more highly concentrated than the syrup. or when dark colour is desirable. When unsoaked and processed with nuts and/or dried coconut. Conventional dried fruit may contain sulfur dioxide. and dry. Maple syrup. It is essentially stolen from bees. magnesium. It can be used to thicken smoothies and shakes. dried fruits contain significant amounts of vitamins. malt-like taste. 35 per cent water. CHARACTERISTICS/USES Very sweet. sweet flavour with a moist. Unprocessed. They do contain cookies. and watermelon. pineapple. 90 per cent fructose. Yacon syrup Made from a delicious edible tuber grown in South America. Not as high on the GI as white sugar. maple butter. Strong flavour can overpower other flavours. syrup. etc. to preserve enzymes and other nutrients. Low on the GI. before being processed into syrup. Use to thicken and bind desserts. and raises blood-sugar levels more quickly than white sugar. bananas. soft creams. raisins. they act as binding agents for pie crusts. it is 96 per cent sucrose and 4 per cent minerals. cookies. they thicken puddings. and dark agave syrup for a molasses-like taste. Like fresh fruit. When soaked and blended. Use to thicken Lower on the GI than most other shakes and smoothies. as well as concentrated fructose. it is used as an alternative The root. and sauces. HEALTH NOTES High on the GI. since anything less could be genetically modified corn syrup with as little as 3 per cent maple syrup. and potassium. Repeated boiling results in dark blackstrap molasses. maple sugar Maple syrup is made from the boiled Not raw. Both products add a deep underlying flavour and Blackstrap molasses and muscovado are popular in cookies. and pie crusts. dietary fibre. infants and small children. glucose-free sweetener with few calories. or to replace flour in cakes and cookies. so buy organic. Rapadura brand is the highest-quality product on the market. and is delicious in mock graham cracker crusts and fruit crisp toppings or anytime a brown sugar flavour is desired. Use about 2 teaspoons per 1 cup recipe volume. blended beverages. with a strong licorice-like taste. mangos. calcium. more distinct flavour than fresh and should be selected according to the flavour desired in the dessert. which grows high in the Andes mountains in South America. maple syrup or honey. crunchy texture slightly reminiscent of fresh-picked apple. First-press molasses are light in colour and flavour. Also use to replace flour in sweeteners. High on the GI. and the like) The colour and flavour is similar to brown sugar. maca is reported to be a natural hormone balancer and to increase energy.) Agave nectar or syrup Dry your own fresh fruits at low temperatures outside in the sun or in a dehydrator. About half a cup replaces 1 cup of sugar. Choose light agave nectar for a mild flavour and colour. Thick. Mesquite meal Mildly sweet. It can replace white or brown sugar in desserts. has no calories. bright taste. Made from pods from the mesquite tree. Molasses and muscovado sugar Slightly sweet.PRODUCT DESCRIPTION Fresh dates Three main categories: soft. Rich in calcium and potassium. Soaked dried fruit may also be blended with the same fruit in fresh form to create a thick mousse (mangoes and pineapples are delicious prepared this way). and phytonutrients. ranking them high on the GI. measurable amounts of iron. but deeper. and it contains minute amounts of minerals. prunes. when colour is not an issue. GI varies. caramel-like flavour. has a mild. whole cane juice in granulated form. Dried mission figs complement chocolate nicely. Raw honey Stevia 200 times sweeter than sugar. cherries. Contain varying amounts of glucose. stevia should be used in very small amounts. lower GI than cane sugar. with more molasses. semidry. mild enough in flavour to be camouflaged by other ingredients. Most have a stronger. making them more nutritious than most sweeteners. Use alone or combined with other sweeteners to decrease the total amount of sweetener. . Maca has a slightly sweet. so it is not a vegan product. Raisins give depth to mock graham cracker crusts. Although not raw. unfiltered syrup that contains pollen and enzymes. yacon is sweet and low in calories. minerals. pie fillings. higher in calories. but still relatively high. depending on the freshness and variety of the dates. Has a GI of 0. natural syrup made from the juice of the agave cactus. Derived from the leaf of the stevia plant. It takes about and is used by many raw food chefs as an five gallons of sap to make a pint of alternative to refined sugar. apricots. it is sweeter. Dates contain relatively little water and do not become much more concentrated upon drying. it’s 65 per cent sucrose. and comes in powder or liquid form. Evaporated cane juice Flash dried. Dried fruits (apples. mesquite meal helps regulate other carbohydrates and helps curb the cakes. libido and stamina. It has a naturally sweet taste. fructose and sucrose. especially ginger and spice sugar are 65 per cent sucrose. Use only organic pure maple syrup. it has a unique and distinctive flavour sap of the maple tree. cakes. You High on the GI and not recommended for can substitute dark agave syrup in most recipes. Use when thickness is not an issue (frozen desserts.

and thinly sliced on a mandolin or the (number 2) slicing attachment of a food processor.com. spread evenly over a layer of the most attractive. The final layer should be walnuts. 4. and coauthor of The Raw Revolution Diet: Feast. covered with glaze. gently pressing each layer into place. 4 cups soaked. Evenly place one portion (a quarter of the apples) in a square springform pan and press gently. Cherie Soria 77 . Store covered in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. and set aside a quarter of the most attractive slices to use for the top layer. is the founder and director of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. Gain Energy. Cut the baklava into small squares or triangles. the walnuts and the currants are utilized. gently. Brush one quarter of the syrup over the top of the apples and sprinkle one quarter of the walnuts and one third of the currants evenly over the top. the syrup. Fruit and nut Layers • • • 1. artistically placed apple slices. 8 apples. Separate the sliced apples into four equal parts. dehydrated walnuts.com or write to info@ RawFoodChef. 2.apple Baklava serves 16 sweet syrup • • • • • • 1 cup golden agave syrup 1 cup golden raisins or chopped white figs 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground clove 1/8 teaspoon of ground cardamom 3. minced 1/2 cup currants To make the Sweet Syrup. peeled. Repeat step 2 three more times. the author of Angel Foods: Healthy Recipes for Heavenly Bodies. Press the final layer down. Refrigerate the dessert for at least two hours prior to serving. put the agave. 5. clove and cardamom together in a blender and blend to form a smooth paste. cinnamon. raisins. Feel Younger! She has trained many of the world’s top raw food chefs and instructors. and is often referred to as the “mother” of gourmet raw vegan cuisine. lemon juice. Visit RawFoodChef. Lose Weight. until all the apples.

my love.The fig Brigitte Mars explores the original forbidden fruit “The fig tree hath put forth her green figs. Arise. . and the vines in flower yield their sweet fragrance.” Song of Solomon. my fair one. 2:13. and come.

Poppy Fig Pastry Makes 8 servings You could enjoy this for a special brunch as well as for dessert. Add a bit of the water.com 79 . though when cultivated they are usually kept to a more manageable 16 feet. spleen. size and colour – the latter spanning the spectrum from black. Being as restorative and energizing as it is succulent and sublime. keep at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. among others. If buying dried figs. There are several botanical classes of fig. Press the mixture into a pie pan. Besides this. soaked overnight • ½ cup dried apricots. soaked 1 hour • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Combine the dates and figs in a blender and purée. where the jam will keep for about 2 weeks. asthma. It comes from well-hung trees. Fill the crust with the mixture. Figs have a high content of mucin. They have a special affinity for the stomach. The list goes on… Figs are anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic (the seeds help drive out some kinds of intestinal worms). which brings to mind ancient times and southern climes. protein and fibre. Brigitte Mars is a nutritional consultant and a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. They also help deter cravings for sugar. exhaustion. especially during the cold winter months. Whichever variety you are shopping for. rheumatism. We’re jammin’ Makes about 3 cups Jam on flax crackers with almond butter. delicate skin gives way to reveal an aromatic flesh bejeweled with hundreds of tiny seeds. and salt in a food processor and purée. It is one of the most ancient fruits on earth. Originally from Asia. and use them as a natural sweetener for cookies. raisins. If they are not yet ripe. She has been working with natural medicine for more than 30 years and is author of the books Rawsome!. folic acid. tender fruits that are free of bruises and not mushy. and keep adding water until the mixture achieves a jam-like consistency. Figs are excellent for athletes and those who want to gain weight. They are also known to neutralize toxins. This succulent delight. Enjoy figs as a snack or for dessert. to green. gangrene. poppy seeds. pancreas and large intestines. Soak dried figs overnight in water for a breakfast compote. Another of the signatures of fig trees is that they can live as long as 100 years and grow to 100 feet in height. Beauty by Nature. Fresh figs are delicate and perishable and are best consumed within a couple of days of purchase. • ½ cup dates. Combine the figs. magnesium. colitis. Fresh fig poultice has been applied to boils and injuries. But for an interesting variation try them stuffed with raw almond butter. pies and puddings. It ranks among the top food sources of calcium and also contains abundant copper. Store in the refrigerator. anyone? • 1 cup dried figs. to purple. The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine and Healing Herbal Teas. pulse until well mixed. iron. and (b) brush your teeth after eating them. alcohol and drugs by stabilizing blood sugar levels. phosphorous and potassium. as they cling to the teeth and can contribute to decay. reserve the soaking water. a soothing laxative. Remove the tough stems before eating. soaked 20 minutes • ¼ cup figs. Its soft. making them an ideal food to eat while cleansing. A sublime treat eaten as they come. to reduce inflammation until dental help is available. they need no adornment. T Butterscotch sauce Makes about 1 cup Serve over raw ice cream or fruit. and the fertile seeds it’s packed with nourish both libido and fertility. and also one of the most alkalizing and mineral-dense. be sure to (a) avoid those treated with the preservative potassium sorbate. look for plump. catarrh. is said to have been Cleopatra’s favourite fruit. with husks removed • 1 cup poppy seeds • 1 cup dried figs Combine the walnuts. blood pressure imbalances. and several hundred commercial varieties giving rise to a wide range of flavour. For more information see BrigitteMars. and also to toothaches. sore throat. and now cultivated across the Middle East and Mediterranean. the fig is considered an aphrodisiac food and a supreme sexual tonic. soaked overnight • 1 inch of fresh ginger root Remove the fruit from the soaking water and place in a blender. orange peel. to white. the fig is a member of the mulberry family. They have been successfully used in the treatment of anaemia.he fig is one of the most eagerly-awaited highlights of the autumn harvest. Dried figs also make an ideal travel food and a great snack. cinnamon and cardamom in a food processor and purée. The milky white juice in unripe figs contains a proteolytic enzyme known as ficin. tuberculosis and ulcers. to gold. gout. Figs are also esteemed for their ability to improve eyesight. then dehydrated until crunchy (about 12 hours) • ¼ cup raisins • 1 teaspoon orange peel • ½ teaspoon Celtic salt Filling • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder • ¼ teaspoon cardamom pods. soaked overnight. or try one of the recipes opposite. and can be applied topically twice daily to remove warts. Avoid washing them until ready to eat. adding enough of the soaking water to form a smooth mixture. pleurisy. Crust • 2 cups walnuts. it is rich in vitamin B6.

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I keep up with my online friends even when I’m on the road teaching wellness retreats or giving speeches about the importance of complementary medicine. I’m addicted to writing. The Jivamukti method saturates me with inspiration.A Day In The Life Of. but only really low-residue things like quinoa. sweet potatoes. The peace we seek begins on our plates. We make enough for the day with our Greenstar. our office is close to home. Breakfast is 16-32 ounces of liquid sunshine. seaweeds. Symphonic salad (lots of colour – like music)! I prefer to make my own food and thankfully we have a little kitchen in our office. body. and the committed daily practice are the legs. Good for us. Pray. It’s my biggie and I’m wildly excited. so we bike as much as possible. :00 am. “Vote with your fork. and inspirational speaker. 6 8:30 am. and voilà! I call it the flood and flush method. The mind. one in New York City. mostly raw: vegetables. As soon as my peepers pop open it’s a full tilt circus! Brush my chicklets. dream. I love our virtual family! 1 pm. the muse flows easily. It means so much to know that you’re not alone living a healthy lifestyle. As long as I keep myself balanced. Crazy Sexy Wellness (featuring holistic services. First thing in the morning I never use my laptop. It’s important to leave work and problems away from the pillow. Organic green veggie juice – no fruit. Crazy Sexy staff meeting. vision and personal health plans. Then we check in on our social network. For my third book I have an amazing A-list of women in my posse. I really see the difference in my sleep quality. 82 . I’m a type-A personality with whirlwind tendencies. Brian and I love mindful eating during the sacred magic hour. After we’ve caught up and the universe has its marching orders. In hippieville.com to make sure that people aren’t doing cottage cheese and scotch fasts and that folks are supporting each other in the glow. 9 am. still the mind. My paper journal is my mind dump. but not in the bedroom. Even if it’s just for five minutes I truck outside to blow kisses to the sun. one in Woodstock. Power walk (running makes me look like a klutzy baby elk) or yoga. I lived at a Zen Monastery in New Mexico the summer I was diagnosed. I say. ready to share their tips. with little or no fruit. move. Kris has been featured on The Today Show. Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor. If one component is off. 2003 (the day I was diagnosed) I haven’t stopped educating myself and aligning with the best researchers in the field. 11 pm. day-break is techno detox time. practice non-violence.com. It helps me fine tune my direction and connects me with my inner best friend. I’m determined to bring revolutionary health information to the mainstream – especially to the factory farm chomping. Lights out and snooze time with the angels…. soups and steamed veggies. I’m cooked. spirit and the committed daily practice are the legs. 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