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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!
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Rev. “Our so-called “compulsion” is creating younger. phytonutrients and enzymes than any other food. and let thy medicine be thy food. and Joel Furman. David Wolfe and Victor Zeines. Yes…a juice fast. mental and emotional breakthroughs brought about by this radical lifestyle change. which features appearances by Morgan Spurlock.WHAT’S NEW? Superfood protein powder First there were the cooked protein powders. I work twelve hours or more a day and. “I finally did a juice fast. dairy. I keep him busy. all carefully freeze-fried and powdered. it’s no wonder that disease statistics continue on their upwards trend. This great company also offers a number of freezedried sprout powders. my husband works for me. Andrew Saul. They are: For liver support and detox – Milk Thistle and Shizandra For stress and insomnia – Skullcap and Wild Lettuce For depression – Rose. She is groovy! We curl up in my tropical-print Lay-Z-boy and chat over a large cup of ionized water with lemon. Woody Harrelson. . or at home using their herbal formulas.com “My paper journal is my mind dump. It is made with a base of sunflower sprouts. longevity and increased quality of life. black maca root powder. it’s the perfect snack or meal replacement. more virile bodies. Since sprouts offer more easily absorbable vitamins. He proudly calls himself a househusband. In this movie he proves it. The six unique liquid blends were formulated to address the most frequently seen conditions. Anthony Robbins. Fred Bisci.95 each. making it very easy on the palate. And now we have the first ever raw protein powder made with a base of enzymatically active sprouts.” Sarma Melngailis remembers her week on retreat. juice feast. call it whatever you want. simply raw: reversing Diabetes in 30 Days Last year Gabriel Cousens. since last year. The point is. without recognizing that the bulk of the material leaving them was just the psyllium that went in yesterday!” Dao Earl explores a little-known paradox regarding colon cleansing. MD released a book entitled There is a Cure for Diabetes. It helps me fine tune my direction and connects me with my inner best friend. See feature on page 58. Michael Beckwith. and ships freshly-grown sprouts across the US. not desperate. wheat. minerals. Borage and Cardamom For urinary tract infections – Buchu and Uva Ursi For bloating. indigestion and IBS – Fennel and Peppermint For immune support – Echinacea and Osha Available from NaturalSolutionsClinic.com. kale sprouts. It also contains hempseed protein. See feature on page 54. “I’m about as far from “Desperate Housewives” as one can get. amaranth sprouts. The documentary.” Quotes of the quarter Tonya Zavasta on being compared to the actress Marcia Cross. goji berry powder. Herbal help Nutritionist. The message is simple: Take control of your health before someone else does.” Kris Carr talks us through her day on page 82. flaxseed sprouts. dark expulsions during a retreat with me. herbalist and Get Fresh! columnist Dale Pinnock has launched a brilliant range of herbal remedies under his Natural Solutions Clinic brand. simplyrawmovie. For more information see SproutLiving. just juice. He puts six Americans with the disease on a living foods diet at his Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia. the blends are £12. Arizona. chemical additives and pharmaceutical drugs being the standard diet of today. catalogues the physical. Tasty. Charlotte Gerson. chlorophyll. The subjects are hurled far from their comfort zones when they have to live without meat.com. Sproutein is produced by Florida-based Sprout Living. mung bean sprouts and alfalfa sprouts. healthier. foodmatters. millet sprouts. With nutritionally-depleted foods. yacon root powder and lucuma powder. Get watching! Food Matters “Let thy food be thy medicine. quinoa sprouts.tv “Many people celebrate their large.” This famous quote from the founding father of modern medicine is echoed in this new documentary which lifts the lid on the trillion dollar worldwide ‘sickness industry’ and offers scientifically-sound solutions for healing disease naturally. See feature on page 20. See interview on page 38. sugar and indeed all cooked food for the duration. This movie offers solutions from world leaders in nutrition and natural healing including Philip Day. If that’s a disease I want to have some of that disease!” Viktoras Kulvinskas challenges the over-use of the term “othorexia”. filling and full of high-octane nutrition. Next came the raw protein powders. Sproutein delivers a great deal more than just protein. juice fiesta. and he’s happy.
raw chocolates and raw cakes. reflexology. raw relishes.org for more information or call 02392 611607. Details Holly is especially interested in include specific diet. The owners of Manna .uk. 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. worldwide. nutritional consultations. 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. If you would like to submit your movie for consideration. The BalancedYou Health Centre offers a range of natural therapies including energy healing. what benefits you noticed. On the day we visited. Manna. Manna offers a selection of juices.WHAT’S NEW? Raw bites at Highgate organic eatery Dragonfly Wholefoods. Please send UK submissions to Jeni Cook. live “sandwiches”. Also on offer: “gem water” (as in Gematria-activated).co. Manna uses this purified. 8 . essene bread. walnut and thyme cutlets. For more information see DragonflyWholefoods. flax crackers. If you’re in Brighton for the day. c/o The Fresh Network. GalaxyOfVitality. “For all raw parents who want to have a chance to share their experiences. rawFoodDirectory. “This website will bring together the best of what raw food has to offer. kombucha and herbal teas and a deli counter guaranteed to have any raw food fan salivating within seconds. 24 Coombe Road.co. ” Visit the site to find out more.com for guidelines. sun burgers.have a lot more than live food up their sleeves.” She is interested to hear from people who have fed their children high-raw diets as well as 100% raw. Norfolk NR11 6SZ. Tel: 01273 690540. Submissions are being accepted until Wednesday December 31. some innovative (and impeccable) salads. avocado and spirulina .amazingly good). go to rawlifestylefilmfestival. and a surprisingly spacious and well-appointed seating area in the back. Unit 4. to submit an article or to place an advert. on a side street just off the Lewes Road (A270). News this issue is that you can now sample Dragonfly’s delicacies at the Thursday organic market on London’s Portobello Road. Currently open from 10:30-18:30 Monday to Saturday. and a range of raw deli products including onion bread. cleansing and detoxification advice and life coaching. Aylsham Business Estate.uk. how you dealt with those challenges and any changes you made as time went on. cookies and ice cream (Booja Booja’s fabulous Vanilla M’Gorilla and Hunky Punky Chocolate were the choices of the day). smoothies. this international directory has all bases covered. anyone?). sustainable and healthy ways. and for all those who want to learn from the experiences of others. The cafe features a small store in the front selling goods related to the raw lifestyle. Those who want to enjoy Gem water at home can make use of the low-cost refill service on offer. aromatherapy.” she says.Kyle Vialli and Andreas Demetriou of pioneering Brighton-based company Galaxy of Vitality . It is the receiving submissions for the 2009 event to be held from March 13-15 in Los Angeles (more details on page 12). I certainly wish I had had access to it when I got started. “My dream has always been to bring raw food to the mainstream and this project plays a huge role in that. “The accounts can include whatever people want to share but I would ask that they focus on their own personal experiences and tell us their real names. Manna is located a five-minute drive or cab ride from the centre of Brighton. Also welcome: anyone who would like to run retreats or courses at this Andalucian paradise. it is well worth the detour. including those who can help with its running and/or promotion. cakes. food choices included nori wraps (we tried one with sprouts.To submit your account. food preparation and washing up.com is the world’s first fully searchable online raw food directory. including any supplements. It is looking for new members and investors. With listings from the obvious (raw food) to the more obscure (raw accountant. she says. Aylsham. 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. any challenges. and Knowler’s intention is to make it the most comprehensive “one stop shop” for raw food resources that has ever existed. with a busy program of talks and workshops and an upstairs holistic clinic. or to find out more. massage. contact holly@rawcuisine. Dragonfly has also set up shop at the Alexandra Palace Sunday market. in the last issue we reported on the new raw menu Manna from heaven We’re excited to report that a new raw cafe has opened its doors in Brighton. structured and energaetically-optimized water in all its teas. Currently on offer is a mixed living salad plate. See ecoforest.” says Holly. Brighton BN2 4EA.com/Manna brainchild of popular Get Fresh! columnist and former Fresh Network director Karen Knowler.
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nor any rationalthinking person. as an example. none other than Janet “I have no idea what I am talking about” Street-Porter. heard ‘fructose was bad’. I am talking about the large arse in her hands. Fresh fruit contains relatively low levels of fructose – and the risks are outweighed by the health benefits.5kg or 3. I know she is talking complete claptrap. 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. The lesson for all of us is always to read beyond the headline and be assured fresh raw foods are not only not fattening. The intended target was also known as The Juice Master. to which Janet would reply. 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. I would have. However. but many of their drinks and foods do contain enormous amounts of other sugar. “Both groups put on the same amount of weight – 1. the same type which gets into many junk foods. Many people said. It transpires that the study in question was sponsored by none other than PepsiCo. volunteers on the fruit sugar diet put on more intra-abdominal fat. Which is why. The Daily Mail reported that: “Scientists at the University of California put 33 overweight adults on a diet comprising 30 per cent fat. 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. the words.” Indeed. For more info see JuiceMaster. I felt a little further investigation was required to uncover the truth. a long way from the headline. ”No they aren’t and you will get fat if you drink them. 55 per cent complex carbohydrates such as bread and rice. this doesn’t mean that the small amounts of natural fructose found in fruit will do anyone any harm. confusion soon turned to utter disbelief. This is true. may the juice be with you. is a best-selling author and one of the UK’s most sought-after speakers on the subjects of health and nutrition. I think she read the above Daily Mail headline.” The fruit sugar in the ‘scientific study’ didn’t come from fruit at all. I get just a little suspicious. However.Can fruit make you fat? Jason Vale gets on his soap box about pseudoscience and lazy journalism. 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. Yes. However. I would love to see the same experiment done with fruit and not a high concentrate of pure fructose. The sub-heading read.3 pounds. one smoothie a day will apparently make you gain shedloads of weight in one year. bag of smoothies in hand and of course rather a large arse. and nor will it make them fat. T he headline above is taken from the Daily Mail newspaper. An episode of Gordon Ramsay’s ‘The F Word’ made me want to throw many things at my TV. In case you think I am being rude. I can guarantee the results would be massively different. you would be under the impression that some scientific study had been conducted which proved fruit was the cause of obesity. it came from pure fructose. I have seen many. However. 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. heard smoothies contain fructose and so decided to go out and tell the world.” Now. Confused? So was I when I started watching. is potentially more harmful than white refined sugar. you eat less and so lose weight if you need to. and 15 per cent protein for a fortnight.” (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.) It is interesting to note that the fruit sugar in the ‘scientific study’ didn’t come from fruit at all. “Natural sugar in fruit is ‘fuelling the nation’s obesity epidemic.’” If you only read the main headline and the subheading (as many people do). which wraps around their internal organs and causes pot bellies. as with most headlines of this nature. “This is a very interesting and important study. not in her trousers. ”Experts point out that this does not mean we should stop eating fruit. “But I thought smoothies were good”. or the like. could ever know. Jason Vale 16 . For a further ten weeks they were moved to a diet in which a quarter of their energy came from either fructose or glucose. the same type which gets into many junk foods. If I thought somehow the items of furniture would somehow magically go through the TV and get to their intended target. perhaps.com. I would actually agree that high fructose corn syrup. What possible evidence she had to back this up neither I. but because they contain genuine nutrition. Janet decided to go on the streets of Britain. it came from pure fructose. it wasn’t a surprise when a spokesperson for PepsiCo said. Until the next issue. It is interesting to observe at the very end of the article.
vegetable peelers. chopping. pie plates.com Dear Alissa. I tell them to invest 18 . that there isn’t enough variety in it for you. Too many people – people who have heard about this diet from other sources – have told me they thought it was “boring. Living on Live Food. If you can afford both of these items. I like people to have a good experience when first going raw. this is important to you. I strongly urge you to learn how to make a few different meals. Most kitchens already contain the basic necessities for a raw and living diet: knives. 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 just can’t afford all of them. far too often. However. Having a good supply of raw foods. This usually keeps the majority of people who are starting a raw food diet happy for a long. to satisfy a craving. or you’ll simply want something different to eat. is where I start most people. Just make sure it has a large enough cup size. That’s brilliant! When people want to start eating a raw and living food diet. long time. along with a food processor. speaker and consultant on raw and living food. None of my clients ever say that! Not after they work with me and learn how to prepare food and balance out their diets. dehydrators. 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. Therefore. 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. There are many different brands of juicers on the market. On some days. you won’t be hungry. 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. The trick is to identify what the most important aspect of this diet is for you. however. On other days. You don’t need all of them. Having a food processor will make all the difference in the world. which do you think I should invest in now and which can I do without?” in a food processor. Stock your refrigerator with healthy foods and have the ingredients available to whip up a dessert or something filling if needed. I would suggest a Green Star. I’ve been reading about juicers. a juicer and a food processor. You’ll need one for all the grinding. you don’t need to start off with all of them at once. Listen to your body! Be prepared to give it what it needs. the better. ranging in price from about $30 to $600. Now let’s get back to your daily juice. I have a little money to spend on this. it’s also important to educate yourself on the fun and filling dishes you can prepare. I want you to have the same successful experience they’ve had. then I would say this should be your first piece of equipment. or you’ll have a sudden desire for something more at night. if you feel great from it and if this is more important to you than preparing meals. You needn’t spend a lot of money on a food processor. You are at an advantage. For more information visit AlissaCohen. blending. high-speed blenders. Do not let a lack of any of these items stop you! When I first started eating raw. fun and filling this diet is. I want them to experience how easy. Alissa’s fans include hundreds who have maintained successful weight losses. 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. strainers. Consider it an “insurance policy” towards the protection of your new healthy diet. if you like to juice. But. At that point. because it makes the difference between taking ten minutes to prepare a meal or two hours. than I would say that is the perfect start! These are definitely the first two pieces of equipment I would suggest. 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. all I had was a simple food processor and an inexpensive blender. 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. so I was wondering. 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. It is wonderful that you have already incorporated having a juice every day. dicing and blending. bowls. Almost all of the 300 recipes in my book. ice cream makers and all the wonderful kitchen aids the raw food enthusiast can use. I have seen. “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. spiralizers.Alissa Cohen is an internationally recognized writer. It’s almost essential. etc. as you have already started eating raw. healed themselves of a myriad of diseases and swear by her simple and fun approach to fantastic health. mixing and shredding of nuts and veggies required for making recipes. If. food processors. Don’t put off the diet until you’ve assembled all the gadgets. Even if you eat very simply – mostly fruits and salads – the day will come when you wake up really hungry. I drink raw juice daily which I buy at my local natural foods store but that is working out pretty expensive. This diet is mostly about freedom! While it’s true that the easier you make this diet. you’ll need more food. Many people start off buying a juicer first.” and “unsatisfying”. This is a fantastic question and one that I get asked frequently. have been made using an inexpensive food processor that sells for under $40. Alissa is author of the bestselling Living On Live Food book and DVD set and is a regular on American TV. 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.
There are two settings. One lets you make very fine strands. Once you acquire a smoothie-like consistency. A coffee grinder is great for grinding small seeds. which you cannot do in the food processor. they last a very long time! I know people who have had their original stainless steel ones for over 20 years.while juicing to heat the juice. When left in your dehydrator longer. high-powered blender.” I use mine often to make all kinds of delicious meals. lasagne. pizza. The basic blender you already have will do for many recipes and smoothies. I personally love this little gadget. Some people swear by this as the only piece of equipment they need. firmer consistency and can have fun experimenting with nut burgers. but it’s nice to have and can cost less than $10. Next is the dehydrator. So as you can see. blended greens. 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. juicy mango can be better than any elaborate meal we can concoct ourselves. especially when you’re first starting out. You just need to be careful when using a Vita-Mix that you don’t leave it running too long. it depends on your goals and preferences. 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. while the other setting is for paper thin slices. 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. like flax and sunflower. A blender would be your next best bet. thereby preserving the enzymes. angelhair-type strands which can be used for beets. You can make delicious simple ice cream in your food processor or juicer with just frozen fruit. Though certainly not a necessity. but the first few pieces of equipment can make eating raw foods simple. 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. It’s very inexpensive and it’s so worth the price just to be able to make fine. Your dehydrator will be your “raw food oven. yams. like real crackers. foods can take on a crispy. They are definitely worth the investment and once you use one it’s hard to go back to a basic blender. Of course an ice cream maker is wonderful if you are an ice cream lover but certainly not a necessity. Best. heavy-duty. easy and fun. It can also grind nuts and seeds to a fine powder. change it and create something new and exciting when a fresh. It’s an expensive. Alissa 19 . dips. They can be pricey but they are well worth it. cookies and breads. Important: make sure your dehydrator features a temperature control to enable you to maintain temperatures below 112 degrees. But this diet also fits perfectly into anyone’s lifestyle. a dehydrator will allow you to prepare a much wider variety of items that will have the “taste” of having been cooked. Although these blenders are expensive at $300-$400. Most models without temperature controls have thermostats starting at 140 degrees or higher. Once you start a raw food diet and get a feel for what your specific tastes and wants are. coconut water and other items such as cacao and agave in a Vita-Mix. Again. You can certainly eat raw food without any of these items. It’s great for making smoothies. you will have a better feel for what you need. 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. that can be difficult to grind in a food processor. You can make beautiful salads with it as well. I suggest starting out with the highest quality raw and living food available to you. zucchini. You can use your dehydrator to give foods a thicker. therefore saving money on the amount of produce that is needed to juice. soups and simple recipes this could be it for you. dry texture. This can be important. We want to alter it. There are other pieces of equipment that you mentioned. These will destroy all the life-giving properties you are trying to maintain. including those who are on a budget. They extract more juice then a cheaper version juicer. like the spiralizer. some of these tools are very helpful in going and staying raw. ripe. and other vegetables. If you live on smoothies. Not a necessity. I also love mine for making potato chips and ravioli shells. Many of my clients love the Vita-Mix. 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. There are a lot of raw ice cream recipes now which involve blending nuts. and soups: they’ll come out very smooth and creamy. 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.
“Many women who’ve “gone raw” have told me they stopped using make-up because it made them look older!” .
Success. I work twelve hours or more a day and. “I love to look at your face. I’ve never watched a complete episode of the show. a reader sent me this email: “You have the most amazing skin. You remind me of Degas’ paintings. I remember thinking: I’m only 37 and I’m dragging like an old woman already. He proudly calls himself a house-husband. 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. Here she explains how raw foods combined with a simple beauty regime are the secret behind her youthful. So I thought you guys might be doing something similar. this one from my 27 year-old son. One caption read: Marcia Cross reveals how she maintains her porcelain complexion.. And he wasn’t bashful about pointing it out. I hated the way I looked and felt. when I gave up my PhD studies in mathematics. I was thrilled to have such an enthusiastic compliment from my pragmatic son. is my most demanding critic. Not mine. Backto-back compliments on my 50th! I must be doing something right. In fact. i. I was a complete loser in his teenage eyes. I was facing reconstructive hip surgeries so I could walk without excruciating pain. Nick. I thought. My health. I might have dismissed the comparison as an exaggerated compliment. Women.F Raw and beautiful at 50 Our raw beauty columnist Tonya Zavasta celebrated her 50th birthday earlier this year. Bree is in her late forties. glowing complexion. Jr. It could not be happening. shielding herself from the sun with an umbrella on her way to the Los Angeles set of Desperate Housewives on Thursday. I decided the lady was complimenting my complexion (and sincerely hoped I was not reminding her of one of his horse paintings). You’ll not see me under 21 . looks like. 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.. there’s another thing I do differently.e. On my 50th birthday. This praise perplexed me. whether they are housewives or professionals. since last year. just eleven years ago. Not to me…and not at fifty… Thirteen years ago. Marcia Cross. I don’t know whether you watch Desperate Housewives. so my life would be over sooner. a lady told me. 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. are all desperate to achieve beautiful complexions. And men. At day’s end came yet another email.” I was only vaguely familiar with the works of this famous impressionist. my husband works for me. What a lovely 50th birthday! Eleven years of raw foods have changed everything for me. just an idea. Looking at his work. as I left my Bikram yoga class. rankly it’s embarrassing sometimes. Happy Birthday again!” Maybe your children dish out compliments regularly.” I’m about as far from “Desperate Housewives” as one can get. and he’s happy. truth be known. so at that moment I just felt grateful she didn’t say I reminded her of a Picasso. Such a long life of misery lay ahead that I wished I were eighty. Anyway. Bree. but one character. but I would have to be living on an island not to know what Bree. I googled Edgar Degas out of curiosity. not desperate. I keep him busy. has skin like yours – poreless and porcelain-looking. But just hours later. Besides the fact that Marcia doesn’t eat raw. Looks. He liked to paint dancers and horses. and I owe it to other women to respond.
com 22 . it must be bright. No wonder we call a great complexion “spectacular. Physics to the rescue again… Exfoliation is the result. I welcome the sun. But this article is not about luck. no matter what its base colour. A splotchy. ■ Tonya Zavasta is the author of Quantum Eating: The Ultimate Elixir of Youth. I do not advocate gouging or scraping – we’re removing old skin cells. In my case. E and C. would glowing skin be so rare? Think about hydrating dried prunes. After 40. One familiar example of the distinction between specular and diffuse reflection is glossy and matte paints used in painting interiors. Wrinkles react like shattered mirror pieces that do not reflect as much light because of their uneven edges. 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. Consider – if they did. Reflection off of rough surfaces – clothing. lifeless. When this kind of reflection occurs.” a parasol. Light appears to be coming from a point behind the skin. arming myself with raw foods research. Reflection off smooth surfaces such as mirrors or calm water is what we call specular reflection – literally: glass-like. after all. Nothing says old quicker than a lack of radiance. I’m having the time of my life. you’ll miss it when you skip it. Somewhere along the line. you look older. necessarily. no matter how much water you give them. As a result. No point now wishing for those high cheekbones. Your Right to Be Beautiful and Beautiful On Raw. For more information see BeautifulOnRaw. before we go any further. Not me! I definitely don’t mind fifty. the more it behaves like a mirror. A person’s age is estimated by skin tone and radiance. flexing and absorbing the paint you’ve rolled on it. vitamins A. i’m having the time of my life. 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. paper. no exfoliation. Only the superior elimination and circulation that the raw foods lifestyle provides will create this effect on the outside. It has a lot to do with how light is reflected. the surface of good skin wears a shiny or glossy appearance. not shovelling a Milwaukee winter sidewalk. A good brush with natural bristles offers just enough friction to do the job. 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. I try to spend at least 20 minutes in the sun every day during summer time. Some might call it old. plain to be seen. of sending out rays of light. Cosmetic companies are labouring to produce makeup or foundation “glossy paint” that will give this glowing effect. ensuring better light reflection.” Light from a single incoming direction is reflected in a single outgoing direction and it’s reflected at exactly the same angle. and the kind of knowledge that comes from trial. But we face one impossible problem. breathing. I earned it through raw foods and an everyday beauty regimen. Regular exfoliation removes skin-dulling dead cells. or wrinkles on aging skin – creates a diffuse reflection. I have reached the half century mark. Marcia Cross might have luck. But we all do – and we should – want to enjoy that “baby” glow.“i definitely don’t mind fifty. It’s there – acres and acres of it. I recommend face brushing for this reason. are not going to bring any dramatic results. and not a bit more. of friction. Your skin is not a wall you can just top off with a glossy finish – it is a living organ. To reflect light truly well. Some people are born lucky. but also helps eliminate toxins. The younger and healthier your complexion. let me point out: There is such a thing as a genetic predisposition for clear skin. error and experience. we tend to stop longing for certain things. And I’m delighted to know I look like I’m having a good time. The good news: living raw foods will restore that fresh look. and a measure of gentle forgiveness. It’s about something every one of us can achieve. Your skin is the largest organ in your body. 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. When your skin is healthy and vibrant. and even that old advice about faithfully drinking eight glasses of water daily. For your skin to glow. Me? I took a harder road. If your skin doesn’t reflect light optimally. This effect will be completely destroyed by makeup. any surface must be polished. It works. You need a measure of friction. 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. No friction. What we call “glow” really does deserve the name. Try to imagine a wall in your house. it suggests an internal flame smouldering inside you. A raw foods regimen not only replenishes the muchneeded moisture. They will never look shiny and fresh-picked. We vertically challenged folk sooner or later abandon our aspirations to be tall and leggy like runway models. I gave up wishing I were blonde. How long would such a “glow” last? Anyone whose house foundation has shifted and cracked the paint on the walls understands this concept.” Radiance is the quality of being bright. skin takes on a dull cast. And once you’re accustomed to the revitalizing effect brushing provides. the smoother your skin. radiant glow of youth? Now. Light striking a rougher surface is scattered in all directions. sallow complexion tells your age like nothing else. achieving skin balance and decontaminating skin tissue – all of which helps to retain the smoothness that creates “glow. Hated it in school? No worries! This time it will be fun. Who doesn’t long for the bright. Now. and the world is drawn to that light.
Why? Because cooking makes 50-70% of protein in food non-bioavailable. the most astonishing results are obtained if calorie restriction begins in infancy. and humans live so long. Study after study has shown it is not only the mean lifespan that increases but also the maximum lifespan: i. prisoners of war and others who subsist on fewer calories than their bodies require over prolonged periods do not live longer. junk food doesn’t figure and red meat is a rarity. there are no human studies proving conclusively that calorie restriction will have the same effect on humans. But browse the many “CRON diet” journals posted online and you’ll discover a strange paradox. some of the study animals lived longer than previously thought to be possible for the species in question. Since this science is relatively new. rule number one is to eat your food raw. A multivitamin tablet chased down with a 150ml glass of pomegranate juice (out of a bottle) completes the first meal of the day.000. nutritional supplements and a variety of drugs.e. it is hard to understand why those on calorie restricted “optimum nutrition” diets would be switching their ovens on at all. It’s clear the world of calorie restriction could benefit from learning about raw nutrition. 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.Eat less.. they perish sooner. let alone a food diary which has raw foods as the foundation of the meals being painstakingly documented. is around 15% under her ideal weight but she is not anorexic. The average CRON diet is certainly streets ahead of the standard diet: empty calories are low to non-existent. Many things. they lived substantially longer. but the reverse is also true. Given these figures. Still. and found that when the animals were fed all the necessary nutrients but the calories in their diets were drastically cut. Anorexics. Clive McCay and Mary Crowell were researching the effects of calorie restriction on rats. rule number one is to eat your food raw. It’s not a magic pill you can swallow nor a treatment you can be given. and destroys 70%-90% of water-soluble vitamins and phytonutrients and 100% of enzymes. very morning Lara Williams sits down to a breakfast of cottage cheese on rye bread. Dinner is fish with different vegetables (this time steamed or boiled) and a side salad.400 calories. dairy and pasteurized fruit juice favoured by most CRON enthusiasts. are claimed to be “anti-aging”. dessert will be no-fat yogurt with strawberries. is the evidence that restricting calories makes us younger. Occasionally she rings the changes with a stir-fry of greens and beansprouts on soba noodles. or an infinite number of variations on the raw smoothie – any of these would be a much better choice than the combinations of wheat. Either way. it is the disciplined practice of calorie restriction with optimum nutrition. But there is no reliable scientific evidence that anything besides calorie restriction is capable of retarding biological aging nor extending maximum lifespan. don’t try it on your offspring as it is also shown to stunt growth. There is a considerable body of scientific evidence suggesting that reducing calorie intake by 20-50% below the recommended amount. it interferes with the body’s absorption of minerals. live longer Despite many attempts by modern medicine to develop a drug or intervention that will turn back the clock. So from that point of view Lara and others on similar regimes are definitely onto something. A big green juice loaded with nutrient-packed sprouts. while meeting nutritional needs. In all species studied. including stem cell therapy. however. Lara. 25 . that has been a mere side effect. So what. is the best thing we can do if rejuvenation and longevity are our goals. who is 43. Take breakfast as an example. Lunch is usually a chicken breast with half a cup of brown rice or pasta and a carefully-chosen selection of grilled vegetables. if you are a parent. Meeting nutritional needs on 2050% fewer calories will extend lifespan. it denatures essential fats. Nor is she on this regime for the weight loss. Sarah Best investigates. Yet you’ll E struggle to find a mention of anything unfired being consumed. A woman of her height should eat at least 2. and that now includes everything from insects to apes. Similar results have been observed in all species tested. life-span increases of up to 20 per cent have been observed in mice that began restricted diets as adults. healthier and longer-lived? It all began with a 1934 Cornell University research study. Many raw fooders experience less than optimal health and energy because they consistently overeat. She is one of a growing group of hard-core health enthusiasts following a “Calorie Restriction with Optimum Nutrition” (CRON) diet. one method shows more promise than all the rest put together. But the “optimal nutrition” part of the equation is just as important as the calorie restriction component. or a bowl of mixed raw berries. Her daily total will come out at a carefully calculated 1. 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. But if you want to meet all of your nutritional needs in the fewest calories possible. human growth hormone. Much is made of the importance of “nutrient-dense” calories and meals. exactly.
Walford convinced his fellow inhabitants to adopt a calorie-restricted diet. 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. These theories are not mutually exclusive. But to understand why. protective effect against diseases associated with aging. But normal metabolism causes free radical production.calorie restriction reduces all of the biomarkers for aging and lowers the risk of chronic diseases. According to this theory. including cellular DNA. leading to cells becoming overloaded with garbage. 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. stroke or diabetes. in fact the latest research suggests that aging is caused by a complex mix of internal and external factors. for the same reason. Research has also shown that calorie restriction may prevent changes in the brain caused by aging. calorie-restricted diets do something much better: they ensure there are much fewer of them circulating in the first place. we have to understand what causes aging. Animals on calorie-restricted diets do not show the age-related drop in immune system strength seen in their counterparts on regular diets. unsurprisingly a unified consensus about exactly how calorie restriction counteracts it has yet to be reached. is by breaking them down and then recycling them. During the two years between September 1991 and September 1993 eight scientists lived inside this enclosed ecosystem. But as the body ages. While antioxidants have been much touted for their ability to mop up these destructive molecules. 26 . is the free radical theory of aging. but they certainly have a much longer life expectancy than average because they’re most likely not going to die from a heart attack. which literally means “self-eating”. Another observed benefit was a decline in DNA damage. reduced oxidative damage to the immune system means greater resistance to disease. When it was not possible to grow as much food as anticipated within the Biosphere. However. Over 80 degenerative diseases are now known to be linked to free radicalinduced oxidative stress and all are manifestations of the same underlying process. since an earlier study found both traits in long-lived people. The study subjects. This in turn will benefit all systems of the body. such as oxidized fats and cross-linked proteins. Louis. Both are considered signs of longevity. including growing all their own food. Wear and tear theories are based on the view that aging is caused by damage done to our body cells and systems over time. a professor of medicine at Washington University in St. and the one that encompasses all of the others. Sub-theories include the waste accumulation theory. the mitochondrial damage theory and the molecular cross-linkage theory. Blood pressure. cholesterol and triglyceride levels all fell by at least 20 percent to extremely healthy levels. this process can become less efficient. 18 people who had been practicing calorie restriction for three to fifteen years showed dramatically reduced risk of developing diabetes or clogged arteries. cigarette smoke. alcohol and various beverages and processed foods. the faulty reconstruction theory. The results were astounding. One of the eight. Commenting on the study Holloszy said. until eventually we “wear out” completely. In a University of Wisconsin study on rodents. and following such a diet himself. Dr Stephen Spindler. But the most widely accepted wear and tear theory. which allowed no contact whatsoever with the outside world. The team members also exhibited enhanced immunity and an increased capacity to fight off illnesses. The group had to do everything needed for survival. 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. who had been studying the effects of calorie restriction on longevity. One noteworthy human study is the famous Biosphere II experiment. spent years studying the effect of calorie restriction on 11. Many raw fooders experience less than optimal health and energy because they consistently overeat. car exhaust fumes. and that both theories are partially correct. Using microchip technology he proved that the expression of many of these genes was actually reversed. A final fascinating effect of calorie restriction is on the bodily process of autophagy. aging occurs when free radicals damage the structures of living cells by a process known as oxidation. In a human study by John O. so it is not possible to make your body into a free radical free zone. Since there is still much disagreement about this among the medical community.” 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. “It’s very clear that calorie restriction has a powerful. and that gene expression changed rapidly to a pattern associated with lower mortality and better health. Holloszy. The damage continues to accumulate until it eventually manifests itself as some form of degenerative disease. A University of California professor. We don’t know how long each individual actually will end up living. Much of the damage is preventable if we avoid potent free radical generators such as pesticides and herbicides. Modern aging theories can be divided into two main categories: wear and tear aging theories and programmed aging theories. One way in which the body copes with the waste by-products of cellular life. with an average age of 50. And the best news is that animal studies suggest that calorie-restricted diets have the potential to offset both kinds of aging. was none other than UCLA gerontologist Roy Walford. 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. blood sugar. one of the biggest generators of avoidable free radicals is overeating. For example. the resident physician. Among the main findings was that calorie restriction led to decreases in insulin levels and body temperature. Free radicals are so reactive they can attach to and damage molecules that usually don’t take part in reactions. had the blood pressure readings of 10-year-olds.000 age-related genes in animals.
Try not to drink at mealtimes. Animal experiments into calorie restriction have shown that sudden weight loss can actually shorten lifespan. some guidelines about what to eat (and what not to eat) to get there. This is an article in itself. This is a good insurance policy against any deficiencies. and to have the tests re-done every six months or so to monitor progress. Don’t even think of reducing your calorie intake until you have completed the steps above. and meet your nutritional needs with that number of calories. The exception to this rule is that fruits mix well with green leaves. • • Eat fruit on its own. or you risk malnutrition. and you’ll stabilize at a lower weight. fellow raw food fans included. but in short. 2 3. millet Baked sweet potatoes 2. find a suitably qualified practitioner who can guide you through this whole process. Neither of these will help you in your quest to look and feel younger and to live longer. raw plant foods. at least half an hour before consuming your next meal. Or better still. When you start cutting calories. If you end up with a cocktail of these juices. fresh. it is a good idea to get blood tests done before you start to check your level of health and identify any existing deficiencies. A word about food combining 7 7. so the two foods can be mixed in salads. white sugar. Experiment with the free online diet analysis tools. • • 27 . With all the groundwork done. • • • • • • Sprouts of all kinds Leafy greens Fresh. It is best to finish drinking half an hour before a mealtime. organic fruits – especially berries Sea vegetables Smoothies. 5 6 6. Don’t mix concentrated proteins with concentrated carbs. White flour. and never as dessert. so it’s worth learning a few simple principles of food combining. if you’re not already doing this.com and fitday. different foods require the production of different digestive juices. ripe. juices and energy soups made from the above Lightly cooked vegetables and home-made vegetable soups and stews (not raw. and not to start again until at least an hour after. 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. 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 supplement with a high-quality multivitamin every day. with a salad and/or vegetables. nutridiary. so you want them releasing into your bloodstream at a manageable rate. ripe. Next. white rice and all other refined (aka empty) carbs Processed foods of all kinds Fried foods Meat – especially processed Pasteurized dairy Coffee.Calorie restriction with optimum nutrition – the raw way 1. 80% of your food intake will be made up of these foods on this list. In the early days at least. smoothies and juices. Our fat stores house many toxins. you are going to need help calculating the calories and nutrient content of your food. 3 Say goodbye to… • • • • • • These are the number one baddies to banish from your diet. and also leads to the creation of many toxic by-products. • • • • • • Oils Avocadoes Nuts and seeds Agave and other raw sweeteners Brown rice. Do just this and you will be doing better for your health and longevity than almost everyone around you. com. Have one or the other at each meal. But remember: science has only begun identifying all of the nutrients and co-factors essential for optimum health. so no amount of pillpopping can ever replace whole. alcohol and carbonated beverages 4. 4 5. Thanks to your body’s metabolism slowing down your weight loss will eventually stop. Consume in abundance… For real optimum nutrition. and no more. This greatly increases the energy the body needs to expend in processing what you eat. If you decide to go to the next level. you can stop here and you’ll still experience superior health and boost your chances of living longer. but a little goes a long way. as this dilutes digestive juices. quinoa. make sure you take it slowly and keep any weight loss gradual. Go easy on… These are all great foods to include. they cancel each other out and digestion grinds to a halt.
various combinations of meat. 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. Bran Buds & some multi-grain flakes) is low in fat and high in fiber. comes with no guarantees. If such remarkable results are being achieved from those practicing CRON the cooked way. Sadly he died at 79. and obese people are known to be at a higher risk for developing the disease. ■ 28 . Only time will tell what results may be possible by combining a low-calorie regime with the purest. Fiber One. Both readings were in the normal range by the time of her six-month follow-up appointment. It is a continuum. Lara discovered calorie restriction five years ago when a routine medical examination revealed her blood pressure and cholesterol to be elevated. she has more energy than ever before and is constantly being told she looks years younger. The frugal fare of the calorie restricted is not for everyone. the greater the effects. For example. For example. But logic suggests that if there is a diet for health. and as little as possible of the toxic wastes and by-products that destroy health. Dr Spindler and his colleagues showed that calorie restriction acts rapidly. 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. Unsurprisingly. 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. it is about the metabolic stress you’re not putting it under. and the scientific evidence mounts. theory of aging. The Anti-Aging Plan. but this is not a choice between existing on subsistence rations and laughing all the way into your second century. the UCLA gerontologist and Biosphere II’s calorie restriction pioneer adhered strictly to the lifestyle for several decades and in his book. the average person alive today in the western world eats substantially more calories than they need but is malnourished. or garbage catastrophe. I adopted several coping techniques to deal with hunger and to eliminate overeating of high-calorie foods. Walford stayed healthy and lived longer than most after a diagnosis of this disease. GrapeNuts. Broccoli tops covered with melted ultra (1%) cheese and a glass of skim milk makes a surprisingly filling breakfast. because what they eat falls far short of meeting the nutrient intakes required for optimum health. Since few people would contemplate a calorie-restricted regime. it’s not surprising that drug companies are tripping over each other in the race to get there first. For all its apparent complexity. most nutrient-rich raw and living plant foods. think again. the damage your cells are not suffering as a result. ensuring good traffic in my colon (reduced cancer-risk). whom we met at the start of this article. yet there would be few who would not take the pill that delivers its amazing benefits. Basically. human and animal studies consistently show that the longer the period spent on the diet. Restricting the diets of mice has been shown to reduce the build-up of these plaques. including autophagy itself = even slower autophagy – and so on. or eating the standard diet and reaping the standard results. But on balance.cell. Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative disorders. if you eat 400 calories worth of pasta with chicken – typical “CRON” fare –you’re going to have many more of those crazy. compelling though the scientific evidence is. rejuvenation and longevity. no doubt thanks to his healthy diet. Secondly. 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. of complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Clearly. Every step you can make towards meeting your nutritional needs in fewer calories is a step in the right direction. free radical damage is one of the leading causes of the changes we call “aging”. electron-deprived scavengers zipping around your body than if you’d consumed 400 calories worth of raw spinach and avocado salad. To put this in perspective. But it is never too late to start. you are taking in fewer substances which can cause cellular damage which interferes with the normal functioning of the body’s waste disposal system. Always health-conscious. fish and dairy with refined carbohydrates and cooked vegetables. As word about the effects of calorie restriction spreads. 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. On the previous page is our guide to getting started and finding your place on the “CRONtinuum”.” A leading life extension expert shares calorie-restriction strategies on his blog. the waste products that are therefore not being generated. there is simply less garbage to process. Today. even in old mice. 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. and little raw food. How not to eat “My judiciously chosen cereal (a mixture of Cheerios. in Alzheimer’s there is a build-up of plaques in the brain. Roy Walford. to extend remaining lifespan by 42% and to substantially reduce tumours as a cause of death. This means that it has all the nutrients and co-factors necessary to maintain health. But we predict this is one scientific quest that is doomed to failure. this is it. Calorie restriction works because of what you are not putting into your body. This has been termed the waste accumulation. more and more health seekers of all ages are shunning the “all you can eat” mentality and making mealtimes an exercise in mathematics. talked of living to 120-140 as a reasonable expectation for anyone doing the same. So it is worth remembering that this practice. 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. The pill that allows you to eat the SAD way and enjoy the benefits of the “eat less. 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. 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. Calorie-restricted diets work to avoid an internal “garbage catastrophe” in two ways: first of all.
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Among the most interesting discoveries were 27 international scientific publications reporting research on the subject. Dr. the closing statements made by the President of the host organization were. cooked “food”. Recently in Monte Carlo. we are on the front lines observing how the vitality within this dynamic nutrition rescues people back from the grips of demise. I concluded a three and a half year research. Several years ago. 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. Most often the baby boom generation is suspected to be the impetus behind this. 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. “The one distinguishing scientific phenomenon adding years to your life is the consumption of living foods consumed in conservative quantities”.promised jewels Dr Brian Clement gives his best advice for turning back the clock and enjoying superior physical and mental health at any age. It only makes perfect sense that this powerful cuisine would prolong the life of those committed consumers. Your mind has more to do with how many years you will survive MENU THE BODY THE MIND T DARKNESS Meat. they require less. will shorten a life and increase disease potential. we have many raw foodists who have led the way: as examples. 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 . that food consumption and its amount was the one governing factor that determines who would live longer and who would suffer less disease. forging their own path. When one ingests super nutritious foods. The next generation. When one is imbibing fresh raw juice. After three exciting days of exhibits and conferences on the latest. wheatgrass juice. oday we are not going quietly. For the first time in recorded history the population is striving to maintain youthfulness and thriving like they never have before. baked goods. Here at the institute. Throughout history. fresh juices Full initiation of aerobic and resistance exercise Clever Trusting Functional LIGHT Predominantly bioorganic living food. Norman Walker. Those making contributions and living a life of passion have a reason to live. Those caught in a cycle of self loathing are destined to desire demise. leading European anti-aging physicians gathered. will break through the veil of the last generation. Cheri Dipur. Although there has never been a human clinical study specifically looking at raw vegan food consumption. development and writing project which manifested into my book Longevity: Enjoying life without limits. Elma Nisson and Ann Wigmore. it quite often can replace a chewable selection. 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. it is propelled by one’s own self image. dairy. Conclusively each had found. immediately consumed after extraction. greatest methods and technology available to conquer aging. of which we are all a part with our elevated knowledge and deeper understanding via the role of diagnostic science. Long life is not a matter of genetics. Overconsumption of any food. including raw/living food. synthetic “food” Inactivity Negativity Injuries llness Negativity Fear Hostility Restriction ECLIPSE Lacto-ovo vegetarian “food”. sprout juice Flexibility Resilience Athleticism Endurance Confidence Creativity Courage Calm BRILLIANCE Pure bio-organic living-food diet.
helping the liver to cleanse blood cells. Brian Clement has directed Hippocrates Health Institute for 30 years. helps to balance hormones and squelches the biggest culprit in premature aging: hormonal imbalance. Valerian root This mild sleep aid helps people receive the necessary rest to accomplish greater physical and emotional health. dementia. See page 12 for details of his London lecture hosted by The Fresh Network. 32 . rich in minerals. contributory members of the worldwide human community. In my position. erectile dysfunction and loss of libido. cancer. In my Longevity book. Milk thistle This function regulator is essential for long life. String beans Rich in many minerals and help to protect the nerves. Its span of remarkable qualities make it valuable for those suffering arthritis. Daikon radish This Asian radish is a blood purifier. Dr. Pea green sprouts With their high enzyme count they help to diminish microbes. It also improves circulation and strengthens the tissue of the cardiovascular system. Kohlrabi This member of the cabbage family with its high sulphur content is anti cancer. Horsetail (Silica) This dynamic herb builds bones. memory and consciousness. determining whether or not it is worth the effort to fight on or just give up. heightening efficiency. 2008. Cabbage sprouts Combat digestive and eliminatory disorders and help to maximize nutrient absorption. diabetes. Fennel-seed sprouts Strengthen the oesophagus. is one of the most powerful known to man at the beginning of the 21st century. It is for each of us to cherish life at such a refined degree that we can’t wait for the next morsel. Quinoa sprouts This seed’s mineral and protein content make it a fine body builder and disease-preventing food. strengthen the eyes with their lutein content. abundant complete protein builds muscle and cell structure. combat digestive concerns (including ulcers). wisdom is gleaned. Longevity: Enjoying long life without limits. Rutabaga greens Help to maintain respiratory and sinus function. Dr. It is within our capacity to achieve such a goal. Jerusalem artichoke This root vegetable member of the sunflower family provides a wide cross section of minerals and blood-balancing nutrients. Also help to relieve bladder and kidney congestion and enhance prostate relief. This reduced taxation on the liver anatomically promotes long life. enhances skin and promotes hair growth and health. Turmeric Its active ingredient. helping to reduce blood sugars and providing ample minerals essential to both body and brain. yet body and mind are equal partners in the phenomenon we call longevity. promote sperm and ovarian secretion and strengthen both male and female sexual hormones. His recent book. Yellow squash Improves vision and helps to regulate menstruation. Elderberry seeds Strengthen and multiply brain neurons. but most important. flu). It is one’s birthright to establish a life that is both abundant and long. rhinoviruses (colds. and acts as a natural thermostat regulator. Meanwhile. among other things. Bilberry This herb helps to preserve vision and prevent eye disease. They also contribute to strengthening bone density and preventing many forms of cancer. aliment and astonishing activity will assure one of greater life span and gorgeous moments. Indian hemp Rich in omega 3 and 6. Over the last several decades. memory loss. 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. attitude. extensively portrays his and the institute’s research on how to achieve and sustain health and vigour throughout life. as well as digestive and eliminatory problems. As you see. fibroids. Allow pure food to fuel you. curcuminoid. On page 57. and also help to combat kidney. pro bone strength and helpful in digestive disorders. food plays a massive role in quality and length of life. allow clear and determined thought to guide you. Watermelon seed sprouts These succulent complete protein plants build tissue. GABA This amino acid activates human growth hormones. It is also used to pacify light to moderate depression as well as anxiety. cleaning unwanted debris and mucus from the body. whole food supplementation and herbs that build the brain. Also multiply the white blood cells and strengthen overall immunity. also improving circulation and cardiovascular health. It is this very consciousness that broadens our horizons and permits us to see ourselves in our mature years as productive. Clement will return to Europe on a lecture tour the first week of December. when sprouted. these sprouts help to prevent cysts. So in summary. ■ than any other single factor. osteoporosis and some forms of arthritis. I spend much time labouring the importance of brain health and mindful progression. it passes through the blood-brain barrier enhancing thought. Uva ursa sprouts Act as an astringent. 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). helping to prevent premature aging. Zingiver officinale (Jamaican ginger root) Helps to combat ovarian cancer. mutagens and pathogens. The British Journal of Medicine reported that onions are 25% more effective than pharmaceutical medicines in strengthening bone and tooth density. I have established a wide gathering of foods.Laminaria Asian kelp strengthens glandular function. cancer. this nutrient strengthens and multiplies neurons (brain cells). the birthplace of mind and consciousness. clarity and energy. Positive people in a passionate pursuit tend to live far longer than people entrapped in a negative cycle. Onion sprouts With their exceptionally high sulphur content. where I have the gift of spending time every day with people at a crossroads. bladder and lung concerns.
puffiness and dark circles. surprisingly. and in only 10 days see a different you. and really pay attention to what you are thinking. sagging muscles and aches and pains that they had never had before. (fresh. very similar: People were concerned about their weight making them look older. Check out her before and after pictures (overleaf) and her brief account of the highs and lows during her 10 day programme. They complained about poor skin tone. get to bed early. Let’s get started For the next 10 days you will make simple changes that take off years. When you wake up. I’ll give you tips that will help make this programme as easy as possible. You will exercise. By the third day of the programme you will have more energy and wake up more easily. 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. Your skin will look firmer. raw fruits and green salads). but for the first few days. but you do have control of how you are 34 . You may not have complete control of things that happen in your life. 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. your body thinner. in 10 days going to deal with them and how you take care of yourself. focused program. Ten days is nothing. 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. You are doing the program with Shaila. Yes. your jawline will sharpen. it’s true! You will look and feel younger. Are you ready to go for it? Isn’t it worth 10 years? You are not alone in this. You can change all that. and stop giving it the things that are keeping you looking and feeling old. Try this brief.10 years younger Roe Gallo outlines a health plan that will leave you feeling revivified and rejuvenated in just over a week. DAILY PROGRAMME Preparing for your day Wake up early! Make your morning relaxed and make time to prepare for a great day. Your muscles will start to firm and strengthen and your energy will soar. They felt dull all over. They felt a lack of energy and a lack of enthusiasm. eat only enhancing foods. The key to looking and feeling younger is taking great care of yourself from the inside out. flab and lack of energy is what. think about your day and how great it is to be alive. a 28-year-old counsellor and your personal guinea pig. What have you got to lose? Fat. your eyes will brighten and you’ll begin to get rid of drooping eyelids. They felt the stress in their lives showed through.
5. While showering. raw organic fruits and vegetables is all it takes to jumpstart your body’s own recovery system. 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. but powerful. 8. be sure to get plenty of essential fatty acids and vitamins A. 6. Break that comfortable pattern. I know you learned something!) that you can apply to the job you would love to do. Move it. List your goals for the day and prioritize them. Just 10 days on fresh. then immediately look at something at least 10 feet away. a smile. • • Some time during the day Read something current and interesting and talk about it with a friend. Adding more enhancing foods will make your healthier inside shine through. 7. You don’t need to be a gym rat. Think about what you love about your work and why you are doing what you do. think of the things and people you are grateful for and how fabulous your day will be. of freshly-squeezed orange juice (squeeze it and drink it immediately) 1-3 pieces of fresh fruit. depending on how hungry you are. Fresh fruit is high-water. If you work at home take at least 15 minutes preparing for your day in the same way. just make sure you move your body every day. Staying active. 3. See yourself at the end of your work day with your list complete and feeling great. Indulge in an in-SPA-rational visit A relaxing facial can make a big difference in keeping that fresh young glow. If you have children. Skin care should be about keeping your skin clean and feeding it with nutrients through your diet. a kiss a “good morning. C. Dress the part Clothing styles and colour can add unwanted years to your look. Several times during the day Exercise your eyes. move it Get your energy levels back to an all-time high with simple exercises to keep the spring in your step. Have a free consultation with a personal shopper to get ideas for your body type and colouring. something that makes you feel happy and look great. Breakfast • • • 16oz. see a movie. 2. And remember – you can always update your look with smart accessories. Hauschka for mascara and Jane Iredale for eye pencils and lips. On the 10-day programme you will get a full night’s sleep every night. so do you. Here’s a simple. skin and body looking better for it too. Now get out of the house – this is enough food! You are getting plenty of nutrients. 10. Visualize a great day Start your day with a positive attitude and a smile. stretch your entire body for about five minutes. Sleep on it Make sure to get your rest. So if gorgeous skin is your goal. Do this 10 times. 35 . 9. think about what you have learned from what you do (come on. 4. The tips in the daily programme will help you cut down on the stress that makes us all look and feel older. If you are with a partner. E and K.” an “I love you” and possibly a tickle is a wonderful way to get their day off to a great start. go dancing. My favourite brands are Dr. Pick out something wonderful to wear. this is it. Visualize the end of the day and how happy you’ll feel. family member or colleague. high-energy food and will get you going. D. Let him/her know how happy you are that you are together. Dress to impress yourself. As you get out of bed. a kiss. Clean it up How you care for your body on the inside will show up on the outside. focus.The 10 simple secrets that dissolve away the years 1. focus. A visit to a local spa is part of your 10-day plan. Over the next 10 days you’ll see and feel the difference. Smile When you are happy you will look and feel so much younger. a smile. You’ll feel great and you’ll notice your hair. or go for a picnic or a family bike ride. 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). Do something special and fun Make dinner plans. involved and interesting gives you a youthful energy that shows. Shower and get ready for your day. Making it up as you go A little bit of mascara goes a long way to make your eyes look brighter. Yes. Work your eyes and they will keep working for you. Preparing for work • If you drive or walk to work. Take the opportunity for eyebrow shaping and unwanted hair removal while you’re there! The skinny If your skin looks old. listen to a fun or uplifting book or music and if you don’t have a radio or an ipod. If you don’t love your work. sing. Pay attention to the fashion and grooming tips on the right. one: Look at something close. Lack of rest adds years to your appearance. Positive thoughts only! Plan your day.
some friends and felt bummed about not being able to pull things from the boat. 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. Lowlight None! Day 3 Highlight I noticed more energy and heightened endurance during my workout this morning. just a bump in the road on my way to seeing positive results. 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. and will probably go to bed early. and joined in with the party. my skin looks improved. Day 9: Highlight All my clothes fit better! Lowlight It’s not time to get a new wardrobe……. 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. but my hope is that I will start to resemble the 28 year old that I know I can be. Day 2 Highlight Only 9 days to go! Feeling proud that I made one whole day with fresh fruits and salads. Roe reminded me how far I had come. usually I am a bit of a grouch in the morning. Day 6 Highlight Was able to raise all my workout levels with ease and made it until 2p. She was far from the picture of youth and health so I dismissed her criticism as a bit of jealousy.m. without even thinking about food (I had 32oz of OJ in the morning). I work in a job that keeps me sedentary where 5 years ago I was an active college student.but I can see my jawline better.yet! Lowlight It’s 4th of July and there are temptations everywhere. 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. Lowlight I had lunch with a friend and she lectured me on how unhealthy my “diet” was and that I needed protein. and that before I would have had a whole slice not just a bite. I used to smell cooked things and think about how much I would enjoy that dish when my 10 days are up. My job is not to blame – I am! There are many ways in which I can infuse activity into my life. but now I can associate it with how bad I felt before I started this. I couldn’t have slept in even if I wanted to because I had so 36 . Lowlight Went to a sushi restaurant with Day 7 Highlight Woke up naturally today for the first time. 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. So here I am. I went from a fresh. I was more than satisfied. vibrant. 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. my hair feels better and I am visibly more confident. My husband complimented me on my sunnier disposition. It was only a bite. 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. orange slices and watermelon cubes.I am 28 years old but I feel and look much older. but I was so angry with myself. Day 8 Highlight My taste buds and cravings are changing. much energy. Lowlight I cheated! I was shopping for my groceries when I was lured to a sample table giving away bite-sized samples of pizza. For example. 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. Day 5 Highlight Feeling great about being half way through and starting to notice my skin clearing up and my clothes fitting better. I asked the waitress if they had any salads or fresh fruit and sure enough she brought me a cucumber salad. I can’t see this as a failure. Lowlight I am feeling tired and a little weak. slim 23 year old to a dull and pudgy 28 year old. Day 10: Highlight I looked at my after picture and was amazed! It may not be much only 5 pounds . Where I usually tap out at 45 minutes of cardio I was able to go an hour easy. My body feels satiated but my brain still wants to order a pizza! I’ll resist the urge for now.
There’s always time to work your muscles. fresh and younger looking you. fitness. take time to rest from the day. Work Work with passion. hot bath with candlelight. For more information see roegallo. If you can’t or don’t want to go to a gym. you have time for this. a great jump start! It’s a small commitment of your time so that you can see and feel significant results quickly. nutrition. motivational speaker and life coach. You’ll feel rejuvenated and you’ll love how good your skin will look. You don’t need a lot of money to make yourself feel special. dance. Example: avocado and mango over a bed of rocket (arugula) is a delicious salad. 37 . No matter how busy you are. Go to my website for more ideas and sign up for the free web version of the “10 years in 10 days” programme. waiting in line – basically anywhere. 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. Do pushups. bike. No excuses! That great body is inside you. Meditate. On the 10-day program.Breaks and snack 1-2 pieces of fresh fruit. carrots. but make sure that you take at least two every day. Lunch and dinner Choose either an all fruit meal or a salad. She also offers health coaching for individuals. it is common to feel worse before you start feeling better. even if they are raw. to “clean house” on a cellular level. PhD is an author. cuddle and talk about positive and loving things. gives you more energy to do an even better job. If you have a partner. make love. have two to three pieces and if you are still hungry after that wait an hour and have more. healthier dietary regimen. tea. Get a massage. Or listen to music. throwing them back into the bloodstream for elimination. pull-ups. Eating a mish-mash of food combinations. your body takes the stored caffeine and theobromine out of the cells. sex and personal power.you will need more than 10 days to do that – but it’s a great beginning. I also suggest you make an appointment with either a personal shopper or make-up consultant. zucchini. crunches and yoga. I recommend a good exfoliating and hydrating facial. so the symptoms will not be too bad. but to feel great by the fourth day! Go for it! This program is not designed to change your behaviour permanently . and ask them to make a couple of recommendations. For a salad choose organic greens with one or two of the following: raw and organic avocado. So when you begin a new. Read a romance novel. Tell them you want a new. will give you indigestion and will hinder the assimilation of necessary nutrients from your food. A break should be pleasurable and relaxing. Take a long. Go to sleep happy. at your desk. She lectures and writes on health. a manicure and/ or a pedicure.com. Lunch could be a few pieces of fruit and a brisk walk or a spin class. Before you go to sleep. There are different ways to take a break. Think or talk about all the good things that happened throughout your day and what you are grateful for. When you stop ingesting stimulants. This may happen to you on this 10-day programme. Or perhaps you would prefer something active like taking a walk. or chocolate. Whatever makes you feel happy. or work out with Billy Blanks (I love his “Boot Camp” workout). Have walking meetings and take the stairs. but doing it makes you feel like a million dollars. use your body as a gym. It is quite common to feel headachey and tired by the second or third day. She is the author of Perfect Body and Overcoming the Myths of Aging. or some other raw fruit or veggie. exercise and attitude. You time This is time just for you. Walk (briskly). read a chapter of a great book or just take a few minutes to centre yourself and quiet your mind. 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. If you choose fruit. tomato. You can also do isometrics (isolating muscle contraction without the use of weights) in your car. don’t miss the opportunity to let it out! Roe Gallo. Down time from work. Give yourself (or treat yourself to) a facial. even work you enjoy. Hang out with people that you love and enjoy. Maybe a quick email or call to someone you love just to tell them you love them. ■ 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. and for companies wishing to revitalize their workforce with healthier diet. Do things that are fun. During this 10-day program make sure to get out at least twice for play time. Exercise Make sure that you allow at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise. run. Laugh. Don’t forget your weight-bearing exercises. take a spin class. Play time Remember to allow for play. This chemical imbalance usually results in a headache. A good night’s sleep can definitely make you look and feel years younger. kiss. This is not a fast. such as coffee. your body starts to detox.
severe backache. By the age of 17 I was acidified. Use chemicals as a last resort. This led to radical changes in my concentration and ability and I won all kinds of awards in maths and physics. no other spa has the facilities or educational environment of the Hippocrates Institute. I graduated in theoretical mathematics and worked in the computer field for five years. I learned carpentry and gardening and I also did a lot of writing. 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. Blue-green algae turned me around within a month. you talked about the eating disorder you suffered for many years after going raw. we began using a new breed of chemicals called nutraceuticals: whole food concentrates and superfoods. But I never became severely enzymatically depleted. because I had the knowledge and the good sense to take enzyme supplements. hair dropping out. All that emotion was coming to the surface. In your book Survival In The 21st Century. I consulted with Norman Walker and other naturopathic practitioners. That was usually around 16-20 hours a day and it was all volunteer work. very advanced arthritis and tremendous psychological difficulties. the hypothalamus creates protein complexes that reflect the thought. I started to realize I could get a lot further by changing my diet than by listening to doctors. Later. observing everything and experiencing psychic insights and euphoria.living foods Viktoras Kulvinskas tells Sarah Best about his journey from sickness to health. 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. For 10 years I was close to death from bulimia. wrinkles all over my face and other signs of rapid aging. we emigrated to the US and I immersed myself in the dietary habits of the day. My symptoms included the loss of sensation in one leg. 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. My grandmother also had this ability. I had migraine headaches. In 1958. With every thought that you have. Negativity has such a paralysing influence. During my teenage years. It’s just as polluting as eating meat or being in a polluted environment. The Smithsonian Institute and Harvard. I worked on high-profile contracts with the Apollo Mission. I put together Ann’s first book Be Your Own Doctor and went out on the road with it. which is a common problem among bulimics. his battle with bulimia. diet and exercise. I also had a great deal of childhood trauma. founded on the true principles of the Hippocratic oath: Do no harm. But I’d feel so sick afterwards that I would throw up. I had a black iris when I started and Dr Jensen said I was a walking zombie. I became very inwards and I didn’t speak until the age of 16. Please speak a little about your early years. including Bernard Jensen. Today. I was born in pre World War Two Lithuania and grew up on a very primitive farm. the programme that healed him. There was no electricity and we grew most of our own food. the M. and thank God I found my way to this path.I. I used deep levels of meditation as a way of quieting the mind. 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. How did that come about? She created a position for me where I could work the hours I wanted. Focus on rest. 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 was insomniac so started to experiment with relaxation as an alternative to sleep. The benefits of the living foods lifestyle are hard to dispute. I felt much better when I ate undesirable cooked foods since they stopped the cleanse. I lived the life of a mystic. The father of 39 . and we’re getting great results. Ann and I started the Hippocrates Health Institute. Then I met Dr Ann Wigmore and started working for her. Could you speak about that now? When I started detoxing on raw food I was a basket case. but it’s not always plain sailing. Use the least invasive treatments. But I have a type-A personality and by the age of 29 I was forced to retire due to physical disability.T.
“Get that away from me”. including the death of close friends and also animals that were close to her. There was not enough warning. 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’re 40 . That took a lot of time out of her day. We have more businesses than ever producing ethical. Use the medical community for diagnosis. She accomplished an unbelievable amount considering her limitations. Raw food has a very high volume of saturation right now. If she had found it earlier. even if we live to 70 or 80 or 100 that’s not long. still continuing to give love. 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. If you feel discomfort. Holistic practitioners are not very good at diagnosis but you can find out what’s wrong with you first and then go there. longevity and increased quality of life. 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. Youkta had a much more sensitive system than I. at which over a dozen nations were represented. When I started detoxing on raw food I was a basket case. They won’t eat anything spontaneously. She was joyful and happy until the end. She administered darshan to doctors and nurses. She is sorely missed. None of us live long. and raw restaurants are appearing everywhere. She was like a love ball. Outside of that. Yet fast food eaters are the most rigid of all about their diet. Like me. vegetables and so on. It’s breaking up families and breaking up relationships because individuals are becoming polarized into more dead or more alive. Get it looked at. She was subjected to a tremendous amount of stress during her last couple of years. Our so-called “compulsion” is creating younger. Show them an apple or a salad and they’ll say. until it kicked into action. Sooner or later we all say I’m done with this and I’ve done what I wanted to. health-enhancing products but at the same time the multi-national drugs companies and agribusiness conglomerates are also expanding their reach. How important is it to be 100% raw? At the last Raw and Living Foods Summit. morning and evening. There’s a raw food spa in every country right now. she would probably still be here now. All that emotion was coming to the surface. When she got into the living foods lifestyle she had been in a coma with liver damage. It has been said that we live in a time of great polarity. You’ll see more raw fooders willing to eat opportunistically. we agreed that 100% raw seems to be very important for the duration of any healing or cleansing/ detoxification programme. She was a woman of great drive and energy and she helped a lot of people. Many people around the world were shocked and saddened when your wife Youkta passed away last year. 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. She ended up living for two months and we were able to make the transition and have all her close friends come. ballerinas and Hollywood stars are all sick. They came to see her because she uplifted them. don’t put it off. and also the unhealthiest. She had students everywhere and she gave a lot of gifts during this incarnation. Youkta came out of a very dysfunctional family with severe childhood abuse. She had issues in her gastro-intestinal tract and eventually it gave out. She was very dedicated. At the same time fast food is exploding and disease statistics are exploding. you’d eat the whole grain that the pasta was made out of. As a young woman she tried different programmes. But she was living a day at a time and she didn’t want to deal with it. But they weren’t able to make any promises that that would do anything so she decided not to. plus legumes. We have access to the healthiest food ever. including macrobiotics. I had stronger genetic material so it had less of an effect on me. So the best athletes. Then she read my book. There is a time for everyone to go. than fast food eaters slipping into raw food eating. When she finally went to the doctor she was told she only had a day or two to live unless she had surgery. She died in a heroic fashion. 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. 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. Love Your Body. healthier. We were both suicidal as children. That must have been an unimaginably difficult time for you both. in 2007. to dive into a pizza or a veggie burger. Could you speak to this? The raw food movement is exploding.You have said some interesting things about orthorexia. more virile bodies.
It’s all about the level of sanitation inside the body. Just like an alcoholic or a smoker. But the Moscow Psychiatric Institute treated all forms of psychiatric disease through fasting for 30 days. or water with lemon and cayenne and a bit of sea salt. Thinking in terms of investment. Pancreatic cancer is the most serious form of cancer. and yet another reason to adopt a raw and living foods lifestyle. only incurable personalities. Our physiology. 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. 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. you will exercise and you will eat fermented foods. Take a bowl of cooked oatmeal. If you are filthy and rotting inside because of corpses you’ve consumed. longer and get fewer injuries. if you are taking immuno-suppressant drugs or have a stomach ulcer. I get up between 3am and 4am when at home in Montezuma. eat a 90% green diet. 1 and 2 respond to enzymatic intervention. The power of enzymes is very easy to demonstrate in any kitchen. adequate exercise. cancer and doctors. 100. It will also taste sweeter because they break the starch down into sugars. People are usually told they have between six weeks and three months to live.000 medical doctors as members. now we’re heading towards 7 billion. Let’s talk about enzymes. Now we are much more compromised. taking the position that not only is a vegan diet adequate. Sprouted grains are very tantric. I’ll have green tea. In 1918. I add soaked sesame. I often start the day with a workout. the animals most similar to us. You don’t need a laboratory. some dulse and a sweet onion. that’s a good indication you’re on your way out. What do you eat on a daily basis? I base my diet around enzyme-rich and alkaline greens and sprouts. but anything contrary to it is contrary to good health. often training medical staff. There were 1 billion people on the planet when I was born 70 years ago. Thank God I did! I feel better now than I did in my 20s. The most prescribed product in Germany is enzymes. oats and quinoa are my four favourites. So in your opinion. You won’t be able to pour it but sprinkle enzymes over it and soon you will. The Physicians’ Desk Reference lists eight kinds of enzymes. The Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine has over 3. this is the next Apple. All futurists say we’re due for a massive plague that will wipe out 2-4 billion people. The three leading causes of death are cardiovascular disease. a very important part of your life’s work… The raw food movement’s gift to the medical community is enzymes. There was very little recurrence of disease as long as they followed the vegan diet and continued fasting for two weeks a year. Dr Max Wolf has been treating cardiovascular disease with enzymes and achieving a 95% success rate. Close to 80% of Americans are sick with “incurable” diseases the medical profession can’t do anything about. buckwheat. raw greens every day. in which case sprinkle it on your food. Green foods and fermented foods are the keys to building your immunity against infections. Doctors using enzyme therapies are getting close to an 80% success rate in turning around cancer. In 2000.looking at penetrating the mainstream. relaxation and a vegan diet. I have cereal made of sprouted grains – wheat. In the US. It’s the next trillion-dollar market. the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that the average alternative practitioner was earning more than the average family care physician. 50 million people died due to an epidemic of infectious influenza.000 people a year die of influenza and other infectious diseases. I used to love McDonald’s and the fact I could get three meals a day there for less than $1 each. some cold pressed olive oil. but if you are interested in the science you can visit enzymeuniversity. They increase the libido. a flax cracker. I have that with a little sea salt. sunflower and pumpkin seeds and mix it with one cup of water and a carrot and blend it to a cream. can everyone thrive on a vegan diet? If you have the will to go through the detox you can thrive on a vegan diet. so if you want to be around in 2012 you will become a vegan. The only contraindications are if you’re haemophiliac. IBM or Yahoo stock. 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. Everyone needs what is being offered here. There are no incurable diseases. 41 . It is available on prescription there and it is a drug without side effects. It was a blessing that I collapsed when I did. You have said some alarming things about infectious disease as a major threat to humanity. This flagship nutrient of the raw food movement is broken down first when exposed to heat. Many coaches are putting athletes on enzymes and finding they train harder. I’ve taught and still teach enzymatic theory and therapy all over the world.com. It’s a grass roots revolution – the “wellness revolution”. Negative stuff is what’s causing cravings for comfort foods that make you feel more comfortable because they suppress emotional complexes. Many years ago I appeared on TV with a medical doctor who was saying we need meat. After my workout I’ll have a green juice and/or wheatgrass juice. Apes. I grow wheatgrass hydroponically with sea water. But even pancreatic cancer has been cured using enzymes. physiognomy and anatomy are that of a plant eater. and all disease lies in faulty enzymes or lack of enzymes. If readers email me I will send them the protocol for making sauerkraut and growing wheatgrass. Mental disease is a toxic condition. which has all known minerals and is the ultimate fertilizer.
But it’s certainly not an essential as far as being healthy. so everyone needs to take an enzyme supplement. Big things that help are: eat only when hungry. and plenty of joy and laughter. 5. If I’m on a bodybuilding programme I’ll have more sprouted grains. eat smaller meals. At the entry level everyone is severely depleted of enzymes and many have difficulty digesting raw food. but don’t hang out with them as a friend. Always ripened fruits. This is a nutritional revolution. Start eating more and more raw foods. Spend time with people who are uplifting. Suffering and pain are our greatest teachers. Start sprouting. 6. 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. Most people need to drink at least an ounce of water per pound of body weight. This is our rejuvenation issue. it nurtures friendly bacteria. It’s not just that it contains methylxanthines. so that throughout the day I will have 400600 calories every 2-3 hours. This is a nutritional revolution. The body can handle about 20% acidic foods and all fermented foods are also acidic. practice zone therapy and acupressure. Fermented foods provide protection against pathogenic micro-organisms and microbes – you’ll become invulnerable to infectious diseases. 2. Because of social conditioning we do bad things and we become addicted to these. Sometimes I’ll have a fruit meal – maybe papaya. More than that causes spoiling of food in your system. the direction of the future. 4. it is also very irritating to the system. Make fermented food. including cayenne capsules for her circulation. Now I see young 60 year old ladies romancing 25 year old men. alternately being called the superfood of superfoods. And it is almost always eaten with a large amount of sweetener. happy life? You’re on the right path – just keep on doing it. But if you’re sick it’s not something that’s part of any healing programme. Change is not easy. know where all the meridian points are. 7. Support all the education going on in your neighbourhood and read good books. People are getting younger at older ages. My grandmother had Alzheimer’s but I gave her five supplements. There’s nothing you can’t do if you do all this. 2-3 cups each time. Don’t judge yourself. Photographs of Viktoras Kulvinskas by Jennifer Girard and Jeni Cook respectively. and within four weeks she was out of bed with full mental capacity taking care of a family of five. and chew your food thoroughly.org. Nurture yourself with live foods. At the Hippocrates Institute. plantain or pineapple. Forgive yourself for all failures. What is your personal take on it? Cacao is a food of entertainment. I’ve seen young ladies in their 70s having relationships with guys in their 30s. With the benefit of all of your experience and expertise. 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. Jesus said to love others and love yourself and I would add love your body. Touch your body. Later.New to raw? Viktoras’s seven secrets of success 1. supplements. Try to have one meal a day that is all raw and then try to have one day a week that is all raw. We need to listen to the body. what are the top pieces of advice would you give our readers for leading a healthy. and pray for the right answers. and a druglike toxin that is the most damaging raw food we can consume. 42 . We all of us know everything we need to know to be healthy. People are getting younger at older ages. bluegreen algae. Cacao has caused much controversy in the raw movement. I have an avocado soup with greens. exercise. and is loaded with enzymes and B-complex vitamins. This gives the body a chance to have good chemistry and expel waste. What comes to mind for you when you think of raw rejuvenation? I remember when 60 was considered old. low in acidity. How much food is the right amount? If blended up it should never equal more than three cups in size. Do it gradually and support yourself with supplements and it’s very easy. Just remember this is the right direction. ■ For more information see Viktoras. seeds and nuts. The least acidic fermented food is sauerkraut. small meals. People who bring you down or are into self abuse are people you can help as a coach if you feel moved to. Take blue-green algae and enzymes and a mild herbal laxative at bedtime because the digestive tract is very sluggish. It contains high levels of antioxidants and other valuable nutraceutical components. Cultures that are long-lived always include at least one form of fermented food on a daily basis. 3.
once considered odd. 44 . W e all know that as we age it is common to also expand. says Paul Nison. sleep more soundly. You will lose weight. just try making this simple adjustment and experience for yourself the great results. 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. and have better digestion and more energy.Breaking the nighttime eating habit For optimal health have your last meal of the day earlier and say goodbye to evening snacking. Nothing takes our youthfulness and energy quicker than gaining too much weight. Without changing any food in your diet. We can’t be healthy and youthful and overweight. or at least cut back and eat less as the day goes on. has become the norm. But being overweight.
I would say it is more like 95%! Dr. Who is responsible for this? Technology is making our life so simple. move it to 7pm. Instead of explaining this. TV is very stimulating. I remember as I was growing up. Cutting out that night-time eating is not something that can be easily done in a short time. it’s not just the foods we consume. your overall health will improve and you will look and feel younger. On a side note. then bring it forward. If you decide to experiment with the “no-dinner diet”. lung disease and other issues all run in the family. So if you usually eat at 9pm. Now doctors are saying NES may run in families. TV addicts are not usually to be found raiding the fruit and vegetable drawer. According to my observations.I’m not selling any magic potion here nor putting you under any spell. they will all suffer from the same disease. people just don’t have time to think. Now they have given people an excuse to enjoy that late-night snack. According to reports. scientists believe 1. but the addiction to it is worse than I ever imagined. Eat the bulk of your food earlier in the day and make dinner a fruit meal or light salad. The most popular habit we have as a society is eating too much and too often. • • • • something to eat. now many cities in the world never sleep and people never stop eating. and when it is over. or even a smoothie or juice. When you’re comfortable with this. They call it “Night-time Eating Syndrome” (NES). said the condition was not merely a habit but a real clinical illness marked by changes in hormone levels. 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. Become a leader! ■ is an internationally recognized writer. But this is about behaviour more than genetics: if they all have the same eating pattern. And they don’t find the time to eat during the day so they get out of balance and overeat late at night. They consume most of their foods between the hours of 8pm and the following morning. For years. I now use my personal experiences as a guide as to whether something is or isn’t good for me. His latest book. there were a few foods he’d need to avoid. The Raw Food Formula For Health. It’s time to change our addictions into habits and break them. there is no reason to worry. The more people I saw that were doing something. I’ve been telling people that obesity. This article is based on the concept from his upcoming book. You see. from work schedules to restaurant hours to wanting to fit in socially. People are working later at their jobs and getting home later in the evening. the more I thought it was okay and “normal. So the answer is simple: just eat less at night and the problem will take care of itself. professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. I would look at people around me and watch what they were doing. But we do not have to be followers. Breaking this pattern should be simple. Naturally overeating at night is going to affect hormone levels. eat at 8pm. In suggesting that people introduce some simple changes. Cell phones. There is great wisdom in this old saying.” Living in this way provides the perfect excuse not to take responsibility for our actions. 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. This man told me he would rather take insulin than have to live without being able to enjoy those foods. chips. and watching it right before going to sleep seems to affect the quality of sleep a person receives. start by making your last meal of the day lighter. or limit yourself to one hour a night. I have made many connections over the years between television and overeating – especially overeating unhealthy foods. so they are eating meals later. they may consume on average 500 calories a day more than normal eaters. Because so many people are now eating late at night. If you can stop eating each day before 6pm. and you’ll also notice a massive improvement in your energy. 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. Obviously this would lead to weight gain. waking periodically to take a bite. And the most prevalent food addiction of all is also one of the least talked-about: eating late at night. doctors tell people they have a serious disorder and give them drugs to deal with it. Night-eaters are known to take in fewer calories than other people during the day and often skip breakfast. BlackBerries. lack of sleep and many other issues. They often fall asleep with the television on and the remote in one hand and food in the other. these foods are now made with more addictive chemicals and excess sugar than ever before. They react and follow what everyone else is doing. speaker and raw food chef. For more information see PaulNison. “Well everyone else is doing it so it must be okay. doctors created a new disorder. and so on. It’s no wonder these people can’t sleep! They are on drugs and stressed out. 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. lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper. cakes. who first spotted the symptoms in 1955. but it’s a great goal to strive for. you are on your way to curing the issue. Albert Stunkard. computers. The first place to overcome an addiction is to admit you have a problem. is reviewed on page 10 of this issue. But most of humanity is still stuck thinking. Plan in advance what you will watch. Either stop watching television completely. I have heard every excuse in the book. New York City was once the city that never sleeps. 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.” It has taken me many years to move away from this thinking. pizza and popcorn. Once you do that. We can be leaders. You’ll sleep better. They almost invariably choose snacks high in refined carbohydrates – foods like cookies. Night-time eating has become one of the most underrated causes of obesity.com Paul Nison 45 . nor for the results. you will find it much easier to shed any excess weight. While they do not always gorge themselves. just trying to help you break what may be your most harmful addiction. right? Wrong! It is making us lazy and keeping us more occupied than ever before. but when and how often we consume them that holds the key to achieving our goals. including depression.5% of the general population might be sufferers. The No Dinner Diet.
.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.
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.
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”. ■
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
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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Most of the remainder is processed into junk food mainstays such as high-fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated soybean oil. third-world countries and the environment. And flow they do. This is a phenomenon that exists throughout the western world. with an increasingly unsustainable price paid by smallscale farmers. the majority of the harvest is turned into animal feed. to the meat and dairy industries. either directly or indirectly. pollution and poverty. 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. but a host of other benefits such as heavily subsidized land. Why? Because of Big Agribusiness’s influence over government policy. 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.Almost three-quarters of US government agricultural aid goes.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. For example. 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. That prize goes to Japanese cows. Confused? You should be. grain and water. 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. which receive $7. And in the past few decades. 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. In other words. But the US government is far from alone in demonstrating a profound disconnect between its health and environmental policies and its agricultural policies. to the meat and dairy industries cost less than an apple? Sarah Best on why meat and dairy are anything but cheap. Yet the world’s wealthiest nations continue to give more than $300 billion of subsidies to their farmers every year. Today they are a wasteful and destructive anachronism. At epidemic proportions are the diseases caused by an excess of cheap food. Subsidies began in times of hardship – during the Depression in the United States and after World War Two in Europe. 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”. 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. Vegetable and fruit growers. Western countries are drowning in food surpluses.” The unfair advantage enjoyed by livestock farmers includes not only direct payments. In both cases. Did you know that each European cow attracts the equivalent of $2. enabling meat and dairy to flood the market as cheap commodities. meanwhile. muddle by with an almost non-existent 0. not by a lack of it. “What makes this even more remarkable is that the EU’s cows aren’t the most heavily subsidized in the world.50 every day. 51 .37 per cent. They also have seemingly bottomless budgets when it comes to lobbying activities designed to ensure the handouts continue to flow. 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. either directly or indirectly. the biggest food producers have steadily gained the lion’s share. But if these subsidies were really “for the greater good”. We are told that agricultural subsidies are necessary to guarantee a fair income for farmers and ensure food security. no matter what the price tag may say.
. 101 Reasons Why I’m A Vegetarian. to take one iconic processed food-like substance as an example. But while most industries have been required to adapt their “More people die because of the way they eat than by tobacco use.Colin Campbell. Cheap as chips? Several years ago. Our governments are supporting the production of the very foods that are responsible for the biggest problems of our time with irrigation water. as well as the packaging and a hefty marketing budget. the environment and the taxpayers. “Compared with a bunch of carrots. .” Michael Pollan. 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.” The 2006-2007 Annual Report of the President’s Cancer Panel.“ 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. but extend to exemption from the environmental legislation other industries have to comply with by law. involving no fewer than 39 ingredients. hydrogenated corn and soybean oils.” Pamela Rice. So shouldn’t the government be leading us to better nutrition?” T. New York Times. a package of Twinkies. “beef mountain”.200 calories of cookies or potato chips and 875 calories of soda.g. We heavily subsidize the growth of foods (e. high fructose corn syrup. corn. and we know what to blame: diet. 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. including cancer. Poverty is one world problem the current system of agricultural subsidies has to answer for. you need look no farther than the farm bill. let alone export their produce. 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. so livestock producers can enjoy the kind of bargains usually only seen in the January sales all year round. “There is no way to put a dollar figure on it all.g. All this. The heavy burden is transferred back to several victims that are unable to fight back: the animals. and more. accidents or any other lifestyle or environmental factor. But did you know these gluts are often dumped in the third-world at rock bottom prices? Farmers in developing countries can’t compete. has led to the coining of the phrase “welfare ranching”. hightech piece of manufacture. so are unable to operate in their own markets. Pollution is another. but only 250 calories of carrots and 170 calories of orange juice. The privileges don’t stop there. if it simply had to pay its own clean-up costs it would cease to be economically viable. is a highly complicated. The China Study. As Pamela Rice writes in her book 101 Reasons Why I’m A Vegetarian. The purchaser may appear to get the mother of all bargains at the cash register. many themselves elaborately manufactured. Subsidies have turned the unhealthiest and least ethically produced foods into the cheapest foods. and therefore the ones that get consumed the most. water and grain that factory farming relies on. “butter mountain” and “milk lake”. grain-fed cattle) are known contributors to obesity and associated chronic diseases. soy) that in their processed forms (e. Leaving aside the subsidized land. 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.. “Current agricultural and public health policy is not coordinated. In many supermarkets you can buy a whole chicken for less than the cost of a bag of organic kale. obesity researcher Adam Drewnowski discovered that a dollar buys 1. We know that the incidence of obesity and diabetes is skyrocketing and that Americans’ health is slipping away. You’ve probably heard of the EU’s fabled “grain mountain”. but that doesn’t mean that they – and we – are not paying dearly for these foods in other ways.
and healthful nondairy beverages in school lunches and food assistance programs.91% Grains 13. Brisbane. livestock farmers are curiously exempt from measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Hong Kong. vegetarian foods. and yet we are paying $11. The result? An almost immediate 25 per cent drop in the incidence of cardiovascular disease. The Guardian. just a restructuring of the subsidies that have turned these foods into cheap commodities. But a Germany-based organization called Foodwatch is determined to see all this change.2 litres of milk and 1.” Salvatore Arico. legumes. 1995-2005. Dairy 73. and author of Mad Cowboy. cattle-rancher-turned-vegan. the cows could touch down in London.” Charlotte Denny and Andrew Clark.ways in response to concern for the environment. and (3) to ensure that federal subsidies encourage the consumption of products low in fat and cholesterol. Hanoi.” The American Medical Association in a resolution passed by the AMA House of Delegates in 2007. Anyone who thinks this would be a bad idea can take heart from the example of Poland.23% Meat. . “The European Union spends enough money each year on farmers to pay for a round the world trip for all 21m European cows. the irrigation water. the grazing on public lands. It is calling for a radical restructuring of agricultural subsidies and the introduction of emissions taxes and environmental duties for livestock farmers. Thanks to the generosity of Europe’s taxpayers. 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. or health care.80% “RESOLVED. grains. 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. These costs would be passed on to the consumer in the shape of vastly increased prices for meat and milk products. Scientists who studied the phenomenon declared it “without precedent in peacetime”. while avoiding social fragmentation and irreversible deterioration of the environment. agriculture remains a blind spot in most governments’ climate protection policies. fruits. Current average consumption in the UK is considerably higher at 4. UNESCO biodiversity expert. And it wouldn’t take a fallback to wartime-style rationing to achieve the necessary drop in meat and dairy consumption.21 for every $12 of something that is helping kill one out of every two Americans today. Fruits 0. the electricity. or only after. US government’s subsidies for food production. Raratonga.” Howard Lyman. Los Angeles and San Francisco and still have enough left over for £400 spending money each. 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). Siem Reap.37% Sugar. ■ “In the US we can buy a hamburger for 79 cents. The Polish government stopped propping up the country’s meat industry in 1995.6kg (3. For example. Starch. How many people – even in America – would go and spend that amount of money on meat? We can’t afford roads. Oil.1lb) of meat is necessary to avoid runaway climate change. (2) to provide vegetables. The same hamburger meat would cost over $12 if it were not for the American taxpayers subsidizing the grain. Shanghai. Alcohol 10. 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.69% Nuts and Legumes 1. ” 53 “Modern agriculture will have to change radically if the international community wants to cope with growing populations and climate change. that our American Medical Association support efforts (1) to reduce health disparities by basing food assistance programs on the health needs of their constituents. or schools. agribusiness gets special treatment. Source: Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine Vegetables.5lb) of meat. Singapore.
which incorporates the new information from colonoscopies with the undeniably amazing results people have achieved through cleansing. 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. Because the colon spends much time drawing out water from the mix. they used a combination of powerful digestive enzymes to soften the unwanted material. With great success. much toxic waste is produced as they proliferate. calcific spurs on bones.Clean on the inside? Dao Earl investigates a little-understood paradox and explains why colon cleansing is an important part of your health regime. The failing of this explanation should not overshadow the many thousands of people who have found benefit from the practices. So. With the creative and enquiring minds of a couple of maverick colonic hydrotherapists. and even the brain is subject to the accumulation of certain metals and toxins. the alternative therapists know there is something wrong with the bowel that affects the whole body. You have also probably heard the rumour that. 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. and indigestible fibre to sweep the contents out. So. The idea is that with each ‘less than ideal’ meal. I was determined to get to the bottom of this (pun intended). with colonoscopy. and giving rise to candida. and then another – so the popular wisdom goes – until the inside of your colon is covered. along with its many symptoms of ill health. “We must arrive at an evolved understanding. and houses the detrimental bacteria that give off endless waves of toxic materials. acids in the muscle and fat reserves. Variations on this theme. fasting and detox. is that there is a heavy toxic load on the bowel. this grim coating inhibits the uptake of nutrients. unless you follow an ideal diet and detox regularly. to dramatically reverse this degeneration of the bowel. and then other components to sweep it away. which was unavailable to those proposing the above principles. the real situation. Instead of being swept away by the next meal of fibrous green matter. as all organs do: In the kidneys and gall bladder this saturation would become stones. it seems. stinking mess continue to pour from my clients. Either way. this material become like tyre rubber. So surely we must arrive at an evolved understanding. and being one of the first (it seems) to admit this minor hiccup in our founding premise of colon care. and this inhibiting of blood flow aids the toxic build-up. But it is supposition until proven in any way. it is possible to cobble together a likely explanation. 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.” We know that food that has had its inherent enzyme content destroyed through cooking. bowel muscles are more prone to this than other muscles. tar clusters in lungs. coated and impacted. 54 . the bowel wall becomes saturated and collects what material it cannot cleanse itself of. Meanwhile. will tend to ferment rather than digest. But let’s keep this in context. claiming that if the hardened mucus does not exist. which incorporates the new information from colonoscopies with the undeniably amazing results people have achieved through colon cleansing. Once truly aged and hard. and all I can offer them is my own hypothesis. slows the passage of material through the bowel. and that it is also reversible. along with a juice fast and colonics. each subsequent layer of mucus gets overlaid by another. Having helped hundreds of colons relieve their troublesome burdens. However. Bernard Jensen and Victor Irons designed a process of putting fibre back into the bowel in a big way. And the resulting expelled matter attests to the condition and its resolution. plus my own experiences over the years. My searching for an answer revealed something much worse than a conundrum. and informs much naturopathic lore with regard to food. Because the muscle structures of the bowel wall are very susceptible to tension. the metres of ropey. It seems that there is a basic denial of the question on both sides. or at least come across the concept of it. they were denying it before these techniques were developed). As this toxic load is a regular event. and is then combined in such a way that inhibits the body’s own digestive secretions. IBS. your colon will be coated with a layer of sticky. It was around a century ago that geniuses like Dr. I f you have an interest in optimum nutrition and holistic health. As this benefits detrimental bacteria (more on this in later articles). a layer of extra mucus is secreted to protect the bowel wall against the ferocious effects of fermenting bacteria. 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. 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. and so on. chances are you have experimented with colon cleansing. a system of colon cleansing must incorporate some components to urge the cells to release their toxic baggage. are still generally accepted as the fastest and best means of relieving the condition. dark matter sometimes referred to as “mucoid plaque”. stressing the immune system. despite irrefutable medical evidence to the contrary. The medical profession has always denied the existence of such materials because their modern diagnostic techniques do not reveal it (but then. then the process of colon cleansing is pointless and useless. but it is held in between and inside the cells of the bowel wall rather than as a coating on the wall.
or at home using their herbal formulas. and there is no provocation to promote additional detox. supplement will work wonders for feeding those inhabiting armies of yours. regardless of how well-meaning and professional the therapist. Of course we would be getting a constant top-up of these things from the jungle diet we evolved on. Many herbal and “natural” medicines are poisons employed to provoke a response. UK. but let’s be real here). there is comfort in the knowledge that if they are continuing to put the psyllium in. and there is a danger that the bacterial vacuum left behind will just get filled with more detrimental bacteria. massage. whenever the colon is washed in this unnatural way. The psyllium husks (ancient India seed husks used by Jensen) then absorb the toxic mucus and carry it from the bowel. many people celebrate their large. As most people’s bacterial balance is in favour of detrimental bacteria in the first place (thus the need for colonics). replace the good guys in serious abundance. under this new paradigm. If one is eating normally. the one following that will be an avalanche worthy of photos! So. food intolerance testing. The diligent use of both prebiotics and probiotics for around a month after a cleanse cannot be stressed highly enough. However.S. cleansing the colon really means ridding it of the by-products of detrimental bacteria. However. dark expulsions during a retreat with me. this is no bad thing. Look for a probiotic that has a wide variety of strains. ■ runs week-long detox retreats in Devon. yoga. Some systems use herbs to do the provoking. Fructo-Oligo-Saccharides are the sugars that your body effectively spoon-feeds into the bowel to boost the bacteria it likes. homeopathy.O. the bowel sheds extra lubricating mucus. and bulk for a week. There was no digestive (absorbing) work to be performed in these ‘meals’ and so all available energy goes in the direction of detoxification (expelling). But as we now live and eat so far from the source. and the relaxing beauty of 5 star rural Devon. 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. getting a simple F. Lastly. His daily nutritional talks are usually the high-point of each person’s week.Jensen’s system uses digestive enzymes. Replacing a few of the more important ones – even with products sometimes – can make a real difference. and throws off toxins too in this process. acidophilus. It is simply the easiest and cheapest to produce. not the vehicle in which it sits. then even if their next colonic still produces nothing. So. is not actually that useful for successful digestive processes. This is undoubtedly the single most important thing you can do as a follow up. we have lost many of the key factors in our health. then surely the material released in a colonic session is just stuff that would come out anyway. As a final note on that I would say that the probiotic we all know. Dao Earl 55 . that ensures that all of the material leaving the bowel is loaded with toxic junk. To remove these irritants. and leave you exactly where you were. which may well provoke the bowel through mild irritation. we lose much of the bacterial content. So. And on the prebiotic front. while others use oxygen processes. it is the combined factors of eating only irritants (sorry if that is an unsavoury term. for those who got nothing from their previous colonic. and form part of the holistic approach achieved by his team and their expertise in awareness meditation.
a raw lifestyle can be considered a life-long fast. regardless of the changes they make. ■ is author of the books Raw Spirit and Raw Success and a popular speaker on the subject of raw food. defunct cells and other by-products. scratch that. cleansing. Even if you are having good bowel movements. Your cells. you will become more beautiful your skin will become silky smooth and it will shine and glow. psoriasis and other skin blemishes clear up. adding certain things (more greens. For more information see RawSpirit.org. Why? Because when you choose such a diet. which until now have been getting gradually packed with more and more waste. In this light. Matt Monarch 56 . and optimal health. the raw eater who refuses colonics is unconsciously forced to compromise their diet in order to slow down detoxification. It will continue until the day we die. and you are catapulted onto what I call the “super-sonic jet plane” pathway to health. All foul odour will leave your body. they run into issues. This cleansing and detoxification process doesn’t take two to three months or a few years to complete. In my experience. If a 100% raw food lifestyle and periodic colon cleansing are continued. toxins from stress (adrenaline). I am of the strong opinion that if you eat a raw diet without periodic colon cleansing. someone who eats a very cleansing diet should do colon hydrotherapy more often than someone who does not. However as time goes by.. you will rapidly seem to become younger. finally get a chance to “exhale”. A raw lifestyle detoxifies the body because all food is omitted except raw food. body odour leaves. When these issues arise. then you are setting yourself up for failure. Thanks to years and years of poor eating…no.thanks to generations and generations of poor eating. At some point. your cells start to drain this waste. toxins are stirred up faster than they are eliminated. When we adhere to a raw food lifestyle. three times a day. toxic matter into your system. enzymes or other supplements) and cutting down on others (usually fats and/or sugars). food residues and accumulated gaseous waste from your cells for the rest of your life. A very high percentage of people who attempt to “go raw” do not stay on this path. the brain functions better. but do you know why it is so cleansing? It’s because you are leaving everything out of your diet except water. for optimal health it is necessary to do a minimum of one colonic every month. So make no mistake: if you adopt a cleansing diet you are going to be detoxifying environmental toxins. Ironically. 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. you stop taking into your body those “foods” that are the most damaging and obstructive to it. 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. colon hydrotherapy is the most powerful tool that anyone can utilize for detoxification. says Matt Monarch Y ou probably know that water fasting is the ultimate in cleansing. When you choose a raw or high raw lifestyle. at some point they end up with issues again. and you will experience greatly heightened spiritual receptivity. They begin to release all that accumulated.. resulting in continual cravings and loss of energy. vegetable juices. the body cleanses a lot more than we might think. we have evolved into walking trash cans. infections disappear. “I am of the strong opinion that if you eat a raw diet without periodic colon cleansing. then you are setting yourself up for failure. breathing becomes easier and deeper. 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. In fact it is a miracle! Rashes.The missing link Colonics are the single most important tool you can use to enhance the results of your raw lifestyle. Often.” Without additional cleansing. unless they are helping the body to remove the waste products that this lifestyle causes the cells to offload. In conjunction with a raw diet. they may tinker around with their diet.
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I don’t recommend going to the NYC bus terminal at 5 o’clock in the morning. just juice. and more. pine sauna. They write and/or speak publicly about conclusions they’ve arrived at through years of experience and diligent research. like an overloaded donkey.” As soon as I read this. a serious rest and relaxation deficiency to repair! I wanted to go there. and I turned to figuring out a Plan A. Yes…a juice fast. A security guard examined my ticket and finally mumbled. and that they “tend to sleep more than they’ve ever slept in their lives. S ome people call themselves experts or even gurus on nutrition. and most of all. Like a guinea pig with a notepad. tossing out random hypotheses. and I’d never done a juice fast. my entire 380page printed manuscript draft. juice fiesta. 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. weight loss. The latest trial? I finally did a juice fast. I packed a lot. I had to organize and haul with me all kinds of research notes. relaxation and raw juice. juice feast. I hauled myself and my bags through creepy underground areas where I didn’t see a single other person. I looked around for some kind of confirmation that I was in the right place. I imagined that I would be having loads of free time during which I could finally finish writing my book. your bus leaves from gate 62! That’s back where you came from!” Oh how wonderful. The point is. As per my usual pre-travel style. I’ve spent more than five years living on mostly raw foods and immersed in the world of raw foods. New York. the piece described a week-long cleansing juice fast getaway. “Oh. I had trekked through the scary terminal dungeons for no reason and now I was running late. enlightenment. “Gate 12” and directed me all the way to the other side of the terminal. Arriving at the NYC bus terminal at 5 o’clock in the morning. it was like I’d opened a bottle from which rays of sunshine and chirping happy birds poured forth. nor any kind of fast. There was a seven-day programme starting in just over a week. I showed him my ticket and he said. made me designate this as Plan B.m. After only a few minutes of searching online. It was called Gentle Earth Retreats and was in Ithaca. I found a place that sounded comparable. nor do I have time for hours of detailed investigation. I came across a feature on Sura Detox in Devon. call it whatever you want. I stayed up all night long before I was to leave on a 5:30a. Then I looked up flights to England. 58 . It was more than nine months overdue and I was feeling pregnant with a book that I desperately wanted to give birth to. bus. Finally at Gate 12. and on-staff masseurs. raw foods. on the other hand. I immediately went to the website and sent them an email. Perfect! According to the photos online. blockages to clear up. it looked like a sweet and comfortable place and was run by a pretty woman named Katherine. I started to cry.The no-food diet Sarma Melngailis leaves Manhattan behind and heads to rural upstate New York for a week of rest. lime and pineapple. An old janitor who I recognized having seen on the other side of the terminal came walking by. Especially if you’re a girl in a summer dress – made extra vulnerable by having far too many heavy bags strapped on. 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. only a four hour drive from Manhattan. but found nothing. It included mention of the retreat’s heated indoor pool. plus the fact that their next availability was not for a couple of months. don’t claim to have conclusively figured out much. cilantro. Ouch. I plopped everything down and pulled out a fresh green juice from my bag. In this dirty and disturbing environment. or all of those. It also reported that guests experienced an average weight loss of ten pounds along with the clearing of emotional blockages. I just try things for myself and write about it while I’m sorting it all out. now. The expense of flying overseas. chard. I. that’s just perfect. and didn’t understand what the big deal was. Meanwhile. He smiled at me and asked what I was doing all alone all the way over on this side of the terminal. With photos of lovely-looking stone cottages in the sunny and green English countryside. It was sweet and bright tasting – a mix of cucumber. I had pounds to lose. I had a lot to prepare for.
He advised us to use the bathroom quickly and to order our food “to go” since we would be leaving again shortly.I strapped myself up like a mule again and started the trek back. the bathroom on board (yeah right). In fact everyone looked peaceful. 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. A short-haired. now slightly warm but still so good. old. and the driver sternly reprimanded me while I tried to throw my bags in before he slammed the luggage doors shut. It occurred to me I might be dreaming. in a Dorothy-in-Oz kind of way. I was among the very few passengers that did not buy any food. the rules about cell phone usage. I looked over at my once surly seat companion and she looked back at me with a lovely smile. and the weather forecast. I became morbidly fascinated watching everyone eat Burger King’s “French Toast Stix” and French fries at 7 o’clock in the morning. No wonder he was grumpy. blockages to clear up. It was oppressively hot and humid with dark clouds. 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. as if a completely new person. The driver announced we were making a fifteen minute stop. protruding man-bellies that looks like it may pop at any moment. 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. 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. Everyone was quiet. While sipping it slowly. The sun was shining through the clouds. He had one of those big. As we pulled out of the station. which was a bit unnerving. Universe. and most of all. And there were no sounds from the robot lady. It made me 59 . 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. Thank you. Then something remarkable happened. I had pounds to lose. the driver barked into the speaker about the duration of the ride. drizzling rain and an overall air of major dreariness. and everything suddenly felt peaceful. and the bright blue sky and everything else out there looked magical. Instead I pulled out another green juice. I woke to see we were no longer in Manhattan. We pulled off the highway into a Burger King.
While Katherine explained to the bewildered (and now slightly anxious-looking) group how to assemble the bag with the tubing. It smelled good. I never picked up my daily “coffee” again. Besides the lack of structure and formality. 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 had forgotten what crickets at night sound like. In fact. Once more. What a relief! My second try at the coffee enema ended much like my first. Overall. and I wondered out loud if anyone ever took it back to their rooms and drank it. I was tempted to yawn aloud and brag that I’d already been through this ho-hum drill before. this sort of freedom was much appreciated. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d seen corn fields and grazing cows. Arriving in Ithaca was a welcome relief. Of course. and I was never asked about it. I was feeling highly nourished on the juice. It was during my early days on raw food when I would pretty much do anything anyone suggested. Despite the total absence of physical hunger. I concluded that the coffee enema was indeed not for me.look forward to my week of fresh organic juices even more. Talking to Katherine on the journey from the station was easy and comforting and before I knew it we had arrived. During the rest of my stay. it all felt idyllic—like I was staying at a friend’s country home. not force it into the other end. 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. We brewed the coffee. and five years earlier. Everything was just offered. sat on the floor together to assemble the bags. I was having visions of a giant bathtub (literally) full of my favourite salad 60 . I felt very lucky to be there. While the logic supporting it seemed sensible enough. It felt more awkward and disturbing than cleansing or refreshing. as well as the proper insertion method. None were of a raw food or vegan persuasion. A juice fast under these comforting conditions feels easy. Then I noticed the driver outside. “Sure. I had only done it once. 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. The truth is. and like a relief. 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 still wanted to drink it. but they were good company and really nice to get to know. She didn’t lecture about what we could or couldn’t do. But since she’d just pointed that out. or should and shouldn’t do. Juices were made fresh every two hours. I realized that if she had said the latter. it was an entirely comfortable and peaceful environment. it was her home. in the spirit of asserting to myself the fact that I can do whatever I want. warm and engagingly helpful. 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). where Katherine’s two lovely children washed vegetables and juiced pretty much all day long. I remembered having found the whole process very strange. 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. Daily coffee enemas were part of the suggested daily cleansing. Pulling into the driveway. The coffee is meant to help stimulate the liver and speed up detoxification. Katherine was extremely knowledgeable. Katherine’s reply surprised me. I felt really good and like my body didn’t even want or need any solid food. Over the course of the day. This vacation from food was also a relief in many ways. Physically. why not give it another go? The following day we were given big jars of freshly brewed organic coffee. it also helped that. I felt so relaxed and noticeably not hungry. Aside from the totally optional daily group discussion and yoga class. Still. you can’t do that!” After thinking about it for a while. which made it that much more comfortable. I didn’t need to prove it. No. it’s been five years now. plus a glass of tangy rejuvelac in the afternoon and frozen fruit sorbet in the evening. aside from a few melons and bananas here and there (that I couldn’t help eyeballing). We made our own tea in the kitchen. 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. there was no schedule. I wanted to stuff myself. “Oh no. and we’d never repeated it after that one time. what I loved about all of this was the feeling of being cared for. you can drink it if you want to!” I instead expected she’d say. I met the eight other guests. I may have ended up having a rebellious sip or two once alone in my room. I figured. there wasn’t anything tempting to eat lying around. and all had very different backgrounds.
For more information see PureFoodAndWine. I’d once more been fascinated by all the consumption of fries and fried onion rings for breakfast with soda and milkshakes. I wondered if this was remotely akin to what a heroin addict feels while in rehab. I was still waiting for the clarity to set in. I didn’t even last a full day. Baby White Asparagus. owner and executive chef of premier New York raw restaurant Pure Food and Wine. I should be able to calmly self-regulate what I put in my mouth. etc) is just a manifestation of fear. right? Safely back home. Your mind opens up and massive productivity ensues. this trip only reaffirmed my determination to do what I can to help change the world. and I was convinced that I’d return to New York and stay on liquids for some time. but there was no blanket (figuratively). It feels too good and I really liked the extra glow. Where was it? I’d heard it strikes around day four. which operates an online boutique offering selected products for the raw and organic lifestyle. It seems very natural that people (and animals) just want to be free. I was definitely going to need practice at this. even on raw foods. How is it that everyone gets so easily used to this way of feeding themselves? Even if they’re feeling okay. solid foods felt very unappealing because I was feeling so great and didn’t want to lose that clean lightness. depression. I want to focus on my food. With that I eased my way back into solid food. I spent time staring into the mirror trying to say “I love you” without feeling awkward. while distracted and anxious with work or something else. So where is the happy medium? At thirty-six years old. though I could imagine on some level that facing reality without the insulation of food in one’s belly could be scary. then anything else (anger. But any time I had imposed on myself a sentence of juice-only at home. Or the Summer Truffle and Parsnip Ravioli with Horseradish Vanilla Cream. Yes. I thought about the ride back to Manhattan from Ithaca (it was the same driver again.com. and Pickled Radish. I only felt the overwhelming desire to sleep even more. and enjoy it without that anxious awareness of a compulsive factor: either trying to control my eating. I felt an awkward and uncomfortable sense of… sobriety. A wise lady once told me that there is nothing but love and fear: if it’s not love. such that by the end of the week I was even thinking that I could just live this way forever. do they know that it’s possible to feel much better? Whatever issues I still have to sort out. it generally induces anxiety and resentment. In fact. At least my visions were of healthy food.” Yay! I was going to be healed! As the film recommended. but there were also new dishes on the menu to try. organic juice to keep you from going hungry. I wanted to be a machine of creative efficiency! Instead. I felt too lazy to even sit up and write. but of course that wasn’t it. sitting in the garden at Pure Food and Wine. She is also co-author of Raw Food. These are some of the old habits that don’t die easy. my plan of staying on just juice didn’t last too long. I concluded therefore that it had to do with the actual filling of something. as well as all sorts of other comforts and nothing to be stressed out about. finish this article. like the Golden Chanterelle Mushroom and Yuzu Ceviche with Heirloom Cherry Tomato Salsa and Avocado Pineapple Purée. Eating numbs the emotions because when your body is eating you can’t actually feel anything else. I wasn’t sure what I was afraid of. 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. And I couldn’t even fall asleep. but I wasn’t sure what. which would allow me to work while lying down? Instead I watched a DVD called “You Can Heal Yourself. Or at least to help change the selection of what is available for breakfast along the highways. Sarma Melngailis 61 .and chowing down on the whole thing. chewable variety). Tasting these was nice. It probably comes as no surprise that I was crying quite a bit throughout the week. I drank plenty of juice. By the time day five rolled around. or slipping into being controlled by it. I should be able to calmly self-regulate what I put in my mouth. 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. I needed this so I could finish my book. Recognizing this is easier when you put yourself in an environment where there is no food but meanwhile there is ample fresh. and then only ease into my favourite green shakes. finish all my emails. by the way). I also realized I don’t want to eat mindlessly any longer. My crazy urges to eat did pass. and that when we’re ordered around or constrained. having no solid food to eat could be reason enough to shed tears. and outline grand plans. I knew I could feel so much better without them. At thirty-six years old. Real World and founder and CEO of One Lucky Duck. but I didn’t have any urge to have more than just a few mouthfuls. This time the stopover was an Arby’s next to a Mini-Mart.com and OneLuckyDuck. And I was no longer craving solid foods. appreciate it. Couldn’t someone please design the reclining keyboard/ monitor set-up that I have envisioned so many times in my mind. and what a nice way to ease back it was. Like I wanted to reach for a blanket to hide under. is the co-founder. so all I could do was lie down and do… nothing. 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.
I was constantly making compromises. It certainly was very interesting reading. especially by my family. With a cooked body the “fit experience” just isn’t the same. tell me about strong. This dialogue begins at the point where we started getting into the actual coaching session: If you want to change your diet. I think I’m sold! Thanks! Karen Quick work! Well you can dig a bit deeper with that question later if you like. However. thank you for completing the questionnaire I sent you. Karen And what about the raw food themes? Susan Well it’s very clear on paper that it makes complete sense to me. “If you had to give three words to sum yourself up if you went fully raw and your most beautiful vision came true. all those kinds of things.) Just to remind 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.. now you’ve got me! I guess it’s just about fitting in. specifically created for those who struggle to go or stay raw. Susan Strong means a couple of things to me.Challenging your raw beliefs I n the last issue I shared some powerful coaching questions. but I know that on raw the volume is turned way up! As for sexy. “How does cooked food make me sexy?” Susan Oh. First of all. There were definitely some themes in there around both cooked and raw foods. many of which I hadn’t consciously realized before. strong to me means emotionally being tough enough to deal with life and to go after what I want. what would they be?” was: “Vibrant. Karen So Susan. Does that make sense? Karen Yes.” 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. (Her answers to the questions were published in the last issue. 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. Where do you think you’re not your own person at the moment? Susan Well.. first change your mind says Karen Knowler. Your answer to the question. more compact and agile. Deep down in my heart I know it’s what I want. this is pretty common. question 22. My thinking is that with a raw body I would be more attractive and hopefully that might compensate somehow. who kindly gave me permission to print extracts from a coaching call I had with her after she answered these same questions. I want to talk about the final question. 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. but needed a helping hand to do so. I know it affected me a huge amount in my earlier years. well I guess part of me has a fear that many men might find raw food a turn off. sexy. to make sure you really got it. maybe sharing a meal and that bonding thing. So let’s look at that for a second. they wanted to “treat me” to something a bit more exotic and all I wanted was the salad. Susan Sure. Did you have any “aha” moments as you worked through it? Susan Yes. quite a few actually. absolutely. I am fairly vibrant already. in hindsight I realized that sometimes I 63 . In the third and final part of her series on identifying whether your beliefs around food are helping or hindering you. OK. with many experiencing epiphanies and insights they hadn’t been conscious of before. Karen presents an actual coaching call she did with a client who wanted to go raw. Karen Great. Susan Definitely the comfort thing and the wanting to be “normal” and accepted. Well. That said. Susan was 31 when I coached her and had been trying to go raw for five years. 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. so I think that to them eating raw isn’t very sexy. I just want to be my own person really. it’s just the other stuff that’s holding me back. not what others want for me or think would be best. much more than is probably healthy. So. vibrant for me is all about living life to the full and having tons of energy and passion for life. On another level. Since then I have received a lot of positive feedback. literally speaking I know that when I exercise on raw foods I do feel stronger. 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 definitely let others’ opinions of me carry a lot of sway. I would ask you to ask yourself now. strong. Karen Before we start. which I suppose can be sexy.
Even though the food is very simple I am getting so much pleasure from it. but for most people it is who they think Karen Yes. There are some cases of people who have gone raw overnight and stayed there. it was just easier to blame other people! Do you think there might be any of that going on with you? Susan Hmmm. Karen Are you 100% sure? I want you to really “go there” and feel what’s really the truth for you there. the part that can embody our soul if we choose for it to do so. Well it’s no coincidence Karen Would you like what you see to become your reality? Susan Gosh. that is the truth of who we are and goes way beyond our personality. Karen Right. Karen Absolutely and it’s good to be that honest. unsupportive things about going raw and the people around you and they have been holding you back. My life is very exciting. I see you as way more than that. beliefs. Our personality is the part that we show to the world. But it seems a bit of a step from where I am right now. are you saying that I need to bring more of my soul into my personality? Karen Kind of. That’s a good point – ugh – you’ve got me! Thanks. it’s who we often come to believe we are. you have been operating from a limited perspective of who you are. it’s so quiet and peaceful and I get to do whatever I want. what would it be? Susan Raw food. rather than the actual truth. in some ways it is and in many ways it’s not. Karen Do you have an idea where we might be going with this? Susan Um. First of all. because I don’t want other people to yo-yo and feel as lost and confused as I did! Susan Wow. It’s very liberating! I’m pleasantly surprised! Karen I’d love to hear more about what you see and feel. Your body clearly feels best on raw. lots of fruit and greens. Most people have varying ideas about what a soul is or isn’t. Is it that part of us that is more spiritual and that is our highest self. What I am inviting you to consider is that to date. I think some raw cakes feature in there on occasion. I think so. yes. Underneath the dross of all the thoughts. 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’s just I know I feel so much better on raw food. and important too because then you are in that strong position you aspire to. do you have an understanding or idea about what your soul or spirit is? Susan Yes. It’s already in your heart but your head has been overruling it with a whole plethora of stories and fears. the food just complements it. 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. created from a combination of experiences. Does that seem fair to say? Susan Yes absolutely. Karen Can you share one with me? Susan Sure. yes. Susan Do you mean like my whole life? Karen Yes. I had a lot of inner work to do. My job is to help you excavate deeply enough so we can get to the real truth. It’s important to recognize that most of your experience of life is about perception and choices that you make based on that perception. 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. Susan Yes. To date you have been perceiving many 64 . I love it here. But how do I get from here to that place I just saw? Karen It starts with a decision. Only then can we change them. maybe? Karen That’s not too far off. and I feel amazing! I like it here!! Susan If you don’t mind me asking. 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. the bit that gets us through. while you may see yourself as Susan Jones. the part that lives on after we “die”. You need to decide that that’s what you want for yourself. For example. My food is actually very simple but very imaginative. if you were the only person on the planet and could eat whatever you wanted without any judgement from yourself or from others. but these people are definitely the exception rather than the rule. I do like cooked food. 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. So let me ask you. It is the part that strangers see. Some people can simply make the decision and they’re done. From that place the real. I guess it is pretty easy to blame other people when they’re not very supportive. like most if not all of us are prone to do. I’ve moved around a lot in my life and have tended to live mostly in cities or big towns. The conviction needs to be full and complete. behaviours and so forth.. Karen Well. And your soul… they are. the identity we take on to function in the world.used other people as an excuse to make compromises.. your heart wants it. 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. probably! I mean. That’s interesting. from every aspect of yourself. long-lasting work can be done and it will act as your rock and foundation moving forward. well the first is to buy a home just like the one I described to you earlier. well. worries and day-to-day life experiences there is a pure message trying to get through to you. but my understanding is that it’s the part of us that is eternal. 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. and I’m not talking about food here. but your head is not convinced – it has a lot to say on the subject as we know. From the moment we are born we are taught to identify with our name and the family we are born into. juices and smoothies. Where do you see yourself. Sometimes when I wanted to eat cooked food. I had to do a lot of deep inner work. I have to own that one. and have made decisions and choices based on more “earthly” perceptions. That’s interesting. I see your potential rather than your current reality. Susan Wow. We have to take responsibility for our actions even when we’re not proud of them. it’s still raw. “What do I really want?”. who we really are. It’s not really where I want to be. but generally it’s super clean salads. which is why I now coach. one that has been there for many years now.
Karen Knowler 65 ..well. Susan I’m still in shock. It is no small deal as you can see. so are you saying that in order to go raw I have to do this? Karen Yes. 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. but as I said. It’s like the caterpillar preparing to enter the chrysalis. they felt real. Thank you. Are you prepared to go after that? Susan Goodness. combined with comfort.that that’s the first place you went when I asked you that question earlier! That is your soul’s chosen place to be. providing you approach it in a compassionate. It’s just something I do. it does make complete sense. I’ve been trying to live someone else’s life. I actually have tears in my eyes. depending on how far you have strayed from your true. It’s about stripping away all that isn’t real and leaving pure authenticity. I’d definitely love to. where did all that come from? Karen From your raw self! Congratulations! So what’s going on for you right now? Susan Well. yes it really does. so I’m on aboard for the ride and looking forward to seeing where it takes me. Does that make sense? Susan Well as surprised as I am to say this. video demos. This Karen Knowler is The Raw Food Coach. so don’t feel pressurised. It’s about people-pleasing I think. Karen Good. more joyful. Karen Good. It’s like trying to force giving birth! It will hurt if you push too hard or too soon! So just be honest. The good news is that although there is so much further to go it only gets better. It is really something of a hero’s journey. sacred space. I just never would have guessed this.. but as far as I’m concerned it is the truth and your journey will be all the more exciting. 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. healthier. This is. 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.. Susan Well no wonder I have been struggling! (laughs) is the question. It’s so clear to me now why I couldn’t go raw before. I believe we are all meant to live our dreams. that’s big! Okay.. “Where am I making this decision from?” I’d like you to write that question down please because you’ll find it incredibly useful.. going raw is about way more than eating raw food. otherwise you will fall off the wagon over and over.. to be in that place of vulnerability and surrender. Karen You and many thousands of others Susan. as this is one of the most important for you. We could have talked about salads and smoothies and fancy recipes. “When I think of cooked food I think. people actually love me for it.. well. it’s no big deal. Congratulations on being brave enough and open enough to go there. Strong in my decision. but that would have acted like a band aid. I think I’m going to cry. More myself. what you really want and the highest and brightest vision that you hold for yourself and your life. I’m so grateful that you shared this with me. yes I think I can see that. Karen What does that mean to you? Susan It means that all the reasons I gave have been excuses. heart-led manner. For anyone to stay raw. but really. It means showing up as the true you. Susan Wow. but I suggest we spend the last ten minutes or so looking again at your answers to question number one. Karen What’s happening? Susan I am ready and what I heard was. It is one of the least talked-about aspects of going and staying raw and yet it’s totally foundational. what’s coming up for you? Susan Well I can see right away that they’re mostly about other people. but I so want to try. at least for the staying raw part.com or call +44 (0) 1223 860688 for more details. to not do so would not have helped you long term. Susan Okay.” Taking a fresh look at your answers now. That. Ooh. 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. it’s a continual journey of unravelling and exploration.. as the vibration of raw food is too high to sustain in your present life circumstances. hence the reason addiction is so prevalent in our society. Visit her web site for masses of free raw food recipes. When you say “yes” to raw you say yes to life and that can and often does mean huge change. for most people this is what needs to occur for deep and lasting change. So what do I do? Karen Well. Just ask yourself from the most loving. From this place it is a no-brainer.. Karen I know you have a lot to be thinking about. at least for the short term. I didn’t realize there was so much to going raw. Susan Oooh. colourful and vibrant for it. it does. 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. this is different. “Am I ready?” I’ll give you some time to think about that. Karen Don’t worry – that’s normal! The thing is. Gosh. doing things which genuinely make you happy and stepping into however love. that’s what I’m seeing too. Karen You’re right. This is the place I’ve been avoiding for years and now I’m here and it feels scary as hell. I can’t believe it. they admire me and think I am so much better for it – happier. It doesn’t happen overnight. 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 can say for sure that you’re going to need a lot of support at this time. without this essential understanding it’s like building on sand. It has actually made things incredibly clear. gentle and compassionate place that you can. an inspiration. and I know if I say yes. Susan Oh my goodness. Things have to change. life-changing coaching articles and information and the world’s only Raw Coach Training at TheRawFoodCoach. Does that sound good? Susan Yes it sounds great! I can see I’ve got a lot of learning to do. most soulful path. then everything changes. a revelation! I’m in shock. you’ve got me thinking now! I’m feeling very odd! Karen As you probably have realized by now. Most people are scared stiff of going to that place. unwavering. I believe that you have to go to the soul level. but they’ve all been excuses. I know this isn’t always what people want to hear. I mean. Close your eyes and feel deep into yourself and ask the question to that deep. “You’ve always been ready”. truth and integrity show up for you. 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. Karen You’re welcome. and this is a place that we’ll be going to in all of our coaching sessions. Now I’d like you to really feel into your body here and have the whole of you united in answering that question.
What is your position. things can begin to go awry very quickly. However. and biotin (alternately referred to as B7 and H) are all found in high amounts in greens such as kale. MD practices integrative oncology and homeopathic medicine in Arizona. many of the common intolerance issues are taken out of the equation. In the plant kingdom we have some wonderful food sources of B vitamins. Summer 2008. these foods will actually provide you with more than if you were to eat them cooked. In addition to the holistic modalities he offers his patients. and the ones that I rely on more than any others. One daily with food will suffice. and has been researching natural health and nutrition for the past 14 years.) Lastly. vegan form of this nutrient. I’d recommend a B-complex supplement in all circumstances. and if you recommend supplementation. And. and are available in almost every major food group in varying amounts. B12 is the only water-soluble nutrient that our body can store. B2 (riboflavin). the real issue for anyone following a vegan diet. is vitamin B12. with lime juice. Now. nuts and seeds Aside from being mineral powerhouses. when eaten raw. It is held in a pool in the liver. so I feel its definitely worth considering. Absolutely!! The B vitamins are abundant throughout nature. swamped all over your kale salad? A Dale Pinnock is a degreetrained medical herbalist and nutritionist. B6 (pyridoxine).Thomas Lodi.com. once it is depleted. He continued his training by qualifying in a range of holistic modalities including homeopathy. but simply my favourites. their bio-availability is incredibly high! Plus. ready for use as and when it is needed. Nothing could be further from the truth. and herbal medicine. Bragg’s liquid aminos and garlic. Eating and juicing these every day will provide you with highly bio-available (i. Greens Virtually all green foods are rich sources of many of the B vitamins. This pool lasts anything up to six years. and it can leave us feeling completely washed out and susceptible to opportunistic infections. bar B12. Is it possible to get enough B vitamins on the raw diet? There are differing opinions on this. as these have the highest concentration that I have come across. plus can you think of anything more divine than a smooth luscious pumpkin seed butter. Below is by absolutely no means an exhaustive list. chelation therapy and orthomolecular medicine. This nutrient tends to be found predominantly in animal foods. DP 66 . raw foods. B3 (niacin). nutrition. Grains like brown rice and quinoa are bursting to the hilt with all the B vitamins. the foundation of his practice is detoxification and teaching people how and what to eat. while others claim you need to supplement.com or call (001) 480 834 5414.e. Why? Because the B vitamins are water-soluble nutrients and are highly sensitive to extremes of temperature. He runs a private clinical practice and health consultancy called Natural Solutions. (See last issue. because the physiological impact of becoming deficient is too unpleasant not to! I’d recommend using a high-quality food-state supplement. And being sprouted and highly enzymatically active. with some saying it is not at all difficult as long as you eat a variety of foods. natural healing modalities. which raw foods are the best sources of B vitamins. My preferred source sprouted grains If you are happy consuming grains. spinach and broccoli. He regularly features in national press and on radio discussing nutrition. It is a common misconception that the removal of animal foods from our diet will suddenly leave us depleted and emaciated. for a detailed look at the dangers of B12 deficiency and how to avoid them. nuts and seeds can be valuable sources of the B vitamins. be it raw or otherwise. he worked in conventional medicine for 10 years before returning to his holistic roots in search of more effective and less toxic treatments. what should I be looking out for when selecting a good B-complex supplement? Consulting Room Q here would be pumpkin seeds. then I’d go for it if you want to up your B vitamin intake. 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. oxidative medicine. Dale has been following a 70% living foods diet for the past 12 years. or reaching for a brand such as Solgar. After completing his formal training 22 years ago. easily absorbed by the body) B vitamins. which provides an exceptional-quality. B1 (thiamine). 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. so cooking would very quickly leach them out. For more information see AnOasisOfHealing. cavello nero. Anaemialike symptoms can set in rapidly. The only exception to this rule would be light stir-frying. when you sprout grains and kick-start their enzyme activity. For more information see DalePinnock.
or excess fluid in the body tissue. which is also a cause of cellulite. In terms of anaesthetics. seawater has 84 chemical elements – all of the minerals and trace minerals found in the human body. Others claim that Himalayan crystal salt and Celtic sea salt are not only much better than table salt. On the same note. need salt. the form our body needs. DP For several years I have been eating a diet centred on fruits. you are still very much in a state of recovery. complex. so I presume this is what people are referring to when they talk of “organic sodium”. whatever. and due to the safety issues applies only to local anaesthetics. at nearly 60 I feel better than ever eating this way and people tell me I look better than ever. which in turn adversely affects the human body. Now. So it can help to minimize the negative impact this chemical drug will have upon this vital organ. is St. should you wish to find out more. Sodium is a metal. milk thistle gently supports the natural biochemical pathways involved in liver detoxification. We humans. cooked foods. vegetables and small amounts of nuts and seeds. 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. not an organic compound. be this alcohol abuse. it is the end result of a host of continual negative influences overly taxing many systems. for a considerable period of time. is Water & Salt: The Essence of Life by Barbara Hendel and Peter Ferreira. The reasons we need salt are complex and there isn’t space to provide a full discussion here. high-strength milk thistle extract. This will support you in two ways really. Major salt-producing companies dry the salt in huge kilns with temperatures reaching 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. But studies have shown that the average American takes in two to three times more table salt than their kidneys are capable of excreting. TL Q that the anaesthetic is not such a shock to my system? I’d appreciate any advice you can give. but its ability to strongly increase the activity of phase two detoxification pathways in the liver. as we all know by now. many of your body systems have been completely fatigued and struggling to carry out many of their straightforward daily metabolic functions. constipation and depression. but even necessary for optimal health. For every ounce of sodium chloride that cannot be eliminated. Firstly. without knowing if it is a general or local anaesthetic. However. As you have come from a history of M. whilst you may be feeling notably better consuming foods that require little digestive output. your body may not quite be at the stage where it can happily work on dense. absorb.Is there such a thing as healthy salt? I’m confused because there seem to be conflicting views on this. But as my system is so pure and it reacts to cooked foods so badly. Strictly speaking. our body often becomes far less forgiving of our misdemeanors.” Chances are. That is because regular table salt no longer has anything in common with the original crystal salt. and metabolize the food. 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 . the body uses 23 times the volume of its own water to neutralize the salt. Chronic fatigue does not suddenly come on overnight. too. Rather than just sodium and chloride. I’m not 100% convinced that this is true in your case. raw foods deliver energy and goodness without demanding a large amount of energy expenditure in order to digest. it is not a condition that heals overnight. a day or so after the dental work. The liver is one of the hardest-hit organs when an anaesthetic is administered. 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. there is no such thing as “organic sodium”. The result of consuming common table salt is the formation of oedema. I am concerned about how this may affect me. The second herb I’d recommend taking. as it is the one that has to break it down and excrete it from the body. environmental pollutants. I have to have major dental work soon and my dentist says that it won’t be possible without a strong anasethetic. you will find that you are more sensitive to many influences. be those lifestyle extremes or dietary digressions.E. Some say that the only healthy form of salt is the “organic” sodium found in vegetables like celery. medications. and other serious medical problems. Hope this helps. better still. 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. that require a much higher metabolic and energetic output in order to be digested. Johns wort. What is your view? All vegetarian animals in the wild seek out and find salt to lick. To cut a long story short. Both Celtic and Himalayan salts contain all of these elements. and most importantly. So. However. my advice here will be really rather generalized. As our lifestyle becomes more conducive to a state of vibrant health. Now. I tend to steer people in the direction of liver support. or. The body recognizes table salt as an aggressive cellular poison and wants to excrete it as quickly as possible. If you have been on a very clean eating plan for a several years. Having come from a history of M. Secondly. An excellent book to consult. Table salt is mainly sodium chloride and not salt.E. But salt consumption is also causing much disease and even death. Should I ask my dentist to give me a much smaller dose than usual. Anyone who has ever been around horses knows how important salt is to their wellbeing. because quite frankly that is total hype and misinformation. Carnivores get their salt needs met by drinking blood. it helps to protect the liver from environmental damage. which changes the salt’s chemical structure. it can be made more bio-available when part of a plant due to chelation to organic molecules. this has nothing to do with its antidepressant properties. My problem is that I have become very sensitive to eating cooked foods – just a few bites can bring on headaches. I’d recommend taking a good. and green vegetable juices.
weight is merely a symptom of problems happening on the inside. This is a very common issue among those who go raw. After all. Pete Vincent has been there and he has sage advice. 15½ stone firefighter when I began my pursuit of 100% rawness. some are grappling with the opposite problem: they are stuck to the south of their healthy weight rather than to the north. 6ft 4. Within a year I had not only lost all the weight I’d gained. we have forgotten what “normal” looks – the healthy way T 68 . I was a 32-year-old. My health improved and my energy levels and stamina went up and up. of course. but I was a lot thinner than I had ever been and everyone around me was convinced that I was sick. didn’t do my health any good so I knew I had to make some lifestyle changes. In this article I want approach the subject a bit differently and get people thinking about it on a deeper level. 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. he whole question of weight often gets reduced to talking about how people look. While over half of adults in developed countries are dangerously obese.Guide to gaining weight If a raw diet has slimmed you down so much you look in danger of wasting away. This. take heart. However.
in each case at the weight that makes the last two reps challenging. If you can’t get hold of a daily source of fermented foods. then enzymes and probiotic supplementation together with adequate weight-bearing exercise and protein intake may turn things around for you. 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 a raw diet has caused yours to melt away. 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. it is about what happens to that food once you’ve swallowed it. we are led to believe. nuts and seeds. It comes from fat. I turned to raw food diet books and websites for answers. and consider starting on a top-quality raw protein supplement. The night before I appeared on the LK Today show (in autumn 2002) to extol the benefits of the raw diet. that is cause for celebration not gloom.E. But there are so many complex variables at play here that this approach won’t work for everyone. Very often the desire to be “100% raw” takes precedence over the desire to achieve better health. • • • • • like. know that after 30-plus years on a diet of mostly cooked. 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. As a man. they re-build stronger. If it remains the same there is no reason for new muscle to grow. I didn’t know any of this. 69 . but just possible. due to many years of incorrect nutrition. After all. I. Surplus fat is never a good thing. When I first went raw. But in most cases it does not. Get this right and it will enhance your internal health as much as it will your external appearance. 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. Work all major muscle groups and do 3 x 8 repetitions of each exercise.com. Include more protein-rich sprouted foods in your diet. Gaining healthy weight is about adding muscle. When that didn’t happen. Remember. the weight your muscles bear during your workouts has to progress upward on a continual basis. For maximum muscle gain. Muscle fibres are broken down during resistance training. This will help your body break down the food you are eating and absorb the nutrients in it. Remember that your days off are as important as your weight training days. first ask yourself whether this is really true. So if you are struggling to gain weight on a raw diet. The “ideal” male physique. Pete Vincent Pete Vincent is creator of RawHumour. muSCle • Make a good resistance workout a part of your schedule every other day. That is all well and good if that volume comes from muscle. 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. add a good probiotic supplement to your regime. and re-build while you rest. Bulked up. then a high-raw rather than an all-raw diet may be the best way forward.MY TOP TIPS FOR GAINING HEALTHY WEIGHT – I. the site that focuses on two vital ingredients that work synergistically with each other: raw food and humour. It’s not the fault of the raw food – of that much I am certain. as muscle growth does not happen while exercising. probiotics and other factors which enhance nutrient uptake. processed foods my digestion left a lot to be desired. 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. Personally. but very easy for a man to. weeks or months. You can contact Pete by emailing pete@RawHumour. no body has a “cooked food deficiency” but. it happens during the rest period afterwards. the only recourse was to load up on the densest raw foods – nuts. I can identify with this. 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. 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. Include fermented foods in your diet every day. is stocky.com. The golden rule here is simple: never work the same muscle group two days running. not fat. As if this infusion of “proper” protein would somehow have me looking ripped and robust for the TV appearance the next morning. for one. They’re loaded with enzymes. It did not. and was unanimously assured that after the initial detox period everything would be okay and my body would begin to rebuild. Every time this process occurs. and to do that your body needs to be digesting and absorbing nutrients properly. after which I would return to my healthy weight. So if you think a raw diet has made you underweight or “too thin”. seeds and dried fruits – in the hope this would lead to the desired weight gain. including sprouted grains. Solid. this is not about the raw food itself. Take a good digestive enzyme supplement with every meal. If these strategies for gaining healthy weight do not work for you.
A cosy evening in with a DVD and a curry is part of many people’s lives before they go raw. so it doesn’t need to be really daunting. a little bit of planning goes a long way with this. I’ve made these recipes available as a free download. But be assured.Indian Meal For Two Russell James with a raw feast from the East. The difference is that this is going to take a bit more planning than nipping out to the takeaway. can be made in advance.com/indianmeal. 70 . as a Get Fresh! reader. the samosas are really great finger food. Just visit therawchef. As a special treat for you. You actually don’t even need to make the whole meal. and will provide a real treat if you should decide to stay in and watch that film. so you can print them out. and there’s no reason why that should change after.
as well as raw food classes in West Sussex. 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. peas. dehydrated vegetables with the sauce and return to the dehydrator in a large covered bowl to warm before serving. olive oil. and salt. 3 cups portabello mushrooms 1½ cups aubergine. 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. Mix the softened. 1 1. peeled & diced small 1 cup peas ½ cup broccoli. 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. broccoli and tomatoes in lemon juice. 2 2. cut from the stem into 1cm mini-florets 6 medium tomatoes. diced small 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons curry powder 2 teaspoons salt In a large bowl mix the mushrooms. * 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. Start with ¼ teaspoon. Combine the blended mixture with the diced mango. aubergine. 3 3. If you don’t have any tamarind available.3 hours at 105 degrees F. depending on whether your curry powder had salt in it.com 71 . Russell James has been hailed as “the UK’s leading raw chef” by The Times. 2 Pulse in the food processor until rice-like. curry powder.Mushroom Curry with Parsnip rice and spiced Mango Chutney Marinated vegetables • • • • • • • • • 1. and offers raw food catering for events small and large. 1 Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. 2. Blend all remaining ingredients in a highspeed blender. Spread onto a dehydrator sheet and dehydrate for 2 . simply leave out. You may need to add more water. Get your free raw recipes at TheRawChef. 1 1.
5 * If allergic to cashews. Pour mixture onto a dehydrator sheet and spread evenly into a square. 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.vegetable samosas with Cucumber & Mint raita samosa wrappers • • • • • • • 1. use soaked sunflower seeds. You can choose the size. Dehydrate for 8 hours at 105 degrees. minced 2 teaspoons fresh ginger. 72 . * Flax meal is flax seed that has been ground in a coffee grinder or similar. 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. 2 3. you can substitute for pine nuts. Add flax meal and blend again until smooth. return to the dehydrator for 30 minutes. for the ones in the photo the mixture was spread 26cm x 26cm square. 1 2. If you want to stay away from nuts completely. until both sides are dry to the touch but still pliable. to produce a fine flour. • • • • 4. almonds or macadamias. or until able to peel of the sheet. 4 5. 3 samosa filling • • • • • • • • 1 cup courgette (zucchini).
Pulsing is done by switching the on/off switch several times in short bursts. steps 11 & 12 Wet the remaining corner of the wrapper and fold into place to seal the samosa. 5 6 steps 2. The samosas can be eaten as they are or can be returned to the dehydrator for as long as you like. leaving plenty of texture. 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. Some food processors actually have a pulse button.1. 3 & 4 Fold the pointed end created by the first fold as in step 4. 1 2. 13 14 73 . Folding the samosas 1 2 • • • • • ½ cup tightly-packed spinach. and fold over the corner of one end. I like to do this as they will be warm and ready to eat in a few hours. 2 Grind all ingredients in a food processor. 4 step 1 Cut the wrappers into strips approximately 7cm by 25cm. 7 8 step 7 Tuck the corner in so it doesn’t stick out. leaving some texture to the mixture. finely chopped ½ cup peas 3 steps 8. step 5 step 6 Fill with the mixture. Add the following ingredients and pulse in. You will now be able to open the wrapper up into a cone. 9 & 10 Start folding the remaining part of the wrapper around so it forms that familiar triangle shape. to chop the ingredients. chopped small 2 sliced spring onions (green onions) ¼ cup diced tomatoes ¼ cup coriander (cilantro).
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. Fill the shells with the ice-cream and garnish with slices of mango. or freeze in a tub then pass through a juicer with the homogenizing attachment on. You may want to have some chunks of mango or cherry stirred in at the end so you get little bursts of flavour. such as pineapple or bananas. 2 3 3. Pour into an ice-cream maker. flesh only 1 1. 1. 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*. 74 . and then remove from the case to dry for a further 6 hours or overnight. stones removed ½ cup mango. 1 Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Dehydrate for approximately 3 hours until the shells are strong enough to hold together without the case. 2. Press into 2 small individual cup or cake moulds of your choice that have been lined with plastic wrap. 2 3 3. depending on what you like and what’s available. 2. *You can substitute cherries for any other fruit.
usually we read about health separately from culinary art. and the serving size based upon the healthiest choice. the desired outcome. we have a desire (and responsibility) to create foods that support good health. When we eat fructose as a natural sugar in a whole. responsible culinary artisans must keep in mind how sugars affect both health and the specific recipe. ripe fruit. Foods rich in fibre rank lower on the GI. However. and we are kidding ourselves if we think we can eat all we want of foods like agave. 75 . other simple sugars extracted from plant foods generally contain few nutrients and rank high on the glycaemic index. At Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. density and ripeness. minerals. and dried fruit has a higher GI than fresh fruit. They digest quickly and can cause blood sugar to rise and then fall dramatically. the vitamins. is considerably lower than that of other sugars. especially when a food component has been refined (separated from a whole food) and concentrated. and the fibre modulates blood-sugar response. However. texture. Many other factors. The bottom line? Unrefined fruits (the first two items in the table overleaf) are the hands-down healthiest choice for sweetening our foods. These types of sweeteners should be limited to celebration foods. such as agave syrup. texture. We encourage you to select the sweet treat. excessive isolated fructose intake may contribute to increased calorie intake and weight gain. the sweetener. In this issue. Eat refined simple carbohydrates in moderation. such as acidity. However. Lemon juice added to recipes reduces GI. 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. n past issues. and antioxidants nourish us. The two topics are not typically combined. Fructose is metabolized very differently from glucose. and their health effects. and make raw food taste more amazing than cooked. how much it raises your blood glucose. fructose does not stimulate insulin secretion or enhance leptin production. many of the concentrated sweeteners are nearly as detrimental to our health as common white sugar. and how long your blood glucose remains elevated. such as grinding whole grains into flour. and the use of binders. This article discusses the glycaemic index and its health implications and also recommends specific sweeteners for particular culinary art applications. light. which tends to be followed by a drop in blood sugar. Processing. we have explored three important topics relating to culinary arts: flavour balancing. At Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. typically raises GI. In addition to fructose-based sweeteners. The GI of fructose and high-fructose foods. This is the primary reason most of us avoid using processed white sugar. or on occasion (or in accordance with the advice of your health practitioner). Foods with a high GI often trigger a dramatic upward spike in your blood sugar. consuming large quantities of concentrated fructose (such as in soda and other processed foods) creates predictably negative health consequences. Unlike glucose. We must understand all of these in order to create foods that are pleasing to the palate. Because insulin and leptin help to regulate appetite. but also our health. However. also affect GI. these foods cause only a small rise. One would naturally assume that this makes fructose and highfructose syrup the preferred sweeteners. The quantity of the sweeteners we use is as important as the ones we choose. Also overleaf is a recipe for a raw Apple Baklava that is sweetened with a mixture of whole fruits and agave nectar. we teach students how to choose sweeteners based on their characteristics – colour. fluffy breads score higher on the GI than heavy breads. just because they are raw and low on the glycaemic index. Foods with a low GI tend to gently and gradually supply the carbohydrate needed to fuel your brain and body. and flavour – in combination with the other ingredients used. As raw food chefs. we use this handy chart to show at a glance the differences in sweeteners used by many raw food chefs. we discuss sweeteners – a subject that affects not only culinary art. as in a syrup. it’s important to look beyond the glycaemic index.of a raw culinary artist Cherie Soria with sweeteners that celebrate health. The GI reflects how quickly the carbohydrate in a food enters your bloodstream. including weight gain.
glucose-free sweetener with few calories. . appetite. they act as binding agents for pie crusts. fructose and sucrose. to preserve enzymes and other nutrients. yacon is sweet and low in calories. syrup. Also use to replace flour in sweeteners. raisins. Has a GI of 0. apricots. or when dark colour is desirable. Like fresh fruit. etc. Use to thicken and bind desserts. sweet flavour with a moist. prunes. Contain varying amounts of glucose. Choose light agave nectar for a mild flavour and colour. and comes in powder or liquid form. higher in calories. It can be used to thicken smoothies and shakes. it is sweeter. It can replace white or brown sugar in desserts. maple sugar Maple syrup is made from the boiled Not raw. Maple syrup. whole cane juice in granulated form. Yacon syrup Made from a delicious edible tuber grown in South America. Low on the GI. maca is reported to be a natural hormone balancer and to increase energy. and dark agave syrup for a molasses-like taste. mild enough in flavour to be camouflaged by other ingredients. lower GI than cane sugar. or to replace flour in cakes and cookies. 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. it is a natural food. it’s 65 per cent sucrose. Use alone or combined with other sweeteners to decrease the total amount of sweetener. intensely flavoured syrup or sugar that remains after processing of beet sugar. High on the GI. as well as concentrated fructose. Unprocessed. Use when thickness is not an issue (frozen desserts. infants and small children. dried fruits contain significant amounts of vitamins. libido and stamina. and the like) The colour and flavour is similar to brown sugar. it is 96 per cent sucrose and 4 per cent minerals. Rich in calcium and potassium. When unsoaked and processed with nuts and/or dried coconut. Both products add a deep underlying flavour and Blackstrap molasses and muscovado are popular in cookies. but deeper. pineapples. Derived from the leaf of the stevia plant. Rapadura brand is the highest-quality product on the market. mesquite meal helps regulate other carbohydrates and helps curb the cakes. Made from pods from the mesquite tree. Thick. so it is not a vegan product. Strong flavour can overpower other flavours. it has a unique and distinctive flavour sap of the maple tree. blended beverages. which grows high in the Andes mountains in South America. and sauces. minerals. has no calories. maple butter. pie fillings. 35 per cent water. and potassium. calcium. Dates contain relatively little water and do not become much more concentrated upon drying. First-press molasses are light in colour and flavour. Raisins give depth to mock graham cracker crusts. Maple butter and maple sugar are more highly concentrated than the syrup. mangos. cakes. GI varies. Mesquite meal Mildly sweet. They do contain cookies. Conventional dried fruit may contain sulfur dioxide. Dried fruits (apples. cookies. it is used as an alternative The root. Use to thicken Lower on the GI than most other shakes and smoothies. soft creams. making them more nutritious than most sweeteners. dietary fibre. when colour is not an issue. they thicken puddings. and it contains minute amounts of minerals. and phytonutrients. HEALTH NOTES High on the GI. CHARACTERISTICS/USES Very sweet. Molasses and muscovado sugar Slightly sweet. Use only organic pure maple syrup. ranking them high on the GI. maple syrup or honey. crunchy texture slightly reminiscent of fresh-picked apple. About half a cup replaces 1 cup of sugar. more distinct flavour than fresh and should be selected according to the flavour desired in the dessert. and is delicious in mock graham cracker crusts and fruit crisp toppings or anytime a brown sugar flavour is desired. Evaporated cane juice Flash dried. pineapple. with a strong licorice-like taste. semidry. cherries. bright taste. bananas. 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). Dried mission figs complement chocolate nicely.) Agave nectar or syrup Dry your own fresh fruits at low temperatures outside in the sun or in a dehydrator. and dry. It is essentially stolen from bees. Raw honey Stevia 200 times sweeter than sugar. and pie crusts. and cookies. figs. stevia should be used in very small amounts. measurable amounts of iron. so buy organic. malt-like taste. and watermelon. and raises blood-sugar levels more quickly than white sugar. Maca powder and maca syrup The powder or syrup of a root-like vegetable shaped like a radish. Although not raw. with more molasses. and does not elevate blood-sugar levels.PRODUCT DESCRIPTION Fresh dates Three main categories: soft. has a mild. It has a naturally sweet taste. especially ginger and spice sugar are 65 per cent sucrose. Repeated boiling results in dark blackstrap molasses. When soaked and blended. You High on the GI and not recommended for can substitute dark agave syrup in most recipes. caramel-like flavour. unfiltered syrup that contains pollen and enzymes. magnesium. Most have a stronger. since anything less could be genetically modified corn syrup with as little as 3 per cent maple syrup. but still relatively high. before being processed into syrup. depending on the freshness and variety of the dates. 90 per cent fructose. Maca has a slightly sweet. Use about 2 teaspoons per 1 cup recipe volume. Not as high on the GI as white sugar. natural syrup made from the juice of the agave cactus.
dehydrated walnuts. Press the final layer down. the walnuts and the currants are utilized. 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. Fruit and nut Layers • • • 1. minced 1/2 cup currants To make the Sweet Syrup. peeled. 2. Feel Younger! She has trained many of the world’s top raw food chefs and instructors. and thinly sliced on a mandolin or the (number 2) slicing attachment of a food processor. cinnamon. Refrigerate the dessert for at least two hours prior to serving. 5. is the founder and director of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. and is often referred to as the “mother” of gourmet raw vegan cuisine. 4.com or write to info@ RawFoodChef. 8 apples. the author of Angel Foods: Healthy Recipes for Heavenly Bodies. Evenly place one portion (a quarter of the apples) in a square springform pan and press gently. Cherie Soria 77 . Repeat step 2 three more times. clove and cardamom together in a blender and blend to form a smooth paste.com. gently. Gain Energy. artistically placed apple slices. Lose Weight. lemon juice. Visit RawFoodChef. until all the apples. the syrup. gently pressing each layer into place. and set aside a quarter of the most attractive slices to use for the top layer. and coauthor of The Raw Revolution Diet: Feast. put the agave. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. 4 cups soaked. Separate the sliced apples into four equal parts. The final layer should be walnuts.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. covered with glaze. raisins. spread evenly over a layer of the most attractive. Cut the baklava into small squares or triangles.
and the vines in flower yield their sweet fragrance. my fair one. .” Song of Solomon. and come. 2:13. my love.The fig Brigitte Mars explores the original forbidden fruit “The fig tree hath put forth her green figs. Arise.
size and colour – the latter spanning the spectrum from black. Fill the crust with the mixture. protein and fibre. soaked 1 hour • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Combine the dates and figs in a blender and purée. anyone? • 1 cup dried figs. They have been successfully used in the treatment of anaemia. They also help deter cravings for sugar. and the fertile seeds it’s packed with nourish both libido and fertility. For more information see BrigitteMars. It ranks among the top food sources of calcium and also contains abundant copper. the fig is a member of the mulberry family. gangrene. keep at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. Soak dried figs overnight in water for a breakfast compote. But for an interesting variation try them stuffed with raw almond butter. be sure to (a) avoid those treated with the preservative potassium sorbate.com 79 . a soothing laxative. She has been working with natural medicine for more than 30 years and is author of the books Rawsome!. 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. spleen. iron. folic acid. Brigitte Mars is a nutritional consultant and a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. Another of the signatures of fig trees is that they can live as long as 100 years and grow to 100 feet in height. among others. where the jam will keep for about 2 weeks. They are also known to neutralize toxins. Add a bit of the water. There are several botanical classes of fig. especially during the cold winter months. look for plump. adding enough of the soaking water to form a smooth mixture. Crust • 2 cups walnuts. phosphorous and potassium. Figs are also esteemed for their ability to improve eyesight. magnesium. as they cling to the teeth and can contribute to decay. Fresh fig poultice has been applied to boils and injuries. which brings to mind ancient times and southern climes. If they are not yet ripe. cinnamon and cardamom in a food processor and purée. and now cultivated across the Middle East and Mediterranean. This succulent delight. Whichever variety you are shopping for. and salt in a food processor and purée. and can be applied topically twice daily to remove warts. exhaustion. soaked overnight • 1 inch of fresh ginger root Remove the fruit from the soaking water and place in a blender. Its soft. Press the mixture into a pie pan. Fresh figs are delicate and perishable and are best consumed within a couple of days of purchase. colitis. pancreas and large intestines.he fig is one of the most eagerly-awaited highlights of the autumn harvest. It is one of the most ancient fruits on earth. and also one of the most alkalizing and mineral-dense. Dried figs also make an ideal travel food and a great snack. Besides this. T Butterscotch sauce Makes about 1 cup Serve over raw ice cream or fruit. to white. It comes from well-hung trees. to purple. Beauty by Nature. poppy seeds. raisins. the fig is considered an aphrodisiac food and a supreme sexual tonic. orange peel. and use them as a natural sweetener for cookies. Combine the figs. rheumatism. gout. blood pressure imbalances. pulse until well mixed. making them an ideal food to eat while cleansing. and several hundred commercial varieties giving rise to a wide range of flavour. to gold. asthma. The milky white juice in unripe figs contains a proteolytic enzyme known as ficin. soaked overnight. The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine and Healing Herbal Teas. Poppy Fig Pastry Makes 8 servings You could enjoy this for a special brunch as well as for dessert. they need no adornment. pleurisy. and keep adding water until the mixture achieves a jam-like consistency. Figs have a high content of mucin. The list goes on… Figs are anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic (the seeds help drive out some kinds of intestinal worms). • ½ cup dates. delicate skin gives way to reveal an aromatic flesh bejeweled with hundreds of tiny seeds. Remove the tough stems before eating. with husks removed • 1 cup poppy seeds • 1 cup dried figs Combine the walnuts. If buying dried figs. to reduce inflammation until dental help is available. it is rich in vitamin B6. A sublime treat eaten as they come. tender fruits that are free of bruises and not mushy. tuberculosis and ulcers. They have a special affinity for the stomach. and (b) brush your teeth after eating them. Originally from Asia. Avoid washing them until ready to eat. soaked overnight • ½ cup dried apricots. catarrh. sore throat. Enjoy figs as a snack or for dessert. reserve the soaking water. Figs are excellent for athletes and those who want to gain weight. or try one of the recipes opposite. though when cultivated they are usually kept to a more manageable 16 feet. Store in the refrigerator. is said to have been Cleopatra’s favourite fruit. to green. and also to toothaches. soaked 20 minutes • ¼ cup figs. pies and puddings. We’re jammin’ Makes about 3 cups Jam on flax crackers with almond butter. alcohol and drugs by stabilizing blood sugar levels. Being as restorative and energizing as it is succulent and sublime.
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If one component is off. Green drink (loaded with sprouts) and a breath of fresh air. spirit. superfoods and sprouted grains. Off to work! My husband Brian and I own a company. Mycrazysexylife. Organic green veggie juice – no fruit. body. so we bike as much as possible. They need it the most! Once we get on the same page about our global health crisis all else will follow. For my third book I have an amazing A-list of women in my posse. spirit and the committed daily practice are the legs. seaweeds.A Day In The Life Of. use my neti pot. The diet is the seat that holds me up. Lights out and snooze time with the angels….. Good Morning America.” I write. Blog! I get an incredible amount of energy from our Crazy Sexy community. vision and personal health plans. and voilà! I call it the flood and flush method. 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. If one component is off. After we’ve caught up and the universe has its marching orders. 7pm. move. Pray. mostly raw: vegetables. The diet is the seat that holds me up. 11 pm. I love our virtual family! 1 pm. I just started the outline for my third book. one in Woodstock. The peace we seek begins on our plates. I really see the difference in my sleep quality. with little or no fruit. When the kitchen timer “bings. day-break is techno detox time. it’s far from boring. 2003 (the day I was diagnosed) I haven’t stopped educating myself and aligning with the best researchers in the field. “Vote with your fork. 9 pm. I topple. Their philosophy helped me build my healing plan post-diagnosis. I lived at a Zen Monastery in New Mexico the summer I was diagnosed. 82 . That’s when all the pieces came together. If I don’t wrangle and ride my dragon. We live deep in the woods surrounded by a cathedral of pine trees. :00 am. Hummer types. and head to our yoga room for a drive-by meditation. In hippieville.. Add raw foods and green juices to the mix. body. and go back to nature with a vegan lifestyle – it just makes so much sense. create. dream. but only really low-residue things like quinoa. practice non-violence. and inspirational speaker. 6 8:30 am. For more information visit crazysexylife. Crazy Sexy Wellness (featuring holistic services. This means no laptops or late night reading in bed. design. Then we check in on our social network.com to make sure that people aren’t doing cottage cheese and scotch fasts and that folks are supporting each other in the glow. I’m addicted to writing. I’m cooked. 11:00. and the committed daily practice are the legs. Kris has been featured on The Today Show. including a non-profit arm). I first began practicing with David and Sharon (the founders) in the mid 90’s. I’m determined to bring revolutionary health information to the mainstream – especially to the factory farm chomping. She is groovy! We curl up in my tropical-print Lay-Z-boy and chat over a large cup of ionized water with lemon. Crazy Sexy staff meeting. I juice like a madwoman and eat two meals per day. We make enough for the day with our Greenstar. First thing in the morning I never use my laptop. 7:00 am. A few years ago I completed the Health Educator program at the Hippocrates Institute in Florida. Since becoming a fulltime healing junkie on Valentine’s Day. Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor. My healing plan is like a cosy chair. nuts. As long as I keep myself balanced. It’s important to leave work and problems away from the pillow. Her documentary Crazy Sexy Cancer premiered on TLC and Discovery Health in 2007 and her book Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips has been translated into six languages since its release last autumn. 10:30 am. 9 am. The Jivamukti method saturates me with inspiration. My paper journal is my mind dump.com. the muse flows easily. Thank Goddess for kitchen timers! I set mine for 20 minutes. It’s the diet and lifestyle book I’ve been designing and following for years. It’s my biggie and I’m wildly excited. support and other goodies. Try to leave the office at a reasonable hour. It was there that I began to build a daily practice that starts with stillness. filmmaker. Tango with my dry brush and then hit the shower. Dinner includes some cooked food. Brian and I love mindful eating during the sacred magic hour. It means so much to know that you’re not alone living a healthy lifestyle. We often hear them whisper a lot when we return. The mind. good for sexy mama earth. Even if it’s just for five minutes I truck outside to blow kisses to the sun. soups and steamed veggies. 8:45 am. so I only use organic skin care and cleaning products. Teaming up with powerhouse goddesses gives me a natural high (better than cacao). They miss us when we’re gone too long. heal with your spoon”! 4 pm. Flood your body with light and flush out the darkness. It helps me fine tune my direction and connects me with my inner best friend. I’m a type-A personality with whirlwind tendencies. Our home is a chemical-free zone. Eight hours of uninterrupted sleep is what I need for health. Good for us. is in stores now. but not in the bedroom. As soon as my peepers pop open it’s a full tilt circus! Brush my chicklets. Afternoon: Write articles (today I’m clacking out one for Brazilian Vogue). Though my diet is simple. still the mind. This way I don’t go crazy wondering when the zazen will end. I topple. one in New York City. I down a shot of E-3 Live and take my supplements (including high dosages of therapeutic enzymes). Her new book. My healing plan is like a cosy chair. our office is close to home. millet. Kris Carr Kris Carr is an award winning author. I consider myself a word chef. Read or surf. Breakfast is 16-32 ounces of liquid sunshine. products. Symphonic salad (lots of colour – like music)! I prefer to make my own food and thankfully we have a little kitchen in our office. ready to share their tips. Power walk (running makes me look like a klutzy baby elk) or yoga. The CBS Evening News and The Oprah Winfrey Show. The mind. sweet potatoes. I say. We have two offices. clarity and creativity.
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