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Contents
Main Features
18 Interview With David Wolfe
"Food is the major determinant of how we're feeling on any given day,
where we're going, and what our destiny is."
21 Food Combining
Easy rules for increased energy, better digestion and effortless weight loss.
36 What's In A Vaccine?
And why you don't want it in your body.
39 The Get Fresh Guide To Superfoods
Forget the hype; these are the foods that will take you furthest.
In This Issue
17 How To Be Raw And Have A Social Life
Paul Nison makes it easy.
24 Raw Coaching
Eating raw but not feeling energetic? Karen Knowler to the rescue.
28 Healthy Body, Healthy Planet
Top athlete Brendan Brazier talks to Get Fresh! about the plant-based diet
that led him to peak performance - the sustainable way.
34 Healing At Hippocrates
Overcoming cancer, by Dr Brian Clement.
48 Raw In The City
Sarma Melngailis on how she ended her love-hate relationship with coffee.
50 Raw Beauty
How to get the glow.
58 Rejuvenation
It's about more than being raw...
82 A Day In The Life of Rhio
The author of Hooked On Rawtalks us through her daily routine.
62
Food
62 Sexy Starters And Bite-Sized Bits!
Chad Sarno with teasers to leave your guests wanting more.
67 Ask Alissa!
How to use a dehydrator to recreate your favourite cooked foods.
72 How To Make Raw Chocolate
These recipes make the perfect raw treat.
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5 Editor's Letter
6 What's New?
10 Book reviews
12 News
15 Events
32 Healthy Changes
55 Readers' Raw Transformations
76 Healthy Breaks
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A
biOl09y class when I was 14 has always stuck in my mind.
The topic was nutrition. As we studied the protein, fat,
carbohydrate and vitamin content of different foods, the
teacher announced to us that he'd worked out which food was
the most nutritious on earth. This, he explained in a state of some
excitement, was the one food that contained everything humans
needed and that you could live on alone for long periods of time,
should circumstances demand it. And what was this wonder food?
The peanut!
This was good news for me. I'd always been a big fan of peanuts
and peanut butter - the roasted, salted variety, naturally - so
after that I upped my intake and mentally polished my halo each
time I tucked in. Even though the term superfood hadn't been
coined back then, I was already into the concept, you see!
The knowledge of nutrition available to us just two decades ago
bears little resemblance to the knowledge - or range of foods-
available to us now. With the abundance of different vegetables,
fruits, nuts, seeds and guilt-free gourmet ingredients that we
can choose from today - whether they're on sale in our locality
or just a mouse click away - never has it been easier to eat a
supremely healthy diet.
In this issue, among other brilliant articles and features, you'll
find our Guide To Superfoods. Peanuts didn't make the list,
though my erstwhile teacher wasn't completely off track - most
nuts and seeds do qualify as superfoods. However, only one
food from this category is complete enough and rich enough in
nutrients across the spectrum to make it into our rundown of the
super superfoods that will give you the most and take you the
furthest. All is revealed on pages 39 to 46.
With our best wishes for a healthy and happy autumn, we do
hope that you enjoy this issue.
Sarah Best
Editor
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totalrawfood.com or ring 01273248697.
The latest raw chocolate brand to launch
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range from Total Raw Food. In the place of
refined sugar, dairy and preservatives are
100% natural ingredients, including some
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There are five bars to choose from: Real
Gold has a mesquite crunch, Real Silver
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packed with whole goji berries, Real Purple
gets its colour from purple corn and Real
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Bars cost £2.85 and are now on sale in
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What do you do when you crave an ice cream fix? For UK raw foodies
who've ditched dairy and shunned soya, the only way to get that fix used
to be to get busy in the kitchen. Not any more!
The Booja-Booja Company has launched 'Stuff In A Tub', an all-natural ice
cream made with a base of cashew nuts and sweetened with agave nectar.
Better still, none of the ingredients are heat-treated.
The range comes in five fabulous flavours: Vanilla
M'Gorilla, Coconut Hullabaloo, Fesity Winjin Ginger,
Pompompous Maple Pecan and Hanky Panky Chocolate.
The chocolate flavour picked up a Gold Great Taste
Award from the Guild of Fine Food Retailers and the
entire range scooped the award for Best New Organic
Food Product at the Natural and Organic Products Europe
show earlier this year.
As an active supporter of independent retailers, the Booja-
Booja Company has pledged that none of its products
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Raw Gaia, the only company in the world offering 100% raw skin and body
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anti-fungal properties. Meanwhile, its Sun-dried Green Clay Face Pack is a
detoxifying treat, gently drawing out toxins and environmental pollutants.
Raw Gaia is also launching a range of gift packs, which will be available from
September 10. Pictured below is the Pamper Box. Priced between £27 and
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For more information see www.rawgaia.com or ring 01273311476.
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The Raw 50
By Carol Alt,
Clarkson Potter, 517.00
An American supermodel, Alt has graced the covers of
over 700 magazines. She discovered the healing and
rejuvenative powers of raw food a decade ago and has
been eating close to 100% raw ever since. She detailed
her astonishing transformation in her first book, Eating
In The Raw. This sequel is a practical guide to living the
lifestyle she recommends. Although largely a recipe
book, it also contains advice on setting up a raw kitchen,
selecting ingredients and sprouting, plus six moving
testimonials from people who have transformed their
lives with raw food.
The promise on the jacket is "10 breakfasts, 10 lunches,
10 dinners, 10 snacks and 10 drinks" - hence the '50'
in the title. But as the lunches and dinners are multi-
course feasts, this is a book that really delivers on the
recipe front. For example, the Un-Supersize Me Lunch
includes Raw Burgers, Sprouted Kamut Buns, Coleslaw,
and Choco-Coco Mousse. The Tuscan Supper, meanwhile,
encompasses Squash Spaghetti with Garlic Oil and Pine
Nut 'Parmigiano', Tuscan Bread, Field Greens Salad with
Creamy Black Pepper and Sage Dressing and Cool Lemon
Cream Pie.
As Alt asks on page 16: "Eating what other diet, living
what other lifestyle, can you shamelessly have such a
wide range of delicious foods and treats?" Many of
the recipes in the book were contributed by renowned
raw chefs; 14 of them from Dan Hoyt of New York's
celebrated Quintessence restaurant.
In the next issue of Get Fresh! - our exclusive interview
with Carol Alt.
Get Freslr!
Ani's Raw Food Kitchen
By Ani Phyo,
Marlowe & Company, 519.95
At the front of this book, raw chef Ani Phyo
promises: "This book is the green living resource
for busy, health-conscious people who want to eat
more fresh organic living foods that are fast and
easy to make, delicious and nutritious to enjoy."
Although the book doesn't disappoint one bit on
the recipe front, its most unique selling point is
the huge amount of information on sustainable
living. With titles like 'Recycling Helps but Reusing
is Better' and 'Lemon Rinds are Great for Cleaning'
if you're convinced you're as green as it gets,
chances are you won't think that after reading
this book. You might decide to stop short of 'Pedal
Power Your Appliances' but if you want to take
sustainable living to the next level there is no better
source of ideas for turning your carbon footprint
into a tiptoe.
Phyo was raised on a raw food diet but drifted to
the standard diet during university only to find
herself overweight and with high cholesterol. So
she came full circle and returned to the pure diet
she was raised on, in the early days even hosting
raw dinners in Los Angeles so she would have
gourmet raw food to feed herself on for the rest of
the week.
She is now one of the most talented raw chefs in
America and recipes in the book include Mushroom
Risotto with White Truffle-Infused Olive Oil, Black
Sesame Sunflower Bread and Pecan Chai Pie on
Cashew Crust.
Quantum Eating:
The Ultimate Elixir Of Youth
By Tonya Zavasta,
BR Publishing, 530.00
As the title suggests, this book marries quantum physics and
nutrition. The aim? It's the culmination of the author's quest
to discover the ultimate anti-aging diet. Tonya Zavasta
is best known for promoting the beautifying benefits of
the all-raw diet, and what makes her regime unique is the
suggested prolonging of our natural night-time fasting
period by gradually phasing out dinner. Zavasta eats her last
meal at 2pm and goes for 16-18 hours a day without food -
and here's the thing - or water.
Zavasta provides compelling evidence that this complete
digestive system rest, dubbed 'dry fasting' by other health
pioneers who have similarly extolled its benefits, has
detoxification, longevity and rejuvenative benefits. The
regime also provides 'calorie restricted optimum nutrition' -
the book draws on the body of research that suggests that
if we can meet all our nutrient needs on a low-calorie diet,
we're likely to live longer, healthier lives.
Zavasta emphasizes that the plan she recommends is only to
be considered by those who have a few years on a pure raw
diet under their belts and are ready to go to the next level.
She is also explicit that she is recommending dry fasts that
last hours, not days.
At over 400 pages the book is a comprehensive and
engagingly written guide to staying young gracefully and
ends with a selection of recipes and a rundown of the
gadgets Zavasta has discovered to help keep skin looking
fresh and glowing. Turn to page 50 to read an excerpt from
the book.
The New Energy Body
By Natalia Rose,
E-book available from TheRawFoodDetoxDiet.com, 514.95
Quantum physics and raw food meet again in this new e-book which
expands on the themes from Rose's recently published Raw Food Life
Force Energy. What is the new energy body? It is reached through
what Rose dubs "the ultimate detox process" because it cleanses on
all levels, not just physical. As she writes in the introduction: "The
old energy body is a body steeped in density, burdened by existence,
relationships, fears and premature aging. The new energy body is a
body that has been enlightened, literally and figuratively." The book
outlines 12 stages for getting there and they encompass everything
from raw food, meditation and breath work to 'Detox Your
Detrimental Programming and 'Raise Your Light Quotient'. Another
highly recommended book from this original and insightful thinker.
The Hundred-Year Lie: How to Protect Yourself from
the Chemicals That Are Destroying Your Health
By Randall Fitzgerald,
Plume, $10.20
The author is a former Wall Street Journal
investigative journalist and the lie in question dates
from 1906, the year Congress enacted the Pure
Food and Drug Act. This Act lulled - and still lulls -
most of the American public into believing that if a
substance is allowed in our food, water or anywhere
else where it might get into our bodies, it must be
safe. The reality? There are estimated to be over
100,000 synthetic chemicals in use worldwide and
only a fraction have ever been tested for their effects on humans.
This book, which includes the details of the author's wheatgrass juice
and living foods detox at the Hippocrates Health Institute, is a must
read for anyone who wants to know how to live a healthy life in a
polluted world.
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Attendees at the 2nd International living Foods Summit, held in April this year. Back row, left to
right, Or Brian Clement, Hippocrates Health Institute, USA; Oan Laderman, living light Culinary Arts
Institute, USA; Viktoras Kulvinskas "Father of living Foods·, Costa Rica; Oiana Store, Raw Superfoods,
Holland; Laura Gonzalez, GHAW Institute, USA; Ken Blue, Hippocrates Health Institute, USA; Claudine
Richard, living Food, France; Or Anna Maria Clement, Hippocrates Health Institute, USA; Alicia Hall,
Hippocrates Health Educator, England; Katrina Cunliffe, Tree Of Life, USA; Or Jameth Sheridan, Health
Force, USA. Front row; Oorit, Serenity Spaces, USA; Cherie Soria, living Light Culinary Arts Institute,
USA; Paul Nison, Raw life Inc, USA; Jill Swyers, liVing Foods For Health, Ut<,; Brenda Cobb, living Foods
Institute, USA; Oavid Rainoshek, Tree of life, USA.
hen 22 of the world's leading
raw and living foods experts
gathered in spring 2006 to
discuss the most frequently asked
questions relating to the diet and lifestyle,
it was a landmark moment.
The event in question was the 1st
International Living Food Summit,
organized by Drs Brian and Anna Maria
Clement at the Hippocrates Health
Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. The
result was a joint statement outlining
the experts' consensus on a number of
important issues, and offering a series of
guidelines for those following the raw and
living foods lifestyle.
This official consensus was especially
significant because the raw food arena
has a history of being plagued with
contradictory advice from different
quarters. For example, with one camp
insisting the healthiest diet should have
fruit as the main source of calories, and
another arguing that fruit should be eaten
in moderation if at all, health seekers who
are attracted to the lifestyle are often left
scratching their heads.
So it is good news for raw food fans
everywhere that a group of experts is
committed to ongoing scientific research
into the diet, and to reaching informed
consensus on all controversial issues
pertaining to it.
The 2nd International Living Food Summit
was held in April of this year and again
attracted experts from around the world.
In a recently released statement about the
event the organizers revealed that this
year's discussion focused heavily on the
urgent importance of living in a way that is
environmentally sustainable.
The group reviewed the statement issued
last year and plans to add to these
nutritional and health guidelines as and
when new research becomes available.
Controversial topics addressed this year
included cacao and salt. The view of the
assembled experts? Both are best avoided.
Those present this year echoed the
organizers' belief that ongoing
cooperation between raw food leaders
is essential, as this unity will help spread
the living and raw foods message into the
mainstream, where it is most desperately
needed.
The 3rd International Living and Raw Food
Summit is scheduled for May 2nd and 3rd
2009.
The 2006 statem.ent
The group's recommendation's for a
healthy diet:
Vegan (no animal products of any kind,
cooked or raw)
Organic
Whole foods
High in vitamins, antioxidants and
phytonutrients
Highly mineralized
Contains a significant quantity of
chlorophyll-rich green foods
Contains adequate complete protein
from plant sources
Contains a high proportion of high
water content foods and provides
excellent hydration
Includes raw vegetable juices
Contains all essential fatty acids,
including omega-3 fatty acids, from
naturally occurring plant sources
At least 80% raw (the remaining to be
vegan, whole food and organic)
Has moderate, yet adequate, calorie
intake
Contains only low to moderate sugar
and exclusively from whole food sources
(fruitarianism is strongly discouraged)
Is nutritionally optimal for both
detoxification and rebuilding
The group added the following proviso
to its dietary guidelines: "Diet is a critical
piece of a healthy lifestyle, yet not the
entire picture. A full-spectrum, health
supportive lifestyle is encouraged. This
includes physical exercise, exposure
to sunshine and psychological health.
Avoiding environmental toxins and toxic
products is essential.·
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hard-to-find commodity in the United States. After two isolated
instances of salmonella contamination of non-organic almonds,
the US Department of Agriculture has passed legislation
effectively making it illegal to sell raw Californian almonds.
Most of the country's almonds are produced in this state and if
the ruling goes ahead, from March 2008 almonds - even those
labeled raw - will have to be 'sanitized', either through high-
temperature sterilization or with a toxic fumigant.
s a staple in many raw recipes, from milks and smoothies
to pates, crackers. cakes, cookies and numerous other
tasty creations, the almond is officially the favourite nut
of raw fooders.
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The fumigation chemical to be used is propylene oxide. Its use
on food is banned in many countries, including Canada and the
whole of the European Union. Even the US's own Environmental
Protection Agency has classed propylene oxide as a probable
human carcinogen.
The threat of the legislation has forced US-based companies
selling products containing raw almonds, including raw almond
butter, to start looking for overseas sources. There has never
been a contamination scare associated with organic almonds, and
the two instances of salmonella outbreak linked to conventional
ones came not from the almonds themselves but from cross-
contamination with livestock manure.
The Cornucopia Institute, an organization which upholds the
interests of small farmers, has launched 'The Authentic Almond
Project' which it hopes will successfully overturn the planned
legislation. "If almonds require pasteurization, what foods will
be next on the list of mandatory sterilization, heat treatment and
irradiation?" asks Will Fantle, the Institute's research director.
"Truly raw, untreated frUits, nuts and vegetables might no longer
be legally available in the marketplace."
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London has its very first raw
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food to companies, yoga
centres, spas and health clinics
as well as private clients. On
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8alls; Cucumber, Beetroot and
Seaweed Salad with Sweet Miso
Ginger Dressing; and Nut and
Seed Granola with 8erries and
Brazil Nut Milk.
The closest competitor to Raw
Fairies is My Little Earth, run
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ones, including some of the
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dinner parties and retreats.
You can sample Anya
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Bonnington Cafe in south
London. This is a communally
owned vegetarian restaurant,
and every second, fourth and
fifth Sunday of the month Anya
is guest chef.
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Paul i n ha om imple ad ice.
have been raw for over 12 years
now, and teaching about making the
transition to a raw food diet for about
seven of those. As I travel all over the
world, one of the questions I get asked
often is: "How does someone consume a
raw food diet while not being considered
an outcast by society?"! I thought when
I first started eating this way many years
ago that this was going to be an issue for
me as well, but to my pleasant surprise I
have found it to be very easy.
Like any change, at first it can be a
challenge, especially when most of the
world doesn't understand the reason for
the change or anything about it. The raw
diet is so different from any other way of
eating. But it is becoming the new
'in thing' so it is not as challenging in social
settings as it was just a few years ago.
It is good to know that years ago
consuming a vegetarian diet was
considered weird or different but today it
is pretty much accepted all over the world.
Well, today the raw food diet is becoming
accepted and there are more and more
raw food vegetarian restaurants opening
up, especially in the United States.
First off, if you plan to consume anything
less than a 100% raw food diet (which
is fine) you won't run into the same
challenges as someone who wants to go
100% raw. You can just simply have cooked
food on those occasions when you can't
get raw. If doing so, do your best to make
sure the food is as healthy as possible.
If you are planning to go 100% raw
remember that just like making the
change from an animal eater to a
vegetarian or vegan, how we handle the
situation can make all the difference.
If someone tells you that you are sick,
you will say to them, how do you know
how I feel? But if 100 people come to
you in one day and tell you that you are
sick, you might start to think, am I? When
first starting to eat a raw food diet many
people are going to tell you things like,
you are crazy, that's dangerous, you need
cooked food, or you can't do that, and the
more you hear it, the more you might start
to believe it.
As long as you've thought out the reason
and purpose for going on an all raw diet
you should not be bothered too much by
what others say, but if you are in doubt
before they say anything, their words
might take you over the edge.
Don't go beyond your understanding. Do
the research before changing your
diet so that when you get these comments
you will know you are doing the right
thing.
Make the choice yourself and not because
someone else talked you into it. As long as
it is your choice to change, that will help
keep you strong, but if you try to change
for someone else, it will make it harder to
stick with it when the pressure is on.
Even if you have the knowledge and you
made the choice yourself, their words
still might make you second guess your
decision to go on an all raw diet. We are
all human and we all have feelings and
emotions. It's like if you get a new haircut
and think it looks great. You could be
pretty confident in that feeling but if
you keep hearing that your hair looked
better before you cut it, you might start
wondering whether you made a mistake.
The most important rule we have to learn
is that we cannot let our feelings override
our decision. I call this decision over
emotion. It is hard to be consistent if we
are living off of how we feel. After just
a few days on a raw diet many of us will
feel the need for cooked food. Also many
of us will base our feelings on what other
people tell us. This is why once we make a
decision we should learn to stick to it.
Make a promise to yourself that your faith
is so strong in what you are doing that
you are going to stick with it and no one is
going to talk you out of it.
Once you feel confident in what you are
doing, how do you deal with friends,
family and others who think you have
gone off the wall?
Do not get over zealous. It's easy to
believe so strongly in the message that
you just want to push it on everyone else.
I and you most likely know that the raw
food diet is the healthiest way to eat,
but it took us a while to learn this, and it
might take other people a while. Accept all
people where they are.
Live by example. Let people see how
great you feel and look and how much
energy you have. Then they will start to
ask questions. That will open the door for
you to give them the answers.
Now I am going to give you the most
amazing advice you will ever get on how
to socially fit into society on a raw food
diet. Three magic words will make this
path so much easier for you. No matter
who it is or where you are these three
words will work for you. Do not tell people
you are eating a raw diet because... Most
people do not care about or understand
health and will think you are crazy!
Here are the three magic words: "My
doctor said... "! If you tell them that, they
can accept it with no problem.
Understand, most people do not eat
for health. They eat for taste. If you are
making food for your family, don't put the
food on the table and give them a health
lesson. Just make the food taste great and
they will enjoy it - and you will enjoy most
people accepting the way you eat.
If anyone tells you how to eat, just tell
them nicely, if you do not want me to
tell you how to eat, please don't judge
my eating habits. That should keep them
quiet. If not, just shove a carrot in their
mouth.
Paul is an internationally recognized authority
on the raw food diet, and the author of six
books on the subject. For more information see
www.paulnison.com.
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SPECIAL FEATURE
Interview with
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David olfe is one of th world leading authoriti n the raw di t and life t le. He i the
author of se eral be t- lling bo k on th ubject including The unfood Diet ucc s
ystem and Eating For Beauty. H ha n r 1 000 health lecture and emlllar
around the \1 odd and reGularly h t r treat . Da id i 0 f nlin ra'.; uper t r
unfood utriti n and co-found r of rh non-pr fit ruit Tree Plantin Foundation,
Here h talk to arah B t ab ut the link b tw en nutrition and human potential.
You've been writing and lecturing about
raw foods since 1994. At what point did
you notice interest in this lifestyle really
start to take off and how has it grown
since then?
I noticed a massive increase in interest
seven or eight years ago. Since then it
has grown to the point that raw food is a
major grass roots movement worldwide.
It's already to some degree mainstream.
When I talk to people about goji berries
- even people with no knowledge of
nutrition - they connect that to the raw
food diet. They know what that is. Does
that mean they will choose to go raw? Not
necessarily. But is it more likely they will in
this environment? Of course.
Can you remember the moment when you
first saw the connection between nature,
nutrition and health?
The initial seed was planted when I was
seven and my family took its first trip to
California. We stayed at my uncle's ranch
and planted fruit trees all summer. This
was my first experience of gardening and
eating fruit directly off the tree.
At what point did you leave behind the
'standard diet'?
When I went to college and started buying
my own food I started to notice something
wasn't agreeing. I was only eating about
20 different foods so I knew it would be
easy to work out what the problem was.
So I just ate 10 foods one day, then ate the
other 10 the next and soon, by process of
elimination, I was left with only two foods.
One day I just ate grape nut cereal - I felt
fine. The next day I just had milk and it
was clear that this was the problem.
I got off dairy and people started asking
where I was getting my calcium. I realized
I needed to investigate. I started reading
books on nutrition and I've been a huge
advocate of people educating themselves
about nutrition ever since.
'Raw food not only
tran forms people
health; it also
reconnect them
to the earth"
So this quest for knowledge led to your
discovery of raw food as the ideal diet?
Eventually. At that time the only book
that mentioned raw food was Fit For
Life, by Harvey and Marilyn Dimond. It
actually mentions the term 'raw foodist'
and this concept made immediate sense
to me. Later I read Blatant Raw Foodist
Propaganda by Joe Alexander: this is
the first book that was really on point
from a nutritional and an ethical and a
philosophical perspective. I've been 100%
raw for 13 years now, That's not going to
change. It's who I am.
How would you summarize the difference
between living on cooked food and living
on raw?
First, there is no better directive than
raw food. It's almost impossible with the
choices available today to avoid processed
food unless you have a strong directive
that guides you. Once you know about the
importance of eating natural, raw foods
you can guide yourself in any restaurant,
store or forest much better than if you
didn't know.
Raw food not only transforms people's
health; it also reconnects them to the
earth. The major reason people have lost
connection with the earth is because they
don't eat foods that come from the earth.
It helps people reconnect with what's
valuable. So many people are so lost they
think their car is more valuable than their
body! They'll take better care of their car
or other possessions than they do their
body! It's an epidemic in our society.
Raw food heals that disconnect from
what's important: family values, friends,
love, gardening, connection to the earth.
It brings about a spiritual transformation
that is very badly needed. A lot of
problems are caused because people are
not actually in their body; not here in the
moment, connected to the great workings
of nature. Raw food changes all that.
Although thousands who have already
gone high raw or all raw can vouch for
all of that, those who are new to these
concepts find it hard to believe. Would
you agree that people initially tend to be
attracted to raw food purely for what it
can do for them on the physical front?
Of course. Weight loss is a big one. Raw
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food helps people quickly reach their
ideal weight. When I lecture I often ask
this question: "How many of you have
lost over 100lbs on a raw food diet?" No
matter what city I'm in I'll usually see at
least three people raise their hands. One
hundred pounds!
What, specifically, do you eat?
I live on superfoods but you have to go
through a lot of cleansing, detoxing and
green juices before you can do that. Once
you're alkaline the whole picture changes.
The foods I eat often include honey,
bee pollen, royal jelly, blue green algae,
chlorella, noni and aloe vera. I practically
live on smoothies. When I'm travelling I'll
mix honey, bee pollen, cacao, maca and
goji berries into a ball and eat that. I still
have green juices and salads but I eat a
lot less than I used to and I'm a lot less
attached to food. My goal is for everything
I eat to be super-loaded with nutrition and
consciousness in as few calories as possible.
But the key is I want to eat this way and
don't feel I am denying myself.
Clearly nutrition is only one component
of a healthy lifestyle and there are many
others. Do you believe nutrition is the
single most important factor?
Nutrition is where the rubber meets the
road. Food is the major determinant of
how we're feeling on any given day, where
we're going and what our destiny is.
What, in your view, is the next essential
component of a healthy lifestyle?
Counteracting stress. Connecting with
nature is an important de-stressor.
Planting foods, trees, gardens; as well
as de-stressing us, these are also a great
form of exercise. Then there are the yogic
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practices including breathing, meditation
and asanas. Every couple of hours I step
away from my desk and do five minutes of
simple yoga. It reconnects me.
There is a very strong correlation between
stress levels, state of consciousness, diet,
thinking and exercise. All of these feed off
each other. You have to watch all aspects
of that equation. And you have to balance
it properly in order to have true success
and to maintain a high vibrational nature.
You've spoken before about the power of
a high-raw diet to affect what we absorb
from the atmosphere around us. Please
explain how this works.
The earth itself is negatively charged;
that's its polarity. The sky and the heavens
are positively charged, and the sexual
union between the two is what creates
life. Ozone and oxygen are male, seminal
particles from the sun. If you are charged
up with the negative ions from the
earth, through eating living food filled
with prana, that positive energy in the
atmosphere - the ozone and oxygen - goes
to you instead of to the average guy in the
street. You attract it right into you in the
way that iron filings are attracted to the
strongest magnet first.
What does that mean? Let's say you're in
New York City in July and the air is really
dirty. If you're negatively charged enough
with the right stuff, you walk out there
and you get all the oxygen, ozone and sun
force energy you need. This is because you
have such a strong negative charge inside
your body from what you're eating that
these things are attracted right to you.
You don't have to know what I'm talking
about. Just eat the food and you'll feel it.
I am writing a book called Amazing Grace
which explores this, and other subjects, in
greater depth.
You are a leading advocate for the power
of superfoods. What do you consider to be
the number one superfood?
A microscopic plankton organism called
krill. Krill is what whales use to build their
nervous system and high consciousness.
It is extremely loaded with mitochondrial
nutrition [the mitochondria are the
energy-producing powerhouses of the
cells). With enough energy a cell can
correct its damage. Krill oil is also densely
loaded with antioxidants and essential
fatty acids, including the long chain
omega 3s found in fish. Fish is not an
option because of pollution and ethical
considerations. There are vast expanses
of no pollution in the Antarctic, where
krill is harvested. I've gone long periods
of time with krill oil being the major fat
in my diet. Blue-green algae and spirulina
actually contain what's in krill and they are
a better choice than krill if you need a lot
of protein. I don't.
Will the raw food diet be consigned
to history as just another fad, or is
the explosion of interest we are now
seeing just the start of a huge shift in
consciousness?
I believe it's the latter. Being raw isn't just
about health. It's about sustainability. It's
about meeting the green demand of the
future. What sustainability comes down to
is you have to be able to grow your own
food in your own back yard. And when
you're doing that, why on earth would you
want to cook it?
Eating in this way gives us control back
over our food supply. In the west that
has been taken over by chemicals. I fully
believe it will be the major diet worldwide
in 100 to 200 years. Raw food is the only
diet that makes sense to everybody, the
world over.
David's newbook, Amazing Grace, is scheduled
for release in early 2008. For more information
about David visit www.davidwolfe.com.To
access his archives of information on raw food
and peak performance subscribe at www.
thebestdayever.com. In the US, David's books
and other products are available from www.
sunfoodnutrition.com. In the UK, they can be
ordered from www.fresh-network.com. David
will be in the UK this autumn for the Detox Your
World Annual Retreat from Monday 1st October
to Thursday 4th October. and he will be giving a
talk in Brighton on Friday 5th October. For more
details see page 15.
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It's not just what you eat but how and when you eat it) says Angela Stokes. By following
some simple food-combining principles you can improve your digestion) increase your
energy and shed excess weight more easily.
I
n nature, wild animals don't combine
foods. You're unlikely to see a bear
catch a fish, then pick berries to go
with it. Animals generally eat one thing
at a time - a 'mono-diet' - and there are
substantial benefits to eating this way.
Different types of foods - proteins,
starches and sugars, for example - all
digest in different ways. So when we
combine different foods together, it can be
challenging for digestion. Unfortunately,
most of us learnt to eat exactly this way
- combining many different foods in one
meal. It took time to learn to eat this way:
people don't tend to feed babies complex
concoctions, rather simple blended fruits
or veggies. It also takes time to unlearn
eating this way, but the benefits are worth
it. All you need to know are a few simple
food-combining rules and you can improve
digestion immediately.
What we consume either digests easily or
ferments, and food combinations strongly
affect this outcome. This doesn't mean you
have to follow a strict 'mono-diet' (though
many raw fooders certainly do choose
this path). It just means paying a bit more
attention to what you mix together: the
simpler you keep things, the easier it is to
digest. One term coined by raw foodists
is 'combo-abombos' - i.e. abominable
combinations resulting from budding
raw foodists throwing everything into
the blender at once. The more you avoid
such combo-abombos and aim towards
keeping things simple, the better for your
digestion.
Imagine the difference, for example,
between digesting a mono-meal of five
peaches or a slice of raw peach and
blueberry pie with a base of three kinds of
nuts and honey, plus chocolate sauce. Get
the idea... ?
The fruit mono-meal is easily recognised
by the body and digested within about
30 minutes. The pie, on the other hand, is
much more challenging for your stomach.
The fruits and honey are simple sugars,
which means they digest quickly. The
heavy nuts are fat and protein-rich, so they
require substantial time in the stomach's
acidic environment to break down.
These two food groups thus start to
'compete' for digestion. This confusing
set of messages challenges the stomach.
Sugars are our primary source of energy
and therefore 'shout the loudest' to get
priority for digestion. This means that the
protein-rich nuts get hurried out of the
stomach, along with those sugars, before
they're really ready, leaving them to
putrefy in the intestines. Hmmm, perhaps
that pie doesn't sound so pleasant
after all ...
Let's not get too rigid here though. It
doesn't need to be about perfectionism.
For those starting out with raw foods
especially, it can be much more a case of
'anything goes'. If you're coming from a
background of processed junk foods, just
the fact that you start eating mostly or
all-raw means your digestion and health
will improve. There is more margin for
'error' in the beginning. As time goes on,
your cells get cleaner and tighter and your
body lets you know it would prefer simpler
combinations.
Then you can start refining things, as feels
good to you. That's really what it comes
down to - do you feel good after you eat
a certain combination? Nobody knows
your body better than you do and what
feels just fine to you might feel like a
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horrible combination to someone else. We
can certainly use books and ideologies for
reference, to learn about general patterns
people find useful, but the real key is
listening to our own bodies.
The side effects
So, what happens when foods are not
'well-combined'? A very common side
effect is feeling sluggish, tired and heavy.
This is because complicated combinations
require so much energy to digest that
there is little energy left for anything
else. We may also feel mental fogginess,
especially if we've eaten a lot of fat.
Digestive issues may include gas, bloating,
constipation, fermentation and candida
overgrowth. You may also experience
rashes, mucus, spots, weight gain, difficulty
losing weight or any number of other
symptoms, as gas and waste back up in
your over-worked system.
A less obvious side effect is that it's much
easier to overeat foods you later realise
don't agree with you, when eating
'combo-abombos'. Many people eat
quickly and this, along with the longer
time taken to decipher messages in
muddled combos, means that by the
time the stomach's worked out the
puzzle, you've already finished a plate of
something that doesn't serve your health.
The benefits
One major benefit of good food
combining is it helps conserve energy.
Digestion of food takes a lot of energy.
The simpler our combinations, the easier it
is to assimilate and use this fuel efficiently.
As a result you'll feel cleaner, lighter, more
alert and more energetic.
Good food combining will also help you
lose excess weight, especially if you avoid
complicated meals late at night. Ideal
combining also helps you maintain an ideal
weight. Your digestion and elimination
become smooth and regular and your skin
clear and fresh.
Simplifying your food can have knock-on
benefits in other areas too, like using less
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electricity, having less washing-up and
shorter food-prep times. Mono-meals of
fruit, for example, usually involve picking
up fruit and eating it, with maybe a bowl,
knife and chopping board at most to wash.
Compare that to making a raw pie, or
more complicated yet, a greasy
cooked meal.
When you eat a mono-meal, the body can
tell you precisely when it's time to stop, as
the food will begin to taste different and
even unpleasant. This is the body's way of
letting you know it's had enough for now.
This feedback is a real advantage, as you
can get exactly what you need, without
going to excess.
Overall, eating 'good' food combinations
can thus bring more energy, time and
vitality to enjoy the things you love.
No more pie?
Does all this mean you'll never eat raw
cake again? Not necessarily - it's really up
to you. How easy do you want to make
things for your body; how much energy do
you want going to digestion? The example
with the peach pie above, for instance,
illustrated the overall idea behind why
someone might want to pay attention
to food combining. You don't have to do
anything, or be 'perfect': just do the best
you can, while enjoying yourself. A less-
than-optimal combination is unlikely to
leave you in hospital - this isn't a critical
matter - it's more about tweaks that can
take your health to the next level. whether
you're 40%, 80% or 100% raw.
The raw advantage
The good news for raw foodists is that
food combining boundaries can be a little
more flexible than for traditional cooked
food eaters. This is useful if you do desire
to eat raw gourmet foods. The high
enzyme content of rawlliving foods helps
digestion enormously, meaning you can
afford to make more 'mistakes' (at least in
the beginning).
In moderation, you can often eat 'Iess-
than-optimal' raw combinations and find
you feel fine afterwards - eat complicated
recipes to excess however and you're
unlikely to feel great {though taking
digestive enzymes at such times will help}.
Many different theories exist about food
combining and here we'll examine only a
basic, suggested outline.
For optimal digestion, try not to eat raw
nuts and seeds, avocadoes, etc {fats} with
your fruits {sugars}, or starchy vegetables
with either. Green leafyllow-starch
vegetables combine fine with just about
everything.
Of course, foods don't consist exclusively
of sugars, starches or fat/protein. So aim at
not combining concentrated protein foods
with concentrated starchy foods and so on.
Guidelines
A key recommendation is keeping melons
separate from all other food. Melons
digest extremely quickly {in about 20
minutes}, so are best eaten by themselves.
You can, however, eat different melons in
one sitting if you like, with little digestive
interference. Some people also keep other
types of fruits separate from each other.
For example, it's recommended to avoid
eating 'acid' fruits, such as citrus, with
'sweet' fruits like bananas. 'Sub-acid' fruits
like peaches and plums can be enjoyed
with either acid or sweet fruits.
Examples of acid fruits
Oranges, pineapples, lemons, grapefruit,
tangerines.
Examples of sub-acid frUits
Apricots, strawberries, nectarines,
raspberries, blackberries, mangoes, apples,
cherries, peaches, plums, gooseberries,
pears, kiwis, grapes.
Examples of sweet fruits
Dates, bananas, raisins, papaya, figs,
prunes, persimmons, grapes.
One way to avoid considering whether
something is a 'good' combination or not
is to just mono-meals of fruit. Eating only
one kind of fruit at a time until you've
had enough is an easy way to keep things
simple and digest more easily. You'll likely
also notice and appreciate the subtleties of
fruits more when eating in this way.
Preferably, acid and sub-acid fruits
shouldn't be eaten within 30 minutes of
any other food, to avoid complications.
Less acid fruits, like ripe bananas can be
more easily combined with other foods, for
example in a bananalcoconut smoothie,
though this isn't an optimal combination.
Be cautious of eating fruit as a dessert,
as it gets stuck behind other foods in the
digestion queue and simply ferments. I
would recommend instead eating fruit
before other foods.
Try to be aware of overlapping your
meals. After eating anything, or drinking
a juice/smoothie, leave sufficient time
to finish digesting that before you eat
more. Otherwise, if you're half-way
through digesting some pineapple, for
example and then eat a nut burger, you're
overlapping digestive tasks and asking
for complications. An ideal set-up would
be eating fruit, or drinking veggie juice
before a meal, on an empty stomach (for
better absorption), then eating about 30
minutes later.
I'd also recommend avoiding combining
different fats in one meal - e.g. a salad
with olives, avocado and nuts. Opt for just
one or two fatty/protein foods in a meal
and you'll find them much easier to digest.
Cooked combo catastrophes
Cooked food eaters can and do easily run
into combining issues. Classic combos like
hamburgers, cheese sandwiches, rice and
dhal or meat and potatoes, for example,
are digestive minefields. This may seem
shocking at first. We may argue that these
'traditional' meals of dense protein with
starch are eaten all around the world.
Surely all of those societies can't be
'wrong'; there must be a reason why
people eat like this. Well, there is, but
it has little to do with nutrition. It's all
about economics. In India, for example,
rice is widely available and cheap, so an
average meal consists of a mass of rice,
accompanied by something dense and
spicy, like dhal. The protein and starch
combination is troublesome for digestion,
as these foods digest differently. This
means digestion slows down. Thus, it
takes longer for the eater to become
hungry again.
Naturally, this is good for finances, but
hardly ideal for wellbeing. If we're in a
position to choose what we eat and when
based on health, rather than finances,
I believe there's no better choice than
learning food combining basics and
applying them consistently, in the context
of a high-raw diet. As natural healer Dr
John Tilden put it: "Nature never produced
a sandwich."
For those transitioning to , 00% raw, bear
in mind that the more of a meal that's
raw, the more you can afford to have
combination clashes. This is good news
if you find eating salads challenging, for
example. Making salad dressing with
whatever ingredients you like (raw or not),
not only makes the salad more attractive
to you, but the enzyme-rich veggies also
make it much easier for your body to you
digest the non-raw foods.
Bendmg the rules
There are also reasons why someone
may want to deliberately not eat 'good'
combinations. For example, in general, as
we've seen. fruits and nuts don't combine
well. However, for a diabetic, or someone
dealing with blood sugar irregularities,
eating these two foods together slows
sugar absorption into the bloodstream.
The heavy nuts interfere with the much
swifter digestion of fruits, so a diabetic can
use this to their advantage, to be able to
eat fruits. increasing the range of foods
they can eat.
Other raw foodists may choose 'less-
than-optimal' combinations like this to
actually hold themselves back from rapid
c1eansing/detox. A raw lifestyle is highly
cleansing and the more we eat simple
combinations and mono-meals, the more
we press onwards into cleansing. The body
always works towards optimal health;
every chance it gets to move more into
cleansing, it takes.
After months or years of simple eating,
it becomes very uncomfortable to eat
raw pie for example, as the digestion
has become so unaccustomed to such
mixtures. While some people love being
in that space of feeling so 'clean' inside.
others don't want to go there yet. They
want to still enjoy raw gourmet foods if
they choose, so will eat more complicated
things sometimes, to stop their body from
moving further into cleansing.
Keep it simple
It comes down to this: better food
combining means better digestion and less
fermentation. That means more effective
nutrient absorption and less back-up in the
intestines. You don't have to follow any
of the suggestions here. but you will feel
benefits if you do.
The most important concept to remember,
is to let your body be your guide.
Everybody's digestive system is different
and can handle some combinations better
than others. This article has hopefully
provided some useful combination
guidelines, but there really are no
'definitive answers'. If you're in doubt
about whether a combination seems like
a good idea. just think about the other
animals in nature and how they eat: keep
it simple and above all, enjoy!
Raw food author and lifestyle consultant
Angela Stokes lost an incredible 12 stone
(160Ibs) with a raw lifestyle, reversing
morbid obesity. 28-year-old Angela started
eating raw in May 2002 and has spent
the last five years exploring and promot-
ing raw foods and natural healthcare for
weight loss. Visit www.rawreform.com
for more information. Angela offers e-
books, retreats, consultations and lectures
internationally on raw foods. She can be
contacted at angela@rawreform.com.
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Eating raw food but still haven)t got that (boundless energy that many raw foodists
rave about? Or perhaps) ou)re new to raw foods and want to be fast tracked to
energy central (like yesterday) ... Karen Knowler has the answers.
24
hen Marion telephoned me I
already knew from a previous
email that her main issue was
energy - specifically, lack of it, in spite
of the fact that she had been "eating
healthily" for 4 or 5 years, dabbling with
mostly raw food for a few months to
varying degrees of success and had a clean
bill of health from both her doctor and
naturopath, so had no underlying health
issues to speak of.
What Marion went on to describe to me at
the start of our call was not dissimilar to
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anything I had heard before, with phrases
such as "lacking oomph", "tired in the
morning", "tired by 9pm", "no bounce",
"no energy to spare" - Le. about 80% of
the UK population's major health issue-
pure and simple lack of energy.
"But I've been eating mostly raw foods
for over four months now," said Marion.
"Surely I should be feeling better by now?"
A good question, of course. And an obvious
one too. With the lure of "vibrant health"
and "boundless energy" at the heart of
the raw food promise, it's only natural to
wonder why it's not happening so fast and
furiously as we would expect.
I began by asking Marion one of the most
important questions of all: "What exactly
do you eat?" Important because, at a time
where raw food menus can be as diverse as
cooked ones, to say you "eat raw" is simply
by no means enough information!
Marion went on to describe a typical day's
eating:
Fresh fruit or fruit smoothie for
breakfast (porridge or muesli in the
winter).
Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrot,
avocado and olive salad for lunch
with lemon and olive oil dressing.
Flax crackers and raw hummus or
avocado-based soup for dinner.
Snacks included goji berries, cacao
nibs, dehydrated cookies, nuts and
raisins, raw chocolate bars, other raw
bars or more fresh fruit.
Drinks included various smoothies, the
odd cup of tea or coffee, the
occasional glass of wine and spring
water.
On face value, looking at Marion's diet it
seemed generally very good overall, but a
few things sprung immediately to mind:
Where are the greens?
Where are the sprouts and living foods?
Where are the fresh green and/or
vegetable juices?
How much water are you drinking?
How often are you snacking? (And
what on, mostly?)
Are you only eating when hungry?
How much are you eating for emotion,
and to what extent?
How often does the wine, coffee,
tea etc slip in? Is it really only
"occasionally" ?
All of these questions come up for most
people who consider themselves to be
generally in good shape but somehow not
losing weight or gaining energy. When
you dig a little deeper, there is always
something - or somethings - there that
just needs a little tweaking...
In Marion's case, further discussion
revealed that:
Greens were something Marion
found "difficult" to incorporate.
After I gave her a few anyone-can-
do-this ideas, she realised that yes she
could actually bring masses more greens
into her daily diet in a way that she would
genuinely look forward to and enjoy on
a daily basis. See my Spinach and Mango
Smoothie recipe, overleaf, for one of the
most potent and genuinely delicious ways
of doing this.
As far as sprouts went, Marion
confessed that she had tried a couple
of times to sprout seeds and beans
herself with limited success and had
promptly given up. I explained that not
only were they the cheapest and among
the most nutritious of all raw foods to eat,
but as far as energy enhancement was
concerned they are second to none. With
further discussion Marion agreed that
she would try again using my sprouting
guidelines sheet (we worked out where
she had gone wrong!) and if she still felt
it wasn't working for her then she would
make a point of ordering or buying in
ample sprouts for herself on a weekly
basis.
When we came to discuss juices,
Marion confessed that she had
never had a mixed vegetable juice
and the green one she had tried had put
her off trying or making any future ones
altogether! The reason being, I soon found
out, because someone had once made her
one consisting primarily of kale, broccoli
and spinach (all dark leafy greens which
are the most potent - both in taste and
nutrition) with a little celery thrown in to
"tame" it, and it had promptly made her
feel sick! Well, quite frankly it's enough to
make most people gag - myself included! -
so we discussed how to adjust green juices
and vegetable juices to suit all palates and
stages and Marion committed to trying my
light green juice with a view to making
one every morning an hour or two prior to
her morning fruit meal.
As far as water was concerned,
Marion was drinking at least a pint
every day but that was generally in
smoothies. We agreed that there was some
room for improvement, both for hydration
and detoxification purposes (drinking
helps us regulate body systems and this is
extra necessary when we are cleaning out
our systems as we are when we purify our
diet). This was pretty straightforward and
easy to do.
When we came to discuss snacking
Marion realised as we spoke that
she was snacking almost constantly
throughout the day. Normally this was
on cashew nuts, sometimes mixed with
raisins or dried apricots and more recently
she had been experimenting with raw
chocolate bars to pick herself up (with
mixed results). I explained that due to
her regular snacking, her body was not
getting a rest from digestion throughout
the course of the day, and by not letting
her stomach empty she was never going to
experience that wonderful "clean burn"
that we get when we allow ourselves
to get truly hungry (or the weight loss
that comes with it). She was very keen to
experience this, so promised to "go for the
burn!" from tomorrow morning onwards.
This all led us nicely on to the classic
question "do you only eat when
hungry?" By this point we were
beginning to establish that this wasn't
generally the case. Marion's desire to
eat came from a number of sources -
mind, body and emotions. They all had
different ideas about what she should be
eating, when and why and any of them
could win on any given day - or at any
given moment. Ranging from "voices"
such as "Eat this it's good for you" to
"If you eat this you'll get more energy"
to "It's one o'clock - it's time to eat" to
"Treat yourself" ... we uncovered more
than twenty different beliefs Marion
had acquired about food and eating, as
well as raw food eating specifically, that
simply weren't true - or constructive! As
we uncovered these one by one Marion
had light bulb moment after light bulb
moment until she had begun to see that
it wasn't so much a lack of energy that
was essentially the issue, but that she was
blocking it through her constant eating as
well as the compound effect of the other
things that were either present or not
present in her diet.
When we came to discuss emotional
eating Marion confessed that she ate
mostly out of boredom. She worked
in an office where she had spent the past
, 5 years and she knew her job inside out.
Nearing retirement age she felt there was
nowhere else to go in her job and she
was craving challenge and stimulation but
it didn't seem likely that any would be
forthcoming. For this reason each time she
finished a job she would reward herself
with a snack, each time she went to the
bathroom she would grab a handful of
grapes, nuts or raisins on the way back
to her desk, each time she felt bored she
would reach for the raw chocolate bar...
and on it went. We established very early
on that most of Marion's eating was
superfluous and that any energy that may
have been trying to emerge would be
being constantly quashed with the volume
and regularity of food she was consuming.
With all this now clear (Marion had not
really admitted to herself just how bored
she was until our call) together we came
up with a game plan for how she could
bring more excitement into her work and
daily life taking into account her passions,
skills and strengths and an option two if
her boss was not quite as keen as she was!
At this point I could almost audibly hear
Marion's heart lift as she realised that
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yes, indeed, the food/energy issue was much more a
symptom of her life circumstances than the cause she
had originally thought.
The final question was to now get to absolute
honesty about what Marion was eating and
drinking. It is so easy to kid ourselves into thinking
we only have the occasional bite or sip of something
when in actual fact it is more of a daily habit! This
proved to be the case with Marion who realised that
"the odd glass of wine" was in fact currently creeping
up to two or three times per week (in line with her
boredom) and she was typically drinking this late at
night accompanied by a couple of handfuls of nuts to
stop the alcohol affecting her too much. On the odd
occasion this had led to a late night toast-and-butter-
binge (very common!) and I shared with her much of
what I know about how and why raw foods and alcohol
are not very compatible and that the most important
work she could now do would be to address the cause
of her emotional eating and "odd tipple" so that she
didn't feel the need to have them as often - if at all.
As we progressed through our session one more thing
came up that was highly relevant - this being that
Marion was often eating two times per night - once
when she came in from work (she saw it as her reward
time for making it through the day and also viewed it
as "tea time" whether she was hungry or not), and the
second time around 9pm when she was getting close to
bed time and "just fancied something sweet".
This would invariably take the form of a few more nuts
and raisins or a raw snack bar - both of which are very
high in calories, slow to digest and quite simply would
just lay heavy in her stomach all night resulting in poor
sleep quality and her body still trying to digest when it
woke up in the morning.
By adding all of the above together it was no wonder
that the experience of "boundless energy" had
escaped Marion (it was buried under all those snacks!),
but the good news was that only a few key tweaks
were required and in only a few days she could be
experiencing a huge shift in her energy levels if she
followed the course of action we agreed.
When Marion called me back two weeks later she was
thrilled to report that she had tackled everything on our
list and had not only started to experience the amazing
energy that she so wanted, but had started to have
some rather interesting insights into how and why she
had been blocking her energy in many other ways too.
With Marion now on the road to consistent boundless
energy it soon became clear that our next call was going
to be pretty much devoted to what kind of mischief she
was going to get up to now that she had it!
Mango & Spinach
Stnoothie
This is a great recipe for getting mas es of greens in quickly,
easily and deliciou Iy.
Makes about 2 pints - ideal for 1 pint in the morning, and 1 pint after
work (if you keep it in the fridge all day it will be fine)
Ingredients
• 1 bag organic baby spinach (approx. 200g)
• 1 fresh mango
Directions
1
Rinse and sort spinach, making sure that all leaves are healthy and
good enough to eat or drink.
2Peel and chop mango, placing in the bottom of your blender.
3
Add the spinach on top and blend on full power - add water if
necessary or so desired.
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coaching and live food prep classes at www.
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for more details.
4
Depending on your personal preference, add more water to create a
runnier, smoother drink.
TOP TIP: If you don't like mangos try bananas or any other fruit of
your choice until you find a taste you love. The fruit is not as important
as loving what you drinkl
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ronman triathlete rendan B azi aI to arah est about h· journey
to plant-based pap rformance, a d h· campaigning activities to rai e
awareness of the health and environmental benefit of the diet that propelled
him to athletic e cell nce.
"You can be an athlete or you can be a
vegan - it's one or the other. "
B
rendan Brazier heard this verdict
delivered over and over by his
coaches when he first gave up
meat, fish, eggs and dairy. Aged 16 at
the time, Brazier was training to be a
professional ironman triathlete and he was
experimenting with a plant-based diet in
the belief it would help his performance.
But initially it seemed his coaches were
absolutely right.
'" was weak, I wasn't sleeping well, I was
losing muscle and I wasn't recovering
well," remembers Brazier. "But being a
curious person this made me determined
to see if it was possible to achieve what
I wanted to achieve without consuming
animal products, because they were so
adamant it wasn't."
Brazier not only proved his coaches
wrong by becoming a vegan world-class
ironman triathlete; he achieved his goal
in a remarkably short time compared to
the average for the sport. "I attribute that
entirely to my attention to detail in my
diet," he says. "There's nothing else I was
doing differently from other athletes. I
can say now that not only has a healthy
plant-based whole food diet not hurt my
performance; it has massively helped it
compared to what I could have achieved
on the traditional diet athletes follow that
includes animal protein."
Brazier was just fifteen when he decided
he wanted to be an ironman triathlete and
his interest in nutrition grew out of his
realization that success in his chosen field
would require him to have an 'edge' over
the competition. An ironman triathlon
combines a 3.8 kilometre swim, a 180
kilometre cycle ride, and a 42.2 kilometre
marathon.
Brazier started to study what it would take
to get to the top in this sport. Specifically,
he pored over the training programmes
of the leading professional athletes and
compared them to those of average
amateur ones.
"What I saw really surprised me," he
remembers. "They were not that different.
So I started to ask: 'How come some
people manage to beat world records and
others get nowhere?' I worked out that it's
all about recovery. If you can speed your
recovery it's a huge advantage because you
can train again sooner. That was how I first
became interested in nutrition."
When he started out, Brazier knew
nothing about the subject. His extensive
knowledge - the knowledge which
enabled him to write The Thrive Diet,
a brilliant guide to the link between
nutrition, health and peak performance -
is the result of his tireless research, in the
days before such information was available
online. Anything plausible that he read,
he tested out on himself. "I arrived at
this diet through trial and error," he says.
"I experimented with many diets. High
carb, low protein and fat; high protein,
low carbo You name it, I tried it. Each
had one or two good points but the bad
outweighed the good."
As time went on, Brazier became more
and more convinced that vegetarian was
the way to go, despite his initial lack of
success. Further research revealed to him
that such diets are often low in complete
protein, vitamin B12, iron and calcium. "So
I found plant-based sources of all these
nutrients and built them into my diet.
Within a couple of months I started feeling
much better and I continued to improve
from there."
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Brazier has now been a complete vegan for
15 years and he's been "85% raw" for the
last three. His initial experiments with raw
food were prompted by a friend who was
a walking advertisement for the lifestyle.
He decided to see what it could do for him
and started eating more fruit, more salads
and more chlorophyll-rich greens. He knew
immediately that he was onto something.
"When I started eating high raw I felt
the benefits right away," he remembers.
"My weight went down a little but my
strength didn't so my strength/weight ratio
improved - very important for an athlete. I
noticed I was leaner and had more energy.
I noticed foods digested very easily and
that the body doesn't need to expend
much energy to get nutrients from food."
Brazier did his first ironman triathlon
in 1994 and started racing ironman
professionally in 1998. He continued to
race until 2004 when he was hit by a car;
unable to train for a year following the
accident, his athletic career was on hold.
He used the time to write The Thrive Diet
and also partnered with a sports nutrition
company to develop a replica of the
blender drink he'd been making for 14
years to speed his recovery, and the home-
made whole food bars he used to fuel his
training sessions. And so the Vega range
of all raw energy bars and almost all raw
meal replacement powders was born.
Says Brazier: '" used to think that because
food had calories and calories were energy,
I needed to eat a lot of calorie-dense foods
to have energy so I'd eat things like bread
and peanut butter. But these are processed
cooked foods and take so much effort for
the body to digest that the net energy gain
from them is low."
This concept of 'net gain' is a cornerstone
of Brazier's nutritional philosophy. Some
foods we think of as 'healthy' actually
take more energy to digest than they give
the body. Brazier emphasizes what more
and more in the nutrition field are now
recognizing: that you can get energy from
what you're not eating as well as from
what you are eating. In other words, if
you are eating foods that rob your body of
energy, giving up those foods will increase
your energy levels more than anything you
could add to your diet. Or, as Brazier puts
it: "You can get energy from conservation
rather than from consumption."
The initial positive effects Brazier noticed
on going high raw were, it turns out, only
the tip of the iceberg. Since then, he has
noticed a whole host of other benefits,
most of them wholly unexpected. Number
one on the list: better sleep. "The line is
no longer blurred between being asleep
and being awake as it is for a lot of people
who don't sleep that well during the night
and don't feel fully awake during the day
either," he observes.
"When you remove nutritional stress by
eating the right way your cortisol level
comes down meaning the body can
get into delta sleep. This is the deep,
rejuvenating sleep, when the body repairs
tissues and cells. It can only do that when
cortisol levels are low enough. When I
wake up I'm rested and I can go all day,
and I'll sleep as soon as I want to. I don't
have to sleep as much these days. It's a
huge benefit to have an extra hour or
more in the day to play with."
Another knock-on effect of this: no more
coffee or sugar cravings. "When people
have such cravings it's often not because
they're hungry, it's because they're tired,"
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he says. "Many people who are not
sleeping properly are in a spiral of using
these substances to borrow energy all the
time, so they're stimulating their adrenals
temporarily, then they're fatigued again.
Breaking the cycle can be done with a
good plant-based diet."
A further benefit - the one that excites
him most of all - has accrued from the
combination of the first two: "Because I'm
no longer tired and I don't crave coffee
and sugar I've freed up so much mental
space. Cravings are mental clutter. They
may not always be at the forefront of
the mind but they can be there in the
background distracting you meaning that
ideas don't flow as easily. In this state,
solutions to problems that may come to
you from the subconscious whether you're
awake or asleep, don't come. Remove that
clutter and suddenly they do. It has really
made a big difference to me in this area
and to others I've spoken to also."
A fourth marked improvement Brazier
has noticed: in his pre-raw days he used
to suffer from inflammation in his joints
aher training. That is now a thing of the
past, meaning he can get away with much
shorter gaps between training sessions.
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Today, he eats a simple diet centred around
lots of fruit, salads, leaves, avocadoes and
sprouts. He also includes the powders
and bars from his own range. "Before
Vega bars came out I used to spend an
hour or two every few months making a
huge batch of bars to put in freezer," he
remembers.
The cooked part of his diet? "Sometimes
I drink pasteurized coconut water when
I can't get fresh. It's such a great source
of electrolytes. Once in a while I'll eat
brown rice with avocado and lemon juice,
or a baked sweet potato. I make a pizza
unlike anything you've tasted before.
The crust is made of lentils and wild rice,
and it's topped with marinara sauce and
veggies. You can do it in the dehydrator
but I usually bake it in the oven at a low
temperature. I'll have that once a month
or so."
He doesn't juice much as he has found that
on such a high-raw diet he needs to drink
a lot less than he used to. "I don't drink
much of anything because I get so much
fluid in what I eat and I'm not consuming
the kinds of foods that dry you out by
taking water from the body," he observes.
So what advice does Brazier have for those
who are inspired to follow in his footsteps
- whether to achieve athletic greatness, or
simply better health and more energy?
His first tip is to take it slowly: "Any kind
of change is stressful for the body. If you
allow yourself the time to change, you'll
have a greater chance of success than if
you try to do it overnight with a 'new
year's resolution' mentality."
His other top tip: focus on inclusion not
exclusion, because: "Once you eat enough
good foods you have no room for the bad
ones. Add a smoothie each day and a salad
each day. Even with just one healthy meal
and a healthy snack a day you start to feel
so much better that you want to do more.
It happens naturally; you don't have to
force it. One raw meal and one raw snack
a day and you start to appreciate natural
flavours; you develop a different palate.
"Take the person who is addicted to
potato chips and thinks they can't live
without them. If they can stop eating them
for a while and focus on natural flavours
they will soon find the potato chips taste
so synthetic they can't eat them anymore.
This change of palate can take anything
from six weeks to six months. But once you
get there things are so much easier for
life."
The bigger picture
Born in March 1975 in Vancouver, British
Columbia, Brazier continues to call the
city home. These days he is on the road
a lot, not only promoting his nutritional
philosophy and his range of products, but
also campaigning. Although he initially
adopted a plant-based diet purely for
health reasons, like many he has become
passionate about the wider benefits and
he dedicated a whole chapter of The
Thrive Diet to a discussion of the impact
of our food choices on the world around
us. As Brazier stresses, you can't separate
health and environment; the two are
intertwined.
"The quality of food depends greatly on
the quality of soil it is grown in. When the
food-producing-earth becomes polluted, so
do our bodies. Since food acts as a conduit
for nutrients in the soil, each time we take
a bite of food, part of the environment
becomes part of our bodies. Not to care
for the environment is not to care for our
personal health."
Brazier belongs to campaign group The
Physicians Committee for Responsible
Medicine (PCRM), which works to raise
awareness of the role nutrition plays in
preventative health care and advocates
a plant-based diet - both controversial
stances in the US political arena. On
behalf of PCRM he was invited to speak
at a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill
in Washington DC last year, sharing his
expertise on the benefits of healthy food
choices and the role a nutritious diet can
play in the prevention of most chronic
diseases currently plaguing Americans.
Earlier this year he was again summoned
to Washington along with other PCRM
representatives to attend meetings to
encourage Congress to vote against the
notorious Farm Bill - the bill which grants
massive subsidies for the meat and dairy
industries and also subsidises a substantial
part of the corn and grain destined to
become livestock feed.
"The Farm Bill allows an industry that can't
survive on its own to continue to exist, H
says Brazier. H It provides the crutch that
keeps it going. This is not a sustainable
approach and the Farm Bill is not beneficial
long term since many of these foods are
the root cause of mild to major heath
problems."
'H01V is it that fa t
food re taura1l1 all
ell a lUl111b"rger
that took several
gallons of oil to
produce for a dollar,
yet all orgallic apple
costs ,nore? '
"With the current price of oil being what
it is, and the amount of energy that
is required to produce meat, the cost
would be exceedingly high if government
subsidies didn't exist. How is it that fast
food restaurants can sell a hamburger that
took several gallons of oil to produce for a
dollar, yet an organic apple costs more?"
It's now becoming more widely known that
food production and transportation guzzle
more fossil fuel than anything else, and are
therefore the number one contributor to
artificial global warming. The message that
is not quite out there in the mainstream
yet is that each of us can significantly
reduce our personal use of fossil fuel by
shifting to a plant-based diet. "Simply put,
it takes less energy to grow plants for food
than it does to raise animals," says Brazier.
"Ten times more fossil fuel is needed to
create a calorie of meat than a calorie of
plant protein."
He adds: "Energy cost and burning fossil
fuel aside, a 2006 UN report found that
cows and methane-producing manure piles
from cattle contribute to 18 percent of all
greenhouse gases. That's the equivalent
of 33 million cars. Additionally, 11 pounds
of grain and 2,500 gallons of water are
needed to produce one pound of beef.
More calories are needed to produce meat
than it returns to its consumer; this results
in a net energy loss which of course is not
sustainable. "
Although it is over a decade since Brazier
challenged his coaches' outdated views
on nutrition and proved them wrong,
little has changed in the sports world.
Professional athletes are among the
biggest consumers of animal protein due
to the enduring myth that you can't build
sufficient muscle or reach your athletic
potential without consuming plentiful
amounts of meat, fish, eggs and dairy.
Brazier is living proof that this theory is
wrong. In fact, his experience and research
have led him to the conclusion that there is
no better way to meet the body's protein
needs than a high-raw plant-based diet, as
it provides it in a form that is so easy for
the body to digest and utilize.
"Most people can get away with eating
about 20% less protein on this diet,"
he says. "I now eat less than half the
recommended RDA of protein for someone
of my size but at no cost to my strength
or endurance and I am still able to build
muscle."
Is he an anomaly, or could anyone thrive
on his diet - from the world class athlete
to the average person who wants to feel
better and have more energy? '" really
do believe a healthy vegan diet will work
for anyone but you do have to transition
properly. More people are trying plant-
based diets than ever before but fewer
are sticking to them because there are so
many vegan junk food items available.
Tofu burgers, soy ice cream and so on. Eat
too many of these processed foods and
of course you're not going to feel great.
People go back to how they used to eat
and say the vegan diet didn't work for
them. But a whole food vegan diet with a
lot of raw - that will work."
Brendan Brazier is the author of The Thrive
Diet and the creator of the Vega range of meal
replacement powders and bars. available in the
UK from www.fresh-network.com. He writes
a weekly blog on glivingtv.com. From the next
issue of Get Fresh!. Brendan will be writing a
regular column on optimum nutrition and peak
performance.
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The art of mak-ng
hea thy changes
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h alth but h u go about it P t in nt.
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he human body is an amazing,
highly complex piece of natural
engineering and there is still much
that we do not know about it. You don't
have to be a doctor to start taking more
care of your health, just in the same way
that you do not have to be a mechanic to
know that you can't fix a Ferrari with a
mallet and an axe.
Imagine a path going off into the distance
and that when you are on the path you
are healthy, but the further off the path
you stray the unhealthier you are. It is easy
now to imagine that the longer you stray
off the path and the further away from
the path of health you travel, the harder it
is going to be to find it, let alone get back
on it. Not being aware of what is going on
in our body is like being blindfolded and
therefore completely unaware when you
have strayed off the path
The first step to improving our health is
changing our approach to health and how
we think of our body. To get it right is not
easy despite what anybody might tell you
and it is far more complex than just eating
a certain diet. We are all highly complex
chemistry-Iabs-on-Iegs made up of trillions
of individual cells that are all working and
communicating together.
Anyone of our organs mayor may not
be working efficiently and on top of
this there are many complicated systems
within our body that may also be blocked
or congested in some way, so our own
personal road back to that path of health
will be completely different from anybody
else's.
Our body chemistry is defined by genetics,
by our parents and their diet throughout
their lives and how we were fed during
the years up until we began making our
own dietary choices. Every time we change
our diet we change our body chemistry,
either in a positive way or a negative way.
Drastic changes to this chemistry can upset
the body and put stress on certain organs,
especially if there is some weakness already
present.
Let's get the diet thing out the way:
everybody is on a diet, all the time. The
food you put into your mouth is your diet
whether you choose that food consciously
or whether you eat whatever is put in
front of you. Out of this choice you are
creating a certain internal terrain within
you. Everybody on the planet is different
at a chemical and cellular level and so
one person's superfood may be another
person's not-50-SUper food.
Diet is the most underrated factor in
human health today. Our body needs a
complete spectrum of essential nutrients
in order to function properly, and those
nutrients come from the food we eat. If
what the body needs is not in the food we
eat, then our body goes without, but it
is able to compensate and make do with
what it has to work with. It is because of
this amazing ability of the body to be able
to adapt to dietary deficiencies for years
on end that people say such things as: "My
diet can't be the reason for my illness - I've
been eating this food for years!"
"Every time e
change our diet we
change our body
che""istry, either in
a positive way or a
negative way. "
Nutritional deficiencies can be caused by
either eating the wrong foods in the first
place, or the way the food was grown or
by the way the food was prepared. Take,
for example, folic acid which is a key factor
in the reproduction of red blood cells.
Here is a quote from a medical textbook:
"Folic acid is a normal constituent of green
vegetables, some fruits, liver and other
meats. However, it is easily destroyed
by cooking." This is just one important
nutrient, so imagine if the body is lacking
in lots of nutrients on a regular basis?
The important thing is to take care in
how you prepare the food you eat and
be aware that heat does destroy some
nutrients and different nutrients get
destroyed at different temperatures.
Even if the required nutrients are in the
food you eat. the body still then has to
break the food down into its individual
components before the nutrients can be
utilized by the body and reconstructed into
things it can use to fuel and help repair
it. The quality of those nutrients depends
on the quality of the food that they have
come from.
Imagine if you gave a builder second
grade materials to build your house
with: you would no doubt end up with a
second grade house! Current conventional
thinking wishes us to believe that no
matter what you throw down your neck,
your body will miraculously transform
it into top quality raw materials with
which to reconstruct highly complex
cellular structures, repair bones, create
brain chemicals and complete the infinite
number of other highly complex functions
needed for us to experience health.
So with all the above in mind, here are my
top tips for making healthy changes.
1
Start thinking of your body as a
complex chemistry lab. What kind
of internal terrain are you creating on a
daily basis? Begin thinking more about the
quality of food you eat, how you prepare
it and what you are actually eating it for.
2
Start making healthy changes sooner
rather than later. It is easier to stay on
the path than trying to get back on it. The
further off it you are the harder it gets to
turn around.
3
Find out where you are health wise
before you begin making major
radical changes. You can't read a map
unless you know where you are starting
from.
4
Work on both ends of the spectrum.
By this I mean begin gradually cutting
down on the things that you instinctively
know are doing you harm and at the same
time begin slowly introducing the things
that you hope are going to improve your
health. Remember: your body may not like
drastic sudden change.
5
Stay focused on the bigger picture.
Don't get so fixed on your diet that
the rest of your life falls apart. Health has
many factors: physical, nutritional and
emotional to name but a few.
6
Allow your body to get back on top
of things. Rest is another seriously
underrated health activity. Give your
body a chance to catch up. This may mean
resting during the day. Find time for
yourself, relax, address emotional issues
and let your cells repair in peace without
any other distractions.
Pete Vincent is a healthy lifestyle motivator
with a passion for getting people interested in
their health through cellular health awareness.
He can be contacted by email at pete@
cellularhealthinvestigation.com or by telephone
on 01353 659271. For further information visit
www.cellularhealthinvestigation.com
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Overcom-
9 Cancer
Cancer isn't the death sentence conventional medicine conditions us to think it
is, but a call to upgrade every area of our lives, says Dr Brian Clement.
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B
iology and the adjoining
conventional sciences have had a
decades long desire to unlock the
puzzle that creates cancer. Since the early
1970s, European and North American
governments have poured billions of
dollars into the endless research that has
come up empty. Today cancer is a larger
culprit than it has ever been and touches a
far wider group of people.
Cancer is the second most common killer of
children in the majority of western
countries, second only to accidents.
Recently the American Disease Control
Center reported that those SS years and
younger can expect half of their group to
contract some kind of cancer during their
life. This statistic holds true in Britain, Ger-
many, Canada and France and is close to
the truth in most other European nations.
The Hippocrates Health Institute was born
out of our founder's success over colon
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cancer. Ann Wigmore was diagnosed by
Harvard doctors in Boston who left her
with a grim prognosis of death within six
months. Her courage in raising herself
above this devastation and utilizing simple
methods of healing learned as a girl in
Lithuania liberated her from this disease.
In the mid 1950s she founded what is now
known as the Hippocrates Institute.
People similarly diagnosed began
gravitating to her centre in Boston. The
Institute's mission has always been to help
people to help themselves. Byeducat-
ing and handing the power back to the
person, the person can responsibly bring
about their own recovery. Today we have
tens of thousands of people worldwide
who testify to the power of self determina-
tion via the living food program.
Science sadly suspects cancer to be
renegade cells whereas our fifty years of
clinical research has exposed the reality
that cancer is a reflection of our now
destructive environment. This environment
is not isolated to where we live and work;
it includes the way we think, the way we
act and equally the way we perceive. Com-
bining squelched imagination and limited
expansion with chemically laden soil, foods,
clothes, homes, offices and furnishings adds
up to a cellular nightmare.
Each of our trillions of cells independently
thinks on its own. These solo universes
gather together to become the very organs
and skeletal structure that physically shape
us into human form. When these
independent cells are confused by the
larger environment they begin to act in
strange ways in the hope of protecting
themselves. These abnormally thinking
cells begin to congregate and scheme to
overtake the order of the human system.
In science this activity is called mutagenic.
The larger picture would be the commu-
nity of healthy cells working together to
allow the bodily systems to function at
their highest degree, and then a criminal
element of saboteurs sets out to overtake
balance by imposing their own physical
impression.
With a microscopic view of cancer harvested
from decades of work on the frontline of
this disease, we have established a method
for people to learn and employ tools
so that balance once again reigns. Each
healthy cell requires protein, vitamins,
minerals and fatty acids to create its
structure. Additionally, its fuel which
allows it to function and interact with a
larger whole is hormones, oxygen, phyto-
chemicals and enzymes.
Enzymes are the carriers of electrical
charge to these cells which empowers
them to move and shield themselves from
free radical damage (the cause of disease
and premature aging). When someone is
fully nourished by consuming a harmonious
balance of raw organic living food with
the emphasis on sprouts and fresh organic
greens they will achieve both the structural
nutrients and the critical fuels necessary to
maintain strength and symbiosis in the cell,
in the organs and skeletal structure, and
in the totality of the human anatomy and
consciousness.
Addressing the physical manifestation of
the body is not wholly a physical process.
Most important is the psychological
interaction that a person has with their
own belief system and then to a lesser
degree the world they reside in. Proof in
point comes from allopathic medicine's
term "spontaneous remission". This is
where an individual has been clinically di-
agnosed (scanned, blood tested etc.) with
a disease (Le. cancer) and within either
hours or days no longer shows any sign of
this disorder.
On the other hand the common trend is the
observation after diagnosis of a tumour (or
other disease) that it begins to grow rapidly
and becomes more acute. What separates
the experience is one's own perception,
born in the brain, transferred to the mind
and imagined at whatever level a person
has moulded from former life experience.
Those who have familiarized themselves with
their own powerful survival mechanisms
generally joined the first spontaneous
remission group. Those who carried the
burden of inexperience generally mimic
the authoritative prognosis of the
professional. One's key in changing this
prepatterned process is to erase precon-
ceived notions on the expected outcome
by radically forcing change in all areas of
life. Uncomfortable as it may initially be, it
will environmentally break the spirit of the
renegade cells by positive reaction since
they can no longer tap energy from their
negative allies in sabotage.
Hippocrates guests each receive individual
and group psychotherapy. This enables
them to switch perception gears, allowing
them the freedom to forge new
experiences including change to pure food
and building and maintenance of the body
through movement. Spiritual acceptance
of themselves is a further important spoke
in the wheel. When this is achieved and
all energies are together moving in the
positive direction of growth, less room is
allowed for the deviant cells to reside.
Samantha Young from Toronto in Canada is
a middle aged woman with five daughters,
a happy life and a good relationship among
her family. She began to feel ill and was
devastated to receive the news from her
doctor that she had pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer is known as incurable
and one of the worst by the allopathic
community. Given up for dead she began
to look into herself and develop the
strength required to supersede this
ominous situation.
When arriving at The Institute a decade
ago she was shaky and unsure yet
passionate about life. Embracing the
lifestyle and utilizing its tools to strengthen
mind and will and the Hippocrates living
food diet, she conquered the so called
dreaded disease. She stated "Taking total
responsibility for my health has not only
brought about my own survival. It has also
elevated me to the understanding that
life begins with me. You are one with the
authority and responsibility to move
forward and to change anything in your
life. Like me, you can squelch any limita-
tion presented to you."
Cancer is not a death warrant. It is an
opportunity to fine tune yourself so that
you can maximize all that you do and all
that you think. After personally working
with tens of thousands of people that
have healed themselves from cancer I am
convinced that this contemporary
catastrophe is more so a state of bad living
and bad thought. So many people have
arrived at Hippocrates after being told of
their imminent death. A large percentage
of them are alive and healthy today. There
is never a time that one should give up.
Living cancer free
* Do not strengthen cancer by
considering it powerful. Consider it
temporary.
* For a minimum of 10 minutes a
day visualize yourself free of
cancer and its causative cells.
* Socialize with supportive people
not negative facilitators of the
status quo.
* Spend a minimum of 30 minutes
per day early morning and late
afternoon in the sun.
* Read and listen to positive
testimonials from people who
have conquered cancer.
* Consume a 100 percent green
living food diet emphasizing
sprouts, wheatgrass juice and
green juice (organic fresh green
vegetables and sprouts).
* Avoid fruits, their juices and any
and all forms of sugar, Le. honey,
maple syrup, rice syrup, corn syrup,
agave and so on.
* Do not eat three hours before
sleep. Emphasize sleep and rest
totaling eight to nine hours
per day.
* Laugh, sing, dance, romance and
most of all love, starting with
yourself.
n ~ ? : • .::.., Brian Clement CN, NMD, PhD
is director of the Hippocrates
Health Institute in Florida.
For over two decades Brian
has been at the cutting edge
of living foods research
and education. For more
information see
www.hlppocratesinst.com
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The greatest threat of childhood diseases
lies in the dangerous and ineffectual
efforts made to prevent them through
mass vaccination... there is no convincing
scientific evidence that mass inoculation
can be credited with eliminating any
childhood disease.
Or Robert Mendelsohn, Paediatrician 1979
T
his quote is from nearly 30 years
ago and since then the debate
on the safety and effectiveness
of vaccination has continued to rage,
especially over the last decade. As a
naturopath I am asked almost daily about
my view on vaccination and whether it is a
good idea for someone to vaccinate their
child or indeed themselves.
It is a complicated issue with one side of
the debate stating that vaccines are the
only way to prevent dangerous disease,
and the other proclaiming that they are
ineffective, dangerous and a potential
medical time bomb.
There is a common perception that
vaccines were the reason that infectious
diseases declined in the 19th and 20th
century. This is certainly being disputed
by some researchers. According to the
British Association for the Advancement of
Science, childhood diseases decreased by
90% during the 100 years between 1850
and 1950. This is attributed to advances in
sanitation and hygiene which resulted in
widespread reduction of disease and the
improvement of overall public health.
The first inoculation produced was the
cowpox vaccine. It was believed to protect
people from smallpox. However, there
was already major decline of this disease
before the vaccine was introduced. In
England in 1867 a mass compulsory
vaccination program began. Within four
years, 97.5% of people between the ages
of two and fifty had received the vaccine.
The following year England experienced
the worst smallpox epidemic in its history
with almost 45,000 deaths. Between
1871 and 1880 the incidence of smallpox
escalated from 28 to 46 per 100,000. Some
medical historians have concluded that the
smallpox vaccine had little to do with the
reduction of the disease.
Vaccination in the early 20th century was
not without its critics. A growing number
of physicians were publicly opposing it.
Indiana physician, Dr. W.B. C1arke, stated
"Cancer was practically unknown until
compulsory inoculation with smallpox
vaccine began to be introduced. I have had
to deal with two hundred cases of cancer,
and I never saw a case of cancer in an
unvaccinated person."
From 1911 to 1935 in the USA, the four
leading causes of childhood death by
infectious diseases were diphtheria,
whooping cough, scarlet fever and
measles. However, by 1945 the total death
rates from these causes had declined by
95% - this was before the implementation
of mass immunization programs.
In modern times, death rates from polio
had reduced dramatically by the 1950s in
the USA before the introduction of the
vaccine in 1955. However there was a 50%
increase of reported cases from 1957 to
1958 and an increase of 80% from 1958
to 1959. By 1960, death rates from polio
started to rise. Jonas Salk, the inventor of
the Salk polio vaccine, himself testified
before a Senate subcommittee that nearly
all outbreaks of polio in the late 1950's and
60's were caused by his polio vaccine.
In Europe, polio declined in countries that
both embraced and rejected the vaccine.
In 1989, the country of Oman experienced
a widespread polio outbreak six months
after achieving complete vaccination of its
population.
"Cancer was
practically
unknown until
compulsory
inoculation with
smallpox vaccine
began to be
. d d"
lntro uce
The protective nature of other vaccines
is also under dispute. A World Health
Organisation (WHO) trial involving 260,000
people, that was undertaken on the BCG
vaccine for tuberculosis, found more cases
of TB in the vaccinated group than the
unvaccinated and concluded that there
was no evidence of a protective effect
from the vaccine.
Vaccine researcher Adam Phillips concluded
that: "It is unclear what impact vaccines
had, if any, on the decline of infectious
diseases in the 19th and 20th centuries"
How do vaccines work?
As written by the Association of the British
Pharmaceutical Industry: "When we catch
a disease naturally, we usually produce
antibodies to the organism that causes it.
Antibodies are proteins in the blood which
remember the organism which caused the
disease, and can recognise it and inactivate
it when we come into contact with it
again. Without us actually experiencing
the disease, vaccines teach our body's
immune system to produce antibodies
and identify certain potentially infective
organisms even though we have never
come into contact with them."
However, some scientists have discovered
that the presence of antibodies only
indicates that the immune system has
come into contact with an antigen and not
that there is necessarily protection from a
specific disease.
What is in a vaccine?
Although there is much academic dispute
about the ability of vaccines to prevent
disease, there is even more controversy
about the safety of the seemingly bizarre
cocktail of substances present in vaccines.
Vaccines contain incredibly toxic and
poisonous ingredients. They contain agents
such as antifreeze to improve shelf life
and stability. Some of these agents are
to prevent the vaccine from becoming
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INGREDIENTS OF
COMMON VACCINES
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Produced using thimerosol, aluminum hydroxide.
yeast (residual < 1 percent yeast protein)
Philip Weeks is a Master Herbalist,
Naturopath and Licensed Acupuncturist. He
sees patients from all over the world at his
dinics in Hereford and London. For more
information see www.philpweeks.org or
telephone 01432 265565.
Overall, vaccines have a suppressive
effect on the immune system, creating
cellular conditions that prevent the
body from responding to viruses,
bacteria, parasites and fungi, and
seriously impairing its ability to
overcome disease.
In the next issue, safe alternatives
to vaccination, what you can do
to remove the toxic effects of past
vaccines, and remedies you can use
when travelling to areas where
vaccination is recommended,
In a New Zealand study into the effects
of vaccination, 23% of vaccinated
children in the study group develop
asthma, as compared to none of the
unvaccinated children.
I find that when patients have multiple
allergies such as to foods. pollen and
other substances, vaccines are often the
root cause.
our immune system may be exhausted
by multiple mass vaccines.
This is not surprising when you consider
that many people have received up
to 40 vaccines by the time they reach
adulthood!
I find that people's overall immune
capacity is depleted by vaccinations
and that this needs to be addressed in
order for them to become well again.
My findings are not uncommon. The
Arthur Research Foundation in Tucson,
Arizona estimates that up to 60% of
Due to the 'thimerosal' and aluminium
content of the annual flu vaccine, an
expert at the 1997 International Vaccine
Conference related that a person who
takes five or more annual flu vaccine
shots has increased the likelihood of
developing Alzheimer's Disease by a
factor of 10 over the person who has
had two or fewer flu shots
Vaccines are manufactured using a
disturbing array of animal and human
tissue including foetal calf blood, chick
embryo fluid, monkey kidney cells and
human diploid cells which are derived
from aborted human foetuses.
There has been a very public debate
regarding vaccines and their link to
autism. In the past 10 years, the number
of autistic children has risen from
between 200% and 500% in every
state in the US. Some believe that this
sharp rise in autism is linked to the
introduction of the MMR vaccine in 1975.
In my clinic I frequently see cases of
vaccine damage. With bio-resonance
testing I find that it is a common
toxicity factor which blocks people's
ability to heal themselves. Many cases
of chronic fatigue, particularly in
young people, can be tracked down
to a vaccine such as Meningitis Cor a
Tetanus booster.
infected or to improve its performance.
Common ingredients like formaldehyde
are known to be carcinogenic, while
aluminium has been linked with senility
and autism.
I discussed mercury in the previous issue
of this magazine to raise awareness of
this substance's toxic nature. However
not only is it being put in peoples
teeth; it is also being injected into
them! Its technical name in vaccines
is 'thimerosal', which is a mercury-
based vaccine preservative. It has been
recently withdrawn from the DPT
vaccines (diphtheria-pertussis (whooping
cough)-tetanus, given to infants in the
UK in three separate shots administered
at two, four. six and fifteen months of
age) because of possible autism links.
However, it is still present in plenty of
others.
E
Rabies Vaccine
Produced using betspropiolactone, aluminum
phosphate, sodium ethylmercurithiosalicyate
(thimerosol), phenol red. Medium: foetal rhesus
monkey lung cells".
MMR
Measles Mumps Rubella Live Virus Vaccination.
Produced using sorbitol, neomycin', hydrolyzed
gelatine. Medium: Measles and Mumps: chick
embryo. Rubella: human diploid cells (originating
from human absorbed foetal tissue).
, Antibiotics such as gentamicin are an ingredient
of vaccines used to reduce the inevitable bacterial
contamination coming from the mediums and
cultures of animal and human (cadaver and
foetal) blood. albumin or tissues used in the
vaccine production. However this does not provide
protection from viruses.
,. The presence of animal tissues can trigger a host
of autoimmune disease reactions.
... Bloodstream contamination with casein is
implicated in triggering pancreatic autoimmune
response affecting the production of insulin in the
beta cells of the pancreas.
Rubella and Mumps vaccine
Produced using neomycin', sorbitol, hydrolyzed
gelatine. Medium: human diploid cells (originating
from human absorbed foetal tissue)' ,
Hepatitis A
Produced using formalin, aluminium hydroxide,
phenoxyethanol, (antifreeze) polysorbate 20,
residual MRCS proteins (from medium) Medium:
human diploid cells (originating from human
absorbed foetal tissue)"
DPT
Diphtheria, Whooping Cough and Tetanus
Produced uSing aluminium phosphate
formaldehyde, ammonium sulphate, washed
sheep red blood cells", glycerol, sodium chloride,
thimerosol (mercury, recently discontinued).
Medium: porcine (pig) pancreatic" hydrolysate of
casein· *.
Chicken Pox Vaccine
Produced using sucrose, phosphate, glutamate.
processed gelatine. Medium: human diploid cells
(originating from human absorbed foetal tissue)" .
Flu Vaccine
Influenza Virus Vaccine, Trivalent Types A&B.
Produced using gentamicin' sulfate, formaldehyde.
polysorbate 80, tri-n-butylphosphate, thimerosol,.
Medium chick embryos"
Polio Vaccine
Inactivated Polio Vaccine. Produced using
three types of Polio Viruses, formaldehyde,
phenoxyethanol (anti-freeze) neomycin',
streptomycin', polymycin' B. Medium: VERO cells. a
continuous line of monkey kidney cells.
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38 Get Fresh!
GUIDE TO SUPERFOODS
Soju t what is so super
about uperfoods?
Juice Master Jasoll Vale asks what all the hype is about.
40
E
very month there seems to be a new
'superfood' coming into our lives.
They make newspaper headlines,
they're talked about on TV and radio
chat shows and the Notting Hill gang are
usually the first to jump on the all new all-
singing, all-dancing "You will live to 175 if
you eat these berries," band wagon.
At the time of writing this it's goji berries,
acai berries and blue-green algae that are
making the "must have food" headlines.
However, by the time you read this the
new 'superfood' could be anything from
the sap from the rare 'Hindile Tree' which
is only found in the rainforests of Cape
Tribulation, to a rare insect that if crushed
into a powder and added to your acai
smoothie will have you doing cartwheels in
the snow at the ripe ole age of 1DO!
Let 5uperfood be thy medicine...
Let's be clear - ALL fruits and vegetables
designed for human consumption are
superfoods. When Hippocrates famously
said, "Let food be thy medicine", he
wasn't talking about burger and fries.
He was of course referring to nature's
raw superfoods. Fruits and vegetables
aren't just superfoods; they are also super
medicines. The liquid fuel which makes
up an average of 80% of all fruits and
vegetables (even a banana is over 85%
vitamin and mineral-rich organic water)
has been used to successfully treat ulcers;
skin conditions; obesity; cholesterol; high
blood pressure; scurvy; prostate cancer;
lethargy; and the list goes on to just about
every disease known to mankind.
Personally I am big advocate of the all
singing, 'new to us' superfoods. Acai (ah-
sci-ee) berries, for example, contain twice
the amount of antioxidants as blueberries,
and blueberries are already one of the
highest sources of disease and age-defying
antioxidants. In fact, in a recent scientific
study, acai berries earned themselves the
enviable title of 'world's healthiest fruit'
- not surprising as they are considered to
have more antioxidants than any other
fruit on earth.
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Goji berries contain 18 amino acids (the
building blocks for protein) and spirulina
(blue/green algae), has twice as much
calcium as milk and 58 times more iron
than spinach. The world has got a great
deal smaller since the days of Hippocrates
and we now have access to some of
nature's most nutritious superfoods - foods
we would never have had access to in
times gone by. Some people think it's a
bad thing that we can get strawberries in
winter and cranberries in summer, but I say
bring it on.
The world is changing all the time and all
species grow and adapt. We have found
ways to get these amazing superfoods
from all over the world all year round.
Even acai berries, when picked, only
last one day. However, due to human
ingenuity, we have found a way to 'freeze
dry' the berries and reduce them to a
powder. This powder can be stored for
years and, because it was freeze dried
the very day it was picked, in terms of
nutrient value it's often fresher than what
is regarded as 'fresh fruit' on the shelves
of many supermarkets - fruits which often
have been picked before they were ripe
and stored in cool facilities for anything up
to a year! When this superfood powder is
added to liquid it comes alive once more
(very similar to seeds which lie dormant in
a desert for years only to sprout as soon as
rain hits).
One man's 5uperfood...
I agree though, like anything, you can
always find another side to the superfood
argument. Just because spirulina, for
example, has 58 times more iron than
spinach, who's to say we actually need
58 more times iron than contained in
what is essentially a superfood in its own
right - spinach? Who's to say that just
because goji berries have more than twice
the amount of vitamin Cas an orange,
we need that much vitamin C? Or who is
to say that our body can assimilate the
amount of antioxidants in some of the new
'superfoods'? I mean, a standard mountain
rock has more minerals than your average
apple, but I don't think anyone in their
right mind would believe that just because
a rock is loaded with minerals we should
be eating it as part of some kind of
'superfood' diet.
However, one thing I believe is impossible
to argue about is that 'normal' fruits and
vegetables can be classed in themselves as
'superfoods'. So if you don't buy into the
whole 21st century super berries, super
green algaes and super supplements craze,
then that's your bag and I for one think
everyone to their own.
Personally if there were a berry or some
kind of food you would think instinctively
if left in the wild to your own devices you
would eat it, then I feel it can only be a
good thing - especially when these berries
come from naturally warm climates (due
to my belief that as we originally descend
from primates and therefore from warmer
climates, surly, wet, cold and dark Britain
isn't where we were meant to be!).
Having said that I am a big advocate of the
blue-green algae spirulina and I love a bit
of wheatgrass juice. I even have my own
range of Juice Boosters and 5uperfood
supplements - so yes on one huge hand
I am as sold as it gets on the 'new'
superfoods. Yet at the same time I'm not
entirely sure that however hungry I was I
would pick some algae from a lake and eat
the stuff, or eat grass!
So as you can see, each to their own on
the newly found superfoods that keep
hitting the headlines and will no doubt
continue to. One thing is for sure though:
it is essential that our bodies get some
of nature's superfoods in whatever form.
So if you find you don't eat enough of a
selection of raw fruit and vegetables on
a daily basis, then a couple of spoonfuls
of superfood powders mixed with some
freshly extracted juice or a fresh fruit
smoothie every day will be the best health
and life insurance you will ever invest in.
Jason Vale is an Amazon number one bestselfing
author HIS latest book IS The JUIce Master
Keeping It Simple: Over 100 Delicious Smoothies
and Juices. For more information, visit
www.juicemaster.com.
ot all superfoods are
created equal
By Sarah Best
The su erfood
sceptics
f you believe what you read in the
papers, the word 'superfood' will make
you think not just of natural, raw foods
but a whole host of other substances that
exact a high price in exchange for the
token benefit or two they bring.
For example, red wine is touted by some
as a health-giving elixir and has even been
encapsulated in supplement form because
it is rich in a group of antioxidants called
polyphenols. But you can get these from
other sources (including the grapes the
wine is made from!) without the nasty side
effects. Ergo, red wine did not make our
list! Similarly, we all need essential fats,
but get these from oily fish and you're also
taking in a dose of mercury, dioxins and
any number of other harmful pollutants.
50 you won't find salmon in our guide
either, though you have probably heard it
called a superfood.
In the words of raw lifestyle author and
educator David Wolfe: "An apple is like a
pawn - it has just one move. Superfoods
are the queens on the chess board." We
agree. Space would only permit us to cover
a fraction of the foods we consider to be
superfoods. 50 in the following pages
we bring you the foods we believe, after
much research and extensive consultation
with experts, to be the shining stars of the
superfoods world. 50 what did it take for
a food to make it into our pantheon of
super superfoods?
1
1t is dense in a very wide spectrum of
nutrients rather than just a few. Ideally,
it will contain not just vitamins, minerals
and phytonutrients but also a good range
of essential fatty acids and amino acids.
In fact, the superfoods in our guide are
so complete you could survive on any of
them alone for a period of time and have
most of your nutrient needs taken care of.
We're not recommending this - we believe
variety in diet is the key to optimum health
- but you get the point!
2
1t delivers these nutrients without
any adverse effects. For us to call it a
superfood it has to have benefit in spades,
without a price to pay.
3
1t is raw. Because cooking leads to the
destruction of certain nutrients and
makes others difficult or impossible for
the body to absorb, once a food is cooked
it ceases to be quite so super. Also, when
food is heated, harmful compounds are
formed; in some cases carcinogenic ones.
50 in an unfortunate double whammy,
cooking can lead to the formation of
disease-causing chemicals and destroy
essential disease-busting antioxidants
and phytonutrients naturally present
in the food.
4
1t is relatively easy to source. Ther.e
is a school of thought that says wild
plants are the ultimate superfoods.
Compare edible weeds which sprout up
between paving stones and thrive without
watering, spraying or other interventions
to mollycoddled crops such as wheat and
corn which would quickly perish if left to
their own devices. It makes sense that we
are better off eating the strong survivor
than the weak hybrid. If you know what
you are looking for, wild foods are as super
as it gets. But you do have to know exactly
what you're doing as certain wild foods are
dangerous to consume - deadly even. This
topic is beyond the scope of this guide, and
that is the only reason you won't see wild
foods on our list.
You can think of the superfoods in this
guide as multi-vitamin and mineral
supplements, though that doesn't come
close to describing their power. It is
important to remember that nutrition is a
science in its infancy. We only know about
those nutrients scientists have identified
and named, but our bodies need all those
nutrients they haven't yet discovered just
as much. The only way to ensure you are
meeting all your nutritional needs is to eat
a wide variety of raw foods, and aim to
make superfoods a part of your diet.
Many doctors, scientists and
nutritionists claim that the concept of
the 'superfood' is nothing more than
a clever marketing ploy designed to
increase profits. This view has led to
new EU legislation which will force
companies selling food or drinks
labelled as superfoods to either back up
the claim with proof of their benefits or
lose the superfood label.
One argument put forward is that
superfoods are too super for us; they
are a waste of money and do little more
than give us "expensive urine." We
strongly disagree with this view and so
do many nutritionists. Fifty years ago
we didn't need superfoods, but two big
categories of changes that have taken
place since then mean that we now do.
In brief:
1
The way food is produced and
harvested. Thanks to this, there are
now certain nutrients that most of the
population is deficient in to lesser or
greater extent, including magnesium
and omega-3 fatty acids. All the
superfoods in our guide are rich in at
least one of these; most in both.
2
The fact our nutrient needs are
greater due to all the stress our
bodies must deal with, which includes
everything from environmental
pollution to the frantic pace of modern
life. Unless we are living tranquil lives
in a remote area of virgin rainforest,
chances are we are burning through
vitamins, minerals and antioxidants at
such a rate that we need the superior
quantities superfoods provide.
The above arguments can also be
used to support supplementation. But
superfoods are superior to laboratory-
manufactured supplements, because
they're natural whole foods that the
body can easily recognize, digest and
utilize.
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living Foods
D
id you know that there's a whole
class of superfoods which cost
next to nothing, can be grown
anywhere (including on your kitchen
worktop), are loaded with protein,
vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and
enzymes, all in easily absorbable form,
and even continue to grow in nutritional
value after they're harvested?
Welcome to the world of living foods,
often referred to as sprouts.
And that's only the start. "Many health
benefits make sprouts superfoods, beyond
the vitamin, mineral and protein content,"
says health author Steve Meyerowitz,
also known as Sproutman. "They are
exceptionally fascinating foods."
Put simply, what sprouted foods give you,
you can't get from any other food group.
They are bursting with life force and
the electrical energy your body needs to
thrive. There is much still to be discovered
about sprouts and no doubt their already
established superfood status will only
grow as science continues to document
their unique properties. But sprouts have
long been recognized as a wonder food.
Ancient Chinese physicians prescribed them
for curing many disorders, and they are
used in this way today at the world's most
cutting edge healing centres.
Sprouts are created through germinating
seeds, nuts, beans, lentils or grains. During
germination, a form of pre-digestion
occurs, making their abundant nutrients
extremely easy for the body to assimilate.
Proteins are broken down into amino
acids, fats turn into essential fatty acids
and carbohydrates are converted into
simple sugars. Most amazingly of all,
vitamins and other nutrients that were
not there before are created through the
absorption of atmospheric elements during
growth. For example, dried legumes have
no measurable vitamin C, but sprout them
and they become a rich source of this
nutrient.
The explosion of nutrient levels that takes
place during germination can be off the
charts. When researchers at Johns Hopkins
University School of Medicine tested the
levels of a cancer-fighting substance called
sulforaphane they found it to be up to
50 times higher in three-day old broccoli
sprouts than in mature broccoli - itself
considered a very good source.
In short, sprouts are the ultimate multi-
vitamin, mineral, phytonutrient, enzyme,
protein and fatty acid supplement!
And because they are baby plants with
extremely delicate cell walls, all of
their goodness comes in the most easily
digestible form. The abundant enzymes
further enhance their digestibility. "You
can use them instead of an enzyme pill,"
says naturopathic nutritionist Fiona Corliss.
"Eat sprouts before a cooked meal and
you'll digest it much better."
Living foods are one of the three best
sources of protein on the planet (read
about the others - sea vegetables and
blue-green algaes - in the following pages
of this guide). Not only are these foods
rich in protein; it is in exactly the form
the body wants - raw amino acids. If you
are not feeling strong and energetic on
raw food, protein could be the reason.
Says nutritionist Yvonne Bishop Weston:
"Protein is often the difference between
people doing well on raw food and not."
All edible grains, seeds and legumes can
be sprouted, and some nuts and seeds. Vou
have probably tried sprouted mung beans,
lentils and alfalfa but what about daikon
radish, fenugreek and quinoa? There is a
whole world of living foods waiting to be
discovered! On the next page, two from
this group that are true star performers...
Where to get sprouts
They are showing up in more and more
supermarkets and health stores. But if you
can't find them where you shop, or if you
want to save money, you can easily grow
your own. It takes only a few moments a
day to tend your indoor garden and have a
constant supply of delicious, fresh, organic
vegetables, It is also great way of adding
more raw foods to your diet,
How to take sprouts
They are delicious in salads of any variety.
They can be added to vegetable dishes
such as soups and stews after cooking
and they will help with the digestion
of the meal, thanks to their enzyme
content. Sprouts can be juiced with other
vegetables, and they can also be mixed
with cucumber, apple, herbs and other raw
foods and blended into 'energy soups'.
Sprouted nuts and seeds can be eaten as
is or blended into nutritious milks - either
way they taste wonderful.
Recommended reading
Sprouts, The Miracle Food: Complete Guide To
Sprouting by Steve Meyerowitz
Living Foods For Optimum Health by Brian
Clement
Living Foods for Radiant Health by Elaine Bruce
Sunflower greens
Wheatgrass
You could argue that it's not normal for
humans to consume grass. But it's not natural
to live in polluted cities, eat predominantly
cooked foods or breathe polluted air either.
And there is a growing body of research
which shows that wheatgrass can offset the
efferts of all of the above transgressions and
many others.
Wheatgrass has 92 of the 102 essential
minerals, and a full and perfectly balanced
spectrum of Bvitamins, including B17 or
laetrile which is believed to selectively destroy
cancer cells. It is a rich source of vitamins
A, Cand Eand the minerals calcium, iron,
phosphorous and magnesium. It contains 20
amino acids, including the eight essential
ones the body can't manufacture, making it a
complete protein source. Ounce for ounce it
contains more protein than any animal food.
But it's biggest claim to superfood fame is its
chlorophyll content - it is 70% chlorophyll.
Why is this important? Chlorophyll nutrients
are extremely easy for the body to assimilate.
Chlorophyll is very similar in structure to
haemoglobin, the molecule that carries
oxygen in our blood. The only difference
is that the central element in chlorophyll is
magnesium, while in haemoglobin it is iron.
Like wheatgrass, sunflower greens are young
greens that are a week to 10 days old at the
time of harvesting. (Not to be confused with
sunflower sprouts, which are sunflower seeds
that have been soaked and sprouted for only
a day or two).
Sunflower greens have many other similarities
to wheatgrass. They are:
• rich in vitamins and minerals, including
trace minerals
• a complete protein source
• loaded with chlorophyll
• powerfully detoxifying
• alkalizing and enzyme rich
They taste a lot better than wheatgrass - they
have a flavour that is earthy and slightly
salty - and can be taken in much larger
quantities. They belong to a family of similar
living foods known as baby greens or indoor
greens. Other members are pea greens and
buckwheat lettuce.
·Consuming green living foods is like giving
yourself a blood transfusion," says Jill Swyers,
a living foods consultant who trained at the
world-renowned Hippocrates Health Institute.
"Wheatgrass is a cleanser, healer, energizer,
protector, builder and rejuvenator."
A 2-ounce shot of wheatgrass juice provides
the same nutritional content as about 4
pounds of fresh vegetables. Says Sproutman
Steve Meyerowitz: ·Wheatgrass is a whole
food supplement. It's so much better to get
nutrients this way than through synthetic
supplements, where factors are isolated and
taken away from their co-factors."
Wheatgrass juice is extracted from the seven
to ten day old sprouts of wheat berries. It
contains no gluten so is suitable for people
who can't usually tolerate wheat products.
As well as being super-loaded with nutrition,
wheatgrass is a powerful detoxifier and is
renowned for its healing properties. It boosts
the lymphatic system and greatly assists in the
removal of waste products, heavy metals and
other toxins from the body.
Where to get wheatgrass
You can buy trays of wheatgrass in some
health stores and farmers markets but it is
"Living greens are one of the most important
things to have in our diet," says living foods
consultant Jill Swyers. "We need the extra
chlorophyll and oxygen they give us."
Sunflower greens are especially rich in vitamin
D and lecithin, a nutrient that contains
essential fatty acids and also helps the body
break down and absorb fats. Lecithin is also
important for liver detoxification and forms a
key part of our cell membranes.
Sunflower greens are not only super-loaded
with nutrition. They are also great for
balancing blood sugar as they are so
protein-rich.
Where to get sunflower greens
If you have the space, the time and the
inclination, the cheapest way is to grow
your own. Refer to one of the books listed
on the page opposite, or search online for
instructions. Once they are ready to eat, they
will keep for up to a week if cut and stored in
an airtight container in the refrigerator.
easy to grow at home. Just refer to one of the
books listed under Recommended Reading
or consult one of the many online guides.
Alternatively, there are companies which
grow it and will deliver it to your home. If
you are in the UK, try Aconbury Sprouts:
ring 019Bl 2411 SS or order online at
www.aconbury.co.uk.
How to take wheatgrass
Always drink wheatgrass on an empty
stomach at least half an hour before eating
and three hours after. Start with a daily
l-ounce shot and when you are ready,
graduate to 2 ounces.
Recommended reading
Wheatgrass, Nature's Finest Medicine by Steve
Meyerowitz
The Wheatgrass Book by Ann Wigmore.
Sunflower greens are becoming more widely
available to buy in the US and across Europe.
They have yet to make their way onto the
shelves of UK health stores, but a company
called Aconbury Sprouts will deliver them
ready grown in trays right to your front door.
For more information see
www.aconbury.co.uk or ring 01981 2411 SS.
How to use sunflower greens
They make a great salad base and are far
superior in their nutrient content to lettuce,
spinach and other leafy raw vegetables.
They are also delicious juiced together with
cucumber and celery, or blended into
energy soups.
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Sea vegetables
44
Hemp seeds
There are over three million edible plant
species on the planet, but no other can
compare with hemp in nutritional value.
Hemp seeds are a packed with protein,
essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals,
phytonutrients and antioxidants.
As long as they are consumed raw, both the
amino acids and the essential fats in hemp
seeds are in the ideal ratios for human
nutrition. A high proportion of hemp's
protein comes in the most easily digestible
form known to man: globulin edestin, very
similar to the protein found in human blood
plasma. "Everyone on a vegan diet should
include hemp," says Sejal Joshi, a nutritional
counsellor at the Nutri Centre in London.
Hemp's balance of essential fatty acids mirrors
the diet that the human race evolved on,
which is a 4:1 ratio of omega 6s to omega 3s.
Clinical tests have shown that the standard
diet of today is likely to provide a ratio closer
to 20:1 and in many subjects tested, omega 3
levels are too low to even register.
With soil becoming more and more depleted,
never has it been more important to include
the bounty of the sea in our diets. The world's
oceans are full of the nutrients we need for
optimum health. But we're not talking about
chemical-laden fish; the planet's pollution
levels now mean that the only place on the
food chain to eat is low.
Sea vegetables are a complete protein, as well
as being a rich source of essential fatty acids.
Ounce for ounce, they are higher in vitamins
and minerals than any other food group. They
are also a rich source of chlorophyll, and like
all chlorophyll-rich foods, contain plentiful
magnesium.
Magnesium is one of the most common
deficiencies in the modern diet. According
to estimates, over 80% of the population is
deficient in this essential mineral and some
scientists believe even that is an under-
estimate. Go short on magnesium and you
are missing a nutrient that is critical for the
body's daily cellular detoxification processes,
a pre-requisite for heart health, and a natural
tranquillizer often referred to as the 'anti-
stress mineral'.
Also abundant in raw sea vegetables:
numerous enzymes, including superoxide
dismutase (SOD), an antioxidant enzyme that
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Consuming the wrong ratio of essential fats -
namely not getting the all-important omega-
3s - has been shown to be a risk factor in
heart disease and cancer, as well as infertility
and other endocrine problems, nervous
system disorders and mental illness.
There is evidence that regular consumption
of hemp can improve memory and relieve
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is
also beneficial for the skin: the oils in hemp
moisturise the skin from the inside out.
Hemp seeds are one of the best sources of
vitamin E. "Hemp contains natural vitamin E,
which is much more easily absorbable than
the synthetic form found in supplements,"
says Joshi.
As well as the seeds themselves, you can now
buy quality raw hemp oils. You can also soak
the seeds and blend them into a milk.
"Hemp is a great alternative to soya and
dairy," says nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-
Weston. "Lots of people have soya and
is crucial for controlling free radical levels in
the body.
The Japanese have known about the
nutritional and detoxification properties of
seaweed for centuries. It is renowned for its
ability to march heavy metals and radioactive
elements out of the body.
Sea vegetables are one of only a handful of
sources of iodine in the modern diet, and the
only vegan one. Iodine is a key mineral for
regulating the thyroid gland. "It's very hard
to get enough iodine these days unless you're
eating sea vegetables," says naturopathic
nutritionist Fiona Corliss. "I see so many
people with thyroid problems."
Sea vegetables, also known as algaes,
come in several categories:
Brown algaes Kelp, wakame, kombu, arame,
hijiki
Red algaes Dulse and nori
Green algae Chlorella
Where to buy sea vegetables
They're now available in most good health
stores and supermarkets but if you want
the maximum benefit from your sea-based
nutrition make sure what you are buying is
raw. Nori, dulse, kelp and chlorella are the
four most readily available varieties but most
dairy allergies but hemp doesn't seem to be
allergenic, perhaps because it has not been
intensively used in the diet."
The final piece of good news about hemp: it
tastes delicious!
Where to buy hemp seeds
They are available in any health store and
most supermarkets. For quality raw hemp oil
and unhulled hemp seeds (for sprouting) visit
hemp specialists www.yaoh.com or call
01179239053.
How to take hemp seeds
Hemp seeds can be sprinkled onto salads or
blended into smoothies. However, the best
way of consuming hemp is as a living food.
You will need unhulled seeds for this. Simply
soak them in water for 24 hours, drain and
rinse. Sprouted hemp seeds make a delicious
and super-nutritious milk - just blend with
water to achieve the desired consistency.
of the nori that you'll find in shops is toasted.
Raw is available but you may need to search
online.
How to use sea vegetables
Dulse With its salty and spicy taste, dulse is
delicious in salads. Just cut it into strips and
sprinkle it over. If you find it too salty or
want to keep the sodium content of your diet
down, you can soak it overnight to remove
the salt.
Nori This is rolled into paper thin sheets and
is great for making wraps and sushi rolls. See
Chad Sarno's recipe on pages 62-63.
Kelp Buy it powdered and add it to soups and
salads.
Chlorella Usually comes in tablet form. As
well as being a mercury detoxifier it's also
great for balancing blood sugar. Carry a small
jar around with you and take any time you
feel in need of a pick-me-up between meals.
Bee pollen
As one of the most complete foods in
existence, bee pollen has a long history of
being used to enhance health. Early Egyptian
and Chinese civilizations used it for increasing
energy and stamina, as well as in the
treatment of various illnesses. It has earned
a reputation as a powerful rejuvenator, and
Hippocrates claimed it extended life - a
view with which many experts today concur.
It is also a powerful natural probiotic and
antibiotic.
Bee pollen is one of the richest sources of
protein available. It contains all 22 amino
acids and has more protein per gram than any
meat or fish.
It also contains 28 minerals, 11 enzymes and
over a dozen vitamins. It is not only a rich
source of essential fatty acids (HAs) but
also helps the body absorb them. "This is
because of the sulphur bonds and enzymes
it contains. H says naturopathic nutritionist
Fiona Corliss. "The sulphur bonds work with
the fatty acids, pushing them into cells so they
can be utilized."
Bee pollen also contains another powerful
substance which aids in the metabolism of
fats - lecithin. In fact, these properties of
bee pollen have such a marked effect on the
body's ability to absorb and utilize essential
fats that the best way to ensure your body
makes maximum use of any EFA-rich oils you
take is to consume them together with a
serving of bee pollen.
Bee pollen is a fantastic source of all the
B-complex vitamins. These are water soluble
so must be consumed every day. and stressful
lives plus processed diets deplete them
so rapidly that many of us need an extra
infusion.
Get it fresh!
Given all of the above. it may surprise
you to know that most of the bee pollen
available on the market today has few if any
health benefits. This is because of the way
pollens are processed, which, in the worst
cases, destroys some of the nutrients and
turns the remainder rancid. The only pollen
worth consuming is fresh pollen, which is a
perishable living food product. It must be
kept in the freezer and de-frosted shortly
before consumption.
Superfoods as medicine...
Many people dislike taking dried pollen as
it is hard in texture and unpleasant to chew.
They are usually amazed when they try fresh
pollen for the first time: it is so soft it melts in
the mouth. It also tastes nice - not dissimilar
to honey.
The essential fatty acids found in pollen are
extremely delicate. The presence of air in a
jar of dried pollen causes oxidation and turns
the fatty acids rancid. Vitamin content is also
much lower in dried pollen, including the
vitamin Eand provitamin A that are found in
such large quantities in fresh.
Research has shown that it is only fresh
pollen that has antibacterial and probiotic
properties. In experiments, both fresh and
dried pollen were added to Petri dishes
which were then inoculated with pathogenic
bacteria from the human gut. The bacteria
multiplied quickly in the dishes with the
dried pollen. In the dishes with fresh frozen
pollen the bacterial growth was completely
inhibited.
Where to get bee pollen
Percie du Sert's fresh pollen is available from
www.kiki·health.com
How to take pollen
Store it in the freezer and transfer what
you need for a few days or a week into
an unsealed container in the fridge.
Alternatively, it can be eaten straight from
the freezer - its texture is soft even when
frozen - but you don't get the full benefit
of the friendly bacteria unless it is first
defrosted.
Bee pollen can be taken on its own by the
spoonful, sprinkled on cereals or added
to smoothies. As it is so rich in nutrients,
including powerful detoxifying ones, it is best
to start small, with just a pinch. Gradually
work up to a tablespoon a day. However,
there is evidence that this is a superfood
whose benefits do increase the more you
take, once your body is ready for the high-
octane nutrition it provides, making it useful
for getting through times of stress or low
energy. 8ecause of pollen's reputation as a
powerful energy enhancer it is best taken in
the morning, or at least well before bedtime.
For further Information about bee
pollen
The Healing Powers of Pollen by Patrice Percie
du Sert.
Many vegans choose not to consume
bee pollen for ethical reasons. Other
superfoods will provide everything
in bee pollen so it is by no means
necessary. However, it is possible to get
ethically produced bee pollen, collected
in a way that doesn't harm the bees, like
the one we recommend here.
Although much has been researched and written about the benefits certain superfoods have in healing specific ailments. health arises from the com-
bined effect of what a person is eating, drinking, doing, breathing and thinking. The effect of anyone substance, no matter how super. will depend on
the interplay of it. and all of the above factors, WIth the individual's unique biochemistry. All of the superfoods in this guide can be used as part of a
healing program and are noted for myriad medicinal properties. However, if you intend to use them in this way we recommend professional gUidance.
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GUIDE TO SUPERFOODS
The uperfood supplemen
They're not quite as super as the
main stars in this guide. But we
couldn't not mention them!
How to take Nature's Living
Superfood
Begin with half a teaspoon daily and
gradually increase to one or more heaped
teaspoons. It can be mixed with water or juice
or sprinkled on food.
Goji berries
All berries are loaded with vitamins,
minerals, phytonutrients and
antioxidants. The most super-charged
berry of all is the goji berry, as it not
only has exceptionally high amounts of
all of the above; it is also a complete
protein source, containing all the
essential amino acids. Virtually unheard
of five years ago, goji berries are now
widely available in supermarkets and
health stores. Eat them on their own
as a snack, mixed with nuts and seeds,
sprinkled on cereal or blended into
smoothies.
Maca
A root vegetable from Peru, maca
has been used for its nutritional and
medicinal purposes since the time of
the Incas. Since being discovered by
modern health seekers several years
ago, it's now widely available as a
whole food supplement: maca roots are
dried at low temperatures and ground
to a powder. It is rich in vitamins,
minerals and phytonutrients and
contains all the essential amino acids.
It is most renowned for its adaptogenic
properties, meaning it aids in balancing
the body's systems, including the
hormonal system. Start with a teaspoon
a day stirred into water or juices or
blended into smoothies.
n ersup The
Nature's Living Superfood contains no
fillers; it is made of 100% wildcrafted whole
foods, including grasses, vegetables, herbs,
fresh water and sea water algaes, enzymes
and probiotics - all dehydrated at low
temperatures to preserve nutrients and life
force.
Amidst all the new products coming on
the market there are two brands that have
been around for years and that practitioners
and patients alike swear by: Nature's Living
Superfood and Pure Synergy. Swyers is a fan
of the former, having seen it bring about
remarkable results in her clients - often
astonishingly quickly. "Even if you're not
ready to change anything else, add this to
your programme and it will make such a large
difference to your life. It cleanses and detoxes
and floods the body with nutrients."
While E3Live is the king of the superfood
supplements, it is not number one in the
convenience stakes as it is perishable and
needs to be kept frozen. Cue the superfood
powders for those times when you need
something you can easily take out and about
with you. There is an ever-expanding array
of these powders on offer and quality varies
greatly. It goes without saying that they need
to be carefully processed at low temperatures
to protect the delicate nutrients and enzymes.
Read the label carefully and be on the
lookout for cheap fillers.
Where to buy Nature's Living
Superfood
It's available in most good health stores. If
you can't find it in one near you order it
online at www.kiki-health.com.
How to take AFA algae
Start with half a teaspoon a day and work up
to a tablespoon or more. Many people report
beneficial effects from taking larger quantities
during times of stress or when extra brain
power is needed. It is also a great supplement
to take to counteract the radiation from
long-haul air travel. E3Live must be stored in
the freezer and defrosted in small quantities,
as needed. Defrost only what you plan to
consume within the next week and store in an
airtight container in the fridge.
The super green powders
"Blue-green algae is a fantastic daily
supplement," says nutritionist Yvonne Bishop
Weston. "Clients feel much better when they
are incorporating it. If they're not feeling
fantastic but they start taking it again they
soon remember: 'That's how I want to feel!'''
Synthetic supplements are not the answer.
There is an ever-expanding range of top-
quality supplements which are derived from
natural whole foods and processed at low
temperatures to maintain nutrients and
enzymes. The supplements below can be
considered 'raw' and they can be a valuable
addition to your superfood arsenal.
Also known as Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae
(AFA), or its brand name E3Live, this grows
in Klamath Lake in Oregon, and tastes
surprisingly palatable. It is a complete protein
and a rich source of naturally-occurring
essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals
(including hard to find trace minerals) and
phytonutrients. It is also abundant in omega-3
fatty acids, the kind many people are
deficient in. But its most super characteristic
of all is its chlorophyll content: E3Live is
estimated to have double the chlorophyll
content of spirulina and six times that of
wheatgrass juice.
Although a powerful energy enhancer and
detoxifier it is most renowned for its ability
to improve brain function. It is thought to
increase concentration and mental clarity,
and to raise the body's natural level of feel-
good endorphins, making it invaluable in
alleviating depression.
Where to get AFA algae
E3Live, the only brand of truly live liquid
blue-green algae, is available from most good
health stores. It can also be ordered online at
www.kiki-health.com (UK and Europe) and at
www.e3Iive.com (US).
These days most of us need that little (or lot)
more than foods alone can provide - even
superfoods. "The way we were raised, the
lifestyles we live, the way we breathe, food
is not enough," says living foods consultant
Jill Swyers. "We need help. And that is true
whether we live in a polluted CIty or out in
the country."
Liquid blue-green algae
How to contact the experts interviewed for this guide.
Fiona Corliss of Inside Out Nutrition 01424 777820 www.insideoutnutrition.co.uk' Sejal Joshi of The Nutri Centre: 0207 436 S122 www.nutricentre.com.
JillSwyers of liVing Foods For Health 0208 870 7041 www.jillswyers.com • Yvonne Bishop Weston of Foods For Life www.foodsforlife.org.uk.
Steve Meyerowitz, author of the 'Sproutman' books www.sproutman.com.
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Coffee versus Superfoods
In the 6rst instaIlment of a new regular column, Sarma Melngailis reminisces
about her past love affair with coffee and details the raw pick-me-ups that enabled
her to wean herself off it once and for all.
48
I
t has been four years now
that I've been primarily
a raw vegan. Most of the
time. In my online blog and
elsewhere, I openly admit to
"open-mindedness" when it
comes to what I consume. But
sometimes being very relaxed
about it - particularly in the
context of stress and other
distractions - leads to the
formation of bad habits
before we even realize it.
For example... coffee!
What a hypocrite I am... A whole page in
my first co-written book Raw Food Real
World is devoted to how bad coffee is.
It all started two summers ago as one of
my early investors was frequently drink-
ing coffee around me in my office. I was
not sleeping much then and particularly
freaked out about a lot of things going
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on, and the smell of it was very appealing!
First I'd ask for a sip, then I'd have a few
sips, then I'd just grab the whole cup from
him and he'd have to go get another for
himself.
Before' knew it, I was hooked again. It
was that easy.
I felt like an addict with a secret. I'd run
to the coffee shop for an iced coffee, then
back towards the restaurant realizing I
can't walk in this neighborhood drinking
coffee! What if one of the regulars from
the restaurant sees me?! What then? My
assistant had become my "enabler",
offering to fetch me a fresh iced coffee
anytime I wanted. I truly felt like a "user"
when I finally bought my own ground
coffee. At least now it's organic,
I rationalized. Still, alone in my own kitch-
en, filling the filter (made of unbleached
recycled paper, of course!) with the
aromatic grounds, and waiting for the
water to boil, I felt a bit like the crack-head
with the spoon and lighter.
My conflicted and tumultuous on and off
relationship with this substance has led
me to a few conclusions. I simply do not
do well on coffee at all, tempting as it is.
Not to mention, it gives you yucky coffee
breath if you don't brush your teeth right
away. I also have a theory that it makes
me sweat and in an odd funky kind of
way. Sexy, right? But the worst issue is the
dependency and crashing. I might feel
uplifted for a bit, but then before long
sluggishness sets in.
Is it not also widely known that it
dehydrates you, and inhibits the
absorption of iron and many other miner-
als, and is acidic in your body? Further, it
must certainly be the case that when you
get to the point where a massive migraine
is the consequence of trying to stop sud-
denly, that something is really wrong with
this very popular habit.
Luckily, I finally feel I've weaned myself
off it for good. If I get very little sleep and
crave an extra boost, I mix raw cacao
powder in a bit of nut milk or hemp milk,
whiz it in the blender with some stevia or
agave, vanilla, ice, and some frozen
banana, and pour it over more ice. Much
better than iced coffee, and it's breakfast
too! I've now also recently added goji
berries to my mornings. I might toss a
handful of raw cacao nibs along with
gojis over some fruit, or if I want some-
thing crunchier, a bowl of One Lucky Duck
Grawnola or Cri spies.
How could I have forgotten about these
lovely little red berries? I used to take
them traveling, and was always amazed
at how a handful would keep me from
feeling hungry for hours. A famous New
York cosmetic doctor was quoted in a
fashion magazine as saying that the goji
berry is the number one anti-cellulite
food, because of how loaded they are with
antioxidants. I read this and immediately
wanted to hoard them as I expected a sud-
den worldwide shortage, but luckily they
still seem readily available and affordable.
I am now also on a kick for green shakes.
I will always love green juice, particularly
when I don't want to get filled up. But
when I want to get filled, fresh cucumber
in the blender makes an excellent base, to
which I'll add a bit of honeydew melon,
kiwi and lime, or grapefruit and a bit of
pineapple. To that I add a whole bunch of
fresh coriander and a few kale or col lard
leaves and a few sunflower sprouts if I
have them, along with stevia, a touch of
salt, and a big dash of cinnamon. I like
shakes because to me they make for the
ultimate superfood party.
"It ~ always tricky
to evaluate how
something specific is
affecting you. I have
given up coffee only to
fall back into the habit
enough times that the
overall conclusion is
clear to me. '
I love to add a splash of aloe vera juice,
a toss of tocotrienols, a spoonful of blue
green algae, some green tea extract, and
yes, maybe some more goji berries - which
blend easier than you might imagine - or
just add goji juice. Or frozen acai, another
increasingly popular so-called superfood.
Aside from being so nutrient dense, what
I love about these crazy concoctions is that
they taste really good. Sometimes I add
strawberries or blueberries or whole
lemons. A bit of mango or white peaches.
And if I don't feel like having it in a glass,
then I'll chop a fuji apple into a bowl,
pour my amped-up green shake over it,
sprinkle it with bee pollen and some whole
goji berries and eat it with a spoon like
cereal - 5uperfood cereal. When this is
what I'm taking in, I feel as if I could not
eat for days and I would feel fine. As if
I've truly nourished myself and am a well
oiled machine.
With so many variables, it's always tricky to
evaluate how something specific is
affecting you. I have given up coffee only
to fall back into the habit enough times
that the overall conclusion is clear to me.
I might crave that initial high and the
flavour, but it's a quick fix that quickly
makes one dependent.
The funny part is, I would slip back into
drinking coffee with a full awareness of
feeling very unclean about it, and I think in
some way that was part of it - I was being
almost rebellious, or thinking that I just
needed it to get me through a particularly
sleep-deprived and work-crazy period of
time. Now, when that urge for a cup of
coffee - even just one - starts to gnaw at
me, I take a deep breath and think about
the characters in Trainspotting.
That always does the trick.
Sarma Melngaifis is the co-founder. owner
and executive chef of premier New York raw
restaurant Pure Food and Wine. She is also
co-author of Raw Food, Real World and founder
and (EO of One Lucky Duck which operates
an online boutique offering selected products
for the raw and organic lifestyle. For more
information see www.purefoodandwlne.com
and www.oneluckyduck.com. The One Lucky
Duck range Is available in the UK from
www.fresh-network.com along with the book
Raw Food, Real World.
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RAW BEAUTY
Strivingfir Pe!ftction in Complexion
In an exclusive excerpt from her new book) Quantum E a t i n ~ Tonya Zavasta on
what to do when raw food doesn)t equal radiant skin,
50
T
ravelling as I make my raw food
presentations, I meet many
health-orientated people who
either already primarily eat raw or are
transitioning to the raw food lifestyle,
You know immediately there's something
special about them, They exude high
energy, Their clear eyes emit a light that
seems to go straight to your soul. You
can feel how they bubble with positive
attitude, The catch: you have to be pretty
healthy yourself to pick up on those vibes!
As any raw fooder knows, you have to get
used to people checking you out, deciding
whether it's worth it to go raw, They're all,
it seems, from Missouri, the "Show Me"
state, Okay - just show me this glow! The
fact that you never have a cold or flu, you
have so much energy, you can live on four
hours' sleep, you never have a hot flush.. ,
All good benefits to report, but hard for
people to verify, Curious folk want to
see your health, And where will they be
looking? At your largest organ: your skin.
For women, in particular, a word to the
wise: the raw food lifestyle doesn't mean
an instant transformation from Plain Jane
to Fabulous Babe, Many expect that once
you eat raw you should thereafter always
exhibit a glowing complexion. This is not
the case, Here, I believe, is one reason
why... Many in the raw food community
look down on external beautifying
procedures. Many believe that a quick
splash with water is all that your facial skin
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needs. But unless you're very young, you
probably won't be that lucky.
I'm not that lucky (and I'm not that
young!) I hope to convince you that a little
attention to your complexion will take
you a long way toward achieving your
rawsome beauty potential.
Your skin's condition reflects your internal
health. Skin problems like acne, blemishes
and dryness are signs of an overtaxed
system, Just as deficiency and toxicity
are the main two causes for illness, they
tend to be the same two causes for most
beauty problems as well. Poor elimination
and poor circulation are two major causes
of negative skin conditions. A raw food
regimen definitely takes care of poor
elimination. But correcting your poor
circulation can use some external help,
When your system gets overloaded, your
body can't eliminate all its waste through
regular channels. Skin eruptions are
excretions of waste materials from the
pores. Dry, oily, or sensitive skin, acne,
and facial blemishes all result from gut
problems, so they do have to be addressed
internally, At the same time, you shouldn't
ignore external measures that can help you.
Here's a fact that's sure to surprise you.
Over half of the dust that accumulates in
your house is from your skin, We literally
shed our skin and grow the equivalent of
a whole new skin every 25 to 30 days, This
shocked my husband Nick, who reports
that he's just tossed out a vacuum cleaner
bag full of his discarded self. The funeral,
he says, was quite touching, though
attendance was thin.
Brushing for beauty
Most people do a dry body scrub, but
not many do dry facial brushing. Though
body brushing is not a new concept, it is
a commonly held belief by many in the
beauty industry that brushing one's face
is not necessary, and perhaps is not even
beneficial. I believe that face brushing is
just as important as body brushing, Dead
skin cells accumulate on the face, just as
they do on the body, Some will slough
off naturally, but these flaky, dehydrated
cells need some help to "get lost." Body
brushing and face brushing are essential
components of a health and beauty
regimen, and should be done daily.
The body is so intelligent that it will care
for our internal organs first. Sometimes,
there's not enough vitality to reach the
skin. Brushing stimulates surface blood
flow and tells the body where it needs to
heal. Exfoliation energizes your face and
improves circulation. All of these steps
result in a better looking complexion.
Exfoliation is necessary to get younger
looking skin. Mature skin needs exfoliation
even more, But the more mature your skin,
the more gradual the approach you need.
When we look at mature skin, what we see
is mostly dead skin cells. These dead cells
accumulate on the surface, densely packed,
making natural exfoliation difficult. This
creates lines and wrinkles, making your
skin more prone to problems, like the
accumulation of melanin, or of brown
and black spots, and small raised beige
lumps. Your body's self-healing processes
can't keep up with years of dietary and
environmental abuse. Here's where raw
foods and facial brushing can help.
When the outer layer of skin becomes
thickened, discoloured, rough, and
uneven, the best way to help the skin shed
built-up layers of dead, unhealthy skin is
to use a good brush. Gentle manual facial
brushing will speed cell turnover, maximize
oxygen intake, strengthen the skin's inner
structure, and reverse the effects of aging.
Such exfoliation will not only even out skin
tone, but will also improve the texture of
your skin.
Tiny bacteria live on our skin. If exposed
to oxygen, these bacteria would be killed
instantly. The easiest protection for some
microbes against oxygen toxicity is to
hide. Anaerobic microorganisms tolerate
oxygen in their surroundings by physically
screening themselves from their worst
enemy. Their shield? Layers of dead cells.
Exfoliation is the most important element
in all skincare. It helps with everything
from aging to acne to dry skin. Brushing
also helps reduce surface skin oils and
can help remove blackheads and other
skin impurities, as well as smoothing
out fine wrinkle lines. Collagen can only
be manufactured in the presence of
molecular oxygen by improving circulation
- thus brushing might stimulate collagen
production as well.
When I am on the lecture circuit, I show
people how I brush and "polish" my face.
It was a challenge to find just the right
brush to optimize my facial routine. All the
facial brushes I tried were too soft. This
softness actually makes sense when you
consider that most people who eat cooked
food generally have more sensitive skin.
We raw food aficionados need something
a little stiffer. I finally found a brush that
was effective and appealing. This may
amaze you, but... 1use a shoe brush with
natural horse hair bristles.
Though designed for polishing shoes,
it is not too harsh for the face. Two hot
tips... (1) Buy a brand new brush. I'm not
sure even raw foods can offer much of
a remedy for a face waxed and polished
to the brilliance of a soldier's drill boots;
(2) Don't tell the guy in the shoe store
what you're using the brush for. We raw
food folk have enough trouble making
ourselves credible to the uninitiated.
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RAW BEAUTY
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Many beauty books say you shouldn't
exfoliate more than twice per week. But
by eating raw foods you will become
different, so the advice of traditional
beauty professionals won't work for you.
On raw foods, your skin will become more
supple. Less sensitive, too; you'll find your
skin heals much faster. At first you must be
gentle while brushing, but gradually you
can brush more vigorously. Your face will
begin to glow!
Brushing helps "unglue" dead, dry skin
cells from your skin's surface. By brushing,
the epidermis is exfoliated, leaving a silky
texture. Now that you're regularly ridding
your skin of dead cells, the beauty products
you use - moisturizers, especially - can be
absorbed more effectively. The trick is to
use a good nurturing and healing cream to
accelerate skin recovery time, allowing you
to use your brush daily.
This brings us to the topic of what facial
cream to use. Some people, after going
raw, decide not to use any cosmetics on the
face and body. I understand where they're
coming from. Many cosmetic products
contain toxins. While they're cleansing
their bodies on the inside, it might seem
logical to avoid adding chemicals on the
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outside. In fact, when you eat raw, your
body does become even more intolerant of
the wrong cosmetics.
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brushing is ju t as
inlporlant a bod
bru hinge D ad kill
cells acculllulat 011
the face ju t a
they do 011 the
body. '
Several years ago, I was wandering
through the cosmetic section of a local
department store. A major cosmetic
company was introducing a new anti-
aging cream, offering free samples.
(Now, me - if it's free, I'll try it. Make no
mistake - I may be Russian by origin, but
sometimes I'm a red-blooded American
consumer.) Because I had used this
company's products before, I thought
nothing of using the cream that night.
When I awakened, my skin was red as
a radish and covered with a rash! I was
shocked. Why would my skin suddenly
show such a strong reaction? I'd never
had allergies to any cosmetic products
before. I began to analyze, in hopes of
finding an answer.
My conclusion: Changing your lifestyle as
completely as you do when you go raw,
you become more sensitive to certain
outside influences that previously had no
effect. Some ingredients, never a problem
for a person on a cooked food diet,
become poisonous to a raw food person.
The same thing can happen with skin care
products.
If you want to make your own
mosturizing cream, I admire you. I'll even
provide you with recipes in my newsletter.
I have been 100 % raw for ten years.
Now, even a morsel of processed food will
make me sick. However, carefully chosen
cosmetics don't. Try different products.
See what works for you. Your body,
cleansed by your raw food practices,
will be a good indicator of what product
to use. Trust it!
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READERS' RAW TRANSFORMATIONS
It's never too late
After 40 years of compulsive eatin& Suz Evasdaughter
gainedfreedom through raw food.
She tells her story here.
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our years ago I found raw foods and
superfoods, a discovery that has
transformed my life. I lost weight
after decades of overeating, improved my
health and I feel rejuvenated. People say
that once you are middle aged it is much
harder to shift the pounds, but I shifted
stones, effortlessly. I also made dramatic
improvements in my health indicators.
I always tried to achieve a reasonable
weight but always failed, until now. I'd lost
weight before, when I'd starved myself,
but never achieved my ideal weight and
never managed to keep weight off for
more than a few months. With raw food I
dropped three dress sizes, almost without
noticing, in a matter of months whilst still
eating as much as I wanted and feeling
completely satisfied.
For many years I had eaten what I thought
was a good diet. It was a meat free, whole
foods diet with plenty of fresh fruit and
vegetables. Then I learnt about toxic
vegetable oils, the importance of enzymes
and essential fatty acids and bioflavonoids,
and vitamin and mineral loss through
cooking and processing.
My mother died of breast cancer aged only
33 and I became a compulsive eater after
an adolescence of emotional abuse from
an archetypal wicked step-mother. She
managed to rid our family home of myself
and my two brothers within a few years of
her moving in, whilst my father just let it
happen.
I left home at the age of 15 to work in a
hotel in the Yorkshire Dales with only food
and the countryside for comfort. Six years
later I began university having acquired a
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clutch of 0 and A levels, and trained as a
nurse to support myself. I had grown up
fearing the allopathic genetic determinist
message that I was at high risk of
following my mother's fate, but fortunately
I refused to accept this grim view.
Approaching 30, I had my own house and
more money than I knew what to do with
so I abandoned my high flying but
alienating career in big business with a
view to sorting myself out. I read as much
as I could about breast cancer, and discov-
ered that it is diet and lifestyle, and not
genetics, that put us at risk of develop-
ing cancer, and that what may seem like
genetic determinism is actually a familial
effect. We learn a way of eating and living
from our families as we grow up.
There are genetic factors but we now
know that genes can be switched on
and off depending on our environment.
I quickly stopped eating meat, though
I continued to eat fish, and limited the
amount of dairy in my diet. I began years
of therapy including training as an art
therapist but I never managed to stop
comfort eating. I went back to big business
much later but this time it was to run my
own business.
I have no doubt that the Universe led
me to raw food. Eventually I read a book
called Creative Visualisation by Shakti
Gawain. I used exercises from it to exorcise
myself of the influence of my childhood,
and learnt to forgive my step-mother. I also
used the same techniques to achieve the
many material benefits that are now part
of mine and my daughter's lives.
Methods similar to Gawain's have re-
cently become popularised as Universal
or Cosmic Ordering. In 2003 I returned to
this method of focusing intent in order
to achieve change. I had spent six years
working too hard, feeling stressed, and not
getting enough exercise. I was determined
to become slimmer, fitter and healthier.
To do this I knew I would have to, at last,
exorcise from my mind the connection
between thinness and serious illness that
had become fixed in me as a child. I put a
photograph of my own face onto a
magazine picture of a slender and healthy
looking yoga practitioner in order to focus
on the body I wanted, telling my uncon-
scious that slimness can equal great health.
When we are absolutely clear about what
we want and determined that we will
achieve it, the Universe answers almost
immediately and not always in a way that
we expect. When we connect with our
true path events conspire in our favour to
help us to follow it. Very soon the Universe
responded to my desires by introducing me
to raw food.
A friend gave me a leaflet for a Buddhist
Retreat Centre in Glastonbury where,
coincidentally, they served only raw
organic vegan food. I booked a weekend
and relaxed into the peace of meditation
and the magic of being at the foot of
Chalice Hill. I was amazed by the variety,
texture and flavours of the raw food and it
felt just right.
Being so impressed by raw food and the
buzz of health that surrounded its
practitioners, on my return home I ordered
some recipe books, managed to find some
local raw fooders, and booked the first raw
food prep course the Universe sent me, in
the Spanish Alpujarran Mountains.
My transition to a wholly raw diet was
gradual but I soon noticed, to my surprise,
..1 had not expected such an
impre sive change nor one lvhich
maintains it elf so easily.
that I had dropped a dress size and then
another and finally another, all within the
space of about nine months. I lost over
three stone. I had also begun going to the
gym two or three times a week to boost
my metabolism. But, I had not expected
such an impressive change, nor one which
maintains itself so easily.
Other dramatic improvements were
revealed in routine tests at the gym: my
percentage of body fat decreased
dramatically, resting heart rate decreased
and peak flow (lung function) increased.
My blood pressure had always been fine
and remained 12106 which is at the better
end of the normal range. I cancelled the
gym after a year but have continued
jogging or walking briskly every day and
my weight has remained constant. In
summer 2006 (two and a half years after
becoming a raw fooder) my total choles-
terol was 4.03; a good result is 5 or below.
My HDL or "good" cholesterol was 1.76
(desirable is 1.2 or above).
Before the radiant health that arrived
with raw food, I had had difficulties with
menopausal symptoms, mostly hot flushes,
night sweats and insomnia. These symp-
toms are an expected corollary of the peri-
menopausal period that most women in
the West begin to experience in their mid
forties. In some Eastern countries there
is no word for hot flushes. Some scholars
argue that this may be more to do with
the status of women in the East.
However, having seen the conclusions
of The China Study, which catalogues
the health benefits of a vegetable-based
Eastern diet, and from my own experience,
I believe that switching to a raw alkalising
way of eating has a powerful impact.
I noticed that if, when transitioning,
I remained raw, I was symptom free and if I
ate cooked I'd have a hot flush shortly after-
wards followed by night sweats. There was
an inevitable one to one correlation.
Although my menopausal symptoms
disappeared I did have other niggling
problems for some time and I know now
that these were related to the increase in
toxins in my blood as my body released
these from the stores of fat it was breaking
down. It was only when I began regularly
drinking green juices (alkalising my system)
that these symptoms fully cleared.
I gave up my business two years ago to
begin living my life the way I wanted and
I am now completely immersed in find-
ing out everything I can about optimal
nutrition. Once I began reading more I dis-
covered that significant and lasting loss of
excess fat, even for the morbidly obese, is
an almost invariable side effect of optimal
nutrition through raw food.
I also discovered the science behind why
this natural way of eating results in radiant
health, greater energy and vitality, a look and
sense of rejuvenation and elevated mood. I
again turned to Creative Visualisation, this
time I learnt to use it to focus on determin-
ing my life's path and, sure enough, one
morning I woke up knowing my path was
to share the message of how raw food and
superfoods can optimise health.
So far I have run food prep workshops,
gourmet dinners and given seminars on
nutrition to local and national conferences
either for free or to raise money for charity. I
also wrote a booklet summarising how a raw
diet leads to improved health and weight
loss, The Raw Route to Perfect Health and
Weight. This was first published in December
last year and is now in its second edition. I've
just finished a booklet on longevity and am
currently working on a more in-depth book
on raw food for optimal health and weight.
I've always dreamed of running a trans-
formation centre for compulsive eaters.
Now I know I have the right methods, I'm
going for it! I offer food prep workshops,
raw lifestyle coaching and raw retreats in
the UK and raw detox retreats on southern
Turkey's Turquoise Coast at a beautiful
eco-holiday centre near Oludeniz, set amid
30 acres of organic pine forest and carob
trees. My integrated retreats are for heal-
ing mind, body and spirit, and combine
yoga, meditation, creative visualisation,
food prep workshops and nutritional talks.
Their purpose is to help participants along
their journey to becoming just as Nature
intended.........the very best we can bel
Visit www.rawdietandhealth.com for more
information or contact Suz at
info@rawdietandhealth.com
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Don't get old be/ore your time} says Elaine Bruce - so Jnuch 0/ what we call aginl is
caused by lz/estyle choices.
W
hy is everyone so interested in
rejuvenation? There are some
good and not so good reasons.
Geneticists are excited about the prospects
of repairing and replacing the damaged
and faulty cells which currently lead to
several degenerative and distressing
conditions, for example the so-called
diseases of senility, such as Alzheimer's.
At the same time the "cut it, stretch it,
remodel it or suck it out" consultancies
promise tauter skin, a better shape and
a more youthful and therefore more
beautiful you.
Then there are masses of ordinary sensible
people like you and me, thinking, "Hang
on a minute, development in medicine
would be wonderful if it could help my
friend's elderly aunt, who has absolutely
no quality of life, or my own uncle who
struggles to live a fraction of his normal
life after two strokes, but.. .wouldn't it be
better to prevent all this premature aging
and degeneration if possible?"
And yes there is an inevitable aging
process. Starting at about age 20, so we
are not just talking about over 50s here.
Absorption of food can be less efficient,
wear and tear affects all parts of the body,
brain connections are not as sharp, and
enzyme activity declines. That is no reason
to expect and accept the conventional
wisdom that we can do nothing about
aging. Even less reason to say that the
common age-related diseases or heart
problems "just happen out of the blue"
or are inevitable because there is a family
history.
There are always some indications, some
symptoms, often years beforehand.
Sadly people may be unaware of how
unbalanced their life has become, or
ignore symptoms, dismissing them as minor
niggles, or even tell themselves that they
have no time to deal with it just now.
The aim of natural rejuvenation, whether
to recover from an illness, or to keep your
body and mind efficiently maintained, is
to preserve all those life-giving processes
as long as possible, with the end result
of prolonging a healthy life. The cost of
doing this is spending time and attention
to be aware of your body and mind and
supplying what they need when they need
it, whether that is food, sleep, oxygen or
just a change of scene.
Compared to previous generations we
have to contend with poorer food quality,
minerals missing from the soil and all sorts
of chemicals and pollution in the air and
water. We live with much higher levels of
pressure and stress, travel more and maybe
don't get the chance of as much fresh air,
exercise or sleep as we'd like. Wherever
we're starting from, we need to be clear
what the aim is and how to get there.
Clear out, clean up and r bu d
We can summarise the whole process
as clear out (detox where needed) clean
up (your own personal act in terms of
balancing food, rest, work, sleep and
fun) and rebuild (looking at yourself as a
whole). Rebuilding is the really
interesting bit of getting to know your
own body, and involves being aware of
family illness patterns and also noticing
changes in yourself over time and finding
out the cause.
First of all, health is not an external thing,
and while eating well is really important,
that is not the whole story. Health is an
ongoing process, where recovery from
injuries and illnesses is fast and thorough,
leaving the body stronger for the sort of
clean-up which comes with a heavy cold or
cough, or from a fever. So the first thing is
not to suppress symptoms with medicines,
but encourage the body to rebalance itself,
and give it a chance, by eating lightly, or
fasting, drinking extra and sleeping more
to let the body recover. It is so important to
look after small children like this. Sending
them to school and playgroup when they
are only half well gradually makes inroads
on their resilience.
Secondly, it's not true that beauty is only
skin deep; it is colon, liver and kidneys
deep - especially colon! If digestion is
inefficient, for whatever reasons, there will
be a sum which the body can't balance.
More food than can be efficiently turned
into nutrition for all the cells in your body
from your brain to your toes eventually
clogs up the system, literally.
The body has to dispose of the waste
products; too many of those and there's
your personal toxic chemical factory with
you night and day! And while the body
is struggling to cope with all this, the
enzymes which power every process in
the body have to deal with this overload
instead of other important tasks like
healing wounds, replacing cells, and
activating a strong immune system. Some
people have much stronger digestion
and elimination organs than others, so
apparently get away with it for years.
Others notice problems earlier.
Rejuvenation, then, is improving your
health from the inside out so that it
shows on the surface. It is exactly the
same process as preventing all those
degenerative conditions, or avoiding
premature aging. It is a gradual and
ongoing process, based on the healthy
balanced ways you choose to live. It
doesn't matter what your starting point is
as long as you start to look after yourself
now. Some of the benefits will show
surprisingly quickly, with bright eyes and
clearer skin, others will take longer, but
will gradually be making inroads on toxic
build-up and using all that enzyme power
more and more effectively.
Starting at the top, the first thing, yes
really the first thing, is to sort out stress
levels and emotional issues, especially
long-standing ones. They not only take
an enormous amount of energy to deal
with (or suppress) daily; negative emotions
actually produce toxic chemicals. So that
is the first thing to clear out of the way.
Use Bach Flower remedies, find out how to
use Emotional Freedom Technique (simple,
easy and in your control) or talk to your
choice of therapist to get it sorted.
Detoxing is a subject in itself, and outside
the scope of the present article, so I will
just include the basic things everyone
can do to help digestion and elimination.
The first is drinking enough good water
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every day without fail; two to three litres
depending on your weight. Secondly,
consider a spring clean every few months,
with a herbal detox and a course of
colonics. If you have not done this before,
you will receive invaluable information
about the state of your colon from a good
colonic hydrotherapist.
Thirdly, use as much live raw food, in
juices, smoothies and salads daily as you
are comfortable with, and gradually
decrease the proportion of cooked food
until you reach your best personal balance.
The details of a high proportion live food
diet are well documented elsewhere, so
for today I want to concentrate on some
essential foods to include, and some things
to be wary of, and the reasons for these.
Brain food and exercise
Staying at the top for a moment, your
brain needs feeding, especially with the
right kind of oils. Some raw diets do not
include enough, so make sure you get
enough avocados, seeds and nuts. Seeds
and nuts need to be in a digestible form
(soaked, sprouted, ground and stirred
into smoothies or made into sauces), and
everyone can use a small amount of flax oil
every day. The seeds and nuts are mostly
omega 6, so the flax oil will supply the
omega 3 to balance it.
This is especially important as we get
older, and some people of all ages notice
that their memory improves quite quickly
when they take an oil supplement. You
will have to discover the right amount for
you, and take enough but not too much.
However if you are gaining weight, don't
cut right back on oils. A small amount of
oil is essential, and if you gain weight, look
first at your carbohydrates and your daily
exercise levels!
Challenge your brain
Your brain needs to be used to keep the
complex patterns of thought and memory
sharp. So never stop learning new things:
study a new language, learn a new skill,
make yourself a reading list, and test your
powers of logic with puzzles like sudoku,
and your lateral thinking with cryptic
crosswords.
Your eyes need greens
Actually your whole body needs greens,
and red and yellow, orange and blue,
every day. "m mentioning this at this
point, because more and more children
and young people seem to need specs,
while comparatively few older people
escape without needing reading specs, or
worse, cataract operations or treatment
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for conditions like macular degeneration.
All the greens and the coloured berries
contain lutein, which is essential for eye
health, so it is worth having as much as
possible every day.
Lutein fruit smoothie
In summer and autumn, make a delicious
fruit smoothie with any of the berries,
(raspberry and blueberry go well together)
and add a couple of peeled kiwi fruits. Use
an apple also and add as much fresh young
spinach, or some kale, or chard, or broccoli
florets, as you can get in while keeping
the full fruit flavour. It's delicious as it is,
but thinking back to brain food, add some
ground seeds, your daily ration of flax oil
and a spoonful of lecithin granules to help
to digest the oil. This gives you a fantastic
creamy smoothie with an oil and protein
boost to keep you going for hours.
It's also so easy to digest and is full of
enzymes as well.
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Later in the year, if you want something
hot make a veggie soup version with
carrots, red onions and as many of the
green vegetables as you like. Cook them
very gently in simmering water and blend
when only just tender.
Aim for a less acid system
However much raw or cooked food you
eat, the single most helpful way to choose
what you eat is to emphasise the alkali-
forming ones, because toxins in the blood
and tissues mean an acid system, and the
potential for disease.
So increase your intake of fresh ripe fruits
and vegetables in the form of juices,
smoothies, energy soups and salads, and
decrease the acid forming foods: animal
protein, grains, dairy products and starchy
foods. A body having to deal with too
much acid forming food is going in the
opposite direction to rejuvenation, so you
need to reverse this. Anyone on high rawl
live foods already is unlikely to be over
acid, and if so it's worth looking back at
the first requirement, that is, deal with
longstanding negative emotions. They can
tip you into an acid state no matter how
much alkaline-forming food you choose.
Free radicals and oxygen
We all know how important oxygen is to
human life but it is useful to know how
free radicals work and the damage they
can do throughout the body. There are
several kinds, and are mostly produced
within the cells during oxygen metabolism.
They are essential in the right numbers
and keep the cells breathing. They have a
free electron, which hooks on to another
structure, so that they can have a pair. This
leads to trouble, and accelerates the aging
process when there are too many.
They attack cells everywhere the blood
stream goes, including the brain, so
it is essential to keep the damage to
a minimum. The cell membranes are
vulnerable to this attack and in general
terms they then produce other chemicals
which further damage the tissues. So while
we need oxygen to breathe, the way to
avoid forming free radicals is to avoid
polluted air, especially smoking, and eat
as much antioxidant food as possible. All
the fresh raw fruits and vegetables have
antioxidant properties, and there are
natural antioxidant supplements you can
take both to avoid and repair free radical
damage. Lutein is a powerful antioxidant
and there are powdered greens which you
can stir into that lutein smoothie.
Sugar
We don't need to spell out how bad sugar
is for us. I will just first mention that it
gives your sugar balancing mechanism too
much work to do, even leading to diabetes
in time, which in itself shortens life.
Secondly it mops up your B vitamins, very
likely leading to deficiencies. In the
context of today's discussion it is the
"hidden fat". This means that excess sugar
has to be stored in fat cells. Well we all
know that, but now we are discussing the
links between toxicity and degeneration,
we need to realise that the toxins we want
to clear out in order to rejuvenate are
stored in the fat cells. This is one reason
that when you do a juice fast or a week or
two on all live foods, you lose weight. Not
just because you stop eating concentrated
carbohydrate, sugar itself and other foods,
but because the detox process involves
shedding the fat cells in which it is stored.
Stop. Start Rebalance. Review.
Rejuvenation is gradual and ongoing. It
requires you to do a physical and mental
overhaul of yourself, with some help for
specific problems you notice or suspect.
It may not be possible for everyone to
rejuvenate, long term or to their maximum
potential, with foods alone.
It saddens me to say this, as for decades I
helped others back to health and strength,
and experienced superb health myself, on
what I consider to be the best food lifestyle
that exists, that is Ann Wigmore's original
Living Foods Programme. In the past few
years I have been privileged to learn from
soil scientists and others that deficient
soils mean deficiency of nutrients, and am
constantly learning the implications of this
for health.
A few essential m nerals and vitamins
Sometimes we need to take supplements.
Most people - whether vegan, vegetarian
or meat eaters - don't get enough B12.
In fact you may need all the Bvitamins
from time to time. Pregnant women are
generally advised to take B3, for example,
to ensure healthy development of their
baby, as well as B12.
In the UK and many other parts of the
world from where we import our food,
both boron and selenium are missing from
the soil.
Boron helps the body to use calcium, and
deficiency has been found to be a basic
cause of arthritis, a painful and debilitating
degenerative disease which can be so easily
avoided, and treated, by supplementing
with a boron formulation, as long as
foods which make arthritis worse are also
avoided.
Selenium is needed as an antioxidant, to
deal with free radicals, and cancer forming
agents, for a healthy heart, and for male
reproductive health. Deficiency is often
shown by a family history of cancer, and
signs of premature aging. You can eat a
couple of Brazil nuts every day, but this is
such an important mineral, which ought
to be in all our food, that a supplement is
worth considering.
Some useful tests and procedures
Even established raw fooders will benefit
from a thorough overhaul, and those
who already confidently live this way as a
matter of course, might think about having
some specific tests. They may well turn up
some deficiency that is easy to put right.
Similarly a homocysteine test, especially for
those with heart problems in the family.
Women and especially older women need
to know if there are ongoing hormone
imbalances, and anyone who struggles
with chronic low energy needs to
find out why, and particularly to rule
out toxins in the system which could
come from almost anywhere. Common
reasons are from agricultural sprays,
radiation incidents, and your own
teeth. Live blood analysis shows you
free radical activity and cell damage,
and allows you to track your progress.
A good acupuncturist will advise you on
rebalancing at the basic energy level,
and an Iridology consultation gives you
an excellent idea of your strengths and
weaknesses.
So with the caution that most of us,
sooner rather than later, would be wise
to find out which supplements we need,
the process of rejuvenation can be
summed up as;
• Stop c1ogging/polluting/overloading/
poisoning/stressing yourself.
• Start detoxing/unloading/repairing/
resting/restoring! nourishing yourself.
What will be the results?
* If you make a few basic but
significant changes in what you eat
every day, aiming for a less acid
system
* If you add in enough sleep and
exercise and fresh air,
* If you include the natural foods and
supplements needed for top level
maintenance
* If you keep down free radical, fat and
toxin levels as much as you can
* If you make a start on unloading
unwanted emotional baggage, and
* If you stick to it for a year
You will gain energy, your brain will be
clearer, your memory improved. You will
be calmer, more able to cope. You may
well lose weight, and your skin and eyes
will be clearer and brighter. Your muscles
will be better toned, and you will be
altogether stronger on every level.
Actually you will experience some of these
fantastic results in weeks and months, but
when you see how far you can get in a
year, in spite of some stopping and starting
(we all do that) you'll be well on the way
to getting what you want out of your
personal rejuvenation programme.
You won't want to stop there, and
any concerns about eating and living
differently from other people, avoiding
the chips, choc and cake, (or the excess
starch and dried fruits if you've already
abandoned those); going to bed earlier
sometimes, going for a run instead of
watching the soaps; will seem very minor
compared to how you feel and look. Your
friends will want to copy you.
No need to get worried about having
lots of tests. When there's a good reason,
the right one can help you to correct a
problem before it becomes a bigger one.
And that's where we began, by agreeing
that preventive medicine is a great deal
preferable to corrective or palliative
treatments after getting sick.
What better than to start now for
yourself? You might make a few notes
about how you are now and what you
want to achieve, and maybe take a good
close-up photograph of yourself before
you start, and another one in autumn
2008. If you'd like to send them, I'd love to
see how you are rejuvenating!
flame Bruce IS the found r i1nd d,rectot of The
UK Centre For Livmg Foods. An exp rienced
naturopath, Elame has lived and taught the
Uvmg Foods programme for 25 years She
runs experiential and detox courses iJnd also
practItioner trammg. She c n be contacted at
f/ame@ftllingfoods.co.uk For mOr mformation
see www.livingfoods,co.uk
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Canape
Meaning 'couch' in French, canapes
are small, decorative, bite-sized finger
food, usually served on bread or
crackers, warm or cold.
appetizer. A bite-sized morsel to tickle
the palate before a meal.
Appetizer
A small starter, and first course in a
multi-<:ourse menu that is larger than
an amuse-bouche. Most appetizers
require silver to eat, unlike the passed
options of the canape and hors
d'oeuvre.
Hors d'oeuvre
Bite-sized morsel before a meal;
usually finger food.
BonAppfWtJ
I have chosen the following recipes
to give you a taste of some of my
favourite dishes that will help that
first impression last and keep your
guests awaiting the next dinner party.
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Amuse-bouche
French term for a small, plated
For larger parties it is easier to serve
bite-sized fare, but the challenge is to
create a small taste that gives guests
a glimpse of the meal to follow-
piquing their interest while delighting
with a balance of tastes (acid, sweet,
fat, salty, spicy, cooling), levels of
taste (subtle, sharp), and texture.
The greatest joy of food service is
to bring fresh, organic, sexy food to
the masses, and the best way to do
so is by focusing on superior quality
ingredients and presentation in all you
offer your guests.
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There are a number of ways to
showcase these first impression recipes
for your guests; the most common are:
I
've always had a passion for pure
food and clean service especially
when it comes to hosting parties.
It all starts with the highest quality
organic ingredients you can find, an
innovative yet simple menu prepared
and presented with a delicate hand,
and attentive service with a smile.
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e etable aki
Parsnip, Sesame White Rice
Makes lcups
White 'rice', shitake, sweet peppers, daikon and wasabi aioli
Vegetable Sushi Maki Roll
• 1 nori sheet
• 2 ounces parsnip or cauliflower rice (see recipe below)
• , red pepper cut into thin strips
• daikon sprouts
• 1/2 cup shitake mushrooms sliced thin and marinated in equal parts
nama sho d olive oil
• Wasabi a" recipe on the right)
• 6 cups cauliflower florets or peeled parsnip
• 1Y2 cups pine nuts
• 3 Tablespoons flax oil
• 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
• 1 Tablespoon sea salt
• 1 teaspoon black pepper
• 3 Tablespoons green onion or chives minced
• 2 Tablespoons black sesame seeds
In a food processor, pulse all ingredients until finely
minced (white rice consistency). Use this as a base and
add multiple variations. Serve with sushi maki or as a
side for salads.
Wasabi Aioli
• 2 cups cashews soaked 10-12 hours
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
• 1Tablespoon agave nectar
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1/4 inch piece of ginger root
• 3 Tablespoons green onion
• 2 Y2 Tablespoons wasabi powder, or 1/4 fresh wasabi
root finely shredded*
• 1 Tablespoon sea salt
In high speed blender, blend all ingredients until
smooth. You may need to add water to get desired
consistency.
To assemble
Spread 1/3 cup parsnip rice evenly over nori
sheet. Be sure to leave a bit of space on
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~ ~ , , ~ ! ! ! , , ~ " ' ~ ~ r : ~ . ~ top and bottom for rolling. Continue
to assemble as per diagrams
opposite, stacking assorted
vegetables in centre.
Tuck, roll and slice
into 7 pieces and
serve with wasabi
and shoyu.
Ca he Chee e u Poi re
Five peppercorns, aged balsamic:, crispy pepper lavash
1
1n a high-speed blender, blend the
soaked cashews with probiotics and
lukewarm water, or rejuvelac, until
smooth.
2
Allow to sit in a glass bowl covered
with a towel in a warm place for 14-
16 hours to culture.
3
When finished culturing, hand mix
in the remaining cheese ingredients:
nutritional yeast, onion powder, fresh
nutmeg and sea salt. Press the cashew
cheese firmly into a springform pan.
4
While still in the pan, sprinkle the
peppercorn and coarse salts on top,
creating an even crust.
Crispy Lavash
Makes 4·5 trays
Cashew Cheese
• 2 cups cashews soaked 12-14 hours
• 3/4 teaspoon New Chapter
Probiotics* dissolved in 1 cup warm
filtered water, or 1 cup fresh rejuvelac
• 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast, small
flake
• 1/2 Tablespoon onion powder
• 1/4 teaspoon fresh powdered nutmeg
• 1Y2 teaspoons sea sa It
Crusted with:
• 3 Tablespoons coarsely crushed mixed
peppercorns (white, green, pink,
black, Szechuan)*
• 1/2 Tablespoon coarse sea salt
• 1 cup golden flax seed, ground into
powder.
• 1/2 cup almonds, finely ground
• 3 cups red bell peppers, seeded and
chopped
• 2 cups yellow bell pepper, seeded and
chopped
• 2 Tablespoons onion powder
• 1 Tablespoon cumin seed, ground
• 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
• 1 Tablespoon coarse chilli, dried
• 1Y2 Tablespoons sea salt
Service
1
1n a food processor, process all vegetables
and spices in batches until smooth. Stir
in the ground flax and almond flour, until
thoroughly mixed. Salt to taste.
2
On dehydrator Teflex sheets, spread
cracker batter evenly about 1/4 inch thick.
Score with a rubber spatula to the desired
size and dehydrate at 110 degrees for 12·14
hours. Half way through the drying process
I recommend flipping the crackers onto the
screen and off the Teflex. Store in an Ir·
tight container.
Unlatch springform pan and remove cheese.
Using a cheese slicer or a thin knife, slice the
desired wedge per serving. Garnish plate
with a drizzle of aged balsamic and organic
olive oil. Serve with a small pile of crispy
lavash or your favourite crisps.
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acadamia Caprese
Tarragon crusted macadamia cheese, semi dried tomato,
Maine smoked salt, green garlic oil
Macadamia Caprese
Serves 8
• 2 cups macadamia nuts soaked overnight in filtered water,
• 3/4 teaspoon New Chapter Probiotics* dissolved in 1 cup warm
filtered water, or 1 cup fresh rejuvelac
• 1 Tablespoon onion powder
• 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
• dash nutmeg
• 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
• 1 teaspoon sea salt
• tarragon, chopped
• chives, chopped
• black pepper, coarse
• 2 cups baby mizuna, or baby spicy green mix, tossed with olive
oil prior to service
• 8 semi-dried tomatoes, sliced in half (see recipe)
• coarse Maine-smoked sea salt (hickory or apple smoked)
• green garlic oil (see recipe)
Semi Dried Tomato
• 8 vine ripened tomatoes, with stem
• Cajun spice mix, or dried chilli flakes
• coarse sea salt
1
Make a small X slice on the bottom of each tomato and put in
large bowl. Pour hot water (not boiling) over the tomatoes, be-
ing careful not to break the stem. Cover, allow tomatoes to sit for
10 minutes then remove and gently place in an ice bath to chill.
2Carefully peel off the skin, making sure stem is not removed.
3
Place tomatoes on a screen dehydrator sheet and sprinkle each
with spice blend and course sea salt. Allow to dehydrate for 4-6
hours, until outside of skin is a bit firm and semi dried.
Serve tomatoes chilled with caprese
1
1n a food processor, blend the macadamia nuts and rejuvelac
(or diluted probiotic) until smooth, leaving a thick consistency.
2
put mixture in a cheesecloth bag and place in a small strainer
with a bowl under, and covered with a towel. Allow to culture
for 12-14 hours. Be sure to place a weight on top of each cheese
bag, such as a gallon container.
3
When cultured, hand-mix in the onion powder, nutritional
yeast, white pepper, nutmeg and sea salt.
4
ROII cheese into a log shape, then roll cheese log into in the
chopped chive, tarragon and black pepper, to cover the entire
surface.
Green Garlic Oil
• 1 cup fresh chives
• 1/2 cup parsley chopped
• 2 cups mild organic olive oil
• pinch of sea salt
• 3 Tablespoons young garlic coarsely chopped
11n high speed blender, blend the chives, parsley, and sea salt.
2
Using a fine mesh strainer or chinoise, pour mixture through,
slowly stirring out the oil. Discard pulp, or use in another
recipe.
3
Toss the chopped garlic in the 'chive oil', and allow to site for 1
day to infuse.
4
use a dropper, or small spoon, and drizzle on plates for an
extra kick!
Service
Using a small and rectangular plate, gently slice 3 pieces of the
cheese roll per plate. To assemble plate, place small
amount of baby greens tossed with olive oil on one
end and continue to lay in even line; cheese, half
of semi dried tomato, cheese, tomato, cheese.
Finish the plate with smoked salt and drizzle
of green garlic oil.
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Clementine Tarts
Macaroon crust, clementine sorbet, citrus zest, lavender syrup
Coconut Tartlet
• 2 cups dried coconut
• 1/2 cup cashews
• 3 Tablespoons agave
• 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon zest
• 1/4 teaspoon Celtic salt
• fresh citrus zest as garnish
1
1n a food processor, process the coconut,
agave, lemon zest and salt until mixture forms
a ball and is fully blended.
2
line small tartlet shells with plastic wrap. Press
1-2 Tablespoons coconut crust mixture into
each, press firmly around the sides (and flutes if
using fluted moulds). Store in freezer until ready
for use.
Clementine Sorbet
• 2 cups coconut meat of 1Y2 cups soaked cashews
• 1 cup clementine juice
• 2 whole clementines, peeled
• 1/4 cup agave syrup
• Pinch of sea salt
• 1/2 teaspoon fresh nutmeg shavings
1
1n a high-speed blender, blend all ingredients until
smooth.
2
Either pour in your choice of sorbet maker, (Paco Jet*
being my personal favorite), following manufacturer's
instructions, or line a square container with plastic wrap and
pour in blended mixture.
3
Freeze, pop frozen block out the following day, slice in
strips and put through a gear juicer, with the solid plate
for a delicious sorbet!
Lavender Syrup
• 1/4 cup dried lavender flowers
• 1 cup agave
11n a high-speed blender, blend for 1 minute.
2Pour through fine strainer to remove remaining bits.
Service
Place 3 tart shells on each plate. Using a 1-ounce scoop,
scoop clementine sorbet on each. Garnish with fresh long
strands of citrus zest. Finish the plate with lavender syrup
and sprinkled fresh lavender flowers and/or clementine
segments.
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Hard-ta-find ingredients
Probiotic Powdered Formula - For raw cheeses
*New Chapter www.newochapter.com
Gourmet Peppercorns - Great gourmet ingredients.
*Jr. Mushrooms and Specialties
www.jrmushroomsandspecialties.com
Pace-Jet Sorbet Maker - Best sorbet maker on the market!
*Vital Creations www.rawchef.com
Fresh Wasabi - Certified organic fresh wasabi root
-Real Wasabl www.realwasabi.com
Smoked Sea Salts - Great variety of quality smoked Atlantic rock salts
-Maine Sea Salts www.malnesealsalt.com
Gel Fre h!
Chad Samo is one of the world's
leading chefs spedalising in raw
and living foods. He is currently
executive chef at The LifeCo's
Saf chain of exclusive raw food
restaurants. He is also director
and founder of Vital Creations
Culinary Services. Through
his consulting work he has
assisted in establishing some of
the world's premier raw food
restaurants and spas. For more
information see
www.rawchef.com. Chad's book,
Vital Creations, is available from
www.fresh-network.com.
Ask Alissa!
A]i a Cohen is an internationall recognized writer peaker and con ultant on raw and living
food. Ali a fan include hundred who ha e maintained ucce ful weight 10 e, healed
them elve of a myriad of di ea e and wear by her imple and fun approach to fanta tic
health. A]i a i author of the be telling Living 11 Live Food book and DVD set and i
becoming a regular on American T . For more information vi it www.aJiacohen.com.
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T
his time I'm going to combine
two of the questions that I am
frequently asked. Both of these
questions are about using a dehydrator
so I think I can answer them together for
a pretty good overview of dehydrators
and what you can do with them. Readers
asked:
Uf keep reading about dehydrators - what
are the benefits of having one and should
fgetoner
"Help! I've just bought a dehydrator and
nothing is coming out right"
Your dehydrator will be your 'raw food
oven'. I use mine often to make all kinds of
delicious meals!
You can use your dehydrator to give foods
a thicker, firmer consistency like nut loaves,
lasagne, pizza, cookies, breads and burgers.
When left in your dehydrator longer, foods
can take on a crispy, dry texture, like real
crackers. Though certainly not a necessity,
a dehydrator will allow you to prepare a
much wider variety of items that will have
the taste of having been cooked. This can
be important, especially when you are first
starting out.
So while you do not have to have a
dehydrator to go or stay raw, many people
crave foods like breads, crackers and
crunchy items after starting the diet. They
seem to be the one thing that is hard to
mimic if you do not have an appliance
that actually dries out the foods to get
the consistency and texture of the cooked
food from your past. Some people use an
oven, set on a low temperature, to warm
their foods. This will work to a certain
degree to warm things up, but it will not
produce the crunchy dried out effect that
a dehydrator will produce. You will not be
able to make most of the recipes that call
for dehydrating in a regular oven.
The dehydrator is very easy to use. You
just place the food on the trays inside the
dehydrator. Whole pieces of food can lie
directly on the trays. If you are making
something that would run through the
holes on the trays, use a flat sheet devoid
of holes, such as a piece of parchment
paper or the special non-stick Teflex sheets
which you can buy with your dehydrator.
They're worth the investment as they wipe
clean easily and last forever. So for
example, when making banana fruit
leather from banana puree, place the
parchment paper or Teflex sheet on top of
the tray and spread the mixture out onto
the paper. When using the trays without
the paper on top, the food will dehydrate
at a quicker rate because the air will be
able to circulate around and through the
food. For this reason, I recommend that
when you do need to use parchment
paper, you flip the food once and
remove the paper when the item you are
dehydrating is firm enough.
For example, when I make my tortilla
bread, I spread the mixture out onto a
sheet. I then leave it for a few hours to
dehydrate and firm up a bit and once the
top is solid to the touch I flip the bread
over. The food doesn't have to be hard
all the way through; just not runny and
soupy. To flip the bread over, I gently place
a tray (without any paper on it) on top of
the bread (this makes a kind of dehydrator
tray sandwich.) I then take the two trays
with the food in the middle and gently flip
it over, so that the bottom tray with the
parchment paper is now on top.
I then remove top tray and the parchment
paper. The bottom of the tortilla bread,
which is still moist, now faces up allowing
you to continue dehydrating until the
bread is done, but in a much shorter period
of time.
What temperature should you use? I leave
my dehydrator at 110 degrees normally.
Make sure your dehydrator features a
temperature control to enable you to
maintain temperatures below 112 degrees,
thereby preserving the enzymes. Most
models without temperature controls have
thermostats starting at 140 degrees or
higher. These will destroy all the life-giving
properties you are trying to maintain.
Just like an oven, the first time you make
something in your dehydrator, you will
want to keep checking periodically for the
readiness of the food. After making
something once or twice, you will get
a feel for how many hours it will take
and how the texture is after that
amount of time.
You will most likely leave crackers and
things that you want 'crispy' and 'hard'
in for 8, 12 or even 18 hours or so. It may
seem like a very long time, but I usually
make my crackers in the late afternoon,
place them in the dehydrator and leave
them overnight. By morning they are done.
It's hard to 'overcook' them as you are
trying to get them as crispy as possible.
If, however, you want to make something
that can be flexible and soft like pizza or
corn tortillas, you would leave those in for
a shorter amount of time so they do not
get hard and crispy. If you are 'warming'
something or just getting something to
'set', like my chilli or pesto stuffed
mushrooms, you can leave them in for
roughly 4-6 hours.
You can see now that it really depends
on what you are making and the texture
you're trying to create. Once you practice a
few times it should become second nature,
just like it is for most people to use an
oven. Experiment and have fun! You can
create amazing meals with a dehydrator!
Overleaf are some are some of my easy
favourites for you to try.
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Pizza
Trust me: any craving you have
f01' pizza will be taken care of
with this recipe! Crust, cheese,
sauce and toppings...just like
the real thing, only better! I also
make this pizza without the
chee e and I love it. 0 if you
can't eat a lot of nut this is still
the perfect recipe.
Easiest Crust
• 2 cups ground flax seeds (not soaked)
• 1/2 cup onion
• 2 celery stalks
• 1 carrot
• 1 large tomato
• 2 large cloves garlic
• 1 teaspoon sea saIt
• 1/2 cup water
Creamy Cheddar Cheese
• 1/2 cup pine nuts
• 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
• 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
• 1 1/2 cups red bell pepper
• 1/2 peeled lemon
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1 Tablespoon Bragg
liquid ami nos
Marinara Sauce
• 2 1/2 cups tomatoes
• 12 sun dried tomatoes, soaked
• 3 dates, pitted and soaked
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 4 cloves garlic
• 2 Tablespoons parsley (optional)
• 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
• 1 teaspoon sea sa It
Toppings
Any assorted vegetables of your choice. I like
to use avocado, mushrooms, spinach and
onions.
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For Crust
Combine all crust ingredients
in a food processor until well
blended and smooth.
Remove from processor and
place on a Teflex sheet on top
of a mesh dehydrator screen.
Smooth crust into 1/4 inch thick
large circle.
Make the edge of the circle a
bit thicker, like a pizza crust
would be.
Dehydrate crust for 2 hours at
105 degrees, then flip off Teflex
sheet and onto mesh dehydrator
screen and dehydrate for another
couple of hours until firm but not
hard or crispy.
For Cheese
In a food processor, blend the
cheese ingredients until smooth
and creamy.
For Sauce
In a food processor, blend the
tomato sauce ingredients until
smooth.
To Assemble
Remove crust from the
dehydrator and flip the crust
back to its original side before
topping so you have the thick
outer crust that you moulded
facing upward.
Spread cheese sauce over the
pizza crust. Leave a 1/4 inch of
space near the edges of the crust.
Pour marinara sauce over the
cheese on the crust.
Top with your favorite
toppings.
Place pizza back into the
dehydrator and dehydrate
at 105 degrees for 6-10 hours
depending on desired texture.
I usually put the cheese sauce
underneath the tomato sauce
because it looks prettier and is
easier to spread. Experiment with
the toppings and dehydrating
times to suit your taste.
Crepes
My absolute favourite, hands
down. You won't believe how
delicious they are, how easy
they are to prepare, and how
beautiful they look served
on a white plate surrounded
by whole strawberries.
Crepe Shells
• 5-6 ripe bananas
Filling
• 1 cup macadamia nuts
• 1 cup cashews
• 1 large lemon, juiced
• 4 teaspoons honey
• 2 teaspoons Bragg liquid aminos
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 2 teaspoons water
Strawberry Sauce
• 1 Y2 cups strawberries
·1-2 Tablespoons honey
For Crepe Shells
Place bananas in a food processor and
blend until smooth.
Remove from processor and spread
about 1/8 inch thick on to a Teflex sheet
on top of a dehydrator screen.
Dehydrate for 14 hours or less. Begin
checking the bananas a few hours before
to make sure they are formed, pliable, and
solid in texture, but not getting crispy.
Remove from dehydrator and slice into
strips (about 4" x 2")
For Filling
Place filling ingredients in a food processor
and blend until smooth.
For Strawberry Sauce
Combine strawberries and honey in a food
processor and blend until smooth.
To Assemble
Place scoops of filling on to banana fruit
leather strips and roll up.
Pour strawberry sauce over the rolled up
crepes.
It's important to let the crepes
sit for at least a couple of hours with the
strawberry sauce on top. The sauce will
soften the fruit leather and make it "crepe
like" instead of hard and chewy. These are
also great the next day.
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Altnond Butter
& Raisin Cookies
The e cookies have an unusual taste from the
buckwheat, but I've been making them for years
and I just love them. I like the fact that they are
not too sweet.
Gel Fresh!
• 2 cups sprouted buckwheat
• 2 Tablespoons almond butter
• 1 Tablespoon vanilla
• 2 teaspoons cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon honey
• 1 cup raisins, soaked 1 hour
Place all ingredients, except raisins, in a food processor and
blend until smooth.
Remove mixture from processor and place in a bowl.
Drain the raisins and mix them into the other ingredients by
hand.
Form into cookie shapes on a mesh dehydrator screen.
Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 8 hours.
The cookies should be firm but not hard. These cookies are
delicious with a cool glass of creamy almond milk.
FOOD
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Ith Amy L vln
aw cacao is an ancient food that dates back over 3,000
years. Revered by Mayan and Aztec cultures, theobroma
cacao (the word cacao originated from the Maya word
Ka'kau') literally translates as "food of the gods",
For centuries on end, we in the west only consumed this delicacy
in its cooked form. But now raw chocolate is back and whether
you're at a festival or a farmer's market you're increasingly likely
to be able to find it. In the past three years over 10 companies in
the UK alone have begun manufacturing raw chocolate bars.
With its ancient tribal history, it seems raw cacao brings with it the
great mystery of creating the perfect chocolate recipe. A handful
of ancient cacao combinations guide us in our quest to modernize
raw chocolate to appeal to the masses.
The recipes that follow will allow even the least experienced in
the kitchen to achieve incredible results. These are merely a base
from which to launch yourself into the creation of spectacular
raw chocolate. You'll notice that the main components of a base
chocolate recipe are raw cacao nibs or powder, fat and sweetener
(for example, almond butter, chocolate powder and agave nectar).
The following recipes are extremely rich and decadent so don't
make the mistake of thinking you can eat foods like this every day
and still experience health and vitality! However, they are ideal for
those occasions when you want a treat that really hits the mark.
I encourage you to allow raw chocolate to captivate your child-
like tendencies to play with your food and enjoy the process of
creating!
Gooey Chocolate Almond Fudge
Makes: 8 x 20g pieces
• 170g raw almond butter
• 30g or 3 Tablespoons agave nectar
• 30g coconut oil
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 3 Tablespoons water (to assist in blending)
• 30g or 3 Tablespoons raw chocolate powder
• 14 tsp nutmeg (optional)
Blend wet ingredients (if there's excess oil on top of the
almond butter, discard or save for later use); add a little water
as needed for the mixture to blend.
Add dry ingredients and blend again.
line a baking tin with cling film and spread the fudge mixture
into it. Cover and refrigerate until the fudge has become more
solid - and yes, still gooey!
Cut into small squares and serve with assorted fruit such as
berries, bananas and apples.
Alternatively, for less gooey fudge, put the mixture into
silicone bakeware moulds (very flexible moulds that can be
found in most good cook shops in various shapes from hearts to
tarts) and freeze until solid.
Chocolate almond dip
Follow the recipe above omitting coconut oil and adding an
additional 3 Tablespoons of water. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours
before serving with berries or slices of apple, pear or banana.
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Chocolate Truffles
As made at 'The Food Clinic' in Brighton
Makes: 12 x 30g truffles
• 275g raw cashews
• 200g cacao nibs
• 90g light agave syrup
• Vz Tablespoon vanilla extract
• pinch finely ground Himalayan Crystal Salt
• 1 Tablespsoon spring water (or as needed)
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Separately grind the cashews and cacao nibs into a fine meal
using a Vita Mix blender or a coffee grinder (the cashews
will release their oils and become nut butter like - that's a good
thing).
Combine both meals in a food processor. With the food
processor running add agave, vanilla and salt and mix
thoroughly.
Taste the mix at this point to see if it's sweet enough for you. If
not add more agave before adding water.
Again, with the food processor running, drizzle water as
needed until the mixture comes together into a ball. If the
mixture is crumbly add more water. If the mixture is too sticky and
wet add more cashew and/or nib powder.
Once you have reached the desired consistency and flavour, roll
the mix into evenly sized balls (2Sg or , tablespsoon each is a
good size) and refrigerate.
*Note once this mixture has been cooled it's nearly impossible
to reshape or mould so work with it while it's fresh and at room
temperature.
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Variations
For decoration
Refrigerate truffles for 30 minutes then roll in raw chocolate pow-
der for that real truffle look. You can also use mesquite powder,
lucuma powder, chopped nuts or orange zest.
Add to mixture before rolling
• Peppermint oil, 3 drops
• Orange oil, 5-7 drops
• Substitute' Tablespoon of raw almond butter for 50g of
cashews
• Pinch of cayenne pepper and 'A teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
• , teaspoon cardamom powder, zest of , lime and 1 Tablespoon
lime juice
Essential oils generally state on the bottle Nnot for internal use
N
,
but you'll find, if you contact the company. that it's okay in small
quantities such as those suggested above. Visit www.nhr.kz or ring
07273236524 for high quality essential oils approved for internal
use in small quantities.
Chocolate Bars
Makes 12 x 409 bars
(depending on the moulds you use
www.homechocolatefaetory.com
sells a wide variety of chocolate moulds)
• 200g coconut butter or cacao butter
• 150g chocolate powder, finely sieved
• 50g lucuma powder, finely sieved
• 50g carob powder, finely sieved
• 109 vanilla powder, seeds from 2 vanilla pods,
or Y2 Tablespsoon vanilla extract
• pinch salt
Melt the coconut butter, either over very low heat
in a saucepan on your hob or in a porringer (double
boiler/saucepan).
Using a high speed blender, blend all ingredients on
medium speed until smooth and evenly combined.
Scrape the sides of the blender jug with a spatula and
blend once more.
Pour into preferred moulds and refrigerate until set
or, if you're in a hurry, place in the freezer for 10 to
15 minutes.
Variations
For added sweetness, mix in by hand
• Dates, chopped - 50g
• Raisins - 50g
• Goji berries - 50g
• Mulberries - 35g
• Xylosweet - 25g (mix in while blending)
Flavour combinations
Add oils and butters in during blending and fruits and
seeds by hand at the end.
• 50g raisins, 4 drops peppermint oil and 50g cacao
nibs
• 5 drops lavender oil and 50g chopped almonds
• 5 drops bergamot oil and 50g chopped walnuts
• 50g goji berries and 75g sunflower seeds (soaked,
sprouted and dehydrated)
• 2 Tablespoons tahini, 50g raisins and 5 drops
peppermint oil
Amy Levin is a raw chef and chocolatier at The Raw
Chocolate Company. She teaches raw food classes in
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Fennella Fudge remembers her week 0/ Juice camp' and we review a new raw food
and yoga retreat in Spain.
Juice Master's Ultimate Mind &
Body Detox Retreat, Bordubet,
Turkey
"I can't go to Turkey!" cried my friend
Sal one Thursday morning. She hadn't
suddenly been gripped by holidayphobia,
but work commitments had thrown her
travel plans into disarray. Me? Be so
spontaneous as to zip across Europe to
Turkey with two and a half days' notice?
Er... okay then.
She said it was a mind and body detox
retreat with Jason Vale, the Juice Master.
I had visions of chilling out and wafting
around in the Golden Keys Hotel in
Bordubet, gently luxuriating in the balmy
warmth and beautiful surroundings of
Turkey's Lycian coast. Little did I know... So,
my plans for the weekend changed; in fact,
after the 'holiday' my whole life changed...
There really wasn't much chilling, wafting
and luxuriating; I had signed up for
JUICE CAMP.
6 a.m. starts... non-stop activity until
lunchtime...a break... then non-stop
activity until sundown. Hell? For this
middle-aged sofa spud it should've been,
but I had a total blast. By setting aside
my usual cynical attitude and joining in
everything no matter how bizarre or far-
removed from my comfort zone, I had the
best time.
That said, if you think you're under a
military regime, you couldn't be more
wrong; you do as much or as little as
you please. My decision to do the whole
blinking lot was mine alone, but I'm sure I
got more out of it that way!
The surroundings are very special, Juice
Master Jason chooses the venues for his
retreats with immense care. The setting
is very calming, the wooded grounds are
dotted with domestic rabbits and wildfowl,
and a peacock occasionally punctuates
the peace with noisy meows. The river
which winds through the Golden Keys is
home to huge carp and tiny turtles - along
with friendly, inquisitive ducks which
occasionally take a turn round the hotel. A
winding walk through poppy fields takes
you to a beautiful beach from which you
enjoy an awe-inspiring view of sea and
mountains.
I was lucky enough to be assigned the
newest accommodation: a wood-clad
pod-like construction with a bleached
wood interior, funky portholes and a
full height and length sliding window
on to the river and grounds (room 123;
book it if you can!) A word of warning
though, when the frogs start singing, the
cacophony is unreal. You'll never believe
you'll get to sleep, and maybe on the first
night the noises will be startling but by
the time you've meditated, rebounded,
swum, yoga'd, Tai Chi'd, mountain-walked,
jogged and netfootballed your way to
bedtime, nothing will bar your way to the
land of nod.
So what's the regime? The only compulsory
element is the juice - beyond that, after
attending the first game of netfootball,
you're left to your own devices and joining
in or opting out is entirely your choice.
If you're new to the joys of juicing, this is
a great introduction. Juices are all you'll
get for the first three days but they are
so awesomely delicious and filling, you
shouldn't feel in any way deprived. A
couple of people stayed on juice for the
entire week, while the rest of us tucked
into fantastic, freshly-prepared local fare
after the 3-day detox.
Jason insisted that everyone meet up on
the tennislbasketball court on the first
day and here he stirred distant school
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memories in all of us, some clearly so
traumatic that many of our number never
set foot on the court again all holiday. For
the hardier though, a game of 'netfootball'
was on offer mornings and evenings. Oh
the renewed ignominy of not being picked
by team captains... Eventually two teams
faced each other to battle it out with
Jason's invented game of (sort of netballl
basketball, but kicking's allowed too - and
not just of the ball it seemed).
Praise be, I was on Jason's team, as day
after day a mere four or five members of
our team pitched up to battle it out with
upwards of fifteen on the other side!
Jason was indomitable - a Tasmanian
Devil on court - and we whupped their
asses repeatedly despite our depleted
numbers...
The injuries were legion - egg-sized head
lumps, hand sprains, even a goring on the
tennis net post - but the rivalry spurred
us all on and I'm proud to count myself
amongst the hardcore handful, missing
only one match all week to go on a
boat trip.
What a trip! The lovely, swarthy men
at Gulet Sailing chugged us around the
unblemished Lycian Coast, and alas -
having been carefully briefed by the 'Juicy
Team' - dished out our meagre rations: a
couple of bits of fruit. Dropping anchor in
deserted bays we threw ourselves in the
sea and splashed around in the unpolluted
waters, returning on deck to dry out in the
warm sunshine.
Day four, and the evening brings a
welcome return to solids. A good two
hours before dinner was served, we were
circling the dining area in anticipation.
Eventually a glorious buffet groaning
with a mouth-watering array of stews,
salads and sauces is revealed, and despite
Jason's exhortation to savour and enjoy the
food, most of us hoover our plates clean
in seconds flat, and then ignore Jason's
further plea to wait the twenty minutes
it takes for the stomach to register it's
full, and descend on the buffet again. Old
habits die hard; harder still when you've
had no 'proper' grub for three days plus.
"jlli e are all 'Oll'll
O'et for the fir t thr e
day but they are °
awe olllely delicious
and filling YOll
shouldn't feel ill ((fly
lVay deprived. "
The gentler activities were led by the
heavenly Ken. If spiritual hippy stuff is
your stuff... he da man. If you're lucky
enough to get Ken's life story, prepare
to be humbled. This is a guy who had a
serious stroke in his early twenties, but has
fought his way to physical fitness against
the odds and is now a yoga master. His
tales of travels in India learning his yoga
skills are bizarre, touching and at times
hilarious. And for those of us who'd never
tried yoga before, his gentle guidance and
encouragement were very therapeutic. He
also teaches T'ai Chi. Alas I discovered I
have neither the grace nor the balance for
this weird discipline!
Ken also taught meditation: 6am would
see a sleepy few swaddled in their duvets
chanting their way to wakefulness. Half
way through the week, having warmed
us to the idea of this low-key meditation,
twinkle-eyed Ken decided to introduce
those daring enough to a Kundalini
meditation. One evening, we were led
underground to a vaulted room with a
bar, tables and a dance floor - a cosy, dark
place where we giggled nervously before
giving ourselves over to the Kundalini.
Essentially, we were encouraged to close
our eyes and let whatever happened
happen. I did my best to be open to it,
but the shaking and wild dancing which
overtook master meditator Ken failed to
so much as cause me a slight tremor in
me. Ken suggested we all keep our eyes
shut, as the sight of all of us trembling and
flailing might put the more buttoned-up
off. Of course we all took a shufty and
exchanged sniggered descriptions of our
antics afterwards.
The staff seemed very bemused by us.
Doubtless used to spending the day
delivering the chefs' culinary brilliance to
chilled out holidaymakers, they watched
as we raced from one activity to another,
fuelled only by the odd bit of fruit and
big glasses of juice. For some the detoxing
effect took its toll and they suffered
headaches, but within a couple of days we
were all on a juice-fuelled (alcohol-free)
natural high! We even managed a pretty
wild, dance-your-face-off party on the last
night, not a drop of booze in sight.
A couple of the daily activities take place
on the idyllic beach so if exercise isn't your
thing, you can let the scenery distract you
from whatever workout you're putting
yourself through. My favourite was
rebounding, or bouncing around to music
on one-person trampolines: the most fun
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Raw Spain Detox Retreats
78
you can have draining your lymphatic
system! Inexplicably, twenty-four hours
later you'll find your shoulders ache as
though you'd spent the day as a hod-
carrier. Then it's time to wind down with
Ken, so we lay our yoga mats out and
await his instructions. It's so relaxing lying
on the beach, and as Ken starts the yoga
session, several people stay crashed out on
their mats and opt for a sunbathing session
instead.
Jason's energy is boundless. He gave
two-hour lectures most days, ranging
from a juicing masterclass to overcoming
addiction. His clear, spontaneous style of
communication is engaging and hugely
entertaining - he's essentially a health
stand-up! Never has recognising your bad
habits been so much fun. It's interesting
to watch Jason's team working with
him. They clearly love him as much as his
Focus on...
What on offer?
Daily yoga and meditation, food
preparation classes, health lectures,
organic living food and juices and holistic
therapies.
Where?
A stylish hotel in Andalucia's Nieves
mountains. The weather is a treat all
year round and it's a perfect spot for
those who want to relax and unwind and
those who are looking for a more active
holiday. The location offers plentiful
organic produce, beautiful views of the
mountains, pristine air and ocean breezes.
What' on the agenda?
The days begin with yoga followed
by meditation overlooking the sea of
pine trees and olive trees. Mornings
are taken up with classes teaching the
basics of raw food preparation: how
to make delicious main courses, pates,
wraps, nut milks, non-dairy cheeses
and desserts. After a gourmet lunch,
afternoons are free so guests can explore
the surroundings. Throughout the week
a wide variety of health-related topics
are covered during evening lectures
which follow the principles taught at the
Hippocrates Health Institute. A number
of holistic practitioners are on site to
offer treatments such as acupuncture,
kinesiology, massage and reflexology.
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audience does; his mischievous enthusiasm
is infectious, and he so obviously lives his
own message and deeply believes we can
all achieve better states of health with
comparatively small shifts in mindset.
This is the man who helped Jordan (Katie
Price) lose her post-baby weight, but aside
of guiding those with weight difficulties
he has an inspirational take on tackling
problems with booze, fags and chocolate.
I returned home full of the joys of juicing,
to the extent my husband was convinced
I'd been brainwashed. But you know
what? I've caught him using the juicer, and
in unguarded moments, he even admits to
feeling better. Rather than reaching for a
glass of wine or a bottle of beer to unwind
after work, he now chucks all manner of
fruit and veg into the juicer and feels very
virtuous. Me? I don't juice as much as I
should, BUT I haven't touched caffeine or
Tell Dle about the accoDlDlodation?
A hotel surrounding an Andalucian court-
yard, with rooms laid out according to
the guidelines of Feng Shui. There are 12
double rooms with ensuite facilities and
two suites. The hotel is built of ecological
materials, water is drawn from a depth of
176 metres, and an organic orchard serves
the kitchen. Facilities include a mineral
salted swimming pool - a plunge in it will
both invigorate and speed up detoxifica-
tion.
Who' behind it?
Retreat facilitator Debbie Lee, who
trained at the Hippocrates Health Insti-
tute in Florida. She says: "Easy to digest
nourishment with ample enzymes is the
key factor in restoring the struggling and
weakened immune system. Eating living
foods provides energy and has the ability
to rebuild health, physically, mentally,
emotionally and spiritually. This helps the
body to achieve homeostasis by free-
ing energy to be used for healing and
wellness. When we nourish our bodies
with tasty and beautiful looking food it
makes achieving our natural weight and
optimum health a pleasure."
aw Sp in D tox retreats will run from March
to May 2008 and from September to D cemb r
2008 For more information call (0}79S1 899
898. email infoCrawlivingstyle.com. or see
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alcohol since my trip, and I'm on my way to
being three stone lighter.
So what's the difference to my life? Huge.
I get up earlier, with a spring in my step;
occasionally I'll give meditation a go,
sitting alone and haVing a good 01' chant;
I willingly (yes, really) exercise every day
(some days with full-on effort - others just
to keep everything moving); I feel strong
and motivated, tolerate timewasters less
and love life more. And the good feeling
just doesn't seem to be going away.
Jason Vale runs retreats in 80rdubet and
Montenegro. The next 80rdubet retreat will take
place from 1Sth September to llnd September
1007. For more mformatton about JUICe Master
retreats, or to book a place, call 084S 1301829
or email info@/uicemaster.com. See www.
juicemaster.com for more information.
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the night before, "m usually up by
7am. My morning routine consists
of drinking two glasses of water upon
awakening, brushing my body with a
dry body brush and/or jumping on a mini
trampoline. Then I do the 'five rites' yoga
exercises and if I have the time, I expand
on those and do a series of hatha yoga
exercise.
For breakfast, I usually start with juice and
then half an hour later have some fruit.
Some mornings I have wheatgrass juice
first, then 20 minutes later a pint of a fresh
juice combination. There are hundreds of
great juice combinations to choose from.
For the last five years, I've been dividing
my time between New York City and a
budding eco-farm in Upstate New York. I
love the farm so much and could live there
year round, but we also are tied to the
city because we make our living there. My
partner Leigh is a songwriter and music
producer and his latest project is an inter-
net radio station that can be heard all over
the world (www.TribecaRadio.net).
There is a lot of raw and healthy lifestyles
programming on the station and I also do
a weekly show called Hooked on Raw. We
have various projects in the works which
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diversity of people and also the great
diversity of things to do. It's really the best
of both worlds.
Leigh and I don't have typical days; it just
depends on what project we are working
on at the moment. For example, this
summer was mostly dedicated to producing
a 3-DVD set on raw food preparation called
'What's Not Cookin' in Rhio's Kitchen'. This
past spring we spent our time expanding
the orchard on our farm by 100 fruit and
nut trees and all kinds of berry bushes, and
we will be doing that each spring until we
have the entire 24 acres planted in a
permaculture paradigm.
For lunch, it's either a salad or a blended
energy soup. I also like to have what I call
soup/salad. I make an energy soup, then I
top it with salad or chopped veggies and
dulse. I like to incorporate in my energy
soups some wild leafy vegetables such as
purslane, lambs quarters, chickweed or
goutweed.
In my earlier years I realized that when
I ate raw food for any period of time, I
would feel great and have lots of energy,
but I wasn't ready to make the commit-
ment until much later. I finally got serious
after losing a lot of weight on a raw juice
fast. I thought, this is just so great - why
go back? I love the flavour of raw food, I
love the way I feel, it keeps me fit in body,
clear in mind and balanced emotionally. If
a fountain of youth exists, it certainly has
to be in nature's raw food.
For dinner, I usually have another salad
and on some days, a nut and vegetable
pate, or a more elaborate prepared raw
dish. I don't feel the need to snack and
usually don't. Between meals, I might have
the water from green or yellow coconuts,
when I can get them in New York, usually
in the summer season. I really love the
water from these coconuts, which is very
refreshing and not as sweet as Thai coco-
nut water. Four times per year, with the
change of the seasons, I do either a green
or yellow coconut water fast or a fresh
juice fast for a week to 10 days.
In the city, I tend to stay up much later,
until anywhere from lam to 3am. When
I'm in the country, I start getting sleepy
earlier - generally between 10pm and
11 pm. I think it's either the extra oxygen
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Contents
Main Features
18 Interview With David Wolfe
"Food is the major determinant of how we're feeling on any given day, where we're going, and what our destiny is."

21 Food Combining
Easy rules for increased energy, better digestion and effortless weight loss.

36 What's In A Vaccine?
And why you don't want it in your body.

39 The Get Fresh Guide To Superfoods
Forget the hype; these are the foods that will take you furthest.

In This Issue
17 How To Be Raw And Have A Social Life
Paul Nison makes it easy.

24 Raw Coaching
Eating raw but not feeling energetic? Karen Knowler to the rescue.

28 Healthy Body, Healthy Planet
Top athlete Brendan Brazier talks to Get Fresh! about the plant-based diet that led him to peak performance - the sustainable way.

34 Healing At Hippocrates
Overcoming cancer, by Dr Brian Clement.

48 Raw In The City
Sarma Melngailis on how she ended her love-hate relationship with coffee.

50 Raw Beauty
How to get the glow.

58 Rejuvenation
It's about more than being raw ...

82 A Day In The Life of Rhio
The author of Hooked On Rawtalks us through her daily routine.

62

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62 Sexy Starters And Bite-Sized Bits!
Chad Sarno with teasers to leave your guests wanting more.

67 Ask Alissa!
How to use a dehydrator to recreate your favourite cooked foods.

72 How To Make Raw Chocolate
These recipes make the perfect raw treat.

Regulars
5 Editor's Letter 6 What's New?
10 Book reviews

15 Events
32 Healthy Changes

12 News

55 Readers' Raw Transformations 76 Healthy Breaks

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.. Eating In The Raw. selecting ingredients and sprouting. Black Sesame Sunflower Bread and Pecan Chai Pie on Cashew Crust. and Choco-Coco Mousse." Although the book doesn't disappoint one bit on the recipe front.BOOK REV RHiPJ. this is a book that really delivers on the recipe front. 10 snacks and 10 drinks" .our exclusive interview with Carol Alt. its most unique selling point is the huge amount of information on sustainable living. She is now one of the most talented raw chefs in America and recipes in the book include Mushroom Risotto with White Truffle-Infused Olive Oil. . living what other lifestyle. . Phyo was raised on a raw food diet but drifted to the standard diet during university only to find herself overweight and with high cholesterol.. it also contains advice on setting up a raw kitchen. in the early days even hosting raw dinners in Los Angeles so she would have gourmet raw food to feed herself on for the rest of the week. encompasses Squash Spaghetti with Garlic Oil and Pine Nut 'Parmigiano'. 519. In the next issue of Get Fresh! .. .. She discovered the healing and rejuvenative powers of raw food a decade ago and has been eating close to 100% raw ever since. This sequel is a practical guide to living the lifestyle she recommends. . '. .. meanwhile. .95 Clarkson Potter. With titles like 'Recycling Helps but Reusing is Better' and 'Lemon Rinds are Great for Cleaning' if you're convinced you're as green as it gets.hence the '50' in the title. . . 14 of them from Dan Hoyt of New York's celebrated Quintessence restaurant. But as the lunches and dinners are multicourse feasts. Coleslaw. the Un-Supersize Me Lunch includes Raw Burgers. . The Raw 50 By Carol Alt. Marlowe & Company. . For example. So she came full circle and returned to the pure diet she was raised on. 10 Get Freslr! . 10 dinners. ."o 1. Tuscan Bread. delicious and nutritious to enjoy. You might decide to stop short of 'Pedal Power Your Appliances' but if you want to take sustainable living to the next level there is no better source of ideas for turning your carbon footprint into a tiptoe. The promise on the jacket is "10 breakfasts. . chances are you won't think that after reading this book. The Tuscan Supper. . health-conscious people who want to eat more fresh organic living foods that are fast and easy to make. can you shamelessly have such a wide range of delicious foods and treats?" Many of the recipes in the book were contributed by renowned raw chefs. As Alt asks on page 16: "Eating what other diet. Sprouted Kamut Buns. . .00 An American supermodel. At the front of this book. . Field Greens Salad with Creamy Black Pepper and Sage Dressing and Cool Lemon Cream Pie. Ani's Raw Food Kitchen By Ani Phyo. raw chef Ani Phyo promises: "This book is the green living resource for busy. . 517. Although largely a recipe book. Alt has graced the covers of over 700 magazines. . 10 lunches. plus six moving testimonials from people who have transformed their lives with raw food. She detailed her astonishing transformation in her first book.

or water. Zavasta provides compelling evidence that this complete digestive system rest. E-book available from TheRawFoodDetoxDiet. The new energy body is a body that has been enlightened. 514. $10.com. The aim? It's the culmination of the author's quest to discover the ultimate anti-aging diet. The New Energy Body By Natalia Rose.000 synthetic chemicals in use worldwide and only a fraction have ever been tested for their effects on humans. it must be safe. literally and figuratively. Zavasta emphasizes that the plan she recommends is only to be considered by those who have a few years on a pure raw diet under their belts and are ready to go to the next level.00 As the title suggests. burdened by existence. The Hundred-Year Lie: How to Protect Yourself from the Chemicals That Are Destroying Your Health By Randall Fitzgerald. Plume. All books can be ordered from The Fresh Network. not just physical. What is the new energy body? It is reached through what Rose dubs "the ultimate detox process" because it cleanses on all levels.95 Quantum physics and raw food meet again in this new e-book which expands on the themes from Rose's recently published Raw Food Life Force Energy. and what makes her regime unique is the suggested prolonging of our natural night-time fasting period by gradually phasing out dinner. As she writes in the introduction: "The old energy body is a body steeped in density. Another highly recommended book from this original and insightful thinker. longevity and rejuvenative benefits. This Act lulled . 530. this book marries quantum physics and nutrition. we're likely to live longer. Zavasta eats her last meal at 2pm and goes for 16-18 hours a day without food and here's the thing . Call +44 (0)845 8337017. meditation and breath work to 'Detox Your Detrimental Programming and 'Raise Your Light Quotient'. the year Congress enacted the Pure Food and Drug Act. dubbed 'dry fasting' by other health pioneers who have similarly extolled its benefits. The reality? There are estimated to be over 100. fears and premature aging." The book outlines 12 stages for getting there and they encompass everything from raw food. BR Publishing. This book. water or anywhere else where it might get into our bodies.20 The author is a former Wall Street Journal investigative journalist and the lie in question dates from 1906. has detoxification. Tonya Zavasta is best known for promoting the beautifying benefits of the all-raw diet. Gel Fre II! 11 . is a must read for anyone who wants to know how to live a healthy life in a polluted world. Turn to page 50 to read an excerpt from the book. The regime also provides 'calorie restricted optimum nutrition' the book draws on the body of research that suggests that if we can meet all our nutrient needs on a low-calorie diet. She is also explicit that she is recommending dry fasts that last hours. At over 400 pages the book is a comprehensive and engagingly written guide to staying young gracefully and ends with a selection of recipes and a rundown of the gadgets Zavasta has discovered to help keep skin looking fresh and glowing. not days. healthier lives. which includes the details of the author's wheatgrass juice and living foods detox at the Hippocrates Health Institute.Quantum Eating: The Ultimate Elixir Of Youth By Tonya Zavasta. relationships.and still lulls most of the American public into believing that if a substance is allowed in our food.

Raw life Inc. Serenity Spaces. The group reviewed the statement issued last year and plans to add to these nutritional and health guidelines as and when new research becomes available. from naturally occurring plant sources At least 80% raw (the remaining to be vegan. USA. and to reaching informed consensus on all controversial issues pertaining to it. For example. it was a landmark moment. Tree Of Life. as this unity will help spread the living and raw foods message into the mainstream. USA. This official consensus was especially significant because the raw food arena has a history of being plagued with contradictory advice from different quarters. USA. USA. In a recently released statement about the event the organizers revealed that this year's discussion focused heavily on the urgent importance of living in a way that is environmentally sustainable. Claudine Richard. Or Jameth Sheridan. The event in question was the 1st International Living Food Summit. Oan Laderman. Oiana Store. liVing Foods For Health. and another arguing that fruit should be eaten in moderation if at all. whole food and organic) Has moderate. Front row. Jill Swyers. living Light Culinary Arts Institute. Viktoras Kulvinskas "Father of living Foods·. This includes physical exercise. USA. Ken Blue. yet adequate. Hippocrates Health Educator. Avoiding environmental toxins and toxic products is essential. The 2006 statem. antioxidants and phytonutrients Highly mineralized Contains a significant quantity of chlorophyll-rich green foods Contains adequate complete protein from plant sources Contains a high proportion of high water content foods and provides excellent hydration Includes raw vegetable juices Contains all essential fatty acids. Hippocrates Health Institute. cooked or raw) Organic Whole foods High in vitamins. Tree of life. and offering a series of guidelines for those following the raw and living foods lifestyle. Controversial topics addressed this year included cacao and salt. health supportive lifestyle is encouraged. Florida. living Food. The view of the assembled experts? Both are best avoided. USA. Katrina Cunliffe. The 3rd International Living and Raw Food Summit is scheduled for May 2nd and 3rd 2009. Oavid Rainoshek.· Attendees at the 2nd International living Foods Summit.ent The group's recommendation's for a healthy diet: Vegan (no animal products of any kind. living light Culinary Arts Institute. 12 Get Fre It! . living Foods Institute. with one camp insisting the healthiest diet should have fruit as the main source of calories. USA. Cherie Soria. The result was a joint statement outlining the experts' consensus on a number of important issues. Raw Superfoods. Health Force. USA. GHAW Institute. Costa Rica. calorie intake Contains only low to moderate sugar and exclusively from whole food sources (fruitarianism is strongly discouraged) Is nutritionally optimal for both detoxification and rebuilding The group added the following proviso to its dietary guidelines: "Diet is a critical piece of a healthy lifestyle. USA. organized by Drs Brian and Anna Maria Clement at the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach. Or Brian Clement. USA. Holland. Alicia Hall. including omega-3 fatty acids. So it is good news for raw food fans everywhere that a group of experts is committed to ongoing scientific research into the diet.E Hippocrate In itut lead th ad an ing kno 1 dge of ra hen 22 of the world's leading raw and living foods experts gathered in spring 2006 to discuss the most frequently asked questions relating to the diet and lifestyle. Ut<. a in food di t Those present this year echoed the organizers' belief that ongoing cooperation between raw food leaders is essential. held in April this year. exposure to sunshine and psychological health. A full-spectrum. Paul Nison. Brenda Cobb. Or Anna Maria Clement. yet not the entire picture. England. Back row. Hippocrates Health Institute. USA. Oorit. USA. health seekers who are attracted to the lifestyle are often left scratching their heads. France. Laura Gonzalez. where it is most desperately needed. The 2nd International Living Food Summit was held in April of this year and again attracted experts from around the world. Hippocrates Health Institute.. left to right.

nd vvlld ... the Institute's research director.. friendly environment. . what foods will be next on the list of mandatory sterilization. to start looking for overseas sources. the almond is officially the favourite nut of raw fooders. af/ the information you need to do this is on the Action Alert page at www.g.. nuts and vegetables might no longer be legally available in the marketplace. For class dates and times please call or visit our website.even those labeled raw .COM roo r'\. has launched 'The Authentic Almond Project' which it hopes will successfully overturn the planned legislation.n.uperfood. CA L ANDP W E A O~ A 'IS 0 07°86 ~ 58 863 OM WWW.will have to be 'sanitized'. crackers. heat treatment and irradiation?" asks Will Fantle. from March 2008 almonds . v. untreated frUits.THERAWFOODSCHOOL.. an organization which upholds the interests of small farmers. We teach at venues in Richmond. Most of the country's almonds are produced in this state and if the ruling goes ahead. cookies and numerous other tasty creations. Chiswick and Soho. Its use on food is banned in many countries.nlc .. Even the US's own Environmental Protection Agency has classed propylene oxide as a probable human carcinogen. either through hightemperature sterilization or with a toxic fumigant.org.. the US Department of Agriculture has passed legislation effectively making it illegal to sell raw Californian almonds. After two isolated instances of salmonella contamination of non-organic almonds. cakes. The threat of the legislation has forced US-based companies selling products containing raw almonds. But raw. org.comucopia. London. "Truly raw. organic almonds could soon be an expensive and hard-to-find commodity in the United States.(5 Import. of revv.. including Canada and the whole of the European Union. vvhol. . "If almonds require pasteurization. . Start with a 4-hour introduction or start your transformation with a 2-day Raw Foods weekend covering all aspects of Raw and LIVing Foods.. from milks and smoothies to pates. We offer classes to suit everybody no matter what level you are at. The fumigation chemical to be used is propylene oxide.ler• •nd retail. FOR THE SUPERBEI G GE ERATIO RAW CHOCOLATE 8> its euperlood _ _ aw almonds under threat in s a staple in many raw recipes. and the two instances of salmonella outbreak linked to conventional ones came not from the almonds themselves but from crosscontamination with livestock manure. There has never been a contamination scare associated with organic almonds. If you want to join the campaign against this craziness." chool LEARN ABOUT RAW FOOD AND ITS LIFE CHA GI G BE EF TS Come and learn how easy it is to incorporate Raw Food into everyday life whilst creating mouth-watering recipes in a relaxed. The Cornucopia Institute. including raw almond butter.

On the day we checked. A location has been found and as this issue goes to press building work is about to begin on what promises to be a stunning venue. mplr in the making . safrestaurant. This online facility is for anyone interested in the lifestyle..com or call 07879 246501. For more information about Raw Fairies or to book a place at one of Anna's raw Sundays at the Bonnington Cafe visit www. nn~ 111. go to http://health. fourth and fifth Sunday of the month Anya is guest chef.com. You can sample Anya Ladra's raw creations at the Bonnington Cafe in south London. Beetroot and Seaweed Salad with Sweet Miso Ginger Dressing. The closest competitor to Raw Fairies is My Little Earth. dishes on offer included Shitake Walnut 8alls.rawchef. Both Raw Fairies and My Little Earth also cater private events. This is a communally owned vegetarian restaurant. will appear on UK television on September 11 at 9pm.NE Rm\' r S l<turant by Katia Narain and Christophe Reissfelder. The LifeCo has plans to open Saf restaurants.com and for more information about Chad Samo visit www. Rumour has it that by the end of 2008 Samo will also have a Saf restaurant in Geneva and a further restaurant in Ottawa. The Bonnington Cafe is at 11 Vauxhall Grove.com or www. rawfairies.\\\T Suz Evasdaughter.yahoo. including some of the favourites from the menu at The Little Earth Cafe. and every second. from the long-time raw fooder to the person just curious to out more. which is a project of his own company. 'he CK\ hI' t olllinc ra\\' forum Get Fresh! reader Debbie Took has started the Raw Food UK Forum. My Little Earth is a London-based delivery service which offers healthy. on the UKTV Food channel. For more information about My Little Earth visit www.uk or ring 07834 988522. We reported in our last issue that top raw chef Chad Samo is preparing to open a restaurant in London before the end of the year. For more information about the Saf chain of restaurants see www. ..groups. mylittleearth. She will be making her raw solstice pudding with cashew cream on chef Anthony Worrell Thompson's show The People's Cookbook.. Saf stands for 'simple authentic food' and is also Turkish for 'pure'. yoga centres. London has its very first raw food delivery service. Read Suz's story on pages 55-56 of this issue. Rawchef. Cucumber. London SW81TD. Samo is partnered with Turkeybased lifestyle company The LifeCo and together they have established the Saf restaurant brand. com/group/rawfoodukl I'd ra\\' t·' . including dinner parties and retreats.thelifeco. educational 'experience centres' and detox centres across Europe. author of The Raw Route to Perfect Health and Weight. whole cooked dishes as well as innovative raw ones..co. To join. spas and health clinics as well as private clients. the raw chefs behind the former Little Earth Cafe in Primrose Hill. The first Saf restaurant opened in Istanbul earlier this year and we have it on good authority that the London launch will be preceded by a branch of Saf opening its doors in Munich this autumn. run I <t\\'f oclon. Chef Anya Ladra has set up Raw Fairies to offer pure gourmet food to companies. pure. and Nut and Seed Granola with 8erries and Brazil Nut Milk.

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For more information see www. They eat for taste.. Paul is an internationally recognized authority on the raw food diet. Let people see how great you feel and look and how much energy you have. Like any change. their words might take you over the edge. First off. As long as it is your choice to change.and you will enjoy most people accepting the way you eat. especially in the United States. have been raw for over 12 years now. today the raw food diet is becoming accepted and there are more and more raw food vegetarian restaurants opening up. how do you deal with friends. but if you are in doubt before they say anything. The raw diet is so different from any other way of eating. just tell them nicely. If you are planning to go 100% raw remember that just like making the change from an animal eater to a vegetarian or vegan. It's like if you get a new haircut and think it looks great. It is good to know that years ago consuming a vegetarian diet was considered weird or different but today it is pretty much accepted all over the world. if you plan to consume anything less than a 100% raw food diet (which is fine) you won't run into the same challenges as someone who wants to go 100% raw. Well. If doing so. at first it can be a challenge. how do you know how I feel? But if 100 people come to you in one day and tell you that you are sick. it will make it harder to stick with it when the pressure is on. am I? When first starting to eat a raw food diet many Don't go beyond your understanding. We are all human and we all have feelings and emotions. Make the choice yourself and not because someone else talked you into it. don't put the food on the table and give them a health lesson. You can just simply have cooked food on those occasions when you can't get raw. or you can't do that. people are going to tell you things like. As long as you've thought out the reason and purpose for going on an all raw diet you should not be bothered too much by what others say. Once you feel confident in what you are doing. that will help keep you strong. It is hard to be consistent if we are living off of how we feel. I call this decision over emotion. If you are making food for your family. that's dangerous. That should keep them quiet. and the more you hear it. Make a promise to yourself that your faith is so strong in what you are doing that you are going to stick with it and no one is going to talk you out of it. most people do not eat for health. Now I am going to give you the most amazing advice you will ever get on how to socially fit into society on a raw food diet. Understand. you will say to them. Live by example. "! If you tell them that. Most people do not care about or understand health and will think you are crazy! Here are the three magic words: "My doctor said . you need cooked food.. you might start to think. their words still might make you second guess your decision to go on an all raw diet. As I travel all over the world. If anyone tells you how to eat.com. and the author of six books on the subject. If someone tells you that you are sick. No matter who it is or where you are these three words will work for you. you might start wondering whether you made a mistake.paulnison.. Get Fre h! 17 . Three magic words will make this path so much easier for you. Also many of us will base our feelings on what other people tell us. you are crazy. just shove a carrot in their mouth. family and others who think you have gone off the wall? Do not get over zealous. I and you most likely know that the raw food diet is the healthiest way to eat. how we handle the situation can make all the difference. and teaching about making the transition to a raw food diet for about seven of those. If not. You could be pretty confident in that feeling but if you keep hearing that your hair looked better before you cut it. Do the research before changing your diet so that when you get these comments you will know you are doing the right thing. please don't judge my eating habits. if you do not want me to tell you how to eat. Then they will start to ask questions. but if you try to change for someone else. That will open the door for you to give them the answers. but it took us a while to learn this. This is why once we make a decision we should learn to stick to it. Do not tell people you are eating a raw diet because. After just a few days on a raw diet many of us will feel the need for cooked food. But it is becoming the new 'in thing' so it is not as challenging in social settings as it was just a few years ago. Just make the food taste great and they will enjoy it . one of the questions I get asked often is: "How does someone consume a raw food diet while not being considered an outcast by society?"! I thought when I first started eating this way many years ago that this was going to be an issue for me as well. The most important rule we have to learn is that we cannot let our feelings override our decision. the more you might start to believe it. especially when most of the world doesn't understand the reason for the change or anything about it. and it might take other people a while. do your best to make sure the food is as healthy as possible.Havin trouble ju gling our health goal and our ociallife? Paul i n ha om imple ad ice. Even if you have the knowledge and you made the choice yourself. but to my pleasant surprise I have found it to be very easy. they can accept it with no problem. It's easy to believe so strongly in the message that you just want to push it on everyone else. 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Can you remember the moment when you first saw the connection between nature. It actually mentions the term 'raw foodist' and this concept made immediate sense to me. It helps people reconnect with what's valuable.I felt fine. They know what that is. We stayed at my uncle's ranch and planted fruit trees all summer. I've been 100% raw for 13 years now. A lot of problems are caused because people are not actually in their body.even people with no knowledge of nutrition . How would you summarize the difference between living on cooked food and living on raw? Get Fresh! 19 . I started reading books on nutrition and I've been a huge advocate of people educating themselves about nutrition ever since. Da id i 0 f nlin ra'. You've been writing and lecturing about raw foods since 1994. He i the author of se eral be t. The major reason people have lost connection with the earth is because they don't eat foods that come from the earth. It's already to some degree mainstream.lling bo k on th ubject including The unfood Diet ucc s ystem and Eating For Beauty. Weight loss is a big one. H ha n r 1 000 health lecture and emlllar around the \1 odd and reGularly h t r treat . I realized I needed to investigate. That's not going to change. Raw food not only transforms people's health. friends. Does that mean they will choose to go raw? Not necessarily. uper t r unfood utriti n and co-found r of rh non-pr fit ruit Tree Plantin Foundation. connection to the earth. Raw food heals that disconnect from what's important: family values. then ate the other 10 the next and soon. those who are new to these concepts find it hard to believe. But is it more likely they will in this environment? Of course. Raw food changes all that. I was left with only two foods. At what point did you notice interest in this lifestyle really start to take off and how has it grown since then? I noticed a massive increase in interest seven or eight years ago. nutrition and health? The initial seed was planted when I was seven and my family took its first trip to California. This was my first experience of gardening and eating fruit directly off the tree. not here in the moment. it also reconnect them to the earth" So this quest for knowledge led to your discovery of raw food as the ideal diet? Eventually. love. So many people are so lost they think their car is more valuable than their body! They'll take better care of their car or other possessions than they do their body! It's an epidemic in our society. At what point did you leave behind the 'standard diet'? When I went to college and started buying my own food I started to notice something wasn't agreeing.. It's who I am. store or forest much better than if you didn't know. by process of elimination.Interview with e David olfe is one of th world leading authoriti n the raw di t and life t le. by Harvey and Marilyn Dimond. First. At that time the only book that mentioned raw food was Fit For Life. I got off dairy and people started asking where I was getting my calcium. Would you agree that people initially tend to be attracted to raw food purely for what it can do for them on the physical front? Of course. It's almost impossible with the choices available today to avoid processed food unless you have a strong directive that guides you. I was only eating about 20 different foods so I knew it would be easy to work out what the problem was. It brings about a spiritual transformation that is very badly needed. Later I read Blatant Raw Foodist Propaganda by Joe Alexander: this is the first book that was really on point from a nutritional and an ethical and a philosophical perspective. connected to the great workings of nature. gardening.they connect that to the raw food diet. Since then it has grown to the point that raw food is a major grass roots movement worldwide. So I just ate 10 foods one day. there is no better directive than raw food. Here h talk to arah B t ab ut the link b tw en nutrition and human potential. Although thousands who have already gone high raw or all raw can vouch for all of that. it also reconnects them to the earth. Raw 'Raw food not only tran forms people health. The next day I just had milk and it was clear that this was the problem. When I talk to people about goji berries . One day I just ate grape nut cereal . raw foods you can guide yourself in any restaurant. Once you know about the importance of eating natural.

Being raw isn't just about health.the ozone and oxygen . And you have to balance it properly in order to have true success and to maintain a high vibrational nature. Once you're alkaline the whole picture changes. I practically live on smoothies. The foods I eat often include honey. diet. What. where krill is harvested. Will the raw food diet be consigned food helps people quickly reach their ideal weight. why on earth would you want to cook it? a high-raw diet to affect what we absorb from the atmosphere around us. they can be ordered from www. and he will be giving a talk in Brighton on Friday 5th October. royal jelly. If you are charged up with the negative ions from the earth. Ozone and oxygen are male. In the US. in greater depth. where we're going and what our destiny is.com. This is because you have such a strong negative charge inside your body from what you're eating that these things are attracted right to you. Raw food is the only diet that makes sense to everybody. gardens. that's its polarity. these are also a great form of exercise. including the long chain omega 3s found in fish. You don't have to know what I'm talking 20 Get Fresll! . If you're negatively charged enough with the right stuff. the world over. The sky and the heavens are positively charged. Fish is not an option because of pollution and ethical considerations. meditation and asanas. and other subjects. specifically. For more details see page 15. I've gone long periods of time with krill oil being the major fat in my diet. Krill oil is also densely loaded with antioxidants and essential fatty acids. do you eat? I live on superfoods but you have to go through a lot of cleansing. Planting foods. One hundred pounds! What.To access his archives of information on raw food and peak performance subscribe at www. as well as de-stressing us. David will be in the UK this autumn for the Detox Your World Annual Retreat from Monday 1st October to Thursday 4th October. There are vast expanses of no pollution in the Antarctic. What sustainability comes down to is you have to be able to grow your own food in your own back yard. thinking and exercise. Do you believe nutrition is the single most important factor? Nutrition is where the rubber meets the road. Eating in this way gives us control back over our food supply. It's about meeting the green demand of the future. you walk out there and you get all the oxygen. that positive energy in the atmosphere . You've spoken before about the power of to history as just another fad. and the sexual union between the two is what creates life. In the west that has been taken over by chemicals. The earth itself is negatively charged.com. I don't. And when you're doing that. Food is the major determinant of how we're feeling on any given day. trees.com. noni and aloe vera. Krill is what whales use to build their nervous system and high consciousness. Just eat the food and you'll feel it. With enough energy a cell can correct its damage. ozone and sun force energy you need. thebestdayever. is scheduled for release in early 2008. seminal particles from the sun. My goal is for everything I eat to be super-loaded with nutrition and consciousness in as few calories as possible. It's about sustainability. When I'm travelling I'll mix honey. I fully believe it will be the major diet worldwide in 100 to 200 years. David's books and other products are available from www. Amazing Grace. Blue-green algae and spirulina actually contain what's in krill and they are a better choice than krill if you need a lot of protein.com. cacao. All of these feed off each other. Connecting with nature is an important de-stressor. Every couple of hours I step away from my desk and do five minutes of simple yoga. bee pollen. You attract it right into you in the way that iron filings are attracted to the strongest magnet first. What does that mean? Let's say you're in New York City in July and the air is really dirty. state of consciousness. through eating living food filled with prana. What do you consider to be the number one superfood? A microscopic plankton organism called krill.about. In the UK. or is the explosion of interest we are now seeing just the start of a huge shift in consciousness? I believe it's the latter. Please explain how this works. is the next essential component of a healthy lifestyle? Counteracting stress. maca and goji berries into a ball and eat that. sunfoodnutrition. chlorella.goes to you instead of to the average guy in the street. I still have green juices and salads but I eat a lot less than I used to and I'm a lot less attached to food. detoxing and green juices before you can do that. When I lecture I often ask this question: "How many of you have lost over 100lbs on a raw food diet?" No matter what city I'm in I'll usually see at least three people raise their hands. You have to watch all aspects of that equation. There is a very strong correlation between stress levels. in your view. It reconnects me. You are a leading advocate for the power of superfoods. It is extremely loaded with mitochondrial nutrition [the mitochondria are the energy-producing powerhouses of the cells). blue green algae. David's new book. Clearly nutrition is only one component of a healthy lifestyle and there are many others. Then there are the yogic practices including breathing.davidwolfe. I am writing a book called Amazing Grace which explores this.fresh-network. But the key is I want to eat this way and don't feel I am denying myself. bee pollen. For more information about David visit www.

Get the idea .. which means they digest quickly. perhaps that pie doesn't sound so pleasant after all . For those starting out with raw foods especially. These two food groups thus start to 'compete' for digestion. That's really what it comes down to . the better for your digestion.do you feel good after you eat a certain combination? Nobody knows your body better than you do and what feels just fine to you might feel like a It's not just what you eat but how and when you eat it) says Angela Stokes. the easier it is to digest. with it. wild animals don't combine foods. Let's not get too rigid here though. just the fact that you start eating mostly or all-raw means your digestion and health will improve.e. It took time to learn to eat this way: people don't tend to feed babies complex concoctions. All you need to know are a few simple food-combining rules and you can improve digestion immediately. By following some simple food-combining principles you can improve your digestion) increase your energy and shed excess weight more easily. Imagine the difference.and there are substantial benefits to eating this way. You're unlikely to see a bear catch a fish. on the other hand. So when we combine different foods together.e e feet I n nature.all digest in different ways. plus chocolate sauce. Unfortunately. The heavy nuts are fat and protein-rich.proteins. The fruits and honey are simple sugars. for example. ? The fruit mono-meal is easily recognised by the body and digested within about 30 minutes. It also takes time to unlearn eating this way. between digesting a mono-meal of five peaches or a slice of raw peach and blueberry pie with a base of three kinds of nuts and honey. it can be much more a case of 'anything goes'. is much more challenging for your stomach. so they require substantial time in the stomach's acidic environment to break down.i.. One term coined by raw foodists is 'combo-abombos' . It doesn't need to be about perfectionism. before they're really ready. leaving them to putrefy in the intestines. Animals generally eat one thing at a time . along with those sugars. and food combinations strongly affect this outcome. most of us learnt to eat exactly this way . but the benefits are worth it.. As time goes on. it can be challenging for digestion. starches and sugars. as feels good to you. It just means paying a bit more Gel Fre hf 21 . This confusing set of messages challenges the stomach.. Hmmm. This doesn't mean you have to follow a strict 'mono-diet' (though many raw fooders certainly do choose this path). Different types of foods . There is more margin for 'error' in the beginning. The more you avoid such combo-abombos and aim towards keeping things simple.a 'mono-diet' . attention to what you mix together: the simpler you keep things. What we consume either digests easily or ferments. abominable combinations resulting from budding raw foodists throwing everything into the blender at once. If you're coming from a background of processed junk foods. your cells get cleaner and tighter and your body lets you know it would prefer simpler combinations. then pick berries to go Co~ bi Sugars are our primary source of energy and therefore 'shout the loudest' to get priority for digestion. The pie. This means that the protein-rich nuts get hurried out of the stomach. rather simple blended fruits or veggies. Then you can start refining things. for example .combining many different foods in one meal.

so are best eaten by themselves. kiwis. tired and heavy. raspberries. gooseberries. to learn about general patterns people find useful. A lessthan-optimal combination is unlikely to leave you in hospital . the body can tell you precisely when it's time to stop. as you can get exactly what you need. when eating 'combo-abombos'. it's recommended to avoid eating 'acid' fruits. a greasy cooked meal. more alert and more energetic. This is because complicated combinations require so much energy to digest that there is little energy left for anything else. Good food combining will also help you lose excess weight. electricity. We can certainly use books and ideologies for reference. A less obvious side effect is that it's much easier to overeat foods you later realise don't agree with you. Of course. avocadoes. bananas. One way to avoid considering whether something is a 'good' combination or not is to just mono-meals of fruit. etc {fats} with your fruits {sugars}. persimmons. Ideal combining also helps you maintain an ideal weight. you feel fine afterwards . without going to excess. illustrated the overall idea behind why someone might want to pay attention to food combining. or starchy vegetables with either. lemons. This is the body's way of letting you know it's had enough for now. how much energy do you want going to digestion? The example with the peach pie above. You can.it's really up to you. suggested outline. means that by the time the stomach's worked out the puzzle. apples. Simplifying your food can have knock-on benefits in other areas too. grapes. with little digestive interference. This is useful if you do desire to eat raw gourmet foods. Eating only one kind of fruit at a time until you've 22 Gel Fresh! . You don't have to do anything. with 'sweet' fruits like bananas. For example. such as citrus. especially if you avoid complicated meals late at night. weight gain. whether you're 40%. raisins. No more pie? Does all this mean you'll never eat raw cake again? Not necessarily . or more complicated yet. lighter. The high enzyme content of rawlliving foods helps digestion enormously. grapefruit. Green leafyllow-starch vegetables combine fine with just about everything.this isn't a critical matter . peaches. So aim at not combining concentrated protein foods with concentrated starchy foods and so on.horrible combination to someone else. for example. meaning you can afford to make more 'mistakes' (at least in the beginning). plums. spots. Your digestion and elimination become smooth and regular and your skin clear and fresh. nectarines. the easier it is to assimilate and use this fuel efficiently. as the food will begin to taste different and even unpleasant. as gas and waste back up in your over-worked system. Guidelines A key recommendation is keeping melons separate from all other food. while enjoying yourself. try not to eat raw nuts and seeds.it's more about tweaks that can take your health to the next level. How easy do you want to make things for your body. This feedback is a real advantage. The side effects So. Overall. usually involve picking up fruit and eating it. starches or fat/protein. pears. The benefits One major benefit of good food combining is it helps conserve energy. fermentation and candida overgrowth. grapes. When you eat a mono-meal. foods don't consist exclusively of sugars. or be 'perfect': just do the best you can. Mono-meals of fruit. Digestion of food takes a lot of energy. In moderation. Compare that to making a raw pie. 'Sub-acid' fruits like peaches and plums can be enjoyed with either acid or sweet fruits. strawberries. mucus. The simpler our combinations. Many people eat quickly and this. eating 'good' food combinations can thus bring more energy. difficulty losing weight or any number of other symptoms. time and vitality to enjoy the things you love. blackberries. constipation. prunes. along with the longer time taken to decipher messages in muddled combos. but the real key is listening to our own bodies. like using less Examples of acid fruits Oranges. especially if we've eaten a lot of fat. As a result you'll feel cleaner. what happens when foods are not 'well-combined'? A very common side effect is feeling sluggish. having less washing-up and shorter food-prep times. bloating. For optimal digestion. Melons digest extremely quickly {in about 20 minutes}. tangerines.eat complicated recipes to excess however and you're unlikely to feel great {though taking digestive enzymes at such times will help}. pineapples. mangoes. figs. You may also experience rashes. cherries. eat different melons in one sitting if you like. you can often eat 'Iessthan-optimal' raw combinations and find Apricots. We may also feel mental fogginess. with maybe a bowl. papaya. knife and chopping board at most to wash. however. for instance. 80% or 100% raw. Some people also keep other types of fruits separate from each other. Digestive issues may include gas. Many different theories exist about food combining and here we'll examine only a basic. Examples of sweet fruits Dates. you've already finished a plate of something that doesn't serve your health. Examples of sub-acid frUits The raw advantage The good news for raw foodists is that food combining boundaries can be a little more flexible than for traditional cooked food eaters.

Visit www. as the digestion has become so unaccustomed to such mixtures. It's all Get Fresh! 23 . about economics. increasing the range of foods they can eat. as these foods digest differently. for example. The protein and starch combination is troublesome for digestion. fruits and nuts don't combine well. or drinking veggie juice before a meal.rawreform. Making salad dressing with whatever ingredients you like (raw or not). on an empty stomach (for better absorption). acid and sub-acid fruits shouldn't be eaten within 30 minutes of any other food. the more we press onwards into cleansing. reversing morbid obesity. it becomes very uncomfortable to eat raw pie for example. though this isn't an optimal combination. as we've seen. or drinking a juice/smoothie. to stop their body from moving further into cleansing. or someone dealing with blood sugar irregularities. rice and dhal or meat and potatoes. it takes longer for the eater to become hungry again. but you will feel benefits if you do. to be able to eat fruits. cleansing and the more we eat simple combinations and mono-meals. After months or years of simple eating. For example. for example. the more you can afford to have combination clashes. Well. 28-year-old Angela started eating raw in May 2002 and has spent the last five years exploring and promoting raw foods and natural healthcare for weight loss. not only makes the salad more attractive to you. so will eat more complicated things sometimes. eating these two foods together slows sugar absorption into the bloodstream. An ideal set-up would be eating fruit. Less acid fruits. That means more effective nutrient absorption and less back-up in the intestines.e. She can be contacted at angela@rawreform. are digestive minefields. We may argue that these 'traditional' meals of dense protein with starch are eaten all around the world. in general. Thus. I would recommend instead eating fruit before other foods. After eating anything. just think about the other animals in nature and how they eat: keep it simple and above all. is to let your body be your guide. there is. Opt for just one or two fatty/protein foods in a meal and you'll find them much easier to digest. Keep it simple It comes down to this: better food combining means better digestion and less fermentation. This may seem shocking at first. The body always works towards optimal health. like ripe bananas can be more easily combined with other foods.g. I believe there's no better choice than learning food combining basics and applying them consistently. then eating about 30 minutes later.com for more information. but the enzyme-rich veggies also make it much easier for your body to you digest the non-raw foods. I'd also recommend avoiding combining different fats in one meal . While some people love being in that space of feeling so 'clean' inside. as it gets stuck behind other foods in the digestion queue and simply ferments. As natural healer Dr John Tilden put it: "Nature never produced a sandwich. Everybody's digestive system is different and can handle some combinations better than others. Other raw foodists may choose 'lessthan-optimal' combinations like this to actually hold themselves back from rapid c1eansing/detox. Classic combos like hamburgers. if you're half-way through digesting some pineapple. retreats. Otherwise. cheese sandwiches. They want to still enjoy raw gourmet foods if they choose. If we're in a position to choose what we eat and when based on health. 00% raw. Naturally. Try to be aware of overlapping your meals. you're overlapping digestive tasks and asking for complications. for a diabetic. However. enjoy! Raw food author and lifestyle consultant Angela Stokes lost an incredible 12 stone (160Ibs) with a raw lifestyle. If you're in doubt about whether a combination seems like a good idea. Be cautious of eating fruit as a dessert." For those transitioning to . in the context of a high-raw diet. Angela offers ebooks. bear in mind that the more of a meal that's raw. A raw lifestyle is highly Cooked combo catastrophes Cooked food eaters can and do easily run into combining issues. it takes. consultations and lectures internationally on raw foods. for example in a bananalcoconut smoothie. The most important concept to remember. You don't have to follow any of the suggestions here. for example and then eat a nut burger. so a diabetic can use this to their advantage. rice is widely available and cheap. rather than finances. Surely all of those societies can't be 'wrong'. This means digestion slows down. so an average meal consists of a mass of rice. You'll likely also notice and appreciate the subtleties of fruits more when eating in this way. but it has little to do with nutrition. Bendmg the rules There are also reasons why someone may want to deliberately not eat 'good' combinations. This article has hopefully provided some useful combination guidelines. accompanied by something dense and spicy. there must be a reason why people eat like this. The heavy nuts interfere with the much swifter digestion of fruits. leave sufficient time to finish digesting that before you eat more. others don't want to go there yet.had enough is an easy way to keep things simple and digest more easily. a salad with olives. this is good for finances. to avoid complications. Preferably. avocado and nuts. like dhal. for example. but hardly ideal for wellbeing. every chance it gets to move more into cleansing. In India. This is good news if you find eating salads challenging. but there really are no 'definitive answers'.com.

24 Gel Fresh! . carrot. in spite of the fact that she had been "eating healthily" for 4 or 5 years.Le. Karen Knowler has the answers. so had no underlying health issues to speak of. of course. dabbling with mostly raw food for a few months to varying degrees of success and had a clean bill of health from both her doctor and naturopath. "tired by 9pm". anything I had heard before. With the lure of "vibrant health" and "boundless energy" at the heart of the raw food promise. it's only natural to wonder why it's not happening so fast and furiously as we would expect. with phrases such as "lacking oomph". avocado and olive salad for lunch with lemon and olive oil dressing.Eating raw food but still haven)t got that (boundless energy that many raw foodists rave about? Or perhaps) ou)re new to raw foods and want to be fast tracked to energy central (like yesterday) . "no energy to spare" .. to say you "eat raw" is simply by no means enough information! Marion went on to describe a typical day's eating: Fresh fruit or fruit smoothie for breakfast (porridge or muesli in the winter). tomato. "Surely I should be feeling better by now?" I began by asking Marion one of the most important questions of all: "What exactly do you eat?" Important because. about 80% of the UK population's major health issuepure and simple lack of energy." said Marion. What Marion went on to describe to me at the start of our call was not dissimilar to A good question. hen Marion telephoned me I already knew from a previous email that her main issue was energy . "But I've been eating mostly raw foods for over four months now. And an obvious one too. Lettuce. cucumber. lack of it..specifically. at a time where raw food menus can be as diverse as cooked ones. "no bounce". "tired in the morning".

and to what extent? How often does the wine. This was pretty straightforward and easy to do.. Normally this was on cashew nuts. when and why and any of them could win on any given day . looking at Marion's diet it seemed generally very good overall.or at any given moment.both in taste and nutrition) with a little celery thrown in to "tame" it. I explained that due to her regular snacking. After I gave her a few anyone-cando-this ideas. She was very keen to experience this.. When we came to discuss snacking Marion realised as we spoke that she was snacking almost constantly throughout the day. Ranging from "voices" such as "Eat this it's good for you" to "If you eat this you'll get more energy" to "It's one o'clock . I soon found out. Snacks included goji berries. because someone had once made her one consisting primarily of kale.myself included! so we discussed how to adjust green juices and vegetable juices to suit all palates and stages and Marion committed to trying my light green juice with a view to making one every morning an hour or two prior to her morning fruit meal. See my Spinach and Mango Smoothie recipe. broccoli and spinach (all dark leafy greens which are the most potent . each time she went to the bathroom she would grab a handful of grapes. sometimes mixed with raisins or dried apricots and more recently she had been experimenting with raw chocolate bars to pick herself up (with mixed results). further discussion revealed that: Greens were something Marion found "difficult" to incorporate. for one of the most potent and genuinely delicious ways of doing this.. nuts or raisins on the way back to her desk. both for hydration and detoxification purposes (drinking helps us regulate body systems and this is extra necessary when we are cleaning out our systems as we are when we purify our diet). her body was not getting a rest from digestion throughout the course of the day. This all led us nicely on to the classic question "do you only eat when hungry?" By this point we were beginning to establish that this wasn't generally the case. overleaf.it's time to eat" to "Treat yourself" . so promised to "go for the burn!" from tomorrow morning onwards. dehydrated cookies. nuts and raisins. the occasional glass of wine and spring water.. tea etc slip in? Is it really only "occasionally" ? All of these questions come up for most people who consider themselves to be generally in good shape but somehow not losing weight or gaining energy. Drinks included various smoothies. and it had promptly made her feel sick! Well. I explained that not only were they the cheapest and among the most nutritious of all raw foods to eat. In Marion's case. When we came to discuss juices. the odd cup of tea or coffee. 5 years and she knew her job inside out. there is always something . We established very early on that most of Marion's eating was superfluous and that any energy that may have been trying to emerge would be being constantly quashed with the volume and regularity of food she was consuming. We agreed that there was some room for improvement.or constructive! As we uncovered these one by one Marion had light bulb moment after light bulb moment until she had begun to see that it wasn't so much a lack of energy that was essentially the issue. each time she felt bored she would reach for the raw chocolate bar. we uncovered more than twenty different beliefs Marion had acquired about food and eating. skills and strengths and an option two if her boss was not quite as keen as she was! At this point I could almost audibly hear Marion's heart lift as she realised that Get Fresh! 25 . With further discussion Marion agreed that she would try again using my sprouting guidelines sheet (we worked out where she had gone wrong!) and if she still felt it wasn't working for her then she would make a point of ordering or buying in ample sprouts for herself on a weekly basis. Marion's desire to eat came from a number of sources mind.. For this reason each time she finished a job she would reward herself with a snack.. raw chocolate bars.Flax crackers and raw hummus or avocado-based soup for dinner. quite frankly it's enough to make most people gag . but a few things sprung immediately to mind: Where are the greens? Where are the sprouts and living foods? Where are the fresh green and/or vegetable juices? How much water are you drinking? How often are you snacking? (And what on.there that just needs a little tweaking . she realised that yes she could actually bring masses more greens into her daily diet in a way that she would genuinely look forward to and enjoy on a daily basis. Marion confessed that she had tried a couple of times to sprout seeds and beans herself with limited success and had promptly given up. and on it went. When you dig a little deeper. Nearing retirement age she felt there was nowhere else to go in her job and she was craving challenge and stimulation but it didn't seem likely that any would be forthcoming. that simply weren't true . When we came to discuss emotional eating Marion confessed that she ate mostly out of boredom. but that she was blocking it through her constant eating as well as the compound effect of the other things that were either present or not present in her diet. With all this now clear (Marion had not really admitted to herself just how bored she was until our call) together we came up with a game plan for how she could bring more excitement into her work and daily life taking into account her passions. and by not letting her stomach empty she was never going to experience that wonderful "clean burn" that we get when we allow ourselves to get truly hungry (or the weight loss that comes with it). cacao nibs. On face value. mostly?) Are you only eating when hungry? How much are you eating for emotion. body and emotions. Marion confessed that she had never had a mixed vegetable juice and the green one she had tried had put her off trying or making any future ones altogether! The reason being. as well as raw food eating specifically. As far as sprouts went. coffee. other raw bars or more fresh fruit. but as far as energy enhancement was concerned they are second to none. They all had different ideas about what she should be eating.or somethings . As far as water was concerned. She worked in an office where she had spent the past . Marion was drinking at least a pint every day but that was generally in smoothies.

com or call 01353723133 for more details. easily and deliciou Iy. coaching and live food prep classes at www. The final question was to now get to absolute honesty about what Marion was eating and drinking. With Marion now on the road to consistent boundless energy it soon became clear that our next call was going to be pretty much devoted to what kind of mischief she was going to get up to now that she had it! Mango & Spinach Stnoothie This is a great recipe for getting mas es of greens in quickly. and the second time around 9pm when she was getting close to bed time and "just fancied something sweet". TheRawFoodCoach.yes. Find out more about Karen's products. TOP TIP: If you don't like mangos try bananas or any other fruit of your choice until you find a taste you love. This would invariably take the form of a few more nuts and raisins or a raw snack bar . Makes about 2 pints . the food/energy issue was much more a symptom of her life circumstances than the cause she had originally thought.ideal for 1 pint in the morning. Depending on your personal preference. placing in the bottom of your blender. making sure that all leaves are healthy and good enough to eat or drink.this being that Marion was often eating two times per night . It is so easy to kid ourselves into thinking we only have the occasional bite or sip of something when in actual fact it is more of a daily habit! This proved to be the case with Marion who realised that "the odd glass of wine" was in fact currently creeping up to two or three times per week (in line with her boredom) and she was typically drinking this late at night accompanied by a couple of handfuls of nuts to stop the alcohol affecting her too much. slow to digest and quite simply would just lay heavy in her stomach all night resulting in poor sleep quality and her body still trying to digest when it woke up in the morning. but had started to have some rather interesting insights into how and why she had been blocking her energy in many other ways too. and 1 pint after work (if you keep it in the fridge all day it will be fine) Ingredients • 1 bag organic baby spinach (approx. On the odd occasion this had led to a late night toast-and-butterbinge (very common!) and I shared with her much of what I know about how and why raw foods and alcohol are not very compatible and that the most important work she could now do would be to address the cause of her emotional eating and "odd tipple" so that she didn't feel the need to have them as often . services. 200g) • 1 fresh mango Directions 1 2 Rinse and sort spinach. but the good news was that only a few key tweaks were required and in only a few days she could be experiencing a huge shift in her energy levels if she followed the course of action we agreed. smoother drink. 3 4 Add the spinach on top and blend on full power . Peel and chop mango.once when she came in from work (she saw it as her reward time for making it through the day and also viewed it as "tea time" whether she was hungry or not). When Marion called me back two weeks later she was thrilled to report that she had tackled everything on our list and had not only started to experience the amazing energy that she so wanted. By adding all of the above together it was no wonder that the experience of "boundless energy" had escaped Marion (it was buried under all those snacks!). add more water to create a runnier.both of which are very high in calories. indeed. As we progressed through our session one more thing came up that was highly relevant .add water if necessary or so desired. The fruit is not as important as loving what you drinkl 26 Get Fresh! .if at all. Karen Know/er is The Raw Food Coach.

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Within a couple of months I started feeling much better and I continued to improve from there. "They were not that different. unable to train for a year following the accident. because they were so adamant it wasn't." race until 2004 when he was hit by a car. I tried it. High carb.it's one or the other. He used the time to write The Thrive Diet and also partnered with a sports nutrition company to develop a replica of the blender drink he'd been making for 14 years to speed his recovery." 'BeCllllse ['. "My weight went down a little but my strength didn't so my strength/weight ratio improved . low carbo You name it. Says Brazier: '" used to think that because food had calories and calories were energy. I needed to eat a lot of calorie-dense foods to have energy so I'd eat things like bread and peanut butter. His initial experiments with raw food were prompted by a friend who was a walking advertisement for the lifestyle. "But being a curious person this made me determined to see if it was possible to achieve what I wanted to achieve without consuming animal products. An iron man triathlon combines a 3. and I'll sleep as soon as I want to. He decided to see what it could do for him and started eating more fruit. Some foods we think of as 'healthy' actually take more energy to digest than they give the body. Aged 16 at the time. I noticed I was leaner and had more energy. I was losing muscle and I wasn't recovering well. "The line is no longer blurred between being asleep and being awake as it is for a lot of people who don't sleep that well during the night and don't feel fully awake during the day either." he says. In other words. Or. When I wake up I'm rested and I can go all day. I don't have to sleep as much these days. Brazier started to study what it would take to get to the top in this sport. "When people have such cravings it's often not because they're hungry. if you are eating foods that rob your body of energy. giving up those foods will increase your energy levels more than anything you could add to your diet. But initially it seemed his coaches were absolutely right. only the tip of the iceberg. '" was weak. it turns out. fish. he has noticed a whole host of other benefits. rejuvenating sleep. He knew immediately that he was onto something. it's because they're tired. he tested out on himself. This is the deep. I can say now that not only has a healthy plant-based whole food diet not hurt my performance. It can only do that when cortisol levels are low enough. That was how I first became interested in nutrition. despite his initial lack of success. He continued to Gel Fresh! 29 ." B rendan Brazier heard this verdict delivered over and over by his When he started out. Brazier emphasizes what more and more in the nutrition field are now recognizing: that you can get energy from what you're not eating as well as from what you are eating." Brazier was just fifteen when he decided he wanted to be an iron man triathlete and his interest in nutrition grew out of his realization that success in his chosen field would require him to have an 'edge' over the competition." he observes. eggs and dairy. vitamin B12. And so the Vega range of all raw energy bars and almost all raw meal replacement powders was born. It's a huge benefit to have an extra hour or more in the day to play with. more salads and more chlorophyll-rich greens." As time went on. most of them wholly unexpected. Brazier was training to be a professional ironman triathlete and he was experimenting with a plant-based diet in the belief it would help his performance.n 110 longer tired and I dOIl't crave coffee £llld sllgar I've freed up so rll11ch '''ental :pace' Brazier has now been a complete vegan for 15 years and he's been "85% raw" for the last three. Specifically. " coaches when he first gave up meat. Brazier became more and more convinced that vegetarian was the way to go.8 kilometre swim. So I started to ask: 'How come some people manage to beat world records and others get nowhere?' I worked out that it's all about recovery. His extensive knowledge ." Another knock-on effect of this: no more coffee or sugar cravings. when the body repairs tissues and cells. I wasn't sleeping well. in the days before such information was available online. health and peak performance is the result of his tireless research. "So I found plant-based sources of all these nutrients and built them into my diet. his athletic career was on hold." The initial positive effects Brazier noticed on going high raw were." he remembers. it has massively helped it compared to what I could have achieved on the traditional diet athletes follow that includes animal protein." Brazier did his first ironman triathlon in 1994 and started racing ironman professionally in 1998. Further research revealed to him that such diets are often low in complete protein. low protein and fat."You can be an athlete or you can be a vegan . "When you remove nutritional stress by eating the right way your cortisol level comes down meaning the body can get into delta sleep. iron and calcium. But these are processed cooked foods and take so much effort for the body to digest that the net energy gain from them is low. "I attribute that entirely to my attention to detail in my diet. "What I saw really surprised me.very important for an athlete." remembers Brazier. Since then. Anything plausible that he read." he says. a 180 kilometre cycle ride. "When I started eating high raw I felt the benefits right away. Number one on the list: better sleep. "I arrived at this diet through trial and error. high protein. he pored over the training programmes of the leading professional athletes and compared them to those of average amateur ones. a brilliant guide to the link between nutrition. Brazier knew nothing about the subject.2 kilometre marathon. "I experimented with many diets. Each had one or two good points but the bad outweighed the good. "There's nothing else I was doing differently from other athletes. and the homemade whole food bars he used to fuel his training sessions." he remembers. he achieved his goal in a remarkably short time compared to the average for the sport. I noticed foods digested very easily and that the body doesn't need to expend much energy to get nutrients from food." This concept of 'net gain' is a cornerstone of Brazier's nutritional philosophy. and a 42. If you can speed your recovery it's a huge advantage because you can train again sooner.the knowledge which enabled him to write The Thrive Diet." Brazier not only proved his coaches wrong by becoming a vegan world-class iron man triathlete. as Brazier puts it: "You can get energy from conservation rather than from consumption.

so do our bodies. each time we take a bite of food. As Brazier stresses. you develop a different palate.the one that excites him most of all . he eats a simple diet centred around lots of fruit. Breaking the cycle can be done with a good plant-based diet. Not to care for the environment is not to care for our personal health." He doesn't juice much as he has found that on such a high-raw diet he needs to drink a lot less than he used to. Once in a while I'll eat brown rice with avocado and lemon juice. and it's topped with marinara sauce and veggies. When the food-producing-earth becomes polluted. you don't have to force it." Brazier belongs to campaign group The Physicians Committee for Responsible 30 Get Fre h! . or simply better health and more energy? His first tip is to take it slowly: "Any kind of change is stressful for the body. It has really made a big difference to me in this area and to others I've spoken to also. British Columbia. "I don't drink much of anything because I get so much fluid in what I eat and I'm not consuming the kinds of foods that dry you out by taking water from the body.has accrued from the combination of the first two: "Because I'm no longer tired and I don't crave coffee and sugar I've freed up so much mental space. "The quality of food depends greatly on the quality of soil it is grown in. Although he initially adopted a plant-based diet purely for health reasons." he says. Since food acts as a conduit for nutrients in the soil. so they're stimulating their adrenals temporarily. "Take the person who is addicted to potato chips and thinks they can't live without them. you can't separate health and environment. part of the environment becomes part of our bodies. Brazier continues to call the city home. It's such a great source of electrolytes." he remembers. In this state. "Many people who are not sleeping properly are in a spiral of using these substances to borrow energy all the time. Remove that clutter and suddenly they do. I make a pizza unlike anything you've tasted before. They may not always be at the forefront of the mind but they can be there in the background distracting you meaning that ideas don't flow as easily. I'll have that once a month or so. One raw meal and one raw snack a day and you start to appreciate natural flavours. salads. like many he has become passionate about the wider benefits and he dedicated a whole chapter of The Thrive Diet to a discussion of the impact of our food choices on the world around us. avocadoes and sprouts. the two are intertwined. Add a smoothie each day and a salad each day. He also includes the powders and bars from his own range." A fourth marked improvement Brazier has noticed: in his pre-raw days he used to suffer from inflammation in his joints aher training. Cravings are mental clutter. not only promoting his nutritional philosophy and his range of products. solutions to problems that may come to you from the subconscious whether you're awake or asleep.whether to achieve athletic greatness. If you allow yourself the time to change. That is now a thing of the past." A further benefit . But once you get there things are so much easier for life. The cooked part of his diet? "Sometimes I drink pasteurized coconut water when I can't get fresh." His other top tip: focus on inclusion not exclusion. "Before Vega bars came out I used to spend an hour or two every few months making a huge batch of bars to put in freezer." he observes. then they're fatigued again. These days he is on the road a lot. You can do it in the dehydrator but I usually bake it in the oven at a low temperature. The crust is made of lentils and wild rice. The bigger picture Born in March 1975 in Vancouver. This change of palate can take anything from six weeks to six months. or a baked sweet potato. leaves. It happens naturally. Today. don't come. Even with just one healthy meal and a healthy snack a day you start to feel so much better that you want to do more. If they can stop eating them for a while and focus on natural flavours they will soon find the potato chips taste so synthetic they can't eat them anymore. meaning he can get away with much shorter gaps between training sessions. you'll have a greater chance of success than if you try to do it overnight with a 'new year's resolution' mentality. because: "Once you eat enough good foods you have no room for the bad ones. but also campaigning.So what advice does Brazier have for those who are inspired to follow in his footsteps .

500 gallons of water are needed to produce one pound of beef. it takes less energy to grow plants for food than it does to raise animals.com. That's the equivalent of 33 million cars. or could anyone thrive on his diet .that will work. Get Fre h! 31 . 11 pounds of grain and 2. Tofu burgers. this results in a net energy loss which of course is not sustainable. yet an organic apple costs more?" It's now becoming more widely known that food production and transportation guzzle more fossil fuel than anything else.com.no re ? ' 'H01V "With the current price of oil being what it is. fish. "Most people can get away with eating about 20% less protein on this diet. as it provides it in a form that is so easy for the body to digest and utilize. eggs and dairy. Earlier this year he was again summoned to Washington along with other PCRM representatives to attend meetings to encourage Congress to vote against the notorious Farm Bill . Brazier is living proof that this theory is wrong." He adds: "Energy cost and burning fossil fuel aside. "The Farm Bill allows an industry that can't survive on its own to continue to exist. "I now eat less than half the recommended RDA of protein for someone of my size but at no cost to my strength or endurance and I am still able to build muscle. his experience and research have led him to the conclusion that there is no better way to meet the body's protein needs than a high-raw plant-based diet." says Brazier. "Simply put. Professional athletes are among the biggest consumers of animal protein due to the enduring myth that you can't build sufficient muscle or reach your athletic potential without consuming plentiful amounts of meat. "Ten times more fossil fuel is needed to create a calorie of meat than a calorie of plant protein. How is it that fast food restaurants can sell a hamburger that took several gallons of oil to produce for a dollar. This is not a sustainable approach and the Farm Bill is not beneficial long term since many of these foods are the root cause of mild to major heath problems. More people are trying plantbased diets than ever before but fewer are sticking to them because there are so many vegan junk food items available. sharing his expertise on the benefits of healthy food choices and the role a nutritious diet can play in the prevention of most chronic diseases currently plaguing Americans. " Although it is over a decade since Brazier challenged his coaches' outdated views on nutrition and proved them wrong. In fact. yet all orgallic apple costs . On behalf of PCRM he was invited to speak at a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC last year. But a whole food vegan diet with a lot of raw ." Is he an anomaly. The message that is not quite out there in the mainstream yet is that each of us can significantly reduce our personal use of fossil fuel by shifting to a plant-based diet. soy ice cream and so on. More calories are needed to produce meat than it returns to its consumer.fresh-network. People go back to how they used to eat and say the vegan diet didn't work for them. He writes a weekly blog on glivingtv." he says. It provides the crutch that keeps it going." H is it that fa t food re taura1l1 all ell a lUl111b"rger that took several gallons of oil to produce for a dollar.the bill which grants massive subsidies for the meat and dairy industries and also subsidises a substantial part of the corn and grain destined to become livestock feed. little has changed in the sports world. a 2006 UN report found that cows and methane-producing manure piles from cattle contribute to 18 percent of all greenhouse gases. which works to raise awareness of the role nutrition plays in preventative health care and advocates a plant-based diet .Medicine (PCRM). Eat too many of these processed foods and of course you're not going to feel great. and are therefore the number one contributor to artificial global warming.both controversial stances in the US political arena. From the next issue of Get Fresh!. the cost would be exceedingly high if government subsidies didn't exist. available in the UK from www. Additionally. H says Brazier.from the world class athlete to the average person who wants to feel better and have more energy? '" really do believe a healthy vegan diet will work for anyone but you do have to transition properly. Brendan will be writing a regular column on optimum nutrition and peak performance." Brendan Brazier is the author of The Thrive Diet and the creator of the Vega range of meal replacement powders and bars. and the amount of energy that is required to produce meat.

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However. So with all the above in mind. Imagine if you gave a builder second grade materials to build your house with: you would no doubt end up with a Start making healthy changes sooner rather than later. To get it right is not easy despite what anybody might tell you and it is far more complex than just eating a certain diet. The further off it you are the harder it gets to turn around.cellularhealthinvestigation. 5 Allow your body to get back on top of things. Health has many factors: physical. This may mean resting during the day. By this I mean begin gradually cutting down on the things that you instinctively know are doing you harm and at the same time begin slowly introducing the things that you hope are going to improve your health. liver and other meats. and those nutrients come from the food we eat. We are all highly complex chemistry-Iabs-on-Iegs made up of trillions of individual cells that are all working and communicating together. Find time for yourself. What kind of internal terrain are you creating on a daily basis? Begin thinking more about the quality of food you eat. the body still then has to break the food down into its individual components before the nutrients can be utilized by the body and reconstructed into things it can use to fuel and help repair it. some fruits. Imagine a path going off into the distance and that when you are on the path you are healthy. either in a positive way or a negative way. then our body goes without. It is easy now to imagine that the longer you stray off the path and the further away from the path of health you travel. create brain chemicals and complete the infinite number of other highly complex functions needed for us to experience health. especially if there is some weakness already present. Don't get so fixed on your diet that the rest of your life falls apart. Our body chemistry is defined by genetics. nutritional and emotional to name but a few. You don't have to be a doctor to start taking more care of your health. just in the same way that you do not have to be a mechanic to know that you can't fix a Ferrari with a mallet and an axe. 6 Pete Vincent is a healthy lifestyle motivator with a passion for getting people interested in their health through cellular health awareness. either in a positive way or a negative way. it is easily destroyed by cooking. Give your body a chance to catch up. 1 "Every time e change our diet we change our body che""istry. If what the body needs is not in the food we eat. It is easier to stay on the path than trying to get back on it. 2 Find out where you are health wise before you begin making major radical changes. Drastic changes to this chemistry can upset the body and put stress on certain organs. Remember: your body may not like drastic sudden change. by our parents and their diet throughout their lives and how we were fed during the years up until we began making our own dietary choices. He can be contacted by email at pete@ cellularhealthinvestigation. highly complex piece of natural one person's superfood may be another person's not-50-SUper food. Here is a quote from a medical textbook: "Folic acid is a normal constituent of green vegetables. how you prepare it and what you are actually eating it for. Our body needs a complete spectrum of essential nutrients in order to function properly. folic acid which is a key factor in the reproduction of red blood cells. let alone get back on it. Even if the required nutrients are in the food you eat." This is just one important nutrient. or the way the food was grown or by the way the food was prepared. the harder it is going to be to find it. Not being aware of what is going on in our body is like being blindfolded and therefore completely unaware when you have strayed off the path The first step to improving our health is changing our approach to health and how we think of our body. relax. Every time we change our diet we change our body chemistry.com Get Fre Ir! 33 .com or by telephone on 01353 659271. The quality of those nutrients depends on the quality of the food that they have come from. Anyone of our organs mayor may not be working efficiently and on top of this there are many complicated systems within our body that may also be blocked or congested in some way. so imagine if the body is lacking in lots of nutrients on a regular basis? The important thing is to take care in how you prepare the food you eat and be aware that heat does destroy some nutrients and different nutrients get destroyed at different temperatures. The food you put into your mouth is your diet whether you choose that food consciously or whether you eat whatever is put in front of you. Out of this choice you are creating a certain internal terrain within you.engineering and there is still much that we do not know about it. but the further off the path you stray the unhealthier you are. address emotional issues and let your cells repair in peace without any other distractions. your body will miraculously transform it into top quality raw materials with which to reconstruct highly complex cellular structures. but it is able to compensate and make do with what it has to work with. You can't read a map unless you know where you are starting from. 4 Stay focused on the bigger picture. " Nutritional deficiencies can be caused by either eating the wrong foods in the first place. It is because of this amazing ability of the body to be able to adapt to dietary deficiencies for years on end that people say such things as: "My diet can't be the reason for my illness . Let's get the diet thing out the way: everybody is on a diet. Rest is another seriously underrated health activity.I've been eating this food for years!" second grade house! Current conventional thinking wishes us to believe that no matter what you throw down your neck. Diet is the most underrated factor in human health today. Start thinking of your body as a complex chemistry lab. For further information visit www. repair bones. here are my top tips for making healthy changes. Take. Everybody on the planet is different at a chemical and cellular level and so T he human body is an amazing. for example. so our own personal road back to that path of health will be completely different from anybody else's. 3 Work on both ends of the spectrum. all the time.

the way we act and equally the way we perceive. clothes. The larger picture would be the community of healthy cells working together to allow the bodily systems to function at their highest degree. The Hippocrates Health Institute was born out of our founder's success over colon B iology and the adjoining conventional sciences have had a decades long desire to unlock the cancer. but a call to upgrade every area of our lives. Canada and France and is close to the truth in most other European nations. it includes the way we think. Combining squelched imagination and limited expansion with chemically laden soil.9 Cancer Cancer isn't the death sentence conventional medicine conditions us to think it is. Recently the American Disease Control Center reported that those SS years and younger can expect half of their group to contract some kind of cancer during their life. Today cancer is a larger culprit than it has ever been and touches a far wider group of people. The Institute's mission has always been to help people to help themselves. These solo universes gather together to become the very organs and skeletal structure that physically shape us into human form. Germany. Since the early 1970s. Byeducating and handing the power back to the person. These abnormally thinking cells begin to congregate and scheme to overtake the order of the human system. European and North American governments have poured billions of dollars into the endless research that has come up empty. the person can responsibly bring about their own recovery. homes. Ann Wigmore was diagnosed by Harvard doctors in Boston who left her with a grim prognosis of death within six months. Her courage in raising herself above this devastation and utilizing simple methods of healing learned as a girl in Lithuania liberated her from this disease. Cancer is the second most common killer of children in the majority of western countries. When these independent cells are confused by the larger environment they begin to act in strange ways in the hope of protecting themselves. foods. and then a criminal element of saboteurs sets out to overtake 34 Get Fresh! . Science sadly suspects cancer to be renegade cells whereas our fifty years of clinical research has exposed the reality that cancer is a reflection of our now destructive environment. Today we have tens of thousands of people worldwide who testify to the power of self determination via the living food program. This statistic holds true in Britain. People similarly diagnosed began gravitating to her centre in Boston.Overcom. says Dr Brian Clement. In science this activity is called mutagenic. Each of our trillions of cells independently thinks on its own. offices and furnishings adds up to a cellular nightmare. puzzle that creates cancer. This environment is not isolated to where we live and work. In the mid 1950s she founded what is now known as the Hippocrates Institute. second only to accidents.

and in the totality of the human anatomy and consciousness. This enables them to switch perception gears. in the organs and skeletal structure. Do not eat three hours before sleep. For more information see www. Those who have familiarized themselves with their own powerful survival mechanisms generally joined the first spontaneous remission group. its fuel which allows it to function and interact with a larger whole is hormones. honey. It has also elevated me to the understanding that life begins with me. Addressing the physical manifestation of the body is not wholly a physical process. born in the brain. a happy life and a good relationship among her family..) with a disease (Le. Like me. For over two decades Brian has been at the cutting edge of living foods research and education. She stated "Taking total responsibility for my health has not only brought about my own survival. Read and listen to positive testimonials from people who have conquered cancer.. phytochemicals and enzymes. After personally working with tens of thousands of people that have healed themselves from cancer I am convinced that this contemporary catastrophe is more so a state of bad living and bad thought. When arriving at The Institute a decade ago she was shaky and unsure yet passionate about life. Enzymes are the carriers of electrical charge to these cells which empowers them to move and shield themselves from free radical damage (the cause of disease and premature aging). cancer) and within either hours or days no longer shows any sign of this disorder. she conquered the so called dreaded disease.::. Socialize with supportive people not negative facilitators of the status quo.balance by imposing their own physical impression. Spiritual acceptance of themselves is a further important spoke in the wheel. A large percentage of them are alive and healthy today. Consume a 100 percent green living food diet emphasizing sprouts. wheatgrass juice and green juice (organic fresh green vegetables and sprouts). Avoid fruits. Laugh. transferred to the mind and imagined at whatever level a person has moulded from former life experience. Uncomfortable as it may initially be. There is never a time that one should give up. Embracing the lifestyle and utilizing its tools to strengthen mind and will and the Hippocrates living food diet. She began to feel ill and was devastated to receive the news from her doctor that she had pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is known as incurable and one of the worst by the allopathic community. maple syrup. Emphasize sleep and rest totaling eight to nine hours per day. Brian Clement CN. we have established a method for people to learn and employ tools so that balance once again reigns. oxygen. less room is allowed for the deviant cells to reside. Consider it temporary. NMD. So many people have arrived at Hippocrates after being told of their imminent death. Most important is the psychological interaction that a person has with their own belief system and then to a lesser degree the world they reside in. Spend a minimum of 30 minutes per day early morning and late afternoon in the sun. minerals and fatty acids to create its structure. * * Living cancer free Do not strengthen cancer by considering it powerful. it will environmentally break the spirit of the renegade cells by positive reaction since they can no longer tap energy from their negative allies in sabotage. Proof in point comes from allopathic medicine's term "spontaneous remission". For a minimum of 10 minutes a day visualize yourself free of cancer and its causative cells." Cancer is not a death warrant.com Gel Fresh! 35 . romance and most of all love. dance. you can squelch any limitation presented to you. allowing them the freedom to forge new experiences including change to pure food and building and maintenance of the body through movement. When someone is fully nourished by consuming a harmonious balance of raw organic living food with the emphasis on sprouts and fresh organic greens they will achieve both the structural nutrients and the critical fuels necessary to maintain strength and symbiosis in the cell. Additionally. PhD is director of the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida. Hippocrates guests each receive individual and group psychotherapy. You are one with the authority and responsibility to move forward and to change anything in your life. Given up for dead she began to look into herself and develop the strength required to supersede this ominous situation. When this is achieved and all energies are together moving in the positive direction of growth. It is an opportunity to fine tune yourself so that you can maximize all that you do and all that you think. Each healthy cell requires protein. agave and so on. blood tested etc. sing. One's key in changing this prepatterned process is to erase preconceived notions on the expected outcome by radically forcing change in all areas of life. On the other hand the common trend is the observation after diagnosis of a tumour (or other disease) that it begins to grow rapidly and becomes more acute. With a microscopic view of cancer harvested from decades of work on the frontline of this disease. What separates the experience is one's own perception. Le. rice syrup. vitamins. starting with yourself. their juices and any and all forms of sugar. Samantha Young from Toronto in Canada is a middle aged woman with five daughters. * * * * * * * n~?: • .hlppocratesinst. 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In England in 1867 a mass compulsory vaccination program began. Vaccines contain incredibly toxic and poisonous ingredients. W. the country of Oman experienced a widespread polio outbreak six months after achieving complete vaccination of its population. Antibodies are proteins in the blood which remember the organism which caused the disease. This is certainly being disputed by some researchers.5% of people between the ages of two and fifty had received the vaccine. In modern times. The following year England experienced the worst smallpox epidemic in its history with almost 45. However there was a 50% increase of reported cases from 1957 to 1958 and an increase of 80% from 1958 to 1959. In 1989. I have had How do vaccines work? As written by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry: "When we catch a disease naturally. and I never saw a case of cancer in an unvaccinated person. 97. C1arke. there is no convincing scientific evidence that mass inoculation can be credited with eliminating any childhood disease. that was undertaken on the BCG vaccine for tuberculosis.000 people..000. According to the British Association for the Advancement of Science. They contain agents such as antifreeze to improve shelf life and stability. "Cancer was practically unknown until compulsory inoculation with smallpox vaccine began to be . and can recognise it and inactivate it when we come into contact with it again. childhood diseases decreased by 90% during the 100 years between 1850 and 1950. lntro d uce d" The protective nature of other vaccines is also under dispute. vaccines teach our body's immune system to produce antibodies and identify certain potentially infective organisms even though we have never come into contact with them. we usually produce antibodies to the organism that causes it. Within four years. Vaccine researcher Adam Phillips concluded that: "It is unclear what impact vaccines had. himself testified before a Senate subcommittee that nearly all outbreaks of polio in the late 1950's and 60's were caused by his polio vaccine. Between 1871 and 1880 the incidence of smallpox escalated from 28 to 46 per 100.The greatest threat of childhood diseases lies in the dangerous and ineffectual efforts made to prevent them through mass vaccination. the inventor of the Salk polio vaccine. As a naturopath I am asked almost daily about my view on vaccination and whether it is a good idea for someone to vaccinate their child or indeed themselves. A growing number of physicians were publicly opposing it. However. Dr. the four leading causes of childhood death by infectious diseases were diphtheria. However.. there was already major decline of this disease before the vaccine was introduced. Some medical historians have concluded that the smallpox vaccine had little to do with the reduction of the disease. It is a complicated issue with one side of the debate stating that vaccines are the only way to prevent dangerous disease. Some of these agents are to prevent the vaccine from becoming Gel Fre h! 37 . Paediatrician 1979 to deal with two hundred cases of cancer. Or Robert Mendelsohn. polio declined in countries that both embraced and rejected the vaccine. This is attributed to advances in sanitation and hygiene which resulted in widespread reduction of disease and the improvement of overall public health. Indiana physician. there is even more controversy about the safety of the seemingly bizarre cocktail of substances present in vaccines. and the other proclaiming that they are ineffective. if any. By 1960. In Europe. scarlet fever and measles. death rates from polio had reduced dramatically by the 1950s in the USA before the introduction of the vaccine in 1955. A World Health Organisation (WHO) trial involving 260. There is a common perception that vaccines were the reason that infectious diseases declined in the 19th and 20th century. death rates from polio started to rise. dangerous and a potential medical time bomb. Vaccination in the early 20th century was not without its critics. whooping cough. Jonas Salk.this was before the implementation of mass immunization programs. It was believed to protect people from smallpox. some scientists have discovered that the presence of antibodies only indicates that the immune system has come into contact with an antigen and not that there is necessarily protection from a specific disease. especially over the last decade." From 1911 to 1935 in the USA. found more cases of TB in the vaccinated group than the unvaccinated and concluded that there was no evidence of a protective effect from the vaccine. by 1945 the total death rates from these causes had declined by 95% . The first inoculation produced was the cowpox vaccine. stated "Cancer was practically unknown until compulsory inoculation with smallpox vaccine began to be introduced." However. Without us actually experiencing the disease.000 deaths. T his quote is from nearly 30 years ago and since then the debate on the safety and effectiveness of vaccination has continued to rage. on the decline of infectious diseases in the 19th and 20th centuries" What is in a vaccine? Although there is much academic dispute about the ability of vaccines to prevent disease.B.

which is a mercurybased vaccine preservative. residual MRCS proteins (from medium) Medium: human diploid cells (originating from human absorbed foetal tissue)" Rubella and Mumps vaccine Produced using neomycin'. polysorbate 80. sodium ethylmercurithiosalicyate (thimerosol). Flu Vaccine Influenza Virus Vaccine. phenol red. MMR Measles Mumps Rubella Live Virus Vaccination.philpweeks. hydrolyzed gelatine. The presence of animal tissues can trigger a host of autoimmune disease reactions. the number of autistic children has risen from between 200% and 500% in every state in the US.. Medium chick embryos" our immune system may be exhausted by multiple mass vaccines. washed sheep red blood cells".. four. Medium: porcine (pig) pancreatic" hydrolysate of casein· *. phosphate. Antibiotics such as gentamicin are an ingredient of vaccines used to reduce the inevitable bacterial contamination coming from the mediums and cultures of animal and human (cadaver and foetal) blood. My findings are not uncommon. However. streptomycin'. For more information see www. Rabies Vaccine Produced using betspropiolactone. In a New Zealand study into the effects of vaccination. parasites and fungi. particularly in young people. In the next issue. Medium: VERO cells. Philip Weeks is a Master Herbalist. glycerol. Overall. thimerosol. There has been a very public debate regarding vaccines and their link to autism. polymycin' B. bacteria. six and fifteen months of age) because of possible autism links. Whooping Cough and Tetanus Produced uSing aluminium phosphate formaldehyde. Produced using sorbitol. Arizona estimates that up to 60% of INGREDIENTS OF COMMON VACCINES DPT Diphtheria. albumin or tissues used in the vaccine production. chick embryo fluid. neomycin'. an expert at the 1997 International Vaccine Conference related that a person who takes five or more annual flu vaccine shots has increased the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's Disease by a factor of 10 over the person who has had two or fewer flu shots Vaccines are manufactured using a disturbing array of animal and human tissue including foetal calf blood. thimerosol (mercury. Common ingredients like formaldehyde are known to be carcinogenic. Produced using gentamicin' sulfate. it is also being injected into them! Its technical name in vaccines is 'thimerosal'. This is not surprising when you consider that many people have received up to 40 vaccines by the time they reach adulthood! I find that when patients have multiple allergies such as to foods. In my clinic I frequently see cases of vaccine damage.org or telephone 01432 265565. However this does not provide protection from viruses. aluminium hydroxide. Hepatitis A Produced using formalin. while aluminium has been linked with senility and autism. Due to the 'thimerosal' and aluminium content of the annual flu vaccine.PEel E infected or to improve its performance. 23% of vaccinated children in the study group develop asthma. Polio Vaccine Inactivated Polio Vaccine. sodium chloride. (antifreeze) polysorbate 20. It has been recently withdrawn from the DPT vaccines (diphtheria-pertussis (whooping cough)-tetanus. He sees patients from all over the world at his dinics in Hereford and London. creating cellular conditions that prevent the body from responding to viruses. . Trivalent Types A&B. it is still present in plenty of others. yeast (residual < 1 percent yeast protein) Chicken Pox Vaccine Produced using sucrose. and remedies you can use when travelling to areas where vaccination is recommended. Many cases of chronic fatigue. formaldehyde. ammonium sulphate. can be tracked down to a vaccine such as Meningitis C or a Tetanus booster. vaccines are often the root cause. Some believe that this sharp rise in autism is linked to the introduction of the MMR vaccine in 1975. hydrolyzed gelatine. I discussed mercury in the previous issue of this magazine to raise awareness of this substance's toxic nature. However not only is it being put in peoples teeth. pollen and other substances. phenoxyethanol. given to infants in the UK in three separate shots administered at two. . Medium: foetal rhesus monkey lung cells". Medium: Measles and Mumps: chick embryo. safe alternatives to vaccination. I find that people's overall immune capacity is depleted by vaccinations and that this needs to be addressed in order for them to become well again. 38 Get Fresh! . sorbitol. In the past 10 years. Medium: human diploid cells (originating from human absorbed foetal tissue)' . glutamate.. formaldehyde. With bio-resonance testing I find that it is a common toxicity factor which blocks people's ability to heal themselves. phenoxyethanol (anti-freeze) neomycin'. monkey kidney cells and human diploid cells which are derived from aborted human foetuses. recently discontinued). Hepatitis B Vaccine Produced using thimerosol. as compared to none of the unvaccinated children. vaccines have a suppressive effect on the immune system. tri-n-butylphosphate. Produced using three types of Polio Viruses. and seriously impairing its ability to overcome disease. Bloodstream contamination with casein is implicated in triggering pancreatic autoimmune response affecting the production of insulin in the beta cells of the pancreas. The Arthur Research Foundation in Tucson. processed gelatine. aluminum hydroxide. aluminum phosphate.. Naturopath and Licensed Acupuncturist. Medium: human diploid cells (originating from human absorbed foetal tissue)" . a continuous line of monkey kidney cells. what you can do to remove the toxic effects of past vaccines. . Rubella: human diploid cells (originating from human absorbed foetal tissue).

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So if you find you don't eat enough of a selection of raw fruit and vegetables on a daily basis. Having said that I am a big advocate of the blue-green algae spirulina and I love a bit of wheatgrass juice.com. The world has got a great deal smaller since the days of Hippocrates and we now have access to some of nature's most nutritious superfoods . a standard mountain rock has more minerals than your average apple. in terms of nutrient value it's often fresher than what is regarded as 'fresh fruit' on the shelves of many supermarkets . Jason Vale is an Amazon number one bestselfing author HIS latest book IS The JUIce Master Keeping It Simple: Over 100 Delicious Smoothies and Juices. or eat grass! So as you can see. cold and dark Britain isn't where we were meant to be!). you can always find another side to the superfood argument. we need that much vitamin C? Or who is to say that our body can assimilate the amount of antioxidants in some of the new 'superfoods'? I mean. However. has twice as much calcium as milk and 58 times more iron than spinach. in a recent scientific study. In fact. each to their own on the newly found superfoods that keep hitting the headlines and will no doubt continue to. One man's 5uperfood . One thing is for sure though: it is essential that our bodies get some of nature's superfoods in whatever form. So if you don't buy into the whole 21st century super berries. "Let food be thy medicine". obesity. they're talked about on TV and radio chat shows and the Notting Hill gang are usually the first to jump on the all new allsinging. prostate cancer. by the time you read this the new 'superfood' could be anything from the sap from the rare 'Hindile Tree' which is only found in the rainforests of Cape Tribulation. Goji berries contain 18 amino acids (the building blocks for protein) and spirulina (blue/green algae). but I don't think anyone in their right mind would believe that just because www. contain twice the amount of antioxidants as blueberries. I agree though. Just because spirulina. like anything. visit Let 5uperfood be thy medicine. because it was freeze dried the very day it was picked. Let's be clear . 40 Get Fre hi . We have found ways to get these amazing superfoods from all over the world all year round. a rock is loaded with minerals we should be eating it as part of some kind of 'superfood' diet. He was of course referring to nature's raw superfoods. and the list goes on to just about every disease known to mankind. skin conditions. they are also super medicines. for example." band wagon.foods we would never have had access to in times gone by. then a couple of spoonfuls of superfood powders mixed with some freshly extracted juice or a fresh fruit smoothie every day will be the best health and life insurance you will ever invest in.. all-dancing "You will live to 175 if you eat these berries. Personally I am big advocate of the all singing. I even have my own range of Juice Boosters and 5uperfood supplements . Even acai berries. wet. for example. Acai (ahsci-ee) berries. The liquid fuel which makes up an average of 80% of all fruits and vegetables (even a banana is over 85% vitamin and mineral-rich organic water) has been used to successfully treat ulcers. to a rare insect that if crushed into a powder and added to your acai smoothie will have you doing cartwheels in the snow at the ripe ole age of 1DO! E very month there seems to be a new 'superfood' coming into our lives. we have found a way to 'freeze dry' the berries and reduce them to a powder. lethargy. However. has 58 times more iron than spinach. only last one day.GUIDE TO SUPERFOODS So ju t what is so super about uperfoods? Juice Master Jasoll Vale asks what all the hype is about. Personally if there were a berry or some kind of food you would think instinctively if left in the wild to your own devices you would eat it.so yes on one huge hand I am as sold as it gets on the 'new' superfoods. Some people think it's a bad thing that we can get strawberries in winter and cranberries in summer. super green algaes and super supplements craze. However.. one thing I believe is impossible to argue about is that 'normal' fruits and vegetables can be classed in themselves as 'superfoods'. and blueberries are already one of the highest sources of disease and age-defying antioxidants. then I feel it can only be a good thing .spinach? Who's to say that just because goji berries have more than twice the amount of vitamin C as an orange..especially when these berries come from naturally warm climates (due to my belief that as we originally descend from primates and therefore from warmer climates. acai berries and blue-green algae that are making the "must have food" headlines. scurvy.fruits which often have been picked before they were ripe and stored in cool facilities for anything up to a year! When this superfood powder is added to liquid it comes alive once more (very similar to seeds which lie dormant in a desert for years only to sprout as soon as rain hits).juicemaster. At the time of writing this it's goji berries. but I say bring it on. When Hippocrates famously said. he wasn't talking about burger and fries. This powder can be stored for years and. when picked. Fruits and vegetables aren't just superfoods. Yet at the same time I'm not entirely sure that however hungry I was I would pick some algae from a lake and eat the stuff.. The world is changing all the time and all species grow and adapt. then that's your bag and I for one think everyone to their own. acai berries earned themselves the enviable title of 'world's healthiest fruit' .ALL fruits and vegetables designed for human consumption are superfoods. surly. who's to say we actually need 58 more times iron than contained in what is essentially a superfood in its own right . 'new to us' superfoods. due to human ingenuity. They make newspaper headlines.not surprising as they are considered to have more antioxidants than any other fruit on earth. For more information. high blood pressure. cholesterol.

ot all superfoods are created equal By Sarah Best The su erfood sceptics f you believe what you read in the papers. 50 in an unfortunate double whammy. Space would only permit us to cover a fraction of the foods we consider to be superfoods. Also. The fact our nutrient needs are greater due to all the stress our bodies must deal with. In brief: The way food is produced and harvested. most in both. though that doesn't come close to describing their power. The only way to ensure you are meeting all your nutritional needs is to eat a wide variety of raw foods. Ideally. scientists and nutritionists claim that the concept of the 'superfood' is nothing more than a clever marketing ploy designed to increase profits. For us to call it a superfood it has to have benefit in spades. This topic is beyond the scope of this guide.we believe variety in diet is the key to optimum health . once a food is cooked it ceases to be quite so super. 50 you won't find salmon in our guide either. It makes sense that we are better off eating the strong survivor than the weak hybrid. 50 in the following pages we bring you the foods we believe. All the superfoods in our guide are rich in at least one of these." We agree. Thanks to this. Compare edible weeds which sprout up between paving stones and thrive without watering. including magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids. digest and utilize. the word 'superfood' will make you think not just of natural. It is important to remember that nutrition is a science in its infancy. dioxins and any number of other harmful pollutants. the superfoods in our guide are so complete you could survive on any of them alone for a period of time and have most of your nutrient needs taken care of. Fifty years ago we didn't need superfoods. minerals and antioxidants at such a rate that we need the superior quantities superfoods provide.e is a school of thought that says wild plants are the ultimate superfoods. 1t is relatively easy to source. Superfoods are the queens on the chess board. Because cooking leads to the destruction of certain nutrients and makes others difficult or impossible for the body to absorb. Gel Fresh! 41 . Ergo. red wine did not make our list! Similarly. This view has led to new EU legislation which will force companies selling food or drinks labelled as superfoods to either back up the claim with proof of their benefits or lose the superfood label.deadly even. But superfoods are superior to laboratorymanufactured supplements. 2 The above arguments can also be used to support supplementation. it will contain not just vitamins. 50 what did it take for a food to make it into our pantheon of super superfoods? 1t is dense in a very wide spectrum of nutrients rather than just a few.it has just one move. If you know what you are looking for. We only know about those nutrients scientists have identified and named. cooking can lead to the formation of disease-causing chemicals and destroy essential disease-busting antioxidants and phytonutrients naturally present in the food. In fact.but you get the point! 1t delivers these nutrients without any adverse effects. For example. they are a waste of money and do little more than give us "expensive urine. in some cases carcinogenic ones. to be the shining stars of the superfoods world. wild foods are as super as it gets. Unless we are living tranquil lives in a remote area of virgin rainforest. and that is the only reason you won't see wild foods on our list. though you have probably heard it called a superfood. and aim to make superfoods a part of your diet. when food is heated. after much research and extensive consultation with experts. But you do have to know exactly what you're doing as certain wild foods are dangerous to consume . chances are we are burning through vitamins. because they're natural whole foods that the body can easily recognize. 2 1t is raw. raw foods but a whole host of other substances that exact a high price in exchange for the token benefit or two they bring. In the words of raw lifestyle author and educator David Wolfe: "An apple is like a pawn ." We strongly disagree with this view and so do many nutritionists. without a price to pay. which includes everything from environmental pollution to the frantic pace of modern life. Ther. 3 Many doctors. red wine is touted by some as a health-giving elixir and has even been encapsulated in supplement form because it is rich in a group of antioxidants called polyphenols. minerals and phytonutrients but also a good range of essential fatty acids and amino acids. But you can get these from other sources (including the grapes the wine is made from!) without the nasty side effects. but get these from oily fish and you're also taking in a dose of mercury. harmful compounds are formed. we all need essential fats. 4 1 1 You can think of the superfoods in this guide as multi-vitamin and mineral supplements. but our bodies need all those nutrients they haven't yet discovered just as much. We're not recommending this . One argument put forward is that superfoods are too super for us. there are now certain nutrients that most of the population is deficient in to lesser or greater extent. spraying or other interventions to mollycoddled crops such as wheat and corn which would quickly perish if left to their own devices. but two big categories of changes that have taken place since then mean that we now do.

mineral and protein content. They can be added to vegetable dishes such as soups and stews after cooking and they will help with the digestion of the meal. fenugreek and quinoa? There is a whole world of living foods waiting to be discovered! On the next page. phytonutrients and enzymes. Ancient Chinese physicians prescribed them for curing many disorders.in the following pages of this guide). it is in exactly the form the body wants . a form of pre-digestion occurs. phytonutrient." All edible grains. fats turn into essential fatty acids and carbohydrates are converted into simple sugars. protein and fatty acid supplement! And because they are baby plants with extremely delicate cell walls." Living foods are one of the three best sources of protein on the planet (read about the others . organic vegetables. Sprouts can be juiced with other vegetables. If you are not feeling strong and energetic on raw food. But if you can't find them where you shop. Proteins are broken down into amino acids. vitamins and other nutrients that were not there before are created through the absorption of atmospheric elements during growth. can be grown Sprouts are created through germinating seeds.. what sprouted foods give you. It takes only a few moments a day to tend your indoor garden and have a constant supply of delicious.either way they taste wonderful. "Eat sprouts before a cooked meal and you'll digest it much better. It is also great way of adding more raw foods to your diet. Recommended reading Sprouts. D id you know that there's a whole class of superfoods which cost next to nothing. nuts. In short.itself considered a very good source. They are bursting with life force and the electrical energy your body needs to thrive. all of their goodness comes in the most easily digestible form.GUIDE TO SUPERFOODS living Foods anywhere (including on your kitchen worktop). beans. enzyme. The abundant enzymes further enhance their digestibility. making their abundant nutrients extremely easy for the body to assimilate. lentils and alfalfa but what about daikon radish. thanks to their enzyme content. apple. all in easily absorbable form. but sprout them and they become a rich source of this nutrient. and they can also be mixed with cucumber. When researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine tested the levels of a cancer-fighting substance called sulforaphane they found it to be up to 50 times higher in three-day old broccoli sprouts than in mature broccoli ." Put simply. dried legumes have no measurable vitamin C. There is much still to be discovered about sprouts and no doubt their already established superfood status will only grow as science continues to document their unique properties. herbs and other raw foods and blended into 'energy soups'. you can easily grow your own. minerals. How to take sprouts They are delicious in salads of any variety. and even continue to grow in nutritional value after they're harvested? Welcome to the world of living foods. beyond the vitamin. For example. protein could be the reason. "You can use them instead of an enzyme pill. often referred to as sprouts. Not only are these foods rich in protein. seeds and legumes can be sprouted.raw amino acids." says naturopathic nutritionist Fiona Corliss. And that's only the start. vitamins. The explosion of nutrient levels that takes place during germination can be off the charts. also known as Sproutman." says health author Steve Meyerowitz. lentils or grains. sprouts are the ultimate multivitamin. fresh. Sprouted nuts and seeds can be eaten as is or blended into nutritious milks . Says nutritionist Yvonne Bishop Weston: "Protein is often the difference between people doing well on raw food and not.sea vegetables and blue-green algaes . Vou have probably tried sprouted mung beans. The Miracle Food: Complete Guide To Sprouting by Steve Meyerowitz Living Foods For Optimum Health by Brian Clement Living Foods for Radiant Health by Elaine Bruce . "They are exceptionally fascinating foods. two from this group that are true star performers . mineral. and they are used in this way today at the world's most cutting edge healing centres. Most amazingly of all. But sprouts have long been recognized as a wonder food. During germination. Where to get sprouts They are showing up in more and more supermarkets and health stores.. "Many health benefits make sprouts superfoods. or if you want to save money. are loaded with protein. and some nuts and seeds. you can't get from any other food group.

eat predominantly cooked foods or breathe polluted air either. Where to get sunflower greens They taste a lot better than wheatgrass . including B17 or laetrile which is believed to selectively destroy cancer cells.co. iron. builder and rejuvenator. or search online for instructions. and a full and perfectly balanced spectrum of B vitamins. easy to grow at home.uk or ring 01981 2411 SS. "We need the extra chlorophyll and oxygen they give us. wheatgrass is a powerful detoxifier and is renowned for its healing properties. Says Sproutman Steve Meyerowitz: ·Wheatgrass is a whole food supplement. Sunflower greens are not only super-loaded with nutrition. graduate to 2 ounces. Nature's Finest Medicine by Steve Meyerowitz The Wheatgrass Book by Ann Wigmore. They are also great for balancing blood sugar as they are so protein-rich.and can be taken in much larger quantities. a living foods consultant who trained at the world-renowned Hippocrates Health Institute. the cheapest way is to grow your own.aconbury. They are also delicious juiced together with cucumber and celery." Wheatgrass juice is extracted from the seven to ten day old sprouts of wheat berries. It boosts the lymphatic system and greatly assists in the removal of waste products. Why is this important? Chlorophyll nutrients are extremely easy for the body to assimilate. Refer to one of the books listed on the page opposite. "Wheatgrass is a cleanser. making it a complete protein source. Sunflower greens Like wheatgrass. Other members are pea greens and buckwheat lettuce. Ounce for ounce it contains more protein than any animal food. the time and the inclination. Chlorophyll is very similar in structure to haemoglobin. sunflower greens are young greens that are a week to 10 days old at the time of harvesting. C and E and the minerals calcium. while in haemoglobin it is iron. But it's biggest claim to superfood fame is its chlorophyll content . including trace minerals • a complete protein source • loaded with chlorophyll • powerfully detoxifying • alkalizing and enzyme rich "Living greens are one of the most important things to have in our diet. Get Fre ht 43 . Recommended reading Where to get wheatgrass You can buy trays of wheatgrass in some health stores and farmers markets but it is Wheatgrass. It is a rich source of vitamins A. spinach and other leafy raw vegetables.uk.Wheatgrass You could argue that it's not normal for humans to consume grass. It contains no gluten so is suitable for people who can't usually tolerate wheat products. It's so much better to get nutrients this way than through synthetic supplements. They belong to a family of similar living foods known as baby greens or indoor greens.they have a flavour that is earthy and slightly salty . including the eight essential ones the body can't manufacture. (Not to be confused with sunflower sprouts. where factors are isolated and taken away from their co-factors. energizer." A 2-ounce shot of wheatgrass juice provides the same nutritional content as about 4 pounds of fresh vegetables. And there is a growing body of research which shows that wheatgrass can offset the efferts of all of the above transgressions and many others. But it's not natural to live in polluted cities. Once they are ready to eat. As well as being super-loaded with nutrition.it is 70% chlorophyll. For more information see www. protector. Just refer to one of the books listed under Recommended Reading or consult one of the many online guides. try Aconbury Sprouts: ring 019Bl 2411 SS or order online at www." Sunflower greens are especially rich in vitamin D and lecithin.aconbury. It contains 20 amino acids. Sunflower greens have many other similarities to wheatgrass." says living foods consultant Jill Swyers. they will keep for up to a week if cut and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. healer. or blended into energy soups. How to take wheatgrass Always drink wheatgrass on an empty stomach at least half an hour before eating and three hours after. the molecule that carries oxygen in our blood. If you have the space. a nutrient that contains essential fatty acids and also helps the body break down and absorb fats. ·Consuming green living foods is like giving yourself a blood transfusion. Lecithin is also important for liver detoxification and forms a key part of our cell membranes. there are companies which grow it and will deliver it to your home. They have yet to make their way onto the shelves of UK health stores. Sunflower greens are becoming more widely available to buy in the US and across Europe. Start with a daily l-ounce shot and when you are ready. If you are in the UK. They are: • rich in vitamins and minerals. heavy metals and other toxins from the body. The only difference is that the central element in chlorophyll is magnesium. Alternatively. which are sunflower seeds that have been soaked and sprouted for only a day or two). How to use sunflower greens They make a great salad base and are far superior in their nutrient content to lettuce. but a company called Aconbury Sprouts will deliver them ready grown in trays right to your front door. phosphorous and magnesium. Wheatgrass has 92 of the 102 essential minerals.co." says Jill Swyers.

a nutritional counsellor at the Nutri Centre in London. "I see so many people with thyroid problems. Nori This is rolled into paper thin sheets and is great for making wraps and sushi rolls. dulse is delicious in salads. hijiki Red algaes Dulse and nori Green algae Chlorella Where to buy sea vegetables They're now available in most good health stores and supermarkets but if you want the maximum benefit from your sea-based nutrition make sure what you are buying is raw. contain plentiful magnesium. How to use sea vegetables Dulse With its salty and spicy taste. also known as algaes. Sea vegetables. nervous system disorders and mental illness.has been shown to be a risk factor in heart disease and cancer. Sea vegetables are one of only a handful of sources of iodine in the modern diet. Just cut it into strips and sprinkle it over. kombu. If you find it too salty or want to keep the sodium content of your diet down. Iodine is a key mineral for regulating the thyroid gland. Raw is available but you may need to search online. the planet's pollution levels now mean that the only place on the food chain to eat is low. As long as they are consumed raw. It is also beneficial for the skin: the oils in hemp moisturise the skin from the inside out. You can also soak the seeds and blend them into a milk. minerals. the best way of consuming hemp is as a living food. Chlorella Usually comes in tablet form. both the amino acids and the essential fats in hemp seeds are in the ideal ratios for human nutrition. which is a 4:1 ratio of omega 6s to omega 3s. You will need unhulled seeds for this. See Chad Sarno's recipe on pages 62-63.GUIDE TO SUPERFOODS Hemp seeds There are over three million edible plant species on the planet. Hemp seeds are a packed with protein. How to take hemp seeds Hemp seeds can be sprinkled onto salads or blended into smoothies. they are higher in vitamins and minerals than any other food group. including superoxide dismutase (SOD). essential fatty acids. Hemp's balance of essential fatty acids mirrors the diet that the human race evolved on. Carry a small jar around with you and take any time you feel in need of a pick-me-up between meals. and the only vegan one." says naturopathic nutritionist Fiona Corliss. Kelp Buy it powdered and add it to soups and salads. The Japanese have known about the nutritional and detoxification properties of seaweed for centuries." says Joshi. you can soak it overnight to remove the salt. "Hemp is a great alternative to soya and dairy. "Lots of people have soya and dairy allergies but hemp doesn't seem to be allergenic. but no other can compare with hemp in nutritional value. arame. phytonutrients and antioxidants. and a natural tranquillizer often referred to as the 'antistress mineral'. as well as being a rich source of essential fatty acids. As well as the seeds themselves." The final piece of good news about hemp: it tastes delicious! Where to buy hemp seeds They are available in any health store and most supermarkets. Also abundant in raw sea vegetables: numerous enzymes. never has it been more important to include the bounty of the sea in our diets." says nutritionist Yvonne BishopWeston. Ounce for ounce. come in several categories: Brown algaes Kelp. "Everyone on a vegan diet should include hemp. "It's very hard to get enough iodine these days unless you're eating sea vegetables. The world's oceans are full of the nutrients we need for optimum health. Sprouted hemp seeds make a delicious and super-nutritious milk . kelp and chlorella are the four most readily available varieties but most 44 Get Fre h! . perhaps because it has not been intensively used in the diet. It is renowned for its ability to march heavy metals and radioactive elements out of the body. drain and rinse.com or call 01179239053. However. very similar to the protein found in human blood plasma. an antioxidant enzyme that is crucial for controlling free radical levels in the body. Simply soak them in water for 24 hours. As well as being a mercury detoxifier it's also great for balancing blood sugar. Go short on magnesium and you are missing a nutrient that is critical for the body's daily cellular detoxification processes. "Hemp contains natural vitamin E. and like all chlorophyll-rich foods. wakame. There is evidence that regular consumption of hemp can improve memory and relieve attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. which is much more easily absorbable than the synthetic form found in supplements. omega 3 levels are too low to even register. Consuming the wrong ratio of essential fats namely not getting the all-important omega3s . But we're not talking about chemical-laden fish. as well as infertility and other endocrine problems." says Sejal Joshi. Nori." of the nori that you'll find in shops is toasted. vitamins. dulse. Sea vegetables With soil becoming more and more depleted.just blend with water to achieve the desired consistency. Magnesium is one of the most common deficiencies in the modern diet.yaoh. you can now buy quality raw hemp oils. According to estimates. over 80% of the population is deficient in this essential mineral and some scientists believe even that is an underestimate. Hemp seeds are one of the best sources of vitamin E. Sea vegetables are a complete protein. For quality raw hemp oil and unhulled hemp seeds (for sprouting) visit hemp specialists www. They are also a rich source of chlorophyll. A high proportion of hemp's protein comes in the most easily digestible form known to man: globulin edestin. a pre-requisite for heart health. Clinical tests have shown that the standard diet of today is likely to provide a ratio closer to 20:1 and in many subjects tested.

They are usually amazed when they try fresh pollen for the first time: it is so soft it melts in the mouth. like the one we recommend here. Although much has been researched and written about the benefits certain superfoods have in healing specific ailments. bee pollen has a long history of being used to enhance health. will depend on the interplay of it. The essential fatty acids found in pollen are extremely delicate. Other superfoods will provide everything in bee pollen so it is by no means necessary. WIth the individual's unique biochemistry. It also tastes nice . it is possible to get ethically produced bee pollen.kiki·health. pushing them into cells so they can be utilized. Get it fresh! Given all of the above. However. Many vegans choose not to consume bee pollen for ethical reasons. destroys some of the nutrients and turns the remainder rancid. In the dishes with fresh frozen pollen the bacterial growth was completely inhibited. It has earned a reputation as a powerful rejuvenator. drinking.not dissimilar to honey. 8ecause of pollen's reputation as a powerful energy enhancer it is best taken in the morning. which is a perishable living food product. However. For further Information about bee pollen The Healing Powers of Pollen by Patrice Percie du Sert. doing.Bee pollen As one of the most complete foods in existence. It also contains 28 minerals. says naturopathic nutritionist Fiona Corliss. it is best to start small. in the worst cases.but you don't get the full benefit of the friendly bacteria unless it is first defrosted.. Alternatively. and all of the above factors. As it is so rich in nutrients. Early Egyptian and Chinese civilizations used it for increasing energy and stamina. including powerful detoxifying ones.lecithin. All of the superfoods in this guide can be used as part of a healing program and are noted for myriad medicinal properties. health arises from the combined effect of what a person is eating. both fresh and dried pollen were added to Petri dishes which were then inoculated with pathogenic bacteria from the human gut. In fact. making it useful for getting through times of stress or low energy. there is evidence that this is a superfood whose benefits do increase the more you take. "This is because of the sulphur bonds and enzymes it contains. These are water soluble so must be consumed every day. once your body is ready for the highoctane nutrition it provides. 11 enzymes and over a dozen vitamins. or at least well before bedtime. it may surprise you to know that most of the bee pollen available on the market today has few if any health benefits. The only pollen worth consuming is fresh pollen. The effect of anyone substance. including the vitamin E and provitamin A that are found in such large quantities in fresh. with just a pinch." H Bee pollen also contains another powerful substance which aids in the metabolism of fats . these properties of bee pollen have such a marked effect on the body's ability to absorb and utilize essential fats that the best way to ensure your body makes maximum use of any EFA-rich oils you take is to consume them together with a serving of bee pollen. no matter how super. collected in a way that doesn't harm the bees. Gradually work up to a tablespoon a day. and stressful lives plus processed diets deplete them so rapidly that many of us need an extra infusion. Where to get bee pollen Percie du Sert's fresh pollen is available from www. It is also a powerful natural probiotic and antibiotic. sprinkled on cereals or added to smoothies. Many people dislike taking dried pollen as it is hard in texture and unpleasant to chew. However. "The sulphur bonds work with the fatty acids. Superfoods as medicine.its texture is soft even when frozen .a view with which many experts today concur. Gel Fre "f 45 . The bacteria multiplied quickly in the dishes with the dried pollen. It contains all 22 amino acids and has more protein per gram than any meat or fish. which. it can be eaten straight from the freezer . In experiments. Research has shown that it is only fresh pollen that has antibacterial and probiotic properties.. Bee pollen can be taken on its own by the spoonful. breathing and thinking.com How to take pollen Store it in the freezer and transfer what you need for a few days or a week into an unsealed container in the fridge. as well as in the treatment of various illnesses. The presence of air in a jar of dried pollen causes oxidation and turns the fatty acids rancid. if you intend to use them in this way we recommend professional gUidance. Bee pollen is one of the richest sources of protein available. and Hippocrates claimed it extended life . It is not only a rich source of essential fatty acids (HAs) but also helps the body absorb them. It must be kept in the freezer and de-frosted shortly before consumption. Vitamin content is also much lower in dried pollen. Bee pollen is a fantastic source of all the B-complex vitamins. This is because of the way pollens are processed.

uk' Sejal Joshi of The Nutri Centre: 0207 436 S122 www." says living foods consultant Jill Swyers. the kind many people are deficient in.com.often astonishingly quickly.com (UK and Europe) and at www. Fiona Corliss of Inside Out Nutrition 01424 777820 www.com. The n ersup The super green powders While E3Live is the king of the superfood supplements. having seen it bring about remarkable results in her clients . There is an ever-expanding range of topquality supplements which are derived from natural whole foods and processed at low temperatures to maintain nutrients and enzymes. goji berries are now widely available in supermarkets and health stores. All of the books mentioned in this guide can be ordered from www. Many people report beneficial effects from taking larger quantities during times of stress or when extra brain power is needed.jillswyers. food is not enough. It is also abundant in omega-3 fatty acids.GUIDE TO SUPERFOODS The uperfood supplemen These days most of us need that little (or lot) more than foods alone can provide . If you can't find it in one near you order it online at www. enzymes and probiotics . It can also be ordered online at www. But its most super characteristic of all is its chlorophyll content: E3Live is estimated to have double the chlorophyll content of spirulina and six times that of wheatgrass juice. It is most renowned for its adaptogenic properties. or its brand name E3Live.kiki-health. the way we breathe. There is an ever-expanding array of these powders on offer and quality varies greatly. Since being discovered by modern health seekers several years ago. the only brand of truly live liquid blue-green algae.nutricentre. Where to get AFA algae E3Live. this grows in Klamath Lake in Oregon. They're not quite as super as the main stars in this guide. Eat them on their own as a snack." Nature's Living Superfood contains no fillers. author of the 'Sproutman' books www. "The way we were raised. It is rich in vitamins. including grasses.fresh·network. as needed. it's now widely available as a whole food supplement: maca roots are dried at low temperatures and ground to a powder.com (US).insideoutnutrition. it is made of 100% wildcrafted whole foods. Although a powerful energy enhancer and detoxifier it is most renowned for its ability to improve brain function. How to take Nature's Living Superfood Begin with half a teaspoon daily and gradually increase to one or more heaped teaspoons.kiki-health. "We need help. Start with a teaspoon a day stirred into water or juices or blended into smoothies. Amidst all the new products coming on the market there are two brands that have been around for years and that practitioners and patients alike swear by: Nature's Living Superfood and Pure Synergy.com.sproutman. fresh water and sea water algaes.com • Yvonne Bishop Weston of Foods For Life www. minerals and phytonutrients and contains all the essential amino acids. But we couldn't not mention them! Maca A root vegetable from Peru." says nutritionist Yvonne Bishop Weston. containing all the essential amino acids. making it invaluable in alleviating depression. phytonutrients and antioxidants. Read the label carefully and be on the lookout for cheap fillers. Defrost only what you plan to consume within the next week and store in an airtight container in the fridge. as it not only has exceptionally high amounts of all of the above. 46 Get Fresh! . sprinkled on cereal or blended into smoothies. is available from most good health stores. It can be mixed with water or juice or sprinkled on food. "Even if you're not ready to change anything else.all dehydrated at low temperatures to preserve nutrients and life force.com.uk.even superfoods. vegetables. add this to your programme and it will make such a large difference to your life. How to take AFA algae Start with half a teaspoon a day and work up to a tablespoon or more. If they're not feeling fantastic but they start taking it again they soon remember: 'That's how I want to feel!''' Goji berries All berries are loaded with vitamins. It goes without saying that they need to be carefully processed at low temperatures to protect the delicate nutrients and enzymes. "Blue-green algae is a fantastic daily supplement. Steve Meyerowitz. Swyers is a fan of the former. meaning it aids in balancing the body's systems. it is not number one in the convenience stakes as it is perishable and needs to be kept frozen. It is thought to increase concentration and mental clarity. The most super-charged berry of all is the goji berry. it is also a complete protein source. the lifestyles we live. It is also a great supplement to take to counteract the radiation from long-haul air travel. and to raise the body's natural level of feelgood endorphins. It cleanses and detoxes and floods the body with nutrients. The supplements below can be considered 'raw' and they can be a valuable addition to your superfood arsenal. minerals (including hard to find trace minerals) and phytonutrients. and tastes surprisingly palatable.e3Iive.foodsforlife. maca has been used for its nutritional and medicinal purposes since the time of the Incas. And that is true whether we live in a polluted CIty or out in the country. Cue the superfood powders for those times when you need something you can easily take out and about with you. minerals. Where to buy Nature's Living Superfood It's available in most good health stores.org. including the hormonal system.co. 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Coffee versus Superfoods
In the 6rst instaIlment of a new regular column, Sarma Melngailis reminisces about her past love affair with coffee and details the raw pick-me-ups that enabled her to wean herself off it once and for all.
t has been four years now that I've been primarily a raw vegan. Most of the time. In my online blog and elsewhere, I openly admit to "open-mindedness" when it comes to what I consume. But sometimes being very relaxed about it - particularly in the context of stress and other distractions - leads to the formation of bad habits before we even realize it. For example... coffee!

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on, and the smell of it was very appealing! First I'd ask for a sip, then I'd have a few sips, then I'd just grab the whole cup from him and he'd have to go get another for himself. Before' knew it, I was hooked again. It was that easy.
I felt like an addict with a secret. I'd run to the coffee shop for an iced coffee, then back towards the restaurant realizing I can't walk in this neighborhood drinking coffee! What if one of the regulars from the restaurant sees me?! What then? My assistant had become my "enabler", offering to fetch me a fresh iced coffee anytime I wanted. I truly felt like a "user" when I finally bought my own ground coffee. At least now it's organic, I rationalized. Still, alone in my own kitchen, filling the filter (made of unbleached recycled paper, of course!) with the aromatic grounds, and waiting for the water to boil, I felt a bit like the crack-head with the spoon and lighter.

My conflicted and tumultuous on and off relationship with this substance has led me to a few conclusions. I simply do not do well on coffee at all, tempting as it is. Not to mention, it gives you yucky coffee breath if you don't brush your teeth right away. I also have a theory that it makes me sweat and in an odd funky kind of way. Sexy, right? But the worst issue is the dependency and crashing. I might feel uplifted for a bit, but then before long sluggishness sets in. Is it not also widely known that it dehydrates you, and inhibits the absorption of iron and many other minerals, and is acidic in your body? Further, it must certainly be the case that when you get to the point where a massive migraine is the consequence of trying to stop suddenly, that something is really wrong with this very popular habit. Luckily, I finally feel I've weaned myself off it for good. If I get very little sleep and crave an extra boost, I mix raw cacao

What a hypocrite I am ... A whole page in my first co-written book Raw Food Real World is devoted to how bad coffee is. It all started two summers ago as one of my early investors was frequently drinking coffee around me in my office. I was not sleeping much then and particularly freaked out about a lot of things going

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powder in a bit of nut milk or hemp milk, whiz it in the blender with some stevia or agave, vanilla, ice, and some frozen banana, and pour it over more ice. Much better than iced coffee, and it's breakfast too! I've now also recently added goji berries to my mornings. I might toss a handful of raw cacao nibs along with gojis over some fruit, or if I want something crunchier, a bowl of One Lucky Duck Grawnola or Crispies. How could I have forgotten about these lovely little red berries? I used to take them traveling, and was always amazed at how a handful would keep me from feeling hungry for hours. A famous New York cosmetic doctor was quoted in a fashion magazine as saying that the goji berry is the number one anti-cellulite food, because of how loaded they are with antioxidants. I read this and immediately wanted to hoard them as I expected a sudden worldwide shortage, but luckily they still seem readily available and affordable. I am now also on a kick for green shakes. I will always love green juice, particularly when I don't want to get filled up. But when I want to get filled, fresh cucumber in the blender makes an excellent base, to which I'll add a bit of honeydew melon, kiwi and lime, or grapefruit and a bit of pineapple. To that I add a whole bunch of fresh coriander and a few kale or col lard leaves and a few sunflower sprouts if I have them, along with stevia, a touch of salt, and a big dash of cinnamon. I like shakes because to me they make for the ultimate superfood party.

"It ~ always tricky to evaluate how something specific is affecting you. I have given up coffee only to fall back into the habit enough times that the overall conclusion is clear to me. '
I love to add a splash of aloe vera juice, a toss of tocotrienols, a spoonful of blue green algae, some green tea extract, and yes, maybe some more goji berries - which blend easier than you might imagine - or just add goji juice. Or frozen acai, another increasingly popular so-called superfood.

Aside from being so nutrient dense, what I love about these crazy concoctions is that they taste really good. Sometimes I add strawberries or blueberries or whole lemons. A bit of mango or white peaches. And if I don't feel like having it in a glass, then I'll chop a fuji apple into a bowl, pour my amped-up green shake over it, sprinkle it with bee pollen and some whole goji berries and eat it with a spoon like cereal - 5uperfood cereal. When this is what I'm taking in, I feel as if I could not eat for days and I would feel fine. As if I've truly nourished myself and am a well oiled machine. With so many variables, it's always tricky to evaluate how something specific is affecting you. I have given up coffee only to fall back into the habit enough times that the overall conclusion is clear to me. I might crave that initial high and the flavour, but it's a quick fix that quickly makes one dependent.

The funny part is, I would slip back into drinking coffee with a full awareness of feeling very unclean about it, and I think in some way that was part of it - I was being almost rebellious, or thinking that I just needed it to get me through a particularly sleep-deprived and work-crazy period of time. Now, when that urge for a cup of coffee - even just one - starts to gnaw at me, I take a deep breath and think about the characters in Trainspotting. That always does the trick.
Sarma Melngaifis is the co-founder. owner and executive chef of premier New York raw restaurant Pure Food and Wine. She is also co-author of Raw Food, Real World and founder and (EO of One Lucky Duck which operates an online boutique offering selected products for the raw and organic lifestyle. For more information see www.purefoodandwlne.com and www.oneluckyduck.com. The One Lucky Duck range Is available in the UK from www.fresh-network.com along with the book Raw Food, Real World.

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Strivingfir Pe!ftction in Complexion
In an exclusive excerpt from her new book) Quantum Eatin~ Tonya Zavasta on what to do when raw food doesn)t equal radiant skin,

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needs. But unless you're very young, you probably won't be that lucky. I'm not that lucky (and I'm not that young!) I hope to convince you that a little attention to your complexion will take you a long way toward achieving your rawsome beauty potential. Your skin's condition reflects your internal health. Skin problems like acne, blemishes and dryness are signs of an overtaxed system, Just as deficiency and toxicity are the main two causes for illness, they tend to be the same two causes for most beauty problems as well. Poor elimination and poor circulation are two major causes of negative skin conditions. A raw food regimen definitely takes care of poor elimination. But correcting your poor circulation can use some external help, When your system gets overloaded, your body can't eliminate all its waste through regular channels. Skin eruptions are excretions of waste materials from the pores. Dry, oily, or sensitive skin, acne, and facial blemishes all result from gut problems, so they do have to be addressed internally, At the same time, you shouldn't ignore external measures that can help you. Here's a fact that's sure to surprise you. Over half of the dust that accumulates in your house is from your skin, We literally shed our skin and grow the equivalent of a whole new skin every 25 to 30 days, This shocked my husband Nick, who reports that he's just tossed out a vacuum cleaner

bag full of his discarded self. The funeral, he says, was quite touching, though attendance was thin. Brushing for beauty Most people do a dry body scrub, but not many do dry facial brushing. Though body brushing is not a new concept, it is a commonly held belief by many in the beauty industry that brushing one's face is not necessary, and perhaps is not even beneficial. I believe that face brushing is just as important as body brushing, Dead skin cells accumulate on the face, just as they do on the body, Some will slough off naturally, but these flaky, dehydrated cells need some help to "get lost." Body brushing and face brushing are essential components of a health and beauty regimen, and should be done daily. The body is so intelligent that it will care for our internal organs first. Sometimes, there's not enough vitality to reach the skin. Brushing stimulates surface blood flow and tells the body where it needs to heal. Exfoliation energizes your face and improves circulation. All of these steps result in a better looking complexion. Exfoliation is necessary to get younger looking skin. Mature skin needs exfoliation even more, But the more mature your skin, the more gradual the approach you need. When we look at mature skin, what we see is mostly dead skin cells. These dead cells accumulate on the surface, densely packed, making natural exfoliation difficult. This creates lines and wrinkles, making your

either already primarily eat raw or are You know immediately there's something special about them, They exude high energy, Their clear eyes emit a light that seems to go straight to your soul. You

transitioning to the raw food lifestyle,

can feel how they bubble with positive attitude, The catch: you have to be pretty healthy yourself to pick up on those vibes! As any raw fooder knows, you have to get used to people checking you out, deciding whether it's worth it to go raw, They're all, it seems, from Missouri, the "Show Me" state, Okay - just show me this glow! The fact that you never have a cold or flu, you have so much energy, you can live on four hours' sleep, you never have a hot flush .. , All good benefits to report, but hard for people to verify, Curious folk want to see your health, And where will they be looking? At your largest organ: your skin. For women, in particular, a word to the wise: the raw food lifestyle doesn't mean an instant transformation from Plain Jane to Fabulous Babe, Many expect that once you eat raw you should thereafter always exhibit a glowing complexion. This is not the case, Here, I believe, is one reason why... Many in the raw food community look down on external beautifying procedures. Many believe that a quick splash with water is all that your facial skin

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It helps with everything from aging to acne to dry skin. If exposed to oxygen. We raw food folk have enough trouble making ourselves credible to the uninitiated. When I am on the lecture circuit. and reverse the effects of aging. these bacteria would be killed instantly. as well as smoothing out fine wrinkle lines. (1) Buy a brand new brush. unhealthy skin is to use a good brush. Here's where raw foods and facial brushing can help. but will also improve the texture of your skin. Gel Fre It! 51 . Collagen can only be manufactured in the presence of molecular oxygen by improving circulation . Your body's self-healing processes can't keep up with years of dietary and environmental abuse. maximize oxygen intake. Gentle manual facial brushing will speed cell turnover. All the facial brushes I tried were too soft. When the outer layer of skin becomes thickened. or of brown and black spots. Their shield? Layers of dead cells.. discoloured. it is not too harsh for the face. Brushing also helps reduce surface skin oils and can help remove blackheads and other skin impurities.skin more prone to problems.1use a shoe brush with natural horse hair bristles.thus brushing might stimulate collagen production as well. Exfoliation is the most important element in all skincare.. The easiest protection for some microbes against oxygen toxicity is to hide.. Anaerobic microorganisms tolerate oxygen in their surroundings by physically screening themselves from their worst enemy. the best way to help the skin shed built-up layers of dead. I finally found a brush that was effective and appealing. This softness actually makes sense when you consider that most people who eat cooked food generally have more sensitive skin. We raw food aficionados need something a little stiffer. strengthen the skin's inner structure. like the accumulation of melanin. and uneven. This may amaze you. and small raised beige lumps. but. Two hot tips. I show people how I brush and "polish" my face.. (2) Don't tell the guy in the shoe store what you're using the brush for. It was a challenge to find just the right brush to optimize my facial routine. Tiny bacteria live on our skin. I'm not sure even raw foods can offer much of a remedy for a face waxed and polished to the brilliance of a soldier's drill boots. Such exfoliation will not only even out skin tone. rough. Though designed for polishing shoes.

Your body. decide not to use any cosmetics on the face and body. but gradually you can brush more vigorously. Try different products. I'll even provide you with recipes in my newsletter. The same thing can happen with skin care products. See what works for you. me . If you want to make your own mosturizing cream. I thought nothing of using the cream that night. will be a good indicator of what product to use. Many cosmetic products contain toxins. Trust it! 52 Gel Fresh! . you become more sensitive to certain outside influences that previously had no effect. Your face will begin to glow! Brushing helps "unglue" dead. Some people. offering free samples. Now that you're regularly ridding your skin of dead cells.can be absorbed more effectively. I admire you. even a morsel of processed food will make me sick. On raw foods. But by eating raw foods you will become different. Less sensitive. become poisonous to a raw food person.) Because I had used this company's products before. it might seem logical to avoid adding chemicals on the outside. carefully chosen cosmetics don't. your skin will become more supple. never a problem for a person on a cooked food diet. This brings us to the topic of what facial cream to use. When I awakened. especially . allowing you to use your brush daily. Make no mistake .if it's free. dry skin cells from your skin's surface. in hopes of finding an answer.I may be Russian by origin. ' Several years ago. "1 believe that face brushing is ju t as inlporlant a bod bru hinge D ad kill cells acculllulat 011 the face ju t a they do 011 the body.RAW BEAUTY Many beauty books say you shouldn't exfoliate more than twice per week. the epidermis is exfoliated. The trick is to use a good nurturing and healing cream to accelerate skin recovery time. after going raw. cleansed by your raw food practices. leaving a silky texture. the beauty products you use . Why would my skin suddenly show such a strong reaction? I'd never had allergies to any cosmetic products before. (Now. I understand where they're coming from. Some ingredients. I have been 100 % raw for ten years. At first you must be gentle while brushing. your body does become even more intolerant of the wrong cosmetics. In fact. too.moisturizers. so the advice of traditional beauty professionals won't work for you. I was wandering through the cosmetic section of a local department store. While they're cleansing their bodies on the inside. when you eat raw. A major cosmetic company was introducing a new antiaging cream. my skin was red as a radish and covered with a rash! I was shocked. However. but sometimes I'm a red-blooded American consumer. I'll try it. By brushing. My conclusion: Changing your lifestyle as completely as you do when you go raw. I began to analyze. Now. you'll find your skin heals much faster.

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I went back to big business much later but this time it was to run my own business. and booked the first raw food prep course the Universe sent me. whole foods diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. I booked a weekend and relaxed into the peace of meditation and the magic of being at the foot of Chalice Hill. I also made dramatic improvements in my health indicators. It was a meat free. a discovery that has transformed my life. until now. and not genetics. Methods similar to Gawain's have recently become popularised as Universal or Cosmic Ordering. though I continued to eat fish. the Universe answers almost immediately and not always in a way that we expect. 55 Gel Fresh! . almost without noticing. managed to find some local raw fooders. our years ago I found raw foods and superfoods. texture and flavours of the raw food and it felt just right. My mother died of breast cancer aged only 33 and I became a compulsive eater after an adolescence of emotional abuse from an archetypal wicked step-mother. but I shifted stones. in a matter of months whilst still eating as much as I wanted and feeling completely satisfied. telling my unconscious that slimness can equal great health. I used exercises from it to exorcise myself of the influence of my childhood. I'd lost weight before. For many years I had eaten what I thought was a good diet. and not getting enough exercise. to my surprise. I have no doubt that the Universe led me to raw food. and learnt to forgive my step-mother. I lost weight after decades of overeating. Then I learnt about toxic vegetable oils. We learn a way of eating and living from our families as we grow up. She managed to rid our family home of myself and my two brothers within a few years of her moving in. but fortunately I refused to accept this grim view. they served only raw organic vegan food. I also used the same techniques to achieve the many material benefits that are now part of mine and my daughter's lives. Eventually I read a book called Creative Visualisation by Shakti Gawain. and that what may seem like genetic determinism is actually a familial effect. improved my health and I feel rejuvenated. I always tried to achieve a reasonable weight but always failed. when I'd starved myself. I quickly stopped eating meat. and limited the amount of dairy in my diet. feeling stressed. I had my own house and more money than I knew what to do with so I abandoned my high flying but alienating career in big business with a view to sorting myself out. I was amazed by the variety. coincidentally. I had spent six years working too hard. There are genetic factors but we now know that genes can be switched on and off depending on our environment. A friend gave me a leaflet for a Buddhist Retreat Centre in Glastonbury where. I left home at the age of 15 to work in a hotel in the Yorkshire Dales with only food and the countryside for comfort. Being so impressed by raw food and the buzz of health that surrounded its practitioners. fitter and healthier. the importance of enzymes and essential fatty acids and bioflavonoids. • • After 40 years of compulsive eatin& Suz Evasdaughter gained freedom through raw food. at last. In 2003 I returned to clutch of 0 and A levels. that put us at risk of developing cancer. She tells her story here. in the Spanish Alpujarran Mountains. on my return home I ordered some recipe books. With raw food I dropped three dress sizes. whilst my father just let it happen. effortlessly. I had grown up fearing the allopathic genetic determinist message that I was at high risk of following my mother's fate. Six years later I began university having acquired a Approaching 30.READERS' RAW TRANSFORMATIONS It's never too late to go raw. but never achieved my ideal weight and never managed to keep weight off for more than a few months. My transition to a wholly raw diet was gradual but I soon noticed. Very soon the Universe responded to my desires by introducing me to raw food. To do this I knew I would have to. exorcise from my mind the connection between thinness and serious illness that had become fixed in me as a child. When we connect with our true path events conspire in our favour to help us to follow it. this method of focusing intent in order to achieve change. I began years of therapy including training as an art therapist but I never managed to stop comfort eating. People say that once you are middle aged it is much harder to shift the pounds. I put a photograph of my own face onto a magazine picture of a slender and healthy looking yoga practitioner in order to focus on the body I wanted. I read as much as I could about breast cancer. I was determined to become slimmer. and vitamin and mineral loss through cooking and processing. and discovered that it is diet and lifestyle. When we are absolutely clear about what we want and determined that we will achieve it. and trained as a nurse to support myself.

2 or above). creative visualisation. which catalogues the health benefits of a vegetable-based Eastern diet. I had also begun going to the gym two or three times a week to boost my metabolism. I also wrote a booklet summarising how a raw diet leads to improved health and weight loss.the very best we can bel Visit www. one morning I woke up knowing my path was to share the message of how raw food and superfoods can optimise health.. I had had difficulties with menopausal symptoms.. I again turned to Creative Visualisation. food prep workshops and nutritional talks. a good result is 5 or below.. My HDL or "good" cholesterol was 1.. Although my menopausal symptoms disappeared I did have other niggling problems for some time and I know now that these were related to the increase in toxins in my blood as my body released these from the stores of fat it was breaking down. Now I know I have the right methods. I also discovered the science behind why this natural way of eating results in radiant health. and combine yoga.. I'm going for it! I offer food prep workshops. Some scholars argue that this may be more to do with the status of women in the East. nor one which maintains itself so easily. even for the morbidly obese. that I had dropped a dress size and then another and finally another. It was only when I began regularly drinking green juices (alkalising my system) that these symptoms fully cleared. My integrated retreats are for healing mind. resting heart rate decreased and peak flow (lung function) increased. set amid 30 acres of organic pine forest and carob trees. The Raw Route to Perfect Health and Weight. My blood pressure had always been fine and remained 12106 which is at the better end of the normal range. These symptoms are an expected corollary of the perimenopausal period that most women in the West begin to experience in their mid forties. In summer 2006 (two and a half years after becoming a raw fooder) my total cholesterol was 4. I gave up my business two years ago to begin living my life the way I wanted and I am now completely immersed in finding out everything I can about optimal nutrition. all within the space of about nine months.com for more information or contact Suz at info@rawdietandhealth.03. body and spirit. is an almost invariable side effect of optimal nutrition through raw food.. However. So far I have run food prep workshops. gourmet dinners and given seminars on nutrition to local and national conferences either for free or to raise money for charity. I lost over three stone. I had not expected such an impressive change. This was first published in December last year and is now in its second edition.rawdietandhealth. I've always dreamed of running a transformation centre for compulsive eaters.com Get Pre ... In some Eastern countries there is no word for hot flushes. raw lifestyle coaching and raw retreats in the UK and raw detox retreats on southern Turkey's Turquoise Coast at a beautiful eco-holiday centre near Oludeniz.. I cancelled the gym after a year but have continued jogging or walking briskly every day and my weight has remained constant.1 had not expected such an impre sive change nor one lvhich maintains it elf so easily. greater energy and vitality. night sweats and insomnia. having seen the conclusions of The China Study. I believe that switching to a raw alkalising way of eating has a powerful impact. this time I learnt to use it to focus on determining my life's path and.. But. Their purpose is to help participants along their journey to becoming just as Nature intended . a look and sense of rejuvenation and elevated mood. and from my own experience. Once I began reading more I discovered that significant and lasting loss of excess fat. I was symptom free and if I ate cooked I'd have a hot flush shortly afterwards followed by night sweats. Before the radiant health that arrived with raw food.76 (desirable is 1.. I remained raw. when transitioning. There was an inevitable one to one correlation. Other dramatic improvements were revealed in routine tests at the gym: my percentage of body fat decreased dramatically. mostly hot flushes.! 56 . I've just finished a booklet on longevity and am currently working on a more in-depth book on raw food for optimal health and weight. I noticed that if. sure enough. meditation.

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01 W I • 9 ac as long as possible. then. So the first thing is not to suppress symptoms with medicines. and involves being aware of family illness patterns and also noticing changes in yourself over time and finding out the cause. Then there are masses of ordinary sensible people like you and me. yes really the first thing. for whatever reasons. "Hang on a minute. 0/ what we call aginl is More food than can be efficiently turned into nutrition for all the cells in your body from your brain to your toes eventually clogs up the system. so apparently get away with it for years. . The body has to dispose of the waste products. wear and tear affects all parts of the body. and activating a strong immune system. such as Alzheimer's. The first is drinking enough good water Don't get old be/ore your time} says Elaine Bruce . but encourage the body to rebalance itself. Some of the benefits will show surprisingly quickly. work. sleep.so Jnuch caused by lz/estyle choices. some symptoms. y as. is to preserve all those life-giving processes Clear out. and enzyme activity declines. development in medicine would be wonderful if it could help my friend's elderly aunt. who has absolutely no quality of life. we need to be clear what the aim is and how to get there. with bright eyes and clearer skin.. minerals missing from the soil and all sorts of chemicals and pollution in the air and water. Even less reason to say that the common age-related diseases or heart problems "just happen out of the blue" or are inevitable because there is a family history. but will gradually be making inroads on toxic build-up and using all that enzyme power more and more effectively. find out how to use Emotional Freedom Technique (simple. or from a fever. Use Bach Flower remedies. replacing cells. Detoxing is a subject in itself. Absorption of food can be less efficient. leaving the body stronger for the sort of clean-up which comes with a heavy cold or cough. thinking.wouldn't it be better to prevent all this premature aging and degeneration if possible?" And yes there is an inevitable aging process. We live with much higher levels of pressure and stress. It is a gradual and ongoing process. by eating lightly. Wherever we're starting from. Sadly people may be unaware of how unbalanced their life has become. So that is the first thing to clear out of the way. Get Fresh! 59 . and give it a chance. the enzymes which power every process in the body have to deal with this overload instead of other important tasks like healing wounds.. brain connections are not as sharp. that is not the whole story. but. It is exactly the same process as preventing all those degenerative conditions. liver and kidneys deep . a better shape and a more youthful and therefore more beautiful you. It is so important to look after small children like this. Starting at about age 20. remodel it or suck it out" consultancies promise tauter skin. so I will just include the basic things everyone can do to help digestion and elimination. Some people have much stronger digestion and elimination organs than others. based on the healthy balanced ways you choose to live. whether to recover from an illness. it is colon. and while eating well is really important. with the end result of prolonging a healthy life. or avoiding premature aging. negative emotions actually produce toxic chemicals. health is not an external thing. too many of those and there's your personal toxic chemical factory with you night and day! And while the body is struggling to cope with all this. Geneticists are excited about the prospects of repairing and replacing the damaged and faulty cells which currently lead to several degenerative and distressing conditions. At the same time the "cut it. oxygen or just a change of scene. Sending them to school and playgroup when they are only half well gradually makes inroads on their resilience. or ignore symptoms. and outside the scope of the present article. or my own uncle who struggles to live a fraction of his normal life after two strokes. Health is an ongoing process. where recovery from injuries and illnesses is fast and thorough. exercise or sleep as we'd like. Others notice problems earlier. hy is everyone so interested in rejuvenation? There are some good and not so good reasons. First of all. literally. often years beforehand. rest. so we are not just talking about over 50s here. or fasting. They not only take an enormous amount of energy to deal with (or suppress) daily. drinking extra and sleeping more to let the body recover. dismissing them as minor niggles. whether that is food. The aim of natural rejuvenation. is improving your health from the inside out so that it shows on the surface. is to sort out stress levels and emotional issues. for example the so-called diseases of senility. others will take longer. Compared to previous generations we have to contend with poorer food quality. or to keep your body and mind efficiently maintained. It doesn't matter what your starting point is as long as you start to look after yourself now. travel more and maybe don't get the chance of as much fresh air. there will be a sum which the body can't balance. There are always some indications. stretch it. That is no reason to expect and accept the conventional wisdom that we can do nothing about aging. Rebuilding is the really interesting bit of getting to know your own body. Rejuvenation. easy and in your control) or talk to your choice of therapist to get it sorted.especially colon! If digestion is inefficient. Starting at the top. Secondly. or even tell themselves that they have no time to deal with it just now. clean up and r bu d We can summarise the whole process as clear out (detox where needed) clean up (your own personal act in terms of balancing food. the first thing.. The cost of doing this is spending time and attention to be aware of your body and mind and supplying what they need when they need it. especially long-standing ones. it's not true that beauty is only skin deep. sleep and fun) and rebuild (looking at yourself as a whole).

So while we need oxygen to breathe. Thirdly. However much raw or cooked food you eat. so you need to reverse this. This gives you a fantastic creamy smoothie with an oil and protein boost to keep you going for hours. the way to avoid forming free radicals is to avoid polluted air. However if you are gaining weight. but because the detox process involves shedding the fat cells in which it is stored. seeds and nuts. longstanding negative emotions. and some things to be wary of. Later in the year. and there are natural antioxidant supplements you can take both to avoid and repair free radical damage. They attack cells everywhere the blood stream goes.ill your health frOll' the illside Ollt so that it shows 011 the fY . Use an apple also and add as much fresh young spinach. every day. deal with Your eyes need greens Actually your whole body needs greens. but now we are discussing the links between toxicity and degeneration. Aim for a less acid system Challenge your brain Your brain needs to be used to keep the complex patterns of thought and memory sharp. . especially with the right kind of oils. I will just first mention that it gives your sugar balancing mechanism too much work to do. Lutein is a powerful antioxidant and there are powdered greens which you can stir into that lutein smoothie. They can tip you into an acid state no matter how much alkaline-forming food you choose. i i'1IprOl. "':. or chard. Review. Brain food and exercise Staying at the top for a moment. Sugar We don't need to spell out how bad sugar is for us. you lose weight. with some help for 60 Get Fresh! . and the potential for disease. smoothies and salads daily as you are comfortable with.. or worse. which is essential for eye health. especially smoking. They are essential in the right numbers and keep the cells breathing. and eat as much antioxidant food as possible. or broccoli florets. and everyone can use a small amount of flax oil every day. including the brain. you will receive invaluable information about the state of your colon from a good colonic hydrotherapist. because more and more children and young people seem to need specs. ace I'. so make sure you get enough avocados. They have a free electron. while comparatively few older people escape without needing reading specs. and your lateral thinking with cryptic crosswords. thell. It's delicious as it is. so for today I want to concentrate on some essential foods to include. very likely leading to deficiencies. your daily ration of flax oil and a spoonful of lecithin granules to help to digest the oil. smoothies. and the reasons for these. The details of a high proportion live food diet are well documented elsewhere. There are several kinds. All the greens and the coloured berries contain lutein. and decrease the acid forming foods: animal protein. with a herbal detox and a course of colonics. grains. so it is essential to keep the damage to a minimum. and if so it's worth looking back at the first requirement. even leading to diabetes in time. Seeds and nuts need to be in a digestible form (soaked.. Secondly. Rejuvenation is gradual and ongoing. "m mentioning this at this point. cataract operations or treatment Stop. A body having to deal with too much acid forming food is going in the opposite direction to rejuvenation. Not just because you stop eating concentrated carbohydrate. If you have not done this before. and accelerates the aging process when there are too many. Some raw diets do not include enough. as you can get in while keeping the full fruit flavour. so the flax oil will supply the omega 3 to balance it. learn a new skill. so it is worth having as much as possible every day. and if you gain weight. and gradually decrease the proportion of cooked food until you reach your best personal balance. don't cut right back on oils. use as much live raw food. and are mostly produced within the cells during oxygen metabolism. your brain needs feeding. You will have to discover the right amount for you. Start Rebalance. orange and blue. Secondly it mops up your B vitamins. and take enough but not too much. sugar itself and other foods. So increase your intake of fresh ripe fruits and vegetables in the form of juices. make yourself a reading list. Lutein fruit smoothie In summer and autumn. but thinking back to brain food. sprouted. This leads to trouble. This means that excess sugar has to be stored in fat cells.every day without fail. because toxins in the blood and tissues mean an acid system. add some ground seeds. energy soups and salads. that is. So never stop learning new things: study a new language. In the context of today's discussion it is the "hidden fat". so that they can have a pair. It's also so easy to digest and is full of enzymes as well. two to three litres depending on your weight. All the fresh raw fruits and vegetables have antioxidant properties. look first at your carbohydrates and your daily exercise levels! '"'Rejul Plll1tiOIl. ground and stirred into smoothies or made into sauces).. in juices. Cook them very gently in simmering water and blend when only just tender. we need to realise that the toxins we want to clear out in order to rejuvenate are stored in the fat cells.. for conditions like macular degeneration. which in itself shortens life. dairy products and starchy foods. This is one reason that when you do a juice fast or a week or two on all live foods. or some kale. Well we all know that. if you want something hot make a veggie soup version with carrots. The seeds and nuts are mostly omega 6. . and red and yellow. red onions and as many of the green vegetables as you like. It requires you to do a physical and mental overhaul of yourself. and test your powers of logic with puzzles like sudoku. The cell membranes are vulnerable to this attack and in general terms they then produce other chemicals which further damage the tissues. Anyone on high rawl live foods already is unlikely to be over acid. This is especially important as we get older. and some people of all ages notice that their memory improves quite quickly when they take an oil supplement. make a delicious fruit smoothie with any of the berries. which hooks on to another structure. A small amount of oil is essential. (raspberry and blueberry go well together) and add a couple of peeled kiwi fruits. consider a spring clean every few months. Free radicals and oxygen We all know how important oxygen is to human life but it is useful to know how free radicals work and the damage they can do throughout the body. the single most helpful way to choose what you eat is to emphasise the alkaliforming ones.

When there's a good reason. that is Ann Wig more's original Living Foods Programme. and an Iridology consultation gives you an excellent idea of your strengths and weaknesses. What better than to start now for yourself? You might make a few notes about how you are now and what you want to achieve.livingfoods. and If you stick to it for a year starch and dried fruits if you've already abandoned those). to ensure healthy development of their baby. Pregnant women are generally advised to take B3. Selenium is needed as an antioxidant. and cancer forming agents. to deal with free radicals. You won't want to stop there. and for male reproductive health. would be wise to find out which supplements we need. as long as foods which make arthritis worse are also avoided. in spite of some stopping and starting (we all do that) you'll be well on the way to getting what you want out of your personal rejuvenation programme. both boron and selenium are missing from the soil. with chronic low energy needs to find out why. Common reasons are from agricultural sprays. and maybe take a good close-up photograph of yourself before you start. as well as B12. She c n be contacted at f/ame@ftllingfoods. And that's where we began. and am constantly learning the implications of this for health. (or the excess Some useful tests and procedures Even established raw fooders will benefit from a thorough overhaul. and experienced superb health myself. which ought to be in all our food. and deficiency has been found to be a basic cause of arthritis. for example. avoiding the chips. Live blood analysis shows you free radical activity and cell damage. the process of rejuvenation can be summed up as. Boron helps the body to use calcium. • Stop c1ogging/polluting/overloading/ poisoning/stressing yourself. going for a run instead of watching the soaps. Women and especially older women need to know if there are ongoing hormone imbalances. and you will be altogether stronger on every level. In the past few years I have been privileged to learn from soil scientists and others that deficient soils mean deficiency of nutrients. So with the caution that most of us. If you include the natural foods and supplements needed for top level maintenance If you keep down free radical. by supplementing with a boron formulation. especially for those with heart problems in the family.don't get enough B12. In the UK and many other parts of the world from where we import our food. A few essential m nerals and vitamins Sometimes we need to take supplements.co. In fact you may need all the B vitamins from time to time. going to bed earlier sometimes. might think about having some specific tests. You can eat a couple of Brazil nuts every day. for a healthy heart. by agreeing that preventive medicine is a great deal preferable to corrective or palliative treatments after getting sick. your brain will be clearer. • Start detoxing/unloading/repairing/ resting/restoring! nourishing yourself. and particularly to rule out toxins in the system which could come from almost anywhere. vegetarian or meat eaters . more able to cope. A good acupuncturist will advise you on rebalancing at the basic energy level. and your skin and eyes will be clearer and brighter. and allows you to track your progress. fat and toxin levels as much as you can If you make a start on unloading unwanted emotional baggage.specific problems you notice or suspect. choc and cake. and treated. the right one can help you to correct a problem before it becomes a bigger one. It saddens me to say this. aiming for a less acid system If you add in enough sleep and exercise and fresh air. They may well turn up some deficiency that is easy to put right. No need to get worried about having lots of tests. You may well lose weight. An exp rienced naturopath. but this is such an important mineral. Most people . your memory improved. radiation incidents.co. but when you see how far you can get in a year. and any concerns about eating and living differently from other people. Elame has lived and taught the Uvmg Foods programme for 25 years She runs experiential and detox courses iJnd also practItioner trammg. as for decades I helped others back to health and strength. Deficiency is often shown by a family history of cancer.rectot of The UK Centre For Livmg Foods. long term or to their maximum potential. It may not be possible for everyone to rejuvenate. If you'd like to send them. What will be the results? * * * * If you make a few basic but significant changes in what you eat every day. a painful and debilitating degenerative disease which can be so easily avoided. and another one in autumn 2008. Your friends will want to copy you. that a supplement is worth considering.uk For mOr mformation * * You will gain energy. sooner rather than later. Similarly a homocysteine test. Your muscles will be better toned. will seem very minor compared to how you feel and look. and those who already confidently live this way as a matter of course. You will be calmer. and your own teeth. I'd love to see how you are rejuvenating! flame Bruce IS the found r i1nd d. with foods alone. on what I consider to be the best food lifestyle that exists.whether vegan. and anyone who struggles see www. and signs of premature aging.uk Gel Fre II! 61 . Actually you will experience some of these fantastic results in weeks and months.

nt to impre ? ''hether. A bite-sized morsel to tickle the palate before a meal. and attentive service with a smile. decorative. canapes are small. Most appetizers require silver to eat. I have chosen the following recipes to give you a taste of some of my favourite dishes that will help that first impression last and keep your guests awaiting the next dinner party. Hors d'oeuvre Bite-sized morsel before a meal. usually served on bread or crackers. salty. I appetizer. warm or cold. but the challenge is to create a small taste that gives guests a glimpse of the meal to followpiquing their interest while delighting with a balance of tastes (acid. For larger parties it is easier to serve bite-sized fare. and the best way to do so is by focusing on superior quality ingredients and presentation in all you offer your guests. 've always had a passion for pure food and clean service especially when it comes to hosting parties. sharp). levels of taste (subtle. an innovative yet simple menu prepared and presented with a delicate hand. There are a number of ways to showcase these first impression recipes for your guests. tir t imprc ion j al the mo t imp >rl ntncl u uall. unlike the passed options of the canape and hors d'oeuvre. Canape Meaning 'couch' in French. spicy. usually finger food. and texture. and first course in a multi-<:ourse menu that is larger than an amuse-bouche. the most common are: Appetizer A small starter. BonAppfWtJ See page 66 for sources of mgredlenrs marked Amuse-bouche French term for a small. organic. plated With a· 62 Get Pre h! . cooling). The greatest joy of food service is to bring fresh. what the diner rcmemb hod 11110. ou arc p be or th me I gue t rl i e or tarting COlII menu toppin • opp tizer th . bite-sized finger food. sexy food to the masses. sweet. It all starts with the highest quality organic ingredients you can find. fat.

Be sure to leave a bit of space on to assemble as per diagrams :. Use this as a base and add multiple variations. daikon and wasabi aioli Vegetable Sushi Maki Roll 1 nori sheet 2 ounces parsnip or cauliflower rice (see recipe below) .~ top and bottom for rolling. Continue opposite. shitake.e etable • • • • • aki Parsnip. Wasabi Aioli • • • • • • • • 2 cups cashews soaked 10-12 hours 1/4 cup olive oil 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 Tablespoon agave nectar 2 cloves garlic 1/4 inch piece of ginger root 3 Tablespoons green onion 2 Y2 Tablespoons wasabi powder. sweet peppers.. stacking assorted vegetables in centre. pulse all ingredients until finely minced (white rice consistency). roll and slice into 7 pieces and serve with wasabi and shoyu..~!!!. . Serve with sushi maki or as a side for salads. You may need to add water to get desired consistency. blend all ingredients until smooth. red pepper cut into thin strips daikon sprouts 1/2 cup shitake mushrooms sliced thin and marinated in equal parts nama sho d olive oil recipe on the right) • Wasabi a" In a food processor. ~~. Sesame White Rice Makes lcups • • • • • • • • 6 cups cauliflower florets or peeled parsnip 1Y2 cups pine nuts 3 Tablespoons flax oil 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil 1 Tablespoon sea salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 3 Tablespoons green onion or chives minced 2 Tablespoons black sesame seeds White 'rice'. Tuck.~"'~~r:~. To assemble Spread 1/3 cup parsnip rice evenly over nori sheet. or 1/4 fresh wasabi root finely shredded* • 1 Tablespoon sea salt In high speed blender.

Using a cheese slicer or a thin knife. • 1/2 cup almonds. black. fresh nutmeg and sea salt. process all vegetables and spices in batches until smooth. hand mix in the remaining cheese ingredients: nutritional yeast. onion powder. ground into powder. small flake • 1/2 Tablespoon onion powder • 1/4 teaspoon fresh powdered nutmeg • 1Y2 teaspoons sea sa It 2 3 Crusted with: • 3 Tablespoons coarsely crushed mixed peppercorns (white. 64 Gel Fre 1I! .Ca he Cashew Cheese Chee e 1 u Poi re 1n a high-speed blender. seeded and chopped • 2 Tablespoons onion powder • 1 Tablespoon cumin seed. aged balsamic:. On dehydrator Teflex sheets. Score with a rubber spatula to the desired size and dehydrate at 110 degrees for 12·14 hours. Allow to sit in a glass bowl covered with a towel in a warm place for 1416 hours to culture. While still in the pan. blend the soaked cashews with probiotics and lukewarm water. Half way through the drying process I recommend flipping the crackers onto the screen and off the Teflex. 1 2 Service Unlatch springform pan and remove cheese. pink. until thoroughly mixed. green. sprinkle the peppercorn and coarse salts on top. or 1 cup fresh rejuvelac • 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast. ground • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano • 1 Tablespoon coarse chilli. Garnish plate with a drizzle of aged balsamic and organic olive oil. slice the desired wedge per serving. finely ground • 3 cups red bell peppers. Salt to taste. or rejuvelac. Press the cashew cheese firmly into a springform pan. creating an even crust. dried • 1Y2 Tablespoons sea salt 1n a food processor. seeded and chopped • 2 cups yellow bell pepper. Serve with a small pile of crispy lavash or your favourite crisps. Five peppercorns. spread cracker batter evenly about 1/4 inch thick. crispy pepper lavash • 2 cups cashews soaked 12-14 hours • 3/4 teaspoon New Chapter Probiotics* dissolved in 1 cup warm filtered water. When finished culturing. Stir in the ground flax and almond flour. until smooth. Store in an Ir· tight container. Szechuan)* • 1/2 Tablespoon coarse sea salt 4 Crispy Lavash Makes 4·5 trays • 1 cup golden flax seed.

then roll cheese log into in the chopped chive. or small spoon. Finish the plate with smoked salt and drizzle of green garlic oil. parsley. gently slice 3 pieces of the cheese roll per plate. To assemble plate. Carefully peel off the skin. cheese. leaving a thick consistency. such as a gallon container.acadamia Caprese Tarragon crusted macadamia cheese. sliced in half (see recipe) • coarse Maine-smoked sea salt (hickory or apple smoked) • green garlic oil (see recipe) 1n a food processor. and drizzle on plates for an extra kick! Place tomatoes on a screen dehydrator sheet and sprinkle each with spice blend and course sea salt. blend the chives. or use in another recipe. to cover the entire surface. cheese. hand-mix in the onion powder. half of semi dried tomato. with stem • Cajun spice mix. use a dropper. making sure stem is not removed. tarragon and black pepper. blend the macadamia nuts and rejuvelac (or diluted probiotic) until smooth. Cover. until outside of skin is a bit firm and semi dried. allow tomatoes to sit for 10 minutes then remove and gently place in an ice bath to chill. Get Fresh! 65 . nutritional yeast. ROII cheese into a log shape. Pour hot water (not boiling) over the tomatoes. tomato. and sea salt. cheese. Allow to culture for 12-14 hours. semi dried tomato. Green Garlic Oil • • • • • 1 cup fresh chives 1/2 cup parsley chopped 2 cups mild organic olive oil pinch of sea salt 3 Tablespoons young garlic coarsely chopped 1 2 11n high speed blender. coarse • 2 cups baby mizuna. When cultured. slowly stirring out the oil. white pepper. Maine smoked salt. or 1 cup fresh rejuvelac • 1 Tablespoon onion powder • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper • dash nutmeg • 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional) • 1 teaspoon sea salt • tarragon. Using a fine mesh strainer or chinoise. or baby spicy green mix. being careful not to break the stem. Serve tomatoes chilled with caprese 3 2 3 4 Service Using a small and rectangular plate. or dried chilli flakes • coarse sea salt Make a small X slice on the bottom of each tomato and put in large bowl. Be sure to place a weight on top of each cheese bag. pour mixture through. place small amount of baby greens tossed with olive oil on one end and continue to lay in even line. and covered with a towel. • 3/4 teaspoon New Chapter Probiotics* dissolved in 1 cup warm filtered water. nutmeg and sea salt. 1 2 3 4 Semi Dried Tomato • 8 vine ripened tomatoes. chopped • black pepper. Toss the chopped garlic in the 'chive oil'. green garlic oil Macadamia Caprese Serves 8 • 2 cups macadamia nuts soaked overnight in filtered water. Discard pulp. put mixture in a cheesecloth bag and place in a small strainer with a bowl under. Allow to dehydrate for 4-6 hours. and allow to site for 1 day to infuse. tossed with olive oil prior to service • 8 semi-dried tomatoes. chopped • chives.

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I use mine often to make all kinds of delicious meals! You can use your dehydrator to give foods a thicker. They're worth the investment as they wipe clean easily and last forever. When using the trays without the paper on top. This can be important. If. I then leave it for a few hours to dehydrate and firm up a bit and once the top is solid to the touch I flip the bread over. So while you do not have to have a dehydrator to go or stay raw. They seem to be the one thing that is hard to mimic if you do not have an appliance that actually dries out the foods to get the consistency and texture of the cooked food from your past. use a flat sheet devoid of holes. you can leave them in for roughly 4-6 hours.what are the benefits of having one and should fgetoner "Help! I've just bought a dehydrator and nothing is coming out right" Your dehydrator will be your 'raw food oven'. the first time you make something in your dehydrator. now faces up allowing you to continue dehydrating until the bread is done. Whole pieces of food can lie directly on the trays. healed them elve of a myriad of di ea e and wear by her imple and fun approach to fanta tic health. firmer consistency like nut loaves. questions are about using a dehydrator so I think I can answer them together for a pretty good overview of dehydrators and what you can do with them. I gently place a tray (without any paper on it) on top of the bread (this makes a kind of dehydrator tray sandwich. set on a low temperature.com. You can see now that it really depends on what you are making and the texture you're trying to create. Both of these a dehydrator will produce. For more information vi it www. just not runny and soupy. place them in the dehydrator and leave them overnight. to warm their foods. especially when you are first starting out. I spread the mixture out onto a sheet. Ali a fan include hundred who ha e maintained ucce ful weight 10 e. you flip the food once and remove the paper when the item you are dehydrating is firm enough. You will not be able to make most of the recipes that call for dehydrating in a regular oven. These will destroy all the life-giving properties you are trying to maintain. crackers and crunchy items after starting the diet. place the parchment paper or Teflex sheet on top of the tray and spread the mixture out onto the paper. foods can take on a crispy. like my chilli or pesto stuffed mushrooms. you will get a feel for how many hours it will take and how the texture is after that amount of time.aJiacohen. you want to make something that can be flexible and soft like pizza or corn tortillas. when making banana fruit leather from banana puree. 12 or even 18 hours or so. Most models without temperature controls have thermostats starting at 140 degrees or higher. such as a piece of parchment paper or the special non-stick Teflex sheets which you can buy with your dehydrator. Just like an oven. you would leave those in for a shorter amount of time so they do not get hard and crispy. This will work to a certain degree to warm things up. pizza. which is still moist. You will most likely leave crackers and things that you want 'crispy' and 'hard' in for 8. To flip the bread over. T asked: his time I'm going to combine two of the questions that I am frequently asked. Readers What temperature should you use? I leave my dehydrator at 110 degrees normally. the food will dehydrate at a quicker rate because the air will be able to circulate around and through the food. For this reason. A]i a i author of the be telling Living 11 Live Food book and DVD set and i becoming a regular on American T . Though certainly not a necessity. It's hard to 'overcook' them as you are trying to get them as crispy as possible. when I make my tortilla bread. breads and burgers. If you are 'warming' something or just getting something to 'set'. lasagne. Uf keep reading about dehydrators . but in a much shorter period of time. You just place the food on the trays inside the dehydrator. After making something once or twice. but I usually make my crackers in the late afternoon. however. Once you practice a few times it should become second nature. The bottom of the tortilla bread. Experiment and have fun! You can create amazing meals with a dehydrator! Overleaf are some are some of my easy favourites for you to try. I recommend that when you do need to use parchment paper. The dehydrator is very easy to use. you will want to keep checking periodically for the readiness of the food. When left in your dehydrator longer. So for example. so that the bottom tray with the parchment paper is now on top. I then remove top tray and the parchment paper. dry texture.) I then take the two trays with the food in the middle and gently flip it over. like real crackers. By morning they are done. Make sure your dehydrator features a temperature control to enable you to maintain temperatures below 112 degrees. many people crave foods like breads. thereby preserving the enzymes. For example. Some people use an oven. cookies. The food doesn't have to be hard all the way through. just like it is for most people to use an oven. a dehydrator will allow you to prepare a much wider variety of items that will have the taste of having been cooked. If you are making something that would run through the holes on the trays. It may seem like a very long time. but it will not produce the crunchy dried out effect that G (Fresh! 67 .Ask Alissa! A]i a Cohen is an internationall recognized writer peaker and con ultant on raw and living food.

cheese..Pizza Trust me: any craving you have f01' pizza will be taken care of with this recipe! Crust. Easiest Crust • 2 cups ground flax seeds (not soaked) • 1/2 cup onion • 2 celery stalks • 1 carrot • 1 large tomato • 2 large cloves garlic • 1 teaspoon sea sa It • 1/2 cup water Creamy Cheddar Cheese • 1/2 cup pine nuts • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds • 1 1/2 cups red bell pepper • 1/2 peeled lemon • 2 cloves garlic • 1 Tablespoon Bragg liquid ami nos Marinara Sauce • 2 1/2 cups tomatoes • 12 sun dried tomatoes.just like the real thing. soaked • 3 dates. mushrooms.. 0 if you can't eat a lot of nut this is still the perfect recipe. I like to use avocado. pitted and soaked • 1/4 cup olive oil • 4 cloves garlic • 2 Tablespoons parsley (optional) • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne • 1 teaspoon sea sa It Toppings Any assorted vegetables of your choice. spinach and onions. 68 Get Fresh! . sauce and toppings. only better! I also make this pizza without the chee e and I love it.

For Crust Combine all crust ingredients in a food processor until well blended and smooth. Dehydrate for 14 hours or less. blend the tomato sauce ingredients until smooth. and how beautiful they look served on a white plate surrounded by whole strawberries. These are also great the next day. pliable. Top with your favorite toppings. but not getting crispy. Experiment with the toppings and dehydrating times to suit your taste. Crepe Shells • 5-6 ripe bananas For Crepe Shells Place bananas in a food processor and blend until smooth. For Strawberry Sauce Filling • • • • • • • 1 cup macadamia nuts 1 cup cashews 1 large lemon. Begin checking the bananas a few hours before to make sure they are formed. like a pizza crust would be. blend the cheese ingredients until smooth and creamy. For Sauce In a food processor. For Cheese In a food processor. juiced 4 teaspoons honey 2 teaspoons Bragg liquid aminos 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 teaspoons water Combine strawberries and honey in a food processor and blend until smooth. Remove from processor and spread about 1/8 inch thick on to a Teflex sheet on top of a dehydrator screen. You won't believe how delicious they are. For Filling Place filling ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Dehydrate crust for 2 hours at 105 degrees. Pour marinara sauce over the cheese on the crust. Strawberry Sauce I usually put the cheese sauce underneath the tomato sauce because it looks prettier and is easier to spread. Pour strawberry sauce over the rolled up crepes. and solid in texture. Remove from processor and place on a Teflex sheet on top of a mesh dehydrator screen. Leave a 1/4 inch of space near the edges of the crust. then flip off Teflex sheet and onto mesh dehydrator screen and dehydrate for another couple of hours until firm but not hard or crispy. how easy they are to prepare. Place pizza back into the dehydrator and dehydrate at 105 degrees for 6-10 hours depending on desired texture. Smooth crust into 1/4 inch thick large circle. The sauce will soften the fruit leather and make it "crepe like" instead of hard and chewy. Remove from dehydrator and slice into strips (about 4" x 2") To Assemble Remove crust from the dehydrator and flip the crust back to its original side before topping so you have the thick outer crust that you moulded facing upward. hands down. Make the edge of the circle a bit thicker. Gel Fres1I! 69 . Spread cheese sauce over the pizza crust. • 1 Y2 cups strawberries ·1-2 Tablespoons honey It's important to let the crepes sit for at least a couple of hours with the strawberry sauce on top. Crepes My absolute favourite. To Assemble Place scoops of filling on to banana fruit leather strips and roll up.

except raisins. I like the fact that they are not too sweet.Altnond Butter & Raisin Cookies The e cookies have an unusual taste from the buckwheat. Form into cookie shapes on a mesh dehydrator screen. Drain the raisins and mix them into the other ingredients by hand. Remove mixture from processor and place in a bowl. soaked 1 hour Place all ingredients. • • • • • • 2 cups sprouted buckwheat 2 Tablespoons almond butter 1 Tablespoon vanilla 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon honey 1 cup raisins. 70 Gel Fresh! . Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 8 hours. These cookies are delicious with a cool glass of creamy almond milk. but I've been making them for years and I just love them. The cookies should be firm but not hard. in a food processor and blend until smooth.

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But now raw chocolate is back and whether you're at a festival or a farmer's market you're increasingly likely to be able to find it.000 years. With its ancient tribal history. A handful of ancient cacao combinations guide us in our quest to modernize raw chocolate to appeal to the masses. You'll notice that the main components of a base chocolate recipe are raw cacao nibs or powder. it seems raw cacao brings with it the great mystery of creating the perfect chocolate recipe. For centuries on end. The recipes that follow will allow even the least experienced in the kitchen to achieve incredible results. In the past three years over 10 companies in the UK alone have begun manufacturing raw chocolate bars. Revered by Mayan and Aztec cultures. I encourage you to allow raw chocolate to captivate your childlike tendencies to play with your food and enjoy the process of creating! .FOOD c oco Ith Amy L vln aw cacao is an ancient food that dates back over 3. fat and sweetener (for example. These are merely a base from which to launch yourself into the creation of spectacular raw chocolate. theobroma cacao (the word cacao originated from the Maya word Ka'kau') literally translates as "food of the gods". they are ideal for those occasions when you want a treat that really hits the mark. we in the west only consumed this delicacy in its cooked form. chocolate powder and agave nectar). almond butter. The following recipes are extremely rich and decadent so don't make the mistake of thinking you can eat foods like this every day and still experience health and vitality! However.

add a little water as needed for the mixture to blend. line a baking tin with cling film and spread the fudge mixture into it. pear or banana. discard or save for later use). for less gooey fudge. Cover and refrigerate until the fudge has become more solid . Alternatively. put the mixture into silicone bakeware moulds (very flexible moulds that can be found in most good cook shops in various shapes from hearts to tarts) and freeze until solid. Chocolate almond dip Follow the recipe above omitting coconut oil and adding an additional 3 Tablespoons of water. still gooey! Cut into small squares and serve with assorted fruit such as berries. Get Fresh! 73 . bananas and apples. Add dry ingredients and blend again.and yes.Gooey Chocolate Almond Fudge Makes: 8 x 20g pieces • • • • • • • 170g raw almond butter 30g or 3 Tablespoons agave nectar 30g coconut oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 Tablespoons water (to assist in blending) 30g or 3 Tablespoons raw chocolate powder 14 tsp nutmeg (optional) Blend wet ingredients (if there's excess oil on top of the almond butter. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving with berries or slices of apple.

that's a good thing). You can also use mesquite powder. 5-7 drops • Substitute' Tablespoon of raw almond butter for 50g of cashews • Pinch of cayenne pepper and 'A teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg • . lime and 1 Tablespoon lime juice * Essential oils generally state on the bottle Nnot for internal use N . chopped nuts or orange zest. but you'll find. Taste the mix at this point to see if it's sweet enough for you.kz or ring 07273236524 for high quality essential oils approved for internal use in small quantities. Once you have reached the desired consistency and flavour. 74 Get Fre fz! . If the mixture is too sticky and wet add more cashew and/or nib powder.Chocolate Truffles As made at 'The Food Clinic' in Brighton Makes: 12 x 30g truffles • 275g raw cashews • 200g cacao nibs • 90g light agave syrup • Vz Tablespoon vanilla extract • pinch finely ground Himalayan Crystal Salt • 1 Tablespsoon spring water (or as needed) Separately grind the cashews and cacao nibs into a fine meal using a Vita Mix blender or a coffee grinder (the cashews will release their oils and become nut butter like . teaspoon cardamom powder. with the food processor running. that it's okay in small quantities such as those suggested above. drizzle water as needed until the mixture comes together into a ball. If the mixture is crumbly add more water. lucuma powder. Again. Variations For decoration Refrigerate truffles for 30 minutes then roll in raw chocolate powder for that real truffle look. if you contact the company. If not add more agave before adding water. roll the mix into evenly sized balls (2Sg or . Note once this mixture has been cooled it's nearly impossible to reshape or mould so work with it while it's fresh and at room temperature. With the food processor running add agave. Visit www. zest of . Add to mixture before rolling • Peppermint oil. Combine both meals in a food processor.nhr. 3 drops • Orange oil. tablespsoon each is a good size) and refrigerate. vanilla and salt and mix thoroughly.

blend all ingredients on medium speed until smooth and evenly combined.samamara.50g • Raisins . • 50g raisins. if you're in a hurry. either over very low heat in a saucepan on your hob or in a porringer (double boiler/saucepan). Variations For added sweetness.Chocolate Bars Makes 12 x 409 bars (depending on the moulds you use www. chopped . Using a high speed blender. Scrape the sides of the blender jug with a spatula and blend once more. East Sussex. mix in by hand • Dates. She teaches raw food classes in Henfield. finely sieved 50g lucuma powder. finely sieved 50g carob powder. or Y2 Tablespsoon vanilla extract • pinch salt • • • • • Melt the coconut butter. 4 drops peppermint oil and 50g cacao nibs • 5 drops lavender oil and 50g chopped almonds • 5 drops bergamot oil and 50g chopped walnuts • 50g goji berries and 75g sunflower seeds (soaked. 50g raisins and 5 drops peppermint oil Amy Levin is a raw chef and chocolatier at The Raw Chocolate Company. sprouted and dehydrated) • 2 Tablespoons tahini. place in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. Pour into preferred moulds and refrigerate until set or. seeds from 2 vanilla pods. finely sieved 109 vanilla powder.50g • Goji berries .35g • Xylosweet .50g • Mulberries .com sells a wide variety of chocolate moulds) 200g coconut butter or cacao butter 150g chocolate powder.homechocolatefaetory.com or call 01273 677821 Pictures by: Sama Mara www. For more information email amy@therawchocolatecompany.com .25g (mix in while blending) Flavour combinations Add oils and butters in during blending and fruits and seeds by hand at the end.

a break . the Juice Master. A winding walk through poppy fields takes you to a beautiful beach from which you enjoy an awe-inspiring view of sea and mountains. By setting aside my usual cynical attitude and joining in everything no matter how bizarre or farremoved from my comfort zone... but work commitments had thrown her travel plans into disarray. If you're new to the joys of juicing. gently luxuriating in the balmy warmth and beautiful surroundings of Turkey's Lycian coast.then non-stop activity until sundown. jogged and netfootballed your way to bedtime. The river which winds through the Golden Keys is home to huge carp and tiny turtles . There really wasn't much chilling.along with friendly. Juice Master's Ultimate Mind & Body Detox Retreat. Tai Chi'd. The setting is very calming. Me? Be so spontaneous as to zip across Europe to Turkey with two and a half days' notice? Er. in fact. 6 a.. okay then. Bordubet. after the 'holiday' my whole life changed . Juice Master Jason chooses the venues for his retreats with immense care. Turkey "I can't go to Turkey!" cried my friend Sal one Thursday morning. That said. if you think you're under a military regime. you couldn't be more wrong. So what's the regime? The only compulsory element is the juice . Jason insisted that everyone meet up on the tennislbasketball court on the first day and here he stirred distant school 76 Get Fresh! . Little did I know.. nothing will bar your way to the land of nod. my plans for the weekend changed. book it if you can!) A word of warning though. non-stop activity until lunchtime . Juices are all you'll get for the first three days but they are so awesomely delicious and filling. you do as much or as little as you please. She hadn't suddenly been gripped by holidayphobia... You'll never believe you'll get to sleep. I had the best time. and maybe on the first night the noises will be startling but by the time you've meditated. A couple of people stayed on juice for the entire week. starts . wafting and luxuriating. swum. you shouldn't feel in any way deprived. Hell? For this middle-aged sofa spud it should've been.. My decision to do the whole blinking lot was mine alone. freshly-prepared local fare after the 3-day detox. I was lucky enough to be assigned the newest accommodation: a wood-clad pod-like construction with a bleached wood interior.beyond that. you're left to your own devices and joining in or opting out is entirely your choice. the wooded grounds are dotted with domestic rabbits and wildfowl.. this is a great introduction. but I'm sure I got more out of it that way! The surroundings are very special.Fennella Fudge remembers her week 0/ Juice camp' and we review a new raw food and yoga retreat in Spain. rebounded.. funky portholes and a full height and length sliding window on to the river and grounds (room 123. while the rest of us tucked into fantastic. but I had a total blast.m. I had visions of chilling out and wafting around in the Golden Keys Hotel in Bordubet. I had signed up for JUICE CAMP. the cacophony is unreal. after attending the first game of netfootball. when the frogs start singing. So. inquisitive ducks which occasionally take a turn round the hotel.... She said it was a mind and body detox retreat with Jason Vale. mountain-walked. and a peacock occasionally punctuates the peace with noisy meows. yoga'd.

a Tasmanian Devil on court . and then ignore Jason's further plea to wait the twenty minutes it takes for the stomach to register it's full. Half way through the week. Doubtless used to spending the day delivering the chefs' culinary brilliance to chilled out holidaymakers. but the shaking and wild dancing which overtook master meditator Ken failed to so much as cause me a slight tremor in me. This is a guy who had a serious stroke in his early twenties. Eventually a glorious buffet groaning with a mouth-watering array of stews. and alas having been carefully briefed by the 'Juicy Team' . we were circling the dining area in anticipation. we were encouraged to close our eyes and let whatever happened happen. His tales of travels in India learning his yoga skills are bizarre. but kicking's allowed too . Praise be.egg-sized head lumps. some clearly so traumatic that many of our number never set foot on the court again all holiday. A couple of the daily activities take place on the idyllic beach so if exercise isn't your thing. dark place where we giggled nervously before giving ourselves over to the Kundalini. Ken suggested we all keep our eyes shut.and we whupped their asses repeatedly despite our depleted numbers. but within a couple of days we were all on a juice-fuelled (alcohol-free) natural high! We even managed a pretty wild. Oh the renewed ignominy of not being picked by team captains. I did my best to be open to it. Dropping anchor in deserted bays we threw ourselves in the sea and splashed around in the unpolluted waters. hand sprains.a cosy. his gentle guidance and encouragement were very therapeutic. as the sight of all of us trembling and flailing might put the more buttoned-up off. My favourite was rebounding. you can let the scenery distract you from whatever workout you're putting yourself through. swarthy men at Gulet Sailing chugged us around the unblemished Lycian Coast. Day four. tables and a dance floor . The injuries were legion . a game of 'netfootball' was on offer mornings and evenings.. If spiritual hippy stuff is your stuff.and not just of the ball it seemed). He also teaches T'ai Chi. A good two hours before dinner was served.. One evening. but has fought his way to physical fitness against the odds and is now a yoga master. I was on Jason's team. they watched as we raced from one activity to another. he da man. Of course we all took a shufty and exchanged sniggered descriptions of our antics afterwards. dance-your-face-off party on the last night. and the evening brings a welcome return to solids.. Old habits die hard..memories in all of us. For some the detoxing effect took its toll and they suffered headaches. What a trip! The lovely. we were led underground to a vaulted room with a bar. even a goring on the tennis net post . most of us hoover our plates clean in seconds flat. missing only one match all week to go on a boat trip. returning on deck to dry out in the warm sunshine.. " The gentler activities were led by the heavenly Ken.dished out our meagre rations: a couple of bits of fruit. harder still when you've had no 'proper' grub for three days plus. Alas I discovered I have neither the grace nor the balance for this weird discipline! Ken also taught meditation: 6am would see a sleepy few swaddled in their duvets Get Fresh! 77 . If you're lucky enough to get Ken's life story. not a drop of booze in sight. Essentially. or bouncing around to music on one-person trampolines: the most fun "jlli e are all 'Oll'll O'et for the fir t thr e day but they are ° awe olllely delicious and filling YOll shouldn't feel ill ((fly lVay deprived. The staff seemed very bemused by us. chanting their way to wakefulness. salads and sauces is revealed.but the rivalry spurred us all on and I'm proud to count myself amongst the hardcore handful. And for those of us who'd never tried yoga before. fuelled only by the odd bit of fruit and big glasses of juice. touching and at times hilarious. having warmed us to the idea of this low-key meditation. twinkle-eyed Ken decided to introduce those daring enough to a Kundalini meditation.. and descend on the buffet again. Eventually two teams faced each other to battle it out with Jason's invented game of (sort of netballl basketball. as day after day a mere four or five members of our team pitched up to battle it out with upwards of fifteen on the other side! Jason was indomitable . prepare to be humbled. and despite Jason's exhortation to savour and enjoy the food. For the hardier though.

Mornings are taken up with classes teaching the basics of raw food preparation: how to make delicious main courses. or see wwwrawlivmgstyle. It's so relaxing lying on the beach. The hotel is built of ecological materials. When we nourish our bodies with tasty and beautiful looking food it makes achieving our natural weight and optimum health a pleasure. with rooms laid out according to the guidelines of Feng Shui. and I'm on my way to being three stone lighter. water is drawn from a depth of 176 metres. and an organic orchard serves the kitchen. See www. but aside of guiding those with weight difficulties he has an inspirational take on tackling problems with booze. I willingly (yes. tolerate timewasters less and love life more. pristine air and ocean breezes. sitting alone and haVing a good 01' chant. Daily yoga and meditation. I feel strong and motivated. fags and chocolate. really) exercise every day (some days with full-on effort . Facilities include a mineral salted swimming pool . Who' behind it? Retreat facilitator Debbie Lee. several people stay crashed out on their mats and opt for a sunbathing session instead. This helps the body to achieve homeostasis by freeing energy to be used for healing and wellness. The location offers plentiful organic produce.com for more information. to the extent my husband was convinced I'd been brainwashed. mentally.you can have draining your lymphatic system! Inexplicably. Jason Vale runs retreats in 80rdubet and Montenegro. After a gourmet lunch. physically. juicemaster. wraps. For more mformatton about JUICe Master retreats. afternoons are free so guests can explore the surroundings. Raw Spain Detox Retreats What on offer? Tell Dle about the accoDlDlodation? A hotel surrounding an Andalucian courtyard.. and in unguarded moments. who trained at the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida. They clearly love him as much as his audience does. massage and reflexology." aw Sp in D tox retreats will run from March What' on the agenda? The days begin with yoga followed by meditation overlooking the sea of pine trees and olive trees. and as Ken starts the yoga session. health lectures. So what's the difference to my life? Huge. call 084S 1301829 or email info@/uicemaster. It's interesting to watch Jason's team working with him. There are 12 double rooms with ensuite facilities and two suites. his mischievous enthusiasm is infectious. so we lay our yoga mats out and await his instructions. His clear. ranging from a juicing masterclass to overcoming addiction. occasionally I'll give meditation a go. She says: "Easy to digest nourishment with ample enzymes is the key factor in restoring the struggling and weakened immune system. Where? A stylish hotel in Andalucia's Nieves mountains. to May 2008 and from September to D cemb r 2008 For more information call (0}79S1 899 898. organic living food and juices and holistic therapies. The weather is a treat all year round and it's a perfect spot for those who want to relax and unwind and those who are looking for a more active holiday. food preparation classes. Focus on . he even admits to feeling better. He gave two-hour lectures most days. spontaneous style of communication is engaging and hugely entertaining . Me? I don't juice as much as I should. Rather than reaching for a glass of wine or a bottle of beer to unwind after work. Eating living foods provides energy and has the ability to rebuild health. A number of holistic practitioners are on site to offer treatments such as acupuncture.com. he now chucks all manner of fruit and veg into the juicer and feels very virtuous. BUT I haven't touched caffeine or alcohol since my trip.com. But you know what? I've caught him using the juicer. email infoCrawlivingstyle. twenty-four hours later you'll find your shoulders ache as though you'd spent the day as a hodcarrier. Throughout the week a wide variety of health-related topics are covered during evening lectures which follow the principles taught at the Hippocrates Health Institute. non-dairy cheeses and desserts. 78 Get Fr 11! . I returned home full of the joys of juicing.others just to keep everything moving).a plunge in it will both invigorate and speed up detoxification..com. This is the man who helped Jordan (Katie Price) lose her post-baby weight. And the good feeling just doesn't seem to be going away. emotionally and spiritually. and he so obviously lives his own message and deeply believes we can all achieve better states of health with comparatively small shifts in mindset.he's essentially a health stand-up! Never has recognising your bad habits been so much fun. beautiful views of the mountains. or to book a place. The next 80rdubet retreat will take place from 1Sth September to llnd September 1007. with a spring in my step. nut milks. Then it's time to wind down with Ken. pates. I get up earlier. Jason's energy is boundless. kinesiology.

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