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High Raw

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When Kevin asked me to write the foreword for his new book,
High Raw, I was delighted. I’ve had the honor and privilege
of working with him on many occasions and know him to
be “the real deal.” He is one of the best motivators around—
whether you’re working with him in person, listening to or
viewing his online programs, or reading his books. As you
can probably tell, I am one of his biggest fans.
Every page of this book inspires me. I use it as part of
the arsenal of information I bring to my clients and students
as they start in their journey of physical self-awareness and
optimum health. This journey is not just one of left-brained
evaluation, or simply one of judging fitness or lack-of-dis-
ease levels. This is a journey of discovering the reader’s own
potential for health. Kevin’s uplifting book sincerely, and
very practically, helps each reader evaluate their current
level of health, and create the essential mind-set for making
very deep and lasting changes in their lives. High Raw is a
superlative guide that will take you on a thrilling process of
uncovering your potential in every area of your life.
The process of simply reading this book will move your
unconscious mind towards a new base of knowledge of your
body and health. This new place will give you the ground-
ing and clarity to help sort out the confusing messages com-
ing from your normal sources of health information. Kevin’s
writing comes from the heart and from the standpoint of a
journalist. He shares what he has witnessed and experienced
in his own journey from lethargy and complete unawareness
of his own health, to a place of feeling consistent motivation
and inspiration and high physical energy levels, which is the
real goal of improving our health.
It seems that the current state of most modern societies is
one of frantic unawareness. Fast, “busyness,” focus on work
and money, and unrealistic expectations are perfect descrip-
tions, and the gaps usually filled in with mind-numbing
entertainment, all of which ensures that we will never have
the time, energy, or space to create the self-knowledge we
need to truly care for our bodies. Very few parents, schools,
TV shows, websites, medical institutions, or other common
sources of information, are conveying a message of finding
a true sense of fulfillment. Unfortunately, and too often, for
many people, the moments they realize that there is truly
more in life than what they’ve experienced is something that
is shocking and profound.
These same sources of information are usually the source
of our health information, or rather lack of health informa-
tion. If they aren’t conveying a message that helps us live
to our fullest potential and strive to ensure that others can
do the same, then they aren’t conveying a message of true
health. If we are to be aware of our health on every level, we
need to be truly motivated. This motivation factor is what
Kevin does best. When our mind can wrap itself around
these concepts, it can then help to make real, and lasting,
changes in our lives.
I particularly like Kevin’s superb book title, High Raw. On
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his health journey, Kevin found that optimum health begins
by eating a whole foods-based diet of mostly vegetables,
fruits, nuts, seeds. He also understands, as a rapidly growing
number of people throughout this country now realize, too,
that this way of eating is the quickest way to make positive
changes in our physical and emotional health. He encour-
ages readers to “think like a raw food vegan.” In his easy-
going, reader-friendly, and non-judgmental manner, Kevin
suggests that we create meals based largely on fresh, color-
ful plant-based foods: vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds for
at least two weeks, and see what changes this makes in our
energy levels. Additionally, he suggests that we all “lighten
up.” Put simply, don’t be too strict or hard on ourselves; this
only sets up the potential for failure, which is the last thing
that any of us need, right?
For the past 30 years, in my own private practice, maga-
zine articles and interviews, and in my workshops and holis-
tic retreats worldwide, I encourage everyone to live a holistic
lifestyle. This means to live healthfully in body, mind, and
spirit and make vibrant health a way of life. To do this, we
must incorporate the following: embrace a natural-foods
diet; get enough sleep; use natural remedies; exercise fre-
quently; detoxify and rejuvenate often; drink ample purified
water; keep stress levels down; spend time in nature; breathe
deeply and meditate; and cultivate an attitude of gratitude.
Kevin concurs with me on all of these tenets necessary
for optimum health. If we want to live with high energy,
vibrancy and a celebration for life, we must choose to make
changes now. No one can do it for you. You must first decide
to make health your top priority and move in that direction,
with Kevin’s help and expertise. And to make this change, an
easy-to-follow roadmap is key to a path of least resistance.
Kevin’s empowering book will help you start fresh, with no
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judgment, and provides all the tools and information neces-
sary for you to be successful.
It’s also refreshing for me to see a young messenger like
Kevin, a shining example of healthy living, spread this inspir-
ing message, instead of one promoting gadgets, fad foods
and fly-by-night ideas like many health authors do. We all
need a little help from our friends. Invite Kevin (and High
Raw) to be your friend in your journey to experience vibrant
health in body, mind and spirit. If you do, you will achieve
your goals, create your best life, and thank your lucky stars
that you have Kevin as your guide.
— Susan Smith Jones, PhD, author of Health Bliss,
The Healing Power of Nature Foods, Be Healthy—
Stay Balanced, and Recipes for Health Bliss:
www.SusanSmithJones.com

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Today, we have access to more health information and sci-
entific studies than ever before and yet, two things are
happening:
(1) There is more confusion than ever about what is
healthy.
(2) Health epidemics like diabetes, heart disease, food
allergies, cancer and obesity are on the rise.
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It’s time to demystify health and how YOU can get and
STAY healthy. I wrote High Raw because I want to give you
information that is straight to the point and laid back. No
ego, no fancy promises and no overwhelm.
The idea of “High Raw” is by no means new. Many people
have been eating a diet of ripe fruits and vegetables for thou-
sands of years.
What’s different about what you’re about to read is that I’ve
simplified the process of creating your best health with raw
foods. Probably even more than anyone else I’ve learned from.
Why? Because I want you to actually succeed. I want to
make it easy for you.
I’ve stripped away my ego to bring you the simplest and
most valuable information in the shortest amount of time.
There won’t be any lengthy scientific arguments here. For
those you can go somewhere else and get even more con-
fused. I’ll cover this in chapter 2.
For as you and I both know, if there’s a scientific study for
something, anyone can find the complete opposite finding
somewhere else.
In High Raw, I’m including what works. Here, you’ll find
shortcuts to the best of eight to ten years of my own personal
journey, including my study of fitness and nutrition from
hundreds of books, articles and interviews with top experts.
High Raw is about much more than what to eat or how
to eat it. We’ll go way beyond that and address creating a
foundation of health, listening to your body and your intu-
ition and building a toolbox with strategies to get started and
maintain your best health. And if you haven’t gotten to know
me yet through my blog, RenegadeHealth.com, you’ll find
out quickly that I want you to have fun along the way!
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When you think of good health, what comes to mind?
Instead of thinking of complicated answers about heart health,
Body Mass Index, fitness and diet foods, what about just a simple
statement…good health is really about feeling your best, isn’t it?
The key to feeling your best is not a complex equation and
it doesn’t require pouring over the latest statistics from jour-
nals full of medical mumbo jumbo. In fact, achieving your
best health can be quite easy — and that’s the goal of High
Raw — cutting through the confusion and keeping it simple.
If you’re like me, you’re busy…you’ve had enough of the
back and forth about the latest health fads that are here
today and debunked tomorrow. You just want to feel good…
and you want to have fun while doing it!
It is my mission to introduce a new paradigm for health, a
paradigm where feeling your best is simple. Where we leave
out the mystery and embrace a common sense approach to
feeling energized, fit, happy and healthy.
In the old paradigm, good health was confusing, overwhelm-
ing and downright boring. High Raw introduces a new para-
digm for health: where you become empowered to use your
own intuition and take small steps with powerful tools to feel
your best. The most important part? Have fun! Good health is a
journey and you deserve to smile and enjoy the trip!
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So what if creating your best health was a great adventure?
Let’s take a wild ride and enjoy this trip together! But
before we officially take off on this adventure, I want to fin-
ish up this introduction with a possibility…
Imagine if you could just enjoy your food…without guilt,
without shame, without questioning.
It’s possible — and some of the answers are right here in
this book.
The fact is that the answers to healthy eating are right in
front of us. We’ve just chosen to ignore them. Not because
we want to ignore them, but because we’re surrounded by
messages that make this exploration of health into some-
thing much harder than it is. But no matter what the media
or scientific studies tell you, good health is NOT as compli-
cated as programming a super computer. In reality, it can be
as simple as flipping a switch.
I have a laminated sheet with a few of my goals that I
pin up in the shower. (Yes, the shower!) On it is this saying,
which my good friend, Jonathan, shared with me:
If someone taught me how to flip a switch,
I wouldn’t spend any time wondering how it
worked, I’d just enjoy the light.
Let’s start enjoying the light. Let’s keep our mind open to
possibilities. When we do, we’ll find the answers.
That’s what this book is about.
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Seriously…I was not the paragon of good health. I had some
pretty terrible habits that I didn’t really feel the need to do
anything about — until my physical and emotional health
started to suffer.
Let’s start with high school. To begin with, I was an ath-
lete, playing football, basketball and tennis. As co-captain of
my football team, I celebrated winning the 1995 Connecticut
State Football Championship. In tennis, I was on the top
doubles team in the conference.
So I always understood that fitness was very important,
in fact, I still think it’s one of the most important things you
can do.
Anyway, my fitness was taken care of in high school. I
knew how to weight-lift, albeit the wrong way, but still,
I knew how to build muscle. I knew how to exercise and I
knew how to compete and be competitive in sports.
What I didn’t know anything about was nutrition.
Absolutely nothing.
In fact, my tennis doubles partner and I had what we
thought was great energy food before a match. We’d go to
the school store, this little hole in the wall that was always
full of candy, soda and other processed foods. We’d each pick
out a package of Twinkies and a can of Mountain Dew.
To add insult to injury, after our little “energizing snack,”
we’d jump into my mother’s Dodge Caravan, drive to a spot in
the neighborhood behind the school, and smoke a cigarette.
Then we would come back and park by the tennis courts and
start our tennis match.
So that was my nutritional background…Not so hot, huh?
Well, things didn’t get much better in college.
When I got into college I decided not to pursue any sports.
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Instead, like many other students, I became adept at the art
of partying. I became a self-proclaimed, beer-slugging loser.
I partied all the time. And it didn’t help that I was going to
college in the state of New York, where bars stay open until
4:00 in the morning! My friends and I must have thought
that just because the bars were open, we had to be there,
because we’d play pool, drink and hang out until closing.
For a while, it seemed like the be-all end-all of fun. But
over time, it really wore on me. I would wake up at two in the
afternoon, go to class (well, if I even wanted to go to class!)
and I even kept up with my workout routine.
Eventually, I began to gain weight, despite all of the time I
spent in the gym. Over time, I gained thirty pounds. I felt over-
weight, lazy and tired. Truthfully, I was unhappy and uncom-
fortable with myself. I felt I had lost my drive and my focus.
I couldn’t think what to do with my life, except to go out
the next night and party as usual. My lifestyle became vicious
cycle that played out, literally, for the entire four years of
college.
After college, the partying continued and my life seemed
to get even worse. To get the full effect, you have to picture
how I lived: imagine a basement apartment in Brooklyn, NY.
I shared this tiny space with a friend, who I was working
with at the time.
The place was so small, that I had a makeshift room cre-
ated by stringing a sheet between my bed and the rest of the
apartment. Every day, I’d get up, walk around the sheet and
sit at my desk doing web design projects. At night, I’d be out
partying as usual. It wasn’t long before all of the good things
seemed to drain out of my life, between sitting in that base-
ment and partying too late into the night. My relationships
suffered, from my roommate to my family to my friends. I
became miserable and found myself sinking into depression.
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One night, after a particularly late night of drunken party-
ing, I came home and slept until two o’clock the next after-
noon. If you’ve ever peeled your head off the pillow after too
much alcohol, you can imagine how I felt that day.
My head was spinning, I felt awful and something inside
me shifted. It was in this moment that I asked myself a ques-
tion: “Is there something better than this?”
That one question changed my life.
Because the answer was the kind of positive kick in the
butt that made me take action in a better direction.
That very day, I got my head straight, called my mother
and told her I was moving home. I admitted that I couldn’t
work or live like this anymore. My mother said, “You can
move home and stay in the guestroom, but you can’t put
any of your clothes in the dresser.” That was fine with me,
because I knew it was a starting point for change. I told my
friend that I was quitting my job and moved back home.
With that one act, doors started to open for me.
One of the doors that opened came when my mother
handed me a book. The book was called The Seeker’s Guide
by Elizabeth Lesser, who was the co-founder of Omega
Institute.
Before that time, I was never open to the idea or the possi-
bility that maybe there was more to life — and more to health
— than just fitness. I hadn’t really thought much about things
like spirituality and nutrition. The Seeker’s Guide opened my
mind to the possibility that there was so much more than I
was already experiencing.
That possibility has led to where I am right now. That one
grain of possibility allowed me to go from feeling lazy, tired,
anxious, angry, depressed and stressed out to feeling happy,
optimistic and passionate about my life and work. Don’t get
me wrong, I still have challenges and I still get stressed out at
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times (you can ask my wife and business partner, Annmarie,
about that!), but since that day, I created a whole new foun-
dation for how I live my life.
I share my experience to show you that no matter how
bad things look, you can start with one question, one book,
one inspiration and transform your life! All you have to do
is be ready.
So if you’re ready, I’d like to share some information, tools
and strategies that can kick start your own transformation.
If you’re ready, this book may be the one thing that changes
your life for the better!
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Somehow, we got off track when it comes to health. You may
have heard media reports saying that we are living longer
than ever, but are we living better?
Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, allergies, asthma, ADD,
autism and other health issues are on the rise…and not just
for adults. These conditions are affecting kids too. Illnesses
that confound doctors, like chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and
candida are causing thousands of people to suffer.
According to the World Health Organization, one of the
growing concerns worldwide is chronic and non-communi-
cable diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depres-
sion and cancers.
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Non-communicable diseases are those
that are not infectious and can result from genetic or lifestyle
factors. They tend to develop over long periods of time, often
without symptoms at first.
So while statistics may show we are living longer, we are
not necessarily living better.
Sally Fallon, author of the book, Nourishing Traditions,
wrote an article comparing our quality of life with that of
our ancestors.
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Sally Fallon argues that our lives are actually not better
today then they were in past generations. If you look around,
you’d probably agree with her findings: too many people today
suffer from “degenerative diseases — arthritis, multiple scle-
rosis, digestive disorders, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s,
epilepsy and chronic fatigue…Learning disabilities such as
dyslexia and hyperactivity make life miserable for seven mil-
lion young people — not to mention their parents.”
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When did we decide that medical technology and over-the-
counter and prescription drugs were the answers to help us
live healthier and longer?
Are we relying on something outside of ourselves, like
doctors and medicine, to keep us healthy, when in fact, we
may hold the greatest key of all to our health and longevity?
Before we examine that, let’s take a look at just how success-
ful medicine is at keeping us healthy.
In his book, Death by Medicine, Gary Null has gathered
statistics to show that modern medicine may actually be
harmful to your health! We all know that the American health
care system is a mess, but it hits home when you learn some
of the statistics Gary Null shares about accidental deaths,
unnecessary hospitalizations, unnecessary prescriptions (for
antibiotics, especially) and unnecessary surgeries.
Here are some statistics of a medical system gone awry
from Death by Medicine
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The cost of these three medical interventions alone is
approximately $136,000,000 annually. Literally billions of
dollars spent on medical errors. But it gets worse.
According to Null, when you add up all of the medical and
drug errors across all categories, it is estimated at 999,936
deaths annually, which amounts to 7.8 million deaths over
10 years of medical intervention.
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Something is wrong with this picture. We may be living lon-
ger, but the very system we are relying on to keep us healthy is
broken. This is not to say that doctors and medical interven-
tions don’t save lives, but the idea that we’d willingly hand
over responsibility for our health to a system that is plagued
with problems is one of the reasons we’ve gotten off track.
The good news is that more and more people are taking
responsibility for their own health. Just the fact that you are
reading this book tells me that you are one of them and I
acknowledge you for that!
So what does it take to be self-responsible when it comes
to your own health? I’ll cover the specifics in the upcoming
chapters of this book. But first, I want to talk about creating
a mindset for good health.
The first step in creating a mindset for good health is
believing that YOU are in charge of your own best health.
Once you become aware of that, the rest gets easier.
I always recommend that you work with a qualified health
practitioner. Who you choose is up to you. But when you rec-
ognize that YOU are responsible for your health, you become
part of the process of creating your health. Instead of giving
up control to someone else, you become a partner with your
health practitioner. This means that you’ll have actions to
take to change your health picture. You’ll find many excel-
lent tools here in this book to support you. The good news is
that when you start taking action, you become empowered
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to feel your best. You are no longer a victim when you realize
that the habits you create and the lifestyle you lead holds the
key to your health.
When you choose to take action and start to create a life-
style that supports good health, some of the things you may
change are: the foods you eat, how much exercise you do and
how much stress you have in your life.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
states that up to 90% of doctor’s visits may be triggered by
stress-related illness.
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Many natural health experts agree that chronic stress
causes is at the heart of most of our emotional and physical
health conditions today. Why are so many people feeling so
stressed out?
I used to feel the negative effects of chronic stress myself
and much of it has to do with taking a good look at how you
are living your life. Chapters 10 and 11 of this book are full
of tools and strategies to help you create a foundation for
success and make your healthy habits stick.
It’s important to remember that taking action for your
health is important, but if you get too stressed out about our
health, it can have adverse affects.
The truth is that there’s a lot of conflicting and confusing
information in the media, scientific studies and from health
and medical experts. I’ll tell you why this is happening in chap-
ter 2. If you get too stressed out about it, you’ll end up worrying
and forget to enjoy the journey. Chapters three and four will
guide you toward ways to cut through all the confusion about
health information and find out what really works for you.
Good health doesn’t have to be hard. So if you find your-
self feeling confused and frustrated, take a deep breath, and
review chapters 4–9, where I outline some simple, common
sense principles for diet and health.
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With more availability of information about health than ever
before, why are we still so confused? Why are chronic health
conditions still on the rise?
Let’s stop and think for a moment about the SOURCE of
where this health information is coming from. The major
sources are: scientific studies, medicine (doctors, pharma-
ceutical companies) and the media (television, newspapers,
journals). It’s important that you understand how these
sources of information can be biased, before you decide
what to believe.
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I have a love/hate relationship with science. On the one hand,
I have a scientific mindset. I love to read studies and look at
data. I believe in getting baseline tests when it comes to your
health. And I believe that we have to go through processes and
systems in order to really decide if something’s working or not
— whether we’re talking about your body or even machines,
like your car or appliances, like your toaster oven.
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The American Heritage Dictionary defines science as
“Knowledge, especially that gained through experience” and
“The observation, identification, description, experimental
investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena.”
Experimenting with what works and coming up with sys-
tems is helpful. For example, if you were building a house,
you’d find out all the tools, materials, people and steps you
needed to make it work. You might experiment a bit as you
are learning to build the house and once you build your first
one, you could replicate that process when you build another
house. You’d have a system…that’s a type of science.
You probably do the same thing in many areas of your
life. At work, you’ve found systems and processes that help
you get your job done. At home, you have routines and pro-
cesses for your life, like what time you eat your meals. That’s
actually a scientific process and these can be really helpful to
us. But it’s not like all that science gobbledy-gook that can be
so confusing, like chemical formulas.
Here’s the deal, when it comes to our nutrition, I think
science has gone horribly wrong. Some people will argue till
their death about that with me, but I’ve seen too many peo-
ple confused and it’s time to expose this truth.
First of all, nutrition science has not been around that
long. In Michael Pollan’s book, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s
Manifesto Manifesto, he likens nutrition science to surgery in
1650, “which is to say very interesting and promising, but do
you really want to get on the table yet?”
1
Back then, it was
only just beginning and people didn’t know much about it.
With nutrition science, it’s been around for only 175 years and
today, we still don’t know everything there is to know. One day
fat is bad for you and the next, we learn fat is good. So after
years of eating fat free diets, many people started experienc-
ing health issues like depression, from lack of good fats. Then
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it was all about low carb/no carb/high protein
and it seems to continue with new things pop-
ping up each year. Over the past 175 years,
nutrition science has been rife with fads and
conflicting information. No wonder so many
people are confused!
Here are a few reasons to question science:
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I really believe that science is breaking
things down into too many pieces and tak-
ing a reductionist approach. The reduc-
tionist approach breaks things down to
the smallest pieces and observes them to
make theories about the whole. While this
can be useful in many ways, the danger is
that if we forget the whole, we can make
big mistakes when it comes to health.
It’s like treating a disease, but not look-
ing at how the treatment will affect the whole
person. We are complex beings. We are not just one cell
or one organ. If you treat the one cell or one organ, with-
out thinking about how it affects the whole person, you
could be doing more harm than good.
The same is true in nutrition science. Foods are broken
down to their smallest parts, like beta carotene, lycopene
or essential fatty acids. Scientists look at those small parts
and make recommendations about what they do for our
bodies. The next thing you know, all the manufactured
foods add these ingredients in or supplements are made
to give us those amazing ingredients. How do we know
that those ingredients alone, when extracted from the
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fruits and vegetables they came from are doing what they
are supposed to do? This is Michael Pollan’s argument in
his book, In Defense of Food. He contends that we may be
better off simply sticking to fruits and vegetables because
we know they work.
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º RLASON #2: MONLY TALKS: THL SWAYING OI SCILNCL,
NUTRITION & HLALTH
Did you know that scientific studies are often swayed by
those who fund them? A big question we should all be
asking is “where did the money originate to fund a sci-
entific study?”
Unfortunately, the big money to fund scientific stud-
ies often comes from the drug companies.
Studies are funded by pharmaceutical companies
and conducted by medical experts. But when
it comes to presenting results, the pharma-
ceutical staff often works with scientists to
determine how the results should be pre-
sented. This has led to abuses, like study
results being omitted if results did not show
a product in a favorable light.
3
In 2001, the International Committee of
Medical Journal Editors’, which includes
prestigious journals such as the Journal of
the American Medical Association (JAMA)
and the New England Journal of Medicine
(NEJM), created a new policy refusing to
publish studies unless researchers were
guaranteed scientific independence.
4
But that didn’t fix the problem because in 2004,
Center for Science in the Public Interest exposed JAMA
and other journals for publishing scientific studies with-
out disclosing who paid for the studies.
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those who Fund them?
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originate to Fund a
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Too many of these scientific studies are being pub-
lished to dupe the public into making conclusions about
the benefits of certain products, namely, pharmaceuti-
cal drugs. And it doesn’t stop with scientific studies. You
can follow the money trail right to your doctor’s office,
because they too, are being swayed by money from phar-
maceutical and biomedical companies.
In fact, in 2006, the Boston Globe reported that Stanford
medical center joined several other well-known academic
medical centers in a new policy that would allow their
research to be independent of drug companies. As public
knowledge of tainted research practices escalated, these
academic medical centers recognized that conflicts of
interest had the potential to influence how they trained
staff and provided clinical care. According to the Boston
Globe, “Of the $21 billion the pharmaceutical industry
spends every year on marketing, as much as 90 percent
is directed at physicians through various mechanisms,
such as free meals, gifts and drug samples and spon-
sorship of continuing medical education programs and
other events…”
6
So while most of us have been led to believe we can
trust doctors, you have to question them too. Doctors,
medical school education and studies are all subject to
potential conflicts of interest from drug companies. This
is not to say that there aren’t great doctors and health
care practitioners out there. But it might surprise you
to find out that most doctors think the majority of their
peers are swayed by the influence of money from drug
companies.
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Keep in mind that it’s not just pharmaceutical and
biomedical companies that have money to sway science.
From big agribusiness industries like dairy, corn and beef
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to personal care products and baby products, big money
is spent to lobby the US Congress or the FDA to sway
decisions in their favor. These decisions result in recom-
mendations as to what we should eat and how safe our
food and personal care products are.
Recently, Bristol-Myers Squibb, a New York based
pharmaceutical spent $840,000 lobbying Congress on the
safety of Bisphenol A (a known toxin) used in its baby
formula food packaging.
8
And Monsanto, one of the larg-
est agribusiness companies, funded a group of farmers
lobbying for the right to use synthetic bovine growth hor-
mone (a product made by Monsanto) for increased milk
production.
9
The truth of it is this: the lettuce lobby is not on the
steps of Washington fighting for red leaf lettuce. There’s
no one fighting for kale. There’s no one fighting for grapes
or raisins. The people who are fighting are people who
have vested interests, like the supplement companies, big
agribusiness, large manufactured food companies and
the pharmaceuticals. Their intentions are (as you can
guess) to get research out there that supports their cause
or to fight the research that was against their product.
This is why there is so much conflicting and con-
fusing information when it comes to health and nutri-
tion. You can look up any scientific study and find the
complete opposite for it. It’s because this sort of jock-
eying is happening all the time.
While there may be plenty of altruistic people who
want to go to the government or into the school systems
to really get people healthy—with no biased agenda—
they simply don’t have the kind of financial backing that
the large industries have.
There’s no money fight for lettuce because it’s just not
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that large of an industry. Corn, wheat, dairy, beef, pork,
all these other conglomerates are fighting to get their
products known. This has been going on for years. The
generations before us, particularly between 1930 and
1970, were influenced by these industries, which is why
they are so set on the paradigm of meat and dairy.
Dairy lobbies and meat lobbies influenced everything
from the messages about how much of their products
to consume to even the food pyramid recommended by
US dieticians! Insider Marion Nestle, chair of New York
University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Studies
and author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry
Influences Nutrition, and Health, details just how lobby-
ists influence the food pyramid, product sales through
lobbying, financial contributions, lawsuits, public rela-
tions, alliances and other tactics.
According to statistics from the Humane Society, the
amount of meat consumption has increased 154 percent
from 1950 to 2007.
10
Based on what you’ve learned about
lobbyists, that may not seem like a surprise. The other
reason for an increase in meat eating is that as people
become more affluent, they eat more in general, includ-
ing an increase in meat consumption. Lester R. Brown,
author of Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, wrote
about this phenomenon, stating that the poor are con-
cerned about too little to eat and the rich are concerned
about eating too much. In fact, this has been influenced
in the types of disease experienced by these economic
groups. In Plan B, Brown writes that the 1.2 billion
wealthiest people in the world are dying of diseases of
aging and excessive lifestyle, like obesity, smoking, high
fat and high sugar diets and lack of exercise.
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In contrast, the 1.2 billion poorest people are dying
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from infectious diseases and malnutrition. Brown con-
tends that since the poorest populations are malnour-
ished from eating too low on the food chain and the
richest populations experience disease from eating too
high on the food chain, the best solution is to eat in the
middle of the food chain. This means more of a largely
plant-based diet, with a smaller amount of meat and
grains.
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So if you look at that, that’s where today’s nutrition
paradigm is. The rich were eating meat. When talking
to my grandfather and my mother, they felt like eating
steak meant they were eating like kings. You may have
experienced this as well. In some families eating steak
regularly is too expensive. While I personally don’t eat
meat, I’m not against it. I know that it has a place for
some people in their diet. But when you look at how
meat lobbyists have influenced our consumption, you
have to stop and think about what’s really the right
amount for your best health.
The lobbyists for all these companies are always out
working. Appetite for Profit, by Michele Simon, is another
book that exposes tactics used by lobbyists for compa-
nies like Coca-Cola, McDonalds and Kraft to make their
foods seem healthier than they really are. In Appetite for
Profit, Simon also focuses on how children are targets
for many of these company campaigns. For example,
in a conflict with mothers about selling soda in school,
compromises were reached to continue selling soda, as
long as it wasn’t during the school day. The scary part
is that because they have the financial backing, they are
winning. And they don’t have our best interest or chil-
dren’s best interest at heart.
Money talks, so when it comes to information about
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health and nutrition, stay alert to where the information
is coming from. Chapter 8 will cover more about how
to educate yourself and cut through all of the conflicting
information that is out there.
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IS ILAWLD
Imagine building a house on a crumbling foundation. You
might build the best house, but over time, as the founda-
tion crumbles, the structure of the house will break and
crumble as well.
Now let’s apply that to science. Many scientific stud-
ies are built upon previous studies…but what happens
if the previous studies were flawed? All medical research
goes through a “peer review,” which is essentially a
review of each study by a group of scientists and experts
who are supposed to be unbiased.
When the studies pass the peer review process, peo-
ple often take action based on those studies. Doctors
may prescribe drugs or protocols based on them, which
means you may be affected by the study results.
In 2005, serious flaws were exposed in the peer review
process. In fact, “almost one-third of top research arti-
cles over the 10-year period studied, have been either
contradicted or seriously questioned,” according to an
article in the Boston Globe.
13
These studies had created
a decade of recommendations and further studies that
affected our health.
If you consider one study a foundation for further
studies, imagine how much incorrect information is
influencing us? If science keeps building on a faulty foun-
dation, eventually, just like the house, it will topple.
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It’s not just science that influences what we think
about nutrition, the media plays a tremendous
role in what and how we eat, including our
thoughts about food. As much as we hate to
admit it, the media does influence us.
A 2002 Gallup poll showed that the amount of
time the media has focused on health has grown.
Because “health sells,” television, magazines,
newspapers and the Internet have all started
devoting more “air time” to health and nutrition.
This has not, however, helped people understand
nutrition any better, nor do people trust health
media, according to Gallup.
14
Is it possible to trust the media’s portrayal of
health and nutrition?
Here are some reasons why so many people
don’t trust the media:
º RLASON #1: ADVLRTISLMLNTS ~ THL GRLAT MADISON
AVLNUL DLCLPTION
Marketing is a science in and of itself. It’s the science
of influencing people that they have a problem that a
certain product or service can solve. First, if the prob-
lem is well known, like being overweight, it’s probably
pretty easy to sell a solution. But marketing techniques
go deeper than that. They also aim to educate you about
problems you don’t even know you have! A great deal
of money is spent simply on marketing, to get you to
think you have a problem and need to buy something
to solve it.
When it comes to food, much of the advertising
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budgets are aimed at getting you to want a certain
food…and when they aren’t selling enough of that food,
they aim to get you to want to eat more of that food.
Remember the fat free craze of the 90’s, when it seemed
okay to eat more of something because it was “fat free?”
A great deal of research and psychology goes into adver-
tisements and whether we want to admit it or not, they
can influence us.
Advertisements today are riddled with magic bul-
lets and quick fixes to any problem you might have.
But don’t be fooled, these slick, high budget, weapons
of mass influence are targeted at reaching their desired
goal, regardless of your best interests.
According to a study in The Journal of Health
Communication, from 1996 to 2000, drug ads aimed at
consumers has more than tripled, with the highest per-
centage spent on television ads.
15
The study showed that
an average TV watcher was exposed to more drug ads
than any other form of health information.
What I find interesting is that you also see TV ads
from Mothers Against Drunk Driving telling people how
awful drunk driving is, but yet, there are even more ads
on TV from pharmaceuticals, that kill far more people
than drunk drivers. Drunk driving caused 13,407 fatal-
ities in 2006.
16
In Death by Medicine, Gary Null’s data
from 1994 showed that 106,000 deaths occurred annu-
ally from adverse drug reactions in hospitals and the
numbers are growing.
17
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TO LOOK LIKL IACTS
Press releases are written to provide compelling informa-
tion and a call to action that looks and feels like a news-
paper or magazine article. There are also video news
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releases, which are produced with the same goal for TV
news. With shrinking budgets and resources, too many
reporters are cutting corners and engaging in the practice
of using press releases verbatim or in essence, plagiariz-
ing large pieces of a press release and making it look like
real journalism. Science, health and medical journalism
has been hard-hit by this practice and according to some
experts, it’s getting worse with the proliferation of digital
news on the Internet.
18
Papers can be literally from 50–70 percent direct press
releases from a specific company. Who’s writing the press
releases? Companies and people who want to get their
specific message out.
Last year, I was speaking to an audience of about 40
people at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. I asked the
audience, “Does anyone work for the school paper?” One
girl raised her hand. I said, “Let me ask you a question.
Do you get press releases?” She said, “Yes.” I said, “What
do you do with them?” She replied, “Well, we decide
which ones we want to print in the paper.” When I asked
her if she rewrote the press releases, she said, “No. We
just publish them.” Now that’s a college paper, but don’t
think that that practice doesn’t move up the ladder. It’s a
lazy way of journalism, but it’s also a way to fill paper. It’s
a way to get information out there. The problem is that
press releases are biased and they are often passed off as
a good, objective journalistic article.
There was a study that came out in 2005 and the
headline in Fox News was: “Study: Coffee Top Source of
Antioxidants.”
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There were huge headlines, all over the
place — this was big stuff. People were emailing me ask-
ing, “Kevin did you see this? Coffee is a good source of
antioxidants.” Well guess what happened? The journalist
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made a mistake; they didn’t read the full study. Do you
know what the full study said? It said this: “Coffee is
the highest source of America’s antioxidants.” It did not
say coffee was a good source of antioxidants. It said
that coffee is where Americans get most of their anti-
oxidants. This is plain inaccurate. Coffee is by far NOT
one of the best sources of antioxidants. For example,
blueberries are giants in terms of antioxidant content
when compared to coffee.
º RLASON #3: LNDORSLMLNTS ~ USING CLLLHRITILS AND
LXPLRTS TO GAIN YOUR TRUST
In marketing, endorsements are another technique to sell
products and services. The idea is to pay an expert, ath-
lete or celebrity, someone you’d trust or admire, to recom-
mend their product. Endorsements are being used more
and more often in all kinds of marketing from advertise-
ments to television and magazine articles. You’ll even see
a growing number of endorsements on the Internet.
There are many people profiting from endorsements,
so be aware of whom you decide to trust. The good news
is, there are a growing number of people out there who
have high integrity and would only recommend what has
been successful in their own lives. You’ll know the dif-
ference the more you stay alert for the messages you are
watching, reading or hearing.
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So let’s be careful. We can’t just look at these studies and
just think that this information is right. We have to be detec-
tives. I like to tell people that we can be our own “scientific
research labs.” Everybody laughs when I say this, but it’s
true. That’s what I’ve done with myself. Sometimes you mess
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up and sometimes you really succeed. Or you have to reach
out to people who you know are really walking their talk —
the people you trust or the people you know. Have a smart
mind around it.
In chapter 7, I will actually take you through a process
— a scientific process of getting results. If you were to take
one simple process that I use myself and teach to others, you
will more easily determine what works for you. You’ll learn
to know and trust your own body and your own intuition.
This is what will make the already easy principles of High
Raw even easier! And it will make your journey through the
jungle of nutrition and health information seem like a fun
adventure. So you can relax and enjoy the ride.
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So how did I go from a “beer slugging loser with Brooklyn
Basement-itis” to a successful, happy entrepreneur? I went on
a personal quest to find answers. For years, I’ve been research-
ing natural health, healing, fitness, self-development and nutri-
tion; and interviewing some of the top experts in the field.
And what I found was this…conflicting information, com-
plex systems, and downright confusion. Now that you’ve read
chapters 1 and 2, you understand why.
When it comes to nutrition, I think of myself as a journal-
ist. And as a journalist, there’s one thing I know for sure: it’s
time to breakdown the stiff and cold nutritional guidelines,
calorie counting diets and charts and re-learn the tenets of
health that create lasting results.
First of all, let’s start with some basic common sense that
just about everyone can agree upon when it comes to
nutrition:
º LAT AS CLOSL TO NATURL AS POSSIHLL: like whole fresh fruits,
vegetables, nuts and seeds
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foods entirely!)
When it comes to healthy eating, I am certainly an advocate
of eating more raw food. The raw food movement is growing
and many people are catching on to its simple message. And
yet, what should be simple is actually becoming complicated
by a lot of conflicting diet and nutrition information.
Why? Because everyone is looking for scientific proof and
as you’ve already seen from the previous chapters, this can
be a slippery slope.
I experienced this first hand after I started my own blog
TV show, “The Renegade Health Show,” also known as rhTV.
The goal of “The Renegade Health” show, which you can
watch at www.RenegadeHealth.com, is to provide a fun,
exciting, easy-to-understand and educational forum for nat-
ural health enthusiasts.
Each month, tens of thousands of viewers in over 85
countries tune into “The Renegade Health Show,” so you can
imagine that I get a lot of questions about diet, nutrition,
exercise and raw foods.
Here are some very common questions I receive about
the raw food diet:
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The truth is, while you’d think the premise of eating raw
food would be easy, the raw food diet can be just as complex
as any other dietary program. I’ve seen completely opposing
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viewpoints in discussions on my Inner Circle, where over a
thousand members discuss natural health, with guidance
from thought leaders and experts.
If you look anywhere across the board: the Internet,
books, radio, TV, videos on YouTube or online, you’re going
to be able to find exactly the opposite information to what
you want to find. You’re going to end up finding things at
complete different ends of the spectrum.
It’s time to cut through the confusion. This is where High
Raw comes in. High Raw honors the fact that we all want
easy to follow information that we can use to suit our unique
situations. And of course, we want to enjoy the journey, so it
should be fun!
The principle behind High Raw is to filter the information
on raw food and nutrition and break it down to the com-
mon sense principles that really matter. So you can wipe out
the confusion and wipe out the feelings of shame or guilt
when it comes to your diet. Imagine how that would feel….
Imagine if by the end of this book, you could say, “Wow. I
really believe this is easy. I can do this.”
So let’s talk about the concept of “High Raw” and what
that means with respect to the raw food diet and nutrition
as a whole.
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The raw food diet is based on whole, organic, uncooked,
unprocessed fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and sea-
weeds. Much of the raw food movement focuses on a largely
— if not completely — plant-based diet. Those who follow a
raw food plant-based diet eat only plant-based foods and do
not eat animal foods, including dairy and eggs.
In general, raw food would constitute food that has not
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been cooked over 115–120° F, so that the food would retain
its natural enzymes.
There’s a big debate in the raw food movement about how
much raw food one should eat. So it’s not surprising that I
get this question often. People ask, “Is raw the way to go?
What about 100% raw?” or “What should I be eating?”
Here’s the simplest approach: in order to eliminate a
lot of confusion around nutrition and science, the basis of
your entire diet should be whole foods. Not super foods, not
supplements, not anything else but whole foods — ripe, raw,
uncooked, whole foods.
When it comes to what percentage should be raw, I rec-
ommend a High Raw approach. The concept of High Raw
is hardly new. A High Raw food diet includes 75%–95% raw
foods. The rest would include cooked, whole foods. Again,
this might seem easy, but not if we get caught up in all of the
confusion around nutrition. The biggest reason we might get
confused by all of the conflicting information is if we forget
to take a common sense approach.
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Here’s an easy common sense experiment: Take a
moment to look at the pictures on the previous page.
Which would you rather eat?
Which of these foods looks more appetizing? You can make a
common sense decision when you see the difference between
the carnage of a cow vs. a nicely cut steak that’s been pumped
with carbon monoxide so it stays red longer. By the time you
eat a steak, it looks nothing like where it came from. Yet the
blueberries look exactly the same. All of the processing and
manufacturing of our foods have simply removed us from
nature and what is natural.
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If we were to go out into nature, we would pick our foods off
a tree or perhaps pick it up off the ground, and we would eat
it. We might have learned what is okay to eat from our ances-
tors, but if we didn’t, we’d simply experiment. Experimenting
might look like tasting something and seeing how we react.
We’d be using our senses as a way to guide us to foods that
work or don’t work for each of us individually.
Today’s modern diets are so full of processed foods that
we have literally lost the connection to that process of exper-
imenting. You may even feel like you’ve lost touch not only
with what food is good, but also with what food is good for
YOU personally.
Everyone worries about their health at times. So every
time you feel like you’re slipping off into worries like, “Should
I be eating this or eating that?” With a High Raw approach,
I invite you to reconnect to your senses and experiment. You
will learn more about that in chapter 7. In the meantime, the
easiest thing to embrace is this High Raw foundation: eat
75%–95% whole, ripe, raw foods.
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The idea is to take this and use it as your
foundation or a base that you can always
come back to. Instead of worrying about what
superfoods you should be eating, simply focus
on your foundation and go from there.
I’ve found that the people who’ve been
most successful with following a healthy diet
embrace this foundation and what makes
them really successful is they don’t stress
about it. Instead of worrying about perfec-
tion, they stick to a guidelines and principles.
If you’re worrying about being 100% raw or 100% anything,
it can set you up on the wrong path. It is no longer fun…it’s
simply stressful. This is the point at which many people fail.
My goal is for you to create lasting success and one way to
do that is to drop the worry and guilt—and enjoy your jour-
ney to good health. I’ll give you an idea of how I’ve handled
this in my own life. First of all, I don’t worry about my diet
because I always know I have a foundation. The foundation
is to eat 75%–95% percent whole, ripe, raw foods. Now does
that mean that I eat 75%–95% percent exactly and measure
everything? Not at all! Instead, I may go for five days straight
where I’ll have everything raw and then maybe I’ll have a
cooked meal. Or perhaps I’ll have two cooked meals and
move on from there. When you follow the High Raw founda-
tion, the beauty is that you don’t need to be so specific and
so scientific about it. What it DOES mean is that you have
committed to a mindset to stick to a foundation for your
healthy diet.
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In terms of the High Raw lifestyle, I’ve done radio interviews
with people and they ask me about the science of raw food.
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I have to laugh about this because in a way, it’s an absolutely
ridiculous question.
Science and the High Raw lifestyle have an interesting
relationship. Everyone talks about the science of raw food,
and nutrition for that matter too. My question is this: is there
really science around raw food? And more importantly, does
there need to be? Do we need to break things down in order
to understand that, for example, an apple picked from a tree
is the most important thing for us? I don’t think so.
When it comes to science and raw foods, you really only
need to know one thing: You don’t have to eat 100% raw
foods to be healthy, but you do have to eat raw foods to be
healthy.
Let’s talk about some of the science around
raw food:
º LNZYMLS: Some people will argue that
raw food is full of enzymes that make
the food easier to digest and therefore,
put less strain on your body.
º NUTRILNTS: Some people will argue that
heat will destroy some of the vitamins
and nutrients, like proteins. You will
see plenty of studies showing that cook-
ing can destroy vitamin C and B vitamins. Research has
also shown that overcooking protein also affects its bio-
availability by about 50%.
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Cooking can also destroy tryptophan, the amino acid pre-
cursor to serotonin, known as the “feel good hormone” and
melatonin, the “sleep hormone.” Many people think that
eating turkey makes them sleepy, but because tryptophan
is largely destroyed by cooking, they are more likely sleepy
due to overeating. A typical Thanksgiving meal, for example,
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includes massive amounts of carbohydrates, protein and fat,
which overload your digestive system. It’s no wonder people
have to unbutton their pants before sitting down to watch
the football game!
The science of raw food may tell us important things
about nutrients and enzymes, but to be frank, I don’t think
we need to fill our heads with that information.
The reality is, before modern science even came along,
we’ve had hundreds of thousands of years of nutritional
symbiosis. That means that we have been in harmony with
nature — and the food that nature has given us — for many,
many years. Not only humans, but every other animal on the
planet. A cat does not need to know if there’s vitamin C in
something or not. And do you think a cat needs to know all
the different amino acids in the mouse that it finds out in the
wild? It doesn’t care. It just eats it.
From chapters 1 and 2, you already know that the founda-
tion of science has some cracks and eventually, as it builds, it
could crumble. As nutrition science continues to figure itself
out, I think we’re going to be left with what may feel like
good old common sense: eat whole, raw, ripe, organic fruits,
vegetables, nuts and seeds…the High Raw foundation. I like
High Raw because it makes more sense for people. Again,
not all science is bad — there is some science that is working
— real scientific studies with human results…we just have to
be alert and aware with any study we read.
One of the best studies that I’ve seen to date is The China
Study, by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. The China Study is the
largest epidemiological study ever, with surveys from 6,500
adults in more than 2,500 counties across China and Taiwan.
Using hundreds of health and nutrition variables, The China
Study draws links between diet and heart disease, cancer
and diabetes.
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The China Study began with an investigation into the
unusually high incidence of liver cancer in children in the
Philippines due to what they thought was high consump-
tion of a mold toxin, called aflatoxins, in peanuts and corn.
According to T. Colin Campbell, his findings in the Phillipines
revealed something that flew in the face of science: “children
who ate the highest protein diets were the most likely to get
liver cancer!”
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This discovery led to an in-depth scientific
investigation into the affects nutrition on health.
The findings in The China Study were quite revealing
about the link between nutrition and health:
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º People eating diets high in animal protein experienced
more Western diseases, like cancer, heart attacks, hyper-
tension and diabetes.
º People eating plant-based diets and plant-based protein
were not suffering from Western diseases.
º Casein, which makes up 87% of cow’s milk protein was
the biggest promoter of cancer.
º Plant protein was the “safe” protein, which did not pro-
mote cancer.
º People who ate the most animal-based foods suffered
most from chronic disease.
º People who ate the most plant-based foods were healthi-
est and did not tend to suffer from chronic disease.
º Healthy diet can reverse heart disease, diabetes and obe-
sity and can benefit cancer, autoimmune disease, brain
disorders, kidney health and bone health.
º A plant-based, whole foods diet has consistently shown
to provide the most health benefits.
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Is The China Study definitive? Like any study, we have to take
it with a grain of salt. But is it the largest body of scientific
evidence that we have? Yes. I think that’s really important.
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I’d like to eliminate all the raw food and vegan terminology
and instead use the term, “plant-based” and High Raw.
Here are some of the basics of a High Raw plant-based diet:
º LAT WHOLL IOODS. Eat as close to nature as possible,
choosing whole, unprocessed foods.
º LAT LOCALLY WHLN POSSIHLL. When possible, choose locally
grown food. Here’s the thing, because we as a people have
been nomadic and moved all over this world, eating local
is a good theory but it’s not always realistic.
I interviewed Dr. Doug Graham about eating locally. A life-
time athlete, twenty-seven year raw fooder and author of The
80/10/10 Diet, Dr. Graham said that in reality, before houses
with heat, we were nomadic people who migrated to the
tropical climates in the winter. Now we heat our houses to
tropical temperatures and live in cold climates. So if you live
in Chicago in the winter, you’d hardly be able to eat locally.
Do your best and enjoy local produce when you can.
º LAT ORGANIC. Organic foods are grown in mineral-rich
soil and free of pesticides. They have more nutrients
and less toxins, making it a much healthier option for
your body.
º LAT A HIGH RAW DILT. Include 75%–95% raw, ripe fruit,
vegetables, nuts and seeds in your diet.
Many people want to know where you’d get your protein if
you eat a largely plant-based diet. I’m going to address this
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later in Chapters 4 and 5. For now, I’d like to point out that
there are many sources of plant-based protein, such as: nuts,
seeds, whole grains (like quinoa, for example, which has all
9 essential amino acids), sea vegetables (algae or seaweed),
legumes, avocadoes and vegetables and even fruit. There are
also many excellent plant-based, whole food protein supple-
ments, like maca powder, brown rice protein, pea proteins,
hemp seed and blue green algae.
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A High Raw, whole foods, plant-based diet is excellent for your
health. And you know what else it’s great for? The planet!
Think about it…the more whole foods you eat, the less
packaging you’ll use and the less trash you’ll contribute. But
that’s not all. Eating a high animal-based protein diet has
side effects for the planet and living things we share our
planet with.
According to John Robbins, author of Diet for a New
America, it takes approximately 2,500 gallons of water to
produce a pound of meat.
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Contrast that with the 25 gallons
of water it takes to produce a pound of wheat and you can
see the vast difference in resources that it takes to eat meat.
On top of that, John Robbins shares more reasons why a
plant-based diet is better for the planet:
º For every quarter-pounder of meat consumes, an average
of 55 square feet of tropical rainforest is destroyed.
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º 1,000 species become extinct each year because of tropical
rainforest destruction for meat grazing and other uses.
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º It takes 50 times more fossil fuels to produce a meat-
centered diet vs. a meat-free diet. Carbon dioxide from
fossil fuels contributes to the greenhouse effect.
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A high animal-protein based diet is very wasteful. As you fol-
low the High Raw principles, you may notice that you start
to feel more connected to nature and the foods you eat. And
as you educate yourself, which I cover in chapter 4, you’ll
start to realize how your eating habits effect more than just
your health…they affect the planet’s health as well. Once we
all raise our awareness, we can literally save the planet. We
will get to a point where environmental issues are no longer
issues, just like your health…it all takes care of itself. That’s
the way it should be!
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With the goal of keeping it simple and fun, High Raw is not
about a complex set of numbers, calories or charts to memo-
rize. Instead, I have created a common sense approach to
creating your best health that is based on five principles.
Principles, also known as guiding principles, have long
been used in high performing organizations to set a vision
for success. You see, in any business, circumstances change
and often, new situations arise for which a chart or for-
mula no longer applies. Principles are about a way of think-
ing and taking action, regardless of the circumstances that
arise. They are flexible so that you can meet the overlying
goals, but allow for some wiggle room based on your unique
situation.
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In this chapter, I will give a brief overview of the Five
Principles of High Raw and in chapters 5–9, I will provide
detail for each chapter. Once you learn the Five Principles
of High Raw, you may find that this whole “nutrition thing”
feels a lot easier than you might have thought before. And
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certainly, you’ll find that it can be much more fun than you
might have imagined!
Here are the Five Principles of High Raw:
º PRINCIPLL 1: LAT RLAL IOOD & THINK LIKL A RAW IOODIST
First of all, this principle is about creating the mind-
set of a raw foodist. You don’t have to be a raw food-
ist, but you want to create a mindset that helps you
make decisions like someone who follows that type
of diet. You’ll get more tips on this in chapter 5.
In the meantime, here is what a raw foodist would be
thinking when planning meals:
(1) 75%–95% whole, raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and
seeds.
(2) 0–20% cooked vegetables, steamed vegetables,
cooked legumes and cooked grains.
(3) 5% for FUN! Fun can mean more raw food or
whatever else you want to put in there. Remember,
you are creating the mindset of a raw foodist, so
while in general, you’d be thinking about a raw
food plant-based diet, for you, 5% fun might mean
some animal protein. Fun might mean a dessert
every once in a while. This is your time when you
can play and enjoy yourself — and take a lighter
approach to nutrition and health.
º PRINCIPLL 2: MAKL YOUR HLALTH YOUR TOP PRIORITY
This is about figuring out what is most important to you
when it comes to nutrition and health. Is your top pri-
ority being able to say, “I’m X% raw?” My guess is that
it’s more about feeling good, or something along those
lines. What do you want to achieve? How do you want
to feel? Find out what’s important to you because what’s
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most important will be your biggest motivator in creat-
ing a lifestyle of healthy eating.
º PRINCIPLL 3: KNOW YOUR HODY
This is about really getting to know your own body,
instead of relying solely on what everyone else tells you
to do. There are several ways you can do this, which
I’ll cover in chapter 7. Once you know some key things
about your body, you will feel even more empowered to
make decisions about your health.
º PRINCIPLL 4: LDUCATL YOURSLLI
This principle is about being your own health advocate
by educating yourself about health and nutrition. With
a few simple steps, you can become your own health
expert so that you will not get caught up in second-
guessing yourself every time you hear conflicting infor-
mation from others.
º PRINCIPLL 5: TAKL ACTION!
Without this principle, nothing else will happen. Decide
what you want to do and go out and do it. This is not
about waiting until everything is perfect. It’s about trust-
ing what you know in this moment, deciding what you
want to do and doing it. You’ll learn more tips for taking
action in chapter 9.
That’s it — simple, isn’t it? Health and nutrition does not have to
be rocket science. We humans have been eating for thousands
of years, before textbooks and scientific studies. But what our
early ancestors had that we didn’t is a deeper connection to
the earth and to nature. As you learn and experiment with
the Five Principles of High Raw, you too, will develop a deeper
connection to nature. You may just find that you are guided
toward what is best for you — the kind of guidance that comes
from inside. Now what could be simpler than that?
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It’s fun to explore and learn — and there’s a lot of informa-
tion out there about nutrition and health. Over my years of
research, I’ve read countless books and articles. And in the
last eighteen months alone, I’ve interviewed 150 top experts.
Each of these experts has worked with thousands of people
and seen what works. So why make things complicated? The
Five Principles of High Raw are the basis of everything I’ve
learned, but simplified, so anyone can follow them.
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The first principle of High Raw is to eat real food and think like
a Raw Foodist. Let’s break this principle down for a moment.
You don’t have to be a raw foodist, but you want to create
a mindset that helps you make decisions like someone who
follows that type of diet.
Using the High Raw approach, Principle #1 would look
like this:
(1) Eat 75%–95% whole, raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and
seeds.
(2) Eat 0–20% cooked vegetables, steamed vegetables,
cooked legumes and cooked grains.
(3) Use the remaining 5% for FUN! You decide what fun
means to you. Whether it means more raw food, ani-
mal protein or dessert, this is your time to play and
enjoy yourself.
But let’s go below the surface for a moment because this
principle is really about creating a mindset. The American
Heritage Dictionary defines “mindset” as an inclination or
habit. So you are essentially, setting up a habit or inclination
to eat real food and think like a raw foodist.
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As you know, once something is a habit, you tend to just
do it automatically, without putting much thought into it.
A perfect example of this is showering or brushing your
teeth in the morning. Chances are you do this without much
thought.
For your diet, it should be the same. Think about what
this would look like for the first part of the principle: eating
real food. Eating real food means eating as close to nature as
possible: whole raw, ripe fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
Plants would make up most of your meals. As you eat closer
to nature, you will find yourself drawn to foods that are
organic and if available, locally grown. This may not happen
overnight, but over time, as you create a habit of eating real
food, you begin to feel your connection to the earth.
Right now, we are not talking about doing anything —
we are talking about a way of thinking. As your thinking
changes, it will influence your actions. That is why the first
principle is about shifting your thinking…creating a habit
of thought. We’ll talk about translating that habit of thought
into action in chapter 9.
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So how does a raw foodist think when it comes to food
choices? This isn’t a complicated trivial pursuit question
where you have to figure out the name of an obscure 19th
century author. This is real simple stuff: a raw foodist would
be planning meals around mostly fruits and vegetables.
To think like a raw foodist, consider these tips:
º HLIORL YOU START YOUR DAY OR PRLPARL A MLAL, ask your-
self, “What would a raw foodist eat right now? What
would someone who eats fruits and vegetables eat
right now?”
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a recipe book with pictures is a good place to start —
because remember, you are creating a mindset. Even if
you are not yet ready to take action, simply review the
recipe book, look at the pictures and get ideas. Get to
know what raw food plant-based meals look like. Start
thinking about what your meals would look like if you
were preparing these meals.
One of my favorite recipe books for an exercise like this
is: Nomi Shannon’s The Raw Gourmet. The Raw Gourmet
has a wide variety of raw food recipes for any occasion
and plenty of full-color photographs to give you an idea
of what raw food plant-based meals look like. And for
live demonstrations, tune in to my blog, “The Renegade
Health Show,”where my co-host and wife, Annmarie
Gianni, and I show you how to make raw food meals
from smoothies to burritos and more. On Wednesday
nights, you can tune into www.RenegadeHealth.com for
our weekly “In the Kitchen” episodes.
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PRODUCL AISLLS AND LOOK AT THL VARILTY OI IRUITS AND
VLGLTAHLLS. If you aren’t accustomed to eating a lot
of fruits and vegetables, you may be surprised to see
some produce you’ve never had before. Get a sense of
what is there.
You might even consider going to your local health food store
or farmer’s market. Remember, you are creating a mindset —
so focus on getting to know what’s there and seeing what you
may not have noticed before. Focus on raising your aware-
ness about all of the options that are available to you. Have
fun with it — maybe you’ll even be adventurous and pick up
something you’ve never had before.
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Let’s face it, we live in a world that is full of fast food, conve-
nience stores and vending machines. Most people are open-
ing cans, bags or boxes to make a quick meal…or maybe
picking something up from a drive through window. This is
the typical mindset — fast and easy.
To make a shift in your diet and health, it will require
moving from the prevailing mindset of processed foods that
are literally everywhere, to venturing into health food stores
or the far flung aisles of the grocery produce department.
In the introduction to this book, I shared my story. If you
recall, my life changed dramatically after I awoke, hungover
from a night of partying, and asked myself a simple ques-
tion: “Is there something better than this?”
This is an important question to ask yourself as you cre-
ate a mindset to eat real food and think like a raw foodist.
That question will bring you a new awareness of the possibil-
ity that there might be something you can do to your meal —
maybe to add one new thing into your meal that will give you
a lot of benefits, that will help you get closer to your goal.
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If you think about it, your ultimate goal is not REALLY about
being a raw foodist…more likely, your ultimate goal is opti-
mal health. Sometimes, we can get so caught up in being
healthy that we forget to have fun.
The first principle of High Raw is about creating a mind-
set for success — giving you a guideline to have the highest
percentage of your meals as whole, raw, ripe fruits, vegeta-
bles, nuts and seeds. How you work the percentages is up to
you, but remember to include 5% fun!
Where could you go wrong? Where I’ve seen people go
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wrong is when they chase perfection. If you’re
chasing something like 100% raw food or a
100% strict diet — 100% of anything leaves
very little wiggle room to allow yourself to
address what you need in any given moment.
The mindset it often creates is “all or noth-
ing,” which can ultimately sabotage your
success.
Being able to say, “I’m 100% raw” or “I
have six pack abs” does not really mean much
if you aren’t feeling your best AND enjoying
the journey. So what would it look like if you
shifted your focus to feeling your best? This
means feeling your best emotionally and
physically. How would it change your actions
if you were simply focusing on creating opti-
mal health?
The true reward is how you feel when
you’re ON the journey. Now if your goal is to
feel your best and being 100% raw is doing
that for you, then go for it! The key here is to
switch your focus on labeling what you are
doing and focus on how you feel.
While health is a serious topic, we don’t
have to be so serious about it. Give yourself
permission to trust that you are creating a
mindset of healthy habits and allow yourself
to enjoy the journey!
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In Stephen Covey’s bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective
People, the third habit is “put first things first.” Covey and
many other success experts say that given all of the things we
have on our “to do” lists, the only things that will really get
done are those that we prioritize.
Principle #2 is about making your health your top prior-
ity. Think about something that’s really important to you. If
you are a person who exercises regularly, you have surely
decided at some point that fitness is important — so you
fit it into your day, even if you have a busy schedule (and
who doesn’t these days?). If you are a parent and your child
is sick, you would move aside your work schedule to take
care of your child. That’s because your kids are a priority. It
doesn’t mean your work goes away that day, but you find a
way to work it out.
When something is important to you, you are motivated
to make it happen in spite of all of the other things compet-
ing for your time. When something is important to you, you
will say no to whatever tries to get in the way.
In chapter 5, we talked about creating a mindset for
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optimal health. So what would it look like if this were your
top priority? Remember what you read in chapter 5 — opti-
mal health is not about labeling yourself. It’s not about say-
ing, “I’m X% raw” or putting a plaque on your wall that says,
“I’m a raw foodist.” None of this really matters — because
what matters most is how you feel. If it’s your top priority to
feel great — to have optimal health, it will be important to
you. You will make time for it each day.
So take a moment and ask yourself some questions:
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doing differently?
What we all seem to want is to feel our best, don’t we? If you
can answer, “yes, I feel my best,” then keep doing whatever
it is you are doing. You’ll know you’re on the right track with
anything if you feel your best.
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The reality of it is if you want something, you can make it hap-
pen. Nothing will get in the way. If you don’t have the money,
you’ll find a way to make the money. If you don’t have the
skills, you’ll find a way to get the skills. If you don’t know the
right people, you’ll find a way to meet them. When you want
something badly enough, you’ll do whatever it takes, right?
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Dan Kennedy, marketing expert and author of seven busi-
ness books, really put the power of priorities into perspec-
tive for me when he said that if you drive through a very
depressed neighborhood in a big city, there are two things
that you will notice: even if all the housing is section eight
(subsidized housing for low income families), a good por-
tion of them have satellite dishes and nice cars. Not even
money will get in the way, if they have decided these things
are their priorities.
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Time? Money? Knowledge? Motivation? Fear of failure?
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way?
If any of these things get in the way of your health, then the
real issue is one of priorities. Because if your health were
your top priority, you’d go after it, regardless of what might
get in the way.
If we haven’t prioritized something, we can use a lot of
excuses as to why we aren’t doing it. Zig Ziglar, speaker and
author of twenty-seven books on personal growth, lead-
ership, sales, faith, family and success, calls this “stinking
thinking.” And according to Zig Ziglar, this can cause a hard-
ening of attitudes. Basically, you stop seeing the opportuni-
ties and focus on the excuses. But if you make something a
priority, you will not let excuses get in the way.
If you are ready to make your health your top priority, you
CAN get there — I know you can! No one said that change
is easy — and it’s certainly not about being perfect all the
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time — or doing the right thing all the time. The idea is to
decide what’s important and make that your priority. Things
might get in the way…there might be issues of money, time,
knowledge and on some days, maybe even motivation. But
when you want it enough, you’ll work through those to make
it happen anyway. And the good news is, that I will cover tips
for each of these in chapters 10 and 11 — to set you up for
success.
I’ve had my share of challenges along the way to great
health and believe me, if I can do it, so can you! Chapters
10 –13 are chock full of tips that I’ve learned over the years to
keep you focused on your priorities, no matter what!
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Principle #3 is about knowing your body — what’s happening
in your body and what works for you personally. This is key
because if you don’t know your body, you can too easily second
guess yourself every time you hear another person’s opinion.
Imagine going back in time, when there was no nutri-
tion science…no experts to tell you what you should eat.
Keep in mind that back then, just under 200 years ago, you
wouldn’t have the proliferation of processed foods and fast
food. Sugar was a rare treat. Back then, you would more
likely be eating whole foods that were organic and local.
You might even be growing your own food. In other words,
you’d be closer to nature.
Instead of looking up the science of the foods you ate, you’d
listen to your body — because that’s about all you could do.
Doctors were not even as accessible as they are today. Today,
we are lucky to have the acute care that Western medicine
provides. But back then, without the access you have today,
you might be a little more aware of how the foods you ate
affected you.
The signs and symptoms that foods might not agree with
you are really not all that mysterious, if you pay attention
to them.
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Here are some examples:
º SKIN: rash, itching, acne, hives, eczema, psoriasis
º RLSPIRATORY: difficulty breathing, coughing
º DIGLSTIVL: indigestion, abdominal pain, constipation,
diarrhea
º MOUTH: tongue (color, coating) and changes in teeth like
cavities, discoloration, sensitivity to hot and cold
º LYLS: look for color and irritations — red, itchy,
watering.
º URINARY: notice deviations from the typical yellow color,
like red, pink, orange, green, dark brown, murky or
cloudy. For example, if your urine is dark you could be
dehydrated or you could have an issue with your liver.
Supplements, food and medication may affect the color
of your urine.
º LNLRGY: fatigue, restlessness, sleep patterns
º LMOTIONS: depression, anxiety, stress, panic
Your body is constantly giving you signals about what foods
and drinks are best for you. You will also get physical and
emotional symptoms if you are under too much stress or
living a lifestyle that does not support your happiness. So
Principle #3 — Know Your Body, is about paying attention to
your body. Whether you know it or not, you have intuition.
While we are not equipped like cars, with a dashboard that
tells about temperature, fuel, speed or engine issues, we do
have these incredible physical and emotional signals to tell
us how we’re doing.
Think of your body’s signals like a car’s dashboard. Start
checking in by tuning in to how you feel. This is a great way
to develop your intuition and get a better sense of how food
and your lifestyle are affecting your health.
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Here’s how:
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physically and emotionally. How’s your energy? Are you
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ask yourself: is there something I ate or something
I’m doing that might contribute to this? For example,
you might experience symptoms after breakfast, but
you also felt stressed as you rushed to work. It will be
important to identify if it was the stress in rushing to
work or the food that created those symptoms.
The truth is, most of us have become so disconnected from
our bodies that when symptoms arise, they seem very mys-
terious. We wonder what is wrong or maybe, pop a pill to
feel better. The more you tune into your body, the more you
will be able to identify links between your food, lifestyle and
symptoms — and then you can make adjustments to feel bet-
ter. If you continue to practice this over time, you will find
that you are simply drawn to what works for you because
you know your body so well.
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As you get used to sensing what is happening in your body,
you can take it a step further with an approach that has been
very successful for me: the two-week experiment.
Let’s say for example, that you love pizza and you’re not
sure if it’s causing symptoms. Stop eating it for two weeks
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and then, after the two weeks, introduce a small amount of
pizza back into your diet and see how you feel:
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The two-week experiment is the way that I check in
with my body periodically, to see how certain foods are
affecting my body. I do this in two ways:
(1) If I start noticing symptoms, I’ll stop eating a certain
food for two weeks to see if the symptoms subside.
If they do, I’ll know which food was causing those
symptoms. The key is to stop just one food at a time,
so you’ll know if that particular food is linked to the
symptoms.
(2) If I want to introduce a certain food I haven’t had in
awhile, that my body is not used to, I’ll take a small
amount and see how I feel for two weeks. The key
here is that I choose one type of food during the
experiment and I only have a small amount. (I’ve
done this experiment with goat cheese as well as pro-
cessed sugar to confirm that the latter definitely does
not work with me!)
Doing two-week experiments has been very instructive for
me because I’ve learned which foods wreak havoc with my
body and as you can imagine, it’s not something I want to
repeat too often!
In your experiment with pizza, notice how your body feels
when you don’t eat pizza and then when you introduce it
again. Pay attention to changes in your body, your energy and
your moods. This is an incredible way to learn your boundar-
ies — which foods are most supportive of feeling your best.
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I did my first two-week experiment after a seminar with
Tony Robbins in Secaucus, New Jersey. A great motivational
speaker, Tony asked the question, “What if you eliminated
dairy for two weeks? Would you feel better?” Caught up in
the excitement, I went right home and tried it for myself.
I didn’t know what to expect, but what I learned was amaz-
ing. At the time, I had some razor burn under my chin —
kind of like whiteheads — that bled and got irritated when
I shaved. It was pretty gross and I had no idea where it was
coming from. I figured, maybe it was a little acne and that it
was probably just normal.
After eliminating dairy for two weeks, the razor burn
went away! I was amazed. After the two weeks, I was with
my friends and I decided it was time to celebrate with some
pizza. I had six slices — I admit, I love to eat! Well, what
happened after that was very instructive. My stomach hurt
so much that I’m not sure it will ever forgive me for that
transgression. On top of that, the razor burn returned. You
can imagine that I was pretty motivated to eliminate dairy
entirely and I did. A year later, I experimented again with the
same symptoms of stomach upset and razor burn, so today,
dairy is not in my diet.
Doing two-week experiments is also how I found out that
I don’t do well with processed sugar. I’m actually okay with
the naturally occurring sugar in fruit, but processed sugar
makes me feel wired and hyper. If you currently eat sugar,
I invite you to do your own two-week experiment with sugar
and see how you feel. It’s probably one of the easiest experi-
ments to track the difference in how you feel.
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As you are learning to sense what is happening in your body,
there are also some really great scientific tests that can help
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establish a baseline for how your body is doing. Using a com-
bination of tuning into your body and scientific testing can
go hand in hand for allowing you to target solutions for your
health goals.
First, it’s important to know a few things about the
testing options:
º NOT ALL TLSTS ARL ACCURATL. For example, the most com-
mon test for Lyme disease is an antibody test called the
Enzyme Linked Immune Sera Assay test (ELISA). An
ELISA test study by Lori Bakken showed that while
labs often claim 99% accuracy, ELISA is only 50%
accurate.
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In a case like Lyme Disease, symptoms may be a better
indicator than the ELISA. According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The majority of
patients with Lyme disease develop symptoms like: ery-
thema migrans (EM), fever, malaise, fatigue, headache,
myalgia, or arthralgia. Other manifestations of infection
can include arthritis, carditis, and neurologic deficits.”
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º TLSTS ARL VALUAHLL IOR GIVING YOU A HASLLINL. In this chap-
ter, I am going to cover some very valuable tests and the
thing to keep in mind is that they will give you a base-
line. While it’s true that not all tests are accurate, they
give you a place to start, an indicator. Let’s say you are
experiencing mood issues and you get a test where your
levels of vitamin B6 are low. You and your health care
practitioner decide to use supplements and your diet to
boost your vitamin B6 levels. When you go back and get
tested again, you can see if the dietary and supplement
strategy actually helped to boost your levels of vitamin
B6. Of course, you will also be looking for physical and
emotional symptoms, but you’ll get validation from your
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testing. In other words, even if the number itself is not
accurate, you’ll be able to see if the numbers go up or
down.
Another reason that tests can be helpful in establish-
ing a baseline is the standard reference range. The refer-
ence range tells you if you are in the range of what is
considered normal for your age, gender or other catego-
ries. Small changes within the reference range may be no
cause for concern in most cases, but they can still give you
important information. For example, if your thyroid tests
showed within the reference range, and two years later
you experienced symptoms of low thyroid, you could be
tested again. In your second test, if your thyroid results
were lower, you’d understand why you were experiencing
symptoms — even if the results were still within the nor-
mal reference range. Without the baseline test, your doc-
tor would just say, “your results are normal” and you’d
wonder what was going on. Since you have the baseline
test, you and your doctor can see that for you personally,
there has been a change.
If you have a baseline test with results in the normal
range and then subsequent tests show results outside the
reference range, you’d really want to look into what’s hap-
pening with your health care practitioner. So you can see
how valuable baseline testing is — it is a way for you to
gain insight into what’s happening in your body.
º TLSTS CAN HLLP YOU WITH CHOOSING A HLALTH PROTOCOL. One
of the dangers I see is when people go online to search
for symptoms they are experiencing and then choose a
protocol based on what they find online. While I am an
advocate of people taking responsibility for their health,
I am not an advocate of jumping into a protocol without
any validation about the root cause of symptoms.
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For example, I was reading one of the Master Cleanse
websites that outlined several different benefits of the
Master Cleanse. The Master Cleanse is a popular detoxi-
fication program that includes a protocol of drinking a
lemonade made of lemons, cayenne pepper, maple syrup
and sea salt. This website claimed that one of the symp-
toms of detoxification is “hot stools” and that it meant
toxins were being removed from your body. What’s so
interesting about claims like this is that they spread mis-
information like wildfire. Anyone eating foods with hot
spices, like cayenne pepper can experience hot stools. As
a football fan who used to consume a lot of hot wings, I
could have told you that!
When it comes to natural health, there are plenty of
great products, websites and information. However, there
is also a lot of misinformation that leads to following pro-
tocols that may end up confusing you more than help-
ing you. Testing can help in determining what protocol is
right for your unique needs.
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Here are some tests are really helpful in getting to know
your body:
º COMPLLTL HLOOD PROIILL. Also called a Complete Blood
Count (CBC), this is a test I highly recommend. The
complete blood profile measures the concentration of
white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets in your
blood. This test is often used to identify the general
state of your health, find an infection, identify whether
symptoms are related to certain diseases, provide indi-
cators of hydration or dehydration or reactions to
inflammation.
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You can have a complete blood profile done by a health
professional, like a doctor (MD), naturopath or nutrition-
ist. The test itself is simple: your blood is drawn and your
results will be sent to your health practitioner, who will
help you interpret the results. If you see any irregularities
then you know that you may need to address something
specifically. If you don’t that doesn’t necessarily mean you
don’t have any problems or any challenges, but it’s one
baseline that you can use.
I recommend that you get a complete blood profile
once a year. One company that does complete blood pro-
file tests in the United States is Lab Corp, which you can
find online at www.labcorp.com.
º VITAMIN AND MINLRAL LLVLLS. A nutritional evaluation
can identify whether you have vitamin, mineral and
essential co-factor imbalances. It can be very valuable
to know if you have mineral deficiencies, like sodium,
potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, and phosphate,
for example. Mineral deficiencies can lead to several
symptoms, chief among them is fatigue or low energy.
Direct Labs is one lab in the United States that does
vitamin and mineral testing.
Two important vitamin level tests for those following
a plant-based or raw food diet (because these vitamins
are mainly found in animal products like meat, fish and
dairy) are:
(1) Vitamin B12. It is common for vegetarians and
raw foodists to have low B12 levels, but anyone
can be low in B12. I will cover the importance of
B12, why you could be deficient and signs of B12
deficiency in chapter 15. Getting tested can help
you identify if you are low in vitamin B12, which
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has important functions for your mood, energy
levels and nervous system.
While there are several tests for vitamin B12 defi-
ciency, the most sensitive is Methylmalonic Acid
(MMA). The MMA is a non-invasive urine test.
Sally M. Pacholok, R.N. and Jeffrey J. Stuart, D.O.,
authors of the book, Could it Be B12?: An Epidemic
of Misdiagnosis recommend Norman Clinical
Laboratory (www.b12.com) for getting MMA test-
ing by mail.
Choose the Most Accurate test for B12 Deficiency:
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1. Serum B12: this measures the B12 in your
blood serum and can give false negative or false
positive results. There are also discrepancies in
what is considered low B12 levels.
2. Serum MMA: This measures the amount of
methylmalonic acid (MMA) in your blood
serum and can result in false positives or false
negatives.
3. Urinary MMA: This is the most accurate of the
tests for B12 because MMA is 40 times more
concentrated in your urine than in your blood.
This measures the amount of methylmalonic
acid in your urine and the test does not result
in false negatives or false positives.
(2) Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is more com-
mon than you think. I will cover more about vita-
min D deficiency, including symptoms, in chapter
15. Your health practitioner can order this test for
you. Direct Labs (www.directlabs.com) is one lab
in the United States that does vitamin D testing.
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º C-RLACTIVL PROTLIN. Also known as CRP, the c-reactive
protein test is used to diagnose signs of inflammation
that play a role in cardiovascular disease, stroke, some
forms of arthritis, lupus, inflammatory bowel disease,
autoimmune disease and pelvic inflammatory disease.
A CRP is a simple blood test that people sometimes get
when they are getting their cholesterol tested. Direct
Labs does CRP testing.
º HLAVY MLTALS. Heavy metal toxicity can cause a vari-
ety of symptoms, like digestive pain, nausea, headaches,
sweating and candida. A good test for heavy metals is the
hair test because it is the most accurate. Doctor’s Data,
Inc. is a lab that does hair testing for heavy metals.
The complete blood profile has been beneficial in my own
health by helping me address low minerals. For candida
(a systemic yeast infection), the tests that helped me were
the IgA, IgG and the IgM assay, which test for antibodies to
Candida albicans.. If I hadn’t had scientific tests to back up
the root cause of the symptoms I was experiencing, I’d still
be struggling today. With scientific testing, I have been able
to work through these symptoms in a much more targeted
(and much easier!) way.
The more scientific information that you can gather about
your health, the more you’ll know your body. The more that
you know your body, the more you’ll be able to tweak and
adjust. For instance, if you took a complete blood profile
every year for ten years, you could look at every year and see
where you’re fluctuating.
Checking your cholesterol levels is a good example. If you
noticed your cholesterol continued to rise, you could start
addressing it right away — before there were any health
issues, like a heart attack.
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Fifty percent of men and 64 percent of women who died
suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms
of this disease.
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Testing can be a great asset in disease preven-
tion, in addition to helping you stay on track with your health.
Whether you have health insurance or not, I like to think of
testing as a kind of “health insurance” because it can help pre-
vent future health issues that could otherwise go unnoticed.
If you don’t have a practitioner you can go to a company
called Direct Labs (www.directlabs.com) and you can get the
tests mailed directly to you. Direct Labs will send you to a
local lab, like Lab Corp, where they will take your blood,
urine or whatever is being tested. Once the analysis is com-
plete, you will receive the results by mail.
Once you are armed with the test results, going online and
researching what the information means is a much better
process than surfing the web without really knowing what is
going on. The results aren’t that difficult to read, but it can
be helpful to have a health practitioner review and interpret
them with you.
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I prefer working with a health practitioner. I like to think
of a health practitioner as any professional I’d go to for
advice. If I were building a business, I might hire a con-
sultant with expertise in marketing, business strategy or
accounting. If I were an athlete, I might hire a coach to
motivate and support me in improving my performance.
A student might hire a tutor to improve performance on
tests. When it comes to your health, having an expert — a
coach, a health practitioner — can be a tremendous asset in
helping you achieve your goals. An expert can greatly short-
cut the learning curve and make your journey much easier.
They’ve seen things thousands of times and may be able to
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interpret tests or symptoms in ways you’d never have been
able to imagine on your own.
People who work with experts — health practitioners,
coaches or mentors, are able to realize improvements
faster. Think of the most successful people you know.
Chances are, they have all been coached or mentored in
some way. They have all worked with experts who help
them bring out their best. Michael Phelps, who won 14
career Olymic gold metals in swimming worked with many
of the best coaches. The same is true for Tiger Woods. And
in business, billionaire Richard Branson, who created the
Virgin brand of over 360 companies, had mentors along
the way to his success.
Success comes from learning from other people’s expe-
riences. When you reach out to people, whether in person,
over the phone or even online, you may find that achieving
your goals is easier and much more fun.
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If your medical doctor orders tests for you, they may be cov-
ered by your health care insurance (or at least a percentage
of the cost). However, I know that not everyone has health
insurance. I firmly believe that the value of these tests far
outweigh the cost and yet, I am also aware that everyone has
a different perspective about money. I have often been asked,
“Can I afford these tests?” But the real question is, when it
comes to your health, can you afford not to?
When you make your health your top priority (High Raw
Principle #2), you may find that you are able to come up with
the money you need. Just remember, you don’t need to do all
of these tests at once. Go at the pace that works for you. I will
address more about money and health in chapter 13.
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We’ve all heard that patience is a virtue and yet, it is often
difficult to be patient when you’ve started working toward
your goals. It’s actually really easy to get caught up in want-
ing to hurry things along, cut to the chase, be done with it
already.
When it comes to your health, it’s important to give your
body time to heal. Since everyone is different, the amount
of time it takes you may be very different from the amount
of time it takes someone else. Once you get your test results
and start working on your health protocol, I recommend lis-
tening to your body and taking it slowly. Part of enjoying the
journey is allowing yourself to heal at the pace that’s right
for your body.
Let’s say you get your test results and you begin a pro-
tocol. After three days, are you already looking for results?
If you don’t see results immediately, are you on to the next
thing? The danger here is that you will jump around so
much that your body can’t catch up and heal at its own
pace. You also put yourself and your body through a lot of
unnecessary stress.
Think about the two-week experiment approach. Commit
to giving yourself at least two weeks to see if something is
going to work before moving on to the next thing. If you have
a serious illness or find that you are feeling really confused, I
recommend working with a health practitioner. In situations
like this, working with an expert can support you in setting a
time frame that works for your healing protocol.
Most importantly, remember not to take your health too
seriously. Instead, trust that you have committed to the
High Raw Principle #2 and your health is your top priority.
Once you trust this, you can focus on taking on a curious,
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explorative, lighthearted mindset. As you track your results,
consider writing in a journal about what you’re learning and
how you are feeling. If some symptoms are going away, cel-
ebrate that! We sometimes forget to celebrate milestones on
the way to the end game.
Here’s what I did in order to address Lyme disease and
candida:
º CANDIDA. I reviewed all of the natural healing protocols
for candida, selected four of them and took the two-
week experiment approach for each. Some of the proto-
cols were better than others, but the good news is that I
stuck with it and eliminated candida.
º LYML DISLASL. I took the same two-week experiment
approach and in this case, I worked with four health
coaches. Two of the coaches I worked with alone had
over 60 years of experience in helping thousands of cli-
ents, so you can imagine I trusted what they had to say!
In the end, I chose a natural treatment, combined with
antibiotics.
Overall, I am grateful that candida and Lyme disease were
part of my journey because not only did I learn a lot about
what works for me, I also felt empowered to take charge of
my health.
The more you get to know your body, the more you will
trust the signals of your body. And as you trust your body, it
may be easier to be patient and allow your results to unfold
at your body’s pace. Scientific testing and health experts can
help guide you along the journey. And if you can express
gratitude for what you are learning along the way — for
getting to know yourself better and for accomplishing your
health goals, you may find that this whole journey to “being
healthy” feels a lot easier.
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Principle #4 is about educating yourself. Why is this so
important? After reading chapters 1 and 2, it’s pretty clear
that there is a lot of confusing and conflicting information
out there about health and nutrition. And think about it…
you are probably surrounded by people who will be happy to
give you their opinions about what is or is not healthy.
How many times have you been at the dinner table with
your family and suddenly nutrition came up? What happens
if one of your family members starts arguing exactly the
opposite of a point you were making? Believe me, I’ve been
there! And I can guarantee that if you want to avoid second-
guessing yourself and constantly being swayed by opposing
opinions, it’s critical to be your own health expert.
Chances are, your family members haven’t read all that
much about nutrition. Perhaps they are getting their infor-
mation from TV or newspaper headlines from press releases!
You and I know how faulty these sources can be. The truth
is, most of the people you encounter each day don’t read
much about nutrition. If you’re not sure about this, do your
own experiment: ask them, “How many books on nutrition
have you read in the past five years?” Don’t be surprised if
the answer is none or perhaps, one.
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For most people, the only education they’ve had on health
and nutrition was sixth grade health class. Perhaps they’ve
seen the food pyramid and this is what they’ve committed to
memory. Well, after reading chapter 2, you know how much
the lobbyists have influenced even the food pyramid. So
what the average person knows about health has been based
on a lot of the “swaying” of science and the media that we’ve
already covered.
To be honest, I would rather talk about politics AND reli-
gion at the dinner table than I would about nutrition. Because
most of the time, you end up talking to someone who only
knows what the media has convincingly sold them. If you
haven’t educated yourself about health and nutrition, it may
be too easy to be convinced during conversations like these.
The key to Principle #4 is that your own education is your
responsibility. You can’t let anyone else take the responsibility
to educate you. So how do you go about educating yourself
when there is so much confusing information out there? First
of all, the more you read and learn, the more you will gain
insight into which sources are reputable. Additionally, you will
learn with sources resonate with YOU. That’s really important
too. And finally, as you put the Five Principles of High Raw
into action, especially Principle #3: Know Your Body, you will
start to understand what works for you specifically.
Here are some tips for educating yourself in health and
nutrition:
º SCHLDULL TIML TO LLARN. Plan your learning by putting it
on your calendar. Remember Principle #2 — Prioritize
Your Health. When you know your health is impor-
tant to you, you’ll make time for it. Scheduling time
in your daily planner will keep you on track with your
learning.
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º IIND MLNTORS. Seek out some key experts who you
trust. Choose mentors who have years of expertise and
can help you learn faster. Listen to multiple people. I
always tell people not to just listen to me or to one
person — but to go out there and talk to many peo-
ple. You’ll gain a lot of insights from hearing different
points of view or even the same information presented
in different ways.
º ASK YOUR MLNTORS IOR RLADING SUGGLSTIONS. A great way
to find good sources of nutrition and health information
is to ask your mentors or other experts for suggestions.
You can even review the bibliography of their books or
sources of articles they have written.
º HL CURIOUS. Be like a sponge and soak up the informa-
tion you find. Keep an open mind, but take everything
with a grain of salt. Remember that everyone is differ-
ent and trust what works for you specifically.
º HL COMIORTAHLL WITH CONIUSION. When you go out there
and educate yourself, you will start to see all of the con-
flicting information. You may also learn new things that
seem really confusing. That’s okay! Every time you learn
something new, it feels confusing at first — you are mov-
ing out of your comfort zone and stretching yourself. Be
comfortable with confusion and trust that as you con-
tinue learning, you will put the pieces in place and learn
to trust what you know.
º START YOUR OWN HLALTH JOURNAL. Take notes on key points
that you learn from books, events and conversations
with other health experts. Keeping a health journal
allows you to have one place with all of the information
you are learning.
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º START A HLALTH "HOOK CLUH". A lot of people belong to book
clubs. What if you started a book club to discuss what
you learned about health? This could help motivate you
to learn a lot and give you others to discuss your learn-
ings with. Remember that not all people will agree with
everything they read. This is good and will provide healthy
discussion. As you master the Five Principles of High Raw,
you’ll be able to determine what you resonate with.
º HL CRLATIVL. Use tools to help you. I like to use visuals.
If you are a visual learner, draw pictures or flow charts
to show relationships of what you are learning. Make
charts or tables to categorize the information so you can
see the basics at a glance.
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The more you educate yourself about health and nutrition,
the more you will see that even health experts you like will
disagree on certain points. Whether it’s about how much
fruit to eat, whether to consume grains or how to combine
certain foods, there will be plenty of experts who teach the
exact opposite of one another.
When listening to a talk between Joel Fuhrman, author of
Eat for Health and Eat to Live, and John McDougall, author
of The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss and Dr.
McDougall’s Digestive Tune-Up, they were arguing about the
amount of grains to include in one’s diet. It’s not uncommon
that two advocates of the plant-based diet could agree on
99.9% of everything, but still disagree on one small point.
This is going to happen, so instead of getting frustrated,
simply accept that there will be disagreement. I’d much
rather help people change their lives than argue about small
points that make nutrition too complicated.
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As you master the Five Principles of High Raw, you will no
longer get caught up in all of the arguments because you’ll
know what works for you. And of course, when you take a
light-hearted approach to nutrition, you’ll be too busy hav-
ing fun to get caught up in arguments!
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You see, in life, lots of people know what to
do, but few people actually do what they know.
Knowing is not enough! You must take action.
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Principle #5 is perhaps the most important principle of all:
Take Action! Once you have mastered the first four princi-
ples of High Raw, the fifth principle is how you make them
work for you. It’s important to keep in mind that you do not
need to have all your ducks in a row before you take action.
This is not about perfection! This is about getting started by
taking one small step at a time. If you wait until you know
everything there is to know, you may never get started at all.
The vast majority of successful people take a ready, fire,
aim approach to life. They get just enough information, create
a plan and get out there and do it. Most of the time, they don’t
have all the information they need, but they gather it along
the way. And they make adjustments along the way. They may
even make some mistakes along the way, but they learn from
their mistakes and keep progressing. If you are waiting to get
your Ph.D. in nutrition before you take any action or make a
change, you could be waiting a very long time.
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Action is important because it is the catalyst to your suc-
cess. How long have you been thinking about your health,
but not taking action? Maybe you are feeling like I did all
those years ago when I lived in that basement in Brooklyn…
I knew there was something wrong and I even knew what
I needed to do. But I didn’t take action and to be honest, I
was simply afraid to make a change in any direction. I won-
dered what would happen if I stopped drinking or if I moved
home. The thing is, I couldn’t have known how much bet-
ter it would be unless I actually did something! Turns out,
when I moved home, the worst thing that happened was my
mother would not let me put my clothes in the dresser. She
wanted me to recognize that this was temporary. And when
I stopped drinking, I managed to get a clear head and take
steps toward creating a rewarding business.
Today, I look back and wonder what would have happened
if I stayed stuck in inaction. Action brings opportunity — and
certainly, it has its own set of challenges. The difference is that
when you are taking action, you are in the driver’s seat. There is
an empowerment that comes with moving toward your goals.
I’ve seen this happen again and again with my clients in
my personal training and health coaching business. My wife,
Annmarie, and I approach our clients by first identifying their
goals. In personal training, it’s usually about weight loss or
building muscle. Once their goals are defined, we start talk-
ing to them about the action steps they can take to get there,
including fitness, health and nutrition. What we found over
the years is that our clients who were consistently successful,
got results simply because they took action. We gave them
guidance, tools and action steps — but their success hinged
on creating a habit of action.
The habit of action has nothing to do with a specific food
they ate or a specific exercise they did.
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Instead, the habit of action has to do with:
º IDLNTIIYING THL CHANGL YOU WANT TO MAKL. You don’t have to
have the answers, you simply have to have the right ques-
tions (see below for more on this).
º DLCIDING WHAT STLPS YOU WANT TO TAKL. Make sure you are not
getting caught up in “analysis paralysis” where you feel you
have to have 100% of the answers before you get started.
Pick something you can take action on immediately.
º PUTTING A SYSTLM IN PLACL TO IOLLOW THROUGH WITH THOSL
STLPS. Hold yourself accountable for taking action. Put it
on your calendar and check in with yourself. Eventually, as
you create new habits, you will do them automatically.
º MAKING ADJUSTMLNTS AS NLLDLD. As you take action, you will
learn what does or does not work for you.
º HLING CONSISTLNT. When you commit to taking action, you
consistently follow the steps you decided to take, at least
long enough to see if they work for you. Giving yourself
time to stick with your plans allows you to see if they will
work for you. The general guideline for creating a new
habit is to be consistent for 21 days.
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What sets successful people apart is not that they have all the
answers…it’s that they ask themselves the right questions.
Here are some examples of questions I always ask myself:
º " WIaI can I do Ionorrov IIaI vIII IcIµ nc rcacI ny
goals?”
º "Hov can I Inµrovc ny IcaIII?¨
º "WIaI can I do Io gcI IcaIIIIcr rIgII nov?¨
º "WIo can IcIµ nc Inµrovc ny IcaIII?¨
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º "WIaI can I do Io gcI IIc LcsI vaIcr µossILIc?¨
º "Hov can I IcIµ norc µcoµIc Ioday?¨
º "WIaI's IIc LcsI vay Io gcI IIc LcsI rcsuIIs?¨
º "WIaI's IIc IasIcsI vay Io IccI LcIIcr?¨
What do you notice about these questions? First of all, the
fact that I am asking them means I am starting, not from a
place of having the answers, but from the place of having the
questions. You don’t need to have all the answers to make
changes in your life!
Second, in some cases, I am asking who can help me.
Remember, you don’t have to take action completely on your
own. Just like I mentioned in chapter 8, working with a men-
tor, coach or expert can really help – because you can take
action a lot faster when you are being guided by someone
who’s been there. If you wait until you have 100% certainty
or all the answers, you will miss out on the adventure of get-
ting out there and seeing what will happen by taking just one
step toward your goal.
To make changes in your life, all you need to have are
the questions. If you can ask yourself these questions,
guess what’s going to happen? You’re going to get amazing
answers.
However, beware of asking yourself the kind of questions
that keep you stuck. Here are some examples of questions
that keep you stuck:
º "WIy do I IccI so Iazy?¨
º "WIaI's vrong vIII nc?¨
º "WIy can'I I Iosc vcIgII?¨
º "WIy an I so unIcaIIIy?¨
º "WIy can Ic do II, LuI I can'I?¨
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º "WIy docs II Iavc Io Lc so Iard?¨
º "WIy an I so sIrcsscd ouI?¨
Have you ever asked yourself questions like these? We all
have…and as you think about these questions, what hap-
pens? The answers you give yourself are likely to be nega-
tive. You are likely to start dumping on yourself for all of the
reasons you CAN’T make a change.
These are questions that keep you stuck because they gen-
erate fear and doubt. You are now focused on the worst parts
of yourself, rather than the best. Take a look again at the first
set of questions and notice how different they are. Would
you rather ask yourself, “Why do I feel so lazy?” or “What
can I do tomorrow that will help me reach my goals?” Which
question inspires you to take action?
Let’s use an example. Think about the last time you were
feeling down about yourself. Maybe you were watching TV or
just in the car and you thought about something that made
your self-esteem drop. Chances are you asked yourself a ques-
tion at that moment… and it probably was something like,
“Why does this always happen to me?” or something similar.
A question like that is not a great question because the
answer will support your low self esteem. So your answers
could be… “because, I’m lazy,” or “because, I’m always pro-
crastinating,” etc.
A good question to reverse that negativity and change your
pattern would be “How can I raise my self esteem today?”
Imagine the answers that you could come up with now.
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Let’s face it, most of us want results immediately, don’t we?
The thing is, when you are making changes in your life, you
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don’t always get immediate results. Sometimes, it can feel
like you take two steps forward and one step back. The real-
ity is, results come over time and they require steady, consis-
tent action. While you may notice some immediate results,
you will more likely experience results over time. If you stick
with it and trust the goals that you set for yourself, you will
enjoy the journey much more than if you place expectations
on when you should see results.
When it comes to your health, the old fable of the tortoise
and the hare applies…a steady pace wins the race. If you try
to push yourself too fast, you may be disappointed. I can
give you an example from my own personal health. When I
had candida, I decided to follow a protocol that required me
to take simple steps every day. Instead of being inconsistent
and going in spurts, I took a steady approach. My goal was to
resolve the candida, not to end up with the same symptoms
months later. In the end, it only took a short time for me to
resolve the candida, but again, I was consistent and focused
on following my protocol each day.
Whether I use this steady action approach on fitness goals,
business goals or health goals, I’ve found that taking action
and sticking to it — without expecting results too quickly —
brings awesome results!
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Now that you understand the Five Principles of High Raw,
you are ready to take action to master them! Now, challenges
will show up along the way, no doubt about it. But this prin-
ciple of taking action can help you work through challenges
too! And in chapters 10–13, I have outlined success factors
for getting started with your High Raw lifestyle, making it
work for the long term and overcoming stumbling blocks.
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The key to successfully taking action is to take one step at
a time. You don’t need to master everything at once. Imagine
if you were trying to learn four new skills at once: tennis, ski-
ing, knitting and running a successful carpet cleaning busi-
ness. What do you think it would feel like if you had never
done any of them and you expected to do well in all of them
at once? It would be a disaster. But, let’s say all four of these
skills were your passion. You really loved cleaning carpets.
You want to be the best tennis player on the planet. You want
to be a great skier and you want to knit beautiful sweaters.
How could you possibly accomplish all four of these skills?
The only way to master so many new skills is to take one at
a time, master it and move on to the next. This is what I’m
inviting you to do with the Five Principles of High Raw. Take
one and master it, then move on to the next.
The key is, continue to take action! Make each principle
your monthly focus. Use what you learn from chapters 10–13
to support your journey. Most likely, you will find that with
each step, you are feeling better and better until your health
is transformed. Trust that mastering all of these is going to
take you to the next level and that you have plenty of time to
get there at your own pace. Remember, if your goal is to have
FUN along the way, taking things one step at a time can keep
the whole journey enjoyable.
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The Five Principles of High Raw:
º PRINCIPLL #1: Eat Real Food & Think Like A
Raw Foodist
º PRINCIPLL #2: Make Your Health Your TOP Priority
º PRINCIPLL #3: Know Your Body
º PRINCIPLL #4: Educate Yourself
º PRINCIPLL #5: Take Action!
Now that you understand the Five Principles of High Raw,
how do you put them in action? In this chapter, you will
learn how to create a foundation for High Raw so that you
can get started successfully.
When you build a house, it is only as strong as the founda-
tion. The same is true for your success in transforming your
health. The process of any change is both physical and emo-
tional. How you feel physically and emotionally can either
help or hinder your success and in this chapter, you will
learn tips and techniques for a strong foundation of physical
and emotional health.
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I highly recommend starting a High Raw journal to use
along with this chapter because you will be doing some exer-
cises and learning some new techniques to get started on
your journey into the High Raw lifestyle. In any goal worth
achieving, you will reach some stumbling blocks. There will
be challenges and frustrations. This chapter will help you cre-
ate such a strong vision and foundation for your health that
it can keep you focused if challenges arise. If you feel you are
going off track, this is where you can come to regroup and
refocus.
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When it comes to the decision to get healthy, everyone starts
in a different place. If you are feeling stuck, lazy, tired, angry,
stressed out, anxious or upset, remember, it’s not YOU. Your
emotions are tied to your physical composition and chances
are, as you clean up your physical body, your emotions will
clean up as well.
Principle #1: Eat Real Food and Think Like a Raw Foodist
is about following a largely plant-based diet. As you do this,
you will find that your body begins to clean out. I like to
think of it as cleaning a fish tank that was really dirty and
full of algae. If you fill the tank with clean water, eventually,
all of the dirt and algae will flush out of the top of the tank.
Pretty soon, the tank will be clean. That’s what’s happening
when you follow Principle #1. You’re cleaning your internal
body out so that your blood is alkaline and your body is bal-
anced. You simply feel better, which boosts your moods and
emotions.
So if you are starting from a place of feeling less than
optimistic, remember — it’s not you…it’s not your soul or
your interior. It’s what’s happening in your body that is creat-
ing how you feel.
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We are meant to be enlightened, excited and energized
beings. We are meant to be spiritual and to feel connected.
As you follow Principle #1, your physical composition will
improve and your energy will start to vibrate at a higher
level. Once this happens, everything else begins to feel eas-
ier…everything starts to fall into place. You may find that
you feel less stress and more excitement about each of the
steps you are taking.
So what do you do in the meantime as your body is clean-
ing out? Can you still get started if you are not feeling emotion-
ally optimistic about your goals for better health? Absolutely!
That’s what this chapter is all about. The ideas, techniques
and exercises that follow will help you work with your mind
and emotions, so that you can establish a mindset for success
— one that supports you in achieving your physical health.
As you change the food you eat, you can also change the
thoughts you think. Both of these actions will help “clean the
fish tank,” so to speak. So let’s start first with getting to know
your personality type.
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The first place to start in creating your foundation for suc-
cess in the Five Principles of High Raw is to get to know
yourself. This is a bit different from Principle #2: Know Your
Body because this is about your personality type.
In my work as a personal trainer and health coach, I have
noticed three personality types. Keep in mind that these are
broad generalizations and not meant to pigeonhole any-
one. This is not a complex discussion about Myers-Briggs
Personality Type Indicators or the Enneagram. Instead, I want
to share my observations about general personality types and
how you can be successful no matter where you start.
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The three personality types are:
º PLRSONALITY TYPL #1 ~ THL GO-GLTTLR
This person is very high energy and maybe even intense.
The go-getter is a free spirit, has many interests and wants
to dabble in all of them and has a hard time making a
commitment. The go-getter has a lot of passion, is not
afraid to take risks and may be inclined to be an entre-
preneur. They tend to jump in and take action without
needing to do much research.
º PLRSONALITY TYPL #2 ~ THL RLSLARCHLR
This person digs right in and does research before taking
action. The researcher wants to know all the information
up front before moving forward. The researcher tends to
be more analytical and detailed, like an accountant, office
manager or lawyer.
º PLRSONALITY TYPL #3 ~ THL CARLTAKLR
The caretaker is very heart-centered, compassionate
and always looking out for other people. The caretaker
is empathetic and cares deeply for other people and the
planet. Often, caretakers give so much that they forget
to take care of themselves. Some examples of caretakers
might be a nurse, veterinarian or teacher.
As you read these three personality types, do you see
yourself in one of them? Or perhaps you have different per-
sonality traits in different areas of your life? I know I do…for
example, in my business, I am more of a go-getter — I jump
in and I take risks. But when it comes to my health, I move
a bit more into the researcher side – I’m still willing to take
some risks, but I take it more slowly, do my two-week experi-
ments and research more first.
Now which personality type do you think would be most
successful at getting started with the High Raw lifestyle? As
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you can see, each of them have their strengths and weak-
nesses and that’s true for all of us, isn’t it?
The go-getters may seem like they’ll just jump right in,
but the danger is that they will move right on to something
else, instead of sticking to their plan. They may not research
enough to really understand what they need to do. The
researchers may be really smart and learn a lot, but it may
take them a long time to jump in and take action. And finally,
the caretakers might find it difficult to take time for them-
selves because they are too busy caring for everyone else
(but, they’ll likely inspire a bunch of people to try it before
them!).
So the key here is to take a little bit from each one of
them, because chances are, we all have parts of ourselves
that resonate with all three personality types. Which do you
need to cultivate, in order to be successful?
If you’re typically a go-getter, you may benefit from culti-
vating the researcher personality type so that you can learn
more about nutrition and health. If you’re a researcher, you
can benefit from being more like the go-getter when it comes
to taking action. And if you are a caretaker, you may want to
turn that habit around and focus your caretaking on your-
self, while cultivating more of the go-getter and researcher
personality types.
How can you use this knowledge to improve your health?
I recommend that if you are keeping a High Raw journal,
that you write down which personality type you feel best
describes your usual approach to health. Once you’ve done
that, think about how you can benefit from one of the other
personality types so that you can reach your goals.
If you are a researcher, I’d recommend you think about
moving into a go-getter type mentality. What are some ways
in which you could do that? If you could pick just one thing
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and say, “Hey, I’m going to jump in and do it and trust that
everything will work” what would it be? Perhaps you can
work with an expert, who has already done the research, so
that you can take action faster. As a researcher, you may find
that trusting someone else relieves the pressure of always
having to figure things out for yourself.
If you are a go-getter, you might want to ask yourself,
“What am I willing to research? What am I willing to com-
mit to and for how long?” Give yourself time to allow results
to show up. You might consider reading about the two-week
experiments in chapter 7. You can also benefit from working
with an expert who has done the research already, allowing
you to keep moving forward.
If you are a caretaker, how will you put more time into
taking care of yourself? You may feel that it’s selfish at first,
but that’s just because you are more used to taking care of
others. How can you be more like the go-getter?
No matter what your personality type, everyone can ben-
efit from creating a success team that includes nutrition and
health experts, along with a network of mentors, friends and
family members who will share your interests and support
you on your journey.
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The most successful people didn’t get there by going it alone.
In fact, if you talk to anyone who has achieved success from
athletes to business people to artists, you will find that they had
help along the way from a mentor, coach, teacher or expert.
In chapter 7, I talked about the importance of working
with a health practitioner. If you are truly ready to make
changes in your health, a health practitioner may be some-
one you want on your team. Who else would you include?
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When creating your success team, the most important thing
to consider is: who will help you on your journey?
Any goal worth achieving, including creating your best
health, is going to have its rewards and its challenges. Often,
it is during the challenging times that we tend to think about
giving up. Your success team should include people who you
can lean on or who will support and motivate you through
the challenging times and of course, people who will cele-
brate with you during the good times.
Here are some options for your success team:
º HLALTH PRACTITIONLRS
º IRILNDS
º MLNTORS knowledgeable in health and nutrition
º IAMILY MLMHLRS who are supportive of your health
goals
º SUPPORT GROUPS working on related goals — these can be
in-person, by phone or online
In general, you are looking for like-minded people who are
ready to participate with you in your journey in some way.
They may be providing advice, guidance and expertise or
perhaps, simply an understanding ear when you need to talk.
When you work with people who share your vision for your
best health, it is a much richer journey.
If you are using a High Raw journal, make a list of the
people you’d like to be on your success team. Take action by
asking them to support you with your health goals!
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Now that you have a sense of your personality type and who
you want on your success team, let’s talk about creating your
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vision for your best health. When you write a vision, you are
getting clear on what you want to create – on what you are
passionate about creating. When you are passionate about
something, you have a strong desire to make it happen.
Napolean Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich and one
of the most influential people in the personal success move-
ment said, “Desire is the starting point of all achievement,
not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which
transcends everything.”
When you look at High Raw Principle #2: Make Your Health
Your TOP Priority and High Raw Principle #5: Take Action,
you can go much further if you have a vision of your best
health…something you are passionate and excited about.
Here are two exercises to help you create a vision and pas-
sion for your health:
Exercise #1 - Linking Your Passion to Your Health
First, identify what you are truly passionate about when it
comes to your health. I often hear goals like, “I want to have
six-pack abs” or “I want to be 100% raw.” These goals will
certainly require several steps in order to achieve them, but
it’s not the series of exercises or types of foods that people
want to hear about. Anyone can give you a series of steps to
carry out your goals. Instead, I encourage you to understand
what you are passionate about.
ASK YOURSLLI THLSL QULSTIONS:
º WIaI an I doIng rIgII nov? Do I IIkc II?
º Hov do I vanI II Io Lc?
º Hov do I vanI Io IccI?
º Oncc I acIIcvc IIcsc goaIs, Iov vIII I IccI?
º WIaI nakcs nc IruIy cxcIIcd?
º WIaI do I rcaIIy IIkc Io do?
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º WIaI vIII nakc IIIs Iun Ior nc?
º WIaI an I rcaIIy µassIonaIc aLouI?
º WIaI arc ny drcans?
º WIaI noIIvaIcs nc?
º WIaI's InµorIanI Io nc?
º WIaI an I doIng vIcn I IccI ny LcsI?
The answers to your questions may have nothing to do
with having six pack abs or being 100% raw. Maybe you’re
an accountant who really wants to be an Alpaca farmer. Or
you’re a nurse who wants to open a raw food restaurant.
When I work with my clients, I always ask them what their
dreams are — what they really want to do. I’ve found that
when you get to the heart of what people really want, you
can like that emotion to a healthier lifestyle.
How do you feel when you think about what really gets
you juiced or excited?
It feels great doesn’t it? Now think about doing a bunch of
sit ups to get six pack abs…how does that feel in comparison?
The truth is, what you are passionate about is much more
inspiring than a bunch of tasks that you can carry out to meet
your goals. Now don’t get me wrong, the tasks are important
too, but the first step is to know what you are passionate about
and to link THAT to your goals for a healthy lifestyle.
So let’s say you came to me and said you wanted to lose 10
pounds. After talking with you, I find out you’re an accoun-
tant who really wants to be an alpaca farmer. As a personal
trainer, I might talk to you about alpacas while you are doing
some of your exercises. In this way, you will learn to associ-
ate good feelings with the behavior of exercise. There are
many ways you can do this — be creative! If you love to be
outside, you might start exercising by going for a hike instead
of going to the gym.
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One of my passions is climbing to the top of mountains
and looking out at the view. So my wife, Annmarie, and I often
hike for exercise. On a trip to Peru, we climbed up Mount
Putukusi in the town of Aguas Calientes. Not knowing what
to expect on this trail, we encountered a huge ladder that
went along a cliff toward the top. There were actually several
ladders that we later found out were considered “hair rais-
ing” in the guidebooks. As we were hiking, we watched many
people decide to turn back, but we kept going. By the time
we made our way around a big boulder at the top, we were
amazed to see spectacular views of Machu Picchu.
This was literally one of the most beautiful experiences
I’ve ever had. And I had to ask myself, “What if I wasn’t so
passionate about climbing mountains?” Surely, I may have
turned back like so many others had. Instead, Annmarie and
I stuck to our plan to get to the top and we felt tremendously
rewarded. To me, the fact that we stuck to our plan and were
rewarded with a view beyond our imagination was more
spiritual than actually being at Machu Picchu!
You can do this too, by getting clear about what excites
you – what you are passionate about – and then linking those
good feelings with the steps you take toward your health
goals. If you can associate those incredible feelings — of
success, of feeling awesome, feeling love — to your exercise
or to your health program, then it’s going to make all the
difference.
Exercise #2 — The Perfect Day
One of the most powerful things you can do for yourself to
help you take action is the Perfect Day exercise. You can do
it with any goal, whether about your health, your life, your
relationships, your work or your family.
Start out by thinking about your most perfect day. What
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would it be like? Now write down everything you can think
of in detail.
Here are some things you may want to include:
º Hov vouId you vakc uµ? WouId IIc aIarn go oII?
How would the sun come in?
º WIo vouId you vakc uµ vIII?
º WIaI vouId you scc or do vIcn you vakc uµ?
º WIaI vouId you caI?
º Hov vouId you sµcnd your day?
º WIo vouId you sµcnd your IInc vIII?
º WIaI vouId you Iavc Ior IuncI?
º WIo vouId you caI IuncI vIII?
º Hov vouId you IccI IIrougIouI IIc day?
Write everything down about your perfect day, from the time
you wake up until the time you go to bed. Focus on how you
feel as you write this and write that down too. Pay special
attention to how you feel when you read and envision your-
self in your perfect day. This is your vision of how you want
your life to be. And how you feel as you visualize yourself
in your perfect day is what I want you to “bottle up” and
remember.
It is that feeling — how you feel in your perfect day — that
is your catalyst for action and your motivator when things
get tough. When you can connect to how you want to feel, it
will support you in achieving your goals.
Once you write your vision for your perfect day, make a
list of 15 actions you can take to move closer to your vision.
Keep the action steps really simple. One example is that if
your perfect day involves sitting on the beach and you are
actually in the middle of a cold winter season, one action
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step might be booking a plane ticket for a beach vacation. If
that’s not possible, how about cutting out a picture of a beau-
tiful, sunny beach and putting that on your bulletin board
or finding a picture that you can save on your computer.
These may seem simple, but they help bring the energy of
that emotion closer to where you are right now. Each action
step is designed to bring you a step closer to your vision of
your perfect day.
Let’s say you are currently experiencing chronic pain
every day and your perfect day involves feeling great and
being pain-free. What steps would you take to feel your best?
While it might not be possible to become pain-free in one
day, you could still write down some action steps, such as,
“I’m going to research another possibility because maybe
what I’m doing right now isn’t working.”
Whether it’s a health goal or any other goal, we often can
get stuck in a pattern of doing the same things over and over,
while expecting a different result. Sound familiar? That’s the
definition of insanity and yet, I’m sure it’s happened to all of
us at times. We want to make a change, but we’re not sure
what to do differently.
Writing your perfect day vision can help you find creative
ways to do things differently…because you will get really clear
about the results you want to achieve and how you want to
feel. Most of us are clear about what we DON’T want, instead
of being clear about what we DO want. After you do this
exercise, see if you come up with some creative actions you
can take. Notice if you feel excited about the actions because
they are linked to your passions and your dreams.
Once you complete the first 15 actions you’ve written
down, come up with another 15 actions and move on from
there. Don’t be surprised if you look back after six months
and find yourself feeling truly transformed!
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When you think of failure, what comes to mind? Is it some-
thing you’re afraid of? Does it keep you from taking risks or
making changes? I believe that it’s time to reframe failure
from something terrible to something positive. What if you
believed failure was a blessing? What if you trusted that if
you failed, you would have learned a valuable lesson that
would help you succeed in the future?
Thomas Edison had two years of failures before he
invented the light bulb, but instead of quitting, he used the
failures as learning opportunities. What if failure was a way
to find a better way of doing something, instead of a reason
for quitting?
If you believed failure was a blessing, a way to learn and
an opportunity to grow, then you wouldn’t be afraid of fail-
ure, would you?
In the book, The New Psycho-Cybernetics, by Dr. Maxwell
Maltz, there’s a great story about the mindset of failure.
Maltz describes going out for a hike…so put yourself into
this scenario:
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Let’s say you want to go for a hike, so you get some snacks
and water and head out to a nature reserve. You park your
car next to the tallest tree, which you’ll use to identify how to
get back from your hike.
The hike is the most amazing experience you’ve ever
had…there are deer eating right from your hands and beau-
tiful scenery. As you walk, many good ideas are coming to
you, making you feel energized. You are snapped out of
your reverie when it starts to get dark, so you begin to head
back. As you spot the tree, you realize you’ve gone farther
than you expected. But you know which direction to walk
as you head back.
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As you are walking, you begin going downhill and end
up in a gully. As you look around, you don’t recognize your
surroundings. You’ve lost the trail and you’re not sure where
you are. As you look for the tree, you can’t see it because you
are too far down in the gully. Now you are starting to get
scared…
So what do you do? Most people would curl up and sit
there and sulk. They would say, “Oh man, I’m lost. I’m never
going to get home. I don’t even know where I am. Why did I
even try this? That’s it, I give up.” They might simply sit and
wait as it gets dark and cold. They may sink into worry, fear
or stress. They may think they’ll never find their car.
Another group of people will start to think about how to
resolve the situation. Instead of giving up, their mind starts
to ask questions like, “Well, how can I get out of here? How
can I find my car?” As they look for solutions, they may look
up and realize that because they are in a gully, they can’t see
the tree where they parked. They start thinking that if they
could just walk to the top of the hill, they could look across
the horizon and see the tree. So let’s say you are one of these
people. You walk to the top of the hill, you look out again
and there’s the tree. You’re back on track. You start going.
You get back before it gets dark. You get home and have din-
ner with your family. Everything’s cool. Imagine how much
further you’d be in your health path if you embraced failure
like this?
Whether you are suffering from a serious illness or sim-
ply want to improve your health, if you focus on asking the
right questions, like, “How can I get better? How can I find
my dream? How can I reach my goal?”, you’re more likely to
succeed every single time.
Another great metaphor comes from my days as a kid at
the Bowlerama. Remember bowling as a kid? You got to use
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the lanes with those bumpers that kept your bowling ball
from going into the gutter? As a kid bowling, I never had to
worry about getting a gutter ball. Those bumpers gave kids
a way to just relax and enjoy bowling — we could always get
a pin or two to go down. If the ball got stuck, we could ask
someone for help. We knew it would be okay.
What if you simply knew you would be okay when it
comes to your health? What if you trusted that you could not
fail and that you could ask for help if you needed it? What if
you trusted that keeping it simple was all it took? That’s what
High Raw is about — a simple solution to feel your best.
When you create the right mindset — creating a vision and
passion for your health and trusting the steps you choose to
take, you have everything you need to succeed.
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One of the best techniques I’ve found to help you take action
successfully is the “Toolbox System.” I introduced the tool-
box system in my program, Seven Steps to Optimal Health
When you set up your own Toolbox System, it can help you
reach your health and wellness goals. In fact, you can use the
Toolbox System for any of your goals.
Each of the tools in your Toolbox System is meant to help
you take action. Anyone who has worked with me knows
that I am a big proponent of systems. Why?
Systems help people take action successfully because they
are:
º PROVLN: systems are created after much successful use
from experts or through experience.
º RLPLATAHLL: systems allow you to have a set of activities
you can use over and over again without reinventing
the wheel.
º LASY: systems tend to be easy because they allow you
to follow a process that has already been set up and
organized.
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Toolboxes are also valuable
because they give you a set of
tools to make your work faster
and easier. Imagine building a
house…you have all the lumber
and materials, you have your
blueprint, but the only tool you
have is a hammer. What would
it be like trying to build a house
with only one hammer? How
would you saw the wood or paint
the house?
Most likely, you’d take a trip to
the hardware store and get a table saw, tile cutter, circular
saw, screwdrivers, power drill, wire cutters, paint brushes
— all the tools you need to build your house. Imagine how
much easier that would be?
The Toolbox System gives you an organized set of options
so that you can take action easily and quickly. Your Toolbox
System is whatever you want to make it. It might be a set of
folders with the information you need or a box with equip-
ment you like to use. This is your opportunity to be creative
— stock your Toolbox System with the materials you need to
make your health and wellness goals easy. I am going to give
you some suggestions to get things started and you can take
in any direction that supports your goals.
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While you can set up as many toolboxes as you like, my
recommendation is that you start with four key categories:
Fitness, Nutrition, Spiritual and On-the-Go.
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help you achieve long-term success
in your health and wellness goals.
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Your fitness toolbox will contain
exercise options and tools. For this
toolbox, I suggest you gather up
some easy, fun fitness routines that
you select from books or magazines.
You may also want to include CDs,
DVDs and equipment, like dumb-
bells, an exercise ball, a medicine
ball or exercise bands. Be creative
and include anything that helps
you with your fitness goals. If cut-
ting out pictures of fit people is
motivating, do that. The idea
is to keep your fitness toolbox
organized and easily acces-
sible for your regular use.
Here are some tips for your
Fitness Toolbox:
º IITNLSS TOOLHOX TIP #1:
ORGANIZE. Put your work-
outs and fitness plans into
a 3-ring binder to keep them organized and easily
accessible.
º IITNLSS TOOLHOX TIP #2: KEEP IT SIMPLE. Whether you
start with only one workout option or a few, keep it
simple. There is no need to gather hundreds of work-
out options. Choose one that feels easy and start there,
then add more exercises over time. A group of about
15 workout options can give you variety without being
overwhelming as you are getting started. If you start to
get bored, add more.
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º IITNLSS TOOLHOX TIP #3: CHOOSE WORKOUTS YOU LIKE.
I love hiking, so I might put several hiking trails of dif-
ferent times (if I have 30 minutes or a couple hours,
for example) in my fitness toolbox. I also like body-
weight exercises, so I’d include several of those as
well. Identify the workouts you like best and put sev-
eral options into your fitness toolbox. Perhaps you will
include some other options you’d like to experiment
with as well.
º IITNLSS TOOLHOX TIP #4: BE FLEXIBLE FOR TIMING AND
LOCATION. How do you make this work, even when
you are busy? Give yourself fitness options for differ-
ent time frames and different locations. This way, if
you can’t workout outside or you can’t make it to the
gym, you have options for at-home fitness. The goal
here is to make fitness a part of your regular lifestyle,
so if your best laid plans for a given time frame or
location go awry, you have other options you can use
instead.
When you select a group of workouts, include these
options:
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This one is fun and you may
already be doing this to some
degree already. To make your
nutrition toolbox, gather up
all of the cookbooks and rec-
ipes you have. Go through
them and select the recipes
that appeal to you. Then get
all the recipes that you and
your family would like and put
them into one binder. If you’re like me, you’d rather not be
sifting through 20 or more cookbooks to find the meal you
want to make for dinner. Instead, when you get home from
a long day, you have your binder within easy reach for your
evening meal. Or maybe you already have a box of index
cards with recipes — that works too!
Here are some tips for your Nutrition Toolbox:
º NUTRITION TOOLHOX TIP #1: THINK VARIETY. Give yourself
a wide variety of options for meals, snacks and side
dishes. Choose options that will allow you to experience
a range of different foods and tastes, so that you keep
things interesting when it comes to mealtime. As you
experiment with new meals over a couple of months,
you will get to see which meals are most appealing to
you and your family.
º NUTRITION TOOLHOX TIP #2: THINK TIMING. You may want
to put a marker on the recipes that are really fast – for
those days when you are on the run. It’s always helpful
to have several options for a really quick meal. Make
notes on the 5-minute and 10-minute meals so that you
always have options, even at the busiest times.
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º NUTRITION TOOLHOX TIP #3: CONSIDER MENU PLANNING.
Consider planning the recipes you want to make each
week and then making a grocery list of the foods you
need ahead of time. Perhaps you simply want to have a
section in your binder for “this week” and move the reci-
pes you want to make into that section. This will make
it easier to see what foods to buy when you are making
your grocery list.
º NUTRITION TOOLHOX TIP #4: MAKE EXTRA MEALS. When you
prepare meals, make extra. If you are making dinner,
what about making extra so that you have something
for the next day’s meals? Or perhaps you’d like to take a
day and make several meals that you can have on hand
for the week. Your nutrition toolbox will have all the
ideas you need to plan ahead.
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This is my favorite toolbox. You don’t need to be religious
to have a spiritual toolbox. Think of this as your toolbox for
inspiration and motivation. The focus is to find out what
inspires you and makes you feel uplifted. When you feel
inspired, it is energizing and when you are energized, you
are more likely to continue forward with your goals.
Your spirituality toolbox might include a shrine of special
pieces that motivate you. It could be something you keep
in a corner of your room or at your desk. In this location,
you’d put special objects that have meaning for you and that
make you feel good. You might hang up collages with images
that have powerful meaning to you. I keep my spiritual tool-
box at my desk. On my desk, I have some rocks I had found
from several special places. I also keep some silver pieces
with insignias and books that have truly inspired me. Next
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to my desk, I have a collage with images that remind me of
my vision.
If challenges arise on the way to reaching your goals (and
they will!), you can go to your spiritual toolbox and spend
time with the objects that inspire you. Perhaps you would
do a meditation, prayers or mantras to clear your mind and
heart. The act of visiting your spiritual toolbox can be very
grounding and centering. It can bring you back to the part
of you that is enthusiastic and positive about your life. It
can help you forget the details of life and focus on the bigger
picture.
Here are some tips for your Spiritual Toolbox:
º SPIRITUAL TOOLHOX TIP #1: CHOOSE WHAT INSPIRES YOU. This
can be anything — books, CDs, DVDs, pictures, objects,
prayers, meditations or mantras.
º SPIRITUAL TOOLHOX TIP #2: CONSIDER MAKING YOUR SPIRITUAL
TOOLBOX PART OF YOUR DAILY ROUTINE. While your spiritual
toolbox is there to lift your spirits if you are feeling
down or feeling like you want to give up, consider visit-
ing your spiritual toolbox daily or regularly, even when
you are feeling great. A regular practice of focusing on
what inspires you is very energizing.
º SPIRITUAL TOOLHOX TIP #3: TRUST YOUR SPIRITUAL TOOLBOX AS
A SELF-HELP TOOL. Even if you aren’t sure it will work, sit
with your spiritual toolbox if you are really looking for
help and don’t know where to turn. Commit to sitting
for at least five minutes and simply looking at or listen-
ing to some of the items in your spiritual toolbox. You
may find that this is all you need to get you going in the
right direction again and it can be very empowering to
realize that you are your own best support!
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We are all busy these days, so it helps to have options for
those days you are really on the run. The on-the-go toolbox
is your way of taking your healthy lifestyle with you wher-
ever you are. Select a bag or box and fill it with the items
you need for your health and fitness routine. For example,
you might have a workout bag with running shoes, exercise
clothes, some bottles of water and easy healthy snacks that
don’t need to be refrigerated (like trail mix).
Here are some tips for your On-the-Go Toolbox:
º ON-THL-GO TOOLHOX TIP #1: MATCH YOUR ON-THE-GO TOOLBOX
WITH YOUR LIFESTYLE. Notice how you typically live your
life — what do you find that you wish you had with you
when it comes to meeting your health and fitness goals?
Is it having healthy snacks on hand? Is it having your
fitness gear with you so you can exercise during your
lunch hour? When you are away from home, what will
help you meet your goals? Stock your on-the-go toolbox
with these items so that you are always prepared.
º ON-THL-GO TOOLHOX TIP #2: KEEP IT SIMPLE. Stick to neces-
sities so that you don’t feel overburdened with too many
things.
º ON-THL-GO TOOLHOX TIP #3: MAKE RE-STOCKING ROUTINE.
Think of your on-the-go toolbox as part of your rou-
tine. When you are grocery shopping, what snacks can
you get to replenish your on-the-go snacks? When you
are doing laundry, what exercise clothes do you need to
wash and put into your on-the-go toolbox?
The toolbox system is all about preparation. You wouldn’t
build a house without any tools, right? That would seem
kind of foolish. So it’s just as important to have the tools you
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need when you are building a new routine around health and
wellness. You don’t have to wait until you have all of your
toolboxes created or until they are all completely stocked —
you can start now, but start with the goal of creating a tool-
box system that will support you along the way.
Perhaps, like me, all you need to get started is one book.
Mine was The Seeker’s Guide by Elizabeth Lesser. One book
is a good way to start taking action, but your toolbox system
will help you stick with it over the long term.
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The food you eat is very important when it comes to creating
a healthy High Raw lifestyle. However, diet is only one com-
ponent of health and wellness. If you want to achieve optimal
health, the most important practices beyond diet are breath,
water and exercise. If you think about it in a hierarchy, if we
stop breathing, we die in minutes. Without water, a person
would feel adverse affects in one day and could possibly live
up to 10 days depending upon other factors. Without food,
it is estimated that humans could live for between four to
six weeks. So while food is important, it is hardly the most
important when it comes to your health.
As you approach your health and wellness goals, focusing
on breath, water and exercise can help you feel your best.
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Depending upon several factors, you may not be breathing
fully and completely. For example, are your clothes tight?
Are you sitting at a desk all day? Are you feeling stressed
out? Any of these things may keep you from taking full, deep
breaths and nourishing your brain and body with the oxygen
it needs to function properly.
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If you want the easiest way to calm your mind and body,
simply focus on taking deep, full and conscious breaths
several times per day. Here’s how:
º TUNL IN AND NOTICL II YOU ARL TAKING SHALLOW HRLATHS. Are
you feeling constricted in any way? Sit or stand so that
you can take deep, full breaths.
º ARL YOU HRLATHING ALL THL WAY INTO YOUR HLLLY? Focus on
filling your entire body with air, all the way into your
belly. Feel your belly expand with air.
º LXHALL DLLPLY AND IULLY.
º DO THIS IOR IIVL TO TLN HRLATHS AND SLL HOW YOU ILLL. Take
your time — even if you are feeling rushed, don’t rush
your breathing. The simple act of slow, deep breaths can
be a signal to your whole body to slow down and feel
more calm.
I’ve been focusing on this in my own life because I sit at a
desk in front of a computer all day. Each day, I take time out
to take full, deep, conscious breaths and it makes a big dif-
ference in how I feel. You might set a timer and do this a few
times per day or wear a band on your wrist to remind you to
take deep, conscious breaths. Experiment with this for two
weeks and see if you feel calmer and less stressed. You may
even find that you feel more energized.
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Your body is made up of 75% water and your brain is made
up of 90% water, so you can imagine how important it is to
hydrate your body. Unfortunately, our planet has very pol-
luted water. Humans have polluted many of our clean water
sources and taken the life out of the water we drink. The
result of all of this pollution is tap water that is cleaned with
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chemicals, which are also harmful to the human body. In
fact, there are so many ways of treating water just to make
it drinkable, that it’s hard to tell what affects it will have on
human health.
So how do we get fresh, pure
water? Not everyone lives near
a fresh spring, where they can
fill up bottles with pure water
that has been tested as drink-
able. The most realistic solu-
tion is to get some sort of filter,
even if you have well water.
Water Filters
Water filters are a great way to remove contaminants from
tap water and well water. Some examples of contaminants
are: heavy metals like lead, mercury and cadmium or addi-
tives like fluoride and chlorine. Water can also be contami-
nated by: pesticides, microorganisms, and even toxins from
pharmaceutical drugs and personal care products.
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I have always been interested in finding the best sources
of pure drinking water, which is why I researched and pro-
duced a program called Renegade Water Secrets. In Renegade
Water Secrets, I gathered five of the world’s top health and
water experts and asked them to reveal their best techniques
to getting clean, pure drinking water for your health and
for the planet. After interviewing the experts, I found that
the best water filter you can get is a reverse osmosis system.
While it is a little wasteful in terms of water itself, it will give
you the best drinking water and the good news is, they are
not that expensive. Some of the reverse osmosis water filters
are only about $300.
If you can’t start out with a reverse osmosis water filter,
start with something that fits your budget. The first place
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to start is with a filter that removes chlorine. An option for
this type of filter is the Brita brand water filter, which has
many options in a variety of price ranges. Eventually, you
may want to upgrade your water filter to one that removes
more of the common contaminants in water. The key is
to start with what you can afford and then upgrade when
you can.
I started with an Aqauasana water filter and upgraded
from there. The next time I move, I’ll upgrade to a reverse
osmosis water filter. The key with water filters and every-
thing else with respect to your health is to go at your own
pace. This means go at the pace of your budget as well. When
you can trust that with each upgrade, you are receiving more
benefits, it’s much more successful than being stressed about
not having everything right now. That’s what’s called getting
better. That’s the process of mastery. Right now my water
mastery is at a level that I would say is A minus and I’m
committed to working on it, while at the same time, being
satisfied with where I am right now. Remember, good health
is physical and emotional, so the more you are happy about
where you are right now, the easier it will be to move to the
next level.
Shower filters are also important because your skin is
your largest organ and it absorbs chlorine and other toxins
from water. When you get into the warm shower, the pores in
your skin open up, so you can imagine how chemicals from
water can get into your body.
Alkaline Water
Depending upon the source of your water, it could be slightly
acidic or slightly alkaline. Now you’ve heard me and possi-
bly other experts talk about creating a more alkaline condi-
tion in your blood to achieve optimal health, so you may be
tempted by alkaline water systems. The idea behind alkaline
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water systems is that if you drink alkaline water, your body
will absorb it and it will become more alkaline. I’m not com-
pletely sold on this, however.
While your blood should be slightly alkaline for your best
health, the rest of your body is naturally either acidic or
more alkaline. Your stomach is naturally acidic — it needs
to be so that it can digest your food. When you drink alka-
line water, your body will buffer the acidity so that it can
stay at a neutral pH of 7.
If your stomach becomes
less acidic, you will be
less able to digest. This is
why you would not want
to take an antacid before
you eat or why you would
not want to drink alkaline water before you eat.
I think that adding some sea salt to your water can help
to make it more alkaline, without having to invest in an alka-
line water system. Sea salt is very alkaline and helps to bal-
ance the body’s pH levels.
Hydration
Access to pure water for drinking and showers is impor-
tant, but it’s also critical to focus on how much water you
are drinking. We are chronically dehydrated as a population
too. So even if you think that you’re drinking a lot of water,
you’re probably not drinking enough. In Your Body’s Many
Cries For Water, Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj suggests that
chronic dehydration may be the cause of conditions such as
angina, migraines, hypertension, high cholesterol, chronic
fatigue syndrome, MS, depression, arthritis and diabetes in
the elderly.
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water you drink is also critical.
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Here are some tips for how to drink and absorb
more water:
º ADD SLA SALT TO YOUR WATLR. Adding a pinch
of sea salt to your water is a great way to add
minerals to your water.
º ADD LLMON TO YOUR WATLR. Lemons have fla-
vor and detoxification properties that make a
great addition to your water.
º DRINK PLLNTY OI WATLR IN THL MORNING.
Drink at least a liter of water (33 ounces),
depending upon your size. When you wake up,
your body is dehydrated, so drinking plenty of
water will rehydrate your body and help with
elimination.
º PUT A HIG GLASS JUG OI WATLR AT YOUR DLSK OR
CLOSL TO WHLRL YOU ARL WORKING. Having easy
access to a jug of water is a great way to make
sure you will drink plenty of water during the
day.
º DRINK HALI YOUR HODY WLIGHT IN OUNCLS OI WATLR
LACH DAY. This will help ensure you are drink-
ing plenty of water.
º DRINK GRLLN JUICLS. I am convinced that green juices are
the best thing on the planet. Experiment with drinking
green juices yourself and see if you get an amazing boost
of energy. I’ve found that green juices make my eyes feel
open and provide longer lasting energy than just about
anything else.
In order to drink enough water, you’re likely going to want
to carry your water around with you. If carrying a glass
jar doesn’t work for you, consider moving to stainless steel
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- Cravings
- Muscle
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- Dark urine
- Few or no tears
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- Dry skin
- 1hirst
- Dry mouth
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water bottles instead
of plastic. Klean
Kanteen is a brand of
stainless steel water
bottles that I like
because they do not
leach chemicals like plas-
tic water bottles. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a toxin found in
some plastics that has been found to be a hormone disrup-
tor because it mimics sex hormones.
It’s important for you to decide how you want approach
removing toxic exposure. Even if you are a purist in only
one thing, it can still benefit from you. The idea is not to
live your life stressed out about toxins. Instead, choose
the areas in your life where you want to take a more pure
approach because the steps you take in that area are going
to reduce your toxic burden and boost your health.
When it comes to water, you might decide to focus only
on removing mercury, chlorine and fluoride. That step alone
will reduce your toxic load, which will benefit your health.
Over time, you may take additional steps, trusting that with
each new level, you continue to boost your health.
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I believe that exercise is just a little bit more important than
food. When I look at people who have been exercising over a
long period of time, I notice that they always look better. And
I’ve also done a little experimenting myself with this whole idea
of food and exercise. I started with exercise…it was “my thing.”
Way before I got into nutrition, I was committed to regular exer-
cise. As I learned about nutrition, I became so food-centered
that I stopped exercising for a while and my health started to
suffer. That’s when I realized that good nutrition and exercise
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together make a more well-rounded approach to good health.
When you exercise, what you’re doing is wringing out
your system. You are moving your lymph, which is one of
your systems of detoxification. Exercise also helps your body
remove toxins.
As your muscles contract, as you move your limbs and as
you bounce, you’re getting your entire system in motion. I
believe the human body was made to move. When people tell
me that they don’t like to exercise, I am certain that they sim-
ply haven’t found the exercise that is right for them. What
makes most people dislike exercise or fail at exercise is that
they don’t like the exercise they are doing. Whenever I see
this, I tell them to stop doing that exercise and find some-
thing they really like. When you are doing exercise you don’t
like, you are basically forcing yourself to do something that
feels unpleasant – this means you are relying on willpower to
get you through. It’s much more successful to do something
out of feeling empowered, rather than using willpower. I’ll
cover more on willpower vs. empowerment in chapter 13.
If you could go out and absolutely love the exercise you
are doing, what would it be? Since I love to hike, I get out
and climb mountains, look at the view and sit and eat wild
foods. Because I love what I’m doing, it doesn’t even feel like
exercise. Instead, I’m having the time of my life and my exer-
cise feels like play. Your goal is to experiment and find out
what type of exercise you would really enjoy.
The Importance of Vigorous Exercise
One thing to keep in mind when it comes to exercise is inten-
sity. I believe that vigorous exercise is essential. Yoga is great
— it’s very relaxing and meditative, but it serves a different
purpose than vigorous exercise. Vigorous exercise would
include high intensity or cardiovascular exercise. High
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intensity exercise is anerobic, which uses muscle sugar (gly-
cogen) and cardiovascular exercise is aerobic, which uses
oxygen. While either one of these are good to do, I recom-
mend doing both as part of your fitness routine. Running,
fast walking, jumping and hiking are great types of vigorous
exercise.
While some people recommend a rebounder, I don’t
believe you get the best results in terms of exercise as a whole
because it does not wring your muscles like other types of
exercise. I always recommend choosing exercise that pumps
your blood, moves your limbs and wrings your muscles.
Exercise and the Great Outdoors
Whenever possible, go outside for your exercise. When you
are outside, you breathe in negative ions, which give you a
positive mood. Additionally, the sun has vitamin D, which
boosts your health and your mood. Next time you exercise
outdoors, notice how you feel. The act of exercising outdoors
is often enough to energize, recharge and revive you.
Exercise and Body Type
In Ayurvedic medicine, there are three different body types,
called doshas. Each dosha has different physical and psycho-
logical characteristics. Each person’s body type is a unique
expression of a dosha or combination of the doshsas. You
can find out your dosha by going to an Ayurvedic practitio-
ner, but you can also look at general characteristics and iden-
tify which dosha you think you might be.
The three doshas in Ayurvedic medicine are: vata, pitta
and kapha. Once you know your dosha, the practice of
Ayurveda involves aligning your food, habits and lifestyle in
a way that keeps your dosha balanced. The idea is that if you
are balanced, you achieve health and wellness.
You can do the same thing with your exercise. Once you
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know your dosha, you can choose an exercise routine that keeps
you balanced. For example, the pitta dosha is firey and tends to
get hot easily, while the vata and kapha doshas are much cooler.
So how would you apply this knowledge to exercise?
Here are some guidelines for exercise and your dosha:
º VATA DOSHA: Consider an exercise that warms up this
cooler body type, such as walking or dancing. Vatas tend
to get stressed and worn out easily, so yoga can also be
a good addition to your exercise routine.
º PITTA DOSHA: This intense, fiery dosha may want to do
a cooling exercise, like some slow cardiovascular exer-
cise. Since pitas tend to be competitive, playing sports
may keep them engaged.
º KAPHA DOSHA: This slow, cooler dosha may benefit from a
routine, warming and stimulating exercise, like weight
lifting, tennis or running.
Pain and Joint Health
If you have pain in your joints, like knees, elbows, fingers
and wrists, you can really benefit from exercise. This is not
a “no pain, no gain” kind of mentality — that is old school.
Instead, it’s important to understand some of the reasons
why exercise can help reduce or eliminate pain.
First of all, most of your joints are surrounded by a thick
fluid, which helps them move. Called synovial fluid, this liq-
uid actually helps you move painlessly and it also bathes your
cartilage in nutrients. Think of synovial fluid as the WD40
for your bones and cartilage — it keeps things moving.
If you have painful joints or an arthritic condition, mov-
ing those joints actually helps them feel better, even if you
think it would be the opposite. But clearly, you want to
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bring some pain relief to your joints so you can feel good
while you exercise, so I’d like to share some good options
for pain relief. First, arthritis and joint pain are inflam-
matory conditions, so reducing inflammation and acidic
blood is important. I will cover more about how to reduce
acidity in chapter 16. Keep in mind that if your blood is
acidic, your synovial fluid may also be acidic, which means
your cartilage is not getting the nutrients it needs. You can
nourish your joints by creating an alkaline environment in
your blood, staying well hydrated and supplementing with
vitamin C, sulfur or MSM. This will help to build strong,
healthy joints and connective tissue.
Another option for pain relief in sore joints is hot/cold
therapy. Get a bucket of cold water and add some ice so that
it’s really chilled. Then get a bucket and fill it with water that
is almost too hot to touch. Put the painful joint into the cold
bucket for one minute and then put the joint into the hot
bucket. Continue to alternate between hot and cold. You could
do this in the shower for your knees, alternating between hot
and cold water. Hot/cold therapy functions as a pump. The cold
water contracts your capillaries and the hot water dilates them,
so it’s like wringing the blood and fluid out and then bringing it
back in again. It’s a great therapy for ankle sprains, knee issues,
wrist problems and carpal tunnel conditions. It eliminates stag-
nation that is in your joints, in areas that may be building up
toxins or waste products that you want to release.
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While a healthy diet, breath, water and exercise are very
important, you don’t need to add all of these to your routine at
once. Remember that transforming your health at your own
pace is more important that making changes overnight.
I highly recommend that you create a calendar with your
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goals and decide what you’re going to do in a year, in five
years and in ten years. Identify which new habits are impor-
tant to you and decide when you will add each of them to
your regular routine. Health doesn’t have to mean you are
a new person by tomorrow. Health is about creating good
habits over a lifetime, so decide what works for you and plan
it out accordingly.
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Anytime you set goals or start taking action toward a big
change in your life, you will experience challenges or stum-
bling blocks along the way. To understand this, let’s use an
example of driving to a job you’ve had for 10 years. Think
about your commute to and from work — have you ever had
one of those days where you get home and realize you don’t
remember driving from work to home at all?
The reason is that your trip is so ingrained in your mind
that you don’t even have to think about it anymore. If you
encountered a detour one day and had to take a new route
home from work, you’d actually have to think about which
roads to take…you’d really have to pay attention. But for your
usual trip home from work, it’s so automatic that it seems
like you barely have to pay attention…you’re on autopilot.
It’s the same with our habits. They are so ingrained that
we are literally on autopilot as we go through our day. When
you decide to change your diet, experiment with new recipes
or start a new exercise routine, it may take some thought and
planning at first. When everything is going well, you may find
that doing things differently is pretty easy, but when stum-
bling blocks show up, it may feel more challenging.
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Typical stumbling blocks on the way to creating your best
health are: cravings, stress, information overload and feeling
like you don’t have the money to invest in the healthy food,
products or services you desire. These stumbling blocks are
so common that I receive hundreds of questions about them
on a regular basis.
The first place I start in helping clients overcome stum-
bling blocks is the idea of willpower vs. empowerment.
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Willpower is defined as self-control or controlling one’s
actions or impulses. It is what we are told we need to have in
order to change our habits. Stephen Covey describes habits
as having a “strong gravitational pull” in The Seven Habits
of Highly Effective People. So if you think about it, when you
apply willpower to change habits, it is a constant battle of
the gravitational pull of that habit against your own forces
of self-control.
Imagine what it feels like to be in a constant battle. You
may do well at first, constantly pushing and pushing, but
eventually, willpower crumbles. And when it does, you might
simply go back to your old habit, feeling that it’s the more
powerful force. Humans both desire and resist change. While
change may be desired, resistance to change is almost an
instinctual way to protect ourselves. Resistance to change is
a common reaction because humans tend to want things to
remain in homeostasis or balance, which can often translate
into to wanting things to stay the same. In fact, resistance to
change is so strong that the fields of change management and
organizational development were created to help organiza-
tions reach big goals by helping employees adapt to change.
So how can you change successfully so that you can reach
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your health and wellness goals? Instead of focusing on the
battle of willpower, imagine what it would be like to feel
empowered? To be empowered means that you are equipped
with ability or enabled. Think for a moment about the dif-
ference between imposing self-control to do something vs.
feeling equipped and enabled to do something?
Juice Feasting expert David Rainosheck created the con-
cept of the Spectrum of Diet™, which approaches diet and
nutrition along a continuum from low life-force foods to
high life force foods. The idea is that you can see where you
are on the spectrum and work to move up to a more healthy
way of eating. If you looked at the spectrum and you were
eating a standard American diet (SAD), you’d see that you
have many steps in the spectrum to go before you got to the
raw food diet. Now, what I don’t agree with here is putting
food in a hierarchy, saying that the raw food diet is the best,
but I do like the idea of seeing how you might progress from
one type of eating to another. For example, if you are cur-
rently eating SAD, the progression would be to whole foods,
then you might move to a vegetarian diet, then a plant-based
diet and then to the raw food plant-based diet.
In other words, the Spectrum of Diet™ is showing the pos-
sibility of how you might progress. What if you felt you had
to go from SAD to raw overnight? You’d be skipping several
steps. You’d actually miss the skill, knowledge and behavior
changes you might be making along the way. You might apply
willpower to make the change and “bam,” you’d be going from
eating Twinkies to eating kale and drinking green smoothies.
However, having skipped all the steps in between, you haven’t
really empowered yourself — equipped yourself with the abil-
ity to make the change. You might find that you have to grit
your teeth and force yourself to stay on track.
Many people do this…they use willpower to go from
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SAD to raw, without empowering themselves with the skills,
knowledge and behaviors to really support a true change of
habits. This is why so many people go right back to eating
Twinkies again. Willpower eventually breaks down, and the
timing is different for each person.
My goal in encouraging a step-by-step approach through
the Five Principles of High Raw, is for you to equip yourself
with the ability to create new healthy habits at your own
pace. This is not an overnight switch, but a progression. If
you say, “I’m going to do this” and slowly move up the ladder
toward your goals, you can decide how you will move along
the continuum toward a more plant-based diet as described in
Principle #1: Eat Real Food and Think Like a Raw Foodist.
I recommend that you plan to make small adjustments
from where you are now to where you want to be, unless
there is a pressing health reason to make big, immediate
changes. If your health requires big changes immediately,
your health practitioner can be a great support in making
a quick transition. For everyone else, there is really no need
to make drastic changes. Remember that humans resist
change, but you and your body may not even notice small
changes. You give yourself a chance to get used to the change
and then you build from there. This is a great way to coax
yourself into making big changes over time. In a way, these
small changes trick you into thinking that this is how you’ve
been doing it all along.
If I had gone directly from SAD to raw food, I would
still think about foods that I used to eat. I would still crave
Entenmann’s cake from the grocery store. Today, I don’t crave
those foods anymore and the thing is, it’s because I know it
isn’t even food. I gave myself a chance to progress and learn
over time.
When you aren’t focused on being 100% raw or 100%
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perfect, you’ll see that you have the ability to move along the
continuum of healthy eating all the time. If you are not feel-
ing like having raw food, you might have steamed kale and
cooked quinoa. You no longer have to bounce back and forth
from one end of the spectrum to the other because you have
learned how to support yourself with healthy eating along a
continuum. You don’t have to say, “If I failed at raw foods, I’ll
go back to pizzas, soda and Twinkies.”
So when you’re trying willpower it’s never going to work.
You’re never going to be able to push yourself long enough
because eventually it’s going to crack. Instead, trust that you
are empowering yourself to make changes in your life by
building upon what you’ve learned before.
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Everyone has experienced cravings, but did you ever think
about where the craving is coming from? Do you think it’s
you who doesn’t have the willpower? Cravings are really a
habit. In essence, you have associated a food with a feeling
or emotion. From a physiological perspective, your body is
looking for a hit of dopamine, sometimes called the “master
molecule of addiction.”
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter (chemical messenger)
in your brain that is associated with the feeling of pleasure.
When you eat a food you are craving, it stimulates dopamine,
which then makes you feel emotions of happiness, satisfac-
tion, reward or pleasure. The more concentrated a food (the
more processed it is), the more you may stimulate dopamine,
which is why many people have cravings for junk food. So
YOU are not your cravings…in fact, you are responding to a
chemical reaction in your body. There are other physiologi-
cal reasons you may have cravings, but the dopamine reac-
tion explains why your emotions may be so involved.
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Are cravings making you feel like a zombie walking to the
refrigerator? Are they sabotaging your goals to lose weight or
maintain a healthy weight? It would be pretty tough to use
willpower to overcome a physical and emotional reaction,
wouldn’t it?
I used to experience the pull of cravings myself. I used
to host an open mic in Bethel, Connecticut every other
Thursday. On those Thursday nights, I’d show up, play a cou-
ple of songs on my guitar and then invite everyone else up.
People would sign up and play songs — and everyone would
have a good time. It was at a coffee shop and they had the
most incredible brownies. So I would have a brownie every
Thursday night.
The thing is, I would get home and I wouldn’t be able to
sleep because the sugar in the brownies was intense. I would
roll around in bed, wishing I never ate the brownie. In the
morning, I’d wake up with dark spots under my eyes. I’d feel
so tired that it was hard to get out of bed. In spite of how I
felt, I would still go to the open mic and get a brownie every
Thursday night.
One day, I made a decision, “I don’t want to be addicted
to these brownies anymore.” But that didn’t do a thing to
stop the craving. I would sit down at the open mic and start
playing a song…all the while, thinking about whether or not
I was going to have a brownie. How ridiculous is that? It’s a
brownie…just a little piece of cake! It had this magnetic pull
on me that was literally insane. But I knew that I needed to
take control.
I realized one thing about myself when it came to brown-
ies: I had this electrical charge towards them. There was
something that was putting me in this position and giving me
a feeling that I wanted. I realized that if I could eliminate that
charge, I wouldn’t have to think about brownies any more.
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It’s the same with any type of addiction. Think about ciga-
rettes right now. If you are not a cigarette smoker, do you
ever have a craving for cigarettes? Most likely you do not
crave them at all. I used to be a cigarette smoker and when I
was smoking cigarettes, I would crave them like crazy. Once
I quit smoking and eliminated that craving, I have a whole
different reaction to cigarettes. Today, if you put a pack of
cigarettes in front of me — or even lit one and put it in my
mouth, I would feel nauseous. I think it’s disgusting. So what
happened between craving cigarettes and not craving them?
I lost the emotional charge towards it. I was able to replace it
with something else.
Willpower just didn’t work…making the decision alone
didn’t work.
Here’s what does work for eliminating the charge of
cravings:
º RLCOGNIZL THAT CLRTAIN IOODS ARL AN ADDICTION. Now that
you understand the dopamine connection, you can see
why certain foods, particularly foods high in sugar,
are addictive. Instead of beating yourself up for hav-
ing no willpower, you may decide not to eat addictive
substances. More and more studies are showing how
highly addictive sugar is. The only difference between
sugar and cocaine, is that sugar is legal and readily
available. Because sugar is so widely accepted and in
so many processed foods, it causes many health issues.
And it’s not just processed sugar. You may find your-
self addicted to other sweeteners because they have the
same or a similar effect. I’ll cover more about sweeten-
ers in chapter 14.
If you aren’t sure about the addictive nature of sugar or
other foods you are craving, pay attention to how you feel
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after you eat it. Do you feel hung over? Do you have dark
circles under your eyes? I know that if I go to a restaurant
and have any sort of sugar by mistake, like dressing in a
salad or something, my body immediately reacts.
º CLLAN OUT YOUR CUPHOARDS. If you have food in your cup-
board that you would rather not be eating, throw it out.
Don’t even bring it into the house. Let’s say you want
to avoid chocolate, but you keep a little stash in your
house for when cravings strike. Think about what hap-
pens when you know a food you crave is in the house.
You might be more likely to eat it. Instead, do not have
these foods in your house.
º ASK QULSTIONS. Remember what got me on track with my
health? I asked myself a question, “Is there something
better than this?” You can do the same thing with crav-
ings. Questions are very powerful because they get you
out of autopilot and get you thinking differently. Ask
yourself why you feel this pull. When I realized I was
still craving brownies, I began to ask myself, “Why am I
feeling this pull to these brownies?”
º IIND OUT WHAT IS MISSING IN YOUR LIIL AND ADD SOMLTHING HLT-
TLR. Have you heard that craving sugar means you lack
sweetness in your life? Cravings can often be distractions
from what we really want in our lives. Think about what
happens when you eat the food you are craving. When
you eat sugar, do you feel warmth, peace or euphoria?
Where are you missing those emotions in your life? What
could you be doing that would allow you to experience
them without food? The exercises in chapter 10, linking
your passion to health and the perfect day exercise, are
great ways to help answer these questions.
Let’s use the cigarettes and brownies as an example in my
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own life. What did cigarettes bring me? What do brownies
bring me? In the case of cigarettes, I used them to breathe,
relax, to be social, to take a break. I used brownies to have
fun and to get a little pick-me-up.
Think about it, if you can identify why you’re going
towards the food you are craving, you can start to substitute
it with something else that will give you a similar feeling.
When I used to smoke cigarettes at work I would go and take
a five-minute break, sit outside and have a cigarette. That’s
a nice break. Why couldn’t I just go and sit outside and not
have a cigarette? Why not? Or what if I took a five-minute
break and did deep breathing, to give me more of what I was
getting from the cigarette? Once you realize the payoff you
are getting from any habit or craving, you can start to choose
a healthier habit that fulfills what you truly want.
With the brownies, once I asked myself why I was so
pulled to them, I finally said, “I get it.” I decided to have a
cup of herbal tea instead. I realized the tea would calm me
and I wouldn’t have to worry about the brownies anymore.
How cool is that? So I completely eliminated that addiction
to brownies.
º CRLATL A PATTLRN INTLRRUPT. As you go through the pro-
cess of eliminating cravings, you may recognize a pat-
tern. A pattern interrupt is putting something between
you and what you are craving so that instead of having
the craving and then taking action by eating what you
are craving, you do something to interrupt the act of
eating.
Let’s use me and the brownie as an example. Let’s say
that I was craving a brownie. Instead of just eating it,
I started drinking herbal tea. That interrupted my pat-
tern of being on autopilot and just eating the brownie.
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There are many options for pattern interrupts: repeat a
mantra, do a meditation, go for a walk, call a friend or
even the practice of asking yourself questions. A good
question is, “Is there something better that I can reach
for now?”
Just the simple act of asking yourself this question can
help you change your habits. You can train yourself to
reach for better things. When you
go to the refrigerator at night
and you’re looking for something
sweet and you ask yourself, “Is
there something better that I can
reach for?” You might end up hav-
ing a salad. You can literally save
yourself from the clutches of some
sort of awful addiction that feels
like it’s controlling you — because
you are empowering yourself to move beyond it and
create new habits.
º CRLATL A HLALTHY RLCIPL INSTLAD. Anytime you change
your diet, you may have tastes you miss. One example
is crunchy food. The standard American diet is full of
chips, pretzels and other crunchy snacks. The thing
is, you can replicate many of the tastes you like with
healthier versions of those foods. This may take some
planning if you want to make it yourself. There are
many recipe books that show you how to make meals
that taste like foods you may have left behind. For
crunchy foods, you could make raw crackers or chips,
for example. You’d be surprised at how delicious crack-
ers made with raw vegetables, nuts and seeds can be.
Some examples are flax crackers or kale chips. You can
even dip kale chips in raw tahini.
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These snacks are really easy to make on your own,
but if you don’t have the time, there are some excel-
lent options at the health food store or online raw food
stores for raw chips and snacks made with healthy,
organic ingredients. Going to a raw food restaurant,
like Quintessence in New York City, is also a great way
to sample healthy food. Quintessence makes amazing
raw, non-GMO corn chips that will show you the poten-
tial you have to make delicious, healthy substitutions
for junk food.
Remember to ask yourself questions first though. Is it crunchy
food you are craving or is it really the salt? I think it’s often
the salt we’re addicted to. As you eat a more plant-based diet,
you may find that your body is getting more minerals and
you won’t crave salt as much.
So remember, instead of remaining in autopilot or that
zombie phase of cravings, practice these techniques. You’ll
see that you become more conscious and aware of what’s
happening in your mind and body — and you’ll be empow-
ered to make real changes in your life.
Another important area to address with respect to elimi-
nating cravings and reaching your health and well-being
goals is reducing stress. Who of us isn’t stressed out these
days? Stress is a fact of life, but how you deal with it makes
all the difference when it comes to your health.
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Besides the typical aspects of life, we are bombarded with
e-mail, the Internet and cell phones — sometimes, it may
seem like we have too much to process in too little time.
The fight or flight response of stress is meant to protect us
in times of danger. However, many of us are feeling stress so
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often that it becomes chronic. Too much stress means too
much cortisol, a hormone called the stress or death hormone.
Elevated cortisol is linked to many health conditions, such
as weight gain, premature aging, fatigue, lowered immunity
and constipation.
Type A personalities, who are very driven, may react to
stress more often than type B personalities, who are more
laid back. As a type A personality, I know how critical it is to
reduce stress. But the first thing you need to do is figure out
what’s causing the stress in the first place.
Just like with cravings, if you can identify what is causing
the electrical charge, then you can get to the heart of what is
causing stress. Let me give you an example. Let’s say that you
hear your company is going to have layoffs. You are having
lunch with two friends and one of them is worrying about
losing her job. She’s wondering how she’ll pay her bills and
how long it will take her to find a new job. She’s worrying
about her family. Your other friend has decided that she’s
going to wait and see what happens, but she’s also planning
to update her resume, thinking perhaps this is an opportu-
nity for an exciting new job. Which friend do you think is
experiencing more stress?
How you react to any given situation determines the level
of stress you will feel. Certainly, news of an impending lay-
off could cause stress, but the friend who immediately starts
thinking of all the bad things that could happen is bound
to feel more stress than the friend who is seeing a potential
opportunity for change.
Two people can be in exactly the same situation and per-
ceive it differently. Is it possible that a layoff could be equally
perceived as scary and negative or exciting and positive?
How you perceive any given situation is the key to the level
of stress you experience.
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For you, losing a job could have an electrical charge — or
an emotional charge to it. Ask yourself, “What is it?” Are you
worried about not being able to pay the bills…or not being
able to survive? Often, at the very deepest level, stress has to
do with survival — because it’s a deeply ingrained, reptilian
response to protect us and help us survive. Because it’s reptil-
ian, it comes from the part of your brain that is instinctual
and automatic. However, you don’t have to simply react in an
automatic way to stress. If you pay attention and ask your-
self questions during times of stress, you can decide how you
want to perceive and respond to stressful situations.
Here are some techniques to reduce stress:
º ASK QULSTIONS. You’ve heard me suggest this technique
again and again and for good reason: it helps remove
you from unconsciously reacting in autopilot and
instead, consciously responding to what is happening.
Ask yourself what the electrical charge is to a particu-
lar stressful situation and then ask yourself, “How do I
want it to be?” This will get you thinking about how to
take action.
º TAKL ACTION. Taking a High Raw approach, think about
Principle #5: Take Action. Once you have identified the
electrical charge and how you really want it to be instead,
you can start taking action to move in that direction.
Let’s say you’ve realized you are stressed about the lay-
off because you’re afraid you won’t be able to pay your
bills. How do you want it to be? Perhaps you decide
that you want to feel comfortable that you can pay your
bills and find a new job. So what action could you take?
Maybe you decide to create a budget, so you can under-
stand your expenses. Then you take a look at your sav-
ings and see how you are doing. And finally, maybe you
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put a spending plan in place that you feel comfortable
with. You might even join your friend in updating your
resume and looking for a new job. In fact, if your cur-
rent job isn’t the job of your dreams, perhaps you do
the exercises in chapter 10 to identify your passion and
your perfect day. What if you took action and found an
even better job that you truly loved? Or started your own
business that you had been dreaming about?
º USL STRLSS RLLILI TLCHNIQULS. We talked about pattern
interrupts with respect to eliminating cravings and they
can be excellent for stress relief as well. You could repeat
a mantra, do a meditation, practice deep breathing, do
yoga or anything that helps to calm your body and mind.
I like using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
EFT is a process of tapping on emotional acupuncture
meridians, while repeating statements about releasing
what you don’t want and reframing what you do want.
People have used EFT as a pattern interrupt and behav-
ioral change for all kinds of issues from addictions to
phobias and unwanted patterns. While I don’t think it’s
a cure-all, I do think that tapping on those emotional
acupressure points can help your mind and body relax.
When you are stressed, notice what’s happening in your
body. Chances are, your breathing becomes shallow,
your heart is beating faster and your muscles are tight
— particularly in your neck and shoulders. EFT is great
because it’s easy and you can do it anywhere. If you are
stressed, you may not be able to calm your mind and
body enough to meditate or do yoga. With EFT, it’s very
active and actually acts as a bridge from a very stressed
mind to a calmer, relaxed state.
º NOTICL II YOU ARL ADDICTLD TO STRLSS. You can become
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addicted to stress, just like you can become addicted to
sugar and other foods. This is often referred to as the
“adrenaline lifestyle.” One of the hormones secreted in
the stress response is adrenaline, which gives you a shot
of energy. That’s what allows people to run really fast if
they are being chased. Too much adrenaline, just like
too much cortisol, is harmful for your body over time.
However, just like an addiction to caffeine, you could
become addicted to that hit of energy. Pay attention and
see if this is true for you and if so, commit to actively
reducing stress with the techniques mentioned here — or
pick something else that works for you. Consider doing a
two-week experiment with a low stress or low adrenaline
lifestyle and seeing how you feel. Remember that this is
a habit and it may take time to change. You may want to
add this to your health goals and take steps toward mak-
ing changes. If you are an adrenaline junkie, you might be
someone who tries to take action on everything at once,
which is exactly the opposite of what I am recommend-
ing in the High Raw approach. You owe it to yourself to
find out how it feels to take things at a slower pace and
enjoy the journey.
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The term plateau is bandied about in health and fitness as
a negative state. Plateaus are seen as a holding pattern that
a person can’t seem to get beyond. If you think about the
meaning of the word plateau, it’s really about a relatively
stable period or level. How you perceive a plateau, just like
how you perceive any situation, will determine if it becomes
stressful for you or not.
Since we hear about plateaus mostly when it comes to
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weight loss, I would venture to guess that this fear about pla-
teaus has been created to entice you to buy more products.
The reality is that plateaus mean nothing more than a tem-
porary stable period. When it comes to weight loss, if you are
losing anywhere from 20–100 pounds, your body may have a
period where it stalls for a bit as you begin to release weight.
If you’re focused only on the numbers, you may be excited
when they drop and then feel like a failure if they stall.
Instead, I encourage you to forget about the numbers
and forget about plateaus. In chapter 9, where we covered
Principle #5: Take Action, I addressed the idea of expecting
results too quickly. Sometimes our bodies know best and we
have to give them time to adjust to our new health and fit-
ness routines.
Have you ever exercised really hard for two weeks and
noticed that you looked exactly the same? That can really
defeat your motivation to exercise, if all you are looking for
is immediate physical changes. Now, what if instead, you
tuned into how you felt? What if you noticed that you felt
really good, you felt like your blood was moving and as if you
had more energy when you woke up in the morning? Rather
than focusing only on numbers, take an inventory of how you
feel. That’s how you recognize that success comes in many
forms and you may be missing some important cues if you
only look at numbers.
Here are some tips for responding to plateaus:
º TAKL AN INVLNTORY OI HOW YOU ILLL. Tune into your body
and your moods. Notice all of the benefits you are expe-
riencing from inside, rather than simply focusing on the
outside.
º IOCUS ON HUILDING GOOD HAHITS. Recognize that a pla-
teau is simply a stable period and trust that this is a
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time when you can focus on creating or maintaining
good health habits. If your goal is only about losing 50
pounds, you may miss the opportunity to focus on the
feeling of creating a habit that supports your well-being
for a lifetime. Trust that your healthy habits will allow
you to reach your goals. In this way, you can lose weight
without having to stress about it.
º ACCLPT THAT SOMLTIMLS, THLRL ARL HUMPS IN THL ROAD.
AND ADJUST. Sometimes if you have a health challenge,
you might have a recurrence. This has happened with
me. Remember in chapter 7, when I had razor burn
that went away when I eliminated dairy and then came
back when I ate dairy again? This kind of recurrence
can bring about the same feelings as hitting a plateau.
However, when you are focused on optimal health, the
goal is living the best that you can for as long as you can.
When you embrace that, you can accept those bumps in
the road and take action to adjust your habits.
º LOOK AT THL HIG PICTURL. On the way to reaching your
health goals, you may experience slip-ups, plateaus or
other challenges. Instead of getting stuck in the details
along the way, what if you focused on the big picture? I’ll
share an example about investing in the stock market.
Some people watch the stock market everyday and stress
about the big ups and downs. Day traders will even take
action based on those daily rises and falls, constantly mov-
ing money in and out of certain stocks. However, experts
say that moving money based on these ups and downs
is actually detrimental to long-term returns. In fact, it is
the people who focus on the long-term picture (or the big
picture) that do the best. Reacting based on market ups
and downs tends to bring about the worst results.
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It’s the same with your health. If you focus on the little ups
and downs along the way, you may miss the incredible gains
you’d make over the course of a year or two years. So it’s only
in the moment that you’re feeling down. If we can focus on
the big picture — the long-term — through your entire life,
you’re always going to come out on top.
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Another area that causes stress in our lives is information
overload. We’ve all been there, right? How can you not these
days in our information society? First of all, it’s important
to trust yourself. If you take the High Raw approach, the
five principles will empower you to be your own best health
advocate. Trust that you have the information you need in
each moment and that you are doing your best with what
you know.
Next, if you are feeling like you are overwhelmed by all
the information and not sure what to do, go back and re-read
chapter 9, which covers Principle #5: Take Action. Chapter
9 addresses the idea of taking everything one step at a time.
Remember, stress causes a hormone reaction that is detri-
mental to your health. Your health and well-being will ben-
efit more from taking things one step at a time, at your own
pace, than trying to reach all of your goals overnight.
I recently re-read The pH Miracle, by Robert O. Young and
Shelly Redford Young. I was definitely interested in alkal-
izing my body, because my minerals had been low. The pH
Miracle has so many good suggestions that it can be easy
to get overwhelmed with where to start and how much to
take on. After I finished the book, I went online and ordered
three products that I thought would be effective for my own
health situation. I didn’t do ALL of the things or take ALL
of the products he recommended. After taking those three
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products, I felt like I had addressed what I needed to for my
health and I knew I could move on. You see, I didn’t have to
do everything in the book because I used High Raw Principle
#3: Know Your Body. I trusted the results of a test I had got-
ten done and I trusted what I knew as my own best health
advocate. That allowed me to choose a small piece of what
The pH Miracle suggested and move on from there.
I did the same thing when I was dealing with Lyme issues.
I read Healing Lyme: Natural Healing And Prevention of Lyme
Borreliosis And Its Coinfections by Stephen Harrod Buhner.
There’s a lot of information in the book, so I just chose some
basic principles and took action. As I mastered those prin-
ciples, I kept reading and adding new ones. This eliminated
the overwhelm because instead of trying to tackle the 50 rec-
ommendations in the book, I chose a place to start and prac-
ticed that until I was ready for the next step.
Here’s the key: start with one thing. Just do it. Take action
on it. Get it done, then move on to the next step. When you
can grasp this, you’ve got it made. Add to this the unshakable
confidence that you know you’ll achieve your goals and you
can relax and enjoy the process of creating optimal health!
As they say, attitude is everything — and that’s true when
it comes to achieving your health goals too. When I was deal-
ing with Candida, I said, “I know I’m going to get over this!”
When I was dealing with Lyme, I told myself the same thing.
I didn’t want sympathy from anyone, what I DID want was
to get better. And that’s the attitude that I really recommend
you have, because it’s going to really work for you. Know
that it’s just going to happen. Instead of saying, “I’m going to
fight it,” say, “Let’s go! I’m going to rock and roll. I’m going
to transform my health. I’m going to figure out what’s going
on here, and I’m going to take care of it. And if I need to, I’m
going to find people to help me get there.”
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Trust your intuition, but be safe too. Remember High Raw
Principle #3: Know Your Body. Get tested. Figure out what’s
going on and how to know when it’s resolved.
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When it comes to investing in your health, I’m going to take a
tough love approach because there’s nothing more important
than your health. When you receive my newsletter, I have a
quote at the bottom that says: “Most people work hard and
spend their health trying to achieve wealth. Then they retire
and spend their wealth trying to get back their health.”
The thing is, what do you have if you lose your health? I
think health is the most important thing, which is why High
Raw Principle #2 is Make Health Your TOP Priority. When
you make your health your top priority, nothing gets in the
way, even money. In my own life, I’ve seen this principle in
action. There were times I did not have $100 for a test that I
knew I needed, but I made it happen because I knew that the
test would help me achieve my health goals.
When someone comes to me and says, “I know I need this
supplement, but I can’t afford it because it’s $20,” I ask: “Do
you have cable television? Do you need that? What else do
you have that you don’t really need that’s less important than
your health?”
The reality is a lot of things are less than important than
your health. I would almost go out on a limb and say almost
everything is less important than your health…including
your cable TV and your cell phone. So many people pay big
monthly bills for these items and yet, don’t want to invest in
their health. It’s up to you to decide what’s more important
to you.
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I’ve gotten emails from people who make $5,000 a year
and they still eat organic foods. They’ve figured it out. They’ve
found a way because they’ve prioritized their health. So you
can find a way to afford organic food, supplements, tests or
whatever you need to be healthy or reach optimal health.
When you recognize that it’s all about your priorities, you’ll
find a way to make it work.
So, how can you afford to do this? Well, what you can do
is start somewhere. What I’ve always found is that if I stretch
my comfort level when it comes to finances, over time there’s
always enough. For example, when my wife, Annmarie, and
I wanted to buy a water filter, we could only afford a $100
water filter. We started there and then upgraded to a $300
water filter. Next time we buy a house we might buy a whole-
house filter. What’s important is that we started somewhere
and built to a better filter from there. And each time, we
focused on the fact that we had the best water we could have
at that time. And we felt good.
Maybe you live near a spring and can get free water. In
Moab, Utah, there’s a spring that you can access from the
road and people show up on Sundays and fill their jugs for
the week. In that case, you don’t even need a filter because
you may have free solutions available to you.
Here are some tips for making your health more
affordable:
º TAKL SMALL STLPS. If you feel you can’t afford to buy
organic food, start with just one food at a time and plan
to add more as your budge allows. Maybe switch your
regular lettuce to organic lettuce. Sometimes, just the act
of taking that one step is the fuel for finding other solu-
tions. Maybe you’ll start gardening or sprouting. Maybe
you’ll find that you eat less organic food because it is
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so mineral rich. Perhaps an opportunity for additional
work comes your way, so you can earn more money. In
any case, taking a small step may lead to bigger steps
AND it will certainly empower you to feel you are taking
charge of your health.
º CULTIVATL A HLLILI IN AHUNDANCL. When you start from
an attitude of “I can do this, I’ll make it happen,” every-
thing starts to change. If you’re not sure, just say that
and feel what it would be like to believe it. Now say, “I
can’t do it, I can’t afford it,” and see how that makes you
feel. When you believe in yourself and in abundance,
it always shows up. That may sound silly — and it cer-
tainly does not mean going beyond your means — but
cultivating a belief in abundance can truly bring about
amazing results. Practice this for yourself and see what
happens.
º IIND IRLL ALTLRNATIVLS. If you are creative and open-
minded, you may be able to reduce your costs by seek-
ing free alternatives. One example is bartering (trading)
with health experts for their services. You may have a
skill — say you’re a massage therapist — you can trade
your skill for theirs. So you provide a free massage and
they provide a free consultation. Be willing to talk to
people and negotiate a trade that works for both of you.
People do this all the time, especially in small busi-
nesses. You may be able to trade for products as well,
so be open-minded and don’t be afraid to ask! Whether
you live near a fresh spring or have some space to start
a garden, you may be able to lower your costs signifi-
cantly. Some well known people in the raw food move-
ment actually forage for food and superfoods in fields
and forests.
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º DO A "SYSTLMS CHLCK." One of the pitfalls in achieving
health goals is thinking you need every supplement and
every health product. For example, you may read about
symptoms and protocols and think you have a health
condition that requires all of the recommended supple-
ments. What if you ran a systems check on your body
instead? Planes get a systems check before they take off
and we can do the same things ourselves. Write down the
systems in your body and do a check on each of them.
You might find out that there’s only one area you want
to address. This way, you can avoid all of the supple-
ments or most of the steps in a protocol. You can zero
in on what you really do need to take and start there.
This is also a place where High Raw Principle #3: Know
Your Body is incredibly helpful. The more you know, the
easier it will be to run a systems check and zero in on
what you truly need.
By now you are probably starting to see a theme: you can
do it. When you believe you can achieve optimal health —
when you have embraced High Raw Principle #2: Make Your
Health Your TOP Priority — you can make it happen. Along
the way, there may be stumbling blocks. Everyone experi-
ences them and if you trust that they are a normal part of
the process, you can practice the techniques in this chapter
and keep moving forward. You may even find, like I did, that
you learn more about yourself along the way, that challenges
exist only to make us stronger. And in your case, when you
look at the big picture and stick to your goals, they exist to
make you even healthier.
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Is diet the most important aspect of achieving optimal
health? After reading chapter 12, you can see that I believe
optimal health is an outcome not of food alone, but of creat-
ing a healthy lifestyle. When you take a High Raw approach,
you are eating mostly raw, ripe, organic vegetables, fruits,
nuts and seeds — but that’s not all. The High Raw lifestyle
incorporates breath, plenty of pure water and exercise. Over
time, you are adding all of these into your life. A healthy
High Raw lifestyle would recognize
the importance of living your pas-
sion, reducing stress and hav-
ing fun.
In today’s terms, many
diets are sold as magic
pills — quick fixes for
whatever ails you. In real-
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have had healthy lifestyles
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important for the proper function-
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will not turn on one or two spokes
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Okinawa, a collection of islands
south of Japan, is inhabited by
some of the healthiest people alive.
The Okinawa Program: How the
World’s Longest-Lived People Achieve
Everlasting Health — And How You
Can Too, by Dr. Bradley J. Willcox,
Dr. D. Craig Willcox and Dr. Makoto
Suzuki, was a best- selling book that
found Okinawans to have the world’s
longest disability-free lives.
Their secret was all about their
lifestyle — including a healthy diet
that is 86% plant-based and a focus on meditation, exercise,
low stress and spirituality. So recognizing that food is only
one aspect of lifestyle, let’s talk about food from a High Raw
perspective.
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High Raw Principle #1 is eat real food and think like a raw
foodist — so does this mean that raw food the only way to
achieve optimal health and beauty? Not at all — however,
eating more raw foods is certainly going to help.
As I’ve worked with many of the top health and nutrition
experts, I’ve noticed one thing in common: they emphasize
whole foods and a largely plant-based diet, whether raw or
cooked.
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Here are some examples of health experts who focus
on a healthy lifestyle, including variations on a plant-
based diet:
º SUSAN SMITH JONLS, PHD., one of America’s premier
health experts and author of several books about nutri-
tion and lifestyle, is an advocate of raw foods.
º JONNY HOWDLN, author and nutrition and health expert,
eats a very low carbohydrate diet consisting of fish,
greens, seaweeds and a little bit of brown rice. In his
early sixties, he looks much younger than his age.
º JACK LALANNL, is a 94-year old fitness and nutrition expert
who continues to workout every day for 2 hours. He eats
grains, fish, soy, raw vegetables and green juices; and he
avoids dairy, sugar and most meat.
These health experts agree that fitness and lifestyle make
a big difference when it comes to health and longevity.
Here are some guidelines for eating healthy,
the High Raw way:
º RLMLMHLR HIGH RAW PRINCIPLL #1: Eat Raw Food and
Think Like a Raw Foodist.
(1) Eat 75%–95% whole, raw fruits, vegetables, nuts
and seeds.
(2) Eat 0–20% cooked vegetables, steamed vegetables,
cooked legumes and cooked grains.
(3) Use the remaining 5% for FUN! You decide what
fun means to you. Whether it means more raw
food, animal protein or dessert, this is your time
to play and enjoy yourself.
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º CHOOSL ORGANIC, WHLNLVLR POSSIHLL. Higher in miner-
als and free of harmful pesticides, organic food is tops
when it comes to nutrition.
º IIND OUT WHAT WORKS IOR YOU. When deciding how much
fat, protein and carbohydrates to eat, experiment and
see what works for you — otherwise, you will get caught
up in the disagreements among nutrition experts about
what works best. This is one of those topics where you
can find completely opposite views, depending upon
what you listen to or what you read.
To find out the percentage of fats, carbohydrates and protein
that works for you, test it. Try it out and see what works.
Keep a food diary if you need to and write down what hap-
pens as you experiment. Use the information in chapter 7
about Principle #3: Know Your Body, which gives you guide-
lines to see what’s happening in your body.
Fats
I believe that we’re not meant to eat a lot of fats. While
healthy fats have many benefits, too much fat can slow your
body down. Fats slow down your digestion and decrease the
amount of glycogen available to your body, which in essence,
means you have less available energy.
Sugar
Sugar is basically a simple carbohydrate that speeds your
body up. Even if you eat too much natural sugar from fruit,
your blood can become too acidic. Too much sugar can lead
to mineral loss and other issues, like candida, teeth issues
and mood swings.
Carbohydrates
Whole foods would include complex carbohydrates, like
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quinoa, millet and amaranth. Complex carbohydrates pro-
vide energy like sugars, but they break down more slowly
and do not cause the kind of blood sugar spike that simple
carbohydrates do. Complex carbohydrates are also good
food for your gut flora — the beneficial bacteria that helps
keep your digestion and immunity strong.
Protein
The building blocks of healthy cells, tissues, muscles, hor-
mones and enzymes, protein is very important. However,
I don’t believe that we need to be following a high protein
diet. When you are eating whole foods, you will get plenty
of protein. Whole grains, like quinoa and millet are a good
source of protein and you will see many plant-based foods
in this chapter (in the Superfoods section) that are protein-
rich, like nuts and seeds.
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For those following a raw food diet, fat is often one of the main
sources of calories because it’s hard to fulfill caloric needs with
only raw vegetables. I’d rather see people move towards a diet
that includes more carbohydrates, with less protein and fat,
rather than eating a lot of fat and very little carbohydrates.
The complex carbohydrates that you get from whole
grains, like cooked millet and quinoa, will give your body
energy without spiking your blood sugar like too much fruit
or processed food.
Millet, quinoa and amaranth are alkaline grains that are
really from the seed family. If you want to eat them raw,
you can sprout them and even dehydrate them. If you want
to eat them cooked, you can soak or sprout them and then
cook them or bake them into bread. You may find, as I have,
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that cooking these grains makes them easier to digest. In the
debate about cooking vs. raw, those who advocate cooked
foods do so because in some cases, certain nutrients and
digestibility is improved with cooking. I recommend you
check this out for yourself and see if you find grains easier to
digest when eaten raw or cooked.
One of the main tenets in the raw food movement is that
cooking foods results in a loss of enzymes. While this is true,
it’s important to keep in mind the big picture when it comes to
your diet. Enzymes are a part of the picture and if you eat the
High Raw way, you will be getting plenty of enzymes in your
diet. At the same time, it’s important to think beyond enzymes
to other important aspects like: vitamins and minerals and ful-
filling your energy (calorie) requirements. When you are bal-
ancing these aspects of your diet, you don’t have to worry about
whether you are losing some enzymes when cooking grains.
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Many people say, “When I eat raw food, I lose weight like
crazy.” This rapid weight loss is often explained as reducing
your toxic load. This may be true to some degree because
toxins are stored in fat cells, however, there’s another reason
you may be losing too much weight: you may not be getting
enough calories. Your body needs a certain amount of calo-
ries to fulfill your basal metabolic needs. It’s not uncommon
to consume too few calories on the raw food diet, especially
one that emphasizes mostly vegetables, low fat and lower
amounts of nuts and seeds.
This happened to me when I went on the raw food diet.
I began to lose too much weight, so I began following Doug
Graham’s 80/10/10 approach and eating more fruit. The
fruit helped me get more calories and I was able to gain the
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weight back, which was great. Unfortunately it happened
at the same time that I had Lyme disease, when I was tak-
ing an antibiotic. Antibiotics kill bad bacteria, but they also
kill good bacteria, so I developed candida (a systemic yeast
infection). So you can see what happens when you start to
change things in your diet. The important thing to remem-
ber is what works for you — and that may change depending
upon your health circumstances at the time. In the mean-
time, getting enough calories is important for feeling your
best and maintaining your weight.
Many people following the raw food diet may end up eat-
ing too much sugar from fruit to meet their calorie needs.
Even if you don’t have a Lyme or candida issue, I still think
too much fruit can be problematic because it can create an
acidic blood condition, which can contribute to illness and
disease. Adding cooked grains is a really good solution for
boosting your calories so that you don’t need to consume an
overabundance of fat or fruit sugar.
While I believe healthy fats and fruit is important, you
can end up eating too much of both of these foods on a 100%
raw food diet simply to meet your calorie needs. Instead, you
could add calories and density to your food by adding some
things that are slightly cooked, like steamed vegetables and
cooked grains.
If you are losing too much weight, think about how you
can incorporate more calories into your diet. Go online and
find a little calorie calculator — they’re everywhere. Take a
look at what your basic metabolic rate would be and how
many calories you burn.
Now I’m not tied to calories as the way to measure how
much food you should be eating or not, or anything like
that. I simply want to emphasize that your body does have
an energy requirement. You do require energy. In order for
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your system to really function optimally, you need to get the
energy that your system requires. This is how you allow your
body to do the amazing things that human bodies do — like
healing itself. If you’re giving your body the energy it needs,
it will be much more willing to stay healthy and youthful.
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Superfoods are foods that are prized for their high concentra-
tion of nutrients. We hear a lot about them in health and nutri-
tion, but what’s the real deal on superfoods? If you are following
High Raw Principle #1 and eating an abundance of whole, raw,
ripe plant foods, you will be getting plenty of nutrients.
It is not necessary to focus your whole diet on superfoods.
Some superfoods may seem exotic and expensive, yet there
are many easy-to-find and affordable options. I am going to
cover some of my favorite superfoods and concentrate on
those that are readily available and make excellent additions
to a regular diet.
Green vegetables and green juices
Land vegetables are nature’s best superfood. Readily available
in supermarkets, farmer’s markets, health food stores or your
own backyard, they are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxi-
dants. Kale, collards, romaine lettuce, parsley, arugula, spinach,
mustard greens and escarole are just some examples of healthy
greens. I have found green juices to be one of the best ways to
get a lot of greens into your diet that also hydrate and energize
your body. Green juices are one of my staple superfoods.
Sea vegetables
Also called seaweed, are grown in an environment full on
minerals that your body needs for optimal health — the
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ocean. Ocean water has up to 92 minerals can be absorbed
by the plants growing in the sea. This makes sea vegetables
one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. Sea vege-
tables, when compared to land vegetables, are one of the best
vegetable sources of calcium, which is fantastic for muscle
and bone development, strength and growth.
Don’t worry if the idea of eating seaweed grosses you out.
Your health food store will have different seaweed granules
that you can use as a salt substitute and you’ll never know the
difference. Nori, dulce, and kelp are three of the most readily
available sea vegetables.
Pumpkin Seeds
The raw pumpkin seed is a feel-good food because it’s a great
source of tryptophan, the amino acid precursor to serotonin
(the feel good hormone). Pumpkin seeds also are excellent
sources of protein, fat and other essential minerals, like mag-
nesium. You can find this super-seed right in your backyard
if you live in the Northeastern US! Add them to salads as an
extra garnish, use them for snacking or mix them in with
other superfoods.
Pumpkin seeds can promote weight loss along with other
seeds, like hemp seed, flax seed and raw sunflower seeds.
Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds are considered to be one of the most nutri-
tious food sources on the planet. They contain vitamin E,
Omega-3 oils, GLA, and have an extremely high composition
of protein. This protein is called edistin, which can be used
by the body in its raw state, unlike soybeans, which have to
be cooked or sprouted.
The hemp seed is 33% protein by volume! It is a fantastic
source of protein for the athlete who doesn’t want to — or
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can’t — stomach pounds and pounds of turkey and chicken.
Hemp seeds have essential fatty acids (EFAs), like omega-
3’s and omega-6s, which are important for optimal health.
Hemp also contains three times the vitamin E contained in
flax seeds. You can add hemp seeds to almost anything! A
salad, a desert, your breakfast... they have a light nutty flavor,
almost like a sunflower seed.
Maca
Maca is a Peruvian root powder that is used to increase
strength and vitality. It has more mineral content than pota-
toes and carrots — containing iron, magnesium, calcium,
potassium, and iodine. The Peruvians and many others
claim, maca can help fight depression, help with anemia and
improve overall memory and vitality. This powerful food is
also a libido stimulant!
Maca powder is best taken mixed with warm water in a
tea. It has a strong taste and this can be softened with goji
berries or honey.
Cacao
I get a lot of questions about cacao because everyone wants
to know about raw chocolate. Cacao is rich in magnesium
and also a good source of arginine, tryptophan and antiox-
idants. For me personally, raw chocolate and I do not get
along. I used to be a fan of cacao, eating it everyday in pow-
dered form and nibs.
After some testing, I confirmed the symptoms I was hav-
ing when eating cacao everyday. I ended up with adrenal
stress, eczema, low minerals and acidic pH, which affected
my kidneys. After doing the two-week experiments that I rec-
ommend in chapter 7, I found that it was the cacao causing
these symptoms. When I eliminated the cacao, the symptoms
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I had, like dark urine and eczema, went away.
Cacao is a stimulant because it contains theobromine, a
chemical related to caffeine. Most people who eat cacao will
tell you that it gives them a little boost, much like caffeine.
For me, eating the quantity of cacao I did every day was not
good. I encourage you to experiment and make your own
decision about cacao. You may find, like I did, that it makes
a better occasional treat than an everyday staple.
There are many other superfoods out there to learn about
and experiment with. When it comes to superfoods or any
food, it’s important to decide what works for you because
that’s what High Raw is all about.
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Sugar consumption has continued to rise over the past fifty
years and after reading chapter 13, you are aware that I think
the less sugar we eat, the better. This includes natural sugars
found in fruit and other sweeteners.
However, the sweet taste is a natural part of any diet. In
Ayurvedic medicine, sweet is just one of six tastes that also
include sour, bitter, pungent and astringent. As you follow
High Raw Principle #1, you will be eating more whole, ripe,
raw plant-based foods. As your body gets the nutrients it
needs, you may find that you crave sweets less and less. You
may wonder why you ever needed to add sugar and sweeten-
ers in the first place.
But what is the best sweetener to use if you find you want
to satisfy your sweet tooth? I believe that raw honey is the
best sweetener because it is the most natural.
Here is an overview of some of the most popular
sweeteners:
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Raw Honey
When it comes to raw honey, I’m not talking about the honey
in the little bear. I’m talking real, unprocessed, raw honey.
Raw honey contains enzymes, phytonutrients, resins and
propolis, which is bee glue. This unique combination of
properties makes it versatile not only as a food, but as an
anti-bacterial agent.
As a food, raw honey can raise antioxidant levels in the
body, restore muscle glycogen after a workout and help
lower cholesterol and the risk of certain cancers. As a topical
substance, it can decrease infection and work just as well as
alcohol solutions. Used as a sweetener, you can put some in
your teas or your water, or just have a small spoonful for a
quick pick me up. If you want the full benefits of raw honey,
just be sure not to heat it to a high temperature. Heat will
destroy many of its best qualities.
Agave
There’s a debate about whether agave is a good sweetener
or not. Agave is a processed sweetener. They take the agave
syrup, they distill it down to a semi-sweetness attached to
the actual fiber molecule and then they add an enzyme to
separate the sugar from it. What’s separated is the agave nec-
tar. People will argue that agave is fairly natural because of
the added enzymes, but you can’t compare this to the natural
process of bees making raw honey. There’s nothing in nature
that takes the agave liquid, boils it down (often at tempera-
tures exceeding 140 degrees F), distills it and then throws an
enzyme on it to make it a sugar.
Maple Syrup
Maple syrup is processed as well, although perhaps a bit
less than agave. Maple sap, once collected from trees, is not
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very sweet. Maple syrup gets its sweetness after being boiled
down to a more concentrated state.
Yacon Syrup
Raw yacon syrup is heated to 104 degrees F, so while it is
more processed than honey, it is considered raw. Yacon syrup
is becoming a popular sweetener for raw foodists.
Stevia
Stevia, another processed sweetener, is an herb that is 300
times sweeter than sugar. You only need a tiny pinch of ste-
via to get a sweet taste — using too much results in a bitter
aftertaste. Stevia is being used by a lot of corporations who
want to use natural sweeteners instead of artificial sweet-
eners. For this reason, you’ll find more and more products
using stevia, which I don’t think is necessarily a good thing.
With the abundance of sweet foods in the standard American
diet, we don’t know the long-term effects of eating a lot of
stevia. If you were just putting a little pinch in a few things
here and there, that’s one thing, but using stevia in every-
thing from sodas to tea, bread and cookies and consumed in
high amounts is questionable.
Take a look at what you are eating and see how often you
feel a desire for sweet foods. Notice if there are sweeteners
being added to foods that don’t even need it — like dressing,
for example. Experiment with leaving the sweetener out or
a recipe completely or cutting it in half. You may not even
miss it. And if you continue to find yourself craving sugar or
sweeteners, read the section on eliminating cravings in chap-
ter 13. There are many excellent techniques that can help
you reduce or eliminate the pull you feel toward sugar and
sweeteners.
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So you’re ready to eat healthier, but maybe you don’t like
the thought of taking things out of your diet. This is not an
uncommon feeling because most of the time, when some-
thing is taken away, we want it back. If it doesn’t feel good to
eliminate things from your diet, here’s a really powerful pro-
cess that can help you transition into a healthier diet without
a feeling of deprivation. I learned this process from raw food
expert, David Wolfe.
The key is, instead of eliminating things from your diet,
add healthy food into your current diet. While this example
is a bit extreme, it illustrates the point: let’s say pizza is your
favorite food and you eat it every day. If I told you to eliminate
pizza and start eating salad instead, you’d probably protest.
Perhaps you’d be able to do it for a short period of time, maybe
two weeks, but you’d probably be looking at the calendar and
waiting to add your pizza back. Now you’re focused on what
you can’t have, instead of what you can have.
Instead, how about adding something healthy to what you
are already eating? To do this, start using High Raw Principle
#1: Eat Real Food and Think Like a Raw Foodist. With this
mindset, you start where you are and build on what you are
doing already. Let’s say you have pizza for breakfast, stick-
ing to your usual routine. At lunch, you ask yourself, “What
can I add to this pizza to make it healthier?” Perhaps you
add some romaine lettuce – just drop it right on top of your
pizza. At dinner time, you ask again, “What can I add to this
pizza to make it healthier?” Now you are building on what
you did at lunch, so maybe you add some lettuce and some
slices of onion.
With each meal, you are adding more healthy ingredients to
your pizza. Eventually, you may replace half of your pizza with
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a salad. Over time, your body will start to cleanse and you will
eliminate the pizza at a pace that works for you. Your body will
support you by developing a taste for healthier foods.
With each meal, ask yourself, “How can I make this
healthier?” In this way, instead of focusing on eliminating
food, you are focusing on continuous improvement. I am not
suggesting, however, that there is some pinnacle that is the
absolute healthiest way to eat. And I am certainly not sug-
gesting that we aim for subsisting on breath and water alone.
What I am suggesting is that you think of the way you eat as
a growing process. If you relax and trust that you are always
growing and progressing, you don’t have to stress out about
whether you are eating “the perfect diet.”
Keep in mind that this process of adding will likely take a
little bit of time. It’s OK to take this at your own pace — you
are creating healthy habits for a lifetime. Sometimes, people
ask me, “Kevin, how do you eat so healthy?” and my response
is that it’s been years in the making. I didn’t start out eating
healthy – remember, I was into Twinkies, pizza and beer at one
time. I like to think of myself as a work in progress and I think
we all are to some degree. If you trust where you are, rather
than comparing yourself to another person or a standard that
feels difficult to attain, it takes the fun out of this whole jour-
ney toward optimal health. Take your time and trust that you
will keep moving forward from where you are.
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When you embrace the High Raw lifestyle, you will be eat-
ing more whole foods, including ripe, raw vegetables and
fruits. You may find that this one habit alone will be a major
beauty secret that will bring you a youthful glow and plenty
of energy. But remember that we are talking about creating
a lifestyle that supports feeling your best – and that food is
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only one part of the picture. Breath, water, exercise, plenty
of sleep, reduced stress and doing what you love — having
fun — is the real beauty secret.
As you take these steps at your own pace, don’t be sur-
prised if you start to throw away those beauty creams and
cosmetics you once thought you needed to look great. A High
Raw lifestyle promotes health and beauty from the inside
out. You unlock your body’s potential to heal and glow with
youthful energy. Good health is simply the best way to look
and feel your best.
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One of the most common questions I get on my blog at www.
RenegadeHealth.com is “What supplements should I take?”
In this chapter, I will share my views on the best supple-
ments to take and more importantly, my philosophy on sup-
plements as a whole.
First of all, High Raw Principle #3: Know Your Body — is
key when it comes to which supplements are best for you.
Anyone can give you a list of the best supplements, but each
person is different. When you get tested to find out what
your specific needs are, you will get more for your money.
Chapter 7 outlines several options for tests to help you deter-
mine nutrient deficiencies. Maybe you’ll find out you don’t
need supplements at all – or perhaps you’ll only need one or
two. You’ll save a lot of time and money when you have that
information.
When you are following a healthy High Raw lifestyle, you
will likely be getting most of the nutrients you need from
food, so a lot of supplements may not be necessary. However,
there are certain supplements that I recommend because
they offer a kind of “nutritional back up plan,” that I often
think of as “insurance” for my best health. In this chapter,
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I’m going to outline my favorite supplements that are great
additions to any health routine.
An important guideline to keep in mind is to look for
supplements that are made from whole foods or whole food
extracts. Unless you have a severe deficiency, taking supple-
ments made from whole foods or whole food extracts are
ideal for regular use.
You may not realize that all supplements are really only
sourced from five or six labs around the country. This means
that when you choose high quality supplements, there’s not
that much variation between product A and product B. But
not all supplements are created equally. The low quality sup-
plements that you find for bargain basement prices in the
local vitamin store are bottom of the barrel when it comes
to quality.
I’ve heard horror stories about fish oils. Some fish oils are
actually rancid by the time it gets made into capsules. You
may not even know it when you are taking them, so looking
at how a product is made can also help you choose the best
quality product. Know your supplement producer — call
them up and ask them how their products are produced.
Here are some excellent supplements for a regular health
regimen:
Green Powder
Green powders are an incredible foundation for your regu-
lar health routine. And if you are looking for an easy way to
boost your health, adding green powder is the way to go.
Green powders provide vitamins, minerals and phytonu-
trients that you may not get in your regular diet. With a high
quality green powder, you only need a small daily amount
to cover all your bases when combined with a healthy diet.
While a green powder alone is a great way to start a healthy
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eating program, you’ll still want to focus on a diet full of
whole, ripe, raw greens. In other words, the green drink does
not make up for a diet lacking in vegetables, but it does give
you a good range of nutrients to help you feel your best.
Here’s what to look for when choosing a high quality
green powder:
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nettles, horsetail, parsley; and grasses, like wheat grass
and barley grass.
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As you can see, green powders have a wide variety of nutri-
ents. While the taste may take some getting used to, some
of them taste better than others. Two exceptional green
powders are: Vitamineral Green from HealthForce and
Revitaphi from Elements for Life. You can mix green pow-
der with water or put it in a smoothie. Adding green powder
to a smoothie with banana, some water and coconut water
makes a delicious mineral-rich drink.
Probiotics
Probiotics are the healthy bacteria and yeast that help boost
your immunity and aid your digestion. We all have a mix of
good and bad bacteria and yeast in our intestines. It’s impor-
tant to keep the balance right, so that you feel your best.
Anyone who has experienced chronic stress, consumed a
diet full of processed foods, taken antibiotics or consumed
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anything that kills bacteria (like, chlorine in water), may
have an imbalance of good and bad bacteria and yeast. An
imbalance means you may have too many of the “bad guys,”
which can set the stage for illness.
You can eat food that promotes probiotics in your gut, like
fermented foods (cultured vegetables, miso and tempeh) and
“prebiotics.” Prebiotics are food for probiotics and include
foods like onions, raw apple cider vinegar, grains, fruit and
certain herbs, like chicory root.
When it comes to taking probiotics, look at your lifestyle.
If you are under a lot of stress or taking antibiotics, you
may want to take extra probiotics to help keep the “good
guys” in balance and then cut back to the regular amount
you were taking.
If you are having digestive problems — and so many
people do today — probiotics can help improve your diges-
tion. If you’re not digesting your food properly, you are not
assimilating all of the nutrients from your food. When your
flora (bacteria and yeast) are in balance, the good guys actu-
ally help you digest and assimilate your food. They even help
create vitamins, like B vitamins and vitamin K.
There are many great probiotic supplements out there.
My favorite is Jon Barron’s products, Baseline Nutritionals
Probiotics.
Enzymes
Enzymes are proteins that are involved in digestion and
every chemical reaction in your body. According to food
enzyme researcher, Dr. Edward Howell, “Without enzymes,
no activity at all would take place. Neither vitamins, miner-
als, or hormones can do any work — without enzymes.”
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In
fact, many health experts believe that health and longevity is
directly related to your body’s supply of enzymes.
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Since enzymes are used up for digestion and other meta-
bolic functions and since we lose enzymes as we age, taking
enzyme supplements can help your body in a variety of ways.
The two types of enzyme supplements are:
º DIGLSTIVL LNZYMLS: Digestive enzymes are specifically
formulated to help you digest your food. Different
types of enzymes help break down carbohydrates, fats
and proteins. Many people today experience diges-
tive problems, like gas, bloating and fatigue after
eating meals. Taking digestive enzymes can relieve
these symptoms by helping your body fully digest
and assimilate your food. I like Baseline Nutritionals
Digestive Enzymes.
º SYSTLMIC LNZYMLS: Systemic enzymes are taken on
an empty stomach — not for digestion — but for the
rest of your metabolic processes. Think of systemic
enzymes like a janitor, sweeping everything out of your
system to clean and detoxify your internal environ-
ment. Systemic enzymes can help boost immunity and
reduce conditions like acidity, joint pain, inflammation
and gout. Some really high quality systemic enzymes
are Wobenzyme (not plant-based) and Dr. Fred Bisci’s
Therapeutic Enzymes (plant-based).
With today’s stressful lifestyles, I think everyone can benefit
from taking both digestive and systemic enzymes, particu-
larly if you’re having digestive issues, even if you are eat-
ing healthy. Certainly, the more raw foods you eat, the more
enzymes you will have in your food, which definitely helps.
But if you experience symptoms of low energy, low immunity
or poor digestion, you may find that digestive and systemic
enzymes can give your health a boost.
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Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is a very important supplement, particularly if
you are following the High Raw lifestyle or you are a vegetar-
ian or raw foodist. B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that cannot
be stored in your body. This means you need to have ade-
quate intake of vitamin B12 each day. B12 is found in foods
like meat, poultry, eggs, fish, grains, dairy and some algae.
However, experts are saying that the B12 in meat, poultry
and fish is the most readily absorbed, while eggs and plant-
based sources have properties that make it more difficult to
absorb.
Unfortunately, even if you take a B12 vitamin or eat meat,
you may not be absorbing the vitamin B12. This is because
the process of breaking down vitamin B12 in your body is
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- Irritability
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postpartum depression
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- Dementia
- Clumsiness {stiFF arms or legs)
- Symptoms that appear to be
Parkinson's, Alzheimer's or MS
- Incontinence
- vision changes or optic nerve
damage
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or congestive heart Failure
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very complex. First, many people lack adequate hydrochloric
acid (stomach acid), which means they don’t have enough of
the enzyme pepsin to break down vitamin B12 in the stom-
ach. Next, many people are missing “intrinsic factor,” a pro-
tein produced in your stomach that helps break down B12 in
your intestines. In fact, with each step in your digestive pro-
cess, there are complications that make vitamin B12 tricky
to digest and assimilate.
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In chapter 7, you learned about the urinary MMA test
for B12 deficiency and I highly recommend everyone get
tested. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause a wide variety of
symptoms from irritability and depression to memory loss
and chronic fatigue. While vitamin B12 deficiency is easily
corrected if caught early, it can cause permanent damage if
it goes untreated for too long. Since symptoms can mimic
other health issues, vitamin B12 deficiency can go undiag-
nosed until it’s too late. For this reason, it’s important to get
tested and know your B12 levels.
Typically, treatment for B12 deficiency would include a
series of B12 shots that you can get from your health practi-
tioner. It’s typically very inexpensive. Or your health practi-
tioner can teach you how to self-administer the shots. Some
people will have to take them monthly for life. If your B12
levels are good and you only need a regular supplement,
many people do well with a vitamin B12 lozenge or vitamin
B12 spray. The good news is that high quality vitamin B12
is very inexpensive — the one I use is $12 for a monthly
supply.
When it comes to which vitamin B12 to choose, make
sure that you get methylcobalamin or hydroxycobolamin.
Methylcobalamin is a much more easily absorbed version of
B12, so that’s what I recommend you look for. You’ll know a
cheap vitamin if you look at it and it says cyanocobalamin.
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Vitamin D
I recommend everyone get tested for
vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is the “free
vitamin” because you can get it from the
sunshine. However, vitamin D deficiency
is more prevalent than you may think,
affecting up to 40% of Americans.
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When I got tested for vitamin D,
I was surprised that my own levels were
low, since I spend a good amount of
time in the sun. Since vitamin D defi-
ciency is linked to cancer, depression
and intestinal problems, among other
health issues, I highly recommend get-
ting tested to see how your vitamin D
levels are. You may want to get tested in
the winter as well, if you live in a cold
climate where you’d have less sun expo-
sure. With plenty of time in the sun-
shine, you may not need to take vitamin
D at all. Testing for vitamin D levels will
help you know for sure. Chapter 7 has more information on
vitamin D testing.
One thing to keep in mind is that vitamin D3, the form
that your body uses, is not available from a plant-based
source. If you’re a really strict vegan, you might have a moral
issue with this, but remember High Raw Principle #2: Make
Your Health Your Top Priority. Your health is of the utmost
importance, so you may want to consider what your body
needs most of all. The good news is that you can get vitamin
D3 sourced from lanolin or sheep’s wool. While lanolin is
an animal product, it’s not a part of the huge, destructive
conglomerate business that is destroying life for food. What
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happens is the sheep releases vitamin D2 and then the sun
converts it to vitamin D3.
There are many good brands of vitamin D. I use Bio-D
Mulsion Forte by Biotics Research, which provides vitamin
D3 in an emulsified form. Since vitamin D is a fat-soluble vita-
min, this helps with the bioavailablity. Work with a practitio-
ner to determine how to supplement with vitamin D because
you can overdo it. Your health practitioner can recommend
how much you should take, particularly if you have some sort
of deficiency and need to rebuild your vitamin D levels.
While there are many other excellent supplements, my
goal is to highlight some of the key products to create a base-
line of good health. Green powders, probiotics and enzymes
are in my opinion, a kind of insurance for optimal health.
Vitamins B12 and D are also critical, but just like with any
other supplement you are considering, I highly recommend
you get tested so that you can tailor your supplements to the
needs of your body.
From time to time, you may also be looking for natural
solutions for a specific health situation. The questions I get
most often are about natural supplements to boost immu-
nity, decrease inflammation, detoxify your body and fight
viruses.
Here are some great herbs for your immune system:
Olive Leaf Extract
The olive leaf herb has been used since ancient Egyptian times
for its medicinal properties. Research has shown that fresh
olive leaf extract is higher in antioxidants that extra virgin
olive oil, gogi berries, noni juice and vitamin C.
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Most recently,
due to olive leaf extracts powerful anti-viral properties, it has
been getting attention as a possible avian flu remedy.
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If you are experiencing a viral infection, like the flu,
Epstein Barr or Lyme disease, you might consider taking olive
leaf extract in the form of a tincture. Work with your health
practitioner though, because there are certain contraindica-
tions for taking olive leaf tincture. For example, if you are
taking antibiotics, the olive leaf tincture may decrease their
effectiveness.
Cat’s Claw
A vine from the Amazon and South America, cat’s claw has
been used for its immune-stimulating properties since the
Inca civilization. Cat’s claw is made from the root and bark
of the vine and has properties that help reduce inflammation
and fight certain viruses.
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Cat’s claw has been studied for its benefits for osteoar-
thritis, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV, MS, lupus and Chrohn’s
disease.
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Cilantro
Cilantro is the leaf of the plant also known as coriander
(seeds). Cilantro is used to improve digestion and fight infec-
tion. It has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory
properties. Cilantro is often used as part of natural chelation
therapy, which helps remove heavy metals from your body.
Cilantro has been used in many ways from simply eating
the herb in salads or smoothies to making tea or using the
tincture.
Oregano Oil Extract
Often included in candida and parasite cleansing formulas,
oregano extract has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and
antiseptic properties. Oregano oil extract has been used to
boost immunity and settle upset stomach, treat food poising
and relieve other digestive problems.
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While herbal remedies have many medicinal benefits, they
may also have contraindications, so make sure you know
what they are before using them. Working with a health
practitioner is a great way to receive guidance on herbs that
will benefit your specific health goals.
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Hippocrates, the father of medicine, is well known for say-
ing, ““Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy
food.” The High Raw approach embraces good nutrition as
one of the pillars of optimal health. And yet, as you know
from reading chapter 14, a healthy lifestyle is just as impor-
tant as good nutrition.
Taking supplements can be great “insurance” for health
and wellness, especially when you follow High Raw Principle
#3: Know Your Body. However, just as important is focusing
on your breath, water, exercise — and all of the components
that make up your healthy lifestyle.
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Toxins are everywhere…in the air, water, food and many of
the products we use. We literally cannot escape toxins, so
being 100% toxin free is not realistic. Instead, when your goal
is optimal health, you go a long way toward reducing expo-
sure to toxins. The good news is that your body is designed
to detoxify and when you follow the High Raw lifestyle, you
will be reducing exposure to chemicals over time.
The idea is not to worry about toxins you can’t control,
but to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals that you CAN
control. Examples of toxic exposure you can control are: the
food you eat, the personal care and beauty
products you use, the fabrics in your cloth-
ing and furniture and the cleaning products
you use in your home.
From organic foods to chemical-free
cleaning and beauty products, there are
many toxin-free options that put you in
charge of your best health. Your High Raw
lifestyle will also help boost your immunity,
so that your body’s organs of detoxification
remain strong.
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- Liver
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- Iidneys
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If you expose your body to too many toxins, over time, your
detoxification pathways can get clogged. Some examples of
clogged detoxification pathways are: constipation, difficulty
digesting fats or not sweating very much when you exercise.
This overburden of toxins can create an acidic condition in
your blood, which sets the stage for illness and disease.
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In The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health
authors Dr. Robert O. Young and Shelley Redford Young
explain that the pH of your blood is supposed to be slightly
alkaline. However, too many people have acidic blood because
of lifestyle habits like poor diet, lack of hydration, stress and
exposure to toxins. According to the authors, it is this acidic
blood that leads to all major diseases we know of today.
The pH Miracle outlines a strategy to get your blood back
to its desired alkaline state through an diet that consists of
80% alkaline-forming foods, like green vegetables. When you
follow the High Raw lifestyle, you will be consuming more
alkaline-forming foods. Keep in mind that acidic blood strips
your body of minerals, so when you eat a mineral rich diet, you
can begin to correct deficiencies you may be experiencing.
Combining good nutrition with lifestyle habits — like
exercise, drinking pure water and green juices, taking deep
breaths and reducing stress — can help your blood come to
a more alkaline state.
In addition, some of the supplements I covered in chapter
15 are very valuable for bringing your blood back to a more
alkaline state. Green powder drinks, probiotics and digestive
and systemic enzymes are excellent supplements for alkal-
izing your blood. If you get tested and find you have mineral
deficiencies, you may want to supplement with minerals as
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well, until you get your body back into balance. Some exam-
ples are colloidal minerals and Quinton.
The Youngs further suggest that the systemic yeast (fun-
gal) infection, candida, is also a culprit of today’s poor health.
The good news is, as you alkalize your blood, you are creat-
ing a condition that is inhospitable for bacterial and fungal
infections, like candida.
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Candida is a microorganism that is part of the typical gut
flora in everyone’s body. However, with poor diet and lifestyle
habits, an imbalance in gut flora can occur and a candida
overgrowth may result. This systemic yeast or fungal infec-
tion is also called Candidiasis. Symptoms are wide-ranging
from digestive pain, like gas and bloating to fatigue, cravings
and memory issues.
Having experienced candida myself, I have found a proto-
col that works for me. While this section is only intended to
briefly introduce candida, I will be coming out with guide-
lines on how to eliminate candida. Keep in mind that as you
follow the High Raw lifestyle, you will be putting habits in
place that help keep your gut flora in balance. It’s important
to recognize that when you reduce toxins and start eating a
healthy diet, you may feel a bit worse for a short period. This
is known as “die-off” reaction.
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Die-off reaction, also called Herxheimer reaction or a “heal-
ing crisis,” is very common when you start to eat healthy and
improve your lifestyle. Die-off is when your symptoms seem
to intensify as you switch to a healthy diet and lifestyle. The
reason symptoms intensify is because pathogens are dying
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and being released into your system so that you can elimi-
nate them.
If you have candida, heavy metal toxicity or a serious
illness, you may experience more die-off symptoms than
others. Because of symptoms like die-off, it’s important to
pay attention to High Raw Principle #3: Know Your Body.
Remember that your body is made to detoxify. Sometimes,
symptoms you experience may be detoxification, other times
die-off and still other times, you may experience symptoms
because you are doing something your body does not want
you to do — or perhaps your body really needs something,
like more minerals.
If you are experiencing symptoms and you don’t know
why, read chapter 7 and consider the two-week experiments
and working with a health practitioner. The more you get to
know your body, the easier it will be to identify what’s hap-
pening as you continue on your journey to optimal health.
One thing to note if you are experiencing die-off is the
importance of keeping your detoxification pathways open.
You can do this by exercising, spending time in a sauna, dry
skin brushing and drinking plenty of water. If you are consti-
pated, you might want to consider colon cleansing.
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Colon cleansing, also called “colonics” or colon hydrother-
apy, is a way to cleanse your large intestine of impacted fecal
matter, pathogens and toxins. When you get a colonic, your
large intestine is gently flushed with water to break up old,
hardened matter from the walls of your intestine. Colonics
hydrate and exercise the muscle of your colon.
Colon cleansing does more than help your colon detoxify.
Once your large intestine releases toxins, your liver is freed
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up to release toxins and your cells can release toxins too,
giving your whole body a chance to detoxify. This is why you
might notice benefits from colon cleansing that surprise you,
like better skin or relief from symptoms like headaches.
How often you get colonics is up to you, based on how
well you know your body. A colon hydrotherapist can also
help you determine the right plan for you. I recommend
colon cleansing once per quarter as part of a regular cleans-
ing routine.
You can also do internal colon cleanses with psyllium, pec-
tin and a clay-type powder. Dr. Shulze’s 5-Day Bowel Detox
and Jon Barron’s Colon Detoxifier are two examples. These
products contain ingredients that help sweep toxins from
your colon wall. When you eat a high fiber diet, which you
are doing by following High Raw, the fiber helps to sweep
toxins out of your body as well.
Colon cleansing is a good place to start in any detoxi-
fication program. Once your colon is cleansed, you may
want to do a deeper cleanse, focusing on other organs of
detoxification.
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Liver, gallbladder and kidney flushes are good to do every
once in awhile. While you don’t have to be eating healthy or
even eating a raw food diet during these cleanses, I highly
recommend that you combine any type of cleansing with a
healthy diet. Raw foods are particularly cooling and cleans-
ing to the body and they help your liver detoxify, so raw food
can be very helpful with liver and gallbladder flushes.
The liver, gallbladder and kidney flushes that I like are
Dr. Shulze’s 5-Day Liver Detox, which benefits your liver
and gall bladder and Dr. Shulze’s 5-Day Kidney Detox. These
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powerful products are full of organic and wildcrafted herbs
that help your liver, gallbladder and kidney detoxify.
I’m not a big fan of the Epsom salts and the gallstone
flushes. It’s definitely not gallstones that you’re expelling in
those types of cleanses. Instead, you are eliminating a kind
of emulsification of all the stuff you’re eating as well as from
the bile that’s coming out. It can work, but if you do have
some kind of blockage, it could be dangerous as well. While
you can do these cleanses on your own, it can help to have a
health practitioner or some type of guidance to answer your
questions during cleanses like this.
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Many health experts recommend fasting as a way to give
your digestive system a break from time to time. Depending
upon what you read or who you ask, it seems that everyone
has a different opinion on how to fast, how long to fast and
how often to fast.
While I agree that fasting could be beneficial, this is an
area where I’d recommend working with an expert. There
are many things to consider when deciding whether fasting
will be right for you.
I’m not a big fan of water fasting or extensive juice fast-
ing, unless you have a real health reason for doing it and you
have supervision. Some people become addicted to fasting,
worrying that their bodies are full of toxins and fasting is the
only way to eliminate them. This kind of thinking can be very
harmful. Remember, one of the keys to the High Raw approach
is fun. If focusing on health becomes more about worrying
whether your body is full of toxins, you will no longer be hav-
ing fun. In fact, you’ll probably be experiencing stress, which
creates an acidic condition and kills beneficial gut flora.
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I do think we need to give our bodies a break from time to
time. But you might think of it more like a vacation. Maybe
you give your body a break from cooked foods for a week
and just eat greens as a type of fast. Maybe you give your
body a break from stress for a week — you might see equally
good benefits. The concept of giving your body a break and
refocusing on healthy habits is certainly a good one.
It’s kind of like what I did with cacao. I thought it was so
healthy that I went off track from the basics and started eat-
ing too much cacao. I just went into that realm of “this is the
best food for me” and it turned out that it wasn’t. Whereas, if
I’d just focused on the Five Principles of High Raw, I would
realize I had gone off track from the basics — fresh vege-
tables, nuts, fruits, seeds, maybe some grains, maybe some
legumes. Once I refocused on that, I felt a lot better. And the
funny thing is, it’s so easy!
Being healthy does not have to be complicated. When
you trust that your body is always detoxifying — that it was
designed to detoxify — then you can trust that following
the High Raw lifestyle will go a long way toward meeting
your detox needs. There is a time and a place for everything,
including detox. When you follow High Raw Principle #3
Know Your Body, you will know whether and when a detoxi-
fication program is right for you.
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As you get into the High Raw lifestyle, you will probably start
feeling so good that you want to share what you are doing
with others. Many people ask me questions about how to
share the message and I often say that I’d rather talk about
religion and politics (in the same conversation!) than talk
about food. Why? After reading chapter 2, you probably real-
ize that with so much controversial information out there
about food and health, it can be difficult to change people’s
minds about what is healthy.
What WILL change people’s minds is seeing your results.
When your energy skyrockets, you recover from a health
condition, your skin improves, you look younger, you seem
calmer or you lose weight – people start to pay attention. It
is your positive results that will convince people more than
any words you say.
Therefore, in order to spread the message of health — of
this simple High Raw lifestyle — you have to live it. Become
confident and comfortable with the High Raw lifestyle at
your own pace. Become so confident in your healthy life-
style that no one’s opinion can knock you down. Feel so
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good about what you are doing that no matter what opin-
ions you hear, you can say, “All I know is that I feel great
and this feels right.”
When you are following High Raw Principle #1: Eat Real
Food and Think Like a Raw Foodist, the most basic prin-
ciple is whole foods and plenty of raw, ripe fruits and veg-
etables. As people see you get results, they will be asking
what you are doing. The simplest thing you can tell them is
that you are focusing on a plant-based diet of whole foods
and plenty of raw, ripe fruits and vegetables. What could be
easier than that? This is something just about anyone could
understand.
Here’s what I do when I’m with my family around the holi-
days: when they pass me some processed food, I say to them,
“Oh, I’m doing this experiment.” At this point, everyone in my
family is used to my experiments, so there’s a bit of laughter
as they ask me what it is this time. I might simply say, “I’m
not eating meat.” Or, “I’m eating as many raw vegetables as
possible because I hear it’s good for you.” I have found that
this tends to eliminate the need to to argue and talk about
all of the angles around one type of diet or another. At this
point, I might say, “Want to hear more about it?” and if they
say yes, I have an invitation to share. If they say no, I will
not share more about it — because I recognize they are not
interested or not ready to hear more at that time. No matter
what I say, that is the reality.
What I am suggesting is that instead of taking your High
Raw message to your family or even to a community (senior
citizens, school children, etc.), instead of making a point to
educate them, take a step back. It is much more successful if
you find out what they are interested in, what their needs are
or what problems they want to solve and start from there.
For example, if you want to take the High Raw message to
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a group of senior citizens, you might not be successful unless
you can find out if they even care. Perhaps the group is more
interested in how to make ends meet on a fixed income or
how to save money. Perhaps the last thing they care about is
the food they are eating. If you start talking about raw food
or health, they may not be interested at all — because their
other concerns are more pressing to them.
To be successful, you want to attract, not force. Imagine for
a moment how a magnet works. Magnets can either attract
(pull toward) or repel (push away) other magnets or metal
objects. If you were holding two magnets, you could actually
feel the force field between them, called magnetism. You can
probably observe the same thing when you watch someone
sharing information with another person — whether they
are attracting that person’s interest or repelling them.
If people feel like information is being forced upon them
or the conversation is more of an argument, the message is
lost. However, if you focus on being an example, you will find
that people start coming to you.
Sometimes, we get so enthusiastic when we know some-
thing works that ego can creep in if people don’t agree with
what you are doing. You may have seen this out there with
certain health experts who believe that their way is the only
way. You know what’s happening? They’re talking because
they want to be right. They’re talking because they want peo-
ple to look at them and say, “You’re the guy who knows all
the answers.”
The truth is that no one knows ALL the answers. If you
hear someone whose overall message sounds like “Me, me,
me…this is my message and I’m going to get it out there,”
they are likely ego-centered instead of heart-centered. If
we truly care about people, we can trust that they will be
attracted to our information when they are ready. And if we
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share it in a heart-centered way, we can be more certain to
pass on the message of health.
So here are some guidelines for successfully sharing the
message of health:
º HL AN LXAMPLL. Don’t tell people about it, just live the
High Raw lifestyle and let people see your results.
º ATTRACT. Let people come to you. Understand their
interests, needs and problems and start there. Do not
force your message upon them if they have different
interests, needs and problems.
º KLLP IT SIMPLL. Start simple when it comes to teach-
ing others about High Raw. If people are overwhelmed,
they are less likely to be enthusiastic about your mes-
sage. Take your friends to a raw food restaurant and
let them experience the food. That’s pretty simple. My
wife, Annmarie, and I do this when we are introduc-
ing people to raw food. Most people are pretty excited
and say, “Wow, I didn’t even know that this was what
raw food could be.” Even though you may not advocate
heavy gourmet raw food on a regular basis, it can be
an excellent bridge to show people how good raw food
can be.
Another example is to simply share a green powder
drink with a family member. Have them add this drink
each day…that’s it. Once they get used to that and start
feeling better, give them something else. Take it one step
at a time and keep it simple.
º STAY HLART-CLNTLRLD. If people aren’t ready for your
message, don’t make it personal. Share the message of
health to those who are ready.
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We all want to get along and be accepted by our families,
don’t we? Yet one of the challenges with changing the way
you eat is that your family will often have an opinion…and it
may not be in your favor. A different way of eating is a change
and people don’t always like change, even if it’s good.
People often resist change. The field of change manage-
ment actually has tools and techniques to help people get
through change. Change management experts help keep
employees from sabotaging change in an organization, so
that change can occur successfully. But we don’t have a team
of change management experts to help us with our family
members…so it’s important to realize that there may be
some resistance when you change your diet and lifestyle.
Here are some tips for helping yourself and your family
embrace your healthy lifestyle changes:
º HL A CHANGL AGLNT. Change agents are people selected
in organizations to help a change effort be successful.
Interestingly, change agents pretty much do exactly
what I outlined in the section above, on spreading your
High Raw message. When you keep in mind that you
are attracting the interest of your family members,
rather than forcing your new opinions or behaviors, it
can be a lot easier on everyone.
º LLT GO. When you can let go of seeking your family
member’s approval and trust that what you are doing
makes you feel good, it’s easier to calmly stick to your
new habits.
º GO AT YOUR OWN PACL. When you start your health journey
at your own pace, you will feel less stressed and more
energized about the changes you are making. This will
actually have a positive effect on your family members.
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If they see you overwhelmed and stressed, they will be
less likely to think what you are doing is beneficial. In
other words, what’s better for you is better for them —
that’s a bonus!
º SHARL INIORMATION WHLN THLY ASK. Your family mem-
bers may ask you why you are doing what you’re doing.
They may want to see more information. Have some
resources to share with them. Start with a simple arti-
cle or perhaps, a simple book that gives them a good
overview without being too technical.
º RLLLASL JUDGMLNT. Sometimes family members don’t
want to embrace what you are doing because either
they are judging you or they feel you are judging them.
If you equally embrace everyone’s ability to do what
they feel is right for them, your family members will
feel it. No one likes to be judged. You may find that
when your family members see that you are not judging
them, they won’t judge you either.
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It’s important for you to live your life, which means that
sometimes you will be on vacation, at a work event, or in a
situation (like during the holidays) where you might divert
from your healthy eating habits. People always ask me,
“Every so often I vacation from a raw, healthy lifestyle and
eat cooked foods, let’s say at my mom’s house. Am I wasting
all my previous efforts?” No. Some people will tell you that
you are wasting your previous efforts, but I don’t believe it.
Remember, with the High Raw lifestyle, your goal is not
to be 100% perfect. Your goal is to always be moving toward
optimal health. If you get off track, recognize that you are and
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get back on again. If you judge yourself, you will only end up
feeling bad, which only serves to make matters worse.
The good news is, once you’ve created the habit of a High
Raw lifestyle, you know how to get back if you’ve gotten off
track. You might not feel good after eating some processed
foods, but trust that you can feel better tomorrow when you
reinstate your healthy habits.
Over time, you may come up with some strategies to help
you eat healthy, even when traveling, at work or during the
holidays. Perhaps you will plan ahead and bring healthy
food with you or choose a restaurant where you can get the
meal you want. But in life, there are times when even the
best planning goes awry. The key is not to make your healthy
lifestyle one of worry and stress. When you trust that you are
doing your best, you’ll enjoy the journey that much more.
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Something interesting happens when you start to follow a
healthy High Raw lifestyle. First of all, when you eat a largely
plant-based diet, full of ripe, raw vegetables, fruits, nuts and
seeds, you begin to cleanse your body. As you focus on life-
style changes, like drinking pure water, taking full, deep
breaths, exercising and reducing stress, you also begin to
cleanse your mind.
If you pay attention, you may in fact notice that you feel
more connected in mind and body. From this place, instead
of focusing on needing a quick fix to get through busy times,
you begin to build sustainable energy, sustainable health.
What does this mean? Sustainable means that you con-
sciously use resources in the present moment, with an eye
toward having plenty of reserves for the future. We under-
stand this concept when it comes to the environment, but
what about YOUR energy and health reserves? Are you will-
ing to use up your own health and energy now — and have
nothing left for a happy, vital future?
When you make a commitment to follow a healthy High
Raw lifestyle, you are making a commitment to the present
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AND future of your energy and health. The amazing thing is
that as you start building sustainable health for yourself —
as you start to feel connected in mind and body — you often
find that you start to feel more connected to your community
and to the planet. You begin to seek out ways to build sus-
tainability all around you.
I’m not sure why this happens, but cleansing yourself
often leads to cleansing the planet. It may start out by pro-
ducing less trash from packaged foods and progress to saving
precious resources through eating less meat and eventually,
using sustainable energy sources.
The thing is, I think when we experience optimal health,
we want to share it with others. We want everyone — people,
animals, the planet — to feel as good as we do. It’s possible
that as one person heals, it makes a bigger impact on world
health than any of us can imagine.
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So what is optimal health? Is it something we reach and then
we’re done — kind of like making it to the top of the moun-
tain? Do you think achieving optimal health is like hiking
up Mt. Everest, with major challenges along a steep, frozen,
uphill path and a quick celebration at the top? What if achiev-
ing optimal health were more like a moderately strenuous,
yet enjoyable trek through the rainforest, with some ups and
some downs, some flat spots — and of course, some incred-
ible views all along the way?
In my mind, you never get “there” when it comes to opti-
mal health. It’s not a place to stop, where everything is sim-
ply done. Instead, it’s a lifestyle of habits. It has its ups, its
downs, its plateaus and its peaks. Most of all, it’s meant to be
a gentle journey, not one of worry and suffering, but one of
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discovery and enlightenment.
The real goal is to keep it simple — to stick to the basics
and to have fun. The Five Principles of High Raw are guide-
lines for you to follow at your own pace. They represent the
basics of healthy living in a world that perhaps, has gotten a
bit off track in some places. At first, you may feel like you have
to go out of your way to develop and stick to your healthy
habits, but as you build sustainable energy and health, you
will find that everything becomes easier. You may even feel
like you are awakening, blossoming, coming alive.
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The new High Raw paradigm of health is that optimal
health can be easy. The Five Principles of High Raw are your
foundation — something you can stand on, guidelines to
evaluate questions, a place to return to if you’ve gone off
track. And it is something you do your way — because when
you’ve gone through the Five Principles of High Raw, you
understand and honor what your body needs.
We no longer have to be concerned about numbers and
percentages of raw. I don’t think percentage matters at all. A
percentage is just about our need to be certain about some-
thing, like the glycemic index of potatoes. Our life is not
about numbers. If it were, 7’s would be growing off trees and
124’s would be sprouting from the soil instead of fruits and
vegetables. High Raw, to me, is not about food…it’s about
being centered. It’s about feeling good and having energy.
It’s about taking care of me. It’s about being kind to other
creatures. It’s about being conscious of the environment
and the land we live on and with. Most importantly, High
Raw about spreading a gentle message through example to a
much larger group of people who may have lost touch with
their own inner nature. They may be feeling down, or sick or
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unhappy. And they may no longer consciously recognize how
good real, live food can make you feel.
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As we improve our health we all become more conscious
beings. We clean up our internal sludge and we’re able to
radiate a different energy…this is the kind of energy that will
save the planet. That’s the High Raw lifestyle. If you take the
Five Principles of High Raw, you’re going to be OK. What’s
going to happen is that you’re going to radiate a sustainable
energy — the kind of energy that keeps you feeling your best
— and the kind of energy that others can see. You will no
longer need to explain to people what you are doing because
the glow of good health will speak for itself.
So I invite you to finish this book for yourself. Because
YOU have the answers that you truly need. In the space
below, write the answer to the following question: What is
one action that you can take right now based on what you’ve
learned in this book?
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or other common sources of information. for many people. Unfortunately. These same sources of information are usually the source of our health information. “busyness. to a place of feeling consistent motivation and inspiration and high physical energy levels. energy. or rather lack of health information. Kevin’s writing comes from the heart and from the standpoint of a journalist. High Raw. we need to be truly motivated. all of which ensures that we will never have the time. and lasting.” focus on work and money. medical institutions. TV shows. then they aren’t conveying a message of true health. are conveying a message of finding a true sense of fulfillment. Fast. which is the real goal of improving our health. and unrealistic expectations are perfect descriptions. If we are to be aware of our health on every level. schools. This new place will give you the grounding and clarity to help sort out the confusing messages coming from your normal sources of health information. Very few parents. On . If they aren’t conveying a message that helps us live to our fullest potential and strive to ensure that others can do the same. or space to create the self-knowledge we need to truly care for our bodies. It seems that the current state of most modern societies is one of frantic unawareness. changes in our lives.body and health. I particularly like Kevin’s superb book title. the moments they realize that there is truly more in life than what they’ve experienced is something that is shocking and profound. and too often. He shares what he has witnessed and experienced in his own journey from lethargy and complete unawareness of his own health. This motivation factor is what Kevin does best. and the gaps usually filled in with mind-numbing entertainment. When our mind can wrap itself around these concepts. websites. it can then help to make real.

To do this.his health journey. vibrancy and a celebration for life. spend time in nature. I encourage everyone to live a holistic lifestyle. colorful plant-based foods: vegetables. Kevin concurs with me on all of these tenets necessary for optimum health. Additionally. and in my workshops and holistic retreats worldwide. he suggests that we all “lighten up. reader-friendly. this only sets up the potential for failure. nuts.” Put simply. exercise frequently. nuts. seeds. that this way of eating is the quickest way to make positive changes in our physical and emotional health. with Kevin’s help and expertise. right? For the past 30 years. He also understands. No one can do it for you. and see what changes this makes in our energy levels. as a rapidly growing number of people throughout this country now realize. mind.” In his easygoing. we must incorporate the following: embrace a natural-foods diet. don’t be too strict or hard on ourselves. and spirit and make vibrant health a way of life. and non-judgmental manner. we must choose to make changes now. Kevin’s empowering book will help you start fresh. If we want to live with high energy. fruits. fruits. detoxify and rejuvenate often. too. which is the last thing that any of us need. breathe deeply and meditate. magazine articles and interviews. an easy-to-follow roadmap is key to a path of least resistance. and seeds for at least two weeks. And to make this change. drink ample purified water. This means to live healthfully in body. use natural remedies. You must first decide to make health your top priority and move in that direction. Kevin suggests that we create meals based largely on fresh. get enough sleep. and cultivate an attitude of gratitude. with no . Kevin found that optimum health begins by eating a whole foods-based diet of mostly vegetables. in my own private practice. keep stress levels down. He encourages readers to “think like a raw food vegan.

author of Health Bliss. a shining example of healthy living. and provides all the tools and information necessary for you to be successful. It’s also refreshing for me to see a young messenger like Kevin.SusanSmithJones. you will achieve your goals. We all need a little help from our friends. instead of one promoting gadgets. and Recipes for Health Bliss: www. — Susan Smith Jones. The Healing Power of Nature Foods. If you do. spread this inspiring message. fad foods and fly-by-night ideas like many health authors do.com . Invite Kevin (and High Raw) to be your friend in your journey to experience vibrant health in body. create your best life. PhD. Be Healthy— Stay Balanced.judgment. mind and spirit. and thank your lucky stars that you have Kevin as your guide.

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two things are happening: (1) There is more confusion than ever about what is healthy. . we have access to more health information and scientific studies than ever before and yet. Americans give media health reports low trust and credibility ratings.Today. and almost as many say media health reports confuse them as say they provide useful information. (2) Health epidemics like diabetes. cancer and obesity are on the rise. food allergies. heart disease. Why is this happening? Nearly half of all American adults — 90 million people — have difficulty understanding and acting upon health information.

It’s time to demystify health and how YOU can get and STAY healthy. I wrote High Raw because I want to give you information that is straight to the point and laid back. No ego, no fancy promises and no overwhelm. The idea of “High Raw” is by no means new. Many people have been eating a diet of ripe fruits and vegetables for thousands of years. What’s different about what you’re about to read is that I’ve simplified the process of creating your best health with raw foods. Probably even more than anyone else I’ve learned from. Why? Because I want you to actually succeed. I want to make it easy for you. I’ve stripped away my ego to bring you the simplest and most valuable information in the shortest amount of time. There won’t be any lengthy scientific arguments here. For those you can go somewhere else and get even more confused. I’ll cover this in chapter 2. For as you and I both know, if there’s a scientific study for something, anyone can find the complete opposite finding somewhere else. In High Raw, I’m including what works. Here, you’ll find shortcuts to the best of eight to ten years of my own personal journey, including my study of fitness and nutrition from hundreds of books, articles and interviews with top experts. High Raw is about much more than what to eat or how to eat it. We’ll go way beyond that and address creating a foundation of health, listening to your body and your intuition and building a toolbox with strategies to get started and maintain your best health. And if you haven’t gotten to know me yet through my blog, RenegadeHealth.com, you’ll find out quickly that I want you to have fun along the way!

When you think of good health, what comes to mind? Instead of thinking of complicated answers about heart health, Body Mass Index, fitness and diet foods, what about just a simple statement…good health is really about feeling your best, isn’t it? The key to feeling your best is not a complex equation and it doesn’t require pouring over the latest statistics from journals full of medical mumbo jumbo. In fact, achieving your best health can be quite easy — and that’s the goal of High Raw — cutting through the confusion and keeping it simple. If you’re like me, you’re busy…you’ve had enough of the back and forth about the latest health fads that are here today and debunked tomorrow. You just want to feel good… and you want to have fun while doing it! It is my mission to introduce a new paradigm for health, a paradigm where feeling your best is simple. Where we leave out the mystery and embrace a common sense approach to feeling energized, fit, happy and healthy. In the old paradigm, good health was confusing, overwhelming and downright boring. High Raw introduces a new paradigm for health: where you become empowered to use your own intuition and take small steps with powerful tools to feel your best. The most important part? Have fun! Good health is a journey and you deserve to smile and enjoy the trip!

So what if creating your best health was a great adventure? Let’s take a wild ride and enjoy this trip together! But before we officially take off on this adventure, I want to finish up this introduction with a possibility… Imagine if you could just enjoy your food…without guilt, without shame, without questioning. It’s possible — and some of the answers are right here in this book. The fact is that the answers to healthy eating are right in front of us. We’ve just chosen to ignore them. Not because we want to ignore them, but because we’re surrounded by messages that make this exploration of health into something much harder than it is. But no matter what the media or scientific studies tell you, good health is NOT as complicated as programming a super computer. In reality, it can be as simple as flipping a switch. I have a laminated sheet with a few of my goals that I pin up in the shower. (Yes, the shower!) On it is this saying, which my good friend, Jonathan, shared with me: If someone taught me how to flip a switch, I wouldn’t spend any time wondering how it worked, I’d just enjoy the light. Let’s start enjoying the light. Let’s keep our mind open to possibilities. When we do, we’ll find the answers. That’s what this book is about.

Seriously…I was not the paragon of good health. I had some pretty terrible habits that I didn’t really feel the need to do anything about — until my physical and emotional health started to suffer. Let’s start with high school. To begin with, I was an athlete, playing football, basketball and tennis. As co-captain of my football team, I celebrated winning the 1995 Connecticut State Football Championship. In tennis, I was on the top doubles team in the conference. So I always understood that fitness was very important, in fact, I still think it’s one of the most important things you can do. Anyway, my fitness was taken care of in high school. I knew how to weight-lift, albeit the wrong way, but still, I knew how to build muscle. I knew how to exercise and I knew how to compete and be competitive in sports. What I didn’t know anything about was nutrition. Absolutely nothing. In fact, my tennis doubles partner and I had what we thought was great energy food before a match. We’d go to the school store, this little hole in the wall that was always full of candy, soda and other processed foods. We’d each pick out a package of Twinkies and a can of Mountain Dew. To add insult to injury, after our little “energizing snack,” we’d jump into my mother’s Dodge Caravan, drive to a spot in the neighborhood behind the school, and smoke a cigarette. Then we would come back and park by the tennis courts and start our tennis match. So that was my nutritional background…Not so hot, huh? Well, things didn’t get much better in college. When I got into college I decided not to pursue any sports.

beer-slugging loser. like many other students. I partied all the time. To get the full effect. except to go out the next night and party as usual. from my roommate to my family to my friends. I’d get up. My relationships suffered. it really wore on me. At night. I would wake up at two in the afternoon. lazy and tired. NY. The place was so small. between sitting in that basement and partying too late into the night. walk around the sheet and sit at my desk doing web design projects. . Truthfully. I shared this tiny space with a friend. I felt I had lost my drive and my focus. For a while. we had to be there. After college. And it didn’t help that I was going to college in the state of New York. I gained thirty pounds. Every day. where bars stay open until 4:00 in the morning! My friends and I must have thought that just because the bars were open. it seemed like the be-all end-all of fun. drink and hang out until closing. I became a self-proclaimed. I felt overweight. that I had a makeshift room created by stringing a sheet between my bed and the rest of the apartment. despite all of the time I spent in the gym. Eventually. go to class (well. literally. I became adept at the art of partying. who I was working with at the time. for the entire four years of college. It wasn’t long before all of the good things seemed to drain out of my life. My lifestyle became vicious cycle that played out. if I even wanted to go to class!) and I even kept up with my workout routine. I began to gain weight. I couldn’t think what to do with my life. Over time. I became miserable and found myself sinking into depression. I was unhappy and uncomfortable with myself. you have to picture how I lived: imagine a basement apartment in Brooklyn. because we’d play pool.Instead. I’d be out partying as usual. the partying continued and my life seemed to get even worse. But over time.

One night. I hadn’t really thought much about things like spirituality and nutrition. anxious. depressed and stressed out to feeling happy. The Seeker’s Guide opened my mind to the possibility that there was so much more than I was already experiencing. because I knew it was a starting point for change. One of the doors that opened came when my mother handed me a book. That possibility has led to where I am right now. I got my head straight. optimistic and passionate about my life and work. I came home and slept until two o’clock the next afternoon. My head was spinning. Don’t get me wrong.” That was fine with me. angry. That very day. “You can move home and stay in the guestroom. It was in this moment that I asked myself a question: “Is there something better than this?” That one question changed my life. If you’ve ever peeled your head off the pillow after too much alcohol. With that one act. doors started to open for me. I admitted that I couldn’t work or live like this anymore. I felt awful and something inside me shifted. That one grain of possibility allowed me to go from feeling lazy. after a particularly late night of drunken partying. called my mother and told her I was moving home. you can imagine how I felt that day. My mother said. tired. Before that time. but you can’t put any of your clothes in the dresser. Because the answer was the kind of positive kick in the butt that made me take action in a better direction. who was the co-founder of Omega Institute. I told my friend that I was quitting my job and moved back home. I was never open to the idea or the possibility that maybe there was more to life — and more to health — than just fitness. The book was called The Seeker’s Guide by Elizabeth Lesser. I still have challenges and I still get stressed out at .

I share my experience to show you that no matter how bad things look. one inspiration and transform your life! All you have to do is be ready. you can start with one question. about that!). I created a whole new foundation for how I live my life. Annmarie. If you’re ready. but since that day.times (you can ask my wife and business partner. one book. So if you’re ready. tools and strategies that can kick start your own transformation. I’d like to share some information. this book may be the one thing that changes your life for the better! .

They tend to develop over long periods of time. we got off track when it comes to health. ADD. asthma. depression and cancers. So while statistics may show we are living longer. allergies. autism and other health issues are on the rise…and not just for adults. diabetes. author of the book. wrote an article comparing our quality of life with that of our ancestors. one of the growing concerns worldwide is chronic and non-communicable diseases like diabetes. heart disease. often without symptoms at first. we are not necessarily living better. According to the World Health Organization. Nourishing Traditions. .1 Non-communicable diseases are those that are not infectious and can result from genetic or lifestyle factors.Somehow. Sally Fallon. You may have heard media reports saying that we are living longer than ever. cardiovascular disease. These conditions are affecting kids too. like chronic fatigue. but are we living better? Obesity. fibromyalgia and candida are causing thousands of people to suffer. Illnesses that confound doctors.

”2 When did we decide that medical technology and over-thecounter and prescription drugs were the answers to help us live healthier and longer? Are we relying on something outside of ourselves. like doctors and medicine. to keep us healthy. Alzheimer’s. Here are some statistics of a medical system gone awry from Death by Medicine3. unnecessary prescriptions (for antibiotics. you’d probably agree with her findings: too many people today suffer from “degenerative diseases — arthritis. when in fact. unnecessary hospitalizations. If you look around. diabetes. digestive disorders. epilepsy and chronic fatigue…Learning disabilities such as dyslexia and hyperactivity make life miserable for seven million young people — not to mention their parents. osteoporosis.Sally Fallon argues that our lives are actually not better today then they were in past generations. especially) and unnecessary surgeries. multiple sclerosis. . In his book. Gary Null has gathered statistics to show that modern medicine may actually be harmful to your health! We all know that the American health care system is a mess. we may hold the greatest key of all to our health and longevity? Before we examine that. let’s take a look at just how successful medicine is at keeping us healthy. but it hits home when you learn some of the statistics Gary Null shares about accidental deaths. Death by Medicine.

I always recommend that you work with a qualified health practitioner. We may be living longer. But it gets worse. The good news is that more and more people are taking responsibility for their own health. You’ll find many excellent tools here in this book to support you. you become a partner with your health practitioner. Instead of giving up control to someone else. Just the fact that you are reading this book tells me that you are one of them and I acknowledge you for that! So what does it take to be self-responsible when it comes to your own health? I’ll cover the specifics in the upcoming chapters of this book. I want to talk about creating a mindset for good health. Who you choose is up to you. but the very system we are relying on to keep us healthy is broken.000 annually. Once you become aware of that. the rest gets easier. The first step in creating a mindset for good health is believing that YOU are in charge of your own best health.The cost of these three medical interventions alone is approximately $136. you become part of the process of creating your health. This is not to say that doctors and medical interventions don’t save lives. which amounts to 7. But when you recognize that YOU are responsible for your health. Literally billions of dollars spent on medical errors. it is estimated at 999.936 deaths annually. you become empowered .8 million deaths over 10 years of medical intervention. But first.4 Something is wrong with this picture. The good news is that when you start taking action. According to Null.000. when you add up all of the medical and drug errors across all categories. but the idea that we’d willingly hand over responsibility for our health to a system that is plagued with problems is one of the reasons we’ve gotten off track. This means that you’ll have actions to take to change your health picture.

Chapters 10 and 11 of this book are full of tools and strategies to help you create a foundation for success and make your healthy habits stick. . Why are so many people feeling so stressed out? I used to feel the negative effects of chronic stress myself and much of it has to do with taking a good look at how you are living your life. scientific studies and from health and medical experts. and review chapters 4–9.5 Many natural health experts agree that chronic stress causes is at the heart of most of our emotional and physical health conditions today. If you get too stressed out about it. So if you find yourself feeling confused and frustrated. common sense principles for diet and health. I’ll tell you why this is happening in chapter 2.to feel your best. you’ll end up worrying and forget to enjoy the journey. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that up to 90% of doctor’s visits may be triggered by stress-related illness. You are no longer a victim when you realize that the habits you create and the lifestyle you lead holds the key to your health. some of the things you may change are: the foods you eat. The truth is that there’s a lot of conflicting and confusing information in the media. It’s important to remember that taking action for your health is important. how much exercise you do and how much stress you have in your life. Chapters three and four will guide you toward ways to cut through all the confusion about health information and find out what really works for you. it can have adverse affects. but if you get too stressed out about our health. Good health doesn’t have to be hard. When you choose to take action and start to create a lifestyle that supports good health. take a deep breath. where I outline some simple.

like your toaster oven. why are we still so confused? Why are chronic health conditions still on the rise? Let’s stop and think for a moment about the SOURCE of where this health information is coming from. I have a scientific mindset. before you decide what to believe. The major sources are: scientific studies. like your car or appliances. pharmaceutical companies) and the media (television. I believe in getting baseline tests when it comes to your health. It’s important that you understand how these sources of information can be biased. journals). I have a love/hate relationship with science. medicine (doctors. newspapers. I love to read studies and look at data.With more availability of information about health than ever before. . And I believe that we have to go through processes and systems in order to really decide if something’s working or not — whether we’re talking about your body or even machines. On the one hand.

So after years of eating fat free diets. from lack of good fats. You might experiment a bit as you are learning to build the house and once you build your first one. With nutrition science. But it’s not like all that science gobbledy-gook that can be so confusing. especially that gained through experience” and “The observation. Then . but do you really want to get on the table yet?”1 Back then. For example. you’d find out all the tools. many people started experiencing health issues like depression. we learn fat is good. nutrition science has not been around that long. One day fat is bad for you and the next. Here’s the deal. You’d have a system…that’s a type of science. Some people will argue till their death about that with me. and theoretical explanation of phenomena. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto Manifesto. like chemical formulas. but I’ve seen too many people confused and it’s time to expose this truth. you could replicate that process when you build another house. You probably do the same thing in many areas of your life. First of all. you’ve found systems and processes that help you get your job done. materials. I think science has gone horribly wrong.” Experimenting with what works and coming up with systems is helpful. it’s been around for only 175 years and today. In Michael Pollan’s book. experimental investigation. we still don’t know everything there is to know. people and steps you needed to make it work. like what time you eat your meals. description. you have routines and processes for your life. At home.The American Heritage Dictionary defines science as “Knowledge. “which is to say very interesting and promising. it was only just beginning and people didn’t know much about it. At work. he likens nutrition science to surgery in 1650. That’s actually a scientific process and these can be really helpful to us. when it comes to our nutrition. identification. if you were building a house.

It’s like treating a disease. Foods are broken down to their smallest parts. we can make big mistakes when it comes to health. the danger is that if we forget the whole. No wonder so many people are confused! Here are a few reasons to question science: I really believe that science is breaking things down into too many pieces and taking a reductionist approach. We are not just one cell or one organ. Scientists look at those small parts and make recommendations about what they do for our bodies. The next thing you know. nutrition science has been rife with fads and conflicting information. lycopene or essential fatty acids. We are complex beings. when extracted from the . without thinking about how it affects the whole person. The same is true in nutrition science. While this can be useful in many ways. but not looking at how the treatment will affect the whole person. If you treat the one cell or one organ. you could be doing more harm than good. Over the past 175 years. all the manufactured foods add these ingredients in or supplements are made to give us those amazing ingredients. How do we know that those ingredients alone. like beta carotene. The reductionist approach breaks things down to the smallest pieces and observes them to make theories about the whole.it was all about low carb/no carb/high protein and it seems to continue with new things popping up each year.

the pharmaceutical staff often works with scientists to determine how the results should be presented.2 Did you know that scientific studies are often swayed by those who fund them? A big question we should all be asking is “where did the money originate to fund a scientific study?” Unfortunately. This has led to abuses. the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’. Center for Science in the Public Interest exposed JAMA and other journals for publishing scientific studies without disclosing who paid for the studies. Studies are funded by pharmaceutical companies and conducted by medical experts.3 In 2001. He contends that we may be better off simply sticking to fruits and vegetables because we know they work. which includes prestigious journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). But when it comes to presenting results.4 But that didn’t fix the problem because in 2004.5 . In Defense of Food. the big money to fund scientific studies often comes from the drug companies.fruits and vegetables they came from are doing what they are supposed to do? This is Michael Pollan’s argument in his book. like study results being omitted if results did not show a product in a favorable light. created a new policy refusing to publish studies unless researchers were guaranteed scientific independence.

From big agribusiness industries like dairy. because they too. corn and beef . In fact. these academic medical centers recognized that conflicts of interest had the potential to influence how they trained staff and provided clinical care. According to the Boston Globe. the Boston Globe reported that Stanford medical center joined several other well-known academic medical centers in a new policy that would allow their research to be independent of drug companies. Doctors. medical school education and studies are all subject to potential conflicts of interest from drug companies. as much as 90 percent is directed at physicians through various mechanisms. you have to question them too. As public knowledge of tainted research practices escalated. This is not to say that there aren’t great doctors and health care practitioners out there. gifts and drug samples and sponsorship of continuing medical education programs and other events…”6 So while most of us have been led to believe we can trust doctors. pharmaceutical drugs. namely. And it doesn’t stop with scientific studies. are being swayed by money from pharmaceutical and biomedical companies. You can follow the money trail right to your doctor’s office.Too many of these scientific studies are being published to dupe the public into making conclusions about the benefits of certain products. such as free meals.7 Keep in mind that it’s not just pharmaceutical and biomedical companies that have money to sway science. “Of the $21 billion the pharmaceutical industry spends every year on marketing. But it might surprise you to find out that most doctors think the majority of their peers are swayed by the influence of money from drug companies. in 2006.

Bristol-Myers Squibb. like the supplement companies. There’s no one fighting for kale. There’s no one fighting for grapes or raisins.9 The truth of it is this: the lettuce lobby is not on the steps of Washington fighting for red leaf lettuce. The people who are fighting are people who have vested interests. There’s no money fight for lettuce because it’s just not . Their intentions are (as you can guess) to get research out there that supports their cause or to fight the research that was against their product. big agribusiness. one of the largest agribusiness companies. This is why there is so much conflicting and confusing information when it comes to health and nutrition. While there may be plenty of altruistic people who want to go to the government or into the school systems to really get people healthy—with no biased agenda— they simply don’t have the kind of financial backing that the large industries have. a New York based pharmaceutical spent $840.to personal care products and baby products.8 And Monsanto.000 lobbying Congress on the safety of Bisphenol A (a known toxin) used in its baby formula food packaging. big money is spent to lobby the US Congress or the FDA to sway decisions in their favor. You can look up any scientific study and find the complete opposite for it. Recently. It’s because this sort of jockeying is happening all the time. funded a group of farmers lobbying for the right to use synthetic bovine growth hormone (a product made by Monsanto) for increased milk production. These decisions result in recommendations as to what we should eat and how safe our food and personal care products are. large manufactured food companies and the pharmaceuticals.

the amount of meat consumption has increased 154 percent from 1950 to 2007.10 Based on what you’ve learned about lobbyists. wrote about this phenomenon. The generations before us. Corn. The other reason for an increase in meat eating is that as people become more affluent. product sales through lobbying. and Health. like obesity. alliances and other tactics. high fat and high sugar diets and lack of exercise. beef. they eat more in general. author of Plan B 3. particularly between 1930 and 1970. pork.2 billion poorest people are dying . public relations. wheat. financial contributions. lawsuits. the 1. details just how lobbyists influence the food pyramid. Brown. dairy. which is why they are so set on the paradigm of meat and dairy.2 billion wealthiest people in the world are dying of diseases of aging and excessive lifestyle.that large of an industry. chair of New York University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Studies and author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition. Dairy lobbies and meat lobbies influenced everything from the messages about how much of their products to consume to even the food pyramid recommended by US dieticians! Insider Marion Nestle. In fact. smoking. Brown writes that the 1. including an increase in meat consumption. all these other conglomerates are fighting to get their products known. This has been going on for years. Lester R. stating that the poor are concerned about too little to eat and the rich are concerned about eating too much. this has been influenced in the types of disease experienced by these economic groups. were influenced by these industries. In Plan B.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization.11 In contrast. According to statistics from the Humane Society. that may not seem like a surprise.

The scary part is that because they have the financial backing. Simon also focuses on how children are targets for many of these company campaigns. While I personally don’t eat meat. the best solution is to eat in the middle of the food chain. But when you look at how meat lobbyists have influenced our consumption. in a conflict with mothers about selling soda in school. is another book that exposes tactics used by lobbyists for companies like Coca-Cola. The rich were eating meat. And they don’t have our best interest or children’s best interest at heart. by Michele Simon. Brown contends that since the poorest populations are malnourished from eating too low on the food chain and the richest populations experience disease from eating too high on the food chain. they felt like eating steak meant they were eating like kings. In Appetite for Profit. I know that it has a place for some people in their diet.12 So if you look at that. compromises were reached to continue selling soda. In some families eating steak regularly is too expensive. Money talks. that’s where today’s nutrition paradigm is. with a smaller amount of meat and grains. When talking to my grandfather and my mother. so when it comes to information about . you have to stop and think about what’s really the right amount for your best health. For example. McDonalds and Kraft to make their foods seem healthier than they really are. Appetite for Profit.from infectious diseases and malnutrition. The lobbyists for all these companies are always out working. I’m not against it. You may have experienced this as well. as long as it wasn’t during the school day. they are winning. This means more of a largely plant-based diet.

health and nutrition. the structure of the house will break and crumble as well. Doctors may prescribe drugs or protocols based on them. Imagine building a house on a crumbling foundation.13 These studies had created a decade of recommendations and further studies that affected our health. Now let’s apply that to science.” according to an article in the Boston Globe. In fact.” which is essentially a review of each study by a group of scientists and experts who are supposed to be unbiased. people often take action based on those studies. . which means you may be affected by the study results. In 2005. When the studies pass the peer review process. but over time. have been either contradicted or seriously questioned. it will topple. If you consider one study a foundation for further studies. serious flaws were exposed in the peer review process. eventually. imagine how much incorrect information is influencing us? If science keeps building on a faulty foundation. You might build the best house. Many scientific studies are built upon previous studies…but what happens if the previous studies were flawed? All medical research goes through a “peer review. Chapter 8 will cover more about how to educate yourself and cut through all of the conflicting information that is out there. stay alert to where the information is coming from. as the foundation crumbles. just like the house. “almost one-third of top research articles over the 10-year period studied.

But marketing techniques go deeper than that. Because “health sells. however. This has not. helped people understand nutrition any better.14 Is it possible to trust the media’s portrayal of health and nutrition? Here are some reasons why so many people don’t trust the media: Marketing is a science in and of itself. including our thoughts about food. the media does influence us. They also aim to educate you about problems you don’t even know you have! A great deal of money is spent simply on marketing. nor do people trust health media. according to Gallup. if the problem is well known. A 2002 Gallup poll showed that the amount of time the media has focused on health has grown. It’s the science of influencing people that they have a problem that a certain product or service can solve. First. like being overweight. the media plays a tremendous role in what and how we eat. magazines.” television. much of the advertising . to get you to think you have a problem and need to buy something to solve it. newspapers and the Internet have all started devoting more “air time” to health and nutrition.It’s not just science that influences what we think about nutrition. When it comes to food. As much as we hate to admit it. it’s probably pretty easy to sell a solution.

when it seemed okay to eat more of something because it was “fat free?” A great deal of research and psychology goes into advertisements and whether we want to admit it or not. According to a study in The Journal of Health Communication. but yet. there are even more ads on TV from pharmaceuticals.17 Press releases are written to provide compelling information and a call to action that looks and feels like a newspaper or magazine article. Drunk driving caused 13. from 1996 to 2000. weapons of mass influence are targeted at reaching their desired goal.budgets are aimed at getting you to want a certain food…and when they aren’t selling enough of that food.000 deaths occurred annually from adverse drug reactions in hospitals and the numbers are growing. Advertisements today are riddled with magic bullets and quick fixes to any problem you might have. There are also video news . But don’t be fooled. they can influence us. What I find interesting is that you also see TV ads from Mothers Against Drunk Driving telling people how awful drunk driving is. regardless of your best interests.16 In Death by Medicine. that kill far more people than drunk drivers.407 fatalities in 2006. high budget. these slick. drug ads aimed at consumers has more than tripled. Remember the fat free craze of the 90’s.15 The study showed that an average TV watcher was exposed to more drug ads than any other form of health information. with the highest percentage spent on television ads. they aim to get you to want to eat more of that food. Gary Null’s data from 1994 showed that 106.

” I said. Last year. Who’s writing the press releases? Companies and people who want to get their specific message out. NY.releases.” Well guess what happened? The journalist . she said. we decide which ones we want to print in the paper. I asked the audience. I said.” Now that’s a college paper. It’s a lazy way of journalism. The problem is that press releases are biased and they are often passed off as a good.” When I asked her if she rewrote the press releases. People were emailing me asking. plagiarizing large pieces of a press release and making it look like real journalism. but it’s also a way to fill paper. With shrinking budgets and resources.”19 There were huge headlines. “Does anyone work for the school paper?” One girl raised her hand. all over the place — this was big stuff. too many reporters are cutting corners and engaging in the practice of using press releases verbatim or in essence. Do you get press releases?” She said. I was speaking to an audience of about 40 people at Iona College in New Rochelle. health and medical journalism has been hard-hit by this practice and according to some experts. It’s a way to get information out there. There was a study that came out in 2005 and the headline in Fox News was: “Study: Coffee Top Source of Antioxidants. “Well. “What do you do with them?” She replied. objective journalistic article. but don’t think that that practice doesn’t move up the ladder.18 Papers can be literally from 50–70 percent direct press releases from a specific company. “Yes. “Kevin did you see this? Coffee is a good source of antioxidants. We just publish them. “Let me ask you a question. it’s getting worse with the proliferation of digital news on the Internet. “No. which are produced with the same goal for TV news. Science.

For example. You’ll even see a growing number of endorsements on the Internet. The idea is to pay an expert.” Everybody laughs when I say this. they didn’t read the full study. There are many people profiting from endorsements.made a mistake. someone you’d trust or admire. In marketing. I like to tell people that we can be our own “scientific research labs. So let’s be careful. The good news is. We can’t just look at these studies and just think that this information is right. Do you know what the full study said? It said this: “Coffee is the highest source of America’s antioxidants. This is plain inaccurate. endorsements are another technique to sell products and services.” It did not say coffee was a good source of antioxidants. to recommend their product. so be aware of whom you decide to trust. Coffee is by far NOT one of the best sources of antioxidants. reading or hearing. blueberries are giants in terms of antioxidant content when compared to coffee. We have to be detectives. That’s what I’ve done with myself. there are a growing number of people out there who have high integrity and would only recommend what has been successful in their own lives. but it’s true. Sometimes you mess . athlete or celebrity. It said that coffee is where Americans get most of their antioxidants. Endorsements are being used more and more often in all kinds of marketing from advertisements to television and magazine articles. You’ll know the difference the more you stay alert for the messages you are watching.

I will actually take you through a process — a scientific process of getting results. If you were to take one simple process that I use myself and teach to others. Or you have to reach out to people who you know are really walking their talk — the people you trust or the people you know. You’ll learn to know and trust your own body and your own intuition. Have a smart mind around it. So you can relax and enjoy the ride. In chapter 7. .up and sometimes you really succeed. you will more easily determine what works for you. This is what will make the already easy principles of High Raw even easier! And it will make your journey through the jungle of nutrition and health information seem like a fun adventure.

First of all. And what I found was this…conflicting information. vegetables. nuts and seeds . For years. complex systems. fitness. When it comes to nutrition. And as a journalist.So how did I go from a “beer slugging loser with Brooklyn Basement-itis” to a successful. happy entrepreneur? I went on a personal quest to find answers. there’s one thing I know for sure: it’s time to breakdown the stiff and cold nutritional guidelines. self-development and nutrition. you understand why. I’ve been researching natural health. I think of myself as a journalist. and downright confusion. healing. let’s start with some basic common sense that just about everyone can agree upon when it comes to nutrition: : like whole fresh fruits. Now that you’ve read chapters 1 and 2. calorie counting diets and charts and re-learn the tenets of health that create lasting results. and interviewing some of the top experts in the field.

which you can watch at www. I experienced this first hand after I started my own blog TV show. exercise and raw foods. while you’d think the premise of eating raw food would be easy.com. “The Renegade Health Show. exciting.” also known as rhTV.” so you can imagine that I get a lot of questions about diet. tens of thousands of viewers in over 85 countries tune into “The Renegade Health Show. easy-to-understand and educational forum for natural health enthusiasts. what should be simple is actually becoming complicated by a lot of conflicting diet and nutrition information. is to provide a fun. How can I do this?” The truth is. Why? Because everyone is looking for scientific proof and as you’ve already seen from the previous chapters. I’ve seen completely opposing . And yet. nutrition. Here are some very common questions I receive about the raw food diet: health from a raw food perspective. the raw food diet can be just as complex as any other dietary program. I am certainly an advocate of eating more raw food.(better yet.RenegadeHealth. eliminate processed foods entirely!) When it comes to healthy eating. The goal of “The Renegade Health” show. The raw food movement is growing and many people are catching on to its simple message. Each month. this can be a slippery slope.

radio. If you look anywhere across the board: the Internet. So you can wipe out the confusion and wipe out the feelings of shame or guilt when it comes to your diet. seeds. unprocessed fruits. TV. where over a thousand members discuss natural health. nuts. Those who follow a raw food plant-based diet eat only plant-based foods and do not eat animal foods. “Wow. you could say. uncooked. books. Much of the raw food movement focuses on a largely — if not completely — plant-based diet. so it should be fun! The principle behind High Raw is to filter the information on raw food and nutrition and break it down to the common sense principles that really matter. you’re going to be able to find exactly the opposite information to what you want to find. This is where High Raw comes in. In general. beans and seaweeds. Imagine if by the end of this book. I can do this. videos on YouTube or online. we want to enjoy the journey. The raw food diet is based on whole. with guidance from thought leaders and experts. And of course. It’s time to cut through the confusion.viewpoints in discussions on my Inner Circle.” So let’s talk about the concept of “High Raw” and what that means with respect to the raw food diet and nutrition as a whole. You’re going to end up finding things at complete different ends of the spectrum. organic. raw food would constitute food that has not . Imagine how that would feel…. I really believe this is easy. including dairy and eggs. High Raw honors the fact that we all want easy to follow information that we can use to suit our unique situations. vegetables.

There’s a big debate in the raw food movement about how much raw food one should eat. People ask. “Is raw the way to go? What about 100% raw?” or “What should I be eating?” Here’s the simplest approach: in order to eliminate a lot of confusion around nutrition and science. not supplements. not anything else but whole foods — ripe. When it comes to what percentage should be raw. Not super foods. A High Raw food diet includes 75%–95% raw foods. The rest would include cooked. so that the food would retain its natural enzymes. I recommend a High Raw approach. The biggest reason we might get confused by all of the conflicting information is if we forget to take a common sense approach. . The concept of High Raw is hardly new. this might seem easy. the basis of your entire diet should be whole foods. whole foods.been cooked over 115–120° F. raw. Again. uncooked. So it’s not surprising that I get this question often. whole foods. but not if we get caught up in all of the confusion around nutrition.

We might have learned what is okay to eat from our ancestors. raw foods. but also with what food is good for YOU personally. We’d be using our senses as a way to guide us to foods that work or don’t work for each of us individually. Yet the blueberries look exactly the same. Everyone worries about their health at times. Experimenting might look like tasting something and seeing how we react. and we would eat it. By the time you eat a steak. it looks nothing like where it came from. the easiest thing to embrace is this High Raw foundation: eat 75%–95% whole. All of the processing and manufacturing of our foods have simply removed us from nature and what is natural. Today’s modern diets are so full of processed foods that we have literally lost the connection to that process of experimenting. ripe. You will learn more about that in chapter 7. In the meantime.Here’s an easy common sense experiment: Take a moment to look at the pictures on the previous page. but if we didn’t. “Should I be eating this or eating that?” With a High Raw approach. You may even feel like you’ve lost touch not only with what food is good. . we would pick our foods off a tree or perhaps pick it up off the ground. a nicely cut steak that’s been pumped with carbon monoxide so it stays red longer. I invite you to reconnect to your senses and experiment. If we were to go out into nature. So every time you feel like you’re slipping off into worries like. Which would you rather eat? Which of these foods looks more appetizing? You can make a common sense decision when you see the difference between the carnage of a cow vs. we’d simply experiment.

I don’t worry about my diet because I always know I have a foundation. I’ll give you an idea of how I’ve handled this in my own life. I’ve done radio interviews with people and they ask me about the science of raw food. Instead of worrying about what superfoods you should be eating. . raw foods. I may go for five days straight where I’ll have everything raw and then maybe I’ll have a cooked meal. The foundation is to eat 75%–95% percent whole. they stick to a guidelines and principles. simply focus on your foundation and go from there. When you follow the High Raw foundation. In terms of the High Raw lifestyle. Or perhaps I’ll have two cooked meals and move on from there. Instead of worrying about perfection.The idea is to take this and use it as your foundation or a base that you can always come back to. ripe. It is no longer fun…it’s simply stressful. Now does that mean that I eat 75%–95% percent exactly and measure everything? Not at all! Instead. it can set you up on the wrong path. If you’re worrying about being 100% raw or 100% anything. First of all. This is the point at which many people fail. the beauty is that you don’t need to be so specific and so scientific about it. My goal is for you to create lasting success and one way to do that is to drop the worry and guilt—and enjoy your journey to good health. I’ve found that the people who’ve been most successful with following a healthy diet embrace this foundation and what makes them really successful is they don’t stress about it. What it DOES mean is that you have committed to a mindset to stick to a foundation for your healthy diet.

known as the “feel good hormone” and melatonin. Science and the High Raw lifestyle have an interesting relationship. and nutrition for that matter too. put less strain on your body. for example. Everyone talks about the science of raw food. the “sleep hormone. for example. My question is this: is there really science around raw food? And more importantly. Research has also shown that overcooking protein also affects its bioavailability by about 50%. they are more likely sleepy due to overeating.” Many people think that eating turkey makes them sleepy.1 Cooking can also destroy tryptophan. A typical Thanksgiving meal. Let’s talk about some of the science around raw food: Some people will argue that raw food is full of enzymes that make the food easier to digest and therefore. like proteins. does there need to be? Do we need to break things down in order to understand that. an apple picked from a tree is the most important thing for us? I don’t think so. You will see plenty of studies showing that cooking can destroy vitamin C and B vitamins. Some people will argue that heat will destroy some of the vitamins and nutrients. it’s an absolutely ridiculous question.I have to laugh about this because in a way. but you do have to eat raw foods to be healthy. you really only need to know one thing: You don’t have to eat 100% raw foods to be healthy. When it comes to science and raw foods. the amino acid precursor to serotonin. . but because tryptophan is largely destroyed by cooking.

by T. before modern science even came along. but every other animal on the planet. One of the best studies that I’ve seen to date is The China Study. From chapters 1 and 2. I think we’re going to be left with what may feel like good old common sense: eat whole. raw.D. It’s no wonder people have to unbutton their pants before sitting down to watch the football game! The science of raw food may tell us important things about nutrients and enzymes. protein and fat. but to be frank. I don’t think we need to fill our heads with that information. Using hundreds of health and nutrition variables. I like High Raw because it makes more sense for people. The China Study is the largest epidemiological study ever. we’ve had hundreds of thousands of years of nutritional symbiosis. not all science is bad — there is some science that is working — real scientific studies with human results…we just have to be alert and aware with any study we read. Not only humans. nuts and seeds…the High Raw foundation. vegetables. As nutrition science continues to figure itself out. as it builds. Colin Campbell. The China Study draws links between diet and heart disease. . A cat does not need to know if there’s vitamin C in something or not. with surveys from 6.includes massive amounts of carbohydrates. Ph. It just eats it. organic fruits. That means that we have been in harmony with nature — and the food that nature has given us — for many.500 counties across China and Taiwan. cancer and diabetes.500 adults in more than 2. The reality is. which overload your digestive system. many years. And do you think a cat needs to know all the different amino acids in the mouse that it finds out in the wild? It doesn’t care. ripe. it could crumble. you already know that the foundation of science has some cracks and eventually. Again.

brain disorders. whole foods diet has consistently shown to provide the most health benefits. like cancer. People who ate the most plant-based foods were healthiest and did not tend to suffer from chronic disease. According to T. People eating plant-based diets and plant-based protein were not suffering from Western diseases. autoimmune disease. A plant-based. People who ate the most animal-based foods suffered most from chronic disease. Plant protein was the “safe” protein. heart attacks.The China Study began with an investigation into the unusually high incidence of liver cancer in children in the Philippines due to what they thought was high consumption of a mold toxin. which makes up 87% of cow’s milk protein was the biggest promoter of cancer. his findings in the Phillipines revealed something that flew in the face of science: “children who ate the highest protein diets were the most likely to get liver cancer!”2 This discovery led to an in-depth scientific investigation into the affects nutrition on health. hypertension and diabetes. Casein. . Healthy diet can reverse heart disease. diabetes and obesity and can benefit cancer. The findings in The China Study were quite revealing about the link between nutrition and health:3 People eating diets high in animal protein experienced more Western diseases. kidney health and bone health. Colin Campbell. which did not promote cancer. called aflatoxins. in peanuts and corn.

unprocessed foods. vegetables. I think that’s really important. HIGH RAW Include 75%–95% raw. before houses with heat. Organic foods are grown in mineral-rich soil and free of pesticides. because we as a people have been nomadic and moved all over this world. When possible. Graham said that in reality. Here’s the thing. eating local is a good theory but it’s not always realistic. nuts and seeds in your diet. making it a much healthier option for your body. choosing whole. I’m going to address this . They have more nutrients and less toxins.Is The China Study definitive? Like any study. So if you live in Chicago in the winter. Do your best and enjoy local produce when you can. ripe fruit. choose locally grown food. Now we heat our houses to tropical temperatures and live in cold climates. I’d like to eliminate all the raw food and vegan terminology and instead use the term. A lifetime athlete. I interviewed Dr. Doug Graham about eating locally. Here are some of the basics of a High Raw plant-based diet: Eat as close to nature as possible. But is it the largest body of scientific evidence that we have? Yes. Many people want to know where you’d get your protein if you eat a largely plant-based diet. twenty-seven year raw fooder and author of The 80/10/10 Diet. Dr. we have to take it with a grain of salt. “plant-based” and High Raw. you’d hardly be able to eat locally. we were nomadic people who migrated to the tropical climates in the winter.

for example. According to John Robbins. the less packaging you’ll use and the less trash you’ll contribute. such as: nuts. plant-based diet is excellent for your health. And you know what else it’s great for? The planet! Think about it…the more whole foods you eat. John Robbins shares more reasons why a plant-based diet is better for the planet: For every quarter-pounder of meat consumes. a meat-free diet.7 . I’d like to point out that there are many sources of plant-based protein. an average of 55 square feet of tropical rainforest is destroyed. Carbon dioxide from fossil fuels contributes to the greenhouse effect. On top of that.000 species become extinct each year because of tropical rainforest destruction for meat grazing and other uses.500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat. hemp seed and blue green algae. Eating a high animal-based protein diet has side effects for the planet and living things we share our planet with. whole food protein supplements. whole grains (like quinoa. sea vegetables (algae or seaweed). avocadoes and vegetables and even fruit. author of Diet for a New America. There are also many excellent plant-based. pea proteins. seeds. A High Raw.later in Chapters 4 and 5. legumes. brown rice protein. whole foods. For now. like maca powder.5 1.4 Contrast that with the 25 gallons of water it takes to produce a pound of wheat and you can see the vast difference in resources that it takes to eat meat. But that’s not all.6 It takes 50 times more fossil fuels to produce a meatcentered diet vs. which has all 9 essential amino acids). it takes approximately 2.

we can literally save the planet. just like your health…it all takes care of itself. That’s the way it should be! . And as you educate yourself. We will get to a point where environmental issues are no longer issues. As you follow the High Raw principles. you’ll start to realize how your eating habits effect more than just your health…they affect the planet’s health as well. Once we all raise our awareness. you may notice that you start to feel more connected to nature and the foods you eat.A high animal-protein based diet is very wasteful. which I cover in chapter 4.

in any business. Instead. new situations arise for which a chart or formula no longer applies. I will give a brief overview of the Five Principles of High Raw and in chapters 5–9. circumstances change and often. They are flexible so that you can meet the overlying goals. In this chapter. High Raw is not about a complex set of numbers. regardless of the circumstances that arise. calories or charts to memorize. Principles. I will provide detail for each chapter. Principles are about a way of thinking and taking action. You see. And . you may find that this whole “nutrition thing” feels a lot easier than you might have thought before. I have created a common sense approach to creating your best health that is based on five principles. but allow for some wiggle room based on your unique situation. Once you learn the Five Principles of High Raw. also known as guiding principles.With the goal of keeping it simple and fun. have long been used in high performing organizations to set a vision for success.

Remember. This is your time when you can play and enjoy yourself — and take a lighter approach to nutrition and health. You don’t have to be a raw foodist. this principle is about creating the mindset of a raw foodist. Fun might mean a dessert every once in a while. vegetables. In the meantime. Is your top priority being able to say. for you. raw fruits. This is about figuring out what is most important to you when it comes to nutrition and health. You’ll get more tips on this in chapter 5. steamed vegetables.certainly. What do you want to achieve? How do you want to feel? Find out what’s important to you because what’s . “I’m X% raw?” My guess is that it’s more about feeling good. (3) 5% for FUN! Fun can mean more raw food or whatever else you want to put in there. cooked legumes and cooked grains. nuts and seeds. but you want to create a mindset that helps you make decisions like someone who follows that type of diet. you are creating the mindset of a raw foodist. or something along those lines. so while in general. here is what a raw foodist would be thinking when planning meals: (1) 75%–95% whole. you’d be thinking about a raw food plant-based diet. 5% fun might mean some animal protein. you’ll find that it can be much more fun than you might have imagined! Here are the Five Principles of High Raw: First of all. (2) 0–20% cooked vegetables.

It’s about trusting what you know in this moment. But what our early ancestors had that we didn’t is a deeper connection to the earth and to nature. will develop a deeper connection to nature. Once you know some key things about your body. This is about really getting to know your own body. Now what could be simpler than that? . This principle is about being your own health advocate by educating yourself about health and nutrition. before textbooks and scientific studies. you too. you will feel even more empowered to make decisions about your health. As you learn and experiment with the Five Principles of High Raw. Without this principle. With a few simple steps. nothing else will happen. you can become your own health expert so that you will not get caught up in secondguessing yourself every time you hear conflicting information from others. We humans have been eating for thousands of years. That’s it — simple. which I’ll cover in chapter 7. This is not about waiting until everything is perfect. There are several ways you can do this. instead of relying solely on what everyone else tells you to do. isn’t it? Health and nutrition does not have to be rocket science. You may just find that you are guided toward what is best for you — the kind of guidance that comes from inside. Decide what you want to do and go out and do it. You’ll learn more tips for taking action in chapter 9. deciding what you want to do and doing it.most important will be your biggest motivator in creating a lifestyle of healthy eating.

It’s fun to explore and learn — and there’s a lot of information out there about nutrition and health. I’ve interviewed 150 top experts. So why make things complicated? The Five Principles of High Raw are the basis of everything I’ve learned. I’ve read countless books and articles. so anyone can follow them. but simplified. . And in the last eighteen months alone. Over my years of research. Each of these experts has worked with thousands of people and seen what works.

So you are essentially. this is your time to play and enjoy yourself. steamed vegetables. but you want to create a mindset that helps you make decisions like someone who follows that type of diet. setting up a habit or inclination to eat real food and think like a raw foodist. (2) Eat 0–20% cooked vegetables. vegetables.The first principle of High Raw is to eat real food and think like a Raw Foodist. animal protein or dessert. cooked legumes and cooked grains. raw fruits. You don’t have to be a raw foodist. But let’s go below the surface for a moment because this principle is really about creating a mindset. The American Heritage Dictionary defines “mindset” as an inclination or habit. Principle #1 would look like this: (1) Eat 75%–95% whole. Let’s break this principle down for a moment. . Using the High Raw approach. (3) Use the remaining 5% for FUN! You decide what fun means to you. nuts and seeds. Whether it means more raw food.

as you create a habit of eating real food. nuts and seeds. Think about what this would look like for the first part of the principle: eating real food. consider these tips: ask yourself. we are not talking about doing anything — we are talking about a way of thinking. locally grown. This may not happen overnight. vegetables. So how does a raw foodist think when it comes to food choices? This isn’t a complicated trivial pursuit question where you have to figure out the name of an obscure 19th century author. Chances are you do this without much thought. without putting much thought into it. once something is a habit. As your thinking changes. but over time. Right now. This is real simple stuff: a raw foodist would be planning meals around mostly fruits and vegetables. “What would a raw foodist eat right now? What would someone who eats fruits and vegetables eat right now?” . We’ll talk about translating that habit of thought into action in chapter 9. A perfect example of this is showering or brushing your teeth in the morning. As you eat closer to nature. Eating real food means eating as close to nature as possible: whole raw. it will influence your actions. ripe fruits. you tend to just do it automatically. Plants would make up most of your meals. To think like a raw foodist. you begin to feel your connection to the earth. you will find yourself drawn to foods that are organic and if available. it should be the same. For your diet. That is why the first principle is about shifting your thinking…creating a habit of thought.As you know.

Annmarie Gianni. The Raw Gourmet has a wide variety of raw food recipes for any occasion and plenty of full-color photographs to give you an idea of what raw food plant-based meals look like. simply review the recipe book. you are creating a mindset. tune in to my blog.com for our weekly “In the Kitchen” episodes. Focus on raising your awareness about all of the options that are available to you. On Wednesday nights. Get to know what raw food plant-based meals look like.RenegadeHealth. Start thinking about what your meals would look like if you were preparing these meals. you can tune into www. look at the pictures and get ideas. You might even consider going to your local health food store or farmer’s market. Even if you are not yet ready to take action. If you aren’t accustomed to eating a lot of fruits and vegetables. Have fun with it — maybe you’ll even be adventurous and pick up something you’ve never had before. you may be surprised to see some produce you’ve never had before. you are creating a mindset — so focus on getting to know what’s there and seeing what you may not have noticed before. Get a sense of what is there. Remember. And for live demonstrations. One of my favorite recipe books for an exercise like this is: Nomi Shannon’s The Raw Gourmet. .”where my co-host and wife.Getting a recipe book with pictures is a good place to start — because remember. and I show you how to make raw food meals from smoothies to burritos and more. “The Renegade Health Show.

Let’s face it, we live in a world that is full of fast food, convenience stores and vending machines. Most people are opening cans, bags or boxes to make a quick meal…or maybe picking something up from a drive through window. This is the typical mindset — fast and easy. To make a shift in your diet and health, it will require moving from the prevailing mindset of processed foods that are literally everywhere, to venturing into health food stores or the far flung aisles of the grocery produce department. In the introduction to this book, I shared my story. If you recall, my life changed dramatically after I awoke, hungover from a night of partying, and asked myself a simple question: “Is there something better than this?” This is an important question to ask yourself as you create a mindset to eat real food and think like a raw foodist. That question will bring you a new awareness of the possibility that there might be something you can do to your meal — maybe to add one new thing into your meal that will give you a lot of benefits, that will help you get closer to your goal.

If you think about it, your ultimate goal is not REALLY about being a raw foodist…more likely, your ultimate goal is optimal health. Sometimes, we can get so caught up in being healthy that we forget to have fun. The first principle of High Raw is about creating a mindset for success — giving you a guideline to have the highest percentage of your meals as whole, raw, ripe fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. How you work the percentages is up to you, but remember to include 5% fun! Where could you go wrong? Where I’ve seen people go

wrong is when they chase perfection. If you’re chasing something like 100% raw food or a 100% strict diet — 100% of anything leaves very little wiggle room to allow yourself to address what you need in any given moment. The mindset it often creates is “all or nothing,” which can ultimately sabotage your success. Being able to say, “I’m 100% raw” or “I have six pack abs” does not really mean much if you aren’t feeling your best AND enjoying the journey. So what would it look like if you shifted your focus to feeling your best? This means feeling your best emotionally and physically. How would it change your actions if you were simply focusing on creating optimal health? The true reward is how you feel when you’re ON the journey. Now if your goal is to feel your best and being 100% raw is doing that for you, then go for it! The key here is to switch your focus on labeling what you are doing and focus on how you feel. While health is a serious topic, we don’t have to be so serious about it. Give yourself permission to trust that you are creating a mindset of healthy habits and allow yourself to enjoy the journey!

In Stephen Covey’s bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the third habit is “put first things first.” Covey and many other success experts say that given all of the things we have on our “to do” lists, the only things that will really get done are those that we prioritize. Principle #2 is about making your health your top priority. Think about something that’s really important to you. If you are a person who exercises regularly, you have surely decided at some point that fitness is important — so you fit it into your day, even if you have a busy schedule (and who doesn’t these days?). If you are a parent and your child is sick, you would move aside your work schedule to take care of your child. That’s because your kids are a priority. It doesn’t mean your work goes away that day, but you find a way to work it out. When something is important to you, you are motivated to make it happen in spite of all of the other things competing for your time. When something is important to you, you will say no to whatever tries to get in the way. In chapter 5, we talked about creating a mindset for

“I’m a raw foodist. right? . it will be important to you. you’ll find a way to get the skills. “yes.” None of this really matters — because what matters most is how you feel. I feel my best. You’ll know you’re on the right track with anything if you feel your best. If you don’t have the skills. If it’s your top priority to feel great — to have optimal health.” then keep doing whatever it is you are doing. “I’m X% raw” or putting a plaque on your wall that says. you’ll find a way to make the money. You will make time for it each day. The reality of it is if you want something. Nothing will get in the way. It’s not about saying. don’t we? If you can answer.optimal health. you’ll do whatever it takes. So take a moment and ask yourself some questions: priority? doing differently? What we all seem to want is to feel our best. When you want something badly enough. If you don’t know the right people. you’ll find a way to meet them. you can make it happen. If you don’t have the money. So what would it look like if this were your top priority? Remember what you read in chapter 5 — optimal health is not about labeling yourself.

Time? Money? Knowledge? Motivation? Fear of failure? Fear or success? _______________ (fill in the blank)? way? If any of these things get in the way of your health. really put the power of priorities into perspective for me when he said that if you drive through a very depressed neighborhood in a big city. If you are ready to make your health your top priority. sales. regardless of what might get in the way. this can cause a hardening of attitudes. Not even money will get in the way. family and success.” And according to Zig Ziglar. speaker and author of twenty-seven books on personal growth. then the real issue is one of priorities. you stop seeing the opportunities and focus on the excuses. if they have decided these things are their priorities. you will not let excuses get in the way. Basically. you CAN get there — I know you can! No one said that change is easy — and it’s certainly not about being perfect all the .Dan Kennedy. a good portion of them have satellite dishes and nice cars. But if you make something a priority. there are two things that you will notice: even if all the housing is section eight (subsidized housing for low income families). you’d go after it. Because if your health were your top priority. we can use a lot of excuses as to why we aren’t doing it. calls this “stinking thinking. marketing expert and author of seven business books. If we haven’t prioritized something. faith. leadership. Zig Ziglar.

that I will cover tips for each of these in chapters 10 and 11 — to set you up for success. And the good news is. The idea is to decide what’s important and make that your priority. time. no matter what! . you’ll work through those to make it happen anyway. maybe even motivation.time — or doing the right thing all the time. I’ve had my share of challenges along the way to great health and believe me. knowledge and on some days. so can you! Chapters 10 –13 are chock full of tips that I’ve learned over the years to keep you focused on your priorities. Things might get in the way…there might be issues of money. if I can do it. But when you want it enough.

just under 200 years ago.Principle #3 is about knowing your body — what’s happening in your body and what works for you personally. you wouldn’t have the proliferation of processed foods and fast food. you’d listen to your body — because that’s about all you could do. Doctors were not even as accessible as they are today. Back then. Imagine going back in time. if you pay attention to them. we are lucky to have the acute care that Western medicine provides. . Sugar was a rare treat. without the access you have today. But back then. This is key because if you don’t know your body. you can too easily second guess yourself every time you hear another person’s opinion. Keep in mind that back then. Today. The signs and symptoms that foods might not agree with you are really not all that mysterious. you might be a little more aware of how the foods you ate affected you. You might even be growing your own food. Instead of looking up the science of the foods you ate. In other words. when there was no nutrition science…no experts to tell you what you should eat. you would more likely be eating whole foods that were organic and local. you’d be closer to nature.

panic Your body is constantly giving you signals about what foods and drinks are best for you. eczema. fatigue. Start checking in by tuning in to how you feel. green. anxiety. discoloration. This is a great way to develop your intuition and get a better sense of how food and your lifestyle are affecting your health. murky or cloudy. While we are not equipped like cars. watering. constipation. if your urine is dark you could be dehydrated or you could have an issue with your liver. you have intuition. food and medication may affect the color of your urine. we do have these incredible physical and emotional signals to tell us how we’re doing. stress. coughing indigestion. You will also get physical and emotional symptoms if you are under too much stress or living a lifestyle that does not support your happiness. coating) and changes in teeth like cavities. pink.Here are some examples: rash. notice deviations from the typical yellow color. So Principle #3 — Know Your Body. dark brown. with a dashboard that tells about temperature. sleep patterns depression. diarrhea tongue (color. orange. For example. fuel. hives. itchy. . speed or engine issues. abdominal pain. is about paying attention to your body. like red. itching. restlessness. Whether you know it or not. Think of your body’s signals like a car’s dashboard. Supplements. sensitivity to hot and cold look for color and irritations — red. psoriasis difficulty breathing. acne.

We wonder what is wrong or maybe. If you continue to practice this over time. How’s your energy? Are you feeling good? Are you experiencing any symptoms? ask yourself: is there something I ate or something I’m doing that might contribute to this? For example. The more you tune into your body.Here’s how: physically and emotionally. most of us have become so disconnected from our bodies that when symptoms arise. they seem very mysterious. As you get used to sensing what is happening in your body. Let’s say for example. The truth is. you will find that you are simply drawn to what works for you because you know your body so well. that you love pizza and you’re not sure if it’s causing symptoms. you might experience symptoms after breakfast. It will be important to identify if it was the stress in rushing to work or the food that created those symptoms. you can take it a step further with an approach that has been very successful for me: the two-week experiment. pop a pill to feel better. but you also felt stressed as you rushed to work. the more you will be able to identify links between your food. Stop eating it for two weeks . lifestyle and symptoms — and then you can make adjustments to feel better.

(2) If I want to introduce a certain food I haven’t had in awhile. your energy and your moods. Pay attention to changes in your body. The key is to stop just one food at a time. it’s not something I want to repeat too often! In your experiment with pizza. (I’ve done this experiment with goat cheese as well as processed sugar to confirm that the latter definitely does not work with me!) Doing two-week experiments has been very instructive for me because I’ve learned which foods wreak havoc with my body and as you can imagine. The key here is that I choose one type of food during the experiment and I only have a small amount. I do this in two ways: (1) If I start noticing symptoms. after the two weeks. to see how certain foods are affecting my body. that my body is not used to. I’ll know which food was causing those symptoms. If they do. .and then. I’ll stop eating a certain food for two weeks to see if the symptoms subside. so you’ll know if that particular food is linked to the symptoms. introduce a small amount of pizza back into your diet and see how you feel: The two-week experiment is the way that I check in with my body periodically. notice how your body feels when you don’t eat pizza and then when you introduce it again. I’ll take a small amount and see how I feel for two weeks. This is an incredible way to learn your boundaries — which foods are most supportive of feeling your best.

Doing two-week experiments is also how I found out that I don’t do well with processed sugar. what happened after that was very instructive. I was with my friends and I decided it was time to celebrate with some pizza. I invite you to do your own two-week experiment with sugar and see how you feel. I had some razor burn under my chin — kind of like whiteheads — that bled and got irritated when I shaved. the razor burn went away! I was amazed. After the two weeks. New Jersey. If you currently eat sugar. A great motivational speaker.I did my first two-week experiment after a seminar with Tony Robbins in Secaucus. I went right home and tried it for myself. but processed sugar makes me feel wired and hyper. As you are learning to sense what is happening in your body. I experimented again with the same symptoms of stomach upset and razor burn. A year later. I’m actually okay with the naturally occurring sugar in fruit. I love to eat! Well. I didn’t know what to expect. I had six slices — I admit. I figured. You can imagine that I was pretty motivated to eliminate dairy entirely and I did. “What if you eliminated dairy for two weeks? Would you feel better?” Caught up in the excitement. My stomach hurt so much that I’m not sure it will ever forgive me for that transgression. dairy is not in my diet. On top of that. It was pretty gross and I had no idea where it was coming from. there are also some really great scientific tests that can help . After eliminating dairy for two weeks. Tony asked the question. the razor burn returned. It’s probably one of the easiest experiments to track the difference in how you feel. At the time. so today. maybe it was a little acne and that it was probably just normal. but what I learned was amazing.

”2 In this chapter. they give you a place to start. “The majority of patients with Lyme disease develop symptoms like: erythema migrans (EM). carditis. it’s important to know a few things about the testing options: For example. Using a combination of tuning into your body and scientific testing can go hand in hand for allowing you to target solutions for your health goals. the most common test for Lyme disease is an antibody test called the Enzyme Linked Immune Sera Assay test (ELISA). When you go back and get tested again. I am going to cover some very valuable tests and the thing to keep in mind is that they will give you a baseline. Of course. headache. you can see if the dietary and supplement strategy actually helped to boost your levels of vitamin B6. Other manifestations of infection can include arthritis. malaise. Let’s say you are experiencing mood issues and you get a test where your levels of vitamin B6 are low. and neurologic deficits.establish a baseline for how your body is doing. fatigue. an indicator.1 In a case like Lyme Disease. myalgia. fever. you will also be looking for physical and emotional symptoms. symptoms may be a better indicator than the ELISA. ELISA is only 50% accurate. You and your health care practitioner decide to use supplements and your diet to boost your vitamin B6 levels. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). or arthralgia. First. An ELISA test study by Lori Bakken showed that while labs often claim 99% accuracy. While it’s true that not all tests are accurate. but you’ll get validation from your .

you’ll be able to see if the numbers go up or down. “your results are normal” and you’d wonder what was going on. So you can see how valuable baseline testing is — it is a way for you to gain insight into what’s happening in your body. even if the number itself is not accurate. Since you have the baseline test. In your second test. there has been a change. While I am an advocate of people taking responsibility for their health. The reference range tells you if you are in the range of what is considered normal for your age. gender or other categories. you’d understand why you were experiencing symptoms — even if the results were still within the normal reference range. In other words. you’d really want to look into what’s happening with your health care practitioner. if your thyroid tests showed within the reference range. Without the baseline test. One of the dangers I see is when people go online to search for symptoms they are experiencing and then choose a protocol based on what they find online. If you have a baseline test with results in the normal range and then subsequent tests show results outside the reference range. your doctor would just say. . you and your doctor can see that for you personally. I am not an advocate of jumping into a protocol without any validation about the root cause of symptoms. you could be tested again. but they can still give you important information. For example. if your thyroid results were lower.testing. Another reason that tests can be helpful in establishing a baseline is the standard reference range. Small changes within the reference range may be no cause for concern in most cases. and two years later you experienced symptoms of low thyroid.

identify whether symptoms are related to certain diseases.For example. red blood cells. like cayenne pepper can experience hot stools. find an infection. This website claimed that one of the symptoms of detoxification is “hot stools” and that it meant toxins were being removed from your body. As a football fan who used to consume a lot of hot wings. The Master Cleanse is a popular detoxification program that includes a protocol of drinking a lemonade made of lemons. cayenne pepper. However. I could have told you that! When it comes to natural health. websites and information. there are plenty of great products. Anyone eating foods with hot spices. Here are some tests are really helpful in getting to know your body: Also called a Complete Blood Count (CBC). and platelets in your blood. maple syrup and sea salt. provide indicators of hydration or dehydration or reactions to inflammation. The complete blood profile measures the concentration of white blood cells. . this is a test I highly recommend. What’s so interesting about claims like this is that they spread misinformation like wildfire. I was reading one of the Master Cleanse websites that outlined several different benefits of the Master Cleanse. This test is often used to identify the general state of your health. there is also a lot of misinformation that leads to following protocols that may end up confusing you more than helping you. Testing can help in determining what protocol is right for your unique needs.

Mineral deficiencies can lead to several symptoms. which you can find online at www. but it’s one baseline that you can use. which . It is common for vegetarians and raw foodists to have low B12 levels. I recommend that you get a complete blood profile once a year.You can have a complete blood profile done by a health professional. Getting tested can help you identify if you are low in vitamin B12.com. potassium. and phosphate. Direct Labs is one lab in the United States that does vitamin and mineral testing. If you don’t that doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have any problems or any challenges. Two important vitamin level tests for those following a plant-based or raw food diet (because these vitamins are mainly found in animal products like meat. fish and dairy) are: (1) Vitamin B12. why you could be deficient and signs of B12 deficiency in chapter 15. for example. magnesium. The test itself is simple: your blood is drawn and your results will be sent to your health practitioner. chief among them is fatigue or low energy. It can be very valuable to know if you have mineral deficiencies. If you see any irregularities then you know that you may need to address something specifically. like sodium. naturopath or nutritionist. One company that does complete blood profile tests in the United States is Lab Corp. mineral and essential co-factor imbalances. but anyone can be low in B12. calcium. I will cover the importance of B12. iron.labcorp. like a doctor (MD). A nutritional evaluation can identify whether you have vitamin. who will help you interpret the results.

authors of the book. Could it Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnosis recommend Norman Clinical Laboratory (www. The MMA is a non-invasive urine test. There are also discrepancies in what is considered low B12 levels.N. energy levels and nervous system. R. Serum MMA: This measures the amount of methylmalonic acid (MMA) in your blood serum and can result in false positives or false negatives. Pacholok. 3. Urinary MMA: This is the most accurate of the tests for B12 because MMA is 40 times more concentrated in your urine than in your blood. While there are several tests for vitamin B12 deficiency.b12. .has important functions for your mood. Serum B12: this measures the B12 in your blood serum and can give false negative or false positive results. I will cover more about vitamin D deficiency. the most sensitive is Methylmalonic Acid (MMA).com) is one lab in the United States that does vitamin D testing.directlabs. Your health practitioner can order this test for you. and Jeffrey J. Choose the Most Accurate test for B12 Deficiency:3 1. Direct Labs (www. Sally M. 2. Vitamin D deficiency is more common than you think. Stuart. (2) Vitamin D. in chapter 15. including symptoms. D..com) for getting MMA testing by mail. This measures the amount of methylmalonic acid in your urine and the test does not result in false negatives or false positives.O.

If I hadn’t had scientific tests to back up the root cause of the symptoms I was experiencing. which test for antibodies to Candida albicans. If you noticed your cholesterol continued to rise. IgG and the IgM assay. A CRP is a simple blood test that people sometimes get when they are getting their cholesterol tested. Checking your cholesterol levels is a good example. headaches. sweating and candida. the tests that helped me were the IgA. you could start addressing it right away — before there were any health issues. A good test for heavy metals is the hair test because it is the most accurate. lupus. like a heart attack. Doctor’s Data.Also known as CRP. if you took a complete blood profile every year for ten years. the more you’ll know your body. you could look at every year and see where you’re fluctuating. stroke. nausea. Direct Labs does CRP testing. The complete blood profile has been beneficial in my own health by helping me address low minerals. the c-reactive protein test is used to diagnose signs of inflammation that play a role in cardiovascular disease.. . The more scientific information that you can gather about your health. the more you’ll be able to tweak and adjust. is a lab that does hair testing for heavy metals. With scientific testing. autoimmune disease and pelvic inflammatory disease. Inc. I’d still be struggling today. like digestive pain. inflammatory bowel disease. some forms of arthritis. For instance. The more that you know your body. For candida (a systemic yeast infection). I have been able to work through these symptoms in a much more targeted (and much easier!) way. Heavy metal toxicity can cause a variety of symptoms.

Whether you have health insurance or not. business strategy or accounting. you will receive the results by mail.Fifty percent of men and 64 percent of women who died suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms of this disease. in addition to helping you stay on track with your health. An expert can greatly shortcut the learning curve and make your journey much easier. If you don’t have a practitioner you can go to a company called Direct Labs (www. If I were building a business. Once you are armed with the test results. having an expert — a coach. The results aren’t that difficult to read. I might hire a coach to motivate and support me in improving my performance. where they will take your blood. I might hire a consultant with expertise in marketing. If I were an athlete. When it comes to your health. I like to think of testing as a kind of “health insurance” because it can help prevent future health issues that could otherwise go unnoticed. going online and researching what the information means is a much better process than surfing the web without really knowing what is going on. They’ve seen things thousands of times and may be able to . urine or whatever is being tested. Once the analysis is complete.3 Testing can be a great asset in disease prevention. a health practitioner — can be a tremendous asset in helping you achieve your goals.directlabs. A student might hire a tutor to improve performance on tests. I prefer working with a health practitioner. I like to think of a health practitioner as any professional I’d go to for advice. but it can be helpful to have a health practitioner review and interpret them with you. like Lab Corp.com) and you can get the tests mailed directly to you. Direct Labs will send you to a local lab.

. I firmly believe that the value of these tests far outweigh the cost and yet. They have all worked with experts who help them bring out their best. whether in person. Go at the pace that works for you. billionaire Richard Branson. are able to realize improvements faster. they have all been coached or mentored in some way. who created the Virgin brand of over 360 companies. And in business. when it comes to your health.interpret tests or symptoms in ways you’d never have been able to imagine on your own. The same is true for Tiger Woods. I have often been asked. I am also aware that everyone has a different perspective about money. you don’t need to do all of these tests at once. Chances are. they may be covered by your health care insurance (or at least a percentage of the cost). had mentors along the way to his success. Think of the most successful people you know. When you reach out to people. over the phone or even online. “Can I afford these tests?” But the real question is. can you afford not to? When you make your health your top priority (High Raw Principle #2). you may find that achieving your goals is easier and much more fun. I know that not everyone has health insurance. Michael Phelps. Success comes from learning from other people’s experiences. coaches or mentors. Just remember. I will address more about money and health in chapter 13. who won 14 career Olymic gold metals in swimming worked with many of the best coaches. you may find that you are able to come up with the money you need. However. If your medical doctor orders tests for you. People who work with experts — health practitioners.

It’s actually really easy to get caught up in wanting to hurry things along. In situations like this. Once you trust this. . I recommend listening to your body and taking it slowly. After three days. I recommend working with a health practitioner. Commit to giving yourself at least two weeks to see if something is going to work before moving on to the next thing. Most importantly. Part of enjoying the journey is allowing yourself to heal at the pace that’s right for your body. Once you get your test results and start working on your health protocol. cut to the chase. Since everyone is different. are you already looking for results? If you don’t see results immediately. you can focus on taking on a curious. the amount of time it takes you may be very different from the amount of time it takes someone else.We’ve all heard that patience is a virtue and yet. Think about the two-week experiment approach. working with an expert can support you in setting a time frame that works for your healing protocol. When it comes to your health. it’s important to give your body time to heal. Instead. be done with it already. trust that you have committed to the High Raw Principle #2 and your health is your top priority. are you on to the next thing? The danger here is that you will jump around so much that your body can’t catch up and heal at its own pace. remember not to take your health too seriously. it is often difficult to be patient when you’ve started working toward your goals. You also put yourself and your body through a lot of unnecessary stress. Let’s say you get your test results and you begin a protocol. If you have a serious illness or find that you are feeling really confused.

Overall. but the good news is that I stuck with it and eliminated candida. Scientific testing and health experts can help guide you along the journey. I also felt empowered to take charge of my health. consider writing in a journal about what you’re learning and how you are feeling. I worked with four health coaches. combined with antibiotics. Two of the coaches I worked with alone had over 60 years of experience in helping thousands of clients. you may find that this whole journey to “being healthy” feels a lot easier. As you track your results. I chose a natural treatment. I took the same two-week experiment approach and in this case. selected four of them and took the twoweek experiment approach for each. Here’s what I did in order to address Lyme disease and candida: I reviewed all of the natural healing protocols for candida. I am grateful that candida and Lyme disease were part of my journey because not only did I learn a lot about what works for me. so you can imagine I trusted what they had to say! In the end. And if you can express gratitude for what you are learning along the way — for getting to know yourself better and for accomplishing your health goals.explorative. lighthearted mindset. If some symptoms are going away. Some of the protocols were better than others. celebrate that! We sometimes forget to celebrate milestones on the way to the end game. The more you get to know your body. . And as you trust your body. it may be easier to be patient and allow your results to unfold at your body’s pace. the more you will trust the signals of your body.

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do your own experiment: ask them. . And think about it… you are probably surrounded by people who will be happy to give you their opinions about what is or is not healthy. How many times have you been at the dinner table with your family and suddenly nutrition came up? What happens if one of your family members starts arguing exactly the opposite of a point you were making? Believe me. most of the people you encounter each day don’t read much about nutrition. it’s pretty clear that there is a lot of confusing and conflicting information out there about health and nutrition. Why is this so important? After reading chapters 1 and 2.Principle #4 is about educating yourself. I’ve been there! And I can guarantee that if you want to avoid secondguessing yourself and constantly being swayed by opposing opinions. “How many books on nutrition have you read in the past five years?” Don’t be surprised if the answer is none or perhaps. one. If you’re not sure about this. The truth is. your family members haven’t read all that much about nutrition. Chances are. Perhaps they are getting their information from TV or newspaper headlines from press releases! You and I know how faulty these sources can be. it’s critical to be your own health expert.

That’s really important too. . it may be too easy to be convinced during conversations like these. you will start to understand what works for you specifically. So how do you go about educating yourself when there is so much confusing information out there? First of all. you’ll make time for it. the more you read and learn. You can’t let anyone else take the responsibility to educate you. you end up talking to someone who only knows what the media has convincingly sold them. If you haven’t educated yourself about health and nutrition. Remember Principle #2 — Prioritize Your Health. the only education they’ve had on health and nutrition was sixth grade health class. Because most of the time.For most people. Scheduling time in your daily planner will keep you on track with your learning. So what the average person knows about health has been based on a lot of the “swaying” of science and the media that we’ve already covered. The key to Principle #4 is that your own education is your responsibility. And finally. Well. after reading chapter 2. you know how much the lobbyists have influenced even the food pyramid. especially Principle #3: Know Your Body. When you know your health is important to you. Perhaps they’ve seen the food pyramid and this is what they’ve committed to memory. To be honest. Additionally. Here are some tips for educating yourself in health and nutrition: Plan your learning by putting it on your calendar. as you put the Five Principles of High Raw into action. the more you will gain insight into which sources are reputable. I would rather talk about politics AND religion at the dinner table than I would about nutrition. you will learn with sources resonate with YOU.

but take everything with a grain of salt. you will put the pieces in place and learn to trust what you know. Take notes on key points that you learn from books. You may also learn new things that seem really confusing. I always tell people not to just listen to me or to one person — but to go out there and talk to many people. Listen to multiple people. That’s okay! Every time you learn something new. it feels confusing at first — you are moving out of your comfort zone and stretching yourself. . When you go out there and educate yourself.Seek out some key experts who you trust. Keep an open mind. events and conversations with other health experts. A great way to find good sources of nutrition and health information is to ask your mentors or other experts for suggestions. Be comfortable with confusion and trust that as you continue learning. Be like a sponge and soak up the information you find. you will start to see all of the conflicting information. You’ll gain a lot of insights from hearing different points of view or even the same information presented in different ways. Choose mentors who have years of expertise and can help you learn faster. Keeping a health journal allows you to have one place with all of the information you are learning. Remember that everyone is different and trust what works for you specifically. You can even review the bibliography of their books or sources of articles they have written.

This is good and will provide healthy discussion.A lot of people belong to book clubs. As you master the Five Principles of High Raw. whether to consume grains or how to combine certain foods. you’ll be able to determine what you resonate with. Whether it’s about how much fruit to eat. author of Eat for Health and Eat to Live. Remember that not all people will agree with everything they read. . but still disagree on one small point. the more you will see that even health experts you like will disagree on certain points. I’d much rather help people change their lives than argue about small points that make nutrition too complicated.9% of everything. This is going to happen. and John McDougall. McDougall’s Digestive Tune-Up. so instead of getting frustrated. If you are a visual learner. there will be plenty of experts who teach the exact opposite of one another. author of The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss and Dr. What if you started a book club to discuss what you learned about health? This could help motivate you to learn a lot and give you others to discuss your learnings with. simply accept that there will be disagreement. When listening to a talk between Joel Fuhrman. It’s not uncommon that two advocates of the plant-based diet could agree on 99. they were arguing about the amount of grains to include in one’s diet. Use tools to help you. I like to use visuals. draw pictures or flow charts to show relationships of what you are learning. The more you educate yourself about health and nutrition. Make charts or tables to categorize the information so you can see the basics at a glance.

you will no longer get caught up in all of the arguments because you’ll know what works for you. And of course. when you take a light-hearted approach to nutrition.As you master the Five Principles of High Raw. you’ll be too busy having fun to get caught up in arguments! .

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create a plan and get out there and do it. the fifth principle is how you make them work for you. And they make adjustments along the way.You see. They get just enough information. they don’t have all the information they need. in life. Most of the time. If you wait until you know everything there is to know. but they learn from their mistakes and keep progressing. you may never get started at all. If you are waiting to get your Ph. you could be waiting a very long time. aim approach to life. The vast majority of successful people take a ready. They may even make some mistakes along the way. This is not about perfection! This is about getting started by taking one small step at a time. in nutrition before you take any action or make a change. but few people actually do what they know. It’s important to keep in mind that you do not need to have all your ducks in a row before you take action.D. . Principle #5 is perhaps the most important principle of all: Take Action! Once you have mastered the first four principles of High Raw. fire. Knowing is not enough! You must take action. but they gather it along the way. lots of people know what to do.

it’s usually about weight loss or building muscle. The thing is. when I moved home. I look back and wonder what would have happened if I stayed stuck in inaction. tools and action steps — but their success hinged on creating a habit of action. the worst thing that happened was my mother would not let me put my clothes in the dresser. got results simply because they took action. I wondered what would happen if I stopped drinking or if I moved home. And when I stopped drinking. you are in the driver’s seat. We gave them guidance. including fitness. but not taking action? Maybe you are feeling like I did all those years ago when I lived in that basement in Brooklyn… I knew there was something wrong and I even knew what I needed to do. Action brings opportunity — and certainly. How long have you been thinking about your health. The difference is that when you are taking action.Action is important because it is the catalyst to your success. The habit of action has nothing to do with a specific food they ate or a specific exercise they did. My wife. and I approach our clients by first identifying their goals. Once their goals are defined. But I didn’t take action and to be honest. I’ve seen this happen again and again with my clients in my personal training and health coaching business. health and nutrition. In personal training. Today. Annmarie. She wanted me to recognize that this was temporary. There is an empowerment that comes with moving toward your goals. it has its own set of challenges. I managed to get a clear head and take steps toward creating a rewarding business. I was simply afraid to make a change in any direction. I couldn’t have known how much better it would be unless I actually did something! Turns out. What we found over the years is that our clients who were consistently successful. we start talking to them about the action steps they can take to get there. .

Pick something you can take action on immediately. Giving yourself time to stick with your plans allows you to see if they will work for you. you will learn what does or does not work for you. you consistently follow the steps you decided to take. you simply have to have the right questions (see below for more on this). Put it on your calendar and check in with yourself. Here are some examples of questions I always ask myself: goals?” . When you commit to taking action. As you take action. Hold yourself accountable for taking action. Eventually. The general guideline for creating a new habit is to be consistent for 21 days. you will do them automatically.Instead. the habit of action has to do with: You don’t have to have the answers. at least long enough to see if they work for you. What sets successful people apart is not that they have all the answers…it’s that they ask themselves the right questions. Make sure you are not getting caught up in “analysis paralysis” where you feel you have to have 100% of the answers before you get started. as you create new habits.

working with a mentor. coach or expert can really help – because you can take action a lot faster when you are being guided by someone who’s been there. you will miss out on the adventure of getting out there and seeing what will happen by taking just one step toward your goal. To make changes in your life. all you need to have are the questions. you don’t have to take action completely on your own. Remember. If you can ask yourself these questions. You don’t need to have all the answers to make changes in your life! Second. beware of asking yourself the kind of questions that keep you stuck. I am asking who can help me. Here are some examples of questions that keep you stuck: . the fact that I am asking them means I am starting. However. Just like I mentioned in chapter 8. not from a place of having the answers. in some cases. but from the place of having the questions. If you wait until you have 100% certainty or all the answers.What do you notice about these questions? First of all. guess what’s going to happen? You’re going to get amazing answers.

“Why do I feel so lazy?” or “What can I do tomorrow that will help me reach my goals?” Which question inspires you to take action? Let’s use an example. So your answers could be… “because. rather than the best. Take a look again at the first set of questions and notice how different they are.” or “because. “Why does this always happen to me?” or something similar. These are questions that keep you stuck because they generate fear and doubt. what happens? The answers you give yourself are likely to be negative. I’m always procrastinating. Chances are you asked yourself a question at that moment… and it probably was something like. You are now focused on the worst parts of yourself. I’m lazy. most of us want results immediately.Have you ever asked yourself questions like these? We all have…and as you think about these questions. You are likely to start dumping on yourself for all of the reasons you CAN’T make a change.” etc. A good question to reverse that negativity and change your pattern would be “How can I raise my self esteem today?” Imagine the answers that you could come up with now. Let’s face it. A question like that is not a great question because the answer will support your low self esteem. Think about the last time you were feeling down about yourself. don’t we? The thing is. Maybe you were watching TV or just in the car and you thought about something that made your self-esteem drop. when you are making changes in your life. Would you rather ask yourself. you .

When I had candida. If you stick with it and trust the goals that you set for yourself. consistent action. the old fable of the tortoise and the hare applies…a steady pace wins the race. Sometimes.don’t always get immediate results. My goal was to resolve the candida. But this principle of taking action can help you work through challenges too! And in chapters 10–13. Whether I use this steady action approach on fitness goals. challenges will show up along the way. When it comes to your health. I have outlined success factors for getting started with your High Raw lifestyle. While you may notice some immediate results. I’ve found that taking action and sticking to it — without expecting results too quickly — brings awesome results! Now that you understand the Five Principles of High Raw. The reality is. business goals or health goals. no doubt about it. Instead of being inconsistent and going in spurts. I decided to follow a protocol that required me to take simple steps every day. it can feel like you take two steps forward and one step back. . but again. you will more likely experience results over time. I was consistent and focused on following my protocol each day. I can give you an example from my own personal health. making it work for the long term and overcoming stumbling blocks. you are ready to take action to master them! Now. In the end. you will enjoy the journey much more than if you place expectations on when you should see results. results come over time and they require steady. not to end up with the same symptoms months later. If you try to push yourself too fast. I took a steady approach. it only took a short time for me to resolve the candida. you may be disappointed.

What do you think it would feel like if you had never done any of them and you expected to do well in all of them at once? It would be a disaster. You don’t need to master everything at once. continue to take action! Make each principle your monthly focus. Use what you learn from chapters 10–13 to support your journey. skiing. How could you possibly accomplish all four of these skills? The only way to master so many new skills is to take one at a time. if your goal is to have FUN along the way. let’s say all four of these skills were your passion. knitting and running a successful carpet cleaning business. taking things one step at a time can keep the whole journey enjoyable. The key is. you are feeling better and better until your health is transformed. Imagine if you were trying to learn four new skills at once: tennis. master it and move on to the next. You want to be a great skier and you want to knit beautiful sweaters. This is what I’m inviting you to do with the Five Principles of High Raw. you will find that with each step. then move on to the next. You really loved cleaning carpets. Take one and master it.The key to successfully taking action is to take one step at a time. You want to be the best tennis player on the planet. Most likely. But. . Trust that mastering all of these is going to take you to the next level and that you have plenty of time to get there at your own pace. Remember.

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. how do you put them in action? In this chapter. you will learn how to create a foundation for High Raw so that you can get started successfully. it is only as strong as the foundation. The process of any change is both physical and emotional. The same is true for your success in transforming your health. When you build a house.The Five Principles of High Raw: : Eat Real Food & Think Like A Raw Foodist Make Your Health Your TOP Priority Know Your Body Educate Yourself Take Action! Now that you understand the Five Principles of High Raw. How you feel physically and emotionally can either help or hinder your success and in this chapter. you will learn tips and techniques for a strong foundation of physical and emotional health.

When it comes to the decision to get healthy. Your emotions are tied to your physical composition and chances are. You’re cleaning your internal body out so that your blood is alkaline and your body is balanced.I highly recommend starting a High Raw journal to use along with this chapter because you will be doing some exercises and learning some new techniques to get started on your journey into the High Raw lifestyle. which boosts your moods and emotions. angry. So if you are starting from a place of feeling less than optimistic. this is where you can come to regroup and refocus. I like to think of it as cleaning a fish tank that was really dirty and full of algae. it’s not YOU. You simply feel better. Pretty soon. If you fill the tank with clean water. as you clean up your physical body. you will reach some stumbling blocks. It’s what’s happening in your body that is creating how you feel. Principle #1: Eat Real Food and Think Like a Raw Foodist is about following a largely plant-based diet. remember — it’s not you…it’s not your soul or your interior. If you feel you are going off track. This chapter will help you create such a strong vision and foundation for your health that it can keep you focused if challenges arise. As you do this. . stressed out. There will be challenges and frustrations. anxious or upset. all of the dirt and algae will flush out of the top of the tank. lazy. your emotions will clean up as well. eventually. That’s what’s happening when you follow Principle #1. If you are feeling stuck. remember. the tank will be clean. tired. everyone starts in a different place. you will find that your body begins to clean out. In any goal worth achieving.

In my work as a personal trainer and health coach. We are meant to be spiritual and to feel connected. You may find that you feel less stress and more excitement about each of the steps you are taking. As you change the food you eat. you can also change the thoughts you think. So let’s start first with getting to know your personality type. I want to share my observations about general personality types and how you can be successful no matter where you start. This is a bit different from Principle #2: Know Your Body because this is about your personality type. so that you can establish a mindset for success — one that supports you in achieving your physical health. The first place to start in creating your foundation for success in the Five Principles of High Raw is to get to know yourself. The ideas. Both of these actions will help “clean the fish tank. everything else begins to feel easier…everything starts to fall into place. This is not a complex discussion about Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicators or the Enneagram. Keep in mind that these are broad generalizations and not meant to pigeonhole anyone.” so to speak. I have noticed three personality types. your physical composition will improve and your energy will start to vibrate at a higher level. Instead. Once this happens. excited and energized beings. . techniques and exercises that follow will help you work with your mind and emotions.We are meant to be enlightened. As you follow Principle #1. So what do you do in the meantime as your body is cleaning out? Can you still get started if you are not feeling emotionally optimistic about your goals for better health? Absolutely! That’s what this chapter is all about.

As you read these three personality types. do you see yourself in one of them? Or perhaps you have different personality traits in different areas of your life? I know I do…for example. They tend to jump in and take action without needing to do much research. Now which personality type do you think would be most successful at getting started with the High Raw lifestyle? As . I move a bit more into the researcher side – I’m still willing to take some risks.The three personality types are: This person is very high energy and maybe even intense. The caretaker is empathetic and cares deeply for other people and the planet. in my business. caretakers give so much that they forget to take care of themselves. but I take it more slowly. do my two-week experiments and research more first. Often. But when it comes to my health. like an accountant. I am more of a go-getter — I jump in and I take risks. The go-getter is a free spirit. is not afraid to take risks and may be inclined to be an entrepreneur. The caretaker is very heart-centered. This person digs right in and does research before taking action. Some examples of caretakers might be a nurse. The researcher tends to be more analytical and detailed. has many interests and wants to dabble in all of them and has a hard time making a commitment. compassionate and always looking out for other people. The go-getter has a lot of passion. office manager or lawyer. The researcher wants to know all the information up front before moving forward. veterinarian or teacher.

you can see. isn’t it? The go-getters may seem like they’ll just jump right in. but the danger is that they will move right on to something else. you can benefit from being more like the go-getter when it comes to taking action. And if you are a caretaker. If you’re a researcher. but it may take them a long time to jump in and take action. So the key here is to take a little bit from each one of them. you may want to turn that habit around and focus your caretaking on yourself. in order to be successful? If you’re typically a go-getter. If you are a researcher. that you write down which personality type you feel best describes your usual approach to health. And finally. while cultivating more of the go-getter and researcher personality types. instead of sticking to their plan. you may benefit from cultivating the researcher personality type so that you can learn more about nutrition and health. The researchers may be really smart and learn a lot. Once you’ve done that. How can you use this knowledge to improve your health? I recommend that if you are keeping a High Raw journal. the caretakers might find it difficult to take time for themselves because they are too busy caring for everyone else (but. I’d recommend you think about moving into a go-getter type mentality. Which do you need to cultivate. each of them have their strengths and weaknesses and that’s true for all of us. we all have parts of ourselves that resonate with all three personality types. What are some ways in which you could do that? If you could pick just one thing . think about how you can benefit from one of the other personality types so that you can reach your goals. They may not research enough to really understand what they need to do. they’ll likely inspire a bunch of people to try it before them!). because chances are.

so that you can take action faster. You can also benefit from working with an expert who has done the research already. who has already done the research.and say. allowing you to keep moving forward. coach. a health practitioner may be someone you want on your team. how will you put more time into taking care of yourself? You may feel that it’s selfish at first. “What am I willing to research? What am I willing to commit to and for how long?” Give yourself time to allow results to show up. teacher or expert. along with a network of mentors. if you talk to anyone who has achieved success from athletes to business people to artists. you might want to ask yourself. Who else would you include? . As a researcher. everyone can benefit from creating a success team that includes nutrition and health experts. How can you be more like the go-getter? No matter what your personality type. If you are a go-getter. In chapter 7. The most successful people didn’t get there by going it alone. In fact. If you are truly ready to make changes in your health. If you are a caretaker. friends and family members who will share your interests and support you on your journey. but that’s just because you are more used to taking care of others. you will find that they had help along the way from a mentor. “Hey. You might consider reading about the two-week experiments in chapter 7. you may find that trusting someone else relieves the pressure of always having to figure things out for yourself. I talked about the importance of working with a health practitioner. I’m going to jump in and do it and trust that everything will work” what would it be? Perhaps you can work with an expert.

Often. When you work with people who share your vision for your best health. guidance and expertise or perhaps. it is a much richer journey. Your success team should include people who you can lean on or who will support and motivate you through the challenging times and of course. Take action by asking them to support you with your health goals! Now that you have a sense of your personality type and who you want on your success team. including creating your best health. by phone or online In general.When creating your success team. is going to have its rewards and its challenges. it is during the challenging times that we tend to think about giving up. make a list of the people you’d like to be on your success team. let’s talk about creating your . If you are using a High Raw journal. Here are some options for your success team: knowledgeable in health and nutrition who are supportive of your health goals working on related goals — these can be in-person. They may be providing advice. people who will celebrate with you during the good times. you are looking for like-minded people who are ready to participate with you in your journey in some way. the most important thing to consider is: who will help you on your journey? Any goal worth achieving. simply an understanding ear when you need to talk.

Linking Your Passion to Your Health First. . not a hope. I often hear goals like. you are getting clear on what you want to create – on what you are passionate about creating. Here are two exercises to help you create a vision and passion for your health: Exercise #1 . When you are passionate about something. Napolean Hill. Anyone can give you a series of steps to carry out your goals. “I want to have six-pack abs” or “I want to be 100% raw. you have a strong desire to make it happen.” When you look at High Raw Principle #2: Make Your Health Your TOP Priority and High Raw Principle #5: Take Action.” These goals will certainly require several steps in order to achieve them. you can go much further if you have a vision of your best health…something you are passionate and excited about. author of Think and Grow Rich and one of the most influential people in the personal success movement said. I encourage you to understand what you are passionate about. but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.vision for your best health. Instead. not a wish. When you write a vision. identify what you are truly passionate about when it comes to your health. “Desire is the starting point of all achievement. but it’s not the series of exercises or types of foods that people want to hear about.

but the first step is to know what you are passionate about and to link THAT to your goals for a healthy lifestyle. When I work with my clients. you will learn to associate good feelings with the behavior of exercise. I might talk to you about alpacas while you are doing some of your exercises. what you are passionate about is much more inspiring than a bunch of tasks that you can carry out to meet your goals. I always ask them what their dreams are — what they really want to do. Now don’t get me wrong. you might start exercising by going for a hike instead of going to the gym. There are many ways you can do this — be creative! If you love to be outside. As a personal trainer. Or you’re a nurse who wants to open a raw food restaurant. After talking with you. . I find out you’re an accountant who really wants to be an alpaca farmer. So let’s say you came to me and said you wanted to lose 10 pounds. the tasks are important too.The answers to your questions may have nothing to do with having six pack abs or being 100% raw. I’ve found that when you get to the heart of what people really want. In this way. How do you feel when you think about what really gets you juiced or excited? It feels great doesn’t it? Now think about doing a bunch of sit ups to get six pack abs…how does that feel in comparison? The truth is. you can like that emotion to a healthier lifestyle. Maybe you’re an accountant who really wants to be an Alpaca farmer.

but we kept going. Not knowing what to expect on this trail. There were actually several ladders that we later found out were considered “hair raising” in the guidebooks. we watched many people decide to turn back. your relationships. your work or your family. feeling love — to your exercise or to your health program. Start out by thinking about your most perfect day. What . As we were hiking. On a trip to Peru. we were amazed to see spectacular views of Machu Picchu. and I often hike for exercise. we encountered a huge ladder that went along a cliff toward the top. I may have turned back like so many others had. If you can associate those incredible feelings — of success. You can do it with any goal. the fact that we stuck to our plan and were rewarded with a view beyond our imagination was more spiritual than actually being at Machu Picchu! You can do this too. by getting clear about what excites you – what you are passionate about – and then linking those good feelings with the steps you take toward your health goals. Annmarie. This was literally one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had. And I had to ask myself. Exercise #2 — The Perfect Day One of the most powerful things you can do for yourself to help you take action is the Perfect Day exercise. then it’s going to make all the difference. Instead. So my wife. of feeling awesome. whether about your health.One of my passions is climbing to the top of mountains and looking out at the view. Annmarie and I stuck to our plan to get to the top and we felt tremendously rewarded. your life. By the time we made our way around a big boulder at the top. we climbed up Mount Putukusi in the town of Aguas Calientes. To me. “What if I wasn’t so passionate about climbing mountains?” Surely.

make a list of 15 actions you can take to move closer to your vision. When you can connect to how you want to feel. It is that feeling — how you feel in your perfect day — that is your catalyst for action and your motivator when things get tough. And how you feel as you visualize yourself in your perfect day is what I want you to “bottle up” and remember. Here are some things you may want to include: How would the sun come in? Write everything down about your perfect day.would it be like? Now write down everything you can think of in detail. Focus on how you feel as you write this and write that down too. one action . it will support you in achieving your goals. Keep the action steps really simple. Once you write your vision for your perfect day. This is your vision of how you want your life to be. from the time you wake up until the time you go to bed. Pay special attention to how you feel when you read and envision yourself in your perfect day. One example is that if your perfect day involves sitting on the beach and you are actually in the middle of a cold winter season.

step might be booking a plane ticket for a beach vacation. instead of being clear about what we DO want. We want to make a change. “I’m going to research another possibility because maybe what I’m doing right now isn’t working. sunny beach and putting that on your bulletin board or finding a picture that you can save on your computer. you could still write down some action steps. Let’s say you are currently experiencing chronic pain every day and your perfect day involves feeling great and being pain-free. but we’re not sure what to do differently. Sound familiar? That’s the definition of insanity and yet. see if you come up with some creative actions you can take. Each action step is designed to bring you a step closer to your vision of your perfect day. such as. If that’s not possible. These may seem simple.” Whether it’s a health goal or any other goal. What steps would you take to feel your best? While it might not be possible to become pain-free in one day. Don’t be surprised if you look back after six months and find yourself feeling truly transformed! . how about cutting out a picture of a beautiful. Notice if you feel excited about the actions because they are linked to your passions and your dreams. Writing your perfect day vision can help you find creative ways to do things differently…because you will get really clear about the results you want to achieve and how you want to feel. After you do this exercise. while expecting a different result. but they help bring the energy of that emotion closer to where you are right now. Most of us are clear about what we DON’T want. come up with another 15 actions and move on from there. I’m sure it’s happened to all of us at times. we often can get stuck in a pattern of doing the same things over and over. Once you complete the first 15 actions you’ve written down.

would you? In the book. there’s a great story about the mindset of failure. The hike is the most amazing experience you’ve ever had…there are deer eating right from your hands and beautiful scenery. so you get some snacks and water and head out to a nature reserve. As you walk. You park your car next to the tallest tree. making you feel energized. so you begin to head back. Maltz describes going out for a hike…so put yourself into this scenario:1 Let’s say you want to go for a hike. What if you believed failure was a blessing? What if you trusted that if you failed. You are snapped out of your reverie when it starts to get dark. then you wouldn’t be afraid of failure. by Dr. but instead of quitting. many good ideas are coming to you. As you spot the tree. instead of a reason for quitting? If you believed failure was a blessing. But you know which direction to walk as you head back. What if failure was a way to find a better way of doing something. a way to learn and an opportunity to grow. Maxwell Maltz. what comes to mind? Is it something you’re afraid of? Does it keep you from taking risks or making changes? I believe that it’s time to reframe failure from something terrible to something positive.When you think of failure. you realize you’ve gone farther than you expected. he used the failures as learning opportunities. . which you’ll use to identify how to get back from your hike. The New Psycho-Cybernetics. you would have learned a valuable lesson that would help you succeed in the future? Thomas Edison had two years of failures before he invented the light bulb.

“How can I get better? How can I find my dream? How can I reach my goal?”. I don’t even know where I am. they could look across the horizon and see the tree. You get home and have dinner with your family. You’re back on track. As you look around. Instead of giving up. They may think they’ll never find their car. I’m never going to get home. you look out again and there’s the tree. fear or stress. You start going. Imagine how much further you’d be in your health path if you embraced failure like this? Whether you are suffering from a serious illness or simply want to improve your health. They start thinking that if they could just walk to the top of the hill. So let’s say you are one of these people. you don’t recognize your surroundings. Why did I even try this? That’s it.As you are walking. You’ve lost the trail and you’re not sure where you are. “Oh man. how can I get out of here? How can I find my car?” As they look for solutions. you’re more likely to succeed every single time. if you focus on asking the right questions. They may sink into worry. As you look for the tree. They would say. “Well. Another group of people will start to think about how to resolve the situation. I’m lost. You get back before it gets dark.” They might simply sit and wait as it gets dark and cold. Now you are starting to get scared… So what do you do? Most people would curl up and sit there and sulk. you can’t see it because you are too far down in the gully. Another great metaphor comes from my days as a kid at the Bowlerama. Everything’s cool. they may look up and realize that because they are in a gully. Remember bowling as a kid? You got to use . their mind starts to ask questions like. you begin going downhill and end up in a gully. I give up. You walk to the top of the hill. they can’t see the tree where they parked. like.

If the ball got stuck. What if you simply knew you would be okay when it comes to your health? What if you trusted that you could not fail and that you could ask for help if you needed it? What if you trusted that keeping it simple was all it took? That’s what High Raw is about — a simple solution to feel your best. . When you create the right mindset — creating a vision and passion for your health and trusting the steps you choose to take. I never had to worry about getting a gutter ball.the lanes with those bumpers that kept your bowling ball from going into the gutter? As a kid bowling. we could ask someone for help. you have everything you need to succeed. Those bumpers gave kids a way to just relax and enjoy bowling — we could always get a pin or two to go down. We knew it would be okay.

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In fact. it can help you reach your health and wellness goals.One of the best techniques I’ve found to help you take action successfully is the “Toolbox System. systems tend to be easy because they allow you to follow a process that has already been set up and organized. . Each of the tools in your Toolbox System is meant to help you take action.” I introduced the toolbox system in my program. Seven Steps to Optimal Health When you set up your own Toolbox System. systems allow you to have a set of activities you can use over and over again without reinventing the wheel. Anyone who has worked with me knows that I am a big proponent of systems. you can use the Toolbox System for any of your goals. Why? Systems help people take action successfully because they are: systems are created after much successful use from experts or through experience.

This is your opportunity to be creative — stock your Toolbox System with the materials you need to make your health and wellness goals easy. circular saw. . tile cutter. paint brushes — all the tools you need to build your house. wire cutters. It might be a set of folders with the information you need or a box with equipment you like to use. Your Toolbox System is whatever you want to make it. you have your blueprint. my recommendation is that you start with four key categories: Fitness. but the only tool you have is a hammer. screwdrivers. While you can set up as many toolboxes as you like. Imagine building a house…you have all the lumber and materials. Imagine how much easier that would be? The Toolbox System gives you an organized set of options so that you can take action easily and quickly. What would it be like trying to build a house with only one hammer? How would you saw the wood or paint the house? Most likely. Nutrition. you’d take a trip to the hardware store and get a table saw. power drill. Spiritual and On-the-Go.Toolboxes are also valuable because they give you a set of tools to make your work faster and easier. I am going to give you some suggestions to get things started and you can take in any direction that supports your goals.

add more. Be creative and include anything that helps you with your fitness goals. Whether you start with only one workout option or a few. You may also want to include CDs. then add more exercises over time. an exercise ball. Here are some tips for your Fitness Toolbox: ORGANIZE Put your workouts and fitness plans into a 3-ring binder to keep them organized and easily accessible.Your fitness toolbox will contain exercise options and tools. I suggest you gather up some easy. There is no need to gather hundreds of workout options. The idea is to keep your fitness toolbox organized and easily accessible for your regular use. If you start to get bored. If cutting out pictures of fit people is motivating. KEEP IT SIMPLE. A group of about 15 workout options can give you variety without being overwhelming as you are getting started. . fun fitness routines that you select from books or magazines. a medicine ball or exercise bands. like dumbbells. DVDs and equipment. do that. keep it simple. For this toolbox. Choose one that feels easy and start there.

BE FLEXIBLE FOR TIMING AND LOCATION. so I’d include several of those as well. if you can’t workout outside or you can’t make it to the gym. I also like bodyweight exercises. so if your best laid plans for a given time frame or location go awry. consider these options: . you have options for at-home fitness. for example) in my fitness toolbox. you have other options you can use instead. I love hiking. include these options: For location. When you select a group of workouts.CHOOSE WORKOUTS YOU LIKE. even when you are busy? Give yourself fitness options for different time frames and different locations. so I might put several hiking trails of different times (if I have 30 minutes or a couple hours. Identify the workouts you like best and put several options into your fitness toolbox. Perhaps you will include some other options you’d like to experiment with as well. How do you make this work. This way. The goal here is to make fitness a part of your regular lifestyle.

As you experiment with new meals over a couple of months. Choose options that will allow you to experience a range of different foods and tastes. It’s always helpful to have several options for a really quick meal. Make notes on the 5-minute and 10-minute meals so that you always have options. snacks and side dishes. you will get to see which meals are most appealing to you and your family. Go through them and select the recipes that appeal to you. Give yourself a wide variety of options for meals. you’d rather not be sifting through 20 or more cookbooks to find the meal you want to make for dinner. Then get all the recipes that you and your family would like and put them into one binder. THINK TIMING. Or maybe you already have a box of index cards with recipes — that works too! Here are some tips for your Nutrition Toolbox: THINK VARIETY. To make your nutrition toolbox. Instead. gather up all of the cookbooks and recipes you have. you have your binder within easy reach for your evening meal. You may want to put a marker on the recipes that are really fast – for those days when you are on the run.This one is fun and you may already be doing this to some degree already. when you get home from a long day. even at the busiest times. so that you keep things interesting when it comes to mealtime. . If you’re like me.

you are more likely to continue forward with your goals. When you feel inspired. I keep my spiritual toolbox at my desk. This will make it easier to see what foods to buy when you are making your grocery list. You might hang up collages with images that have powerful meaning to you. This is my favorite toolbox. In this location. Think of this as your toolbox for inspiration and motivation. Perhaps you simply want to have a section in your binder for “this week” and move the recipes you want to make into that section. Your nutrition toolbox will have all the ideas you need to plan ahead. Consider planning the recipes you want to make each week and then making a grocery list of the foods you need ahead of time. Your spirituality toolbox might include a shrine of special pieces that motivate you. make extra. you’d put special objects that have meaning for you and that make you feel good. The focus is to find out what inspires you and makes you feel uplifted. On my desk. I also keep some silver pieces with insignias and books that have truly inspired me. It could be something you keep in a corner of your room or at your desk. I have some rocks I had found from several special places. If you are making dinner. You don’t need to be religious to have a spiritual toolbox. Next . MAKE EXTRA MEALS When you prepare meals.CONSIDER MENU PLANNING. what about making extra so that you have something for the next day’s meals? Or perhaps you’d like to take a day and make several meals that you can have on hand for the week. it is energizing and when you are energized.

prayers. Perhaps you would do a meditation. It can bring you back to the part of you that is enthusiastic and positive about your life. I have a collage with images that remind me of my vision. It can help you forget the details of life and focus on the bigger picture. This can be anything — books. you can go to your spiritual toolbox and spend time with the objects that inspire you. even when you are feeling great. If challenges arise on the way to reaching your goals (and they will!). sit with your spiritual toolbox if you are really looking for help and don’t know where to turn. prayers or mantras to clear your mind and heart. While your spiritual toolbox is there to lift your spirits if you are feeling down or feeling like you want to give up. A regular practice of focusing on what inspires you is very energizing. You may find that this is all you need to get you going in the right direction again and it can be very empowering to realize that you are your own best support! . consider visiting your spiritual toolbox daily or regularly. CONSIDER MAKING YOUR SPIRITUAL TOOLBOX PART OF YOUR DAILY ROUTINE. pictures. Here are some tips for your Spiritual Toolbox: CHOOSE WHAT INSPIRES YOU. Even if you aren’t sure it will work. DVDs. meditations or mantras. TRUST YOUR SPIRITUAL TOOLBOX AS A SELF-HELP TOOL. CDs. objects.to my desk. The act of visiting your spiritual toolbox can be very grounding and centering. Commit to sitting for at least five minutes and simply looking at or listening to some of the items in your spiritual toolbox.

Here are some tips for your On-the-Go Toolbox: MATCH YOUR ON-THE-GO TOOLBOX WITH YOUR LIFESTYLE. When you are grocery shopping. The on-the-go toolbox is your way of taking your healthy lifestyle with you wherever you are. For example. right? That would seem kind of foolish. exercise clothes. Notice how you typically live your life — what do you find that you wish you had with you when it comes to meeting your health and fitness goals? Is it having healthy snacks on hand? Is it having your fitness gear with you so you can exercise during your lunch hour? When you are away from home. Stick to necessities so that you don’t feel overburdened with too many things. some bottles of water and easy healthy snacks that don’t need to be refrigerated (like trail mix). so it helps to have options for those days you are really on the run. Select a bag or box and fill it with the items you need for your health and fitness routine. You wouldn’t build a house without any tools. Think of your on-the-go toolbox as part of your routine. what exercise clothes do you need to wash and put into your on-the-go toolbox? The toolbox system is all about preparation. you might have a workout bag with running shoes. So it’s just as important to have the tools you . MAKE RE-STOCKING ROUTINE. KEEP IT SIMPLE. what snacks can you get to replenish your on-the-go snacks? When you are doing laundry. what will help you meet your goals? Stock your on-the-go toolbox with these items so that you are always prepared.We are all busy these days.

all you need to get started is one book. Mine was The Seeker’s Guide by Elizabeth Lesser. . but your toolbox system will help you stick with it over the long term.need when you are building a new routine around health and wellness. like me. but start with the goal of creating a toolbox system that will support you along the way. You don’t have to wait until you have all of your toolboxes created or until they are all completely stocked — you can start now. Perhaps. One book is a good way to start taking action.

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water and exercise. it is estimated that humans could live for between four to six weeks. you may not be breathing fully and completely. As you approach your health and wellness goals. the most important practices beyond diet are breath. if we stop breathing. Without water. we die in minutes. For example. So while food is important. If you think about it in a hierarchy. deep breaths and nourishing your brain and body with the oxygen it needs to function properly. If you want to achieve optimal health. are your clothes tight? Are you sitting at a desk all day? Are you feeling stressed out? Any of these things may keep you from taking full. diet is only one component of health and wellness. it is hardly the most important when it comes to your health. water and exercise can help you feel your best.The food you eat is very important when it comes to creating a healthy High Raw lifestyle. focusing on breath. Depending upon several factors. . a person would feel adverse affects in one day and could possibly live up to 10 days depending upon other factors. Without food. However.

Unfortunately. don’t rush your breathing. our planet has very polluted water. so you can imagine how important it is to hydrate your body. The simple act of slow. simply focus on taking deep. deep.If you want the easiest way to calm your mind and body. full breaths. Your body is made up of 75% water and your brain is made up of 90% water. Humans have polluted many of our clean water sources and taken the life out of the water we drink. conscious breaths. I take time out to take full. You might set a timer and do this a few times per day or wear a band on your wrist to remind you to take deep. deep breaths can be a signal to your whole body to slow down and feel more calm. conscious breaths and it makes a big difference in how I feel. Feel your belly expand with air. Take your time — even if you are feeling rushed. You may even find that you feel more energized. I’ve been focusing on this in my own life because I sit at a desk in front of a computer all day. all the way into your belly. Focus on filling your entire body with air. The result of all of this pollution is tap water that is cleaned with . Each day. Here’s how: Are you feeling constricted in any way? Sit or stand so that you can take deep. full and conscious breaths several times per day. Experiment with this for two weeks and see if you feel calmer and less stressed.

The first place . pure water? Not everyone lives near a fresh spring. where they can fill up bottles with pure water that has been tested as drinkable. The most realistic solution is to get some sort of filter. If you can’t start out with a reverse osmosis water filter. it will give you the best drinking water and the good news is. even if you have well water. Some examples of contaminants are: heavy metals like lead. pure drinking water for your health and for the planet. In Renegade Water Secrets. that it’s hard to tell what affects it will have on human health. In fact. After interviewing the experts. there are so many ways of treating water just to make it drinkable. Some of the reverse osmosis water filters are only about $300. So how do we get fresh. and even toxins from pharmaceutical drugs and personal care products. Water can also be contaminated by: pesticides. start with something that fits your budget. Water Filters Water filters are a great way to remove contaminants from tap water and well water. which is why I researched and produced a program called Renegade Water Secrets. While it is a little wasteful in terms of water itself. I gathered five of the world’s top health and water experts and asked them to reveal their best techniques to getting clean. mercury and cadmium or additives like fluoride and chlorine. which are also harmful to the human body. they are not that expensive. microorganisms. I found that the best water filter you can get is a reverse osmosis system.chemicals.1 I have always been interested in finding the best sources of pure drinking water.

while at the same time. That’s the process of mastery. An option for this type of filter is the Brita brand water filter. the easier it will be to move to the next level. Remember. which has many options in a variety of price ranges.to start is with a filter that removes chlorine. the pores in your skin open up. I’ll upgrade to a reverse osmosis water filter. The idea behind alkaline . Eventually. The key with water filters and everything else with respect to your health is to go at your own pace. it could be slightly acidic or slightly alkaline. That’s what’s called getting better. you are receiving more benefits. so the more you are happy about where you are right now. so you may be tempted by alkaline water systems. When you can trust that with each upgrade. This means go at the pace of your budget as well. Now you’ve heard me and possibly other experts talk about creating a more alkaline condition in your blood to achieve optimal health. Right now my water mastery is at a level that I would say is A minus and I’m committed to working on it. being satisfied with where I am right now. Alkaline Water Depending upon the source of your water. it’s much more successful than being stressed about not having everything right now. I started with an Aqauasana water filter and upgraded from there. The key is to start with what you can afford and then upgrade when you can. so you can imagine how chemicals from water can get into your body. The next time I move. good health is physical and emotional. Shower filters are also important because your skin is your largest organ and it absorbs chlorine and other toxins from water. When you get into the warm shower. you may want to upgrade your water filter to one that removes more of the common contaminants in water.

migraines. I’m not completely sold on this. Sea salt is very alkaline and helps to balance the body’s pH levels. hypertension. Dr. high cholesterol. We are chronically dehydrated as a population too. depression. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj suggests that chronic dehydration may be the cause of conditions such as angina. Your stomach is naturally acidic — it needs to be so that it can digest your food. This is why you would not want to take an antacid before you eat or why you would not want to drink alkaline water before you eat. MS. I think that adding some sea salt to your water can help to make it more alkaline. Hydration Access to pure water for drinking and showers is important. the rest of your body is naturally either acidic or more alkaline. chronic fatigue syndrome. without having to invest in an alkaline water system.water systems is that if you drink alkaline water. If your stomach becomes less acidic. but absorbing the water you drink is also critical. In Your Body’s Many Cries For Water. . but it’s also critical to focus on how much water you are drinking. So even if you think that you’re drinking a lot of water.2 Drinking enough water is important. your body will buffer the acidity so that it can stay at a neutral pH of 7. you’re probably not drinking enough. however. your body will absorb it and it will become more alkaline. you will be less able to digest. While your blood should be slightly alkaline for your best health. When you drink alkaline water. arthritis and diabetes in the elderly.

Lemons have flavor and detoxification properties that make a great addition to your water. When you wake up. This will help ensure you are drinking plenty of water. you’re likely going to want to carry your water around with you. Experiment with drinking green juices yourself and see if you get an amazing boost of energy.Here are some tips for how to drink and absorb more water: Adding a pinch of sea salt to your water is a great way to add minerals to your water. I am convinced that green juices are the best thing on the planet. so drinking plenty of water will rehydrate your body and help with elimination. Drink at least a liter of water (33 ounces). If carrying a glass jar doesn’t work for you. In order to drink enough water. your body is dehydrated. Having easy access to a jug of water is a great way to make sure you will drink plenty of water during the day. depending upon your size. consider moving to stainless steel . I’ve found that green juices make my eyes feel open and provide longer lasting energy than just about anything else.

I started with exercise…it was “my thing.water bottles instead of plastic. The idea is not to live your life stressed out about toxins. I became so food-centered that I stopped exercising for a while and my health started to suffer. Over time. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a toxin found in some plastics that has been found to be a hormone disruptor because it mimics sex hormones. you might decide to focus only on removing mercury. That’s when I realized that good nutrition and exercise . When I look at people who have been exercising over a long period of time. I was committed to regular exercise. choose the areas in your life where you want to take a more pure approach because the steps you take in that area are going to reduce your toxic burden and boost your health. When it comes to water. you may take additional steps. As I learned about nutrition. Even if you are a purist in only one thing. Klean Kanteen is a brand of stainless steel water bottles that I like because they do not leach chemicals like plastic water bottles. I notice that they always look better. That step alone will reduce your toxic load. It’s important for you to decide how you want approach removing toxic exposure. trusting that with each new level.” Way before I got into nutrition. which will benefit your health. Instead. it can still benefit from you. I believe that exercise is just a little bit more important than food. you continue to boost your health. chlorine and fluoride. And I’ve also done a little experimenting myself with this whole idea of food and exercise.

Because I love what I’m doing. If you could go out and absolutely love the exercise you are doing. I get out and climb mountains. I’m having the time of my life and my exercise feels like play. Your goal is to experiment and find out what type of exercise you would really enjoy. which is one of your systems of detoxification. When you exercise. empowerment in chapter 13. High . it doesn’t even feel like exercise. Yoga is great — it’s very relaxing and meditative. When you are doing exercise you don’t like.together make a more well-rounded approach to good health. rather than using willpower. I believe that vigorous exercise is essential. It’s much more successful to do something out of feeling empowered. but it serves a different purpose than vigorous exercise. I’ll cover more on willpower vs. you’re getting your entire system in motion. Exercise also helps your body remove toxins. I am certain that they simply haven’t found the exercise that is right for them. what would it be? Since I love to hike. what you’re doing is wringing out your system. look at the view and sit and eat wild foods. as you move your limbs and as you bounce. Whenever I see this. When people tell me that they don’t like to exercise. You are moving your lymph. As your muscles contract. What makes most people dislike exercise or fail at exercise is that they don’t like the exercise they are doing. The Importance of Vigorous Exercise One thing to keep in mind when it comes to exercise is intensity. I tell them to stop doing that exercise and find something they really like. Instead. Vigorous exercise would include high intensity or cardiovascular exercise. you are basically forcing yourself to do something that feels unpleasant – this means you are relying on willpower to get you through. I believe the human body was made to move.

When you are outside. You can do the same thing with your exercise. The act of exercising outdoors is often enough to energize. Running. Next time you exercise outdoors. which boosts your health and your mood. which uses oxygen. The three doshas in Ayurvedic medicine are: vata. you breathe in negative ions. recharge and revive you. which uses muscle sugar (glycogen) and cardiovascular exercise is aerobic. you achieve health and wellness. moves your limbs and wrings your muscles. Exercise and Body Type In Ayurvedic medicine. I recommend doing both as part of your fitness routine. the practice of Ayurveda involves aligning your food. Each dosha has different physical and psychological characteristics. Once you . called doshas. I always recommend choosing exercise that pumps your blood. While some people recommend a rebounder. You can find out your dosha by going to an Ayurvedic practitioner. but you can also look at general characteristics and identify which dosha you think you might be. jumping and hiking are great types of vigorous exercise. notice how you feel. go outside for your exercise. habits and lifestyle in a way that keeps your dosha balanced. While either one of these are good to do. Each person’s body type is a unique expression of a dosha or combination of the doshsas. Once you know your dosha. Exercise and the Great Outdoors Whenever possible. the sun has vitamin D. which give you a positive mood.intensity exercise is anerobic. fast walking. Additionally. The idea is that if you are balanced. there are three different body types. I don’t believe you get the best results in terms of exercise as a whole because it does not wring your muscles like other types of exercise. pitta and kapha.

For example. it’s important to understand some of the reasons why exercise can help reduce or eliminate pain. like weight lifting. which helps them move. Called synovial fluid. But clearly. Pain and Joint Health If you have pain in your joints. fingers and wrists. If you have painful joints or an arthritic condition. First of all. this liquid actually helps you move painlessly and it also bathes your cartilage in nutrients. Vatas tend to get stressed and worn out easily. This intense. fiery dosha may want to do a cooling exercise. such as walking or dancing. tennis or running. Since pitas tend to be competitive. This is not a “no pain. Think of synovial fluid as the WD40 for your bones and cartilage — it keeps things moving. the pitta dosha is firey and tends to get hot easily. So how would you apply this knowledge to exercise? Here are some guidelines for exercise and your dosha: Consider an exercise that warms up this cooler body type. most of your joints are surrounded by a thick fluid. even if you think it would be the opposite. like knees. you can really benefit from exercise. like some slow cardiovascular exercise.know your dosha. warming and stimulating exercise. cooler dosha may benefit from a routine. you want to . elbows. moving those joints actually helps them feel better. Instead. so yoga can also be a good addition to your exercise routine. you can choose an exercise routine that keeps you balanced. This slow. playing sports may keep them engaged. no gain” kind of mentality — that is old school. while the vata and kapha doshas are much cooler.

bring some pain relief to your joints so you can feel good while you exercise. healthy joints and connective tissue. Put the painful joint into the cold bucket for one minute and then put the joint into the hot bucket. alternating between hot and cold water. sulfur or MSM. It eliminates stagnation that is in your joints. Then get a bucket and fill it with water that is almost too hot to touch. water and exercise are very important. The cold water contracts your capillaries and the hot water dilates them. your synovial fluid may also be acidic. You could do this in the shower for your knees. you don’t need to add all of these to your routine at once. Another option for pain relief in sore joints is hot/cold therapy. breath. I highly recommend that you create a calendar with your . I will cover more about how to reduce acidity in chapter 16. staying well hydrated and supplementing with vitamin C. First. wrist problems and carpal tunnel conditions. You can nourish your joints by creating an alkaline environment in your blood. Remember that transforming your health at your own pace is more important that making changes overnight. Continue to alternate between hot and cold. It’s a great therapy for ankle sprains. so I’d like to share some good options for pain relief. Keep in mind that if your blood is acidic. arthritis and joint pain are inflammatory conditions. in areas that may be building up toxins or waste products that you want to release. which means your cartilage is not getting the nutrients it needs. knee issues. Hot/cold therapy functions as a pump. so it’s like wringing the blood and fluid out and then bringing it back in again. so reducing inflammation and acidic blood is important. While a healthy diet. Get a bucket of cold water and add some ice so that it’s really chilled. This will help to build strong.

so decide what works for you and plan it out accordingly. Health is about creating good habits over a lifetime. . Health doesn’t have to mean you are a new person by tomorrow. in five years and in ten years.goals and decide what you’re going to do in a year. Identify which new habits are important to you and decide when you will add each of them to your regular routine.

If you encountered a detour one day and had to take a new route home from work. it may take some thought and planning at first. you may find that doing things differently is pretty easy. experiment with new recipes or start a new exercise routine. it may feel more challenging. It’s the same with our habits. When you decide to change your diet. you will experience challenges or stumbling blocks along the way. Think about your commute to and from work — have you ever had one of those days where you get home and realize you don’t remember driving from work to home at all? The reason is that your trip is so ingrained in your mind that you don’t even have to think about it anymore. But for your usual trip home from work. To understand this. .Anytime you set goals or start taking action toward a big change in your life. but when stumbling blocks show up. let’s use an example of driving to a job you’ve had for 10 years. it’s so automatic that it seems like you barely have to pay attention…you’re on autopilot. When everything is going well. They are so ingrained that we are literally on autopilot as we go through our day. you’d actually have to think about which roads to take…you’d really have to pay attention.

resistance to change is so strong that the fields of change management and organizational development were created to help organizations reach big goals by helping employees adapt to change. And when it does. Humans both desire and resist change. resistance to change is almost an instinctual way to protect ourselves. but eventually. empowerment. So if you think about it. willpower crumbles. These stumbling blocks are so common that I receive hundreds of questions about them on a regular basis. While change may be desired. It is what we are told we need to have in order to change our habits. information overload and feeling like you don’t have the money to invest in the healthy food. when you apply willpower to change habits. Imagine what it feels like to be in a constant battle. Resistance to change is a common reaction because humans tend to want things to remain in homeostasis or balance. you might simply go back to your old habit. constantly pushing and pushing. stress.Typical stumbling blocks on the way to creating your best health are: cravings. So how can you change successfully so that you can reach . feeling that it’s the more powerful force. You may do well at first. The first place I start in helping clients overcome stumbling blocks is the idea of willpower vs. In fact. Willpower is defined as self-control or controlling one’s actions or impulses. products or services you desire. Stephen Covey describes habits as having a “strong gravitational pull” in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. which can often translate into to wanting things to stay the same. it is a constant battle of the gravitational pull of that habit against your own forces of self-control.

In other words. Many people do this…they use willpower to go from . You might apply willpower to make the change and “bam. You’d actually miss the skill. the progression would be to whole foods. However. feeling equipped and enabled to do something? Juice Feasting expert David Rainosheck created the concept of the Spectrum of Diet™. You might find that you have to grit your teeth and force yourself to stay on track. then you might move to a vegetarian diet. The idea is that you can see where you are on the spectrum and work to move up to a more healthy way of eating. the Spectrum of Diet™ is showing the possibility of how you might progress. If you looked at the spectrum and you were eating a standard American diet (SAD). saying that the raw food diet is the best.your health and wellness goals? Instead of focusing on the battle of willpower. you’d see that you have many steps in the spectrum to go before you got to the raw food diet.” you’d be going from eating Twinkies to eating kale and drinking green smoothies. Now. but I do like the idea of seeing how you might progress from one type of eating to another. For example. what I don’t agree with here is putting food in a hierarchy. imagine what it would be like to feel empowered? To be empowered means that you are equipped with ability or enabled. if you are currently eating SAD. then a plant-based diet and then to the raw food plant-based diet. What if you felt you had to go from SAD to raw overnight? You’d be skipping several steps. Think for a moment about the difference between imposing self-control to do something vs. having skipped all the steps in between. knowledge and behavior changes you might be making along the way. which approaches diet and nutrition along a continuum from low life-force foods to high life force foods. you haven’t really empowered yourself — equipped yourself with the ability to make the change.

your health practitioner can be a great support in making a quick transition.SAD to raw. I would still crave Entenmann’s cake from the grocery store. I don’t crave those foods anymore and the thing is. Willpower eventually breaks down. Remember that humans resist change. I recommend that you plan to make small adjustments from where you are now to where you want to be. these small changes trick you into thinking that this is how you’ve been doing it all along. immediate changes. is for you to equip yourself with the ability to create new healthy habits at your own pace. When you aren’t focused on being 100% raw or 100% . “I’m going to do this” and slowly move up the ladder toward your goals. there is really no need to make drastic changes. I would still think about foods that I used to eat. and the timing is different for each person. but you and your body may not even notice small changes. If you say. My goal in encouraging a step-by-step approach through the Five Principles of High Raw. This is not an overnight switch. If I had gone directly from SAD to raw food. Today. This is a great way to coax yourself into making big changes over time. For everyone else. You give yourself a chance to get used to the change and then you build from there. without empowering themselves with the skills. This is why so many people go right back to eating Twinkies again. If your health requires big changes immediately. it’s because I know it isn’t even food. but a progression. In a way. knowledge and behaviors to really support a true change of habits. you can decide how you will move along the continuum toward a more plant-based diet as described in Principle #1: Eat Real Food and Think Like a Raw Foodist. unless there is a pressing health reason to make big. I gave myself a chance to progress and learn over time.

soda and Twinkies. you might have steamed kale and cooked quinoa. Instead. In essence.” Dopamine is a neurotransmitter (chemical messenger) in your brain that is associated with the feeling of pleasure. but did you ever think about where the craving is coming from? Do you think it’s you who doesn’t have the willpower? Cravings are really a habit. I’ll go back to pizzas. If you are not feeling like having raw food. There are other physiological reasons you may have cravings. You don’t have to say. Everyone has experienced cravings. you have associated a food with a feeling or emotion. you’ll see that you have the ability to move along the continuum of healthy eating all the time. the more you may stimulate dopamine. it stimulates dopamine. which then makes you feel emotions of happiness. sometimes called the “master molecule of addiction. You no longer have to bounce back and forth from one end of the spectrum to the other because you have learned how to support yourself with healthy eating along a continuum.” So when you’re trying willpower it’s never going to work. your body is looking for a hit of dopamine. When you eat a food you are craving. you are responding to a chemical reaction in your body. . trust that you are empowering yourself to make changes in your life by building upon what you’ve learned before. The more concentrated a food (the more processed it is). So YOU are not your cravings…in fact. which is why many people have cravings for junk food. reward or pleasure.perfect. From a physiological perspective. “If I failed at raw foods. but the dopamine reaction explains why your emotions may be so involved. You’re never going to be able to push yourself long enough because eventually it’s going to crack. satisfaction.

play a couple of songs on my guitar and then invite everyone else up. I would sit down at the open mic and start playing a song…all the while. In the morning. I would still go to the open mic and get a brownie every Thursday night. So I would have a brownie every Thursday night. Connecticut every other Thursday. The thing is. On those Thursday nights. I would get home and I wouldn’t be able to sleep because the sugar in the brownies was intense.” But that didn’t do a thing to stop the craving. wishing I never ate the brownie. . How ridiculous is that? It’s a brownie…just a little piece of cake! It had this magnetic pull on me that was literally insane. I’d wake up with dark spots under my eyes. I’d feel so tired that it was hard to get out of bed. I made a decision. I realized that if I could eliminate that charge. “I don’t want to be addicted to these brownies anymore. In spite of how I felt. It was at a coffee shop and they had the most incredible brownies. I wouldn’t have to think about brownies any more. I’d show up. One day.Are cravings making you feel like a zombie walking to the refrigerator? Are they sabotaging your goals to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight? It would be pretty tough to use willpower to overcome a physical and emotional reaction. But I knew that I needed to take control. I would roll around in bed. I realized one thing about myself when it came to brownies: I had this electrical charge towards them. I used to host an open mic in Bethel. There was something that was putting me in this position and giving me a feeling that I wanted. wouldn’t it? I used to experience the pull of cravings myself. People would sign up and play songs — and everyone would have a good time. thinking about whether or not I was going to have a brownie.

if you put a pack of cigarettes in front of me — or even lit one and put it in my mouth. If you are not a cigarette smoker. If you aren’t sure about the addictive nature of sugar or other foods you are craving. I think it’s disgusting. it causes many health issues. And it’s not just processed sugar. Once I quit smoking and eliminated that craving. I used to be a cigarette smoker and when I was smoking cigarettes. I would feel nauseous. you can see why certain foods. So what happened between craving cigarettes and not craving them? I lost the emotional charge towards it. Today. you may decide not to eat addictive substances. Think about cigarettes right now. do you ever have a craving for cigarettes? Most likely you do not crave them at all. The only difference between sugar and cocaine. Because sugar is so widely accepted and in so many processed foods. More and more studies are showing how highly addictive sugar is. I was able to replace it with something else.It’s the same with any type of addiction. I’ll cover more about sweeteners in chapter 14. You may find yourself addicted to other sweeteners because they have the same or a similar effect. Instead of beating yourself up for having no willpower. pay attention to how you feel . particularly foods high in sugar. I have a whole different reaction to cigarettes. I would crave them like crazy. Willpower just didn’t work…making the decision alone didn’t work. are addictive. Here’s what does work for eliminating the charge of cravings: Now that you understand the dopamine connection. is that sugar is legal and readily available.

I began to ask myself. peace or euphoria? Where are you missing those emotions in your life? What could you be doing that would allow you to experience them without food? The exercises in chapter 10. but you keep a little stash in your house for when cravings strike. Remember what got me on track with my health? I asked myself a question. “Why am I feeling this pull to these brownies?” Have you heard that craving sugar means you lack sweetness in your life? Cravings can often be distractions from what we really want in our lives. You might be more likely to eat it. “Is there something better than this?” You can do the same thing with cravings. When you eat sugar. linking your passion to health and the perfect day exercise. do not have these foods in your house. Do you feel hung over? Do you have dark circles under your eyes? I know that if I go to a restaurant and have any sort of sugar by mistake. Let’s say you want to avoid chocolate. are great ways to help answer these questions. Don’t even bring it into the house. Questions are very powerful because they get you out of autopilot and get you thinking differently. do you feel warmth. my body immediately reacts. throw it out.after you eat it. If you have food in your cupboard that you would rather not be eating. Think about what happens when you eat the food you are craving. When I realized I was still craving brownies. Think about what happens when you know a food you crave is in the house. Instead. like dressing in a salad or something. Let’s use the cigarettes and brownies as an example in my . Ask yourself why you feel this pull.

“I get it. relax. Instead of just eating it. Think about it. to give me more of what I was getting from the cigarette? Once you realize the payoff you are getting from any habit or craving. Let’s use me and the brownie as an example.own life. you can start to substitute it with something else that will give you a similar feeling. you can start to choose a healthier habit that fulfills what you truly want. A pattern interrupt is putting something between you and what you are craving so that instead of having the craving and then taking action by eating what you are craving.” I decided to have a cup of herbal tea instead. once I asked myself why I was so pulled to them. I used brownies to have fun and to get a little pick-me-up. That’s a nice break. you do something to interrupt the act of eating. to be social. sit outside and have a cigarette. to take a break. you may recognize a pattern. That interrupted my pattern of being on autopilot and just eating the brownie. I started drinking herbal tea. Why couldn’t I just go and sit outside and not have a cigarette? Why not? Or what if I took a five-minute break and did deep breathing. Let’s say that I was craving a brownie. When I used to smoke cigarettes at work I would go and take a five-minute break. I used them to breathe. How cool is that? So I completely eliminated that addiction to brownies. As you go through the process of eliminating cravings. I finally said. if you can identify why you’re going towards the food you are craving. What did cigarettes bring me? What do brownies bring me? In the case of cigarettes. With the brownies. . I realized the tea would calm me and I wouldn’t have to worry about the brownies anymore.

do a meditation. for example. You can train yourself to reach for better things. The standard American diet is full of chips. you may have tastes you miss. You’d be surprised at how delicious crackers made with raw vegetables. you could make raw crackers or chips. “Is there something better that I can reach for?” You might end up having a salad.There are many options for pattern interrupts: repeat a mantra. The thing is. “Is there something better that I can reach for now?” Just the simple act of asking yourself this question can help you change your habits. You can even dip kale chips in raw tahini. nuts and seeds can be. . call a friend or even the practice of asking yourself questions. go for a walk. You can literally save yourself from the clutches of some sort of awful addiction that feels like it’s controlling you — because you are empowering yourself to move beyond it and create new habits. There are many recipe books that show you how to make meals that taste like foods you may have left behind. Anytime you change your diet. One example is crunchy food. pretzels and other crunchy snacks. When you go to the refrigerator at night and you’re looking for something sweet and you ask yourself. A good question is. you can replicate many of the tastes you like with healthier versions of those foods. Some examples are flax crackers or kale chips. For crunchy foods. This may take some planning if you want to make it yourself.

practice these techniques. the Internet and cell phones — sometimes. healthy substitutions for junk food. Quintessence makes amazing raw. Remember to ask yourself questions first though. However. but how you deal with it makes all the difference when it comes to your health. there are some excellent options at the health food store or online raw food stores for raw chips and snacks made with healthy. we are bombarded with e-mail. but if you don’t have the time. many of us are feeling stress so . As you eat a more plant-based diet. You’ll see that you become more conscious and aware of what’s happening in your mind and body — and you’ll be empowered to make real changes in your life. instead of remaining in autopilot or that zombie phase of cravings. organic ingredients. Going to a raw food restaurant. Besides the typical aspects of life. you may find that your body is getting more minerals and you won’t crave salt as much. non-GMO corn chips that will show you the potential you have to make delicious. is also a great way to sample healthy food. Another important area to address with respect to eliminating cravings and reaching your health and well-being goals is reducing stress. Who of us isn’t stressed out these days? Stress is a fact of life. The fight or flight response of stress is meant to protect us in times of danger. Is it crunchy food you are craving or is it really the salt? I think it’s often the salt we’re addicted to. like Quintessence in New York City.These snacks are really easy to make on your own. So remember. it may seem like we have too much to process in too little time.

a hormone called the stress or death hormone. Let me give you an example. news of an impending layoff could cause stress. . but the friend who immediately starts thinking of all the bad things that could happen is bound to feel more stress than the friend who is seeing a potential opportunity for change. lowered immunity and constipation. Type A personalities. As a type A personality. Which friend do you think is experiencing more stress? How you react to any given situation determines the level of stress you will feel. Too much stress means too much cortisol. Your other friend has decided that she’s going to wait and see what happens. Certainly.often that it becomes chronic. then you can get to the heart of what is causing stress. if you can identify what is causing the electrical charge. She’s worrying about her family. premature aging. Let’s say that you hear your company is going to have layoffs. such as weight gain. who are more laid back. You are having lunch with two friends and one of them is worrying about losing her job. But the first thing you need to do is figure out what’s causing the stress in the first place. She’s wondering how she’ll pay her bills and how long it will take her to find a new job. fatigue. Is it possible that a layoff could be equally perceived as scary and negative or exciting and positive? How you perceive any given situation is the key to the level of stress you experience. Two people can be in exactly the same situation and perceive it differently. thinking perhaps this is an opportunity for an exciting new job. who are very driven. Just like with cravings. may react to stress more often than type B personalities. I know how critical it is to reduce stress. but she’s also planning to update her resume. Elevated cortisol is linked to many health conditions.

For you. you can decide how you want to perceive and respond to stressful situations. Because it’s reptilian. stress has to do with survival — because it’s a deeply ingrained. losing a job could have an electrical charge — or an emotional charge to it. it comes from the part of your brain that is instinctual and automatic. “How do I want it to be?” This will get you thinking about how to take action. Taking a High Raw approach. Ask yourself what the electrical charge is to a particular stressful situation and then ask yourself. So what action could you take? Maybe you decide to create a budget. at the very deepest level. Ask yourself. However. If you pay attention and ask yourself questions during times of stress. Here are some techniques to reduce stress: You’ve heard me suggest this technique again and again and for good reason: it helps remove you from unconsciously reacting in autopilot and instead. Let’s say you’ve realized you are stressed about the layoff because you’re afraid you won’t be able to pay your bills. so you can understand your expenses. you don’t have to simply react in an automatic way to stress. consciously responding to what is happening. think about Principle #5: Take Action. you can start taking action to move in that direction. Once you have identified the electrical charge and how you really want it to be instead. Then you take a look at your savings and see how you are doing. maybe you . “What is it?” Are you worried about not being able to pay the bills…or not being able to survive? Often. reptilian response to protect us and help us survive. And finally. How do you want it to be? Perhaps you decide that you want to feel comfortable that you can pay your bills and find a new job.

While I don’t think it’s a cure-all. Chances are. you may not be able to calm your mind and body enough to meditate or do yoga. With EFT. You might even join your friend in updating your resume and looking for a new job. You can become . your breathing becomes shallow. practice deep breathing. perhaps you do the exercises in chapter 10 to identify your passion and your perfect day. EFT is a process of tapping on emotional acupuncture meridians. I do think that tapping on those emotional acupressure points can help your mind and body relax. it’s very active and actually acts as a bridge from a very stressed mind to a calmer. I like using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). if your current job isn’t the job of your dreams. do yoga or anything that helps to calm your body and mind. When you are stressed. relaxed state. EFT is great because it’s easy and you can do it anywhere. notice what’s happening in your body. do a meditation. What if you took action and found an even better job that you truly loved? Or started your own business that you had been dreaming about? We talked about pattern interrupts with respect to eliminating cravings and they can be excellent for stress relief as well. People have used EFT as a pattern interrupt and behavioral change for all kinds of issues from addictions to phobias and unwanted patterns. You could repeat a mantra. In fact. while repeating statements about releasing what you don’t want and reframing what you do want. If you are stressed. your heart is beating faster and your muscles are tight — particularly in your neck and shoulders.put a spending plan in place that you feel comfortable with.

How you perceive a plateau. The term plateau is bandied about in health and fitness as a negative state. Remember that this is a habit and it may take time to change.” One of the hormones secreted in the stress response is adrenaline. This is often referred to as the “adrenaline lifestyle. just like an addiction to caffeine. However. you might be someone who tries to take action on everything at once. you could become addicted to that hit of energy. just like how you perceive any situation. You may want to add this to your health goals and take steps toward making changes. which is exactly the opposite of what I am recommending in the High Raw approach. That’s what allows people to run really fast if they are being chased. Too much adrenaline. You owe it to yourself to find out how it feels to take things at a slower pace and enjoy the journey. will determine if it becomes stressful for you or not. just like too much cortisol. commit to actively reducing stress with the techniques mentioned here — or pick something else that works for you.addicted to stress. just like you can become addicted to sugar and other foods. If you are an adrenaline junkie. Consider doing a two-week experiment with a low stress or low adrenaline lifestyle and seeing how you feel. Plateaus are seen as a holding pattern that a person can’t seem to get beyond. Since we hear about plateaus mostly when it comes to . If you think about the meaning of the word plateau. it’s really about a relatively stable period or level. is harmful for your body over time. which gives you a shot of energy. Pay attention and see if this is true for you and if so.

if all you are looking for is immediate physical changes. The reality is that plateaus mean nothing more than a temporary stable period. Instead. If you’re focused only on the numbers. you tuned into how you felt? What if you noticed that you felt really good. you may be excited when they drop and then feel like a failure if they stall. Sometimes our bodies know best and we have to give them time to adjust to our new health and fitness routines. I would venture to guess that this fear about plateaus has been created to entice you to buy more products. That’s how you recognize that success comes in many forms and you may be missing some important cues if you only look at numbers. Here are some tips for responding to plateaus: Tune into your body and your moods. take an inventory of how you feel. Recognize that a plateau is simply a stable period and trust that this is a . if you are losing anywhere from 20–100 pounds. I addressed the idea of expecting results too quickly. When it comes to weight loss. rather than simply focusing on the outside. what if instead. In chapter 9. Have you ever exercised really hard for two weeks and noticed that you looked exactly the same? That can really defeat your motivation to exercise. where we covered Principle #5: Take Action. your body may have a period where it stalls for a bit as you begin to release weight. I encourage you to forget about the numbers and forget about plateaus.weight loss. you felt like your blood was moving and as if you had more energy when you woke up in the morning? Rather than focusing only on numbers. Notice all of the benefits you are experiencing from inside. Now.

when you are focused on optimal health. what if you focused on the big picture? I’ll share an example about investing in the stock market. However.time when you can focus on creating or maintaining good health habits. it is the people who focus on the long-term picture (or the big picture) that do the best. . plateaus or other challenges. In fact. If your goal is only about losing 50 pounds. This has happened with me. you can accept those bumps in the road and take action to adjust your habits. Some people watch the stock market everyday and stress about the big ups and downs. When you embrace that. when I had razor burn that went away when I eliminated dairy and then came back when I ate dairy again? This kind of recurrence can bring about the same feelings as hitting a plateau. you may experience slip-ups. constantly moving money in and out of certain stocks. On the way to reaching your health goals. Sometimes if you have a health challenge. Remember in chapter 7. you can lose weight without having to stress about it. Instead of getting stuck in the details along the way. However. Reacting based on market ups and downs tends to bring about the worst results. Trust that your healthy habits will allow you to reach your goals. experts say that moving money based on these ups and downs is actually detrimental to long-term returns. you may miss the opportunity to focus on the feeling of creating a habit that supports your well-being for a lifetime. Day traders will even take action based on those daily rises and falls. the goal is living the best that you can for as long as you can. In this way. you might have a recurrence.

you’re always going to come out on top. go back and re-read chapter 9. If we can focus on the big picture — the long-term — through your entire life. I was definitely interested in alkalizing my body. stress causes a hormone reaction that is detrimental to your health. if you are feeling like you are overwhelmed by all the information and not sure what to do. Chapter 9 addresses the idea of taking everything one step at a time. Next. which covers Principle #5: Take Action. Remember. After I finished the book. it’s important to trust yourself. Your health and well-being will benefit more from taking things one step at a time. Trust that you have the information you need in each moment and that you are doing your best with what you know. The pH Miracle has so many good suggestions that it can be easy to get overwhelmed with where to start and how much to take on. I recently re-read The pH Miracle. at your own pace. We’ve all been there. Young and Shelly Redford Young. by Robert O. I didn’t do ALL of the things or take ALL of the products he recommended. than trying to reach all of your goals overnight. After taking those three . If you focus on the little ups and downs along the way. I went online and ordered three products that I thought would be effective for my own health situation. you may miss the incredible gains you’d make over the course of a year or two years. right? How can you not these days in our information society? First of all. Another area that causes stress in our lives is information overload. If you take the High Raw approach. the five principles will empower you to be your own best health advocate.It’s the same with your health. because my minerals had been low. So it’s only in the moment that you’re feeling down.

I told myself the same thing. what I DID want was to get better. Get it done. “Let’s go! I’m going to rock and roll. I’m going to transform my health. That allowed me to choose a small piece of what The pH Miracle suggested and move on from there. When you can grasp this. Add to this the unshakable confidence that you know you’ll achieve your goals and you can relax and enjoy the process of creating optimal health! As they say. Take action on it. I read Healing Lyme: Natural Healing And Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis And Its Coinfections by Stephen Harrod Buhner. I said. you’ve got it made. “I know I’m going to get over this!” When I was dealing with Lyme. so I just chose some basic principles and took action.” . This eliminated the overwhelm because instead of trying to tackle the 50 recommendations in the book. Instead of saying. Here’s the key: start with one thing.products. I’m going to figure out what’s going on here. When I was dealing with Candida. I did the same thing when I was dealing with Lyme issues. because it’s going to really work for you. I kept reading and adding new ones. attitude is everything — and that’s true when it comes to achieving your health goals too. I trusted the results of a test I had gotten done and I trusted what I knew as my own best health advocate. Just do it. You see. I chose a place to start and practiced that until I was ready for the next step. I’m going to find people to help me get there. And if I need to. I felt like I had addressed what I needed to for my health and I knew I could move on. There’s a lot of information in the book. I didn’t want sympathy from anyone. As I mastered those principles. “I’m going to fight it. Know that it’s just going to happen. and I’m going to take care of it. then move on to the next step. And that’s the attitude that I really recommend you have. I didn’t have to do everything in the book because I used High Raw Principle #3: Know Your Body.” say.

but be safe too. but I can’t afford it because it’s $20. don’t want to invest in their health. Get tested.Trust your intuition. what do you have if you lose your health? I think health is the most important thing. which is why High Raw Principle #2 is Make Health Your TOP Priority. even money. When someone comes to me and says. In my own life. When you receive my newsletter. It’s up to you to decide what’s more important to you. .” The thing is.” I ask: “Do you have cable television? Do you need that? What else do you have that you don’t really need that’s less important than your health?” The reality is a lot of things are less than important than your health. There were times I did not have $100 for a test that I knew I needed. Figure out what’s going on and how to know when it’s resolved. I would almost go out on a limb and say almost everything is less important than your health…including your cable TV and your cell phone. So many people pay big monthly bills for these items and yet. I have a quote at the bottom that says: “Most people work hard and spend their health trying to achieve wealth. I’ve seen this principle in action. When you make your health your top priority. Remember High Raw Principle #3: Know Your Body. “I know I need this supplement. but I made it happen because I knew that the test would help me achieve my health goals. I’m going to take a tough love approach because there’s nothing more important than your health. nothing gets in the way. When it comes to investing in your health. Then they retire and spend their wealth trying to get back their health.

And each time. how can you afford to do this? Well. They’ve found a way because they’ve prioritized their health. supplements. when my wife. start with just one food at a time and plan to add more as your budge allows. And we felt good. you’ll find a way to make it work.000 a year and they still eat organic foods. Maybe you’ll start gardening or sprouting. They’ve figured it out. there’s a spring that you can access from the road and people show up on Sundays and fill their jugs for the week. we focused on the fact that we had the best water we could have at that time. you don’t even need a filter because you may have free solutions available to you. What’s important is that we started somewhere and built to a better filter from there. So you can find a way to afford organic food.I’ve gotten emails from people who make $5. In that case. When you recognize that it’s all about your priorities. Here are some tips for making your health more affordable: If you feel you can’t afford to buy organic food. We started there and then upgraded to a $300 water filter. So. What I’ve always found is that if I stretch my comfort level when it comes to finances. Maybe you’ll find that you eat less organic food because it is . Annmarie. Maybe switch your regular lettuce to organic lettuce. In Moab. Maybe you live near a spring and can get free water. just the act of taking that one step is the fuel for finding other solutions. over time there’s always enough. Sometimes. what you can do is start somewhere. we could only afford a $100 water filter. and I wanted to buy a water filter. tests or whatever you need to be healthy or reach optimal health. Utah. For example. Next time we buy a house we might buy a wholehouse filter.

You may be able to trade for products as well. Practice this for yourself and see what happens. taking a small step may lead to bigger steps AND it will certainly empower you to feel you are taking charge of your health. When you start from an attitude of “I can do this. Be willing to talk to people and negotiate a trade that works for both of you. When you believe in yourself and in abundance. you may be able to lower your costs significantly. so you can earn more money. “I can’t do it. So you provide a free massage and they provide a free consultation. especially in small businesses. That may sound silly — and it certainly does not mean going beyond your means — but cultivating a belief in abundance can truly bring about amazing results. Perhaps an opportunity for additional work comes your way. People do this all the time. In any case. If you are creative and openminded. You may have a skill — say you’re a massage therapist — you can trade your skill for theirs. .so mineral rich. just say that and feel what it would be like to believe it.” and see how that makes you feel. so be open-minded and don’t be afraid to ask! Whether you live near a fresh spring or have some space to start a garden. I can’t afford it. it always shows up. One example is bartering (trading) with health experts for their services.” everything starts to change. Some well known people in the raw food movement actually forage for food and superfoods in fields and forests. you may be able to reduce your costs by seeking free alternatives. I’ll make it happen. If you’re not sure. Now say.

that you learn more about yourself along the way. the easier it will be to run a systems check and zero in on what you truly need. they exist to make you even healthier. that challenges exist only to make us stronger. . you may read about symptoms and protocols and think you have a health condition that requires all of the recommended supplements. This is also a place where High Raw Principle #3: Know Your Body is incredibly helpful. you can practice the techniques in this chapter and keep moving forward. when you look at the big picture and stick to your goals. And in your case. By now you are probably starting to see a theme: you can do it. like I did. Write down the systems in your body and do a check on each of them. there may be stumbling blocks. For example. You may even find.One of the pitfalls in achieving health goals is thinking you need every supplement and every health product. You might find out that there’s only one area you want to address. This way. You can zero in on what you really do need to take and start there. Along the way. What if you ran a systems check on your body instead? Planes get a systems check before they take off and we can do the same things ourselves. When you believe you can achieve optimal health — when you have embraced High Raw Principle #2: Make Your Health Your TOP Priority — you can make it happen. you can avoid all of the supplements or most of the steps in a protocol. The more you know. Everyone experiences them and if you trust that they are a normal part of the process.

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but of creating a healthy lifestyle. The High Raw lifestyle incorporates breath.Is diet the most important aspect of achieving optimal health? After reading chapter 12. you are adding all of these into your life. nuts and seeds — but that’s not all. plenty of pure water and exercise. you can see that I believe optimal health is an outcome not of food alone. ripe. A healthy High Raw lifestyle would recognize the importance of living your passion. you are eating mostly raw. fruits. organic vegetables. In today’s terms. reducing stress and having fun. Over time. When you take a High Raw approach. In reality. many diets are sold as magic pills — quick fixes for whatever ails you. Think of this like the . the healthiest people have had healthy lifestyles of which diet was only one part.

Each spoke is important for the proper functioning of the wheel because the wheel will not turn on one or two spokes alone. a collection of islands south of Japan. was a best. is inhabited by some of the healthiest people alive. As I’ve worked with many of the top health and nutrition experts. let’s talk about food from a High Raw perspective. High Raw Principle #1 is eat real food and think like a raw foodist — so does this mean that raw food the only way to achieve optimal health and beauty? Not at all — however. Willcox. . Dr.selling book that found Okinawans to have the world’s longest disability-free lives. D. Bradley J. I’ve noticed one thing in common: they emphasize whole foods and a largely plant-based diet.spokes on a wheel. Their secret was all about their lifestyle — including a healthy diet that is 86% plant-based and a focus on meditation. low stress and spirituality. Makoto Suzuki. Craig Willcox and Dr. So recognizing that food is only one aspect of lifestyle. Okinawa. whether raw or cooked. by Dr. The Okinawa Program: How the World’s Longest-Lived People Achieve Everlasting Health — And How You Can Too. eating more raw foods is certainly going to help. exercise.

greens. this is your time to play and enjoy yourself. He eats grains. vegetables. Here are some guidelines for eating healthy. eats a very low carbohydrate diet consisting of fish. cooked legumes and cooked grains. the High Raw way: HIGH RAW Think Like a Raw Foodist. is an advocate of raw foods. seaweeds and a little bit of brown rice. These health experts agree that fitness and lifestyle make a big difference when it comes to health and longevity.Here are some examples of health experts who focus on a healthy lifestyle. . fish. animal protein or dessert. soy. Whether it means more raw food. . steamed vegetables. sugar and most meat. raw fruits. author and nutrition and health expert. In his early sixties. nuts and seeds. and he avoids dairy. he looks much younger than his age. including variations on a plantbased diet: one of America’s premier health experts and author of several books about nutrition and lifestyle. (3) Use the remaining 5% for FUN! You decide what fun means to you. is a 94-year old fitness and nutrition expert who continues to workout every day for 2 hours. Eat Raw Food and (1) Eat 75%–95% whole. . (2) Eat 0–20% cooked vegetables. raw vegetables and green juices.

Even if you eat too much natural sugar from fruit. This is one of those topics where you can find completely opposite views. When deciding how much fat.Higher in minerals and free of harmful pesticides. like . Use the information in chapter 7 about Principle #3: Know Your Body. means you have less available energy. carbohydrates and protein that works for you. too much fat can slow your body down. depending upon what you listen to or what you read. teeth issues and mood swings. Carbohydrates Whole foods would include complex carbohydrates. To find out the percentage of fats. which in essence. which gives you guidelines to see what’s happening in your body. Keep a food diary if you need to and write down what happens as you experiment. Sugar Sugar is basically a simple carbohydrate that speeds your body up. test it. experiment and see what works for you — otherwise. Too much sugar can lead to mineral loss and other issues. you will get caught up in the disagreements among nutrition experts about what works best. protein and carbohydrates to eat. Fats slow down your digestion and decrease the amount of glycogen available to your body. While healthy fats have many benefits. like candida. Fats I believe that we’re not meant to eat a lot of fats. your blood can become too acidic. Try it out and see what works. organic food is tops when it comes to nutrition.

muscles. will give your body energy without spiking your blood sugar like too much fruit or processed food. If you want to eat them raw. like cooked millet and quinoa. like quinoa and millet are a good source of protein and you will see many plant-based foods in this chapter (in the Superfoods section) that are proteinrich. You may find. protein is very important. Whole grains. with less protein and fat. as I have.quinoa. Protein The building blocks of healthy cells. For those following a raw food diet. I don’t believe that we need to be following a high protein diet. like nuts and seeds. rather than eating a lot of fat and very little carbohydrates. but they break down more slowly and do not cause the kind of blood sugar spike that simple carbohydrates do. . When you are eating whole foods. Complex carbohydrates are also good food for your gut flora — the beneficial bacteria that helps keep your digestion and immunity strong. you will get plenty of protein. The complex carbohydrates that you get from whole grains. quinoa and amaranth are alkaline grains that are really from the seed family. Complex carbohydrates provide energy like sugars. fat is often one of the main sources of calories because it’s hard to fulfill caloric needs with only raw vegetables. you can sprout them and even dehydrate them. hormones and enzymes. tissues. Millet. I’d rather see people move towards a diet that includes more carbohydrates. If you want to eat them cooked. However. millet and amaranth. you can soak or sprout them and then cook them or bake them into bread.

Many people say. certain nutrients and digestibility is improved with cooking. While this is true. it’s important to keep in mind the big picture when it comes to your diet. It’s not uncommon to consume too few calories on the raw food diet. In the debate about cooking vs. those who advocate cooked foods do so because in some cases. low fat and lower amounts of nuts and seeds. raw. When you are balancing these aspects of your diet. The fruit helped me get more calories and I was able to gain the . Enzymes are a part of the picture and if you eat the High Raw way. Your body needs a certain amount of calories to fulfill your basal metabolic needs. I lose weight like crazy. This happened to me when I went on the raw food diet. This may be true to some degree because toxins are stored in fat cells. so I began following Doug Graham’s 80/10/10 approach and eating more fruit. there’s another reason you may be losing too much weight: you may not be getting enough calories. however. At the same time.that cooking these grains makes them easier to digest. especially one that emphasizes mostly vegetables. you will be getting plenty of enzymes in your diet. “When I eat raw food. it’s important to think beyond enzymes to other important aspects like: vitamins and minerals and fulfilling your energy (calorie) requirements. I began to lose too much weight.” This rapid weight loss is often explained as reducing your toxic load. you don’t have to worry about whether you are losing some enzymes when cooking grains. One of the main tenets in the raw food movement is that cooking foods results in a loss of enzymes. I recommend you check this out for yourself and see if you find grains easier to digest when eaten raw or cooked.

think about how you can incorporate more calories into your diet. Unfortunately it happened at the same time that I had Lyme disease. which can contribute to illness and disease. I simply want to emphasize that your body does have an energy requirement. getting enough calories is important for feeling your best and maintaining your weight. but they also kill good bacteria. which was great. While I believe healthy fats and fruit is important. In order for . Go online and find a little calorie calculator — they’re everywhere. Now I’m not tied to calories as the way to measure how much food you should be eating or not. when I was taking an antibiotic. You do require energy. Adding cooked grains is a really good solution for boosting your calories so that you don’t need to consume an overabundance of fat or fruit sugar. In the meantime. So you can see what happens when you start to change things in your diet. The important thing to remember is what works for you — and that may change depending upon your health circumstances at the time. If you are losing too much weight. like steamed vegetables and cooked grains. you could add calories and density to your food by adding some things that are slightly cooked. you can end up eating too much of both of these foods on a 100% raw food diet simply to meet your calorie needs. Instead. so I developed candida (a systemic yeast infection). Antibiotics kill bad bacteria. or anything like that. Even if you don’t have a Lyme or candida issue.weight back. I still think too much fruit can be problematic because it can create an acidic blood condition. Many people following the raw food diet may end up eating too much sugar from fruit to meet their calorie needs. Take a look at what your basic metabolic rate would be and how many calories you burn.

This is how you allow your body to do the amazing things that human bodies do — like healing itself. spinach. arugula. are grown in an environment full on minerals that your body needs for optimal health — the . Some superfoods may seem exotic and expensive. Green vegetables and green juices Land vegetables are nature’s best superfood. I have found green juices to be one of the best ways to get a lot of greens into your diet that also hydrate and energize your body. parsley. but what’s the real deal on superfoods? If you are following High Raw Principle #1 and eating an abundance of whole. Superfoods are foods that are prized for their high concentration of nutrients. Readily available in supermarkets. ripe plant foods. mustard greens and escarole are just some examples of healthy greens. minerals and antioxidants. I am going to cover some of my favorite superfoods and concentrate on those that are readily available and make excellent additions to a regular diet. they are rich in vitamins. yet there are many easy-to-find and affordable options. It is not necessary to focus your whole diet on superfoods. If you’re giving your body the energy it needs. Green juices are one of my staple superfoods. you need to get the energy that your system requires. We hear a lot about them in health and nutrition. raw. farmer’s markets. Kale. collards. it will be much more willing to stay healthy and youthful. Sea vegetables Also called seaweed. you will be getting plenty of nutrients. health food stores or your own backyard.your system to really function optimally. romaine lettuce.

flax seed and raw sunflower seeds. and have an extremely high composition of protein. GLA. Ocean water has up to 92 minerals can be absorbed by the plants growing in the sea. like magnesium. The hemp seed is 33% protein by volume! It is a fantastic source of protein for the athlete who doesn’t want to — or . Sea vegetables. the amino acid precursor to serotonin (the feel good hormone). when compared to land vegetables. strength and growth. Omega-3 oils. This makes sea vegetables one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. which is fantastic for muscle and bone development. Pumpkin seeds also are excellent sources of protein. Hemp Seeds Hemp seeds are considered to be one of the most nutritious food sources on the planet. which can be used by the body in its raw state. are one of the best vegetable sources of calcium. This protein is called edistin. fat and other essential minerals. which have to be cooked or sprouted. Pumpkin seeds can promote weight loss along with other seeds. like hemp seed. They contain vitamin E. and kelp are three of the most readily available sea vegetables. You can find this super-seed right in your backyard if you live in the Northeastern US! Add them to salads as an extra garnish. unlike soybeans. Don’t worry if the idea of eating seaweed grosses you out. Pumpkin Seeds The raw pumpkin seed is a feel-good food because it’s a great source of tryptophan.ocean. Nori. dulce. use them for snacking or mix them in with other superfoods. Your health food store will have different seaweed granules that you can use as a salt substitute and you’ll never know the difference.

help with anemia and improve overall memory and vitality. The Peruvians and many others claim. I ended up with adrenal stress.. they have a light nutty flavor. almost like a sunflower seed. magnesium. which affected my kidneys. Cacao I get a lot of questions about cacao because everyone wants to know about raw chocolate. Cacao is rich in magnesium and also a good source of arginine. your breakfast.. It has more mineral content than potatoes and carrots — containing iron. tryptophan and antioxidants. calcium. I used to be a fan of cacao. Hemp also contains three times the vitamin E contained in flax seeds. Hemp seeds have essential fatty acids (EFAs). For me personally. After some testing. the symptoms . I found that it was the cacao causing these symptoms. You can add hemp seeds to almost anything! A salad. eczema. which are important for optimal health. a desert. eating it everyday in powdered form and nibs. raw chocolate and I do not get along. This powerful food is also a libido stimulant! Maca powder is best taken mixed with warm water in a tea.can’t — stomach pounds and pounds of turkey and chicken. like omega3’s and omega-6s. low minerals and acidic pH. When I eliminated the cacao. It has a strong taste and this can be softened with goji berries or honey. I confirmed the symptoms I was having when eating cacao everyday. and iodine. After doing the two-week experiments that I recommend in chapter 7. potassium. maca can help fight depression. Maca Maca is a Peruvian root powder that is used to increase strength and vitality.

For me. You may find. As you follow High Raw Principle #1. raw plant-based foods. But what is the best sweetener to use if you find you want to satisfy your sweet tooth? I believe that raw honey is the best sweetener because it is the most natural. the sweet taste is a natural part of any diet. I encourage you to experiment and make your own decision about cacao. When it comes to superfoods or any food. This includes natural sugars found in fruit and other sweeteners. In Ayurvedic medicine. much like caffeine. However. Cacao is a stimulant because it contains theobromine. ripe. you will be eating more whole. that it makes a better occasional treat than an everyday staple. Sugar consumption has continued to rise over the past fifty years and after reading chapter 13. you may find that you crave sweets less and less. like I did. There are many other superfoods out there to learn about and experiment with. Most people who eat cacao will tell you that it gives them a little boost. sweet is just one of six tastes that also include sour. like dark urine and eczema.I had. you are aware that I think the less sugar we eat. went away. bitter. the better. You may wonder why you ever needed to add sugar and sweeteners in the first place. it’s important to decide what works for you because that’s what High Raw is all about. As your body gets the nutrients it needs. pungent and astringent. eating the quantity of cacao I did every day was not good. a chemical related to caffeine. Here is an overview of some of the most popular sweeteners: .

Raw Honey When it comes to raw honey, I’m not talking about the honey in the little bear. I’m talking real, unprocessed, raw honey. Raw honey contains enzymes, phytonutrients, resins and propolis, which is bee glue. This unique combination of properties makes it versatile not only as a food, but as an anti-bacterial agent. As a food, raw honey can raise antioxidant levels in the body, restore muscle glycogen after a workout and help lower cholesterol and the risk of certain cancers. As a topical substance, it can decrease infection and work just as well as alcohol solutions. Used as a sweetener, you can put some in your teas or your water, or just have a small spoonful for a quick pick me up. If you want the full benefits of raw honey, just be sure not to heat it to a high temperature. Heat will destroy many of its best qualities. Agave There’s a debate about whether agave is a good sweetener or not. Agave is a processed sweetener. They take the agave syrup, they distill it down to a semi-sweetness attached to the actual fiber molecule and then they add an enzyme to separate the sugar from it. What’s separated is the agave nectar. People will argue that agave is fairly natural because of the added enzymes, but you can’t compare this to the natural process of bees making raw honey. There’s nothing in nature that takes the agave liquid, boils it down (often at temperatures exceeding 140 degrees F), distills it and then throws an enzyme on it to make it a sugar. Maple Syrup Maple syrup is processed as well, although perhaps a bit less than agave. Maple sap, once collected from trees, is not

very sweet. Maple syrup gets its sweetness after being boiled down to a more concentrated state. Yacon Syrup Raw yacon syrup is heated to 104 degrees F, so while it is more processed than honey, it is considered raw. Yacon syrup is becoming a popular sweetener for raw foodists. Stevia Stevia, another processed sweetener, is an herb that is 300 times sweeter than sugar. You only need a tiny pinch of stevia to get a sweet taste — using too much results in a bitter aftertaste. Stevia is being used by a lot of corporations who want to use natural sweeteners instead of artificial sweeteners. For this reason, you’ll find more and more products using stevia, which I don’t think is necessarily a good thing. With the abundance of sweet foods in the standard American diet, we don’t know the long-term effects of eating a lot of stevia. If you were just putting a little pinch in a few things here and there, that’s one thing, but using stevia in everything from sodas to tea, bread and cookies and consumed in high amounts is questionable. Take a look at what you are eating and see how often you feel a desire for sweet foods. Notice if there are sweeteners being added to foods that don’t even need it — like dressing, for example. Experiment with leaving the sweetener out or a recipe completely or cutting it in half. You may not even miss it. And if you continue to find yourself craving sugar or sweeteners, read the section on eliminating cravings in chapter 13. There are many excellent techniques that can help you reduce or eliminate the pull you feel toward sugar and sweeteners.

So you’re ready to eat healthier, but maybe you don’t like the thought of taking things out of your diet. This is not an uncommon feeling because most of the time, when something is taken away, we want it back. If it doesn’t feel good to eliminate things from your diet, here’s a really powerful process that can help you transition into a healthier diet without a feeling of deprivation. I learned this process from raw food expert, David Wolfe. The key is, instead of eliminating things from your diet, add healthy food into your current diet. While this example is a bit extreme, it illustrates the point: let’s say pizza is your favorite food and you eat it every day. If I told you to eliminate pizza and start eating salad instead, you’d probably protest. Perhaps you’d be able to do it for a short period of time, maybe two weeks, but you’d probably be looking at the calendar and waiting to add your pizza back. Now you’re focused on what you can’t have, instead of what you can have. Instead, how about adding something healthy to what you are already eating? To do this, start using High Raw Principle #1: Eat Real Food and Think Like a Raw Foodist. With this mindset, you start where you are and build on what you are doing already. Let’s say you have pizza for breakfast, sticking to your usual routine. At lunch, you ask yourself, “What can I add to this pizza to make it healthier?” Perhaps you add some romaine lettuce – just drop it right on top of your pizza. At dinner time, you ask again, “What can I add to this pizza to make it healthier?” Now you are building on what you did at lunch, so maybe you add some lettuce and some slices of onion. With each meal, you are adding more healthy ingredients to your pizza. Eventually, you may replace half of your pizza with

a salad. Over time, your body will start to cleanse and you will eliminate the pizza at a pace that works for you. Your body will support you by developing a taste for healthier foods. With each meal, ask yourself, “How can I make this healthier?” In this way, instead of focusing on eliminating food, you are focusing on continuous improvement. I am not suggesting, however, that there is some pinnacle that is the absolute healthiest way to eat. And I am certainly not suggesting that we aim for subsisting on breath and water alone. What I am suggesting is that you think of the way you eat as a growing process. If you relax and trust that you are always growing and progressing, you don’t have to stress out about whether you are eating “the perfect diet.” Keep in mind that this process of adding will likely take a little bit of time. It’s OK to take this at your own pace — you are creating healthy habits for a lifetime. Sometimes, people ask me, “Kevin, how do you eat so healthy?” and my response is that it’s been years in the making. I didn’t start out eating healthy – remember, I was into Twinkies, pizza and beer at one time. I like to think of myself as a work in progress and I think we all are to some degree. If you trust where you are, rather than comparing yourself to another person or a standard that feels difficult to attain, it takes the fun out of this whole journey toward optimal health. Take your time and trust that you will keep moving forward from where you are.

When you embrace the High Raw lifestyle, you will be eating more whole foods, including ripe, raw vegetables and fruits. You may find that this one habit alone will be a major beauty secret that will bring you a youthful glow and plenty of energy. But remember that we are talking about creating a lifestyle that supports feeling your best – and that food is

. don’t be surprised if you start to throw away those beauty creams and cosmetics you once thought you needed to look great. exercise. plenty of sleep. Good health is simply the best way to look and feel your best. water. reduced stress and doing what you love — having fun — is the real beauty secret. A High Raw lifestyle promotes health and beauty from the inside out.only one part of the picture. You unlock your body’s potential to heal and glow with youthful energy. As you take these steps at your own pace. Breath.

. you will get more for your money.One of the most common questions I get on my blog at www. When you are following a healthy High Raw lifestyle. First of all. High Raw Principle #3: Know Your Body — is key when it comes to which supplements are best for you. Chapter 7 outlines several options for tests to help you determine nutrient deficiencies. you will likely be getting most of the nutrients you need from food. RenegadeHealth. I will share my views on the best supplements to take and more importantly. but each person is different. Anyone can give you a list of the best supplements. You’ll save a lot of time and money when you have that information.com is “What supplements should I take?” In this chapter. When you get tested to find out what your specific needs are. In this chapter. so a lot of supplements may not be necessary. Maybe you’ll find out you don’t need supplements at all – or perhaps you’ll only need one or two. there are certain supplements that I recommend because they offer a kind of “nutritional back up plan.” that I often think of as “insurance” for my best health. However. my philosophy on supplements as a whole.

The low quality supplements that you find for bargain basement prices in the local vitamin store are bottom of the barrel when it comes to quality. An important guideline to keep in mind is to look for supplements that are made from whole foods or whole food extracts. Green powders provide vitamins. Some fish oils are actually rancid by the time it gets made into capsules. there’s not that much variation between product A and product B.I’m going to outline my favorite supplements that are great additions to any health routine. While a green powder alone is a great way to start a healthy . you only need a small daily amount to cover all your bases when combined with a healthy diet. minerals and phytonutrients that you may not get in your regular diet. With a high quality green powder. adding green powder is the way to go. Know your supplement producer — call them up and ask them how their products are produced. so looking at how a product is made can also help you choose the best quality product. You may not realize that all supplements are really only sourced from five or six labs around the country. And if you are looking for an easy way to boost your health. Here are some excellent supplements for a regular health regimen: Green Powder Green powders are an incredible foundation for your regular health routine. Unless you have a severe deficiency. You may not even know it when you are taking them. This means that when you choose high quality supplements. But not all supplements are created equally. I’ve heard horror stories about fish oils. taking supplements made from whole foods or whole food extracts are ideal for regular use.

You can mix green powder with water or put it in a smoothie. you’ll still want to focus on a diet full of whole. While the taste may take some getting used to. raw greens. but it does give you a good range of nutrients to help you feel your best. As you can see. Here’s what to look for when choosing a high quality green powder: nettles. ripe. We all have a mix of good and bad bacteria and yeast in our intestines. green powders have a wide variety of nutrients. taken antibiotics or consumed . Anyone who has experienced chronic stress. so that you feel your best. In other words. the green drink does not make up for a diet lacking in vegetables. horsetail. It’s important to keep the balance right. Probiotics Probiotics are the healthy bacteria and yeast that help boost your immunity and aid your digestion. and grasses. like wheat grass and barley grass. Adding green powder to a smoothie with banana. parsley.eating program. consumed a diet full of processed foods. Two exceptional green powders are: Vitamineral Green from HealthForce and Revitaphi from Elements for Life. some of them taste better than others. some water and coconut water makes a delicious mineral-rich drink.

Neither vitamins.” Prebiotics are food for probiotics and include foods like onions. or hormones can do any work — without enzymes. no activity at all would take place. When it comes to taking probiotics. There are many great probiotic supplements out there. you may want to take extra probiotics to help keep the “good guys” in balance and then cut back to the regular amount you were taking. Enzymes Enzymes are proteins that are involved in digestion and every chemical reaction in your body. My favorite is Jon Barron’s products.” which can set the stage for illness. Baseline Nutritionals Probiotics. look at your lifestyle. If you are under a lot of stress or taking antibiotics. chlorine in water). like fermented foods (cultured vegetables. Edward Howell. you are not assimilating all of the nutrients from your food. miso and tempeh) and “prebiotics. When your flora (bacteria and yeast) are in balance. raw apple cider vinegar.”1 In fact. the good guys actually help you digest and assimilate your food.anything that kills bacteria (like. “Without enzymes. many health experts believe that health and longevity is directly related to your body’s supply of enzymes. If you’re not digesting your food properly. An imbalance means you may have too many of the “bad guys. like chicory root. fruit and certain herbs. may have an imbalance of good and bad bacteria and yeast. If you are having digestive problems — and so many people do today — probiotics can help improve your digestion. minerals. They even help create vitamins. Dr. like B vitamins and vitamin K. . grains. You can eat food that promotes probiotics in your gut. According to food enzyme researcher.

. Some really high quality systemic enzymes are Wobenzyme (not plant-based) and Dr. taking enzyme supplements can help your body in a variety of ways. With today’s stressful lifestyles. which definitely helps. bloating and fatigue after eating meals. But if you experience symptoms of low energy. you may find that digestive and systemic enzymes can give your health a boost. Fred Bisci’s Therapeutic Enzymes (plant-based). low immunity or poor digestion. like gas. fats and proteins. Certainly. Systemic enzymes can help boost immunity and reduce conditions like acidity. the more enzymes you will have in your food. I like Baseline Nutritionals Digestive Enzymes. particularly if you’re having digestive issues. joint pain. inflammation and gout. sweeping everything out of your system to clean and detoxify your internal environment. Taking digestive enzymes can relieve these symptoms by helping your body fully digest and assimilate your food. Think of systemic enzymes like a janitor. even if you are eating healthy. The two types of enzyme supplements are: Digestive enzymes are specifically formulated to help you digest your food. Different types of enzymes help break down carbohydrates. Many people today experience digestive problems. the more raw foods you eat. I think everyone can benefit from taking both digestive and systemic enzymes. Systemic enzymes are taken on an empty stomach — not for digestion — but for the rest of your metabolic processes.Since enzymes are used up for digestion and other metabolic functions and since we lose enzymes as we age.

you may not be absorbing the vitamin B12. particularly if you are following the High Raw lifestyle or you are a vegetarian or raw foodist. This is because the process of breaking down vitamin B12 in your body is . fish. grains. while eggs and plantbased sources have properties that make it more difficult to absorb.Vitamin B12 Vitamin B12 is a very important supplement. even if you take a B12 vitamin or eat meat. Unfortunately. experts are saying that the B12 in meat. eggs. poultry and fish is the most readily absorbed. B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that cannot be stored in your body. However. dairy and some algae. B12 is found in foods like meat. This means you need to have adequate intake of vitamin B12 each day. poultry.

If your B12 levels are good and you only need a regular supplement. which means they don’t have enough of the enzyme pepsin to break down vitamin B12 in the stomach. there are complications that make vitamin B12 tricky to digest and assimilate. It’s typically very inexpensive. Or your health practitioner can teach you how to self-administer the shots. it can cause permanent damage if it goes untreated for too long. Some people will have to take them monthly for life. When it comes to which vitamin B12 to choose. vitamin B12 deficiency can go undiagnosed until it’s too late. Next.” a protein produced in your stomach that helps break down B12 in your intestines. make sure that you get methylcobalamin or hydroxycobolamin. so that’s what I recommend you look for. many people do well with a vitamin B12 lozenge or vitamin B12 spray.very complex.2 In chapter 7. it’s important to get tested and know your B12 levels. Typically. . First. In fact. The good news is that high quality vitamin B12 is very inexpensive — the one I use is $12 for a monthly supply. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause a wide variety of symptoms from irritability and depression to memory loss and chronic fatigue. with each step in your digestive process. For this reason. many people are missing “intrinsic factor. You’ll know a cheap vitamin if you look at it and it says cyanocobalamin. While vitamin B12 deficiency is easily corrected if caught early. Since symptoms can mimic other health issues. treatment for B12 deficiency would include a series of B12 shots that you can get from your health practitioner. many people lack adequate hydrochloric acid (stomach acid). you learned about the urinary MMA test for B12 deficiency and I highly recommend everyone get tested. Methylcobalamin is a much more easily absorbed version of B12.

4 When I got tested for vitamin D. Chapter 7 has more information on vitamin D testing. since I spend a good amount of time in the sun. is not available from a plant-based source. The good news is that you can get vitamin D3 sourced from lanolin or sheep’s wool. destructive conglomerate business that is destroying life for food. depression and intestinal problems. you may not need to take vitamin D at all. if you live in a cold climate where you’d have less sun exposure. it’s not a part of the huge. While lanolin is an animal product. but remember High Raw Principle #2: Make Your Health Your Top Priority. I was surprised that my own levels were low. affecting up to 40% of Americans. With plenty of time in the sunshine. the form that your body uses. Vitamin D is the “free vitamin” because you can get it from the sunshine. What . You may want to get tested in the winter as well. I highly recommend getting tested to see how your vitamin D levels are. Since vitamin D deficiency is linked to cancer. you might have a moral issue with this. vitamin D deficiency is more prevalent than you may think.Vitamin D I recommend everyone get tested for vitamin D levels. If you’re a really strict vegan. so you may want to consider what your body needs most of all. However. Your health is of the utmost importance. Testing for vitamin D levels will help you know for sure. among other health issues. One thing to keep in mind is that vitamin D3.

particularly if you have some sort of deficiency and need to rebuild your vitamin D levels. . There are many good brands of vitamin D. The questions I get most often are about natural supplements to boost immunity. Green powders. my goal is to highlight some of the key products to create a baseline of good health. a kind of insurance for optimal health. Your health practitioner can recommend how much you should take. it has been getting attention as a possible avian flu remedy. decrease inflammation. From time to time. gogi berries. this helps with the bioavailablity. due to olive leaf extracts powerful anti-viral properties. detoxify your body and fight viruses. noni juice and vitamin C.6 Most recently. you may also be looking for natural solutions for a specific health situation. I highly recommend you get tested so that you can tailor your supplements to the needs of your body. but just like with any other supplement you are considering. Research has shown that fresh olive leaf extract is higher in antioxidants that extra virgin olive oil.happens is the sheep releases vitamin D2 and then the sun converts it to vitamin D3. I use Bio-D Mulsion Forte by Biotics Research. While there are many other excellent supplements. Work with a practitioner to determine how to supplement with vitamin D because you can overdo it. Vitamins B12 and D are also critical. Since vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. probiotics and enzymes are in my opinion. Here are some great herbs for your immune system: Olive Leaf Extract The olive leaf herb has been used since ancient Egyptian times for its medicinal properties. which provides vitamin D3 in an emulsified form.

cat’s claw has been used for its immune-stimulating properties since the Inca civilization. oregano extract has anti-fungal. because there are certain contraindications for taking olive leaf tincture. the olive leaf tincture may decrease their effectiveness. Epstein Barr or Lyme disease. HIV. anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Cat’s claw is made from the root and bark of the vine and has properties that help reduce inflammation and fight certain viruses.8 Cilantro Cilantro is the leaf of the plant also known as coriander (seeds). rheumatoid arthritis.If you are experiencing a viral infection.7 Cat’s claw has been studied for its benefits for osteoarthritis. MS. Oregano oil extract has been used to boost immunity and settle upset stomach. lupus and Chrohn’s disease. It has anti-fungal. For example. which helps remove heavy metals from your body. you might consider taking olive leaf extract in the form of a tincture. anti-bacterial. anti-viral and antiseptic properties. Cat’s Claw A vine from the Amazon and South America. Work with your health practitioner though. treat food poising and relieve other digestive problems. Oregano Oil Extract Often included in candida and parasite cleansing formulas. . Cilantro is often used as part of natural chelation therapy. if you are taking antibiotics. like the flu. Cilantro is used to improve digestion and fight infection. Cilantro has been used in many ways from simply eating the herb in salads or smoothies to making tea or using the tincture.

just as important is focusing on your breath. ““Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food. However. a healthy lifestyle is just as important as good nutrition.While herbal remedies have many medicinal benefits. Working with a health practitioner is a great way to receive guidance on herbs that will benefit your specific health goals. Hippocrates. especially when you follow High Raw Principle #3: Know Your Body. exercise — and all of the components that make up your healthy lifestyle. Taking supplements can be great “insurance” for health and wellness. as you know from reading chapter 14. is well known for saying. . And yet. they may also have contraindications. so make sure you know what they are before using them. the father of medicine.” The High Raw approach embraces good nutrition as one of the pillars of optimal health. water.

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. The good news is that your body is designed to detoxify and when you follow the High Raw lifestyle. but to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals that you CAN control.Toxins are everywhere…in the air. Instead. Your High Raw lifestyle will also help boost your immunity. We literally cannot escape toxins. water. when your goal is optimal health. From organic foods to chemical-free cleaning and beauty products. so that your body’s organs of detoxification remain strong. you will be reducing exposure to chemicals over time. the personal care and beauty products you use. the fabrics in your clothing and furniture and the cleaning products you use in your home. Examples of toxic exposure you can control are: the food you eat. food and many of the products we use. The idea is not to worry about toxins you can’t control. so being 100% toxin free is not realistic. you go a long way toward reducing exposure to toxins. there are many toxin-free options that put you in charge of your best health.

it is this acidic blood that leads to all major diseases we know of today. According to the authors. you can begin to correct deficiencies you may be experiencing. This overburden of toxins can create an acidic condition in your blood. In The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet. difficulty digesting fats or not sweating very much when you exercise. you will be consuming more alkaline-forming foods. Keep in mind that acidic blood strips your body of minerals. Robert O. drinking pure water and green juices. too many people have acidic blood because of lifestyle habits like poor diet. Young and Shelley Redford Young explain that the pH of your blood is supposed to be slightly alkaline. taking deep breaths and reducing stress — can help your blood come to a more alkaline state. When you follow the High Raw lifestyle. you may want to supplement with minerals as . stress and exposure to toxins. like green vegetables. your detoxification pathways can get clogged. which sets the stage for illness and disease. so when you eat a mineral rich diet. However. Green powder drinks. some of the supplements I covered in chapter 15 are very valuable for bringing your blood back to a more alkaline state. The pH Miracle outlines a strategy to get your blood back to its desired alkaline state through an diet that consists of 80% alkaline-forming foods. Some examples of clogged detoxification pathways are: constipation.If you expose your body to too many toxins. over time. In addition. Reclaim Your Health authors Dr. If you get tested and find you have mineral deficiencies. lack of hydration. probiotics and digestive and systemic enzymes are excellent supplements for alkalizing your blood. Combining good nutrition with lifestyle habits — like exercise.

like candida.” is very common when you start to eat healthy and improve your lifestyle. you will be putting habits in place that help keep your gut flora in balance. like gas and bloating to fatigue. Having experienced candida myself. Candida is a microorganism that is part of the typical gut flora in everyone’s body. While this section is only intended to briefly introduce candida. Die-off is when your symptoms seem to intensify as you switch to a healthy diet and lifestyle. This systemic yeast or fungal infection is also called Candidiasis. is also a culprit of today’s poor health. I have found a protocol that works for me. The good news is. you may feel a bit worse for a short period. Keep in mind that as you follow the High Raw lifestyle. However. It’s important to recognize that when you reduce toxins and start eating a healthy diet. you are creating a condition that is inhospitable for bacterial and fungal infections. The reason symptoms intensify is because pathogens are dying . cravings and memory issues. Some examples are colloidal minerals and Quinton. also called Herxheimer reaction or a “healing crisis. until you get your body back into balance. candida. as you alkalize your blood. This is known as “die-off” reaction. with poor diet and lifestyle habits.well. an imbalance in gut flora can occur and a candida overgrowth may result. Symptoms are wide-ranging from digestive pain. I will be coming out with guidelines on how to eliminate candida. Die-off reaction. The Youngs further suggest that the systemic yeast (fungal) infection.

other times die-off and still other times. Sometimes.and being released into your system so that you can eliminate them. symptoms you experience may be detoxification. If you have candida. Once your large intestine releases toxins. read chapter 7 and consider the two-week experiments and working with a health practitioner. it’s important to pay attention to High Raw Principle #3: Know Your Body. pathogens and toxins. Colon cleansing does more than help your colon detoxify. When you get a colonic. Colon cleansing. Colonics hydrate and exercise the muscle of your colon. like more minerals. your liver is freed . is a way to cleanse your large intestine of impacted fecal matter. the easier it will be to identify what’s happening as you continue on your journey to optimal health. you may experience symptoms because you are doing something your body does not want you to do — or perhaps your body really needs something. dry skin brushing and drinking plenty of water. The more you get to know your body. If you are experiencing symptoms and you don’t know why. heavy metal toxicity or a serious illness. Because of symptoms like die-off. If you are constipated. you might want to consider colon cleansing. Remember that your body is made to detoxify. hardened matter from the walls of your intestine. spending time in a sauna. You can do this by exercising. also called “colonics” or colon hydrotherapy. One thing to note if you are experiencing die-off is the importance of keeping your detoxification pathways open. your large intestine is gently flushed with water to break up old. you may experience more die-off symptoms than others.

up to release toxins and your cells can release toxins too, giving your whole body a chance to detoxify. This is why you might notice benefits from colon cleansing that surprise you, like better skin or relief from symptoms like headaches. How often you get colonics is up to you, based on how well you know your body. A colon hydrotherapist can also help you determine the right plan for you. I recommend colon cleansing once per quarter as part of a regular cleansing routine. You can also do internal colon cleanses with psyllium, pectin and a clay-type powder. Dr. Shulze’s 5-Day Bowel Detox and Jon Barron’s Colon Detoxifier are two examples. These products contain ingredients that help sweep toxins from your colon wall. When you eat a high fiber diet, which you are doing by following High Raw, the fiber helps to sweep toxins out of your body as well. Colon cleansing is a good place to start in any detoxification program. Once your colon is cleansed, you may want to do a deeper cleanse, focusing on other organs of detoxification.

Liver, gallbladder and kidney flushes are good to do every once in awhile. While you don’t have to be eating healthy or even eating a raw food diet during these cleanses, I highly recommend that you combine any type of cleansing with a healthy diet. Raw foods are particularly cooling and cleansing to the body and they help your liver detoxify, so raw food can be very helpful with liver and gallbladder flushes. The liver, gallbladder and kidney flushes that I like are Dr. Shulze’s 5-Day Liver Detox, which benefits your liver and gall bladder and Dr. Shulze’s 5-Day Kidney Detox. These

powerful products are full of organic and wildcrafted herbs that help your liver, gallbladder and kidney detoxify. I’m not a big fan of the Epsom salts and the gallstone flushes. It’s definitely not gallstones that you’re expelling in those types of cleanses. Instead, you are eliminating a kind of emulsification of all the stuff you’re eating as well as from the bile that’s coming out. It can work, but if you do have some kind of blockage, it could be dangerous as well. While you can do these cleanses on your own, it can help to have a health practitioner or some type of guidance to answer your questions during cleanses like this.

Many health experts recommend fasting as a way to give your digestive system a break from time to time. Depending upon what you read or who you ask, it seems that everyone has a different opinion on how to fast, how long to fast and how often to fast. While I agree that fasting could be beneficial, this is an area where I’d recommend working with an expert. There are many things to consider when deciding whether fasting will be right for you. I’m not a big fan of water fasting or extensive juice fasting, unless you have a real health reason for doing it and you have supervision. Some people become addicted to fasting, worrying that their bodies are full of toxins and fasting is the only way to eliminate them. This kind of thinking can be very harmful. Remember, one of the keys to the High Raw approach is fun. If focusing on health becomes more about worrying whether your body is full of toxins, you will no longer be having fun. In fact, you’ll probably be experiencing stress, which creates an acidic condition and kills beneficial gut flora.

I do think we need to give our bodies a break from time to time. But you might think of it more like a vacation. Maybe you give your body a break from cooked foods for a week and just eat greens as a type of fast. Maybe you give your body a break from stress for a week — you might see equally good benefits. The concept of giving your body a break and refocusing on healthy habits is certainly a good one. It’s kind of like what I did with cacao. I thought it was so healthy that I went off track from the basics and started eating too much cacao. I just went into that realm of “this is the best food for me” and it turned out that it wasn’t. Whereas, if I’d just focused on the Five Principles of High Raw, I would realize I had gone off track from the basics — fresh vegetables, nuts, fruits, seeds, maybe some grains, maybe some legumes. Once I refocused on that, I felt a lot better. And the funny thing is, it’s so easy! Being healthy does not have to be complicated. When you trust that your body is always detoxifying — that it was designed to detoxify — then you can trust that following the High Raw lifestyle will go a long way toward meeting your detox needs. There is a time and a place for everything, including detox. When you follow High Raw Principle #3 Know Your Body, you will know whether and when a detoxification program is right for you.

It is your positive results that will convince people more than any words you say. you look younger. Feel so . you recover from a health condition. Become confident and comfortable with the High Raw lifestyle at your own pace.As you get into the High Raw lifestyle. it can be difficult to change people’s minds about what is healthy. you will probably start feeling so good that you want to share what you are doing with others. your skin improves. Many people ask me questions about how to share the message and I often say that I’d rather talk about religion and politics (in the same conversation!) than talk about food. Therefore. you probably realize that with so much controversial information out there about food and health. Become so confident in your healthy lifestyle that no one’s opinion can knock you down. in order to spread the message of health — of this simple High Raw lifestyle — you have to live it. you seem calmer or you lose weight – people start to pay attention. When your energy skyrockets. What WILL change people’s minds is seeing your results. Why? After reading chapter 2.

everyone in my family is used to my experiments. if you want to take the High Raw message to . “I’m eating as many raw vegetables as possible because I hear it’s good for you. the most basic principle is whole foods and plenty of raw. what their needs are or what problems they want to solve and start from there. that is the reality. I have an invitation to share. What I am suggesting is that instead of taking your High Raw message to your family or even to a community (senior citizens. you can say.” I have found that this tends to eliminate the need to to argue and talk about all of the angles around one type of diet or another. etc. At this point.” When you are following High Raw Principle #1: Eat Real Food and Think Like a Raw Foodist. It is much more successful if you find out what they are interested in.” At this point. “I’m not eating meat. take a step back. The simplest thing you can tell them is that you are focusing on a plant-based diet of whole foods and plenty of raw. I will not share more about it — because I recognize they are not interested or not ready to hear more at that time. “Oh. school children. so there’s a bit of laughter as they ask me what it is this time. instead of making a point to educate them. I’m doing this experiment. “All I know is that I feel great and this feels right. they will be asking what you are doing. “Want to hear more about it?” and if they say yes. What could be easier than that? This is something just about anyone could understand. For example. I might say. Here’s what I do when I’m with my family around the holidays: when they pass me some processed food. As people see you get results. I say to them.” Or. ripe fruits and vegetables. If they say no.good about what you are doing that no matter what opinions you hear. I might simply say. ripe fruits and vegetables. No matter what I say.).

Imagine for a moment how a magnet works. Perhaps the group is more interested in how to make ends meet on a fixed income or how to save money. You may have seen this out there with certain health experts who believe that their way is the only way. And if we . If you hear someone whose overall message sounds like “Me. If you start talking about raw food or health. You can probably observe the same thing when you watch someone sharing information with another person — whether they are attracting that person’s interest or repelling them. If we truly care about people. me…this is my message and I’m going to get it out there. You know what’s happening? They’re talking because they want to be right. called magnetism.” they are likely ego-centered instead of heart-centered. if you focus on being an example.” The truth is that no one knows ALL the answers. Magnets can either attract (pull toward) or repel (push away) other magnets or metal objects. we get so enthusiastic when we know something works that ego can creep in if people don’t agree with what you are doing. you might not be successful unless you can find out if they even care. Perhaps the last thing they care about is the food they are eating. me. If people feel like information is being forced upon them or the conversation is more of an argument. “You’re the guy who knows all the answers. They’re talking because they want people to look at them and say. Sometimes. you want to attract. you will find that people start coming to you. If you were holding two magnets. not force. they may not be interested at all — because their other concerns are more pressing to them. the message is lost. To be successful. you could actually feel the force field between them. However.a group of senior citizens. we can trust that they will be attracted to our information when they are ready.

Take it one step at a time and keep it simple. Do not force your message upon them if they have different interests. we can be more certain to pass on the message of health. If people are overwhelmed. I didn’t even know that this was what raw food could be. needs and problems and start there. . needs and problems. Most people are pretty excited and say. it can be an excellent bridge to show people how good raw food can be. Start simple when it comes to teaching others about High Raw. My wife.” Even though you may not advocate heavy gourmet raw food on a regular basis. they are less likely to be enthusiastic about your message. Take your friends to a raw food restaurant and let them experience the food. Share the message of health to those who are ready. Understand their interests. and I do this when we are introducing people to raw food. Have them add this drink each day…that’s it. “Wow. Once they get used to that and start feeling better. Another example is to simply share a green powder drink with a family member. don’t make it personal. So here are some guidelines for successfully sharing the message of health: Don’t tell people about it. give them something else. That’s pretty simple. Let people come to you. just live the High Raw lifestyle and let people see your results.share it in a heart-centered way. Annmarie. If people aren’t ready for your message.

When you can let go of seeking your family member’s approval and trust that what you are doing makes you feel good. even if it’s good. Change management experts help keep employees from sabotaging change in an organization. it can be a lot easier on everyone. The field of change management actually has tools and techniques to help people get through change. rather than forcing your new opinions or behaviors. it’s easier to calmly stick to your new habits. This will actually have a positive effect on your family members. you will feel less stressed and more energized about the changes you are making. When you keep in mind that you are attracting the interest of your family members. don’t we? Yet one of the challenges with changing the way you eat is that your family will often have an opinion…and it may not be in your favor. . A different way of eating is a change and people don’t always like change. Interestingly. change agents pretty much do exactly what I outlined in the section above. so that change can occur successfully. When you start your health journey at your own pace. on spreading your High Raw message. But we don’t have a team of change management experts to help us with our family members…so it’s important to realize that there may be some resistance when you change your diet and lifestyle. Here are some tips for helping yourself and your family embrace your healthy lifestyle changes: Change agents are people selected in organizations to help a change effort be successful.We all want to get along and be accepted by our families. People often resist change.

let’s say at my mom’s house. Remember. They may want to see more information. or in a situation (like during the holidays) where you might divert from your healthy eating habits. “Every so often I vacation from a raw. they will be less likely to think what you are doing is beneficial. If you get off track. It’s important for you to live your life. In other words. Some people will tell you that you are wasting your previous efforts. healthy lifestyle and eat cooked foods. People always ask me. a simple book that gives them a good overview without being too technical. your family members will feel it. Start with a simple article or perhaps. recognize that you are and .If they see you overwhelmed and stressed. they won’t judge you either. Am I wasting all my previous efforts?” No. at a work event. Have some resources to share with them. but I don’t believe it. You may find that when your family members see that you are not judging them. If you equally embrace everyone’s ability to do what they feel is right for them. Sometimes family members don’t want to embrace what you are doing because either they are judging you or they feel you are judging them. Your goal is to always be moving toward optimal health. what’s better for you is better for them — that’s a bonus! Your family members may ask you why you are doing what you’re doing. with the High Raw lifestyle. No one likes to be judged. which means that sometimes you will be on vacation. your goal is not to be 100% perfect.

You might not feel good after eating some processed foods. but trust that you can feel better tomorrow when you reinstate your healthy habits. you will only end up feeling bad. Over time. there are times when even the best planning goes awry. When you trust that you are doing your best. which only serves to make matters worse. you’ll enjoy the journey that much more. The key is not to make your healthy lifestyle one of worry and stress. even when traveling. Perhaps you will plan ahead and bring healthy food with you or choose a restaurant where you can get the meal you want. you know how to get back if you’ve gotten off track. The good news is. But in life. . you may come up with some strategies to help you eat healthy.get back on again. at work or during the holidays. If you judge yourself. once you’ve created the habit of a High Raw lifestyle.

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If you pay attention. raw vegetables. you also begin to cleanse your mind. but what about YOUR energy and health reserves? Are you willing to use up your own health and energy now — and have nothing left for a happy. taking full. full of ripe. We understand this concept when it comes to the environment. instead of focusing on needing a quick fix to get through busy times.Something interesting happens when you start to follow a healthy High Raw lifestyle. fruits. sustainable health. like drinking pure water. when you eat a largely plant-based diet. you may in fact notice that you feel more connected in mind and body. with an eye toward having plenty of reserves for the future. you are making a commitment to the present . What does this mean? Sustainable means that you consciously use resources in the present moment. From this place. you begin to build sustainable energy. you begin to cleanse your body. As you focus on lifestyle changes. deep breaths. exercising and reducing stress. nuts and seeds. vital future? When you make a commitment to follow a healthy High Raw lifestyle. First of all.

It’s not a place to stop. you never get “there” when it comes to optimal health. frozen. some flat spots — and of course. Instead. with some ups and some downs. where everything is simply done. Most of all. I think when we experience optimal health. its downs. It has its ups. The amazing thing is that as you start building sustainable health for yourself — as you start to feel connected in mind and body — you often find that you start to feel more connected to your community and to the planet. with major challenges along a steep. So what is optimal health? Is it something we reach and then we’re done — kind of like making it to the top of the mountain? Do you think achieving optimal health is like hiking up Mt. using sustainable energy sources. some incredible views all along the way? In my mind. uphill path and a quick celebration at the top? What if achieving optimal health were more like a moderately strenuous. it’s a lifestyle of habits. not one of worry and suffering. we want to share it with others. the planet — to feel as good as we do. It’s possible that as one person heals. but cleansing yourself often leads to cleansing the planet. yet enjoyable trek through the rainforest. The thing is. animals. it makes a bigger impact on world health than any of us can imagine. We want everyone — people. Everest.AND future of your energy and health. It may start out by producing less trash from packaged foods and progress to saving precious resources through eating less meat and eventually. You begin to seek out ways to build sustainability all around you. it’s meant to be a gentle journey. its plateaus and its peaks. but one of . I’m not sure why this happens.

The real goal is to keep it simple — to stick to the basics and to have fun. The Five Principles of High Raw are your foundation — something you can stand on. High Raw. guidelines to evaluate questions. like the glycemic index of potatoes.discovery and enlightenment. to me. It’s about being kind to other creatures. If it were. coming alive. you may feel like you have to go out of your way to develop and stick to your healthy habits. I don’t think percentage matters at all. The Five Principles of High Raw are guidelines for you to follow at your own pace. Our life is not about numbers. or sick or . Most importantly. And it is something you do your way — because when you’ve gone through the Five Principles of High Raw. you will find that everything becomes easier. It’s about taking care of me. They represent the basics of healthy living in a world that perhaps. but as you build sustainable energy and health. High Raw about spreading a gentle message through example to a much larger group of people who may have lost touch with their own inner nature. is not about food…it’s about being centered. They may be feeling down. you understand and honor what your body needs. You may even feel like you are awakening. has gotten a bit off track in some places. 7’s would be growing off trees and 124’s would be sprouting from the soil instead of fruits and vegetables. a place to return to if you’ve gone off track. A percentage is just about our need to be certain about something. It’s about being conscious of the environment and the land we live on and with. At first. We no longer have to be concerned about numbers and percentages of raw. blossoming. It’s about feeling good and having energy. The new High Raw paradigm of health is that optimal health can be easy.

You will no longer need to explain to people what you are doing because the glow of good health will speak for itself. So I invite you to finish this book for yourself.unhappy. Because YOU have the answers that you truly need. That’s the High Raw lifestyle. As we improve our health we all become more conscious beings. write the answer to the following question: What is one action that you can take right now based on what you’ve learned in this book? . you’re going to be OK. If you take the Five Principles of High Raw. What’s going to happen is that you’re going to radiate a sustainable energy — the kind of energy that keeps you feeling your best — and the kind of energy that others can see. live food can make you feel. In the space below. We clean up our internal sludge and we’re able to radiate a different energy…this is the kind of energy that will save the planet. And they may no longer consciously recognize how good real.

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