June 13th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
Tonya Zavasta is 53 years young
The sun has quite a rap-sheet. Just about every degree of assault and battery you can name, from the mere annoyance of a little sunburn around the backyard pool to full-on skin cancer. Freckles, liver spots, red blotches, wrinkles, and dry skin—the sun “takes the heat” for them all. And the older we get, the more we blame old Sol.
Is it the Sun’s Fault?
Actually, I abhor the phrase “sun damage.” The sun per se does not create these problems. Toxins in the body are what do the damage, directly. Unless you’re on a sound raw foods diet, sunlight will have an ill effect on the skin. Sunbathing is downright dangerous for those on a standard high-fat American diet or who don’t get an abundance of raw fruits and vegetables. An average person must take steps to protect herself from the sun. The trouble is…you are then missing out on all the benefits that sunlight brings. Read the rest of this entry »
May 31st, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
Some argue against facial massage, facial exercise and especially against dry-brushing, on the grounds that facial skin is extra-sensitive. A better way to state the truth: Facial skin is different. If you look under a microscope, you’ll see that the cells making up the top layer of the face are generally smaller than skin cells on the rest of the body. Read the rest of this entry »
May 1st, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
Metabolism is the set of chemical and biological reactions that occur in living organisms in order to maintain life. Through eating, drinking, breathing, and assimilating, we degenerate due to metabolism’s reactive by-products. Metabolism causes damage, and this damage eventually causes pathology. Every organism that metabolizes also dies because of this metabolic process. Metabolism keeps us alive and metabolism eventually will kill us. The fitness industry is all about “boosting your metabolism.” On the other hand, leading anti-aging research is all about slowing down metabolism through caloric restriction. Seems like a paradox? Read the rest of this entry »
April 24th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
Skin blemishes appear in myriad ways, some sudden and acute, others developing over time. But all bear the unsavory characteristic of being highly visible, more often than not on the face. They make us feel self-conscious, looking less than our best. Read the rest of this entry »
April 3rd, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
Having a new baby. Often it’s the happiest time of your life. You’ve counted the fingers and toes, verified he or she is healthy, and probably pronounced your child as the most perfect in creation. At first, you don’t even care about that lingering “baby bulge,” you’re so happy. But time has gone by, the worries of childhood are behind you and now you want to move heaven and earth to get rid of that baby bulge. Read the rest of this entry »
March 16th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
What is Raw?
First, we need to agree on what “raw” means. What are the main characteristics of fruits, vegetables and greens that come directly from a garden or orchard with absolutely no processing? They are whole raw foods and the only ones I eat. We know what “raw” means, but what about “whole”? It means the water is intact. By this definition, oils are not whole raw foods even if they are cold pressed. Read the rest of this entry »
October 16th, 2010 by Tonya Zavasta
“Impossible!” some people challenge me: “You can’t live on so few calories.” But quite clearly, I do.
My Personal Experience
On average, one burns 750–850 calories in a 90-minute Bikram yoga class. Since I often take two classes a day, I may well burn 1500 calories a day just from yoga classes, before we begin counting up everything else. I consume approximately 1200 to 1400 calories daily, and my weight stays constant. This might seem impossible to a nutritional scientist. Some nutritionists would calculate that I must be wasting away. However, in the words of Mr. Churchill, “The rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.” I’m not only living but also thriving on a calorie-restricted diet. Read the rest of this entry »
October 1st, 2010 by Tonya Zavasta
Vanity. Despite how it may sound it can be the one and only thing that is big enough to drive people to change their bad habits and unhealthy lifestyles. It’s not that most people don’t know the drawbacks of a poor diet and detrimental lifestyle practices such as smoking or overeating, but for some people even after they hear all the testimonies about how good they can feel and some of the powerful healing effects of raw foods, they still have a hard time finding the inspiration to really go out there and do it.
If You Need Another Incentive…
For some people, being gravely ill and without viable alternatives becomes a good incentive to start the raw food diet, but, for others, a lack of motivation is the real problem. Many women have told me that they would not consider going raw for their health-they would just take medication. They would, however, do it for beauty. Clearly, beauty is a great impetus. This goal does not, however, preclude men, the raw food diet is just as beneficial for them-it just makes them handsome instead of beautiful. Read the rest of this entry »
September 14th, 2010 by Tonya Zavasta
All right…you’ve never met a raw foodist who’s lived an unusually long life. Is that a good reason to doubt the raw food diet? The fact is we raw foodists are a rare species. Billions of people around the world have never even laid eyes on a 100 percent raw foodist. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any—just that they’re rare. And sometimes hard to spot. Read the rest of this entry »
September 9th, 2010 by Tonya Zavasta
Raw beets are nutritional powerhouses, containing high levels of fiber, the right kinds of natural sugars, vitamins C and K, and an impressive amount of carotenoids and antioxidants which help protect against heart disease and colon cancer. Read the rest of this entry »