How to Stop Eating at Night

February 11th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

Late night snackWe’re all addicted to culture and its prescriptions. Media bombards us with messages saying not only is it okay to indulge in nighttime eating, but it’s a good thing. In my book, Quantum Eating, using scientific research and personal experience I’m building a case that stopping eating in the late afternoon is the best thing you can do to improve your health and appearance. Many people have asked me “how” to stop eating at night. Let me suggest a way that’s worked well for me.

Recovery By Increment

There are two great things about incremental change. One is that you don’t have to fix everything at once. The second is that incremental recovery from nighttime eating is a tool you can apply wherever you are in your health journey. Perhaps you’re already raw vegan and this is a late step for you. Maybe you’re going vegetarian, or even just seeking weight loss. Wherever you are, Recovery by Increment can help. Read the rest of this entry »

The Science of Raw Foods

November 6th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta

I recently attended the 2011 Calorie Restriction Society Conference in Las Vegas and had occasion to discuss with Dr. Luigi Fontana (MD, Ph.D, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Sciences, Center of Human Nutrition, at Washington University) some exciting studies he has been involved in. Read the rest of this entry »

Cleansing and Digestive Issues

September 28th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta

DigestionI fret when I see a TV commercial touting some cleansing product in a Here—pop this pill kind of tone that reminds one of diet pills and miracle foods, perpetuating the notions that, first, you must buy something in order to get digestive health, and, second, achieving that health can be easy and instant.

You can’t lose weight. You can’t gain weight. You have acne. Liver spots. You’ve aged prematurely. You don’t sleep well. Naturopathic Medicine traces all these issues back to the condition of your digestive system. Most health-oriented people know they need to cleanse. And digestive cleansing is all the rage nowadays. Read the rest of this entry »

What is the Best Water?

August 16th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta

Waterful raw food dietMore Water=Less Efficient Filtering?

I got an interesting e-mail a while back: I thought you might find this interesting, Tonya. In the Ladies Home Journal (Christie Brinkley on the cover, July 2009, page 141), a study is quoted…’in fact, there’s evidence your body is less efficient at filtering out toxins when your water intake is higher.’ That, Tonya, is what you say in your books!!! Read the rest of this entry »

Raw Foods as a Lifestyle: It Ain’t Just Eatin’

May 16th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta

Raw Fruits and VeggiesIt’s been many years since I took the first few tentative steps on my raw food journey. Since then, I’ve experienced one exciting transformation after another, both physically and mentally. My health, looks and state of mind have continuously improved over the years. Just when I thought things couldn’t possibly get better, they did! I firmly believe this is because I took special care early on to transition slowly to raw foods, and to incorporate all of the lifestyle practices so essential for creating genuine, lasting health.

Food is Just the Beginning

Our western culture is all about diets, all about pills—things you consume. The truth: Food is only the beginning! I get many emails from people confused and disillusioned because they’ve been eating raw foods exclusively for a time but still feel constipated, still have skin issues, haven’t lost enough weight—the list goes on. A common thread runs through many of their pleas. It’s simple: The “food thing” is all they’re doing! I can’t figure out what’s wrong…I haven’t experienced the ‘butterfly-cocoon effect’ like you…and I’ve been raw for months! Sometimes, the trouble might be medical. And I do not, cannot give any medical advice. I can, however, offer some common sense from one who has walked the path for many years. Read the rest of this entry »

Raw Food Diet: Quick and Easy

January 29th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta

Fruit and Veggie BasketFruit and Nuts Together?

My readers challenge me. Good! One e-mail responded to a recipe of mine which featured nut cheese topped with persimmons. My reader wrote: Food-combining charts say that the combination of fruit and nuts is not ideal due to differing digestion times. I’m surprised, Tonya, that you’d eat nuts and fruit together… Read the rest of this entry »

Raw Food Transitioning Recipes: Who Needs Them?

January 24th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta

People write me, sometimes, to say: You post raw food recipes every month and you even have a book on recipes, but at the same time you stress again and again that a raw food diet must be very simple and “recipes” will have to be left behind. Seems like a contradiction…I do understand. You may feel like you had to buy new appliances, learn how blend and mix all these recipes, only not to use them later. Read the rest of this entry »

Supplements Versus Raw Foods

November 2nd, 2010 by Tonya Zavasta

SupplementsVitamin Dosing Culture

Our entire culture has embraced supplements, indeed is leaning increasingly toward them. How many people do you know who start off their days with a multivitamin, a calcium tablet, an iron tablet, perhaps separate doses of vitamins A, B, C, D and on down the alphabet? Maybe you’re one of these people. Vitamin dosing is a normal practice for many who consider themselves “health conscious.” Read the rest of this entry »

Calorie Restriction: What Nutritional Science is Missing

October 16th, 2010 by Tonya Zavasta

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 »

When is the Best Time to Eat for Maximum Muscle Gain?

September 21st, 2010 by Tonya Zavasta

Bicep MusclesIn my local gym I frequently see these two lanky youngsters who constantly climb onto the scale. They weigh themselves, do a few sets, then immediately head straight to the scale to weigh themselves again. Some raw foodists just as badly want to gain some muscle. We all know that muscles are gained in a gym, laboring hard at the weights, not in a kitchen. But what you eat, and especially when you eat it, can be powerful determining factors in your success in gaining muscle—acutely so for raw foodists.

To maximize growth, you must activate the hormones that stimulate growth. Hormonal stimulation is the switch that turns on the anabolic process, and this very switch gets flipped whenever you fast. Read the rest of this entry »

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