Solutions for Stretch Marks

January 14th, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

Stretch MarksWhen switching to the raw food diet, many of us start to become more aware of our bodies. As the nutrient-rich food we intake helps mold us toward our ideal weight and shape, one issue keeps coming up that many readers write me about, especially those who have shed a lot of extra pounds by going raw: stretch marks! Read the rest of this entry »

Antibiotics…the Looming Superbug Crisis and the Way Out of It

January 9th, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

Antibiotics

The End of Antibiotics

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are on far edge of the antibiotic era as we know it. Antibiotics no longer work against harmful bacteria in more and more cases. If even such an organization as the CDC gives us this warning, the situation must be getting truly serious. Read the rest of this entry »

Re-Growing Beautiful Hair on Raw Foods (Updated)

December 12th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Beautiful Hair Important truth: Diet changes hair. When you change your diet, you’re guaranteed to undergo hair replacement. Most folks switching to the raw food diet report some hair loss shortly after they switch. Some panic, deciding they’re not getting some important nutrient or might be doing something wrong in their transition. Read the rest of this entry »

Holiday Dinner Survival Tips

November 28th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Thanksgiving Place SettingWhen it comes to holiday gatherings and food-laden parties, most of us have our secrets for resisting temptation. Here are my tips to make this holiday season your most enjoyable and successful yet! Read the rest of this entry »

How to Prepare Your Digestive System for Raw Foods

November 9th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Female Digestive SystemThe raw food diet doesn’t seem to work for you? The challenge, I suggest, is not with raw foods, but with the digestive system. It must be properly prepared to welcome raw foods, especially if you are striving for 100% raw.
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How Many “Raw Food Calories” Should You Eat?

October 29th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Tonya with her Daily CaloriesHow Many “Raw Food” Calories Should You Eat?

Recently I came across a BBC documentary series, The Truth About Food. The first episode, titled How to Be Healthy, follows nine fast-food junkies temporarily caged at a zoo, as they munch their way through 5 kilos (about 11 lbs) of raw fruit and vegetables every day.

A good documentary. A valid message that raw foods can greatly improve your health. But the notion of eating a truckload of food makes it unappealing for many. Is there a solution?  Read the rest of this entry »

Distilled Water is the Best Water to Drink…True or False?

October 16th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Distilled Water

It doesn’t get any purer than distilled water. No other water is devoid of all contaminants known to us—bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, inorganics, chlorine, fluoride, and more. But is it really healthy for you? Read the rest of this entry »

Best Time to Eat for Optimal Health: New Scientific Data

October 5th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Body Clock

About eight years ago, I discovered from my own experience that the best time to eat is within the first eight waking hours of the day and that it’s best not to eat at all during the remaining sixteen. The anti-aging results were so impressive I felt compelled to write what’s been my most popular book to date – Quantum Eating.

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Arguments Against the Raw Food Diet: Opposing the Opposition

October 4th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Tomato under the magnifying glassArgument 1: “Cooking Makes Beta-Carotene and Lycopene More Available.”

Take the ordinary carrot or your basic tomato, as examples. Conventional nutritional science says: Cooking carrots makes their beta-carotene more available for the body to absorb—‘bio-availability,’ it’s called. Cooking tomatoes makes the antioxidant lycopene five times more available.

And so what? If you were eating only one carrot a week, that bio-availability issue would be a big deal. But don’t forget the obvious: Raw foodists eat raw foods. Lots of raw foods. Including carrots and tomatoes. The fruits and vegetables in our diet deliver abundant beta-carotene. The proof is literally staring us in a face. (Enough, indeed, to impart a faintly orange-ish skin undertone, which adds a measure of attractiveness and apparent health, in the view of many. I have written about carotenoids and skin color in this blog article. Read the rest of this entry »

When Feeling Good is Not Enough

September 7th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Young and OldProbably just like you, whenever I watch a YouTube video, I like to know what other people think about it. An especially interesting study is to read viewers’ comments after they’ve watched a video put out by a raw foods aficionado. If a presenter doesn’t look the very picture of glowing health, comments get snarky fast. This dippy hippie looks malnourished… Looks pretty spry for a sixty-something chick, but gee her skin looks old…and the opposition favorite: I’ve seen 90′s something people have smoother skin, and they weren’t fat, and they ate the standard human diet of cooked food omnivorism... You get the drift. Read the rest of this entry »

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