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 »

Health and Beauty: When Natural and Unnatural Practices Clash

September 2nd, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Difficult choiceThis email brought up a very good point…

I have a problem…I was prescribed Botox treatment and nasolabial fillers by my dermatologist. Like you, I’ve never had any such thing done. I’m still all natural, but I am already showing some aging features. As I’ve been practicing “face yoga” for about four months, I’m hesitant: Will it be possible to resume my “face yoga” after the prescribed treatment?… Read the rest of this entry »

To Stay Youthful: Minimize Metabolic Waste

July 28th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Produce BasketFire is a universal metaphor used when talking about nutrition. Most familiarly, we “burn calories.” It’s quite an apt comparison, too. Indeed, digestion as “burning” is as much literal as metaphorical—a fire, after all, is reducible to chemical reactions, and digestion is no different.

Consider the combustion of coal. The industry defines a particular type of coal’s efficiency by the ratio of the weight of leftover ash after burning to the weight of the coal beforehand. High quality coal (such as anthracite) leaves about 15% ash, lower quality 25% or more. Digestion leaves “ash” as well, though we call it metabolic waste. Read the rest of this entry »

My Chewing Bliss Experience

June 28th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Fruits and Veggies CartTestimonial of the Month
by Mindy Goldis

I arrived in September 1993 at the Kushi Institute to study macrobiotics and the weather was still very nice and balmy, but living in the Berkshires, it would eventually get very cold with snow that remains for months.  One of my favorite teachers there was Lino Stanchich.  This man has a “large” presence and the sweetest disposition.  He is strong physically and speaks from his heart.  He radiates a wonderful balance between the physical and spiritual. I liked him immediately and I developed a wonderful connection with him. Read the rest of this entry »

Skin Tags: Cure and Prevention

June 21st, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

skin tagsMedically, you can call them by a host of names: acrochordon, cutaneous papilloma, cutaneous tag, fibroepithelial polyp, fibroma molluscum, fibroma pendulum, papilloma colli, soft fibroma. You likely know them simply as “skin tags.”

Even if not by that name, you certainly know them: those (usually) tiny, roundish flaps you find here and there on the body, protruding above skin level. Common locales: armpits, neck, shoulders, crook of the elbow or knee, though they can occur just about anywhere, especially where skin rubs on skin. They look like little extra bits of skin, often dangling on a small stalk. Read the rest of this entry »

Beautiful Tan in Just Two Days…Naturally

May 19th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Tanning on the beachIf you want to get a beautiful tan, fast, but want to avoid the risks of tanning beds, consider this innovative and effective tanning protocol. I came across this tanning method, developed by Goltis, a Russian natural health advocate, and I wanted to share it with you. Afraid of the sun? First, read my article: Sunblock, Sunglasses…How Much Sun Protection Do You Really Need? Read the rest of this entry »

Chewing Guide to Raw Food Success

May 6th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Tonya chewingChewing Guide to Raw Food Success

How do some manage to stick with the raw lifestyle for the long-term? And why do others revert, even after initial considerable success? Just eating raw, I believe, is not quite enough to achieve optimal health. How you eat is equally important.

The Chewing Idea Comes to America

Horace Fletcher (1849—1919), known by the nickname—“the Great Masticator” taught and religiously practiced chewing food until it “became liquid and swallowed itself.” According to Fletcher, following this practice would not only increase “the amount of strength a person could have,” but also considerably “decrease the amount of food that he consumed.” Read the rest of this entry »

Five Tactics to Get Rid of Cellulite

April 16th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

CelluliteWhat is cellulite? Cellulite is what happens when fat that’s just under the skin protrudes into the skin’s dermal layer, resulting in that undesirable hills-and-valleys appearance. Changes in metabolism, hormonal and genetic factors, stress, weight gain, sedentary lifestyles and possibly certain toxins—they’re all suspected culprits in bringing about this condition. For many who endure cellulite, probably several of these suspects are conspiring together. So what can be done?  Read the rest of this entry »

Cupping Therapy…Skin Toning and Tightening

April 12th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Cupping TherapyWhat is Cupping Therapy?  

If you know only a little bit about “cupping therapy,” you may suppose, as many do, that it’s some sort of latest trend in holistic health.

On the contrary… Cupping therapy is an ancient alternative form of medicine, long popular in China and Russia. You’ll find it mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest medical texts in existence. Cupping was used by the ancient Egyptians, by Hippocrates, and was known across Asia and Europe.

People in many cultures have used this method to not only deal with various internal ailments, but even for correcting structural misalignment. And recently cupping has become increasingly popular as cellulite, stretch marks and overall skin rejuvenation solution.
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