June 17th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta
Victoria Boutenko’s name is familiar to most of those living the raw food lifestyle. We all know Victoria for having launched the “green smoothie revolution.” Her efforts first propelled her family to new levels of health. Then her research, books, seminars and retreats began a worldwide movement that’s brought greater health, directly or indirectly, to literally millions. Every raw foods aficionado, from the beginner to the most advanced, owes a debt of gratitude to Victoria Boutenko.
Victoria’s daughter, Valya, is a talented artist and filmmaker. Valya released a documentary film—Reversing the Irreversible—in which she interviews over 30 people offering stories of radical health improvement and triumph over disease, thanks to Victoria Boutenko’s methods. Beyond informative, it’s genuinely inspiring stuff. Read the rest of this entry »
June 13th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta
Did you know there is a simple, cost effective way to ‘clean’ your home, and it comes in a 6-inch pot of dirt? Did you figure out what it is? – Houseplants.
Sick Building Syndrome
A 2 year study in the late 1980’s, launched by NASA revealed that common everyday houseplants are highly effective at helping to combat the so called ‘sick building syndrome.’ Originally, these scientists were looking for ways to purify the air in orbiting space stations, but the study proved to have more far reaching ramifications.
They tested a couple dozen common houseplant varieties and found many to be so efficient at capturing and removing pollutants from the air that some plants will be sent aboard future space stations as part of the ‘biological life support system’. The top three pollutants that the scientists tested for were Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Trichloroethylene because of their ubiquity in today’s office buildings and homes. Read the rest of this entry »
May 6th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta
It’s possible you might be eating a healthy raw food diet and still be having absorption issues if you’re not producing enough Hydrochloric Acid.
What is Hydrochloric Acid?
Chemically speaking, hydrochloric acid is hydrogen chloride (HCl) in a water solution. It’s found naturally in our own gastric acid.
If your hydrochloric acid levels are up to par, you’ll experience good digestion and good nutrient absorption, and you’ll be protected from harmful pathogens and parasites. But if your HCL levels are low, you may show such symptoms as fatigue, hair loss, impaired digestion, candida, gastritis, slow healing and vitamin B12 deficiency and a host of other maladies. That’s how much HCL effects your health. Read the rest of this entry »
March 22nd, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta
The very word parasite strikes horror in the heart of any determined health seeker, bringing a shudder at the thought of your body entertaining these beasties. And how, exactly, do you go about dealing with this issue?
What are parasites?
Parasites are organisms which live upon a host. But we’re not talking about what’s called a symbiotic relationship, in which a living thing lives off the host and provides a benefit in return. This is rarely the case with parasites.
It is estimated that currently in the West at least one out of every six people has parasites of some sort. Parasites are so prevalent that it’s surprising the subject is not more openly addressed in North American culture, as it is in other countries. Read the rest of this entry »
March 15th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta
Recently I watched the movie My Sister’s Keeper. The story focuses on two teenage girls, one of which, Kate, has leukemia. She’s in a hospital, where we see her aunt at her bedside painting the girl’s nails with a bright nail polish to cheer her up. The scene proclaims defiantly a girl’s gotta be a girl, deathbed notwithstanding. I squirmed: The doctor’s standing right there not objecting to this procedure.
It’s not that I have no sympathy with the urge to wear nail polish. I’m a girl, too. I used to wear that stuff. No more. Read the rest of this entry »
February 28th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta
Testimonial of the Month from Anna Kaminskaya:
Dear Tonya, I’m prompted to respond to the recent comments of yours replying to people who, for one reason or another, have given up their raw food regimen.
Background…I’m from Russia, aged 40, been on a raw foods diet some two and a half years. Early on, I felt quite inspired. I was surprised by the mental clarity and bright spirit raw foods brought me. My hearing improved. I stopped catching colds. I felt proud of these improvements. Read the rest of this entry »
February 19th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta
You may have run across this one already: England’s Which? Gardening magazine has published a claim which suggests vegetables grown using conventional methods—pesticides and all—may offer higher nutritive value, especially in vitamins, than organically grown vegetables. Daily Mail ran a story with this sensationalist headline: Organic produce ‘not as good for your health’: Vegetables grown with pesticides contain MORE vitamins. Read the rest of this entry »
February 14th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta
I just came across an article that says: Did you know that Americans get most of their antioxidants from coffee? It’s true, according to U.S. dietary researcher Dr. Joe Vinson from the University of Scranton…. It clearly shows that coffee is our number one source of antioxidants…. Someone out there reading this article will decide that coffee is a great source of antioxidants, and we all ought to bang back eight or ten cups a day.
The current mainstream research says roughly this about daily coffee drinking…
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February 11th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta
We’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 »
February 5th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta
Raya Johansson from Montana writes:
Tonya, you say: “Many people comment on how difficult it can be to follow a raw food lifestyle in a cold climate.”
Now, fortunately, I can say that hasn’t been my experience. My husband and I are originally from Finland—cold climate people from the get-go—so we somehow just naturally know how to deal with such things.
Eating 100% raw in a cold climate is actually not hard at all. But you need to learn a secret. Here’s what I tell people in my raw food group… Read the rest of this entry »