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 »

Solutions for Skin Blemishes

April 24th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta

Tonya at 54Skin 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 »

Oral Health and Your Heart

March 24th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta

PeriodontitisA healthy smile does the heart good…literally! Did you know that the state of your dental health can greatly impact your physical health?

Link Between Periodontal and Heart Diseases

Numerous studies have shown a real relationship between periodontal disease and risks for cardiovascular and other diseases. One recent study conducted by researchers at London’s University College determined that people who brushed their teeth infrequently had a whopping 70% higher risk of developing heart disease. This is due, in part, to oral bacteria resulting from chronic gum infection leaching into the bloodstream and attaching to fatty plaque in the arteries. Read the rest of this entry »

Food for Beauty

January 19th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta

Tonya with PersimmonsYour mom said it first…”Eat Your Vegetables!” Health was often her motivation, though her reasoning wasn’t necessarily all that scientific: Carrots help your eyes see better, moms have been saying for decades, though the science on the subject is shaky. You need your roughage is another mom standard, this one much better founded. But did your mom ever say to you Eat up your vegetables—they’ll make you pretty…? Read the rest of this entry »

The Sweet Fruits Controversy… Fruit or No Fruit

December 25th, 2010 by Tonya Zavasta

Sweet FruitsI used to consume a good quantity of sweet fruits. Half a watermelon and 5-7 pieces of seasonal fruit was a typical day. And I achieved great results. It works. On the other hand, I heard from other authors how great it is to live with no sweet fruits at all. For several years I’ve been wanting to try this approach myself. Read the rest of this entry »

Instant Facelift

November 29th, 2010 by Tonya Zavasta

You know her. She’s an “older” lady. (Why do we think older sounds younger than old?) The kind who breathes sweetness, gratitude, joy. Her presence is delightful. She is never without a genuine smile and she is pleasant to look at. She isn’t flawless. Certainly not wrinkle-free. Yet she stands out among other “old” people. She wears none of those furrowed brows and pursed lips formed from anger, disapproval, resentment. She may be sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety or more. But at any of these chronological ages, she’ll stand out from those sadder, more tragically carved faces in the background. Question: When you reach her chronological age, which face would you like to present? Read the rest of this entry »

Hair Care Products: Aren’t We Supposed to Switch?

November 9th, 2010 by Tonya Zavasta

I am delighted whenever a testimonial comes in, by e-mail or letter, from customers enjoying the results of my hair care products and recommended regimen. Occasionally, though, someone asks: “But shouldn’t I be switching shampoo and conditioner brands?” Read the rest of this entry »

Rawsome Beauty Testimonials (October 2010)

October 10th, 2010 by Tonya Zavasta

September 1, 2010

Thanks so much, Tonya! Keep up the great work. You have inspired me, and as a consequence, my patients here in Germany in many ways!!!-B.

September 3, 1010

Tonya! yay!! :)
I love your cream!
this is the first time I’ll be able to try both the masque and the cream at the same time :) again! i get to see it’s the best cleanest cream on the market hands down… takes away my ‘fine lines’ – i pray one day my skin is as remarkable as yours…-J. Read the rest of this entry »

Raw Foods for Health-Raw Foods for Beauty

October 1st, 2010 by Tonya Zavasta

VanityVanity. 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 »

Benefits of Beets: Eye Bag Remedy

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 »

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