October 29th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta
How 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 »
October 16th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta
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 »
October 5th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta
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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October 4th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta
Argument 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 »
September 7th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta
Probably 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 »
September 2nd, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta
This 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 »
July 28th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta
Fire 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 »
June 28th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta
Testimonial 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 »
June 21st, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta
Medically, 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 »
June 3rd, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta
There is a number of factors that lead to poor bowel movement. There is stress, dysfunction of the digestive system, and consumption of cooked food which sticks to your intestinal walls and lacks in fiber. Besides maximizing your intake of waterful raw foods, there is one more surprising thing you can do. It is so simple and works so fast that you will see improvement in your bowel movements the very same day: Read the rest of this entry »