Cosmetic Procedure Went Wrong: Letter from Miss F.

December 1st, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Cosmetic proceduresThis lady contacted me and agreed to share her journey over the last few years. May we all learn from her experience…

“First I want to say how happy I am that I found you by coincidence. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! Not only with your books and products but also with the free information on your website. I know you are a very busy woman. But I really hope you can make some time to read my story … 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 »

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 »

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