Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

100% Raw! 100% Joy!

Yours truly, the Live Food Doctor, has been anywhere between 50-80% raw for well over 10 years. But now I have been sustaining 100% raw quite easily. There are a few tweaks that have made this possible. The #1 reason that I believe it has been so easy has been the addition of enzymes to my raw plan. I am now taking about 5 Multiple Digestive Enzymes ( 3 times a day. Basically, I am taking 15-20 enzymes per day. I also have been wearing a very special zapper for well over 3 weeks now. I can only tell you that the download I have gotten about the parasitic problem has been beyond powerful.

I believe that when we harbor parasites inside of us, we are also under the influence of their energetic field. We under the influence of the physical effects as well as those that affect our mind and spirit. As for the physical, the parasites consume our food and then release their waste products into our bloodstream. What kind of a considerate guest is that?

I think that it may be very, very difficult to break free of negativities, of fears, and of persistent patterns without completely clearing the creepy crawly critters from our body and energy field.

My own personal experience has been revolutionary. Everything seemed to shift after wearing the zapper for about a week. I felt much more like myself and less under the influence of some persistent fears and negativities that feel as if they have haunted me for a lifetime! I instantly experienced more energy and a renewed sense of enthusiasm for my work. I also felt that it was easier than every to be 100% raw.

Then...the enzymes. Though my radio show, Food Awakenings, I reconnected with raw food master Lou Corona. Being in touch with him and learning about the medical grade enzymes took me through another powerful shift. I suddenly realized how I had cheated myself for all those years on a partially cooked diet. I just got it in the blink of an eye. It is the ENZYMES, ENZYMES, ENZYMES! The enzymes in our food or in high grade supplementation form are THE KEYS TO POWERING BRAIN, BODY, LIFE FORCE, LONGEVITY. Even if you are 100% raw, I HIGHLY recommend taking enzymes with each meal. My own experience is that with the enzymes I feel rejuvenated, crisper, more tuned in.

The enzymes are deeply missing from our food supply, EVEN IF IT IS ORGANIC. Unless you pull the fruit or vegetable out from the land and send it right into your waiting mouth, you are probably enzyme deficient. The food loses its god-given enzymes from the moment it is plucked form the tree and continues to quickly lose the enzymes from that time on...imagine trucked in fruit and veggies...they are so depleted!!!

You will utilized every Superfood, every Superherb, and all the good raw food you consume so much better with the enzymes. I am so much less hungry and so much more satisfied. Imagine, it may be the first time in YEARS that I am breaking everything down completely and still having energy to power up all my cells, my mitochondria, to oxygenate and cleanse my body! The enzymes should be considered FIRST before any herb or superfood or supplement. Don't take my word for it...try this for 30 days for yourself!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Take Enzymes - Yes, Even When you are 100% Raw!

Last weekend, I attended a seminar with Lou Corona. Lou has been 100% raw and vegan for 36 years. He is now 57 years old. One thing that impressed me about Lou is that he still takes 5 enzymes 3 times per day for maximal health. He feels that the soil and the foods are enzyme deficient, so that even if you are raw you are not receiving enough enzymes from the food to power up your body, eliminate waste, and keep you from premature aging. It is true, Lou looks great and even younger than when I first met him in 2003. He stays in great shape, even though he doesn't do more than simple stretches in the morning. He is also able to execute very advanced yoga postures as demonstrated in this video.

I have probably tried every enzyme out there. Because I have access to the best supplement companies in natural medicine, I have tried them all out. Some are not vegan, some are expensive, and some plain do not work. Many are cut with fillers like silica or magnesium stearate, etc. However, I have tested Lou's enzymes personally and they are everything he says they are and more. There isn't one enzyme out there that is as effective. I felt immediate results right away. A palpable surge in energy over the week that I began to take them. I noticed that my chronically sore left hip...well, I forgot that it hurt. I have been having much more mental acuity. Overall, very fast results and pretty amazing ones at that.

The enzymes that I am taking are Multiple Digestive Enzymes. I take 5 enzymes with each meal. I recommend that you get the 500's if you are going to go for it. Enzymes are available at or to get right to those enzymes

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Cultured Foods: Crucial on a Raw Diet..or any diet!

Cultured foods are a part of every traditional diet around the globe. In the U.S., the need for cultured foods is immense. This is because of the consumption of some of the strangest factory formed foods on this earth, but also because the food processing industry really changes for the worse the small number of fermented foods that we have. Sauerkraut is cooked and treated with regular table salt, which is basically harmful to the body. (Sea salt is the best...) Commercial yogurt has been pasteurized. This kills many of the enzymes and beneficial bacteria that comprise the very reason to consume yogurt!

Why cultured foods?
Cultured foods are foods that have been fermented. The fermentation process causes the production of enzymes and strains of bacteria which are beneficial for human health. Enzymes are big stars ultimately responsible for sustained human health and should be given a front row seat in any discussion on nutrition. Enzymes help us to completely break down any food that we consume. What is often forgotten is that they also help us to build everything up as well. Enzymes are important in digesting food, but also in powering all the other chemical reactions in the body. I believe that when enzymes are in abundance in the body, they also play a role in removing metabolic waste on a regular basis. This type of waste, if not cleared from the body, could eventually become problematic. By increasing your consumption of enzymes from your diet you give the body much more to work with for all of these important functions.

Why are enzymes so important?
In his absolutely groundbreaking book, Enzyme Nutrition, Edward Howell talks about how important it is to preserve the body's supply of enzymes. His scientific studies of the function of enzymes in humans revealed that the pancreas has a limited ability to produce digestive enzymes over a lifetime. He strongly felt that a key to longevity is the supplementation of enyzmes through a living food diet, cultured foods and/or actual supplementation of dietary enzymes. These add to your own enzyme "bank account" and assure you that you will have plenty of enzymes to run all the functions of the body and take care of important housekeeping tasks.

So, what about "cultured" part?
Consuming raw cultured foods means getting a phenomenal blast of enzymes! You will likely notice that your digestion will improve immediately. Cultured foods that are raw are easy to prepare and taste amazing. I want to send you over to Andrea Livingston's website for a very well done lesson in making your own coconut yogurt!!! Crazy yum and amazing enzyme content. Check out her video on this at

Let's not forget about the probiotics in cultured foods. Probiotics could be right up there with the impotance of enzymes. Probiotics are another way of saying friendly bacteria and we are just full of it! In a healthy person, the bacteria that is beneficial to human health literally outnumbers the cells in our body. Despite having trillions of cells, we still have a greater number of gut bacteria. Perhaps we exist only to provide a warm home to these guys! Friendly bacteria is important also in breaking down food completely. One thing about bacteria like acidophilus is that it can neutralize the effects of poisonous wastes that can form from the breakdown of food, or the harmful fermentation of food in the digestive tract.

For example, meat is known to breakdown into such lovely substances as cadaverine. Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like. This substance is the end result of putrefaction or the rotting of meat in the intestines. This harmful substance can be rendered much less harmful by friendly bacteria. Along with the enzymes, the probiotics are assuring that our body has completely broken food down and neturalizes hearmful substances and eliminates waste.

These benefical organisms protect the lining of the intestines. Ever heard of leaky gut syndrome? Without beneficial bacteria, the lining of the intestines, call the mucosa can become inflammed. This may allow proteins that normally stay inside your stomach, small intestines and large intestines to enter your blood...Not good! This causes many different reactions including increasing your immune response to many foods and perhaps to pollens and other environmental allergens. You can prevent this leaky gut syndrome by consuming cultured foods each day. The probiotics contained in these cultured foods will coat the mucosal lining and protect your health.

Consume some cultured foods EVERY day. You will feel how your body is supported by the increased enzymes and probiotics. Your digestion may instantly improve. Even if you don't have any isntantly increased feelings of wellness, you will be doing your body a world of good. When people tell me that they do not feel well on a raw, organic vegan diet, I ask them about the consumption of these 3 crucial nutrition groups!!!

1) Cultured foods.
2) Enzyme rich foods (ok, cultured foods go in this category too!)
3) Greens, greens, greens.

I will talk more about this in future posts, but if people will increase their consumption of these, it is likely that their fatigue or digestive problems will decrease. Many natural medicine practitioners will do a knee-jerk reaction of telling their raw food patient that they just need to "eat meat". I think there are other places to search for the remedy for deficiencies in energy and the 3 groups above are important pieces of the puzzle!!!

Cultured foods are delicious...your body will tell you to have more!
Enjoy cultured foods like Coconut Yogurt, Kombucha or raw sauerkraut and much more. The benefits that you are receiving from your raw food diet will increase dramatically. Enjoy and let me know your favorite vegan yogurt or kefir recipe!!!