Recovering alcoholics must practice abstinence all their lives to
avoid falling off the wagon. Will we have to do the same with
cooked food? Yes. But take heart--it gets progressively easier to do
Here is my experience...Two years into raw foods, once my body was
cleansed of most toxins, I noticed I no longer had cravings for cooked foods. TV commercials, movies and books featuring
descriptions of sumptuous dinners had no effect on me. Once, they
would have had me heading off to the store for TV dinners or frozen
French fries. No more! Now my mind is convinced these and other
cooked foods just aren't palatable. They're just not anything I
would eat anymore. Read more in Cooked Food Addiction and How to
But, once I'd completely given up cooked food, I noticed that
another addiction resurfaced. I was addicted to food per se. An
addiction is dependence on a substance or activity to the extent
that normal, healthy functioning is impaired. A generalized food
addiction means a loss of control over eating. That loss of control
can manifest in different ways, as to the types of food chosen or
simply as to quantity which was my situation.
A picture of a raw cake or even the mention of raw lasagna used to
make me want to buy a ticket to the UK just to hit up a certain raw
food restaurant featured in Get Fresh! magazine. When visiting
cities like San Diego or Los Angeles, I went to great lengths to
find every raw food restaurant to try out their raw food
Most of us have both addictions. We're not only cooked-food addicts,
but generalized food addicts as well. A food addict sees life in
terms of opportunities to eat. The raw-foods aficionado is not
necessarily free of this addiction. You can have too much of a good
thing--raw foods included. I can hear the excuse coming already,
can't you? Well, sure, it's a lot--but it's all raw! After going
raw, I still had a need to chew something while working on the
computer, reading a book, or driving. In this case, what we are addicted
to is the process of eating, the process (and pleasure) of consuming
large amounts of food.
I used to be a triple addict: sugar...cooked food...and food in
general. After giving up refined sugar, I ate packages of dates and
raisins, then switched to cartons of blueberries, boxes of
tangerines, then bunches of carrots. I didn't want any particular
kind of carrots. It was a case of: gimme a carrot, any carrot will
do. I just had to chew on something! I conquered my food addiction
only when I started to practice Quantum Eating.
How do you halt the progress of alcoholism? By abstinence from
alcohol. How do you conquer cooked food addiction? By abstaining
from cooked foods.
Now, a tricky one...How do you shake off your food addiction?
By abstinence from food. No, I don't mean starvation, or fasting
for weeks on end. Fasting is fabulous for cleansing your body of
toxins. But you must train your body to be comfortable not to eat
or drink at certain times each day. Why does this work? Because for
most food addicts, it's easier, on any given day, not to eat at all
than to stop eating once they've started. This aspect of food
addiction leads to detrimental eating habits, such as abstaining
from food all day and then stuffing yourself from dinner to
bedtime. My routine, which has conquered my addictions and brought
me wonderful anti-aging benefits: Instead of not eating in the
morning, stop eating in the evening.
This email came from a lady I'll call Mary: March 1st I started my
raw food diet. The first two days I did 100% and it was hard. When
I sleep on an empty stomach I get nightmares--I had a black panther
chasing me the first night! Day three, I felt more energy and
honestly felt great, so I decided to continue, but at 80% raw.
Most of you know I don't eat anything after two in the afternoon.
But no one is perfect, and I am no exception. On the day I received
this email, Nick's family had invited us for dinner, and I ate a
bowl of salad at about six. You know how it is -- I had to. Bad
enough I didn't eat any of the other dishes, so I had to eat something. I knew I'd regret it. But I didn't know it would be that
I felt stuffed. I couldn't sleep most of the night. When I did fall
asleep, I had nightmare alligators chasing me ... How did this
happen in the few years I went from where Mary was to what I went
through on this night?
Because acclimation does not happen overnight, cooked food
addiction takes time to overcome. The same goes for food addiction.
But there is also an addiction to the act of chewing itself.
Luckily there is something we can do about this addiction right
away. Our new Siberian Pine Chewing Gum can be very helpful to
train yourself not to eat at night. As a solution to cravings, it
has an initial bitter taste of natural pine resin, which goes away
within a few seconds after starting to chew, but it is enough to
curb the desire to eat. Learn more about our new gum here.
Dear Tonya, I want to congratulate you for the invention of this
product. I think it is useful and unique because no one else has
invented a product like this one. It not only helps with exercising
the face muscle, but also helps to produce saliva which is most
important to help digestive processes, and helps to heal the body...
I had nothing like this before, so once again I congratulate you
and also want to thank Kelli for answering all my questions. Thanks
a lot. --M.
I just ordered your chewing gum and am so excited you came up with
this product as I am converted to the principle of chewing and I
wanted a convenient way to clean my teeth after drinking my
smoothies. I usually rinse and brush as you suggest in your book
but when you're out in public it's not convenient to do that. --C.A.
2. The Ultimate Beauty Tip
When it comes to facial dry brushing, I'll often sound like your mother
trying to make you eat a certain vegetable: Try it, it's good for
you. Then, eventually, the very vegetable that at one time you
couldn't stand has now become one of your favorites. You can't
imagine life without it, especially now that you have an endless
variety of delicious raw recipes to use it in. That, my friends, is
Let's apply this same scenario to facial brushing. It's one of
those things that I keep insisting on. On my website, in my books,
as well as in some of my YouTube videos, I explain why facial
brushing is necessary for you and your skin, and I give
instructions on how to perform it properly. When combined with the
raw food diet it is unbeatable for keeping skin healthy, young and
glowing. It also provides the foundation for your daily skin care
It does take a certain level of commitment and patience
to see the results you're looking for. Various obstacles must be
overcome in order to experience success. But they are small
obstacles indeed, and all you need is a little encouragement to
spur you on to success.
One reader shared in her email: I did try the brush with the cream,
but it was too hard on my sensitive skin.
People with sensitive skin, as mentioned in my earlier blog
article, Your Skin, Sensitivity vs Stimulation, need to address
sensitivity first. If you are not already juicing, I would recommend that
you start juicing daily for several weeks before even attempting facial
brushing. This will give the skin ample time to become nourished and
hydrated from within, before beginning the process of daily
exfoliation. Then start off very gently, perhaps only 30 seconds a
day and gradually build up to longer and firmer dry brushing
As you know I have been on the raw food diet for 5 months now
and was getting very impatient to see the results I was expecting.
I guess I want to have what you have and must constantly remind
myself that you didn't get where you are in a few short months.
Exactly! I couldn't have said it better myself. Don't forget
to remind yourself, however, that every day you feed yourself
nourishing, cleansing foods and faithfully practice your skin care
regimen you are making progress. It's just that sometimes the
results take their sweet time manifesting on your skin.
I also love comments from your readers that you post on your
website so that we can see what is working for others. It was one
such comment that got me stuck on facial brushing even though I
tried it a couple of times and didn't like it. Now, I do it
religiously and love it!
Some people try facial brushing and either they don't see
immediate results, or perhaps they do it a little too hard too
early and irritate the skin, so they shrug it off and decide it
must not be for them. But seeing and hearing how it works for
others can help renew your commitment to this practice. This is the
natural progression. Pretty soon you realize that the more you do
it, the better your skin looks. Now that's motivating!
Another comment from a recent lecture attendee: Your skin is
absolutely lovely, you are indeed a beautiful woman, but I never
expected your skin to be that flawless in person.
There is nothing special about me except dedication. I have no
genetic predisposition to having beautiful skin. I just do what needs to be done.
If you do not stress your skin tissue, it will deteriorate. But if you stress
it within limits, it will rejuvenate. Progress comes with acceptance of the fact that there are some laws of nature that just can't be circumvented. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!
One reader shared that she went even further with her facial
brushing, graduating to an even stiffer brush, and now brushes
twice a day instead of only once:
...wow, my skin is so smooth now, some days I just go out with
no makeup at all except for a little mascara and lipstick. Mind
you, I'll be 53 next month, and I would never do this before. After
doing this and adding your cream, I am good to go!
These are actual emails. Possibly, you could recognize your
own thoughts reflected in them because these are the most commonly
experienced issues when it comes to getting in there and doing your
facial brushing on a regular basis. At first we resist, then we
try, and then we try again and find that with patience and
dedication, the results are nothing less than astounding. We are
hooked for life.
Second: every evening dry brushing with my Facial Brush. Then I apply
my Anti-Aging Cream after each exfoliation to soothe the skin and get
it ready for the next day's exfoliation.
If you've never entered the world of facial brushing, there's
no time like the present to take the plunge. If you tried it once
and thought it might not be for you, there's no better time to pick
up your brush and give it another go.
If you're a veteran skin brusher, you are more than likely to completely fall in love with the practice and can't imagine life without it. No matter where you are regarding the condition of your skin, facial brushing truly is
the missing piece of the beauty puzzle. And, just like your mother
used to say, Someday, you'll thank me...
3. New Video
Search YouTube for a solution to acne, dark circles around your
eyes, skin breakouts and other aesthetic annoyances, and you'll
come across endless videos where beauty experts with "perfect skin"
promote various creams and potions. Technology is both a blessing
and a curse. How easily we can be fooled!
On closer look, you'll notice that the models' features often don't
move the way they should on a "natural" face. Recently I watched a
video of one of the most popular beauty experts in America. She was
talking animatedly, but not a single muscle moved. When the
eyebrows should have risen in surprise, they didn't. When the eyes
should have been creasing, they didn't. The reason... Botox!
When the face is botoxed, she can put on slathers of skin makeup
and it stays there, so the impression a casual viewer gets is pure
magic: the classic "porcelain" complexion. Her face shows not a
single crease. It's like a wall--you can plaster, and sand and put
on as much matte paint on it as you like. It's the woman's own
business, of course, if she wants to inject poison into her face.
What bothers me is that it's the viewers who get fooled into
believing you can get flawless skin just by applying something
topical, and forgo an optimal diet and internal cleansing. For
more info, read my Blog article Botox Alternatives.
I unabashedly invite you to watch my videos on YouTube. Pay
attention: Every muscle on my face moves.
I was asked to address participants of the Russian Vegetarian
Festival 2010. Because my schedule did not permit traveling to
Russia this summer, I did it over video broadcast. It's in Russian,
with English subtitles. I am often asked if any of my books are
available in the Russian language. We are working on it, but in the
meantime maybe some of my Russian readers can share this video with
their friends and relatives.
4. FREE Raw Food Recipes!
Featured Recipe: Russian Pickled Tomatoes
This is the season when markets abound with ripe tomatoes, and many of you who have planted your own are now gathering the harvest.
You can create delicious low salt pickled tomatoes. This is an old favorite from my motherland.
These raw cultured vegetables can be a good addition to your menu as you are transitioning to the raw food diet. The enzymes in cultured vegetables also help digest other foods eaten with them. And best of all: it's very easy to make
and you will not have to use your stove! Click here for this and other raw recipes for August!
5. New Blog Articles!
Your Body is a Miracle of Adaptability
Those of us who've gone 100 percent raw eventually start to look at
others in disbelief: How can these people, we wonder, consume
steak, pizza and ice cream, and still live? We know we'd be
miserable if we partook of even a morsel of those foods. The same
thing will eventually happen with the amount of food you eat. Continue reading Your Body is a Miracle...
July 2010 Raw Food and Hot Yoga Testimonials
Dear Tonya, I work at the Wellness Education Center with Jeanette
Cheney and attended your Lecture on July 29, 2010. I really enjoyed
your presentation and bought your first two books and your Rawsome
Flex, and just so you know - I am one of the 'one in a hundred' and
am not reading ahead. I am on day 1. I also just started a 7 day
juice fast today and have started using your...Continue reading the
Waterful Raw Food Diet
The food we eat on the raw food diet has been appropriately called
by many different names: living food, sunfood, plant-based
nutrition, raw vegan, and similar terms. Recently, one reader
commented on how much she enjoyed the 'waterful' raw diet. What a
delightful and refreshing image it brings to mind! It makes it an
excellent synonym for "whole." Continue reading Waterful Raw Food
Cooked Food Addiction: How to Overcome It?
The fact is, almost all of us, are addicted to something. If
nothing else, most of us are addicted to cooked food. So pervasive
is the pattern that few even think of this as an addiction at all. Continue reading Cooked Food Addiction...
It's funny though not surprising anymore...those of us who use the
raw food regime and internal cleansing often are branded "extreme."
Yet asking to be injected with bovine toxin is "normal." There are
even Botox parties, as innocent, we're to suppose, as Tupperware
parties. And there are, now, Botox addicts. Continue reading Botox
6. Summer Tour Wrap-Up
We have finished our summer tour, and it was a great success! We
had our first event of the summer in Northern California, then
traveled North to British Columbia, then drove to Alberta, came
back to Montana, and finished up in Salt Lake City, Utah. Thank you
to everyone who attended and especially to the wonderful
hard-working organizers. It could not have been possible without
your diligent efforts!
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