When the Raw Food Diet isn't for You (February 2012 Newsletter) from Tonya Zavasta
Sent Monday, February 6, 2012
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In this issue:
1. When the Raw Food Diet isn't for You
2. Solution for Sensitive Gums
3. Valentine's Day Special!
4. FREE Rawsome Recipes and New Blog Articles!
5. Russian Book Available for Sale
6. This Month's Raffle Winners Announced!
1. When the Raw Food Diet isn't for You
One reader has unsubscribed from my newsletter, leaving this
My raw journey is over! I had been a strict vegetarian for 18
years, a vegan for 14 years, and a strict raw foodist for almost 5
years. Though I followed your advice and the advice of other raw
food gurus, I developed severe panic attacks. The entire time I was
on the raw food regimen, I was feeling weak and dizzy, almost every
day, and with a growing intensity...Finally in the summer of last
year I woke up...
How can you claim that the vegan, raw food diet is the most natural
diet for humans if no one can deny the fact that, as a species, we
have always eaten meat, and have cooked our food for a huge number
Whew! A tough one. This woman is clearly well-meaning and sincere,
and it does seem she has indeed given the raw food lifestyle a
solid go. Note, however, that while an attempt at a raw food
lifestyle may be sincere, it may at the same time be inept.
Let's look at what my advice really has been, over time. I've said
numerous times, in lectures and in print, that one should not
follow slavishly any presented or presupposed rigid regimen.
Experiment...experiment... experiment... Listen to your body...
again...listen again...readjust... The adjustments must be made
not after "almost five years" of signs that "strict raw foodist" is
not working for you.
I say again: I'm not a guru. Neither do I claim to be a "master"
of anything. Since I've been handed many health problems, I am on
a personal quest to resolve them painstakingly one at a time.
All I'm doing is sharing my personal experience, and the ways
I've dealt with issues facing me along the way, backed by research
that supports my ideas. It's all done in the hope of inspiring
you to look for solutions to your own health challenges in
creative ways. I don't give specific, individually
tailored instructions. At most, in my books and newsletters, I
might point to ideas from which you can benefit.
It's true there's no denying that our species has (more or less)
eaten meat, and cooked for a very long time. Archaeologists,
paleontologists, and anthropologists find campfires and burned
bones in every corner of the world and from every age. From this,
however, it simply doesn't follow that meat and cooking are ideal
for our health.
If meat and cooking are so wonderful--so "natural," in one sense
of that word--then I'm moved to ask: Why are so many people sick?
And why are they sick, in particular, in ways that increasingly
appear to have to do with food choices.
In my book, Raw Food and Hot Yoga, I specifically emphasize that
B12 issues must be addressed, and I give ideas of what can be done
to avoid deficiencies. I'm not rigid when it comes to being a raw
vegan. I share ideas supplied by my readers, who have successfully
resolved deficiency issues, so you can take precautions never to
develop them in the first place. Somehow, I think my correspondent
missed this information entirely. We'll never know, but perhaps
that adjustment, if she'd tried it, might have rectified one of my
unsubscribed reader's issues.
Here's another email responding to my last newsletter from an
interesting man named Alan:
Tonya...I have to disagree on the assumption that it's hard to be
100% raw in cold climates. I myself went cold turkey all raw in the
fall in Oregon. I'm now in far north Idaho. I go outside all the
time with a tee shirt at 20 to 30 degrees when everyone else has
heavy jackets on. They ask why I don't have more clothes on. Maybe
the ability to be all raw in a cold climate should have been on
your top ten list of indicators. Too few around, mind you, to prove
When I received this email, I got excited about renewing my
practice of tempering with cold. I started doing it regularly while
writing my Quantum Eating, but then backslid, using my artificial
hips as an excuse. Definitely, having metal hip joints does make
the experience more difficult. But Alan's email has renewed my
enthusiasm to try again.
My work is all about stretching the boundaries of our possibilities
-- about what can be done, and not about projecting our own
limitations on the rest of the world. The moment I'm told I
"cannot" do something, I want to try it. That's why at 54 I take
belly dance classes, though a regiment of orthopedists insisted it's not possible.
I am extremely careful to do only the moves my hip joints allow.
And never in my life I felt better.
If someone, quite without preparing, takes a winter hike in a
T-shirt or joins a Polar Bear club, then gets a cold or other ill
effects, he has no one but himself to blame. Preparing, working up
gradually, respecting the limitations of one's body--that's the key.
Alan also wrote:
I'm not sure how much of my past has to do with my present
acclimation to cold temps. Here are some things that may have
played a part...strict vegan since 1977...lived in the Pacific
Northwest except for a few years in Florida...for 10 years straight,
I ran for an hour every day all year round, regardless of weather,
in Portland, Oregon...I've swum regularly in cold rivers and
lakes...spent much time snowboarding and cross-country skiing...went
all raw in the fall of '96...I don't own a sweater or jacket--only a
sleeveless vest. So along with a good diet I have a long history of
being out in the elements. I have often wondered how the deer,
moose, birds, etc. in the area live outside all winter long. Now I
am beginning to feel at one with them!
"Beyond raw" to me means after being transformed, having been all
raw for 10 years or more, and it becoming completely natural. Then
you no longer think or talk about it and go into a lifetime of 100%
There is a different tone in Alan's email, you'll agree. He's
tried, adapted, readapted, striven and found his individual
So what do we make, in the end, of these two messages?
Point number one...I encourage you to take personal responsibility
for your own life and your health. Let your own body be your guide.
Point number two...The 100% raw lifestyle is not for everyone, as
I've observed before. Neither is going without a jacket in winter.
Don't undertake new lifestyles lightly. With small failures, you
will pay for bigger successes. You'll need to change your course.
Adapt! Improvise! Your goal must be perfect health, not perfect
Share your story, so others can learn and get inspired to try new
If, somewhere you got the notion that it would be easy, linear, a
perfectly smooth road...if somehow you believe that your health
journey will require no challenges for you to solve, you'll be
disappointed with my messages.
But if you are ready for an interesting and eminently worthwhile
ride...stick with me. We can learn together.
2. Solution for Sensitive Gums
My mother ran a chocolate factory back in the former Soviet Union.
A child's dream! And a nightmare. By the age of 50, my Mom didn't
have a real tooth left in her mouth. Raised on chocolates,
pastries, and candies, I'd had seven root canals by the time I was
25. It looked as if I would be reprising my Mom's fate. Long story
short: I had to become very creative when it came to dental
It's imperative that no part of your gums be painful or sensitive.
If there is pain or sensitivity, that means there's infection. This
ongoing infection is destroying the bone around your teeth.
Infected gums appear red and swollen. They feel sore or tender, and
may even bleed when you try to brush or floss in certain areas.
Your dentist will tell you: Apply special cleaning and attention to
any such area. Keep flossing, even if it hurts. Persevere...you must
persist through the discomfort till you find relief. Listen to
this advice. Do not let it come in one ear and go out the other.
Strict oral hygiene must be maintained, especially around
compromised teeth, or gingivitis will recur.
You may have a tendency to avoid dealing at all with sensitive
areas that cause you pain. For these tough spots, to remove extra
food residue and bacteria from between teeth or around bridges or
implants, you can use a product called the interdental brush. You
may have seen these in the drugstore. Though they come in a variety
of shapes and sizes, you'll recognize these little brushes by their
resemblance to miniature Christmas trees. Versatile and effective,
they can reach places ordinary brushes can't and work in a way
dental floss won't.
I have found that delicate, sensitive, or compromised gums will
benefit greatly if you dip your interdental brush into our
Bentonite Oral Balm. Gently work it between teeth, around the
gum-line, and anywhere that you experience sensitivity. Be
diligent--brush such problematic area several times a day--till the
sensitivity is gone.
Healthy gums are pink, firm to the touch, and nowhere are painful
or sensitive. Never ignore gum infections, no matter how minor.
My Bentonite Oral Balm evolved out of my own desperate need to keep
my dental situation under control. I made sure every herb known for
its soothing, healing and antibacterial properties was added to the
formula. Not only is it a superior product for teeth brushing in
general, but when used in conjunction with interdental brushes, it
will help save your compromised teeth from further damage,
preventing the need for future expensive dental work.
The Bentonite Oral Balm works! And with our February special deal,
you and your Valentine can try it for FREE.
3. Valentine's Day Special: Free Oral Balm
If your order subtotal (not including shipping) is $100 or more
from my online Natural Beauty Store, no matter what you order, you
will receive a FREE jar of my Bentonite Oral Balm --that's an added
value of $26.00!
Important: This offer automatically expires at midnight EST
If you have not tried out this Oral Balm with White Oak Bark and
Wheatgrass-the most natural of toothpastes, here is your chance to
go for it. Or perhaps you would like to get a jar for your
sweetheart. Great gift of dental health for men and women!
4. FREE Rawsome Recipes and New Blog Articles
Rawsome Recipes for February 2012
Love is in the air! Even though the month of February is in the
middle of winter, already we are focusing on heartwarming things
like romance and Valentine's Day and the delicious seasonal produce
that February offers, such as kiwi, cherimoya, Swiss Chard,
arugula, grapefruits and oranges, and cauliflower. I just love
cherimoya (pictured). They have a flavor and texture similar to
Durian but without the smell! Click here for the simple yet
satisfying recipes which make use of Cherimoya and other seasonal
Raw Food Lifestyle in a Cold Climate: Testimonial of the Month
Raya Johansson from Montana writes:
Tonya, you say: "Many people comment on how difficult it can be to
follow a raw food lifestyle in a cold climate." Now, fortunately,
I can say that hasn't been my experience. Continue reading Cold
How to Grow Taller
If you've never met me, you might not know: I'm short. And I've
been shorter. I used to be five-foot-two. Then, in hip-replacement
surgery to correct congenital hip problem, doctors had to knock off
a half-inch of femur on one side so I'd be symmetrical. Shorter
still. But since then, I've gone to five-foot-three. Not a huge
difference I know, but still how did it happen? Continue reading
how to grow taller...
Raw Food Testimonials for January 2012
Dear Tonya, I have bought and am in the process of reading "Raw
Food and Hot Yoga". I am glad you are changing your title in the
next edition because initially, it was the title that kept me from
wanting to read it. I still find yoga very boring but I am hoping
to be convinced to give it an honest shot by the time I finish your
book...I am just in awe of your life story, accomplishments, your
vast research, your open honesty, your self discipline, and the
strong example you set for women to be able to strive for true
beauty without guilt and selfish feelings. -D.M. Continue reading
5. Russian Book Available for Sale
My first Russian language book: "Чудо Сыроедения" is hot off the
press! This is the Russian version of my first book: Your Right to
Be Beautiful. As I mentioned last month, it was published by the
Издательский Дом Питер (Piter Publishing House). www.piter.com has
details on how to obtain this book in the Russian Federation and
The book is now available at my Online Natural Beauty Store.
If you have friends or relatives who may find it easier to read
about the amazing benefits of the raw lifestyle in Russian, here is
your chance to give them the gift of health.
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