Where do I get B12? (March 2012 Newsletter) from Tonya Zavasta
Sent Tuesday, March 6, 2012
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In this issue:
1. Why You Need to Learn From People You Disagree With
2. Where do I get B12?
3. Women's Day Special Deal! FREE Shampoo & Conditioner!
4. FREE Raw Recipes and NEW Blog Articles
5. Website Updates and New Avatar Video!
6. This Month's Raffle Winners!
1. Why You Need to Learn From People You Disagree With
One reader got annoyed, finding it offensive that I tie health
achieved through the raw food lifestyle to beauty. She wrote:
"Being able to 'tell' whether another human being is 100% raw
by their looks is insanity."
Raw foods did change me--and not only physically. Before I went raw,
I would have been upset receiving such a negative remark. Now,
however, I'm able to understand and respond to her lovingly.
The raw food lifestyle makes you deeply aware that you get what you
send out. You'll begin to guard yourself against allowing any
negative emotion to penetrate your heart, even when you disagree
with a person, or find a remark unhealthy, or less than fully
Some time ago, I was conversing with one yoga instructor who was
quite unsympathetic to my hip limitations. I reported to him that
his words hurt my feelings. I'll never forget what he said: No one
can hurt your feelings unless you have a wound that somebody's
words can rub. Heal your psychological wounds, and other people's
words can never hurt. Would you be hurt if someone said you have
purple hair (assuming you don't)? No, you would think it is silly,
funny, whatever. But you'd never be upset, he said. That's for
His implication: I can be hurt only if I, myself, consider a
perceived insult to be true.
The truth of his lesson hit me like a brick, and I haven't been the
same since. Words carry precisely the meaning we give them. Our
reactions to words can tell a story about us.
Often, too, things we don't want to hear are the very ones we need
to hear. Sometimes we resist the very information we need the most
because it makes us uncomfortable.
You better believe that health and beauty after 40 are tightly
linked. In my first book, Your Right to Beautiful, I emphasize that
the inner and outer body are two sides of the same coin. You can be
very healthy after 40 only if your internal organs are normal in
form, color, and function, which is to say: youthful. And if your
internal organs are getting healthier, you will, I contend, see
yourself getting younger on the outside.
If you aren't seeing changes in your appearance, this may be a
strong indication that something else must change to allow your body to
correct problems you've inherited from a previous diet. Review your
diet. Are you eating too much in the way of gourmet dishes? You may
need to look into colonics, or go on a juice fast, or implement a
wheatgrass regimen. Your cleansing likely hasn't gone deep enough.
Read the testimonial from this lady. Maybe her case is like your
own: Could Parasites Be Compromising Your Raw Food Success?
Let me present two different points of view. We can always learn
from an opposite position. At least, we need to hear whatever comes
our way, if for no other reason than to learn tolerance for other
Here is one email: The supplements we can take are never as fully
absorbed as when coming from their natural context--in natural raw
food. Life is a holistic intelligence, a living interaction and
combination between itself and our own Being at all levels. But at
least equally important--to me, it's in fact the primary reason--is
the notion of ahimsa--harmlessness, doing the least possible
harm....Kill an animal and you've killed a whole entity. Pick a
fruit and the tree remains, little or no harm having been done, and
perhaps a little good...And this way--this approach of the heart,
this aim for harmlessness and respect for all life--is in my opinion
positive energies on a vastly larger scale than dietetic concerns
The following email came several years ago. It helped me realize
that we must learn from each other and then each must find his or
her own way:
Tonya, I really respect your opinion and enjoy your newsletters.
But we do differ in our beliefs. I hope you can learn from me as I
have learned from you. I believe some of us do need animal protein.
After [I'd been] eating all raw and vegan for three years, the
tissue protecting the nerves in my spine was wasting away, causing
pain and muscle spasms in my neck. Eating raw egg yolks restored
this tissue, eliminated the pain, and also eliminated the
depression I had experienced for years.
Here's another one that came this month...If Raw Food is "not for
you," it's maybe because of a Vitamin D deficiency. Most vegans
know already about B12, but not necessarily Vitamin D. ...So if you
are a 100% raw foodist, you aren't getting enough. Believe me, I
spent time in the sun without sunblock! Please tell your readers to
get tested for Vitamin D deficiency.
Let me express a deep gratitude to everyone who shared his or her
testimonials with me. All of them were written with the best
intentions to help others, and that alone requires we give them our
Some people do find they're helped with B12 supplements or B12
injections. And some ask me why I don't offer B12 patches. But how
could I offer them, since I'm not using them personally? However,
this doesn't mean you shouldn't use them.
If supplements work for you, that's great. It's just not my way. It
seems if you supplement with B12, then a strong case could be made
for the need to supplement with Vitamin (hormone) D, then with
hydrochloric acid, and then with cyanocobalamin B12, or should it
be methylcobalamin? Too complicated for me. That brings us to the
next question that I am asked: where do you get B12?
2. Where do I get B12?
When I chose the raw food path in 1997, I was a raw vegan. At that
time the B12 issue wasn't as controversial as it is now. The raw
food books I was reading taught that a human body needs very little
of B12 and that a healthy digestive system can secrete, store and
reabsorb B12 as needed. I completely embraced Victoria Boutenko's
theory that organic foods are inseparable from insects. They insert
their eggs into the flesh of fruits, vegetables, and greens, and
these insects are good sources of B12 for humans. It made perfect
sense to me. I took to heart Victoria's advice not to wash organic
produce. For example, I didn't wash wheatgrass (bought from a
reliable source) before making a juice. My idea of heaven was
eating mulberries straight from a tree. I prefer not to dwell on
how many bugs and other insects ended up in my digestive
system..."Vegan" raw lifestyle was working for me.
But with each passing year the B12 topic was getting murkier and
murkier. Warnings of possible B12 deficiencies were coming from
everywhere. Just as the next person, I was affected by B12 and
Vitamin D deficiency stories. The last thing I wanted was to hurt
my achieved health. I started to look for a solution.
When I visited my mother in Moldova in 2009, I saw that she'd
started keeping hens. At the time, I was reading quite a bit about
issues people had with B12 deficiencies. I knew an egg to be an
excellent source of B12 as well as Vitamin D, so I started to drink
two eggs, straight from the shell, every day. And I loved them.
(People who say that raw eggs are slimy never ate them really
Later, I became interested in meditation. Some texts suggested that
consuming animal protein blocks spiritual energy. So I stopped
eating eggs for a long time.
Then, one of my readers sent me a link to an article by an 86
year-old female bodybuilder. Was I impressed! If she'd said she ate
boiled eggs, I would have ignored it. I knew well that a body
building diet with a lot of cooked protein is extremely unhealthy.
But the lady mentioned she eats raw eggs.
About the same time, I came across information that beneficial
omega-3 fatty acids are found mostly in the yolk of the egg.
Coincidentally, perhaps, we relocated to another area where one of
Nick's relatives keeps hens, giving us again access to fresh eggs
in exchange for our juice pulp. Homegrown eggs, please know, are
many times more nutritious than store-bought.
All this synchronicity rekindled my interest in raw eggs.
My octogenarian bodybuilder drinks three glasses of egg whites,
but I went again with two whole eggs.
Then, several months later, I noticed that it's when I'm 100% raw
vegan that my flexibility in yoga class is at its peak. Eggs
disappear from my diet again.
Then, a week ago I met one elderly lady. She told me an interesting
story of how at the age of twenty she cured herself from
tuberculosis. How? Drinking a lot of raw eggs. By the way, the
Russian internet is full of cure stories attributed to raw eggs.
Your head's spinning, perhaps, if you're the sort looking for
precise advice. As you can see, I don't have all the answers, but
I'm always searching.
The raw foods lifestyle is a journey. Sometimes the road's
straight, clear and paved. Sometimes it's a backwoods trail.
Sometimes it takes backtracking. I go with the flow and don't have
There is some research that eggs aren't good for us. (And you'll
get no argument from me when it comes to a big plate of mama's
scrambled eggs.) There is also a mountain of research to say that
raw eggs are a storehouse of many nutrients the human body needs.
More on raw eggs and the B12 issue read my book Raw Food and Hot
I experiment on myself, try different variants and I believe this
fluctuation helps me to stay very healthy on 100% raw. I use the
same approach when it comes to everything else. I remember there
was a time I overdid the greens theme. I couldn't so much as look
at another green leaf. I developed an aversion to anything with
greens in it. I decided to take a break from greens. Shakes made
from coconut water, banana and hemp seeds became a centerpiece in
my diet for almost three months till my taste for greens came back,
and I started to enjoy salads and green smoothies again.
Being 100% raw and not eating at night have been constant themes in
my life for some time now. I keep doing it because it works. You
can be sure I'd change in a heartbeat, if something didn't feel
Trust your own judgment first and foremost. Read other people's
testimonials because everyone's experience is precious and can help
you to ease your own journey.
Whatever position we take--'pure' vegan versus eggs, supplements
versus raw foods, it's very important to remember that behind every
opposite (sometimes edgy) opinion is another soul struggling to be
good, to stay healthy, to find the way, and ultimately struggling
Here is a beautiful quote I found:
"The person in front of you is the reflection of yourself... be kind
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March 2012 Seasonal Raw Food Recipes
At first glance, March's seasonal produce might not stir up a lot
of excitement or visions of raw potlucks dancing in your head, but
wait until you taste some of the refreshing creations you can make
with these seemingly mundane fruits and vegetables including
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Raw Food Testimonials (February 2012)
You are such an inspiration!!!! I bought your books a few years
ago, I was too new to raw to be able to embrace them. Now I am not
scared and am ready to enjoy the benefits of drinking my green
juice and eating my last meal before three - thank you for getting
this info out !!!! Continue reading the Testimonials...
Could Parasites Be Compromising Your Raw Food Success?
Dear Tonya, I'm prompted to respond to the recent comments of yours
replying to people who, for one reason or another, have given up
their raw food regimen. Background...I'm from Russia, aged 40, been on a raw foods diet some
two and a half years. Early on, I felt quite inspired...
Continue reading Testimonial of the Month...
What? Huh? Pesticides Give You MORE Vitamins?
You may have run across this one already: England's Which?
Gardening magazine has published a claim which suggests vegetables
grown using conventional methods--pesticides and all--may offer
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grown vegetables. Daily Mail ran a story with this sensationalist
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grown with pesticides contain MORE vitamins.
Continue reading Pesticides...
Is Coffee Good for You? The More the Better?
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