Q-1: My reader "Gloria" wrote... Dear Tonya and Team...I have an urgent concern--my hair. I am just
starting raw foods and have got a little worried on reading that I
will lose my hair as a result of detox. I have already lost at
least a third of my hair in the last few years due to a stressful
lifestyle. Will I lose the rest, too? I don't mean to sound vain,
but though my hair is thinning, it is very long (just a few inches
above my hips) and I would like to keep it that length...having long
hair now in my mid-thirties is one of my childhood dreams come
Honestly though, if you're going to tell me I'll lose the rest of
my hair too, and I'll just have to wait until it grows back...then
I might cancel my raw food journey. I hope you'll have good news,
Tonya. I could use some!
A: How many cooked-foods people do we meet with thick waist-long
hair in their fifties and sixties? Very few, you'll agree. Any in
their seventies? Not in my world. Hair loss after 40 is epidemic.
You have two choices. One: Cancel your raw food journey. Almost
certainly, you'll gradually see your hair going thinner and
thinner. At some point, wearing it long will no longer look
good--not only because it's thin, but because cooked food leaves its
signs on the face-- puffiness, excess water retention, and pigmentation--that don't go well with long hair. Long hair attracts attention, places more
demands on the face. Its sleek lines call for smooth and even
facial contours. That is why I could not wear long straight hair as
a young woman. Raw foods gave me, and raw foods will give you, the
option of a youthful, long hairstyle.
Your other option: Continue on your raw food journey. Your hair
will be replaced, but this does not mean you will lose it all at
once. Two processes will be taking place simultaneously: Old hair
out, new hair in. Old hair will be gradually replaced with new,
healthier, thicker strands.
Whatever option you choose, Gloria, you'll be losing hair. But
there's a big difference in your final outcome. Continue on your
raw food journey and you'll be seeing new hair growth; give it up
because of your concern of temporary hair loss, and you will only
keep experiencing more and more hair loss.
It was my dream, too, to have long hair. I went through the raw
foods detox period without ever cutting it short--just a regular
trimming of the ends. Seeing new growth along your temples and
hairline will give you comfort to get through this transitional
stage. The rewards are great...you'll be able to wear your hair long
in your fifties and beyond!
Kelp helps! Adding 1 teaspoon of kelp flakes to your salads
provides the minerals your hair needs. Consuming sea vegetables
daily is one of thing I swear by for building luxurious healthy
hair from the inside.
Continuous stimulation is your key. Hair treatments such as my new Scalp Tonic, massaging and
regular combing will generate big improvements.
Q-2: I went to my hairdresser, today, and she saw two small bald
spots and one big one on the left side of my head. I have lots of
hair, but I do not want to lose it. This happened just now. I
went to see her in July, and I did not have this problem. I just
lost my mom at the end of August. I feel very stressed, and I have
been going through many changes in my life. I am desperate. Will
you please give me your input on this?
A: Try this natural remedy: Apply fresh onion juice to the bald
spots on your scalp, massage it in and leave on for half an hour.
Then shampoo out. Repeat this procedure twice a week, or even every
day. Onions are extremely high in sulfur, a mineral present in all
our cells, but especially the hair, skin and nails. Sulfur reduces
inflammation and increases circulation. Onions are valuable for
stimulating new hair growth and helping to regenerate hair
follicles. Onions have antibacterial properties that help rid the
scalp of disease-producing bacteria and fungi.
Q-3: Here's one of those pause-for-reflection comments I
occasionally get: You seem to speak only about yourself, Tonya. You
don't give any tips on how to live a raw life.
A: The first part is true. The second however, is false. Part
of the issue is caution. I am not a doctor. So the only way I can
give you "tips on how to live a raw life" is indirectly, telling
you about my own personal experience. Most of what I share with my
readers I can bear witness to in my own life. Only what I have
dealt with personally gets into my books, articles and newsletters.
I live "in the raw." "Raw" has changed my life...my health...my
appearance. Oops!...the "my" word! Here I go again, talking about
If I were to tell you " ½ cup of celery will deliver 50 mg of
sodium"...well, so what? Good info. Boring. And you can get it easily
on the Internet. What is of interest is what's most personal.
2. New Book by Victoria Boutenko, Green Smoothie Revolution
Another author who leans toward the personal as I do and writes
about her own firsthand experience, is Victoria Boutenko. I love
her and her work for that very reason. When I read her work an old
song lyric comes to mind: So here I stand...Just as I am.
When a writer works from the realm of the personal, an amazing
thing happens: What's personal for her touches what's personal in me and in you. She shares not only her discoveries and successes,
but her stumbling blocks and detours as well. That's why, while
reading Boutenko's books, you may find yourself thinking at any
moment: I know I, too, can achieve these results.
Victoria has released her new book Green Smoothie Revolution. It is
a companion to her best selling Green for Life, which many of you
have already read and love. If you need to rekindle your interest
and taste for greens, I can guarantee that after reading only a few
pages of Green Smoothie Revolution, you will put the book down for
one reason only--to satisfy an irresistible itch to make a green
Reading this book gives you an unmistakable feeling: Victoria LOVES
greens. And that passion for greens that threads every piece of her
research will ignite your own fascination with green smoothies.
If you are not familiar with Victoria Boutenko, a pillar of the raw
foods movement, you cannot afford to skip this book. You need
greens, and there is no other person on the planet who'll do a
better job in getting you to eat them...and enjoying every gulp of
her green smoothies. This book is available here.
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5. ? Raw: Your Biggest Questions Answered--New E-Book
The wonderful folks at the Fresh Network, the same ones that publish the excellent Get Fresh! quarterly magazine, have just released a new E-Book titled ? Raw: Your Biggest Questions Answered.
The Fresh Network interviewed 12 different raw foods experts and asked all of them to write their views on intriguing raw food lifestyle questions. I was proud to be invited to be one of the contributors alongside such raw food pioneers as Dr. Brian Clement, Dr. Douglas Graham, Paul Nison and others. The questions the panelists answer in this E-book include the following:
*Do the enzymes in raw foods really help to digest those foods?
*Is the "metabolic typing" theory correct?
*Can we thrive on fewer calories on an optimal raw diet?
*What's the best way to handle "emotional detox"?
*Are cacao and agave really raw?
*Are colonics either healthy or necessary?
*Water fasting versus juice fasting: which is most effective and why?
*What are the 10 factors most important to health?
*A raw diet: good or bad for your sex life?
*Raising raw children: do they need supplements?
*Is it necessary to be 100% raw?
*And many more...
If you would like to learn more about this new E-Book, click here...
May you enjoy a Rawsome Life and reveal your Rawsome Beauty.
Best wishes for your success!
Tonya Zavasta www.BeautifulOnRaw.com