Reviewed By Gerry Coffey
“The 12 Steps to Raw Food” might well borrow the title from the James Bond flick, “From Russia With Love.” That’s how Dr. Jesse Schwartz, PhD, describes its Russian author: “The woman who wrote this book is a lover, she is in love with humankind…and teaches that by following a live food diet one can enhance one’s health and well-being.”
Gabriel Cousens, M.D., physician, psychiatrist, family therapist, author and a 100% live foodist since 1983, says “This book is a breakthrough for the many people who are literally addicted to cooked food. She helps us look at the cultural attachments, social pressures, the programming from birth, the addictive quality of particularly the processed foods, and artfully gives people ways to deal with all of these issues.”
After spending a week with the Boutenkos last summer, I can attest to the warmth and love the family projects, as well as the ability of their delicious raw food recipes to quell the tastebuds of confirmed “carnivores.” No need to feel deprived of the dishes Americans have come to love: burgers, lasagna, spaghetti, pizza, pies, cake, and ice cream to name a few. They can “have their cake and eat it too,” so-to-speak, because the Boutenkos have learned how to make all of them without sacrificing the life-giving enzymes they say are destroyed in the cooking process.
One of the vivid examples Author, Victoria Boutenko asks readers to contemplate is the comparison of two almonds, one roasted, the other raw. If both were planted, within three weeks the roasted one would disintegrate, the raw one still possesses the potential to grow into a beautiful almond tree that would propagate more of the same.
Although the life-giving qualities of one is none existent, scientists, Boutenko points out, would find no nutritional difference between the two. Both might still contain the same amount of calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc and copper. The difference is one carries the enzymes of life, the other does not. And, according to Ms. Boutenko, by consuming a predominantly cooked food diet, the average person is constantly drawing on their own limited source of enzymes to digest depleted cooked food, and by the age of 40, the majority of their enzymes are used up.
Another example of how cooked foods deplete the body is to notice how sluggish and lethargic one becomes after a meal of cooked food. All the body’s energies are going to digest that meal. Multiply that by 3 or more times daily and one begins to understand the uphill battle our beleaguered bodies face.
The Boutenko family of 4 started their journey to wellness after they immigrated to the U.S. in search of the American Dream. They found untold financial success but at the sacrifice of health and well being. Author Victoria Boutenko was morbidly obese, severely depressed, and toying with suicide when a doctor’s diagnosis of Juvenile Diabetes for 10- year-old-son, Sergei, shocked her into action.
The entire family was in dire straights. 8-year-old Valya, had severe Asthma, and father, Igor, had crippling arthritis, thyroid problems and high blood pressure. Looking back now, Victoria feels the entire family would have been lost had they not made the change to a raw food diet. It wasn’t easy.
Sergei, the self-proclaimed “Microwave King,” used to dream of pizza. Now he dreams of perfecting new concoctions like the prize-winning cake for which he won first place at the Raw Food Festival in Oregon last summer. (Recipes in back of book.)
He still recalls the day he and Valya came home from school and found the cupboards bare and the microwave hammered into oblivion and thrown in the trash heap.
But Sergie said he knew his constantly squabbling parents never committed to anything more than a day. He’d just “wait them out.” But he underestimated their unabiding love for him and his sister. One day turned into three and out of sheer hunger, Sergei was forced to submit to eating raw, vegan food.
And one day at a time a miracle took place: the weight started falling off. He could think more clearly, had boundless energy. He started getting along well with family, classmates and teachers, and actually enjoyed learning new things at school. By term’s end, Sergei had the highest grades in class. Moreover, Sergei grew whole, new healthy teeth, and subsequent tests revealed he no longer had any trace of Diabetes. (Note: Sergei started college at 15, Valya, 14!)
Valya, who used to “cheat” at school by trading fruits and veggies for junk food, noticed how happy her mom, dad and brother were when eating the 100% raw food diet, so decided to join them. Soon school, family work and play became a pleasure not a punishment.
By choice Valya became the official family gardener, nutrient-filled kale is her favorite food, she professes, and she says straight-faced she actually enjoys washing dishes: It gives her more time to converse with her mother.
Basically shy, Valya says people’s friendly curiosity about their diet lured her out of herself and now she and Sergei speak publicly to students and adults about the benefits of a raw food diet. They also enjoy whipping up raw delights to tempt the leery from their cooked food dependency. Sergei, now a strapping, handsome youth of 17, confesses he used to fantasize about giant hot dogs and pizza, but now dreams of new ways to make raw food dishes more scrumptious.
“This is the key to breaking addictions to cooked foods,” notes Victoria. “Sergei’s Young Coconut Dream Cake” won the Gourmet Raw Food Dessert Contest last year in world-wide competition with seasoned Live Food Chefs.”
Igor had his own victories. He rid himself of more than 50 lbs. Of excess weight, threw away his cane, and no longer suffers from arthritis or high blood pressure. He now leads fitness forays, has people standing in line to receive one of his famous Russian massages, and boasts an athlete’s pulse of 47.
Meanwhile, Victoria lost over 120 lbs., became a Certified Living Foods Practitioner, Iridologist and Health Minister, teaches Living Nutrition at Southern Oregon University, and is Head Chef at Orgeon’s Spring Garden Café.
The family’s odyssey to a raw food diet is told by each member of the family in their first book: “The Raw Food Family.” And realizing success would have been improbable without the full commitment of the entire family and the support they gave each other, Victoria drew up the “12 Step Program” and they began teaching it to others with great success.
“Students who have taken this program are staying successfully 100% raw,” states Victoria. “They are experienceing no temptation to eat cooked food. Just none. These 12 Steps help people to stay on raw food, no matter what. They work.” An avalanche of requests from all over the world convinced Victoria of the need to put the program in book form so more could be helped.
Publisher: Raw Vegan (October 1, 2002) | 200 pages | ISBN: 0973093005 | PDF | 1.4 MB
The Raw Secrets will help you live sustainably on the raw vegan diet and overcome the problems you may have encountered in doing so. Based on logical principles, this diet still often falls short of expectation. Instead of improvements in their health, many people see deterioration. Others experience less rejuvenation than they anticipated, or find themselves unable to maintain balance in the long-term. This results solely from a lack of understanding of the guiding principles of natural diet, from the widespread misinformation about it, and the gross errors that follow.
The Raw Secrets contains straight talk and rare wisdom from around the world on the most exciting, healthiest diet of all time — now gaining mass attention and acceptance. The 28, succinct chapters give unique insights on many topics affecting contemporary raw-foodists. Each holds dozens of tips to help you eat a pure, simple, nourishing diet.
If you are tired of the same, boring, repetitive information found in nearly every other book on the subject, then you’re in for a surprise. If you seek groundbreaking research and a fresh perspective on raw eating, you will find them in The Raw Secrets.
About the Author
Frederic Patenaude is a raw-food chef, a speaker, a web master and a writer. He published 21 issues of the magazine Just Eat An Apple from 1998 until 2003, and is the author of “The Sunfood Cuisine” and “Raw Soups, Salads and Smoothies”.
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|El profesor Ehret postula que todas las enfermedades obedecen a una sola causa: la constipación, dada por una alimentación antinatural y agravada por drogas que producen la autointoxicación y la producción de mucus.|
Dr. Juan Mitchell
El profesor Ehret postula que todas las enfermedades obedecen a una sola causa: la constipación, dada por una alimentación antinatural y agravada por drogas que producen la autointoxicación y la producción de mucus.
Su sistema terapéutico se basa en el ayuno y la dieta amucosa, experimentado en él mismo (batió el récord mundial de ayuno para su época: 49 días) curándose con este tipo de tratamiento de una grave enfermedad renal (Mal de Bright) y de una afección cardíaca severa.
Preconiza el consumo de vegetales y frutas y la disminución de las proteínas en la alimentación.
Su esquema es aplicable a todas las edades.
Hace una descripción detallada de los alimentos formadores de mucus (causante de enfermedades) y amucosos (alimentos sanos o regeneradores), alerta sobre el uso de fertilizantes, conservantes químicos que alteran la composición química y propiedades nutritivas de los alimentos.
En cuanto al ayuno, no ahondaremos en detalle, ya que sus indicaciones deben ser individualizadas y bajo asesoramiento para no producir complicaciones. Damos un esquema semanal de dieta amucosa.
Este tipo de alimentación es muy útil en enfermedades como arteriosclerosis, hipertensión, diabetes, reumatismo, tumores, enfermedades alérgicas, obesidad, problemas hormonales, etc.
(extraido de http://www.universalsuccessformula.com/dietaehret.htm)
North Atlantic Books | 2008-04-08 | ISBN: 1556437498 | 624 pages | PDF | 15,3 MB
Since its first publication, The Sunfood Diet Success System has been the definitive book on the raw food lifestyle. Now after more than seven years, David Wolfe has rigorously rewritten the entire book, beginning to end, in order to offer the most complete, up-to-date nutrition information possible. No where else will you find the kinds of empowering information and insight that is present on every page of this truly inspiring work.
The Sunfood Diet Success System is a groundbreaking book in the field of raw-food nutrition. The book describes exactly how to adopt, maintain, and stay centered on an 80, 90, or 100% raw-food diet by balancing different types of foods through David Wolfe’s innovative Sunfood Triangle. Success is inevitable with day-by-day menu plans, delicious recipes, and the best information available on detoxification, fasting, mineralization and success technology all neatly bundled into one book.
Each chapter is filled with inspiring quotes, facts, and tips. Dozens of beautiful, never-before-seen full-color images have been added to this brand-new edition, including many stunning Kirlian photographs. The Sunfood Diet Success System also includes a comprehensive listing of raw-food restaurants, healing retreats, and organizations. Be prepared for nothing less than total transformation!
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North Atlantic Books | 2008 | ISBN: 1556436912 | 472 pages | PDF LQ | 18,6 MB
Diabetes has become a seemingly unstoppable national epidemic, affecting more than twenty million Americans. Conventional wisdom calls it incurable, but renowned Dr. Gabriel Cousens counters that claim with this breakthrough book. There Is a Cure for Diabetes lays out a three-week plan for reversing the negative genetic expression of diabetes to a physiology of health and well-being. Dr. Cousens’s method, widely tested at his famous Tree of Life centers, is to reset the DNA through green juice fasting and a 100% organic, nutrient-dense, vegan, low-glycemic, low-insulin-scoring, and high-mineral diet of living foods in the first twenty-one days. Both practical and inspirational, the book explains how to abandon the widespread “culture of death”–symbolized by addictive junk food–that fosters diabetes in favor of a more natural, nurturing approach. The program renders insulin and related medicines unnecessary within four days as the blood sugar drops to normal levels; and the diabetic shifts into a non-diabetic physiology within two weeks. The third week focuses on live-food preparation, featuring 100 delicious raw recipes. Dr. Cousens emphasizes regular consultations, monitoring blood chemistries, and emotional support, and includes a one-year support program to help maintain a diabetes-free life.
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Dieta y nutrición
Los crudivoros opinan que nada puede ser preparado al fuego, porque este tipo de preparación causa, según dicen, una increible perdida de nutrientes. Esto no quiere decir, necesariamente, que coman solo alimentos crudos. Existen procesos de preparación que no causan esa perdida de nutrientes, como la deshidratación de los alimentos.
La alimentación crudivora, también llamada de alimentación viva o comida viva, es una forma de alimentación basada en alimentos crudos, frutos frescos y secos (hidratados), vegetales, semillas, granos germinados y algas, ricos en enzimas y todos los nutrientes necesarios para nuestro organismo, los cuales tienen toda la vitalidad nutricional necesaria para una vida saludable.
Los alimentos crudos son ricos en enzimas – responsables de toda la construcción de nuestro organismo. Las enzimas son los trabajadores incansables que llevan los nutrientes a nuestras células. Podemos decir que la alimentación cruda es una alimentación enzimatica. Al cocer los alimentos (más de 40ºC) destruimos las enzimas. Si comemos alimentos crudos evitamos la destrucción de las enzimas que la comida contiene facilitando así la digestión y evitando gastar nuestras propias reservas. Según el Dr. Edward Howell, la falta de enzimas en la comida cocida es una de las mayores razones del envejecimiento y muerte precoz. Es, además, según él, la causa subyacente de la mayor parte de las dolencias.
Esta falta de enzimas ocurre en la mayoría de la población mundial de los paises civilizados que se alimenta de comida cocida, según opinan los crudivoristas. Incluso los animales no humanos que conviven con nosotros son alimentados cada vez de forma mas artificial y con alimentos cocidos sufren de las mismas dolencias que nosotros.