Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Interview with Lindsay Williambrown; Owner of All Well Brands

For the twenty-seventh interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Lindsay Williambrown; Owner and CSO (Chief Snacking Officer) of MUNCHOS! Raw Snacks – a product line of All Well Brands in business since 2013

My Comments:

I found this company/brand in a unique way. I was looking on craigslist in the job section under the food/hospitality section and entered in the search box for vegan chef and an ad came up for someone to help make raw food snack products for this company. I decided to look up the company online and when I saw the pictures of the products, I was amazed because it look like art. The colors of the foods used looked alive, vibrant and 3-D quality that practically grabbed you attention, as if there is a caption that says “TRY ME!”. That is when I sent Lindsay the question below about the products and when have been in touch ever since by phone and email. She has found a way to create snacks using ingredients that are neglected in the raw food world, such as daikon, sunchokes, sweet potatoes, etc. Most companies are focusing on the popular kale chip, so I am happy that Lindsay has chosen to focus on other produce.

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My question to Lindsay in an email when I had first found her product line was regarding whether her products are non-GMO, organic and vegan.

Her response:

I use all L.A. County farmer’s market sources except for my honey, which is through Sleeping Bear Farms (and not in many of the products). All the farmers I use are beyond gentle with their soil nutrification and do not use any chemicals and are non-GMO, but most are not certified organic. Since the ones who are tend to be bigger farms with more money and less traditinal practices sometimes, I actually find the most inspiring growing stories coming from these non-technically-organic farmers than the big guys. Happy to talk more about it.

Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

“Decide” is a strong word I suppose, as I feel like I simply followed my nose into food. I had very little food as a kid and what we had was heavy home-cookin’ fare that was the standard culinary wisdom of the 1980s, and there was a lot of unrest in my house as well. Those both contribute to unwell cells, and I presented increasingly ill from a young kid through to young adulthood. When my health reached a point of me having 14 terminal or chronic illnesses that don’t have cures according to western MDs and I had a pattern of 1 hour per day of productivity, I decided I either had to decide to die or live. I had been working with food and as a chef already so I knew food made a difference in health, but I had to super-size that effect by changing my thought patterns. Without eating the right food for me, I could not have had the clarity to know I needed to do that and I couldn’t have had the discipline to teach myself new ways to think about the world.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

I’m terrible with this type of question – let me see here! 1) Water. 2) An axe. I will assume this island has coconuts available, so I should take a good axe to open them with and to do other handy things. 3) Raw plant oil insect repellant (from Living Libations if I can). 4) Alaffia shea butter for sunscreen for my very Nordic skin. 5) Assorted grain seeds for planting (and chomping).

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

I don’t believe in telling people how to live, but I do know that scientifically, kindness is the only guaranteed cure that has never failed to produce wholeness in the human body or the planetary molecular structure. Being still enough that we can be kind to all that surrounds us makes us well.

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

Grain seeds. They cost $1.50-$3.00 per pound in bulk aisles and $6.00 per pound prepackaged, and yield 2 pounds of food per 1 pound of dry seeds when soaked in liquid. I am not a physician, but I know from calculating nutrition statistics that raw soaked grains contain exponentially higher levels of bioavailable protein, vitamins, minerals, trace fats, and other phytochemicals. They contain the most balanced nutrient profile on the planet, require the lowest resource utilization per pound of food, and are the most bioavailable “heavy” food for humans on the planet. When you hear about the UN studies on how we have enough food to feed the planet on 30 cents a day or whatever (I’m old so I’m sure that number has changed since I heard it), they are talking about this kind of eating.

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

Munchos! Raw exists for 2 reasons. One is to fill the gaps in available snackiness for the raw vegan: snackiness that offers car food options, salty, spicy, interesting, and culturally diverse options. The other is to provide a fun-to-eat, fun-to-hold, fun-to-dip snack option for school systems at an accessible price point. By using local, biodynamic, and kindly grown produce and producing it close to the source, Munchos! Raw provides 1-2 servings of fresh, raw produce in a delicious format that every kid identifies with and loves, and that I have NEVER had an omnivore not LOVE.

The flavors of Munchos! Raw are based in my fusion whims but, that said, they are rooted deeply in my background as an anthropologist who was raised in the middle of a dozen or so refugee communities in the southern U.S. inner city. The flavors are unapologetic; some are quite spicy, some are a little spicy, and some are super chill, mild affairs. They are all influenced by a sense of high homage in my life to those cultures, cuisines, and the victories of those who came to the States via sometime horrific and deeply victorious stories.

Two highest compliments I receive from Munchos! Raw eaters are:
-When my Vietnamese taster of the Mint Daikon Chips told me they reminded her exactly of her grandmother’s green curry soup.
-Ashamed faces that admit with downward gazes “I ate one bite it was so good that I saved the rest for my kids.” That’s the point, to make these irresistible to kids. And most parents know exactly what their kids will eat. Who hordes health food in their purse to give to a kid? Who does that with other health food you know of? This is the kind of response healthy food SHOULD have, and it’s the kind of reaction I routinely get to MUNCHOS! Raw Snacks.

The honey I use is so humanely produced that the bees who produce my honey are better fed and biodynamically naturally living than if we were not eating their honey at all. They originated in Michigan, and when the beekeeper heard years ago that almond trees in CA were suffering and losing biodiversity due to a lack of bee population, he came up with a beautiful idea. He flies them to CA for the MI winter to pollinate the CA almond trees. Given the laws and patterns we know about biodiversity, I expect this to have multiple beneficial health effects for the bees and for the eater. One is that the bees have a greater nutrition profile to draw from, which nourishes them and increases the anti-allergy effects of the honey they produce. For anyone wondering about the beekeeper taking all the honey from the hive to sell to us instead of letting the bees feed on it, I can set your mind at ease. What usually happens with honey, even raw honey, is that the bees who produce it are usually starved of that honey and fed sugar bricks instead, so that the beekeeper can harvest as much of the honey as possible for sale to human eaters. This makes many of the bees (if not all of them) diabetic and overweight, and makes the honey they produce from that sugar brick bad for us as well since that honey is devoid of the natural phytochemicals that come through a well-nourished bee.

Munchos! Raw is one of 7 product lines I have developed to date. They are all entirely raw and they are vegan except for the honey that two of the lines contain. Munchos! Raw are designed as car food and kid food, and they are packaged to be exactly one meal. Since they are raw, they contain entirely bioavailable protein, which means they contain 5 times the bioavailable protein per gram as any cooked meat or other cooked food would. Many people don’t know that when we cook food, we denature its nutrient molecules, which means that when we see a nutrition fact label for cooked chicken that might say 21 grams of protein per serving, we can divide that by 5 to get the number of grams of protein that our bodies will absorb and be able to utilize. What this denaturing means is that we think we are getting a lot of protein (and we are!), but we are not being able to use it.

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

What I know is that we are all expanding in kindness and consciousness and remembering more and more our oneness with one another. My job is to stay in alignment and remembrance of that, and when I do that, it ripples into every other person’s ability to do that.

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

Heroes have never been a big way I categorize people, but some of the most off-the-chart remarkable, intelligent, connected people I have had the honor of interacting with are the many leaders of the Agape International Spiritual Center. One soundbite from any one of the reverends there (Joanne Coleman, Julie Moret, Rickie Byers Beckwith, Arlene Hylton, Michael Beckwith, Ron Blair, and lots of others). When I think about the profile of a hero, I think of them for their vision, willingness to grow themselves and others, and commitment to practical but unflinching peacemaking while acknowledging current realities.

Question #8: Is there anything else you would like to share with the public?

I’ve shared a lot, so the public probably invites me to stop there :D! But I am so thankful for your support of Munchos! Raw and support at a critical juncture during our scaling journey earlier this year. It’s a blessing to be attracting such amazing quality people committed to making positive presences in the world.

Question #9: I know that there are variables as to how much food/calories each person consumes when eating raw vegan food (based on many lifestyle factors, etc), but is there a basic guideline you would recommend for everyone?

I am not a physician so what I share obviously cannot legally be interpreted as anything except an opinion, so please always consult your conscience and intuition and trusted practitioners and make your own decisions. What I have seen on the empirical side in 20 years of consulting and clearing dis-ease, though, is that 5-10% of calories in a day going to fat is plenty for almost anyone who has grown up within the U.S. food supply chain. I have not met a longterm raw vegan who has survived a diet that is very high in seed fats and greens, and I would assume that is because we gain unnecessary weight on those diets and never have enough burnable sugar for a day’s activities. Also, having more fat in the bloodstream than we can immediately use produces an insulin overage in the body because any sugar that tries to get into the bloodstream is blocked by the fat floating on top of it. Removing excess fat from the daily diet dissolves diabetic responses by the body within a very short period of time (like hours or days or a few weeks). When we remove those fats, we no longer see the blood sugar spikes that eating fruit can otherwise produce.

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Thank you again for the opportunity to share MUNCHOS! Raw Snacks and the work that All Well Brands is bringing into the world!

For more information about this company and brand, go to: http://www.allwellbrands.com

Also, check out my comprehensive video review of some of the delicious Munchos! Raw Snacks on my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

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Sprouts – Nutrition Facts from Hippocrates Health Institute

Sprouts – Nutrition Facts – from Hippocrates Health Institute http://www.hippocratesinst.org

Take a look at the amazing sprout selection below, they also have many health benefits that make them even more tantalizing!

Medicinally and nutritionally, sprouts have a long history as a “health food. Sprouts are 10 to 30 times more nutritious than the best vegetables because they are baby plants in their prime. At this stage of their growth they have the greatest concentration of nutrients than at any other point in their life. Sprouts are highly digestible and release their nutrients easily due to their delicate cell walls and abundance of enzymes.

When you apply water to seeds they come to life. By the natural process of transmutation, the vitamin, mineral, enzyme, phytonutrient, and amino acid (protein) content of germinated (sprouted) foods skyrocket! This phenomenon is most pronounced during the first twelve days of growth. This makes sprouts a true “Super food.” They are also biogenic and alive. Biogenic foods are foods that create new life when planted. Sprouts are alive and this life-force energy is capable of transferring their life energy to your body.

Adzuki

Health Benefits:
• Energy
• Protein
• Lowers LDL cholesterol
• Regulates insulin
• Fights breast and colon cancer
Maturity Time:
• Three days

Broccoli

Health Benefits:
• Helps fight colon, prostate, rectum, esophagus, lung, bladder, and stomach cancer
• Effective for inflammations and hot swellings
• Effective for hangovers
Maturity Time:
• Seven days

Buckwheat

Health Benefits:
• Protein
• Lowers high blood pressure
• Blood sugar balancer
• Good for varicose veins
• Helps prevent osteoporosis
• Helps prevent anxiety, depression, brain fog, mental fatigue and generally make the brain sharper and clearer.
Maturity Time:
• Twelve days

Clover

Health Benefits:
• Blood builder
• Heart and cardiovascular health
• Strong bones
• Anti-cancer Anti-aging
Maturity Time:
• Seven days

Fenugreek

Health Benefits:
• Treats blood poisoning, failing eyesight, fevers, palpitations, liver and kidney troubles
• Treats anemia
• Blood sugar balancer
• Increases mother’s milk production
Maturity Time:
• Three days

Garbanzo

Health Benefits:
• Protein
• Energy
• Blood sugar balancer
• Lowers blood cholesterol
Maturity Time:
• Two days

Green Lentils

Health Benefits:
• Energy
• Protein
• Lowers LDL cholesterol
• Regulates insulin
• Fights breast and colon cancer

Maturity Time:
• Three days

Mung Beans

Health Benefits:
• Energy
• Helps prevent prostate problems.
• Helps prevent glandular dysfunction and breast cancer
• Treats premature balding
Maturity Time:
• Three days

Pea Shoots

Health Benefits:
• Protein
• Muscle
• Strengthens teeth
• Boosts the immune system
Maturity Time:
• Seven days

Radish

Health Benefits:
• Cleans the blood
• As an excellent expectorant treats whooping cough
• Facilitates digestion
Maturity Time:
• Seven days

Red Lentils

Health Benefits:
• Energy
• Protein
• Lowers LDL cholesterol
• Regulates insulin
• Fights breast and colon cancer

Maturity Time:
• Three days

Sunflower

Health Benefits:
• Excellent source of balanced amino acids for building protein
• Activates every cell in the immune system
• Builds skeletal, muscular and neurological systems

Maturity Time:
• Twelve days

Wheatgrass

Health Benefits:
• Blood builder
• Anti-cancer
• Detoxifier
• Boosts the immune system
Maturity Time:
• Seven days

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Eating Vegan for $3 a Day? by Frederic Patenaude

Eating Vegan for $3 a Day? by Frederic Patenaude

Nobody likes to talk about this, but the raw food diet is awfully expensive.

As a single guy eating mostly, but not 100% raw, I used to spend $600 to $800 a month on food, just for myself!

I’ve asked a lot of people eating this way how much they spend on food, and I get similar figures all the time.

And it’s not just fruits and vegetables that are expensive: people that you could consider to be “health enthusiasts” spend at least twice the national average on food.

Have you seen your grocery bills rise lately?

The trend is pretty scary.

I remember when avocados used to cost 99 cents each, and would go on sale for 2 or even 3 for a dollar. Now the “normal” price is $2.99 and they are often advertised on sale for $1.99, which is double the old “regular” price.

And there’s the same trend across the board: food is becoming more expensive, and healthy food is becoming even more “premium.”

Some people say the solution is to grow your own food. But it’s been shown that you’ll spend more doing this. If you factor in the cost of the land, seeds, gardening tools, natural fertilizers, and so on, you’re not coming ahead.

Unless of course, you have a big plot of land and you’re not doing anything with it. Then planting some fruit trees might be a good idea, but it will take many years until they start producing.

I’ve always accepted the fact that food has been one of my biggest expenses.

After all, I saw food as a sort of “health insurance” and spending more for food made sense.

But as my food bills kept climbing over the past few years, it started annoying me.

Every month, I would cringe when looking at my food expenses.

I would often spend more on food than housing!

I knew there was another way, but all my attempts at reducingmy food budget failed.

One time I decided to live for one month on a cooked vegan diet, but the lowest I could bring my food budget down was around $300.

I thought I was doing things right, but in fact I was making big mistakes.

The $1 a Day Experiment

One thing that made me shift my thinking is when I heard of a couple that became sort of famous by trying to live on $1 a day (each person), or about $30 a month for food.

Their story was published in multiple newspapers and they wrote a book about it.

I was impressed by their dedication and their ingenuity, but when I looked at their menu, I was appalled. It was full of unhealthy foods I wouldn’t dare putting in my body.

However, it got me thinking.

If some people managed bringing down their total food budget to $30 a month by being smart, could I do something similar on a *healthy* plant-based diet, but for $100 a month instead?

That’s about $3.33 a day, or less than what most people spend on a Starbucks Latte.

I decided to do this as an experiment, because I do like challenges!

However, I had a few rules:

* No Clipping Coupons – I watched some episodes of a show called “Extreme Couponing” where dedicated housewives clip coupons like crazy and get several carts at the grocery stores that would cost hundreds of dollars for just a few bucks.

However, the problem with couponing is:

– It sucks. It takes time and honestly, who wants to do that?

– It’s for pre-packaged, unhealthy foods. I don’t want three dozen jars of French’s yellow mustard, no thank you. But that’s often what these coupon maniacs do. You rarely see coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables or other whole foods.

* It’s Got to Be Healthy, but Not Necessarily Raw

I decided that in my experiment would only be allowed to purchase healthy foods, but not necessarily all raw.

So my first experiment was to live on a budget of $100 a month and eat extremely well on a plant-based diet.

Later, I also did a second experiment to live on a raw food diet on the cheap, but the budget was different (and still significantly less than most raw foodists spend).

What Happened

Eating extremely well on a plant-based diet for just about $3 a day was an eye-opening experiment for me.

It was a complete paradigm shift.

I learned completely new tricks and techniques by taking my concept to a new level of understanding.

The result is a new book I wrote called “How to Eat Well for Under $100 a Month on a Plant Based Diet” as well as a companion eBook “The Raw Food Diet for $10 a Day.”

Most other books that I’ve found on the subject only give you recipes (mostly rice and beans).

I wanted my book to be completely different and cover ALL the bases.

I wanted to design a complete system for slashing your food budget and not feel deprived at all. In fact, you’ll feel like you still eat like a King or Queen!

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What Are Phytonutrients? – Hippocrates Health Institute

What Are Phytonutrients? http://hippocratesinst.org

The Hippocrates Health Institute have been studying food for a very long time. We have found that there are certain nutrients in food that have a dramatic impact on human health. One of the most important and relatively recent discoveries is that of phytonutrients. These are chemicals in plants that help protect themselves in nature from germs, fungi, bugs, and disease. We are very excited about this discovery because these same chemicals happen to have a similar beneficial effect on us when we eat the plants.

Phytonutrients have powerful health-promoting properties including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Whenever you hear the word antioxidant think “anti-aging.” This is because antioxidants neutralize free radicals in the body. Free radicals cause cellular damage which can lead to wrinkles and dry, sagging skin. Free radicals come from alcohol, air pollution, radiation, stress, coffee, and cooked food to name just a few. Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response wherever there is infection or injury. The affected area swells as your immune system sends more blood to deliver those components needed to recover.

Scientists have identified more than 25,000 phytonutrients in plant foods. Many phytonutrients give plants their distinctive colors such as the green, orange, and red in spinach, carrots, and bell peppers.

Here are just a few:

Chlorophyll – wheatgrass, spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, and in all leafy greens. Good for healthy blood, brain, all bodily tissues, detox, lowers blood pressure, glowing skin.

Beta-carotene – carrots, yams and green leafy vegetables. Good for Healthy eyes, skin, hair, bones, teeth and sex.

Lycopene – tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruits and apricots. Good for boosting the immune system and cancer of the mouth, esophagus, lung, stomach, intestines, prostate, cervical and colon.

Selenium – brazil nuts and walnuts. Boosting the immune system especially for people dealing with colds, flus, AIDS/ HIV, and tuberculosis. Excellent for the thyroid and it is anti-aging!

Diindolylmethane – broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and collard greens. Strengthens the immune system.

Allyl Sulfides – garlic, onions, and shallots. Strengthens the immune system, good for allergies, colds, and flu.

Curcuminoids – Turmeric. This phytonutrient has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, pro-digestive, and anti-infectious activities.

Organic fruits and vegetables have far more phytonutrients than nonorganic plants. This is because nonorganic plants become dependent upon the artificial, chemically-synthesized pesticides and fungicides farmers spray on them to help them grow. Consequently, the plants stop producing many of the antibodies needed to naturally deal with these challenges. Phytonutrients are also very sensitive to heat and are destroyed by the cooking process. Therefore fresh, ripe, raw, organic, and whole fruits, vegetables, and sprouts are the best source of these powerful defenders for your immune system.

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What is The World’s Healthiest/Ideal Diet? by Frederic Patenaude

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What is The World’s Healthiest/Ideal Diet? by Frederic Patenaude

When I say “ideal,” I’m only going to talk about health.

I’m not going to consider how difficult this diet may be to follow, or how practical it may be. I’m not going to talk about the disadvantages of following a diet when it comes to social outings, the availability of foods where you live, or even taste.

Of course, not taking everything into account is an important part of the equation.

Our lives are about more than just food. Our lives are also about our social interactions, our stress levels, our level of happiness, and so on.

It makes sense to ask what the healthiest diet in the world is, and then come to our own conclusions about applying said diet.

What compromises are we willing to make, and what are the consequences of those compromises?
So, this is not an easy question to answer.
What is ideal? We want to know what diet will lead to the greatest level of health with the fewest chances of developing any disease, resulting in sustained energy, longevity and other positive outcomes.

In exposing this ideal diet, I’m not going to give you all of my reasonings because that would take up too much space. I have already written lots of other articles and there is plenty of documentation on this. Many people will disagree with my conclusions, but that leaves space for future debates.

What’s Included

The ideal diet is composed of the following categories of food as its basis:

Raw Fruits: Raw fruits are a great source of energy. They are low in toxins. They’re pretty much the ideal source of carbohydrates. Although some people speak out against fruit because of its sugar content, ultimately all carbohydrates are turned into simple sugars for energy production in the body. Fruit is simply a more sustainable, nourishing source of energy. It contains many, not just one, types of sugar combined with many different types of fiber, both soluble and insoluble (which means that the sugars in the fruit are absorbed at a slow rate). That’s why fruit is quite low on the glycemic index compared to other foods.Fruit is nourishing. Therefore, eating too much fruit can indeed make you fat because your body will burn the calories from fruit before burning anything else (including body fat). The same could be said of other forms of carbohydrates. As for dietary fat, it is stored directly as fat in the body. Eating more calories from any source can lead to excess weight, but if you prefer whole fruits instead of other calorie sources, it will be easy to maintain your weight, because fruit is relatively low in caloric density.

Fruit is particularly healthy because of its antioxidants and because it is alkaline-forming. “Alkaline-forming” means that the minerals left over from digestion are primarily alkaline, like calcium, and they’re not acid-forming in the body. Most foods that are commonly consumed tend to be slightly or very acid-forming, but fruits and vegetables are an exception.

Green Leafy Vegetables: I put green leafy vegetables in a different category because they’ve got quite a different profile than other vegetables (especially starchy vegetables like potatoes and carrots). Green vegetables are a great source of so many vitamins and minerals, including calcium, and they prevent disease in general. They’re filling, nourishing, and very important to include in our diets.

Non-Starchy Vegetables: Low-sugar vegetables include things like zucchinis, cucumbers, tomatoes (yes, I know those are fruit but we will include them in this category for clarity’s sake), summer squash and other juicy or water-rich vegetables. Those vegetables are full of minor minerals and vitamins, and are also very alkaline-forming.

Starchy Vegetables: I rate starchy vegetables higher than grains or beans because they’re alkaline-forming. They’re also much easier to digest than grains and beans. As a source of energy, they’re absolutely outstanding. Some examples: white potatoes and sweet potatoes. Contrary to popular belief, those foods do not promote weight gain. It would be extremely difficult to eat too many white potatoes if one is not adding other calorie-rich condiments. (Of course, consuming more calories than you burn of anything can lead to weight gain).

Beans: They must be cooked, so therefore they’re slightly less ideal than the previously mentioned, mostly raw foods. Beans are very low on the glycemic index. They’re extremely rich in nutrients and an ideal source of protein and energy. All long-lived cultures in the world consume beans!

Nuts and Seeds: Because of their fat content, nuts and seeds were not the very first items on this list. However, they’re excellent for health as long as they’re limited to small quantities. All studies show that nuts and seeds are excellent for cardiovascular health and weight control, but they must be limited. I also include in this category avocado and other plant-based whole fats, like oils.

Whole Grains: I do include whole grains in the list of ideal foods because of their convenience. Ideally speaking, the best carbohydrate sources are fruits, starchy vegetables and beans. However, grains complete the list, even though they’re slightly acid-forming. Grains do not promote weight gain as long as they’re consumed according to your energy needs, but they can, when consumed in excess, contribute to weight gain because it is easy to consume a lot of refined grains, like white rice.Ideally, avoid refined grains. Like the carbohydrates in fruit, they’re burned off first as energy before any other sources, including your own body fat. That’s why eating more calories than you need from all carbohydrate sources can lead to weight gain or slow down your weight loss. That also goes for any other foods. Most cultures in the world eat some types of grains and all the studies show that whole grains are extremely healthy. However, their nutritional profile is not as ideal as the one of starchy vegetables and fruit.

Foods Not Included

I’m talking about strictly an ideal diet here. An ideal diet is a diet where we place no consideration on pleasure or social aspects, simply what is healthiest. Therefore, yes, my list of non-ideal foods will be pretty extensive, but we’ll talk about how to make sense of it all after.

Animal Foods: In my opinion, animal foods are not part of the ideal diet. I just don’t buy the arguments of those who criticize the vegetarian or vegan diet. The vegans who run into health problems usually make the same mistakes: eating refined foods, eating too much fat, not eating a whole-food diet, not supplementing with B12, not getting enough calories. Consuming something like 5% of total calories from animal foods will probably not lead to health problems. This percentage is much higher in Western countries.

Salt: Salt isn’t part of an ideal diet. The arguments for salt are not that compelling, when you consider that so many cultures in the world have lived very well without it (with blood pressures that leave Western doctors to gasp in astonishment and disbelief). When you include plenty of green vegetables in your diet and all of the foods that I’ve mention previously, you will get at least 300-600mg of sodium a day, occurring naturally. This could be the ideal level for human beings. It will take time to adapt, but it pays off in lower blood pressure and improved health overall.

Refined foods: The ideal diet is simple: it doesn’t include any refined oils. Oils have been extracted and are pure fat without any of the fiber and associated nutrients in the whole foods they come from. The ideal diet also doesn’t contain strong condiments like hot peppers that can disturb digestion.

Caffeine: The world functioned long before coffee was invented, as caffeine is not an essential nutrient. It’s a stimulant that ultimately robs you of energy.

Now that I’ve laid out the list of ideal foods and non-ideal foods, ultimately we have to decide what we want to do with it. I personally have the hardest time giving up salt and caffeine — and haven’t been able to do it completely yet. I’m willing to accept that I may never be able to give up those substances completely.

The same goes for making any other type of compromise.

We have to enjoy our diets, but also be aware of the health detriments and benefits. An ideal diet does not necessarily need any juices or smoothies or any blended foods, but those can improve assimilation in individuals that have difficulty digesting raw fruits and vegetables.

Finally, how raw should be the ideal diet? My answer nowadays is pretty simple. The ideal diet is as raw as possible, providing that it easily meets your energy needs.

Ultimately, in health results, there’s not that much difference between a raw food diet and a cooked food diet as long as you stick with the list of ideal foods. The raw food diet has the added benefit of ease of digestion and of being very low in caloric density, which makes it extremely easy compared with other diets to maintain weight.

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Bad Teeth? The Surprising True Cause – by Frederic Patenaude

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Bad Teeth? The Surprising True Cause – by Frederic Patenaude

Ever since our childhood, we’ve heard the same basic advice about dental health, which can be summarized as follows:

“Brush after meals, use floss, avoid sweets and see the dentist every six months.”

It turns out that this advice is in large part useless and does not truly work.

How do I know this?

Apart from the fact that dentist offices are filled with people who have tried to follow this advice to the best of their ability, and yet find themselves again and again in the dentist chair, fixing more problems, I’ve had my own personal journey that led me to question this precept.

In 2001, I got extremely bad news from my dentist. After living exclusively on a raw food diet and had been doing so for almost three years, I got some sobering news from my dentist: I had developed 19 cavities.

At the time, fixing all of those teeth cost more than I could afford, and was also painful and traumatizing.

After that experience, I kept on eating a raw food diet, but I cleaned it up. I paid real attention to my dental hygiene. I flossed every day and brushed after every meal. I had all of my teeth fixed.

I thought… “Things will be much better on my next dentist’s appointment.”

One day, less than two years later, I was eating a grape and while chewing around the seed, one of my filings broke.

So I went to the dentist again, this time, to a holistic dentist in Montreal who practiced mercury-free dentistry. I thought that maybe I would have a cavity or two, but not more than that.

When the dentist examined my mouth, I heard him mention all of these tooth names to his assistant, and it didn’t sound very good. I knew I was in trouble again. Finally, I got the news that again, I had around 20 cavities!

I was absolutely devastated.

I thought I had done everything right. I had been brushing my teeth religiously. I had eliminated most of the junk raw food I was eating before.

But I had been traumatized by this experience. Again, I had to go through the pain and humiliation of getting my teeth fixed.

I decided to go on a personal quest, to find out what I could to to stop this, and never get another cavity or dental problem again.

What I Discovered In My Research

First, I interviewed about half a dozen dentists, who seemed incapable of giving me a single piece of advice I hadn’t already heard before.

– Don’t eat sweets
– Brush after every meal
– Use a fluoride toothpaste (some avoided this and told me the opposite)
– Eat a small piece of cheese after every meal, to neutralize the acidity
– Etc, etc.

I was trying my best to apply the so-called principles of dental hygiene, but things were not progressing in the right direction.

And I was worried.

Because dental disease may start with cavities, but it eventually progresses to worst stages. Gums are affected, pockets form, inflammation starts, and teeth are eventually at risk of falling off.

I did NOT want any of that to happen to me.

One day, everything changed.

I came across a program by a certain Dr. Nara on how to prevent dental problems for life. Dr. Nara was a controversial dentist who ran into some trouble with the dentist associations by writing about the true cause of dental disease, and also teaching people how to become dentally self-sufficient.

I tried Dr. Nara’s methods, and surprisingly, they worked! In fact, my dentist was totally shocked by the results.

I had some cavities that were starting to form, and they had stopped in their track and the teeth had re-enamilized. My dentist said that this was something that was possible theoretically but that he had never seen it before on a patient.

He told me: “You must have changed something. You don’t have any cavities. Your teeth are doing great!”

That was about 10 years ago, and since then, I have carefully applied Dr. Nara’s advice while continuing to research the topic. I now believe that the entire field of dentistry has misled the public for years by never truly explaining the true cause of dental problems and how to not only prevent them, but also reverse them.

I was so taken by this research that I wanted to share it with the world. So years ago, I worked with the publishers of Dr. Nara’s books to acquire the publishing rights, so I could spread this controversial knowledge to more people.

The Surprising Cause Behind Bad Teeth

Let me summarize it: We’re dealing with a transmittable disease. It is essentially a war against bacteria. You win or you lose the war. It’s that simple.

The enemy, the acid-producing bacteria that cause dental decay, organize into colonies. Once they get entrenched, it’s very hard to get them out into a normal, free flowing state where they can’t cause much damage.

Standard dental hygiene advice is not enough to bring the bacteria count to a lower level.

Instead, you have to take more aggressive (but careful) action, by implementing a daily “super-hygiene” routine.

With this super-hygiene routine, I discovered that I could control approximately 90% of my dental health, with the other 10% being influenced by diet. So diet does matter, but it is not the primary CAUSE of dental problems.

What dentists don’t talk about are important things such as:

– Controling acidity in the mouth
– Using xylitol products to reduce the bacterial count
– Why certain mouth rinses are important and how to use them
– Exactly how to brush your teeth for maximum results

Why Raw Foodists Have Bad Teeth

It seems that dental health is the Achilles’ heel of the raw food diet. A Germany study, published in 1999, even proved that raw foodists do experience more dental erosion than the general population.

Why is that?

For the same reason why everyone has problems with their teeth. The only difference is that the raw food diet includes more frequent fuel to the fire.

The fire is the bacterial count.

The fuel is the foods we eat, especially single sugars that are common in raw food diet.

Once you understand this simple concept, you’ll be able to eradicate decay for life. You have to extinguish the fire! Just controlling the fuel is not enough.

What happens is that when people move into the raw-food diet, they are basically a time-bomb as far as their dental health is concerned. Their bacteria count is a little toohigh, but not high enough to cause major problems.

Suddenly, they dump a bunch of sugar into their mouths. This sugar creates a giant feast for the bacteria who feed on them.

So in that sense, the introduction of a higher quantity of natural sugar is the determining factor. This sugar can be in various forms. There is no difference between white sugar and banana sugar when it comes to increasing the bacteria count in the mouth!

If your oral environment is really clean… it doesn’t really matter if you eat dates all day. If the bacteria count is low, you can do that without problems.

So although the *precipitating* factor that creates problem for raw-foodists is the introduction of more sugar, the *real* problem are the underlying issues, so the bacteria count! Like I said, 90% of the problems can be solved by dental hygiene alone, and 10% is diet-specific.

The only way to prevent dental decay for life and reverse a bad situation is to take active control of your oral environment. Just controlling your diet does not address the root of the problem.

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Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Interview with Andrew Vajda; Owner of GMOFree Vitamins

My Comments: A while ago, I was searching for a pure Vitamin C powder for a protocol I was doing for improving the health of my teeth. I checked on Amazon and ordered the product and was very satisfied with it, especially that it was certified non-GMO. I have already ordered twice and left my comments about it on amazon and then received a thank you email from Andrew. I then asked him to send me another package and I would do a review of it for my youtube channel (link is below) and also have Andrew answer some questions to know more about the person and the product. Thanks, Andrew!

For the twenty-sixth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Andrew Vajda, owner of GMOFree Vitamins, in business selling on Amazon since December 2013.

Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

After learning how to treat my own asthma and allergies in 2005, I travelled to meet and interview Orthomolecular medicine practitioners in the US, Canada and England. I filmed interviews with a dozen doctors and a few of their patients. I haven’t yet been able to raise the funds for the post production of a documentary about these interviews but along the way I realized that 90% of the vitamin C on the market is made in China, which of course leads to questions about content and purity. Out of the 5 main vitamin C producers in the US, all use GMO corn. That left only one company in the UK making non GMO vitamin C outside of China. Unfortunately, products are labeled made in the US just because they were packaged here (with mostly foreign ingredients).

I decided to open my company because that was the only way to get the vitamin C from the UK for myself and my family and friends. I imagined if we were interested others would be too, so I took a chance and made this product available on Amazon a year and a half ago.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

Well since any food or health related product would inevitably run out. The only hope would be to bring a small fruit tree and seeds to start a garden and survive long term, plus enough food to survive until the gardens produced. then a solar water desalination kit. There are very modest ones that counts basically of a large black pot that uses the sun for a whole day to produce enough water for one person to survive. Finally a spearfishing gun or fishing pole to be able to have a back up source of food.

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

The title of my documentary will be “Primal Flaw”, the idea the title highlights is that the reason man suffers so much from disease is that we lost the ability to make our own vitamin C whereas most mammals turn sugar into vitamin C as needed, when they are sick or stressed or injured, that production goes up until the stress passes. Doctors that mimicked the animal model where able to heal people from most of our common afflictions, heart disease, premature aging, cholesterol, viral and bacteriological attacks, the list goes on and on. To best learn how to use vitamin C correctly, google “Dr Robert Cathcart, Titrating to bowel tolerance”

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

I’m pretty sure my answer to #3 covers this one too! :) Of course if you can’t get your hands on C, a good dose of a fat soluble antioxidant such as d3 or E or Omega 3 will do a pretty good job in the meantime. I actually take these as well to protect me through the night when you’re not taking C. What most people don’t realize is that vitamin C has a very short half life, 30 minutes, so in 2 hours you have very little left. A dose in the morning just doesn’t protect you throughout most of the day. The best thing is to make a bottle of water with a dose that you’ll drink throughout the day and stop before evening. The dose that makes you feel well but doesn’t cause intestinal gurgling nor diarrhea. That’s explained in detail in Dr Cathcart’s protocol mentioned above.

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

For the moment we only sell our non GMO vitamin C powder made in the UK. We just finally started selling enough volume to upgrade our packaging and will now concentrate on trying to make our product available through more channels. We will be reaching out to the main vitamin sites online as well as private networks used by naturopaths and MDs.

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

That we step away from nuclear power and oil immediately. Our ecosystem can’t continue to survive all the damage we are causing.

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

Linus Pauling, one of the greatest minds that the world has ever known. A founding father in many fields including chemistry, biology, quantum physics, and many more. He spent the last 30 years of his life as a champion for vitamin C and was the only person ever to receive two unshared nobel prizes. One in chemistry for defining the nature of the chemical bond and one for peace for convincing a thousand scientists worldwide to petition an end to atmospheric testing of nuclear bombs.

Question #8: Is there anything else you would like to share with the public?

Whatever ailment you may face, first search online for orthomolecular medicine and your ailment. The website http://www.doctoryourself.com is a great first place to look. The author Andrew Saul is the chief editor of the Orthomolecular journal of medicine and his site is free of advertising.

Check out my youtube channel video review of the Vitamin C: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

More info about this company and products: http://www.gmofreevitamins.com or http://facebook.com/gmofreevitamins

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