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HEALTH AND NUTRITION

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destined to become a classic. tor the opportunity to write its foreword


is is

book

am grateful

who

needs support at

wonderful contribution with this book. this breakthrough!"


I

the most supportive and nurturing offerings in the live food movement I ve seen in years. Victoria Boutenko has made a
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and I strongmoving into a live food foods, and to any live food any level. This book is one of

am

grateful for

How

mm

the foreword by Gabriel Cousens, M.D.,

Director ol the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, Author otComtioJs Eatmgand Spiritual Nutrition and The Rainbow Diet

MD

(H)

to End Your Addiction to Cooked Food

"Because of Victoria's 12 Step program ence more out of life than we ever

my family

and

experi-

dreamed

more life force. Raw

possible, with even

is

the best

way to be."
Herbalist, Colonic
I

Linda Bruno, Medical

kmumt.

Iridolooist

"As a result of Victoria's 12 Step program I came to realize that I could be eating healthier, and enjoy vibrant health and energy."

Sue A&erle
without a doubt, that Victoria's 12 Step program and the support that meets around it, has changed my life and has kept
"I
say,

can

The author,
Victoria

Boutenko

me on

the

raw food path."

_ Gary Garver

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Foreword by Gabriel Cousens, M.D., M.D. (H)

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Disclaimer:

The information contained

as medical advice. Victoria

in ibis book is not intended Boutenko does not recommend cooked foods

or standard medical practices. The authors, publishers and/or distributors will not assume responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting

from adopting the

lifestyle

described herein.

While the

12 Steps, identified were inspired by the Twelve Steps of A. A., thev are not really an adaptation. Rather, they were created specifically for this publication, and should not be construed otherwise. A.A.. which is a program concerned only with recovery from alcoholism, and is not in anv

way

affiliated

with this publication

Acknowledgements
I

thank

all

who
1

inspired

my dear friends throughout the world me to present thinking.


,

thank

all

Editors, Readers

and

Artists

for their kindness

and patience.

Special thanks to

Donald O. Haughey and


Elizabeth and David Bechtold
for financing

my

book.

CONTENTS

Foreword by Gabriel Cousens

viii

12

Steps lo Raw Food

Chapter Twelve Chapter Thirteen

Step Five Step Six


Step Seven Step Eight Step Nine

91

103

Chapter Fourteen Chapter Fifteen


Chapter Sixteen

107

Foreword

115
121

Chapter Seventeen Step Ten Chapter Eighteen


Step Eleven

by Gabriel Cousens
125

Chapter Nineteen Step Twelve Chapter Twenty

129
133

Gourmet Recipes

Resources

Twelve Steps to Raw Food is


live

breakthrough work for the


is

food movement. The breakthrough

the underfor the

Don Haughey,

the

owner of CHI

167
168

standing,
first

humbly

articulated

by Victoria Boutenko

The Value of Support

time, that there are

many people who

are literally addict-

ed to cooked food. Because of this addiction to cooked food


they have a very difficult time transitioning gracefully to a
full live

food

diet.

This book

is

an answer to their problems.

Victoria, in a very thoughtful


lines a

and compassionate way, outShe takes much of

breakthrough 12 Step program to support people suc-

cessfully in their transition to live foods.

her understanding about the idea of cooked food addiction

from the tradition of 12 Step programs. Starting with


a base, she has

this as

formulated a very compassionate system for

helping people

make

a successful transition to live foods.

As

a holistic physician, psychiatrist, family therapist,

and

a person

live foods since 1983, and who has been helping thousands of people shift towards live foods, this

on 100%

book provided

me

with a tremendous

new

insight. In

my

ix

12

Steps lo Raw Food

Foreword

XI

own

life,

my

transition to live foods

was motivated by an

It is

this crystallization

of this potent issue in the

live

food
I

intense spiritual focus

and

my

transition
I

was done without


was personally fortu-

movement

that

personally didn't quite understand until

the help of others or

much
I

knowledge.

began talking

to Victoria
I

about

it

and had an opportunity


this

to

nate in
tion.

tiiat

never really experienced the difficulties of addic-

read her book.

applaud Victoria and

book

for this

Because of this,

simply didn't have

this insight to help

breakthrough.
ket.
I

am

very happy that this book

is

on the marthat

understand the
ing

difficulties that

many

of

my clients

were hav-

will

be recommending this book to

my clients
I

come

making the

transition to live foods. At the Tree of Life


live

to the Tree

of Life.

It

speaks to a problem that perhaps not

Rejuvenation Center, a
Patagonia, AZ, where
I

food rejuvenation center


director,

in

everyone has, but that


that
it

many, many people do have.

believe

am

we incorporate many of

will

provide a vocabulary, understanding and a compas-

the steps Victoria talks about for helping clients succeed with
live

sion that will serve


Victoria,
difficulties

many

people.
stories

foods, but not with the clarity that she creates in this
Yes,

by sharing the

of her

own
it

transition

and

book.

we

teach Step

2,

that vegan live foods are the


yes,

and

that of her family,

makes

very personable

dietary blueprint for the

coming age of peace; and


raw
recipes,

we
use;

book. Her anecdotes give people something concrete and

teach Step

3,

the basic

skills,

and equipment

human
ness

that people can identify with.


this

Her genuine humblestories of her

we

share Step 4, compassion and tolerance for people


5,

who

eat

makes

book even more powerful. The

cooked food; Step

of

how
8,

to avoid temptation; Step 6, cre-

tamily's transition, of their struggles,

and of the growth

that

ating support groups; Step


eating;

7,

finding alternative activities to

they

all

experienced in this process, are an inspiration. The

we

address Step

personality repatterning and Step 9,

reading of this
their

book

for

many people

is

really a

reading of

the psychology of food addiction, giving healing techniques

own

struggles

and

a solution, or at least a pathway, to

and processes with a special course called Zero Point for over-

success.

coming

these food addictions; Step 10,

we show people

to
1 1,

Although the most important contribution to


is is

this

book

'

trust their intuition

with food; encourage and inspire Step

the joy of spiritual awakening in our function as a spiritual

sanctuary,

and Step

12,

we encourage

the general growtii of

many people, cooked food an addiction, Victoria gives a very solid overview of the importance of live foods for our health and our well being.
She also shares insights into food preparation that are foun-

the clean, clear insight that for

the live food

movement, giving support with books, and even

offering a live food University Master's Degree course. But,

we

missed the punch

line,

Step

1,

helping those with difficulties

to realize their uncontrollable addiction to

cooked foods and


1

my opinion, are absolutely perfect in terms of getting people to understand that it's not about the recipes but about understanding and playing with food in a way that
encourages us to make our ways to meet our

dational and, in

the actual need for a formal 12 Step approach! Step

gives

own
I

creations in the sjmplest

power

to all the other steps.


clear.

This breakthrough makes this book so valuable and

needs. As

read her

book
ins

really appreciate

S0 P hi sticated

understanding of the

and outs of the

XII

12

Steps to Raw Food

Foreword

xjj

transition to live foods. For example, she

makes the point


in the

food

lifestyle,

to

any teacher of live foods, and


at

to

any
is

live

that

raw food has to be delicious, particularly

food

begin-

friend

who needs support

any

level.

Tins book

one of the
food

ning, because people need the psychological comfort of

most supportive and nurturing offerings

in the live

gourmet

quality to

make

the transition. At the

same time
live

movement
made
to a
for this

that I've seen in years. Victoria


this

Bountenko has
I

pointing out that once people are more involved in the

wonderful contribution with


breakdirough!

book.

am

food way of
gives people

grateful

life,

there's less

need for the gourmet

level.

She

gems

to
in

which they can hang on to help them

Blessings to your health, well-being,

and

spiritual joy,

be very successful

becoming raw food people.


is

Perhaps one of the most important elements


passion that comes through in her writing based

her com-

Gabriel Cousens, M.D.,

M.D. (H)
Rainbow
Diet.

on her own

experiences and that of her family. She helps us look at the


cultural attachments, social pressures, the

Director of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, author of Conscious Ealing and Spiritual Nutrition and The

programming from
of these

birth, the addictive quality of particularly the processed food,

and

artfully gives

people ways to deal with


this

all

issues.

Another aspect that makes


people
is its

book very

positive for

support for turning people into their


all fields

own

best

expert. There's a lot of confusion in


nutrition,

involved in

whether
this
is

it's

live

foods or not.

And

her clear way of

approaching

encouraging people, once they're through

the detoxification, to trust their


these cravings often
tell

own body

cravings because
really

a person

what they

need for

their bodily health at that

moment. Another on

aspect to her

work
toms

is

a very excellent chapter

detoxification as part of
all

the transition to healing. She skillfully covers


that people

the

symp^m

commonly have and


is

turns the detox into a

celebration. In fact, she turns this

whole transition process,

which for so many people


bration - a celebration of

not the easiest thing, into a cele-

life

and of love

for ourselves.
I

This book

is

destined to

become

a classic.

am

grateful for

the opportunity to write an introduction and

strongly recinto a live

ommend

it

to

anyone who

is

helping others

move

Note from the Author

Dear Reader,
I

believe that

you cannot remember

my thoughts

or

my

words. You can

remember only your own thoughts that you have while reading or listening. Then these are your own discoveries,

and you

shift
I

yourself in your

own

way. That
1

when

teach classes

always create a dialogue.

why form some


is

key questions and ask


answers.
I

my

audience to give

me

honest

will

be asking you too,

my

reader,

some important quesI

tions in

tliis

book

as if

you are

in

my class.
as

feel that to

be

honest

you

important for you. Not for me, because will never see. Please be as honest
is

you

Promise
ogue.

many of can. And


I

to

be as honest as
is

can. This

sincere dialogue
I

the best

way we will have a diaway to follow the truth.


is

my People laugh. When


say in
I

hen

classes that

cooked food

addictive

say

we should

have "Cooked Food

jJJJW" people laugh even more. But in fact Most people


y.

this is not go on raw food for some^erious reasons, my husband and my children To me go ng lint choosing life over death. I was dying, I went on
.

^^

xv

xvi

12

Steps to Raw Food

raw food and


that
1

am

alive,

healthy and happy.

am

grateful

had support from

my
is

family.

When
I

was watching

other people trying to be raw fooders,


ing

have found that stay-

on the raw food


food,

diet

difficult

without support.

When
is

we go on raw

we

are acting against everything that

PART ONE

considered normal and expected around eating.

Out of compassion
ties

to

all

people

who

experience difficul-

staying
I

on

raw food

diet,

with the support from


1

my
one

family,

have created

this 12

Step program.
it

tried

it

for

year in

many

classes before putting

into a book.

have been

Why

Eat

Raw?

teaching 12 Steps to
addiction. Students
successfully to eat
stay

Raw Food, that treats cooked food as an who have taken tins program are staying
They
are experiencing

100%

raw.

no temptation

cooked food.

lust

none. These 12 Steps help people to


this

on raw food, no matter what. They work! Now, using

own weekly support Raw Food in Seattle, Eugene, groups. They study 12 Steps to Silver Spring, San Mateo and many other cities. These groups
program, people are organizing their
are

growing every

day. If

you want
this

to contact

them

please see

the information in the

end of

book.

We wanted
this

to try this

program longer before publishing

book, but we received such an avalanche of requests


all

from

over the world for

it,

that

we decided

to publish the

book now.

We will continue to work on


to publish a

the 12 Step

program

and are planning


future.

more complete
will discuss

edition in the

In Part

One

of

diis

book, we

why

eating raw

food

is

the most healthy and nutritious


will explore

way

to eat. In Part
diet using

Two we

how

to stay

on the raw food

the 12 Steps to

Raw Food program.

CHAPTER ONE

Life

and Energy

When people
We
the
life
1

talk

about raw food, they usually

talk
life.

about enzymes. Enzymes are energy. Enzymes are

cannot see enzymes with our naked eye, but we can see

and energy
take

that

is

the result of enzymes. For

exam-

ple, if

two almonds, one raw and one roasted, and


weeks the roasted

plant

them

in the soil, within three

almond
almond

will have disintegrated into the soil.


will

The raw
snow
have
tree,

remain where

planted

it.

In spring the

melts on the

mountain and flows down

to water the soil,


it

inhibitors will be unlocked in the

almond and

will

the potential to give birth to a beautiful big

almond

which will give birth to thousands more beautiful almonds.


5 this illustration shows, the difference between the roasted

almond and the raw almond is life and death. One has enzymes and one does not. One carries within the potential
f bre, the other has had
'

life

cooked out.

if 1

were to take

vV,i

almonds (one raw and one roasted)

to a scientist

and

,lsk for

an analysis of both almonds, the scientist will see


difference between the two almonds. Both

no

nu tnt tonal

12

Steps to Raw Food

Life

and Energy

almonds have the same amount of calcium, potassium,

sodi-

um, magnesium,
carries

zinc

and copper

as if they are absolutely

equivalent nutritionally. However, as the example shows, one


life in

picked and ate raw last weekend. But it is not. This apple has been cooked and the enzymes are destroyed.

You

bite into the

sweet baked apple, caramel and cinnataste

enzymes while the other does not.

In order to understand better


fantasize a story.

how enzymes

mon
work,
let

stimulate your
finish
little

buds creating a pleasant sensation.


lie

us

On

You

your serving and then go to


sluggish

down. You

are feel-

a beautiful June day

you are walking


ing a

and

tired. Inside

your body your own

through an apple orchard. You look for apples, but they are
still

enzymes have
liver,

to leave their

work, maybe cleaning the

green and hiding in the leaves. You cannot see them

protecting you from tumors

and evacuating toxins here

easily

and they don't

really smell.

You return

to the orchard
great.

and

there, to

come
its

digest the

cooked apple that does not have


this apple finally leaves

in July.

The apples

are big

and red and they smell

The

any enzymes of
body, into the

own.

When

your

apples seem to be calling to you, "See me, smell me, eat me."

toilet, it is filled

with your

own enzymes. These


live

You

realize that to

an apple, being eaten by an animal or a


life.

enzymes are gone

forever.

Cooked food does not contain


leave

human
filled

being means the continuation of


a large red apple.
live

You reach out


is

enzymes and so takes enzymes from your body to digest the


food. These

and pick

You take

a bite.

The apple

enzymes then

your body, leaving you with

with

enzymes. As you enjoy the flavor and texture


little

fewer enzymes than

you

started with. Dr.

Edward Howell,
American

of the apple, the enzymes (likened to


suitcases full of

handy-men with
as a

leading nutritionist, suggested that the average


the age of 40, has only

at
still

magic healing

tools)

work on your body. As


You
good

30%

of their enzymes
but

left.

We

can

you walk along, the enzymes work through your body


healing team, repairing what needs attention.
feel

walk, talk

and think

at this point,
left,

when we have only

30%
their

of our enzymes

plus they have to give about

75%

of

and

full

of energy because the apple carries the enzymes


to digest itself.

energy to detoxify the body, we become

less sensitive to

within

it

Your body does not have to put out

extra effort to digest the apple. Later the apple leaves your

other people, and to ourselves. not spiritually

We may survive physically but

body

in the

form of

fertilizer

and continues

to live.

You

have participated in the


It is

circle

of life. Everything

is circular.

a universal law.

The good news is that even if we have only 30% of our enzymes left, we still can live our portion of life, if we go on a raw diet and let the body purify itself.
is a lot of misunderstanding and confusion in the of enzymes. In fact many licensed nutritionists don't understand the importance of enzymes in our food. If you * 't to have a proper diet, gaining

The following weekend you return

to the orchard

and

here

pick a basket of apples. You take the apples

home

to

make

leld

baked apples with caramel and cinnamon,

just like

your
it

grandmother used

to

make. You create your dish and put

into the oven to cook.

The baked apple looks

pretty

and

smells delicious.

It.

looks as nutritious as that apple you

complete clarity about oucStL For example, let's look at the difference betw. ?en raw fat and cooked fat. Why
"ymes
is

does

fat exist?

We all

12

Steps

to

Raw Food

Life

and Energy

need

fat to lubricate
it is

our eyes so we can


to lubricate

see, to lubricate

our

skin so

soft

and

our

hair.

We need

fat to

Sesame seeds are the richest in calcium among all other Sesame milk is delicious and can easily seeds and nuts.
replace cow's milk.
said earlier,

lubricate our joints, so

whenever we move our joints we

don't squeak like an old garage door.

We

can't get live fat

As

enzymes

are

life

and

energy.

We

are

from pasteurized milk,


because
fat.
it is all

butter, sour

cream or roasted nuts


real

cooked!

We

could be very obese but lack

Our bodies

are desperate for

raw

live fat.

The

best sources

human beings and we are spiritual beings. We need energy so we move and work and also love, share, communicate and be sensitive to each other. Every time we eat cooked food we
loose enzymes. In our

of

live fat

are avocado,

young coconut, durian,


oil.

olives, nuts,

cooked food

filled

bodies, our

seeds and cold pressed extra virgin olive


I

remember when
I

was very obese.

I
I

was 120 pounds


started to crave avoday. Before that, to
1

enzymes are doing hard work. Because cooked food does not have enzymes, our body cannot use it. Therefore, the body
treats

more than
cados.
1

am

now. During that time

cooked food
it.

as a toxin

and

is

only concerned with get-

was able to eat eight avocados a


like soap.
faster.

ting rid of

me, they tasted


ed
to lose

When
is

was eating avocados,

startfat

Can we replenish
ions
fixed

lost

enzymes? There are different opinall

weight

This

because the enzyme in the

on

that. Dr.

Howell says that

living creatures have a

of avocados,

lipase,

was able

to penetrate

my

saturated fat

enzyme
if

potential

and cannot replenish them. Often

deposits, break

them

into smaller pieces,

and take them out

people ask
ments.
I

they could replenish their enzymes with supple-

of

my

body.

Isn't that

amazing?
is

believe

we

cannot.

The enzyme supplements

that are

Another example

calcium.

When we
I

lack calcium,

we

sold in the store are

nothing but dehydrated raw food. For

are advised by advertising to drink pasteurized milk. You've


all

example, the supplements sold to help digest cooked beef


steak are
I understand cooked beefsteak has a different nutritional content than the raw dehydrated beef liver.

seen the ads that ask "Got Milk?"


calcium, the

would argue

that
is to

made of raw dehydrated beef liver.

when we need
milk

more appropriate question

that the

ask "Got wheat grass?" or "Got sesame seed milk?" Cow's


is

not intended for


it

human consumption;

it

does have

Can we
believe that

eat a lot of apples

and

store

up the enzymes?

calcium, but

also contains very concentrated protein and

we cannot

take the

enzymes from an apple and

produces excessive mucus. Secondly, pasteurized milk has

keep

been heated

until the

enzyme

activity has stopped.


is

The

enzymes are destroyed; there


absorbs empty
lifeless shells
is

no

life.

The body only


and
is

in our body. They enter our body and do some *ork while they are there, but they don't stay there. This is "mon based on my reading and experience, but no one

them

my

yet

"ows
of calcium molecules.
gets her calcium

lhe
]

^act truth about replenishing enzymes.


rebuilt

can

tell

Wheat
phyll

grass

where a cow

easy

U that
: :
'

my own

health not because


I

got enzymes

digested by the

and the

human body because the molecule of chloromolecule of human blood are almost identical-

't'tside,

but because

preserve

Lm S cooked food.

my own enzymes by not

My

enzymes are no longer overloaded

12

Steps lo Raw Food

with the work of digesting cooked food and


ant health and an abundance of energy.
1

experience radi-

C CHAPTER TWO

also believe that to

if

we

follow our heart and

do what we

are

meant

do with

this

life,

then

we become

dedicated

spiritual beings,

and we

can be granted an extra portion of

energy from the universe.

The Human Body Never Makes Mistakes

We
own
say so.
needs.

each need to trust our

own

body.

encourage you to

follow your
1

experience.

intuition, your own feeling and your do not want you to do anything because I

own

We are each unique individuals with different body We need to be our own best expert. If you change
so,
it

your diet because Victoria says


only
idea
last until

won't

last.

Or,

it

may

the next "expert" presents you with a different


I

on health.
feel
it is

suggest that you

do something only because

you

right for you.

Une

many good teachers in the world today. Let's imagine following each suggestion every good teacher makes.
nutritionist advises us to avoid eating fruits, because

There are

fruits

have sugar that can lead to cancer. Another popular

moxmt advises us to eat only fruits and no vegetables. Yet another argues that nightshades and citruses will cause
11 llus

ln 0Llr

bo <ty and

will ruin

our bones. Dr. Hilton

10

12

Steps to Raw Food

The Human Body Never Makes Mistakes

II

Hotema, who

lived to

be 100 years

old, tells us not to eat

prout
body.

it

and

eat

it.

What

else

could

do?

need to follow

my

green cabbage, kale or greens because they are from the

My body knows

best. Listen to

your body and your

opium family and are toxic. Another nutritionist has written a new sprouting book in which she states that sprouts are so
toxic not even animals will eat them.

intuition for

health and happiness.

Please believe in your

own

intuition
else

and don't make the


better about

Another

brilliant

man

mistake of thinking that

someone

knows

and

good friend of mine, warns us not


tell

to eat grains as they

cause brain damage. Hygienists


dried fruits because
"it is

us not to eat nuts or


I

your body than you do. Your body is so beautiful and so wise. Every cell of the 35 trillion cells in your body has its own soul

concentrated food."

heard another

and

its

own wisdom and knows what


of dust
is

to do. Let's eye.

imagine
eye

popular teacher of raw

foods say not to eat carrots, turnips or

that a piece
will blink?

falling into

your right Your

Which

roots because they are hybrids and the body does not recognize

Your

right eye, of course.

left

eye won't blink

them

as food. If

we

follow the advice of


left

all

of these good

by mistake, because your body never makes mistakes. Your

teachers,

do we have anything

to eat? Instead of a

raw

mother gave birth

to a perfect baby.

Our bodies

are perfect.

fooder I could become breatherian (one who lives by only breathing the air). How confusing. The only solution is to listen to

When we start bossing our bodies around and not listening to our own wisdom, we get into trouble. For example, what
the standard response to fever in

is

your own

body.
If

our culture? Aspirin.


I

Let's do an experiment.

you went

to an organic fruit

Right.

believe that if

my body
body

has created a fever, then

stand right

now and
Is

picked out one


fig,

fruit,

what would

it

be?

need a
ing
I

fever.

When

the

creates diarrhea, the

body

is

sayis

pear, apple, orange,

papaya, banana, grape, avocado,


this

mango
same

or cherry?

everyone reading

book picking

the

need diarrhea. Taking medication to stop the diarrhea working against the wisdom of the body. Our body never

fruit?

Probably not.

We

are

all

individuals.

Your body
is

makes mistakes.
to our body.

We

all

know what we need


on raw food

to

do

if

we

listen

knows what you


what your body
your body what

need. Whatever fruit you choose, that


is
it

ordering from you today. Your job


needs.

is

to get the

When my
my
J

family had been

for

two months, and

Tomorrow your body may want


for eight years.

children began craving different fruits. Sergei asked for


olives

same
time

fruit

or something new. Let your body lead.

mangoes and blueberries and Valya asked for


this
gs.

I've
I

been following

my body

During

The

have attended

many

excellent lectures

where the

<eep
ate
ll

speakers have argued against eating one type of food or


another.
grains.
er, "I
1

remember one teacher arguing


I

against eating
I

thinking that would


ae
:

were so strong, I had to hustle to up with them. For example, I gave Sergei a mango. He and wante ^ more. I bought him a whole case of manlast

kids' cravings

him

That day

was craving quinoa, so

said to the speak-

the entire case in

one day, skin

He sat down and and all. He then said "I


week.

appreciate your opinion and your research, but


is

my
ease
I

body

my boss." When my body

says

it

wants quinoa,

Th*same

"** m W

mangoes " so l t>ought him another thing happened with blueberries. I bought

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13

him
ting.
figs.

two-pound bag of blueberries and he


figs.

ate

it

in

one

sit-

store, leaving a

puzzled cashier staring after me.

went

Valya liked

She'd ask for fresh


figs;

figs,

dry

figs,

black

She could never have enough

she also liked eating


visited

olives.

During our

travels that spring,

we

our friend
olives

scallions with avocados and ate them all in home, mixed the and asked Dr. Jensen what he could tell one sitting- 1 called about my scallion attack. After all, had read that hygien-

me

Marlene. Mariene had a beautiful olive

tree.

There were

ists

say not to eat onions or garlic because they irritate our Dr. Jensen told

underneath the
to try them.

tree already starting to rot. Valya said, "I

want
they

mucus membranes.
people have a lot of

me

that

sometimes when
like

Oh, they

are delicious."

tried

them. To

me

mucus

their

body craves something

were too

bitter.

Valya enjoyed the olives so

much

that she

onions that will help to dissolve the

mucus and bring


in nature,

it

out.
calci-

gathered them up in plastic bags to take with us.

Have you ever craved sweets?


Bernard
Dr.
in

When

our body needs

The next

stop on our trip was a

visit to Dr.

um, we actually crave sweets. Calcium,


taste. If

has a sweet

Jensen, a world

famous

clinical nutritionist.

We asked

we

plant strawberries

on

a soil rich in calcium, the


in

Jensen what Sergei needed to eat for diabetes.


his

He looked
is

strawberries will be very sweet.

Sometimes we are so low


to sweets.
I

books and

told us that the best thing for diabetes

calcium that

we become addicted
I

had a hard time


I

mangoes and

blueberries.

Wow. Then we asked him what

getting off sweets.


in

did not eat them, but every time

went

Valya needed to eat to help her asthma.


olives.
I

He

said figs

and

the store

had to cover
to the

my eyes

so

wouldn't see them


If
I

told

him

that

was exactly what our children were

while on

my way
I

produce section.
to

looked

at
I

asking
were.
I

for.

Then
him

Dr. Jensen asked


that
1

me what my cravings
I

the sweets

suffered

from wanting

go and try them.

told

didn't

know because

always was

shared with a friend

how much

craved sweets.

He

said,

eating what was on sale.


I

understood then that our

bodies crave certain foods

"Victoria, you are just craving calcium." He told me to soak sesame seeds and make sesame milk and drink it every day
for

because of need.

Our

children's bodies talked to

them soone
I

two weeks on an empty stomach.


I

than our adult bodies. After several

more

weeks, Igor and


I

followed his instructions. First,

made sesame milk


I

developed cravings.
lion attack.
at
I

remember one day when


and

had a
I

seal-

from sesame seeds with honey. In a few days


to

didn't
I I

want

it

suddenly sensed scallions everywhere.


I

looked
I

be as sweet, so
at all.

added
I

less

honey. After a week


a bitter taste, so
I

didn't

the green wallpaper,

thought, "1 want scallions."


scallions. I

want honey

Then

wanted

switched

went to the store and bought ten bunches of


craved scallions so strongly that by the time
register,
I
I

brown sesame
without

seeds. For

two weeks

didn't go

anywhere

got to the cash


couldn't explain

my

big

had only nine bunches remaining.

fead offered

mug of sesame milk. Two weeks later another me a medjool date. love medjool dates!
I

to the surprised cashier

why

had eaten an unwashed bunui


I

^0
sTe

.one bite and


'

could not swallow

it! It,

was too sweet

for

of scallions between the produce section and check out.


paid for the scallions, including the ones
I'd eaten,

balanCC n
1

and

left

h llngs

changed. J didn't want anymore, not even good sweet things. Fantastic!

my bod y had

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15

Grapes were

in season that
is

summer and

didn't

want grapes

at were not bitter

all. I

took a big bucket and


that

filled

it

with

Sesame milk

the

champion of calcium.
first

the dandelions.

told

my guests

we were having

very

When

Sergei broke his clavicle, the


juice,

thing he craved

special lunch.

put

six

avocados and lemon juice into the


a dressing.
I

was wheat grass sesame milk.


I

and the second thing he craved was


after

to food processor
the dandelions
this

make

poured the dressing over


and

came home

being gone

all

day

to Valya

and mixed with

my hands
I

saying "Talk to him! He's exploiting me! He's forcing

me to
I

piece of art

on the
is

table.

My guests tried
I

my love. put my new dish


I

make him sesame milk every 30 minutes!


thing!
I

cannot do anyplay,

and exclaimed, "This


creation
skin
all
all

so bitter!"

cannot do

my homework,
all

cannot go and

by myself. The next


yellow.

my new morning woke up and my


ended up eating
was white and
pasty.

have to

make sesame milk

day long for

this guy!"

Because

was

My dish
feast
I

created a great liver cleanse.

Sergei had a broken clavicle, he

was craving sesame milk.

Before the dandelion cleanse,


Since that
I

my skin

When he healed,
told

he didn't need physical therapy.


it

We were

dandelion

have rosy cheeks.

My body knew
body
for

by doctors that

would

take about eight to twelve weeks

needed dandelions.

for Sergei to heal, but Sergei healed


that because of the

much more

rapidly than
Sergei's
to

The human body


granted.
I

is

so beautiful, yet
a

we

take our

sesame milk. In only two weeks

want

to tell
in

you

few things about our miraculous


is

body grew the

calcified ball

which causes the bones

grow

body.
paint;

was told
floats in

school that blood

something

like

red

together so they can begin to heal.


If

it

our body because of gravity pushing down,

you don't know what your body


to do. She'd

is

craving, you'll do

and then the heart

what Valya used


it

open the

fridge,
I

and defrost

down, and

it

pumps it back up, and it keeps flowing pumps it back just like red paint. No! Blood is
is

standing there, wondering

"What do

want?" She couldn't

not red paint. Blood

miraculous river of
at

life

that travels

find anything that she wanted, so she'd close the fridge. She

through trillions of vessels

cosmic speed.

It

does not just

knew

she wanted something, but she just didn't


too, will crave

know

what.

flow because of gravity. Blood goes in any direction necessary

Sometimes you,
tried in

something you have never

according to the universal laws that


stand.

we cannot even underdirt out.

your

life.

You'll look at the array of food offered and

When

cut

my

finger, the

blood washes the

nothing will look appealing, because you crave something


that's

Then
scab

not there.
identify cravings,

the blood clots and seals the wound. The blood forms a and when this scab peels off, I have new skin where the

To help you and vegetables


well for

you can
tried yet.

start

buying

fruits

cut was.

that

you have not

What works
went out

very
1

!he

human body
The hand

is

so fascinating. Take our

hand

for

one person doesn't always work


to

for everyone.
I

Once
into
I

Sample.

was supposed

make lunch

for

25 people.

my
r
f,

consists of 27 very intricate bones. My can grab an apple, peel a banana, pul^roots from the

yard and suddenly the dandelions looked so

yummy. So

decided to try one. The dandelions tasted sweet to me. They

Und or hcl P me to climb a tree. When I put my hand in me water t-u c > rne water does not penetrate the skin, yet if my

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body needs
lous that
gle hair

to sweat,

can sweat through

my hand

that just a

minute ago seemed waterproof. Our bodies are so miracu-

CHAPTER THREE

we have

to

be fascinated and thankful for every


(before

sin-

we have on our head


to

we

lose

it)!

Our body wants


body wants

us to be beautiful. Every single person's


in the

be beautiful and healthy. What stands


I

way of the body?


I

once thought
I

that

had bad luck because

was born with an ugly body.

once thought that

my body

The Law of

Vital

was

just horrible. It always treated


I

me

with pain and pimples,


I've

and whatever

ate,

gained weight. Since


1

been on raw
I

Adjustment

foods, I've lost 120 pounds.

have more energy than

ever

had

in

my

life.

Now
is

can run and

jump and
I

play.

love

my

body. Yet, this

the
that

same body
I

that

had eight years

ago.

The same body The same body


changed?
tening to
I

thought was ugly and causing


thought
1

me pain.
get.

that

was

just

unlucky to
I

What
lis-

my "headucation" out of the way. started my body instead of my head. eat raw foods
got
I

The body of every living thing


matter what the obstacle. If the hurt and possibly killed or to
survival.

is

dedicated to the survival

of the owner or spirit that lives within.

The body does no


be
choices, to

because
healthy

that's
is

what

my body

needs.

The only insurance

to be

everything to protect itself and to keep the species going,

to learn

what your body wants and needs. Our

body has two


it

bodies want us to be beautiful and healthy. All


is

we need

to

do

survive,

will always

choose
have

listen to

our body's intuition, and then follow.

This

is

called the vital law of adjustment.

We

several

examples of this adjustment.


its environment. For examchange their fur from brown in the summer to
is

Every living thing adjusts to


ple, rabbits

We

The purpose of the change in fur color camoufl age the rabbit in the fields in summer and the
in winter.
S

in the winter.

This camouflage increases the chances of the

sho

SLlrviva l against predators. If


'" tht>

we jump

into a very hot

totojf

momin S> we

are likety to get scalded. If


>

&e Wat

WitH moderatel hot water and then turn UP >' gradually, we can make it really hot without feeling

we

get

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The Law of

Vital

Adjustment

19

discomfort.
in

The human body

adjusts to the gradual increase

don't get burned. After spending the winter in shoes, our feet hurt when walking bare foot on
gravel in the spring. Yet,

temperature and

we

Bernard conducted with birds. He showed that if a bird is bell-glass of such size that the air contained placed under a
within will permit the bird to live for three hours,
bird
is

and the
it

by the end of summer, our

feet have

removed

at the

end of the second hour, when

could

toughened up and

it's

easy and pain free to walk on gravel.

have survived another hour, and a fresh healthy bird


in place,

is

put

The micro muscles in our feet have become stronger and, when stepping on the gravel, the foot curves against and
around the
gravel.

the

latter will die at

once.

The second bird was not


that survived three

adjusted to the reduced oxygen.

The bird

The body has adjusted


and you

to take care of

us.

hours adjusted to the oxygen change slowly. This enabled the


first

Or

has this ever happened to you?


city

One day you

are driving

bird to survive longer.

The second

bird did not have

through the big

get stuck in a traffic jam.

You

time to adjust, the change was too abrupt.

turn on the radio to help pass the time.

The next morning

The point

is

that bodies adjust to survive.

you get up early


turn the key
so loud
is it

for

work and very

quietly go to your car,


is

bodies have adjusted to

in the ignition,

and auugh!! The music


did this happen?

order to survive.
tion

Our human many outside forces and stimuli in Think of all we humans adjusted to: radiaglasses,

hurts your ears.

How

The answer

from microwaves, wearing

wearing shoes, noise

interesting.

When you

were

in the city,

your hearing

pollution, air pollution,


deaf,

going to school, chlorinated

adjusted to the noise of the

traffic.

You

actually

became

water, violence, violent thoughts, the


the

same temperature

all

perhaps by 20%. Your body


noise
is

made
the

this

adjustment because
adjust you

time in a room, television, music, lack of sleep, dough-

very harmful and

if

body doesn't

nuts, lack

could get a headache. Your body adjusts to the noise and

of exercise, bad eating habits, electric lights, stress, pharmaceutical drugs, driving, synthetic clothes, living
lation, artificial foods, synthetic

in iso-

home to the Your body now readjusts


then you go
If

quiet neighborhood and sleep.


to the quietness of your

vitamins and

many more.

home,

When our
health.

bodies adjust to something,

however, your car doesn't.

We

we pay with our pay with our energy and lifespan.


to

you go
a day.

to Russia, the

men
find

there drink a bottle of


it is

What do we need
e "ergy

do

to get

more

lifespan

and more

vodka

They

sell

vodka next to the bread;

consid-

now? Be

as natural as possible. Stay happy.

End

pres-

ered part of the diet.

If

we

someone who never drank


glass

ses. Stop

the stress. Sleep outside.


-

Sometimes
trip.
is

get cold

and

alcohol like a healthy child or Australian aborigine vegetarian,

and we give him/her

just

one

of vodka, this person

%&

UtSlde and shiver


C 0ked

Go on

camping

We can

we eat. We can go on
food
...

change

raw food. This

doable.

could die of alcohol poisoning. Russian men, on the other

isn't

hand, have bodies that have adjusted to the ingestion of


alcohol. In the

boc lies,

how

the ideal nutritional source for our

did

we

book Man's Higher Consciousness by


I

Dr.

Our
>v
'

get to a diet of
'

90

95% cooked

food?

Hilton Hotema,

read about an experiment of Claude

g "Cat> gFeat ' grCat> great great S randfather was a fooT 200 - 5 er 000 years ago. I imagine, one day there

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The Law of

Vital

Adjustment

21

and seeds were burned. There was no food. The family was hungry, so he went into the burnt woods and he found a piece of
all

was a big

fire in

the woods,

the tubers, plants,

entire digestive tract, to prevent us from absorbing covers our in cooked food that would make the body sick. the toxins

We

are afraid of e-coli, salmonella or other bacteria, so

cooked deer
foreign, but

there,
it's

and he thought

to himself, "Eating this

is

better than starving."

The cooked meat was


agreed
it

we cook, pasteurize and irradiate everything. Food is now and prepackaged. We eat a lot of cooked highly processed
food and, therefore, our body creates a lot of mucus.

brought
to

home and consumed. Everyone

was

better

change their

diet than to starve. Their bodies, reacting to

Naturopaths
of

call this

mucus

in the intestine

by the name
rubbery

this foreign substance,

had one of two choices, to

reject the

mucoid plaque.

Mucoid plaque looks

like a green,

cooked food and die of starvation, or to adjust


food and
live.

to the

cooked

hose about twenty-five yards long. Because of the

mucoid

The bodies

adjusted.

plaque, our nutrient assimilation becomes low. The mucoid

How does
creates

the body mucus and uses

adjust to cooked food?


this

The body

plaque protects us from absorbing toxins, but at the

mucus

as a

filter.

All the sur-

time

we cannot absorb

nutrients.

same The more mucus we have,

faces of the digestive tract that are designed to absorb the

the fewer nutrients

nutrients from the food


that protects blood

become covered with mucus


toxins.
all

film
at

eating
cies,

number of years of cooked food, we develop severe nutritional deficienreceive. After a

we can

from

The mucus

film begins

the tongue and continues

the way through the intestines.


their tongue. People
their intestines usually
like

become hungry and malnourished. We become hungrier and hungrier. We come


I

to die point,
table,
I

Many people can see this mucus on who have a thick mucus coating on
have white tongues as
if

did eight years ago, that

when

was leaving the

they just ate sour cream. The


to begin with, to filter out the

body

creates a

little

mucus,

was already hungry again. We're constantly hungry because our body is desperate for nutrients. Our cells are crying for U the 120 minerals we need. They are asking for sodium

and

from the cooked food. The more cooked food we consume, the more mucus the body produces as protection.
toxins

magnesium, and for copper and some potassium!

lor

zinc.

Oh

please,

want

The more harmful the food substances are to the body, more this mucous film builds up. As the years go by it
becomes thicker and harder.

the

"^e

We're constantly hungry for something, but eat onl a small percent can be assimilated. Y
>

Tien

^coid plaque can be

Our body

initially creates

mucus when we

eat

our

first

we go on raw food and


dissolved,
dissolve
it.

if

we

stay

on raw food,
is

this

men the time


>

right, the

cooked food as

a baby.

The

next time

we

eat

cooked food

the

8Ct

toxins in the food

do not penetrate the body completely


protection.

pleteT

The more we eat raw food, the more d,SS0lved If we 100% raw ^ goes away com-

because of the

mucus

You may

ask:

what

is

the

^Oo/ra W> We d nt neCd a "n un


be g''ns

Ur aSSimiJation
t0

oes U P-

When we d ^ide

to

go

Send#

tele S rarn to ail

our <*gsns

mucus made
creates the

of?

The human body,

brilliant as always,
itself!

Chang6,
to "f e lange right

mucus from the cooked food

This mucus

Ur b dy hears the messa e and


to celebrate. It

away and begins

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12

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says,

"Hey! He/she decided to go raw. Did you hear

that?

He/she's going

100%
our

raw!"

The following
food

table

shows how the amount of cooked

we

eat in

diet relates to the


is

amount of food

that
it is

is

assimilated in our body. This table


result

my

hypothesis,

the

of an extensive reading, together with a study of cases


people on a raw food
diet. Sadly,
I

of

many

don't have funds

to conduct scientific research

and prove

my theory.
Raw Food

Percentage Cooked Food to

Consumed & Percentage Nutrition Assimilated

% of raw food

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The Law of
only raw foods, his assimilation becomes 30%. His tion has increased from 3.0% to 30% in just

Vital

Adjustment

25

assi na-

Alcoholics are encouraged at


sober. If

two

AA

months.

Why

to three
to

meetings to get 100%

did changing his diet from

99%

raw food

100% raw food make such a difference in his assimilation rate? The 1% is significant because his body's defense
cooked food
once
is

and say they are 99% because they drink only one shot of vodka sober, every other day, they will be told that they are not sober.

they return to the meeting

AA members

now taken
is

against

away.

He now
that's

begins to eat only

have noticed a long time ago that quitting


work.
"cold
If someone

99%

doesn't ever

a day, a small

bowl of salad,

it.

He

only needs one

small bowl because he

assimilating

30%. Remember when'

food and ate a lot to feed his starving body? At that point he was only assimilating .03%. Now on a 100% raw food diet, Jim is assimilating

Jim was eating

95% cooked

30%

amount of food to satisfy him. That's enough for this man. That's how much I eat. That's how much my husband eats. That's how much
a

nutrition. This

is

why he only needs

small

small it keep a body adjusted to being a drinker. We can use this analogy for cooked food too. For example Andrew has been consuming cooked rice since childhood his' body has adjusted biochemically and psychologically
is,

wants to quit drinking he/she needs to go turkey" or 100%. This last 1%, no matter how

will

to this

consumption.
is

One day Andrew became aware

that white rice

not healthy for him.

He decided

to stop eatina rice

As

my children eat. When my son Sergei, who


leaves at 6:30 a.m.

result

is

16,

goes snowboarding, he

S2T? ^
the
ra

at 7:00 p.m. He takes with him two organic oranges to eat on the shuttle bus. He

and comes home

eats one on the way up to the snow and one on the way home. That's enough because he assimilates 30%.

back

Sergei says that his snowboarding friends go several times

J* JWjiff Andrew would continue to eat


SecondWn

SJL T, Andrews body

Andrew's body has developed strong cravnng for cooked ChemiCaJ and em0tI' naJ expectations of body. ft. body ! has been adjusted to recdve carbohyes from cooked rice. Andrew started to consume carbohvSPr UtCd 8ralnS 3nd
Aft two readjusted and his rice cravings
rice

"*

even hftiny

lunch bags to drink hot chocolate and eat sand* because they get so hungry. They get hungry and have energy crashes and have to go eat. Meanwhile, Sergei is snowboardto their
ic
I

* ****** *** for rice

'

ing

all

day and
is

he's never tired,


is

and

all

this

on two

oranges.
VVe

The

secret

that he

assimilating

30%

while they are assim-

only between .03 and .1%. Going back to Jim as an example, why did the final 1%, shift from eating 99% to 10C raw food make such a difference in the assimilation rate? 1
ilating

C^a

to

fi

Jsh
h

Ur f d beCaUSe

that

^[^ *"* *-

'aught

f00d a wa

We

* that

children in

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^y

gleaned the answer to

this

from the Alcoholics Anonymou>

(AA)

or
literature.

'^ *% JZ n^ men we
1%> WC

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the door

'

are

that s

when we

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when we

overeat. That's

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The Law of

Vital

Adjustment

27

indulge in eating cooked food, drinking alcohol, smoking or


taking drugs. Giving
is

up

the last

1%

of cooked food in the


all

diet

want it. I have met many people who have wa nt, when we food only to return to completely cooked -hieved 99% raw
later. This tiny 1% will inevitably lead us back food months cooked food. What I'm trying to say is that going cold

closing the door

on cooked food

together.

When we close

the

door on cooked food we close the door on temptation.

When
ago,

to

our family went on raw food 100% eight years


suffered for two

turkey

is

much

easier. Yes,

you might have

to suffer through

our dear friend Judy also went on raw food. But she
I

every temptation will create suffering. two months because


But after

went on raw food only 95%.


ing

months

dur-

two months,
all

life is easier.

my body's

adjustment of going completely off cooked


I

Take

temptations (cooked food, processed food, take

food and eating only raw food. After two months,


longer attracted to cooked food.
1

was no

out menus) out of your


rant,

house and don't go out

to the restau-

had

lost

my

appetite for

birthday parties

and cooked food potlucks

for at least

cooked food.

stopped paying attention to restaurants or to


I

two mondis. Create a temptation free zone. The easier way to

the smells of food or coffee.

have lived for three years


even know
the

in

become 100% raw become


a

is

to

make

the change consciously.


feel

Do

not

Ashland, Oregon and


restaurant.
juice bar.
I
I

don't

know

three health food stores

name of one and I know a


Cooked
food not
I feel. I

raw fooder

until

you

completely ready.
is

When you
want
to stay

understand that cooked food

addictive,

you

don't pay attention to anything

else.

on 100% raw food. Becoming a raw fooder withis

looks like plastic to

me, inedible. That's how


it

am

out the necessary support

hard.

know some

people

who

tempted

to eat

cooked food because

no longer looks

like

food to me.

My
visit

friend, Judy, however,

is still

suffering.

She

stays

on
to

is good, and they became raw fooders and they stayed as long as six months, but at certain times they became hungry, or lonely, or depressed, or tired and

understand raw food

raw food

for

weeks

at a time,

and then company

will

come

they returned to

what

is

familiar to them,

cooked food.

and

she'll eat

cooked food again. She reports,

"I stayed

for

two weeks on

95%

raw food

diet

and then

my aunt came
I

to visit
it.

and she made


I

a beautiful

baked cake and


food.
I

had
I

to try

Then

started to eat

more cooked
decided

failed.

fell

back." She has

also said, "1


I

was doing very well


I

until
a

Thanksgiving, and then


after

would take

break

until

me until the second week in the February to reclaim my 95% raw food diet." By keeping door to cooked food open, even 1%, my dear friend Judy
Thanksgiving.
It

took

iJ

prolonging her suffering.

On 99% we

are

still

addicted and

we

allow ourselves

CHAPTER FOUR

Bacteria,

My

Favorite

Animal

In

The World

want to share with you


I
for bacteria.

my amusement and
respect for
it

appreciation
after read-

Maybe your
is

will

grow

ing this chapter. Bacteria


Please think
ter into

the world's greatest recycier.


all

about

it:

by transforming

dead organic mat-

the soil, bacteria recycle useless garbage into the origall

inal

source of
at the

elements. Bacteria

is

unique,

it is

tiny

and

huge

same time. Smaller than any


its

living cell, bacteria into zillions


gift to

can instantly increase

power by multiplying
and

more. Bacteria
r
^

is

God's

brilliant invention

us

all!

e are constantly trying to destroy as

many bacteria

as possi-

e because

we

don't understand

its

purpose on Earth. Let us

ttagme
,J

life

without bacteria. There would be rocks but no


to

ln
s

which
>

grow food.

All

dead

trees, animals, birds,

snakes,

human

bodies or any organic matter would


a clutter that

* 1>lled
1

mt0 huge mountains. What

would

be!

a natural setting, bacteria in the rotting cycle

does not

29

30

12

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Bacteria.

Mv

Favorite Animal

in

the

World

31

cause an odor. Hard to believe? In the forest nobody rakes


die leaves,
in the

organic garden,

if

the soil

is

balanced, the slugs stay out.

The

nobody buries

the animals, everything

is

just left
left

worms
fallen

don't eat healthy tomatoes. Similarly, bacteria and

open. The droppings of animals and birds are


fallen.

parasites don't live off of healthy flesh.

We, as humans, have

where they've

You would think


ask you, the
I

the forest

would smell

away from being balanced inside by eating cooked


bacteria cause disease in
is is

really bad. So, let


forest,

me

last

time you were in the


is

food.

did

it

smell bad?

bet your answer

"no." In fact,
say,

Can
a

humans? Yes and


if

no. Yes,
is

if

when we go

to the forest,

we breathe

in

and

"Ah,

it

smells

human body

filled

with toxic waste. No,

body

clean

so good!" If bacteria acting on organic matter doesn't smell


in the natural habitat

inside. Bacteria

not interested in our muscles, heart, eyes

of the

forest,

then

why do we

associate

or brain but only in recycling toxins in our body.

The more

rotting with odor?

Why,

in the civilized world,


is

does bacteria

waste and toxic matter

we accumulate
is

in

the

body the more

begin to smell bad? This


recycling

because bacteria has a hard time


test this

we

attract bacteria.

That

why people who


easily. If

eat mostly

what we

create.

To

statement, you can do

cooked food get infections so


tious disease, the best thing
clean. Eating

you are
is

afraid of infec-

your own experiment. Put raw


compost. You
without
a

fruits

and vegetables into your


and disintegrate

you can do
to

keep your insides


this.

will notice that they will rot

raw food

is

good way

do

bad odor. Now, add

to

your compost some cooked

The same
clean, healthy

applies to

any

parasites. If we

keep our body


off
it

food such as cooked noodles, chicken soup or mashed potatoes. After a

and pure, parasites cannot


bite us.

live

and even

few days, you

will notice
will

an odor emanating

mosquitoes won't
in

Once my family went


is

to hike

from your compost. The smell


neighbors might
ate
it.

be so bad that your


will

Minnesota where the mosquito

the state bird. In the

call

the police.

You

not be able to toler-

Boundary Waters Wilderness the


mosquito nets around
one
live

forest rangers

had

to

wear
suffer
all

You

will

have to put dirt on top, because of the unbearsmell


is

their heads,

and we didn't even

able smell.

The

coming from

bacteria trying to break

bite.

There were

five

of us,

all

on 100% raw food. For


tents.

up cooked food.
Another interesting
anything that
fact
is

nights

we

didn't even put

up

We

were not

bitten.

that bacteria will never touch

We

think

we heard those mosquitoes

talking to each other

is still alive.

Gigantic redwood trees are 1,000 to

and saying, "These are strange people! They are alkaline!


Yuck!"
All parasites leave a

2,000 years old, yet they remain free of bacteria. Their roots
are always in the soil, yet bacteria does not touch them.

As

human
a

body,

when

it

becomes

soon

as the tree dies, however, the bacteria


soil.

moves
is

in to return

clean.

Here

is

an example

to illustrate this point. Just after

we

the tree back to the

Bacteria can

tell

what

living

and

began raw foods, we read

book about

the parasites

humans

what

is

dead and

it is

only interested in dead matter.

carry around in their bodies.

We^were so frightened by the

Looking
mistletoe

at nature as

an example, we see that moss,


live

thought of these parasites, that we decided to do a family

and lichens don't

on strong healthy

trees. In

an

parasite cleanse. For ten days

we

ate special tablets to cleanse

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Bacteria.

My

Favorite Animal

in

the

World

33

the

body of parasites. Two months


that the parasites

later

we took

a blood test

the cells, multiplies

and begins

to work. Bacteria

is

helping

and saw

were back. The

tablet cleanse only

our body get rid of toxins.

kept us clean for two months.

One and

a half years later, after

What

know

for sure

is

that people

who

eat

raw foods

being on a

100% raw food


test.

diet the entire time,


pristine!

we did

the

don't have parasites or harmful bacteria. People

who have
100% raw

same blood
sites at all!
cells,

Our blood was


cells.

There were no paracells;

been tested and told by doctors that they have parasites have

Our blood

consisted of only blood


That's
all

red blood

been able
food
diet.

to get rid

of these parasites by eating a

and white blood


bacteria.

that

was

there.

There

Doctors are surprised when parasites disappear


it is

was no

We were clean.
at a

because usually

hard to get rid of them (parasites exist in


if

When we
food,

look

person's blood

who

eats

cooked

all

kinds of shapes and different stages, and

you

kill

one

we can

usually see lots of bacteria floating in between

stage,

then another stage will continue to develop).

When we

the blood

cells.

Once

invited a specialist,
to

who performs
demonstrate

begin to eat raw food, our

body

cleanses itself of toxins.

Dark
live

Field Live

Blood Analysis,

my

class to

There

is

nothing

left

for the parasites to eat, so they leave.

blood

cell analysis.

He

took blood samples from three

volunteers.

One of the

volunteers was a young

man

of

19.

His

blood was so penetrated with parasites and bacteria


that he

became embarrassed!
said,

He

"But

take a

shower every

day."
in

said,

"Don't be

embarrassed, the parasites and bacteria

your blood have


take. Tell us

nothing to do with

how many showers you


"Oh, I'm getting
eat?

about

your
relax,

lifestyle."

He

said,

better."

We said, "Just

and

tell us,

what do you

What
1

are your habits?

How have you


He
said, "I've
I

been

living the last


I

9 years of your life?"


I

been taking drugs,

drink beer,

was diagnosed
1

with AIDS,

was diagnosed with


I

testicle cancer,

was smok-

ing marijuana,
food), and
I

was eating junk food

(pizza

was

my

favorite

never liked salads."


in his

We

could see this

blood.

No

matter

how much we
infected.

wash ourselves outside, inside we can be very


Bacteria
is

knows

right
its

away where the toxins

are. Bacteria

dedicated to

work. Without any pain (thank

God

it's

small!), bacteria penetrates inside the

human body and

into

CHAPTER

FIVE

Detoxification
as Healing

When we
mucus
lungs.
is

first

eat

cooked food,
first

as a baby, the

cooked
of the
while

food creates the

mucus

in the body.

Some

used to create

a film

along the digestive

tract

the excess

mucus is stored in the most convenient place, the Mucus is not supposed to stay in lungs permanently,
mechanism, similar
to peristalsis, to
little

so the lungs have a

move

the

mucus

out.

It

looks like millions of

fingers

on the

surface of the lungs that

work

as a

moving

belt to clear

mucus out
that the

the lungs. This

mechanism them

takes pieces of

mucus

out of the lungs and moves

to the

nose

then we see

baby has a runny nose.

When we
will

feed our baby


all

mucus-forming food, the baby


time as the body

have a runny nose

the

is trying to move the mucus out. That Would be perfectly okay from nature's point of view: all the

excess of

mucus

would, get evacuated through the baby's nose


clear. But,

and the lungs would stay

what do we do when

36

12

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Detoxification as Healing

37

we
ed.

see a runny nose in

our baby? The

typical response
is
1

is,

might take another several months for the baby's body to


build

"Wow!

My baby has
I'll

runny nose. The skin


little

already irritat-

enough energy
for a

to create

another effort to detox.


in

He

has a rash around his poor


take

nose.

need to help
prescribes

Think
to

minute,

when

your

life

do you usually have

my

baby.

him

to the

doctor." The doctor

more energy than

average?

nose drops.

We

feel better

because we've done what

we can

go on vacation, or on the

You have more energy when you weekend if you are relaxing. When
said, "It

help our baby.


I

do you usually get sick? Have you ever

never

fails,

want
is

to argue that the nose drops are not necessary.

The
are

have

some time
it

off

and

get sick."
it

When
it is

your body receives


used for something
is

baby

not nose drop deficient.

The drops
the

are toxic.

They

extra energy,
else.

rushes to use
this

before

so toxic, that the

body

stops

moving

mucus out of the


get rid of the tox-

Your body uses

energy to detox. That

why we

tend

lungs and begins to concentrate on


ins

how to

to get sick

when we have "down" time.


fever.
is

from the nose drops. So, the body stops the cleaning
runny nose stops and the mucus goes back into

To hasten the removal of toxins the body creates


Fever
is

process, the

not just a high temperature of the body, but

a
to

the lungs.

worked.

We look at our baby and say, "Yes, those nose drops My baby is well." We don't realize that the nose
And
that the red

complex process that requires time and energy. In order


create a fever, the

body has

to

work

hard.

The

heart has to
All

stopped running because the body concentrated energy on


evacuating the toxic drops.

pump
the

20 to 30 heartbeats

faster per

minute than usual.


is

runny nose
plus the

is

hormonal glands have

to

do

extra work. That

why we
coated

not as dangerous as the lungs

filled

with

mucus
body

body
layer

feel tired.

To conserve the energy used

to digest food, the


is

weakend by

the toxic nose drops. Meanwhile, the

mucus

body

creates a no-appetite condition.

The tongue

gets thicker. It takes a lot of energy for the

to clear

with a thick layer of

mucus out of the


energy,
So,
it

lungs.

When

the

body has

built

up enough

nose

is

stuffed so

mucus so we cannot feel the taste; the we cannot be tempted by the smell of the
it is

will

begin to clear the

mucus

again.

rood; the tonsils are swollen so

hard to swallow.

What

about three months

later,

the baby will start to have a

happens when the body has


sweat so that the

runny nose again. What do we do?


nose
is

We

think,

"The runny

The body goes into a mucus can come out through the pores. Do
a fever?

back,

I'd

better call the doctor."


tells

We

take the baby to


this

the doctor

who

us that

we need stronger nose drops


this

you remember that particular sticky and smelly sweat that happens during high fever? The mucus becomes more liquefied

time because there

is

more mucus now, and


it

mucus

is

and we get very runny noses.

more concentrated,

so

makes the

tonsils swollen.
it

Mucus
tra-

also creates a hoarse voice, because

travels

through the

do

A common response to fever is to take an aspirin. Why we do that? We are not aspirin deficient. Aspirin is largely
and sulfur
is

chea, covering the vocal chords.

sulfur
is

bad

for us. >ur

body doesn't expect

that

The new, stronger medicine

so toxic, that the

body stops
It

kind of cruelty from


ply doesn't have

us. Sulfur is so toxic that the

body sim-

detoxing in order to focus on clearing out the medicine.

enough energy

to

continue evacuation of

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12

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Detoxification as Healing

39

mucus. The important process of healing


is

stops. All the

body

up, the

body might

create

pneumonia. The body


very

is

making

concerned with
it

now

is

aspirin in the blood.

A priority is to
is

heroic effort to clear itself of mucus. This takes even

more

get rid of

as

soon

as possible.

To do so the body

com-

energy than fever and we

feel

tired.

There

is

a gasping

pelled to

work so hard and

gets so

weak

that

it

cannot even

and raspy sound when we breathe.


nia,

When we have pneumomucus evacuation and


detox, except a

continue to maintain a normal body temperature.


perature then
falls

Our tem-

we use
For

penicillin.

This stops the

below normal.

We

have to stay in bed

further weakens the body.

because we

feel

weak. The body's response to aspirin makes

us feel so weak, not the fever.

little

"cold"

many years the body will have no more now and then, which is a very weak
to detox.

attempt by

To add
heavy food,
is

insult to injury,
like

when we

are feeling weak,

we

eat

the

body
and

The body will continue


is

to store the excess

chicken soup.

We

have no appetite.

Our body

mucus
left,
I

in the

lungs until there

about one-third lung space


cannot take any more.
liv-

saying, "Don't eat!"

And

yet,

we think we need
I

to eat chick-

at this point the lungs say, "I

en soup so that we
children.
I

will
say,

"have energy."

used to do that to

my

need
I

this one-third to
live

continue breathing, to continue

used to

"Have some chicken soup, you need


else

ing.

cannot

on

less

oxygen than

that."

There

is a little

energy," or I'd feed

them something

high in calories. In
if

extra storage in the sinuses

and

in the forehead.

The mucus

response to eating in this "Don't eat" stage,


a little bit of energy
will say,
If
left,
it

the

body

still

has
It

moves

to these areas. Next, the


to store the

body begins

to use a layer

will create a

throw-up

situation.

under the skin

mucus.

When we
silky.

have mucus and

"No, no not

this, 1
is

need

all

of

my energy

for healing."

toxins stored in a layer

under our
is

skin, first

we develop goose
and mucus
is

we

eat

when

die

body

in the

"Don't eat" stage, the blood

bumps
walk

or rough skin that

not very

Then when we

has to go into the stomach to process the chicken soup there-

just a little bit

we begin

to sweat a

little,

by taking the energy away from the detox. Eating takes


energy and can make us
feel

a lot of

begins to pour through our skin pores. This


it

mucus

acidic;

even weaker. This


us.

is

how

not

irritates

the skin. If you will pour lots of


it

lemon

juice

on

cooperating with our body can affect

your skin and rub

in,

you

will feel itchiness.

When
call it

this acid

Recovering from taking medication takes energy. After

mucus comes through, our


gy.

skin feels itchy.

We
it

an

aller-

one

illness,

we may
is

not get sick for a long time. That


in the
it

is

Why does an

allergy

happen?

Why does
say, "It

exist?

We

have
I

because there
has to store
again. That

no energy

body

for detox.

The body

lots

of toxins in the body. People

happens when

eat

up energy before
is

can begin a healing event

citrus." Citrus

only dissolves

this toxin,

and helps move


us.

it

why most

adults never have such a high fever

through the skin

as they did in their childhood.

faster. This is actually good for means we have an enormous amount of toxins.

This really

Meanwhile, the mucus in the lungs builds up. The fresh

Sometimes, we accumulate ao much mucus


that

in

our body

mucus

layer

is clear.

The older mucus

is

green, or dark

we develop
is

a condition of labored breathing with wheez-

orange, brown or yellow. To get rid of this heavy

mucus

build

ing that

called asthma.

We

cannot breathe.

We don't

have

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12

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Detoxification as Healing

41

enough oxygen.
so
filled

We don't

have enough space to breath we're

very happy.

The body

is

dedicated for you to be very healthy.


help your body by not eating food.
eat

with mucus. The mucus stored in the forehead, very

When you
way.

have a

fever,

close to the brain, causes headaches,

and potentially brain


filled

You probably wont want to

when you have


a fever, 1 never

a fever anyto eat,

tumors. That space was not meant to be permanently

When I was

little

and had

wanted

up with mucus.
I'll

and
a

my

mother was always trying


milk. Milk, with butter

to feed

me. She would give

give

you

simple way to

tell if

you have mucus

in

me hot
yucky

on the

top.
it.

And

all

kinds of
to help,

your lungs. Run around the block.


out of your nose, then you do.
If

If

you have mucus coming

stuff,

but

never wanted to eat

If

you want

you can run two times

you can do body wraps, or alternate cold and hot showers,


take a bath.

around the block, and you have no mucus running out of your nose, you have clean lungs. If you can breathe through
your nose when you're running, you don't have any mucus.

Do what your body wants. Your body


it

is

clear

about what
usually

wants.
I

You

either

want the covers off or on. But

when

took

Have you ever noticed

that professional runners have to spit

"Oh

no, no, no, keep that on. Don't get cold."

up phlegm when they

are in a race?
lots

They

eat their

cooked
like

doing what she


the best

my blanket off, my mother would say, My mother was thought was best for me. Now we know that
is

vegan or vegetarian diet with


rice

of high calorie meals

we can do

to listen to
is

our bodies. All of us have


effort to clear out

and baked potatoes which

are

mucus forming

foods.
I

toxins in our body. Detoxing


these toxins. Detoxing
healthy.
is

our body's

When

raw fooders run, they don't have any mucus.


fooders

know

unavoidable in order to become

many raw

who

run, and they don't have any problem


spit,

What
tell
I

are the major


this,
I

symptoms of detoxification?
to share with

with mucus, they don't need to

and they can breathe

Before

you

want
two

you a

story.

through their noses. They have enough oxygen to run and


talk.

When worked
guests

at the Creative

Health Institute (CHI),

Their lungs are clean.


cleaned by running.
is

would come
First they

for

to six

weeks to learn

how to
fast,

eat

Our body was meant to be


animals that are
have
a limited

We are

raw food.

were put on a two day juice

and

at least

supposed to walk. That


for the

why we

then they were fed wheat grass, sprouts and raw food. Every

amount of storage

mucus.

We were
the

day the guests met with the staff to assess and discuss the

built to

move.

We

have

this

mechanism, when we're moving


to

symptoms of detox
ness.

or healing events. Guests

would report
and weak-

and shaking, the lungs begin


out.

pump and push

mucus
to

symptoms of rash, headache,


symptoms

diarrhea, cold sores

But

it

we

don't run or rarely walk,

how do we
effort

expect our

There was usually one guest in every group


at all.

who had no
staff

body

to take out the

mucus? Instead of helping our body


short circuit
its

Rather than being good news, the


a

knew

rid itself

of mucus,

we

and take an

that having

no symptoms of detox was


guest's

warning
left to

sign.

It

aspirin.

meant that the


to be very strong to create a fever.

body hacUno energy


is

create a

The body has

When we
Be

healing condition. This

why want you


I

to celebrate the

are able to create a really

good

fever,

we should

celebrate!

symptoms of healing

events.

When you

go on raw foods,

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12

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Detoxification as Healing

43

you immediately

give lots of energy back to

your body. You


it, it

spend some extra energy." That's


Another symptom
white sugar in your
painkillers,
is

how

the

body works.
lot

are supposed to have a detox. If

you don't have

could be

headaches. If you have eaten a


if

of

the sign of

some problem.
to

So, if

any of you decide


if

to

go on

life

or had coffee or

you've taken

raw food, expect

have a healing event. Even

you have
a

you

will

probably experience headaches. These


last for

detox symptoms on an inconvenient day,


presentation or are at a conference,
grateful. If
it

when you have

headaches usually won't


but they
lie

more than two

or three days,

doesn't matter, be
to celebrate!

may seem
rest,

unbearable. To help yourself feel better,

you have detoxing

signs,

you need

down and

take a bath, sleep or give yourself an


listen.

Feel happy! Rejoice!

enema. Ask you body, "What do you need?" and

What

are the

most

common symptoms

of detox? About

Rashes are another

common symptom. About 90%


Our body
is

of

75%

of people,

when

they go on raw foods, experience cold


saliva

people experience a rash one to three times.


all

divides

sores in the

mouth. Cold sores happen because the


acidic, irritates the

the toxins into certain groups.


ears.

One group

eliminated

becomes very
sore.

gums and

creates a cold

through the
is

Another

is

easier to eliminate

through the

Cold sores are annoying, painful and

irritating.

There

nose.

Some
you

toxins have to be eliminated through the skin in

nothing you can do. You cannot wash or rinse or put on any
oil.

the sweat.
skin,

Whenever

the toxin

is

being released through the


rash.

You have

to wait until

your
is

saliva changes.

When you

first

will experience
is,

some kind of a
a rash?

The more
and

go on raw food, your body


by throwing
ates a
all

going to

start cleaning

you out

acidic the sweat

the

more unbearable

the rash will be.

accumulated waste into the blood. This cre-

What do you do when you have


sweat.

Take

a hot bath

temporary acidic condition. That's why when we are

Go

to the sauna. If

you go to the sauna, remember you


off.
I

fasting,
cally,

we smell

bad.

When we

fast

or change our diet radi-

need to wash the toxic sweat


because where
I

go to the sauna often,


I

we smell

like

ammonia.
is

live there

is

a sauna.

have watched people


all

Another type of detoxing symptom

weakness. Most
first

get into the sauna. Their


ins
off.

body works

to sweat out
air, sit

the tox-

people experience a few hours of weakness in the

week.

and then they go

in the

open, cold
all

down and dry

Once

in a while,

we

will get so

suddenly weak we cannot


it

The body then reabsorbs


is

those toxins back!

When

our

even move our

finger.

Then

just as suddenly,

goes away

pores are open, our body


thing back.

like a

sponge, absorbing every-

and we have more energy than we did


is felt

before.

The weakness

We
is

need to wash off the sweat and the toxins.

when

the

body

takes time

and energy

to clean certain

Cold water

best as the pores will squeeze extra toxins out

organs. Imagine a scanning machine looking through the

as they close.

whole body.
ing.

All of a

sudden

it

finds an organ that needs fixa

The next symptom


rhea,

is

diarrhea.

Some
it,

people have diarI

The scanning machine sends


It

message out

to the in

which

is

great.

once pray#d for diarrhea and

didn't
for six

body's energy center.


here.
I

says,

"Oops, there's something


I

need to spend some time in here, and

need

to

Once my months on and


get
it.

friend didn't pray for


off.

and he had

it

He

couldn't go to the movies because he

44

12

Steps lo Raw Food

was

afraid to go further than 100 feet


I

from the house. and


I

want-

ed diarrhea because
told that diarrhea

had

a prolapsed colon,

had been
is

CHAPTER SIX

would

straighten

my colon.
is

Diarrhea

not

bad and

is

not caused by bacteria. Diarrhea


itself.

caused by the

body
do

trying to clean

When you
is

experience detox symptoms, the


in the

first

thing to
will

to call

somebody

raw food community who


call

The Family

Fast

understand and talk with you. You can


er

another raw foodI

and

say,

"I'm calling you because I'm dying!


is

am

having
I

such a terrible headache, everything


weakness."

shaking, and

have

And your

friend,

understanding the detox process,


is

will say, "Congratulations,

your body

working!"

Why reach
Fasting
fast?
is

out to other raw fooders?

It is

important because, no matter

a privilege. Fasting
will

is

joy.

When

is

good time

to

how much
panic.

explain,

when

the actual detox happens


is

you

will
call

You

know
You

it is

time to

fast

when

everything
it

Everybody does. This

why it

is

very important to

becomes

untasty.

will eat
is

your

favorite

food and

just

someone who can


everything
If

reaffirm your choice for health


all right.

and
tell

that

won't taste good. That

the sign that your

body

is

ordering

can reassure you that you are


is

Someone

to
is

you

you to
I

fast.

okay and that what you are feeling


a healing event,

normal.

fasted

you are experiencing on water or

you may consider

days.

on water many times from one day to twenty-one Sometimes I do a several day juice fast. Our family of

fasting

juice for 24-36 hours. Fasting will speed

four enjoys fasting together. Often

we

fast

together one or

up the process of detoxification. Read books on fasting before you plan to do so. If you want to fast for a longer
od, going to a fasting clinic

two days while driving long distances


peri-

to

our workshops. That

makes our
day water

trips easier

and we don't

get tired.

As a family we

would be your

safest choice.

have done several seven day juice


fasts.

fasts

and many one or two

In February

of

this

year our family completed a fourteen

day water

fast. It

brought our family so close together! Every


at

day we gathered

home

to share all the things that

were

happening with our bodies.

same experience
experience this?

We were all going through the together. We askecieach other: "Do you Do you experience that? You do? Oh good."
all

On the third

day,

of us experienced physical weakness.

45

46

12

Steps lo Raw Food

The Family

Fast

47

Valya was answering the


hours.

phone while

was gone

for

two

"Do you want my


I'm going to read

skateboard?

Come
It's

and get

it! I

decided I'm

My phone is always
to

ringing. Valya

had

to

hold her

not going to skateboard anymore.

just a waste of time.


fast,

arm up
day just

answer the phone. Her arm hurt for the rest of the from holding the phone. Sergei was on the mountain
day.

more now." After


classes.

finishing the

Sergei

doubled his college


wrote an

snowboarding that

An hour after he
get

arrived,

he called

article for a

He doubled his music lessons. He magazine. He seemed to mature during


is

home, "Can you come and


board
in the

me,

can't even pull

my snow-

the fasting process.

Now he
fast,

teaching a raw food class in


little

snow." We decided that our weakness happened

our town. After the

he became a

wizard.
to

It

was

because our bodies were switching from feeding on actual


food, feeding on bodily internal reserves.

beautiful experience to observe. Valya

seemed

become

On

the fourth day


all

more confident
a

in herself after this fast,

she was constantly in

we
of

all

experienced energy. Sergei snowboarded


to
tell

day. Sergei

very happy, joyous mood.

was so excited
a

his friends that

he was on his third day

Towards the end of the

fast,

we began

to experience days

water

fast.

His friends didn't believe him.

One boy said

when some of us during


weakness. That's
healing.

different times

would experience
for

Sergei was just

making

it

up,

and that he
fifth

didn't look like he

when

the
lie

body needed some energy

hadn't eaten.

On

the evening of our


is

day we hugged
day!"

Then we would

down and

rest.

When

the energy

together as a family. "Guys, this

our

fifth

We

asked

returned
plete.

we knew

that the certain part of healing

was com-

one another, "Are we going

to fast

another week and a half as

planned? Gosh, another week and a half seems so long." Then

We had lots of energy. Oh, precious energy! On the thirteenth night of the fast, had a dream.
I

In the

we

started to notice
lot

how much

free

time

we

had. During the

dream
father

was

sitting

on

a tricycle.

was three years old and


I

my

day we saved a

of time that we normally would have spent

was spraying the garden with DDT.

got off

my bike
...
I

shopping, preparing and eating. Instead of food, for those

and walked behind


put

my dad
a

towards the box with poison and


It

two weeks, we decided we were going to go


a family, at

to the sauna, as

my

hands

in this
I

white powder.

smelled so bad
I

lunchtime every single day. Because we were

woke

up,

and

had

DDT taste in my mouth.


wash
It

went

to the

missing the nice smells of the food, we bought lemon tincture

bathroom and
taste

started to

my

mouth, but the chemical

and put

it

in the

sauna and smelled lemon.


right as the sun

We had

lots

wouldn't wash out.

came

together with the actual

of energy.

We woke up
see

came up and went

to

bed around midnight.


ures,

We

liked to observe each other's fig-

memory from my childhood, when my father was spraying the garden with DDT, with me sitting on the tricycle. also
I

and

what was

different

and how we were


It

all

getting

remembered
to ride
I

that there

was no asphalt
boards.
It is

for the street yet,

had

into shape.

We went swimming.

was

just a

wonderful experit-

my tricycle on just
this

interesting to

me

that
I

rience! Sergei said, "I never

knew I was

so

hooked on the
and

remembered

episode with

DDf spraying so vividly.


had

ual of eating."

know my body was now


fast,

clearing out. the poison that

Toward the end of the

Sergei called a friend

said,

been

in

my body since

was

three.

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The Family Fast

49

we wondered how should we break have several fasting books and they each suggest a different way to break the fast. One tells us to break our fast with juice, another says, wheat grass, yet another says oranges, and another says peeled tomatoes. We decided to medrtate as a family and listen to our bodies to see what they wanted. Then we heard the answer, just in time, very clearly. We were going to have grated organic Fuji apples,
it?

In the end of the fast

We

the fast, she said,


third time
I

"You

bow Mom,

don't

know

if

can go a

and

really

couldn't really

do everything, because I felt sometimes hold my hands up for a long time. I wanted

the teacher would turn would put her hands down, and when the teacher turned back, she'd put them back up. I mixed a special drink for Valya. Half Thai

to sit

down and

just rest."

When

away, Valya

several

prunes.

chunks of organic pineapple and several pieces of Then we were going to stay on juices for
kids arrived
college by bus at 5-20 p a beautiful table with flowers in the

and half distilled water


her a
little bit

in a

coconut water cup had enough glucose to give


in the last
I

of energy. So, for the children


to

The
and

three days

few

home from

days, if they

needed

and I had midand everybody had a platter with a piie of grated apple chunks of pineapple, and soaked prunes, and the prune waler
Igor
dle,

go to an exercise

class,

gave them

one cup of this water mixed with coconut water, and it worked. Igor and didn't take any coconut water, but Valya and Sergei did.
I

When

poster "Congratulations Boutenko t-amiiy on Successfully Finishing Our 14 Day Water


Fast'"

>n the

middle.

made a

Fasting as a family was a beautiful experience. aged our kids to take notes and they
did.

encour-

Now Sergei says

the kids

came

in,

and they hadn't eaten

for

and they saw

two weeks

this beautiful table

with beautiful plates, and

the food smells. Wow!!!

We sat
Valya said.

as a family

and held hands

together. "Should

we

he would like to fast one or two times per year again as a family and write a book called Family Fasting. Both kids did lose almost 20 pounds each, and they did look thin, but they gained back 10 pounds within the first three days of
juicing.
It

really eat?" Sergei said. "I

was amazing.

wish we could wait another day'"

We

all

Then we

We

enjoyed our newest experience in fasting.

cannot wait

started to eat.

Oh,

until the next

it

was so good! None

tune we

fast as

a family again.

of us could finish even balf a plate.

achs had shrunk. Oh,


leave
,t

wish

We felt so full. Our stomcould eat more! We had to

you, all of you! We were just feeling such a tremendous thankfulness, and
togetherness,

later we finished everything we stood for a long time together, hugging and feeling how we were so glad we did it. Thank

for later.

couple hours

then

and

joy.

During the
had
really

Valya was taking jazz lessons where they vigorous exercises. After she went twice during
fast,

CHAPTER SEVEN

Why

Twelve Steps?

would

like to

ask you a question:

Is

food your number one

I pleasure? Before

rushing

celebrate special dates.

ding day or holidays?


occasions or do

about how we Do we fast on our birthdays, our wedDo we go for a walk to celebrate these
to say no, think

we make
feel

fancy and abundant feasts?


party,

When

we attend an anniversary

do we expect
if

to

be nicely fed?
offered?

How would we
Food
is

about the party

no food was

synonymous with celebration in our culture. For holiday dinners we plan delicious meals and buy the most
mouth-watering items
to eat.

We even

have special celebra-

tion dishes such as tortes, chocolate truffles, fancy cakes,

candy and appetizers that we associate with each holiday. look forward to eating as part of the holiday celebration!

We

How do you feel


honestly
sleepy, tired or

after a holiday dinner?


feels

Can you

describe

how your body


wrung

the next morning?

Do

you

feel

out?

Do you
does

need coffee? Have you

noticed that your

body tends
yes,

to fee^this
this

way

after big holiday

meals? Even

if

we answer

uncomfortable feeling

stop us from planning our next holiday meal?

53

5-1

12

Steps to Raw Food

Why Twelve

Steps?

55

If

we

ate just for nutrition,

would we
go to the

eat potato chips or


deli section

By the end of the

class,

everyone got very excited and said,


in

drink coffee or beer?

When we

and
the
plea-

"Oh, I'm not going to eat cooked food ever again


I'm going to eat only raw."
dents'

my
I

life.

admire the fancy dishes

in the deli case, are

we admiring
and

But

as

learned

later,

my new stumet

nutritional quality of the food or the taste potential

raw food

life

didn't last through breakfast either.

sure that the food offers?


pleasure.

Most of us would probably answer

When we

recognize that food

pleasure for the majority of us,


the fact that

number one we can then become aware of


is

the

two of my students in the store the next week and they were hiding their muffins behind their back and saying, "Sorry
Victoria,

we

couldn't

make
I

it." I

knew something was wrong


it

we consume food not

for

its

nutritional value,

with

my

teaching and

didn't like

that
1

but for pleasure.

hiding from

me
I

as if

were the

police!

my friends were decided to shut my


fol-

When we want
taste.

our food to bring us pleasure


is

first

and

mouth
low.

until

found

way

could teach so people would

nutrition second, then nutritional value

sacrificed for the

My goal
and

became

to

meet other raw food teachers and

Because of

this,

we end up with food


little

that has very

chefs

to learn

from them how to teach the raw food

stimulating taste and very


the two
ever,
I

nutritional value. These are

lifestyle successfully.

main

characteristics of

cooked food.

Raw

food,

how-

For two and a half years we traveled around the country

can give us both nutritional value and pleasure.


started to teach classes about
as
I

and visited many


several places

alternative healing centers.

We came

across

raw foods eight years ago.


I

where the raw

food lifestyle was taught. People


ill-

As soon

lost

and friends

in

my fust 30 pounds, gathered neighbors my house and started to tell them about the
I

with cancer, diabetes, allergies, asthma and other serious


nesses

came
The

to these health centers

from

all

over the world

health benefits

had experienced by
and decided
lasted
1

eating only
to

raw foods.
too.

and stayed, usually for two


lifestyle.
is it

to six weeks, to learn the

raw food

They got

really excited

become raw

staff

taught about raw food and explained

why

However, none of them

on raw food even through the


a couple

the best food for

humans. Guests were served beautiful

next morning's breakfast. days later at the store and


life.

met some of my students


asked them

raw meals.
At one such place, the CHI,

how was their raw


yet.
I

One

friend said, "I cannot

become raw
I

have to cook
1

CHI had
most
any

the ideal conditions

we stayed for nine months. for making a raw food diet


completely isolated from
in a beautiful

for

my

family."

Others tried to avoid me.

decided that

did

effective.

Guests of

CHI were

not do a good job teaching them


couldn't stay

how

to eat

raw
I

if

they

stress

and temptations and were

and

on

it. I

decided to study more.

visited different
I

homey atmosphere.
Most of the guests
fatal

alternative healing centers

and read day and


I

night.

started

to teach again
I

and

this

time

put

all

my talents
I

into the class.


I

disease such as

CHI had been diagnosed with a cancer. In most cases, they made their
at
re*sort.

sang,

danced Russian folk dances,


I

told jokes.

tried

decision to try raw food as a last

Most had already

everything

could to

make enzymes and

sprouts interesting.

gone through chemotherapy and radiation and then doctors

56

12

Steps to Raw Food

Why Twelve
could be done

Steps?

57

had

told

them

that there

was nothing

else that

could see

it all

so clearly.

Cooked food

is

an addiction! That

to help them.
is

why will power and


raw
lifestyle.
It

the best intentions do not keep one on


I

The
and
all

guests of

CHI were
in a

introduced to a

100% raw

diet

the

At

last

got the puzzle answered.

felt

so

132 guests reported feeling better. They observed their

happy!
I

was

a revelation!

tumors shrinking

matter of weeks, other


felt

symptoms of

went

to the public library

and asked

for

books on addicfull

disease were reduced


to stay

and they
it

good. The guests pledged


to feel better.

tions.

The

librarian

showed me many shelves


can
I

of books.

on raw food
families

as

had helped them

asked,

"How many books


I

check out?" The answer was,


all

When
raw

came
was

to visit, they

were also supportive of the


in their

"38 books." So,


tions,
ing.
I

checked out 38 books on

kinds of addic-

diet lifestyle as they


It

could see a difference

loved

from drugs and alcohol to overspending and overeatread


all.

one's health.
diet

clear to

many guests

that the

raw food
very happy
left,

all

38 books and returned for more until


librarian

I'd

read

was enabling them and


well.

to live longer.

We

were

all

them

The
I

was sure

had

BIG problem.
in

for the guests

their healing experiences.

As they

we
I

Next,

made

a trip to the biggest

bookstore

our town.

wished them

spent the whole day there reading and brought

more books

Don Haughey, owner of CHI, if he had done any research on how many of his guests actually stayed on the raw diet after they went home? He paused for a long moment, sighed and answered, "About 2%. When they go home they don't stay on the diet." I was mystified. "Do
As
a follow up,
I

asked

home. One book was written by two medical professors and


had
a universal questionnaire

on addiction

to

any chemical
three

substance. If a person answered "yes" on

more than

questions from the questionnaire, then that person had an


addiction to that particular addictive substance.

they choose to die?"

asked.

He

didn't answer, a tear

came

As an experiment

made

copy of the questionnaire,

down
ple

his cheek.

couldn't find an explanation as to

why peoand
mys-

whited out "chemical substance" and typed in "cooked


food."
I

were unable

to stay

on raw food even when they had perThis became a

gave

it

to

all

of

my

students in three classes and


I

sonally experienced the extraordinary health benefits

everybody answered "yes" to most of the questions.


thought, "Hallelujah, that's the proof,
it's

were dedicated to the raw


tery to

lifestyle.

real

an addiction.
off the

me and
I

wanted

to solve the puzzle.


I

Wow! That
classes.

is

so radical!"

felt
I

as if

jumped

Empire

As

thought over

this puzzle,

continued to teach

State Building.

But the more

gave

it

a thought, the

My students were
diet

more

it

always excited about going on a raw food

made

sense to me.

and
still

taught them

how

to prepare delicious
I

raw meals,

There are hundreds of thousands of people

who want

to

but

not

many

of them remained raw.

was becoming

be raw fooders. They have learned about the health benefits of eating raw foods and sincerely w#nt to change their
diets.

tired

and discouraged.
a friend invited

Then one day


was open

me

to

an

AA

meeting that

Some of

these people feel compelled to go


illness.

on

raw food

diet

to the public.

As

listened to the talk at the

meeting

by a serious

But when these people begin to eat raw

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Steps?

59

food they discover that to stay on a 100% raw diet


longer than

is

so hard,

than similarities in comparison with other 12 Step programs.


1

almost impossible! Only a few people actually stay 100% raw


a year.

believe that

cooked food

is

Even some of the well-known raw food

cruel,

more

subtle

and thus

much more cunning, more much more difficult to overand


is

teachers admit that they can't stay

100%

raw.

What seems

come.

easy from the

first

sight in reality appears to be extremely


is

Cooked food

is

a legal addiction, easy to acquire


It's

hard, because cooked food

addictive.

advertised everywhere.

not only accepted, but

is

encour-

Open

the

AA Big Book and


1,

you

will read that

only one

aged. Ingrained in our culture,

cooked food

is

thought to be

person out of maybe a


sheer will power alone.

000 could quit drinking alcohol by


will also read that 12 Step proI

normal, proper and healthy.

It

doesn't even occur to us that


a solu-

You

cooked food could be harmful, so we keep looking for


tion

grams have helped hundreds of thousands.


the 12 Step
it

believe that

if

somewhere

else until

we have looked everywhere and

program works

for people with other addictions,

don't find the right answer. All of us

who

turned to raw food

can also work for people with cooked food addiction.


I

had some serious reasons for doing


is

so, either health


it

prob-

understand
I

now

that

by teaching only
is

why raw food


1

lems, ethical, spiritual or other reasons. For me,

was the

good,
of
1,

could not help anybody. There

about
will

person out

matter of

life

and

death.

knew

would

die if

didn't seek

000 that can stay on raw food with


I

power and with-

that truth for myself. All

members of my

family had very


food.

out support.
able to stay

have met two or three people


for over
will

who have been


when

serious health problems before

we went on raw

We

on raw food

one year by using only

have described our family story in our book

Raw Family.

willpower.

The problem with


for comfort.

power

is

that in times

Addiction to cooked food

is

harder and stronger than any

you

feel angry,

hungry, lonely or depressed you turn to

other addiction. In most of the books on drugs they say the


earlier the

cooked food
That
is

drugs or chemical substance are taken, the harder


off.

precisely

why developed
I

12 Steps
this

to

Raw Food.
in

they are to get


food.

Think about the


likely

first

time you ate cooked


to a year old.

In the last year

and

a half

have taught

program

You were most

about

six

months
took a

Did

Washington, Minnesota, Oregon, Arizona, Maryland,

you

like

cooked food when you

first

bite?

Probably not.
to

Colorado and California. At

first

was

afraid.

didn't

know
it's

You don't remember. Let us make an analogy. Think back

how

people would

react.

thought,

"It's

so radical and

so

when you
acquired
ter"

first tried coffee.

How did

it

taste? Bitter.
is

Did you
an
bit-

different."

But then the majority of students


to

who went
have stayed on a

ask yourself,

"How

can adults drink this?" Coffee

through the 12 Steps

Raw Food program


months
a very powerful

taste.

We
is

ignored our body's response of "ugh,


coffee until

100% raw
and, as

diet for several


It's I

to over a year

and they are

and kept trying

we got used

to

it.

We

did this

continuing to be raw!
I

program already

because coffee

a social

drink and a*symbol of adulthood.

stated earlier,

keep working on improvements.


has

Did you

like

beer the

first

time you tried

it?

What about

a first

The

2 Steps to

Raw Food program

more

differences

cigarette?

Do

you remember your body's reaction? "No, get

60

12

Steps to Raw Food

that

away from me!"

When we

first

try anything that

is

not
first

healthy,
tried
rash.

our body always gives us a warning.


cried.

When yon

(
a

CH APTER

EIG

HT)

cooked food, you probably

Maybe you even had

But your mother thought you were teething. So your

mother, with the best intentions, continued to feed you

cooked food. Then you got used to


addicted to
it.

it

and then you got

Step
is

One

However, there

a big

problem

in calling

cooked food an

addiction. Addiction has a poor reputation in our society.

Addiction

is a word we don't like to associate with ourselves. None of us want to say, "I am an addict." We don't like others to look down on us. But the truth is that most of us are

addicted to something, be

it

shopping, accumulating
call

have lost control of my addiction to cooked food and my eating is becoming unmanageable.
I

admit that

tilings,

watching

TV or eating sweets, etc. We


like to call

these bad habits.

We don't
steal
I

them

addictions.
dirty

When we

hear the

word "addict" we imagine

and depressed people who


children.
It is

money and
want

hurt

women and
I

The
again.
to
I

first

step

is

the hardest one. This

is

the time in

my
and

classes

when some people


if this is

get up, leave die building


I

to apologize if

hurt anybody's feelings.


feel

not

slam the door on their way out.


apologize
the

never hear from them


feel.

my intention
What
I

to offend
is

you or make you

uncomfortable.
is

way you
do a

Please don't rush

have found

so incredible and

my

intention

to

make up your mind.

Let us

little

work.

share with you, for the

good of all.

Cooked Food Dependency Questionnaire


This
is

a questionnaire to

determine addiction to cooked

rood. Please answer "yes" or "no" to each of the following

questions. If you
"rare" then

want

to

answer "sometimes," "maybe" or


be honest.

answer

"yes." Please

If

you are not hungry, but someone

offers

you your
offer?

favorite delicious food,


2. If

do you, accept the

you know
is

that

it is

not good to eat before bedtime, but

there

some

delicious food

on

the table,

do you

eat

it?

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63

3. If

you are feeling

stressed,

do you

eat

more food man


feels

pleasurable things in

my

life.

no longer looked to food

for

usual?
4.

comfort.

If

you are

raw fooder and you answered yes on


the

Do you
ly fall?

continue eating until your stomach

complete-

three or

more questions on
You
are

"Cooked Food Dependency


your focus
after awhile.

Test," don't worry.

will shift

For

5.

6.

Do you Do you

eat

when you

are bored?

those of you

who

on raw foods 99%, you may consider


rest

notice restaurant signs even

when you

are not

food comforting and pleasurable for the

of your

life.

hungry?
7. If

Hanging on to
offer for a free dinner,

that

1% cooked
It's

food in your diet keeps you


quits drinking
Is

you are made an

do you always

craving cooked food.

like

someone who

accept the offer?


8.

but consumes one shot of vodka every Saturday.

this per-

At AU-You-Can-Eat restaurants, do you usually overeat?

son truly sober?

9.

Have you ever broken


before bedtime?

promise to yourself not

to eat

Have you heard the words "rock bottom?" Maybe you


heard that one has to "hit rock bottom" in order to end addic-

10.

Would you spend


favorite food?

the last $10 in your pocket

on your

tion?

Imagine people who have been drinking

for

many years,

ruined their health, lost their families and job, their loved

1.

Do

you reward yourself with food for accomplishing


food rather than letting

ones begged them to quit, but they couldn't. Then suddenly


they hit "rock bottom" and a miracle happened, they became

achievements?
12. 13.

Do you eat extra If you know that


enjoy will

it

go to waste?

sober for good. Have you ever thought about what happens
at

eating a certain food that


feel
ill

you

really
it?

"rock bottom" and

make you

later,

do you

still

eat

used to think that

why exactly that place is so powerful? the time when one hits "rock bottom"

depends on the depth of despair and closeness to death.


If

Do
is

you answered "yes"


a

to three or

more

questions, then

you

also think so?

Then

have good news for you; nothing


that everyone hits

you may have

cooked-food dependency.
to

further from the truth!

Have you noticed

Sometimes raw fooders answer "yes"


ing

more than three


are not stay-

"rock bottom" at different levels of addiction?


get

Some

people

questions. Usually that happens to people

who

emphysema

before they quit smoking,

some

are able to
lose every-

on 100% raw
raw. For
I

diet or they have just recently


a half years after as a

become
a

quit at a very early stage of addiction

and some

100%
still

one and

becoming

100%
I

thing and die but never quit. That

means

that hitting "rock

raw fooder,

still

viewed food

comforting element.

was

bottom"
thing

is

not connected to disease and despair but to some-

thinking that food was a sign of love, that love was

com-

else.

What? What

is

that

magic wand

that returns people

ing from food, and that food was the place to derive comfort

back to the fullness of life?


It is

and

pleasure. This view of food


a half year

changed when
point
I

reached the

called

THE POWER OF ADMITTING. In other


is

one and

mark. At

this

began to find other

words, facing the truth. This

the core of

all

the other 12

64

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Step One

65

Step programs. Please try to understand clearly.

The "rock
lost

addiction makes

me stronger. J

have labeled
it.

it. I

know how
is

to

bottom" happens when people honestly face that they


control. Often a lifelong time of suffering

take care of myself because of identifying

Power

in

happens before a

knowing
and we

oneself.
is

person gets ready to admit. That shows that

many

people are

Cooked food
mango, we think,
i

so addictive. If

we go
it's

to the health store

scared of admitting the truth and don't understand

why
They

it is

see an organic

mango and

-oh boy- $2.99 for one


to

so important. Have you ever heard an alcoholic say, "Oh,

"How

expensive!"

Then we turn around

could stop drinking any time.

just don't

want

to."
is

he deli and there are fresh baked croissants for $2.99.

We

don't want to admit they are out of control. That


denial.

called

think,

"Oh

boy,

what a good
illusion of

deal, I'm hungry."

We buy the
numb somebe a raw
I

Or have you
I

heard a smoker
it

say, "I

could quit smoksee that this


is

croissant for

an

quick pleasure or to

ing but

really

enjoy

and

feel fine."

Do you

thing

empty

inside. That's

what we

call

unmanageability.

person

is

in denial?

We all know
is

that

smoking

harmful to

How many of us
fooder, but
for the

have
I

said, "I

would

really like to

the body. Admitting creates a


absolute clarity and there

relief.

By doing so we gain
to get into

when

come home and look

in the fridge,

reach

no need

deep sorrow

comfort food, not the raw food." Think about ques-

or

become

desperately
that

ill

in order to a

make

a change.

When
let

tion

two on the "Cooked Food Dependency Questionnaire."


eat late at night, even

we do admit
this

we have
that
is

problem, then we can

start fixing

Do you
Tins
is

problem and

when
later.

the shift happens. So


I

us hit

because your partner begins

when you aren't hungry, just to unwrap something yummy?


You have decided not
it

rock bottom sooner than


Hello,

will

go

first.
I

when we have
is there.

lost control.

to

my name
I

is

Victoria Boutenko, and

am
I

cooked

eat late at night before bed, but

you do

anyway because the

food addict and

have been clean for eight years.


I

relapsed

temptation
sure.

The

treat

promises us some kind of pleaus pleasure, so

only once, and though

don't want to eat cooked food right


try

We remember times when the treat gave


it.

now,

know

that

if

would

cooked food then


1

would
about
big giant

we want
rides

This

is

addiction,

when

the

want and need over-

start eating

and wanting cooked food.


that the desire for
in

know

that
is a

your decision not

to eat before bedtime. I've seen 132

myself.

know

cooked food

people

who had

cancer,

and they came

to the health institute

sleeping

somewhere
it is

my

body; sleeping right now, very

and they
stay raw.
lege.

felt better.

Their tumors shrank, and they decided to


to

soundly,

not interfering with

my experience
fully.
I

of being

They even applied

new

jobs and applied to colall

completely alive and living


I

my life

But
ate

also

know
I

that
this
it.

But when they went home, and Christmas came, they

am

cooked food addict, and,

that if

cooked food,
There,

tailed. All
left

of them died. They couldn't stay on raw food. They

big giant could


I

wake up and take over


over dead at
still

my

life.

said

children and loved ones behind because they couldn't

admitted to being a cooked food addict. The world

is still

resist

the addiction to cooked food^That

is

the truth.

here.

No one fell
me.

my

revelation.
All
is

My husband
Admitting

still

their

names.

knew
I

those people.

was teaching

know them how to


I

loves

My children

love

me.

well.

my

grow sprouts.

was talking

to their families. Their families

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One

67

supported them. But they couldn't resist their addiction to cooked food and they died. I remember Cynthia from Michigan who had support from her whole family. She was a schoolteacher. Her three sons told her, "Mom, we're going to

Linda:
for a very

think

hit

rock bottom.

had been on raw foods

long time. During Christmas


I

my family came
I

around and
to

decided
I

wanted

a traditional holiday.
I

wanted
and

make juice
alive."

do

all

the things
roca,

used to prepare.

did

for you. Just stay

pumpkin

pie

on

this

raw food

diet

and

stay

almond
it

and

all

Her husband

said, "Stay raw,

we

these comfort foods that they loved and


1

all

support you." She

gave
ill

me

couldn't stay on the raw food diet.


died.

great pleasure in preparing for them. Anyway,

got

Her cancer came back. She


cooked

very

after the holidays

Cooked food
stories

from eating

all

that

cooked food.

is

addictive.
life

That was
that the addiction to
It is

my

rock bottom.
definitely

These
food
fear
is

from

show

Dalia:
nitely

My eating is

stronger than the fear of death.

unmanageable, and
I

defi-

stronger than the

of disease, no matter

how great

have an addiction to cooked foods, and

think

it's

the suffering and pain.


is

because

The only way we can conquer cooked food


ing

my parents

introduced

me

to

cooked foods

at a

very

by understand-

how

young

age,

addictive

and reinforced behavior with cooked food.


That okay to have

it is,

by seeing that

it

has control over us


is

and by using a
ful force
I

Carol: I'm having a hard time with this one.


Victoria:
is

12 step
If
I

program. Support

the most power-

know.

hard time.

didn't have support in

my
a

family,

Carol:

would probably

die.

For a long time

guess I'm not at that point of admitting that I'm

didn't realize that in

my home
I

addicted.
Victoria: That's okay. Please feel

had an

AA

group that gives

me

hand whenever
I

been 100% raw for eight years. feel completely committed to eating raw. I have forgotten about
I've

feel

weak. Yes,

welcome anyway.
in that direction.

Carol: I'm really wanting to

move

But

cooked food.

When

I'm struggling with talking about


Victoria:
I

my

addiction.

walk down the

streets,

don't notice
I

restaurants any more.

When

appreciate your sharing with us.


it's

go to Barnes and Noble


I

don't pay attention to the coffee smell. But

Bryan: I'm definitely addicted, and


I

just unbelievable.

know that

if

got hurt and

had go
I

to the hospital
little bite,
I

where they don't have

raw food, and


be horrible.

took a

Kathleen: I've been on and off of raw foods for almost three years and I think it's really true that I am addicted.

I've seen this

know the outcome would happen to many of my friends.

When
always

I'm cooking tofu, or

rice,

or whatever for
it,

my family,

know

that

don't

Something happened and they went back on cooked food, even though they had been strong, solid 100% raw fooders
for a very long time.

want

to eat

diat I'd rather put


I

energy into creating something raw. But cooked dishes with them.

often

end up eating

So

know

for myself that addiction to

my body. The following fragment of sharing from a workshop demonstrates responses of different people to Step ]
is still

cooked food

in

c CHAPTER

NINE

Step
I

Two

believe that live vegan food


is

the most natural diet


for a

human being.

n Part

One

of

this
is

book,

we have

presented several reasons


diet for the

why raw food

the

most natural

We

discussed the importance of enzymes and

human body. how they


to adjust to

relate to health.

We

discussed

how

the

body has

cooked food by creating health-damaging mucus.

We dis-

cussed the relationship between raw food and bacteria, parasites

and

disease.
I

In addition,

would

like to

share

how raw food


we
all

has

changed the

life

of
I

my

family. Eight years ago

became very
depressed.

sick.

had arrhythmia and was severely


arthritis.

My

husband suffered from painful


for his hyperthyroid.

He

had surgery scheduled

My son

was

diagnosed with juvenile diabetes and was prescribed


insulin.

My

daughter had asthma*

All these illnesses are

considered incurable by medical doctors.

We

also

had
of

many

other problems

like indigestion, obesity, lack

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energy,

mood

swings, dental problems and others.

("

CHAPTER TEN

However,

after

we
I

all

went on

raw

diet, all

four of us got

completely cured. Today


constant happiness.

we

experience radiant health and


is

believe that our health

beyond what

most people experience.


because we
ly

We don't

have any medical insurance

feel totally in

charge of our health.

We continualon

experience a high level of energy. Each one of us can run

Step Three
I

for

many

miles. In 1998

we hiked

across the United States

the Pacific Crest Trail. Other people

may

have doubts, but we

know all the changes in our we went on raw food.

health started to

happen when

shall gain necessary skills,

learn basic raw recipes and obtain

equipment to prepare live food.

How important
that for

is

tasty

raw food?
is

We have agreed earlier


first

most people eating

pleasure in
a

life.

Therefore most people

WILL NOT

stay

on

raw

diet if the

food

is

not delicious. Can the raw food be as tasty as cooked


I

food? Absolutely!

have learned

how

to

prepare very deli-

cious raw food, and


secrets of

my

family has been successfully teaching


to

raw gourmet dishes

hundreds of men and


last

women

of different ages. During the

few years

simply

stopped telling people that

Once

woman

called

my food is raw unless they asked. me and asked, "I heard you are a
She
I

good cook. Can you


was not in
1

cater for a wedding, for 50 people?"

did not ask for a raw wedding, but at that particular time
a position to refuse the extra cash.
3*tier

So

said, "Sure."

had so much fun preparing a


soups, salads, portabella

wedding

cake, appetiz-

ers,

mushroom

burgers, sundaes and

ice

creams! There were no raw fooders at that wedding. All

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73

guests were accustomed to a Standard

American Diet (SAD).

different frostings

Nobody complained! The only question everybody asked was, "How come everything is so delicious?" Guests loved
food and they wanted to meet the chef. When everybody that all the food was raw and
I

on them. She was talking about

this for the

entire day. "It's so simple!" she said.

the
to
ers.

My husband
He
said, "It

Igor was afraid to

make

live

gardenburg-

announced
all

was easy with


with oil But
a

real
I

meat, you just cut a


a

vegan,

people
tasty."

piece

and

fry

it

were very surprised "that healthy food could be so You're not going to turn into a raw chef just
ing, as

meat from carrots without


live
it

now am supposed to create cow?" He saw me preparing

by watch-

you cannot turn into a good swimmer by watching Olympic swimmers. In order to learn how to swim, you need to get wet, and cold, and get some water in your nose. If you want to become a good raw gourmet chef, you need to unpack your new blender, processor, juicer and
te!
just

gardenburger hundreds of times but he was afraid that was too complicated for him. For six years he never even

make one. Then we had an emergency situation when too many people showed up for a dinner. I was busy
tried to

preparing soup.

Who

will

make gardenburgers?

Igor didn't

dehydra-

have

and place them on the counter

own them,
It's

use them,

jump

in

your kitchen. Don't and get messy. Get your


in

it! Even before I finished making soup he was done. Since then I have never made another

a choice.

So he did

live

gardenburger. Igor took over.

hands

Now we

call this

dish

sticky. Spill the

the kitchen.

contents from the Vita-Mix aU over unavoidable, so the sooner the better.
If

"Igorburger."
Igor started to enjoy preparing raw food

your creation doesn't taste good yet, put it in your compost. AU earthworms from your neighborhood will gather into your garden attracted by your cuisine. You can only learn by trial and error how to

Experiment, have fun.

more and more.


Borodinsky

He

created

many of his own


all

dishes. His Russian

crackers are popular

over the world. In Iceland Igor was

demonstrating

how

to create a

raw sandwich. He put

live gar-

make

denburgers on crackers and decorated with dry olives and

delicious food.
five years

For

my

daughter Valya was afraid to make


"I

frost-

ing for the cake. She said,

When people tried his raw sandwiches they were amazed how delicious Igor's sandwiches were. One woman
paprika.

won't make

it.

It

won't

taste

exclaimed, "This sandwich


If

is

worth

living for!"

good." Once

was out of town and our close friend asked

you want

to learn

how to

Valya to prepare a cake for a birthday.

prepare delicious raw meals,


is

My daughter had
I

to

the entire cake by herself and she did. When home Valya told me "It was so easy! You just

make

please read attentively the rest of this chapter. There


cipal difference

a prinlive

got

between cooking meals and preparing

take nuts, dates

and water, and blend

it,

and

it's

a frosting! If you

want you

table will help you to understand preparing raw dishes we cannot rely on recipes.

iood.

The following

why

in

can create different flavors by adding vanilla, or carob, or lemon peel or other natural ingredients, but it's so
Valya showed

simple!"

me a good

dozen cute

little

teacakes with

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Comparison of cooking and preparing


Ingredients in cooked food
ingredients in raw food

follow every step, measure everything and turn out with

something different each time because of the variables inherent in live food.

always change their


taste as a result

initial

never change their


taste.

initial

Cooked
the
all

corn, cooked zucchini, cooked peas


taste

of cooking.

and other cooked vegetables


oil

almost the same and require


corn, zucchini, peas and

Cooked food has pale unattractive colors and textures.

and

salt

added,

at

least.

Raw

Raw food

is

very colorful
to

other raw vegetables,

and naturally appealing

have their
I

own unique

taste that
I

is

human
The
raw
original rich flavors of
fruits, vegetables,

impossible to confuse.
eyes.

When

prepare a raw dish

use recipes

only as ideas, as general guidelines or just for the ingredients.

The
raw

original rich flavors of


fruits, vegetables,

Then

adjust the final taste using a

method of five

tastes.
if

nuts

nuts

There are thousands of different

tastes in natural will

food but

and seeds disappear almost


completely after being heated.

and seeds
after

stay in the food

we could balance

live

major ones, the food

be so delicious

preparing without

that everyone will say,

"Wow!" These

five tastes are: sweet,

heating.

sour, salty, spicy


tastes,

Plain cooked food

you

will

is

tasteless,

Raw food

When you learn to balance the five make delicious food. When all five groups of
and
bitter.

is

naturally delilittle

requiring enhancement with


salt,

cious and requires very

the taste buds

on your tongue

are excited

you

will say,

"Wow!"

pepper and other condi-

or no condiments.

When you
sure that

attempt to un-cook a delicious meal, make


are present in the final taste

ments.

all five tastes


is

and not

even one

missing. People
for

The

taste

of cooked food

is

The

taste

of raw food

is

gourmet meals everyday


tell if

who have been preparing raw many months, definitely could


just tasting

determined by condiments.

determined by a bouquet of tastes of main ingredients.

one or two ingredients are missing by


to taste freshly

food
five

once or twice. Others have

made meals
Is
it

Condiments have permanent


taste.

times, asking each time a very simple question:

spicy

Raw

fruits, vegetables,

nuts

enough? enough?

Is it salty
Is it

enough?

Is

it

and seeds have wide spectrains of tastes.


cooked food,
is

sweet enough?

Is it

sour

bitter

enough? The

five tastes don't

have to be

strong but just

enough

for a particular dish. For example, the

When making
important.

When

preparing a raw dish,

strongest tastes in a gardenburger should be sweet, spicy and


salty

to follow a recipe

the

most

following a recipe doesn't

with only a touch of sour and

bitter,

but

all five

have to

guarantee a delicious

result.

be present. Otherwise the gardenburger will


Usually,

taste bland.

You need
the final

to always adjust

when you have


first

just

prepare^ a dish and go


tasting,

taste.

through your

round of five-spoon

two or three

tastes are missing.

Add

ingredients for the missing tastes,

mix

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77

again and start five spoon tasting


until the five
call this

major

over again. Continue tastes are balanced in the nice bouquet


all

For a sweet
I

taste add:

taste." In the beginning adjusting can take longer than preparing. Don't be discouraged

process "adjusting the

raisins; fresh fruits

figs, dates, prunes such as ripe banana, mango, peach, pear;

Dry

fruit

such as

your pace

will

raw food

speed up with practice. A, the same time your

become unbeatable. Whether you prepare a cake, a dressing or


will
all five

nut

the bouquet of

cutlet,

tastes

some
cloesn

needs to be present
if

We

for
it

apple juice, orange juice, raw honey or fresh stevia leaves. For a spicy taste add: Garlic leaves or cloves, onion leaves or bulbs, ginger, mustard greens or seeds, radish, horseradish, cayenne pepper, wasabe sea weed, herbs fresh or dry such as basil, dill, cilantro, rosemary, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla or

reason, have this idea that


t

peppermint.

food

is

already healthy,

have to be delicious. So we throw the celery and lemon juice into the blender and mix and we don't even taste it. But when we begin to eat, it may be unbearably bitter or too sour. That's why we
!S

For a salty

taste add: Celery, cilantro, dill, parsley, sea veg-

etables such as dulce, kelp, nori,

arame or

Celtic sea salt.

For a bitter

taste

add: Parsley, celery tops, endive, garlic,


leaf, sage,

missing.
After approximately one

use the taste test and add what

onion, dandelion, bay


pepper.

poultry seasoning or cayenne

and a

raw food you

half years of consuming

700%

will start noticing that

you prefer

to eat

rather than prepared


all

whole food

wholefoods, if they are


in

bouquet of taste

more and more often:As a matter offact, ripe, already have the most balanced them naturally. However, their

cate that unfortunately, after

taste is so deli-

many years of consuming


taste

foodftUed w.thcond.ments, our taste. That is why we need a

cooked buds cannot enjoy natural

transition time.

The following
taste

is
is

groups. This

Planet Earth.

Many

of suggested ingredients for five only a fraction of what is available on


a list

You have to apply common sense and not add vanilla to the soup or garlic to the candy. Please be creative, these are
just ideas for

one or two

plants possess different tastes but have

that are dominate.

you

cider vinegar.

For a sour taste add: Lemons, rhubarb, lemon grass, sour grass, sorrel, tomatoes, rejuvelac, nut or seed yogurt or apple h

CHAPTER ELEVEN

Step Four
I

shall live in

harmony with

people

who eat cooked food.

have a question for you.

What emotions do you


you what
life

feel

do? You probably when another person was giving you advice and you didn't agree. What was your reaction? Can you remember a time when a friend said to you
to

when someone

is

telling

had many instances

in

your

something

like,

off these dread locks." Or, "Paula, you should stop smoking. You have children."

ting fat." Or,

"Gary, you need to "Tom, you should cut

start jogging. You're get-

Did these suggestions help you? Probably not. Remember when you were a kid and your mom or your dad said,
"You're running around in the streets too much, you really need to read more books." How did you feel?

drawn
Dad,

to

I'll

Did you feel books immediately? Did you say, "Oh, thank you, go and read right now?" Chances are you felt and resentful and the
go pick up a book,
sit

rebellious

last

thii^ you wanted to


read.

do was

to

down and

Here are
to

what

my students

said in the class

aboutmeir response

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80

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other people's "unsolicited helpful suggestions."

81

Nancy:

would breathe
it.

We
I

need to do

a little smile, but

just the opposite.

of course

When you

decide to

wouldn't do
George:
I

become
to

raw, talk to your family as

soon

as possible. Explain

just smile
I

and ignore.

them, "You
is

know
I

darling, this

is

not about you. Eating raw


myself. I'm not asking

Dorothy:

would

rood
feel resistance,

and

the choice

am making for
really

hate that feeling.

you
to

would hate being forced and


Bryan:

to eat
I'd

raw food.

It's

have to

okay with

start

being dishonest.

me

that

you continue

I'd feel really sarcastic.


I

drink beer and smoke your cigarettes, and eat your favorite
steak.
I

Whitney:

wouldn't do

love
It's

it,

because

you the way you


not about you.
I

are. It's

it's

not their choice.

me

who's trying to

I'd

have resistance.

change.

don't expect you to follow me, to

Wendy:

want
I'll

to please.

want

to

do what they ask and be

me

be interested, or even to try


family asks
if it's

my

food." Don't wait until your


in front

to do, but then

be secretive about

okay to eat cooked food

of you.

it,

resentful.

Go

Carla: Depression, so bad.

ahead and
with
relief.

talk to

them

right away.

Watch how they will sigh

Sam: Sometimes when they think


thing even
that
I

should change someit,

if

know
right

We don't even
uncomfortable.
the

it's

right,

won't do

but

I'll

get

mad
of

have to speak to

make

those

we

love

know

it's

and I'm not doing


us that they
feel

Some

of us throw certain glances that convey

it. I

get a

little bit

anger too.

same meaning

as the

words discussed previously. For

When someone
what
is

tells

know

example, a
better than

we do
ly is

good

for us,

we

tend to

angry and upset,

woman in one of my classes said to me, "My famiangry with my raw foodism even though never pushed
I

like

they're trying to control us.

We feel

anybody
years.

to eat

raw food.
12

annoyed, negative, and

My husband
for

has been vegan for 30

we

shut them and their advice out.

We

My son
feel

is

and they always ask

me

to prepare

feel

attacked, hurt

and

cooked
diet.

uncomfortable.

meals.
I

When I cook food


much

them

go off my raw food


all

That

is

precisely

how your

don't

family

support.

is

going to

My son

makes

feel if

you

kinds of jokes
1

come home and show off and say, "I am raw now." An announcement of a family member to be a raw fooder can be a frightening thing for the rest of the family. Cooked food is what we all know and consider normal and expected in
our culture.

about

my green juices, and


I

he wonders

why have

to eat

my

cake with a spoon."


thing that irritates

said to her,

"You might be doing some-

Do you want
you
tell

those you love to feel rebellious,


is

aware of. Just watch and catch those moments. Don't watch others. Watch and see what you are doing to antagonize your famiyourself,
ly."

them

that you're not

negative, shut off, controlled or angry? This

exactly

how
it

The next week she came

to class
little

and

said, "Yeah.

caught

they will

feel if

them one

myself several times poking


places. I'd say

day, "I'm going to

pins in certain painful

be raw
out.
I

now, so don't

eat that crap in front of

me!

something hurtful

Just the look of

m look disgusted or put


my
family,

makes me

sick!"

changed

my

attitude

toward
it

and

they, in

turn, shifted

toward

me

and

only took one week.

When

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83

started accepting them, then they accepted

husband
in bed.

is

making juice
says,

me back. Now my every morning and bringing it to me


want you
make."
classes
to stay

didn't

mention her

diet

change to them. One year passed.


by.
I

We

were driving through Denver and we stopped

saw Tina's
is

He

'Honey,

on raw food.'
and

husband, Sam, and he looked

different.

said,

"Sam,

some-

Suddenly
is

my

house has become


I

a peaceful place,

my son
and
if

thing wrong? You have changed."

He

replied with a grin, "I


is all

willing to try everything


I

became 100% raw one month


and the children are raw,
too."

ago.
I

The family

happy

am making my
told

living

by teaching raw food

asked,

"What happened?"

have been on a

100% raw food

diet for eight years.


I

But

Sam
one

told day,

me the story of why


about
a

he became raw.

He

said that
at

somebody had
been so mad.
I

me

ten years ago to go raw,

would have

month

ago, he'd

gone
sat

to pick

up Tina

wasn't ready.

Cooked food

is

addictive.

work.

He arrived

a little early

and

down

within view of

Giving up cooked food


their

isn't easy.

Everyone must choose

her desk to wait.

He

noticed that his wife was so beautiful.

He

own

time.
is

saw the customers

flirting

with his wife.

He was

looking at

Another example

my friend

Tina from Denver. She had


she had to go to

her through

new

eyes.

He saw how she'd


I

gotten so healthy,
so inadequate.

a serious health problem. For

many months
to

sexy and beautiful. All of a sudden he


said, "I

felt

He

the hospital to undergo a procedure that was very embarrassing

ran to the restroom and

looked

at myself. I

saw

and painful

for her.

When we came

town

to visit, she

puffs
all
I

under
I

saw what we were eating and she was interested. She asked, "Can you show me how to do it? I'm willing to try because
have surgery
(a

over.

my eyes and a red face and gray hairs sticking up opened my shirt, and I looked at these pimples all
is

over
that

my chest. Nobody

going to

flirt

with me."

He

told

me

colostomy) scheduled in two weeks which


do."

would rather not

Within a matter of days, she started to

he realized Tina had been getting healthy and beautiful and he had just been aging. Sam decided he needed to make
a

have normal bowel movements. She went on raw food for

change so he could keep up with


I

his wife.

good. She avoided the surgery. Tina understood that for her,
there were only
health, or

way back home


raw
like you."

begged her to please help

He said, "On the me to become


raw, the children

two choices: raw food, no surgery,


At the time of our

life

and

Tina was happy to help her husband become

cooked food, colostomy and eventually death.


life.

raw. Tina told


said they

me

that as

soon as

Sam went

Tina chose

visit,

Tina's four children

were major junk food eaters and her husband enjoyed vodka,
steak,

wanted to be raw too! Her daughter became thin and beautiful and was now taking part in an audition for the
theater.

pork chops and


tell

pig's fat,

which he used

like

bologna.

Everything was just going wonderfully. Tina said that

Tina did not

her family that she was going raw. She kept


said, "I'm

she

felt a call

from God, and things happened


life.

like

never

cooking for them as she always did. She


keep
it
it

going to

before in their
a

Tina

is

quiet."

agreed with her.


irritate

said,

"Don't even mention

word

to her family about


it

woman. She didn't say becomin^raw. She made her food


very wise

to

them. Don't

them. Let them just leave you alone.


to

and enjoyed
ly.

without putting any expectations on her fami-

Tell

them

that

you don't expect them

do anything." Tina

Her body healed and her family observed the changes.

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85

Because of her good example, her family made the choice to


follow.
I

carried away.
that people

made

a lot of

enemies before

understood

need

to find their

own way and

decide their

own

can give you

many similar examples how important

that

show the
eat

path.

importance of living in peace with people


food".

who
it

cooked
crucial!

When we respect
afraid to
tell

other people's rights

we can

ask for sup-

Do you

understand
in

is? It is

port from our loved ones.

We

need to be sincere and not be


supI

What do we do
irritated
in

our

real life?

the peace around ourselves.

We do the opposite. We ruin We start the war. We make people


live
this.

them,
eat

"My darling, please help me. I need


raw food
I'm
I

port.

need to
I

with raw food. Please make a conscious choice to


all

cooked food
I

feel as if

my health, because when eat eat raw food, falling apart. When
for
I

peace with

around you. You can do

This in

when

the

feel
I

more energy and

have more love for you. Please help


I

miracles happen.

When

people are not afraid that you are

me.
ing

don't need you to be raw.

have an idea. Instead of buy-

going to put any pressure on them, they are willing to cooperate.

me

chocolates on Sunday, will you


exotic fruit

buy me

a ripe

mango?
I

We

have no right to control others.

We

have no right to

Or any

would be

a great

pleasure for me.

so

expect other people to change

when

they are not ready.

We
is

have no right

to tell

them what

to do. In fact,

our duty

to

explain to others that

we

don't expect

them

to change.

appreciate your thoughtfulness. Those cookies mat we have in the house, it would be so helpful to me if you'd keep them in your truck so that I can't eat them in a moment of weakness. I

Does that mean


ners?
say,

that there won't be

any more family din-

appreciate your support so much."

Why not? Go
let's
I'll

home,

sit

down

with your partner, and

Be firm with your


tives.

friends,

co-workers and

all

your

rela-

"Honey,

have a family dinner. You enjoy your pork

If

you

are not firm they will continue to offer


tell
It's

you

chops and

enjoy

my stuffed

bell pepper. We'll talk


all,

about
is

cooked food. Be vulnerable and


friends, "Listen
I

your family and close


very important for

our day and


about
love.

we'll

enjoy our time together." After


is

family

need your help.


I

me

Family

not about food.

When

your loved ones

and
I

my

health now, that


it.

go on raw food. Without your help


offer

know

that

you are not expecting anything from them, they

cannot do

Support me, don't

me

any cooked food.


it

can relax around you. They can support you without feeling
pressured to change.
ourselves

You can

eat absolutely

whatever you want but don't offer


is

to to

We raw fooders have made a choice for for serious reasons. We made the right choice for
food
I

me
we

please."

To ask

for support

different than to ask

them

go on raw food. People would love to be supportive, because


usually have love in our families
Millie
is

us, not the right choice for everyone.

and among
Millie

friends.

When I went on raw


advice to you.
food.
I

did just the opposite of

my

good example. When

was diagnosed

went around

telling

everyone

to

go on raw

was chasing overweight

ladies in Safeway, trying to


I

with breast cancer, she started raw food. Her whole family, three big sons and her husband were hostile and just hated
the

explain to

them how easy

it is

to lose weight.

was so excited
I

word "raw." Then

Millie attended the 12 Step class.

With

about the healthy changes

my

family was experiencing,

got

Step Four in mind, she went through and rearranged her

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&7

communication with her

family.

heard from her via email

some weeks
ly

thought of

after the class.

that." After

She

said,

"My husband

he gave

it

a thought,
it's

is

growing

he came

proud of me! Everything worked

and told

home

his

just miraculously!

My fami-

mother, "You know,

okay with

now

understands that

not going to try


said,
I

need support." Because she has

my diet." In

few days he

cancer, they understand she needs support, and since she doesn't want or demand them to be raw, she doesn't put

A miracle happened, Mom


met people who
started to

me if you're called me back and

wanted

to try

my food!"

pressure on them.

They

feel

very balanced and in peace.

No
benefit

how we would love the rest of the family to from raw food, we can control only one person in the
matter
It is

push their family on raw food even before they tried raw diet themselves. Like Linda and Jim. After Linda visited just one raw food
class she

not our business to control our children or our parents, even if they are dying from cancer. I
learned

world, ourselves.

came to the next class and complained that her husband didn't support her. Somehow she dragged Jim to the last class.

home and demanded

came

Jim go on raw food. She

He had

my lesson when my mother was


all

already developed strong prejudice

dying from cancer

and

resistance towards

and

flew

the
I

way

to Russia to put her

on raw food so she

was working very hard, going to the farmers market, buying carrots and juicing them all day long. On the third day as soon as I left to the market, my mother whispered to my brother, "Can you make me some scrambled
survive.

would

Jim became very two months Jim called me and told that he has been 100% raw for two months but Linda found
interested. In
it

raw food. After listening

to the lecture,

challeng-

ing

and went back


If

to eating

cooked food.
will try

people around you have any suspicion that you


raw, they will criticize

eggs? I'm starving!"


tilled

When

returned

my mother's room
it."

was

with the smell of scrambled eggs.

My brother said, "I


At that minute
I

don't
felt
is

want

to

lie
it

to you.

She asked for

make you go off raw food. Don't argue with them and don't try to prove scientifically that you are right. Instead you may tell
to

to

make them

you

them, "I

am

how cruel
feel

deeply
teel

was

for

me

to
it

push
do?

not ready, what good does

my mother. If she really We have already discussed


we
are not

moved by your concern about me but


your plate and
I

believe

me,

very well. As always, food will continue to unite us.


will eat

Now

how we
ready
I

you

when someone

will eat

tells

us something

mine, and we

will

still

eat together."

for.

When you make

your food, don't

just put a
will

is

know one young man from Seattle who told me that he really sorry for his mother who is suffering from tremen-

bunch of sprouts on your plate because your partner think you are deprived of pleasures. Make
nice looking dish. Later, your friends

yourself some very


will

dous pain. He told


people

me

that

he and

his

mother are the


asked him,

and partners

be

closest

in the world.

He

said, "I

wish she would go on raw


I

food so she wouldn't have to

suffer."

"Do you

some of your food because it looks Then they will try it once and say, "It's not bad."
to try
their loved

drawn

so nice.

know how you make


she
is

her suffer even

more from

feeling that

not meeting your expectation?"

He

said, "I

never

Sometimes raw fooders put ettremely high pressure on ones demanding them, to change. In Phoenix

Arizona, three anti-raw husbands united and organized a

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89

club for oppressed husbands of raw food wives.

They meet
chapter
this.

doing.

They thought

was turning into a crazy


they

capitalist or

once
will

week and

eat a

cooked pizza. Hopefully

this

something. But

when

knew how important raw food


I
I

prevent the need for

more

organizations such as

was
to

What about
cooked foods,

the children in your house that

you need

prepare meals for?

We

have already hooked our children on


to slowly increase the ratio of
fruits

me and love them, was able to explain to them that it's for my health. I showed them my picture before and after. When looked quite different two
to

me, because they love

and we have

raw

years apart, they could


before.

tell

really
I

was better off than

was

food to cooked food. Have plenty of raw

and vegetables

They never knew


you are

that

could look so good.

How to
be able to

handy

for snacks.

Learn

how to make

live ice

creams, nut

avoid insulting the relatives?


find this out if
If

It's

up

to you.

You

will

milks, nut-milk shakes, smoothies, live candies, cakes

and

really

looking for answers.


in

other kid-friendly foods.


derful. Invite

Show them raw food can be wonat a

there

is

a loving

atmosphere

the family,

we can
told
for

your children into preparing raw food together.


garage
sale.

always

work

things out. Eight years ago


that
I

when

first

Buy them

cheap blender

But the most


a big fuss see.

my husband
to

wanted

to try to

go on raw food

two

important, be a good example and don't

make

months, he told me, "No way, I'm a Russian man, I'm used
Russian borscht with
its

about raw foods. Remember, kids learn what they

Show

fragrance of beef and pork and


if

them harmony and love around


about food.
I

the- table.

We

can

all sit
is

spices."

He

said,

"Food unites people and

you're going

together and enjoy one another's company. Family

not

to

go on

this diet alone, you'll see, we're


first

going to get

divorced." That was his

reaction.
I

understood where
if

am

often asked

how to
1

not insult the relatives

who

asso-

my husband came
was
really

from. But

knew
would

that

the raw food

ciate

food with love and

to refuse their will say that

food

is

disrespectful
1

important for me,


I

find the
for

words

to

to them.
will

To answer

that,

next time we meet


if

explain
food.
I

how
I

felt
felt

that there

was no

life

me

without raw
for

bring a huge gallon of vodka, and

you don't drink

it

clearly

that raw food

was a solution
food gave

me
hope

with

me
will

right away, while standing

up with

a toast for health,

because

was
I

literally dying.

Raw

me

a big

you disrespect me,


you

as a native Russian. I

assume

that

most of

of survival.

knew

that

would find words

to explain this.

have no problem find

my

correct words for refusing

my

offer

without insulting me.


I

When went to Russia and refused traditional Russian food my relatives felt offended for a while, but then when they knew how serious raw food was to me and my health,
they weren't offended any more. Yes,
friendships, but gained so
I

did lose

some

people's

many more

other friendships.
I

My

family in Russia didn't completely understand what

was

CHAPTER TWELVE

Step Five
I

shall stay

away from temptations.

Imagine

raw island where

all

people are raw fooders.


street,

There are no smells of cooked food on the


or ovens in the kitchens,

no

stoves
all

nobody cooks The

their food

and

the

restaurants serve only live cuisine.

billboards ask, "Got

wheat-grass juice?" and


fruits for

all

children get baskets of exotic


it

Halloween. Wouldn't

be easy for us
island

to live

on raw

food there?

Why is
is

that easy

on the raw

and hard in

our
our

real life?

There are no temptations on the raw island and


penetrated with them.
gain clarity on the

real life

Let us

first

word "temptation." What


I

is

temptation? Please try to find answers by yourself.

will help

you with

a series

of questions.

Is

there a difference between

temptation and desire? Temptation includes desire but what


else is there?
to pet a

When we

desire to eat a

cucumber or

if

we want

puppy, we don't expect anything bad to happen,


far as

eight?
call
it

As

desire.

we know. We ddn't call it temptation, we When do we call desire "temptation?" What

does the word "temptation" have, that the word "desire"

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doesn't? Please try to think so that

you have complete

clarity
Is

bread, pizza, pasta, rice, cookies, cake,

and potato

about temptation.

chips.

Let's

go to the root.

We

have to discover.

Most people

are aware of their weaknesses. If

you have

there anything negative in temptation at

all?

We know we

shouldn't have

it.

Why? We

trouble figuring out which cooked food could possibly tempt

call

temptation something that


long run, we will have

you, the following questions might help.

we know

is

going to hurt

us. In the

cooked

life will

you miss most of all?


slip off in

Which part of the Which cooked food

either pain or disease or death or other problems.

Sounds

could possibly

make you
for

the raw diet?

awful, but

why is

What

is

the

that tempting?

Because

it

promises us pleaplea-

most frightening

you

sure in the short term.


sure? Instantly.

How quickly do we experience


it

going on raw food? Knowing our

biggest temptations helps us to

How quickly does


is

become aware of the

places of

the punishment happen? In

temptations.

I'd like to give

you two examples.


is

the long run, sometimes


So, temptation

feels like never.

Say your biggest temptation


of

popcorn. Then the places

a desire for something that promises us

pleasure in the short term with the awareness of negative

consequences
is

later.

We
we

temptations for you are the movie theaters and sometimes other public places. I classify this temptation as avoidable. Of
course,
if

anticipate fast pleasure. This pleasure


get tempted.
is

you have
call
it

popcorn machine

at

your work

place,

so dear to us that

Now

that

we

clearly

then

would

unavoidable.
is

understand what temptation


desire,

and how

it is

different

from

If

your biggest temptation

coffee,

we can
I,

then the places of


all deli

learn

how to

successfully avoid temptation.


fight

Do you
power?

temptations are: Coffee shops, such as Starbucks,


will

believe that

you can

temptation by your

shops,

all

gas stations,
Stores

some

parties,

some

offices,

even Barnes
I

know anybody who can stand temptations. I only meet people who know how to avoid temptations. That is why it's best for us not to be exposed
personally, don't

& Noble Book


er this

and many other public

places.

consid-

temptation unavoidable.
this exercise.

to

Do

Honestly try to remember

all

your
If

temptations.

temptations in the
there are too
take

field

of cooked food. Write them down.


in categories.

There are two kinds of temptations, avoidable and


unavoidable.
I

many of them, group them

Then

consider avoidable temptations those that you

two pieces of paper.

On one sheet

write "avoidable

can

realistically stay
I

away from

for at least a couple of


if

temptations" on the other "unavoidable temptations."


vertical line
side.

Draw
left
all

months.

call

temptations unavoidable

you cannot control

on both

pages. List your temptations

on the

their presence.

On

the right side of each temptation write

Do you know what

down

the

your biggest temptations are

in a field

places of temptation

you can think

of.

This exercise makes

of cooked food? They are always based on your personal weaknesses to some cooked dishes. Many students in my
classes
late,

you aware of all the places where you could be tempted, so you could get prepared to meet the challenge.
Let us
first

or more of the following: Coffee, chococorn chips, baked potato, popcorn, candies, cheese,

named one

discuss avoidable temptations.

Some examples

of avoidable temptations are pasta, cake, chocolate, specific

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national food,

all

kinds of chips, unless, of course, you work

be tempted by
stores that

all

the food screaming at you. Try to avoid


free

at the factory that

manufactures

this food.

When you

decide

hand out

samples of food

at

every

aisle. If

go on raw food, make a serious and conscious effort not to be exposed to these cooked products for about two
to

you

months

order to build up a resistance. Learn to substitute those foods with raw food dishes. Take all tempting cooked
in

or longer

raisins, nuts or raw Keep your mouth busy with raw food and shake your head "NO" when offered samples. The toughest time

have to go there, stuff your mouth with


crackers.

usually lasts about

two months.
that time.

Do what you

can to survive
I

foods out of your house, office and


stash of your favorite

car.

Don't leave a hidden

on raw food through


found that

Read some books on drugs.


yourself.

thought of

it

will

cooked food in the house, because the be chasing you until you eat it, you won't

helpful. Create a
is

raw island around

Remember, what

impossible in the presence of temptations


in a

be able to relax or concentrate on work.


gry, angry, lonely or depressed,

When we

are hun-

becomes very easy and enjoyable

temptation-free zone.

we

think that eating our

Now let
other

us talk about unavoidable temptations.


are:

Some
that

favorite food will help to

numb

us out and give us pleasure.


as

examples of unavoidable temptations

Cooked food

Avoid advertisements as

much

you can

for

about two

members of your

family eat, vending machines at your


street that smells every

months. Have you ever noticed that when advertisers pro-

office, a

bakery across the

morning,

mote drinking, they portray a good time where everyone is smiling. The advertisers leave out the negative consequences
of drinking such as hangovers, throwing up and
fights.

free coffee at free

your work, delicious presents from your friends,


at the store or in the mail, pizza

food samples

day

at

school, business lunches, free candies at your bank, bulk food

Magazines and

TV are filled

with advertisements of cooked

bins in the store, free cookies at your church, family reunions

or processed food.

happy social

events.

Most of the ads connect cooked food to The idea is that if you eat the product
happy and
fulfilled as the

and many

others.

When we
main
to

were dealing with avoidable temptations, our

advertised, you'll be as

people

strategy

was
is

to

withdraw ourselves from being exposed


strategy to the

appear to be

in the ad.

We

all

know
still

the ad

is

staged and the

them. There

no way to apply the same

people are just actors, but

we

crave the food and the

unavoidable temptations.
cipline

What

else

can we do? Use our dis-

FEELING

in the ad.

and

will

power?

We

have already mentioned that


will

we

Don't go to parties until you become firm. Go to raw food classes and potlucks instead. Spend your free time practicing how to prepare new raw food dishes. Later, when you
will learn
es,

cannot overcome temptations with


don't see temptations
fine

power.

When we

we

are sure that


reality,

by our

will

power. But in

we can stand them just when we are actually

put together a couple of raw gourmet dishyou could become a party celebrity as have many other

how to

lacing temptation,

we

fail

again.

raw fooders.
Feed yourself well before you go shopping so you won't

However, we can prepare ourtelves psychologically to handle unavoidable temptations without indulging in them.
In

order to

know what

to say in a situation

when somebody

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97

unexpectedly

is

offering us a tempting food,


to say,

we have

to think

ahead of time what we are going


react to that.
I

how we

are going to

I have health problems." Or have decided to quit drinking coffee." Or, "My doctor doesn't let me."
I

cannot drink coffee any more,

say, "I

teach a

game

in

my

classes that helps


this

people to deal with


students prac-

Karen: Lara, guess what!

was

at the Starbucks,

they have

unavoidable temptations. By playing


tice

game

an amazing sale there, and


Latte. Here!

bought you your

favorite coffee

saying

"No"

to temptations with grace. First students iden-

tify their

weakness. Then

we

role-play different situations

Lara:

Oh my God
Oh, Karen,

where they might be offered these foods.

When
is

unexpectedly

Victoria to Lara:
Lara:

What do you
this
is
I

say?

offered their favorite cooked food, people have to

know ahead

so nice of you!

Thank

you! But

of time what they will


playing this

say.

The following

an example of
Lara volun-

don't drink coffee anymore.

have high blood pressure. But

game during one of the workshops.

thank you!

Do you
it?
I

think you could find somebody else

who

teered to play the role of the "tempted" because she wants to

might enjoy

stop drinking coffee.

Now Lara

is

standing in front of the

class.

Karen: Sure!

understand.
father. Congratulations!

Victoria: Lara, are

you sure that you want

to quit drink-

Mike:
ited a

am

your

You have inher-

ing coffee?
Lara:

black coffee factory from us, your parents. You are

Oh

yes,

have been promising myself


I

to quit for
it

wealthy now. According to our old tradition, every morning

two years and the longest

was able

to

go without

was a

you

will taste the

company's

fresh coffee.

week. Just enough for the headache to pass.


Victoria: Lara,

Lara:

Mmm, thank you


let

father,

what

is

your favorite brand of coffee and


it?

doctor

is

seriously concerned

am so moved! But my about my blood pressure. Do


I

where do you usually


Lara: Latte.
I

get
it

you think we could


1

our manager try the coffee? Or maybe


it?

buy

myself at Starbucks.

could symbolically hold the cup without drinking


Mike:
I

Victoria to students: Please

make tempting
real

offers to Lara.

understand, daughter. We'll work something out.


I

Be

creative, so that

your

offer

sounds

and hard

to refuse.

Sarah: Hey, Lara,

am

so glad that

have you as a friend,


a
I

Victoria to Lara: Lara, you will have to say, "No, thank

because

have just

won
I

a certificate

from Starbucks! For

you " plus you have


people down. In a

to

do

it

in such a

way

that

you don't put


is

year one can get free coffee of any kind.


don't drink coffee. So
Lara:

And you know

that

real situation,

when somebody
tell

whole-

am

giving

it

to you! Ta-ta!

heartedly giving you something, you don't

them, "Get out

That sounds so

great!

Thank you
friend

so much! But you


will

of here,

don't drink coffee." Sincerely express your appreci-

know, Sarah, you are


stand me.
I

my good

and you

under-

ation for their thoughtfulness


like,

and make an

alternative offer

have decided not


I

to

drink coffee any more for

"Thank you very much,


If

am

really

touched, but can

we

health reasons. But


give such a gift.

bet you can think of someone else to

drink juice instead?"

they

insist, stay firm, tell

them, "Sorry,

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99

Sarah: Okay.
Jerry: Lara,

and
driving with you for several
feel sleepy,

easier.

can

telJ

now

that this

we have been

was

my

first

time when
I

really

was going

hours,

to say no. Before this

it's

2:00 a.m. and

we both

moment
feel like
I

have never have paved


real

but we have to

even

realistically
1

thought about

this.

drive. Let us stop at the gas station

and

will

buy for us some

my way. Now
situations.

coffee so
Lara:

we could continue driving. Thank you, Jerry, I don't mind


I

have a whole repertoire to draw from in


all

Thank you

for

your creative

effort.
it it

if

you buy coffee for nap while you

All

my students

yourself, but

know from my experience


So
1

find this

game

very helpful because


1

that coffee wouldn't


little

help

me anyway.

gives ideas for


in

many tough
at

situations.

would rather take a


I

recommend

to play

support groups and

are buying coffee.

Maybe

could

munch on some almonds.

the raw potiucks. Everyone should

have a chance to play at


Scientists

least once.

at

Marlene: Hi, Lara, are you ready for our monthly meeting a coffee shop? 1 have so much news to tell you! Let's go.
Lara:
1

who do

research about drugs and addictive

am

substances talk about a chain reaction.


to stop if to act.

The

reaction

is

sorry, Marlene, but

harder

cannot go

to the coffee

we

haven't decided beforehand

shop.

Marlene:

How can

For example, when an alcoholic has

you say

how we will choose money in his


on the corner,

that?

Are you not

my friend
1

any more?
Lara:

pocket to pay the rent, but he meets


he
is

his friend

Oh, Marlene, of course

not wait to hear everything, but


drink coffee anymore.
If
I

am your friend and canmy doctor doesn't let me


I
I

much more likely to follow that friend into a bar and spend the rent money on drinks. That's called the chain reaction.

When you

will

go to the coffee shop


I

might

into a

be tempted. Let us go to a juice bar instead and

vending machine, you're going to go chain reaction of wanting what you see unless you
see the

will treat

you

to a nice

smoothie.
it

Marlene: But we have always met there, same!


Lara: Listen, Marlene,
I

have already figured out your response. The safest time to figure out how you will react is when you are at home or at a
plaice where there are no possible temptations. This time to figure out what you are going to do.
is

won't be the

the

my best friend
stand me.

and

to offend you. You are need your support now. Please under-

don't

mean

Now go
that

back to your paper of unavoidable temptations

you

face in

your

life.

On

the right side across from each


ideas or strategies

temptation, write
let's

down your

Marlene: Okay,

go for

on how

to

a smoothie.

deal with them. For example,

you could decide

you please share with the group about any shifting inside of you during our game? Do you feel

Victoria: Lara, can

to stuff your

more empowered now?


Lara:
I

mouth with raisins before you get near the vending machine. Or if you live in a home where you are the only one on raw
food, you might designate a part of your kitchen as
a

am

truly

amazed how

tempta-

real

I felt. It

was hard

for

me

tion-free zone.

to say no, especially in the beginning.

Then

it

became

easier

When you

have built some resistance,

want

to encourage

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101

you

to go out to the restaurants.

You don't have


is

to

sit

home

Jonathan's Card

feeling isolated forever.

To

socialize

important. In the
easier. If

beginning

to

go out with a friend would be

you have

EAT ONLY RAW, UNCOOKED FOODS.


I

three or four raw food friends


a

you may go out together once


meet, and then
call

would

like a salad or vegetable plate

week. Decide where you

will

ahead to

with only fresh, uncooked items:


lettuce

reserve a table. Everybody brings their


all

own

dressing,

and you

tomato
sprouts
scallions

avocado

carrot
celery

have a super time socializing and eating delicious raw

zucchini
broccoli

cucumber
radish

food. In addition,

sprouted seeds to
sit all

somebody can bring raw crackers or little put on top of everyone's salad and you all

onion
kale beets

cauliflower

parsley
cilantro

cabbage
bell

down and
need

enjoy your time together in the restaurant.

We

spinach

pepper

social pleasure.

mushrooms
to

bok choy

arugula

chard

If you don't yet

know how

make

delicious dressing,

mix equal proportions of Bragg's Liquid Aminos with good oil and apple cider vinegar, shake it well and that's your dressing. Have it always in the car. Tins dressing will stay
fresh for a long time.

Thank you for your creative

efforts!

Take

it

to the restaurant,

pour on top

Unfortunately, there are very few places that serve organic


food.
Still I
is

of your salad and enjoy your meal.

think that to go out once a week with your

To make going out

easier

and more enjoyable


that

recom-

friends
pizza.

better than to be so lonely that


get off your diet

you

will

go and eat

mend

that

you use the wonderful card

my friend
on
a

You won't

by eating an inorganic salad


will

Jonathan put together.


paper, cut
it

Copy

the following card


wallet.
I

hard

once

a week. In fact,

having the social interaction


lifestyle.

sup-

and keep

in

your

When go
I

out to the

port you in maintaining a raw food

restaurant alone or with friends,

don't have to feel embar-

By going out you


tations

will get

used to being exposed to temp-

rassed in front of everybody trying to explain to the fright-

and not thinking about them. You cannot always


in

ened waitress
with
a smile. I

my special
think
all

request. Instead

handle her a card

be cocooned

your

own

house. Sometime you have to step

the chefs appreciate a chance to be


beautiful.

outside and be able to handle that.


After a couple of
tions,

creative because

my dishes always come so

you

will notice that

months of staying away from temptayou stopped paying attention to


in general.

the restaurants
get

and any raw food

You might
is

also

an illusion that your addiction to cooked food


eat or try small pieces of
will try a bite

over and
in a

you can
while.

cooked food once

When you

of cooked food once, you

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might not

feel

much. But on the next morning you might

notice that you will begin to think about cooked food and to

(chapter thirteen)

pay attention to whatever cooked food


give into temptation once more,

you'll see. If

you

will

you might

lose peace of

mind. Then you would have


story of our relapse in our

to start all over.

We described

book Raw

Family.

Step Six
I

shall create

support for myself.

In
to

simple words, find yourself a "raw buddy." All you need

do

is

to find

one person

in

your block,

in

your house-

hold or at your

work with

whom you

meet

daily to talk
to

and

share a meal together. This step might

seem

you

as not

important and hard to


sonal support
is

fulfill.

From my
for the

point of view, per-

crucial

both

beginning of your raw


a

foodism and for the long term. Becoming


out personal support seems to

raw fooder with-

me

next to impossible. At the


is

same time, staying raw with support

fun and easy.


is

The most important

is

that

your buddy

supportive of

what you are doing. You may

call this

person your support


anything you
like.

group, your buddy, raw brother, raw


If

sister

you are

really dedicated,

know you

will find the right per-

son for support. Everybody in

my

12 Steps classes found a


is

support person. In some cases, the buddy


fooder.
It

not even a raw

could be a relative wh<is supportive of the dear one


illness.
is

who

has an

For example, Aneta has cancer, and her

husband,

who

not a raw fooder, decided to be her buddy.

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105

How does support

work? Almost always, psychologically,

cookies and your

buddy

will

make

live pizza

or cake. Your

other people's opinions are more important for us than our own. To break the commitment we made to other people
is

buddy-ship

will

encourage you to learn


life

how to
say,
feel

be creative on

raw food and will make your

more

interesting.

much

harder for us than to break the

commitment we made

When you

don't have a

buddy and,
same

your friends are


lonely
is

to ourselves.

gathering for a cooked dinner, you

may

and

For example,

when you go

to a salad bar at a restaurant,

deprived and tempted.

If

the

situation

happening but
will give

you could

talk yourself into eating

something cooked. Your


the beans are really

you have a buddy, then


strength.

a nice

lunch or dinner

you

mind

says,

"Who knows

for sure

if

Support helps us to go through the healing

crisis

cooked, so go ahead and put them on your plate. And these beets, they could be raw. They may be just fermented.

without panic. Support helps us to see our


actions in a clearer light.
I

own

choices and

have seen that people with support

Fermentation

is

good

for you.
is less

So put

it

on your plate

also.

were able to stay on raw food for a long time and


er

And
it's

this

mayonnaise

than one percent of your meal, so

than people without a support group. Everyone

much easiknow
I

OK." But when you go


is

to the salad bar with


effort,

your friend

who

has maintained the raw food

lifestyle for several

years

who
least
it is

aware and supportive of your

then your mind


is

has had support.

shuts up

and behaves. The most

ideal situation

to share at

one meal a day with

this person. Please don't think that

anyway.

too hard to do. You are having at least three meals a day Why not share breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack dining alone, you can
meal,
I

with your buddy?

When
prepare
a

will just eat

an

am too tired to apple." When there are two


say,

"Oh,

of you gathering for a dinner

you

will

have to prepare some-

thing

more

attractive.

Sometimes you might become more

inspired and create a special meal. Nicer dining will

make

your raw

life

more
is

pleasant.

One
alone.

person

limited in time

and energy, and cannot


pies

dehydrate, grow sprouts,

make raw

and cookies,

all

When
will

there are two people, both of

them

will

be

involved into food preparation. For example, in the begin-

be making salads and your buddy can bring a dressing. Later you can learn how to dehydrate crackers and

ning you

CHAPTER FOURTEEN

Step Seven
I

shall find alternative

activities

or hobbies.

My

existence was concentrated

around

eating.

realized
eat

that as

soon as
live

became a raw

fooder.

When we

cooked food, we
each snack.

from meal

to meal.

We
is

look forward to

We

reward ourselves with food.

When we want
planned
like this,

entertainment,

we

eat.

Very often our day

breakfast, work, snack, work, lunch, work, snack, work, dinner,

TV with

a snack, bed.

Most people have

little

or

no

play-

ing in their

life.

When you
weeks you

go on a raw food

diet,

within a couple of
will begin to

will notice that

your food intake

shrink. In a matter of

months your
around

eating could naturally

reduce to two meals


to

a day.
life

Then you simply cannot continue


eating. People

concentrate your

who

keep con-

centrating

on food begin

to feel deprived of joy


diet. If y<*i like to eat

and fan and

eventually get off die

raw

more than
sleep.

anything

On

you better change your hobby. raw food your body will require less time for
else,

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Step Seven

109

Eating
energy.

less will

save

What

are

you money. You will also have more you going to do with all this extra energy,
to handle extra

Every single person has a dream that maybe has been

time and money? Please don't say with a smile, "No problem!" Yes,

pushed back due to lack of time.


shining dreams.
1

Now you

can pull out those

we know how

money. However,

recommend
If

that
It

you

also find

extra energy could

make

some form of physical


energy of your body

us too nervous. Extra time could

activity for yourself.

will balance the

lead us into deep depression or into another addiction.

and mind.

you had
I

Especially
available.
erly.

when the main pleasure in life, cooked food, is not Time and energy are treasures if we use them propnotice that you are eating
less,

negative experience with physical

exercise in the past,

have good news for you.


activities are

When

you go

When you

on raw food, any physical

going to be

much
stitches

your

life

can-

more
or

not concentrate around food any more. You need to find other things and build your life around them.

pleasant and easy for you to perform.


in

No more

cramps

your

side,

no more shortage of breath and


food
is still

hardly any injuries.


fessional athletes.

Raw

Think of your
Pay attention

to

be discovered by pro-

life

dream

that

you haven't pursued.

In

addition to fulfilling your dream, start a couple of hobbies.


to

what other people create out of inspiration.

Go
feel

to

your

local

YMCA or recreational center for ideas and


your
heart.
at

what

will attract

Below are some dreams mat people shared


shops.
to

my work-

do some

art

work;

to learn to to write a

speak French;

book;

to take flute lessons;


to

go on

a hike;

to

spend time with children;


yoga
classes;

to take to play

with animals;

to plant a garden;
to take Salsa dancing;

to travel; to learn

how

to sew;
c

to scuba-dive.

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

Step Eight
I

shall let

my higher self lead my life.

human beings, spiritual beings. We are not only human bodies. But human bodies are obvious and easv to feel. Our spiritual energy is not as obvious and we begin to ignore it. Our body runs on energy similarly to cellular
e are

phones run by electromagnetic waves.


by touch but we cannot
feel

We can

feel

the

phone
If

the electromagnetic waves.


useless.

we

would ignore these waves, our phones would be

When we
al self.

are

born we are perfectly tuned


to

to

our spiritufeel

As we grow we learn

behave not as we

but as

we
tic

are "supposed" to behave,

we

attain a second, materialisis

personality. This second personality

adjusted to the

life in

society so well that

we use

it

more and more. Then

we begin

to identify this second personality with our

own

sell. Finally,

we

forget

who we

really are.

When we

hear

someone saying that we are spiritual beings, we feel doubts. Our materialistic self demands proofs. All people are spiritual,

nobody

is

more

spiritual than the other.


that.

However,

most of us forgot about

'

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Step Eight
113

e ,c easier the career or

nT" ^ 'and wealth. There are many ** T*** ******


is

^
u

other bene-

speak sincerely your inner self speaks You could be greatly surprised by the power and wisdom in your own words. Also don't confuse

and

feelings.

When you
lips.

through your

pleasure. Pleasure

sincere talking with friendly chattering.


a
I

short-term emotion.
fee] pleasure.

dress or ea, a burrito

When I buy a " new


is

Communicate with
dear, etc. don't care
is

animals. Dogs, horses, cats, goats,

deling, a permanent state of being

Happiness

"ne

*7 become pleasure-oriented. becomeT Pleasures are why m order to quit addrctions we need
,n to

"

sp"

^ ^"^ P~%
addictive. to try

are dressed, how big your house are free of debt. But they can feel if you are at peace or angry. They appeal to your human

how you

and

if

you

nature and help

That

is

you to

our original

our best to

spiritual self.

f ere

re several

How can we do
a

P ntua awakening. But you should be able to feel a connec mnec tion with your real self. Spend several days in nature. Your .second personality will w. her away without worldly

way, None of them guarantees

^
lete

connected with your real self. Play with little children. They are less
feel

conditioned and
relax

less materialistic.

Your second personality can

around

com

them.
If

you meet a person who, you around such


a

feel, is

tuned

to his/her

spiritual self, being

person can awaken your

own

inner

spirit. Similarly,

staying

around very

support.

mteract with your

The energy of nature

materialistic

humanenergy and you wul beg

people

may shut down your spiritual self. When we are driven by a spiritual personality we
this state
eat.

feel

complete and happy. In

we look and what we


Fast

we simply forget about how When we are happy, we concentrate


of our
is life.
I

on water

on the most important


for seven days or

issues

Food alone
think to
let

is

dously ,creases your energy. You will

more. Fasting tremenfee, a

only a

small part of our existence.

That

why

our

Your spiritual self. Don >t how. fead books on fastmg or


Speak sincerely
onger.

on

stronger connec

fast if

you don't

kZ

higher self lead our

life is

very essential.

consult with a specialist before

to

another

human

Most people never spoke smcerely

being for rwo hours or


in their

so

To speak sincerely doesn't mean to say negative thing about yourself but to share your hidden feelings and pa! fon F ind a good fnend who wil, agree not to iud/e you tor

not easy. We confuse "sincerely" with

who

fe

"negatively"

2*

(chapter

SIXTEEN^)

Step Nine
I

shall

make a searching and fearless

inventory of the real reasons for seeking comfort and pleasure from cooked foods.

n this sharing from one of

my workshops you
the same path.

can hear the


it

1 dialogue

of other people

on

Maybe

will

help

you

to find

your

own

reasons for seeking comfort and

pleasure from cooked foods.


Victoria: I would like everyone to share about your real reasons for searching for comfort in food. I want to repeat
that

when you speak


it

sincerely everybody

is

interested in

lis-

tening to you,
are
are
all
all

triggers in us similarities that

we

have.

We

different in the

ways that we are conditioned, but we

one in the way we feel. When we are honest, other People, even though they are not ready to express themselves, recognize their feelings in our sharing
braver.
ln

and they become They might be thinking, "Oh, how dare he? He's sayI

g tilings that

am

afraid to sav/' After sincere sharing

we

all

feel a relief,

Paul:

we feel happier. The food's in my mouth


115

before

even think about

it.

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Step Nine

117

numb myself out with food. have eighteen siblings. When I was ten, my mother died from cancer. That's when my desire to numb out started. Simon: I am addicted to ice cream. It's comforting to
Sharon:
I

want

to

Sharon:

My growing
I

up years were very structured and


At times
I

had to eat

at certain times.

was hungry but

had
be

to wait for dinner.

grew up with
I

fear that there wouldn't


I

any food
hungry.
Julie:

when

was hungry.

ate a lot so

wouldn't be

reinforce

who

think

am, even

if

don't really like

it.

The

addiction continues to define me.

lived in a family that


I

had
in

a lot

of control. Food
life.

Donna:
day
I

am

working long, hard


to give

days. At the

end of the
fill

was one way

could have control

my own

Nobody

just

want something

back to me, to

up the

could take away


Victoria:

my

food.
is

emptiness.
Victoria:

There

magic

trick in

what we are doing now.


seek comfort
it is,

Maybe you can

try other activities, like

growing

If

you can

clearly see the reason


if

why you

in

flowers or horseback riding?


after

You can look forward

to

them

cooked food and

you can pinpoint what


it

that reason
to stay

hard working days, right? Those hard times are


to

still

may
for

disappear.

Then

would be

easier for

you

on raw

going

be there sometimes. They don't disappear together

food. Please try to see clearly

and say
to

why you

are looking

with cooked food.


Paula:
I

comfort

in

cooked food. Try

be precise and don't be

crave chocolate cake because


I

am

lonely

and
I

afraid.

sometimes
really need.

am

afraid to stand

up

for myself

and say what

John:
feel

Whenever
I

come up
to

against

vulnerable,
Victoria:

want sugar
you know

my core numb me out.

emotions or

John:
ing.

When

need energy

turn to food instead of

rest-

Do

how
I

to take care of these feelings

without sugar?
Linda:

When

was
I

young

child

my grandmother
I

nur-

John:
time.

want

to

do

it,

but

keep postponing

until next

tured

me

with food.

realize

now that

can nurture myself

in a different way.

Victoria: If we don't
laziness

know how

to deal with feeling lonely

Mike:

eat

from

and boredom. and bored.

or sad without cooked food or sugar,


there. act as

we

are going to be stuck

Victoria:

Why do you

get lazy

We are trying to
an alternative.
is

figure out for ourselves

how we

can

Mike:

live alone.

Victoria: Is living alone

enough

to be bored?

Do you
Thank
you,

Simon: That
pointment"
food.
Victoria:
in

true. Recently
it

had one "major disap-

think that relationships will bring health and happiness? If


we're lonely alone, we'll be lonely in relationship.

my life and
are

caused

my

returning to cooked

Mike, for sharing and being open to discussion. So

why do

What

you trying

to

numb

or to comfort?
tasty?

we want

to eat

cooked food?

Why do
fort?

you

in particular

want something

For com-

Simon: Comfort.

From what? Does everyone understand

the question?

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Step Nine

119

We
we

are searching fearlessly

and

sincerely for the cause of why

about.
this

We

can

live

without the heavy feeling that we must do

search for comfort in food. Like,

we

don't have

enough

and

that.

pleasure from just being alive?

Susan:
to break out of this routine.
Life
is
I

When

was a young child

had
I

to keep so

many

Donna: I'm bored and


Victoria:

want

secrets.

I felt

a safety in

being mediocre.

don't want to be

Why is your life just routine?


from routine into
life.

beautiful!

noticed or to stand out.


Victoria:
this.. .feeling

Turn your

life

Does what

am

saying

make

sense to you?
Yes,

Can you observe any other ways of dealing with safe? Maybe you can speak out all of that to
will feel safe.

Donna:

and sometimes I'm

there.
it.

want

to find out

somebody and you


Susan:
I

why

give myself permission to lose

have, for ten years in therapy.


there.
is

Victoria:

We are afraid that without


Where does
this

food

we

will feel

Donna: There's so much shame


Fear
Victoria: Let us look at

uncomfortable.

discomfort

come from?

shame. What

shame? Caring
is life

of what?
Linda: For me,
it's

what others think about us.


fear of emptiness.
I

How we
I

feel

about ourselves
all

do things
angry.

for oth-

important.

had so many

tilings
I

was ashamed of
it

my

ers but not for myself,

and then

become

and when
deal.

spoke them out,


I

found out that


I feel

was not a big

Victoria:

to say "no"
regret,
if

Thank you for pinpointing it! You are not able when you really want to say "no." Then you feel
to

Everybody

talked to said,
I

the

same way. There's


and

nothing extraordinary. But


self-esteem

kept secrets for years


I

my
I

and
see
it

comfort

that,

you

eat food.
it

It's

important that

was

low.

had to pretend

was better because


to you,

you

now, maybe you won't do

any more.

We
it

all res-

thought

was bad. Not anymore. Congratulations

onate with

that.

Many times when we


we

first

hear about raw

Susan, on your courage in speaking this in front of thirty


people, that's courage.

food we have a deep fear because


fulfill us.

think,

maybe
it

won't

We are afraid
I

not of the raw food,

doesn't bite.

We

Sharon:

had

a similar experience.

That

is

why

kept

are afraid of that emptiness.

weight on for a long time,

now I

have

lost

weight since I've


I

Mike: Sometimes

use food

when

don't want to

do

been raw.

felt

exactly

what you

are talking about,

was
it

try-

something
Julie:
I

else.

ing to avoid being


I

more

attractive,

more "out
I

there,"

was

agree that

also eat to avoid

doing other things

worth

it

to

go through

my
I

fears

because

finally

can be

need to do.
Victoria: Interesting that

happy

in

my body and

can

finally get
it.
I

through

this stuff

you use the words "things


I

need

instead of

running away from

have freedom.

to do." Several years ago

decided that
I

was not going

to
I

do

Victoria:
a real

We

have

made an

inventory and found out that


is

anymore of the "need"


"love" to do.
I

to do.

decided

to

only do what

reason for seeking comfort from cooked foods

to

had

to learn to clean

my house
It is

with love and

escape.

When we
we

seek pleasure in cooked food or any other

to have fun while filing

some

papers.

something to think

addiction,

are seeking escape from loneliness,

boredom,

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low self-esteem, anger, fear and other negative emotions. escape to something from which we draw pleasure.
seeing the real reasons for searching comfort,

We

Clearly

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN^

our unfulfilled needs


food.

directly, instead

we can address of numbing them with

Step Ten
I

shall let

my intuition help me.

Why do we need
without
it?

intuition? Aren't we, people, smart

Don't

we have enough knowledge? Don't


can teach us

we have

specialists

who

how to

stay healthy?

Why can't we rely on


Intuition
instincts
is

the information from computers and

microscopes? Knowledge can

NEVER

replace intuition!

our natural instinct

for survival. Natural


in the perfect bal-

of all living things kept our planet


is

ance for billions of years. Intuition


gravity. Paradoxically,

a universal law,

same

as

we ignore

intuition

and

rely

on knowl-

edge.

We

don't believe in our


it.

own

intuition.

We

forgot

how

to follow

little silly

flour

worm

follows his instinct not to eat


is

rolled oats if they have

been steamed. That

the purpose of

steaming rolled oats, so that


flour

worm

has

worms would stay away. The no knowledge whatsoever, only instinct. He


and never eats^ooked
oats. Flour

follows his instinct

worms
to

are very healthy. People look at the.

package of rolled oats


eat

read the nutritional information.

Then they

cooked oats

121

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Step 10
123

ITT earn how


to test
it

Tf

you

really

want

to

to h st en to your intuition.
receive

become healthy you need

body's request for nutrients for today.


to

Tomorrow

it

might

ow^owledge. When we

We cannot

change. Your responsibility


satisfied.

new

with our intuition.

WbSESS"
Is it soft?
is

blind v ft,?

People
live

who

sure these orders are are honoring the body's request are
lives.

is

to

make

allowed to
I

longer and healthier

Please touch your cheek with your hand.

want

to share with

you how

Touch

wilderness thanks to our intuition.


to hike the Pacific Crest Trail

You

my family survived in the When we had just started


to eat five

feel

that

your cheek
let

is

soft

.our b d

and the rug

b le to

you know that ?

surW
su, races.

X
and

U C

mP

Why d oyou do

rely

tR,St y Ur

on your hands

*
h3ndS
1

rough Hn,

'" deali S

feelings?

Do von

41000

su.t

a beaufhul tie

sti . MJM T rm
no
Your body
If

and speaks very


-

site is true

du

^
wm
t0

^ ^- "^
bei

scientificallv

aj

fa

we

trusted our intuition

we would

undemand

I
bv
c

ihat

o u ;b
eS
1 i 1S

our body

that ha

needs

Sri" ^ ^^
'

dy

C nStantly

tr)" n

*-2L ""-*
rely

on our body

with us

SenSati nS
t(>

Ur

old

we

"*

'

etS

puf

know

We

and they are all survivon a different diet. They're not dying They have something to eat. All the animals, without coming to my class, know what to eat. If they can survive, we
ing.

medjool were not used to eating only five dates a day. In the first two days we had eaten what we were supposed to eat in ten days and our next package was waiting for us seventy miles ahead at the next post office We had nothing left to eat except a little bit of oil and a tiny bag of sunflower seeds. So we thought, we will fast. On our fourth day out on the trail we felt very hungry. We observed that the forest is mil of animals. There are bears, squirrels, all kind of coyotes, lots of birds, insects
dates for each of us every day.

we planned

We

They're

all

began
us.

swater

to

m
teel

J
'

creates a sensation of fatigue. When the body water ft makes us thirsty. If , he body is filled Iftfttxmay reduce our ^Petite asking for , water fast

rest

around

can survive. develop a keen attentiveness to the plants Some of the plants started to look

yummy to

Looking under a rock, something looked thick and juicy, and fried it ... tasted medicinal ... like perfume. I gave everybody a bag and I said, "When you see something that looks good
just pick
it

us

tred,

we

don't take off high heels

when we

feel

pain in

Plants.

We

ected.

We
and

Soon we each had a big bag of down together and looked at what we had colrubbed the plants with our fingers,
eat."

up but don't

sat

smelled the

you would go around asking t^ey wou,d ,*e to eat today,


If

eaves
different people

tasted a

little

bit

en..

When

a answers

you crave

11 biddis

which

on our tongue.

We

the plants that didn't taste good,

threw away
bad.

a certain fruft or vegetable, that

Now we

wf re bitter or smelled
left

took the plants that were

your

and Igor
if
I

said "I will eat


feel

>0nie hrst

and

we>11 see

how

I feel

and

don't

anything

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bad, then we will alJ eat it." Igor took a little taste, we waited about thirty minutes and then Igor said, "I'm hungry, let's eat more." So we all ate. The next day as we walked

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

along

we

filled

our bags with whatever edible greens we found.


a bowl, sprinkled
it

We put

our edible greens into

with sunflower
It

seeds, several drops of oil


cious.

and tossed

it

up.

was so
salad.

deli-

We called

our dish the "Hungry Hiker"

When we

Step Eleven
Through
clarity
I

were eating the salad we all agreed that we wanted to continue eating this simply when we got back to town. In the forest we learned to rely on our intuition completely.

We
it.

lost

our

trail

many times.

will gain happiness.

After the third

month we

were not afraid

to lose the trail. lost the trail

One time we
it.

were always able to find and had to travel seven miles to

We

find

We climbed
peak.
to

a 7,000-foot

snow covered
trail

mountain arriving at the The map showed us that to recover the

If

you

will follow

your intuition for a while you might


life is shifting.

dis-

cover that your perception of


favorite beliefs will

Many

of your

go straight north from the mountain. However, straight north from the mountain was a deep canyon and it was storming and we all had heavy,
packs.

we needed

seem

to

you

as false.

Many

of your former

opinions will seem to lose sense. That won't scare you


because in place of your former knowledge the
will

We

after six

wet backignored the map, took the way that felt right, and hours we crossed the trail. Our intuition
led us

CLARITY
get.

come. Clarity

is

the biggest

gift

that

we could

When we

don't have clarity

we

are trying to accumulate


clarity.
I

through.

We met

so

many

different animals along the


intuition.

trail.

We were traveling as animals, relying on


food when we thought there was none.

knowledge. Knowledge could never substitute for


used to believe that "Knowledge
that
is

We

found

Power."

Now I am
life

aware
is

knowledge

is

On
when
out.
I it

not even information. Knowledge

a trail

developed such a keen intuition, was going to rain and when the sun was
I

could

tell

human's explanation and interpretation of


is

events. Clarity

cannot imagine

how
life. I

going to be could have lived without this

a state

of mind

when we could

see

life

events as they are,

without the distortion from knowledge. Very often having

intuition

most of my
in the

wouldn't trade

my intuition

for

knowledge prevents us from gaining a

real clarity.

Usually

we

any tiling

world.

confuse clarity of mind with clear explanation. For example,


if
I

memorized the book


have clarity about

Human Anajomy and


from that book,
it

could

explain clearly anything


that
I

doesn't

mean

at all

how

the

human body

works.

We

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follow our mtmt.on.

uncle stand the difference between the two, rather

not agatnst, but with nature. We become co-p o-creators with life That enables us to dearly feet harmony of the universe

ng

H *" *"* ^^ ^-S S


"!
Ve,T " tt,e

*"* ** we we
are

Kelly:

prefer to have

smile to
Jim:

used to be conditioned to think that everybody and please them.


I

have

to

When we

follow intuition

rtne't

used to be conditioned to being normal, just fit Laura: 1 used to be conditioned to being busy all the
I

in.

vLTZ P

time.

Mary:

^ bemr Wih Canty we can feel ^''^ natUre f bemg Wtth ?


r

W Wn
,

used to be conditioned to pull myself* apart from


excited.

the

we don t

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oneness with true happiness When


-

h ap P

other people, not to share myself with them, not to smile too

much, not to get


Sharon:
fect
I

all

look for pleasures.

- Only unhappy
is

living things 8

cused on pleasure, Happiness

people are

used to be conditioned to

make

everything per-

around the house.


Simon:
I

gam

a part

clarity practice

of natural law To

used to be conditioned to be angry. used to be conditioned to think that

de-conditioning

Donna:
superior to
Val:
I

men

are

We all have lots


to have

hrm opmions on

be uncondmoned means to
Mill v,ew every

of conditioning. To be conditioned means everything, to hve from the past


live

women.
I

the present. For

used to be conditioned to believe

am

fat,

ugly and

dumb.
Marlene:
pressive, that
I

exanl
that

mmute. After two months we stop noticing

used to be conditioned to be poor, to be inexcan never have extra money or afford to buy used to be conditioned to think
I

anything rather than necessity.

Shannon:

am

better

than others because

am from
on

wealthy family.
I

Sam:

used to be conditioned to be a workaholic,


vacation.
to dress nicely so

couldn't let myself go

Molly:

was conditioned

people would

you ideas of different conditionmg Victona: Please, everybody, share with us an instance where you saw you were conditioned and overcame
t

workshop mtg

give

think nicely about me.


Chris:

because children in Africa starve. Linda I was conditioned


:

~ bT
I

&at

am

used to be conditioned to be a pleaser, to think not worth it.


I

it

,f

'

used t0 be conditioned to

SE3
'

will

Victoria:

Thank you! You


all

see, there are so

tions that

thai

otherwise

am

bad person.

have to have good grades 8

have in common. I felt very me. Conditioning is like chains ^hat don't let us be
find those conditionings in us
is

we

many condimany of those


free.

in

To

to

our

benefit.

CHAPTER NINETEEN

Step Twelve
I

shall

provide support to

other raw fooders.

Qlease remember
I

the

first

person in your
first

about raw food.

Who

was your

life who told you raw food teacher?

Think of these people with gratitude. What was them? Why did you trust them? Were
thetic

special

about

they patient and

empa-

Now you

towards you? Did they share a delicious raw meal with you? How would your life be different if you never met them?

have finished

all

12 steps

and became
for

a strong

raw

fooder yourself.

The time has come

you

to

be patient and

empathetic towards other people.


to help those looking Being healthy and being a good example is the best support you can give to other people.
for better health?

What could be more joyous than

Remember your
others.

first

ed by the variety of dishes?

raw food potluck. Were you excitNow is your turn to encourage


to bring

Even if you eat simple now^try gourmet dishes to potlucks, don't


le aves

raw

just bring a couple kale

or a bowl of

fruit.

Take your time, spend an extra


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$10-$ 15 and brighten


I

new raw

fooder's futures

believe that

we

all

we have

followers.

Who

dents? People

are great world teachers As teachers do you think would be your stu-

12
Step

STEPS TO
admit that
I

RAW FOOD
lost control

who

suffer

nosed with terminal

from pain? Your loved ones diag-

have

of
is

my

addic-

illnesses?

bom
your

From my experience

tion to cooked food

and

my eating

becoming

the truth. Help those


htestyle.

this is far

who

Become their "raw buddy." People who want know more about a raw food diet don't have
anybody

are directly asking you about


to

unmanageable.
Step 2 I

believe that live vegan food

is

the most nat-

count on. Spend time with them, talking and listening preparing meals together, going out to restaurants, and loan them your books. Being a raw buddy is the best support for you too.

else to

ural diet for a

human

being.
learn basic

Step 3 -

shall gain

necessary

skills,

raw

recipes

and obtain equipment

to prepare live

food.

How many people do you


ence

m your

life

by being

food.

people you touch in a day. All your neighbors, relatives, coworkers and people who see you buying and eating healthy

honestly think you will influa raw fooder? Think of all the

Step 4 -

shall live in

harmony with people who

eat

cooked food.
Step 5

shall stay

away from temptations.


support group.

The

bags of carrots, asks,

cashier at your local store, seeing you baying 50 lb

"Do you have

Step

6-1
1

shall create a

a horse?"

tell their teacher, "In our family we eat salad every day," don't they influence even the teacher?

dren go to school and

When

your

chil-

Step 7 Step 8

shall find alternative activities or hobbies.


shall let

had not gone on raw food? What would have happened to all of my students? Many of my former students are now making their living by teaching raw food classes You never know when you're
if
I

What

my higher

self lead

my

life.

Step 9 -

shall

make

a searching

and

fearless invento-

ry of the real reasons of seeking

comfort and plea-

many people
think, the

going to plant a seed. How can you influence in a lifetime? Eventually, I


planet.

sure from cooked foods.

whole

Step 10 Step 11 Step


-

shall let

my

intuition help me.


will gain happiness.

- Through
shall

clarity

12-1

provide support to other raw fooders.

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CHAPTER TWENTY

Recipes

Raw Family Green Juice

Blend these ingredients well


1

in a blender:

large

bunch kale (chopped)


apples (chopped)
peel (chopped)

2
1

medium

lemon with
cup water

Strain the liquid through a nut milk bag or

sprouting bag.
Serves: 3-4 people.

<

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135

Borscht
Blend these ingredients well 2 cups water
3 beets
1

Un - Chicken Noodle Soup


blender or Vita-Mix-

in a

small root ginger

(slice

it

first)

3-4 large cloves garlic 6-7 bay leaves

Rlend together very well for 1-2 minutes:


2 cups water
1/2

Pour the mixture into Blend the following


(about 30 seconds):
2

a big

bowl

cup coconut (shredded, unsulphered)

ingredients for a short time

Add the following and blend

for about

minute:

cups water

2 cups celery (chopped)


2 tablespoons Bragg's Liquid
1

2 carrots
2 stalks celery

Aminos

clove

garlic-

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 3-4 oranges, peeled with the seeds out (seeds will make very bitter taste) 1 tablespoon honey
1

pepper

to taste, if desired

Pour into a large bowl and add:


1
X

medium

carrot (grated)

cup

olive oii

U of a bunch

parsley (chopped)
potatoes, grated or

sea salt to taste

medium raw

Add % cup walnuts and blend on low speed very quickly o they break in small pieces but not blended. PourL the same bowl and stir.
Dice or grate:
'A

processed with Saladacco


sliced

mushrooms

(optional)

Serves

7.

head cabbage

1-2 carrots
1

bunch parsley
t0 the

JZiSZT*-

b,ended

s <

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Generic Recipe for Chowder

Chili

(P
cup coconut with cup of water for Vita-Mix or 2 minutes in regular blender.
1 1

Blend

minute

in

Blend the following ingredients in a blender:


1

cup water

Add

cup cashews and blend for another


cup water

1/2

minute.

2 cups fresh tomatoes (chopped)


l

Add

the rest of the following and blend well:


1

h cup
h cup

dates or raisins
extra virgin olive oil

'A
1

cup extra

virgin olive oil

cup sun-dried tomatoes

teaspoon honey cup chopped celery

1
1

cup dehydrated mushrooms cup chopped celery


or Bragg's Liquid

hot peppers to taste


2-5 cloves garlic

salt

Aminos

to taste

1-2 tablespoons spaghetti seasoning 1-2 tablespoons juice of lime or

lemon

Now you

have plain chowder. Pick the flavor:


taste add: dulce flakes

hot peppers to taste


2-5 cloves garlic
1

For clam-chowder

For broccoli: chopped broccoli For mushroom: your favorite For tomato: chopped tomato For carrots: grated carrots

bunch

basil

mushrooms, dry or

fresh

Add

'/2

lb.

of bean, pea, or

lentil sprouts.

Don't blend!

Sprinkle with dry parsley flakes before serving.

For corn: cut corn off the cob or use frozen corn For pea: fresh or frozen peas

Note: chili will become


still

warm

because of much blending.


hot!)

It's

Your own creation

raw. (Just don't let

it

become

Warm

dishes are

com-

Sprinkle with dry parsley flakes before serving.


Note: this soup will become
ing.
It's still

lortiug in the cold wintertime. Serves 5-7.

warm
it

because of much blendhot!)


5.

raw. (fust don't let

become

Warm

soups are

comforting

in the cold

winter time. Serves

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Gazpacho

Generic Recipe for Dressing

Al7i>k

Blend the following ingredients


7?
'/->

in a blender until

smooth:

cup water
cup extra virgin
olive oil

blender: Blend the following until smooth in a Oil (any good oil, such as sesame,
olive, safflower).

Use enough

5 large ripe tomatoes 2 cloves garlic or spicy pepper to taste


1

to cover the blades of a blender.

teaspoon honey (or any other


natural sweetener, like raisins, banana,

tablespoon raw honey (dates or raisins work just as good)

2 tablespoons fresh

lemon

juice (or lime

% cup
7:
1

lemon

juice
salt
'/>

juice or apple cider vinegar)

teaspoon of sea

cup water
1

bunch

fresh basil

cup chopped or
fresh!

bunch herbs

preferably

(one or more

of: celery, parsley,

Now you

have the gazpacho liquid.


'/

cilantro, basil or

any other)

Cut the following vegetables into


1

inch cubes:

spice to taste (garlic, mustard, ginger,

large

avocado
bell

jalapeno, etc.)

medium

pepper

5 sticks celery
1

cup seeds or nuts (the most common are sunflower seeds and tahini; also: walnuts,
73

small onion

pumpkin
7:

seeds,

almonds,

etc.)

teaspoon,

salt (sea salt, kelp, dulce,

Braggs

Mix
ley.

all

ingredients in bowl

and sprinkle with chopped

pars-

Liquid Aminos) or to taste or no

salt at all

Serves: 4-5

Don't be afraid to improvise. You


liquid,

may sometime add more


If
it

or skip one ingredient completely.

tastes

good,

put

it

in.

Good

luck! Serves 7-10.

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Igor's Crackers

Valya's

Raw Bread

Grind

cups of flaxseed

in a

dry Vita-mix container.


1

Blend together:
1

cup ground

flaxseeds
for
1

cup water
large

1
1

cup kamut sprouted

day

onion (chopped)
1

cup walnuts soaked overnight cup chopped celery


teaspoons caraway seeds soaked overnight

3 stalks of celery (chopped)


2

4 cloves of garlic (medium)


2 tomatoes (optional)
1

2 tablespoons coriander
1

big onion

teaspoon caraway seed teaspoon coriander seed

h cup
h cup
cup

water
olive oil

teaspoon Celtic

salt
\fz

raisins

Mix ground

Juice of half a

flaxseed in blended

lemon

mix by hand.
1

teaspoon

salt

Cover the dough with a cheesecloth or bowl at a warm room temperature


slightly.

a towel

and

let sit in

Blend soaked walnuts,

kamut and onion

in the

food proces-

overnight to ferment

sor until finely chopped, transfer to a

bowl and mix with the

ground

flaxseeds.

Next blend

celery, olive oil, raisins,

and
salt,

on telex dehydrating sheets. Divide into squares of desired size. Dehydrate only until dry, but not crispy if you want it to taste like bread. Or dry it well for crispy crackers to keep them for a couple of months.

Using

water
a spatula, spread

in a

blender.

Combine both

mixtures.

Add

the

coriander,

lemon

juice,

and caraway and mix thoroughly.


teflex

Shape the mixture into small loafs and place on a


drator tray,
nuts or
for

dehy-

Makes

25-32

crackers.

make sure to decorate your loafs with crushed poppy seed. Place in the dehydrator at 100 degrees,

about 24-36 hours. You

may need

to flip the bread after

approximately 12-15 hours so that both sides dry evenly.

Make* 5-7 loafs.

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143

Live Gardenburgers

Portabella

Mushroom Burger
Combine
Juicer

k.
Grind
of your favorite nuts

Grind

lb.

of your favorite nuts in a food processor.

the following ingredients


lb.

and put through

Champion

with the blank plate in or grind in a food processor:


in a

food processor.
a

the following ingredients

and put through

Combine Champion Juicer

lb.

carrots

medium onion
tablespoon sweetener (honey, very ripe

with the blank plate in or grind in a food processor:


1

lb.

carrots
1

banana,

raisins)
oil

medium onion
tablespoon sweetener (honey, very ripe banana, raisins) tablespoon
oil

tablespoon

1-2 tablespoons poultry seasoning (or other

seasoning)
sea salt to taste

1-2 tablespoons poultry seasoning (or other

2-3 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)

seasoning)
sea salt to taste
[f

the mixture

is

not firm enough, add one or two of the


dill

fol-

2-3 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)

lowing thickeners:

weed, dried

garlic,

dried onion, dried

parsley flakes, nutritional yeast, psyllium

husk powder,

not firm enough, add one or two of the following thickeners: dill weed, dried garlic, dried onion, dried
is

If

the mixture

ground

flaxseeds.

parsley flakes, nutritional yeast, psyllium husk powder,

Form

ground

into 10 burgers. Slice 2 large, ripe tomatoes

and

large

flaxseeds.

red onion.

Have the following

ready:

Form
little

10 small (or 5 large) portabella


into balls, cutlets, or
fillets

and sprinkle with paprika a

mushroom
Assemble mushroom burgers

caps

before serving. 10 leaves fresh spinach


as follows:

put

Note:

If

you want "fishburger" add seaweed

(dulse, kelp,

upside

down on

a plate, put spinach leaf

mushroom cap on it, put burger on


slice

nori) to the mixture. Serves JO.

spinach, put slice of tomato

on burger, put

of onion on

tomato. You
Serves 10.

may secure your "saifdwich"

with toothpicks.

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Recipes
,

4S

Live Fries
Mix ground flaxseed into blended mix by hand. Spread on
Slice
1

Jb.

jicama so

it

looks like French

fries.

dehydrating sheets with a spatula. Divide into squares of desired size. Dehydrate only until dry, but not crispy.

Combine

in a

bowl with:
tablespoon onion powder 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive
1

Topping:

oil

Blend the following ingredients with as


1

little

sea salt to taste


1

water as possible:

lb.

of any nuts
sun-dried tomatoes
raisins
1

tablespoon paprika

Serves

h cup h cup

5.

juice of

medium lemon
basil

2 tablespoons olive oil


1

tablespoon dry

Pour in a bowl. Add:

Live Pizza

tablespoon dry onion tablespoon dry garlic

2-3 tablespoons nutritional yeast


1

tablespoon miso

Mix
Crust:

well.

Making pizza:
Grind 2 cups of flaxseed Blend together:
1

a dry Vita-mix container.


Spread topping on squares of crust.

cup water
large

Decorate with grated yams, sliced cherry tomatoes, sliced

onion (chopped)
(chopped)

mushrooms,
"slices"

sliced olives

and chopped

parsley.

Makes nine

3 stalks celery

of pizza.

2 tomatoes

(medium)

4 cloves garlic (medium)


1

teaspoon Celtic

salt

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Nori Rolls

Un-Spaghetti
Pate mixture:
'A

cup walnuts

2 cups sunflower seeds soaked overnight 3 cloves garlic


1

cup chopped celery


'A

1
'/<

teaspoons
olive oil

salt

cup

'/*

cup lemon juice

Shred or use Saladacco to create thin noodle-like-strands of butternut squash. Sprinkle with paprika and oil before serving. Decorate with fresh parsley.

teaspoon curry powder (or your favorite seasoning)

Tomato Basil Sauce:


Additional ingredients:

Slice the following into thin,

Jong Half an avocado


large bell

strips:

Blend 2 cups fresh chopped tomatoes. Add the following ingredients and blend: 2-4 cloves garlic
J

Haifa
2

pepper

A cup chopped
1

fresh basil

green onions

juice of

medium lemon
oil

2 tablespoons olive
5

raw nori sheets

4 dates (or
1

some

raisins)

cup sun-dried tomatoes

Blend

al!

the pa.e ingredients in a food processor until

cream,

Serves

7.

tight in nori sheet. Note: to nor, s eets stick better ,ou can moisten them a water, lemon, tomato

SeT nor;.?"
veetables. Roll

f n ri 3nd 3dd the

up

"-'^
the

make
little

with
sit

iz::

waxes 10-15 non

the,

or orange juice. Let the nori rolls begin s,idng **> >

;, rolls.

** *z

for

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Nut or Seed Cheese

Valya's Spicy Almond

Cheese

<Sjfe
2 cups any nuts or seeds soaked overnight
1
'/a

Mix the following ingredients


2 cups of pulp

in a bowl:

cup pure water

from almond miik (pulp

should not be sweet)

Soak the nuts and seeds


rinse the nuts

in

pure water overnight. Drain and

Vi

cup

olive oil

and

seeds. Put into blender with

one cup of
into a fine

'A
7'/<

cup lemon

juice

pure water and blend well to break the nuts


cream. Pour into sprout bag.

down
at

teaspoon of salt

Hang

the sprout bag over a sink


let

cup fresh or dried cup diced onions cup diced red


bell

dill

weed

or bowl (to pour off the whey) and

ferment

room tem-

'/a

perature for approximately 8-12 hours.

72

pepper

Transfer cheese to a bowl,

mix with your

favorite seasonings

Decorate with cherry tomatoes. Serves

4.

and

stir well.

Yield

pint.

Keeps for

at least 7

days in

covered container

in the refrigerator.

To

flavor seed cheese

following: garlic,

you may use any combination of the lemon juice, chopped fresh cilantro, Bragg's
Shoy, curry powder, chopped or dry-

Liquid

Aminos or Nama
chopped or dry

parsley,

dill,

sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

scallions, basil, olive oil, sea-salt.

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151

Pecan Pate
Mix
the following ingredients in food processor until finely

Sergei's

Hummus

chopped:
cups raw pecans soaked over night 7; cup of dates
3

Blend the following ingredients in a food processor:


2 cups garbanzo beans sprouted for
l

day

/a 1

cup extra

virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic (spicy pepper


'A 'A
Vi 7a

works

great)
1

cup lemon juice cup olive oil cup


fresh cilantro
salt

cup tomatoes (chopped) cup celery (chopped)


or Bragg's Liquid

salt

Aminos
1

to taste

1-2 tablespoons (dry) or


dill

cup

(fresh)

teaspoon sea

or basil

1-2 tablespoons lime or

lemon

juice

Use pate to stuff bell peppers, cabbage Serves: 5-6 people

hot peppers to taste


leaves, nori rolls, etc.

2-5 cloves garlic

Sunny Spread
7:

Sprinkle with dry parsley flakes before serving.


Serves 5-7.

cup walnuts

2 cups sunflower seeds soaked overnight 3 cloves garlic


1

cup chopped
7i

celery
salt

teaspoons
olive oil

% cup

7 cup lemon juice


1

tablespoon dry basil

Blend ingredients

in

food processor until smooth. Be creative

and serve on
bell

cracker, rolled

up

in a

cabbage leaf or stuff a

pepper. Serves 12.

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Generic Cake Recipe


Crust:

Spread evenly over the crust. Decorate with nuts. Give your cake a name. Chill.

fruits, berries

and

Combine

the following ingredients, mixing well:


1

Nuts, seeds

and grains: almonds, walnuts,

filberts,

cashews, pine
tahini,

cup ground
tablespoon

nuts, seeds or grains


oil

nuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, flaxseed,

sesame or

oat flour or rolled oats, buckwheat,

kamut or

barley.

tablespoon honey
Dried fruits: pitted prunes, raisins, apricots, dates,
figs

or

Optional:
'/

currants.

cup chopped or crushed cup dry


fruits,

fresh fruits or

berries or 7,

soaked for 1-2

Fresh fruits

and

berries: strawberries, apples,

bananas,

hours, then ground


1

blueberries, pineapple,

mangoes, apricots, raspberries or

teaspoon vanilla teaspoon nutmeg

cranberries.

'/a

cup raw carob powder peel from 4 tangerines, well ground


7.-

Serves 12.

is not firm enough, add psyllium husk or shredded coconut. Form into crust on a flat plate.

If

mixture

Topping:

Blend the following ingredients teaspoon if needed:


7"/a
l

well;

add water with

cup

fresh or frozen fruit

cup nuts (white nuts look pretty) h cup olive oil


kJWfc*

2-3 tablespoons honey


juice of
1 1

medium lemon

teaspoon vanilla

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Sergei's

Young
Crust:

Un-Chocolate Cake

Coconut Dream Cake


This cake

won

Combine
a contest at the Portland

Raw Food

the following ingredients, mixing well:


1

Festival.
1

cup ground nuts


tablespoon
oil

Crust:
1

cup

raisins

cup raw unsoaked walnuts fa cup of your favorite pitted dates 7: cup young coconut water
1
l

cup raw carob powder


teaspoon Frontier's butterscotch flavor

teaspoon vanilla

4 tablespoons raw carob


'/a

teaspoon nutmeg,
Liquid

small papaya
peel
a

Nama Shoyu
well

or Bragg's

Aminos
ground
for 1-2 hours

Blend the walnuts and dates in


mixture
is

from 4 tangerines,

food processor until the


1

smooth. Mix

cup prunes soaked

ground

in the

carob and the coconut water.


plate. Place sliced

Spread one layer of crust out on a

papaya

on top of first

Form

into one-inch layer

on

a flat plate.

Spread ground
as

layer.

Place second layer on top.

prunes between layers (form as

many layers

you want).

Icing:

Topping:
1

cup young coconut meat


tablespoon honey

Blend the following ingredients

well;

Water, enough to blend into thick topping


1

add water with

teaspoon

if

needed:
1

cup ripe avocado meat


teaspoon olive
oil

Blend

all

the ingredients in a vita-mixer. Spread icing

on

cake. Decorate with fruit slices

3 tablespoons
juice of
1 1

honey

and

nuts.

medium lemon

teaspoon vanilla

4-5 tablespoons carob powder

Spread evenly over the crust, or squeeze using decorating


bag. Decorate with fruits, berries

and

nuts. Chill. Serves 12.

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Macadamia Date
Crust:

Pie
Sergei's

Amazing Truffles

4 cups macadamia nuts 2 cups dates


juice of
1

one orange
salt

cup raw unsoaked walnuts 7> cup of your favorite pitted dates 7. cup young coconut water
1

teaspoon

4 tablespoons of raw carob

'/.

teaspoon of butterscotch or vanilla extract

Blend macadamia nuts in food processor

Blend the walnuts and dates mixture is smooth.

in a

food processor until the

rs
extract.

chopped and

until they are finely transfer to a bowl. Next blend the dates and

in a f

mix. Mix thoroughly M together with

od processor and add


salt

to the

**

and butterscotch

the carob and coconut water. Shape the mixture into small balls and roll the balls in carob, decorate with your
favorite fruit.

Mix

Makes 8-12

truffles.

Spread the crust out thinly on bananas or your favorite


fruit

normal

size plate. Finely slice

macadam,

of the macadamia date mixture.

and spread on top of the date crust. Next cover the fruit with another

layer

Decorate the pie with thinly sliced oranges and nuts or vour favorite fruits. Serves 8-12 people.

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Alla's

Cranberry Scones

Sergei's Butternut

Squash Cookies

c
2 2

cups grated apples


4 cups peeled butternut squash chopped into

cups carrot pulp after you make carrot juice 2 cups raisins or chopped dates
1

medium
1

sized

chunks

cup cranberries

cup

raisins

(fresh or dry)

2 tablespoons 2 cups
1

honey

juice of
'/

one orange

almonds ground
1

teaspoon nutmeg

cup flaxseed blended with '/: cup olive oil

cup water

teaspoon cinnamon

3 tablespoons

raw honey

Mix with hands. You have to experiment to cy desired. Drop by spoonfuls onto teflex
Dehydrate
at 105-1 15 degrees for several

get the consisten

sheets.

hours hours on

Add the of the ingredients into the bowl and mix thoroughly.
Use an
ice

Blend the chopped squash in a food processor and transfer into a bowl. Next blend the raisins and the orange Juice in a food processor and add to the squash mixture.
rest

Approximately 4 hours on one


opposite side.

side, flip for 3

cream scoop and scoop the mixture onto

dehy-

Makes 24

scones.

drator tray, flatten each cookie until] they are one inch thick. Set the dehydrator for 100 degrees and leave in for 12-15 hours.

Makes 7-11

cookies.

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Valya's

Almond Orange Cookies

Macadamia Date Cookies

Blend the following ingredients


are finely chopped:

4 cups macadamia nuts


in a

food processor

until they

2 cups dates
juice of
1

4 cups raw almonds soaked overnight 2 cups raisins


'/

one orange
salt

teaspoon

7i

cup orange peel

teaspoon of butterscotch or vanilla extract

2
7a

medium oranges whole


teaspoon
salt

Blend macadamia nuts in food processor until fine and

2 apples

Next blend the dates and orange juice in a food processor and add to the macadamia mix. Mix thortransfer to a bowl.

When
for

all

the ingredients are finely processed, use a spatula to


a

oughly together with

salt

and butterscotch

extract.

spread cookie mixture onto

dehydrator tray

at

15 degrees

20 hours or

until dry.

Decorate each cookie with sliced

nuts or raisins.

Scoop the mixture onto reflex dehydrator trays and decorate with pine nuts. Set at 100 degrees and dehydrate for 12-15
hours. Serve

warm.

Yields 10-12 cookie:,

Makes 7-12

cookies.

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,

63

Sesame Cookies
A
fabulous way to use
leftover

Buckwheat Millet Morning Cereal


after

all

sesame pulp

making
Soak the following overnight:
1

sesame milk.
5 cups sesame seed pulp 2 cups raisins 3 tablespoons
juice of

'A

cups millet

raw honey

2 cups
1

buckwheat

one orange
A
in
(

cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts

Blend raisins and orange juice


ture
.s

food processor

Iditio rial ingredien ts:


1

until

mix-

finely pureed.

Add

to a

bowl with the sesame seed


the mixture

cup

raisins

pulp.

Add honey and mix thoroughly. Spread


teflex

3 tablespoons
1

honey

dehydrator sheets and using a spatula cut into squares. Sprinkle with poppy seeds and set in the dehydrator at 100 degrees. Dehydrate for 12-15 hours or until dry. Makes 15-20 cookies.

onto

teaspoon cinnamon

Using a rolling pin, flatten the millet and the buckwheat.


Transfer the grains into a bowl and add the crushed hazelnuts. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Morning Cereal
cup of oat groats overnight Blend with 7i cup water
1

Spread the mixture evenly onto a dehydrator sheet. It is important to avoid spreading the mixture too thin or too thick. Set the dehydrator for 100 degrees and dehydrate until
the cereal
is

Soak

completely dry, which

will take

between 10-12

hours. Serve with nut milk.

Add Add Add


Garnish with fresh
Serves 3-4.

'A

cup of dates without

pits

or raisins

and blend
1

Makes 3-6
oil

servings.

tablespoon of your favorite

(optional)
salt to taste

(optional)

fruits

and

berries before serving.


i

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Sergei's Favorite Smoothit

Un-Chocolate Almond Milk


almond milk

V
(//

1
k

quart

/a

cup dates

young coconut (meat and water)


raw carob powder

Blend

all

ingredients in a blender until smooth:

2 tablespoons
1

2 oranges (peeled) 2 frozen bananas (other frozen fruit optional)


is

raw

vanilla

bean

Blend well

in a blender. Serve chilled. Serves 5-7.

Place the oranges towards the bottom of blender to enough liquid to blend the frozen bananas.

make

Decorate with fresh strawberries!


Serves 2-3 (until you get addicted, then
it

only serves

1).

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Nut Milk Shake
Blend the following ingredients
3 cups
'/a

^\

Nut or Seed Milk

in a

blender until smooth:

almond milk

cup fresh or frozen strawberries


(peeled)

cup any nuts or seeds soaked overnight

medium orange
fresh or frozen

2 cups pure water

banana
'/

tablespoon honey or 2-3 dates 'A. teaspoon Celtic salt (optional)


1

2 tablespoons
Vi
1

honey or
salt

cup of

pitted dates

teaspoon sea
vanilla

bean
ice

ingredients in a blender thoroughly until smooth. Strain mixture through a sprout bag. Pour into a jar. Serves
all

Blend

li

cup of

(ke

is

not necessary

if

you use

frozen fruit)
4.

Serves 4-5.

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Nut or Seed Yogurt

Creative Health Institute


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Creative Health Institute teaches the
Dr.

Ann Wigmore program of Living

Foods.

cup any nuts or seeds soaked overnight 7a cup pure water


in

its 25th Anniversary October 2001. Founded by Donald O. Haughey, the facility

Creative Health Institute celebrated

blender thoroughly until smooth. Keep adding water, until you have the consistence of heavy cream. Strain mixture through a sprout bag. Pour into a jar and cover with a cheesecloth for the transfer of air and gases.
Set

Blend nuts with water

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was inaugurated by Dr.


during her
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nutrition, composting,

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Nut and seed yogurts can be made from sesame

focused on stretching and breathing.


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This program

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