July 4

A must-watch video on fasting

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Dr. Alan Goldhamer and Dr. John McDougall are two doctors and experts in plant-based nutrition that I have a lot of respect for. They’ve both been teaching the virtues of plant-based eating for optimal health and healing since the 70’s and 80’s.

Over the years, thousands of people have dramatically changed their health for the better under the simple principles these two doctors espouse.

Today, the discussion is on water-only fasting and how it affects your health.

Check out the video and you’ll learn:

  • How fasting, or complete and total rest and relaxation, can completely transform a person’s health
  • What care has to be taken when going into a fast
  • How learning to eat immediately after and following the fast is at least as important as the fast itself
  • The reason why some foods act just like drugs in some people
  • Why the key to good health isn’t anything revolutionary or even all that new

Fasting isn’t something that I would recommend to absolutely everyone. The proper considerations, monitoring, and professional aid all need to be in place. But the one thing more powerful than a fast is eating a good diet so you don’t have to fast in the first place!

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January 21

How to Conduct a Five Day Water Fast

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Last December, right before Christmas, I went to the TrueNorth Health Center in California to undergo a five-day water fast.

I stayed 7 days at the center (five days of fasting and two days of re-feeding), and thoroughly enjoyed my experience.

This is not the first time I fasted. I’ve done several 3-day fasts, and a long 23-day fast, back in 2005.

I find that occasional water fasting is a great “reset button” and for me acts as a powerful spiritual practice.

During a fast, I always find clarity about what I should do next in my life. In this sense, every fast has been a most incredible experience.

I didn’t do it for health reasons, although earlier last year I experienced some bouts of insomnia. During the fast, I slept like crazy!

And if you fast in a controlled environment like the TrueNorth center, you get lots of support and meet amazing people. This in itself is a good enough reason to try a water fast.

The TrueNorth Center has a team of top-notch physicians that overlook every aspect of your fast.

Dr. Michael Klaper, one of the most trained M.Ds and big-time plant-based diet advocate, works full-time here at the center.
Dr. Alan Goldhamer is an extremely knowledgeable MD who directs this center and is one of the worldwide experts on water fasting.
There are other extremely qualified health professional here as well.

The fast is fully supervised. Blood tests and a full consultation with one of the doctors insures that you’re healthy enough for fasting. And every day doctors come to check up on you.

There are daily health lectures to keep you busy, and of course you get to meet people from all over the world who are also here fasting, or during another type of cure like a juice fast.

The most incredible thing is to hear the stories of people who have fasted and recovered from serious conditions, when nothing else they tried has worked before. I’ve already heard several of those stories first-hand from people here, at different stages of their health journey.

Why Not a Juice Fast?

Some people go to TrueNorth to do a juice fast. But I find water fasting to be more powerful. Five days of water fasting probably gives you the same results as 10 days or more of juice fasting, because of the unique physiological adaptations that occur only during fasting.

1) During a water fast your body goes into full fat-burning mode. If you stay inactive during the fast there is no muscle loss.
2) A water fast activates the detox systems. Enzymatic changes occur in the body that boost your “detox systems” – getting rid of unwanted substances in the body (excess cholesterol, uric acid, and environmental toxins, etc.). These changes persist after a fast.
3) Insulin sensitivity improves during a fast. A water fast has a powerful effect on insulin, making it more effective.
4) A water fast flushes out excess sodium and dramatically lowers blood pressure. It’s the most powerful, clinically-proven cure for high-blood pressure.
5) Fasting has a normalizing effect on the autonomic nervous system. In simple terms: it lowers or eliminates stress-related problems such as anxiety and digestive disturbances.
6) Water fasting creates neuroadaptation to healthier food. After a fast, any food tastes good! Including plain lettuce. It makes it much easier to switch to a healthier, lower salt, oil-free diet. That’s certainly the reward of the faster: every simple meal after the fast tastes like heaven!

How to Conduct a 5-Day Fast

All the physicians working at TrueNorth do not formally advise anyone to fast without supervision for more than three days. And of course, many people should never fast (ask your doctor).

A five-day fast, however, is generally safe and could technically be conducted at home if you have previous experience with fasting and are in a state of good health.

During the fast, I didn’t experience any major negative symptoms. I had no nausea, no headaches, no insomnia, and no physical discomforts. I only felt a bit dizzy after the first two days when getting up, and had of course much lower physical energy, and lots of thoughts about food.

Day 1

I started the fast before I showed up at the center, so by the time I arrived, I was already 18 hours into my fast. The first day is generally easy. You can be active and thoughts about food fade away relatively quickly.

Day 2

The second day is more difficult due to the fact that the body has not yet shifted into fasting metabolism. I was thinking about food and finding every hour extremely long and boring! I entertained myself by watching a lot of health lectures.

Day 3

Day three went similar to day 2, but with reduced hunger.

Day 4

On day four I had massive cravings at night. I could not stop thinking about food!

Day 5

The last day of the fast went great! I had decent energy and almost no food thoughts.

I broke the fast on the morning of day 6 with a watermelon-celery juice that tasted like heaven. I only had juice and a salad that day.

On the second day of refeeding I also had fruit and some steamed vegetables.

It took me about a week after the fast to feel like my body and digestion was fully back to “normal.” I did not have any bowel movement during the fast, but it all resumed during the refeeding period.

During the first three days of the fast, it was a mental game more than anything. Although I had no physical symptoms, my mind was tricking me into thoughts of “giving up.” I wasn’t even considering giving up, but maybe I would have if I had attempted the fast at home.

Fasting is like a marathon. It’s a mental game. But at some point, you get a “second wind” and the fast becomes easy.

Of course, fasting should never be viewed like a marathon where you’re attempting to break some kind of goal. One must fast in a very scientific matter, for health reasons only.

During the fast, I had LOTS of ideas. I wrote a lot, organized, and also slept a lot, with very vivid dreams.

I think fasting five days was a great experience that I would easily do again every year or two. Fasting 23 days, like I did at the age of 28, was much more difficult and not something I feel ready to attempt again anytime soon.

Fasting is not a “fun” thing to do by any stretch of the imagination. It’s hard work. But it yields amazing health benefits if you do it correctly.

The only fasting center that I recommend is the True North Health Center. To find out more, go to:
http://www.healthpromoting.com

Note: I’m in no way affiliated with the True North Health Center. I do not get any compensation for writing this article. 

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Breakfast is universally recognized by the mainstream to be the most important meal of the day. But is it really?

Type the question “is breakfast important” in a search engine, and you’ll be overwhelmed with results such as:

– Why breakfast is the most important meal of the day
– Why skipping breakfast is harmful
– Common sayings such as “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”

Yet, many healthy people commonly skip breakfast. I recently have been experimenting with intermittent fasting (IM), which involves not eating during a long period of the day, typically 16 to 19 hours, and only eating during the remaining hours.

I find that when I skip breakfast, I have more energy and better concentration, which goes against all commonly held views.

Many raw foodists I know, especially older experienced ones like Dr. John Fielder in Australia, or Dr. Graham, generally only eat two large meals a day and fast in the morning.

Eating a large breakfast is also not a common tradition in many cultures. The French, for example, typically only have coffee and maybe a croissant for breakfast.

About a hundred years ago, a doctor by the name of Edward Dewey wrote an entire book called the “No Breakfast Plan and the Fasting Cure.” This book is now public domain and you can find it easily on the Internet.

Dewey was a big influence to the Natural Hygiene movement of this century. In his book, he describes a simple method that he discovers, and gives dozens of testimonies of people who managed to recover from all sorts of ailment following it.

The method was simple: don’t eat breakfast! Instead, fast in the morning, and eat two meals a day.

Using this method alone, and not changing anything else in the diet, Dewey obtained spectacular results.

How did Dr. Dewey get those results with his patients if we are told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day?

The reason we are told this is that some studies have shown that people who have breakfast tend to be thinner than people who skip it entirely or only have coffee.

It’s true that many people, especially guys, skip breakfast, barely eat for lunch, and then overeat all night on junk food at home. They feel so bad the next they that they are forced to skip breakfast again, and so on in a never ending vicious circle.

The idea is not so much that skipping breakfast is good or bad for you. The idea is that many people find relief by letting their body enough time to process foods.

You’ve probably heard of the “daylight diet,” where people, instead of skipping breakfast, skip dinner or avoid eating outside of daylight time. Many even set themselves a cut off time to stop eating, like after 3 p.m.

There’s also the Fast-5 Diet, where you only eat in a five hour window during the day, for example, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m.. This schedule can be changed around, such as 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

There’s the Warrior Diet, where people don’t eat anything during the day except maybe some fruits and vegetables, and then eat a large meal at night. This diet is supposed to reproduce the pattern of eating our ancestors followed.

Then of course there’s the no-breakfast plan, where you skip breakfast entirely and only eat lunch and dinner, typically a 1 p.m. lunch and a 6 or 7 p.m. dinner.

All of these diets are forms of intermittent fasting, where the body has enough time to fast and bring its blood sugar low enough before you start eating again.

This pattern, because of lower dips in insulin levels, promotes fat burning. If done correctly, the overall caloric intake will be adequate – not too much, not enough. The difference is that the body will start using its own fat sources for calories, instead of always burning the foods you eat.

People who follow any form of intermittent fasting often report a greater sense of energy and well being, and better digestion.

Even modern science supports intermittent fasting. For example, a recent article in the New York Times talked about some research done on fasting and exercise (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/15/phys-ed-the-benefits-of-exercising-before-breakfast/)

The researchers found that those who exercised on an empty stomach had the best results, as opposed to those who ate a big breakfast and THEN exercised.

I’ve personally found that whenever I skip a meal or two, I have lots of energy. I can easily spend the entire day running errands, even exercising and not thinking about food until about 3 or 4 p.m., when hunger sets in.

Intermittent fasting doesn’t have to be a lifestyle. For some people, the best pattern is to occasionally skip breakfast (or dinner), or even follow a quick 24-hour fast once in a while. You don’t have to do it everyday, although many people do with great success.

Some tips:

– Typically, athletes and people needing to gain some weight should not skip breakfast or dinner. Instead, they should eat at least three meals a day to get the calories they need.

– Some health conditions are not compatible with intermittent fasting. Talk to your doctor.

– Whether you skip breakfast or dinner is up to you.

– You can incorporate intermittent fasting with any diet. However, some diets are low in calories, such as the raw food diet. Therefore, you should master those diets first and learn to get enough calories before you attempt to try intermittent fasting. Please don’t try this if you are inexperienced with a 100% raw food diet.

– Typically, the older you are and the more body fat you have, the more you can benefit from intermittent fasting. Younger, active people should still eat enough for their needs.

– Intermittent fasting is not an excuse for overeating. The pattern should not be “overeat and purge.” Instead, you give your body more time to digest and fast, and then eat normal meals.

What is your experience with intermittent fasting? Let me know below!

September 23
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Below you’ll find an entire new chapter from my upcoming book The Raw Food Controversies. So far the title is sticking, although I haven’t seriously started looking for another one. Maybe the first idea is the best? I dropped the word “Exposed” from the title. UPDATE! RAW FOOD CONTROVERSIES IS NOW AVAILABLE HERE

What do you think? In this new chapter, I continue the story of how I got into the raw food diet in the first place. Future chapters will expose my story of decline in health when I followed the wrong kind of raw food diet, the raw food gurus I met and everything I read along the way.

If you can’t wait to get started now, I suggest the Raw Health Starter Kit as the best resource:

http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/starterkit.html

“Look Mommy, I Stopped Eating And I’m Still Alive”

The next book I picked up from the library was the giant tome on fasting by Shelton, which was translated into French as Le jeûne, meaning fasting, but the actual title in English was the longer The Science and Fine Art of Fasting.

It was a fascinating book on the history of fasting, its use in religion and in the animal kingdom, the physiological changes that occur when someone fasts, and how to use fasting to improve one’s health.

Shelton’s book made fasting actually sound cool and fun. Because he wanted to prove that fasting was safe, he went to great lengths giving examples of all these people that fasted for long periods of time and were able to keep their energy levels and even keep working.

Although the type of fast Shelton recommended involved absolute rest in bed, he also gave examples of people who fasted up to 40 days on water, and kept working during all that time.

After reading the book, I decided to give fasting a try and fasted for 3 1/2 days on my own. I didn’t rest in bed, but instead stayed active and continued my life as normal.

I found that fasting was a lot easier than I thought. The first day was really easy and I actually had a great amount of energy.

I was biking everywhere, and on the second day of my fast I met my highschool friend Hugo Cromer and told him I hadn’t eating anything for two days and I felt amazing.

He said: “Man, you’re crazy!”

Things got more difficult by the morning of the third day. On the second day, I was very hungry, but energetic. The thought of eating an apple made my mouth salivate.

On the morning of the third day, I felt less hungry and less energetic. I had discovered that my body was adjusting to the physiological effects of fasting and quickly moving in the ketonic state, where it was starting to feed of its own fat reserves.

During that stage, hunger disappears, along with energy. I’ve noticed over the years that the only people who feel amazing and energetic throughout a fast are overweight people. Skinny or thin people feel lethargic as soon as they hit day three. So on the third day, the fast didn’t feel that great.

But I stuck with it, and ate a fruit meal on the morning of the fourth day, which didn’t taste as amazing as I expected. I wasn’t crazily hungry like I was on the morning of the second day, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

What this fasting experience proved to me was that it was definitely possible to live for a while without food, without harming the body.

In my high school biology class, I had learned that the human body would die after 3-4 days without water, and only 7-8 days without food.

I don’t know where my teacher had gotten that information, but when I fasted for 23 days on water in 2005, I certainly disproved her assumption!

How An Old Frenchman Would Transform My Assumptions About Diet and Health

For the rest of the summer of 1996, I continued experimenting a little bit with Shelton’s diet, but without taking the plunge.

Towards the end of the summer, I went back to the library to look for some new books to read on diet and health. Among the various titles, from Fit For Life to more of Shelton’s books, I found a few curious-looking book by a Frenchman named Albert Mosséri.

Without really thinking about it, I picked up a few to add to my collection.

When I opened and started reading the first book, La Santé Par la Nourriture (Health Through Diet), I was blown away. After a few chapters, Mosséri had already introduced the concept of eating 100% raw by translating parts of a book by an Iranian author called Hovanessian.

Even though Shelton had kind of mentioned that man’s natural foods should be raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, he didn’t insist on that point. But the quotes by Hovanessian were so passionate in advocating a 100% raw diet that somehow I started to share that enthusiasm and felt this was probably the way to go.

The translation of Hovanessian’s book, Raw Eating, was only part of Mosséri’s work. When I started reading Mosséri’s books, time would stop. Without realizing it, I would have spent four or five hours reading.

Mosséri was a student of Shelton, whom he considered his biggest mentor. But Mosséri took a very different standpoint on many crucial aspects of the Natural Hygiene diet where he disagreed with Shelton.

Shelton’s books were written in a very old, ancient style and sounded very formal and severe, like having an old, cranky, puritan grandfather lecture you on morality for hours.

On the other hand, Mosséri was from a different generation (born in 1925, Shelton was born in 1895), and still alive (Shelton died in 1985).

Mosséri’s books were much easier to read, and in them he mixed stories, interesting quotes, personal experience and a kind of dry humor only a native French speaker could appreciate.

When I read Shelton’s books, it felt like I was presented with concepts that were ideological, but impossible to follow. Reading Shelton made you feel he was some kind of super-human, impervious to the influences of modern society, and you were a low-class, corrupted moron for not being 100% pure and natural like he said everyone should be.

I only met Mosséri (now 85) once, August 2010

Mosséri had a more down-to-earth approach that made you feel like you were normal for struggling in a society that did not promote health, and he also described his personal experience and struggles with interesting stories, which made you feel connected to him, without having met him in person.

The more I read Mosséri, the more I started to understand what was this concept of Natural Hygiene that I had discovered in other books, but never quite understood.

Mosséri was really passionate about Natural Hygiene and really bitter about modern medicine. He also had a lot of experience with his fasting center to back it up, working with some of the sickest people in the world, who came to him as a last resort.

But more importantly, Mosséri was also anti-naturopathic medicines, and spent a lot of pages to disprove everything from homeopathy to herbal medicine.

His main concept, which he got from Shelton, was that healing is a biological process, only the body can undergo. No other outside influences, whether they be drugs or herbal remedies, can heal you. At the most, they will suppress your symptoms and not get at the root of the problem, which what he referred to as the cause.

One example he gave is that of a cold. We know that there are thousands of remedies to get rid of a cold. For example, some people take a drug. Others prefer herbal teas. Yet others go for a more brutal approach, such as drinking a shot of whisky. There are literally hundreds of folk remedies for getting rid of a cold.

Yet what do all of these remedies have in common? Everybody who takes them eventually gets better. But that’s not all… the person who does not take a remedy at all, and just stays in bed and fasts, also gets better, but much faster than everyone else, while addressing the real cause of the cold.

According to Natural Hygiene, and even modern medicine, there is no remedy for a common cold. What all of the remedies have in common is that they suppress the symptoms to some degree. But Natural Hygiene says that the symptoms should not be suppressed, because the dis-ease is an effort of the body to restore its homeostasis, or state of health, and should not be stopped in any way. Instead, we should provide the body with enough rest and other elements of healthful living, so that it can go through the disease naturally and heal itself, without any outside interferences.

The reason why Natural Hygienist use fasting is not because fasting itself cures anything, but because it allows the body to get enough rest (from digestion and physical activity), so that all its energies can be directed towards healing.

As I read Mosséri’s books, I became fascinated with this concept of Natural Hygiene. My mother was a nurse so I had had my exposure to modern medicine and knew it was not always the perfect savior we often believe it is. I now realized that even “natural” medicine were often just less dangerous ways to suppress the same symptoms that drugs try to suppress.

In terms of diet, Mosséri differed from Shelton in a few important areas. He believed strongly that Shelton was wrong in recommending a large amount of nuts and seeds in the diet. According to Mosséri’s experience over the years, the quantity of nuts recommended by Shelton on a daily basis led to some severe health problems (he even went as far as to say that he had know people who had died from those problems).

The problems he mentioned were: bad digestion and gas, constant  hunger caused by malnutrition, skin problems, lack of energy and even cancer.

However, he said that it was not necessary to eliminate all nuts from the diet, but we had to limit them to about five almonds a day! In his later books, he increased that amount to about once ounce.

Mosséri was also against grains like Shelton, but much more vocal about it. He claimed that bread and grains were not meant for human beings because we are not granivores like birds. Grains were acid-forming and were the primary cause of mucus in the body, therefore he said that if you stop consuming bread and grains you will never experience a cold in your life ever again!

He was also anti-meat (which goes without saying), and fish, so essentially all that was left were fruits and vegetables.

In his books, he quoted Hovanessian’s book on Raw Eating extensively, which claimed that a 100% raw food diet was the only way to achieve health. But after this long exposé against cooked food, he gave his own opinion about it, which was more moderate.

Mosséri first quoted some research about some tribes living in New Guinea that were living almost exclusively on cooked sweet potatoes. He said that if cooked foods were so bad, we wouldn’t find a tribe in perfect health living on a mostly cooked diet. However, he said that no tribe had ever been found — in perfect health — living on a diet of 90% bread or grains.

He also said that Hovanessian made these big salads by grating all of these strong vegetables together, like cabbage and onion, with milder vegetables, like carrots and lettuce, and then adding his own dressing of honey and oil.

Mosséri felt that if you couldn’t eat a vegetable raw (like raw cabbage), in large enough quantities, without mixing it in a big salad and camouflaging the strong flavor with questionable items like honey and oil, then you probably shouldn’t be eating that food raw in the first place.

Mosséri claimed to have a very sensitive palate, so he didn’t enjoy the vast majority of vegetables in their raw state. If he only ate the ones he enjoyed raw, then there wouldn’t be much left on the menu.

So as a compromise, he cooked some vegetables, just enough to make them more edible, and included those vegetables with his dinner meal.

Mosséri was also stressed the importance of eating when genuinely hungry. He said that most people do not wait for hunger to eat, but instead wake up in the morning, drink some coffee or other hot beverage that made their throat open unnaturally, and ate something without feeling true hunger. According to Mosséri, eating without hunger led to eat too much, and the wrong foods, which was the primary cause of disease in our society.

He described hunger as a pleasant feeling, not pain (which was a sign of false hunger), and generally for most people only occurred 4 or 5 hours after waking up, unless they were athletes — in which case they would probably wake up hungry.

He offered a basic menu plan, which were described as the Ideal Diet:

Morning: Don’t drink anything, don’t brush your teeth. Wait for true hunger.

When you feel true hunger, calm it with a few fruits. Repeat a few times during the day.

Evening Meal: Either have a big salad (with avocado and acceptable condiments), or cooked potatoes with lettuce, or steamed vegetables. Alternatively, you can have salad at around 4 or 5 p.m. and follow it an hour or two later with cooked vegetables (including potatoes).

I was really inspired by Mosséri’s writing and decided to give his diet a try. Fortunately for me, one of Mosséri’s favorite foods was potatoes. He was strongly against grains, but gave the green light to potatoes, which were a vegetable and naturally alkaline-forming.

When I experimented with Mosséri’s diet, I discovered that by waiting for true hunger, I would really appreciate the fruits I was eating, and thought it was the best meal on the planet. Many days, I would only start eating at around noon or 1 p.m.

In the evening, I would often make a massive salad, or eat a giant bowl of potatoes with some lettuce.

I found that I really enjoyed the taste of the foods I was eating (even without spices or salt), but I had trouble making the diet work.

Because I would wait for true hunger to eat during the day, and only eat a few fruits at a time, I would feel ravenous at night. I would then devour almost two pounds of cooked potatoes, and then feel tired afterwards.

Because the diet was difficult to maintain, I would often fall of the wagon and eat some junk food, and then pay for it the next day by feeling terrible, which led me to fast even longer, often all day, before I felt true hunger again.

It was my last year of music school (I had decided to finish my curriculum in three years instead of two), and my interest in classical guitar was waning. My true passion now was diet and nutrition, and natural hygiene.

The classical guitar field is extremely competitive and only a small percentage of the very best players eventually become performers. And even most of these performers still have to teach at a university to make a living, because there’s not a whole lot of interest in the world for classical guitar music.

But with health and nutrition, the possibilities were endless. I could see myself working in that field, perhaps even at Mosséri’s fasting retreat, and who knows what the future could hold for me.

So for that last year of music school, although I was determined to complete my studies with flying colors, I knew that I was not going to continue in university and have a future in classical guitar. I wanted to do something with health and nutrition.

For that school year, trying to follow Mosséri’s diet, I felt extremely isolated. I didn’t share my new beliefs with most of my friends because I knew they would think I was crazy (no one can live on fruit and potatoes!).

I spent a lot of time hunting for new fruits at different markets, and would buy exotic items such as papaya, whenever I could afford them.

I also started corresponding with Mosséri. I wrote him long letters, that I would mail to his address in France, and he would always reply back with laconic note that I would ponder for days.

When I told him that I felt so isolated with this new lifestyle in a long letter, he replied saying: “You have to break the isolation. Find other like-minded people you can share your thoughts with.”

Naturally, I wanted to go to France to see if I could land a job working at his fasting center. But when I asked him about that, he replied “I closed down the center so I can focus on writing my books.”

He recommended that I read all of his books and Shelton’s books several times, and also get a basic training in human physiology, which I did by reading more and more books, until I had essentially read everything he and Shelton had written that I could get my hands on.

Towards the end of my school year, around the spring of 1997, I felt my options were running out for what to do the following year. Mosséri had closed down his fasting center and was no longer accepting interns. I did not know any other similar fasting center in the world, and I seriously needed to meet some people in person who shared the same ideas and interests.

I truly felt I was alone in the world, trying to eat this way and learn about Natural Hygiene. I did at some point correspond with some people of my age that I found in the magazine published by the American Natural Hygiene Society, in the “Connections” section, but never met any of them in person.

However, right about that time when the spring flowers were in bloom, I went online for the first time and discovered a book that would give me the answer about what to do next.

—SIDEBAR–

The Main Causes of Disease

by Albert Mosséri

Nature Hygiene, such as explained in my books, is meant for people in developed countries and not to those in the third world, who suffer from problems that are totally different from ours. Hunger and hygiene are endemic phenomena in many of those countries, wheras in Western nations nobody really suffers from hunger and lack of hygiene.

The main causes of disease that affect us are those:

1)      Most people in civilized nations eat without being really hungry, and only because it’s mealtime. Children, who have purer instincts than ours, as well as animals, usually eat only when they are hungry.

2)      Most people eat foods that are not specific to the human race, that is foods that have not been meant for us by Nature. The specific foods for humans are fruits and vegetables.

3)      Modern humans also absorb a lot of poisons to stimulate themselves (coffee, tea, chocolate, refined sugar, alcohol, tobacco, chemicals in foods, etc.)

  1. Modern humans also take drugs, which are poisons. Very often, these drugs have no other purpose than to suppress the symptoms.

There are also many other causes of disease (to be reviewed later).

Don’t miss my next chapter! I will candidly talk about my first trip to California in 1998, when I met David Wolfe and the other raw-foodists of California, and how my health started to go downhill from following the wrong kind of raw food diet.

April 29

How Long Should You Fast?

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If you’ve been following my work for a while, you know that one of my early mentors has been Albert Mosséri, an amazing man who wrote some of the most captivating and interesting books on Natural Hygiene I ever came across.

In spite of having written over 25 books (which I have all read several times), Mosséri is largely unknown outside of French-speaking countries.

He’s originally from Egypt, but moved to France when he was still in his twenties, and has been promoting Natural Hygiene ever since. Born in 1925, Mosséri is still publishing a printed newsletter today.

What I always liked about Mosséri’s books is that they are easy to read. Natural Hygiene experts always tell you to read Herbert Shelton’s books to learn more about Hygiene, but Shelton is rather hard to read. On the other hand, Mosséri’s books read like novels!

The following article is an excerpt of my Raw Vegan Mentor Club paid newsletter and online magazine. Exclusively for my Raw Vegan Mentor Club members, I will be featuring some exclusive translations of Mosséri’s work in some of our newsletters. To get the full newsletter along with over $1200 in bonus gifts, click here.

How Long and When Should You Fast?

Fasting seems to be more valuable as a means of resorting energy than simple physical rest.

I recommend fasting for one or two weeks each year for the maintenance and recuperation of your health, in order to eliminate the toxins accumulated through stress and cheating on your diet.

In effect, even the most dedicated followers of Natural Hygiene commit mistakes which are hard to avoid from time to time.

Overworking, eating the wrong foods, not paying attention to hunger, etc. Civilized life imposes too many tensions upon us for our health to remain perfect throughout the year.

Why wait before you’re ill in order to prevent illness?

Certainly, holidays are necessary but not those that tire and agitate us, or even those that leave us more tired than before we went away.

Some arrange their holidays in two parts: the first part for fasting and the second part for heading to the beach.

HOW LONG AND WHEN SHOULD YOU FAST?

Behind its bright façade, society entertains its vices carefully, which causes illness – DOCTEUR PATHAULT

After having consulted all the specialists, after having tried all of the medical and natural treatments, after having spent years and years wanting to try every cure, the patients come, as a last resort, to see me in order to set me an imperative ultimatum, to cure them within 15 days of fasting.

Why did they not consult me in the first place? Why did they try all of the natural and drug remedies first? Because people aren’t stupid: they know that they have to give up coffee, wine, bread, cheese, meat and tobacco and as for giving these things up, they don’t want that.

Why do they set me a deadline of just 15 days, while they took 15 years to develop illnesses? Because they consider giving up all of their bad habits as being the ultimate sacrifice and that 15 days of fasting suffices in order to punish them.

I cannot tell them that 15 days isn’t enough to eliminate 15 years of unhealthy living, otherwise they would leave without coming back.

I am forced to make compromises in their diet, and even their fasting program, in the hope that they will change, in time, their mentality. The spectacular improvement will induce them to make new sacrifices.

Sometimes also, people write to me asking how long the cure should last. I invariably respond that this depends upon the toxemia and that I wouldn’t recommend 7 or 21 days to everybody.

The more you are intoxicated, the more you need to detox.

How can you arbitrarily fix the length of a fast in advance? One organism is different to another, its state of health or illness are so variable from one person to another, their reactions are often opposed.

The length of the cure depends invariably upon on detoxification, i.e. the taste in the mouth, breath, urine color and that of the tongue especially. As long as the tongue remains well colored, as long as the mouth has a bad taste in the morning, the cure must be continued — as long of course as you have enough time available.

You cannot get rid in just two weeks a toxemia that took 20 years to accumulate.

If you have a lot of time, it would be stupid to cut short the cure before complete detoxification, which is signaled by a pink tongue, a pleasant taste in the mouth upon waking up, etc.

Inexperienced naturopaths recommend a short fast and are opposed to longer periods of fasting. It’s certain that nobody will attain good health or cure their illnesses with a short fast, whether it’s repeated or not.

A long fast, supervised by somebody with experience, will give the desired results.

A young man of 25 years suffers from chronic cervical osteoarthritis, with permanent pain in the neck and other locations. He has done many short fasts in a year, totaling 56 days, yet to no avail. He came to me to carry out a 60 day fast, – 30 days of only water and 30 days of semi fasting. His arthritis was completely eliminated along with all of his pains.

“Organisms need time in order to complete their job. When you limit this time arbitrarily, you prevent recovery. Regardless of who wants to fast, in order to gain the most benefit from this rest period, you must avoid going back to the practician who refuses, by either ignorance or inexperience, to follow such a long period of fasting, in order to obtain the desired results.” – Shelton.

At the start of my career, when I had limited experience, a construction worker suffering form arthritis came to fast. He weighed 90 kilos (height 1.7 m) (198 pounds for 5’6″) and at the end of 45 days of fasting, only weighed 70 kilos (154 ponuds). His fast was prematurely interrupted and it was a complete failure. I should have made him follow his fast with a semi-fast.

“I rarely tell fasters that they need a lengthy fast. Instead of which, I tell them that I will be guided by the day to day developments. Who knows how long a stomach ulcer will take to heal in any given case. However, this doesn’t mean cutting short a fast before complete healing.

Who can tell an asthmatic how long they must fast in order to fully recover? I see asthmatics try both short and intermittent fasting programs, but who see no results. Effectively, they eat too much between one fast and another. Even when they happen to limit themselves, longer fasting returns more conclusive results than short and repeated fasts.”

Can you really decide when to break your fast? Not always! If on the pre-determined day, your body is in very bad shape, you shouldn’t break the fast, and anyway, you wouldn’t be able to, even if you wanted.

A teacher had decided to end his fast on the tenth day, since he had limited time available. Alas, he was in the middle of detox and the crisis came in the form of a depression. He insisted on ending his fast, but this did nothing to shorten his crisis. He left unhappy.

At that time, I was following Shelton who gives no special diet before the fast (pre-fast). If this faster had followed a pre-fast diet, he wouldn’t have had such a violent attack.

WHERE SHOULD YOU FAST?

Animals that fast retire to a peaceful corner, far from agitation. Religious retreats often have an identical goal, but in another domain entirely.

For man, (also including women) the best place is a peaceful house, amongst other fasters, far from temptations and under qualified supervision.

“I’ve fasted dozens of times, Dr. B told me, but I don’t want to fast alone, I want to be in the company of other fasters.”

In effect, adequate company is necessary, but not of people that are eating. Man is a gregarious creature. This company brings us the experience of others and enriches us.

At home, there are temptations, the hostility of our family members and the risk of ending up in hospital; just the place you want to avoid.

The qualification to fast doesn’t come from reading a book, especially when you aren’t in good health. It is acquired, with the fasting practitioner, over many years, when they monitor hundreds of fasters of all ages and health levels.

Fasting isn’t a self-service. In order to carry out a fasting course properly, you must contact a specialist.

Let’s note that it often occurs that even a specialist can be wrong. But one can certainly say the same of newbies who have only read about fasting in books.

A French author, A.S., who wrote a short useless book about fasting, even receives fasters. He allows them to smoke and only accepts people that can walk 10 to 15 km every day. At the slightest detox crisis, he sends them to hospital. For him, fasting is a feat such as climbing a mountain or sailing the Atlantic.

FOR HEALTHY PEOPLE

Those in good health can fast alone, at home, without any particular guidance. But who is in good health? One imagines themselves in good health, but forgets all of the antecedents, their vaccinations, accumulated toxins etc.

When you eat like everybody else, bread, meat, cheese, wine, you cannot be in good health, even if appearances could suggest otherwise.

In order to know if you’re in good health, you must fast for a few days:

1) If you notice nothing in particular, no nausea, no palpitations, no covered tongue, no bad taste upon waking, no headaches, no wind, … then you are healthy.

2) However, if you notice any of these symptoms, you’re intoxicated and in bad health.

This is the true mirror of health. Fasting unveils your real state of health. It’s a more valuable test than any laboratory examination or analysis.

In your day to day life, we hide our true state of health by drinking coffee in the morning when we feel sleepy, by smoking cigarettes to calm our nerves, with stimulants to pick us up, depressants to calm us down and sedatives in order to help us sleep.

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February 18
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I found that fasting is one of the very best ways to “reset the system” and get back on track on the path of ultimate health. I have found that a short 72-hour water fast is the very best way to kickstart your health whenever you’ve fallen off the wagon.

I found the short 3-day water fast to be great for:

– Going through a tough period of life when you have a lot on your mind (including handling difficult situations such as grief)
– Get back on track with the raw food diet
– Improve digestion
– Eliminate depression
– Eliminate short-term pains such as headaches, bad sleeping habits, etc.

Note: This is my personal experience. Not everyone can benefit from a short 3-day fast, and you should ask your licensed health practitioner if you have any doubt. Fasting is not advised for many health conditions. Ask your doctor first.

Enjoy this video where I talk more about the benefits of water fasting, and go through a three-day fast on the camera for you!

Notes from Video Blog:

– I have a correction to make. On the video I said that intermittent fasting extends life 40% more than calorie-restricted diets. I meant to say, extend the life more than on a 40% calorie-restricted diet. The studies I referred to can be found here and here.

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– Frederic’s Update

– Video interview with Loren Lockman

– The health benefits of water fasting

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Greetings from Costa Rica!

Recently I was in Panama City and got the chance to visit Loren Lockman’s fasting center, the Tanglewood Wellness Center. This center is the only water fasting center that I know that also promotes a raw food diet. Check out the two interviews I recorded with Loren.

In the first video, we discuss the benefits of water fasting versus juice fasting, or juice “feasting” as it’s often referred to nowadays. If you’re interested in undergoing a water fast, make sure you also watch the second video to learn more about Loren’s place in Panama.

I also have a great article for you from Loren himself on the benefits of fasting.

Also a quick note:  due to increased traffic and demand on our websites, we moved to a new server. In the process we encountered unexpected problems and have been working hard to fix all of our websites. Thank you for your patience and we hope that you love the new website (it’s currently a work in process — we know a few links don’t work and are working to put everything back in order — thanks). If you need customer support, contact us at www.replytofred.com

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Fasting: the Natural Way to Perfect Health

Empty PlateBy Loren Lockman

If you’re suffering from health challenges of any kind, you may want to take a look at the ancient, and amazing practice of fasting. Not well understood by many today, fasting has been used for time immemorial to address problems of all kinds.

Virtually all animals employ fasting in times of sickness or injury.

You may have seen a cat or a dog (or any other animal) lie down and refuse food when ill. Though people often believe that this is a “bad” thing and that the animal will be harmed by its stubborn refusal to eat, in fact, the animal is simply following its instincts and nature’s dictates and giving its body the optimal conditions in which to deal with virtually any problem.

Rumi, the great 11th century poet and mystic extolled the virtues of fasting. Pythagoras understood the impact that a clean body has on the brain, and insisted that all prospective students fast for six weeks before he would tutor them.

After Gandhi was assassinated at 77, his doctors commented that his organs looked like those of a 35 year old. Their only explanation was the extensive fasting he had done.

Plutarch said, “Instead of medicine, fast for a day.” This remains excellent advice. At the first sign of a cold or flu, or any other acute illness, if you will take to bed and cease eating, your body will have the opportunity to cleanse and heal itself much more quickly.

The benefits that can accrue to us via fasting are numerous and varied. Fasting is not magic, though it often seems so. It is simply nature’s way of allowing the organism the best possible conditions in which to cleanse and heal itself.

Heart disease affects 50% of all Americans. Last year, a peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal proved that fasting is three times as effective as hypertension medications at reducing high blood pressure.

It’s helpful to understand that virtually all symptoms that we experience are evidence that the body is attempting to heal itself. Sinus congestion, fever, swelling, even pain, are created by the body on purpose, and are nothing more than evidence that the body is working to address some problem and restore balance, or homeostasis. When the body is given an opportunity to cleanse and heal, all manner of symptoms may arise, and they often do.

Sometimes, those who don’t understand this will believe that the fast has made them sick. In fact, by ceasing to squander the body’s energy on unnecessary activities (including, temporarily, eating!), much more energy is available to cleanse and heal. The appearance of symptoms simply indicates that these processes have begun.

It is always the body that heals itself. Remedies of all kinds generally treat symptoms, not causes, and it is only by eliminating the cause of a problem that we can expect to solve the problem.

Taking a decongestant may relieve the discomfort, but it does nothing to eliminate the actual problem, which was a toxic substance in the body. With its means of elimination paralyzed by the drug, the body is forced to store these toxins, furthering the body’s build-up of them, and eventually creating chronic disease.

If you’ve been eating a Standard American Diet for 20, 30, 40 years or more, your body probably has a lot of stored debris. Additionally, as the body becomes overburdened with the toxins brought in from outside (exogenous) sources from our diet, water, and the environment, it’s also becoming overburdened with toxins created inside the body (endogenous). These endogenous toxins are the waste products of cellular metabolism. When a system is heavily burdened, it’s unable to process and eliminate the cellular wastes quickly enough, and these wastes build up.

Many years ago, French scientist Alexis Carrel won the Nobel prize for keeping the cells of a chicken heart alive for 32 years. He accomplished this by keeping the cells’ fluid bath clean, changing it twice a day. In fact, the cells only died when a research assistant neglected to change their bath one day.

Like the chicken heart cells, we can improve our health and extend our life by providing our internal organs with a clean environment. Fasting is the most effective and efficient way to allow the body to cleanse itself of all wastes, both exogenous and endogenous.

Fasting means different things to different people. I use the textbook definition: “the complete abstinence from all nutrients.” Though people talk about “juice fasting” or “fruit fasting,” these terms are misnomers. Because fruit and vegetable juices contain nutrients, taking only juices is more appropriately termed a “juice diet.” The same is true for long monodiets like the melon or grape diet.

Though many believe that juices and certain foods are “cleansing,” this isn’t true. Rather, simple diets of juices or water-rich fruits allow the body a much greater chance to cleanse itself than it has while eating a typical diet. Though the body detoxifies more than usual while consuming a lighter diet, this is very different than what happens while truly fasting.

There are beneficial physiological changes that occur in the complete absence of nutrients. The body goes through a series of steps to meet its constant glucose needs, looking first to the digestive tract, next to glycogen stores in the liver, then to muscle tissue to create glucose, and finally, to adipose tissue. This last step doesn’t happen if there are any nutrients coming in.

This is important because we retain toxins primarily in the adipose tissue – our long-term fat stores. With nutrients coming in, the body never switches to burning adipose tissue as a primary source of fuel. The result of this is that so-called “juice fasts” are generally much easier on the body because there is much less detoxification going on.

Though one can expect to experience some discomfort while fasting, the degree varies greatly and depends on the specific conditions of the faster. Most people enjoy the process and find it relatively painless.

There are some typical symptoms that one may expect to experience. As mentioned earlier, fasting is the most effective way to treat high blood pressure. Within days of beginning a fast, most people will see their blood pressure begin to drop. In cases where there is a lot of arterial plaque, blood pressure may go up first, as these fatty deposits are broken down and released into the bloodstream, thickening the blood.

There is no cause for concern in either case. However, when fasting, you are very likely to experience dizziness upon standing up quickly, and this can be dangerous if you pass out and hurt yourself when you fall. Take the precaution of sitting up first when getting up from a lying position, rise slowly, and brace yourself if possible.

Aches and pains, cold and flu symptoms, congestion, headache, and many other symptoms may also arise. One thing that often happens is that people find their internal organs. Many people are not really aware of their internal organs, and don’t know where they are. When fasting, it is not unusual to feel some aches in these organs, especially the liver and kidneys, which are the primary organs of detoxification. They will likely be working much harder than usual, and you may feel some pain there as a result.

It is also not unusual to experience aches and pains in old injuries. Injuries that healed improperly or incompletely tend to improve while fasting. When given a chance, the body goes back in and begins the work of completing these repairs. They may hurt while this is going on. This is the body’s way of reminding us to stay off them while they are healing.

Over the last 17 years, I’ve supervised people with almost every condition imaginable through fasts ranging from a few days to nearly 10 weeks. The results have been almost uniformly very positive. This should not surprise us though – the human body is incredibly resilient, and given the opportunity and ideal conditions, is almost always capable of healing itself.

How long your fast should be depends on your conditions. The average person has a six to eight week reserve of nutrients, and can safely fast that long, if she does it properly. Few people ever need to fast that long, though most would undoubtedly benefit from it.

Fasting properly means following the natural model: the sick animal lies still throughout the fast. Fasting means complete physiological rest, so this is the ideal way. I encourage my clients to spend as much time as possible resting comfortably with their eyes closed. Attempting to fast while continuing one’s normal routine is a recipe for disaster, as the body becomes quickly exhausted.

If fasting is a safe and natural process, why would anyone need supervision? No one does. However, many people find that they fare much better when in the proper supportive environment, and under experienced supervision.

There are some contraindications for fasting, though they are few and far between. I believe that almost everyone can safely fast, and will benefit greatly from doing so. Some exceptions to this are women who are pregnant or nursing, anyone who is emaciated for any reason, or anyone with extreme nutritional deficiencies.

Fasting in pregnancy or lactation results in an overload of toxins to the baby. Because fasting means that the body is living on nutrient reserves, those who are emaciated for any reason literally cannot fast. They can refrain from eating, but rather than fasting, they will be starving. In the first case, the body is being fed on non-essential reserve tissue. In the second case, when no reserves are present, the body will consume vital tissue. The body is intelligent enough to distinguish between the two.

The emotional component to this process is also very important. Fasting is an opportunity to clear out long-suppressed emotional “baggage.” The results of this part of the process can be amazing, and coupled with the rejuvenative physical effects, make fasting a very powerful tool.

If you’re having any trouble sticking to your chosen raw diet, you will also benefit from fasting. When you eliminate all of the toxins from your system, you will cease to crave any of the non-foods that still have a hold on you.

If you’re not already experiencing perfect health, you may want to investigate fasting. You’ll want to examine all of your diet and lifestyle choices to achieve this lofty goal, and fasting is a good way to start.

Loren Lockman directs the Tanglewood Wellness Center in Panama, where he supervises fasts, counsels clients one-on-one and teaches the principles of natural law. Loren can be reached by going to: www.TanglewoodWellnessCenter.com.

March 12

Easy 1-Day Detox

Filed under Fasting & Cleansing, Questions & Answers by Frederic Patenaude

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– Easy 1-Day Detox
– Questions and Comments from the Readers (That’s You!)

Frederic's Update

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Welcome to another information-packed issue of Outrageous Health & Success.

I’m here in Costa Rica, enjoying my last month or so before spending the spring and summer in Canada — and still loving it.

Did you know that March and April happen to be the warmest months in Costa Rica? That’s because the dry season is about to end, and temperatures rise slightly. Then as temperatures rise, it triggers the start of the rainy season in late April or early May, and then the rain makes everything green and the weather a bit cooler.

But for those of you who are afraid to visit this country during the rainy season: you’re missing out! It might be the most beautiful time of the year. Everything is green, and mornings are usually gloriously sunny. But most afternoons, it will rain.

1 Month ago I released “How to Move to a Tropical Paradise”, and the program is going super-great so far! We’re going to hold a first “Day Tour of Costa Rica” with yours truly in December of this year.

But for those of you who would like to make Paradise wherever you are right now… stay tuned for a brand new recipe book I’m releasing next week.

I’ve been working on it on and off over the last 2 years… and it’s finally ready!

HINT: If there are still many exotic fruits you don’t know what to do with, and are BORED with your current raw food diet, then this will be for you!

Look for it sometime early next week.

Yours for health and success,

Frederic

PS: Next week is also the start of our annual Green Cleanse. For 7 days, I’ll be leading a group of raw-food enthusiasts on the most powerful and effective cleanse you can do. If you’re ready to kick start your health and get back on track with raw foods than this is for you. You’ll get daily support, recipes, access to our discussion forum… and more. Sign up now… the preparation for the cleanse starts TOMORROW! After that it will be too late. Check it out at: www.fredericpatenaude.com/greenforlife.html

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Easy 1-Day Detox

Like I said many times, everybody needs a cleanse, once in a while. Unless you live in a pristine environment in the middle of the jungle with only access to organic, tree-ripened fruits, then once in a while, you need to cleanse!

But these “cleanses” or “detox” need not to be very long. Even just a one-day detox is often enough to get you back on track with the raw food diet and help you purge some accumulated toxin.

Here’s an easy, one-day detox anyone can safely follow, once a week or so:

BREAKFAST:

Either skip breakfast, or make a light smoothie consisting of some fruit and greens.

For example:

  • 3-4 bananas
  • 1-2 cups of sweet fruit (mango, papaya, pear, apple, etc.)
  • 2 cups of baby spinach
  • water

Blend together

LUNCH:

Same as breakfast, or have a fruit meal of one or two types of fruit. (Eaten whole or as a smoothie.) For example: papaya and banana, blended together or eaten together.

AFTERNOON SNACK:

Make another green smoothie. Here’s one of my favorites:

  • 3-4 bananas
  • 1 ½ cups of frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups of spinach or romaine lettuce or other greens (non-bitter)

Blend with water!

DINNER:

If you’re really hungry, start dinner with some fruit, or a fruit smoothie or soup.
Then follow with a simple vegetable soup.

Here’s one that I really like:

  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 2 small cucumbers, peeled
  • 1 mango or 1 cup of another fruit
  • fresh basil, or dill
  • 2-3 green onions, fresh

The idea here with this soup is to blend it at the lowest speed in your vita-mix or blender. It should still be chunky. Dice the tomatoes and cucumbers. Blend together and add the other ingredients. Blend slowly!

If you’re still hungry after this soup, you could make a non-fat salad, or eat more fruit. As long as you avoid oils, nuts and other fatty foods, as well as salt, you’ll still be following the guidelines for the cleanse!

Try this one-day detox, and you’ll see how great you feel. Now imagine what 7 days could do for you…

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“What Body Fat is Too Low”?

Hi Frederic! I watched your interview on the “Rawkaton” and it was very impressive! Your diet recommendations have helped me so much (in a fairly short time) compared to all the other raw food diets. I completed the ten day cleanse program and feel much better.

Before the cleanse, I weighed 159 pounds with 9.8 percent body fat on a 5′ 10″ frame. Now I weigh 153 pounds with 6.7 percent body fat and a body mass index of 22.1 Do you think 6.7 percent body fat is too low (especially in the winter)?

Also, if I stay on the cleanse diet long term with 2 ounces of nuts per day, will I gain the 6 pounds back that I lost? Maybe I should just accept the fact that I am slim since I feel good and healthy at this weight.

I used to eat too many fatty foods to gain weight, but then felt more tired. I think I looked better when I weighed more but I feel much better now. I have additional questions below. Do fruits and vegetables lose much vitamin or mineral content when they are frozen? Why do you eat so many bananas per day? What is their benefit? How long do I wait to eat nuts or fat foods after eating fruit? Also, if you know of any raw food festivals or conferences in Atlanta, GA anytime soon, please let me know.

Thanks. Dale

Response From Frederic: Right now you are at a very enviable spot at 5’10’, 153 pounds and 6.7% body fat. I know a lot of guys (including me) who would love to be at that level! So I would not change anything there. Remember that you’re still at a very healthy level for a man.

Between 3 and 9% body fat is considered very healthy for athletic men.

But women need a higher body fat of at least 11% to maintain proper hormonal function. Between 11 and 20% is the ideal range for an athletic woman.

Your body fat and weight ratio indicates that you must be very muscular. You should not have any problems in the winter at all. Just keep up your fitness program.

I have no idea why you would want to gain weight at this point, except to gain even more muscle through your exercise program. Many actors actually train to be exactly where you want so they can look at their best in a movie!

To answer your other questions: Some vitamins are lost when you freeze foods but not a great amount. Minerals stay intact. I’m not against frozen foods as long as they are not eaten super cold. What I’ll generally do during the winter is add a handful of frozen berries to every smoothie. Since the rest of the smoothie is warm or room temperature, it doesn’t really taste “cold”. You don’t want to put very cold foods in your system because:

Firstly, they will make you feel very cold, which is probably not what you want during the winter!

Secondly, too much cold foods can affect your intestinal flora and impair your ability to produce and absorb vitamin B12.

As for the banana thing, I don’t think I eat “so many bananas”. I eat the right amount based on what I need. There are also many days when I don’t eat any bananas at all. But bananas are easy to eat, non-acidic, rich in calories and fairly inexpensive so they are the perfect staple on the raw food diet.

Blood Types and the Raw Food Diet

Please comment if there are some blood types that can´t go with living foods. What is your blood type?

Response From Frederic: I have answered this question before, in fact I have answered it extensively quite a few times. So here’s the short answer:

There is absolutely no reason to believe that any restrictions must be placed on the foods you eat based on your blood type. This entire theory is wrong.

Many animal species have different blood types yet eat essentially the same foods.

The “blood type” diet is often a good excuse for people to explain their failures on the raw food diet, when it is easily explainable for other reasons.

Knowing my blood type won’t add any weight to this discussion. I know successful raw-foodists of all blood types: A, B, AB and even the meat-eating “O”.

If you want more information on the topic, I included an in-depth article on the Blood Type Diet and Raw Foods in my “Raw Health Starter Kit” available at http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/starterkit.html

Eating Fruit Peels or Not?

Hi! Although our family has been Vita-Mixing for a number of years, we have NOT been doing the ‘green’ thing although sprouting has been a minor addition to our food intake and because of your mega efforts on the Raw food movement, we have been enjoying greens more and cooking less!! Yeah! And I am a mega self-taught gourmet cook!

A question became apparent recently as to why you suggest eliminating the skins from cucumbers? “Store bought, maybe?” It is my understanding that the majority of vitamins and minerals are just under the skin and since I grow my own in an organic style garden, what is your perspective regarding the skins? Are they toxic?

Response From Frederic: A lot of people will tell you that you need to consume all skins of all fruits because that’s where the “nutrients” are.

Those people have not understood the basics of nutrition and the fact that deficiencies are not caused by a “lack” but more often by an “excess” of something.

I’ve heard people say that the skins of apples are more nutritious than the apple itself. Of course, they were selling a specific supplement made from apple skins.

If the solution were to eat the most nutritious foods to be healthy, then why not eat banana peels? They contain plenty of nutrients.

Fruit peels are not “toxic” but are generally not digested. Even tomato and grape skins just pass through the stools undigested.

So, my point is that there’s no reason that should stop you from peeling certain vegetables or fruits. I personally peel cucumbers with thick skins, but I eat the skins from very soft cucumbers.

I eat some fruits with peels, but not for the nutrients. I eat them because it’s more convenient or tasty to do so.

If I blend something I will generally add the whole fruit if the peel is edible, but I generally avoid very tough skins like most cucumber skins.

I also peel apples when the skin is too tough. Even though that skin is rich in nutrients, those nutrients are generally not accessible.

Primates in the wild will peel skins of all fruits, and only consume the fruit flesh, unless they are very hungry and therefore non-discriminating.

Bottom line: don’t try to seek the most concentrated source of nutrients, instead, seek the most absorbable source of nutrients, in a food that’s easy to digest.

Kombuncha Tee

Could you please address the use of Kombucha Tea while on the raw foods diet. Good or bad!

Response From Frederic: I’m really surprised that so many people make the mistake of eating a particular food or taking a particular product because of the alleged health benefits. Why not pursue a healthy lifestyle as a whole?

Kombucha Tea does contain some caffeine, although certainly not as much as regular tea or coffee, depending on what kind of leaves it’s made from. But it is a good enough reason to avoid it.

This tea is also fermented, and will generally contain a certain percentage of ethyl alcohol, formed through the fermentation process. That also is another reason to avoid it.

There are also possible adverse reactions when a culture can become contaminated through the fermentation process.

On the other hand, I don’t really see any serious health benefits from drinking Kombucha tea, as most claims made about it’s health benefits are either dubious or simply not proven.

So I really see no reason to drink it.

The “Pounch”

Dear Frederic,
Is the pouch in a woman’s stomach caused by gas, bloating and blockages in the small intestine and colon or can it also be caused by fat and cellulite?

Response From Frederic: Every person is different. Generally, the “pouch” you refer to would be a combination of all the things you mentioned.

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June 13

Symptoms of Fasting

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Today I want to talk about fasting. Fasting is an effective and natural means of achieving quick detoxification and revitalization of one’s mind, body, and soul. That’s why when you go through a transition in life, make major dietary changes, or attempt a reversal of health complications, it’s often good to fast.

However before you start a fast, you need to be aware of some of the symptoms that can be experienced during your fast.

Unless fasting is a normal part of your scheduled cleansing and detoxification process, one or many of these symptoms may result until the body has adjusted itself and been cleansed internally of the emotional, mental, and physical “junk” it’s absorbed over your life.

First the good news: there is a light at the end of the detox tunnel. It takes about three days to get rid of the natural cravings for food or old habits that might creep in as a result of cleansing. Because fasting is a complete (or limited) abstinence from food except water, it’s a good idea to get LOTS of rest.

So why would you fast if you’re going to experience some detox symptoms. Well, fasting allows you to recover and rejuvenate physiologically and psychologically to rebuild your energy to a stronger and healthier level that is free from external stresses.

Here are some of the symptoms you may experience. Remember, every body is differet and you may experience all or even none of these symptoms. The important thing to keep in mind is that these symptoms are temporary and they will pass and also that they will get easier to manage over time.

Physical Symptoms:

As the body rids itself of toxins (both mental, emotional, and physical), you may experience:

  • fatigue
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • headaches
  • irritability
  • minor depression
  • lack of focus
  • increased body odor caused by elmination of toxins
  • negative emotional and mental patterns

Many will feel lethargic, have muscle and joint pain and slight dizziness.

If you’ve eaten a lot of cooked foods, processed sugar, caffeine, or other non-raw foods, you may find your body expelling those pathogens as part of the detox process. That’s why it’s good to drink plenty of water and get lots of rest to avoid dehydration.

You might also find that because the body is detoxifying, you’re susceptible to colds or flu viruses due to the amount of mucus in your system. An easy prevention is to drink lemon juice with water.

And finally, even people with great skin as well as anyone with problem skin may find they are prone to breakouts or skin rashes. This is a natural by-product of the body’s attempt to cleanse itseld and is temporary and will disappear the longer you fast.

Mental & Emotional Symptoms:

The fasting symptoms that you may find most troubling are the emotional symptoms. Emotionally, fasting will bring to surface underlying fears and other negative emotions that have gone undealt with. Anxiety levels may also increase and poor concentration until the body has achieved a inner balance. Our bodies are usually so focussed on digestion and our lives are often so busy that we do not allow our emotions to surface. Many fears are typically covered up with food, medication, and avoidance, omission of these stressors during the fast will bring them to surface quickly. Also the slower pace of fasting gives us time to concentrate on the emotions that we bury because we don’t have time to deal with them.

When you’re fasting, it’s an excellent time to meditate or journal to acknowledge these hidden or known fears and determine the positive direction you want to go after the fast.

Positive Symptoms:

Now before you go thinking that fasting should be avoided because of all the negative fasting symptoms, I want to tell you about the positive symptoms that typically result from fasting.

First is a heightened awareness of your present habits, lifestyle, and goals and whether they support your ideal life. You may also find your creativity increases and ideas that you put aside in the past are more clearly defined in your mind. You’ll be able to get projects done faster and with a clearer mind.

Physically, there are some great benefits from fasting. Not only is your mind clearer but you may find that your senses are heightened. I get lots of comments from people who fast who say their vision is clearer, their hearing crisper and of course almost everyone has a more glowing appearance.

To top it all off, fasting can also stimulate weight loss or help you find a balance in your ideal weight.

Whether your reason for fasting is periodic or seasonal, the initial symptoms experienced will always be minor compared to the long term benefits of cleansing!

April 23
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We live in a toxic world, and in addition to that we often do not nourish ourselves in an optimal way. We consume processed, denatured foods, grab and go breakfast bars, and well, lots of plain old junk food. To add insult to injury, for many people, most of what they eat is cooked, even the juice they drink, which completely robs it of its vitality and true ability to sustain the body.

Cooking adds new and novel substances into our systems that the body must labor to eliminate. Cooking meat for example creates mutagenic heterocyclic amines, known carcinogens. Wood smoke imparts your food with the delightful spice of… formaldehyde! I could go on, but I would most certainly run off the page.

What can you do to Reverse the Damage?

Some things you have little control over, such as the air quality of the environment in which you live. So what can you do to release some of the toxins from your body? You can moderate what you put into your mouth! This is something you do have an enormous amount of control over. Choose organic produce wherever possible, and strive to eat most or all of your food raw (we are talking about items from the plant kingdom here – I won’t comment on sushi).

In addition to your everyday diet, you can commit to a regular green juice detox program. You could do this once per month, or for more benefits, or follow my plan of a weekly detox by alternating this type of detox with the other ones that I recommend. Pick a day (or two) and consume nothing but green juice and water.

Benefits of a Green Juice Detox:

Number one, juice is easily assimilated, and when your system isn’t burdened with the energy consuming business of digestion, it’s free to direct that energy toward other tasks, namely eliminating waste, and tissue repair.

Number two, greens are replete with vitamins and minerals and will provide you with a big dose of much needed nutrition.

Number three, green vegetables are loaded with chlorophyll, a widely recognized purifying agent.

Number four, even juice contains enough fiber to assist in the removal of waste material from the digestive tract.

How to go About a Green Juice Detox:

You can use a combination of just about any leafy green, although plants from the mustard family are not really advisable due to their sometimes extreme pungency. Try celery, romaine, spinach, or kale. You can add some cucumber and a bit of sweet vegetable like carrot or beets to improve the flavour. Don’t go overboard with this – we are aiming for green juice.

You will want to consume it quickly as it will oxidize rapidly given that the plant cells will have been pulverized so ruthlessly. Lemon is a nice addition as well and can inhibit the oxidation to a certain degree.

Aim for two litres (64 oz) a day. Split this up over the course of the day. You may need to work up gradually to this. Listen to your body and use sound judgement. If you are not accustomed to eating much raw vegetable matter, too much juice could have unpleasant, shall we say, purging effects.

Drink at least a litre (32 oz) of water or more per day as well. This will assist in the flushing out of released toxins.

Regain Your Natural Energy!

You will be surprised by the energy that you can recoup once your digestive tract has been cleared of debris. This alone can have an amazing effect on how your body feels.

When your system is not clearing on a regular basis, this will eventually lead to a condition called autointoxication, wherein toxins are leached into the blood stream from putrefying food that has been sitting in the colon. This can create all sorts of nasty symptoms, and pardon my expression but, really make you feel like crap.

A regular green juice detox program is a simple method for fighting back against environmental pollution and poor dietary choices.

Rediscover your natural energy and vitality!

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