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How to Start a Raw Food Diet

Here are 10 easy ways that you can start succeeding in living a FullyRaw lifestyle!

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    Q: What's the best way to start on a vegan/raw food diet? I am not sure what to eat to make sure I would get a nutritious diet-you may not be able to go into that much detail but how can I get sample meal plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner incorporating this type of diet-perhaps there is somewhere on the web I find something like this? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

    A:

    If I do say myself, the best way to start a raw food diet is to be coached by me. I run a 6 month health coaching program that is 60-90 percent raw and 100 percent vegan/gluten free/ allergy free. You can find out more about my program at www.theveganeffect.com. I am running a special of half off my program if you sign up before march 1st. 

    Here are some other tips to get started.

    1: Join a raw food meetup group or community. Surround yourself with supportive people who can point you in the right direction. Try meetup.org or 30bananasaday.com 

    2: Read books like "beauty detox solution" by snyder, "80/10/10" by Dr. Graham., or "The Paradigm diet" by Adam Dave

    3: Start simple with breakfast. Always start your day with a green smoothie. read "Green smoothie revolution" by forget authors name at the moment. heh.

    A sample meal plan would be.

    Breakfast: Green smoothie

    Bridge: raw bar, handful of nuts or seeds, or fruit

    Lunch: Raw wraps made from collard greens. use a base of tahini, hummus, or nut butter. Fill with sprouts and colorful veggies

    Bridge: raw bar, handful nuts or seeds, or fruit

    Dinner: Raw pasta with a large salad

    Snack: Sorbet 

     

    Hope that answers your question,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT VLC BMI

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    Q: My Doctor wants me to start using the Cholesterol medication, Zocor. He says my high cholesterol is due to genetics. I'm not crazy about the idea of using this medication that he says may affect my liver. I've tried lowering the 'bad' cholesterol with diet and exercise. What are my natural food options? Thanks! After you do the full body detox and want to pursue other cleanses do you have to stay on a raw diet. Can you eat cooked beans or the herbs won’t be as effective? I’m a college student and I need food for thought and sometimes things aren’t accessible.

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    I'd recommend you start taking CHOLESTEROL BUSTER, ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD, and INTESTINAL JANITOR (Fiber). Food-wise, all fruits and vegetables will help lower your cholesterol levels. Avoid meat and dairy products if your cholesterol levels are high.

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    Q: I have a question. My son is 16 and got him detox just 2 days ago. He hasn't started it because he cannot do with school so I told him to wait for vacation and then start because he cannot handle the food diet. anyway, we are vegetarians, and was wondering if he has bad acne, would just the blood and lymph formula work for now until we start detox to take care of his acne. I also ordered that but thought I will start after the detox and he wants to clear his face sooner and detox with diet is impossible at that age and being in school unless he does not follow the diet? What do you think? Can you let me know? Please thanks.

    A:

    Just do the BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC FORMULA for now until he can FULL BODY DETOX and do the diet. Just do what you can do diet-wise given the circumstances. An "ACNE" article is coming very soon! Stay tuned to Dherbs.Com!

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    Q: How can I make the transition from cooked food, to raw food? Do you have any raw recipes for children? How can I get kids to eat raw?

    A:

    Children do as you do, so let the child see you eating raw food as well. Fruits are the best raw foods to eat, as they are naturally sweet. Purchase "Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual", for the numerous raw food resources to assist you in this transition.

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    Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual

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    Q: I’m wondering about your 20 day raw food diet, are you saying no cooked veggies at all. (I have a form of PARKINSON; I'm interested in trying your recommended raw food diet for 20 days) Please answer this question as soon as possible, thanks.

    A:

    No cooked veggies at all!

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    Q: If I stop the man made drugs and start with the herbs how long will it take for the herbs to "kickin" and keep my blood pressure down like the man mades do?

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    Unfortunately there is really no way of knowing how long it would take. A lot of things come into play. How long have you been on meds, what type of diet do you follow, do you exercise? The herbs are going to work faster and better if you follow a raw or vegan lifestyle. The Full Body Cleanse is the best way to starrt a healthier lifestyle. By simply changing your diet to a raw/vegan diet you will start to notice a change in your blood pressure.

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    Q: I want to start the raw food diet, but do not want to lose weight has i am under weight already. I need tips to gain or at least maintain my weight. I do lift weights as part of my exercise routine.

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    Thanks for the question,

    Losing "weight" on a raw foods diet is a definite probability. But the weight might be excess fat and water retention due to detoxing. By weight I am assuming you are talking about muscle. It is not that complicated to keep muscle while on a raw food diet. The Vegan Effect diet program I created is 60-90 percent raw. Raw before dinner if that helps. I allow myself one cooked meal a day. For the most part the diet is a Low fat/high carb/high fruit/high alkaline diet. 

    The most important thing to remember is getting enough calories. My athletes (including raw body builders) typically eat 1000 calories of fruit for breakfast in the form of a green smoothie. Usually post workout. You need to eat roughly 3000 calories to maintain or grow muscle mass. Some of my mass building athletes eat as much as 5000 calories. Albeit at a higher fat ratio than our standard 70/10/20 carb/fat/protein ratios. 

    Please refer to my blog on building muscle ona vegan diet found here: http://the-vegan-effect.healthcoach1.integrativenutrition.com/blog/2012/05/building-muscle-on-vegan-diet

    There is a raw organic food bar with 22 grams of protien that can be found here http://www.organicfoodbar.com/products/. *Note: I am not affiliated with them nor do I sell any supplements*. It is however a great bridge to meals. 

    Besides getting enough calories make sure you are getting around 20 grams of protein 5 times a day to maintain muscle mass. Sprouting beans, nut butters, seeds, and nuts help.

    I run a 6 month online health coahcing program that includes lessons on sports nutrition and include a individualized fitness plan. I am currently running a ridiculous half off special to fill spots. If you are interested visit www.theveganeffect.com and contact me there.

     

    Hope this helps

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT VLC BMI

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    Q: Do you have any suggestions for a breakfast, lunch & dinner schedule? I'm making the transition to a healthier diet due to fibroid tumors. Currently I have broken my eating menu into 3 parts, breakfast - fruits, lunch - salads, & dinner - baked potato or any other heavy meal I intend to eat. Is this a good start? Any suggestions you can give on healthier meals for dinner are most appreciated.

    A:

    Please purchase our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL e-book for the alternatives you seek. It's a great little resource, especially for new people starting their transition diet. You off to a good start, Beloved!

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    Q: WHAT PRODUCT SHOULD I START WITH? AND ALSO IS THERE A TYPE OF PACKAGE THAT COVER AN OVERALL HERBS DIET?

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    Start with the FULL BODY DETOX, Beloved!

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    Q: I was diagnosed about 10 months ago with primary lateral sclerosis. I just read your article on Lou Gherig's disease, and the one on Multiple Sclerosis. What advice do you have for where to start an herbal approach?

    A:

    Follow the same advice for these other diseases. The particular disease doesn't matter. Giving the body what it needs to heal does. Start off by changing the diet, performing a cleanse. Consider the Full Body Detox, and Electric Greens Cell Food Cleanse.

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    Full Body Detox
    10-Day Electric Greens Cell Food Cleanse

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    Q: Is there something that will stop me from sweating so much and so easy? I have done this all my life.

    A:

    Yes! Start consuming Ginger, Cinnamon, and Cayenne every day. They will regulate your perspiration. It'll take some time, but the problem will gradually go away.

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    Q: I recently downloaded the Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual. I'm not to sure which of the three programs I'm truly ready to handle. I did raw for the full 20 days and what that told me is that I'm not ready for all raw and no meat, but I also read the article you have on Multiple Sclerosis where do I start? And When?

    A:

    You have to ask yourself this question, Beloved! It's your decision. Do what's best for you. Follow your gut feeling or instinct. Create a diet that works for you.

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    Q: I have the alternative diet and lifestyle manual and want to make sure that this applies to the respiratory condition as well. Can I have the rice bread with no gluten or wheat? or rice pasta being that I have sarcoid? Can I eat cold water fish or venison in small portions along with veggies? What about rice or soy milk or protein whey shake for breakfast once or twice a week? Thank you once again my breathing has improved greatly and I have ordered many more supplies to maintain what I have accomplished thus far due to your regimen. I am not a vegetarian so I want to make sure it is okay to have white meats. I will do whatever I have to do to live. I love and appreciate everything you have done to change and help me to heal myself.

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    The manual applies when you are FINISHED with a cleanse or kit. Follow the regimen's diet. It clearly states NO COOKED FOOD. You are asking us about cooked food here. Stick to the diet plan and you will be alright! You are asking about foods no good for your condition. Whey is crap. Meat is no good. Grains are no good for you as well. They all produce too much mucus!

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    Q: Is there an herb that will cure herpes/HPV virus? Please help Do I need to change my diet as well?

    A:

    NO ... there is no one single herb that cures HSV or any other viral infection.

    Only mindset (thoughts), dietary and lifestyle changes can cure a disease. Disease is not the result of taking one single thing but a host of various things on many different levels.

    Our Full Body Detox is a great start though, at least pertaining to diet and lifestyle change.

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    Q: I tried the FBD and threw up all the food I ate for the morning. I only took the Formula #1, ate fruit for breakfast and drank distilled water.

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    You just started the kit! Please! Give us a break here! One formula and you're ready to quit?

    Folks first guzzle of alcohol makes them sick but they don't give up!

    Smoking that first cigarette makes folks cough, but we don't give up!

    You get knocked down, you get right back up. It's nobody's fault you're severely toxic. Your body is speaking to you and letting you know you're greatly toxic and what you need to do is take a day or two off the FBD and re-start, but this time only taking 2-3 capsule of each formula, and slowly work your way back up. Also, read some of testimonials of people who experienced exactly what you did but kept on going and got great results when they finished the kit.

    What you described is severe toxicity due to a toxic lifestyle, diet, mindset, environment, etc.

    You body is letting you know you seriously need a good cleansing.

    DON'T GIVE UP! Winners never quit, and quitters never win!

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    Q: I want to stop eating meat but I don?t know what type of tofu I should start eating I'm so use to eating meat...should I substitute meat and start eating tofu.is Tofu bad or good.

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    Check out our Alternative Diet and Lifestyle manual ($11) and look under MEAT ALTERNATIVES! Whole lot of tofu brands! I'd take tofu over meat any day! Tofu is only bad if you eat it every single day. It's a great meat alternative! Meat causes cancer and a host of other diseases. Tofu is safer to eat! You can do it, Beloved!

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    Q: I've been a vegan for 2 years now. I've done the FBD 3 times in these two years, but my urine is still yellow. The only time it is clear is immediately after I drink water (reverse osmosis water). If I miss a day of drinking water, my urine goes back to being dark yellow. Does this mean that my body is still very toxic? Also, is it normal to release urine 5 to 15 minutes after drinking liquids? I would think that water would need to stay in the body for awhile for proper hydration and cleansing.

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    From what you wrote I would suggest you start drinking alkaline water (purchase an alkaline water machine, you can find various brands in our e-book "Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual"). If you are urinating within 10-15 minutes of drinking water you are not absorbing the water, and thus you require micro-clustered water which an alkaline (and ionizing) water machine does. I also highly recommend consumption of our Kidneys-Bladder formula (3 capsules per day).

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    Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual
    Kidneys-Bladder and Adrenal

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    Q: I have a question for you. Do you have or recommend an herbal cellulite cream that can be used as a body wraps to lose inches? There are so many products on the market and no one knows if they truly work or not. Is there an herbal body cream that I could use to shrink the fat cells in my stomach area? I have done a body detox and have been dieting for the past year. Hope you can help me to find the perfect herbal body cream that will help me.

    A:

    Cellulite doesn't come from a crème so it can't be healed with a crème. Cellulite is the result of diet and lifestyle so you have to make the necessary changes to your diet and lifestyle. Period! You're dealing with the Law of Cause and Effect here. The cause of cellulite is poor eating and lifestyle habits and the effect of poor dieting and lifestyle is disease, i.e. cellulite. I suggest you keep on detoxing! These wraps only work minimally, but it's cutting corners because even after having them performed you are still toxic inside - a walking time bomb!

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    Q: My sons is only 2 months old, and his face is very dry and flaky. I keep his face moisturized with either shea, or cocoa butter, but it keeps drying out. I was told he has baby acne, which is when during birthing stages, my hormone passed to him, causing acne. What do you recommend from your product line?

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    Please read our articles entitled "Eczema", and "Skin Disorder = Blood Disorder" in our articles section. Diet-wise, please order and read our "Alternative Diet and Lifestyle" manual, and start feeding the child a vegan diet. Avoid all acidic foods which irritate his skin.

    Articles:
    Eczema
    Skin Disorder = Blood Disorder

    Product Links:
    Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual

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    Q: What Are Some Natural Sweet Treats (Junk Foods) I can Consume?

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    Under free will you can consume what you like, but healthier products are best. You will find plenty of "healthier" snack, treat, and junk foods at good health food stores such as Whole Foods Market, PCC Natural Food Stores, Erewhon, Trader Joes, Natural Grocers, New Frontiers, etc. Just make sure to abstain from salt, sugar, and other harmful chemicals in the products you buy. We list many companies of alternative foods and products (and their website addresses) in our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL. Recommended: ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL

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