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    Monday, October 15, 2007 by: Angela Stokes

    (NewsTarget) How many overweight wild antelope have you ever seen? What about morbidly obese zebras waddling around the savannah? Wild animals don’t deal with overweight or obesity issues. Wild animals don’t usually eat cooked or processed foods. They eat raw foods, in their natural state and maintain ideal body weight. The human body is designed to run on the clean fuel of raw foods too, just like all the other animals. Through our experiments with cooking and processing foods however, we have moved ever further away from simplicity, towards the so-called ‘Franken-foods’ and we pay for it with our health. Our addictions to processed starches, refined sugars and greasy foods lead to widespread obesity, which we then try to ‘fix’ with yet more processed, chemical pills, powders and packet ‘diet’ foods.

    The majority of people in the UK and USA are dealing with overweight or obesity issues. The consequences are enormous – from increased illness and medical costs, to ‘lost’ work days, family tensions and more. The obesity epidemic infiltrates all aspects of life. Not surprisingly then, the weight loss market is one of the largest industries in the world and growing constantly. Bombarded with slimming plans, pills, powders, and pre-packaged, processed diet foods, slimmers fret about calories, fat grams, low-carb, no-carb and all number of issues. There are literally thousands of different diets available and a HUGE amount of conflicting information. It can be very confusing to decide how to lose weight.

    In contrast, a raw food lifestyle is all about keeping it simple. No more calorie counting or portion controlling – it’s about returning to natural, nutrient-rich foods. Choosing to simply include more raw foods daily, as part of a permanent lifestyle change, can help you lose weight, detox and enjoy much more energy.

    Stop counting calories – ENJOY your weight loss…
    The effects of going raw are well-documented – we look younger, hair and nails strengthen, skin gets clearer, pores tighten, eyes brighten, depression lifts, diseases heal and we feel energised. People undergo ‘raw-markable’ transformations. In addition to all those benefits, swift, sustainable weight loss is one of the primary effects of beginning a diet rich in raw foods. In my first year raw, for example, I lost around 7.5 stone (105lbs). If this lifestyle’s sustained, the weight loss is also easily maintained. I released around 11.5 stone (160lbs) in total and have kept it off for over three years.
    This is a completely different approach to ‘dieting’. It’s not about how many calories something contains, the fat grams or the endorsements on the packaging. It’s about how it feels in your body - do you enjoy it, are you energised by it, are you feeling better?

    The raw lifestyle is extremely cleansing. The body goes through an incredible transformation: toxins, including fats that have accumulated over years are released through massive detox. The body always works towards health, so when it suddenly receives potent enzyme and nutrient rich food with which to clean and cure itself, it seizes the opportunity to become much healthier, very quickly. In my opinion, eating more raw is easily the most natural, simple and rapid path to sustained weight loss available.

    Most people however seem to look towards those unsustainable ‘quick-fix’ solutions for weight loss like dieting, ‘miracle’ powders/pills or even bariatric surgery. These solutions rarely provide satisfactory results in the long-run.

    Diets Don’t Work…
    The truth is that diets don’t work. Often, people just lose excess water when dieting. They’re thrilled to see a lower number on the scales and soon revert back to previous habits. They then re-gain weight (and often extra), ending up in a ‘yo-yo’ dieting situation. So, how is going raw different? I don’t see this as a temporary patch-up solution, or a diet we go ‘on’, waiting to come ‘off’ again at some point; for me, it’s a genuinely effective and loving lifestyle choice. We adjust to a permanent new abundance of fresh, raw food, which cleanses the body, nourishes and sustains us.

    This path doesn’t chain you to endless diet club sessions and expenditures, nor is it funded by any multi-national pharmaceutical company. There is no big business behind raw fruits and vegetables - it is just simple, natural and effective. The great news too is that you don’t have to eat 100%, completely raw to feel the benefits – just eating more raw than cooked food will begin your healing. If you can simultaneously remove the primary ‘nasties’ in your diet – i.e. processed starches, refined sugars, pasteurised dairy - your cleansing and weight loss will progress dramatically.

    One definition of madness is to keep doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. Yet people come ‘off’ a diet, revert back to previous eating habits and are surprised to find they re-gain weight and feel the same as before. A KEY aspect to understand is that making committed changes to your lifestyle will bring about complete changes in your body and well-being.

    You are what you eat. Did you ever wonder what that really means? The foods you eat literally make up your cells. Consider food as messages to your body cells for a moment. The optimal foods for your body are natural things it can easily recognise. Your body can ‘understand the message’ when you eat fresh watermelon for example much more easily than denatured, pre-packaged low-fat ready-meals. The body has to work much harder to ‘unpack’ the information in the ready meal. It likely contains any number of preservatives, stabilisers, processed starches, trans-fats and so on – things that simply don’t occur in nature. There may be all kinds of claims on the box about how it will help you slim down and gain energy, but those aren’t the messages your body receives. With cooked/processed foods, the body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs, so it keeps asking for more, which ironically often leads to eating huge amounts of ‘empty’ foods, like pasta, sweets and snack foods. When we eat mainly raw foods, the body gets what it needs - enzymes, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients - in a form that’s easily understandable and useable.

    The same principle goes for trying to lose weight permanently and successfully using medicines/pills. The body doesn’t recognise such chemicals – they only complicate matters in the long run. In the short term they may raise your metabolism and help you burn some fat, but in the long-term it is hard to even know what damage these chemicals may cause. Making long-term, permanent changes to your FOOD intake is the optimal way to natural weight loss, not ingesting chemical pills alongside a life-less diet. As Hippocrates put it ‘Let food be thy medicine’.

    How do I eat raw for weight loss?
    For most people, ‘going raw’ seems like a huge change. I want to re-emphasise that to see real and effective weight loss, there is no demand that you MUST be 100% raw, now or ever, or indeed do anything that doesn’t feel comfortable to you. Try starting with baby steps. Ultimately, the most important message here is to EAT MORE RAW – it doesn’t matter if you begin at 50, 60 or 70% raw, as long as you’re eating more raw than you used to, and more raw foods than dead, cooked foods (or at least equal amounts of each), you will start to see results.

    In the beginning especially, if you’re coming from a junk food background, like I was, anything is an improvement as you’re moving away from processed foods towards more natural produce. People usually fear that to eat more raw means it’s all carrot sticks and apples from here on. That need not be the case at all. It’s possible to produce incredibly lavish raw meals, as gourmet as you like. The advantage with raw foods is that even if you eat raw cake all day long in the beginning (not recommended), you would still likely lose weight, because you’re NOT eating those other toxic foods anymore and you ARE receiving masses more nutrients. When dieting, people often feel deprived, as they’re calorie counting and weighing foods and these restrictions can feel very un-nurturing. As a result, when the diet ends, they often swing into binge eating. Eating raw can alleviate so much of that pattern.

    Just go for it – try it out for a day, a week or even a month and see the difference in your appearance, energy and health. The more raw foods you ingest compared to cooked, the more opportunity you have to release toxins/excess weight and regain health. The choice is yours, but the minimum level I suggest starting at is 50% raw (by weight, not volume of the food) and work up from there. That might mean eating only fruits before lunch, salads with all cooked meals, choosing all raw snacks and so on.

    Taking it at YOUR pace…
    Remember: this is about long-term, realistic changes, not about ‘magic-bullet’ solutions or being perfect at being raw, so take things at a pace that’s comfortable for you. Be aware that making a huge change from a very unhealthy diet to very high raw can be extremely demanding in terms of detox and you may experience a ‘healing crisis’ if you push too far, too fast. Your body stores many toxins in fatty tissue, so the faster the fat breaks down, the faster the toxins are released and too many toxins released too quickly can cause discomfort. Be sure to incorporate colon cleansing to aid the elimination process. Going 100% raw has many health benefits, including a clearer system, increased assimilation and greater energy and I certainly recommend it in the long-run, but in the beginning, it’s usually beneficial to take your transition gently.

    You might find at first that you feel like eating nuts constantly, along with three avocadoes a day. It’s ok. Avocadoes won’t make you fat. Fats are an area where people tend to feel confusion and fear. Raw fats are completely different to cooked fats. Whereas cooked fats clog up the body with all kinds of toxins, raw fats such as those from avocadoes, olives, coconuts, nuts, seeds and oils nourish the body, soften the skin and actually promote weight loss. This is mainly because raw fats still have enzymes intact, especially lipase, which helps to break fat down, whereas with cooked/processed fats, the enzymes are mostly destroyed.

    It is very likely you will eat more food at the start of going raw than you will further along this path, as your nutrient assimilation slowly improves. As you progress therefore, you will likely want to reduce your fat intake, but in the beginning, nuts and avocadoes are very useful and not to be feared/avoided – you can easily eat plenty of them and still lose weight

    Taking it to the next level – beyond the physical…
    Something that really excites me about people going raw for weight loss is that it tends to foster exploration of many other aspects of themselves – not just the physical. Rather than it all just being a ‘weight issue’, people start to examine the emotional suppression and so on, underlying those excess pounds. They begin to unfold more and connect with hidden parts of themselves, reaching out to others for support. Far from being a ‘shallow’ process of losing some fat/water, then reverting to old habits, this is about positive, real life changes. Working through these shifts may feel tough in the short-term, but overall will leave you clearer and less likely to return to self-destructive patterns.

    I see going raw as an incredible path for natural weight loss and healing on all levels. If you want to experience genuine, lasting shifts in your health and vitality, I say go for it – EAT MORE RAW - there’s nothing to lose but all that weight.

    Top Three Tips for Successful Raw Weight Loss:

    1. GET YOUR GREENS
    Green vegetables alkalise and re-mineralise, which is vital for good health. At least one green drink daily is ideal – try fresh vegetable juice, a green smoothie or simply green powder like spirulina/green superfood mixture with water. Eat greens too, but know that having them as liquids means you can ingest larger quantities, with more assimilable nutrients.

    2. AVOID EATING LATE AT NIGHT
    Key for losing weight and keeping it off. Try not to eat after around 7-8pm, as digestive power is weaker at night. Avoid going to sleep on a full stomach. Foods eaten late at night ‘stick’ to the body much more.

    3. ENJOY YOURSELF
    I believe we’re here to enjoy ourselves. Avoid feelings of restriction and ‘deprivation’ by being creative and playful with foods. This is a big lifestyle change for many and if you’re not having fun, it’s not likely you’ll sustain it, so ENJOY!


    About the author

    Award-winning raw food author and lifestyle consultant Angela Stokes lost an incredible 160lbs with a raw lifestyle, reversing morbid obesity. 29-year-old Angela started eating raw in May 2002 and has spent the last five years exploring and promoting raw foods and natural healthcare for weight loss. Her website, www.rawreform.com shares her own amazing story of recovery, along with guidance and inspiration for others. It includes videos, before/after pictures and she also blogs her raw adventures almost daily. Angela offers e-books, retreats, consultations and lectures internationally on raw foods. In February 2007, she completed a 92-Day Juice Feast and her book on this subject has inspired thousands of others to delve deeper into juicing. Originally from England, Angela received awards at both the House of Lords and the National Lottery to support her research and work. She can be contacted at angela@rawreform.com.

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    I started a program with the assistance of a chiropractor, but at one point she got defensive and I didn't feel she was committed to helping me any longer. This article reenforces the detox/raw foods method. Motivation is just what I needed - thanks!

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    I think totally raw and vegan diets are dangerous. Not enough animal fats and proteins.
    They are fads. People have been eating cooked or fermented dried food for thousands of years. I try to do 50% raw, with lacto-fermented foods and raw vegetables and fruits.
    Then I eat a bison burger and a couple of eggs.
    I got very ill on a vegan diet — I was protein deficient from gluten malabsorption and didn't have the amino acids to detoxify. I almost ended up in the hospital.
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    I agree. Sometimes, Good-Day, I reprint articles like this just so we can point out the flaws in them, and I wish someone had done that earlier with this one. Certainly some raw foods confer benefits that cooking destroys, but more often, cooking destroys harmful elements or breaks down cell walls for better absorption of nutrients. Humans' use of fire goes back at least 800,000 years so we as a species have done quite well on cooked foods.

    Same with animal protein and fats. I'm sure you've seen elsewhere on this site that people seem to do well on a meat-free diet AT FIRST, because just stopping consumption of hormone-laden, antibiotic-laden, corn-fed meat is going to lead to improved health. But it's not sustainable because our body needs [healthy] animal protein and fat. Ever hear of rabbit starvation? Long ago miners, trappers, outdoorsmen who lived largely on rabbits because they were easy to shoot or snare, came into town well-fed but ill and half dead for want of fat. (Rabbits are very lean). They gorged on lard, deer fat, whatever animal fat they could get and instantly recovered. Learn from this!
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    Islander, this is such an excellent explanation for some of the reasons that "diets" have an initial positive effect, but one which is not sustainable for optimum health. We have become conditioned to accept black and white explanations in terms of "fats good, carbs bad" or "carbs good, fats bad", all of which ignores the nuances that make all of the difference in physical reality.

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    I have also tried raw/vegan and I get very ill very quickly and didn't lose an ounce either. My body cannot handle carbs and I also seem to have very high protein requirements. There is no way to meet MY body's needs on a vegan diet. I probably do about 50% raw or very lightly steamed for veggies. I use the dehydrator to make things like sun dried tomatoes, to dehydrate soaked nuts rather than roast them etc (at low temp). I also make fermented veggies like sauerkraut and beets. In the last 4 years, since I've been involved in "natural" health, I've met one person who does well on vegan. Yes she admits to eating lobster, fish and a few other things occasionally but never meat besides seafood. Others I have met, in person and online have gotten ill in a matter of weeks, months or even years but they all stopped, not due to lack of commitment but because they felt awful and it was destroying quality of life. I truly believe everyone has to eat a pure, clean diet, but the components of that diet are going to be very very individual. A person needs to learn to read their body; I can't stress how important doing what is good for YOU is vs what the doctor or the chiropractor or the latest fad or anyone else says.

    Something I never see in articles like this is the fact that a lot of the body's detox ability is genetically determined and in many other cases, the detox pathways have been annihilated by either toxins, disease, malnutrition etc. Not everyone can handle a major cleanse or detox program; in fact it can be dangerous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maurya View Post
    We have become conditioned to accept black and white explanations in terms of "fats good, carbs bad" or "carbs good, fats bad", all of which ignores the nuances that make all of the difference in physical reality.
    That's so true, Maurya, and wise and well-expressed, too.
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    What Pattypans said

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    Quote Originally Posted by mellowsong View Post
    In the last 4 years, since I've been involved in "natural" health, I've met one person who does well on vegan. Yes she admits to eating lobster, fish and a few other things occasionally but never meat besides seafood.
    By definition this is not vegan. Vegan is NO animal products whatsoever, including all dairy even cheese. Also no eggs or even honey.

    It is hard for me to justify a vegan lifestyle. I have read that there are a number of vegetarian cultures that include whatever they can find such as eggs and honey, but there is no culture anywhere that developed a complete vegan lifestyle. That is something that has occurred in our culture, mostly due to a philosophy rather than based on good nutritional science.

    I do fine pescatarian/"vegetarian." I enjoy dairy and eggs very much. I still eat fish on occasion and feel i could not be healthy without these things. My husband does not uphold my problems/philosophy with meat, and so for him i purchase organic meats, grassfed when i can get them.

    To me veganism is almost more of a religion than anything else. That philosophy is almost militant in trying to "prove" that is how we should eat and trying to force everyone to follow it. I understand the problem with eating animals. We have discussed that here before. But i can't understand the problems with eggs that are raised in a healthy manner, nor raw, pastured dairy or honey.

    I, personally, am quite happy anorexic. I wish i did not need to eat. But that doesn't mean it is healthy. Veganism is very similar, i think. It seems to me to be quite clear that our bodies are made to run on certain foods/components that are simply not found eating vegan. I've known quite a few folks who seem to do well eating vegan, but i don't know how long they have been doing it nor how they actually live day to day. There is a group of folks who eat vegan but entirely unhealthy, living on junk foods made with vegetable oils and the like. We KNOW that these things are unhealthy.

    Someone posted this yesterday at Facebook: WHY EGGS AREN'T A HEALTH FOOD - WHETHER ORGANIC, LOCAL, OR NOT I had not realized that Dr. Cousens promotes a vegan lifestyle. Someone better than i at reading science, can you tell me if this is actually something that sounds reasonable? It was my understanding that eggs are a very good form of protein and nutrients.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katee View Post
    Someone posted this yesterday at Facebook: WHY EGGS AREN'T A HEALTH FOOD - WHETHER ORGANIC, LOCAL, OR NOT I had not realized that Dr. Cousens promotes a vegan lifestyle. Someone better than i at reading science, can you tell me if this is actually something that sounds reasonable? It was my understanding that eggs are a very good form of protein and nutrients.
    Katee, I'm not an expert, but I've looked in depth at some of the various blood tests for food allergies and decided not to put out the money for them. Allergies come from IgE or IgG. The problem with IgG testing is that the results have barely greater than 50% reproducability. In other words, if you take the same blood sample, in the same lab, the results will be statistically different almost 50% of the time. This is not science! Also, IgG antibodies do not always correlate with symptoms. I think they simply don't know enough at this point in time. It is a useful screening tool possibly giving someone a place to start but I expect most foods would elicit similar findings. The main problem I have with IgG testing is that ALL foodstuffs come with bacterial, viral and fungal particles. All of these stimulate the immune system, so is the testing picking up a food allergy or is it picking up an immune response to foreign microbials?

    The rest of his rant is full of mis-information. Even in conventional eggs, the risk of salmonella, while there is pretty tiny. It's really stretching things to correlate leukemia in cows as causing leukemia in children who eat beef...what about environmental toxins causing both??? I could go on and on, but this is just another example of a zealot twisting things to fit her view.
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    Her view? Wasn't this written by Gabriel Cousens M.D.? It certainly fits the agenda of the person who posted it at FB, but i was under the impression that this doc wrote the paper.

    All that you say makes sense to me, Mellow.

    A year ago a doc ran a lot of tests for food allergies on me. Most came in at low numbers - 1 or 2 (i think these numbers run up to 5). I don't think anything even hit 4, or if it did it was brewers yeast. The doc wanted me to eliminate ALL those foods - tomatoes and lettuce and milk and eggs. Nothing much left i could eat.

    After 5 weeks and no change and no weight loss, i questioned this. I said, "What kind of milk was used for the test? Did it have rBST in it? Pesticides? Were the tomatoes organic?" And much more. I asked how he could know i was reacting to the food and not to their contaminants. He told me of course they couldn't know all of that information, but "you have to start somewhere." He felt eliminating these foods, even at a very low level of "allergy" was justified, and if i "just stuck with it" i would see a result in 2 or 3 years.

    I've not been back.

    I swear, it is hard to find a good doctor.

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    My understanding is that the MRT/LEAP test is the only one available that is worth a s**t. Does anyone have any experience with this particular food sensitivity testing?

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    I have had a hair test to detect both food allergies and food intolerances and my husband has also. I know it sounds a little hocus pocus but in both our cases the results were very accurate in detecting both known problems and unknown ones.

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    The Weston A. Price Foundation recommends organic eggs (try to find the best pasture-raised ones you can). The only time you shouldn't eat them is if you have an egg allergy/intolerance .
    Our own Dizzy here on HH had a hidden egg allergy she was able to figure out.

    From the WAPF: http://www.westonaprice.org/basics/p...-healthy-diets
    Dietary Guidelines

    Eat whole, unprocessed foods.
    Eat beef, lamb, game, organ meats, poultry and eggs from pasture-fed animals.
    Eat wild fish (not farm-raised) and shellfish from unpolluted waters.
    Eat full-fat milk products from pasture-fed cows, preferably raw and/or fermented, such as raw milk, whole yogurt, kefir, cultured butter, whole raw cheeses and fresh and sour cream. (Imported cheeses that say "milk" or "fresh milk" on the label are raw.)
    Use animal fats, especially butter, liberally.
    Use traditional vegetable oils only--extra virgin olive oil, expeller-expressed sesame oil, small amounts of expeller-expressed flax oil, and the tropical oils--coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil.
    Take cod liver oil regularly to provide at least 10,000 IU vitamin A and 1,000 IU vitamin D per day.
    Eat fresh fruits and vegetables--preferably organic--in salads and soups, or lightly steamed with butter.
    Use whole grains, legumes and nuts that have been prepared by soaking, sprouting or sour leavening to neutralize phytic acid, enzyme inhibitors and other anti-nutrients.
    Include enzyme-enhanced lacto-fermented vegetables, fruits, beverages and condiments in your diet on a regular basis.
    Prepare homemade meat stocks from the bones of chicken, beef, lamb and fish and use liberally in soups, stews, gravies and sauces.
    Use filtered water for cooking and drinking.
    Use unrefined salt and a variety of herbs and spices for food interest and appetite stimulation.
    Make your own salad dressing using raw vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and a small amount of expeller-expressed flax oil.
    Use natural sweeteners in moderation, such as raw honey, maple syrup, maple sugar, date sugar, dehydrated cane sugar juice (sold as Rapadura) and stevia powder.
    Use only unpasteurized wine or beer in strict moderation with meals.
    Cook only in stainless steel, cast iron, glass or good quality enamel.
    Use only natural, food-based supplements.
    Get plenty of sleep, exercise and natural light.
    Think positive thoughts and practice forgiveness.

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    The WAPF goes on to take apart the "politically correct nutrition" Katee talked about in the same article (including the 'eggs are bad myth'):
    http://www.westonaprice.org/basics/p...-healthy-diets

    What's Wrong With "Politically Correct" Nutrition?

    "Avoid saturated fats."
    Saturated fats play many important roles in the body. They provide integrity to the cell wall, promote the body's use of essential fatty acids, enhance the immune system, protect the liver and contribute to strong bones. The lungs and the kidneys cannot work without saturated fat. Saturated fats do not cause heart disease. In fact, saturated fats are the preferred food for the heart. Because your body needs saturated fats, it makes them out of carbohydrates and excess protein when there are not enough in the diet.

    "Limit cholesterol."
    Dietary cholesterol contributes to the strength of the intestinal wall and helps babies and children develop a healthy brain and nervous system. Foods that contain cholesterol also provide many other important nutrients. Only oxidized cholesterol, found in most powdered milk and powdered eggs, contributes to heart disease. Powdered milk is added to 1% and 2% milk.

    "Use more polyunsaturated oils."
    Polyunsaturates in more than small amounts contribute to cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, learning disabilities, intestinal problems and premature aging. Large amounts of polyunsaturated fats are new to the human diet, due to the modern use of commercial liquid vegetable oils. Even olive oil, a monounsaturated fat considered to be healthy, can cause imbalances at the cellular level if consumed in large amounts.

    "Avoid red meat."
    Red meat is a rich source of nutrients that protect the heart and nervous system; these include vitamins B12 and B6, zinc, phosphorus, carnitine and coenzyme-Q10.

    "Cut back on eggs."
    Eggs are nature's perfect food, providing excellent protein, the gamut of vitamins and important fatty acids that contribute to the health of the brain and nervous system. Americans had less heart disease when they ate more eggs. Egg substitutes cause rapid death in test animals.

    "Restrict salt."
    Salt is crucial to digestion and assimilation. Salt is also necessary for the development and function of the nervous system.

    "Eat lean meat and drink lowfat milk."
    Lean meat and lowfat milk lack fat-soluble vitamins needed to assimilate the protein and minerals in meat and milk. Consumption of lowfat foods can lead to depletion of vitamin A and D reserves.

    "Limit fat consumption to 30 percent of calories."
    Thirty percent calories as fat is too low for most people, leading to low blood sugar and fatigue. Traditional diets contained 30 percent to 80 percent of calories as healthy fats, mostly of animal origin.

    "Eat 6-11 servings of grains per day."
    Most grain products are made from white flour, which is devoid of nutrients. Additives in white flour can cause vitamin deficiencies. Whole grain products can cause mineral deficiencies and intestinal problems unless properly prepared.

    "Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day."
    Fruits and vegetables receive an average of 10 applications of pesticides, from seed to storage. Consumers should seek out organic produce. Quality counts!

    "Eat more soy foods."
    Modern soy foods block mineral absorption, inhibit protein digestion, depress thyroid function and contain potent carcinogens.

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