Lyme disease is a chronic condition caused when a person’s immune system reacts to a certain type of bacteria after typically being infected by a tick bite.

The traditional Lyme disease treatment includes antibiotics, however there’s also a more natural way that works.

Today I’m interviewing one of my clients, Elisabeth Dunhan.

Elisabeth believes that she has healed herself of Lyme disease with a fruit based vegan diet, detoxification and supplementation.

What is Lyme Disease?

It’s a bacteria that is typically transmitted through the bite of an infected tick with the most common carrier being the black legged deer tick.

However, there are a number of different types of ticks that are also known to carry this bacteria.

The infection occurs in stages with the early phase beginning at the site of the tick bite with an expanding ring of redness which is often but not always experienced.

In fact, less than 50% of people infected experience this rash.

Lyme disease symptoms include:

  • Tingling
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Dizziness
  • Joint swelling
  • Memory problems
  • Digestive issues
  • Stiff neck
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Muscle pains
  • Memory problems
  • Numbness

Chronic cases of Lyme disease evade the human immune system and the disease is only detectable by conventional testing in its earliest stages.

The traditional Lyme disease treatment includes antibiotics, however it’s not always an effective treatment.

In our interview today, Elisabeth will talk about how she found an effective Lyme disease treatment.

She talks about how a fruit based vegan plan, as well as other natural treatments helped her heal herself of this disease.

Elisabeth’s free Facebook group here.

Elisabeth’s Lava Love products.

Post your comments below!

P.S. Are you ready to unlock your body’s true natural healing potential? Want to create a much lighter and more vibrant body for yourself that is fueled by raw foods? Join our 5-week Raw Energy Lifestyle Program! Registration ends on May 30th.

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Wondering what fruit to eat on a raw vegan 80/10/10 diet? Today we’ve got a video that will help you understand not only that, but also how to organize your fruit stock.

What Fruit To Eat On A Raw Vegan 80/10/10 Diet

Calories per bite will be less on a raw vegan 80/10/10 diet than a standard diet so you will need to eat a larger volume of food.

So you can base the bulk of your calories on fruit like bananas, grapes, mangos, melons, dried fruit like dates and figs, and oranges and orange juice.

You need to always have enough fruit in your house to make the raw vegan lifestyle sustainable.

You normally plan a week ahead to know how much fruit you need to get for yourself.

Dried fruits are a great addition to your meal plan and dried dates and dried figs are easy to store and can last a long time.

So to plan for a week in advance you first need to know how many meals you will eat per day on a raw vegan 80/10/10 diet.

To understand how many calories you eat, you can use some free online software like cronometer (www.cronometer.com) and input your meals there.

Great places to get the fruit that you need and save some money on are:

  • Local grocery stores
  • Supermarkets
  • Farmers markets
  • Wholesale markets

Now depending on where you live, you can control how your produce ripens so it doesn’t all ripen at the same time.

Any excess bananas or other fruits can be stored in your freezer and frozen bananas and  other frozen fruit can be a useful back up for when you don’t have enough ripe produce to eat.

So watch the video above to discover more about how to successfully plan and eat fruit on a raw vegan 80/10/10 diet.

Post your comments below!

And by the way, my wife Yulia is hosting a FREE live masterclass called Reshaping And Healing Your Body With Raw Foods.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Some of the worst mistakes that many raw and vegan followers make that result in cravings, yo-yo dieting, frustration and health issues.
  • 3 types of body fat and how it affects your weight and health.
  • The 5-step formula for boosting your energy, improving your digestion, eating more and weighing less without deprivation!
  • How to easily create your own raw or high raw menu plan to witness positive changes to your health, weight and life.
  • Why the practical aspect of including more raw vegan foods isn’t as complicated as you may think and ways to change your diet and lifestyle today.
  • The reason why most people struggle to change their eating habits and a powerful way to help you build momentum behind your new lifestyle.
  • And much more!

>> FREE Live Webinar “Reshaping And Healing Your Body With Raw Foods”. Sign up here <<

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This raw vegan pumpkin burger recipe with savoury mushroom sauce makes a delicious dinner!

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You can make it with pumpkin or a butternut squash and either version will taste delicious!

The great thing about this raw vegan burger is that you don’t have to fry it in oil (which creates toxins and can throw your Omegas out of balance), grill it, or even bake it.

raw vegan pumpkin burger recipe

Instead, you’ll enjoy all the nutrients and convenience of not worrying about cooking.

I used a dehydrator for this pumpkin burger recipe, but if you don’t have one, there’s also an option without it.

Raw Vegan Pumpkin Burger Recipe

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Raw Vegan Pumpkin Burger Recipe
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Serves: 3-4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 medium head of lettuce
  • 2 cups chopped pumpkin or butternut squash
  • 2 cups fresh shitake mushrooms
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • ½ cup coconut water (fresh or bottled)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon of both thyme and sage
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions
Instructions
  1. Grate pumpkin or butternut squash finely. Place in a bowl.
  2. Place 1 cup of shitake mushrooms, walnuts, flax seeds, ½ cup sun dried tomatoes, cumin and green onions inside the food processor and mix together in a sauce.
  3. Mix the pumpkin or butternut squash and mix from the mushroom sauce together.
  4. Using your hands, form into burgers.
  5. Option 1: serve as they are
  6. Option 2: place on the dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 104F for 4 hours. Turn over and dehydrate for another 4 hours.
  7. To make the sauce: blend or food process together the coconut water, ½ cup sun dried tomatoes, 1 cup shitake mushrooms, thyme and sage.
  8. Chop the lettuce and place onto a plate.
  9. Place the burgers on top on the chopped lettuce.
  10. Pour the sauce over the burgers and serve!

Remember to rate this pumpkin burger recipe below and post your comments!

I’m really excited to announce that I’m hosting a FREE live masterclass called Reshaping And Healing Your Body With Raw Foods.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Some of the worst mistakes that many raw and vegan followers make that result in cravings, yo-yo dieting, frustration and health issues.
  • 3 types of body fat and how it affects your weight and health.
  • The 5-step formula for boosting your energy, improving your digestion, eating more and weighing less without deprivation!
  • How to easily create your own raw or high raw menu plan to witness positive changes to your health, weight and life.
  • Why the practical aspect of including more raw vegan foods isn’t as complicated as you may think and ways to change your diet and lifestyle today.
  • The reason why most people struggle to change their eating habits and a powerful way to help you build momentum behind your new lifestyle.
  • And much more!

>> FREE Live Webinar: Reshaping And Healing Your Body With Raw Foods”. Sign Up Here <<

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Let’s talk about calories on a raw food diet. A lot of people have this false belief that in order to be lean and healthy, you should eat tiny meals and always feel hungry.

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The importance of calories on a raw food diet.

Many people in our world have been programmed into thinking that you need to steer clear of eating large meals, otherwise they’ll lead to weight gain.

In fact, some people even boast that they eat very small meals and that this helps them keep in shape.

Now, on a standard western diet, for example, you can easily eat foods that are very calorie dense, like pizzas, burgers with fries, or candy bars.

Compare this to a diet that is an all raw or perhaps a high raw plant foods diet and you’ll discover that you can eat a lot more volume of food and still eat less calories.

If you do eat very small meals in an effort to stay slim, then you most probably will be eating significantly less calories than your body needs.

This can lead to problems when your body uses a lot more energy than you are giving it in the foods that you eat!

A too low calorie intake will lead to low energy levels and poor mind clarity, not to mention compromised state of your adrenal health.

And if you do this on a consistent basis then you will not only feel low in energy you can also lose too much weight, including muscle weight which is definitely not healthy to do.

Also, when you’re undereating on calories, you will be undereating on vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients that your body needs to maintain itself properly.

So in my video today I’m talking about the importance of calories on a raw food diet and some important aspects you need to know about it.

Click the play button above to watch it!

So what are your thoughts on caloric density? Were you aware of it in the past and what will you do now to make sure you eat enough?

Post your comments below!

And by the way, my wife Yulia is hosting a FREE live masterclass called Reshaping And Healing Your Body With Raw Foods.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Some of the worst mistakes that many raw and vegan followers make that result in cravings, yo-yo dieting, frustration and health issues.
  • 3 types of body fat and how it affects your weight and health.
  • The 5-step formula for boosting your energy, improving your digestion, eating more and weighing less without deprivation!
  • How to easily create your own raw or high raw menu plan to witness positive changes to your health, weight and life.
  • Why the practical aspect of including more raw vegan foods isn’t as complicated as you may think and ways to change your diet and lifestyle today.
  • The reason why most people struggle to change their eating habits and a powerful way to help you build momentum behind your new lifestyle.
  • And much more!

>> FREE Live Webinar “Reshaping And Healing Your Body With Raw Foods”. Sign up here <<

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Today we’re inviting you to join us on a vegan grocery shopping trip in Pattaya, Thailand.

We give you tips and strategies for shopping for fruits and vegetables on a raw vegan diet.

Are you a vegan grocery shopper? Let us know about the tips and tricks that you use when it comes to shopping for your groceries in the comments section below.

When you are naturally lean and healthy, you don’t normally concern yourself with how your metabolism is doing. But if you start to put on extra weight, then the word metabolism will almost certainly find its way into your vocabulary.

Here is a video about how to boost your metabolism to burn more body fat:

Generally speaking, metabolism refers to how quickly or slowly your body burns energy, or calories, and how this then affects your weight.

As you get older, the hormone levels in your body starts to decline and this can have a big impact on your bodily functions, including how your body stores and loses fat, which will affect your weight.

True, you can’t change your age, but there are many factors that are under your control when it comes to metabolism.

How to boost metabolism to burn more body fat.

The first step to boosting your metabolism is by balancing your gut health.

“All disease begins in the gut”, said Hippocrates.

The human gut is also known as the second brain. It’s not just involved in the digestion of what you eat and drink, but also other critical functions, such as the immune system and the nurturing of healthy gut bacteria that serve a wide range of functions in the human body.

These functions will include the ability to absorb nutrients, help regulate your hormones, assist your body in natural detoxification and even affect your mental health.

So as you can appreciate, keeping your diet naturally cleansing, which means eating vegan and centering around the consumption of raw fruits, greens and other veggies, as well as eating simply and following food combining rules can greatly aid the restoration of your gut health.

In our latest video, I will also go into 5 other important areas to help you boost your metabolism so you can release that stubborn weight you might still be holding to.

One of those steps is eating as much organic as possible due to many endocrine-disrupting chemicals contained in pesticides on conventional produce (1).

To help you with this, I’ve created a cheat sheet with the dirty dozen of 2017 (what produce is best to avoid if not organic) and the clean 15 (safer to eat if not organic) based on the latest available data.

>> Download your dirty dozen and clean 15 cheat sheet here. <<

Remember to leave your comments below!

Bibliography:
1. https://nutritionfacts.org/2017/04/18/the-food-safety-risk-of-organic-versus-conventional/

Our daughter Elanie has turned 3 years old and today we’re showing  you what our 3 year old raw vegan eats in a day.

We demonstrate some of the super healthy, quick snacks and meals that you can make for your kids.

We’ve put together a freebie for you where you will discover how to create a healthy and successful party. Just click on the link below to download it instantly!

>> FREE DOWNLOAD: How To Organize Your Healthy Party <<

How can you turn off your fat genes? Dr. Neal Barnard has the answer!

Dr. Neal Barnard is a world renowned medical doctor who has authored more than 70 scientific publications as well as 18 books.

Dr. Barnard believes in preventative medicine and likes to show people that they don’t need animal products to feel satisfied by what they eat. He has conducted studies that show how eating whole food and vegan can improve your health, helps you balance your hormones, turn off your fat genes and so help you lose weight.

I’m thrilled to interview Dr. Barnard in today’s video.

In the interview we cover a number of topics, including:

  • Are many people destined to be overweight due to their genes or can you literally alter your genes by what you eat?
  • Some of the negative health implications associated with low carb diets, such as the Paleo, Mediterranean and Ketogenic
  • Exactly how can eating a low fat, whole foods, vegan diet protect you from modern diseases.
  • Is it ok to have plant fats in your diet and what types are best?
  • How to beat your food addictions and why addictions are NOT your fault.

Dr. Neal Barnard on turning off your fat genes

One of the important points Dr. Neal Barnard has covered in this video is to do with so called fat genes. A lot of people believe that being overweight is in their genes and there’s nothing that they can do about it.

Here’s the good news — it’s not true. You do actually have the power to alter your genes and turn off the bad genes when you eat the right foods. Indeed, there are certain genes you cannot change (like the colour of your eyes, for example), however you can absolutely achieve natural weight loss if you eat the right kinds of foods.

Check out our interview with Dr. Neal Barnard to discover his insights and the latest scientific evidence about what diet is the healthiest for you to eat!

Dr. Neal Barnard’s website: www.pcrm.org

Still not losing your baby weight and have hit the post natal weight loss plateau?

I know exactly how you feel and today I’ve got a special video that talks about post natal weight loss.

A Quick Guide To Post Natal Weight Loss.

When it comes to weight loss, things are pretty simple — to shift excess weight, you need to achieve the right balance of calories in and calories out.

Calories out (calories you burn) need to be greater than calories in (the food that you eat).

Yet, when you’re a breastfeeding mom, you feel very hungry and have less time to exercise due to your parenting responsibilities.

The good news is that by focusing on taking smarter steps, you can create that light and defined body you’ll feel a lot more confident in.

1. Be determined, but let go of your concern and attachment to the end result.

In other words, don’t give up on your dream of a fit body, keep working towards them and focus on the journey of getting there, versus the end result. You may need to continue tweaking your diet, your exercise routine, your lifestyle, and it may take a bit of time before you see the results. And remember – if you feel stuck, reach out for help. Get yourself a coach, surround yourself with supportive people and keep at it.

2. Consider adaptive exercises that will be appropriate for your personal situation.

For example, if you’re energy levels are low, interval training won’t be an appropriate type of exercise for you to choose. So do what you can — light jog, brisk walk, pushing a stroller, cycling — the key is to get yourself moving.

3. Introduce weight lifting!

That was what made a huge difference to me – lifting quite heavy weights 3 times per week at the gym, focusing on compound exercises, which I will take you through in the freebie that I’ve created for you.

>> FREE DOWNLOAD: 8 Effective Strength Training Exercises To Release Stubborn Baby Weight <<

Results didn’t happen overnight for me, but I kept doing my gym routine 3 times a week, week after week until the changes started happening.

4. Feast on whole, vegan foods with lots of raw foods ons your menu.

If you continue eating processed food, even if it’s vegan, you’ll probably pack in more calories than you need and won’t be able to achieve the post natal weight loss that you want.

To prevent that happening, focus on whole vegan foods and keep your diet high in raw foods. Not only is this plan highly nutritious, you’ll also assist your body with better post-natal recovery and natural weight loss.

Breastfeeding will make you hungry, so be sure to eat the foods that will help you achieve your light body weight, instead of taking you in the opposite direction.

Remember that I’ve put together a freebie for you where I will take you through 8 highly effective strength training exercises you can do to build a leaner body. Just click on the link below to download it.

>> FREE DOWNLOAD: 8 Effective Strength Training Exercises To Release Stubborn Baby Weight <<

How’s your post natal weight loss journey progressing? What helped you shift the extra pounds? Share your comments below!

 

Oil, including olive oil is actually damaging for you because it is fattening and disease building.

You will hear about essential fatty acids, such as omega 3’s and 6’s and how raw and cold pressed oil will give you these health promoting fats.

Yet, oil is not the type of fat you want to include into your diet.

Whether it is olive oil, coconut oil, flax seed oil, heat treated or cold pressed/raw oil, oils do not promote health in any shape or form.

 Mediterranean diet myth and its use of olive oil

Supposedly, a great aid to those that consume it and today is still touted around the world as been health promoting.

However, when you look at the facts behind this and other supposedly healthy oils it all comes down to the same thing … fat and nothing else but fat!

What never gets mentioned is the fact that the people consuming olive oil in the island of Crete, for example, back in the 1950s were eating an abundance of fruits and vegetables and doing plenty of exercise and manual work.

Fast forward to the present day and their health is now very much the same as many westerners, being overweight and unhealthy.

The problem is that they now exercise less, eat unhealthily, consume animal products and processed foods, and carry on consuming olive oil.

Greek EPIC prospective cohort study (1) followed 23,349 people eating the Mediterranean diet for 8.5 years.

The biggest health benefits did not come from the olive oil that they were eating.

Instead, it came from high vegetable intake, low meat intake, and moderate alcohol consumption.

Diets rich in olive oil, on the other hand, contribute to atherosclerosis (2) and higher rates of coronary artery disease.

Why Oil And Olive Oil Is Unhealthy For You: http://www.rawsomehealthy.com/why-oil-and-olive-oil-is-unhealthy-for-you

Let’s look at some of the facts about oils and why they are not fit to bring us health, even if they are raw:

1. Oils are a highly processed food (a man-made fragmented nutrient), and contain 100% fat, which is something you will never find in nature. They can never compare to whole foods (fruits, veg, nuts and seeds), which always contain a whole host of many other nutrients as well as fat, and are a complete nutritional package.

2. Olive oil packs a whopping 4020 calories per ounce.

3. Fat found in oils can results in extra flab around the waist and hips. Yes, as far as oils are concerned the unhealthy fat that you eat will be the fat that you wear.

4. Other adverse effects of consuming oils include: unbalanced Omega 3 to 6 ratio, diabetes and immune system suppression.

Let’s also mention the thinning of the blood, which could be very serious if one is in a major traffic accident or suffers a ruptured artery in the brain.

Oil fats are also associated with an increased risk of cataracts.

Dr. McDougall, famous American promoter of a low-fat, plant-based diet, quotes: (3)

“Chemically speaking, free oils are chains of carbon found in a purified state. Extraction processes have removed all of the other ingredients of the whole food. Thus, free oils are no longer intermixed with the naturally-designed and balanced environment of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and ten thousand other chemicals found originally in the plants. Free-oils are not food—at best these are medications, causing some desirable effects, and at worst; they are serious toxins causing disease.”

Oils upset and slow down digestion. If you eat a fresh raw vegetable salad without any oil dressing, for example, its digestion is both quick and efficient.

Add less than a teaspoon of oil to it – your digestion will be slowed right down and it will take many hours.

What to eat instead of oils

A whole and as much raw as possible diet containing fresh fruits, vegetables, and moderate amounts of plant-based fats, are the optimal and only real choice for obtaining your essential fatty acids in a health-inducing way.

So, instead of buying into all this hype about what oils are supposed to do – just have your olives, nuts, and seeds as they come in their natural state and in moderate amounts.

Any oil, regardless of whether it has been cold pressed or not, is an imbalanced and unhealthy food source. Fragmented products result in fragmented health.

Bibliography:
1. http://www.bmj.com/content/338/bmj.b2337
2. http://atvb.ahajournals.org/content/15/12/2101.full
3. http://drmcdougall.com/misc/2007nl/aug/oils.htm