Alternative Health

The Raw Chef Experience: Conscious Living, Natural Health, Spirituality, Wellness, & Fitness.

Russell James: Raw Food Chef That Loves Holistic Plant-Based Lifestyle & Raw Food Recipes.

The Raw Chef Experience: a show for people who want to enhance their experience of life through conscious living, natural health, spirituality, wellness, and fitness. People who are intrigued by the idea of raw and plant-based foods and that know food is only part of living a healthy, natural life. That's why we interview not just raw food authors and teachers, but experts on exercise, spirituality, achieving optimum energy, starting a business, following a passion and so much more. We discuss what it takes to make your health, wellness and joy in life your priority. Food has the power to change your life radically. After all, you're only ever one meal away from being a healthy eater. By adding in more raw and plant-based foods, you'll begin to feel more vibrant and alive than you ever imagined possible. You may end up more happy and fulfilled than you ever thought possible!

Episodes

RCE032: Anthony Abbagnano - How Can a Conscious Connected Breath Make Such a Difference?
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2017-09-29 14:58:05 UTC 37:13
RCE032: Anthony Abbagnano - How Can a Conscious Connected Breath Make Such a Difference?

Alchemy of Breath is a series of breathing practices that restore our self-awareness, love and compassion. What if there was something right under your nose that could change the way you see the world? By working with Anthony you will discover breathing techniques that have immediate effect and can be incorporated instantly into your daily life, improving your relationship with yourself, and therefore with the world around you. If you believe ‘the only way out is in’ then the Alchemy of Breath could be for you.   https://www.alchemyofbreath.com/

RCE031: Ronnie Landis - Evolving Your Eating & Optimising Your Life
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2017-09-29 14:58:05 UTC 49:21
RCE031: Ronnie Landis - Evolving Your Eating & Optimising Your Life

Ronnie Landis is an integrative nutritionist, transformation coach, and human behavioral specialist. His work focuses on enhancing the human experience through natural nutrition, lifestyle design, and consciousness engineering.   With well over a decade of devoted study & application to the fields of optimizing the body, mind, spirit union through combining the universal principles of you are what you think about and you are what you eat. Ronnie believes that in order to truly manifest our dreams we must first embody them in a healthy, hormonally balanced, and disease free body.   After all it is excruciatingly difficult to maintain an attitude of gratitude in a pain stricken body. Ronnie seeks to share his knowledge and teachings with hundreds of thousands of people around the world through his books, podcasts, online courses, youtube TV show, events, seminars, and retreats.    Ronnie's website: www.ronnilandis.net    Ronnie's book: http://amzn.to/2vrjGB8

RCE030: Charlie Morley - Using Lucid Dreaming to Work with Your Shadows and Create Healing
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2017-09-29 14:58:05 UTC 47:18
RCE030: Charlie Morley - Using Lucid Dreaming to Work with Your Shadows and Create Healing

Charlie Morley is a bestselling Hay House author and teacher of lucid dreaming & shadow work.   He was “authorised to teach” within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in 2008 and has since developed a holistic approach to dream work called Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep and written three books which have been translated into 11 languages.   He’s spoken at Cambridge University, been featured in The Guardian,  and given a talk about lucid dream shadow work at the  TED conference in San Diego.   For the past 9 years Charlie has run retreats and workshops in more than 20 countries and continues to teach internationally. He has lived at Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre in London with his wife Jade for the past 7 years.   For info on workshops and retreats see www.charliemorley.com

RCE029: Sandy Newbigging - Why Conflict Keeps Us Connected to What We Don't Want
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2017-09-29 14:58:05 UTC 51:46
RCE029: Sandy Newbigging - Why Conflict Keeps Us Connected to What We Don't Want

Sandy C. Newbigging is the best-selling author of 6 books and creator of the Mind Calm, Body Calm, Mind Detox and Calm Cure techniques, collectively called Calmology. His work has appeared on television and radio internationally. Psychologies magazine described him as ‘the mind maestro’ and the Red magazine called him ’the guru of modern-day meditations'. He has trained practitioners from 15+ countries in his methods and his Calm Clan website has members from around the world. www.sandynewbigging.com 

RCE028: Laura Jane Koers - From No Confidence in the Kitchen to Empowerment and Healing
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2017-09-29 14:58:05 UTC 55:12
RCE028: Laura Jane Koers - From No Confidence in the Kitchen to Empowerment and Healing

This week Russell talks to Laura-Jane Koers.   Laura-Jane The Rawtarian is a leading creator of simple, satisfying raw food recipes. She is the host of The Raw Food Podcast and a featured speaker at BlogHer Food in Miami, FL and the Canadian Food Bloggers conference in Vancouver, BC.   Her recipes and photography have been featured in The Huffington Post, The National Post and Vegan Life magazine.   She lives in Atlantic Canada. She shares 100+ free simple, satiating raw food recipes at www.therawtarian.com.

RCE27: Paul Risse - Allowing Spirit to Guide Your Life
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2017-09-29 14:58:05 UTC 52:17
RCE27: Paul Risse - Allowing Spirit to Guide Your Life

Paul Risse has been a personal trainer for the clients on ABC's Extreme Makeover, CEO of Cleanse America, starred in Average Joe in the Raw and has helped thousands of people improve their health over the last 10 years.

Paul is currently a furniture and tiny home designer and is building his first house in Hico, Tx.

He is also a fireman on the side. He is happily married and has an amazing daughter.

Paul loves God, loves people and finds everything about life fascinating. You can follow him @paulrisse on Instagram or on Facebook.

RCE026: David Hamilton - The 5 Side Effects of Kindness
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2017-09-29 14:58:05 UTC 43:23
RCE026: David Hamilton - The 5 Side Effects of Kindness

David has a first class honors degree in chemistry, specializing in biological and medicinal chemistry. He has the slightly geeky honour of having achieved 100% in his 3rd year university degree exam in ‘Statistical Mechanics’, which is a branch of quantum physics applied to chemistry.   After completing his PhD, he worked for 4 years in the pharmaceutical industry, first developing drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer, then a year managing leadership and change projects. During this time he also served as an athletics coach and manager of Sale Harriers Manchester, one of the UK’s largest athletics clubs, leading the Junior Men’s team to three successive UK finals. Upon leaving the pharmaceutical industry, he co-founded the international relief charity Spirit Aid Foundation and served as a director for 2 years.   While writing his first book (2004-2005), he taught chemistry (main) plus ecology and mathematics (secondary) at West College Scotland (formerly, James Watt College of Further and Higher Education) and tutored chemistry at the University of Glasgow.   He’s now a bestselling author of 8 books (No’s 9 and 10 are due out in 2017) published by Hay House UK, and offer talks and workshops that use science to inspire – fusing neuroscience, the mind-body connection, kindness, and philosophical and eastern spiritual teachings. He also writes a regular blog on his website as well as occasional blogs for the Huffington Post (US edition) and Psychologies Life Labs, and is a columnist for Soul and Spirit Magazine. In 2016, David won the Kindred Spirit, ‘Best MBS Writer Award’.   He has been featured in numerous publications, including ELLE, RED Magazine, Psychologies, YOU Magazine, Good Housekeeping (both UK & US), and several newspapers.   You might wonder how he got into writing on the subjects he does. In his own words, “Well, during my time in the pharmaceutical industry, I was fascinated by the placebo effect – how people improve through believing they are receiving a drug – so I began to study mind-body interactions in my spare time. I decided to leave the pharmaceutical industry after 4 years because I wanted to educate about the mind-body connection, help people to believe in themselves more, and spread a little more kindness in the world in my own way.”

RCE025: Sophie Trew - Life After Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment at Age 23
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2017-09-29 14:58:05 UTC 39:16
RCE025: Sophie Trew - Life After Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment at Age 23

Sophie Trew is a trained journalist, documentary maker and writer, passionate about change and progress in the cancer world. After graduating in 2013 she worked in Paris and then got a One World Media scholarship to produce a documentary in Colombia. The documentary, ‘Challenging Perceptions’ is about the power of urban art to transform disadvantaged communities. Returninghome, Sophie aged 23, was diagnosed with lymphoma- cancer of the lymphatic system. With little think space,she was immediately started on 6 months of toxic chemo. This can slowly strip away your identity, physically and emotionally. The first question she asked was, “why is this disease happening to so many people.”

 

Her coping mechanism was research; wanting to do everything she could to get better. The doctors told her to make no lifestyle changes because they wouldn’t make a difference. That crazy and untrue sentence, was the spark that started everything! Before getting diagnosed she was living a carefree, fun and fairly toxic lifestyle. Sophie knew nothing about holistic health or cancer, now she shares what she’s learnt with the motivation to helpothers. She believes it’s everything she did alongside chemo: radical diet changes, meditation, supplements, exercise, visualizations, oxygen therapy and energy healing that helped her thrive. She found there were huge gaps in support for people with cancer. With some of the worst survival rates in Europe, there is so much more that can be done. People are unempowered and encouraged to play a passive role in their treatment, they don’t know they have options. Cancer is complex, each case and person is unique and so a personalised healthplan is so important. Sophiewants to encourage people to take an active role in their health by becoming an expert in their own case. 

With a strong desire for change, Sophie’s dream is a future of integrative care for everyone where we look at the causes of disease, instead of treating symptoms. A day when juice bars are in hospitals and all Burger Kings removed! Where joy and hope are spread, away from the mainstream negativity. Sophie talks and Vlogs about prevention, ways to challenge cancer and soon-to-come Thriving after cancer on her Facebook page, Trew Talks. By talking about thriving, she hopes to help othersbecome healthy and happy after treatment. Cancer is a life changer but you can go on to live an incredible life after. 

She works to support young women going through cancer with the awesome charity, Victoria’s Promise. The latest project she’s very excited about is putting on a brand new summer festival! Trew Fields is on July 8th and it’s a holistic health, cancer awareness, music and comedy event. Aimed at connecting a community, fun and having a more proactive, progressive conversation around illness. The event was inspired by how isolated and confused Sophie was when she was diagnosed. The aim is for it to be an education legacy, raising awareness and sharing stories. Trew Fields is a community event for everybody. Those speaking and performing include professionals and creatives: doctors, authors, musicians, comedians, nutritionists, herbalists, journalists and researchers. 

If it sounds up your street you can visit the Trew Fields Facebook Page for more information. 

RCE024: Joel Gazdar - Following the Natural Path, from Architecture to Raw Food
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2017-09-29 14:58:05 UTC 47:07
RCE024: Joel Gazdar - Following the Natural Path, from Architecture to Raw Food

This week Russell is joined by Joel Gazdar.  Joel is a wellbeing coach, plant-based alchemist and the founder of an iconic raw-centric restaurant Wild Food Cafe in London, Covent Garden. He is a lifelong devotee and pioneer of all things wild and raw. He's spent 20 years apprenticing with wellbeing leaders, traveling, teaching and immersing himself into the multi-dimensional study of expanding consciousness. Alongside Wild Food Cafe Joel has been running popular raw food & wellbeing courses, retreats and is leading a movement of transforming humanity’s relationship with food. 

RCE023: Cyrus Khambatta - An Unconventional Approach to Diabetes
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2017-09-29 14:58:05 UTC 46:01
RCE023: Cyrus Khambatta - An Unconventional Approach to Diabetes

This week Russell talks to Cyrus Khambatta...   "Despite my penchant for frequent exercise, I unexpectedly developed type 1 diabetes during my senior year of college.  Unlike most type 1 diabetics who get diagnosed in adolescence, I was 22.  Strange.   I was the first to admit that I didn’t know anything about diabetes, only that it had something to do with chocolate cake and syringes.  For the first time in my life, I was faced with a series of challenging questions for which I had no answers.   It was only years later, after hundreds of hours of reading, personal experimentation, and research that I came to realize the flaws of the logic in what I was reading about diabetes from a nutritional standpoint.   I changed my eating habits completely.  For the first time I was open to the idea of becoming a vegetarian, even though I grew up laughing at them.  Then the concept of veganism took me by storm, and revolutionized my understanding of plant vs. animal food.  Soon, I had met a community of raw vegans, who opened my eyes to the world of uncooked food.   In a short period of time, positive change was apparent.  Instead of feeling lethargic, mentally groggy, dehydrated and physically fatigued, eating a truly healthy diet made me feel alert, fully rested, full of energy, and eager to exercise hard.  I felt limber, energetic, and excited to be alive.   In 2012, I received a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from UC Berkeley, and taught many classes ranging from exercise physiology to nutrient metabolism to disease prevention.  In the process, I became a published author in peer reviewed scientific journals, and wrote a dissertation on the effect of calorie restriction (CR) on overall health, and lifestyle factors that influence type 2 diabetes.   If you’re a nerd and want to read the actual science, please be my guest.   I aim to provide you with the tools to understand nutritional science as a whole, without needing to be a scientist.  I aspire to force you to rethink nutrition from the ground up, to question everything you have learned and everything you have read.   I hope to teach the principles of a truly healthy lifestyle, inspire you to make intelligent and informed decisions for your aging body, teach that disease prevention starts at the plate, and allow your diet to provide you with more energy than you had as a rambunctious teenager."

RCE022: Tanya Maher - Raw Food Experiment to Raw Food Restaurant
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2017-09-29 14:58:05 UTC 42:55
RCE022: Tanya Maher - Raw Food Experiment to Raw Food Restaurant

Tanya Maher (pronounced Marr) is the founder of the ultimate wellness company BetterRaw.com, co-founder of a high-end gourmet raw café chain TanyasCafe.com, creator of the Amazon #1 best selling DVD ‘Raw Food 101’ and author of Hay House’s ‘The Uncook Book’ (available to purchase now on Amazon UK and Amazon US). Born in Russia, raised in New Zealand and now pioneering the clean eating movement in the UK, Tanya has been hailed as one of most recognised experts in the world of raw food and the UK’s top wellness coach, by the likes of Vogue, Daily Mail and Women’s Health.

RCE021: Richi Watson - Overcoming Life's Challenges with Love & Compassion
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2017-09-29 14:58:05 UTC 41:42
RCE021: Richi Watson - Overcoming Life's Challenges with Love & Compassion

This week Russell talks to Richi Watson, of Lifewell UK.

  Richi uncovered empowering tools for self-healing during his childhood adversity with debilitating illness, and discovered a mental approach to life which allowed him to overcome his difficult circumstances. His academic journey studying Philosophy, Psychology and Buddhism was cut short by his poor physical health, but life provided a different kind of education and opportunity for enlightenment.   Richi had already climbed a ‘life mountain’ using integrative lifestyle approaches to heal his body of it’s chronic health conditions in his late twenties and overcoming severe anxiety, but his greatest challenge was yet to follow as his wife descended into very severe mental illness after giving birth to their daughter. Through the years of intense challenge Richi needed to delve deeper into his own self-mastery in order to help care for his wife, remain free of the abuse directed at him and raise his daughter to be as healthy as possible despite the turbulent environment she was born into.

RCE20: Rick Miller - How to Eat Intuitively for Better Health
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2017-09-29 14:58:05 UTC 58:37
RCE20: Rick Miller - How to Eat Intuitively for Better Health

This week Russell talks to Rick Miller about intuitive eating.   Rick is a clinical and sports dietitian based in central London. He runs two private clinics, one at 117a Harley Street and the other from The Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, Fitzrovia and features regularly in the national media as a spokesperson to the British Dietetic Association. His approach to nutrition embraces orthodox and integrative nutrition, for a truly personalised and functional approach to optimal wellness.    He can be contacted at www.rick-miller.co.uk and hello@rick-miller.co.uk, follow @Rick_M_RDiet (twitter), @rickmillerrd (instagram)

REC019: Alissa Barthel - From Punk Rock to Science Lab & Raw Cheeses
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2017-09-29 14:58:05 UTC 40:28
REC019: Alissa Barthel - From Punk Rock to Science Lab & Raw Cheeses

Alissa Barthel is the Founder/Cheesemaker at raw vegan cheese company, Punk Rawk Labs. PRL arose organically from her quest to heal herself with food. It started initially as a blog where she chronicled her efforts to eat healthier after a toxic exposure compromised her immune system and led to some significant complications.  Through her blog, she met Matthew Kenney (a world renowned chef specializing in plant based cuisine) under whom she later studied.  She also chronicled her culinary training on her blog. Shortly after becoming certified as a professional chef, she was involved in a serious car crash for which she was in physical therapy for about eighteen months. It was during this time, that she perfected PRL’s cheese recipe. She posted a picture of the cheese on her blog, a store in Manhattan picked the cheeses up, they sold out right away, and the rest is history.   Alissa is a former microbiologist with over twenty years experience in the restaurant/food business. She is PRL’s Kitchen Manager/Cheesemaker. She is trained as a raw vegan chef, but she eats other things as well. Raw vegan food agrees with her immune system issues and is always a base of support for her.   She eats a mostly clean diet avoiding dairy, gluten, and processed foods most ardently. Though her artistic temperament precludes her from absolutism about pretty much anything. There’s always room for a wild streak in her book.

 

RCE 018: Ollie Trew - Connecting to Yourself & Leaning into Fear
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2017-09-29 14:58:05 UTC 39:28
RCE 018: Ollie Trew - Connecting to Yourself & Leaning into Fear

On this week’s episode I’m joined by Ollie Trew, who is a connection coach, a healer, and a spiritual catalyst passionate about helping people get back to who they really are and what they really love to do. As Ollie says, after all, we are so much more impactful and driven when we have a purpose and we can wake up each morning with a smile on our face.

 

Ollie is no stranger to living his own purpose, having successfully started his third business as a coach after a career as a professional beatboxer and a film producer. He now travels the world helping people to connect better with themselves and what they love, no matter who they are and what their background is.

 

Now, aside from coaching, Ollie is a self-professed challenge-a-holic and sees it as an opportunity to take his clients further and deeper. Having achieved such feats as five half marathons in just five days, 100 kilometre race in one day, and driving around the world from Hyde Park in London to Mongolia, all in the name of a good cause. He’s got a colourful background, and I know you’re going to love this interview.

 

What You’ll Hear in This Episode:

 

  • Hear as Ollie shares about his colourful past and background story.
  • How Ollie knew that he was connecting to something deeper, using his inner curiosity.
  • What “cave syndrome” is and how Ollie applies it to following our passion to drive us through.
  • Find out how Ollie got into beatboxing as a creative vent to create something good.
  • How spilling a smoothie got Ollie a $27,000 advertisement deal for only four days of work.
  • What caused Ollie to transition into a film and storytelling.
  • Ollie’s advice on knowing where to start when struggling to connect to ourselves.
  • Learn how to lean into fear, but giving it a non-positive or a non-negative.
  • Why experiencing our emotions is the key to getting towards happiness and fulfillment.
  • And so much more!

 

More About This Episode:

 

After travelling the world speaking and performing, Ollie was humbled by an undeniable truth that we are all connected in some way. Yet many of us feel isolated, even in the big cities. Ollie believes that much of that isolation can be remedied by connection, so he decided then and there to make it his mission to help others all over the world to better connect in person and over the camera

 

Ollie believes that being able to connect with ourselves and the right people around us is one of, if not the most, important life skill that you can develop. He is fascinated by the idea that you never know who you are going to meet and what sort of win-win relationship you can create between the two of you. As he says, “You could be sitting on a park bench next to your future wife or the CEO of Red Bull, ready to offer you a job, but you won't know unless you decide to connect.”

 

For Ollie, connection begins first on the inside as we make a conscious choice to love and connect with ourselves. Once our internal connection is established, then we are able to share our gifts, passions, and knowledge with other around the world.

RCE017: Adam Stansbury - The Plant Powered Personal Trainer
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2017-09-29 14:58:05 UTC 36:35
RCE017: Adam Stansbury - The Plant Powered Personal Trainer

This week I am joined by Adam Stansbury, who is The Plant Powered Personal Trainer. Now Adam has just got such a really interesting background in bodybuilding and fitness modelling, and you will hear how he did that the traditional route; eating animal products, having rib eye steaks, and all that crazy stuff.

Adam tells the story of how he found himself needing operations for Ulcerative Colitis, and shares how he eventually found himself on a plant based diet as a PT. As a plant based eater himself, he is now training others who are both plant based and not plant based. He just has such a unique and practical experience of teaching this in the real world, getting real results, and really getting to see both sides of the coin.

What You’ll Hear in This Episode:

  • Hear Adam’s story and how he was first introduced into fitness and training.
  • How the “perfect body” pressure has increased for men.
  • Adam’s past mindset of feeling imprisoned by his need for protein in each meal.
  • Why Adam needed four major operations, and how he got through it.
  • How a shoulder injury led Adam to start making changes in his diet.
  • Adam’s advice on how to find the correct supplements for your body.
  • Why Adam believes that society is protein obsessed today.
  • What it means to have an understanding for other people’s choices.
  • And so much more!

More About This Episode:

Adam’s personal journey with fitness began early on when he was in his early teens with playing tennis. He eventually began training in the gym when he was 19 years old and the bodybuilding and aesthetic side to the fitness industry really got drew his interest. In 2003 Adam began a six year journey of fitness modelling, and even magazine cover shoots. However, in 2006 Adam discovered that he was suffering from the digestive illness Ulcerative Colitis, which required him to have four serious operations over a two years timeline. 

After his recovery, Adam turned his hand to Fitness Modelling shows and began my Personal Training career in 2009. From there he went on to enter several fitness modelling shows, won awards alongside his gym. In 2014 Adam decided to make the change to a Plant Based Vegan Diet for ethical and environmental reasons. He believes that changing the world starts with changing yourself first, and that the one thing we have complete control over that makes a huge impact to our environment is the food we eat.

When Adam made the switch, he did lose weight initially. However, once his body adapted he was able to rebuild a physique that is the same in statue, weight, and strength. Today Adam works with training clients to help them add lean muscle to their physiques while strictly eating a Plant Based Diet. Adam is healthier and fitter than he has ever been and continues to have a passion for discovering new creations with food that he never thought was possible.

 

Episode Resources: 

Adam’s Website — http://theplantpoweredpt.com/

Adam’s Twitter — https://twitter.com/theplantpowerpt

RCE016: Jennifer Daniels - Using Turpentine to Clear Candida
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2017-09-29 14:58:05 UTC 41:48
RCE016: Jennifer Daniels - Using Turpentine to Clear Candida

On this week’s episode I’m joined by Dr. Jennifer Daniels, and this is the interview I’ve been so looking forward to sharing with you. Dr. Daniels is quite a character and is now living in Panama, which came about due to a string of events that started with her really questioning the pharmaceutical medications that she was giving out and the solutions she was traditionally trained to provide.

As she started to move towards a more holistic approach, she got her a lot of unwanted attention. She was also part of other campaigns in her community where she felt there was some wrong doing that needed to be put right. This led to her having to surrender her medical license, and landed her on the terrorist watch list!

Dr. Daniels is a great advocate of Turpentine Therapy to tread Candida and parasites within her patients. She really is the one bringing Turpentine Therapy back into the mainstream awareness after a couple of generations of it being lost. She shares more about the background of where Turpentine Therapy came from and how it got lost over the years.

What You’ll Hear in This Episode:

  • The events that led Dr. Daniels to become a fugitive in Panama.
  • How Dr. Daniel’s got onto the terrorist list.
  • Daniel’s self-experiments with Turpentine Therapy.
  • What is Turpentine Therapy, and how does it work?
  • The Story of how Dr. Daniel’s discovered the doses and combination of Turpentine and sugar.
  • What is the purpose of sugar cubes in Turpentine Therapy?
  • Why Turpentine Therapy gives you an instant rejuvenation.
  • Other external uses of Turpentine.
  • The story behind why Dr. Daniel’s developed the Vitality Capsules.
  • And so much more!

More About This Episode:

Dr. Daniels studied at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and she received her Medical Degree and her MBA concurrently when her studies concluded. While in medical school, she was concerned that patients were not improving with the therapies she was being taught to provide.

Later on, while practicing medicine, Dr. Jennifer Daniels noticed that, despite compliance on the part of patients, her patients seemed to worsen with the standard care she was taught to provide. Instead, she decided to give patients a choice between standard care and natural therapies. With these natural therapies, Dr. Daniels found that the death rate in her medical practice went from four a year to zero.

Although her patients were improving, they will still not fully cured. Dr. Daniels went out in search of a solution to get her patients back to where they were before they ever got sick in the first place. This is where she re-discovered Turpentine Therapy, so she dove into experimenting on herself to learn more about the results so that she would be able to help others.

Episode Resources: 

Dr. Jennifer Daniel’s About Page — https://drjenniferdaniels.com/about-me/

Pure Gum Spirits Turpentine — https://www.mylands.com/pure-gum-turpentine

Free Report — http://vitalitycapsules.com/

Prenatal care and home delivery video — http://drjenniferdaniels.com/healing-with-dr-daniels-by-popular-demand-home-delivery-and-i-dont-mean-pizza/

RCE015: Denisa Ratulea - Raw & Plant-Based Foods to Reduce Inflammation to Prepare for Surgery
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2017-09-29 14:58:05 UTC 40:49
RCE015: Denisa Ratulea - Raw & Plant-Based Foods to Reduce Inflammation to Prepare for Surgery

In this week’s episode I’m joined by Denisa Ratulea. Denisa is a health coach, plant based chef, and Reiki healer. She’s the founder of Second Nature, and the author of Cooking For Your Heart as well as co-founder of Raw Transylvania Adventures and Health Connection Retreats. After years of living in pain due to a severe Scoliosis, Denisa started her journey in order to heal her back and reduce inflammation to prepare for spinal surgery to remove the rods that had been put in there by adopting an alkaline plant based lifestyle that transformed her life.

She went from being sedentary and often being in pain, to a complete makeover, losing over 15 kilos and performing various sports, and actually finishing her first triathlon while still having the metal rods and screws in her spine. Denisa embarked on a learning path with a mission to explore and experiment with food and nutrition in order to find what works best for us and the planet in the 21st century, and she’s now helping other to rediscover their full health potential and fall in love with good food and healthy eating.

In this interview we get into Denisa’s upbringing in rural Transylvania, Romania, which is a real place as you'll hear her tell us. As with so many people that find themselves in wellness and plant based foods, her start in life really was anything but that. You’ll also hear how the anti-inflammatory effect of raw and plant based foods helped her recovery from having those metal rods removed from her back and now how she’s ultimately helping others transition into this lifestyle.

What You’ll Hear in This Episode:

  • Hear Denisa’s story of growing up in a village in rural Transylvania, Romania.
  • Discover as Denisa shares how everything her family ate was straight from their farm.
  • Denisa shares the events of when she found out about her scoliosis diagnosis.
  • Find out how Denisa continued to live her life to the full, despite her condition.
  • Hear the story of when Denisa discovered that the rods in her back had broken.
  • Discover how Denisa used her father’s passing as way to start helping others in his memory.
  • Understand why empathizing with others is truly all they need when experiencing loss.
  • Learn what lead Denisa to transition her lifestyle and how a Tony Robbins event impacted her life.
  • Find out why Denisa suggests starting a raw food diet in the summer rather than winter.
  • And so much more!

More About This Episode:

Denisa’s story starts in the mesmerizing land of Transylvania, Romania where she got a real feeling of what it means to have your hands covered in soil and go through the year according to seasonal change. Her father was a farmer and he taught her from an early age to respect and appreciate mother nature. The freedom she experienced growing up was suddenly taken away after a diagnosis with Scoliosis and undergoing corrective surgery that left her with metal rods and screws attached to her spine.

Struggling with the loss of her father and the belief that this was what the rest of her life would be, threw her in a very black hole, battling depression for many months. Denisa knew she had to make a choice to change the way she was living. After attending Unleash the Power Within with Tony Robbins, Denisa realized that she really wanted to change her eating habits to regain her innate health and take charge over her struggling body.

She began exercising daily and focused on developing and giving back to people. While transitioning to a plant-based, vegan diet Denisa lost all her unnecessary weight and significantly decreased the pain in her back. It helped her come alive again, and today she is qualified as a nutritional therapist. Now, after 10 years of dealing with pain and learning to love and treat her body with the right things, she helps others to do the same, by building sustainable habits.

 Episode Resources:

RCE014: Tim Cook - Building Community as the Raw Londoner
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2017-09-29 14:58:05 UTC 41:51
RCE014: Tim Cook - Building Community as the Raw Londoner

On this week’s show I’m joined by Tim Cook of Raw Londoner. Tim is not just a raw foodie; he’s into plant-based food as well. He loves to mix science and research with intuition, which is just the perfect blend. Science teaches us so much and is so important, but there are just some things that science is yet to prove. There’s an energetic quality of food that we discuss in today’s episode, which is difficult to measure, scientifically.

In this episode, Tim shares about creating a community around what you do, especially when you drastically change your lifestyle. We dive into his tips on how he created his community and how you can start to create one for yourself as well. I love his approach to the raw food lifestyle and how he takes bits and pieces from the movements that others have started and applies it to his own life. I hope you enjoy this episode and are inspired by Tim’s motivation to live a healthy life. 

What You’ll Hear in This Episode:

  • Tim shares his story, the mission surrounding Raw Londoner and how it came about.
  • Hear Tim’s tips on finding a community or tribe to support you in your raw lifestyle.
  • Discover how Tim first got started on his nutrition journey towards raw foods.
  • Understand why Tim pursued a plant based diet to live a long, healthy life.
  • Learn why pulling specific portions from other’s ideas and adapting them to your life is key.
  • Find out why nutrition is still a developing science with a long way to go.
  • Discover the benefits of letting yourself have the thing that you can’t see yourself giving up.
  • Tim shares his definition of superfoods and how it relates to your body’s needs.
  • Hear Tim’s favorite superfoods, and what he has in his collection.
  • And so much more!

More About This Episode:

For Tim, the single most important thing is to be happy and to genuinely, deeply, feel good. He chooses the nutrition he does to give him a long and healthy life, filled with energy, vitality, strength, mental clarity, and a great physique. A plant based diet is something that Tim chose because it felt great. He eats a high percentage of his diet raw and with minimal processing. This ensures that it is in its freshest, most natural state with maximum nutrition.

Tim is most interested in the science of nutrition and also believes that our bodies are far more sophisticated devices than our current science understands. Our thoughts and emotions have a much greater impact than we currently understand, scientifically. Tim is highly involved in the folklore of plant based health and believes that although there is little research, folklore can often guide us to what works even if it can’t explain the mechanics behind it.

He is also interested in the intuitive approaches to plant based health because he believes we have a greater spiritual connection that’s cheering for us to live the greatest version of our lives possible and is always giving us guidance whenever we listen. We are all responsible for the greatness of own our life. For Tim, he is doing the best he can to live the greatest life. 

Episode Resources:

 

Raw Londoner — http://www.rawlondoner.com/

Tim on Twitter — https://twitter.com/rawlondoner

RCE 013: Todd Acamesis - How to Use Lucid Dreaming to Enhance Your Waking Life
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RCE 013: Todd Acamesis - How to Use Lucid Dreaming to Enhance Your Waking Life

This week Russell talks to Todd Acamesis.  A trained remote viewer, self-taught out-of-body explorer and brainwave entrainment researcher, Todd has been exploring consciousness through expanded states of awareness for more than two decades.

  More recently, he co-developed the ‘PandoraStar Deep Trance Light Machine’ system; a powerful flickering light device that entrains the brain to specific brainwave frequencies for the purpose of inducing exotic states of consciousness, such as lucid dreams and out-of-body experiences.   Todd also regularly leads Synchronicity Walks throughout the UK to guide people in experiencing the raw nature of synchronicity; he has developed a special card deck for people to experience synchronicity in their everyday lives.

RCE 012: Amy Levin - When Chocolate Chooses You
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RCE 012: Amy Levin - When Chocolate Chooses You

This week Russel talks to Amy Levin.  Amy is the world’s leading raw chocolatier. Her expertise in raw chocolate is unparalleled as she consistently breaks boundaries in the raw food arena.   Amy is a classically trained professional chef who found her way into vegan and vegetarian raw food in 2004 while training to be a holistic health counselor at The Institute of Integrative Nutrition.   After working for several of the UK’s most respected raw food & chocolate companies, Amy was able to apply that new found talent and knowledge to her role as Senior Sous and Pastry Chef to World Renowned Executive Chef, Chad Sarno at Saf London & Munich during their opening years.   Amy currently teaches raw chocolate classes in South London and consults with businesses who wish to implement only the very best raw chocolates and desserts into their menu or product line. She has published three eBooks; A Passion for Raw Chocolate and What is Raw Chocolate ? and has now released her Raw Chocolate classes as online learning courses. Amy’s work with raw chocolate is revolutionising the way people make raw chocolate the world over, both domestically and commercially.

RCE 011: Danielle Marchant - Taking Time and Space to Think About You and Your Life
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RCE 011: Danielle Marchant - Taking Time and Space to Think About You and Your Life

This week Russell talks to Danielle Marchant.  Danielle is a life coach, specialising in helping people make big transitions in their lives, by first slowing down, reflecting and taking stock.  She does this with her 'Pauses'; day or week long events that provide a safe and nurturing space to breathe and slow down.   Danielle found herself guiding people through this process, based on her own experience of burnout. . .   "To begin with my life didn’t turn out how I expected it to.  I grew up in little fishing village in Cornwall and by this age I expected to have settled down with a family and lead a quiet life.   But instead life had other plans for me.   I’ve skydived and heli hiked on glaciers in New Zealand.  I’ve danced til dawn in Rio and trekked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.  I’ve dived with sharks, sealions and penguins in the Galapagos Islands.   It was anything but quiet, and all of this was fabulous, until life gave me a wake up call.  In 2011 I woke up one day burnt out to the core.  I couldn’t get to out of bed.   I had pushed myself beyond my limits   My body could no longer sustain the breakneck pace.   I knew I faced serious long term illness if I didn’t make a change.   The breakdown and burnout was the most painful experience of my life.  I felt so weak and alone, and yet through those tough moments, I managed to slow down the mind chatter and adrenalin…"   In this episode Danielle and Russell will guide you through a Pause process that you can do in a few hours to process your year and move into 2017 with clarity.

RCE 010: Elwin Robinson - The Top 3 Causes of Low Energy and How to Overcome Them
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RCE 010: Elwin Robinson - The Top 3 Causes of Low Energy and How to Overcome Them

This week my friend Elwin Robinson is on the podcast and we are going to be talking about energy. I met Elwin several years ago, and we dive into the story today. After struggling with poor health for most of his childhood, Elwin is passionate about exposing the truth about what really leads to true health and wellness, which often is radically different from what is taught in the mainstream or alternative approaches to health.

From his experience, Elwin has discovered that having energy is the most important thing in the world. Without energy, there are many things that you can miss out on in life. After experiencing a major burnout in his mid-20’s, Elwin started his long journey towards health and healing his body from all the damage that had been done in those first few years of his life. 

Elwin is highly enthusiastic about empowering people to feel energized, joyful, and alive, naturally and sustainably. He has worked for over five years with a thousand clients towards this goal. Now, Elwin is particularly passionate about working with clients who are highly committed to reaching high levels of health, energy, and well-being by natural and sustainable means.

 

What You’ll Hear in This Episode:

 

  • Learn why Elwin believes that energy is the most important thing in the world.
  • Discover the three main root causes of having low energy.
  • Understand how exercise can sometimes stress and deplete your body more.
  • Hear the effects of high cortisol levels on your body reactions.
  • Elwin shares his journey from childhood until complete burnout in his mid-20’s.
  • Discover what Elwin did to heal himself and how that led him to help others.
  • Learn how endorphins work to help the body naturally relieve pain.
  • Understand how different neurochemicals work in your brain and affect your body.
  • Hear Elwin’s top resources for starting your healthy journey.
  • And so much more.

 

More About This Episode:

Elwin is the founder of Lion Heart Herbs, a community of individuals who demand a high level of health. When Elwin was a teenager, his father had chronic fatigue syndrome and his mother had cancer, the first time before he was born, and four times subsequently. She lost her brave battle when she was in her early 50’s. For Elwin, he always had low energy levels and high anxiety which led to a lot of frustration and negative emotions.

The main cause of his low energy state was an imbalance in neurochemicals. His cortisol levels were high, and his serotonin levels were low so his feeling of a relaxed confidence and self-esteem was lacking. His dopamine levels were low, so his motivation and passion was missing. Elwin also had particularly low oxytocin levels, so his ability to connect with people and trust people was absent. All of these imbalances led to have an unhappy childhood.

When it came to sugar, Elwin would do whatever he could to get his hands on any kind of treat and describes himself as “sugar junkie”. As he got older, his addictions moved on first to caffeine, then cigarettes, and on to cannabis and alcohol. By the time he was in his early 20’s he was taking drugs all day, every day. Finally when he was in his mid-20’s he reached complete and total burnout. After taking a hard look in the mirror, Elwin embarked on a journey heal himself and now he is dedicated to helping others do the same.

 

Episode Resources:

Elwin’s website — http://www.lionheartherbs.com/

Lion Heart Herbs Shop — https://shop.lionheartherbs.com/

Energy Training Resource — http://www.highenergytraining.com or www.highenergyacademy.com/

Detox Video Training Series — http://www.howtodoacompletedetox.com

Elwin’s Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/elwinrobinsonhealthmastery/

Elwin’s YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/user/ElwinRobinson

Elwin’s Twitter — https://twitter.com/LionHeartHerbs

Elwin’s book, The New Easy Exhaustion Cure https://shop.lionheartherbs.com/easy-exhaustion-cure-book-by-elwin-robinson.html

RCE 009: Isaiah Fliessbach - Developing Your Sense of Presence & Well-Being, by Working with the Body
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RCE 009: Isaiah Fliessbach - Developing Your Sense of Presence & Well-Being, by Working with the Body

On the show this week, I’m talking to my friend Isaiah Fliessbach. Isaiah and I met on a True Body Intelligence (TBI) retreat in Portugal, that he was running with Elwin Robinson. TBI is a physical practice and whenever I try to describe it a certainly do not do it justice. It is similar to trying to distil 6,000 years’ worth of wisdom down into a 30 second elevator pitch. TBI is a stretching method that will enable you to release a lot of stress and tension that is in the muscle and the fascia tissue. This has a direct effect on your emotional state and your sense of presence and well-being. 

Isaiah has completely committed himself to his mission and his cause of helping others who are committed to freeing themselves from stress and tension, and moving on forward to step into an empowered life. He is such a grateful person, and inspiring to be around. The healing journey takes a lot of work and consistency that requires us to face our dark shadows within. For Isaiah, he describes how his ability to show kindness and compassion to those around him is a direct reflection of the work that he has done on himself. 

Isaiah not only shares about TBI, but also talks about a vocal technique you can use to start calming down the mind. There will always be an opportunity for stress in our lives, and that stress response can eat away at your body, doing more damage than we often realize. What it ultimately comes down to is our relationship with stress, tuning into our bodies, and understanding how to face it on a day-to-day basis.

What You’ll Hear in This Episode: 

  • Hear more about what TBI is and how it works to release deep tension.
  • Find out why eccentric movement is the key gateway into the muscle.
  • Learn what it means to go on a healing journey; it is not all love and light.
  • Understand why working on ourselves is the foundation for our lives.
  • Discover why the body is truly the only thing that heals the body.
  • Find out how to tune into your body as it communicates with you.
  • Hear about the breathing technique to calm your mind.
  • And so much more!

More About This Episode: 

Isaiah Fliessbach is the Founder of The Inner Foundation and it is his true mission to help highly committed people to free themselves from the chronic tensions and stresses preventing them from living an empowered life. Isaiah was born in California and his family lived a life dedicated to living a natural lifestyle. Living naturally meant growing their own food to eat, building homes for their family by hand, sourcing water, and living as one within their environment.

Although he was raised in that lifestyle, it was not until he was a teenager that Isaiah began on his own journey to actively work on himself, to learn how to live out and maintain his exceptional health. One of Isaiah’s strongest gifts is embodying and sharing gratitude with those around him. He also uncovered an innate ability to help others to wake up to more of their own potential. Over the years, Isaiah has discovered that the key to his gift has been his own journey of healing. 

It is out of his personal awakening that he believes to ultimately be able to serve our communities. Isaiah sees the body and mind as inseparable partners and believes in the power of the body to heal itself. To help others on their journey, he brings to light the many ways to strip away the stresses of life, and strongly believes that this is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves, and for our lives as a whole. 

Episode Resources:

Isaiah’s website — http://theinnerfoundation.com/

Isaiah’s Facebook Page — https://www.facebook.com/isaiahfliessbach

Isaiah’s YouTube Channel — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmZtsdaAIIx1qmCEHV35zCA

RCE 008: Jenna Zoe - Becoming an Accidental Vegan and Taking Small, Realistic Steps to Health
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RCE 008: Jenna Zoe - Becoming an Accidental Vegan and Taking Small, Realistic Steps to Health

This week I’m talking to Jenna Zoe, who is doing some really incredible things in making a healthier lifestyle accessible to everyone. That is totally what we are about here at the Raw Chef Experience, so it is an amazing episode for you all to enjoy. We dive into Jenna’s vegan journey, which actually began with her trying to clear her skin of acne. She describes how she was sort of an “accidental vegan” and the amazing results she got from her new lifestyle.

Like so many people who change their health through the food that they eat, Jenna found that it gave her whole life a new direction, helping people take small steps to getting healthy in realistic ways. For Jenna, her new diet was often bland and she knew that if it was going to be for the long-term she was going have to make it fun!

What You’ll Hear in This Episode: 

  • How did Jenna start her vegan journey?
  • Why cleaning up your diet can be a double-edged sword.
  • Discover Jenna’s balance with fats, and living on a local diet.
  • Learn Jenna’s perspective on adding back foods into her diet.
  • The core business mission of Jenna’s Food and Drink.
  • One of the biggest triggers that lead people to eat healthier.
  • The story and inspiration behind Skinny Lemon.
  • And so much more!

More About This Episode:

Whilst working as an assistant to Tamara Mellon at Jimmy Choo, Jenna studied nutrition and spent all her free time making indulgent-tasting foods. She is now the author of two incredible cookbooks, Super Healthy Snacks and Treats and Plant Based Paleo. Jenna’s Food and Drink was born out of a natural desire for greater access to products with integrity, and those things she desperately wished would exist to make feeling good and having fun one and the same.

Jenna created a range of food and drinks in hopes to fill the gaps of social life for those unable to divulge in the pleasures such as going out for drinks or having a dessert from time to time. She created Skinny Drinks, which is perfect for mixing with alcohol and isn’t filled with sugar, preservatives, or artificial sweeteners. She also loves the fun of a diet soda, like many people, so instead of missing out on it altogether, Jenna wanted a better way to fix her cravings.

Upcakes is another one of her creations that are sweet treats free from wheat, sugar, dairy, and eggs. Jenna believe in small indulgences that positively feed the emotional body. She loves sweet chocolatey things just as much as the next person, and these Upcakes are the healthier versions of all her favourites. 

Episode Resources:

10 Free Raw Food Recipes eBook — http://therawchef.com/recipes/

Jenna’s Website — http://jennasfoodanddrink.com/

Jenna’s Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/jennazoedaily/

Skinny Drinks’ Facebook page — https://www.facebook.com/jennasfoodanddrink/

Upcakes — http://jennasfoodanddrink.com/

Plant Based Paleo https://www.amazon.co.uk/Plant-based-Paleo-Protein-rich-well-being-vitality/dp/1849756120

Super Healthy Snacks and Treats https://www.amazon.co.uk/Super-Healthy-Snacks-Treats-energizing/dp/1849754284

RCE 007: Mel Wells - from Eating Disorders to Creating a Green Goddess Revolution
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RCE 007: Mel Wells - from Eating Disorders to Creating a Green Goddess Revolution

Imagine a life where there was no ‘on track’ or ‘off track’, but instead you just made conscious choices for your body every single day.

This is Mel Well’s mission in life, to show women all over the world that they have a choice, and that life is not just about having a healthy body, but having a healthy mind as well.

Mel Wells is a health coach, an eating psychology coach, speaker, and author of The Goddess Revolution. She dedicates her time to helping thousands of women worldwide ditch the dieting for good, make peace with food, and love their healthy bodies all in the right ways.

Mel coaches women one-on-one and also through her online academy and her luxury goddess retreats around the world. Mel empowers women to stop dieting for good by adopting a healthy, loving relationship with food and a brand new lifestyle that reflects this.

On this episode of The Raw Chef, I sit down for a chat with Mel about her food revolution, and how she is doing amazing things with her online presence and her book on supporting women through helping them see their bodies in a new light and reclaiming their life.

What You’ll Hear in This Episode:

  • What inspired Mel to change her lifestyle?
  • Mel’s big wakeup call, and how it shook her world.
  • The trigger that encouraged Mel to dive deeper into the psychology of eating.
  • How the selfie craze is affecting our perspectives of ourselves.
  • How Mel helps women ditch the diet mentality.
  • Why Mel focuses on eating patterns and the emotions behind them.
  • Mel’s motivation for writing The Goddess Revolution.
  • And so much more!

More About This Episode:

Before writing her book and beginning the revolution, Mel was an actress on a soap opera. Her lifestyle led her into constant dieting, and she always had the mindset of wanting to take up less space.

This eventually developed into an eating disorder and it completely consumed her life. Mel shares how it started to really impact her relationships and her work, and when it came down to it, she was essentially fighting a losing battle. Getting into coaching happened quite gradually for Mel.

Her biggest wakeup call was losing her dad very suddenly to cancer in 2012, which absolutely shook her world. Seeing someone so close to her fighting for his health really put things into perspective for Mel. From then on she decided to channel her obsession with food into a healthy way, and trained as a health and nutrition coach.

When Mel first started out as a coach, she noticed that her clients were successfully losing weight, but that their mindsets were not in a healthy state. They too were becoming obsessed with the “rules” of clean eating, constantly putting themselves on detrimental guilt trips and feeling shame. Realizing this, Mel delved deeper into the psychology of eating to truly understand what it means to approach eating from a healthy, and whole perspective.

Also on the show, Mel and I dive into how developing an intuitive relationship with your body and recognizing how to nourish it, opens up a whole new world and leads you on a journey of self-discovery.

Mel opens up about her mindset on motherhood and pregnancy, and her own personal journey through that time in her life. Today, Mel continues to show women how to understand their unique journey and how to make conscious choices every day.

Episode Resources:

Mel Wells’ website — http://www.melwells.com/

Mel’s book, The Goddess Revolutionhttp://www.melwells.com/book/

Mel Wells’ Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/iammelwells/

Mel Wells’ Twitter — https://twitter.com/iammelwells

Mel Wells’ Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/IAmMelWells/

RCE 006: Elaine Gibson - Beating Stage 4 Cancer Without Traditional Protocols
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RCE 006: Elaine Gibson - Beating Stage 4 Cancer Without Traditional Protocols

Cancer is a diagnosis none of us want to hear, not once and certainly not twice in our lives.

Our guest for this episode of The Raw Chef has heard the "C" word twice, and the second time it was followed by a stage four diagnosis.

Today you'll hear from Elaine Gibson on how she took that diagnosis and used non-traditional protocols to beat it. As she shares her journey and hard-won lessons on this show, you'll get a glimpse as to why Elaine has been named one of the top 10 most inspirational natural cancer survivors by Extreme Health Radio.

She was also featured at the Cure to Cancer conference, participated in the Quest for Cures documentary and is a contributing author to the inspirational book Don't Waste My Cancer.

In this episode you’ll also hear:

  • Did it ever occur to her she could die after her stage four diagnosis?
  • What are green technologies and why are they relevant to you?
  • Why she uses oracle cards with her clients.
  • When did she know she was going to participate in her healing journey, and not just be taken on it?
  • Why small steps are so impactful.
  • And so much more!
More About This Show

Elaine and I met met at a mutual friend's training, Karen Knowler, and when I heard Elaine's background and her experiences I knew she had to be a guest on the show!

Today she is an extraordinary lifestyle consultant and you'll hear the origins of this on today's podcast. It all began with her first cancer diagnosis in 2001. She battled with it for six months, ultimately beating it and receiving a clean bill of health.

After regular check-ups she was given the "all clear" by her oncologist five years later and told her cancer wasn't likely to return. So she was surprised in 2007 when it did come back. She had been in the Galapagos Islands and felt terrible upon her return. She assumed it was a parasite, but by February of 2008 her oncologist called to say it was Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, stage 4.

Elaine knew traditional protocols weren't going to be her first line of offense, and she never latched on to the disease, never let it become a part of her. With her green technologies experience and connections, she decided to look for low-dose chemo.

She also came to a mutual agreement with her oncologist to end their patient-doctor relationship. Soon she found a center about 15 minutes from her that offered the non-traditional options she was seeking. She went in and talked with them for a few hours.

The very next day she did pre-tests and started a protocol they created together. It consisted of low dose chemotherapy, infrared saunas, a biomat (which she still uses for an hour every day on her chest) along with alkaline water, ozone insufflation rectally, among other treatments.

She also gave up sugar, wheat, and dairy, and had Vitamin C intravenously. She was getting treatments twice a week from the center. She also had the Greek Test done where they take blood and look at it to see which chemo therapy agents and drugs are right for your DNA.

What came back was that the traditional treatment formula for her cancer was not what she needed. It also found that she had a gene out of whack and now she takes a pill every night that resolves the gene issue.

She wasn't surprised by the genetic finding as she has lost a brother and multiple cousins to cancer.

During this time she also found a week-long raw immersion course happening in her area, Washington DC. She went to the Raw Food Institute, took the course that was led by Lisa Wilson and spent the first two hours drinking green juice!

It was there and then that she fell in love with green juice, and other raw foods. Her teacher, Lisa, is medicinally trained and Elaine has followed suit. Today Elaine is a certified raw food educator, has a chef certification too.

After the immersion course, she ate raw for a month. In the first six months she lost 15 pounds and people noticed! She went on to lose 28 pounds and drop 4 to 5 dress sizes in total. And when her two grandkids had their bar mitzvahs together, she gained clients. People wanted to know her secrets and signed up to follow in her footsteps.

Today she continues that work, with many of her clients coming to her with frightening health situations. And although not everyone who contacts her is ready for a new approach to their diagnosis and their health, she helps all of them get their food and their water sorted out properly so they are on a better path.

Of those who do sign up as her clients, the majority are highly successful men and women, especially women. She offers simple solutions to help them reach their optimal health.

On this episode you'll also hear what she recommends when she starts working with someone, and why one of the first things she does with her clients is to take them out to lunch.

Listen in for all of that and more on today's edition of The Raw Chef!

EPISODE RESOURCES

 

RCE 005: Virginia Messina - How to Be Fit and Healthy on a Plant-Based Diet
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RCE 005: Virginia Messina - How to Be Fit and Healthy on a Plant-Based Diet

A common concern many people have about being vegan is how to be sure you are getting the proper nutrition. Here to shed light on this topic, and more, is none other than The Vegan RD herself, Virginia Messina.

Virginia is a registered dietician and vegan (hence her nickname and brand, The Vegan RD) who has been a lifelong animal lover. She devotes her career to giving people the tools and the knowledge they need to adopt a healthy vegan diet for the long-term.

She does this through her blog, books and presentations and three books: Vegan For Life, Vegan For Her, and Never Too Late to Go Vegan.

On this episode of The Raw Chef, Virginia and I discuss how to make sure you are getting the right nutrition as a vegan, what to do when you first adopt the vegan lifestyle, and why eating vegan isn't simply about removing meat and dairy from your food sources.

In this episode you’ll also hear:

  • When and why Virginia went from vegetarian to vegan.
  • What is one of the myths in eating vegan foods?
  • Why B12 isn't just an issue for vegans.
  • Did plant foods play a big role in our ancestors' diets?
  • The possible connections between raw food and fertility in women.
  • And so much more!
More About This Show

Virginia has always had a soft spot for animals, even as a child. She was the little girl who was saved injured birds, and rescued kittens. After becoming a registered dietician, she began experimenting with vegetarianism in the 1980s.

She enjoyed trying new foods and had fun learning about different food choices. Not long after, she learned about factory farming and quickly became a vegan. Today she coaches her clients on being healthy as vegans and staying with the lifestyle for life.

Initially when someone wants to go vegan she has some recommendations. Her first suggestion is that the person understands there's a learning curve when they get started. Most people aren't aware they can get things like calcium and protein from non-animal sources, so they have to start looking at plant foods in a different way.

When they do that, they can see how plants provide all the nutrients we need with the exception of B12. Virginia explains that B12 is the one nutrient that vegans can't get from plant foods, so they must take supplements or get it from B12 fortified foods. But even people with animal products in their diets still need to be concerned with getting enough B12.

People who eat meat in small quantities or are over the age of 50 can have difficulty getting enough B12 in their diets. They would also benefit from supplements and/or fortified foods. She also explains that many vegans will need to supplement with Vitamin D too (as do many people who eat meat and dairy).

Depending on where they live they may or may not get enough sunlight. If they do not, they must look to fortified foods and or supplements to increase their levels of the vitamin.

Virginia and and I also dive into why vegan eating isn't just removing meat and dairy from someone's diet, it's about adding foods in place of the meat and dairy products.

She recommends staples like beans, non-GMO soy products like tofu, tempeh, soymilk, and peanuts. She encourages vegans to experiment with different cultural ways of eating these foods, and to look to  Japanese, Chinese and Indian cultures for how to use these plant-based foods in meals.

As far as veggie meat substitutes are concerned, Virginia says to do so in moderation and to use them as condiments in your meal, rather than the focal point. In general, as long as you focus on eating the majority of your diet from whole plant foods you're on the right track.

Also on today's show, Virginia and I talk about how much (if any) resistance there is to veganism within the nutrition community, plus the first steps to take if your vegan diet no longer seems to be working for you and how she recommends making the transition from eating meat to veganism.

We wrap up with a discussion on female health concerns and how going raw and/or vegan can address those. There's all of that and so much more on this edition of The Raw Chef with The Vegan RD, Virginia Messina!

EPISODE RESOURCES

 

RCE 004: Carly Morgan Gross - Moving from Obsessive Cleansing to Intuitive Eating & Self Love
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RCE 004: Carly Morgan Gross - Moving from Obsessive Cleansing to Intuitive Eating & Self Love

Have you ever considered intuitive eating - the practice of listening to and eating what your body tells you it wants? For some this concept conjures up endless days of brownies, chips and pizza.

But our guest today says our bodies naturally crave healthy food and with the right foundation they will ask for it. On today's episode, Carly Morgan Gross joins us to talk about her journey into raw food and later into intuitive eating, as well as how she coaches women through the process of intuitive eating.

We also touch on intermittent fasting, and how to neutralize foods from being "good" or "bad". In this episode you’ll also hear:

  • When did raw food become her chosen lifestyle?
  • Can you ever cleanse too much?
  • How to break the shame/guilt cycle around eating "bad" foods.
  • Why calorie restriction doesn't work.
  • Why men are experiencing body image issues too.
  • And so much more!
More About This Show

Carly Morgan Gross became interested in healthy eating at a young age, around 15 she began dieting for weight loss. Her mom was exploring the vegan lifestyle and sparked Carly's interest in healthy eating by sharing books and other information with her.

Carly suffered from IBS, acne, low libido and no menstruation, and she knew food was the medicine to heal her. She began doing studies on her own and in school, diving into Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, raw foods, etc.

By 19 Carly was a raw foodie, a journey that led her to the intuitive eating path later in life. On the topic of intuitive eating, she says your body actually wants you to thrive and create the greatest health possible so it will lead you to make good choices if you know how to listen to it. To get to that point where it asks you for healthy food, there is a process you may go through.

She has coached many of her female clients through this process. Sometimes it means eating brownies until your body is sick of them, and it asks you for a salad or a smoothie! At a certain point your body will tell you it wants healthy choices because your body has a way of regulating itself, as long as you have the foundation of healthy eating and nutrition.

She helps her clients create that foundation and then guides them through the process of learning to listen to their bodies and find their own intuitive eating path.

She also helps her clients to stop shaming themselves for their food choices; she helps with their negative self-talk. She explains that it is way more detrimental to shame yourself for eating certain things than it is for actually eating the food itself. For most of us it is not sustainable to eat perfectly every day, exercise perfectly and sleep perfectly.

Most of us have a lot going on in our lives from families to careers, etc. So it's important we stop making our self-worth based on how "good" we were that day - how much good food or bad food we ate, how much exercise we did or didn't do and how much rest we go.

Instead, we must take lessons from every experience, get curious about what we can learn from every opportunity and stay out of the negative self-talk and stop guilting and shaming ourselves.

Carly goes on to say if you resonate with what she is sharing, you probably have a list of good/bad foods that you tell yourself you can or cannot eat. She recommends you neutralize that list -  otherwise you are giving the bad foods a lot of power. Instead give yourself permission to eat anything you want, then those bad foods aren't quite as seductive and enticing.

When foods are neutralized it's a more empowering and sustainable approach - just like a diet isn't sustainable when solely approached for weight loss. So instead of eating "bad" foods we will choose to nourish ourselves when those "bad" foods are no longer seen as bad or off limits.

Also on this episode with Carly, she tells us why calorie restriction doesn't work, what intermittent fasting is and I share what I've learned from participating in CrossFit! Listen in for that and more on today's edition of The Raw Chef!

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RCE 003: Sergei Boutenko - Smashing Up the Microwave for Green Smoothies
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RCE 003: Sergei Boutenko - Smashing Up the Microwave for Green Smoothies

Whether or not you're a raw foodie you know the term "green smoothie". It's popular nearly everywhere today, and our guest was part of its inception. Sergei Boutenko, son of Victoria Boutenko, is joining us for episode 3 of The Raw Chef.

He's well known in the health food world of his own accord, but nearly everyone has heard of his mom because she was first person to create the name green smoothies and popularize them.

On today's episode with Sergei you'll hear how she put their entire family on a raw food diet, why she explored the idea of green smoothies after they became raw foodists, and why he explored the results healthy people could have from simply adding a quart of green smoothies to their daily intake.

You'll hear what he found and much more on episode of The Raw Chef!

In this episode you’ll also hear:

  • Why did his mom smash their microwave when he was a kid?
  • The story of how the green smoothie was born.
  • What Mark Twain can teach us about honesty.
  • What will make aging more graceful and fun?
  • Is when you eat as crucial as what you eat?
  • And so much more!
More About This Show

At the age of 9 Sergei became a raw food convert. His mom made everyone in the family join in because they all were given a medical diagnosis. His sister had asthma, his dad had hyperthyroidism, and arthritis.

Sergei was diagnosed with diabetes and his mom had arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat. His mom was alarmed that her kids were sick at such a young age and set to work to help them.

With research, she found that changing a person's diet could change a lot of their health problems. So despite protests from her family, she put them on a strict raw fruit and veggie diet to help alleviate their symptoms. She even took a hammer to the family microwave and demolished it! Sergei says he was able to stick with it because within a few weeks of eating raw he felt drastically better.

So even though he didn't love the taste of the food at that age, he decided it was worth it to keep eating raw foods. Initially it was amazing for everyone: they all felt better, their symptoms were going away (or gone) and they acclimated to the dietary changes. But over time they noticed they were getting tired in the afternoon and sometimes their skin would become dry and cracked.

Sergei's dad's hair even went grey prematurely. Again his mom dove into research mode. She let go anything she believed to be true about nutrition and began exploring everything (even the nutritional content of chicken nuggets!). She wanted to know what they were missing in their diets, and she soon found it.

The answer was greens, greens as a whole are some of the most nutrient dense foods on the earth. This was in the early 1990s, far before it was cool to eat greens! So Sergei's mom had to find ways to add more greens to their diets.

She came up with the idea to add them into their smoothies. The family's health started to flourish after that.

Sergei has followed in his mom's footsteps and continued to be a part of the health food movement. In 2013, he made a movie called Powered by Green Smoothies. It was fueled by the question of how could green smoothies help healthy people? He had helped his family hold over 45 green smoothie retreats all over the world.

At each event he watched sick people come to the retreat, drink smoothies, exercise and rest - then leave drastically improved in just one week! So he was curious if it would make a difference for healthy people too. So he rounded up the healthiest friends he had to see what would happen if they added one quart of green smoothies to their daily diets.

He took 5 ultra runners (ultra runners are people who run up to 100 miles in a race) and 5 Cross-fitters. He put them each on a green smoothie protocol. They signed a contract saying they would change nothing else in their diet or lifestyle - they had to keep eating and working out the same as usual, with the addition of one quart of green smoothie to their diet.

At the end, he analyzed their blood, urine, endurance, 53 different markers. He personally made green smoothies for all of them, and his efforts were worthwhile as everyone saw profound changes. It was a revolutionary pilot study for certain.

Today he talks more about that experience, as well as the difference has exercise made in his health and why he is working on his second documentary, I Want Abs. Listen in for all of that and more on episode 3 of The Raw Chef!

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RCE 002: Penni Shelton - Raw Food Healing Journeys, and Real Food Rehab
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RCE 002: Penni Shelton - Raw Food Healing Journeys, and Real Food Rehab

The raw food experience is often a healing journey for many, some only physically and yet others mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Our guest for episode 2 falls into the latter category. Joining us is my good friend Penni Shelton.

Penni is the incredible woman behind Real Food Rehab (originally Raw Food Rehab). We met in Oklahoma City while both working at The Raw Food Academy, and we've been friends and colleagues ever since.

On today's show you'll hear how she started out by helped 66 people with a raw food cleanse via a book deal, how that initiative became her community site Raw Food Rehab, and how she became the focus of intense Internet bullying and shaming that caused her to go into seclusion and the healing journey that resulted.

Penni is an amazing woman who has been integral to my raw food journey, I couldn't wait to have her here as a guest and share her wisdom with you. Sit back, relax and enjoy this second edition of The Raw Chef.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How did her first blog, Real Food Tulsa, get its start?
  • How a surprise book proposal led to a 20,000 member web site!
  • What synchronicity led Penni to spend a day with Carol Alt in New York City?
  • Why did she change her community's name to Real Food Rehab?
  • What happens physiologically when you eat food and feel guilty about that food?
  • And so much more!
More About This Show

I brought Penni on the show because she's had a fascinating journey with eating, and healing through raw foods.

She explains how it all began when she came across the book Fit For Life in in her early 20s. That book planted a seed that would later blossom! But it wasn't until 2005 that it all came together.

She was in a bookstore with her daughter and was picking up a book that had fallen onto the floor: Carol Alt's first book, Eating In The Raw. Penni took it home and read it in two days. She was struck by the simplicity of eating food in its natural state; it seemed like a no-brainer to her so overnight she gave herself a crash course in eating raw!

Quickly she became a convert and gave up eating all cooked foods, even though she knew her friends thought she was crazy. It wasn't easy to find people on her same path because she lived (and still lives) in Oklahoma, the land of meat and potatoes.

But she knew she was on to something because within a few days of her raw food switch, all of her symptoms had disappeared after decades of suffering. On this episode, she recalls her earliest memory of IBS was at 8 years of age.

So for her symptoms to be gone within days was a miracle for Penni, she couldn't stop talking about it and sharing with her friends. But her friends got tired of hearing about her new passion, so she started a blog in 2006 called Real Food Tulsa.

That blog really got things rolling for her in new and unexpected ways. She became friends with Dhrumil Purohit of Give It To Me Raw, and his blog called We Like It Raw. First they became online friends, but soon met in real life when she had chance to fly to New York and spend time with him and his friends.

One day he called her out of the blue and asked if she wanted to write a book on raw food. He explained that some of his friends from a publishing house in Berkeley asked him if he'd be interested in writing a book on raw food. He told them he wasn't, but he thought Penni might be.

Even though it wasn't on her radar, she said sure and submitted a book proposal. Within a few months she received a packet accepting her book proposal and a check attached to help her get started.

Penni was excited and made a YouTube video asking people to volunteer to eat raw only for 11 weeks. Before she knew it she had over 300 people sign up! They all did the 11 week journey together in an online forum that she kept private. By the end of the journey, 66 were left.

Each of those people had some type of transformation: some lost weight, others didn't need blood pressure medications any longer, others had their sex life come back! All of them were super fired up, and wanted to keep going.

So she decided to open up the private forum to the public and invite others to join them. In 2009 she named the community Raw Food Rehab, and what started with 66 people has grown to around 20,000 today!

For three years Penni did everything for that community: daily videos, responded to comments, emails, etc. The demands grew so big it took over her life and her body suffered as a result.

She found many of the raw food benefits were being replaced by stress-related issues. About the same time her father, who she was extremely close to, was diagnosed with leukemia. That diagnosis stopped her in her tracks.

She got back on YouTube and told her community she needed to watch over and care for him for awhile, that was her new mission. She was with him for the next 18 months, including the last four months of his life when he lived with her and she was his caretaker 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In his last few months he didn't want green smoothies, raw foods, etc. He wanted comfort food and his doctors said to feed him whatever he wanted so Penni did. She went from being nearly 100% raw to channeling her inner Paula Dean!

It shifted her perspective, it was a labor of love and she has no regrets. After he passed away, Penni went on her own healing journey. She had gained weight, her blood pressure increased, and other symptoms had shown up from the stress of being a full-time caregiver.

In an effort to be transparent, she came out of the closet and about what had happened: she had added a bit of animal product back into her diet in order to rebalance her health.

She shared this on a post on her Facebook page that was followed by 40,000 plus people. That first week of her share was fine, a lot of people had compassion even if they were vegan.

They appreciated that she was being honest with them. But then a hardcore raw vegan group picked up the story and took it back to their community. They began an Internet spectacle of severe bullying and shaming. In fact, she got two death threats from this group.

When the second one came in she pulled the plug on the entire Facebook page losing 40,000+ followers; she went into seclusion. She took a time out to ponder who she was at her core, and if she was really meant to be a leader in the health food movement.

That pause took two years, but it led to her own metamorphosis of healing that went beyond diet to her spiritual and emotional well-being. She discovered who she is at her core, she came into her own and realized it is not the opinions of others that defines her but her opinion of herself that matters most.

As a result she is primarily plant-based today, but isn't rigid about. She says if someone invites her to their home for dinner and they prepared something for her with ingredients she doesn't normally eat she will eat it because she knows it has been lovingly prepared for her.

Penni has found a gentler way to love herself and others, and a more peaceful approach to life. Listen in to hear more on that during episode 2 of The Raw Chef with Penni Shelton!

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RCE 001: Karen Knowler - From Butcher's Daughter to The Raw Food Coach
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RCE 001: Karen Knowler - From Butcher's Daughter to The Raw Food Coach

Welcome to episode 1 of The Raw Chef! We’re kicking off our inaugural show with a very special guest, Karen Knowler.

Karen is the creator of The Raw Food Coach, as well as a Hay House author and a dear friend of mine.

Karen and I met when I took a raw foods class with her, and we later became friends. Not only did she help me with recipes, she also helped me create this business. She came up with the The Raw Chef and she’s the reason you are listening to this show today!

On this episode, we’ll be talking about Karen’s journey into raw foods and creating her business, The Raw Chef. We’ll explore topics like how to cope when you are changing and no one else around you is, why she left London and what it was like to run The Fresh Network before ultimately becoming The Raw Food Coach.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How did she first find out about raw food?
  • Why didn't she agree to take over The Fresh Network right away?
  • Why the power of choice is so impactful for people's raw food journeys.
  • What was the original purpose behind her business, The Raw Food Coach?
  • How did she know she had found her true calling?
  • And so much more!
More About This Show

When Karen first got into raw food when she was 20. She had grown up working in her stepdad's butcher shop, and piqued her curiosity about food. She was increasingly less and less interested in eating meat, and more interested in becoming a vegetarian.

But her family were all traditional meat eaters so she kept her interests to herself til she was able to leave home. By 19 she was vegetarian and by 20 she was vegan. Not long after going vegan, she found raw food from the book, Raw Energy.

Based on what she found in the book, she began experimenting with the raw food lifestyle. In her early experience with eating raw, the first few months were mostly about the physical transformation: she lost weight without trying, she gained tons of energy.

She says she felt like wonder woman and often had to work out twice a day just to release all the energy she felt! Physically she felt more alive and mentally she gained more acuity and clarity.

But she also felt emotionally isolated and often found herself wondering if eating raw was worth it because she felt so separated from the people in her life.

At 25 she left London, and went to countryside where she felt more at home. She worked part-time in a meditation center, which was perfect for her. She also had the incredible opportunity to spend the rest of her time building The Fresh Network.

If you don’t know of it, The Fresh Network was the UK's first raw living foods organization; it was founded in 1992 by Susan Miller. The organization was meant to support and inspire and educate anyone interested in eating more raw foods, whether they wanted to eat raw 100% of the time or just a portion.

Karen found it in 1993, and was ecstatic to find a resource that understood her journey. She reached out to Susie about working for the organization periodically. For years there was nothing available, Susie ran it entirely herself.

But in the early part of 1998, Susie called and asked if Karen would want to take it over. Initially Karen said no! Even though it had been her dream for years, she wasn’t eating raw 100% of the time and she felt she needed to if she was going to run The Fresh Network.

As she explains on this episode, she eventually agreed and ran the network for 8.5 years. By the end of 2006, Karen realized it was time to move on from the network and start The Raw Food Coach. It was her calling: she knew there was a need for people to be coached during their raw journey and to help others feel the connection she had lacked during her early years.

During today’s show, Karen recalls the initial offerings of her business from the classes to the one on one conversations, as well as what she is doing today.

We also talk about why people are drawn to be raw food coaches, and why there’s such a strong need for a variety of coaches today.

Be sure to listen in for all of that and more on the first episode of The Raw Chef!

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RCE032: Anthony Abbagnano - How Can a Conscious Connected Breath Make Such a Difference?
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RCE032: Anthony Abbagnano - How Can a Conscious Connected Breath Make Such a Difference?

Alchemy of Breath is a series of breathing practices that restore our self-awareness, love and compassion. What if there was something right under your nose that could change the way you see the world? By working with Anthony you will discover breathing techniques that have immediate effect and can be incorporated instantly into your daily life, improving your relationship with yourself, and therefore with the world around you. If you believe ‘the only way out is in’ then the Alchemy of Breath could be for you.   https://www.alchemyofbreath.com/

RCE031: Ronnie Landis - Evolving Your Eating & Optimising Your Life
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RCE031: Ronnie Landis - Evolving Your Eating & Optimising Your Life

Ronnie Landis is an integrative nutritionist, transformation coach, and human behavioral specialist. His work focuses on enhancing the human experience through natural nutrition, lifestyle design, and consciousness engineering.   With well over a decade of devoted study & application to the fields of optimizing the body, mind, spirit union through combining the universal principles of you are what you think about and you are what you eat. Ronnie believes that in order to truly manifest our dreams we must first embody them in a healthy, hormonally balanced, and disease free body.   After all it is excruciatingly difficult to maintain an attitude of gratitude in a pain stricken body. Ronnie seeks to share his knowledge and teachings with hundreds of thousands of people around the world through his books, podcasts, online courses, youtube TV show, events, seminars, and retreats.    Ronnie's website: www.ronnilandis.net    Ronnie's book: http://amzn.to/2vrjGB8

RCE030: Charlie Morley - Using Lucid Dreaming to Work with Your Shadows and Create Healing
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RCE030: Charlie Morley - Using Lucid Dreaming to Work with Your Shadows and Create Healing

Charlie Morley is a bestselling Hay House author and teacher of lucid dreaming & shadow work.   He was “authorised to teach” within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in 2008 and has since developed a holistic approach to dream work called Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep and written three books which have been translated into 11 languages.   He’s spoken at Cambridge University, been featured in The Guardian,  and given a talk about lucid dream shadow work at the  TED conference in San Diego.   For the past 9 years Charlie has run retreats and workshops in more than 20 countries and continues to teach internationally. He has lived at Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre in London with his wife Jade for the past 7 years.   For info on workshops and retreats see www.charliemorley.com

RCE029: Sandy Newbigging - Why Conflict Keeps Us Connected to What We Don't Want
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RCE029: Sandy Newbigging - Why Conflict Keeps Us Connected to What We Don't Want

Sandy C. Newbigging is the best-selling author of 6 books and creator of the Mind Calm, Body Calm, Mind Detox and Calm Cure techniques, collectively called Calmology. His work has appeared on television and radio internationally. Psychologies magazine described him as ‘the mind maestro’ and the Red magazine called him ’the guru of modern-day meditations'. He has trained practitioners from 15+ countries in his methods and his Calm Clan website has members from around the world. www.sandynewbigging.com 

RCE028: Laura Jane Koers - From No Confidence in the Kitchen to Empowerment and Healing
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RCE028: Laura Jane Koers - From No Confidence in the Kitchen to Empowerment and Healing

This week Russell talks to Laura-Jane Koers.   Laura-Jane The Rawtarian is a leading creator of simple, satisfying raw food recipes. She is the host of The Raw Food Podcast and a featured speaker at BlogHer Food in Miami, FL and the Canadian Food Bloggers conference in Vancouver, BC.   Her recipes and photography have been featured in The Huffington Post, The National Post and Vegan Life magazine.   She lives in Atlantic Canada. She shares 100+ free simple, satiating raw food recipes at www.therawtarian.com.

RCE27: Paul Risse - Allowing Spirit to Guide Your Life
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RCE27: Paul Risse - Allowing Spirit to Guide Your Life

Paul Risse has been a personal trainer for the clients on ABC's Extreme Makeover, CEO of Cleanse America, starred in Average Joe in the Raw and has helped thousands of people improve their health over the last 10 years.

Paul is currently a furniture and tiny home designer and is building his first house in Hico, Tx.

He is also a fireman on the side. He is happily married and has an amazing daughter.

Paul loves God, loves people and finds everything about life fascinating. You can follow him @paulrisse on Instagram or on Facebook.

RCE026: David Hamilton - The 5 Side Effects of Kindness
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RCE026: David Hamilton - The 5 Side Effects of Kindness

David has a first class honors degree in chemistry, specializing in biological and medicinal chemistry. He has the slightly geeky honour of having achieved 100% in his 3rd year university degree exam in ‘Statistical Mechanics’, which is a branch of quantum physics applied to chemistry.   After completing his PhD, he worked for 4 years in the pharmaceutical industry, first developing drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer, then a year managing leadership and change projects. During this time he also served as an athletics coach and manager of Sale Harriers Manchester, one of the UK’s largest athletics clubs, leading the Junior Men’s team to three successive UK finals. Upon leaving the pharmaceutical industry, he co-founded the international relief charity Spirit Aid Foundation and served as a director for 2 years.   While writing his first book (2004-2005), he taught chemistry (main) plus ecology and mathematics (secondary) at West College Scotland (formerly, James Watt College of Further and Higher Education) and tutored chemistry at the University of Glasgow.   He’s now a bestselling author of 8 books (No’s 9 and 10 are due out in 2017) published by Hay House UK, and offer talks and workshops that use science to inspire – fusing neuroscience, the mind-body connection, kindness, and philosophical and eastern spiritual teachings. He also writes a regular blog on his website as well as occasional blogs for the Huffington Post (US edition) and Psychologies Life Labs, and is a columnist for Soul and Spirit Magazine. In 2016, David won the Kindred Spirit, ‘Best MBS Writer Award’.   He has been featured in numerous publications, including ELLE, RED Magazine, Psychologies, YOU Magazine, Good Housekeeping (both UK & US), and several newspapers.   You might wonder how he got into writing on the subjects he does. In his own words, “Well, during my time in the pharmaceutical industry, I was fascinated by the placebo effect – how people improve through believing they are receiving a drug – so I began to study mind-body interactions in my spare time. I decided to leave the pharmaceutical industry after 4 years because I wanted to educate about the mind-body connection, help people to believe in themselves more, and spread a little more kindness in the world in my own way.”

RCE025: Sophie Trew - Life After Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment at Age 23
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RCE025: Sophie Trew - Life After Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment at Age 23

Sophie Trew is a trained journalist, documentary maker and writer, passionate about change and progress in the cancer world. After graduating in 2013 she worked in Paris and then got a One World Media scholarship to produce a documentary in Colombia. The documentary, ‘Challenging Perceptions’ is about the power of urban art to transform disadvantaged communities. Returninghome, Sophie aged 23, was diagnosed with lymphoma- cancer of the lymphatic system. With little think space,she was immediately started on 6 months of toxic chemo. This can slowly strip away your identity, physically and emotionally. The first question she asked was, “why is this disease happening to so many people.”

 

Her coping mechanism was research; wanting to do everything she could to get better. The doctors told her to make no lifestyle changes because they wouldn’t make a difference. That crazy and untrue sentence, was the spark that started everything! Before getting diagnosed she was living a carefree, fun and fairly toxic lifestyle. Sophie knew nothing about holistic health or cancer, now she shares what she’s learnt with the motivation to helpothers. She believes it’s everything she did alongside chemo: radical diet changes, meditation, supplements, exercise, visualizations, oxygen therapy and energy healing that helped her thrive. She found there were huge gaps in support for people with cancer. With some of the worst survival rates in Europe, there is so much more that can be done. People are unempowered and encouraged to play a passive role in their treatment, they don’t know they have options. Cancer is complex, each case and person is unique and so a personalised healthplan is so important. Sophiewants to encourage people to take an active role in their health by becoming an expert in their own case. 

With a strong desire for change, Sophie’s dream is a future of integrative care for everyone where we look at the causes of disease, instead of treating symptoms. A day when juice bars are in hospitals and all Burger Kings removed! Where joy and hope are spread, away from the mainstream negativity. Sophie talks and Vlogs about prevention, ways to challenge cancer and soon-to-come Thriving after cancer on her Facebook page, Trew Talks. By talking about thriving, she hopes to help othersbecome healthy and happy after treatment. Cancer is a life changer but you can go on to live an incredible life after. 

She works to support young women going through cancer with the awesome charity, Victoria’s Promise. The latest project she’s very excited about is putting on a brand new summer festival! Trew Fields is on July 8th and it’s a holistic health, cancer awareness, music and comedy event. Aimed at connecting a community, fun and having a more proactive, progressive conversation around illness. The event was inspired by how isolated and confused Sophie was when she was diagnosed. The aim is for it to be an education legacy, raising awareness and sharing stories. Trew Fields is a community event for everybody. Those speaking and performing include professionals and creatives: doctors, authors, musicians, comedians, nutritionists, herbalists, journalists and researchers. 

If it sounds up your street you can visit the Trew Fields Facebook Page for more information. 

RCE024: Joel Gazdar - Following the Natural Path, from Architecture to Raw Food
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RCE024: Joel Gazdar - Following the Natural Path, from Architecture to Raw Food

This week Russell is joined by Joel Gazdar.  Joel is a wellbeing coach, plant-based alchemist and the founder of an iconic raw-centric restaurant Wild Food Cafe in London, Covent Garden. He is a lifelong devotee and pioneer of all things wild and raw. He's spent 20 years apprenticing with wellbeing leaders, traveling, teaching and immersing himself into the multi-dimensional study of expanding consciousness. Alongside Wild Food Cafe Joel has been running popular raw food & wellbeing courses, retreats and is leading a movement of transforming humanity’s relationship with food. 

RCE023: Cyrus Khambatta - An Unconventional Approach to Diabetes
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RCE023: Cyrus Khambatta - An Unconventional Approach to Diabetes

This week Russell talks to Cyrus Khambatta...   "Despite my penchant for frequent exercise, I unexpectedly developed type 1 diabetes during my senior year of college.  Unlike most type 1 diabetics who get diagnosed in adolescence, I was 22.  Strange.   I was the first to admit that I didn’t know anything about diabetes, only that it had something to do with chocolate cake and syringes.  For the first time in my life, I was faced with a series of challenging questions for which I had no answers.   It was only years later, after hundreds of hours of reading, personal experimentation, and research that I came to realize the flaws of the logic in what I was reading about diabetes from a nutritional standpoint.   I changed my eating habits completely.  For the first time I was open to the idea of becoming a vegetarian, even though I grew up laughing at them.  Then the concept of veganism took me by storm, and revolutionized my understanding of plant vs. animal food.  Soon, I had met a community of raw vegans, who opened my eyes to the world of uncooked food.   In a short period of time, positive change was apparent.  Instead of feeling lethargic, mentally groggy, dehydrated and physically fatigued, eating a truly healthy diet made me feel alert, fully rested, full of energy, and eager to exercise hard.  I felt limber, energetic, and excited to be alive.   In 2012, I received a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from UC Berkeley, and taught many classes ranging from exercise physiology to nutrient metabolism to disease prevention.  In the process, I became a published author in peer reviewed scientific journals, and wrote a dissertation on the effect of calorie restriction (CR) on overall health, and lifestyle factors that influence type 2 diabetes.   If you’re a nerd and want to read the actual science, please be my guest.   I aim to provide you with the tools to understand nutritional science as a whole, without needing to be a scientist.  I aspire to force you to rethink nutrition from the ground up, to question everything you have learned and everything you have read.   I hope to teach the principles of a truly healthy lifestyle, inspire you to make intelligent and informed decisions for your aging body, teach that disease prevention starts at the plate, and allow your diet to provide you with more energy than you had as a rambunctious teenager."

RCE022: Tanya Maher - Raw Food Experiment to Raw Food Restaurant
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RCE022: Tanya Maher - Raw Food Experiment to Raw Food Restaurant

Tanya Maher (pronounced Marr) is the founder of the ultimate wellness company BetterRaw.com, co-founder of a high-end gourmet raw café chain TanyasCafe.com, creator of the Amazon #1 best selling DVD ‘Raw Food 101’ and author of Hay House’s ‘The Uncook Book’ (available to purchase now on Amazon UK and Amazon US). Born in Russia, raised in New Zealand and now pioneering the clean eating movement in the UK, Tanya has been hailed as one of most recognised experts in the world of raw food and the UK’s top wellness coach, by the likes of Vogue, Daily Mail and Women’s Health.

RCE021: Richi Watson - Overcoming Life's Challenges with Love & Compassion
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RCE021: Richi Watson - Overcoming Life's Challenges with Love & Compassion

This week Russell talks to Richi Watson, of Lifewell UK.

  Richi uncovered empowering tools for self-healing during his childhood adversity with debilitating illness, and discovered a mental approach to life which allowed him to overcome his difficult circumstances. His academic journey studying Philosophy, Psychology and Buddhism was cut short by his poor physical health, but life provided a different kind of education and opportunity for enlightenment.   Richi had already climbed a ‘life mountain’ using integrative lifestyle approaches to heal his body of it’s chronic health conditions in his late twenties and overcoming severe anxiety, but his greatest challenge was yet to follow as his wife descended into very severe mental illness after giving birth to their daughter. Through the years of intense challenge Richi needed to delve deeper into his own self-mastery in order to help care for his wife, remain free of the abuse directed at him and raise his daughter to be as healthy as possible despite the turbulent environment she was born into.

RCE20: Rick Miller - How to Eat Intuitively for Better Health
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2017-10-07 10:58:22 UTC 58:37
RCE20: Rick Miller - How to Eat Intuitively for Better Health

This week Russell talks to Rick Miller about intuitive eating.   Rick is a clinical and sports dietitian based in central London. He runs two private clinics, one at 117a Harley Street and the other from The Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, Fitzrovia and features regularly in the national media as a spokesperson to the British Dietetic Association. His approach to nutrition embraces orthodox and integrative nutrition, for a truly personalised and functional approach to optimal wellness.    He can be contacted at www.rick-miller.co.uk and hello@rick-miller.co.uk, follow @Rick_M_RDiet (twitter), @rickmillerrd (instagram)

REC019: Alissa Barthel - From Punk Rock to Science Lab & Raw Cheeses
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2017-10-07 10:58:22 UTC 40:28
REC019: Alissa Barthel - From Punk Rock to Science Lab & Raw Cheeses

Alissa Barthel is the Founder/Cheesemaker at raw vegan cheese company, Punk Rawk Labs. PRL arose organically from her quest to heal herself with food. It started initially as a blog where she chronicled her efforts to eat healthier after a toxic exposure compromised her immune system and led to some significant complications.  Through her blog, she met Matthew Kenney (a world renowned chef specializing in plant based cuisine) under whom she later studied.  She also chronicled her culinary training on her blog. Shortly after becoming certified as a professional chef, she was involved in a serious car crash for which she was in physical therapy for about eighteen months. It was during this time, that she perfected PRL’s cheese recipe. She posted a picture of the cheese on her blog, a store in Manhattan picked the cheeses up, they sold out right away, and the rest is history.   Alissa is a former microbiologist with over twenty years experience in the restaurant/food business. She is PRL’s Kitchen Manager/Cheesemaker. She is trained as a raw vegan chef, but she eats other things as well. Raw vegan food agrees with her immune system issues and is always a base of support for her.   She eats a mostly clean diet avoiding dairy, gluten, and processed foods most ardently. Though her artistic temperament precludes her from absolutism about pretty much anything. There’s always room for a wild streak in her book.

 

RCE 018: Ollie Trew - Connecting to Yourself & Leaning into Fear
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2017-10-07 10:58:22 UTC 39:28
RCE 018: Ollie Trew - Connecting to Yourself & Leaning into Fear

On this week’s episode I’m joined by Ollie Trew, who is a connection coach, a healer, and a spiritual catalyst passionate about helping people get back to who they really are and what they really love to do. As Ollie says, after all, we are so much more impactful and driven when we have a purpose and we can wake up each morning with a smile on our face.

 

Ollie is no stranger to living his own purpose, having successfully started his third business as a coach after a career as a professional beatboxer and a film producer. He now travels the world helping people to connect better with themselves and what they love, no matter who they are and what their background is.

 

Now, aside from coaching, Ollie is a self-professed challenge-a-holic and sees it as an opportunity to take his clients further and deeper. Having achieved such feats as five half marathons in just five days, 100 kilometre race in one day, and driving around the world from Hyde Park in London to Mongolia, all in the name of a good cause. He’s got a colourful background, and I know you’re going to love this interview.

 

What You’ll Hear in This Episode:

 

  • Hear as Ollie shares about his colourful past and background story.
  • How Ollie knew that he was connecting to something deeper, using his inner curiosity.
  • What “cave syndrome” is and how Ollie applies it to following our passion to drive us through.
  • Find out how Ollie got into beatboxing as a creative vent to create something good.
  • How spilling a smoothie got Ollie a $27,000 advertisement deal for only four days of work.
  • What caused Ollie to transition into a film and storytelling.
  • Ollie’s advice on knowing where to start when struggling to connect to ourselves.
  • Learn how to lean into fear, but giving it a non-positive or a non-negative.
  • Why experiencing our emotions is the key to getting towards happiness and fulfillment.
  • And so much more!

 

More About This Episode:

 

After travelling the world speaking and performing, Ollie was humbled by an undeniable truth that we are all connected in some way. Yet many of us feel isolated, even in the big cities. Ollie believes that much of that isolation can be remedied by connection, so he decided then and there to make it his mission to help others all over the world to better connect in person and over the camera

 

Ollie believes that being able to connect with ourselves and the right people around us is one of, if not the most, important life skill that you can develop. He is fascinated by the idea that you never know who you are going to meet and what sort of win-win relationship you can create between the two of you. As he says, “You could be sitting on a park bench next to your future wife or the CEO of Red Bull, ready to offer you a job, but you won't know unless you decide to connect.”

 

For Ollie, connection begins first on the inside as we make a conscious choice to love and connect with ourselves. Once our internal connection is established, then we are able to share our gifts, passions, and knowledge with other around the world.

RCE017: Adam Stansbury - The Plant Powered Personal Trainer
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2017-10-07 10:58:22 UTC 36:35
RCE017: Adam Stansbury - The Plant Powered Personal Trainer

This week I am joined by Adam Stansbury, who is The Plant Powered Personal Trainer. Now Adam has just got such a really interesting background in bodybuilding and fitness modelling, and you will hear how he did that the traditional route; eating animal products, having rib eye steaks, and all that crazy stuff.

Adam tells the story of how he found himself needing operations for Ulcerative Colitis, and shares how he eventually found himself on a plant based diet as a PT. As a plant based eater himself, he is now training others who are both plant based and not plant based. He just has such a unique and practical experience of teaching this in the real world, getting real results, and really getting to see both sides of the coin.

What You’ll Hear in This Episode:

  • Hear Adam’s story and how he was first introduced into fitness and training.
  • How the “perfect body” pressure has increased for men.
  • Adam’s past mindset of feeling imprisoned by his need for protein in each meal.
  • Why Adam needed four major operations, and how he got through it.
  • How a shoulder injury led Adam to start making changes in his diet.
  • Adam’s advice on how to find the correct supplements for your body.
  • Why Adam believes that society is protein obsessed today.
  • What it means to have an understanding for other people’s choices.
  • And so much more!

More About This Episode:

Adam’s personal journey with fitness began early on when he was in his early teens with playing tennis. He eventually began training in the gym when he was 19 years old and the bodybuilding and aesthetic side to the fitness industry really got drew his interest. In 2003 Adam began a six year journey of fitness modelling, and even magazine cover shoots. However, in 2006 Adam discovered that he was suffering from the digestive illness Ulcerative Colitis, which required him to have four serious operations over a two years timeline. 

After his recovery, Adam turned his hand to Fitness Modelling shows and began my Personal Training career in 2009. From there he went on to enter several fitness modelling shows, won awards alongside his gym. In 2014 Adam decided to make the change to a Plant Based Vegan Diet for ethical and environmental reasons. He believes that changing the world starts with changing yourself first, and that the one thing we have complete control over that makes a huge impact to our environment is the food we eat.

When Adam made the switch, he did lose weight initially. However, once his body adapted he was able to rebuild a physique that is the same in statue, weight, and strength. Today Adam works with training clients to help them add lean muscle to their physiques while strictly eating a Plant Based Diet. Adam is healthier and fitter than he has ever been and continues to have a passion for discovering new creations with food that he never thought was possible.

 

Episode Resources: 

Adam’s Website — http://theplantpoweredpt.com/

Adam’s Twitter — https://twitter.com/theplantpowerpt

RCE016: Jennifer Daniels - Using Turpentine to Clear Candida
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2017-10-07 10:58:22 UTC 41:48
RCE016: Jennifer Daniels - Using Turpentine to Clear Candida

On this week’s episode I’m joined by Dr. Jennifer Daniels, and this is the interview I’ve been so looking forward to sharing with you. Dr. Daniels is quite a character and is now living in Panama, which came about due to a string of events that started with her really questioning the pharmaceutical medications that she was giving out and the solutions she was traditionally trained to provide.

As she started to move towards a more holistic approach, she got her a lot of unwanted attention. She was also part of other campaigns in her community where she felt there was some wrong doing that needed to be put right. This led to her having to surrender her medical license, and landed her on the terrorist watch list!

Dr. Daniels is a great advocate of Turpentine Therapy to tread Candida and parasites within her patients. She really is the one bringing Turpentine Therapy back into the mainstream awareness after a couple of generations of it being lost. She shares more about the background of where Turpentine Therapy came from and how it got lost over the years.

What You’ll Hear in This Episode:

  • The events that led Dr. Daniels to become a fugitive in Panama.
  • How Dr. Daniel’s got onto the terrorist list.
  • Daniel’s self-experiments with Turpentine Therapy.
  • What is Turpentine Therapy, and how does it work?
  • The Story of how Dr. Daniel’s discovered the doses and combination of Turpentine and sugar.
  • What is the purpose of sugar cubes in Turpentine Therapy?
  • Why Turpentine Therapy gives you an instant rejuvenation.
  • Other external uses of Turpentine.
  • The story behind why Dr. Daniel’s developed the Vitality Capsules.
  • And so much more!

More About This Episode:

Dr. Daniels studied at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and she received her Medical Degree and her MBA concurrently when her studies concluded. While in medical school, she was concerned that patients were not improving with the therapies she was being taught to provide.

Later on, while practicing medicine, Dr. Jennifer Daniels noticed that, despite compliance on the part of patients, her patients seemed to worsen with the standard care she was taught to provide. Instead, she decided to give patients a choice between standard care and natural therapies. With these natural therapies, Dr. Daniels found that the death rate in her medical practice went from four a year to zero.

Although her patients were improving, they will still not fully cured. Dr. Daniels went out in search of a solution to get her patients back to where they were before they ever got sick in the first place. This is where she re-discovered Turpentine Therapy, so she dove into experimenting on herself to learn more about the results so that she would be able to help others.

Episode Resources: 

Dr. Jennifer Daniel’s About Page — https://drjenniferdaniels.com/about-me/

Pure Gum Spirits Turpentine — https://www.mylands.com/pure-gum-turpentine

Free Report — http://vitalitycapsules.com/

Prenatal care and home delivery video — http://drjenniferdaniels.com/healing-with-dr-daniels-by-popular-demand-home-delivery-and-i-dont-mean-pizza/

RCE015: Denisa Ratulea - Raw & Plant-Based Foods to Reduce Inflammation to Prepare for Surgery
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2017-10-07 10:58:22 UTC 40:49
RCE015: Denisa Ratulea - Raw & Plant-Based Foods to Reduce Inflammation to Prepare for Surgery

In this week’s episode I’m joined by Denisa Ratulea. Denisa is a health coach, plant based chef, and Reiki healer. She’s the founder of Second Nature, and the author of Cooking For Your Heart as well as co-founder of Raw Transylvania Adventures and Health Connection Retreats. After years of living in pain due to a severe Scoliosis, Denisa started her journey in order to heal her back and reduce inflammation to prepare for spinal surgery to remove the rods that had been put in there by adopting an alkaline plant based lifestyle that transformed her life.

She went from being sedentary and often being in pain, to a complete makeover, losing over 15 kilos and performing various sports, and actually finishing her first triathlon while still having the metal rods and screws in her spine. Denisa embarked on a learning path with a mission to explore and experiment with food and nutrition in order to find what works best for us and the planet in the 21st century, and she’s now helping other to rediscover their full health potential and fall in love with good food and healthy eating.

In this interview we get into Denisa’s upbringing in rural Transylvania, Romania, which is a real place as you'll hear her tell us. As with so many people that find themselves in wellness and plant based foods, her start in life really was anything but that. You’ll also hear how the anti-inflammatory effect of raw and plant based foods helped her recovery from having those metal rods removed from her back and now how she’s ultimately helping others transition into this lifestyle.

What You’ll Hear in This Episode:

  • Hear Denisa’s story of growing up in a village in rural Transylvania, Romania.
  • Discover as Denisa shares how everything her family ate was straight from their farm.
  • Denisa shares the events of when she found out about her scoliosis diagnosis.
  • Find out how Denisa continued to live her life to the full, despite her condition.
  • Hear the story of when Denisa discovered that the rods in her back had broken.
  • Discover how Denisa used her father’s passing as way to start helping others in his memory.
  • Understand why empathizing with others is truly all they need when experiencing loss.
  • Learn what lead Denisa to transition her lifestyle and how a Tony Robbins event impacted her life.
  • Find out why Denisa suggests starting a raw food diet in the summer rather than winter.
  • And so much more!

More About This Episode:

Denisa’s story starts in the mesmerizing land of Transylvania, Romania where she got a real feeling of what it means to have your hands covered in soil and go through the year according to seasonal change. Her father was a farmer and he taught her from an early age to respect and appreciate mother nature. The freedom she experienced growing up was suddenly taken away after a diagnosis with Scoliosis and undergoing corrective surgery that left her with metal rods and screws attached to her spine.

Struggling with the loss of her father and the belief that this was what the rest of her life would be, threw her in a very black hole, battling depression for many months. Denisa knew she had to make a choice to change the way she was living. After attending Unleash the Power Within with Tony Robbins, Denisa realized that she really wanted to change her eating habits to regain her innate health and take charge over her struggling body.

She began exercising daily and focused on developing and giving back to people. While transitioning to a plant-based, vegan diet Denisa lost all her unnecessary weight and significantly decreased the pain in her back. It helped her come alive again, and today she is qualified as a nutritional therapist. Now, after 10 years of dealing with pain and learning to love and treat her body with the right things, she helps others to do the same, by building sustainable habits.

 Episode Resources:

RCE014: Tim Cook - Building Community as the Raw Londoner
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2017-10-07 10:58:22 UTC 41:51
RCE014: Tim Cook - Building Community as the Raw Londoner

On this week’s show I’m joined by Tim Cook of Raw Londoner. Tim is not just a raw foodie; he’s into plant-based food as well. He loves to mix science and research with intuition, which is just the perfect blend. Science teaches us so much and is so important, but there are just some things that science is yet to prove. There’s an energetic quality of food that we discuss in today’s episode, which is difficult to measure, scientifically.

In this episode, Tim shares about creating a community around what you do, especially when you drastically change your lifestyle. We dive into his tips on how he created his community and how you can start to create one for yourself as well. I love his approach to the raw food lifestyle and how he takes bits and pieces from the movements that others have started and applies it to his own life. I hope you enjoy this episode and are inspired by Tim’s motivation to live a healthy life. 

What You’ll Hear in This Episode:

  • Tim shares his story, the mission surrounding Raw Londoner and how it came about.
  • Hear Tim’s tips on finding a community or tribe to support you in your raw lifestyle.
  • Discover how Tim first got started on his nutrition journey towards raw foods.
  • Understand why Tim pursued a plant based diet to live a long, healthy life.
  • Learn why pulling specific portions from other’s ideas and adapting them to your life is key.
  • Find out why nutrition is still a developing science with a long way to go.
  • Discover the benefits of letting yourself have the thing that you can’t see yourself giving up.
  • Tim shares his definition of superfoods and how it relates to your body’s needs.
  • Hear Tim’s favorite superfoods, and what he has in his collection.
  • And so much more!

More About This Episode:

For Tim, the single most important thing is to be happy and to genuinely, deeply, feel good. He chooses the nutrition he does to give him a long and healthy life, filled with energy, vitality, strength, mental clarity, and a great physique. A plant based diet is something that Tim chose because it felt great. He eats a high percentage of his diet raw and with minimal processing. This ensures that it is in its freshest, most natural state with maximum nutrition.

Tim is most interested in the science of nutrition and also believes that our bodies are far more sophisticated devices than our current science understands. Our thoughts and emotions have a much greater impact than we currently understand, scientifically. Tim is highly involved in the folklore of plant based health and believes that although there is little research, folklore can often guide us to what works even if it can’t explain the mechanics behind it.

He is also interested in the intuitive approaches to plant based health because he believes we have a greater spiritual connection that’s cheering for us to live the greatest version of our lives possible and is always giving us guidance whenever we listen. We are all responsible for the greatness of own our life. For Tim, he is doing the best he can to live the greatest life. 

Episode Resources:

 

Raw Londoner — http://www.rawlondoner.com/

Tim on Twitter — https://twitter.com/rawlondoner

RCE 013: Todd Acamesis - How to Use Lucid Dreaming to Enhance Your Waking Life
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2017-10-07 10:58:22 UTC 54:22
RCE 013: Todd Acamesis - How to Use Lucid Dreaming to Enhance Your Waking Life

This week Russell talks to Todd Acamesis.  A trained remote viewer, self-taught out-of-body explorer and brainwave entrainment researcher, Todd has been exploring consciousness through expanded states of awareness for more than two decades.

  More recently, he co-developed the ‘PandoraStar Deep Trance Light Machine’ system; a powerful flickering light device that entrains the brain to specific brainwave frequencies for the purpose of inducing exotic states of consciousness, such as lucid dreams and out-of-body experiences.   Todd also regularly leads Synchronicity Walks throughout the UK to guide people in experiencing the raw nature of synchronicity; he has developed a special card deck for people to experience synchronicity in their everyday lives.

RCE 012: Amy Levin - When Chocolate Chooses You
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2017-10-07 10:58:22 UTC 48:20
RCE 012: Amy Levin - When Chocolate Chooses You

This week Russel talks to Amy Levin.  Amy is the world’s leading raw chocolatier. Her expertise in raw chocolate is unparalleled as she consistently breaks boundaries in the raw food arena.   Amy is a classically trained professional chef who found her way into vegan and vegetarian raw food in 2004 while training to be a holistic health counselor at The Institute of Integrative Nutrition.   After working for several of the UK’s most respected raw food & chocolate companies, Amy was able to apply that new found talent and knowledge to her role as Senior Sous and Pastry Chef to World Renowned Executive Chef, Chad Sarno at Saf London & Munich during their opening years.   Amy currently teaches raw chocolate classes in South London and consults with businesses who wish to implement only the very best raw chocolates and desserts into their menu or product line. She has published three eBooks; A Passion for Raw Chocolate and What is Raw Chocolate ? and has now released her Raw Chocolate classes as online learning courses. Amy’s work with raw chocolate is revolutionising the way people make raw chocolate the world over, both domestically and commercially.

RCE 011: Danielle Marchant - Taking Time and Space to Think About You and Your Life
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2017-10-07 10:58:22 UTC 47:33
RCE 011: Danielle Marchant - Taking Time and Space to Think About You and Your Life

This week Russell talks to Danielle Marchant.  Danielle is a life coach, specialising in helping people make big transitions in their lives, by first slowing down, reflecting and taking stock.  She does this with her 'Pauses'; day or week long events that provide a safe and nurturing space to breathe and slow down.   Danielle found herself guiding people through this process, based on her own experience of burnout. . .   "To begin with my life didn’t turn out how I expected it to.  I grew up in little fishing village in Cornwall and by this age I expected to have settled down with a family and lead a quiet life.   But instead life had other plans for me.   I’ve skydived and heli hiked on glaciers in New Zealand.  I’ve danced til dawn in Rio and trekked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.  I’ve dived with sharks, sealions and penguins in the Galapagos Islands.   It was anything but quiet, and all of this was fabulous, until life gave me a wake up call.  In 2011 I woke up one day burnt out to the core.  I couldn’t get to out of bed.   I had pushed myself beyond my limits   My body could no longer sustain the breakneck pace.   I knew I faced serious long term illness if I didn’t make a change.   The breakdown and burnout was the most painful experience of my life.  I felt so weak and alone, and yet through those tough moments, I managed to slow down the mind chatter and adrenalin…"   In this episode Danielle and Russell will guide you through a Pause process that you can do in a few hours to process your year and move into 2017 with clarity.

RCE 010: Elwin Robinson - The Top 3 Causes of Low Energy and How to Overcome Them
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2017-10-07 10:58:22 UTC 50:04
RCE 010: Elwin Robinson - The Top 3 Causes of Low Energy and How to Overcome Them

This week my friend Elwin Robinson is on the podcast and we are going to be talking about energy. I met Elwin several years ago, and we dive into the story today. After struggling with poor health for most of his childhood, Elwin is passionate about exposing the truth about what really leads to true health and wellness, which often is radically different from what is taught in the mainstream or alternative approaches to health.

From his experience, Elwin has discovered that having energy is the most important thing in the world. Without energy, there are many things that you can miss out on in life. After experiencing a major burnout in his mid-20’s, Elwin started his long journey towards health and healing his body from all the damage that had been done in those first few years of his life. 

Elwin is highly enthusiastic about empowering people to feel energized, joyful, and alive, naturally and sustainably. He has worked for over five years with a thousand clients towards this goal. Now, Elwin is particularly passionate about working with clients who are highly committed to reaching high levels of health, energy, and well-being by natural and sustainable means.

 

What You’ll Hear in This Episode:

 

  • Learn why Elwin believes that energy is the most important thing in the world.
  • Discover the three main root causes of having low energy.
  • Understand how exercise can sometimes stress and deplete your body more.
  • Hear the effects of high cortisol levels on your body reactions.
  • Elwin shares his journey from childhood until complete burnout in his mid-20’s.
  • Discover what Elwin did to heal himself and how that led him to help others.
  • Learn how endorphins work to help the body naturally relieve pain.
  • Understand how different neurochemicals work in your brain and affect your body.
  • Hear Elwin’s top resources for starting your healthy journey.
  • And so much more.

 

More About This Episode:

Elwin is the founder of Lion Heart Herbs, a community of individuals who demand a high level of health. When Elwin was a teenager, his father had chronic fatigue syndrome and his mother had cancer, the first time before he was born, and four times subsequently. She lost her brave battle when she was in her early 50’s. For Elwin, he always had low energy levels and high anxiety which led to a lot of frustration and negative emotions.

The main cause of his low energy state was an imbalance in neurochemicals. His cortisol levels were high, and his serotonin levels were low so his feeling of a relaxed confidence and self-esteem was lacking. His dopamine levels were low, so his motivation and passion was missing. Elwin also had particularly low oxytocin levels, so his ability to connect with people and trust people was absent. All of these imbalances led to have an unhappy childhood.

When it came to sugar, Elwin would do whatever he could to get his hands on any kind of treat and describes himself as “sugar junkie”. As he got older, his addictions moved on first to caffeine, then cigarettes, and on to cannabis and alcohol. By the time he was in his early 20’s he was taking drugs all day, every day. Finally when he was in his mid-20’s he reached complete and total burnout. After taking a hard look in the mirror, Elwin embarked on a journey heal himself and now he is dedicated to helping others do the same.

 

Episode Resources:

Elwin’s website — http://www.lionheartherbs.com/

Lion Heart Herbs Shop — https://shop.lionheartherbs.com/

Energy Training Resource — http://www.highenergytraining.com or www.highenergyacademy.com/

Detox Video Training Series — http://www.howtodoacompletedetox.com

Elwin’s Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/elwinrobinsonhealthmastery/

Elwin’s YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/user/ElwinRobinson

Elwin’s Twitter — https://twitter.com/LionHeartHerbs

Elwin’s book, The New Easy Exhaustion Cure https://shop.lionheartherbs.com/easy-exhaustion-cure-book-by-elwin-robinson.html

RCE 009: Isaiah Fliessbach - Developing Your Sense of Presence & Well-Being, by Working with the Body
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2017-10-07 10:58:22 UTC 40:27
RCE 009: Isaiah Fliessbach - Developing Your Sense of Presence & Well-Being, by Working with the Body

On the show this week, I’m talking to my friend Isaiah Fliessbach. Isaiah and I met on a True Body Intelligence (TBI) retreat in Portugal, that he was running with Elwin Robinson. TBI is a physical practice and whenever I try to describe it a certainly do not do it justice. It is similar to trying to distil 6,000 years’ worth of wisdom down into a 30 second elevator pitch. TBI is a stretching method that will enable you to release a lot of stress and tension that is in the muscle and the fascia tissue. This has a direct effect on your emotional state and your sense of presence and well-being. 

Isaiah has completely committed himself to his mission and his cause of helping others who are committed to freeing themselves from stress and tension, and moving on forward to step into an empowered life. He is such a grateful person, and inspiring to be around. The healing journey takes a lot of work and consistency that requires us to face our dark shadows within. For Isaiah, he describes how his ability to show kindness and compassion to those around him is a direct reflection of the work that he has done on himself. 

Isaiah not only shares about TBI, but also talks about a vocal technique you can use to start calming down the mind. There will always be an opportunity for stress in our lives, and that stress response can eat away at your body, doing more damage than we often realize. What it ultimately comes down to is our relationship with stress, tuning into our bodies, and understanding how to face it on a day-to-day basis.

What You’ll Hear in This Episode: 

  • Hear more about what TBI is and how it works to release deep tension.
  • Find out why eccentric movement is the key gateway into the muscle.
  • Learn what it means to go on a healing journey; it is not all love and light.
  • Understand why working on ourselves is the foundation for our lives.
  • Discover why the body is truly the only thing that heals the body.
  • Find out how to tune into your body as it communicates with you.
  • Hear about the breathing technique to calm your mind.
  • And so much more!

More About This Episode: 

Isaiah Fliessbach is the Founder of The Inner Foundation and it is his true mission to help highly committed people to free themselves from the chronic tensions and stresses preventing them from living an empowered life. Isaiah was born in California and his family lived a life dedicated to living a natural lifestyle. Living naturally meant growing their own food to eat, building homes for their family by hand, sourcing water, and living as one within their environment.

Although he was raised in that lifestyle, it was not until he was a teenager that Isaiah began on his own journey to actively work on himself, to learn how to live out and maintain his exceptional health. One of Isaiah’s strongest gifts is embodying and sharing gratitude with those around him. He also uncovered an innate ability to help others to wake up to more of their own potential. Over the years, Isaiah has discovered that the key to his gift has been his own journey of healing. 

It is out of his personal awakening that he believes to ultimately be able to serve our communities. Isaiah sees the body and mind as inseparable partners and believes in the power of the body to heal itself. To help others on their journey, he brings to light the many ways to strip away the stresses of life, and strongly believes that this is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves, and for our lives as a whole. 

Episode Resources:

Isaiah’s website — http://theinnerfoundation.com/

Isaiah’s Facebook Page — https://www.facebook.com/isaiahfliessbach

Isaiah’s YouTube Channel — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmZtsdaAIIx1qmCEHV35zCA

RCE 008: Jenna Zoe - Becoming an Accidental Vegan and Taking Small, Realistic Steps to Health
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2017-10-07 10:58:22 UTC 39:19
RCE 008: Jenna Zoe - Becoming an Accidental Vegan and Taking Small, Realistic Steps to Health

This week I’m talking to Jenna Zoe, who is doing some really incredible things in making a healthier lifestyle accessible to everyone. That is totally what we are about here at the Raw Chef Experience, so it is an amazing episode for you all to enjoy. We dive into Jenna’s vegan journey, which actually began with her trying to clear her skin of acne. She describes how she was sort of an “accidental vegan” and the amazing results she got from her new lifestyle.

Like so many people who change their health through the food that they eat, Jenna found that it gave her whole life a new direction, helping people take small steps to getting healthy in realistic ways. For Jenna, her new diet was often bland and she knew that if it was going to be for the long-term she was going have to make it fun!

What You’ll Hear in This Episode: 

  • How did Jenna start her vegan journey?
  • Why cleaning up your diet can be a double-edged sword.
  • Discover Jenna’s balance with fats, and living on a local diet.
  • Learn Jenna’s perspective on adding back foods into her diet.
  • The core business mission of Jenna’s Food and Drink.
  • One of the biggest triggers that lead people to eat healthier.
  • The story and inspiration behind Skinny Lemon.
  • And so much more!

More About This Episode:

Whilst working as an assistant to Tamara Mellon at Jimmy Choo, Jenna studied nutrition and spent all her free time making indulgent-tasting foods. She is now the author of two incredible cookbooks, Super Healthy Snacks and Treats and Plant Based Paleo. Jenna’s Food and Drink was born out of a natural desire for greater access to products with integrity, and those things she desperately wished would exist to make feeling good and having fun one and the same.

Jenna created a range of food and drinks in hopes to fill the gaps of social life for those unable to divulge in the pleasures such as going out for drinks or having a dessert from time to time. She created Skinny Drinks, which is perfect for mixing with alcohol and isn’t filled with sugar, preservatives, or artificial sweeteners. She also loves the fun of a diet soda, like many people, so instead of missing out on it altogether, Jenna wanted a better way to fix her cravings.

Upcakes is another one of her creations that are sweet treats free from wheat, sugar, dairy, and eggs. Jenna believe in small indulgences that positively feed the emotional body. She loves sweet chocolatey things just as much as the next person, and these Upcakes are the healthier versions of all her favourites. 

Episode Resources:

10 Free Raw Food Recipes eBook — http://therawchef.com/recipes/

Jenna’s Website — http://jennasfoodanddrink.com/

Jenna’s Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/jennazoedaily/

Skinny Drinks’ Facebook page — https://www.facebook.com/jennasfoodanddrink/

Upcakes — http://jennasfoodanddrink.com/

Plant Based Paleo https://www.amazon.co.uk/Plant-based-Paleo-Protein-rich-well-being-vitality/dp/1849756120

Super Healthy Snacks and Treats https://www.amazon.co.uk/Super-Healthy-Snacks-Treats-energizing/dp/1849754284

RCE 007: Mel Wells - from Eating Disorders to Creating a Green Goddess Revolution
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RCE 007: Mel Wells - from Eating Disorders to Creating a Green Goddess Revolution

Imagine a life where there was no ‘on track’ or ‘off track’, but instead you just made conscious choices for your body every single day.

This is Mel Well’s mission in life, to show women all over the world that they have a choice, and that life is not just about having a healthy body, but having a healthy mind as well.

Mel Wells is a health coach, an eating psychology coach, speaker, and author of The Goddess Revolution. She dedicates her time to helping thousands of women worldwide ditch the dieting for good, make peace with food, and love their healthy bodies all in the right ways.

Mel coaches women one-on-one and also through her online academy and her luxury goddess retreats around the world. Mel empowers women to stop dieting for good by adopting a healthy, loving relationship with food and a brand new lifestyle that reflects this.

On this episode of The Raw Chef, I sit down for a chat with Mel about her food revolution, and how she is doing amazing things with her online presence and her book on supporting women through helping them see their bodies in a new light and reclaiming their life.

What You’ll Hear in This Episode:

  • What inspired Mel to change her lifestyle?
  • Mel’s big wakeup call, and how it shook her world.
  • The trigger that encouraged Mel to dive deeper into the psychology of eating.
  • How the selfie craze is affecting our perspectives of ourselves.
  • How Mel helps women ditch the diet mentality.
  • Why Mel focuses on eating patterns and the emotions behind them.
  • Mel’s motivation for writing The Goddess Revolution.
  • And so much more!

More About This Episode:

Before writing her book and beginning the revolution, Mel was an actress on a soap opera. Her lifestyle led her into constant dieting, and she always had the mindset of wanting to take up less space.

This eventually developed into an eating disorder and it completely consumed her life. Mel shares how it started to really impact her relationships and her work, and when it came down to it, she was essentially fighting a losing battle. Getting into coaching happened quite gradually for Mel.

Her biggest wakeup call was losing her dad very suddenly to cancer in 2012, which absolutely shook her world. Seeing someone so close to her fighting for his health really put things into perspective for Mel. From then on she decided to channel her obsession with food into a healthy way, and trained as a health and nutrition coach.

When Mel first started out as a coach, she noticed that her clients were successfully losing weight, but that their mindsets were not in a healthy state. They too were becoming obsessed with the “rules” of clean eating, constantly putting themselves on detrimental guilt trips and feeling shame. Realizing this, Mel delved deeper into the psychology of eating to truly understand what it means to approach eating from a healthy, and whole perspective.

Also on the show, Mel and I dive into how developing an intuitive relationship with your body and recognizing how to nourish it, opens up a whole new world and leads you on a journey of self-discovery.

Mel opens up about her mindset on motherhood and pregnancy, and her own personal journey through that time in her life. Today, Mel continues to show women how to understand their unique journey and how to make conscious choices every day.

Episode Resources:

Mel Wells’ website — http://www.melwells.com/

Mel’s book, The Goddess Revolutionhttp://www.melwells.com/book/

Mel Wells’ Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/iammelwells/

Mel Wells’ Twitter — https://twitter.com/iammelwells

Mel Wells’ Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/IAmMelWells/

RCE 006: Elaine Gibson - Beating Stage 4 Cancer Without Traditional Protocols
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RCE 006: Elaine Gibson - Beating Stage 4 Cancer Without Traditional Protocols

Cancer is a diagnosis none of us want to hear, not once and certainly not twice in our lives.

Our guest for this episode of The Raw Chef has heard the "C" word twice, and the second time it was followed by a stage four diagnosis.

Today you'll hear from Elaine Gibson on how she took that diagnosis and used non-traditional protocols to beat it. As she shares her journey and hard-won lessons on this show, you'll get a glimpse as to why Elaine has been named one of the top 10 most inspirational natural cancer survivors by Extreme Health Radio.

She was also featured at the Cure to Cancer conference, participated in the Quest for Cures documentary and is a contributing author to the inspirational book Don't Waste My Cancer.

In this episode you’ll also hear:

  • Did it ever occur to her she could die after her stage four diagnosis?
  • What are green technologies and why are they relevant to you?
  • Why she uses oracle cards with her clients.
  • When did she know she was going to participate in her healing journey, and not just be taken on it?
  • Why small steps are so impactful.
  • And so much more!
More About This Show

Elaine and I met met at a mutual friend's training, Karen Knowler, and when I heard Elaine's background and her experiences I knew she had to be a guest on the show!

Today she is an extraordinary lifestyle consultant and you'll hear the origins of this on today's podcast. It all began with her first cancer diagnosis in 2001. She battled with it for six months, ultimately beating it and receiving a clean bill of health.

After regular check-ups she was given the "all clear" by her oncologist five years later and told her cancer wasn't likely to return. So she was surprised in 2007 when it did come back. She had been in the Galapagos Islands and felt terrible upon her return. She assumed it was a parasite, but by February of 2008 her oncologist called to say it was Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, stage 4.

Elaine knew traditional protocols weren't going to be her first line of offense, and she never latched on to the disease, never let it become a part of her. With her green technologies experience and connections, she decided to look for low-dose chemo.

She also came to a mutual agreement with her oncologist to end their patient-doctor relationship. Soon she found a center about 15 minutes from her that offered the non-traditional options she was seeking. She went in and talked with them for a few hours.

The very next day she did pre-tests and started a protocol they created together. It consisted of low dose chemotherapy, infrared saunas, a biomat (which she still uses for an hour every day on her chest) along with alkaline water, ozone insufflation rectally, among other treatments.

She also gave up sugar, wheat, and dairy, and had Vitamin C intravenously. She was getting treatments twice a week from the center. She also had the Greek Test done where they take blood and look at it to see which chemo therapy agents and drugs are right for your DNA.

What came back was that the traditional treatment formula for her cancer was not what she needed. It also found that she had a gene out of whack and now she takes a pill every night that resolves the gene issue.

She wasn't surprised by the genetic finding as she has lost a brother and multiple cousins to cancer.

During this time she also found a week-long raw immersion course happening in her area, Washington DC. She went to the Raw Food Institute, took the course that was led by Lisa Wilson and spent the first two hours drinking green juice!

It was there and then that she fell in love with green juice, and other raw foods. Her teacher, Lisa, is medicinally trained and Elaine has followed suit. Today Elaine is a certified raw food educator, has a chef certification too.

After the immersion course, she ate raw for a month. In the first six months she lost 15 pounds and people noticed! She went on to lose 28 pounds and drop 4 to 5 dress sizes in total. And when her two grandkids had their bar mitzvahs together, she gained clients. People wanted to know her secrets and signed up to follow in her footsteps.

Today she continues that work, with many of her clients coming to her with frightening health situations. And although not everyone who contacts her is ready for a new approach to their diagnosis and their health, she helps all of them get their food and their water sorted out properly so they are on a better path.

Of those who do sign up as her clients, the majority are highly successful men and women, especially women. She offers simple solutions to help them reach their optimal health.

On this episode you'll also hear what she recommends when she starts working with someone, and why one of the first things she does with her clients is to take them out to lunch.

Listen in for all of that and more on today's edition of The Raw Chef!

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RCE 005: Virginia Messina - How to Be Fit and Healthy on a Plant-Based Diet
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RCE 005: Virginia Messina - How to Be Fit and Healthy on a Plant-Based Diet

A common concern many people have about being vegan is how to be sure you are getting the proper nutrition. Here to shed light on this topic, and more, is none other than The Vegan RD herself, Virginia Messina.

Virginia is a registered dietician and vegan (hence her nickname and brand, The Vegan RD) who has been a lifelong animal lover. She devotes her career to giving people the tools and the knowledge they need to adopt a healthy vegan diet for the long-term.

She does this through her blog, books and presentations and three books: Vegan For Life, Vegan For Her, and Never Too Late to Go Vegan.

On this episode of The Raw Chef, Virginia and I discuss how to make sure you are getting the right nutrition as a vegan, what to do when you first adopt the vegan lifestyle, and why eating vegan isn't simply about removing meat and dairy from your food sources.

In this episode you’ll also hear:

  • When and why Virginia went from vegetarian to vegan.
  • What is one of the myths in eating vegan foods?
  • Why B12 isn't just an issue for vegans.
  • Did plant foods play a big role in our ancestors' diets?
  • The possible connections between raw food and fertility in women.
  • And so much more!
More About This Show

Virginia has always had a soft spot for animals, even as a child. She was the little girl who was saved injured birds, and rescued kittens. After becoming a registered dietician, she began experimenting with vegetarianism in the 1980s.

She enjoyed trying new foods and had fun learning about different food choices. Not long after, she learned about factory farming and quickly became a vegan. Today she coaches her clients on being healthy as vegans and staying with the lifestyle for life.

Initially when someone wants to go vegan she has some recommendations. Her first suggestion is that the person understands there's a learning curve when they get started. Most people aren't aware they can get things like calcium and protein from non-animal sources, so they have to start looking at plant foods in a different way.

When they do that, they can see how plants provide all the nutrients we need with the exception of B12. Virginia explains that B12 is the one nutrient that vegans can't get from plant foods, so they must take supplements or get it from B12 fortified foods. But even people with animal products in their diets still need to be concerned with getting enough B12.

People who eat meat in small quantities or are over the age of 50 can have difficulty getting enough B12 in their diets. They would also benefit from supplements and/or fortified foods. She also explains that many vegans will need to supplement with Vitamin D too (as do many people who eat meat and dairy).

Depending on where they live they may or may not get enough sunlight. If they do not, they must look to fortified foods and or supplements to increase their levels of the vitamin.

Virginia and and I also dive into why vegan eating isn't just removing meat and dairy from someone's diet, it's about adding foods in place of the meat and dairy products.

She recommends staples like beans, non-GMO soy products like tofu, tempeh, soymilk, and peanuts. She encourages vegans to experiment with different cultural ways of eating these foods, and to look to  Japanese, Chinese and Indian cultures for how to use these plant-based foods in meals.

As far as veggie meat substitutes are concerned, Virginia says to do so in moderation and to use them as condiments in your meal, rather than the focal point. In general, as long as you focus on eating the majority of your diet from whole plant foods you're on the right track.

Also on today's show, Virginia and I talk about how much (if any) resistance there is to veganism within the nutrition community, plus the first steps to take if your vegan diet no longer seems to be working for you and how she recommends making the transition from eating meat to veganism.

We wrap up with a discussion on female health concerns and how going raw and/or vegan can address those. There's all of that and so much more on this edition of The Raw Chef with The Vegan RD, Virginia Messina!

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RCE 004: Carly Morgan Gross - Moving from Obsessive Cleansing to Intuitive Eating & Self Love
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RCE 004: Carly Morgan Gross - Moving from Obsessive Cleansing to Intuitive Eating & Self Love

Have you ever considered intuitive eating - the practice of listening to and eating what your body tells you it wants? For some this concept conjures up endless days of brownies, chips and pizza.

But our guest today says our bodies naturally crave healthy food and with the right foundation they will ask for it. On today's episode, Carly Morgan Gross joins us to talk about her journey into raw food and later into intuitive eating, as well as how she coaches women through the process of intuitive eating.

We also touch on intermittent fasting, and how to neutralize foods from being "good" or "bad". In this episode you’ll also hear:

  • When did raw food become her chosen lifestyle?
  • Can you ever cleanse too much?
  • How to break the shame/guilt cycle around eating "bad" foods.
  • Why calorie restriction doesn't work.
  • Why men are experiencing body image issues too.
  • And so much more!
More About This Show

Carly Morgan Gross became interested in healthy eating at a young age, around 15 she began dieting for weight loss. Her mom was exploring the vegan lifestyle and sparked Carly's interest in healthy eating by sharing books and other information with her.

Carly suffered from IBS, acne, low libido and no menstruation, and she knew food was the medicine to heal her. She began doing studies on her own and in school, diving into Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, raw foods, etc.

By 19 Carly was a raw foodie, a journey that led her to the intuitive eating path later in life. On the topic of intuitive eating, she says your body actually wants you to thrive and create the greatest health possible so it will lead you to make good choices if you know how to listen to it. To get to that point where it asks you for healthy food, there is a process you may go through.

She has coached many of her female clients through this process. Sometimes it means eating brownies until your body is sick of them, and it asks you for a salad or a smoothie! At a certain point your body will tell you it wants healthy choices because your body has a way of regulating itself, as long as you have the foundation of healthy eating and nutrition.

She helps her clients create that foundation and then guides them through the process of learning to listen to their bodies and find their own intuitive eating path.

She also helps her clients to stop shaming themselves for their food choices; she helps with their negative self-talk. She explains that it is way more detrimental to shame yourself for eating certain things than it is for actually eating the food itself. For most of us it is not sustainable to eat perfectly every day, exercise perfectly and sleep perfectly.

Most of us have a lot going on in our lives from families to careers, etc. So it's important we stop making our self-worth based on how "good" we were that day - how much good food or bad food we ate, how much exercise we did or didn't do and how much rest we go.

Instead, we must take lessons from every experience, get curious about what we can learn from every opportunity and stay out of the negative self-talk and stop guilting and shaming ourselves.

Carly goes on to say if you resonate with what she is sharing, you probably have a list of good/bad foods that you tell yourself you can or cannot eat. She recommends you neutralize that list -  otherwise you are giving the bad foods a lot of power. Instead give yourself permission to eat anything you want, then those bad foods aren't quite as seductive and enticing.

When foods are neutralized it's a more empowering and sustainable approach - just like a diet isn't sustainable when solely approached for weight loss. So instead of eating "bad" foods we will choose to nourish ourselves when those "bad" foods are no longer seen as bad or off limits.

Also on this episode with Carly, she tells us why calorie restriction doesn't work, what intermittent fasting is and I share what I've learned from participating in CrossFit! Listen in for that and more on today's edition of The Raw Chef!

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RCE 003: Sergei Boutenko - Smashing Up the Microwave for Green Smoothies
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RCE 003: Sergei Boutenko - Smashing Up the Microwave for Green Smoothies

Whether or not you're a raw foodie you know the term "green smoothie". It's popular nearly everywhere today, and our guest was part of its inception. Sergei Boutenko, son of Victoria Boutenko, is joining us for episode 3 of The Raw Chef.

He's well known in the health food world of his own accord, but nearly everyone has heard of his mom because she was first person to create the name green smoothies and popularize them.

On today's episode with Sergei you'll hear how she put their entire family on a raw food diet, why she explored the idea of green smoothies after they became raw foodists, and why he explored the results healthy people could have from simply adding a quart of green smoothies to their daily intake.

You'll hear what he found and much more on episode of The Raw Chef!

In this episode you’ll also hear:

  • Why did his mom smash their microwave when he was a kid?
  • The story of how the green smoothie was born.
  • What Mark Twain can teach us about honesty.
  • What will make aging more graceful and fun?
  • Is when you eat as crucial as what you eat?
  • And so much more!
More About This Show

At the age of 9 Sergei became a raw food convert. His mom made everyone in the family join in because they all were given a medical diagnosis. His sister had asthma, his dad had hyperthyroidism, and arthritis.

Sergei was diagnosed with diabetes and his mom had arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat. His mom was alarmed that her kids were sick at such a young age and set to work to help them.

With research, she found that changing a person's diet could change a lot of their health problems. So despite protests from her family, she put them on a strict raw fruit and veggie diet to help alleviate their symptoms. She even took a hammer to the family microwave and demolished it! Sergei says he was able to stick with it because within a few weeks of eating raw he felt drastically better.

So even though he didn't love the taste of the food at that age, he decided it was worth it to keep eating raw foods. Initially it was amazing for everyone: they all felt better, their symptoms were going away (or gone) and they acclimated to the dietary changes. But over time they noticed they were getting tired in the afternoon and sometimes their skin would become dry and cracked.

Sergei's dad's hair even went grey prematurely. Again his mom dove into research mode. She let go anything she believed to be true about nutrition and began exploring everything (even the nutritional content of chicken nuggets!). She wanted to know what they were missing in their diets, and she soon found it.

The answer was greens, greens as a whole are some of the most nutrient dense foods on the earth. This was in the early 1990s, far before it was cool to eat greens! So Sergei's mom had to find ways to add more greens to their diets.

She came up with the idea to add them into their smoothies. The family's health started to flourish after that.

Sergei has followed in his mom's footsteps and continued to be a part of the health food movement. In 2013, he made a movie called Powered by Green Smoothies. It was fueled by the question of how could green smoothies help healthy people? He had helped his family hold over 45 green smoothie retreats all over the world.

At each event he watched sick people come to the retreat, drink smoothies, exercise and rest - then leave drastically improved in just one week! So he was curious if it would make a difference for healthy people too. So he rounded up the healthiest friends he had to see what would happen if they added one quart of green smoothies to their daily diets.

He took 5 ultra runners (ultra runners are people who run up to 100 miles in a race) and 5 Cross-fitters. He put them each on a green smoothie protocol. They signed a contract saying they would change nothing else in their diet or lifestyle - they had to keep eating and working out the same as usual, with the addition of one quart of green smoothie to their diet.

At the end, he analyzed their blood, urine, endurance, 53 different markers. He personally made green smoothies for all of them, and his efforts were worthwhile as everyone saw profound changes. It was a revolutionary pilot study for certain.

Today he talks more about that experience, as well as the difference has exercise made in his health and why he is working on his second documentary, I Want Abs. Listen in for all of that and more on episode 3 of The Raw Chef!

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RCE 002: Penni Shelton - Raw Food Healing Journeys, and Real Food Rehab
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RCE 002: Penni Shelton - Raw Food Healing Journeys, and Real Food Rehab

The raw food experience is often a healing journey for many, some only physically and yet others mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Our guest for episode 2 falls into the latter category. Joining us is my good friend Penni Shelton.

Penni is the incredible woman behind Real Food Rehab (originally Raw Food Rehab). We met in Oklahoma City while both working at The Raw Food Academy, and we've been friends and colleagues ever since.

On today's show you'll hear how she started out by helped 66 people with a raw food cleanse via a book deal, how that initiative became her community site Raw Food Rehab, and how she became the focus of intense Internet bullying and shaming that caused her to go into seclusion and the healing journey that resulted.

Penni is an amazing woman who has been integral to my raw food journey, I couldn't wait to have her here as a guest and share her wisdom with you. Sit back, relax and enjoy this second edition of The Raw Chef.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How did her first blog, Real Food Tulsa, get its start?
  • How a surprise book proposal led to a 20,000 member web site!
  • What synchronicity led Penni to spend a day with Carol Alt in New York City?
  • Why did she change her community's name to Real Food Rehab?
  • What happens physiologically when you eat food and feel guilty about that food?
  • And so much more!
More About This Show

I brought Penni on the show because she's had a fascinating journey with eating, and healing through raw foods.

She explains how it all began when she came across the book Fit For Life in in her early 20s. That book planted a seed that would later blossom! But it wasn't until 2005 that it all came together.

She was in a bookstore with her daughter and was picking up a book that had fallen onto the floor: Carol Alt's first book, Eating In The Raw. Penni took it home and read it in two days. She was struck by the simplicity of eating food in its natural state; it seemed like a no-brainer to her so overnight she gave herself a crash course in eating raw!

Quickly she became a convert and gave up eating all cooked foods, even though she knew her friends thought she was crazy. It wasn't easy to find people on her same path because she lived (and still lives) in Oklahoma, the land of meat and potatoes.

But she knew she was on to something because within a few days of her raw food switch, all of her symptoms had disappeared after decades of suffering. On this episode, she recalls her earliest memory of IBS was at 8 years of age.

So for her symptoms to be gone within days was a miracle for Penni, she couldn't stop talking about it and sharing with her friends. But her friends got tired of hearing about her new passion, so she started a blog in 2006 called Real Food Tulsa.

That blog really got things rolling for her in new and unexpected ways. She became friends with Dhrumil Purohit of Give It To Me Raw, and his blog called We Like It Raw. First they became online friends, but soon met in real life when she had chance to fly to New York and spend time with him and his friends.

One day he called her out of the blue and asked if she wanted to write a book on raw food. He explained that some of his friends from a publishing house in Berkeley asked him if he'd be interested in writing a book on raw food. He told them he wasn't, but he thought Penni might be.

Even though it wasn't on her radar, she said sure and submitted a book proposal. Within a few months she received a packet accepting her book proposal and a check attached to help her get started.

Penni was excited and made a YouTube video asking people to volunteer to eat raw only for 11 weeks. Before she knew it she had over 300 people sign up! They all did the 11 week journey together in an online forum that she kept private. By the end of the journey, 66 were left.

Each of those people had some type of transformation: some lost weight, others didn't need blood pressure medications any longer, others had their sex life come back! All of them were super fired up, and wanted to keep going.

So she decided to open up the private forum to the public and invite others to join them. In 2009 she named the community Raw Food Rehab, and what started with 66 people has grown to around 20,000 today!

For three years Penni did everything for that community: daily videos, responded to comments, emails, etc. The demands grew so big it took over her life and her body suffered as a result.

She found many of the raw food benefits were being replaced by stress-related issues. About the same time her father, who she was extremely close to, was diagnosed with leukemia. That diagnosis stopped her in her tracks.

She got back on YouTube and told her community she needed to watch over and care for him for awhile, that was her new mission. She was with him for the next 18 months, including the last four months of his life when he lived with her and she was his caretaker 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In his last few months he didn't want green smoothies, raw foods, etc. He wanted comfort food and his doctors said to feed him whatever he wanted so Penni did. She went from being nearly 100% raw to channeling her inner Paula Dean!

It shifted her perspective, it was a labor of love and she has no regrets. After he passed away, Penni went on her own healing journey. She had gained weight, her blood pressure increased, and other symptoms had shown up from the stress of being a full-time caregiver.

In an effort to be transparent, she came out of the closet and about what had happened: she had added a bit of animal product back into her diet in order to rebalance her health.

She shared this on a post on her Facebook page that was followed by 40,000 plus people. That first week of her share was fine, a lot of people had compassion even if they were vegan.

They appreciated that she was being honest with them. But then a hardcore raw vegan group picked up the story and took it back to their community. They began an Internet spectacle of severe bullying and shaming. In fact, she got two death threats from this group.

When the second one came in she pulled the plug on the entire Facebook page losing 40,000+ followers; she went into seclusion. She took a time out to ponder who she was at her core, and if she was really meant to be a leader in the health food movement.

That pause took two years, but it led to her own metamorphosis of healing that went beyond diet to her spiritual and emotional well-being. She discovered who she is at her core, she came into her own and realized it is not the opinions of others that defines her but her opinion of herself that matters most.

As a result she is primarily plant-based today, but isn't rigid about. She says if someone invites her to their home for dinner and they prepared something for her with ingredients she doesn't normally eat she will eat it because she knows it has been lovingly prepared for her.

Penni has found a gentler way to love herself and others, and a more peaceful approach to life. Listen in to hear more on that during episode 2 of The Raw Chef with Penni Shelton!

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RCE 001: Karen Knowler - From Butcher's Daughter to The Raw Food Coach
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RCE 001: Karen Knowler - From Butcher's Daughter to The Raw Food Coach

Welcome to episode 1 of The Raw Chef! We’re kicking off our inaugural show with a very special guest, Karen Knowler.

Karen is the creator of The Raw Food Coach, as well as a Hay House author and a dear friend of mine.

Karen and I met when I took a raw foods class with her, and we later became friends. Not only did she help me with recipes, she also helped me create this business. She came up with the The Raw Chef and she’s the reason you are listening to this show today!

On this episode, we’ll be talking about Karen’s journey into raw foods and creating her business, The Raw Chef. We’ll explore topics like how to cope when you are changing and no one else around you is, why she left London and what it was like to run The Fresh Network before ultimately becoming The Raw Food Coach.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How did she first find out about raw food?
  • Why didn't she agree to take over The Fresh Network right away?
  • Why the power of choice is so impactful for people's raw food journeys.
  • What was the original purpose behind her business, The Raw Food Coach?
  • How did she know she had found her true calling?
  • And so much more!
More About This Show

When Karen first got into raw food when she was 20. She had grown up working in her stepdad's butcher shop, and piqued her curiosity about food. She was increasingly less and less interested in eating meat, and more interested in becoming a vegetarian.

But her family were all traditional meat eaters so she kept her interests to herself til she was able to leave home. By 19 she was vegetarian and by 20 she was vegan. Not long after going vegan, she found raw food from the book, Raw Energy.

Based on what she found in the book, she began experimenting with the raw food lifestyle. In her early experience with eating raw, the first few months were mostly about the physical transformation: she lost weight without trying, she gained tons of energy.

She says she felt like wonder woman and often had to work out twice a day just to release all the energy she felt! Physically she felt more alive and mentally she gained more acuity and clarity.

But she also felt emotionally isolated and often found herself wondering if eating raw was worth it because she felt so separated from the people in her life.

At 25 she left London, and went to countryside where she felt more at home. She worked part-time in a meditation center, which was perfect for her. She also had the incredible opportunity to spend the rest of her time building The Fresh Network.

If you don’t know of it, The Fresh Network was the UK's first raw living foods organization; it was founded in 1992 by Susan Miller. The organization was meant to support and inspire and educate anyone interested in eating more raw foods, whether they wanted to eat raw 100% of the time or just a portion.

Karen found it in 1993, and was ecstatic to find a resource that understood her journey. She reached out to Susie about working for the organization periodically. For years there was nothing available, Susie ran it entirely herself.

But in the early part of 1998, Susie called and asked if Karen would want to take it over. Initially Karen said no! Even though it had been her dream for years, she wasn’t eating raw 100% of the time and she felt she needed to if she was going to run The Fresh Network.

As she explains on this episode, she eventually agreed and ran the network for 8.5 years. By the end of 2006, Karen realized it was time to move on from the network and start The Raw Food Coach. It was her calling: she knew there was a need for people to be coached during their raw journey and to help others feel the connection she had lacked during her early years.

During today’s show, Karen recalls the initial offerings of her business from the classes to the one on one conversations, as well as what she is doing today.

We also talk about why people are drawn to be raw food coaches, and why there’s such a strong need for a variety of coaches today.

Be sure to listen in for all of that and more on the first episode of The Raw Chef!

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