Nutrition in the Raw

David Wolfe, one of the leading authorities on raw nutrition, shares his powerful prescription for optimal health and longevity.
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David Wolfe, one of the leading authorities on raw nutrition, shares his powerful prescription for optimal health and longevity.
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Quick Takes

Q: What motivates you to accomplish all you do?

A: I found my mission and the rest is easy.

Q: What's your favorite way to unwind?

A: Jumping in ice-cold spring water.

Q: What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

A: Organic raw cashews.

Q: How do your start your day?

A: With an affirmation: Today is going to be the best day ever.

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With degrees in mechanical and environmental engineering, political science, law, and nutrition,
no one can deny that David "Avocado" Wolfe is one well-rounded individual. This Renaissance man and best-selling author of Eating for Beauty, The Sunfood Diet Success System, Naked Chocolate, and Superfoods conducts up to 80 health lectures and seminars a year worldwide. He also finds time to host health and beauty retreats and workshops at various retreat centers around the world, where he imparts his knowledge of the latest breakthroughs in natural health, beauty nutrition, herbalism, chocolate, raw/living foods, and organic superfoods. Longevity NOW is Wolfe's latest venture, a multimedia system of books, CDs, DVDs, and an e-course that helps participants increase their longevity by teaching them to make simple additions to their daily habits and food choices. For more information about Wolfe's books and seminars, log on to davidwolfe.com, and thebestdayever.com.

Q: Both of your parents were medical doctors. How has this affected your perspective and your interest in health?

A: I've seen both sides of the coin. That is why I have spent the past couple of decades researching, writing, and lecturing on the secrets and strategies to achieve real longevity. That's why it's my mission to share what I do with the public.

Q: Please briefly explain what Living Food Nutrition is.

A: It's a plant-based diet of raw foods, with an emphasis on low sugar intake, and high amounts of enzymes. Refined sugar is one of the most damaging substances we can put into our bodies. It's a drug that causes artificial highs, mood swings, depression, and energy crashes. Enzymes are the necessary element for moving stagnation out of the body-whether that is in the form of excess weight, toxins, or even repetitive negative thoughts.

Q: What are the most important foods we should include in our diets for healthful aging?

A: Goji berries, cacao, marine phytoplankton, bee pollen, and royal jelly.

Q: One of your books is titled Naked Chocolate. How does chocolate affect health?

A: Research has shown that chocolate affects longevity. Chocolate actually protects your heart from calcium-forming organisms that cause calcification. Dark chocolate-especially cacao beans or cacao nibs, which are raw pieces of the chocolate nut-contains cardiovascular-supporting antioxidants. Chocolate is also fun-and people who have fun live longer!

Q: What vitamins and minerals are most Americans lacking?

A: Magnesium, iron, chromium, and vitamins B3, B6, B9, B12, and D.

Q: Tell us a bit about your Best Day Ever workshops.

A: In a way that is simple, easy, and fun, we bring the audience from wherever they are in their nutritional knowledge up to speed on superfoods, superherbs, and chocolate.

Q: If you were stranded on a desert island, what one food and one supplement would you want to have with you?

A: Cacao (Sacred Heart Chocolate) and deer antler velvet extract.

Q: What is some advice for healthy living that everyone should know?

A: We have everything we've always wished for. We have everything we've ever needed. Now the only thing left to do is say yes to all of the great things we have available.

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