David Wolfe Interview by Alex Malinksy
Q: What are some rawfood staples in your current diet. What are some of your “favorite” foods? And If you could eat “cooked” food….what would you eat?
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Current staples cannot be ascertained as it changes everyday. I really never eat the same things everyday. Maybe because I am traveling so much and what is available always changes. I drink green vegetable juice whenever possible, usually celery basedŠthat¹s a staple.
My favorite foods include: wolfberries, durian, blueberries, eggfruit, mamey, cacao, celery hearts, maca, incan berries, purple corn extract (#1 in antioxidants), pure synergy (superfood blend), coconut oil, hempseed oil, macadamia nuts, parsley, romaine hearts, mint leaves, jackfruit, New Zealand honey, celtic sea salt, algae oil (DHA), MSM, seeded grapes, wild coconuts, peruvian olives, avocados, good-quality flaxseed crackers, lemons, spirulina, New Zealand bee pollen (not necessarily in that order).
Q: Can you describe to us what true hunger is? And how does one deal with overeating/bingeing on raw foods especially dry fruits and fats?
Most people eat too much dried fruit and fats to fill the empty space left by stopping the eating of cooked food. The dried fruit and the fats are heavy, dense foods that simulate that “full” feeling. Getting past that desire to be “full” is one of the first steps to conquering cooked-food addictions. It is better to be full of vegetables (salad) than to be full of dried fruit because of the sugar/hypoglycemia/diabetes problem in this culture.
The fats could be added to the vegetables (salad). Another part of overeating is mineral deficiencies and the body¹s attempt to draw minerals from food. If there are no minerals in the food then the body keeps eating until it finds those minerals. The appetite never shuts off. This is one of the reasons why I believe that wild foods, superfoods, and supplements are valuable. They can be so mineral-rich and nutrient-dense (well beyond what we would find in average organic food) that they shut down the appetite and give us what our body is really looking for.
Q: Have you changed your eating pattern since going on the rawfood diet?
Only every day! My nutrition now is much more complete. I eat a wider variety of food. Everything I eat now is well thought-out. There is a purpose to everything I eat now whether it is food, superfoods, or supplements.
Q: Have you ever had any kind of symptoms of mental illness, and, if so, what did a raw food diet with supplements get rid of, and are all mental illnesses curable with a raw foods diet/supplements??
Well according to my mom I was crazy for getting into raw-food nutrition. It seemed like the raw-food diet causes mental illness in those who are not into it! On a more serious note, raw-food nutrition, certain superfoods and supplements are valuable in healing mental illness.
Lots of green leafy vegetable juices, amino acid rich seeds such as pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds, mineral-rich foods such as kelp, superfoods such as bee pollen and other complete plant-based proteins, and DHA (algae oil) are all excellent additions.
Q: What are some of the most interesting and inspiring success stories you heard from others during your travels?
So many incredible weight loss stories. I recall one event where there were 5 women who had each lost over 100 pounds on the raw-food diet. Probably 100¹s of stories of beating cancer, heart disease, lupus, colitis with raw-food nutrition have reached my ears at this point. People have told me about how they reversed adult onset diabetes in as little as two weeks with properly balanced raw-food based nutrition.
Many, many stories of people who had lost their zest for life until they found raw-food nutrition which allowed them to feel high and happy for the first time in years. Also, I have run into many former drug addicts who, by switching to raw-food nutrition, were able to naturally achieve the high they had looked for with drugs and alcohol.
I had lunch with a famous supermodel in New York City the other day and she was saved 7 years ago by raw-food nutrition from a series of eating disorders and extremely poor health created by starvation dieting and terrible nutrition.
Q: What advice would you give to someone with cancer (esp. stomach) who is on a regular diet – less then 60% raw?
Cancer cells have as many as 6 to 17 times as many receptor sites for insulin. Insulin delivers sugar to the cells. Cancer¹s sugar hunger indicates that it is best to be on a low-sugar diet. That means no starchy food, soda, candy bars, refined sugar of any kind, no carrot or beet juice, and no sweet fruit. This is the most basic dietary approach to cancer.
Another important element to consider is Dr. Otto Warburg¹s Nobel prize-winning discovery that cancer is anaerobic. Healthy cells require oxygen. Cancer cells must have a low or no oxygen environment.
Any food or exercise that increases oxygenation is good because it helps decrease the reproduction of cancer cells. >From these two starting points: low sugar, high oxygen we can develop an entire anti-cancer program.
Q: How do you feel about female menses? Is it a natural or unnatural thing and will it stop once healthy?
My experience has shown me that little menstrual flow each month with no PMS seems to be the natural state. Lack of minerals such magnesium, iron, lack of vitamins such as vitamin B9, B12, and excessively low body fat can cause challenges with proper menses. Large doses of vitamin C can shorten or stop menses from occurring.
Q: Is it possible to reverse facial bone structure to our genetic potential/what we were born to have? Have you seen startling examples, besides yourself. How long do these kind of changes take place, and whether or not it’s just an illusion created by healthier skin, eyes, hair, not deeper structural changes. Are raw animal products required for this to happen?
In my opinion, getting back into your genetic archetype requires a complete, wide-spectrum of raw-food nutrition and fully-body mineralization over long periods of time with less and less eating. Spiritual and emotional cleansing and healing are also involved. Raw animal products are not required.
Q: How much sun do you think we need as vegans to get enough Vitamin D?
30 minutes per day on bare skin is the average.
Q: What diet advice do you have for the most common deficiency of a vegan diet? Vitamin D, A, B-12, B complex, DHA, Iron, calcium, zinc etc.?
Vitamin D: Sunlight or whole-food supplements. Vitamin A: Wolfberries, Goji Berries Vitamin B-12: Spirulina or B-12 supplements, Royal Jelly B Complex: Bee Pollen DHA: Golden Algae oil Iron: Jerusalem Artichokes, spinach, dark green leafy vegetables Calcium: Angstrom calcium, Angstrom Magnesium, Flora¹s Vegetal Silica, Dark green leafy vegetables. Zinc: Angstrom zinc, poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews.
Q: Do you have any plans to reforest the Earth with fruit trees?
Yes. We have founded a non-profit Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (www.fruittreefoundation.org) to help forward this purpose. The goal of the FTPF is to plant 18 billion fruit trees on planet Earth. Plus, what do you think we should do about the environment and how can we help individually?
Cleansing ourselves out thoroughly and completely is the best statement to make in a world where people are not having The Best Day Ever.
Q: Can you please tell us about some of your current projects you’re working on and/or developing?
Vast book projects are in the works. I am working with the staff at www.rawfood.com to bring in an entire cornucopia of exotic raw plant foods from South America. Lots of media coverage will continue to happen in the future.