Thursday, January 24, 2008

But...Where do you get your PROTEIN???


I recently attended a membership drive for the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
No offense, but if someone were to tell me that they were not impressed,
I might have to agree with them. I might be opening myself up to a beating
via the keyboard from some angry members, but hear me out.

I feel that its way more of a business than a place for learning.
20 Classes...for almost $10,000.

Here's an idea:

Instead...Purchase:

1. - David Wolfe's Sunfood Diet Success System
2. - Victoria Boutenko's Greens for Life
3. - Gabriel Cousen's Spiritual Nutrition
4. - David Jubb's Secret of an Alkaline Body

Watch as many raw food videos on youtube as you can...

Eat lots of greens, superfoods, and fresh fruit...go light on the fat.
And with the extra $9,900...go on more than a few raw retreats with David Wolfe,
spend a month down at the Ann Wigmore Institute in Puerto Rico,
get a vita-mix, a food processor, and a wheatgrass juicer.

You will be 1000 times more advanced than most of the
alumni of IIN (with the exception of Chocolate Girl )...she's on top of her game.

I could be totally wrong though, but based on the people I talked to,
most were still swimming in SAD territory.
"Where do you get your protein?" "Dont you get cold in the Winter?"
"If you ever feel yourself craving meat, dont feel bad about giving in."

I get my protein from SUPERFOODS like hemp seed
(only from Manitoba Harvest...the best organic hemp promoter out there),
bee pollen, and algaes like chlorella, spirulina, and blue green algae.

Why dont they know about this?

I use the Vita-mix to make warm soups if I need to...but no,
I dont get cold. Thats where the superfood smoothies come in.

And thanks, but no thanks...no dead animals are passing by these lips.
No fire, pain, fear, and death will EVER enter this temple again.

I seriously apologize if I sound abusive. I dont want to promote
an environment of negative thoughts, but come on...

Im not going to pay that much money to hear about other "diets" anymore when its so
blatantly obvious that raw plant food (maybe with a few ants here and there)
is the diet to reach super-human levels again. The diet of uncooked food that every wild animal on the planet eats. The diet that our bodies evolved on. Isnt it so logical at this point?
Who can really argue with these points? MILLIONS OF YEARS eating raw plants,
compared to a sliver of time eating and cooking meat and eating processed foods.

When looking for advice, look for someone who has achieved the results
that you hope to achieve. Do you want to be at the level of health
that they have reached? Find those people when looking for health advice.

Andrew Weil looks like Santa Claus.



Think about that.

Its all about credibility.

Look for RESULTS.



All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.

-Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

28 comments:

Azura Skye said...

completely agree!

Who wants to learn from people who could learn a thing or two from you.

goingRAWr! said...

i know i'm always gushing on here but you win at life dude, for your passion and your wisdom! i don't know about the IIN but any institution is pretty much out to make money these days. after working in medicine i believe anything the mainstream "doctors" or "scientists" say about nutrition is mostly rubbish, backed and paid for my the meat, dairy and drug industries. this isn't a conspiracy theory, it's fact.
i think it's us young people who have to rise above, seek the truth and promote it for the good of mankind, not for the want of profit.
i applaud you for your choices and i don't think you are spreading negativity- groups like the IIN are.
rock on, man, rock on.
xo m

Anthony said...

I mean...hmmm....I dont have all the answers AT ALL. We all have some knowledge we can share with others to make their transitions easier. Tricks and tips that we've picked up along the path...

"Hey fellow traveler, watch out for that shortcut." Or, "I had an AMAZING time trying this...maybe its worth a go for you as well?"

I believe that there is a MAJOR difference from those regurgitating facts from books, and those that have truly experienced changed. Whether for good or bad...Ive experienced ups and downs while transitioning, but Ive gone through that mess myself. We can listen to "facts and figures" until we are blue in the face, but NONE of it is truthful until we have tried it for ourselves and deemed it truthful for our own experience.

Not a word I type has a SHRED of truth until you decide to try it for yourself and it also jives with you. Otherwise my words are just from my own story...hollow and subjective on their own until they become truth or not for another traveler upon the path.

Jen said...

I love that quote!!! Chuck Palahniuk is amazing too, even though I'd probably never want to meet him on the street...
I always wondered about Dr Weil...he doesn't seem to LOOK very healthy...but I suppose he supports a more healthful lifestyle than most people out there.
Keep blogging!

alissa said...

haha!!

andrew weil looks like santa claus!

that is too funny.

way to tell it like it is, anthony. that is why i keep coming back here.

oh. and i bought david wolfe's book yesterday. and i 'accidentally' ran into juliano hanging out here in town.

as david wolfe's says you can't go seeking health and chasing it down. you need to change yourself and start attracting health into your life.

ie. it's not about the money, it's about your state of mind.

oh. and you know what else i've noticed lately. i'm not from minnesota and typically have a really hard time with winter, but this year for some reason it doesn't seem as bad (even though the thermometer says it is)...

Anthony said...

Alissa...we know there are no accidents...:)

And about the cold weather...I think when we have the diet balanced out correctly according to the temp (more fats and greens...no cooling items like cucumbers) we can fine tune what we need. Ive actually just been eating hemp lately for fat, and really not even that much. I'll admit that I do bundle up when I go outside in NY, but its windy and cold! I dont want to expose my skin to all that icy wind.

Look at a deer...sitting in the snow in the northern canadian forests...eating twigs and acorns from under the snow. They maintain...i get cold just thinking about it.

Glad to hear that youre coping well with the cold though...

-A

Lovingraw said...

Great post Anthony... "Be your own doctor"

ryanscottlove said...

Great post! But how about a little from Dr. Doug Graham. Talk about RESULTS!

Anonymous said...

Personal answers to ultimate questions.

Tara said...

I really appreciate your straightforwardness. Is that a word?

Thanks for these excellent suggestions- much appreciated.

wyldegirl said...

another lovely post, anthony. your words have an authentic conviction, without being dogmatic or imposing. . . and you are really tuned into the energy flowing through the world at particular moments. . . shown by the relevance to current topics and synchronicity with so many others' thoughts. . .
much gratitude and x
jenny

. said...

Anthony, holdin it down! I love it. But I would have to throw in one more bit of advice. This might cut into that $10,000 starting point but I'd also subscribe to www.thebestdayever.com and then re-read the chapter in Sunfood Diet about SATURATION. :) Love the post!

Starlight* said...

Most people think that you can get proteins only from meat and molk products... so sad ! There are wonderful things like Soy, Chickpeas, etc that can be eaten raw, and the protein from them is absorbed by the body extremely easily !

Penni in Tulsa said...

"andrew weil looks like santa claus" Can I get a Hoot hoot?! Cracking me up with your raw honesty, brotha! I LOVE IT!

You just save me some money. Not that I was going to join the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, but I had a few other plans that suddenly seem unnecessary. I am going to buy that wheat grass juicer and mango slicing gizmo instead.

Thanks for the word, six pack boy!

xo....Penni

The Green Goddess said...

Your list of protein sources is strange to me!
I'm here to shout out on behalf of good old Spinach, Kale,and Broccoli - my personal superheroes!

gcolello said...

As the person who invited Anthony to attend the IIN party I feel compelled to speak up. IIN is doing more for the health of this country and beyond than any other instition out there. The mission is to create health counselors with a real education on nutrition vs the present cast of characters handing out diet plans. The real education added to the energy of the individual sessions, that you cannot grasp unless you attend class, is un-parrelled. The support from the school before, during and after graduation is amazing and the fulfillment of working with clients and seeing improvement will not be understood until the money is spent and you get out there and become a HHC.

Also as a raw foodie I understand that the near future will not unveil a total nation of raw foodist and those not climbing fruit trees need support and guidance. IIN does the best job ever in helping individuals become confident HHC's and support their community, families and friends.
ANTHONY I LOVE YOU AND THANKS FOR SHARING!


As the person who invited Anthony to attend the IIN party (and friend)I feel compelled to speak up. IIN is doing more for the health of this country and beyond than any other institution out there. The mission is to create health counselors with a real education on nutrition vs the present cast of characters handing out diet plans. The real education added to the energy of the individual sessions, that you cannot grasp unless you attend class, is un-paralled. The support from the school before, during and after graduation is amazing and the fulfillment of working with clients and seeing improvement will not be understood until the money is spent and you get out there and become a HHC.

Also as a raw foodie I understand that the near future will not unveil a total nation of raw foodist and those not climbing fruit trees need support and guidance. IIN does the best job ever in helping individuals become confident HHC's and support their community, families and friends.
ANTHONY I LOVE YOU AND THANKS FOR SHARING!

alissa said...

dear anthony

how many times have you been nominated for the inspirational blogger award?

because i just nominated you again

:)

debbiedoesraw said...

I always thought Dr Weil looked a little rotound, but Santa he is!!!! Tears from that one Anthony!
I also used to get a strange feelings when Dr Phil was doing his dieting stuff.. apparently he does not feel the need to follow his own advice?
Keep on truckin, love your posts.
deb
debbiedoesraw.blogspot.com
PS raw miso soup warms me just fine thanks!

goingRAWr! said...

Anthony :)
Nobody has all the answers.. I mean, the universe does, it's all up there in the ether, we just have to know how to tap into it.. but we're just so lucky to have someone like yourself sharing your experiences.
As an old chinese proverb says.. "Read Dead Books, Read Books Until You're Dead" (OK sounds better in Chinese) but it meant that book knowledge will only get you so far- it is experience that enriches and truly teaches us.
Doctors are some of the most unhealthy people I know. Just look at any 50 year old specialist consultant with their oversized alcohol induced bellies helped along by too many drug company funded lunches and you'll know what I mean (and this is not a cliche, I've seen it with my own eyes). There was a particularly sad story about the top Colorectal Surgeon in Australia who I used to work with, who himself contracted Colon Cancer, picked it up too late because he was working too much, and died not long after as it was inoperable. He didn't even get to spend time with his kids much because he was a workaholic. I believe he operated on patients the day before he died.
Thanks for always being an inspiration.

Chocolate Girl said...

wow. i am so honored... thanx for the shoutout a! :* seriously it was so good chilling with you ... you are on your A game and there's nothing more sincere or hot than that. heh. plus you love wild and green and medicinal as much as i do. YAY

also - thanks to my fellow IIN grad Glen for explaining why the Institute for Integrative Nutrition is unlike ANY other institution ever. Definitely not endorsed, and closer to fringe than any other school of that magnitude. Definitely exposing and inspiring many to true health and empowering us to spread the good word.

Not everyone can be as blessed as us, A - blessed with knowledge, blessed with care for ourselves, blessed with awareness... And not everyone is "meant" to at this point otherwise things would be very different! And we cannot be morally superior to reality! Hah! Gotta love dear Eckhart...
IIN serves its purpose, just as that girl you met who says "it's okay to eat meat" has her place. You never know - a few months ago she might have been bulemic and IIN is the step she has taken to keep the meat down.

Everyone at IIN attends a lecture by David Wolfe thus exposing them to a source of truth. That was my last day of cooked life. I WANTED RAW LIFE! But it didnt resonate with many people. Not because IIN is bad or not worth the money (it DEFINITELY was for me - wouldn't be on my v game without it). It just means that everyone has their place, and maybe not everyone is so excited to evolve/make the changes/fully commit. Remember, lots of people try to go raw and go back! It's not about reading books or going to retreats. It's about heart and soul strength.

Okay enough for now, I could go on forever...

tash said...

Namaste Y'all!,

Yes, I too feel that the medical industry is not quite wise. I, too, have worked within the 'healthcare' field for awhile now (and am on the verge of changing my vocation). This industry does not promote health, rather death. (This is certainly fact, yes.) I just can't watch anymore! I have to do something about it! (At present, I am still administering meds at my current job. Dare I say this is the devil's work? I'm getting into promoting a natural lifestyle instead...raw foods included, of course.) I was Pre-Med here at the University of Montana for a short while...a very, very short while. We had our introductory meeting upon entrance to the department, led by the doctor who oversees it. He had been out of his office for months, sick with some terrible illness. He had gained approximately seventy pounds in the process. Far from a picture of health. His appearance led me to believe that he had been unhealthy for years! I decided to change my major right then and there! Yikes! After the meeting, a few inquired as to how I wished to use the education provided me by the department. I informed them that I wished to enter Bastyr University, a school dedicated to natural health outside of Seattle, Washington. I told them I wished to study Naturopathy and Ayurveda at a later date. They had absolutely no idea what Ayurveda was! I also mentioned that I was interested in raw foods...still, no idea! Most doctors don't have that much education where nutrition is concerned anyhow, if any. (And not all take the Hippocratic Oath, and when they do they aren't necessarily loyal to it...whether this be an intentional lack of loyalty or not.) There is a conventional doctor here in Missoula, Montana that runs a natural birthing center. He told me that conventional doctors come away from school with knowledge of basically two methods of 'healing': meds and the knife. There you go, out of the mouth of a conventionally-trained medical doctor that is more inclined toward integrative and eastern medicine. Anyhoo, just thought I'd share. In short, yes, be your own doctor...right on! Shanti!

ONLY LOVE; BE IN JOY,
tash
X

Anonymous said...

Wow, I thought I was the only one who thought that center was full of bunk and frankly, full of themselves with the prices that they offer. I literally roll my eyes whenever I see an ad from them (and I rarely roll my eyes). But yeah, thanks for telling others about an alternative solution.

Going raw doesn't have to be hard. A simple list of books and websites will often do such as Gabriel Cousens, David Wolfe and the first raw website I've seen, "we like it raw" and many others, who have put their time and effort in educating others about this way of eating/lifestyle.

And great and funny comparison between Andrew Weill and Santa Claus. It seems like he is riding on the marketing/$$$ bandwagon. Have you seen his vitamin C supplement? Pure ascorbic acid. bleh.

Anyways, thanks for sticking up for common sense, raw model. And no, you don't sound negative when you made that statement. Your site is awesome! Best wishes! Thanks.

Gena said...

Anthony! LOVE this post! Exactly what I needed to read. I'm a raw newbie (again, lol!), with limited funds, & have been sooo confused as to which books to read, gadgets to buy, supps to take, etc...It gets sooo confusing! AHHH! :o)Reading your enthusiastic & informative post makes a girl feel like, "Hey! I can do this!" Thanks! Oh and the Dr. Weil/Santa reference? Hysterical!
Namaste...G

Anonymous said...

um.... you do realize that honey and bee pollen are not vegan right?? I mean, you have made comments about being vegan, but you eat bee pollen and honey... not vegan.

Anthony said...

I realize now that Im more of a "wild foodist" than a raw vegan. I will never touch flesh or dairy, but I would still consume natural bee products. Call me a raw beegan. Raw beeganism...you heard it from Rawmodel first!!!


Vegans...in my opinion, are controlled by their ideals, they dont control their ideals. They are locked into certain belief structure and not willing to look into why they believe the things that do. Youll see someone eating bagels and drinking coke, claiming animal rights, but as we all well know...that is likely a load of rubbish.

Linda Salas said...

HEY!! I´m a raw beegan too.... it´s catchin up! hehe

Hugh said...

Hmm.. I've just been caught up in a conversation about Anthony being or not being a Vegan elsewhere on the internet. (Sorry mate, but your blog is spreading!!).

To be honest, I don't really care if you are labelled 'Vegan' or not. You do not eat flesh or dairy and are highly considerate of life on this planet. You're a damn fine human being in my book.

Vegans
Raw Vegans
Raw Foodies
Meat eating Raw Foodies
Raw Beegans
Lifefoodarians (Dr Jubb)

It's all a bit of a mess... I'm very keen on Dr Jubb's approach although it is the most restrictive diet I know of, I can only manage it 70% of the time.

To quote a friend, Lifefoodarian and, unusually, UFC fighter :

"be careful as vegetarian is usually code word for carbotarian or starchaholic. these foods are detrimental to your health and the way theyre grown harms the Earth tremendously: carrot, beet, corn, soy, all beans, legumes, peanuts, wheat, dates, all grains, oats, rice, banana, anything "seedless"."

Anonymous said...

i'm big supporter of raw food, for years it's been the largest percent of my food

been doing lots of explorations, went through ups and downs

things aren't that simple for everybody. not all people are the same physically, emotionally, spiritually

the contributions the institute for integrative nutrition has given to the world are very meaningful - they create agents of change that spread the word around the usa and the world on shifting from processed foods into whole foods, from going more natural, supporting local farmers, shifting to organic, as well as learning who you are - what foods work for you and which don't

it allows many people to leave corporate america (the matrix) and begin a new career that does good to the world

personally thanks to the institue i left the advertising world and started a holistic center that helped so many people around the confusing issues of nutrition and lifestyle

over the years the institute brings more focus to raw food as well, so they also help spread the word

zohar wilson

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