Tag: Eighty Percent Raw

Markus Rothkranz - Before and after Raw Foods

Markus Rothkranz – One of My Inspirations

Markus Was One of My Early Raw Food Heroes. Back in 2007 I began a journey in search of the optimal diet for healing and disease prevention. That search led me to a mostly raw food diet. I’ve written a lot about that experience over the years. You can read my personal story HERE. But to summarize, I was was convinced that eating a mostly raw, whole-foods, plant-based diet was the answer to human nutrition and disease prevention. As a result, I decided to launch an online magazine devoted to spreading the word about this lifestyle. I purchased a domain name: EIGHTY PERCENT RAW dot com, and proceeded to recruit a team of more than 25 monthly contributors. Most of these writers were professional raw food chefs who developed their own raw recipes. But there were also health coaches with years of experience advising clients, and other healthcare providers. Some of Our Raw Chef Contributors TINA JO STEPHENS of Chef Tina Jo HEATHER PACE of Sweetly Raw ADAM GRAHAM of The Live Food Experience CHRISTY MORGAN of The Blissful & Fit Chef MATT AMSDEN – of Rawvolution ANI PHYO of Ani Phyo ERICA ALBANESE MIMI KIRK of Young On Raw Food SUNNY GRIFFIN – founder of Astara Skincare KAREN RANZI of Super Healthy Children DR. LINDA JOY ROSE of Natural Wellness Academy I published the online magazine for about 4 years. Unfortunately, the server where I hosted the magazine was hacked a couple of years ago, so most of the content, sadly, was lost. But you can still visit EIGHTY PERCENT RAW for a taste of what it once was. Thankfully, I cross-posted some of the articles on my personal blog, back-in-the-day, and I am currently beginning to resurrect that site. But Markus Rothkranz was one of my early influencers, when it came to learning about all of the health benefits that come from following a high living food diet. I don’t remember how I discovered Markus If memory serves, I seem to recall learning about him before I even launched the magazine. I started following a raw-foods diet after my younger cousin was diagnosed with a brain tumor. That was before YouTube was even a thing. Even before Facebook. But I had a MySpace account and was active on that site. That’s where I was first introduced to the concept of eating only raw foods. I didn’t find Markus on MySpace…but I remember finding out about him shortly after that. I started following the diet myself, and sought out others in the raw-foods online community. Alyssa Cohen had an active forum where I started to interact. But one thing led to another and somehow I found out about Markus. And I was astonished by the results he achieved following a living foods approach. And all of his other audacious accomplishments blew my mind! Not only did he heal his own body of the serious illness and disease he experienced in his early life, he is a shining example of…

Nov. 19, 2013
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Raw Foods and Menopause

In 2000, at age 38, for the first time in my life I started experiencing some strange health challenges. We had recently moved to a 20 acre piece of property we purchased in Central Oregon and were drinking the local, city water while waiting to put in our own well. Shortly thereafter I began experiencing muscle weakness in both of my arms and dizziness that became nearly debilitating…especially whenever moving from a horizontal to a vertical position, or when rolling over in bed at night. Kind of like an ear infection would effect your equilibrium.  It didn’t take long for me to figure out that it might have something to do with the water I was drinking (strange that no one else in the family had these symptoms, though…) and I quickly started purchasing 2.5 gallon dispenser jugs of purified water to consume. The pain got better almost immediately. But the dizziness persisted…not nearly as badly as it had been before changing to the purified water…but it still clung to me, off and on, for several years afterward. In late 2006 my younger cousin, Floyd, who was 40 at the time, was diagnosed with a brain tumor the size of a softball. This had a significant impact me, both emotionally and psychologically. I desperately wanted to find a way to help him beat that illness. Combined with the fact that my father had suffered a double heart attack, several years earlier, at age 60 and was experiencing a gradual, but progressive, decline in his health, I was motivated to begin research on ways to heal the body through diet and nutrition. This is when I found the Raw Food lifestyle. And without going into all of the history surrounding that (I’ve already written about that experience in detail on my other blog: http://tracyjprez.wordpress.com) I will say that over the next couple of years I followed that lifestyle with quite a bit of personal success. But it caused a significant challenge with my family, who did not embrace the idea of eating mostly raw foods, and this resulted in a fractured home-life, when it came to meals and food consumption. So, in early 2008 I gradually began eating more and more cooked foods. During this same time frame I began noticing that my body was starting to experience some definite hormonal shifts. I wasn’t FEELING any different, but my monthly cycle was becoming sporadic, so I knew that something was changing. I hadn’t really experienced much weight-loss on raw foods during my first attempt following a high-raw diet, but most of my strange symptoms did go away, and I really LIKED the lifestyle.  However, due to the situation with my family and other factors, I was lead back to eating mostly cooked food again. By January 2009 my weight was at an all-time high of 193 and I was feeling awful about myself. I’m tall, 5 feet 8 inches, so I can carry more weight than most women without looking especially…