|Interview with David
Wolfe, author of the groundbreaking new book on success and diet The Sunfood Diet Success
JEAA: You have just finished writing a new book
called The Sunfood Diet Success System. Can you tell our readers how the idea of writing
that book came about, and what is the general message behind it?
David Wolfe: This book project actually began in 1993 when I made
the commitment to write a book on veganism and the Laws of Nature. Parts of that original
project ended up in the Nature's First Law: The Raw-Food Diet book, other parts carried
through to this project. This new book represents the culmination of years of
experimenting with different types of raw plant-food diets. It represents all the
knowledge I have acquired from being at ground zero of the worldwide raw-food movement. It
represents the precise distinctions necessary to maintain and stay balanced on a 100% raw
plant-food diet. I explain in detail how to use different foods to achieve different
results, such as eating to: gain weight, lose weight, detoxify, increase spirituality,
increase mental clarity, overcome hypoglycemia, overcome candida, etc.
JEAA: The most amazing thing I see in your book is the way you mix
the field of diet with self-development technology. Any purpose in doing that?
David Wolfe: In my new book, I mention a quote by James Allen from
his wonderful book As You Think. He wrote (and I'm roughly paraphrasing here): "A
change of diet will little help a man who is not willing to change his thoughts."
Life change comes from the inside out. It all begins in the mind. The human mind is the
most powerful computer in the universe. The challenge is, it has no instruction manual!
The purpose of weaving self-development information into my book has been to provide
instructions on how to use the mind and then to act on those instructions in order to
produce results such as a change in diet and lifestyle.
JEAA: Concerning the raw food diet, the big insight or revelation I
got from your book is "The Sunfood Triangle" diagram. Can you tell us what this
"triangle" is all about and how you came up with it?
David Wolfe: The Raw-Food Diet has finally come of age. I have been
able to communicate with so many raw-foodists via e-mail, telephone, in person, in
consultations, etc. that I finally discerned the essential factors of The Raw-Food Diet. I
discovered that three food classes are essential to stay balanced on raw foods. These
three classes of foods form the natural dietary character of the human body, which is
represented in my book as The Sunfood Triangle. The Sunfood Triangle demystifies The
Raw-Food Diet and provides the basic understanding necessary to achieve and stay balanced
on a 100% raw-vegan diet. These three food classes are: 1. Green-leafy vegetables. 2.
Sweet fruits. 3. Fats (such avocados, young coconuts, nuts, seeds, etc.) If any of these
three food classes is missing in the diet for a long enough period of time, the person
will be thrown off balance and experience less than optimal health. Each of these food
classes represents a point on the triangle. The idea is to remain at the center of the
triangle by balancing these three food classes against each other in the diet.
JEAA: What I find interesting in your book is that you explain how
to use those 3 food classes for different issues or problems that raw-foodists face along
the way. For example, if I want to gain weight and get bigger, what should I be eating
according to your triangle?
David Wolfe: First, gaining weight and strength on the raw-food diet
should not be your first priority unless you have been eating 100% raw foods for at least
1.5 years. The first step must be detoxification. To use the triangle to gain weight, you
would move the center of the triangle more towards green-leaf vegetables and fats and away
from sweet fruits. If you eat fats and green-leafed vegetables together and eat less sweet
fruit, you will gain weight.
JEAA: You also talk in your book about the Karma of food. Are you
really serious when you say that some foods have a positive Karma and some foods have a
David Wolfe: Definitely. Karma is energy. Some foods are positively
charged (such as avocados, cherimoyas, and hot peppers), some foods are negatively charged
(such as roots, fish, and meat). Every choice we make counts. Every choice either creates
a karmic debt or adds to a karmic surplus. This universe is governed by laws of karma:
what we send out comes back, multiplied!
JEAA: I have heard you say that we can learn how to succeed on the
raw-food diet by observing people who are successfully thriving on it.
David Wolfe: Truth relies not only on the understanding of success,
but also on the understanding of failure. I have learned just as much from the people who
failed with the raw-vegan diet as I learned from those who have succeeded with it.
JEAA: You talk a lot in your book about the "evolutionary"
diets and their shortcomings. Why did you insist on that, is it really that much of an
David Wolfe: The time has come to take this information to a massive
audience. Therefore all details must be covered in my book. I have seen
"evolutionary" raw animal-food diets go awry and in my book I explain exactly
why. The book is totally comprehensive and covers every facet of eating raw foods.
Question: You refer a lot in your book and in your lectures to the
importance of eating wild foods and the dangers of hybrid foods. Can you explain what you
mean by "hybrid" and why it is that much of a problem?
Answer: Hybridized foods are genetically altered foods. They are
foods which will not survive in nature without human protection. They are strains of foods
which have been artificially bred together to appeal to the numb tastebuds of cooked-food
eaters. For example, beets in the natural state are 4% sugar. Beets in the supermarket are
17% sugar. The same holds true for carrots. Most fruits and vegetables, even if organic,
are genetically altered to some degree. The best guideline is to avoid seedless fruits of
any kind. Also, in terms of vegetables: carrots, beets, and potatoes should be avoided.
Nearly all legumes are weak hybrid strains and should be avoided.
JEAA: So carrot juice is not okay?
David Wolfe: The big orange carrots found in stores, even if
organic, are unnatural, artificial creations. Those carrots will not grow in nature. If
you plant one of those carrots in your backyard, the bugs, insects, worms, and bacteria
will have a field day and chomp that carrot up in about 3 days. Juicing those carrots and
drinking them releases so much hybridized sugar into your digestive system at once that
the body doesn't know how to handle it! You will feel a sugar high, then the pancreas will
insulinize the blood to remove the sugar, you will feel drowsy, and then you will urinate
away whatever of that sugar is left in the blood.
JEAA: I was surprised to learn that a baked potato has one of the
highest glycemic indexes. So Natural Hygienists are really wrong when they condemn fruit
sugar and recommend potatoes?
David Wolfe: Baked potatoes are not healthy. They are not, never
have been, and never will be a health food. A potato is an extremely hybridized food
loaded with starch, which turns into pure sugar when it is cooked. The sugar is not of a
type the liver and pancreas can recognize, it is a hybridized sugar which comes into the
blood at a glycemic index of anywhere from 75 to 95! Consider that watermelon enters the
blood at 70 and a mango at 50! I detail exactly why starchy diets cause sugar imbalances
in my Sunfood Diet book.
JEAA: You insist a lot about the importance of raw plant fats, why
David Wolfe: Raw plant fats are an essential component of a balanced
raw-food diet. Every raw-foodist knows the magic of the avocado! I have even dedicated a
chapter to avocados in my new book! Dietary fats are incorporated into the walls of each
and every cell in the body. Fats protect us from pollution, they are antioxidants. Fats
fill us up and give us that satiated feeling, so they are an excellent bridge from cooked
foods to raw foods. Cooked fats, of both plant and animal origin, have exactly the
opposite properties of raw plant fats. Cooked fats interfere with cell respiration, cause
red blood cell clumping, and produce free radicals.
JEAA: So what are the best sources of fats? It seems like they
contain amazing nutrients.
David Wolfe: The best source of fat comes from fatty fruits. They
are the easiest to digest and assimilate. The best fatty fruits are: avocados, durians,
and olives. Olives are an amazing fruit! They are the highest fruit in minerals and
calcium. But almost nobody knows how to eat them! They do not have to be salted or cured!
I describe in my book exactly how to harvest and eat Sun-ripened olives!
JEAA: David, there is so much new information in your book it's
almost impossible to absorb it all at once. How do you feel that your book is going to
change the raw-food movement and the future of the raw-food diet?
David Wolfe: Well, I have been at ground zero of the worldwide
raw-food movement for about three years now. I distribute nearly every book ever written
on the subject. I talk to raw-foodists every day in person or on the phone. I know where
the gaps are in the knowledge. I know exactly where people run into challenges and I know
how to solve those challenges. This new book captures all that information in one place!
It provides a step-by-step method whereby ANYONE can adopt and be successful with a 100%
raw-vegan diet! We are bringing this book into the mainstream and it is designed to be
successful there without compromising one bit of the message.
JEAA: Do you think putting this book into the mainstream will really
bring mainstream people into raw-foodism?
David Wolfe : Absolutely! Many people just need to be exposed to the
truth and before long, they're living it. The Sunfood Diet success System will help people
who are in the mainstream get out of it and into the exiting, pristine river of the raw
JEAA: Thank you so much David for your time and we wish you the best
luck with your book and your future as the foremost expert on diet in the world! The book
is available by calling 1-800-205-2350 or online at: http://www.rawfood.com