>From: "arlen baden" <nyvegan@...>
>Subject: Style Weekly Magazine Raw Faith
>Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2003 10:00:35 -0500
>Lynda Carter brings the raw foods movement and message to Richmond.
>by Dave McCormack
>November 12, 2003
>It was a simple question, really: Did anyone want to try some cheese? This
>was Lynda Carter talking, stalking around with a recycled jar that might�ve
>once held beef bullion or Milk Duds, its edge now papered with a
>computer-generated label that shouted: �Raw Cheese.� If you did so much as
>make eye-contact with Carter, she�d shake a bit of the yellow stuff into
>your palm, which was a bit awkward considering everyone in the room knew
>darn well she was lying.
>Carter, of course, would never have dumped cheese in anyone�s hand, for the
>fact that it�s not in her nature these days to even touch the stuff. That
>doesn�t mean she isn�t thrilled by the taste of it, but Carter is what�s
>known as a �raw foodist,� and she believes in eating only uncooked and
>unpasteurized fruits, nuts and vegetables. Cheese doesn�t make the cut.
>Standing there in the anteroom of the Nubian Village Day Care center, just
>off Brook Road, with a pile of bright yellowish powder in my palm that I
>knew was simply not cheese � well, I had some questions. �It�s ground
>pumpkin seed,� she told me. �Try it.� Eyes at the ceiling, I took the pile
>up to my mouth and vacuumed it up. Shockingly, the stuff was pretty good.
>Carter smiled. �Not bad, eh?�
>Carter, who is 53, is a character, perhaps the best spokeswoman the
>raw-foods community could hope to have. She�s both knowledgeable � a
>correspondence degree from the American Association of Nutritional
>Consultants adds legitimacy to her nutritional insight � and hilarious. She
>bear hugs folks upon first meeting and stuffs sun-dried tomatoes into my
>jacket pockets to drive her point home.
>The point, from a raw foodist�s perspective, is that eating foods cooked at
>more than 110 degrees simply does nothing for the human body. �It kills the
>enzymes,� Carter says. �Everyone needs enzymes to replenish their cells.
>People are resistant sometimes to change. But if they just taste the food.
>Carter may have a very personable way about her, but she prefers to let her
>recipes and the results of her new diet do the talking. She became
>interested in raw foods after 20 years as a schoolteacher and claims it has
>fully cured her of many ailments, including diabetes, glaucoma and
>arthritis. �See this hand?� she says, pushing her left outward. �I had to
>sleep with a glove made out of magnets. I had one for sleeping, one for
>driving. Since I started this, it�s all healed.�
>A simple cruise around the Web and you�ll find many such accounts of the
>miraculous healing power of raw foods, including those of the Boutenkos, a
>well-known Russian family now based in Oregon, which Carter herself was
>hosting at tonight�s event. The Boutenkos travel the country praising the
>raw foods diet, which cured them of heart disease, hyperthyroid and asthma,
>all of which led to their dumping their health insurance.
>Carter isn�t suggesting you call your agent just yet, but she stands by her
>own physique as a testament to the benefits of her new lifestyle. �Check
>this out,� she says, slapping at the skin around her throat. �I weighed
>over 300 pounds. I was eating everything,� she says. �I�ve lost 110. Of
>course, I�ve got a little more to go.�
>In her short career as a raw foodist, Carter, who is based in Petersburg,
>has already written a book of recipes and testimonials � she calls it �Raw
>Faith� � and is looking for a publisher. She hosted a raw foods vacation in
>Costa Rica Nov. 3-9 and has plans for additional seminars and speeches. She
>also hopes to expand her line of home-cooked foods. Which is where the
>pumpkin-seed cheese comes in.
>Standing at her display table, I couldn�t help but notice a set of Baggies,
>each containing a small round disk that had the look and consistency of a
>Fig Newton that had been robbed of its housecoat. �Have a gingerbread
>cookie,� she said, stuffing one in my direction. �I love this diet. I love
>it so much I�m eating it like crazy.�
>Eating like crazy and still shedding the pounds? Well, if eating raw foods
>is really the miracle cure, lifesaver and weight-loss dream Carter says it
>is, we�ll all be pigging out on pumpkin-seed cheese before long. S
>Carter�s next class takes place Nov. 15 in Petersburg. It has a
>Thanksgiving theme and for $70 includes meals, demonstrations and a book of
>recipes. For details go to her Web site: aliveandraw.com
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