For a long time, I have been looking for a raw food nutritionist, or a raw food doctor, nearby to London, whom I would be able to consult with, since most nutritionists I have seen have not been supportive of long-term raw food lifestyle. Until now I didn't have any luck with my search, apart from a couple of raw food coaches' websites, which did not seem very convincing.
I finally, accidentally, found Gareth Edwards, as I was walking past the Hale Clinic close to Regents Park in London. The Hale Clinic lists over 80 holistic practitioners, however, most are quite expensive. Contacting Gareth Edwards by email, I was able to schedule a cheaper appointment at his home clinic in Clapham, a nice and vibrant area of South London.
Gareth studied nutrition for seven years, first at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and later at the University of Westminster. The latter has been reported to me by others to be the best place to study nutrition in the UK. Gareth studied under the British nutritionist Patrick Holford and also under the American microbiologist, Robert Young. He also visited the Hippocrates Health Institute and incorporates much of their knowledge into his practice.
However, after six years of study, Gareth underwent a breakthrough realization, after becoming increasingly confused about the contradictions in nutritional science. After being very critical about the topic and constantly asking questions, he understood, in an in-debth way, the fundamental importance of an alkaline body to good health. He quotes Louis Pasteur's words: "The microbe is nothing, the terrain is everything."
At my meeting with Gareth, I shared with him my confusion about so many different approaches to nutrition. His advice seems at the outset very valuable: Simplify your thinking and health efforts, focus on increasing alkaline foods in the diet, especially sprouts and green juices, and concentrate on live foods much more than on supplementation.
When I mentioned the difficulties I was having with eating raw foods, especially the food intolerances and difficulty in digesting fiber, Gareth suggested I focus mostly on green juices and sprouts, while adding salads and different vegetables slowly, as I felt appropriate.
Eating alkaline is about balance, I learned, as you still need some calorie-rich foods and acidic foods, but in small quantity compared to alkaline live foods. If you want to eat a croissant, stuff it completely full of sprouts, to balance the acidic effect, Gareth advices. But better than eating croissants would be to perhaps include a small amount of very good quality bread, made from good quality flour. Such bread you can buy from Wholefoods, Planet Organic or farmers markets, if you quizz the seller about the procedures the bread went through. Le Pain Quotidien makes fairly good quality bread that Gareth Edwards recommends.
When your body is out of balance, it is important to eat huge quantities of fresh, living greens and sprouts, to rapidly alkalize. Jamaicans use callaloo (a type of spinach) for healing, whereas Ann Wigmore and Hippocates Health Institute use large quantities of wheatgrass juice. [Paraphrased from Gareth.]
Gareth Edwards himself eats some dark chocolate, some good quality bread, and some cooked food, but generally his diet is high raw, high in sprouts, and near-vegan. Some months ago he was still eating goats' cheese but gave it up because he could smell it on his skin after eating it. He doesn't recommend eating pasta, or butter, as they are dead food. "If you put it in the ground it will rot." Whereas rice, quinoa and millet seem better options since they can still be grown to a sprout and are therefore alive. He also buys raw almond butter and tahini from Wholefoods, and makes dehydrated crackers and nut milks at home.
Further advice from the raw food nutritionist I wish to share with you:
I asked Gareth Edwards whether he found it difficult to live in London, with all the pollution, having cleansed his body with highly nutritious, alkaline and life-energy-rich foods. 'On the contrary', he said, 'your body gets stronger and more able to tolerate these things'.
I will write a separate report about the findings of a (new) live blood analysis test, which I am doing with Gareth in a couple of weeks. My previous live blood analysis results are detailed here (from four years ago).
Books recommended by Gareth Edwards, a raw food nutritionist in London: "Sick and Tired? Reclaim Your Inner Terrain" by Robert O. Young, "Lifeforce" by Brian Clements and "Raw Food/Real World: 100 Recipes to Get the Glow" by Sarma Melngailis and Matthew Kenney.
To book an appointment with Gareth, go to his website: Food for Life.
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Truth about Alkaline Foods
Boutenko: Green for Life
Joy of Living Live
Benefits of Juice Fasting
Fruitarian Healing Story
Food Matters Documentary
History of Naturopathy in Europe
Iranian Raw Vegan
Live Spring Water Benefits
Queen Afua: Heal Thyself
How to Live on 40 Euros per Week as a Raw Foodist
My Health Journey
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