In the 1930’s Dr. Paul Kouchakoff conducted research to compare the effects of cooked food versus raw food.  He found that cooked food can be perceived by the body as a threat, setting off the immune response.  When the immune response is chronically activated by something we do as regularly as having three or more meals a day, this causes a cascade of physiological problems   This process, called Digestive Leukocytosis, occurs only when cooked or processed food is consumed.  When we eat food in a natural, unprocessed state – food that has not been denatured or cooked over 118 degrees, there is no immune response.  Another way of describing the optimal diet is one that contains a high percentage of “living foods.”

This is completely alien to the way most of us have been trained to eat.  Traditional pairings of meat and potatoes, chicken and rice, bread and processed meats (sandwiches), while comforting and customary, are really at the root of many of the chronic conditions that many individuals do not attribute to their food intake.

However, if you can relate to any of the following symptoms, they may be a result of years of digestive leukocytosis, our systems being in a constant “state of emergency” due to irritants of cooked foods with very little natural and unprocessed food to counterbalance:

Runny nose, post-nasal drip, sluggishness and low energy, prone to sinus congestion or infections, intestinal disorders, muscle or joint pain, chronic headaches.  And the list goes on…

According to Kouchakoff, if at least 50% of our daily intake is not raw and unprocessed, our health declines NOT as a result of the aging process, but rather in response to the continual wearing down of our defenses, day after day, meal after meal.

I healed myself of ALL of the above symptoms once I embarked on a raw fusion lifestyle.

Raw Fusion teaches you how to blend the incredible benefits of the raw foods lifestyle, with the comforts and convenience of conscious mainstream meals.

Raw Fusion is a hybrid of the best of the raw foods world, intermingled with an informed and conscious mainstream lifestyle.  Individuals who find a high raw diet too limiting, may find ways to integrate more variety into their meals without compromising nutrition.  High raw foodists seeking healthy ways to add cooked foods into their diets will enjoy the versatility and variety of these tips. Families or individuals accustomed to more mainstream meals, but searching for tasty and convenient ways to increase their nutritional intake, will be surprised at how effortlessly one can fuse more raw ingredients into meals.

This manageable lifestyle is for people who understand that eating better is vital to their long-term health and to the conservation of the planet; who recognize that “green is good” and want to have a better relationship with fruits and vegetables.   There are no specific rules to follow, no prescribed diet or plan —  just plenty of information, guidance, tips, techniques and recipes that hopefully will inspire you to achieve ever-increasing levels of health and well-being.

Sources:  Raw Fusion: Better Living Through Living Foods, volume 1 by LindaJoy Rose, Ph.D.  Quantum Mind Press

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  • Easy-to-prepare recipes
  • Vegan and non-vegan choices
  • (if there is space)  Includes side dishes and salad enhancers

Here’s a sample recipe:

Black Beans and Greens

As good as black beans taste over rice, that combination is a lot for the body to metabolize.  That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them together every once and awhile.


can of organic cooked black beans*

2-3 bay leaves

celtic sea salt, to taste

3 cloves of garlic, peeled

scallions or chopped vidalion onion

½ lemon

Variety of your favorite greens — baby spinach, romaine, kale, dandelion leaves, collard greens, arugula, bok choy are examples —  (chop in food processor with S blade to break into smaller, more manageable pieces if you are not used to greens)

*Canned beans are an acceptable shortcut for busy people.  I’d recommend getting an organic, low sodium brand.  If you have time to soak the beans overnight, drain, rinse and cook in a crockpot while at work, try adding some fresh garlic, bay leaves and onions and when you come home you will have an incredible pot of goodness!

Empty beans in a saucepan and on medium heat simmer with garlic, salt and bay leaves.  Serve over greens with chopped onions or scallions and a squeeze of fresh lemon.  Optional:  Add nutritional yeast.

LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site,

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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