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Matt Monarch on Over Eating, Energy, Sex and Love on a Raw Food Diet

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 by: Kevin Gianni
Tags: raw foods, health news, Natural News

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(NewsTarget) Hi, everyone, this is Kevin Gianni, and I'd like to welcome you to a very special Raw Summit Teleseminar, which can be found online at (http://www.rawsummitarchives.com) . The purpose of the Raw Summit is to pass along cutting edge information about raw and living food technologies for you to reach optimal health, wellness, and success. Today, I have a special guest who has been 100% raw for over 7 years and is the author of Raw Spirit, a book on transitioning and thriving with the raw food lifestyle. So Matt Monarch, I want to welcome you to the Raw Summit. Today he will be sharing with us information on under and over eating, energy, sex and love on a raw food diet.

Raw Summit Excerpt with Matt Monarch, a raw food specialist and author of Raw Spirit.

Kevin: How are your energy levels?

Matt: My energy levels are completely excellent. I've more energy now than I ever had in my entire life.

Kevin: What exactly is this kind of systematically under eating that you talk about in the book? Is that a little of bit different?

Matt: Systematically under eating is when you just get enough food to maintain in a sense. This is kind of like fasting. This is like your body detoxifying. So, I look at hunger as a detoxification regulator; let me give you another example, if you were to take a cocaine addict that does cocaine twice a day, they're going to crave it twice a day. If they go down to once a day they're going to go through withdrawal symptoms. They're going to detox so they want that fix and it is the same thing with food.

So, in essence systematically under eating is if I'm eating 3 meals a day and I'm eating a certain amount of this meal every single day, that's what most people do everyday. Eating less than that amount to where you still have a bit of hunger and you have more energy and then as you continue to do that, your body is going to continually push you forward and then you're going to continually need less and less food. This is kind of what systematic under eating is and this is like a really key tool for longevity.

Kevin: Okay and this is just part of transitioning or just all the time?

Matt: Well, I mean it is a good goal to aim for. I mean we're totally going into advanced stuff here; for example when I first became raw, you will not believe what I was eating. David Wolf talks about eating 9 avocados; I was doing the same thing. I was actually at the lecture and then there's this man who went 100% raw, lost 50 pounds, was doing amazing, was healing from the degenerative diseases and during the lecture, he raises his hand and he confesses it to the entire room he (would) eat a jar of almond butter everyday and then pass out. At some point you're going to need to gain responsibility to get the full benefit of the raw food diet. Just like I'm not eating like 4 avocados anymore, this guy isn't eating a jar of almond butter.

Kevin: Right!

Matt: So, when I first become raw; I almost have this no-holds-barred attitude. I went crazy over eating.

Kevin: Right! So, what are you over eating?

Matt: Let me tell you what my typical evening meal was. I would take two huge salad bowls and put them right in front of me, and then, I would take a huge head of Romaine lettuce and cut it up to shreds and put them in one of the bowls, and then maybe squeeze some lemon on top of that.

Kevin: Okay!

Matt: In the other bowl, I would go to the California Farmers' Market where this heirloom tomatoes are. They taste like fruit practically.

Kevin: Yes!

Matt: I would literally take like 10 of these tomatoes, cut them up and then maybe throw dole, this salty seaweed, and just put the amount of that on top of the tomatoes. Maybe with some olives and I would take 3 large avocados. I'm not talking about the avocados you get from whole foods. I'm talking the Farmers' Market avocados that are enormous. I would put them all on top of that Romaine lettuce and lemon in that other bowl. And I would just squeeze it with my hands until it is became nothing, and then I would take the other tomatoes and the dole, and olives and I would pour that on top of that. This is the most amazing food. And I literally ate that every single night, probably for 3 years. That's how I did it. That's how I went raw.

Now these days, I would never do more than one avocado. But that's what they have to do. I mean people have to look and, you know, worry about now doing too much fruit. A lot of people tend to do it. They overdo the fruit and they come into issues in the long run.

Kevin: Yes, what are some of those issues with the overdoing?

Matt: What happens is sugar is an ideal ingredient for fermentation, and when you're continually eating sugar like that, you develop fermentation and your body becomes overly acidic as the years go by. Your body starts to leak alkaline salt from the skeletal frame, and people start running into tooth erosion who eat a lot of fruit. I see it all the time.

Kevin: Really.

Matt: Yes. And people's hair have fallen out. I notice when I eat a lot of fruit, I start to smell. I'm running like 100 miles per hour. You can get away with more fruits if you're going to be exercising a massive amount because you're using the energy.

Kevin: What are some of the eating disorders that some raw foodist experience?

Matt: Okay, I never had a food issue in my entire life when I became 100% raw. Certain things started to happen. I was like an alien in my own body; it is like I belong to another planet. And there were times I would just over eat trying to fill my stomach up, trying to get that feeling I used to get when I ate cooked food. And then sometimes I would start doing that with fruits, sugar fruit. You take a bite off a persimmon or a fresh fig coming straight from a free. It is so amazing when that sugar hits you and then you just can't stop eating it, especially a new aeon like myself in to the raw food movement 7 years ago. I would just eat it until my stomach was out ten feet. And you know, that causes a situation in your system. You wouldn't want to be around me for 2 days probably because of all the gas that would be emanating from the system would be crazy.

Kevin: I got it.

Matt: So, what would happen is, I would get these feelings in my stomach, and after a while I didn't want to experience these anymore; I'd want to be in public. So, I would tell myself, "I'm not going to over eat on fruit this time". And you know what would happen? I would start eating a lot of fruits and I couldn't stop myself. It wasn't my decision to make, I guess.

Kevin: Yes.

Matt: So, a couple of times I was actually still upset with myself after doing this. On my way home from the Farmers Market, I remember belching and food would come back up to my mouth and then, I would just spit it out. And then, I would do it again and again, thinking that it would help the entire situation that I thought I was going to experience. The true problem about it all was the fanaticism I was going through. When I first became raw, I was still fanatical. I never went to a raw-food restaurant. I wanted to have the perfect digestion I possibly could. I never did a bad food combination for the first 4 years.

Kevin: Wow!

Matt: It was crazy. It wasn't healthy. Then after about 4 years, Dr. Fred Bisci and a good friend of mine Pam Ethan, kind of broke me in the sense.

Kevin: What are some of the things that they said to you that kind of lightened you up a little bit?

Matt: Every once in a while it will be like "Matt, you know you're kind of fanatical about it". And I would just be sitting there like, 'Whatever'. He would just lead by example, and I just started hanging out with them more and more and soon I ate one meal in a raw-food restaurant and "okay, this isn't too bad". Before I knew it, I was eating mounds and mounds of raw junk. So, if I ever even go to a raw food restaurant now, I get a runny nose. I mean, I don't kill myself over; I just deal with it. But it was a 180 for me because I went the other extreme in a sense. I would over eat on raw-food restaurant meals all the time. And then, I started eating cacao, that was...

Kevin: Tell me about that. The cacao. You have like a giggle behind it, and I want to know what that was about.

Matt: Alright. Cacao. I love cacao. When I gave my girlfriend a cocoa, watch out! You know what I'm talking about. I make sure that I have all my stuff all the time and so, when I kind of did the cacao in massive amounts for about a month it was stimulating me to the point of where it was giving me the vitality to give off excess toxins. So I stopped doing cacao and I noticed now that whenever I do it, it is almost like a party dress for me. It's like what wine used to do for me.

Kevin: Yes.

Matt: Yes. So, if someone is eating a massive amount, if they're eating cacao in place of the refined sugar, I'd rather see someone do that.

Kevin: Yes.

Matt: And some people don't have problems with the cacao. But some people do. Those types of people got to be careful and I'm afraid there are a lot of people who can't handle that sort of thing.

Kevin: Right, you know the stimulant of it or just some...

Matt: Yes, yes. The stimulant of it. Some people might have ADD issues and its does not work with their structure for some reason but some people are fine with that. I mean some people take it too far.

Kevin: Yes. So, you pressed briefly on sex and the raw diet and it's in your book...

Matt: Yes.

Kevin: That's a cool topic. Let's get into this. Why don't you tell me a little about that?

Matt: When I was a cooked-food eater I was more of like a wild animal in a sense, not that I'm not now but it was more of like every girl that walked by me, I'd check out her behind, I would be nonstop doing like 360s around...

Kevin: Uh-huh.

Matt: And to be honest with you, every single day, I actually took care of myself. I had this need to ejaculate.

Kevin: Got you.

Matt: You know. So, when I became 100% raw, I went through a complete transformation. Now, when I look at a woman, it's more of like looking at a work of art in a sense. And I'm not so crazy about it and also, my desire for ejaculation has decreased.

Kevin: Interesting.

Matt: Now, don't get me wrong, when I'm with my woman. Yes, I mean there's no stopping me.

Kevin: Right.

Matt: But I'm just more of the way I think we were meant to be. It's more of a love thing now.

Kevin: Okay and you think that's the direct relation between the food?

To read the rest of this transcript as well as access 14 different raw food experts just like Matt Monarch, please visit (http://www.RawSummitArchives.com) .

About the author

Kevin Gianni is a health advocate, author and speaker. He has helped thousands of people in over 85 countries learn how to take control of their health--and keep it. To view his popular internet TV Show "The Renegade Health Show" (and get a free gift!) with commentary on natural health issues, vegan and raw food diets, holistic nutrition and more click here.

His book, "The Busy Person's Fitness Solution," is a step-by-step guide to optimum health for the time and energy-strapped. To find out more about abundance, optimum health and self motivation click here... or you're interested in the vegan and raw food diet and cutting edge holistic nutrition click here. For access to free interviews, downloads and a complete bodyweight exercise archive visit www.LiveAwesome.com.

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