By Ashley Mackin
La Jolla native Diana Stobo said she’s made the switch from using food as “bad” medicine to using food as “good” medicine, and she’s on a mission to share her story. She is the author of “Get Naked Fast” and “Naked Bliss,” books about the “naked” lifestyle and diet, which is a subset of the raw food movement.
Like many others, Stobo said she used food to soothe her in times of stress — especially as a child and teenager. She said eating comforted her in times of loneliness.
“Whenever we are sad or confused, we tend to use some kind of stimulation or drug, and in my case, it was food,” she said. To escape being a “chubby teenager,” as an adult she said she began to eat in a way she thought was better.
“I thought I lived a healthy life. I thought the foods I was eating were perfectly healthful and in line with F.D.A. requirements (because they were) low fat, low salt, low this, low that. I was doing all these things we think we’re supposed to be doing, and still I was sick,” she said.
To help with chronic fatigue, weight gain, thyroid issues and ulcers, among other concerns, she took a variety of pharmaceutical medications. “I had to take a pill just to get out of bed,” she said.
Unhappy with how many medications she was taking, Stobo said she began to study nutrition as a way to heal her body. She made a list of foods she wanted to remove from her diet, based on her findings. She cut out meat, dairy, wheat, sugar, caffeine and alcohol, which she calls “The Naked Diet.”
“I took those (foodstuffs) out of my diet and lost 10 pounds in 10 days — without going into raw food, just taking those foods out of my diet. That (alone) detoxed my system,” she said.
After eliminating those items, she needed to replace them for sustenance, so she started eating raw foods, which “come from the Earth, are unprocessed, uncooked and never heated above 118 degrees,” she said. She also focused on eating foods with healing properties (turmeric, for example, helps with inflammation).
While The Naked Diet is a mainstay for Stobo, she also began integrating raw foods into her diet. She said by eating raw foods and being on The Naked Diet, she has healed all her ailments and is not taking any medication.
And that’s not with being on the raw food diet 100 percent of the time. She said she eats about 80 percent raw foods. For the average person, she suggests a goal of 50 percent. “If you increase (raw food intake) to 50 percent, you are doing your body a great healing service,” she said.
Attaining a diet of 50 percent raw foods is surprisingly doable, Stobo claims. Changes such as adding coconut milk to coffee instead of cream or making a smoothie at home with fruits and vegetables, ups the percentage.
Alternatively, she said if people wanted to eat raw during the day, they could eat anything they wanted for dinner — moderation considered — or go out for drinks.
Stobo has her own YouTube channel on which she offers free cooking demonstrations that use raw foods in common recipes. Her Waldorf Salad for example, uses apples, radishes (which are apparently great for the skin), celery, dried cranberries, pecans, and a dressing made from re-hydrated figs, the water used to rehydrate them, lemon juice, flaxseed oil and curry powder blended together. She also has recipes for raw barbecue sauce and raw creamy carrot soup.
Stobo also coaches people through the change in diet and said that her clients tell her “live” food has made them “come alive.”
“All these things we walk around with — fear, guilt, self-judgment, weight — it just falls off them,” she said.
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