Few things would please Renette Dallas more than for the African-American community to throw away their pots and pans an embrace a raw food diet.
Dallas, a naturopathic doctor and raw food chef, has been on a crusade for years spreading the word about the benefits of eating raw and being nutritionally balanced. She has traveled to South Africa with her message, which she said is accepted better there, and been a frequent speaker at churches, government organizations and women's groups here in the U.S. She said she's observed dramatic progress in those who switched to a raw food diet that she prescribed.
"I am sick and tired of watching the moral, spiritual and physical decline of the African-American community," she said.
Raw food is the quickest and most efficient way to heal cells and rejuvenate the body, according to Dallas, 49. Green juices—made from green vegetables—are loaded with chlorophyll, which helps supply oxygen to cells. She recommends people daily eat some dark, leafy vegetables that have not been cooked and consume fresh alfalfa and parsley. Chewing three sprigs of parsley, which has an abundant amount of chlorophyll, iron, calcium and Vitamins A and C helps restore and improve 40 percent of the internal organs and glands.
Through her business, Life by Dallas, she offers pre-packaged raw foods such as soups, burgers, pizza, sushi, falafel as well as raw drinks and desserts for client pickup or delivery.
Her herbal remedies bear such encouraging names as "Keep the Doc Away," "God's Promise" and "Pain Be Gone."
She also offers workshops, consultation services and produces a line of organic popcorn in a variety of flavors such as "Garlic Overdose," and "All That Spice."
Dallas, who is also an author and minister, said she found South Africans more receptive to her message than Americans and blasted the U.S. government and pharmaceutical companies for rejecting homeopathic remedies because those approaches aren't as lucrative as traditional approaches.
"I feel like we are being raped by both sides now," said Dallas of government, pharmaceutical companies and those who put profit ahead of the public welfare. "In the U.S. it's not advantageous for the government for us to be healthy. There's a lot of money being made off African Americans being sick. We have to see the connection between diet and our state of health."
In January she began holding three-day retreats in Ellicott City, Md., that involve raw food and juice diets throughout the weekend along with a series of two- to three-hour lectures and a six-mile walk.
She said many lost 10 to 12 pounds and felt more energized.
"It's all about what you feed the body," she said. "If you consume nothing but raw food, you will be a different person."
For more information, visit www.lifebydallas.com or call 301-779-9348.