In this episode I interview Eva from Eva Loves Raw. I met Eva and her family at the Woodstock Fruit Festival a number of times and they were kind enough to invite me to stay with them when I was in Florida.
She sticks to her 100% raw vegan diet and coaches others towards better health on a raw and plant based lifestyle.
In this interview we talk about her journey to a raw vegan diet and her initial training at the Hippocrates Health Institute. We also talk about her finding her own way of eating a raw vegan diet after trying many different paths.
She also talks about balancing her family life with her raw vegan path as her family do not always eat raw vegan food with her.
Eva is a great example to others who are looking to balance their family life, their work and their raw vegan lifestyle. Find out more about Eva at:
In this video I interview Anne Osborne. Anne is one of the few people I have met that has stuck to a fruitarian diet long term. By fruitarian, this means she does not consume vegetables, nuts or seeds instead focusing on fruit.
Anne is the author of the great book “Fruitarianism: The Path To Paradise” a famous book on the subject. She also works with the Woodstock Fruit Festival. Learn more in this interview.
You can also listen to it on Spotify, Itunes and other podcast platforms. Search for Love Fruit podcast.
There have not been many books written about the raw vegan lifestyle and fewer that were truly worth reading. In this blog I wanted to bring together many of the best known books and where possible provide my own ideas about these books.
The 80/10/10 Diet by Dr Douglas Graham
Of all of the books on this list, this is by far the one that has had the biggest impact on me and helped me learn about how to stick to a raw vegan diet. Written by Dr Douglas Graham, this book was an antidote to the high fat raw vegan diet craze of the 90s and early 2000s.
The book makes an excellent case for why people should eat a raw foods diet based on fruit. It also points out that the conventional recommendation to eat a low fat diet should apply to a raw food diet also.
The book gives specific recommendations on how much to eat and the best way to eat for superior performance on a raw food diet. Essential reading for raw vegans!
2. “Blatant Raw Foodist Propaganda” by Joe Alexander
This book is less well known but worth a mention. It consists of the authors journey towards a raw vegan diet with many inspirational moments and stories woven through out. As an artist, he talks about how the change to his diet made a huge change in his painting. His art became more colourful and full of life.
An enjoyable read, but does not offer specific details on practising a raw food diet successfully.
3. Raw Food Controversies by Frederic Patenaude
Frederic is a great writer and this book is enjoyable to read and entertaining. It is his personal journey from being an enthusiast of the raw food diet as a young man in Canada to becoming an important player in the epicentre of the raw food scene in California.
Along the way he reveals secrets about many of the different raw food gurus he worked with and was around at the time. This is a fun book and chronicles the journey from the optimism that many feel when entering the raw food movement to realities that sometimes can be hard to accept.
4. Nature’s First Law – The Raw Food Diet – Stephen Arlin, R.C. Dini and David Wolfe
This book heralded the arrival of one of the most famous and controversial characters to the raw food scene, David Wolfe. The book is infamous for having essentially been plagiarised from a lessor known book that was only available in Persian at the time. This was Arshavir Ter Hovhanessian’s “RAW EATING”. After this was discovered, future editions of the book included an acknowledgement to Hovanessian at the beginning. Despite this, many people have enjoyed this book and it’s cry of “Cooked food is poison” at the end of every chapter.
5. Fit For Life – Harvey and Marilyn Diamond
One of the most famous health books of all time, Fit For Life was an enormous best seller across the world. Although not exclusively a raw food book, this book introduced many people to simple concepts like eating fruit only for breakfast. Harvey and Marilyn were students of T.C Fry, one of the great teachers of Natural Hygiene and the raw food diet.
6. The Mucusless Diet Healing System by Arnold Ehret
Despite passing away nearly 100 years ago, Ehret’s books are still enjoyed by modern day raw food enthusiasts. Some of the information in these books is a little outdate and his writing still is of course of the time and may be harder to read for modern readers. Professor Spira has written an updated version of this work.
The concept of mucus being an ultimate cause of ill health is not accurate but it still appeals to people hugely to this day. A classic that inspired many people towards the raw vegan diet.
7. Fruitarianism: The Path To Paradise by Anne Osborne
Anne Osborne is well known and loved in the raw food community as a rare example of someone that keeps to a strict fruitarian diet with no added vegetables, nuts or seeds.
She speaks about her journey to the fruitarian diet in this book and her experiments with long term mono diets. An enthusiastic and poetic writer that will make anyone’s love for fruit grow.
7. Creating Healthy Children by Karen Ranzi
In this book Karen Ranzi provides her experience with raising children on a raw vegan diet. When it comes to raising children with a raw vegan diet, this book is the go to bible and Karen a well trusted expert in this field. Essential for all raw parents and parents to be.
8. The Raw Food Nutrition Handbook by Dr Karin Dina, with Dr Rick Dina
This is another essential book for those looking to get their head around how the raw food diet works for human nutrition. For those looking for the breakdown on fats, carbs, proteins, vitamins and minerals this book is the guidebook telling you everything you need to know.
Well written and clear, the concepts in this book are easy for even the newest beginner to understand fully.
9. Raw Food Weight Loss and Vitality by Andrew Perlot
A former journalist, Andrew Perlot encountered the raw vegan diet while trying to figure out how to solve his colitis. He eventually found and worked with Dr Doug Graham and followed the 80/10/10 approach to incredible success.
This book is well written and well worth a read. His ideas are heavily influenced by the work of Dr Graham but he adds enough of his own individual thoughts and concepts for this to be a worthwhile read in it’s own right. Worth checking out.
10. The Raw Food Lifestyle 101 – by Ronnie Smith
For my last entry I am shamelessly plugging my own book which I have just released. I hope it will become a well known work that helps others along their jouney to a raw food diet just as these other books have.
The Raw Food Lifestyle 101 covers over 101 topics surrounding the raw food diet. If you would like to learn more about the book click on the link below. Right now you can purchase this book at a large discount with 6 excellent bonuses for you to enjoy. Click below to learn more:
In 2017 Ekaterina completed her Plant-Based Nutrition Certification from eCornell and T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Using her backgrounds in sports she incorporates exercise regimen, diet and lifestyle changes in her work as a health coach.
She has a particular interest in working with terminal diseases and cancer, extreme or challenging cases. Her expertise are: immune system, raw diet, neurological health, metabolic disorders, longevity. Ekaterina started her Plant-Based journey in 2010, when she was a freestyle kayak athlete, competing internationally as part of her national team. Together with her husband James Bebbington (Team GB) they switched to a raw vegan diet in order to prepare for the 2011 World Championships. After James won the event 6 month later – the couple stayed plant-based ever since.
After switching diet Ekaterina also had her best sport performances. She was the only Russian team athlete ever to compete in a World Championship finals (2013, 2015), placing 5th and 4th. Diet change was revolutionary for her recovery, energy level and endurance. She recently started Ultra running (in 2018) and has spent last 20 years engaging in outdoor and extreme sports. Challenging her own body physically on a Plant-based diet was instrumental in understanding practical human physiology and lead to a career change.
Ekaterina is a public speaker and an author. She is available to speak at the events in the UK and internationally. Being passionate about human health and the planets future, she aims to promote sustainable diet and lifestyle, engaging in outdoor activities and sports.
When you move towards a raw food diet many people become enamoured by the idea of getting back to nature.
Often, you will look for other areas of your life to simplify. You may have also looked for areas of your life to make more “natural”.
This is highly appealing and can be a good foundation for making beautiful changes to your overall lifestyle. But sometimes we throw the baby out with the bath water.
All of a sudden, all manner of man-made products are seen with a new scepticism. We look at the label and baulk at all of the “chemicals” in these products. We yearn for simplicity, and like our diet, to go back to using products that have just ONE ingredient!
Which brings us to the topic of this message:
Our sun is awe inspiring, magnificent and mind blowingly powerful. It has been the subject of worship and praise over millenia. It is directly the source of all energy and therefore all life on our incredible planet.
The energy emitted from it is collosal. It exists around 151 million kilometres from us, yet we can be overwhelmed it’s heat and light on the brightest of days. Imagine how astronomically hot it must be near it’s surface!
Sun light is an incredibly important part of our health. Humans originated in tropical climates and we have evolved to be mostly hairless. Sunlight can therefore directly impact our skin.
It is well known that exposure to sunlight is what stimulates Vitamin D production in our skin. This essential nutrient is best obtained by sunlight. So essential is it, that humans that moved north changed in colour in order to be able to get more Vitamin D from less sunlight exposure. (as a side note, if animal foods were enough to get adequate Vitamin D…why did humans turn white in the north?)
Did you also know that sunlight actually penetrates through our skin and helps to disinfect our blood? This is why getting full body sun exposure when possible is certainly a good idea.
As with all things that lead to health, direct exposure to sunlight is pleasurable and uplifting. Tanned skin is often seen as being more attractive and a sign of good health which is why so many millions of people flock to the beach in the summer.
But exposure to sunlight in excess can damage the skin. Sun burn is technically a radiation burn of the skin. A person does not need to actually feel or see the burn to have damage occur.
We are more sensitive to the sunlight than we fully appreciate and in the raw foods movement many people do not appreciate the damage that can be caused. Many will arrogantly avoid using sun screen to protect their skin or even covering up as they see this as “not natural”.
Sometimes, they may have been told that on a raw diet you do not require protection from the sun. I have heard people say that sun burn is “acids coming to the surface that need to be detoxed out”. This is not correct. Sun burn is a radiation burn and is harmful.
Over time, this exposure can lead to skin cancer. This is well known and not something to argue about anymore. No, not exposure to sunscreen, exposure to the sun.
We can get caught up in the idea that what’s natural is always good but please remember even animals hide from the sun in the shade. Our ancestors were arboreal species of apes living in trees and forests who may not have been in direct sunlight for much of the day. The peoples that live in tropical climates, even those with darker skin, often stay out of the sun or cover up almost entirely. We should learn from their experience.
Does raw food provide any protection?
Yes, there is some research to support this idea. In particular, there is information suggesting carotenoids and other flavinoids in fruits and vegetables do have a protective effect. There is broader evidence suggesting that a diet higher in fruits and vegetables is protective against skin cancer.
But this is no excuse to let things go too far. I can tell you that I have suffered sun burn by accident and very quickly a number of times. Certainly, it is less painful on a raw vegan diet but still uncomfortable. Now, I am happy to protect my skin with clothes and limit exposure with a hat and clothing. I also have no concern with using sun screen if I feel it is necessary. I would much prefer to protect my skin than proclaim my self to be the Nature Boy.
Be careful with the sun in warmer parts of the world. Do not expect a raw food diet to protect you from the direct power of the sun’s rays. As with all healthy things, more is not always better and enough is truly enough.
Learn more about living a healthy raw vegan lifestyle at this years UK Fruitfest.
Grant Campbell has played a big part in the Fruit Festival movement.
He was an original pioneer of the Woodstock Fruit Festival, as well as being a featured speaker at the Canada Fruitfest, the Danish Fresh Food Festival and the Slovenian Fruits and Health Festival.
He has spoken at the UK Fruitfest Festival every year since the beginning.
Each year he runs the Thailand Adventure Retreat in Chantaburi, Thailand. Grant lives with passion and purpose and has hosted 100% raw vegan retreats every year since 2007!
Fueled by fruit, Grant has enjoyed completing over 65 ultra marathons including up to 240 km (149 miles) in under 35 hours in minimalist footwear without stopping to sleep.
Grant has also led running camps, teaches running workshops around the world, produces Running Tips and Ultra Marathon Running Tips on his YouTube channel, and authored a book series called ‘Inspired To Run‘.
You can learn more about Grant here: http://www.rawaussieathlete.com
Register for this years UK Fruitfest here:http://www.fruitfest.co.uk/registration
Human beings like to
find simple and fixed ideas, principles or dogmas to follow that help
us navigate the stormy seas of life with ease. We yearn for what is
simple and clear and shy away from complexity, uncertainty and
We love to find
things that “make sense” to us and often buy into concepts and
ideas that confirm or fit in with pre existing biases. We also have
many ingrained biases that can be exploited by others looking to get
on our good side.
In the world of
health, we find a number of camps looking for our support. There are
many who are happy to go along with what they see as the mainstream
and scientific consensus. They will go along with their doctors
advice and largely will go along with the mainstream. They have no
time for looking into alternative health ideas which they see as
wacky or “woo woo”.
Then there are those
who defy science and look towards nature. They believe that
everything natural is instinctively better than anything man made.
They shun all products with “chemicals” or anything made in a
factory. They are often unlikely to go to a doctor and would rather
find a “natural” alternative.
But the wisdom of
healthy living lies in knowing that there is no certainty in either
path. In fact, each health challenge has to be judged on it’s own
particular merits. We should not throw out either the medical or
the natural method when assessing how to regain out health.
When it comes to our
health, the biggest risk most people face is chronic disease. The
scientific and medical route understands chronic disease. Your
doctor can diagnose it and perhaps prescribe you with medication or
therapies to help live with it. But the medical system will admit
that chronic diseases are caused by lifestyle choices and there fore
there is no “cure” in their eyes.
back to nature, enthusiast may in this situation find that changing
to a more natural diet of fruits and vegetables gives their body the
support to cure itself completely of many chronic diseases. The
fruit eater will in this scenario proclaim the superiority of the
natural path to healing.
On the other hand, a
person may contract an infectious disease such as malaria and shun
medical assistance to fast or eat only fruit. They may find their
condition gets worse until they give in and take the anti malarial
medication. In this situation, the medical side will proclaim their
superiority in helping with diseases which the body struggles to
Where do we find a
balance in this?
You must accept that
the wisdom of healthy living is not to dogmatically stick with one
idea. Rather, be open to the fact that the best solution to the
situation is not necessarily going to be what you believe to be the
ideal. If the problem is related to lifestyle, then a lifestyle
change will be the best thing to work. If the problem is not caused
by diet, then changing your diet may only have a limited effect.
I believe that your
body’s health is best supported by a 100% raw vegan diet. But this
does not mean that it has the potential to help your body to regain
health from any condition. Having the potential to heal fully and
being able to heal fully are 2 different things.
When someone has
gone far down the path of disease, there is no assurance that a
healthy diet or lifestyle will allow them to regain their health.
They may have simply gone too far already. Or perhaps through
genetic misfortune, they are destined to not live a long or healthy
life and nothing will stop that.
We know that for
most people, their main problem is their diet. The main risk they
face to their health is the development of obesity and chronic
disease through poor dietary choices. Changing to a healthier and
more natural diet would make a huge difference to the health of out
planet in a massive way. Many healthy conditions would virtually
disappear and hospitals would empty very quickly.
But we can not
pretend that this is the full story. There are health challenges,
sometimes genetic, sometimes as a result of foreign antigens, viruses
or bacteria that will be supported by medical intervention.
The wisdom of
healthy living, is to accept that making the best choice in the
moment means being prepared to not dogmatically stick to either path.
You must assess every situation as it comes to you and find the
solution that truly works, not the solution that fits in with your
Louise Koch, aka FruityLou is a Danish coach, speaker and author who cured herself naturally with a diet and lifestyle change. Today she helps other people do the same.
For many years Louise suffered from both adrenal fatigue, liver problems, gout, low hormone production, anxiety attacks, depression, insomnia, low back pain, PMS, brain fog and about 30 other symptoms. Amongst others the doctor told her she had so severe cell and DNA damage that she was close to cancer and that she probably could not get pregnant either.
Being a television journalist she knew that she had to research to find a new solution. She promised herself that if she ever got well she would use it in a positive way to help others and luckily she did. In 2009 she came across a super healthy diet and lifestyle that became the turning point in her entire life and in only a few years she healed herself naturally without any treatment or medication. Today she feels better than ever and has dedicated her life to inspire and help others get their life and happiness back too.
Louises holds a BA(hons) in media/television from University of Westminster in London and University of Miami in Florida. She has worked with journalism, research and communication for almost 14 years and also worked teaching both televison journalism, graphic design and media production. She has worked more than 10 years in the media industry and especially within television production.
She has produced both documentaries, entertainment and reportages and today she uses her talents on her Youtube channel – FruityLouise. It has more than 22.000 followers and her most inspiring video has been watched more than 4 mio. times. It is all about optimizing your diet, mind-set and lifestyle so that the body get’s the ideal conditions for thriving.
Louise’s misson is to bring awareness to how much our diet, mind-set and lifestyle can influence our health but also to give people the tools they need to get well and live the life they dream about. As a certified business- and lifestyle coach with years of experience she works with people one on one and help them do just that. Thousands of people around the globe have already followed her inspirational tips and her Danish ‘Get started Guide’ has been downloaded more than 5.000 times.
As I went for a morning walk today, I came across thousands of dead moths lying on the road. Last night there had been a tremendous rain storm. I imagine many of these moths were caught and drowned in the rain.
The majority of these moths were concentrated under street lamps. I had been thinking about this phenomenon recently. Why are moths so powerfully attracted to our artificial lights? To the point that it can harm them or even lead them to drowning in the rain.
I remembered something from a documentary on this. For millions of years, moths were used to navigated by the light of the stars and the moon. Clearly, moths have no worries of bumping into the moon. But when we created artificial light, this confused the navigation system of the moth which leads them to flying and bumping into our lights.
What is so frustrating, is to see them doing it over and over and over. Why do they never learn? Why do they never break the cycle?
As humans, we think we are much smarter than this. We would identify this problem quickly and break the cycle of repeatedly flying into the light. After all, our brains are much larger than the humble moth.
But are we really much different?
Human beings are just as guilty of getting caught in cycles of behaviour, in negative patterns and bad habits that they struggle to break free from. We see people harm themselves over and over and over. Even when they are aware of the habit and KNOW that it is bad for them, most people struggle to break free.
And so, people are stuck in lifetime habits and addictions. Some of these may just be negative thought patterns. These can harm a person’s potential in life and stop them from trying new things or pushing to achieve a better life.
Or it could be negative relationship habits, in which a person keeps on having the same type of unsupportive and harmful relationships again and again.
But just like the moth, our habits can kill us. People struggle to give up the cigarettes, to cut down on the alcohol and to break free of eating junk foods. At the same time, they struggle with creating new and better habits and often ultimately give up after a few days.
The price to pay for these unbroken bad habits is much higher. Poor diets, cigarettes, alcohol and other addictive substances are not just connected with death. They are also connected with disease and disability during life. Bad diets are connected with obesity, which at it’s most extreme is a form of disability.
Bad habits literally destroy the quality of your life. They destroy the potential of your life and your potential to ultimately life a free and happy life in which you have achieved the dreams and success you want.
If it is time to break these habits, you may need more help than you realise. The vast majority of people are never able to change these deadly habits. Most people don’t even try, the task seems so difficult.
If you have found it hard to make the changes to your lifestyle that you want to make it may be time to work with a coach. Successful people hire coaches to help them make rapid changes in their life and lifestyle. They hire them to keep them accountable and offer clear guidance and advice. They go to them for motivation to stay on the path.
They know that without a coach, their chance of success in changing their lifestyle is very low.
If you feel a bit like a moth, continually caught in a cycle of bad dietary habits maybe it is time for you to break free. I am open to taking on 2 clients right now. If you want to find out if working with me is right for you, please check out further information at this page:
The journey to a healthier life is tough but it is one that we can walk together. I have walked the path already. I know the pitfalls, I know the obstacles and the I know the best route to avoid them. I have the map and the equipment. Let’s walk together….
is my 33rd day on Mango Island. This means I am only eating mangoes
at the moment.
was not a set out plan, but something that naturally evolved and day
by day I choose to make a decision to keep going if I am happy with
I don’t recommend that anyone does anything too extreme like a juice
fast, juice cleanse or a mono diet as it seems to me that few people
that try these things out ever learn to stick to a raw vegan diet
that they enjoy over a long period of time.
people try fasting, detoxification and cleansing and end up going
back to junk food again and going right back to square one.
am much more interested in creating a lifestyle that is something
that people can follow long term.
mono diet never appealed to me and was not something I aspired to. I
do not see it as a “higher level” of healing and
detoxification. Nor is it a purer, more natural, more ethical or
cleaner diet to me.
I believe the key to healing on this lifestyle is to stay to a strict
raw diet, salt free, for a long period of time. Rather than doing a
30 day fast or 6 month juice fast. How about you learn to eat this
lifestyle and enjoy it to the full first?
the other thing that makes me want to continue on the mono diet is
that it concerns me that more and more people in this movement want
to convince people that eating just fruit (for any period of time) is
a risky thing to do health wise.
may be telling you that you must have vegetables for certain
nutrients (especially minerals). Even worse, they may be telling you
that you need to take supplements as fruits and vegetables both don’t
have the nutrition they need any more (using the old soil degradation
myth, a fairy story concocted by the supplement industry over 100
people may also tell you anecdotes of how they “feel better when
they eat vegetables”, but that is just an opinion and could be a
placebo or nocebo effect (in which the belief that something is
unhealthy will make a person convince themselves they don’t feel
person said to me “why do you call it a Fruitfest, when eating
just fruit is dangerous”. Firstly, we don’t tell people to eat
just fruit, but it seems like it is the food that most people don’t
eat enough of.
the raw food movement eating TOO LITTLE fruit is far more dangerous
than eating too little vegetables. In fact a vegetable only diet
would most likely be deficient in THE MOST IMPORTANT nutrient of all:
diet of leafy greens would be so deficient in calories that people
would go downhill very quickly on it. The fruits are the true
essential part of the raw diet as they supply our body with the
calories it requires in the form that it is best suited for.
beings are frugivores, our bodies indicate that we are best adapted
for a fruit diet. This is the message we must get out there.
idea that a frugivore should be worried if for a period of time they
eat only fruit is silly. When at the same time we see people eating
complete junk food diets and never suffering from a mineral or
are all the mineral deficiencies? On what diet do they happen? What
about all of the vitamin deficiencies that have existed? Universally,
these situations happened on diets that had no fruit or limited
quantities of fruit. When has their ever been a case of a fruit
eating community heading into major dietary deficiency?
sometimes tell me “I don’t like fruit, I prefer vegetables”
but for optimal health you will have to start a new and positive
relationship with fruit. Which would be easier if you cut out the
vegan ice cream, the chocolate and the sweetened beverages (while at
the same time claiming “I don’t have a sweet tooth”)
is the food we should focus on. Eat other raw vegan foods for
enjoyment, but fruit is where you will be getting the far majority of
stop the fear around fruit. Let’s stop thinking that just because it
is sweet and delicious that it can’t also have plenty of nutrition.
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