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Raw vs Cooked With Dr Doug Graham

What is the difference between raw food and cooked food?

More and more, the plant based vegan diet is starting to gain acceptance across the globe. Doctors, nutritionists, athletes and scientists galore and starting to embrace the benefits of a diet that is void of animal products.

High budget films with celebrities and influential figures are sharing this message in a powerful way and the world is starting to wake up to the incredible benefits a person can experience when we get rid of animal products from our diet.

But are we missing something important?

There are many people that still experience health issues when they switch to a vegan diet. Over the last few years a number of high profile vegans have returned to experimenting with animal products. Though many of these people may just be making excuses for wanting to go back to a more common diet, some may have struggled to be comfortable with a cooked vegan diet.

We must always go back to the fundamentals of human anatomy and human nutrition. The healthiest foods, and the most important foods for our health are fruits and vegetables. Of those, fruits are vastly under eaten to the extent that it is estimated that millions of extra people are in hospital each year due to not eating enough fruit to support their health.

For those on a raw diet, there is a big difference between cooked food and raw food. Cooked food is dry, dehydrating, harder to digest and ultimately unsatisfying. We often add stimulants such as salt to cooked food to add the flavour that they lack.

But the most obvious difference to a raw fooder is that cooked foods are tremendously addictive. It is hard to limit cooked food on a raw diet, driving many over the years to commit to 100% raw, where they feel they have more control over their food choices and better and more consistent results in their health.

Others choose to remain eating cooked food as they find it too hard to give up. For many, going raw long term is one of the hardest challenges they ever faced.

In the video above, Dr Doug Graham talks about some of the other issues connected to eating cooked food.

Mike Vlasaty – The World’s Strongest Fruitarian

Only one man claims to be the strongest fruitarian in the world…and noone has challenged him yet!

That man is Mike Vlasaty and in this episode of the Love Fruit podcast he goes deep about his experience with the raw vegan lifestyle (over 10 years) and his love of weight lifting and strength training.

He also talks about his opinions on other people following and promoting this lifestyle.

Learn more about Mike at his youtube channel Fruit and Strength.

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Behind The Scenes Of UK Fruitfest 2019 – With Andrew Prod

This year our official photographer, Andrew Prod, from https://www.andrewprod.com/ captured not only hundreds of brilliant pictures of the festival but also made this short film about his experience of the event.

He captures not only the food, the fun and the activities of the event but he also captures some other special moments. This year we had a wedding proposal at the event!

We look forward to making 2020 even better, our 7th year!

FREE WEBINAR: Ask Your Questions To The Experts Of The Raw Vegan Diet

On Saturday, from 1pm to 9pm, the UK Fruitfest will be hosting a FREE webinar with 6 of the top speakers at the festival.

You can register for the webinar here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OGQAfbp_SxKNnYdHT9nHDA

What will the schedule be for the webinar?  Here is a brief outline (times are in BST but will show in your time zone on the webinar page):

1pm- Ronnie Smith (Founder Of UK Fruitfest) Q and A and presentation on the history of the UK Fruitfest.

2pm- Dr Doug Graham, author of the 80/10/10 Diet answers your questions

3pm- Chris Kendall, “The Banada Commander” master chef and raw vegan coach reveals all

5pm – Ted Carr, answers your questions on fitness and strength on a raw vegan diet

6pm – Professor Rozalind Graham, answers your questions on nutrition and emotional eating

7pm – Drs. Rick and Karin Dina, answer your questions on the science of raw food nutrition

8pm- Finishing Thoughts with Ronnie Smith

You can join at any time you like, and it’s completely free to be a part of.  Click here to register>>>https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OGQAfbp_SxKNnYdHT9nHDA

Do you have any questions you would like to ask our guests?  This is an ideal opportunity to get those questions answered.

Looking to learn a little more about the festival?  This is an ideal opportunity to do that.

Just want to hang out and get a little inspiration?  This is also good for you

JOIN US TOMORROW

 

Reminder: Saturday 13th of July at 11pm is the dealine to register for UK Fruitfest.  Learn more in Saturday’s webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OGQAfbp_SxKNnYdHT9nHDA

 

Is a raw vegan diet suitable for everyone?

Is a raw vegan diet suitable for everyone?

Have you ever heard someone say:

“your diet may work for you, but it would not work for me”

It’s frustrating when people buy in to the notion that there is a unique diet for each person.

Yet they never seem to realise:

we are all best off consuming mother’s milk as a baby

– we all like roughly the same temperature

we all breathe the same air

– we all get hydrated from water

our eyes react the same way to light

– we all tan and eventually burn in the sun

we all sleep at night (mostly)

….and millions of other things that we share in common as we are after all the same species.

So why do people like to think they need a separate diet for themselves?

Forgive me for saying this but I think this has more to do with a person’s identity than with a genuine need for a separate diet. We should not mistakenly connect our genuine uniqueness of experience and personality with an idea that we have a unique set of requirements when it comes to nutrition.

A number of diet books have been written based on this idea. The most famous being the Blood Type Diet. This book suggests that your blood type suggests what type of diet you should eat. Of course this book has been debunked as being false. Not only is the idea untested (and goes against the basic ideas on nutrition), but it makes very little sense. Animals have many different blood types but all eat according to their species specific diet.

Which brings us to the ultimate question. What is our species specific diet?

Consider the following passage:

To say that humans have the anatomical structure of an omnivore is an egregiously inaccurate statement.” – The great taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus, (1707-1778), a Swedish naturalist and botanist who established the modern scientific method of classifying plants and animals, classified humans not as carnivores, not as omnivores, nor even as herbivores, but as frugivores.

Linnaeus writes: “Man’s structure, internal and external compared with that of the other animals, shows that fruit and succulent vegetables are his natural food.”

Comparative anatomy suggests that we closely resemble our frugivorous primate cousins. Though this may not suggest a strict diet of fruit it does suggest that the bulk of our diet coming from fruit is what our anatomy suggests is correct.

Add to this the enormous mass of science showing how vital fruit is for our health. The Global Burden of Disease study suggested that “not eating enough fruit” was the number 1 dietary risk factor increasing a person’s chances of developing disease, disability or dying prematurely.

Though a fruit diet is right for everyone, not everyone is necessarily ready for a fruit diet. This could be for many reasons but these are mostly psychological in nature and not physical.

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Love Fruit Podcast: Wendy Van Der Grinten From Dutch Fruit Festival

Wendy Van Der Grinten

HI ! I am Wendy, originally from Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Once I started my professional life with a science study in Applied Physics at the university, then started working as a Physics and Chemistry teacher, gave workshops on energetice healing and Even got involved in politics to make this world a healthy green place with respect for all life. After 16 Years in the world of energetice healing it was time to  got a diploma in IT and nowadays I find myself in the broad world of naturopathy, detox & Regeneration . It all started  In 2003. I went to work with Reiki and intuitive development, later became a course leader at such as Reiki Master, . Now I work as a therapist, Thetahealer, Merkaba healer and guide people on their way to health with a full hollistic aPPROACH. Food, movement, energy, prana, mindset can all be used.

How Much Fat Should We Eat On A Raw Vegan Diet?

 

How much fat should you eat on a raw vegan diet?

You might be perplexed by this question.

Surely, you may say, as long as it is RAW then it is HEALTHY!

Or you may think to yourself “as long as I eat raw, my body will be able to tell me how much to eat”

Alternatively, you may be thinking “surely, we must make sure we eat an abundance of healthy fats”

Unfortunately, a healthy raw diet is not as simple as “as long as it is raw it is healthy”

Especially as many foods are labeled “raw” but in reality they have been dried, processed or dehydrated in some way which has changed the nature of the food completely.

Have you ever eaten truly RAW nuts? They are not as moreish and hard to put down as those in a bag.

Let’s get back to diets in general.

When we look for clues as to how we should design our diet we could do much worse than looking at the diets of the “blue zones”. These are the areas in the world that are renowned for producing the highest proportion of centenarians (people who live to age 100 and older) and healthy older people per capita.

The researchers have looked at the similarities between these populations and have found a few things in common. When it comes to diet they all consume a mostly plant-based diet.

And what was also remarkable was that carbohydrates made up the vast majority of the diet, 70% and upwards for each population with no exceptions.

When we look into the science of nutrition and of sports performance we find that carbohydrates are the body’s preferred source for fuel. Top athletes maintain a high carbohydrate diet when they wish to perform at there highest level.

But perhaps this equation is different for a raw diet?

The work of Dr Douglas Graham would suggest not. With over 35 years of experience working with people who were eating raw diets he often found that people were consuming as much as 60% or more of their diet from fat.

Often this was in the form of processed fat like oils, nut butters, seed spreads and tahini…which quickly add up to a LOT of calories as FAT is more than double the calories of carbohydrate sources.

Do we have long term studies on a high fat raw diet versus a low fat raw diet? Sadly not.

We have to assume the same rules apply regardless of whether the diet is raw or not. We should head towards a diet made primarily of fruit to make sure we will feel and perform our best on a raw diet.

Fruit provides us with the perfect balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats that help us to feel and perform our best.  But if we do not eat enough fruit to satisfy our caloric need we will inevitable start being hungry for almost anything else.

At that point, our cravings for fatty foods will become much more intense.  But when we eat these foods we are left with a heavy feeling in our stomach and still no real sense of satisfaction

Fruit is truly where it is at for performance and health!

Interview with Professor Spira, Expert On The Mucusless Diet Healing System

Interview with Professor Spira, Expert On The Mucusless Diet Healing System

In 2002, Prof. Spira was a 280-pound, 19 year old former high school football player who suffered from multiple ailments such as daily migraine headaches, frequent ear infections, sleep apnea, painful acid reflux, allergies, joint pain, yearly bouts of bronchitis, constant cold and flu-like symptoms, dry itchy skin, chronic constipation, ear infections, and bad body odor.

After he lost his mother to a terrible string of chronic illnesses when he was in the 6th grade, he grew up assuming that he was genetically destined to be sick his whole life. While studying jazz trombone performance at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, he met a jazz drummer named Willie Smart (aka Brother Air) who told him about Arnold Ehret’s Mucusless Diet Healing System.

He had no idea that the mucus-forming foods he consumed played a huge part in his lack of wellness. All he knew was that if he continued on this path of self-destruction, he would surely die. Within 6 months of reading the book, Spira lost 110 pounds and overcame all of his major ailments. He was able to throw away his CPAP unit (an oxygen mask that treats sleep apnea) and the medications he’d taken since childhood. Since his transformation, Spira has become a world-renowned authority on the Mucusless Diet and inspired thousands of people to use Ehret’s Healing System to overcome their illnesses through his writings, music, and one-on-one consultation and coaching sessions.

Learn more about Professor Spira and his work at:
https://www.mucusfreelife.com/about/prof-spira/

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When Is The Best Time To Eat On A Raw Vegan Diet?

 

Have you seen all of the hullabaloo about when is the best time to eat?

Or how restricted your eating “window” should be?

Perhaps you should not eat in the morning, or not eat at night, or only eat when the sun is up?

There is a lot of confusion out there about when to eat but a lot of this comes back to problems created by how poorly most people eat.

Think about it:

If you are eating a BAD diet, of course you are better off restricting how much you eat! 

It is probably best not to eat hard to digest, junk foods late at night as it could interrupt sleep.

But what about the healthiest foods?

As fruit is what our body is designed to digest it is very easy for our body to digest and takes very little energy compared to other foods. Fruit does not stay in our system for day after day continuing to rot and cause gas and other issues.

Should we be worried about restricting our eating window when it comes to fruit?

I had a friend who told me it was very bad to eat fruit after 6pm. What I have found over the years is that people share these ideas with often no evidence for why this is a bad thing apart from perhaps their own interpretation of their own personal experience.

What about not eating in the morning?

I don’t have any problems personally with eating fruit in the morning though I tend not to eat first thing. I think it is good to give your body a little time to wake up and also best to eat a little slower first thing.

If it works for you then do what works. But I would suggest not worrying too much about your eating window.

You are far more likely to under eat if you do this and under eating is already a big problem when it comes to a raw lifestyle.

Eat up and fruit up through out the day!

Love Fruit Podcast 13: Melissa Raimondi – Mastering The Raw Vegan Lifestyle

Love Fruit Podcast 13: Melissa Raimondi – Mastering The Raw Vegan Lifestyle

This is an interview that took place for the Fruitfest Summit on the 30th of November 2018.

We interview Melissa Raimondi, the founder of the Youtube channel Raw Food Romance.

Melissa has lost over 70lbs on a raw vegan diet since starting it around 5 years ago.  For many years she had also experimented with a higher fat raw diet which had not worked for her.

Melissa’s common sense approach helps to get results for many people who follow her advice online and through her excellent recipe books.

Meet her this year at UK Fruitfest.