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Anne Osborne on The Importance Of Foraging

This clip comes from a talk given by Anne Osborne on foraging.  Anne has been a fruitarian for over 25 years and started off on this lifestyle living in the UK.

She has now moved to Australia and has raised two children on a fruit diet.  She works for the Woodstock Fruit Festival helping with many different aspects of that event.

Her book “Fruitarianism: A Path To Paradise” is a classic which has went out of print.  It can be found on Amazon for a very high price right now.

You can learn more from Anne at this years UK Fruitfest at which she will be teaching more about thriving on this lifestyle.

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Dr Doug Graham: What I’ve Learned From 40 Years On A Raw Vegan Diet

Dr Doug Graham: What I’ve Learned From 40 Years On A Raw Vegan Diet

In this post I want to share an interview I conducted with Dr Doug Graham in 2014.  It lasts around 25 minutes and I ask the following questions:

  • How did you end up on this journey?
  • 2:43 why promote 100% raw?
  • 5:28 what are your daily habits to develop health outside of diet?
  • 8:21 does fasting lead to metabolic damage?
  • 13:22 is it true that you believe that, in the past, living on a starch-based diet would have been impossible?
  • 18:20 what are your thoughts on the economics behind a vegan and raw vegan diet?
  • 20:05 what is your vision for the future?

 

Watch the full interview here:

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Is It Possible To Eat Too Much Fruit?

Is It Possible To Eat Too Much Fruit?

A new article on Time.com asks the question:

You can view it here:

http://time.com/5301984/can-you-eat-too-much-fruit/

The article starts worryingly with a reference to Steve Jobs and Ashton Kutcher:

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was, briefly and famously, an ardent fruitarian—meaning he ate a diet composed primarily of fruit, which he believed would cleanse his body of harmful fluids. Just as famously, the actor Ashton Kutcher tried adopting Jobs’s fruit-centric diet, until he ended up in the hospital with an out-of-whack pancreas.”

What is so interesting about Ashton Kutcher’s problem with a fruit based diet is that his wife, Demi Moore, had previously consulted with Dr Doug Graham.   She had adopted a fruit based diet during the training for one of her films.  It seems unusual that he would not have got some more help or advice from someone in the fruitarian community.  But anyway…

The article goes on to look into a little bit of information regarding the evolution of human beings and mention the Walker study on looking at erosion on teeth.  This study indicated that our ancestors were primarily fruit eaters.

Then the article goes on to interview Dr Robert Lustig.

I came across a lecture by Lustig years ago on the perils of sugar.  At that time, I had given up refined sugar and I enjoyed the lecture and would send the video to others.  Now I have realised he promotes the low carb diet.  A diet worse than a diet heavy in sugar.

He says:

“There are some people out there who are fruitarians, and from what we can tell they’re perfectly healthy,”

Interesting to hear him say that!

The article talks a little bit about why fruit is not bad for us despite the sugar content.  It states that despite the sugar content fruit is healthy and can be consumed really without restriction.

This is good to hear and good information.  Though I would rather hear it pointed out that fat, especially saturated fat, is much much worse than sugar.

Then the article goes on to mention some downsides:

“Heavy fruit consumption may come with some downsides. “An excess of whole fruit can give you diarrhoea,” says Dr. Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition at the University of Washington. The expense of whole fruit is also not inconsiderable. “People who want affordable fresh fruit are pretty much limited to bananas, oranges, apples, bananas, melon, pineapple,” he adds. Eating lots of berries would cost you a lot more, especially if you prefer organic.”

As any fruitarian will tell you, fruit does not cause diarrhoea.  In fact it leads to improved and perfect digestion.  Of course when people eat fruit for the first time after years of stuffing their system with junk the combination may lead to some upset in their digestion.  But is it the fault of the fruit?  Of course not!

As for the expense, this is an unusual thing to bring up.  Why is the expense relevant when we are talking about whether too much fruit is healthy or not?

Then Lustig points out one danger fruit:

“There’s only one fruit he says may be worth watching out for: grapes. “Grapes are outliers in terms of their sugar-to-fiber ratio,” he says. “They’re basically little bags of sugar.” While he doesn’t recommend avoiding grapes entirely, they’re not the best fruit to overeat.”

Should we really be worried about grapes?  No.  Grapes like all fruit can be consumed as much and as often as you like.  There is no evidence to suggest people are coming to harm because of the sugar to fibre ratio of grapes.

In this video, Dr Michael Greger goes through the current science on eating large quantities of fruit.  The research suggests that there is virtually no limit to how much fruit a person can eat and the positive effects it has:

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Michael Porter Jr., self-proclaimed ‘best player in the draft’ and raw vegan

Meet Michael Porter Jr., self-proclaimed ‘best player in the draft’ and raw vegan

 

It is official!

Dr Doug Graham, a 4 time speaker at Fruitfest, is working closely with top NBA draft prospect Michael Porter Jr.

Reports suggest that Porter is heading towards a raw vegan diet.  Dr Graham has helped other high level athletes, including an NBA player, with improving their performance through a raw vegan diet.

In his book, the 80/10/10 Diet, Dr Graham came up with a plan that works not only for athletes but anyone wishing to pursue greater health with a raw vegan diet.

A recent article it states:

“Last fall, the Kansas City Star published a story about the Porter family’s diet and how it has changed since the family brought in a “performance consultant”. Lisa Porter, especially, saw the importance of diet in helping her sons Michael and Jontay (also a freshman at Mizzou who is entering the draft) maximize their physical abilities as they prepared to play basketball in college and the NBA. As the matriarch of the Porter family, Lisa brought in Doug Graham, a doctor of chiropractic medicine from outside of London, to coach her and the rest of the ten-person household on proper nutrition.

Graham had been advising the family on their diet for some time but last year he spent several days as a live-in chef and nutritionist, teaching lessons in the kitchen around the benefits of consuming a raw vegan diet.

According to Graham, “cooking food can produce ‘detriments’ to the body, anti-nutrients that increase the need for specific minerals, vitamins and antioxidants”. Recipes that Graham taught the Porters included vegan pizza with a zucchini crust, raw cinnamon buns, kale chips, and cashew-based cheese sauces to use in Mexican dishes.”

You can read the whole thing HERE

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.  If Michael lives up to his potential he could become one of the biggest stars in the NBA.  This could make him one of the best-known athletes in the world.  If the raw vegan diet is proved to help his performances stand out perhaps more athletes will move to experimenting with a raw vegan diet for their health.

At the UK Fruitfest this year, Dr Graham will be revealing some of his strategies that have helped him coach others to high- level performance.  This will take place on our special extra day mastermind programme.

We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

Most Controversial Raw Food Debate Of All Time

Most Controversial Raw Food Debate Of All Time

This video was filmed at a Raw Food Culinary Showcase which took place in Jamaica around about the year 2000. It shows very clearly the different ideas that have been promoted in the raw food world over the last few decades.  Some of the opinions given are quite clearly anti-fruit.  Also, very small amounts of fruit are recommended in some of the comments.

You can watch this yourself and make up your own mind as to who you think is most believable. I have only ever attended Fruit festivals and have almost never seen this anti- fruit message being promoted. However, I know that this was once a big part of the raw food movement.

The truth is, if you give up on fruit you are going to struggle to maintain a raw diet.  There is simply no better staple for a raw diet (or for that matter any person’s diet) than to eat sweet fruit.

Join us at the Fruitfest this year to learn more about thriving long term on a fruit based raw vegan diet.

Deutsche Bank’s cost-cutting is so savage that it’s even stopped buying fruit for its staff

A recent article on businessinsider.com has shown that Deutsche bank has stopped buying fresh fruit for staff.

This could be a bad decision for a number of reasons.

Firstly fruit helps to protect against illness and disease leading to fewer sick days.

Also, fruit is a superior food to help boost performance than any other snack.

You can read more here:

http://uk.businessinsider.com/deutsche-bank-stops-buying-fruit-for-staff-2018-5?r=US&IR=T

Review: Lecture and Seminar With Dr Doug Graham and the Dublin Vegan group

Review: Lecture and Seminar With Dr Doug Graham and the Dublin Vegan group

Last year, we had a number of attendees from Ireland at UK Fruitfest.  Greg Xavier was not only at Fruitfest but also ended up at Woodstock Fruit Festival.

A while later he mentioned that he had given a talk to the Dublin Vegan Group that he helped to run.  They were often having as many as 100 people turn up at their talks.

We arranged to put on something special in collaboration.

I spoke to Dr Doug Graham about it and almost miraculously he had a gap in his schedule for that weekend.  A few days later he was heading to Chicago to work for 3 weeks with a top NBA prospect.

Greg picked us up in Dublin and we headed to the lecture theatre. It was the Jonathan Swift lecture theatre at Trinity College Dublin.  This was a prestigious venue indeed.  Founded in 1592, Trinity College is not only the oldest surviving college in Ireland is also seen as the most prestigious.  It is seen as one of the 7 ancient universities of Britain and Ireland and one of the most elite institutions in Europe.

As you can see in the picture it was a room designed perfectly for a lecture and no microphones where necessary.

In advance, Doug told me he was going to do his “psychic act”.

I won’t tell you exactly what that turned out to be, in case you see him do it in the future, but it was an interesting way to put a presentation together.

He spoke for over an hour and the audience was wrapped in attention.  He was running and jumping around all over the rooms, taking questions left, right and centre and taking people out of the audience for demonstrations.

At the end, as we were leaving the attendees were hungry for more information and kept asking questions.

Many were excited for the seminar the next day and some were looking forward to the fruit festival.

That night, we got back to the flat and Doug started answering emails.  I went out to try to find some fruit and eventually had to take 2 taxis to a 24 hour Spar.  The fruit I found wasn’t great but we hadn’t eaten anything since 12pm.

As I walked around that night I felt inspired and elated.  It felt really great to have shared this message with so many people and made me feel like I was living in line with my purpose.  Dublin is a spectacular city.  We were right by the river where brand new state of the art buildings stand tall beside the river’s edge.

The seminar the next day….

….was mostly Doug teaching, but I had to work on Fruit festival stuff so I did not have too much time to participate.  Doug did a brilliant food demo that really wowed the audience.

Later that night, we were hosted by the owner of Cornucopia, Ireland’s oldest vegan restaurant.  The manager, Deirdra, was an incredible person.  Very funny and young at heart.  She was full of enthusiasm about what she was doing and that was infectious.

She told us her story of leaving Dublin as a student radical to go and live in Boston where she eventually ended up working at the Hippocrates health institute with Anne Wigmore.

 

She had eventually come back to Ireland to start this new restaurant with her partner who unfortunately died of cancer.  She has since built it into a very successful restaurant which was absolutely packed and had a queue out of the door the whole time we were there.

We left early the next morning and were sorry to leave.  The trip had been a success in my eyes and made me yearn for more travel and adventure sharing the message of fruit and health.

Who knows where we will end up next.

Stay fruity,

Ronnie

Where Do You Get Your Protein On A Raw Vegan Diet?

Where Do You Get Your Protein On A Raw Vegan Diet?

Check out this classic video from the Food N Sport youtube channel.

In this video, Dr Doug Graham is asked whether you can get enough protein on a raw vegan diet.  His answer is surpising, and in just less than 8 minutes you will be assured you can get enough protein from a raw vegan diet.

He references some information from the International Olympic Committee.

Check it out and let up know what you think!

Feel free to share.

 

 

RESPONSE: ‘I’d a raw vegan birthday cake and was miserable, now I’m taking on the clean-eating brigade

RESPONSE: ‘I’d a raw vegan birthday cake and was miserable, now I’m taking on the clean-eating brigade

 

This is a response to the following article:

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/weekend/id-a-raw-vegan-birthday-cake-and-was-miserable-now-im-taking-on-the-cleaneating-brigade-36800559.html

Dr John MacDougall said it best:

“People love to hear GOOD THINGS about their BAD HABITS”

In the diet industry, authors are handed large advances from publishers to do just that. In the article above, a newly published author is “fighting back” against the “clean eating brigade”. She is not fighting against terrorism, against human trafficking or against poverty and starvation around the world.

No, no, my friends.

This noble warrior is fighting back against that most heinous of crimes: “clean eating”

Because, of course, there are just too many healthy people in this world.  Too many fruit and vegetable guzzling maniacs, getting to bed at 9pm and up at 5am for their 10 mile run followed by yoga and meditation.  Avoiding all the vices of the world; cigarettes, alohol, drugs and casual sex in favour of saying their prayers and eating their vitamins.

But seriously, where is the fight?

Dr Doug Graham used to say “The war on drugs is over.  The drugs won!”

Well, the war on Junk Food is over.  The Junk food has well and truly won.

The idea that there needs to be a fight against clean eating is so preposterous it’s not even worth thinking about.  This phrase “clean eating” has taken on a negative connotation.  It is connected with eating disorders like orthorexia, anorexia and bulimia.  It is connected with an obsession with what one is eating and obsession with going to the gym and how you look.

Of course, these are not good things.

But it is not raw vegans that are obsessed with their food.  It is the junk foodists that are obsessed with food.  Food is the main and sometimes the only pleasure in their life.  People eat badly at the expense of feeling good and looking good.  They eat badly and put themselves at huge risk of disease.  It goes beyond obsession, it is an addiction.

The thing that we all know about addiction is that an addict never admits to being addicted.  They don’t admit to the power that their addiction has over them.  They are in complete denial.  They are also in complete denial about how bad the addiciton is for them.

If you question their decision to carry on with the addiction they often become very angry.  Food is such a sensitive subject!

But tell them good things about their addictions and they will love you for it.

For me, I think it is much more compassionate, much nobler and much more important to give people reasons why they must change rather than encouraging them to stay on a deadly path.

What’s The Real Reason Someone Is Miserable When They Are Eating “Clean”?

Well, just because someone is eating clean does not necessarily mean they are eating healthy.  We would have to know exactly what they were eating.  If they were eating raw perhaps they were not eating enough carbohydrates and too much fat.  Did they ever get any good coaching or advice on thriving on a raw vegan diet?  We don’t really know but it seems unlikely.

One big reason a person might be miserable is that they don’t have a community or support network.  She mentions leaving lectures late so she wouldn’t have to go to the pub.  I have known raw vegans who have went back to eating the standard diet simply to fit in with the friends that they are around.

It is really hard to stay on a raw vegan path in a world in which is going in the opposite direction.  We have a desire to be part of the crowd and to be like everyone else.  We all want to fit in.  There is nothing wrong with that, but do we really want to fit in at the expense of our health?

Sometimes I have reflected on my life and wondered how different it would have been if I had made different health decisions.

 

Like, if I have started drinking with my friends when I was 16.  My youth would have probably been completely different and maybe a lot more fun.  Perhaps I would have had more friends, more girlfriends, made more connections that would have helped in various career paths.

I honestly don’t know.  I have chosen to stay on a healthy path and continue to advance down it.  I like to think that the best of my life is yet to come and that if I stay healthy I will be able to enjoy that so much more.  The sacrifices of eating “clean” will not really seem like sacrifices then.

Let me share a vision:

I want to wake up in a beautiful house, surrounded by fruit trees, not too far from the ocean.  Fresh morning air breezes through the room.  I am surrounded in community with friends, family and colleagues who all thrive on a raw vegan diet and live in close harmony with nature.

Is that not a wonderful vision for the future?

I just can’t imagine how depressing it would be to give that up in favour of going to dark and depressing pubs and gorging on fast food every day, getting fatter and sicker in the process.

Clean Eating Is The Way To Go!

If there is to be any fightback, it is a fight against the fast food companies, the pharmaceutical companies and the various lobbies that allow them to continue to promote disease-causing products to billions of people every day. The fight is to help the human race wake up and go vegan to avoid a complete environmental catastrophe on this planet.

I don’t really see it as “clean eating” I see it as “eating”.  Or “common sense eating”.  It makes no sense to continue to eat something to excess that you know will kill you eventually.  It makes no sense to eat things that lead to the environment being harmed.  It makes no sense to subsidise an industry which kills billions of animals every year when we have no requirement or true desire to eat animals.

Clean eating should not be strange it should be the norm!

Don’t Let The Diet Gurus Scare You

Diet and nutrition is really simple.  Fruits and vegetables are the healthiest foods, whatever you do, eat as many of those as you can.  Then eat more.

There is no other healthy diet plan.  There is no science to suggest you should eat eggs, cheese, bread, pizza, meat, fish, processed foods, salt, sugar, coffee or alcohol for your health.  There is plenty of noise and confusion created by the food industries and the authors that are supporting them.

Break free of the nonsense.  Go raw vegan to give up all your food addictions and embrace a healthy life for the future!