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!

 

 

 

Healing From Eating Disorders On A Raw Vegan Diet

Healing From Eating Disorders On A Raw Vegan Diet

This video is an interview from a few years ago with Professor Rosalind Graham.  It is about the subject of eating disorders and in particular how she believes people can heal from eating disorders with a raw vegan diet.

Rosalind will be speaking at the UK Fruitfest this year and often gets the best feedback of any of the presenters.  People simply love to here her speak.

Here is a little bit about Rosalind:

For nearly 30 years Rosalind Graham has been a leading light in the field of healthful and compassionate living, inspiring thousands of people throughout the world. Her depth of knowledge and understanding in the areas of raw vegan health, Natural Hygiene and emotional well-being have earned her international acclaim.  

As someone who has been eating an exclusively raw vegan diet and practising the Natural Hygiene lifestyle for more than half her life, Rosalind has a wealth of personal experience. In recognition of her work within the Natural Hygiene movement, Rosalind has been invited to become the vice president of Healthful Living International.

Rosalind was previously engaged as a lecturer of nutrition, health science and fitness concepts at Middlesex University London where she taught students of dance how to maximise their health and performance. This work led to her in-depth studies and research into all type of disordered eating. For decades she has worked helping sufferers from all manner of eating difficulties regain their physical and psychological health: as she has also studied psychology and undergone training in counselling skills.  

Rosalind’s many other prestigious appointments have included being employed by the Royal Navy as a consultant and lecturer in fitness, health and nutrition and also as Course Director of Nutrition Studies for The College of Naturopathic and Complementary Medicine in London.   

Passionate about teaching, Rosalind presentaion skills and dedication to quality teaching culminated in  her working for three years as verifier for the Royal Society of Arts.

Rosalind founded and directed her own business ‘Health Unlimited’ and has lectured wordwide on the science and art of health creation and compassionate living. She has worked as a consultant in fitness, health and nutrition in the private, public and corporate sectors. Recently, Rosalind has also been doing voluntary work helping teenage girls regain their mental health after being victims of social media abuse.  

Rosalind’s knowledge and professional experience within the fitness industry are extensive.  For 10 years, she held the position of senior course director for fitness professional teacher training for London Central YMCA in the disciplines of: exercise to music, ante and postnatal exercise, aqua exercise and access courses for healthcare professionals and she specialises in exercise for older adults..  For nearly a decade, she was also an assessor for the RSA fitness qualifications and was a mentor of staff development for the Exercise Training and Development Department. In addition to this, Rosalind held the position of National Senior Director of Post Graduate Training for Fitness Professionals in the UK.

For several years, Rosalind ran weekly rehabilitation classes for young stroke survivors.

Rosalind has written extensively and was commissioned to write a book on fitness and health for older adults buy the Daily Telegraph. She was also author and consultant for the Readers Digest on the topics of nutrition and health. In addition, she has written for many publications including ‘Exercise’, Pro-Link, The Hygienist, Top Sante, Retirement Today, The Journal of the European Vegetarian Union and many others.  Rosalind was also a regular columnist for The Fresh Network magazine, Living Nutrition magazine and Healthful Living International’s E-news. She has also written and had published her own inspiring children’s book ‘Mable and the Label’.

Rosalind’s presentation experience is far too extensive to site here but includes being interviewed on International Television News in the UK and numerous appearances on television in the USA.  For many months, Rosalind had a regular health slot on Southern Counties Radio UK and gave two appearances on the Radio 1 Roadshow, the second of which being to a live audience of 75,000. She has been interviewed on a vast number of occasions in various states throughout the USA and extensively throughout Europe.

For many years, Rosalind was, on many occasions, the keynote speaker for the North American Vegetarian Society annual Summerfest at Johnstown University in Pittsburg Pennsylvania presenting a vast variety of topics to over 1000 delegates.  She has also presented at Georgetown University Washington D.C. Loyola College Baltimore, Evergreen State College, Seattle Washington, the University of North Carolina and Doubletree in Fort Lauderdale. She was also the guest and keynote speaker on numerous different topics related to nutrition, fitness and health at the World Vegetarian Congress held in the USA and, on two separate occasions, the European Vegetarian Congress in Busselengo Italy and Widnau Switzerland. Rosalind has also presented for the British Natural Hygiene Society at Regents College and at the Royal Holloway University London.

For nearly a decade, Rosalind was on continual international lecture tour including presentations in Hawaii, Australia, Costa Rica, the USA and extensively throughout Europe. The extent of Rosalind’s knowledge and experience in the field of health creation enable her to take a truly comprehensive approach to her teaching.

Since the birth of her beautiful raw vegan daugher, 13 years ago, Rosalind has become passionate about compassionate parenting; believing that future world peace depends upon how we parent our children today.

Others have said of Rosalind:

“Rosalind is a dynamic speaker who captivates her audience and leads them on an exciting and powerful journey into the realms of  Nutritional Science. Rosalind keeps her audience spellbound through her use of analogy and story-telling as she illustrates complex scientific information about the functions of the body. Rosalind is warm, witty, charming, intelligent and a perfect representative of health and well-being.  She makes science sexy!”

Cherie Soria, Founder and Director of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute and author of “Angel Foods; Healthy Recipes for Heavenly Bodies

Each person seems to feel as if you are having a personal, and very valuable, conversation with him/her, and you answer every question with a wonderful combination of kindness, respect, and technical accuracy and completeness. Your presentations provide great value to anyone seeking to understand health, not only in terms of nutrition and exercise but also in terms of the relationship between emotions and well being.”

Larry LeVine Founder, South Bay Living Food Community Founder and former President, Institute for Vibrant Living

“Rosalind is the perfect combination of heart and mind.  Her teaching opens people up to possibilities they had never even considered.  I think parts of us wake up when she lovingly teaches us that all of who we are is worth sharing.  I have been in her sessions as a participant and a co-leader and both were amazing experiences.”

Rae Sikora –  Founder and Director – Centre for Compassionate Living,

“Rosalind is dynamic, energetic and extremely knowledgeable.  She can take a complicated subject like exercise physiology and explain it so anyone can understand it.  I’ve seen her work with audiences and her charm and sense of humour plus her ability to speak to the individual no matter how large the audience, is delightful and inspirational to watch.  Rosalind is definitely a top notch speaker and educator.”

Roe Gallo – author ‘Perfect Body’ – California

Come And Learn From Rosalind At The UK Fruitfest This Year

Rosalind will be delivering a complete programme on health with her lectures at this years UK Fruitfest.  She is a speaker that is not to be missed and rarely gives talks in public now due to family commitments.

I have seen almost a whole roomful of people crying at the end of one of her talks, it was so powerful!