Raw vs Cooked With Dr Doug Graham

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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.

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

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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!

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

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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!

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How To Know You Are Eating ENOUGH On A Raw Vegan Diet

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How To Know You Are Eating ENOUGH On A Raw Vegan Diet

 

One of the most controversial questions in the raw vegan world is “how much should we eat on a raw vegan diet”?

There are a number of differing opinions on this topic so it can be very confusing for a beginner.

You may also wonder whether you can simply follow your body’s own hunger cues. Unfortunately, this can be confusing on a raw diet as the body responds differently to a raw diet than to a cooked diet.

In this message I hope to go over some of the issues surrounding this question and give, hopefully, some very common sense guidance.

First off, we can perhaps throw out some ideas. For example some people claim that we should eat a particular weight of food. So they recommend you eat 2 pounds of food per day as long as it is raw.

This is too vague an answer. Different foods vary a lot in terms of the level of nutrition and calories so it just doesn’t make sense to use weight as a reliable measurement. 2 pounds of nuts is a lot different to 2 pounds of lettuce.

The most reliable way to know if you are eating enough is to track your weight. If you are losing weight (and this is not your intention) then you know you need to eat more. If you are gaining weight (and it is not your intention) then it is a good indication you are eating too much.

But exactly what are we eating too much of?

The most accurate way to measure the value of food in terms of the energy that it provides us is to measure the calories in a food. Some people may suggest that this is different when it comes to a raw food diet but there is little reason for anyone to believe it is different. There is some debate as to how accurate this process is, but it is the most accurate method we have.

If we can work out how many calories we need to maintain our weight and stay healthy then we could work out how much food we require and translate this to what is available to us on a raw vegan diet.

A method for determining how many calories we require comes from Dr Doug Graham’s book, the 80/10/10 Diet.

He states that we first work out our Basal Metabolic Rate. This is the energy we use if we were just to sit in bed and do nothing all day. In the case of a 150 pound person, their BMR would be 1500 calories. We figure this out simply by multiplying the weight of the individual in pounds by 10.

Once we have done this we must add on how many calories we use up in our day to day activities and exercise.

To get a more accurate reading you can use the Harris- Benedict equation for working out BMR and then multiplying this by an activity factor.

The average for a woman is around 1800 calories and for a man is around 2500 (per day).

If we translate that to raw food we have a few options. We can certainly make up these calories easily by eating nuts,seeds or oils as these substances are very dense in calories (mostly from fat).

However, to maintain a raw vegan diet long term it is important to feel good. When we eat a high proportion of our calories as fat we reduce our body’s ability to supply nutrients such as oxygen and sugar to the blood cells as efficiently as possible.

The ideal ratio of macronutrients in our diet is signified by the 80/10/10 proportion. At least 80% of our calories should therefore come from carbohydrates.

This matches the ratio that is inherent in most fruits. This is one of the many reasons that basing our raw food diet on fruit rather than fat is a better option.

Therefore, we simply now have to look at how many calories we require on a daily basis and aim to get most of those from fruit with a smaller percentage gained from vegetables, nuts and seeds.

For example, a woman requiring 1800 calories per day could make up her diet with 18 bananas. This would roughly be what she would require.

If she preferred more variety she could have 8 bananas (800 calories) , 6 large mangoes (approx 800 calories) and a large salad with some avocado (approximately 200 calories).

Someone looking at these quantities of food may start to think that this is “too much”. They are reacting to the volume of the food. With raw food we must eat a greater volume of food to get the same calories as we did from cooked food.

If we do not, then we will struggle to maintain our weight and struggle to avoid the temptations of other foods. When you are satisfied from eating enough fruit you are much less likely to be tempted by less healthy foods.

BEWARE: Not eating ENOUGH is by far the biggest reason people struggle to feel good on this lifestyle long term or remain successful on it.  It is also the reason we hear about “emaciated” raw vegans.  Almost all of the time, people were simply not eating enough.

In conclusion:

1. Calories: Work out your daily calorie needs. 

2.  Fruits: Become familiar with the amount of calories in all of the common fruits and other raw foods that you eat.

3. Eat Enough fruit to satisfy the majority of your calorie needs and make up the rest with vegetables, salads and nuts and seeds (at first this will seem like A LOT of food.  You will get used to this over time and enjoy the real feeling of satisfaction that comes with this)

4.Track Your Weight to see if you are eating too little or too much.

That’s about it.

You may wonder why you need to put this work in. Surely, if this is a more “natural diet” then our body should tell us all we need to know?

The problem with this is we simply don’t live in our natural environment and we were not brought up on our best diet. We have not learned from experience how much we need to eat to feel good.

I hope this works out for you, you can get back to me if you have some thoughts of your own.

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How To Spot The Raw Food Snake Oil Salesman

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How To Spot The Raw Food Snake Oil Salesman

 

Have you ever heard of the term “Snake Oil Salesmen”?

It is a term that is broadly used to describe a con man selling a scam product.  But the term has a real origin.

This concept originated in the US many years ago.  It is said that Chinese immigrants had a salve made using snake oil that helped with aching joints.  Whether this is true or not we can’t be sure.

But the idea of selling snake oil as a cure-all sprung from this story.  Con men started to put on elaborate shows at fairs and markets to sell the product, sometimes involving a demonstration of how they killed the snake and added it to boiling water to extract the oil.

These elaborate sales presentations worked remarkably well and many people were bilked out of their hard earned cash to buy a worthless product that had never been found to be effective in curing anything.

Though snake oil is no longer sold, the same process is used to sell modern products that are just as ineffective.

There is a particular sales pitch that is as old as the hills and has worked for at least 100 years, if not longer.  Using this style of presentation, numerous supplements, herbs, gimmicks and other ineffective solutions have been sold...and many people have become rich off the back of the ignorance of the audience.

This fraud was well known as far back as the 1960s and was documented in a film called “The Health Fraud” which was put together by the US department of health.

I came across this video on Youtube and could not believe what I saw.  it showed examples of fraud in the health industry and what I was most amazed by was that the sales pitch used was almost exactly the same as things we still hear today.

The presentation starts by instilling fear in people.  They will say:

– the food no longer has enough nutrition
– the soils are depleted
 the foods are full of chemicals and deadly pesticides

The insinuation is that a person’s bad health is not their fault.  No, it is the fault of the farmer…the government…the scientists!

The only solution, is to consume supplements…and it just so happens I have some right here…..

You can view the whole video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDsBBGG0LhI

(by the way, this is my personal youtube channel if you wish to subscribe to it)

What frustrates me, is that many people have bought into these ideas.  They have heard them so often that they assume that there is truth to these statements.

But what is the reality around the level of nutrition in our food?

Luckily, the government conducts ongoing surveys to make sure the nutrient content of the food we are eating is not changing significantly. Here is what a recent report has to say:

“These results are broadly similar to existing data held. There is no evidence of major changes in the nutrient content of fruit and vegetables based on this survey and any changes are unlikely to be nutritionally significant in a varied diet”

 Nutrient Analysis Of Fruit and Vegetables: Summary Report, Department of Health (UK)

So when we hear someone telling us that the food we eat no longer has enough nutrition, first check out whether they are looking to sell supplements or nutrient testing services.

The truth is there is very little need to have fear about the nutrition you are getting when eating fruits and vegetables.  You are eating the best and healthiest foods it is possible to consume.  

And thanks to the modern day food supply, diseases of deficiency have basically vanished.

If you do suspect you have a deficiency, it is best to seek help from a doctor who will be able to arrange the required testing for you.  This is important as your deficiency may not be to do with the food you eat but could represent something else going on in your body.

A raw food guru would not be able to tell you that.  But some will have some superfoods or a herbal remedy to sell you.

If you are looking for those products or testing, UK Fruitfest is unable to help you.  But if you are looking for world class education provided by the most well known and respected raw food leaders, food provided by the best raw vegan chef in the world and an amazing community of people to share it with, we have the event for you.

If you want to join us, the best time to register is now.  A price hike is coming very soon.

Register here: http://www.fruitfest.co.uk/registration

 

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The Love Fruit Podcast Episode #5 – The Raw Viking- Robert Rehnmark

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In this episode of the Love Fruit podcast we are joined by the Raw Viking, Rob Rehmark.

Rob has been on a vegan and raw vegan diet for many years and made his transition through following his own path. He has attended many fruit festivals around the world and inspired others with his videos on his Raw Viking page.

He now intends on moving to Ecuador to build his own fruitful paradise. I think you will enjoy this episode and Rob’s ideas a lot.

Find more about Rob here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-fpi1fdycaj8SVJ7Zg6i_A

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Cravings On A Raw Vegan Diet – Video With Dr Douglas Graham

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How do you know you have eaten enough on raw vegan diet?

One main struggle people have on a raw vegan diet is working out whether they have eaten enough.

In this video, Dr Doug Graham, talks about some of the main cravings people have on a raw food diet and why these are often a sign that a person simply has not eaten enough fruit.

On a raw food diet our appetite can be different. You no longer feel the hunger pains in the stomach that most people associate with hunger.

Therefoe we have to adapty to a new way of eating and have to learn to know when we are satisfied with fruit.

Check the out the video to learn more.

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Spoil Your Appetite With Fruit – Video With Dr Doug Graham

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Have you ever wondered why desert has to be served after a big meal?

Why is our desire for food not completely satisfied by our meal?

Dr Doug Graham speaks about this concept in this video.

Generally, people do not eat enough volume or enough simple carbohydrate to truly spoil their appetite…leaving them snacking all day long or eating sweets after every meal.

This is because we are designed for consuming fruit. A larger volume of food and a food full of instant fuel from the sugars that are in fruit.

To truly feel a sense of satisfaction, learn to eat enough fruit!

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Jesse Bogdanovich’s Amazing Raw Food Healing Journey

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Jesse Bogdanovich came to UK Fruitfest in 2016. He shared with us his story of healing on a raw food diet.

He made a truly amazing recovery and we are so glad he was at the festival to share his story with us.

The raw vegan diet has the power to change your life. Some people recover their health, some people find new purpose in life, others fall in love with nature or fitness.

It is a truly epic adventure. Once you are on the path you will never look back!

#fruitarian #rawvegan #rawfood #ukfruitfest #fruitfest

UK Fruitfest takes place from the 21st to the 28th of July 2019. The venue is Croft Farm Waterpark Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. Book now: http://www.fruitfest.co.uk/registration

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The Subconscious Mind And The Conscious Mind – Ted Carr

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Understanding your mind and how to use it will help you make changes in your life.

Visualising the result you want, feeling it, believing it is coming will help bring you into alignment with your goals.

Ted Carr will be back at Fruitfest this year to teach more on these subjects and more.

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UK Fruitfest takes place from the 21st to the 28th of July 2019. The venue is Croft Farm Waterpark. Tewkesbury Gloucestershire.

 

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