Raphael is an automotive engineer by profession and works full time for a major German car manufacturer. In his free time, he likes to be a creative and find new 80/10/10 raw vegan recipes, of which some are shared on https://letscookraw.com/, a platform for raw vegan chefs. His new passion is to experience the new found health and healing of people courageous enough to give 80/10/10 a proper try.
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In this episode we interview Jane Sinclair. Jane is a professional violinist and an EFT practitioner. She has been on her raw vegan path for around 8 years and has attended the UK Fruitfest 6 times!
In this episode you will learn about how Jane used EFT to help her deal with severe stage fright. It has been so effective that she can deliver talks in front of audiences when before she would have found this too nerve wracking. You will also hear about some of her experiences at the UK Fruitfest.
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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:
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
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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There are many reasons to change to a raw vegan diet but for many people the most important thing they are looking for is more ENERGY.
Do you feel drained a lot of the time? No wonder. Our world is full of stresses and stimulations that can leave us feeling overwhelmed. People are having less sleep and poorer quality sleep than ever before. On top of all that it seems like working hours get longer and longer as globalisation demands higher and higher levels of productivity.
People are tired and looking for something to give them that boost.
Mostly, they reach for caffeine filled drinks. Many people are dependant on caffeine, hooked on it like a drug. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the feeling of being dependant on ANY substance. You should want freedom in your lifestyle choices, not addiction.
Many go further than that and take recreational or prescription drugs to prop them up. But we know that all of these artificial stimulants only end up STEALING energy from us…not giving us more. They can have nasty consequences over time that are really not worth it.
Cleaning up your diet, and removing these stimulants, sounds like the right thing to do. But still many people do not get the boost of energy they were looking for on a raw vegan diet. Some report feeling more tired than ever before.
Why is this?
Whenever you are feeling a lack of energy there are some basic things you should consider. This is a checklist I often run through with coaching clients that tell me they are struggling with a lack of energy.
1) Are you getting enough sleep. Consider this deeply, are you really getting enough? Are you getting the quality sleep you need? Perhaps you need to add in a nap during the day to make sure you are getting all the sleep you need (remember that animals often rest for long periods of the day on top of a full night of sleep in order to be fully ready when they have to take action)
2) What is the level of caffeine in your diet? Ideally, you should move towards a zero caffeine lifestyle. This can be hard at first and the withdrawals from caffeine addiction can be very intense, be prepared for cold and flu symptoms. A source of caffeine people forget about is chocolate, with dark chocolate often having more caffeine that milk chocolate. If you are eating large amounts of raw chocolate this could be having an effect on your energy levels.
3) Are you eating enough? A major challenge beginners have to this lifestyle is eating enough. Quite simple, if you do not eat enough calories to fuel you adequately you will feel drained after a few days. You will also feel a complete lack of motivation and you may start to feel irritable, depressed and like every is on top of you. These can be symptoms of the body crying out for more food, a banana smoothie should do the trick!
4) Fitness. What are your activity levels like? Are you exercising a lot and not giving yourself time to recover? Or do you never exercise and your fitness is at a very low level. To experience a high level of health we must also build our fitness.
5) How is your external environment and emotional life? Are there stresses in your life from relationships, from your job or from your home that are putting unconscious stress on you. It can be hard to make these connections but it is worth looking for and looking to make changes.
6) Inspiration. Are you inspired with where you are at in your life and what you are doing with it? Do you have things that you are working towards and looking forward to? This can have a big impact on your energy levels.
I have made a video about all of this on my youtube channel which you can view here:
Are you feeling a little clearer on what may be causing some unnecessary dips in your energy? Embrace your health and live a life full of energy and enthusiasm!
The article states that Venus Williams, a former Tennis Grand Slam champion, no longer follows her strict raw vegan diet.
“That way of eating was just hard to maintain for long periods of time,” Williams told Insider. “Sometimes you just need something more substantial — some rice, some potatoes — after a workout.” Lentils are also one of her favorite post-training meals, she said.
So why did Venus go raw vegan in the first place?
It turns out that she was having problems with an automimmune condition known as Sjogrens syndrome. Sjögren’s syndrome, is an autoimmune disorder that can cause extreme fatigue, joint pain, and digestive issues.
It certainly makes sense for Venus to have followed a raw vegan diet in this situation. It does appear that Sjogren sydrome responds well to dietary change.
What was the issue she experienced with the raw vegan diet that made her add in more cooked food?
Was it some kind of deficiency of nutrients lacking in fruits and vegetables? Was it a lack of good fruit where she lived? Was it the cold weather?
No, as she clearly states, she was looking for something “more substantial”, in other words she was looking to feel fuller and more satiated with her meals.
The article says many positive things about the raw vegan diet. That it is a healthier option due to eliminating a number of disease promoting foods and that it is an anti inflammatory diet. But it claims that the problem is that we can struggle to get enough calories on a raw vegan diet (inevitably this can lead to not feeling full, as Venus experienced). The article says:
Williams’ choice to add cooked foods into her still-vegan diet makes dietary and athletic sense. For one, it can be difficult to get enough calories on a raw vegan diet, especially if you’re an athlete.
Does It Make Sense For Athletes To Go Back To Cooked Food?
But does this really make sense? Is it simply not possible to eat enough calories on a raw vegan diet?
This is clearly not the case, as many ultra athletes have been able to train and gain enough calories on a raw vegan diet. Famous cases of this include Michael Arnstein, who labels himself as The Fruitarian and has won some of the most gruelling Ultra marathon races in the world. Harriet Kjaer from Denmark has competed in 350km races as a raw vegan and became Denmark’s top ultra runner on a 100% raw vegan lifestyle.
The TRUTH: What Was Venus Williams Really Eating?
To look into this further firstly, we must work out what Venus Williams was ACTUALLY eating. Unfortunately, it is hard to figure out exactly what kind of raw vegan diet she was eating.
One article, seems to suggest that Venus was not on a raw vegan diet:
” One of my favorite recipes is celery-root soup. I get celery root, tomato, and some Silk almond milk as a base to thicken it a little bit, and then maybe I’ll add pan-fried garlic on top, maybe some truffle oil—whatever I have at the time, I’ll throw it in. It makes for some interesting dishes”
The article comes from an event promoting “Silk” soya milk. This article would suggest that Venus was eating a plant based diet with more raw foods rather than a strictly raw vegan diet.
Looking further into this, is it unclear as to whether Venus was even vegan at all:
“While the superstar sisters technically consider themselves ‘chegan’—because they occasionally indulge in cooked fish or chicken if they feel the need/want to celebrate—their foundational diet for health and training is both raw and vegan. “
The conclusion from this is that it is not clear what type of raw vegan diet Venus ate or whether she was ever truly raw or vegan at all. It would seem that this is another article throwing negative light on a the raw vegan diet, when it seems clear that the person in question did not even follow this diet.
Big Mistake: Blaming The Diet Instead Of Looking At What The Person Is Actually Eating
This is a big mistake even experienced raw vegan educators make. When someone comes to them saying they are experiencing challenges on a raw vegan diet, they can be too quick to look into potential deficiencies and other issues that are very unlikely to be the real reason that the person is experiencing challenges on a raw vegan diet.
Usually, we just have to look further into what the person is actually eating to realise either that they are not eating a raw vegan diet, or that the diet they are eating is not a sufficient raw vegan diet.
However, if Venus did go raw vegan and felt it was not substantial enough it is most likely the case that she made one of the biggest errors that many people make when they try to eat a raw vegan diet.
The Most Likely Mistake Made
It is likely that she simply did not eat enough calories. This can particularly be the case if someone focuses on green juices and salads and forget that in order to get the carbohydrates we require for optimal performance we must make fruit the focus of our raw vegan diet.
Our suggestion to Venus and to all athletes would be:
The next time you go raw, make sure to eat enough fruit to fuel you adequately for success!
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.