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

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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Love Fruit Podcast Episode 9 – Interview with Ellen Livingston

“Then in 2002, I learned of a natural, uncooked diet of fresh fruits and vegetables. After nearly 20 years of nutrition study, and as many years of suffering, the first book I read about a raw diet gave me the biggest “aha” moments of my life . . . I knew I had found some real answers, some core truths I was seeking. The very next day I adopted a raw vegan diet, and I have never turned back because I love the benefits so much.”

– Ellen Livingston

In this interview we speak to author, coach and speaker Ellen Livingston about her journey to a raw vegan diet. In particular she speaks about the importance of her spiritual journey and the connection between this and her health.

Ellen runs retreats and communities focused around raw foods, yoga and a healthier way of life. She has been a key speaker at the Woodstock Fruit Festival since it’s inception.

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

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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Ted Carr On The Power Of The Mind

Have you ever tried to make changes to your diet but it seems like some part of you is not co-operating?

In this video Ted Carr is talking about how to understand how your mind and emotions work together.

Once we understand that we can then use the power of the mind to make our health goals become a reality.

Ted managed to use these strategies years ago to go on a fully raw diet and has never looked back.

Last year, he founded his own event the Canada Fruitfest which was a tremendous success.

He knows how to bring his dreams into reality.

You can do it too!

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Jesse Bogdanovich’s Amazing Raw Food Healing Journey

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!

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The Golden Age And The Fall Of Mankind – Video With Tony Wright

Tony Wright joined us in 2016. He is the author of the books “Left In The Dark” and “Return To The Brain Of Eden”

Tony is the unofficial world record holder for the most days and nights spent without sleep, which shows his dedication to try to unlock the secrets of the human brain.

Could the move away from our natural diet of fruit have done more than just impacted the health of our body? Could it have affected the evolution of our brain?

Has our brain devolved? Did we once have abilities and function that we only now get glimpses of?

Read his books to learn more.

 

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What We Can Learn From The Menu Of A Cinncinnati Raw Food Gathering in 1921

A Menu From The Gathering of A Raw Food Society From 1921 in Cinncinati

You may have thought that the raw food movement is a fairly new thing.  The truth is that raw food groups have been around since at least the start of the 20th century.  Here is a great example:

A menu from a gathering of a raw food group in 1921 has been unearthed which tells us some interesting things about what people were eating on their raw food diet back then.  Here is a picture of the menu:

 

As you can see, the group was called the Apyrtropher Society.  I found this description of the group:

“The Apyrtropher Society was a Chicago-based group of the early twentieth century, founded by George J. Drews, for the promotion of “unfired foods and hygienic dietetics” as the best means of preserving health and the attacking of allopathic medicine and any consumption of meat, alcohol, salt, processed sugar, and other unnaturalness in the human diet. Among their efforts to service the public good was a sanitarium, Health Haven, which employed Dr. J. W. Wigelsworth, D.N., of Pathometric and Anabolic fame, as lead diagnostician, offering all the latest in radiational and biodynamo-chromatic analysis.”

Looking at the menu in more detail we see some interesting things.

  • Firstly, the soup is a bit of an unusual recipe that I have never tried.  Tomatoes, cucumbers, beets and lemon juice.  I am not a fan of beet root so I will not be trying this soon. 
  • Secondly we move on to the “Aesthetic Synede”.  I am not sure what this means and can not find a definition for the word “synede” please feel fee to let me know.  However this is a very unusual combination.  Lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, bananas, almonds and honey.  If this is a kind of salad it is certainly an unusual recipe.  if you are willing to try it, let us know how it went!
  • Thirdly, we move on to a Bromade.  Once again, I can not find a suitable definition for this.  Any clue would be good.  The ingredients are: raisins, almonds and wholewheat flour.  It is unusual to see flour used in raw food recipes today as it is generally not considered part of the raw diet.  Potentially this tasted quite good, though I am not sure how palatable raw flour is.
  • Fourthly, we have a Relish of Bananas, Cranberries and Honey.  This is the second time they have used honey and they were clearly not vegan in the same way that people are today.  Once again, an unusual combination of a sweet fruit, Bananas, with an acid fruit, Cranberries.
  • Fifthly, Grape Drink, a mixture of Grapes, honey and water.  Essentially this would taste like a sweet grape juice, probably quite delicious.  Perhaps the grapes they had back then were not as sweet?  Grapes on their own can make a sweet juice with out the need to add any sweetener.
  • Lastly, we have the Unfired Pie.  “Unfired Foods” was a common term for raw food back then.  The pie contains:

        Crust – raisins and flaked almonds, Filling – bananas, apples, almonds and coconuts.

This would probably be a delicious recipe if made today.  It may be a little high in fat for some people but it would be a delicious one off treat.

Lessons Learned

We can learn a few things from this menu

  1. The concept of a mostly vegan, raw food diet was around as far back as the 1920s and there were enough people interested to host events at the Hotel Gibson (one of Cinncinnati’s best hotels at the time)
  2. They did not come across the concept of eating mono meals but instead ate unusual mixtures of foods.
  3. They did not eat meat or dairy but they did consume honey and therefore were not strictly vegan in terms of today’s definition of the word.  
  4. They used dried fruits, nuts and whole wheat flour in some of their recipes
  5. They did not have a meal called a “salad”, unless that is what one of the unusual names means.

 

It is wonderful to try to make a connection through time with these old societies and communities of raw food eaters.  Imagine what it would have been like to be there.  Would they have been asking the same questions and having the same problems as people have today with this lifestyle?

Back then of course there would have been less processed food and fast food.  The diet of that time would have been even lower in meat and dairy than it is today.  Perhaps more people were open to the idea than now?

If you have any more information on this group or any other old raw food group feel free to get in touch.

As ever, we would appreciate if you share this post with others.

Looking to learn more about the raw food scene now?  Why not come along to UK Fruitfest.  You can learn more about the event at our registration page.  http://www.fruitfest.co.uk/registration

 

 

 

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Staying Raw In The Winter Is Easy – With Melissa Raimondi

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RESPONSE to article “Eating Only Fruit Might Be Trendy, But It’s A Really Bad Idea”

RESPONSE to article “Eating Only Fruit Might Be Trendy, But It’s A Really Bad Idea”

 

A recent article posted on refinery29.com has put together 3 major reasons as to why a Fruitarian diet is a bad idea.  You can read the whole article here:

https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/frutitarian-fruit-only-diet-dangers

Let’s have a look through the article to confront the issues it raises and see if we can offer any helpful commentary on this.

The first problem with the fruitarian diet is:

 

Reason 1: “You need other nutrients”

 

This section, though recognising the many benefits of fruit, makes the claim that “fruit can’t provide all of the vital nutrients your body needs to function.”

This is true.  But this is true of all foods and all variations of diet.  The reason for this is that there are nutrients that we require that are not provided by food.  Vitamin D comes from sunlight on our skin and vitamin B12 is created by bacteria.  Other essential nutrients are created by our body once we have consumed the building blocks from food.

Therefore it is truthful to say that fruit doesn’t provide all of our required nutrients….but this is not giving the whole story.  The author then goes on to say:

“For example, you need foods with protein to transport, build, and repair tissue, and fat to protect your organs and help your brain do its job.”

This comment implies that fruit does not contain protein.  Although this is technically true, protein is not a required nutrient either as the body synthesises protein from amino acids.  All whole foods, including fruit contain amino acids.  The real question is whether there is enough amino acids in fruits to fuel our repair and growth?

Fruit contains roughly the same proportion of protein as does mother’s milk.  Mother’s milk is the food we consume when we do the most growth in our life, doubling our body size in a short space of time.  If nature has provided us with adequate protein in milk, then the amount of protein in fruit should also be adequate.

This is hard to disprove as cases of protein deficiency have never been found.  Conditions which are confused with protein deficiency such as kwashiorkor only occur in situations in which there is inadequate total calorie intake.  In other words, the person is actually consuming their own protein (and turning it into calories) due to a lack of food rather than because of a lack of protein.

No study has proven that a fruitarian diet is inadequate for protein in humans.  Our best way to evaluate this would be to look at other similar animals that consume a fruitarian style diet.  What we find is that these animals do not suffer from protein deficiencies despite their diet’s being almost entirely made up of fruit.

 

Reason 2: It’s restrictive.

 

In this section the author talks about the issue of restrictive eating.  Restricting what we eat is difficult to do long term and can lead to harming our relationship with food.

Although there could be some truth to these things the consequences of not restricting our diet in some ways are very severe.  We now know that people are much more at risk from eating to excess than eating restrictively.  The number of people suffering from problems related to unrestricted eating is far greater than those suffering from restrictive eating disorders.

Therefore, it makes sense that we should to some degree restrict our diets.  The alternative is to eat the standard diet that we know for sure contributes to the major diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Though a fruitarian diet is difficult, it is made more difficult by the fact that we condition people to eat a poor diet from birth.  If people were brought up in a different environment with a different diet, then no one would have an issue sticking to that diet as it would be second nature to them.

The issue to stick to is whether a fruitarian style diet is healthier.  Though there is little research on people trying fruitarian diets in the long term this is something that will hopefully be studied more in the future.  For now we can look once again to animals that share our biology, who all seem to thrive on a fruit based diet.

Also, is eating fruit truly restrictive?

How many varieties of food does the average person consume per week?  Grains and grain based products, types of meat, dairy based products…it’s not a huge variety?  A fruit lover can eat hundreds of completely different types of fruit each year. As the seasons change, entirely new fruits appear for us to enjoy.

 

Reason 3: It could be pretty bad for you.

 

In order to back up this claim, the author has relied on an anecdotal story of Ashton Kutcher’s attempt at eating an all fruit diet to prepare for his role as Steve Jobs:

“he attempted to eat Jobs’ infamous all-fruit diet to get into character, and ended up in the hospital due to low pancreas levels.”

There is no explanation here as to what “low pancreas levels” means.  When someone goes to hospital, is it usual for doctors to test for “pancreas levels”?  Perhaps they are referring to insulin levels but we do not really know.

This is a pretty poor source to quote from.  Once again, there are no studies showing a connection between fruit and an impairment to the function of the pancreas.  There are none showing a connection between fruit and pancreatic cancer (which Steve Jobs died from).

What is also unusual is that Kutcher’s former partner, Demi Moore, has been famously said to be essentially a raw vegan:

https://www.celebrityhealthfitness.com/27289/demi-moore-wows-at-51-anti-aging-fitness-secrets-are-raw-vegan-diet-and-yoga-workouts/

She is known to have worked with Dr Doug Graham, author of the 80/10/10 Diet and one of the main people responsible for the rise in popularity of a fruit based diet.  It is unusual that he would not have turned to her for some advice on how to try this diet out.

“Additionally, for people with diabetes who can’t create or utilize insulin, an all-fruit diet could be harmful, according to the Cleveland Clinic.”

Any diet is harmful for a diabetic if they are not taking insulin.  Therefore once again, this statement is a half truth.  But is a fruit diet going to be more harmful for a diabetic. 

What has often been found, though not yet fully studied, is that people on a fruit based diet actually require less insulin if they are diabetic.  A great example of this is Robby Barbaro from “Mastering Diabetes”.  Robby has been on a fruitarian style diet for over 10 years and has had no problems with controlling his diabetes on this lifestyle.

 

Conclusion

 

“So, if you’re still intrigued by what an all-fruit diet entails, ask your doctor — chances are they’ll tell you to stick to “an apple a day,” and a variety of other foods as well.”

Of course this is really what everyone wants to hear.  Just keep eating whatever you are eating…move along, nothing to see here.

Doctor’s are not qualified to give nutrition or dietary advice.  The diet advice out there in the world of healthcare is pretty poor and often not in line with the latest science on nutrition.

Much of it has been influenced over many years by the agenda and lobbying power of various food industries.  This information has led to mass confusion in the public consciousness about diet.

We would encourage you to give a fruit based diet a try.  Don’t jump in over night but set it as your destination and start to move towards it by making gradual changes.  Many people start with fruit for breakfast, then they continue from there.

You may be amazed by the health improvements it brings as well as the change to your body, mind and spirit.  If you want to learn more about this kind of lifestyle consider coming to UK Fruitfest taking place from the 21st to the 28th of July, 2019.

 

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