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!
“your diet may work for you, but it would not work for me”
It’s frustrating when people buy in to the notion that there is a unique diet for each person.
Yet they never seem to realise:
– we are all best off consuming mother’s milk as a baby
– we all like roughly the same temperature
– we all breathe the same air
– we all get hydrated from water
– our eyes react the same way to light
– we all tan and eventually burn in the sun
– we all sleep at night (mostly)
….and millions of other things that we share in common as we are after all the same species.
So why do people like to think they need a separate diet for themselves?
Forgive me for saying this but I think this has more to do with a person’s identity than with a genuine need for a separate diet. We should not mistakenly connect our genuine uniqueness of experience and personality with an idea that we have a unique set of requirements when it comes to nutrition.
A number of diet books have been written based on this idea. The most famous being the Blood Type Diet. This book suggests that your blood type suggests what type of diet you should eat. Of course this book has been debunked as being false. Not only is the idea untested (and goes against the basic ideas on nutrition), but it makes very little sense. Animals have many different blood types but all eat according to their species specific diet.
Which brings us to the ultimate question. What is our species specific diet?
Consider the following passage:
“To say that humans have the anatomical structure of an omnivore is an egregiously inaccurate statement.” – The great taxonomist Carolus Linnaeus, (1707-1778), a Swedish naturalist and botanist who established the modern scientific method of classifying plants and animals, classified humans not as carnivores, not as omnivores, nor even as herbivores, but as frugivores.
Linnaeus writes: “Man’s structure, internal and external compared with that of the other animals, shows that fruit and succulent vegetables are his natural food.”
Comparative anatomy suggests that we closely resemble our frugivorous primate cousins. Though this may not suggest a strict diet of fruit it does suggest that the bulk of our diet coming from fruit is what our anatomy suggests is correct.
Add to this the enormous mass of science showing how vital fruit is for our health. The Global Burden of Disease study suggested that “not eating enough fruit” was the number 1 dietary risk factor increasing a person’s chances of developing disease, disability or dying prematurely.
Though a fruit diet is right for everyone, not everyone is necessarily ready for a fruit diet. This could be for many reasons but these are mostly psychological in nature and not physical.
Here are some things our previous attendees have said
“it’s been brilliant, I’ve loved every minute of it really; the talks, the food, the people it’s just been fantastic” – Steve Douglas, England
“it was wonderful, this was my first time in England. I’ve been to other festivals and this was beautiful. It’s a beatiful location and the people are very nice as they often are at most of the raw festivals. I really liked the campfire, that was just amazing”
– Laurie Ellicott, USA
“Absolutely brilliant. The defining points for me are two things really; 1) the chance to meet so many like minded people, share stories, share your journey and hear their stories back. It’s just great to meet people with similar ideas and passions, to share and learn. And 2) Listening to really, really high quality speakers. If you’ve read the books you think you know a lot but you learn so much more here and it can only help you in your health and your continued growth”
– Jack Childs, England
“it’s been a great time at the festival, I’ve learned a lot, I’ve met lots of new people of course. I’m loving all the presentations. Everyone wants to be healthier, the festival gives you a glimpse of the life you could have” – –Kate Weight, England
“it’s been really great, I met some new friends, had some great fruit, did some really good activities every day. It’s been really good to get the knowledge” – Paul Turner, England
“the highlights for me were meeting other people and meeting other children as well because coming as a family unit, making friends with other vegetarian, vegan, fruit based children is pretty huge” – -Tracey Rose, Scotland
“I’ve had fruits I’ve never had before, I’ve had dragon fruit, i’ve had durian and to have the unlimited quantities of it has been so liberating, it’s really great. Sharing the fruit with everyone, it has this really nice sense of community”
– Michael Goodchild, The Vegan Activist
“I’m gonna take away ways of planning my life better, a general attitude of positivity and not letting myself get bogged down by things, making more time in my life for running and exercise. It’s made me feel so clean I don’t want to go away and start putting other things into my body again. It’s really given me a restart”
– Dawn Dakin, England
“This is our 25th wedding anniversary and instead of going somewhere exotic we’ve decided to come and celebrate at the fruit festival. It’s been a life changing experience we were a bit daunted coming here because we are new to raw foods and we didnt know anybody here and didn’t know anybody else doing raw food. We came here with an open mind and we’ve absolutely loved it and can’t wait to come back. We don’t want to go home!”
– Pamela and Michael Jones, Wales
“it’s not just about eating fruit it’s about getting healthier, taking responsibility for yourself and connecting with like minded people” –Marcel Cattin, Switzerland
“So often we are addicted, maybe smoking, alcohol, coffee all these things and we know that they’re doing our bodies harm. Here you get the information and the inspiration to change your life”
-Roger King, England
“It’s even better than I expected it to be, definitely. I didn’t really know what to expect, I’d never met another raw foodie so I was really, really excited about meeting other like minded people and everyone here is so nice. I’ve learned so much this week, it’s brilliant it’s definitely exceeded my expectations in every way” – –Alexandra McLean-Dridje, England
“I really enjoyed the festival because we met so many nice people, did so many nice exercises and had the best fruit ever. I really enjoyed it and will come back” –Sarah Merkel, Germany
“I just love everything about it, the people are really, really great, the food….amazing, the sports instruction- really helpful, and all the speakers have been excellent, the information has been really really good” –Karina Kasler, Germany
“the highlights have been the talks, definitely, going to the running classes as well, it surprised me how much I learned from those. I was surprised at how friendly everybody here is. You don’t normally get that instant communication and respect when you meet people in day to day life. I’d definitely come back in a second, it’s been one of the best experiences of my life” –Michelle Erkiert, England
“I came by myself and I was a bit nervous about coming and Ronnie had said it was like a big happy family and I didnt believe him! But I can’t believe how open and loving and warm and accepting- what a great place and atmosphere. The food has been great, so many recipe ideas to take home so it’s really helped me on my journey. And then, all the people you see on Facebook, that you follow are here and you can ask them questions. It’s been brilliant, I loved it and made so many friends and connections, it’s just been superb. My body feels so clean, it feels so natural and right that I just want to carry on”
-Amanda Jones, England
“I’m so anxiously looking forward to this years UK Fruitfest. Having attended all of the Fruitfest’s in the past, I know that this year’s will once again be a highlight of my year. Every year the Fruitfest has improved. Every year, every aspect of the programme has been tweaked to better serve the guests, everybody’s happy, we all have a good time. I’m gonna be there this year because it’s so much fun! This is an event you don’t want to miss”
– Dr Doug Graham, author “The 80/10/10 Diet”
“It’s fantastic, it’s beautiful there’s so many wonderful people here, I’ve met so many friends, old friends, new friends, had so much fun” – Paul Miller, Jersey
“I was expecting it to be good but it’s surpassed my expectations, it’s been fantastic”
-Hannah Rees-Ridge, England
“I’ve had the best time I’ve ever had in my entire life” – Edina Jackson, England
“The food’s been amazing, I’ve had lychees that I never knew existed, I really didn’t know they could be that good, and had durian twice. Lots of activities, I’ve got new muscles in my legs that i’ve only ever seen in textbooks, I didn’t know I actually had those muscles myself” – –Jim Smith, England
“I had my first Yoga session which was amazing, I didn’t consider myself a Yogi!”
– Izolda Biro, Hungary
“It’s exceeded all my expectations. I thought I’d arrive and it would all be a bunch of hippies walking around with no shoes on. I’ve just met normal people that are like minded and it’s been inspiring from the minute I got here” – Jane Sinclair, Wales
“The highlights would be listening to experts in the field such as Dr Doug Graham, Anne Osborne, Chris Kendall, sharing their knowledge that they’ve accumulated over decades of following this lifestyle” – Wil Currie, England
“the food has been exceptional, I’ve loved the food, my favourite has probably been the peaches”
– Robyn Ede, England
“the quality of the food that was ordered has been out of this world, we’ve been able to get food from all over the world and it’s just been amazing” – Dorothea Vasichek, USA
“as the person that prepares a lot of the meals in the house it’s been a nice break for me to come here and have food prepared” – John Coleman, England
“I travelled from Florida just for the festival and I’ve had a fabulous time, this has been my first fruit festival and now it’s all I want to do!” – Dee Duncan, USA
“How have I found the festival? Brilliant, although it’s gone really, really quickly, the time has flown, it’s 5 days but it feels like about 2, but – absolutely brilliant!”
– Matthew Tolley, England
“I have to say this has been one of the most enjoyable festivals that i’ve ever been to in all the years I have been doing this. The whole experience was just marvellous for me, I don’t think I’ve ever been to an event where I felt quite so relaxed and just part of a big family, a big laid back, fun loving open minded, heart centred family. I really, really, enjoyed it”
–Prof. Rozalind Graham
“It was nice to reconnect with old friends who I haven’t seen in a long time and to meet tonnes and tonnes of new people” – Jesse Bogdanovich, The Whole Lifestyle
“It’s kind of a holiday camp. You come here, you relax, you do what you love, eating fruit, just chilling out, having time together…it’s perfect” – Sylvia Konaklieva, England
“It’s been mindblowing to be honest. I’ve had different ranges of emotions since I got here. The nectarine I had yesterday was the best piece of fruit I’ve ever eaten”
– Sean Smith, England
“UK Fruit Festival has seriously been amazing, it’s my second time back and it’s getting better and better every single year. Really amazing lectures, amazing food, amazing connections with everyone. I’ve been to more lectures at this festival than ever and the education has bar none been really, really high. All the people had a lot of fun, a lot of heart and genuinely wanted to connect to each other, it was just awesome” – Chris Kendall, raw vegan chef and teacher
“the fruit’s been awesome, being in this beautiful area has been sweet, the accommodations are cool too, I love the little huts we’ve been staying in. It’s been a great time and the presenters have been sweet, the attendees have been going to nearly every presenation. I’m excited to come back in the future for sure” – Alyse Brautigam, Raw Alignment
“The festival was great. Being here with fruit and fruit family is a fantastic place to be. The men’s group was great, the campfires were fantastic and the athletics, the morning runs with Grant were a super, super time” – -Ted Carr, Fruit Living
“I’ve learned a lot of information to keep my health good for my whole life. Not just about the diet, about how to sustain a good lifestyle and how all the parts support each other” – Venla Mustonen, England
“it’s been good to eat all the amazing food and all of the talks have been really incredible. I’ve loved the running, yoga, Doug’s classes have been amazing. The speakers have been so open and willing to share. I just found it really valuable, it definitely exceeded my expecations” – Angela Orrechio, USA
“It was my very first festival and you guys made me feel so welcome and accepted. Your festival holds a very special place in my heart” -Melissa Raimondi, Raw Food Romance
Guillermo Sepúlveda, known as Manguimo, is a mexican fruit based vegan influencer who believes fruit is the balsam the humanity needs to heal. He is a vegan for the animals and raw vegan for health educator. Graduated Summa Cum Laude from UDEM in Humanistics and Social Studies. Master in Society and Nutrition from UHA.
Certified in Plant- Based Nutrition by CNS. Diploma in Mastering Raw Food Education by Dr.s Rick and Karin Dina. Human Resources trainer with the mexican official standards. He teaches Natural Dietetics at Universidad Humanista de las Américas.
He participates as Habits Change Coach at Grupo Hábitos and other centers on raw vegan lifestyle. He worked in Le Fruit-Woodstock Fruit Festival (2011-2015) in gourmet raw vegan kitchen with Banana Commander Chris Kendall and Raw Chef. Alicia Ojeda.
Speaker and TV co-host at La Cocina con Gerónimo, mexican tv show present in 28 mexican states. He is director of Comer para Sanar. Social Media: @comerparasanar @manguimo
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…..
(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.
Or how about, where to go to get rare, exotic fruits?
Many people think it is as easy as taking a plane to Thailand and checking out the local markets. But in reality, they are missing out on finding the real thing.
Lindsay Gasik developed a passion for exotic fruits and particularly Durian, over 8 years ago when she started changing her diet due to suffering from anemia.
This led her to eating more and more raw foods and eventually attending the Woodstock Fruit Festival. From there she decided to travel for a year following the Durian trail which led to her website “Year Of The Durian”
Within the world of serious fruit eaters and Durian aficionados, Lindsay is held in high regard as the go to expert for all information about Durian.
She has written 2 fantastic guidebooks on where to go to find the best Durian, one for Malaysia and one for Thailand.
She now takes people on tours throughout South East Asia to show them the best places to eat and enjoy Durian.
“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.
Check out this episode an our other episodes today.