Does A Raw Food Diet Protect You From Sun Burn?

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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.

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

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What Moths Can Teach Us About Our Bad Habits…

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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:

http://www.fruitfest.co.uk/coaching

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….

Wishing you the best of health,

Ronnie Smith
Raw Transformation Coaching

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Dr Gabriel Cousens – Love Fruit Podcast Interview

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Gabriel Kenneth Cousens is an American physician M.D., homeopath, and spiritu al writer who practices holistic medicine. He is the founder of the “Essene Order of Light”, a spiritual organization based upon teachings from the Jewish Kabbalah, the Torah, and modern interpretations of the Essenes. He is the founder of the “Tree of Life” centre in Arizona and has many programmes running around the world teaching his live foods lifestyle to help with among other things the prevention and reversal of diabetes. Learn more at http://www.drcousens.com If you want to learn more about the UK Fruitfest, you can find more information here: http://www.fruitfest.co.uk/registration

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Coronavirus Response: A Message To UK Fruitfest Community

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We have started to receive a lot of messages asking whether the festival will go ahead this year in light of the Coronavirus.

The UK Fruitfest 2020 has no plan to cancel the event this year. So far, we have not been directed to do so and our venue is still open to us at this time.

You should therefore expect that the festival is going ahead as planned, at the same time and same location. You will receive a communication from us immediately if anything changes. Please make sure you are following our emails, and other social media pages to stay alerted.

Attendees of the event will be sent further confirmation of this by post very soon. This message will also contain further details of the event and what will be going on at the festival.

In the event that we have to change or cancel the event we are considering other options.

If the venue closes:

We will look for another suitable venue in the area with similar accommodation. We will keep you updated about this if anything like this happens.

If there is a ban on any event happening and all venues are closed:

We will make the festival a virtual event lasting the same length of time and with the same level of education as the festival. This will be accessible online or via phone conference.

If the event changes, especially if it is run online, the price of access to this will of course not be the same as access to a live event including food and accommodation. Details will be sent out in advance of this if and when it happens.

You may also choose to postpone your ticket, or a proportion of it to a future event or use the funds for another one of our other services.

Refunds and cancellations:

We have a refund policy in place for those who can not attend for any reason. Here is the policy in full:

  • Cancellations prior to 31st May 2020 are refunded at 100%, no fees taken off.
  • After this date and up to the 30th of June 2020, refunds come minus 25% of the ticket price.
  • From this date until the 10th of July 2020 at 5pm, a refund comes minus 50% of the ticket price. After this date there is no refund offered.

We fully expect to be able to honour all refunds and cancellations and indeed we set up the event, financially, in order to be able to deal with all eventualities. Most of the financial outlays of the festival take place closer to the event happening which makes this situation easier for us.

If our choice was to close the event and NOT lose money, or keep it going and lose money on it, we would choose the second. We have already started offering courses, coaching and other services in order to make extra revenue to keep the event going regardless of the financial situation of the event itself.

As a supporter of this event, you probably believe that getting a positive message of health empowerment through education and inspiration is very important at this time. Many people need to hear this message and we want to make sure we continue our work to get this message out there.

At this time, it is important that we take care of ourselves as well as possible and share with others the knowledge we have about living in excellent health.

What this situation is showing us, is how few people have real knowledge about creating excellent health for themselves. People are buying into the same old supplements, vitamins, potions and pills that just don’t work. People are panic buying toilet paper and staying in doors, rather than stocking up on fruits and vegetables and making sure they get fresh air.

Being in any kind of panic or worry state is also bad for our immune system. It is time to take advantage of this time to rest and relax. Focus on the positive and expect the best outcome for the future.You should look forward to this being the best Fruitfest yet and the best week of your summer if you are attending.

See you at the festival,

Ronnie Smith

UK Fruitfest

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How Does A Raw Vegan Celebrate Christmas?

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On your journey to a healthier lifestyle, you have no doubt experienced Christmas as being a difficult time for sticking to healthy habits.  This is a time of year where feasting and indulgence are almost mandatory!

Christmas dinner is often the biggest meal of the year and many people end up eating so much that they fall asleep for hours after it as their digestive system struggles to deal with the overload.

It is also a time of giving, and once again treats and sweets are a big part of that giving.  It is hard to say no especially when we have been given a present.

How do raw vegans celebrate Christmas if they do at all?

You may be thinking that eating raw brussel sprouts and parnships must be no fun at all.  Not to worry, raw vegans can get very creative when they want to….

It is easy to replicate many different festive flavours and treats with raw vegan recipes.  After all, most of the flavours and smells you associate with Christmas will come from the fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices that accompany these meal.

It may be a time to make a special meal that you rarely make.  You may have even been gifted some new tool or machine you have never tried before that you can use to make delicious treats.

However, rather than treating it as a time to indulge, it may just be a time to stick to exactly what you have always eaten.  If this is your first time eating raw vegan with all your family it may be a bit of a strange experience.  Many questions will come your way and it could be a bit embarrassing to be the focus of that kind of attention.

Here’s what I would suggest to you:

When people ask questions and perhaps offer you opinions about why what you are doing is not healthy or not good for you long time, simply thank them for their concern and interest and let them know that you are trying something out for a while because you want to see if it will make you feel better.

Don’t use these questions as an invitation to educate people on their ignorance.  This is not what they are actually asking for, they are finding a way to show concern and interest but few are actually ready to hear more.  Let them know that if they wish to have a full conversation about it, perhaps having a chat after Christmas will be a good idea.  You will find almost no one will actually get back in touch with you about it.

For raw vegans focused on health….

It can be hard to see friends and family eat poor quality food like dead turkey and other flesh which we know is a direct cause of many health issues.  However, we also know that people will not really appreciate you using this as a time to make people feel uncomfortabe and embarrassed about those choices.  Perhaps you can invite them to your own place to show them how delicious a healthier meal can be?

For vegans

It can be a hard time to see relatives continuing to contribute to the exploitation of animals.  However, there are more and more vegan options available and perhaps you can take some along for them to try? 

At the end of the day family and friendship are very important.  If you fall out with people at this time of year over their diet then you potentially lose the chance to ever have an opportunity to help convince them to make that change.

What I have found over the years is that if someone was ready to hear more about this they will come to you.  But really, you often can not be a prophet in your own town.  It is likely they will go to other sources before coming to you.

This is not a time of year to use the excuse of Christmas to fall off of your healthy lifestyle.  Your work may take time off at this time of year but your body never takes a break.  We should consider that when making choices for our health.

Have a great Christmas and a happy new year!

If you are looking to gift yourself the gift of a ticket to UK Fruitfest then head over to our registration page to get started.  Prices will be rising next month but if you book before the 31st of Dec you can still get our lower pre launch price.  Learn more here:

Have a great Christmas and never forget to STAY FRUITY!

Ronnie Smith

UK Fruitfest

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Augusto Valerio: An Interview With Italy’s Top Raw Vegan Lifestyle Expert

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Augusto attended the Fruitfest for the first time last year. He travelled all the way from Rome, Italy with his partner Giuseppina.

Augusto is the only direct student of Dr Doug Graham in Italy and he is trying to share the message of a fruit based raw vegan diet to people there. Of course, this can be difficult in a country in which pasta is in his words is “a religion”.

Augusto works as a personal trainer helping people with their fitness goals and also helps people to transition to a vegan or raw vegan diet.

Recently, Ronnie from Fruitfest went to Rome and interviewed Augusto for the “Love Fruit” Podcast (available on our Youtube channel, and just about to be released on Spotify, Itunes and Stitcher).

We asked him about the raw vegan scene in Italy. He told us that he had been to a recent natural hygiene conference in Italy. Most of the teachers promote raw food but they do not have a consistent approach to succeeding on a 100% raw vegan diet. This led Augusto to continuing his search to finding out how to succeed on a truly raw diet.

Asked about his transitioned to raw, Augusto said:

it took a while, I transitioned from vegetarian to vegan, to raw food, back to cooked food but always vegan. I would say the whole period was 10 years. It is my opinion that the most addictive food is the food that creates in your body the strongest emotion. It may be connected to family or friends. For example, I liked certain foods my mother prepared for me. This is the real addiction, not always the food itself, but the emotion attached to the food.”

When asked about the benefits of going raw, Augusto said:

Yes, mental clarity. Energy, I can wake up without coffee and without stimulants. I sleep better, I don’t have digestive problems. Everything is better. It’s like putting the right fuel in your car, so the car just works”

When asked about the UK Fruitfest he said:

Incredible, maybe the best experience in my life around this lifestyle. And also for emotional reasons because I connected with incredible people. So really, it was a wonderful experience, I recommend this to anyone. Even if you are not interested in the raw food diet, try the UK Fruitfest, you will not be disappointed”

Learn more about Augusto in our interview on the Love Fruit podcast or his website: augusotvalerio.it

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Why Was Venus Williams Raw Vegan Diet Unsustainable?

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You may have recently come across this article on Insider.com

https://www.insider.com/venus-williams-raw-vegan-diet-what-she-eats-now-2019-10

The article states that Venus Williams, a former Tennis Grand Slam champion, no longer follows her strict raw vegan diet.

Venus said:

“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:

https://www.health.com/nutrition/venus-williams-raw-vegan-diet

In it, Venus states:

” 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. “

Taken from https://www.ecowatch.com/venus-and-serena-williams-raw-vegan-powerhouses-1882106143.html

This article for example ( https://www.self.com/story/this-is-what-venus-williams-really-eats-in-a-day ) talks about what Venus eats in a day. It includes chicken breast salad. Another article mentions her eating egg white omelettes.

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!

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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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Is a raw vegan diet suitable for everyone?

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Is a raw vegan diet suitable for everyone?

Have you ever heard someone say:

“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.

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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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