Why Was Venus Williams Raw Vegan Diet Unsustainable?

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!

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.

Check out this episode an our other episodes today.

Does A Raw Vegan Diet Cure Cancer?

Does A Raw Vegan Diet Cure Cancer?

 

Many people enthusiastically spread around the idea that a raw vegan diet and fasting can cure anything.

Can we really say this?

Can we be so confident to pass these ideas on to others?

We should be very cautious when we are providing people with any advice about their diet and health.  In some situations fasting and a raw vegan diet will not be the only answer.

To give people false hope is a sad thing.  Some people are so ill that they are beyond the point of recovery and all that can be done is to provide comfort for that person.  A raw vegan diet should help with that but does not guarantee recovery.

Please be cautious with your recommendations.  It scares me how many people I have met that think they can cure cancer with dandelion juice, cannabis oil, dry fasting and so many other things.  They really have no idea.

We can safely say that a diet high in fruits and vegetables can help to reduce your risk of getting cancer.  But once someone has cancer we have no certainty of knowing that it will help reverse it.

In this video, I discuss more about this:

Imagine If Health Was Your Habit

Imagine If Health Was Your Habit

 

It’s your choice….

Your outcome in life comes from your daily actions over a lifetime.

These daily actions are determined by your habits.

Your habits are yours to change or break.

But it may require a lot of hard work.

If you put that hard work in now, you will reap the benefits for the rest of a lifetime.

Imagine how you will feel when taking care of yourself in the best way, all the time, is your habit.

 

When eating fruits and vegetables is always your number one choice.

  • when you are hungry….you eat fruit
  • when you are celebrating….celebrate with fruit
  • when you are fueling up for exercise….you eat eat fruit

 

…and so on

Imagine if thinking positively, developing a good relationship with your self and never thinking unnecessary negative thoughts was your habit.

Imagine if enjoyable and fun exercise helping you to get stronger, fitter and more energetic was your habit.

Imagine if waking up everyday after a deep, long restful sleep was your habit.

Imagine if eating unhealthy foods was no longer a choice, not even a thought.

Imagine what it would be like to always have perfect digestion and never remember what it was like to be otherwise.

Imagine being rid of so many headaches and aches and pains that are a result of our lifestyle choices and not bad luck or genetics.

Imagine if you never had to take medication again.

You have the control and the power to make these changes. They make take some discipline and some time but you CAN change.

But the truth is…so many people fail.

 

It is claimed that over 95% of people fail when they make an attempt of changing our diet.

Has that been you? Have you experienced the initial enthusiasm at the start followed by a crash and a feeling of guilt when you were not able to keep the momentum going?

Like so many people, did you not get any support from friends and family…in fact they expected you to fail…and maybe even tried to sabotage your efforts.

Did you know that most people that try to lose weight….actually end up putting more weight on?

These are some sad statistics.

 

This is no wonder: the world around us is constantly telling us to CONSUME. Temptation is EVERYWHERE. Food is EVERYWHERE….

 

….how can anyone stand a chance of changing their diet in this environment?

On top of this, food companies are employing scientists to design foods that are more ADDICTIVE than ever before. Foods that you can’t stop eating!

You have had this experience no doubt.

In this world, how can we possibly reach our goal of being vibrantly healthy every day and live our best possible life?

 

Firstly we need the right information.

 

You may say…”we are drowning in information”

Which is true.

But what is the RIGHT information. And do you have the years of study, research and travel that it may take to find this information?

And once you get that information…will you be able to take action on it? This is the hardest part and where most people fail.

 

If another failure for you is not an option and you are genuinely committed towards your health goals you may be interested in this:

 

On Thursday 18th of October founder of the UK Fruitfest, Ronnie Smith, will be launching a brand new coaching programme.

This is a completely new approach to health coaching that you may not have seen before.

It’s not just a Q and A session and a bit of motivation over Skype. This is programme designed to get you results.

If you are interested in finding out more information you can register by clicking the link below.

He will also be giving a FREE webinar tomorrow (16th of October 2018) at 7pm on the topic of the Fundamental Principles Of Success of A Raw Vegan Diet.

For more information click here to register:

http://bit.ly/clickronnie

Make the rest of your life, the best of your life. It’s time to make changes that will last a lifetime.

Don’t let your dreams of a better and healthier life be brought down by your habits. Learn to break of the chains of your bad habits and addictions…

Reach forward towards a positive and vibrant future with a raw vegan diet and healthful lifestyle.

Learn more here:

http://bit.ly/clickronnie

Tesco to scrap ‘best before’ dates from fruit and vegetable lines

In the Guardian today it has been reported that Tesco is going to scrap best before dates from fruits and vegetable lines.  This is being put in plance in an effort to reduce food waste.

Have you ever looked at the best before date on a fruit and thought “No chance….this is rock hard, it’s never going to go off in 3 days!”  It seems like sometimes these dates are picked arbitrarily without any real knowledge of the ripening cycle of the fruit involved.  Persimmon, for example, can take over a month to ripen in full…..yet supermarkets will suggest you eat them while still hard. 

Probably, like me, you have learned to ignore these dates and go with your sense of taste, smell and feel to assess the ripeness or readiness of a fruit.  The other thing that is confusing is the “ready to eat” or “perfectly ripe” signs that never see, to be accurate either.

The article states, published in the Guardian, states:

The UK’s largest supermarket is to scrap potentially confusing “best before” dates from dozens more of its fresh fruit and vegetable lines after research found ditching the labels helped customers reduce their food waste at home.

Tesco shoppers will from this week no longer find date labels on a further 116 items of produce – including own-brand apples, oranges, cabbages and asparagus. Tesco hopes this will prevent food from being thrown away while still edible. The supermarket removed guidance dates from about 70 fruit and vegetable lines earlier this year.

Research carried out for the retailer, published on Monday, found that 69% of shoppers believed scrapping “best before” dates was a good idea. More than half (53%) of shoppers in the same survey said they thought scrapping best before dates made a difference, helping them keep perfectly good food for longer.”

Essentially, as human beings are designed to consume fruit we are also perfectly capable of assessing the quality, ripeness, readiness or rottenness of the fruit.  We know when it has gone off and don’t eat it.  We also know when it is delicious and edible.  Our senses are designed for this purpose.

However, this is not so with other foods:

“Compulsory “use by” labels have to be put on foods such as meat, fish, eggs and dairy products that carry a safety risk if eaten after that date. But the best before dates put on fruit and vegetables are largely a quality indication to show that although they may no longer be at their best, they are still safe to eat.”

What this is telling us is that some foods (meat, eggs, fish, dairy) pose a much greater threat to our health than others.  Of course, for other animals that are designed to consume these foods, the signs that the meat, dairy, fish or eggs where not suitable to eat would be quite obvious to them.

In their natural state, those foods are a turn off to our senses.  The idea of eat a dead animal, or eating a raw egg or drink milk from the udder of a cow is a revolting concept.  That is our sensory safeguard in place stopping us from making a bad decision.

As for fruit, we are drawn towards its colour, it’s shape, it’s beauty as we have been for millions of years.  We are well aware when it is good or not to eat.

The article ends with a profoun point on food waste:

“Food waste is a huge issue in the UK: £13bn of edible food is thrown away from homes every year, according to the government’s waste advisory body, Wrap. A further £3bn is wasted by the hospitality and food service sector.”