Have you noticed a bunch of Raw Food Diet Gurus falling off the “raw” wagon lately?
Several former long time 100% raw foodists and even raw families are now back to eating cooked food.
What a shame.
So who’s gone back to cooked food?
Apparently, Victoria Boutenko and most of her raw family including Valya and Sergei have admitted to eating cooked food on a regular basis.
Then there’s Paul Nison and his wife (and baby getting the cooked through her milk) they’ve now readily admitted to eating cooked food. They’re eating cooked grains, etc. On the other side they’re not vegans anymore either, they’re eating raw goats milk and cheese.
Then I heard the Raw Model – Anthony Anderson was questioning the feasibility of doing a Raw Vegan Diet. Personally I have no idea if he’s eating cooked food or not or what. I just heard from a friend of mine he was having some struggles.
I really don’t have time to follow all of the gossip and multitude of forum posts. People are just telling me these things and so I find out about it.
Also it would not shock me to find out if other prominent people in the Raw Food Movement are secretly eating cooked food. I do know some very famous raw food “gurus” are into doing drugs.
I have friends who’ve witnessed them taking those drugs. I’m talking some of the most famous raw food teachers in the world.
I don’t know about you, but I have no desire to take my health advice from someone who does drugs or still eats cooked food.
I like to get my advice from people who are actually doing what I want to accomplish. People who are living examples of radiant health and aren’t struggling to be so.
Take for example when I used to go to Raw Food Support Group meetings in NYC starting way back around 1999. Most of the raw meeting leaders were not 100% raw.
After going to many meetings, I realized the advice from the leaders who were 100% raw foodists was radically different than the advice from the people who were still eating cooked food regularly.
The advice from the partially raw leaders would only get people to be like them, partially raw. These people just didn’t have what I call “The 100% Raw Food Diet Mindset” and it showed in their results.
Their “belief system” simply didn’t allow them to be 100% raw.
You can’t learn how to be 100% raw from people who aren’t doing it themselves. When I set up my own support group meetings in NYC around 2003 I strived to only have meeting leaders who were 100% raw and following an Optimal Raw Food Diet.
Our group was fantastic because not only were the meeting leaders 100% raw, we also had several other regular meeting attendees who were 100% raw and who supported the new people.
It was so easy for the other regular members to become 100% raw because they were constantly being exposed to the 100% raw mindset. After a while it just rubs off on you and going raw seems much easier than you initially thought it would be.
Imagine if everyone around you only ate raw food. Don’t you think at that point it would be rather easy to follow the crowd and go 100% raw yourself?
** Eating Cooked Food is Worse for Your Health Than Smoking **
I’m sorry, but you can’t eat cooked food and achieve ultimate health. It’s just not possible.
I mean — can you smoke cigarettes and say you have the best health you can possibly have?
Well if you can’t do that then it’s the same or worse with cooked food.
Cooked food is actually way more damaging than cigarette smoke because you’re actually eating it and not just breathing.
Also in terms of actual volume of toxins you’re taking in way more with cooked food versus cigarettes.
All you have to do is look at all of the diseases that people get who are not even smokers. Heck even non-smokers can get lung cancer.
And I’ve found that most diseases are actually caused by eating cooked foods or ingesting other toxins.
If you eat raw you can forget experiencing at least 98% of the diseases and health issues that someone who’s eating cooked food will experience during the course of their lifetimes.
So I hope these gurus aren’t tricking themselves into believing this is not a big deal.
** Did Their Version of the Raw Food Diet Fail Them? **
Bottom line, if these gurus have had to go back to cooked food it means their version of the Raw Food Diet was failing them. Some aspect of their former raw diets was causing them to go back to cooked food.
Now I don’t pretend to know any personal or inside details of why these people haven’t been able to stay 100% raw. So what I’m saying below is from what I can deduce from their public teachings on their websites and or the talks I’ve seen them give.
** Five Reasons They Likely Demoted Themselves to Cooked Foodists Status **
1. The “High Fat” or Atkins Version of the Raw Food Diet simply doesn’t work:
I’ve repeatedly written about the dangers of the Hollywood Raw (High Fat) Version of the Raw Food Diet. For more info you may want to read some of these articles.
“The Atkins Version of The Raw Food Diet”
More Proof A High Fat Diet (Even Raw Fats) Can Cause Diabetes And Other Blood Sugar Metabolism Diseases
How Do You Eat A Raw Food Diet If You’re Diabetic Or Pre-Diabetic?
2. Their raw food doesn’t taste good enough to them and therefore they still crave cooked food:
I’ve found through doing a survey of my readers and through my own personal and coaching experiences that the main reason people don’t stay raw is because they prefer the taste of cooked food.
Well that problem is now solved. It should be ancient history as of this summer.
The ultimate solution to dinnertime cooked food cravings is the revolution that’s sweeping the Raw Food Movement — “Savory Veggie Stews – The Idiot-Proof Recipe System.”
A. Because they are incredibly delicious, satisfying and hearty.
B. Because they are low fat and therefore “don’t make you feel sick” after you eat them like virtually every other typical raw food dinner recipe you find out there.
C. Because you can easily make them in under 7-minutes with ingredients you can find in any supermarket.
D. Because they provide more of the one food that most raw foodists under eat. And that is mineral, vitamin, antioxidant, fiber and phytonutrient rich GREEN VEGETABLES.
Eventually if you’re not eating a ton of greens on the Raw Food Diet, your health may start to fail. I’ve seen this happen to many a raw foodist. Luckily for me I’ve been eating a ton of greens the whole time I’ve been 100% raw these last 8.5 years.
Savory Veggie Stews makes your raw vegetables taste like really savory and hearty cooked food but without any health and happiness destroying side effects.
3. Under eating calories or calories are not important theory:
From what I’ve seen Victoria Boutenko is significantly undereating. You can’t make your lunch with a banana blended with some kale and think you’ve gotten enough calories.
One of the other biggest reasons new raw foodists fail is because they aren’t getting enough calories.
Paul Nison used to say otherwise. He used to claim (I have no idea if he still believes that theory) that “calories are not important.” If that were true then why eat any calories at all?
Just become a breatharian if calories are unimportant.
What an illogical sham that theory is.
In my early attempts at going 100% raw I was way undereating but I didn’t know it. This caused me to lose a lot of weight, and of course, I also felt weak all of the time.
I literally felt I was only running on 80% of my cooked food day levels of energy. So of course, since I didn’t know I was undereating (like 98% of new raw foodists) I went back to cooked food and immediately got my energy levels back and gained back the weight I lost.
Back then I thought it was because I wasn’t eating complex carbohydrates. But the real reason turned out that I wasn’t getting enough calories.
So until you figure out how to become a breatharian or to live on Divine Cosmic Energy (which I do believe is possible and being done by a few people on this planet) you’re going to have to get enough calories — PERIOD.
4. Afraid of eating fruit:
Unfortunately the most popular Raw Food Diet books and gurus out there have demonized fruit.
They’ve demonized the most important and crucial food in the natural human diet. So how the heck can anyone stay raw just eating a load of fat and super low calorie green vegetables all day long?
I’ve written about this many times before in blog posts and articles on my other websites. Here’s one that goes into this concept quite thoroughly.
“Why She Never Eats Bananas, and Why I Do”
I also have a “shocking” report on this fruit controversy issue that you get as bonus for becoming a member at my raw coaching and support website — http://HowToGoRaw.com.
This detailed 20-page report (with extensive information from Dr. Douglas Graham) debunks the following false statements that have been floating around in Raw Food circles for years:
“Today’s fruit is too hybridized so we shouldn’t eat it”
“Today’s fruit contains too much sugar so we should avoid it”
“If you’re trying to lose weight you should not eat fruit”
“It’s not possible to live on a fruit-based diet”
“Fruit eaters have problems with their teeth because of the sugar in fruit”
“If you have candida you shouldn’t eat fruit”
“Fruit contributes to hypoglycemia and blood sugar problems.”
You can get your copy of this Shocking Fruit Report at:
5. They believe in a bunch of raw food myths:
I’ve already debunked many of those myths in what I wrote in this post and the resources I’ve linked to.
If you want to get way more in-depth information including audio recordings I made then take a look at my Raw Food Diet Mistakes Category of this blog:
Just one more thing, I’m making a sincere and open invitation to Victoria Boutenko and her former “100% Raw Family” to come and eat with our RAW family and even stay with us for a week to see how we stay raw.
I’ve met Victoria before a few times in 2002 when she was doing talks in Northern, New Jersey and New York City and I really liked her and her family. She just seemed to have a spiritual focus about her and her message. And her husband Igor and her kids were just great.
In fact, she’s the one who turned me onto the importance of eating low-fat raw to beat candida. And I can’t thank her enough for that.
Of course, she got her information about that from Professor Rozalind Graham. I had heard this information originally from Dr. Douglas Graham (her husband), but I thought I knew better.
Later I paid the price with a systemic candida albicans overgrowth because I was eating raw fat like crazy in monstrous nut and seed pates every night.
And by the way — that’s just another Raw Food Diet myth. The myth I believed at the time was that “as long as it’s raw it’s healthy.”
Anyways, Karmyn and I would love to show Victoria and her family how to make quick, delicious and hearty Savory Veggie Stews. I think they’ll enjoy this for dinnertime instead of only relying on Green Smoothies to get their greens in.
We’ll also show Victoria the quick but very effective exercises from the Lightning Speed Fitness Program — http://LightningSpeedFitness.com to help her actually enjoy and stick to an exercise program.
All you need is from 1 to 5 minutes of doing these powerful “Mini-Workouts” to start shedding the body butter faster than a cat shedding fur in the summertime.
You can learn more about them here:
Ok, I’ve said my piece. I hope these ideas and resources will help you gain the 100% Raw Food Diet Mindset and therefore make it simple as pie to thrive on your natural diet the 100% and Optimal Raw Food Diet.
Talk to ya later,
The 42-Year-Old Teenager