Friday, March 16, 2012

Raw Food Mini Rant

I keep seeing over and over how you can eat as much as you want on a raw food diet, with the implication being that you never have to worry about your weight again.


I have read anecdotes and seen enough from raw foodist pictures that have shown raw fooders can definitely put on excess weight. Including those who lost weight initially, kept believing that they could eat however much they want of whatever they wanted, ate lots of the "gourmet" raw foods and eventually put back the weight. In one case, it looks like the raw foodist weighs more now than before they went raw. (And no, it doesn't look healthy.)

Now don't get me wrong--I'm all for eating a completely raw food diet. But that doesn't mean that you can just eat as much as you want of anything. Many raw foodists eat a ton of nuts. Guess what? Many of them gained weight. Who knows what it could be doing to their cholesterol levels (cholesterol levels are not only tied to animal products consumption. We produce cholesterol and the food we eat affects how much and of what type.) There are some foods that you can overeat on a raw food diet.

Don't fool yourself into thinking you can eat as much as you want of whatever you want!

I saw this raw food pyramid today (you can buy a poster of it from the site

Do you see how it's laid out? Now, this is only one version of the raw food pyramid, but it's one that makes a lot of sense. Having more fruits is another possibility. Do you see where nuts are? Way up near the top. The nuts section, the herbs section and the seaweed section combined don't make as much as the leafy greens section. You could probably eat as many greens as you like, as many fruits and veggies as you like, perhaps even as many sprouts as you like, but you can not eat as many nuts as you like. They may have some wonderful nutrients for you, but you have to still be careful. None of us is designed to have nuts be a major source of nutrients!

Motto: Question everything. Yes, even question what I've written above. We live in an age where people pass around information without having their facts straight and you need to check into it before you buy into it!

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