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10 biggest mistakes raw fooders do that destroy their health longterm?

1. They think sweet fruit is the enemy! "Dont eat fruit! It will make you fat! It will give you diabeties! It will rot your teeth! It will make you insane!" All of which are total BS. We run the most popular raw foods website and have never seen a single case of tooth decay, diabeties, insanity or severe body blubber from fruit eating. Yes we have seen people shooting up meth/being bulimic/anorexic whilst being a 'fruitarian' and loosing their teeth, we have seen people eating high fat raw diets and getting diabetic symptoms, we have seen people get depression from just trying to eat 10 oranges a day. Sweet fruit is the ultimate food for humans. Fruit is your friend. Every cell in the human body runs on glucose and or fructose. To starve the cells of natural glucose/fructose from sweet fruit is a health crime.

2. They think they need to 'calorie restrict'. "Dont eat more than a handful of food at a meal! Eat light! Remember that humans are designed to be breatharians!!" Well Ive met a few breatharians in my world travels and Ive not met more confused people. A mosquito has a very small stomach but watch how much it expands after meal. Adult male orangutans weighs around 90kg and eats up to 8500calories a day.  Calorie restriction does not work in nature as the animal that eats the least gets eaten first as it doesnt have enough energy to mate, forage or avoid being hunted. One raw food lady in Australia committed suicide 2 years ago after trying to calorie restrict her way to 'health'. Ive had friends end up in mental wards. Ive seen models just lose it big time from calorie restriction and end up becoming severely overweight. We need a lot of sweet fruit calories every day. Sweet fruit is the best caloric source for humans. NOBODY gets overweight from eating copious amounts of sweet fruit, EVER! 

3. They think they can fast their way to health. So many people undereat on sweet fruits and then go and load up on greasy, oily, salty high fat versions of low fat cooked carb foods and wonder they they feel sick. They get told they need to fast/cleanse to aid the 'detox' when actually its a case of 'tox' from too much fat, dehydrated foods, lack of carbs and or too much salt. If you want to cleanse/fast, try living the 80/10/10 lifestyle for a few months and then see how you much you want to fast then! You simply wont as its such a clean way to live/eat.

4. They think they dont need to drink water? Water comes from pipes and plastic and that aint natural so Im not going to drink water and just dehydrate myself instead.. Well my ex housemate had the same belief and drank little water as a result. She got sick after eating raw animal products and did a fast and stopped drinking water. She ended up in hospital and died from renal failure. Drink at least 3 litres of water per day. More if you wear lots of clothing, live in a dry environment, eat salt and or are overweight as fat holds little water compared to muscle. Your body will love you for it and youll have better digestion, mental clarity, skin and physical performance. Drink 1 litre upon rising and 1 litre 30 mins before meals.

5. They think they need to sleep less as a raw fooder. Well Dr such and such says they only sleep 3 hours per night cos they eat raw..Hey! Do you want to end up in a mental ward like my friend that tried to do that? The body needs tonnes of sleep per night! We evolved in the equatorial regions where there is 12hour of dark per night. If you cant sleep proper its most likely you are under consuming carbohydrates and now your body cant produce enough serotonin so your sleep gets effected. Eat over 3000calories a day from a carb rich, low fat raw vegan diet and watch your sleep quality improve out of site. Have a big breakfast and lunch and a lighter dinner and go to bed early.

6. They think that are 'emotional eaters'.  You ever seen a spider emotionally eat? Look at cows and horse in nature, they eat all day! When humans are starved of simple sugars from fruit, they will keep eating and eating until they get simple sugars. We can just sit down and eat a meal of mangoes or make a big banana/date smoothie or we can just fight our 'sweet tooth' and then get real emotional and 'emotionally eat on candy, burgers, fries etc. So how to we end emotional eating? Eat sufficient calories from sweet fruit daily. Its that simple. Eat over 3000cals a day from sweet fruits and you will never emotionally eat again in your life. Note that those who dont believe this fact struggle all their life to control their eating habits. Starve, binge, starve, binge, starve..

7. They think calories dont matter. Ok then if calories dont matter then why eat anything with calories at all then? We dont go to the service station and not look how much gas we put in the tank so why do we ignorantly eat and expect to go the distance when we have no real objective idea how much fuel we are putting in the tank? Ive never met a successful elite athlete that didnt know how much calories they needed and what that looked like in carbs per day. Ive never met a successful raw fooder that didnt know how much calories they needed each day and what that look like in sweet fruit carbs per day. We teach our clients and forum members to learn calories from fruits. Not so they avoid getting too much but so they get enough! You gotta eat a lot of volume to get enough fruit. Thats great cos I like eating lots of sweets for breakfast, lunch and dinner! :)

8. They think they dont have to exercise. Most of the time raw fooders cant exercise cos they are so fatigued from their calorie restriction, low carb and high fat raw diets. I dont blame em, NOBODY is fit and active on a high fat diet. When we carb up for a few days, drink enough water and get enough sleep we will automatically be itching to live with more passion and a life of passion means a lot of physical movement be it dancing, sport, active labour sex and or keeping up with our children.

9. They think they need to take drugs to become enlightened. The amount of chronic drug abuse I see in the raw 'health' movement is staggering. Bongs, magic mushrooms, ayahuasca, peyote, san pedro's cactus, LSD, cacao etc. Call it natural but at the end of the day its still drugs and as a result has a negative impact on our health. I myself used and abuse a lot drugs so I can speak from both sides of the fence: clean vs drugged. Clean wins hands down. The truly natural highs one experiences from keeping their blood clean, body lean and mind sharp from following a high fruit, low fat raw vegan lifestyle with plenty of sleep, water, sun and fun make drugs look like a poor choice. Ive seen many raw food friends develop negative personality traits from using these 'healthy & natural' drugs. Its interesting to note that the promoters of low fruit diets also are the biggest promoters of the 'raw drugs' and the reason is that people are so fatigued and depressed from eating low carb diets that they need some stimulants and drugs to escape the low energy reality that low carb diets provide.

10. Raw foodies think they need animal products for health. Its no surprise that the majority of the people that promote a low fruit diet eventually go back to eating animal products in due time. Why? They simply ate such a low calorie diet that they failed to thrive and thought it was lack of protein or b12 or something. I like to ask people 'how many grams of protein did you get as a raw vegan?' They never know. Then I ask them 'how many grams of protein do you get today?' They never know. They fail to ask the raw vegan athletes what they are doing to succeed so well. They fail to learn basic human & nutritional sciences. Then they fail as a raw foodie and become outspoken about raw foods/vegan diets etc.

With b12 Ive never seen anyone raise their serum b12 and lower their homocysteine and urinary MMA from consuming raw or cooked animal products. I have seen many get food poisoning and end up in hospital as a result. We see that 39% of US citizens have low serum b12 levels. http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2000/000802.htm 

Science shows us that absorption, high stress, gastric issues and high fat diets can all create b12 deficiencies. Most people dont even know what their b12/homocysteine/urinary MMA levels were before they went raw vegan and then when they get tested and have some issues they are quick to jump to conclusion it was from being a 'vegan'. Ive trained with the fastest cyclists on earth including riders like Lance Armstrong and Cadel Evans and they ALL do b12 injections on a regular basis as do a lot of hollywood stars as do I. My blood tests always show up healthy results as I do the right things for my health and avoid the pitfalls that unfortunately are all too common in the raw foods movement today.

Thanks for reading and remember, true friends tell you what you need to hear and business people tell you what you want to hear..

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I agree! I thought all the talk on restricting calories was just a special case when I first was becoming raw. I kept falling off of the raw food wagon that way. Once I started eating everything I wanted and stopped restricting I felt great and was able to stay LFRV! I could never imagine calorie restricting again.

Everyone who has problems on this life style is calorie restricting :) simple as that, no exceptions
From personal experience (ahem)..

If it's fresh, eat it!

It became too easy to stuff down one cacao brownie or raw date/nut bar one after the other whilst a fresh honeydew melon was sitting on the counter waiting to be cut open. Buy it fresh, eat immediately!
This is a solid article. People love reading 'top 10' lists and things presented in this 'small bytes' type format, so it's got that mass appeal that i think is real important.

I'd add:

- They think they need all sorts of superfoods, supplements, magic juices and exotic ingredients to make their raw diet work. So many people are sold a bill of goods by the 'raw gurus' AKA product pushers or just completely misinformed 'experts' that are not even achieving true health themselves. They wreck their bank account ordering bags and jars of powdered wild jungle this and that, all while being told that a diet composed of fresh whole fruits and vegetables is insufficient.

Buy the book "The 80/10/10 Diet" and read it cover-to-cover as many times as it takes for the information to become like clockwork. You won't be pushed to buy further products from the author. You will only be pushed into the greatest health, happiness and physical potential your body has to offer.
I recently picked up a b12 supplement (as cyanocobalamin) in the capsule form. Does anyone know if this will be sufficient? I never had blood work to test my actual b12 levels.
Do some googling Ki. Read 'could it be b12?' to learn more on the subject. Its interesting stuff. We are lucky as vegans as we learn more about nutrition than corpse eaters due to the meat and dairy industry fear campaigns.

Knowledge is power and putting that knowledge into action is powerful fun.
Haha corpse eaters...gonna use that 

Hey man you know much about or had experience with meca? The food as opposed to spiritual centre of course (c:
maca doesn't really fit into this lifestyle. i would try it if i had access to it (not in powder form)...

This is a little late, only I'm just now reading your question Ki.  Methylcobalamin is a better form of B12, at least in the autism community, and parents there really become experts.

Our daily habits build our body and mind. You can walk down the street and judge what person does what pretty quickly.
If you take two individuals who don't brush their teeth daily and properly (proper means very low pressure, going up with the gums not side to side or down against them), one who is SAD one who is LFRV, I would say the LFRV would develop receding gums more quickly and the SAD would develop enamel loss more quickly.

The bottom line is that LFRV doesn't rot your teeth and certainly doesn't cause enamel problems... not brushing your teeth and flossing daily rots your teeth. It's not wise to eat dried dates if you can't brush your teeth within 1 hr, unless you have tons of water with you and chew them on one side of the mouth (ideally) and drink and rinse constantly. If you floss after you've finished eating every day and can 99% of the time run the tip of your tongue over your teeth and not feel any type of residue after 1 hr of eating, you will be fine. If there is residue, just brush gently with water. If you fall off LFRV because you have dental problems for whatever reason (or get pretty lazy with dental care), it's a better idea to just buy some alcohol based mouthwash and rinse after each meal rather than fall back on cooked food, higher fat levels and loads of excitotoxins. The tradeoff isn't even close.
thanks Hars!

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