“The Biggest Raw Food Controversies Finally Exposed and Debunked…. Discover How to Increase Energy, Strengthen Digestion and Avoid Dangerous Deficiencies” Frederic Patenaude decided to become a raw-foodist in 1996, but after just two years on the diet, his health was falling apart. He thought he was on the best diet in the world, but a mysterious ailment struck him and left him crippled in bed for a month. Since that dreadful experience, Frederic kept searching for the ideal diet. After 14 years, he’s ready to reveal it all and expose some of the most well-kept secrets of the raw-food movement that other raw-food leaders don’t want you to know. Raw Food Controversies demolishes common raw-food myths and establishes useful guidelines for healthy eating. In this book, the author describes his tumultuous years of trial and error with the raw food diet, and the multiple health problems caused by eating raw the wrong way, while providing useful lessons he’s learned along the way. Bringing common sense, science and sanity to the raw food movement, Raw Food Controversies answers important questions that have been avoided for too long. It will be of interest to anyone wishing to improve their health, particularly vegans and raw foodists. In it, you will discover: • What are the top three foods you should NEVER eat raw (and why) • The 6 toxic supplements you should never take (and which ones are useful) • The 100% raw diet vs. the mostly raw diet • What raw-foodists should know about DHA and other essential fatty acids: can you get them on a raw vegan diet? • Superfoods exposed! What you need to know raw cacao, honey, green juice, green powder, coconut oil, agave nectar, acai, spirulina, maca, goji berries, seaweed, and more! * And more!
Right now I consider this the very most valuable raw food book I’ve ever read. When I first read this book I thought, “This author is an idiot! Doesn’t he know that nature created raw food and all raw food is good! Cooked food is poison….” I am six months into the raw food lifestyle, and in the beginning I hit it with religious enthusiasm, and religious ignorance (unknowing to me). This book opened me up to the idea that I need to be a little more practical in my approach to raw foods. According to the author, the ideal raw food diet is high in fruit sugar and greens, and low in fat (even raw fat). Yes, I am now a believer in this system. Based on the author’s recommended style of eating I have been able to start running again because I have enough calories now. I am getting stronger and I have more energy because I have enough calories from the right source – fruit sugar (not raw fat). I needed this book to show me the light. I want to be stronger and have energy. Before reading this book I was not getting enough calories in my diet, and I was eating too much raw fat. I didn’t have energy, and I stopped working out. Also, I lost 35 pounds (which was welcomed, but I didn’t like not having energy). So, I’m ready to get my energy back. I do eat some vegan cooked foods at dinner as described in the book. It’s about getting enough calories for me now. Please let me quickly mention that I hated this book in the beginning. First, you get to read about the author’s life. I didn’t like that at first (I love it now). Then, finally towards the second half of the book you get some real meaty information (hahahah – meaty). I am a black-and-white thinker, and I disagreed with the author’s conclusions in the second half of the book. To me, life is either all good or all bad, and this was my mistake. I had approached the raw food diet like a religion where my dogma kept me closed-off to new ideas. Basically, it made me ignorant. I put the book down for a few days because I didn’t agree with anything the author wrote – I even wanted a refund. Then, I realized that this guy has been living a raw food lifestyle for 20 years. I have only been doing it for 6 months. And, he has a very practical outlook with balance and reason. My outlook was pure black-and-white dogma. I now have energy, and I have been running strong for the first time in four months. Peace. P.S. I just read my own review and I see in the opening sentence that I said this is “the very most valuable raw food book I’ve ever read.” Hahah! that’s what I mean about black-and-white. I do that.
This book was really fantastic. I originally bought it because I was considering transitioning back to a raw food diet after many years. I had heard stories from friends of mine who had gone all raw and years later developed mysterious illnesses. Actually two close friends of mine had each developed very different and mysterious illnesses after going raw. Another friend had warned me about how raw foodists tend to have bad teeth and even to loose their teeth and I thought of a friend who follows an all raw diet and has a fake tooth. I also was a bit skeptical about the heavy promoting of cacoa in the raw food movement, and never quite bought into the view that it is a superfood, ad David Wolfe loves to go on and on about. So the book’s topic caught my attention to say the least! At first I thought it a strange read, because the format of the book is in large print with lots of spacing between paragraphs and the author has a very conversational and informal tone to his writing, bordering on over-sharing at times. However, I soon grew to like the personal nature of the book as I followed Patenaude on his journey through the burgeoning raw food world of early 2000. Funny enough, he started his raw food journey the same year that I tried first tried raw foods for 6 months, but had trouble feeling ‘grounded’ and then decided it wasn’t for me (I also smoked marijuana, which explains this). So I was familiar with quite a few of the raw food ‘gurus’ that he mentions in his book… He came to some pretty profound conclusions. And I highly recommend this book to anyone who is on the raw food path, especially those who are committed to eating only raw foods for the long term. As he says in the book, “it can save your life,” and he will specifically tell you how. Since reading his book, I am even more drawn to the 80-10-10 style of raw foods, the David Klein approach, aka the Low Fat Vegan raw food approach. Although it is odd at first to limit fats in my diet, I am getting used to it. And in fact, I have lost a lot of unnecessary weight and feel so much better. He has great suggestions for dental self-care, and excellent nutritional advice (which is similar to what I have discovered from my own research and college classes on nutrition). He is the voice of reason in the raw food movement, and if you don’t want to get fatally sick and/or get horrible cavities, get his book.
First off, I am not a friend of the author’s, and I rarely am moved to review books. I have to say this because what you are about to read may lead you to believe that only a friend of the author would say such glowing things about the book. This book is, in a word, sobering and terribly important. I have been an ovo-lacto-vegetarian for 27 years, and a full-fledged vegan, along with my wife and two children, for the past year after having read the equally sobering book “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell. The vegan diet thing has been going really well, we in my household are all healthy, I have maintained my bodyweight (which is desirable, as I was not overweight to start with), and my children are growing, gaining weight, and doing quite well in school. All is well. But it was just recently that I encountered a couple of people locally who claim to be 100% raw vegan and tell me how much more energy they have. Who wouldn’t want this? I sure do. So I went to a raw vegan cooking class (can you tell I live in California? ha ha) and learned how to make a few really terrific dishes, and the chef teaching the class also extolled the virtues of raw veganism. So I was intrigued. However, I could just never figure out exactly what it is I was supposed to eat day-to-day. The food prep books I’ve glanced at are full of salad-y kinds of things, which is great, but was I supposed to live off of this? Well, Patenoude’s book clarified everything for me. In a nutshell, folks who attempt to do this generally fall off the wagon, and how soon they do so is mostly just related to how determined they were at the get go. As John McDougall rightly points out, our bodies are adapted to using carbohydrates (mostly in the form of starch) for energy…read: rice, wheat, potatoes, yams, these sorts of things. And notice: these are cooked foods. Patenoude rightly points out that no culture in history has survived as a whole in the absence of a stable starch source. The exception of course are cultures that had a stable meat source, like the Eskimos. But quick now, answer this: what historic culture has lived off of leaves and fruit? None. The relatively small number of people, largely out here in California, who have tried to do so have run into some serious problems: lack of energy, or an over-reliance on very high-fat food, which even though plant-derived, is still a questionable proposition at best. Most likely healthier than living off of McDonald’s, but swapping out one extreme (the “standard American diet”) for another (raw vegan) only introduces new problems, like terrible food cravings from the lack of carbohydrates and lots of cavities from excessive fruit consumption. With a couple of good vegan cookbooks (there are many out there, like Tal’s “Refresh,” which is terrific, and Nava Atlas’s “Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons,” also terrific), you can enjoy meal after meal of warm food that includes some raw, and enjoy optimal health without succumbing to the numerous degenerative diseases plaguing our modern, and frankly mad, culture. Yes, Patenoude is not a skilled writer. So what. It’s the message he brings in this book that matters, and it is a VERY important one if you’re pondering raw veganism. And his little cameos of some of the crazy personalities in the raw vegan movement are at times entertaining if you’re open to it. Thank you, Frederic Patenoude, for a timely and honest contribution.
- Title: Raw Food Controversies: How to Avoid Common Mistakes That May Sabotage Your Health
- Autor: Frederic Patenaude
- Publisher (Publication Date): CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (January 28, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 1456567225
- ISBN-13: | 978-1456567224
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